US Pat. No. 10,456,559

CANNULATED TUBE PROTECTOR, APPARATUS OPERABLE TO FACILITATE THE FLOW OF FLUIDS THROUGH A CANNULATED SITE AND APPARATUS OPERABLE TO PROTECT AND MAINTAIN POSITIONING OF A CATHETER

Marie-Andrea I. Wilborn, ...

1. A cannulated tube protector comprising:a main body;
a splinting member carried on a bottom portion of the main body to be positioned against a cannulated tube and a patient's skin;
a viewing door located within a portion of the main body and a corresponding portion of the splinting member;
a first pair of securing members extending from the main body; and
a second pair of securing members extending from the main body;
wherein the viewing door is moveable between an open position to expose a viewing aperture and a closed position wherein the viewing aperture is not exposed.

US Pat. No. 10,456,555

RAPID ASPIRATION THROMBECTOMY SYSTEM AND METHOD

Route 92 Medical, Inc., ...

1. A method of performing a medical procedure at a treatment site in a cerebral vessel of a patient, the method comprising:assembling a coaxial system of devices, the assembled coaxial system of devices comprising:
a catheter having a catheter lumen and a distal end; and
a inner member extending through the catheter lumen, wherein a tapered distal end of the inner member extends distal to the distal end of the catheter; and
advancing the assembled coaxial system of devices together within a petrous portion of an internal carotid artery, wherein the assembled coaxial system is advanced while a guidewire is not present.

US Pat. No. 10,456,554

DEVICE DELIVERY CATHETER HAVING A CURVED DISTAL TIP

1. A catheter comprising:a catheter shaft having a proximal end, a distal end, an intermediate section between the proximal end and the distal end, and a curved surface reducing a diameter of the catheter shaft at the intermediate section, the catheter shaft having a central lumen and defining a central longitudinal axis;
a tip secured to the distal end of the catheter shaft, the tip being flexible and having a first end, a second end, and a central longitudinal axis extending between the first and second ends, the longitudinal axis of the tip defining an arcuate shape in the unbiased state, the arcuate shape having a concave side and a convex side; and
a device secured to the catheter shaft at the intermediate section, the device including a restraining system including a constraining sheath and a release line for releasing the constraining sheath, the restraining system being mounted such that the release line exits the catheter shaft at the curved surface of the catheter shaft and extends toward the tip and is maintained in longitudinal alignment with the concave side of the arcuate shape defined by the longitudinal axis of the tip.

US Pat. No. 10,456,547

BREATHING TUBE ASSEMBLIES WITH ADJUSTABLE ELBOW

1. A respiratory therapy system, comprising:a flow generator that generates a flow of a breathing gas, the flow generator comprising an outlet for the flow of the breathing gas;
a flexible breathing tube assembly comprising a connector and a breathing tube, the breathing tube having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is coupled to the connector in a non-rotatable manner, and wherein the connector couples the breathing tube to the outlet of the flow generator;
a patient interface coupled to the second end of the breathing tube such that the breathing tube can deliver the flow of the breathing gas from the flow generator to the patient interface;
a swivel elbow that is rotatably coupled to the connector of the flexible breathing tube assembly, the swivel elbow comprising an engagement portion that completely surrounds the breathing tube in a circumferential direction to couple the swivel elbow to the breathing tube, the swivel elbow further comprising a curved surface portion that is spaced from the engagement portion along a longitudinal direction, wherein the curved surface portion guides a first portion of the breathing tube into a curved shape, wherein the curved surface portion only partially surrounds the breathing tube in the circumferential direction; and
wherein the breathing tube is rotatable relative to the engagement portion of the swivel elbow such that the swivel elbow can be rotated relative to the connector to vary a direction that the breathing tube extends relative to the flow generator.

US Pat. No. 10,456,546

AUTOMATICALLY ADJUSTING HEADGEAR FOR PATIENT INTERFACE

1. A patient interface system comprising:an interface portion adapted to create a seal with at least a nose of a user;
a coupling that permits the patient interface system to be coupled to a gas delivery system;
a headgear system that allows the interface portion to be positioned and retained on a head of the user with the headgear system providing a transformational locking behavior with an ability to transform from an elastic type elongation behavior to a generally non-elongating type behavior when the patient interface system is in use;
the headgear system comprising a mechanical directional lock, a rear portion, and at least one side strap on each side of the headgear system that couples the rear portion to the interface portion, each side strap comprising a non-elongating element and an elastic element;
wherein the elastic type elongation behavior is provided by the elastic elements, the elastic elements being configured to provide a retraction force;
wherein the transformational locking behavior is provided by the mechanical directional lock, which is configured to apply a friction force on the one or more non-elongating elements in use such that movement in a retraction direction is automatically allowed at a first level of resistance and movement in an elongation direction is either automatically allowed at a second level of resistance higher than the first level of resistance or automatically prevented;
wherein the transformational locking behavior is adapted to automatically fit the headgear system to the user without the need for manual adjustment of the headgear assembly to fit the headgear system to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,456,544

CUSHION FOR PATIENT INTERFACE

ResMed Pty Ltd, Bella Vi...

1. A cushion for a patient interface that delivers breathable gas to a patient, the cushion including a nasal bridge region, a pair of side of nose regions, a pair of upper cheek regions, a pair of lower cheek regions and a chin region, the cushion comprising:a non-face contacting portion including a base wall structured to be connected to a frame;
a face-contacting portion structured to engage the patient's face,
wherein the face-contacting portion comprises a membrane including a nasal bridge region, a pair of cheek regions, and a chin region adapted to form a continuous seal on a nasal bridge region, a pair of cheek regions, and a chin region of the patient's face, respectively,
wherein the membrane forms a widest point of the cushion, and a bottom portion of the base wall is entirely internally offset with respect to the widest point,
wherein the membrane has an inner edge defining an aperture adapted to receive the patient's nose, and
wherein, when the cushion is stationary on a horizontal surface and oriented such that the non-face contacting portion faces towards the horizontal surface,
1) the membrane in the nasal bridge region of the cushion has an exterior surface that includes two sides meeting at a centerline, each side sloping downwardly from the centerline,
2) in a cross-sectional view, the exterior surface of the membrane in the nasal bridge region of the cushion a) curves downwardly along the centerline from a peak of the membrane's curvature to the inner edge of the membrane, and b) curves downwardly along the centerline from the peak of the membrane's curvature in a direction away from the inner edge of the membrane, to thereby form a convex shape,
3) in a cross-sectional view, the membrane in the chin region of the cushion has an exterior surface forming a convex shape such that the exterior surface curves downwardly from a peak of the membrane's curvature to the inner edge of the membrane, and
4) the exterior surface of the membrane in the chin region of the cushion extends from one lower cheek region to the other lower cheek region and forms a concave shape adapted to engage the patient's chin region.

US Pat. No. 10,456,543

PATIENT VENTILATING AND ASPIRATING SYSTEM

1. A catheter mount comprising:at least three passageways;
a first of said at least three passageways being adapted to be connected to a patient connector;
a second of said at least three passageways being adapted to be connected to a gases transport conduit;
a third of said at least three passageways being covered by a seal configured to provide a substantially airtight seal at normal operating pressures such that said catheter mount is sealed from atmosphere in use, said seal located on an outer most terminal edge of said third of said at least three passageways, said seal being adapted to receive an aspirating system and to re-seal when said aspirating system is disconnected from said third of said at least three passageways, said seal being planar and configured to form a planar sealing interface with said aspirating system when connected to said third of said at least three passageways; and
said catheter mount being adapted to be fitted in use between said patient connector and said gases transport conduit, said catheter mount adapted to convey pressurized gases from said gases transport conduit to said patient connector and maintain PEEP;
wherein said third of said at least three passageways is configured to be releasably connected to said aspirating system with a bayonet fitting.

US Pat. No. 10,456,538

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF A PULMONARY SURFACTANT BY ATOMIZATION

Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A...

1. A system configured to deliver an atomized medicament to a spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate, the system comprising:a flexible catheter sized such that a distal end portion thereof is provided in the retro-pharyngeal region of the spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate, the flexible catheter including at least a first channel that outputs into the spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate's pharyngeal cavity a flow of liquid medicament, and at least one second channel that outputs into the spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate's pharyngeal cavity a pressurized flow of gas;
a first pump connected to a first end of the first channel, that creates a low pressure which pushes a column of liquid medicament toward a second end of the first channel;
a second pump connected to a first end of each said at least one second channel, that creates the pressurized flow of gas;
so that when the column of liquid medicament and the pressurized flow of gas meet in the pharyngeal cavity, the column of liquid medicament is broken into a plurality of particles by the pressurized flow of gas, causing atomization of the liquid medicament and the atomized medicament to be delivered into the spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate's lungs;
a controller that controls at least the first pump; and
a pressure sensor, connected to the first channel, that measures a value indicative of pressure in the pharyngeal cavity of the spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate, such value being used by the controller to determine whether the spontaneously breathing pre-term neonate is in an inspiration or in an expiration phase,
wherein the first pump is selectively activated by the controller only during the inspiration phase.

US Pat. No. 10,456,527

GASKET USING MEDICAL SILICONE RUBBER HAVING SLIDABILITY, AND SYRINGE USING SAID GASKET

COKI ENGINEERING INC., O...

1. A gasket, for syringes, to be press-fitted in a syringe barrel and used in a slidable manner, the gasket comprising:a main body portion that is formed of a rigid plastic having a drug solution-resistant property against a drug solution to be loaded in the syringe barrel, and that has a slide-contact surface that slidingly contacts an inner circumferential surface of the syringe barrel; and
a slide-contact ring that is fitted in a concaved groove formed over a whole circumference of the slide-contact surface, and is configured to slidingly contact the inner circumferential surface of the syringe barrel, wherein
within the slide-contact surface, at least a slide-contact surface adjacent to a liquid contact surface with respect to the drug solution is formed to be in contact with the inner circumferential surface and liquid-tight with respect to the inner circumferential surface,
the main body has a liquid-contact side sliding part having the liquid contact surface, the slide-contact surface adjacent to the liquid contact surface, and a back surface contacting the slide-contact ring,
the slide-contact ring is disposed in contact with the back surface of the liquid-contact side sliding part so as to back up the liquid-contact side sliding part,
the slide-contact ring is formed of a slidable silicone rubber obtained by adding a spherical ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene fine powder to a silicone rubber base material, a filler being added to the silicone rubber base material, wherein a silicone oil is optionally added to the slidable silicone rubber of the slide-contact ring,
when the silicone oil is not added, the slidable silicone rubber contains, in volume ratio, the ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene fine powder by 44.5 to 60% and the silicone rubber base material containing the filler for a remaining portion, and
when the silicone oil is added, the slidable silicone rubber contains, in volume ratio, the ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene fine powder by 30 to 65%, the silicone oil by 7 to 40%, a total of the ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene fine powder and the silicone oil being 37 to 72%, and the silicone rubber base material containing the filler for a remaining portion.

US Pat. No. 10,456,523

MANAGEMENT OF CARE AREA TRANSITIONS OF INTRAVENOUS INFUSIONS

CareFusion 303, Inc., Sa...

1. A method of infusing at least one drug or fluid to a patient comprising:initiating an infusion of at least a first drug and a second drug to a patient by an infusion device, the infusion device comprising at least one programmable processor and memory storing instructions for execution by the at least one programmable processor;
determining, by the infusion device, that the infusion device is to be physically moved from a first care area to a second care area;
comparing the first drug and the second drug to a list of drugs that are allowed to be infused in the second care area;
determining, based on the comparison, that the second drug is not allowed to be used in the second care area; and
stopping the infusion of the second drug while allowing infusion of the first drug;
activating an alarm to notify an end user that the second drug is not transferrable to the second care area.

US Pat. No. 10,456,521

MEDICAMENT DELIVERY DEVICE WITH A CONTROL MECHANISM

SHL MEDICAL AG, Zug (CH)...

1. A control mechanism for a medicament delivery device, which medicament delivery device comprisesa medicament container connection mechanism configured to connect a medicament container with a medicament delivery member;
a penetration and withdrawal mechanism configured to actuate a penetration and a withdrawal sequence;
a medicament delivery drive unit configured to expel a medicament from the medicament container;
an activation mechanism that when activated initiates a penetration and medicament delivery sequence;
a stop mechanism that when activated initiates a withdrawal sequence;
wherein the control mechanism further comprises a control member that is configured to move linearly between a first position and a second position, which control member is connectable to the medicament container connection mechanism, to the penetration and withdrawal mechanism, to the medicament delivery drive unit, to the activation mechanism, and to the stop mechanism
wherein the activation mechanism comprises a manually actuated first locking element and wherein the control member comprises a first seat in which said first locking element is accommodated, such that the control member is connected to the activation mechanism when the control member is in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,456,520

STRETCHABLE ATTACHMENT APPARATUS

Clinical Biotechnology Re...

1. A hospital bed rail attachment apparatus comprising:a unitary body molded of an elastomeric material and having a smooth and continuous construction, the unitary body comprising an elongated member having a first appendage portion, a second appendage portion, and a central portion extending between the first appendage portion and the second appendage portion;
a first protrusion disposed on the first appendage portion, the first protrusion being substantially rectangular in shape and wider than a width of the central portion;
a first receiving portion being proximally disposed on the first appendage portion in relation to the first protrusion to define a first attachment area extending between the first receiving portion and the first protrusion, the first receiving portion defining an aperture configured to receive the first protrusion;
a second protrusion disposed on the second appendage portion, the second protrusion being substantially rectangular in shape and wider than the width of the central portion; and,
a second receiving portion being proximally disposed on the second appendage portion in relation to the second protrusion to define a second attachment area extending between the second receiving portion and the second protrusion, the second receiving portion defining an aperture configured to receive the second protrusion.

US Pat. No. 10,456,513

CARDIAC PUMP WITH SPEED ADAPTED FOR VENTRICLE UNLOADING

TC1 LLC, Pleasanton, CA ...

1. A blood pump, comprising:a chamber including an impeller driven by a motor; and
at least one processor for at least:
determining a time period of a diastolic phase or a time period of a systolic phase of a cardiac cycle of a user; and
varying the speed of the motor, based on the time period of the diastolic phase or the time period of the systolic phase, such that a speed of the motor begins ramping up during the diastolic phase.

US Pat. No. 10,456,511

DEVICE FOR USE IN ENDOLUMINAL VACUUM THERAPY

1. A device for applying a negative pressure to an endoluminal surface in the body of a patient to facilitate healing of a wound in the endoluminal surface, comprising:a flexible porous element with a peripheral outer face for contact with the wound, the outer face being defined between opposite proximal and distal ends of the porous element; and
a suction tube for being connected to a suction source externally of the patient's body and which is in fluid communication with the porous element to apply a negative pressure to the wound via the outer face of the porous element upon operation of the suction source in a therapeutically effective amount to facilitate healing of a wound in an endoluminal surface, the porous element having at least one through passageway extending from its proximal end to its distal end for passage of bodily substances of the patient through the porous element separately from any exudate drawn from the wound into the porous element through its said outer face by the applied negative pressure, at least one of the proximal and distal ends of the porous element being otherwise sealed against egress of the bodily substances into the porous element; and
wherein the device is configured for location of the porous element entirely within the body of the patient whereby the distal end of the through passageway faces away from the porous element in a direction into the interior of the body of the patient.

US Pat. No. 10,456,494

STERILIZATION TRAY FOR INSTRUMENTS

Estes Design and Manufact...

1. A system for storing instruments, the system comprising:a tray comprising at least one tray end, wherein at least one slot is formed in the at least one tray end;
an instrument segment fitting within said tray, the instrument segment comprised of a single sheet of a non-corrosive material, the single sheet of a non-corrosive material having a first segment end, an opposing second segment end, and a center segment portion between the first segment end and second segment end, wherein the center segment portion is formed with an undulating profile having a plurality of peaks and troughs and a plurality of segment openings formed therethrough, wherein the segment openings are positioned and formed to receive one or more medical instruments, the instrument segment further comprising a bridge, the bridge comprising a plurality of bridge openings formed therethrough and disposed between adjacent peaks of the instrument segment, thereby spanning a corresponding trough, wherein the bridge openings are positioned and configured to receive the one or more instruments;
a cover constructed and arranged to be positioned on the tray in a manner enclosing said instrument segment within a cavity formed by the cover positioned on the tray, the cover comprising at least one cover end; and
a latch positioned within the at least one cover end, the latch comprising a locking flange constructed and arranged to be received in the at least one slot, wherein the at least one locking flange includes an angled lower edge constructed and arranged to engage the at least one slot when the cover is positioned on the tray.

US Pat. No. 10,456,490

METHOD OF STERILIZING AN OBJECT WITH ATOMIC NITROGEN FROM A NITROGEN PLASMA

Societe Pour La Conceptio...

1. A method of sterilizing an object with atomic nitrogen from a nitrogen plasma, the method comprising at least:positioning the object in a sterilization chamber;
conditioning the object present in the sterilization chamber, wherein the conditioning includes
a first stage of injecting atomic nitrogen into the sterilization chamber, during which a first concentration of atomic nitrogen in the sterilization chamber is imposed,
a suction stage performed after the first injection stage, during which the sterilization chamber is evacuated,
a stage of injecting molecular nitrogen into the sterilization chamber that is performed after the suction stage, and
a second stage of injecting atomic nitrogen into the sterilization chamber that is performed after the stage of injecting molecular nitrogen, during which a second concentration of atomic nitrogen is imposed in the sterilization chamber; and wherein the injected atomic nitrogen comes from or is part of a nitrogen plasma generated by a plasma generator from a nitrogen stream, and wherein said nitrogen stream is injected into the sterilization chamber with the plasma generator being switched off during the stage of injecting molecular nitrogen, and
sterilizing the object, performed after the conditioning, comprising injecting atomic nitrogen into the sterilization chamber, during which step a concentration of atomic nitrogen in the sterilization chamber is imposed that is greater than the first and second concentrations.

US Pat. No. 10,456,489

DECONTAMINATION COVER FOR DECONTAMINATING AN OBJECT

Diversey, Inc., Fort Mil...

6. A decontamination cover to be applied over an object to be decontaminated, the decontamination cover comprisinga sheet-like body comprising a pliable material, an outward facing surface that is substantially opaque to UVC light and an inward-facing surface that is to be arranged opposite a surface of the object to be decontaminated;
a plurality of UVC sources arranged in an array between the outward-facing surface and the inward-facing surface, wherein the UVC sources emit light through lenses provided to the inward-facing surface;
a plurality of spacers extending from the inward-facing surface, wherein the plurality of spacers are arranged in a second array and distributed over the inward facing surface between the lenses of the UVC sources such that the plurality of spacers maintain a suitable separation between the UVC sources and the surface of the object to be decontaminated to promote complete coverage of the surface with UVC light emitted by UVC sources;
a power supply; and
a controller.

US Pat. No. 10,456,487

DEVICE TREATMENT

Sensor Electronic Technol...

1. A system, comprising:an open-ended housing having a cavity formed therein that is configured to receive a device;
at least one ultraviolet radiation source located within the cavity of the housing that is configured to emit ultraviolet radiation towards a surface of the device located within the cavity;
a control unit that determines whether the device needs a cleaning treatment in response to the device being placed within the housing, the control unit determining that the device needs the cleaning treatment in response to determining the surface of the device has an amount of at least one of: bacteria, germs, or viruses, that exceeds a predetermined threshold, the control unit activating operation of the ultraviolet radiation source in response to determining that the device needs the cleaning treatment, wherein the activating includes specifying a plurality of operating parameters for the cleaning treatment of the device, the plurality of operating parameters including a cleaning treatment time that the ultraviolet radiation source emits the ultraviolet radiation towards the surface of the device, a dosage of ultraviolet radiation delivered by the ultraviolet radiation source, a power setting for operating the ultraviolet radiation source, and a maximum operating temperature;
an input component that permits a user to adjust at least one of the plurality of operating parameters; and
an output component that provides status information of the cleaning treatment for use by the user.

US Pat. No. 10,456,486

ULTRAVIOLET DIFFUSIVE ILLUMINATION

Sensor Electronic Technol...

1. An illuminator comprising:a reflective cavity comprising a plurality of surfaces, wherein at least one surface of the plurality of surfaces is formed of a first material configured to reflect at least 70% of ultraviolet radiation, and at least one surface of the plurality of surfaces is formed of a second material configured to transmit at least 30% of the ultraviolet radiation through the second material and out of the reflective cavity and reflect at least 10% of the ultraviolet radiation, wherein the at least one surface formed of the second material includes non-uniform random nano-patterning;
a set of ultraviolet radiation sources, wherein at least one ultraviolet radiation source is located adjacent to a side surface of the reflective cavity and configured to generate ultraviolet radiation; and
at least one parabolic mirror located adjacent to the side surface of the reflective cavity and the at least one ultraviolet radiation source.

US Pat. No. 10,456,484

STERILISATION CONTAINER, METHOD OF STERILISATION AND STERILISATION APPARATUS

MERCER TECHNOLOGIES LIMIT...

1. A single-use rigid or semi-rigid single use/disposable container having:a. a base and side walls defining a cavity for receiving an item to be sterilized;
b. a rim extending outwardly from the side walls of the container; and
c. a sealable conduit integrally formed with the base or one of the side walls of the container,
the sealable conduit providing a direct passage through the base or the one of the side walls of the container to the cavity,
the sealable conduit being elongate in cross section at the base or one of the side walls of the container,
the sealable conduit being configured and arranged to allow, when a cover is secured to the rim in use, steam sterilant to be introduced into the container and steam sterilant and condensate to be removed from the container between an exterior of the container and an interior of the container by direct passage through the base or the one of the side walls of the container via the conduit,
wherein the sealable conduit is formed by two opposing side walls that extend outwardly from the base or the one of the side walls of the container with which the sealable conduit is integrally formed,
wherein said container is a single-use container.

US Pat. No. 10,456,468

FRACTIONATED RADIOTHERAPY AND CHEMOTHERAPY WITH AN OXYGEN THERAPEUTIC

NuvOx Pharma LLC, Tucson...

1. A method of sensitizing a mammal to multi-fraction radiotherapy or chemotherapy, comprisingconcomitantly or up to 120 minutes prior to each fraction of radiation therapy or concomitantly with chemotherapy, administering a water emulsion of perfluoropentane to the mammal, wherein the perfluoropentane emulsion comprises a phospholipid, a viscosity modifier, a fluorosurfactant, and about 1% to 5% w/vol of perfluoropentane; and
simultaneously administering to said mammal carbogen or supplemental oxygen,wherein the perfluoropentane emulsion is administered at a dosage in the range from about 0.05 cc/kg to about 0.3 cc/kg.

US Pat. No. 10,456,413

COMBINATION THERAPY WITH SORAFENIB OR REGORAFENIB AND A PHOSPHORAMIDATE PRODRUG OF TROXACITABINE

Medivir Aktiebolag, Hudd...

1. A method for treatment of liver cancer or liver metastasis, comprising administering to a subject in need thereof a targeted therapeutic agent, wherein the targeted therapeutic agent is sorafenib or regorafenib, in combination with a phosphoramidate prodrug of troxacitabine with the formula:
wherein
Y is C1-C8 straight or branched chain alkyl;
X is H, halo, C3-C4cycloalkyl or C1-C4alkyl; and
Z is H or fluoro,
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,456,408

METHODS FOR TREATING SUBJECTS WITH PRADER-WILLI SYNDROME OR SMITH-MAGENIS SYNDROME

ESSENTIALIS, INC., Redwo...

1. A method of reducing hyperghrelinemia in a subject having Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) or Smith-Magenis syndrome (SMS), comprising administering to said subject for at least 10 weeks a pharmaceutical formulation comprising an effective amount of a KATP channel opener,and wherein the method does not comprise administering human growth hormone to the subject.

US Pat. No. 10,456,391

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR TREATING CARDIOMETABOLIC DISEASES AND DISORDERS

University of Prince Edwa...

1. A method of treating a cardiometabolic disease or disorder, said method comprising administering:100 mg to 400 mg Berberine,
75 mg to 300 mg alpha lipoic acid (LA),
and 50 mg to 200 mg Picrorhiza,
to a human subject in need thereof in an amount sufficient to ameliorate said cardiometabolic disease or disorder in said subject.

US Pat. No. 10,456,376

USE OF CARBAMATE COMPOUND IN ORDER TO PREVENTATIVELY TREAT HEADACHES

SK BIOPHARMACEUTICALS CO....

1. A method for prophylactically treating headaches in a subject, comprising:administering a therapeutically effective amount of a carbamate compound of Formula 1, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, solvate or hydrate thereof to the subject:

wherein,
R1 and R2 are each independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, halogen, C1-C8 alkyl, halo-C1-C8 alkyl, C1-C8 thioalkoxy and C1-C8 alkoxy; and
one of A1 and A2 is CH, and the other is N.

US Pat. No. 10,456,371

SUBSTITUTED ESTERS CONTAINING POLYOLS AND SACCHARIDES FOR TREATING HEPATOTOXICITY AND FATTY LIVER DISEASES

SINEW PHARMA INC., Taipe...

13. A pharmaceutical composition comprising a compound of claim 1, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.

US Pat. No. 10,456,369

METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR IMPROVING THE HEALTH OF ANIMALS

Avivagen Inc., Ottawa (C...

1. A method of reducing shedding in a canine animal in need thereof, said method comprising administering to said canine animal a composition comprising an oligomeric material in an amount sufficient to reduce shedding, wherein said oligomeric material is formed by reaction of 6 to 8 molar equivalents of oxygen with a carotenoid and has a median molecular weight of about 900 Daltons, and wherein from 0.1 mg/kg body weight to 3 mg/kg body weight of said oligomeric material is administered to said canine animal daily.

US Pat. No. 10,456,353

PERSONAL CARE COMPOSITIONS

CONOPCO, INC., Englewood...

1. A personal care composition comprising(i) an extract of Aloe vera; and
(ii) a hyaluronic acid polymer having a molecular weight from 5 to 60 kDa, the hyaluronic acid having the monomeric structure;
wherein the extract of Aloe vera comprises 60 to 95% by weight of hydrolysed polysaccharides having a molecular weight in the range of 2 to 3 kDa and 0.1 to 20% by weight polyphenols.

US Pat. No. 10,456,351

ORGANOPOLYSILOXANE

KAO CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A method of setting hair, comprising:(1) applying a hair cosmetic to hair;
(2) setting said hair in a desired shape, before drying after said (1) applying; and
(3) removing an organic solvent from said hair cosmetic;
wherein the hair cosmetic comprises:
an organic solvent; and
an organopolysiloxane comprising:
(i) an organopolysiloxane segment as a main chain, and
(ii) two or more poly(N-acylalkyleneimine) segments each containing a repeating unit represented by formula (1):

wherein R1 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 22 carbon atoms, an aralkyl group having 7 to 15 carbon atoms, or an aryl group having 6 to 14 carbon atoms, and n is 2 or 3,
wherein each poly(N-acylalkyleneimine) segment is bound to a silicon atom of said organopolysiloxane segment via an alkylene group comprising a hetero atom,
wherein a number-average molecular weight of each poly(N-acylalkyleneimine) segment is 800 g/mol to 1600 g/mol as measured by gel permeation chromatography,
wherein a weight-average molecular weight of said organopolysiloxane segment is 10,000 g/mol to 100,000 g/mol as measured by gel permeation chromatography,
wherein a mass ratio (a/b) of said organopolysiloxane segment (a) to said two or more poly(N-acylalkyleneimine) segments (b) is 65/35 to 82/18, as calculated from an NMR measurement, and
wherein a weight-average molecular weight (MWg) of a portion of said organopolysiloxane segment between adjacent poly(N-acylalkyleneimine) segments is 1700 g/mol to 3000 g/mol, wherein MWg is given by formula (I):

wherein Csi is a content percentage of the organopolysiloxane segment as a main chain, and MWox is a number-average molecular weight, as measured by gel permeation chromatography, of a poly(N-acylalkyleneimine) segment adjacent to said portion of said organopolysiloxane segment.

US Pat. No. 10,456,349

PRODUCT FOR KERATIN FIBERS, CONTAINING AT LEAST ONE COPOLYMER BASED ON VINYLPYRROLIDONE AND AT LEAST ONE COPOLYMER BASED ON ACRYLATES

1. A cosmetic agent for temporary shaping of keratinic fibers, comprising in a cosmetically tolerable vehicle:a) at least one copolymer A, consisting of at least one structural unit of formula (I) and at least one structural unit of formula (II) and at least one structural unit of formula (III):

where
R1 and R4 each independently of one another stand for hydrogen or a C1-4 alkyl group,
X stands for oxygen or an NH group,
Y stands for a C2-10 alkyl group,
R2, R3, R6, R8 each independently of one another stand for a C1-8 alkyl group,
R7 stands for a linear or branched, saturated or unsaturated C6-30 alkyl group and
X? stands for a physically tolerable anion,
b) at least one copolymer B comprising at least one structural unit of formula (IV) and at least one structural unit of formula (V) and at least one structural unit of formula (VI):

where
R8, R9 and R11 each independently of one another, stand for hydrogen or a C1-4 alkyl group,
R10 stands for a C1-6 alkyl group,
X stands for oxygen or an NH group,
A stands for a group *—(CH2CH2O)n—* or for a group *—(CH2CHMeO)m—* or for a group *—(CH2CH2O)n—(CH2CHMeO)m—* where n and m, each independently of one another, stand for integers from 5 to 35,
R12 stands for a linear or branched, saturated or unsaturated C8-30 alkyl group, and
c) at least one alkaline compound.

US Pat. No. 10,456,341

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR SIMULTANEOUS RESHAPING AND DIRECT COLORING OF HAIR

ALFA PARF GROUP S.P.A., ...

1. A ready-to-use composition for simultaneous reshaping and coloring of hair comprising at least one direct dye and a compound of formula (I) or the corresponding monohydrate of formula (II), respectively,
wherein X is either a hydroxy group, or X is a —NHR group wherein R represents an amino acid residue and the N atom is the amino group of the corresponding amino acid, said compounds of formula I or II being present in a concentration from 5.5 to 25% by weight,
and wherein said composition is characterized by a pH between 0.5 and 3.0.

US Pat. No. 10,456,331

FEEDING ASSEMBLY TO FILL CAPSULES WITH GRANULES, IN PARTICULAR MICROGRANULES

MG 2-S.R.L., Lovalita Pi...

1. A feeding assembly to fill capsules (3) with granules (2), each capsule (3) comprising a respective bottom (4) and a lid to close the bottom (4), the feeding assembly comprising a filling drum (5), which is mounted so as to continuously rotate around a rotation axis (6), and is provided with a plurality of fillers (8) distributed around the rotation axis (6); and a hopper (20; 26) containing the granules (2); each filler (8) comprising a suction pipe (9), which can be connected to a pneumatic sucking device, is coupled to the filling drum (5) so as to carry out, relative to the filling drum (5), straight movements parallel to the rotation axis (6), and has a lower end (12) to pick up/release the granules (2); and being characterized in that the lower end (12) of each suction pipe (9) is closed by a closing element (13) provided with a plurality of openings (14), each designed so as to prevent the granules (2) from getting into the suction pipe (9);wherein the hopper (20; 26) has a longitudinal axis (21; 27), which is parallel to and distinct from said rotation axis (6); and
wherein the hopper (20) comprises a vibrating distribution plate provided with a feeding track (23), which is wound in a helical shape around and along said longitudinal axis (21), so as to feed the granules (2), in succession, to a transfer station (24) to transfer the granules (2) to the fillers (8).

US Pat. No. 10,456,317

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING JOINT ANGLE OF KNEE-JOINT TYPE WALKING TRAINING ROBOT

KOREA POLYTECHNIC UNIVERS...

1. A system for controlling a joint angle of a knee-joint type walking training robot, the system comprising:a pressure measuring apparatus configured to measure a pressure of a sole of a foot of a walker by using a pressure sensor; and
a joint angle estimating apparatus configured to estimate a joint angle of a knee-joint by extracting a movement time period for walking and a length by which the foot sole makes contact with a ground surface based on the pressure of the foot sole measured by the pressure measuring apparatus,
wherein the joint angle estimating apparatus comprises:
a receiver for receiving pressure values transmitted by a transmitter;
a pressure extracting circuit configured to estimate a gait phase for the received pressure values; and
a joint angle estimating circuit configured to estimate the joint angle of the knee-joint during walking by estimating an angle between the foot sole and the ground surface according to the gait phase estimated by the pressure extracting circuit.

US Pat. No. 10,456,315

USER-ACTUATED DYNAMIC TENSION TRACTION APPARATUS

Innovatio Devices LLC, M...

1. A portable apparatus for spinal decompression therapy, comprising:a first frame assembly, the first frame assembly having an attachment means configured to selectively couple to a bottom portion of a door;
a second frame assembly, the second frame assembly having an attachment means configured to selectively couple to a top portion of a door;
at least one first resistance band having a first end and a second end, the first end of the at least one first resistance band being removably coupled to a right-side portion of the first frame assembly, and the second end of the at least one first resistance band being removably coupled to a right-side portion of the second frame assembly;
at least one second resistance band having a first end and a second end, the first end of the at least one second resistance band being removably coupled to a left-side portion of the first support frame, and the second end of the at least one first resistance band being removably coupled to a left-side portion of the second support frame; and,
a neck collar having a first attachment means selectively attached to the at least one first resistance band, and a second attachment means selectively attached to the at least one second resistance band, the collar being configured to be selectively coupled around the head of a user.

US Pat. No. 10,456,312

EXAMINATION CHAIR

Images of America, Inc., ...

1. An examination chair comprising a seating surface; a back surface; a pair of arms, each arm disposed laterally outward and extending upward relative to an opposite side of the seating surface; a lift for raising and lowering the seating surface; and a pair of stirrup members, each stirrup member received within a respective arm; wherein each stirrup member comprises a foot stirrup; a stirrup slide and a stirrup slide tube; wherein the stirrup slide tube is disposed within a channel in the respective arm, the stirrup slide is disposed for sliding movement within the stirrup slide tube, and wherein the foot stirrup is connected to a terminal end of the stirrup slide.

US Pat. No. 10,456,304

TRANSPORT UNIT AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING DISPOSABLE WEARING ARTICLES USING SAME

ZUIKO CORPORATION, Osaka...

1. A transport unit configured to convey a first transportation object onto a second transportation object and join the first transportation object to the second transportation object, the transport unit comprising:a transporting device including a pad rotating shaft configured to rotate about a pad rotational axis, and a pad having a holding surface that faces radially outwardly with respect to the pad rotating shaft and is configured to hold the first transportation object, the transporting device being configured to rotate the pad about the pad rotating shaft and turn the pad about an axis extending in a radial direction of the pad rotating shaft while the pad is rotated from a receiving position where the pad receives the first transportation object to a transfer position where the pad transfers the first transportation object onto the second transportation object; and
a receiving roller that is configured to, when the pad rotates and comes to the transfer position, rotate while sandwiching the first transportation object and the second transportation object between the holding surface of the pad and the receiving roller, to join the first transportation object to the second transportation object and guide the second transportation object to a predetermined direction,
wherein:
the holding surface includes a first sloped surface and a second sloped surface, the first sloped surface and the second sloped surface being configured such that, when the pad is at the transfer position, a distance from the pad rotational axis to the first sloped surface decreases toward a first end along the pad rotating shaft, and a distance from the pad rotational axis to the second sloped surface decreases toward a second end along the pad rotating shaft;
the receiving roller includes a first receiving roller and a second receiving roller;
an outer diameter of the first receiving roller decreases from a proximal end of the first receiving roller to a distal end of the first receiving roller along a first rotational axis which is a rotation center of the first receiving roller, and the distal end of the first receiving roller is positioned on a side of the first end of the holding surface to sandwich the first transportation object and the second transportation object between the first sloped surface and the first receiving roller when the pad is at the transfer position; and
an outer diameter of the second receiving roller decreases from a proximal end of the second receiving roller to a distal end of the second receiving roller along a second rotational axis which is a rotation center of the second receiving roller, and the distal end of the second receiving roller is positioned on a side of the second end of the holding surface to sandwich the first transportation object and the second transportation object between the second sloped surface and the second receiving roller when the pad is at the transfer position.

US Pat. No. 10,456,303

METHOD OF MAKING A MECHANICAL FASTENING STRIP AND RETICULATED MECHANICAL FASTENING STRIP THEREFROM

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of making a mechanical fastening strip, the method comprising:providing a thermoplastic backing having multiple rows of upstanding posts;
slitting through the thermoplastic backing to provide a slit backing having interrupted slits between at least some pairs of adjacent rows of the upstanding posts, wherein each interrupted slit is interrupted by at least one intact bridging region of the slit backing, and wherein the interrupted slits do not slit the upstanding posts;
spreading the slit backing to provide multiple strands of the thermoplastic backing attached to each other at least at some of the bridging regions and separated from each other between at least some of the bridging regions to provide at least one opening; and
fixing the multiple strands of the thermoplastic backing in a spread configuration to maintain the at least one opening between the multiple strands of the thermoplastic backing.

US Pat. No. 10,456,300

RING COMPRESSION BANDAGE

1. A toroidal compression bandage comprising:a tubular, circular core, the core comprised of a material to resist compression and to reduce blood flow into an injured area;
a sterile fibrous material, defined by an absorbency of a predetermined amount;
a torus ring compression bandage form comprised of the fibrous absorbent material in a rolled, wrapped tubular form, around the tubular, circular core, and of a tubular, circular shape defined by a circle revolved in three-dimensional space about a circular axis coplanar with the circle, wherein the axis of revolution does not touch the rotated circle, thereby to define a torus ring compression bandage for placement around a trauma wound to avoid direct contact of the trauma wound, and for absorption placement around the trauma wound;
an aperture defined within a center area of the torus ring compression bandage as it is formed, the aperture having a predetermined diameter and configured for placement directly over a trauma wound to avoid direct contact with the trauma wound, wherein the torus ring compression bandage is configured for placement circumferentially around the trauma wound and the aperture provides that no direct contact of the torus ring compression bandage is made to the trauma wound and for absorption placement circumferentially around the trauma wound; and
a compression surface defined on an underside of the torus ring compression bandage, the compression surface configured for circumferential placement on a surface around the trauma wound to avoid direct contact of the trauma wound, and for absorption placement around the trauma wound.

US Pat. No. 10,456,299

GOGGLES WITH INTERCHANGEABLE LENS ATTACHMENT

Maui Jim, Inc., Peoria, ...

1. A goggles device including a removable lens assembly, the goggles device comprising:an inner frame dimensioned and contoured for positioning against a wearer's face; and
a first lens assembly including:
a first lens formed and sized to extend across eyes of the wearer to cover the eyes and eye-adjacent area of the wearer, said lens having an arcuate shape across at least its longest axis; and
a plurality of inward-facing attachment structures of the lens assembly dimensioned to engage with corresponding outward-facing attachment structures of the inner frame,
wherein at least one of the plurality of inward-facing attachment structures is curved along its longitudinal axis and slidably removably engages with a complementarily curved at least one of the outward-facing attachment structures of the inner frame; and
configured such that engagement of the lens assembly with the inner frame describes a top-toward-bottom arced path, and disengagement of the lens assembly from the inner frame describes a bottom-toward-top arced path, said arced path being defined by the curved longitudinal axis of the at least one of the plurality of inward-facing attachment structures, the complementary curvature of the at least one of the outward-facing attachment structures of the inner frame, or both the curved longitudinal axis and the complementary curvature.

US Pat. No. 10,456,297

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SYNCHRONIZED THREE-DIMENSIONAL LASER INCISIONS

AMO Development, LLC, Sa...

1. An ophthalmic surgical laser system comprising:a laser delivery system for delivering a pulsed laser beam to a target in a subject's eye;
an XY-scan device to deflect the pulsed laser beam;
a Z-scan device to modify a depth of a focus of the pulsed laser beam along an optical axis; and
a controller configured to synchronize an oscillation of the XY-scan device and an oscillation of the Z-scan device to form a three-dimensional laser tissue dissection, including to control the XY-scan device to move the focus of the laser beam in a plane perpendicular to the optical axis in an angular direction, which is a direction around the optical axis, from a first angular position to a second angular position once within a time interval while oscillating a radius of the focus, which is a distance from the optical axis, a first plurality of times within the same time interval, and to simultaneously control the Z-scan device to oscillate the depth of the focus a second plurality of times within the same time interval, wherein the first plurality of times is equal to the second plurality of times multiplied by two, three or four.

US Pat. No. 10,456,294

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THE TREATMENT OF EYE CONDITIONS

Tear Film Innovations, In...

1. A system for treating meibomian gland disease in at least a portion of an eyelid by a clinician, comprising:a back plate sized to be positioned between an eyeball and an eyelid of a patient;
a compressive element mechanically linked to the back plate, the compressive element positionable adjacent to the outer surface of the eyelid while the back plate of the treatment device is positioned between the eyeball and the eyelid, wherein the back plate and the compressive element collectively define an aperture between the back plate and the compressive element such that the aperture provides a line of sight that permits viewing of an eyelid margin by the clinician through the aperture when the back plate is positioned between an eyeball and an eyelid of a patient;
a light-emitting device that emits light energy, the light-emitting device positionable outside of the eyelid while the back plate is positioned between the eyeball and the eyelid, wherein the light-emitting device can emit light to heat tissue of the eyelid adjacent to the meibomian glands of the patient to a temperature sufficient to melt or soften meibum of the meibomian glands;
a housing, wherein the back plate, the light-emitting device, and the compressive element are mechanically coupled to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,456,292

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS RELATING TO AN OCCLUSIVE POLYMER HYDROGEL

Revolution Contraceptives...

1. A hydrogel-forming solution comprising a polymer dissolved in a solvent, wherein the polymer is more than 75% comprised of styrene-alt-maleic acid and the solvent is DMSO, wherein the molecular weight of the polymer is within a range between 300 kDa and 800 kDa, and wherein the ratio of polymer to DMSO is within a weight/weight range from 15% to 40%.

US Pat. No. 10,456,291

METHOD OF PROFILE HEATSEALING

1. A method of conforming an overwrap to a pessary device, the method comprising:a. providing a pessary device comprising a longitudinal axis, a transverse axis, and an outer surface;
b. providing an overwrap material;
c. prior to contacting the overwrap material with a profile sealing tool, placing a portion of the overwrap material under tension;
d. placing the pessary device in contact with the overwrap material along a first side of the pessary device, and placing the pessary device in contact with the overwrap material along a second side of the pessary device opposing the first side, wherein the overwrap material covers at least a portion of the pessary device outer surface area;
e. contacting the overwrap material with the sealing tool, joining the overwrap material to itself and forming part of the final overwrap; and
f. removing the sealing tool.

US Pat. No. 10,456,288

RAIL SYSTEM, FUNCTIONAL COMPONENT, AND ADAPTER ELEMENT

1. An orthopedic rail system, comprising:a first component with a receiving element;
a second component with a connection end for connecting to the receiving element;
wherein
the receiving element has two stop walls lying opposite each other;
the connection end has two lateral walls lying opposite each other;
the receiving element and the connection end are connectable to each other by at least one connection element, such that the lateral walls bear on the stop walls in the connected state;
the stop walls and the lateral walls, respectively, taper conically toward each other; and
the receiving element and the connection end are able to be positioned steplessly relative to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,456,287

THERAPEUTIC SOCK

1. A therapeutic sock comprising;a sock body formed in a tubular shape and terminating in a closed toe portion, the toe portion being divided into a first compartment configured to accommodate a big toe and four additional compartments for other toes,
wherein the sock is formed from a knit material, and
wherein each of the four additional compartments has an area of increased compression as compared to a compression in other areas of the sock, the area of increased compression having threads formed of a different material than a material of the rest of the sock,
wherein the area of increased compression extends laterally around a circumference of each of the additional compartments and extends only around a proximal portion of the additional compartments to such a length that the area of increased compression provides compression pressure on extensor and flexor tendons of the toes, wherein a distal portion of the additional compartments does not have an area of increased compression,
wherein the threads formed of different material contain a material selected from the group consisting of copper and ceramic powder, and
wherein there is an additional area of increased compression extending longitudinally along a medial edge of the sock, in a region of the first compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,456,284

DEPLOYMENT HANDLE FOR A PROSTHESIS DELIVERY DEVICE

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. A handle assembly for a prosthesis delivery device, the handle assembly comprising:an axially slidable handle comprising a housing and a slidable and retractable sheath attached to and extending from a distal end of the housing;
a fixed handle proximal of the axially slidable handle that is fixed relative to the delivery system and comprising a housing having a distal end and a proximal end, and a fixed handle locking mechanism;
a rotatable handle proximal of the fixed handle that is rotatable relative to the delivery system and comprising:
a housing having a distal end and a proximal end;
a rotatable handle locking mechanism preventing rotation of the rotatable handle;
a prosthesis proximal end release mechanism disposed in the housing of the rotatable handle and releasably and operatively connected to a proximal end of a prosthesis;
a prosthesis distal end release mechanism disposed in the housing of the rotatable handle and releasably and operatively connected to a distal end of a prosthesis;
wherein the slidable handle is slidable in a proximal direction to proximally retract the sheath from over the prosthesis;
wherein unlocking of the rotatable handle locking mechanism permits a first rotation of the rotatable handle to release the proximal end of the prosthesis from the delivery system;
wherein a subsequent unlocking of the fixed handle locking mechanism permits a second rotation of the rotatable handle to release the distal end of the prosthesis from the delivery system;
wherein the distal end of the prosthesis cannot be released from the delivery system until the proximal end of the prosthesis is released from the delivery system; and
wherein the fixed handle locking mechanism cannot be unlocked until the rotatable handle locking mechanism is unlocked.

US Pat. No. 10,456,282

DELIVERY SYSTEM FOR ANCHOR AND METHOD

MEDTRONIC VASCULAR, INC.,...

1. A delivery system comprising:an inner member comprising:
a main shaft; and
an anchor guide tip at a distal end of the main shaft, wherein the anchor guide tip comprises an anchor guide lumen extending from the main shaft through the anchor guide tip to a distal surface of the anchor guide tip; and
a helical anchor around the main shaft and within the anchor guide lumen, a distal portion of the helical anchor being superelastically deformed by the anchor guide lumen to be parallel to a longitudinal axis of the anchor guide tip.

US Pat. No. 10,456,281

STENT HAVING FLEXIBLY CONNECTED ADJACENT STENT ELEMENTS

1. A method of stenting vasculature of a patient, the method comprising:delivering an implantable stent to a target site for treatment in the vasculature of a patient, the implantable stent defining a length and having a deployed diameter suitable for implantation and a compacted diameter suitable for passage of the stent through a body conduit, the implantable stent comprising adjacent metallic stent elements spaced apart longitudinally which are connected longitudinally by a polymeric cover; and
expanding the implantable stent from the compacted diameter to the deployed diameter to stent the vasculature of the patient at the target site, the deployed diameter including the cover having a multiplicity of individual apertures each having a minimum size of about 0.10 mm such that the implantable stent has a porosity index of at least 50% along the length of the implantable stent at the deployed diameter;
wherein the adjacent metallic stent elements that are spaced apart longitudinally are connected longitudinally only by the polymeric cover.

US Pat. No. 10,456,271

PROSTHESIS REVISION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

1. An extraction device for a prosthesis disposed in a bone having an exposed portion, comprising: a controller including a trigger; a support having a proximal end and a distal end opposite of said proximal end, said support further having a longitudinal axis extending from said proximal end to said distal end with said proximal end coupled to said controller, said support further having an adapter coupled to said distal end with said adapter configured to engage the exposed portion of the prosthesis; and an oscillator coupled to said controller and to said support, said oscillator configured to control a series of vibratory pulses having an oscillation frequency and an oscillation magnitude of said support with said oscillation frequency and said oscillation magnitude configured to extract the prosthesis responsive to said series of vibratory pulses without impact forces; and a mechanical frame having a C-portion, said mechanical frame including said adaptor wherein said C-portion includes a pair of lateral legs coupled to opposing ends of a longitudinal leg with said longitudinal leg generally parallel to an extraction axis of the prosthesis, wherein one of said lateral legs includes an inner surface including an extraction coupler mechanically communicated to said oscillator.

US Pat. No. 10,456,269

INTERVERTEBRAL IMPLANT

Globus Medical, Inc., Au...

1. A method for positioning an intervertebral implant in a treated area of an intervertebral space between vertebral bodies of a spine, said method comprising:inserting the implant in the intervertebral space, wherein the implant comprises:
a spacer having an inferior and superior surface, wherein the inferior and superior surfaces each have a contact area capable of engaging with anatomy in the treated area, and the inferior and superior surfaces define a graft window extending from the superior surface of the spacer to the inferior surface of the spacer;
a first hole extending from an anterior surface to the inferior surface of the spacer;
a second hole extending from the anterior surface to the superior surface of the spacer;
a plate coupled to the spacer, wherein the plate includes holes for receiving fasteners; and
a screw back out prevention mechanism positioned within a recess of the plate and configured to prevent the fasteners from backing out of the holes,
wherein the screw back out prevention mechanism includes a pin screw and a nut, wherein the nut is configured to be positioned entirely within the graft window of the spacer, and wherein the graft window is configured to receive bone graft to enhance fusion between adjacent vertebrae.

US Pat. No. 10,456,268

SYSTEM OF SPINAL ARTHODESIS IMPLANTS

LDR Medical, S.A.S., Sai...

1. A system for arthrodesis of a first vertebra and a second vertebra adjacent to the first vertebra comprising:an intersomatic cage and a cage anchor;
an interspinous implant comprising a body, a plurality of foldable wings movable with respect to the body and an insert coupled to one end of each foldable wing of the plurality of foldable wings, the insert linearly advanceable within the body to extend the plurality of foldable wings from a storage position within the body to a deployed position outside the body; and
a facet screw having a longitudinal axis between a free end and a head, the screw comprising an internal conduit along at least a portion of the longitudinal axis and a plurality of windows extending from an exterior surface of the screw into the conduit.

US Pat. No. 10,456,262

PATIENT-SPECIFIC IMPLANT FLANGES WITH BONE SIDE POROUS RIDGES

Howmedica Osteonics Corp....

1. An implant comprising:a base defining a dome and a circumferential rim;
an elongated flange extending outwardly from the base, at least a first portion of the flange defining a plane and having opposing flat surfaces; and
a ridge extending from the first portion of the flange in a direction transverse to the plane and including opposing concave and convex surfaces, wherein a hole extends through the flange and the ridge and is configured for receipt of a portion of a fastener having a head and a shank, wherein the convex surface of the ridge is a bone-contacting surface, and wherein the concave surface of the ridge is configured for receipt of the head of the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,456,258

TISSUE SHAPING DEVICE

Cardiac Dimensions Pty. L...

1. A method of performing mitral valve annuloplasty on a patient's heart comprising:percutaneously delivering a mitral valve device to a coronary sinus in a collapsed delivery configuration within a catheter, the mitral valve device comprising a first expandable anchor, a second expandable anchor, and an elongate body extending therebetween, the elongate body defining a longitudinal axis of the mitral valve device;
deploying the first expandable anchor from the catheter;
expanding the first expandable anchor in the coronary sinus;
anchoring the first expandable anchor in an anchored configuration in the coronary sinus, wherein in the anchored configuration the first expandable anchor comprises a flexible elongate member and a securing member for securing a first and second end of the flexible elongate member therein at a distal end of the securing member, the securing member generally aligned with the elongate body along the longitudinal axis, a first segment of the flexible elongate member extending from a distal end of the first expandable anchor to a proximal end of the first expandable anchor to engage the elongate body proximal a distal end of the elongate body, and a second segment of the flexible elongate member extending from where the first segment engages the elongate body to the distal end of the first expandable anchor, the first segment crossing the second segment between the distal and proximal ends of the first expandable anchor; and
anchoring the second expandable anchor in the coronary sinus.

US Pat. No. 10,456,254

TRANSCATHETER PROSTHETIC HEART VALVE DELIVERY SYSTEM WITH RECAPTURING FEATURE AND METHOD

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method of recapturing a deployed stented prosthetic heart valve at an implantation site, the method comprising:receiving a delivery system loaded with a radially expandable prosthetic heart valve having a frame to which a valve structure is attached, the delivery system comprising an outer sheath over an inner sheath, the inner sheath containing the prosthetic heart valve in a compressed arrangement over an inner shaft assembly in a loaded state of the delivery system;
delivering the prosthetic heart valve in the compressed arrangement through a bodily lumen of a patient and to the implantation site via the delivery system in the loaded state;
proximally retracting the inner sheath relative to the prosthetic heart valve such that a distal region of the prosthetic heart valve is exposed distal the inner sheath, wherein the distal region self-expands toward a deployed arrangement;
evaluating a position of the prosthetic heart valve relative to the implantation site;
distally advancing the outer sheath relative to the prosthetic heart valve such that the outer sheath is arranged over the prosthetic heart valve to cause the distal region of the prosthetic heart valve to transition toward a collapsed arrangement to recapture the prosthetic heart valve within the outer sheath, and
proximally advancing the inner shaft assembly simultaneously with distally advancing the outer sheath to position the outer sheath over the distal region of the prosthetic heart valve to transition toward the collapsed arrangement to recapture the prosthetic heart valve within the outer sheath.

US Pat. No. 10,456,249

PROSTHETIC HEART VALVE WITH PARAVALVULAR LEAK MITIGATION FEATURES

St. Jude Medical, Cardiol...

1. A prosthetic heart valve for replacing a native valve, comprising:a stent extending in an axial direction between an inflow end and an outflow end and having circumferential rows of cells formed by cell struts, the stent having a collapsed condition and an expanded condition;
a valve assembly disposed within the stent;
a first cuff disposed on a lumenal surface of the stent; and
a second cuff having a proximal edge facing toward the inflow end of the stent and a distal edge facing toward the outflow end of the stent, the second cuff being annularly disposed about one of the circumferential rows of cells and positioned radially outward of the first cuff and the stent;
wherein an ablumenal surface of selected cell struts forming the one circumferential row of cells has a concave curvature in a length direction of the selected cell struts when the stent is in the expanded condition, and
wherein each of the selected cell struts has end portions and a center portion between the end portions, and when the stent is in the expanded condition, a radial distance between the ablumenal surface of the center portion and the second cuff is greater than a radial distance between the ablumenal surface of each end portion and the second cuff,
wherein a lumenal surface of the selected cell struts is straight in the length direction of the selected cell struts when the stent is in the expanded condition.

US Pat. No. 10,456,246

INTEGRATED HYBRID HEART VALVES

Edwards Lifesciences Corp...

1. A hybrid prosthetic heart valve having an inflow end and an outflow end, comprising:a valve member including an undulating wireform with alternating cusps and commissures supporting a plurality of flexible leaflets configured to regulate one-way blood flow therethrough; and
an expandable inflow stent frame having a radially-expandable inflow end and an outflow end that undulates with peaks and valleys corresponding to an inflow end of the wireform, wherein the stent frame outflow end defines an implant circumference having a first diameter that enables physiological functioning of the valve member when implanted, and the stent frame outflow end includes integrated commissure posts located adjacent to and radially outward from the wireform commissures, the integrated commissure posts being separate elements from each other and from the stent frame and secured with sutures directly on top of and in alignment with the stent frame outflow end, each commissure post having a contoured lower ledge that matches a contour of one of the peaks in the undulating outflow end of the stent frame, the stent frame projecting in an inflow direction from an inflow end of the wireform, and further wherein the leaflets pass through the wireform commissures and attach to the commissure posts of the stent frame, wherein the stent frame outflow end permits post-implant expansion from the first diameter to an expanded diameter larger than the first diameter that disables physiological functioning of the valve member upon application of an outward dilatory force from within the outflow end substantially larger than forces associated with normal physiological use, and an identifier on the stent frame visible from outside the body after implant that identifies the stent frame as having an expandable outflow end.

US Pat. No. 10,456,234

CONICAL VENA CAVA FILTER WITH JUGULAR OR FEMORAL RETRIEVAL

COOK MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A method for retrieving an intravascular filter from a patient's vena cava through the patient's femoral vein, the method comprising:percutaneously inserting a retrieval assembly into the patient's vasculature through the patient's femoral vein, the retrieval assembly comprising a retrieval sheath and a control member;
advancing the retrieval assembly through the patient's vasculature to a retrieval position proximal to the intravascular filter in the patient's vena cava, the intravascular filter being in a filtering configuration and comprising:
a plurality of struts having first and second ends, the first ends of the struts being attached together along a longitudinal axis, the second ends of the struts being attached together along the longitudinal axis, each strut having a first portion, a second portion, and a third portion, the third portion of each strut being substantially linear and having a bending region substantially straight in the filtering configuration, the first portion extending laterally away from the longitudinal axis and generally upstream from the first end, the second portion extending generally upstream from the first portion, the third portion extending inwardly toward the longitudinal axis and generally downstream from the second portion to the second end, the first portion and the third portion being substantially parallel in the filtering configuration;
a first coupling element disposed with the first ends of the struts for jugular vein retrieval; and
a second coupling element disposed with the second ends of the struts for femoral vein retrieval;
attaching the control member to the second coupling element of the intravascular filter;
retracting the control member proximally through the retrieval sheath to apply tension to the second coupling element, the tension moving the intravascular filter from the filtering configuration to a retrieval configuration, each strut extending generally upstream from the first end to the second end when the filter is in the retrieval configuration;
advancing the retrieval sheath distally over the intravascular filter; and
removing the retrieval assembly and the intravascular filter from the patient's vasculature.

US Pat. No. 10,456,232

TILTABLE IMPLANTABLE MEDICAL DEVICE

Cook Medical Technologies...

1. An implantable medical device for deployment in a vessel of a patient, the implantable medical device including a first capture element formed of a first frame of curved leg elements with a first end opening, the first frame providing a material capture chamber therein accessible through the first end opening; a coupling member attached to the frame; and a stabilization member attached to the coupling member for stabilizing the capture element, wherein the stabilization member is a second capture element formed of a second frame of curved leg elements with a second end opening, each of the first frame and the second frame providing a material capture chamber therein accessible through each of the end openings, and wherein the first and second capture elements have their end openings facing a common direction, wherein at least one of the first capture element and the second capture element is configured to tilt at a tilt angle to extend non-parallel to a longitudinal axis of the vessel while maintaining proper contact to a wall of the vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,456,231

REINFORCEMENT DEVICE WITH DISSOLVABLE LAYER AND ITS USE

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A reinforcement device for reinforcing tissues having one or more structural deficiencies, comprising:a longitudinally extending reinforcing layer for treating the structural deficiency, the layer having a first face and a second face;
a plurality of naps distributed across at least the first face and projecting therefrom for adhering to tissue, the plurality of naps having one of an arcuate shape with a flattened ball at the distal end of the plurality of naps, a tapered point, or J-hook shape; and
a dissolvable layer.

US Pat. No. 10,456,226

TOOTH REPLACEMENT

KUZLER GMBH, Hanau (DE)

1. A tooth replacement comprising at least two adjacent posterior teeth comprising a first tooth and a second tooth adjacent to the first tooth, wherein each of the first and second teeth include a mesial contact surface, a distal contact surface, and an occlusal surface, wherein the occlusal surface comprises a least one buccal cusp having a buccal cusp tip, a lingual cusp having a lingual cusp tip, a central fissure which has at least one tooth pit and passes through the occlusal surface in a mesiodistal direction between the two cusps, a first gradient which slopes downward from the buccal cusp tip in a direction of the central fissure, and a second gradient which slopes downward from the lingual cusp tip in the direction of the central fissure, wherein the occlusal contact surface comprise expansion spaces to obtain a dynamic occlusal guidance, wherein the tooth pits of the occlusal surfaces of the first and second posterior teeth engage in an occlusion position with respective antagonists of the posterior teeth, wherein the respective antagonist teeth include a further occlusal surface having at least one further cusp, to engage in the occlusion position with the tooth pit of the occlusal surface of the posterior teeth, wherein a length of a retrusion path starting from the occlusion position is at least 0.6 mm, wherein the mesial contact surface of the first tooth is curved in a calotte-like or spherical manner, having a convex edge both in a sagittal plane and in a transverse plane, and wherein the second tooth has a distal contact surface abutting the mesial contact surface of the first tooth, wherein the distal contact surface of the second tooth is curved concavely spherically for producing a form-fit contact with a convexly curved mesial contact surface of the first tooth, thus having a concave edge both in a sagittal plane and in a transverse plane, wherein a radius of a curvature of the mesial contact surface of the first tooth is approximately equal to a radius of a curvature of the distal contact surface of the second tooth, wherein a radius of curvature of the occlusal surface of at least one of the posterior teeth as a base of the tooth pit is sectional planes running parallel to a tooth axis through the base of the tooth pit is greater than 1.2 mm and less than 5 mm.

US Pat. No. 10,456,221

FORCE DAMPING DENTAL BRIDGE ASSEMBLY WITH SYNTHETIC PERIODONTAL LIGAMENT FIBERS

1. A force-damping dental bridge assembly, the assembly comprising:an arcuate full bar adapted to precisely align with two or more implants recessed into bone in a patient's mouth, the full bar defining a plurality of apertures, the full bar comprising:
a plurality of downwardly-protruding transmucosal shanks for inserting in corresponding cavities defined by two or more implants sunk into a patient's mandible;
a generally convex, arcuate damping compression membrane of flexible material, the arcuate damping membrane having an upper convex membrane surface, a lower concave membrane surface, the damping membrane positioning above the full bar and below a half-bar and detachably affixed thereto; and
an arcuate half-bar having a convex upper half-bar surface and a concave lower half-bar surface, the half-bar positioning on the upper membrane surface of the damping membrane, wherein the arcuate half-bar is detachably affixed to the full bar;
whereby the damping membrane dampens compressive and tensile forces applied to prostheses and the half-bar.

US Pat. No. 10,456,219

ORTHODONIC POST AND PIN ASSEMBLY

ORTHO SOLUTIONS, LC, St....

1. An orthodontic post and pin assembly, said orthodontic post having a rear segment, an integral sleeve at its intermediate location, and a cylindrical portion extending integrally forwardly from said sleeve, said cylindrical portion having an aperture provided centrally therethrough, for accommodation of a hybrid screw during installation of the assembly onto the wire portion of an orthodontic appliance, said cylindrical portion and sleeve of the post provided for accommodating a bearing surface of a Herbst orthodontic mechanism or a spring biasing orthodontic member, the rear segment of the post having a lateral slot therethrough, and into which an orthodontic wire may be located during installation of the assembly, said rear segment of the post also having a vertical slot provided therethrough, and for accommodating the insertion and retention of said pin therethrough, when the assembly is installed onto the wire of an orthodontic appliance during installation and treatment of a patient, said pin includes a head portion, a downwardly extending portion that extends through the vertical slot of said post, and said pin having a pair of lateral braces, that embrace the sides of the post when the pin is installed for application for retaining an orthodontic wire therein.

US Pat. No. 10,456,217

AUTOMATED TREATMENT STAGING FOR TEETH

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method comprising:selecting a movement pattern from a plurality of movement patterns for moving dental objects from an initial arrangement toward a final arrangement, the dental objects being based on output of a scanning device, the movement pattern defining a schedule of movement of the dental objects during treatment stages as each of the dental objects moves from a respective initial position toward a respective final position;
calculating, by a computer processor, a respective treatment path for each of the dental objects between its respective initial and final positions;
identifying, by a computer processor, a collision between a first of the dental objects and a second of the dental objects based at least on one of the respective treatment paths; and
performing, by a computer processor, a first modification of the schedule of movement in response to the identifying, the first modification comprising:
round-tripping the first dental object.

US Pat. No. 10,456,215

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PLANNING A FIRST AND SECOND DENTAL RESTORATION

NOBEL BIOCARE SERVICES AG...

1. A method of planning a dental restoration for a patient, said method comprising:virtually planning a first model, via a computer, of a first dental restoration for said patient, the first dental restoration being a temporary or try-in soft tissue supported dental restoration that does not extend into bone in a virtual model of the patient, wherein the virtual planning of said first model of said first dental restoration comprises planning of a position of an implant, wherein said try-in soft tissue supported dental restoration comprises a recess, which is planned to receive the coronal portion of said implant and an impression coping or a healing cap if attached to the coronal portion of said implant when positioning said try-in dental restoration in the oral cavity of said patient when said implant is implanted therein and wherein said recess is configured to accommodate impression material for registering a position and orientation of said implant as well as of said impression coping or healing cap;
providing first production data based on said virtually planned first model of said first dental restoration useful for production of said first dental restoration for installing said first dental restoration in an oral cavity of said patient, wherein said first dental restoration includes at least a tooth;
requesting production of said first dental restoration based on said first production data to manufacture a produced first dental restoration;
obtaining said produced first dental restoration;
installing said obtained and produced first dental restoration in said patient;
providing scan data comprising factual position data and/or factual shape data, including a factual position of said implant based on at least a portion of the installed first dental restoration resulting from installing said first dental restoration in the oral cavity of the patient after modification thereof, wherein said installed first dental restoration was produced by using said first production data and wherein said scan data on said factual position of said implant is obtained from the position and orientation of said implant as registered in said impression material in said recess of said try-in dental restoration;
virtually planning a second model, via a computer, of a second dental restoration for said patient, comprising virtually adjusting said virtually planned first dental restoration in dependence on said scan data, the second dental restoration being an implant supported dental restoration, wherein the virtually adjusting is based on an actual implant position in the patient; and
providing second production data based on said virtually planned second model of said second dental restoration useful for production of said second dental restoration, wherein the first dental restoration in its entirety is discarded or not used upon installation of the second dental restoration in the oral cavity of said patient.

US Pat. No. 10,456,212

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SAFE, PRECISE STEREOTACTIC IMPLANTATION

THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUN...

1. A method comprising:fixing a stereotactic device to a frame attached to a patient's head, wherein the stereotactic device comprises:
a body having a U-shape and comprising two sides separated by a distance; and
a guide extending from one of the two sides of the body to another of the two sides of the body, wherein the guide is lockable at a position between the two sides and a portion of the guide is rotatable;
performing a coarse movement of the guide to a position along the two sides,wherein the position is above a target area within the patient's head;locking the guide at the position;
performing a fine adjustment of an instrument holder attached to the guide by linear and/or rotational movement;
locking the instrument holder in place after the fine adjustment;
implanting a medical instrument to the target area within the patient's head through the instrument holder attached to the guide;
unlocking the guide;
performing another coarse movement of the guide to a second position along the two sides, wherein the second position is above a second target area within the patient's head;
locking the guide at the second position;
performing another fine adjustment of the instrument holder attached to the guide by linear and/or rotational movement;
locking the instrument holder in place after the other fine adjustment; and
implanting a second medical instrument to the second target area within the patient's head through the instrument holder attached to the guide.

US Pat. No. 10,456,211

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR SPINAL RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY AND MEASURING SPINAL LENGTH AND INTERVERTEBRAL SPACING, TENSION AND ROTATION

Medicrea International, ...

1. A method of measuring intervertebral spacing length at a middle column of a spine comprising:positioning a first middle column marker in a first vertebra, wherein the first middle column marker is located at a depth of the middle column of the first vertebra;
positioning a second middle column marker in a second vertebra, wherein the second middle column marker is located at a depth of the middle column of the second vertebra; and
measuring, at the middle column, a distance between the first and second middle column markers to thereby determine the intervertebral spacing length at the middle column,
wherein the measuring comprises:
determining a first line, within a medical image of the spine, along the middle column of the first vertebra at a point at which the first middle column marker passes through the middle column of the first vertebra;
identifying a first point on an edge of the first vertebra where the first line intersects with the edge of the first vertebra;
determining a second line, within a medical image of the spine, along the middle column of the second vertebra at a point at which the second middle column marker passes through the middle column of the second vertebra;
identifying a second point on an edge of the second vertebra where the second line intersects with the edge of the second vertebra; and
measuring a distance between the first point and the second point
wherein the distance between the first point and the second point represents the distance between the first and second middle column markers; and
wherein the middle column comprises a region on the spine, wherein the region is bounded on a first side by a posterior surface of a vertebral body of a vertebra, and wherein the region is bounded on a second side located at a distance between substantially one-third and substantially one-half through the vertebral body from the posterior surface to an anterior surface of the vertebral body.

US Pat. No. 10,456,204

PREOPERATIVELY PLANNING AN ARTHROPLASTY PROCEDURE AND GENERATING A CORRESPONDING PATIENT SPECIFIC ARTHROPLASTY RESECTION GUIDE

Howmedica Osteonics Corpo...

1. A method of preoperatively planning an arthroplasty on a joint, the method comprising:receiving medical images of a first patient joint and a second patient joint spaced apart from the first patient joint, the medical images of the first patient joint being of a different resolution than a resolution of the medical images of the second patient joint;
generating a computer model of the first patient joint from the medical images of the first patient joint;
locating a joint center of the second patient joint from the medical images of the second patient joint, the joint center being located relative to the computer model in a computerized coordinate system; and
superimposing a computerized representation of an implant with the computer model to determine coordinate locations in the computerized coordinate system for an arthroplasty resection relative to the computer model of the first patient joint and the joint center of the second patient joint.

US Pat. No. 10,456,197

LASER-ASSISTED TRANSDERMAL DELIVERY OF NANOPARTICULATES AND HYDROGELS

International Business Ma...

1. A laser system, comprising:a laser device configured to produce an ultraviolet laser beam within a laser channel at a wavelength in an ultraviolet spectrum to provide tissue ablation;
a plurality of reservoirs including:
a first reservoir configured to hold a plurality of agents; and
a second reservoir configured to hold a cleaning solution to remove debris;
a lens configured to focus and direct the laser beam to a site to create an opening in a surface of the site, wherein the lens is positioned within a portion of the laser channel to prevent the plurality of agents from entering the laser channel;
a valve shared between the plurality of reservoirs, the valve being configured to release the plurality of agents or the cleaning solution for application to the site through a first channel connected to the valve;
a nozzle having a shared aperture to emit the laser beam, apply the plurality of agents and the cleaning solution, and administer at least one other substance different than the plurality of agents and the cleaning solution to the site, the at least one other substance including a substance to evaporate the cleaning solution, the nozzle having a portion of the first channel disposed within a first sidewall of the nozzle to apply the plurality of agents and the cleaning solution, and a second channel unconnected with the valve disposed within a second sidewall of the nozzle to administer the at least one other substance different than the plurality of agents, wherein the shared aperture is shared between at least the laser beam, the plurality of agents and the at least one other substance; and
an imaging device configured to monitor a depth of penetration of one of the plurality of agents into the site.

US Pat. No. 10,456,188

HEATING TREATMENT APPARATUS AND CONTROLLER OF THE SAME

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A heating treatment apparatus to treat a living tissue by heating the living tissue, comprising:a first holding plate;
a second holding plate configured to hold the living tissue together with the first holding plate, and provided to be opposed to the first holding plate;
a first heat generating element provided on the first holding plate and configured to heat the first holding plate to heat the living tissue;
a second heat generating element provided on the second holding plate and configured to heat the second holding plate to heat the living tissue;
a power supply unit configured to supply electric power to cause the first heat generating element and the second heat generating element to generate heat;
a memory configured to store a condition for mode switching based on a threshold value of the electric power; and
a control unit configured to:
control the power supply unit to operate in a first mode such that a temperature of the first heat generating element is the same as a temperature of the second heat generating element,
detect if the electric power reaches the threshold value by reading the condition for mode switching from the memory, and
when the electric power reaches the threshold value, control the power supply unit to operate in a second mode such that the temperature of the first heat generating element is different from the temperature of the second heat generating element, the temperature of the first heat generating element and the temperature of the second heat generating element both being nonzero in the second mode.

US Pat. No. 10,456,184

APPARATUS FOR DELIVERY OF REINFORCING MATERIALS TO BONE

IlluminOss Medical, Inc.,...

1. An apparatus for delivering a reinforcing mixture to a fractured bone, the apparatus comprising:a tube having a proximal end, a distal end, and a longitudinal axis therebetween, wherein the tube has one or more inner lumens extending therethrough;
a balloon engaging the distal end of the tube, wherein the balloon expands from a substantially deflated state to a substantially inflated state upon a bone reinforcing mixture entering the balloon through a first lumen extending through the tube such that the substantially inflated state of the balloon can be adjusted to place the fractured bone in a correct orientation by inflating or deflating the balloon by altering an amount of the bone reinforcing mixture in the balloon due to the viscosity of the bone reinforcing mixture, the viscosity of the bone reinforcing mixture being 1000 cP or less; and
at least one fiber extending through a second lumen extending through the tube and into the balloon to guide a light into the balloon to cure the bone reinforcing mixture when the fractured bone has been placed in the correct orientation,
wherein the balloon, when in the inflated state by the bone reinforcing mixture in a cavity of the fractured bone, aligns bone fragments of the fractured bone.

US Pat. No. 10,456,178

OSSEOINTEGRABLE DEVICE

OSSEOINTEGRATION HOLDINGS...

1. An osseointegration implant arranged, in use, for integration into a skeletal bone of a patient where part of the skeletal bone is missing, comprising:a body and at least one end, the body being arranged, in use to sit within a passageway formed within the bone and substantially mimic a portion of a skeletal bone;
wherein the at least one end includes an enlarged portion arranged to, in use, prevent migration of the implant into the skeletal bone of a patient; and
wherein the enlarged portion is arranged, in use, to sit within a recess formed in an end of the skeletal bone;
wherein the recess is connected to the passageway and is of a larger diameter of the passageway;
wherein the at least one end including the enlarged portion is arranged so that, in use, the end is flush with the end of the skeletal bone; and
wherein the at least one end is configured as an attachment point for a prosthetic limb.

US Pat. No. 10,456,173

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CORRECTING SPINAL DEFORMITIES

NuVasive, Inc., San Dieg...

1. A spinal anchor assembly comprising:a bone screw;
a receiver assembly moveably coupled to the bone screw, the receiver assembly comprising a receiver; and
a collar positioned within the receiver assembly, said collar having a first side and a second side opposing the first side, wherein the first side and the second side are straight and parallel to each other, said collar having a third side and a fourth side opposing said third side, wherein the third side and the fourth side are rounded, and wherein the four sides define an inner cavity; wherein said opposing first and second sides each include a D-shaped facet feature on an interior surface thereof facing said inner cavity; wherein said D-shaped facet feature includes a straight edge portion and a curved portion, wherein the bone screw sits in said collar with a head of the bone screw pivotably coupled to said curved portion of the D-shaped facet feature, wherein the collar is positioned between the head of the bone screw and the receiver such that the head of the bone screw does not directly engage the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,456,168

TRANSMYOCARDIAL INSERTION UNIT AND ITS USE

Peter Osypka Stiftung, G...

1. Device for stimulation and/or defibrillation, comprising:an insertion unit including a tubular shaft with a lumen extending there through, said shaft having distal, proximal and central sections, whereby the distal and proximal sections of the shaft are disc-shaped when extended, thus forming each a double disc, whereby the central section of the shaft links the distally placed double disc with the proximally placed double disc, and whereby a pressure valve is fixed inside the shaft on both the distal and proximal end sections thereof respectively; and
at least one stimulation electrode connected to a pacemaker, each electrode including a lead provided with a pole at a distal end thereof, whereby the insertion unit is conductive and is connected to an implantable cardiac defibrillator to form one of a defibrillation electrodes or to form an indifferent pole and whereby the lead of the stimulation electrode runs inside the shaft of the insertion unit.

US Pat. No. 10,456,167

CORING DILATOR FOR DEFINING AN APERTURE IN A TISSUE WALL

VADOVATIONS, INC., Oklah...

1. An apparatus for defining an aperture in a tissue wall, comprising:a dilator having a tapered distal tip end for piercing tissue in said tissue wall;
a cuff having a central aperture for receiving the cuff over the dilator; and
a coring handle releasably coupled proximal to the cuff to form a coring assembly;
wherein the coring assembly is configured to engage the dilator such that the dilator and coring assembly rotate as a single unit upon manual rotation of the dilator;
wherein in an assembled configuration, the coring assembly is configured to seat on the dilator at a location proximal to the distal end;
wherein the cuff and dilator in the assembled configuration are configured to be inserted into the tissue by introducing the distal end of the dilator into the tissue and advancing the distal end of the dilator to dilate the tissue until the cuff is seated within the tissue wall;
wherein the dilator is configured to be retracted from the coring assembly such that the cuff remains in the tissue wall to form a port via the central aperture of the cuff; and
wherein the coring handle is configured to be detached from the cuff upon removal of the dilator.

US Pat. No. 10,456,162

DISPOSABLE APPARATUS FOR FITLY CIRCUMCISING A PENIS

1. A disposable circumcision apparatus, comprising:a fixture device including at least two sections and a surrounding wall of the at least two sections, wherein the at least two sections are rotatably connected to each other at a first end by a hinged connection, and the surrounding wall forms an opening between the at least two sections:
a blade projecting from an interior surface of the surrounding wall, the blade including a first blade mating portion and a second blade mating portion separated from each other when the fixture device is in an open position and mated with each other when the fixture device is in a closed position, the blade further including a blade interior circumferential edge;
a groove formed on an interior circumference of the blade and a cushion ring disposed within the groove;
means for maintaining the fixture device in a closed position; and
a balanus ferrule for placement within the cushion ring and the fixture device.

US Pat. No. 10,456,161

TISSUE-REMOVING CATHETER WITH ADJUSTMENT MECHANISM

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A tissue-removing catheter comprising:an elongate catheter body configured for insertion into a body lumen of a subject, the catheter body having a proximal end portion, an opposite distal end portion, and a longitudinal axis extending between the distal and proximal end portions;
a tissue-removing element located adjacent the distal end portion of the catheter body configured to remove tissue from the body lumen;
first and second adjustment lines extending along the catheter body at circumferentially spaced apart locations about the longitudinal axis, the first and second adjustment lines having distal end portions attached to the catheter body at respective first and second connection points adjacent the distal end portion of the catheter body, and the first and second adjustment lines having opposite proximal end portions; and
an adjustment mechanism operatively connected to the proximal end portions of the first and second adjustment lines, wherein the adjustment mechanism is selectively operable to decrease an effective length of the first adjustment line extending between the first connection point and the adjustment mechanism to bend the distal end portion of the catheter body in a first direction and urge the tissue-removing element in the first direction, wherein the adjustment mechanism is selectively operable to decrease an effective length of the second adjustment line extending between the second connection point and the adjustment mechanism to bend the distal end portion of the catheter body in a second direction different than the first direction and urge the tissue-removing element in the second direction;
wherein the distal end portion includes a bending longitudinal portion and a proximally-adjacent longitudinal portion that is immediately proximal to the bending longitudinal portion;
wherein the catheter body includes a drive shaft extending along the longitudinal axis and a jacket extending circumferentially around the drive shaft;
wherein the catheter body further includes a support coil received in the jacket and extending circumferentially around the drive shaft; and
wherein the support coil is stiffer along the proximally-adjacent longitudinal portion than along the bending longitudinal portion such that the bending longitudinal portion of the catheter body has a bending stiffness that is less than a bending stiffness of the proximally-adjacent longitudinal portion of the catheter body.

US Pat. No. 10,456,157

ULTRASONIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT CLAMP ARM WITH SNAP-ON CLAMP PAD

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. An apparatus for operating on tissue, the apparatus comprising:(a) a shaft assembly, wherein the shaft assembly comprises an acoustic waveguide, wherein the waveguide is configured to acoustically couple with an ultrasonic transducer; and
(b) an end effector, wherein the end effector comprises:
(i) an ultrasonic blade in acoustic communication with the waveguide,
(ii) a clamp arm, wherein the clamp arm is configured to pivot about a first pivot point toward and away from the ultrasonic blade, wherein the clamp arm comprises a proximal coupling member, a clamp portion, a resilient fastening member selectively detachable from both the proximal coupling member and the clamp portion, and a coupling feature, wherein the resilient fastening member comprises a first resiliently biased leaf and a second resiliently biased leaf of unitary construction, wherein the first resiliently biased leaf and the second resiliently biased leaf are configured to actuate relative to each other, wherein the proximal coupling member and the clamp portion are configured to selectively engage each other, wherein the resilient fastening member is configured to interpose between the proximal coupling member and the clamp portion to fix the proximal coupling member and the clamp portion together, and
(iii) a clamp pad, wherein the clamp pad is selectively attachable to the clamp arm to acoustically isolate the clamp arm from the ultrasonic blade, wherein the coupling feature of the clamp arm is configured to provide a snap fit between the clamp pad and the clamp arm and thereby permit manipulation of the clamp pad for removal of the clamp pad from the clamp arm.

US Pat. No. 10,456,156

DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR COOLING A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A surgical system, comprising:an ultrasonic surgical instrument, including:
a waveguide defining a blade at a distal end thereof and a lumen extending through a portion of the blade,
an inflow conduit disposed in communication with the lumen, the inflow conduit configured to supply fluid to the lumen, and
a return conduit disposed in communication with the lumen, the return conduit configured to receive fluid from the lumen;
wherein the inflow conduit and the return conduit each define a proximal end and a distal end, the return conduit coaxially disposed about the inflow conduit, the distal ends of the inflow and return conduits extending into the lumen such that the distal end of the inflow conduit extends further distally into the lumen than the distal end of the return conduit; and
a cooling module, including:
a pump assembly operably coupled to the inflow and return conduits, the pump assembly configured to pump fluid through the inflow conduit, into the lumen, and back through the return conduit for cooling the blade,
at least one sensor configured to sense at least one of a property of the fluid pumped into the inflow conduit or a property of the fluid returned from the return conduit, and
a controller configured to control the pump assembly according to the at least one sensed property.

US Pat. No. 10,456,153

MEDICAL CLAMPING INSTRUMENT

Hiwin Technologies Corp.,...

1. A medical clamping instrument, comprising:a first tubular member;
a second tubular member pivotally connected to said first tubular member;
a first rod member pivotally connected to said second tubular member;
a second rod member inserted into said first tubular member and pivotally connected to said first rod member;
a first claw arm comprising a first clamping portion and a first connecting portion connected together, and a part defined between said first clamping portion and said first connecting portion and pivotally connected to said second tubular member;
a second claw arm comprising a second clamping portion and a second connecting portion connected together, and a part defined between said second clamping portion and said second connecting portion and pivotally connected to one of said first claw arm and said second tubular member;
a third rod member pivotally connected to said first connecting portion;
a fourth rod member pivotally connected to said second connecting portion;
a screw nut pivotally connected to said third rod member and said fourth rod member;
a screw rod threaded into said screw nut;
a first universal joint affixed to said screw rod;
a fifth rod member affixed to said first universal joint;
a second universal joint affixed to said fifth rod member; and
a driving rod inserted into said first tubular member and affixed to said second universal joint,
wherein said driving rod comprises an outer rod member and an inner rod member, said outer rod member is inserted into said first tubular member, said outer rod member comprises an insertion slot and a sliding groove, said inner rod member is inserted into said insertion slot and comprises a protruding portion, said protruding portion is inserted into said sliding groove and movable with said inner rod member along said sliding groove; said second universal joint is affixed to one of said outer rod member and said inner rod member.

US Pat. No. 10,456,147

DEVICE FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE BONE HARVESTING SURGERY

Zhejiang Furun Medical Te...

1. A device for minimally invasive bone harvesting surgery, comprising a cutter, a sleeve, and a drive control system, wherein the cutter comprises a head and a spiral conveying portion, an external screw thread is disposed on a surface of the spiral conveying portion, the sleeve is sleeved on the cutter, the head and at least a part of the external screw thread of the surface of the spiral conveying portion are exposed from the sleeve, and the drive control system drives and controls the cutter to work.

US Pat. No. 10,456,145

EXPANDABLE REAMERS

ARTHREX, INC., Naples, F...

1. An expandable reamer, comprising:an outer tube;
an inner shaft within the outer tube;
a blade connected to the inner shaft and movable between a first position in which the blade is inside the outer tube and a second position in which the blade is exposed outside of the outer tube;
a cam cap configured to guide movement of the blade outwardly of the outer tube; and
an actuator assembly configured to move the blade between the first position and the second position, the actuator assembly including:
a selector sleeve;
an actuator;
a first pin connected to the selector sleeve and movable within a helical groove of the actuator to linearly translate either the inner shaft or the outer tube as the selector sleeve is rotated; and
a ratcheting assembly that includes an engaged position in which the selector sleeve is prevented from rotating and a disengaged position in which the selector sleeve is free to rotate;
wherein a pawl of the ratcheting assembly engages a gear in the engaged position and is released from the gear in the disengaged position.

US Pat. No. 10,456,143

COMPOSITE JOINT ARTHROPLASTY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Titanium Fusion Technolog...

1. A method for manufacturing a prosthesis for replacing an articular surface on a bone, the method comprising:casting an articulating component comprising:
an articulating component joint-facing side comprising an articular surface; and
an articulating component bone-facing side comprising a bone-facing shape; and
fabricating a bone anchoring component with a porous structure, comprising:
a bone anchoring component joint-facing side comprising a joint-facing shape that is complementary to the bone-facing shape; and
a bone anchoring component bone-facing side comprising a bone engagement surface having a porous structure with pores selected to facilitate in-growth of the bone into the pores; and
securing the bone anchoring component joint-facing side to the articulating component bone-facing side by:
applying Titanium-based nanoparticles between the articulating component bone-facing side and the bone anchoring component joint-facing side; and
heating the Titanium-based nanoparticles to a temperature sufficient to melt the Titanium-based nanoparticles, but insufficient to melt the articulating component or bone anchoring component.

US Pat. No. 10,456,140

SURGICAL STAPLING SYSTEM COMPRISING AN UNCLAMPING LOCKOUT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A stapling assembly for stapling tissue, comprising:a staple cartridge, comprising:
an annular cartridge body;
staple cavities arranged in annular rows in said cartridge body; and
staples removably stored in said staple cavities;
an anvil configured to deform said staples;
a closure drive configured to move said anvil from an open position to a closed position during a closure stroke to compress the tissue against said cartridge body, wherein said closure drive is configured to move said anvil from said closed position to said open position during an opening stroke;
a firing member configured to eject said staples from said staple cavities during a firing stroke, wherein said firing stroke is performed after said closure stroke of said closure drive, wherein said firing member is retracted during a retraction stroke, and wherein said retraction stroke is performed after said firing stroke of said firing member; and
a lockout configured to lock said closure drive and prevent said closure drive from performing said opening stroke before said retraction stroke of said firing member is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,456,134

SURGICAL STAPLER WITH REVERSIBLE MOTOR

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A method for resetting an apparatus configured for stapling tissue, the apparatus comprising:(a) a stapling head assembly, wherein the stapling head assembly comprises:
(i) an annularly arranged array of staples, and
(ii) a knife with an annular cutting edge that is configured to cut tissue;
(b) a shaft assembly coupled to the stapling head assembly; and
(c) a body coupled to the shaft assembly, wherein the body comprises:
(i) a motor, and
(ii) a locking mechanism configured to prevent activation of the motor, and
(iii) a cam member configured to rotate in response to activation of the motor, wherein the cam member is rotatable in a first direction from a home position to a fired position to actuate the stapling head assembly to thereby drive the staples and the knife through tissue;
wherein the method comprises:
(a) providing the apparatus, with the cam member in the fired position, and with the locking mechanism in a locked state;
(b) changing the polarity of the motor;
(c) unlocking the locked locking mechanism after the cam member is in the fired position to thereby allow for activation of the motor; and
(d) actuating a user input feature to thereby activate the motor after unlocking the locking mechanism, to thereby cause the cam member to rotate in a second direction from the fired position to the home position, wherein the act of actuating the user input feature is initiated after completion of the act of changing the polarity of the motor.

US Pat. No. 10,456,132

JAW OPENING FEATURE FOR SURGICAL STAPLER

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical stapler comprising:(a) an end effector, wherein the end effector comprises:
(i) a lower jaw comprising:
(A) a cartridge body housing a plurality of staples, and
(B) a cartridge tray comprising a bottom surface, a first side wall, a second side wall, and a resilient member comprising a base portion and an arm portion connected at a junction, wherein the junction is located at a proximal end on the first side wall, wherein the arm portion extends upwardly from the junction, wherein the cartridge tray is configured to house a portion of the cartridge body, and
(ii) an anvil pivotable relative to the lower jaw between an opened position and a closed position, wherein the arm portion of the resilient member is positioned and configured to contact the anvil in both the opened position and the closed position,
wherein the resilient member is configured to bias the anvil to remain in the opened position when the anvil is in the opened position; and
(b) a body assembly, wherein the end effector is positioned distally relative to the body assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,456,130

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR LOADING AND IMPLANTING A SHAPE MEMORY IMPLANT

BioMedical Enterprises, I...

1. An implant insertion device adapted for use with a shape memory implant comprising a bridge interconnecting first, second, and third legs, whereby the shape memory implant is movable between a first shape and a second shape, further whereby the implant insertion device is adapted to maintain the shape memory implant in the second shape until delivery of the shape memory implant into tissue or bone, the implant insertion device, comprising:a first insertion tool piece terminating in a first jaw adapted to receive therein a portion of the bridge of the shape memory implant;
a second insertion tool piece terminating in a second jaw adapted to receive therein a portion of the bridge of the shape memory implant, wherein the second insertion tool piece hingedly connects with the first insertion tool piece such that the first and second insertion tool pieces reside in an opposed relationship with the first jaw aligned with the second jaw; and
a slider engageable with the first and second insertion tool pieces, the slider including a separator disposed between the first and second insertion tool pieces, wherein the slider is movable whereby the separator separates the first and second insertion tool pieces to release the shape memory implant from the first and second insertion tool pieces, further wherein the slider is movable whereby the separator permits closure of the first and second insertion tool pieces such that:
the first and second jaws each are adapted to receive therein a portion of the bridge of the shape memory implant to maintain the shape memory implant in its second shape,
the first jaw is adapted to engage the first and second legs to maintain the shape memory implant in its second shape, and
the second jaw is adapted to engage at least the third leg to maintain the shape memory implant in its second shape.

US Pat. No. 10,456,127

RETRACTABLE SUTURE NEEDLE ASSEMBLY

1. A retractable suture needle assembly, comprising:a casing including a plurality of outer casings and an inner casing hingedly coupled together, the plurality of outer casings configured to selectively surround a portion of the inner casing;
a needle located within the inner casing;
a compressible member within the inner casing and coupled to a base of the needle, the compressible member also coupled to the inner casing at an end opposite the base of the needle, the compressible member configured to position the needle in at least one of an extended position and a retracted position; and
a needle driver pivotally coupled to the inner casing and surrounded by the outer casings, the needle driver configured to selectively flex and apply a pressure to the compressible member so as to adjust the location of the needle relative to the casing.

US Pat. No. 10,456,120

BIOPSY DEVICE HAVING INTEGRATED VACUUM

C. R. Bard, Inc., Frankl...

1. A biopsy device, comprising:a housing body defining a longitudinal axis;
a cannula assembly having an actuator body and an elongate cannula affixed to the actuator body,
the elongate cannula having a side wall defining a lumen, and having a vacuum side port that extends through the side wall and in fluid communication with the lumen;
the actuator body having a drive tab and a proximal latch mechanism, the proximal latch mechanism configured to selectively engage the housing body to releasably latch the cannula assembly in a retracted position;
a cannula drive spring coupled between the housing body and the actuator body, the cannula drive spring configured to be compressed when the proximal latch mechanism is moved to the retracted position and configured to decompress to propel the elongate cannula in a distal direction when the proximal latch mechanism is released from the retracted position;
a vacuum source coupled to the housing body and configured to store a vacuum, the vacuum source including a vacuum chamber housing having a chamber open end, a chamber end wall, a chamber side wall extending between the chamber open end and the chamber end wall, and a chamber vacuum port, the chamber side wall having a perimeter defining a U-shaped area in cross-section that extends longitudinally between the chamber open end and the chamber end wall to define a U-shaped volume; and
a trigger slide assembly having a slider body operatively coupled to the drive tab of the cannula assembly and to the vacuum source,
wherein a portion of the chamber side wall defines an elongate recessed trough having a longitudinal extent, wherein the elongate cannula is positioned within the elongate recessed trough without contacting the chamber side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,456,119

BIOPSY ACTUATOR ASSEMBLY

3DBiopsy, Inc., Aurora, ...

1. A biopsy device, comprising:a biopsy needle actuator within a housing, the biopsy needle actuator, comprising:
a cannula carrier guide shaft adjacent a needle carrier guide shaft;
a cannula carrier with a front surface, the cannula carrier forming a tubular passage, wherein the cannula carrier guide shaft is slideably received within the cannula carrier tubular passage;
a needle carrier with a front surface, the needle carrier forming a tubular passage, wherein the needle carrier guide shaft is slideably received within the needle carrier tubular passage;
a stop plate, comprising:
a rear surface, wherein the stop plate rear surface faces the carrier front surfaces;
a tab extending from the stop plate toward the housing forming an indicator visible within a distance window framed by the housing;
a lead screw threadably received by the stop plate; and
wherein rotation of the lead screw moves the stop plate on the cannula carrier guide shaft and needle carrier guide shaft;
a lifecycle indicator, comprising:
an indicator wheel presenting a first field and a second field;
wherein the housing forms a lifecycle indicator window framing the indicator wheel; and
wherein the movement of the cannula carrier toward the cannula carrier guide shaft second end selectively rotates the indicator wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,456,117

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ADJUSTING ULTRASONIC CAVITATION INTENSITY

VINNO TECHNOLOGY (SUZHOU)...

1. A method for adjusting ultrasonic cavitation intensity, the method being performed by ultrasonic equipment, the ultrasonic equipment comprising at least one processor and a computer-readable storage medium storing instructions executable by the at least one processor, the instructions when executed by the at least one processor causes the ultrasonic equipment to perform the method which comprises:collecting an initial cavitation intensity value and a target cavitation intensity value;
performing an iterative process of adjusting a jth combination of at least one selected from a group consisting of n cavitation coefficients according to an ith cavitation intensity value and a target cavitation intensity value, and calculating to obtain an (i+1)th cavitation intensity value, wherein i=0, 1, 2 . . . , j=1, 2, . . . , n, and 7?n?2, wherein when i=0, the ith cavitation intensity value is the initial cavitation intensity value; and
determining whether an absolute value of a difference between the (i+1)th cavitation intensity value and the target cavitation intensity value is greater than a set threshold value, and ending the iterative process in response to determining that the absolute value of the difference between the (i+1)th cavitation intensity value and the target cavitation intensity value is less than or equal to the set threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,456,116

SHADOW SUPPRESSION IN ULTRASOUND IMAGING

Siemens Medical Solutions...

1. A method for shadow suppression in ultrasound imaging, the method comprising:acquiring, with a transducer, steered component frames of data, the steered component frames of data representing an overlap region of a patient and being responsive to different imaging angles;
for each of the steered component frames of data, projecting, by a processor, the data along the respective imaging angle into a projection, the projecting collapsing the data along each scan line of the imaging angle into a value for each of the scan lines, the combined values across the scan lines showing a variation in intensity of the shadow by lateral position of the steered component frame of data;
spatially weighting the steered component frames of data by kernels that are a function of the values of the respective projections of the scan lines, the function weighting the steered component frames of data per scan line, the spatially weighting by the kernels suppressing the shadows in the steered component frames of data;
compounding, by the processor, the weighted component frames of data together; and
generating an image of the overlap region of the patient from a result of the compounding.

US Pat. No. 10,456,114

METHOD AND ULTRASOUND APPARATUS FOR DISPLAYING DIFFUSION BOUNDARY OF MEDICINE

Samsung Medison Co., Ltd....

1. A method of marking a diffusion boundary of medicine, the method performed by an ultrasound apparatus and comprising:obtaining first B mode image data and first Doppler data about a target object to which the medicine is injected;
obtaining second Doppler data about the target object, after the first B mode image data and the first Doppler data are obtained and then a preset time elapses;
detecting a first area of the target object from which the first Doppler data is obtained and a second area from which the second Doppler data is obtained;
determining a first diffusion boundary of the medicine, based on the first area, and determining a second diffusion boundary of the medicine, based on the second area;
marking the first diffusion boundary of the medicine and the second diffusion boundary of the medicine on a B mode image that is generated by using the first B mode image data; and
displaying, on the B mode image, comparison data obtained by comparing an estimated diffusion range of the medicine with an actual diffusion range of the medicine,
wherein the comparison data comprises:
estimating the diffusion range of the medicine, based on at least one of information about a position to which the medicine is injected and an injection amount of the medicine,
obtaining the actual diffusion range of the medicine, based on the first area and the second area, and
comparing the estimated diffusion range of the medicine with the actual diffusion range of the medicine, and
the method further comprises displaying the comparison data including an error rate of the estimated diffusion range of the medicine for the actual diffusion range of the medicine.

US Pat. No. 10,456,113

WALL-TO-WALL VESSEL SEGMENTATION IN US IMAGING USING A COMBINATION OF VFI DATA AND US IMAGING DATA

B-K Medical Aps, Herlev ...

1. An ultrasound system, comprising:an image processor configured to process beamformed ultrasound data representing structure flowing through a tubular object and generate an image indicative of the tubular object based thereon;
a velocity processor configured to process the beamformed ultrasound data and generate vector flow imaging data indicative of the structure flowing through the tubular object based thereon, wherein the vector flow imaging data includes at least an axial velocity component signal and one or more transverse velocity components indicating a direction and a speed of the structure flowing through the tubular object;
a segmentation processor configured to segment the tubular object from the image based on a combination of both the vector flow imaging data and the image, wherein a resulting segmentation extends from wall-to-wall of the tubular object, wherein the segmentation processor segments the tubular object by:
generating a single marker image from the vector flow imaging data and the image by:
detecting inner markers through a gray scale skeletonization of only the vector flow imaging data to extract a center line of the vector flow imaging data by generating a distance map of an inverse of a velocity flow imaging binary mask and extracting ridge lines on the distance map as the center line, which indicates locations inside a boundary of the tubular object;
detecting outer markers by extracting strong specular regions, which are outside of the tubular structure, from the image to generate a binary mask containing the strong specular regions and multiplying the binary mask by a dilated version of a velocity flow information mask to generate an outer marker mask that highlights the strong specular regions and does not cover an area with flow; and
combining the inner and outer markers into the single marker image; and
a display configured to display the image with the segmentation and the vector flow imaging data superimposed thereover, with the vector flow imaging data extending from wall-to-wall within the tubular object.

US Pat. No. 10,456,107

ULTRASOUND IMAGING DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING AUDIBLE SOUNDS

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. An ultrasound imaging system comprising:a probe comprising a plurality of elements; and
an ultrasound imaging device comprising:
an exterior housing comprising a panel;
a processor positioned within the exterior housing; and
an acoustic emitter attached to the panel and electrically connected to the processor;
wherein the processor is configured to control the acoustic emitter to vibrate the panel and transmit audible sounds, using the panel as a sound-excited assembly; and
wherein the processor is configured to control the plurality of elements in the probe to emit ultrasonic signals.

US Pat. No. 10,456,106

ULTRASONIC DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS, MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

TOSHIBA MEDICAL SYSTEMS C...

1. An ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus for generating perspective projection images corresponding to viewpoints which are set in a lumen of an object accompanying a movement of an ultrasonic probe, and for displaying the perspective projection images corresponding to the viewpoints, comprising:the ultrasonic probe including a plurality of ultrasonic transducers and configured to be in contact with a body surface of the object;
a position detection sensor configured to detect first and second positions and a moving direction of the ultrasonic probe with reference to a predetermined common reference position, the second position representing a position of the ultrasonic probe with reference to the predetermined common reference position after movement of the ultrasonic probe;
a transducer configured to supply a driving signal to each of the ultrasonic transducers and generate a reception signal based on each received echo signal; and
a computer
configured to generate first three-dimensional data based on the received echo signal at the first position of the ultrasonic probe and second three-dimensional data based on the received echo signal at the second position of the ultrasonic probe;
configured to specify, with reference to the predetermined common reference position, a first luminal region in an inside of the lumen to be viewed from a first view point in the first three-dimensional data, and a first line of sight;
configured to generate a first perspective projection image of the first luminal region by perspective projection using at least a set of the first view point, the first line of sight and the first three-dimensional data;
configured to specify, with reference to the predetermined common reference position, a second luminal region in the inside of the lumen to be viewed from a second view point in the second three-dimensional data, and a second line of sight, the second view point being determined based on the moving direction of the ultrasonic probe, wherein
the first line of sight determined based on a direction along a first central line at the first view point of branches of the lumen, the second line of sight determined based on a direction along a second central line at the second view point of branches of the lumen, all of which are presented with reference to the predetermined common reference position, where the lumen branches at a branching portion in the lumen and has at least two branches represented by the first central line and the second central line; and
configured to generate a second perspective projection image of the second luminal region by perspective projection using at least a set of the second view point, the second line of sight and the second three-dimensional data.

US Pat. No. 10,456,105

SYSTEMS AND METHODS WITH A SWELLABLE MATERIAL DISPOSED OVER A TRANSDUCER OF AN ULTRASOUND IMAGING SYSTEM

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED,...

1. A method of using a catheter assembly, the method comprising:providing a catheter assembly comprising
an elongated catheter configured and arranged for insertion into a cardiovascular system of a patient, the catheter having a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal length, the catheter comprising a sheath with a proximal portion and a distal portion, the sheath defining a lumen extending along the sheath from the proximal portion to the distal portion, and
an imaging core configured and arranged for inserting into the lumen of the catheter, the imaging core comprising
an elongated, rotatable driveshaft having a proximal end and a distal end,
an imaging device coupled to the distal end of the driveshaft with rotation of the driveshaft causing a corresponding rotation of the imaging device, the imaging device comprising at least one transducer configured and arranged for transforming applied electrical signals to acoustic signals and also for transforming received echo signals to electrical signals, and
a swellable material disposed on at least the at least one transducer and configured and arranged to rotate with rotation of the driveshaft and to swell upon exposure to a fluid;
inserting the imaging core into the sheath of the catheter;
exposing the swellable material to the fluid causing the swellable material to swell within the sheath; and
rotating the driveshaft with the swellable material swollen within the sheath.

US Pat. No. 10,456,102

AUTOMATED APPARATUS TO IMPROVE IMAGE QUALITY IN X-RAY AND ASSOCIATED METHOD OF USE

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, S...

1. A system for improving quality in projection and tomographic x-ray imaging comprising:an x-ray tube emitting x-rays;
a depth sensing device measuring a depth of at least one body part of a patient, wherein the depth represents a distance between said depth sensing device and the body part;
a control unit comprising a memory, wherein said memory stores depth reference data that represents the distance between said depth sensing device and the body part, wherein said depth reference data is used to calculate one of a thickness of the body part and a circumference of the body part, and wherein the calculated thickness or circumference is used to determine an optimal level of x-ray exposure for the body part; and
a RGB camera identifying at least one body part of the patient, wherein said control unit is configured to display an overlay of the patient's body, wherein the patient's body is displayed concurrently with a skeleton frame comprising a plurality of pre-defined joints of the body, wherein said control unit is configured to alert a user if the identified body part is not centered, wherein said RGB camera is configured to capture a plurality of frames of the patient's body, wherein said control unit is configured to detect a motion of the patient by comparing at least one frame currently captured by said RGB camera with at least one frame previously captured by said RGB camera, and wherein said control unit is configured to alert the user if any motion is detected.

US Pat. No. 10,456,100

X-RAY IMAGING DEVICE

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. An X-ray imaging device, comprising:an X-ray tube unit,
a main body provided with a drive unit of the X-ray tube unit, and
an arm unit configured to connect the X-ray tube unit with the main body, the X-ray tube unit being fixed to one end of the arm unit, and the arm unit comprises plural foldable arms,
an operating unit configured to manipulate the X-ray tube unit is provided on a joint between two of the arms, and
a cover that covers the joint between the two of the arms,
wherein the operating unit is attached to the cover.

US Pat. No. 10,456,099

RADIATION DETECTING DEVICE AND MEDICAL IMAGING DEVICE

HITACHI, LTD., Tokyo (JP...

1. A radiation detection device comprising,a plurality of detector elements for generating current pulse signals upon receipt of photons of radiation, and a photon measuring unit and a current measuring unit being connected to the detector elements, wherein,
the detector elements are arranged in a specified array, and every predetermined number of detector elements constitutes one detector pixel,
the photon measuring unit comprises a plurality of photon measuring circuits connected to the detector elements on a one-to-one basis, for counting the current pulse signals outputted from the detector elements,
the current measuring unit comprises an integrator, an adder, and a sample-hold circuit provided for every detector pixel, and a converter for converting an analogue signal to a digital signal, where one converter is provided for a plurality of the detector pixels, the integrator and the adder perform integration and addition of the current pulse signals outputted respectively from the plurality of detector elements constituting one detector pixel, the sample-hold circuit holds outputs of the addition and integration from the integrator and the adder, with a predetermined timing, and the converter selectively converts analogue outputs from the sample-hold circuit into digital signals, as to any of the plurality of detector pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,456,098

MAMMOGRAPHY DETECTOR WITH SMALL CHEST DISTANCE

TELEDYNE DIGITAL IMAGING,...

1. A method of making an X-ray detector, comprising:providing a main frame for supporting a detector stack, wherein the main frame comprises a detachable protruding edge portion;
bonding detector layers onto the main frame leaving the protruding edge portion extending beyond an edge of the detector layers;
detaching the protruding edge portion of the main frame along a detachment line adjacent the edge of the detector layers; and
applying a cover with a thin edge wall to the detector stack;
wherein a trench to collect excess adhesive is located in the protruding edge portion of the main frame.

US Pat. No. 10,456,093

MEDICAL IMAGE DIAGNOSTIC APPARATUS

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A medical image diagnostic apparatus, comprising:a console including a processor and a storage device; and
a scanning apparatus; wherein
the console is configured to accept input of and display scanning conditions inputted via an input device, the scanning conditions for use in performing a scanning operation on a body;
the scanning apparatus is configured to scan the body according to the scanning conditions;
the storage device is configured to store plural body position setting images which show images of differing body positions and facing-directions of the body, respectively, together with a positional relationship of the body with the scanning apparatus; and
the processor is configured to:
collect measurement data acquired by the scanning apparatus, and generate a medical image based on the measurement data;
display one body position setting image of the plural body position setting images stored in the storage device, to show one body position and facing-direction of the body on a display device;
monitor a plurality of reference part selection objects displayed around the one body position setting image on the display device, each individual reference part selection object being selectable for selecting a position and direction of a reference part of the body in the one body position setting image, and accepts input of an instruction via the input device to select one of the reference part selection objects as a selected reference part selection object; and
set a selected body position and facing-direction of the body as one of the scanning conditions, according to the selected reference part selection object selected through the input device.

US Pat. No. 10,456,091

DISPLAYS FOR A MEDICAL DEVICE

Abbott Diabetes Care Inc....

1. A system, comprising:an analyte sensor for positioning in fluid contact with bodily fluid under a skin surface to measure an analyte level, the analyte sensor having a predetermined sensor life; and
a receiving device including a display and an alarm component, the receiving device configured to:
receive signals corresponding to the measured analyte level;
operate in a first mode to provide an alarm using the alarm component when the measured analyte level differs more than a predetermined level from an analyte threshold;
determine that the predetermined sensor life of the analyte sensor has elapsed;
operate in a second mode wherein the alarm component is deactivated; and
provide a message on the display to inform a user that the alarm component is deactivated.

US Pat. No. 10,456,084

INTELLIGENT HOSPITAL BED

Yung Hsiang Information M...

1. An intelligent hospital bed comprising a hospital bed, a first measuring unit, at least a second measuring unit, a third measuring unit, a central processor and a remote transmission device,wherein the first measuring unit is a pad body having a pressure sensor, and the first measuring unit is installed on the hospital bed; when a patient lies on the hospital bed, the pressure sensor of the first measuring unit is configured to measure the pressure and send a first signal to the central processor which is adapted to determine whether the patient lies on the hospital bed as instructed;
wherein the second measuring unit is an image capturing device adapted to measure the use status of an intravenous bag hanged on an intravenous stand near the hospital bed, and the second measuring unit is adapted to measure the intravenous use status and send a second signal to the central processor which is configured to determine whether the intravenous drip is successful used and to have immediately report for remaining amount of drip in the intravenous bag after each use;
wherein the third measuring unit is a weight measuring device configured to measure the urination condition of the patient and send a third signal to the central processor; and
wherein the central processor is configured to receive the signals from the measuring units and interpret the signals through comparison of data in a database of the central processor or a server; after interpreting, the central processor is configured to connect to the remote transmission device and send the interpreted information to a human-computer interaction through the remote transmission device such that a caregiver is able to master real-time conditions of the patient in the hospital bed including injection and urination status at the same time.

US Pat. No. 10,456,083

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CORTICAL MAPPING WITHOUTH DIRECT CORTICAL STIMULATION AND WITH LITTLE REQUIRED COMMUNICATION

ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ...

1. A method for mapping somatosensory and motor cortical regions of a brain of a subject who is undergoing electrocorticoencephalographic (ECoG) recording, the method comprising:providing an apparatus comprising a computing device, a plurality of stimulation pads interconnected to said computing device, and a neural interface processor interconnected to said computing device;
implanting an ECoG electrodes array on a surface of the subject's brain;
contacting a first selected finger of the patient with a first stimulation pad of the plurality of stimulation pads;
contacting a second selected finger of the patient with a second stimulation pad of the plurality of stimulation pads;
producing, with the first stimulation pad during a first period of time, stimulation of the first selected finger;
producing, with the second stimulation pad during a second period of time, stimulation of the second selected finger;
recording with said neural interface processor, during the first and second periods of time, a plurality of cortical signals originating in said subject's brain;
based upon said plurality of cortical signals, mapping eloquent cortical regions of the subject's brain; and
overlaying an image of said ECoG electrode array onto a 3-D mapping of the subject's brain to produce a composite image, said the 3-D mapping including a plurality of landmark locations; and
correlating the mapped eloquent cortical regions with said composite image to reduce a risk of causing injury to the mapped eloquent cortical regions during a surgical remediation of epileptic seizures.

US Pat. No. 10,456,077

ATHLETIC TRAINING OPTIMIZATION

1. A system comprising:one or more processors;
a user interface;
a heart rate monitor;
an interface configured to receive the heart rate data from the heart rate monitor;
a global positioning system configured to monitor a user navigation data comprising user location data and a user pace data; and
one or more computer readable storage media storing one or more application programs comprising instructions executable by the one or more processors, the one or more application programs configured to:
monitor a user heart rate during a time period of an athletic activity with the heart rate monitor;
monitor a user pace during the time period with the global positioning system;
determine an average user heart rate over the time period and an average user pace over the time period; and
identify a current user fitness level utilizing the average user heart rate over the time period in conjunction with the average user pace over the time period comprising:
identifying a performed workout type corresponding to an intensity level determined from the average user heart rate and a maximum user heart rate; and
identifying a current user fitness level training intensity for the performed workout type utilizing the average user pace.

US Pat. No. 10,456,076

METHOD FOR MEASURING MOVEMENT OF CERVICAL VERTEBRA, DEVICE THEREOF AND WEARABLE APPARATUS

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. A device for measuring a movement of a cervical vertebra, comprising:a sensor configured to sense a corresponding plurality of movement angles of the cervical vertebra for a plurality of movements of the cervical vertebra during a predetermined measurement period, wherein each of the plurality of movements of the cervical vertebra comprises a first motion process and a second motion process which have inverse directions and whose starting instantaneous velocities and stopping instantaneous velocities are both zero;
a microcontroller unit comprising:
an obtaining unit configured to obtain the plurality of movement angles of the cervical vertebra sensed by the sensor, wherein each of the plurality of movement angles of the cervical vertebra is an angle whose absolute value is greater between a first angle which is a maximum angle made by the cervical vertebra during the first motion process and a second angle which is a maximum angle made by the cervical vertebra during the second motion process during a corresponding one of the plurality of movements of the cervical vertebra, and
a processing unit configured to calculate a movement total amount of the cervical vertebra during the predetermined measurement period based on the plurality of movement angles of the cervical vertebra,
wherein, the processing unit acquires a plurality of movement arc lengths, each being corresponding to one of the plurality of movements of the cervical vertebra and determined based on a corresponding one of the plurality of movement angles of the cervical vertebra corresponding to the one of the plurality of movements of the cervical vertebra, and accumulates a sum of the plurality of movement arc lengths for the plurality of movements of the cervical vertebra acquired during the predetermined measurement period as the movement total amount of the cervical vertebra; and
a notifying unit configured to provide an alarm to a user by sounds or vibrations for prompting that the user needs to move the cervical vertebra when the movement total amount of the cervical vertebra during the predetermined measurement period is less than a predetermined threshold value of the movement amount,
wherein, if a movement angle among the plurality of movement angles of the cervical vertebra is greater than or equal to a valid movement threshold value, the processing unit records the corresponding one of the plurality of movements of the cervical vertebra as a valid movement of the cervical vertebra, and counts the valid movements of the cervical vertebra during the measurement period as a valid movement number of the cervical vertebra.

US Pat. No. 10,456,075

METHOD FOR CALIBRATING APPARATUS FOR MONITORING REHABILITATION FROM JOINT SURGERY

Claris Healthcare Inc., ...

1. A method for calibrating a bend sensor measuring the flexion of a patient's knee, comprising the steps of:a. providing a portable computer having an accelerometer capable of measuring the orientation of the computer with respect to a gravitational vector;
b. attaching a bend sensor between the patient's thigh and shank;
c. orienting a selected first face or edge of the computer on the patient's thigh and with the computer recording a first angular orientation of the computer with respect to the gravitational vector;
d. with the bend sensor, recording a first estimated flexion angle between the patient's thigh and the patient's shank at the same time as the first angular orientation is recorded;
e. orienting the selected first face or edge of the computer on the patient's shank and with the computer recording a second angular orientation of the computer with respect to the gravitational vector; and
f. calculating the difference between the first and second angular orientations to determine the actual angle of flexion of the patient's knee to thereby calibrate the bend sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,456,062

ALIGNMENT OF MANIPULABLE SENSOR ASSEMBLY

THE CLEVELAND CLINIC FOUN...

1. A method for aligning a surgical tool, comprising a manipulable sensor assembly, to a desired position and orientation, the method comprising:defining a desired position and orientation for a tip of the surgical tool, rigidly attached to an end of a shaft of the surgical tool, relative to a region of interest;
determining a replica surface as a plurality of vectors in a multidimensional space from the defined position, the defined orientation, and an associated model of the region of interest, such that the replica surface represents an expected surface map within a field of view of the manipulable sensor assembly, located on the surgical tool at a known position and orientation relative to the tip of the surgical tool, when the tip of the surgical tool is located in the desired position and oriented at the desired orientation; and
iteratively repeating the following steps until the tip of the surgical tool is in the desired position and orientation:
detecting one of electromagnetic radiation and sound reflected from a surface of the region of interest at the manipulable sensor assembly to provide a surface map of the region of interest, the surface map of the region of interest including a depth at each point on the surface at the region of interest;
comparing the surface map to the replica surface to determine if the surface map matches the expected surface map represented by the replica surface;
determining a rotation for the manipulable sensor assembly to bring the surface map into alignment with the replica surface if the surface map does not match the replica surface, wherein the rotation is determined from the known position and orientation of the manipulable sensor assembly relative to the tip of the surgical tool and the comparing of the surface map to the replica surface; and
altering the orientation of the tip of the surgical tool according to the determined rotation if the surface map does not match the replica surface.

US Pat. No. 10,456,056

COMBINATION TORSO VEST TO MAP CARDIAC ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY

BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL)...

1. A method, comprising the steps of:clothing a subject in a torso vest having a plurality of sensing electrodes, magnetic location sensors, active current location sensors and patches for establishing galvanic contact with skin of the subject;
without removing the torso vest from the subject, performing the steps of:
placing the active current location sensors and the patches in galvanic contact with a body surface of the subject;
inserting a probe into a chamber of a heart of the subject, a plurality of intracardiac electrodes being disposed at respective locations in the heart;
determining the respective locations using the active current location sensors;
emitting electrical calibration signals from the intracardiac electrodes;
receiving the calibration signals in the sensing electrodes of the torso vest; and
determining relationships between the emitted calibration signals and the received calibration signals in the intracardiac electrodes to map a correspondence between the received calibration signals and the respective locations.

US Pat. No. 10,456,053

HEART RATE MONITOR

QuickLogic Corporation, ...

1. A method for monitoring a heart rate, the method comprising:receiving photoplethysmogram (PPG) signals from a PPG sensor worn by a user;
receiving inertial sensor signals from an inertial sensor worn by the user;
windowing the PPG signals and the inertial sensor signals;
generating a PPG spectrum and an inertial data spectrum for each window of the PPG signals and the inertial sensor signals;
eliminating peaks in each PPG spectrum using the inertial data spectrum from a corresponding window;
determining a plurality of heart rate candidates from remaining peaks in each PPG spectrum and storing the plurality of heart rate candidates;
selecting a heart rate candidate and tracking the heart rate of the user based on the heart rate candidate that is selected;
reporting the tracked heart rate of the user that is based on the heart rate candidate that is selected;
determining a correlation of heart rate candidates in each new window of PPG spectrum to the plurality of heart rate candidates that are stored while continuing to track the heart rate of the user based on the heart rate candidate that is selected;
selecting a new heart rate candidate from the plurality of heart rate candidates that are stored based on the correlation of heart rate candidates and tracking the heart rate of the user based on the new heart rate candidate that is selected; and
reporting the heart rate of the user that is based on the new heart rate candidate that is selected.

US Pat. No. 10,456,050

FERROELECTRIC COMPOSITE MATERIAL-BASED ARTIFICIAL ELECTRONIC SKIN

UNIST (ULSAN NATIONAL INS...

1. An artificial electronic skin comprising: a lower electrode; a first layer laminated on the lower electrode; a hemispherical first micro dome formed on the first layer to stand upright; a second layer laminated on the first layer; a hemispherical second micro dome formed on a lower portion of the second layer which faces the first layer to be interlocked with the first micro dome; an upper electrode laminated on an upper end surface of the second layer; and a pattern layer laminated on an upper end surface of the upper electrode and configured to receive an external pressure applied thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,456,049

MULTI-SENSOR STRATEGY FOR HEART FAILURE PATIENT MANAGEMENT

Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.,...

1. A method comprising:sensing a plurality of separate physiologic sensor signals produced using a plurality of sensors, wherein each sensor signal includes physiological information;
detecting a physiological change event from a sensor signal;
determining whether the detected physiological change events are indicative of a change in heart failure (HF) status using a first device-based rule applied to the physiological change events;
determining whether to rule out a positive first rule HF determination using a second device-based rule applied to at least one of the physiological change events;
generating an indication of whether the change in HF status occurred according to the first and second rules; and
changing a patient therapy according to the generated indication.

US Pat. No. 10,456,044

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING NON-CONTACT ULTRASOUND IMAGES USING PHOTOACOUSTIC ENERGY

Massachusetts Institute o...

1. A method for generating ultrasound images of a patient, the method comprising the steps of:a) directing a photoacoustic excitation source into a scanning mirror that is configured to transmit acoustic energy into the patient, and translate the acoustic energy in a defined direction at a speed of sound, wherein the acoustic energy induces propagating photoacoustic waves in the patient;
b) translating the acoustic energy along the patient at the speed of sound using the scanning mirror to cause a coherent summation of the propagating photoacoustic waves and, thereby, at least one resultant wave that propagates along the defined direction to probe structures within the patient;
c) detecting vibrations at a surface of the patient created by a backscatter of the least one resultant wave from the structures within the patient; and
d) generating ultrasound images of the structures within the patient using the vibrations detected at the surface of the patient in step c).

US Pat. No. 10,456,043

COMPACT CONFOCAL DENTAL SCANNING APPARATUS

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. A handheld apparatus for scanning, the handheld apparatus comprising:a light source;
a transparency having a spatial pattern disposed thereon and configured to be illuminated by the light source;
a beam splitter having a first surface and a second surface and an image sensor on the second surface, wherein the transparency is bonded onto the first surface of the beam splitter and the image sensor is bonded to the second surface of the beam splitter perpendicular to the first surface to maintain stable relative position between the image sensor and the spatial pattern;
a projection/imaging optics system that is non-telecentric, comprising focusing optics and an exit pupil, the projection/imaging optics system having an optical axis;
a front tip extending from the projection/imaging optics system in the optical axis and comprising a fold mirror at a distal end of the front tip, wherein the projection/imaging optics provide a deviation from telecentricity of a chief ray between the projection/imaging optics system and the fold mirror relative to a scan field size of 3 degrees or more; and
an axial actuator coupled to the projection/imaging optics system and configured to move the projection/imaging optics system in the optical axis relative to the fold mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,456,038

CLOUD-BASED PHYSIOLOGICAL MONITORING SYSTEM

Cercacor Laboratories, In...

1. A cloud-based physiological monitoring system comprising:one or more sensors in communication with a patient so as to generate one or more data streams responsive to changes in one or more physiological conditions of the patient, wherein the one or more sensors include at least:
an optical sensor configured to provide a first data stream responsive to at least one of: pulsatile blood flow or a blood constituent parameter, and
a blood pressure sensor configured to provide a second data stream responsive to blood pressure;
one or more monitors configured to receive the data streams from the sensors; and a cloud server,
wherein the one or more monitors are configured to:
determine whether communication with the cloud server is available or not available;
responsive to determining that communication with the cloud server is not available, temporarily process the data streams locally; and
responsive to determining that communication with the cloud server is available, transmit at least indications of the data streams to the cloud server,
wherein the cloud server is configured to:
process the data streams, including at least the first and second data streams, so as to derive a plurality of parameters and associated parameter measurements responsive to the changes in the one or more physiological conditions, wherein:
a first parameter of the plurality of parameters is indicative of hemoglobin (Hgb) of the patient,
a second parameter of the plurality of parameters is indicative of blood urea nitrogen (BUN) of the patient,
a third parameter of the plurality of parameters is indicative of creatinine (Cr) of the patient,
a fourth parameter of the plurality of parameters is indicative of a plethysmograph variability index (PVI) of the patient, and
a fifth parameter of the plurality of parameters is indicative of a blood pressure of the patient;
determine that the required parameters for deriving a medical index include the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth parameters, and that the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth parameters are available for deriving the medical index; and
in response to determining that most-recent parameter measurements associated with the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth parameters satisfy a time frame mismatch tolerance associated with the medical index:
determine trends in the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth parameters, the trends indicative of changes in the respective first, second, third, fourth, and fifth parameters over time;
derive the medical index based upon a combination of the trends in the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth parameters, the medical index indicating a medical condition of the patient;
communicate the medical index to at least one of the one or more monitors; and
cause the at least one monitor to display the medical index.

US Pat. No. 10,456,036

STRUCTURED TAILORING

Roche Diabetes Care, Inc....

1. A method of performing a self-administered, behavior modification program on a blood glucose meter which comprises facilitating a structured collection procedure for an individual which helps the individual change a current behavior to a target behavior and improves compliancy with the structured collection procedure, said method comprising:providing the blood glucose meter loaded with the structured collection procedure and program instructions;
downloading the structured collection procedure from a server onto a client device, wherein software on the client computer serves as an interface between the server and the meter, wherein the server can only access information related to the installed version of the software and the server cannot access data in a database residing on the client device, wherein subsequent downloads of the particular structured collection procedure onto the client require access from an authorized client user;
measuring a biomarker comprising a blood glucose level with the blood glucose meter according to the structured collection procedure; and
executing the program instructions on the blood glucose meter causing a processor of the blood glucose meter to:
personalize the structured collection procedure by requesting goals from the individual to define for events to be accomplished in the structured collection procedure one or more adherence criteria that the processor uses to determine automatically whether each event was accomplished successfully and to define one or more exit criteria for ending the structured collection procedure, and requesting intervention preferences from the individual;
initiate automatically a schedule of the events defined in the structured collection procedure upon one or more entry criteria being met;
provide intervention automatically according to the intervention preferences when the one or more adherence criteria for one of the events is not met;
end automatically the structured collection procedure upon the one or more exit criteria being met, wherein the processor continues automatically with the next one of the events in the structured collection procedure until the one or more exit criteria is met; and
assign a unique identifier to the events, when the one or more adherence criteria are met, which corresponds to the events in the structured collection procedure; and wherein the unique identifier is not assigned when the biomarker measurement is determined by the processor as not being close enough in time to a data event request based on a prescheduled time so as to facilitate the structured collection procedure and improve the compliancy with the structured collection procedure of a management system; and
providing a microprocessor, a memory, a power source, and an indicator, the indicator connected to the processor and which can operate under the control of the processor to emit audible, tactile, or visual alerts to the individual of daily times for the biomarker measurement; and sending a message from the blood glucose meter to a physician when the individual fails to complete one of the one or more adherence criteria, wherein a communication link between a computer of the physician and the blood glucose meter can be established upon connection via the server.

US Pat. No. 10,456,032

OPHTHALMIC IMAGING APPARATUS AND OPHTHALMIC IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS

TOPCON CORPORATION, Itab...

1. An ophthalmic imaging apparatus comprising:an optical coherence tomography (OCT) data acquisition unit configured to acquire a three dimensional data set of a fundus of a subject's eye; and
a processor comprising:
a blood vessel enhanced image forming unit configured to form a blood vessel enhanced image based on the three dimensional data set;
a blood vessel gradient distribution determination unit configured to determine a blood vessel gradient distribution that shows gradients of blood vessels at a plurality of locations in the fundus, based on the blood vessel enhanced image; and
a location determination unit configured to determine one or more locations in the fundus where gradients satisfy a predetermined condition, based on the blood vessel gradient distribution,
wherein
the predetermined condition includes chronological gradient variation information for making a diagnosis, and
the location determination unit determines the one or more locations based on two or more blood vessel gradient distributions of the fundus obtained on different dates and the chronological gradient variation information.

US Pat. No. 10,456,030

PROCEDURAL OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY (OCT) FOR SURGERY AND RELATED METHODS

Bioptigen, Inc., Morrisv...

1. A method for modifying a surgical procedure in real time during the surgical procedure using an infrared wavelength optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging system coupled to a visible wavelength surgical visualization system for simultaneous infrared and visible visualization of a surgical field during the surgical procedure, the method comprising:obtaining at least one image of a surgical region of a subject oriented for the surgical procedure using the OCT imaging system;
constructing an initial structural view of the surgical region to be used during the surgical procedure based on the obtained at least one image;
computing a measure corresponding to intraocular pressure using data derived from measurements of a cornea from obtained the at least one image;
periodically assessing the surgical procedure during the surgical procedure and monitoring clinical outcomes related to the surgical procedure using one of changes to an OCT-derived initial structural view of the surgical region and changes to the computed measure corresponding to intraocular pressure derived from measurements of the cornea from the at least one OCT image;
determining if a surgical plan for the surgical procedure needs modification during the surgical procedure based on at least one of the periodic assessment and monitoring;
modifying the surgical plan for the surgical procedure during the surgical procedure if it is determined modification is needed; and
repeatedly assessing and monitoring, determining and modifying during the surgical procedure until it is determined that modification is not needed.

US Pat. No. 10,456,026

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR INTRAOCULAR LENS POWER CALCULATION USING A REGRESSION FORMULA INCORPORATING CORNEAL SPHERICAL ABERRATION

AMO WaveFront Sciences, L...

1. A system for predicting optical power for an intraocular lens based upon measured biometric parameters in a patient's eye, the system comprising:a biometric reader capable of measuring one or more biometric parameters of the patient's eye and obtaining at least one value for at least one of the one or more biometric parameters, and further capable of measuring a representation of a corneal topography of the patient's eye;
a processor; and
a computer readable medium coupled to the processor and having stored thereon a program that upon execution causes the processor to: receive the at least one value; obtain a corneal spherical aberration (SA) based upon the measured representation of the corneal topography; and calculate an optimized optical power to obtain a desired postoperative condition by applying the received at least one value and the obtained corneal spherical aberration to a modified regression, wherein the modified regression is of the form:
optical power=E+F*(Classical Regression Formula)+D*SA, or
optical power=A+B*AXL+C*K+D*SA,
wherein E, F, D, A, B, and C are empirically derived factors across a plurality of other eyes, wherein AXL is an axial length of the patient's eye, wherein K is an average corneal power in diopters of the patient's eye, wherein the Classical Regression Formula comprises one of the SRK/T, Hoffer Q, Holladay1, Holladay 2, and Haigis regression formulas, and wherein the Classical Regression Formula employs the received at least one value.

US Pat. No. 10,456,025

TRACHEAL INTUBATION DEVICE

SCOTIA M.D. ENGINEERING I...

8. An intubation device for placing a tracheal tube into a patient's trachea comprising:a flexible light-wand having light emitting means placed in a distal end portion thereof and a light-wand coupler at a proximal end thereof, a distal portion of the flexible light-wand being adapted for placement inside the tracheal tube with the distal end portion thereof being in proximity to a distal end of the tracheal tube;
a coupling conduit, the coupling conduit having:
a connecting element; and
a tracheal tube port placed at a distal end thereof, the tracheal tube port for being connected to the tracheal tube; and
a support structure having a first holding structure at a first end portion thereof and a second holding structure at a second opposite end portion thereof, the first holding structure being adapted for being removable coupled with the light-wand coupler, the second holding structure adapted for being removable coupled with the connecting element, the support structure extending continuously between the first holding structure and the second holding structure, wherein the support structure, the first holding structure and the second holding structure are adapted such that the support structure is entirely positioned at a predetermined distance to one side of the light-wand, the coupling conduit, and the tracheal tube wherein the second holding structure comprises a plurality of interacting elements, each interacting element for being removable coupled with the connecting element, each interacting element being placed at a predetermined location spaced apart from the location of each adjacent interacting element along a direction parallel to a longitudinal axis through the light-wand, the coupling conduit, and the tracheal tube, each location being associated with a predetermined distance between the coupling conduit and the proximal end of the flexible light-wand corresponding to a length of a tracheal tube of a plurality of tracheal tubes having different lengths such that in operation the distal end portion of the light-wand having a same length is in proximity to the distal end of each tracheal tube of the plurality of tracheal tubes.

US Pat. No. 10,456,021

ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR OPERATING ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope apparatus comprising:an optical system including a focus lens configured to adjust an in-focus object position;
a connector to which an interchangeable optical system is connected;
an image sensor configured to output a captured image based on the optical system and the interchangeable optical system; and
a processor including hardware, the processor being configured to:
determine whether the interchangeable optical system is a known or is an unknown optical system,
determine step amount information, indicating a control amount of the focus lens of the optical system, based on a first step amount determination when the interchangeable optical system is determined to be a known optical system, or based on a second step amount determination, different from the first step amount determination, when the interchangeable optical system is determined to be an unknown optical system,
control the focus lens based on the determined step amount information, and
obtain a feature amount representing at least one of a shape of an image circle, a size of the image circle, and luminance distribution information based on the captured image, wherein the determining of whether the interchangeable optical system attached is a known or is an unknown optical system is based on the obtained feature amount.

US Pat. No. 10,456,019

ASSESSING FALLOPIAN TUBAL PATENCY

1. A method of assessing Fallopian tubal patency, comprising:introducing a distension medium into a patient's uterus to distend the uterus, the distension medium flowing into theuterus directly from the hysteroscope;
introducing a contrasting medium through the hysteroscope into the distended uterus, the contrasting medium flowing into the uterus directly from hysteroscope; and
observing the contrasting medium via the hysteroscope to determine whether the contrasting medium flows into a Fallopian tube.

US Pat. No. 10,456,018

FLEXIBLE TUBE AND INSERTION APPARATUS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. A flexible tube having a longitudinal axis extending between a distal end and a proximal end, comprising:a tubular outer sheath defining a length of the flexible tube; and
a helical tube comprised of a helical wire with wire windings and including:
a first sparsely wound region (1) arranged along the longitudinal axis, (2) that includes a first set of the wire windings that are not in contact and are spaced from each other, and (3) forming a first flexible portion with the outer sheath having a first rigidity;
a closely wound region (1) arranged along the longitudinal axis, (2) located on a proximal side of the first sparsely wound region along the longitudinal axis, (3) that includes (a) a plurality of second sets of the wire windings that are applied with a tight contact force and which are in tight contact with each other and (b) a third set of the wire windings (i) that is between the plurality of second sets of the wire windings and (ii) in which the wire windings are not in contact with and are spaced from each other along the longitudinal axis, and (4) forming a second flexible portion with the outer sheath having a second rigidity, the closely wound region being (1) more unbendable than the first sparsely wound region and (2) longer than the first sparsely wound region along the longitudinal axis,
a change region (1) arranged along the longitudinal axis and (2) forming a third flexible portion with the outer sheath, wherein the third flexible portion has a third rigidity that varies between a distal end portion and a proximal end portion of the third flexible portion; and
a second sparsely wound region (1) arranged along the longitudinal axis, (2) located on a proximal side of the closely wound region, (3) that includes a fourth set of the wire winding that are spaced from each other, and (4) forming a fourth flexible portion with the outer sheath having a fourth rigidity, the second sparsely wound region being more bendable than the closely wound region,
wherein:
the second rigidity is more rigid then the first rigidity and the fourth rigidity;
the first sparsely wound region, the closely wound region, the change region and the second sparsely wound region are separate regions axially along the longitudinal axis;
when the change region is between the closely wound region and the second sparsely wound region, the third rigidity of the third flexible portion varies between (1) a distal end rigidity at the distal end portion of the third flexible portion that is close to the second rigidity of the second flexible portion and (2) a proximal end rigidity at the proximal end portion of the third flexible portion that is close to the fourth rigidity of the fourth flexible portion;
when the change region is between the first sparsely wound region and the closely wound region, the third rigidity of the third flexible portion varies between (1) the distal end rigidity at the distal end portion of the third flexible portion that is close to the first rigidity of the first flexible portion and (2) the proximal end rigidity at the proximal end portion of the third flexible portion that is close to the second rigidity of the second flexible portion; and
the outer sheath is harder to bend at a first part around the second sparsely wound region than at a second part around the closely wound region.

US Pat. No. 10,456,017

ENDOSCOPIC CAMERA HEAD AND ENDOSCOPIC DEVICE

SONY OLYMPUS MEDICAL SOLU...

1. An endoscopic camera head removably connectable to an endoscope comprising:a cover glass disposed to cover an opening for taking into a housing observation light from the connected endoscope; and
an image sensor configured to receive the observation light passing through the cover glass and entering the housing, and capture an image of a target of observation, wherein
the image sensor including a light receiving face that is configured to receive the observation light and a protective glass that is disposed opposite the light receiving face,
in the image sensor, an anti-reflective and light pass-through coating is provided on at least one face of the protective glass, and
the anti-reflective and light pass-through coating is configured to moderate reflections of the observation light from the at least one face of the protective glass.

US Pat. No. 10,456,016

APPLICATOR FOR A SPECULUM ACCESSORY SLEEVE AND USE THEREOF

CEEK Enterprises, Portla...

8. A device comprising:a sleeve accessory having a cylindrical sleeve body defining a lumen, the sleeve accessory configured to be positioned on an insertion portion of a medical speculum;
an applicator within the lumen of the sleeve accessory, the applicator having a distal end and a proximal end, the proximal end being broader than the distal end, the distal end comprising a first prong folded into a first pocket and a second prong folded into a second pocket, at least a portion of the distal end of the applicator configured to slide into the lumen of the sleeve accessory, the applicator within the lumen of the sleeve accessory configured to receive the medical speculum to facilitate positioning of the sleeve accessory on the medical speculum, and the first pocket and the second pocket configured to receive the medical speculum and thereby guide the medical speculum into the lumen of the sleeve accessory.

US Pat. No. 10,456,015

ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL DEVICE AND OUTER SLEEVE

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An endoscopic surgical device comprising:an endoscope that observes the inside of a body cavity;
a treatment tool that inspects or treats an affected part within the body cavity; and
an overtube that guides the endoscope and the treatment tool into the body cavity,
wherein the overtube includes
an endoscope insertion passage that allows the endoscope to be inserted therethrough so as to be movable forward and backward,
a treatment tool insertion passage that allows the treatment tool to be inserted therethrough so as to be movable forward and backward,
a first valve member that is provided in the endoscope insertion passage and secures airtightness within the body cavity,
a second valve member that is provided in the treatment tool insertion passage and secures the airtightness within the body cavity, and
an interlocking member that is configured to be movable forward and backward along the overtube, and has an endoscope-coupled part to be coupled to the endoscope inserted through the endoscope insertion passage and a treatment tool-coupled part to be coupled to the treatment tool inserted through the treatment tool insertion passage, and
wherein following formulas are satisfied when a fixing force for fixing the interlocking member to the endoscope is defined as F1, a fixing force for fixing the interlocking member to the treatment tool is defined as F2, and a frictional force that the endoscope receives from the first valve member when the endoscope moves forward and backward is defined as F3:
F1>F3
F2>F3.

US Pat. No. 10,456,008

LEARNING DISPENSING SYSTEM FOR WATER INLET HOSE

Whirlpool Corporation, B...

1. A retrofit auxiliary device for distributing cleaning resources to a household cleaning appliance having at least one water inlet, a detergent inlet, and a treating chamber, the retrofit auxiliary device comprising:at least one water inlet configured to connect to a supply of water;
at least one outlet configured to connect to the at least one water inlet on the household cleaning appliance for distribution of water to the household cleaning appliance;
a flow meter fluidly coupled between the retrofit auxiliary device and the household cleaning appliance configured to monitor a flow of the water from the at least one water inlet of the retrofit auxiliary device to the household cleaning appliance and to transmit a signal containing water flow information;
a drain flow meter configured to monitor a flow of the water to the at least one outlet;
a memory having information that correlates the water flow information to a cycle of operation in the household cleaning appliance, wherein the information that correlates the water flow information to a cycle of operation in the household cleaning appliance is learned as the household cleaning appliance operates;
a detergent dispenser configured to connect to the detergent inlet of the household cleaning appliance to dispense a treating chemistry to the household cleaning appliance in response to receiving dispense commands;
a controller operably coupled to the flow meter, the memory, and the detergent dispenser; wherein the controller is configured to:
determine a cycle of operation being executed by the household cleaning appliance based on the water flow information; and
send dispense commands to the detergent dispenser in accordance with the determined cycle of operation.

US Pat. No. 10,456,004

MOBILE ROBOT

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A mobile robot comprising:a main body;
an image sensor provided on the main body and configured to captured an image of a predetermined area at a front side of the main body;
a first light source provided on the main body and configured to emit a first pattern of light to a first sub-area of the predetermined area; and
a second light source provided on the main body at a position below the first light source and configured to emit a second pattern of light to a second sub-area of the predetermined area, the first sub-area being located lower than the second sub-area,
wherein, when the main body is viewed from a lateral side while the main body is positioned on a horizontal floor:
a first path in which the first pattern of light is emitted and a second path in which the second pattern of light is emitted intersect each other,
a first point (d1), corresponding to vertically projecting a point where the first pattern of light and the second pattern of light intersect each other on to the horizontal floor, is located closer to the main body than a second point (d2) on the horizontal floor where the image is captured by the image sensor, and
a first distance between the second point (d2) and a third point (d3) at which the first pattern of light is emitted on to the horizontal floor is greater than a second distance between the first point (d1) and the second point (d2).

US Pat. No. 10,455,994

FOLDABLE AND PORTABLE TOILET DEVICE

RIVER LIMITED, Hong Kong...

1. A foldable portable toilet device, characterized in that it comprises:a seat plate including a plurality of folding parts folded left and right and/or front and back, a folding mechanism provided between the adjacent folding parts; and a groove provided at a bottom of the seat plate and matched with an outer shape of the seat plate of the toilet;
a handle provided on a side of the seat plate and provided with a first button through which the folding mechanism is controlled to retract; and
a plurality of stabilizing means provided within the groove of the seat plate; the stabilizing means locks the portable toilet device onto the seat plate of the toilet.

US Pat. No. 10,455,991

SHOWER FLOOR PANEL WITH FUNCTIONAL ELEMENT

Wedi GmbH, Emsdetten (DE...

1. A shower base panel module (100), comprising:a panel element (1) with a cut-out (20) on a first, top surface (7) thereof;
a continuous borehole (3) provided on the panel element (1);
an annular body (5) accommodated in the borehole (3) and for receiving a drain element (6), the annular body having
a flat outer collar (19) that fits into the cut out (20),
a body part (23) having a conical outer surface,
a first cylindrical wall (22) extending from an inner periphery of the flat outer collar (19) to the body part (23), and
a second cylindrical wall (W) extending from the body part (23); and
a reinforcement body (2) that includes an oblique wall (12) and an inner collar (11) with a horizontal end portion (H) at an end of the oblique wall, the inner collar delimiting a circular axial opening (9) that accommodates the drain element (6),
wherein, in an assembled state, an end of the second cylindrical wall (W) rests on the horizontal end portion (H) and the flat outer collar (19) is fully accepted by the cut out (20) so as to be flush with the top surface (7).

US Pat. No. 10,455,990

TRACKLESS, FRAMELESS BI-FOLD DOORS FOR USE WITH A SHOWER OR BATHTUB

1. Apparatus comprising two trackless and frameless bi-foldable glass panel doors, each bi-foldable glass panel door having an inner panel and an outer panel, wherein the outer panels are mounted on vertical hinges adapted to be attached to first and second walls at ends of a bath enclosure and are configured for folding the bi-foldable glass panel doors and swinging the folded frameless bi-foldable glass panel doors outward from or inward into the bath enclosure, wherein the two frameless bi-foldable glass panel doors are mounted without a top track that would interfere with access to the bath enclosure and without a bottom track that would be prone to accumulation of dirt, further comprising first and second wall jambs attached to walls at outer edges of a bath enclosure, wherein the vertical hinges are hinged fittings attached to outer edges of the outer panels of the two frameless bi-foldable glass panel doors, the hinged fittings being connected to the wall jambs, and further comprising two bi-fold hinges connected between the outer panel and the inner panel of each bi-foldable glass panel door, a handle attached near an inner end of each inner panel, and a magnetic steel strip connected to an inner edge of each inner panel of the frameless bi-foldable glass panel doors.

US Pat. No. 10,455,986

OVEN ROASTING RACK

1. A cooking accessory comprising a handle suitable for grasping by a user, said handle connected to at least two elongated rods, each said elongated rod configured to penetrate a turkey to a first depth, and at least two shorter rods, each said shorter rod configured to penetrate the turkey to a second depth, said handle and said elongated rods forming a skewer extending sufficiently to support the turkey in a suspended manner;a frame for supporting said skewer, said frame including a pair of formed rod like members forming a horizontal bottom, said rod like members joined at their mid-sections and extending diagonally with respect to said mid-sections to define four bottom corners of said frame, each rod member terminating in an up-turned stud, said frame further including a second pair of formed rod like members releasably connected at opposing ends thereof to said studs and forming a support for said skewer on opposite sides of said frame, each of said second pair including a central region formed as a cradle to receive said pair of elongated rods, said skewer further comprising a cross piece affixed to said pair of elongated rods in spaced relation to said handle such that said central cradle region of said frame extends between said handle and said cross piece when said skewer is supported on said frame.

US Pat. No. 10,455,985

MIXING VESSEL

1. A mixing vessel, comprising:a vessel body comprising a bottom panel and a vessel wall upwardly extended from a border of said bottom panel, said bottom panel comprising a top surface, an opposing bottom surface and an opening cut through said top surface and said bottom surface;
a clamping device connected to said bottom panel of said vessel body and clamped on said top surface and said bottom surface of said bottom panel;
a stirrer housing comprising a head and a body, said head being upward and outward expanded from said body, said body inserted through said opening of said bottom panel of said vessel body; and
a stirrer assembly inserted through said stirrer housing; wherein said clamping device comprises a metal pressure plate and a bottom block, said metal pressure plate is contacted and located at said top surface of said bottom panel of said vessel body, a top surface of said metal pressure plate is an entire flat surface, said head is abutted upon said top surface of said metal pressure plate, said bottom block is located at said bottom surface of said bottom panel of said vessel body; said head of said stirrer housing is configured to push said metal pressure plate to contact said bottom panel of said vessel body, said body of said stirrer housing is connected to said bottom block and supports said bottom panel of said vessel body.

US Pat. No. 10,455,976

COUPLING SYSTEM OF A REMOVABLE VISOR FOR A PRESSURE COOKER

1. A coupling system for a removable visor configured for use with a pressure cooker with an elastomer material sleeve (5) and a transparent glass (2) to be attached to the lid (3) of the pressure cooker wherein the elastomer material sleeve (5) possesses two cavities (5.1) (5.2), a first cavity (5.1) smaller than a second cavity (5.2), the first cavity (5.1) connected to an opening (19) of the lid (3) that includes a lowered molding forming a clearance (41) that is wider than where the opening is made and a guiding assembly (14), and the second cavity (5.2) connected to an edge (2.1) of the transparent glass (2), wherein an outer diameter of the edge (2.1) of transparent glass (2) is larger than an inner diameter of the second cavity (5.2) of the sleeve (5);wherein the insertion of the transparent glass (2) into the second cavity (5.2) of the sleeves (5) expands the elastomer of the second cavity (5.2) by an inverted pressure (31) pressing and sealing the edge (2.1) of the transparent glass (2) to a gripping area (32) of the second cavity (5.2); said inverted pressure (31) conversely contracting the sleeve by an inverted pressure (30) pressing and sealing the gripping area (32) of the first cavity (5.1) against the opening (19) of the lid (3);
wherein the first cavity (5.1) includes a pair of micro sealing rings (15.a) (15.b) and the second cavity includes three micro sealing rings (15.c) (15.d) (15.e);
wherein an end (40) of the sleeve (5) is greater than a clearance (41) resulting from the lowering of the guiding assembly (14) as the sleeve (5) and the lid (3) do not couple; and
wherein the cavity (5.1) and the edge of the opening (19) do not align thereby making it impossible to couple the visor from an outside (18) of the lid (3).

US Pat. No. 10,455,972

BEVERAGE BREWER WITH BREWING ROTATION

1. A beverage brewer, comprising;a stationary brewing chamber having an open end, a sidewall, and a closed end opposite the opening, configured to receive and support a sealed brewing cartridge;
an injection needle arranged in fluid communication with a liquid supply and configured to puncture a brewing cartridge disposed in the brewing chamber and to provide fluid communication from the liquid supply to an interior of the brewing cartridge;
a rotating member arranged at a periphery of the brewing chamber;
a motor configured to rotate the rotating member; and
a lid configured to selective cover the open end of the brewing chamber;
wherein the rotating member includes a pad attached to the lid and arranged to press on the brewing cartridge when the brewing cartridge is disposed in the brewing chamber and the lid covers the open end of the brewing chamber; and
wherein the pad is configured to rotate the brewing cartridge within the brewing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,455,964

EXTENDED SHOEHORN DEVICE

1. A shoehorn device comprising:A shoehorn connected to a second tongue device located behind the shoehorn with a space in between said shoehorn and said tongue device for insertion of a shoe's backstay;
A horizontal extension extending laterally on one side of the device connected to one or both of said shoehorn and second tongue, said extension horizontally offsetting said tongue from a vertical centerline; and
A vertical extension connected to said horizontal extension, the horizontal extension being of sufficient length wherein the area of the tongue portion falls outside of the longitudinal plane of vertical extension, such that the vertical extension is to the side of the user during use.

US Pat. No. 10,455,963

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR STABILIZING UNINTENTIONAL MUSCLE MOVEMENTS

Verily Life Sciences, LLC...

1. A handheld system, comprising:a housing shaped for holding by a hand, the housing including an open end;
a motion-generating mechanism at least partially disposed within the housing, the motion-generating mechanism including:
a first motor mounted to the housing and adapted to generate a first rotary motion about a first axis; and
a second motor mounted within the housing and coupled to a first output of the first motor such that the first rotary motion output from the first motor is imparted to the second motor and rotates the second motor relative to the housing within the housing, the second motor adapted to generate a second rotary motion about a second axis different from the first axis;
an attachment arm extending through the open end of the housing and having first and second ends, the first end coupled to a second output of the second motor and the second end configured to attach a user assistive device, wherein the attachment arm is movable relative to the housing in two degrees of freedom;
a motion sensor adapted to sense a motion of the handheld system and generate a feedback signal in response to the motion; and
a control system disposed within the housing and coupled to the motion sensor to receive the feedback signal from the motion sensor, the control system further coupled to the motion-generating mechanism and configured to control the first and second rotary motions with commands generated based at least in part upon the feedback signal from the motion sensor, wherein the commands direct the motion-generating mechanism to move the attachment arm relative to the housing to stabilize the attachment arm from unintentional muscle movements of the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,455,962

DEVICE FOR CRACKING A SHELL OF A FOOD ITEM

NOCT AS, Haugesund (NO)

1. A device for cracking a shell of a food item, the device comprising:a first plier, a second plier and a pivot rotatably connecting the first plier with the second plier for enabling the food item, when arranged between the pliers, to be compressed between the pliers by rotation of the pliers towards each other;
a lockable spacing arrangement comprising an acceleration dependent locking device adapted to permit the rotation of the two pliers towards each other if an acceleration of the rotation is below a threshold value and adapted to lock the rotation of the two pliers towards each other if the acceleration of the rotation is equal to or exceeding said threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,455,961

ADAPTIVE HANDCUFF FOR PROGRESSIVE FEEDING UTENSILS

1. A progressive feeding apparatus comprising:a handle arch having a head, a curved portion, a connection portion, and a free end;
a handle grip having a cavity for receiving the connection portion of the handle arch
wherein the handle grip has a distal cross-section area unequal to a proximal cross-section area;
a weight positionablely disposed in the cavity of the handle grip; and,
a utensil attached to the head of the handle arch having a downward angle defined between a handle axis and a utensil axis in the range of 30° and 70°, a first angle defined between a grip lateral axis and a utensil axis of 10° or greater, and a lateral offset angle defined between a lengthwise handle axis and a lengthwise utensil axis in the range of 5° and 90°.

US Pat. No. 10,455,960

CONTAINER WITH PRESS BUTTON OPENING

Think One Pty Ltd, South...

1. A container lid assembly with a press button opening, the lid assembly comprising:a lid adapted for connection to a container, the lid having a first outlet opening and a second air opening wherein the first outlet opening and the second air opening are separate openings spaced from each other;
a valve member in the lid;
a press button actuator;
a biasing member;
wherein the lid has a top wall containing the first outlet opening, the top wall including a passageway, the press button actuator comprising a head portion located in the passageway and a pin portion, the pin portion enabling the valve member to be attached to the actuator, the press button actuator being positioned separate from the first outlet opening; and
a lock assembly wherein the lock assembly comprises a first inner member and a second outer member, the inner member including an opening to enable the inner member to fit about the pin portion of the press button actuator and to be rotatable about the pin portion, the second outer member being fixed to the lid to prevent rotation of the outer member, the inner member being locked against the outer member at at least one rotative position to maintain the press button actuator in the open position, and being released from the outer member at another rotative position to enable movement of the press button actuator to the closed position,
wherein the first inner member is positioned below the head portion of the press button actuator, depression of the press button actuator causing the inner member to rotate from one said rotative position to the other said rotative position,
wherein the passageway comprises an inner wall, the wall formed with at least one locking fin adapted for engagement with the outer member to prevent the outer member from rotating,
wherein the inner wall comprises a plurality of guide portions in the form of ramped teeth, the inner member adapted for movement between said rotative positions upon engagement with said guide portions,
wherein:
the valve member is slidingly moveable between an open position where the outlet opening and the air opening are open and a closed position where the outlet opening and air opening are closed by the valve member,
the valve member has a first sealing member adapted to seal the first outlet opening and a separate second sealing member adapted to seal the second air opening,
the first sealing member comprising a first leg member and the second sealing member comprising a second leg member and the first leg member comprising a separately formed first leg seal member formed from separate material to the first leg member and the second leg member comprising a separately formed second leg seal member formed from separate material to the second leg member,
the first leg member and the second leg member sized to fit between a respective pair of lugs on the lid so that the valve can slide up and down but the valve cannot turn clockwise or anticlockwise,
the press button actuator is connected to the valve member and is moveable between a depressed open position where the actuator moves the valve member to its open position and an extended closed position where the actuator moves the valve member to its closed position,
the biasing member biases the actuator to the extended closed position and the actuator is depressed against the bias of the biasing member,
the lock assembly controlling movement of the actuator such that one press of the actuator causes the actuator to adopt one of the open or closed positions and a second press of the actuator causes the actuator to adopt the other of the open or closed positions,
the lid having a top wall containing the first outlet opening, the top wall having an outer face and an inner face, a peripheral side wall, an inner side wall depending from the inner face of the top wall, the valve member adapted for sliding movement along the inner side wall between the open position and the closed position, and
the lid having an anti-rotation assembly to prevent the valve member from rotating about the inner wall.

US Pat. No. 10,455,959

PORTABLE BEVERAGE CONTAINER WITH A ROBUST AND EASILY CLEANABLE SEAL MECHANISM

IGNITE USA, LLC, Chicago...

1. A lid assembly for use with a portable beverage container, comprising:a lid housing;
a spout coupled to the lid housing and movable between a stowed configuration and a dispensing configuration, the spout defining a fluid passageway;
a seal housing carrying a sealing element, the seal housing is movable between an in-use position, wherein the seal housing is coupled to the lid housing and engages the spout such that the sealing element controls fluid flow through the fluid passageway of the spout, and a cleaning position, wherein the seal housing is coupled to the lid housing and spaced from the spout to permit cleaning of the sealing element;
a support base coupled to the lid housing and the seal housing;
a biasing element coupled to a portion of the support base, the biasing element configured to bias the seal housing to the cleaning position; and
a support arm connecting the seal housing and the support base, the biasing element coupled to a portion of the support arm.

US Pat. No. 10,455,952

SKEWER FOR LOADING CUTLERY

1. A skewer system for loading a stack of cutlery pieces into a cutlery dispenser comprising:a) a stack of pieces of cutlery, the stack comprising a top, a bottom, a height extending from the top to the bottom, a front side, a rear side, a width extending from the front side to the rear side, a left side, a right side, and a length extending from the left side to the right side, and further wherein each piece of cutlery comprises a top, a bottom, a height from the top to the bottom and generally parallel to the stack height, a front side, a rear side, a width extending from the front side to the rear side and generally parallel to the stack width, an eating portion, a handle extending from the eating portion, the handle comprising a handle end and a non-circular hole extending from the cutlery piece top to the cutlery piece bottom; and
b) a skewer removably attached to the stack and comprising a vertical shaft comprising a vertical shaft top located above the stack top, a vertical shaft bottom located below the stack bottom, a vertical shaft height extending from the vertical shaft top to the vertical shaft bottom and generally parallel to the stack height, and a vertical shaft flange located adjacent to the vertical shaft bottom and located below the stack bottom, the vertical shaft positioned through the non-circular holes of the cutlery pieces, the vertical shaft rotatable relative to the stack of cutlery pieces along a rotation axis generally parallel to the stack height, wherein the vertical shaft is configured to rotate about the rotation axis between a locked position in which the vertical shaft flange is unable to pass through the non-circular hole in the cutlery pieces and an unlocked position in which the vertical shaft flange is able to pass through the non-circular hole in the cutlery pieces.

US Pat. No. 10,455,947

CHAIR

1. A chair comprising:a base;
a support connected to the base, the support including at least one receiving region configured for aligned abutment of a juxtaposed second chair of identical design;
a seat pivotable relative to the support about a rotation axis between a sitting position and a raised position of the seat, wherein in the raised position the seat is pivoted out of the at least one receiving region of the support and exposes the at least one receiving region of the support;
the at least one receiving region of the support including an inner receiving region open outward and an outer receiving region, and the raised position of the seat exposes the inner receiving region and the outer receiving region;
a stop configured as a part of one of the outer receiving region and the inner receiving region;
a stop receptacle configured as a part of the other of the outer receiving region and the inner receiving region; and
wherein the stop is configured to interact with the stop receptacle of a juxtaposed second chair of identical design.

US Pat. No. 10,455,946

BACKREST HEIGHT ADJUSTING ASSEMBLY

1. A backrest height adjusting assembly comprising:a fixing seat including a lower end having a coupling portion adapted to be fixed in relation to a chair seat, wherein the fixing seat includes at least one fixing post extending in a vertical direction, wherein the at least one fixing post includes a plurality of positioning grooves spaced from each other in the vertical direction;
a backrest including a frame having a coupling seat at a central portion thereof for coupling with the fixing seat, wherein the coupling seat includes at least one coupling sleeve coupled with the at least one fixing post, wherein the at least one coupling sleeve includes a coupling hole extending in the vertical direction and having a lower end with an opening through which the at least one fixing post extends, wherein the at least one coupling sleeve includes a sidewall having a notch intercommunicated with the coupling hole and aligned with the plurality of positioning grooves of the at least one fixing post, and wherein the coupling seat includes a coupling portion;
an adjusting device including a fixing block, at least one gear, a movable block, and an elastic element, wherein the fixing block is mounted to the coupling portion of the backrest and includes at least one pivotal portion, wherein the at least one gear includes a plurality of teeth on an outer periphery thereof and is rotatably mounted to the at least one pivotal portion of the fixing block, wherein a portion of the plurality of teeth extends through the notch of the at least one coupling sleeve and is coupled with a portion of the plurality of positioning grooves of the fixing seat, wherein the movable block is movable in the vertical direction relative to the fixing block and includes a toothed portion, wherein the elastic element biases the movable block to move relative to the fixing block and biases the toothed portion of the movable block to mesh with the at least one gear to retain the backrest in a selected height relative to the fixing seat, wherein the movable block is actuatable to disengage the toothed portion from the plurality of teeth of the at least one gear to thereby permit the backrest to move in the vertical direction relative to the fixing seat, permitting height adjustment of the backrest relative to the fixing seat.

US Pat. No. 10,455,944

SEAT CUSHION

1. A seat cushion provided for supporting a sitting person, comprising:a seat portion made of a resilient material and having an upwardly facing surface and a downwardly facing surface;
a plurality of mutually spaced inclined grooves formed in said seat portion, and arranged along longitudinal axes; wherein said inclined grooves extend along at least a portion of the distance between said upwardly facing surface and said downwardly facing surface; and wherein said longitudinal axes extend at an angle with respect to at least one of said upwardly facing surface and said downwardly facing surface.

US Pat. No. 10,455,942

FOLDING CHAIR AND FOLDING SUPPORT THEREOF

Libin Chen, Changzhou (C...

1. A folding support, comprising:a linkage mechanism, the linkage mechanism comprising two linkage rods which cross each other and are hinged;
two support mechanisms, which are disposed in a mirror image relationship on two sides of said linkage mechanism respectively, each support mechanism comprising an upright rod, a sliding sleeve, a connector, and two diagonal bracing mechanisms;
said sliding sleeves being slidably received on said upright rods, an upper end of one linkage rod being hinged with said sliding sleeve, and a lower end of the other linkage rod being hinged with a lower end of said upright rod;
said two diagonal bracing mechanisms being disposed in a mirror image relationship with respect to said upright rods, each said diagonal bracing mechanism comprising a diagonal bracing rod and a bottom frame rod, an upper end of said diagonal bracing rod being hinged with said sliding sleeve, and a lower end of said diagonal bracing rod being hinged with one end of said bottom frame rod, an opposite end of said bottom frame rod being hinged with said connector, and a lower end of one linkage rod is hinged with said connector.

US Pat. No. 10,455,941

COLLAPSIBLE BUTTERFLY CHAIR

ZHEJIANG SUNSHINE LEISURE...

1. A collapsible butterfly chair, comprising a support frame and a chair cover, characterized in that the support frame comprises two first long side support rods, two second short side support rods, two front crossed rods hinged together in a crossed mode, two rear crossed rods hinged together in a crossed mode, and two support rods; the first side support rods and the second side support rods are hinged together in a crossed mode and separately arranged on two opposite side vertical faces, lower ends of the two front crossed rods are separately hinged to lower ends of the two first side support rods, upper ends of the two front crossed rods are separately hinged to upper ends of the two second side support rods, lower ends of the two rear crossed rods are separately hinged to lower ends of the two second side support rods, and upper ends of the two rear crossed rods are separately hinged to the two first side support rods; and the collapsible butterfly chair further comprises two sliding sleeves which are slidably arranged on the two first side support rods in a sleeving mode separately, lower ends of the support rods are hinged to the sliding sleeves, and upper ends of the support rods are hinged to the upper ends of the second side support rods.

US Pat. No. 10,455,939

ONE PIECE INJECTION-MOLDED STACKABLE ROCKING CHAIR

1. A stackable rocking chair comprising:a seat, a back, a pair of front legs, and a pair of rear legs, said front and rear legs splayed downwardly and outwardly from said seat so as to form a downwardly and outwardly diverging cavity below said seat that permits a second substantially similar rocking chair to be nested largely within said cavity;
a pair of rockers extending between said pair of front and rear legs, respectively, each of said rockers being downwardly curved and having an inner sidewall and an outer sidewall;
a curved bottom wall integral with and connecting said inner and outer sidewalls, a portion of said curved bottom wall touching the ground as the rocking chair rocks back and forth, said curved bottom wall including a plurality of drain holes;
said pair of rockers each having a plurality of substantially planar thin-wall ribs extending between said inner and outer sidewalls, said thin-wall ribs forming an acute angle with said inner and outer sidewalls, resulting in a plurality of polygonal cells;
said rockers having an open top between the inner and outer sidewalls such that said thin-wall ribs are substantially exposed at the top thereof;
wherein said seat, back, front legs, rear legs, rockers, inner and outer sidewalls, bottom wall, and thin-wall ribs are injection-molded in one piece; and
wherein each of said thin-wall ribs are oriented at the same angle with respect to one another, and at a different angle with respect to said curved bottom wall, so as to permit a mold to be removed therefrom in an upward motion.

US Pat. No. 10,455,937

DRAWER RELEASE

1. A drawer assembly with a release, comprising:a drawer;
a drawer release comprising a handle portion pivotally engaged to a fixed portion;
the fixed portion attached to or connected to a front portion of the drawer;
the handle portion extends an entire width or substantially the entire width of the front portion of the drawer;
the drawer engaged to a drawer slide, the drawer slide comprising an outer member and an inner member, the inner member attached to the drawer, the inner member slides relative to the outer member to provide a sliding movement to the drawer slide, the drawer slide having a lock that prevents the sliding movement of the drawer slide, the drawer slide having a lever rotatably mounted to the drawer slide, wherein the lever is moveable to release the lock of the drawer slide and allow the sliding movement of the drawer slide; and,
the drawer release comprising at least one engaging member that extends from the handle portion, and the at least one engaging member engages a surface of the lever of the drawer slide of the drawer to open or release the lock to allow the sliding movement of the drawer slide, and wherein a pulling motion applied to the handle portion causes the at least one engaging member to move in a substantially vertical direction to press against the surface of the lever to open or release the lock of the drawer slide.

US Pat. No. 10,455,936

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DISPENSING SANITIZER FLUID, OPENING DOORS, AND RECORDING DATA PERTAINING TO HAND SANITIZATION

Altitude Medical, Inc., ...

1. A hand sanitization device comprising:a housing configured to be mounted on a door comprising a handle, wherein the housing comprises an upper housing portion, a lower housing portion, and a narrow housing portion therebetween, wherein the handle comprises a rose, and wherein the housing is configured to be mounted on the door such that the upper housing portion lies above the rose, the lower housing portion lies below the rose, and the narrow housing portion lies adjacent the rose and conforms thereto;
a cartridge disposed within the housing, wherein the cartridge contains a sanitizer agent;
an actuatable pump disposed in the housing and operably coupled with the cartridge, wherein actuation of the actuatable pump causes the cartridge to dispense the sanitizer agent to a user's hand;
an actuation mechanism operably coupled to the actuatable pump and movable from a first position to a second position, wherein movement of the actuation mechanism from the first position to the second position by the user's hand actuates the pump; and
a pump sheath adjacent the pump and coupled to the cartridge, the pump sheath acting to protect internal components in the housing from being splashed by the sanitizer agent when dispensed from the pump.

US Pat. No. 10,455,930

COSMETIC DEVICE

MTG CO., Ltd., Nagoya (J...

15. A cosmetic device having a main body portion, and a brush portion disposed outside the main body portion, the cosmetic device comprising:a vibration motor disposed in the main body portion and having a rotary shaft equipped with an eccentric weight;
a motor holding portion that holds the vibration motor;
a coupling portion disposed in the main body portion that connects the motor holding portion to the main body portion in a relatively displaceable state; and
a brush attachment portion extending from the motor holding portion and connected to the brush portion,
wherein the brush attachment portion extends in a direction different from an axial direction of the rotary shaft in the vibration motor, and
a vibration direction of the vibration motor is a brush length direction.

US Pat. No. 10,455,928

HAIR BRUSH ELEMENT AND HAIR BRUSH CONFIGURATIONS

1. A hair brush element configuration comprising:a base;
bristles secured to the base; and
a plurality of brush elements secured to the base, the brush elements each including
a pedestal having a first end and a second end;
a setting fixed to the second end of the pedestal, wherein the setting includes
a plurality of first elements extending from the setting, wherein the first elements extend out from the setting, and wherein the setting is a spherical element having an increased width relative to the pedestal element, and
a plurality of second elements extending from the setting, wherein the second elements extend out from the setting and are interspersed with the first elements on the setting, and wherein the second elements have a smaller width relative to the first elements.

US Pat. No. 10,455,927

LOOP FOR USE WITH A VARIETY OF HANDHELD DEVICE CASES

GENEZE INNOVATION INC., ...

1. A loop apparatus for secure manipulation of a protective case for a handheld device, the protective case including at least one existing opening corresponding to existing features of the handheld device including at least one of an existing main opening for receiving the handheld device, an existing data port opening, an existing speaker opening, an existing camera opening, or an existing other opening, the handheld device having a front side and a back side, the protective case having an inside and an outside, the apparatus comprising:a strap having a flat shape of predetermined thickness, width and length thereby delimiting a front side of the strap, a backside of the strap, two ends of the strap, and a middle portion of the strap between the two ends;
a manipulative portion of the loop provided in the middle portion of the strap on the outside of the protective case to facilitate manipulation, the manipulative portion further including at least one fold provided in the middle portion of the strap, the at least one fold configured such that each of the two ends of the strap is passable through the at least one existing opening in the protective case so as to reach the inside of the protective case; and
an operative portion of the loop provided in at least one of the two ends of the strap on the inside of the protective case to secure the loop, the operative portion including at least one adhesive layer provided on the at least one of the two ends of the strap, the at least one adhesive layer adherable onto at least one of the inside of the protective case, the back of the handheld device, the front side of the strap, or the backside of the strap;wherein the operative portion of the loop is squeezed between the inside of the protective case and the back side of the handheld device when the handheld device is inserted into the main opening of the protective case thereby securing the loop to the handheld device and protective case while leaving the manipulative portion of the loop at the outside of the protective case to facilitate manipulation of the handheld device and protective case.

US Pat. No. 10,455,923

ENTERAL FEEDING SYSTEM

1. A therapeutic accessory comprising:a stanchion, a plurality of mounting brackets, and a backpack;
wherein the plurality of mounting brackets attach to the stanchion;
wherein the stanchion and plurality of mounting brackets are attached to and contained within the backpack;
wherein the therapeutic accessory is configured for use with an enteral feeding system;
wherein the enteral feeding system comprises a feeding tube and a feeding machine;
wherein the therapeutic accessory is a luggage item that is configured to transport the enteral feeding system;
wherein the stanchion attaches the plurality of mounting brackets to the backpack;
wherein the stanchion comprises a ninth telescopic structure;
wherein each of the plurality of mounting brackets is a rectilinear structure that forms a right angle;
wherein each of the plurality of mounting brackets attaches to the stanchion;
wherein the span of the length of each of the plurality of mounting brackets is adjustable in two dimensions;
wherein each of the plurality of mounting brackets is used to support and contain the feeding machine within the backpack;
wherein the plurality of mounting brackets comprises a first mounting bracket, a second mounting bracket, a third mounting bracket, and a fourth mounting bracket;
wherein the backpack is a luggage item that is further defined with an anterior surface and a posterior surface;
wherein the ninth telescopic structure is a telescopic structure that comprises a seventeenth arm, an eighteenth arm, and a ninth detent;
wherein the position of the eighteenth arm relative to the seventeenth arm is held in position using the ninth detent;
wherein the seventeenth arm is a hollow prism that is further defined with an inner dimension;
wherein the eighteenth arm is a prism that is further defined with an outer dimension;
wherein the eighteenth arm is geometrically similar to the seventeenth arm;
wherein the span of the outer dimension of the eighteenth arm is lesser than the span of the inner dimension of the seventeenth arm such that the eighteenth arm inserts into the seventeenth arm;
wherein the length of the ninth telescopic structure is adjusted by adjusting the relative position of the eighteenth arm within the seventeenth arm;
wherein the seventeenth arm is further defined with a thirty-third end and a thirty-fourth end;
wherein the eighteenth arm is further defined with a thirty-fifth end and a thirty-sixth end.

US Pat. No. 10,455,920

PERSONAL PRODUCT APPLICATOR AND DISPENSER

1. A personal care product applicator comprises a plurality of cartridge assemblies arranged in series along a common axis, wherein each cartridge assembly includesa cartridge holder comprising a body that includes a cylindrical wall with an axial length, an axial bore in an upper surface proximate a top of the body, and an upper securement and a lower securement, for securing the plurality of cartridge assemblies in series; and
a product cartridge including:
(i) a cartridge that comprises a base and a plug that includes a cylindrical wall having an axial length with a bottom surface, which extends from a lower surface of the base, the plug configured for inserting into the axial bore for attaching the product cartridge to an attaching means of the cartridge holder; and
(ii) a volume of a personal care composition disposed to an upper surface of the base.

US Pat. No. 10,455,919

PEN AND PEN REFILL HAVING A LONGITUDINALLY EXTENDING GROOVE FOR TRANSFERRING DECORATIVE PARTICLES

Kuretake Co., Ltd., Nara...

1. A pen comprising:an ink reservoir configured to store an ink containing decorative particles;
a pen tip that has a proximal end to which the ink is supplied from the ink reservoir, a distal end opposite to the proximal end and configured to contact an ink coating target, and an outer circumferential surface extending from the proximal end to the distal end, and that is configured to apply the ink to the ink coating target; and
a holder part having a through hole through which the pen tip is inserted, the holder part being configured to at least partially hold the pen tip while exposing the distal end of the pen tip in the state where the pen tip is inserted through the through hole,
wherein the pen tip comprises a groove opening on the outer circumferential surface of the pen tip and extending from the proximal end to the distal end, and
wherein the holder part comprises: a first opening on an inner circumferential surface that defines the through hole and is capable of at least partially binding the pen tip; and an ink holding part constituted by a hollow that communicates with the first opening, extends radially outward from the first opening, and is capable of holding the ink from the ink reservoir.

US Pat. No. 10,455,918

DEPRESSIBLE THERMAL TIPS

HCT GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITE...

1. A cosmetic dispenser for applying a product to a body comprising:a housing having a reservoir for containing the product, the housing having a first end and a second end opposite the first end;
a thermal applicator depressibly coupled to the first end of the housing, the thermal applicator being depressible from a closed position preventing the product from being dispensed to an open position allowing the product to be dispensed; and
an actuator disposed at the second end of the housing, the actuator extending beyond the second end of the housing in a direction opposite the first end of the housing, the actuator configured to expel product around the thermal applicator.

US Pat. No. 10,455,915

PERSONAL WHEELED CONTAINER EXTERIOR SUPPORT SHELF

Russell Wilkin, Henderso...

1. A personal wheeled container, comprising:a body including a first end, a second end opposing the first end, a pair of opposing sides attaching the first end and the second end together, a top, and a bottom opposing said top, said body having an outside surface;
one or more wheels attached to said body;
a pull handle attached to said body;
an exterior support shelf removably attached to said outside surface of said body, said exterior support shelf including:
an elongated support member, said support member having a longitudinal axis and including:
an upper plate, an opposing lower plate, and a pair of side members that each extend along the longitudinal axis of said support member and attach said upper plate and said lower plate together, wherein said upper plate and said lower plate are attached together by said side members in a manner such that said upper plate and said lower plate are coplanar to one another and spaced apart to form a cavity between said upper plate and said lower plate that extends though said support member along the longitudinal axis of said support member;
a pair of opposing open ends, each open end forming an opening to said cavity; and
a shelf extension assembly, said shelf extension assembly including a pair of extendable/retractable shelf extensions that are attached to said support member, wherein each shelf extension can be extended from and retracted into said cavity through an open end of said support member to extend the length of said support member along its longitudinal axis beyond each side of the wheeled personal container.

US Pat. No. 10,455,913

LUGGAGE WITH AUTO-SUPPORT MECHANISM

1. A luggage, comprising a luggage body, a luggage wheel mounted to each of two opposite lateral sides of said luggage body and a support mechanism mounted to each of the said two opposite lateral sides of said luggage body corresponding to one respective said luggage wheel, wherein:said support mechanism comprises a locating shaft, a support member and a position-limiting member, said locating shaft being affixed to said luggage body and comprising a first locating groove and a second locating groove located on the periphery thereof and a stop rib disposed between said first locating groove and said second locating groove, said support member comprising a base block, a pivot hole located on said base block and pivotally coupled to said locating shaft, a support portion located on one end of said base block and an actuation portion located on an opposite end of said base block, said position-limiting member being mounted in said base block of said support member and transversely movable in and out of said pivot hole such that when said luggage body is tilted for movement by said luggage wheels, said position-limiting member is engaged in said second locating groove to lock said support member in a position where said actuation portion protrudes over a bottom side of said luggage body; when said luggage body is shifted from said tilted position to an erected position, said actuation portion is forced by the floor to bias said support member, causing movement of said position-limiting member out of said second locating groove over said stop rib into said first positioning groove and simultaneously forcing said support portion into abutment against the floor where the distance between said support portion and a front side of said luggage body is larger than the distance between the axis of said luggage wheels and the said front side of said luggage body.

US Pat. No. 10,455,907

BRACELET FOR A TIMEPIECE

GEOSATIS S.A., Le Noirmo...

1. A bracelet for a timepiece, the bracelet comprising:at least a first strap section and a second strap section, each strap section comprising a first end adapted to be joined to a watchcase and a second end joined to a foldable clasp, the foldable clasp being arranged such that it exhibits an unfolded state, in which said second ends are at a maximum separation, and a folded state, in which said second ends are maintained at a minimum separation, the first strap section or the second strap section comprising at least one electrical component,
first and second battery housings each adapted to receive a battery, the first and second battery housings being situated at said second ends of said first strap section and second strap section, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,455,893

HYDROGEL WITH MESH FOR SOIL DEFLECTION

NIKE, INC., Beaverton, O...

1. An article of manufacture comprising:a substrate body;
a hydrogel-containing material having a first side secured to the substrate body and an opposing second side; and
a mesh component present on the second side;
wherein the mesh component covers a first surface portion of the hydrogel-containing material and leaves uncovered a second surface portion of the hydrogel-containing material, the mesh component covering the first surface portion has a first side defining a part of an external surface of the article and the uncovered second surface portion of the hydrogel-containing material defines another part of the external surface, and wherein the substrate body, the hydrogel-containing material, and the mesh component define a layered structure, wherein at least a portion of the mesh component is embedded into the substrate body, defining a first embedded portion.

US Pat. No. 10,455,892

SOLE STRUCTURE FOR SHOES AND SHOE WITH THE SOLE STRUCTURE

MIZUNO CORPORATION, Osak...

1. A sole structure for shoes, the sole structure comprising:an outsole having a ground surface on a lower surface of the outsole; and
a midsole made from an elastic material and overlaid above the outsole, wherein the midsole includes:
a medial-side midsole portion which extends in a longitudinal direction in a medial side portion of a heel region supporting a heel of a wearer's foot, and
a lateral-side midsole portion which extends in the longitudinal direction in a lateral side portion of the heel region, and which faces, and is spaced apart from, the medial-side midsole portion in a foot width direction,
at least one of the medial-side midsole portion or the lateral-side midsole portion includes:
a plurality of supports which are arranged adjacent to each other in the longitudinal direction with a gap interposed between adjacent ones of the plurality of supports, and which support the heel of the wearer's foot, and
a coupling portion which is provided in the gap, and couples the adjacent ones of the plurality of supports to each other to reduce displacement or twist in the foot width direction occurring between the adjacent ones of the plurality of supports,
the plurality of supports and the coupling portion are made of the elastic material that is solid, and
the coupling portion has a flat plate shape of which a length in the foot width direction is greater than a thickness in a vertical direction, and is integral with the supports.

US Pat. No. 10,455,891

TRAINING SHOE

1. A shoe, comprising:an upper shoe body having an opening, a tongue, a bottom, and a fastener;
an ankle stabilizer inserted into an upper perimeter of said opening, abutting an inner circumferential surface of said shoe upper and said tongue;
a cleat platform coextensive with a forward portion of said upper shoe body bottom and affixed to a bottom perimeter edge thereof; and
a plurality of cleats each coupled to said cleat platform, said each cleat is coupled to a selective location on said cleat platform;
wherein a heel portion of said upper shoe body bottom is exposed, without said cleats being coupled to said heel portion; and
wherein said fastener is securing said shoe to a foot of a user;
wherein said fastener is at least one hook-and-loop fastener material extending across said tongue of said upper shoe body;
wherein said at least one hook-and-loop fastener material;
wherein said ankle stabilizer comprises four protuberances defining an interior;
wherein said interior permits passage of a foot of said user therethrough when donning said shoe;
wherein said four protuberances are providing a cushioning effect and a stabilizing effect to an ankle of said user; and
wherein said ankle stabilizer is foam cushion material.

US Pat. No. 10,455,888

ATHLETIC SHOE HAVING A CROSS-TRAINING CONFIGURATION AND A WEIGHT-TRAINING CONFIGURATION

1. An athletic shoe selectively configurable between a weight-training configuration and a cross-training configuration, said athletic shoe comprising:an upper portion configured to receive a foot;
a first sole portion connected to the upper portion, the first sole portion having an inner surface and an outer surface opposite the inner surface, wherein the outer surface is configured to contact a training surface when the athletic shoe is in the cross-training configuration;
a second sole portion removably connected to the first sole portion when the athletic shoe is in the weight-training configuration, the second sole portion including a first surface, a second surface, and sides extending between the first surface and the second surface, wherein the first surface is configured to contact the training surface and the second surface is configured to contact the outer surface when the athletic shoe is in the weight-training configuration, wherein the first sole portion is configured to extend along the entire foot, and wherein the second surface is configured to contact the outer surface throughout the first sole portion such that the second sole portion is configured to extend along the entire foot and the entire second sole portion is positioned beneath the first sole portion when the second sole portion is connected to the first sole portion, wherein the second sole portion includes a toe portion and an open heel portion, the second sole portion having a minimum thickness at the toe portion and a maximum thickness at the open heel portion such that the second sole portion has a wedge shape, wherein the second sole portion does not include a side extending above the second surface in the open heel portion;
engagement members located in the open heel portion and configured to removably connect the second sole portion and the first sole portion, wherein the engagement members comprise a projection and an opening configured to receive the projection, wherein the projection extends from the second surface, and wherein the opening is defined by the outer surface; and
a strap connected to the second sole portion to secure the second sole portion in position when the athletic shoe is in the weight-training configuration, wherein the strap is configured to extend over a portion of the upper portion.

US Pat. No. 10,455,883

SHOCK ABSORBING HELMET LINER

1. A helmet liner comprising:an inner shell having a smooth curved exterior surface,
an outer shell surrounding the inner shell, the outer shell having a smooth curved interior surface with a space being defined between the inner and the outer shells, and
an array of springs arranged in the space between the inner and the outer shells to absorb impact to the outer shell and thus provide head protection for a person wearing the helmet liner;
wherein each spring, of the array of springs, is manufactured from a polymeric material and comprises:
a first spring half and a second spring half;
the first spring half has a first annular base located in a first plane and secured to the smooth curved exterior surface of the inner shell;
the second spring half has a second annular base located in a second plane spaced from the first plane. and the second annular base is secured to the smooth curved interior surface of the outer shell;
at least three arms interconnecting the first annular base with a waist portion, the at least three arms interconnecting the second annular base with the waist portion
each of the at least three arms having a serpentine configuration defined by sections having alternating curvature with plural reversals of curvature over a length of each of the at least three arms; and
a diameter of each of said first and second annular bases being at least twice as large as a diameter of the waist portion.

US Pat. No. 10,455,880

MOUNTING SYSTEM FOR EYEGLASSES AND HATS

1. A hat comprising:an enclosure that encloses part of a person's head;
a bill that extends outward from the enclosure to shade the person's eyes;
a first flexible tether on a first, lateral side of the bill, the first tether having a first end permanently connected to a bottom side of the bill adjacent a crown of the hat, the first tether having a second end with an opening therein sized to receive a first temple arm of a pair of eyeglasses passing therethrough during use of the first tether; and
a second flexible tether on an opposing, second lateral side of the bill and having a first end permanently connected to the bottom side of the bill adjacent a crown of the hat, the second tether having a second end with an opening sized to receive a second temple arm of the pair of eyeglasses passing therethrough during use of the second tether.

US Pat. No. 10,455,872

DISPOSABLE MEDICAL GOWN

MEDLINE INDUSTRIES, INC.,...

1. A gown, comprising:a non-woven fabric layer defining a head insertion aperture between a front portion and a rear portion, wherein a front portion length is greater than a rear portion length and the rear portion defines an opening configured to assist a user in donning the gown; and
one or more progressive perforations extending across the rear portion at least partially between the opening and the neck opening, the one or more progressive perforations being non-uniform in length and comprising at least a first score, a second score separated from the first score by a first length of material, the second score having a second score length that is longer than a first score length of the first score, and a third score separated from the second score by a second length of material, the third score having a third score length that is longer than the second score length, and configured to tear and split the rear portion when the front portion is pulled away from the user.

US Pat. No. 10,455,871

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE SYSTEM

SURGIVISOR LIMITED, Seve...

1. A protective apparatus for coverage of the face, neck and upper torso, comprising:a. a headpiece comprising a headband, a mandible guard and one or more support members, wherein the mandible guard is attached to the headband via the one or more support members, the headpiece further comprising at least one attachment point, wherein the at least one attachment point is located at a position on the headpiece selected from the group consisting of: the mandible guard, the one or more support members, and the combination thereof; and
b. a protective visor unit comprising
a visor, and
a skirt;
wherein the visor is attached to the skirt to form a single unitary piece,
wherein the protective visor unit is attached to the headpiece via the at least one attachment point,
wherein the skirt has an upper edge that is attached only to at least one of a bottom and sides of the visor, and
wherein the skirt is configured to extend downwardly around at least a part of the circumference of a user's head.

US Pat. No. 10,455,869

TECHNOLOGIES FOR TOOL CARRYING

Titan Retention LLC, Pin...

1. A device comprising:a vest including a front section and a back section;
a strap including a first strap end portion and a second strap end portion, wherein the first strap end portion is coupled to the front section;
a linear rack including a first rack end portion and a second rack end portion, wherein the first rack end portion is coupled to the first strap end portion; and
a pawl engaging the linear rack, wherein the pawl is coupled to the strap between the first strap end portion and the second strap end portion such that a distance between the pawl and the first strap end portion is decreased as the pawl engages the linear rack away from the second rack end portion towards the first rack end portion and such that the distance between the pawl and the first strap end portion is increased as the pawl disengages the linear rack away from the first rack end portion towards the second rack end portion, wherein the strap extends below an armpit of a wearer of the vest along a lateral side of the wearer when the wearer wears the vest.

US Pat. No. 10,455,868

COMPRESSION GARMENTS AND A METHOD OF MANUFACTURE

Skins International Tradi...

1. A method of providing a compression garment configured for clothing a body part of a user of the compression garment to maintain a compression of the garment about said body part, said garment being formed from two or more panels of warp knitted stretchable material joined by a seam, each of the two or more panels having a respective first panel warp stretch and a second panel warp stretch, the method comprising the steps of:providing at least a first panel of a first size having a first panel warp stretch, the first panel being used in forming the garment, the first panel warp stretch being greater than a preferred warp stretch, the preferred warp stretch being a single value in the range of 160% to 195%;
calculating a reduction in the first size of the first panel, the calculation resulting in a percentage amount determined via a division operation that: (a) divides the first panel warp stretch by said preferred warp stretch and (b) multiplies a result of the division operation by a numerical constant ?; and
cutting the first panel so as to reduce the first size of the first panel by the percentage amount calculated, resulting in the first panel having a second size smaller than the first size.

US Pat. No. 10,455,865

EXPANDABLE SWADDLING GARMENT

1. An infant swaddling garment comprising a main body formed from a front surface and a rear surface joined together, and an intermediate area of material extending between the front and rear surfaces of said main body of said garment around substantially the entire outer periphery of said main body for defining a predetermined space between said front and rear surfaces around substantially the entire outer periphery of said main body, and means for selectively adjusting said predetermined space between said front and rear surfaces for selectively adjusting the volume of said main body of said infant swaddling garment.

US Pat. No. 10,455,860

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE WITH INTEGRAL MOUTHPIECE

Guangrong Lin, Shenzhen ...

1. An electronic cigarette with an integral mouthpiece, comprising a vaporization assembly and a battery module connected mutually; the vaporization assembly comprises a mouthpiece with an opening, a vaporization tube, an outer ornamental sleeve, a connector and a vaporizer; wherein the mouthpiece is integrated with the vaporization tube, and the vaporization tube and the connector are telescoped within the outer ornamental sleeve; the vaporizer passes through the connector and is telescoped into the vaporization tube in a detachable manner; the connector is located at one end of the outer ornamental sleeve and connected to the battery module in a detachable manner; an airflow sealer is provided between an integral inner wall of the mouthpiece and the vaporization tube and an outer wall or a periphery of an end portion of the vaporizer;the airflow sealer is provided at an end portion of the mouthpiece close to the vaporization tube and located between the inner wall of the mouthpiece and the end portion of the vaporizer, and a through hole is provided in the center of the airflow sealer to serve as a part of the vapor airflow passage;
wherein the inner wall of the mouthpiece has an inward-curved flaring shape at an end being adjacent to the vaporization tube, and an outer wall of the airflow sealer has a similar flaring shape so as to be telescoped into the vaporization tube and fit the inner wall of the mouthpiece closely.

US Pat. No. 10,455,855

FRUIT SLICER AND JUICER APPARATUS AND METHOD

1. A hand-held fruit juicer comprisinga blade assembly comprising
a hinged elongated blade handle having a proximal end and a distal end, and
a blade extending from the blade handle, and
a spring;
a juicer portion comprising
a juicer handle having a proximal end and a distal end, and
two spaced apart squeezer elements extending from the juicer handle;
a cradle portion having a proximal end and a distal end, the cradle portion comprising
a cradle handle having a proximal end and a distal end, and
a dome receptacle formed in the cradle handle, the dome receptacle comprising a strainer, and
a plurality of fruit support ribs; and
a hinge element connecting the distal ends of the blade handle, juicer handle, and cradle handle,
such that
a portion of the cradle handle between the dome receptacle and the proximal end of the cradle handle is configured to be operable by hand,
a portion of the juicer handle between the squeezer elements and the proximal end of the juicer handle is configured to be operable by hand,
the blade is rotatable from a first position substantially nested between the spaced apart squeezer elements, and a second position substantially within the dome receptacle, and
the squeezer elements are rotatable from a first position withdrawn from the dome receptacle, and a second position substantially within the dome receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,455,848

INDIVIDUAL FROZEN DRINK DISPENSER

Island Oasis Frozen Cockt...

1. An individual frozen drink dispenser comprising:a blender drive configured to drive operation of blades within a mixing cup;
a dispensing chamber configured to receive a frozen beverage container comprising frozen edible ingredients, the dispensing chamber comprising at least one dispensing roller configured to bear against at least one side of the frozen beverage container along a length of the frozen beverage container to squeeze the contents of the frozen beverage container from the frozen beverage container into the mixing cup for making a frozen drink; and
a controller coupled to the blender drive, the at least one dispensing roller, and a water pump to control the operation of the individual frozen drink dispenser.

US Pat. No. 10,455,835

FUNGICIDAL COMPOSITIONS FOR CONTROLLING LEAF SPOTS IN SUGAR BEETS

Dow AgroSciences LLC, In...

1. A method for the control and prevention of sugar beet leaf spot caused by Cercospora beticola (CERCBE) in a sugar beet plant, the method consisting essentially of: applying a fungicidally effective amount of a compound of Formula I, wherein the compound of Formula I is applied at a rate between about 100 g/ha and about 300 g/ha, and wherein said effective amount is applied to the plant