US Pat. No. 10,364,020

PITCH CHANGE MECHANISM FOR A BLADED ROTOR

ROLLS-ROYCE plc, London ...

1. A pitch change mechanism for a bladed rotor comprising:a driving sleeve having, in axial sequence, a first helical connection portion and a second helical connection portion;
a drive shaft, the driving sleeve being positioned concentric with and surrounding the drive shaft;
a first pitch-changing element having a first end drivingly engaged with the first helical connection portion, and a first ring gear portion at a second opposite end;
a second pitch-changing element having a first end drivingly engaged with the second helical connection portion, and a second ring gear portion at a second opposite end; and
a plurality of blade drive gears arranged in a circumferential array around a longitudinal axis of the drive shaft,
the first pitch-changing element being positioned axially adjacent to the second pitch-changing element, and being positioned on a same side of the driving sleeve, with the first ring gear portion facing the second ring gear portion,
wherein the first end of the first pitch-changing element that is drivingly engaged with the first helical connection portion is on a same radial side of the driving sleeve as the first end of the second pitch-changing element that is drivingly engaged with the second helical connection portion, and
wherein the first and second pitch-changing elements are positioned concentrically over the driving sleeve, such that axial movement of the driving sleeve causes the first helical connection portion to rotate the first pitch-changing element in a first rotational direction, and simultaneously causes the second helical connection portion to rotate the second pitch-changing element in an opposite second rotational direction, with the contra-rotation of the first and second pitch-changing elements causing a rotation of the plurality of blade drive gears positioned between and meshingly coupled to each of the first ring gear portion and the second ring gear portion.

US Pat. No. 10,364,017

STRUCTURAL COMPONENT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED...

1. A structural component for an aircraft, comprising:a body with a first surface and a lug that extends out of the first surface, wherein the body and lug comprise a composite material and are integrally formed, and wherein the lug comprises a first element that extends at an angle from the first surface of the body and a second element that extends at an angle from a second surface that is at an angle to the first surface,
wherein the lug comprises a first flap of material that is folded out of the first surface at a first end of the body to form the first element, and a second flap of material that is folded out of the second surface at a second opposing end of the body to form the second element, and
wherein the first and second elements are integrally formed.

US Pat. No. 10,364,015

KICKED SPARS FOR RUDDER AND ELEVATOR APPLICATIONS

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An aerodynamic structure for an aircraft, the aerodynamic structure comprising:a control surface;
a spar extending along at least a portion of a forward edge of the control surface, wherein the spar includes a plurality of bends along a direction of extension along the control surface; and
a fitting coupled to and extending from the spar, the fitting being at least one of a hinge fitting or an actuator fitting.

US Pat. No. 10,364,013

SHIP

1. A ship comprising:a storage tank configured to store liquefied gas (LNG);
a first engine configured to consume LNG at a first pressure;
a second engine configured to consume LNG at a second pressure lower than the first pressure;
a boil-off gas supply line configured to discharge boil-off gas from the storage tank;
at least two compressors installed in parallel to each other and downstream the boil-off gas supply line, wherein the at least two compressors are configured to receive boil-off gas discharged from the storage tank and to compress the boil-off gas to provide compressed boil-off gas;
a splitter comprising two or more valves and configured to receive the compressed boil-off gas from the at least two compressors and to split the compressed boil-off gas into at least three flows of the compressed boil-off gas;
a first line configured to receive a first flow of the at least three flows of the compressed boil-off gas and to process the first flow of the compressed boil-off gas for returning to the at least two compressors;
a second line configured to receive a second flow of the at least three flows of the compressed boil-off gas and to process the second flow of the compressed boil-off gas for returning to the storage tank;
a third line configured to send a third flow of the at least three flows of the compressed boil-off gas to the first engine;
a first heat exchanger configured to cool the second flow of the compressed boil-off gas with the boil-off gas discharged from the storage tank;
a first expander installed on the first line and configured to expand and cool the first flow of the compressed boil-off gas flowing through the first line;
a second heat exchanger configured to cool the second flow of the compressed boil-off gas flowing downstream the first heat exchanger with the first flow of the compressed boil-off gas that has been cooled at the first expander;
a second expander installed on the second line downstream the second heat exchanger and configured to expand the second flow of the compressed boil-off gas that has been cooled at the second heat exchanger to cause liquefaction of at least part of the second flow; and
a fourth line branched off the second line at a branch-off point downstream the first heat exchanger and configured to send a portion of the second flow as a fourth flow toward the second engine; and
a third expander installed on the fourth line and configured to expand and cool the fourth flow in the fourth line,
wherein the fourth line downstream the third expander passes through the first heat exchanger such that the fourth flow heat exchanges with the second flow upstream the branch-off point in addition to the boil-off gas discharged from the storage tank,
wherein the third expander is configured such that pressure of the fourth flow is adjusted for supplying the fourth flow to the second engine downstream the first heat exchanger and further such that the fourth flow downstream the third expander cools the second flow upstream the branch-off point along with the boil-off gas discharged from the storage tank.

US Pat. No. 10,364,009

FUEL CELL WATERCRAFT

Suzuki Motor Corporation,...

1. A fuel cell watercraft comprising:a hull;
an electric motor serving as a power source adapted to generate propulsion of the hull;
a fuel cell unit adapted to supply electric power to the electric motor;
a hydrogen fuel tank adapted to supply hydrogen fuel to the fuel cell unit;
a secondary battery serving as an auxiliary power supply for the fuel cell unit; and
power regulation means for regulating the electric power supplied to the electric motor;
an outside-air introduction passage adapted to introduce outside air into the first storage space via a filter;
opening and closing means for opening and closing the outside-air introduction passage;
means for measuring cumulative operating time of the fuel cell unit; and
control means for making the opening and closing means perform an opening and closing action to introduce outside air into the first storage space via the filter when the cumulative operating time reaches a set value, wherein
the hull includes first and second storage spaces isolated from each other,
the first and second storage spaces include equipment hatches able to be opened and closed by lid members,
the fuel cell unit and the hydrogen fuel tank are housed in the first storage space, and the secondary battery and the power regulation means are housed in the second storage space.

US Pat. No. 10,364,003

HYBRID FIXED/FLOATING MARINE STRUCTURES

CMI LIMITED CO., Mariett...

1. A marine structure comprising:a buoyant deck configured to float on a body of liquid defining a liquid surface, the liquid surface defining a variable level and being subject to longer-term variation between an upper level and a lower level, the liquid surface also being subject to shorter-term fluctuations in level; and
at least one hydraulic damper in operative engagement with the buoyant deck, the at least one hydraulic damper configured to allow the buoyant deck to move up and down in response to the longer-term variation of the liquid surface level, but to resist movement of the buoyant deck in response to the shorter-term fluctuations in level;
wherein a portion of the at least one hydraulic damper is submerged in the body of liquid; and
wherein the at least one hydraulic damper receives liquid from and expels liquid to the body of liquid; and
further comprising at least one piling, wherein the buoyant deck is coupled to the piling to retain the buoyant deck in fixed position horizontally and allow movement of the buoyant deck vertically relative to the piling, and wherein the at least one hydraulic damper is positioned within the at least one piling.

US Pat. No. 10,363,996

UNMANNED SURFACE VEHICLE AND METHOD OF USING THE SAME

DALIAN UNIVERSITY OF TECH...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a main body comprising an afterdeck and a sternpost;
a slideway comprising pulleys, slide rails, sleepers, end plates disposed at two sides of the sleepers, and baffle plates; and
an automatic recovery unit, the automatic recovery unit comprising a buoy, a connection rod, a downhaul, an electromagnetic fixer, a winch, an upper cable, a storage box, and a recovery net;wherein:the slideway is fixed on the afterdeck of the main body and a tail end of the slideway sticks out a side boundary of the afterdeck;
the pulleys slide in the slide rails; the slide rails and the end plates are integrated with the sleepers; the baffle plates are disposed on an upper end of the end plates;
a vertical height of the end plates is larger than a maximum vertical height of the pulleys and the slide rails;
the buoy is capable of sliding on the slide rails, and the baffle plates on the upper end of the end plates are adapted to limit the displacement of the buoy in a vertical direction;
the winch is fixed in the sternpost which comprises a hole; the upper cable is flexible and passes through the hole of the sternpost to connect to the winch fixed in the sternpost;
one end of the downhaul is fixed on a stern, and the other end of the downhaul is connected to the recovery net;
the recovery net comprises floaters and lead weights;
the connection rod comprises a rod body and a snap ring; the snap ring is connected to one end of the upper cable;
the electromagnetic fixer comprises a valve shaft which corresponds to the snap ring;
the snap ring is disposed on one end of the rob body, and the other end of the rob body is rigidly connected to the buoy;
the buoy is rigidly connected to the storage box; and
the storage box is adapted to store the recovery net and the downhaul.

US Pat. No. 10,363,995

BEARING SYSTEM FOR TURRET ON A VESSEL

Framo Engineering AS, (N...

1. A bearing system configured to support rotation of a turret carried by a vessel, the rotating of the turret relative to said vessel being about a substantially vertical turret axis and the turret having a bearing surface, the bearing system comprising:a plurality of bearing assemblies, each of which comprising:
an outer housing;
an inner box movably disposed within the outer housing;
a roller coupled to the inner box and in contact with said turret bearing surface;
a linkage system configured to transmit force from said bearing surface toward said roller into a supporting structure of said vessel, the linkage system comprising one or more linkage elements configured to allow freedom of movement of linkage elements in directions parallel to the turret axis in a location contacted by said roller, wherein the one or more linkage elements comprises:
a spring shaft mounted to the inner box that extends parallel to the turret axis;
a spring rod that extends perpendicularly to the turret axis;
a rod end coupled to the spring rod, wherein the spring shaft is received through the rod end;
a first spherical bearing disposed between the spring shaft and the rod end; and
a second spherical bearing disposed about the spring rod; and
a mounting system configured to securely mount said bearing assembly to said supporting structure.

US Pat. No. 10,363,994

ONE-SIDED CANTILEVERED WATERCRAFT CANOPY

Designer Direct, Inc., D...

1. A cantilevered canopy structure, comprising:(a) at least one vertical support;
(b) each said at least one vertical support comprising a first upper support joint and a second upper support joint;
(c) at least one first horizontal support;
(d) at least one second horizontal support;
(e) said first horizontal support being directly affixed to and supported by at least one of said at least one vertical support at said first upper support joint;
(f) said second horizontal support being directly affixed to and supported by at least one of said at least one vertical support at said second upper support joint;
(g) at least one cantilever support;
(h) said at least one cantilever support being directly affixed to and supported by both at least one of said at least one first horizontal support and at least one of said at least one second horizontal support;
(i) at least one horizontal frame member;
(j) said at least one horizontal frame member being affixed to and supported by at least one of said at least one cantilever support at a cantilever frame joint;
(k) said first upper support joint being distal, in a first direction, from an axial line of said at least one vertical support;
(l) said second upper support joint being distal, in a second direction, from said axial line, said first direction and said second direction being opposed such that said first direction and said second direction are both aligned in a transverse dimension of said cantilevered canopy structure and said at least one vertical support is physically aligned in said transverse dimension; and
(m) said at least one horizontal frame member being located farther distally, in said first direction from said axial line than said first horizontal support
(n) said least one vertical support comprises a vertical member, a first vertical cantilever member, and a second vertical cantilever member;
(o) said vertical member comprising a vertical member upper joint;
(p) said first vertical cantilever member and said second vertical cantilever member being slidably-lockably affixed to said vertical member at said vertical member upper joint so as to be adjustable in a substantially vertical dimension;
(q) said first vertical cantilever member being slidably-lockably and rotatably-lockably affixed to said first upper support joint;
(r) said second vertical cantilever member being rotatably-lockably affixed to said second upper support joint; and
(s) said first upper support joint being vertically higher than said second upper support joint.

US Pat. No. 10,363,983

MAGNETIC COUPLING DEVICE

SUNNY WHEEL INDUSTRIAL CO...

1. A magnetic coupling device comprising:a first seat;
a second seat connected to said first seat;
a magnetic unit including
a first member that is disposed in said first seat, and
a second member that is disposed in said second seat; and
a releasing member connected to said first seat and said second seat, and being convertible between a linked position, where said second seat is proximate to said first seat, and said second member is magnetically connected to said first member, and a released position, where said second seat is away from said first seat, and said second member is separated from said first member;
wherein said releasing member has
a connecting end portion corresponding in position to one of said first seat and said second seat, and
a distal end portion opposite to said connecting end portion, and corresponding in position to the other one of said first seat and said second seat;
wherein said first and second members of said magnetic unit are disposed between said connecting end portion and said distal end portion;
wherein said second seat extends along an axis;
wherein said releasing member is tubular and is rotatable about the axis to convert between the linked position and the released position;
wherein said connecting end portion of said releasing member is connected to said first seat and rotatable about the axis; and
said magnetic unit is surrounded by said releasing member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,978

SPLIT CHASSIS SYSTEM

Dell Products L.P., Roun...

1. A split chassis system, comprising:a first chassis base portion that is configured to house a first component and that includes a first chassis front face, a first chassis rear face that is opposite the first chassis base portion from the first chassis front face, and at least one first chassis wall extending between the first chassis front face and the first chassis rear face, wherein the at least one first chassis wall includes a first chassis coupling member;
a second chassis base portion that is configured to house a second component and that includes a second chassis front face, a second chassis rear face that is opposite the second chassis base portion from the second chassis front face, and at least one second chassis wall extending between the second chassis front face and the second chassis rear face,
wherein the at least one second chassis wall includes a second chassis coupling member, and
wherein the second chassis rear face is positioned adjacent the first chassis front face such that the first chassis coupling member is coupled to the second chassis coupling member; and
a leveling subsystem that is coupled to the first chassis base portion and the second chassis base portion, wherein the leveling subsystem aligns the first chassis base portion and the second chassis base portion such that the first chassis base portion and the second chassis base portion substantially maintain coplanarity when the first chassis coupling member is coupled to the second chassis coupling member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,964

STAY DROP-OFF STRUCTURE IN CASE OF IMPACT LOAD INPUT

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A stay drop-off structure in case of impact load input for causing a stay to drop from a first structure or a second structure of a vehicle upon input of an impact load into the vehicle, the first structure and the second structure being coupled to each other by the stay, whereinthe stay includes
a first-bolt hole portion situated on one end side of the stay in an axial direction thereof and fastened to the first structure by a first bolt,
a second-bolt hole portion situated on an opposite end side of the stay in the axial direction and fastened to the second structure by a second bolt,
a recessed portion disposed between the first-bolt hole portion and the second-bolt hole portion and recessed downward, and
a cutout portion being continuous with the first-bolt hole portion and formed by cutting out apart of the recessed portion,
a dimension of the recessed portion in a depth direction thereof is equal to or larger than a dimension of a head portion of the first bolt in a height direction thereof,
a widthwise dimension of the cutout portion in a direction perpendicular to an axis of the stay is set to be smaller than a largest outer diameter of the head portion of the first bolt, and
the head portion of the first bolt is provided such that, when an impact load is input to the vehicle, the head portion of the first bolt is capable of passing through the cutout portion deformed by the input of the impact load and entering the recessed portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,963

FLOOR BRACE FASTENING STRUCTURE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A floor brace fastening structure comprising:a floor brace that is configured to extend toward a vehicle lower side from an instrument panel reinforcement provided at a front portion of a passenger compartment;
a vehicle floor to which the floor brace is fastened using a fastener; and
a reinforcing member that is formed of a material with a higher coefficient of extension than a material that forms the floor brace, the reinforcing member being attached to the floor brace and being fastened to the vehicle floor using the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,363,960

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR ASSISTING A MANEUVERING PROCESS OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for assisting an automated maneuvering process of a motor vehicle, comprising:autonomously driving the motor vehicle during a maneuver from a first position into a target position along a first trajectory, the first trajectory selected based on a predefined criterion from a multiplicity of possible trajectories between the first position and the target position;
monitoring a second trajectory from the multiplicity of possible trajectories based on the predefined criterion while the motor vehicle is autonomously driven along the first trajectory; and
autonomously driving the motor vehicle along the second trajectory during the maneuver in response to a distance between the first trajectory and the second trajectory exceeding a threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,958

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING MODE DETERMINATION AND TRANSITIONING

STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOL...

1. An electric power steering system comprising:an advance driver assist module configured to:
determine an operation mode that indicates a level of autonomous driving, the operation mode being a first operation mode from a plurality of levels of autonomous driving comprising at least a fully automated operation mode, a semi-automated operation mode, and a non-automated operation mode;
detect a change from the first operation mode to a second operation mode; and
transition performance of the electric power steering system from the first operation mode to the second operation mode, the transitioning comprising:
determining a blend factor for adjusting the performance of the electric power steering system that is operating using a first calibration factor of the first operation mode to a second calibration factor of the second operation mode, the blend factor based on a vehicle speed;
scaling the second calibration factor using the blend factor; and
generating a steering system command using the scaled second calibration factor.

US Pat. No. 10,363,957

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING ELECTRIC MOTOR

Hitachi Automotive System...

1. A control device tor an electric motor which includes a plurality of energization systems each including an inverter and coils corresponding to different phases, and which generates a steering assist force in an electric power steering system, the control device comprising:a failure diagnostic unit which diagnoses whether the inverter in any of the energization systems has failed: and
an output correcting unit configured to lower an output limit value for the inverter in each of the energization systems in accordance with a rise in a temperature related to the inverter so that a total output limit value for limiting a total output is limited, the total output limit value being the sum of the output limit values for the inverters, the total output being the sum of outputs from the inverters, wherein
when a failure-positive diagnosis is made in which the failure diagnostic unit diagnoses the inverters in one or some of the energization systems as having failed, the output correcting unit reduces an output of each of failing inverters to a value greater than zero, which are diagnosed as having failed, while raising the output limit value for a normally operating inverter, which is diagnosed as having not failed, so as not to change the total output limit value, and
from when steering operation is performed after the failure-positive diagnosis, the output correcting unit lowers the raised output limit value for the normally operating inverter in accordance with a rise in the temperature related to the normally operating inverter so that the output of the normally operating inverter is limited.

US Pat. No. 10,363,953

STEERING COLUMN FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, ...

1. A steering column for a motor vehicle comprising:a supporting unit that is connectable to a chassis of the motor vehicle;
a displacement unit that is displaceable relative to the supporting unit along a displacement path in a crash event; and
an energy absorption element disposed between the supporting unit and the displacement unit, the energy absorption element comprising a local laser solidification on or adjacent local areas of the energy absorption element that are configured to preferentially deform and/or tear relative to other areas of the energy absorption element, wherein the energy absorption element is configured to absorb energy over the displacement path in the crash event and wherein the other areas are free of local laser solidification.

US Pat. No. 10,363,950

SYSTEM FOR DETECTING OBSTRUCTIONS ON A RAILROAD CROSSING

Anthony C. Worthey, Lanc...

1. A system for detecting obstructions within a railroad crossing comprising:at least one housing disposed at the railroad crossing;
a sensor disposed within the housing and operable to detect an obstruction on a railroad at the railroad crossing;
a wiring electrically connecting the sensor to a signal gate at the railroad crossing, wherein when the signal gate is powered the sensor is powered; and
a wireless transmitter operable to transmit a signal to an oncoming train when the sensor detects the obstruction on the railroad.

US Pat. No. 10,363,949

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE SYSTEM

GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC, ...

1. A system comprising:at least a first sensor configured to monitor at least one operating condition of a vehicle system while traveling a route from a first location to at least a second location;
a control system, the control system including at least one or more processors, the control system configured to receive data communicated from the at least first sensor and to generate a trip plan that includes plural designated operational settings for control of the vehicle system during a trip;
wherein the operational settings include at least a first operational mode and second operational mode, wherein the second operational mode includes stopping the vehicle system such that multiple vehicles of the vehicle system are bunched together with one or more couplers disposed between the vehicles of the vehicle system in a slack state once the vehicle system is stopped;
wherein the control system is configured to control the vehicle system in the first operational mode responsive to the operating condition of the vehicle system being at least one of at or above a designated threshold; and
wherein the control system is configured to control the vehicle system in the second operational mode responsive to the operating condition of the vehicle system being below the designated threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,942

LONGITUDINAL GUIDING DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEM IN A MOTOR VEHICLE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A longitudinally guiding driver assistance system in a motor vehicle, comprising:a map-based detection system that identifies upcoming events which result in a change in a maximum permissible maximum speed;
a functional unit that, if a relevant upcoming event is identified by the map-based detection system, causes output of a request notification to permit an automatic adjustment of a current maximum permissible maximum speed to a new maximum permissible maximum speed at a defined time before the relevant upcoming event is reached, wherein
the functional unit is configured to cause withdrawal of the output of the request notification if a manually triggered permission confirmation is identified or if a rejection is identified, and to cause withdrawal of the output of the request notification only after a location of the relevant upcoming event, as identified using the map-based detection system, has been passed if the manually triggered permission confirmation is not identified and if the rejection is not identified.

US Pat. No. 10,363,941

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A VEHICLE

Polaris Industries Inc., ...

1. A power steering method for a vehicle, the method including:detecting, by a controller of a power steering system, a selected gear of a transmission of the vehicle and an engine speed of the vehicle;
detecting a ground speed of the vehicle;
determining an error corresponding to the ground speed of the vehicle;
determining, by the controller, a power steering assist level based on the selected gear of the transmission, a user torque input to a steering assembly of the vehicle, the error corresponding to the detected ground speed, and the engine speed of the vehicle; and
outputting, by the power steering system, steering torque assistance to the steering assembly of the vehicle based on the power steering assist level.

US Pat. No. 10,363,931

VEHICLE CONTROL DEVICE, VEHICLE CONTROL METHOD AND VEHICLE CONTROL PROGRAM

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A vehicle control device comprising:a peripheral condition recognizer configured to recognize peripheral conditions around a vehicle,
a gradient traveling controller configured to control traveling of the vehicle and to thereby suppress an acceleration caused by a down gradient when the vehicle travels on the down gradient,
a following traveling controller configured to control the traveling of the vehicle to maintain a predetermined distance from a preceding vehicle recognized by the peripheral condition recognizer to the vehicle, and
a receiver configured to receive at least one instruction to switch an operation of the gradient traveling controller and the following traveling controller to an ON state or an OFF state,
wherein the operation of the following traveling controller is performed with a higher priority than the gradient travelling controller, regardless of whether any preceding vehicle is present in front of the vehicle, in a case where at least one instruction to set the operation of both the gradient traveling controller and the following traveling controller to the ON state is received by the receiver, and the vehicle travels on the down gradient.

US Pat. No. 10,363,926

CONTROLLER FOR VEHICLE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A controller for a vehicle, comprising:an electronic control unit configured to:
perform a failure diagnosis of an internal combustion engine system of the vehicle while an internal combustion engine of the internal combustion engine system is in operation;
operate the internal combustion engine in a charge depleting mode operation in which an electric motor mainly moves the vehicle while the internal combustion engine is not run only for charging a battery that is configured to supply electric power to the electric motor and to be charged by at least one of the internal combustion engine and an external power supply;
run the internal combustion engine if a predetermined condition is satisfied in the charge depleting mode operation; and
continue running the internal combustion engine in order to perform the failure diagnosis even if the predetermined condition is unsatisfied while the internal combustion engine is run in the charge depleting mode operation,
wherein the failure diagnosis includes a normal operation diagnosis to be performed after completion of warm-up of the internal combustion engine with an output torque of the internal combustion engine set at a normal operation target torque which is larger than an output torque during the warm-up,
wherein the electronic control unit is configured to calculate an output current integrated value by integrating output current values of the battery at constant time intervals from a time when a stop condition is satisfied while the normal operation diagnosis is being performed, the stop condition is satisfied when an upper limit value of output torque of the internal combustion engine becomes smaller than the normal operation target torque, and
wherein the normal operation diagnosis is performed in a condition that:
a predetermined resumption permission time has passed since the stop condition is satisfied; and
the output current integrated value reaches a predetermined resumption permission current threshold.

US Pat. No. 10,363,925

METHOD FOR DETECTING LEAKS IN AN INTAKE MANIFOLD

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A method for a camless engine, comprising:generating a vacuum in an intake manifold of the camless engine as the camless engine spins to rest;
isolating the intake manifold from atmosphere by closing each intake valve of each cylinder of the camless engine after the vacuum in the intake manifold exceeds a vacuum threshold;
indicating a leak in the intake manifold when the vacuum decreases to lower than a threshold level; and
applying leftover vacuum from the intake manifold to test a fuel system for leaks, the fuel system coupled to the engine.

US Pat. No. 10,363,922

CONTROL APPARATUS OF HYBRID VEHICLE

MITSUBISHI JIDOSHA KOGYO ...

1. A control apparatus of a hybrid vehicle, the hybrid vehicle including a driving motor, a battery for supplying electric power to the driving motor, an engine, and a generator driven by the engine for supplying electric power at least to the battery,the control apparatus adapted to control the hybrid vehicle and comprising:
a temperature detector which detects a temperature of an exhaust purification catalyst provided in the engine;
an output power detector which detects an upper limit output power of the battery;
a required output detector which detects a required output required of the vehicle; and
a selector which selects a travel mode of the vehicle in accordance with the required output,
wherein if the temperature of the exhaust purification catalyst is equal to or higher than a predetermined temperature, the selector selects a first mode in which the engine is driven, when the required output is equal to or higher than a first determination threshold value set in accordance with the upper limit output power of the battery; or selects a second mode in which the vehicle travels, with the engine being stopped, when the required output is lower than the first determination threshold value, and
if the temperature of the exhaust purification catalyst is lower than the predetermined temperature, the selector selects the first mode when the required output is equal to or higher than the first determination threshold value; or selects the second mode when the required output is equal to or lower than a second determination threshold value which is lower than the first determination threshold value; or selects a specific mode in which the engine is driven under a predetermined load or lower when the required output is lower than the first determination threshold value and higher than the second determination threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,363,920

HYBRID VEHICLE AND CONTROL METHOD FOR HYBRID VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A hybrid vehicle comprising:an engine including an exhaust system that includes a particulate matter filter, the particulate matter filter being configured to eliminate particulate matters;
a motor configured to output power for traveling of the hybrid vehicle;
a battery configured to exchange electric power with the motor; and
an electronic control unit configured to, when the electronic control unit determines that a vehicle speed of the hybrid vehicle is lower than a first predetermined vehicle speed, control the engine and the motor such that an intermittent operation of the engine is permitted and the hybrid vehicle travels with required power,
the electronic control unit being configured to inhibit the intermittent operation of the engine when the electronic control unit estimates that a deposition amount of particulate matters deposited on the particulate matter filter is equal to or greater than a first deposition amount, and determines that a state in which the vehicle speed is equal to or higher than a second predetermined vehicle speed and is lower than the first predetermined vehicle speed is continued for a first predetermined time, the second predetermined vehicle speed being lower than the first predetermined vehicle speed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,915

PNEUMATIC BRAKE BOOSTER COMPRISING A METAL-COATED BOOSTER HOUSING

1. A pneumatic brake booster comprising:a booster housing having at least two housing shells which are produced from steel sheet;
at least one elastic sealing element which, for sealing in relation to an atmosphere surrounding the brake booster, bears in a pneumatically sealing manner on the booster housing,
wherein the booster housing, in a bearing region of the at least one sealing element, has a metal coating having a surface roughness Ra>1.2.

US Pat. No. 10,363,913

METHOD FOR OPERATING A BRAKE SYSTEM FOR MOTOR VEHICLES, AND A BRAKE SYSTEM

1. A method for operating a brake system of a motor vehicle having wheels, wheel brakes and front and rear axles, the method comprising:providing a hydraulic service brake device with hydraulically operated wheel brakes on at least one front axle of the motor vehicle;
providing a parking brake device with wheel brakes and operating each with an electromechanical actuator on a rear axle of the motor vehicle;
measuring wheel revolutions with wheel revolution rate sensors on the wheels of the front and rear axles; and
braking with the parking brake device during braking by the hydraulic service brake device while the motor vehicle is travelling;
wherein braking by the parking brake device is carried out based on one of: an analysis and comparison of a wheel revolution rate information of the wheels on the same side of the front and rear axles.

US Pat. No. 10,363,912

HYDRAULIC BRAKE ACTUATORS AND RELATED METHODS

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A hydraulic brake actuator comprising:a rotary valve disposed in a bore of a housing, the rotary valve including a shaft rotatably disposed within a sleeve, the sleeve and the shaft having ports that align at certain rotational positions to create a flow path between the bore and an inner chamber of the shaft;
a cam having an opening;
a pump disposed in the opening of the cam and coupled to the shaft to increase and decrease a pressure within the inner chamber of the shaft; and
a moveable pin disposed in a first passageway in the housing, the cam biased against the pin such that linear movement of the pin causes movement of the cam, a second passageway in the housing to supply fluid from the bore to the first passageway to move the pin.

US Pat. No. 10,363,910

AUTOMATED GAIN AND BOOST FOR A BRAKE CONTROLLER

HORIZON GLOBAL AMERICAS I...

1. A system comprising:at least one sensor operatively determining a parameter associated with a braking event; and
a brake controller comprising an accelerometer and a processor, the processor in operative communication with the at least one sensor and configured to receive data from the at least one sensor,
wherein the processor determines at least one of a gain level or a boost level based on the data received from the at least one sensor; and
wherein the processor initiates a calibration process to determine at least one of the gain level or the boost level based on an occurrence of a triggering event.

US Pat. No. 10,363,909

APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MONITORING TOWED VEHICLES IN A TRACTOR-TRAILER VEHICLE

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

1. A tractor controller of a tractor in a tractor-trailer vehicle train comprising:a processing unit comprising control logic, wherein the control logic is capable of:
receiving a data signal in response to a towed vehicle controller receiving an electrical start signal and an electronic pressure signal, wherein the data signal comprises a unique identification that corresponds to the towed vehicle and a time value that indicates the time the towed vehicle controller receives the electronic pressure signal; and
calculating the position of the towed vehicle in the tractor-trailer vehicle train based on the data signal received.

US Pat. No. 10,363,896

OCCUPANT PROTECTION DEVICE

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. An occupant protection device which is disposed together with an under-cover of an instrument panel, has a harness connected to an inflator to protect a knee portion of an occupant, the occupant protection device comprising:a case in which a first surface is disposed along a lower end of the under-cover and the harness is disposed on a side surface intersecting the first surface and extending in forward and backward direction of a vehicle, and
an overhanging portion provided protruding from a side wall of the case on a side below the harness in a vehicle width direction,
wherein the harness is wired along an outer surface of the side wall, and
a plurality of gussets are provided bridging the overhanging portion and the side wall.

US Pat. No. 10,363,785

TOW HOOK SEAL ASSEMBLY WITH INTEGRATED BUMPER BOLT COVER

Ford Global Technologies,...

11. A tow hook seal assembly for a vehicle, comprising:a housing;
a tow hook seal held in said housing;
a first bumper bolt opening;
a second bumper bolt opening; and
a cover having a U-shape from a front elevation view of the vehicle and including a first section covering said first bumper bolt opening, a second section covering said second bumper bolt opening and a bridge section connecting said first section and said second section.

US Pat. No. 10,363,771

PAPER BINDING DEVICE

1. A paper binding device configured to hold a plurality of paper sheets together utilizing aligned holes formed in each of the plurality of sheets, the paper binding device comprising:a first part comprising:
a first elongated strip elongated along a first longitudinal direction;
wherein a first cross-section through the first elongated strip perpendicular to the first longitudinal direction has a first outer perimeter shape which includes at least one flat first surface;
a plurality of bendable extensions extending from the at least one flat first surface, wherein the plurality of bendable extensions are spaced along the first longitudinal direction;
wherein each of the plurality of bendable extensions comprises:
two cylindrically-shaped posts disposed adjacent to one another and separated by a gap, where the two cylindrically-shaped posts are connected at each of a proximal ends to the at least one flat first surface, and where the two cylindrically-shaped posts extend perpendicular from the at least one flat first surface to each of a respective distal ends;
wherein the two cylindrically-shaped posts define an alignment line passing through a center of each of the two cylindrically-shaped posts, wherein the alignment line is perpendicular to the first longitudinal direction;
a plurality of bridges connecting the two cylindrically-shaped posts along the gap, wherein each bridge of the plurality of bridges is spaced between the proximal end and distal end of the two cylindrically-shaped posts;
a second part comprising:
a second elongated strip elongated along a second longitudinal direction;
wherein a second cross-section through the second elongated strip perpendicular to the second longitudinal direction has a second outer perimeter shape which includes at least one flat second surface;
a plurality of through apertures disposed from the at least one flat second surface through to an opposite surface, wherein the plurality of through apertures are matched to the plurality of bendable extensions when the first and second parts are mutually aligned to another along the same first and second longitudinal directions; and
a plurality of elongated channels openly formed in the opposite surface along the second longitudinal direction, wherein each elongated channel of the plurality of elongated channels starts at its respective through aperture and extends to a respective channel end;
wherein each elongated channel comprises a channel opening along the opposite surface which is smaller than a widest portion of the channel disposed within the second elongated strip; and
wherein when the at least one flat first surface is disposed facing the at least one flat second surface and the plurality of bendable extensions are fitted through the plurality of through apertures, the plurality of bendable extensions are configured to be manipulated by a user to bend and lock into the plurality of elongated channels.

US Pat. No. 10,363,749

LIQUID DISCHARGING HEAD, LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS, AND MANUFACTURING METHOD OF LIQUID DISCHARGING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid discharging head comprising an external cover portion which is connected to a liquid discharging apparatus and which discharges a liquid from a nozzle,wherein the external cover portion includes
a first gas hole for communicating a first gas flow path which is provided inside the external cover portion with an atmosphere,
a second gas hole for carrying a gas between a second gas flow path which is provided inside the external cover portion and the liquid discharging apparatus, and
a first liquid hole for carrying the liquid between a liquid flow path which is provided inside the external cover portion and the liquid discharging apparatus, and
wherein the first gas hole and the second gas hole are disposed separately in the external cover portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,741

LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING LIQUID EJECTION APPARATUS

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. A liquid ejection apparatus comprising:a pressure chamber;
a piezoelectric element corresponding to the pressure chamber, the piezoelectric element comprising a first electrode, a piezoelectric film and a second electrode, the first electrode, the piezoelectric film and the second electrode being stacked in a stacked direction, the first electrode being between the pressure chamber and the second electrode in the stacked direction;
a common trace connecting to the second electrode and an electrode of another piezoelectric element; and
wherein a maximum width of the first electrode in a direction orthogonal to the stacked direction and parallel to a shortest virtual line connecting the pressure chamber to a closest adjacent pressure chamber of the liquid ejection apparatus is greater than a maximum width of the pressure chamber in the direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,740

LIQUID EJECTION HEAD AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A liquid ejection head comprising:a substrate including an energy generating element configured to generate energy used for ejecting a liquid;
a flow channel member overlying the substrate and defining a flow channel through which a liquid is supplied; and
an ejection opening member overlying the flow channel member and defining an ejection opening through which the liquid supplied through the flow channel is ejected by the energy from the energy generating element,
wherein the flow channel member contains a crosslinked cured product of a multifunctional epoxy resin and a polyhydric alcohol having a perfluoroalkyl group in the molecule thereof, and wherein the concentration of a component derived from the polyhydric alcohol in the flow channel member is lower on a side adjacent to the substrate than on the opposite side adjacent to the ejection opening member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,722

BLADE-SHAPED CUTTING INSERT AND CUTTING TOOL THEREFOR

Iscar, Ltd., Tefen (IL)

1. A blade-shaped cutting insert (20), comprising:opposing first and second insert side surfaces (22a, 22b) with a peripheral surface (24) extending therebetween; and
the peripheral surface (24) including first and second diverging flank surfaces (26a, 26b) and an upper surface (28), the first and second diverging flank surfaces (26a, 26b) located on opposite sides of a first plane (P1) transverse to the upper surface (28), and
first and second cutting portions (34a, 34b) having respective first and second primary cutting edges (36a, 36b) which extend between the first and second insert side surfaces (22a, 22b),
the first primary cutting edge (36a) being formed at the intersection of a first rake surface (38a) and a first relief surface (40a), with the first rake surface (38a) being disposed on the upper surface (28),
the second primary cutting edge (36a) being formed at the intersection of a second rake surface (38b) and a second relief surface (40b), with the second rake surface (38b) also being disposed on the upper surface (28), and
wherein:
the first primary cutting edge (36a) defines a maximum insert width (WMAX) between the first and second cutting portions (34a, 34b);
the cutting insert (20) has a maximum insert length (LMAX) measured perpendicular to the first plane (P1), and a maximum insert height (HMAX) measured parallel to the first plane (P1),
the maximum insert length (LMAX) is more than twelve times greater than the maximum insert width (WMAX),
the maximum insert height (HMAX) is more than eight times greater than the maximum insert width (WMAX),
the maximum insert width (WMAX) is less than 1.5 mm,
the first relief surface (40a) is spaced apart from the first flank surface (26a) by a first lower surface (42a),
the second relief surface (40b) is spaced apart from the second flank surface (26b) by a second lower surface (42b), and
the first lower surface (42a) forms an obtuse external angle (?4) with the first flank surface (26a).

US Pat. No. 10,363,713

TIRE VULCANIZING APPARATUS

SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIE...

1. A tire vulcanizing apparatus comprising:a vulcanizing bladder inflatable in an inner space of an unvulcanized tire to press the unvulcanized tire against a vulcanizing mold;
a center device for holding the vulcanizing bladder;
a supplier for supplying fluid to the vulcanizing bladder;
a discharger for discharging the fluid in the vulcanizing bladder;
the vulcanizing bladder comprising a first bladder configured to contact with an inner circumferential surface of the unvulcanized tire and a second bladder arranged inside the first bladder,
the fluid including a first fluid to be supplied between the first bladder and the second bladder and a second fluid to be supplied to an inside of the second bladder, and
at least one of an inner circumferential surface of the first bladder and an outer circumferential surface of the second bladder being provided with a guide groove extending in a tire axial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,363,710

CREATING HOMOGENEOUS OPTICAL ELEMENTS BY ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Indizen Optical Technolog...

1. A method for additive manufacturing an optical element formed of layers, the method comprising:positioning a diffuser between a light source and a light polymerizable liquid, wherein the diffuser is in contact with the light polymerizable liquid; and
for each of the layers of the optical element, shining a pattern of light from the light source through the diffuser onto the light polymerizable liquid to homogeneously polymerize the layer including the diffuser changing the light from the light source from directional to non-directional to reduce scattering and diffraction effects to a negligible amount when the optical element is formed.

US Pat. No. 10,363,647

GRINDING TOOL

TOSHIBA KIKAI KABUSHIKI K...

1. A polishing apparatus comprising:a holding section configured to hold a material to be polished;
a polishing body configured to polish the material to be polished held by the holding section;
a head that supports the polishing body via an elastic mechanism;
a driving mechanism configured to cause the head to be moved in a Z coordinate direction; and
a control unit that is connected to the driving mechanism and that is configured to:
selectively carry out position control of the polishing body and, separately, load control of the load applied to the polishing body; and
control the driving mechanism by initially performing the position control of the driving mechanism when lowering the head using the driving mechanism and switching to the load control of the driving mechanism ahead of a position which is a Z coordinate when a target load is achieved,
wherein a load measurement device to measure a load applied to the polishing body is attached to the head, and
the load measurement device is connected to the polishing body via the elastic mechanism.

US Pat. No. 10,363,640

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING A WING PANEL

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. A system for automated manufacture of aircraft wing panels comprising:a tacking cell configured to tack one or more stringers to a skin plank;
a riveting cell configured to receive a tacked plank from the tacking cell and to rivet the one or more stringers to the tacked plank;
a splicing cell configured to receive a plurality of riveted planks from the riveting cell and to attach one or more splice stringers to the plurality of riveted planks;
a side of body cell configured to receive a spliced panel from the splicing cell and to attach a side of body chord thereto to produce a wing panel; and
an overhead positioning system comprising a plurality of vice jaws configured to engage a track that extends between at least some of the cells and to engage components of the aircraft wing panels, wherein at least one vice jaw comprises a pair of adjustably positionable jaw members with at least one jaw member comprising one or more adjustably positionable clamp members configured to move along the respective jaw member to receive a riveted plank between the clamp members.

US Pat. No. 10,363,628

AUTOMATIC AND SEMI-AUTOMATIC WELDING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Illinois Tool Works Inc.,...

1. A method of control for an automated welding system, comprising:receiving, via control circuitry, a data set including one or more features of a joint to be welded;
receiving, via the control circuitry, a weld procedure for the joint to be welded, wherein the weld procedure for the joint is determined based on a sample virtual weld performed by an operator or a combination of the sample virtual weld performed by an operator and a stored procedure developed for a substantially similar weld joint;
determining, via the control circuitry, one or more desired changes to the weld procedure based on the received features of the joint to be welded; and
generating, via the control circuitry, an updated weld procedure by altering one or more parameters of the received weld procedure in accordance with the one or more desired changes, wherein the one or more parameters are included within a predetermined allowable data set.

US Pat. No. 10,363,620

SAW BAND INCLUDING A CHIP SEPARATOR TOOTH

1. A saw band of metal for cutting work pieces of metal, comprising:a tooth supporting body; and
a group of teeth being repeated along the tooth supporting body, the group including a first tooth and a second tooth,
the first tooth including a chamfer, two effective cutting edge portions being arranged in the region of the chamfer and a flank being connected to the chamfer,
the first tooth being designed as a positively conical tooth with a positive flank angle,
the first tooth being designed as a combined performance and surface tooth and as the tooth having the greatest height in the group,
the second tooth including a flank,
the second tooth being designed as a positively conical tooth with a positive flank angle,
the second tooth being designed as a chip separator tooth in relation to the first tooth,
the second tooth being designed and arranged such that its flank in the view from the front intersects the chamfer of the first tooth and does not overlap the flank of the first tooth, and
the first tooth including an ineffective cutting edge portion being formed between its effective cutting edge portions, the ineffective cutting edge portion being caused by the second tooth overlapping this ineffective cutting edge portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,615

PRECESSIONAL-MOTION BONE AND DENTAL DRILLING TOOLS AND BONE HARVESTING APPARATUS

1. An apparatus for harvesting bone matter, the apparatus comprising:a first canister, the first canister comprising an open cylinder with an inner diameter and an outer diameter, the open cylinder of the first canister including a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end including a coupling component configured to attach to a shank of a bone drill bit such that when the coupling component is attached to the shank of the bone drill bit: (i) the first canister is rotatable in relation to the bone drill bit and (ii) the coupling component and the first canister are fixed from moving in an axial direction along the bone drill bit; and
a second canister, the second canister comprising an open cylinder with an inner diameter and an outer diameter, the open cylinder of the second canister including a proximal end and a distal end,
wherein the first canister and the second canister are configured to slidably engage with each other such that, in a retracted configuration, a majority of one of the canisters is positioned substantially within an interior region defined by the other canister, and wherein, in an extended configuration, a majority of each of the canisters is positioned outside of the interior region defined by the other canister.

US Pat. No. 10,363,594

DIE CUSHION APPARATUS OF PRESS MACHINE AND DIE CUSHION CONTROLLING METHOD

AIDA ENGINEERING, LTD., ...

1. A die cushion apparatus of a press machine, the press machine including an upper die mounted to a slide, a lower die mounted to a bed, and a blank holding plate disposed between the upper die and the lower die and mounted to a cushion pad, the die cushion apparatus comprising:multiple cushion pad raising and lowering devices configured to raise and lower the cushion pad by separately-controllable multiple driving shafts;
a die cushion position instructing unit configured to output position instruction values for instructing positions of the multiple cushion pad raising and lowering devices in a raising and lowering direction, the position instruction values including standby position instruction values for at least holding the cushion pad at a standby position, and outputting the standby position instruction values after knocking out a product from the press machine;
multiple die cushion position detecting devices configured to detect the position of the cushion pad corresponding to the position for each driving shaft of the multiple cushion pad raising and lowering devices, and output position detection values indicating the detected positions;
an information acquiring device configured to acquire information regarding inclination of the cushion pad based on the position detection values outputted from the multiple die cushion position detecting devices in a duration of a die cushion force control of the press machine;
an offset adjusting device configured to offset the position instruction values including the standby position instruction values outputted from the die cushion position instructing unit based on the multiple position detection values outputted from the multiple die cushion position detecting devices to affect the acquired inclination of the cushion pad at the standby position; and
a controlling device configured to separately control the multiple cushion pad raising and lowering devices based on the position instruction values outputted from the die cushion position instructing unit, and on the multiple position detection values outputted from the multiple die cushion position detecting devices, the controlling device configured to move the cushion pad to the standby position based on the offset standby position instruction values outputted from the die cushion position instructing unit after knocking out the product,
wherein the offset adjusting device offsets the standby position values based on the information regarding inclination of the cushion pad acquired from the information acquiring device to allow the cushion pad to be inclined in the standby position to be parallel with lower faces of the upper die mounted to the slide of the press machine.

US Pat. No. 10,363,527

MIXING CONTAINER

Munchkin, Inc., Van Nuys...

1. A mixing container, comprising:a container;
a lid attached to the container having a shaft aperture and a pour aperture; and
a grip having a spout plug and a shaft, the shaft extending through the shaft aperture of the lid and into the container, wherein the grip is moveable about the lid from a first closed position in which the spout plug engages with the pour aperture and prevents contents from inside of the container to come out of the container, to a second open position in which the pour aperture allows contents from inside of the container to come out of the container.

US Pat. No. 10,363,499

TUMBLER SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Gala Industries, Inc., E...

17. A method for conditioning materials in a tumbler, the method comprising:feeding a flow of materials into an inlet end of a drum of the tumbler, the drum having a plurality of sides extending from the inlet end to an outlet end of the drum, each of the sides housing one or more removable screens, one or more of the sides having a non-screened opening;
rotating the drum containing the flow of materials;
conditioning the flow of materials within the rotating drum, wherein conditioning the flow of materials comprises at least partially drying the flow of materials and passing at least a portion of fluid removed from the flow of at least partially dried materials through the one or more screens to exit the drum; and
directing the flow of at least partially dried materials from the drum through the non-screened opening of the one or more sides into an outlet chute of the tumbler.

US Pat. No. 10,363,173

CONFOCAL DETECTION TO MINIMIZE CAPSULOTOMY OVERCUT WHILE DYNAMICALLY RUNNING ON THE CAPSULAR SURFACE

OPTIMEDICA CORPORATION, ...

1. A method of modifying an intraocular target of an eye, the method comprising:focusing a treatment beam to a focal point at a first location in the eye so as to therapeutically alter tissue at the first location;
measuring an intensity signal of electromagnetic radiation reflected from the first location in response to the treatment beam;
identifying a second location in the eye using the measured intensity signal of the electromagnetic radiation reflected from the first location;
scanning the focal point toward the second location and altering tissue at the second location with the treatment beam; and
repeating the measuring step and the identifying step for the second location and a plurality of additional locations in the eye, and repeating the scanning step and the altering step to alter tissue at the plurality of additional locations in the eye with the treatment beam, wherein the altering of the tissue at the first, second and the plurality of additional locations collectively form an incision surface in the eye.

US Pat. No. 10,363,148

METHOD FOR PREPARING A PATIENT'S FEMUR IN AN ORTHOPAEDIC JOINT REPLACEMENT PROCEDURE

DePuy Ireland Unlimited C...

1. A method of performing an orthopaedic surgical procedure, the method comprising:attaching a first femoral trial insert component to a femoral trial component via a pair of fasteners retained on the first femoral trial insert component, wherein the femoral trial component is configured to be coupled to a surgically-prepared distal end of a patient's femur and comprises (i) an anterior flange, (ii) a pair of curved arms extending away from the anterior flange, (iii) a posterior flange extending between the pair of curved arms, and (iv) a central passageway defined between the anterior flange, the curved arms, and the posterior flange, each curved arm of the femoral trial component including a curved condyle surface, a bone-facing surface, and a plurality of cutting guide slots, and wherein the first femoral trial insert component includes a main body sized to be positioned in the central passageway of the femoral trial component between the pair of curved arms of the femoral trial component,
positioning the first femoral trial insert component and the femoral trial component on a distal end of a patient's femur,
engaging curved surfaces of the femoral trial component and the first femoral trial insert component with a pair of concave curved surfaces of a tibial insert trial component over a range of flexion from extension to flexion,
selecting a cutting guide slot, from the plurality of cutting guide slots, that is positioned a distance from the bone-facing surface of the femoral trial component, the distance being equal to a thickness of an augment trial,
advancing a cutting saw blade through the cutting guide slot defined in the femoral trial component to remove a portion of the patient's femur,
attaching the augment trial to the femoral trial component by advancing a mounting post of the augment trial into a slot extending inwardly from an outer edge of the femoral trial component to position a body of the augment trial between the bone-facing surface of the femoral trial component and the patient's femur,
detaching the first femoral trial insert component from the femoral trial component,
coupling a cutting block to the anterior flange of the femoral trial component, the cutting block comprising a cutting guide surface that is positioned coplanar with a distal surface of the anterior flange of the femoral trial component,
advancing a saw blade along the cutting guide of the cutting block and the distal surface of the ante rior flange into contact with a patient's femurto cut the patient's femur,
attaching a second femoral trial insert component to the femoral trial component, and
engaging surfaces of the femoral trial component and the second femoral trial insert component with a pair of concave curved surfaces of a tibial insert trial component over a range of flexion from extension to flexion,
wherein the main body of the first femoral trial insert component includes (i) an anterior flange having a curved surface that is shaped to match a patella surface of a prosthetic femoral component, (ii) a pair of arms spaced apart from one another and extending parallel to one another away from the anterior flange of the main body, and (iii) a pair of mounting flanges each extending outwardly from each of the pair of arms in opposite directions,
wherein attaching the first femoral trial insert component includes advancing the pair of mounting flanges of the first femoral trial insert component into complementary-shaped openings defined in the pair of curved arms of the femoral trial component.

US Pat. No. 10,363,147

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREPARING A PATIENT'S FEMUR IN AN ORTHOPAEDIC JOINT REPLACEMENT PROCEDURE

DePuy Ireland Unlimited C...

1. An orthopaedic surgical system comprising:a femoral trial component configured to be coupled to a surgically-prepared distal end of a patient's femur, the femoral trial component comprising an anterior flange, a pair of curved arms extending away from the anterior flange, a posterior flange extending between the pair of curved arms, and a central passageway defined between the anterior flange, the curved arms, and the posterior flange, each arm including a curved condyle surface, a distal bone-facing surface, a plurality of anterior cutting guide slots, and a plurality of distal cutting guide slots,
a femoral trial insert component configured to be secured to the femoral trial component, the femoral trial insert component including a main body sized to be positioned in the central passageway of the femoral trial component between the pair of curved arms,
a plurality of augment trial components, each augment trial component being sized to be positioned on the distal bone-facing surface, and
a cutting block that is configured to be releasably coupled to an anterior surface of the anterior flange of the femoral trial component, the cutting block comprising a cutting guide surface,
wherein when the cutting block is coupled to the anterior flange of the femoral trial component, the cutting guide surface is positioned coplanar with a distal surface of the anterior flange of the femoral trial component and the posterior flange of the femoral trial component is aligned with the cutting guide surface of the cutting block to prevent further posterior movement of a cutting saw blade,
wherein the main body of the femoral trial insert component includes (i) an anterior flange having a curved surface that is shaped to match a patella surface of a prosthetic femoral component, (ii) a pair of arms spaced apart from one another and extending parallel to one another away from the anterior flange of the main body, and (iii) a pair of mounting flanges each extending outwardly from each of the pair of arms in opposite directions,
wherein each of the curved arms of the femoral trial component includes an aperture defined in the curved arm that opens into the central passageway of the femoral trial component, each aperture being sized and shaped to receive one of the pair of mounting flanges of the femoral trial insert component to secure the femoral trial component to the femoral trial insert component,
wherein the cutting block includes a locking mechanism operable to secure the cutting block to the femoral trial component,
wherein:
the anterior flange of the femoral trial component includes a slot, and
the locking mechanism including (i) a moveable locking tab extending outwardly from a body of the cutting block that is sized to be received in the slot, the locking tab being moveable between a first position in which the locking tab is configured to engage the anterior flange of the femoral trial component to secure the cutting block to the femoral trial component and a second position in which the locking tab is configured to be spaced apart from the anterior flange of the femoral trial component, and (ii) a biasing element to bias the locking tab in the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,094

FLEXIBLE MICROWAVE CATHETERS FOR NATURAL OR ARTIFICIAL LUMENS

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method for forming a resonating structure within a body lumen, the method comprising:advancing a flexible microwave catheter into a body lumen of a patient, the flexible microwave catheter including:
an outer sheath;
a radiating portion disposed within the outer sheath at a distal end of the flexible microwave catheter; and
a centering device proximate the radiating portion in a confined condition within the outer sheath;
positioning the radiating portion near targeted tissue;
distally advancing the centering device relative to the outer sheath while the outer sheath is in a fixed position along a longitudinal axis of the flexible microwave catheter, wherein distally advancing the centering device causes deployment of the centering device radially outward from the confined condition within the outer sheath to an unconfined condition distal the outer sheath within the body lumen, such that the radiating portion is at a radial center of the body lumen and a longitudinal axis of the radiating portion is substantially parallel with and at a fixed distance from a longitudinal axis of the body lumen near the targeted tissue; and
delivering microwave energy to the radiating portion such that a circumferentially balanced resonating structure is formed with the body lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,363,092

TRANSMISSION LINE WITH HEAT TRANSFER ABILITY

NEUWAVE MEDICAL, INC., M...

1. A device configured for delivery of energy to a tissue, wherein said device comprises a feedline portion comprising an inner and outer conductor separated by dielectric material, and an antenna portion distal to said feedline portion,wherein said feedline portion has an outer diameter that is equal to or less than a 16-gauge needle and wherein said feedline portion comprises one or more coolant pathways between said inner conductor and said outer conductor,
wherein the feedline portion has a proximal end and a distal end,
wherein the antenna portion has a proximal end and a distal end,
wherein said one or more coolant pathways are created by removing a portion of said dielectric material, wherein said one or more coolant pathways are non-linear along the feedline portion, wherein the one or more coolant pathways are non-linear with respect to a feedline portion axis from the proximal end of the feedline portion to the distal end of the feedline portion,
wherein the inner conductor extends from the proximal end of the feedline portion to the distal end of the antenna portion,
wherein the outer conductor and dielectric material extend from the proximal end of the feedline portion to the distal end of the feedline portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,091

SYSTEMS, APPARATUSES, AND METHODS FOR TREATING TISSUE AND CONTROLLING STENOSIS

Nuvaira, Inc., Plymouth,...

1. An energy delivery device for treating an airway of a subject, comprising:a catheter shaft;
and an ablation assembly coupled to the catheter shaft and including
a cooling element movable from a collapsed state to an expanded state, and
an intercartilaginous energy emitter assembly including a plurality of electrodes circumferentially offset from one another about a longitudinal axis of the ablation assembly, the electrodes being configured to independently deliver energy to a plurality of discrete target regions of an airway of the subject
wherein the energy emitter and the cooling element are configured to cooperate to form intercartilaginous lesions which are spaced apart from surface tissue of the airway and positioned between cartilaginous rings of the airway, wherein a first electrode of the plurality of electrodes is configured to deliver energy to a first target region at a first power level to form a first intercartilaginous lesion, and wherein a second electrode of the of the plurality of electrodes is configured to deliver energy to a second target region at a second power level less than the first power level to form a second intercartilaginous lesion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,090

CATHETER WITH FLOW DIVERTER AND FORCE SENSOR

Biosense Webster (Israel)...

1. A probe, comprising:an insertion tube;
a distal electrode;
a proximal electrode;
a force sensor between the insertion tube and the distal electrode, the force sensor having a coupling member with a proximal portion with a central space and a proximal opening with a longitudinal-slot having a u-shaped edge, the force sensor configured to measure a force on the distal electrode;
a diverter having an outer surface with a curvature generally corresponding to an outer curvature of the coupling member, the diverter having an indent formation extending around a peripheral edge of the outer surface of the diverter with the peripheral edge of the diverter having a rounded distal portion such that the diverter is positioned in the longitudinal slot with the rounded distal portion of the diverter corresponding with the u-shaped edge of the slot, the diverter having a proximal entry opening and a distal exit opening, the diverter having a fluid passage with a radial branch and an axial branch; and
a first tubing extending from a proximal end of the insertion tube to the proximal entry opening of the diverter, the first tubing configured to supply irrigation fluid to the fluid passage,
wherein the proximal electrode is mounted on the proximal portion of the force sensor, and is positioned over the distal exit opening.

US Pat. No. 10,363,089

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TREATING TISSUE WITH RADIOFREQUENCY ENERGY

Mederi RF, LLC, Houston,...

1. A method of treating tissue by applying non-ablative radiofrequency energy comprising the steps of:a. providing a device having a plurality of electrodes each having a penetrating tip, the plurality of electrodes movable between a retracted position and an advanced position, the plurality of electrodes having a structure to maintain an equidistant radial spacing and to maintain longitudinal alignment of each of the penetrating tips of the plurality of electrodes in the retracted position;
b. inserting the device into a sphincter of a patient;
c. advancing the plurality of electrodes such that each penetrating tip of the plurality of electrodes penetrates sphincter tissue at a first location, the plurality of electrodes are configured to be longitudinally aligned in the advanced position and further being equidistantly radially spaced in the advanced position to prevent overheating or underheating of tissue;
d. applying non-ablative radio frequency energy to the plurality of electrodes to apply the non-ablative radiofrequency energy to sphincter tissue in a first area of the penetrating tips of the plurality of electrodes without causing tissue necrosis or tissue ablation, the non-ablative radiofrequency energy applied so a minimum distance is maintained between regions of sphincter tissue treated by the plurality of electrodes, the minimum distance preventing overheating of tissue which can cause tissue necrosis;
e. retracting the plurality of electrodes within the device;
f. rotating the device to a second position;
g. advancing the plurality of electrodes from the device so that the penetrating tips penetrate sphincter tissue at a second location, the penetrating tips of the plurality of electrodes being longitudinally aligned and maintained in an equidistant radial spacing; and
h. applying non-ablative radiofrequency energy to the plurality of electrodes to apply the non-ablative radiofrequency energy to sphincter tissue in a second area of the penetrating tips of the plurality of electrodes at the second location without causing tissue necrosis or tissue ablation, such fixed radial spacing and longitudinal alignment maintain the minimum distance between regions of tissue treated to avoid overlapping of tissue treatment area which could cause ablation of tissue and tissue necrosis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,078

TECHNIQUES AND INSTRUMENTS FOR PLACEMENT OF ORTHOPEDIC IMPLANTS RELATIVE TO BONE FEATURES

McGinley Engineered Solut...

1. A surgical instrument for use in placement of orthopedic implants relative to a bone of a patient, comprising:an instrument body having a first cannulated passage extending continuously through the instrument body along a working axis of the instrument, the first cannulated passage being sized to receive and extend about at least a portion of an orthopedic implant within the cannulated passage;
a chuck engageable with the orthopedic implant to selectively engage the orthopedic implant to restrict axial movement of the orthopedic implant relative to the chuck along the working axis in the absence of an external force being applied to the chuck, wherein the chuck comprises a second cannulated passage axially aligned along the working axis, and wherein the chuck comprises a plurality of spherical jaw members that are each disposed within a respective helical channel comprising a constrictive helical cam surface such that at least a portion of each of the spherical jaw members at least partially extends into the second cannulated passage to engage the orthopedic implant, the constrictive helical cam surface being normally biased into engagement with the plurality of spherical jaw members to dispose the spherical jaw members toward the working axis to directly engage the orthopedic implant;
a drive engaged with the chuck to impart rotational motion of the chuck about the working axis including rotational motion of the helical channels and the spherical jaw members such that the rotational motion of the chuck relative to the orthopedic implant urges the plurality of spherical jaw members of the chuck into engagement with the orthopedic implant; and
a measurement system having a displacement sensing arm moveable in a direction parallel to the working axis to measure advancement of the orthopedic implant driven by the instrument into the bone of the patient along the working axis.

US Pat. No. 10,363,077

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ESTABLISHING AN ANCHORAGE IN TISSUE

WOODWELDING AG, Stanssta...

1. A device for supplying to an operating site a material having thermoplastic properties and being liquefiable by mechanical vibration, the device comprising:a tube-shaped liquefiable part comprising the liquefiable material and having an inner cross section, an outer cross section, a distal end, and a proximal face,
a vibrating element, comprising a distal portion of a smaller cross section, a proximal portion of a larger cross section and a shoulder therebetween, a proximal end of the vibrating element being suitable for being coupled to a vibration source and the vibrating element being capable of transmitting vibration generated by the vibration source toward a distal end of the vibrating element, the distal portion of the vibrating element being configured to be releasably fixed to the liquefiable part, and
a perforated sheath having an inner sheath space with an inner region and an outer region being separated by a step therebetween, wherein a cross section of the inner region is substantially equal to the inner cross section of the liquefiable part and a cross section of the outer region is substantially equal to the outer cross section of the liquefiable part and wherein sheath perforations are located in the outer region of the inner sheath space;
wherein the distal portion of the vibrating element extends into the liquefiable part, and wherein the liquefiable part is releasably fixed to the distal portion of the vibrating element,
wherein the distal end of the liquefiable part is open, and
wherein vibrations are transmitted to the liquefiable part via the distal portion of the vibrating element,
wherein the device is equipped for delivering at least portions of the liquefiable material to the operation site when the vibrating element vibrates with the liquefiable part fixed to the distal portion of the vibrating element, and
wherein the liquefiable material flows through the perforations of the perforated sheath to the operation site.

US Pat. No. 10,363,075

POROUS BIONIC INTERNAL FIXATION DEVICE FOR PROMOTING HEALING OF FRACTURED BONE

Yingze Zhang, Shijiazhua...

1. A porous bionic internal fixation device for promoting healing of a fractured bone, wherein the porous bionic internal fixation device comprises a lag screw in round rod shape, the lag screw is provided with fixation structures at both ends thereof, a plurality of apertures directing laterally or obliquely are provided on a body of the lag screw, and between adjacent apertures of the plurality of apertures, densely distributed micro-holes are provided on the body of the lag screw, wherein each of the plurality of apertures has a slimline shape, each of the densely distributed micro-holes is a through hole that extends through an outer surface of the lag screw into an interior of the lag screw, when in use, the both ends of the lag screw are respectively located in bones at opposite sides of the fractured bone, so that a longitudinal direction of each of the plurality of apertures is consistent with a direction of tensile trabeculae and/or compressive trabeculae at the fractured bone and the position of each of the plurality of apertures corresponds to the fractured bone.

US Pat. No. 10,363,073

BONE ANCHOR ASSEMBLIES AND RELATED INSTRUMENTATION

1. A head insertion instrument, comprising:a sleeve having opposed arms movable towards and away from one another to selectively couple the sleeve to a head of a bone anchor assembly;
a push rod disposed within the sleeve and configured to translate axially with respect to the sleeve, the push rod having a first bearing surface; and
a release element disposed within the sleeve and configured to translate axially with respect to the sleeve and the push rod, the release element including a second bearing surface and opposed arms aligned with the opposed arms of the sleeve;
wherein the instrument prevents separation of a head of a bone anchor assembly from the sleeve when the head is not fully seated on a bone anchor.

US Pat. No. 10,363,072

VERTEBRAL PLATE REVISION APPARATUSES, KITS, AND METHODS AND OSTEOSYNTHESIS SYSTEMS

DeGen Medical, Inc., Flo...

1. A vertebral plate revision apparatus configured to engage a previously-implanted plate, comprising:an extension plate having an extension plate upper surface, an extension plate lower surface, an extension plate side extending from the extension plate upper surface to the extension plate lower surface, and an extension plate main body defining a set of extension plate anchor passageways extending from the extension plate upper surface to the extension plate lower surface, a set of extension plate locking member passageways, an extension plate connecting member recess, a connecting member passageway, and a first base, the extension plate connecting member recess extending from the extension plate upper surface toward the extension plate lower surface to the first base, the connecting member passageway extending from the first base;
a connecting plate having a connecting plate proximal end, a connecting plate distal end, a connecting plate upper surface, a connecting plate lower surface, a connecting plate side extending from the connecting plate upper surface to the connecting plate lower surface, and a connecting plate main body defining a set of connecting plate anchor passageways, a set of connecting plate locking member passageways, a connecting plate connecting member recess, a second base, and a boss disposed on the second base and through the connecting member passageway; and
a connecting member having a connecting member upper surface, a connecting member lower surface, a connecting member side extending from the connecting member upper surface to the connecting member lower surface, and a connecting member channel extending from the connecting member upper surface to the connecting member lower surface, the connecting member releasably attached to the boss and adjacent the first base;
wherein the extension plate is pivotally adjustable about the boss relative to the connecting plate.

US Pat. No. 10,363,071

INTERSPINOUS VERTEBRAL STABILIZATION DEVICES

PARADIGM SPINE, LLC, New...

1. An implantable device for stabilizing a lumbar region of a patient, comprising:a unitary bracket for stabilizing a lumbar vertebra, the unitary bracket including:
a platform configured for placement under a spinous process of the lumbar vertebra, the platform including an upper surface, a lower surface, and a sidewall extending in between the upper and lower surfaces, the upper surface including a contoured bone-contacting saddle region for placement of the spinous process thereon, the saddle region defined by wing-like projections;
an anchor portion extending from the lower surface of the platform for securing the unitary bracket between the lumbar vertebra and a sacrum; and
a laminar hook attachable to the wing-like projections by rotatable arms.

US Pat. No. 10,363,070

PIVOTAL BONE ANCHOR ASSEMBLIES WITH PRESSURE INSERTS AND SNAP ON ARTICULATING RETAINERS

Roger P. Jackson, Prairi...

1. A pivoting bone anchor assembly, comprising:a receiver defining a chamber communicating with a first channel, the first channel sized and shaped for receiving a portion of a longitudinal connecting member, the chamber communicating with a receiver bottom opening, the receiver chamber having a spherical seating surface adjacent the bottom opening and an upper expansion region, the first channel opening onto a top of the receiver;
a shank having a lower portion integral with an upper portion extending along a longitudinal axis, the upper portion including a circumferential capture recess with an external interface surface, the upper portion further including a first radiused surface above the recess and a second radiused surface below the recess;
an insert positioned within the receiver and configured to engage the shank upper portion; and
a resilient open retainer having an internal interface surface and a third radiused surface, the retainer being expandable over the first radiused surface and snapping into the shank capture recess within the upper expansion region of the receiver chamber, with the retainer internal interface surface frictionally engaging the shank external interface surface to maintain the retainer in an expanded state, when the shank upper portion is bottom loaded into the receiver chamber through the receiver bottom opening,
wherein the second radiused surface and the third radiused surface align to define a partially spherical bearing surface to pivotably engage the spherical seating surface when the retainer internal interface surface is frictionally engaged with the shank external interface surface, and
wherein both the insert and the retainer are top-loaded into the receiver before the shank upper portion is bottom-loaded into the receiver chamber through the bottom opening.

US Pat. No. 10,363,067

SKIN CARE METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND DEVICES

1. A device to facilitate skin care, the device comprising:a digital microscope;
a comedone extractor coupled with the digital microscope, wherein the comedone extractor includes a rigid wire loop;
a spacer coupled with the digital microscope, wherein the spacer comprises at least one aperture configured to facilitate the use of the comedone extractor; and
a compressible structure coupled with the spacer, wherein the compressible structure is configured to be positioned between the spacer and the digital microscope and wherein the compressible structure coupled with the spacer is configured to preclude the comedone extractor from contacting a portion of skin when the compressible structure is in an uncompressed state and to allow the comedone extractor to contact the portion of skin when the compressible structure is in a compressed state, wherein the comedone extractor extrudes a comedone from the portion of skin when the comedone extractor applies pressure to the portion of skin and the compressible structure includes a plurality of springs.

US Pat. No. 10,363,066

TISSUE RESECTION DEVICE

Gyrus ACMI, Inc., Southb...

1. A medical device, the device comprising:an outer tubular member having a proximal end and a distal end;
a middle tubular member having a proximal end and a distal end, the middle tubular member configured to be received within the outer tubular member and capable of being rotatable relative to the outer tubular member; and
an inner tubular member configured to be received within the middle tubular member and capable of reciprocating and also capable of being rotatable relative to the middle tubular member;
wherein the outer tubular member comprises a first opening, wherein the middle tubular member comprises a second opening, and wherein the first opening is aligned with the second opening, wherein the outer tubular member comprises a first window between the first opening and the proximal end, wherein the middle tubular member comprises a second window between the second opening and the proximal end,
wherein the inner tubular member is configured to reciprocate and rotate while the middle tubular member and the outer tubular member are configured to be stationary, and wherein the middle tubular member is configured to be rotatable relative to the outer tubular member while the inner tubular member is configured to be stationary.

US Pat. No. 10,363,065

MEDICAL DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MANIPULATING BODILY TISSUES

Boston Scientific Scimed,...

1. A medical device, comprising:an elongate member having a shaft, a first end portion, and a second end portion, the shaft being disposed between the first end portion and the second end portion, the shaft having a curved portion, the second end portion having a width larger than a width of the shaft, the second end portion configured to be inserted into a vagina of a patient,
the second end portion having a first surface and a second surface disposed opposite the first surface, the first surface having a planar portion and a concave portion, the concave portion being recessed from the planar portion of the first surface, the second end portion having a cutout that exposes the concave portion, the concave portion extending to a terminal end of the elongate member,
the concave portion configured to engage a cervix or uterus when the medical device is placed within a body of a patient; and
a cover member, the cover member configured to be removably coupled to the concave portion, the cover member configured to fill the concave portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,064

APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING ACCESS TO A BODY CAVITY OF A LIVING ANIMAL FOR A MEDICAL PROCEDURE

Titan Medical Inc., Toro...

1. An apparatus for providing access to a body cavity of a living animal through an access port inserted in an incision made in a wall of the body cavity, the apparatus comprising:a cap configured to attach to the access port, the cap including an opening configured to permit insertion of a medical instrument through the cap and access port into the body cavity;
a tubular sleeve including a distal end sealingly connected at the opening and extending outwardly therefrom, the sleeve including a proximal end configured to receive and provide a seal with the medical instrument when received; and
a closure disposed to temporarily seal the sleeve prior to insertion of the medical instrument through the opening in the cap,
wherein the sleeve comprises a flexible material, and
wherein the closure comprises a releasable clamp disposed partway between the distal end and the proximal end and extending across the sleeve, and wherein the clamp is configured to engage and seal the sleeve to facilitate establishment of an insufflation pressure within the body cavity.

US Pat. No. 10,363,063

ELECTROSURGICAL SYSTEM

Cosman Medical Inc., Bur...

1. A unitized injection electrode with a proximal and a distal end comprising the following inseparably connected elements: a metallic coil having a proximal end and a distal end; a metallic rod disposed within a lumen of the metallic coil and having a proximal end and a distal end; electrical insulation that covers the proximal end of the metallic coil and leaves the distal end of the metallic coil uninsulated; an injection port connected to the proximal end of the metallic coil and configured such that fluid injected into the port flows out of the uninsulated distal end of the metallic coil; and an electrical connector configured so that an electrical signal delivered to the electrical connector is delivered to tissue in contact with the uninsulated distal end of the metallic coil; wherein the proximal end of the metallic coil is directly attached to the metallic rod and wherein the distal end of end of the metallic coil is directly attached to the metallic rod.

US Pat. No. 10,363,060

ULTRASONIC SURGICAL INSTRUMENT WITH COOLING SYSTEM

COVIDIEN LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An ultrasonic surgical instrument, comprising:a handle assembly;
an outer tube extending distally from the handle assembly, the outer tube defining a first passage along a longitudinal axis;
a middle tube positioned along the longitudinal axis coaxial with the outer tube within the first passage, the middle tube defining a second passage;
a waveguide positioned along the longitudinal axis within the second passage of the middle tube;
a blade supported by a distal end of the waveguide and configured to oscillate with respect to the middle and outer tubes to ultrasonically treat tissue; and
a blade cooling system including a blade conduit extending at least partially through the blade, the blade conduit including:
a blade inlet defined in a proximal portion of the blade and disposed in fluid communication with the second passage to receive a fluid from the second passage;
a blade outlet defined in the proximal portion of the blade and in fluid communication with the first passage to expel the fluid into the first passage;
a first segment defined and extending distally within the blade from the blade inlet to a distal portion of the blade; and
a second segment defined within the blade and disposed in fluid communication with the first segment, and extending proximally from a distal portion of the blade to the blade outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,363,059

HAND HELD DERMAPLANING DEVICE AND DERMAPLANING PROCESS

DD Karma LLC, Highland P...

1. A blade kit for a hand-held skin treatment device, the skin treatment device including a pair of rails for connecting with a blade assembly, the replacement blade kit comprising:a blade retainer including a plurality of elongated retainer slots arranged in parallel to each other, each retainer slot extending in a longitudinal direction;
a plurality of blade assemblies positioned in the plurality of retainer slots, each blade assembly including a pair of elongated connection slots located on opposite sides thereof and extending in the longitudinal direction, the retainer slots configured to slidably receive corresponding rails of the skin treatment device, each blade assembly further including first and second pairs of notches located on the opposite sides thereof, each blade assembly further including a single blade with a cutting edge, the blade being positioned between each of the first and second pairs of retention arms, the first and second pairs of notches being located between the pair of connection slots and the cutting edge; and
first and second pairs of flexible retention arms located at each retainer slot, each of the first and second pairs of retention arms cooperating with a corresponding one of the first and second pairs of notches to releasably retain the blade assembly in the retainer slot.

US Pat. No. 10,363,057

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING ENERGY TO TISSUE

VytronUS, Inc., Sunnyval...

1. An ablation system for treating atrial fibrillation in a patient, said system comprising:an elongate shaft having a proximal end, a distal end, and a lumen therebetween;
a distal tip assembly comprising a housing and an energy source, the housing adjacent the distal end of the elongate shaft and comprising an open window and an exterior surface, and the energy source comprising an ultrasound transducer disposed within the housing, wherein the ultrasound transducer comprises a single ultrasound transducer element; and
wherein the ultrasound transducer is configured to operate in two modes, wherein the first mode comprises delivering, from a first face of the ultrasound transducer, a collimated beam of ultrasound energy comprising ablation energy to a target tissue, so as to create a zone of ablation in the target tissue that blocks abnormal electrical activity thereby reducing or eliminating the atrial fibrillation in the patient and wherein the second mode comprises emitting and receiving, to and from the first face of the ultrasound transducer, ultrasound energy comprising sensing energy to and from the target tissue;
a processor configured to determine a gap distance between a surface of the target tissue and the energy source based on the sensing energy; and
a reflecting element operably coupled with the energy source and adapted to redirect the ablation energy emitted from the ultrasound transducer through the open window of the housing in a direction or pattern,
wherein the energy source delivers the ablation energy to the target tissue without contacting the zone of ablation with the elongate shaft or any structure disposed thereon, and
wherein the distal tip assembly and the energy source disposed therein are configured to move across the target tissue without contacting the target tissue while the energy source delivers the ablation energy.

US Pat. No. 10,363,055

ARTICULATED HAND-HELD INSTRUMENT

DistalMotion SA, Epaling...

1. A handheld surgical instrument comprising:an instrument shaft having a proximal end and a distal end;
an articulated handle;
an articulated end effector connected to the distal end of the instrument shaft;
a structural frame having a proximal end mounted on the articulated handle and a distal end coupled to the proximal end of the instrument shaft, the structural frame comprising three joints, each of the three joints having an axis that intersects at a remote center of motion of the handheld surgical instrument, the remote center of motion configured to be coincident to a central point of a user's wrist; and
a flexible mechanical transmission system connecting the articulated handle to the articulated end effector such that motion applied to the articulated handle is reproduced at the articulated end effector,
wherein the articulated end effector comprises at least three orientation or actuation degrees of freedom, and
wherein the flexible mechanical transmission system follows a continuous path from a proximal end of the articulated handle to the distal end of the articulated handle and then from the proximal to the distal end of the structural frame and then from the proximal to the distal end of the instrument shaft and then from a proximal end of the articulated end-effector to a distal end of the articulated end effector.

US Pat. No. 10,363,053

CUSTOM RADIOGRAPHICALLY DESIGNED CUTTING GUIDES AND INSTRUMENTS FOR USE IN TOTAL ANKLE REPLACEMENT SURGERY

1. A custom radiographically designed cutting guide system for use in total ankle replacement surgery, said system comprising:a talar cutting guide comprised of a dome member and a neck member;
said dome member having an inferior surface portion with a topography that is a preoperatively defined negative of a topography of at least a portion of a dome surface of a dome of a talus of a patient to fit said inferior surface portion of said dome member to at least the portion of the dome surface of the dome of the talus in one unique position; and
said neck member having a posterior surface portion with a topography that is a preoperatively defined negative of a topography of at least a portion of a dorsum surface of a talar neck of the talus to fit said posterior surface portion of said neck member to at least the portion of the dorsum surface of the talar neck of the talus in one unique position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,049

CRANIAL DRILL SYSTEM

RENISHAW PLC, Wotton-Und...

1. A kit comprising: a cranial drill system comprising:at least one surgical drill element configured to drill into a skull and to form an opening in the skull, the opening having a narrower diameter portion and a wider diameter portion; and
a spike configured to penetrate a dura, the spike dimensioned to be a close fit in the narrower diameter portion of the opening such that lateral translational movement of a section of the spike is limited when the section of the spike is located in the narrower diameter portion of the opening; and an implantable instrument configured to locate within the opening formed using the cranial drill system, the implantable instrument comprising a port, wherein the cranial drill system is arranged to form the opening having a profile corresponding to a profile of the port.

US Pat. No. 10,363,048

DRILL BIT PENETRATION MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

McGinley Engineered Solut...

1. An apparatus for use with a drill, comprising:a drill housing;
a displacement sensor for outputting a displacement signal representative of a displacement of a drill bit with respect to a reference point;
a displacement sensing arm configured for selective removable engagement with a passage extending through the drill housing of the drill, the displacement sensing arm being operatively engaged with the displacement sensor;
a biasing member that biases the displacement sensing arm toward a distal position relative to the passage when the displacement sensing arm is engaged with the drill; and
a bushing having an aperture sized to receive at least a portion of a drill bit engaged with the drill, wherein the bushing is constrainedly moveable relative to the drill bit in a direction along an axis of rotation of the drill bit when the displacement sensing arm is engaged with the drill;
wherein the bushing is integrally defined at a distal portion of the displacement sensing arm opposite a proximal portion of the displacement sensing arm configured for the selective removable engagement with the drill; and wherein the biasing member causes the displacement sensing arm to act on the bushing to maintain the bushing in contact with a surface of a drilled medium.

US Pat. No. 10,363,045

ENDOSCOPIC SURGICAL CLIP APPLIER

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

11. An apparatus for application of surgical clips to body tissue, the apparatus comprising:a shaft assembly;
first and second jaw members extending from a distal end portion of the shaft assembly, the first and second jaw members movable between a spaced-apart position and an approximated position;
a drive channel positioned adjacent the first and second jaw members and configured to move the jaw members to the approximated position when the drive channel is in a distal position;
a wedge plate slidably supported in the shaft assembly, the wedge plate including a distal portion configured and dimensioned for placement between the first and second jaw members when the drive channel is in a proximal position and the first and second jaw members are in the spaced-apart position; and
a wedge plate rack mechanism supported in the shaft assembly, the wedge plate rack mechanism including,
a single gear making contact with each of the wedge plate and the drive channel such that a distal displacement of the drive channel is translated by the gear into a proximal displacement of the wedge plate and a proximal displacement of the drive channel is translated by the gear into a distal displacement of the wedge plate, wherein the proximal displacement of the wedge plate withdraws the distal portion of the wedge plate from between the first and second jaw members such that the first and second jaw members are capable of being moved to the approximated position to form a surgical clip therebetween and wherein the distal displacement of the wedge plate moves the distal portion of the wedge plate between the first and second jaw members such that the first and second jaw members are in the spaced-apart position,
wherein a portion of the single gear selectively contacts a portion of the drive channel.

US Pat. No. 10,363,044

BLOOD FLOW REDUCER FOR CARDIOVASCULAR TREATMENT

Revamp Medical Ltd., (IL...

1. An adjustable blood flow reducing system for adjustably reducing blood flow within a blood vessel, the system comprising:a handle;
a catheter shaft configured to fit within a blood vessel, the blood vessel including a blood vessel diameter (BVD);
a plurality of connecting links configured to extend from the handle and through the catheter shaft; and
an expandable element configured to be placed within the blood vessel, the expandable element arranged on a distal end portion of the catheter shaft and operatively connected to the handle via at least the connecting links, the expandable element comprising:
a plurality of interconnecting struts forming, at least when expanded:
a first proximal section mounted on the distal end portion of the catheter shaft, wherein the first proximal section has an initial diameter corresponding approximately to the distal end portion of the catheter shaft,
a cylindrical section following the proximal section and having a first diameter, the first diameter corresponding at least approximately to the BVD, wherein the initial diameter of the proximal section distally increases up to the first diameter,
a plurality of circumferentially arranged, distally projecting and radial inwardly foldable protrusions arranged on a distal end of the cylindrical section and adjustable relative thereto via movement of the connecting links, each foldable protrusion comprising a first single strut connected at a first end to a portion of the distal end of the cylindrical section and connected at a second end to first ends of a pair of associated struts having distally connected second ends thereby forming an enclosed area therebetween,
and
a blood flow orifice having a second diameter formed by distal ends of the foldable protrusions,
and
a blood impervious cover configured to cover at least a distal portion of the cylindrical section and the foldable protrusions,
wherein the expandable element is configured such that upon implantation within the blood vessel:
the orifice is arranged downstream relative to blood flow of the blood vessel,
blood flows into the expandable element via openings formed between the interconnected struts of the proximal section,
the connecting links are configured to pivot the foldable protrusions via manipulation of the handle so as to change the second diameter of the orifice for producing a desired reduced blood flow from the orifice while maintaining the first diameter of the cylindrical section within the vessel, and
the second diameter decreases as the foldable protrusions fold inwardly.

US Pat. No. 10,363,043

TREATMENT OF INCOMPETENT VESSELS

ArtVentive Medical Group,...

1. An expandable device for delivery to a target location in a body vessel, comprising:a frame comprising a proximal loop, a distal loop, and first and second U-shaped link members, the first U-shaped link member having a first radius of curvature and the second U-shaped link member having a second radius of curvature, wherein the first and second radii of curvature have a common bend axis, the first U-shaped link member having a first proximal end obliquely coupled to the proximal loop at a first proximal location, the second U-shaped link member having a second proximal end obliquely coupled to the proximal loop at a second proximal location, the second proximal location being spaced apart from the first proximal location, and a second end coupled to the distal loop, the first U-shaped link member further having a first distal end obliquely coupled to the distal loop at a first distal location, the second U-shaped link member having a second distal end obliquely coupled to the distal loop at a second distal location, the second distal location being spaced apart from the first distal location, the proximal and distal loops being at opposite ends of a longitudinal axis, wherein in an expanded configuration, the first and second U-shaped link members (i) are symmetrical with each other about a first plane passing through the longitudinal axis and (ii) are each symmetrical about a second plane that is oriented perpendicular to the first plane;
wherein the frame is expandable from (1) a collapsed configuration in which the first and second U-shaped link members are generally straight and extend substantially parallel relative to the longitudinal axis, to (2) an expanded configuration, in moving to which (a) the first and second planes each rotate angularly, relative to the longitudinal axis, from the collapsed configuration by between about 10 degrees and about 170 degrees, and (b) the first and second radii of curvature decrease to cause the first and second U-shaped link members to foreshorten along the longitudinal axis to bias the proximal loop toward the distal loop; and
a cover member coupled to the frame.

US Pat. No. 10,363,040

ANASTOMOSIS DEVICES

1. An implantable medical device comprising:a barrel portion comprising a rigid frame having a first end and a second end;
a first flange portion, said first flange portion comprising a plurality of first flange members having a first length and a plurality of second flange members having a second length, said first length being less than said second length, said plurality of first flange members being discrete and separate from said plurality of second flange members;
a first hinge member formed of a cover material and flexibly coupling said first end of said barrel portion and said first flange portion, said cover material allowing said first flange portion to pivot with respect to said barrel portion;
a second flange portion, said second flange portion comprising a plurality of said first flange members and a plurality of said second flange members;
a second hinge member formed of said cover material and flexibly coupling said second end of said barrel portion and said second flange portion, said cover material allowing said second flange portion to pivot with respect to said barrel portion; and
a plurality of elongate members forming part of the rigid frame of the barrel portion, part of the first flange portion, and part of the second flange portion without the plurality of elongate members extending from the barrel portion through the first hinge member to the first flange portion and from the barrel portion through the second hinge member to the second flange portion.

US Pat. No. 10,363,039

SURGICAL FASTENER APPLIERS

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. An end effector comprising:an outer tube defining a viewing window and a lockout window, the outer tube defining a first passageway therethrough;
a coil member disposed within the first passageway of the outer tube, the coil member defining a second passageway therethrough;
a plurality of fasteners disposed in the second passageway of the coil member, the plurality of fasteners configured to translate along the second passageway; and
an engagement member disposed proximal to the plurality of fasteners and at least partially visible through the viewing window of the outer tube, the engagement member configured to translate along the second passageway proximal to the plurality of fasteners to provide a count relative to the viewing window of the plurality of fasteners remaining in the end effector, the engagement member including:
a body portion; and
a biasing portion extending from the body portion, the biasing portion having a biasing arm, the biasing arm biased resiliently outward such that engagement of a free end of the biasing portion of the engagement member with the lockout window restricts further translation of the engagement member, wherein the biasing arm of the engagement member includes a first biasing arm and a second biasing arm and wherein the outer tube includes a pair of lockout windows configured to engage with the first and second biasing arms of the engagement member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,038

SURGICAL STAPLING APPARATUS WITH POWERED RETRACTION

Coviden LP, Mansfield, M...

1. A surgical device, comprising:a tool assembly;
an actuation shaft moveable in a first direction to effect a function of the tool assembly; and
a retraction mechanism including:
a clutch including first and second discs, at least one of the first or second discs movable between a disengaged state in which the first and second discs are spaced apart from one another and an engaged state in which the first and second discs are engaged with one another for concomitant rotation, the second disc operatively coupled to the actuation shaft, wherein when the first and second discs are in the engaged state:
rotation of the second disc, in a first direction, causes translation of the actuation shaft in a second direction; and
rotation of the second disc, in a second direction opposite to the first direction, results in no translation of the actuation shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,363,037

SURGICAL INSTRUMENT SYSTEM COMPRISING A MAGNETIC LOCKOUT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical end effector system, comprising:a firing member comprising a cutting portion;
a staple cartridge assembly configured to be installed into said end effector system and fired by said firing member, said staple cartridge assembly comprising:
a plurality of staples;
a cartridge body comprising a slot, wherein said firing member is translatable within said slot;
an installed, ready-to-fire configuration; and
a false configuration; and
a lockout circuit system, comprising:
an electromagnet;
a severable circuit completion member electrically coupled to said electromagnet, wherein said severable circuit completion member is configured to be severed by said cutting portion, and wherein said staple cartridge assembly is in said false configuration when said severable circuit completion member is severed; and
a lockout member, comprising:
a locked position, wherein said lockout member is configured to prevent said firing member from firing said staple cartridge assembly when said lockout member is in said locked position; and
an unlocked position, wherein said lockout member is configured to permit said firing member to fire said staple cartridge assembly when said lockout member is in said unlocked position;
wherein said electromagnet is configured to release said lockout member into said locked position when said staple cartridge assembly is in said false configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,363,036

SURGICAL STAPLER HAVING FORCE-BASED MOTOR CONTROL

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A surgical stapler, comprising:a firing drive system comprising:
a movable driving member;
a gear mechanically coupled with the movable driving member; and
a shaft connected to the gear;
a handle assembly comprising a housing and a bushing block surrounded by the housing, wherein the bushing block is configured to support the shaft;
an electric motor mechanically coupled to the firing drive system;
a battery electrically couplable to the electric motor; and
a control system electrically connected to the electric motor, wherein the control system comprises:
an H-bridge circuit; and
a sensor positioned on the bushing block, wherein the control system is configured to control the electric motor based on a force applied to the bushing block by the firing drive system.

US Pat. No. 10,363,035

STAPLER TOOL WITH ROTARY DRIVE LOCKOUT

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A lockout mechanism for use with a surgical stapler, comprising:a rotary drive member;
an engagement feature disposed on the rotary drive member; and
a lockout assembly having
a lockout body disposed about the rotary drive member,
a latch pivotally coupled to the lockout body about a pivot pin such that the latch pivots between engaged and disengaged positions, the latch and pivot pin being configured to translate linearly along the lockout body between proximal and distal positions, and
a latch retainer positioned between the lockout body and the engagement feature on the rotary drive member;
wherein the latch is configured to engage the latch retainer when the latch is in the proximal position and in the engaged position such that the latch retainer prevents movement of the latch to the distal position; and
wherein the latch is configured to engage the engagement feature on the rotary drive member when the latch is in the distal position and in the engaged position such that the latch prevents rotation of the rotary drive member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,030

SURGICAL FASTENER

C.R. Bard, Inc., Murray ...

1. A method comprising:rotating a head of a surgical fastener in a distal portion of a deployment instrument, wherein the surgical fastener includes a coil body that is separately formed from and attached to the head, the coil body including a plurality of coil windings, the coil body having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end being attached to the head, wherein at least one external thread of the head is engaged with an internal thread of the deployment device, and wherein rotating the head transmits a torque to a proximal end of the coil body attached to a center portion of the head; and
deploying the surgical fastener out of the deployment instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,363,028

METHOD FOR COUPLING SOFT TISSUE TO A BONE

Biomet Sports Medicine, L...

1. A method for forming a flexible member for coupling tissue, the method comprising:forming a first loop of a self-locking construct of the flexible member by passing a second end of the construct through a first sleeve defined by the self-locking construct proximate to a first end of the self-locking construct;
forming a second loop of the self-locking construct of the flexible member by passing the second end of the self-locking construct through a second sleeve defined proximate to an end of a flexible tail, thereby coupling the self-locking construct to the tail, and then passing the second end through a third sleeve defined by the self-locking construct proximate to the first loop;
wherein the self-locking construct is configured such that passing the tail through the first loop so that the second loop extends into the first loop and forms a tissue capture region defined by the self-locking construct; and
wherein the flexible tail defines a locking member at the second sleeve that is configured to secure the second loop to the first loop.

US Pat. No. 10,363,027

SUTURE ASSEMBLY INCLUDING A SUTURE ATTACHED TO A LEADER

1. A suture assembly engageable with a needle of a tissue suturing tool, the suture assembly comprising:a leader including a band, a clasp extending from a distal edge of the band, and at least two prongs extending from a proximal edge of the band, where the band is curved to provide the leader with an exterior surface that defines an outermost perimeter of the leader and an interior surface opposite of the exterior surface; and
a suture, with the clasp crimped onto the suture such that the suture is captured within the outermost perimeter of the leader;
wherein each of the at least two prongs is formed to have:
a curved section that forms a proximal-most end of the leader, and
a prong end coupled to the curved section, where the prong end is located closer to band than the curved section that forms the proximal-most end of the leader;
wherein the suture is one of a resorbable tissue suture and a bioabsorbable tissue suture.

US Pat. No. 10,363,026

ROTATING SUTURE ANCHOR

Fusion Orthopedics, LLC, ...

1. A top locking rotatable suture anchor device for orthopedic surgical procedures to attach soft tissue to a bone using one or more sutures providing adjustment of an angle of tension and rotation of an attached suture prior to, during and subsequent to installation in a bone, said rotatable suture anchor device comprising:an anchor body defining an upper end, a lower end with a longitudinal axis there between, said body further defining an outer surface providing a plurality of bone securing projections, an inner longitudinal chamber along said longitudinal axis defining an inner wall providing at least one circumferential inner locking groove, and an upper chamber expansion;
a central pin disposed within said inner longitudinal chamber defining a base, an upward extending cylindrical slide shaft having an upper end with an annular space provided between said cylindrical slide shaft and said inner wall of said inner longitudinal chamber;
an eyelet pin defining a proximal end, a distal end, an inner bore having a lower bore opening, said inner bore slidably and rotatably engaging said cylindrical slide shaft within said annular space into an open position and a closed position, said eyelet pin further defining an outer surface extending at least one pin lock extension to lock said eyelet pin within said at least one circumferential inner locking groove into said closed position, and a transverse passage defined within an upper lock expansion at said proximal end receiving at least one suture through said transverse passage; and
a rotatable ring defining an inner opening, an upper end, a lower end, an outer surface and a ring lock groove, said rotatable ring installed within said upper chamber expansion, said rotatable ring remaining fully rotatable about said longitudinal axis while longitudinally secured, said proximal end of said eyelet pin longitudinally moveable within said rotatable ring between said open and closed position, wherein said at least one suture is secured within said suture anchor device in said closed position within said transverse passage at a desired length and tension, with or without requiring a knot or tied connection to said suture anchor device, said at least one suture engaged between said proximal end of said eyelet pin and said inner surface of said rotatable ring, wherein said suture attachment may be knotless, knotted or tied to said suture anchor device, while still providing said suture fully rotatable around said longitudinal axis relative to the anchor body in said closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,363,024

SYSTEM FOR MENISCAL REPAIR USING SUTURE IMPLANT CINCH CONSTRUCT

Arthrex, Inc., Naples, F...

1. A system for repairing tears in soft tissue, comprising:a first implant;
a second implant;
a flexible strand connecting the first implant and the second implant;
a sliding knot in the flexible strand that is adjustable for reducing a length of the flexible strand that is located between the first implant and the second implant; and
a delivery system for implanting the first implant and the second implant into the soft tissue, wherein the delivery system includes:
a handle;
an elongated shaft connected to the handle;
a trocar assembly movable within the elongated shaft, wherein the first implant and the second implant are carried through the elongated shaft by the trocar assembly; and
a depth stop adjustable between a first position that corresponds to a first insertion distance the trocar assembly extends beyond a tip of the elongated shaft and a second position that corresponds to a second, different insertion distance the trocar assembly extends beyond the tip,
wherein the trocar assembly includes a first trocar that is slidable within a lower slot of a first hole formed in the handle and a second trocar that is removably received within an upper slot of the first hole of the handle,
wherein a first trocar handle of the first trocar abuts the depth stop when the depth stop is in the second position to limit movement of the first trocar beyond the second insertion distance.

US Pat. No. 10,363,023

LATERAL RETRACTOR SYSTEM FOR MINIMIZING MUSCLE DAMAGE IN SPINAL SURGERY

1. A lateral retractor system for forming a surgical pathway to a patient's intervertebral disc space, comprising:a dilator having a narrow body defined by opposing flat surfaces that extend between a proximal end and a distal end, the distal end tapering to a distal edge configured for insertion at an insertion orientation in which the opposing flat surfaces are parallel to a plurality of psoas muscle fibers and angled relative to the intervertebral disc space; and
a retractable dual-blade assembly consisting of two opposing blade subassemblies, each of the blade subassemblies comprising:
a blade having a planar inner surface, an outer surface, a proximal blade portion, a distal blade portion, and opposing longitudinal edges extending from a proximal end of the proximal blade portion to a distal end of the distal blade portion; and
an adjustable wing hingedly coupled with each of the opposing longitudinal edges of the blade, each adjustable wing configured to move between an open position parallel to the planar inner surface of the blade and a closed position perpendicular to the planar inner surface of the blade, the retractable dual-blade assembly configured to pass over the dilator at the insertion orientation such that the planar inner surfaces of the blades contact the opposing flat surfaces of the dilator.

US Pat. No. 10,363,022

SCREW BASED RETRACTOR WITH EXPANDABLE BLADES

SPINE WAVE, INC., Shelto...

1. A screw-based retractor, comprising:an elongate rack having a rack axis;
a plurality of arms slidably supported for translational movement on said rack toward and away from each other, each arm having an arm axis and comprising a proximal portion slidably supported by said rack and a distal portion, each said arm axis extending generally transversely relative to said rack axis, at least one of said arms including at its distal portion a curved track and a blade receptacle slidable within said curved track in a manner to provide articulation of said blade receptacle in a curved path relative to said at least one arm about an articulation point spaced from and not located on said at least one arm;
a plurality of blades, one each supported by a respective arm at the distal portion thereof, said blades projecting generally transversely relative to said rack axis and to said arm axis of said respective arms;
at least one of said blades having a proximal end defining an arm attachment and an opposing distal end defining a screw attachment, and a blade extent extending between said proximal end and said distal end, said arm attachment being releasably attached to said blade receptacle such that said blade articulates with said blade receptacle.

US Pat. No. 10,363,021

VASCULAR CLOSURE DEVICES AND METHODS PROVIDING HEMOSTATIC ENHANCEMENT

Cardiva Medical, Inc., S...

1. A device for closing a blood vessel puncture site disposed at a distal end of a tissue tract, the device comprising:a tubular shaft having a proximal end and a distal end, the tubular shaft being configured to advance through the tissue tract;
a hemostasis promoting agent deposited in hemostasis promoting region disposed on the tubular shaft near its distal end;
an expansible member disposed on the tubular shaft distal to the hemostasis promoting region, said expansible member being deployable within the blood vessel;
a tubular sealing member slidably disposed over the tubular shaft and having a distally advanced position which provides a barrier over the hemostasis promoting region and a proximally retracted position which exposes the hemostasis promoting region, and wherein the tubular sealing member has a proximal end and a distal end; and
a tensioning element disposed coaxially over the tubular shaft, under the tubular sealing member and proximal the expansible member, wherein the tensioning element has a proximal end attached to the proximal end of the tubular sealing member and a distal end attached to the tubular shaft so that proximal retraction of the tubular sealing member relative to the distal end of the tubular shaft both exposes the hemostasis promoting region and applies tension to the tubular shaft in a proximal direction to seat the expansible member against the puncture site.

US Pat. No. 10,363,020

COMPOSITE PLUG FOR ARTERIOTOMY CLOSURE AND METHOD OF USE

BOSTON SCIENTIFIC SCIMED ...

1. A method of use of a composite arteriotomy plug comprising:positioning a composite arteriotomy plug having an elongate core member, a distal end, and a proximal end within a tissue tract adjacent to a vessel puncture,
wherein the composite arteriotomy plug varies along an axial extent of the composite arteriotomy with regard to at least one of composition, placement, and thickness of one or more layers disposed about the elongate core member of the composite arteriotomy plug as a function of longitudinal distance from the distal end of the composite arteriotomy plug;
controlling longitudinal exposure of the composite arteriotomy plug to body fluids within the tissue tract by altering at least one of the composition, placement, and thickness of the one or more layers disposed about the elongate core member of the composite arteriotomy plug as a function of longitudinal distance from the distal end of the composite arteriotomy plug; and
allowing the composite arteriotomy plug to expand radially upon contact with bodily fluids with a swelling profile in which swelling is generally initiated at or near the distal end of the composite arteriotomy plug and continues at more proximal locations as a function of time.

US Pat. No. 10,363,014

STEERABLE ULTRASOUND ATTACHMENT FOR ENDOSCOPE

ENDOSOUND, LLC, Boca Rat...

1. A method of adding elements to an endoscope, to create an ultrasound capable endoscope, comprising:a. providing an endoscope, having a distal end and an elongate body defining one or more lumens;
b. providing an ultrasound assembly that includes:
i. a multiconductor electrical connector,
ii. a first multiconductor cable, including a multiplicity of coaxial cables, connected to said multiconductor electrical connector, and having a distal end;
iii. an endoscope attachment element, attached to said first multiconductor cable, and sized to attach to said distal end of said endoscope;
iv. a neck, connected and extending in a distal manner from said distal end of said first multiconductor cable, and having a distal end, said neck being resiliently deformable;
v. a second multiconductor cable, having a proximal end connected to said distal end of said first multiconductor cable, and having a distal end;
vi. an ultrasound transducer head, including a protective covering, supported by said distal end of said neck, and an ultrasound transducer, inside said protective covering and electrically connected to said distal end of said second multiconductor cable; and
vii. a tension member, connected to said ultrasound transducer head, and extending to said proximal end of said endoscope;
c. attaching said endoscope attachment element to said distal end of said endoscope and arranging said tension member so that it extends from a proximal point of said endoscope to said transducer head;
d. whereby said ultrasound transducer head can be introduced into a patient body cavity, with said endoscope, and may be angle adjusted by said tension member by pulling on said tension member to bend said neck thereby adjusting position of said ultrasound transducer head, and may communicate with an imaging station by means of said first and second multiconductor cables, thereby permitting a user to more accurately aim the imaging head at a feature of interest; and
e. further wherein said neck defines an aperture, permitting a needle to be extended from a lumen of said endoscope, through said aperture, to perform a medical procedure, when said neck is flexed by said tension member.

US Pat. No. 10,363,011

AUTOMATIC DOSE CONTROL FOR IMAGING MEDICAL DEVICES

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for automatically calculating at least one target acquisition parameter to control a radiation dose of ionizing radiation of a region to be irradiated by an imaging device, the method comprising:acquiring patient-specific parameters, device-specific parameters, or both the patient-specific parameters and the device-specific parameters;
determining at least one anatomical target region in which the ionizing radiation is to be applied;
accessing a data store via a network, wherein a dose-protocol index for a plurality of images is stored in the data store together with associated radiation dose data for selecting at least one reference image that relates to the at least one anatomical target region or completely encompasses the at least one anatomical target region; and
automatically evaluating the at least one reference image selected with respect to the image quality and the radiation dose used, taking into account the acquired patient-specific and/or the device-specific parameters for calculating the at least one target acquisition parameter, wherein the evaluating of the image quality includes a delimitation algorithm in order to automatically analyze how adequately a respective anatomical structure is configured to be delimited from surrounding structures in the reference image.

US Pat. No. 10,363,009

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CORRECTION OF A SYNTHETIC ELECTRON DENSITY MAP

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for determining a corrected synthetic electron density map, the method comprising:acquiring, using a magnetic resonance (MR) device, at least one magnetic resonance image dataset taken of a patient;
determining, by a processor, a first synthetic electron density map of the patient based on the at least one magnetic resonance image dataset taken of the patient;
determining, by the processor, at least one first soft tissue image structure of the patient, at least one first bone image structure of the patient, or at least one first soft tissue image structure and at least one first bone image structure of the patient based on the first synthetic electron density map;
comparing, by the processor, the first soft tissue image structure, the first bone image structure, or the first soft tissue image structure and the first bone image structure from the first synthetic electron density map with corresponding image structures in the [ [MR]] at least one magnetic resonance image dataset taken of the patient;
determining, by the processor, a corrected synthetic electron density map, the determining of the corrected synthetic electron density map comprising correcting the first soft tissue image structure, the first bone image structure, or the first soft tissue image structure and the first bone image structure, based on the comparison; and
creating, by the processor, a plan for a radiation based treatment of a target volume of the patient based on the corrected synthetic electron density map.

US Pat. No. 10,363,006

MOBILE IMAGING SYSTEM AND METHOD

1. An alignment control system, comprising:an alignment computer comprising a central processing unit and software, the software when executed by the central processing unit cause the central processing unit to:
receive a first set of alignment data from a plurality of sensors associated to a radiation source;
receive a second set of alignment data from a plurality of sensors associated to a portable detector;
if an alignment condition between the first set of alignment data and the second set of alignment data has achieved one or more predetermined alignment conditions, send an activation signal to the radiation source to indicate that radiation may be emitted;
continuously monitor alignment conditions to prevent emission of radiation, by the radiation source, if the first set of alignment data and the second set of alignment data have not achieved the one or more alignment conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,363,004

METHOD OF MAKING A CUSTOMIZED INTRAORAL POSITIONING DEVICE FOR USER RADIATION THERAPY TREATMENT

Radtec Medical Devices, I...

1. A method of making a customized intraoral positioning device to be positioned within a patient's mouth for radiation therapy planning and treatment for a head and/or neck of the patient, the method comprising:receiving a prescribed treatment plan for using the customized intraoral positioning device, wherein the prescribed treatment plan includes an incisor separation and/or tongue position of the patient;
introducing a registration device into the patient's mouth to a position to align the upper and lower arches at the incisor separation;
generating a digital representation of the upper and lower arches with the registration device in alignment so as to obtain a relationship between the upper and lower arches at the incisor separation; and
creating the customized intraoral positioning device for the patient based on the relationship between the upper and lower arches at the incisor separation and prescribed treatment plan.

US Pat. No. 10,363,001

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING APPARATUS

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A magnetic resonance imaging apparatus comprising:a table disposed in a cavity which is formed in a bore;
a head support having a support hole where a face of an object disposed on the table is positioned;
an abdomen support having a slope to support an abdomen of the object;
a display configured to display a graphical user interface (GUI) image, the display being disposed between the table and the head support, the display comprising a projector configured to project the GUI image and a screen on which the GUI image projected by the projector is displayed; and
a guide configured to facilitate a vertical movement of the projector;
wherein an upper surface of the table is visible to the object through the support hole,
wherein the guide has a curved shape to form the GUI image projected by the projector while vertically moving on the screen, and
wherein the screen is configured to vertically move between the head support and the upper surface of the table, in accordance with a changing position of the projector.

US Pat. No. 10,363,000

AUTOMATIC REAL-TIME CHANGES TO THE SIZE OF A PATIENTS DATA DISPLAY

KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.,...

1. A medical monitoring system comprising:one or more electronic processors configured to:
receive vital signs of each of a plurality of patients; and
dynamically configure in real-time a display of the received vital signs which includes for each patient an individually assigned patient sector display sized from available space for the display based on a priority order; and
one or more display devices which display the configured display of the plurality of patient sector displays;
wherein the priority order is based on a set of rules, the set of rules including the assignment of space to sectors based on specified minimum size, specified data elements, space assigned to all sourced vital signs, a specified maximum sector size, and an absence of sourced vital signs, the set of rules including the assignment of space:
first to sectors with a user-specified minimum size,
second to sectors with one or more user-specified data elements,
third to sectors smaller than a predetermined minimum sector size,
fourth to smaller sectors,
fifth to sectors with space assigned to all sourced vital signs,
sixth to sectors with a user-specified maximum sector size with the maximum size assigned, and
seventh to sectors with no sourced vital signs.

US Pat. No. 10,362,999

GATED PHYSIOLOGIAL MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD

MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODUCTS...

1. A gated physiological monitoring system, comprising:a physiological monitoring device configured to produce a physiological waveform other than a photoplethysmogram (PPG) waveform;
a PPG monitoring device configured to obtain a PPG measurement following an implementation of a measurement timing delay upon detection of a characteristic of the physiological waveform; and
a control circuitry communicatively coupled to the physiological monitoring device and to the PPG monitoring device and configured to:
obtain a sample physiological waveform via the physiological monitoring device,
generate an estimated timing delay between a characteristic of the sample physiological waveform and a known characteristic of the PPG waveform,
obtain at least two consecutive sample PPG waveforms via the PPG monitoring device based on the estimated timing delay, and
generate the measurement timing delay based on the estimated timing delay and the at least two consecutive sample PPG waveforms.

US Pat. No. 10,362,997

SYSTEM AND METHOD OF EXTRACTION, IDENTIFICATION, MARKING AND DISPLAY OF HEART VALVE SIGNALS

Aventusoft, LLC, Boca Ra...

1. A system for measuring cardiac time intervals, comprising:a non-invasive sensor unit comprising a transducer array for capturing electrical signals and composite vibration objects;
a processor configured to use the captured electrical signals and composite vibration objects to provide the operations of:
separating a plurality of individual heart vibrations of events of a cardiohemic system from the composite vibration objects by performing source estimation to separate the plurality of individual heart vibration events from the composite vibration objects as separated vibration sources;
identifying the plurality of individual heart vibration events from the composite vibration objects wherein identification of the separated vibration sources in individual heart beats of the cardiohemic events are associated with heart wall motion, blood motion, and heart valve events;
marking individual heart events from the plurality of individual heart vibration events with respect to an electrocardiogram signal; and
presenting the individual heart vibration events on a visual display extracted from body sounds from the composite vibration objects to aid in diagnosing one or more among pulmonary disease, respiratory disease, coronary artery disease, heart murmurs, valve abnormalities, heart failure, heart rhythm abnormalities or arrhythmias, vascular disease, congenital heart disease, cardiac resynchronization and risk factor modification.

US Pat. No. 10,362,993

DETERMINING SENSOR DATA QUALITY BASED ON BIOIMPEDANCE INFORMATION

Mad Apparel, Inc., Redwo...

1. A method comprising:receiving physiological data from a garment worn by a user, the garment including a plurality of sensors configured to generate the physiological data, the physiological data describing muscle activation of a plurality of muscles of the user while performing an exercise;
receiving the bioimpedance data from the garment, the plurality of sensors configured to generate the bioimpedance data, the bioimpedance data based on a level of physical contact between a sensor of the plurality of sensors and a portion of skin of the user;
determining a parameter value of a sample of the bioimpedance data;
providing, in response to the parameter value being within a predetermined range, biofeedback to a client device for display to the user, the biofeedback indicating a metric of performance of the exercise based on the physiological data, wherein the parameter value being within the predetermined range indicates that the sensor is in sufficient physical contact with the portion of skin of the user, wherein the biofeedback includes a particular metric of at least one of the plurality of muscles; and
modifying the particular metric of at least one of the plurality of muscles in response to the parameter value being outside of the predetermined range, wherein parameter values outside of the predetermined range indicate that the sensor is not in sufficient physical contact with the portion of skin of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,362,992

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTION OF MOTION IN DYNAMIC MEDICAL IMAGES

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for automated detection of motion, the method comprising:identifying a region of interest in each of a plurality of images corresponding to a subject of interest;
determining signal characteristics corresponding to the region of interest in each of the plurality of images;
generating a cumulative aggregate signal which includes an aggregate of the signal characteristics corresponding to the region of interest in each of the plurality of images; and
analyzing the cumulative aggregate signal to detect motion in the region of interest.

US Pat. No. 10,362,988

FLOAT LOOP TEXTILE ELECTRODES AND METHODS OF KNITTING THEREOF

HEALTHWATCH LTD., Herzel...

1. A knitted smart garment, the garment comprising:a) a tubular form having variable elasticity, said tubular form having a multiplicity of knitted lines, wherein each said line is knitted with at least one non-conductive yarn by a circular knitting machine having a set of plurality of needles; and
b) at least one conductive textile electrode for sensing an electrical vital signal, said at least one conductive textile electrode having:
i. a multiplicity of vertically-aligned adjacent knitted line segments, wherein each said line segment is knitted with a non-conductive yarn and a conductive yarn within a respective knitted line of said knitted lines; and
ii. a skin-side face facing the skin and having a multiplicity of float loops, wherein said multiplicity of float loops is configured to electrically conduct said signal from a skin region;wherein a first float loop of a given line segment of said multiplicity of vertically-aligned adjacent knitted line segments, begins in a given stitching position, and wherein the first float loop, in a previously knitted line segment that is adjacent to said given line segment, begins in a stitching position that is shifted by a preconfigured shifting position interval with respect to said given stitching position;wherein said preconfigured shifting position is at least one needle position within the set of plurality of needles of the knitting machine; and
wherein said at least one conductive textile electrode is adapted to be operatively connected with a processor.

US Pat. No. 10,362,986

SLEEP MONITORING SYSTEM

University College Dublin...

1. A sleep monitoring method performed by a system comprising a sensor interface and one or more processors, the method comprising the steps of:receiving, at the sensor interface, signals from a first sensor monitoring a cardiac activity of a patient;
deriving, by the one or more processors, heart beat interval data from the signals received from the first sensor;
extracting, by the one or more processors, one or more first time domain features and one or more first frequency domain features from the heart beat interval data;
deriving, by the one or more processors, amplitude modulation data, caused by respiratory motion, from the signals received from the first sensor;
extracting, by the one or more processors, one or more second time domain features and one or more second frequency domain features from the amplitude modulation data;
combining, by the one or more processors operating as a classifier, one or more of the first extracted time domain features, one or more of the first extracted frequency domain features, one or more of the second extracted time domain features, and one or more of the second extracted frequency domain features;
determining, by the one or more processors operating as the classifier, a plurality of sleep or wake stages of the patient based on the combined features, wherein the plurality of sleep or wake stages include one or more of (a) Wake stages, (b) Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep stages, and (c) Non-REM Sleep stages; and
generating, by the one or more processors, a plot indicating periods of the determined plurality of sleep or wake stages.

US Pat. No. 10,362,984

MEASURING AND MONITORING SKIN FEATURE COLORS, FORM AND SIZE

HEALTHY.IO LTD, Tel Aviv...

1. A method comprising:attaching a calibrator comprising: a plurality of selected color areas; and, a plurality of geometric parameter designations, onto a skin area in a vicinity of a skin irregularity;
capturing a plurality of images of the skin area, which includes at least part of the irregularity and at least a part of the calibrator;
deriving, from the plurality of captured images, an image normalization function configured to provide color normalization and geometric normalization of the skin irregularity, the image normalization function being derived from a comparison between: captured calibrator colors with known actual colors; and, captured geometric parameter designations with calibrator geometric parameter designations;
applying the image normalization function to the plurality of captured images to yield a plurality of calibrated images featuring normalized colors and normalized geometric parameters of the skin irregularity; and,
identifying a three-dimensional structure of the skin irregularity from said plurality of calibrated images.

US Pat. No. 10,362,983

NEAR INFRARED PHOTONIC PROSTATOSCOPY ANALYZER

1. An infrared (IR) Photonic Analyzer System comprises an IR Scanning polarization unit for generating an illumination beam and receiving an image beam;an elongate generally cylindrical optical probe dimensioned and configured for insertion into a rectum, said optical probe defining an optical path and having a transparent optical window for transmitting an illumination beam towards a tissue of an internal organ and for receiving the image beam from the internal organ;
an illumination optical fiber transmitting said illumination beam along said optical path from said IR scanning polarization unit to said optical probe;
an image optical fiber transmitting said image beam along said optical path from said optical probe to said IR scanning polarization unit;
a first polarizer within said optical probe between said illumination optical fiber and said transparent optical window for polarizing said illumination beam with a first polarization prior to transmission along said optical path onto the internal organ;
a second polarizer within said optical probe between said transparent optical window and said image optical fiber for polarizing with a second polarization said image beam received from the internal organ along said optical path prior to transmission to said image optical fiber,
said first and second polarizations being perpendicular to each other to reduce front surface scattering and increase depth of imaging,
said IR scanning polarization unit using said illumination beam having a wavelength anywhere within at least one of the following IR tissue optical windows: Window #1 (650 nm-950 nm); Window #2 (1,100 nm-1,350 nm); Window #3 (1,600 nm-1,870 nn) and Window #4 (2,100 nm-2300 nm),
said first and second polarizers being arranged to prevent transmission of said illumination beam with said first polarization from entering said image optical fiber while enabling transmission of said image beam with said second polarization into said image optical fiber;
and means for establishing and comparing the total attenuation lengths of said image beam for non-cancerous and cancerous tissues and determining that the tissue is likely to be cancerous when its total attenuation length is equal to or less than 50% of the attenuation length of non-cancerous tissue in a corresponding one of said at least one of said IR tissue optical windows.

US Pat. No. 10,362,979

APPARATUS FOR RECOGNIZING AND LOCATING EMOTIONS AND THOUGHTS BY MEASURING THE INFRARED PULSE RADIATION

1. A measuring device for recognizing and locating of feelings and thoughts by measuring an infrared pulse radiation comprising:a locating tube;
an infrared detector;
an amplifier;
an analogous/digital conversion;
an analysis program;
a display;
the locating tube receiving infrared pulses, caused by body heat changes of a living creature and radiated from a small body surface, and partly reflected several times on an inner wall and focused on the infrared detector;
the infrared detector which is designed so that it only can receive AC signals and no DC voltage signals, converts infrared radiation into electrical signals;
the amplifier amplifying the signals;
at the analogous/digital conversion the signals being digitized;
the analysis program creating time signals, amount spectra and difference spectra for an entire measurement time or time sections in various mental dispositions of the living creature and creating a characteristic spectrum in a mental pulse frequency range of about 0.01 to 10 Hz; and
on the display results being capable of being seen in different mental states of the living creature and being compared so that various emotions including joy and sadness are visible and so that thoughts are visible.

US Pat. No. 10,362,978

COMPUTATIONAL MODEL FOR MOOD

Comcast Cable Communicati...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a first computing device, a first plurality of natural language inputs comprising a first natural language input and a second natural language input;
determining, based on a correlation between one or more terms in the first natural language input and one or more terms in the second natural language input, that the second natural language input comprises a repetition of a portion of the first natural language input;
associating, based on the second natural language input comprising the repetition of the portion of the first natural language input, a first mood state with the first plurality of natural language inputs;
determining, based on the first mood state, a first content service; and
causing, by the first computing device, output of the first content service.

US Pat. No. 10,362,971

FINGERPRINT POWDER

AIR SCIENCE USA LLC, For...

1. A powdered polycyanoacrylate polymer produced by a process comprising:(a) charging a reaction vessel with a mist comprising water;
(b) dripping methyl or ethyl 2-cyanoacrylate into the water mist in the reaction vessel, thereby producing an exothermic reaction, thereby conducting uniform polymerization of said methyl or ethyl 2-cyanoacrate, and temporarily halting or decreasing a rate of addition of methyl or ethyl 2-cyanoacrylate if the temperature in the reaction vessel becomes too high for uniform polymerization;
(c) once polymerization of the methyl or ethyl 2-cyanoacrylate is complete, allowing the reaction mass to cool;
(d) removing polycyanoacrylate polymer formed in step (b) and cooled in step (c) from the reaction vessel;
(e) drying the polycyanoacrylate polymer to provide a dry solid polycyanoacrylate polymer; and
(f) pulverizing the dry solid into a powder, wherein more than 95% of the particle mass in said powder comprises particles having a particle diameter in the range of from 1 to 200 microns, or wherein the particles in said powder have one or more of the following particle size characteristics (i), (ii), and (iii): (i) at least 50 weight-% of the powder particles have a feret length of from 20 to 80 nanometers; (ii) at least 50 weight-% of the powder particles have a feret width of from 10 to 40 nanometers; (iii) at least 50 weight-% of the powder particles have a rectangularity ranging from 60 to 75.

US Pat. No. 10,362,967

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MISSED BREATH DETECTION AND INDICATION

Covidien LP, Mansfield, ...

1. A method implemented by a ventilator for determining missed breaths, the method comprising:ventilating a patient with the ventilator, wherein the ventilator includes a pneumatic system and at least one sensor;
monitoring respiratory data of the patient with the at least one sensor;
analyzing the respiratory data with a background trigger detection application and an active trigger detection application, wherein the background trigger detection application and the active trigger detection application are different and running at the same time;
detecting a first patient inspiratory effort with the active trigger application;
detecting a second patient inspiratory effort with the background trigger application;
comparing a first timing of the first patient inspiratory effort to a second timing of the second patient inspiratory effort;
determining a timing difference between the first patient inspiratory effort and the second inspiratory effort;
comparing the timing difference to a time delay threshold;
determining that the timing difference does not meet the time delay threshold to form a missed breath determination;
calculating a missed breaths metric based on the missed breath determination;
displaying a missed breath indicator based on the missed breaths metric; and
delivering inspiratory gas to the patient with the ventilator based on patient inspiratory efforts detected by the active trigger detection application and not based on patient inspiratory efforts detected by the background trigger detection application.

US Pat. No. 10,362,966

INTRAOPERATIVE IMAGE REGISTRATION BY MEANS OF REFERENCE MARKERS

Fiagon GmbH, Hennigsdorf...

1. A method for including image data of a patient in a system for operation planning or intraoperative navigation, comprising the following steps:providing a first reference body, wherein the first reference body has a known three-dimensional geometry;
providing available geometric data representing said first reference body in its known three-dimensional geometry in a non-distorted manner;
arranging the provided first reference body with at least one body surface on a patient;
recording tomographic image data or image data obtained by X-ray technology of at least one defined body region of the patient together with the first reference body arranged on the patient by at least one first recording device suitable therefor,
comparing the recorded image data representing the first reference body hi a distorted manner with said known geometric data representing the first reference body in a non-distorted manner for obtaining distortion information,
rectifying said recorded tomographic image data or image data obtained by X-ray technology of at least one defined body region of the patient by a computer unit on the basis of the obtained distortion information in order to obtain rectified image data;
superposing the rectified image data with further image data of the same body region of the patient in order to obtain superposed image data; and
depicting the superposed image data on a display.

US Pat. No. 10,362,965

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO MAP STRUCTURES OF NASAL CAVITY

Acclarent, Inc., Irvine,...

1. An apparatus comprising:(a) a handle assembly, wherein the handle assembly comprises
(i) a body,
(ii) a cable configured to communicate an electrical signal to a navigation system, and
(iii) a first portion of an adapter coupled with a distal end of the cable;
(b) a guide tube extending distally from the handle assembly, wherein the guide tube has a distal end; and
(c) a cartridge assembly configured to be removably coupled with the handle assembly, wherein the cartridge assembly includes:
(i) an actuator, wherein the actuator is movable relative to the body to move the wire relative to the guide tube, and
(ii) a wire coupled with the actuator and configured to communicate an electrical signal to the cable, wherein the wire is slidably disposed in the guide tube, wherein the wire includes:
(A) a distal end including a sensor, wherein the distal end of the wire is configured to translate relative to the body,
(B) a proximal end that terminates at a second portion of the adapter, wherein the second portion of the adapter is configured to be removably coupled with the first portion of the adapter, wherein the proximal end is fixed relative to the body, and
(C) an intermediate portion configured to gather within the body as a service loop to provide freedom of movement of the distal end of the wire relative to the body as the distal end of the wire translates proximally relative to the body,
wherein the sensor is configured to cooperate with the navigation system to generate a map of anatomical structures within a patient.

US Pat. No. 10,362,963

CORRECTION OF SHIFT AND DRIFT IN IMPEDANCE-BASED MEDICAL DEVICE NAVIGATION USING MAGNETIC FIELD INFORMATION

ST. JUDE MEDICAL, ATRIAL ...

1. A system for navigating a medical device within a body, comprising:an electronic control unit configured to:
determine an operating position for a first electrical position sensor on said medical device within a first coordinate system, said first coordinate system defined by an electric field based positioning system;
determine an operating position for a first magnetic position sensor on said medical device within a second coordinate system, said second coordinate system defined by a magnetic field based positioning system, said first magnetic position sensor disposed proximate said first electrical position sensor;
apply a first mapping function correlating said operating positions of said first electrical position sensor and said first magnetic position sensor, said first mapping function generating a mapped position for said first magnetic position sensor in said first coordinate system responsive to said operating position of said first magnetic position sensor in said second coordinate system wherein said first mapping function describes a three-dimensional input and a three-dimensional output that generates said mapped position;
determine a first difference between said operating position for said first electrical position sensor and said mapped position for said first magnetic position sensor; and
modify said operating position for said first electrical position sensor by said first difference to obtain a first adjusted operating position;
wherein said electronic control unit is further configured to:
determine a planning position for said first electrical position sensor within said first coordinate system;
determine a planning position for said first magnetic position sensor within said second coordinate system;
compute said first mapping function responsive to said planning positions for said first electrical position sensor and said first magnetic position sensor; and,
responsive to the first adjusted operating position, displaying on a graphical user interface the first adjusted operating position of the first electrical position sensor of the medical device.

US Pat. No. 10,362,962

ACCOUNTING FOR SKIPPED IMAGING LOCATIONS DURING MOVEMENT OF AN ENDOLUMINAL IMAGING PROBE

SYNX-RX, LTD., Netanya (...

15. A method for use with an endoluminal data-acquisition device configured to acquire endoluminal data points while moving through a lumen of a subject's body, comprising:while the endoluminal data-acquisition device is being moved through the lumen, acquiring a plurality of endoluminal data points of the lumen using the endoluminal data-acquisition device, wherein the plurality of endoluminal data points comprise at least one of endoluminal imaging data or endoluminal functional data;
acquiring one or more extraluminal images of the lumen, using an extraluminal imaging device; and
using at least one processor:
coregistering the plurality of endoluminal data points to the one or more extraluminal images of the lumen, by determining, with respect to the one or more extraluminal images of the lumen, locations along the lumen at which respective endoluminal data points were acquired,
determining, with respect to the one or more extraluminal images of the lumen, that there is a given location within the lumen, at which no endoluminal data point was determined to have been acquired, based upon the coregistering of the plurality of endoluminal data points to the one or more extraluminal images of the lumen; and
generating an output, upon a display, using at least a portion of the plurality of endoluminal data points of the lumen acquired using the endoluminal data-acquisition device, the output including an indication that no endoluminal data point was determined to have been acquired at the location.

US Pat. No. 10,362,958

SYSTEMS, ARTICLES, AND METHODS FOR ELECTROMYOGRAPHY SENSORS

CTRL-labs Corporation, N...

1. An electromyography (“EMG”) sensor comprising:a first sensor electrode formed of an electrically conductive material, wherein the first sensor electrode comprises a first layer formed of a first electrically conductive material that includes copper and a second layer formed of a second electrically conductive material;
an amplifier; and
a first electrically conductive pathway that communicatively couples the first sensor electrode and the amplifier.

US Pat. No. 10,362,957

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING NEUROPHYSIOLOGIC ASSESSMENTS DURING SPINE SURGERY

NuVasive, Inc., San Dieg...

1. A system for performing neurophysiologic assessments during surgery, comprising:a first stimulator configured to deliver a first set of electrical stimulation signals to the motor cortex of a patient;
a first sensor configured to detect at least one motor evoked potential response evoked by the first set of electrical stimulation signals of the first stimulator;
a second stimulator configured to deliver a second set of electrical stimulation signals to a peripheral nerve of a patient;
a second sensor configured to detect at least one somatosensory evoked potential response evoked by the second set of electrical stimulation signals of the second stimulator; and
a control unit in communication with the first and second stimulators and the first and second sensors, the control unit being configured to (a) selectively operate in either trans-cranial electrical motor evoked potential (“MEP”) monitoring mode or somatosensory evoked potential (“SSEP”) monitoring mode; (b) accept user input to toggle between MEP monitoring mode and SSEP monitoring mode; (c) accept user input to initiate stimulation in the MEP monitoring mode or SSEP monitoring mode; and (d) communicate an onscreen assessment of a spinal cord health status to be displayed to a user in response to the potential response evoked by said first or second set of electrical stimulation signals.

US Pat. No. 10,362,955

GRAPHICALLY MAPPING ROTORS IN A HEART

Regents of the University...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, using a processor, an electrogram for each of a plurality of spatial locations in a heart, each electrogram comprising time series data including a plurality of electrical potential readings over time;
generating, from the time series data, a dataset, the dataset including a plurality of values using a mathematical approach, wherein the mathematical approach is either a multi-scale frequency (MSF) approach, a kurtosis approach, an empirical mode decomposition (EMD) approach, or a multi-scale entropy (MSE) approach; and
graphically indicating pivot points of rotors associated with atrial or ventricular fibrillation according to the dataset;
wherein the dataset is a first dataset, the plurality of values is a first plurality of values, and the mathematical approach is a first mathematical approach, and wherein the method further comprises:
generating, from the time series data, a second dataset, the second dataset including a second plurality of values using a second mathematical approach that is different from the first mathematical approach, wherein the second mathematical approach is either a multi-scale frequency (MSF) approach, a kurtosis approach, an empirical mode decomposition (EMD) approach, or a multi-scale entropy (MSE) approach depending on the first mathematical approach used; and
graphically indicating pivot points of rotors associated with atrial or ventricular fibrillation according to the second dataset.

US Pat. No. 10,362,951

NON-INVASIVE METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CHARACTERIZING CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS

Analytics For Life Inc., ...

1. A method of pre-processing data to extract variables for use in a machine learning operation to diagnose a pathology, the method comprising:receiving a biopotential signal data set associated with a subject, said biopotential signal data set being associated with a biopotential signal collected from one or more electrical leads;
generating, via a processor, an estimated noiseless model of the received biopotential signal data set, wherein generation comprises iterative selection of member atoms of a pre-defined dictionary of member atoms to form a sparse approximation of the received biopotential signal data set;
extracting, via the processor, a plurality of features from a low-energy complex sub-harmonic subspace derived from the estimated noiseless model, wherein one or more of the plurality of extracted features includes one or more fractional derivative derived features of the low-energy complex sub-harmonic subspace; and
linking, via the processor, the one or more of the plurality of extracted features to a genetic algorithm to generate outputs that correlate with clinical parameters describing tissue architecture, structure and/or function.

US Pat. No. 10,362,950

NON-INVASIVE METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MEASURING MYOCARDIAL ISCHEMIA, STENOSIS IDENTIFICATION, LOCALIZATION AND FRACTIONAL FLOW RESERVE ESTIMATION

Analytics For Life Inc., ...

1. A method for non-invasively identifying and/or measuring or estimating a degree of myocardial ischemia, identifying one or more stenoses, and/or localizing and/or estimating fractional flow reserve, the method comprising:obtaining, by one or more processors, a data set associated with a plurality of wide-band gradient signals simultaneously from the subject via at least one electrode;
generating, by the one or more processors, a residue subspace data set and a noise subspace data set from the data set associated with the plurality of wide-band gradient signals;
determining, via the one or more processors, one or more coronary physiological parameters of the subject selected from the group consisting of a fractional flow reserve estimation, a stenosis value, and a myocardial ischemia estimation, based on the residue subspace data set and the noise subspace data set; and
output, via one or more of an output data set in a report and/or a display, the one or more coronary physiological parameters, wherein the output is used in the diagnosis of cardiac disease.

US Pat. No. 10,362,949

AUTOMATIC EXTRACTION OF DISEASE-SPECIFIC FEATURES FROM DOPPLER IMAGES

International Business Ma...

1. A method for automatic extraction of disease-specific features from Doppler images, comprising:obtaining a raw Doppler image from a series of images of an echocardiogram;
isolating a region of interest from the raw Doppler image, the region of interest (i) including a Doppler image and an electrocardiogram (ECG) signal, and (ii) depicting at least one heart cycle;
determining a velocity envelope of the Doppler image in the region of interest;extracting the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal by detecting the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal using an energy maximization equation:E(i,j)=?1Econtinuity(i,j)+?2Ecolor(i,j)+?3Egradient(i,j)+?4Enotgray(i,j)
wherein E(i,j) is an energy value, Econtinuity(i,j) is a continuity of the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal, Ecolor(i,j) is a color profile of the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal, Egradient(i,j) is a gradient between the color profile of the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal and a background of the image, Enotgray(i,j) is RGB value of the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal that is not gray, and each of, ?1, ?2, ?3, and ?4 is a weighting factor, and
synchronizing the extracted the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal with the Doppler image over the at least one heart cycle, within the region of interest;
calculating a value of a clinical feature based on the extracted the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal synchronized with the velocity envelope; and
comparing the value of the clinical feature with clinical guidelines associated with the clinical feature to determine a diagnosis of a disease.

US Pat. No. 10,362,946

MEASUREMENT OF CARDIAC CYCLE LENGTH AND PRESSURE METRICS FROM PULMONARY ARTERIAL PRESSURE

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

21. A computer readable medium comprising computer executable instructions that, when executed, cause a processor of an implantable medical device to:control sensing of the cardiovascular pressure signal;
compare the sensed cardiovascular pressure signal to a first threshold;
identify a first sense in response to the sensed cardiovascular pressure signal exceeding the first threshold;
in response to and as a result of identifying the first sense, compare the sensed cardiovascular pressure signal to a second threshold not equal to the first threshold;
identify a second sense subsequent to the first sense if the sensed cardiovascular pressure signal exceeds the second threshold;
identify a third sense subsequent to the first sense and in response to the sensed cardiovascular pressure signal exceeding the first threshold; and
determine a cardiac cycle length based on one of the first sense and the third sense or the second sense and the third sense.

US Pat. No. 10,362,944

OPTICAL DETECTION AND ANALYSIS OF INTERNAL BODY TISSUES

Samsung Electronics Compa...

1. An electronic device comprising:a band;
one or more light sources coupled to the band and configured to emit light in a first direction that penetrates into a portion of a user's body;
a plurality of light sensors coupled to the band and configured to detect a pattern of diffusion of the emitted light, wherein:
at least one first light sensor is located near the light source and configured to detect light travelling in a second direction that is between 90 degrees and 270 degrees from the first direction;
at least one second light sensor located between 90 degrees and 270 degrees from the light source and configured to detect light travelling between 90 degrees and ?90 degrees from the first direction; and
the one or more light sources and the plurality of light sensors are positioned in a matrix configuration comprising a plurality of rows of light sensors with the one or more light sources interspersed within the matrix configuration; and
a controller configured to detect a gesture made by the user based on the detected pattern of diffusion of the emitted light by cycling through different configurations of active light sources of the one or more light sources of the matrix configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,362,943

DYNAMIC OVERLAY OF ANATOMY FROM ANGIOGRAPHY TO FLUOROSCOPY

Siemens Healthcare GmbH, ...

1. A method for generating an overlay of anatomy in a fluoroscopy image, the method comprising:acquiring, with an angiograph, an angiograph image representing the anatomy of a patient at a first phase of a first cardiac cycle of the patient;
acquiring, with a fluoroscope, a fluoroscopic image representing the anatomy of the patient at a first phase of a second cardiac cycle of the patient;
determining, by a processor, a shape of the anatomy in the fluoroscopic image from the angiograph image; and
generating the overlay of the anatomy as a graphic on the fluoroscopic image, the overlay being a function of the shape determined from the angiograph image.

US Pat. No. 10,362,942

MICROMETER SIZE MULTI-FUNCTIONAL PROBE FOR OCT AND ELECTRO-PHYSIOLOGICAL RECORDING

1. A probe for tissue recording in a medical procedure, comprising:a flexible optical fiber for optical coherence tomography imaging, having an optical fiber distal end, an optical fiber proximal end and an optical fiber length extending from the optical fiber distal end to the optical fiber proximal end;
a metal coating surrounding the optical fiber length for recording electrical signals, having a metal coating distal end and a metal coating proximal end;
an electrophysiological recording system connected to the metal coating proximal end; and
an outer insulation coating surrounding the metal coating, wherein the insulation coating is discontinuous in proximity to the metal coating distal end, thereby providing contact between the metal coating and the tissue for receiving an electrical signal from the tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,362,940

PERSONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE (PER) SYSTEM

Empire IP LLC, Austin, T...

1. A wearable monitoring apparatus, comprising:a housing adapted to be worn by a person on a wrist of the person;
an accelerometer disposed in the housing;
a processor disposed in the housing;
a user input device disposed on the housing;
wherein the user input device is adapted for selecting a predefined exercise,
and wherein the processor computes activity data for the selected predefined exercise based on signals from the accelerometer.

US Pat. No. 10,362,938

FUNDUS IMAGE FORMING DEVICE

NIKON CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A fundus imaging system configured to scan a retina of a subject with a light beam, the system comprising:a reflection mirror configured to reflect a light beam incident on the reflection mirror after passing through a first focus so as to cause the light beam to pass through a second focus;
a two-dimensional scanning unit that is disposed at a position that coincides with a position of the first focus of the reflection mirror and configured to reflect a light beam incident on the two-dimensional scanning unit so as to perform scanning with the light beam in two-dimensional directions;
a detecting unit configured to detect a light beam reflected off the retina; and
a compensating unit configured to correct a detection result of an intensity of the light beam detected by the detecting unit, based on at least one of a scan angle or a scan timing at which the two-dimensional scanning unit performs scanning, so as to compensate for illuminance non-uniformity of the light beam illuminating the retina, the illuminance non-uniformity resulting from an unevenness of a ratio of an angular change of a light beam emitted from the first focus during scanning of the two-dimensional scanning unit to an angular change of a light beam incident on the second focus after being reflected by the reflection mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,362,936

METHODS OF PERFORMING SURGERY USING OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY (OCT)

Bioptigen, Inc., Morrisv...

1. A method for performing a surgical procedure using an optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging system, the method comprising:imaging a surgical region of the subject that contains a structure having a known orientational asymmetry to obtain an OCT image using the OCT imaging system;
testing the OCT image for presence and location of the structure;
confirming correct orientation of the subject using the OCT image of the structure having the known orientational asymmetry;
obtaining at least one image of the surgical region of the subject using OCT and constructing an initial structural view of the surgical region;
computing at least one clinical parameter relevant as an end point for assessing an outcome of the surgical procedure using data derived from the OCT image;
periodically assessing the surgical procedure progression and monitoring clinical outcomes related to the surgical procedure using changes to an OCT-derived structural view of the surgical region and changes to the computed clinical parameters derived from the at least one OCT image;
determining if a surgical plan for the surgical procedure needs modification based on at least one of the periodically assessing and monitoring;
modifying the surgical plan for the surgical procedure in real time if it is determined modification is needed; and
repeatedly assessing and monitoring, determining and modifying until it is determined that further modification is not needed,
wherein computing clinical parameters for the surgical procedure comprises computing at least one of a cornea thickness, a cornea curvature, a lens thickness, a lens curvature, a cornea refractive power, a lens refractive power, an iridocorneal angle, a sclera thickness, a conjunctival thickness, a direction of an optical axis, an orientation of a refractive astigmatism, a thickness of a an edema, a length of a tissue membrane or tear, a width of a surgical incision, a map or a count of surgical debris within a surgical field, a map or measure of degree of contact between an implanted device and surrounding tissue, and orientation of an implanted device relative to a neighboring structure or an optical or physical axis; and,
wherein the computing includes computing from measurements derived from the at least one image.

US Pat. No. 10,362,934

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE RAPID MEASUREMENT OF THE VISUAL CONTRAST SENSITIVITY FUNCTION

1. A method for implementing a tilted-grating, forced choice contrast sensitivity function test, the method comprising the steps of:presenting a patient with a first series of randomized test chart sets having patterns with two or more choices per set on a high resolution display of 10 bit depth or greater as a video and covering a first range of frequencies and contrasts, the high resolution display being shielded from ambient light that interferes with the test and connected to a processor and associated memory for implementing an algorithm for the contrast sensitivity function test, and wherein the algorithm ensures that the test charts are sized to maintain a predetermined viewing distance between the patient and the display;
having the patient select a response from the two or more choices, automatically recording if the response is correct or incorrect and the time for the patient to make the selection, and providing the patient with additional choices until the first series of test charts are complete and a contrast sensitivity function is generated to a desired precision based upon an analysis of the responses;
analyzing the responses utilizing statistical methods;
providing the patient with an ophthalmic solution to increase visual performance based upon the analyzed results;
repeating the method until a desired ophthalmic resolution is obtained as determined by an adaptive algorithm; and
storing and plotting the contrast sensitivity function to provide an accurate quantitative result for the contrast sensitivity function.

US Pat. No. 10,362,933

OPHTHALMOLOGIC APPARATUS, TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE GENERATION METHOD, AND PROGRAM THAT DETERMINE AN IMAGING REGION FOR CAPTURING A PLURALITY OF TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGES FOR GENERATING AN AVERAGED TOMOGRAPHIC IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An ophthalmologic apparatus comprising:a detection unit configured to detect a movement amount of a subject's eye;
an error obtaining unit configured to obtain a value of tracking error based on a result of the detection;
a determining unit configured to determine each position of a plurality of scanning lines at intervals corresponding to the value of tracking error;
a tomographic image obtaining unit configured to obtain a plurality of tomographic images by scanning each position of the plurality of scanning lines with measurement light; and
a generation unit configured to generate an averaged tomographic image by averaging pixel values of the plurality of tomographic images obtained by the tomographic image obtaining unit,
wherein the determining unit determines the intervals based on the value of tracking error.

US Pat. No. 10,362,931

OPTICAL DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. An optical device, comprising:an excitation light source that emits excitation light;
a first optical fiber that guides the excitation light emitted from the excitation light source; and
a wavelength-conversion plate that includes: a wavelength converter that receives the excitation light guided by the first optical fiber and emits wavelength-converted light; and a reflective film on a side of the wavelength converter that receives the excitation light,
wherein the reflective film is spaced from a light exit surface of the first optical fiber, transmits the excitation light, and reflects the wavelength-converted light.

US Pat. No. 10,362,930

ENDOSCOPE APPARATUS

OLYMPUS CORPORATION, Tok...

1. An endoscope apparatus comprising:a light source configured to emit one of white illumination light and narrow band illumination light, the white illumination light including red wavelength band light, green wavelength band light, and blue wavelength band light, and the narrow band illumination light having a narrow wavelength band included in each of the blue wavelength band light and the green wavelength band light;
an image sensor having a plurality of pixels, wherein each pixel is configured to receive light, the plurality of pixels being arranged in a lattice pattern, and the image sensor being configured to perform photoelectric conversion on the light received by each of the plurality of pixels to generate an electric signal;
a color filter comprising a filter unit arranged corresponding to the plurality of pixels, the filter unit including a plurality of filters having at least a filter for passing the blue wavelength band light, and a filter for passing the blue wavelength band light and at least one of the green wavelength band light and the red wavelength band light, the number of the filters for passing the green wavelength band light being equal to or greater than half of the number of all the filters of the filter unit, and the number of the filters for passing the blue wavelength band light being equal to or greater than the number of the filters for passing the green wavelength band light; and
a hardware processor configured to:
select, from the plurality of pixels, a luminance component pixel for receiving light of a luminance component, wherein the luminance component is among a plurality of color components, and the selection of the luminance component pixel is based on a control signal indicating a type of illumination light emitted by the light source;
generate a luminance component value based on a pixel value of the selected luminance component pixel;
generate at least one color component value based on the generated luminance component value, wherein the at least one color component value correspond to color components different from the luminance component; and
generate a color image signal, based on the generated luminance component value and the generated color component values, wherein the color image signal corresponds to an image comprising pixels that includes the luminance component.

US Pat. No. 10,362,927

ENDOSCOPE WITH PANNABLE CAMERA

DEKA Products Limited Par...

1. An endoscope having a proximal handle assembly and a distal insertion shaft; the insertion shaft having a distal portion that includes a camera assembly; the insertion shaft comprising a liquid carrying conduit;the camera assembly comprising an electronic image sensor;
the proximal handle assembly comprising a proximal housing and a distal housing;
the distal housing and the insertion shaft connected together and rotatable together relative to the proximal housing;
the liquid carrying conduit including a wired connection extending from the camera assembly to a printed circuit board attached to the distal housing, the wired connection being exposed to any liquids carried by the conduit; wherein
the proximal housing of the handle assembly comprises a liquid passageway in fluid communication with the liquid carrying conduit of the insertion shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,362,926

LOW-COST INSTRUMENT FOR ENDOSCOPICALLY GUIDED OPERATIVE PROCEDURES

CooperSurgical, Inc., Tr...

1. An endoscopic device, comprising:a single-use portion, comprising:
an elongate conduit comprising a proximal portion and comprising a distal portion configured for insertion into a uterus of a patient, the distal portion defining a distal opening through which fluid can be delivered to the uterus,
an imaging system disposed along the distal portion of the elongate conduit for imaging the uterus,
an electrical cable extending from the proximal portion of the elongate conduit to the imaging system,
a fluid hub connected to the proximal portion of the elongate conduit, the fluid hub comprising a fluid connection port and a gasket at which a first seal is provided, and
a sliding connector attached to a proximal end of the fluid hub that isolates fluid to the single-use portion, the sliding connector comprising:
an outer shell, and
a fluid barrier disposed within the outer shell and surrounding the electrical cable, wherein the fluid barrier and the electrical cable together form a second seal at a distal end of the fluid barrier, and wherein the fluid barrier and the electrical cable together form a third seal located proximal to the second seal and along a radial projection of the electrical cable that seats within a radial recess of the fluid barrier; and
a multiple-use portion configured to be attached to and detached from the single-use portion, the multiple-use portion comprising:
a handle coupled to the proximal end of the outer shell of the sliding connector and being located proximal to the sliding connector and to the fluid hub such that the handle, the sliding connector, the fluid hub, and the elongate conduit are arranged in an in-line configuration, and
an integral image display located proximal to the handle and electrically coupled to the imaging system by the electrical cable.

US Pat. No. 10,362,925

DOSING DEVICE FOR DISPENSING A WASHING AGENT IN A WASHING MACHINE, IN PARTICULAR A DISH WASHING MACHINE

BITRON S.P.A., Turin (IT...

1. A dosing device for dispensing doses of a washing agent, towards a washing chamber of a washing machine, comprising:a hollow body oscillatable between a loading position and a vertical, operating position, and in which there are defined:
a main chamber adapted to contain an amount of said washing agent corresponding to a plurality of doses, and
a dosing chamber adapted to contain a volume of washing agent substantially corresponding to one dose, coming from the main chamber; and
an electrically controlled valve obturator driven in each cycle of operation of the machine by a first short pulse for the actuation of another function, and thereafter with a subsequent second long pulse in order to put the dosing chamber in communication with the main chamber and thereafter cause the dispensing of a dose of washing agent from the dosing chamber towards the washing chamber,
wherein in the hollow body there are further defined:
an auxiliary chamber adapted to contain an amount of said washing agent corresponding to a multiplicity of doses, and
an intermediate chamber comprising an upper end and a lower end, the intermediate chamber being disposed between the auxiliary chamber and the dosing chamber, and communicating permanently with the auxiliary chamber at the lower end of the intermediate chamber,
wherein a communication passage is defined between the intermediate chamber and the dosing chamber, wherein the dosing chamber comprises a dispensing opening, and wherein said valve obturator is movable in the dosing chamber between a position opening, and a second position in which the valve obturator opens said communication passage and closes said dispensing opening,
wherein the communication passage is located at the upper end of the intermediate chamber, under a top wall delimiting the upper end of the intermediate chamber,
wherein the intermediate chamber is adapted to:
trap an air bubble when said hollow body oscillates from the loading position to the vertical, operating position, and
discharge a washing agent contained therein towards said auxiliary chamber when the hollow body oscillates from the vertical, operating position to the loading position, and
wherein said valve obturator controls the communication between the intermediate chamber and the dosing chamber such that said first pulse causes the intermediate chamber to be put in communication with the dosing chamber for a short time, causing a partial discharge of said air bubble from the intermediate chamber to the dosing chamber and a corresponding increase of the amount of washing agent contained in the intermediate chamber, and said second pulse causes the intermediate chamber to be put in communication with the dosing chamber for a relatively longer time, sufficient to allow the storing of a dose of washing agent in the dosing chamber and, when said second pulse is over, the dispensing of said dose of washing agent stored in the dosing chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,362,924

JET UNIT, JET NOZZLE AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, AND DISH WASHING MACHINE HAVING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A dish washing machine comprising:a cabinet configured to form an exterior;
a washing tub provided in the cabinet to wash dishes; and
a jet nozzle configured to jet washing water to the washing tub,
wherein the jet nozzle comprises a plurality of inner walls of a passage through which the washing water passes, and at least one of the plurality of inner walls has a cross sectional area formed in an arc shape that is convex in an outer circumferential direction of the jet nozzle, and
wherein the plurality of nozzle inner walls extends to the end of the jet nozzle for linearity of the washing water sprayed from the jet nozzle.

US Pat. No. 10,362,923

VALVE FOR A SPRAY ARM OF A DISHWASHER APPLIANCE

Haier US Appliance Soluti...

1. A dishwasher appliance defining a lateral direction, a transverse direction, and a vertical direction, the lateral, transverse, and directions mutually perpendicular to one another, the dishwasher appliance comprising:a cabinet defining a wash chamber for receipt of articles for washing;
a spray arm disposed within the wash chamber, the spray arm defining an interior and an aperture providing selective fluid communication between the interior and the wash chamber;
a valve positioned within the interior of the spray arm;
a sensor operable to detect a pressure of a fluid flowing from a pump of the dishwasher appliance to the interior of the spray arm; and
a controller communicatively coupled to the sensor, the controller configured to determine a rotational speed of the spray arm based, at least in part, on the detected pressure of the fluid,
wherein the spray arm is rotatable between a first position wherein the valve allows fluid communication between the interior and the wash chamber through the aperture, and a second position wherein the valve obstructs fluid communication between the interior and the wash chamber through the aperture.

US Pat. No. 10,362,921

CLEANER

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A cleaner, comprising:a cleaner body having a controller;
a wheel cover mounted to the cleaner body;
a motor that is connected to the wheel cover and generates a driving force;
a wheel that is coupled to the motor and rotates based on receiving the driving force from the motor;
a guide bar coupled to the wheel cover and extending vertically, the guide bar being connected to the motor to guide a vertical movement of the motor;
a spring surrounding the guide bar and connected to the wheel cover and the motor to absorb impacts during the vertical motion of the motor;
a case having a through-hole into which the guide bar is inserted, the motor being mounted on the case such that a movement of the case along the guide bar guides the vertical movement of the motor; and
a planetary gear train that connects the motor and the wheel, the planetary gear train receiving the driving force from the motor and transferring the driving force to the wheel,
wherein a rotating shaft of the motor and the wheel are coaxially arranged.

US Pat. No. 10,362,919

CLEANING ROBOT AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A cleaning robot comprising:a main body;
a moving assembly mounted on a bottom surface of the main body to perform forward movement to move the main body in a first direction that is a traveling direction of the main body, backward movement to move the main body in a second direction opposite to the first direction, and rotation to rotate the main body within a predetermined range to change the traveling direction of the main body;
a cleaning tool assembly mounted on the bottom surface of the main body to clean a floor;
a detector to detect an obstacle around the main body; and
a controller to determine whether an obstacle is present in front of the main body in the traveling direction based on a detection signal of the detector, control the rotation of the main body to determine whether the main body rotates by an angle equal to or greater than a predetermined angle upon determining that the obstacle is present, and determine that the main body is in a stuck state to control the backward movement of the main body when the main body rotates by an angle less than the predetermined angle.

US Pat. No. 10,362,918

SELF-PROPELLED AND SELF-STEERING FLOOR CLEANER AND METHOD FOR CLEANING A FLOOR SURFACE

robart GmbH, Linz (AT)

1. A self-propelled and self-steering floor cleaner comprising a cleaning device with at least one cleaning unit for cleaning a floor surface of a room, at least a section or sections of an obstacle located inside the room not being in contact with the floor surface, the obstacle being of such low height that the floor cleaner cannot move under the obstacle, the floor cleaner further comprising a transmission unit for emitting radiation directed at the obstacle and the floor surface, in order to spatially scan these, a detection unit for detecting reflected radiation and providing a detection signal relating thereto, a control unit coupled to the detection unit, and a chassis for movement on the floor surface comprising a drive unit coupled to the control unit, it being determinable by the control unit from the detection signal whether a space is present between the obstacle and the floor surface, if so, a floor surface section located underneath the obstacle being regarded as cleanable, and the drive unit being actuatable to move the floor cleaner for cleaning the floor surface section, with at least one cleaning unit reaching into the space,wherein the drive unit is actuatable to move the floor cleaner during cleaning of the floor surface section at a predetermined or predeterminable distance from the obstacle.

US Pat. No. 10,362,915

VACUUM CLEANER

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A vacuum cleaner comprising:a cleaner body;
a pair of wheels provided at both side surfaces of the cleaner body and configured to rotate about a rotating center; and
a rear wheel unit provided at a bottom surface of the cleaner body and configured to provide an upward elastic force at a position rearward of the rotating center of the pair of wheels,
wherein the cleaner body is configured to pivot about the rotating center and has a center of gravity that is located closer to a rear end of the cleaner body than the rotating center,
wherein the rear wheel unit includes:
a supporting part that is rotatably coupled to the bottom surface of the cleaner body and configured to rotate in a pivoting direction of the cleaner body,
an elastic portion that is coupled to the supporting part and that is configured to be elastically deformed based on the supporting part being rotated,
a rotating member that is rotatably coupled to the supporting part and configured to rotate in a direction that is transverse to the rotating direction of the supporting part, and
a rear wheel that is provided at the rotating member and configured to roll on ground.

US Pat. No. 10,362,913

CLEANING APPARATUS DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND METHOD

Diversey, Inc., Fort Mil...

1. A mobile cleaning machine comprising:a chassis;
a communications module configured to communicate with a device remote from the mobile cleaning machine;
a sensor operable to sense one or more characteristics of the mobile cleaning machine; and
a controller including a processor and memory, the processor programmed to perform instructions stored in the memory, the instructions including
receiving the one or more characteristics of the mobile cleaning machine sensed by the sensor,
receiving a non-mobile cleaning machine data set from the remote device, and
transmitting, via the communications module, at least one of the one or more characteristics of the mobile cleaning machine and the non-mobile cleaning machine data set to a central location.

US Pat. No. 10,362,909

PAPER DISPENSING DEVICE

GUANGZHOU FANER AROMA PRO...

1. A paper dispensing device, comprisinga main spindle having a compartment, two through openings at both ends, and a first slot opening on a lateral surface of the main spindle connecting the compartment;
an axle rotatably supported inside the compartment, whose two ends are extended outside the main spindle via the through openings, respectively;
two end pieces positioned adjacent to the two ends of the axle and the through openings, respectively, where each end piece has an eccentric opening through which an end of the axle is threaded, a ring groove is configured around the eccentric opening along an inner side of each end piece, and an axially and outward protruding first positioning element is configured on an outer side of each end piece extending through one of the through openings;
a cutting member comprising a blade, a cutter axle along a major edge of the blade, two arms extended outward slantwise from the cutter axle's two ends, and two guiding elements at the arms' outer ends moveably housed in the ring grooves, respectively;
wherein the cutting member is positioned along the first slot opening; the main spindle, the axle, and the cutting member are rotated synchronously; the end pieces and their ring grooves are fixed by the first positioning elements; and, as the main spindle spins, the cutting member rotates along with the main spindle and its blade is extended or retracted through the first slot opening as the guiding elements move along the ring grooves.

US Pat. No. 10,362,906

BATHTUB INSERT AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING SAME

Cozy Mouse LLC, Shelton,...

1. A bathtub insert comprising:a bathtub shell including a back support, and opposite first and second walls connected to the back support,
a front support connected to the bathtub shell, the front support including a belt portion having first and second ends mounted to the shell, a downwardly extending support portion having a lower end portion configured to be positioned between the legs of an unclothed, seated baby during bathing, the lower end portion including a central comfort opening formed therein having a fixed size and shape, and,
a cover mounted to the front support, the cover extending outwardly and downwardly relative to the belt portion and being configured to cover at least a part of the comfort opening.

US Pat. No. 10,362,904

FOOD PROCESSOR SYSTEM

SHARKNINJA OPERATING LLC,...

1. A base for a food processing system, comprising: a housing configured to couple with a complementary container, the housing including a bottom surface;at least one suction device mounted to the bottom surface, the at least one suction device being configured to adhere the base to an adjacent surface; and
at least one release mechanism operably coupled to the at least one suction device, the at least one release mechanism being movable between a first position and a second position to apply a vertical force to an outer periphery of the at least one suction device to release the at least one suction device from the adjacent surface, wherein an exterior surface of the at least one release mechanism arranged generally flush with an outer surface of the housing in both the first position and the second position, wherein the at least one release mechanism includes a first release mechanism and a second release mechanism disposed at opposing sides of the base, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,362,903

PORTABLE BLENDER WITH A POWER ACTIVATION MEMBER INTERPOSED BETWEEN A CONTAINER SIDEWALL AND A DETACHABLE HANDLE

ENEGI BRANDS INC., Brook...

1. A portable blender, comprising:a motor-power unit including a power switch configured to transition between an on state during which the blender is on, and an off state during which the blender is off; and
a container unit removably coupled to the motor-power unit through a mechanical coupling between respective interlocking members of the container unit and the motor-power unit, the container unit comprising:
a container body having a sidewall, a top and a bottom, and an incision formed in the sidewall that extends between the top and the bottom,
a detachable handle with an insert portion and a handle activation button configured to transition between a first state and a second state, and
a power activation member aligned for mechanical engagement with the power switch at a first end and the handle activation button at a second end,
wherein, the handle is attached to the sidewall and arranged relative to the sidewall so that the insert portion of the handle covers the incision and the power activation member is interposed between the sidewall and the insert portion, and mechanical engagement of the power activation member with the power switch and the handle activation button is such that a transition of the handle activation button from the first state to the second state causes a transition of the power switch to the on state without affecting the mechanical coupling between the respective interlocking members of the container unit and the motor-power unit.

US Pat. No. 10,362,893

CAPSULE HOLDER FOR A BEVERAGE PREPARATION MACHINE

Nestec S.A., Vevey (CH)

1. A capsule holder for holding a closed capsule in a beverage preparation machine, the capsule containing a beverage precursor ingredient, the beverage preparation machine being able to inject a fluid under pressure through a top membrane of the capsule to an inside of the capsule such that the fluid and the precursor ingredient mix to make a beverage, the capsule holder comprising:a cup-shaped body adapted to retain and hold the capsule, the cup-shaped body comprises a dispensing hole through a bottom wall of the capsule holder opposite from and co-axial with an opening in the capsule holder through which the capsule is inserted into the capsule holder;
a rotationally movable handle;
a guide member for removably inserting the capsule holder within the beverage preparation machine; and
a pressure-releasing member for releasing fluid pressure inside the capsule, the pressure-releasing member comprising a piercer adapted to pierce at least one channel through a sidewall of the capsule, the piercer comprising a pin element movably linked to the rotationally movable handle through a cam element attached to or integrally formed with the rotationally movable handle, such that the pin element is slidable substantially perpendicular relative to a capsule sidewall surface when a rotation movement is applied to the rotationally movable handle, and the pin element movable through a first internal surface of the cup-shaped body between (i) a retracted position wherein the pin element does not protrude from the first internal surface of the cup-shaped body of the capsule holder and (ii) an extended position wherein the pin element protrudes from the first internal surface of the cup-shaped body to be able to perforate the at least one channel through the sidewall of the capsule, the pin element is perpendicular to the first internal surface, the cup-shaped body further comprises a second internal surface that together with the first internal surface defines part of a compartment in the cup-shaped body that receives the capsule, the dispensing hole opens into the compartment through the second internal surface, the first internal surface is located below a top of the capsule holder, the first internal surface is adjacent to the sidewall of the capsule in the retracted position and the extended position of the pin element, and the second internal surface is adjacent to a bottom end of the capsule in the retracted position and the extended position of the pin element.

US Pat. No. 10,362,891

PRESSURE-COOKING UTENSIL PROVIDED WITH A LOCKING/UNLOCKING CONTROL MEMBER THAT OPERATES ASYMMETRICALLY

SEB S.A, Ecully (FR)

1. A food-cooking utensil comprising:a vessel and a lid;
locking/unlocking means mounted to move between a locked position in which the locking/unlocking means lock the lid to the vessel and an unlocked position in which the lid is free relative to the vessel; and
a control member for controlling the movement of the locking/unlocking means, the control member being mounted to enable a user to move the control member back and forth between (i) a locking position, which causes the locking/unlocking means to move to the locked position in which the locking/unlocking means lock the lid to the vessel, and (ii) an unlocking position, which causes the locking/unlocking means to move to the unlocked position in which the lid is free relative to the vessel, the unlocking position of the control member being a stable position in which the control member remains in the stable position without the user interacting with the control member and until force is applied manually to move the control member out of said stable position,
wherein while the control member is being moved from its locking position towards its unlocking position, the control member and the locking/unlocking means co-operate so that the instantaneous position of the locking/unlocking means varies as a function of the instantaneous position of the control member in a first relationship,
wherein while the control member is being moved from its unlocking position towards its locking position, the control member and the locking/unlocking means co-operate so that the instantaneous position of the locking/unlocking means varies as a function of the instantaneous position of the control member in a second relationship that is different from the first relationship, and
wherein in the second relationship in which the control member is being moved from its unlocking position towards its locking position, the locking/unlocking means remains stationary in its unlocked position until the control member reaches its locking position and, upon the control member reaching its locking position from its unlocking position, the control member causes the locking/unlocking means to move into its locked position from its stationary unlocked position to lock the lid to the vessel.

US Pat. No. 10,362,882

AIR POCKET MODULE AND AIR MATTRESS INCLUDING SAME

IOBED INC., Gyeonggi-Do ...

1. An air pocket module inserted into an air mattress, the air pocket module comprising:multiple air pockets each having a hollow portion formed therein and configured to inflate due to air inflow or to deflate due to air outflow; and
a bottom plate coupled to lower sides of the air pockets and configured to block the hollow portion of each of the air pockets,
wherein the air pocket includes:
a top surface portion forming a top surface;
a side surface portion connected with the top surface portion and forming a side surface;
a contact portion protruding upwardly from a center of the top surface portion; and
a first connection portion formed at an edge portion of the air pocket where the top surface portion and the side surface portion are connected to each other to connect the top surface portion and the side surface portion to each other, wherein the first connection portion is formed to be inclined from the top surface portion toward the side surface portion,
wherein the side surface portion includes:
a first side surface including two surfaces facing each other, the first side surface having a first reinforcing portion, wherein the first reinforcing portion is configured such that a width thereof decreases gradually from the first connection portion to a lower portion of the first side surface; and
a second side surface including two other surfaces facing each other, the second side surface including a support portion protruding outwardly of the air pocket, a second reinforcing portion positioned within the support portion, and wherein an upper end of the support portion is directly connected with the contact portion to improve supportability of the contact portion.

US Pat. No. 10,362,879

BED FRAME ASSEMBLED BY SLIDING THE ENDS OF HOLLOW METAL BARS INTO NARROW SLOTS CUT INTO OTHER METAL BARS

Zinus Inc., Tracy, CA (U...

1. A mattress support comprising:a first hollow bar with a rectangular cross section, a first end and a first slot, wherein the first hollow bar is made from metal having a first thickness;
a second hollow bar with a rectangular cross section, wherein a second slot is disposed in two adjacent sides of the second hollow bar, wherein the second slot has a first width that is greater than the first thickness but less than twice the first thickness, wherein a third slot is disposed in the two adjacent sides of the second hollow bar, and wherein the first end of the first hollow bar is adapted to be inserted into the second slot; and
a third hollow bar with a rectangular cross section and a top end, wherein the third hollow bar is made from metal having a second thickness, wherein the third slot has a second width that is greater than the second thickness but less than twice the second thickness, and wherein the top end of the third hollow bar is adapted to be inserted into the first slot and the third slot.

US Pat. No. 10,362,871

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FIXING A PUSH ELEMENT

1. A device for fixing a push element to a rail (5) of a pull-out guide (3), comprising:a clamping mechanism with a receptacle (20);
a holding part (12) securable in the receptacle,
a device for depth adjustment for the push element (4), and
a self-locking clamping element (25) provided on the receptacle (20), by means of which the holding part (12) is frictionally secured against being pulled out,
wherein the device (11) for depth adjustment has a stop (100) which can be adjusted on or in the receptacle (20).

US Pat. No. 10,362,862

RAILING SUPPORTED BUFFET

1. A rail-mounted buffet mountable to a railing having a top rail and one or more vertical balusters, the rail-mounted buffet comprising:a main bar buffet section having a flat surface area for supporting items on the main bar buffet section;
a U-shaped channel located on an underside of the main bar buffet formed between a back-side member and a front side member, wherein the back-side member and front side member are movable in relation to one another such that a width of the U-shaped channel is adjustable, and wherein a position of the front side member relative to the backside member may be fixed in varying locations such that a width of the U-shaped channel is adjustably fixed;
a trust support having a first end and a second end, the trust support attached to the underside of the main bar buffet at the first end of the trust support;
a baluster support comprising a clamshell formed of a first clam shell portion engaged with a second clam shell such that the baluster support fits around one of the one or more balusters, the baluster support attached to the second end of the trust support.

US Pat. No. 10,362,858

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING A BRUSH AND BRUSH

BRAUN GMBH, Kronberg (DE...

1. A method of manufacturing a toothbrush, comprising the steps of:providing a carrier having at least a first through hole extending from a front side to a backside of the carrier and at least a first wall element being integral with the carrier and extending from the backside in a vicinity of the first through hole;
introducing a first cleaning element into the first through hole such that an end portion of the first cleaning element is exposed on the backside of the carrier;
treating the end portion of the first cleaning element such that it deforms and becomes wider than the first through hole; and thereafter
deforming the first wall element until it at least partially extends over the deformed end portion of the first cleaning element such that the first cleaning element is effectively retained in its axial position, wherein the step of deforming the first wall element is performed after the step of treating the end portion of the first cleaning element.
US Pat. No. 10,364,336

THERMOPLASTIC VULCANIZATE COMPOSITION, METHOD OF FORMING THE SAME AND PRODUCT THEREOF

FENG TAY ENTERPRISES CO.,...

1. A method for forming a thermoplastic vulcanizate, comprising:selecting a thermoplastic polyurethane;
selecting a rubber, wherein a hardness of the thermoplastic polyurethane is 19A greater than that of the rubber; a hardness of the thermoplastic polyurethane is equal to or greater than 70A, and a weight ratio of the thermoplastic polyurethane to the rubber is between 30:70 and 70:30; and
mixing the thermoplastic polyurethane and the rubber in a dynamic vulcanization process, comprising:
forming a first mixture, wherein the first mixture comprises the rubber and an additive;
forming a second mixture, wherein the second mixture comprises a vulcanizing agent, an accelerator and the first mixture; and
forming a third mixture, wherein the third mixture comprise the thermoplastic polyurethane and the second mixture; and the step of forming the third mixture comprises a reaction process in a batch-type reactor at a temperature higher than 145° C. for at least 3 minutes or in a continuous-type reactor at a temperature higher than 190° C. for at least 15 seconds.
US Pat. No. 10,363,572

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A MULTICOAT PAINT SYSTEM ON PLASTICS SUBSTRATES

BASF Coatings GmbH, Muen...

1. A method for producing a paint system on a plastics substrate, the method comprising:(1) producing a basecoat film or a plurality of directly successive basecoat films on the plastics substrate by applying an aqueous basecoat material to the substrate or directly successively applying a plurality of basecoat materials to the substrate;
(2) producing a clearcoat film directly on the basecoat film or a topmost basecoat film by applying a clearcoat material directly to the basecoat film or the topmost basecoat film; and
(3) jointly curing the basecoat film and the clearcoat film or the basecoat films and the clearcoat film,
wherein:
the aqueous basecoat material or at least one of the basecoat materials comprises at least one aqueous polyurethane-polyurea dispersion comprising polyurethane-polyurea particles;
the polyurethane-polyurea particles in the dispersion comprise anionic groups, groups which can be converted into anionic groups, or both;
the polyurethane-polyurea particles comprise, in each case in reacted form:
at least one polyurethane prepolymer containing isocyanate groups and comprising the anionic groups, the groups which can be converted into anionic groups, or both; and
at least one polyamine comprising two primary amino groups and one or two secondary amino groups;
the polyurethane prepolymer does not contain subunits formed from a monoalcohol;
the polyurethane-polyurea particles present in the dispersion have an average particle size of 40 to 2000 nm; and
a gel fraction of the polyurethane-polyurea particles present in the dispersion is at least 50%.
US Pat. No. 10,364,342

TIRE HAVING TREAD FOR LOW TEMPERATURE PERFORMANCE AND WET TRACTION

1. A pneumatic tire having a circumferential rubber tread of a rubber composition comprised of, based on parts by weight per 100 parts by weight elastomer (phr):(A) 100 parts by weight of a combination of conjugated diene-based elastomers comprised of:
(1) about 10 to about 50 phr of an organic solvent polymerization prepared high Tg styrene/butadiene elastomer having a Tg in a range of from about ?40° C. to about ?30° C. with a styrene content in a range of from about 30 to about 35 weight percent wherein said high Tg S-SBR is extended with from about 10 to about 38 parts by weight per 100 parts of said high Tg styrene/butadiene elastomer of triglyceride vegetable oil,
(2) about 10 to about 50 phr of aqueous emulsion polymerization prepared styrene/butadiene elastomer having a Tg in a range of from about ?65° C. to about ?45° C. with a styrene content in a range of from about 15 to about 30 weight percent, and
(3) about 20 to about 60 phr of cis 1,4-polybutadiene rubber having a cis 1,4-isomeric content of at least about 95 percent and having a Tg in a range of from about ?100° C. to about ?108° C.,
(B) about 50 to about 250 phr of rubber reinforcing filler comprised of a combination of precipitated silica derived from silicon dioxide based inorganic sand or from silicon dioxide containing rice husks and rubber reinforcing carbon black where said reinforcing filler is comprised of from about 2 to about 10 phr of said rubber reinforcing carbon black, wherein said precipitated silica of said reinforcing filler is comprised of at least one of:
(1) pre-hydrophobated precipitated silica comprised of precipitated silica pre-hydrophobated with an alkoxyorganomercaptosilane or bis(3-triethoxysilylpropyl) polysulfide containing an average of from about 2 about 4 connecting sulfur atoms in its polysulfidic bridge to form a composite thereof,
(2) precipitated silica having a nitrogen surface area in a range of from about 140 to about 220 m2/g together with a silica coupler having a moiety reactive with hydroxyl groups on said precipitated silica and another different moiety interactive with said diene-based elastomers, and
(3) precipitated silica having a nitrogen surface area in a range of from about 90 to about 130 m2/g together with a silica coupler having a moiety reactive with hydroxyl groups on said precipitated silica and another different moiety interactive with said diene-based elastomers,
(C) about 5 to about 45 phr of traction promoting resin comprised of at least one of terpene, coumarone indene and styrene-alphamethylstyrene resins having a softening point within a range of from about 60° C. to about 150° C.
US Pat. No. 10,364,343

RUBBER COMPOSITION FOR VIBRATION PROOF RUBBERS

TOYO TIRE CORPORATION, I...

1. A rubber composition for vibration proof rubbers, comprising a rubber component comprising one or more diene based rubbers, a multiple zinc flower, sulfur in an amount of 0.05 parts by weight or more and 0.5 parts by weight or less, and a mixed resin, wherein the mixed resin comprises an aromatic hydrocarbon resin and an aliphatic hydrocarbon resin.
US Pat. No. 10,367,160

LIGHT-EMITTING ELEMENT

Semiconductor Energy Labo...

1. A light-emitting element comprising:a light-emitting layer comprising a first compound, a second compound, and a guest material,
wherein the first compound and the second compound are capable of forming an exciplex, and
wherein an emission peak wavelength of the exciplex is longer than or equal to a peak wavelength of an absorption band located on the longest wavelength side of an absorption spectrum of the guest material.
US Pat. No. 10,364,345

MONOLITHIC INTERLAYERS OF CELLULOSE ESTER POLYVINYL ACETAL POLYMER BLENDS

Solutia Inc., St. Louis,...

1. A monolithic interlayer comprising a polymer blend of:(A) polyvinyl acetal (“poly(vinyl acetal)”); and
(B) a cellulose ester (“CE”); wherein said poly(vinyl acetal) comprises a polyvinyl butyral resin having a residual OH content ranging from 6-35 wt % PVOH based on the weight of the polyvinyl butyral resin; wherein the monolithic interlayer has a haze value of 4% or less; wherein said cellulose ester layer has a Tg of at least 50° C. and not more than 200° C.
US Pat. No. 10,363,322

NON-ALCOHOLIC FATTY LIVER REGULATOR 14-3-3 PROTEIN

Korea University Research...

1. A method of treating non-alcoholic fatty liver, the method comprising administering an inhibitor against a 14-3-3? gene to a subject to decrease transcriptional activity of PPAR?2,wherein the inhibitor comprises an antisense oligonucleotide, siRNA, shRNA or miRNA against the 14-3-3? gene, or a vector comprising the same.
US Pat. No. 10,364,346

ABS-BASED RESIN COMPOSITION AND METHOD ARTICLE MANUFACTURED THEREFROM

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

1. A method of preparing an ABS-based resin composition, the method comprising: a step of feeding (a) 22.5 to 50% by weight of a vinyl cyan compound-conjugated diene-based rubber-like polymer-aromatic vinyl compound copolymer resin, wherein (a) the vinyl cyan compound-conjugated diene-based rubber-like polymer-aromatic vinyl compound copolymer resin is prepared by graft-polymerizing 40 to 70% by weight of a conjugated diene-based rubber-like polymer having an average particle diameter of 2500 to 3500 ? with 8 to 48% by weight of an aromatic vinyl compound and 6 to 24% by weight of a vinyl cyan compound; (b) 47.5 to 75% by weight of an aromatic vinyl compound-vinyl cyan compound copolymer resin; (c) 1 to 6% by weight of a polyether ester amide resin; and (d) 1.5 to 3% by weight of an ethoxylated alkylamine-based antistatic agent into an extruder, followed by mixing and extruding in a 180 to 220° C. barrel.
US Pat. No. 10,363,323

HYDROPHOBIC MODIFIED PEPTIDES FOR LIVER SPECIFIC DIAGNOSIS

RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITA...

1. A hydrophobic modified peptide of the formula[X—P—Y—Ro]Ap,
wherein
X is an amino acid sequence having a length of m amino acids,
wherein m is at least 4, and
wherein the N-terminus of X comprises one or more amino acids comprising an amino group in the side chain,
wherein the one or more of the amino acids comprising an amino group in the side chain comprises a hydrophobic modification selected from acylation with carboxylic acids, fatty acids, and amino acids with lipophilic side chains or addition of a hydrophobic moiety selected from the group consisting of cholesterol, derivatives of cholesterol, a phospholipid, a glycolipid, a glycerol ester, steroids, a ceramide, an isoprene derivative, adamantane, farnesol, an aliphatic group, and a polyaromatic compound; and
wherein the one or more amino acids comprising the amino group in the side chain is coupled to one or more labels selected from the group consisting of a fluorescent dye, a fluorescence emitting isotope, a radioisotope, and a contrast agent
P is a peptide comprising the amino acid sequence NPLGFXaaP (SEQ ID NO: 1), wherein Xaa is an arbitrary amino acid;
Y is an amino acid sequence having a length of n amino acids, wherein n is 0 or at least 1;
m+n?11
R is a C-terminal modification of said hydrophobic modified peptide, which protects from degradation selected from the group consisting of an amide, a D-amino acid, a modified amino acid, a cyclic amino acid, an albumin, a natural polymer, a synthetic polymer, and a glycane; o is 0 or at least 1; and
A is an anchor group selected from the group consisting of an ester, an ether, a disulfide, an amide, a thiol, and a thioester; p is 0 or at least 1.
US Pat. No. 10,363,324

PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITION

The South African Nuclear...

1. A method of administering a radiolabelled pharmaceutical compound to a subject in need thereof, the method including the steps of: providing a micro-emulsion constituted by a dispersion of vesicles or microsponges of a fatty acid based component in an aqueous or other pharmacologically acceptable carrier in which nitrous oxide is dissolved, the fatty acid based component comprising at least one long chain fatty acid based substance selected from the group consisting of oleic acid, linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, gamma-linolenic acid, ricinoleic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid [C20 5?3], and decosahexaenoic acid [C22 6?3] and derivatives thereof selected from the group consisting of the C1 to C6 alkyl esters thereof, the glycerol-polyethylene glycol esters thereof, and a reaction product of hydrogenated and unhydrogenated natural oils comprising ricinoleic acid based oils with ethylene oxide, mixed with a composition containing a radiolabelled pharmaceutical compound comprising a radioactive compound labelled to a pharmaceutical compound wherein the radioactive compound is selected from 99mTc, 188Re, 186Re, 153Sm, 166Ho, 90Sr, 89Sr, 67Ga, 68Ga, 111In, 183Gd, 59Fe, 225Ac, 212Bi, 211At, 211At, 45Ti, 60Cu, 61Cu, 67Cu, 64Cu, 62Cu, 195mPt, 191mPt, 193mPt, 117mSn, 103Pd, 103mRh, 89Zr, 177Lu, 223Ra, 224Ra, 32P and 33P, and administering the mixture to the subject orally in a diagnostic or therapeutic method of treatment, wherein the radiolabelled pharmaceutical compound is absorbed through an intestinal tract of the subject and is transported to a required location in the body after administration where the radiolabelled pharmaceutical compound has a diagnostic or therapeutic effect.
US Pat. No. 10,364,355

ASPHALT COMPOSITIONS, ASPHALT PRODUCTS MADE FROM SUCH ASPHALT COMPOSITIONS, AND THE METHODS OF MAKING AND USING SUCH COMPOSITIONS AND PRODUCTS

SHAMROCK M.E.D. LLC, Dia...

1. A paving composition comprising an aminated wax and an asphalt cement wherein the aminated wax is derived from castor oil.
US Pat. No. 10,364,361

WEATHERPROOF AQUEOUS WOOD COATINGS

AKZO NOBEL CHEMICALS INTE...

1. An aqueous coating composition comprising:an aqueous solvent,
a fatty amine quaternary having the following structure:
R1R2R3R4N+X?
 wherein R1, R2, R3, and R4 are independently chosen from saturated or unsaturated, linear or branched, substituted or unsubstituted, alkyl, aralkyl, or alkenyl groups, comprising from 1 to 30 carbon atoms, wherein at least one of R1, R2, R3, and R4 includes both a C12-C30 group and ethoxy and/or propoxy groups, wherein X? is an anion from an inorganic or organic acid, and wherein the number average molecular weight of the fatty amine quaternary is between about 100 g/mol and about 1500 g/mol, and
binder in an amount of between 40% to 90% by weight of the aqueous coating composition.
US Pat. No. 10,363,339

WATER ABSORBENT AGENT COMPOSITION AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME, AS WELL AS STORAGE AND STOCKING METHOD FOR SAME

NIPPON SHOKUBAI CO., LTD....

1. A water absorbent agent composition comprising: a polycarboxylic acid (salt)-based water absorbent resin as a main component; a natural ingredient produced by a living organism; and a temporal deterioration preventing agent in an amount of 0.05 ppm to 120 ppm, wherein said temporal deterioration preventing agent is at least one of (a) a water-soluble reducing agent selected from the group consisting of erythorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid, and sulfites, (b) water-soluble oxidants selected from the group consisting of hypochlorous acids and hypochlorites, (c) phenylphenols, (d) benzoic acid or esters thereof, and (e) hydroxybenzoic acid or esters thereof, where the polycarboxylic acid (salt)-based water absorbent resin is a crosslinked polymer of unsaturated monomers, and the unsaturated monomers contain iron (Fe) in an amount of not more than 2 ppm based on the water absorbent agent composition.
US Pat. No. 10,364,365

CURABLE COLORED INKS FOR MAKING COLORED SILICONE HYDROGEL LENSES

Novartis AG, Basel (CH)

1. An ink for making colored silicone hydrogel contact lenses, comprising at least a pigment, a polymeric dispersant, a synergist, a solvent and an actinically or thermally curable silicone-containing binder polymer including ethylenically unsaturated groups and segments derived from at least one silicone-containing vinylic monomer or macromer, wherein the synergist is selected from a group consisting of sulfonated Cu-phthalocyanine, copper phthalocyaninesulfonic acid and combinations thereof, wherein the ink is substantially free of water and has capability to be cured actinically or thermally to form a colored coat on a contact lens, wherein the ink is characterized by having a longer print life using a pad-printing system by at least 30% comparing to the ink which has the same composition except with no polymeric dispersant, wherein ink life is a number of printed parts that can be achieved in a print cycle.
US Pat. No. 10,364,367

NON-NEWTONIAN INKJET INKS

Hewett-Packard Developmen...

1. A non-Newtonian inkjet ink, comprising:a first metal oxide nanoparticle selected from the group consisting of substantially spherical or non-spherical silica particles, alumina particles, zinc oxide particles, iron oxide particles, titanium oxide particles, and combinations thereof, the first metal oxide nanoparticle having a particle size of 10 nm or less, and the first metal oxide nanoparticle present in an amount ranging from about 5% to about 15% by weight based on a total weight of the non-Newtonian inkjet ink;
a second metal oxide nanoparticle selected from the group consisting of alumina, titanium oxide, substantially spherical silica, anisotropic silica, and combinations thereof, the second metal oxide nanoparticle having at least one dimension greater than 10 nm, and the second metal oxide nanoparticle present in an amount ranging from 0.25% to 10% by weight based on the total weight of the non-Newtonian inkjet ink;
a colorant in an amount ranging from about 0.5% to about 10% by weight based on the total weight of the non-Newtonian inkjet ink;
an organic solvent in an amount ranging from about 5% to about 50% by weight based on the total weight of the non-Newtonian inkjet ink; and
a balance of water.
US Pat. No. 10,364,377

ADHESIVE COMPOSITIONS MADE FROM PROPYLENE-BASED POLYMERS AND CRYSTALLINE C2/C3 HOMOPOLYMER

ExxonMobil Chemical Paten...

1. An adhesive composition comprising:a polymer blend comprising a first propylene-based polymer, wherein the first propylene-based polymer is a homopolymer of propylene or a copolymer of propylene and ethylene or a C4 to C10 alpha-olefin, and a second propylene-based polymer, wherein the second propylene-based polymer is a homopolymer of propylene or a copolymer of propylene and ethylene or a C4 to C10 alpha-olefin; wherein the second propylene-based polymer is different than the first propylene-based polymer; wherein the polymer blend has a melt viscosity, measured at 190° C. and determined according to ASTM D-3236, of about 1,000 cP to about 5,000 cP;
a propylene polymer, wherein the propylene polymer is a homopolymer of propylene or a copolymer of propylene units with from about 0.5 to about 4 wt. % ethylene of C4 to C10 alpha-olefin comonomer derived units, and wherein the propylene polymer has a melt flow rate, measured according to ASTM D-1238 at 230° C. and 2.16 kg. of less than about 1,000 g/10 min; and
wherein the adhesive composition is substantially free of a functionalized polyolefin, wherein the functionalized polyolefin is selected from at least one of a maleic anhydride-modified polypropylene and a maleic anhydride-modified polypropylene wax.
US Pat. No. 10,364,378

POLARIZING STRUCTURE COMPRISING A GLYOXAL ADHESIVE SYSTEM AND POLARIZED LENS COMPRISING IT

ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL, C...

1. A polarizing structure comprising:a polarizing film having faces; and
a protective film provided on both faces of the polarizing film with an adhesive layer;
wherein the adhesive layer is a glyoxal-based adhesive obtained from a glyoxal water solution comprising:
about 5% by weight of glyoxal; and
about 5% by weight of polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) polymer
at least one of the protective films comprises PC or PMMA; and
wherein a first face of the at least one protective film is oriented towards the polarizing film and further comprises an adhesion primer structure.
US Pat. No. 10,364,380

ADHESIVE COMPOSITION FOR OPTICAL USE, METHOD FOR PREPARING ADHESIVE COMPOSITION FOR OPTICAL USE, AND ADHESIVE FILM FOR OPTICAL USE

LG Chem, Ltd., (KR)

1. An adhesive composition for optical use, comprising:an isobutylene-isoprene rubber having an acrylic acid ester-based functional group in a main chain thereof;
a photoinitiator; and
a tackifier,
wherein the acrylic acid ester-based functional group is grafted to an isoprene unit of the isobutylene-isoprene rubber through a urethane bond.
US Pat. No. 10,363,205

DELAYED RELEASE DELIVERY SYSTEMS AND METHODS

ELC MANAGEMENT LLC, Melv...

1. A delayed release delivery system, comprising:at least one treated particle, the treated particle, comprising:
a hydrophilic core particle having surface pores and a liquid contained therein, the hydrophilic core particle being further encapsulated by a polymer having a hydrophobic backbone and a plurality of hydrophilic pendant groups,
wherein at least some of the surface pores adjacent the hydrophilic pendant groups are blocked in the presence of water and unblocked in the absence of water, and
wherein the polymer is modified with polyglycerol pendant groups.
US Pat. No. 10,364,485

ALUMINUM ALLOY SHEET THAT EXHIBITS EXCELLENT SURFACE QUALITY AFTER ANODIZING AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

UACJ CORPORATION, Chiyod...

1. An aluminum alloy sheet comprising a 5000 series aluminum alloy sheet containing 1.0-6.0 mass % of Mg, the Mg concentration in a solid-solution state that is present in an outermost surface area of the aluminum alloy sheet varying in a widthwise direction of the aluminum alloy sheet in the form of a band having a width of a least 0.05 mm and a difference in the concentration of Mg between adjacent bands is no more than 0.20 mass %, and an oxide coating provided thereon.
US Pat. No. 10,363,207

ALL-IN-ONE SKIN-BRIGHTENING FORMULATIONS

1. An all-in-one skin treatment formulation comprising a base composition of ingredients of:from 91.78 to 96% by weight of water;
from 0.0001 to 2% by weight of Kojic Acid;
from 0.05 to 0.15% by weight of Niacinamide;
from 0.8 to 1.2% by weight of Sodium Hyaluronate;
from 0.008 to 0.012% by weight of Licorice Extract; and
from 0.08 to 0.12% by weight of Tocopherol;
up to 5% by weight of a biomimetic encapsulated whitening peptide, wherein said biomimetic encapsulated whitening peptide component comprises water, butylene glycol, hydrogenated lecithin, sodium oleate, oligopeptide-68, and sodium ethylene diamine-tetraacetic acid (EDTA);
up to 0.01% by weight of Retinol;
from 0 to 1.1% by weight of preservatives;
from 0 to 2.5% of lactic acid;
from 0 to 2.5% of glycolic acid; and
from 0 to 2% by weight of Hydroquinone; wherein said biomimetic encapsulated whitening peptide and said Retinol are both present.