US Pat. No. 10,142,686

SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR DISAMBIGUATING AN AMBIGUOUS ENTITY IN A SEARCH QUERY BASED ON THE GAZE OF A USER

Rovi Guides, Inc., San J...

1. A method for disambiguating an ambiguous entity in a search query based on a gaze of a user, the method comprising:monitoring, using control circuitry, at a current time, a gaze of a user during playback of a media asset, wherein monitoring the gaze of the user comprises monitoring a vertical degree of an eye of the user, a horizontal degree of the eye of the user, and a position of the eye of the user relative to a display screen displaying the media asset;
determining a size of the display screen displaying the media asset;
calculating, based on the position, the size, the vertical degree, and the horizontal degree, a first area of the display screen corresponding to the gaze of the user;
storing, in memory, a data structure indicating the first area and the current time;
receiving, using the control circuitry, a search query from the user at the current time;
determining that the search query includes an ambiguous entity; and
based on determining that the search query includes the ambiguous entity:
retrieving, from the memory, the data structure;
determining a frame of the media asset that correspond to the current time;
retrieving, from a database, metadata relating to the frame of the media asset corresponding to the current time, the metadata including a first location of a first entity in the frame, a second location of a second entity in the frame, and a third location of a third entity in the frame;
extracting, from the data structure, the first area corresponding to the current time;
extracting from the metadata, the first location of the first entity in the frame and the second location of the second entity in the frame;
determining that the first area overlaps with the first location of the first entity and the second location of the second entity;
based on determining that the first area overlaps with the first location of the first entity and the second location of the second entity:
receiving, using the control circuitry, data indicative of a second area from a user device of a second user, wherein the second area was calculated based on a gaze of the second user at the current time; and
determining that the second area overlaps with the location of the first entity;
based on determining that the second area overlaps with the location of the first entity, generating for display a first prompt for additional input, wherein the first prompt for additional input indicates the first entity as a first potential disambiguation of the ambiguous entity in the search query;
subsequent to generating for display the first prompt for additional input, receiving a negative input from the user, wherein the negative input indicates that the first entity is an incorrect disambiguation of the ambiguous entity in the search query;
based on receiving the negative input:
expanding the first area to a third area of the display screen, wherein the third area is larger than the first area;
extracting, from the metadata, the third location of the third entity in the frame;
determining that the third area overlaps with the third location of the third entity; and
based on determining that the third area overlaps with the third location, generating for display a second prompt for additional input, wherein the second prompt for additional input indicates the third entity as a second potential disambiguation of the ambiguous entity in the search query.

US Pat. No. 10,142,685

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SPACIAL AND TEMPORAL EXPERIMENTATION ON CONTENT EFFECTIVENESS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling the display of content on a content delivery channel to mitigate potential confounds and structure an experiment for the content delivery channel, comprising:receiving temporal reach data for the content delivery channel;
receiving spatial reach data for the channel for content delivery, wherein the spatial reach data relates to the region in which a content recipient will likely take action after receiving content from the content delivery channel;
receiving content data comprising information about a plurality of different pieces of content;
receiving confound data for at least some of the plurality of different pieces of content, wherein the content comprises rendered files, instructions for procedural generation of content, rules constraining content creation, or elements for use in content creation or percentages of play for content pieces;
receiving randomization constraint data wherein the randomization constraint data comprises at least one of blocking, balancing and counterbalancing;
using a processor of a computer, computing an experimental unit comprising a response area based on the spatial reach data and a response duration based on the temporal reach data, wherein the response area is computed by doubling the data that defines the spatial reach data;
using the processor, assigning a first piece of content from the plurality of different pieces of content, to the experimental unit using the randomization constraint data; and,
using the processor, assigning additional pieces of content from the plurality of different pieces of content to the experimental unit using the randomization constraint data, wherein the additional pieces of content do not confound the first piece of content according to the received confound data; and
distributing the first piece of content and the additional pieces of content to the content delivery channel.

US Pat. No. 10,142,683

METHOD OF ACCESS TO MULTIMEDIA CONTENT PROTECTED BY A TERMINAL

VIACCESS, Paris la Defen...

1. A method for accessing protected multimedia content by using a terminal that comprises a descrambler, a decoder, and a shared memory, said method comprising causing said descrambler to execute a descrambling phase and causing said decoder to execute a decoding phase, wherein said descrambling phase comprises a fragment-receiving step, a fragment-decrypting step, a bit-replacement step, and a fragment-storage step, wherein said decoding phase comprises a fragment-extraction step, a fragment-reconstruction step, a fragment-decoding step and a fragment-transmission step, wherein said fragment-receiving step comprises receiving an encrypted fragment of said multimedia content and receiving a key for decrypting said encrypted fragment, wherein said fragment-decrypting step comprises using said decryption key to decrypt said received fragment, thereby obtaining an unscrambled fragment, wherein said bit-replacement step comprises replacing original bits of said unscrambled fragment with different substituted bits to obtain a modified fragment, wherein said fragment-storage step comprises storing said modified fragment in said shared memory, wherein said fragment-extraction step comprises extracting said modified fragment from said shared memory, wherein said fragment-reconstruction step comprises replacing substituted bits of said extracted modified fragment with said original bits to reconstruct said unscrambled fragment, wherein said fragment-decoding step comprises decoding said reconstructed unscrambled fragment to obtain a decoded fragment, and wherein said fragment-transmission step comprises transmitting said decoded fragment to a multimedia appliance capable of playing this decoded fragment of said multimedia content, wherein said bit-replacement step comprises replacing a string of M consecutive original bits of said unscrambled fragment with a string of N consecutive substituted bits, where N is strictly greater than M and said string of N consecutive substituted bits is different for each different string of M consecutive original bits, and wherein said fragment-reconstruction step comprises replacing said string of N consecutive substituted bits with said string of M consecutive original bits, wherein said method further comprises, before execution of said fragment-decrypting step, said bit-replacement step, said fragment-storage step, said fragment-extraction step, and said fragment-reconstruction step, causing said terminal to store a first table comprising a line for each possible string of M original bits, each line associated, with a possible string of M original bits, a string of N substituted bits different from those associated with said other possible strings of M original bits, said lines of said first table being ranked in order of values of said possible strings of M original bits to constitute an index of said first table, and wherein said bit-replacement step comprises reading, in said first table, said string of N substituted bits associated with said string of M original bits of said unscrambled fragment, and replacing said string of M original bits of said unscrambled fragment with said selected string of N substituted bits to obtain said modified fragment, and causing said terminal to store a second table comprising a line for each string of N substituted bits, said line associating, with said string of N substituted bits, said string of M original bits with which said string of N substituted bits was associated by said first table, wherein said first table corresponds to said second table, wherein said second table makes it possible to reconstruct said unscrambled fragment from said modified fragment obtained using said first table, and wherein said fragment-reconstruction step comprises reading, in said second table corresponding to said first table, said string of M original bits associated with said string of N substituted bits of said modified fragment, and replacing said string of N substituted bits of said modified fragment with said read string of M original bits to reconstruct said unscrambled fragment, wherein in said set of said values of M bits of given indices, two-by-two distinct, from each string of N substituted bits is equal to said set of said possible values of said strings of M bits, and wherein said lines of said second table are ranked only by order of said values of said M bits of given indices of each string of N substituted bits, such that said M bits of given indices define an index of said second table.

US Pat. No. 10,142,681

SHARING TELEVISION AND VIDEO PROGRAMMING THROUGH SOCIAL NETWORKING

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A method comprising:by one or more computer systems, providing a plurality of media items to display in a media queue on a display device;
by the one or more computer systems, receiving an indication that a user has selected a user-selectable option displayed on the display device, the user-selectable option configured to add a particular show or movie to the media queue; and
by the one or more computer systems, in response to receiving the indication that the user has selected the user-selectable option, automatically posting to a communication system a message indicating that the user is planning to watch the particular show or movie.

US Pat. No. 10,142,679

CONTENT PROCESSING APPARATUS, CONTENT PROCESSING METHOD THEREOF, SERVER INFORMATION PROVIDING METHOD OF SERVER AND INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A content processing apparatus, comprising:output circuitry;
communication circuitry; and
a processor configured to extract, from the content, first characteristic information and second characteristic information, wherein the first characteristic information is one of video characteristic information and audio characteristic information and the second characteristic information is the other one of the video characteristic information and the audio characteristic information,
wherein the processor further is configured to:
control the communication circuitry to transmit the first characteristic information to a server;
based on receiving a plurality of characteristic information corresponding to contents matched to the transmitted first characteristic information and a plurality of additional information corresponding to the plurality of characteristic information, select one from among the plurality of characteristic information based on the second characteristic information extracted from the content; and
control the output circuitry to output additional information, from among the plurality of additional information, corresponding to the selected characteristic information.

US Pat. No. 10,142,678

VIDEO PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD

MSTAR SEMICONDUCTOR, INC....

1. A video processing device, capable of automatically determining an operation mode, comprising:a memory, storing a display parameter of a predetermined mode;
a control signal processing circuit, receiving a control signal from a transmitter, and performing following steps according to at least one data access address indicated by the control signal when the predetermined mode is a first mode:
determining whether the data access address satisfies a predetermined access address;
outputting the display parameter of the predetermined mode in the memory to the transmitter when the data access address satisfies the predetermined access address; and
outputting a display parameter of a second mode to the transmitter after the display parameter of the predetermined mode in the memory is replaced by the display parameter of the second mode when the data access address does not satisfy the predetermined access address, and
a controller, causing the video processing device to operate in a first mode when the control signal processing circuit determines that the data access address satisfies the predetermined access address within a predetermined time interval, and causing the video processing device to operate in a second mode when the control signal processing circuit does not determine that the data access address satisfies the predetermined access address within the predetermined time interval.

US Pat. No. 10,142,677

ENTRY DEVICE FOR A CATV NETWORK

PPC BROADBAND, INC., Eas...

1. An entry device for a cable television (CATV) network, comprising:an input port configured to be connected to the CATV network, such that the input port is configured to receive downstream CATV signals from the CATV network and provide upstream CATV signals thereto;
a first splitter electrically connected to the input port;
an active signal path electrically connected to the first splitter;
a passive signal path electrically connected to the first splitter;
a second splitter electrically connected to the active signal path;
a plurality of active ports electrically connected to the second splitter, wherein the plurality of active ports are configured to communicate with one another via the second splitter;
a passive port electrically connected to the passive signal path and configured to communicate with the input port via the passive signal path;
a filter configured to block multimedia over coaxial alliance (MoCA) signals from proceeding from the active ports or the passive port to the input port; and
a signal bypass path configured to transmit the MoCA signals between the active ports and the passive port.

US Pat. No. 10,142,671

USER INTERFACE APPARATUS FOR VEHICLES AND VEHICLE HAVING THE SAME

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A user interface apparatus for vehicles comprising:light sources;
a touch sensor configured to sense touch;
light guides configured to transfer light generated by the light sources; and
a top cover configured to cover the light sources, the touch sensor and the light guides and to transmit light emitted from the light guides to the interior of a vehicle so as to project an image, wherein:
the light sources include a first light source and at least one second light sources;
the light guides include:
a first light guide configured to receive light generated by the first light source and to transfer the light to a first region of the top cover, the first region being configured to indicate functions of the user interface apparatus to a user based on receiving the light from the first light guide;
a second light guide configured to receive light generated by the first light source and to transfer the light to a second region of the top cover, the second region being configured to indicate a position of the touch sensor to the user based on receiving the light from the second light guide; and
at least one third light guide configured to receive light generated by the at least one second light source and to transfer the light to a third region of the top cover, the third region being configured to indicate states of the functions of the user interface apparatus to the user based on receiving the light from the at least one third light guide; and
light generated by the first light source is dispersed and provided to the first light guide and the second light guide,
wherein the touch sensor includes an input area configured to receive one or more touch inputs from the user,
wherein the first light guide source is configured to generate light in response to the touch sensor detecting a first touch input on the input area based on lack of detection of a prior touch input for a designated time, and
wherein the at least one second light source is configured to generate light in response to the touch sensor detecting a second touch input on the input area within the designated time after detection of the first touch input.

US Pat. No. 10,142,668

PAIRING WIRELESS SET-TOP BOX WITH A WIRED SET-TOP BOX

COX COMMUNICATIONS, INC.,...

1. A method for pairing a wireless set-top box with a wired set-top box, the method comprising:receiving a request to pair the wireless set-top box with the wired set-top box;
pairing the wireless set-top box with the wired set-top box and, as a result of the pairing, identifying a subscriber's authorized use location for the wired set-top box based on one or more access points being available to the wireless set-top box at the time of the pairing for accessing subscribed services via the one or more access points, wherein the one or more access points is other than the wired set-top box;
while the wireless set-top box and the wired set-top box are paired, monitoring for requests received from the wireless set-top box via another access point outside the authorized use location, wherein the other access point was not available to the wireless set-top box at the time of the pairing for accessing subscribed services; and
in response to receiving a request for service at the wired set-top box from the wireless set-top box to access subscribed services via the other access point outside the subscriber's authorized use location, determining the wireless set-top box is not within the subscriber's authorized use location; and
in response to determining the wireless set-top box is not within the subscriber's authorized user location, unpairing the wireless set-top box from the wired set-top box, prohibiting access to the subscribed services by the wireless set-top box via the other access point, and presenting a user-interface including a message that notifies the subscriber of unauthorized use due to the wireless set-top box being outside the boundaries of the subscriber's authorized use location.

US Pat. No. 10,142,664

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR DETERMINING PROPERTIES OF A GRAPHICAL OVERLAY FOR A VIDEO STREAM

Axis AB, Lund (SE)

1. A method for inserting a graphical overlay on a video stream during a time period of the video stream, comprising:providing an upper threshold bitrate for transmitting an encoded single bitstream comprising the video stream during the time period of the video stream and the graphical overlay;
calculating an estimated bitrate for transmitting an encoded bitstream comprising the video stream during the time period of the video stream and the graphical overlay; and
determining if the estimated bitrate exceeds the upper threshold bitrate, and in response to the estimated bitrate exceeding the upper threshold bitrate:
adjusting a degree of animation of the graphical overlay the adjustment being based on a relationship between visual features of the graphical overlay and visual features of a scene depicted by the video stream during the time period of the video stream such that a bitrate for transmitting an encoded bitstream comprising the video stream during the time period of the video stream and the graphical overlay having the adjusted degree of animation falls below the upper threshold bitrate, wherein the adjusting comprises estimating a degree of motion for the video stream during the time period of the video stream and adjusting the degree of animation of the graphical overlay for the video stream during the time period of the video stream by reducing the degree of animation by a value based on the estimated degree of motion; and
inserting the graphical overlay on the video stream during the time period of the video stream.

US Pat. No. 10,142,627

INTRA PREDICTION AND INTRA MODE CODING

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method of decoding a block of video data, the method comprising:deriving, from among a plurality of intra prediction modes, M most probable modes (MPMs) for intra prediction of the block of video data, wherein M is greater than 3;
decoding a syntax element that indicates whether a MPM index or a non-MPM index is used to indicate a selected intra prediction mode of the plurality of intra prediction modes for intra prediction of the block of video data, wherein the MPM index indicates which of the M MPMs is the selected intra prediction mode, and wherein the non-MPM index indicates which of the plurality of intra prediction modes other than the MMPMs is the selected intra prediction mode;
based on the syntax element indicating that the MPM index is used to indicate the selected intra prediction mode of the plurality of intra prediction modes for intra prediction of the block of video data, selecting, for each of one or more context-modeled bins of the MPM index and based on intra prediction modes used to decode one or more neighboring blocks, a context index for the context-modeled bin, wherein selecting the context index for the context-modeled bin comprises selecting the context index for the context-modeled bin from among a first context index, a second context index, a third context index, and a fourth context index such that:
the first context index is selected when intra prediction modes used to decode a left neighboring block and an above neighboring block are the same and when neither of the intra prediction modes used to decode the left neighboring block nor the above neighboring block is DC or planar,
the second context index is selected when intra prediction modes used to decode the left neighboring block and the above neighboring block are the same and when at least one of the intra prediction modes used to decode the left neighboring block and the above neighboring block is DC or planar,
the third context index is selected when intra prediction modes used to decode the left neighboring block and the above neighboring block are different and when neither of the intra prediction modes used to decode the left neighboring block nor the above neighboring block is planar, and
the fourth context index is selected when intra prediction modes used to decode the left neighboring block and the above neighboring block are different and when at least one of the intra prediction modes used to decode the left neighboring block and the above neighboring block is planar; and
reconstructing the block of video data based on the selected intra prediction mode.

US Pat. No. 10,142,623

IMAGE ENCODING METHOD USING A SKIP MODE, AND A DEVICE USING THE METHOD

Electronics and Telecommu...

1. A video decoding method, comprising:decoding predetermined information representing whether residual block information is encoded or not;
determining whether the residual block information of a prediction target block of an image is present based on the predetermined information;
generating the prediction target block based on an intra prediction value and the residual block information in response to the predetermined information indicating that the residual block information is present; and
performing entropy decoding for encoded intra prediction direction information in a bitstream to generate entropy-decoded intra prediction direction information for the prediction target block in response to the predetermined information indicating that the residual block information is absent, and generating the prediction target block based on the entropy-decoded intra prediction direction information in response to the predetermined information indicating that the residual block information is absent.

US Pat. No. 10,142,621

MASS PRODUCTION MTF TESTING MACHINE

Oren Aharon, Haifa (IL)

1. A device for measuring Modulation Transfer Function of multiple lenses, comprising:a plurality of parallel angular moving telescopic cameras having their center of rotation concentric with their respective measured lenses;
a mechanical tray for organizing said lenses in a specific formation, placing each lens in said center of rotation of said telescopic cameras;
a reference target array placed at the imaging plane of each said lens under test;
an illumination device for said targets array;
an XY motorized table, carrying said mechanical tray;
a computing device for controlling the angle of said telescopic cameras and said XY motorized table;
a mechanical device that places the plurality of telescopic cameras in multiple angles and rotates around the center of each aperture of said lenses, without obstructing the line of sight of each other;
a computer processor comprising an algorithm configured to analyze multiple images from different angles of said moving telescopic cameras, and calculating the Modulation Transfer Function of lenses under test;
a computing device analyzing projected image which is fed by said telescopic cameras through a streaming video via a digital interface, wherein said computing device comprises an algorithm configured to analyze the streaming data; and
wherein said computing device further comprises an algorithm that is configured to analyze each lens performance by comparing the respective lens performance to its specifications and output an alert signal if said performance is outside of said specifications.

US Pat. No. 10,142,613

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba,...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a processor configured to:
calculate a degree of similarity between a first pixel in a first image and each of a plurality of second pixels located in a horizontal-direction first range in a second image, extract a second pixel with a highest similarity degree, and calculate a disparity from the first pixel;
calculate, only for the extracted second pixel, a degree of similarity between a plurality of third pixels existing in a vertical-direction second range that includes the extracted second pixel and the first pixel, in the second image, and extract a third pixel with a highest similarity degree;
record in an amount-of-difference buffer a difference between a vertical-direction position of the extracted third pixel and the first pixel as an amount of difference of the extracted third pixel;
determine positions of the second pixels for which a degree of similarity to the first pixel for which a disparity is calculated next is calculated, according to data of the amount-of-difference buffer, and
extract pixel data from the second image and input the pixel data for calculating the degree of similarity between the first pixel in the first image and each of the plurality of second pixels located in the horizontal-direction first range in the second image according to the determined positions of the second pixels, wherein
for each of the second pixels, the processor is configured to set, based on an amount of difference recorded in the amount-of-difference buffer, a position away from the position of the first pixel by the amount of difference as a vertical-direction position of the second pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,142,606

DEVICE FOR USE IN IDENTIFYING OR AUTHENTICATING A SUBJECT

MORPHO, Issy les Mouline...

1. A device for use in identifying or authenticating a subject positioned in an acquisition volume on the basis of at least one biometric characteristic of the subject, the device comprising in succession, in offset manner along a camera placement axis:a first camera;
a second camera; and
a third camera, optical axes of the first and second cameras forming between them an angle strictly less than 10°, and an optical axis of the third camera intersecting the optical axes of the first and second cameras,
the optical axes of the first and second cameras each forming an angle less than or equal to 5° relative to a normal axis perpendicular to the camera placement axis, and
superposition of fields of the first and second cameras covering the entire acquisition volume, wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
angle ?23 formed between the optical axis of the third camera and the normal axis perpendicular to the placement axis of the cameras is such that:
(arctan(h?23/d)??23/2)??23?1.1×(arctan(h?23/d)??23/2), and
a field angle ?23 along a height of the third camera satisfies the following condition:
?23?2×(?23+arctan((hv?h?23)/d)),
where h?23 designates the height of the third camera measured relative to a height of bottom boundary of the acquisition volume, hv designates a height of the acquisition volume, and d designates a distance measured along the normal axis between the third camera and the acquisition volume.

US Pat. No. 10,142,602

FABRICATION METHOD OF A POLARIZING GRATING

The Hong Kong University ...

1. A fabrication method of a polarization grating comprising:providing a polarization-sensitive material;
providing two orthogonally polarized lights; and
causing the two orthogonally polarized lights to be reflected by two scanning mirrors respectively toward an incident position of the polarization-sensitive material and to scan the polarization-sensitive material along a direction, so as to form the polarization grating,
wherein the incident position is a convergence point of the two orthogonally polarized light on a surface of the polarization-sensitive material.

US Pat. No. 10,142,584

USE OF LOCATION LULLS TO FACILITATE IDENTIFYING AND RECORDING VIDEO CAPTURE LOCATION

Tribune Broadcasting Comp...

1. A method of establishing capture-location metadata for captured video, the method comprising:receiving, into a computing system, video data representing video captured by a video camera;
determining by the computing system a geographic location where the video camera has been substantially stationary, wherein determining by the computing system the geographic location where the video camera has been substantially stationary comprises determining by the computing system, as the geographic location, a location where a supplemental device associated with an operator of the video camera has been substantially stationary, wherein determining by the computing system the location where the supplemental device associated with the operator of the video camera has been substantially stationary comprises (i) identifying by the computing system the supplemental device, based on an identity of the operator of the video camera, (ii) transmitting from the computing system to the identified supplemental device a request for location data indicating where the supplemental device has been substantially stationary, and (iii) receiving by the computing system from the identified supplemental device, in response to the request, the location data; and
responsive to at least the determining of the geographic location, recording by the computing system the determined geographic location as capture-location metadata for the video.

US Pat. No. 10,142,582

SYSTEM AND CIRCUIT FOR TELEVISION POWER STATE CONTROL

Enseo, Inc., Richardson,...

1. A system for television state power control, the system comprising:a power management circuit receiving a video feed providing a video signal and an audio feed providing an audio signal;
the power management circuit configured to connect to a television including a screen and an image display engine associated therewith, the television including a visual indicator, the power management circuit configured to selectively alternate the television between a first state, a second state, and a third state;
the first state including the power management circuit passing the video signal to the image display engine and the power management circuit passing the audio signal to the speaker, the first state including the visual indicator displaying television ON;
the second state including the power management circuit blanking the video signal to the image display engine such that a blank video image is displayed on the television, the power management circuit maintaining synchronization of the video signal with the image display engine, and the power management circuit blocking the audio signal to the speaker, the second state including the visual indicator displaying television OFF;
the third state including the power management circuit turning the video feed OFF, the power management circuit turning the audio feed OFF, the third state including the visual indicator displaying television OFF, the second state and the third state having identical visual indicators;
the power management circuit selectively alternates the television between the second state and the third state based on guest occupancy of a commercial lodging environment relative to check-in and check-out of the commercial lodging environment;
the power management circuit selectively alternates the television between the first state and the third state based on the guest occupancy of check-in and power ON;
the power management circuit selectively alternates the television between the first state and the second state based on the guest occupancy of check-in and power ON/OFF to the television; and
the power management circuit selectively alternates the television between the first state and the second state, between the second state and the third state, and between the first state and the third state.

US Pat. No. 10,142,511

BILLING SYSTEM, IMAGE FORMING SYSTEM, CONTROL METHOD OF BILLING SYSTEM, AND CONTROL PROGRAM OF BILLING SYSTEM

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. A billing system used together with an image forming apparatus for forming an image on a sheet and discharging the sheet, the billing system comprising:a counting unit for counting, when a print job is interrupted in the image forming apparatus, a billing unit number for a sheet which already has an image formed thereon when the interruption occurs and which has not yet discharged from the image forming apparatus;
a determination unit for determining whether the print job is continued or cancelled after the print job is interrupted in the image forming apparatus; and
a billing unit for counting a billing counter corresponding to an amount for which the image forming apparatus is used, and billing a user who uses the image forming apparatus according to the billing counter;
wherein the billing unit switches whether the billing counter is counted by using a count result of the counting unit in accordance with a determination result of the determination unit.

US Pat. No. 10,142,497

IMAGE PRINTING SYSTEM, METHOD IN IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. An image printing system comprising:an image processing apparatus that stores an image to be printed; and
a printing apparatus that is capable of operating as a first access point by fixed authentication information for a wireless LAN connection and which prints the image transmitted from the image processing apparatus via a wireless LAN, wherein
the printing apparatus includes:
a first communication portion configured to execute a communication by a wireless LAN; and
a first processor;
wherein the first processor controls a communication by the communication portion in a first mode for performing a wireless LAN connection with the image processing apparatus by the printing apparatus operating as the first access point, or in a second mode for performing a wireless LAN connection with the image processing apparatus via a second access point different from the printing apparatus and the image processing apparatus, and
the first communication portion transmits a specific signal in a case where the communication is controlled in the first mode by the first processor, and
the image processing apparatus includes:
a second communication portion configured to execute a communication by a wireless LAN; and
a second processor,
wherein the second processor establishes, by the second communication portion, a connection without intervention of the second access point with the printing apparatus by using the fixed authentication information and transmits the image to the printing apparatus using the established connection, in a case where a predetermined instruction is received and the second processor detects the specific signal, and
the second processor transmits, by the second communication portion, the image to the printing apparatus using a connection via the second access point with the printing apparatus, in a case where the predetermined instruction is received and the second processor does not detect the specific signal, and
the printing apparatus prints the transmitted image.

US Pat. No. 10,142,494

ENFORCEMENT OF COMPLIANCE RULES

AIRWATCH LLC, Atlanta, G...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium embodying instructions executable in a client device, the instructions, when executed by the client device, causing the client device to at least:execute an agent application that instructs the client device to communicate with a server for accessing resources of an enterprise, wherein the server manages functionality of multiple client devices assigned to users of the enterprise;
render a dialer user interface on a display controlled by the client device;
identify, by the agent application, a location of the client device and a network to which the client device is connected;
obtain a request to initiate a call to a contact identifier via the dialer user interface;
determine, by the agent application, whether a compliance rule requires a redirect prompt to be presented on the dialer user interface based on the location of the client device and the network to which the client device is connected, wherein the compliance rule is obtained by the agent application from the server based on a first profile assigned to the client device;
identify a computing device separate from the client device; and
display the redirect prompt on the client device, the redirect prompt requesting an indication from a user of the client device to redirect the call from the client device to the identified computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,142,470

ACD SYSTEM, INCOMING-CALL ORDER NOTIFICATION METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER READABLE MEDIUM

NEC Platforms, Ltd., Kaw...

1. An ACD system comprising one or a plurality of reception-staff terminals used by one or a plurality of respective reception staff members each of whom receives an incoming telephone call for reception work, an ACD (Auto Call Distribution) apparatus configured to automatically assign the incoming telephone call to an arbitrary reception-staff terminal, and a network configured to connect each reception-staff terminal with the ACD apparatus, whereinwhen the ACD apparatus receives a notification request for information about a distribution order of the incoming telephone call from the reception-staff terminal that is waiting for the incoming telephone call through the network,
the ACD apparatus generates incoming-call distribution order information indicating an incoming-call order of the incoming telephone call for the reception-staff terminal that has made the notification request, and transmits the generated incoming-call distribution order information to the reception-staff terminal that has made the notification request through the network,
the reception-staff terminal that has made the notification request and received the incoming-call distribution order information displays the received incoming-call distribution order information on a screen of a display device, wherein:
each of the reception-staff terminals comprises a reception-staff PC terminal equipped with a data processing function and a reception-staff telephone terminal equipped with a telephone-call sending/receiving function and a telephone conversation function; the ACD system further comprising a private branch exchange disposed between the network and the ACD apparatus, the private branch exchange being capable of transferring information to the ACD apparatus in order to transmit/receive the information between the reception-staff telephone terminal and the ACD apparatus through the network; the reception-staff terminal being able to transmit the notification request from either the reception-staff PC terminal or the reception-staff telephone terminal to the ACD apparatus through the network when the reception-staff terminal is waiting for the incoming telephone call; and the ACD apparatus transmits the incoming-call distribution order information generated by the ACD apparatus to either the reception-staff PC terminal or the reception-staff telephone terminal that has transmitted the notification request through the network, and
when the reception-staff terminal transmits the notification request from the reception-staff PC terminal thereof, the reception-staff terminal directly transmits the notification request to the ACD apparatus through the network and the ACD apparatus transmits the incoming-call distribution order information generated by the ACD apparatus to the reception-staff PC terminal that has transmitted the notification request through the network; whereas when the reception-staff terminal transmits the notification request from the reception-staff telephone terminal thereof, the reception-staff terminal transmits the notification request to the ACD apparatus through the network and the private branch exchange, and the ACD apparatus transmits the incoming-call distribution order information generated by the ACD apparatus to the reception-staff telephone terminal that has transmitted the notification request through the private branch exchange and the network.

US Pat. No. 10,142,401

MANAGEMENT OF COMPUTING INFRASTRUCTURE UNDER EMERGENCY PEAK CAPACITY CONDITIONS

Nokia of America Corporat...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a processor and a memory communicatively connected to the processor, the processor configured to:
monitor a computing environment comprising capacity supporting equipment configured to provide computing capacity within the computing environment and environmental equipment configured to control environmental conditions of the computing environment;
detect a first emergency peak capacity condition associated with a first element of the capacity supporting equipment and a second emergency peak capacity condition associated with a second element of the capacity supporting equipment;
initiate handling of the first emergency peak capacity condition by the first element of the capacity supporting equipment, wherein the handling of the first emergency peak capacity condition by the first element of the capacity supporting equipment comprises initiating a management action by sending a message for configuring the first element of the capacity supporting equipment to provide additional computing capacity for the first emergency peak capacity condition; and
initiate handling of the second emergency peak capacity condition, by the first element of the capacity supporting equipment or the second element of the capacity supporting equipment, based on the handling of the first emergency peak capacity condition by the first element of the capacity supporting equipment.

US Pat. No. 10,142,100

MANAGING USER-CONTROLLED SECURITY KEYS IN CLOUD-BASED SCENARIOS

SAP SE, Walldorf (DE)

1. A system comprising:at least one hardware data processor; and
at least one memory storing instructions which, when executed by the at least one data processor, result in operations comprising:
receiving, at a database server and from a client device, a client request for information;
generating, in response to the received client request, a database request to obtain the information;
generating, at the database server, a request for a secret key for decrypting encrypted data to obtain encrypted data associated with the information;
encrypting the request with a public key of a security key management entity associated with the client device and signing the request with a private key associated with the database server;
providing, by the database server, the encrypted and signed request to the security key management entity via a network;
receiving, by the database server, secret key information from the security key management entity via the network;
storing, at the database server, the secret key information in a working memory rather than persisting the secret key information within a long term storage of the database server;
decrypting, at the database server, the encrypted data using the secret key information to form decrypted data responsive to the client request for the information; and
removing, from the database server, the secret key information from the working memory after the secret key information is used to decrypt the encrypted data.

US Pat. No. 10,141,848

INTERLEAVED POWER FACTOR CORRECTOR

MIDEA GROUP CO., LTD., F...

1. An interleaved power factor corrector, comprising:a first power factor correction (PFC) component comprising a first energy storage inductor, a first switch component and a first fast recovery diode;
a second PFC component, parallel to the first PFC component and comprising a second energy storage inductor, a second switch component and a second fast recovery diode, wherein the second switch component is connected to the first switch component and a first node is between the second switch component and the first switch component;
a current sampling resistor, wherein a first terminal of the current sampling resistor is connected to the first node and a second terminal of the current sampling resistor is grounded;
a current detection component, connected to the first node and configured to detect a current I1 flowing through the first switch component, to detect a current I2 flowing through the second switch component and to detect a current lin flowing through the first switch component and the second switch component, each detection is based on a sampling signal generated by the current sampling resistor;
a voltage detection component, configured to detect a voltage U1 inputted into the interleaved power factor corrector and an output voltage U2 of the interleaved power factor corrector; and
a control component, connected to the current detection component, the voltage detection component, a control terminal of the first switch component and a control terminal of the second switch component respectively and configured to generate a first pulse-width modulation (PWM) control signal for controlling the first switch component and a second PWM control signal for controlling the second switch component based on the current I1, the current I2, the current lin, the voltage U1, the voltage U2 and a preset target output voltage, wherein the first PWM control signal is different from the second PWM control signal by a half of a carrier period;
wherein the control component further comprises:
a PFC control unit, configured to generate a first duty ratio signal in each carrier cycle based on the current lin, the voltage U1, the voltage U2, and the preset target output voltage;
a duty ratio adjustment unit, configured to calculate a duty ratio adjustment value based on the current I1 and the current I2;
a first calculating unit, configured to calculate a duty ratio signal of the first switch component based on the first duty ratio signal and the duty ratio adjustment value;
a second calculating unit, configured to calculate a duty ratio signal of the second switch component based on the first duty ratio signal and the duty ratio adjustment value;
a first saw-tooth wave generating unit, configured to output a first saw-tooth wave signal;
a second saw-tooth wave generating unit, configured to output a second saw-tooth wave signal;
a first PWM control signal generating unit, configured to generate the first PWM control signal based on the duty ratio signal of the first switch component and the first saw-tooth wave signal; and
a second PWM control signal generating unit, configured to generate the second PWM control signal based on the duty ratio signal of the second switch component and the second saw-tooth signal.

US Pat. No. 10,141,841

DC-DC CONVERTER WITH A DYNAMICALLY ADAPTING LOAD-LINE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A power converter comprising:an amplifier configured to convey an output current;
a first loop comprising:
a compensator configured to generate a first voltage based on the output current;
first circuitry configured to:
generate an output voltage based on the first voltage; and
convey the output voltage to an input of the amplifier; and
a second loop comprising second circuitry configured to:
generate a dynamically adapting feedback current based on the first voltage; and
convey the dynamically adapting feedback current to the input of the amplifier.

US Pat. No. 10,141,838

FREQUENCY JITTERING CONTROL CIRCUIT AND METHOD

DELTA ELECTRONICS (SHANGH...

1. A frequency jittering control circuit comprising:a frequency jittering circuit configured to generate a frequency jittering signal;
a feedback compensation circuit coupled to the frequency jittering circuit to receive the frequency jittering signal and to receive an output signal of a power supply apparatus, wherein the feedback compensation circuit generates a feedback compensation signal in response to the frequency jittering signal and the output signal;
a first comparator having an inverting input terminal, a non-inverting input terminal and an output terminal, wherein the first comparator coupled to the feedback compensation circuit to output a first comparison output signal through the output terminal according to the feedback compensation signal and a reference signal in the inverting input terminal and an oscillation signal in the non-inverting input terminal; and
a control circuit coupled to the first comparator to output a frequency jittering control signal to switch a main switch in the power supply apparatus according to the first comparison output signal, such that the power supply apparatus generates the output signal correspondingly, wherein the frequency jittering control signal generated by the control circuit does not affect the frequency jittering circuit to generate the frequency jittering signal,
wherein the feedback compensation circuit comprises:
a detection unit for receiving the frequency jittering signal and a feedback signal which is derived by detecting the output signal, wherein the detection unit generate a frequency jittering feedback signal by the frequency jittering signal adding the feedback signal;
a third comparator configured to compare the frequency jittering feedback signal with a second reference voltage signal to output a third comparison output signal; and
a feedback unit configured to receive the third comparison output signal, and generate and transmit the feedback compensation signal to the first comparator, wherein the feedback unit comprising an opto-coupler, wherein an input terminal of the opto-coupler is electrically coupled to an output terminal of the third comparator, and an output terminal of the opto-coupler is electrically coupled to the inverting input terminal of the first comparator.

US Pat. No. 10,141,775

MOBILE-TERMINAL-CHARGING DEVICE AND VEHICLE IN WHICH SAME IS MOUNTED

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A mobile-terminal-charging device comprising:a support plate whose front surface side is a mobile-terminal-placement portion;
a charging coil which is disposed at a back surface side of the support plate to face to the support plate;
a plurality of detecting coils which is coaxially disposed on a plane of the charging coil facing to the support plate and includes a first detecting coil disposed at an innermost side;
a plurality of voltage detectors which is connected to the plurality of detecting coils, each of the plurality of detecting coils directly detecting a voltage value of each of the plurality of detecting coils;
a controller which is connected to each of the plurality of detecting coils via each of the plurality of voltage detectors,
wherein, during a charging operation, the controller compares a voltage value detected by the first detecting coil, and a difference between voltage values detected by two of the plurality of detecting coils coaxially disposed, and executes a safety operation according to a result of the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,141,769

WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER SYSTEM

LG INNOTEK CO., LTD., Se...

1. A wireless power transfer system-charger for wireless power transmission, the wireless power transfer system-charger comprising:a power converting unit to convert DC signals on a first node and a fifth node into AC signals and output the AC signals to a sixth node and a seventh node;
a control unit to control the power converting unit; and
a transmission antenna system connected between the sixth nod and the seventh node,
wherein the power converting unit comprises:
a first high-frequency filtering unit connected between the first node and a second node;
a second high-frequency filtering unit connected between the first node and a third node;
a first power converting switch unit including a first switch connected between the second node and the sixth node, and a second switch connected between the sixth node and the fifth node; and
a second power converting switch unit including a third switch connected between the third node and the seventh node, and a fourth switch connected between the seventh node and the fifth node,
wherein the first high-frequency filtering unit includes a fifth inductor and the second high-frequency filtering unit includes a sixth inductor.

US Pat. No. 10,141,627

COMPACT WIRELESS ANTENNAE MOUNTING WITH ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE PROTECTION

Interdigital CE Patent Ho...

1. An electronic device comprising:a vertically oriented front wall;
a first side wall connected to a first end of the front wall to form a first corner;
a second side wall connected to a second end of the front wall to form a second corner;
a first antenna assembly positioned inside the electronic device adjacent to the first corner, the first antenna assembly comprising a first elongated planar antenna body having a major axis, the first antenna assembly mounted in a first vertical plane with the major axis corresponding to the first vertical plane;
a second antenna assembly positioned inside the electronic device adjacent to the second corner, the second antenna assembly comprising a second elongated planar antenna body having a minor axis, the second antenna assembly mounted in a second vertical plane with the minor axis corresponding to the second vertical plane;
a circuit board having a peripheral edge, wherein the first and second antenna assemblies are positioned outside the peripheral edge; and
slots formed into a horizontal bottom frame into which ends of the first and second elongated planar antenna bodies are positioned, the slots forming a continuous barrier around the first and second elongated planar antenna bodies for electrostatic discharge protection;
wherein the first antenna assembly is oriented perpendicularly to the second antenna assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,141,586

FUEL CELL MODULE, COMBINED POWER GENERATION SYSTEM INCLUDING THE SAME, AND TEMPERATURE CONTROL METHOD OF FUEL CELL POWER GENERATION SECTION

MITSUBISHI HITACHI POWER ...

1. A fuel cell module comprising:a pressure vessel which forms an internal space in which a gas is present;
an insulation board which partitions the internal space into an outer space and an inner space;
a plurality of cell stacks disposed in the inner space; and
a convection flow rate adjusting device,
wherein a lower flow passage which connects a lower portion of the outer space on a side vertically lower than the plurality of cell stacks to a lower portion of the inner space on a side vertically lower than the plurality of cell stacks, and an upper flow passage which connects an upper portion of the outer space on a side vertically higher than the plurality of cell stacks to an upper portion of the inner space on a side vertically higher than the plurality of cell stacks are formed in the insulation board,
wherein the convection flow rate adjusting device adjusts a flow rate of at least a part of the gas that flows toward the inner space from the outer space via the lower flow passage and flows toward the outer space from the inner space via the upper flow passage, and
wherein the convection flow rate adjusting device includes a lower damper that adjusts the flow rate of the gas that passes through the lower flow passage.

US Pat. No. 10,141,530

THIN FILM TRANSISTOR AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF, ARRAY SUBSTRATE, AND DISPLAY APPARATUS

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A thin film transistor, comprising an organic semiconductor layer and a source drain electrode layer, and further comprising a metal oxide insulating layer, wherein the metal oxide insulating layer is provided between the organic semiconductor layer and the source drain electrode layer, and the metal oxide insulating layer has a work function higher than that of the source drain electrode layer, wherein the source drain electrode layer is made of copper, aluminum, zinc, or silver, and the metal oxide insulating layer is a molybdenum oxide layer, a nickel oxide layer, a tungsten oxide layer, or a vanadium pentoxide layer, and the metal oxide insulating layer excludes organic material;wherein the thin film transistor further comprises a transition metal layer provided between the source drain electrode layer and the metal oxide insulating layer, and the transition metal layer has a work function higher than that of the source drain electrode layer.

US Pat. No. 10,141,469

RADIALLY STACKED SOLAR CELLS BASED ON 2D ATOMIC CRYSTALS AND METHODS FOR THEIR PRODUCTION

STC.UNM, Albuquerque, NM...

1. A method for fabricating a solar cell, comprising:forming a sacrificial layer;
forming a barrier layer having a gradient strain on the sacrificial layer;
attaching a heterostructure comprising a first light absorbing layer and at least a second light absorbing layer to the barrier layer, wherein the second light absorbing layer is attached to the first light absorbing layer and thereby forms a heterojunction at an interface between the first light absorbing layer and the second light absorbing layer; and
removing the sacrificial layer subsequent to the attaching of the first light absorbing layer and the second light absorbing layer to the barrier layer,
wherein the barrier layer, the first light absorbing layer, and the second light absorbing layer form a spiral structure having a spiral shape resulting from the gradient strain of the barrier layer.

US Pat. No. 10,141,464

SOLAR CELL MODULE

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A solar cell module comprising:a plurality of bi-facial solar cells having a front surface and a back surface, respectively, wherein light is incident to both of the front surface and the back surface of each of the plurality of bi-facial solar cells;
a light transmission protection part positioned on the front surfaces of the plurality of bi-facial solar cells;
a front protection part positioned between the light transmission protection part and the front surfaces of the plurality of bi-facial solar cells;
a back sheet positioned on the back surfaces of the plurality of bi-facial solar cells, wherein the back sheet includes a first area overlapping the plurality of bi-facial solar cells and having a first transmittance, and a second area being a remaining portion except the first area and having a second transmittance different from the first transmittance; and
a back protection part positioned between the back sheet and the back surfaces of the plurality of bi-facial solar cells,
wherein the back sheet includes:
a base layer,
a first sheet layer positioned between a first surface of the base layer and the back protection part,
a second sheet layer selectively positioned on a second surface of the base layer to correspond to the second area, and
a third sheet layer positioned on the second surface of the base layer and on the second sheet layer.

US Pat. No. 10,141,383

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE SAME

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...

1. An organic light emitting display device comprising:a lower substrate and an upper substrate;
a bank layer on the lower substrate to define a plurality of sub-pixel areas;
a cathode provided on the lower substrate, the cathode covering the plurality of sub-pixel areas and the bank layer;
an auxiliary electrode provided on the upper substrate, the entire auxiliary electrode being positioned between two immediately adjacent sub-pixel areas among the plurality of pixel areas defined by the bank layer;
a connection assistance unit provided on at least one of the lower substrate and the upper substrate, wherein the connection assistance unit is positioned to make the auxiliary electrode on the upper substrate be in contact with the cathode on the lower substrate,
wherein the auxiliary electrode has a hydrophobic property.

US Pat. No. 10,141,381

ORGANIC LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE (OLED) ARRAY SUBSTRATE, METHOD OF MANUFACTERING THE SAME, AND RELATED DISPLAY APPARATUS

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. An Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) array substrate, comprising:a plurality of pixels arranged in an array on a base substrate, wherein:
each pixel comprises a first sub-pixel and a second sub-pixel displaying different colors;
each sub-pixel comprises a light emitting unit and a control circuit; and
an orthogonal projection of the control circuit of the second sub-pixel on the base substrate completely covers an orthogonal projection of the light emitting unit of the first sub-pixel on the base substrate.

US Pat. No. 10,141,379

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DIODE DISPLAY DEVICE WITH REDUCED REFLECTANCE

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...

1. An organic light emitting diode display device comprising:a display panel including a plurality of pixels, at least one pixel among the plurality of pixels including a first sub-pixel, a second sub-pixel, a third sub-pixel and a fourth sub-pixel defined at intersection regions between a plurality of gate lines and a plurality of data lines; and
a first color filter layer, a second color filter layer and a third color filter layer corresponding to the first sub-pixel, the third sub-pixel and the fourth sub-pixel, respectively,
wherein the second sub-pixel includes:
an emission area,
a first color filter pattern disposed in the second sub-pixel for absorbing light incident from an outside of the organic light emitting diode display device, extending beyond opposite outer edges of the emission area, and disposed in parallel with the gate line, the first color filter pattern and the second sub-pixel corresponding to different colors, and
a second color filter pattern disposed in the second sub-pixel for absorbing light incident from an outside of the organic light emitting diode display device, having an outer perimeter fully within the emission area, separated from the first color filter pattern, and disposed in parallel with the gate line, and
wherein the first color filter pattern has a different color than the second color filter pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,141,365

SOLID-STATE IMAGING DEVICE HAVING IMPROVED LIGHT-COLLECTION, METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THE SAME, AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Sony Corporation, Tokyo ...

1. An imaging device, comprising:a substrate having a first side as a light-incident side and a second side opposite to the first side;
a first photoelectric conversion region disposed in the substrate;
a second photoelectric conversion region disposed adjacent to the first photoelectric conversion region in the substrate;
a third photoelectric conversion region disposed adjacent to the second photoelectric conversion region in the substrate;
a silicon oxide film disposed over the first side of the substrate;
a hafnium oxide film disposed over the silicon oxide film;
a first light-shielding film disposed over the hafnium oxide film, the first light-shielding film disposed between the first photoelectric conversion region and the second photoelectric conversion region;
a second light-shielding film disposed over the hafnium oxide film, the second light-shielding film disposed between the second photoelectric conversion region and the third photoelectric conversion region;
a titanium nitride film disposed between the hafnium oxide film and the first light-shielding film;
a trench including a first trench portion and a second trench portion;
a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions, wherein a photoelectric conversion portion of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions is disposed between the first trench portion and the second trench portion; and
a metallic oxide film including a first portion, a second portion and a third portion,
wherein,
the first portion is disposed in the first trench portion,
the second portion is disposed in the second trench portion, and
the third portion is overlapping with the photoelectric conversion portion.

US Pat. No. 10,141,130

LOCKING MECHANISM

Eaton Intelligent Power L...

1. An apparatus for use with a circuit interrupting apparatus shiftable between ON and OFF conditions, the apparatus comprising:a cabinet configured to contain the circuit interrupting apparatus and having a door with an inner side, an outer side, and an aperture;
a plate mounted on the inner side of the door for movement between ON and OFF positions, and configured to shift the circuit interrupting apparatus between the ON and OFF conditions upon movement of the plate between the ON and OFF positions;
a handle supported on the outer side of the door and linked with the plate to move the plate between the ON and OFF positions upon movement of the handle between corresponding ON and OFF positions;
a latch supported on the outer side of the door for movement through the aperture into and out of a locked position blocking movement of the plate into the ON position;
a spring supported on the outer side of the door in a condition biasing the latch out of the locked position;
a driving member supported on the outer side of the door for movement against the latch to move the latch into the locking position against the bias of the spring; and
a key configured to move the driving member against the latch.

US Pat. No. 10,141,123

NANOFIBERS ELECTRODE AND SUPERCAPACITORS

Nanyang Technological Uni...

1. A method for synthesizing a free-standing flexible electrode, the method comprising:mixing a solution comprising molybdenum powder, vanadium powder and hydrogen peroxide to form a mixture comprising nanofibers represented by the formula of:
V0.07Mo0.93O3nH2O
wherein n is 1 or 2;
filtering the mixture to form an electrode comprising the nanofibers;
treating the electrode with an acidic solution;
contacting the acid-treated electrode with a monomer solution comprising monomers of a conductive polymer; and
polymerizing the monomers in a medium comprising an oxidizing agent to form the conductive polymer.

US Pat. No. 10,141,039

BURST LENGTH DEFINED PAGE SIZE

Everspin Technologies, In...

1. A method comprising:receiving, at a magnetic memory device, a single command, wherein the single command includes a predetermined series of commands from an external source, wherein the predetermined series of commands includes an activate command, the activate command is issued prior to a read or write command, and the read or write command is issued prior to an auto precharge command;
in response to the activate command, opening a page associated with a memory bank;
determining a row address associated with the activate command, the row address indicating the page associated with the memory bank;
determining a burst length associated with the activate command based at least in part on a first mode selector bit included in the activate command, wherein the burst length defines a page size associated with the read or write command;
determining a starting position within the page associated with the memory bank based at least in part on a second mode selector bit included in the activate command, the starting position indicating a first bit to load into a cache;
performing a self-referencing read operation on the defined page size associated with the read or write command;
loading a number of bits starting with the first bit into the cache, the number of bits equal to the burst length; and
in response to the auto precharge command, closing the page associated with the memory bank, and writing the number of bits from the cache back into the memory bank after an expiration of a first number of clock cycles, the first number of clock cycles associated with a number of clock cycles for the external source to access the cache bits.

US Pat. No. 10,140,979

MODELING A CLASS POSTERIOR PROBABILITY OF CONTEXT DEPENDENT PHONEMES IN A SPEECH RECOGNITION SYSTEM

CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICE...

1. A computer implemented method for modeling a class posterior probability of context dependent phonemes in a Hidden Markov Model based speech recognition system, the computer implemented method comprising:receiving a N-dimensional feature vector x1, x2, . . . , xN with a respective M-dimensional class label vector b1, b2, . . . , bM, where (x,b) represents the xth feature and its label;
assigning a feature to each node of an input layer of a representation network comprising an input layer of N nodes and G?2 intermediate layers of nodes with each intermediate layer having Ng nodes, where g ?(1, G), all edges of all nodes of the input layer being connected to all nodes of a first intermediate layer, all edges of all nodes of each intermediate layer being connected to all nodes of a next successive intermediate layer;
computing, for all nodes of each intermediate layer, discriminative features based on features of nodes in a preceding layer;
discretizing features of last intermediate layer ZG into E-intervals to obtain a discretized layer Z, where E?2;
generating a feature vector Q=(q1, q2, . . . , qV) by randomly selecting V ?(1, NG) features from discretized layer Z;
for f=1 to F, hashing Q into Qf=(q1f, q2f, . . . , qVf), where Qf is obtained from the fth hashing, where F?2;
determining an equivalent scalar representation for each Qf;
for f=1 to F, determining a posterior probability Pf for each (x, b) pair based on the determined respective equivalent scalar representation;
use the posterior probabilities to improve classification accuracy in the Hidden Markov Model based speech recognition system; and
use the Hidden Markov Model based speech recognition system to recognize speech.

US Pat. No. 10,140,906

ELECTRO-OPTICAL APPARATUS AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION, ...

1. An electro-optical apparatus comprising:a plurality of subpixels each of which is arranged in a first direction of a display area and a second direction which is a direction intersecting with the first direction, each of the plurality of subpixels comprising:
a light emitting element, and
a color filter,
wherein the plurality of subpixels includes color filters of different colors, and have different display colors corresponding to the color filters,
wherein the plurality of subpixels includes light emitting elements in which optical axes of the light emitting elements are inclined against respective normal lines of light emitting surfaces of the light emitting elements to a central side of the display area according to respective positions of the subpixels,
wherein ranges, in which the optical axes of the light emitting elements are inclined, are different in the first direction and the second direction,
wherein, in the first direction and the second direction, the plurality of subpixels are disposed such that color filters of the same color are arranged in one direction in which a range in the ranges is large, and color filters of colors which are different from each other are arranged in another direction, and
wherein the plurality of subpixels includes color filters disposed to overlap adjacent color filters in the another direction in plan view, and disposed to have different widths of overlap in plan view according to the positions of the subpixels in the another direction.

US Pat. No. 10,140,887

BRAILLE GENERATOR AND CONVERTER

PEARSON EDUCATION, INC., ...

1. A braille generator and converter system comprising:one or more refreshable braille display devices, each refreshable braille display device comprising:
a plurality of electromechanical braille cells, each electromechanical braille cell comprising a plurality of output dots configured to raise and lower in response to voltages applied at the electromechanical braille cell;
a processing unit comprising one or more processors; and
memory coupled with and readable by the processing unit and storing therein a set of instructions which, when executed by the processing unit, causes the refreshable braille display device to:
receive data corresponding to one or more braille output math characters;
determine an electromechanical braille cell for displaying each of the braille output math characters; and
transmit control instructions to each of the determined electromechanical braille cells to display the one or more braille output math characters;
an expression input device, comprising:
an I/O subsystem configured to receive mathematical expression input data via one or more input devices integrated into or connected with the expression input device;
a processing unit comprising one or more processors; and
memory coupled with and readable by the processing unit and storing therein a set of instructions which, when executed by the processing unit, causes the expression input device to:
receive math input data via the I/O subsystem corresponding to a mathematical expression; and
transmit data representing the mathematical expression to an expression converter; and
the expression converter, the expression converter comprising:
a processing unit comprising one or more processors; and
memory coupled with and readable by the processing unit and storing therein a set of instructions which, when executed by the processing unit, causes the expression converter to:
initiate a multi-user interactive math computing session including at least one of the refreshable braille display devices and at least one visual presentation device;
receive the math input data from the expression input device representing presentation markup representation of a the mathematical expression during the multi-user interactive math computing session;
convert the math input data representing the presentation markup representation of the mathematical expression to a mathematical markup languge (MathML) representation of the mathematical expression, using a first set of data conversion rules for converting presentation markup of mathematical expressions to MathML;
convert the MathML representation of the mathematical expression to a set of braille output math characters, using a second set of data conversion rules for converting MathML to braille math output, wherein the set of braille math output characters includes at least one braille mathematical symbol that does not correspond to any character in the received input data or in the MathML representation of the mathematical expression;
transmit the set of braille output characters to the at least one of the refreshable braille display devices configured to receive braille output within the interactive computing session, wherein the converting and transmitting of the braille math output characters is performed in real-time in response to the receiving the math input data representing the presentation markup representation of the mathematical expression;
receive a plurality of single-character revisions to the mathematical expression during the multi-user interactive math computing session, including at least a first single-character revision received as braille math input from the at least one refreshable braille display device, and a second single-character revision received as presentation markup math input from the at least one visual presentation device; and
in response to each of the plurality of single-character revisions to the mathematical expression received during the multi-user interactive math computing session;
(a) determine an input data type of the received single-character revision to the mathematical expression;
(b) determine a set of conversion rules for converting the revised mathematical expression to MathML based on the determined input data type;
(c) convert the revised mathematical expression incorporating the single-character revision into revised MathML of the mathematical expression using the determined set of conversion rules;
(d) convert the revised MathML of the mathematical expression into one or more output math formats comprising at least one of the braille math output or presentation markup math output; and
(e) transmit the revised mathematical expression, converted into the one or more output math formats, to one or more output devices including at least one of the visual presentation devices or at least one refreshable braille display devices.

US Pat. No. 10,140,871

WIRELESS SYSTEM AND OPERATION MANAGEMENT SERVER

Hitachi Construction Mach...

1. A wireless system for communicably connecting plural haulage vehicles, which travel in a mine, and a fleet operations management server, which manages operation of the respective haulage vehicles, together via a wireless communication network, wherein:the haulage vehicles each comprise:
position calculating equipment that calculates a position of an own vehicle of the haulage vehicle, and
a terminal-side communication control unit that performs control to conduct a wireless communication with the fleet operations management server;
the fleet operations management server comprises:
a server-side communication control unit that performs control to conduct a wireless communication with each haulage vehicle,
a fleet operations management information storage unit that stores fleet operations management information including the position of the own vehicle of each haulage vehicle as received from the haulage vehicle,
a communication quality information editing unit that performs edition of communication quality information, in which point identification information specifically identifying individual points in the mine, communication quality index values indicating quality levels of conditions of connections to the wireless communication network at the points, and update times indicating times at which the communication quality index values were updated lastly, are associated with each other, and
an update timing monitoring unit that specifies, each one of the points, at which one point the communication quality index value does not satisfy a condition for allowing to consider the communication quality index value to be a communication quality index value at a current time, as an update target point and performs communication trigger processing to trigger communication for newly acquiring a communication quality index value of the update target point;
the update timing monitoring unit specifies one of the haulage vehicles, which one haulage vehicle is planned to travel through the update target point, as a target vehicle on a basis of the fleet operations management information, calculates an estimated arrival time at which the target vehicle would arrive at the update target point, and performs processing to make the target vehicle conduct transmission of wireless data as the communication trigger processing at the estimated arrival time;
the terminal-side communication control unit of the target vehicle performs the transmission of the wireless data, which includes the position of the own vehicle, to the fleet operations management server at the estimated arrival time; and
the communication quality information editing unit updates the communication quality information on a basis of the wireless data received.

US Pat. No. 10,140,839

ALARM SYSTEM COMMUNICATOR FOR FORWARDING ALARM SYSTEM EVENT DATA

TYCO SAFETY PRODUCTS CANA...

1. An alarm system communicator comprising:a central monitoring station (CMS) communications module to forward alarm event data monitored from a first communications path, to a remote CMS over a second communications path while the alarm system communicator is operable in an active mode, and not to forward the alarm event data to the remote CMS while operable in a passive mode; and
a secondary monitoring station (SMS) communications module to forward at least a portion of the alarm event data to a SMS, at least while the CMS communications module is in the passive mode.

US Pat. No. 10,140,821

THERMOSTAT WITH DOWNCAST LIGHT

Vivint, Inc., Provo, UT ...

1. A method for indicating an operating mode of a device, comprising:identifying a mode of operation of the device configured to automatically control a heating, ventilation, or air conditioning (HVAC) system;
outputting a visual indication having a color based at least in part on the identified mode of operation, wherein the visual indication is projected onto a portion of a wall below a floor-facing side of a housing of a wall-mounted thermostat;
determining that a climate control system associated with the mode of operation is currently heating or cooling a space;
determining a duration since the climate control system began currently heating or cooling the space; and
pulsing the visual indication to oscillate between a first output state and a second output state based at least in part on the climate control system associated with the mode of operation currently heating or cooling the space and the duration satisfying a time threshold, the first output state being brighter than the second output state.

US Pat. No. 10,140,798

COIN TUBE

NIPPON CONLUX CO., LTD., ...

1. A coin tube in which coins falling from an upper side are loaded and stored, the coin tube comprising:a coin posture guide to convert a falling posture of a coin into a substantially horizontal posture, at a coin entry port, wherein
the coin posture guide has a shape asymmetric to a center line in a progressing direction of the coin on the coin posture guide and includes a plate-shaped member provided with a rib-like protrusion,
the rib-like protrusion is provided only at one side between both sides in the center line in the progressing direction of the coin on the coin posture guide or the rib-like protrusion with different heights are provided, respectively, at both the sides in the center line in the progressing direction of the coin on the coin posture guide, and
the coin tube is configured to be included in a coin processing device installed in a vending machine.

US Pat. No. 10,140,746

IMAGE PROCESSING DEVICE, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. An image processing device comprising:circuitry configured to
detect a feature point from stored moving image data;
associate the feature point with additional information, the feature point being selected based on feature point selection information, wherein the additional information includes image data that is displayed as added to a reproduction of the stored moving image data;
analyze a changing behavior of the feature point through the reproduction of the stored moving image data;
generate data indicating change content to change display of the image data of the additional information associated with the feature point based on motion information indicating the behavior of the feature point analyzed and a display scenario indicating a change pattern to change the additional information associated with the feature point according to the behavior of the feature point; and
control a display device to display the reproduction of the stored moving image data and to display the image data of the additional information based on the change content such that the image data of the additional information has motion corresponding to motion of the feature point of the stored moving image data,
wherein when selection information to select at least two feature points, including the detected feature point, is input, the circuitry is configured to generate data to generate a display size of the additional information according to a distance between the at least two feature points.

US Pat. No. 10,140,743

DISPLAYING CLUSTERS OF MEDIA ITEMS ON A MAP USING REPRESENTATIVE MEDIA ITEMS

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A system, comprising:one or more hardware processors; and
one or more memories storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more hardware processors, cause the one or more hardware processors to:
access a plurality of media items;
translate geocodes associated with the plurality of media items to corresponding pixel locations on a display;
select a first representative media item;
automatically define a first region based at least in part on a size of a first reduced resolution image associated with the first representative media item and a first pixel location associated with the first representative media item;
determine a first set of media items that belong to the first region;
select a second representative media item that does not belong to the first region;
automatically define a second region based at least in part on a second pixel location associated with the second representative media item;
determine a second set of media items that belong to the second region; and
send the first reduced resolution image associated with the first representative media item to be displayed in the first region and a second reduced resolution image associated with the second representative media item to be displayed in the second region; wherein
the first reduced resolution image associated with the first representative media item and the second reduced resolution image associated with the second representative media item are displayed in their respective regions without overlap.

US Pat. No. 10,140,742

AUTOMATED GRAPHICAL USER-INTERFACE LAYOUT

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A method comprising:receiving a request to display information for a multimedia item, the multimedia item including an image;
in response to receiving the request, displaying the image and additional information about the multimedia item, wherein:
the additional information about the multimedia item is displayed overlaid on a background, the background having a first appearance that is generated based on one or more edges of the image, the first appearance including a background color; and
at least a subset of the additional information is displayed with a second appearance that is generated based on the first appearance of the background and that is distinct from the first appearance.

US Pat. No. 10,140,661

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR MANAGING INVESTMENTS

1. A computer-implemented method, the method comprising:receiving, using a computer, an input from a user computing device on a first user interface displayed on the user computing device, where the input causes a configuration of parameters for determining a relationship between more than one deal code record;
generating, using the computer, a first deal code record comprising an identification of a primary position;
storing, using the computer, the first deal code record in a database;
querying, using the computer, for performance data over historical periods regarding the primary position;
determining, using the computer, whether performance data regarding at least the primary position during each historical period satisfies a profit and loss threshold value;
automatically generating, using the computer, matrix data representing a relationship between the first deal code record and a second deal code record based at least on a first value representing each historical period where performance data for the first deal code record that satisfies the threshold value compared to a second value representing each historical period where performance data for the second deal code record that satisfies the threshold value, wherein the matrix data comprises a first array data representing each of the first deal code and second deal code along a first axis, a second array data also representing each of the first deal code and second deal code along a second axis, and a visible indicator representing the relationship between each deal code record on in the first array data on the first axis with each deal code record in the second array data on the second axis at a point in the matrix corresponding to each deal code associated with a particular relationship; and
using the generated data representing the relationship, generating and transmitting, using the computer, to the user computing device a second user interface for display on the user computing device, wherein the user interface presents the matrix data having the visible indicator that represents the relationship between the first deal code record and the second deal code record, and wherein the visible indicator characterizes a value of an extent of the relationship along a scale based upon the input in the first user interface.

US Pat. No. 10,140,639

DATACENTER-BASED HARDWARE ACCELERATOR INTEGRATION

Empire Technology Develop...

1. A method to integrate hardware accelerators in a datacenter, the method comprising:receiving a customer accelerator block as a digital file;
receiving a hardware accelerator configuration in addition to the customer accelerator block, wherein the hardware accelerator configuration specifies at least:
a second accelerator block associated with an accelerator vendor, wherein the second accelerator block is different from the customer accelerator block, wherein the second accelerator block is to be used to configure a hardware accelerator in the datacenter, and wherein the hardware accelerator includes a programmable hardware processor, and
physical connections of one or more particular input nodes and one or more particular output nodes of the programmable hardware processor as specified in the second accelerator block, to one or more particular input nodes and one or more particular output nodes of the programmable hardware processor as specified in the customer accelerator block;
in response to determining that the hardware accelerator configuration specifies the second accelerator block, retrieving a second digital file corresponding to the second accelerator block from one of: an accelerator library or an accelerator marketplace;
providing a datacenter customer account associated with the customer accelerator block;
forming the hardware accelerator by integrating the customer accelerator block and the second accelerator block according to the hardware accelerator configuration by physically connecting the one or more particular input nodes and the one or more particular output nodes of the programmable hardware processor as specified in the customer accelerator block, to the one or more particular input nodes and the one or more particular output nodes of the programmable hardware processor as specified in the second accelerator block, at the datacenter as specified in the hardware accelerator configuration;
after forming the hardware accelerator, providing the programmable hardware processor to a virtual machine executing in the datacenter, wherein the virtual machine is associated with the datacenter customer account; and
monitoring use of the hardware accelerator by the virtual machine at the datacenter to facilitate charging the datacenter customer account for use of the second accelerator block.

US Pat. No. 10,140,628

CONTENT BASED SELECTION AND META TAGGING OF ADVERTISEMENT BREAKS

The Nielsen Company, (US)...

1. A method for identifying an advertisement to include in source material to increase an effectiveness of the advertisement, the method comprising:determining, by executing an instruction with a processor, a first resonance of a first subject to a first portion of the source material and a second resonance of the first subject to a second portion of the source material based on first neuro-response data gathered from the first subject exposed to the source material, the first neuro-response data including two frequency bands of electroencephalographic data, the first resonance to be determined based on a coherence between the two frequency bands;
identifying, by executing an instruction with the processor, a first priming level of the first portion of the source material based on a first attribute of the source material and the first resonance;
identifying, by executing an instruction with the processor, a second priming level of the second portion of the source material based on a second attribute of the source material and the second resonance;
retrieving, by executing an instruction with the processor, (a) a first meta-tag representative of at least one of a temporal attribute or a spatial attribute of the first portion and (b) a second meta-tag representative at least one of a temporal attribute or a spatial attribute of the second portion;
identifying, by executing an instruction with the processor, a correlation between (a) an attribute of the advertisement and (b) the first meta-tag or the second meta-tag;
selecting, by executing an instruction with the processor, (a) the first portion of the source material or (b) the second portion of the source material for inclusion of the advertisement based on the first priming level, the second priming level, and the correlation; and
transforming, by executing an instruction with the processor, the source material to include the advertisement at the first portion or the second portion.

US Pat. No. 10,140,625

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR INTERFACING WITH A WEBSITE TO MODIFY CONTENT

HONEY SCIENCE CORPORATION...

1. An online computer system that directly interfaces with a webpage of a third party website that causes a certain numerical value displayed on the webpage to change in value comprising:a system coupled to a public network configured to cause the numerical value to change when one or more digital codes are transmitted to the third party website, wherein the one or more digital codes enable the numerical value to change;
a browser software installed on a user's device with an electronic display that is operably connected to the public network, said browser software configured to:
receive the one or more digital codes over the public network;
when the user connects with the third party website and opens the webpage, alter the webpage displayed on the electronic display by dynamically generating a graphical trigger to be presented on the display;
identify a data entry interface on the webpage to input each of the one or more digital codes;
upon the user's selection of the graphical trigger, automatically input each of the one or more digital codes into the data entry interface to invoke a function on the webpage for each of the one or more digital codes without selection of each of the one or more digital codes by the user, thereby triggering the third party website to receive the one or more digital codes and to return a response to each of the received one or more digital codes;
monitor the returned response from the third party website to determine and identify which of the one or more digital codes cause a change and determine the amount of the change;
store in a memory one or more digital codes along with data that shows the amount the one or more digital codes causes the numerical value to change, wherein the system is further configured to determine the digital code causing the greatest amount of change; and
apply the digital code that causes the greatest change in the numerical value to obtain and display a resulting numerical value on the third party website.

US Pat. No. 10,140,615

SECURE MOBILE DEVICE CREDENTIAL PROVISIONING USING RISK DECISION NON-OVERRIDES

VISA INTERNATIONAL SERVIC...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, at a server computer, a provisioning request to provision a credential to a user device, wherein the credential is associated with an account of a user, and wherein the provisioning request includes a first risk level indicating a first perceived risk of provisioning the credential to the user device, wherein the first risk level is determined based on a first set of information;
determining, by the server computer, that the provisioning request includes a non-override condition, wherein the non-override condition recommends setting the first risk level as a final risk decision value;
determining, by the server computer, additional information associated with the user device or the account of the user available to the server computer, wherein the additional information is different than the first set of information;
generating, by the server computer, a second risk level associated with the provisioning request based on the additional information, wherein the second risk level indicates a second perceived risk of provisioning the credential to the user device different than the first perceived risk;
comparing, at the server computer, the first risk level to the second risk level;
when the first risk level is lower than the second risk level:
setting, by the server computer, the second risk level as the final risk decision value even when the non-override condition exists; and
preventing, by the server computer, the credential from being provisioned onto the user device without further authentication, wherein the user device is not capable of initiating a transaction using the account when the credential is prevented from being provisioned onto the user device;
when the first risk level is higher than the second risk level:
setting, by the server computer, the first risk level as the final risk decision value;
causing, by the server computer, one or more scripts to be executed on the user device thereby provisioning the credential onto the user device; and
converting, by the server computer, the user device into a payment device capable of initiating the transaction using the account.

US Pat. No. 10,140,612

POS SYSTEM WITH WHITE BOX ENCRYPTION KEY SHARING

Clover Network, Inc., Su...

1. A method comprising:storing, in a secure memory on a first device, a key;
receiving, via a user interface on a second device, sensitive data;
generating, using a white box encryption generator on the first device, a set of white box encryption instructions based on the key;
generating, using a secure processor on the first device, a complete data representation of the set of white box encryption instructions;
transmitting the complete data representation from the first device to the second device; and
encrypting, using a standard processor on the second device, the sensitive data using the complete data representation;
wherein the complete data representation is not executable.

US Pat. No. 10,140,591

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR SUPPLEMENTING JOB POSTINGS WITH SOCIAL NETWORK DATA

ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORP...

1. A method implemented with a processor for performing social branding for a post object, comprising:accessing a plurality of data sources stored on a plurality of computing systems, wherein the plurality of data sources include a public social network source and a private social network source, wherein a private social network comprises a social network internal to a specific company and a public social network is not internal to the specific company, wherein permission is required to share social content from the private social network source, with employees in a same workgroup, with employees within a same organization, and with the public;
retrieving content from the plurality of data sources generated by a plurality of users, the content is associated with user demographic information including income, age, profession, geographic location, and importance rating, the importance rating corresponds to weights assigned to the content, and the content with a higher weight is more likely to be displayed then content with a lower weight, the content is selected based at least in part on a comparison of a vector for a post with a vector for the content or a preconfigured tag;
identifying a posting to be supplemented based on at least some of the content from the plurality of data sources, the posting comprising a post object created by the specific company and corresponding to the specific company, the post object corresponds to a job position;
storing the content in a corresponding database storage area comprising a social network conversation data area, an employee talent data area, a workplace reputation data area, and a survey data area, the content is classified, categorized, and tagged prior to performing a transformation on the content, and tags are identified for social media content based on at least a classification;
analyzing the content from the plurality of data sources to identify a subset of the content related to the post object, wherein analyzing the content comprises:
performing latent semantic analysis, semantic analysis, semantic filtering, and vector analysis on one or more social network conversations,
applying one or more tags to the one or more social network conversations based at least in part upon a result of the latent semantic analysis, the semantic analysis, the semantic filtering, and the vector analysis, and the semantic filtering is used to remove irrelevant material and confidential information from the content and to reduce occurrences of false positives, false negatives, and inappropriate responses, the semantic filtering is performed on the content from the public social network source but not on the content from the private social network source, wherein content from the public social network source is filtered differently than content from the private social network source,
clustering of the content based on at least a classification and categorization prior to transformation, and
processing talent information to generate a talent profile for the post based on employees that held or hold a position corresponding to the posting;
performing a transformation on the subset of the content related to the post object to form transformed content, the transformation comprising:
selecting one or more excerpts or portions of the content to be used for social branding by identifying an excerpt of a conversation of the one or more social network conversations based at least in part upon one or more tags associated with the conversation where the excerpt of the conversation is used to supplement the posting, and
aggregating the subset of the content related to the post object to produce one or more pieces of aggregated content, the subset of the content related to the post object comprises the one or more social network conversations, profile information corresponding to one or more users of the plurality of users where the one or more users are associated with the post object; and
supplementing the posting with at least some of the transformed content by adding the transformed content to the post object, the transformed content being based at least in part on the subset of the content related to the post object and comprising information corresponding to the posting or an organization that posted the posting.

US Pat. No. 10,140,553

MACHINE LEARNING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM FOR IDENTIFYING VEHICLES

CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC...

1. A system for identifying attributes in an image, comprising:at least one processor in communication with a client processor; and
at least one storage medium storing instructions that, when executed, configure the processor to perform operations comprising:
obtaining a plurality of first images, the first images being associated with first metadata, the first images comprising car images;
extracting a plurality of first features from the first images;
categorizing the first images into one of a first group or a second group based on the first features, the first group comprising car exterior images, the second group comprising car interior images;
modifying the first metadata associated with images in the first images to include a binary label, the binary label representing into which of first and second groups the image was categorized;
calculating a classification function that classifies the first images based on image features and the binary label;
obtaining a plurality of second images, the second images being associated with second metadata;
classifying the second images into one of the first group or the second group using the classification function, the classification function comprising a regression function;
extracting a plurality of second features from the second images classified into the first group;
categorizing the second images in the first group by attribute, based on the second features;
calculating an attribute identification function that identifies attributes of the second images based on image features;
receiving a client image from the client processor; and
identifying at least one attribute associated with the client image using the attribute identification function.

US Pat. No. 10,140,527

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING DRIVING LANE OF VEHICLE

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for recognizing a driving lane of a vehicle, the method comprising steps of:extracting front lane attribute information of a driving road from a front image and extracting current position lane attribute information using vehicle information and satellite information;
comparing the front lane attribute information with the current position lane attribute information, calculating numerical matching points for each lane based on a compared result, outputting a lane having a largest value among the calculated numerical matching points for each lane as a driving lane matching result, and calculating a driving lane tracking result based on a previous driving lane and lane change information; and
determining any one of the driving lane matching result and the driving lane tracking result as a current driving lane of the vehicle based on the driving lane matching result and the driving lane tracking result,
wherein a front camera recognition is used as a weight when calculating the numerical matching points,
wherein the front camera recognition includes a camera recognition related to a style and a color of a lane on the driving road within a predetermined front distance from the vehicle,
wherein the front camera recognition for a lane closer to the front camera has a value larger than the front camera recognition for a lane farther from the front camera, and
wherein the front camera recognition for the style of the lane has a value larger than the front camera recognition for the color of the lane.

US Pat. No. 10,140,521

METHOD, SYSTEM AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING AN IMAGE

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A method for re-identifying a query object moving from a first camera view to a second camera view using an apparatus or system having at least one processor, a first camera and a second camera, the method comprising the steps of:capturing, via the first camera, a first set of image frames from the first camera view and determining, via the first camera, a plurality of intra-camera object appearance distances between frame pairs in the first set of image frames;
capturing, via the second camera, a second set of image frames from the second camera view and determining, via the second camera, a plurality of intra-camera object appearance distances between frame pairs in the second set of image frames;
accessing, via the at least one processor, the first set of image frames captured from the first camera view of the first camera and the second set of image frames captured from the second camera view of the second camera, the first set of image frames including an instance of the query object and the second set of image frames including an instance of a candidate object;
selecting, via the at least one processor, a first representative frame from the first set of image frames based on the plurality of intra-camera object appearance distances between frame pairs in the first set of image frames and a second representative frame from the second set of image frames based on the plurality of intra-camera object appearance distances between frame pairs in the second set of image frames; and
re-identifying, via the at least one processor, the candidate object in the second camera view as the query object in the first camera view based on at least one inter-camera object appearance distance calculated between the first representative frame and the second representative frame.

US Pat. No. 10,140,492

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR VERIFYING AUTHENTICITY OF PRODUCTS

Ennoventure, Inc., Washi...

1. A method, comprising:accessing, by a processor, an image of at least a part of a product label associated with a product;
extracting, by the processor, a plurality of image attributes from the image for creating an image profile of the image;
comparing, by the processor, the image profile with a set of reference image profiles, each reference image profile for a reference image comprising a reference control transform value and a reference validation transform value of the reference image;
upon comparing the image profile, by the processor, determining at least one reference image profile of the set of reference image profiles matching with the image profile;
upon determining the at least one reference image profile, by the processor, determining a control transform value and a validation transform value of the image; and
determining, by the processor, authenticity of the product label by comparing the control transform value and the validation transform value of the image with the reference control transform value and the reference validation transform value of the reference image, respectively.

US Pat. No. 10,140,447

ATTACK PATTERN FRAMEWORK FOR MONITORING ENTERPRISE INFORMATION SYSTEMS

SAP SE, Walldorf (DE)

1. A computer-implemented method executed by one or more processors, the method comprising:receiving, by the one or more processors, parameters defining a detection technique, an attack scenario, and a detection logic;
receiving, by the one or more processors, configuration data that is specific to a target system that is to be monitored, the configuration data comprising non-technical parameters indicating a significance of the target system relative to an external network and technical parameters indicating features of the target system associated with the attack scenario;
providing, by the one or more processors, an attack pattern using a specification language, the attack pattern being based on the parameters and the configuration data, the attack pattern being defined using a computer-executable description of the attack scenario and comprising a plurality of adjustable metrics defining a misuse of the target system and an anomaly of the target system, the specification language comprising a template of the attack pattern and supporting a definition, an update, and a management of the attack pattern relative to an attack pattern lifecycle;
determining, by the one or more processors, a baseline behavior of the target system, the baseline behavior comprising adjustable parameters defining one or more thresholds of deviations from the baseline behavior corresponding to the anomaly;
monitoring, by the one or more processors, the target system based on the baseline behavior, the attack pattern, and data provided by one or more logs of the target system;
selectively generating, by the one or more processors and based on monitoring, an alert indicating at least one of a potential simple end-to-end intrusion into the target system and a potential complex end-to-end intrusion into the target system, the alert being associated with at least one of the misuse of the target system and the anomaly of the target system; and
updating the configuration data, the baseline behavior, and the attack pattern, based on the alert, by modifying at least one of the plurality of adjustable metrics to reduce future false alerts.

US Pat. No. 10,140,379

AUTOMATED LECTURE DECONSTRUCTION

Chegg, Inc., Santa Clara...

1. A method for generating a playlist of clips of a lecture accessed by a plurality of users of an online platform, the method comprising: providing an audio or video recording of the lecture for playback at a plurality of user devices each accessing the online platform; receiving from each of the plurality of user devices, a plurality of events captured by the online platform while the recording of the lecture is played at the user device, each captured event associated with a time stamp corresponding to a time at which a user of the user device performed an activity associated with the online platform; filtering the captured events correlated from the plurality of user devices based on the types of activities associated with the captured events, wherein the types of activities include passive, active, and recall activities; clustering the filtered events from the plurality of user devices using a time-based probability analysis; generating by the online platform, one or more clips of the recording of the lecture based on the clustered events, each clip including a portion of the recording of the lecture, the portion beginning and ending at times within the recording identified based on the time stamps associated with one of the clusters of events; and generating a playlist including the clips of the lecture.

US Pat. No. 10,140,375

PERSONALIZED NETWORK SEARCHING

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A computer-implemented method performed by at least one processor, the computer-implemented method comprising:identifying a user;
receiving user input from the user through an interface of a client device, the user input indicating a modification to a set of favorite items for the user;
in response to receiving the user input:
modifying the set of favorite items stored for the user in a client-side storage of the client device, the modification to the set of favorite items initiating a synchronization process to synchronize the set of favorite items modified responsive to the user input with a server-side storage system configured to synchronize favorite items for the user with one or more other client devices, the server-side storage system remote from the client-side storage;
presenting through a single interface of the client device, in response to a query from the user, a combined search results set generated via one or more search sub-processes, the combined search results set including at least two of:
one or more favorite items from the set of favorite items synchronized for the user;
one or more search results from a first global index; or
one or more search results from a second global index.

US Pat. No. 10,140,369

COMPUTER IMPLEMENTED SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COLLATING AND PRESENTING MULTI-FORMAT INFORMATION

VF Worldwide Holdings Lim...

1. A computer implemented system for collating and presenting multi-format information, said multi-format information including information in text format, image format and video format, said system comprising:a memory configured to store a set of rules;
a processor configured to cooperate with the memory to receive the set of rules and generate a set of commands based on said rules;
a transient repository coupled to the processor and configured to store a plurality of items of multi-format information, wherein each item of multi-format information is tagged with a client identifier;
an input module coupled to the processor and configured to accept from a user, a client identifier corresponding to a client and a desired output information format type;
a crawler and extractor coupled to the processor to receive the set of commands and configured to cooperate with the input module to receive the client identifier, said crawler and extractor further configured to crawl through the transient repository, read the tags on the items of the multi-format information and extract all the items tagged with the received client identifier;
an intransient repository configured to store a table containing a plurality of pre-determined points of interest within a plurality of items of multi-format information and corresponding thresholds, and further configured to store the collated information tagged with corresponding client identifier;
an identifier and counter coupled to the processor to receive the set of commands and configured to cooperate with the crawler and extractor to receive the extracted items and identify points of interest within the received extracted items, said identifier and counter further configured to count identified points of interest within said items to obtain interest counts corresponding to said items;
an authenticator coupled to the processor to receive the set of commands and configured to cooperate with the crawler and extractor to receive the extracted items, the intransient repository to receive the stored points of interest and thresholds corresponding to the extracted items, and the identifier and counter to receive the identified points of interest and interest counts corresponding to said items, said authenticator further configured to compare the stored points of interest and thresholds with the received points of interest and interest counts within the extracted items and to check if the received points of interest satisfy the thresholds to authenticate the items;
a convertor coupled to the processor to receive the set of commands and configured to cooperate with the input module to receive the desired output information format type, said convertor further configured to cooperate with the crawler and extractor to receive the extracted items, and convert the extracted items of the multi-format information into the received desired output information format type based on said received set of commands to obtain converted items;
a collator coupled to the processor to receive the set of commands and configured to cooperate with the convertor to receive the converted items, said collator further configured to collate the converted items corresponding to said client identifier based on said received set of commands to obtain collated information related to said client; and
a display coupled to the processor to receive the set of commands and configured to cooperate with the collator to receive the collated information related to the client, said display further configured to display said collated information based on said received set of commands.

US Pat. No. 10,140,195

METHOD, APPARATUS, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR BACKUP AND FAILURE RECOVERY IN A STORAGE DEVICE

EMC IP Holding Company LL...

1. A method for failure recovery in a storage device comprising at least one server and a storage unit with a plurality of components running on the at least one server, the method comprising:backing up, in a storage unit, one or more components in a plurality of components running on at least one server;
monitoring occurrence of a failure on the at least one server,
locating one or more components causing a failure;
obtaining one or more components that are backed up in the storage unit and correspond to the one or more components causing the failure;
recovering from the failure using the obtained one or more components;
establishing a plurality of logical units in the storage unit, each logical unit including a storage area having an address range and each component backed up being stored in a corresponding logical unit;
maintaining a logical unit search table, wherein a name of each component in the plurality of components, an index of the logical unit in which the component is backed up, and an initial address of the storage area on which the component is backed up are stored, wherein the plurality of components comprises at least one of: an operating system kernel, a driver, a software configuration file, a changeable software binary file, and firmware; and
maintaining an index search table, wherein the plurality of components are divided into a plurality of groups, wherein each group has one or more component, the one or more components included in each group being collectively identified by a symbol corresponding to each group, the symbol corresponding to each group being stored at least in association with the index of a first logical unit, wherein the index of the first logical unit indicates a boundary of a range of the logical unit in which a component included in the group corresponding to that index is backed up.

US Pat. No. 10,140,039

I/O ALIGNMENT FOR CONTINUOUS REPLICATION IN A STORAGE SYSTEM

EMC IP HOLDING COMPANY LL...

1. A method comprising:receiving a write request for a data set to be written to a production volume, the production volume including a plurality of addressable units that have a same size, the write request identifying a starting location in the production volume where the data set is to be written;
detecting whether the data set is aligned with the production volume based on the starting location identified by the write request and the size of the addressable units in the production volume;
when the data set is aligned with the production volume, copying the entire data set to a replication site associated with the production volume by using continuous replication; and
when the data set is not aligned with the production volume, copying at least a portion of the data set to the replication site associated with the production volume by using snapshot replication.

US Pat. No. 10,140,017

GRAPHICAL KEYBOARD APPLICATION WITH INTEGRATED SEARCH

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method comprising:outputting, by a first application executing at a computing device, a graphical user interface including a text edit region that includes uncommitted text input, and an output region that includes committed text input:
invoking, by the first application, a keyboard application executing at the computing device to provide a graphical keyboard within the graphical user interface;
outputting, by the keyboard application, for display adjacent to the text edit and output regions of the graphical user interface, the graphical keyboard, wherein the graphical keyboard includes a plurality of character keys, a word suggestion region and a search element, wherein the word suggestion region and the search element are each positioned above the plurality of character keys and below the text edit and output regions, wherein the word suggestion region includes a plurality of word suggestions based on the uncommitted text input displayed by the text edit region;
receiving, by the keyboard application, an indication of a selection of the search element;
responsive to receiving the indication of the selection of the search element, outputting, by the keyboard application, for display within the graphical keyboard, adjacent to the text edit and output regions of the graphical user interface, and in place of the word suggestion region, a query suggestion region including one or more suggested search queries;
while outputting the query suggestion region for display, receiving, by the keyboard application, an indication of a selection of one or more character keys from the plurality of character keys;
outputting, by the keyboard application, for display within the graphical keyboard, adjacent to the text edit and output regions of the graphical user interface, and in place of the query suggestion region, an updated query suggestion region including one or more characters selected in response to the selection of the one or more character keys;
determining, by the keyboard application, based on the one or more characters, one or more updated suggested search queries;
outputting, by the keyboard application, for display, the one or more updated suggested search queries in the updated query suggestion region;
receiving, by the keyboard application, an indication of a selection of one of one or more updated suggested search queries, the one of the one or more updated suggested search queries being a selected search query;
invoking, by the keyboard application and based on the selected search query, a search;
responsive to invoking the search, receiving, by the keyboard application, search results; and
outputting, by the keyboard application, for display within the graphical keyboard, adjacent to the text edit and output regions of the graphical user interface, and in place of a portion, but not all, of the plurality of character keys, a graphical indication of at least a portion of the search results.

US Pat. No. 10,140,004

DISPLAYING VISUAL ELEMENTS ON A MEDICAL DEVICE

CareFusion 303, Inc., Sa...

1. A medical system comprising:a medical device;
a display for displaying a plurality of visual elements, wherein said plurality of visual elements are associated with functions of said medical device;
a plurality of visual profiles for facilitating control of a visual appearance of said plurality of visual elements displayed on said display; and
a visual profile selector for automatically selecting at least one of said plurality of visual profiles in accordance with one or more rules, said one or more rules based on one or more states of said medical device and providing for the automatic selection of said at least one visual profile when said one or more states are satisfied, said one or more states relating to at least one of an operating parameter associated with a treatment provided by said medical device and a care area associated with said medical device,
wherein said visual profile selector selects a first visual profile from said plurality of visual profiles when said medical device is in a first state and selects a second visual profile from said plurality of visual profiles when said medical device is in a second state, and
wherein said plurality of visual elements are selected from a group consisting of: text, a text color, a title bar, title bar text, a title bar background, a button border color, a button text color, a button color, a selected button text color, a selected button color, a work flow, one or more input fields, a graphical library, one or more textures, one or more background images, and one or more grayscale patterns.

US Pat. No. 10,139,972

TOUCH PANEL AND MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREFOR

Japan Display Inc., Toky...

1. A touch panel comprising:a glass cover having a first face side and a second face side, the first face side being an inputting face side and the second face side being opposite to the first face side;
a light transmitting conductive film that is formed on the second face side of said glass cover, and that configures input position detecting electrodes in an inputting region;
a flexible circuit board in a mounting region existing in a peripheral region that is outside the inputting region in a plan view;
a plurality of peripheral wiring lines disposed in the peripheral region, the peripheral wiring line each having a first end electrically connected to the flexible circuit board and a second end connected to one of the input position detecting electrodes;
a first light blocking layer formed on the second face side of said glass cover so as to cover at least a part of the peripheral wiring lines when viewed from the first face side of the glass cover; and
a second light blocking layer formed between the glass cover and the peripheral wiring line,
wherein the first light blocking layer overlaps at least a part of the second light blocking layer so as to partly sandwich the peripheral wiring lines between the first light blocking layer and the second light blocking layer.

US Pat. No. 10,139,886

INPUT MODULE

PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD., ...

1. A method for preventing a computer from entering a hibernation mode, comprising:operating an input device by a user, wherein the input device is in communication with the computer and comprises a processing unit, wherein when the input device is operated by a user, the processing unit issues a control signal to the computer, so that the computer executes a command corresponding to the control signal; and
running a control program installed in the computer, wherein if no control signal is issued to the computer by the processing unit for a predetermined time period after the control program is opened, the computer issues a command signal to the processing unit, wherein after the command signal is received by the processing unit, the processing unit issues at least one response signal to the computer so as to prevent the computer from entering a hibernation mode; wherein the at least one response signal contains a first trajectory moving signal and a second trajectory moving signal, wherein after the first trajectory moving signal has been issued for a specified time interval, the processing unit issues the second trajectory moving signal, wherein a direction corresponding to the first trajectory moving signal and a direction corresponding to the second trajectory moving signal are opposed to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,139,847

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTROLLING PV PRODUCTION WITHIN ENERGY EXPORT CONSTRAINTS

SolarCity Corporation, S...

1. A method of controlling photovoltaic (PV) production and storage at a site having an inverter and a controllable storage load, the method comprising:(a) monitoring a gross electric load of the site and an actual PV output from the inverter over time;
(b) during a first time period, determining, with a processor, a net load at the site based on the gross electric load and the actual PV output during the first time period;
(c) comparing, with the processor, the net load to at least one of a lower threshold or an upper threshold; and
(d) controlling the PV production and storage by:
when the net load is below the lower threshold, controlling the inverter to turn off PV production;
when the net load is above the upper threshold, setting a set point of the inverter to a target PV output determined based on the gross electric load and a first guard band value; and
when the net load is between the lower threshold and the upper threshold, increasing the set point of the inverter and controlling the controllable storage load to increase its load.

US Pat. No. 10,139,809

OPTIMIZATION BASED CONTROLLER TUNING SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Rockwell Automation Techn...

10. A method for controlling operation of an industrial automation process, comprising:receiving, using a control system, an operational parameter of a motor that actuates a conveyer belt to facilitate performing the industrial automation process from a sensor;
converting, using the control system, constraints on value, rate of change, or both of a manipulated variable setpoint to be implemented by the motor into soft constraints;
determining, using the control system, an augmented objective function subject to a constraint on an intermediate variable associated with the soft constraints, wherein the augmented object function comprises a control objective function and the intermediate variable associated with the soft constraints;
determining, using the control system, a closed-form manipulated variable setpoint trajectory as a function of tuning parameters in the control objective function based at least in part on the operational parameter of the motor, the augmented objective function, and a process model that models operation of the industrial automation process by relating manipulated variables of the industrial automation process and controlled variables of the industrial automation process;
determining, using the control system, a tuning objective function subject to the constraint on the intermediate variable associated with the soft constraints, wherein the tuning objective function comprises the tuning parameters in the control objective function, the intermediate variable associated with the soft constraints, and the controlled variable of the industrial automation process;
determining, using the control system, a first set of the tuning parameters included in the control objective function based at least in part on the tuning objective function and the controlled variable of the industrial automation process defined as a function of the closed-form manipulated variable setpoint trajectory;
determining, using the control system, the manipulated variable setpoint to be implemented by the motor based at least in part on the process model, the operational parameter of the motor, and the control objective function, wherein the control objective function comprises the tuning parameters as weighting on aspects of the industrial automation process affected by the manipulated variables of the industrial automation process, the controlled variables of the process, or both; and
controlling, using the control system, operation of the industrial automation process by instructing the motor to actuate the conveyer belt to implement the manipulated variable setpoint.

US Pat. No. 10,139,797

CUSTOMIZED LAND SURFACE MODELING IN A SOIL-CROP SYSTEM FOR IRRIGATION DECISION SUPPORT IN PRECISION AGRICULTURE

CLEARAG, INC., Santa Ana...

1. A method, comprising:ingesting, as input data, weather and climatological information that includes at least one of historical field-level weather data and extended-range weather forecast data, crop-specific information relative to a particular field, soil profile data derived from one or more soil samples taken in the particular field over time, and field management data relating to crop and soil management practices in the particular field over time;
modeling the input data in a plurality of data processing modules within a computing environment in which the plurality of data processing modules are executed in conjunction with at least one specifically-configured processor, the data processing modules configured to assess a state of moisture content of a soil-crop system in the particular field over time, by
1) diagnosing and predicting expected weather conditions at or near the particular field from the weather and climatological information, 2) aggregating the expected weather conditions, the crop-specific information, the soil profile data, and the field management data in a land surface model customized to simulate crop water usage over time, soil moisture depletion at multiple depths within the soil-crop system over time, and soil-water characteristics at the multiple depths relative to one or more crop growth stages over a crop growing season in the particular field, the soil-water characteristics including a depth profile of water extraction by the crop at the one or more growth stages, an adequacy of water supply at the multiple depths, and an impact of prior irrigation activity on the state of moisture content, and 3) comparing actual crop moisture use relating to crop root water uptake from within the soil-crop system, and vertical variations in moisture content at the multiple depths, obtained from observations taken by one or more sensors over time in the particular field, to adjust one or more simulation parameters in the land surface model based on identified differences between the simulations and the observations taken by the one or more sensors for modeling the crop water usage, soil moisture depletion and soil-water characteristics at the multiple depths, and estimating moisture content in the soil-crop system at any point in the crop growing season in one more additional simulations;
generating, as output data, a root zone moisture profile representing the state of moisture content of the soil-crop system in the particular field over the crop growing season from the simulated crop water usage, soil moisture depletion and the soil-water characteristics; and
developing an irrigation schedule from the root zone moisture profile for delivering an application of artificial precipitation for the particular field, wherein a user applies artificial precipitation to the particular field based on the irrigation schedule or an automated application of artificial precipitation is controlled based on the irrigation schedule.

US Pat. No. 10,139,760

FIXING BELT, FIXING DEVICE, AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Konica Minolta, Inc., To...

1. A fixing belt comprising a base layer made of heat-resistant resin, an elastic layer made of an elastic material and disposed on the base layer, and a release layer made of fluororesin and disposed on the elastic layer, whereinthe release layer has surface geometry including a first uneven profile and a second uneven profile formed on the surface of the first uneven profile,
the first uneven profile is represented as a maximum height roughness of 5.0 to 100 ?m, and
the second uneven profile is represented as a maximum height roughness of 0.5 to 0.9 ?m.

US Pat. No. 10,139,759

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Konica Minolta, Inc., Ch...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a fixer that includes a first heater group including a plurality of first heaters and a second heater group including a plurality of second heaters;
a first power cord that supplies AC power to the first heater group;
a second power cord that supplies AC power to the second heater group;
a plurality of first switches that is provided between the first heaters and the first power cord and switches a power supply state to the first heaters;
a plurality of second switches that is provided between the second heaters and the second power cord and switches a power supply state to the second heaters; and
a hardware processor that independently controls the lightings of the first and second heater groups by controlling the plurality of first and second switches based on an array pattern for turning on or off the first and second heaters,
wherein the array pattern for turning on or off the first and second heaters comprises an on period and an off period whose lengths are both a half wave cycle of an AC power supply, and is set to satisfy a flicker regulation value.

US Pat. No. 10,139,735

LITHOGRAPHIC APPARATUS AND METHOD

ASML Netherlands B.V., V...

12. A lithographic apparatus comprising:an illumination system configured to provide a radiation beam;
a support structure downstream of the illumination system configured to support a patterning device, the patterning device serving to impart the radiation beam with a pattern in its cross-section to provide a patterned radiation beam;
a lens configured to project the radiation beam at the patterning device with a magnification of 0.5×;
a substrate table downstream of the support structure configured to hold a substrate; and
a projection system configured to project the patterned radiation beam at a target portion of the substrate with a magnification of 0.5×.

US Pat. No. 10,139,643

OLED DISPLAY HAVING SUB-PIXEL STRUCTURE THAT SUPPORTS 2D AND 3D IMAGE DISPLAY MODES

LG DISPLAY CO., LTD., Se...

1. An organic light emitting display device comprising:an organic light emitting panel including a plurality of sub-pixels in which each of the plurality of sub-pixels includes a main organic light emitting diode (OLED) which emits light in a two-dimensional (2D) mode and a three-dimensional (3D) mode and an auxiliary OLED which emits light in only the 2D mode, wherein the auxiliary OLED and the main OLED both emit a same color of light;
a panel driver configured to drive the organic light emitting panel;
a driver provided in an intersection area between a gate line and a data line, and configured to include a plurality of transistors in each of the plurality of sub-pixels; and
a patterned retarder bonded to the organic light emitting panel, and configured to change polarizing characteristics of a left image and a right image which are output from the organic light emitting panel,
wherein the driver overlaps the main OLED and the auxiliary OLED and includes a driving transistor for driving the main OLED and the auxiliary OLED, and
wherein the main OLED and the auxiliary OLED are formed in a top emission type where the light is output to an outside through a cathode,
wherein the main OLED comprises a main anode, a light emitting material part formed on the main anode, and the cathode formed on the light emitting material part,
wherein the auxiliary OLED comprises an auxiliary anode electrically isolated from the main anode by a switch, and the auxiliary anode shares both the light emitting material part and the cathode with the main OLED,
wherein the plurality of sub-pixels are separated from each other by a bank and the main anode and the auxiliary anode within each of the plurality of sub-pixels are separated from each other by a portion of the light emitting material part disposed therebetween that does not overlap with the bank, and
wherein one end of the switch is connected between the main anode and the driving transistor, and another end of the switch is connected to the auxiliary anode of the auxiliary OLED, and the switch electrically connects or disconnects the main anode and the auxiliary anode according to a control signal transferred from the panel driver and activated during the 2D mode.

US Pat. No. 10,139,626

IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM AS WELL AS DISPLAY DEVICE WITH SUCH AN IMAGING OPTICAL SYSTEM

tooz technologies GmbH, ...

1. An imaging optical system for a display device that can be fitted on the head of a user and generate a virtual image, the system comprising:an optical element, comprising an entry surface and a spectacle lens, the spectacle lens comprising a coupling-out section,
wherein the imaging optical system is configured to guide generated image being generated by an image-generating module that is fed to the optical element via the entry surface in the optical element, and to couple the generated image from the optical element into the spectacle lens, in which the generated image is guided to the coupling-out section and coupled out via the coupling-out section to generate the virtual image,
wherein the optical element comprises, in addition to the entry surface, at least one reflecting surface on which the generated image is reflected for guiding in the optical element, and
wherein the optical element and the spectacle lens are formed together as a one-piece optical part,
wherein the entry surface is both transmissive and reflective, the entry surface being transmissive such that the entry surface couples the generated image into the optical element, and the entry surface being reflective such that the entry surface reflects the generated image in the optical element.

US Pat. No. 10,139,616

DISPLAY ELEMENT WITH OPTICAL STRUCTURE

Amazon Technologies, Inc....

1. A display element comprising:a configurable medium configurable using an applied voltage to provide a display effect;
a first support plate comprising:
a first support plate surface in contact with the configurable medium, and
an electrode for use in application of the applied voltage to the configurable medium;
a second support plate; and
an optical structure comprising:
a first side of the optical structure;
a second side of the optical structure;
a first absorbent element absorbent for light of a given wavelength;
a second absorbent element absorbent for light of the given wavelength;
a third absorbent element absorbent for light of the given wavelength;
a first transmissive region between the first absorbent element and the third absorbent element, a width of the first transmissive region corresponding to a spacing between the first absorbent element and the third absorbent element; and
a transmissive layer transmissive to light of the given wavelength and located between the first absorbent element and the second absorbent element, the first absorbent element located between the first side and the transmissive layer, and the second absorbent element located between the second side and the transmissive layer, the transmissive layer having a first transmissive layer side and a second transmissive layer side, the first absorbent element and the third absorbent element located at the first transmissive layer side, and the second absorbent element located at the second transmissive layer side.

US Pat. No. 10,139,596

OPTICAL LENS SET

Genius Electronic Optical...

1. An optical imaging lens set, from an object side toward an image side in order along an optical axis comprising: a first lens element, a second lens element, a third lens element, a fourth lens element, a fifth lens element and a sixth lens element, said first lens element to said sixth lens element each having an object-side surface facing toward the object side as well as an image-side surface facing toward the image side, wherein:no air gap between said first lens element and said second lens element;
said third lens element has an object-side surface with a concave portion in a vicinity of said optical axis; and
said sixth lens element has an image-side surface with a convex portion in a vicinity of its periphery;the optical imaging lens set exclusively has six lens elements with refractive power, EFL is an effective focal length of the optical imaging lens set, BFL is a distance between said image-side surface of said sixth lens element and an image plane along said optical axis, an air gap G23 is between said second lens element and said third lens element along said optical axis, ?3 is an Abbe number of said third lens element and ?5 is an Abbe number of said fifth lens element to satisfy |?3??5|?25, EFL/BFL?4.9, and EFL/G23?8.7.

US Pat. No. 10,139,590

IMAGING LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An imaging lens comprising, in order from an object side:a first lens that has a biconcave shape;
a second lens that is convex toward an image side and has a positive refractive power;
a third lens that has a biconvex shape;
a fourth lens that has a negative refractive power;
a fifth lens that has a positive refractive power; and
a sixth lens that has a negative refractive power,
wherein the following conditional expression is satisfied,
0.1<(L1f+L1r)/(L1f?L1r)<0.8  (1),
where L1f is a paraxial radius of curvature of an object side surface of the first lens, and
L1r is a paraxial radius of curvature of an image side surface of the first lens.

US Pat. No. 10,139,569

CONNECTOR ASSEMBLIES FOR HYBRID FIBER/WIRE CONNECTIONS

Radius Universal, LLC, L...

1. A connector assembly for a hybrid cable, the connector assembly comprising:a housing, comprising a base;
at least one discrete LC or SC connector mounted in the base, configured to receive at least one fiber from the hybrid cable, wherein the at least one discrete LC or SC connector is configured to provide for field termination of the at least one fiber at the at least one discrete LC or SC connector; and
two electrical interfaces, wherein each electrical interface is configured to receive a respective wire from the hybrid cable, and wherein the two electrical interfaces are disposed on opposite sides of the at least one discrete LC or SC connector.

US Pat. No. 10,139,561

LOW-LOSS AND LOW-BEND-LOSS OPTICAL FIBER

Corning Incorporated, Co...

1. A single-mode optical fiber comprising:a central core region having a radius r1 and relative refractive index with a maximum value of ?1max and a core alpha greater than 1 and less than 10, and a GeO2 dopant concentration of greater than 1 wt. % and less than or equal to 5 wt. %;
an inner cladding region immediately surrounding the central core region and having an outer radius r2>9 microns and a relative refractive index ?2 where ?2 is less than ?0.15%;
an outer cladding region immediately surrounding the inner cladding region and having a refractive index ?3;
wherein ?1>?3>?2, and the wherein difference ?3??2>0.005%; and
wherein the inner cladding includes fluorine having a concentration of greater than or equal to 0.5 wt. % and the outer cladding region is updoped with respect to inner cladding region.

US Pat. No. 10,139,550

VARIABLE INDEX LIGHT EXTRACTION LAYER AND METHOD OF MAKING THE SAME

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. A method of forming a variable index extraction layer, comprisingpatterning a first substance on a substrate and overcoating a second substance to form a layer;
wherein first regions of the layer correspond to areas where the first substance was selectively printed and second regions of the layer correspond at least to areas between where the first substance was selectively printed;
wherein the first region has a lower effective index of refraction than the second region;
wherein a difference between an effective index of refraction of the first region and an effective index of refraction of the second region is greater than about 0.03;
wherein the first substance is a nanovoided polymeric material;
wherein the second substance is not a nanovoided polymeric material; and
wherein the first and second regions of the layer are disposed such that the layer selectively extracts guided mode light from the substrate based on the geometric arrangement of the first and second regions.

US Pat. No. 10,139,516

APPARATUS AND METHODS TO FIND A POSITION IN AN UNDERGROUND FORMATION

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method comprising:positioning three or more magnetic dipoles at known positions;
determining an electric field at a receiver, located in an underground formation, in response to signals generated from the three or more magnetic dipoles located at the known positions such that there are at least three distinct planes defined respectively by location of one of the three or more magnetic dipoles and the electric field at the receiver due to the respective magnetic dipole; and
utilizing an inversion process to determine a position and an orientation of the receiver based on the known positions and a direction of the electric field, wherein a forward model of the inversion process simulates electric fields received by the receiver for different estimated positions and orientations of the receiver to determine the position and orientation of the receiver.

US Pat. No. 10,139,507

SEISMIC STRATIGRAPHIC SURFACE CLASSIFICATION

ExxonMobil Upstream Resea...

1. A method to classify one or more seismic surfaces or surface patches based on measurements from seismic data, comprising:obtaining, by a computer, a training set including a plurality of previously obtained and labeled seismic surfaces or surface patches and one or more training seismic attributes measured or calculated at, above, and/or below the seismic surfaces;
obtaining, by the computer, one or more unclassified seismic surfaces or surface patches and one or more seismic attributes measured or calculated at, above, and/or below the unclassified seismic surfaces, wherein the one or more seismic attributes includes a single boundary measure of attribute contrast above and below a seismic surface or surface patch of the plurality of previously obtained and labeled seismic surfaces or surface patches, such that the single boundary measure represents the collapsing of stratigraphically diagnostic seismic facies information into said single boundary measure;
learning, by the computer, a classification model from the previously obtained and labeled seismic surfaces or surface patches and the one or more training seismic attributes, wherein the classification model is based at least in part on the single boundary measure of attribute contrast; and
classifying, by the computer, the unclassified seismic surfaces or surface patches based on the application of the classification model to the unclassified seismic surfaces or surface patches.

US Pat. No. 10,139,496

MULTI-RADIATION IDENTIFICATION AND DOSIMETRY SYSTEM AND METHOD

MIRION TECHNOLOGIES (CANB...

1. A multi-radiation identification and dosimetry system comprising:(a) segmented silicon drift detector (SSDD);
(b) radiation scintillation detector (RSD);
(c) radiation detection chamber (RDC);
(d) time stamping differentiator (TSD); and
(e) computing control device (CCD);
wherein:
said SSDD is attached to said RSD with a SSDD-to-RSD mechanical coupler;
said SSDD and said RSD are contained within said RDC;
said SSDD comprises a plurality of segmented detection regions (SDR);
said SSDD comprises an anode side and a cathode side;
said SSDD cathode side is directed toward a radiation inspection surface (RIS) to be inspected for radiation contamination;
said SSDD anode side is configured to contact said SSDD-to-RSD mechanical coupler;
said TSD is electrically coupled to said SSDD and said RSD and configured to collect and time-stamp charge data collected from directly absorbed radiation within each of said SDR and visual photons in said RSD that reach all of said SDR simultaneously; and
said CCD is configured to determine a radiation type associated with said time-stamped charge data collected from said TSD and present counts associated with said radiation type on a display device.

US Pat. No. 10,139,482

LOCATION IDENTIFICATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION TERMINAL

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A location identification apparatus comprising:a receiver to receive a distance packet including, as a start-point distance, a distance between a start-point terminal, which is a communication terminal, and a start-point point, which is an access point detected by the start-point terminal, including, as an end-point distance, a distance between an end-point terminal, which is a communication terminal different from the start-point terminal, and an end-point point, which is an access point detected by the end-point terminal, and including, as a terminal distance, a distance between each other of a plurality of communication terminals including the start-point terminal and the end-point terminal; and
a processing circuitry to identify a location of each communication terminal based on the start-point distance, the end-point distance, and the terminal distance which are included in the received distance packet, coordinate values of the start-point point, and coordinate values of the end-point point.

US Pat. No. 10,139,454

TEST DEVICE AND ALTERNATING CURRENT POWER DETECTION METHOD OF THE SAME

Test Research, Inc., Tai...

1. A test device comprising:a plurality of test components;
a plurality of power supplies electrically coupled in parallel each to receive an alternating current (AC) power through a first wire, a second wire and an earth wire to convert the AC power to a direct current (DC) power and supply the DC power to the test components;
an AC power detection circuit electrically coupled to the power supplies in parallel to receive the AC power through the first wire, the second wire and the earth wire, wherein the AC power detection circuit determines whether a first voltage difference between the first wire and the earth wire is outside of a first predetermined range and determines whether a second voltage difference between the second wire and the earth wire is outside of a second predetermined range; and
an alert module;
wherein when the first voltage difference is outside of the first predetermined range and the second voltage difference is outside of the second predetermined range, the AC power detection circuit controls the alert module to generate an alerting signal.

US Pat. No. 10,139,441

FILM STRUCTURE AND ITS MEASURING METHOD, DISPLAY SUBSTRATE AND ITS MEASURING METHOD AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A film structure comprising: a first metal layer, a second metal layer, and an insulation layer located between the first metal layer and the second metal layer, wherein:in at least a portion of an edge region of the film structure, the first metal layer extends outwards relative to an edge of the insulation layer by a first predetermined length, and the insulation layer extends outwards relative to an edge of the second metal layer by a second predetermined length, such that a thickness value of the insulation layer is determined by acquiring a fall value of a measuring probe at the time of moving between a surface, adjacent to the second metal layer, of the insulation layer and a surface, adjacent to the insulation layer, of the first metal layer, through a motion trajectory of the measuring probe.

US Pat. No. 10,139,440

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING THE PRESENCE AND TYPE OF CAPACITIVE LOADS

Newport Corporation, Irv...

1. A system, comprising:a piezoelectric actuator comprising:
a piezoelectric material configured to expand or contract in response to a drive voltage; and
a rotor frictionally coupled to the piezoelectric material;
a power diver configured to generate the drive voltage, wherein the drive voltage comprises a pulse with a first edge and a second edge, wherein a slope of the first edge is greater than a slope of the second edge to cause the rotor to rotate clockwise or counter-clockwise due to a coefficient of friction between the piezoelectric material and the rotor during the second edge being greater than a coefficient of friction between the piezoelectric material and the rotor during the first edge;
an electrical connection configured to electrically couple the power driver to the piezoelectric actuator; and
a detection circuit configured to determine whether the piezoelectric actuator is connected to the power driver by sensing a parameter associated with the electrical connection, and if connected, the type of the piezoelectric actuator connected to the power driver based on a measured characteristic of the piezoelectric actuator in response to the drive voltage.

US Pat. No. 10,139,417

SYSTEMS, APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR READING AN AMINO ACID SEQUENCE

ARIZONA BOARD OF REGENTS ...

1. An apparatus for sequencing a molecule comprising:at least a first and a second electrode;
a dielectric layer of between about 1 nm and about 4 nm separating the first and second electrodes;
a membrane between about 10 to about 100 nm in thickness;
a channel containing an electrolyte solution, wherein the membrane spans and divides the channel to form a cis chamber and a trans chamber,
wherein the cis chamber and the trans chamber are in fluid communication with one another via a nanopore, and
a bead in the cis chamber and arranged within 150 ?m of the nanopore, the bead including a molecule for sequencing and/or identifying bound thereto,
wherein:
the nanopore is formed on the same substrate as the pair of electrodes,
the nanopore is between about 1 nm and about 5 nm in diameter at the point where it passes through the electrodes, and
the electrodes include between about 1 nm to about 5 nm of silver, gold, palladium and/or platinum, and the electrodes are functionalized.

US Pat. No. 10,139,317

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR TRACE AND ULTRATRACE ANALYSIS

South Dakota Board of Reg...

1. A method of extracting a solute from a liquid medium, comprising:stirring a liquid medium containing an analyte in a sample container with a sorptive stirrer comprising a sorptive material;
cooling the sample container while the analyte is being stirred so the liquid medium freezes and the analyte is concentrated and absorbed into or adsorbed by the sorptive material, wherein said cooling is done by a cooling source; and
simultaneously extracting the analyte into or by the sorptive material while the analyte is concentrated.

US Pat. No. 10,139,053

SOLID-STATE LIGHT SOURCE DEVICE

PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PR...

1. A solid-state light source device comprising:a semiconductor light emitting element;
a wavelength conversion element; and
a first lens,
wherein the semiconductor light emitting element includes:
a first light emitter; and
a second light emitter,
the wavelength conversion element includes:
a first wavelength converter containing a first phosphor; and
a second wavelength converter containing a second phosphor,
the first wavelength converter and the second wavelength converter are disposed apart from each other,
the first light emitter emits first excitation light,
the second light emitter emits second excitation light,
the first phosphor converts the first excitation light into first-wavelength light,
the second phosphor converts the second excitation light into second-wavelength light,
the first lens is provided between the semiconductor light emitting element and the wavelength conversion element, and
the first excitation light, the second excitation light, the first-wavelength light and the second-wavelength light enter a pupil of the first lens, and
wherein the semiconductor light emitting element further includes a third light emitter,
the wavelength conversion element further includes a polarization converter,
the first wavelength converter, the second wavelength converter, and the polarization converter are disposed apart from each other,
the third light emitter emits third excitation light, and
the polarization converter changes a polarization state of the third excitation light to generate a fourth emitted light and emits the fourth emitted light.

US Pat. No. 10,139,001

CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSION

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A continuously variable transmission, comprising:a continuous gear-change unit to increase and decrease a speed of a rotational output of a driving source used for causing an automobile to travel, the continuous gear-change unit capable of continuously changing a gear ratio;
a gearshift lever that is capable of selecting by a driver a first position from a neutral position and a second position from the neutral position through the first position in a manual mode in an upshift direction or a downshift direction;
a timer that measures a duration time during which the gearshift lever is at the second position; and
a gear-change controlling unit that calculates a gear ratio by adding a predetermined gear ratio of the manual mode to a gear ratio corresponding to the duration time during which the gearshift lever is at the second position when detecting that the gearshift lever is moved to the second position from the neutral position through the first position toward the upshift direction or the downshift direction in case of selecting the manual mode,
wherein, in a case of a first gear-change operation, which is operated by moving the gearshift lever to the first position from the neutral position, the gear-change controlling unit performs gearshift from a present gear ratio to a next predetermined gear ratio of the manual mode, and
wherein, in a case of a second gear-change operation, which is detected that the gearshift lever has moved from the neutral position to the second position through the first position, the gear-change controlling unit performs gearshift from the present gear ratio to an intermediate gear ratio that is added to the gear ratio corresponding to the duration time during which the gearshift is at the second position to a next predetermined gear ratio after the next predetermined gear ratio of the manual mode.

US Pat. No. 10,138,971

DISPENSING PUMP WITH POLYMER COMPRESSION SPRING ASSEMBY

Silgan Dispensing Systems...

1. A dispensing pump comprising:a pump base;
a dispensing head including a piston stem which is axially guided within the pump base; and
a compression spring assembly comprising:
a slotted tubular spring element formed from a tensile polymer material;
a first loading cone received at a first end of said slotted tubular spring element, said first loading cone being fixed relative to said pump base; and
a second loading cone received at said second end of said slotted tubular spring element, said second loading cone being movable relative to said pump base,
said tubular spring element being received coaxially about the piston stem between said first and second loading cones,
said second loading cone being axially compressible with said piston stem toward the first loading cone and within said slotted tubular spring element,
whereby said slotted tubular spring element radially expands in tension to create an opposing axial extension spring force.

US Pat. No. 10,138,933

DEVICE FOR ADJUSTING THE BEARING PLAY OF COMPONENTS THAT ARE MOUNTED SUCH THAT THEY CAN ROTATE COAXIALLY IN RELATION TO ONE ANOTHER, AND ASSEMBLY OF COMPONENTS THAT ARE MOUNTED SUCH THAT THEY CAN ROTATE COAXIALLY IN RELATION TO ONE ANOTHER

HGW Horst Weidner GmbH, ...

7. An arrangement comprising:(a) an axle;
(b) a hub body of a bicycle rotatably mounted on the axle by a first roller bearing and a second roller bearing disposed in the hub body at an axial distance from one another, the bicycle comprising a fork or a frame, the axle being clamped in the fork or the frame; and
(c) a bearing play adjustment apparatus disposed between one of the first and second roller bearings and a shank of the fork or the frame, the bearing play adjustment apparatus exerting an axial pressure on one of the first and second roller bearings;
wherein the bearing play adjustment apparatus comprises an axially movable first ring and an axially movable second ring disposed next to one another coaxially on the axle;
wherein the first ring has an inner face surface extending in a first plane and comprising a first contour projecting out of the first plane of the first inner face and the second ring has a second inner face surface facing the first inner face surface and extending in a second plane, the second inner face surface comprising a second contour projecting out of the second plane of the second inner face surface;
wherein the first contour comprises an incline and the second contour slides on the incline;
wherein the first ring has a first outer face surface and the second ring has a second outer face surface, the first outer face surface standing in interaction with the fork or the frame of the bicycle and the second outer face of the second ring standing in interaction with the first roller bearing;
wherein each of the first and the second rings is movable axially and lockable in a selected axial position; and
wherein the first ring stands in interaction with the fork or the frame of the bicycle with the first outer face surface, by way of an end cap disposed on the axle.

US Pat. No. 10,138,920

EXTENDABLE INTERLOCKING STRUCTURES AND METHODS

1. An extendable structure comprising:a first chain of interlocking components comprising a first interlocking component of the first chain;
a second chain of interlocking components comprising a first interlocking component of the second chain configured to mate to the bottom surface of the first interlocking component of the first chain;
a third chain of interlocking components comprising a first interlocking component of the third chain configured to mate to bottom surfaces of the first interlocking component of the second chain; and
a cap which is directly joined to each of the following the first interlocking component of the first chain, the first interlocking component of the second chain, and the first interlocking component of the third chain.

US Pat. No. 10,138,917

CONNECTOR SYSTEM FOR RAPID ASSEMBLY AND DISASSEMBLY OF PANELS AND OTHER MEMBERS

1. A male connector attachable to a first component for mechanically attaching the first component to a second component on which a converging female profile with inwardly diverging side walls is formed, the male connector being insertable into the converging female profile,the male connector comprising:
a body having an outer face and an inner face, and a mounting member, the body being attachable to the first component by the mounting member when joined to the first component, with the inner face abutting the first component;
the body having opposite sides extending between the outer face and the inner face, the sides of the body being inclined between the outer and inner faces so that the outer face is larger than the inner face, the opposite sides of the body converging toward a forward end of the body so that the forward end of the body is narrower than a rear end of the body, wherein the opposite sides are engagable with the side walls of the converging female profile having a converging footprint in the second component to mechanically attach the first component to the second component,
wherein the forward end of the body between the opposite sides is inclined from the outer face toward the inner face and wherein the body has a thickness between the outer face and the inner face that is greater at the forward end than at the rearward end.

US Pat. No. 10,138,754

DEVICE FOR MEASURING AERODYNAMIC MAGNITUDES INTENDED TO BE PLACED IN A FLOW PASSAGE OF A TURBINE ENGINE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A device for measuring aerodynamic magnitudes intended to be placed transversally in a flow passage of a turbine engine comprising:an upstream body having a profile of general cylindrical shape defining a leading edge
a plurality of sensors including instrumentation lines and sensitive elements, the instrumentation lines of the sensors being placed in the body, the sensitive elements of the sensors extending at the leading edge;
a downstream fairing mounted on the upstream body and defining a trailing edge;
the device for measuring aerodynamic magnitude wherein said downstream fairing comprises, in the longitudinal direction of the upstream body bearing the sensors, several sections of downstream fairing fixed independently of each other to the body, two successive sections being connected by a junction which in the longitudinal direction of the upstream body is more flexible than the sections.

US Pat. No. 10,138,658

THREE POINT LOCK

MILGARD MANUFACTURING INC...

1. A fenestration assembly comprising:a frame,
a movable first sash being movable from a fully closed position to a partially open position;
a second sash,
a lock assembly including:
a handle movable from a first position to a second position,
a main lock movable between a locked position and an unlocked position, the movable first sash being locked to the second sash only in the fully closed position;
a first side lock movable between a first side lock locked position and a first side lock unlocked position locking the movable first sash to the frame in both the fully closed position and partially open position;
wherein the main lock and the first side lock are operatively connected to the handle and the main lock is moved between the locked and the unlocked positions and the first side lock is moved between the first side lock position and the first side lock unlocked position only by movement of the handle between the first position and second position;
wherein the handle includes a handle free end and a pair of pivots, the handle pivoting in relation to the first rail between a first position and a second position, a majority of the handle being closer to the second rail in the first position than when the handle is in the second position.

US Pat. No. 10,138,635

SYSTEM FOR DRY EXECUTION OF FINISHING MATERIAL

Eutoplus Co., Ltd., Yong...

1. A system for dry execution of finishing material, comprising:a quadrangle bar to fix to an outer wall of a structure;
a fixing bracket to install by fixing both ends thereof to the quadrangle bar; and
a brick having an engaging groove formed in one surface facing the fixing bracket and being engaged with the fixing bracket in a fitting manner;
wherein, the fixing bracket comprises:
an engaging plate allowing the brick to engage with the fixing bracket by locking engagement operation to the engaging groove;
a load supporting plate provided between the engaging plates neighboring in up and down directions to withstand a load, the load supporting plate having (i) a plurality of head portions formed in an arch shape and facing the brick and (ii) a body portion provided between the head portions neighboring each other and extending by a predetermined distance toward the quadrangle bar;
an elastic plate providing an elastic force to push the brick outward after the brick is caught on the fixing bracket; and
a connection plate which is respectively provided at upper and lower ends of the fixing bracket and connected to another fixing bracket neighboring in said up and down directions.

US Pat. No. 10,138,617

GROUND-ENGAGEABLE ATTACHMENT FOR A VEHICLE

The Charles Machine Works...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a frame;
an elongated positioning arm extending from the bottom of the frame comprising:
a first end pivotally attached to the frame; and
a second end supporting an enlarged ground-engageable shoe;
a pivot fixture suspended from the bottom of the frame, comprising a ground-engageable pivot point at its lower extremity;
a coupling assembly configured to join the apparatus to a self-propelled land travel vehicle; and
a ground-engageable work attachment arm supported by the frame;
wherein the apparatus has no ground-contacting motive elements.

US Pat. No. 10,138,607

SNOW-PLOW BLADE AND COVER-PLATE

1. A snow-plow blade comprising:a blade, an insert, and a cover-plate; wherein
the blade comprises a blade front face, a blade back face, and a blade bottom edge; wherein the insert is affixed to the blade such that a portion of the insert extends below the blade bottom edge; wherein
the cover-plate comprises abrasion resistant steel and a crenellated structure; wherein the crenelated structure comprises a solid region, more than one raised region, and more than one trough region; wherein
the cover-plate is affixed to the blade front face, said cover-plate substantially spanning the width of the blade, and with a portion of the cover-plat e solid region extending below the blade bottom edge; wherein
the cover-plate is attached to the blade front face with at least one weld substantially along the crenellated structure in contact with the blade front face; wherein
the snow-plow blade is attachable to a snow-plow mold board; wherein
the snow-plow blade is without devices, attachments, or support structures affixed to the blade back face except for attachment to the snow-plow mold board; and wherein being without devices, attachments, or support structures affixed to the blade back face provides for the mold board attached snow-plow blade having attack angles of 55 to 90 degrees.

US Pat. No. 10,138,578

ALKALI RECYCLE IN CELLULOSE SPINNING PROCESS

1. Method for the recovery of sodium hydroxide in a process for preparation of regenerated cellulosic fibers using aqueous sodium hydroxide as solvent for cellulose or cellulose derivatives dissolving in the manufacture of a cellulosic spinning dope, wherein sodium hydroxide present in the cellulosic spinning dope is at least partially recovered as sodium hydroxide from a coagulation bath into which the cellulosic spinning dope is injected, and wherein die-swell of filaments and coagulation rate of cellulosic moieties in the coagulation bath are controlled by adjusting a spinneret hole diameter (D) and land length (L) to a L/D ratio below 4.

US Pat. No. 10,138,575

USE OF A FOAMABLE POLYMER FILAMENT, AND FOAMED FABRIC

Ten Cate Thiolon B.V., N...

19. An unfoamed, woven precursor textile having a warp and a weft and comprising filaments of chemically cross-linked polymeric material, containing a chemical blowing agent, which, on subjecting to a foaming temperature of at least 150° C., forms a closed-cell foamed fabric, wherein the weight of the filaments is between 10,000 dtex and 50,000 dtex.

US Pat. No. 10,138,574

BLOWING-ASSISTED ELECTROSPINNING

FANAVARAN NANO-MEGHYAS CO...

1. A method for fabricating nanofibrous articles, the method comprising:preparing a spinning solution by dissolving a polymer in a solvent;
mixing a vapor stream of the solvent with a stream of a pressurized gas at a predetermined ratio to obtain a pressurized solvent/gas stream;
feeding the spinning solution through an inner tube of a double-walled nozzle;
concurrently feeding the pressurized solvent/gas stream through an outer tube of the double-walled nozzle, wherein the inner tube is disposed coaxially within the outer tube;
applying an electrical field between a tip of the double-walled nozzle and a collector, wherein the double-walled nozzle is secured under the collector;
adjusting orientation of the double-walled nozzle with respect to the collector by rotating the double-walled nozzle along a rotational path ranging between 0° and 90°;
discharging the spinning solution and the pressurized solvent/gas stream concurrently from the double-walled nozzle; and
producing nanofibrous articles on the collector.

US Pat. No. 10,138,572

CRYSTALLINE SILICON INGOT AND METHOD OF FABRICATING THE SAME

Sino-American Silicon Pro...

1. A crystalline silicon ingot as obtained from a crucible it is fabricated in, wherein the crystalline silicon ingot is fabricated by a process comprising:forming a silicon melt in a crucible, the crucible having multiple protrusions on a bottom inner surface;
controlling at least one thermal control parameter of said silicon melt such that multiple silicon crystal grains in said silicon melt nucleate on the bottom inner surface of the crucible and grow along a vertical direction parallel to the sidewalls of the crucible; and
controlling said at least one thermal control parameter continually until entirety of said silicon melt solidifies to become the crystalline silicon ingot,
wherein said crystalline silicon ingot as obtained from the crucible has an average crystal grain size from 8.2 to 11.3 mm between a silicon ingot height of 25 mm to 100 mm, when the silicon ingot height is measured starting from the multiple silicon crystal grains nucleated on the bottom inner surface of the crucible, and
wherein the multiple protrusions have a roughness ranging from 300 micrometers to 1000 micrometers such that the bottom inner surface of the crucible provides multiple nucleation sites for silicon crystal grains.

US Pat. No. 10,138,540

INFILTRATION DEVICE AND METHOD

Tianhe (Baotou) Advanced ...

1. An infiltration device for performing infiltration treatment on surface layers of magnets comprising:a heating room having an annular groove formed by opposing inner walls and provided with a heating room opening end at a lower end;
a rotary bracket installed on a rotary tray;
a plurality of material boxes of cylindrical shape arranged on the rotary bracket, the material boxes adapted to be superimposed for supporting a single layer or a plurality of layers of the magnets;
the rotary tray having a central axis and arranged below the heating room opening end, the rotary tray adapted to move upward and downward whereby the rotary bracket and the material boxes enter the annular groove from the heating room opening end or exit the heating room opening end from the annular groove; and
a transmission device adapted to spin the rotary bracket in the annular groove and revolve around the central axis of the rotary tray;
wherein the heating room includes heating members provided at the opposing inner walls forming the annular groove, the heating members provided at an equal distance from a center of the rotary bracket to perform an equal-distance heating on the material box from both inner walls; and a heating room temperature keeping member, the heating room temperature keeping member forming the annular groove, wherein a surface layer of the heating room temperature keeping member comprises a reflective screen, and a fire-resistant temperature keeping material is filled inside the heating room temperature keeping member;
wherein the rotary tray includes a tray temperature keeping member for keeping the temperatures of the heating room and the material box; and a support member provided below the tray temperature keeping member, and a cooling channel provided inside the support member for maintaining a temperature of the magnets;
wherein each of the material boxes have a circular protrusion formed at a center of a bottom surface and a circular recessed groove formed at a center of an upper surface, and the protrusion of one material box and the recessed groove of an underlying material box are arranged to fit with each other whereby a plurality of material boxes are adapted to be superimposed on each other in a concentric positioning manner; and
wherein the rotary bracket has a circular recessed groove formed in its upper surface, and the recessed groove of the rotary bracket and the protrusion at the bottom surface of one of the material boxes are arranged to fit with each other whereby the one material box is placed on the rotary bracket in a concentric positioning manner;
vents provided at an upper portion of the heating room arranged in an annular array; and
a vent opening and/or closing unit provided below the vents inside the heating room for opening and/or closing the vents, the vent opening and/or closing unit having a reflective screen adapted to keep the temperature when the vent opening and/or closing unit is in a closed state, wherein the vents are not completely closed when the vent opening and/or closing unit is in the closed state.

US Pat. No. 10,138,514

MODIFIED NUCLEOSIDES OR NUCLEOTIDES

Illumina Cambridge Limite...

1. A modified nucleotide or nucleoside molecule comprising a ribose or deoxyribose sugar moiety having a removable 3?-hydroxy protecting group forming a structure —O—CH(R)N3 covalently attached to the 3?-carbon atom, whereinR is selected from the group consisting of —C(R1)m(R2)n, —C(?O)OR3, —C(?O)NR4R5, —C(R6)2O(CH2)pNR7R8 and —C(R9)2O-Ph-C(?O)NR10R11;
R1 is hydrogen, or optionally substituted alkyl;
R2 is halogen;
R3 is hydrogen or optionally substituted alkyl;
each of R4 and R5 is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted heteroaryl, and optionally substituted aralkyl;
each of R6 and R9 is selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, optionally substituted alkyl and halogen;
each of R7, R8, R10 and R11 is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted heteroaryl, and optionally substituted aralkyl;
m is an integer of 1 or 2;
n is an integer of 1 or 2; provided that m+n is equal to 3; and
p is an integer of 0 to 6.

US Pat. No. 10,138,503

TRANSAMINASE REACTIONS

Codexis, Inc., Redwood C...

1. A process for preparing the compound of formula (III):having the indicated stereochemical configuration at the stereogenic center marked with an * in an enantiomeric excess over the opposite enantiomer,wherein, R10 is Cl, Br, F, CH3, CF3, CN, SO2, —OCH3, or NO2,the process comprising:(a) contacting a ketone substrate of formula:

wherein R11 is halogen, OH, C(O)R4, OC(O)R5, or NR6R7, wherein R4, R5, R6, and R7 is H or C1-C4 alkyl, and R10 is as defined above,with a transaminase polypeptide in the presence of an amino donor, wherein said amino donor comprises isopropylamine, alanine, 3-aminobutyric acid, or methylbenzylamine, under reaction conditions suitable for converting the ketone substrate to an amine product of formula:
wherein the amino acid sequence of the transaminase polypeptide has at least 90% sequence identity to the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO: 2, wherein the amino acid residue of the transaminase polypeptide which corresponds to the residue at position 223 of SEQ ID NO: 2 is proline, and wherein the transaminase polypeptide is capable of converting the ketone substrate to the amine product at a rate that is greater than that of a transaminase polypeptide comprising the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO:2; and
(b) cyclizing the amine product under suitable conditions to form the compound of formula (III).

US Pat. No. 10,138,431

METHOD AND REACTOR FOR CRACKING HYDROCARBON

General Electric Company,...

1. A method for inhibiting coke deposit formation in a hydrocarbon cracking reactor having an inner surface accessible to said hydrocarbon and wherein a hydrocarbon feedstock comprising ethane is cracked in the presence of steam to form ethylene, said inner surface comprising a perovskite material of formula AaBbCcDdO3??, wherein 0 B is selected from lithium (Li), sodium (Na), potassium (K), rubidium (Rb), and any combination thereof;
C is selected from cerium (Ce), zirconium (Zr), antimony (Sb), praseodymium (Pr), titanium (Ti), chromium (Cr), manganese (Mn), iron (Fe), cobalt (Co), nickel (Ni), gallium (Ga), tin (Sn), terbium (Tb) and any combination thereof; and
D is selected from lanthanum (La), cerium (Ce), praseodymium (Pr), neodymium (Nd), promethium (Pm), europium (Eu), gadolinium (Gd), terbium (Tb), dysprosium (Dy), holmium (Ho), erbium (Er), thulium (Tm), ytterbium (Yb), lutetium (Lu), scandium (Sc), titanium (Ti), vanadium (V), chromium (Cr), manganese (Mn), iron (Fe), cobalt (Co), nickel (Ni), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), yttrium (Y), zirconium (Zr), niobium (Nb), molybdenum (Mo), technetium (Tc), palladium (Pd), silver (Ag), cadmium (Cd), hafnium (Hf), tantalum (Ta), tungsten (W), rhenium (Re), osmium (Os), iridium (Ir), platinum (Pt), gold (Au), gallium (Ga), indium (In), tin (Sn), antimony (Sb) and any combination thereof, said perovskite material gasifying said coke to produce CO, CO2, and hydrogen.

US Pat. No. 10,138,414

PROPPING SUBTERRANEAN FORMATION FRACTURES USING MEMORY PARTICULATES

Halliburton Energy Servic...

1. A method comprising:providing memory particulates capable of having a compressed configuration and a decompressed configuration;
providing a treatment fluid comprising a treatment base fluid and the memory particulates in a compressed configuration;
introducing the treatment fluid into a subterranean formation comprising at least one fracture therein, so as to place the memory particulates in the at least one fracture in their compressed configuration; and
expanding the memory particulates to the decompressed configuration, thereby mechanically interlocking the memory particulates and propping open at least a portion of the at least one fracture,
wherein the memory particulates comprise a martensitic ceramic selected from the group consisting of an oxide ceramic, a boride ceramic, a nitride ceramic, a silicate ceramic, and any combination thereof, and
wherein at least a portion of the memory particulates comprises at least one of superelastic alloy or a swellable elastomer.

US Pat. No. 10,138,411

DIRECTIONAL DRILLING AND CAPSULE FLOODING PROCESS FOR RECOVERING HYDROCARBONS

King Fahd University of P...

1. A high pressure capsule-injection process for recovering hydrocarbons from a carbonate reservoir having a plurality of carbonate geologic formations, the process comprising:directionally drilling into the carbonate reservoir to create at least one horizontal or lateral passage across the carbonate reservoir,
flooding the carbonate reservoir through the horizontal or lateral passage with a first fluid thereby displacing and recovering a first portion of the hydrocarbons, wherein the carbonate reservoir has a permeability not higher than 10 and the first fluid is seawater, and wherein the flooding comprises injecting the first fluid in to the carbonate reservoir at a pressure of 1,000-7,500 psi; then
injecting a dispersion into the carbonate reservoir, the dispersion consisting of seawater and a plurality of citric acid-filled capsules having an average diameter in a range of from 0.1 to 50 ?m, wherein the capsules comprise an outer polymeric shell consisting of a water insoluble polyglycolide that is free of a chemical crosslinker, silicon, phosphorus, fluorine, bromine, chlorine and sulfur; then
incubating the dispersion in the carbonate reservoir for at least 12 h; and then
flooding the carbonate reservoir with a third fluid thereby displacing and recovering a second portion of the hydrocarbons, wherein the third fluid is seawater;
wherein during the incubating:
the dispersion infiltrates the plurality of carbonate geologic formations;
the plurality of citric acid-filled capsules undergoes thermal degradation and releases the citric acid;
the released citric acid reacts with the plurality of carbonate geologic formations to generate carbon dioxide at the plurality of carbonate geologic formations; and
the generated carbon dioxide contacts the second portion of the hydrocarbons, thereby making the second portion of the hydrocarbons swell and reducing a viscosity of the second portion of the hydrocarbons.

US Pat. No. 10,138,346

POLYSACCHARIDE AEROGEL

National University of Si...

1. A polysaccharide based aerogel comprising a network of polysaccharide fibers with pores therebetween, wherein the polysaccharide fibers are obtained from recycled cellulose fibers, the sizes of the pores are in the-range of 20 to 1000 ?m and the diameters of the polysaccharide fibers are in the range of 5 to 100 ?m, wherein said aerogel, free of pure cellulose fibers, is formed from recycled cellulose fibers in the presence of a sonication power of 1500 to 2000 W and has an oil absorption capacity of 18.4-24.4 g/g.

US Pat. No. 10,138,340

LOW VOLATILITY, HIGH EFFICIENCY GAS BARRIER COATING FOR CRYO-COMPRESSED HYDROGEN TANKS

PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER...

1. A bilayer object consisting of a carbon fiber reinforced polymer substrate coated with a composition of matter comprising horizontally aligned exfoliated graphene sheets dispersed in an epoxy binder, wherein the composition of matter has a gas permeability less than 0.01 cc·mil/100 in2/24 h/atm and outgassing properties of CVCM of less than 0.1 percent and TML less than 1 percent.

US Pat. No. 10,138,327

THERMOPLASTIC POLYMERS COMPRISING OXYGEN SCAVENGING MOLECULES

Plastipak Packaging, Inc....

1. A wall of a package comprising at least one layer, said layer comprising a composition, said composition comprising:(a) a thermoplastic polymer comprising an allylic or benzylic amide compound covalently bonded as a repeating unit in the polymer chain, covalently bonded thereto as a side-chain pendant group, or covalently bonded thereto as an end group of the polymer, double bond; wherein each n is independently 1-5; wherein m is an integer from 0 to 5-n; wherein each X is independently selected from the group consisting of O, S, and NH; wherein each Y, each A, and each B are independently selected from the group consisting of N, CR1, and CR2; wherein D, E, and F are independently selected from the group consisting of CH, N, O, and S; wherein each R1 and each R2 is independently selected from the group consisting of carboxylic acid, amine, nitro, cyano, hydroxyl, H, alkyl, aryl, electron withdrawing groups, electron releasing groups, and a transition metal; and wherein L is a divalent linking group selected from C2-C12 aliphatic or cyclic ether, C2-C12 aliphatic or cyclic amide, C6 to C12 aromatic amide, C2-C12 aliphatic or cyclic amine, C6-C12 aromatic amine, C2-C12 aliphatic or cyclic ester and C6 to C12 aromatic ester;

wherein the symbol when used in conjunction with a bond line represents a single or a double bond; wherein each n is independently 0-5; wherein m is an integer from 0 to 5-n; wherein each X is independently selected from the group consisting of O, S, and NH; wherein each Y, each A, and each B are independently selected from the group consisting of N, CR1, and CR2; wherein D, E, and F are independently selected from the group consisting of CH, N, O, and S; wherein each R1 and each R2 is independently selected from the group consisting of carboxylic acid, amine, nitro, cyano, hydroxyl, H, alkyl, aryl, electron withdrawing groups, electron releasing groups, and a transition metal; and wherein L is a divalent linking group selected from C2-C12 aliphatic or cyclic ether, C2-C12 aliphatic or cyclic amide, C6 to C12 aromatic amide, C2-C12 aliphatic or cyclic amine, C6-C12 aromatic amine, C2-C12 aliphatic or cyclic ester and C6 to C12 aromatic ester; or

wherein each X is selected from the group consisting of O, S, and NH; wherein each Y, each A, and each B are independently selected from the group consisting of N and CR1; wherein D, E, and F are independently selected from the group consisting of CH, N, O, and S; wherein the symbol when used in conjunction with a bond line represents a single or a double bond; and wherein each R1 is independently selected from the group consisting of H, alkyl, aryl, electron withdrawing groups, and electron releasing groups; and
(b) a transition metal in a positive oxidation state, the metal present in an amount of from about 10 ppm to about 400 ppm.

US Pat. No. 10,138,317

METHOD FOR PRODUCING MECHANICALLY ROBUST LINKED PARTICLE NETWORKS

PALO ALTO RESEARCH CENTER...

1. A method, comprising:functionalizing edges of particles of an anisotropic material;
exfoliating the particles to form sheets of the material;
aligning the sheets of material to form a network of multi-layered and aligned particles; and
forming a structure out of the network of particles.

US Pat. No. 10,138,312

PROTEIN ADHESION INHIBITOR

AGC Inc., Chiyoda-ku (JP...

1. A protein adhesion inhibitor comprising a fluoropolymer having units haying a biocompatible group, a fluorine atom content of from 5 to 60 mass % and a proportion P represented by the following formula of from 0.1 to 4.5%:(Proportion P) =[(proportion (mass %) of units having a biocompatible group to all units of the fluoropolymer)/(fluorine atom content (mass %) of the fluoropolymer)] ×100%,
wherein the fluoropolymer has units derived from a monomer represented by the following formula (m1), units derived from a monomer represented by the following formula (m4), and units derived from a monomer represented by the following formula (m5),
andCH2?CR14—COO—Q4—R15  (m5),
wherein:
R6 is a hydrogen atom, a chlorine atom or a methyl group,
e is an integer of from 0 to 3,
R7 and R8 are each independently a hydrogen atom, a fluorine atom or a trifluoromethyl group,
Rfl is a C1-20 perfluoroalkyl group,
R11 is a hydrogen atom, a chlorine atom or a methyl group,
Q3 is —COO— or —COO(CH2)h—NHCOO—, wherein h is an integer of from 1 to 4,
R12 is a hydrogen atom or 13 (CH2)i—R13, wherein R13 is a C1-8 alkoxy group, a hydrogen atom, a fluorine atom, a trifluoromethyl group or a cyano group, and i is an integer of from 1 to 25,
f is an integer of from 1 to 10,
g is an integer of from 1 to 100,
R14 is a hydrogen atom, a chlorine atom or a methyl group,
R15 is a C1-8 alkoxy group, a hydrogen atom, a hydroxy group or a cyano group, and
Q4 is a single bond, a C1-20 alkylene group, a C1-12 polyfluoroalkylene group or —CF2—(OCF2CF2)y—OCF2— wherein y is an integer of from 1 to 6,
and wherein the units derived from the monomer represented by the formula (m1) are present in the fluoropolymer in a range of 19 to 28 mass %, based on the mass of the fluoropolymer.

US Pat. No. 10,138,232

NAPHTHYRIDINEDIONE DERIVATIVES

NOVARTIS AG, Basel (CH)

1. A compound of formula (Ia?) in free form or in pharmaceutically acceptable salt form, wherein:
R1 is selected from a five- to seven-membered monocyclic saturated or unsaturated non-aromatic ring system, wherein said ring system may contain from 1 to 4 hetero atoms selected from nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur, and wherein said ring system may be substituted once or more than once by R6; pyrrolyl; pyrazolyl; thiophenyl; and pyridin-2-yl; and
wherein the phenyl ring is attached via the bond marked with an asterisk (*), and wherein the pyrrolyl, pyrazolyl, thiophenyl, and pyridin-2-yl may be substituted by C1-3alkyl;wherein when R1 is a five- to seven-membered monocyclic saturated or unsaturated non-aromatic ring system, then R2 is selected from C2-6alkyl which may be substituted once or more than once by R7; —X1—R8; and a three- to seven-membered monocyclic aromatic, saturated or unsaturated non-aromatic ring system, wherein said ring system may contain from 1 to 4 hetero atoms selected from nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur, and wherein said ring system may be substituted once or more than once by R11;
or wherein when R1 is pyrrolyl, pyrazolyl, thiophenyl, pyridin-2-yl, or phenyl, then R2 is selected from C2-7alkyl which may be substituted once or more than once by R13; —X2—R14; and a three- to seven-membered monocyclic saturated or unsaturated non-aromatic ring system, wherein said ring system may contain from 1 to 4 hetero atoms selected from nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur, and wherein said ring system may be substituted once or more than once by R17;
X1— is —O—, —S— or —N(R9)—;
X2— is —O—, —S— or —N(R15)—;
R3 is hydrogen or —CH2R18;
R8 is C1-6alkyl which may be substituted once or more than once by R10;
R9 is hydrogen or C1-4alkyl;
each R12 independently is hydrogen, halogen, hydroxyl, amino, cyano, nitro, C1-4alkyl, C1-4halogenalkyl, C1-4hydroxyalkyl, C1-4alkoxy-C1-4alkyl, amino-C1-4alkyl, C1-4alkyl-amino-C1-4alkyl, di(C1-4alkyl)-amino-C1-4alkyl, C1-4alkoxy, C1-4halogenalkoxy, C1-4alkylamino or di(C1-4alkyl)amino; or C3-6cycloalkyl, wherein one carbon atom may be replaced by an oxygen atom, wherein the C3-6cycloalkyl may be attached directly or via a C1-2alkylene, and wherein the C3-6cycloalkyl may be substituted once or more than once by halogen;
R14 is C1-6alkyl which may be substituted once or more than once by R16;
R15 is hydrogen or C1-4alkyl;
R18 is hydrogen, C1-4alkyl, C2-6alkenyl, C3-6cycloalkyl, C1-3alkoxyC1-3alkyl, hydroxyC1-3alkyl or aminoC1-3alkyl;
R21 is hydrogen, halogen, hydroxyl, amino, cyano, C1-4alkyl, C1-4halogenalkyl, C1-4hydroxyalkyl, C1-4alkoxy-C1-4alkyl, amino-C1-4alkyl, C1-4alkyl-amino-C1-4alkyl, di(C1-4alkyl)-amino-C1-4alkyl, C1-4alkoxy, C1-4halogenalkoxy, C1-4alkylamino, di(C1-4alkyl)amino; or a three- to seven-membered monocyclic aromatic, saturated or unsaturated non-aromatic ring system, wherein said ring system may contain from 1 to 4 hetero atoms selected from nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur, wherein said ring system may be attached directly or via a C1-2alkylene, and wherein said ring system may be substituted once or more than once by R23;
R22 is hydrogen, halogen, hydroxyl, cyano, C1-4alkyl, C1-4halogenalkyl, C1-4hydroxyalkyl, C1-4alkoxy-C1-4alkyl, amino-C1-4alkyl, C1-4alkyl-amino-C1-4alkyl, di(C1-4alkyl)-amino-C1-4alkyl, C2-4alkenyl, C2-4alkinyl, C1-4alkoxy, C1-4halogenalkoxy, or C3-4cycloalkyl, wherein one carbon atom of the C3-4cycloalkyl may be replaced by an oxygen atom, wherein the C3-4cycloalkyl may be attached directly or via a C1-2alkylene, and wherein the C3-4cycloalkyl may be substituted once or more than once by halogen;
R6, R11, R17, and R23 each independently is halogen, hydroxyl, amino, cyano, nitro, C1-4alkyl, C1-4halogenalkyl, C1-4hydroxyalkyl, C1-4alkoxy-C1-4alkyl, amino-C1-4alkyl, C1-4alkyl-amino-C1-4alkyl, di(C1-4alkyl)-amino-C1-4alkyl, C1-4alkoxy, C1-4halogenalkoxy, C1-4alkylamino, di(C1-4alkyl)amino, or C3-6cycloalkyl, wherein one carbon atom of the C3-6cycloalkyl may be replaced by an oxygen atom, wherein the C3-6cycloalkyl may be attached directly or via a C1-2alkylene, and wherein the C3-6cycloalkyl may be substituted once or more than once by halogen;
or two R6, R11, R17, and R23 at the same ring atom together are oxo;
or two R6, R11, R17, and R23 at the same ring carbon atom together with said carbon atom form a C3-6cycloalkyl;
R7, R10, R13, and R16 each independently is halogen, hydroxyl, amino, cyano, nitro, C1-4alkoxy, C1-4halogenalkoxy, C1-4alkylamino, di(C1-4alkyl)amino, or C3-6cycloalkyl, wherein one carbon atom of the C3-6cycloalkyl may be replaced by an oxygen atom, wherein the C3-6cycloalkyl may be attached directly or via a C1-2alkylene, and wherein the C3-6cycloalkyl may be substituted once or more than once by halogen;
or two R7, R10, R13, or R16 at the same carbon atom together are oxo;
or two R7, R10, R13, or R16 at the same carbon atom together with said carbon atom form a C3-6cycloalkyl; and
R24 is hydrogen or halogen.

US Pat. No. 10,138,207

BENZOMORPHAN ANALOGS AND THE USE THEREOF

Purdue Pharma, L.P., Sta...

1. A compound of Formula I?:
wherein
R1 is selected from the group consisting of —(C1-C10)alkyl, (C3-C12)cycloalkyl-(C1-C6)alkyl-, ((6- to 14-membered)aryl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, diphenyl(C1-C6)alkyl-, each of which is optionally substituted by 1, 2 or 3 independently selected R9 groups;
R2a is absent, H or OH;
R2b is —Z-G-R10;
Z is absent;
G is selected from the group consisting of:
?CH, NR8, ?N—O, and ?N—NH; provided that when R2a is absent, G is not NR8;
R10 is selected from the group consisting of —(C1-C10)alkyl, —(C2-C12)alkenyl, —C(?O), —C(?O)—(C1-C6)alkyl, —C(?O)—(C2-C6)alkenyl, —C(?O)-(6- to 14-membered)aryl, —C(?O)—(C1-C6)alkyl-(6- to 14-membered)aryl, —(C2-C12)alkynyl, —(C1-C10)alkoxy, —(OCH2CH2)s—O(C1-C6)alkyl, —(CH2CH2O)s—(C1-C6)alkyl, —NH2, —NH(C1-C6)alkyl, CN, NR5R6, —(C1-C6)alkyl-NR5R6, —CONR5R6, —(C1-C6)alkyl-CO—NR5R6, —COOR7, —(C1-C6)alkyl-CO—OR7, —(C1-C6)alkoxy-COOR7, —CO—(CH2)n—COOR7, —CO—(CH2)n—CO—NR5R6, —(C3-C12)cycloalkyl, ((C3-C12)cycloalkyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, —(C4-C12)cycloalkenyl, ((C4-C12)cycloalkenyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, —(C6-C14)bicycloalkyl, ((C6-C14)bicycloalkyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, —(C8-C20)tricycloalkyl, ((C8-C20)tricycloalkyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, —(C7-C14)bicycloalkenyl, ((C7-C14)bicycloalkenyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, —(C8-C20)tricycloalkenyl, ((C8-C20)tricycloalkenyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, -(6- to 14-membered)aryl, ((6- to 14-membered)aryl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, -(7- to 12-membered)bicyclic ring system, ((7- to 12-membered)bicyclic ring system)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, -(7- to 12-membered)bicyclic aryl, ((7- to 12-membered)bicyclic aryl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, -(5- to 12-membered)heteroaryl, ((5- to 12-membered)heteroaryl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, -(3- to 12-membered)heterocycle, ((3- to 12 membered)heterocycle)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, -(7- to 12-membered)bicycloheterocycle, ((7- to 12-membered)bicycloheterocycle)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, phenyl, benzyl and naphthyl; each of which is optionally substituted with one, two, or three substituents independently selected from the group consisting of —OH, (?O), halo, —C(halo)3, —CH(halo)2, —CH2(halo), —(C1-C6)alkyl, halo(C1-C6)alkyl-, —(C2-C6)alkenyl, —(C2-C6)alkynyl, hydroxy(C1-C6)alkyl-, dihydroxy(C1-C6)alkyl-, —(C1-C6)alkoxy, ((C1-C6)alkoxy)CO(C1-C6)alkoxy-, phenyl, benzyl, —NH2, —NH(C1-C6)alkyl, —(C1-C6)alkyl-NH(C1-C6)alkyl-R14, —CN, —SH, —OR11, —CONR5R6, —(C1-C6alkyl)-CO—NR5R6, —COOR7, —(C1-C6)alkyl-CO—OR7, —(C1-C6)alkoxy-COOR7, —(OCH2CH2)s—O(C1-C6)alkyl, —(CH2CH2O)s—(C1-C6)alkyl, (C1-C6)alkyl)sulfonyl, ((C1-C6)alkyl)sulfonyl(C1-C6)alkyl-, —NH—SO2(C1-C6)alkyl, NH2—SO2(C1-C6)alkyl-, —N(SO2(C1-C6)alkyl)2, —C(?NH)NH2, —NH—CO—(C1-C6)alkyl, —NH—CO—NH2, —NH—C(?O)—NH—(C1-C6)alkyl, —NH—C(?O)-(6- to 14-membered)aryl, —NH—C(?O)—(C1-C6)alkyl-(6- to 14-membered)aryl, —NH—(C1-C6)alkyl-CO—OR7, —NH—C(?O)—(C1-C6)alkyl-CO—OR7, —NH—C(?O)—CH(NH2)—(C1-C6)alkyl-CO—OR7, —(C3-C12)cycloalkyl, ((C3-C12)cycloalkyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, -(6- to 14-membered)aryl, -(6- to 14-membered)aryloxy, —(C1-C6)alkoxy-C(O)NR5R6, —NH—(C1-C6)alkyl-C(O)—NR5R6, —C(O)NH—(C1-C6)alkyl-COOR7, ((6- to 14-membered)aryl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, -(5- to 12-membered)heteroaryl, ((5- to 12-membered)heteroaryl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, -(3- to 12-membered)heterocycle, ((3- to 12-membered)heterocycle)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, -(7- to 12-membered)bicycloheterocycle, and ((7- to 12-membered)bicycloheterocycle)-(C1-C6)alkyl-;
R3 is —(C1-C6)alkyl, —(C2-C6)alkenyl, or —(C2-C6)alkynyl;
R4 is —OH or —(C1-C5)alkoxy;
R5 and R6 are each independently
a) hydrogen, —OH, halo, —C(halo)3, —CH(halo)2, —CH2(halo);
b) —(C2-C5)alkenyl, —(C2-C5)alkynyl, —(CH2)n—O—(CH2)n—CH3, —(C1-C6)alkoxy, each of which is optionally substituted with 1, 2, or 3 substituents independently selected from —OH, halo, —(C1-C10)alkyl, —(C2-C10)alkenyl, —(C2-C10)alkynyl, —(C1-C10)alkoxy, —(C3-C12)cycloalkyl, —CHO, —C(O)OH, —C(halo)3, —CH(halo)2, CH2(halo), —(CH2)n—O—(CH2)n—CH3, phenyl, or CONR5R6;
c) —(C3-C8)cycloalkyl, ((C3-C8)cycloalkyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, —COOR7, —(C1-C6)alkyl-COOR7, —CONH2, or (C1-C6)alkyl-CONH—;
d) ((6- to 14-membered)aryl) optionally substituted with 1, 2, or 3 independently selected R30 groups; or
e) R5 and R6 together with the nitrogen atom to which they are attached form a (4- to 8-membered)heterocycle optionally substituted with 1, 2, or 3 independently selected R30 groups;
R5a and R6a are each independently selected from the group consisting of:
a) hydrogen, —OH, halo, —C(halo)3, —CH(halo)2, and —CH2(halo);
b) —(C2-C6)alkenyl, —(C2-C6)alkynyl, —(CH2)n—O—(CH2)n—CH3, and —(C1-C6)alkoxy, each of which is optionally substituted with 1, 2, or 3 substituents independently selected from —OH, halo, —(C1-C10)alkyl, —(C2-C12)alkenyl, —(C2-C12)alkynyl, —(C1-C10)alkoxy, —(C3-C12)cycloalkyl, —CHO, —COOH, —C(halo)3, —CH(halo)2, CH2(halo), —(CH2)n—O—(CH2)n—CH3, and phenyl;
c) —(C3-C8)cycloalkyl, ((C3-C8)cycloalkyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, —COOR7, —(C1-C6)alkyl-COOR7, —CONH2, and (C1-C6)alkyl-CONH—;
d) -(6- to 14-membered)aryl optionally substituted with 1, 2, or 3 independently selected R30 groups; or
e) R5a and R6a together with the nitrogen atom to which they are attached form a (4- to 8-membered)heterocycle optionally substituted with 1, 2, or 3 independently selected R30 groups;
each R7 is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, —(C1-C6)alkyl, —(C2-C6)alkenyl, —(C2-C6)alkynyl, —(C3-C12)cycloalkyl, —(C4-C12)cycloalkenyl, ((C3-C12)cycloalkyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, and ((C4-C12)cycloalkenyl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-;
each R8 is methyl or ethyl;
each R9 is independently phenyl, or CONR5aR6a;
each R11 is independently selected from —C(halo)3, —CH(halo)2, —CH2(halo), —(C2-C5)alkenyl, —(C2-C5)alkynyl, —(CH2)n—O—(CH2)n—CH3, (6- to 14-membered)aryl, ((6- to 14-membered)aryl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, (5- to 12-membered)heteroaryl, and ((5- to 12-membered)heteroaryl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-;
each R14 is independently selected from —COOR7, —(C1-C6)alkyl-COOR7, —C(?O)—(C1-C6)alkyl-COOR7, —(C1-C6)alkyl-C(?O)—(C1-C6)alkyl-COOR7, CONH2, or —(C1-C6)alkyl-CONH;
each R30 is independently selected from COOR7, CONR5aR6a, —C(?O), CN, -(3- to 12-membered)heteroaryl, ((3- to 12-membered)heteroaryl)-(C1-C6)alkyl-, NH2, halo, and ((6- to 14-membered)aryl)-(C1-C6)alkoxy-;
m is an integer 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6;
n is an integer 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6;
s in an integer 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6;
provided that when R4 is —(C1-C5)alkoxy then:
R2a and R2b cannot be taken together to form ?O;
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,138,205

ARTIFICIAL SELF-SUFFICIENT CYTOCHROME P450S

University of Florida Res...

1. A fusion protein comprising:(i) a cytochrome P450 enzyme which catalyzes transfer of a nitro functional group to provide a compound represented by Formula V:
wherein:X1 is halogen, substituted or unsubstituted C1-6 alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted C2-6 alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted C2-6 alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted, monocyclic, 3- to 6-membered carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted, monocyclic, 3- to 6- membered heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted phenyl, substituted or unsubstituted, monocyclic, 5- to 6-membered heteroaryl, —ORA1a, —N(RA1a)2, or —SRA1a,
wherein RA1a is independently hydrogen, substituted or unsubstituted acyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aryl, substituted or unsubstituted heteroaryl, a nitrogen protecting group when attached to a nitrogen atom, an oxygen protecting group when attached to an oxygen atom, or a sulfur protecting group when attached to a sulfur atom, or two instances of RA1a are joined to form a substituted or unsubstituted, heterocyclic ring, or substituted or unsubstituted, heteroaryl ring;
each of X2 and X3 is, independently, hydrogen, halogen, substituted or unsubstituted C1-6 alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted C2-6 alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted C2-6 alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted, monocyclic, 3- to 6-membered carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted, monocyclic, 3- to 6-membered heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted phenyl, substituted or unsubstituted, monocyclic, 5- to 6-membered heteroaryl, —ORA1a, —N(RA1a)2, or —SRA1a,
wherein RA1a is independently hydrogen, substituted or unsubstituted acyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkenyl, substituted or unsubstituted alkynyl, substituted or unsubstituted carbocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted heterocyclyl, substituted or unsubstituted aryl, substituted or unsubstituted heteroaryl, a nitrogen protecting group when attached to a nitrogen atom, an oxygen protecting group when attached to an oxygen atom, or a sulfur protecting group when attached to a sulfur atom, or two instances of RA1a are jointed to form a substituted or unsubstituted, heterocyclic ring, or substituted or unsubstituted, heteroaryl ring;
R1 is H or optionally substituted alkyl;
R2 is H, optionally substituted alkyl, optionally substituted alkenyl, optionally substituted alkynyl, optionally substituted aryl, or optionally substituted heteroaryl; and
Y is NO2;or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof;(ii) an amino acid linker; and,
(iii) a catalytic domain of a reductase enzyme;wherein the linker joins (iii) to a terminus of (i).

US Pat. No. 10,138,168

METHOD OF MELT INFILTRATION UTILIZING A NON-WETTING COATING FOR PRODUCING A CERAMIC MATRIX COMPOSITE

ROLLS-ROYCE HIGH TEMPERAT...

1. A method of melt infiltration for producing a ceramic matrix composite, the method comprising:applying a coating onto one or more outer surfaces of a porous fiber preform, the coating comprising a material with which molten silicon comprises a contact angle of at least about 45°;
after applying the coating, immersing an uncoated portion of the porous fiber preform into a molten material comprising silicon, the molten material being infiltrated into the porous fiber preform through the uncoated portion, the coating serving as a barrier to inhibit or prevent the molten material from penetrating the one or more outer surfaces;
after infiltration of the molten material into the porous fiber preform, cooling the molten material to form a ceramic matrix composite; and
removing the coating.

US Pat. No. 10,138,112

SMART FUEL DISPENSER FOR EFFICIENT FUEL DELIVERY

Lenovo Enterprise Solutio...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, by a fuel dispenser having a controller, information about a vehicle and a fuel amount requested by the vehicle in response to the vehicle coming into a communication range of the controller, wherein the controller receives the vehicle information via wireless communication between a transceiver secured to the vehicle and a transceiver on the fuel dispenser;
using the information to identify at least one fuel type that is suitable for the vehicle; and
preventing the fuel dispenser from dispensing a fuel type other than the at least one identified fuel type to the vehicle;
setting the requested fuel amount as a limit on the amount of fuel that the fuel dispenser will dispense to the vehicle; and
dispensing fuel to the vehicle until either the amount of dispensed fuel is equal to the requested amount of fuel or an automatic shut-off is triggered, wherein the dispensed fuel is one of the at least one fuel type identified to be suitable for the vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,138,079

APPLIANCE FOR HANDLING LAYERS OF PALLETIZED PRODUCTS

BEMA S.R.L., Viano (Regg...

1. An apparatus for handling layers of palletized products, comprising:a gripping head associable to a transfer machine adapted to displace said gripping head at least along a substantially vertical direction, said gripping head being provided with at least one support framework associable to said transfer machine and at least one substantially horizontal suction plane associated to said support framework and adapted to suction a layer (S) of palletized products (P),
wherein said gripping head comprises at least one fall-prevention plane associated to said support framework and mobile between a rest configuration, wherein the space underlying the suction plane is clear and the suction plane is free to be arranged at contact with the upper surface of the layer (S) of products (P), and an operating configuration, wherein the fall-prevention plane is arranged below the suction plane and the layer (S) of suctioned products (P), to prevent the products (P) from falling during the displacement of the gripping head by the transfer machine,
wherein said gripping head comprises one flexible curtain element along each side of said suction plane and a plurality of substantially horizontal bars adapted to push each of said flexible curtain elements inwards for at least partial adhesion thereof to the lateral walls of said layer (S) of products (P), wherein each horizontal bar is moved towards or away from said flexible curtain element through a system of rocker levers actuated by automatic actuators,
wherein each flexible curtain element hangs freely from a respective side of said suction plane in such a manner that each flexible curtain element is separated from said plurality of substantially horizontal bars and is adapted to be able to be shortened or extended depending on the height of the products (P) and the distance between the products (P) and said flexible curtain elements,
wherein each flexible curtain element is oriented between the lateral wall of the layer (S) of products (P) and said plurality of substantially horizontal bars,
wherein each horizontal bar is affixed to a distal end of each of said rocker levers, and
wherein, when said gripping head is being displaced by the transfer machine to move a layer (S) of products (P), and when said suction plane is suctioning said layer (S) of product (P), each horizontal bar is moved towards said flexible curtain element by its associated rocker lever and pushes on each flexible curtain element on each side of said suction plane to cause said at least partial adhesion of each flexible curtain element to each lateral wall of said layer (S) of product (P) so as to guarantee the suction vacuum for gripping the layer (S).

US Pat. No. 10,138,064

MODULAR LINK CONVEYOR WITH FEATURES FOR ENHANCING EFFICIENT ARTICLE CONVEYANCE

SPAN TECH LLC, Glasgow, ...

1. An apparatus for conveying an article in a conveying direction, comprising:a conveyor including a plurality of modular links and one or more removable connectors for interconnecting adjacent links of the plurality of modular links to form an endless chain for conveying the article in the conveying direction, at least one of the links comprising an upper link surface sloping in both the conveying direction and a transverse direction, thereby forming an apical region for contacting and supporting the article for conveyance along at least a forward run in the conveying direction.

US Pat. No. 10,138,062

ORDER FULFILLMENT SYSTEM WITH ROBOTIC BREAK PACK

Walmart Apollo, LLC, Ben...

15. An order fulfillment system, the system comprising:an order processing means for processing a product order placed by a consumer and for communicating product order information associated with the product order to an inventory management database configured to store the product order information;
a de-pallet station including means for unloading a first receptacle from a pallet and placing the first receptacle unloaded from the pallet onto a de-palletizer conveyor configured to transport the first receptacle unloaded from the pallet to a stocking station;
at least one stocking station including means for unloading at least one product from the first receptacle and for placing the at least one product unloaded from the first receptacle onto at least one storage shelf;
a first picking station including a means for picking a plurality of products including the first product from the at least one storage shelf and for loading the plurality of products including the first product picked from the at least one storage shelf into a second receptacle for delivery to a consumer;
an empty receptacle placement station including a means for placing an empty second receptacle onto a packing conveyor including a means for transporting the empty second receptacle toward the first picking station for loading of the plurality of products including the first product into the empty second receptacle;
an electronic inventory management device including a means for obtaining the product order information from the inventory management database and for transmitting a signal based on the product order information to at least one of the empty receptacle placement station and the first robotic picking arm, the means for obtaining the product order information being configured to analyze the product order information obtained from the inventory management database and to generate a product loading order, a product loading location, and a product loading orientation for products to be loaded into the second receptacle, wherein:
the first picking station is configured, in response to receipt of the signal from the electronic inventory management device, to cause the means for picking the plurality of products including the first product to place the plurality of products including the first product into the empty second receptacle in the product loading location and in the product loading orientation specified in the signal received by the first picking station from the electronic inventory management device; and
at least one placement verification station including a means for scanning the plurality of products including the first product after placement of the plurality of products including the first product into the second receptacle to confirm at least one of the following: that the plurality of products including the first product was ordered by the consumer, that the plurality of products including the first product was loaded into the second receptacle by the means for picking of the first picking station in the product loading location and in the product loading orientation specified in the signal received by the first picking station from the electronic inventory management device.

US Pat. No. 10,138,025

MEDICAL BAG HANDLING SYSTEM AND MEDICAL BAG HOLDING CASSETTE

Terumo Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A medical bag handling system comprising:a plurality of medical bag holding cassettes at least some of said cassettes having a box shape with a thickness between front and rear sides and having planar areas on said front and rear sides;
a coupling on at least one planar area on at least one cassette wherein the coupling is a hole or recess; and
a mating coupling on at least one planar area of another cassette, said coupling and said mating coupling being adapted to connect with each other, wherein the mating coupling is a cylinder and
wherein the cylinder has a tip cylinder portion having a first diameter and a base cylinder portion having a second diameter said second diameter being larger than said first diameter and
wherein said base cylinder portion has a hole having an internal diameter coinciding with an external diameter of a tip cylinder portion on another cassette.

US Pat. No. 10,138,020

STORAGE CONTAINER SYSTEMS

1. A container system comprising:a first container including a bottom wall, at least one sidewall, and an open top, with a plurality of indented recesses being formed in the bottom wall;
a first lid configured to close the open top of the first container;
a second container including a bottom wall, at least one sidewall, and an open top; and
a second lid configured to close the open top of the second container, with a push indicator structure being formed at a center portion of the second lid, and with a plurality of registration bumps being formed about the push indicator structure,
wherein the first container is stackable on the second lid such that (i) each of the registration bumps in the second lid is aligned with an adjacent one of the indented recesses in the bottom wall of the first container and (ii) surfaces of the registration bumps are spaced from surfaces of the adjacent recesses.

US Pat. No. 10,138,009

BANKNOTE PROCESSING

CASH DYNAMICS LIMITED, I...

1. Banknote processing equipment comprising:a chamber having an open end for insertion of a bag into the chamber, and having a base end that opposes the open end, wherein the open end of the chamber is adapted to support a free end of the bag in an open position;
an extractor configured to establish a lower ambient pressure between the chamber and the bag relative to a pressure within the bag to cause the bag to expand during a banknote filling operation into an open configuration with a rectangular cross-section and a flat base, whereby the banknote processing equipment is configured to deposit banknotes through the open end and into the bag during the banknote filling operation when the bag is expanded into the open configuration; and
a clamping arrangement operable to clamp at least part of the free end of the bag against the chamber during the banknote filling operation;
wherein the banknote processing equipment comprises at least one of the following features (i) or (ii): (i) the base end prevents passage of the bag; or (ii) the base end is arranged between the extractor and the open end; and
wherein the banknote processing equipment comprises at least one of the following features (a) or (b): (a) the clamping arrangement comprises a plurality of flaps, which are brought into engagement with inner surfaces of the bag on operation of the clamping arrangement; or (b) the banknote processing equipment comprises a sealing mechanism movable into engagement with the bag for sealing the bag in a sealing operation occurring after the banknote filling operation, wherein the sealing mechanism is coupled to the clamping arrangement such that the clamping arrangement releases the free end of the bag as the sealing mechanism is moved into engagement with the bag to allow the bag to be sealed.

US Pat. No. 10,138,008

FILLING DEVICE FOR HETEROGENEOUS PRODUCTS

Weithtpack S.r.L., (IT)

1. A filling device (1) for filling machines, the filling device comprising: a hollow body (2) wherein a shutter member (3) is movably fitted, acting in cooperation with a dispensing member (4), coaxial to said shutter member (3), for closing or opening a dispensing opening (5) for a product (P) to be dispensed in a container (C), wherein said dispensing member (4) comprises a rotatable shaft (10) comprising a screw portion (14) adapted to impart a dispensing pressure and a mixing to the product (P), wherein the hollow body (2) comprises an upper portion (2a) and a lower portion (2b), wherein the lower portion (2b) of the hollow body (2) ends inferiorly with a connecting portion (2c) to which a ring nut (16) is removably coupled, wherein the ring nut (16) comprises an edge (16a) projecting inwards, so as to create a recess (19) having an axial extension (H) comprised between the shoulder (17) of the hollow body (2) and the edge (16a) of the ring nut (16), wherein the shutter member (3) is axially movable and comprises a hollow cylinder (18) with a median portion (18?) projecting outwards, wherein the axial extension of the median portion (18?) of the shutter member (3) is substantially equal to or slightly smaller than the axial extension (H) of the recess (19) and its outer diameter is substantially equal to an inner diameter of the recess (19), so as to sealingly isolate an upper annular chamber (22a) from a lower annular chamber (22b), said chambers (22a, 22b) forming alternately when the shutter member (3) is in a raised position or in a lowered position, respectively, and wherein the hollow body (2) comprises an upper opening (23a) and a lower opening (23b) which open at the recess (19), wherein the upper opening (23a) is placed at a height of the upper annular chamber (22a) and the lower opening (23b) is placed at a height of the lower annular chamber (22b), so that when the shutter (3) is in the raised position, the upper opening (23a) is obstructed by the surface of the hollow cylinder (18), while the lower opening (23b) opens into the lower annular chamber (22b), whereas when the shutter (3) is in the lowered position, the lower opening (23b) is obstructed by the surface of the hollow cylinder (18), while the upper opening (23a) opens into the upper annular chamber (22a); and wherein both the upper opening (23a) and the lower opening (23b) are connected to an actuating fluid source, wherein said dispensing member (4) comprises a rotatable shaft (10) comprising a screw portion (14) configured to impart a dispensing pressure and a mixing to the product (P).

US Pat. No. 10,138,003

FOIL DEPLOYMENT MECHANISM

EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY, P...

1. A foil deployment mechanism, comprising:a first drum rotatable about a first longitudinal axis, and a second drum rotatable about a second longitudinal axis,
a cable which can be moved by rotating the first drum in a first rotation direction and by rotating the second drum in a second rotation direction opposed to the first rotation direction, the cable comprising a first section which extends from a lower part of the second drum to an upper part of the first drum, a second section which is wound around a part of the first drum facing away from the second drum, a third section which extends from a lower part of the first drum to an upper part of the second drum, and a fourth section which is wound around a part of the second drum facing away from the first drum, wherein the first section and the third section intersect each other between the first drum and the second drum when being viewed along the first longitudinal axis,
a longitudinal rigid element having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is connected to the cable, and wherein the second end is connected to a foil, wherein, by moving the cable, the longitudinal rigid element can be moved between a first state in which the first end of the longitudinal rigid element is connected to the first section of the cable, and in which the second end of the longitudinal rigid element protrudes from the first drum in a direction pointing away from the second drum, and a second state in which the second end of the longitudinal rigid element protrudes in a direction pointing away from the second drum, wherein a distance between the second end and the first drum is smaller in the first state than in the second state; and
a guiding structure for guiding a movement of the longitudinal rigid element caused by moving the cable, wherein the guiding structure is configured such that an angle ? between an alignment of the cable in the first section and the longitudinal rigid element is changed when the first end of the longitudinal rigid element moves from an upper part of the first drum towards a lower part of the first drum while being connected to the second section of the cable.

US Pat. No. 10,137,995

ONE-TIME FLARE MECHANSIM

Earthly Dynamics, LLC, A...

1. A system to produce a one-time flare maneuver for a parafoil carrying a payload comprising;a parafoil canopy comprising a trailing edge,
a spreader,
at least one trailing edge control line comprising an origin and a terminus wherein the origin of the trailing edge control line is attached to the trailing edge of the canopy,
at least one suspension line comprising an origin and a terminus wherein the origin of the suspension line is attached to the canopy,
a release mechanism system further comprising;
a release mechanism,
a control mechanism releasably attached to-the release mechanism and attached to the trailing edge control line, and
a means for releasing the control mechanism from the release mechanism,
wherein the means for releasing the control mechanism is a hook and latch and is engaged with the control mechanism and the release mechanism,
at least one upper link,
at least one lower link,
a purchase system further comprising;
an upper purchase system attached to the upper link further comprising at least one device for receiving the trailing edge control line,
a lower purchase system attached to the lower link further comprising at least one device for receiving the at least one trailing edge control line, wherein the at least one trailing edge control line is threaded through the lower purchase system and then the upper purchase system.

US Pat. No. 10,137,935

SUPPORT FOR A MOTOR VEHICLE BODY-IN-WHITE

Bayerische Motoren Werke ...

1. A support for a motor vehicle body-in-white, comprising:a straight longitudinal portion of the support that includes at least one cavity which is delimited by walls of the support;
a reinforcing element received and secured in the straight longitudinal portion of the support in the at least one cavity; and
a plurality of supporting walls, wherein each of the plurality of supporting walls protrudes at a respective corner of the at least one cavity from a respective joining between the walls of the support and extends from the walls at an angle to the walls, wherein the reinforcing element is held in the at least one cavity by a force-fit engagement with the plurality of supporting walls.

US Pat. No. 10,137,906

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PERSISTENT TRANSFERRABLE CUSTOMIZABLE VEHICLE SETTINGS

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:a mobile-device processor configured to:
present a stored list of vehicle configurable system settings on a display remote from a vehicle;
receive user input adjusting at least one of the configurable system settings;
save the adjusted at least one configurable system setting; and
upload the adjusted at least one configurable system setting to a remote user account.

US Pat. No. 10,137,895

VEHICLE CONTROL APPARATUS

SUBARU CORPORATION, Toky...

1. A vehicle control apparatus for a vehicle including an automatic transmission including a torque converter provided with a lock-up clutch, the vehicle control apparatus comprising:a kick-down controller that performs a kick-down control to change a transmission gear ratio to a low side and to increase a number of engine revolutions based on a kick-down request in accordance with an accelerator operation; and
a lock-up controller that performs a lock-up disengagement control based on the kick-down request to set the lock-up clutch to a disengaged state according to meeting of a disengagement condition,
wherein, when the kick-down request while the kick-down control is not in operation is referred to as a normal kick-down request and the kick-down request while the kick-down control is in operation to increase the number of engine revolutions is referred to as a second-time kick-down request, the lock-up controller performs lock-up disengagement control according to the second-time kick-down request based on the disengagement condition which is more eased than the disengagement condition used for the normal kick-down request.

US Pat. No. 10,137,886

METHODS AND SYSTEM FOR MITIGATING UNDESIRABLE CONDITIONS DURING REGENERATIVE BRAKING

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system, comprising:an engine;
a motor/generator;
a disconnect clutch positioned in a powertrain between the engine and the motor/generator;
a transmission coupled to the motor/generator; and
a controller including executable instructions stored in non-transitory memory for deactivating one or more transmission gears selectively activated via a clutch in response to an actual transmission input shaft speed minus a predicted transmission input shaft speed being less than a threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,137,883

ACTIVE VIBRATION REDUCTION CONTROL APPARATUS FOR HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE AND METHOD THEREOF

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. An active vibration reduction control apparatus for a hybrid electric vehicle, the active vibration reduction control apparatus comprising:a reference signal generator generating a reference signal and a first phase based on a first rotational angle of a first motor which is coupled to one side of an engine;
a vibration extractor extracting a vibration signal from a second motor which is coupled to another side of the engine;
a coefficient determiner determining a filter coefficient which minimizes a phase difference between the reference signal and the vibration signal;
a phase determiner detecting a second phase which corresponds to the phase difference between the reference signal and the vibration signal using a first speed signal of the first motor and the filter coefficient;
a phase deviation amount detector detecting a third phase for compensating for a phase delay using the first speed signal of the first motor; and
a synchronization signal generator generating an antiphase signal of a shape of an actual vibration, using the first phase, the second phase, or the third phase using a look-up table for signal amplitude for each of phase values, in order to determine a compensating force of the first motor.

US Pat. No. 10,137,875

ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT OF A VEHICLE, COMPRISING AN AT LEAST PARTLY ELECTRIC BRAKING AND STEERING DEVICE WITH HIGH AVAILABILITY

KNORR-BREMSE Systeme fuer...

1. A braking system of a vehicle having an at least partially electrical braking and steering device, comprisinga steering system having an electric or electromechanical steering device, a steering gear mechanism, an electronic steering control device and an electric steering actuator; and
an electronic or electronically brake pressure regulated brake system having
an electropneumatic service brake device, the electropneumatic service brake device including an electropneumatic service brake valve device and an electronic brake control device,
at least one electric service brake circuit having electropneumatic modulators,
at least one electric service brake circuit having pneumatic wheel brake actuators associated with wheels of the vehicle, and
a service brake activation element,
wherein
the electronic brake control device is configured to electrically control the electropneumatic modulators to generate pneumatic brake pressures or brake control pressures for the pneumatic wheel brake actuators on at least one of a specific wheel basis, a specific axle basis and a specific vehicle side basis,
the at least one electric service brake circuit includes
at least one electrical channel includes at least one electric brake value generator configured to sense activation of the service brake activation element and has output corresponding activation signals, and
at least one electronic evaluation device is configured to receive the activation signals and input braking request signals based on the activation signals into the electronic brake control device, and
the at least one pneumatic service brake circuit includes at least one pneumatic channel configured to load at least one control piston of the service brake valve device with a first activation force corresponding to activation of the service brake activation element representing a driver's braking request, and
the service brake valve device is configured such that when the at least one control piston is loaded with the first activation force, the control piston directly or indirectly controls at least one double seat valve of the service brake valve device having an inlet seat and an outlet seat to generate pneumatic brake pressures or brake control pressures for actuation of the pneumatic wheel brake actuators,
the braking system further comprising:
a device containing the electronic evaluation device of the electropneumatic service brake valve device configured to generate a second activation force independently of a driver's braking request by loading a second activation force on the at least one control piston in the same direction as or in the opposite direction to the first activation force when a braking request which is independent of the driver's request is present;
a first electrical energy source or a first energy supply circuit configured to supply energy to the electropneumatic service brake device independently from a second electrical energy source or a second energy supply circuit configured to supply energy to the electropneumatic service brake valve device and to the electric or electro mechanical steering device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,828

VEHICULAR NOTIFICATION DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicular notification device comprising:a luminescent device provided on a roof of a vehicle; and
a controller configured to control the luminescent device to emit light when a person existing around the vehicle is detected,
wherein when a traffic signal on a path for the vehicle is a red signal or when the vehicle travels on an expressway or a motorway, the controller prohibits light emission of the luminescent device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,808

RECESSED SEAM STRUCTURE FOR COVER

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

1. A seat having a recessed seam, comprising:a cushion material;
a cover element covering the cushion material, the cover element including an outer surface and an inner surface, the cover element being attached to the cushion material;
a recessed seam defined in the cover element such that a predetermined portion of the cover element is recessed inwardly into the cushion material;
a mating fastener provided between the cover element and the cushion material at a location corresponding to the recessed seam, the mating fastener being configured to permit repeated coupling of the cover element and the cushion material, the mating fastener comprising:
a first fastener including a first engagement element, the first fastener being fixed to the inner surface of the cover element along the recessed seam;
a second fastener including a second engagement element, the second fastener having a base portion fixedly provided in the cushion material;
the first and second engagement elements being positioned in the cushion material to permit mutual engagement for placing the first fastener and second fastener in a joined condition between the cover element and the cushion material to thereby couple the cover element and the cushion material, and permit disengagement thereof from each other for placing the first fastener and second fastener in a separated condition between the cover element and the cushion material to thereby allow the cover element to be released from the cushion material; and
a slider configured to cause the mutual engagement and disengagement of the first engagement element and second engagement element, the slide being slidingly movable along the first and second engagement elements,
wherein the base portion of the second fastener is formed of an elongated planar material to provide an elongated planar base portion in the second fastener,
wherein the second fastener further includes an elongated rectangular base material having a first end provided with the second engagement element and a second end opposite to the first end,
wherein the elongated planar base portion of the second fastener is integrally fixed to the second end of the elongated rectangular base material to extend in a transverse direction of the elongated rectangular base material, and
wherein the elongated planar base portion is fixed to the cushion material in a direction along the recessed seam.

US Pat. No. 10,137,796

CONTROL SYSTEM FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION AND METHOD THEREOF

ABB Schweiz AG, Baden (C...

1. A control system for an electric vehicle charging station (EVCS) including a plurality of electric vehicle supply devices including a first electric vehicle supply device, the plurality of electric vehicle supply devices being structured to charge a plurality of electric vehicles, the control system comprising:a central controller configured to receive an ancillary service order from a power grid structured to request ancillary service during an ancillary service period, generate a plurality of coordinated ancillary service orders including a first coordinated ancillary service order, and distribute the plurality of coordinated ancillary service orders to a plurality of local controllers including a first local controller;
wherein the plurality of local controllers are each configured to control the plurality of electric vehicle supply devices in real time using the plurality of coordinated ancillary service orders so as to coordinate ancillary service to the power grid during the entire ancillary service period,
wherein each coordinated ancillary service order includes an ancillary service providing time period and a battery charging time period, and
wherein the ancillary service providing time period of the first coordinated ancillary service order includes a first time period during which the first local controller operates the first electric vehicle supply device so as to prepare for future ancillary service by regulating energy in a battery of an electric vehicle and a second time period during which the first local controller operates the first electric vehicle supply device so as to provide ancillary service following the first time period.

US Pat. No. 10,137,793

WIPER RING AND CHARGING PILE USING SAME

ScienBiziP Consulting(She...

1. A wiper ring configured for being applied in a charging pile, the wiper ring comprising:a ring body having a radial outer side surface and a radial inner side surface, the radial inner surface being opposite from the radial outer side surface in a radial direction of the ring body;
a mounting portion located on the radial outer side surface, the mounting portion being configured for coupling the wiper ring to the charging pile; and
a plurality of brushes arranged on the radial inner side surface of the ring body, each of the plurality of brushes having an end fixed to the radial inner side surface of the ring body and the other end, opposite to the end, facing a center of the ring body or a defined point of the ring body;
wherein the plurality of brushes cooperatively form a through-hole having a diameter for allowing a cable of the charging pile to pass through, and the diameter of the through-hole is less than that of the cable; and
wherein the mounting portion is a ring groove defined along a circumferential periphery of the radial outer side surface, the ring groove is plugged into by a sidewall of the cable through-hole.

US Pat. No. 10,137,791

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE CONVERTER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle converter, comprising the steps of:acquiring, by a controller, a required maximum voltage and a required minimum voltage of a first motor and a second motor using a required torque and a rotation speed of the first motor and the second motor;
acquiring, by the controller, voltage commands of the first motor and the second motor using the rotation speed and a magnetic flux of the first motor and the second motor;
acquiring, by the controller, a corrected voltage command using the voltage commands of the first motor and the second motor;
acquiring, by the controller, an output voltage command of the converter using the required maximum voltage and the required minimum voltage of the first motor and the second motor, the corrected voltage command, and a voltage of a battery; and
controlling, by the controller, an output voltage of the converter using the output voltage command of the converter,
wherein the step of acquiring the required maximum voltage and the required minimum voltage further comprises the steps of:
deriving the required maximum voltage of the first motor and the second motor from map data, an input of which is a product of the required torque and the rotation speed, and an output of which is the required maximum voltage; and
deriving the required minimum voltage of the first motor and the second motor from map data, an input of which is a product of the required torque and the rotation speed, and an output of which is the required minimum voltage, and
wherein the step of acquiring the corrected voltage command further comprises the steps of:
determining, by the controller, a greater voltage command by comparing the voltage command of the first motor with the voltage command of the second motor;
calculating, by the controller, a difference between the voltage command of the first motor and the voltage command of the second motor;
deriving, by the controller, a correction value from map data, an input of which is the difference between the voltage command of the first motor and the voltage command of the second motor, and an output of which is the correction value; and
acquiring, by the controller, the corrected voltage command by subtracting the correction value from the greater voltage command.

US Pat. No. 10,137,778

CONTENT STARTUP CONTROL DEVICE, CONTENT STARTUP METHOD, AND CONTENT STARTUP SYSTEM

Clarion Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A content startup control device comprising:a user interface that receives an instruction from a user to select a content among a plurality of contents of a different type;
an interface circuit that acquires current information from a vehicle and/or current information on traveling as a temporary vehicle information;
a memory that stores a recorded vehicle information, which is extracted from the temporary vehicle information acquired by the interface circuit when the content is selected or started up in response to the instruction received by the user interface, as a startup record of the content; and
a central processing unit that creates a startup condition under which the content is to be started up based on the startup record;
wherein, if the recorded vehicle information corresponds to the startup condition, the central processing unit proposes startup of a content related to the startup condition or starts up the content related to the startup condition; and
wherein the memory extracts a part of the temporary vehicle information as the recorded vehicle information depending on the type of the content.

US Pat. No. 10,137,761

INTEGRATED ROOF BOW AND HVAC DUCT WITH A HEADLINER PROVIDING A CLOSE-OUT WALL OF THE DUCT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A roof bow/air duct apparatus for a roof of a vehicle having right and left roof rails comprising:a plurality of transversely extending duct/bow portions assembled between the roof rails and defining an air inlet;
a longitudinally extending duct portion;
the duct/bow portions and the duct portion defining an air flow distributor; and
a headliner closing off a lower side of the distributor and including an air distribution vent.

US Pat. No. 10,137,758

VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONER

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A vehicle air conditioner comprising:a heat pump cycle including an inside heat exchanger performing heat exchange between a refrigerant and a blown air that is to be blown into a vehicle compartment, and a refrigerant-circuit switching device that switches between a refrigerant circuit of a cooling mode in which the blown air is cooled in the inside heat exchanger and a refrigerant circuit of a non-cooling mode in which the blown air passes through the inside heat exchanger without being cooled in the inside heat exchanger;
a blower that blows air as the blown air into the vehicle compartment through the inside heat exchanger; and
a refrigerant-circuit controller that selects the cooling mode or the non-cooling mode based on an air-conditioning load, the refrigerant-circuit controller controlling an operation of the refrigerant-circuit switching device, wherein
upon selecting the non-cooling mode, the refrigerant-circuit controller turns a cooling unallowable flag on,
only when the cooling unallowable flag is on, the refrigerant-circuit controller starts performing a cooling-mode unallowable control in which the refrigerant-circuit controller selects an air blowing mode instead of selecting the cooling mode, and
in the air blowing mode, the blower blows the blown air into the vehicle compartment while the inside heat exchanger does not perform heating or cooling of the blown air.

US Pat. No. 10,137,743

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR OPERATING A TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING DEVICE

1. A method for operating a tire pressure monitoring device which is mounted on a wheel of a vehicle provided with a pneumatic tire, the method comprising the steps of:providing the tire pressure monitoring device comprising:
a sensor, which delivers an electric output signal dependent on a tire pressure;
a transmitter, which transmits signals wirelessly in transmission intervals, between which in each case there is a first transmission pause, said signals containing information dependent on the output signal of the sensor;
a control device, which controls the sensor, the transmitter and the first transmission pause thereof;
a source, which provides electrical energy for the operation of the tire pressure monitoring device, wherein the electrical energy to be stored is generated in the tire pressure monitoring device using a generator as the source, the generator generating the electrical energy from the rolling movement of the wheel; and
a rechargeable electric accumulator, in which electrical energy delivered from the source is stored until it is required for the operation of the tire pressure monitoring device;
monitoring the state of charge of the rechargeable electric accumulator by a monitoring device provided in the tire pressure monitoring device; and
ending one or more of the first transmission pauses as soon as enough electrical energy is stored in the rechargeable electric accumulator to operate the tire pressure monitoring device between two successive first transmission pauses until the conclusion of a predetermined number of transmission processes, wherein the predetermined number of transmission process is greater than one.

US Pat. No. 10,137,723

GREETING CARD HAVING COMPRESSED OBJECT THEREIN AND METHOD OF SELECTIVELY CONTROLLING DEFORMATION THEREOF

Hallmark Cards, Incorpora...

1. A greeting card having a gift item of a temporarily reduced size, the greeting card comprising:a greeting card body having at least a front panel and a rear panel;
a transparent and flexible pouch coupled to the card body, wherein the transparent and flexible pouch is sealed under vacuum-pressure;
a plush item received in the transparent and flexible pouch and in a compressed state from the vacuum-pressure, the plush having a front surface and a rear surface; and
a transparent insert received in the transparent and flexible pouch, wherein the transparent insert is more rigid than the transparent and flexible pouch;
wherein the transparent insert comprises a front surface and a back surface, wherein a portion of the insert is positioned between the front surface of the plush item and a portion of the transparent and flexible pouch, wherein the front surface of the plush item is pressed up against the back surface of the transparent insert by the vacuum-pressure, and wherein the transparent insert minimizes deformation of the front surface of the plush item adjacent the back surface of the insert.

US Pat. No. 10,137,716

TAPE CARTRIDGE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A tape cartridge detachably installed in a tape printing apparatus having a cartridge installation portion on which the tape cartridge is installed, a tape feeding mechanism portion that feeds a printing tape from the installed tape cartridge, a ribbon feeding mechanism portion that feeds an ink ribbon in synchronization with the feeding of the printing tape, a printing head portion that performs printing on the printing tape and is configured to be movable between a printing position and a retracting position, a head cover that is provided on the cartridge installation portion in a projecting manner, covers the printing head while allowing the printing head to move, and has a plurality of corners, and a convex portion that is provided on one of the corners of the head cover and guides installation of the tape cartridge, the tape cartridge comprising:a platen roller that receives power from the tape feeding mechanism portion and faces the printing head portion in a state where the printing tape and the ink ribbon are disposed between the platen roller and the printing head at the printing position;
a winding up core that winds up the ink ribbon; and
a cartridge casing that accommodates the printing tape, the ink ribbon, the platen roller, and the winding up core,
wherein the cartridge casing includes an insertion opening in which the head cover is inserted when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion; and
wherein the insertion opening includes:
an inner wall portion including a first inner wall that is disposed at a printing tape accommodation side of the insertion opening and a second inner wall that is disposed at a winding up core side of the insertion opening; and
a facing portion that is a corner portion formed by the first inner wall and the second inner wall and faces the convex portion when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion.

US Pat. No. 10,137,678

ELECTRICAL POWER SOURCE FOR A 3D PRINTED OBJECT

Disney Enterprises, Inc.,...

1. A method comprising:integrating a first 3D object model with a second 3D object model to generate an integrated 3D printable model, the first 3D object model modeling a first object that is passive, the second 3D object model modeling an electrical power source receptacle that operably connects to an electrical power source that provides electrical power for operation of the first object, the second 3D object model comprising an electrical pathway from the electrical power source receptacle to an actuator of the 3D object;
printing a 3D object, with the actuator as a component, based upon the integrated 3D printable model such that the actuator interacts with the electrical power source to provide the electrical power to the first object; and
connecting the actuator to the electrical power source using the electrical pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,137,668

LAMINATED GLAZINGS WITH IMPROVED MOISTURE PROTECTION

RESEARCH FRONTIERS INCORP...

1. A laminated glazing including a moisture-sensitive functional insert included within said glazing, said laminated glazing comprising:a stack comprised of a plurality of glass or plastic plies, said plies joined together by interlayers located between said plies, wherein a central area of said stack comprises at least one optically clear interlayer,
said stack further including therein a moisture-sensitive functional insert, wherein the moisture-sensitive functional insert is a light valve selected from the group consisting of a suspended particle device, a film of polymer-dispersed liquid crystal, an electrochromic light-controlling material, a thermochromic light controlling material and an electrophoretic light-controlling material,
and wherein an inner perimeter of the laminated glazing is formed with a frame comprised of a hydrophobic moisture-resistant material, said frame having a thickness substantially corresponding to a combined thickness of the interlayers within said glazing plus the insert.

US Pat. No. 10,137,637

THREE DIMENSIONAL MOLD OBJECT MANUFACTURING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THREE DIMENSIONAL MOLD OBJECT, AND THREE DIMENSIONAL MOLD OBJECT

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A three dimensional mold object manufacturing apparatus adapted to manufacture a three dimensional mold object by repeatedly forming and layering layers using a composition including particles, the three dimensional mold object manufacturing apparatus comprising:a layer forming section including a stage and configured and arranged to form, on the stage, a first layer and a second layer that the layers include, using the composition, the layer forming section being configured and arranged to form the first layer with a first and second surfaces and a thickness between the first and second surfaces which is a predetermined thickness set in advance based on data of a shape of the three dimensional mold object, the second surface being positioned closer to the stage than the first surface; and
a bulge detecting unit configured and arranged to detect a presence or absence of a bulge, which protrudes from the first surface and has a height equal to or more than a predetermined height from the first surface of the first layer, on the first surface,
in response to the bulge detecting unit detecting the presence of the bulge that has the height equal to or more than the predetermined height, the layer forming section being configured and arranged to adjust a thickness of the second layer and form the second layer with the thickness that has been adjusted directly on the first layer,
in response to the bulge detecting unit detecting the absence of the bulge that has the height equal to or more than the predetermined height from the first surface, the layer forming section being configured and arranged to, based on the data, form the second layer with a thickness that is equal to that of the first layer which is the predetermined thickness directly on the first layer, without adjusting the thickness of the second layer.

US Pat. No. 10,137,618

DEVICE FOR PRODUCING PLASTICS PARTS HAVING INSERTS

Gerresheimer Regensburg G...

1. A device for producing plastics parts, comprising in each case at least one rod-shaped metal insert, which has a proximal end and a distal end having a ground surface, in an injection moulding process, comprising a first mould half element and a second mould half element, at least one of the mould half elements being movable along a closure direction such that in a closed position, the mould half elements together form a closed cavity for moulding a plastics part, the insert projecting at least in portions into the cavity in order to be overmoulded with plastics material and being substantially arranged between the mould half elements in a mould dividing plane which comprises a longitudinal direction and a width direction, wherein at least one of the mould half elements has at least one fixing means, by which the insert can be fixed in the width direction, and in that a positioning means is able to be arranged at the proximal end of the insert, by which the insert, which is fixed in the width direction, is able to be moved along the longitudinal direction into an injection position,wherein the positioning means comprises an end piece on which a slide core is arranged, wherein at least one of the mould half elements comprises an actuating surface and the end piece comprises at least one ramp surface, the end piece being movable, during a closure movement of the mould half elements, from a starting position into an end position due to a sliding movement of the at least one actuating surface on the at least one ramp surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,574

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM

Keyence Corporation, Osa...

1. An image processing apparatus comprising:a communication device capable of performing data communication with a robot controller that controls a motion of an end effector of the robot, wherein the robot controller is external from the image processing apparatus;
an imaging device that captures an image of a calibration target grasped by the end effector;
a command transmitting unit for transmitting to the robot controller a movement command in a common format to move the end effector to a plurality of predetermined positions so as to change a relative position of the calibration target, which becomes an imaging target, with respect to the imaging device, wherein the movement command in the common format is interpreted and converted to the movement command to the end effector in accordance with a type of the robot by a conversion program installed in the robot controller and wherein the movement command includes an order code and positions of movement destinations;
a movement coordinate acquiring unit for acquiring first coordinate values being each of position coordinates of the end effector having moved in accordance with the movement command to the end effector;
an imaging controlling unit for controlling an operation of the imaging device so as to capture an image of the calibration target at each movement destination, to which the end effector has moved;
an image detecting unit for detecting second coordinate values being position coordinates of the calibration target based on the image of the calibration target captured at each movement destination; and
a calibration executing unit for calculating a conversion rule between both of the coordinates based on the plurality of acquired first coordinate values and the plurality of detected second coordinate values;
wherein the conversion program is provided for each type of the robot, and when the movement command is received and the order code is detected in the movement command, the conversion program converts the positions of movement destinations to a movement command to the end effector in accordance with the type of the robot.

US Pat. No. 10,137,347

GOLF CLUBS AND GOLF CLUB HEADS HAVING A SENSOR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf club comprising:a shaft and a golf club head, the shaft having a first end connected to the golf club head and a second end connected to a grip;
a sensor connected to the golf club, the sensor comprising:
an inertial measurement unit, the inertial measurement unit comprising an accelerometer capable of measuring linear accelerations along a first axis, along a second axis, and along a third axis and a gyroscope capable of measuring an angular rate of rotation about the first axis, about the second axis, and about the third axis, wherein the first axis, the second axis, and the third axis comprise an orthogonally oriented sensor coordinate system;
a processor; and
a non-transitory computer readable medium storing computer readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to at least:
acquire linear acceleration data from the accelerometer of the inertial measurement unit, wherein the linear acceleration data is taken at a constant sampling rate;
acquire angular rate of rotation data from the gyroscope of the inertial measurement unit, wherein the angular rate of rotation data is taken at a constant sampling rate;
transform the linear acceleration data into transformed linear acceleration data with respect to a golf club coordinate system that comprises a fourth axis is oriented in a heel-to-toe direction, a fifth axis is oriented in a front-to-back direction, and a sixth axis is oriented in a bottom-to-top direction;
transform the angular rate of rotation data into transformed angular rate of rotation data with respect to the golf club coordinate system;
calculate an orientation of the golf club from the transformed linear acceleration data;
compare the calculated orientation of the golf club to a first set of predetermined criteria, wherein the first set of predetermined criteria corresponds to the golf club being oriented in a rational golf club address position and wherein the first set of predetermined criteria is satisfied when the calculated orientation of the golf club matches the rational golf club address position;
upon determining that the first set of predetermined criteria is satisfied, compare the transformed angular rate of rotation data to a second set of predetermined criteria, wherein the second set of predetermined criteria comprises a range of transformed angular rate of rotation values and wherein the second set of predetermined criteria is satisfied when the transformed angular rate of rotation data falls within the range of transformed angular rate of rotation values;
upon determining that the second set of predetermined criteria is satisfied, output an indication that the golf club is in the rational golf club address position and an indication that the transformed angular rate of rotation data represent a golf swing, and calculate a slope of the transformed angular rate of rotation data about the fourth axis, the fifth axis, and the sixth axis;
compare the slope of the angular rate of rotation data around the fourth axis and the sixth axis to a third set of predetermined criteria, wherein the third set of predetermined criteria comprises a fourth axis specified slope of angular rate of rotation and a sixth axis specified slope of angular rate of rotation and wherein the third set of predetermined criteria is satisfied when the slope of the transformed angular rate of rotation data around the fourth axis is greater than the fourth axis specified slope of angular rate of rotation and the slope of the transformed angular rate of rotation data around the sixth axis is greater than the sixth axis specified slope of angular rate of rotation;
upon determining that the third set of predetermined criteria is satisfied, compare the slope of the angular rate of rotation data around the fifth axis to a fourth set of predetermined criteria;
wherein the fourth set of predetermined criteria comprises a fifth axis specified slope of angular rate of rotation, and wherein the fourth set of predetermined criteria is satisfied if the slope of the transformed angular rate of rotation data around the fifth axis is less than the fifth axis specified slope of angular rate of rotation;
upon determining that the fourth set of predetermined criteria is satisfied, compare the transformed linear acceleration data along the fifth axis to a fifth set of predetermined criteria, wherein the fifth set of predetermined criteria comprises a specified linear acceleration value along the fifth axis, and wherein the fifth set of predetermined criteria is satisfied if the linear acceleration data is greater than the specified linear acceleration value along the fifth axis;
upon determining that the fifth set of predetermined criteria is satisfied, compare the transformed angular rate of rotation data around the fourth axis to a sixth set of predetermined criteria, wherein the sixth set of predetermined criteria comprises a specified value for angular rate of rotation about the fourth axis and wherein the sixth set of predetermined criteria is satisfied if the angular rate of rotation data around the fourth axis is greater than the specified value for the angular rate of rotation about the fourth axis; and
upon determining that the sixth set of predetermined criteria is satisfied, transmit a signal that an impact between a golf ball and the golf club has occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,137,304

MEDICAL DEVICE WITH MULTIPLE CHANNEL INDEPENDENT RATE CONTROL

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method for delivering electrical stimulation therapy to a patient, the method comprising:delivering, by a stimulation generation circuit, first electrical stimulation pulses at a first programmed rate on a first channel; and
delivering, by the same stimulation generation circuit, second electrical stimulation pulses at a second programmed rate on a second channel, wherein the second programmed rate is different than the first programmed rate, and wherein the second programmed rate is independent of the first programmed rate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,301

MULTI-CARRIER PROCESSING IN AUDITORY PROSTHETIC DEVICES

Ohio State Innovation Fou...

1. A method for multi-carrier processing in an auditory prosthetic device, comprising:receiving an audio signal comprising multiple signals, each signal produced by an independent source;
identifying at least a first signal and a second signal in the received audio signal;
dividing the first signal into one or more frequency bands;
dividing the second signal into the one or more frequency bands, wherein the one or more frequency bands include a matching frequency band that is the same for both the first and second signals;
generating a first carrier signal and a second carrier signal for the matching frequency band;
dynamically adjusting an amplitude of the first carrier signal based on the first signal in the matching frequency band or a signal envelope associated with the first signal in the matching frequency band;
dynamically adjusting an amplitude of the second carrier signal based on the second signal in the matching frequency band or a signal envelope associated with the second signal in the matching frequency band;
adding the amplitude-adjusted first and second carrier signals associated with the matching frequency band; and
delivering the summed amplitude-adjusted first and second carrier signals associated with the matching frequency band to at least one electrode associated with an auditory prosthetic device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,297

DETECTING VENTRICULAR LEAD DISLODGEMENT DURING ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method of detecting dislodgement of a ventricular lead coupled to an implantable medical device, the method comprising:sensing, by sensing circuitry of the implantable medical device, a near-field cardiac signal via the ventricular lead;
detecting, by processing circuitry, a ventricular fibrillation episode based on the sensed near-field cardiac signal;
determining, by the processing circuitry, an amount of variability of detected RR intervals and an amplitude of the near-field cardiac signal in response to the ventricular fibrillation episode being detected;
detecting, by the processing circuitry, dislodgement of the ventricular lead based on the amount of variability satisfying a variability threshold and the amplitude satisfying an amplitude threshold; and
withholding, by the processing circuitry, delivery of a ventricular defibrillation therapy by the implantable medical device to treat the detected ventricular fibrillation based on detecting the dislodgement of the ventricular lead.

US Pat. No. 10,137,294

FLOW BASED PRESSURE ISOLATION AND FLUID DELIVERY SYSTEM INCLUDING FLOW BASED PRESSURE ISOLATION AND FLOW INITIATING MECHANISM

BAYER HEALTHCARE LLC, Wh...

1. A method of protecting a pressure transducer from fluid pressure damage using a pressure isolation mechanism comprising an inlet port, an isolation port, and an internal cavity wherein a free floating, fluid flow responsive valve member is disposed and adapted to engage a seal seat in the internal cavity, and a flow initiating mechanism is associated with the isolation port, the method comprising:associating the pressure transducer with the isolation port;
placing a pressurizing device for delivering fluid under pressure in fluid connection with the inlet port;
actuating the pressurizing device to cause fluid flow in the inlet port such that the free floating, fluid flow responsive valve member engages the seal seat to attain a closed position, to prevent fluid flow between the inlet port and the isolation port, and to prevent overpressure in the isolation port; and
reading hemodynamic pressure signals with the pressure transducer transmitted at least in part through a body of the valve member or a portion thereof in the closed position,
wherein upon actuation of the pressurizing device, the flow initiating mechanism initiates flow around the valve member such that the valve member operates to the closed position upon fluid flow initiation.

US Pat. No. 10,137,282

STRETCH VALVE BALLOON CATHETER AND METHODS FOR PRODUCING AND USING SAME

Mayser, LLC, Fort Lauder...

1. A safety catheter, comprising:a flexible, multi-lumen shaft having an outer diameter, a distal tip, and a proximal catheter end with a drain end, the multi-lumen shaft defining:
a drain lumen extending through the shaft and shaped to drain fluid adjacent the distal tip proximally through the drain lumen and out the drain end;
a distal hollow balloon portion defining a balloon interior and having at least one inflation port fluidically connected to the balloon interior, the balloon portion inflating outwardly to a diameter greater than the outer diameter of the shaft when inflated with inflation fluid;
at least one inflation lumen parallel to the drain lumen and fluidically connected to the balloon interior through the at least one inflation port, the at least one inflation lumen shaped to inflate the balloon interior with the inflation fluid; and
a balloon drainage port fluidically connecting the balloon interior to the drain lumen; and
a stretch valve having:
a body removably disposed in the balloon drainage port and shaped to prevent fluid from passing through the balloon drainage port when disposed in the balloon drainage port; and
a connector:
fixedly attached to the body;
fixedly attached at a location adjacent the proximal catheter end; and
extending proximally from the body such that:
in a steady state, the stretch valve prevents the inflation fluid from passing through the balloon drainage port; and
in a stretched state when the proximal catheter end is stretched, the connector causes the body to remove from the balloon drainage port to permit the inflation fluid in the balloon interior to pass through the balloon drainage port and into the drain lumen.

US Pat. No. 10,137,086

LIPID-DERIVED NEUTRAL NANOPARTICLES

Translate Bio, Inc., Lex...

1. A composition comprising a lipid nanoparticle having an overall neutral surface charge and encapsulating negatively charged mRNA encoding cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein, wherein said lipid nanoparticle is made by a method comprising the steps of:(a) encapsulating said negatively charged mRNA encoding cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein within a lipid nanoparticle, wherein the lipid nanoparticle comprises:
a cationic lipid, the cationic lipid comprising a polar head-group bound to a lipophilic tail-group via a linker group, the polar head-group being exposed on the surface of the lipid nanoparticle, and the linker group being susceptible to chemical or enzymatic cleavage;
a PEG-modified lipid;
one or more non-cationic lipids that is zwitterionic or anionic; and
one or more non-cationic lipids that is neutral;
and
(b) exposing the lipid nanoparticle to chemical or enzymatic cleavage thereby releasing the polar head-group from the surface of the lipid nanoparticle to provide an overall neutral surface charge to the lipid nanoparticle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,037

REDUCED-PRESSURE, TUNNEL-WOUND DRESSINGS, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS

KCI Licensing, Inc., San...

1. A method to treat a tunnel wound or fistula, the method comprising:providing a dressing, wherein the dressing comprises:
a distal end, a proximal end, and a longitudinal profile between the distal end and the proximal end, wherein a length of the dressing between the distal end and the proximal end is greater than a width of the dressing,
a longitudinal core member formed from a closed-cell foam and configured to expand under reduced pressure, and
a first longitudinal concentric member formed from an open-cell foam, wherein the first longitudinal concentric member is concentrically disposed on a circumference of the longitudinal core member;
inserting the distal end of the dressing into the tunnel wound or the fistula such that the distal end is positioned proximate to a bottom of the tunnel wound or the fistula and the proximal end of the dressing is positioned proximate to an opening of the tunnel wound or the fistula, wherein a gap is formed between the dressing and an inner wall of the tunnel wound or the fistula;
delivering the reduced pressure to the dressing to expand the longitudinal core member and to cause an outer circumference of the dressing to contact the inner wall of the tunnel wound or the fistula, wherein the first longitudinal concentric member compresses upon contact with the inner wall of the tunnel wound or the fistula; and
removing the reduced pressure to retract the dressing away from the inner wall of the tunnel wound or the fistula.

US Pat. No. 10,137,029

ANTI-SNORING DEVICE

1. An anti-snoring device, comprising:a housing having a front side, a rear side, and at least one sidewall extending therebetween;
a speaker disposed on the front side of the housing;
a microphone disposed on the front side of the housing;
wherein the speaker and microphone are disposed on the front side such that the speaker and microphone are facing a same direction;
a memory disposed within the housing;
wherein the memory is configured to store a plurality of audio files thereon;
a microprocessor operably connected to the memory;
a logic stored in the memory that, when executed by the microprocessor, causes the anti-snoring device to perform a method, the method comprising:
receiving an audio signal detected by the microphone;
determining if the audio signal matches one of a first set of audio files representing the sound of human snoring within a pre-defined certainty;
selecting one of a second set of audio files stored on the memory; and
playing the selected audio file of the second set of audio files through the speaker at a volume between 40-50 dB;
a power source disposed within the housing, wherein the power source is configured to provide power to the microprocessor, the memory, the speaker, and the microphone.

US Pat. No. 10,137,009

EXPANDABLE INTERVERTEBRAL FUSION DEVICES AND METHODS OF INSTALLATION THEREOF

Globus Medical, Inc., Au...

1. An expandable fusion system comprising an expandable spinal implant having a distal end configured to lead into a space between adjacent vertebral bodies and a proximal end configured to trail the distal end, comprising:a body member comprising a first end section, a second end section, and a cavity therebetween, the first end section comprising a first bore and the second end section comprising a second bore;
a driving member, disposed on the distal end of the expandable spinal implant, the driving member comprising a tapered section configured to aid insertion of the expandable implant into the space between the intervertebral bodies;
a first endplate configured to engage the body member and the driving member;
a second endplate configured to engage the body member and the driving member; and
an actuator assembly comprising an actuation screw, the actuation screw comprising a head and a threaded body, wherein the head is configured to be completely contained between the first endplate and the second endplate,
wherein the driving member comprises a threaded bore extending longitudinally therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,136,999

SURGICAL IMPLANT, AND ASSOCIATED INSTALLATION TOOL, SURGICAL KIT AND METHOD OF PRODUCTION

IN2BONES, Ecully (FR)

1. A surgical implant (1) for correcting the mutual positioning or orientation of the bones of a patient designed to be inserted between at least two bone bodies (2, 3) of said patient, said surgical implant (1) comprising:a main body (5) extending along a longitudinal axis (X-X?) between a proximal end (6) and a distal end (7) of said main body (5),
a plurality of fins (9), each fin (9) being provided with a junction edge (10) connecting said fin (9) to said main body (5), such that said fins (9) protrude from said main body (5) from the respective junction edge (10) thereof, which substantially extends in a junction plane (Pj) whose normal is formed by said longitudinal axis (X-X?),
the surgical implant (1) being characterized in that each fin (9) has a sufficient flexibility so that it can be deformed along a direction centripetal and/or parallel to the longitudinal axis (X-X?) under the action of at least one of the bone bodies (2, 3) when said surgical implant (1) is inserted between said bone bodies (2, 3),
each fin (9) being provided with a free edge (11) and each fin comprising a portion extending between the junction edge (10) and the free edge (11), each fin (9) having at least:
one portion of constant width (12) along which the free edge (11) and the junction edge (10) are separated by a first distance (d1) substantially constant along said portion of constant width (12) and,
one flat portion (13), along which the free edge (11) and the junction edge (10) are separated by a second distance (d2) lower than the first distance (d1).

US Pat. No. 10,136,989

PROSTHETIC IMPLANT DEVICES

Omega Ophthalmics LLC, V...

1. A prosthetic implant device for insertion into a natural capsular bag of an eye after removal of a cataract, the natural capsular bag having a volume prior to removal of the cataract, wherein said prosthetic implant device is adapted to contain an intraocular lens, said prosthetic implant device comprising an anterior surface including an opening configured to remain open in the eye, and a posterior surface, wherein at least a portion of said posterior surface is a refractive surface, wherein the refractive surface has a non-zero diopter optical power and wherein said prosthetic implant device is configured to mechanically maintain substantially the volume of the natural capsular bag.

US Pat. No. 10,136,949

GATHERING AND ANALYZING DATA FOR ROBOTIC SURGICAL SYSTEMS

Ethicon LLC, Guaynabo, P...

1. A system for facilitating performance of surgical procedures, comprising:a memory configured to store a model profile indicating a suggested setup of a model robotic surgical system for a model surgical procedure, wherein the suggested setup includes a recommendation of an attachment location of each of a plurality of moveable arms of a robotic surgical system to a stationary item, the robotic surgical system to be used in performance of a surgical procedure after the storing of the model profile, wherein the suggested setup includes a recommendation of an initial position of each of the arms of the robotic surgical system, and wherein the arms are each configured to couple to one of a plurality of surgical instruments; and
a processor configured to, after the plurality of movable arms have been attached to the stationary item in accordance with the recommendation of the attachment location, drive one or more motors of the robotic surgical system to be used in performance of the surgical procedure on a patient and thereby move one or more of the plurality of movable arms such that the one or more of the plurality of movable arms are automatically positioned in accordance with the recommendation of the initial position of each of the arms;
wherein the processor is also configured to:
receive movement data indicative of movement of the arms during performance of the surgical procedure on the patient,
after performance of the surgical procedure, modify the model profile based on the received movement data, and
store the modified model profile in the memory.

US Pat. No. 10,136,945

ABLATION CATHETER WITH LIGHT-BASED CONTACT SENSORS

BIOSENSE WEBSTER (ISRAEL)...

1. A catheter, comprising:an elongated body;
an expandable element at a distal end of the elongated body;
at least one electrode disposed on the expandable body;
at least one contact sensor disposed on the expandable element and adjacent to the at least one electrode;
at least one light emitting element electrically connected to the contact sensor; and
a light sensor, the light sensor configured to receive a light signal from the at least one light emitting element.

US Pat. No. 10,136,934

BONE TREATMENT SYSTEMS AND METHODS

DFine, Inc., South Jorda...

1. A bone treatment system comprising:a bone fill material injector configured to be at least partially introduced into a bone;
a handle comprising a flow passageway for a flow of bone fill material, and a thermal energy emitter disposed within the handle, the handle operatively coupled to the injector, the thermal energy emitter configured for delivering energy to the flow of the bone fill material within the flow passageway, wherein the flow passageway extends through the handle in a first direction and curves and extends in a second direction, substantially perpendicular to the first direction, forming a non-linear pathway through the handle, and wherein the thermal energy emitter at least partially encompasses a portion of the flow passageway and is disposed along the second direction near an outlet of the handle;
a sensor system, wherein the sensor system comprises a sensor configured to measure a rate of the flow of the bone fill material within the flow passageway; and
an electronic controller configured to modulate the delivery of the energy from the thermal energy emitter to the flow of the bone fill material based at least in part on a rate measurement from the sensor to achieve a desired bone fill material viscosity.

US Pat. No. 10,136,919

EXTERNAL FIXATOR ASSEMBLY

GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC., Au...

1. An external fixator assembly comprising:a first clamp assembly, wherein the first clamp assembly comprises a first upper member and a first lower member operably connected to one another, wherein the first upper member and the first lower member form a first slot in opposition to a second slot;
a second clamp assembly, wherein the second clamp assembly comprises a second upper member and a second lower member operably connected to one another, wherein the second upper member and the second lower member form a third slot in opposition to a fourth slot forming a pin or rod free zone having a first flat surface and a second flat surface that form a V-opening relative to one another such that a pin or rod would not be retained therein;
a rod received within the first slot or second slot of the first clamp assembly;
a pin received within the third slot of the second clamp assembly, wherein the pin is sized and configured to extend into a tibial bone.

US Pat. No. 10,136,869

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CHARACTERIZING A CENTRAL AXIS OF A BONE FROM A 3D ANATOMICAL IMAGE

PerkinElmer Health Scienc...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a processor of a computing device, a 3-D image of one or more bones, comprising at least a portion of a bone of interest, of a mammal;
isolating, by the processor, the bone of interest from the one or more bones in the 3-D image;
generating, by the processor, a binary bone mask of the bone of interest;
generating, by the processor, a filled bone mask for the bone of interest using the binary bone mask;
generating, by the processor, a skeleton of the bone of interest by 3D thinning to produce a plurality of branches that include a branch corresponding to a 3-D central axis representing a medial path through the bone of interest; and
generating, by the processor, a pruned skeleton comprising the branch corresponding to the 3-D central axis.

US Pat. No. 10,136,807

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY SYSTEM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography system comprising:an interferometer which includes single mode fibers and a plurality of polarization controllers, wherein at least one of the plurality of polarization controllers is disposed on each of the fibers of the interferometer, which include a fiber for a sample light beam, a fiber for a reference light beam, and a fiber for a detection light beam; and
an image forming unit which determines a pixel value from a data set consisting of two orthogonal polarization components simultaneously obtained at substantially identical spatial positions of an object,
wherein a measurement light beam has a static single polarization state.