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. 9,948,306

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. 9,948,206

MULTILEVEL POWER CONVERSION DEVICE WITH FLYING CAPACITOR

MEIDENSHA CORPORATION, T...

4. A multilevel power conversion device configured to generate an alternating current output which is converted to a plurality of voltage levels from a direct current voltage, the multilevel power conversion device comprising:a first direct current voltage source which is common to respective phases;
a second direct current voltage source which is common to the respective phases, and which has a negative electrode terminal connected to a positive electrode terminal of the first direct current voltage source;
a first basic cell being common to the respective phases, and including a first semiconductor element having one end connected to the positive electrode terminal of the first direct current voltage source, a second semiconductor element having one end connected to a negative electrode terminal of the first direct current voltage source, a flying capacitor connected between the other end of the first semiconductor element and the other end of the second semiconductor element, and third and fourth semiconductor elements connected in order in series with each other between a common connection point of the first semiconductor element and the flying capacitor, and a common connection point between the second semiconductor element and the flying capacitor;
a second basic cell being common to the respective phases, and including a first semiconductor element having one end connected to a positive electrode terminal of the second direct current voltage source, a second semiconductor element having one end connected to the negative electrode terminal of the second direct current voltage source, a flying capacitor connected between the other end of the first semiconductor element and the other end of the second semiconductor element, and third and fourth semiconductor elements connected in order in series with each other between a common connection point between the first semiconductor element and the flying capacitor, and a common connection point between the second semiconductor element and the flying capacitor; and
phase modules of M phases (M?3), each including:
input terminals connected to the one end of the second semiconductor element of the first basic cell, a common connection point of the third and fourth semiconductor elements of the first basic cell, a common connection point between the first semiconductor element of the first basic cell and the second semiconductor element of the second basic cell, a common connection point of the third and fourth semiconductor elements of the second basic cell, and the one end of the first semiconductor element of the second basic cell;
first and second switching elements on a side of the second basic cell being connected in order in series with each other between the one end of the first semiconductor element of the second basic cell and the common connection point of the third and fourth semiconductor elements of the second basic cell;
first and second switching elements on a side of the first basic cell being connected in order in series with each other between the one end of the second semiconductor element of the first basic cell, and the common connection point of the third and fourth semiconductor elements of the first basic cell;
a third switching element on the side of the first basic cell, having one end connected to a common connection point of the first and second switching elements on the side of the first basic cell;
a third switching element on the side of the second basic cell, having one end connected to the common connection point of the first and second switching elements on the side of the second basic cell;
fifth and fourth switching elements being connected in order in series between the other end of the third switching element on the side of the second basic cell, and the other end of the third switching element on the side of the first basic cell;
a cathode of a first diode and an anode of a second diode being connected to the common connection point of the one end of the first semiconductor element of the first basic cell, and the one end of the second semiconductor element of the second basic cell;
a direct current circuit in which the fourth switching element and the fifth switching element are connected in series with each other being connected parallel to the first diode and the second diode; and
an output terminal connected to a common connection point of the fourth and fifth switching elements,
each of the phase modules of the M phases (M?3) being configured to selectively control the respective switching elements in an ON-OFF manner,
each of the phase modules being configured to output a potential of one of the input terminals at the output terminal by selectively controlling the respective switching elements in the ON-OFF manner.

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. 9,947,623

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE COMPRISING A CONDUCTIVE PAD ON A PROTRUDING-THROUGH ELECTRODE

AMKOR TECHNOLOGY, INC., ...

1. A semiconductor device comprising:a semiconductor die comprising an inactive die side and an active die side opposite the inactive die side;
a through hole in the semiconductor die that extends between the inactive die side and the active die side, the through hole comprising an inner wall;
an insulating layer coupled to the inner wall of the through hole;
a through electrode inside of the insulating layer;
a dielectric layer coupled to the inactive die side; and
a conductive pad coupled to the through electrode,
wherein the through electrode passes completely through the dielectric layer, and the through electrode and the insulating layer extend a same distance from the inactive die side.

US Pat. No. 9,947,584

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING RELEASE OF TRANSFERABLE SEMICONDUCTOR STRUCTURES

X-Celeprint Limited, Lee...

1. An array of micro devices, the array comprising:a silicon (111) source substrate having a plurality of anchor portions in the silicon (111) source substrate that are laterally separated by etched portions in the silicon (111) source substrate;
a plurality of releasable micro objects, each located over an etched portion; and
a plurality of tethers, wherein each tether of the plurality of tethers connects a releasable micro object to an anchor portion, wherein the anchor portion to which the tether connects laterally separates adjacent releasable micro objects,
wherein the releasable micro objects are formed at least in part on the source substrate.

US Pat. No. 9,947,479

VOLUMETRIC EFFICIENCY WET ELECTROLYTE CAPACITOR HAVING A FILL PORT AND TERMINATIONS FOR SURFACE MOUNTING

VISHAY SPRAGUE, INC., Be...

1. A wet electrolytic surface mount capacitor, comprising:a body defining an interior area and comprising a fill port formed through a wall of the body, the body having a cathode end and an opposite anode end, the anode end of the body being open;
a cover adjacent the anode end of the body positioned to close a portion of the open anode end;
a compressible fill port plug positioned adjacent the fill port;
a fill port cover positioned adjacent the fill port plug and configured to compress the fill port plug against the fill port to seal the fill port;
a capacitive element positioned in the interior of the body and isolated from the body, the capacitive element comprising an anode wire extending from a surface of the capacitive element toward the anode end of the body and accessible externally from the body;
a surface mount anode termination in electrical communication with the capacitive element and isolated from the body;
a surface mount cathode termination in electrical communication with the body; and
a fluid electrolyte contained in the interior area of the body.

US Pat. No. 9,947,359

HOLOGRAPHIC CHARACTERIZATION AND PLAYBACK APPARATUS

GWANGJU INSTITUTE OF SCIE...

1. A holographic characterization and playback apparatus, comprising:a light source for emitting light;
an optical path-forming optical system for, in the characterization mode, separating the light emitted from the light source into a probe light and a reference light of different polarizations from each other and advancing the same, and then combining optical paths of the probe light and the reference light;
an objective lens disposed on the optical path of the probe light to focus the probe light, and movable along an optical path direction of the probe light so as to vary a focal position of the probe light along a depth direction of a holographic data storage medium;
a scattering lens disposed on the optical path of the probe light between the objective lens and the holographic data storage medium to scatter the probe light focused by the objective lens;
a beam blocking part disposed on the optical path of the probe light between the light source and the objective lens to block the probe light in a playback mode;
an optical modulator for, in the playback mode, receiving the reference light transferred through the optical path-forming optical system, modulating the reference light to emit a playback light, and emitting the playback light along the optical path of the probe light in a direction opposite an irradiation direction of the probe light;
a photodetector disposed at a position adjacent to the optical path of the probe light to detect the playback light; and
a beam splitter disposed on the optical path of the probe light in front of the objective lens with reference to an advancing direction of the probe light to pass the probe light entering the objective lens, while transferring the playback light that has passed through the objective lens to the photodetector.

US Pat. No. 9,947,242

METHOD FOR PRODUCING ANATOMICAL PHANTOMS WITH CONSTITUENTS HAVING VARIABLE DENSITIES

SYNAPTIVE MEDICAL (BARBAD...

24. A method of producing a hydrogel-based anatomical phantom of an anatomical part having components of different density using multi-stage freezing and a single thawing step, consisting essentially of the steps:a) providing a mold of an anatomical part;
b) providing a constituent mold having a size and shape corresponding to a constituent part of the anatomical part, placing a liquid into the constituent mold;
c) freezing the liquid in the constituent mold to produce a frozen constituent part;
d) removing the frozen constituent part from the constituent mold and placing the frozen constituent part into the mold and supporting the frozen constituent part in a location in the mold corresponding to an actual location of the constituent part in an actual anatomical part;
e) filling the mold with a hydrogel liquid precursor to encase the frozen constituent part in the hydrogel liquid precursor;
f) freezing the hydrogel liquid precursor; and
g) thawing the frozen constituent part and the frozen hydrogel liquid precursor together to produce a hydrogel enveloped thawed frozen constituent part having a continuous seam between the constituent of the anatomical part formed by the thawed frozen constituent part and a remainder of the anatomical part formed by the hydrogel, and wherein the liquid and the hydrogel liquid precursor have a composition selected such that upon being thawed together, a product of the thawed frozen constituent part and the hydrogel have different densities.

US Pat. No. 9,947,176

INTERACTIVE GAMING AMONG A PLURALITY OF PLAYERS SYSTEMS AND METHODS

AG 18, LLC, Denver, CO (...

1. A system comprising:a host computer system to engage a player in one or more interactive games,
wherein the one or more interactive games include a game of skill, a game of chance, or a hybrid game of skill and chance,
a player terminal communicably coupled to the host computer system via a network,
wherein the host computer system or the player terminal determines a location of the player terminal;
wherein player terminal includes a display to depict action from at least one of the one or more interactive games,
wherein the player terminal is configured to receive monetary value and upon receiving the monetary value use a processor to generate a credit total for the player playing on the player terminal;
wherein the player interacts with the at least one of the one or more interactives games through a player interaction area that includes a betting interface to place a bet having a betting value that is then deducted from the credit total, and
an electronic collusion measure, under control of one or more processors, configured to detect gambling rule violations by, at least in part, using the location of the player terminal and evaluating one or more rules in view of the location to determine whether the player terminal can host any of the one or more interactive games;
wherein the player terminal or the host computer system records game play from the one or more interactive games; and
wherein the host computer system or player terminal distributes winnings from the one or more interactive games by adding to the credit total after a recording of the game play is analyzed to detect collusion.

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. 9,947,068

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GPU SCHEDULING

Gamefly Israel Ltd., Cae...

1. A computer-implemented method performed by a computerized device, comprising:a. receiving a request from a context for processing a frame by a Graphic Processing Unit (GPU);
b. allocating frame processing time for the context in association with the frame;
c. receiving a command buffer associated with the frame;
d. subject to a pending command buffer collection being empty, submitting the command buffer for processing by the GPU;
e. determining priorities for all command buffers in the pending command buffer collection, and for the command buffer;
f. if the highest priority command buffer is the command buffer, submitting the command buffer for processing;
g. otherwise adding the command buffer to the pending command buffer collection,
wherein determining the frame processing time comprises:
subject to processing time used by all contexts is zero, the frame processing time is determined as a frame time;
subject to processing time used by all contexts being below the maximal processing time, the frame processing time is determined as a portion of the maximal processing time relative to a ratio between processing time of a previous frame associated with the context, and sum of processing times of previous frames associated with all contexts; and
subject to processing time used by all contexts exceeding the maximal processing time, the frame processing time is determined as processing time of a previous frame associated with the context, reduced by a factor proportional to how much processing time of a previous frame associated with the context deviated from expected frame time, and
wherein the frame processing time allocated for the context is reduced by an amount of time related to a time a previous frame associated with the context exceeded its allocated processing time.

US Pat. No. 9,947,019

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTEXTUAL PROFILING FOR OBJECT INTERACTIONS AND ITS APPLICATION TO MATCHING SYMMETRICAL OBJECTS

NBCUniversal Media, LLC, ...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium having computer executable instructions for performing a method for recommending objects, the method comprising:storing a plurality of symmetrical objects and a plurality of past selections, the plurality of symmetrical objects including a plurality of consumer objects and a plurality of inanimate objects, the plurality of symmetrical objects having attribute names that match, each attribute name having a value, and each past selection including two or more symmetrical objects;
determining a time range, a location, and a consumer object based on received consumer information, the consumer object being one of the plurality of symmetrical objects;
identifying a plurality of filtered selections from the plurality of past selections, the plurality of filtered selections having been selected in the past during the time range and from the location, the plurality of filtered selections including a plurality of filtered objects, each filtered object being one of the plurality of symmetrical objects;
determining a plurality of total differences for the plurality of filtered objects such that a total difference is determined for each filtered object, determining the plurality of total differences including:
for each filtered object,
determining a plurality of attribute differences such that an attribute difference is determined for each attribute name of a filtered object, each attribute difference being a difference between a value of an attribute name of the consumer object and a value of a corresponding attribute name of the filtered object; and
summing the plurality of attribute differences to determine the total difference for the filtered object; and
selecting the filtered object that has a smallest total difference to be a recommended object.

US Pat. No. 9,946,998

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ELECTRONIC DEPOSIT OF A FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT BY BANKING CUSTOMERS FROM REMOTE LOCATIONS BY USE OF A DIGITAL IMAGE

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A....

1. A method, comprising:receiving, by an automated electronic banking system, from a remote customer terminal, a log on request from a banking customer, the log on request comprising identification information associated with the banking customer, wherein the automated electronic banking system comprises at least one computer processor and the remote customer terminal comprises at least one computer processor, at least one digital camera configured to capture a digital image, and optical recognition software configured to convert machine printed characters to electronic text or an intelligent character recognition configured to convert handwritten characters to electronic text from a digital image of a financial instrument, wherein further the automated electronic banking system and the remote customer terminal are communicatively coupled over a computer based network, and wherein the remote customer terminal is a telephone capable of performing these functions;
receiving, by the automated electronic banking system, a request, from the telephone, for depositing a value of a financial instrument;
receiving, by the automated electronic banking system, transaction data associated with the financial instrument that has been entered into an interface on the telephone;
receiving, electronically, by the automated electronic banking system, a digital image of the financial instrument that is transmitted from the telephone, wherein the digital image is taken, prior to transmission, using the at least one digital camera of the telephone;
receiving, electronically, by the automated electronic banking system, an image data set for the financial instrument that is transmitted from the telephone, wherein the image data set is comprised of text converted from the digital image of the financial instrument; and
depositing, by the automated electronic banking system, the value of the financial instrument into a bank account based the received transaction data.

US Pat. No. 9,946,955

IMAGE REGISTRATION METHOD

HANWHA LAND SYSTEMS CO., ...

1. An image registration method comprising:obtaining a first reference image by photographing a reference target from a first viewpoint;
obtaining a second reference image by photographing the reference target from a second viewpoint;
obtaining reference coordinate-difference values that indicate difference in coordinates of corresponding pixels between the first reference image and the second reference image;
obtaining parallax registration-error values based on a distance of a photographing target from the first viewpoint and the second viewpoint;
obtaining a registration result of a first image of the photographing target taken from the first viewpoint and a second image of the photographing target taken from the second viewpoint based on the reference coordinate-difference values; and
correcting the registration result based on the parallax registration-error values,
wherein the first viewpoint is different from the second viewpoint, and
wherein the registration result is obtained after the parallax registration-error values are obtained.

US Pat. No. 9,946,888

SYSTEM FOR MANAGING MULTIPLE SUBSCRIPTIONS IN A UICC

GEMALTO SA, Meudon (FR)

1. System for managing multiple subscriptions in a UICC, said system comprising a central server able to manage a plurality of subscriptions stored on a UICC comprised in a mobile terminal in the field in a manner to block all subscriptions stored on said UICC, at the request of a subscriber of one of the plurality of subscriptions, whereinsaid central server is connected to a plurality of mobile network operators (MNOs).

US Pat. No. 9,946,845

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FILLING AND DISPENSING ORDERS

RXSAFE LLC, Vista, CA (U...

1. A storage unit for storing and dispensing filled prescription orders, the storage unit comprising:a frame;
a feeder mounted to the frame, the feeder including a loading port configured to receive a container containing a filled prescription order;
a storage structure positioned within the frame, the storage structure configured to store containers containing the filled prescription orders;
a dispenser mounted to the frame, the dispenser configured to dispense the containers containing the filled prescription orders;
a collection bin mounted to the frame, the collection bin configured to receive the containers containing the filled prescription orders;
a container-moving assembly positioned within the frame, the container-moving assembly operable to
move the container containing the filled prescription order from the feeder to the storage structure when the container is positioned within the feeder,
move the container from the storage structure to the dispenser in response to a first command, and
move the container from the storage structure to the collection bin in response to a second command; and
a plurality of feeders mounted to the frame, the plurality of feeders including a plurality of loading ports to allow loading a plurality of containers containing filled prescription orders into the storage unit simultaneously, each feeder including a V-shaped wall that forms a bottom of the corresponding loading port.

US Pat. No. 9,946,532

APPARATUS, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR UPDATING A PERIPHERAL CONNECTED TO IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE

CANON INFORMATION AND IMA...

1. An image processing device comprising:at least one peripheral device, connected to the image processing device and including software executing thereon that controls one or more functions of the at least one peripheral device;
a processor; and
a memory storing a set of instructions that, when executed by the processor, controls the image processing device to:
receive a data object representing an update to be applied to the software executing on the at least one peripheral device connected to the image processing device;
generate a communication mode switch message to change, on the at least one peripheral device, a mode of communicating data between the at least one peripheral device and the image processing device;
communicate the communication mode switch message to the at least one peripheral device;
disable, on the at least one peripheral device, a currently active communication mode that uses a first communication pathway that enables communication between the image processing device and the at least one peripheral device;
activate, on the at least one peripheral device, a second communication pathway that was previously disabled during the active communication mode as an update mode enabling the image processing device to communicate with the at least one peripheral via the second communication pathway; and
transmit the data object representing the update via the update mode to apply the update to the software executing on the at least one peripheral device.

US Pat. No. 9,946,518

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR EXTENDING A VISUALIZATION PLATFORM

iRise, El Segundo, CA (U...

1. A computer implemented method for extending a visualization platform, the method comprising:providing, by a computing device comprising hardware, a visualization authoring environment configured to enable a first user to define a user interface appearance and behavior of a prospective software application for at least a smart-phone or a prospective modification to an existing software application for at least a smartphone at least in part by incorporating native widgets;
storing such definitions on computer readable media in a format that can be utilized by one or more other instances of the visualization authoring environment or one or more instances of a visualization rendering environment, or both one or more other instances of the visualization authoring environment and one or more instances of a visualization rendering environment;
providing, by the computing device, in the visualization authoring environment a facility to enable a user to incorporate one or more non-native widgets into the visualization authoring environment without requiring acquisition or installation of a new version of the visualization authoring environment;
enabling the first user to search for native and non-native widgets using the computing device;
providing, by the computing device, in the visualization authoring environment a facility to enable the first user to incorporate non-native widgets into a visualization project for a prospective software application for a smartphone or a prospective modification to an existing software application for a smartphone;
providing, by the computing device, in the visualization authoring environment a user interface component configured to display icons corresponding to one or more non-native widgets and one or more native widgets and process click and drag operations to add widgets to the visualization project;
providing, by the computing device, in the visualization authoring environment a user interface component configured to accept user inputs to modify the properties of one or more widgets;
providing, by the computing device, in the visualization authoring environment a user interface component configured to display comments made by a second user;
providing, by the computing device, in the visualization authoring environment a facility to enable the first user to modify one or more of attributes of an instance of a non-native widget, including at least: size and position; and
enabling the first user to simulate the visualization project for a prospective software application for a smartphone or a prospective modification to an existing software application for a smartphone using the computing device.

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. 9,946,362

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. 9,946,310

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. 9,946,287

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. 9,946,266

CLASSIFICATION OF ENVIRONMENT ELEMENTS

ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRI...

1. A method of classifying environment elements detected in a given environment to respective environment element types, the method comprising:scanning the given environment with one or more scanners to obtain scanned points in the given environment; and
with the help of a processor performing at least the following operations:
determining information with respect to a plurality of the scanned points; the information comprising respective coordinates of each point relative to a fixed reference frame;
identifying edges and non-edges from among the plurality of scanned points;
wherein the identifying comprises:
for a given scanned point i in a scanning operation:
determining a first difference between height of the given point i and height of an adjacent point i?1;
determining a second difference between height of the given point i and height of an adjacent point i+1;
identifying point i as an edge in case a third difference between the first difference and the second difference is greater than a given threshold value;
dividing the plurality scanned points into one or more clusters of scanned points; and
classifying all scanned points in a given cluster as vegetation point candidates, if a portion of the identified edges from among the scanned points in the given cluster is greater than a given threshold value.

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. 9,946,088

STEREOSCOPIC LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY SYSTEMS

REALD INC., Beverly Hill...

1. A flat panel display operable to display stereoscopic imagery, comprising:a vertical which is defined by a line extending from the top to the bottom of the display, wherein a top and a bottom of the display are defined by a viewer frame of reference, and farther wherein the vertical is perpendicular to a top edge and a bottom edge of the display,
a liquid crystal display (LCD) panel that provides left- and right-eye image encoded light, wherein the LCD panel outputs light with a polarization axis oriented non-orthogonally to the vertical;
a polarization rotation element positioned to receive the left- and right-eye image encoded light incident from the LCD panel and that rotates the polarization axis of the incident light to a vertical orientation; and
a polarization modulation element positioned to receive the light incident from the polarization rotation element and that selectively transforms the state of polarization (SOP) of the received light in synchronization with the left- and right-eye image encoded light provided by the LCD panel, wherein the polarization modulation element is aligned at substantially +45° or ?45° with respect to the vertical, further wherein the left-eye image encoded light has a first polarization and the right-eye image encoded light has a second polarization.

US Pat. No. 9,946,071

MODIFYING LIGHT OF A MULTICORE ASSEMBLY TO PRODUCE A PLURALITY OF VIEWING ZONES

Magic Leap, Inc., Dania ...

1. A system for displaying virtual content to a user, comprising:a plurality of light guiding structures to propagate coherent light associated with one or more frames of image data and configured to produce an aggregate wavefront;
a phase modulator coupled to one or more light guiding structures of the plurality of light guiding structures and configured to induce one or more phase delays in projected light that is projected by the one or more light guiding structures;
a processor configured to control the phase modulator in a manner such that the aggregate wavefront produced by the plurality of light guiding structures is varied between a planar wavefront and a plurality of curved wavefronts with respective curvatures that correspond to a plurality of focal distances for the virtual content; and
a waveguide assembly that comprises at least one weak lens and is configured to present the image data at the plurality of focal distances to at least one eye of the user based at least in part upon the aggregate wavefront and the one or more phase delays.

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. 9,946,036

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. 9,945,959

GLOBAL NAVIGATION SATELLITE SYSTEM RECEIVER SYSTEM WITH RADIO FREQUENCY HARDWARE COMPONENT

Trimble Inc., Sunnyvale,...

1. A Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver system comprising:a radio frequency hardware component comprising:
a first antenna configured for receiving, over-the-air, a first analog GNSS signal in a first frequency band;
a second antenna configured for receiving, over-the-air, at least a second analog GNSS signal in a second frequency band, wherein said first frequency band and said second frequency band are separate and distinct;
a digitizer configured for digitizing said first analog GNSS signal into a first digitalized GNSS signal and for digitizing said second analog GNSS signal into a second digitized GNSS signal; and
a communication device configured to wirelessly receive said first digitized GNSS signal and said second digitized GNSS signal wirelessly transmitted from said radio frequency hardware component, said communication device comprising:
an internal GNSS receiver chipset; and
a processor, located outside of said internal GNSS receiver chipset, said processor configured for operating a software-defined GNSS receiver to determine a position using at least first information obtained by said processor from said first digitized GNSS signal and second information obtained by said processor from said second digitized GNSS signal.

US Pat. No. 9,945,935

DIGITAL FREQUENCY MODULATED CONTINUOUS WAVE RADAR USING HANDCRAFTED CONSTANT ENVELOPE MODULATION

Uhnder, Inc., Austin, TX...

1. A radar system for a vehicle, the radar system comprising:at least one transmitter configured for installation and use on a vehicle;
wherein each of the at least one transmitter comprises:
a frequency generator configured to generate a radio signal with a desired center frequency;
a code generator configured to generate a sequence of chips at a selected chiprate, wherein a modulation interval between successive chips is a reciprocal of the chiprate, and wherein the generated sequence of chips is a selected sequence of chips selected from a plurality of chip sequences;
a modulator configured to frequency modulate the radio signal using shaped frequency pulses, wherein the shaped frequency pulses correspond to a first signal, the frequency of which deviates from the desired center frequency during each of the modulation intervals according to a selected pulse shape, wherein the selected pulse shape is determined by the selected sequence of chips generated by the code generator, and wherein the selected sequence of chips is selected to realize the selected pulse shape;
a constant-envelope power amplifier configured to amplify the frequency modulated radio signal at a desired transmit power level; and
an antenna for transmitting an amplified and frequency modulated radio signal; and
at least one receiver configured for installation and use on the vehicle, and configured to receive a radio signal that is the transmitted amplified and frequency modulated radio signal reflected from objects in the environment.

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. 9,945,841

CELL CYCLE MEASURING METHOD BASED ON AN ELECTROCHEMICAL METHOD

INDUSTRY-UNIVERSITY COOPE...

1. A method for determining cell cycle phase, comprising:(a) immobilizing a capture agent on a substrate wherein the capture agent specifically binds to a cell membrane protein and wherein the cell membrane protein is a binding partner to the capture agent;
(b) binding a cell having the cell membrane protein as the binding partner to the capture agent;
(c) treating the cell with a cell cycle synchronizing agent; and
(d) measuring a redox potential of the cell,
wherein the step (d) is performed by a differential pulse voltammetry using a tri electrode consisting of a working electrode, a reference electrode, and a counter electrode, and
wherein where a peak was observed only at 50 mV in the redox potential, the cell cycle phase is determined to be in the G1/S phase; where a peak was observed only at 150 mV in the redox potential, the cell cycle phase is determined to be in the G2/M phase; where peaks are observed at 50 mV and 150 mV in the redox potential, if the magnitude of the peak at 50 mV decreases and the magnitude of the peak at 150 mV increases with time, the cell cycle phase is determined to be in the transition from G1/S to G2/M phase is in progress; if the magnitude of the peak at 50 mV increases and the magnitude of the peak at 150 mV decreases, the cell cycle phase is determined to be in the transition from G2/M to G1/S is in progress.

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. 9,945,775

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. 9,945,760

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. 9,945,753

CARGO LOADING TRAILER

United Aeronautical Corp....

1. A cargo loading system for loading freight into or out of the cargo hold, the system comprising:a trailer base sized to secure a pallet adapted to hold an AFFS unit;
a plurality of support legs affixed to said trailer base in spaced relationship in fore and aft locations thereon;
a plurality of steerable casters, each caster operatively coupled to a corresponding support leg of the plurality of support legs such that each casters can rotate about an axis of rotation perpendicular to the ground,
a first set of hydraulic actuators coupled to the plurality of support legs to displace the plurality of casters from a stored orientation in which the casters are not in contact with the ground to a deployed orientation in which the castors contact the ground to raise the trailer base to a desired height;
a second set of hydraulic actuators coupled to the plurality of casters to control the rotation of each caster about the axis of rotation for steerable control thereof; and
a control panel assembly coupled to the trailer base and in operative communication with the first set and the second set of hydraulic actuators to provide a single point of control for height adjustment and steering capability of said casters by personnel, the control panel assembly having tilt control switches in operative communication to maintain horizontal and vertical alignment of the trailer base during height adjustment of the trailer base by vertical articulation of said casters.

US Pat. No. 9,945,750

PRESSURE DETECTION DEVICE

CITIZEN FINEDEVICE CO., L...

1. A pressure detection device comprising:a pressure detection element which receives pressure so as to output a detection signal corresponding to the pressure; and
a processing circuit which processes and outputs the detection signal output from the pressure detection element,
wherein the processing circuit includes at least:
an integrator circuit which uses a reference voltage set to have a predetermined magnitude as an operation reference and integrates the detection signal so as to convert the detection signal into a voltage waveform; and
a base voltage adjustment circuit which is connected between an input terminal and an output terminal of the integrator circuit and adjusts a magnitude of a base voltage that is a potential when the detection signal in an output signal output from the integrator circuit is not present.

US Pat. No. 9,945,749

IONIZATION VACUUM MEASURING CELL

INFICON GMBH, Bad Ragaz ...

1. An ionization vacuum measuring cell comprising:a) a housing having a measuring fitting for the vacuum to be measured at one end section of the housing,
b) a first and a second electrodes in the housing, whereby an ionization space is formed inside the housing between these two electrodes,
c) an electrically insulating, vacuum-tight feedthrough for an electrical supply connection to one of said first and second electrodes or for one of said first and second electrode itself, said feedthrough having an electrical insulator, characterized in that
the electrical supply connection or the electrode which is fed through is a metal rod on an axis, and wherein the feedthrough comprises:
i) a ceramic hollow cylinder, which is coaxial to the axis, having an inner surface spaced apart radially from the rod,
ii) a first glass ring, which is fused onto the inner surface and the rod, and is set back axially from an end face of the ceramic hollow cylinder facing toward the ionization space,
iii) a metal fitting having a cylindrical bore coaxial to the axis, having an inner surface of said cylindrical bore spaced apart radially from the cylindrical outer surface of the ceramic hollow cylinder,
iv) a second glass ring, which is fused onto the cylindrical outer surface of the ceramic hollow cylinder,
v) wherein the inner surface of said cylindrical bore is connected vacuum-tight to the second glass ring.

US Pat. No. 9,945,738

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR MONITORING AND CONTROLLING TEMPERATURE IN A MICROFLUIDIC ENVIRONMENT

GenMark Diagnostics, Inc....

17. A microfluidic chamber comprising a PCB and temperature sensitive liquid crystals in a liquid drop comprising oil and a nonionic emulsifier.

US Pat. No. 9,945,702

RECONFIGURABLE INDICATING DEVICE

DENSO International Ameri...

1. An indicating device comprising:a screen configured to indicate a graphic;
a pointer rotational relative to the screen;
a driver unit equipped with the pointer and configured to rotate the pointer; and
a controller configured to send an output signal to the driver unit to rotate the pointer in order to indicate a certain value at a rotational position in a rotational range, wherein
the controller is configured to change the rotational range based on a user's selection, so that the pointer indicates at the different rotational position in the different rotational range even if the pointer is controlled to indicate a same value,
the graphic includes a maximum tick mark and a minimum tick mark of the value, and
the controller is configured to change a visible position of at least the maximum tick mark or the minimum tick mark on the screen according to the rotational range, which is changed so that the visible distance between a maximum tick mark and a minimum tick mark on the screen is changed.

US Pat. No. 9,945,667

SENSING SYSTEM AND SENSING METHOD USING THE SAME

National Applied Research...

1. A sensing system, including:at least one tested unit comprising a container, a strain arm, and a float, wherein an accommodating space is defined in the container for accommodating a fluid, the strain arm has a fixed end and a free end, wherein the fixed end of the strain arm connects to a side wall of the container, and the free end of the strain arm overhangs in the accommodating space and connects to the float, the float shifts by changes of buoyant force and induce a bending deformation of the strain arm; and
an optical fiber measuring unit having at least one measuring portion, wherein the measuring portion combines with the strain arm and extends between the fixed end and the free end for detecting the bending deformation of the strain arm.

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. 9,945,589

ROTATORY SERIES-POLE MAGNETIC REFRIGERATING SYSTEM

CHUANDONG MAGNETIC ELECTR...

1. A rotatory series-pole magnetic refrigerating system, comprising:a moving magnetic body and at least one vertically-disposed magnetic series, wherein the magnetic series further comprising a plurality of heat insulated cavities, wherein the heat insulated cavities are interconnected in series successively, wherein the interior of the heat insulated cavities are provided with magnetic working mediums, wherein the upper and lower magnetic working mediums which are adjacent to any magnetic working medium in demagnetizing state in the same magnetic series must be in a magnetizing state, wherein the system further comprising a heat-flow structure, which assists the internal heat energy in the magnetic series to flow in one direction, wherein the heat-flow structure is interconnected to the two ends of the magnetic series respectively, wherein the heat energy generated in the magnetizing process of the magnetic working medium in the magnetic series flows in one direction under the function of heat transmission and the support of the heat-flow structure, enabling the magnetic series to form a cold end and a hot end, wherein the cold end is connected to the refrigerating cavity, which is disposed inside of the heat insulated storage container.

US Pat. No. 9,945,548

RECESSED LIGHTING UNIT WITH WIRE CONNECTOR

DMF, Inc., Carson, CA (U...

1. A recessed lighting unit comprising:a housing having an outer surface, an inner surface, and a bottom opening that is open to a cavity, the cavity being defined in part by an inner surface of the housing,
wherein the housing has a through-duct formed therein, the through-duct having a first through-duct opening in the outer surface that leads to a second through-duct opening in the inner surface,
wherein the through-duct has an upper portion and a lower portion, between the first through-duct opening and the second through-duct opening, and
the lower portion forms an elbow between the upper portion and the second through-duct opening.

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. 9,945,518

METHOD AND ARRANGEMENT FOR TRANSFERRING HEAT IN A GASEOUS FUEL SYSTEM

Wartsila Finland OY, Vas...

1. A fuel storage and distribution system for a gas-fueled sea-going vessel, comprising:a thermally insulated gas tank for storing liquefied gas fuel and
a tank room,
an external heat source circuit comprising at least one of the following: a part of an engine cooling circuit reaching into said tank room, a part of a steam generation circuit reaching into said tank room, or a part of a thermal oil circuit reaching into said tank room, wherein the fuel storage and distribution system further comprises:
a local heat transfer circuit in the tank room, which local heat transfer circuit comprises a local heat transfer re-boiler, and a local heat transfer condenser in fluid connection with said local heat transfer re-boiler, configured to extract heat from an external heat source circuit, which external heat source circuit constitutes a hot element within local heat transfer re-boiler, which hot element is a part that during use donates heat to a transfer medium of said local heat transfer circuit, causing it to evaporate within said local heat transfer re-boiler, which local heat transfer condenser extends at least partly into said gas tank,
the tank room constitutes a gastight space enclosing tank connections and valves associated with them, and
the local heat transfer circuit is configured to extract heat from said external heat source circuit inside said tank room,
as a part of said local heat transfer circuit a heating arrangement configured to heat liquefied gas fuel, which is stored in said gas tank, for increasing pressure inside said gas tank indirectly through a pressure build-up heat transfer circuit that constitutes a closed loop that allows fluid heating medium to circulate between the tank room and the gas tank, wherein a part of said pressure build-up heat transfer circuit constitutes a cold element, which is a part that during use receives heat from the transfer medium causing it to condense, within said local heat transfer condenser, or directly by making heated, fluid transfer medium of said local heat transfer circuit donate heat to said liquefied gas fuel, and
as a part of said local heat transfer circuit a main gas evaporator for evaporating liquefied gas fuel drawn from said gas tank for delivery to an engine of the sea-going vessel.

US Pat. No. 9,945,516

METHOD FOR PRESERVING QUALITY OF NITRIC OXIDE

SUMITOMO SEIKA CHEMICALS ...

1. A method for preserving quality of nitric oxide at a time when the nitric oxide is transported in a state of being stored in a high-pressure gas cylinder characterized by:filling the nitric oxide into said high-pressure gas cylinder at a gauge pressure between 1.96 MPa and 3.5 MPa to be stored, and
transporting in a state in which the exterior surface temperature of said high-pressure gas cylinder is held in a range from ?15° C. to 5° C.

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. 9,945,350

INSTALLING A BLADE IN A WIND TURBINE AND WIND TURBINES

GE Renewable Technologies...

1. A method of installing a blade in a wind turbine comprising a tower, a nacelle positioned on top of the tower and a rotor hub positioned on the nacelle, the rotor hub comprising a guiding element, the method comprising:providing a blade holder for holding the blade, wherein the blade holder comprises a stabilization beam;
providing lifting equipment for lifting the blade holder;
attaching the blade holder to the blade, wherein the blade comprises a blade mount for mounting the blade to the rotor hub;
connecting the lifting equipment to the blade holder;
hoisting the blade holder with the blade towards the rotor hub with the lifting equipment with the blade oriented such that the stabilization beam is clear from under the nacelle or rotor hub;
orienting the blade and blade holder such that the distal end of the stabilization beam is brought into proximity of the guiding element;
bringing the guiding element and the stabilization beam into direct contact with each other along a line of direction that is parallel to a rotational axis of the rotor hub; and
attaching the blade mount to the rotor hub.

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. 9,944,973

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. 9,944,821

POLYASPARTIC COATING COMPOSITIONS

Covestro LLC, Pittsburgh...

1. A two-component coating system for the production of polyurea coatings, the coating system comprising:(A) a polyisocyanate;
(B1) a polyaspartic ester corresponding to the following formula:

wherein:
X represents an aliphatic residue; and
R1 and R2 represent ethyl residues; and
(B2) a polyetheraspartic ester corresponding to the following formula:

wherein:
n is an integer of 3;
m is independently an integer of 1 to 5;
Z? represents a 1,1,1-tris(methyl)propyl residue;
R1 and R2 represent ethyl residues; and
R3 represents isopropyl (1-methylethyl) residues.

US Pat. No. 9,944,486

SHEET MATERIAL TAKE-IN APPARATUS, SHEET MATERIAL CONVEYING APPARATUS, IMAGE READING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Denshi Kabushiki Ka...

1. A sheet material take-in apparatus comprising;an apparatus body having a loading platform on which a sheet bundle is loaded;
a take-in unit configured to take in a sheet material of the sheet bundle to an interior of the apparatus body;
a detecting unit configured to detect movement of the take-in unit in a direction away from the loading platform; and
a control unit configured to control an operation of the take-in unit,
wherein in response to the detecting unit detecting the movement of the take-in unit in the direction away from the loading platform during a sheet take-in operation taking in a sheet material to the interior of the apparatus, the control unit stops the sheet take-in operation by the take-in unit.

US Pat. No. 9,944,397

SEAT THAT CAN BE CONVERTED INTO A SLEEPING-BERTH

EADS SOGERMA, Merignac (...

1. A seating arrangement comprising:a first block (2) comprising a first seat; and a second seat adjoining said first seat,
said first and second adjoining seats (3) each including elements that include a seat cushion (31) and a seat back (32), and
each seat being convertible, individually, by a relative movement of said elements including the seat cushion (31) and the seat back (32) between i) a chair configuration in which an occupant of the seat is in a seated position, and ii) a bed configuration in which the elements of the seat form a bed plane (35) and in which an occupant of the seat is stretched out substantially flat and substantially horizontally,
the first and second seats (3) being arranged side by side and oriented substantially in a same direction,
wherein, each of the at least first and second seats (3) is associated with a foot area (41) situated in front of each seat in the bed configuration and in an extension of each bed plane,
a longitudinal axis (34) of each of the at least first and second seats (3) in the bed configuration converges towards a convergence point situated in a vertical plane of symmetry of a second similar block in front of said seats,
each foot area (41) of the at least first and second seats (3) comprises a rest surface (42) substantially in a horizontal plane of the second block said foot areas (41) being vertically offset such that a first of the rest surfaces (42) is situated at a height of the bed plane (35) of the first seat, and a second of the rest surfaces is situated at a height of the bed plane (35) of the second seat, the height of the bed plane of the first seat and the height of the bed plane of the second seat being different,
the rest surfaces (42) of the foot areas (41) of the at least first and second seats (3) are at least partially superposed, one over the other, in a vertical projection, and
when the at least first and second seats (3) are both in the chair configuration, the seat cushion of the first and second seats are situated at the same height and, when the at least first and second seats (3) are both in the bed configuration, the bed plane (35) of one of said at least first and second seats is situated at a different height, relative to a reference surface corresponding to a cabin floor when said blocks are installed in a cabin, from the bed plane of the other of said at least first and second seats.

US Pat. No. 9,944,309

STEERING COLUMN DEVICE

FUJI KIKO CO., LTD., Kos...

1. A steering column device comprising:a downward U-shaped attachment bracket fixed to a vehicle;
an upward U-shaped lower jacket disposed inside a U-shaped space of the attachment bracket and supported by the attachment bracket;
a polygonal cylindrical mid jacket disposed inside a U-shaped space of the lower jacket and supported by the lower jacket;
a polygonal cylindrical upper jacket, of which a shape is similar to that of the mid jacket, inserted into and supported by the mid jacket so as to be able to slide; and
a shock energy absorbing mechanism for absorbing a shock energy at a time of a secondary collision,
wherein the shock energy absorbing mechanism has a contracting guide part to smoothly perform a sliding and contracting operation of the upper jacket to the mid jacket at the time of the secondary collision separately from an energy absorbing part serving as a load generation part to absorb the shock energy,
wherein the contracting guide part is formed by interposing a linear motion guide member at an overlapping part between the mid jacket and the upper jacket, linear motion guide member in which at least two rolling elements arranged in a sliding direction of the mid jacket and the upper jacket are supported by a holder, and
wherein a relative position between the mid jacket and the upper jacket is regulated except for at a time of collision by a pin member which is sheared at the time of the collision.

US Pat. No. 9,944,271

RETROFIT SYSTEM FOR CONVERTING A VEHICLE INTO ONE OF A HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND ELECTRIC VEHICLE

KPIT TECHNOLOGIES LTD., ...

1. A retrofit system for converting a vehicle into one of a hybrid electric vehicle or an electric vehicle, the retrofit system comprising:an electric power source comprising two or more motors structured to provide a torque to the vehicle;
one or more attachable electric power gear assemblies structured to couple the two or more motors to a propeller shaft for providing the torque to the vehicle; and
an electronic control unit coupled to the electric power source and configured to dynamically activate or deactivate each of the two or more motors based on one or more operating conditions of the vehicle;
wherein a first motor of the two or more motors has at least one of a number of poles or a number of phases different from a second motor of the two or more motors.

US Pat. No. 9,944,176

ELECTRIC VEHICLE

Zhejiang Geely Holding Gr...

1. An electric vehicle, comprising:a plurality of transmission shafts, wherein each transmission shaft is arranged along a lateral direction of the electric vehicle, the plurality of transmission shafts are spaced to each other along a longitudinal direction of the electric vehicle, and each transmission shaft is used for driving corresponding wheels which are coaxially arranged and are respectively located at opposite sides of the vehicle; and
at least two drive motors each of which is in transmission connection with at least one of the plurality of transmission shafts and is used for driving the at least one transmission shaft;
wherein, at least one of the at least two drive motors is a single-shaft drive motor which is in transmission connection with only one transmission shaft to drive the only one transmission shaft, each single-shaft drive motor and the corresponding only one transmission shaft driven thereby together form a pre-assembled single-shaft drive module; and
the single-shaft drive module further comprises a module holder for being detachably connected to a vehicle frame of the electric vehicle, and the single-shaft drive motor and the corresponding only one transmission shaft driven thereby are held by the module holder so as to become an independent module being integrally movable.

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. 9,943,974

THREADING FOR SLITTER

Braner USA, Inc., Schill...

1. A method for slitting sheet material comprising the steps of:providing a sheet of material having a thickness, a width, a leading edge, and a shear strength;
providing a slitter having arbors rotatable about their axes and being held adjacent and spaced from each other, each said arbor containing a knife fixed thereon being adapted for slitting said material, said knives having an outer diameter;
inputting said thickness and shear strength and said outer diameter of said knives into a computer;
said computer calculating a first position that locates said outer diameters of said knives to simultaneously contact opposing surfaces of said material passing between said knives and said arbors said first position locating said knives so that said material passing between said knives is not slit;
said computer calculating a second position for said arbors which sets a second spacing between said knives and said arbors, said second position of said arbors locating said knives so that material passing between said knives is slit;
inserting said material between said knives and moving said material forward through said slitter with said knives in said first position for a predetermined distance thereby pinching said material between said knives and leaving said material pinched in an unslit condition to define a leading tab;
continuing to move said material through said slitter and moving said arbors into said second position while moving said material forward through said slitter, said second position of said arbors corresponding to said arbors being nearer each other than in said first position and said material moved through said slitter with said arbors in said second position being in a slit condition wherein said material includes a leading tab defined by said leading edge and extending rearward to a location where said material has been slit by said knives in said second position, maintaining said knives in said second position so that said all of said material rearward of said leading tab is slit.

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. 9,943,899

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. 9,943,840

PROCESS FOR PRODUCING NANOPARTICLES

IMPERIAL INNOVATIONS LIMI...

1. A process for the preparation of surface-functionalised metal oxide or metal chalcogenide nanoparticles, the process consisting of:(a) providing a precursor mixture in a hydrocarbon solvent comprising a first organometallic precursor comprising a metal centre M and one or more hydrolysable organic ligands Ra, and a source of a non-hydrolysable ligand X, wherein the molar loading, [X]/[M], within the precursor mixture is from 0.001 to 0.4;
wherein:
each Ra is independently selected from the group consisting of optionally substituted aliphatic groups, aryl, aralkyl, amido, alkoxide, aryloxide, and thiolate;
each X is independently a ligand comprising a moiety selected from the group consisting of a carboxylate, a thio-carboxylate, a dithiocarboxylate, a sulphate, a sulfonate, a sulphinate, a phosphonate, a phosphinate, a halide, an amide, a carbonate, a dithiocarbonate, an amine, and a nitrate; and
M is selected from the group consisting of Zn, Al, Ti, Sn, Mg, Ca, Ga, Y, Sc, Zr, Ge, In, and lanthanides, or a mixture thereof;
and
(b) exposing the precursor mixture to H2E, wherein E is O, S, Se or Te, to produce surface-functionalised metal oxide or metal chalcogenide nanoparticles in solution.

US Pat. No. 9,943,705

VERIFICATION OF LEAF POSITIONS FOR MULTI-LEAF COLLIMATOR USING MULTIPLE VERIFICATION SYSTEMS

ACCURAY INCORPORATED, Su...

1. A method comprising:determining a first estimate of leaf positions for a plurality of leaves of a multi-leaf collimator (MLC) in a reference coordinate space based on an image generated by an image-based aperture verification system, wherein the leaf positions for the plurality of leaves define an aperture for the MLC;
determining a second estimate of the leaf positions for the plurality of leaves in the reference coordinate space based on data from an additional source, wherein the additional source comprises an additional aperture verification system;
generating a pictorial representation of the second estimate;
displaying the image generated by the image-based aperture verification system;
displaying an overlay of the pictorial representation over the image;
verifying, by a processing device, the leaf positions for the plurality of leaves based on comparing the first estimate to the second estimate, wherein the leaf positions are verified if the first estimate deviates from the second estimate by less than a threshold value;
determining a first sequence of updates to the first estimate of the leaf positions based on a sequence of images generated by the image-based aperture verification system;
determining a second sequence of updates to the second estimate of the leaf positions based on a sequence of data from the additional aperture verification system;
synchronizing the first sequence of updates and the second sequence of updates in time;
generating a sequence of updated pictorial representations for the second sequence of updates; and
displaying a video representation of the aperture showing the sequence of images and the sequence of updated pictorial representations.

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. 9,943,255

METHOD AND A SYSTEM FOR MONITORING OXYGEN LEVEL OF AN ENVIRONMENT

WIPRO LIMITED, Bangalore...

1. A method for improving oxygen supply to an environment, the method comprising:receiving, by a monitoring device, a number of video frames containing at least one image of an environment comprising a plurality of users, from a capturing device;
detecting, by the monitoring device, at least one region of interest of each of the plurality of users in the at least one image;
generating, by the monitoring device, a color histogram using pixel data of the at least one region of interest for each of the plurality of users, each color histogram comprising a plurality of different color channels;
generating, by the monitoring device, a video plethysmographic waveform for each color channel of the color histograms;
determining, by the monitoring device and from pixel value variations in each of the video plethysmographic waveforms, a first value representing a level of hemoglobin of blood for each of the plurality of users and a second value representing a level of oxy-hemoglobin of blood for each of the plurality of users, for each of the number of video frames;
determining, by the monitoring device, peripheral capillary oxygen saturation (SPO2) level of each of the plurality of users by computing a ratio between the first value and the second value averaged across the number of video frames;
determining, by the monitoring device and from an average of the SPO2 levels determined for each of the plurality of users, an oxygen level of the environment;
comparing, by the monitoring device, the oxygen level of the environment with a predefined oxygen level for the environment; and
increasing, by the monitoring device, oxygen supply to the environment determined from a result of the comparison, wherein the monitoring device is a non-invasive device.

US Pat. No. 9,943,241

IMPEDANCE MEASUREMENT DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

Physiowave, Inc., Santa ...

1. An apparatus comprising:an impedance-measurement circuit including a set of electrodes, the impedance-measurement circuit configured and arranged to obtain a plurality of impedance-measurement signals via the set of electrodes while each of the electrodes is concurrently contacting a user, the set of electrodes including a plurality of electrodes configured and arranged in a pattern to mitigate sensitivity to foot placement and for contacting one foot of the user while the user is standing and including at least one other electrode configured and arranged for contacting the user at a location that does not include the one foot, at least one of the impedance-measurement signals being characterized as obtained within the one foot and another of the impedance-measurement signals being characterized as obtained between the one foot and the location that does not include the one foot; and
a second circuit configured and arranged to determine a plurality of pulse characteristic signals based on the plurality of impedance-measurement signals, by determining one of the pulse characteristic signals from one of the impedance-measurement signals and using the one of the pulse characteristic signals as a timing reference to extract and process another of the pulse characteristic signals.

US Pat. No. 9,943,237

ANALYSIS OF DIRECT AND INDIRECT HEARTBEAT DATA VARIATIONS

WELCH ALLYN, INC., Skane...

1. A method for measuring variability between direct heartbeat data and indirect heartbeat data, the method comprising:receiving first heartbeat data from an electrocardiogram over a period of time;
receiving second heartbeat data from an indirect measure of heartbeat data over at least a portion of the period of time;
calculating, by a computing device, a difference between the first heartbeat data and the second heartbeat data;
comparing, by the computing device, the difference to determine a variation;
estimating, by the computing device, an elasticity of arteries of an individual by analyzing the difference between the first heartbeat data and the second heartbeat data over time;
selecting, by the computing device, subsets of the first heartbeat data and subsets of the second heartbeat data;
performing, by the computing device, a spectral analysis of the selected subsets of the first heartbeat data and subsets of the second heartbeat data; and
presenting, by a display device, the spectral analysis, wherein the spectral analysis includes detection of features of the selected subsets of the first heartbeat data and subsets of the second heartbeat data.

US Pat. No. 9,943,180

TRAVEL PILLOW AND METHOD FOR STORING

OBEDO ENTERPRISES, INC., ...

1. A pillow for supporting the head and neck of a user comprising:a flexible support pillow body forming a tubular shape, wherein a hollow interior space is formed in the tubular shape;
a depression formed in a center region which is disposed between a first end and a second end of the support pillow body;
a first end region associated with the first end of the support pillow body; and
a second end region associated with the second end of the support pillow body;
wherein the center region is less resistant to compression than the first end region and the second end region of the support pillow body.

US Pat. No. 9,943,149

CARRYING CASES

Pelican Products, Inc., ...

1. A method of manufacturing a carrying case, the method comprising:providing a first compartment made of a rigid material, the first compartment defining an interior volume, the first compartment comprising a first shell member and a second shell member; and
providing a second compartment coupled to the first compartment, the second compartment made of a flexible material, the second compartment defining an interior volume that is separate from the interior volume of the first compartment, the second compartment comprising a soft front shell attached to the second shell member;
providing a soft rear shell attached to the first shell member, the soft rear shell forming a recess;
providing a carrying member;
arranging the first compartment between the soft front shell and the soft rear shell,
wherein the recess is configured to receive at least a portion of the first compartment, and the soft rear shell comprises at least one support strap, at least a portion of each of the at least one support strap is arranged within the recess, the at least one support strap is configured to couple the soft rear shell to the first shell member, the at least one support strap couples to a frame between the soft rear shell and the first shell member.

US Pat. No. 9,943,109

ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE

Shenzhen Smoore Technolog...

1. An electronic cigarette comprising: a cartridge (20) comprising a cartridge body (21), a smoke channel (211) defined in the cartridge body (21), a liquid reservoir chamber (212) formed in the cartridge body (21) and comprising an opening (213), and a sealing element (22) comprising a first sealing portion (221) to seal the opening (213); an atomizer device comprising: a liquid reservoir room (315) corresponding to the opening (213) of the liquid reservoir chamber (212); a puncturing element (372) corresponding to the liquid reservoir room (315) and to puncture the first sealing portion (221); and a cartridge fixing element (40) to detachably connect the cartridge (20) to the atomizer device (30); wherein, the cartridge body (21) is switched to be in a pre-mounting position and a mounting position to engage with the cartridge fixing element (40); when the cartridge body (21) is in the pre-mounting position, the puncturing element (372) and the first sealing portion (221) are spaced by a certain distance or abut against each other; when the cartridge body (21) is in the mounting position, the puncturing element (372) punctures the first sealing portion (221) to communicate the liquid reservoir chamber (212) with the liquid reservoir room (315); wherein the liquid reservoir chamber (212) surrounds the smoke channel (211) and is coaxial with the smoke channel (211), the sealing element (22) further comprises a second sealing portion (222) to seal the smoke channel (211); the atomizer device (30) further comprises a snorkel (34) corresponding to the smoke channel (211) and an exhaust pipe (34) communicating with the snorkel (34), the exhaust pipe (34) comprises a puncturing portion (363) to puncture the second sealing portion (222), when the mounting portion (215) is in the pre-mounting position, the puncturing portion (363) and the second sealing portion (222) are spaced by a certain distance or abut against each other; when the mounting portion (215) is in the mounting position, the puncturing portion (363) punctures the second sealing portion (222) to communicate the smoke channel (211) with the liquid reservoir room (315).

US Pat. No. 9,943,026

DEVICE FOR SEED INNOCULATION

1. A device for inoculation of seeds, wherein the device for inoculation of seeds is attached to a seed meter or a seed box on a planting machine, the device comprisinga fluid reservoir with an internal stirrer, being closed by a lid;
a pump having a group of rollers arranged in a circular cradle, and providing a hose between the cradle and the group of rollers;
a mixture chamber having blades and a seed outlet;
a meter nozzle located at a higher side of the mixture chamber on an opposite side of the seed outlet;
a weight and volume limiter arranged between the mixture chamber and the seed meter or seed box;
a fuse arranged at the entrance of the mixture chamber and extending into the interior thereof;
the device further comprising gears, a pinion, a traction axis, and a seed distributor disc;
wherein one of the ends of the hose is immersed in the fluid reservoir and the other end is attached to the meter nozzle;
the traction axis and the gears move the blades that mix the seeds with the fluid in the mixing chamber;
wherein the seed flow is based on the seed distributors disc consumption.
US Pat. No. 9,943,578

STANDARDIZED EX VIVO PLATFORMS FOR THE ANTIGEN-SPECIFIC EXPANSION OF CD4+ T CELL POPULATIONS

Western University of Hea...

1. A dendritic cell comprising a single peptide antigen presented on the surface of said dendritic cell, wherein said single peptide antigen is attached to a human leukocyte antigen-antigen D related alpha (HLA-DRA) alpha chain peptide through a peptide linker, wherein said HLA-DRA alpha chain peptide comprises a transmembrane domain and a cytoplasmic domain of HLA-DRA alpha chain peptide and wherein said single peptide antigen is not covalently linked with a major histocompatibility complex (MHC) beta chain peptide.
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. 9,943,098

EDIBLE ENERGY COMPOSITION WITH LOW CAFFEINE

International IP Holdings...

1. A low-caffeine edible energy composition consisting of:caffeine in an amount from about 0.00008 g/ml to about 0.0004 g/ml;
a choline derivative in an amount from about 0.0004 g/ml to about 0.009 g/ml;
at least three members selected from the group consisting of vitamin B6, vitamin B12; folic acid, niacin, N-acetyl L-tyrosine, L-phenylalanine and combinations thereof;
N-acetyl L-tyrosine, L-phenylalanine
glucuronolactone;
taurine;
an acidulant selected from the group consisting of malic acid and citric acid and combinations thereof; and
sucralose and at least one preservative.
US Pat. No. 9,944,900

PULSATILE PERFUSION EXTRACTION METHOD FOR NON-EMBRYONIC PLURIPOTENT STEM CELLS

Hemacell Perfusion, Silv...

1. A method for extracting stem cells from a human non-embryonic stem cell source, comprising:providing an isolated human non-embryonic stem cell source comprising stem cells;
perfusing the human non-embryonic stem cell source with a rhythmic, intermittent flow of a perfusion solution through the stem cell source in a manner whereby said flow is pulsed to simulate an in vivo human pulse rate to produce a perfusate comprising stem cells and a perfused non-embryonic stem cell source; and
isolating the stem cells from the perfusate to produce isolated stem cells.
US Pat. No. 9,944,707

ANTIBODIES THAT BIND EPIDERMAL GROWTH FACTOR RECEPTOR (EGFR)

SORRENTO THERAPEUTICS, IN...

1. An antibody that binds to Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR), the antibody comprising:(a) a heavy chain variable domain comprising CDR1, CDR2 and CDR3 region amino acid sequences set forth in SEQ ID NO. 5 21, 61, 63, 65, 67, 69, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, 83, 85, 87, 89, 91, 93, 95, 97, 99, 101, 103, 105, 107, 109, 111, 113, 115, 117, 119, 121, 123, 125, or 127; and
(b) a light chain variable domain comprising CDR1, CDR2 and CDR3 region amino acid sequences set forth in SEQ ID NO. 6, 22, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 82, 84, 86, 88, 90, 92, 94, 96, 98, 100, 102, 104, 106, 108, 110, 112, 114, 116, 118, 120, 122, 124, 126, or 128.
US Pat. No. 9,944,989

MICRORNAS AS NEW THERAPEUTIC TARGETS FOR THE PREVENTION AND/OR TREATMENT OF RETINOPATHY

Rush University Medical C...

1. A method to inhibit diabetes-induced retinal vascular damage and diabetic retinopathy in a diabetic mammal, the method comprising:a) selecting microRNAs from the group consisting of miR-34a/b/c, miR-155 (SEQ ID NO: 70), let-7 (SEQ ID NOS: 71, 73-78), and combinations thereof; and
b) administering the selected microRNAs to the retina and retinal vasculature of the diabetic mammal.
US Pat. No. 9,944,990

GENE EXPRESSION MARKERS FOR BREAST CANCER PROGNOSIS

GENOMIC HEALTH, INC., Re...

1. A method of predicting the likelihood of long-term survival of an ER-negative breast cancer patient without the recurrence of breast cancer, comprising:(a) isolating RNA from a tissue sample obtained from a breast tumor of the patient;
(b) reverse transcribing an RNA transcript of STMY3 to produce a cDNA of STMY3 using at least one primer comprising a nucleotide sequence selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID NO:384, SEQ ID NO:385, and SEQ ID NO:386;
(c) amplifying the cDNA of STMY3 to produce an amplicon of the RNA transcript of STMY3;
(d) quantitatively assaying a level of the amplicon of the RNA transcript of STMY3;
(e) normalizing said level against a level of an amplicon of at least one reference RNA transcript in said tissue sample to provide a normalized STMY3 amplicon level;
(f) comparing the normalized STMY3 amplicon level to a normalized STMY3 amplicon level in reference breast tumor samples; and
(g) predicting the likelihood of long-term survival without the recurrence of breast cancer, wherein increased normalized STMY3 amplicon level is indicative of a reduced likelihood of long-term survival without recurrence of breast cancer.
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. 9,943,517

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. 9,943,518

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. 9,944,551

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. 9,947,884

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. 9,943,537

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. 9,945,857

METHOD AND KIT FOR DETERMINING THE PROBABILITY THAT A PATIENT WILL DEVELOP A SEVERE CASE OF DENGUE

1. A method of determining whether a patient infected with dengue virus will develop severe dengue, comprising:obtaining a blood sample collected from the patient infected with dengue virus;
measuring the expression level of platelet factor 4 from the blood sample; and
comparing the expression level of platelet factor 4 to a reference value obtained from individuals having dengue virus infections without developing severe dengue,
wherein, if the expression level of platelet factor 4 is less than the reference value, it is determined that the patient will develop severe dengue.
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. 9,949,398

BACKPLANE AND COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. A backplane of a communications device, comprising:at least one fixing plate, multiple connectors, and multiple flexible cables, wherein signal connection is implemented between corresponding connectors by means of the flexible cables, each of the connectors is provided with a housing and multiple signal pins installed on the housing, the housing is installed on the fixing plate, and the housing is provided with a jack for insertion of a connector of a subcard in the communications device; one end of each signal pin is inserted into the jack, and the other end is connected to one of the multiple flexible cables; and a surface of each fixing plate facing the subcard in the communications device is an insertion surface of the fixing plate, and the multiple flexible cables are located on a side of the fixing plate opposite to the insertion surface; and
a printed circuit board provided with multiple guide pins, wherein one of the at least one fixing plate is provided with at least two pin holes that are in guide fit with the guide pins.

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. 9,949,173

CIRCUIT SWITCHED/PACKET SWITCHED (CS/PS) COORDINATION IN A SHARED NETWORK

TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ER...

1. A method for registering a user equipment (UE) in a first domain after a handover of the UE to a shared radio access network (RAN) has completed, wherein the shared RAN is shared by a plurality of core network operators (CNOs) including a first CNO and a second CNO, and wherein, at the time the handover has completed, the UE is registered in a second domain different than the first domain, the method comprising:a RAN node of the shared RAN receiving from the UE a first message comprising a non-access stratum (NAS) message;
after receiving the first message, the RAN node of the shared RAN transmitting to a first core network (CN) node operating in the first domain a second message, wherein the second message does not include an international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI) of the UE;
the RAN node of the shared RAN receiving a third message transmitted by the first CN node in response to the second message, said third message comprising the IMSI of the UE;
after receiving the third message, the RAN node of the shared RAN transmitting to a second CN node operating in the second domain a fourth message comprising the IMSI of the UE, wherein the second CN node is operated by the first CNO;
the RAN node of the shared RAN receiving a fifth message transmitted by the second CN node in response to the fourth message, said fifth message indicating that the first CNO serves the UE;
as a result of receiving the fifth message indicating that the first CNO serves the UE, the RAN node of the shared RAN selecting a CN node in the first domain that is operated by the first CNO; and
the RAN node of the shared RAN transmitting to the selected CN node in the first domain a sixth message comprising the NAS message.

US Pat. No. 9,948,925

MODULATOR FOR STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE DEVICE AND STEREOSCOPIC IMAGE DEVICE USING SAME

RealD Inc., Beverly Hill...

1. A modulator for a stereoscopic image device comprising:a first substrate and a second substrate spaced apart from the first substrate;
first and second electrodes provided between the first substrate and the second substrate; and
a liquid crystal part provided between the first electrode and the second electrode wherein one or more of the first electrode or the second electrode is divided into a plurality of electrodes so as to apply a plurality of different voltages and the plurality of electrodes are insulated from one another;
wherein the applied voltage is controlled to gradually increase from a center part to an outer part of the first electrode or the second electrode.

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. 9,948,842

CAMERA SUBASSEMBLY DUST AND DEFECT DETECTION SYSTEM AND METHOD

KODAK ALARIS INC., Roche...

1. A system for inspecting a camera subassembly for an anomaly that could affect image quality, the system comprising:a) a fixture for holding a camera subassembly, in a position for the camera subassembly to be inspected for the anomaly;
b) a high resolution camera held by the fixture configured to capture high resolution images of the camera subassembly;
c) a control circuit board configured to provide power to control illumination elements during the inspection process;
d) an inspection control device connected to the high resolution camera, wherein the inspection control device comprises a processor and memory;
wherein the processor in the inspection control device executes software modules stored in the memory to control the high resolution camera, to capture images of the camera subassembly taken by the high resolution camera, and to perform analysis on the captured images of the camera subassembly for the presence of the anomaly.

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. 9,948,775

TECHNIQUEST FOR BYPASSING CALL SCREENING IN A CALL MESSAGING SYSTEM

RingCentral, Inc., Belmo...

1. A call messaging system comprising:a database comprising a set of call screening rules associated with a callee;
a call screening engine configured to access the database, determine whether a selected bypass condition exists for an incoming call made to the callee, and to bypass at least one of the call screening rules for the incoming call and cause the incoming call to be connected to the callee in response to determining that the selected bypass condition exists; and
one or more processors configured to execute program instructions of the call screening engine.

US Pat. No. 9,948,759

NETWORK BASED CALL AUTHENTICATION

Verizon Patent and Licens...

1. A device, comprising:one or more processors to:
receive, from a network device, a resolution query associated with a call,
the resolution query including a device identifier of the network device,
the network device to receive, from a user device, the call, and
the network device to provide, to the device, the resolution query based on a number associated with the call;
determine, based on the device identifier of the network device, whether an authentication condition is satisfied,
the authentication condition relating to whether the network device is associated with a service provider that is associated with the number associated with the call; and
selectively provide, to the network device, an authentication token in association with the resolution query based on determining whether the authentication condition is satisfied,
the authentication token to enable an endpoint device, associated with the call, to perform a particular action based on the call.

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. 9,948,745

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. 9,948,742

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. 9,948,734

USER ACTIVITY TRACKING SYSTEM

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A method comprising:by one or more computing devices, receiving, from a client device, one or more sensor signals corresponding to one or more motions of the client device;
by the one or more computing devices, determining one or more activities of a user, wherein:
the user corresponds to the client device; and
the determining comprises using a first analysis algorithm of the one or more computing devices to select, based on the one or more sensor signals, one or more activity types, wherein each of the one or more activity types corresponds to a particular time period;
by the one or more computing devices, sending, to the client device, a reference to the selected activity types;
by the one or more computing devices, receiving user input from the client device, wherein the user input indicates whether the reference is correct; and
by the one or more computing devices, in response to the user input, determining whether to prioritize a second analysis algorithm of the one or more computing devices over the first analysis algorithm, wherein the determining priority is based on determining, based on the user input, that the second analysis algorithm is more accurate than the first analysis algorithm.

US Pat. No. 9,948,721

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING TIME AND DATE SPECIFIC SOFTWARE USER INTERFACES

salesforce.com, inc., Sa...

1. A computer processing system including one or more processors and a non-transitory computer-readable medium storing computer-executable instructions for controlling the one or more processors to:receive a first login request from a user at a first time;
register a second time at which the user logs out;
store an interface state for a web page responsive to the user logging out at the second time;
receive a second login request from the user at a third time after the second time;
determine a first amount of time that elapsed between the third time and the first time;
determine whether the first amount time is more than a first threshold amount of time;
provide, responsive to a determination that the first amount of time is more than a first threshold amount of time, the web page according to a default display state; and
provide, responsive to a determination that the first amount of time is less than a first threshold amount of time, the web page according to the interface state.

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. 9,948,712

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. 9,948,704

DETERMINING A BEST FIT COORDINATOR NODE IN A DATABASE AS A SERVICE INFRASTRUCTURE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A computer-implemented method for determining a coordinator node in a database as a service (DBaaS) infrastructure comprising:receiving, via a processor on a receiving node, an application connect request having data request information, wherein the data request information refers to data stored in the DBaaS infrastructure and includes a predefined priority metric;
selecting, via the processor, a candidate node in the DBaaS infrastructure;
determining, via the processor, whether the candidate node is overloaded;
comparing, via the processor, responsive to determining that the candidate node is not overloaded, the predefined priority metric to at least one predefined node priority;
writting, to a memory, a comparison record indicative of a comparison of the predefined priority metric with the at least one predefined node priority in the candidate node, wherein comparison record is stored in a catalog table; and
selecting, via the processor, the candidate node as the coordinator node.

US Pat. No. 9,948,703

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SIGNALING THROUGH DATA STORAGE

Twilio, Inc., San Franci...

1. A method comprising: at an application platform system that includes a first application system of a first user, a second application system of a second user, and a multi-tenant data synchronization system (DSS):the DSS configuring a first data synchronization instance for a first account of the DSS, responsive to a request provided by a chat application server system of the first account, wherein the first data synchronization instance manages a first reference state representation object for the first account at the DSS;
the first application system storing a first local state representation object that corresponds to the first reference state representation object of the DSS, wherein the first application system is constructed to receive first reference state representation object update notifications provided by the DSS;
the second application system storing a second local state representation object that corresponds to the first reference state representation object of the DSS, wherein the second application system is constructed to receive first reference state representation object update notifications provided by the DSS;
the first application system of the first user transforming a first chat instruction of the first user of the first application system into a first state update, and modifying the first local state representation object to include the first state update of the first chat instruction;
the first application system providing at least the first state update of the modified first local state representation object to the DSS via a first local state representation object update notification;
responsive to the first state update, the DSS determining whether to modify the first reference state representation object of the DSS to include the first state update;
responsive to a determination by the DSS to modify the first reference state representation object to include the first state update: the DSS modifying the first reference state representation object to include the first state update, and the DSS providing at least the first state update of the first chat instruction to the second application system of the second user via a first reference state representation object update notification;
responsive to the first state update of the first chat instruction, the second application system of the second user modifying the second local state representation object to include the first state update of the first chat instruction,
wherein state of a first chat channel of the chat application server system specifies the first user and the second user as participants of the first chat channel,
wherein the first application system of the first user and the second application system of the second user communicate via the first chat channel of the chat application server system by providing to the DSS state updates of chat instructions to add chat messages to the first chat channel of the chat application server system.

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. 9,948,698

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. 9,948,696

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. 9,948,643

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. 9,948,626

SPLIT AUTHENTICATION NETWORK SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Aerohive Networks, Inc., ...

1. A system comprising:an authentication datastore;
a device presence engine coupled to the authentication datastore;
a traffic monitor engine coupled to the device presence engine;
an authentication presence monitor engine coupled to the traffic monitor engine;
an authentication server selection engine coupled to the authentication presence monitor engine, the authentication server selection engine being implemented by a processor embodied at least partially in hardware;
a traffic routing engine coupled to the authentication server selection engine;
wherein, in operation:
the device presence engine is configured to detect presence of a user device on a trusted network, network access to the trusted network being managed at least in part by a wireless access point;
the traffic monitor engine is configured to monitor, in response to the detection, traffic on the trusted network from the user device;
the authentication presence monitor engine is configured to extract device identifier information and onboarding information of the user device in response to the monitoring;
the authentication server selection engine is configured to:
evaluate the extracted device identifier information and the extracted onboarding information to determine at least two of an authentication protocol type associated with the user device, a device type of the user device, a type of request made by the user device, and a stage of authentication of the user device as part of onboarding characteristics of the user device;
match a specific configured authentication server of a plurality of configured authentication servers to the user device based on the onboarding characteristics of the user device including at least two of the authentication protocol type associated with the user device, the device type of the user device, the type of request made by the user device, the stage of authentication of the user device, and an onboarding scenario specifically dedicated to the specific configured authentication server by a network administrator, the onboarding scenario part of a plurality of different onboard scenarios each specifically dedicated to at least one of a plurality of configured authentication servers including the specific configured authentication server by the network administrator;
automatically select the specific authentication server to dynamically authenticate the user device to the trusted network, the automatically selecting being based on matching of the specific authentication server to the user device based on the onboarding characteristics and the onboarding scenario specifically dedicated to the specific configured authentication server by the network administrator;
the traffic routing engine is configured to route traffic from the user device to the specific configured authentication server.

US Pat. No. 9,948,568

PACKET SIZE CONTROL USING MAXIMUM TRANSMISSION UNITS FOR FACILITATING PACKET TRANSMISSION

1. A method of facilitating packet transmission, the method comprising:receiving a first packet, from a first node, at an intermediate node;
determining a packet size, wherein the packet size is a size of the first packet received from the first node;
determining a maximum transmission unit (MTU) size for a second node, wherein the MTU size is a defined maximum packet size that can be transmitted to the second node, and wherein determining the MTU size includes:
sending the first packet to the second node, and
receiving the MTU size from the second node;
determining whether the packet size is greater than the MTU size;
responsive to determining that the packet size is greater than the MTU size:
sending a second packet, to the first node, the second packet specifying the MTU size to the first node, wherein the first node:
records a destination mark at the first node, wherein the destination mark includes the MTU size and an identifier of the second node,
fragments the first packet into a plurality of fragmented packets, wherein the fragmented packets have packet sizes less than or equal to the MTU size, and
sends each of the plurality of fragmented packets to the intermediate node, and
receiving each of the plurality of fragmented packets from the first node; and
sending the fragmented packets to the second node.

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. 9,947,919

CARBON FIBER ZINC NEGATIVE ELECTRODE

ZincFive Power, Inc., Tu...

1. A rechargeable nickel zinc cell comprising:i) a zinc negative electrode comprising electrochemically active zinc and surfactant-coated carbon fiber, wherein the surfactant is selected from the group consisting of a polyglycol non-ionic surfactant, a poloxamer and a fluorosurfactant;
ii) a nickel positive electrode; and
iii) an aqueous alkaline electrolyte.

US Pat. No. 9,947,745

SUBSTRATE STRUCTURE WITH EMBEDDED LAYER FOR POST-PROCESSING SILICON HANDLE ELIMINATION

Qorvo US, Inc., Greensbo...

1. A method comprising:forming a device precursor that comprises a silicon handle layer, a buried dielectric layer over the silicon handle layer, an upper silicon oxide layer over the buried dielectric layer, and an electronic layer over the upper silicon oxide layer, wherein the buried dielectric layer is not formed from silicon oxide;
removing the silicon handle layer; and
bonding a transfer substrate layer to the buried dielectric layer, wherein the transfer substrate layer does not comprise single crystal silicon.

US Pat. No. 9,947,723

MULTIPLE CONDUCTIVE LAYER TFT

FlexEnable Limited, Camb...

1. A method of fabricating a multilayer electronic structure on a substrate, the structure including a thin film transistor (TFT) for driving a pixel of an active matrix optoelectronic device and a capacitor for storing charge to maintain an electrical state of said active matrix pixel, the method comprising:depositing and patterning a first conducting layer over said substrate to define source and drain electrodes of said thin film transistor;
depositing an organic semiconducting layer over said first conducting layer;
depositing a first dielectric layer over said organic semiconducting layer;
depositing and patterning a second conducting layer over first dielectric layer to define a gate electrode for said thin film transistor;
depositing a second dielectric layer over said second conducting layer;
depositing and patterning a third conducting layer over said second dielectric layer to define a first plate of said capacitor;
depositing and patterning a fourth conducting layer over said third dielectric layer to define a second plate of said capacitor;
wherein first and second plates of said capacitor and said gate electrode of said transistor are laterally positioned such that they overlap in a vertical direction;
wherein an upper one of said conducting layers defines a pixel pad layer comprising a pixel pad connected to said first conducting layer of said thin film transistor for driving said pixel of said active matrix display;
wherein said pixel pad forms said second plate of said capacitor;
wherein said third conducting layer comprises said first plate of said capacitor and covers at least half the area of a pixel pad surface closest to the third conducting layer;
wherein said third conducting layer is between said fourth conducting layer and said second conducting layer;
wherein a channel region of said TFT comprises an organic semiconducting material; and
further wherein at least some of said deposition and patterning steps employ a solution processing technique.

US Pat. No. 9,947,438

LIGHTWEIGHT AND FLEXIBLE IMPACT RESISTANT POWER CABLE AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING IT

PRYSMIAN S.P.A., Milan (...

1. An impact resistant multipolar power cable comprising,a) a plurality of cores, each core comprising at least one conductive element and an electrical insulating layer in a position radially external to the at least one conductive element, the cores being stranded together so as to form an assembled element providing a plurality of interstitial zones;
b) an expanded polymeric filler filling the interstitial zones, and comprising a polymer with a shore D hardness ranging from 30 to 70, a flexural modulus of from 50 MPa to 1500 MPa at 23° C., and a LOI of from 27 to 95% before expansion, wherein the expanded polymeric filler contains expanded microspheres;
c) an impact resistant layer in a position radially external to and in contact with the expanded polymeric filler, wherein the layer comprises an expanded polymer that differs from the polymer for the filler and has, before expansion, a flexural modulus greater than that of the polymer for the filler; and
d) a solid polymeric jacket surrounding the impact resistant layer.

US Pat. No. 9,947,163

AUTHENTICATION OF SECURITY DOCUMENTS AND MOBILE DEVICE TO CARRY OUT THE AUTHENTICATION

KBA-NotaSys SA, Lausanne...

1. A method of authenticating security documents based on an analysis of intrinsic features of the security documents which are produced by intaglio printing, which analysis involves a decomposition of one or more sample images of at least a part of a candidate document to be authenticated based on Wavelets, each sample image being digitally processed by performing a Wavelet transform of the sample image in order to derive a set of classification features allowing a classification of the candidate document within a multidimensional feature space,wherein the method is based on an adaptive Wavelet approach, which adaptive Wavelet approach includes the following steps:
prior to carrying out the Wavelet transform, defining a categorization map containing local information about different intaglio line structures that are found on the security documents and allocating a pool of Wavelet types to the categorization map;
carrying out a Wavelet selection among the pool of Wavelet types based on the categorization map; and
performing the Wavelet transform of the sample image on the basis of the selected Wavelet,
wherein the step of defining the categorization map includes defining a statistical model of each given intaglio line structure, wherein the statistical model is built from measurements of a line width and of a line distance within each given intaglio line structure, wherein the statistical model includes a 4-tuple of parameters characterizing four histograms representative of each given intaglio line structure, and wherein the four histograms comprise: a histogram of the statistical distribution of line widths in a horizontal direction, a histogram of the statistical distribution of line distances in the horizontal direction, a histogram of the statistical distribution of line widths in a vertical direction, and a histogram of the statistical distribution of line distances in the vertical direction.

US Pat. No. 9,947,021

METHOD, APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PRODUCT FOR IDENTIFYING A SERVICE NEED VIA A PROMOTIONAL SYSTEM

GROUPON, INC., Chicago, ...

1. A method comprising:accessing, on a promotional server, demand information relating to one or more virtual promotions associated with a sample geographic area, wherein the demand information is indicative of at least a forecasted number of sales of the virtual promotions and an estimated revenue for providers generated by the forecasted number of sales, and is calculated as a function of available inventory of offers related to the one or more virtual promotions;
by the promotional server, identifying a target geographic area having a similar demographic to that of the sample geographic area, wherein the similar demographic is determined based on a common or overlapping range of a demographic characteristic;
with a supply identification module of the promotional server, calculating a residual demand representative of unmet demand from the demand information for the target geographic area as a function of a forecasted demand reduced by a number of current promotions of an available inventory, the residual demand comprising one or more virtual promotions and an associated quantity of at least a portion of the one or more virtual promotions that is representative of a residual demand for the target geographic area;
with a service need identification module of the promotional server, identifying at least one service need, wherein the at least one service need is derived from the demand information and the residual demand and is indicative of a needed service in the target geographic area;
by the promotional server, identifying potential providers associated with the target geographic area;
by the promotional server, calculating provider suitability scores for the respective potential providers associated with the target geographic area, wherein the provider suitability scores account for, the service need, similarities of the respective potential provider with another provider that offers a same or similar service associated with the service need but that does not meet the residual demand, and data obtained from at least a third party source indicating at least one of a quality or likability of the respective provider;
by the promotional server, identifying a target provider according to a ranking of the provider suitability scores;
by the promotional server, generating and storing on memory at least one virtual promotion suggested to be offered for purchase by consumers and for redemption in the target geographic area, wherein the at least one virtual promotion comprises at least (a) a category of service based on the service need, (b) a quantity of instruments of the virtual promotion to be offered, and (c) a purchase price range per instrument of the virtual promotion, based on at least the demand information;
by the promotional server, transmitting data indicative of the target provider and the virtual promotion to an assignment module configured to assign a sales resource affiliated with the promotional server to the target provider and the virtual promotion; and
from the promotional server, transmitting the service need and the virtual promotion over a network to a provider device associated with the target provider to enable the target provider to engage in an agreement to offer the virtual promotion with use of the provider device.

US Pat. No. 9,946,922

PHOTONIC FENCE

Tokitae LLC, Bellevue, W...

1. A system for tracking airborne organisms, comprising:an imager having an image resolution and a field of view;
a backlight source configured to be placed in the field of view of the imager;
a processor configured to analyze one or more images captured by the imager including at least a portion of the backlight source, the processor being configured to identify a biological property of an organism in the field of view of the imager using at least one datum selected from the group consisting of characteristic frequency, harmonic amplitude, shape, size, airspeed, ground speed, and location; and
a detector configured to detect an organism in the field of view of the imager,
wherein at least one of the imager and the detector is configured to collect color data and to use the collected color data to determine a probable engorgement status of the organism.

US Pat. No. 9,946,846

VISUALIZING THE DOCUMENTATION AND CODING OF SURGICAL PROCEDURES

A-LIFE MEDICAL, LLC, San...

1. A computer implemented method comprising:providing an anatomical diagram associated with a medical procedure, wherein the anatomical diagram includes a plurality of user selectable areas;
receiving a user selection indicative of two or more user selectable areas of the plurality of user selectable areas on the anatomical diagram at a computer processor;
if the two or more user selectable areas include a first user selectable area:
using a natural language processing computer program to generate a first free text description of the received user selection;
if the two or more user selectable areas do not include the first user selectable area:
using the natural language processing computer program to generate a second free text description of the received user selection;
using the first or second free text description to generate a procedural route for the medical procedure using the computer processor, the procedural route representing an anatomical path within a body of a patient; and
displaying on an electronic display the procedural route representing the anatomical path within the body of the patient on the anatomical diagram.

US Pat. No. 9,946,606

STREAM ARCHITECTURE FOR DATA REPRESENTATION

DataCore Software Corpora...

1. A method for data representation comprising:receiving write transactions to a given volume, the write transactions respectively including one or more blocks, such that the write transactions have differing numbers of blocks;
retaining a stream including a sequence of the write transactions according to the order in which the write transactions are received for the given volume between a first point in time and a second point in time after the first point in time, wherein each write transaction in the sequence of the write transactions is distinctly and sequentially identified in the stream, such that individual entries in the stream represent respective individual instances of the write transactions and the corresponding differing numbers of blocks occurring in the sequence of the write transactions;
receiving a read request directed to the given volume for data corresponding to an intermediate point in time that is between the first point in time and the second point in time;
in response to the read request, retrieving data in the given volume for the intermediate point in time by referencing a non-contiguous subset of the sequence of write transactions in the stream in reverse order starting at the intermediate point in time, wherein said referencing the non-contiguous subset of the sequence of the write transactions comprises excluding at least one entry in the sequence of write transactions between the intermediate point in time and the first point in time,
wherein an additional copy of underlying data for the write transactions is not required to concurrently retain the stream and coherency of the given volume even where the underlying data involves a write to a given block in the given volume to which data has previously been written; and
generating a first stream image corresponding to the stream for the intermediate point in time, wherein the first stream image provides a full representation of a new volume at the intermediate point in time by referencing a non-contiguous subset of the sequence of the write transactions in the stream,
wherein an additional stream is layered on the first stream image, the additional stream providing the sequence of the write transactions for the new volume following the intermediate point in time, the additional stream being separate from the stream, such that write transactions directed to the given volume are appended to the stream and write transactions directed to the new volume are appended to the additional stream.

US Pat. No. 9,946,604

OPTIMIZED REMOTE CLONING

Tintri Inc., Mountain Vi...

1. A method, comprising:receiving data from a source storage system associated with an ongoing replication process of a snapshot, wherein the received data includes information indicating which one or more blocks include data and which one or more blocks do not include data in the snapshot; and
prior to the completion of the replication process of the snapshot, generating a set of metadata associated with a clone of the snapshot, wherein at least a portion of data comprising the snapshot that has been received at the destination storage system can be read using the clone while the replication process of the snapshot is ongoing, wherein:
the at least portion of data comprising the snapshot that has been received at the destination storage system comprises a first data structure;
the set of metadata associated with the clone comprises a second data structure that is different from the first data structure associated with the snapshot at the destination storage system; and
the second data structure associated with the clone references the first data structure associated with the snapshot;
receiving a request associated with a block associated with the snapshot; and
prior to determining whether data associated with the block has been received from the source storage system, determining, in response to receiving the request, whether the block includes data based at least in part on the information indicating which one or more blocks include data and which one or more blocks do not include data in the snapshot.

US Pat. No. 9,946,585

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ASSET MODULE ISOLATION

Oracle America, Inc., Re...

13. A method for deploying an asset platform program in a computer device operatively connected to an offering network, comprising:in a computer:
deploying a container object via execution of the asset platform program;
deploying a plurality of asset modules implemented on the container object, each asset module of the plurality of asset modules being configured to interface with a respective asset of a plurality of assets; and
deploying a plurality of offering modules implemented on the container object,
wherein each offering module of the plurality of offering modules is configured to communicate with the offering network,
wherein each asset module of the plurality of asset modules and its respective asset interface with each other directly,
wherein each asset module of the plurality of asset modules provides a standard interface for providing at least one of native telemetry, control, and event information of its respective asset to the one of the offering modules,
wherein each asset module of the plurality of asset modules and one of the offering modules provide the respective asset to the offering network by communicating through the container object, and
wherein the asset module and one of the offering modules communicate by:
translating the at least one of native telemetry, control, and event information of the respective asset into a form understood by the one of the offering modules, and
providing the translated information to the one of the offering modules,
wherein the plurality of offering modules are communicatively isolated from direct communications with the plurality of assets even though the plurality of offering modules are implemented on the container object and are configured to communicate with the offering network, and
wherein the plurality of assets comprise at least one of hardware, software, storage, a service processor, a cell or mobile phone, hardware of a workstation, an operating system of the workstation, accounting software on the workstation, a storage jukebox attached to a file server, or firmware on the cell or mobile phone.

US Pat. No. 9,946,540

APPARATUS AND METHOD OF IMPROVED PERMUTE INSTRUCTIONS WITH MULTIPLE GRANULARITIES

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. A processor comprising:a decoder to decode an instruction into a decoded instruction; and
an execution unit to execute the decoded instruction to:
for each of a plurality of output vector element locations of an output vector, route into an output vector element location an input vector element from one of a plurality of input vector element locations of an input vector that are available to source an output vector element, the output vector element and each of the input vector element locations being one of three available bit widths for the instruction,
mask the output vector at one of three different levels of granularity as specified by an immediate operand of the instruction to create a resultant, and
store the resultant.

US Pat. No. 9,946,407

FREQUENCY MULTIPLEXED OPTICAL TOUCHSCREEN

ELO TOUCH SOLUTIONS, INC....

1. A touch system, comprising:a touch panel;
a first plurality of radiation sources located at a first edge of the touch panel;
a second plurality of radiation sources located at the first edge of the touch panel,
wherein an intensity of light emitted from each of the first and second plurality of radiation sources is modulated with a modulation frequency from a set of frequencies utilized repetitively in varying order between the first and the second plurality of radiation sources; and
an optical receiver located at a second edge of the touch panel and configured to receive the light emitted from each of the first and second plurality of radiation sources.

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. 9,946,226

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. 9,945,976

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. 9,945,900

TESTING DEVICE FOR RADIO FREQUENCY FRONT END AND RADIO FREQUENCY FRONT END TESTING METHOD

UNIVERSAL SCIENTIFIC INDU...

1. A testing device for a radio frequency front end, used for testing a radio frequency front end module, the testing device for a radio frequency front end comprising:a processing module, receiving a testing control signal from a computer device;
a first multiplexing module including:
a first input terminal;
a first control terminal;
a second control terminal;
a third control terminal;
a first output channel terminal;
a second output channel terminal;
a third output channel terminal; and
a fourth output channel terminal, wherein the first control terminal, the second control terminal and the third control terminal of the first multiplexing module are electrically connected to the processing module; and
a second multiplexing module, including:
a first input terminal;
a first control terminal;
a second control terminal;
a third control terminal;
a first output channel terminal;
a second output channel terminal;
a third output channel terminal; and
a fourth output channel terminal, wherein the first control terminal, the second control terminal and the third control terminal of the second multiplexing module are electrically connected to the processing module;
a radio frequency front end signal module, including a first signal terminal and a second signal terminal, wherein the radio frequency front end signal module provides a first signal and a second signal through the first signal terminal and the second signal terminal, respectively; the first signal terminal of the radio frequency front end signal module is electrically connected to the first input terminal of the first multiplexing module; the second signal terminal of the radio frequency front end signal module is electrically connected to the first input terminal of the second multiplexing module;
wherein the first output channel terminal of the first multiplexing module and the first output channel terminal of the second multiplexing module are electrically connected to a first device under test; the second output channel terminal of the first multiplexing module and the second output channel terminal of the second multiplexing module are electrically connected to a second device under test; the third output channel terminal of the first multiplexing module and the third output channel terminal of the second multiplexing module are electrically connected to a third device under test; and the fourth output channel terminal of the first multiplexing module and the fourth output channel terminal of the second multiplexing module are electrically connected to a fourth device under test.

US Pat. No. 9,945,729

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ENHANCED BOLOMETER RESPONSE

FLIR SYSTEMS, INC., Wils...

1. A microbolometer, comprising:a bridge, comprising:
a temperature sensitive resistive layer;
one or more first absorbing dielectric layers above the temperature sensitive resistive layer;
one or more second absorbing dielectric layers below the temperature sensitive resistive layer;
one or more metal layers electrically isolated from the temperature sensitive resistive layer and above the one or more first absorber dielectric layers and/or below the one or more second absorber dielectric layers; and
a dielectric layer disposed on each of the one or more metal layers, wherein each of the metal layers is between the dielectric layer and one of the first absorbing dielectric layers or one of the second absorbing dielectric layers.

US Pat. No. 9,945,630

FIREARM MONITORING AND NOTIFICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE

Charles William Post, Ce...

1. A firearm monitoring and notification apparatus comprising:a base platform, a cap, a power supply, a comparator, a sensor circuit and a notification system;
said base platform comprising a surface configured to receive a firearm, a post extending from said base platform surface;
said cap being matable with said post to complete said sensor circuit;
said comparator having an electrical connection to said sensor circuit;
a processor having an electrical connection to said sensor circuit;
said notification system having an electrical connection to said processor; and
said base platform allowing the placement of a firearm on said base platform with an aperture of said firearm being disposed around said post.

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. 9,945,578

MONITORED HEAT EXCHANGER SYSTEM

Global Heat Transfer ULC,...

1. A monitored heat exchanger system, the system comprising:a heat exchanger unit in operable engagement with a heat generating device, with an at least one service fluid being transferable therebetween, the heat exchanger unit further comprising:
a frame; and at least one cooler coupled with the frame, the at least one cooler having an airflow side and a service fluid side;
a monitoring module coupled to the heat exchanger unit, the monitoring module further comprising: a primary microcontroller in operable communication with an at least one sensor assembly,
wherein the at least one sensor assembly comprises:
a mounting frame;
a support platform coupled with the mounting frame, and further comprising: a platform hollow; and a top platform surface;
a circuit board positioned onto the top platform surface, the circuit board being configured with a secondary microcontroller and a Hall effect sensor;
an inner sensor housing configured to extend out and around the circuit board and the support platform;
a first magnet coupled to an underside of the inner sensor housing; and
a rotating member comprising a plurality of blades, the rotating member being disposed on top of the inner sensor housing,
wherein the primary microcontroller is provided with computer instructions for processing a system signal received from the secondary microcontroller.

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. 9,945,460

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. 9,945,413

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. 9,945,144

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. 9,944,593

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. 9,943,948

FORTIFIED PLASTIC DISPOSABLE TORQUE DEVICES

ECA MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS, ...

1. A plastic disposable driver (450) comprising:a connection mount (50) having:
a nose (100) with a proximal end (128) formed as part of or affixed to a flat top (105) of a body (102);
at least one pair of force buttressing ribs (120 & 120?) extending from the flat top along the length of the nose;
a distal end (125) of the connection mount;
a square polygonal channel (150) guide having corners (155) the channel formed axial and centered in the nose of a size to accept a tool or shaft;
wherein said force buttressing ribs each have a bottom (201) affixed at the flat top, each force buttressing rib has a support edge (210) affixed to the length of the annular wall (108) of the nose, each force buttressing ribs is formed around the annular wall in pairs positioned along one of the four sides of the square channel; and,
a shaft (500) formed of a material harder than the polygonal channel mounted in said polygonal channel; and,
wherein each force buttressing rib further comprises an interior edge (202) and an outer edge (200) wherein each member of the force buttressing rib pair is aligned with a corner of the square channel, and the outer edges of two adjacent pairs of force buttressing ribs align with the same corner of the square channel but at a 90 degree offset.

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. 9,943,636

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. 9,943,497

PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITION FOR PREVENTING OR TREATING PULMONARY FIBROSIS

GACHON UNIVERSITY OF INDU...

1. A method for treating pulmonary fibrosis, comprising the step of:(a) administering a pharmaceutical composition for treating pulmonary fibrosis comprising a sulforaphane and a metformin as active ingredients to a subject who has pulmonary fibrosis; or
(b) administering a pharmaceutical composition comprising the sulforaphane and a pharmaceutical composition comprising the metformin sequentially or in reverse order or simultaneously to a subject who is suspected of having pulmonary fibrosis or has pulmonary fibrosis;
wherein the sulforaphane is administered at a concentration of 10 to 20 ?M and the metformin is administered at a concentration of 10 to 20 mM.

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. 9,944,895

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. 9,945,009

PROCESSES FOR RECOVERING RARE EARTH ELEMENTS FROM ALUMINUM-BEARING MATERIALS

ORBITE TECHNOLOGIES INC.,...

1. A process for recovering at least one rare earth element and/or at least one rare metal from an aluminum-bearing material, said process comprising:leaching said aluminum-bearing material with an acid so as to obtain a leachate comprising at least one aluminum ion, at least one iron ion, said at least one rare earth element and/or said at least one rare metal, and a solid, and separating said leachate from said solid;
substantially selectively removing said at least one aluminum ion from said leachate by carrying out a precipitation, by carrying out a liquid-liquid extraction, by using a hollow-fiber membrane, by using an extracting agent and/or by using an ion exchange resin, thereby obtaining a composition comprising said at least one iron ion, and said at least one rare earth element and/or said at least one rare metal;
substantially selectively at least partially removing said at least one iron ion from said composition by carrying out a precipitation, by carrying out a liquid-liquid extraction, by using a hollow-fiber membrane, by using an extracting agent, by carrying out a hydrolysis and/or by using an ion exchange resin, thereby obtaining a liquor comprising said at least one rare earth element and/or said at least one rare metal; and
substantially selectively removing said at least one rare earth element and/or said at least one rare metal from said liquor by carrying out a precipitation, by carrying out a liquid-liquid extraction, by using an adsorption technique, by using an extracting agent, by carrying out an electrowinning process and/or by using an ion exchange resin.
US Pat. No. 9,945,015

HIGH-TENSILE STEEL PLATE GIVING WELDING HEAT-AFFECTED ZONE WITH EXCELLENT LOW-TEMPERATURE TOUGHNESS, AND PROCESS FOR PRODUCING SAME

JFE Steel Corporation, T...

1. A high-tensile steel plate giving welding heat-affected zone with excellent low-temperature toughness, the high-tensile steel plate comprising a chemical composition containing, by mass, C: 0.05% to 0.14%, Si: 0.01% to 0.30%, Mn: 0.3% to 2.3%, P: 0.008% or less, S: 0.005% or less, Al: 0.22% to 0.1%, Ni: 0.5% to 4%, B: 0.0003% to 0.003%, N: 0.001% to 0.008%, Ceq (=[C]+[Mn]/6+[Cu+Ni]/15+[Cr+Mo+V]/5, each element symbol represents the content (mass %) of the element)?0.80, a center-segregation zone hardness index HCS satisfying Expression (1), and the balance being Fe and inevitable impurities, wherein the hardness of a center-segregation zone in the steel plate satisfies Expression (2),HCS=5.5[C]4/3+15[P]+0.90[Mn]+0.12[Ni]+0.53[Mo]?2.5  (1)
where each [M] represents the content (mass %) of the element,
HVmax/HVave?1.35+0.006/C?t/750  (2)where HVmax represents a maximum Vickers hardness of the center-segregation zone, HVave represents an average Vickers hardness of a portion that does not include the center-segregation zone and that does not include regions extending from both surfaces to ¼ of the thickness of the steel plate, C represents the content (mass %) of carbon, and t represents a thickness (mm) of the steel plate.
US Pat. No. 9,945,843

METHODS FOR IDENTIFYING COMPOUNDS THAT INHIBIT G PROTEIN-COUPLED RECEPTOR (GPR84) AGONIST-STIMULATED CHEMOTAXIS

GALAPAGOS NV, Mechelen (...

1. A method for identifying a compound that inhibits G protein coupled receptor 84 (GPR84) agonist-stimulated chemotaxis, said method comprising:a. exposing a population of cells expressing a GPR84 polypeptide comprising the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 1 to a test compound in the presence of a GPR84 agonist;
b. measuring GPR84 agonist-stimulated chemotaxis of said cells, wherein chemotaxis is measured by determining the number of migrated cells; and
c. comparing GPR84 agonist-stimulated chemotaxis of said cells in the presence of said test compound with a control in which GPR84 agonist-stimulated chemotaxis is not inhibited and identifying the compound as an inhibitor of GPR84 agonist-stimulated chemotaxis when chemotaxis in the presence of the compound is decreased compared to control.
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. 9,949,107

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DETECTING AN INPUT TO A DEVICE

Volkswagen Aktiengesellsc...

1. A system for detecting a user input for a vehicle, comprising:a detection unit, operable to detect at least one parameter of a variable electromagnetic field produced by a portable device, wherein the at least one parameter of the electromagnetic field is a function of a geometric arrangement of the portable device relative to the detection unit during production of the variable electromagnetic field;
a signature determination unit, operatively coupled to the detection unit, the signature detection unit being operable to determine one or more radio signatures of the user device based on the at least one detected parameter;
a computing unit, operatively coupled to the signature determination unit, the computing unit being operable to determine a signature sequence for the portable device based on the one or more radio signatures of the user device using time-sequenced radio signatures;
an assignment unit, operatively coupled to the computing unit, for at least one of assigning and/or identifying an input gesture to the time-sequenced radio signatures, wherein the assignment unit is configured to generate one or more similarity values based on a comparison of the time-sequenced radio signatures to one or more reference radio signatures, and assign and/or identify the input gesture if the similarity values meet or exceed one or more predetermined thresholds; and
a control unit, operatively coupled to the assignment unit, for generating and outputting a signal based on the input gesture.

US Pat. No. 9,948,919

STEREOSCOPIC 3D CAMERA FOR VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE

LUCID VR, INC., Santa Cl...

1. A method for rendering a stereoscopic video sequence using calibration metadata, comprising: receiving, by a processor, the stereoscopic video sequence including a sequence of stereoscopic images by a stereoscopic video playback device; extracting, by a processor, calibration information from the stereoscopic video sequence, the calibration information comprising a distortion center of a lens wherein the distortion center is different from a geometric image center when the lens lacks circular symmetry, and a distortion coefficient of the lens comprising a function of a radius from a center of a stereoscopic image in the sequence of stereoscopic images to an edge of the stereoscopic image; for each display pixel of the stereoscopic video playback device, identifying a corresponding image pixel of the stereoscopic video sequence using the calibration information, by determining a fisheye distortion parameter for a pixel comprising ?d equals ?(1+k1?2+k264+k3?6+k4?8), and determining a distorted point coordinates x? and y?, wherein x? equals (?d/r)a, and y? equals (?d/r)b; and rendering, by a processor, a stereoscopic video on a stereoscopic display of the stereoscopic video playback device by projecting contents of corresponding image pixels of the stereoscopic video sequence to the display pixels of the stereoscopic video playback device.

US Pat. No. 9,948,733

EVALUATING AUTHENTICITY OF GEOGRAPHIC DATA ASSOCIATED WITH MEDIA REQUESTS

DSTILLERY, INC., New Yor...

1. A method comprising:receiving a plurality of media requests comprising geographic data, the plurality of media requests being associated with one or more mobile devices;
determining a spatial distribution of the one or more mobile devices based on the geographic data of the plurality of media requests;
analyzing user activity associated with the plurality of media requests;
correlating the geographic data of the plurality of media requests with the user activity; and
evaluating an authenticity of the geographic data in view of the correlating and the spatial distribution, wherein the evaluating comprises grouping a set of the plurality of media requests into a group associated with imprecise geographic data in response to the spatial distribution exceeding a threshold.

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. 9,948,682

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. 9,947,298

VARIABLE COMPRESSION MANAGEMENT OF MEMORY FOR STORING DISPLAY DATA

DISPLAYLINK (UK) LIMITED,...

1. A method, at a host device, of managing variable size memory of a display control device connectable to the host device, the memory being used for storing display data sent from the host device to the display control device for displaying on one or more displays, the method comprising:maintaining a map at the host device corresponding to the memory of the display control device, the map indicating locations corresponding to addresses of the memory at which data is stored or not;
determining a size of a portion of the display data using compression parameters associated with the portion of the display data, the size being variable for different portions of data depending on the compression parameters;
determining a location on the map where the portion of display data would fit into the memory so as to maximize packing efficiency based on the compression parameters, wherein said location on the map corresponds to a smallest free space into which the portion of the display data can fit based on the compression parameters;
sending, to the display control device, an address in the memory corresponding to the determined location on the map, together with the portion of display data; and
updating the location on the map corresponding to the address in the memory to indicate that the address has data stored in it.

US Pat. No. 9,947,240

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR POSITION AND MOTION INSTRUCTION

Atheer, Inc., Mountain V...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a processor;
a sensor in communication with said processor;
a visual display in communication with said processor;
wherein:
at least one of said sensor and said processor establishes world data, said world data comprising at least one of a group consisting of a world position of an entity and a world motion of said entity;
said at least one of said sensor and said processor dynamically updates said world data until a condition is satisfied;
said processor establishes target data, said target data comprising at least one of a group consisting of a target position of said entity and a target motion of said entity;
said processor establishes guide data, said guide data guiding said entity toward said at least one of said target position and said target motion;
said guide data comprising a visual representation of at least a portion of said subject;
said visual representation being at least substantially anthropomorphic;
said processor is establishes evaluation data substantially representative of an evaluation of said world data against said target data;
said processor dynamically updates at least a portion of said target data responsive to said world data until said condition is satisfied;
said processor dynamically updates at least a portion of said guide data responsive to said target data until said condition is satisfied;
said processor dynamically updates at least a portion of said evaluation data until said condition is satisfied;
said display outputs said guide data; and
said display to outputs at least a portion of said evaluation data.

US Pat. No. 9,947,227

METHOD OF WARNING A DRIVER OF BLIND ANGLES AND A DEVICE FOR IMPLEMENTING THE METHOD

Conti Temic microelectron...

1. A method for warning a driver of a first vehicle when the first vehicle is located in a calculated area of a blind angle of a second vehicle in an area surrounding the first vehicle, the method comprising:recording the surrounding area in front of and alongside the first vehicle using a sensor,
classifying objects in the recorded surrounding area,
determining a relative position of an object classified as a second vehicle in relation to the first vehicle using the sensor,
calculating the area of the blind angle on the basis of the determined relative position of the object in relation to the first vehicle,
checking whether the first vehicle is located in the calculated area of the blind angle, and
generating a warning signal for the driver of the first vehicle when the first vehicle is located in the calculated area of the blind angle;
wherein determining the relative position of an object classified as the second vehicle in relation to the first vehicle using the sensor comprises:
determining whether the object is located in the vehicle lane of the first vehicle or in a lane to the right or left alongside the first vehicle,
determining a side distance between the object and the first vehicle, and
determining a longitudinal distance between the object and the first vehicle.

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. 9,945,824

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. 9,945,677

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. 9,945,582

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. 9,944,502

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. 9,943,803

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. 9,943,725

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. 9,948,596

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RELAYING MESSAGES IN A COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method for relaying messages in a communication system, comprising:at a server having one or more processors and memory storing instructions for execution by the one or more processors:
obtaining a plurality of incoming messages via a messaging application of the communication system;
identifying one or more messages having popularity above a first threshold of popularity from among the plurality of incoming messages in the communication system, the one or more messages obtained from a first user;
receiving via the messaging application of the communication system a feedback message from a second user of the communication system about at least one of: the first user and a first message of the one or more messages; and
sending via the messaging application of the communication system the feedback message from the second user to a plurality of users of the communication system, wherein the plurality of users track at least one of: the first user and the first message, and wherein the sending is performed independent of any specific request from any of the plurality of users.

US Pat. No. 9,947,267

LIGHT EMITTING DIODE PIXEL UNIT CIRCUIT AND DISPLAY PANEL FOR LIGHT EMITTING DIODE DISPLAY

BOE Technology Group Co.,...

1. An LED pixel unit circuit comprising a driving module and an LED, the driving module comprising a driving TFT, a first switching element, a first capacitor, a second capacitor and a driving control unit, whereinthe LED is located between the drain of the driving TFT and a negative voltage output terminal of a power source, the anode of the LED is connected to the drain of the driving TFT and the cathode of the LED is connected to the negative voltage output terminal of the power source;
the gate of the driving TFT is connected to a first node, and the source of the driving TFT is connected to a positive voltage output terminal of the power source;
the first capacitor is located between the first node and the first switching element;
a first terminal of the second capacitor is connected to the positive voltage output terminal of the power source, and a second terminal of the second capacitor is connected to the first node;
the first switching element is connected between the first capacitor and a data line, in series; and
the driving control unit comprises a matching TFT whose threshold voltage is matched with the threshold voltage of the driving TFT, and a first terminal of the driving control unit together with the first terminal of the second capacitor are connected to the positive voltage output terminal of the power source and to the source of the driving TFT, a second terminal of the driving control unit together with the second terminal of the second capacitor are connected to the first node and to the gate of the driving TFT, such that the driving control unit is connected with the second capacitor in parallel between the positive voltage output terminal of the power source and the first node, and is configured to control charging and discharging of the second capacitor so as to hold the threshold voltage of the matching TFT and thereby compensate for the threshold voltage of the driving TFT.