US Pat. No. 9,946,396

TRANSPARENT ELECTRODE CAPACITANCE SENSOR AND PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

SHIN-ETSU POLYMER CO., LT...

1. A transparent electrode capacitance sensor, comprisinga transparent resin substrate;
at least one transparent electrode formed on the transparent resin substrate;
a pseudo auxiliary electrode formed in at least a portion of an outer periphery of the transparent electrode, the pseudo auxiliary electrode being thicker than the transparent electrode, integral with the transparent electrode, and made of a same material as the transparent electrode;
a lead wire connected to the pseudo auxiliary electrode, the lead wire being formed on the transparent resin substrate, and comprising a metal vapor deposition film; and
a carbon layer formed in a connection between the lead wire and the pseudo auxiliary electrode, the lead wire being connected to the pseudo auxiliary electrode through the carbon layer.

US Pat. No. 9,946,323

ENCRYPTED WAKEUP CONTROLLER APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ULTRA LOW POWER WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS

Redpine Signals, Inc., S...

1. A wake-up processor having:an RF amplifier coupled to an antenna, the RF amplifier having an output;
a key which changes value over time;
an amplitude detector detecting the presence of RF from said RF amplifier output and forming an output;
a threshold function asserting an output when said amplitude detector generates a value greater than an amplitude threshold;
a correlator forming a correlation value between sequential values of said key and the sequential output of said threshold function output;
a correlator threshold asserting a wake-up signal when said correlator output exceeds a correlator threshold value;
where each said sequential value of said key has a duration substantially equal to the duration of a wireless packet received by said antenna;
the detection of a packet indicating a “1” value and the absence of a packet indicating a “0” value;
where each said key is selected from a set of possible keys which have a maximum ratio of self-correlation to cross-correlation with a pseudo-random sequence.

US Pat. No. 9,946,310

HINGE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SAME

Shin Zu Shing Co., Ltd., ...

1. A hinge comprising:a connection member comprising a first side and a second side opposite with each other, wherein a first slide block is formed on a first position of the first side, a first arc surface is formed on the second side opposite with the first position, a second arc surface is formed on a second position of the first side, and a second slide block is formed on the second side opposite with the second position, wherein a first circular hole penetrates through the first slide block, and a first arc hole penetrates through the second slide block;
a first fixing member comprising a third side, wherein a third arc surface corresponding to the first slide block is formed on the third side opposite with the first position, and a third slide block corresponding to the second arc surface is formed on the third side opposite with the second position, wherein a second arc hole penetrates through the third slide block;
a second fixing member comprising a fourth side, wherein a fourth slide block corresponding to the first arc surface is formed on the fourth side opposite with the first position, and a fourth arc surface corresponding to the second slide block is formed on the fourth side opposite with the second position, wherein a second circular hole penetrates through the fourth slide block;
a first axle passing through the second arc hole and the first circular hole; and
a second axle passing through the second circular hole and the first arc hole;
wherein, while the first fixing member and the connection member rotate relatively by the second arc hole, a third top edge of the third side of the first fixing member abuts against a first top edge of the first side of the connection member; while the second fixing member and the connection member rotate relatively by the first arc hole, a fourth top edge of the fourth side of the second fixing member abuts against a second top edge of the second side of the connection member.

US Pat. No. 9,946,262

SMART VEHICLE

Bao Tran, Saratoga, CA (...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle, the method comprising:generating a multi-dimensional model of a vehicle operating in a 3D environment;
determining a hand control gesture as captured by a plurality of cameras or sensors in the vehicle, wherein a sequence of finger, palm or hand movements represents a vehicle control request based on at least the multi-dimensional model, and wherein the proximity of the finger, palm or hand configuration over a vehicle component selects the vehicle component for control;
moving a finger, palm, or hand in a predetermined sequence to actuate the vehicle component;
determining vehicle control options based on the model, a current state of the vehicle and the environment of the vehicle; and
controlling the vehicle to operate based on the model and the 3D environment, and the sequence of finger, palm, or hand movement in response.

US Pat. No. 9,946,239

FURNACE CONTROL BOARD ARCHITECTURE

Lennox Industries Inc., ...

1. A controller board for a furnace comprising:a communication interface comprising a connection to a central HVAC controller;
an application processor comprising a memory and a connection to a plurality of non-safety-critical components, the application processor able to process software updates for the non-safety-critical components;
a safety processor comprising a memory and a connection to a flame sensor, a gas valve, and an igniter, wherein the safety processor and associated software are not updateable; and
an interprocessor interface comprising a connection between the application processor and the safety processor.

US Pat. No. 9,946,226

DISPLAY MECHANISM

HARRY WINSTON SA, Plan-l...

1. A platform for displaying several mutually different horometric items of information, comprising:as many crowns as the horometric items of information to be displayed on the platform, wherein
the crowns are concentric and are coplanar at a surface of each of the crowns that faces a received information support,
each of the crowns is configured to removably receive an associated information support and is movable in rotation at a speed selected according to a horometric item of information displayed on the associated information support, and
each of the crowns is movable in rotation at the speed selected according to the horometric item of information displayed on the associated information support including at a time when the associated information support is stored in a magazine and is not received thereon.

US Pat. No. 9,946,041

ADVANCED FIBER-OPTIC CONTACT AND METHOD

Glenair, Inc., Glendale,...

1. An opto-electronic contact, comprising:an active opto-electronic converter including a converter length extending between opposing first and second ends to define a converter axis and said first end being configured for removable optical engagement with an opposing contact; and
a barrel housing defining an interior cavity having an elongated length extending between opposing first and second barrel openings to define an elongation axis and having said opto-electronic converter captured in the interior cavity for external optical engagement to the opposing contact via the first barrel opening for movement of the active opto-electronic converter relative to the barrel housing such that the converter axis is movable (i) transverse to the elongation axis, and (ii) oblique to the elongation axis to accommodate mating tolerances responsive to engaging the opposing contact.

US Pat. No. 9,945,976

UTILITY LOCATOR APPARATUS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

SEESCAN, INC., San Diego...

1. A locator device, comprising:a sensor array for simultaneously detecting magnetic field signals from a first buried object and a second buried object;
a circuit for processing the received magnetic field signals to simultaneously generate a plurality of output signals associated with the first buried object and the second buried object;
a processor for receiving the output signals and determining information associated with the buried objects based at least in part on the output signals; and
a display for providing an output of the determined information associated with the buried objects simultaneously.

US Pat. No. 9,945,943

ADAPTIVE TRANSMISSION AND INTERFERENCE CANCELLATION FOR MIMO RADAR

Uhnder, Inc., Austin, TX...

1. A method for mitigating self-interference in a radar system for a vehicle, the method comprising:providing a radar system comprising (i) a plurality of transmitters configured for installation and use on a vehicle and configured to transmit radio signals, and (ii) a plurality of receivers configured for installation and use on the vehicle and configured to receive radio signals that include the transmitted radio signals reflected from objects in the environment;
transmitting radio signals with only a first transmitter of the plurality of transmitters and receiving radio signals transmitted from the first transmitter with at least one receiver of the plurality of receivers;
correlating the received radio signals with each receiver of the at least one receiver to estimate interference that the first transmitter will represent at each receiver of the at least one receiver; and
mitigating at each receiver of the at least one receiver the estimated interference that is due to interfering radio signals transmitted by the first transmitter.

US Pat. No. 9,945,794

INSPECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SYNCHRONOUSLY POSITIONING RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL

NUCTECH COMPANY LIMITED, ...

1. An inspection system for synchronously positioning radioactive material, comprising:a scanning and imaging apparatus comprising a ray source configured to generate an X-ray and a detection device configured to receive an X-ray transmitted through an inspected object, wherein the ray source is configured to image the inspected object by emitting the X-ray to the inspected object; and
a radioactivity detector configured to detect whether the inspected object comprises radioactive material synchronously with the process of scanning implemented by the scanning and imaging apparatus,
wherein in a case that the radioactivity detector detects radioactive material, an actual position of the radioactive material in an X-ray image of the inspected object obtained by the scanning and imaging apparatus is marked in the image;
wherein while the scanning and imaging apparatus starts to scan the inspected object, the radioactivity detector starts to detect and record a scanning start time; and when radioactive material is detected, the radioactivity detector transmits a time interval from a time when the radioactive material is detected to the scanning start time to the scanning and imaging apparatus as a warning start time of the radioactive material, and when it is detected that a radiation of the radioactive material ends, the radioactivity detector transmits a warning peak time and a warning end time to the scanning and imaging apparatus respectively, and then the scanning and imaging apparatus calculates the actual position of the radioactive material in the image of the inspected object based on the scanning start time, the warning start time, the warning peak time, and the warning end time; wherein the warning peak time is a time interval from a time when a peak value of the radioactive material is detected by the radioactivity detector to the scanning start time, and the warning end time is a time interval from a time when no radioactive material is detected by the radioactivity detector to the scanning start time.

US Pat. No. 9,945,785

FLEXIBLE SERS SUBSTRATES WITH FILTERING CAPABILITIES

Drexel University, Phila...

1. A surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy substrate comprising:a flexible substrate having filtering capability for trapping an analyte of interest on said substrate during filtration of a media containing said analyte and including a material selected from glass fibers, cellulose fibers and polyimide fibers, said flexible substrate having a distribution of nanoparticle cluster sizes and interparticle distances and said flexible substrate providing a three dimensional surface having multiple anchoring sites for an analyte molecule; and
fractal aggregates of nanoparticles comprising a material which enhances Raman scattering located on a surface of said substrate, wherein said nanoparticles provide an amplification of a Raman scattering signal of from about 1×103 to about 2.5×1010 relative to a Raman scattering signal of said flexible substrate in the absence of said nanoparticles.

US Pat. No. 9,945,760

TIRE HOLDING APPARATUS AND TIRE INSPECTION SYSTEM PROVIDED WITH SAID TIRE HOLDING APPARATUS

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A tire holding apparatus, comprising:a first support portion to which a first rim supporting one side of a tire is attached;
a second support portion to which a second rim supporting the other side of the tire is attached; and
an air supply and discharging portion which is connected to a supply source for supplying air, supplies air to the inside of the tire supported by the first rim and the second rim, and discharges the air supplied to the inside of the tire outside of the tire,
wherein the second support portion includes a protrusion which protrudes toward the first support portion,
wherein the first support portion includes an insertion portion into which the protrusion is inserted, and
wherein the air supply and discharging portion includes,
a first flow path which is formed so as to penetrate the insertion portion and allows the air to flow,
a second flow path which allows the air flowing through the first flow path to flow from an opening portion formed on a leading end of the protrusion to the inside of the tire, and
a collection portion which is provided in the opening portion and collects foreign matter which is mixed into the second flow path from the inside of the tire, and
wherein the collection portion is provided between the first flow path and the second flow path.

US Pat. No. 9,945,759

VEHICLE TEST SYSTEM, TEST CONDITION DATA GENERATION APPARATUS, AND VEHICLE TEST METHOD

Horiba, Ltd., Kyoto (JP)...

1. A vehicle test system comprising:an actual running data acquisition apparatus that acquires actual running data related to states inside and outside of a vehicle running on a road;
multiple types of test apparatuses each of which includes a dynamometer, and performs a drive test or an operation test of a vehicle or a part of the vehicle in accordance with a test condition; and
a test condition data generation apparatus adapted to generate, from the actual running data, test condition data indicating the test condition for reproducing a part or all of running states indicated by the actual running data, and performs a drive test or an operation test of a vehicle or a part of the vehicle in accordance with a set test condition, wherein
the test condition data generation apparatus comprises a simulation preference order setting part adapted to specify actual running data content to be preferentially simulated among contents of actual running data,
a test apparatus specifying part adapted to specify one or more of the dynamometers by receiving input, and
a test condition data generation part adapted to generate the test condition data from the actual running data content specified in the simulation preference order setting part, and to transmit the test condition data to one or more of the dynamometers specified in the test apparatus specifying part.

US Pat. No. 9,945,664

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR AUTOMATICALLY ESTIMATING PARAMETERS RELATING TO A FLIGHT OF AN AIRCRAFT

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS, T...

1. A method for automatically estimating at least one parameter related to a flight of an aircraft comprising:a first series of successively-repeated steps performed in a first estimation assembly of a processing unit onboard the aircraft for automatically determining a corrected estimated incidence value, each of said first series of successively-repeated steps comprising, in an automatic and iterative manner:
a) computing an estimated incidence ? of the aircraft in a first computational unit of the first estimation assembly with the aid of the following expression:
?=(???)/cos ?in which:? is an angle of longitudinal inclination of the aircraft;
cos ? is the cosine of an angle of roll of the aircraft; and
? is an air slope of the aircraft;
b) receiving a measured incidence of the aircraft from a data system onboard the aircraft and in communication with the processing unit;
c) verifying whether the measured incidence is considered to be consistent in a verification unit of the first estimation assembly each time the measured incidence is received from the data system;
d) as a function of the verification carried out in step c):
adding a computed correction value to said estimated incidence ? in a second computational unit of the first estimation assembly in communication with the first computational unit and the verification unit to obtain the corrected estimated incidence value when the measured incidence is considered to be consistent; and
adding a first corrective value to said estimated incidence ? in the second computational unit to obtain the corrected estimated incidence value when the measured incidence is not considered to be consistent, wherein the first corrective value is based on a previously-computed correction value when the measured incidence was considered to be consistent; and
a second series of successively repeated steps, performed in a second estimation assembly of the processing unit in communication with the first estimation unit, the second estimation assembly comprising a third computational unit in communication with the second computational unit and configured to automatically determine an estimated air speed of the aircraft using the corrected estimated incident value to calculate an aerodynamic speed when a conventional speed of the aircraft is determined to be invalid.

US Pat. No. 9,945,615

EVAPORATIVE COOLING SYSTEM AND DEVICE

Mestek Machinery, Inc., ...

1. An evaporative cooling system, comprising:an indirect cooling coil containing a cooling fluid to be circulated; said cooling coil forming a recirculation loop and
a blower assembly configured to generate an inlet air stream through said indirect cooling coil;
a cooling tower containing a liquid-to-liquid secondary heat exchanger for cooling said cooling fluid circulated within said cooling coil;
wherein said cooling coil is a first heat exchanger;
wherein said liquid-to-liquid secondary exchanger is fluidly isolated from said cooling coil and said cooling fluid;
wherein said cooling fluid is a slurry of water and phase change material;
wherein said cooling fluid is recirculated in said first heat exchanger and reused for cooling air after being cooled in said secondary exchanger.

US Pat. No. 9,945,586

SOLAR TRACKER

THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN...

1. A system for tracking a sun to provide solar exposure to a solar device, the system comprising:an altitude motor for adjusting an altitude of the device;
an azimuth motor for adjusting an azimuth of the device;
a controller for controlling an activation and deactivation of said altitude motor and said azimuth motor;
an altitude sensor for detecting solar exposure to the device, said altitude sensor being coupled to said controller;
an azimuth sensor for detecting solar exposure to the device, said azimuth sensor being coupled to said controller;
an altitude switch for reversing a polarity of said altitude motor, said altitude switch being activated when said device is at a solar noon position;
an azimuth switch for reversing a polarity of said azimuth motor, said azimuth switch being activated when said device reaches an extreme azimuth position;
a main supporting shaft for supporting said device;
at least one torsion spring coupled to a supporting mechanism for said device, said at least one torsion spring being attached to said supporting mechanism such that said at least one torsion spring partially supports a weight of said device when said altitude of said device is being adjusted by said altitude motor, said at least one torsion spring being attached to a shaft perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of said main supporting shaft;whereinsaid controller activates and deactivates said altitude motor based on readings from said altitude sensor, said altitude motor being deactivated when said altitude sensor detects sufficient solar exposure for said device;
said at least one torsion spring provides a braking force which alleviates an amount of torque needed from said altitude motor when said altitude of said device is being adjusted by said altitude motor, said at least one torsion spring stores energy as said device transitions from a horizontal position to a vertical position and said at least one torsion spring releases energy as said device transitions from said vertical position to said horizontal position; and
said controller activates and deactivates said azimuth motor based on readings from said azimuth sensor, said azimuth motor being deactivated when said azimuth sensor detects sufficient solar exposure for said device.

US Pat. No. 9,945,580

VENTILATION SYSTEM

Broan-NuTone, LLC, Hartf...

1. A ventilation apparatus, comprising:a main housing, the main housing having a plurality of walls defining an interior space, at least one clamp aperture defined in at least one of the plurality of walls, and an aperture defining a ventilation orifice through which a fluid can be exhausted from the main housing;
at least one spinner clamp comprising a clamping surface and a clamping surface form, the at least one spinner clamp being coupled to the main housing by an adjustment screw positioned within the interior space, wherein the adjustment screw is rotatable in a first direction to pivot the at least one spinner clamp within an extension plane with respect to the main housing from a retracted position into an extended position;
wherein the clamping surface is located inside the housing and the clamping surface form is located outside the housing when the spinner clamp is in the retracted position;
wherein the at least one spinner clamp extends at least a portion of the clamping surface through the clamp aperture and outside of the main housing in the extended position, wherein the clamping surface engages a portion of the at least one clamp aperture such that further rotation of the adjustment screw moves the at least one spinner clamp along a tightening axis transverse to the extension plane; and
a blower assembly, the blower assembly comprising a motor substantially surrounded by a scroll, and a blower wheel coupled to the motor and substantially enclosed by the scroll, the scroll being in fluid communication with the ventilation orifice;
wherein the clamping surface form is configured to engage the main housing at the clamp aperture to limit rotation of the spinner clamp in a second direction past the retracted position, the second direction being opposite the first direction.

US Pat. No. 9,945,541

LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE MODULE HOLDER

KEEPER TECHNOLOGY CO., LT...

1. A light-emitting diode (LED) module holder, comprising:a body having:
a base having:
an accommodation space formed through the base;
a front opening formed through a front portion of the base;
two rear rests, each rear rest formed on and protruding inwards from a rear portion of one of two lateral inner walls of the accommodation space; and
two reverse-barb arms respectively formed on and protruding inwards from the two lateral inner walls and located above the rear rests;
a connection portion formed on and protruding rearwards from a rear portion of the base and having a socket formed in a rear of the connection portion;
two terminals securely mounted in the connection portion, each terminal having:
an insertion segment securely mounted inside the socket of the connection portion and extending rearwards;
an electrical contact segment formed on a front end of the insertion segment and extending forwards into the accommodation space of the base; and
a limiting piece formed on the terminal and located above a corresponding one of the rear rests; and
an LED module mounted into the accommodation space of the base through the front opening of the base and having:
a substrate mounted inside the accommodation space, and held between the limiting pieces of the terminals and the rear rests and held by the two reverse-barb arms to prevent the substrate from escaping from the accommodation space through the front opening;
an LED die mounted on the substrate; and
two electrodes mounted on the substrate to electrically contact the respective electrical contact segments of the terminals.

US Pat. No. 9,945,498

MULTI-STAGE ROTARY OVERTRAVEL STOP

STRYKER CORPORATION, Kal...

1. A rotary joint for use in a medical application comprising:a first linkage having a first abutment;
a second linkage rotatably connected to the first linkage, the second linkage having a second abutment;
at least one idler member having a third abutment at a top side thereof and a fourth abutment at a bottom side thereof; and
at least one conduit extending through the first linkage and the second linkage;
the first linkage having at least one connector being rotatably fixed to the second linkage for allowing the first linkage to rotate relative to the second linkage; and
the at least one idler member being free to rotate relative to the first linkage and the second linkage until the first abutment of the first linkage abuts the third abutment of the at least one idler member and until the second abutment of the second linkage abuts the fourth abutment of the at least one idler member;
wherein the first linkage is able to rotate relative to the second linkage at a maximum angular displacement that is greater than 360°;
wherein the first linkage, the second linkage and the at least one idler member all rotate relative to each other about a single axis; and
wherein the second linkage includes a shelving system.

US Pat. No. 9,945,490

SMA VALVE FOR CONTROLLING PRESSURIZED AIR SUPPLY TO AN AIR CELL IN A VEHICLE SEAT

1. A SMA valve for controlling pressurized air supply to an air cell in a vehicle seat comprising:a valve housing,
a valve element which is moveably suspended with respect to a mounting plate in the housing between a closed position in which it is in sealing abutment with a valve seat establishing a closed state of the valve, and an open position in which the valve element is moved away from the valve seat corresponding to an open state of the valve,
a spring element adapted to exert a bias force on the valve element urging it to the closed position,
a SMA wire extending between the mounting plate and the valve element and arranged such that shortening of the SMA wire upon exceeding a threshold temperature exerts a force on the valve element which pulls the valve element away from the closed position against the bias force of the spring element,
a conductor arranged on the valve element in contact with the SMA wire and arranged such that it comes into contact with a conducting surface on the mounting plate to close an electrical circuit when the valve element reaches the open position, and
a control unit arranged to supply electrical power to the SMA wire for opening the valve and to detect closure of the electrical circuit, and arranged to reduce the electrical power supply to the SMA wire when detecting closure of the electrical circuit,
wherein the conductor is arranged to extend along a first portion and along a second portion towards the mounting plate and into a slot formed therein, the conducting surface being located in the slot such that an exposed end of the conductor comes into contact with the conducting surface in the slot when the valve element reaches the open position.

US Pat. No. 9,945,486

RADIAL SEALING BUTTERFLY VALVE

MKS Instruments, Inc., A...

1. A valve assembly, comprising:a valve housing, the valve housing defining a passageway;
a flapper valve arranged within the passageway and coupled to a rotatable valve shaft;
a flexible wall sealed along opposed edges to the housing, the flexible wall controllable to at least two positions, including a first position sealing against the flapper valve and a second position releasing the flapper valve to allow for ready movement of the valve; and
an array of actuator arms, wherein each actuator arm pivots to control the flexible wall between the first position and the second position.

US Pat. No. 9,945,454

MOTORIZED GEAR REDUCER

SAFEWAY ELECTRO-MECHANICA...

1. A motorized gear reducer disposed in a housing, the housing having a closed surface at a first end and an axial channel through a second end, comprising:a support shaft axially disposed in the housing and having a first end secured to the closed surface and a second end passing through the axial channel;
a speed reduction device including a first stage of a sunless planetary gear train and a second stage of the sunless planetary gear train, each of the first and second stages of the sunless planetary gear train including a stationary ring gear, a rotatable ring gear serving as a torque output of each of the first and second stages of the sunless planetary gear train, and a carrier mounted on the support shaft and serving as a torque input of each of the first and second stages of the sunless planetary gear train;
a planet gear set disposed in each of the carriers of the first and second stages of the sunless planetary gear train and including a first planet gear meshing with the stationary ring gear of each of the first and second stages of the sunless planetary gear train, respectively, and a second planet gear meshing with the rotatable ring gear of each of the first and second stages of the sunless planetary gear train, respectively, wherein the carrier of the first stage of the sunless planetary gear train is secured to an internal ring member of a rotor of a hollow motor to serve as a power source of the speed reduction device, and the torque output of the second stage of the sunless planetary gear train serves as one torque output of the speed reduction device; and
the hollow motor surrounding the first stage of the sunless planetary gear train and including a stator on an outermost portion, the rotor surrounded by the stator and driven by the stator, and a plurality of windings for rotating the rotor;
wherein the stator is disposed in the housing;
wherein the rotor includes the internal ring member extending radially to separate the stationary ring gear of the first stage of the sunless planetary gear train from the rotatable ring gear of the first stage of the sunless planetary gear train, and the ring member being around the carrier of the first stage of the sunless planetary gear train;
wherein the number of teeth of the first planet gear of each of the first and second stages of the sunless planetary gear train is equal to that of the second planet gear of each of the first and second stages of the sunless planetary gear train;
wherein the number of teeth of the rotatable ring gear of each of the first and second stages of the sunless planetary gear train is not equal to that of the stationary ring gear of each of the first and second stages of the sunless planetary gear train, respectively; and
wherein the number of teeth of the rotatable ring gear of each of the first and second stages of the sunless planetary gear train deducted by the number of teeth of the stationary ring gear of each of the first and second stages of the sunless planetary gear train, respectively, is a multiple of the number of the planet gear sets in the speed reduction device.

US Pat. No. 9,945,439

ELASTOMER STRIP DESIGN FOR TORSIONAL VIBRATION DAMPERS AND TORSIONAL VIBRATION DAMPERS HAVING SAME

Dayco IP Holdings, LLC, ...

1. An elastomer member for a torsional vibration damper comprising:a first major surface and an opposing second major surface with opposing side joining the first major surface and the second major surface;
wherein the elastomer member has a median sagittal plane extending parallel to the first major surface and the second major surface, and a transverse plane perpendicular to the median sagittal plane;
wherein, in a cross-sectional geometry in a plane bisecting the median sagittal plane and the transverse plane, a thickness of the elastomer member changes along the median sagittal plane in a direction parallel to the transverse plane, a first thickness being at both of opposing sides and a second thickness being generally at the transverse plane;
wherein the second thickness is greater than the first thicknesses; and
wherein the change between the first thickness and the second thickness varies gradually from the first thickness at a first of the opposing sides to the second thickness as a linear function.

US Pat. No. 9,945,379

DISCHARGE PORT OF A SCREW COMPRESSOR

TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.,...

1. A screw compressor, comprising:a first rotor including a lobe, the lobe including a tip and a root;
a second rotor including an external surface that forms a groove, the groove is configured to receive the lobe of the first rotor during a discharge cycle, the groove including a top and a bottom; and
a discharge port positioned between the first rotor and the second rotor and disposed where the lobe moves toward the groove during the discharge cycle, the discharge port including an opening defined by a first open area and a second open area;
wherein the first open area is defined by a first distal edge and a first proximal edge, the first distal edge is configured to follow a portion of a track of the tip of the lobe during the discharge cycle, the first proximal edge is configured to follow a portion of a track of the root of the lobe during the discharge cycle,
the second open area is defined by a second distal edge and a second proximal edge, the second distal edge is configured to follow a portion of a track of the top of the groove during the discharge cycle, the second proximal edge is configured to follow a portion of a track of the bottom of the groove during the discharge cycle,
a restrictive portion is positioned between the first open area and the second open area where the lobe moves toward the groove during a discharge cycle, and
the restrictive portion is positioned away from where the lobe and the groove initially contact during the discharge cycle,
wherein the restrictive portion includes a first edge contour, a second edge contour, a connecting edge contour, and a peak, the first edge contour and the second edge contour are connected by the connecting edge contour, the connecting edge contour including a first end and a second end spaced apart from the first end, the peak of the restrictive portion disposed at the first end, and
wherein when the second rotor rotates, the external surface also rotates such that at least a portion of the external surface that is intermediate the top and the bottom of the groove generally aligns with the connecting edge contour of the restrictive portion during the discharge cycle, and when the portion of the groove generally aligns with the connecting edge contour of the restrictive portion, the peak of the restrictive portion to the top of the groove defines a first distance, the second end of the connecting edge contour to the top of the groove defines a second distance, the first distance being less than the second distance.

US Pat. No. 9,945,373

DIRECT INJECTION PUMP CONTROL STRATEGY FOR NOISE REDUCTION

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A method of controlling a pump, comprising:providing the pump with a casing that defines a first chamber, a second chamber, a third chamber and a fourth chamber;
providing a fluid inlet in the first chamber and a fluid outlet in the fourth chamber;
providing a first movable valve member in the first chamber and a second movable valve member in the second chamber;
providing a third movable valve member in the fourth chamber;
providing a solenoid coil;
during a suction stroke of the pump, moving a plunger in the third chamber away from the third chamber so that a volume of the third chamber increases to move the second valve member toward a stop and to cause the second valve member to collide against the stop;
moving the third valve member against a valve seat to prevent fuel from exiting through the fluid outlet;
during a pumping stroke of the pump, energizing the solenoid coil a first time to attract the first movable valve member toward the solenoid coil; moving the second movable valve member against a second valve seat; maintaining energizing of the solenoid coil before and after a top dead center position of the plunger and then de-energizing the solenoid coil during the suction stroke;
wherein the second movable valve member begins moving before the first movable valve member during the pumping stroke.

US Pat. No. 9,945,144

LAWN STAKE FOR SUPPORTING DECORATIVE ELEMENTS

Decoy Stake Solutions, LL...

1. A lawn stake comprising:a bottom section extending from a bottom distal end of said medial section, said bottom section comprising a helical spiral coil having a constant radius and extending downward therefrom a selected distance including a tapered point for penetration into the ground;
a medial section extending upward from said bottom section comprising an elongated vertical rod;
a handle section extending from said medial section comprising a curved rod forming at least one “S” shaped loop comprising a first horizontal segment extending outwardly from said medial section at an angle a selected first length and having a proximate end portion curving upward forming a first curved loop extending upward and over said first horizontal segment and past said medical section a selected second length defining a second horizontal section spaced apart from and in alignment with said first horizontal section, said second horizontal segment forming a second curved loop extending upward and over a portion of said second horizontal segment forming a third horizontal segment extending to said medial section spaced apart and in alignment with said second horizontal segment, said third horizontal segment forming an angle extending upward forming a top section;
and said top section comprising a rod in vertical alignment with said medial section for supporting an article thereon; and
an arcuate portion extending from said top section including a holding means disposed on a distal end thereof for supporting an article.

US Pat. No. 9,945,131

SLIDABLE SNAP-IN TRIM SYSTEM

DIRTT Environmental Solut...

1. A slidable snap-in trim system for securing a trim element to a structural component of a building, the system comprising:a mounting element securable to or integrated with a structural component of a building, the mounting element extending longitudinally along a length of the structural component; and
a trim assembly securely coupleable to the mounting element, wherein the trim assembly comprises:
a connection element securely coupleable to the mounting element; and
a trim element attached or attachable to the connection element;
wherein:
(i) the mounting element comprises a protrusion having a retention element disposed thereon; and
(ii) the connection element comprises a support member, and a resiliently flexible retention member configured to receive the retention element so as to inhibit or substantially prevent inadvertent detachment of the connection element from the mounting element.

US Pat. No. 9,945,041

ANODE APPARATUS

Alcoa USA Corp., Pittsbu...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an anode body having at least one sidewall, wherein the sidewall is configured to perimetrically surround a hole therein, the hole having an upper opening in the top of the anode body and configured to axially extend into the anode body;
a bath having an upper surface; and
a pin having;
a first end connected to a current supply, and
a second end opposite the first end, wherein the second end extends down into the hole via the upper opening of the anode body, and wherein the second end is located above the upper surface of the bath.

US Pat. No. 9,944,973

METHODS FOR STANDARDIZED SEQUENCING OF NUCLEIC ACIDS AND USES THEREOF

The University of Toledo,...

1. A method for controlling abundance of target nucleic acids while retaining quantitative information regarding original abundance of the target nucleic acids, comprising:providing a mixture comprising two or more target nucleic acids with two or more internal amplification control (IAC) nucleic acids, wherein each target nucleic acid shares identical priming sites with its respective IAC nucleic acid
amplifying the target nucleic acids and IAC nucleic acids with limiting concentrations of primers;
thereby causing convergence in abundance of amplified target nucleic acids while obtaining, for each target nucleic acid, a target nucleic acid-to-IAC nucleic acid ratio that is indistinguishable from the original target nucleic acid-to-IAC nucleic acid ratio prior to amplification; and,
thereby retaining quantitative information regarding the original abundance of each target nucleic acid and enabling quantification of each target nucleic acid.

US Pat. No. 9,944,825

FLAME RETARDANT TEXTILE

EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSI...

1. A curable polysilyl phosphate composition comprising:(a) a curable polysilyl phosphate compound represented by the following structure (I):

wherein:
(i) a1 and a2 are the same or different and each is represented by the following structure (II):
—R3—O—C(?O)—NA1A2;  (II)
(ii) A1 is represented by —R1—Si(R4)3-yXy;
(iii) A2 is represented by —R2—Si(R4)3-zXz or H or R4;
(iv) X is a hydrolysable group independently selected from the group consisting of alkoxy groups, aryloxy groups, carboxyloxy groups, halogens, and combinations thereof;
(v) R1, R2, and R3 are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrocarbons containing from 1 to 20 carbon atoms and heteroatom-substituted hydrocarbons containing from 1 to 20 carbon atoms;
(vi) R4 is independently selected from the group consisting of H, hydrocarbons containing from 1 to 20 carbon atoms, and heteroatom-substituted hydrocarbons containing from 1 to 20 carbon atoms;
(vii) y is 1, 2, or 3;
(viii) z is 1, 2, or 3 when A2 is not H or R4; and
(ix) the curable polysilyl phosphate compound has a number of hydrolysable groups X of at least 4.

US Pat. No. 9,944,657

LUMINESCENT LANTHANIDE CHELATES HAVING THREE CHROMOPHORES AN THEIR USE

Radiometer Turku Oy, Tur...

1. A lanthanide chelating ligand of the formula (II),
wherein
each of G1, G2 and G3 is independently an optionally substituted phenylethynyl conjugating group,
wherein each of G1 and G3 is unsubstituted or is mono-R4-substituted, di-R4,R5-substituted, or tri-R4,R5,R6-substituted and G2 is unsubstituted or mono-R4-substituted,
wherein R4, R5, and R6 are independently selected from the group consisting of —OR9 and —SR9,
wherein R9 is selected from the group consisting of —(CH2)1-6COOH, —(CH2)1-6COO?, and a monosaccharide,
wherein each of R1 and R3 is hydrogen;
wherein R2 is a reactive group Z selected from amino (—NH2) or isothiocyanato (—NCS), and
wherein each of A1 and A2 is hydrogen.

US Pat. No. 9,944,596

HETEROCYCLIC COMPOUND

TAKEDA PHARMACEUTICAL COM...

1. A compound represented by the formula (I):
wherein
ring A is an optionally further substituted benzene ring;
R is a hydrogen atom or a C1-6 alkyl group;
R1 is a C3-6 cycloalkyl group optionally substituted by substituent(s) selected from a fluorine atom and an optionally substituted alkyl group;
ring B is an optionally further substituted pyrrolidine ring; and
R2 and R3 are each independently a hydrogen atom or a substituent, or R2 and R3 are optionally joined to form an optionally substituted ring,
or a salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,944,593

PROCESS FOR THE SYNTHESIS OF FLUORALKYL SULFONATE SALTS

SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS...

1. A process for the preparation of a fluoroalkyl sulfonate salt of any one of formula (VII), formula (VIII) or formula (IX):

wherein:Rf is selected from the group consisting of C1 to C25 straight-chain, branched or cyclic fluorinated alkyl or alkenyl, optionally substituted and/or optionally comprising heteroatoms selected from the group consisting of O, N and S in the chain;
each of R4, R5, R6, R7 and R8, is independently selected from the group consisting of H, halogen, C1 to C25 straight-chain, branched or cyclic, optionally substituted, alkane or alkene, and C6 to C25, optionally substituted, aryl or heteroaryl;
each of R9, R10, R11 and R12, is independently selected from group consisting of H, C1 to C25 straight-chain, branched or cyclic, optionally substituted, alkane or alkene, optionally containing heteroatoms, wherein up to four of R9, R10, R11 and R12 may be bonded to one another in pairs by single or double bond; and
each of R13, R14, R15, R16 and R17, is independently selected from the group consisting of H, C1 to C25 straight-chain, branched or cyclic, optionally substituted, alkane or alkene, optionally containing heteroatoms, wherein up to four of R13, R14, R15, R16 and R17 may be bonded to one another in pairs by single or double bond;said process comprising the step of reacting a fluoroalkyl sulfonyl halide with an organic base selected from the group consisting of:pyridines of formula (III):

amidines of formula (IV):
andguanidines of formula (V):
wherein R4-R17 are as defined above,in the presence of an alcohol when using a pyridine or amidine organic base; or in the presence of water under basic conditions when using a guanidine organic base.

US Pat. No. 9,944,487

SINGLE TRANSFER INSERT PLACEMENT METHOD AND APPARATUS

Curt G. Joa, Inc., Shebo...

1. A web cutting system for use with a single transfer insert placement mechanism having at least one puck for transferring a discrete web and a continuous web feeding mechanism for feeding a continuous web, said web cutting system comprising:first and second rollers having substantially parallel axes and aligned with one another to form a nip at their juncture;
said system being arranged for circumferentially modifying the position and spacing of said puck;
an anvil attached to one of said first and second rollers;
a die attached to the other of said first and second rollers;
said anvil having a ladder assembly with at least one directional feed roller rotatably feeding said continuous web into said nip;
at least one vacuum source coupled to one of said first and second rollers and a plurality of vacuum apertures formed in said same roller; and
one of said first and second rollers positioned adjacent to said single transfer insert placement mechanism and to said continuous web feeding mechanism whereby said continuous web is applied to said roller having the vacuum source coupled thereto and at least one discrete web is transferred from said puck to said roller having the vacuum source coupled thereto.

US Pat. No. 9,944,453

INTEGRALLY BLOW-MOULDED BAG-IN-CONTAINER HAVING AN INNER LAYER AND THE OUTER LAYER MADE OF THE SAME MATERIAL AND PREFORM FOR MAKING IT

Anheuser-Busch InBev S.A....

1. An integrally blow-moulded dispensing bag-in-container having a body and a neck region, said bag-in-container comprising:a single layer inner bag which is collapsible and comprises an opening to an outer atmosphere defined by a lip;
a single layer outer container;
a vent disposed in the neck region; said vent between the inner bag and outer container, which opens to the atmosphere; and
a source of pressurized gas releasably attached to the vent, wherein:
the inner bag and the outer container comprise a same polymer,
said inner bag is adjacent to and in direct contact with said outer container forming an interface therebetween,
said inner bag and said outer container have said same polymer over substantially the entirety of the interface, and
said dispensing bag-in-container being suitable for dispensing a liquid contained in an inner bag by pressurizing with the source of pressurized gas the interface between said inner bag and said outer container.

US Pat. No. 9,944,430

METHOD FOR TRANSPORTING MATTRESSES AND SHIPPING CONTAINER HOLDING AN ASSEMBLY OF STACKED MATTRESSES

PRIMO BEDDING INC., Mont...

33. A method of transporting mattresses comprising:a) providing a shipping container holding an assembly of stacked mattresses comprising:
i) a first pallet;
ii) a second pallet;
iii) a plurality of mattresses positioned between the first pallet and the second pallet;
iv) straps coupling the first pallet to the second pallet, the plurality of mattresses being in a compressed state between the first pallet and the second pallet and the straps restraining expansion of the plurality of mattresses;
v) wherein the second pallet is comprised of:
i) a supporting member; and
ii) a plurality of elongated groove members extending across the supporting member;
vi) wherein at least some of the straps engage respective ones of the elongated groove members of the second pallet;
b) transporting the shipping container holding the assembly of stacked mattresses to a specific destination using at least one of ground transportation, air transportation and sea transportation.

US Pat. No. 9,944,316

VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS AND THE RELATED VEHICLES

MTD Products Inc, Valley...

1. A control system for a vehicle capable of making a small radius turn that has steerable wheels and drivable wheels, the control system comprising:a steered wheel position sensor coupled to one of the steerable wheels by at least a height-adjustable bracket and configured to generate a signal corresponding to the actual position of such steerable wheel;
a speed input sensor configured to generate a signal representative of a commanded speed input; and
a control unit coupled to the steered wheel position sensor and the speed input sensor, the control unit being configured to generate signals for controlling the drivable wheels as a function of at least the signal corresponding to the actual position of the steerable wheel to which the steered wheel position sensor is coupled, and the signal representative of the commanded speed input, the control unit including a vehicle control module connected to a brake switch, an operator presence switch, a key switch, and a charger switch, the control unit also being coupled to each drivable wheel through a separate electric drive motor, the electric drive motors powered by a battery source.

US Pat. No. 9,944,308

STEERING COLUMN FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, ...

1. A steering column for a motor vehicle comprising:a guide box that accommodates a steering spindle;
a bracket for holding the guide box in adjustable fashion on a chassis of the motor vehicle; and
a thrust piece through which a clamping shaft extends, serving to fix the guide box relative to the bracket, wherein the thrust piece is disposed on an outer side of a first side web of the bracket, wherein the thrust piece comprises a dome that extends through a slot of the first side web of the bracket and generates a force-fitting connection to the guide box.

US Pat. No. 9,944,307

STEERING ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF MONITORING A SPACE WITHIN VEHICLE

STEERING SOLUTIONS IP HOL...

13. A method of monitoring a space within an autonomous vehicle, comprising:activating an autonomous driving assisted steering system;
detecting a condition of a driver of a vehicle with a sensor assembly while the autonomous driving assisted steering system is active, the sensor assembly providing a first signal indicative of the condition of the driver; and
providing a first warning to the driver when the first signal indicates a non-responsive driver.

US Pat. No. 9,944,239

FLUID AND DUST RESISTANT SPLIT GROMMET

Newfrey LLC, New Britain...

1. A grommet assembly to support a wiring harness passing through an opening in a panel, the grommet assembly comprising: two rotationally symmetrical components coupled together along a primary coupling face to form a harness-receiving passage therethrough, each of the two rotationally Symmetrical components being an integrated component comprising a first, thermoplastic structural portion integrated with a second, resilient second, sealing portion; the first, structural portions of the integrated components including a plurality of interlocking elements cooperating to couple the components together, and a plurality of retention arms engageable against the panel to retain the grommet assembly and the panel together; the second, sealing portions of the integrated components forming an outer sealing lip having a lip distal edge engageable against a surface of the panel adjacent the opening, the outer sealing lip comprising a pair of lap joints, each of the pair of lap joints being adjacent a respective opposite side of the primary coupling faces; and the first, structural portions of the integrated components further including a pair of outer reinforcement tabs, each of the pair of outer reinforcing tabs extending over one of the pair joints and designed to resist separation of the one of the pair lap joints of the outer sealing lip of the second, sealing portion.

US Pat. No. 9,944,191

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE, UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE CHARGING SYSTEM AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

INDUSTRY-ACADEMIC COOPERA...

1. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) comprising:a battery;
a battery residual quantity detector configured to detect a residual quantity of the battery in the UAV;
a communicator configured to perform communication with a rechargeable unmanned aerial vehicle (RUAV) used in charging or replacement of the battery; and
a processor configured to control the communicator to transmit operation information of the UAV to the RUAV detected within a predetermined distance when the detected residual quantity of the battery is less than a predetermined reference quantity and control to wirelessly charge the battery by power supplied from the RUAV to maintain an operable state of the UAV or replace the battery to a new battery provided from the RUAV when being close to the RUAV receiving the operation information of the UAV,
wherein the processor performs the charging or replacement of the battery when the RUAV is close to the chargeable or replaceable range of the battery while maintaining an operation route of the UAV, and
the RUAV calculates a cross point with the UAV within a shortest time on the operation route of the UAV based on operation information of the RUAV and the operation information received from the UAV and changes an operation route of the RUAV to the cross point to move to the chargeable or replaceable range of the battery,
wherein, in case of replacing the battery, the battery is replaced by the new battery while the UAV is docked with the RUAV being close to the replaceable range of the battery and receives a new battery from the docked RUAV and the new battery is attached to the UAV, and
wherein, in case of wirelessly charging the battery, the battery is wirelessly charged by the power supplied from the RUAV while the UAV maintains level with the RUAV being close to the chargeable range of the battery.

US Pat. No. 9,943,973

BLADE BUSHING FOR ROTARY KNIFE

Hantover, Inc., Overland...

1. A rotary knife driven by a power source, the rotary knife comprising:a blade housing;
an annular blade operable to be driven by the power source,
said blade housing presenting an annular inwardly facing housing bearing surface,
said annular blade presenting an annular outwardly facing blade bearing surface in an opposed relationship with the housing bearing surface; and
an annular bushing engaging the bearing surfaces and extending circumferentially to rotatably support the blade relative to the blade housing,
said bushing and said blade housing being configured to cooperatively prevent relative rotation between the bushing and the blade housing.

US Pat. No. 9,943,968

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR STOPPING OF AXES OF AN INDUSTRIAL ROBOT

KUKA Roboter GmbH, Augsb...

1. A method for stopping movement of axes of an industrial robot, wherein the industrial robot comprises at least one control device, power electronics, a DC source and at least one axis which is assigned to an electric motor that is equipped with a mechanical brake, and wherein the control device is configured to actuate the electric motor via the power electronics using control signals (ÿref), the method including the steps of:a) sending a signal from the control device to the mechanical brake to stop movement of the robot in the at least one axis;
b) sending a signal to activate a short-circuit braking of the motor assigned to the at least one axis, whereby the motor phases are short-circuited to generate a braking torque that depends on a rotational speed of the electric motor at the time when the motor phases are short circuited;
c) after activating the short-circuit braking of the motor, sending a signal to the DC source to activate a direct current braking of the motor before the mechanical brake takes effect; and
d) in response to the signal of step c), supplying a direct current from the DC source in at least one motor phase of the motor assigned to the at least one axis to generate a braking torque that is independent of the rotational speed of the motor.

US Pat. No. 9,943,934

METHOD AND TOOL PRODUCT OF DIFFERENTIAL HEAT TREATMENT PROCESS

Snap-on Incorporated, Ke...

1. A socket driver extension subjected to a heat treatment process, comprising:a stem portion having a first end adapted to couple to a driver and receive an amount of torque from the driver, the stem portion is subject to the heat treatment process to a first depth measured in a radial direction from an external surface of the stem portion towards a center of the stem portion, wherein the first depth is comprised substantially of tempered martensite steel after the heat treatment process, and the first depth forms at least 75% of an overall diametric size of the stem portion;
a shoulder portion extending from the stem portion opposite the first end, wherein the shoulder portion is at least partially comprised of a material including tempered steel created by residual heat from the heat treatment process, and is substantially free of tempered martensite steel after the heat treatment process;
a working portion extending from the shoulder portion opposite the stem portion, wherein the working portion is comprised of a material including tempered steel formed as a result of residual heat from the heat treatment process, and is substantially free of tempered martensite steel after the heat treatment process and wherein the working portion includes a recess adapted to receive a device adapted to engage a work piece; and
a zero-treatment region extending from the working portion to an end of the socket driver extension, wherein the zero-treatment region is comprised of a material free of tempered martensite steel and tempered steel and has a hardness of about 20 HRc, and forms only an opening of the recess.

US Pat. No. 9,943,899

METHOD FOR BLOW MOLDING METAL CONTAINERS

MONTEBELLO TECHNOLOGY SER...

1. A method of pressure molding a shaped metal container of a desired shape from a metal preform having a cylindrical body with an open end and a closed end, the method comprising the steps of:generating an electro-magnetic field;
shock annealing at least one region of the metal preform by exposing the preform to the electro-magnetic field for inductively heating a preform material of the metal preform to generate a temperature rise in the preform material of at least 120° C./sec to reach an annealing temperature in the range of 65% to 98% of the melting point temperature of the preform material;
applying and curing a coating on at least one of an interior surface of the preform and an exterior surface of the preform after the shock annealing step, to create a coated preform;
differentially preheating the coated preform, or the coated preform after a necking operation;
fluid pressure forming the annealed preform in a mold with a mold cavity defining the desired shape by pressurizing the preform to expand the preform into contact with the mold cavity for imparting the desired shape onto the preform; and removing the resulting molded container in the desired shape from the mold, wherein the metal preform is shock annealed prior to insertion into the mold and the step of differentially preheating the preform comprises sequentially inductively heating first and second regions of the preform with an electro-magnetic field by sequentially exposing the first and second regions to the electro-magnetic field by moving at least one or both of the preform and the field relative to one another, wherein at least one of the first and second regions is subject to three dimensional deformation during the pressure forming step.

US Pat. No. 9,943,789

MODULAR FILTER CASSETTE

Entegris, Inc., Billeric...

1. A filter assembly for filtering liquids, the filter assembly comprising: a filter housing having a filter inlet defining an inlet flow path and a filter outlet spaced from the filter inlet defining an outlet flow path, the filter housing defining a filter cavity comprising an upstream portion of the filter cavity in fluid communication with the inlet and a downstream portion of the filter cavity in fluid communication with the outlet;said filter housing comprising a main shell, a side cover, a front end cover, and rear end cover that form the filter housing and the filter cavity in which a filter element is disposed;
a filter cover coupled to the filter housing to retain the filter element in place, said filter cover at least partially defining the filter cavity;
said main shell comprising bottom ribs, said bottom ribs have a tapered tip portion that is angled away from the filter cover from top to bottom to create a drain channel and said main shell comprising top ribs, said top ribs have a tapered tip portion that is angled away from filter cover from bottom to top to form a vent channel;
the filter cavity is at least partially defined by an upstream sidewall, a downstream sidewall spaced from the upstream sidewall, a third wall running from the upstream sidewall to the downstream sidewall, the filter inlet interfaces with the filter cavity at the third wall, and a fourth wall running from the upstream sidewall to the downstream sidewall and spaced from the third wall; and the filter element is shifted toward the upstream sidewall such that a distance between the filter element and the upstream sidewall decreases in a direction from the third wall to the fourth wall;
the filter element comprising a filter membrane to filter micron or submicron impurities from a process fluid disposed in the filter cavity, the filter element at least partially overlapping the filter inlet on a first side of the filter element, the filter element separating the upstream portion of the filter cavity from the downstream portion of the filter cavity, the filter element further comprising a potted rectangular pleated filter with a set of pleats having a first set of pleat tips on an upstream side of the filter element and a second set of pleat tips on a downstream side of the pleated filter, the sets of pleats packed together such that the first set of pleat tips form a generally planar rectangular entrance and the second set of pleat tips form a rectangular generally planar exit interface and wherein the primary flow path of the fluid through the filter element is perpendicular to the flow path through the filter inlet.

US Pat. No. 9,943,725

EXERCISE BALANCE TRAINER

InertiaCore Training Syst...

1. An exercise training apparatus comprising:a rigid base member having an upper end and a lower end;
a pivot mechanism coupled to the upper end of the base member, the pivot mechanism comprising a ball-and-socket joint positioned along a vertical axis;
a substantially planar platform mounted atop the pivot mechanism such that the substantially planar platform is able to freely pivot about three perpendicular axes relative to the base member, wherein the substantially planar platform is adapted to receive a user in a standing position;
a first laterally extending member extending downwardly and in a first lateral direction relative to the ball-and-socket joint, the first laterally extending member configured to releasably receive and retain a first ballast plate in a position substantially laterally offset from the vertical axis when the platform is in a centered position; and,
a second laterally extending member extending downwardly and in a second lateral direction relative to the ball-and-socket joint, the second laterally extending member configured to releasably receive and retain a second ballast plate in a position substantially laterally offset from the vertical axis when the first seat or platform is in a centered position,
wherein the substantially planar platform is operable to, when in an operative exercise mode, simultaneously pivot and rotate relative to the rigid base member subject to momentum of the first ballast plate and the second ballast plate, and
wherein a center of mass of the platform lowers below a pivot point of the ball-and-socket joint in response to the first laterally extending member and the second laterally extending member receiving and retaining the first ballast plate and the second ballast plate, respectively.

US Pat. No. 9,943,711

TANK ATTACHMENT ARRANGEMENT FOR A SELF-CONTAINED BREATHING APPARATUS

MSA Technology, LLC, Cra...

1. A tank attachment arrangement for a self-contained breathing apparatus having at least one tank, comprising:a base member having a saddle portion comprising a contact side having at least one contact member directly or indirectly attached thereto, the at least one contact member configured to contact a surface of the at least one tank; and
at least one tank retainer arrangement configured to retain the at least one tank with respect to the base member;
wherein the at least one contact member extends into a groove within the contact side of the saddle portion in a depth direction of the base member, and
wherein the at least one contact member comprises a substantially linear portion, a first sloped portion, and a second sloped portion extending from opposing ends of the substantially linear portion in a longitudinal direction of the at least one contact member and substantially parallel with a longitudinal axis of the at least one tank to facilitate engagement or disengagement of the at least one tank with at least one of the substantially linear portion, the first sloped portion, and the second sloped portion of the tank attachment arrangement.

US Pat. No. 9,943,636

APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING A PARAMETER INDICATIVE OF THE PROGRESS OF AN EXTRACORPOREAL BLOOD TREATMENT

GAMBRO LUNDIA AB, Lund (...

1. An apparatus for extracorporeal treatment of blood comprising:a preparation line having one end connected to an inlet of a secondary chamber of a treatment unit and configured to convey fresh treatment liquid to the secondary chamber, the fresh treatment liquid presenting a characteristic (Cdin) which is one selected from the group of:
conductivity in the fresh treatment liquid, and
concentration of at least one substance in the fresh treatment liquid;
a spent dialysate line having one end connected to an outlet of said secondary chamber and configured to remove spent liquid from the secondary chamber, the spent liquid presenting a characteristic (Cdout) which is one selected from the group of:
conductivity in the spent liquid, and
concentration of at least one substance in the spent liquid; and
a control unit configured for commanding execution of a task for determination of a parameter indicative of the effectiveness of the extracorporeal blood treatment, said task comprising the following steps:
receiving at least one prescription baseline (Cdset) for the characteristic (Cdin) in the fresh treatment liquid;
causing fresh treatment liquid to flow in the preparation line to the secondary chamber with the characteristic being at said prescription baseline (Cdset);
causing spent liquid to flow out of the secondary chamber into the spent dialysate line;
receiving at least one parametric mathematical model which puts into relation the characteristic (Cdin) in the fresh treatment liquid with the characteristic (Cdout) in the spent liquid, said parametric mathematical model presenting a prefixed number of free parameters;
causing an upstream variation of the value of the characteristic (Cdin) in the fresh treatment liquid with respect to said prescription baseline (Cdset) thereby causing a corresponding and timely delayed downstream variation of the same characteristic (Cdout) in the spent liquid flowing in the spent dialysate line;
measuring a plurality of values taken by a reference portion of said downstream variation of the characteristic (Cdout) in the spent liquid, said reference portion having duration shorter than the entire duration of the downstream variation;
estimating said free parameters of the at least one parametric mathematical model by means of said reference portion measured values and identifying one single characteristic mathematical model which puts into relation the characteristic (Cdin) in the fresh treatment liquid with the characteristic (Cdout) in the spent liquid; and
computing at least one value of a parameter indicative of the effectiveness of the extracorporeal blood treatment by using said characteristic mathematical model and one or more values taken by the characteristic (Cdin) in the fresh treatment liquid.

US Pat. No. 9,943,532

IMINOSUGARS AND METHODS OF TREATING VIRAL DISEASES

Emergent Virology LLC, G...

1. A method of treating a Dengue viral infection comprising administering to a human subject in need thereof an effective amount of a compound of formula:wherein:W1-4 are independently selected from hydrogen and alkyl groups; and
R is an alkyl group or an oxaalkyl group.

US Pat. No. 9,943,529

METHODS FOR REDUCING CELLULAR PROLIFERATION AND TREATING CERTAIN DISEASES

BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY,...

1. A method of treating cancer, comprising:identifying a patient in need of cancer treatment, wherein the cancer is selected from lung cancer, colon cancer, central nervous system (CNS) cancer, skin cancer, ovarian cancer, renal cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, myeloma, multiple myeloma, leukemia, melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, bladder cancer, rectal cancer, lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, endometrial cancer, pancreatic cancer, kidney cancer, or thyroid cancer; and
administering to the patient a therapeutically effective amount of a non-isotopically labeled and radio-stable cationic steroid antimicrobial (CSA) of Formula (I), or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, in an amount that is effective to reduce proliferation of cancerous cells and/or that is cytotoxic to cancerous cells:
where,rings A, B, C, and D are independently saturated, or are fully or partially unsaturated, provided that at least two of rings A, B, C, and D are saturated;
m, n, p, and q are independently 0 or 1;
R1 through R4, R6, R7, R11, R12, R15, R16, and R18 are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, hydroxyl, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, a substituted or unsubstituted hydroxyalkyl, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxyalkyl, a substituted or unsubstituted alkylcarboxyalkyl, a substituted or unsubstituted alkylaminoalkyl, a substituted or unsubstituted alkylaminoalkylamino, a substituted or unsubstituted alkylaminoalkylaminoalkylamino, a substituted or unsubstituted aminoalkyl, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl, a substituted or unsubstituted arylaminoalkyl, a substituted or unsubstituted haloalkyl, a substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl, a substituted or unsubstituted alkynyl, oxo, a linking group attached to a second steroid, a substituted or unsubstituted aminoalkyloxy, a substituted or unsubstituted aminoalkyloxyalkyl, a substituted or unsubstituted aminoalkylcarboxy, a substituted or unsubstituted aminoalkylaminocarbonyl, a substituted or unsubstituted aminoalkylcarboxamido, a substituted or unsubstituted di(alkyl)aminoalkyl, H2N—HC(Q5)-C(O)—O—, H2N—HC(Q5)-C(O)—N(H)—, a substituted or unsubstituted azidoalkyloxy, a substituted or unsubstituted cyanoalkyloxy, P.G.-HN—HC(Q5)-C(O)—O—, a substituted or unsubstituted guanidinoalkyloxy, a substituted or unsubstituted quaternaryammoniumalkylcarboxy, and a substituted or unsubstituted guanidinoalkyl carboxy, where Q5 is a side chain of an amino acid, and P.G. is an amino protecting group; and
R5, R8, R9, R10, R13, R14 and R17 are independently deleted when one of rings A, B, C, or D is unsaturated so as to complete the valency of the carbon atom at that site, or R5, R8, R9, R10, R13, and R14 are independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, hydroxyl, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, a substituted or unsubstituted hydroxyalkyl, a substituted or unsubstituted alkyloxyalkyl, a substituted or unsubstituted aminoalkyl, a substituted or unsubstituted aryl, a substituted or unsubstituted haloalkyl, a substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl, a substituted or unsubstituted alkynyl, oxo, a linking group attached to a second steroid, a substituted or unsubstituted aminoalkyloxy, a substituted or unsubstituted aminoalkylcarboxy, a substituted or unsubstituted aminoalkylaminocarbonyl, a substituted or unsubstituted di(alkyl)aminoalkyl, H2N—HC(Q5)-C(O)—O—, H2N—HC(Q5)-C(O)—N(H)—, azidoalkyloxy, cyanoalkyloxy, P.G.-HN—HC(Q5)-C(O)—O—, guanidinoalkyloxy, and guanidinoalkylcarboxy, where Q5 is a side chain of an amino acid, and P.G. is an amino protecting group,
provided that at least two of R1-4, R6, R7, R11, R12, R15, R16, R17, and R18 are independently selected from the group consisting of a substituted or unsubstituted aminoalkyl, a substituted or unsubstituted aminoalkyloxy, a substituted or unsubstituted alkylcarboxyalkyl, a substituted or unsubstituted alkylaminoalkylamino, a substituted or unsubstituted alkylaminoalkylaminoalkylamino, a substituted or unsubstituted aminoalkylcarboxy, a substituted or unsubstituted arylaminoalkyl, a substituted or unsubstituted aminoalkyloxyaminoalkylaminocarbonyl, a substituted or unsubstituted aminoalkylaminocarbonyl, a substituted or unsubstituted aminoalkylcarboxyamido, a quaternaryammoniumalkylcarboxy, a substituted or unsubstituted di(alkyl)aminoalkyl, H2N—HC(Q5)-C(O)—O—, H2N—HC(Q5)-C(O)—N(H)—, azidoalkyloxy, cyanoalkyloxy, P.G.-HN—HC(Q5)-C(O)—O—, a substituted or unsubstituted guanidinoalkyloxy, and a substituted or unsubstituted guanidinoalkylcarboxy.

US Pat. No. 9,943,382

PREVENTING INTERFERENCE BETWEEN TOOTH MODELS

ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC., ...

1. A method for determining and preventing interference between two or more tooth models to be mounted to a dental arch model, the method comprising:receiving a digital representation of a dental arch model, wherein the digital representation of the dental arch model comprises one or more receiving features;
receiving digital representations of two or more tooth models, wherein each of the digital representations of two or more tooth models comprises one or more registration features that interface with the one or more receiving features;
digitally mounting the digital representations of the two or more tooth models to the digital representation of the dental arch model in a first configuration;
determining an interference between the digital representations of two or more tooth models when mounted to the digital representation of the dental arch model in the first configuration; and
modifying the first configuration to a second different configuration so as to prevent interference between the digital representations of the two or more tooth models when mounted to the digital representation of the dental arch model by modifying at least one of the one or more registration features of at least one of the digital representations of the two or more tooth models.

US Pat. No. 9,943,286

ULTRASONOGRAPHIC IMAGES PROCESSING

Tel HaShomer Medical Rese...

1. A computerized method of adapting a presentation of ultrasonographic images during an ultrasonographic fetal evaluation, comprising:performing an analysis of a plurality of ultrasonographic images captured by an ultrasonographic probe during an evaluation of a fetus;
automatically identifying a plurality of locations of a plurality of anatomical landmarks of at least one reference organ or tissue or body fluid of said fetus in said plurality of ultrasonographic images based on an outcome of said analysis;
automatically and indirectly localizing a region of interest (ROI), different than said plurality of anatomical landmarks, in at least some of said plurality of ultrasonographic images by:
calculating for each of said plurality of anatomical landmarks, a plurality of consecutive contour lines encircling said each of said plurality of anatomical landmarks in a predefined plurality of different distances from a contour of said each of said plurality of anatomical landmarks,
selecting for each of said plurality of anatomical landmarks, at least one contour line which is at least one of said plurality of consecutive contour lines according to a pre-determined distance,
defining a region bound by intersections of said selected contour lines of said plurality of anatomical landmarks and
determining said defined bound region as containing said region of interest (ROI); and
concealing said bound region in a presentation of said at least some ultrasonographic images during said evaluation;
wherein said plurality of anatomical landmarks are imaged in said presentation and not concealed by said ROI.

US Pat. No. 9,943,100

METHOD FOR PRODUCING STUFFED FOOD AND CORRESPONDING UNIT

FROMAGERIES BEL, Suresne...

1. A production unit for producing stuffed food(s), each stuffed food comprising an outer envelope of a first food product, and an inner stuffing of a second food product, wherein the production unit comprises:a first food product provider for providing the sheet of the first food product,
a second food product provider for providing the roller of the second food product, and
a winding station for winding the sheet around the roller,
wherein the second food product provider is able to provide the roller so that the roller extends along an axis, and the winding station comprises a first belt and a second belt defining between them a space for introducing the sheet and the roller, the first and second belts having a relative movement with respect to each other with a velocity having a component oriented perpendicularly to the axis of the roller, the first belt being a lower driving belt and the second belt being an upper rolling belt, which is flexible and suspended above the first belt to a suspension device which comprises:
a tie to which is attached an upstream end of the second belt, and
a plurality of tubes, each freely mounted on a bar with a diameter less than the inner diameter of the tube, so that each tube is lifted up and rolls on the second belt when the roller and the sheet wound around the roller pass under said tube.
US Pat. No. 9,947,924

POSITIVE ELECTRODE ACTIVE MATERIAL FOR NONAQUEOUS ELECTROLYTE SECONDARY BATTERIES, AND NONAQUEOUS ELECTROLYTE SECONDARY BATTERY

SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.,...

1. A positive electrode active material to be used for nonaqueous electrolyte secondary batteries,wherein the positive electrode active material is represented by the general formula LiNixCoyM(1-x-y)O2 (where M represents at least Mn, 0.3?x<1.0, and 0
US Pat. No. 9,943,835

PROCESS FOR PASSIVATION BY A NITROGEN-CONTAINING COMPOUND OF A ZEOLITIC CATALYST, IN PARTICULAR A HYDROCRACKING CATALYST

EURECAT S.A., La Voulte ...

1. Process for ex-situ treatment of a catalyst that contains at least one hydrogenating phase and at least one zeolite that contains acid sites, wherein the zeolite content is from 1 to 70% weight, whereby said process comprises:a sulfurization/activation stage with a gas that contains hydrogen and hydrogen sulfide at a temperature of at least 250° C., followed by
a stage for introducing nitrogen by contact at a temperature that is less than 100° C., with at least one basic nitrogen-containing compound that is ammonia or a compound that can decompose into ammonia, with said compound being introduced such that the resulting catalyst contains 0.5-10% by weight (expressed in terms of N) and with said nitrogen-containing compound being introduced ex-situ on a moving bed of the catalyst, and
optionally drying the catalyst that is obtained.
US Pat. No. 9,943,600

STABILIZING AGENT FOR PHARMACEUTICAL PROTEINS

OCTAPHARMA AG, Lachen (C...

1. A method for the preparation of a human factor VIII-containing product, wherein the method comprises the following steps:(a) providing a human factor VIII-containing solution;
(b) adding between 10 mM and 200 mM of melezitose to the human factor VIII-containing solution of step (a), wherein the amount of melezitose per amount of human factor VIII is in the range of 735:1 to 2500:1 when calculated on a weight by weight basis,
(c) lyophilizing the solution of step (b) to prepare a lyophilized human factor VIII-containing product, and
(d) resuspending the lyophilized human factor VIII-containing product of step (c) to prepare a resuspended human factor VIII-containing solution;
wherein the human factor VIII is a human B-domain deleted factor VIII protein recombinantly produced in cell culture,
and
wherein the human factor VIII is stabilized by the addition of the melezitose in the human factor VIII-containing solution of step (b), in the lyophilized human factor VIII-containing product of step (c), and/or in the resuspended human factor VIII-containing solution of step (d).
US Pat. No. 9,944,661

OLEFIN HYDROBORATION

Chevron Phillips Chemical...

1. A process comprising contacting:a) a linear internal alkene,
b) a hydrogen-boron bond containing compound,
c) an ?-diimine metal salt complex comprising an ?-diimine iron salt complex or an ?-diimine cobalt salt complex, and
d) a group 1 metal borohydride to form a linear terminal alkylboron compound under conditions suitable to form the linear terminal alkylboron compound.
US Pat. No. 9,944,955

PHOTOSYNTHETIC PRODUCTION OF 3-HYDROXYBUTYRATE FROM CARBON DIOXIDE

Arizona Board of Regents ...

1. A Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 cyanobacterium genetically engineered to overexpress phaA2 and one or more of the genes phaB2, phaA, phaB, thil, hbd, and tesB, and wherein the genes phaC and phaE have been inactivated or deleted.
US Pat. No. 9,944,961

PROCESS FOR REMOVING SULPHIDE FROM AN AQUEOUS SOLUTION

Paques I.P. B.V., Balk (...

1. A process for removing sulfide from an aqueous solution comprising sulfide, in a vertically extending reactor, the process comprising:(a) providing the aqueous solution comprising sulfide;
(b) supplying a molecular-oxygen containing gas to the reactor containing sulfide-oxidising bacteria in an aqueous medium, such that multiple vertical aerated zones and multiple vertical non-aerated zones are created in the aqueous medium with upward liquid flow in the aerated zones and downward liquid flow in the non-aerated zones;
(c) supplying a feed stream of the aqueous solution comprising sulfide to the reactor by injecting the feed stream in the non-aerated zones;
(d) subjecting the solution comprising sulfide to sulfide-oxidising bacteria provided in the reactor to oxidize sulfide to elemental sulfur:
(e) discharging liquid from the reactor: and
(f) separating elemental sulfur from the discharged liquid:
wherein the aerated zones are not separated from the zones by means of vertically extending reactor internals.
US Pat. No. 9,944,773

MODIFIED ENDCAPPED POLY(ALKYLENE TEREPHTHALATE) PREPARED BY EMPLOYING AN IN SITU TITANIUM-CONTAINING CATALYST AND COMPOSITIONS DERIVED THEREFROM

SABIC GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A thermoplastic composition with improved hydrostability and increased crystallization rate, comprising:50 to 99.99 percent by weight of a modified endcapped polyalkylene terephthalate prepared from an alkylene diol, a dicarboxy compound, a catalyst complex, and an endcapping agent;
50 to 300 ppm of titanium as a tetra(C1-C8 alkyl) titanate and 100 to 600 ppm of a phosphorus-containing compound, both based on the total weight of the modified endcapped polyalkylene terephthalate, wherein the phosphorus-containing compound is selected from the group consisting of phosphoric acid, poly(phosphoric acid), phosphorus acid, monobutyl phosphate, dibutyl phosphate, monoalkyl phosphates, dialkyl phosphates, and combinations thereof; and
0 to 60 percent by weight of a reinforcing filler,
wherein the modified endcapped polyalkylene terephthalate is prepared using 0.01 to 5 mole percent, based on the moles of the dicarboxy compound, of the endcapping agent which is a primary monoalcohol having 10 carbon atoms or more and a boiling point of at least 232° C. at atmospheric pressure,
wherein all weight percents are based on the total weight of the thermoplastic composition, and
wherein no catalyst quencher is added to the thermoplastic composition.
US Pat. No. 9,943,496

DIETARY SUPPLEMENT BASED ON ETHYL FERULATE

LABORATORIOS MINKAB, S. A...

1. A feed premix to a bovine animal, comprising an amount of ethyl ferulate and a food grade excipient.
US Pat. No. 9,943,508

METHOD AND COMPOSITION FOR TREATING ALZHEIMER-TYPE DEMENTIA

Chase Pharmaceuticals Cor...

1. A method for increasing the therapeutic effect of an acetyl choline esterase inhibitor (AChEI) in a patient suffering from an Alzheimer type dementia, which comprises administering to said patient from higher than 20 mg to 60 mg of donepezil and a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, in combination with a non-anticholinergic antiemetic agent.
US Pat. No. 9,944,534

REDUCING ALUMINOSILICATE SCALE IN THE BAYER PROCESS

Ecolab USA Inc., St. Pau...

1. A method of reducing aluminosilicate containing scale in a Bayer process comprising:adding to a Bayer process stream upstream from or at a heat exchanger a composition comprising a non-polymeric molecule comprising at least three components, wherein a first component of the at least three components is tetraethylene pentaamine (“TEPA”);a second component of the at least three components is 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethyloxysilane; and a third component of the at least three components is t-butyl glycidyl ether.
US Pat. No. 9,943,518

INHIBITORS OF PHOSPHODIESTERASE TYPE 5A FOR REDUCING SKELETAL MUSCLE FATIGUE, EDEMA, AND DAMAGE IN A PATIENT HAVING MUSCLE FATIGUE DUE TO INCREASED AGE OR EXERCISE

University of Iowa Resear...

1. A method for reducing skeletal muscle fatigue in a patient having muscle fatigue due to increased age, the method consisting of administering to the patient an effective amount of sildenafil or a pharmaceutical salt thereof.
US Pat. No. 9,943,520

ORAL FORMULATION AND SUSPENSION OF AN ONCOLOGY DRUG

SUN PHARMA GLOBAL FZE, (...

1. An oral suspension pharmaceutical composition, comprising 200 mg to 300 mg of sonidegib or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, a filler comprising microcrystalline cellulose, a glident comprising colloidal silicon dioxide, a lubricant comprising magnesium stearate, a flavor or sweetener and an oil wherein the oil comprises a medium chain fatty acid triglyceride comprising 55% triglycerides of C8 fatty acids and 45% triglycerides of C10 fatty acids.
US Pat. No. 9,947,884

SOLAR ACTIVE POWDER FOR FUSION POWDER COATING

PISON STREAM SOLUTIONS, L...

1. A fusion coating powder composition comprising a photoactive material including phthalocyanine and a conductive resin, wherein the fusion coating powder composition produces electricity upon exposure to light when the powder is heated to form a fused, continuous film.
US Pat. No. 9,945,861

METHODS FOR PREDICTING THE SURVIVAL TIME OF A PATIENT SUFFERING FROM A SOLID CANCER BASED ON DENSITY OF B CELLS

INSERM (INSTITUT NATIONAL...

1. A method for predicting the survival time of and treating a patient suffering from a solid cancer comprising the steps of:determining a density of CD20+ B cells at an invasive margin of a tumor (im) in a tumor tissue sample obtained from said patient;
determining a density of one other cell type selected from CD8+ cytotoxic T cells or CD45RO+ memory T cells at the invasive margin of the tumor (im) and at a center of the tumor (ct), wherein the determining steps may be performed with the same or a different tumor tissue sample obtained from said patient;
comparing each density determined in said determining steps with a predetermined reference value;
providing:
a) a good prognosis when:
a1) the density of CD20+ B cells at the invasive margin of the tumor is higher than the predetermined reference value;
a2) the density of said one other cell type at the invasive margin of the tumor (im) is higher than the predetermined reference value; and
a3) the density of said one other cell type at the center of the tumor (ct) is higher than the predetermined reference value;
b) an intermediate prognosis when:
b1) the density of CD20+ B cells at the invasive margin of the tumor is higher than the predetermined reference value;
b2) the density of said one other cell type at the invasive margin of the tumor (im) is lower than the predetermined reference value; and
b3) the density of said one other cell type at the center of the tumor (ct) is higher than the predetermined reference value;
or
b'1) the density of CD20+ B cells at the invasive margin of the tumor is higher than the predetermined reference value;
b'2) the density of said one other cell type at the invasive margin of the tumor (im) is higher than the predetermined reference value; and
b'3) the density of said one other cell type at the center of the tumor (ct) is lower than the predetermined reference value;
or
b''1) the density of CD20+ B cells at the invasive margin of the tumor is lower than the predetermined reference value
b''2) the density of said one other cell type at the invasive margin of the tumor (im) is higher than the predetermined reference value; and
b''3) the density of said one other cell type at the center of the tumor (ct) is higher than the predetermined reference value;
or
bi) the density of CD20+ B cells at the invasive margin of the tumor is higher than the predetermined reference value
bii) the density of said one other cell type at the invasive margin of the tumor (im) is lower than the predetermined reference value; and
biii) the density of said one other cell type at the center of the tumor (ct) is lower than the predetermined reference value;
or
b'i) the density of CD20+ B cells at the invasive margin of the tumor is lower than the predetermined reference value
b'ii) the density of said one other cell type at the invasive margin of the tumor (im) is lower than the predetermined reference value; and
b'iii) the density of said one other cell type at the center of the tumor (ct) is higher than the predetermined reference value;
or
b''i) the density of CD20+ B cells at the invasive margin of the tumor is lower than the predetermined reference value
b''ii) the density of said one other cell type at the invasive margin of the tumor (im) is higher than the predetermined reference value; and
b''iii) the density of said one other cell type at the center of the tumor (ct) is lower than the predetermined reference value; or
c) a poor prognosis when:
c1) the density of CD20+ B cells at the invasive margin of the tumor is lower than the predetermined reference value;
c2) the density of said one other cell type at the invasive margin of the tumor (im) is lower than the predetermined reference value; and
c3) the density of said one other cell type at the center of the tumor (ct) is lower than the predetermined reference value;
and
treating the patient with an appropriate anticancer treatment.

US Pat. No. 9,949,346

CANDLE FLAME SIMULATION USING A PROJECTION SYSTEM

Luminara Worldwide, LLC, ...

12. An electric candle that simulates a flickering flame, comprising:a candle-shaped housing;
a flame element shaped symmetrically to have a concave form with rounded edges and a depth that varies as a function of a distance from a center of the projection surface, wherein the flame element is pivotally coupled to, and extending from, the housing, such that the flame element can pivot with respect to the housing; and
a micro projector disposed within the candle-shaped housing such that an image or video can be projected on to a first surface of the flame element using the micro projector, wherein the projected image or video is coordinated with a movement of the flame element.

US Pat. No. 9,949,340

COLOR CHANGING LIGHT AND CONTROLLING METHOD AND APPARATUS THEREOF

NINGBO WELL ELECTRIC APPL...

1. A controlling method for a color changing light, comprising:connecting one terminal of each of four color substrates together to a common end, the common end being connected to a first voltage;
setting up two of the four color substrates as one group, setting up other two of the four color substrates as another group, connecting other terminals of the two of the four color substrates to a second voltage, and connecting other terminals of the other two of the four color substrates to a third voltage respectively; and
adjusting polarities and values of the first voltage, the second voltage, and the third voltage by a rewritable program in a controller to turn on or turn off the four color substrates.

US Pat. No. 9,949,332

LED CIRCUIT AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF

MAINTECH SEMICONDUCTOR IN...

1. An LED circuit, comprising:a series of LED devices, wherein each of the LED devices includes an LED unit and an integrated circuit unit having a specific serial number and receiving an electrical parameter, and each of the LED units comprises a red light LED (R-LED), a green light LED (G-LED) and a blue light LED (B-LED);
a power supply circuit coupled to the series of LED devices; and
a signal control circuit coupled to the power supply circuit and the series of LED devices, and having a loaded status, wherein the signal control circuit changes the loaded status in response to a control signal so as to cause the electrical parameter to have a variation, the variation of the electrical parameter generates a signal code having an information, all the integrated circuit units receive the signal code, and a specific LED unit will be driven by a corresponding integrated circuit unit when the signal code corresponds to the specific serial number of the corresponding integrated circuit unit,
wherein each of the integrated circuit units comprises:
an LED driving circuit comprising:
a constant current source providing a constant current;
a route-switching circuit coupled to the constant current source to switch the route of the constant current; and
an LED open-circuit detecting circuit detecting an open-circuit status of the LED unit to provide a feedback signal, wherein the route-switching circuit receives the information and the feedback signal to determine whether to provide the LED unit with the constant current to drive the R-LED, the G-LED and the B-LED.

US Pat. No. 9,949,318

PORTABLE HEATING ARRANGEMENT

Amante Radiant Supply, In...

1. A portable heating arrangement for providing heat to a surface comprising:a base configured to rest upon the surface;
at least one heating conduit directly or indirectly mounted to at least a portion of the base and configured to provide heat to the surface; and
at least one guide for directing portions of the at least one heating conduit in a downward orientation relative to the base, thereby positioning portions of the heating conduit in at least one of the following: a trough attached to the surface, a channel attached to the surface, a gutter attached to the surface, or any combination thereof,
wherein the at least one guide comprises:
a body including a first member and a second member joined at a center, an end of the first member located opposite the center, and an end of the second member located opposite the center;
a first arm extending from the end of the first member at a first rotatable joint;
a second arm extending from the end of the second member at a second rotatable joint; and
at least one protrusion extending from the body configured to hold at least a portion of the heating conduit against the body,
wherein the first and second rotatable joints rotate the body thereby bending the portion of the at least one heating conduit attached thereto.

US Pat. No. 9,949,284

METHODS FOR DETERMINING SIGNALING TIMING AND SCHEDULING TIMING IN DETERMINING UPLINK AND DOWNLINK RECONFIGURATION, AND USER EQUIPMENT

MEDIATEK SINGAPORE PTE. L...

1. A method for determining a HARQ-ACK feedback timing and a uplink scheduling timing during UL-DL reconfiguration, the method comprising:using, by a user equipment (UE), a first timing set for a HARQ-ACK feedback timing and a UL scheduling timing of a first frame of a current UL-DL configuration during the UL-DL reconfiguration; and
using, by the UE, a second timing set for the HARQ-ACK feedback timing and a UL scheduling timing of a second frame and subsequent frames of the current UL-DL configuration after the UL-DL reconfiguration;
wherein the first timing set is different from the second timing set and a third timing set for a HARQ-ACK feedback timing and a UL scheduling timing of a previous UL-DL configuration before the UL-DL reconfiguration.

US Pat. No. 9,949,267

VEHICLE TELEMATICS SERVICES IN COORDINATION WITH A HANDHELD WIRELESS DEVICE

General Motors LLC, Detr...

1. A method of performing vehicle telematics services in coordination with a handheld wireless device, comprising the steps of:(a) determining a vehicle location at a vehicle using a vehicle telematics unit of the vehicle;
(b) detecting a vehicle occupant has exited the vehicle;
(c) sending an instruction from the vehicle that directs a handheld wireless device associated with the vehicle occupant or the vehicle to begin generating location data in response to step (b);
(d) identifying a plurality of points-of-interest (POIs) within a predetermined range of the vehicle location; and
(e) receiving the location data from the handheld wireless device;wherein step (c) is carried out in response to detecting that the vehicle occupant has exited the vehicle and that the mobile device is travelling toward one of the plurality of the identified POIs.

US Pat. No. 9,949,133

ULTRA-BROADBAND VIRTUALIZED TELECOM AND INTERNET

NXGEN PARTNERS IP, LLC, ...

21. A system for providing a connection between a core network and at least one user device responsive to an application or service being used by the at least one user device, comprising:a dynamically configurable network including a plurality of control layers for connecting the core network and the at least one user device;
at least one server for implementing the dynamically configurable network; and
wherein the at least one server is configured to select a first slice portion of the plurality of control layers of the dynamically configurable network to support operation of a first application or service and to select a second slice portion of the plurality of control layers of the configurable network to support operation of a second application or service.

US Pat. No. 9,949,108

METHOD FOR DETECTING AN ADJACENT ACTIVE NEAR-FIELD COMMUNICATION DEVICE

STMICROELECTRONICS INTERN...

1. A method using near-field communication (NFC), the method comprising:assuming, by a first active NFC device configured to generate a radio frequency field, a field detection mode, the field detection mode being a low power mode of the first active NFC device;
generating, by the first active NFC device while the first active NFC device is in the field detection mode, an advertisement pulse;
checking, by the first active NFC device while the first active NFC device is in the field detection mode, whether a predefined condition is fulfilled;
if the checking determines that the predefined condition is fulfilled, assuming, by the first active NFC device, an active mode and communicating with an adjacent active NFC device while the first active NFC device is in the active mode, the active mode being different from the field detection mode, the active mode being a mode in which the first active NFC device requires more processing power than in the field detection mode; and
if the checking does not determine that the predefined condition is fulfilled, staying in the field detection mode and generating, by the first active NFC device, another advertisement pulse.

US Pat. No. 9,948,833

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SYNCHRONIZING DATA OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Samsung Eletronics Co., L...

1. An electronic device comprising:a first image sensor:
a second image sensor: and
a processor functionally connected to the first image sensor and the second image sensor, the processor being configured to:
identify a first operation characteristic of the first image sensor and a second operation characteristic of the second image sensor,
change at least one of a first access period of a first row of the first image sensor and a second access period of a second row of the second image sensor, based on a difference between the first operation characteristic and the second operation characteristic, to synchronize the first access period and the second access period, wherein the second row corresponds to the first row,
acquire image data corresponding to the first row through the first image sensor based on the synchronized first access period, and
acquire image data corresponding to the second row through the second image sensor based on the synchronized second access period.

US Pat. No. 9,948,788

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PREVENTING ILLICIT USE OF A TELEPHONY PLATFORM

Twilio, Inc., San Franci...

1. A method comprising:a multi-tenant telecommunication platform system performing a machine learning process to automatically generate a telephony fraud rule set that includes a plurality of telephony fraud rules,
wherein the machine learning process generates the telephony fraud rule set from stored telephony fraud scenario data for at least one telephony fraud scenario that has occurred, and
wherein each generated telephony fraud rule includes a usage pattern that, when matching at least a portion of the telephony fraud scenario data, sets a telephony fraud score that indicates occurrence of a telephony fraud scenario that corresponds to the portion of the telephony fraud scenario data;
the platform system storing the telephony fraud rule set;
the platform system receiving a request to create a first parent account from an external first application developer system via one of an API of the platform system and a user interface of the platform system;
the platform system creating the first parent account for the first application developer system;
the platform system receiving a request to create a first sub-account of the first parent account from the first application developer system via the API;
the platform system creating the first sub-account account for the first parent account;
the platform system receiving a request to create a second sub-account of the first parent account from the first application developer system via the API;
the platform system creating the second sub-account account for the first parent account;
the platform system receiving a first usage request from the first application developer system via the API, wherein the first usage request is a request of the first sub-account;
the platform system generating first usage data responsive to processing the first usage request, wherein the first usage data corresponds to illicit use of the platform system by the first sub-account;
the platform system determining each telephony fraud rule of the telephony fraud rule set that matches at least the first usage data;
for each matching telephony fraud rule, the platform system assigning the telephony fraud score associated with the telephony fraud rule to the first sub-account;
the platform system determining a sum of all telephony fraud scores assigned to the first sub-account;
the platform system determining whether the sum is above a first telephony fraud score threshold; and
responsive to a determination that sum is above the first telephony fraud score threshold, the platform system performing a first fraud action.

US Pat. No. 9,948,769

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING CROSSTALK FOR A LINE IN A VECTORED SYSTEM

Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc., ...

1. A method of determining crosstalk for at least one first line in a communication system having a plurality of second lines, the method comprising:obtaining at least one pilot matrix representing a sequence of pilot signals;
transmitting pilot signals across the plurality of second lines in accordance with the at least one pilot matrix;
obtaining measurement vectors for the at least one first line on a plurality of subcarriers, in response to the transmitted pilot signals;
determining a weighted vector, the weighted vector being a weighted combination of the measurement vectors; and
determining a crosstalk coupling vector based on the determined weighted vector.

US Pat. No. 9,948,761

NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM AND PORTABLE DEVICE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium having a computer program stored thereon and readable by a computer of a portable device, the portable device comprising a memory, a display and an input interface and being connectable to an image input device configured to execute an input operation of transmitting input data, which is input in accordance with an instruction of the computer program, to the portable device and to an image output device configured to execute an output operation of transmitting output data designated by the computer program, the memory storing a plurality of external programs that can be activated by the computer program, the computer program, when executed by the computer, causes the portable device to perform:obtaining function information, the function information indicating a function of each of the external programs;
displaying a first screen on the display, the first screen comprising a plurality of first objects each of which corresponds to each of the plurality of external programs;
receiving a user operation on the first screen through the input interface;
in response to the first object being designated in the receiving of the user operation on the first screen, determining whether a designated program, which is the external program corresponding to the designated first object, has one of a first function and a second function, based on the function information of the designated program, the first function being a function of executing processing for the input data, the second function being a function of enabling a user to designate the output data;
in response to it being determined that the designated program has the first function,
instructing the image input device to execute the input operation; and
performing first post-processing of designating the input data input in the input operation and activating the designated program; and
in response to it being determined that the designated program has the second function,
performing pre-processing of activating the designated program to obtain the output data; and
controlling the image output device to execute the output operation for the output data obtained in the pre-processing.

US Pat. No. 9,948,731

AUTONOMIC DISCOVERY AND INTEGRATION OF COMPLEMENTARY INTERNET SERVICES

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method, comprising:discovering a plurality of services that are complementary to an offered service;
selecting a service from the plurality of services as a candidate for integration with the offered service;
automatically generating a new service, using a processor, by integrating the candidate service with the offered service; wherein the automatically generating the new service generates program code that invokes the candidate service in a cooperative manner with the offered service; and
including the new service in a service catalog.

US Pat. No. 9,948,712

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MIGRATING AN AGENT SERVER TO AN AGENT CLIENT DEVICE

OL SECURITY LIMITED LIABI...

1. A method, comprising:determining, at an agent server device, a need to migrate an agent server to an agent client device;
transmitting an agent server participation request from the agent server device to the agent client device;
receiving, at the agent server device from the agent client device, an agent server participation response to the agent server participation request;
rejecting, at the agent server device, new service requests in response to the agent server participation response;
migrating the agent server from the agent server device to the agent client device in response to the agent server participation response; and
terminating execution of the agent server on the agent server device based, at least in part, on migrating the agent server from the agent server device to the agent client device.

US Pat. No. 9,948,705

LOAD BALANCED NETWORK FILE ACCESSES

Weka.IO Ltd., (IL)

1. A system comprising:control circuitry, wherein the control circuitry is operable to maintain statistics regarding file system requests sent by one or more client devices of a plurality of client devices to one or more IP addresses of a set of IP addresses,
wherein each IP address of the set of IP addresses is an address of one of a plurality of computing devices and each one of the plurality of client devices is allocated a respective subset of the set of IP addresses to be used as a destination address for one or more file system requests,
and wherein prior to a network event:
a first server of the plurality of computing devices is operable to serve a file system request destined to any of a first plurality of IP addresses of the set of IP addresses,
a second server of the plurality of computing devices is operable to serve a file system request destined to any of a second plurality of IP addresses of the set of IP addresses, and
a third server of the plurality of computing devices is operable to serve a file system request destined to any of a third plurality of IP addresses of the set of IP addresses,
and wherein subsequent to the network event, based on the statistics maintained by the control circuitry:
a first portion of the first plurality of IP addresses is reassigned to the second server, and
a second portion of the first plurality of IP addresses is reassigned to the third server.

US Pat. No. 9,948,700

ADFDI SUPPORT FOR CUSTOM ATTRIBUTE PROPERTIES

Oracle International Corp...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at one or more computer systems, a document that references one or more user interface components,
wherein the document is in a native application format associated with a native application,
wherein the native application includes or is in communication with an application server via an integration module of the native application, and
wherein at least some of the user interface components correspond to one or more attributes of a data model of a web-based application that is in communication with the application server;
receiving, at the one or more computer systems, a value of a property defined by a user on an attribute of the data model, the value comprising an expression;
receiving, at the one or more computer systems, data representing the one or more attributes of the data model from the application server responsive to processing the one or more user interface components; and
rendering, with one or more processors associated with the one or more computer systems, the document using the expression and the data,
wherein the rendering the document comprises rendering the at least some of the user interface components by incorporating the data into the at least some of the user interface components based at least on evaluating the expression, and
wherein the document is configured to act as a user interface for the web-based application by extending functionality provided by the web-based application to the native application, and the user interface comprises the at least some of the user interface components.

US Pat. No. 9,948,694

ADDRESSING APPLICATION PROGRAM INTERFACE FORMAT MODIFICATIONS TO ENSURE CLIENT COMPATIBILITY

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by an application program interface adaptation tool via a communications network, a web services request from a client application, wherein the web services request includes requested information and request metadata in the form of sample data in a first data format in accordance with a data contract;
transmitting, by the application program interface adaptation tool, the web services request to a server application by separately transmitting a plurality of sub-requests, wherein one of the plurality of sub-requests includes the requested information and another of the plurality of sub-requests includes the request metadata in the first data format;
receiving, by the application program interface adaptation tool from the server application, a server response to the web services request by separately receiving a plurality of server sub-responses, wherein one of the plurality of server sub-responses includes a response to the requested information in a second data format and another of the plurality of server sub-responses includes response metadata in the form of sample data in the second data format;
evaluating, by the application program interface adaptation tool, the server response by completing a comparison of the request metadata in the first data format with the response metadata in the second data format, wherein completing the comparison comprises:
generating respective attribute-value pairs from the request metadata in the first data format and respective attribute-value pairs from the response metadata in the second data format,
comparing the respective attribute-value pairs from the request metadata in the first data format with the respective attribute-value pairs from the response metadata in the second data format, and
creating mapping relationships between respective attributes from the request metadata in the first data format and corresponding respective attributes from the response metadata in the second data format; and
generating, by the application program interface adaptation tool, a client-compatible response to the web services request based upon the comparison, the client-compatible response including a response to the requested information in the first data format in accordance with the data contract.

US Pat. No. 9,948,688

GRID ENCODED MEDIA ASSET DATA

Comcast Cable Communicati...

1. A method comprising:determining, by a computing device and for a user device, a video encoding type, a video quality, and an audio encoding type;
determining, by the computing device and based on the video encoding type and the video quality, an identifier of a video multicast stream;
determining, by the computing device and based on the audio encoding type, an identifier of an audio multicast stream;
transmitting, by the computing device, a video join request for the video multicast stream, wherein the video join request comprises the identifier of the video multicast stream and an indication that the user device is a recipient of the video multicast stream; and
transmitting, by the computing device, an audio join request for the audio multicast stream, wherein the audio join request comprises the identifier of the audio multicast stream and an indication that the user device is a recipient of the audio multicast stream.

US Pat. No. 9,948,676

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SECURING DOCUMENTS PRIOR TO TRANSMISSION

Workshare, Ltd., London ...

1. A method executed by a computer system for securing an electronic message comprised of data stored on the computer system, that is in a state of being composed as a result of a user operating a computer program running on said computer comprising:automatically detecting a change in at least one of a plurality of predetermined conditions of the data representing the electronic message during the period that the electronic message is in the state of being composed;
in response to the automatic detection of the change of the at least one predetermined condition, applying at least one security policy rule to the data representing the electronic message while the electronic message remains in the state of being composed, said at least one security policy being selected by the computer system in dependence on which of the at least one of the plurality of predetermined conditions was detected as having been changed;
wherein the step of applying at least one of the security policy rule comprises:
determining a first security indicia for a file attachment to the electronic message;
determining a second security indicia for the security privilege of the user composing the electronic message;
using the first and second security indicia to determine whether to prevent the file attachment from being transmitted in the electronic message, and in dependence on such determination, either modifying a data structure associated with the electronic message to remove the file attachment from the electronic message or blocking the transmission of the electronic message.

US Pat. No. 9,948,643

CONNECTION MANAGEMENT OF SMART DEVICES WITH AUTOMOBILE HEAD UNIT

Xevo Inc., Kirkland, WA ...

1. A method to establish a network connection between a head unit of an automobile and a plurality of mobile devices, comprising:connecting a first mobile device to the head unit with a short range wireless protocol;
receiving, at the head unit, from a second mobile device, a connection request to establish a short range wireless connection between the second mobile device and the head unit;
sending a request to the second mobile device for authorization to disconnect the first mobile device from the head unit in response to a determination that the requested connection is to utilize the same short range wireless protocol that the first mobile device is currently using for its connection to the head unit;
disconnecting the first mobile device from the head unit in response to receiving authorization from the second mobile device to disconnect the first mobile device from the head unit;
providing identification of the head unit to the second mobile device for display on the second mobile device and selection by a user of the second mobile device;
receiving identification at the head unit of the second mobile device from the second mobile device in response to the user selecting the head unit;
registering the second mobile device with the head unit; and
establishing the connection between the second mobile device and the head unit.

US Pat. No. 9,948,604

HYBRID BUSINESS PROCESS APPLICATION FOR ACCESSING MULTIPLE CONTENT MANAGEMENT REPOSITORIES

Alfresco Software, Inc., ...

1. A computer program product comprising a non-transitory machine-readable medium storing instructions that, when executed by at least one programmable processor, cause the at least one programmable processor to perform operations comprising:executing, by a cloud-based first content management system installation, a workflow instance based on a business process application whose definition is maintained in a first content management system repository, the workflow instance requiring operations on a content item stored in a second content management system repository but not in the first content management system repository, the first content management system installation comprising a synchronization service;
implementing, by the synchronization service, a communication channel between the workflow state of the workflow instance and an associated workflow state of a second content management system installation, the second content management system installation includes the second content management system repository implemented on an on-premise computing system and protected by a firewall;
synchronizing the workflow state of the workflow instance to the associated workflow state of the second content management system installation, the synchronizing comprising exchanging content of the workflow state and metadata characterizing parameters of the workflow state over the communication channel so that the content and metadata are mirrored from the first content management system repository to the second content management system repository; and
accessing a content item retained in the second content management system repository for use in the workflow instance via the mirrored associated workflow state at the second content management system repository.

US Pat. No. 9,948,586

INTELLIGENT INFORMATION SHARING SYSTEM

International Business Ma...

1. A method for information sharing, the method comprising:receiving, by a computer, user created content from a user;
extracting information, comprising one or more types of information, by a computer, from the user created content, wherein at least one type of information is semantic concepts;
determining, by a computer, one or more messaging platforms on which to share the user created content, based on at least a correlation between: the extracted information; and historical data, wherein the historical data indicates a correlation between the extracted information to at least one of the one or more messaging platforms;
notifying the user of the one or more determined messaging platforms;
receiving a selection from the user of one of the one or more determined messaging platforms; and
transmitting the user created content to the selected messaging platform.

US Pat. No. 9,948,479

IDENTIFICATION GRAPH THEORY

Vivint, Inc., Provo, UT ...

1. A method for security and/or automation, comprising:detecting a presence of a person at a location;
determining a first identification datum associated with the person; calculating a first probability of identification at a first node in a decision tree based at least in part on the first identification datum;
determining, based at least in part on the first probability of identification, a second identification datum associated with the person;
calculating a second probability of identification at a second node in the decision tree based at least in part on the first probability of identification and the second identification datum, the second node dependent on the first node;
determining an identity of the person based at least in part on the second probability at the second node in the decision tree; and
initiating an action based at least in part on the determined the identity of the person.

US Pat. No. 9,948,423

VARIATION-TOLERANT WAVELENGTH DIVISION MULTIPLEXING RECEIVER AND TRANSCEIVER, AND ASSOCIATED METHODS

THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVER...

1. A variation-tolerant receiver comprising:a plurality of receiver resonators for demultiplexing a multiplexed modulated signal received from at least one wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) transmitter having a plurality of transmitter resonators, each of the receiver resonators having a receiver resonance linewidth not exceeding a minimum spacing between two adjacent transmitter resonances of the transmitter resonators; and
the receiver resonances collectively spanning a free spectral range of one of the receiver resonators such that the variation-tolerant receiver achieves gapless spectral response.

US Pat. No. 9,948,385

METHOD FOR DETECTING OTDR CURVE TAIL END EVENT TO LOCATE OPTICAL FIBRE BREAK POINT IN ONLINE MODE

Accelink Technologies Co....

1. A method for locating a breakpoint of an optical fiber by detecting OTDR curve end event in online mode, comprising the following steps:Step 1, OTDR issuing test light to an optical fiber business link, and receiving reflected light, to form a data curve of reflection sampling points including end event;
Step 2, finding a head reflection point (is) in the data curve of the reflection sampling points;
Step 3, on the data curve of reflection sampling points, performing forward traversal from the head reflection point (is), to find a first sampling point, of which sampling value reaches a first predetermined threshold value, as an end point (EndP) of search interval;
Step 4, in region of [the end point of search interval, the head reflection point] of the data curve of reflection sampling points, performing reverse piecewise linear fitting, and when a line segment after the linear fitting meets a predetermined condition, taking a starting point of the line segment as a starting point (es) of the search interval;
Step 5, if an absolute value of a difference between maximum sampling value (je) in the search interval and a sampling value of the starting point of the search interval is greater than a second predetermined threshold value, determining an end event as a reflection end event, otherwise determining the end event as a non reflection end event.

US Pat. No. 9,948,372

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR NULL STEERING IN A MULTICARRIER SYSTEM

ELTA SYSTEMS LTD., Ashdo...

1. A system operative in conjunction with a receiver, at least one transmitter transmitting a multi-carrier signal to the receiver, and an interference canceller for cancelling spatial interference, the multi-carrier signal defining a multiplicity of carriers together spanning a frequency band,the system comprising:
a scheduler which is operative, for each individual time frame along a temporal axis, to allocate to various data transmissions, respective portions of a time-frequency region defined over said individual time frame, and
apparatus for adapting said interference canceller to said interference, including:
apparatus for activating the scheduler to reserve at least one empty sub-region within said time-frequency region by allocating only portions external to said sub-region to each of the data transmissions; and
apparatus for configuring the interference canceller by deriving, from signal content in the empty sub-region, at least one interference-dependent parameter of the interference canceller's operation.

US Pat. No. 9,948,347

CALIBRATING A TRANSCEIVER CIRCUIT

LIME MICROSYSTEMS LTD., ...

1. A method of calibrating a transceiver circuit, the circuit comprising transmission circuitry arranged to take at a transmitter input an input signal and to process the input signal so as to produce at a transmitter output an output signal comprising the input signal modulated onto a carrier signal; and reception circuitry arranged to take at a receiver input a modulated signal comprising a signal modulated onto a carrier signal and to output at a receiver output the signal demodulated from the carrier signal, in which the method comprises:selectively coupling the transmission circuitry to the reception circuitry;
introducing a reference signal into the transmission circuitry, the reference signal causing a plurality of components of different frequencies to be present in a calibration signal in the reception circuitry;
measuring the power of the calibration signal including the plurality of components; and
adjusting the operation of the transmission and reception circuitry so as to increase the amplitude of a first set of components comprising at least one of the plurality of components relative to the amplitude of a second set of the components comprising at least one of the plurality of components;in which the following steps are carried out:a) a transmission local oscillator signal is set to a first frequency and the reception local oscillator signal is set to a second frequency less than the first frequency, the transmission circuitry being coupled to the reception circuitry and the reference signal is set to zero frequency; the method comprising minimizing the measured power so as to reduce at least one of a component having a frequency being a difference in frequencies between the transmission and reception local oscillator signals and a negative frequency equivalent of the component having a frequency being a difference in frequencies between the transmission and reception local oscillator signals, the component having a frequency being a difference in frequencies between the transmission and reception local oscillator signals being a member of the second set of components;b) a transmission local oscillator signal is set to a first frequency and a reception local oscillator signal is set to a second frequency less than the first frequency, the transmission circuitry is coupled to the reception circuitry and the reference signal is set to a frequency greater than the difference between the frequencies of the transmission and reception local oscillator signals; the method comprising adjusting the response of the transmission circuitry to different phase signals and the relative gain of differently phased signals to minimize the measured power so as to reduce a component having a frequency which is the difference in frequency between the transmission and reception local oscillator signals, less the reference frequency, the component having a frequency which is the difference in frequency between the transmission and reception local oscillator signals, less the reference frequency being a member of the second set of calibration components;c) the reception circuitry has a signal generator arranged to generate a reception reference signal, which is mixed with the calibration signal, the power of the calibration signal being measured after the mixing with the reception reference signal and in which the reception circuitry comprises a filter, which acts on the calibration signal after it has been mixed with the reception reference signal, the filter having a passband; in which the method comprises adjusting gain and phase correction components of the reception circuitry, so as to reduce a negative frequency component corresponding to a component representing the reference signal which has been increased in frequency by the transmission local oscillator signal and decreased in frequency by the reception local oscillator signal;d) in order to compensate for the presence of one of the components, the transmission circuitry is not coupled to the reception circuitry, no signal is applied to the input of the reception circuitry, so the measured power will be indicative of the presence of the one component; the variable to be modified will comprise the DC bias.

US Pat. No. 9,948,311

DECISION-DIRECTED PHASE DETECTOR

Finisar Corporation, Sun...

1. A decision-directed phase detector, comprising:a first comparator configured to compare an input signal including clock and data components with a reference signal set to a clock crossover value, and to generate a first compared output signal designating a transition of the input signal through the clock crossover value;
a phase detector configured to receive the first compared output signal and generate a phase adjustment signal;
a second comparator configured to compare the input signal with the reference signal set to a positive offset clock crossover value of the clock crossover value offset by a positive offset value, and to generate a positive offset compared output signal designating a transition of the input signal through the positive offset clock crossover value; and
a transition detection circuit to generate a valid transition signal to route the phase adjustment signal to a clock generation circuit when the positive offset compared output signal transitions over a clock period.

US Pat. No. 9,948,308

MULTI-MODULUS PRESCALER WITH IMPROVED NOISE PERFORMANCE

pSemi Corporation, San D...

1. A method for reducing phase noise in a multi-modulus prescaler electronic circuit, including:(a) providing a feed-forward signal path for the multi-modulus prescaler electronic circuit;
(b) providing at least one feedback path within the multi-modulus prescaler electronic circuit; and
(c) buffering each feedback path and the feed-forward path such that the feed-forward signal path and each feedback path serve as a separate but parallel buffered feed-forward signal path and feedback paths.

US Pat. No. 9,947,997

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Chiun Mai Communication S...

1. An electronic device comprising:a main body, the main body formed of conductive material;
a baseboard, the baseboard received in the main body and spaced from the main body, the baseboard and the main body together forming a gap, and the baseboard comprising a feed point for feeding current to the main body;
a ground portion, the ground portion being grounded and electrically connecting the main body to the baseboard, the ground portion covering a portion of the gap to form a grounding area and a non-grounding area; and
a frequency selected ground (FSG) circuit, the FSG circuit positioned at one side of the baseboard adjacent to the non-grounding area, one end of the FSG circuit electrically connected to the main body, and another end of the FSG circuit being grounded;
wherein the FSG circuit comprises a plurality of inductors and/or capacitors, wherein the FSG circuit has different impedances in response to the electronic device working at different frequency bands.

US Pat. No. 9,947,283

DISPLAY APPARATUS WITH TESTING FUNCTIONS AND DRIVING CIRCUIT AND DRIVING METHOD THEREOF

RICHTEK TECHNOLOGY CORPOR...

1. A display apparatus, comprising:a display panel circuit which includes a panel load line, the display panel circuit being configured to operably execute a scanning display operation; and
a panel driving circuit, configured to operably generate a panel load driving signal according to a display control signal generated by a timing control circuit and a driving voltage and/or a driving current generated by a driving power circuit, wherein the panel load driving signal is coupled to the panel load line to drive the display panel circuit, and the panel load driving signal includes a test driving signal and a display driving signal; the panel driving circuit including:
a phase determining circuit, which determines at least a test phase according to the display control signal, or determines at least a test phase and a scanning display phase according to the display control signal, and generates a phase determining signal indicating whether or not in the test phase, wherein the test phase is a part of a period wherein the display panel circuit is not executing the scanning display operation;
a driving stage circuit, which includes a driving switch circuit;
a driving logic circuit, which is configured to operably perform the following driving operations according to the display control signal and the phase determining signal:
(A) when the scanning display phase exists, generating a switch control signal according to the display control signal during the scanning display phase, to control the driving switch circuit of the driving stage circuit to switch the driving voltage and/or the driving current for generating the display driving signal to drive the panel load line such that the display panel circuit performs the scanning display operation; and
(B) during a partial time period within the test phase, generating the switch control signal according to a test instruction to control the driving switch circuit of the driving stage circuit to switch the driving voltage and/or the driving current for generating the test driving signal to drive the panel load line for testing a failure item of the display panel circuit, wherein the test instruction is a pre-determined test instruction or a programmable test instruction; and
a detection and determination circuit, configured to operably detect an electrical characteristic of the panel load line during the partial time period within the test phase according to the test instruction, for determining whether the failure item exists and generating a failure state flag in correspondence with the determination of the existence of the failure item; the detection and determination circuit including:
a detection comparison circuit, configured to operably detect the electrical characteristic to generate a detection comparison result; and
a detection logic circuit, configured to operably determine whether the failure item exists according to the detection comparison result and generate the failure state flag;
wherein the driving stage circuit stops generating the display driving signal when the failure state flag indicates the existence of the failure item, such that the display panel circuit stops the scanning display operation.

US Pat. No. 9,947,085

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPROVING AN IMAGE CHARACTERISTIC OF IMAGE FRAMES IN A VIDEO STREAM

Digital Signal Corporatio...

1. A method for improving contrast in a plurality of image frames captured by a video camera, the method comprising:generating, by a computing processor, a first transformation function that improves contrast of a first frame of the plurality of image frames, wherein generating the first transformation function that improves contrast of the first frame of the plurality of image frames comprises generating a histogram for the first frame;
applying, by a computing processor, the first transformation function to the first frame to improve the contrast of the first frame;
determining, by a computing processor, a changed region in a second frame of the plurality of image frames in relation to the first frame of the plurality of the image frames and an unchanged region of the second frame of the plurality of image frames in relation to the first frame of the plurality of the image frames;
generating a second transformation function corresponding to the changed region of the second frame;
applying the second transformation function to the changed region of the second frame to improve the contrast of the changed region; and
applying the first transformation function to the unchanged region of the first frame to improve the contrast of the unchanged region.

US Pat. No. 9,946,919

DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR FORENSIC ANALYSIS

BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON INC.,...

1. A portable, handheld device for forensic analysis, the device comprising:a memory unit having an executable program recorded therein;
an input unit configured to receive a forensic input at a scene of forensic analysis at which the forensic input is collected; and
a processing unit configured to, by executing the program recorded in the memory unit at the scene of forensic analysis,
generate a first image of the received forensic input,
scale the generated first image to a predetermined format suitable for forensic analysis, and generate a second image of the forensic input in which the first image is scaled to the predetermined format,
record the second image of the forensic input in the memory unit,
compare the second image with forensic records, each forensic record respectively including previously collected forensic data associated with one or more individuals or specimens,
determine whether the second image matches at least a portion of at least one of the forensic records based on the comparison,
upon determining that the second image matches at least a portion of at least one of the forensic records, generate a matching notification identifying the at least one record which the second image is determined to match, and
output the generated matching notification on the device,
wherein the input unit comprises:
a laser light source configured to output at least two parallel laser lights on a surface of an object that includes the forensic input at the scene of forensic analysis, the at least two laser lights being output toward respectively different positions on the surface of the object, and
a camera configured to generate the first image of the received forensic input that shows the at least two laser lights positioned on the surface of the object,
wherein the processing unit is configured to determine at least one scaling dimension of the forensic input on the surface of the object contained in the first image based on a first positional relationship between the at least two laser lights output on the surface of the object and a second positional relationship between two points of interest in the first image.

US Pat. No. 9,946,362

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR INPUTTING USER COMMANDS TO A PROCESSOR

eyeSight Mobile Technolog...

1. A system comprising:a processor configured to:
detect an object in one or more images stored in a memory;
extract one or more image analysis parameters associated with the object;
apply a first motion detection test to the one or more image analysis parameters to detect a motion of the object;
based on a result of the first motion detection test, apply a second motion detection test to the one or more image analysis parameters, wherein the second motion detection test is different than the first motion detection test; and
execute a command associated with the second motion detection test.

US Pat. No. 9,945,913

MAGNETIC SENSOR, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING MAGNETIC SENSOR, AND CURRENT SENSOR

ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

1. A magnetic sensor, comprising:a magnetoresistive effect element having a sensitivity axis in a specific direction, the magnetoresistive effect element including:
a laminate structure in which a fixed magnetic layer and a free magnetic layer are laminated to each other with a nonmagnetic material layer provided therebetween, wherein
at a side of the free magnetic layer opposite to the side thereof facing the nonmagnetic material layer, an antiferromagnetic layer which generates an exchange coupling bias with the free magnetic layer and which aligns the magnetization direction of the free magnetic layer in a predetermined direction in a magnetization changeable state is provided,
at a side of the antiferromagnetic layer opposite to the side thereof facing the free magnetic layer, a ferromagnetic layer which generates an exchange coupling bias with the antiferromagnetic layer and which is able to align the magnetization direction thereof in a predetermined direction in a magnetization changeable state is provided,
the magnetization direction based on the exchange coupling bias generated in the free magnetic layer is the same direction as the magnetization direction based on the exchange coupling bias generated in the ferromagnetic layer, and
the ferromagnetic layer is able to impart a reflux magnetic field having a component in a direction along the sensitivity axis to the free magnetic layer.

US Pat. No. 9,945,805

FUEL CELL FOR USE IN AN ALCOHOL BREATH TESTER

Alcotek, Inc., St. Louis...

1. A fuel cell sensor comprising:a wafer having:
two electrodes disposed on opposing sides thereon, each of said two electrodes extending to an outer periphery; and
a hole therethrough;
a first wire comprising:
a base end bent to a non-linear configuration and arranged to have a perimeter smaller than said outer periphery, said base end disposed parallel to and in contact with a first of said two electrodes;
an opposing upright;
a second wire comprising:
a base end bent to a non-linear configuration and arranged to have a perimeter smaller than said outer periphery, said base end disposed parallel to and in contact with a second of said two electrodes;
an opposing upright;
wherein said upright of said first wire is generally parallel to said upright of said second wire;
wherein said base end of said first wire is generally planar;
wherein said upright end of said first wire is generally orthogonal to the plane of said base end of said first wire; and
wherein said upright end of said first wire extends through said hole.

US Pat. No. 9,945,795

CRYSTALS FOR KRYPTON HELIUM-ALPHA LINE EMISSION MICROSCOPY

National Security Technol...

1. A method for imaging x-rays comprising:generating line x-ray radiation having a wavelength of or within plus or minus five percent of 0.9518 or 0.9454 angstroms resulting from an x-ray emitting event;
receiving the line x-ray radiation at a crystal, the crystal comprising germanium;
reflecting the line x-ray radiation from the crystal to a detector to form reflected line x-ray radiation; and
receiving the reflected line x-ray radiation at the detector, the detector capable of capturing the reflected line x-ray radiation.

US Pat. No. 9,945,582

APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR PRE-HEATING WATER WITH AIR CONDITIONING UNIT OR HEAT PUMP

RHEEM MANUFACTURING COMPA...

1. An apparatus for heating water, comprising:an air conditioning apparatus operative to utilize refrigerant flowing through a refrigerant circuit portion of said air conditioning apparatus to regulate the temperature of air being delivered to a conditioned space;
a tank for storing water;
a heat exchanger associated with said tank and being operative to receive refrigerant and transfer heat therefrom to said tank, the heat exchanger comprising a first end forming a part of the refrigerant circuit portion and a second end forming a part of the refrigerant circuit portion,
a first valve disposed at the first end of the heat exchanger and arranged to control flow of refrigerant at the first end of the heat exchanger;
a second valve disposed at the second end of the heat exchanger and arranged to control flow of refrigerant at the second end of the heat exchanger; and
a bypass circuit forming a part of the refrigerant circuit portion and arranged to selectively flow refrigerant in a manner bypassing the heat exchanger, the first valve, and the second valve.

US Pat. No. 9,945,478

CONTROL DEVICE FOR CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

JATCO Ltd, Fuji-Shi (JP)...

1. A control apparatus for a continuously variable transmission, comprising:an engine;
a continuously variable transmission mechanism intervened between the engine and driving wheels and configured to transmit a torque by a belt pressed in grooves of a hydraulic pressure driven primary pulley and a secondary pulley;
a starting clutch installed in a drive train in which the continuously variable transmission mechanism is intervened;
a mechanical oil pump driven by the engine and configured to supply a hydraulic pressure to the primary pulley, the secondary pulley, and the starting clutch;
an engine controller configured to stop the engine when a predetermined start condition is established and to terminate an engine stop control and re-start the engine when a predetermined end condition is established;
a primary solenoid valve installed at an oil passage in a midway position between the mechanical oil pump and the primary pulley and configured to control the hydraulic pressure to be supplied to the primary pulley; and
a transmission controller configured to output a primary current command value to the primary solenoid valve, the primary current command value being a command value which previously caused closing of the oil passage from the mechanical oil pump to the primary pulley from an engine stop control end time point to a line pressure generation time point, when a time point, at which a line pressure equal to or above a predetermined value is generated due to a rise in a revolution number according to a re-start of the engine after the engine stop control ends, corresponds to the line pressure generation time point.

US Pat. No. 9,945,460

TORQUE LIMITER

GOODRICH ACTUATION SYSTEM...

1. A torque limiter comprising:a ramp roller, said ramp roller comprising:
an input ramp roller element arranged to be driven by an input torque and having a first ramp surface;
an output ramp roller element arranged to drive an output torque shaft and having a second ramp surface;
ramp roller balls disposed between the first ramp surface and the second ramp surface;
wherein said output ramp roller element is axially and resiliently compressible and wherein an overtorque condition causes axial compression of said output ramp roller element.

US Pat. No. 9,945,450

MULTI-SPEED TRANSMISSION

Allison Transmission, Inc...

1. A multiple speed transmission, comprising:an input member;
an output member;
first, second, third and fourth planetary gearsets each having first, second and third members;
a plurality of interconnecting members each connected between at least one of the first, second, third, and fourth planetary gearsets and at least another of the first, second, third, and fourth planetary gearsets;
a first torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the second member of the first planetary gearset with a stationary member;
a second torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the second member of the second planetary gearset with the stationary member;
a third torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the third member of the third planetary gearset with the stationary member;
a fourth torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the second member of the first planetary gearset with the first member of the first planetary gearset and the input member;
a fifth torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the second member of the first planetary gearset with the first member of the second planetary gearset, the first member of the third planetary gearset, and the first member of the fourth planetary gearset; and
a sixth torque-transmitting mechanism selectively engageable to interconnect the third member of the fourth planetary gearset with the second member of the third planetary gearset and the output member;
wherein the torque transmitting mechanisms are selectively engageable in combinations of at least three to establish at least nine forward speed ratios and at least one reverse speed ratio between the input member and the output member;
wherein, there are no more than six torque-transmitting mechanisms.

US Pat. No. 9,944,497

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING A TRANSPORT OF A PASSENGER TRANSPORTATION DEVICE OR TRANSPORT UNIT

INVENTIO AG, Hergiswil (...

1. A system comprising:a passenger-transportation device embodied as an escalator, moving walk, or elevator; and
at least one transport-monitoring module, that, during transport of the passenger-transportation device from a shipping location to a destination location, is arranged on the passenger-transportation device or on a transport unit as part of the passenger-transportation device, and, after the transport, is removable, and wherein the transport-monitoring module has at least one sensor, wherein the transport of the passenger-transportation device is performed by a shipping contractor, wherein the transport-monitoring module has an interface unit, through which, at least during the transport of the passenger-transportation device, a connection of the transport-monitoring module with a data memory of the passenger-transportation device is established, wherein the interface unit is configured such that transport-monitoring data that are to be stored, the data being based at least partly on sensor data of the at least one sensor, is permanently stored in the data memory of the passenger-transportation device, and the data memory remains permanently arranged in the passenger-transportation device.

US Pat. No. 9,944,149

SEAT CONDITIONING HOOD APPARATUS AND METHOD

GENTHERM GMBH, Odelzhaus...

1. A hood article for a seat conditioning assembly comprising:a rigid air-impermeable housing including:
i. a bottom wall defining a first aperture adapted to connect to a suction side of an air mover, the first aperture having a generally circular shape, and
ii. a front wall extending from the bottom wall and defining a second aperture in communication with and angularly oriented relative to the first aperture, the second aperture having a shape that is different than the generally circular shape of the first aperture,
wherein the housing comprises a plurality of notches that are defined around an inner diameter of the first aperture, each of the notches extend from the bottom wall towards an opposing top wall, the air mover is adapted to be received into the first aperture and the plurality of notches are adapted to connect the air mover to the housing at a plurality of radial positions,
wherein the hood article is adapted to connect the air mover to a flexible air distribution system that is in fluid communication with a surface of an automobile seat,
wherein the housing comprises a snap feature that is arranged adjacent a side of the second aperture, the snap feature projects from the housing beyond a front plane of the second aperture and is adapted to engage an opening in the air distribution system to fix the housing relative to the air distribution system, and
wherein the housing is adapted to communicate air from the air mover to the air distribution system through the second aperture in a first air flow direction, and is adapted to communicate air from the air distribution system to the air mover through the first aperture in a second air flow direction that is different than the first air flow direction.

US Pat. No. 9,944,057

ELASTOMERIC THERMO-MECHANICAL COMPENSATOR

Boral IP Holdings (Austra...

1. A method of joining a relatively hardened material strip to a curing, semi-solid material, the method comprising;positioning a relatively hardened material strip adjacent a driver,
placing a curing, semi-solid material adjacent the relatively hardened material strip,
activating the driver to initiate movement of the relatively hardened material strip toward the curing, semi-solid material,
pushing the relatively hardened material strip against the curing, semi-solid material, thereby creating an interface between the relatively hardened material strip and the curing, semi-solid material,
maintaining a constant pressure at the interface of the relatively hardened material strip and the curing, semi-solid material.
US Pat. No. 9,947,937

CATALYST CARRIER AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING THE SAME

SHOWA DENKO K.K., Tokyo ...

1. A catalyst carrier comprising:a carbon material having a chain structure including a chain of carbon particles; and
an alumina-carbon composite particle in which a carbon particle encloses an alumina particle, the alumina-carbon composite particle being contained in the carbon material, the catalyst carrier having a BET specific surface area of 450 to 1100 m2/g.
US Pat. No. 9,945,852

METHOD FOR DETERMINING THE PRESENCE OR ABSENCE OF A BIOMARKER

Arcis Biotechnology Holdi...

1. A method of determining the presence or absence in a sample of an antibody indicative of exposure to mycobacteria, the method comprising:(a) linking an antigen to colloidal gold to provide a gold-antigen species;
(b) contacting the gold-antigen species with the sample to produce a suspension comprising the gold-antigen species and the sample;
(c) adding to the suspension a diagnosis agent selected from the group consisting of: sodium chloride, magnesium chloride, and potassium chloride, wherein the addition of the diagnosis agent to the suspension produces a different coloured suspension depending on whether the sample contains or does not contain the antibody; and
(d) observing the colour of the sample,
wherein the antigen includes at least one mycolic acid derived antigen selected from the group consisting of:
(i) mycolic acids obtained from natural sources;
(ii) synthetically prepared mycolic acids;
(iii) salts of mycolic acids;
(iv) esters of mycolic acids (i) and/or (ii); and
(v) sulfur-containing mycolic acids and/or salts or esters thereof.

US Pat. No. 9,949,384

ELECTRONIC DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. An electronic device, comprising:a substrate having a primary surface on which electronic components are mounted; and
a chassis including an opposing surface, a support, and a protruding portion, wherein
the opposing surface is arranged with a gap being defined, along a gap direction, between the primary surface of the substrate and the opposing surface,
the support is configured to support the substrate,
the protruding portion is arranged to protrude from the opposing surface toward a position on the primary surface of the substrate, the position being different from where the electronic components are mounted,
the protruding portion is arranged inward, along the opposing surface, of the support, and
in the gap direction, a height of the protruding portion is greater than a height the electronic components and shorter than the gap.

US Pat. No. 9,949,381

ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH AT LEAST ONE IMPEDANCE-COMPENSATING INDUCTOR AND RELATED METHODS

STMICROELECTRONICS (GRENO...

1. An electronic device comprising:a substrate having an external surface;
an integrated circuit (IC) chip electrically coupled to the external surface of the substrate by an external electrically conductive element disposed between the IC chip and the external surface of the substrate; and
an electrically conductive interconnect network contacting the external surface of the substrate and comprising a plurality of electrically conductive links, each of the plurality of electrically conductive links extending away from a masking area of the IC chip, wherein an electrically conductive link of the plurality of electrically conductive links comprises an impedance-compensating inductor located outside the masking area of the IC chip, the impedance-compensating inductor having a first surface physically contacting the external surface of the substrate and a second surface directed away from the external surface of the substrate, the first surface of the impedance-compensating inductor physically contacting a conductive via extending through the substrate to electrically couple the IC chip to another electronic device.

US Pat. No. 9,949,354

EXTREME UV LIGHT GENERATION APPARATUS AND METHOD

Gigaphoton Inc., Tochigi...

1. An extreme ultraviolet light generation apparatus comprising:a target supplier configured to sequentially supply targets to a plasma generation region in a chamber as a plurality of droplets at a predetermined generation frequency, the targets generating extreme ultraviolet light when being irradiated with a laser beam in the chamber;
a pressure regulator configured to regulate a pressure in the target supplier in which the targets are accommodated to make the pressure in the target supplier be a set pressure value;
an imaging part configured to image two adjacent droplets sequentially supplied into the chamber to output a piece of image data of the two adjacent droplets; and
a controller configured to calculate a distance between the two adjacent droplets by using the piece of image data, calculate a traveling speed of the droplets based on the distance between the two adjacent droplets and the predetermined generation frequency, and update the set pressure value according to a difference between the traveling speed of the droplets and a targeted traveling speed.

US Pat. No. 9,949,301

METHODS FOR FAST, SECURE AND PRIVACY-FRIENDLY INTERNET CONNECTION DISCOVERY IN WIRELESS NETWORKS

PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER...

1. A computer-executable method for performing passive network discovery to verify Internet connectivity of a mobile device, comprising:setting, by a mobile device, a timeout variable to a value equal to a current time;
receiving, by the mobile device, a beacon frame from an access point of a WiFi service;
determining, by the mobile device, that the beacon frame includes signed timing information of a server and the value of the timeout variable is less than a maximum time;
determining a decrypted time value by using a public key of the server to decrypt an encrypted time value extracted from the signed timing information;
determining that the decrypted time value is equal to a time value extracted from the signed timing information and that the time value is greater than the current time minus a time window; and
determining, by the mobile device, that the Internet connectivity verification for the WiFi service is successful.

US Pat. No. 9,949,057

STEREO AND FILTER CONTROL FOR MULTI-SPEAKER DEVICE

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A portable electronic device comprising:at least four speaker components, each speaker component being spaced apart from the remaining speaker components;
an audio source configured to provide content that includes a left audio signal and a right audio signal;
an orientation sensor configured to sense the orientation of the portable electronic device;
an audio processor coupled to the audio source, the audio processor configured to attenuate a high frequency portion of each of the left audio signal and the right audio signal using a cutoff frequency based at least in part on the orientation of the portable electronic device to provide a processed left audio signal and a processed right audio signal; and
an audio router configured to direct the left audio signal to only a first speaker component, to direct the right audio signal to only a second speaker component, to direct the processed left audio signal to a third speaker component, and to direct the processed right audio signal to a fourth speaker component, where the audio signals are directed to speaker components selected according to the orientation of the portable electronic device.

US Pat. No. 9,949,041

HEARING ASSISTANCE DEVICE WITH BEAMFORMER OPTIMIZED USING A PRIORI SPATIAL INFORMATION

Starkey Laboratories, Inc...

1. A hearing assistance system for processing speech from a sound source, comprising:a microphone configured to receive an input sound and produce a microphone signal representative of the input sound, the input sound including the speech from the sound source;
a processing circuit configured to process the microphone signal to produce an output signal, the processing circuit including a multichannel Wiener filter (MWF) and configured to approximately optimize the multichannel Wiener filter (MWF) for noise reduction and speech quality in the output sound by minimizing a noise variance with constraints formulated using a priori spatial information about the sound source and independent of signal correlation matrix, the constraints ensuring that a measure of speech distortion is below a first threshold parameter and ensuring that a measure of noise reduction performance is at or above a second threshold parameter; and
a receiver configured to produce an output sound including the speech using the output signal.

US Pat. No. 9,948,878

ABNORMAL CLOCK RATE DETECTION IN IMAGING SENSOR ARRAYS

FLIR SYSTEMS, INC., Wils...

6. A method comprising:adjusting a count value in response to a clock signal, wherein the clock signal is provided to a device;
generating a ramp signal;
comparing the ramp signal with a reference signal;
selecting a first count value of the count value at a first time in response to the comparing of the ramp signal with the reference signal; and
detecting a temperature associated with the device;
providing a temperature-dependent analog signal indicative of the temperature associated with the device;
comparing the ramp signal with the temperature-dependent analog signal;
selecting a second count value of the count value at a second time in response to the comparing of the ramp signal with the temperature-dependent analog signal;
determining a predetermined range for the detected temperature based on the second count value such that a maximum of the predetermined range for the detected temperature decreases as a frequency of the clock signal increases; and
determining if the frequency of the clock signal is within a specified range based on whether the first count value is within the predetermined range for the detected temperature.

US Pat. No. 9,948,863

SELF-TIMER PREVIEW IMAGE PRESENTATION METHOD AND APPARATUS, AND TERMINAL

HUAWEI DEVICE (DONGGUAN) ...

1. A method implemented by a terminal having a front camera, a rear camera, and a screen, comprising:acquiring a plurality of images through the front camera in a self-timer mode, wherein the front camera and the screen are disposed at a common side of the terminal;
presenting a first live preview image on the screen, wherein the first live preview image is generated according to the images acquired by the front camera;
presenting a second live preview image on a preset location of the screen proximate to the front camera such that a user faces the front camera when watching the second live preview image, wherein the second live preview image is generated according to the images acquired by the front camera, and wherein a size of the second live preview image is less than a size of the first live preview image; and
capturing an image of the acquired images as a self-timer image after detecting a shooting request, wherein the second live preview image is displayed together with the first live preview image prior to capturing the self-timer image,
wherein a display area of the screen is divided into a first region and a second region, wherein the second region is less than the first region, wherein the first region and the second region are not overlapped, wherein the first live preview image is presented in the first region of the screen, wherein the second live preview image is presented on the preset location in the second region of the screen, and wherein the second live preview image is generated according to the images acquired by the front camera using a downscale algorithm.

US Pat. No. 9,948,799

IMAGE READING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. An image reading apparatus comprising:a medium reading unit that extends in a main scanning direction and reads an image of a medium while moving in a sub-scanning direction which is a direction crossing the main scanning direction;
a signal transmission cable that is a flexible cable having a curved section and connected to the medium reading unit and that deforms following an operational movement of the medium reading unit;
a power supply that supplies power to the medium reading unit; and
a housing that accommodates the medium reading unit and the power supply,
wherein at least a portion of an insertion/extraction space for inserting/extracting a plug of a power cable from outside the housing to the power supply and at least a portion of an area in which the signal transmission cable deforms following the operational movement of the medium reading unit overlap in a height direction of the medium reading unit.

US Pat. No. 9,948,760

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE NETWORK FUNCTIONS WITH VERSION CONTROL

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

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling vehicle network functions and version control, comprising:providing a functional block framework at a vehicle computing device for controlling functional devices in a vehicle communication network system, wherein each functional device includes one or more functional objects;
providing an original interface having a first version identification for at least one functional object of a first functional device, wherein the original interface is defined with a first set of features with one or more features selected from a feature catalog defined in the functional block framework;
implementing the original interface in the vehicle communication network system to enable communication over the vehicle communication network system;
updating the original interface thereby creating an updated interface having a second version identification and including a second set of features that includes the first set of features through extension, and one or more additional features selected from the feature catalog that are not included in the first set of features, such that the updated interface extends the original interface;
loading the updated interface to a second functional device that is compatible with the original interface and supports the first set of features, but does not support the one or more additional features, wherein, even though the second functional device does not support the one or more additional features, the second functional device still loads the updated interface because the updated interface extends the first set of features of the original interface; and
controlling the second functional device using the updated interface wherein the second functional device operates using the first set of features in the updated interface and not using the one or more additional features.

US Pat. No. 9,948,742

PREDICTIVE CACHING OF MEDIA CONTENT

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving usage data from a computing system, the usage data including data related to playback of media content at the computing system or a mobile device;
retrieving profile data related to the mobile device, the profile data including at least a connectivity profile indicating a time period associated with an anticipated change in connectivity;
processing at least a portion of the usage data, the usage data including how often cached content is played at the mobile device, the processing including interpreting the connectivity profile to determine an approximate length of time of the time period and identifying media content that will be played for the length of time;
determining, based at least in part on the processing and at least in part on anticipated traffic patterns for the mobile device during the time period, a list of media content to be cached at the mobile device, wherein the list of media content includes:
a genre of media content for the anticipated traffic patterns for the mobile device during the time period;
providing at least a portion of the media content described in the list of media content to the mobile device for caching based, at least in part, on a determination that a predetermined set of power requirements and network connectivity requirements have been met or exceeded by the mobile device; and
providing a notification to at least one of the mobile device or the customer computing system for display, the notification indicating a state of caching of the media content.

US Pat. No. 9,948,738

REAL-TIME DATA ACQUISITION USING PEER-TO-PEER TECHNOLOGIES

KAV Enterprise, Inc., We...

1. An article of manufacture comprising a controller for a data acquisition device for a network-based data acquisition system having a communications network that supports communication between the acquisition device and a data access device, wherein the controller comprises:a reader-specific module configured to (i) receive reader-specific data generated by a data reader in a reader-specific format and (ii) convert the reader-specific data from the reader-specific format into reader-agnostic data in a reader- agnostic format; and
at least one reader-agnostic module configured to (i) receive the reader-agnostic data from the reader-specific module and (ii) transmit the reader-agnostic data to the data access device via a peer-to-peer (P2P) communication path.

US Pat. No. 9,948,717

VEHICLE-MOUNTED COMMUNICATION DEVICE, INTER-VEHICLE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A vehicle-mounted communication device for transmitting uplink data as data generated in a first vehicle, comprising:a first wireless communication unit configured to establish an uplink connection to a second vehicle-mounted communication device mounted on a second vehicle;
a second wireless communication unit configured to establish a downlink connection to a third vehicle-mounted communication device mounted on a third vehicle;
and a processor functioning as:
an authentication unit configured to authenticate the third vehicle-mounted communication device;
an address management unit configured to assign a network address to the third vehicle-mounted communication device; and
an address translation unit configured to perform translation of the network address assigned from the second vehicle-mounted communication device and the network address used by the vehicle-mounted communication device,
wherein in a case where an access point connected to a wide area network is available, the first wireless communication unit establishes the uplink connection to the access point, and in a case where the access point is not available, the first wireless communication unit establishes the uplink connection to the second vehicle-mounted communication device mounted on the second vehicle.

US Pat. No. 9,948,716

DISTRIBUTED DATA STORAGE

COMPUVERDE AB, (SE)

1. A method for a device to write data in a data storage system, the method comprising:sending a multicast storage query, the multicast storage query indicating a request to store first data in the data storage system;
receiving a plurality of responses to the multicast storage query, wherein a first response is received from a first storage node and comprises storage node information regarding the first storage node, a second response is received from a second storage node and comprises storage node information regarding the second storage node, and a third response is received from a third storage node and comprises storage node information regarding the third storage node;
deriving a first probability factor for the first storage node based at least in part on the storage node information comprised in the first response;
deriving a second probability factor for the second storage node based at least in part on the storage node information comprised in the second response;
deriving a third probability factor for the third storage node based at least in part on the storage node information comprised in the third response;
performing a probabilistic based selection based on at least the first, second, and third probability factors, wherein a probability of the first storage node being selected is dependent on the first probability factor derived from the storage node information comprised in the first response, a probability of the second storage node being selected is dependent on the second probability factor derived from the storage node information comprised in the second response, a probability of the third storage node being selected is dependent on the third probability factor derived from the storage node information comprised in the third response, and the probabilistic based selection results in at least the first and second storage nodes being selected to store the first data and the third storage node not being selected to store the first data;
sending a first unicast request to store the first data to the first storage node; and
sending a second unicast request to store the first data to the second storage node.

US Pat. No. 9,948,696

CLOUD SERVICE CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT ARCHITECTURE EXPANDED TO INTERFACE THE NETWORK STRATUM

Futurewei Technologies, I...

1. A resource optimization method for a cloud service control gateway (CSCG) in an application stratum, comprising:sending, to a network control gateway (NCG) in a network stratum via an interface between the application stratum and the network stratum, a request for network resource data, wherein the request for network resource data comprises a network address of a source, a plurality of network addresses of destinations that are accessible to the source, and a network resource constraint;
receiving, from the NCG via the interface, the requested network resource data, wherein the requested network data comprises status of network resources in the network stratum; and
determining a path in the network stratum based on the requested network resource data received from the NCG.

US Pat. No. 9,948,687

NETWORK INTERFACE DEVICE AND METHOD HAVING PASSIVE OPERATION MODE AND NOISE MANAGEMENT

PPC BROADBAND, INC., Eas...

1. A network interface device comprising:an active branch circuit configured to transmit an active branch signal to an active subscriber device;
a noise controller configured to detect whether the upstream signal includes a noise indicative power level, and control transmission of the upstream signal through the active branch circuit based on the detection of whether the upstream signal includes a noise indicative power level and based on whether the noise controller is in a powered state and an unpowered state; and
a bypass circuit configured to transmit the active branch signal through a bypass signal path when the noise controller detects that the upstream signal includes a noise indicative power level so as to prevent the upstream signal from being transmitted through the active branch circuit when the upstream signal includes the noise indicative power level and when the noise controller is in the unpowered state, and
wherein the bypass circuit is configured to transmit the upstream signal through the active branch circuit only when the noise controller detects that the upstream signal does not include the noise indicative power level so as to allow the upstream signal to be transmitted through the active branch circuit only when the upstream signal does not include the noise indicative power level and when the noise controller is in a powered state.

US Pat. No. 9,948,669

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR APPLICATION MIGRATION DUE TO DEGRADED QUALITY OF SERVICE

Accenture Global Services...

1. A method for managing operation of an application to avoid degradation of quality of service, comprising:monitoring execution of a first instance of the application executing in a first computing environment for a degraded quality of service, the first instance of the application comprising a primary operating instance of the application;
receiving a high traffic of messages from the first instance of the application;
receiving a first plurality of UDP packets among the high traffic of messages indicating a degraded quality of service corresponding to the first instance of the application, the degraded quality of service comprising a deterioration of bandwidth available to the first instance of the application;
determining a bandwidth available to a second instance of the application executing in a second computing environment located in a different subnet of a computer network from the first computing environment;
sending a second plurality of UDP packets to the first instance of the application, the second plurality of UDP packets comprising an instruction to perform one or more actions that facilitate transfer of a primary operation of the application; and
migrating the primary operation of the application from the first instance of the application to the second instance of the application when the bandwidth available to the second instance exceeds the bandwidth available to the first instance of the application.

US Pat. No. 9,948,589

SYSTEM FOR AND METHOD OF ORGANIZING CONTACTS FOR CHAT SESSIONS ON AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE

invi Labs, Inc., Palo Al...

1. A method comprising:receiving, from an electronic device, a first user-entered query entered via a chat application and related to a first category;
generating a first response to the first user-entered query from a first virtual friend associated with the first category according to a first specialized database with which the first virtual friend is connected;
receiving, from the electronic device, a second user-entered query entered via the chat application and related to a second category;
generating a second response to the second user-entered query from a second virtual friend associated with the second category according to a second specialized database with which the second virtual friend is connected;
concurrently presenting on the electronic device multiple panes, wherein each of the multiple panes corresponds to a chat session on the electronic device between the electronic device and one of the first and second virtual friends, and wherein each of the multiple panes are selectable to activate a corresponding chat session; and
organizing the first virtual friend within a list of virtual friends for presentation on the electronic device based on one of: relative popularities of the first virtual friend and friends within the list of virtual friends; and relative sponsorship fees for the first virtual friend and friends within the list of virtual friends;
wherein the first virtual friend generates the first response to the first user-entered query: using information in the first specialized database related to the first category; and by analyzing a first texting history from the chat application;
wherein the second virtual friend generates the second response to the second user-entered query: using information in the second specialized database related to the second category; and by analyzing a second texting history from the chat application; and
wherein the first category and the second category are associated with different segmented content in the first and second specialized databases.

US Pat. No. 9,948,544

LOCALIZING AND PLACEMENT OF NETWORK NODE FUNCTIONS IN A NETWORK

KONINKLIJKE KPN N.V., Th...

1. A method for enabling a network node function on a second network node, wherein the network node function is provided to a client device that is communicatively connected via a network service provider's network to a first network node, the method comprising:receiving a request data from the client device in the first network node for requesting the network node function, the request data comprising a client identification data and an indication of the network node function in the first network node;
determining in the first network node a resource provider entity based on the client identification data;
transmitting a resource allocation request from the first network node to the resource provider entity, the resource allocation request comprising the client identification data and the indication of the network node function;
obtaining a client context data in the resource provider entity based on the resource allocation request wherein the client context data comprises a context of the client device in the network service provider's network;
determining in the resource provider entity the second network node based on the client context data;
transmitting a function placement request from the resource provider entity to the second network node, the function placement request comprising the indication of the network node function; and
enabling the network node function in the second network node based on the function placement request.

US Pat. No. 9,948,451

ADAPTIVE ENVELOPE EXTRACTING APPARATUS, SIGNAL DECODING APPARATUS AND SHORT-DISTANCE CONTACTLESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS APPLYING THE ADAPTIVE ENVELOPE EXTRACTING APPARATUS, AND METHOD THEREOF

MEDIATEK Singapore Pte. L...

1. A short-distance contactless communication apparatus, comprising:an envelope extracting apparatus, arranged to extract an envelope signal of a receiving modulation signal, wherein the envelope extracting apparatus generates a clock signal of the receiving modulation signal;
a timer, arranged to count for a frame delay time according to the envelope signal of the receiving modulation signal;
a transmitter, arranged to transmit a transmitting modulation signal when the frame delay time counted by the timer is up;
a phase-locked loop, arranged to generate a continuous clock signal according to the clock signal and the envelope signal; and
a receiver, arranged to receive the receiving modulation signal according to the continuous clock signal.

US Pat. No. 9,948,306

CONFIGURABLE GATE ARRAY BASED ON THREE-DIMENSIONAL PRINTED MEMORY

HangZhou HaiCun Informati...

1. A configurable computing element selectively realizing a first or second math function, comprising:a semiconductor substrate including transistors thereon;
at least first and second three-dimensional printed memory (3D-P) arrays stacked above said semiconductor substrate, wherein said first 3D-P array stores at least a first portion of a first look-up table (LUT) for said first math function, and said second 3D-P array stores at least a second portion of a second LUT for said second math function;
at least a configurable interconnect coupling with said first and second 3D-P arrays, wherein said configurable computing element selectively realizes said first or second math function depending upon at least a configuration signal on said configurable interconnect.

US Pat. No. 9,947,881

PLATINUM COMPLEXES AND DEVICES

Arizona Board of Regents ...

1. A compound of Formula II2:
wherein:
L1 is substituted or unsubstituted: five-membered heterocyclyl, heteroaryl, carbene, or N-heterocyclic carbene,
L2 is phenyl,
A1 is O, S, S?O, SO2, Se, NR3, PR3, RP?O, CR1R2, C?O, SiR1R2, GeR1R2, BH, P(O)H, PH, NH, CR1H, CH2, SiH2, SiHR1, BH, or BR3,
V1 is C, V2 is C, V3 is C, and V4 is N,
each of Y1, Y2, Y3, and Y4 is independently C, N, O, or S,
X is N,
each of Rb, R1, R2, and R3 of Formula II2 is independently present or absent and if present, each of Rb, R1, R2, and R3 present represents mono-, di-, or tri-substitutions, and each Rb, R1, R2, and R3 present is independently substituted or unsubstituted and is selected from aryl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkenyl, heterocyclyl, heteroaryl, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, deuterium, halogen, hydroxyl, thiol, nitro, cyano, amino, a mono- or di-alkylamino, a mono- or diaryl amino, alkoxy, aryloxy, haloalkyl, aralkyl, ester, nitrile, isonitrile, alkoxycarbonyl, acylamino, alkoxycarbonylamino, aryloxycarbonylamino, sulfonylamino, sulfamoyl, carbamoyl, alkylthio, sulfinyl, ureido, phosphoramide, mercapto, sulfo, carboxyl, hydrazino, and silyl, and wherein two or more of Rb are optionally linked together,
each of R, R1, R2, and R3 of variable A1 is independently substituted or unsubstituted and is selected from hydrogen, aryl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkenyl, heterocyclyl, heteroaryl, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, deuterium, halogen, hydroxyl, thiol, nitro, cyano, amino, a mono- or di-alkylamino, a mono- or diaryl amino, alkoxy, aryloxy, haloalkyl, aralkyl, ester, nitrile, isonitrile, alkoxycarbonyl, acylamino, alkoxycarbonylamino, aryloxycarbonylamino, sulfonylamino, sulfamoyl, carbamoyl, alkylthio, sulfinyl, ureido, phosphoramide, mercapto, sulfo, carboxyl, hydrazino, and silyl, and wherein two or more of R, R1, R2, and R3 are optionally linked together,
each of
is independently:
each
is independently:
each of R, R1, and R2 of
is independently substituted or unsubstituted and is selected from hydrogen, aryl, cycloalkyl, cycloalkenyl, heterocyclyl, heteroaryl, alkyl, alkenyl, alkynyl, deuterium, halogen, hydroxyl, thiol, nitro, cyano, amino, a mono- or di-alkylamino, a mono- or diaryl amino, alkoxy, aryloxy, haloalkyl, aralkyl, ester, nitrile, isonitrile, alkoxycarbonyl, acylamino, alkoxycarbonylamino, aryloxycarbonylamino, sulfonylamino, sulfamoyl, carbamoyl, alkylthio, sulfinyl, ureido, phosphoramide, mercapto, sulfo, carboxyl, hydrazino, and silyl, and wherein two or more of R, R1, R2, and R3 are optionally linked together.

US Pat. No. 9,947,817

THREE-DIMENSIONAL PHOTOVOLTAIC DEVICES INCLUDING NON-CONDUCTIVE CORES AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE

Q1 NANOSYSTEMS CORPORATIO...

1. A method of forming a photovoltaic structure, comprising:patterning a top surface of a moldable material layer with an array pattern, the array pattern including an array of vertically extending shapes that protrude upward or downward from that top surface of the moldable material layer;
depositing a layer stack over the array pattern, the layer stack comprising a transparent conductive material layer, a photovoltaic material layer, and a core conductive material layer; and
depositing a dielectric material layer over the layer stack, wherein:
a two-dimensional array of photovoltaic bristles is formed, each photovoltaic bristle comprising a vertically protruding portion of the layer stack and embedding a dielectric core comprising a dielectric material;
the dielectric core contacts a sidewall of the core conductive material layer; and
the transparent conductive material layer is spaced from the core conductive material layer by the photovoltaic material layer.

US Pat. No. 9,947,226

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR BLIND SPOT MONITORING WITH DYNAMIC DETECTION RANGE

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A system comprising:a blind spot monitoring system including a blind spot sensor that monitors a focus area within a blind spot detection area of a subject automobile and generates an alert when a secondary automobile is detected within the focus area of the blind spot detection area;
a controller that receives data corresponding to an amount of traffic at a location of the subject automobile, determines a level of traffic at the location of the subject automobile based on the data, and reduces the focus area in response to the level of traffic being greater than a predetermined threshold in heavy traffic conditions;
wherein the focus area is reduced from a first focus area including a rear and a lateral side of the subject automobile to a second focus area including only the lateral side of the subject automobile, the second focus area being smaller than the first focus area, and the second focus area eliminating a rear of the first focus area.

US Pat. No. 9,946,287

NOC-ORIENTED DEMAND COORDINATION NETWORK CONTROL NODE

ENERNOC, INC., Boston, M...

1. An apparatus for controlling peak demand of a resource within a facility, the apparatus comprising:a first control node, disposed within the facility and coupled to a second control node via a demand coordination network, said first control node comprising:
a node processor, coupled to a first energy consuming device, configured to transmit sensor data and device status via said demand coordination network for generation of a plurality of run time schedules, and configured to operate said first energy consuming device within an acceptable operating margin to maintain a first local environment by cycling on and off according to said plurality of run time schedules; and
a network operations center (NOC), disposed external to the facility, configured to generate said plurality of run time schedules to control the peak demand of the resource, wherein one or more run times start prior to peak demand of the resource to maintain corresponding local environments, said NOC comprising:
a global schedule module, operationally coupled to said first node processor, configured to coordinate run times for said first energy consuming device and a second energy consuming device, wherein coordination is based on a global run time schedule, an adjusted first descriptor set characterizing said first local environment, and an adjusted second descriptor set characterizing a second local environment.

US Pat. No. 9,946,260

SPARSE MAP AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE NAVIGATION

Mobileye Vision Technolog...

1. A system for sparse map autonomous navigation of a vehicle along a road segment, the system comprising:at least one processor programmed to:
receive a sparse map of the road segment, wherein the sparse map has a data density of no more than 1 megabyte per kilometer and the sparse map includes a planned trajectory for the road segment that deviates no more than 30 centimeters from a center of a lane in the road segment;
receive from a camera, at least one image representative of an environment of the vehicle;
analyze the sparse map and the at least one image received from the camera; and
determine an autonomous steering action for the vehicle based on the analysis of the sparse map and the at least one image received from the camera.

US Pat. No. 9,945,775

ACTIVE CHEMICAL SENSING USING OPTICAL MICROCAVITY

ISIS INNOVATION LIMITED, ...

15. A sensor comprising:a pair of mirrors opposed along an optical axis, at least one of the mirrors being concave and having a radius of curvature of at most 50 ?m, the mirrors being shaped to provide an optical cavity with stable resonance in at least one mode and having a cavity length of at most 50 ?m;
an actuator system arranged to move the mirrors relative to each other along the length of the optical cavity for tuning a wavelength of the at least one mode of said cavity, wherein the actuator system is arranged to tune the wavelength of said at least one mode of said cavity to match an absorption wavelength of an analyte in a chemical sample;
a sample introduction system arranged to introduce the chemical sample inside the optical cavity;
an electromagnetic radiation source arranged to illuminate the cavity with electromagnetic radiation capable of interacting with the chemical sample;
a detector arranged to detect the electromagnetic radiation emitted from the optical cavity; and
an analysis unit arranged to detect a reduction in the detected electromagnetic radiation that is indicative of the presence of said analyte.

US Pat. No. 9,945,677

AUTOMATED LANE AND ROUTE NETWORK DISCOVERY FOR ROBOTIC ACTORS

X Development LLC, Mount...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, at a computing device, location data for one or more designated actors of a plurality of actors operating within an environment, wherein the plurality of actors further comprise a robotic device;
determining, by the computing device, a route network of paths taken by the one or more designated actors within the environment, wherein the route network of paths comprises information about frequencies of paths taken by the one or more designated actors based on the location data for the one or more designated actors;
receiving, at the computing device, a starting location and a destination location for the robotic device;
selecting, by the computing device, a selected path from the starting location to the destination location based on the route network of paths taken by the one or more designated actors; and
providing, from the computing device, an instruction to the robotic device to use the selected path to travel from the starting location to the destination location.

US Pat. No. 9,945,588

SYSTEMS AND METHODS IMPLEMENTING ROBUST AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS CONFIGURED TO UTILIZE THERMAL ENERGY STORAGE TO MAINTAIN A LOW TEMPERATURE FOR A TARGET SPACE

Axiom Exergy Inc., Richm...

1. An air conditioning system comprising:a condensing unit;
a liquid pressurizer and distributor ensemble;
a cold thermal energy storage unit;
a target space; and
a suction gas pressurizer and distributor ensemble;
wherein:
the condensing unit, the liquid pressurizer and distributor ensemble, the cold thermal energy storage unit, the target space, and the suction gas pressurizer and distributor ensemble are operatively connected by piping such that vapor compression cycles can be simultaneously implemented that result in the cooling of the cold thermal energy storage unit and the target space;
wherein the cold thermal energy storage unit comprises:
first and second expansion devices disposed in fluid communication on either end of a liquid/gas separator, and
a volume of phase change material encased in thermal insulation interconnected with the second expansion device; and
the air conditioning system is configured such that when the vapor compression cycles are simultaneously implemented that result in the cooling of the cold thermal energy storage unit and the target space, the cold thermal energy storage unit can be cooled to a temperature lower than that of the target space; and
and the air conditioning system is configured such that, in a discharge mode, the liquid pressurizer and distributor ensemble is operable to iteratively circulate a refrigerant between the cold thermal energy storage unit and the target space so as to cool the target space without relying on any compression of any vapor phase refrigerant downstream of the target space during said circulation of said refrigerant.

US Pat. No. 9,945,413

LOCKING FASTENER

Rolls-Royce Corporation, ...

1. A locking fastener comprising:a hollow lock bolt having a drive head formed proximate a first end and external threads formed proximate a second end thereof, the hollow lock bolt further having a relatively smooth internal wall with an angled taper extending along at least a portion thereof, and
a lock stud constructed to engage the hollow lock bolt, the lock stud having a drive head proximate a first end and external threads formed proximate a second end thereof, the lock stud further having a relatively smooth external wall with an angled taper formed along a portion thereof, an angle of the angled taper of the hollow lock bolt and an angle of the angled taper of the lock stud being different from one another,
wherein the locking fastener is configured for clamping a first component between at least a portion of the hollow lock bolt and a second component and the lock stud and the hollow lock bolt are configured so that the drive head of the lock stud extends past an interface between the first component and the second component in an installed condition of the locking fastener, and
wherein the lock stud includes a solid portion and a circumference of the relatively smooth external wall of the lock stud engages a circumference of the relatively smooth internal wall of the hollow lock bolt to cause the solid portion to block fluid communication through the hollow lock bolt in the installed condition of the locking fastener.

US Pat. No. 9,945,365

FIXED FREQUENCY HIGH-PRESSURE HIGH RELIABILITY PUMP DRIVE

BJ Services, LLC, Tombal...

1. An apparatus configured to hydraulically fracture an earth formation, the apparatus comprising:a pump configured to hydraulically fracture the earth formation by pumping a fracturing liquid into a borehole penetrating the earth formation;
an electric motor having a rotor coupled to the pump and a stator; and
a motor control center having an input side in communication with a source of electrical power which is at a fixed phase and frequency, an outlet side in communication with the electric motor so that the electrical power between the input side and outlet side, and at the outlet side, is at the fixed phase and frequency.

US Pat. No. 9,944,502

CYLINDER RETRACTION SYSTEM, BOOM DEVICE AND CRAWLER CRANE

Hitachi Sumitomo Heavy In...

1. A crawler crane comprising a traveling lower superstructure, a revolving upper superstructure rotatably disposed upon the traveling lower superstructure and a boom of which base end portion is pivotably attached to the revolving upper superstructure, the traveling lower superstructure having a car body linked to the revolving upper superstructure, a pair of crawlers detachably mounted on both sides of the car body, each of the pair of crawlers configured so as to include a crawler side frame and a crawler belt wrapped around the crawler side frame, wherein the crawler side frame is detachable to and from the car body for the crawler crane itself, comprising:a hydraulic cylinder swingably suspended on a ventral surface side of the boom, and having a rod extended and contracted by hydraulic oil, and equipped with a mounting fixture attached at a front end of the rod for suspending the crawler side frame;
a cylinder retraction system including a pair of guide plates set apart from each other over a predetermined distance on two opposite sides of the rod, each of which base end side rotatably supported on the ventral surface side of the boom, and configured so that front edges of the pair of guide plates being rotated between a retraction portion closer to the ventral surface side of the boom and an operating position over a greater distance from the ventral surface side of the boom; wherein
a through hole is formed at the mounting fixture, a round bar shaped guide pin or a shackle for suspending the crawler side frame is selectively attached to the through hole;
when the hydraulic cylinder has been disposed in vertical direction in a condition in which the round bar shaped guide pin has been inserted through the through hole to assume an operating attitude, and the hydraulic cylinder has been made to contract in a condition in which the pair of the guide plates have been set in the operating positions, then the round bar shaped guide pin is guided via the pair of guide plates, and the hydraulic cylinder assumes the retracted attitude in which the hydraulic cylinder are disposed along the ventral surface side of the boom;
when the hydraulic cylinder has assumed the retracted attitude in a condition in which the round bar shaped guide pin has been inserted through the through hole, and the hydraulic cylinder has been made to extend in the condition in which the pair of the guide plates have been set in the operating positions, then the round bar shaped guide pin is guided via the pair of guide plates, and the hydraulic cylinder assumes the operating attitude; and
when the hydraulic cylinder has assumed the operating attitude, and the round bar shaped guide pin or the shackle has been attached to the mounting fixture, the crawler side frame is made suspensible.

US Pat. No. 9,943,867

EXTENDED EMISSION TIME LIQUID SPRAYER

Zhejiang JM Industry Co.,...

1. A liquid sprayer apparatus, comprising:a liquid container having an opening;
a spray mechanism sealingly engageable to said liquid container adjacent said opening to fluidically communicate with an interior of said liquid container, said spray mechanism including:
(i) a main body defining a first channel with a first channel wall and a second channel with a second channel wall, wherein the first channel and the second channel are fluidically connected to each other through a first passage;
(ii) a charge piston coordinating with said first channel wall to define a collection chamber, said charge piston defining a third channel extending therethrough, for introducing liquid to said collection chamber;
(iii) a one-way inlet valve permitting liquid flow from said container to said collection chamber;
(iv) a dispensation piston and a discharge valve base coordinating with said second channel wall to define a dispensation chamber, said dispensation piston being responsive to a fluid pressure in said dispensation chamber;
(v) a one-way outlet valve permitting liquid flow from said collection chamber to said dispensation chamber through said first passage;
(vi) an actuator for selectively moving said charge piston with respect to said first channel wall against a first restorative force to reduce a collection chamber volume of said collection chamber; and
(vii) a one-way discharge valve for permitting liquid flow from said dispensation chamber through a second passage in said discharge valve base, wherein said discharge valve opens when the fluid pressure in said dispensation chamber exceeds a first threshold pressure.

US Pat. No. 9,943,395

DEFLECTABLE INTRAVASCULAR FILTER

Claret Medical, Inc., Sa...

1. An intravascular filter, comprising:a proximal sheath;
a proximal shaft extending through the proximal sheath;
an expandable proximal filter carried by the proximal shaft and collapsed within the proximal sheath;
an articulable distal sheath extending through the proximal shaft, the articulable distal sheath having an articulation zone comprising a pull wire, wherein proximal retraction of the pull wire causes the articulation zone to articulate;
an elongate, flexible tubular body, having a proximal end and a distal end, and a guidewire lumen extending therethrough, the elongate flexible tubular body extending through the articulable sheath;
a filter frame comprising a loop and a strut; the loop residing in a plane that intersects the tubular body at a non normal angle, and the strut connecting the loop to the tubular body;
a filter membrane extending from the loop in a distal direction to a point of attachment to the tubular body; and
a flex zone on the tubular body positioned proximal to the filter membrane, the flex zone having a different flexibility than proximal and distal adjacent portions of the tubular body and wherein the guidewire lumen extends through the flex zone.

US Pat. No. 9,943,114

AEROSOL-FORMING CARTRIDGE COMPRISING A TOBACCO-CONTAINING MATERIAL

Philip Morris Products S....

1. An aerosol-forming cartridge for an electrically operated aerosol-generating system, the cartridge comprising:a base layer; and
at least one aerosol-forming substrate disposed on the base layer and comprising a tobacco-containing material with volatile tobacco flavour compounds that are releasable from the at least one aerosol-forming substrate,
wherein the base layer and the at least one aerosol-forming substrate are in contact at a first contact surface, which is substantially planar.
US Pat. No. 9,944,889

CAUSTIC FREE LOW TEMPERATURE WARE WASH DETERGENT FOR REDUCING SCALE BUILD-UP

Ecolab USA Inc., Saint P...

1. A method of cleaning using a caustic-free ware wash detergent comprising:providing a caustic-free alkaline detergent use composition, wherein the composition comprises from about 1 ppm to about 250 aminocarboxylate, from about 1 ppm to about 250 water conditioning polymer, from about 1 ppm to about 250 sequestrant, from about 10 ppm to about 1,000 non-caustic alkalinity source, and water, wherein the composition is caustic-free, does not contain surfactants and reduces or eliminates scale build-up on said surfaces;
washing a surface or article with the detergent use composition having a pH between about 8 and about 11.5;
employing a sanitizer with the detergent wash solution or a sanitizer formulated in the caustic-free alkaline detergent;
employing a rinse aid;
wherein the temperature of the detergent use solution in the washing step is not heated above about 140° F., and
wherein the detergent use solution contains sufficient use levels of the aminocarboxylate, water conditioning agent and sequestrant to prevent the formation of precipitates in hard water sources.
US Pat. No. 9,943,517

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR INCREASING ENERGY METABOLISM

NuSirt Sciences, Inc., N...

1. A composition comprising:(a) a synergistically effective amount of a phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE 5) inhibitor; and
(b) at least 500 mg of leucine and/or at least 200 mg of a leucine metabolite, wherein the PDE 5 inhibitor comprises sildenafil.
US Pat. No. 9,944,551

GLASS COMPOSITIONS, FIBERIZABLE GLASS COMPOSITIONS, AND GLASS FIBERS MADE THEREFROM

PPG Industries Ohio, Inc....

1. A glass composition suitable for fiber forming comprising:SiO2 50-60 weight percent;
Al2O3 24-35 weight percent;
MgO 2-12 weight percent;
CaO 0.5-7 weight percent;
Na2O 0-2 weight percent;
K2O 0-1 weight percent;
Li2O 1-3 weight percent;
B2O3 0-3 weight percent;
Fe2O3 0-1 weight percent;
F2 0-2 weight percent;
TiO2 0-2 weight percent;
ZnO 0-3 weight percent;
BaO 0-6.5 weight percent; and
other constituents 0-8 weight percent total,
wherein the composition has a forming temperature (TF) of at least 1250° C.

US Pat. No. 9,949,335

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING DISPLAY APPARATUS

SAMSUNG DISPLAY CO., LTD....

1. A method of manufacturing a display apparatus, comprising: forming a display unit on a first substrate; applying a frit having a first volume on an encapsulating substrate; sintering the frit on the encapsulating substrate at a first temperature such that the first volume of the frit is changed to a second volume that is about 50% of the first volume; melting at least a portion of the frit that has been sintered on the encapsulating substrate such that the second volume of the frit is changed to a third volume that is about 60% to 80% of the second volume at a second temperature which is higher than the first temperature; arranging and bonding the first substrate and the encapsulating substrate after melting at least a portion of the frit on the encapsulating substrate, so that the frit is disposed between the first substrate and the encapsulating substrate; and completely melting the frit between the first substrate and the encapsulating substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,948,745

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR FACILITATING UTILIZATION OF CLOUD SERVICES

NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY, E...

1. A method implemented by a mobile hub, the method comprising:receiving a request for cloud service issued by an application executed by a mobile terminal;
creating an application agent based upon the application that issued the request, wherein the application agent is configured to thereafter interact with the mobile terminal relative to the request for the cloud service;
causing a request to be transmitted to a cloud service provider in response to the request for the cloud service;
receiving a response from the cloud service provider;
causing a response to be provided to the mobile terminal based upon the response from the cloud service provider;
identifying, by the mobile hub, a different mobile hub to support the mobile terminal within another region to which the mobile terminal has moved; and
causing information regarding the different mobile hub to be provided by the mobile hub to the mobile terminal.

US Pat. No. 9,948,711

ALLOCATING AND MANAGING CLOUD COMPUTING RESOURCES FOR DISASTER RECOVERY

International Business Ma...

1. A method of allocating resources, the method comprising:assigning a plurality of resiliency attributes to each server of a plurality of servers at a server site, wherein each server has a server workload, and wherein the plurality of resiliency attributes include one or more of a mirroring attribute, a backup attribute, a storage availability attribute, a consistency group attribute, and a service level agreement attribute;
linking each server to at least one partner resource of a plurality of partner resources using a central provisioning engine, wherein the plurality of partner resources include at least one idle partner resource that has no workload and at least one preempt partner resource that has a preempt partner resource workload, and wherein the central provisioning engine determines whether each server is partnered with an idle partner resource or a preempt partner resource according to the server's resiliency attributes and the server's server workload;
determining that there is a disaster at the server site; and
responsive to determining that there is a disaster at the server site, transferring the server workload of each server on its corresponding partner resource, wherein transferring the server workload of a server whose partner resource is an idle partner resource comprises the idle partner resource assuming the server workload, and wherein transferring the server workload of a server whose partner resource is a preempt partner resource comprises the preempt partner resource abandoning its preempt partner resource workload in favor of the server workload.

US Pat. No. 9,948,698

WEB SERVICES DOCUMENTATION

International Business Ma...

1. A computer program product comprising:one or more computer readable storage media and program instructions stored on the one or more computer readable storage media, the program instructions comprising instructions to:
receive, at an endpoint configured to provide an application service, a documentation request from a requester, wherein the endpoint is a web services endpoint or a cloud services endpoint, and wherein the application service is maintained in a cloud network independently of a device local to a user of the requester, and wherein the cloud network comprises a private, community, public, or hybrid cloud network, and wherein the application service is stateless, and wherein the documentation request indicates a requested format, wherein the requested format is selected from the group consisting of XML, JSON, HTML, and WADL, and wherein the requested format indicates a template or example;
responsive to the documentation request, prepare a response that includes documentation, wherein the documentation specifies an input data schema and an output data schema for communicating with a service function of the application service, and wherein the documentation comprises an example or template;
transmit the response to the requester; and
receive, at the endpoint, a service request for the application service and responding to the service request.

US Pat. No. 9,948,682

DATA RESOURCE CONTROL THROUGH A CONTROL POLICY DEFINING AN AUTHORIZED CONTEXT FOR UTILIZATION OF A PROTECTED DATA RESOURCE

VESCEL, LLC, Las Vegas, ...

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling a data resource of a datastore, using a computer processor and a computer readable physical memory, comprising:traversing a referent attribute of a first node of a non-hierarchical data structure referencing a security node,
wherein the security node comprises a protected resource of the security node that is at least one of a protected primitive and a protected referent referring to a second node of the non-hierarchical data structure;
receiving an authorization request from a device for utilization of the protected resource of the security node, the authorization request comprising a state dataset comprising one or more state attributes each having a state value associated with a state of the device at generation of the authorization request;
referencing a control policy that defines an authorized context in which the device is authorized to utilize the protected resource of the security node, the control policy comprising a first component that is a control algorithm and optionally a second component that is a control dataset,
wherein the control dataset comprising one or more control attributes each having a control value range, the control value range of each of the one or more control attributes usable as inputs to the control algorithm;
selecting the control algorithm to be extracted from the security node based on an application program generating the authorization request;
extracting the control algorithm of the control policy from the security node, the control algorithm comprising one or more conditionals each comparing a first input that is a context value with a second input that is any one of a different context value and a control value range of the control dataset,
wherein the context value is at least one of the state value of one or more of the state attributes and an external value associated with a source other than the authorization request of the device, and
wherein the one or more conditionals of the control algorithm are expressed in a Turing complete language, the Turing complete language comprising an if operation, a then operation, and an else operation;
retrieving each of the context value specified in the control algorithm from at least one of the state dataset and the external dataset;
determining that the context dataset conforms with the authorized context by evaluating each of one or more conditionals of the control algorithm; and
authorizing utilization of the protected resource of the security node by the device when it is determined that the context dataset conforms to the authorized context defined by the control policy.

US Pat. No. 9,948,046

COMPOSITE CONNECTOR

LOTES CO., LTD, Keelung ...

1. A composite connector, comprising:an insulation body;
a plurality of terminal units, arranged on the insulation body,
wherein each of the terminal units comprises four terminals independent from each other, which are respectively two non-high-speed differential signal terminals and a pair of high-speed differential signal terminals located between the two non-high-speed differential signal terminals, wherein for each of the terminal units, the two non-high-speed differential signal terminals and the pair of high-speed differential signal terminals are aligned in a row, lengths of the non-high-speed differential signal terminals are greater than lengths of the high-speed differential signal terminals, there is no other terminal between adjacent two terminal units, and a non-high-speed differential signal terminal of one of the adjacent two terminal units is adjacent to a corresponding non-high-speed differential signal terminal of the other one of the adjacent two terminal units, and
a metal shell sleeved on the insulation body to form a first plug interface and a second plug interface, wherein the first plug interface is used for insertion of a first mating connector, the second plug interface is used for insertion of a second mating connector, and a combination of the first plug interface and the second plug interface is used for insertion of a third mating connector;
wherein each of the high-speed differential signal terminals has a first contacting portion and a first connecting portion that extends from the first contacting portion, the first contacting portion is exposed on a surface of the insulation body, and a width of the first connecting portion is less than a width of the first contacting portion;
wherein the non-high-speed differential signal terminal has a second contacting portion and a second connecting portion that extends from the second contacting portion, the second contacting portion is exposed on a surface of the insulation body, a width of the second connecting portion greater than a width of the first connecting portion; and
wherein a distance between the first contacting portion and the adjacent second contacting portion is equal to a distance between the first connecting portion and the adjacent second connecting portion.

US Pat. No. 9,947,436

INSULATED ELECTRIC WIRE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

MITSUBISHI MATERIALS CORP...

1. An insulated electric wire comprising: a copper wire; and an insulating coating formed on a surface of the copper wire by an electrodeposition method, whereina cross section shape of the insulated electric wire including the insulating coating is in a hexagonal shape,
a chamfered part that suppresses swelling of the insulating coating is formed on each corner part of a hexagonal cross section of the copper wire,
a length of the chamfered part is ? to 1/20 of a length of a flat part of the hexagonal cross section, and
a void ratio in a wound state is 5% or less.

US Pat. No. 9,946,225

MOBILE HOLOGRAM APPARATUS

Virtual Marketing Incorpo...

1. A mobile hologram apparatus comprising:a sheet folded along preformed creases into a pyramid structure configured to be actuated between a compressed state and an uncompressed state, the pyramid structure having a base section and a top section connected by four side sections, the pyramid structure, in the compressed state, having a height that is less than 1/10th the height of the pyramid structure in the uncompressed state; and
an elastic band separate from the sheet, positioned about the base section of the pyramid structure at the preformed creases that are located at respective junctions between the base section and each of the side sections, and configured to cause the pyramid structure to self-actuate from the compressed state to the uncompressed state.

US Pat. No. 9,946,036

CONNECTORS FOR MICRO-DUCT TERMINATIONS OF FIBER OPTIC CABLE

PPC Broadband, Inc., Eas...

1. A connector for coupling a fiber optic cable with a connection point, the connector comprising:a cable connector including a first longitudinal conduit configured to receive a duct, the duct being configured to slidably receive the fiber optic cable such that the fiber optic cable is configured to be pushed and pulled through the duct, the cable connector including
a connector body having a first end and a second end in a longitudinal direction, and
a compression fitting configured to be received about the first end of the connector body and to slide relative to the connector body in the longitudinal direction to radially compress the first end of the connector body to grip the duct; and
a connector housing including a second longitudinal conduit configured to substantially align with the first longitudinal conduit in the longitudinal direction, the connector housing including
a first end configured to be coupled with the second end of the connector body, and
a second end having a connection portion configured to couple the fiber optic cable to the connection point, the first longitudinal conduit and the second longitudinal conduit being configured to slidably receive the fiber optic cable.

US Pat. No. 9,945,824

CORE-SHELL NANOFIBER-BASED SENSORS

Ohio State Innovation Fou...

1. A core shell nanofiber comprising (a) a core comprising a first polymer and an oxygen sensor dispersed therein; and (b) a shell comprising a second polymer disposed coaxially around the core,wherein the nanofiber has a diameter of about 1000 nm or less.

US Pat. No. 9,945,728

GRAPHENE-BASED INFRARED SINGLE PHOTON DETECTOR

RAYTHEON BBN TECHNOLOGIES...

1. A photon detector comprising:a waveguide configured to guide infrared electromagnetic waves, in a mode having an evanescent field extending outside of the waveguide;
a graphene sheet having two contacts and configured:
to be coupled to the evanescent field; and
to undergo, when a photon is absorbed by the graphene sheet, an increase in temperature and a subsequent decrease in temperature, resulting in a corresponding increase in Johnson noise at the two contacts and a subsequent decrease in Johnson noise at the two contacts; and
a circuit connected to the two contacts, the circuit configured to detect the increase in Johnson noise.
US Pat. No. 9,943,563

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR TREATING VITILIGO

STEALTH BIOTHERAPEUTICS C...

1. A method for treating vitiligo in a subject in need thereof, the method comprising: administering a therapeutically effective amount of the peptide D-Arg-2?,6?-Dmt-Lys-Phe-NH2 or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.
US Pat. No. 9,944,859

DEEP DEOXYGENATION OF BIOCRUDES UTILIZING FLUIDIZED CATALYTIC CRACKING CO-PROCESSING WITH HYDROCARBON FEEDSTOCKS

Phillips 66 Company Alber...

1. A method for producing hydrocarbon products, comprising:(A) introducing a biological feed comprising a biomass-derived liquid to a riser;
(B) introducing a hydrocarbon feed comprising hydrocarbons having a boiling point above 343° C. of 60 volume % to about 100 volume % to the riser; and
(C) reacting the hydrocarbon feed and the biological feed in the presence of a first catalyst and a second catalyst to convert at least a portion of the biological feed and at least a portion of the hydrocarbons to hydrocarbon products, wherein the hydrocarbon products comprise a concentration of oxygen from about 0.005 wt. % to about 6 wt. %;
wherein:
the first catalyst and the second catalyst are compositionally different;
the first catalyst comprises about 10 wt. % to about 60 wt. % kaolin, about 20 wt. % to about 65 wt. % aluminum oxide, about 2 wt. % to about 30 wt. % silicon dioxide, and about 5 wt. % to about 60 wt. % of a first zeolite said first zeolite having a pore diameter from about 0.2 nanometers to about 0.8 nanometers and 10 to 12 membered rings; and the second catalyst comprises about 10 wt. % to about 40 wt. % aluminum oxide, about 0 wt. % to about 60 wt. % magnesium oxide, about 0.1 wt. % to about 30 wt. % aluminum orthophosphate, about 0.1 wt. % to about 10 wt. % vanadyl sulfate, and a second zeolite said second zeolite having a pore diameter of about 0.2 nanometers to about 0.7 nanometers and 10 or less membered rings.
US Pat. No. 9,944,895

METHOD FOR CELL CULTURE

GE HEALTHCARE BIO-SCIENCE...

14. A cell culture surface comprising a coating comprising an isolated HC2 at a concentration of 2 ?g/ml-200 ?g/ml,wherein the cell culture surface supplements a cell culture medium that is partially or completely chemically defined, and
wherein the cell culture medium is whole serum free, serum component free and feeder cell free.
US Pat. No. 9,944,901

FUSION PROTEIN FOR INDUCING PLURIPOTENT STEM CELLS AND APPLICATION METHOD THEREOF

Institute of Zoology, Chi...

1. A method for reprogramming somatic cells into induced pluripotent stem cells, the method comprising the following steps:providing an OCT4-YAPTAD plasmid, a SOX2-YAPTAD plasmid, a NANOG-YAPTAD plasmid, a Klf4 plasmid, and a packaging plasmid, wherein the OCT4-YAPTAD plasmid comprises a nucleotide sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO:1, the SOX2-YAPTAD plasmid comprises a nucleotide sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO:3, the NANOG-YAPTAD plasmid comprises a nucleotide sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO:5, and the Klf4 plasmid comprises a nucleotide sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO:7;
transfecting 293T cells respectively with the OCT4-YAPTAD plasmid, the SOX2-YAPTAD plasmid, the NANOG-YAPTAD plasmid, the Klf4 plasmid, and the packaging plasmid to obtain viruses, wherein the viruses respectively contain the nucleotide sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO:1, the nucleotide sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO:3, the nucleotide sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO:5, and the nucleotide sequence set forth in SEQ ID NO:7;
transfecting the somatic cells with the viruses;
culturing the transfected somatic cells; and
screening the cultured somatic cells to obtain the induced pluripotent stem cells.
US Pat. No. 9,943,537

ANTITUMOR AGENT AND ANTITUMOR EFFECT ENHANCER

TAIHO PHARMACEUTICAL CO.,...

1. A method for treating a cancer, comprising:administering to a subject in need thereof 17 to 115% of a recommended daily dose of a combination drug comprising trifluridine and tipiracil hydrochloride at a molar ratio of 1:0.5, and 11 to 100% of a recommended daily dose of an antibody selected from the group consisting of bevacizumab, cetuximab, and panitumumab, in combination.

US Pat. No. 9,948,752

DEFAULT DATA PACKET ROUTING IN A NFC DEVICE

STMICROELECTRONICS INTERN...

1. A method, comprising:receiving a data packet transmitted by a near field communications (NFC) device at a NFC controller, the data packet potentially containing routing information;
wherein, if the data packet contains routing information, the routing information consists of at least one of application identifier routing information, protocol routing information, and technology routing information;
determining whether the data packet includes application identifier routing information, and based thereupon routing the data packet to a default application identifier routing address based on a look-up table lacking an application identifier routing address associated with the application identifier routing information, using the NFC controller;
determining whether the data packet includes protocol routing information based upon the data packet lacking the application identifier routing information, and routing the data packet to a default protocol routing address based upon the look-up table lacking a protocol routing address associated with the protocol routing information, using the NFC controller;
wherein the default application identifier routing address is different than the default protocol routing address;
determining whether the data packet includes technology routing information based upon the data packet lacking the protocol routing information, and routing the data packet to a default technology routing address based upon the look-up table lacking a technology routing address associated with the technology routing information, using the NFC controller;
where the data packet does not include application identifier routing information, protocol routing information, and technology routing information, routing the data packet to a default address, using the NFC controller;
wherein the default technology routing address is different than the default protocol routing address; and
wherein the default address is different than the default technology routing address, the default protocol routing address, and the default application identifier routing address.

US Pat. No. 9,948,254

WIRELESS JOSEPHSON BIFURCATION AMPLIFIER

Yale University, New Hav...

1. A wireless amplifier comprising:at least one Josephson junction fabricated on a substrate;
at least one radio-frequency antenna connected to the at least one Josephson junction; and
a microwave waveguide, wherein the substrate is mounted within the microwave waveguide.

US Pat. No. 9,948,237

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FILTERING RADIO FREQUENCY SIGNALS OF TRANSCEIVER INTEGRATED CIRCUITS

CAMBIUM NETWORKS LIMITED,...

1. A multiple-in-multiple-out device comprising:a first transceiver comprising a first down converting mixer, a first band pass filter, and a first up converting mixer;
a second transceiver comprising a second down converting mixer, a second band pass filter, and a second up converting mixer;
a local oscillator configured to generate a local oscillator signal; and
a phase shifter coupled to the local oscillator to apply a phase shift to the local oscillator signal to generate a phase shifted local oscillator signal;
wherein the multiple-in-multiple-out device is configured to couple the local oscillator signal to the first down converting mixer and to the first up converting mixer and to couple the phase shifted local oscillator signal to the second down converting mixer and to the second up converting mixer,
wherein the phase shift applied by the phase shifter is configured to cancel energy radiated into the surroundings of the multiple-in-multiple-out device at the frequency of the local oscillator signal,
wherein the multiple-in-multiple-out device comprises a radio frequency generator comprising a first output and a second output, wherein the first transceiver is connected to the first output and the second transceiver is connected to the second output, and
wherein the radio frequency generator is configured to generate respective composite radio frequency signals at the first output and the second output, wherein each respective composite radio frequency signal comprises a respective first radio frequency signal having a first frequency and a respective second radio frequency signal having a second frequency and wherein the first frequency belongs to a first frequency band and the second frequency belongs to a second frequency band, the first frequency band being different from the second frequency band.

US Pat. No. 9,943,803

METHOD FOR OPERATING AN ADSORPTION DEVICE AND A CONTROL UNIT

KAESER KOMPRESSOREN SE, ...

1. A method for operating an adsorption device to remove at least in part an adsorbable and/or condensable component from a gas flow, wherein the adsorption device contains an adsorption material and is configured in such a way that the adsorption material can be brought into contact with the gas flow in an operating region of the adsorption device in order to remove the component and the adsorption material can be regenerated in a regeneration region of the adsorption device by means of desorption of the component; and for this purpose, in a load operating phase of the adsorption device, consecutive portions of the adsorption material can be moved continuously through the operating region and the regeneration region relative to the operating region and the regeneration region in a recurring manner, wherein the method has the following method steps:transporting the gas flow through the adsorption device in such a manner that the component is removed from the gas flow at least in part, and an output gas flow, from which the component is removed at least in part, is provided; and
initiating a follow-up operating phase of the adsorption device, during which a portion of the adsorption material is moved out of the regeneration region by a movement relative to the regeneration region in the event of an at least temporary interruption or discontinuation of the transportation of the gas flow for providing the output gas flow.

US Pat. No. 9,943,262

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING WALKING PATH GUIDANCE SERVICE BASED ON MEASUREMENT OF MOTION OF USER

SK PLANET CO., LTD., Gye...

1. A device for providing a walking path guidance service, the device comprising:a sensor unit, implemented by a processor, configured to measure a motion and position information of a user;
a reference information creation unit, implemented by a processor, configured to calculate an average walking speed using the measured motion and position information of the user;
a walking path guidance unit, implemented by a processor, configured to create a walking path from a starting point to a destination and calculating a time of arrival at the destination of the walking path according to the average walking speed; and
a personalized service unit, implemented by a processor, configured to calculate, when a movement according to the walking path is sensed, a moving speed using the motion measured by the sensor unit and recommending a taxi call service if the calculated moving speed is lower than a preset threshold speed.

US Pat. No. 9,948,659

CONTEXT BASED MANAGEMENT FOR SECURE AUGMENTED REALITY APPLICATIONS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A method comprising:determining a device is located in a protected area;
in response to determining the device is in the protected area, placing the device in a secure mode to protect data produced by a camera of the device;
permitting an augmented reality application server access to the data produced by the camera when the device is in the secure mode;
receiving, at the device, information about a second device located in the protected area; and
presenting, using an augmented reality application of the device, the received information overlaid on an image of the second device.

US Pat. No. 9,946,398

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TIMING INPUT SENSING, RENDERING, AND DISPLAY TO MINIMIZE LATENCY

Tactual Labs Co., New Yo...

1. A method for decreasing latency between an input touch event and the display of a frame reflecting the input touch event in a touch sensitive device having an operating system operatively connected to a touch sensing system sensitive to an input touch event and a display system, the display system displaying frames at a periodic refresh rate, the method comprising:estimating the time of a next frame refresh;
receiving from the operating system touch data reflective of an input touch event;
determining the application associated with the input touch event;
estimating the time it will take the application to process and render the received touch data;
determining a time at which delivery of the touch data to the application will permit the application to process and render the touch data prior to the time of the next frame refresh, based at least in part on the estimated time it will take the application to process and render the touch data, and the estimated time of the next frame refresh; and
providing the touch data to the application just prior to the determined time.