US Pat. No. 10,172,169

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING DEVICE BY USING BLUETOOTH TECHNOLOGY

1. A method for controlling a connection between a first device and a second device using a short range wireless communication technology by a control device, the method comprising:obtaining a first device information related to the first device from the first device;
obtaining a second device information related to the second device from the second device;
transmitting a connection request message for requesting connection with the second device to the first device based on the first device information and the second device information,
wherein the first device information includes a first role information indicating a role of the first device or at least one of one or more first profile IDs indicating profiles supportable by the first device, and the second device information includes a second role information indicating a role of the second device or at least one of one or more second profile IDs indicating profiles supportable by the second device,
wherein the first device information further includes at least one of a type information indicating a type of the first device, a first bonding information indicating a bonding state of the first device, a first connection information indicating a connection state of the first device, or a first security mode information indicating a security mode supported by the first device, and
wherein the second device information further includes at least one of a type information indicating a type of the second device, a second bonding information indicating a bonding state of the second device, a second connection information indicating a connection state of the second device, or a second security mode information indicating a security mode supported by the second device;
receiving a first response message including a result of connection with the second device in response to the connection request message; and
determining a third security mode information based on the first security mode information and the second security mode information,
wherein the connection request message further includes the third security mode information.

US Pat. No. 10,172,168

IOT DEVICE, MOBILE TERMINAL AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE IOT DEVICE WITH VIBRATION PAIRING

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method of pairing an IoT (Internet of things) device with a mobile terminal, comprising the steps of:dividing a plurality of application screens and displaying the plurality of the application screens in a touch screen of the mobile terminal;
providing at least one vibration area on each of the plurality of the application screens;
when the IoT device is contacted with a specific vibration area of the at least one vibration area, generating, in the specific vibration area, a vibration pattern corresponding to a specific application of the specific vibration area;
receiving vibration pattern information corresponding to the generated vibration pattern from the IoT device; and
performing pairing with the IoT device when the received vibration pattern information is identical to the generated vibration pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,172,160

CHANNEL CONTENTION METHOD, ACCESS POINT, AND STATION

Huawei Technologies Co., ...

1. A channel contention method comprising: allocating, by an access point (AP), an identifier sequence to each of multiple stations (STAs) in a basic service set (BSS) of the AP; wherein the identifier sequences of the STAs are orthogonal or quasi-orthogonal to an identifier sequence allocated by the AP to another STA in a basic service set (BSS) of the AP; sending, by the AP), a request-to-send (RTS) frame that carries group response indication information for instructing the multiple STAs to return clear-to-send (CTS) frames that have a same content and a same preamble, and are sent by the AP using a same modulation and coding scheme; and receiving, by the AP, a CTS frame that is returned according to the group response indication information by a STA among the multiple STAs that receives the RTS frame; receiving, by the AP, an identifier sequence that is sent after the STA returning the CTS frame returns the CTS frame; and performing, by the AP, a correlation operation according to the received identifier sequence and the identifier sequences of the multiple STAs, to determine the STA returning the CTS frame.

US Pat. No. 10,172,152

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DEVICE-TO-DEVICE UE FOR TRANSCEIVING SIGNAL IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method for transmitting and receiving a signal by a Device-to-Device (D2D) User equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system, the method comprising:receiving a D2D communication resource configuration; and
transmitting a D2D communication signal based on the D2D communication resource configuration,
wherein when the D2D UE transmits the D2D communication signal by using resources indicated by a base station, the D2D communication signal is transmitted at a first timing determined from a Timing Advance (TA), and when the D2D UE selects resources for transmission of the D2D communication signal, the D2D communication signal is transmitted at a second timing determined irrespective of the TA.

US Pat. No. 10,172,150

TTI SCHEDULING FOR IMPROVED RAMP UP OF TCP THROUGHPUT IN CELLULAR NETWORKS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A wireless user equipment device (UE), comprising:a radio, comprising one or more antennas configured for wireless communication on a cellular network;
a processing element operably coupled to the radio;
wherein the UE is configured to:
detect that a transmission control protocol (TCP) session has been initiated;
at least in part in response to detecting that the TCP session has been initiated, transmit a request to a base station for the base station to change transmission time interval (TTI) scheduling to a first shorter TTI duration;
in response to transmitting the request to the base station to change TTI scheduling to the first shorter TTI duration, transmit first uplink communications to the base station according to the first shorter TTI duration for a first period of time, wherein the UE is configured to increase a congestion window size after each acknowledgement of a first uplink communication received by the base station during the first period of time, wherein increasing the congestion window size enables a corresponding increase in uplink data throughput;
after the first period of time, transmit a request to the base station to change TTI scheduling to a second longer TTI duration; and
in response to transmitting the request to the base station to change TTI scheduling to the second longer TTI duration, transmit second uplink communications to the base station according to the second longer TTI duration.

US Pat. No. 10,172,004

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RULES-BASED SELECTION OF NETWORK TRANSMISSION INTERCEPTION MEANS

AO Kaspersky Lab, Moscow...

1. A method for selecting a means for intercepting network transmissions for a device, the method comprising:determining parameters of the device associated with access rights to resources of an operating system of the device and presence of resources of the operating system;
determining characteristics of available network transmission intercepting means, the available network transmission intercepting means comprising one or more of a proxy server, a virtual private network (VPN) client, and a firewall;
selecting a network transmission intercepting means whose characteristics satisfy the parameters of the operating system of the device based on one or more selection rules related to availability of the resources of the operating system, Wherein the selection rules comprise one or more of a rule associated with at least one of a security level of data transmitted by the device, an ability to process a source of intercepted data, and an ability to process data transmitted by hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP);
causing transmission by the device to be processed by the selected network transmission intercepting means in order to optimize utilization of the resources of the operating system.

US Pat. No. 10,171,893

BATTERY-POWERED WIRELESS LONG LIFE TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY SENSOR MODULE

Archimedes Controls Corp....

1. A battery-powered wireless sensor module for measuring air temperature and relative humidity, and wirelessly transmitting data to a sensor controller, comprising:a plastic shell holding components of the wireless sensor module;
an airflow grill for allowing air flow into the wireless sensor module;
a circuit board within the shell;
one or more lithium batteries;
a wireless module with a transmission frequency of less than 1 GHz, with a transmission distance of more than 100 meters;
a microcontroller unit processor, for executing an adaptive algorithm for controlling transmission of data from the wireless sensor module;
a temperature and humidity sensor, for sensing air temperature and relative humidity and sending the data to the microcontroller unit processor;
a power management circuit, for measuring the battery voltage and shutting down the power when it is lower than a threshold voltage; and
a memory comprising an adaptive algorithm for controlling the transmission of data from the wireless sensor module based on changes in the temperature or relative humidity, wherein the adaptive algorithm is configured to be executable by the microcontroller unit processor to cause the wireless sensor module to:
measure a current temperature and a current relative humidity;
determine whether an absolute value of a difference between a previous temperature and the current temperate is greater than a temperature set point;
determine whether an absolute value of a difference between a previous relative humidity and the current relative humidity is greater than a humidity set point;
if the absolute value of the difference between the previous temperature and the current temperate is greater than the temperature set point or if the absolute value of the difference between the previous relative humidity and the current relative humidity is greater than the humidity set point, transmit the data from the wireless sensor module; and
if the absolute value of the difference between the previous temperature and the current temperate is less than the temperature set point and if the absolute value of the difference between the previous relative humidity and the current relative humidity is less than the humidity set point, transmit the data from the wireless sensor module if a time since a last transmission of the data is greater than a maximum value.

US Pat. No. 10,171,854

CONTENT SUPPLY DEVICE, CONTENT SUPPLY METHOD, PROGRAM, TERMINAL DEVICE, AND CONTENT SUPPLY SYSTEM

SATURN LICENSING LLC, Ne...

1. A content supply device that supplies a plurality of pieces of streaming data that include content of a same subject and differ in bit rate through a same channel, according to an adaptive streaming technique, the content supply device comprising:processing circuitry configured to
generate a zapping stream by delimiting the streaming data according to a timing and a duration in common with another channel and to supply the zapping stream to a reception side via a network,
generate a viewing stream by delimiting the streaming data according to a duration of an integer multiple of the duration of the zapping stream and to supply the viewing stream to the reception side via the network; and
generate a metafile that is for the reception side to receive the zapping stream and the viewing stream, wherein
the metafile includes a media presentation description, and
the circuitry is configured to generate the media presentation description by introducing an attribute indicating that an adaptation set corresponding to the viewing stream is asymmetrically aligned with an adaptation set corresponding to the zapping stream.

US Pat. No. 10,171,805

VIDEO ENCODING DEVICE AND PROGRAM, VIDEO DECODING DEVICE AND PROGRAM, AND VIDEO DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

Oki Electric Industry Co....

1. A video encoding device which encodes a video signal having a frame sequence, comprising:a predicted image generator which generates a predicted image of a non-key frame, by using a key frame in the frame sequence;
an updated original image generator which
receives an original image of the non-key frame and the predicted image of the non-key frame, and
generates an updated original image by, for each pixel position in the updated original image,
obtaining a difference between a parameter value of the pixel at the pixel position in the original image and a parameter value of the pixel at the pixel position in the predicted image,
comparing the obtained difference with a predetermined quantization error, and
selecting
the parameter value of the pixel at the pixel position in the predicted image if the obtained difference is no larger than the predetermined quantization error, and
the parameter value of the pixel at the pixel position in the original image if the obtained difference is larger than the predetermined quantization error,
to be a parameter value of the pixel at the pixel position in the updated original image
a first quantizer which quantizes the updated original image outputted by the updated original image generator;
a second quantizer which quantizes the predicted image outputted by the predicted image generator;
a rate control section which compares the quantized updated original image and the predicted image to determine an amount of codes per image; and
an error correction code generator which generates an error correction code, for correcting an error of the updated original image with respect to the non-key frame, using the quantized updated original image based on the determined amount of codes per image, wherein
the parameter value of each pixel is a pixel value of said each pixel in the original or predicated image,
each of the predicted image and the updated original image is of same dimensions as those of the original image, and
the updated original image outputted by the updated original image generator differs from the original image only in that, for each pixel position where a difference between the original image and the predicted image is no larger than the predetermined quantization error, the updated original image has such a parameter value that a difference between the updated original image and the predicted image at said each pixel position is zero, to thereby cause a setting rate of the error correction code generated by the error correction code generator to be reduced.

US Pat. No. 10,171,798

LIQUID CRYSTAL LENTICULAR LENS ELEMENT, DRIVING METHOD THEREFOR, STEREOSCOPIC DISPLAY DEVICE, AND TERMINAL DEVICE

NLT TECHNOLOGIES, LTD., ...

1. A liquid crystal lenticular lens element, comprising: a first substrate; a second substrate in parallel thereto; a liquid crystal layer provided between both substrates; a first electrode formed on the liquid crystal layer side of the first substrate; and second electrodes comprising a plurality of stripe-shaped electrodes formed on the liquid crystal layer side of the second substrate, wherein:a stripe-shaped repeating structure comprising repeating units placed along an arrangement direction of the second electrodes is formed; and
an asymmetric refractive index distribution based on a mirror operation with respect to a plane bisecting each of the repeating units between the second electrodes to another direction that is perpendicular to the arrangement direction is induced by an electric signal applied to each of the electrodes from outside.

US Pat. No. 10,171,755

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING LIGHT SOURCES

Elbit Systems of America,...

1. A method comprising:capturing an image including a sub-infrared light emitter;
applying a filter to a pixel of the captured image to isolate a signal strength of a range of frequencies, wherein the filter is tunable to the range of frequencies by tilting the filter;
comparing the signal strength of the filtered pixel to an expected signal strength of a background spectra for the range of frequencies;
as a result of a difference between the signal strength of the filtered pixel and the expected signal strength exceeding a predetermined threshold, identifying the pixel as corresponding to a light emitter;
as a result of the difference between the signal strength of the filtered pixel and the expected signal strength not exceeding a predetermined threshold, identifying the pixel as not corresponding to a light emitter;
capturing an image of a zone having a known spectral profile, the image having an actual spectral profile, wherein the image is captured by a ground-based image capture system proximate to an airport;
comparing the actual spectral profile to the known spectral profile and determining an atmospheric contribution profile bases on the comparison;
modifying the expected signal strength of the background spectra for the range of frequencies based on the atmospheric contribution profile; and
transmitting the atmospheric contribution profile or the modified expected signal strength to an aircraft proximate to the airport.

US Pat. No. 10,171,683

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION TERMINAL THAT SENDS A MESSAGE OF THE INTENTION OF A USER TO CONTINUE A CALL

SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATION...

11. A wireless communication terminal comprising;a processor responsive to programs stored in a memory and configured to:
control reception of a message sent to the terminal to notify a user at the terminal that a predetermined communication condition has been detected, the message serving to invite the user to confirm the user's intention to continue wireless communication with an extra charge following the detection of the predetermined condition, and
control transmission of confirmation from the terminal of the user's intention to continue the wireless communication with the extra charge from the user terminal,
wherein the message received at the user terminal identifies at least one procedure selectable by the user for continuing wireless communication with the extra charge determined by the procedure selected by the user, and the selected procedure indicates the user's confirmation of the user's intention to continue the wireless communication.

US Pat. No. 10,171,633

INTERFACES FOR SELECTING AMONG MULTIPLE COMMUNICATIONS PROTOCOLS

Astronics Advanced Electr...

1. An interface circuit for selecting and processing signals corresponding to one of a plurality of communications protocols provided on one or more communications ports, comprising:a processor;
an Ethernet switch in electronic communication with the processor;
a plurality of physical layer circuits, each in electronic communication with the Ethernet switch and each including a RS-485 transceiver and capable of transmitting and receiving each of 802.3bw Ethernet signals and RS-485 signals;
wherein each physical layer circuit has two associated pins;
wherein the processor is configured to
determine on each of the physical layer circuits that an incoming communication is one of a 802.3bw Ethernet communication and an RS-485 communication by detecting at last one of 1. that the width of at least one data pulse of the incoming communication is greater than the range defined by the 802.3bw protocol, and 2. that an RS-485 or 802.3bw preamble is present in the incoming communication,
and the processor is further configured to, when the incoming communication is an RS-485 communication, send a command to the Ethernet switch and the physical layer circuit receiving the RS-485 communication that a RS-485 mode is to be employed, wherein in RS-485 mode the Ethernet switch retransmits serial data or,
when the incoming communication is an 802.3bw Ethernet communication, send a command to the 802.3bw Ethernet switch and the physical layer circuit receiving the Ethernet communication that a 802.3bw Ethernet mode is to be employed.

US Pat. No. 10,171,628

AUGMENTED REALITY FOR SUPPORTING INTERVENTION OF A NETWORK APPARATUS BY A HUMAN OPERATOR

Telecom Italia S.p.A., M...

1. A system for supporting an intervention to be carried out by a human operator on a network apparatus of a communication network, said system comprising a terminal device provided in equipment of said human operator, said terminal device being provided with a personal proxy, wherein said personal proxy is configured to:process a live view of at least a portion of said network apparatus for extrapolating first information on said network apparatus;
retrieve second information on said network apparatus from network inventory of a network management system of said communication network;
compare said first information with said second information;
if a mismatch is detected between said first information and said second information, carry out a synchronization procedure of said network inventory;
provide to said human operator at least one instruction to carry out at least one operation of said intervention, by displaying at least one augmented reality element overwritten to said live view of at least a portion of said network apparatus;
cooperate with said network management system of said communication network for checking whether said at least one instruction was properly executed; and
report an outcome of said checking to said operator by displaying at least one further augmented reality element overwritten to said live view of at least a portion of said network apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,171,608

METHOD, APPARATUS AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR MODIFYING MESSAGES IN A COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK

Openwave Mobility Inc., ...

9. A method for modifying messages having an archive format in a communications network, the communications network comprising a first network device, a second network device and a third network device, the method comprising:receiving, at the first network device, a message, the message sent from the second network device for receipt by the third network device;
based on a determination that content of the received message that is in an archive format is modifiable so that the received message takes up less storage space and/or takes up less bandwidth when being transmitted to the third network device, modifying, at the first network device, the content of the received message that is in an archive format;
sending the received message with the optimized content to the third network device, wherein the received message having the archive format comprises a container for an electronic file, the received message having a header and a body and the container being in the body,
wherein the container is a ZIP container,
wherein the modifying the content of the received messages: comprises:
identifying a Grow Hint field of the ZIP container for removal from the ZIP container, and removing the identified Growth Hint field from the ZIP container.

US Pat. No. 10,171,599

CUSTOMIZING TRACKING CHANGES TO USER CONTENT IN AN ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORK

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A method comprising, by a computing system associated with an online social network:accessing, by the computing system, a social graph comprising a plurality of nodes and connections between the nodes, each of the plurality of nodes being associated with one of a plurality of users of the online social network, each connection between two nodes representing a relationship between the users represented by the two nodes and establishing a single degree of separation between them, wherein a first user is associated with a first node of the plurality of nodes, and wherein a second user is associated with a second node of the plurality of nodes, the second node being within a single degree of separation of the first node of the first user;
storing, by the computing system, a filtering rule defined by the first user of the online social network for filtering updates made by other users, wherein the filtering rule specifies an update type that the first user desires to track, wherein the update type identifies a type of content update that occurs on a third-party site;
transmitting, by the computing system, a query to an external server of the third-party site for one or more content updates made on the third-party site by the second user of the online social network, wherein the external server is separate from and external to the computing system of the online social network, and wherein the query to the external server for updates associated with the second user comprises authentication credentials of the second user;
receiving, by the computing system from the external server of the third-party site in response to the query, one or more content updates associated with the second user, wherein each content update is associated with content interacted with by the second user on the third-party site;
filtering, by the computing system, the one or more content updates based on the filtering rules defined by the first user, wherein updates not satisfying the one or more filtering rules are discarded and updates satisfying the one or more filtering rules are stored in a memory region associated with the first user;
receiving, at the computing system from a client system of the first user, a request for a landing page of the online social network for display to the first user; and
sending, from the computing system to the client system, instructions for presenting the requested landing page to the first user, wherein the landing page comprises information about the one or more content updates associated with the second user stored in the memory region associated with the first user.

US Pat. No. 10,171,570

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS

NEC CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. An information processing apparatus for improving throughput, the information processing apparatus comprising:a plurality of work unit processors;
a data unit output controller configured to output, to the plurality of work unit processors, copied data units obtained by respectively copying a plurality of data units for a number that is set in advance; and
a processing request controller, implemented by at least one processor, configured to obtain a processing request for the plurality of data units, and generate a divided processing request dividing the obtained processing request in association with each of the plurality of data units,
wherein the data unit output controller comprises:
a memory configured to store instructions; and
at least one processor configured to process the instructions to:
respectively allocate output destinations of a plurality of identical copied data units to different work unit processors,
for each combination of at least two work unit processors that is set in advance, obtain a number of copied data unit groups in which the identical copied data units are respectively allocated to the work unit processors made into a combination,
calculate a standard deviation, with respect to a predetermined reference value, of the number of copied data unit groups allocated with the identical copied data units obtained for each combination of the work unit processors, and respectively allocate the output destinations of the plurality of copied data units to the work unit processors in such a way that the standard deviation of the number of copied data unit groups thus calculated becomes a minimum, and
wherein the processing request controller obtains identification information for identifying the copied data unit allocated to the work unit processor from the work unit processor, and the processing request controller is configured to output, to the work unit processor, the divided processing request corresponding to the copied data unit identified by the obtained identification information.

US Pat. No. 10,171,546

CONTENT REPRODUCTION APPARATUS, CONTROL INFORMATION PROVIDING SERVER, AND CONTENT REPRODUCTION SYSTEM

Saturn Licensing LLC, Ne...

1. A content reproduction apparatus comprising:a memory device having stored thereon a program; and
a processing device which upon executing the program obtained from the memory device operates as
a reproduction control unit configured to control reproduction of a link-type content including a plurality of scenarios that each include content data and control information regarding reproduction of the content data; and
a control information acquisition unit configured to (i) add both common user authentication information commonly used in the scenarios of the content and user authentication information of a respective provider that provides the respective scenario which is unique to each said provider, to an acquisition request message used to acquire the control information, (ii) transmit the acquisition request message, and (iii) acquire the control information,
wherein the reproduction control unit is configured to control the reproduction of the link-type content by reproducing the content data in accordance with the control information including event information used to transition from a current scenario to another scenario, and
wherein the control information acquisition unit is configured to take over the common user authentication information of a user between ones of the scenarios involving different providers without a log-in operation being performed therebetween, such that when transitioning from a first scenario involving a first provider to a second scenario involving a second provider different from the first provider the control information acquisition unit is configured to take over the common user authentication information of the user so as to enable identification of the user without performing the log-in operation,
wherein the common user authentication information comprises a common token that is included in the control information provided by one of the providers, wherein the user authentication information of the respective provider comprises a provider token that is included in the control information provided by one of the providers, and wherein the provider token is not taken over when transitioning from a first scenario involving a first provider with a first domain to a second scenario involving a second provider with a second domain different from the first domain.

US Pat. No. 10,171,512

NETWORK NODE

METASWITCH NETWORKS LTD, ...

1. A method of operating a network node in a network, the method comprising:receiving signaling information, at the network node, for an in-progress communication session dialog;
processing, at the network node, the signaling information of said in-progress communication session dialog according to a stateless operating mode, wherein the processing according to the stateless operating mode comprises storing communication session dialog state data associated with said in-progress communication session dialog and wherein each time the network node processes signaling information for a given in-progress communication session dialog according to the stateless operating mode, the network node inserts a different unique identifier into a Record-Route header field of a first forwarded request for the given in-progress communication session dialog;
detecting, at the network node, an operating mode change trigger;
in response to the detection, retrieving, at the network node, said stored communication session dialog state data during said in-progress communication session dialog;
processing, at the network node, the signaling information for the in-progress communication session dialog according to a state-full operating mode, wherein the processing according to the state-full operating mode is carried out based at least in part on said retrieved communication session dialog state data, and wherein each time the network node begins to process signaling information for a given in-progress communication session dialog according to the state-full operating mode, the network node inserts the different unique identifier into a Contact header field of a second forwarded request for the given in-progress communication session dialog,
determining whether a received message comprises a unique identifier previously inserted by the network node in a top Record-Route header field and a URI field;
in response to a negative determination, first deducing that the network node has not previously stored communication session dialog state data associated with the given communication session dialog;
on the basis of the first deducing, forwarding the request having the different unique identifier for processing by a different network node;
in response to a positive determination, second deducing that the network node has previously stored communication session dialog state data associated with the given in-progress communication session dialog; and
on the basis of the second deducing, processing the forwarded request at the network node according to the state-full operating mode.

US Pat. No. 10,171,497

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DETECTING ONLINE FRAUD

Bitdefender IPR Managemen...

1. A computer system comprising at least one hardware processor configured to operate a reverse address mapper, a registration data filter connected to the reverse address mapper, and a content analyzer connected to the registration data filter, wherein:the reverse address mapper is configured to identify a set of co-hosted Internet domains according to a known fraudulent Internet domain, wherein the known fraudulent Internet domain is located at a target Internet Protocol (IP) address, and wherein identifying the set of co-hosted Internet domains comprises selecting the set of co-hosted Internet domains so that all members of the set of co-hosted Internet domains are located at the target IP address;
the registration data filter is configured to filter the set of co-hosted Internet domains to produce a subset of fraud candidate domains, wherein filtering the set of cohosted Internet domains comprises:
determining whether a selection condition is satisfied according to domain name registration data characterizing a domain of the set of co-hosted Internet domains, wherein the domain name registration data characterizing the domain comprises an email address, and wherein the registration data filter is configured to determine whether the selection condition is satisfied according to at least one of a length of the email address and/or a randomness of the email address, and
in response, selecting the domain into the subset of fraud candidate domains when the selection condition is satisfied; and
the content analyzer is configured to:
analyze an electronic document distributed by a candidate domain selected from the subset of fraud candidate domains to determine whether the electronic document is fraudulent, and
in response, when the electronic document is fraudulent, determine that the candidate domain is fraudulent;
wherein the computer system is configured to transmit a fraud assessment indicator generated according to the determination that the candidate domain is fraudulent to block access to a resource hosted by the candidate domain.

US Pat. No. 10,171,474

NETWORK ACCESS BASED ON SOCIAL-NETWORKING INFORMATION

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a wireless access point, from a client system of a first user, a request to access a network through the wireless access point, the wireless access point being operated by an entity;
sending, by the wireless access point, an identifier comprising a unique code that uniquely identifies the client system to a social-networking system, the social-networking system comprising at least one social graph, the social graph comprising a plurality of nodes and a plurality of edges connecting the nodes, each of the edges between two of the nodes representing a relationship between the nodes, wherein a first node of the plurality of nodes corresponds to the first user;
receiving, at the wireless access point, from the social-networking system, a positive authorization determination, wherein the positive authorization determination is made based on a timeline associated with a social-networking profile of the first user indicating that the first user has liked a profile page associated with the entity on an online social network maintained by the social-networking system and based on the user having authorized automatic check-ins with the entity; and
providing the client system with access to the network through the wireless access point in accordance with the positive authorization determination.

US Pat. No. 10,171,447

SINGLE SIGN-ON FOR UNMANAGED MOBILE DEVICES

AIRWATCH LLC, Atlanta, G...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium embodying a program executable in a client device, the program, when executed by the client device, being configured to cause the client device to at least:receive a first request for an identity assertion from a client application executed in the client device, wherein the first request for the identity assertion is received through a local uniform resource locator (URL) having a scheme name corresponding to the program, the scheme name corresponds to a unique identifier, the local URL includes callback information corresponding to the client application, and the first request is being initially redirected from a service provider to an identity provider and subsequently redirected from the identity provider to the program;
authenticate with the identity provider using at least one security credential;
send a second request for the identity assertion to the identity provider;
receive the identity assertion from the identity provider; and
return the identity assertion to the client application.

US Pat. No. 10,171,427

PORTABLE ENCRYPTION AND AUTHENTICATION SERVICE MODULE

WEBCLOAK, LLC, Irvine, C...

1. A portable, hand-held electronic device, through which a user can anonymously utilize a host device comprising a processor to communicate with a target application having a target network address, wherein the host device includes a native operating system (OS), the portable, hand-held electronic device comprises:an onboard database that stores user credential information; and
an onboard memory storing software instructions that, when executed by the processor, configure the processor to perform the steps of
(a) receiving IP addresses associated with the host device;
(b) instantiating a virtual machine that runs on top of the native OS, wherein the virtual machine comprises a Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) messaging server having an IP address different from any of the received IP address of the host device,
(c) rendering an encryption and decryption service on the virtual machine for encrypting and decrypting data between the onboard database and the virtual machine,
(d) rendering an encrypted messaging interface on the host device that utilizes the TCP/IP messaging server for encrypting and decrypting data between the virtual machine and the target application over a TCP/IP networking layer,
(e) negotiating a data encryption protocol with the target application through a private portable encryption authentication and service module (PPEASM) interface associated with the application to enable encrypting and decrypting data between the target application and a PPEASM application, and
(f) negotiating authentication of the user with the target application by utilizing the user credential information and information received at the encrypted messaging interface from the PPEASM application with user credential information on the onboard database accessed via the encryption and decryption service.

US Pat. No. 10,171,422

DYNAMICALLY CONFIGURABLE PACKET FILTER

Owl Cyber Defense Solutio...

1. A configurable packet filtering system, comprising:a packet filter configured to receive packets or groups of packets on an input, to compare predetermined portions of the packets or groups of packets with information or criteria stored in a filter configuration file, and, in response to the information at the predetermined portions of the packets or groups of packets matching the information or criteria stored in the filter configuration file, to forward the packets or groups of packets on an output; and
a filter configuration interface configured to receive a file on an input, to verify that the received file conforms to a predetermined specification, and, in response to the received file conforming to the predetermined specification, to automatically replace the filter configuration file with the received file.

US Pat. No. 10,171,392

METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR PROCESSING A REQUEST FOR A RESOURCE IN A COMMUNICATION

Gummarus LLC, Longview, ...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:creating at least a portion of an instant messaging network service application that is configured to cooperate with a device including a touchscreen and a client instant messaging application, the client instant messaging application, when executed, is configured to cause the device to:
display, via the touchscreen, an instant messaging interface including a text entry user interface element for receiving entered text, and one or more user interface elements for causing requests to be sent that are valid according to a criterion schema defining at least one of a format or a vocabulary, the one or more user interface elements including a first menu item with corresponding first text, wherein the instant messaging network service application, when executed, is configured to cause an apparatus to:
based on a touch selection on the first menu item with corresponding first text: receive, at the apparatus from the device and with a communicant identifier associated with a user of the client instant messaging application, a first request that is valid according to the criterion schema defining at least one of the format or the vocabulary,
after receiving, at the apparatus from the device and with the communicant identifier associated with the user of the client instant messaging application, the first request that is valid according to the criterion schema defining at least one of the format or the vocabulary: send, from the apparatus to the device and with the communicant identifier associated with the user of the client instant messaging application, a first response for causing display, via the instant messaging interface, of at least one first image that is automatically identified by the apparatus based on the first request,
based on entry, via the text entry user interface element of the instant messaging interface, of the entered text: receive, at the apparatus from the device and with the communicant identifier associated with the user of the client instant messaging application, a second request that is valid according to the criterion schema defining at least one of the format or the vocabulary, and
after receiving, at the apparatus from the device and with the communicant identifier associated with the user of the client instant messaging application, the second request that is valid according to the criterion schema defining at least one of the format or the vocabulary: send, from the apparatus to the device and with the communicant identifier associated with the user of the client instant messaging application, a second response for causing display, via the instant messaging interface, of content that is automatically identified by the apparatus based on the second request, the content being based on a user profile of the user of the client instant messaging application; and
causing storage of the at least portion of the instant messaging network service application.

US Pat. No. 10,171,373

VIRTUAL MACHINE DEPLOYMENT AND MANAGEMENT ENGINE

VMWARE INC., Palo Alto, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of cloning virtual machines in a plurality of host computers connected via a computer network, the host computers comprising a source host computer and a set of target host computers having at least a first target host computer and a second target host computer, the method comprising:receiving a request to clone multiple copies of a source virtual machine residing on the source host computer to the set of target host computers, the request designating one of the target host computers for each of the multiple copies to be cloned; and
in response to the request:
determining a deployment time between each pair of the plurality of host computers, the deployment time for a particular pair indicating time needed to clone the source virtual machine from one host computer to the other host computer in the pair, via a network link between the pair of host computers without any other intervening host computers:
for each copy of the source virtual machine to be cloned, determining a path from the source host computer to a target host computer associated with the copy of the source virtual machine to be cloned, the path being selected based on the determined deployment times to minimize the time taken to clone the copy of the source virtual machine from the source host computer to the target host computer associated with the copy of the source virtual machine to be cloned;
cloning a first copy of the source virtual machine from the source host computer to the first target host computer, wherein a first path determined for the first copy of the source virtual machine is a first network link between the source host computer and a first target host computer without any other intervening host computers; and
cloning a second copy of the source virtual machine by copying from the first copy of the source virtual machine on the first target host computer, wherein a second path determined for the second copy of the source virtual machine includes the first network link and a second network link between the first target host computer and the second target host computer without any other intervening host computers, and wherein the second copy of the source virtual machine is cloned on the second target host computer by copying from the first copy of the source virtual machine using the second network link, after the first copy of the source virtual machine is cloned from the source host computer to the first target host computer using the first network link.

US Pat. No. 10,171,359

CELLULAR NETWORK WITH CONTROL PLANE DECOUPLED FROM USER PLANE

TELECOM ITALIA S.p.A., M...

1. A cellular network comprising:a plurality of control plane transceiver stations, each one configured to provide radio coverage over a corresponding first coverage area to allow user equipment within said first coverage area to exchange control-plane traffic with the control plane transceiver station, the plurality of control plane transceiver stations exchanging only control-plane traffic with the user equipment;
wherein
for each control plane transceiver station, the cellular network further comprises one or more hybrid transceiver stations located within the corresponding first coverage area, each hybrid transceiver station being configured to be switched between:
a) a user operation modality, in which said hybrid transceiver station is configured to provide radio coverage over a corresponding user coverage area to allow user equipment within said user coverage area to exchange user-plane traffic with the hybrid transceiver station, and
b) a control operation modality, in which said hybrid transceiver station is configured to provide radio coverage over a corresponding control coverage area to allow user equipment within said control coverage area to exchange at least control-plane traffic with the hybrid transceiver station.

US Pat. No. 10,171,296

METHODS AND APPARATUS TO CONVERT ROUTER CONFIGURATION DATA

1. A method to utilize first port configuration data collected from a first router on a second router, the method comprising:identifying second port configuration data to be removed from a port of the second router, a first set of data lines of the first router to be migrated to the second router, the second port configuration data related to a second set of data lines previously carried by the second router;
creating, with a processor, a configuration delete file including the second port configuration data to be removed from the port of the second router prior to migrating the first set of data lines from the first router to the second router, the first and second routers manufactured by different entities, the first and second routers configured using different configuration data formats, the different configuration data formats being incompatible, and the first and second routers being physical routers;
using the configuration delete file to remove the second port configuration data from the port of the second router; and
configuring the port of the second router with a converted form of the first port configuration data.

US Pat. No. 10,171,261

REMOTE TALK DOWN TO PANEL, CAMERA AND SPEAKER

Vivint, Inc., Provo, UT ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a computing device in communication with a building automation system, the computing device comprising a processor and a memory in electronic communication with the processor, the computing device configured to:
receive, from the building automation system, a notification indicating an identification of an entity within a viewable area of the building automation system, the viewable area of the building automation system being defined by one or more sensors associated with the building automation system;
initiate a real-time, two-way communication with a user of the building automation system based at least in part on receiving the notification;
receive a communication stream from the building automation system, wherein the communication stream comprises a first video stream received from the building automation system;
transmit a first audio stream to the building automation system, wherein the first audio stream is tested and confirmed prior to being transmitted to the building automation system;
transmit a second communication stream to the building automation system; and
record the communication stream from the building automation system based at least in part on the identification of the entity within the viewable area of the building automation system.

US Pat. No. 10,171,253

NODE DIRECTED MULTICAST TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MESH NETWORKS

Vivint, Inc., Provo, UT ...

10. An apparatus for multicast traffic management, comprising:a processor;
memory in electronic communication with the processor; and
instructions stored in the memory and operable, when executed by the processor, to cause the apparatus to:
sense traffic within a wireless mesh network, the wireless mesh network comprising a first mesh node associated with a first multicast flow and a second mesh node associated with a second multicast flow;
generate a first rule for the first mesh node and a second rule for the second mesh node based at least in part on the sensed traffic, the at least one rule based at least in part on channel state information, the channel state information being a state of a channel shared by the first multicast flow and the second multicast flow;
transmit the first rule to the first mesh node and the second rule to the second mesh node, the transmission sent in a routing path based at least in part on the first rule and the second rule; and
instruct the first mesh node and the second mesh node to change a pre-routing parameter during packet processing.

US Pat. No. 10,171,246

MULTI-USER STRONG AUTHENTICATION TOKEN

ONESPAN NORTH AMERICA INC...

1. A method to secure a user's interaction with a remotely accessible computer-based application, the method comprising performing at a personal computing device the steps of:obtaining transaction data;
displaying the obtained transaction data on a display of the personal computing device for review by the user, wherein an authentication application that is running on the personal computing device displays the obtained transaction data in a transaction data presentation area of the display of the personal computing device;
obtaining a dynamic credential associated with the transaction data;
making the dynamic credential available for verification; and
ensuring at the personal computing device that no window of another application that is running on the personal computing device can partially or entirely hide or obscure the authentication application's transaction data presentation area,
wherein the transaction data presentation area comprises the entirety or a part of a transaction data displaying window of the authentication application on the display of the personal computing device,
the method further comprising the step of ensuring at the personal computing device that no other window of another application that is running on the personal computing device can partially or entirely hide or obscure the authentication application's transaction data displaying window, including the authentication application calling one or more operating system functions of an operating system of the personal computing device to ensure or enforce that the transaction data displaying window remains on top.

US Pat. No. 10,171,172

OPTICAL TRANSMITTER OPERABLE FOR PULSE-AMPLITUDE MODULATION SIGNAL

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC DEVICE ...

1. An optical transmitter that outputs an optical signal with a pulse amplitude modulation (PAM) configuration, comprising:a light-generating device that generates the optical signal by receiving an electrical driving signal, the light-generating device having non-linearity in a transfer characteristic between the electrical driving signal and the optical signal; and
a driver that generates the electrical driving signal by receiving an input electrical signal, the driver including,
a PAM signal generator that receives the input electrical signal and outputs a PAM signal,
a level controller that adjusts electrical levels of the PAM signal based on the transfer characteristic of the light-generating device, the electrical levels setting optical levels of the optical signal to have preset ratios, and
an output driver that generates the electrical driving signal by superposing the electrical levels adjusted by the level controller with the PAM signal provided from the PAM signal generator,
wherein the driver further includes a memory that stores a plurality of transfer characteristics, the level controller adjusting the electrical levels based on one of the transfer characteristics read out from the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,171,085

NOISE-IMMUNE REFERENCE (NREF) INTEGRATED IN A PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC DEVICE

AnDAPT, Inc., San Jose, ...

1. A reference voltage block comprising:an accumulator configured to receive a digital reference value and generate a carry out signal;
a low-pass filter configured to receive the carry out signal from the accumulator and generate a filtered signal; and
an analog gain amplifier configured to amplify the filtered signal using a gain selected from a predetermined set of gains and generate a reference voltage output signal,
wherein the reference voltage block is integrated in a programmable logic device (PLD) including a programmable fabric and a signal wrapper, and
wherein the digital reference value and the predetermined set of gains of the reference voltage block are programmable using the programmable fabric and fed to the reference voltage block via the signal wrapper.

US Pat. No. 10,171,076

INDEPENDENT CONTROL OF BRANCH FETS FOR RF PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT

pSemi Corporation, San D...

1. A switch circuit including:(a) at least two switching branches, each switching branch including:
(1) at least two gateway switches configured to be connected to respective external circuit elements;
(2) a common node coupled to the at least two gateway switches; and
(3) a shunt circuit connected to the common node and programmatically settable to selectively isolate such switching branch independently of any other switching branch.

US Pat. No. 10,171,055

AUDIO CONTROL SYSTEM AND RELATED METHODS

iZotope, Inc., Cambridge...

1. A method for use with an audio system comprising at least one amplifier, the method comprising acts of:(A) receiving, at the audio system, audio input produced by at least one audio source;
(B) determining a gain level associated with the audio input;
(C) automatically, without intervention by a user of the audio system, adjusting a gain level of the at least one amplifier, so that subsequent output of the at least one amplifier falls within a dynamic range delimited by a lower gain level and an upper gain level;
wherein the method comprises, after the act (B), receiving a second audio input while the audio source is not producing sound, and the act (C) comprises determining the lower gain level of the dynamic range based at least in part on a gain level of the second audio input.

US Pat. No. 10,171,016

MOTOR DRIVING CIRCUIT

ANPEC ELECTRONICS CORPORA...

1. A motor driving circuit, including an output end for outputting a first output current along a first direction and a second output current along a second direction to drive a motor, the motor driving circuit comprising: a driving module providing a switching driving signal; a first output switch including a first end, a second end and a third end, the first end of the first output switch being electrically connected to a first reference voltage, the third end of the first output switch being electrically connected to the output end of the motor driving circuit, wherein the second end of the first output switch receives a switching driving signal of the driving module;a second output switch including a first end, a second end and a third end, the first end of the second output switch being electrically connected to the third end of the first output switch and the output end of the motor driving circuit, the third end of the second output switch being electrically connected to a second reference voltage, wherein the second end of the second output switch receives the switching driving signal of the driving module;
a first adjusting module including a first adjusting end and a second adjusting end, the first adjusting end of the first adjusting module being electrically connected to the second end of the first output switch, the second adjusting end of the first adjusting module being electrically connected to the output end of the motor driving circuit, wherein the first adjusting module has a first adjusting parameter; and
a second adjusting module including a first adjusting end and a second adjusting end, the first adjusting end being electrically connected to the second end of the first output switch, the second adjusting end of the second adjusting module being electrically connected to the output end of the motor driving circuit, wherein the second adjusting module has a second adjusting parameter;
wherein a rising slew rate of the first output current along the first direction is adjusted according to the first adjusting parameter of the first adjusting module, a falling slew rate of the first output current along the first direction is adjusted according to the second adjusting parameter of the second adjusting module;
wherein the first adjusting module includes: a first current mirror unit, including:
a first current mirror switch having a first end, a second end and a third end, the first end of the first current mirror switch being electrically connected to a third reference voltage; and a second current mirror switch having a first end, a second end and a third end, the first end of the second current mirror switch being electrically connected to the third reference voltage; and a first adjusting unit, including:
a first adjusting capacitor having a first end and a second end; a first adjusting switch having a first end, a second end and a third end; and
a second adjusting switch having a first end, a second end and a third end, wherein the third end of the first adjusting switch and the third end of the second adjusting switch are electrically connected to a fourth reference voltage;
wherein the second end of the first current mirror switch is electrically connected to the second end and the third end of the second current mirror switch, the third end of the first current mirror switch is electrically connected to the first adjusting end of the first adjusting module, the third end of the second current mirror switch is electrically connected to the first end of the second adjusting switch, the first end of the first adjusting switch is electrically connected to the second end of the second adjusting switch, the first end of the first adjusting switch is electrically connected to the second end of the first adjusting capacitor, and the first end of the first adjusting capacitor is electrically connected to the second adjusting end of the first adjusting module.

US Pat. No. 10,171,013

SERVOMOTOR CONTROL DEVICE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A servomotor control device comprising:a position control loop for feedback controlling a position of a servomotor;
a speed control loop for feedback controlling speed of the servomotor;
a position command creation part that creates a position command value for the servomotor;
a stop determination part that determines whether or not the servomotor is stopped;
a static-friction correction amount calculation part that calculates a static-friction correction amount of the servomotor; and
a static-friction correction amount modification part that performs a predetermined modification on the static-friction correction amount calculated by the static-friction correction amount calculation part, in a case of the servomotor stopping, and then starting to operate in the same direction as prior to stopping,
wherein the static-friction correction amount modification part performs the predetermined modification based on the command acceleration of the servomotor and a second-order derivative of the position command value created by the position command creation part.

US Pat. No. 10,171,001

AC-TO-DC POWER CONVERTER AND RELATED CONTROL CIRCUITS

RICHTEK TECHNOLOGY CORPOR...

1. An AC-to-DC power converter (100; 600; 700), comprising:a rectifier (101) arranged to operably generate a rectified voltage (Vin) based on an AC voltage (Vac);
an input capacitor (102), wherein a first terminal of the input capacitor (102) is coupled with an output terminal of the rectifier (101) to receive the rectified voltage (Vin) while a second terminal of the input capacitor (102) is coupled with a fixed-voltage terminal;
a first inductive element (103; 603; 703);
a first auxiliary capacitor (108);
a first switch (111), wherein a first terminal of the first switch (111) is coupled with the first terminal of the input capacitor (102) while a second terminal of the first switch (111) is coupled with a first terminal of the first inductive element (103; 603; 703);
a second switch (112), wherein a first terminal of the second switch (112) is coupled with a second terminal of the first inductive element (103; 603; 703) while a second terminal of the second switch (112) is coupled with the fixed-voltage terminal;
a circuitry node (113);
an auxiliary switch (114) for coupling between the circuitry node (113) and the first auxiliary capacitor (108) or between the first auxiliary capacitor (108) and the fixed-voltage terminal;
a first diode (115) for coupling between the first terminal of the second switch (112) and the circuitry node (113);
a second diode (116) for coupling between the circuitry node (113) and the first terminal of the first switch (111);
a control signal generating circuit (118) for coupling with a control terminal of the first switch (111) and a control terminal of the second switch (112), and arranged to operably generate a power switch control signal (S1) to control the first switch (111) and the second switch (112); and
an auxiliary switch control circuit (119), coupled with the control signal generating circuit (118), and arranged to operably generate an auxiliary switch control signal (S2) based on the power switch control signal (S1) to control the auxiliary switch (114);
wherein during a first time period (T1) that a cross voltage (Vc) of the input capacitor (102) is higher than a node voltage (Vk) at the circuitry node (113), when the control signal generating circuit (118) utilizes the power switch control signal (S1) to switch each of the first switch (111) and the second switch (112) from a turned-on status to a turned-off status, the auxiliary switch control circuit (119) first utilizes the auxiliary switch control signal (S2) to maintain the auxiliary switch (114) in a turned-on status for a first length of time and then turns off the auxiliary switch (114).

US Pat. No. 10,170,995

MULTIPHASE POWER CONVERTER

Dialog Semiconductor (UK)...

1. A multiphase power converter comprising a first and a second constituent switched-mode power converter, whereinthe first constituent switched-mode power converter is configured to provide, both in a first mode of operation and in a second mode of operation, a first phase current to an output of the multiphase power converter,
the second constituent switched-mode power converter is configured to provide, in the second mode of operation, a second phase current to the output of the multiphase power converter, and
the multiphase power converter is configured to switch, depending on an operation condition of the multiphase power converter, between the first mode of operation and the second mode of operation, and configured to adapt a first transconductance of the first constituent switched-mode power converter when switching between the first mode of operation and the second mode of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,170,986

HYBRID BUCK

Dialog Semiconductor (UK)...

1. A Hybrid Buck switching converter, comprising:one or more peak-mode phases and
one or more valley-mode phases,
wherein said peak-mode phases and said valley-mode phases are in use at the same time, in a multiphase converter, and configured to have coil currents controlled by a common control signal from an operational transconductance amplifier (OTA), using a peak current servo.

US Pat. No. 10,170,947

LAMINATED CORE

MITSUI HIGH-TEC, INC., K...

1. A laminated core, comprising:a plurality of laminated iron core pieces, wherein each of the iron core pieces being connected in a laminating direction by filling a resin in a plurality of resin holes penetrating the laminated core in the laminating direction,
wherein an iron core piece (A) of the iron core pieces is provided at an end in an axial direction of the laminated core and an iron core piece (U) of the iron core pieces is all other iron core pieces being arranged in the axial direction;
wherein the laminated core is a laminated stator core; and
wherein joint strength of the iron core piece (A) is acquired by making a diameter (d1) of a resin hole (B) of the iron core piece (A) larger than a diameter (d2) of the resin hole (H) of the iron core piece (U) and making a junction area (S1) of the iron core piece (A) and resin that is larger than a junction area (S2) of the iron core piece (U) and resin; and
wherein the resin hole (B) and the resin hole (H) are on the same axis.

US Pat. No. 10,170,945

YAGI ANTENNA SHAPED WIRELESS POWER TRANSMISSION APPARATUS

University of Ulsan Found...

1. A Yagi antenna comprising:a power transmitting coil which generates an electromagnetic wave;
a lattice-shaped first slab which is positioned at a rear side of the power transmitting coil and reflects the electromagnetic wave generated at the power transmitting coil; and
a lattice-shaped second slab which is positioned at a front side of the power transmitting coil, focuses the electromagnetic wave generated at the power transmitting coil and the electromagnetic wave reflected by the first slab, and transmits the electromagnetic waves to the public.

US Pat. No. 10,170,932

ENERGY STORAGE MODELING AND CONTROL

IHI INC., New York, NY (...

1. A computerized method for controlling operation of an energy storage system to shave peak loads at a substation transformer using a computer, the method comprising:(a) retrieving from a first database, using the computer, first historical data relating to a historical load at the substation transformer;
(b) retrieving from a second database, using the computer, second historical data relating to historical ambient temperature at a location of the substation transformer;
(c) receiving at the computer a physical model of the substation transformer comprising transformer thermodynamic equations;
(d) receiving at the computer information relating to pricing/penalty schemes for accelerated wear of the substation transformer;
(e) receiving at the computer information relating to a premium for deferring upgrade of the substation transformer;
(f) receiving at the computer one or more possible configurations for the energy storage system;
(g) receiving at the computer one or more possible operating strategies of the energy storage system to keep a transformer load at the substation transformer below a maximum transformer rated value;
(h) receiving at the computer a cost model for the energy storage system;
(i) calculating, using the computer, a transformer windings temperature of the substation transformer by solving the transformer thermodynamic equations using at least one of the first historical data, the second historical data, the information relating to pricing/penalty schemes, the information relating to the premium for deferring upgrade of the substation transformer, the one or more possible configurations for the energy storage system, the one or more possible operating strategies of the energy storage system, and the cost model for the energy storage system;
(j) calculating, using the computer, an accelerated wear of windings insulation of the substation transformer using the transformer windings temperature;
(k) quantifying, using the computer, a relative wear for each of peak overloads at the substation transformer;
(l) identifying, using the computer, periods of time when the substation transformer is not overloaded and energy storage system recharge is possible;
(m) identifying, using the computer, idle times when operation of the energy storage system operation is not permitted;
(n) calculating, using the computer, an optimal allocation of available capacity of the energy storage system using at least one of the first historical data, the second historical data, the information relating to pricing/penalty schemes, the information relating to the premium for deferring upgrade of the substation transformer, the one or more possible configurations for the energy storage system, the one or more possible operating strategies of the energy storage system, the cost model for the energy storage system, the accelerated wear, the periods of time, and the idle times, wherein the optimal allocation of available capacity of the energy storage system mitigates the peak overloads at the substation transformer to minimize transformer wear and minimize a cost of operating the energy storage system and the substation transformer; and
(o) directing, using a controller comprising digital electronic circuitry or computer hardware, the energy storage system to charge or discharge an energy storage asset in accordance with the calculated optimal allocation of available capacity of the energy storage system, wherein the energy storage asset is charged or discharged in accordance with the calculated optimal allocation of the available capacity of the energy storage system.

US Pat. No. 10,170,923

ADAPTIVE BUCK CONVERTER WITH MONITOR CIRCUIT AND CHARGING CABLE USING THE SAME

RICHTEK TECHNOLOGY CORPOR...

1. A charging cable (100) for charging a mobile device (150), comprising:an adaptive buck converter (110);
a connection terminal (120) coupled with the adaptive buck converter (110) and utilized for detachably connecting to the mobile device (150);
a cable (130) coupled with the adaptive buck converter (110); and
a power source unit (140) connected to the cable (130) and utilized for supplying a DC (direct current) voltage (VA) and a cable current (IA) to the cable (130);
wherein the adaptive buck converter (110) comprises:
a power receiving interface (210) arranged to operably receive the DC voltage (VA) and the cable current (IA) from the cable (130);
a terminal communication interface (220) arranged to operably transmit a charging voltage (VB) and a charging current (IB) to the connection terminal (120) and to operably receive a communication signal (X1B; X2B) generated by the mobile device (150) from the connection terminal (120);
a power converting circuit (230), coupled between the power receiving interface (210) and the terminal communication interface (220), arranged to operably receive the DC voltage (VA) and the cable current (IA) from the power receiving interface (210) and to operably generate the charging voltage (VB) and the charging current (IB), wherein the charging voltage (VB) is lower than the DC voltage (VA) while the charging current (IB) is greater than the cable current (IA);
a monitor circuit (670), coupled with a signal path between the power receiving interface (210) and the power converting circuit (230), arranged to operably detect the DC voltage (VA) or the cable current (IA); and
a data processing circuit (260), coupled with the terminal communication interface (220) and the power converting circuit (230), arranged to operably control the power converting circuit (230) according to the communication signal (X1B; X2B);
wherein the data processing circuit (260) is further coupled with the monitor circuit (670) and arranged to operably utilize the communication signal (X1B; X2B) to report a detection result of the monitor circuit (670) to the mobile device (150) through the terminal communication interface (220) and the connection terminal (120).

US Pat. No. 10,170,869

VERY HIGH SPEED, HIGH DENSITY ELECTRICAL INTERCONNECTION SYSTEM WITH IMPEDANCE CONTROL IN MATING REGION

Amphenol Corporation, Wa...

1. An interconnection system comprising a connector, the connector comprising:a plurality of signal conductors, each signal conductor of the plurality of signal conductors comprising a contact tail adapted to be attached to a printed circuit board, a mating contact portion, and an intermediate portion electrically coupling the contact tail and the mating contact portion; and
at least one first reference conductor surrounding, on at least two sides, the mating contact portion of at least one signal conductor of the plurality of signal conductors, and at least one second reference conductor adapted to engage with the at least one first reference conductor to capture the at least one signal conductor therebetween,
wherein the at least one first reference conductor and the at least one second reference conductor extend along a mating direction beyond a distal end of the mating contact portion of the at least one signal conductor.

US Pat. No. 10,170,845

PLUG CONNECTOR

LOTES CO., LTD, Keelung ...

1. A plug connector, comprising:an insulating body, wherein a front end of the insulating body has a mating portion, a mating slot is recessed from the mating portion from front to back, and the mating portion is used for a tongue of a socket connector to be inserted therein;
a latch member arranged on the insulating body, wherein the latch member comprises a connecting portion and two locking arms located on two sides of the connecting portion and connected electrically to the connecting portion, a first soldering portion extends backward from the connecting portion, the two locking arms are located on two sides of the mating portion and respectively have a locking portion protruding and extending into the mating slot, and each of the locking portions is configured to engage with a buckling slot of the tongue;
two power terminals arranged on the insulating body, wherein each of the two power terminals has at least one contacting portion protruding and extending into the mating slot, and the two power terminals are electrically connected to each other and are provided with a second soldering portion;
two ground terminals located on two sides of the two power terminals and arranged on the insulating body, wherein each of the two ground terminals is electrically connected to the latch member, the two ground terminals are electrically connected to each other and connected to a conducting portion, the conducting portion is located on one side of the first soldering portion in an up-down direction; and
a cable having at least two power wires and a ground wire, wherein the at least two power wires are connected to the second soldering portion, and the ground wire is soldered on both the conducting portion and the first soldering portion.

US Pat. No. 10,170,813

ION CONDUCTING HYBRID MEMBRANES

International Business Ma...

1. A method, comprising:dispensing ion-conducting particles on a substrate comprising an adhesive to which the ion-conducting particles adhere, wherein the ion-conducting particles conduct ions chosen from Li, Na, and combinations thereof;
overcoating the ion conducting particles with a polymer;
removing the substrate and the adhesive from the ion conducting particles; and
removing a polymer overburden on the ion conducting particles to form a device that includes: (i) the polymer or a derivative thereof, and (ii) ion-conducting particles, wherein at least a portion of the ion-conducting particles extend through the polymer or its derivative.

US Pat. No. 10,170,801

SECONDARY BATTERY OF NOVEL STRUCTURE

LG CHEM, LTD., Seoul (KR...

1. A secondary battery pack comprising:a battery cell having an electrode assembly of a cathode/separator/anode structure disposed in a battery case together with an electrolyte in a sealed state, the battery cell having an electrolyte injection port, a first electrode terminal and a second electrode terminal formed at a top thereof;
an electrically insulative mounting member having a first opening, through which the second electrode terminal of the battery cell is exposed and a second opening through which the electrolyte injection port is exposed, the electrically insulative mounting member being mounted to a top of the battery cell;
a protection circuit module (PCM) comprising a protection circuit board (PCB) loaded on the electrically insulative mounting member, the PCB having a protection circuit, and a connection member (A) and a connection member (B) coupled to a bottom of the PCB, the connection member (A) being connected to the first electrode terminal of the battery cell via a safety element, the connection member (B) being coupled to the second electrode terminal of the battery cell, the PCB being provided with a through hole, through which the connection member (B) is exposed; and
an insulative cap coupled to an upper end of the battery cell to surround the electrically insulative mounting member in a state in which the connection members and the protection circuit board are loaded on the insulative cap,
wherein a sum of a height of the PCM and a height of the insulative cap is 3.0 mm or less,
wherein a receiving sidewall protrudes upwardly front opposite sides of the electrically insulative mounting member and fastening protrusions are vertically formed in two pairs at upper edges of the receiving sidewall, the protrusions of each pair being formed across from each other on the opposite sides of the electrically insulative mounting member, the protrusions engaging notches in the PCM such that the PCM assembly is stably mounted to the electrically insulative mounting member, and wherein a bottom edge of the receiving sidewall has a notch, the notch being aligned with the second opening.

US Pat. No. 10,170,782

HIGH-EFFICIENCY FUEL CELL SYSTEM WITH CARBON DIOXIDE CAPTURE ASSEMBLY AND METHOD

FUELCELL ENERGY, INC., D...

17. A method of operating a high efficiency fuel cell system, the method comprising:providing a topping fuel cell assembly comprising a topping cathode portion and a topping anode portion;
providing a bottoming fuel cell assembly comprising a bottoming cathode portion and a bottoming anode portion,
providing a portion of the flue gas to each of the topping cathode portion and the bottoming cathode portion in parallel;
receiving, at the bottoming anode portion, anode exhaust output from the topping anode portion;
oxidizing, with an oxidizer assembly, anode exhaust output from the bottoming anode portion with air and/or oxygen to generate carbon dioxide-containing exhaust;
heating the flue gas before the flue gas is provided to the topping cathode portion and/or the bottoming cathode portion using waste heat generated during said oxidizing; and
receiving, at a separation assembly, the carbon dioxide-containing exhaust from the oxidizer assembly and separating carbon dioxide from the carbon dioxide-containing exhaust.

US Pat. No. 10,170,772

FLUID FLOW PLATE FOR A FUEL CELL

Intelligent Energy Limite...

1. A fluid flow plate for an electrochemical fuel cell assembly, comprising:a first plurality of fluid flow channels extending across an area of the flow plate to define a flow field of the fluid flow plate, the first plurality of fluid flow channels defining a cathode fluid flow field,
an array of first fluid transfer points disposed along an edge of the flow field for communicating fluid into or out of the first plurality of fluid flow channels;
a first distribution gallery having a first peripheral edge portion bounded by the array of first fluid transfer points and having at least two second peripheral edge portions each bounded by one of at least two arrays of second fluid transfer points disposed along at least two cathode fluid access edges of the fluid flow plate, the first distribution gallery configured for fluid communication and fluid distribution between the array of first fluid transfer points and the at least two arrays of second fluid transfer points,
the at least two second peripheral edge portions being disposed at oblique angles to the first peripheral edge portion such that the total length of the at least two arrays of second fluid transfer points is at least as long as the length of the array of first fluid transfer points;
wherein the at least two cathode fluid access edges comprise external edges of the flow plate;
a second plurality of fluid flow channels extending across the area that defines the flow field, the second plurality of fluid flow channels defining a coolant fluid flow field;
an array of third fluid transfer points disposed along an edge of the flow field for communicating fluid into or out of the second plurality of fluid flow channels;
a second distribution gallery having a third peripheral edge portion bounded by the array of third fluid transfer points and having at least two fourth peripheral edge portions each bounded by one of at least two arrays of fourth fluid transfer points disposed along at least two coolant fluid access edges of the fluid flow plate, the second distribution gallery configured for fluid communication and fluid distribution between the array of third fluid transfer points and the at least two arrays of fourth fluid transfer points,
the at least two fourth peripheral edge portions of the second distribution gallery being disposed at oblique angles to the third peripheral edge portion of the second distribution gallery such that the total length of the arrays of fourth fluid transfer points is at least as long as the length of the array of third fluid transfer points;
wherein the at least two coolant fluid access edges comprise internal edges of the flow plate.

US Pat. No. 10,170,762

LITHIUM METAL OXIDES WITH MULTIPLE PHASES AND STABLE HIGH ENERGY ELECTROCHEMICAL CYCLING

Zenlabs Energy, Inc., Fr...

1. An electrochemically active material comprising a lithium metal oxide approximately represented by the formula Li1+bComNinMnpO(2), where ?0.2?b?0.2, 0.2?m?0.45, 0.055?n?0.24, 0.385?p?0.72, and m+n+p is approximately 1, wherein up to about 5 mole percent of the transition metals is substituted with a metal dopant, the active material exhibiting three peaks during an initial charge in a differential capacity plot and being a multiphased single material having a layered crystal phase and a spinel crystal phase.

US Pat. No. 10,170,708

ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT MATERIALS CONTAINING BENZIMIDAZOLE AND ORGANIC ELECTROLUMINESCENT DEVICE BY USING THE SAME

YUAN ZE UNIVERSITY, Chun...

3. An organic electroluminescent device, comprising:a first electrode layer;
a second electrode layer; and
an organic luminescent unit, disposed between the first electrode layer and the second electrode layer, wherein the organic luminescent unit has at least an organic luminescent material as shown in General Formula (1),

wherein R9 and R13 are both benzimidazole derivatives, and the benzimidazole derivatives have the structures of the following General Formula (3); and

R1 to R8, R10 to R12 and R34 to R42 are each independently selected from the group consisting of a hydrogen atom, a fluorine atom, a cyano group, an alkyl group, a cycloalkyl group, an alkoxy group, a thioalkyl group, a silyl group, and an alkenyl group.

US Pat. No. 10,170,656

INVERTED METAMORPHIC MULTIJUNCTION SOLAR CELL WITH A SINGLE METAMORPHIC LAYER

SolAero Technologies Corp...

1. A multijunction solar cell comprising:a first sequence of layers of semiconductor material forming a first set of one or more solar subcells;
a first threading dislocation inhibition layer adjacent to said first sequence of layers;
a graded interlayer directly adjacent to said first threading dislocation inhibition layer, said graded interlayer being composed of (InxGa1-x)yAl1-yAs, wherein 0 a second sequence of layers of semiconductor material forming a second set of one or more solar subcells, the second sequence of layers being disposed on a side of the graded interlayer opposite a side on which the first sequence of layers is disposed;
wherein the graded interlayer is compositionally graded to lattice match a closest solar subcell of the first set on one side of the graded interlayer and to lattice match a closest solar subcell of the second set on a second opposite side of the graded interlayer;
the multijunction solar cell further comprising a high band gap contact layer adjacent said second sequence of layers, wherein the high band gap contact layer is composed of p++ type InGaAlAs.

US Pat. No. 10,170,653

TUNNELING BARRIER INFRARED DETECTOR DEVICES

L3 CINCINNATI ELECTRONICS...

1. An infrared detector device comprising:a first contact layer;
an absorber layer adjacent to the first contact layer, wherein the absorber layer is doped p-type;
a hole barrier layer adjacent to the absorber layer, wherein:
a bandgap of the hole barrier layer is greater than a bandgap of the absorber layer; and
the hole barrier layer comprises a p-n junction;
an n++ layer adjacent the hole barrier layer, wherein a thickness of the n++ layer is less than a thickness of the hole barrier layer;
a barrier layer adjacent to the n++ layer, wherein the barrier layer is doped p++ and a valance band offset within the barrier layer is higher than a conduction band offset within the n++ layer; and
a second contact layer adjacent to the barrier layer, wherein the second contact layer is doped p+.

US Pat. No. 10,170,572

SELF-ALIGNED DUAL TRENCH DEVICE

Diodes Incorporated, Pla...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a chip of a semiconductor material having a top surface;
a gate trench in the chip extending from the top surface and having a depth and a width;
at least two field plate trenches, one on each side of the gate trench, each field plate trench extending from the top surface;
each field plate trench comprising two sections delineated by a raised edge a first section having a first length, and a second section having a second length;
the first length equal the depth of the gate trench; and
the gate trench and the field plate trenches lined with dielectric material and filled with a conductive material.

US Pat. No. 10,170,523

TOUCH SENSITIVE DISPLAY AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

TPK Touch Solutions Inc.,...

1. A touch sensitive display, comprising:an upper substrate;
a lower substrate that has a top surface facing a bottom surface of the upper substrate;
a touch sensing layer disposed on the bottom surface of the upper substrate wherein the touch sensing layer comprises a plurality of sensing electrodes and a plurality of signal transmission lines connected to the plurality of sensing electrodes;
a mask layer disposed in a peripheral area on the bottom surface of the upper substrate, wherein:
the plurality of sensing electrodes is surrounded by the mask layer, and
the plurality of sensing electrodes and the mask layer intersect a plane parallel to a plane in which the top surface of the lower substrate lies;
an organic light-emitting assembly disposed on the top surface of the lower substrate; and
a sealing layer disposed between the mask layer and the lower substrate and sealing together the upper substrate and the lower substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,170,468

SEMICONDUCTOR STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME

VANGUARD INTERNATIONAL SE...

11. A method for manufacturing a semiconductor structure, comprising:providing a semiconductor substrate with a first conductivity type;
forming a first well in the semiconductor substrate, wherein the first well has a second conductivity type;
forming a first region in the first well, wherein the first region has the first conductivity type;
forming a second region in the first well, wherein the second region has the first conductivity type, and a dopant concentration of the first region is higher than a dopant concentration of the second region;
forming a second well in the first region, wherein the second well has the first conductivity type;
forming a first doped region in the first region, wherein the first doped region has the second conductivity type that is different than the first conductivity type;
forming a second doped region in the second well, wherein the second doped region has the first conductivity type;
forming a third doped region in the second region, wherein the third doped region has the first conductivity type; and
forming a fourth doped region in the first region, wherein the fourth doped region has the second conductivity type.

US Pat. No. 10,170,458

MANUFACTURING METHOD OF PACKAGE-ON-PACKAGE STRUCTURE

Powertech Technology Inc....

1. A manufacturing method of a package-on-package (POP) structure, comprising:forming a first package structure, wherein the first package structure comprises a circuit carrier and a die disposed on the circuit carrier, forming the first package structure comprising:
providing a conductive interposer on the circuit carrier, wherein the conductive interposer comprises a plate, a plurality of conductive pillars and a conductive protrusion respectively extending from the plate to the circuit carrier and the die, the conductive protrusion disposed on the die, and the conductive pillars are electrically connected to the circuit carrier, wherein the plate of the conductive interposer comprises a central region and a peripheral region connected to the central region, the conductive protrusion is formed in the central region and the conductive pillars are formed in the peripheral region;
encapsulating the conductive interposer by an encapsulant; and
removing a portion of the encapsulant and the plate of the conductive interposer; and
forming a second package structure on the first package structure, wherein the second package structure is electrically connected to the first package structure through the conductive interposer.

US Pat. No. 10,170,397

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES, VIA STRUCTURES AND METHODS FOR FORMING THE SAME

VANGUARD INTERNATIONAL SE...

1. A via structure of a semiconductor device, comprising:a through hole penetrating from a first surface to an opposite second surface of a substrate;
a filling insulating layer disposed in the through hole;
a first conductive layer disposed in the through hole and surrounding the filling insulating layer, wherein a portion of the first conductive layer is located directly below the filling insulating layer and at a bottom of the through hole;
a first insulating layer disposed on sidewalls of the through hole and surrounding the first conductive layer; and
a second conductive layer sandwiched between the filling insulating layer and the first conductive layer, wherein a portion of the second conductive layer is located below the filling insulating layer and electrically connected to the first conductive layer.

US Pat. No. 10,170,257

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING RELAYS

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC IT COR...

1. A relay control circuit configured for use with a relay having a coil voltage input, the relay control circuit comprising:a first input to receive a first voltage capable of energizing the relay from a de-energized state;
a second input to receive a second voltage capable of maintaining the relay in an energized state, the second voltage being less than the first voltage;
a switch disposed between the first input and the coil voltage input, the switch having a control input to receive a control signal that electrically couples the first input to the coil voltage input in response to the control signal having a first state and that electrically decouples the first input from the coil voltage input in response to the control signal having a second state;
a capacitor having a first end directly electrically coupled to a common connection, the common connection being between the coil voltage input and the switch, the capacitor having a second end electrically coupled to ground, wherein the capacitor is configured to hold the coil voltage input at the first voltage for a period of time to energize the relay from the de-energized state after the first input is electrically decoupled from the coil voltage input;
a diode electrically coupled in series between the second input and the coil voltage input; and
a switch control circuit having an input to receive a relay control signal and an output electrically coupled to the control input of the switch, the switch control circuit providing the control signal having the second state in response to assertion of the relay control signal and providing the control signal having the first state in response to de-assertion of the relay control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,170,023

TRANSPARENT ELECTRONIC DISPLAY BOARD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

G-SMATT CO., LTD., Gyeon...

1. A transparent electronic display board, comprising:a pair of transparent plates spaced apart from each other and bonded to each other by transparent resin charged into a space between the transparent plates;
light emitting elements fastened to one of the pair of the transparent plates, each of the light emitting elements comprising a single cathode electrode and anode electrodes comprised of a first anode electrode, a second anode electrode and a third anode electrode, the light emitting elements arranged in horizontal directions and vertical directions;
transparent electrodes formed on said one of the pair of the transparent plates, the transparent electrodes comprising anode connection electrodes connected to the anode electrodes and a single common cathode connection electrode connected in common to all of the cathode electrodes in the transparent electronic display board;
transparent conductive tape adhered to each of the transparent electrodes on one edge of the transparent plate, the transparent conductive tape supplying power to the corresponding transparent electrode, wherein all the transparent conductive tapes to supply the power to the transparent electrodes are positioned on the same edge of the transparent plate;
connection terminals extending from the one edge of the transparent plate, the connection terminals being connected to the corresponding transparent conductive tape;
wherein the anode connection electrodes comprise:
first anode connection electrodes each arranged in each horizontal direction, each first anode connection electrode having a plurality of first extensions each protruding from said each first anode connection electrode in a vertical direction, each first extension connected to each of the first anode electrodes arranged in each horizontal direction;
third anode connection electrodes each arranged in each horizontal direction, each third anode connection electrode having a plurality of second extensions each protruding from said third anode connection electrode in a vertical direction, each second extension connected to each of the third anode electrodes arranged in each horizontal direction, wherein an end-side of the first extension connected to the first anode electrode in each light emitting element is spaced apart from and faces an end-side of the second extension connected to the third anode electrode in said each light emitting element; and
second anode connection electrodes each connected to the second anode electrodes arranged in each horizontal direction, wherein the second anode connection electrode in each horizontal direction is positioned spaced apart from and between the end-sides of the first extensions in said each horizontal direction and the end-sides of the second extensions in said each horizontal direction.

US Pat. No. 10,170,013

ASSESSMENT INSTANCES IN COMPUTERIZED ASSESSMENTS

Questionmark Computing Li...

1. A method for administering an assessment, comprising:receiving an assessment request by a data processing device, the data processing device being associated with assessment information stored on a storage device, the assessment information including changeable versions of a plurality of assessment questions stored in a data store;
creating an assessment instance including a version of at least a portion of the changeable versions of the plurality of assessment questions from the data store, wherein an assessment instance identifier (ID) identifies both the assessment instance and each specific version of the changeable versions of the plurality of assessment questions included in the assessment instance;
recording the assessment instance ID that identifies both the assessment instance and the each specific version of the changeable versions of the plurality of assessment questions included in the assessment instance;
sending, via a network, the assessment instance associated with the assessment instance ID to an assessment taker;
amending, in the data store, at least one assessment question of the plurality of assessment questions included in the assessment instance identified by the assessment instance ID, wherein the at least one assessment question is amended in the data store after recording the assessment instance ID that identifies both the assessment instance and the each specific version of the changeable versions of the plurality of assessment questions included in the assessment instance and after sending the assessment instance associated with the assessment instance ID to the assessment taker, wherein the at least one assessment question, as amended after sending the assessment instance to the assessment taker, is absent from the assessment instance while the at least one assessment question, as unamended, remains on the assessment instance;
recording assessment responses with the assessment instance ID to the plurality of assessment questions included in the assessment instance including the at least one assessment question amended in the data store after sending the assessment instance associated with the assessment instance ID to the assessment taker; and
permitting analysis of the at least one assessment question, as unamended and remaining on the assessment instance, associated with the assessment instance ID after amending in the data store the at least one assessment question.

US Pat. No. 10,170,007

TRAJECTORY AMENDMENT SYSTEM

GE Aviation Systems LLC, ...

1. A computer-implemented method of providing trajectory amendments, comprising:identifying, by one or more first computing devices, an arrival time slot associated with a landing area;
providing, by the one or more first computing devices to one or more second computing devices of a plurality of operators, a first set of data identifying the arrival time slot;
receiving, by the one or more first computing devices, a second set of data indicating that a first operator of the plurality of operators has selected the arrival time slot; and
determining in real-time, by the one or more first computing devices, one or more trajectory amendments to allow a first aircraft associated with the first operator to meet the arrival time slot associated with the landing area;
determining, by the one or more first computing devices, a projected operations value associated with the one or more trajectory amendments; and
sending, by the one or more first computing devices, the one or more trajectory amendments.

US Pat. No. 10,169,957

MULTIPLE PLAYER GAMING STATION INTERACTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

IGT, Las Vegas, NV (US)

1. A method of operating a gaming system, the method comprising:receiving, via a first touchscreen of a first wagering gaming machine, a selection of an object by a first player;
thereafter, receiving, via the first touchscreen, a gesture associated with the selected object;
determining, by a controller of the gaming system and based at least in part on the received gesture, if the selected object is to be transferred to a second wagering gaming machine, wherein:
a first received gesture is associated with identifying the second wagering gaming machine and, when received, causes a transferring of the selected object to the second wagering gaming machine,
the first received gesture is not associated with identifying any wagering gaming machine different than the second wagering gamine machine and, when received, does not cause any transferring of the selected object to any wagering gaming machine different than the second wagering gaming machine,
a second, different received gesture is associated with and, when received, does not cause any transferring of the selected object to the second wagering gaming machine,
the first received gesture has a first swipe speed, a first swipe direction and a first touch pressure,
the second received gesture has a second swipe speed, a second swipe direction and a second touch pressure, and
at least one of the first and second swipe speeds, the first and second swipe directions and the first and second touch pressures are different; and
responsive to a determination that the selected object is to be transferred to the second wagering gaming machine, transferring, by the controller, data associated with the selected object from the first wagering gaming machine to the second wagering gaming machine.

US Pat. No. 10,169,945

MEDIUM STORAGE BOX AND MEDIUM HANDLING DEVICE

Oki Electric Industry Co....

1. A medium storage box including an internal storage space configured to store a paper sheet-shaped medium, the medium storage box comprising:a first opening;
a second opening through which the medium passes;
a first shutter member that closes off the first opening;
a second shutter member that closes off the second opening;
a biasing mechanism that biases either the first shutter member, or the second shutter member, or both, in a closing direction;
a separation section that separates banknotes stored inside the medium storage box;
an external gear mechanism that is inserted into the first opening from outside;
an internal gear mechanism for driving the separation section, the internal gear mechanism meshing with the external gear mechanism, wherein
the first shutter member is configured to be pressed by the external gear mechanism and moving in an opening direction during insertion of the external gear mechanism, such that a portion of the first shutter member abuts the second shutter member and moves the second shutter member in an opening direction, and
the external gear mechanism transmits a drive force to the internal gear mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,169,924

AUGMENTED REALITY VIRTUAL CONTENT PLATFORM APPARATUSES, METHODS AND SYSTEMS

SNAPS MEDIA INC., New Yo...

1. A system comprising:a memory to store image data; and a processor, operatively coupled to the memory, to:
identify a geo-location of an image captured by a client device, the image is associated with social media feed of social network;
provide, at a display of the client device, a plurality of augmented image stickers based on the geo-location of the image;
receive a selection of at least two of the augmented image stickers to inject into the image;
post the image with the at least two of the augmented image stickers injected into the image to the social network, the posted image is visible in the social media feed during a specified time duration.

US Pat. No. 10,169,915

SAVING AUGMENTED REALITIES

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A method for saving augmented realities, comprising:collecting, with a visible-light camera of an augmented reality device, a visible-light image of a physical space;
visually presenting, on an at least partially transparent display of the augmented reality device, an augmentation image while light from the physical space passes through the at least partially transparent display to a user eye;
at least based on a user request while the augmentation image is visually presented on the at least partially transparent display, saving a combined augmented image that includes the augmentation image overlaid on the visible-light image; and
outputting the combined augmented image as a digital image, the digital image displayable on a display device not communicatively coupled with a camera, wherein the combined augmented image simulates an augmented view the user had through the at least partially transparent display when the combined augmented image was previously saved.

US Pat. No. 10,169,913

APPARATUS FOR GENERATING 3D VOLUME MASK MODEL AND METHOD THEREFOR

ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMU...

1. An apparatus for generating 3-dimensional (3D) volume mask data, comprising:a 2-dimensional (2D) mask data collector configured to generate 2D mask feature data, which contains feature points, the 2D mask feature data being generated by using contour data extracted from a 2D mask image,
generate at least one group of triangles by grouping every three proximal feature points of the 2D mask feature data, and
generate a 2D mask mesh using the at least one group of triangles;
a 3D mask model generator configured to calculate a vertex z-value in 3D space using X-Y coordinate values of a vertex of a 2D mask which are contained in the 2D mask mesh, and generate 3D mask model using the calculated vertex z-value; and
a 3D mask model adjuster configured to modify the 3D mask model to be located in 3D space based on acquired 3D face scanning data, extract outer vertices data of the modified 3D mask model, and generate 3D volume mask model by connecting each vertex of the extracted outer vertices corresponding to the 3D mask model to create volume of the 3D mask model,
wherein the 3D mask model generator is configured to transform a planar mask model into a curved 3D mask by applying a predetermined curvature to the generated 3D mask model data, and
wherein the 3D mask model adjuster is configured to comprise:
a 3D mask model modifier configured to match the 3D face scanning data acquired by scanning a user's face with the 3D mask model in 3D space, and modify the 3D mask model to fit on a facial shape specified by the 3D face scanning data; and
a 3D mask model volume adder configured to copy the modified 3D mask model to create two 3D mask models, extract outer vertices of the two 3D mask models to generate outer vertex data of each mask model, and create volume by connecting vertices of one 3D mask model to corresponding vertices of the other 3D mask model at a specific distance, thereby generating the 3D volume mask model.

US Pat. No. 10,169,910

EFFICIENT RENDERING OF HETEROGENEOUS POLYDISPERSE GRANULAR MEDIA

Disney Enterprises, Inc.,...

1. A computer-implemented method for rendering a granular medium, comprising:computing a plurality of shell transport functions (STFs) over an appearance space of optical parameters, each of the STFs aggregating a plurality of grain interactions into a single step;
receiving geometry of a scene which includes the granular medium;
determining a continuous volume approximation of the granular medium, the continuous volume approximation approximating the granular medium as a continuous medium which includes optical properties of the granular medium;
tracing light paths from a camera into the scene; and
for each traced light path of a plurality of the traced light paths that intersect the granular medium:
successively selecting one or more of the STFs that are associated with shells which fit in the granular medium, each STF of the one or more of the STFs being selected based, at least in part, on a respective portion of the optical properties of the continuous volume approximation corresponding to optical properties associated with the STF, and
constructing the traced light path using, at least in part, the selected STFs; and
generating at least a rendered image of the scene based, at least in part, on the traced light paths.

US Pat. No. 10,169,890

ANIMATED TRANSISTIONS BETWEEN GRAPHS

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method comprising:generating, by one or more data processing apparatus, a first graph having a plurality of different visual graph elements that visually depicts a multi-dimensional set of data corresponding to a time period, wherein the first graph comprises a heat map in the form of a matrix that represents different values of the data for different subsets of data using different colors, each visual graph element being presented in a respective color that represents a respective value for the visual graph element;
receiving, by the one or more data processing apparatus, a request for a second graph that visually depicts a single dimension of data from the multi-dimensional set of data, the single dimension of data being visually depicted using a plurality of bars, wherein each bar is depicted using a respective subset of the visual graph elements; and
animating, by the one or more data processing apparatus, a transition of a view of the first graph into a view of the second graph, including:
for each of the plurality of bars:
animating, by the one or more data processing apparatus, movement of each visual graph element in the respective subset of the visual graph elements used to depict the bar from a first location of the visual graph element in the first graph to a final location of the visual graph element in the second graph, wherein a speed at which each visual graph element is moved from the first location to the final location is inversely proportional to a value of the bar being visually represented by the respective subset of the visual graph elements when the animating is complete;
determining, by the one or more data processing apparatus, a color of the bar based on a sum of the values for the respective subset of the visual graph elements used to depict the bar, wherein different colors of bars represent different values of the single dimension of data; and
adjusting, by the one or more data processing apparatus, a color of one or more of the visual graph elements in the respective subset to match the color of the bar in the second graph.

US Pat. No. 10,169,862

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR LASER SPECKLE IMAGING OF TISSUE USING A COLOR IMAGE SENSOR

NOVADAQ TECHNOLOGIES ULC,...

9. A system for imaging tissue of a subject, the system comprising:a coherent light source to generate coherent light having a coherent wavelength;
a color image sensor to acquire image data of the tissue, said color image sensor having pixels, some of the pixels corresponding to a first color, some of the pixels corresponding to a second color, and some of the pixels corresponding to a third color; and
a processor to process the image data using laser speckle contrast analysis while correcting for differences in sensitivity of color pixels at the coherent wavelength to generate a perfusion image of the tissue wherein the correction includes applying a first correction factor to the first color pixels, a second correction factor to the second color pixels and a third correction factor to the third color pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,169,852

SYSTEMS, DEVICES, AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING FEEDBACK ON AND IMPROVING THE ACCURACY OF SUPER-RESOLUTION IMAGING

NANOTRONICS IMAGING, INC....

1. A method for generating a super-resolution image for a specimen through a super-resolution system based on a low resolution image of the specimen comprising:obtaining the low resolution image of the specimen using a low resolution objective of a microscopy inspection system;
generating the super-resolution image of at least a portion of the specimen from the low resolution image of the specimen using a super-resolution image simulation;
identifying an accuracy assessment of the super-resolution image based on one or more degrees of equivalence between the super-resolution image and one or more actually scanned high resolution images of at least a portion of one or more related specimens identified using a simulated image classifier;
determining whether to further process the super-resolution image based on the accuracy assessment of the super-resolution image;
obtaining one or more high resolution images of the at least the portion of the specimen using a high resolution objective of the microscopy inspection system, if it is determined to further process the super-resolution image based on the accuracy assessment of the super-resolution image;
assembling the super-resolution image and the one or more high resolution images of the at least the portion of the specimen to form a single coherent image of the at least the portion of the specimen as part of further processing the super-resolution image;
identifying a total number of artifacts in the single coherent image of the at least the portion of the specimen;
comparing the total number of artifacts in the single coherent image with a pre-defined tolerance number of artifacts to determine a relation of the total number of artifacts in the single coherent image with the pre-defined tolerance number of artifacts; and
further controlling operation of the super-resolution system to generate one or more high resolution images for the specimen based on one or more low resolution images of the specimen according to the relation of the total number of artifacts in the single coherent image with the pre-defined tolerance number of artifacts.

US Pat. No. 10,169,826

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GENERATING EXPLANATIONS FOR TAX CALCULATIONS

INTUIT INC., Mountain Vi...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:a calculation engine of a computerized tax return preparation application comprising computer-executable instructions executed by a computing, reading, from a shared data store of the computerized tax return preparation application, runtime data of an electronic tax return being prepared by a user of the computerized tax return preparation application;
populating, by the calculation engine, a directed graph structure of the computerized tax return preparation, the directed graph structure semantically describing data dependent tax operations and comprising respective leaf nodes populated with respective specific runtime data, function nodes associated with respective input nodes, respective functions, and respective result nodes, wherein respective pre-determined explanations are associated with respective function nodes and functions, inputs to a function comprises runtime data of respective associated leaf nodes, and a result node is populated with a calculation result generated by execution of the function,
constructing, by an explanation engine of the computerized tax return preparation application and in communication with the calculation engine, narrative explanation concerning the calculation result based at least in part upon the explanation engine traversing at least a portion of the directed graph structure and determining one or more explanations associated with respective traversed function nodes and functions;
communicating, by the explanation engine, the narrative explanation to a user interface controller of the computerized tax return application that is also in communication with the shared data store; and
presenting, by the user interface controller and through a display of the computing device and to the user, a computer generated interface comprising the calculation result and the narrative explanation associated with the calculation result.

US Pat. No. 10,169,825

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING VEHICLE REQUESTS

Smartcar, Inc., Mountain...

1. A method for processing requests for vehicular data, the method comprising:sampling a first value for a vehicle parameter at a vehicle at a first time;
transmitting the first value from the vehicle to a remote system;
at the remote system, caching the first value in association with a vehicle identifier identifying the vehicle;
at the remote system, receiving a first vehicle request for the vehicle parameter from a first third party application, the first vehicle request comprising the vehicle identifier and a system access token;
at the remote system, verifying, based on the system access token, first third party application access to the vehicle parameter for the vehicle identifier;
at the remote system, in response to verifying first third party application access to the vehicle parameter for the vehicle identifier, transmitting a resource query for the vehicle parameter to a vehicle resource associated with the vehicle identifier, wherein the first resource query comprises a resource access token;
in response to the vehicle resource accepting the resource query based on the resource access token, transmitting a second value for the vehicle parameter from the vehicle resource to the remote system, the second value sampled at the vehicle at a second time after the first time;
in response to the vehicle resource rejecting the resource query, retrieving the first value at the remote system; and
at the remote system, fulfilling the first vehicle request, wherein fulfilling the first vehicle request comprises transmitting at least one of the first value and the second value from the remote system to the third party application.

US Pat. No. 10,169,812

PROVIDING FINANCIAL ACCOUNT INFORMATION TO USERS

The PNC Financial Service...

1. A computer-implemented method for providing financial information to a user, the method comprising:receiving, by a computing device and from a financial server system data indicative of:
a balance of a first financial account of the user;
a balance of a second financial account of the user; and
a balance of scheduled payments to be deducted from the first financial account,
wherein the computer device comprises at least one processor and operatively associated memory;
providing, by the computing device, a graphical user interface to the user;
displaying, via the graphical user interface provided by the computing device, a first segment having a first area proportional to the balance of the first financial account;
displaying, via the graphical user interface provided by the computing device, a second segment having a second area proportional to the balance of the second financial account, wherein a sum of the first area and the second area is substantially constant independent of the balances of the first and second financial accounts;
displaying, via the graphical user interface provided by the computing device, a scheduled payments indicator that comprises a bar element positioned behind the graphical user interface having a length determined by a portion of the balance of the first financial account necessary to meet the balance of scheduled payments, and wherein the graphical user interface has a default state where numerical values for the first balance and the second balance are not displayed, wherein the graphical user interface is configured to be transitioned from the default state to display the numerical values and transitioned back to the default state;
receiving, by the computing device, a selection of a balance indicator by the user;
after receiving the selection of the balance indicator by the user, transitioning the graphical user interface from the default state and displaying, by the computing device, a numerical indication of at least one of the balance of the first financial account, the balance of the second financial account and the balance of scheduled payments, wherein the selection of the balance indicator corresponds to at least one of:
the user placing a cursor of the computing device over the balance indicator; and
the user placing the cursor of the computing device over the balance indicator and selecting the balance indicator;
displaying, via the graphical user interface provided by the computing device, a divider positioned between the first segment and the second segment;
receiving an input associated with the divider from the user via the graphical interface provided by the computing device, the input associated with the divider comprising a prescribed amount for a transfer of funds from the first financial account to the second financial account or from the second financial account to the first financial account;
executing the transfer of funds in the prescribed amount from the first financial account to the second financial account or from the second financial account to the first financial account based on the input associated with the divider via the financial server system; and
displaying, via the graphical user interface provided by the computing device, a new balance of the first financial account or the second financial account according to the prescribed amount of the transfer of funds in response to the transfer of funds.

US Pat. No. 10,169,799

DYNAMICALLY ADJUSTED RESULTS FOR SEARCH INTERFACE

eBay Inc., San Jose, CA ...

1. A system comprising:one or more hardware processors and memory configured to provide computer program instructions to the one or more hardware processors;
a marketplace system comprising a search engine accessible to a client machine, the search engine configured to utilize the one or more hardware processors to receive a first search query from the client machine, the first search query indicating an item listed by the marketplace system, and to determine a first plurality of listings from a plurality of listings based, at least in part, on the received first search query,
a dynamic price range determination system comprising:
a listings search engine configured to utilize the one or more hardware processors to determine a second plurality of listings from the plurality of listings based, at least in part, on the received first search query and one or more first selection criteria, wherein the second plurality of listings includes at least one different listing than the first plurality of listings, wherein each of the second plurality of listings is associated with a price; and
a price point computation engine configured to utilize the one or more hardware processors to determine a range of prices based on the second plurality of listings and one or more second selection criteria; and
a display engine configured to utilize the one or more hardware processors to transmit graphical user interface (GUI) data for the determined first plurality of listings and the range of prices determined based on the second plurality of listings to the client machine for display.

US Pat. No. 10,169,798

AUTOMATIC SELECTION OF FEATURED PRODUCT GROUPS WITHIN A PRODUCT SEARCH ENGINE

WALMART APOLLO, LLC, Ben...

1. A method of computing a featured set of product groups for a query on an inventory of products, each of the products having one or more attribute-value pairs, and each of the one or more attribute-value pairs having an attribute, the method being implemented via execution of computer instructions configured to run at one or more processors and configured to be stored at one or more non-transitory computer-readable media, the method comprising:determining, via a search engine, a result group of the products matching the query, the result group of the products collectively having a result set of attributes and a result set of the one or more attribute-value pairs, wherein:
(a) the result set of the attributes in the result group of the products that match terms of the query comprise a union of all attributes in the product groups of the products; and
(b) the result set of the one or more attribute-value pairs in the result group of the products that match the terms of the query comprise a union of all attribute-value pairs in the product groups of the products;
determining relevance scores for the product groups, wherein each product in the product groups shares a common attribute of the result set of the attributes, based on a relevance function, wherein the relevance function is configured to use a weighted set cover for the each of the products in the product groups that matches the query, wherein the weighted set cover is determined by:
relevance (query, {pg1, pg2, . . . , pgN})=?relevanceBase (query, product)
for all products in (pg1?pg2? . . . ?pgN), where pgX is a product group X, and N is a number of first product groups included in a set of the product groups, and the relevanceBase is a scoring function, wherein two product groups in the set of the product groups do not overlap by a pre-determined percentage;
selecting each of the products in each of the product groups comprising the common attribute of the result set of the attributes and a common attribute-value pair associated with the common attribute of the result set of the attributes, as one of the products to be featured in the featured set of the product groups;
determining a set of featured attributes corresponding to the featured set of the product groups, wherein the each of the products in the product groups of the featured set of the product groups comprises a different one of the one or more attribute-value pairs associated with the set of featured attributes; and
after receiving the query from a user, transmitting for display at least one page of a website, where the at least one page has an option to view the each of the product groups of the featured set of the product groups.

US Pat. No. 10,169,783

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR CHARGING OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Zeco Systems Pte Ltd., S...

1. A method of reserving an electric vehicle charging station, comprising:providing the electric vehicle charging station with one or more charging slots, wherein the electric vehicle charging station is configured to receive and manage reservations for the charging slots at the electric vehicle charging station;
sending, directly from a mobile device, a charge transfer request for a first electric vehicle of a first user over a network link to a cloud server, wherein the first user is associated with the mobile device and the electric vehicle to be charged, wherein the charge transfer request directly from the mobile device includes identification information and credit account information;
authorizing the charge transfer request received at the cloud server using the identification information and credit account information received directly from the mobile device;
charging the electric vehicle of the first user in a first charging slot at the electric vehicle charging station for a first charging session, the charging session having a scheduled end time;
reserving a second charging session for a second electric vehicle of a second user, the second charging session being scheduled to begin after the scheduled end time of the first charging session;
enabling communication between the first user and a second user via the cloud server;
facilitating a request from a first mobile device of the first user to a second mobile device of the second user, via the cloud server, to extend the scheduled end time of the first charging session an amount of time for the first user into the second charging session of the second user;
facilitating a response from the second user; and
if the second user agrees to a modified second charging session, reimbursing the second user, from the first user, for any inconvenience, reduced charging time, or both.

US Pat. No. 10,169,666

IMAGE-ASSISTED REMOTE CONTROL VEHICLE SYSTEMS AND METHODS

FLIR Systems, Inc., Wils...

1. A system, comprising:a remote control vehicle;
an infrared imaging module mounted on the remote control vehicle, wherein the infrared imaging module is configured to capture an infrared image based on thermal radiation of a scene; and
a processor configured to communicate with the infrared imaging module, wherein the processor is configured to:
determine thermal properties associated with the scene based on the infrared image; detect a first boundary in the infrared image and a second boundary in the infrared image based on the determined thermal properties associated with the scene;
determine a lane or a bounded area defined by the first boundary and the second boundary; and
modify an operation of the remote control vehicle based on the first boundary and the second boundary to keep the remote control vehicle within the lane or the bounded area and prevent the remote control vehicle from crossing the first boundary and the second boundary.

US Pat. No. 10,169,657

METHOD OF EXTRACTING LOGO MASK FROM VIDEO STREAM HAVING LOGO

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A method of extracting a logo mask from a video stream having a logo, the method comprising:receiving the video stream including a plurality of frames,
generating sequentially a plurality of online-weighted-average frames using the video stream; and
generating a logo-boundary-score map using a current frame among the plurality of frames and a current online-weighted-average frame among the plurality of online-weighted-average frames,
wherein the logo-boundary-score map includes a plurality of logo-boundary-score entries, each of which corresponds to one of a plurality of pixels of the video stream and includes a probability that a corresponding one of the plurality of pixels is a logo-boundary pixel, and
wherein the logo mask includes a plurality of entries, each of which corresponds to one of the plurality of pixels and represents whether a corresponding one of the plurality of pixels is a logo pixel or a non-logo pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,169,652

SPATIAL EXPANSION SEISMIC DATA PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS

CGG SERVICES SAS, Massy ...

1. A method for processing seismic data corresponding to a subsurface, the method comprising:receiving input seismic data (di) characterized by N spatial coordinates, wherein the input seismic data is in a first spatial domain, and the N spatial coordinates describe positions of (1) seismic sources that generate seismic waves, and (2) seismic receivers that detect the seismic waves after have been passed through the subsurface;
expanding with a computer the N spatial coordinates of the input seismic data (di) to N? modified spatial coordinates, where N? is greater than N, to provide spatially expanded seismic data (de) that is in a second spatial domain;
transforming the spatially expanded seismic data (de) to a model domain to provide model domain data (dm); and
generating a final image (df) of the subsurface using the model domain data (dm),
wherein the N? modified spatial coordinates include plural modified coordinates, each of which is a non-linear function of two of the N spatial coordinates, and
wherein the plural modified spatial coordinates replace non-linear responses of the input seismic data (di) in the first spatial domain with pseudo-linear responses in the second spatial domain.

US Pat. No. 10,169,590

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DISPLAYING COMPUTER HEALTH INDEX

Beijing Qihoo Technology ...

1. An apparatus for displaying a computer health index, comprising:a memory having instructions stored thereon;
a processor to execute the instructions to perform operations comprising:
calculating at least one health sub-index and calculating the computer health index based on the at least one health sub-index, wherein each of the at least one health sub-index is associated with at least one computer state, and each of the at least one health sub-index reflects a health degree of an associated computer state;
performing simple index display in a specific area on a desktop to display a first icon reflecting a value of the computer health index;
wherein the first icon displayed by the simple index display is a first sphere, the first sphere changes its shape with the value of the computer health index, a color filled the first sphere changes from red to green or vice versa based on the value of the computer health index, and when the value of the computer health index is 100%, the first icon displayed by the simple index display becomes a fixed icon;
triggering by a user, the specific area on the desktop to display a detailed index display area, the detailed index display area containing:
a second icon reflecting the value of the computer health index, the second icon is a second sphere and is larger than the first icon, and a color filled the second sphere changes from red to green or vice versa based on the value of the computer health index;
information of the computer health index and information of each of the at least one health sub-index;
a computer state setting trigger area for receiving at least one trigger command from the user when the user clicks on the computer state setting trigger area; and
updating the first and second icons to reflect the at least one trigger command received from the user.

US Pat. No. 10,169,330

ANTICIPATORY SAMPLE ANALYSIS FOR APPLICATION MANAGEMENT

Accenture Global Solution...

1. A device, comprising:one or more processors to:
receive a plurality of first samples of textual content;
identify a plurality of clusters of the plurality of the first samples,
a cluster, of the plurality of clusters, to be identified based on semantic similarity of samples included in the cluster;
identify a pattern of occurrence based on the plurality of clusters,
the pattern of occurrence to identify two or more clusters, of the plurality of clusters, based on an order in which samples associated with the two or more clusters were generated or received;
receive one or more second samples of textual content;
determine that the one or more second samples are semantically similar to one or more corresponding clusters associated with the pattern of occurrence;
identify a predicted sample based on the pattern of occurrence and the one or more corresponding clusters; and
perform an action based on identifying the predicted sample,
the action including reconfiguring another device to mitigate or prevent an event associated with the predicted sample,
reconfiguration of the other device including a modification of at least one of:
 a performance of the other device,
 a utilization of processor resources, or
 downtime of the other device.

US Pat. No. 10,169,284

CONNECTOR WITH A TERMINATION MODULE

CommScope Technologies LL...

1. A communication device comprising:a processing device configured for communicating data via a data connection; and
a connector communicatively coupled to the processing device, the connector comprising:
at least one terminal configured for forming the data connection with at least one external terminal of a mating connector inserted in the connector, and
a sensing module configured for providing a termination signal to the processing device to terminate the data connection in response to detecting a movement associated with removing the mating connector from the connector;
wherein the processing device is configured for terminating data communication via the data connection in response to receiving the termination signal;
wherein the sensing module comprises:
an additional processing device;
a first conductive contact communicatively coupled to the additional processing device; and
a second conductive contact movable by the mating connector between a first position in which the first and second conductive contacts are electrically connected and a second position in which the first and second conductive contacts are electrically disconnected;
wherein the additional processing device is configured for providing the termination signal in response to the second conductive contact being moved between the first and second positions; and
wherein the second conductive contact is movable between the first position and the second position in response to the movement associated with removing the mating connector from the connector and the additional processing device is configured for providing the termination signal in response to the movement between the first position and the second position that is associated with removing the mating connector from the connector.

US Pat. No. 10,169,218

METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY VALIDATING DATA AGAINST A PREDEFINED DATA SPECIFICATION

ALSTOM TRANSPORT TECHNOLO...

1. A method for automatically validating data against a predefined data specification, said method comprises steps of:a) acquiring data to be validated, said data comprising a plurality of test objects;
b) acquiring a test database comprising a plurality of test files each defining a test scenario;
c) acquiring a predefined data specification against which the test objects must be validated;
d) automatically generating a plurality of test scripts, from the acquired test files and using relevant data from the test objects of the acquired predefined data specification;
e) for each generated test script, executing said test script on the test objects; and
f) automatically generating a test report comprising a test result,
wherein, during the step a) of acquiring data to be validated, the following sub-steps are carried out:
comparing two files of different versions,
filtering mismatching lines of the two files,
categorizing the mismatching lines into a plurality of corresponding categories, and
for each category, removing all mismatching lines of said category except for one mismatching line of said category.

US Pat. No. 10,169,206

SIMULTANEOUS MULTI-PLATFORM TESTING

ACCENTURE GLOBAL SOLUTION...

1. A software testing system comprising:a web object repository to store web page objects of a web application and properties of the web page objects;
a test case repository to store test cases for testing the web application;
a test data repository to store test data for the test cases;
a testing device comprising a processor, connected to a memory, to execute machine readable instructions to:
receive a testing request to test the web application, wherein the testing request identifies
functionalities of the web application to test, and
platforms of different platform types on which the functionalities will be tested;
determine a first test package for testing a first functionality of the functionalities, the first test package for testing the first functionality on a first platform of the platforms, the determining comprising
selecting a first plurality of test cases from the test case repository for testing the first functionality,
creating, for the first plurality of test cases, a first map of key-value pairs for test data from the test data repository, and
identifying a first plurality of web objects from the web object repository that are for the first plurality of test cases;
determine a first driver for executing the first plurality of test cases on the first platform, wherein the first driver interacts with a first web application testing tool;
interact with the first driver to transmit the first test package to the first web application testing tool to execute the first plurality of test cases on the first platform, wherein the first test package includes the first plurality of test cases, the first map, and information for identifying the first plurality of web objects in the web application;
receive, via the first driver, first test results and first status information from the first web application testing tool executing the first plurality of test cases on the first platform;
determine a second test package for testing a second functionality of the functionalities in the testing request on a second platform of the platforms, the second platform being of a platform type that differs from the platform type of the first platform, the determining of the second test package for testing the second functionality comprising
selecting, using the first test results and first status information from the first web application testing tool, a second plurality of test cases from the test case repository for testing the second functionality on the second platform,
creating, for the second plurality of test cases, a second map of key-value pairs for test data from the test data repository, and
identifying a second plurality of web objects from the web object repository that are for the second plurality of test cases;
determine a second driver for executing the second plurality of test cases on the second platform, wherein the second driver interacts with a second web application testing tool;
interact with the second driver to transmit the second test package to the second web application testing tool to execute the second plurality of test cases on the second platform,
wherein the second test package includes
the second plurality of test cases,
the second map of key-value pairs, and
information for identifying the second plurality of web objects in the web application;
receive, via the second driver, second test results from the second web application testing tool executing the second plurality of test cases; and
generate a multiplatform view of the first and second test results.

US Pat. No. 10,169,200

CODE COMPONENT DEBUGGING IN AN APPLICATION PROGRAM

International Business Ma...

1. A computer program product for debugging a set of code components of an application program, the computer program product comprising one or more computer-readable storage media and program instructions stored on the one or more computer-readable storage media, the program instructions comprising:program instructions to collect, with respect to the application program, a set of defect data which indicates a set of defects, wherein the set of defect data is derived from a set of post-compilation users of the application program;
program instructions to collect, with respect to the application program, a set of test case data which indicates a set of user interface features of the application program, wherein the set of test case data is derived from a set of development tests of the application program;
program instructions to determine, using both the set of defect data and the set of test case data, a set of fragility data for the set of code components of the application program; and
program instructions to debug, based on the set of fragility data for the set of code components of the application program, the set of code components of the application program.

US Pat. No. 10,169,183

MOBILE DEVICE AND CHASSIS WITH CONTACTLESS TAGS TO DIAGNOSE HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE FAULTS

International Business Ma...

1. A method for diagnosing faults in a hardware appliance, the method comprising:providing a distributed contactless tag datastore that includes a plurality of contactless tags with a directory on one of the contactless tags with directory information that identifies one or more other contactless tags of the distributed contactless tag datastore on which information to be read is located, the distributed contactless tag datastore being associated with a plurality of components in a hardware appliance;
writing system status information associated with the plurality of components to the distributed contactless datastore;
detecting a fault in at least one of the plurality of components of the hardware appliance;
writing information associated with the component fault to the distributed contactless datastore; and
writing a pointer to the distributed contactless datastore containing the information associated with the component fault into one or more of the plurality of the contactless tags of the hardware appliance; and
in response to detecting a power fail in the hardware appliance, writing key information associated with the fault from the distributed contactless datastore to a contactless tag of the hardware appliance.

US Pat. No. 10,169,175

PROVIDING FAILOVER CONTROL ON A CONTROL SYSTEM

GE Aviation Systems LLC, ...

1. A method of providing failover control in a computing system, the method comprising:monitoring a data stream generated by a plurality of computing nodes in a computing system; and
selecting a first subset of the plurality of computing nodes based at least in part on the monitored data stream;
generating one or more control grant signals for each computing node of the first subset;
determining that the one or more control grant signals for one or more of the computing nodes in the first subset satisfies a predetermined threshold;
in response to determining the one or more control grant signals for one or more of the computing nodes in the first subset satisfies the predetermined threshold, granting control authority of the computing system to the one or more computing nodes of the first subset;
subsequent to granting control authority of the computing system to the one or more computing nodes of the first subset, identifying at least one control capable computing node that has not been granted control authority of the computing system; and
selecting the at least one control capable computing node as a second subset of the plurality of computing nodes.

US Pat. No. 10,169,094

DYNAMIC TRANSACTION-PERSISTENT SERVER LOAD BALANCING

Hewlett Packard Enterpris...

1. A non-transitory machine readable storage medium having stored thereon machine readable instructions to cause a computer processor to:receive, at a particular device, a first authentication request corresponding to a client device;
determine, for each of a plurality of servers, a number of outstanding authentication requests;
select a first server, from the plurality of servers, based on the number of outstanding authentication requests for each server of the plurality of servers, and a transmission latency between the particular device and each of the plurality of servers,
wherein the transmission latency is inferred based on the number of outstanding authentication requests for each server among the plurality of servers;
transmit, from the device to the first server:
the first authentication request corresponding to the client device; and
a second authentication request corresponding to the client device in response to a determination that the second authentication request is in a same first transaction as the first authentication request, wherein subsequent requests within the first transaction will be received by the first server;
select a second server, based on the number of outstanding authentication requests, to receive a third authentication request in response to the determination that the third authentication request is in a second transaction different from the previous authentication requests; and
select the first server to receive a fourth authentication request in a third transaction based on the determination that the first and the second authentication requests were completed and the third authentication request is pending.

US Pat. No. 10,168,997

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EXECUTING NATIVE CLIENT CODE IN A STORAGE DEVICE

NGD Systems, Inc., Irvin...

1. A storage device communicatively coupled to a host through a storage interface, the storage device being configured to store host data provided by the host through the storage interface, the storage device comprising:storage media;
a first processing unit; and
a program memory storing instructions that, when executed by the first processing unit, cause the first processing unit to:
instantiate, within the storage device, a device data processing agent and a container, wherein the device data processing agent is connected to the host through a virtual Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) tunnel over the storage interface, and wherein the device data processing agent is configured:
to receive, from the host through the virtual TCP/IP tunnel over the storage interface, a first manifest comprising a plurality of input file identifiers, a plurality of output file identifiers, and a first binary comprising first instructions;
to send a request to the host in a form of the plurality of input file identifiers and the plurality of output file identifiers through the storage interface;
to receive a corresponding response from the host in a form of a plurality of block addresses through the storage interface, each block address identifying a storage area in the storage media, each block address corresponding to one of the plurality of input file identifiers and the plurality of output file identifiers; and
to retrieve data from the storage area identified by a block address of the plurality of block addresses by sending a data retrieval request to a second processing unit through a messaging interface and receiving retrieved data through the messaging interface;
extract the first binary, from the first manifest, within the storage device; and
execute the first binary to perform data processing on the retrieved data stored in the storage device based on the first instructions in the first binary.

US Pat. No. 10,168,985

DYNAMIC AUDIO CODEC ENUMERATION

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A method for dynamically providing communication between drivers comprising:populating, by a first driver, mailbox registers of audio codec hardware with one or more values;
providing, from the audio codec hardware, an interrupt to a second driver based on the populating of the mailbox registers;
providing, from the second driver and in response to the interrupt, a command to read the mailbox registers; and
sending, by the audio codec hardware, the one or more values from the mailbox registers to the second driver in response to the command.

US Pat. No. 10,168,977

BIDIRECTIONAL SCANNING UNIT, DRIVING METHOD AND GATE DRIVING CIRCUIT

SHANGHAI AVIC OPTO ELECTR...

1. A bidirectional scanning unit, comprising:a first-stage sub unit comprising
a first input module,
a first pull-up node,
a first pull-up control module,
a second pull-up control module,
a first pull-down node,
a first pull-down control module,
a second pull-down control module,
a first pull-down generating module,
a first output module, and
a first output terminal; and
a second-stage sub unit comprising
a second input module,
a second pull-up node,
a third pull-up control module,
a fourth pull-up control module,
a second pull-down node,
a third pull-down control module,
a fourth pull-down control module,
a second pull-down generating module,
a second output module, and
a second output terminal; and, wherein
the first input module is configured to control a conduction state between a first voltage terminal and the first pull-up node and control a conduction state between a third voltage terminal and the first output terminal in response to a signal of a first control terminal, and to control a conduction state between a second voltage terminal and the first pull-up node and control a conduction state between the third voltage terminal and the first output terminal in response to a signal of a second control terminal, wherein a level of a signal outputted from the first voltage terminal is opposite to a level of a signal outputted from the second voltage terminal;
the second input module is configured to control a conduction state between the first voltage terminal and the second pull-up node and control a conduction state between the third voltage terminal and the second output terminal in response to a signal of a third control terminal, and to control a conduction state between the second voltage terminal and the second pull-up node and control a conduction state between the third voltage terminal and the second output terminal in response to a signal of a fourth control terminal, wherein a structure of the first input module is identical to a structure of the second input module;
the first pull-up control module is configured to control a conduction state between the first pull-down node and the third voltage terminal and control a conduction state between the first pull-down node and the first pull-down generating module in response to a signal of the first pull-up node, the second pull-up control module is configured to control a conduction state between the first pull-down node and the third voltage terminal and control a conduction state between the first pull-down node and the first pull-down generating module in response to a signal of the second pull-up node;
the third pull-up control module is configured to control a conduction state between the second pull-down node and the third voltage terminal and control a conduction state between the second pull-down node and the second pull-down generating module in response to a signal of the second pull-up node, the fourth pull-up control module is configured to control a conduction state between the second pull-down node and the third voltage terminal and control a conduction state between the second pull-down node and the second pull-down generating module in response to a signal of the first pull-up node, wherein a structure of the first pull-up control module is identical to a structure of the third pull-up control module, and a structure of the second pull-up control module is identical to a structure of the fourth pull-up control module;
the first pull-down generating module is configured to control a conduction state between a first signal terminal and the first pull-down node in response a signal of the first signal terminal;
the second pull-down generating module is configured to control a conduction state between a second signal terminal and the second pull-down node in response to a signal of the second signal terminal, wherein a structure of the first pull-down generating module is identical to a structure of the second pull-down generating module;
the first pull-down control module is configured to control a conduction state between the first pull-up node and the third voltage terminal and control a conduction state between the third voltage terminal and the first output terminal in response to a signal of the first pull-down node, the second pull-down control module is configured to control a conduction state between the first pull-up node and the third voltage terminal and control a conduction state between the third voltage terminal and the first output terminal in response to a signal of the second pull-down node;
the third pull-down control module is configured to control a conduction state between the second pull-up node and the third voltage terminal and control a conduction state between the third voltage terminal and the second output terminal in response to a signal of the second pull-down node, the fourth pull-down control module is configured to control a conduction state between the second pull-up node and the third voltage terminal and control a conduction state between the third voltage terminal and the second output terminal in response to a signal of the first pull-down node, wherein a structure of the first pull-down control module is identical to a structure of the third pull-down control module, and a structure of the second pull-down control module is identical to a structure of the fourth pull-down control module; and
the first output module is configured to control a conduction state between a first clock signal terminal and the first output terminal in response to a signal of the first pull-up node, and the second output module is configured to control a conduction state between a second clock signal terminal and the second output terminal in response to a signal of the second pull-up node, wherein a phase difference between a signal outputted from the first clock signal terminal and a signal outputted from the second clock signal terminal is 180 degrees, and a structure of the first output module is identical to a structure of the second output module.

US Pat. No. 10,168,886

METHOD FOR PROVIDING A USER INTERFACE BASED ON TOUCH PRESSURE, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING SAME

Korea Electronics Technol...

1. A method for providing a User Interface (UI), the method performed by an electronic device having a controller and a touch screen, the method comprising:arranging a plurality of contents on the touch screen;
displaying a scroll bar adjacent to the plurality of contents on the touch screen;
when the scroll bar is touched by a first pressure, scrolling the plurality of contents on the touch screen at a first speed; and
when the scroll bar is touched by a second pressure which is greater than the first pressure while scrolling the plurality of contents, enlarging one of the plurality of contents which is scrolling,
wherein the enlarging operation scrolls the plurality of contents at a second speed which is slower than the first speed.

US Pat. No. 10,168,799

HYBRID DIGITAL ANALOG KEY SWITCH

UNEO Inc., Taipei (TW)

1. A key switch for generating both a digital signal and an analog signal, the key switch comprising:a key module;
a key stem configured to move up and down relative to the key module, wherein
the key stem has a top portion and a bottom portion,
the top portion projects upward from a top side of the key module,
the bottom portion is inside the key module,
in a first state, the key stem is in an upper position when the key switch is not depressed, and
in a second state, the key stem is in a lower position when the key switch is depressed;
a first electrode and a second electrode movable relative to each other in accordance with up and down movement of the key stem relative to the key module, wherein
in the first state of the key stem, the first and second electrodes are separated from each other, and
in the second state of the key stem, the first and second electrodes are in physical and electrical contact to generate a digital signal; and
a force sensor under a bottom side of the key module, wherein
when the key stem is depressed and moves downward away from the first state, the key module is pressed against the force sensor and causes the force sensor to generate an analog signal corresponding to a magnitude of a force at which the key stem is depressed.

US Pat. No. 10,168,768

SYSTEMS AND METHODS TO FACILITATE INTERACTIONS IN AN INTERACTIVE SPACE

Meta Company, San Mateo,...

1. A system configured to facilitate interactions in an interactive space, the interactive space including views of a virtual environment, the system comprising:a display configured to generate images forming virtual content within the virtual environment, the virtual content having virtual positions within the virtual environment;
a sensor configured to generate output signals conveying position information, the position information specifying positions of real-world objects within a real-world environment, the real-world objects including a first physical object; and
one or more physical processors configured by machine-readable instructions to:
effectuate presentation via the display of an image forming a virtual object in the virtual environment, the virtual object having a first virtual position;
determine, from the position information and the first virtual position of the virtual object, a perceived distance between the first physical object and the virtual object;
responsive to the perceived distance being less than or equal to a first distance, effectuate presentation via the display of an image forming a secondary virtual object on or near the virtual object;
determine, from the position information and a second virtual position of the secondary virtual object, one or more interactions between the first physical object and the secondary virtual object;
modify the image forming the virtual object to reflect the one or more interactions of the first physical object with the secondary virtual object; and
wherein the secondary virtual object is a plane.

US Pat. No. 10,168,758

TECHNIQUES TO ENABLE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN A PROCESSOR AND VOLTAGE REGULATOR

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A processor comprising:a plurality of cores;
a first storage to store parameter information for a voltage regulator to couple to the processor, the parameter information comprising interface information including interface speed, encoding information, address information regarding the voltage regulator, and one or more electrical configuration parameters of a platform including the processor;
a voltage regulator interface to couple the voltage regulator to the processor; and
a power controller to control power consumption of the processor, the power controller to determine a performance state for one or more cores of the processor and including a first logic to generate a message for the voltage regulator based at least in part on the parameter information, the message to cause the voltage regulator to output a voltage to enable the one or more cores to operate at the performance state.

US Pat. No. 10,168,738

FUEL CELLS IN LAPTOP COMPUTER DEVICES

Intelligent Energy Limite...

1. A portable computing device comprising:a base unit and a display screen unit coupled together by a hinge assembly configured to allow rotation of the base unit and the screen unit relative to one another, the display screen unit having a display panel on a first face of the display screen unit and a fuel cell array disposed adjacent to a second face of the display screen unit,
a plurality of ventilation apertures extending through the second face of the display screen unit and being configured to provide air flow to the fuel cell array, the plurality of ventilation apertures having a hydrophobic coating;
a fluid conduit extending between the display screen unit and the base unit, the fluid conduit providing a purge fluid flow path from a purge outlet of the fuel cell array to a fan duct in the base unit; and,
wherein the hydrophobic coating reduces water beading or condensation.

US Pat. No. 10,168,726

SELF-ADAPTIVE STARTUP COMPENSATION DEVICE

ANPEC ELECTRONICS CORPORA...

1. A self-adaptive startup compensation device, comprising:a reference voltage generating circuit, including:
first to fifth transistors, an input terminal of the first transistor is connected to a voltage source, an output terminal of the first transistor is connected to input terminals of the second and third transistors, an output terminal of the second transistor is connected to a control terminal of the second transistor, an input terminal of the fourth transistor and a control terminal of the fifth transistor, an output terminal of the third transistor is connected to a control terminal of the third transistor and an input terminal of the fifth transistor, the output terminal of the third transistor is grounded through a first capacitor, and output terminals of the fourth and fifth transistors are grounded;
first and second current mirrors, input terminals of the first current mirror are connected to the output terminal of the first transistor, first and second output terminals of the first current mirror are connected to input terminals of the second current mirror respectively, the second output terminal of the first current mirror is connected to control terminals of the first and fourth transistors; and
a DC-to-DC converter, including:
first and second transconductance amplifiers, a non-inverting input terminal of the first transconductance amplifier and an inverting input terminal of the second operational transconductance amplifier are connected to one terminal of the first capacitor that is connected to the third transistor, an inverting input terminal of the first transconductance amplifier and a non-inverting input terminal of the second operational transconductance amplifier are connected to the second output terminal of the first current mirror;
an error amplifier having a bias input terminal connected to an output terminal of the first transconductance amplifier, a first non-inverting input terminal connected to the one terminal of the first capacitor in a decreasing frequency mode, and a second non-inverting input terminal connected to the second output terminal of the first current mirror in a constant frequency mode;
a clock circuit having an input terminal connected to an output terminal of the second operational transconductance amplifier;
a PWM controller and a RAMP generator, each of which has one input terminal connected to an output terminal of the clock circuit;
a comparator having an inverting input terminal and a non-inverting input terminal which are connected to output terminals of the error amplifier and the RAMP generator respectively, and an output terminal connected to another input terminal of the PWM controller; and
a switch circuit connected to an inverting input terminal of the error amplifier and an output terminal of the PWM controller.

US Pat. No. 10,168,691

DATA PIPELINE FOR PROCESS CONTROL SYSTEM ANALYTICS

FISHER-ROSEMOUNT SYSTEMS,...

1. A plant communication system for use within a process plant environment that implements a process, comprising:a process control network including a multiplicity of process control devices disposed within the process plant to control the process and a process control communication network communicatively coupled to the multiplicity of process control devices, wherein one or more of the multiplicity of process control devices collects or generates process control data;
a further plant communication network including a plurality of processing devices communicatively coupled together by a further plant communication network link, wherein at least one of the plurality of processing devices on the further plant communication network is communicatively connected to the process control communication network; and
a distributed data pipeline that is defined, in a configuration environment, to perform, on process control data, a particular processing operation by using a series of data processing modules communicatively connected together in a particular communicative order across a plurality of different devices of the process plant environment, and different portions of the distributed data pipeline are downloaded from the configuration environment into the plurality of different devices of the process plant environment for runtime execution of the particular processing operation, the distributed data pipeline including one or more upstream data processing modules coupled to a set of downstream data processing modules, wherein:
each data processing module included in the set of downstream data processing modules within the distributed data pipeline processes data received from a respective one or more upstream data processing module within the distributed data pipeline,
at least one of the one or more upstream data processing modules of the distributed data pipeline is disposed in one of the multiplicity of process control devices connected to the process control communication network, and
at least one of the downstream data processing modules of the distributed data pipeline is disposed in one of the plurality of processing devices on the further plant communication network.

US Pat. No. 10,168,609

PROJECTION LENS AND PROJECTOR

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A projection lens comprising:a first optical system;
a first optical axis bending member, disposed between the first optical system and an image forming surface of the first optical system, which bends an optical axis;
a second optical system that projects an image formed by the first optical system onto a projection surface;
a second optical axis bending member, disposed in the second optical system, which bends an optical axis;
a first holding member that integrally holds the first optical system and the first optical axis bending member;
a second holding member that integrally holds the second optical system and the second optical axis bending member;
a first junction surface that intersects an emission-side optical axis of the first optical system and is formed in the first holding member;
a second junction surface that intersects an incidence-side optical axis of the second optical system and is formed in the second holding member; and
a junction portion which is configured such that, in a state where the first junction surface and the second junction surface are aligned with each other, at least one of the first holding member and the second holding member is capable of being shifted in a direction of both the junction surfaces and rotated around the optical axis with respect to the other holding member, and that a U-shaped optical path is formed by optical axis alignment between an emission side of the first optical system and an incidence side of the second optical system.

US Pat. No. 10,168,592

DISPLAY PANEL

Samsung Display Co., Ltd....

11. A display panel comprising:a substrate comprising a display area, a first non-display area, and a second non-display area, the first non-display area, and the second non-display area facing each other with the display area disposed therebetween;
a gate line disposed on the substrate and extending in a first direction;
a data line disposed on the substrate and extending in a second direction that intersects the first direction;
a data driving unit generating a driving signal applied to the data line;
an electrostatic discharge protection transistor unit disposed in the first non-display area and comprising a thin film transistor, one of a source electrode and a drain electrode of the thin film transistor being connected to the data line;
a transistor short bar connected to a gate electrode of the thin film transistor;
a first repair line overlapping the transistor short bar on a plane;
a signal amplifier connected to the first repair line and configured to amplify a driving signal of the first repair line; and
a second repair line connected to an output terminal of the signal amplifier and overlapping the data line on the plane in the second non-display area.

US Pat. No. 10,168,589

DISPLAY APPARATUS

Sakai Display Products Co...

2. A display apparatus, comprising:a display panel;
a circuit board which outputs an image signal associated with an image to be displayed on the display panel;
a flexible printed circuit board which connects the display panel and the circuit board, the flexible printed circuit board having a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface, wiring lines and a driving circuit being provided on the first surface, the wiring lines providing electrical connection between the display panel and the circuit board, and the driving circuit driving the display panel based on the image signal which is output from the circuit board; and
a cover overlapping a portion of the second surface of the flexible printed circuit board, the portion corresponding in location at least to the driving circuit and a periphery around the driving circuit on the first surface, the cover being engaged with the flexible printed circuit board so as to be capable of sliding along two opposing edges of the flexible printed circuit board that are connected to neither the display panel nor the circuit board,
wherein the cover includes:
a plate member disposed over the second surface of the flexible printed circuit board, the plate member having a width which is larger than a distance separating the two opposing edges of the flexible printed circuit board; and
two lift-up flaps disposed on the first surface of the flexible printed circuit board so as to respectively catch the two opposing edges of the flexible printed circuit board in between the plate member and themselves.

US Pat. No. 10,168,574

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

Sakai Display Products Co...

1. A light source device, comprising:a light source;
a light-transmissive plate having a side surface or a main surface facing the light source;
a holding frame having a frame-shaped surface holding a peripheral edge portion of the light-transmissive plate, the holding frame having a frame shape; and
a spacer provided between the peripheral edge portion of the light-transmissive plate and the frame-shaped surface of the holding frame,
wherein the holding frame includes:
a first rib provided on the frame-shaped surface, at a position closer to an outer edge of the holding frame than a contact position of the frame-shaped surface in contact with the spacer, the first rib extending along the frame shape;
a second rib provided on an opposite surface opposite to the frame-shaped surface, the second rib being along the frame shape;
a first recessed portion provided between the first rib and the contact position; and
a second recessed portion provided at a position closer to the outer edge of the holding frame than the second rib.

US Pat. No. 10,168,489

TUNED FIBER OPTIC CONNECTORS

CommScope Technologies LL...

1. A fiber optic connector, comprising:a fiber;
a ferrule holding the fiber;
a hub coupled to the ferrule and including an anti-rotation portion;
a front housing including an anti-rotation seat, with the anti-rotation seat defining a plurality of rotational orientations in which the anti-rotation portion of the hub is accepted;
a rear housing;
a spring positioned to push the anti-rotation portion of the hub into the anti-rotation seat of the front housing to resist rotation of the hub and the ferrule relative to the front housing; and
a key member including a key indicator;
wherein, with the rear housing partially engaged with the front housing, the hub is pushable against the spring so that the anti-rotation portion clears the anti-rotation seat of the front housing to allow the hub and the ferrule to be rotated relative to the front housing to tune the fiber optic connector;
wherein, with the rear housing fully engaged with the front housing, the hub is pushable against the spring until the hub contacts the rear housing so that the anti-rotation portion remains engaged with the anti-rotation seat of the front housing to maintain an orientation of the hub and the ferrule relative to the front housing; and
wherein the key member is attachable to the front housing with the key indicator at one of a plurality of orientations to tune the fiber optic connector.

US Pat. No. 10,168,469

LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

Sakai Display Products Co...

1. A light source device comprising:a light guide plate having a rectangular shape;
a substrate having a first surface facing a side surface of the light guide plate;
a light source arranged on the first surface of the substrate to face the side surface of the light guide plate;
a reflection sheet having a rectangular shape facing one broad surface of the light guide plate; and
a plate-shaped member provided at a distance from the one broad surface of the light guide plate to form a room for housing the reflection sheet, wherein
the plate-shaped member comprises a first part and a second part and is formed in an L-shaped angle, wherein the inner surface of the angle in the first part faces the one broad surface of the light guide plate to be substantially parallel to each other, and the inner surface of the angle in the second part is arranged along the side surface of the light guide plate,
the substrate is arranged so that a second surface of the substrate which is opposite to the first surface closely contacts with the inner surface of the second part of the plate-shaped member,
an edge of the reflection sheet proximal to the light source is located inwards of an edge of the light guide plate proximal to the light source, so that an exposed region not covered by the reflection sheet is created near the light source and within the one broad surface of the light guide plate,
a light leakage prevention unit is provided to fill a space between an exposed region of the one broad surface of the light guide plate and the plate-shaped member, and comprises a protruding portion protruding toward the light source beyond the side surface of the light guide plate, wherein the protruding portion is thinner than other portions within the light leakage prevention unit,
a clearance is provided between the light leakage prevention unit and the reflection sheet, and
a reflective body is provided on a surface of the plate-shaped member facing the exposed region of the one broad surface at a position corresponding to the clearance.

US Pat. No. 10,168,440

METHOD TO DETERMINE OPTIMAL SPACING BETWEEN SEISMIC ENERGY SOURCES UTILIZING MUTUAL ADMITTANCE

APACHE CORPORATION, Hous...

1. A method for determining an optimum spacing of seismic energy sources, comprising: (a) deploying a plurality of seismic energy sources along a source line, the seismic vibrators separated from each other at a selected spacing; (b) deploying seismic receivers along a receiver line orthogonally oriented to the source line; (c) simultaneously actuating each of the plurality of seismic energy sources while recording signals from the seismic receivers; (d) repeating (a) and (c) for a plurality of different spacings between the seismic energy sources; (e) calculating a seismic energy in the recorded signals in separate time windows selected to represent reflected body wave signal, and source generated ground roll noise, respectively; (f) calculating a signal-to-noise ratio with respect to the spacing of the seismic energy sources; and (g) selecting the optimum spacing between the seismic energy sources based on the signal-to-noise ratio; and (h) wherein the seismic energy sources have spacings therebetween selected to utilize mutual admittance effects at various selected bandwidths.

US Pat. No. 10,168,353

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR INVESTIGATING A SAMPLE SURFACE

NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNI...

1. An apparatus for investigating a sample surface, the apparatus comprising:a probe array comprising a substrate and a plurality of probe tips extending from the substrate, the probe tips comprising a transparent and deformable material and configured to contact the sample surface;
an actuator configured to move the probe array towards the sample surface;
a light source configured to illuminate the probe tips with an illumination through the substrate; and
an image capture device arranged to detect a change in intensity of the illumination reflected from the probe tips.

US Pat. No. 10,168,351

ACCELERATION SENSOR HAVING SPRING FORCE COMPENSATION

Northrop Grumman LITEF Gm...

1. An acceleration sensor comprising:a sensor material which is mounted by means of spring elements so as to be movable along a movement axis (x) over a substrate
first trim electrodes which are connected to the sensor material, the first trim electrodes including comb electrodes comprised of electrode fingers and a region from which the electrode fingers extend; and
second trim electrodes formed as electrode plates and which are connected to the substrate and are associated with the first trim electrodes, wherein
when the sensor material is deflected along the movement axis (x), a spring force acting on the sensor material is generated by the spring elements;
when the sensor material is deflected, an electrostatic force acting on the sensor material, which counteracts the spring force, is generated by application of an electrical trim voltage between the first trim electrodes and the second trim electrodes,
wherein a side of the region from which the electrode fingers extend forms plate capacitors with the associated second trim electrodes where the plate capacitors generate the electrostatic force.

US Pat. No. 10,168,344

DRIVE ASSEMBLY FOR ROBOTIC CONVEYOR SYSTEM

Brooks Automation, Inc., ...

1. A storage and retrieval system, the storage and retrieval system comprising:a storage compartment having a front wall face, back wall face and side surfaces;
a frame having a first end, a second end, a top and a bottom disposed adjacent the front wall face of the storage compartment;
a shuttle movable within the frame, the shuttle having a carriage extending at least partially between the top and bottom of the frame;
at least one tension member extending between the first end of the frame and the second end of the frame and coupled to the shuttle;
a drive motor having a motor power output and a drive pulley that is fixed onto and powered by the motor power motor so that the drive pulley delivers power torque output; and
at least one drive member including a tractive surface, defined by and coincident with a tension side of the at least one drive member, the tractive surface directly contacts the drive pulley fixed to the power output of the drive motor so that the at least one drive member is engaged with and powered by the power output of the drive motor,
an idler pulley rotatably coupled to the shuttle assembly to effect the crossing of paths of the drive member and tension member;
wherein surface traction imparted from the power torque output of the drive pulley, fixed to the power output of the drive motor, against the tractive surface at the direct contact between the tractive surface and the drive pulley powers the at least one drive member, the at least one drive member extending between the first end of the frame and the second end of the frame and coupled to the shuttle, wherein each of the at least one drive member and each of the at least one tension member have a width dimension that projects from opposite sides of the shuttle, so that each of the at least one drive member projects from the shuttle in a projection direction substantially parallel with the wall face of the frame closing the storage compartment facing the shuttle and each of the at least one tension member projects from the shuttle in the projection direction substantially parallel with the wall face, and towards respective first and second ends of the frame and effect stabilization of the carriage substantially vertical against the least rotation relative to the frame, about a horizontal axis normal to the wall face, wherein the at least one tension member crosses the at least one drive member, the at least one drive member and the at least one tension member effecting movement of the shuttle between the first and second ends of the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,168,335

RAPID AND SENSITIVE METHOD FOR DETECTION OF BIOLOGICAL TARGETS

1. A method of detecting of a biological marker in a biological sample in vitro, comprising the following steps:a) incubating a biological sample presumably comprising a biological marker with one or more probes capable of specifically binding to the biological marker, wherein at least one of said one or more probes comprises at least one moiety of horse radish peroxidase (HRP) and a member of a specific binding pair or a conjugate comprising a member of a specific binding pair, wherein said member of a specific binding pair is capable of specifically binding to the biological marker, thereby forming a complex of the biological marker with the at least one probe;
b) incubating the sample comprising the complex of (a) in a water solution, the water solution comprising 3,3?-diaminobenzidine, a peroxide compound and a conjugate molecule comprising a combination of different detectable labels, wherein the combination comprises a hapten and a substrate of horse radish peroxidase, thereby depositing said conjugate molecule in a site of the sample where said complex is present; and
c) detecting the deposited conjugate molecules of (b) and thereby detecting the biological marker.

US Pat. No. 10,168,310

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FLUORESCENCE AND ABSORBANCE ANALYSIS

HORIBA INSTRUMENTS INCORP...

1. A method for analyzing a sample, the method comprising:illuminating the sample at a plurality of excitation wavelengths using an excitation monochromator configured to generate an excitation beam;
measuring absorbance by the sample by detecting light from the excitation beam passing through the sample;
adjusting detected absorbance based on light intensity detected by a reference detector positioned to receive a portion of the excitation beam from the monochromator;
measuring fluorescence of the sample by detecting an emission spectrum of light emitted by the sample perpendicular to the excitation beam illuminating the sample for each excitation wavelength based on a signal generated by an associated detector; and
correcting the fluorescence measurement using the adjusted detected absorbance.

US Pat. No. 10,168,299

REPRODUCIBLE AND MANUFACTURABLE NANOGAPS FOR EMBEDDED TRANSVERSE ELECTRODE PAIRS IN NANOCHANNELS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method for forming a nanogap, comprising:forming a knockoff feature on a dielectric layer;
forming a trench in the dielectric layer on opposite sides of the knockoff feature;
depositing a noble metal in the trenches and over the knockoff feature;
polishing a top surface to remove the noble metal in field regions and the knockoff feature, leaving the noble metal in the trenches level with a top of the dielectric layer to form electrodes embedded in the trenches;
etching a nanochannel in the dielectric layer such that the knockoff feature is positioned within the nanochannel; and
removing the knockoff feature to form a nanogap between the electrodes and the nanogap lies within the nanochannel.

US Pat. No. 10,168,262

PRETENSIONER SYSTEM AND METHODS

Rehabilitation Institute ...

1. A device for measuring the tension applied to a suture, comprising:a metal bar having a top surface and a bottom surface;
a member comprising a first end and a second end, the member being positioned perpendicular to the top surface of the metal bar so as to apply through its first end an initial pre-determined constant tension to a point on the top surface of the metal bar when a tension is not applied to the suture;
the member configured to engage at its second end at a first point with the suture;
a housing for the metal bar, wherein the housing comprises an opening for insertion of the member,
wherein the second end of the member is sized to prevent removal of the second end of the member through the opening of the housing; and
a sensor for detecting an amount of deformation of the metal bar, wherein a tension applied to the suture causes the member to deform the metal bar.

US Pat. No. 10,168,212

OPTICAL SPECTROSCOPIC MEASUREMENT SYSTEM

THORLABS, INC., Newton, ...

1. A system for measuring material concentration values in a sample, comprising:a plurality of laser sources modulated by their respective drivers at different frequencies, each laser source emits light into the sample;
a signal generator to generate modulation waveforms provided to the drivers;
a plurality of sensors to detect output signals from the sample;
circuitry configured to combine the output signals detected by the plurality of sensors into a combined signal;
a data acquisition (DAQ) device to digitize the combined signal;
a processor configured to perform a Fourier transform on the digitized signal to obtain signal intensity at each of the modulation frequencies in parallel; and
the processor is further configured to calculate the material concentration values in the sample.

US Pat. No. 10,168,170

PRESENTING ROUTING INFORMATION FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Recargo, Inc., Venice, C...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium whose contents, when executed by a mobile application supported by a mobile device and connected to multiple charging networks that provide charging stations for electric vehicles and to a computing system of an electric vehicle, cause the mobile application to perform operations, the operations comprising:receiving a request from the electric vehicle to find an available charging station;
identifying one or more charging stations that satisfy parameters for a current trip of the electric vehicle that is associated with the request;
automatically selecting a charging station that is a best match for the electric vehicle,
wherein the automatic selection of the charging station includes:
automatically reserving the selected charging station on behalf of the electric vehicle; and
automatically providing payment for use of the selected charging station by the electric vehicle to a charging network that controls the charging station; and
displaying, via a user interface associated with the electric vehicle, information that indicates the charging station has been automatically selected.

US Pat. No. 10,168,098

METHOD FOR DRYING MOIST MATERIAL AND DRYING PLANT

HUBER SE, Berching (DE)

1. A method for drying moist material with a drying plant, the method comprising the steps of:supplying the moist material to a feeding unit of the drying plant through a supply pipe of the drying plant;
depositing the moist material on a drying surface of the drying plant using the feeding unit;
sensing a value of a parameter that depends on a water content of the moist material passing by a sensor proximate at least one of the supply pipe and the feeding unit;
regulating a quantity of the moist material being deposited on the drying surface per unit of time only when the value of the parameter sensed in the sensing step changes by at least a minimum amount, the minimum amount being one of a first difference between the value sensed in the sensing step and a reference value in a defined period of time or a second difference between the value sensed in the sensing step and a specific minimum value; and
drying the moist material on the drying surface.

US Pat. No. 10,168,078

REFRIGERATION SYSTEM

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

1. A refrigeration system including a refrigeration cycle, comprising:a circulation path in which a refrigerant flows; and
at least one compressor for compressing the refrigerant, a heat exchanger for cooling the refrigerant compressed by the at least one compressor, a cold heat recovering exchanger, at least one expansion turbine for expanding the refrigerant cooled by the heat exchanger to generate cold heat, and a cooling part for cooling an object to be cooled by the cold heat provided on the circulation path in order,
wherein at least either the at least one compressor or the at least one expansion turbine comprises a plurality of compressors or expansion turbines which are arranged in parallel with one another with respect to the circulation path,
wherein the cold heat recovering exchanger, the at least one expansion turbine, and the cooling part are housed together in at least one cold box insulated from the outside,
wherein the at least one compressor and the heat exchanger for cooling the refrigerant compressed by the at least one compressor are housed together in at least one compressor unit other than the at least one cold box, and
wherein the at least one compressor unit is placed at a position farther from the object to be cooled than the at least one cold box.

US Pat. No. 10,168,012

MODULAR VAPOR-TIGHT LIGHT FIXTURE

MAXLITE, Inc., West Cald...

1. A modular vapor-tight light fixture comprising:a first vapor-tight light module having:
a first channel housing;
a first lens secured to said first channel housing;
a first plurality of solid state light generating elements arranged between said first lens and said first channel housing;
a first end cap secured to a first end of said first channel housing; and,
a second end cap secured to a second end of said first channel housing,
wherein, said first channel housing including first and second rails which define respectively first and second mounting channels;
a second vapor-tight light module having:
a second channel housing;
a second lens secured to said second channel housing;
a second plurality of solid state light generating elements arranged between said second lens and said second channel housing;
a third end cap secured to a first end of said second channel housing; and,
a fourth end cap secured to a second end of said second channel housing,
wherein, said second channel housing including third and fourth rails which define respectively third and fourth mounting channels; and,
a coupling for connecting said first and second vapor-tight light modules, said coupling having first, second, third, and fourth mounting strip portions configured such that, with said first end cap of said first vapor-tight light module being adjacent to said third end cap of said second vapor-tight light module, said first and second mounting strip portions are simultaneously received respectively in said first and second mounting channels with said third and fourth mounting strip portions being simultaneously received respectively in said third and fourth mounting channels,
wherein said coupling having a generally inverted U-shape with first and second sides, said first and third mounting strip portions extending inwardly from said first side, said second and fourth mounting strip portions extending inwardly from said second side,
wherein said coupling includes at least one releasable lock selectively adjustable between a first state where a compressive force is applied so as to draw said first and second sides closer, and a second state where said compressive force is not applied, and,
wherein said at least one releasable lock includes a locking bar and a handle fixed to said locking bar, a slit being formed in said second side of said coupling with said locking bar extending therethrough, said handle being pivotally mounted to said second side to displace said locking bar such that said locking bar is extendable through said slit.

US Pat. No. 10,167,963

PRECISION CERAMICS CONTROL VALVE

Hain Yo Enterprises Co., ...

1. A control valve comprising:a valve housing;
a rotary base mounted in the valve housing;
a slide mounted in the valve housing and located under the rotary base;
a valve lever pivotally mounted in the rotary base and having an upper end protruding from the valve housing and a second end provided with a drive portion connected with the slide;
a movable valve plate mounted in the valve housing and located under the slide;
a fixed valve plate mounted in the valve housing and located under the movable valve plate;
a valve seat mounted on a lower end of the valve housing to stop the fixed valve plate, the movable valve plate, the slide and the rotary base; and
a temperature limiting device mounted in the valve seat;
wherein:
the slide is connected with the movable valve plate, and the valve lever drives the slide which drives the movable valve plate to translate or to translate and rotate, to change a relative position between the movable valve plate and the fixed valve plate, so as to turn on/off water of a faucet, to change a water flow rate, or to change a proportion of a mixture of cold and hot water;
the movable valve plate is provided with a first cold water hole and a first hot water hole;
the first cold water hole is provided with a first extension to enlarge an extent of the first cold water hole;
the first hot water hole is provided with a second extension to enlarge an extent of the first hot water hole;
the fixed valve plate has a center provided with a second cold water hole and a second hot water hole;
the second cold water hole is provided with a third extension;
the second hot water hole is provided with a fourth extension;
the fixed valve plate is provided with a first cold water channel and a first hot water channel;
the fixed valve plate is provided with a first temperature regulating hole located between the first cold water channel and the first hot water channel;
the valve seat includes an upper seat and a lower seat combined together;
the upper seat has an interior provided with a receiving space for mounting the temperature limiting device;
the upper seat of the valve seat has a top face provided with a third cold water hole, a third hot water hole, a second cold water channel, a second hot water channel and a second temperature regulating hole;
the upper seat of the valve seat supports the fixed valve plate, the movable valve plate, the slide and the rotary base, and the fixed valve plate is secured on the top face of upper seat;
the lower seat of the valve seat is provided with a cold water inlet hole, a hot water inlet hole, at least one cold water outlet hole and a mixed water outlet hole;
the cold water inlet hole is connected with a cold water source, and the hot water inlet hole is connected with a hot water source;
the third cold water hole, the third hot water hole, the second cold water channel, the second hot water channel and the second temperature regulating hole of the upper seat respectively align with the second cold water hole, the fourth extension, the first cold water channel, the first hot water channel and the first temperature regulating hole of the fixed valve plate;
the first cold water hole and the first extension of the movable valve plate misalign with the first cold water channel and the first temperature regulating hole of the fixed valve plate, while the first hot water hole and the second extension of the movable valve plate misalign with the second hot water hole of the fixed valve plate under a normal state of the valve lever which is not operated, so that the cold water and the hot water are stopped by the movable valve plate and cannot flow outward from the faucet through the control valve;
the temperature limiting device includes a water dividing member, a cap, a support sleeve, a temperature detector, a water stop sleeve and a spring;
the water dividing member is mounted between the upper seat and the lower seat of the valve seat;
the water dividing member is provided with a fourth cold water hole connected between the third cold water hole and the cold water inlet hole, a fourth hot water hole connected between the third hot water hole and the hot water inlet hole, a third cold water channel connected between the second cold water channel and the at least one cold water outlet hole, a temperature control chamber connected between the second hot water channel and the mixed water outlet hole, a third temperature regulating hole aligning with the second temperature regulating hole of the upper seat, and a cold water passage connected between the third temperature regulating hole and the temperature control chamber;
the cap is mounted in the temperature control chamber of the water dividing member;
the cap has a periphery provided with a plurality of hot water passages;
the support sleeve is mounted in the mixed water outlet hole of the lower seat and has an interior provided with a plurality of claws and a plurality of water outlet channels arranged between the claws;
the temperature detector is mounted in the support sleeve and supported by the claws;
the temperature detector has an opening provided with a push rod and a chemical substance;
the chemical substance is filled between the temperature detector and the push rod;
the chemical substance has a thermal expansion and contraction feature due to a temperature change of an ambient environment;
when the chemical substance is heated and expanded, the push rod is pushed outward from the opening of the temperature detector by the chemical substance, and when the chemical substance is cooled and contracted, the push rod is retracted into the opening of the temperature detector;
the water stop sleeve is mounted on the temperature detector and includes a tubular body, a cover located in the tubular body, and a bottom edge connecting the tubular body and the cover;
the bottom edge is provided with a plurality of water passages;
the push rod of the temperature detector extends into the cover;
the spring is biased between the cap and the water stop sleeve;
when the push rod is retracted at a normal state, the spring presses the water stop sleeve away from the cap to space the tubular body of the water stop sleeve from the hot water passages of the cap, thereby preventing the tubular body of the water stop sleeve from blocking the hot water passages of the cap; and
the water stop sleeve is lifted by the temperature detector, to prevent the tubular body of the water stop sleeve from blocking the cold water passage of the water dividing member, so that the cold water passage of the water dividing member is connected to the water outlet channels of the support sleeve constantly.

US Pat. No. 10,167,960

FLUID CONTROL VALVE

CKD CORPORATION, Komaki ...

1. A fluid control valve, comprising:a drive section;
a valve body provided with a first port, a second port, and a valve seat; and
a valve element which is columnar shaped and coupled with the drive section,
wherein the valve element includes an annular sealing protrusion annularly protruding from an end face located on a side facing the valve seat, the sealing protrusion being provided at a leading end with an annular sealing portion capable of being pressed against the valve seat for sealing, and at least the annular sealing protrusion is made of fluororesin,
wherein a diameter of the end face is 1.3 times or more than a diameter of the annular sealing portion when the annular sealing portion is out of contact with the valve seat,
wherein the valve element includes a thin part having a diameter smaller than a diameter of the annular sealing portion,
wherein the valve element includes a protrusion protruding from the end face toward the valve seat and in a position radially more inside than the annular sealing protrusion, and
wherein the protrusion has a basal end connected with the end face, the basal end having a diameter equal to or more than the diameter of the thin part of the valve element.

US Pat. No. 10,167,958

VACUUM PRESSURE CONTROL APPARATUS

CKD CORPORATION, Komaki ...

1. A vacuum pressure control apparatus configured to be placed on a pipe connecting a vacuum chamber and a vacuum pump, the vacuum pressure control apparatus including:an annular elastic seal member formed with a valve seat;
a doubly eccentric butterfly valve element configured to come into contact or separate from the valve seat and rotate in a first direction from a first valve closed position to change vacuum pressure in the vacuum chamber, the butterfly valve element including a first contact surface configured to contact the elastic seal member in a second valve closed position different from the first valve closed position, and a portion of the first contact surface configured to contact the elastic seal member only when the butterfly valve element is in the second valve closed position; and
a control unit configured to rotate the butterfly valve element in a second direction opposite to the first direction so that the butterfly valve element is moved to the second valve closed position, wherein:
in response to the elastic seal member changing in shape due to contact with the butterfly valve element over a time period after the butterfly valve element is initially disposed in the first valve closed position, the control unit is configured to rotate and move the butterfly valve element by a determined amount from the first valve closed position to the second valve closed position to provide a seal between the portion of the first contact surface of the butterfly valve element and the elastic seal member.

US Pat. No. 10,167,895

HYDRODYNAMIC BEARING

SAFRAN TRANSMISSION SYSTE...

1. Hydrodynamic bearing (16) intended to guide a shaft (14) in rotation about a longitudinal axis (17) defined relative to a support (12),the hydrodynamic bearing comprising a stationary outer annular bearing wall (18) and a rotatable inner annular bearing wall (20) extending opposite the outer annular bearing wall (18) so as to provide an annular space (22) between the inner and outer annular bearing walls (18, 20),
wherein the outer annular bearing wall (18) comprises at least one lubricant supply orifice (24) for supplying pressurised lubricant to said annular space (22) so as to form a load-bearing fluid film,
wherein the hydrodynamic bearing (16) comprises a cavity (30) externally defined by the inner annular bearing wall (20) and axially defined by two transverse annular walls (31A, 31B) secured to the inner annular bearing wall (20) and arranged on both sides of the cavity (30),
the inner annular bearing wall (20) comprising fluid connection means (32) that place the cavity (30) in fluid communication with said annular space (22),
wherein the hydrodynamic bearing (16) further comprises partitioning means (48, 68, 92, 94) connected to the inner annular bearing wall (20) so as to divide the cavity (30) into a plurality of compartments (50, 52, 70, 72, 74, 82), the partitioning means forming an obstacle to a flow of lubricant contained in at least one of the compartments under gravitational force (G), towards the fluid connection means (32), regardless of an angular position of the inner annular bearing wall (20) when the inner annular bearing wall is at a standstill, such that the cavity (30) forms a lubricant reserve for a transient operating phase.

US Pat. No. 10,167,871

SEALLESS DOWNHOLE SYSTEM WITH MAGNETICALLY SUPPORTED ROTOR

Upwing Energy, LLC, Cerr...

1. A downhole-type machine comprising:a thrust rotor;
a thrust stator surrounding the thrust rotor;
an electric rotor; an electric stator surrounding the rotor and configured to cause the rotor to rotate or generate electricity in the electric stator when the rotor rotates, the electric stator spaced from the rotor and defining a first annular fluid gap in-between that is in fluid communication with an outside environment exterior the electric machine; a fluid rotor rotably coupled to the electric rotor; a fluid stator surrounding the fluid rotor;
a radial bearing comprising a first radial bearing portion coupled to the thrust rotor and a second radial bearing portion coupled to the thrust stator; and
a magnetic thrust-bearing comprising a first portion coupled to the thrust rotor, the first portion spaced from a second portion coupled to the thrust stator defining a first annular fluid gap in-between that is in fluid communication with an outside environment exterior the downhole-type machine, the magnetic thrust-bearing configured to support an axial load of the rotor within the stator.

US Pat. No. 10,167,773

LOADED TURBOCHARGER TURBINE WASTEGATE CONTROL LINKAGE JOINTS

Garrett Transportation I ...

1. An assembly comprising:a turbine housing that comprises a bore, a wastegate seat and a wastegate passage that extends to the wastegate seat;
a bushing disposed at least in part in the bore;
a rotatable wastegate shaft received at least in part by the bushing;
a wastegate plug that extends from the wastegate shaft;
a control arm operatively coupled to the wastegate shaft;
a control link operatively coupled to the control arm via a pin received by an opening that forms a joint between the control arm and the control link, wherein the joint comprises a clearance that is defined between a radial surface of the pin and an opening wall of the opening;
an actuator operatively coupled to the control link to transition the wastegate plug between a closed state and an open state; and
a spring, coupled to the control arm and to the control link, that applies force to the joint that establishes radial contact between the radial surface of the pin and the opening wall and that maintains radial contact through an increase in applied force during transition of the wastegate plug from the closed state to the open state.

US Pat. No. 10,167,764

MECHANICAL JOINT INSERT

ElringKlinger AG, Dettin...

1. The combination of a joint insert unit and components comprising an exhaust manifold of an internal combustion engine and a structural support bracket fastened to the exhaust manifold by one or more fasteners, wherein a first joint is present between the exhaust manifold and the structural support bracket and a second joint is present between the structural support bracket and a surface of the one or more fasteners,wherein the joint Insert unit comprises:
a first joint insert section disposed at the first joint and a second joint insert section disposed at the second joint, each of the first joint insert section and second joint insert section comprising a first metal sheet layer and a second metal sheet layer that are relatively slidable and are joined by at least one connecting arrangement that permits relative sliding movement between the first metal sheet layer and the second metal sheet layer to accommodate relative movement of the components in a manner to reduce component wear and/or failure at the first joint and the second joint, and
a metal sheet connector section joining the first joint insert section and the second joint insert section as a unit and spacing apart the first joint insert section and the second joint insert section by a distance that forms a space that receives a portion of the structural support bracket, wherein the connector section resides outside of the first joint and the second joint.

US Pat. No. 10,167,730

SLIDING SEAL

UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPO...

1. A seal for sealing a space defined by first and second adjacent components disposed about an axial centerline, the seal comprising:a first seal section including one or more first slots formed therein; and
a second seal section including one or more second slots formed therein;
wherein the first and second seal sections are configured to sealingly engage with the first and second components;
one or more frustoconical rings each including a first end and a second end, wherein each of the first ends is disposed in a respective one of the first slots and each of the second ends is disposed in a respective one of the second slots;
a wave spring disposed between the first and second seal sections and operative to bias the first seal section away from the second seal section; and
wherein the first and second seal sections and the one or more frustoconical rings are configured to move relative to one another.

US Pat. No. 10,167,721

MILLING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR OPERATING A MILLING MACHINE

Wirtgen GmbH, (DE)

8. A method of operating a milling machine having a plurality of milling tools, the milling machine operated with different machine parameter settings and with different milling drums depending on the milling task to be carried out, the method comprising:detecting via a camera at least one characteristic feature of an installed milling drum, wherein the at least one characteristic feature is selected from a group comprising one or more of: a number of milling tools; an arrangement of milling tools; and an orientation of at least one of the plurality of milling tools;
ascertaining one or more of a value to be set and a setting range for at least one machine parameter, based on the at least one characteristic feature of the milling drum; and
controlling operation of the milling machine based at least in part on the at least one machine parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,167,664

WINDOW ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. A method of manufacturing a window assembly for a vehicle, said method comprising:providing a fixed frame configured to mount to the vehicle, said fixed frame comprising a pair of opposite side frame members, an upper frame member and a lower frame member;
overmolding an elastomeric seal along a channel portion of each of said side frame members;
providing a fixed window panel;
providing a movable window panel movable relative to said fixed window panel and said fixed frame between an opened position and a closed position;
receiving a side perimeter edge region of said fixed window panel in said elastomeric seal along said channel portion of a respective one of said side frame members, wherein said elastomeric seal receives and seals against said side perimeter edge region of said fixed window panel; and
wherein overmolding said elastomeric seal comprises overmolding said elastomeric seal to form a sealing channel for receiving and sealing against (i) said side perimeter edge region of said fixed window panel and (ii) an end region of said lower frame member.

US Pat. No. 10,167,646

POOL, METHOD OF FABRICATING A POOL, AND A POOL PANEL JUNCTION

Trojan Leisure Products, ...

1. A pool comprising:an internal surface of a first panel having a first radius;
an internal surface of a second panel having a second radius;
an internal surface of a third panel having a third radius, different from the second radius; and
a junction comprising at least one elongated structural member adapted to operatively engage the first panel and the second panel at a first elevation, and wherein the internal surface of the first panel transitions to the internal surface of the third panel at a second elevation, less than the first elevation.

US Pat. No. 10,167,571

WAFER CARRIER HAVING PROVISIONS FOR IMPROVING HEATING UNIFORMITY IN CHEMICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION SYSTEMS

Veeco Instruments Inc., ...

1. A wafer carrier assembly for use in a system for growing epitaxial layers on one or more wafers by chemical vapor deposition (CVD), the wafer carrier assembly comprising:a wafer carrier body formed symmetrically about a central axis, and including a generally planar top surface that is situated perpendicularly to the central axis;
at least one wafer retention pocket recessed in the wafer carrier body from the top surface, each of the at least one wafer retention pockets including a floor surface extending in a direction generally parallel to the generally planar top surface and a peripheral wall surface extending from the floor surface to the top surface in a direction generally perpendicular to the floor surface, the peripheral wall surface circumscribing the floor surface and defining a periphery of that wafer retention pocket, the wafer retention pocket being adapted to retain a wafer within the periphery when subjected to rotation about the central axis; and
the wafer retention pocket having a generally flat peripheral wall portion and a rounded wall portion to accommodate a wafer having at least one flat edge, wherein a portion of the floor surface adjacent to the generally flat peripheral wall portion has a raised portion that is less recessed from the top surface than portions of the floor surface adjacent to the rounded wall portion of the wafer retention pocket.

US Pat. No. 10,167,502

MOLECULAR CHARACTERIZATION OF SINGLE CELLS AND CELL POPULATIONS FOR NON-INVASIVE DIAGNOSTICS

Fluxion Biosciences, Inc....

4. A method of sequestering of cells comprising the steps of:(a) enriching a sub-population of said cells from a blood sample and feeding said sub population via a microfluidic channel into a reservoir; and
(b) sequestering one or more cells of said sub-population by trapping said one or more cells under negative pressure at a junction between an inside of a well caused by a punch-hole in said reservoir and another microfluidic channel and thereafter lysing said one or more cells by introducing a lysing agent in said well.

US Pat. No. 10,167,438

COMPRESSOR FOR REFRIGERATION AND AIR CONDITIONING, AND REFRIGERATION AND AIR CONDITIONING DEVICE

Hitachi-Johnson Controls ...

1. A compressor for refrigeration and air conditioning, characterized in that a refrigerator oil containing a polyol ester having a structural unit represented by the following general formula (1):(wherein R1 and R2 each independently represent a linear or branched alkyl group; and n represents an integer of 2 or more), and a refrigerant containing difluoromethane are enclosed, andthe polyol ester is composed of only one or both of a cyclic polyol ester, which is obtained by cyclically polymerizing a molecular chain having the structural unit, and a crosslinked polyol ester, which is obtained by crosslinking molecular chains having the structural unit with each other through a crosslinkable structural unit polymerized with the structural unit, and in which n in the structural unit is 3 or more.

US Pat. No. 10,167,422

ELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE PROPPANT AND METHODS FOR DETECTING, LOCATING AND CHARACTERIZING THE ELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE PROPPANT

CARBO CERAMICS INC., Hou...

1. A method of making electrically-conductive proppant particles, comprising:contacting a plurality of sintered, substantially round and spherical particles with an activation solution comprising palladium and/or salts thereof to provide activated particles comprising reduced palladium, wherein each of the plurality of sintered, substantially round and spherical particles has a specific gravity of less than 4 g/cm3 and a size of about 100 mesh to about 10 mesh; and
contacting the activated particles with an alkaline plating solution comprising one or more electrically-conductive metals to form electrically-conductive proppant particles comprising an outer coating of the electrically-conductive metal of about 100 nm to about 3,500 nm thickness.

US Pat. No. 10,167,348

SOLUTION POLYMERS FORMED FROM METHYLENE MALONATE MONOMERS, POLYMERIZATION, AND SOLUTION POLYMER PRODUCTS

Sirrus, Inc., Loveland, ...

1. A process comprising the steps of:i) mixing at least one monomer with a solvent;
ii) adding an initiator to the solvent or the mixture of the solvent and the at least one monomer, wherein the molar ratio of the one or more monomers to the initiator is about 50:1 or more;
iii) anionically polymerizing the at least one monomer to form a polymer having a weight average molecular weight of about 3000 daltons or more, wherein the at least one monomer includes a 1,1-disubstituted alkene compound in solution, wherein the resulting polymer is substantially free of a melting temperature and is substantially free of a glass transition temperature of about 15° C. or more.

US Pat. No. 10,167,313

SELECTIVE CASPASE INHIBITORS AND USES THEREOF

Genesis Technologies Limi...

1. A method for inhibiting a caspase in a subject in need thereof, comprising administering to said subject an effective amount of a compound of Formula 1:whereina is 0 or 1;
b is 0 or 1 provided that when b is 0, a is 0;
A is
1) H,
2) C1-C6 alkyl,
3) aryl,
4) heteroaryl,
5) heterocyclyl,
6) R3—C(O)—,
7) R3—OC(O)—,
8) R3—C(O)O—,
9) R3—S(O)2—, or
10) PhCH2OC(O)—;
P2, P3, P5, when present, and PX, when present, are any (D) or (L) amino acid residue or a non-natural amino acid residue;
P4 is any (D) or (L) amino acid selected from the group consisting of Ala, Arg, Asp, Asn, Cys, Glu, Gln, Gly, Ile, His, Leu, Lys, Met, Phe, Pro, Ser, Thr, Trp, and Val, or non-natural amino acid residue;
the line “-” when located between P2, P3, P4, P5 or PX represents a peptide bond or a peptidomimetic bond;
the wavy line represents either cis or trans orientation of R1and R2;
R1 is
1) aryl,
2) heteroaryl,
3) heterocyclyl,
4) C2-C6alkene-R20,
5) S2R5,
6) SO3R5,
7) SOR5,
8) SONHR5,
9) SO2NHR5,
10) CN,
11) CO2R5,
12) COR5,
13) PO3R5,
14) PO(OR5)2, or
15) PO(OR5),
wherein the aryl, the heteroaryl, or the heterocyclyl are optionally substituted with one or more R30;
R2 is
1)R1,
2) H,
3) halogen,
4) haloalkyl,
5) C1-C6 alkyl,
6) C2-C6 alkene,
7) C3-C7 cycloalkyl,
8) OR9;
9) OCOR6,
10) OCO2R6,
11) NR7R8,
12) NHSO2R6,
13) NHCOR6,
14) aryl,
15) heteroaryl, or
16) heterocyclyl;
R3 is
1) C1-C6 alkyl,
2) aryl,
3) heteroaryl, or
4) heterocyclyl;
R4 is
1) H, or
2) C1-C6 alkyl;
R5 is
1) H,
2) C1-C6 alkyl,
3) C2-C6 alkene,
4) C3-C7 cycloalkyl,
5) aryl,
6) heteroaryl,
7) heterocyclyl, or
8) any optionally protected (D) or (L) amino acid residue;
R6 is
1) any (D) or (L) amino acid residue,
2) C1-C6 alkyl,
3) C3-C7 cycloalkyl,
4) aryl,
5) heteroaryl, or
6) heterocyclyl,
in which the alkyl or the cycloalkyl are optionally substituted with one or more R10 substituents; and in which the aryl, heteroaryl or heterocyclyl are optionally substituted with one or more R20 substituents;
R7 and R8 are independently selected from:
1) H,
2) C1-C6 alkyl,
3) C3-C7 cycloalkyl,
4) haloalkyl,
5) aryl,
6) heteroaryl, or
7) heterocyclyl,
wherein the alkyl and the cycloalkyl are optionally substituted with one or more R10 substituents, and the aryl, the heteroaryl and the heterocyclyl are optionally substituted with one or more R20 substituents;
R9 is
1) H,
2) C1-C6 alkyl,
3) C3-C7 cycloalkyl,
4) aryl,
5) heteroaryl, or
6) heterocyclyl,
in which the alkyl or the cycloalkyl are optionally substituted with one or more R10 substituents; and in which the aryl, heteroaryl or heterocyclyl are optionally substituted with one or more R20 substituents;
R10 is independently selected from:
1) halogen,
2) C1-C6 alkyl,
3) C3-C7 cycloalkyl,
4) haloalkyl,
5) aryl,
6) heteroaryl,
7) heterocyclyl,
8) OR9,
9) S(O)mR9,
10) NR7R8 ,
11) COR9,
12) C(O)OR9,
13) OC(O)R9,
14) SC(O)R9,
15) CONR7R8, or
16) S(O)2NR7R8;
R20 is independently selected from:
1) halogen,
2) NO2,
3) CN,
4) C1-C6 alkyl,
5) haloalkyl,
6) C3-C7 cycloalkyl,
7) OR7,
8) NR7R8,
9) SR7,
10) aryl,
11) heteroaryl,
12) heterocyclyl,
13) SO2R5,
14) SO3R5,
15) SOR5,
16) SONHR5,
17) SO2NHR5,
18) PO3R5,
19) PO(OR5)2,
20) PO(OR5),
21) COR7,
22) CO2R7,
23) S(O)mR7,
24) CONR7R8, or
25) S(O)2NR7R8,
wherein the alkyl and the cycloalkyl are optionally substituted with one or more R6 substituents; and wherein the aryl, the heteroaryl, or the heterocyclyl are optionally substituted with one or more R30;
R30 is
1) NO2,
2) C2-C6 alkene-R20,
3) SO2R5,
4) SOR5,
5) SONHR5,
6) SO2NHR5,
7) CN,
8) CO2R5,
9) CORS,
10) PO3R5,
11) PO(OR5)2, or
12) PO(OR5); and
wherein m is an integer of 0, 1, or 2;
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,167,294

FUSED BICYCLIC COMPOUNDS FOR THE TREATMENT OF DISEASE

Akarna Therapeutics, Ltd....

1. A compound according to Formula (IV), or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or solvate thereof:
wherein:
R1 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, optionally substituted C1-C6alkyl, optionally substituted C2-C6alkenyl, optionally substituted C2-C6alkynyl, optionally substituted C3-C8cycloalkyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted —(C1-C2alkylene)-(aryl), optionally substituted C2-C9heterocycloalkyl, optionally substituted heteroaryl, and optionally substituted —(C1-C2alkylene)-(heteroaryl);
R2 is selected from the group consisting of —CN, —C(O)OR25, —C(O)N(R25)R26,

 or R1 and R2 together with the carbon atoms to which they are attached, form an optionally substituted C2-C9heterocycloalkyl ring or an optionally substituted heteroaryl ring;
R4 and R5 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, halogen, optionally substituted C1-C6alkoxy, optionally substituted C1-C6alkyl, optionally substituted C2-C6alkenyl, and optionally substituted C2-C6alkynyl; or R4 and R5 together with the carbon atom to which they are attached, form an optionally substituted C3-C6cycloalkyl ring or an optionally substituted C2-C7heterocycloalkyl ring;
R6 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, halogen, optionally substituted C1-C6alkyl, optionally substituted C2-C6alkenyl, optionally substituted C2-C6alkynyl, and —C(O)N(R27)R28;
R7 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, halogen, optionally substituted C1-C6alkyl, optionally substituted C1-C6alkoxy, optionally substituted C2-C6alkenyl, and optionally substituted C2-C6alkynyl;
R8 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, optionally substituted C1-C6alkyl, optionally substituted C3-C8cycloalkyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted —(C1-C2alkylene)-(aryl), optionally substituted heteroaryl, optionally substituted C2-C9heterocycloalkyl, and optionally substituted —(C1-C2alkylene)-(heteroaryl);
each R12 is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and C1-C6alkyl;
each R13 and R14 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen and C1-C6alkyl; or R13 and R14 together with the nitrogen atom to which they are attached, form an optionally substituted C2-C9heterocycloalkyl ring;
each R15 is independently selected from the group consisting of halogen, —OH, —CN, —NO2, —NH2, optionally substituted C1-C6alkyl, optionally substituted C1-C6alkoxy, optionally substituted C1-C6alkylamine, optionally substituted C3-C8cycloalkyl, optionally substituted C2-C9heterocycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, —C(O)OR12, —C(O)N(R13)R14, —OC(O)OR12, —OC(O)N(R13)R14, —N(R13)C(O)OR12, and —N(R13)C(O)N(R13)R14;
R25 and R26 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, optionally substituted C1-C6alkyl, optionally substituted C3-C8cycloalkyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted —(C1-C2alkylene)-(aryl), optionally substituted C2-C9heterocycloalkyl, optionally substituted heteroaryl, and optionally substituted —(C1-C2alkylene)-(heteroaryl);
R27 and R28 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, optionally substituted C1-C6alkyl, optionally substituted C3-C8cycloalkyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted —(C1-C2alkylene)-(aryl), optionally substituted C2-C9heterocycloalkyl, optionally substituted heteroaryl, and optionally substituted —(C1-C2alkylene)-(heteroaryl); or R27 and R28 together with the nitrogen atom to which they are attached, form an optionally substituted C2-C9heterocycloalkyl ring;
R30 is halogen, —OH, —CN, —NO2, —NH2, optionally substituted C1-C6alkyl, optionally substituted C1-C6alkoxy, optionally substituted C1-C6alkylamine, optionally substituted C3-C8cycloalkyl, optionally substituted C2-C9heterocycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl,

each R31 is independently halogen, —OH, —CN, —NO2, —NH2, optionally substituted C1-C6alkyl, optionally substituted C1-C6alkoxy, optionally substituted C1-C6alkylamine, optionally substituted C3-C8cycloalkyl, optionally substituted C2-C9heterocycloalkyl, aryl, or heteroaryl;
each R32 and R33 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, halogen, and C1-C6alkyl;
R34 and R35 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, optionally substituted C1-C6alkyl, optionally substituted C3-C8cycloalkyl, and optionally substituted C2-C9heterocycloalkyl; or R34 and R35 together with the nitrogen atom to which they are attached, form an optionally substituted C2-C9heterocycloalkyl ring;
n is 0, 1, 2, or 3
p is 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4;
r is 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4; and
t is 2, 3, or 4.

US Pat. No. 10,167,205

EXPLOSIVE SEPARATION OF IMPURITIES FROM WASTE WATER IN FREEZE CRYSTALLIZATION SPRAY CHAMBERS

EnisEnerGen, LLC, Hender...

1. A wastewater purification system comprising:a. a chamber having a top and a bottom;
b. one or more wastewater nozzles positioned near the top of the chamber;
c. an intake duct to supply chilled air into the chamber;
d. one or more exhaust ducts to remove the chilled air from the chamber;
e. one or more perforated receptacles positioned near the bottom of the chamber to collect solid byproducts;
f. a watertight receptacle at the bottom of the chamber to collect a liquid product;wherein wastewater enters the chamber as wastewater droplets via the one or more wastewater nozzles, and wherein the wastewater undergoes freeze separation due to heat exchange with a high mass flow of the chilled air between the intake duct and the one or more exhaust ducts;wherein the chilled air is sourced from one or more systems selected from the group consisting of: a transportable compressed air energy storage system, a transfer line compressed air energy storage system, a one-stage free spooling compander system, a two-stage free-spooling compander system, liquid nitrogen system, a climate wherein chilled air is available, or any combination thereof;wherein the chilled air enters the chamber at approximately ?175 degrees Fahrenheit and is exhausted from the chamber at approximately ?25 degrees Fahrenheit;wherein the one or more exhaust ducts exhaust the chilled air to a centrifuge to remove ice particles, and wherein the centrifuge exhausts ice-free chilled air to a gas turbine generator set, and wherein the ice-free chilled air provides the gas turbine generator with an electrical output increase of approximately 30 percent.

US Pat. No. 10,167,196

METHOD OF CONVERSION OF RED PHOSPHOROUS TO SOLUBLE POLYPHOSPHIDES

The Florida State Univers...

1. A method for producing polyphosphide anions soluble in organic solvents, comprising:providing red phosphorus or a composition of black phosphorus and red phosphorus;
providing an alkali metal alkoxy compound or alkali metal alkyl thiolate compound suspended in an organic solvent;
wherein the alkali metal is sodium or potassium;
allowing the red phosphorus and alkali metal or alkali metal compound to react, wherein the reaction uses reflux or an in-line packed column method;
where the in-line packed column method comprises:
providing a packing column;
loading the packing column with the red phosphorus or composition of black phosphorus and red phosphorus in an inert environment;
purging the packing column with an inert gas;
setting a pressure regulator on the packing column to at least 1 bar;
heating the packing column to a preselected temperature, where the preselected temperature is at least the boiling point of the alkali metal alkoxy compound or alkali metal alkyl thiolate;
suspending the alkali metal alkoxy compound or alkali metal alkyl thiolate compound in the organic solvent;
flowing the organic solvent through the packing column;
flowing the alkali metal alkoxy compound or alkali metal alkyl thiolate compound in the organic solvent through the packing column; and
forming a compound containing the alkali metal and polyphosphide anions.

US Pat. No. 10,167,178

LEVELING JACK WITH DIRECT ACTUATION

LIPPERT COMPONENTS, INC.,...

1. A jack comprising:a first lifting section, the first lifting section comprising:
a first cross beam;
a first trunnion engaged with the first cross beam and selectively displaceable in first and second displacement directions with respect to the first cross beam between a first trunnion position and a second trunnion position;
a first leg pivotally connected to the first trunnion; and
a first brace pivotally connected to the first leg and pivotally connected to the first cross beam;
a first drive mechanism operably engaged with the first trunnion, the first drive mechanism configured to selectively displace the first trunnion in the first and second displacement directions with respect to the first cross beam, the first drive mechanism comprising:
a first drive screw;
a first drive nut threadingly engaged with the first drive screw; and
a first drive plate engaged with the first drive nut and the first trunnion such that a first portion of the drive screw is received within the first drive nut and a second portion of the drive screw spaced apart from the first portion of the drive screw is received within the first trunnion, such that rotation of the first drive screw in a first direction of rotation results in displacement of the first drive nut, the first drive plate, and the first trunnion in the first displacement direction with respect to the first cross beam; and such that rotation of the first drive screw in a second direction of rotation results in displacement of the first drive nut, the first drive plate, and the first trunnion in the second displacement direction with respect to the first cross beam.

US Pat. No. 10,167,162

MEDIUM STORAGE DEVICE AND MEDIUM TRANSACTION DEVICE

Oki Electric Industry Co....

1. A medium storage device comprising:a base body;
a defining body that defines a size in a predetermined defined direction of a storage space for storing a medium;
an engagement structure including a first engagement member on the base body and a second engagement member on the defining body, the engagement structure configured to restrict movement of the defining body in a first direction relative to the base body; and
an attachment member that attaches the defining body to the base body, the attachment member including
a plurality of base body fixing portions that are fixable to the base body, and
a plurality of defining body fixing portions that are provided at positions separated from the respective base body fixing portions by mutually different attachment intervals in mutually different attachment directions, and that are fixable to the defining body,
wherein one of the base body fixing portions and one of the defining body fixing portions provided on an opposite side of the attachment member from the one of the base body fixing portions are respectively fixed to the base body and the defining body,
wherein the one base body fixing portion of the attachment member is a claw portion standing out from a first surface of the attachment member and having an end that points along an intersection direction intersecting the predetermined defined direction,
wherein the one defining body fixing portion of the attachment member is a claw portion standing out from a second surface of the attachment member opposite the first surface, and having ends that point along an opposite-intersection direction that is opposite to the intersection direction, and
wherein the engagement structure restricts movement of the defining body in the opposite-intersection direction with respect to the base body.

US Pat. No. 10,167,151

MEDIUM CONVEYANCE DEVICE AND MEDIUM TRANSACTION DEVICE

Oki Electric Industry Co....

10. A medium transaction device comprising:a first casing that is provided with a conveyance section to convey a medium for transaction with a user;
a second casing that internally stores the medium, and that is configured to move in an detachable direction so as to be disposed at a facing position facing the first casing, or so as to be disposed away from the facing position;
a first conveyance guide that is provided to the first casing, and that is configured to guide the medium between the first casing and the second casing as the medium is conveyed along a conveyance direction intersecting the detachable direction when the second casing has been disposed at the facing position;
a second conveyance guide that is provided to the second casing at a location facing the first conveyance guide when the second casing has been disposed at the facing position, and that is configured to guide the medium together with the first conveyance guide;
a first finger section that is disposed at a location on the first conveyance guide facing the second conveyance guide, and that is provided with a plurality of first fingers respectively projecting out toward the second conveyance guide at discrete locations along a width direction intersecting both the detachable direction and the conveyance direction;
a second finger section that is disposed at a location on the second conveyance guide facing the first conveyance guide, and that is provided with a plurality of second fingers respectively projecting out toward the first conveyance guide at discrete locations along the width direction that are complementary locations to the respective first fingers of the first finger section;
a guiding side-face that is provided to one of the first casing or the second casing, and that is formed facing in the width direction and running along the detachable direction; and
a position establishing section that is provided to the other of the first casing or the second casing, and that establishes a width direction position with respect to the guiding side-face such that the first finger section and the second finger section interlock with each other when the second casing has been disposed at the facing position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,134

ARTICLE CARRIER FOR AN ELECTRONIC VAPING DEVICE

ALTRIA CLIENT SERVICES LL...

1. An article carrier for an electrical device comprising:a base portion including a first edge region having a first relief end;
a lid portion including a second edge region having a second relief end; and
a hinge including a connector band, the connector band connecting the first edge region to the second edge region, and having a non-uniform cross-section, a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface, the second surface defining a relief, the defined relief configured to receive the first relief end and the second relief end if the lid portion is in a first position; wherein the first surface defines a recess; and wherein the defined recess is generally curved in a second position and is configured to be generally planar in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,167,119

SPOUT FOR LID

Helen of Troy Limited, S...

1. A spout for a lid, where the lid is constructed and arranged to fit over and close an open top of a container, the spout comprising:an elongated fluid conduit having an upper outside end to be located in a user's mouth and an opposite lower inside end and lying along a conduit longitudinal axis, the conduit having a pair of opposed convex curved sidewalls that meet at two opposed locations at an angle of less than 180 degrees to define a generally elliptical cross-sectional shape that has a major axis that passes through the sidewall meeting locations and a minor axis that is orthogonal to the major axis;
a bite valve comprising a membrane located within the conduit and spaced from the ends of the conduit, the membrane coupled to both sidewalls so as to fully block the conduit, and a slit through the membrane, where the slit lies along a slit axis that is transverse to the major axis of the generally elliptical cross-sectional shape, and the slit is co-linear with the minor axis, or lies in a vertical plane that includes the minor axis of the generally elliptical cross-sectional shape; and
two wall-strengthening ribs located at each end of the slit along the slit axis, one projecting inwardly from each of the sidewalls and coupled to the top of the membrane, wherein the ribs are centered on the ends of the slit, and each rib extends in the direction of the conduit longitudinal axis a majority of the length from the top of the membrane to the outside end of the conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,167,093

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A SATELLITE

KOREA AEROSPACE RESEARCH ...

1. An orbiting satellite comprising:a movement controller configured to control an attitude of the orbiting satellite, the attitude comprising an orbital velocity, a roll angle, a pitch angle and a yaw angle of the orbiting satellite;
an image acquirer configured to scan a planetary surface in a scanning direction corresponding to the attitude; and
a calculator:
wherein the calculator is configured to:
calculate a major axis and a minor axis of an ellipse corresponding to a trace of a pixel projected onto the planetary surface based on a change in the yaw angle;
calculate a tilt angle between a direction vector and a line of sight (LOS) vector projected onto the planetary surface; and
calculate a ground sample distance (GSD) according to the following equation:
GSD=?a2 cos(?+?)2+b2 sin(?+?)2
wherein:
a is a length of the major axis;
? is the yaw angle;
? is the calculated tilt angle; and
b is a length of the minor axis.

US Pat. No. 10,167,066

CHARGE DEPLOYMENT SYSTEM FOR ORDNANCE NEUTRALISATION

SAAB SEAEYE LIMITED, Far...

1. A charge deployment system for ordnance neutralisation, comprising:an unmanned underwater vehicle;
two or more deployment units operably mounted to the vehicle, each unit comprising:
a housing for stowing a charge in a stowed position;
means for mounting a charge within the deployment unit;
means for controllably moving a charge and mounting means from the stowed position to a deployment position;
a shield configured such that in a closed position a charge in the stowed position is shielded from contact by an external body, the shield being movable from the closed position to an open position such that in the open position a charge is deployable from the deployment unit; and
means for controllably releasing a charge from the mounting means; and
a controller for controlling each moving means.

US Pat. No. 10,167,049

CRANK TREADING TORQUE DETECTION DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC BICYCLE

National Cheng Kung Unive...

1. A treading torque detection device comprising:a treading torque source and a motor adapted to be installed at a middle portion of an electric bicycle;
a hollow tube mounted to an axle, the treading torque source and the motor respectively connected to the hollow tube via a first one-way transmission device and a second one-way transmission device;
a chainwheel coupled to the hollow tube, torques of the treading torque source and the motor transmitted to the chainwheel by the hollow tube; and
a torque detection unit connected to the hollow tube and located between the first and second one-way transmission devices,
wherein the treading torque source provides two treading torques respectively transmitted from two ends of the axle, the treading torque being transmitted to the chainwheel via the axle, the first one-way transmission device, and the hollow tube,
wherein power output from the motor is transmitted as torque to the chainwheel via the second one-way transmission device and the hollow tube,
wherein the power output from the motor and the treading torques from the two ends of the axle do not affect each other,
wherein a transmission path of the torque from the motor bypasses the torque detection unit, the torque detection unit thereby distinguishing the two treading torques respectively transmitted from the two ends of the axle from the torque transmitted from the motor, and
wherein, when the torque detection unit detects a treading torque that is higher than a pre-set treading torque level, the motor is activated to provide power, and the detected treading torque is reduced to the pre-set treading torque level.

US Pat. No. 10,167,001

GAP FILLER HAVING A REDUCED BULK

Alstom Transport Technolo...

1. A gap filling device designed to be fitted on to a rail vehicle, the gap filling device comprising:a movable ramp that is movable in a horizontal direction between a retracted position within a housing arranged under a floor of the rail vehicle, and a deployed position extending out of the housing over a length, the movable ramp comprising:
an upper surface that is accessible in the deployed position, and
lateral flanged edges extending over at least a portion of the length of the movable ramp, with each being movable between a first position, in which this lateral flanged edge extends vertically projecting outwards in relation to the upper surface of the movable ramp up to a first height, and a second position, in which the lateral flanged edge extends up to a second height that is lower than the first height, and
a movable hatch, formed by a unique plain element extending from a top end connected to the rail vehicle by a pivot link arranged above the housing, to a bottom end that is free, the movable hatch being movable between a closed position and an open position, such that:
the movable hatch is in the closed position for closing off the housing when the movable ramp is in retracted position, and, in the closed position, the bottom end is under the housing, and
in the open position, the movable hatch extends between the floor and the movable ramp in the deployed position, and the bottom end rests on the upper surface of the ramp.

US Pat. No. 10,166,948

MOBILE DEVICE SYSTEM FOR REMOTE STARTING AND MANAGEMENT OF A VEHICLE

KYUNGPOOK NATIONAL UNIVER...

1. A mobile device system for remote starting and management of a vehicle comprising:a wrist watch device provided in a wrist watch form, the wrist watch device being configured to be converted from an idle state into an activated state to generate a response signal when a wake-up signal wirelessly transmitted from the outside is received, wirelessly transmit the response signal to the outside, and execute a task for communicating with a vehicle on the basis of a real-time operating system; and
a vehicle device provided in the vehicle, the vehicle device being configured to wirelessly transmit the wake-up signal to the outside of the vehicle, receive the response signal wirelessly transmitted from the wrist watch device in response to the transmitted wake-up signal, and analyze the response signal to control an operation of the vehicle,
wherein the vehicle device comprises a location recognition part configured to recognize a location of the vehicle, and is configured to send location information of the vehicle to the wrist watch device when an ignition of the vehicle is switched off, and
wherein the wrist watch device comprises a vehicle parking location information provider configured to display the location information of the vehicle on a display part.

US Pat. No. 10,166,927

REARVIEW MIRROR ASSEMBLY FOR VEHICLE

DONNELLY CORPORATION, Ho...

1. An interior rearview mirror assembly for a vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising:a prismatic interior mirror reflective element comprising a glass substrate;
wherein said glass substrate has a front surface and a rear surface opposite said front surface;
wherein a mirror reflector is disposed at said rear surface of said glass substrate of said mirror reflective element and wherein said front surface of said glass substrate is angled relative to said rear surface of said glass substrate forming a prismatic glass substrate;
wherein said front surface of said glass substrate comprises an outermost surface of said mirror reflective element that is viewed by a driver of a vehicle equipped with said interior rearview mirror assembly;
wherein said front surface of said glass substrate comprises a planar surface and wherein said glass substrate comprises a circumferential edge along a periphery of said glass substrate;
wherein said circumferential edge spans a thickness of said glass substrate between said front surface and said rear surface;
a mounting element disposed at said rear surface of said glass substrate of said mirror reflective element;
wherein said mounting element includes a pivot element that is configured to pivotally mount said mirror reflective element at a mounting structure disposed at an interior portion of the equipped vehicle;
a plastic molding that receives said mirror reflective element therein such that a portion of said plastic molding is circumferentially disposed about said circumferential edge of said glass substrate without overlapping onto said front surface of said glass substrate;
wherein a plane of said front surface of said glass substrate is flush with an outermost part of said portion of said plastic molding;
wherein said portion of said plastic molding provides a curved rounded transition from said front surface of said glass substrate of said mirror reflective element to a side surface of said plastic molding; and
wherein said plastic molding comprises at least a portion of a mirror housing of said interior rearview mirror assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,166,926

AUTOMATICALLY DIMMABLE REAR-VIEW MIRROR ARRANGEMENT FOR MOTOR VEHICLES AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING A MIRROR ASSEMBLY FOR A REAR-VIEW MIRROR ARRANGEMENT

MAGNA Mirrors Holding Gmb...

1. A rear-view mirror arrangement for a motor vehicle, comprising:a housing; and
a mirror assembly arranged on the housing for observing following traffic, and having:
a front transparent carrier layer composed of an optically transparent plastic film and a rear transparent carrier layer composed of an optically transparent plastic film, and which faces toward the housing on a rear side thereof,
at least one reflection coating provided directly on and contacting the rear transparent carrier layer, and
an electrically-drivable liquid crystal cell arranged between the front transparent carrier layer and the rear transparent carrier layer, and which has a liquid crystalline layer arranged in a sealed fashion between transparent electrically conductive layers via a seal layer arranged substantially coplanar and circumferential at an upper surface and a bottom surface thereof with respect to the liquid crystalline layer, and a transparent alignment layer provided directly on and contacting the liquid crystalline layer and the seal layer between a respective one of the transparent electrically conductive layers and the liquid crystalline layer to align liquid crystal molecules of the liquid crystalline layer in a ground state.

US Pat. No. 10,166,924

VEHICLE VISION SYSTEM WITH DISPLAY BY A MIRROR

MAGNA MIRRORS OF AMERICA,...

1. A vision system for a vehicle, said vision system comprising:an interior rearview mirror assembly disposed at an interior surface of the vehicle, said interior rearview mirror assembly comprising a mirror head having a reflective element;
wherein said mirror head is adjustably mounted at a mirror mount that attaches at the interior surface of the vehicle and is adjustable to adjust a rearward view of a driver of the vehicle viewing said reflective element;
a display device disposed at an interior portion of the vehicle remote from said interior rearview mirror assembly; and
wherein said mirror head is adjustable between a mirror mode orientation, where the driver of the vehicle views rearward of the vehicle via said reflective element, and a display mode orientation, where the driver of the vehicle views images displayed by said display device via said reflective element.

US Pat. No. 10,166,841

VEHICLE CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM

International Truck Intel...

1. A land vehicle comprising:a powertrain comprising a motor for propelling the vehicle on land;
an occupant compartment for at least one occupant;
a climate control system for conditioning inside air within the occupant compartment, the climate control system having an air handler comprising a primary airway having an entrance, a blower fan for drawing air into the entrance and moving air through the primary airway and into the occupant compartment, a cooler for removing thermal energy from air moving through the primary airway, a heater for adding thermal energy to air moving through the primary airway, a first temperature sensor and a relative humidity sensor disposed to measure temperature and relative humidity of inside air, and a second temperature sensor for measuring surface temperature of the cooler; and
a controller for 1) calculating the dew point temperature of air from temperature measured by the first temperature sensor and relative humidity measured by the relative humidity sensor, 2) using the calculated dew point temperature to control surface temperature of the cooler to a controlled temperature, and 3) controlling temperature and relative humidity of inside air to achieve temperature and relative humidity within an area of a comfort zone, the comfort zone being bounded by a high temperature boundary, a low temperature boundary, a high relative humidity boundary, and a low relative humidity boundary, in which the first temperature sensor and the relative humidity sensor are disposed at an entrance of the primary airway, and the air handler comprises a damper upstream of the first temperature sensor and the relative humidity sensor for selecting air which flows into the entrance of the primary airway from one or both inside air and outside air which is outside the occupant compartment, the air handler also comprises a secondary airway in parallel with the primary airway, the secondary airway having an entrance through which inside air enters the secondary airway and is drawn through the secondary airway by the blower fan, a damper for controlling flow of inside air through the secondary airway, and an air distributor through which inside air which has passed through primary airway and inside air which has passed through secondary airway are introduced into the occupant compartment, the controller uses the calculated dew point temperature to control surface temperature of the cooler to a controlled temperature which is less than the calculated dew point temperature such that the magnitude of the difference between the calculated dew point temperature and temperature measured by the second temperature sensor is not greater than a defined temperature difference, and in which the controller is operable to cause the damper which controls flow of inside air through the secondary airway to block flow of inside air through the secondary airway until air entering the primary airway has one of temperature and relative humidity within the area of the comfort zone and then when the primary airway has one of temperature and relative humidity within the area, to cause the damper which controls flow of inside air through the secondary airway to allow at least some flow through the secondary airway.

US Pat. No. 10,166,749

BONDING-SUBSTRATE FABRICATION METHOD, BONDING SUBSTRATE, SUBSTRATE BONDING METHOD, BONDING-SUBSTRATE FABRICATION APPARATUS, AND SUBSTRATE ASSEMBLY

LAN TECHNICAL SERVICE CO....

1. A bonding substrate fabrication method for fabricating a substrate on which a bonding surface is formed, the bonding substrate fabrication method comprising:a surface treatment step of surface-treating a surface of a substrate by irradiation with radiated particles including energetic particles within a chamber; and
a step of forming a silicon thin film on the surface-treated substrate surface to fabricate the bonding substrate by sputtering a silicon source within the chamber; and
wherein the surface treatment step and the step of forming the silicon thin film are performed by using the same energetic particle source, and the energetic particle source is directed toward the substrate surface when the surface treatment step is performed, and the energetic particle source is directed toward the silicon source when the step of forming the silicon thin film is performed; and
wherein the surface treatment step includes a process of irradiating the substrate surface with radiated particles including metal particles.

US Pat. No. 10,166,719

PRINT PROTECTION METHOD AND THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTING APPARATUS

XYZprinting, Inc., New T...

1. A print protection method, adapted to a three-dimensional printing apparatus, and the three-dimensional printing apparatus comprising a trigger circuit, a control device, a peripheral device, a print head and a storage device, the method comprising:when a system voltage of the three-dimensional printing apparatus is reduced from a normal voltage to a first threshold voltage and lower than the first threshold voltage, generating a triggering signal to the control device by the trigger circuit;
recording a position data of a current position of the print head into the storage device by the control device according to the triggering signal after the system voltage is lower than the first threshold voltage; and
completely shutting down operation of the peripheral device and the print head by the control device according to the triggering signal after the system voltage is lower than a second threshold voltage, so that the control device is continuously operated by a remaining power after the system voltage is lower than the second threshold voltage, wherein the second threshold voltage is lower than the first threshold voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,166,696

SAFETY DEVICE, BACKFLOW REDUCTION DEVICE, CONFORMABLE WOOD PROCESSING DEVICE, AND METHODS THEREOF FOR A WASTE PROCESSING SYSTEM

BANDIT INDUSTRIES, INC., ...

1. A wood chipper comprising:a housing defining an entrance for receiving wood material, a cutting chamber having a first side and a second side and adapted for processing wood material, received from the entrance, and an exit for expelling reduced material from the cutting chamber;
a support member having a horizontally disposed axle operatively disposed between the first and second sides of the housing;
an infeed assembly;
a rotatable cutting assembly spaced from the infeed assembly with the cutting assembly operatively disposed within the housing, and the cutting assembly comprising a rotor assembly rotatably coupled to the axle of the support member;
the rotor assembly comprising a rotor, and at least one reducing member mounted to the rotor and extending from an outside surface of the rotor with the reducing member comprising a first edge for cutting the wood material downstream of the entrance and upstream of the exit;
at least one feed wheel disposed between the infeed assembly and the cutting assembly to feed the wood material to the cutting assembly;
a discharge system adjacent the cutting assembly and communicating with the exit to remove reduced material from the cutting assembly;
at least one safety device downstream of the exit and upstream of the entrance, the at least one safety device disposed between the first and second sides within the cutting chamber, and uniformly spaced from the outside surface of the rotor to define at least a first gap therebetween, the at least one safety device further comprising at least one cutter comprising at least one edge for scoring a cable that is at least partially captured by the rotor assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,166,671

DROP-PREVENTION POUCH FOR CORDLESS POWER TOOLS

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A drop-prevention pouch for a cordless power tool having a battery pack that defines a battery pack perimeter, the drop-prevention pouch comprising:a pouch floor;
a pouch sidewall extending transversely from the pouch floor, the pouch sidewall having a sidewall rim portion defining a pouch opening with a pouch opening perimeter, wherein the pouch floor and the pouch sidewall define a chamber sized to receive the battery pack where the pouch floor and the pouch sidewall are adjacent the battery pack when the battery back is attached to the cordless power tool;
a flexible channel conduit extending along and being formed by the sidewall rim portion; and
a drawstring extending through the flexible conduit, such that a portion of the drawstring extends at least partially within the flexible conduit, and a second portion of the drawstring extends at least partially out of the flexible conduit, and the drawstring capable of restricting the pouch opening perimeter to be smaller than a battery pack perimeter, thereby preventing the drop-prevention pouch from being removed from the battery pack when the battery pack is attached to the cordless power tool; and
wherein the pouch sidewall defines a window opening aligned to permit the user to view a feature on the battery pack.

US Pat. No. 10,166,623

METHOD OF OPERATING A WELDING POWER SUPPLY

ESAB AB, Gotenborg (SE)

1. A method, comprising:receiving information including data representing at least a welding depth; and
based on the information:
performing a first transition between a DC power mode of a welding power supply and an AC power mode of the welding power supply, and
performing a second transition between the AC power mode of the welding power supply and the DC power mode of the welding power supply,
wherein the first transition and the second transition are made without interruption of a welding process that includes at least operating the welding power supply, and
wherein the first transition and the second transition are made without interruption including uninterrupted feeding of a consumable electrode at the first transition and the second transition.

US Pat. No. 10,166,593

MANUFACTURING METHOD FOR BUMPER BEAM OF VEHICLE

HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY, S...

1. A manufacturing method for a bumper beam of a vehicle, comprising:producing a circular pipe by pipe molding a steel plate having a predetermined thickness between first and second molding rolls;
heating the circular pipe to a predetermined temperature in a heating furnace;
pressurizing and molding the circular pipe heated in the heating furnace and having flexibility, while inserting the circular pipe between an upper mold and a lower mold to form a molding beam, and thereafter, cooling the molding beam to form the molding beam into a high-strength molding beam; and
curvature-molding the high-strength molding beam at a predetermined curvature through a curvature molding machine.

US Pat. No. 10,166,575

SHIFT AND HOLD CONVEYOR ASSEMBLY FOR REMOVAL OF OVERSIZE PARCELS

Fives Intralogistics Corp...

1. A method of shifting, holding and removing articles from a conveying apparatus comprising the steps of:conveying a plurality of articles in a forward direction and a lateral direction on an upstream conveyor including a low friction conveying surface;
conveying said articles along a first sidewall extending outwardly along an inward side edge of said upstream conveyor at a selected position for a selected length;
conveying said articles in a forward direction and a lateral direction along an intermediate conveyor having a low friction conveying surface in flow communication with said upstream conveyor, said intermediate conveyor having a narrower width than said upstream conveyor;
conveying said articles along a second sidewall extending along an inward side edge of said intermediate conveyor;
conveying said articles along an offset extending inwardly from said first sidewall toward said second sidewall;
conveying said articles along a raised high friction belt of a selected width extending along an outer edge of said intermediate conveyor opposite of and parallel to said second sidewall said high friction belt raised a selected height above the surface of said low friction conveying surface of said intermediate conveyor holding said article coming in contact with said high friction belt preventing a lateral shift toward said inward offset and said second sidewall, said high friction belt raised an effective height and having an effective width to create a tipover threshold for said articles having a portion extending over both sides of said high friction belt and a center of gravity extending over a portion of said high friction belt opposite said second sidewall for tipping over and removing said articles from said intermediate conveyor.

US Pat. No. 10,166,563

PUMP SYSTEMS, PUMP ENGINES, AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

Silgan Dispensing Systems...

1. A pump system, comprising:a closure;
an accumulator, comprising:
a first opening at one end of the accumulator;
a second opening at an end opposite the first opening;
a valve seat positioned on an interior of the accumulator between the first opening and the second opening;
a product chamber between the valve seat and the second opening;
a retaining ring circumscribing the second opening and projecting outward therefrom;
a valve seated in the valve seat;
a piston seal seated in the product chamber of the accumulator, the piston seal comprising:
a central portion;
a piston seal opening through the central portion;
an output cylinder, comprising:
a base wall;
a cylindrical wall extending off of upward from the base wall and defining a cavity;
an output stop within the cavity, said output stop being arranged to define an output volume, wherein the output stop is disposed vertically above the base wall;
a plug seal wall extending off of the base wall in a direction opposite the cylindrical wall;
a latch wall extending off of the base wall in the same direction as the plug seal wall, the latch wall received in snap-fit engagement with the retaining ring of the accumulator;
a piston stem, comprising:
a fluid lock at one end of the piston stem;
an output opening at an end opposite the fluid lock;
at least one input opening adjacent the fluid lock;
a piston stem flange extending outward from an exterior wall of the piston stem;
wherein a portion of the piston stem and the piston stem flange are positioned within the cavity of the output cylinder, the output opening of the piston stem is outside of the output cylinder, a portion of the piston stem extends through the piston seal opening, the fluid lock is on a side of the piston seal opposite the output cylinder, and the accumulator retaining ring is seated between the plug seal wall and the latch wall of the output cylinder;
said piston stem flange engaging with said output stop to generate said output volume.

US Pat. No. 10,166,420

SENSOR RESERVOIR WITH PROBE TO MONITOR, MEASURE, AND CONTROL FIRE SPRINKLER AND OTHER SYSTEMS AND METHOD OF CONSTRUCTING AND USING THE SAME

JTJ Tech, LLC, Allentown...

1. A system for monitoring and controlling temperature of a sprinkler system comprising:a sprinkler system being a piped system, wherein a fluid is located within the piped system such that the fluid creates a fluid flow dynamic within the piped system;
a first fluid sensor having a reservoir and a temperature probe located within the reservoir, wherein the first fluid sensor is operatively connected to the piped system such that the first fluid sensor is capable of detecting a temperature of the fluid located within a particular section of the piped system and wherein the temperature probe is located within the reservoir such that the temperature probe does not disturb the fluid flow dynamic within the piped system;
a controller operatively connected to the first fluid sensor for receiving the detected temperature of the fluid located within the particular section of the piped system; and
a heating device operatively connected to the controller, wherein the controller activates the heating device if the detected temperature of the fluid located within the particular section of the piped system falls below a predetermined temperature.

US Pat. No. 10,166,373

ELASTIC TIP FOR AN ADJUSTABLE LENGTH ANGIOPLASTY BALLOON SHEATH

Biosensors International ...

1. An angioplasty balloon catheter comprising an axially moveable retractable sheath and a distal tip attached to a distal end of the sheath,where a distal portion of the retractable sheath is positioned concentrically around an inflatable balloon; and
where the distal tip attached to the distal end of the sheath is an elastomeric plastic having a tensile strength of 41 MPa to 50 MPa, a flexural modulus of between 0.04-0.10 GPa (gigapascals) and a thickness of 140 microns to 191 microns,
wherein the distal tip is capable of returning to substantially its original shape after expansion and deflation of the balloon.

US Pat. No. 10,166,350

ACTIVE DRY POWDER INHALER

Inspiro Medical Ltd., Ne...

19. A method of preparing an inhaler capsule containing dry powder medicament with a capsule outlet for the medicament, the method comprising:introducing a needle comprising a gas lumen having at least one gas outlet into an interior of the capsule;
puncturing a wall of the inhaler capsule by forcing the wall against the needle from a capsule interior to define the capsule outlet;
withdrawing the capsule relative to the needle to de-obstruct the capsule outlet, positioning the at least one gas outlet within the capsule interior; and
directing gas into the at least one gas outlet while it remains in the interior and the capsule outlet is de-obstructed, thereby releasing the dry powder medicament from the capsule.

US Pat. No. 10,166,335

DRIVE ASSEMBLY FOR AN AUTOINJECTOR AND A METHOD OF ASSEMBLING AN AUTOINJECTOR

OVAL MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An autoinjector for use at an injection site, the autoinjector comprising a drive mechanism and a drug containing portion,the drive mechanism comprising:
a housing;
a drive means coupled to, or forming part of, the housing, the drive means comprising a resilient member;
a retaining means coupled to, or forming part of the housing, the retaining means engaging the drive means in a first position to retain the drive means in a first deformed condition; and
a coupling means for coupling with the drug containing portion, wherein the coupling means is a latch, an aperture, or a screw fitting provided on the housing,
the retaining means releasing the drive means from the first deformed condition when the retaining means is moved to a second position, and the drug containing portion being configured such that the drug containing portion retains the drive means in the second deformed condition when the retaining means is moved the second position until selective release of the drive means from the second deformed condition, wherein the drive means in the second deformed condition is expanded relative to the first deformed condition, wherein the drive means in the second deformed condition stores sufficient potential energy for driving the autoinjector, the autoinjector further comprising a release mechanism configured to selectively release the drive means from the second deformed condition when the autoinjector is to be used.

US Pat. No. 10,166,319

IMPLANTABLE PUMP SYSTEM HAVING A COAXIAL VENTRICULAR CANNULA

CorWave SA, Clichy (FR)

1. An implantable cardiovascular pump system comprising,a housing configured to be implanted in or coupled to a patient's heart;
a pump assembly disposed within the housing, the pump assembly comprising an actuator assembly coupled to a circumference of a vibrating membrane, the vibrating membrane unsupported other than at the circumference;
an outflow cannula in fluid communication with the pump assembly, the outflow cannula having an inlet and an outlet; and
an inflow cannula in fluid communication with the pump assembly, the inflow cannula having an inlet and an outlet disposed within the patient's heart,
wherein the actuator assembly is configured to cause the vibrating membrane to vibrate to transfer blood from the inlet of the inflow cannula through the housing around the actuator assembly and out the outlet of the outflow cannula, and wherein the outflow cannula is disposed coaxially within the outlet of the inflow cannula.

US Pat. No. 10,166,317

SURGICAL HAND PIECE WITH DUAL LUMEN WORK TIP FOR USE WITH INFUSION CANNULA

SURGICAL DESIGN CORPORATI...

1. A surgical hand piece comprising:a source of ultrasonic energy;
a connecting body having a proximal end connected to said ultrasonic energy source and a distal end;
a work tip having a hub at a proximal end from which extend at least first and second tubes aligned side by side and adjacent to each other, said hub having first and second external openings, each of the at least first and second tubes having a proximal end connected to separate passages in said hub leading to the external openings, said work tip being detachably connected to said connecting body distal end and being of a material suitable for conveying the ultrasonic energy from said ultrasonic energy source to the distal end of the at least first and second tubes, wherein ultrasonic energy may be transmitted from said source of ultrasonic energy through said connecting body to said hub in order to ultrasonically vibrate both at least first and second tubes; and
a housing that covers the source of ultrasonic energy and the connecting body, but not the work tip;
wherein the work tip is detachable from the connecting body while leaving the connecting body attached to said source of ultrasonic energy, and the work tip is designed to be disposed after a single use and
wherein each of said first and second tubes has a lumen that is to receive or discharge a fluid at the proximal ends of said first and second tubes from one of first and second fluid sources that are respectively irrigation and aspiration fluids, the lumen of each of said first and second tubes being separate and spaced apart, and each said tube having an opening at its distal end through which the fluid received at or discharged from the proximal end of the respective lumen of each said tube exits from or enters the tube, with each said tube distal end opening being separate, independent of, spaced from and without being in communication with the distal end opening of the other tube, aspiration fluid flow being in one of said first and second tubes and irrigation fluid flow being in the other, and said aspiration and irrigation fluid flows being selectively and alternately reversible in said tubes.

US Pat. No. 10,166,309

WHITE LIGHT LEDS AND UV LEDS IN SAME LUMINAIRE FOR LIGHTING AND DISINFECTION

RayVio Corporation, Hayw...

1. A combined disinfection and lighting luminaire comprising:a first set of light emitting diodes (LEDs) and a second set of LEDs housed in a single luminaire configured for emitting light downward into a room;
the first set of LEDs generating a first light for producing white light to illuminate the room when energized;
the second set of LEDs generating invisible light in the UV range to disinfect the room when energized, wherein the light from the second set of LEDs is controllable to be either only emitted toward a ceiling of the room to disinfect the air or emitted both toward the ceiling and downward to disinfect surfaces; and
a sensor in the luminaire detecting that there are no people in the vicinity of the luminaire, wherein the sensor is coupled to automatically control the second set of LEDs;
the luminaire being configured to operate in at least two modes wherein,
the luminaire being operable in a first mode in which the first set of LEDs is energized for illuminating the room when a person is in the vicinity of the luminaire, while the second set of LEDs automatically ceases to emit the downward light and only emits the light toward the ceiling when a person is in the vicinity of the luminaire,
the luminaire being operable in a second mode in which the sensor detects no people in the vicinity of the luminaire and automatically controls the second set of LEDs to be energized to emit the light from the second set of LEDs toward the ceiling and downward to disinfect the room.

US Pat. No. 10,166,239

TROPOMYOSIN-RELATED KINASE (TRK) INHIBITORS

Genzyme Corporation, Cam...

1. A method of treating osteoarthritis in a patient in need thereof, the method comprising administering to the patient a compound of the structure of Formula (I):
wherein:
n is 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5;
m is 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4;
Q1 is H, halo, (C6-C14)aryl, (C2-C9)heteroaryl, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl, or (C2-C9)heterocycloalkyl,
wherein the (C6-C14)aryl, (C2-C9)heteroaryl, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl, or (C2-C9)heterocycloalkyl is optionally substituted by one to four groups selected from (C1-C10)alkyl, (C2-C9)heteroalkyl, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl, (C2-C9)heterocycloalkyl, (C6-C14)aryl, (C2-C9)heteroaryl, (C1-C10)alkylamine, (C1-C10)alkyl-C(O)O—, COOH—(C1-C10)alkyl, COOH—(C3-C10)cycloalkyl, (C1-C10)alkyl-O—, —OH, —NH2, R7R8N—, R7R8N(O)C—, R7(O)CR8N—, F3C—, NC—, (C3-C10)alkyl(O)P—, (C3-C10)alkyl-S—, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl-S—, (C6-C14)aryl-S—, (C2-C9)heteroalkyl-S—, (C2-C9)heterocycloalkyl-S—, (C2-C9)heteroaryl-S—, (C3-C10)alkyl(O)S—, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl(O)S—, (C6-C14)aryl(O)S—, (C2-C9)heteroalkyl(O)S—, (C2-C9)heterocycloalkyl(O)S—, (C2-C9)heteroaryl(O)S—, (C3-C10)alkyl-O2S—, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl-O2S—, (C6-C14)aryl-O2S—, (C2-C9)heteroalkyl-O2S—, (C2-C9)heterocycloalkyl-O2S—, (C2-C9)heteroaryl-O2S—, or R7R8NO2S—,
wherein R7 and R8 is each independently H, (C1-C10)alkyl, (C2-C9)heteroalkyl, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl, (C2-C9)heterocycloalkyl, (C6-C14)aryl, or (C2-C9)heteroaryl;
Q2 is (C6-C14)aryl, (C2-C9)heteroaryl, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl, or (C2-C9)heterocycloalkyl,
wherein the (C6-C14)aryl, (C2-C9)heteroaryl, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl, or (C2-C9)heterocycloalkyl is optionally substituted by one to four groups selected from (C1-C10)alkyl, (C2-C9)heteroalkyl, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl, (C2-C9)heterocycloalkyl, (C6-C14)aryl, (C2-C9)heteroaryl, (C1-C10)alkylamine, (C1-C10)alkyl-C(O)O—, COOH—(C1-C10)alkyl, COOH—(C3-C10)cycloalkyl, (C1-C10)alkyl-O—, —OH, —NH2, R7R8N—, R7R8N(O)C—, R7(O)CR8N—, F3C—, NC—, (C3-C10)alkyl(O)P—, (C3-C10)alkyl-S—, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl-S—, (C6-C14)aryl-S—, (C2-C9)heteroalkyl-S—, (C2-C9)heterocycloalkyl-S—, (C2-C9)heteroaryl-S—, (C3-C10)alkyl(O)S—, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl(O)S—, (C6-C14)aryl(O)S—, (C2-C9)heteroalkyl(O)S—, (C2-C9)heterocycloalkyl(O)S—, (C2-C9)heteroaryl(O)S—, (C3-C10)alkyl-O2S—, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl-O2S—, (C6-C14)aryl-O2S—, (C2-C9)heteroalkyl-O2S—, (C2-C9)heterocycloalkyl-O2S—, (C2-C9)heteroaryl-O2S—, or R7R8NO2S—,
wherein R7 and R8 is each independently H, (C1-C10)alkyl, (C2-C9)heteroalkyl, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl, (C2-C9)heterocycloalkyl, (C6-C14)aryl, or (C2-C9)heteroaryl;
X is CH, N or CR9,
wherein R9 is (C1-C10)alkyl, (C2-C9)heteroalkyl, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl, (C2-C9)heterocycloalkyl, (C6-C14)aryl, (C2-C9)heteroaryl, (C1-C10)alkylamine, (C1-C10)alkyl-C(O)O—, COOH—(C1-C10)alkyl, COOH—(C3-C10)cycloalkyl, (C1-C10)alkyl-O—, —OH, or —NH2;
R1 is H, halo, (C1-C10)alkyl, (C2-C9)heteroalkyl, (C1-C10)alkylamine, or NH2;
R2 is H, halo, (C1-C10)alkyl, (C2-C9)heteroalkyl, (C1-C10)alkylamine, (C1-C10)alkyl-O—, or NH2;
R3 and R4 are each independently H, (C1-C10)alkyl, (C2-C9)heteroalkyl, (C1-C10)alkylamine, O—(C1-C10)alkyl, or NH2 or R3 and R4 are taken together with the carbon to which they are attached to form a 3 to 10 member ring,
wherein the 3 to 10 member ring is optionally substituted by one to four groups selected from (C1-C10)alkyl, (C2-C9)heteroalkyl, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl, (C2-C9)heterocycloalkyl, (C6-C14)aryl, (C2-C9)heteroaryl, (C1-C10)alkylamine, (C1-C10)alkyl-C(O)O—, COOH—(C1-C10)alkyl, COOH—(C3-C10)cycloalkyl, (C1-C10)alkyl-O—, —OH, or —NH2; and
R5 and R6 are each independently H, (C1-C10)alkyl, (C2-C9)heteroalkyl, (C1-C10)alkylamine, O—(C1-C10)alkyl, or NH2 or R5 and R6 are taken together with the carbon to which they are attached to form a 3 to 10 member ring,
wherein the 3 to 10 member ring is optionally substituted by one to four groups selected from (C1-C10)alkyl, (C2-C9)heteroalkyl, (C3-C10)cycloalkyl, (C2-C9)heterocycloalkyl, (C6-C14)aryl, (C2-C9)heteroaryl, (C1-C10)alkylamine, (C1-C10)alkyl-C(O)O—, COOH—(C1-C10)alkyl, COOH—(C3-C10)cycloalkyl, (C1-C10)alkyl-O—, —OH, or —NH2;or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,166,237

COMPOUNDS AND METHODS FOR INDUCING CHONDROGENESIS

The Scripps Research Inst...

1. A method for stimulating chondrocyte proliferation and cartilage production in cartilaginous tissues in a mammal, the method comprising administering to the mammal a composition comprising a therapeutically effective amount of a compound of formula I:
wherein
each of ring A and ring B are independently selected from the group consisting of cycloalkyl, aryl and heteroaryl;
each R1 and R2 is independently selected from the group consisting of H, C1-6 alkyl, C2-6 alkenyl, C2-6 alkynyl, C1-6 alkoxy, C1-6 heteroalkyl, halogen, C1-6 haloalkyl, C1-6 haloalkoxy, C1-6 alkyl-CN, C1-6 alkylhydroxy, —OR2a, —NR2bR2d, C1-6 alkyl-NR2bR2d, —C(O)R1a, —C(O)R2d, —C(O)OR2a, C1-6 alkyl-C(O)OR2b, —OC(O)R2b, —OC(O)OR2b, —C(O)NR2aR2b, —C(O)N(OH)R2b, —NR2bC(O)R2c, C1-6 alkyl-NR2bC(O)R2c, —NR2bC(O)OR2c, C1-6 alkyl-NR2bC(O)OR2c, —OC(O)NR2bR2c, —NR2bC(O)NR2bR2c, —NR2bC(NR2b)N R2bR2c, —C(O)NR2bC(O)R2b, C1-6 alkyl-NR2bC(O)NR2bR2c, —SR2a, —SO2R2b, —SO2OR2b,—SO2NR2bR2d, —NR2bSO2 R2b, —P(O)(OR2b)2, —B(OR2b), —CN, —NO2, —N3, heterocycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, C1-6 alkyl-heterocycloalkyl, C1-6 alkyl-aryl, C1-6 alkyl-O-aryl, C1-6 alkyl-heteroaryl, and heteroaryl-aryl, and wherein the heterocycloalkyl, aryl and heteroaryl groups are optionally substituted with 1 to 2 R2a groups;
R1a is selected from the group consisting of —OR1b and —NR1bR1c;
R1b and R1c are each independently selected from the group consisting of H, C1-6 alkyl, C2-6 alkenyl, C2-6 alkynyl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, C1-6 alkyl-aryl, and C1-6 alkyl-heteroaryl, wherein the cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, aryl and heteroaryl groups are optionally substituted with from 1 to 4 Rid groups;
each R1d is independently selected from the group consisting of H, C1-6 alkyl, C1-6 alkoxy, and —NO2;
each R2a is independently selected from the group consisting of H, C2-6 alkenyl, C2-6 alkynyl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, C1-6 alkyl-cycloalkyl, C1-6 alkyl-heterocycloalkyl, C1-6 alkyl-aryl and C1-6 alkyl-heteroaryl, optionally substituted with 1 to 2 R2b groups;
each R2b and R2c is independently selected from the group consisting of H, and C1-6 alkyl;
each R2d is independently selected from the group consisting of H, C1-6 alkyl, cycloalkyl, heterocycloalkyl, aryl, heteroaryl, C1-6 alkyl-cycloalkyl, C1-6 alkyl-heterocycloalkyl, C1-6 alkyl-aryl and C1-6 alkyl-heteroaryl, each optionally substituted with 1 to 2 R2b groups;
each of L1 and L2 are independently selected from the group consisting of a bond, C1-6 alkylene, C2-6 alkenylene, C1-6 alkylene-O—, —O—C1-6 alkylene, C1-6 alkylene-NR3a—, —NR3a—C1-6 alkylene, —C(O)—, C1-6 alkylene-C(O)—, —C(O)—C1-6 alkylene-NH—, —NH—C1-6 alkylene-C(O)—, —C(O)N H—, —NHC(O)—, C1-6 alkylene-NHC(O)—, —SO2NH—, —NHSO2—, —NHC(O)NH—, cycloalkylene, —N?N—, and —C(R3a)?N(R3c)—, wherein the alkylene group is optionally substituted with from 1-4 R3b groups; R3a is selected from the group consisting of H, and C1-6 alkyl;
each R3b is independently selected from the group consisting of H, C1-6 alkyl, halogen, —OR3a and —NR3aR3a;
R3c is absent or —OH;
alternatively, L2 is combined with R1, L1 is combined with L2, L1 is combined with R2, two R1 groups on adjacent ring atoms, or two R2 groups on adjacent ring atoms are combined to form a 5-6 membered heterocycloalkyl with from 1 to 3 heteroatoms selected from N, O and S, or a 5-6 membered heteroaryl with from 1 to 3 heteroatoms selected from N, O and S, and optionally substituted with from 1 to 3 groups selected from the group consisting of H, C1-6 alkyl and oxo;
subscripts m and n are each an integer from 1 to 3;
wherein:
(a) L1 is a bond, L2 is —C(O)NH—, ring B is phenyl, and at least one R2 is —CN or phenyl, or
(b) at least one R1 is —C(O)OH, ring A is phenyl, L2 is —C(O)NH—, and L1 is a bond or C1-6 alkylene, or
(c) each of ring A and ring B is phenyl, at least one R1 is —C(O)OH or combined with L2, and at least one R2 is selected from the group consisting of H, —CN and —C(O)OH;
wherein when R1 is —CO2H, subscript n is 1, ring A is phenyl, L2 is —C(O)NH—, L1 is a bond, ring B is phenyl, subscript m is 1, and R2 is phenyl, then the phenyl of R2 is substituted with C1-6 alkyl,
or salts and isomers thereof, thereby stimulating chondrocyte proliferation and cartilage production in the cartilaginous tissues in the mammal.

US Pat. No. 10,166,234

PHARMACEUTICAL PREPARATION COMPRISING PHENYLALANINE DERIVATIVE

EA Pharma Co., Ltd., Tok...

1. A pharmaceutical preparation, comprising:the compound of the formula (A) or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, which is dispersed in a matrix consisting of a water-soluble high molecular weight substance:

and
Crospovidone,
wherein the compound of the formula (A) or the pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof is included in the pharmaceutical preparation in an amount of not less than 100 mg.

US Pat. No. 10,166,184

METHOD OF LYOPHILIZING LIPOSOMES

CELATOR PHARMACEUTICALS I...

1. A lyophilized gel-phase liposomal composition, which composition comprises:(a) gel-phase liposomes that exhibit a melting phase temperature (Tc) of at least 37° C. and wherein the liposome membrane of said liposomes comprises no more than 20 mol % cholesterol and at least 1 mol % of a phosphatidylglycerol (PG) or a phosphatidylinositol (PI) or both; and wherein at least two therapeutic and/or diagnostic agents are stably associated with said liposomes wherein at least one of said agents is amphipathic or hydrophilic; and;
(b) a cryoprotectant external to said liposomes; andwherein said liposomes contain less than 50 mM internal cryoprotectant, andwherein when said lyophilized gel-phase liposomal composition is reconstituted in a pharmaceutical carrier, the mean diameter of the liposomes is maintained as compared to said composition prior to lyophilization and said agents are substantially retained in the liposomes.

US Pat. No. 10,166,170

ROUND STEAMHEAD FOR A STEAM GENERATOR

Sussman Automatic Corpora...

1. A steamhead for a steam bath enclosure including a wall with an opening, the steamhead designed for use with a steam generator having a steam supply pipe, the steamhead comprising a dispensing chamber with an inlet connected to the steam supply pipe and a steam outlet, a hollow cylindrical member extending from said chamber in alignment with said steam outlet and forming a steam passageway, a first part mounted within said hollow cylindrical member for movement between a position proximate said chamber and a position remote from said chamber, and a second part rotatably mounted within said first part for controlling the flow of steam through said steam passageway.

US Pat. No. 10,166,169

CHEST COMPRESSION DEVICE

ZOLL Circulation, Inc., ...

1. A device for performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a patient comprising:a backboard;
a support frame having two legs secured to the backboard, the two legs supporting a compression unit apposing the backboard;
a motor enclosed within the compression unit;
a piston having a distal end and a proximal end, the proximal end of the piston operably coupled to the motor and the motor configured to extend the piston distally and withdraw the piston proximally relative to the compression unit, the compression unit secured to the support frame with the piston apposing the backboard;
two resilient members, each resilient member having a first end and a second end, the first end of each resilient member operably secured to the piston, the second end of each resilient member operably secured to one of the two legs, such that extension of the piston causes each resilient member to form an arch suitable to apply lateral force to the patient's chest.

US Pat. No. 10,166,168

AT-HOME LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE AND MASSAGE DEVICE FOR VAGINAL REJUVENATION

Joylux, Inc., Seattle, W...

24. A method for strengthening vaginal tissue of a vagina comprising:contacting at least one contact surface of a rejuvenation and massage device with the vaginal tissue, the rejuvenation and massage device comprising:
a shell;
an insertable section of the device for which the shell forms an external surface, the insertable section comprising:
a transparent band of the shell that is formed around a circumference of the shell,
a first opaque portion of the shell that is distal to the transparent band,
a second opaque portion of the shell located proximal to the transparent band,
a component enclosed within the transparent band, the component extending along a length of the transparent band, the component having a smaller diameter than the transparent band, and
one or more light emitters arranged around the component;
selecting a vibration setting on a user interface of the rejuvenation and massage device, the selection providing a speed of vibration; and
using the rejuvenation and massage device within the vagina, the device vibrating according to the vibration setting selected, delivering light through the transparent band via the one or more light emitters, and providing warmth, to induce neocollagenesis, neofibrogenesis, or neoelastogenesis in the vaginal tissue.