US Pat. No. 10,557,105

EXTRACTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Bao Tran, Saratoga, CA (...

1. A method for extracting oil from a biomass, comprising:applying a cryogen to a tank to render brittle the biomass;
reducing the cryogenically frozen biomass to small portions;
placing the reduced cryogenically frozen biomass in the tank filled with a liquid;
generating shock waves and pressure variations with cavitation;
applying the shock waves and pressure variations to a mixture formed from the liquid and the reduced cryogenically frozen biomass with oil dissolved or entrained within a fluid of the mixture; and
extracting oil from the fluid.

US Pat. No. 10,557,104

MODULAR, MOBILE, AND AUTOMATED SOLVENT EXTRACTION AND DISTILLATION SYSTEMS, AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

Botanex Intelletual Prope...

1. An automated system for solvent extraction of a plant-based raw material or other biomass material to produce a botanical extract, fats, oils, or other desirable solute, said system comprising:(a) an extraction reactor configured with (i) a sealed feed inlet for feeding a plant-based solid raw material, biomass, or other feed stock material, (ii) a solvent inlet for introducing lean solvent to said extraction reactor, (iii) one or more gas ports for introducing an inert non-condensable gas and/or a solvent vapor to said extraction reactor and/or for removing gases from said extraction reactor; (iv) optionally, a refrigeration cycle with the interior of said extraction reactor acting as an evaporator of said solvent, to sub-cool said plant-based solid raw material, biomass or other feed stock material; (v) a solid outlet for conveying solid material out of said extraction reactor; and (vi) a product outlet for removing rich solvent containing a botanical extract, or other precipitate, out of said extraction reactor;
(b) a closed-loop continuous-flow distillation unit configured to generate purified botanical extract and recovered solvent from said rich solvent containing said botanical extract; and
(c) a second-stage purge chamber configured to (i) receive said solid material and (ii) receive a heated inert non-condensable gas and/or said solvent vapor, wherein said second-stage purge chamber is effective to recover residual solvent contained in said solid material.

US Pat. No. 10,556,985

NITROGEN-CONTAINING HETEROCYCLIC EPOXY CURING AGENTS, COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS

Evonik Operations GmbH, ...

1. An amine-epoxy curing agent comprising the contact product of:(a) an amine epoxy curing agent having at least one saturated heterocyclic compound having two nitrogen heteroatoms according to formula (I):

wherein X is independently selected from a hydrogen atom, a linear or branched C1 to C4 alkyl group and a substituted or un-substituted phenyl group, Y1 is a direct bond or a divalent polyethylene polyamine group having 1 to 8 nitrogen atoms, and R is independently a hydrogen atom or a group selected from C1-C8 linear, cyclic, and branched alkyl, alkenyl, and alkaryl groups; and
(b) at least one multifunctional amine having three or more active amine hydrogens per molecule.

US Pat. No. 10,556,838

BIOCHARS AND BIOCHAR TREATMENT PROCESSES

Cool Planet Energy System...

1. A biochar comprising:porous carbonaceous material comprising a pore morphology defining a pore volume comprising a plurality of pores comprising pore surfaces, where the surface of pores have been treated by an infiltrate infused into the pores of the porous carbonaceous material by a forced, assisted or accelerated infusion treatment process, where the infusion treatment process uses a surfactant to assist the infiltrate into the pores of the porous carbonaceous material.

US Pat. No. 10,556,785

INDUSTRIAL TRUCK AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN INDUSTRIAL TRUCK

Jungheinrich Aktiengesell...

1. A system for controlling an industrial truck with a drive portion having a traction drive, a steering portion, and a load portion, the system comprising:a portable transmitting and receiving unit configured to be positioned away from the industrial truck;
at least three transmitting and receiving units each disposed in a predetermined spatial arrangement with respect to one another on the drive portion of the industrial truck;
an evaluation unit disposed on the industrial truck and configured to determine a position of the portable transmitting and receiving unit relative to the industrial truck by measuring signal propagation times; and
a control unit disposed on the industrial truck and configured to transmit a control command for traction drive and/or steering if the position of the portable transmitting and receiving unit is located within a predetermined spatial region relative to the industrial truck.

US Pat. No. 10,556,783

FORKLIFT ADAPTER

Ivey Enterprises, L.L.C.,...

1. A forklift adapter comprising a payload securing means, said payload securing means comprising:a. a payload carriage comprising two parallel beams, each beam comprising two forklift fork insertion openings, said forklift fork insertion openings being spatially separated along said beam so as to accommodate coupling of the forks of a forklift with said forklift adapter, such that said forks of a forklift, when aligned perpendicular to said two parallel beams, pass through said two parallel beams; and
b. a payload securing means comprising two vertical supports and two bottom supports, each vertical support being connected to one beam at one end and to a bottom supports at the other end, wherein said two bottom supports are shaped substantially like the forks of a forklift and are parallel to said two parallel beams.

US Pat. No. 10,556,668

ARTIFICIAL FORCE FEEL GENERATING DEVICE FOR A VEHICLE CONTROL SYSTEM OF A VEHICLE AND, IN PARTICULAR, OF AN AIRCRAFT

AIRBUS HELICOPTERS DEUTSC...

1. An artificial force feel generating device for generation of an artificial feeling of force on an inceptor of a vehicle control system, the inceptor being adapted for controlling a servo-assisted control unit of the vehicle control system via a mechanical linkage, the artificial force feel generating device comprising a first force generating device and a second force generating device, wherein the first force generating device and the second force generating device are mechanically connected to the inceptor, the first force generating device being provided for generating a nominal force acting in operation on the inceptor and the second force generating device being provided for generating a tactile cue force acting in operation on the inceptor, the first and second force generating devices being arranged in parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,556,667

AIRCRAFT WING LOAD ALLEVIATION DEVICE AND AIRCRAFT WING LOAD ALLEVIATION METHOD

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. An aircraft wing load alleviation device to be provided to an aircraft including a body, a main wing extending from the body, and an elongated supporting member with a first end fixed to the body and a second end fixed to the main wing to support the main wing, the aircraft wing load alleviation device being configured to alleviate a load acting on the main wing, the aircraft wing load alleviation device comprising:a load detector configured to detect the load acting on the main wing;
an actuator provided to the elongated supporting member and configured to apply a load in a longitudinal direction of the elongated supporting member; and
a controller configured to control, when the load acting on the main wing is detected by the load detector, operation of the actuator to make the actuator apply the load to the elongated supporting member in a direction opposite to a direction of a load that is applied on the elongated supporting member as a result of the detected load,
wherein the second end of the elongated supporting member is fixed on an elastic axis of the main wing.

US Pat. No. 10,556,657

MARINE OUTBOARD ENGINE LUBRICATION

BRP US INC., Sturtevant,...

1. A marine outboard engine, comprising:an internal combustion engine comprising:
a crankcase defining a crankcase chamber,
a cylinder block connected to the crankcase, the cylinder block defining a cylinder,
a piston disposed in the cylinder,
a crankshaft disposed at least in part in the crankcase chamber, and
a connecting rod operatively connecting the piston to the crankshaft;
a gearcase defining a gearcase chamber;
a plurality of gears disposed in the gearcase chamber;
a driveshaft operatively connecting the crankshaft to the plurality of gears;
an output shaft disposed at least in part in the gearcase chamber and being operatively connected to the plurality of gears;
a rotor connected to the output shaft for propelling the marine outboard engine;
a lubricant reservoir for holding lubricant;
a first lubricant conduit fluidly connecting the lubricant reservoir to the crankcase chamber for supplying lubricant from the lubricant reservoir to the crankcase chamber; and
a second lubricant conduit fluidly connecting the lubricant reservoir to the gearcase chamber for supplying lubricant from the lubricant reservoir to the gearcase chamber.

US Pat. No. 10,556,649

WAKE ENHANCEMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD

Steven Clothier, South L...

1. A wake enhancement apparatus, comprising:a receiver assembly that is watercraft-attachable;
an attachment assembly that is removably attachable by a fastener to the receiver assembly, the attachment assembly including an elongated structural member;
a connecting assembly having a first end portion attached to the attachment assembly, the connecting assembly including a strut member that extends downward from the attachment assembly; and
a lower assembly attached to a second end portion of the connecting assembly, the lower assembly including a plurality of foil plate members;
wherein each of the plurality of foil plate members has a first portion extending from the connecting assembly and a second portion extending from the first portion;
wherein the first portion is bent downward and the second portion is bent upward;
wherein the attachment assembly includes a handle; and
wherein the handle protrudes from the receiver assembly when the attachment assembly is removably attached to the receiver assembly by the fastener.

US Pat. No. 10,556,579

DRIVE APPARATUS IN A SELF-PROPELLED CONSTRUCTION MACHINE

BOMAG GmbH, Boppard (DE)...

2. An apparatus in a self-propelled construction machine, comprising:a milling rotor and a main drive which can be coupled to the milling rotor via an engaging and disengaging clutch, and an auxiliary drive which can be coupled to the milling rotor alternatively by the clutch to the main drive;
the clutch being provided with a fixed input side and a displaceable output side, the displaceable output side being displaceable between an engaged position and a disengaged position, the displaceable output side also comprising an engaging and disengaging part of a shiftable transmission, a fixed part of the shiftable transmission being driven by the auxiliary drive, with the fixed part and the clutch being selectively engaged and disengaged via the displaceable output side of the clutch,
wherein the transmission includes a toothed gearing or a friction gearing.

US Pat. No. 10,556,575

BRAKING SYSTEM

AGCO International GmbH, ...

1. A braking system for an agricultural vehicle, the braking system comprising:a first master cylinder associated with a first brake pedal to control a left wheel brake;
a second master cylinder associated with a second brake pedal to control a right wheel brake;
a central selection valve to selectively apply brake fluid from a brake fluid supply to the left wheel brake, to the right wheel brake, or to both the left and right wheel brakes, wherein the operation of the central selection valve is based on the difference between the first master cylinder pressure and the second master cylinder pressure; and
a central proportional valve to supply brake fluid from the brake fluid supply to the central selection valve, the operation of the central proportional valve configured wherein:
when a pressure of the first and second master cylinders is greater than an upper threshold value, brake fluid is supplied via the central proportional valve to the central selection valve; and
when the pressure of the first and second master cylinders is less than the upper threshold value, brake fluid is not supplied via the central proportional valve to the central selection valve.

US Pat. No. 10,556,566

CARGO BLIND END CAP ASSEMBLY IN A VEHICLE

Ford Global Technologies ...

1. A cargo blind end cap assembly of a vehicle, comprising:an end cap including a housing having a recess adapted to receive a cargo blind bar; and
a seat belt retainer to retain and release a seat belt tongue, wherein the seat belt retainer is connected to the housing of the end cap to form a unitary structure and includes a clip to fasten the seat belt tongue;
wherein the cargo blind end cap assembly is adapted to be detachably connected to the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,556,554

MOUNTING STRUCTURE OF CAMERA

TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD., ...

1. A mounting structure of a camera, comprising:a camera configured to capture an image corresponding to at least a part of surroundings of a vehicle; and
a decorative member configured to be mounted on an exterior component of the vehicle and to cover the camera, wherein:
the decorative member and the exterior component are fixed and closely contacted with each other, and the decorative member covers the camera in such a manner that the camera is not disturbed when capturing the image; and
the camera is disposed in a region of an inside of the decorative member from an external surface of the decorative member;
the camera is disposed in the inside of the decorative member; and the decorative member is a half-mirror structure;
a tip end part in which a lens is disposed in the camera is fitted into a recessed part formed on an internal surface of the decorative member;
a portion corresponding to a viewing range of the camera in the decorative member is transparent or translucent; and
the decorative member is bonded to the exterior component to prevent water from entering the region inside the decorative member, which is occupied by the camera.

US Pat. No. 10,556,553

VEHICLE CAMERA MOUNTING INTERFACES

Veoneer US, Inc., Southf...

1. A vehicle camera assembly, comprising:a camera configured for being coupled to a vehicle;
a bracket configured for being coupled with the camera;
a camera mounting interface positioned on the camera; and
a bracket mounting interface positioned on the bracket,
wherein at least one of the bracket mounting interface and the camera mounting interface comprises a plurality of protruding coupling members,
wherein at least one of the camera mounting interface and the bracket mounting interface comprises a plurality of clips configured to releasably receive the plurality of protruding coupling members to releasably couple the camera to the bracket, and
wherein at least a portion of each of the protruding coupling members defines, at least in part, an at least substantially spherical surface.

US Pat. No. 10,556,547

ROOF RAIL

DURA OPERATING, LLC, Aub...

1. A roof rail, designed for fastening to a roof structure of a motor vehicle, comprising a rail profile and, in at least one sub-portion, a decorative profile for forming at least a first decorative surface, wherein the rail profile has a fastening leg on which fastening means act when the roof rail is mounted as intended on the roof structure, in order to secure the rail profile to the roof structure, and the decorative profile is connected load-free to the rail profile via the fastening leg,wherein the fastening means act on the fastening leg of the rail profile such that a load acting on the rail profile is introduced directly via the fastening means into the roof structure without a detour via the decorative profile.

US Pat. No. 10,556,536

ILLUMINATED VEHICULAR ASSEMBLY FOR DAY AND NIGHT USE

1. A luminescent indicia assembly comprising:a mounting surface displaying a first color;
a luminescent planar sheet affixed to said mounting surface and constructed to provide a non-luminescent and a luminescent indicia, said luminescent planar sheet including a non-luminescent printed circuit board, said printed circuit board having one or more layers of non-electrically conducting substrates and a plurality of electrically conducting pathways; said printed circuit board having a top surface displaying a second color which contrasts with said mounting surface's first color, said luminescent planar sheet including a plurality of light sources surface mounted upon said printed circuit board which are electrically connected to said electrically conducting pathways, and said light sources are mounted substantially uniformly upon said printed circuit board and mounted so as to emit light in a direction perpendicular to said mounting surface; and
a power source for providing power to said one or more luminescent planar sheets.

US Pat. No. 10,556,479

GYROSCOPE-BASED ROTATION DAMPER FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

AUDI AG, Ingolstadt (DE)...

1. A gyroscope-based rotation damper for a motor vehicle, comprising:a flywheel that is driven via a drive, rotates around an axis of rotation at an angular velocity (??) and that is mounted on the motor vehicle structure via a first bearing element and a second bearing element in a gimbal, wherein the flywheel is mounted rotatably around an angle of rotation (?) at the first bearing element, and the first bearing element is rotatably mounted at the second bearing element around a first angle of rotation (?) around a first axis aligned orthogonal to the axis of rotation of the flywheel, and the second bearing element is mounted rotatably at the motor vehicle structure around a second angle of rotation (?) around a second axis aligned orthogonal to the first axis; and
a controller unit for controlling a shaft drive,
wherein the second bearing element rotatably mounted on the motor vehicle structure is operatively connected to the shaft drive via a drive shaft, wherein the first bearing element rotatably mounted at the second bearing element is operatively connected to a wheel carrier in such a way that a compression/rebound movement of the wheel carrier causes a rotation of the first bearing element around the first angle of rotation (?), wherein the controller unit controls the angular velocity (??) and the torque (M?) of the drive shaft by way of the shaft drive as a function of the first angle of rotation (?) and of the first torque (M?).

US Pat. No. 10,556,451

RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A recording apparatus comprising:a recording head that is provided with a plurality of nozzles and performs recording by ejecting liquid onto a medium from the nozzles;
a pair of transport rollers that transports the medium toward the recording head; and
a first path and a second path that cause the medium, transported in the medium transport direction with a first surface facing the recording head, to be curved with the first surface being as an inside at a position on an upstream side of a position of the recording head in the medium transport direction, and reverse the medium so that a second surface which is a surface opposite to the first surface of the medium faces the recording head to transport the medium again toward the recording head,
wherein both a length of a first curved path included in the first path and a length of a second curved path included in the second path are longer than a distance from a nip position in the pair of transport rollers to a most downstream side position of a head surface having the plurality of nozzles in the medium transport direction, and
wherein a curvature of the second curved path is greater than a curvature of the first curved path.

US Pat. No. 10,556,450

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An ink jet recording method comprising:heating a recording medium; and
attaching an aqueous ink composition to the heated recording medium by ejecting the aqueous ink composition through a nozzle, the aqueous ink composition containing water, a solvent, and resin particles,
wherein, in the attaching, a temperature difference between a temperature of the nozzle and a surface temperature of the heated recording medium is ?4 to 8° C., and
wherein the resin particles include particular resin particles formed from a resin whose decrease rate of absorbance of light having a wavelength of 400 nm is 15% or smaller in 1 hour at 40° C. and 10% or larger in 1 hour at 80° C. in a liquid mixture containing the solvent contained in the aqueous ink composition and the particular resin particles, and a resin solid component of the liquid mixture is 0.5% by mass.

US Pat. No. 10,556,437

LIQUID EJECTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A liquid ejecting apparatus comprising:a filter disposed in a liquid path for supplying liquid to nozzles of a liquid ejecting head; and
a liquid storing chamber disposed downstream of the filter in the liquid path, the liquid storing chamber including:
an inlet through which the liquid enters the liquid storing chamber;
a bubble retention space disposed above the inlet in the vertical direction;
a bottom disposed below the bubble retention space in the vertical direction; and
a first outlet and a second outlet through which the liquid exits the liquid storing chamber, wherein
the liquid ejecting apparatus satisfies one of conditions (i) and (ii) below:
(i) the first outlet is located on one side of an imaginary center line and the second outlet is located on the other side of the imaginary center line, as viewed in the vertical direction, the imaginary center line passing through a center of a projected area, the projected area being defined by projecting the bubble retention space onto the bottom in the vertical direction; and
(ii) the first outlet and the second outlet are located outside a projected area, as viewed in the vertical direction, the projected area being defined by projecting the bubble retention space onto the bottom in the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 10,556,379

METHOD FOR PROCESSING PAEK AND ARTICLES MANUFACTURED FROM THE SAME

Hexcel Corporation, Stam...

12. A layer-by-layer process for manufacturing a three-dimensional object from a powder comprising the steps of:applying a layer of a powder on a bed of a laser sintering machine, the powder comprising recycled polyetherketoneketone (PEKK);
solidifying selected points of the applied layer of powder by irradiation;
successively repeating the step of applying the powder and the step of solidifying the applied layer of powder until all cross sections of a three-dimensional object are solidified;
wherein the recycled PEKK is a PEKK powder that has been previously used in an SLS process having a bed temperature between a melting point temperature of the PEKK powder before the SLS process (TM1) and 20 degrees Celsius less than the TM1 and having a laser with a power between 2 and 50 (W*s/mm 2);
wherein a melting point temperature of the recycled PEKK (TM2) is greater than TM1.

US Pat. No. 10,556,356

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PERFORMING A TASK ON A MATERIAL, OR LOCATING THE POSITION OF A DEVICE RELATIVE TO THE SURFACE OF THE MATERIAL

Sharper Tools, Inc., San...

1. A computer-implemented method of positioning a cutting instrument mounted in a rig, the method comprising:scanning, by a first sensor, a first portion of a surface of a material to obtain scanned data, wherein the scanned data is used to generate first data;
scanning, by a second sensor coupled to one or more processors, a second portion of the surface of the material to obtain second scanned data, wherein the second sensor is separate from the first sensor;
determining, by at least one of the one or more processors and based at least in part upon the first data and the second scanned data, a position of the cutting instrument;
comparing, using at least one of the one or more processors, the position of the cutting instrument to a desired path, wherein the desired path is based at least in part upon a design plan; and
responsive to the comparison and using at least one actuator, moving the cutting instrument to a target point on the desired path.

US Pat. No. 10,556,350

ASSEMBLY BODY MANUFACTURING DEVICE AND ASSEMBLY BODY MANUFACTURING METHOD

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. An assembly body manufacturing device, comprising:a plurality of first gripping parts configured to grip a first member having a long shape;
a first drive part configured to move each of the plurality of first gripping parts and adjust a position of each of the plurality of first gripping parts gripping the first member;
a second gripping part configured to grip the first member, the second gripping part numbering less than the plurality of first gripping parts;
a second drive part configured to move the second gripping part and adjust a position of the second gripping part gripping the first member, the second drive part having a higher positioning accuracy in positioning adjustment than that of the plurality of first gripping parts driven by the first drive part;
a storage unit configured to store an original shape of the first member; and
a control unit configured to drive the first drive part and the second drive part and adjust positions of the plurality of first gripping parts and the second gripping part on the basis of the original shape of the first member stored in the storage unit such that a shape of the first member gripped by the plurality of first gripping parts and the second gripping part matches the original shape of the first member stored in the storage unit.

US Pat. No. 10,556,326

SPEED CLAMP FOR T-SLOTTED STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS

Voytas Inc, Syracuse, NY...

1. A clamp configured for operation while attached to an elongated structural member having a uniform cross sectional shape along its longitudinal axis, the structural member including a longitudinal slot that is open to an upper surface of the structural member, said slot being widened below the upper surface of the structural member so that the slot is covered by a slot overhang on each side thereof, the clamp comprising:a clamp stop attached to the structural member, the clamp stop including a stop surface at its proximal end that is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the structural member; and
a clamp block assembly comprising:
a clamp housing penetrated by a first vertical hole intersected by a horizontal passage;
a fixing pin inserted in the first vertical hole, the fixing pin including a vertically extended hole that is held in alignment with the horizontal passage of the clamp housing;
a slot key that is horizontally insertable into the slot of the structural member, a lower portion of the slot key being sufficiently wide to prevent vertical removal of the slot key from the slot while an upper portion of the slot key extends vertically through the slot and is attached to a distal end of the fixing pin, the clamp housing being thereby slidably attached to the structural member;
a lifting mechanism configured to apply a lifting force to the fixing pin, thereby forcing the slot key vertically upward against the slot overhang and fixing the clamp housing in position along the structural member; and
a clamping shaft extending through the horizontal passage and engaged therewith, whereby the clamping shaft can be disengaged or otherwise manipulated for advancement and retraction through the horizontal passage; and
a block surface fixed to a distal end of the clamping shaft and substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the structural member, so that the block surface can be placed in an opposed, parallel relationship to the stop surface when the clamping shaft is parallel to the longitudinal axis of the structural member and the block surface is directed toward the clamp stop.

US Pat. No. 10,556,325

RATCHETING CLAMP

Gary A. Cheney, Coon Rap...

1. An improved ratcheting clamp comprising:an elongated ratchet bar including:
a proximal end section including:
a plurality of spaced teeth thereon forming a ratchet rack;
a distal end section; and
a center section;
a gripping cam including;
a plate member;
a gripping panel;
wherein said gripping panel is connected to said plate member in a substantially perpendicular orientation;
a cam member;
wherein said cam member is pivotally connected to said plate member and spaced from said gripping panel, such that when in use a piece of material can be removably gripped by said gripping cam; and
a spring member;
wherein said spring member is connected between said plate member and said cam member and is adapted to bias said cam member toward said gripping panel;
wherein said gripping cam is attached to said distal end section of said elongated ratchet bar;
a ratcheting member including:
a main body including:
a ratchet channel;
wherein said ratchet channel is adapted to slidably receive said proximal end section of said elongated ratchet bar; and
a ratchet handle including:
a ratchet pawl member;
wherein said ratchet pawl member is adapted to releasably engage respective said plurality of spaced teeth of said ratchet rack of said elongated ratchet bar;
wherein said ratchet handle is pivotally connected to said main body;
wherein during successive pivoting motions of said ratchet handle said ratchet pawl engages successive teeth of said ratchet rack of said elongated ratchet bar to thereby successively pull said elongated ratchet bar through said ratchet channel, to thereby pull said gripping cam toward said ratcheting member; and
a compression plate;
wherein said compression plate is connected to said ratcheting member in a substantially perpendicular orientation thereto, such that when in use a piece of material can be placed against said compression plate in a substantially perpendicular orientation to said piece of material held by said gripping cam;
wherein when in use said piece of material held by said gripping cam can be releasably held in place against said piece of material being held against said compression plate.

US Pat. No. 10,556,293

LASER MACHINING DEVICE AND LASER MACHINING METHOD

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.,...

1. A laser processing method for processing an object thereby forming a plurality of modified spots within the object along a cutting line, the plurality of modified spots forming a modified region, the method comprising:changing, by a first half-wave plate, a direction of polarization of a first pulsed laser light having a first wavelength;
changing, by a second half-wave plate, a direction of polarization of a second pulsed laser light having a second wavelength different from the first wavelength;
separating the first pulsed laser light having the direction of polarization changed by the first half-wave plate and the second pulsed laser light having the direction of polarization changed by the second half-wave plate; and
focusing, by a condenser lens, the first pulsed laser light and the second pulsed laser light at the object through the condenser lens;
controlling an intensity of the first pulsed laser light and the second pulsed laser light that are polarization-separated by varying the directions of polarization of the first pulsed laser light changed by the first half-wave plate and the second pulsed laser light changed by the second half-wave plate, wherein the first pulsed laser light has an intensity that is within a predetermined intensity range at which the plurality of modified spots are not formed when only the first pulsed laser light is focused at the object without focusing the second pulsed laser light, and the second pulsed laser light has an intensity that is equal to or greater than an intensity at which the plurality of modified spots are formed when only the second pulsed laser light is focused at the object without focusing the first pulsed laser light, and
wherein a region in which the first pulsed laser light is focused and a region in which the second pulsed laser light is focused overlaps.

US Pat. No. 10,556,253

PARCEL SORTING APPARATUS WITH ROUTING MANIFOLD AND DIVERTER SYSTEM

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. An apparatus for sorting parcels, the apparatus comprising:a slide defining a transport surface configured to convey parcels from an upstream point of the slide to a downstream point of the slide, the slide further defining an opening in the transport surface that is dimensioned to receive one or more of the parcels therethrough;
at least one door disposed in the slide, the door being selectively positionable between at least:
a first position in which the door closes the opening and forms at least a portion of the transport surface, and
a second position in which the door opens the opening to allow the one or more parcels therethrough, wherein the door comprises:
a first door section defining a first subportion of the portion of the transport surface, the first subportion having a first coefficient of friction; and
a second door section defining a second subportion of the portion of the transport surface, the second subportion having a different, second coefficient of friction; and
a routing manifold disposed below the opening and comprising:
a diverter system comprising one or more diverters actuatable to direct individual parcels toward a selected outlet of a plurality of outlets.

US Pat. No. 10,556,248

SPRINKLER WITH INTERNAL COMPARTMENTS

The Toro Company, Bloomi...

1. An irrigation sprinkler comprising:an injection-molded riser housing having a top portion, a bottom portion, and a passage therethrough;
a compartment located at said top portion of said riser housing;
a sprinkler riser located in said top portion of said injection-molded riser and configured to vertically extend during operation;
a metal communication tube having a first end positioned within said passage of said injection-molded riser; said communication tube having a portion of its length that is surrounded by an injection-molded portion of said injection-molded riser housing so as to prevent movement of said metal communication tube relative to said injection-molded riser housing;
a main valve positioned in said bottom portion of said injection-molded riser and operatively connected to said metal communication tube; and,
a pilot valve located in said compartment and in communication with a second end of said metal communication tube.

US Pat. No. 10,556,240

PRODUCT VERIFICATION FOR HARD DRIVE DATA DESTROYING DEVICE

Serenity Data Security, L...

1. A system for physically destroying the data storage portion of electronic media that include voice coil magnets and spindle magnets and retrieving rare earth metals comprising:a rotatable milling cutter,
a cradle for locating the electronic media storage device in a positioned to engage the milling cutter, said cutter and/or said cradle being axially movable to permit the milling cutter to engage and remove the data storage portion of the electronic media storage device while leaving at least a portion of the remaining electronic media storage device including the voice coil magnets and spindle magnets intact;
an integrated computer containing a database of various parameters of different types of hard drives available;
a scanning system for determining information about the type of electronic media storage device being introduced in the system to be destroyed and conveying such information to the computer whereby the database may be used to provide information to properly locate the cradle and milling cutter to destroy the data storage portion wherein the voice coil magnets and spindle magnets remain after the destruction of the data storage portion of the electronic media storage device: and
a slug cutter for removing a slug from the hard drive containing the voice coil magnets and a slug from the hard drive containing the spindle magnets.

US Pat. No. 10,556,190

APPARATUS FOR GENERATING WATER VAPOR WITH HEAT-RETAINING MEDIUM AND FUEL CELL SYSTEM HAVING THE APPARATUS

MICO CO., LTD., Anseong-...

1. A water-vapor generating apparatus comprises:a chamber body having an inner space defined therein;
a partitioning member disposed within the inner space of the chamber body and configured to divide the inner space into a water-vapor discharge space and a heating space;
a tubular pipe having a first opened end connected to an external water-supply apparatus and a second opened end disposed in the water-vapor discharge space, wherein the tubular pipe extends through the heating space;
a heater configured to supply thermal energy to the heating space; and
a heat-retaining medium disposed in the water-vapor discharge space, the heat retaining medium comprising a material having a specific heat greater than that of the chamber body and the partitioning member and configured to absorb thermal energy and convert liquid water into water-vapor with the absorbed thermal energy,
wherein the chamber body has a water-vapor outlet connecting the water-vapor discharge space to a fuel reforming apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,556,186

SINGLE SEAT ROLLER COASTER CAR

Philadelphia Toboggan Coa...

1. A roller coaster car assembly adapted for operation on a roller coaster track and for experiencing enhanced articulation, said roller coaster car assembly comprising:a lead car comprising:
a first chassis having first and second portions, said first portion articulating with respect to said second portion, said first portion comprising front track wheel assemblies and said second portion comprising first back track wheel assemblies;
said second portion having a first aperture and a first receiver at a first back end thereof;
a first passenger seat secured to said second portion of said first chassis, said first passenger seat comprising a bottom cushion that is removable; and
a secondary car comprising:
a second chassis having a second aperture and a second receiver at a second back end thereof;
a single pair of track wheel assemblies, said single pair of track wheel assemblies being coupled only at a back portion of said second chassis;
a second passenger seat secured to said second chassis; and
a coupling arm having a first end fixedly secured to said second chassis and a second end comprising a rod end that is adapted to couple to said first receiver, within said first chassis, via said first aperture, said bottom cushion covering an access to said rod end and said first receiver; and
wherein said secondary car experiences enhanced articulation when said roller coaster car assembly is in operation.

US Pat. No. 10,556,160

GOLF CLUB HEAD HAVING A STRESS REDUCING FEATURE WITH APERTURE

TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY,...

1. A hollow golf club having a stress reducing feature with aperture comprising:(A) a shaft (200) having a proximal end (210) and a distal end (220);
(B) a grip (300) attached to the shaft proximal end (210); and
(C) a golf club head (400) attached to the shaft distal end (220) and having:
(i) a face (500) positioned at a front portion (402) of the golf club head (400) where the golf club head (400) impacts a golf ball, wherein the face (400) includes a top edge height (TEH) and a lower edge height (LEH), and wherein the face (400) has a face thickness that varies from a minimum thickness to a maximum thickness;
(ii) a sole (700) positioned at a bottom portion of the golf club head (400);
(iii) a crown (600) positioned at a top portion of the golf club head (400);
(iv) a skirt (800) positioned around a portion of a periphery of the golf club head (400) between the sole (700) and the crown (600), wherein the face (500), sole (700), crown (600), and skirt (800) define an outer shell that further defines a head volume, and wherein the golf club head (400) has a rear portion (404) opposite the face (500);
(v) a bore having a center that defines a shaft axis (SA) which intersects with a horizontal ground plane (GP) to define an origin point, wherein the bore is located at a heel side (406) of the golf club head (400) and receives the shaft distal end (220) for attachment to the golf club head (400), and wherein a toe side (408) of the golf club head (400) is located opposite of the heel side (406);
(vi) a center of gravity (CG) of the golf club head (400) located:
(a) vertically toward the crown (600) of the golf club head (400) from the origin point a distance Ycg;
(b) horizontally from the origin point toward the toe side (408) of the golf club head (400) a distance Xcg that is generally parallel to the face (500) and the ground plane (GP); and
(c) a distance Zcg from the origin toward the rear portion (404) in a direction generally orthogonal to the vertical direction used to measure Ycg and generally orthogonal to the horizontal direction used to measure Xcg;
(vii) a stress reducing feature (1000) including a sole located SRF (1300) located at least partially on the sole (700), wherein:
(a) the sole located SRF (1300) has a SSRF length (1310) between a SSRF toe-most point (1312) and a SSRF heel-most point (1316) where the SSRF length (1310) is at least as great as a heel blade length section (Abl), a SSRF leading edge (1320) having a SSRF leading edge offset (1322), a SSRF trailing edge (1330), a SSRF volume, a SSRF width (1340), and a SSRF depth (1350), wherein at least a portion of the sole located SRF (1300) contains a secondary material having a secondary material compressive strength that is less than 50% of a outer shell compressive strength and a density less than 3 g/cm3, and wherein the sole located SRF (1300) has at least one of (a) a portion of the SSRF width (1340) is at least ten percent of the Zcg distance, and (b) a portion of the SSRF depth (1350) is at least ten percent of the Ycg distance; and
(b) the sole located SRF (1300) has a SSRF aperture (1400) recessed from the sole (700) and extending through the outer shell, wherein the SSRF aperture (1400) has a SSRF aperture length (1410) between a SSRF aperture toe-most point (1412) and a SSRF aperture heel-most point (1416), and a SSRF aperture width (1440); and
(c) the golf club head (400) has a characteristic time of at least 220 microseconds.

US Pat. No. 10,556,147

JUMP ROPE HANDLES INCLUDING SYSTEMS AND METHODS THEREOF

Web Guidz, LLC, Wenatche...

1. A jump rope handle, comprising:a spindle assembly including a shaft coupled to one or more bearings, a doubly threaded fastener in a distal end portion of the shaft, and a collar around a distal end portion of the doubly threaded fastener;
a chuck assembly rotatably coupled to a distal end portion of the spindle assembly, the chuck assembly including a set of jaws; and
a chuck driving mechanism that includes the doubly threaded fastener and the collar of the spindle assembly and a portion of the chuck assembly, the chuck driving mechanism configured to open and close the set of jaws.

US Pat. No. 10,556,125

KNOWLEDGE BASED TREATMENT PLANNING CORRECTED FOR BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS

Varian Medical Systems In...

1. A method comprising:determining, in a radiation plan, a plurality of structures of a radiation target;
identifying at least one organ from the plurality of structures;
accessing a knowledge base to determine reference data, the reference data comprising at least one biological characteristic corresponding to the at least one organ, the at least one biological characteristic comprises at least one of: a recovery rate corresponding to at least one structure of the plurality of structures; a repopulation rate corresponding to at least one structure of the plurality of structures; a re-distribution rate corresponding to at least one structure of the plurality of structures; a re-oxygenation rate corresponding to at least one structure of the plurality of structures; and a radio resistance rate corresponding to at least one structure of the plurality of structures;
predicting a radiation-target specific biological effect for the plurality of structures based on the biological characteristic corresponding to the at least one organ;
generating a radiation plan based on the predicted biological effect; and
applying radiation, via a radiation application device coupled to a radiation source, to the radiation target according to the radiation plan.

US Pat. No. 10,556,111

IMPLANTABLE ASSEMBLY

Neuroloop GmbH, Freiburg...

1. An implantable assembly for locationally selective acquisition of neuronal electrical signals which propagate along at least one nerve fiber contained in a nerve fiber bundle and for selective electrical stimulation of the at least one nerve fiber, comprising:an implantable electrode assembly disposed on a biocompatible support substrate which is positionable around the nerve fiber bundle in a cuff, including a cylindrical support substrate surface orientated to face the nerve fiber bundle in an implanted state, on which a first electrode assembly is positioned for the locationally selective acquisition of the neuronal electrical signals and the selective electrical stimulation of the at least one nerve fiber, and on which a second electrode assembly is disposed to record an ECG signal;
an analysis and control unit which is electrically connectible to or is connected to the implantable electrode assembly, in which the locational selective acquisition of neuronal electrical signals and the ECG signal are analyzed in a time-resolved manner so that a neuronal time signal correlated with a physiological parameter is derivable;
a first comparator unit, connected to the analysis and control unit, for determining a characteristic relative time delay between the ECG signal and the neuronal time signal correlated with the physiological parameter;
a first function generator connected to the analysis and control unit, which generates a stimulation signal within a time window determined by the analysis and control unit on a basis of the relative time delay; the stimulation signal comprises n pulses which are in phase and temporal amplitude with a derived neuronal time signal correlated with the physiological parameter; and
a first signal to current converter coupled to the first function generator and the first electrode assembly, which leads the stimulation signal for selective electrical stimulation of the at least one nerve fiber to the first electrode assembly; and
the analysis and control unit, the first comparator unit, the first function generator and the first signal to current converter are part of an implantable module.

US Pat. No. 10,556,096

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR SKIN TREATMENT

Edge Systems LLC, Long B...

1. A system for treating skin of a human, the system comprising:a handpiece assembly comprising a tip and a main body portion;
a waste canister;
at least one fluid delivery passage placing the tip in fluid communication with a fluid source; and
at least one suction passage placing the waste canister in fluid communication with the tip;
wherein the tip comprises a peripheral lip;
wherein when the tip is placed against a skin surface, a suction from the at least one suction passage draws at least a portion of a fluid through the at least one fluid delivery passage to the tip, and waste materials are transferred from the tip to the waste canister through the at least one suction passage;
wherein the waste canister is configured to be physically attached to the handpiece assembly, the waste canister being configured to removably attach to the main body portion; and
wherein the waste canister is configured to form a unitary structure with the main body portion when attached thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,556,093

MEDICAL DEVICES, DRESSINGS, AND METHODS FOR CLOSING OPENINGS IN TISSUE

Confluence, LLC, Laguna ...

1. A noninvasive cinching device, comprising:a compliant adhesive pad defining a catheter-receiving opening;
a flexible elongate tensioner configured to be coupled to the compliant adhesive pad such that a tensioned section of the flexible elongate tensioner is spaced apart from and extends about both the catheter-receiving opening and a catheter extending through the catheter-receiving opening;
a tensioner retainer configured to hold the flexible elongate tensioner; and
a plurality of spaced apart holders coupled to the compliant adhesive pad, wherein the holders are arranged in a discrete fashion and configured to move radially inward toward the catheter such that the compliant adhesive pad applies sufficient radially inward shear pressure to a subject's skin to substantially decrease a radial distance between a perimeter of the catheter-receiving opening and the catheter to press the subject's tissue toward the catheter when the catheter is positioned in the catheter-receiving opening, a region of the compliant adhesive pad surrounding the catheter-receiving opening lays flat along subject's skin, and the flexible elongate tensioner is held by the holders, thereby inhibiting pericatheter leakage.

US Pat. No. 10,556,088

SAFE URINARY CATHETER AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

SAFE MEDICAL DESIGN, INC....

1. A method of positioning a urinary catheter in a patient, the method comprising:advancing a distal end of the urinary catheter through the patient's urethra;
introducing inflation fluid into the urinary catheter to inflate a retention balloon at or near the distal end of the urinary catheter, wherein the retention balloon has a preformed balloon shape and a first threshold opening pressure;
observing at least partial inflation of a pilot balloon at or near a proximal end of the urinary catheter, located outside the patient, wherein the pilot balloon has a tubular shape and a second threshold opening pressure that is higher than the first threshold opening pressure;
waiting for a predefined amount of time of less than ten seconds for the pilot balloon to deflate;
if the pilot balloon deflates during the predefined amount of time:
determining, based on deflation of the pilot balloon during the predefined amount of time, that a false inflation of the pilot balloon has occurred and the retention balloon is located in the patient's urinary bladder; and
leaving the urinary catheter in place within the patient; or
if the pilot balloon does not deflate during the predefined amount of time:
removing the inflation fluid from the urinary catheter; and
repositioning or removing the urinary catheter.

US Pat. No. 10,556,078

CAMERA TUBE WITH GUIDE SURFACE FOR INTUBATION STYLET AND METHOD OF USE

COOKGAS, LLC, St. Louis,...

1. A method comprising:providing a camera tube wherein the camera tube comprises an elongate member having a length extending between opposite distal and proximal ends of the elongate member, the camera tube having a first imaginary line extending from a center of the proximal end and a second imaginary line extending from a center of the distal end, the distal end having a camera, the camera tube having an exterior surface and an intubation stylet guide support extending radially outward from the exterior surface along a portion of the length adjacent to the distal end;
directing a user to:
insert the camera tube in a laryngeal mask;
insert an intubation stylet in the laryngeal mask so that the intubation stylet abuts the camera tube and is supported by the intubation stylet guide support; and
manipulate the camera tube to change an orientation of the intubation stylet within the laryngeal mask.

US Pat. No. 10,556,065

SYRINGE

CC Biotechnology Corporat...

1. A syringe comprisingan injection assembly comprising
a connecting element having
an inner flange formed in the connecting element and having a guiding hole defined through the inner flange; and
multiple unidirectional teeth formed on an inner surface of the connecting element;
a sleeve connected with a rear end of the connecting element and having
an inner front segment;
an inner rear segment communicating with the inner front segment;
a recycling groove defined in an inner surface of the inner rear segment and composed of a spiral groove and a straight groove; and
a resilient limiting tab formed on a rear end of the sleeve;
a guiding tube mounted in the inner front segment of the sleeve and having
a tubular body having a spiral guiding groove defined in an inner surface of the tubular body;
a front tube segment extending out of the inner front segment, extending into the rear end of the connecting element, and having
multiple limiting ratchet tabs formed on an outer surface of the front tube segment and engaged with the unidirectional teeth; and
a shoulder formed between the tubular body and the front tube segment,
a screwing tube mounted in the sleeve and the guiding tube, extending out of the rear ends of the sleeve and the guiding tube and having
an axial hole defined axially through the screwing tube;
a guiding block formed on a front end of the screwing tube and mounted in the spiral guiding groove;
a guiding protrusion formed on an outer surface of the screwing tube, at a middle portion of the screwing tube and being moveable in the recycling groove composed of the spiral groove and the straight groove;
a releasing channel longitudinally defined in the outer surface of the screwing tube and being diametrically opposite to the guiding protrusion;
multiple annular grooves defined around the outer surface of the screwing tube and arranged longitudinally at evenly spaced intervals, wherein the limiting tab on the sleeve is capable of being shifted between the releasing channel and the annular grooves; and
multiple unidirectional ratchet teeth formed on an inner surface of the axial hole;
a screwing collar mounted in the front tube segment of the guiding tube and having a threaded hole;
a pushing rod mounted in the screwing tube and having
a rod body having a non-circular cross section corresponding to a shape of the guiding hole of the connecting element; and
a dose controlling segment formed on a front segment of the rod body and provided with a thread that has a first pitch smaller than a second pitch of the spiral guiding groove, is screwed with the threaded hole in the screwing collar, and extends through the guiding hole in the connecting element;
a unidirectional ratchet collar mounted in the screwing tube, located behind the pushing rod, and having
a collar body; and
multiple unidirectional ratchet tabs formed on and protruding from an outer surface of the collar body and engaged with the unidirectional ratchet teeth of the screwing tube; and
an injection device having
an injection rod moveably extending into the sleeve and the screwing tube, through the ratchet collar, and into the axial hole in the pushing rod; and
an end cap mounted on a rear end of the injection rod and connected rotatably with a rear end of the screwing tube; and
a vial housing connected with the injection assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,556,035

SWITCHABLE GAS AND LIQUID RELEASE AND DELIVERY DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A device capable of delivering a scent, comprising:a head-wearable or body-wearable piece configured to be attached to or on a person's head or body part, respectively; and
a scent delivery device attached to the head-wearable or body-wearable piece and operable to deliver a scent, the scent deliver device includes a cartridge structured to store one or more scented substances, at least one transporting channel coupled to the cartridge to receive and transport the one or more stored scented substances and configured to include an end opening for releasing the transported one or more stored scented substances, and an actuator switch coupled to the transporting channel and operable to move between an open position and a closed position based on an applied signal to selectively allow passage of the one or more scented substances to the opening,
wherein the actuator switch include magnetically latchable gating structures including a first and a second mating magnetic components that are coupled in the closed position and uncoupled in the open position,
wherein the first mating magnetic component includes a solenoid formed of a solenoid core having a substantially square-loop magnetization loop material, and
wherein the second mating magnetic component is structured to bend or change its translational position upon a change in magnetic field from the solenoid core to actuate the opening or closing of the actuator switch in the transporting channel.

US Pat. No. 10,556,023

SUBSTITUTED ORGANOFLUOROBORATES AS IMAGING AGENTS

THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH...

1. A positron emitting compound or salt thereof having a half-life with respect to solvolytic de-18F-fluoridation at physiological pH of about 1000 minutes or more, wherein the compound is of the formula (IV):
wherein:
B is boron;
each Y1 is independently selected from the group consisting of R1, 18F and 19F;
n=1 or 2;
Y2 is selected from the group consisting of R2, 18F and 19F;
R1 is a non-interfering substituent with regard to fluoridation of B;
R2 is a non-interfering substituent with regard to fluoridation of B;
at least one of (Y1)n and Y2 is 18F;
Q1 is —CR3R4R5 ;
each of R3, R4, and R5 is H, D, F, Cl, Br, I, CX3, —N+R15R16R17, —P+R18R19R20, —S+R21R22, —NR23R24, NHR23, a biomolecule, linking group optionally joined to a biomolecule, a group that is substituted with at least one substituent that is a biomolecule, forms a group that is substituted with at least one substituent that is a biomolecule, a linear or branched C1-C15 alkyl group, or a C3-C18 cycloalkyl group, wherein each of the C1-C15 alkyl group and the C3-C18 cycloalkyl group is unsubstituted or substituted and optionally includes at least one heteroatom interposed between two carbon atoms of the carbon chain of the group, wherein each of the at least one heteroatom is independently selected from the group consisting of O, S, N and P, each of the C1-C15 alkyl group and the C3-C18 cycloalkyl group is joined to the carbon atom of —CR3R4R5 through a carbon atom, and each X is the same or different and is F, Cl, Br, or I;
at least two of R3, R4 and R5 are independently F, Cl, Br, I, or CX3, or at least one of R3, R4 and R5 is —N+R15R16R17, —P+R18R19R20, —S+R21R22, or —NR23R24;
each of R15, R16 and R17 is independently H, D, a biomolecule, a linking group optionally joined to a biomolecule, a group that is substituted with at least one substituent that is a biomolecule, forms a group that is substituted with at least one substituent that is a biomolecule, a linear or branched C1-C15 alkyl group, or a C3-C18 cycloalkyl group, wherein each of the C1-C15 alkyl group and the C3-C18 cycloalkyl group is unsubstituted or substituted and optionally includes at least one heteroatom interposed between two carbon atoms of the carbon chain of the group, wherein each of the at least one heteroatom is independently selected from the group consisting of O, S, N and P, and each of the C1-C15 alkyl group and the C3-C18 cycloalkyl group is joined to the nitrogen atom of —N+R15R16R17 through a carbon atom, or R15 is absent and R16 and R17 are joined so that —N+R15R16R17 forms a positively charged nitrogen containing heterocyclic group which is substituted or unsubstituted;
each of R18, R19, and R20 is independently H, D, a biomolecule, a linking group optionally joined to a biomolecule, a group that is substituted with at least one substituent that is a biomolecule, forms a group that is substituted with at least one substituent that is a biomolecule, a linear or branched C1-C15 alkyl group, or a C3-C18 cycloalkyl group, wherein each of the C1-C15 alkyl group and the C3-C18 cycloalkyl group is unsubstituted or substituted and includes at least one heteroatom interposed between two carbon atoms of the carbon chain of the group, wherein each of the at least one heteroatom is independently selected from the group consisting of O, S, N and P, and each of the C1-C15 alkyl group and the C3-C18 cycloalkyl group is joined to the phosphorus atom of —P+R18R19 R20 through a carbon atom;
each of R21 and R22 is independently H, D, a biomolecule, a linking group optionally joined to a biomolecule, a group that is substituted with at least one substituent that is a biomolecule, forms a group that is substituted with at least one substituent that is a biomolecule, a linear or branched C1-C15 alkyl group, or a C3-C18 cycloalkyl group, wherein each of the C1-C15 alkyl group and the C3-C18 cycloalkyl group is unsubstituted or substituted and optionally includes at least one heteroatom interposed between two carbon atoms of the carbon chain of the group, wherein each of the at least one heteroatom is independently selected from the group consisting of O, S, N and P, and each of the C1-C15 alkyl group and the C3-C18 cycloalkyl group is joined to the sulfur atom of —S+R21R22 through a carbon atom; and
each of R23 and R24 is independently H, D, a biomolecule, a linking group optionally joined to a biomolecule, a group that is substituted with at least one substituent that is a biomolecule, forms a group that is substituted with at least one substituent that is a biomolecule, a linear or branched C1-C15 alkyl group, or a C3-C18 cycloalkyl group, wherein each of the C1-C15 alkyl group and the C3-C18 cycloalkyl group is unsubstituted or substituted and optionally includes at least one heteroatom interposed between two carbon atoms of the carbon chain of the group, wherein each of the at least one heteroatom is independently selected from the group consisting of O, S, N and P, and each of the C1-C15 alkyl group and the C3-C18cycloalkyl group is joined to the nitrogen atom of —NR23R24 through a carbon atom;
providing that Q1 is selected such that the pKa of Ha of an acid of the formula:

is less than or equal to about 2.8.

US Pat. No. 10,556,018

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERY OF AGENTS

1. A method for delivering a therapeutic level of a protein of interest to a subject, the method comprising:administering to the subject at least two doses of lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) comprising an mRNA coding for the protein of interest, wherein the LNPs comprise an ionizable lipid, a helper lipid, a structural lipid, and a PEG-lipid,
wherein the PEG-lipid is a compound of Formula (V—OH):
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, wherein:r is an integer between 1 and 100, inclusive; and
R5 is optionally substituted C10-40 alkyl; and
wherein said LNPs result in a reduced anti-PEG IgM response in the subject as compared to LNPs lacking a PEG-lipid of Formula (V—OH).

US Pat. No. 10,555,949

PYRROLOPYRIMIDINE COMPOUNDS USED AS TLR7 AGONIST

CHIA TAI TIANQING PHARMAC...

1. A compound of formula (I) or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereofwhereinL1 and L2 are each independently selected from the group consisting of —O— and —CH2—;
R1 is selected from the group consisting of C1-10 alkyl, wherein the above C1-10 alkyl is optionally substituted by one or more R4;
R2 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, cyano and —CONH2, wherein the above —CONH2 is optionally substituted by one or more R4;
B is selected from the group consisting of C3-10 cyclohydrocarbyl, 3-10 membered heterocyclohydrocarbyl, aryl and heteroaryl;
L3 is selected from the group consisting of C0-6 alkylene, wherein the above C0-6 alkylene is optionally substituted by one or more R4;
R3 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, amino, C1-10 alkyl, C3-10 cyclohydrocarbyl, 3-10 membered heterocyclohydrocarbyl, aryl and heteroaryl, wherein the above amino, C1-10 alkyl, C3-10 cyclohydrocarbyl, 3-10 membered heterocyclohydrocarbyl, aryl and heteroaryl are optionally substituted by one or more R4; or
R3 and L3 together with the adjacent atom at the ring B form a saturated or unsaturated 5-8 membered ring, wherein the 5-8 membered ring is optionally substituted by one or more R4;
n is 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5;
R4 is selected from the group consisting of halogen, —R, —OR and ?O;
R is independently selected from the group consisting of H and C1-8 alkyl; and
when L1 is —CH2—, R3 is not H.

US Pat. No. 10,555,873

MODULAR MEDICATION DISPENSING SYSTEM

1. A modular medication dispensing system comprising:a medication dispenser support, said medication dispenser support comprising a base for placing the support on a surface, the base including a base dispensing opening, the medication dispenser support further comprising a magazine movably mounted on said base, said magazine comprising at least two removably receivable adaptors configured to removably receive a single portable dispenser, each of said at least two removably receivable adaptors comprising an adaptor opening, wherein when the adaptor dispensing opening of a first adaptor is in registry with the base dispensing opening, the first adaptor is in a dispensing position relative to the base;
at least one portable medication dispenser, the at least one portable medication dispenser being removably receivable on one of the at least two removably receivable adaptors of the medication dispenser support, the at least one portable medication dispenser being configured to accommodate a medication to be dispensed and being operable to dispense doses of the medication;
an actuator operatively coupled to the medication dispenser support, the actuator being configured to operate the at least one portable medication dispenser when it is removably received on one of the at least two removably receivable adaptors of the medication dispenser support; and
an electronic controller operatively connected to the actuator, the electronic controller controlling the operation of the actuator for operating the at least one portable medication dispenser removably received on one of the at least two removably receivable adaptors of the medication dispenser support to dispense the doses of the medication.

US Pat. No. 10,555,860

SURGICAL TABLES

Eschmann Holdings Limited...

1. A surgical table comprising:a base comprising a chassis and rotatably connected to the chassis a plurality of wheels for supporting the surgical table on a floor, wherein a total number of the plurality of wheels for supporting the surgical table on the floor is only four, a first of the four wheels being driven and comprised in a swivel castor rotatably connected to the chassis;
a column extending from the chassis;
a tabletop coupled to the column and providing a patient support surface, the tabletop having a longitudinal direction; and
a drive system for causing a rotation of the first wheel relative to the chassis thereby to drive the surgical table along the floor,
wherein the swivel castor comprises a frame rotatably connected to the chassis for free rotation about 360 degrees about a first axis relative to the chassis, wherein an orientation of the frame is lockable relative to the chassis with the first wheel being longitudinally oriented relative to the longitudinal direction of the tabletop, and the first wheel rotatably connected to the frame about a second axis orthogonal to the first axis and comprising an integral electric motor, and wherein the chassis has first and second opposed end portions, wherein the four wheels consist of the first wheel at the first end portion, a second wheel comprised in a second swivel castor at the first end portion, wherein the second swivel castor is not driven, and third and fourth wheels at the second end portion.

US Pat. No. 10,555,852

CASTOR BASE WITH LOAD SENSOR

NOA Medical Industries, I...

1. An adjustable bed comprising:a main frame supporting a mattress;
a lift connected to said main frame and having an axle spaced from said connection to said main frame; and
a castor base rotationally connected to said axle, said castor base comprising:
two auxiliary beams, each auxiliary beam supporting at least one castor;
a load cell mounted to each of said auxiliary beams via a main housing and having a lever arm extending therefrom;
wherein said lever arm is of generally cylindrical shape; and
wherein a force applied to said lever arm in a direction generally perpendicular to a direction said lever arm extends from said main housing is detected by said load cell; and
a bushing positioned on each of said lever arms to rotate about said lever arm without rotating said lever arm it is positioned on;
wherein, said axle of said lift is connected to said bushing so that said axle can rotate relative to said castor base without rotating said lever arms; and
wherein, placing a mass on said main frame creates a force on each said lever arm detected by said load cell.

US Pat. No. 10,555,838

METHODS AND DEVICES FOR APPLYING CLOSED INCISION NEGATIVE PRESSURE WOUND THERAPY

KCI Licensing, Inc., San...

1. A treatment system, the system comprising:a tension relief layer comprising a central elastic region coupled between a pair of opposing wings, wherein at least a portion of each opposing wing of the pair of opposing wings has an adhesive lower surface, wherein the pair of opposing wings are configured to be stretched away from one another towards a first tensile configuration, and wherein while held in the first tensile configuration, the pair of opposing wings are configured to adhere to skin on opposing sides of an incision;
an indicator layer comprising opposing pull tabs respectively coupled to at least a portion of an upper surface of the pair of opposing wings, the opposing pull tabs each having elongated extension portions configured to mate in an interlocked arrangement;
a porous region within the central elastic region configured to allow for a passage of material from the incision or wound to an upper surface of the tension relief layer; and
a conformable sealing layer configured to be applied over the tension relief layer and configured to adhere to tissue adjacent the incision or wound forming a sealed space around at least a portion of the incision or wound.

US Pat. No. 10,555,828

BRACE HAVING AN INFLATION CONTROL

DJO, LLC, Vista, CA (US)...

1. An orthopedic walking brace comprising:a shell component;
a plurality of inflatable cells positioned within said shell component; wherein each of said plurality of inflatable cells is positioned at a different location within said shell component and configured to provide individualized compression to said different location;
a control comprising:
a diverter that rotates within a manifold body,
an inlet port and a plurality of outlet ports, the control being positionable in two or more orientations, and each outlet port being in fluid communication with a respective one of the plurality of inflatable cells;
an on-board inflation component in fluid communication with the inlet port of the control;
wherein positioning of the control to a first orientation creates a first fluid path between the inflation component and a first inflatable cell of the plurality of inflatable cells, and positioning of the control to a second orientation creates a second fluid path between the inflation component and a second inflatable cell of the plurality of inflatable cells.

US Pat. No. 10,555,778

IMAGE-BASED BRANCH DETECTION AND MAPPING FOR NAVIGATION

Auris Health, Inc., Redw...

9. A robotic system for navigating a luminal network of a patient, the robotic system comprising:an instrument having
an elongate body configured to be inserted into the luminal network, and
an imaging device positioned on a distal portion of the elongate body;
an instrument positioning device attached to the instrument, the instrument positioning device configured to move the instrument through the luminal network;
at least one non-transitory computer-readable memory having stored thereon executable instructions; and
one or more processors in communication with the at least one non-transitory computer-readable memory and configured to execute the instructions to cause the system to at least:
determine a position state estimate of the instrument positioned within a current branch of the luminal network;
determine a set of expected subsequent branches based at least in part on the initial state estimate and a preoperative model of the luminal network;
capture an image of the current branch of the luminal network with the imaging device positioned on the instrument;
detect within the image a plurality of openings connecting subsequent branches of the luminal network to the current branch;
determine an estimate of a roll of the instrument based on comparing an orientation of the detected openings within the image to an orientation of the set of expected subsequent branches;
determine a first feature of the detected plurality of openings;
determine a second feature of the set of expected subsequent branches;
calculate a roll correction value based on the estimate of the roll of the instrument;
correct the second feature based on the roll correction value;
compare the first feature to the corrected second feature to determine a mapping of each of the plurality of openings to one of the expected subsequent branches; and
based at least in part on the mapping, provide an updated position state estimate.

US Pat. No. 10,555,761

FACET JOINT REPLACEMENT DEVICE AND METHODS OF USE

Facet Dynamics, Inc., Mi...

1. A facet joint replacement system, comprising:a facet joint replacement device configured to be secured relative to a superior vertebral body and relative to an inferior vertebral body, the facet joint replacement device comprising:
an enclosing body;
a first articulating surface enclosed within the enclosing body; and
an articulating body comprising a second articulating surface enclosed within the enclosing body configured to articulate relative to the first articulating surface;
wherein the enclosing body circumferentially encloses the first articulating surface and the second articulating surface during relative movement between the first articulating surface and the second articulating surface; and
wherein the enclosing body narrows along and around the articulating body between a section of the enclosing body inferior to a superior end of the enclosing body and the superior end of the enclosing body.

US Pat. No. 10,555,736

GUIDEWIRE

PneumRx, Inc., Santa Cla...

1. A guidewire, comprising:an outer sheath having a proximal end and a distal end, and comprising a proximal section, a transition section, and a distal section, wherein the transition section is a body having a distal pin extension and a proximal pin extension, wherein:
the proximal pin extension has a first outer diameter,
the distal pin extension has a second outer diameter, and
the transition section comprises a main body having a third outer diameter, the third outer diameter being greater than the first and second outer diameters;
wherein an end of the proximal section is fixed to the proximal pin extension, and an end of the distal section is fixed to the distal pin extension of the transition section, and
wherein the distal pin extension of the transition section comprises a first bore for receiving a proximal end of an inner core; and
wherein the proximal end of the inner core is fixed within the first bore of the transition section, and
wherein a distal end of the inner core is fixed to the distal end of the outer sheath.

US Pat. No. 10,555,728

SURGICAL VISUALIZATION SYSTEM

CAMPLEX, INC., Germantow...

1. A method comprising:illuminating a surgical site via one or more light emitters;
receiving from at least one camera disposed on a retractor a first plurality of image data, said retractor configured to hold open an incision formed in a body thereby providing access to the surgical site;
receiving from at least one camera associated with a surgical tool a second plurality of image data;
processing the first plurality of image data to produce a first image;
processing the second plurality of image data to produce a second image, wherein the at least one camera disposed on the retractor or the at least one camera associated with the surgical tool or both the at least one camera disposed on the retractor and the at least one camera associated with the surgical tool comprises at least one stereo camera configured to provide stereo imagery; and
directing fluid to the one or more light emitters via a hydraulic system.

US Pat. No. 10,555,724

ULTRASOUND PROBE CALIBRATION PHANTOM, ULTRASOUND PROBE CALIBRATION SYSTEM AND CALIBRATION METHOD THEREOF

SHENZHEN INSTITUTES OF AD...

1. A method of calibration of an ultrasonic probe, comprising following steps:fixing a calibration phantom of the ultrasonic probe in a ultrasonic water tank, and enabling purified water in the ultrasonic water tank to exactly submerge the calibration phantom of the ultrasonic probe, wherein a concave groove is formed in the middle of the upper surface of the calibration phantom of the ultrasonic probe; and a plurality of conical holes are formed on the side surface of the calibration phantom of the ultrasonic probe;
fixing a two-dimensional ultrasonic probe in the concave groove, and further fixing a locating and tracking device in the two-dimensional ultrasonic probe;
inserting puncture probes in the conical holes, and acquiring tips of the puncture probes through ultrasonic images;
simultaneously acquiring position information of the tips and position information of the locating and tracking device in a world coordinate system through the puncture probes, and respectively marking the position information of the tips and the position information of the locating and tracking device as yi and TS?W;
recording the pixel position information of the tips on the ultrasonic image plane, and marking the pixel position information as xi, wherein yi=TS?W·TP?S·xi, and TP?S is a transformation matrix from an unknown ultrasonic imaging plane coordinate system P to an ultrasonic probe locating device coordinate system S; and
solving the transformation matrix TP?S by an image registration algorithm based on an iterative closest point to synchronously acquire space calibration and time calibration;
wherein, the method further comprises following steps:
changing the positions of the puncture probes in the calibration phantom of the ultrasonic probe, acquiring a point set pair of positions of at least six tips, and marking the point set pair as Y={yi, i?m} and X={xi, i?n}, where m is not equal to n, and m and n are natural numbers; and
solving an optimal transformation matrix T to enable the point set pair Y={yi, i?m} and X={xi, i?n} to be aligned with each other;
wherein, solving the optimal transformation matrix T to enable the point set pair Y={yi, i?m} and X={xi, i?n} to be aligned with each other comprises:
step 1: transforming every point xi ?X of a set X by using a formula (1) through a transformation matrix Tk, finding a point which is the closest to Tk (xi) in a set Y, and marking the point as a corresponding point cik of kth iteration to obtain a set (xi, cik) of a corresponding point pair, wherein the formula (1) is as follows:
andstep 2: solving a transformation matrix T according to a set (xi, cik) by using a formula (2) to obtain a direct transformation relation of a description point set pair Y={yi, i?m} and X={xi, i?n} wherein the formula (2) is as follows:
anditeratively carrying out step 1 and step 2, and solving to obtain an optimal transformation matrix T to enable the point set pair Y={yi, i?m} and X={xi, i?n} to be aligned with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,555,718

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR ALIGNMENT AND DEPLOYMENT OF INTRACARDIAC DEVICES

Tendyne Holdings, Inc., ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a handle assembly;
a tube assembly including an outer tube member defining a lumen and a coupling member coupled to a distal end portion of the outer tube member;
a needle assembly configured to be received through the lumen of the outer tube member, the needle assembly including an elongate needle having a distal tip configured to be inserted through the epicardial surface of a heart and extend within the left ventricle of the heart; and
an imaging probe coupled to the coupling member, the imaging probe including a cable and an imaging element disposed at, and directly coupled to, a distal end portion of the cable, the imaging probe configured to provide image data associated with a location of a commissural-commissural (C-C) plane and a location of the anterior-posterior (A-P) plane of the mitral valve and the annular region of the heart such that a prosthetic mitral valve can be deployed and positioned within the heart based at least in part on the C-C plane and the A-P plane,
wherein the cable includes a proximal end portion coupled to the handle assembly and an intermediate portion extending between the proximal end portion and the distal end portion, the intermediate portion of the cable being positioned within the outer tube member, the distal end portion of the cable exiting a distal end of the outer tube member so that the distal end portion of the cable of the imaging probe forms a targeting loop configured to contact a portion of the epicardial surface to help stabilize the needle assembly when inserted into the heart, the targeting loop configured to define an aperture through which the elongate needle is configured to travel.

US Pat. No. 10,555,668

INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR AN INFORMATION PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM HAVING STORED THEREON AN EXECUTION PROGRAM FOR THE CONTROL METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An information processing apparatus comprising:a data extracting unit configured to partially extract, from an output from a sampling unit which samples interference light between (a) return light from an object to be inspected which is irradiated with measuring light and (b) reference light corresponding to the measuring light, A-scan data corresponding to a longer sampling interval than an interval for sampling the interference light by the sampling unit so as to generate A-scan data sets each of which is different from others of the A-scan data sets;
a generating unit configured to generate (a) first tomographic images regarding first B-scan data sets obtained at a first time and (b) second tomographic images regarding second B-scan data sets obtained at a second time different from the first time, the first B-scan data sets and the second B-scan data sets being B-scan data sets corresponding to the generated A-scan data sets, wherein B-scan data of the first B-scan data sets and of the second B-scan data sets are obtained by using A-scan data sets obtained by scanning the object with the measuring light;
a position alignment unit configured to perform a position alignment between at least one of the first tomographic images and at least one of the second tomographic images; and
a forming unit configured to form tomographic information of the object to be inspected by using tomographic images obtained by performing the position alignment.

US Pat. No. 10,555,651

APPARATUS FOR SEPARATING PARTICLES FROM AN AIRFLOW

Dyson Technology Limited,...

1. An apparatus for separating particles from an airflow, the apparatus comprising:a housing comprising an inner wall; and
a body positioned within the housing and separated therefrom so as to define an annular flow path between the body and the inner wall;
the housing being rotationally stationary, and the body being rotatable relative to the housing about a rotational axis, the body comprising:
an impeller section having a first set of blades extending from the body into the annular flow path towards the inner wall of the housing, the impeller section being rotatable for generating airflow through the apparatus and for generating swirl within the airflow, and
a turbine section located downstream of the impeller section and spaced along the rotational axis from the impeller section, the turbine section having a second set of blades for recapturing rotational energy from the airflow.

US Pat. No. 10,555,628

MULTI-CLIMATE SLEEPING BAG

The North Face Apparel Co...

1. A multi-climate sleeping bag comprising:a bottom panel comprising a head end and a foot end disposed opposite the head end, the bottom panel further comprising a hood disposed adjacent the head end, wherein the bottom panel is formed from an inner shell, an outer shell, and an insulating material disposed between the inner shell and the outer shell;
a first top panel comprising an inner shell, an outer shell, and an insulating material disposed between the inner shell and the outer shell;
a first zipper fastening mechanism configured to detachably couple an edge of the first top panel to an edge of the bottom panel, wherein the first zipper fastening mechanism comprises a first pull configured to engage and couple a first slider path disposed along the edge of the bottom panel and a second slider path disposed along the edge of the first top panel; and
a second top panel comprising an inner shell, an outer shell, and an insulating material disposed between the inner shell and the outer shell; and
a second zipper fastening mechanism configured to detachably couple an edge of the second top panel to the edge of the bottom panel, wherein the second zipper fastening mechanism comprises a second pull configured to engage and couple a third slider path disposed along the edge of the bottom panel and a fourth slider path disposed along the edge of the second top panel,
wherein,
the first top panel is configured to be coupled to the bottom panel without the second top panel to define a sleeping compartment having a first climate zone comprising a limit rating of 35° F. and above, as measured using EN standard testing, wherein the second top panel is decoupled from the bottom panel to define the sleeping compartment having the first climate zone,
the second top panel is configured to be coupled to the bottom panel without the first top panel to define a sleeping compartment having a second climate zone comprising a limit rating of 20° F. and above, as measured using EN standard testing, wherein the first top panel is decoupled from the bottom panel to define the sleeping compartment having the second climate zone, and
both the first top panel and the second top panel are configured to be contemporaneously coupled to the bottom panel to define a sleeping compartment having a third climate zone comprising a limit rating of 5° F. and above, as measured using EN standard testing.

US Pat. No. 10,555,618

MATTRESS PROTECTORS, MATTRESSES COVERED BY MATTRESS PROTECTORS, AND RELATED METHODS

Purple Innovation, LLC, ...

1. A mattress protector, comprising:a single continuous composite sheet having a non-deformed length and a non-deformed width,
the composite sheet including:
a fabric with between 4% to 15% by weight elastomeric fibers; and
a water impermeable polymer carried by the fabric with a greatest average layer of thickness of 0.0015, wherein the fabric is embedded within a layer of the water impermeable polymer;
wherein the composite sheet is capable of repeatedly stretching to a deformed length of at least 115% of the non-deformed length and returning to within 8% of the non-deformed length without rupture or permanent wrinkling of the composite sheet.

US Pat. No. 10,555,614

BOTTOM BED COMBINATION

Apex Health Care Mfg. Inc...

1. A bottom bed combination comprising:a first bed bottom, a second bed bottom, two fastening units and a plurality of stands;
wherein:
the first bed bottom includes a first bed frame and a first bed board;
the first bed frame is provided with a plurality of first bases;
the first bed frame has a lower portion provided with a first linkage and a first electric cylinder;
the second bed bottom includes a second bed frame juxtaposed to the first bed frame and a second bed board juxtaposed to the first bed board;
the second bed frame is provided with a plurality of second bases;
the second bed frame has a lower portion provided with a second linkage and a second electric cylinder;
each of the two fastening units includes a mount detachably mounted on the first bed frame and the second bed frame, and a pin extending through the mount, the first bed frame and the second bed frame, to connect the first bed frame and the second bed frame by the mount; and
the stands are respectively secured on the first bases of the first bed frame, the second bases of the second bed frame and the mount of each of the two fastening units.

US Pat. No. 10,555,511

STEERABLE FISHING LURE

1. A method of redirecting a track of a fishing lure on a fishing line, the fishing lure having a body, a fishing lure longitudinal axis extending along a length of the body, a line tie extending outwardly from the body, and a re-positioning mechanism connected to the line tie, the re-positioning mechanism being activated by the fishing line,the method comprising the steps of:
(a) using a fishing pole, casting the fishing lure into a body of water;
(b) while the fishing lure is in the water, reeling in the fishing lure; and
(c) moving the line tie between a first position and a second position such that, exteriorly of the body, the only movement is of the line tie, wherein the movement of the line tie between the first position and the second position changes a direction of travel of the fishing lure during step (b); wherein the re-positioning mechanism comprises a rotor assembly located in the fishing lure, the rotor assembly being operatively coupled to the line tie, and wherein step (b) comprises rotating the rotor assembly inside the fishing lure.
US Pat. No. 10,555,927

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR ENHANCING SEXUAL PLEASURE AND PERFORMANCE

ILYSM, LLC, Murray, UT (...

1. A method of treating sexual dysfunction in a human in need thereof comprising:a) administering orally by ingestion which is not smoking or applying topically to said human in need thereof a therapeutically effective amount of a cannabinoid component comprising at least one of tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol;
b) administering orally by ingestion which is not smoking or applying topically to said human in need thereof a therapeutically effective amount of a sexual response component selected from the group consisting of sildenafil, tadalafil, and vardenafil; and
c) the cannabinoid component and the sexual response component effectively treating said sexual dysfunction in said human in need thereof.
US Pat. No. 10,556,969

CHIMERIC ANTIGEN RECEPTORS WITH AN OPTIMIZED HINGE REGION

CHEMOTHERAPETICSHES FORSH...

1. A nucleic acid sequence comprising nucleic acids encoding:a linker region that does not contain a cysteine residue and is selected from the following:
a) the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO. 2,
b) an amino acid sequence having at least 95% sequence identity to SEQ ID NO. 2 under the proviso that amino acid residue 48 is a serine, and
c) an amino acid sequence that differs in one, two or three amino acid residues from the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO. 2 under the proviso that amino acid residue 48 is a serine.
US Pat. No. 10,555,986

DIETARY SUPPLEMENT DERIVED FROM NATURAL PRODCUTS BY HOT MELT EXTRUSION (HME) PROCESSING

1. A cocoa extract composition rich in flavonoids consisting essentially of a cocoa extract dispersed by hot melt extrusion or hot melt mixing and encapsulated in polymer matrices selected from the group consisting of:(i) a mixture of a polyvinyl caprolactam-polyvinyl acetate-polyethylene glycol graft copolymer with a copolymer of methacrylic acid and methyl methacrylate; and
(ii) a mixture of ethyl cellulose, polyvinyl acetate-polyvinylpyrrolidone copolymer and a copolymer of methacrylic acid and methyl methacrylate.
US Pat. No. 10,557,015

EPOXY RESIN-EPOXY CURING SYSTEMS WITH A LATENT THICKENING TENDENCY

BYK-Chemie GmbH, Wesel (...

1. An adhesive, sealant, a coating material or a molding compound obtained from a two-component or multicomponent system comprisingat least one epoxy resin component 1 which comprises
i. at least one epoxy resin,
ii. at least one inorganic thickener (a1), and
iii. at least one wetting and dispersing agent (a2) which inhibits the thickening effect of the inorganic thickener (a1);witha curing agent component 2 which comprises
i.) at least one component (b1) which at least partly eliminates the inhibition of the thickening effect of the inorganic thickener (a1);
the wetting and dispersing agent (a2) being nonreactive toward the at least one epoxy resin and the curing agent component 2 being reactive toward the epoxy resin component 1;
wherein the at least one component (b1) is a polymer;
wherein in the resulting mixture of the epoxy resin component 1 and the curing agent component 2 the weight ratio of wetting and dispersing agent (a2) to component (b1) is 15:1 to 1:5;
wherein the curing agent component 2 comprises a curing agent different from and in addition to the at least one component (b1), said curing agent employed substantially stoichiometrically relative to the at least one epoxy resin; and
wherein the at least one epoxy resin component 1 and the curing agent component 2 of the two-component or multicomponent system represent two spatially separate individual components stored separately before mixing.
US Pat. No. 10,557,032

COMPOSITION FOR SUPPORT MATERIAL AND INK SET FOR STEREOLITHOGRAPHY

MAXELL HOLDINGS, LTD., K...

1. A composition for a support material to be used in a support material for supporting a model material used to form a shaped article through ink-jet stereolithography, the composition comprising:polyalkylene glycol having an oxybutylene group,
wherein a content of the polyalkylene glycol having an oxybutylene group is 15 parts by mass or more and 75 parts by mass or less with respect to a total mass of the composition for a support material taken as 100 parts by mass.
US Pat. No. 10,557,085

PHOTOALIGNMENT COMPOSITION

ROLIC AG, Zug (CH)

1. A photoalignment composition comprisinga) at least a single photoalignment polymer, and
b) at least a single solvent of formula (I)
(R—CO—O—R?),
wherein R and R? are independently from each other a straight-chain alkyl, or branched alkyl chain; with the proviso that at least one alkyl chain is branched.
US Pat. No. 10,558,122

COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING SULFONAMIDE MATERIAL AND PROCESSES FOR PHOTOLITHOGRAPHY

Rohm and Haas Electronic ...

1. A method for processing a photoresist composition, comprising:(a) applying on a substrate a photoresist composition to form a photoresist layer, wherein the photoresist composition comprises:
(i) one or more resins,
(ii) a photoactive component, and
(iii) one or more polymers that comprise:
1) a group of the formula RS(?O)2(X)NR?2 where X is a 1 to 8 carbon linkage, R is a non-hydrogen substituent, and each R? is independently a hydrogen or non-hydrogen substituent, and
2) one or more photoacid-labile groups wherein the iii) one or more polymers are different from the one or more resins; and
(b) immersion exposing the photoresist layer to radiation activating for the photoresist composition.
US Pat. No. 10,556,357

SPLITTING OF THICK HARD-FOAM PLATES

Evonik Roehm GmbH, Darms...

1. A method for planar division of a rigid foam to obtain a film or thin sheet, said method comprising:flexibilizing the rigid foam to obtain a flexibilized foam, and
cutting the flexibilized foam with a knife,
wherein said flexibilizing of the rigid foam prior to cutting is accomplished by storing the rigid foam in water and/or heating or adjusting to a temperature in a range of from T-15° C. to T-1° C. where T is a foaming temperature of the rigid foam, and
the rigid foam is a PE, PP, PVC, PMMA or P(M)I foam.
US Pat. No. 10,557,126

POLYNUCLEOTIDES ENCODING CYCLOHEXANONE MONOOXYGENASES

Codexis, Inc., Redwood C...

1. A non-naturally occurring polynucleotide encoding a non-naturally occurring polypeptide having cyclohexanone monooxygenase (CHMO) activity wherein the amino acid sequence of the polypeptide has at least 90% sequence identity to SEQ ID NO: 2, and one or more amino acid substitutions at one or more positions corresponding to positions in SEQ ID NO: 2, selected from the group consisting of 75, 79, 82, 99, 110, 166, 172, 208, 216, 273, 324, 364, 395, 412, 491, 503, and 504.
US Pat. No. 10,555,885

LOW VISCOUS COSMETIC COMPOSITION USING A NATURAL EMULSIFYING AGENT

AMOREPACIFIC CORPORATION,...

1. A method for enhancing luster of skin and whitening skin of a subject, comprising applying to the skin of the subject a cosmetic composition containing:a mixture of a first naturally-derived saccharide-based surfactant selected from the group consisting of polyglyceryl-3-methyl glucose distearate, inulin lauryl carbamate, and a mixture thereof; and a second naturally-derived saccharide-based surfactant selected from the group consisting of sucrose fatty acid ester, cetearyl glucoside, arachidyl glucoside, C12-20 alkylglucoside, and a mixture thereof;
a naturally-derived oil-soluble ingredient; and
a mixture of niacinamide and at least one ingredient selected from the group consisting of green tea polysaccharide and mushroom-derived yeast extract; and
wherein a weight ratio of the first naturally-derived saccharide-based surfactant to the second naturally-derived saccharide-based surfactant is 0.4 to 2.5;
wherein the composition has a viscosity of 1,000 cps to 4,000 cps as measured with Spindle No. 3 at 12 rpm using a Brookfield viscometer;
wherein the composition contains a mixture of the first naturally-derived saccharide-based surfactant and the second naturally-derived saccharide-based surfactant in an amount of 0.20 wt. % to 1.50 wt. % with respect to the total weight of the composition;
wherein the composition contains the naturally-derived oil-soluble ingredient in an amount of 5 wt. % to 15 wt. % with respect to the total weight of the composition;
wherein the content of the at least one ingredient selected from green tea polysaccharide and mushroom-derived yeast extract is 0.01 wt. % to 5.0 wt. % with respect to the total weight of the composition; and
wherein the content of the niacinamide is 2 wt. % with respect to the total weight of the composition.

US Pat. No. 10,561,035

WEARABLE COMPUTING SYSTEMS

MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICE...

1. A computing device configured to be worn on a user's body, the computing device comprising:a computing device body;
a display coupled with the computing device body;
a first set of computing components incorporated into the computing device body; and
a securing system configured to secure the computing device body in a closed loop around a body part, the securing system comprising a plurality of detachable modular segments each joined to one or more other detachable modular segments to form a band comprising a second set of computing components,
each detachable modular segment comprising
a first mechanical connector and a second mechanical connector each coupled to a complementary mechanical connector on an adjacent detachable modular segment or the computing device body, the first mechanical connector comprising a pin configured to be received through an opening along a length direction of a circular recess on the adjacent detachable modular segment or the computing device body, and the second mechanical connector comprising a circular recess with an opening configured to receive a pin on the adjacent detachable modular segment or the computing device body along a length direction of the circular recess,
a first set of electrical connectors integrated with the first mechanical connector, and a second set of electrical connectors integrated with the second mechanical connector, each set of electrical connectors configured to connect to a corresponding set of electrical connectors integrated with the complementary mechanical connector on the adjacent detachable modular segment or the computing device body, such that the first set of electrical connectors electrically connects to the corresponding set of electrical connectors when the first mechanical connector is coupled to the complementary mechanical connector of the adjacent detachable modular segment or the computing device body, and
one or more electrical components incorporated into the detachable modular segment, such that a functionality of the computing device is modifiable by detaching one or more adjacent detachable modular segments and also by attaching one or more other adjacent detachable modular segments,
wherein the plurality of the detachable modular segments are configured to form an electrical circuit extending around the closed loop.

US Pat. No. 10,561,023

METHOD OF MAKING AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE HAVING A THIN FILM RESISTOR FORMED ON AN LCP SOLDER MASK AND RELATED DEVICES

HARRIS CORPORATION, Melb...

1. An electronic device comprising:a substrate having opposing first and second major surfaces and comprising liquid crystal polymer (LCP);
a plurality of electrically conductive vias through the substrate;
at least one circuit layer comprising a plurality of solder pads carried by the first major surface of the substrate and coupled to respective ones of the plurality of electrically conductive vias;
a plurality of LCP solder masks each carried by a respective one of the first and second major surfaces of the substrate, each LCP solder mask having a plurality of mask openings extending between first and second major surfaces thereof; and
at least one thin film resistor carried by at least one of the plurality of LCP solder masks and coupled between a corresponding pair of adjacent electrically conductive vias from among the plurality of electrically conductive vias;
each LCP solder mask being directly coupled to the substrate without an adhesive layer with the plurality of solder pads being aligned with the plurality of mask openings.

US Pat. No. 10,561,006

ENVIRONMENT OPTIMIZATION FOR SPACE BASED ON PRESENCE AND ACTIVITIES

Steelcase Inc., Grand Ra...

1. An environment control system for controlling space experiences within a defined space within a facility, the system comprising:a lighting device located within the space, the lighting device controllable to generate a plurality of visually distinguishable lighting effects within the space;
a sensor for sensing user activities within a first space;
at least one emissive surface;
a controller linked to the sensor, the at least one emissive surface and to the lighting device, the controller programmed to perform the steps of:
sensing occupancy of the space;
sensing a user parameter associated with a posture of the user that occupies the space; and
controlling the lighting device to generate at least one of the plurality of lighting effects when the space is unoccupied, to generate another of the plurality of lighting effects when the space is occupied, and identifying at least a portion of the at least one emissive surface for use based on a user parameter associated with the posture of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,560,973

TERMINAL DEVICE, TERMINAL DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM USING SAID TERMINAL DEVICE

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

13. A method of controlling a terminal device, comprising:providing a terminal device including a control circuit which includes a first input unit, a second input unit, an output unit, a nonvolatile memory, a signal processing circuit, and a timer:
applying a second voltage as a power source voltage to the first input unit from a first time by performing an m-th operation of the terminal device;
causing the control circuit to start to operate by applying the power source voltage;
causing the control circuit to stop operating at a second time by causing the second voltage to fall below a lower limit voltage value;
inputting an output value of a voltage detector from the second input unit;
determining the m-th registration data according to a time measured by the timer after a third time at which the output value exceeds a first threshold which is predetermined; and
outputting either a first signal or a second signal as an output signal from the output unit according to first to (m?1)-th pieces of registration data or according to first to (m?1)-th pieces of registration data and m-th registration data which are stored in the nonvolatile memory.

US Pat. No. 10,560,969

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, CONTROL METHOD FOR COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND PROGRAM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus capable of performing wireless communication via a first communication method and a second communication method compliant with the IEE 802.11 standard, the communication apparatus comprising:an execution unit configured to execute an operation mode selectively from among a first operation mode, a second operation mode, and a third operation mode, the first operation mode being an operation mode which is used in the second communication method and in which the communication apparatus performs communication compliant with the IEEE802.11 standard via a wireless network created by the communication apparatus, the second operation mode being an operation mode which is used in the second communication method and in which the communication apparatus performs communication compliant with the IEEE802.11 standard via a wireless network created by an external apparatus, and the third operation mode being an operation mode in which communication compliant with the IEEE802.11 standard based on the first operation mode and communication compliant with the IEEE802.11 standard based on the second operation mode are concurrently performed;
a selection unit configured to select either a first communication parameter for establishing a connection with the wireless network created by the communication apparatus or a second communication parameter for establishing a connection with the wireless network created by the external apparatus as a communication parameter to be provided to another communication apparatus via the first communication method, based on a selection by a user in a case where the third operation mode is executed by the execution unit;
a providing unit configured to provide a communication parameter to the another communication apparatus, the communication parameter which is to be provided by the providing unit being switched between the first communication parameter and the second communication parameter, wherein the providing unit provides the first communication parameter without the selection by the user based on that the execution unit executes the first operation mode, the second communication parameter without the selection by the user based on that the execution unit executes the second operation mode, and either the first communication parameter or the second communication parameter selected by the selection unit based on that the execution unit executes the third operation mode; and
a communication unit configured to communicate with the another communication apparatus via the second communication method compliant with the IEEE802.11 standard, to which the communication parameter has been provided by the providing unit via the first communication method, by using the operation mode corresponding to the communication parameter provided by the providing unit.

US Pat. No. 10,560,940

INTELLIGENT TRAFFIC STEERING OVER OPTIMAL PATHS USING MULTIPLE ACCESS TECHNOLOGIES

Nokia Solutions and Netwo...

1. A method comprising:assigning one of a plurality of available access channels to a service flow between a communication device and a core network, wherein the plurality of available access channels have at least one of sufficient bandwidth or acceptable latency to accommodate the service flow, and wherein the plurality of available access channels use a plurality of connectivity paths supported by a plurality of access technologies;
modifying, based on monitoring at least one of network conditions or performance of the service flow on the one of the plurality of available access channels, one of the plurality of connectivity paths that supports the one of the plurality of available access channels;
modifying criteria for modifying the one of the plurality of connectivity paths for a predetermined time interval in response to modifying the one of the plurality of connectivity paths; and
modifying the one of the plurality of connectivity paths during the predetermined time interval in response to the modified criteria indicating that a previous modification of the one of the plurality of connectivity paths did not improve a quality-of-experience for the communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,560,913

METHOD, DEVICE, AND SYSTEM FOR ACQUISITION OF CONTROL NODE INFORMATION

CHINA ACADEMY OF TELECOMM...

1. A method for acquisition of information of a control node, comprising:receiving, by a relay node (RN) that needs to acquire information of an MME to which one UE under the relay node accesses for judging a handover type and/or MME correct addressing but the relay node is not informed of the information of the MME to which the one UE under the relay node accesses, through wireless network, a message sent by a base station and acquiring, by the relay node, information of one control node to which the one UE under the relay node accesses, wherein the information of the one control node is carried in the message and the information of the one control node is the information of the MME to which the one UE under the relay node accesses; and
determining a handover type and/or addressing the one control node to which the one UE under the relay node accesses according to the information of the one control node to which the one UE under the relay node accesses;
wherein the receiving, by the relay node through wireless network, the message sent by the base station further comprising:
receiving, by the relay node, a predefined S1 or X2 message carrying the information of the one control node to which the one UE under the relay node accesses.

US Pat. No. 10,560,897

TRANSMISSION SLOT BLANKING FOR POWER OPTIMIZATION

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method, comprising:at a user equipment (“UE”):
establishing a voice call;
determining whether the voice call currently comprises a silence period;
blanking at least two slots of a control frame according to a predetermined pattern, wherein the predetermined pattern includes at least two slots that are not blanked between the at least two slots that are blanked; and
transmitting the control frame.

US Pat. No. 10,560,893

COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM, AN ACCESS NETWORK NODE AND A METHOD OF OPTIMIZING ENERGY CONSUMED IN A COMMUNICATION NETWORK

ALCATEL LUCENT, Boulogne...

1. A method of optimising energy consumed in a communications network comprising a plurality of resource limited nodes and an access network node, the method comprising:estimating and dynamically updating a belief on a network condition for a resource limited node of the plurality of resource limited nodes based on network observations and a history profile of the network observations by calculating a probability according to a two-player dynamic Bayesian game in which a first player, i, represents an overall sensing phenomenon and a second player, j, represents the plurality of resource limited nodes in which a posterior belief of player j's belief on player i's type being critical is:
where Hi(t) is a history profile of player i up to a game stage t, OAi(t) is an observed action of player i at a game stage t, and PTi is a private type of player i, the private type of player i being either critical or normal, PTi is a set of all possible private types of player i;determining whether a severity of the updated belief in the network condition is indicative that a change in sleep duty cycle of the resource limited node is required;
determining whether a correlation between the resource limited nodes within the plurality of resource limited nodes is indicative that a change in sleep duty cycle of the resource limited node is required; and
updating the sleep duty cycle of the resource limited node to optimize an overall energy consumed in the resource limited nodes when the severity of the updated belief in the network condition as well as the correlations between resource limited nodes indicates that a change in sleep duty cycle of the resource limited node is required.

US Pat. No. 10,560,889

USER TERMINAL, RADIO BASE STATION, RADIO COMMUNICATION METHOD, AND RADIO COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

NTT DOCOMO, INC., Tokyo ...

1. A user terminal that communicates in a plurality of cell groups, each group being formed with one or more cells, the user terminal comprising:a receiver that receives downlink control information; and
a processor that controls at least a first cell to transmit uplink control information, among a plurality of cells to which the uplink control information can be allocated and which are configured in each cell group,
wherein, when information to indicate cross-carrier scheduling is included in the downlink control information, and
when a second cell having received the downlink control information and a third cell that is designated by the information to indicate cross-carrier scheduling belong to a first cell group of the plurality of cell groups,
then the processor determines the at least first cell among the plurality of cells for a physical uplink control channel (PUCCH) based on the information to indicate cross-carrier scheduling and
controls the at least first cell among the plurality of cells, to which uplink control information can be allocated and that is included in the first cell group to which the second cell that receives the downlink control information belongs to, to transmit the uplink control information on the PUCCH, and
wherein, when the third cell that is designated by the information to indicate cross-carrier scheduling belongs to a second cell group of the plurality of cell groups, the processor does not support cross-carrier scheduling between the second cell that receives the downlink control information, which belongs to the first cell group and the third cell designated by information indicating the cross-carrier scheduling, which belongs to the second cell group.

US Pat. No. 10,560,826

TERMINAL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:a transceiver;
a memory configured to store an application; and
at least one processor configured to,
in response to receiving a streaming request from an external device:
control the transceiver to stream image data generated according to an execution of the application, and
transmit, to the external device, information for receiving an installation file of the application from a server.

US Pat. No. 10,560,818

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING CHARGING IN A MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A method by a packet data network gateway (PGW) in a mobile communication system, the method comprising:identifying a charging rule configured by a sponsor coupon exchanged between a service provider and a network operator for supporting a sponsor service, wherein the sponsor coupon is used for the network operator to charge the service provider for the sponsor service;
identifying data usage information associated with the sponsor service for a terminal based on the charging rule;
determining whether the data usage information reaches a threshold based on a usage data record of the sponsor coupon, the data usage information including at least one of usage amount of sponsored data according to the sponsor service, remaining amount of the sponsored data, usage time of the sponsored data, or remaining time of the sponsored data;
generating a notification message including the data usage information if the data usage information reaches the threshold; and
transmitting the notification message to a policy and charging rules function (PCRF) entity.

US Pat. No. 10,560,745

AUTOMATED CONTENT SELECTION FOR GROUPS

1. A non-transitory machine-readable storage medium, comprising executable instructions that, when executed by a processing system including a processor, facilitate performance of operations, comprising:generating a list of content items for display on one or more display devices, wherein each of the one or more display devices are being viewed by a plurality of viewers, wherein the list of content items is generated based on user preferences determined for two or more viewers of the plurality of viewers, wherein the plurality of viewers are in proximity to the one or more display devices and have been identified;
accessing subscription agreements associated with the plurality of viewers;
determining whether the plurality of viewers are each permitted to view the content items in the list according to the subscription agreements; and
sending a particular content item of the content items to a display device of the one or more display devices according to a second determination that a threshold percentage of the plurality of viewers are permitted to view the particular content item based on the subscription agreements.

US Pat. No. 10,560,743

METHOD OF DOWNLOADING AND UPDATING APPLICATIONS IN A TELEVISION RECEIVER/DECODER HOUSING

SAGEM COMMUNICATIONS SAS,...

1. Method for downloading a new version of application firmware into a television receiver/decoder comprising at least first and second tuners within the television receiver/decoder, the following steps being implemented by the television receiver/decoder device operating a current version of the firmware:while the first tuner is receiving a first television program, detecting information regarding availability of the new version of the firmware, the detected information being independent from information contained in the received first television program;
determining whether the second tuner within the television receiver/decoder is receiving a second television program;
when the second tuner is not receiving the second television program, allocating the second tuner exclusively for management of the new version of the firmware;
while the first tuner is receiving the first television program and the second tuner is not receiving the second television program, receiving the new version of the firmware using the second tuner;
recording the new version of the firmware in a zone of a backup medium, the backup medium being separate from a medium storing the current version of the firmware such that multiple versions of the firmware, not including the new version, are stored in respective multiple zones of the backup medium;
determining whether available space in the backup medium is sufficient for recording the new version; and
responsive to a determination that the available space in the backup medium is insufficient for recording the new version, deleting an oldest version of the firmware before recording the new version.

US Pat. No. 10,560,733

DYNAMIC ADJUSTMENT OF ELECTRONIC PROGRAM GUIDE DISPLAYS BASED ON VIEWER PREFERENCES FOR MINIMIZING NAVIGATION IN VOD PROGRAM SELECTION

Broadband iTV, Inc., Hon...

1. A method comprising:(a) providing, from a first digital television service provider system associated with a first digital television service provider via a wireless broadband connection using IP protocol, to a first Internet-connected digital device associated with a first subscriber to the digital television service provider, a first set of a plurality of viewer interface applications including at least:
(i) a first viewer interface application configured to access the first digital television service provider system to obtain linear electronic media content,
(ii) a second viewer interface application configured to access the first digital television service provider system to obtain video-on-demand electronic media content and further configured to provide access in real time to a first individualized electronic program guide for at least the video-on-demand electronic media content based at least in part on:
(1) electronic viewing data for a first subscriber, and
(2) video-on-demand metadata;
wherein the video-on-demand electronic media content is obtained from a video-on-demand content delivery system of the first digital television service provider system that has obtained the video-on-demand electronic media content and respective video-on-demand metadata associated with the video-on-demand electronic media content, the respective video-on-demand metadata comprising respective title data and respective category data;
(b) receiving, at the first digital television service provider system for the first Internet-connected digital device, login credentials;
(c) verifying, by the first digital television service provider system, that the login credentials are associated with a subscriber account of the first subscriber;
(d) transmitting, from the first digital television service provider system to the first Internet-connected digital device via the Internet, an electronic authorization for the first viewer interface application to access privileges associated with the subscriber account of the first subscriber;
(e) receiving, by the first digital television service provider system from the first Internet-connected digital device via the Internet, a request to access the second viewer interface application;
(f) transmitting, to the first Internet-connected digital device via the Internet, an electronic authorization for the second viewer interface application to access privileges associated with the subscriber account of the first subscriber;
(g) receiving, at the first digital television service provider system via the Internet from the first Internet-connected digital device, a first electronic request to access first video-on-demand electronic media content via the second viewer interface application;
(h) accessing, by the first digital television services provider system, upon receipt of the first electronic access request, a first individualized electronic program guide data for video-on-demand media content wherein the first individualized electronic program guide is generated in real time by:
(i) accessing, by the first digital television service provider system from one or more non-transitory processor readable memory devices operatively connected to the first digital television service provider system, first electronic viewing data associated with the subscriber account associated with the first subscriber; and
(ii) generating, at the first digital television service provider system, the first individualized electronic program guide data for video-on-demand electronic media content, based at least in part on:
(1) the first electronic viewing data for the first subscriber, and
(2) the video-on-demand metadata;
(i) transmitting, from the first digital television service provider system to the first Internet-connected digital device via the Internet, the first individualized electronic program guide data for populating a first set of one or more templates associated with a first individualized electronic program guide in the second viewer interface application;
(j) receiving, at the first digital television service provider system from the first Internet-connected digital device via the Internet, a first video-on-demand media request for a first video-on-demand electronic media content;
(k) updating, by the first digital television service provider system, the first electronic viewing data with information associated with the first video-on-demand media request to generate second electronic viewing data; and
(l) transmitting, from the first digital television service provider system via the Internet to the first Internet-connected digital device, the first video-on-demand electronic media content identified in the first video-on-demand media request for display on a first display associated with the first Internet-connected digital device;
(m) providing, from the first digital television service provider system associated with the first digital television service provider via a broadband connection, to a first digital set top box associated with the first subscriber to the digital television service provider, a second set of a plurality of viewer interface applications including at least:
(i) a third viewer interface application configured to access the first digital television service provider system to obtain linear electronic media content, wherein the third viewer interface is associated with the first viewer interface,
(ii) a fourth viewer interface application configured to access the first digital television service provider system to obtain video-on-demand electronic media content and further configured to provide access in real time to a second individualized electronic program guide for at least the video-on-demand electronic media content and associated with the first individualized electronic program guide, and the second individualized electronic program guide is based at least in part on:
(1) an updated first electronic viewing data for a first subscriber, and
(2) the video-on-demand metadata;
wherein the video-on-demand electronic media content is obtained from the video-on-demand content delivery system of the first digital television service provider system that has obtained the video-on-demand electronic media content and respective video-on-demand metadata associated with the video-on-demand electronic media content, the respective video-on-demand metadata comprising respective title data and respective category data;
(n) receiving, at the first digital television service provider system from the first digital set top box, a request for electronic authorization;
(o) verifying, by the first digital television service provider system, the request for electronic authorization is associated with the subscriber account of the first subscriber;
(p) transmitting, from the first digital television service provider system to the first digital set top box, an electronic authorization for the third viewer interface application to access privileges associated with the subscriber account of the first subscriber;
(q) receiving, by the first digital television service provider system from the first digital set top box, a request to access the fourth viewer interface application;
(r) transmitting, to the first digital set top box, an electronic authorization for the fourth viewer interface application to access privileges associated with the subscriber account of the first subscriber;
(s) receiving, from the first digital set top box at the first digital television services provider system, a second electronic request to access second video-on-demand electronic media content via the fourth viewer interface application;
(t) accessing, by the first digital television service provider system, upon receipt of the second electronic access request, a second individualized electronic program guide data for video-on-demand electronic media content wherein the second individualized electronic program guide data is generated in real time by:
(i) accessing, at the first digital television service provider system from one or more non-transitory processor readable memory devices operatively connected to the first digital television service provider system, second electronic viewing data associated with the subscriber account associated with the first subscriber; and
(ii) generating, at the first digital television service provider system, the second individualized electronic program guide data for video-on-demand electronic media content, based at least in part on:
(1) the second electronic viewing data for the first subscriber, and
(2) the video-on-demand metadata;
(u) transmitting, from the first digital television service provider system to the first digital set top box via the broadband connection, the second individualized electronic program guide data for populating a second set of one or more templates associated with a second individualized electronic program guide in the fourth viewer interface application;
(v) receiving, at the first digital television service provider system from the first digital set top box, a second video-on-demand media request for the second video-on-demand electronic media content;
(w) updating, by the first digital television service provider system, the second electronic viewing data with information associated with the second video-on-demand media request to generate third electronic viewing data; and
(x) transmitting, from the first digital television service provider system via the broadband connection to the first digital set top box, the second video-on-demand electronic media content identified in the second video-on-demand media request for display on a second display associated with the first digital set top box.

US Pat. No. 10,560,728

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR STITCHING SEPARATELY ENCODED NAL UNITS INTO A STREAM

TRITON US VP ACQUISITION ...

1. A method comprising:obtaining first network abstraction layer units generated in a first encoding of a stream, the first network abstraction layer units including first slices;
obtaining second network abstraction layer units generated in a second encoding, the second network abstraction layer units including one or more second slices, wherein obtaining the second network abstraction layer units comprises:
extracting, prior to the first encoding, one or more temporary slices extracted from one or more selected positions comprising duplication points in the stream,
modifying the extracted one or more temporary slices to generate the one or more second slices, and
for the one or more second slices:
conforming at least one slice header syntax element and at least one network abstraction layer unit syntax element of a second slice to values of a temporary slice formerly occupying the position of the second slice, and
retaining at least one other slice header syntax element of the second slice as encoded in the second encoding; and
stitching the second network abstract layer units into the stream, wherein stitching the second network abstract layer units into the stream comprises:
positioning the one or more second slices in one or more respective positions in the stream formerly occupied by the one or more temporary slices generated in the first encoding.

US Pat. No. 10,560,724

VIDEO CONTENT DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND CONTENT MANAGEMENT SERVER

COLOPL, INC., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A video content distribution system, comprising:a user terminal on which stored video contents are viewable; and
a content management server connected to the user terminal, wherein the user terminal is configured to:
receive stored field-of-view video data;
generate, in response to an input operation on the user terminal, a viewpoint switch request signal for requesting a switch from a current viewpoint of a field-of-view video of the stored video contents, to a switched-to viewpoint, which is different from the current viewpoint; and
transmit the generated viewpoint switch request signal to the content management server, and
wherein the content management server is configured to:
receive the viewpoint switch request signal;
transmit to the user terminal the stored field-of-view video data that is associated with the switched-to viewpoint; and
determine an amount to be charged to the user for the viewing of the field-of-view video based on a count of switches to each viewpoint at a first viewing charge, and a respective location of each viewpoint at a second viewing charge.

US Pat. No. 10,560,706

HIGH LAYER SYNTAX FOR TEMPORAL SCALABILITY

Vidyo, Inc., Hackensack,...

1. A decoding device configured to decode media encoded using scalable coding with temporal scalability at a pre-determined maximum temporal level, comprising:a decoder adapted to decode a single bit flag temporal_nesting_flag in a sequence parameter set that is indicative of a temporally nested structure of layers and pertains to all frames of a coded video sequence, and decode a coded first picture of the coded video sequence with a first layer_id;
wherein, in response to the decoded temporal_nesting_flag equal to 1, the decoder is adapted to remove at least one second picture of the coded video sequence from a reference picture list maintained by the decoder, the at least one second picture in the reference picture list having a second layer_id, wherein a value of the second layer_id is higher than a value of the first layer_id and wherein the second picture is not used for a prediction of the first picture or any pictures following the first picture in decoding order;
wherein the decoder is configured so that at least one second picture of the coded video sequence would be included in the reference picture list if the decoded temporal_nesting_flag were equal to 0 and wherein the temporal_nesting_flag set to one indicates for any three frames picA, picB, picC included in the coded video sequence, that picB is not used for reference of picA:
under a first condition that picB is of a temporal level lower or equal than the temporal level of picA, and
under a second condition that the temporal level of picC is lower than the temporal level of picB, and
under a third condition that picC follows picB in decoding order, and
under a fourth condition that picC precedes picA in decoding order; and
wherein picB is not included in a reference picture list of picA.

US Pat. No. 10,560,703

FLC-BASED IMAGE COMPRESSION METHOD AND DEVICE

REALTEK SEMICONDUCTOR COR...

1. A fixed length code (FLC)-based image compression method for compressing a block containing a plurality of pixels, comprising:determining a first representative pixel, a second representative pixel, and a third representative pixel from said pixels according to a plurality of pixel values of said pixels, wherein said first representative pixel, said second representative pixel, and said third representative pixel are not collinear in a color space to which said pixels correspond;
generating, by interpolation, a plurality of first interpolated pixels according to said first representative pixel and said third representative pixel;
generating, by interpolation, a plurality of second interpolated pixels according to said second representative pixel and said third representative pixel; and
generating an index value for each of said pixels according to said first representative pixel, said second representative pixel, said third representative pixel, said first interpolated pixels, and said second interpolated pixels.

US Pat. No. 10,560,697

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An image processing device, comprising:a memory; and
processing circuitry configured to:
decode a bit stream to generate quantized data, the bit stream including a first quantization matrix, a second quantization matrix and a third quantization matrix, wherein the first quantization matrix is a first size of 32×32, the second quantization matrix is a second size of 16×16, the third quantization matrix is a third size of 8×8, and the third quantization matrix is extracted from elements of the first quantization matrix;
set the first quantization matrix of the first size, corresponding to a transform unit that is the first size, by performing a nearest neighbor interpolation process onto each element of the third quantization matrix of the third size; and
dequantize the generated quantized data using the set first quantization matrix of the first size.

US Pat. No. 10,560,672

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND OBJECT REPRODUCE METHOD THEREOF

Compal Electronics, Inc.,...

1. An electronic device has a photographing mode and a projection mode, comprising:a main body, having a base for placing on a work plane and a support frame connected to the base;
an illumination assembly, connected to the support frame, wherein the illumination assembly is capable of providing an illumination light to an external object placed on the work plane in the photographing mode;
an image projection assembly, pivotally connected to the illumination assembly;
a camera assembly, disposed on one side of the image projection assembly, wherein the camera assembly is capable of capturing an image of the external object placed on the work plane in the photographing mode; and
at least one processor, coupled to the illumination assembly, the image projection assembly and the camera assembly, for reproducing the external object as a virtual object, and capable of enabling the image projection assembly to project the virtual object image onto the work plane for an interactive operation.

US Pat. No. 10,560,668

INTEGRATING DATA FROM MULTIPLE DEVICES

Utility Associates, Inc.,...

1. A recording system for an emergency response unit, including:a first recording device configured to record a first video segment with an incident identifier and transmit a message including the incident identifier; and
a second recording device configured to receive the message and record a second video segment with the incident identifier, wherein
the first video segment and the second video segment are associated using the incident identifier.

US Pat. No. 10,560,664

ENTRANCEWAY OR FOYER-BASED, COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND SYSTEM

MVI Industries, LLC, Bro...

1. A kiosk-like communication system, comprising:a housing comprising an interior and a front face, the interior being configured to hold electronic circuits associated with operational algorithms for functionalities involving a building;
attachment hardware for mounting the housing to a support structure located at an entranceway comprising a foyer or a publically accessible area of the building;
a display mounted at the front face of the housing, the display being configured to display information to tenants, owners of and visitors to the building, the display incorporating a touch sensitive interface to allow tenants and visitors to enter information for the operational algorithms;
a camera system for providing visual information of at least the entranceway;
door closing and opening hardware coupled to the electronic circuits for closing and opening an entrance door of the building;
a CPU associated with the electronic circuits for executing software algorithms to effect at least the following functions:
a) validating the tenants prior to permitting the tenants entry into the building;
b) unlocking the entrance door into the building;
c) preparing reports and communicating said reports to management personnel located offsite the building, regarding activities associated with the building; and
d) visually identifying the tenants who request entry into the building; and
the system including a facility for communicating with a mobile communication device that has been previously associated with a person authorized to enter the building and for allowing entry into the building based on the system being able to sense that the mobile electronic device is located at the entranceway of the building.

US Pat. No. 10,560,662

ESTABLISHING INSTANT MEETING FOR ACTIVE DISCUSSION THREADS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computer-implemented method of initiating an instant meeting in the form of at least one of a video and audio call, the method comprising:storing, using one or more processors, information about a discussion thread having two or more participants;
first determining, using the one or more processors, that a number of messages made in response to a thread starter of the discussion thread from the two or more participants exceeds a first threshold in a predetermined period of time;
in response to the first determining, second determining that a mean time between consecutive replies in the number of messages is below a second threshold; and
in response to the first and second determining, the one or more processors establishing a meeting or call for the two or more participants.

US Pat. No. 10,560,654

DISPLAY DEVICE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A display device comprising:a display;
a Bluetooth module configured to perform Bluetooth communication with a remote control device or a mobile terminal;
an infrared (IR) module configured to receive IR signals from the remote control device; and
a controller configured to:
display, on the display, a pointer to be moved according to a movement of the remote control device, wherein movement of the pointer is based on movement information of the remote control device received via Bluetooth communication;
change the display device to a speaker mode for outputting audio received from the mobile terminal according to a control command;
transmit, to the remote control device via the Bluetooth module, a wireless connection stop request signal for disconnecting a Bluetooth connection with the remote control device when the display device receives a control command for entering the speaker mode;
cease display of the pointer according to entering the speaker mode, and
while in the speaker mode, receive control commands from the remote control device via the IR module and not via the Bluetooth module and execute functions corresponding to the received control commands.

US Pat. No. 10,560,649

IMAGING SYSTEMS HAVING DUAL STORAGE GATE OVERFLOW CAPABILITIES

SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS ...

1. An image sensor pixel, comprising:a photodiode that generates charge in response to incident light;
a first storage gate coupled to the photodiode, wherein the first storage gate comprises a first charge storage region;
a second storage gate coupled to the photodiode, wherein the second storage gate comprises a second charge storage region;
first, second, and third transistors;
a floating diffusion region coupled to the first storage gate through the first transistor; and
a capacitor coupled to the second charge storage region of the second storage gate through the second transistor, wherein the capacitor is coupled to the floating diffusion region through the third transistor, and wherein the third transistor has first and second terminals, the first transistor being coupled to the first terminal of the third transistor and the second transistor being coupled to the second terminal of third transistor.

US Pat. No. 10,560,647

DRIVER CIRCUIT, DRIVING METHOD, ACTIVE PIXEL SENSOR, IMAGE SENSOR, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A driving circuit for an active pixel sensor, comprising: a reset circuit, a photoelectric sensing circuit, a signal forming circuit, a signal conversion circuit, and a signal output circuit, wherein:the reset circuit is connected to the photoelectric sensing circuit, the signal forming circuit, and the signal conversion circuit, and is configured to transmit a first voltage, under control of a reset signal, to the photoelectric sensing circuit and the signal forming circuit so as to reset the photoelectric sensing circuit and the signal forming circuit;
the photoelectric sensing circuit is connected to the signal forming circuit, and is configured to perform photoelectric conversion on incident light irradiation under control of a first control signal so as to form a photoelectric voltage signal;
the signal forming circuit is further connected to the signal conversion circuit, and is configured to transmit the photoelectric voltage signal to the signal conversion circuit under control of a second control signal, and transmit a compensated photoelectric voltage signal to the signal conversion circuit;
the signal output circuit is connected to the signal conversion circuit and the signal forming circuit, and is configured to transmit a second voltage, under control of a third control signal, to the signal conversion circuit and the signal forming circuit, and output a photoelectric current signal; and
the signal conversion circuit is configured to form the compensated photoelectric voltage signal according to the photoelectric voltage signal, and output the photoelectric current signal to the signal output circuit according to the compensated photoelectric voltage signal.

US Pat. No. 10,560,641

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR GENERATING A BIAS FOR A CAMERA SENSOR FOR INCREASING RESOLUTION OF CAPTURED IMAGES

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A system comprising:a camera sensor of a camera configured to capture images;
a vibrating source, located in the camera, configured to generate movement of the camera sensor to generate a bias for the camera sensor; and
a high frequency accelerometer configured to measure movement of the camera sensor,
wherein the camera sensor captures a plurality of images of a scene based on the generated bias at a resolution supported by the camera sensor, wherein the vibrating source and the high frequency accelerometer are coupled to the camera sensor, and wherein the high frequency accelerometer measures movement of the camera sensor generated by the vibrating source during the capture of the plurality of images.

US Pat. No. 10,560,619

ADAPTER FOR PIVOTING A LENS

Jos. Schneider Optische W...

1. An adapter (10) for pivoting a lens relative to an image sensor in a camera housing coupled by means of the adapter (10), comprising a lens-side supporting ring (20) and a housing-side supporting ring (30), which are mounted in sliding fashion relative to one another by correspondingly cylindrically curved sliding surfaces (22, 32) facing one another, the virtual cylinder axis (Z) of the cylindrical curvature of the sliding surfaces (22, 32) lying in a plane of the image sensor,wherein
a transmission lever (50) pivotable about a lever axis (H) aligned parallel to the virtual cylinder axis (Z) is mounted on the lens-side supporting ring (20), the first lever arm (51) of which transmission lever (50) extends in a circumferential direction on the lens side of the lever axis (H) and, via a helical groove (61) and a coupling body (511) engaging into the latter, is coupled to a concentric adjusting ring (42) mounted rotatably on the lens-side supporting ring (20) and
the second lever arm (52) of which transmission lever (50) extends in an axial direction to the housing side and is supported on an anchor structure (70) fixed to the housing-side supporting ring (30).

US Pat. No. 10,560,609

SYSTEM AND RELATED METHOD FOR SYNCHRONIZED CAPTURE OF DATA BY MULTIPLE NETWORK-CONNECTED CAPTURE DEVICES

Karl Storz Endoscopy-Amer...

1. A system, comprising:a trigger configured to generate a trigger signal;
at least two capture devices, each configured to switch from a respective idle mode to a respective recording mode upon receipt of the trigger signal via a network, and each configured to generate data packets when operated in the respective idle mode and the respective recording mode, the data packets each including sensor data indicative of a condition sensed by a sensor of the respective capture device;
a controller configured to save data packets generated during the respective idle modes to a short-term memory, and configured to save data packets generated during the respective recording modes to a long-term memory such that the data packets form respective saved data streams, each of the saved data streams including a first-generated data packet at a beginning thereof and a last-generated data packet at an end thereof;
a synchronizer configured to send a sync signal to the at least two capture devices via the network; and
a compensator configured to: (i) determine respective delay periods between sending of the sync signal by the synchronizer and receipt of the sync signal by each of the at least two capture devices; (ii) transfer from the short-term memory to the long-term memory any data packets generated during the respective delay periods; and (iii) remove at least one data packet from the end of at least one of the saved data streams.

US Pat. No. 10,560,592

OPERATION SWITCH PRESS ERRONEOUS-DETECTION AVOIDANCE DEVICE, OPERATION SWITCH PRESS ERRONEOUS-DETECTION AVOIDANCE METHOD, PROGRAM FOR AVOIDING OPERATION SWITCH PRESS ERRONEOUS-DETECTION, OPERATION PANEL, AND MULTIFUNCTIONAL MACHINE

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

10. An operation switch press erroneous-detection avoidance method comprising, if an operation on an operation switch is performed by an approaching object to the operation switch, in a case where operation on the operation switch is detected during a period when an event which occurs in association with the operation on the operation switch occurs, prohibiting a process associated with the operation switch from being activated, whereinthe operation on the operation switch is detected by release of the press of the switch.

US Pat. No. 10,560,563

HAPTIC DEVICE

BOUTON SMS INC., Boisbri...

1. A haptic device for sending at least one message, the haptic device comprising:a housing;
a communication module located inside the housing;
a touchpad affixed to the housing, the touchpad capturing a movement of a user and generating a signal corresponding to the captured movement; and
a processor located inside the housing, the processor receiving the signal, analyzing the signal to determine a most probable corresponding message, and instructing the communication module to transmit one of a plurality of stored messages corresponding to the captured movement, the one of the stored messages including at least one predetermined recipient address and a message for the recipient, the most probable corresponding message being concurrently transmitted using two different wireless standards.

US Pat. No. 10,560,531

LOCATION-BASED SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A PLURALITY OF ELECTRICAL OR ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Beabloo, S.L., Barcelona...

1. Location-based system for controlling a plurality of electrical or electronic devices (50), characterized in that it comprises:a plurality of positioning means (1) which comprise a Bluetooth 4.0 emitter and receiver with beacon functions and each coupled to each of a plurality of electrical or electronic devices, said plurality of positioning means (1) configured for sending and receiving positioning signals, wherein said plurality of electrical or electronic devices are geographically distributed in a 3 Dimensional (3D) space and having a shared functionality;
a control device (53) configured for receiving the positioning signals, determining a position of said control device based on the positioning signals received, and sending messages with information about said position to a central control module (51), together with indications to act on at least one parameter of said shared functionality;
a central control system (51) configured for receiving the messages from the control device, selecting at least one of said plurality of electrical or electronic devices and sending control instructions to act on said at least one parameter, to said at least one of the plurality of electrical or electronic devices, wherein the selection of the at least one of the plurality of electrical or electronic devices is determined depending on the information about the position of the control device contained in the received message and on a location information of each of said plurality of electrical or electronic devices used by said central control system; and
a plurality of hardware processors (4) each coupled to one of the plurality of said electrical or electronic devices, configured for receiving the control instructions from the central control system (51) and configured for directly acting on the at least one parameter of a respective electrical or electronic device (55) depending on the control instructions received from the central control system.

US Pat. No. 10,560,500

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RECORDING AND STORING MEDIA CONTENT

ClearDoc, Inc., Jericho,...

1. A method of facilitating recording of media content by a mobile device, comprising:establishing a communication session between a control system and the mobile device over a communication network;
receiving, at the control system, video content and audio content from the mobile device during the communication session, wherein the video content is captured by a camera of the mobile device and the audio content is captured by a microphone of the mobile device;
transmitting a trigger signal, by the control system, to the mobile device, the trigger signal triggering the mobile device to start recording media content using the camera and the microphone of the mobile device during the communication session, wherein the media content recorded by the mobile device includes a portion of the video content and the audio content, wherein the mobile device includes a data storage device and stores the media content in the data storage device;
after the recording is completed, receiving the media content at the control system;
determining that the media content was successfully received by the control system; and
responsive to determining that the media content was successfully received by the control system, transmitting a first control signal from the control system to the mobile device to cause the mobile device to delete the media content from the data storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,560,333

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SHARING SUBSCRIBER RESOURCES IN A NETWORK ENVIRONMENT

CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC., ...

8. A system comprising:a processor; and
a memory storing instructions which, when executed, cause the system to perform operations comprising:
receiving, by a processor and from a requesting member, a request for a sponsored network service modification, the request including an identification of a sponsoring member for the sponsored network service modification and a time duration for the sponsored network service modification;
generating, by the processor, a group associated with the sponsoring member and the requesting member, the group including a group policy comprising a reference to the sponsored network service modification and the time duration;
modifying according to the group policy a first network policy applied to the requesting member and a second network policy applied to the sponsoring member, the modification of the first network policy including an increase in a Quality of Service (QoS) to the requesting member and the modification to the second network policy including a decrease in a QoS to the sponsoring member; and
reverting the modification to the first network policy and the second network policy in response to the time duration completing.

US Pat. No. 10,560,252

TIME AWARE AUDIO STREAMS WITH HETEROGENOUS FRAME RATES

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus for accurate time aware audio streams, comprising:a converter to perform sample rate conversion of data from a first clock to a second clock; and
an alignment unit to indicate valid sample points in the data based on a relationship between the first clock and the second clock, wherein the alignment unit pre-calculates the relationship as a repeating pattern of clock edge alignment.

US Pat. No. 10,560,163

BEAMFORMING CONFIGURATION WITH ADAPTIVE PORT-TO-ANTENNA MAPPING FOR A MULTI-ANTENNA SYSTEM

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Er...

1. A method for determining a beamforming configuration for a multi-antenna system having at least two antennas and having a port-to-antenna mapping between antenna ports and antennas, wherein the method comprises:obtaining first feedback information originating from a wireless device relating to a multi-antenna transmission based on a first beamforming configuration enabling beamforming according to a first beam form, wherein the first beamforming configuration includes a first port-to-antenna mapping;
obtaining second feedback information originating from the wireless device relating to a multi-antenna transmission based on a second, different beamforming configuration enabling beamforming according to a second, different beam form, wherein the second beamforming configuration includes a second, different port-to-antenna mapping; and
determining, based on the first feedback information and the second feedback information, a third beamforming configuration for the multi-antenna system including a third port-to-antenna mapping to enable beamforming according to a third beam form, wherein the first feedback information and the second feedback information belong to different feedback processes,
wherein the method further comprises transferring information about the determined third beamforming configuration to a network node for enabling multi-antenna transmission of at least one reference signal based on the determined third beamforming configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,560,153

GUIDED WAVE TRANSMISSION DEVICE WITH DIVERSITY AND METHODS FOR USE THEREWITH

1. A transmission device comprising:a first coupler oriented at an azimuthal angle to a transmission medium, wherein the first coupler is configured to form a first electromagnetic wave that is guided along an outer surface of the transmission medium via at least one guided-wave mode, wherein the first electromagnetic wave has an envelope that varies as a function of angular deviation from the azimuthal angle, wherein the function of angular deviation has a minimum at an angular deviation from the azimuthal angle, and wherein a second electromagnetic wave propagates along the outer surface of the transmission medium in a direction opposite to the first electromagnetic wave; and
a second coupler that receives the second electromagnetic wave from the transmission medium for transmission to a receiver, wherein the second coupler is oriented at the angular deviation from the azimuthal angle.

US Pat. No. 10,560,050

INNOVATIVE ENERGY GENERATING PHOTOVOLTAIC AWNING

EvoluSun, Inc., San Jose...

21. A photovoltaic awning comprising:a plurality of photovoltaic panels, each photovoltaic panel coupled to adjacent photovoltaic panels and arranged between a first and a last photovoltaic panel;
a base of the awning, providing support to permit mounting of the awning from the base at a single end, coupled to the first photovoltaic panel;
a lead arm of the awning coupled to the last photovoltaic panel;
a rotating drum, comprising at least one wire interconnected among the photovoltaic panels and an anchoring support mechanism anchored to the awning, so as to facilitate deploying the awning solely from the base, wherein as the lead arm moves away from and toward the base, the rotating drum simultaneously rotates to wind and unwind, respectively, the wire through the panels ensuring constant tension and allowing the photovoltaic panels to stay substantially in a specified plane.

US Pat. No. 10,560,030

CABLE COMPENSATION CIRCUIT AND POWER SUPPLY INCLUDING THE SAME

SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS ...

1. A compensation circuit for compensating for a voltage drop in a cable coupled between a power supply and a load, the compensation circuit comprising:a sensing resistive-capacitive (RC) filter including a first capacitor and configured to receive a voltage from an auxiliary winding of the power supply and generate a sense voltage by RC filtering the received voltage; and
an averaging filter including a second capacitor and configured to generate an average voltage by averaging the sense voltage,
wherein the power supply comprises a transformer including a primary winding, a secondary winding, and the auxiliary winding, a power switch coupled through the primary winding to an input voltage, a rectifying diode coupled between the secondary winding and the output voltage, and a feedback circuit comprising a shunt regulator having a reference end, the shunt regulator configured to control a sink current according to a voltage of the reference end,
wherein the compensation circuit further comprises a third resistor coupled between the average voltage and the reference end of the shunt regulator of the feedback circuit of the power supply, and
wherein the power supply uses the average voltage to control the power switch.

US Pat. No. 10,560,024

BIDIRECTIONAL DC/DC CONVERTER FOR A CHARGING SYSTEM

Conductive Holding, LLC, ...

1. A bidirectional direct current/direct current (DC/DC) converter comprising:a direct current/alternating current (DC/AC) inverter coupled to a first direct current (DC) bus and to a primary winding of a transformer, the DC/AC inverter including active switches;
a secondary side AC/DC rectifier coupled to a secondary winding of the transformer and a second DC bus, the secondary side AC/DC rectifier including:
a capacitor that performs DC-bias current blocking, and
a bridge configuration of active switches coupled to the capacitor and the secondary winding, and to a second DC bus; and
a microcontroller coupled to the active switches of the secondary side AC/DC rectifier, and configured to provide control signals thereto according to a control algorithm, the control algorithm configured to:
when power is to flow from the first DC bus to the second DC bus, send control signals at a switching frequency having a first initial value to operate the active switches of the DC/AC inverter at a duty cycle and disable the active switches of the secondary side AC/DC rectifier, determine if power at the second DC bus is substantially equal to a first target, and increase the switching frequency of the control signals that operate the active switches of the DC/AC inverter to decrease the power at the second DC bus or decrease the switching frequency of the control signals that operate the active switches of the DC/AC inverter to increase the power at the second DC bus until the power at the second DC bus is substantially equal to the first target, and
when power is to flow from the second DC bus to the first DC bus, send control signals to disable the active switches of the DC/AC inverter and at a switching frequency having a second initial value to operate the active switches of the secondary side AC/DC rectifier at the duty cycle, determine if power supplied from the second DC bus is substantially equal to a second target, and increase the switching frequency of the control signals that operate the active switches of the secondary side AC/DC rectifier to decrease the power supplied from the second DC bus or decrease the switching frequency to increase the power supplied from the second DC bus until the power supplied from the second DC bus is substantially equal to the second target.

US Pat. No. 10,560,017

CHARGE PUMP, SWITCH DRIVER DEVICE, LIGHTING DEVICE, AND VEHICLE

Rohm Co., Ltd., Kyoto (J...

1. A charge pump comprising:a flying capacitor;
an output capacitor;
a switch group arranged to switch connection states of the capacitors so as to generate an output voltage from an input voltage; and
a feedback control unit arranged to adjust an interterminal voltage of the flying capacitor to a predetermined target value when charging the flying capacitor, wherein
the switch group includes:
a first switch connected between a first terminal of the flying capacitor and an input terminal of the input voltage,
a second switch connected between a second terminal of the flying capacitor and the input terminal of the input voltage,
a third switch connected between the first terminal of the flying capacitor and an output terminal of the output voltage,
a fourth switch connected between the second terminal of the flying capacitor and a ground terminal, and
a fifth switch connected between the first terminal of the flying capacitor and an input terminal of a power supply voltage, wherein
in a low input case where the input voltage is lower than the power supply voltage, the flying capacitor is charged using the power supply voltage,
in a high input case where the input voltage is higher than the power supply voltage, the flying capacitor is charged using the input voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,560,008

BRUSHLESS DIRECT CURRENT ELECTRIC MOTOR AND ELECTRIC POWER STEERING SYSTEM

JOHNSON ELECTRIC INTERNAT...

1. A brushless direct current electric motor, comprising:a first sub-motor; and
a second sub-motor,
wherein the first sub-motor and the second sub-motor share a common rotor, and each comprises an independent stator which together form a combined stator of the electric motor, the stator of the first sub-motor comprises a plurality of teeth and a plurality of windings, the stator of the second sub-motor comprises a plurality of teeth and a plurality of windings, the plurality of the windings of the first and the second sub-motors respectively form star-connection; the teeth of the first sub-motor and the teeth of the second sub-motor are interleavingly arranged in a circumferential direction or arranged side by side in an axial direction, the first sub-motor and the second sub-motor are configured to work as a single electric motor to output a normal power, and when one of the two sub-motors breaks down, the other sub-motor is capable of working independently, and
wherein the first sub-motor and the second sub-motor are respectively controlled by two controllers, the currents of the two sub-motors have a phase difference, such that the n-th order harmonic waveform of a torque of the second sub-motor is shifted relative to the n-th order harmonic waveform of a torque of the first sub-motor by (2k+1)/2period, wherein k=0, ±1, ±2, ±3 . . . .

US Pat. No. 10,560,007

MOTOR

MABUCHI MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

1. A motor comprising:a cylindrical housing that houses a rotor;
a first member mounted to an opening of the housing; and
a second member sandwiching the first member as mounted between the second member and the housing, wherein
the housing includes, at an end of the housing that faces the second member, a first locking part that locks a first locked part of the second member, and
the second member is elastically deformed by the first locking part and locked to the housing accordingly and is configured such that a gap is formed between the second member and the housing when the second member is locked to the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,559,976

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR ELECTRIC POWER GRID AND NETWORK MANAGEMENT OF GRID ELEMENTS

CAUSAM ENERGY, INC., Ral...

1. A system for electric power grid management and communication, comprising:at least one grid element constructed and configured in network-based communication with a server via at least one coordinator;
wherein the at least one coordinator is operable to register and introduce the at least one grid element to an electric power grid;
wherein the at least one grid element is transformed into at least one active grid element automatically and/or autonomously upon registration with the at least one coordinator, wherein a security interface is associated with the at least one active grid element, wherein the at least one active grid element is operable to receive security system messages from at least one remotely-located security system via the security interface, wherein the security interface is standards-based or determined by a governing entity that regulates grid operations for utilities, market participants or grid operators;
wherein the at least one active grid element is operable to send and receive messages to and from the server via the at least one coordinator;
wherein the messages have a deliver priority based on virtual private networks, independent identifying addresses, and/or manufacturers specific identifying codes;
wherein the at least one active grid element has a unique grid element identifier which is a combination of an Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) address, an international manufacturer equipment identifier (IMEI), and electronic serial numbers or a Media Access Control (MAC) address;
wherein the at least one coordinator is operable to match and prioritize the at least one active grid element;
wherein the at least one coordinator is operable to provide a priority flag on the messages;
wherein the at least one coordinator is operable to track, based on revenue grade metrology, an amount of power supply available for the electric power grid or a curtailment power available from the at least one active grid element; and
wherein the at least one active grid element is operable to actively participate in the electric power grid, and wherein the actively participating is selected from the group consisting of consuming electric power from the electric power grid, supplying power to the electric power grid, and curtailing power consumption from the electric power grid.

US Pat. No. 10,559,866

MEASURING OPERATIONAL PARAMETERS AT THE GUIDED SURFACE WAVEGUIDE PROBE

CPG TECHNOLOGIES, INC, I...

1. An apparatus comprising:a guided surface waveguide probe configured to launch a guided surface wave along a surface of a lossy conducting medium, wherein the guided surface waveguide probe comprises:
a charge terminal elevated to a height above the lossy conducting medium;
a support structure that supports the charge terminal;
at least one section of internal coil that is supported within the support structure and is coupled to an excitation source;
a conductive tube having a first end conductively coupled to the at least one section of internal coil, wherein a second end of the conductive tube extends vertically towards the charge terminal, wherein the at least one section of the internal coil is electrically coupled to the charge terminal via the conductive tube;
at least one sensor electrically coupled to the charge terminal or the internal coil, wherein the at least one sensor measures an operational parameter of the guided surface waveguide probe; and
a non-conductive channel connected to the at least one sensor and monitoring equipment of the guided surface waveguide probe by which data associated with the operational parameter is communicated.

US Pat. No. 10,559,796

BATTERY CARRIER FOR A VEHICLE

Benteler Automobiltechnik...

1. A battery carrier for accommodating at least one electric battery module in a vehicle, with:at least one first wall comprising a carrier bottom or a carrier cover;
at least one second wall comprising at least one side wall, wherein the at least one second wall is arranged at a non-parallel angle with respect to the at least one first wall, wherein the second wall is joined to the first wall by a joining region and laterally limits the at least one first wall, wherein an adhesive region is formed in the joining region; and
at least one seal materially bonded to the adhesive region to fluidically seal the joining region, wherein the adhesive region is configured to condition the joining region for a materially bonded connection to the at least one seal.

US Pat. No. 10,559,711

BURIED ACTIVATED P-(AL,IN)GAN LAYERS

Gallium Enterprises Pty L...

1. A method of fabricating a semiconductor structure comprising a buried activated magnesium-doped p-(Al,In)GaN layer, comprising:(a) growing a magnesium doped p-(Al,In)GaN layer using a gaseous mixture comprising NH3, H2, or a combination thereof, wherein the gaseous mixture has a partial pressure of H2 less than 760 Torr; and
(b) growing a semiconductor layer on the magnesium-doped p-(Al,In)GaN layer in an environment wherein a partial pressure of H2 is greater than a partial pressure of N2;
to provide a semiconductor structure comprising a buried activated magnesium doped p-(Al,In)GaN layer.

US Pat. No. 10,559,613

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FABRICATING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A semiconductor device, comprising:a substrate;
first and second recesses spaced apart from each other in a first direction within the substrate;
a first gate electrode filling the first recess and protruding above the substrate;
a second gate electrode filling the second recess and protruding above the substrate;
a first source/drain formed between the first and second recesses;
a second source/drain formed in an opposite direction to the first source/drain with respect to the first recess;
a third source/drain formed in an opposite direction to the first source/drain with respect to the second recess; and
a gate contact formed directly on the first and second gate electrodes,
wherein the first and second gate electrodes are connected to form one integral structure at a same level, are electrically connected to same node and share the gate contact.

US Pat. No. 10,559,575

NON-VOLATILE MEMORY WITH RESTRICTED DIMENSIONS

STMICROELECTRONICS (ROUSS...

1. A memory device, comprising:a memory plane comprising a succession of neighboring semiconductor recesses of a first type of conductivity, wherein each semiconductor recess houses a plurality of memory words comprising a plurality of memory cells, wherein each memory cell comprises a state transistor having a floating gate and a control gate; and
a plurality of control gate selection transistors respectively allocated to each memory word of the plurality of memory words, wherein each control gate selection transistor is coupled to the control gates of the state transistors of the memory word to which the control gate selection transistor is allocated, wherein each control gate selection transistor is situated in and on a neighbor semiconductor recess of the semiconductor recess housing the memory word to which the control gate selection transistor is allocated.

US Pat. No. 10,559,550

MEMORY DEVICE INCLUDING HETEROGENEOUS VOLATILE MEMORY CHIPS AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE INCLUDING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A memory device comprising:a first volatile memory chip comprising a first volatile memory cell array storing first data and configured to receive or output the first data at a first bandwidth; and
a second volatile memory chip comprising a second volatile memory cell array storing second data and configured to receive or output the second data at a second bandwidth different from the first bandwidth,
wherein the first volatile memory chip further comprises:
a first clock pin receiving a first clock;
first CA pins receiving a first command and a first address for the first data in synchronization with the first clock; and
first DQ pins receiving or outputting the first data at a first transmission rate depending on the first command, and
wherein the second volatile memory chip further comprises
a second clock pin receiving a second clock;
second CA pins receiving a second command and a second address for the second data in synchronization with the second clock; and
second DQ pins receiving or outputting the second data at a second transmission rate different from the first transmission rate depending on the second command.

US Pat. No. 10,559,418

INVERTER STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR ASSEMBLING THE SAME

P-DUKE TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. An inverter structure (1), comprising:a bobbin set (10) including a bobbin (11) and a coil set (12) winding around the bobbin (11), the bobbin (11) including a through hole (110);
a first iron core (20) including a first core pillar (21), the first iron core (20) being inserted through one side of the bobbin (11), the first core pillar (21) being received in the through hole (110);
a first insulation body (30), the first insulation body (30) being disposed in the through hole (110) and being in contact with one side of the first core pillar (21);
a single-piece middle iron core (40), the middle iron core (40) being disposed in the through hole (110) and being in contact with the first insulation body (30);
a second insulation body (50), the second insulation body (50) being disposed in the through hole (110) and being in contact with another side of the middle iron core (40) opposite to the first insulation body (30); and
a second iron core (60) including a second core pillar (61), the second iron core (60) being inserted through another side of the bobbin (11) opposite to the first iron core (20), the second core pillar (61) being received in the through hole (110) and being in contact with the second insulation body (50);
wherein lengths of the first core pillar and the second core pillar along an extension direction of the through hole are equal or greater than a length of the middle iron core, such that the first insulation body and the second insulation body are disposed closer to a center of the through hole, and magnetic fields formed by the first core pillar, the middle iron core and the second core pillar do not affect the external bobbin set, thereby avoiding magnetic interference and reducing a magnetic loss.

US Pat. No. 10,559,403

COMPOSITION HAVING OIL FILM RETENTION FUNCTION, ANTICORROSIVE AGENT USING SAME, AND INSULATED TERMINATED ELECTRIC WIRE

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

1. An anticorrosive agent containing a base oil and a composition having an oil film retention function, wherein an amount of the composition having an oil film retention function in the anticorrosive agent is 10 mass % or more;the composition having an oil film retention function consists of a component (a) and a component (b); wherein
the component (a) is an adduct of an azole compound and an acidic alkyl phosphate ester, where the acidic alkyl phosphate ester includes one or more compounds represented by
General Formula (1):(Chemical Formula 1)
P(?O)(—OR1)(—OH)2  (1)
or General Formula (2):(Chemical Formula 2)
P(?O)(—OR1)2(—OH)  (2)where R1 represents an organic group having four or more carbon atoms;the component (b) is an adduct of a metal and an acidic alkyl phosphate ester having a common structure to that of the acidic alkyl phosphate ester used to form the adduct of component (a).

US Pat. No. 10,559,388

DIAGNOSTICALLY USEFUL RESULTS IN REAL TIME

CathWorks Ltd., Kfar Sab...

1. A vascular assessment apparatus comprising:a processor communicatively coupled to a medical imaging device; and
a memory storing non-transitory computer-readable instructions, which when executed, cause the processor to:
receive medical images of a coronary vessel tree of a subject from the medical imaging device;
create a first model based on the medical images, the first model indicative of volumetric dimensions of the coronary vessel tree;
create a second model based on the first model, the second model indicative of resistances to blood flow within the coronary vessel tree;
at least one of (i) determine a location of a potential stenosis within the coronary vessel tree based on the resistances to blood flow of the second model, or (ii) receive an indication of the location of the potential stenosis;
perform a virtual revascularization at the location of the potential stenosis by at least one of
(a) determine coronary vessel segments that are proximal and distal to the location of the potential stenosis, calculate a coronary edge by interpolating dimensions of the determined proximal and distal coronary vessel segments through the location of the potential stenosis, and store the interpolating dimensions as inflated dimensions of the location of the potential stenosis, or
(b) determine coronary vessel segments that are proximal and distal to the location of the potential stenosis, determine mean values of diameters of the determined proximal and distal coronary vessel segments, determine an average of the determined values, and store the determined average as an inflated diameter of the location of the potential stenosis; and
process an adjustment to at least one of the first model, the second model, or the medical images based on the virtual revascularization at the location of the potential stenosis.

US Pat. No. 10,559,371

PROGRAMMING OF MEMORY CELLS IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEMORY DEVICES

YANGTZE MEMORY TECHNOLOGI...

1. A three-dimensional (3D) memory device, comprising:a NAND memory string extending vertically above a substrate and comprising a plurality of memory cells arranged vertically in series; and
a peripheral circuit configured to program the memory cells based on incremental step pulse programming (ISPP), wherein different verification voltages of the ISPP are applied to at least two of the memory cells,
wherein a first verification voltage applied to a first one of the memory cells is smaller than a second verification voltage applied to a second one of the memory cells that is above the first one of the memory cells in the NAND memory string, and
verification voltages applied to each of the memory cells increase from bottom to top of the NAND memory string.

US Pat. No. 10,559,368

NON-VOLATILE MEMORY WITH COUNTERMEASURES FOR SELECT GATE DISTURB DURING PROGRAM PRE-CHARGE

SanDisk Technologies LLC,...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a select gate control line connected to a first select gate;
a first word line connected to a first memory cell;
a second word line connected to a second memory cell, the second memory cell connected in series with the first memory cell and the first select gate and located adjacent to the first select gate; and
a pre-charge circuit configured to pre-charge a channel coupled to the first select gate, the first memory cell and the second memory cell by concurrently:
biasing the first word line to ground;
driving the second word line at a non-selected pre-charge level above ground; and
driving the select gate control line with a voltage waveform of a plurality of steps increasing from ground to a voltage level higher than the non-selected pre-charge level; and
a programming circuit configured to apply a program pulse to the first word line subsequent to pre-charge the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,559,354

MEMORY SYSTEM

SK hynix Inc., Gyeonggi-...

1. A memory system, comprising:a first cell array including a plurality of memory cells; and
a second cell array including a plurality of memory cells; and
an address operation circuit suitable for generating a first cell array address, the first cell array address used for accessing at least one first cell in the first cell array, by adding a first value to an address, and generating a second cell array address, the second cell array address used for accessing at least one second cell in the second cell array, by adding a second value to the address.

US Pat. No. 10,559,260

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DIODE DISPLAY AND MOBILE TERMINAL

EVERDISPLAY OPTRONICS (SH...

1. An organic light emitting diode display, comprising:a substrate;
an active region disposed on the substrate; and
an annular wiring similarly formed on the substrate and surrounding a periphery of the active region;
wherein the annular wiring forms a closed pattern along the periphery of the active region;
the annular wiring comprises two first frame wirings arranged along a first direction and two second frame wirings arranged along a second direction, and the first direction and the second direction are perpendicular to each other;
the active region is provided with a plurality of first sub-wirings arranged along the first direction and a plurality of second sub-wirings arranged along the second direction;
wherein any one of the first sub-wirings is interconnected with all of the second sub-wirings, and any one of the second sub-wirings is interconnected with all of the first sub-wirings.

US Pat. No. 10,559,193

PREMISES MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

Comcast Cable Communicati...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a gateway device located at a premises and from a first device external to the premises, first access information, wherein the gateway device is in communication with a premises management system located at the premises;
comparing, by the gateway device, the first access information to second access information, wherein the second access information is received from a second device external to the premises that is distinct from the first device; and
granting, based on determining the first access information matches the second access information, the first device remote access to the premises management system.

US Pat. No. 10,559,190

ASSISTANCE SUMMONS DEVICE FOR MOTORCYCLE OR THE LIKE

1. A distress situation recognizing and remote assistance summoning device for recognizing a distress situation and for summoning assistance via a wireless communications link, the distress situation recognizing and remote assistance summoning device comprising:a housing;
within the housing, a microprocessor programmably configured to control manual features of the distress situation recognizing and remote assistance summoning device;
within the housing, a power source and a power circuit connecting the power source to the microprocessor;
within the housing, at least a first sensor configured to sense a first distress parameter and a second sensor configured to sense a second distress parameter, the at least a first sensor and a second sensor communicatively connected to the microprocessor;
coupled to the housing, a GPS tracking system including a GPS receiver communicatively connected to the microprocessor;
within the housing, a wireless signal transmitter configured to transmit a request for assistance to a remote source of assistance, the wireless signal transmitter communicatively connected to the microprocessor; and
at least one first annunciator configured to annunciate transmission of the request for assistance via the wireless communications link responsive to the first distress parameter or the second distress parameter sensed by the at least a first sensor and a second sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,559,168

PLAYER TRACKING SYSTEM AND METHODS OF OPERATING SAME

Konami Gaming, Inc., Las...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage media, having computer-executable instructions embodied thereon, wherein when executed by a processor, the computer-executable instructions cause the processor to:generate and store a program file including a patron logic matrix arranged in a spreadsheet in a computer memory device, the patron logic matrix including:
a plurality of rows including data associated with patron ranking criteria, each row corresponding to a data record of patron ranking information included in the spreadsheet;
a plurality of columns intersecting the plurality of rows to define a plurality of logic cells, each column including a unique object identifier, each logic cell including a ranking criteria data value;
wherein each data record of patron ranking information includes a column including a market definition value associated with a plurality of postal codes, a column including a patron ranking value, a column including a theoretical loss value associated with the patron ranking value, and a column including comp reinvestment data; and
wherein the patron logic matrix includes a plurality of data record sets, each data record of patron ranking information included in a corresponding data record set including an identical market definition value and a different patron ranking value;
generate and store a plurality of patron data records in the computer memory device, each patron data record including a unique patron ID, patron address information including a postal code, and patron wagering data;
receive a request to generate a patron comp point value from a gaming device, the request including a patron ID;
access the plurality of patron data records and retrieve a patron data record having a unique patron ID matching the received patron ID;
determine a patron theoretical loss value based on patron wagering data included in the retrieved patron data record;
access the patron logic matrix and identify the data record set associated with the market definition value associated with a postal code included in the retrieved patron data record;
select a data record of patron ranking information included in the identified data record set having a theoretical loss value associated with the determined patron theoretical loss value;
calculate a patron comp point value based on comp reinvestment data included in the selected data record of patron ranking information and the patron wager data included in the retrieved patron data record; and
generate and display patron information including the calculated patron comp point value on a display device associated with the gaming device.

US Pat. No. 10,559,160

SKILLFULL REGULATED CASINO GAMES AND GAMING MACHINES HAVING GRAPHICS CONFIGURED TO APPEAR TO PROCESS WAGERS

SYNERGY BLUE LLC, Las Ve...

1. A computer-implemented method of operating a regulated gaming machine, comprising:accepting funds, in the regulated gaming machine, from the player and correspondingly establishing player game credits;
providing, in the regulated gaming machine, a game comprising a plurality of in-game assets, each of the plurality of in-game assets being configured to generate a wagering opportunity when interacted with by the player;
receiving at least one player interaction, via a user interface of the regulated gaming machine, with at least some of the plurality of in-game assets and, for each generated wagering opportunity:
determining whether the received player interaction(s) resulted in successful or unsuccessful interaction(s) with the in-game asset with which the player interacted; and
for each successful interaction, generating a wagering event, each of the wagering events requiring at least a predetermined amount of time for the regulated gaming machine to process;
determining when a plurality of the generated wagering events occur within a period of time that is shorter than an aggregate amount of time required by the regulated gaming machine to process the generated wagering events;
at least when the plurality of the generated wagering events are determined to have occurred within the shorter period of time, generating an animated graphic that serially consumes graphical representations of the generated wagering events and that outputs a graphical representation of a processed wager for each serially consumed graphical representation of a generated wagering event; and
updating the player game credits as or before the graphical representations of the processed wagers are serially output from the animated graphic.

US Pat. No. 10,559,141

VIDEO RECORDER

Chanyu Holdings, LLC, Wi...

1. A system, comprising:a processor;
a buffer in communication with the processor;
a camera configured to capture video data;
an accelerometer configured to collect accelerometer data;
a first memory having program instructions stored therein that are executable by the processor to cause the system to perform operations including:
receiving vehicle data from an ignition sensor of a vehicle;
in response to the received vehicle data, storing the video data in the buffer; and
in response to a triggering event, transferring the stored video data from the buffer to a second memory in the vehicle, wherein the triggering event is an occurrence of the accelerometer data exceeding a threshold and indicating one or both of (a) full jounce or rebound of a suspension component or (b) excessive yaw, pitch, or roll movement of the vehicle; and
a wireless interface capable of transferring the video data from at least one of the camera, the buffer, or the second memory to a portable device.

US Pat. No. 10,559,129

METHOD FOR NAVIGATING BETWEEN NAVIGATION POINTS OF A 3-DIMENSIONAL SPACE, A RELATED SYSTEM AND A RELATED DEVICE

Alcatel Lucent, Nozay (F...

1. A method for navigating between navigation points of a 3-dimensional space, said 3-dimensional space comprising a plurality of navigation points, said method comprising:detecting a current viewpoint rotation angle; and
determining a degree of agreement of said current viewpoint rotation angle with a navigation point of said plurality of navigation points; and
activating a timing mechanism of a viewpoint activation, said timing mechanism comprising a delay for activating said timing mechanism of the viewpoint activation and a duration of an activation period of said timing mechanism at determining a certain degree of agreement of said current viewpoint rotation angle with the navigation point of said plurality of navigation points, where said method further comprises:
determining a degree of agreement of a portion of a viewpoint rotation angle trace with a viewpoint rotation model; and
adapting at least one of said delay for activating said timing mechanism of said viewpoint activation and said duration of said activation period of said timing mechanism based on at least one of said degree of agreement of said current viewpoint rotation angle with the navigation point of said plurality of navigation points and said degree of agreement of said portion of said viewpoint rotation angle trace with said viewpoint rotation model.

US Pat. No. 10,559,107

CODED VISION SYSTEM

Snap Inc., Santa Monica,...

1. A method comprising:generating, on a first client device of a first user, an electronic message for transmission to a second client device of a second user, the first user having a first user account on a network platform and the second user having a second user account on the network platform;
determining whether the second user account on the network platform has avatar data of the second user;
in response to determining that the second user account has avatar data of the second user, receiving, from a server of the network platform, a response comprising the avatar data of the second user;
generating a combined avatar that displays the avatar data of the second user with avatar data of the first user, the combined avatar generated from a combined avatar template that arranges the avatar data of the first user and the avatar data of the second user into a specified configuration;
displaying the combined avatar on a display device of the first client device; and
transmitting, to the second client device, the electronic message including the generated combined avatar.

US Pat. No. 10,559,095

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:one or more memories that store a set of instructions; and
one or more processors that execute the instructions to:
obtain position and orientation information of a virtual viewpoint, position and orientation information of a plurality of image capturing apparatuses, and position information of an object;
obtain two or more captured images each acquired by each of two or more image capturing apparatuses selected from the plurality of image capturing apparatuses, the two or more image capturing apparatuses being selected based on the obtained position and orientation information of the virtual viewpoint, the obtained position and orientation information of the plurality of image capturing apparatuses, and the obtained position information of the object;
set a weight to be used for combining color information, the weight corresponding to a pixel in each of the obtained two or more captured images, the pixel corresponding to a pixel representing the object in a virtual viewpoint image corresponding to the virtual viewpoint;
determine color information of the object in the virtual viewpoint image by combining, based on the set weight, the color information of the pixel in each of obtained two or more captured images, the pixel corresponding to the pixel representing the object in the virtual viewpoint image; and
generate the virtual viewpoint image based on the determined color information,
wherein the weight in a case where a distance from an edge of the captured image to the pixel, on the captured image, corresponding to a pixel representing the object in the virtual viewpoint image is a first distance is smaller than the weight in a case where a distance from an edge of the captured image to the pixel, on the captured image, corresponding to a pixel representing the object in the virtual viewpoint image is a second distance longer than the first distance.

US Pat. No. 10,559,093

SELECTING ENCODING OPTIONS

Arm Limited, Cambridge (...

9. A data processing apparatus for selecting one or more encoding options to use when encoding a set of data elements using an encoding scheme, the apparatus comprising:training circuitry configured to:
train an artificial neural network to be able to indicate one or more encoding options to use when encoding a set of data elements using an encoding scheme, the training comprising:
for each particular training set of data elements of plural training sets of data elements:
inputting, to the artificial neural network, the particular training set of data elements;
implementing the artificial neural network to generate a result that indicates one or more encoding options to use when encoding the particular training set of data elements using the encoding scheme; and
determining an output error metric for the particular training set of data elements based on a difference between the result and a target result for the particular training set of data elements; and
modify the artificial neural network so as to reduce a collated output error metric derived from the output error metrics for the plural training sets of data elements;
the apparatus further comprising:
input circuitry configured to input, to the artificial neural network, a set of data elements to be encoded using the encoding scheme; and
artificial neural network circuitry configured to implement the artificial neural network to generate a result that indicates one or more encoding options to use when encoding the set of data elements using the encoding scheme.

US Pat. No. 10,559,091

OBJECT COUNTING DEVICE, OBJECT COUNTING METHOD, OBJECT COUNTING PROGRAM, AND OBJECT COUNTING SYSTEM

NEC CORPORATION, Minato-...

1. An object counting device comprising:a memory having stored therein computer readable instructions;
a processor configured to execute the computer readable instructions, that when executed comprise:
an estimation unit which estimates, in each respective estimation area, a number of objects to be counted that are contained within an estimation area set within an image which is a partial area of the image, and is a unit of area in which the number of the objects to be counted is estimated; and
a computation unit which computes a density of the objects to be counted in an area where predetermined areas in the estimation area are overlapped using the number of the objects to be counted that has been estimated in each respective estimation area.

US Pat. No. 10,559,086

SYSTEM FOR VOLUME DIMENSIONING VIA HOLOGRAPHIC SENSOR FUSION

4DMobile, LLC, Hiawatha,...

1. An apparatus for volume dimensioning via sensor fusion, comprising:a housing capable of being carried by an operator;
at least one two-dimensional (2D) image sensor disposed within the housing, the 2D image sensor configured to capture at least one image stream corresponding to a field of view (FOV), the FOV including at least one target object;
at least one three-dimensional (3D) imager disposed within the housing, the 3D imager configured to generate 3D image data associated with the FOV, the 3D image data including at least one plurality of points associated with the target object, each point corresponding to a coordinate set and a distance from the apparatus;
at least one processor disposed within the housing and operatively coupled to the 2D image sensor and the 3D imager, the processor configured to:
a) distinguish the target object within the FOV by analyzing at least one of the captured image stream and the 3D image data;
b) generate at least one holographic model corresponding to the target object by correlating the 3D image data and the captured image stream, the holographic model including at least one of a surface of the target object, a vertex of the target object, and an edge of the target object;
c) determine at least one dimension of the target object by measuring the holographic model;
d) detect at least one object identifier corresponding to the target object by analyzing the holographic model;
and
e) acquire object data corresponding to the target object by decoding the object identifier;
a touch-sensitive display surface disposed within the housing and coupled to the processor, the display surface configured to:
a) display the captured image stream;
b) superimpose the holographic model over the captured image stream;
c) receive control input from the operator;
and
d) adjust the holographic model based on the received control input;
and
at least one wireless transceiver disposed within the housing and configured to establish a wireless link to at least one remote source.

US Pat. No. 10,559,070

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TEL...

1. A controlling method, configured to control an electronic device, wherein the electronic device comprises an imaging apparatus and a display, the imaging apparatus comprises an image sensor, the image sensor comprises an array of photosensitive pixel units and an array of filter units arranged on the array of photosensitive pixel units, each filter unit covers one corresponding photosensitive pixel unit, and each photosensitive pixel unit comprises a plurality of photosensitive pixels, the controlling method comprises:controlling the array of photosensitive pixel units to expose with different exposure parameters and output a plurality of color-block images, wherein, each color-block image comprises original pixels arranged in a preset array, and each photosensitive pixel corresponds to one original pixel;
merging the plurality of color-block images to obtain a HDR (high dynamic range) color-block image;
converting the HDR color-block image into a simulation image using an interpolation algorithm, wherein, the simulation image comprises simulation pixels arranged in the preset array; and
wherein the controlling method further comprises:
obtaining an average value of each image pixel unit forming the HDR color-block image;
obtaining a crosstalk compensation parameter based on the average value; and
performing a crosstalk compensation on the HDR color-block image based on the crosstalk compensation parameter; and
wherein obtaining the crosstalk compensation parameter based on the average value comprises: determining a ratio of each pixel value contained in the image pixel unit to the average value of the image pixel unit as the crosstalk compensation parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,559,048

METHODS FOR DATA COLLECTION AND DISTRIBUTION

The Multiple Myeloma Rese...

1. A method comprising:(a) enrolling a subject with multiple myeloma in a longitudinal research study;
(b) collecting a biological sample at a time-point from the subject with multiple myeloma;
(c) storing the biological sample at a tissue bank;
(d) analyzing a portion of the biological sample to produce a profile for the subject with multiple myeloma, wherein the biological sample is a bone marrow sample, a biopsy, a blood sample, a plasma sample, a bone marrow aspiration, a hair sample, a urine sample, a stool sample, a breath sample, a skin sample, a fine-needle aspiration, a tissue biopsy, a spinal fluid sample, a tear sample, a mucus sample, an amniotic fluid sample, a sperm sample, or a tissue sample;
(e) collecting, through an observational study platform, clinical data from the subject with multiple myeloma at two or more additional time-points, and storing the clinical data in an electronic case report form in the observational study platform, wherein the clinical data comprise interpreted data, wherein:
(1) raw molecular data are retrieved by a molecular results data export module;
(2) the molecular results data export module sends the raw molecular data to an analysis pipeline; and
(3) the analysis pipeline processes the raw molecular data to provide the interpreted data;
(f) providing electronic access through a community portal to a user over a network to a module configured for user update of information about a health of the subject with multiple myeloma into a health management tracker of an information technology portal through a web based user interface, wherein the user update updates the profile of the subject with multiple myeloma;
(g) correlating by a computer using computer-executable code the clinical data and the profile via a user profile synchronization module to identify a subset of subjects with multiple myeloma to which the subject with multiple myeloma belongs;
(h) determining by the computer using computer-executable code a personalized therapy for multiple myeloma based on the subset to which the subject with multiple myeloma belongs, wherein the personalized therapy is more likely to prolong survival when administered to a patient belonging to the subset than when the personalized therapy is administered to a patient that does not belong to the subset and wherein the personalized therapy is immunomodulatory therapy, proteasome inhibitor therapy, stem cell transplantation, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery; and
(i) administering the personalized therapy to the subject with multiple myeloma.

US Pat. No. 10,559,040

SECURITY SYSTEM THAT TRACKS EMPLOYEES ON SITE AND HOURS WORKED

The ADT Security Corporat...

1. A premises controller for a premises security system, the premises controller comprising:processing circuitry configured to activate premises security monitoring of a premises if the premises controller is armed, the processing circuitry including a memory and a processor, the memory containing instructions that, when executed by the processor, configure the processor to:
determine that data to disarm the premises controller has been received;
disarm the premises controller based on the received data, the disarming of the premises controller deactivating premises security monitoring by the premises controller;
in response to disarming the premises controller, generate and track timekeeping payroll records of a plurality of predefined users associated with the premises, the timekeeping payroll records including at least one of clock-in data and clock-out data;
determine that data to rearm the premises controller has been received, the data to rearm the premises controller being associated with one of the plurality of predefined users;
update clock-out data of the one of the plurality of predefined users associated with the data to rearm the premises controller; and
in response to the determination that data to rearm the premises controller has been received, stop generating and tracking the timekeeping payrolls records of the plurality of predefined users and activate premises security monitoring by the premises controller.

US Pat. No. 10,558,992

DIFFERENT USER TRANSACTIONS ON A GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE

PayPal, Inc., San Jose, ...

1. A system comprising:a non-transitory memory; and
one or more hardware processors coupled to the non-transitory memory and configured to read instructions from the non-transitory memory to cause the system to perform operations comprising:
receiving, from a user device through a graphical user interface (GUI) of a payment service provider, a payment request for a purchase associated with a first amount from a merchant using a user account, wherein the user account is associated with one or more funding sources associated with a user;
determining that the user account includes a savings account that is linked to the one or more funding sources associated with the user, wherein the savings account is associated with a desired item;
calculating a second amount for charging against the one or more funding sources based on the first amount and an attribute associated with the savings account, wherein the attribute is determined based on analyzing a purchase history of the user;
presenting, on the GUI, a checkout interface for the purchase, wherein the checkout interface presents information associated with the purchase and the second amount;
receiving a confirmation of the purchase from the user through the GUI;
in response to receiving the confirmation, transferring the first amount from the one or more funding sources to a merchant account associated with the merchant and transferring a third amount corresponding to a difference between the first and second amounts from the one or more funding sources to the savings account;
determining a balance of the savings account; and
processing a payment for purchasing the desired item based on the balance of the savings account.

US Pat. No. 10,558,981

METHODS SYSTEMS AND ARTICLES OF MANUFACTURE FOR GENERATING TAX WORKSHEET APPLICATION

INTUIT INC., Mountain Vi...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:a pre-parsing processor comprising computer-executable instructions stored in a data store and executed by a processor of a computing apparatus, receiving, through a network, data of an electronic publication in a first format comprising Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) format and including a static worksheet, wherein the static worksheet is not executable by the computing apparatus;
the computing apparatus, by the processor executing the pre-parsing processor, converting the electronic publication data from the SGML format to a second format comprising an Extensible Markup Language (XML)format;
the computing apparatus by the processor executing the pre-parsing processor, extracting the static worksheet from the electronic publication in the XML format;
the computing apparatus, by the processor executing the pre-parsing processor, applying an extensible stylesheet language transformation (ESLT) rule to the electronic publication in the XML format to generate an XML input worksheet;
a parser comprising computer-executable instructions stored in the data store and executed by the processor of the computing apparatus and in communication with the preparsing processor, receiving the XML input worksheet generated by the pre-parsing processor and parsing the XML input worksheet;
a code generator comprising computer-executable instructions stored in the data store and executed by the processor of the computing apparatus and in communication with the parser,
receiving the parsed XML input worksheet from the parser, and
automatically generating an interactive, computer executable worksheet application embodying an instruction based at least in part upon the parsed XML input worksheet and executed by the processor of the computing apparatus,
the computing apparatus, by the processor, executing the instruction of the computer executable worksheet application;
the computing apparatus presenting a user interface of the computer executable worksheet application to a user of the computing apparatus through a display of the computing apparatus based at least in part upon executing the instruction; and
the computing apparatus receiving user input generated by user interaction with the generated user interface.

US Pat. No. 10,558,973

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CARD ACTIVATION

BEIJING XIAOMI MOBILE SOF...

1. A method for card activation, applied to an intelligent device having a secure element (SE) chip, the method comprising:receiving, by a user interface (UI) thread, an allowance instruction input by a user indicating that the card activation is allowed, during pre-activation operations that are performed with the UI thread before the card activation;
creating a first background thread based on the allowance instruction;
obtaining a first part of data for the card activation from a server using the first background thread, wherein the first part of data is non-personal data for the card activation;
writing the first part of data to the SE chip using the first background thread;
receiving, by the UI thread, a confirmation instruction input by the user indicating that the card activation is confirmed after the pre-activation operations have been accomplished with the UI thread;
creating a second background thread based on the confirmation instruction; and
writing a second part of data for the card activation to the SE chip using the second background thread, wherein the second part of data is personal data for the card activation.

US Pat. No. 10,558,956

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FACILITATING FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS

1. A system for conducting a secure transaction, during a checkout process, over a network, the system comprising:a device including:
at least one network connection communicatively coupled to at least one network device; and
an intelligent agent and a processor communicatively coupled to the at least one network connection, the intelligent agent and the processor configured to, during the checkout process:
receive from a merchant server connected to a settlement network, in response to initiation of the checkout process over the at least one network connection, a price amount associated with a purchase selection made by a user with a stored-value financial instrument to initiate the secure transaction;
receive, over the at least one network connection, an identification of the stored-value financial instrument having been issued to the user;
after receipt of the price amount from the merchant server, determine whether there are sufficient funds associated with the stored-value financial instrument to satisfy the price amount;
as a result of determining that there are insufficient funds associated with the stored-value financial instrument to satisfy the price amount, participate, over the at least one network connection, in a user-free electronic dialogue with a non-integrated financial institution during the secure transaction initiated by the stored-value financial instrument, the user-free electronic dialogue:
automatically performing substantially all steps for electronic communication with the non-integrated financial institution, via interacting with an online banking web site associated with the non-integrated financial institution independent of the user's input, to access an online banking account associated with the user;
automatically performing online banking authentication to initiate an online banking session associated with the online banking account of the user, independent of the user's input, the online banking authentication including the intelligent agent and the processor inputting the user's online banking login credentials at the online banking website associated with the non-integrated financial institution;
requesting to transfer funds independent of the user's input, via the online banking account of the user, automatically in real-time from the non-integrated financial institution to satisfy the price amount associated with the purchase selection made by the user with the stored-value financial instrument; and
automatically closing the online banking session after the funds are transferred;
associate the funds received from the non-integrated financial institution to the stored-value financial instrument;
identify receipt of the funds from the selected non-integrated financial institution into the stored-value financial instrument; and
after the user-free electronic dialogue via the online banking website, communicate to the merchant server over the settlement network an approval for payment of the purchase price.

US Pat. No. 10,558,938

OBSERVATION PLATFORM USING STRUCTURED COMMUNICATIONS FOR GENERATING, REPORTING AND CREATING A SHARED EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE LIBRARY

Theatro Labs, Inc., Rich...

1. A method of using an observation platform to determine relative expertise of enterprise employees, the method comprising:monitoring, by a computer system of the observation platform, communications from and to a plurality of communication devices which have been routed through a radio access point associated with the computer system, wherein each of the communication devices is associated with a user who is an employee in an enterprise;
extracting, by the computer system, information from the communications including identities of the users of the communications devices;
measuring, by the computer system, performance of a plurality of the users based on aspects of the extracted information which are related to responses to questions on one or more of products and processes of the enterprise, wherein the questions are posed and responded to via the communications devices; and
assigning, by the computer system, a numerical ranking of the measured performance by each of the plurality of measured users, with respect to others of the plurality of measured users, at responding to the questions.

US Pat. No. 10,558,908

AGE AND GENDER ESTIMATION USING SMALL-SCALE CONVOLUTIONAL NEURAL NETWORK (CNN) MODULES FOR EMBEDDED SYSTEMS

AltumView Systems Inc., ...

1. A method for performing age and gender estimation on face images using a small-scale convolutional neural network (CNN) module associated with a maximum input size constraint, the method comprising:receiving, by a computer, an input face image which is primarily occupied by a human face;
determining, using the computer, if a size of the input face image is greater than a maximum input image size supported by the small-scale CNN module according to the maximum input size constraint; and
if so, determining if the size of the input face image meets a predetermined input image size constraint, wherein the predetermined input image size constraint is a given image size among a plurality of image sizes which satisfy a condition for partitioning an input image into multiple subimages of a second size, and wherein the second size is smaller than the maximum input image size;
if so,
partitioning the input face image into a set of subimages of the second size;
processing the set of subimages using the small-scale CNN module to generate an array of feature maps;
merging the array of feature maps into a set of merged feature maps corresponding to the input face image; and
processing the set of merged feature maps with two or more fully-connected layers to generate one or both of age and gender classifications for a person in the input face image.

US Pat. No. 10,558,880

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FINDING EVIDENCING ELECTRONIC DOCUMENTS BASED ON UNSTRUCTURED DATA

Vatbox, LTD., Herzeliya ...

1. A method for finding evidencing electronic documents based on unstructured data, comprising:analyzing a first electronic document to determine at least one transaction parameter of a transaction, wherein the first electronic document includes at least partially unstructured data;
creating a template for the transaction, wherein the template is a structured dataset including the determined at least one transaction parameter;
generating, based on the created template, at least one query; and
querying at least one data source for a second electronic document using the at least one query, wherein the second electronic document is different from the first electronic document.

US Pat. No. 10,558,878

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ORGANIZING EDIBLE OR DRINKABLE MATERIALS

10. A system for organizing medication, the system comprising:a medication organization module, comprising computer-executable code stored in non-volatile memory;
a processor;
an object recognition imaging device; and
a user interface;
wherein the medication organization module, the processor, the object recognition imaging device, and the user interface are configured to:
receive patient data;
use the object recognition imaging device to determine spatial data and image data;
use the image data to display an actual image of a medication container including a plurality of compartments on the user interface;
use the object recognition imaging device to determine first data defining an actual arrangement of one or more actual medications disposed in at least one of the plurality of compartments;
determine second data defining a target medication arrangement based on the patient data and the spatial data; and
display confirmation data on the user interface if the first data is substantially the same as the second data.

US Pat. No. 10,558,846

FACE COLLATION DEVICE, FACE COLLATION SYSTEM COMPRISING SAME, AND FACE COLLATION METHOD

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A face collation apparatus configured to:acquire face images of the collated persons captured by capturing device;
store the face images of previously registered persons;
collate the face images of the collated persons with the face images of the previously registered persons;
store the face images of the collated persons that do not match the face images of the previously registered persons, as unregistered-person images;
output at least one of the unregistered-person images; and
register the unregistered-person image as a face image of the previously registered person, when the unregistered-person image is selected to be registered by a user, among the unregistered-person images output to a display device.

US Pat. No. 10,558,718

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR WEBSITE IMPROVEMENT

Dell Products, LP, Round...

1. A method for using evaluation of intent to improve an online support website, comprising:storing in computer memory page text and input text from web pages viewed by a user; using a processor to generate a word set from the page text and input text;
generating a total number of occurrences of a particular word in the page text and input text by subtracting negative scored words for the particular word from other occurrences of the particular word within the page text and input text; storing the total number of occurrences of the particular word in the word set;
transforming the word set to removing stop words and to perform word transformations;
normalizing nouns to one form and verbs to a single tense, person, and voice; performing latent dirichlet allocation modeling on the word set to evaluate user intent, wherein the evaluation of user intent includes determining one or more user intents based on the latent dirichlet allocation modeling;
redetermining intent after additional page visits and refining the recommendations based on the redetermined intent, wherein the redetermined intent includes identifying topics associated with the additional page visits and the refined recommendations are based on the topics;
ranking the one or more user intents according to a probability of the one or more user intents;
selecting one of the user intents based on the ranking of the one or more user intents; and
providing support pages likely to help with a problem the user is experiencing to the user based on the user intent.

US Pat. No. 10,558,702

UNIFIED STORAGE SYSTEM FOR ONLINE IMAGE SEARCHING AND OFFLINE IMAGE ANALYTICS

BAIDU USA LLC, Sunnyvale...

1. A computer-implemented method for searching images, the method comprising:receiving at one or more processors of a master storage node a search query for searching images from a first client, the master storage node being coupled to a plurality of worker storage nodes over a storage network;
performing by the one or more processors of the master storage node a hash operation on one or more keywords of the search query using a first predetermined hash function to generate a first hash value;
identifying by the one or more processors of master storage node a first of the worker storage nodes based on the first hash value;
receiving a data analytics service request from a second client, wherein the data analytics service request is to be processed by the one or more processors of the master storage node offline, and
redirecting by the one or more processors of the master storage node the search query and the data analytics services request from the second client, to the first worker storage node to allow the first worker storage node to service the search query and the data analytics services request concurrently, wherein the first worker storage node;
identifies one or more first images from a first system memory of the first worker storage node based on the search query;
transmits the one or more first images to the first client;
identifies one or more second images from the first system memory of the first worker storage node for the data analytics services request,
wherein the identifying the one or more first images and the one or more second images occurs concurrently; and
transmits a data analytics result based on the one or more second images to the second client.

US Pat. No. 10,558,666

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR THE CREATION, UPDATE AND USE OF MODELS IN FINDING AND ANALYZING CONTENT

Trendkite, Inc., Austin,...

1. A non-transitory computer readable medium to store instructions that, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to:access a data store, the data store storing content comprising a set of articles, an index to the set of articles, and an ontology including entities and relationships between the entities;
determine a first entity and a second entity based on an article in the set of articles;
determine proximity data for the first entity and the second entity in the article,
determine an entity score for the first entity;
save the entity score in the data store, wherein the entity score is associated with the article and with the first entity;
determine a relationship between the first entity and the second entity based on the article;
determine a strength value for the relationship, the strength value based on the proximity data, frequency data, and time data;
update the ontology with the strength value for the relationship;
receive a search entity through a search interface, the search entity corresponding to the first entity;
determine an initial set of articles based on the index, the search entity, and the ontology, the initial set of articles including a first search article and a second search article, wherein the first search article and the second search article reference the first entity;
determine a first score for the first search article based on a frequency of appearance of the first entity in the first search article and a frequency of appearance of the second entity in the first search article multiplied by the strength value for the relationship between the first entity and the second entity;
determine a second score for the second search article based on a frequency of appearance of the first entity in the second search article and a frequency of appearance of the second entity in the first search article multiplied by the strength value for the relationship between the first entity and the second entity;
rank the initial set of articles based on the first score and the second score; and
return the ranked initial set of articles through the search interface.

US Pat. No. 10,558,629

INTELLIGENT DATA QUALITY

ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES...

1. A system comprising:a processor;
a data profiler coupled to the processor, the data profiler to:
receive a query from a user, the query to indicate a data quality requirement relevant for data management operations;
obtain target data from a plurality of data sources associated with the data quality requirement; and
implement an artificial intelligence component to:
sort the target data into a data cascade, the data cascade to include a plurality of attributes identified by the artificial intelligence component for the target data, each of the attributes from the plurality of attributes being associated with the data quality requirement, wherein the data cascade includes information about an attribute from the plurality of attributes that is linked to another attribute from the plurality of attributes in a sequential manner; and
identify a combination of attributes from the plurality of attributes for generating a data pattern model, the combination including at least one attribute usable for generating the data pattern model;
a data mapper coupled to the processor, the data mapper to:
implement a first cognitive learning operation to:
determine at least one mapping context associated with the data quality requirement from the data cascade and the data pattern model, the mapping context to include a pattern value from the data pattern model and at least one attribute from the data cascade; and
determine a conversion rule from the data pattern model for each of the mapping context associated with the data quality requirement; and
a data cleanser coupled to the processor, the data cleanser to:
obtain the data pattern model for each attribute associated with the data quality requirement;
obtain the conversion rule determined for each of the mapping context associated with the data quality requirement;
establish a data harmonization model corresponding to the data quality requirement by performing a second cognitive learning operation on the obtained data pattern model domain and the obtained conversion rule;
determine a data harmonization index indicative of a level of harmonization achieved in the target data, wherein the data harmonization index provides a quantitative measure of the quality of target data achieved through the selection of the data pattern model, the conversion rule, and the data harmonization model;
modify at least one of the data pattern model, the conversion rule, and the data harmonization model based on the data harmonization index; and
generate a data cleansing result corresponding to the data quality requirement, the data cleansing result comprising the data harmonization model relevant for resolution to the query.

US Pat. No. 10,558,543

METHODS AND SYSTEMS THAT EFFICIENTLY STORE AND ANALYZE MULTIDIMENSIONAL METRIC DATA

VMware, Inc., Palo Alto,...

1. A metric-data collection-and-storage subsystem within a distributed computer system, the metric-data collection-and-storage subsystem comprising:one or more processors;
one or more memories;
one or more data-storage devices;
one or more virtual machines instantiated by computer instructions stored in one or more of the one or more memories and executed by one or more of the one or more processors that together collect and store metric data by
receiving two or more sequences of metric data,
generating a corresponding sequence of multidimensional data points from the two or more sequences of metric data,
generating a set of multidimensional-data-point clusters,
cluster encoding the multidimensional data points by
for each inlier multidimensional data point located within a threshold distance of a multidimensional-data-point center, encoding the inlier multidimensional data point by an indication of the multidimensional-data-point cluster within the multidimensional-data-point center, and
encoding each of the remaining outlier multidimensional data points by a set of component values; and
storing the cluster-encoded multidimensional data points in one or more of the one or more data-storage devices.

US Pat. No. 10,558,498

METHOD FOR SCHEDULING DATA FLOW TASK AND APPARATUS

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. A method for scheduling a data flow task in a distributed heterogeneous system comprising at least one working node, the method comprising:preprocessing the data flow task to obtain at least one subtask;
classifying a first subtask in the at least one subtask into a task group, wherein task groups of the distributed heterogeneous system comprise a central processing unit (CPU) task group, a graphics processing unit (GPU) task group, and a to-be-determined task group, wherein classifying a first subtask in the at least one subtask into a task group comprises:
classifying the first subtask into the CPU task group when the first subtask comprises indication information indicating that the first subtask is executed by a CPU; and
classifying the first subtask into the GPU task group when the first subtask comprises indication information indicating that the first subtask is executed by a GPU;
allocating the first subtask to a first working node in the at least one working node according to the task group to which the first subtask belongs and a resource status of the at least one working node;
determining that a CPU corresponding to the first working node executes the first subtask when the first subtask belongs to the CPU task group;
determining that a GPU corresponding to the first working node executes the first subtask when the first subtask belongs to the GPU task group; and
determining, according to costs of executing the first subtask by a CPU and a GPU, a running platform that executes the first subtask when the first subtask belongs to the to-be-determined task group, wherein each of the costs comprises duration of executing the first subtask.

US Pat. No. 10,558,488

SHARING TRANSACTION CONTEXTS IN AN OPTIMIZED COLOCATION OF JAVA AND NON-JAVA LANGUAGE APPLICATIONS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A computer-implemented method for sharing transactional context between a Java application and process-based application, comprising:receiving, by a computing device, a transaction request to execute a program, wherein the program comprises non-Java program components and Java program components;
executing, by a transaction middleware of the computing device, the non-Java program components;
in response to receiving the program comprising the non-Java program components and the Java program components, automatically contacting, by the transaction middleware, a resource manager server and registering with the resource manager server using global transaction ID data;
transferring, by the transaction middleware, the Java program components to a transaction coordinator of the computing device, along with thread ID data and the global transaction ID data;
storing, by the transaction coordinator, the thread ID data and the global transaction ID data in a recoverable transaction log store;
propagating, by the transaction coordinator, a name of the Java program components to a Java Virtual Machine (JVM) container;
executing, by the JVM container, the Java program components;
returning, by the JVM container, a result of the execution of the Java program components to the transaction coordinator;
sending, by the JVM container, updated thread ID data to the transaction coordinator; and
logging, by the transaction coordinator, the updated thread ID data and the global transaction ID data, wherein the updated thread ID data is mapped to the global transaction ID data.

US Pat. No. 10,558,423

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING VOLUME

WirePath Home Systems, LL...

1. An electronic device for controlling volume, comprising:a processor;
a memory in electronic communication with the processor;
instructions stored in the memory, the instructions being executable by the processor to:
determine, from a set of volume settings, a number of volume settings within a threshold;
determine a volume adjustment factor based on the number of volume settings; and
adjust each of the number of volume settings based on the volume adjustment factor.

US Pat. No. 10,558,415

GRAVITY DROP

Z124, Georgetown (KY)

1. A method of controlling data displayed by a multi-display device, comprising:providing a first window for a first display of the multi-display device and a second window for a second display of the multi-display device, the first and second windows being associated with a first application and a second application, respectively;
displaying a modal window, associated with the second window in the second display, wherein the modal window is a child window displayed above the second window and allows input to be received into the second application without an interaction with the second window, wherein workflow in the second application is prevented until the modal window is addressed;
detecting the modal window being associated with the second window;
detecting the device in a first orientation, wherein the first display is located horizontally adjacent to the second display;
rotating the device from the first orientation to a second orientation, wherein, in the second orientation, the first display is placed above the second display;
detecting the device in the second orientation;
in response to detecting that the device is in the second orientation, executing a gravity drop function, wherein the first window appears to drop down from the first display onto the second display to occupy both the first and second displays, and wherein the first window is maximized across both displays;
in response to the gravity drop function, applying a specified maximization rule that specifies priority between the first window and the second window;
in response to determining that the first window takes priority over the second window based on applying the specified maximization rule, dismissing the second window and, based on the modal window being associated with the second window, dismissing the modal window; and
in response to determining that the second window takes priority over the first window based on applying the specified maximization rule, dismissing the second window but maintaining the modal window and preventing user interaction with the first window until a user interacts with the modal window.

US Pat. No. 10,558,357

METHOD FOR RESPONDING TO TOUCH OPERATION AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

LENOVO (BEIJING) CO., LTD...

1. A method comprising:receiving data input via at least one first touch point generated on a touch screen via a first touch mode of the touch screen;
detecting whether the at least one first touch point on the touch screen satisfies a preset condition, the preset condition including a trajectory of the at least one first touch point satisfying a preset trajectory; and
in response to detecting that the at least one first touch point satisfies the preset condition, controlling the touch screen to switch from the first touch mode to a second touch mode to obtain data input based on pressure generated on the touch screen;
receiving data input via at least one second touch point generated on the touch screen via the second touch mode of the touch screen; and
identifying and responding to, in the second touch mode, touch operations corresponding to touch points based on pressure received at the touch points, the touch points including both the at least one first touch point and the at least one second touch point, and the touch operations including both a first touch operation corresponding to the at least one first touch point and a second touch operation corresponding to the at least one second touch point.

US Pat. No. 10,558,333

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING NETWORK-BASED VIDEO MANIPULATION RESOURCES TO A CLIENT DEVICE

COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC, ...

1. A method for providing network-based video manipulation resources to a client device, comprising:providing a programming guide comprising a mosaic, the mosaic including a plurality of thumbnails displayed on the client device, wherein each of the plurality of thumbnails displays video at a particular location in the mosaic;
receiving a selection of a first thumbnail from among the plurality of thumbnails, the first thumbnail displaying a first video at a first location in the mosaic;
in response to receiving the selection of the first thumbnail, displaying the first thumbnail at a second location as a currently viewed thumbnail of the mosaic on the client device while maintaining the first thumbnail at the first location;
in response to receiving a request from the client device to manipulate a selected video to replace the first video, access a network resource having permission to manipulate the selected video, wherein the selected video is manipulated into a second thumbnail such that the selected video is scaled to create the second thumbnail corresponding with a target resolution of the mosaic on the client device;
receiving the second thumbnail displaying the selected video from the network resource;
updating the mosaic to replace the first thumbnail displaying the first video at the first location with the second thumbnail displaying the selected video while maintaining the first thumbnail at the second location as the currently viewed thumbnail; and
transmitting the updated mosaic to the client device for display.

US Pat. No. 10,558,301

PROJECTION DISPLAY UNIT

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A projection display apparatus, comprising:a projection optical section that includes:
an illuminator configured to supply illumination light;
a projection lens; and
a light valve configured to:
modulate the illumination light supplied from the illuminator; and
output the modulated illumination light toward the projection lens;
a polarization separation device between the light valve and the projection lens;
a detection optical section that includes:
an imaging device; and
a reduction optical section, wherein the reduction optical section is between the imaging device and the polarization separation device; and
a transmittance adjuster between the polarization separation device and the imaging device, wherein
the imaging device is configured to receive light via the projection lens and the polarization separation device, wherein the light is obtained based on an invisible light.

US Pat. No. 10,558,280

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR BIDIRECTIONAL COMMUNICATION BETWEEN STYLUS AND STYLUS SENSOR CONTROLLER

Wacom Co., Ltd., Saitama...

1. A method of interfacing an active stylus with a sensor controller, the sensor controller coupled to a sensor configured to receive input from the active stylus, the method comprising:the sensor controller defining frames each consisting of more than one time slot usable for receiving packets from the active stylus, wherein one time slot among the more than one time slot in a frame is defined as a reserved time slot to receive an acknowledgement packet from the active stylus;
the sensor controller transmitting a request to the active stylus;
the active stylus transmitting the acknowledgement packet to the sensor controller in the reserved time slot in response to the request;
the sensor controller determining, based on information included in the acknowledge packet, a downlink time slot allocation indicative of a number of time slots to be used in a subsequent frame by the active stylus to transmit packets to the sensor controller, wherein the number of time slots are allocated from remaining time slots other than the reserved time slot of the subsequent frame;
the sensor controller transmitting the downlink time slot allocation to the active stylus;
the active stylus transmitting downlink packets to the sensor controller in the remaining time slots of the subsequent frame; and
the active stylus transmitting an additional downlink packet to the sensor controller in the reserved time slot of the subsequent frame only in response to an additional packet request from the sensor controller.

US Pat. No. 10,558,254

POWER CONSUMPTION MANAGEMENT FOR COMMUNICATION BUS

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. A graphics multiprocessor, comprising:an instruction cache to receive a stream of instructions;
an instruction unit to execute the stream of instructions;
a general-purpose graphics processing compute block comprising a plurality of graphics processing cores;
a shared memory communicatively coupled to the plurality of graphics processing cores; and
a processor to, for each graphics processing core in a subset of graphics processing cores in the plurality of graphics processing cores:
receive data for a current write operation to the shared memory communicatively coupled at least one of the plurality of graphics processing cores;
determine a number of bits in the received data for the current write operation to the shared memory which have changed from a previous write operation to the memory; and
in response to a determination that the number of bits in the received data for the current write operation to the shared memory which have changed from a previous write operation to the memory exceeds a threshold, to:
toggle a plurality of bits in the data for the current write operation to create an encoded data set;
set an indicator bit to a value which indicates that the plurality of bits have been toggled; and
transmit the encoded data set and the indicator bit on a communication bus between the at least one of the plurality of graphics processing cores and the shared memory,
wherein the threshold is an adaptive threshold which is set based at least in part on one or more characteristics of the data being transmitted on the communication bus.

US Pat. No. 10,558,239

LAYERED ACCESSORY CASE FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND CRADLING DEVICE THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co. L...

1. An accessory case of an electronic device, the accessory case comprising:a case that can be coupled to or separated from the electronic device, the case including a front surface that contacts the electronic device when attached to the electronic device and a rear surface opposite the front surface;
a sliding key disposed on the rear surface of the case;
a bottom part disposed between the sliding key and the rear surface of the case, the bottom part configured to provide a space through which the sliding key moves;
at least one switch disposed on the rear surface of the case, the at least one switch being turned on or off depending on whether the sliding key moves, wherein the at least one switch comprises:
a first switch disposed on the bottom part to face the sliding key, wherein the first switch is interfered with by movement of at least a portion of the sliding key; and
a second switch disposed in proximity to the first switch and turned on or off by at least the portion of the sliding key; and
a short-range communication module electrically coupled to the first switch, and
wherein the first switch is configured to transmit a signal to the short-range communication module when the first switch is turned on, and
wherein the short-range communication module is configured to:
activate, in response to receiving the signal, and
communicate with a communication module of the electronic device for providing a near field communication service.

US Pat. No. 10,558,220

SELF-PROPELLED VEHICLE SYSTEM, SELF-PROPELLED VEHICLE, AND DRIVE CONTROL METHOD OF SELF-PROPELLED VEHICLE

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. A self-propelled vehicle drive system comprising:a drive line that is laid on a road surface and branches from a first direction into a second direction and a third direction;
a start marker arranged along the drive line at an upstream side of a travel direction with respect to a point where the drive line branches into the second direction and the third direction; and
a self-propelled vehicle that runs in the travel direction along the drive line and changes the travel direction,
wherein the self-propelled vehicle includes:
a drive section that runs the self-propelled vehicle;
a plurality of drive line sensors that is arranged in a direction intersecting with the travel direction of the self-propelled vehicle, and at a wider range than a width of the drive line, and each detects the drive line;
a marker sensor that detects the start marker; and
a control unit that controls the drive section in accordance with a detection output of each of the drive line sensors and the marker sensor,
wherein before the start marker is detected by the marker sensor, in accordance with the detection output of each of the drive line sensors, the control unit causes the drive section to make the travel direction of the self-propelled vehicle follow the drive line of the first direction, and
after the start marker is detected by the marker sensor, the control unit nullifies the detection output of the drive line sensors forming a first side group, the first side group being one of two groups formed by dividing all the drive line sensors in the intersecting direction with the drive line as a center, the two groups being the first side group and a second side group, and in accordance with the detection output of the second side group, the control unit causes the drive section to make the travel direction of the self-propelled vehicle follow the drive line branched towards a side of the second side group, the drive line to be followed being one of the two drive lines branched into the second direction and the third direction.

US Pat. No. 10,558,213

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR AND CONTROL METHOD OF AUTONOMOUS DRIVING VEHICLE

Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki ...

1. A control system for an autonomous driving vehicle, comprising:an operation device configured to be operated by a driver;
a notification device configured to give notification to the driver; and
an electronic control unit comprising:
a driving control part configured to perform autonomous driving, and to terminate autonomous driving and switch vehicle driving to manual driving when the driver operates the operation device during autonomous driving; and
a notification control part configured to control the notification device to first notify a request for preparing for manual driving to the driver which requests that the driver establish conditions for preparing for manual driving while autonomous driving continues and then notify a request for terminating autonomous driving to the driver when the driver should be requested to terminate autonomous driving during autonomous driving.

US Pat. No. 10,558,207

EVENT MONITORING SYSTEM

SAS INSTITUTE INC., Cary...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium having stored thereon computer-readable instructions that when executed by a computing device cause the computing device to:(A) compute a frequency spectrum of a plurality of observation vectors using a Fourier transform, wherein each observation vector of the plurality of observation vectors includes a sensor value measured by a sensor, wherein the plurality of observation vectors includes the sensor value measured as a function of time;
(B) repeat (A) a predefined plurality of times with successive windows of the plurality of observation vectors, wherein each window of the successive windows includes a subset of the plurality of observation vectors, wherein the successive windows include successive subsets selected sequentially in time;
(C) compute an average frequency spectrum from the frequency spectrum computed the predefined plurality of times;
(D) apply a predefined noise filter to the computed average frequency spectrum to define a filtered frequency spectrum;
(E) compute a distance value between the defined filtered frequency spectrum and a predefined reference spectrum using a distance computation function;
(F) determine when an event has occurred based on a comparison between the computed distance value and a predefined distance threshold; and
(G) when an event has occurred based on the comparison, output an event indicator to indicate the event has occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,558,200

PROCESSING OBJECT DATA

Hewlett-Packard Developme...

1. An object processor for additive manufacturing, comprising:a controller; and
a memory operatively connected to the controller, the memory storing machine readable instructions to cause the controller to:
perform a geometrical transformation on object model data to compensate for distortions that would otherwise be introduced into an object represented by the object model data when the object is generated during additive manufacturing, to form transformed object model data; and
generate object slice data from the transformed object model data, the slice data defining a portion of each of successive layers of a powdered build material where a liquid agent is to be selectively delivered while generating the object.

US Pat. No. 10,558,130

METHODS FOR CONTROLLING LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND DEVICE MANUFACTURING METHOD

ASNL Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A method comprising:obtaining a height map representing a topographical variation across a substrate;
decomposing the height map into a first height map component representing topographical variations associated with a device pattern and a second height map component representing other topographical variations; and
using the first height map component to configure a first algorithm of a focus controller of a lithographic apparatus and the second height map component to configure a second algorithm of the focus controller.

US Pat. No. 10,558,124

DISCRETE SOURCE MASK OPTIMIZATION

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

1. A method comprising:generating, by a hardware computer system, a discrete pupil profile based on a desired pupil profile designed for imaging a portion of a design layout onto a substrate using a lithographic projection apparatus;
selecting a discrete change, from among a plurality of different discrete changes, to the discrete pupil profile, wherein the selecting further comprises calculating an estimated change in a value of a cost function for each of the plurality of discrete changes;
applying, by the hardware computer system, the selected discrete change to the discrete pupil profile; and
generating electronic data, based on the discrete profile to which the selected discrete change has been applied, for use in configuring an optical component of, or for, the lithographic projection apparatus.

US Pat. No. 10,558,111

HANDHELD STABILIZER

Guangdong Sirui Optical C...

1. A handheld stabilizer comprisinga handle (1), having a handheld portion (11) and a connecting portion (12) connected to the handheld portion (11);
a ball head mechanism, mounted between the connecting portion (12) and a photographing device and adapted for adjusting the position of the photographing device,
a holding slot (20) for fixing the photographing device, and the ball head mechanism includes:
a holder (2) for stabilizing the photographing device;
a support rod (3) with one end, through a first rotation unit (4), rotatably connected to the connecting portion (12) and the other end, through a second rotation unit (5), rotatably connecting to the holding slot (2);
a driving mechanism adapted for driving movements of the ball head mechanism;
a mounting base (8);
wherein the mounting base (8), through the first rotation unit (4), is rotatably connected to the connecting portion (12);
wherein one end of the support rod (3) is rotatably disposed at the mounting base (8) through a rotation shaft (31);
wherein the support rod (3) disposed at the mounting base (8) comprises at least a working state in a first mounting position and a folded state in a second mounting position; and
a control mechanism (6) adapted for controlling a motion of the ball head mechanism after receiving a location signal from the photographing device indicating that one or more human faces are not centered within a predefined location range in a screen of the photographing device, wherein the control mechanism (6) adjusts a position of the photographing device to cause the one or more human faces to be centered within the predefined location range in the screen of the photographing device.