US Pat. No. 10,556,452

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF POSITIONING SUPPORT SECTION

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A printing apparatus comprising:a print section configured to perform printing onto a medium;
a support section configured to support the medium;
a base section to which the support section is attached; and
a contact section configured to be attached to the base section so as to be movable to come into contact with the support section and being configured such that a position of a support section side of the contact section with respect to the base section is not changed when the support section is detached from the base section following positioning of the contact section in contact with the support section, wherein the contact section is configured to be moved from a support section side of the contact section.

US Pat. No. 10,556,450

INK JET RECORDING METHOD AND INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,556,444

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS AND NON-TRANSITORY COMPUTER-READABLE MEDIUM STORING IMAGE PROCESSING PROGRAM

BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI K...

1. An image processing apparatus for a printing apparatus which is configured to perform printing by using a plurality of nozzles, the plurality of nozzles being located at mutually different positions from each other in a first direction and the plurality of nozzles including a first nozzle and a second nozzle,the image processing apparatus comprising a controller configured to perform:
acquiring scan data indicating a scan image; and
generating a plurality of parameters corresponding to the plurality of nozzles, respectively, by using the scan data, each of the plurality of parameters indicating jetting characteristic of a coloring material from one of the plurality of nozzles corresponding thereto,
wherein the scan data is generated by optically reading a sheet on which a specific color image represented by a specific color has been printed by the printing apparatus,
wherein the specific color image is printed on the sheet by using a specific color image data indicating the specific color image,
wherein the scan image includes:
a first specific color area, the first specific color area indicating a first part included in the specific color image and being printed by using the first nozzle, the first specific color area comprising pixels that are located separately, in a second direction parallel to the first direction in the printing apparatus, from a background color area indicating a background color of the sheet;
a second specific color area, the second specific color area indicating a second part included in the specific color image and being printed by using the first nozzle, the second specific color area comprising pixels that are located adjacent, in the second direction, to the background color area indicating the background color of the sheet, a distance in the second direction from the background color area of the sheet to the pixels of the first specific color area of the sheet being larger than a distance in the second direction from the background color area of the sheet to the pixels of the second specific color area of the sheet, wherein the first part being printed by using the first nozzle and the second part being printed by using the first nozzle are located in the same coordinates in the second direction within the scan image; and
a third specific color area, the third specific color area indicating a third part included in the specific color image and being printed by using the second nozzle, the third specific color area comprising pixels that are located adjacent, in the second direction, to the background color area indicating the background color of the sheet, the third specific color area indicating the third part including a pixel located at an end of the specific color image in the second direction, and
wherein in a case that the controller performs generating the plurality of parameters, the controller is configured to perform:
evaluating a difference between a color of the first part being printed by using the first nozzle and a color of the second part being printed by using the first nozzle, based on a value of a first pixel within the first specific color area and a value of a second pixel within the second specific color area; and
generating a parameter included in the plurality of parameters and corresponding to the second nozzle, by using a result of the evaluation of the difference between the color of the first part and the color of the second part and a value of a third pixel within the third specific color area.

US Pat. No. 10,556,435

INK JET RECORDING APPARATUS

ROLAND DG CORPORATION, S...

1. An ink jet recording apparatus comprising:an ink head including a nozzle that discharges a sedimentation ink onto a recording medium;
a pivot mechanism that pivots an ink cartridge housing an ink pack containing a sedimentation ink; and
a controller that controls the pivot mechanism; wherein the controller is configured or programmed to include:
a measurer that measures a stationary time of the ink cartridge;
an ink agitation degree determiner that determines an ink agitation degree based on at least the stationary time, the ink agitation degree being a degree of ink agitation necessary for the ink cartridge;
a memory that stores first data defining a relationship between the ink agitation degree determined by the ink agitation degree determiner and a pivot angle of the ink cartridge from an initial position;
an angle determiner that determines the pivot angle based on the ink agitation degree determined by the ink agitation degree determiner and the first data; and
a controller that controls the pivot mechanism to perform a first operation of causing the ink cartridge to pivot in a first direction by the determined pivot angle so that the ink cartridge pivots from the initial position to a first pivot position and then perform a second operation of causing the ink cartridge to pivot in a second direction opposite to the first direction so that the ink cartridge returns from the first pivot position to the initial position;
a first pivot angle that is the pivot angle when the ink agitation degree is less than a first value is smaller than a second pivot angle that is the pivot angle when the ink agitation degree is the first value or more; and
when the ink cartridge pivots from the initial position to the first pivot position, a first end of the ink cartridge is located below a second end of the ink cartridge, and when the ink cartridge pivots from the first pivot position to the initial position, the first end of the ink cartridge is at a level identical to or above the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,556,398

ARRAYS AND METHODS OF MANUFACTURE

Digital Sensing Limited, ...

1. A microarray structure including:a substrate material layer;
a continuous three-dimensional (3D) surface layer on the substrate material layer that:
is formed from an electrically conductive material and comprises a first electrode; and
includes accurately defined and functionalisable isolated areas having millimeter to nanometer sized tips on the 3D surface layer,
wherein the tips are interconnected within the microarray structure by the 3D surface layer, and wherein the tips protrude through, are exposed above, and are isolated by, an inert material between the accurately defined and functionalisable isolated areas;
a counter electrode electrically isolated from the first electrode within the microarray structure; and
a conductive electrolytic solution;
wherein when the microarray structure contacts the conductive solution and current is passed between the counter electrode and the first electrode, the current passes via the conductive solution; and
wherein the inert material is on the 3D surface layer and is separated from the substrate layer by the 3D surface layer.

US Pat. No. 10,556,390

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DIRECTIONAL ALIGNMENT OF NANOFIBERS IN A POROUS MEDIUM

University of South Alaba...

1. A method of directionally aligning nanofibers in a porous medium, comprising:establishing a source of a fluid matrix, the fluid matrix comprising a nanofiber dispersion;
contacting the porous medium with the fluid matrix;
positioning the porous medium against a permeable shaping tool, thereby causing the porous medium to at least partially conform to a curved surface of the permeable shaping tool;
moving the porous medium around a center of curvature for the curved surface; and
controlling a pressure within the permeable shaping tool thereby causing the fluid matrix to flow radially through the porous medium and the curved surface relative to the center of curvature such that nanofibers of the nanofiber dispersion within the porous medium are aligned by radial flow of the fluid matrix through the porous medium as the porous medium is moving around the center of curvature.

US Pat. No. 10,556,363

ELECTRIC STAPLER

NINGBO WEISHU STATIONERY ...

1. An electric stapler, comprising: a base and a press portion articulated to the base, whereinthe press portion is provided with, in sequence from down to up, a staple channel assembly configured to receive a staple, a staple pressing plate assembly configured to press downwards the staple, and a drive assembly;
a position of the drive assembly keeps fixed relative to a casing of the press portion, the staple channel assembly and the staple pressing plate assembly are rotatable relative to the casing of the press portion; and
the drive assembly comprises a power unit and an execution component connected to the power unit to press downwards or raise the staple pressing plate assembly; and
wherein the staple pressing plate assembly comprises:
a fixed plate extending axially along the base;
a staple pressing plate arranged at a front end of the fixed plate and extending vertically downwards;
a return stroke ring having an arched shape and arranged on an upper surface of the fixed plate; and
a press plate arranged at the upper surface of the fixed plate and located within an area of the return stroke ring; and
wherein the execution component comprises:
a drive wheel; and
a press wheel arranged at the drive wheel and capable of abutting against the press plate and the return stroke ring;
when the drive wheel rotates in a first direction press wheel presses downwards the press plate, to drive the staple pressing plate assembly to press downwards the staple channel assembly; and
when the press wheel is separated from the press plate and the drive wheel continues to rotate in the first direction, the press wheel abuts against an inner wall of the top of the return stroke ring and drives the staple pressing plate assembly to move in a direction away from the staple channel assembly; and
the electric stapler further comprises a MCU (Microcontroller Unit), a first switch, a second switch, a first drive circuit and a second drive circuit, wherein
the first switch is arranged at the press portion, the drive wheel is provided with a contact protrusion, when the drive wheel rotates to abut the contact protrusion against a press-button of the first switch, the first switch is turned-on, and when the contact protrusion is separated from the press-button, the first switch is turned-off;
the second switch is arranged below a staple outlet of the staple channel assembly, and when papers touch the second switch, the second switch is turned-on, and when the papers do not touch the second switch the second switch is turned-off;
the first switch and the second switch are connected to two input pins of the MCU respectively;
a first end of the first drive circuit and a first end of the second drive circuit are connected to two output pins of the MCU respectively, a second end of the first drive circuit is connected to a first end of the power unit, a second end of the second drive circuit is connected to a second end of the power unit, and the second end of the first drive circuit is in communication with the second end of the second drive circuit;
a first ground electrode and a first voltage electrode are connected between the first end of the first drive circuit and the second end of the first drive circuit, a second ground electrode and a second voltage electrode are connected between the first end of the second drive circuit and the second end of the second drive circuit; and
when the first switch is turned-on and the second switch is turned-off, the power unit keeps still, when the first switch is turned-on and the second switch is turned-on, the power unit is rotated in a first direction, and when the first switch is turned-off and the second switch is turned-on, the power unit is rotated in a second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,556,360

FLAT PAPER PUNCH

American Crafts, L.C., L...

1. A punch capable of punching a sheet of material, the punch comprising:a punch body having a bottom portion with a surface upon which the punch body rests during use of the punch, an upper portion over the bottom portion, and a fissure, laterally disposed between the bottom portion and the upper portion and capable of receiving the sheet of material;
a lever pivotably coupled adjacent to a rear of the punch body, the lever having an open position in which a nose of the lever is spaced apart from a front of the upper portion of the punch body and a closed position in which the nose is adjacent to the front of the upper portion of the punch body and the lever is oriented parallel to an orientation of the punch body, the nose including an underside with a receptacle; a punch block;
having an upper surface, the punch block positionable between the lever and the punch body and movable along a first axis generally perpendicular to the fissure; and
a locking mechanism accessible and operable from the surface upon which the punch body rests during use of the punch, the locking mechanism comprising a slide at least partially recessed in a front of the bottom portion of the punch and a hook latch associated with the slide, the slide being movable between an unlocked position and a locking position, the hook latch capable of engaging the receptacle of the lever when the lever is depressed to the closed position.

US Pat. No. 10,556,359

UNIFIED PUNCH INFLATION AND SEALING TOOL

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A tool for introducing fluid into a sealed volume comprising:an electrode having an outer circumference and an inner circumference, the inner circumference defining a volume within the electrode, the electrode being mechanically coupled to a base at a first end of the electrode, the electrode being open at a second end;
an actuator mechanically coupled to the base;
a punch having a punch head, the punch being coupled to the actuator, the punch head residing within the volume in the electrode in a first punch position and being outside of the volume of the electrode in a second punch position, the punch head comprising a punch edge defining a perimeter, a surface of the punch within the perimeter of the punch edge being concave and defining a punch volume, an average depth of the punch volume being less than an average diameter of the punch edge; and
a first fluid delivery conduit, the first fluid delivery conduit being in fluid communication with the volume in the electrode and in fluid communication with the opening at the second end of the electrode.

US Pat. No. 10,556,355

FOOD PUSHERS AND FOOD HOLDER SYSTEMS AND MANDOLINES INCORPORATING THE SAME

DKB HOUSEHOLD UK LIMITED,...

1. A food pusher for moving food relative to a work surface, the food pusher comprising a support and a food pusher wall for pushing food relative to the work surface, the food pusher wall comprising a first pusher wall arranged to push food across the work surface and a second pusher wall for pushing food down onto the work surface, wherein the first pusher wall has a non-circular cross-section comprising a jaw-shaped wall portion, wherein the food pusher wall is biased downwardly away from the support by a bias, and wherein the first and second pusher walls are coupled to one another, formed integral with one another, or both.

US Pat. No. 10,556,350

ASSEMBLY BODY MANUFACTURING DEVICE AND ASSEMBLY BODY MANUFACTURING METHOD

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

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

US Pat. No. 10,556,326

SPEED CLAMP FOR T-SLOTTED STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS

Voytas Inc, Syracuse, NY...

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

US Pat. No. 10,556,325

RATCHETING CLAMP

Gary A. Cheney, Coon Rap...

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

US Pat. No. 10,556,324

TRIMMER BLADE MODIFIER

1. An apparatus for modifying a trimmer blade, the apparatus comprising in combination:a base;
a grinder held by said base;
said base including an underside opposite a top surface, said grinder accessible by the trimmer blade through said top surface; said underside having lowermost portions in a common plane to allow said underside to rest firmly upon a flat surface; and
wherein said base is elongate in form with a slit in said top surface, said slit elongate in form and oriented with ends of said slit adjacent to ends of said base defining a longest dimension of said base, said base longer than said slit between said ends of said base with finger purchase areas between each of said ends of said slit and said ends of said base.

US Pat. No. 10,556,322

ABRASIVE FLAP DISC INCLUDING WEARABLE BACKING PLATE

SAINT-GOBAIN ABRASIVES, I...

1. An abrasive flap disc comprising:a wearable backing plate; and
a plurality of abrasive flaps concentrically disposed about a periphery of the wearable backing plate, wherein the wearable backing plate comprises:
a first wearable polymeric layer;
a first reinforcing layer; and
a second reinforcing layer, wherein the first wearable polymeric layer is disposed between the first reinforcing layer and the second reinforcing layer;
wherein the abrasive flap disc comprises a minimum burst speed of at least 15,000 rpm to not greater than 30,000 rpm, a flexural stiffness of at least 760 MPa, and a flexural strength of at least 200 N.

US Pat. No. 10,556,319

GRINDER AND COVER

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A cover configured to at least partially cover a tool accessory mounted on a spindle of a grinder, the spindle protruding downward from a housing, the cover comprising:a first cover part that is provided in a circumferential direction of the spindle, is fixed to the housing, and is configured to at least partially cover the tool accessory from above;
and a second cover part that is held by the first cover part such that the second cover part is movable relative to the first cover part;
wherein:
an area of the tool accessory covered by the cover changes in accordance with movement of the second cover part relative to the first cover part;
the second cover part is pivotable with respect to the first cover part around a specific axis that is nonparallel to an axial direction of the spindle;
the specific axis lies along a plane that is perpendicular to the axial direction of the spindle,
the first cover part includes an upper-part structure that extends across a first portion of an area directly above the tool accessory; and a lower-part structure that extends across a second portion of an area directly below the tool accessory; and
the upper-part structure includes:
a first part that overlaps the lower-part structure; and
a second part that does not overlap the lower-part structure;
the second cover part is pivotable between a first position and a second position with respect to the first cover part, wherein, at the first position, a portion of the area directly below the tool accessory not covered by the first cover part is at least partially covered by the second cover part, and, at the second position, a portion of the area directly above the tool accessory not covered by the first cover part is at least partially covered by the second cover part; and
the second cover part, at the first position, extends directly below the tool accessory and directly below the second part of the upper-part structure, and covers substantially an entirety of the second part from below when the spindle is located below the housing.

US Pat. No. 10,556,303

HEAT EXCHANGER, AIR CONDITIONER AND EXTERNAL UNIT

KYOSHIN KOGYO CO., LTD., ...

1. A heat exchanger, comprising:a plurality of heat radiating fins;
end plates sandwiching the plurality of heat radiating fins; and
a tube inserted to each of the end plates, wherein
the heat exchanger is manufactured by:
causing a gripping body base having a gripping body to move toward the heat exchanger, the gripping body having a plurality of tube contacting members, the tube contacting members capable of covering the tube and capable of expanding and shrinking radially in a direction crossing a longitudinal direction of the tube from a tube opening portion side of the tube protruded from the end plates;
stopping the movement of the gripping body base toward the heat exchanger by causing the gripping body base to come into contact with a reference platform, the reference platform setting a protrusion length of the tube protruded from the end plates;
firmly fixing and holding the gripping body base and the reference platform through a locking means;
forming a tube expansion portion having a predetermined length by pressing a tube expansion mandrel into the tube opening portion of the tube protruded from the end plates, the tube expansion mandrel being located in the gripping body;
gripping the tube expansion portion by the plurality of tube contacting members by causing a sliding base to move toward the heat exchanger, the sliding base having a gripping body sliding means fitted onto and sliding on the gripping body, the sliding base being provided between the end plates and the gripping body base;
causing the tube expansion mandrel to move forward to further expand the tube;
releasing the tube expansion portion from a gripping of the tube contacting members by causing the sliding base to retreat from the heat exchanger;
conducting a predetermined flaring process by pressing a flare punch into the tube expansion portion at the tube opening portion side by pulling a flare base toward the gripping body base, which is firmly fixed and held to the reference platform through the locking means, via a connecting and tensile force generating means that connects the flare base and the gripping body base and generates a tensile force in a direction of pulling the flare base and the gripping body base toward each other, the flare base being located more apart from the heat exchanger than the gripping body base, the flare base having a flare pipe, the flare pipe having a predetermined length so that the flare pipe is fitted on the tube expansion mandrel within the gripping body base, the flare pipe having the flare punch at a tip; and
retracting each of the flare base, the gripping body base and the sliding base from the heat exchanger.

US Pat. No. 10,556,302

MANUFACTURING DEVICE FOR HEAT EXCHANGER

KYOSHIN KOGYO CO., LTD., ...

1. A manufacturing device for a heat exchanger, comprising:a tube expansion mandrel which can expand a tube protruded from a tube opening portion side of an end plate of the heat exchanger
a plurality of tube contacting members which are capable of covering the tube and capable of expanding and shrinking radially in a direction crossing a longitudinal direction of the tube from the tube opening portion side of the tube protruded from the end plate;
a gripping body having the plurality of tube contacting members;
a gripping body base having the gripping body;
a first reciprocating means for causing the gripping body base to move toward the heat exchanger;
a reference platform for stopping movement of the gripping body base toward the heat exchanger by causing the gripping body base to come into contact with the reference platform through the first reciprocating means;
a second reciprocating means for reciprocating the reference platform in order to set a protrusion length of the tube protruded from the end plate;
a lock means firmly fixing and holding the reference platform and the gripping body base;
a sliding base which is provided with a third reciprocating means between the end plate and the gripping body base;
a gripping body sliding means which can fit onto and slide on the gripping body having the plurality of tube contacting members, wherein each of the plurality of tube connecting members is reduced in diameter by causing the gripping body sliding means to move toward the heat exchanger through the third reciprocating means to hold a tube expansion portion formed through the tube expansion mandrel by the plurality of tube contacting members, and the gripping body sliding means is caused to be retreated from the heat exchanger through the third reciprocating means to release the tube expansion portion from a gripping of each of the plurality of tube contacting members;
a flare pipe which fits onto the tube expansion mandrel within the gripping body base, the flare pipe having a flare punch for flared processing at a tip of the flare pipe;
a flare base having the flare pipe, the flare base being located more apart from the heat exchanger than the gripping body base; and
a connecting and tensile force generating means which connects the flare base and the gripping body base and generates a tensile force in a direction of pulling the flare base and the gripping body base with each other.

US Pat. No. 10,556,297

WELDED SECTION EXAMINING DEVICE

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

1. A welded section examining device that examines whether welding is good or bad of a welded section that joins a tip portion projecting from a slot of a plurality of slots provided at intervals in a circumferential direction of a stator core and a tip portion projecting from another slot of the plurality of slots, of legs of a plurality of electrical conductors that have been inserted, arranged in line in a radial direction of the stator core, in each of the plurality of slots, the device comprising:an imaging unit that images the welded section;
a discriminating unit that performs discrimination of whether welding is good or bad based on an outline of the welded section recognized from an image obtained by the imaging unit;
a projecting unit that irradiates the welded section with a light, from a rear surface side of an imaging target surface facing an imaging unit side of the welded section; and
an outline emphasizing unit that is interposed between the projecting unit and the rear surface of the welded section, such that the outline of the welded section is imaged in the imaging unit in an emphasized state.

US Pat. No. 10,556,293

LASER MACHINING DEVICE AND LASER MACHINING METHOD

HAMAMATSU PHOTONICS K.K.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,556,280

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL MACHINING

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY,...

1. A method of operating an electrochemical machining system, comprising:selectively performing an electrochemical machining process by an electrochemical machine of the electrochemical machining system in a macromachining mode or a micromachining mode by controlling a purity level of a machining liquid supplied to said electrochemical machine.

US Pat. No. 10,556,258

METHOD FOR CLEANING A MACHINE FOR LIQUID OR SEMI-LIQUID FOOD PRODUCTS

ALI GROUP S.R.L.-CARPIGIA...

1. A method for cleaning a machine for liquid or semi-liquid food products, comprising:providing the machine with a container forming a processing chamber for converting a basic mixture into a finished product;
providing the container with a rotatable mixer inside the processing chamber;
providing the machine with:
a supply duct directly connected to the processing chamber for supplying the basic mixture or finished product to the processing chamber;
a dispensing tap connected to the processing chamber and selectively openable to form a path from the processing chamber to an exterior of the machine for withdrawing the basic mixture or the finished product from the processing chamber to the exterior of the machine;
a dispensing duct connected between the processing chamber, through the dispensing tap, and the supply duct for withdrawing the basic mixture or the finished product from the processing chamber through the dispensing tap and introducing the basic mixture or the finished product to the supply duct to create a closed recirculation path through the supply duct, processing chamber, dispensing tap and dispensing duct;
a) pasteurizing the basic mixture or the finished product by heating the basic mixture or the finished product to a pasteurizing temperature at a predetermined first time interval;
b) performing a sequence of operations at a predetermined second time interval as follows:
emptying the basic mixture contained in the processing chamber;
washing the processing chamber using a washing fluid;
at least partly filling the processing chamber with a cleaning fluid and subjecting the cleaning fluid in the processing chamber to a heating thermal treatment;
c) disassembling and cleaning at a predetermined third time interval at least some components of the machine which make contact, in use, with the basic mixture or the finished product,
performing the pasteurizing by extracting the basic mixture or the finished product from the processing chamber through the dispensing tap and the dispensing duct and reintroducing the basic mixture or the finished product into the processing chamber through the supply duct, thereby establishing a recirculation of the basic mixture or the finished product in the processing chamber through the closed recirculation path;
causing the heating of the basic mixture or the finished product to the pasteurizing temperature for the pasteurizing of the basic mixture or the finished product by the recirculation of the basic mixture or the finished product through the closed recirculation path;
wherein the rotatable mixer has a rotation axis establishing a longitudinal direction of the processing chamber;
wherein the supply duct is connected to the processing chamber at a first longitudinal end of the processing chamber for supplying the basic mixture or finished product to the first longitudinal end of the processing chamber,
wherein the dispensing tap is connected to the processing chamber at a second longitudinal end of the processing chamber opposite the first longitudinal end for withdrawing the basic mixture or the finished product from the processing chamber at the second longitudinal end;
rotating the mixer to move the basic mixture or finished product through the processing chamber from the first longitudinal end to the second longitudinal end and the dispensing tap;
wherein the extraction and reintroduction of the basic mixture or the finished product in the pasteurizing step a) are performed continuously, by activating a pump to cause recirculation of said basic mixture or finished product contained in the processing chamber through the closed recirculation path;
wherein the pump is interposed between the dispensing duct and the supply duct;
providing the machine with a container for the basic mixture;
connecting the container for the basic mixture to an infeed section of the pump and feeding the basic mixture to the processing chamber through the pump and supply duct;
disconnecting the infeed section of the pump from the container for the basic mixture and connecting the infeed section of the pump to the dispensing duct.

US Pat. No. 10,556,248

SPRINKLER WITH INTERNAL COMPARTMENTS

The Toro Company, Bloomi...

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

US Pat. No. 10,556,244

DISPENSING SHOWER HEAD ASSEMBLY

1. A dispensing shower head assembly comprising:a housing defining an interior space, said housing being configured for coupling to a shower enclosure;
a pipe coupled to and extending from a front of said housing, said pipe being fluidically coupled to a water line;
a spray head fluidically coupled to said pipe distal from said housing, said spray head having a lower face, said lower face being perforated such that said lower face is configured for releasing water from said spray head;
a plurality of reservoirs coupled to said housing and positioned in said interior space;
a dispensing module coupled to said housing and positioned in said interior space, said dispensing module being fluidically coupled to said spray head and selectively fluidically couplable to said reservoirs;
wherein said reservoirs are positioned in said housing such that each said reservoir is configured for filling with a respective fluid wherein said dispensing module is positioned in said housing such that said dispensing module is positioned for motivating the respective fluid from an associated reservoir of said plurality of reservoirs to said spray head such that said spray head is configured for applying the respective fluid to a user; and
said dispensing module comprising
a power module,
a pump operationally coupled to said power module,
a plurality of first tubes, each said first tube being fluidically coupled to a respective said reservoir,
a valve rotationally coupled to said housing, said valve being coupled to said plurality of first tubes distal from said reservoirs, said valve being selectively fluidically couplable to said plurality of first tubes,
a plurality of second tubes fluidically coupled to said pump and selectively fluidically couplable said valve,
at least one third tube, said at least one third tube being fluidically coupled to and extending between said pump and said spray head, and
wherein said valve is positioned on said first tubes and said plurality of second tubes such that said valve is positioned for selectively fluidically coupling a respective first tube of said plurality of first tubes to an associated second tube of said plurality of second tubes for selectively coupling said associated reservoir of said plurality of reservoirs to said pump, wherein said at least one third tube is positioned on said pump such that said pump is positioned for motivating the respective fluid from said associated said reservoir through said respective said first tube, said associated said second tube, and said at least on third tube to said spray head such that said spray head is configured for applying the respective fluid to the user.

US Pat. No. 10,556,240

PRODUCT VERIFICATION FOR HARD DRIVE DATA DESTROYING DEVICE

Serenity Data Security, L...

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

US Pat. No. 10,556,237

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR ORE-CRUSHING WITH RECYCLING

Micro Impact Mill Limited...

1. A device for comminuting ore and/or slag comprising:an ore feed unit feeding ore to a first comminuting device;
wherein the first comminuting device includes at least two comminuting elements that are moveable relative to each other such that, by a rotation around a rotational axis of at least one of the two comminuting elements, the ore is pulverised therebetween using one or more accelerating elements having protrusions on at least one of the comminuting elements, the accelerating elements being arranged on an end face of one of the two comminuting elements and accelerating and comminuting the ore by the rotation of one of the two comminuting elements;
an outlet unit outletting ore comminuted by the first comminuting device;
a separating device connected with the outlet unit separating the comminuted ore into at least a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion includes a particle size at least as large as a predefined particle size of the second portion;
wherein the first portion is fed to a second comminuting device for further processing, wherein the second comminuting device includes at least one rotation element arranged in such a manner as to have a rotational axis aligned in parallel and/or congruent with the rotational axis of one of the two comminuting elements;
wherein the at least one rotation element includes a first rotation body and a second rotation body, wherein the first rotation body and the second rotation body are formed as two in parallel aligned mill bodies and are surrounded in circumferential direction by a rotation ring body such that an actuated rotation of the rotation ring body causes a rotation of the first and second rotation bodies to comminute ore being arranged between the rotation ring body and the first and second rotation bodies;
wherein an outer surface of the mill bodies are formed to be conically tapered beginning from an axial center towards corresponding axial ends;
wherein the first comminuting device and the second comminuting device are arranged in a same housing; and
wherein the rotation ring body and the first and second rotation bodies induce pressure forces and/or shear forces into the ore.

US Pat. No. 10,556,215

PROCESS FOR PRODUCTION OF MAGNESIUM FLUORIDE SOL SOLUTIONS FROM ALKOXIDES COMPRISING ADDITION OF MAGNESIUM SALTS

NANOFLUOR GMBH, Berlin (...

1. A magnesium fluoride sol solution comprising:an amount of MgF2 particles and an amount of additive particles characterized by a general formula MFmBx-m, wherein M is selected from the group consisting of Li+, Ca2+, Sr2+, Ba2+, Zn2+, Al3+, Si4+, Zr4+, Sn4+, Sb3+, Sb5+, and Ti4+; B is an anionic ligand; x is equal to the oxidation state of the metal M; and m is equal to or smaller than the oxidation state of the metal M, and wherein said additive particles MFmBx-m are characterized in that
m is x or
m is 0 or
0

US Pat. No. 10,556,214

APPARATUSES FOR MIXING OF STAGED METHANOL INJECTION

UOP LLC, Des Plaines, IL...

1. A riser reactor, comprising:a cylindrical riser comprising an outer wall and an inner wall;
at least one baffle affixed to the inner wall extending into the riser; and
at least one distributor configured to inject methanol into the riser, wherein the at least one distributor extends through the at least one baffle and into a different radial location within the riser.

US Pat. No. 10,556,207

DISCHARGE DEVICE FOR LIQUID MATERIAL CONTAINING SOLID PARTICLES, DISCHARGE METHOD AND COATING DEVICE

MUSASHI ENGINEERING, INC....

1. A discharge device for a liquid material containing solid particles, the discharge device comprising:a first reservoir that stores the liquid material containing the solid particles;
a first air pressure supply pipe through which pressurized air is supplied to the first reservoir;
a metering portion having a metering hole into which the liquid material is filled;
a plunger moving back and forth in the metering hole;
a nozzle having a discharge port through which the liquid material is discharged;
a switching valve having a first position at which the first reservoir and the metering hole are communicated with each other, and a second position at which the metering hole and the nozzle are communicated with each other;
a first liquid feed pipe that communicates the first reservoir and the switching valve with each other;
a plunger driver that moves the plunger back and forth; and
a switching valve driver that shifts the switching valve between the first position and the second position,
the discharge device further comprising:
a second reservoir that stores the liquid material;
a second air pressure supply pipe through which pressurized air is supplied to the second reservoir;
a branch portion provided in an upper portion of the metering hole and having a branch flow path;
a second liquid feed pipe that communicates the branch flow path and the second reservoir with each other; and
an opening/closing mechanism that establishes or cuts off communication between the second reservoir and the metering hole,
wherein the liquid material inside the first reservoir is transferred to the second reservoir by supplying the pressurized air through the first air pressure supply pipe in a state that the switching valve is held at the first position and the opening/closing mechanism is held at an open position, and the liquid material inside the second reservoir is transferred to the first reservoir by supplying the pressurized air through the second air pressure supply pipe in the state that the switching valve is held at the first position and the opening/closing mechanism is held at the open position.

US Pat. No. 10,556,197

METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING FILTER MEDIUM FOR AIR FILTER

HOKUETSU CORPORATION, Ni...

1. A method for manufacturing a filter medium for an air filter, the method comprising:causing a mixed solution containing cellulose nanofibers and a dispersion medium to adhere to an air-permeable support; and
subsequently freeze-drying the resulting product,
wherein the cellulose nanofibers have an average fiber diameter that is in a range of 1 to 50 nm,
wherein the dispersion medium is a mixed dispersion medium of water and a water-soluble organic solvent, and
wherein the cellulose nanofibers in the mixed solution have a solid content concentration in a range of 0.001 to 0.150% by mass
wherein the cellulose nanofibers have an adhesion amount ratio with respect to the air-permeable support in a range of 0.001 to 0.200% by mass.

US Pat. No. 10,556,186

SINGLE SEAT ROLLER COASTER CAR

Philadelphia Toboggan Coa...

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

US Pat. No. 10,556,158

GOLF CLUB HEAD

Taylor Made Golf Company,...

1. A golf club head comprising;a frame having a sole opening positioned at a lower portion of the frame;
a sole insert made of an injection moldable material; and
a thermoplastic composite head component including a weight track which is overmolded on the sole insert to create a sole insert unit;
the sole insert unit being joined to the frame to cover the sole opening such that the weight track extends in a generally front to back direction and supports at least one slidable weight on an external surface of the club head.

US Pat. No. 10,556,149

METHODS, SYSTEMS, AND PRODUCTS FOR MONITORING ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

1. A device comprisinga processor; and
a memory device, the memory device storing code, the code when executed causing the processor to perform operations, the operations comprising:
receiving a signal wirelessly transmitted by a transponder, wherein the signal represents an acceleration associated with the transponder,
determining that the acceleration associated with the transponder indicates that the device is moving,
detecting changes in the acceleration associated with the transponder,
determining whether movement of the device is associated with athletic movement or with transportation movement based on the changes in the acceleration associated with the transponder, and
in response to determining that the movement of the device is associated with athletic movement, adding a distance traversed during the acceleration to a cumulative distance associated with the device.

US Pat. No. 10,556,121

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ELECTROMAGNETIC TREATMENT OF MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Endonovo Therapeutics, In...

1. A therapeutic garment device for treating a neurological condition by pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) stimulation, the device comprising:a torso garment configured to be worn on a subject's torso, the torso garment having a back and a neck portion, the back including a middle region:
a plurality of wire coil PEMF applicators extending down the middle region of the back to treat the subject's spine, wherein the plurality of wire coil PEMF applicators comprises a plurality of substantially coplanar loops arranged adjacent to each other in a line down the back:
a neck wire coil PEMF applicator on the neck portion to treat the patient's brain stem and cervical spine; and
a PEMF signal generator integrated into the torso garment, wherein the PEMF signal generator is configured to deliver a treatment dose comprising a PEMF signal, wherein the PEMG signal generator is connected to the plurality of wire coil PEMF applicators and the neck wire coil PEMF applicator.

US Pat. No. 10,556,096

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR SKIN TREATMENT

Edge Systems LLC, Long B...

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

US Pat. No. 10,556,091

THREADED, LOCKING HANDLE MECHANISM FOR ATTACHING TO SHAFT

St. Jude Medical, Cardiol...

1. A strain relief, comprising:a strain relief projection extending around a complete inner circumference of the strain relief; and
a nut comprising:
a nut thread;
a nut recess extending around a complete outer circumference of the nut;
a through-hole; and
a plurality of ratchets,
wherein the strain relief projection is configured to couple to the nut recess and to secure the nut to the strain relief.

US Pat. No. 10,556,089

FLEX CIRCUIT RIBBON BASED ELONGATED MEMBERS AND ATTACHMENTS

Heraeus Medical Component...

1. An apparatus, comprising:an elongated inner portion;
an elongated outer portion;
a flex circuit ribbon, comprising at least one conductor embedded in a flexible insulator, the flex circuit ribbon situated between the inner portion and the outer portion, wherein the inner portion and the outer portion are bonded together between wound portions of the flex circuit ribbon;
an electrical contact included in or connected to the at least one conductor of the flex circuit ribbon; and
a connector configured to connect an end-user attachable or detachable elongated portion to the flex circuit ribbon, the connector comprising a first plurality of electrical connectors configured to be respectively individually coupled to the conductors of the flex circuit ribbon.

US Pat. No. 10,556,088

SAFE URINARY CATHETER AND MANUFACTURING METHOD

SAFE MEDICAL DESIGN, INC....

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

US Pat. No. 10,556,085

HEAT-MOISTURE EXCHANGER WITH AEROSOL BYPASS

1. A heat-moisture exchanger device for use with a patient ventilator circuit, the heat-moisture exchanger device comprising:a housing comprising a first wall, an opposed second wall and sidewall extending between the first wall and the second wall such that a chamber is defined by the first wall, the second wall and the sidewall, wherein a first conduit is positioned thereon an outer surface of the first wall, wherein a first passageway is defined through the first conduit and the first wall, wherein a second conduit is positioned thereon an outer surface of the second wall, wherein a second passageway is defined through the second conduit and the second wall, and wherein a longitudinal axis of the first conduit and a longitudinal axis of the second conduit are substantially aligned;
a rotatable central element positioned in the chamber of the housing, wherein the rotatable central element comprises a body, wherein a third conduit having a longitudinal axis is positioned thereon the body, wherein the third conduit extends from a first side of the body to a second side of the body, and wherein a third passageway is defined through the third conduit; and
a filter coupled to and rotatable with the rotatable central element,
wherein the rotatable central element is rotatable about and between a first position, in which the longitudinal axis of the third conduit is substantially aligned with the longitudinal axis of the first conduit and the longitudinal axis of the second conduit, and a second position, in which the longitudinal axis of the third conduit is not aligned with the longitudinal axis of the first conduit and is not aligned with the longitudinal axis of the second conduit,
wherein the rotatable central element further comprises a handle extending through the first wall, and wherein the handle is coupled to the body such that rotation of the handle causes the body to rotate relative to the housing,
wherein rotation of the handle causes the rotatable central element to rotate about and between the first position and the second position,
wherein the rotatable central element further comprises a plurality of gears, wherein a first gear of the plurality of gears is coupled to the handle and a second gear of the plurality of gears is coupled to the body, and wherein teeth defined in the first gear interlock with teeth defined in the second gear such that rotation of the first gear causes corresponding rotation of the second gear.

US Pat. No. 10,556,075

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THE REMOVAL OF ANAESTHETIC AGENTS FROM BREATHING GAS

5. An apparatus for respiration a patient with a breathing gas in which the breathing gas has an anesthetic agent therein, the apparatus comprising:a line system in which a pressure of the breathing gas therein is varied in accordance with a respirating pattern of the patient, said line system having a first connector for supplying the breathing gas to the patient and a second connector adapted to connect with a supply of the breathing gas, the line system having a main portion that leads all of the breathing gas therethrough, a first portion communicating with the main portion, and a second portion communicating with the main portion, the second portion positioned parallel to the first portion;
a blower cooperative with said line system so as to circulate the breathing gas in the main portion, the first portion and the second portion;
an absorber positioned in the main portion of said apparatus so as to remove carbon dioxide from the breathing gas, the second portion of the line system having a filter device therein, said filter device having activated carbon so as to remove the anesthetic agent from the breathing gas, the absorber and the filter device being in series;
a cooler cooperative with said filter, said cooler adapted to cool the breathing gas so that the anesthetic agent condenses on said activated carbon of said filter device; and
a warmer provided to warm the breathing gas after the anesthetic agent has condensed out of the breathing gas.

US Pat. No. 10,556,074

ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION SYSTEM WITH TIMING CONTROL AND AUTOMATIC MASK DETECTION

Daniel A. McCarthy, Tyle...

1. A ventilator system, comprising:a set of two or more ventilator masks, wherein each of at least two of the ventilator masks is configured in a size that will fit upon a different range of sizes of human faces than at least one other ventilator mask in the set of two or more ventilator masks, wherein each of the at least two ventilator masks comprises a gas flow restrictor that is different from a gas flow restrictor of the other ventilator masks of the at least two ventilator masks; and
a ventilator supply system, comprising:
an air/oxygen source;
a connector configured to couple with each of the at least two ventilator masks;
an air/oxygen supply system comprising a detection system capable of determining a pressure differential created by the application of air/oxygen to a mask coupled to the ventilator supply system, wherein the detection system comprises:
a flow meter which determines the rate of air/oxygen flowing through the detection system;
a first pressure sensor, downstream from the flow meter; and
a second pressure sensor, upstream from the flow meter;
wherein the pressure differential is determined by measuring the difference between the pressure detected by the second pressure sensor and the pressure detected by the first pressure sensor, and
a controller coupled to the detection system, wherein the controller determines, during use, which mask, among the two or more ventilator masks, is coupled to the air/oxygen supply system based on the pressure differential detected by the detection system.

US Pat. No. 10,556,067

AUTOMATIC INJECTION DEVICE FOR MULTIPLE DOSING

Min Wei, Carmel, IN (US)...

1. A medical injection device having a distal end and a proximal end, comprising:a medication container having a movable piston;
a push rod assembly displaceably disposed in said medical injection device, said push rod assembly having a plurality of spaced-apart position setting means disposed along the length thereof, said push rod assembly selectively displacing said movable piston to dispense a medicament from said medication container;
a resilient member configured to bias said push rod assembly to move toward said distal end of said medical injection device;
a releasable restraining member configured to releasably restrain said push rod assembly in a locked state against said biasing of said resilient member, wherein, upon release of said releasable restraining member, said push rod assembly moves under force of said resilient member toward said distal end of said medical injection device;
an activation means configured to release said releasable restraining member; and
a separation spring configured to move said push rod assembly toward said proximal end of said medical injection device.

US Pat. No. 10,556,065

SYRINGE

CC Biotechnology Corporat...

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

US Pat. No. 10,556,035

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

The Regents of the Univer...

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

US Pat. No. 10,556,032

SANITATION MONITORING SYSTEM USING PATHOGEN SURROGATES AND SURROGATE TRACKING

SafeTraces, Inc., Pleasa...

1. A sanitation management system comprising:a computer capable of maintaining records of exemplary locations on an item to be sanitized and records of where a pathogen surrogate was applied prior to a sanitation process;
an augmented reality display that can display marks corresponding to the exemplary locations;
an interface of an augmented reality system that records information about how the pathogen surrogate was applied to the exemplary locations, wherein the pathogen surrogate is comprises a DNA sequence corresponding to an N-bit tag value and a carrier bound to the DNA sequence that is non-toxic and selected to have a degradation rate comparable to a pathogen degradation rate of a pathogen for which the pathogen surrogate is a surrogate under the sanitation process:
an inspection interface of the augmented reality display, capable of displaying sampling locations at which to check for presence of the pathogen surrogate at some or all of the exemplary locations;
wherein carriers of the pathogen surrogates of the plurality of pathogen surrogates have varying levels of resilience to the sanitation process, from low resilience to high resilience, whereby a low resilience carrier is more easily removed during the sanitation process as compared to a high resilience carrier, to provide an indication of a degree of sanitation.

US Pat. No. 10,556,029

OZONE GENERATION DEVICE

USHIO DENKI KABUSHIKI KAI...

1. An ozone generation device comprising:a casing;
a wall body partitioning a space surrounded by the casing into at least a first chamber and a second chamber;
a first opening and a second opening provided in a part of the casing to communicate an outer side of the casing and the first chamber;
a blower mounted at a position inside the wall body or outside the wall body to communicate the first chamber and the second chamber;
a third opening provided in a part of the casing to communicate the outer side of the casing and the second chamber;
a light source body provided between the blower and the third opening in the second chamber and configured to emit ultraviolet light; and
an electrical body provided in a position between the first opening and the second opening in the first chamber and configured to supply electric power for driving the light source body,
wherein the first opening and the second opening are provided at positions separated along a first direction and are communicated inside the first chamber,
the electrical body is provided at the position between the first opening and the second opening in the first chamber in the first direction, and
the third opening is provided on a side opposite to the second opening with respect to the first direction when the first opening is used as a reference.

US Pat. No. 10,556,023

SUBSTITUTED ORGANOFLUOROBORATES AS IMAGING AGENTS

THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH...

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

is less than or equal to about 2.8.

US Pat. No. 10,556,018

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR DELIVERY OF AGENTS

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

US Pat. No. 10,555,968

PERFORMANCE ENHANCING COMPOSITION AND USE THEREOF

1. A daily nutritional supplement or a nutritional food composition comprising a botanical source of inorganic nitrate and a nitrite salt, wherein the nitrate from said botanical nitrate source and the amount of said nitrite salt is in a molar ratio of about 5:1 to 100:1, wherein one dose of the composition provides said nitrite salt in an amount of about 0.001-10 mmol/kg bodyweight.

US Pat. No. 10,555,949

PYRROLOPYRIMIDINE COMPOUNDS USED AS TLR7 AGONIST

CHIA TAI TIANQING PHARMAC...

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

US Pat. No. 10,555,934

ALPHA-AMINO ESTERS OF HYDROXYPROPYLTHIAZOLIDINE CARBOXAMIDE DERIVATIVE AND SALT FORM, CRYSTAL POLYMORPH THEREOF

ObsEva S.A., Plan-les-Ou...

1. A method of treating preterm labor in a human patient in need thereof, the method comprising administering to the patient a therapeutically effective amount of a compound represented by formula (I),or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof, and wherein the patient is further administered nifedipine.

US Pat. No. 10,555,887

STERILE LIQUID COMPOSITION FOR FILLING WRINKLES

1. A sterile liquid composition to inject into or through the skin and/or the lips suitable for filling wrinkles, comprising, in a physiologically acceptable medium, an antiwrinkle active agent, a photo-crosslinkable compound, wherein the photo-crosslinkable compound is a polyvinyl alcohol partly functionalized with one or more hydroxyl groups and one or more groups of formula (III):

US Pat. No. 10,555,873

MODULAR MEDICATION DISPENSING SYSTEM

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

US Pat. No. 10,555,859

HEIGHT ADJUSTMENT DELIVERY TABLE

Industrial Woodworking Co...

1. A height-adjustable table comprising:a table top,
a base,
a column extending upwardly from said base to support said table top, said column configured to be adjustable in length to allow selective control over the height of the table top, said column including an assist cylinder having a locked state in which said length of said column is secured and an unlocked state in which said length of said column is readily adjustable; and
an actuator assembly operatively coupled to said assist cylinder to allow a user to manually place said assist cylinder in said unlocked state, said actuator assembly including a pair of paddle assemblies and a linear linkage, said paddle assemblies pivotally disposed toward opposite sides of said table top, said linear linkage having a first drive rod operatively engaged with one of said paddle assemblies, a second drive rod operatively engaged with another of said paddle assemblies and a pivot arm, wherein pivotal movement of any one of said paddle assemblies results in movement of said assist cylinder between locked and unlocked states, said pivot arm having a first portion, a second portion and a pivot portion, said first portion and said second portion disposed on opposite sides of said pivot portion, said first drive rod being operatively engaged with said first portion and said second drive rod being operatively engaged with said second portion; and
wherein said second portion is engaged with said assist cylinder, said pivot arm configured to reverse linear motion of said second drive rod.

US Pat. No. 10,555,841

FABRIC, PROTECTIVE GARMENTS MADE THEREFROM, AND METHODS OF MAKING

Moonrise Sisters, Inc., ...

1. An undergarment portion, comprising:an absorbent layer comprising a body-contacting surface, the absorbent layer having an absorbent capacity of at least about 300 g/m2, the absorbent layer configured to absorb between about 0.1 ml and about 50 ml of liquid, wherein the liquid is absorbed into fibers of the absorbent layer, the liquid being distributed across the absorbent layer via wicking; and
a hydrophobic layer disposed adjacent to the absorbent layer, the hydrophobic layer comprising an outer surface disposed on an opposite side of the absorbent layer from the body-contacting surface, the hydrophobic layer formed of a tightly knitted woven or nonwoven fabric having a weight of between about 5.2 oz/yd2 and about 7.2 oz/yd2, the fabric having fibers that have been coated or saturated with an elastic water repellent polymer, wherein the hydrophobic layer has a limited hydrostatic pressure resistance and is configured to limit transmission of liquid through the hydrophobic layer when a volume of liquid is between about 0.1 ml and about 50 ml, but allow liquid to pass through the hydrophobic layer when the volume of liquid is greater than 50 ml.

US Pat. No. 10,555,798

SURGICAL ARTICLES AND METHODS

David Staskin, Boston, M...

1. An implant system for treating a pelvic condition in a patient, comprising:an implant including a support portion and one or more extension portions, with the one or more extension portions including an end portion;
a needle device including a needle having an interior lumen and a movable member, wherein the movable member includes a snap engagement feature to selectively engage the end portion; and
a handle having an actuator, with the actuator in operable communication with the movable member, wherein the movable member is biased in an extended position and the actuator is adapted to retract the movable member within the needle.

US Pat. No. 10,555,790

FLEXIBLE SENSORS AND RELATED SYSTEMS FOR DETERMINING FORCES APPLIED TO AN OBJECT, SUCH AS A SURGICAL INSTRUMENT, AND METHODS FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

St. Jude Medical, Cardiol...

1. A force sensing medical catheter, comprising:an elongated tubular body comprising a central lumen and a distal end; and
a sensor comprising a first sensor part, a second sensor part, and a housing;
wherein the first sensor part comprises a common electrode and wherein the second sensor part comprises at least three capacitive sensing components,
wherein the first sensor part and the second sensor part are configured to be assembled such that the common electrode and each of the at least three capacitive sensing components establish a variable gap therebetween, wherein the housing surrounds the variable gap, and
wherein the variable gap is configured to vary in response to a force acting upon the distal end.

US Pat. No. 10,555,771

LASER BEAM CONTROL AND DELIVERY SYSTEM

Xintec Corporation aba Co...

1. A laser system comprising:a first laser module emitting a first laser beam at a first wavelength;
a partially reflective first mirror positioned in a path of the laser beam, the partially reflective first mirror being transmissive for the first wavelength and coated on a distal surface with a first reflective coating for infrared wavelengths of light, said partially reflective first mirror further having more than a single non-reflective coating;
an optical fiber positioned in the path of the laser beam distal to the partially reflective first mirror;
the partially reflective first mirror being positioned such that the first reflective coating reflects a beam of infrared light returning from the optical fiber onto a partially reflective second mirror, the partially reflective second mirror being transmissive for infrared light with a wavelength in the range of 1400 to 2100 nm and coated on a first surface with a second reflective coating for wavelengths of light below 1000 nm;
a first light detector sensitive to light with a wavelength below 1000 nm positioned to intercept light reflected from the partially reflective second mirror;
and a second light detector sensitive to infrared light with a wavelength in the range of 1400 to 2100 nm positioned to intercept light passing through the partially reflective second mirror.

US Pat. No. 10,555,762

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR INSERTING A VERTEBRAL FIXATION MEMBER

GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC., Au...

1. A method of minimally invasively installing a system for stabilizing a spine, comprising:creating a first minimally invasive opening in a body of a patient;
positioning a first anchor to a vertebral body within the patient through the first opening with a first access sleeve connected thereto, the first access sleeve including a central channel extending therethrough and defining a first longitudinal axis;
releasably clamping a rod to an insertion device between first and second clamping members at a clamping location spaced from a midline of the rod and wherein no portion of the first and second clamping members extend beyond a perimeter of the rod in a direction transverse to a longitudinal axis of the rod, wherein the first clamping member includes a first generally cylindrical protrusion insertable into a distal portion of the insertion device and the second clamping member includes a second generally cylindrical protrusion insertable into the distal portion of the insertion device, and wherein the first and second clamping members are coupled by a pin extending through a first and second opening in the first and second clamping members, respectively;
positioning the rod through the first opening to engage the first anchor, wherein the rod is rotatably linked to the insertion device, the insertion device and the rod are configured and dimensioned to be received within the central channel such that the insertion device and rod are moveable along the first longitudinal axis to position the rod adjacent the first anchor;
positioning the rod along the first longitudinal axis through the central channel in the first access sleeve in a first orientation substantially parallel to the first longitudinal axis of the first access sleeve; and
rotating the rod with respect to the insertion device independent of movement along the first longitudinal axis such that the rod extends in a second orientation angled with respect to the first orientation to position the rod in relation to the first anchor,
wherein a pin assembly extends through the insertion device, wherein in a first position, a distal end of the pin assembly is spaced away from the first and second protrusions to allow the first and second clamping members to pivot apart, and in a second position, the distal end of the pin assembly is positioned between the first and second protrusions to hold the rod therebetween.

US Pat. No. 10,555,758

TAPPING DEVICES, SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USE IN BONE TISSUE

Woven Orthopedic Technolo...

1. A soft tapping device, comprising:a substantially cylindrical insert comprising a shaft having a proximal portion and a distal portion and sized to enter into a compressed woven retention device, the substantially cylindrical insert having protrusions that are adaptable to expand portions of the compressed woven retention device inside a pilot hole, the substantially cylindrical insert being configured to exit from the compressed woven retention device without changing the expanded portions of the compressed woven retention device, wherein the protrusions comprise a non-cutting thread and wherein the distal portion is configured with the non-cutting thread and a rounded end.

US Pat. No. 10,555,757

BONE POSITIONING AND CUTTING SYSTEM AND METHOD

Treace Medical Concepts, ...

1. A method comprising:attaching a bone positioning device to a metatarsal and a cuneiform by at least:
attaching a first fixation pin to a metatarsal;
attaching a second fixation pin to a cuneiform;
positioning a first block along and about the first fixation pin;
actuating a first set screw to fix a position of the first block along and about the first fixation pin;
positioning a second block along and about the second fixation pin;
actuating a second set screw to fix a position of the second block along and about the second fixation pin;
adjusting the position of the first block with respect to the second block about at least a first axis and a second axis; and
actuating a third set screw and a fourth set screw to fix a position about the first axis and the second axis;
cutting a portion of the metatarsal facing a metatarsal-cuneiform joint;
cutting a portion of the cuneiform facing the metatarsal-cuneiform joint;
after cutting the portion of the metatarsal and cutting the portion of the cuneiform, actuating a compression screw of the bone positioning device to apply a compression force between the metatarsal and the cuneiform; and
attaching a bone connector to fix the position of the metatarsal and the cuneiform.

US Pat. No. 10,555,754

METHODS AND APPARATUSES FOR SKIN TREATMENT USING NON-THERMAL TISSUE ABLATION

Cytrellis Biosystems, Inc...

1. A device comprising an ablative apparatus for non-thermal tissue ablation, said apparatus comprising:a skin-penetrating component configured to provide an ablated tissue portion having a volume of less than 6 mm3 and a change in width as a function of depth, wherein said change in width is of between about 100 ?m to about 500 ?m as a function of depth,
wherein said skin-penetrating component is configured to provide the ablated tissue portion without transfer of thermal energy to tissue surrounding the ablated tissue portion; and
wherein said skin-penetrating component comprises a drill configured to rotate at a speed of between 50 rpm and 2500 rpm; and
a positioning apparatus for positioning skin, the positioning apparatus comprising a substrate and a cryosource, wherein the substrate is configurably attached to the cryosource and provides a cryotemperature to the skin of about 0 degrees C. or lower.

US Pat. No. 10,555,751

SOFT TISSUE CORING BIOPSY DEVICES AND METHODS

Transmed7, LLC, Portola ...

1. An excisional device, comprising:a handle portion comprising a distal end and a proximal end;
a work element coupled to the distal end of the handle portion and comprising a cutting assembly that comprises only two articulable beaks including a first articulable beak and a second articulable beak that are configured to assume an open configuration, a closed configuration and to rotate, core and part-off pieces of tissue, the work element being formed of a single tube of material that defines a radius of curvature and a longitudinal axis and that comprises cuts and areas where the material is removed near a distal end of the work element to form at least the first and second articulable beaks such that a radius of curvature shared by the first articulable beak and the second articulable beak, when both are in the open configuration, is the same as the radius of curvature of the single tube from which the work element is formed, the work element being further configured to enable an axial movement, parallel to the longitudinal axis, of a first portion of the work element relative to a second portion thereof to cause the first and second articulable beaks to selectively open and close,
wherein the cutting assembly is configured, during a single insertion thereof into a mass of tissue, to rotate, core and part-off the pieces of tissue from the mass of tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,555,744

SHOCK WAVE ELECTRODES

Shockware Medical, Inc., ...

1. A shock wave catheter comprising:an axially extending elongate member;
a first ring electrode circumferentially disposed over an outer surface of the elongate member, the first ring electrode including one of a first recess or a first projection located along a first edge of the first ring electrode;
a second ring electrode circumferentially disposed over the outer surface of the elongate member and longitudinally adjacent to the first ring electrode, the second ring electrode including the other of said first recess or the first projection along a first edge of the second ring electrode that is adjacent the first edge of the first ring electrode, with the first projection being received by the first recess, wherein a first spark gap is formed by a separation between the first projection and the first recess, and wherein the opposing edge of the second ring electrode includes one of a second recess or a second projection;
a third ring electrode circumferentially disposed over the outer surface of the elongate member and longitudinally adjacent the second ring electrode, the third ring electrode including the other of said second recess or second projection along an edge thereof, with the second projection being received in the second recess wherein a second spark gap is formed by a separation between the second projection and the second recess, and wherein each recess and the projection associated therewith are coplanar; and
a first wire electrically coupled to the first ring electrode and a second wire electrically coupled to the third ring electrode and with the ring electrodes being configured such that when a voltage pulse is applied across the first and second wires, a current flows across the first and second spark gaps creating a series connection between the first, second and third ring electrodes and initiating shock waves at the spark gaps.

US Pat. No. 10,555,737

BIOCOMPATIBLE BIOMEDICAL OCCLUSION DEVICE

1. A system comprising:a conduit comprising: (a)(i) a proximal portion including proximal struts, (a)(ii) a distal portion including distal struts, and (a)(iii) a middle portion coupling the proximal struts to the distal struts; and
a shape memory polymer (SMP) foam that expands from an unactuated configuration to an actuated configuration;
wherein (b)(i) the proximal and distal struts include a shape memory (SM) material, (b)(ii) the proximal struts expand from a first proximal configuration to a second proximal configuration and the distal struts expand from a first distal configuration to a second distal configuration, (b)(iii) the second proximal configuration has a larger maximum outer diameter than the first proximal configuration and the second distal configuration has a larger maximum outer diameter than the first distal configuration, and (b)(iv) the SMP foam is, in the unactuated configuration, included within a proximal opening defined by the proximal struts when the proximal struts are in the second proximal configuration;
wherein (c)(i) the SMP foam has a length that extends from a proximal end of the SMP foam to a distal end of the SMP foam; and (c)(ii) the SMP foam is fixedly attached to the system along only a portion of the length and is not fixedly attached to the system along another portion of the length.

US Pat. No. 10,555,728

SURGICAL VISUALIZATION SYSTEM

CAMPLEX, INC., Germantow...

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

US Pat. No. 10,555,710

SIMULTANEOUS MULTI-AXES IMAGING APPARATUS AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF

1. A method for imaging a tumor of a patient using positively charged particles and X-rays, comprising the steps of:rotating elements of an X-ray imaging system, configured to deliver the X-rays, around both a first rotation axis and the patient;
imaging the patient using the X-rays from said X-ray imaging system;
passing the positively charged particles through an exit port of a nozzle system, said nozzle system connected to a synchrotron via a first beam transport line, the positively charged particles passing into the patient from the exit port along a z-axis and at least one of: (1) treating the tumor with the positively charged particles and (2) imaging the patient with residual charged particles comprising the positively charged particles after transmitting through the patient;
providing both: (1) a first cone beam X-ray source and (2) a second cone beam X-ray source, of said X-ray imaging system, on a first side of the patient, said first cone beam X-ray source and said second cone-beam X-ray source separated by at least twenty centimeters; and
detecting X-rays from both said first cone beam X-ray source and said second cone beam X-ray source using at least one two-dimensional X-ray detector, of said X-ray imaging system, on an opposite side of the patient from said first cone beam X-ray source;
moving said exit port along an arc along an x-axis perpendicular to the z-axis, the z-axis maintaining a path from the exit port to the patient during said step of moving; and
rotating said source end of said X-ray imaging system and said detector end of said X-ray imaging system about the x-axis to maintain the z-axis as the first rotation axis of said X-ray imaging system; and
while repeating said steps of: (1) moving said exit port along said arc and (2) said step of rotating,
collecting a first set of images of the patient using the positively charged particles; and
collecting a second set of images of the patient using the X-rays, the first rotation axis comprising the z-axis.

US Pat. No. 10,555,707

PATIENT SUPPORT SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MEDICAL IMAGING

GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPAMNY...

1. A patient support system comprising:a support beam configured to translocate along an axial axis of a medical imaging system, wherein at least a portion of the support beam is configured to be disposed within a central bore of the medical imaging system;
a patient support removably coupled to the support beam and comprising:
a backing disposed below the support beam and configured to support a patient during an imaging procedure, and
a restraint extending a longitudinal length of the backing, wherein the restraint comprises a first end coupled to the backing and a second end configured to be removably coupled to the support beam, and wherein the restraint is configured to secure the patient support to the support beam and to restrain the patient within the patient support; and
a translocation system comprising a track extending along the axial axis of the medical imaging system and positioned parallel to the support beam, wherein the translocation system is configured to linearly move the support beam in a first direction to position the patient support and the patient within the central bore of the medical imaging system and to move the support beam in a second direction substantially opposite the first direction to move the patient support and the patient out of the central bore of the medical imaging system.

US Pat. No. 10,555,706

METHOD FOR GENERATING IMAGES BY MEANS OF A COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY DEVICE, AND COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY DEVICE

SIEMENS HEALTHCARE GMBH, ...

1. A method for generating images via a computed tomography device, in which a first row area of a multiple-row detector is illuminated with a first X-ray spectrum and a second row area of the multiple-row detector, trailing in a direction of travel, is illuminated with a second X-ray spectrum, the method comprising:recording image data at a pitch chosen such that one slice image is reconstructable for a sectional position for each of the first row area and the second row area;
reconstructing, for the sectional position for each of the first row area and the second row area, a respective slice image for the first row area and a respective slice image for the second row area;
reconstructing a reference sectional image for a third row area, illuminated with the first X-ray spectrum and the second X-ray spectrum, as a slice image; and
registering to the reference sectional image, to generate motion-reduced respective first spectral images and second spectral images, respectively assigned to the first row area and the second row area, the respective slice images of the first row area and second row area.

US Pat. No. 10,555,658

TWIST MOP WITH INTEGRAL PAWL

Freudenberg Household Pro...

1. A mop comprising:a mop handle with a grip end and a mopping end;
a spline sleeve disposed along the mop handle, the spline sleeve including a plurality of spline ribs disposed on the mop handle between the grip end and the mopping end, the spline ribs substantially surrounding a surface of the mop handle, and extending parallel to one another in an aligned relation substantially with a longitudinal centerline of the mop handle;
a ratchet sleeve concentrically surrounding the spline sleeve along the mop handle so as to be rotatable in first and second rotational directions with respect to the mop handle, the ratchet sleeve including a flexible collar with a single, inward-facing integral pawl disposed on an interior portion of the flexible collar facing the mop handle, the flexible collar being formed integrally with the ratchet sleeve and connected to a remaining portion of the ratchet sleeve via a bridge extending peripherally along the ratchet sleeve such that a slit extending perpendicularly relative to the longitudinal centerline at least partially through the ratchet sleeve and through the centerline is formed, the slit extending peripherally at least 180 degrees with respect to the centerline, wherein the inward-facing integral pawl is disposed diametrically opposite the bridge at a radial location disposed at a mid-point of the slit and between two tabs formed externally on the flexible collar; and
a mop head disposed at the mopping end of the mop handle, the mop head having a first end connected to the mopping end of the mop handle and a second end connected to the ratchet sleeve;
wherein the flexible collar of the ratchet sleeve is flexible between a locked position, in which the pawl engages with the spline ribs so as to substantially prevent rotation of the ratchet sleeve with respect to the mop handle in the first rotational direction, and an unlocked position, in which the pawl is configured to flex from the locked position to the unlocked position when a squeezing force is applied to the two tabs such that the pawl disengages the spline ribs so as to allow rotation of the ratchet sleeve with respect to the mop handle in both the first and second rotational directions.

US Pat. No. 10,555,641

COOKING GRILL WITH MULTIPLE GAS HEATING ZONES FRONT TO BACK FOR IMPROVED GRILL PLATE TEMPERATURE MANAGEMENT

GARLAND COMMERCIAL INDUST...

1. A grill for cooking food products, comprising:a substantially flat platen comprising a top surface and a bottom surface, said top surface for receiving the food products, wherein said platen has a front end and a back end so that a user operates the grill from said front end of the platen, and the platen is divided into a plurality of independently controlled heating zones adjacent to one another along a length of said platen from said front end to said back end;
a plurality of heating elements below said bottom surface, wherein each of said heating zones has heating element associated therewith, and wherein each of said heating elements is a forced draft gas burner having a burner fan associated therewith;
a pressurized burner box, wherein each of said plurality of heating elements are within said burner box;
a chassis connected to said platen and enclosing each of said plurality of heating elements and said burner box, so that said platen and said plurality of heating elements are within a single lane of the grill;
a controller in communication with each of said plurality of heating elements wherein said controller controls an operating temperature of each of said plurality of heating elements independently of other heating elements, and
wherein said controller controls each burner fan to operate at a first speed or a second speed, wherein said first speed is higher than the second speed, wherein said first speed is sufficient to provide air for combustion at said gas burner, and said second speed is sufficient to block air from said pressurized burner box from travelling back through said gas burner.

US Pat. No. 10,555,628

MULTI-CLIMATE SLEEPING BAG

The North Face Apparel Co...

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

US Pat. No. 10,555,623

COMPACT DISPLAY TRAY

Trion Industries, Inc., ...

1. A modular system for the display and dispensing of a plurality of product containers in front-to-back columns and in one or more tiers, said system comprisinga plurality of individual, width-adjustable trays configured to be joined in a side-by-side array, where the individual trays each comprise:
a first extruded component comprising a first bottom-forming part and a high side wall having a first height for laterally confining product containers to be displayed in and dispensed from each tray respectively, with said product containers being stackable in a plurality of tiers, wherein the high side wall has an interior side surface and an opposite exterior side surface,
wherein the high side wall is generally perpendicular relative to the first bottom-forming part, wherein the first bottom-forming part comprises an upwardly extending flanged protrusion; wherein at least one rail protrudes from the interior side surface of the high side wall, wherein a pusher is slidably mounted to the high side wall, wherein the pusher has at least one generally horizontal flange that engages the at least one rail to suspend the pusher from the high side wall, wherein the pusher is configured to move the product containers forwardly within each tray respectively;
a second extruded component comprising a second bottom-forming part at least partially overlying said first bottom-forming part and defining a product support surface and a low side wall of lower height than said high side wall for lateral confinement of the product containers between the high wall and the low side wall, the height of the low side wall being no greater than two inches above the product support surface, wherein the low side wall has an interior side surface and an opposite exterior side surface,
wherein the low side wall is generally perpendicular relative to the second bottom-forming part, wherein the second bottom-forming part comprises a plurality of inverted flanged elements extending downwardly from the second bottom-forming part, wherein a channel is defined between each adjacent pair of inverted flanged elements from said plurality of inverted flanged elements;
the first bottom-forming part and the second bottom-forming part overlap and interlock with each other by inserting the upwardly extending flanged protrusion within a corresponding channel to adjust a spacing between said high wall and said low wall to a desired width for the product containers to be displayed therein;
wherein each exterior side of each high side wall and each exterior side of each low side wall have a male connector or a female connector defining a track,
wherein each male connector is generally perpendicular relative to each flanged protrusion and each flanged element respectively,
wherein each male connector is configured to be inserted into a corresponding female connector so that the low side wall of a first tray is slidably connected to the high side wall of an adjacent second tray, such that the high side wall of said second tray also functions as a second high side wall for said first tray.

US Pat. No. 10,555,547

MEAT DEWATERING ASSEMBLY

Wenger Manufacturing Inc....

1. A meat dewatering assembly, comprising:a pair of elongated, non-parallel, tapered and intermeshed helically flighted screws, each screw presenting a longitudinal axis, said screws oriented with the included angle between the longitudinal axes thereof being from about 1-7°, the helical fighting of the screws cooperatively presenting nip clearances along the length of the screws;
an elongated housing at least partially surrounding said helical screws with an entrance opening for emulsified meat, a series of water outlets along at least a part of the length of the housing, and a dewatered meat outlet,
the rear end of said screws located adjacent said housing entrance, and the front end of said screws located adjacent said dewatered meat outlet, the pitch length of the helical fighting of said screws decreasing along the length of the screws between said rear and front ends;
a drive operably coupled with said screws in order to counter-rotate the screws during operation of the dewatering assembly; and
said housing configured so that as meat traverses the length of the housing the pressure within the housing is substantially atmospheric.

US Pat. No. 10,555,515

ADJUSTABLE FISHING FLOAT

1. An adjustable fishing float comprising:a first female portion having an open end providing access into a cavity thereof, the cavity having a bottom opposite the open end, wherein (1) the first female portion is constructed of a rigid material, (2) the cavity is cylindrical and has a constant inside diameter, and (3) the first female portion has a narrowed portion adjacent the open end, wherein the narrowed portion has a diameter that is smaller than the diameter of the cavity;
a second male portion having a cylindrical configuration with an outside diameter that is larger than the diameter of the narrowed portion adjacent the open end of the first female portion so that it is sized to fit through and be squeezed by the narrowed portion adjacent the open end of the first portion, the second portion inserted into the first female portion defining an air space between an inner end of the second male portion and the bottom of the first female portion, the air space providing a buoyancy to the float, the second male portion having a unitary, single-piece construction, the second male portion having a solid, cylindrical configuration extending along a longitudinal axis, and the second male portion being constructed of foam, the foam second portion being resilient and deformable, and adapted to being twisted during insertion into the first female portion such that it deforms and its outside diameter temporarily is reduced to permit air to pass through the open end of the first female portion and into and out of the air space;
the first female and second male portions defining a water resistant seal adjacent the open end to prevent water from entering the air space;
the second male portion being reusably, adjustably slidable back and forth into and out of the first female portion to permit the re-adjustable alternation of size of the air space and air volume displaced by the float to change the buoyancy of the float;
wherein the second male portion has a nose with a width smaller than the outside diameter of the second male portion and a length extending along the longitudinal axis of the second male portion and protruding from a side of the second male portion in a radial direction with respect to the longitudinal axis of the second male portion;
wherein said narrowed portion adjacent the open end of the first female portion engages and squeezes a resilient deformable outer surface of the second male portion, including the nose: (1) coupling the second male portion to the first female portion, (2) sealing the air space and resisting intrusion of water, and (3) venting air out of the air space as the second male portion is moved into the cavity while twisting the second male portion and deforming the nose.

US Pat. No. 10,555,511

STEERABLE FISHING LURE

1. A method of redirecting a track of a fishing lure on a fishing line, the fishing lure having a body, a fishing lure longitudinal axis extending along a length of the body, a line tie extending outwardly from the body, and a re-positioning mechanism connected to the line tie, the re-positioning mechanism being activated by the fishing line,the method comprising the steps of:
(a) using a fishing pole, casting the fishing lure into a body of water;
(b) while the fishing lure is in the water, reeling in the fishing lure; and
(c) moving the line tie between a first position and a second position such that, exteriorly of the body, the only movement is of the line tie, wherein the movement of the line tie between the first position and the second position changes a direction of travel of the fishing lure during step (b); wherein the re-positioning mechanism comprises a rotor assembly located in the fishing lure, the rotor assembly being operatively coupled to the line tie, and wherein step (b) comprises rotating the rotor assembly inside the fishing lure.
US Pat. No. 10,556,964

BISPECIFIC ANTIBODY-MEDIATED CANCER THERAPY WITH CYTOKINE-INDUCED KILLER CELL

Wuhan YZY Biopharma Co., ...

1. A composition comprising a bispecific antibody bound to a cytotoxic immune cell,wherein the bispecific antibody comprises:
a) a monovalent unit comprising a light chain-heavy chain pair comprising a heavy chain comprising the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO:3 and a light chain comprising the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO:5, and
b) a single chain variable fragment (scFv) comprising the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO:1, wherein the scFv binds to the cell.
US Pat. No. 10,556,969

CHIMERIC ANTIGEN RECEPTORS WITH AN OPTIMIZED HINGE REGION

CHEMOTHERAPETICSHES FORSH...

1. A nucleic acid sequence comprising nucleic acids encoding:a linker region that does not contain a cysteine residue and is selected from the following:
a) the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO. 2,
b) an amino acid sequence having at least 95% sequence identity to SEQ ID NO. 2 under the proviso that amino acid residue 48 is a serine, and
c) an amino acid sequence that differs in one, two or three amino acid residues from the amino acid sequence of SEQ ID NO. 2 under the proviso that amino acid residue 48 is a serine.
US Pat. No. 10,555,981

ONCOLYTIC VIRUS FOR EXPRESSION OF IMMUNE CHECKPOINT MODULATORS

Transgene S.A., Illkirch...

1. A method for treating a proliferative disease, comprising administering an oncolytic virus comprising inserted in its genome a nucleic acid molecule encoding one or more immune checkpoint modulator(s) wherein said virus is a vaccinia virus defective for Ribonucleotide reductase (RR) activity resulting from inactivating mutations in only the viral 14L gene and defective for thymidine kinase (TK) resulting from inactivating mutations in the J2R viral gene, wherein said one or more immune checkpoint modulator(s) is an antibody that specifically binds to PD-1 or a pharmaceutical composition comprising an effective amount of said oncolytic virus wherein said virus is a vaccinia virus defective for Ribonucleotide reductase (RR) activity resulting from inactivating mutations in only the viral 14L gene and defective for thymidine kinase (TK) resulting from inactivating mutations in the J2R viral gene, wherein said one or more immune checkpoint modulator(s) is an antibody that specifically binds to PD-1 and a pharmaceutical acceptable vehicle.
US Pat. No. 10,559,828

SLURRY FOR LITHIUM ION SECONDARY BATTERY POSITIVE ELECTRODES

ZEON CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A slurry for a lithium ion secondary battery positive electrode comprising a positive electrode active material, a binder, a conductive material, and N-methyl pyrrolidone, whereinsaid binder comprises a nitrile group containing acrylic polymer and a fluorine containing polymer,
a ratio of a viscosity measured by a coaxial cylinder type viscometer ((the viscosity at a shear speed of 2 sec?1)/(the viscosity at the shear speed of 20 sec?1)) is 1.0 to 2.5,
the viscosity at the shear speed of 2 sec?1 measured by a coaxial cylinder type viscometer is 1,000 to 20,000 mPa·s, and the viscosity at the shear speed of 20 sec?1 measured by a coaxial cylinder type viscometer is 1,000 to 8,000 mPa·s,
the fluorine containing polymer is polyvinylidene fluoride,
a weight average molecular weight of said nitrile group containing acrylic polymer is 100,000 to 2,000,000,
a content of said binder is 0.8 to 3 parts by weight with respect to 100 parts by weight of the positive electrode active material,
a content ratio of the nitrile group containing acrylic polymer in said binder is 5 to 50 wt %,
a content of said conductive material is 1 to 3 parts by weight with respect to 100 parts by weight of the positive electrode active material,
the nitrile group containing acrylic polymer contains 5 to 35 wt % of nitrile group containing monomer unit, and
both of the nitrile group containing acrylic polymer and the fluorine containing polymer are dissolved in N-methyl pyrrolidone.
US Pat. No. 10,555,986

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

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

EPOXY RESIN-EPOXY CURING SYSTEMS WITH A LATENT THICKENING TENDENCY

BYK-Chemie GmbH, Wesel (...

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

COMPOSITION FOR SUPPORT MATERIAL AND INK SET FOR STEREOLITHOGRAPHY

MAXELL HOLDINGS, LTD., K...

1. A composition for a support material to be used in a support material for supporting a model material used to form a shaped article through ink-jet stereolithography, the composition comprising:polyalkylene glycol having an oxybutylene group,
wherein a content of the polyalkylene glycol having an oxybutylene group is 15 parts by mass or more and 75 parts by mass or less with respect to a total mass of the composition for a support material taken as 100 parts by mass.
US Pat. No. 10,557,048

INKS

Fujifilm Imaging Colorant...

1. An ink comprising:(a) from 0.5 to 5 parts of a self-dispersible pigment;
(b) from 5 to 8 parts of a styrene acrylic latex binder;
(c) from 0 to 5 parts of a glycol selected from the group consisting of ethylene glycol, diethylene glycol, propylene glycol, dipropylene glycol or triethylene glycol;
(d) from 1 to 10 parts of 2-pyrrolidone;
(e) from 1 to 15 parts of glycerol;
(f) from 0.1 to 0.5 parts of 2,4,7,9-tetramethyl-5-decyne-4,7-diol or an ethylene oxide condensate thereof;
(g) from 0.001 to 5 parts of biocide;
(h) from 0 to 10 parts of a polyethylene glycol; and
(i) the balance to 100 parts water, wherein the ink has a surface tension of from 30 to 40 dynes/cm when measured at 25° C. using a Kruss K100 tensiometer.
US Pat. No. 10,558,122

COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING SULFONAMIDE MATERIAL AND PROCESSES FOR PHOTOLITHOGRAPHY

Rohm and Haas Electronic ...

1. A method for processing a photoresist composition, comprising:(a) applying on a substrate a photoresist composition to form a photoresist layer, wherein the photoresist composition comprises:
(i) one or more resins,
(ii) a photoactive component, and
(iii) one or more polymers that comprise:
1) a group of the formula RS(?O)2(X)NR?2 where X is a 1 to 8 carbon linkage, R is a non-hydrogen substituent, and each R? is independently a hydrogen or non-hydrogen substituent, and
2) one or more photoacid-labile groups wherein the iii) one or more polymers are different from the one or more resins; and
(b) immersion exposing the photoresist layer to radiation activating for the photoresist composition.
US Pat. No. 10,559,406

DATA COMMUNICATION CABLE HAVING MODIFIED DELAY SKEW

General Cable Technologie...

1. A communication cable comprising:a cable core comprising:
a first twisted wire pair having a first lay length and comprising two insulated wires; and
a second twisted wire pair having a second lay length, the second lay length being shorter than the first lay length;
wherein the two insulated wires of the first twisted wire pair each comprise a insulation layer formed of a fluoropolymer and a propagation speed modifier;
wherein the propagation speed modifier comprises titanium dioxide; and
wherein the insulation layer of each of the two insulated wires of the first twisted wire pair comprise about 0.2% to about 0.45%, by weight, of the propagation speed modifier; and
a jacket layer surrounding the cable core;
wherein the communication cable exhibits a delay skew of about 45 nanoseconds or less over a cable length of 100 meters.
US Pat. No. 10,556,357

SPLITTING OF THICK HARD-FOAM PLATES

Evonik Roehm GmbH, Darms...

1. A method for planar division of a rigid foam to obtain a film or thin sheet, said method comprising:flexibilizing the rigid foam to obtain a flexibilized foam, and
cutting the flexibilized foam with a knife,
wherein said flexibilizing of the rigid foam prior to cutting is accomplished by storing the rigid foam in water and/or heating or adjusting to a temperature in a range of from T-15° C. to T-1° C. where T is a foaming temperature of the rigid foam, and
the rigid foam is a PE, PP, PVC, PMMA or P(M)I foam.

US Pat. No. 10,560,990

LIGHT EMITTING DIODE CIRCUIT WITH ACCURATE CURRENT MONITORING OF TWO OR MORE DIFFERENT LED STRINGS

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A circuit configured to monitor current through two or more strings of light emitting diodes, the circuit comprising:a power converter;
a first current sensing resistor, wherein the first current sensing resistor is positioned between a first node and a second node of the circuit;
a second current sensing resistor connected in series with the first current sensing resistor, wherein the second current sensing resistor is positioned between the second node and a third node of the circuit; and
a first electrical contact element at the first node and a second electrical contact element at the third node, wherein the first electrical contact element and the second electrical contact element are coupled to the power converter,
wherein current from the power converter flows through a first LED string and a second LED string in a complimentary fashion such that when current flows through the first LED string approximately zero current flows through the second LED string, and when current flows through the second LED string approximately zero current flows through the first LED string,
wherein a voltage drop between the first electrical contact element and the second electrical contact element is defined by the first current sensing resistor when current flows through the first LED string, and
wherein the voltage drop between the first electrical contact element and the second electrical contact element is defined by the first current sensing resistor and the second current sensing resistor when current flows through the second LED string.

US Pat. No. 10,560,963

FIRST RADIO NODE AND METHOD THEREIN FOR PERFORMING A LISTEN-BEFORE-TALK (LBT) WITH A SELECTED LBT METHOD

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Er...

1. A method performed by a first radio node, the first radio node being configured to operate in a Long Term Evolution, LTE, wireless communications network, the method comprising:selecting a Listen-Before-Talk, LBT, method based on a type of information to be transmitted to a second radio node in a radio channel in unlicensed spectrum;
performing an LBT with the selected LBT method on the radio channel;
when the type of information is data, the selected method comprises always deferring transmission of the data until one of: a) after completion of a first period of observation of the radio channel in which an outcome of the first period of observation of the radio channel is that the radio channel is idle, an outcome of at least a second period of observation of the radio channel is that the radio channel is idle, and b) an outcome of a first period of observation of the radio channel and one or more defer periods is that the radio channel is idle; and
when the type of information is one of control and management information, the selected method comprises allowing transmission of the information immediately after an outcome of the first period of observation is that the radio channel is idle, a duration of the first period of observation providing priority to the one of the control and the management information compared to data.

US Pat. No. 10,560,932

SCRAMBLING SEQUENCE DESIGN FOR EMBEDDING RECEIVER ID INTO FROZEN BITS FOR BLIND DETECTION

COHERENT LOGIX, INCORPORA...

1. A transmitter comprising:a radio; and
a processor coupled to the radio;
wherein the radio and the processor are configured to:
represent receiver-specific control information as a plurality of frozen bits and a plurality of information bits of a polar code;
modulate at least a subset of the plurality of frozen bits based on a receiver-specific identifier to produce modulated control information, wherein at least the subset of the plurality of frozen bits are selected for modulation whereby at least the subset of the plurality of frozen bits occur within the control information after an information bit with a predetermined threshold level of reliability, wherein the plurality of information bits of the control information is not modulated based on the receiver-specific identifier;
encode the modulated control information using the polar code to obtain encoded modulated control information; and
wirelessly transmit the encoded modulated control information.

US Pat. No. 10,560,930

ENHANCED PHYSICAL DOWNLINK CONTROL CHANNEL SUPPORTING COMMON SEARCH SPACE

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method for a cellular base station (BS) to provide a cell, comprising: by the BS:allocating a plurality of resource blocks (RBs) of a subframe as an enhanced physical downlink control channel (EPDCCH) separately specified for link-budget limited (LBL) user equipment (UE) devices of the cell;
providing control information on a common search space in the EPDCCH for one or more of the LBL UE devices of the cell during the subframe, wherein providing the control information on the common search space for the one or more of the LBL UE devices of the cell using the EPDCCH allows the one or more of the LBL UE devices to receive paging message indications via the EPDCCH when operating in idle mode, and wherein at least one aggregation level specified for the common search space of the EPDCCH for the LBL UEs is higher than a highest aggregation level in a common search space of a physical downlink control channel (PDCCH).

US Pat. No. 10,560,924

MOBILE STATION APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CONDITIONALLY COMPUTING A TRANSMIT POWER FOR COMPARISON WITH A MAXIMUM TRANSMIT POWER

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A mobile station apparatus comprising:a transmitter configured to transmit a physical uplink control channel; and
a transmission power controller configured to:
compute a first power headroom for a subframe by assuming a predefined physical uplink control channel format, in a first case that the transmitter is configured not to transmit the physical uplink control channel in the subframe,
compute the first power headroom for the subframe based on a physical uplink control channel format of a transmitted physical uplink control channel, in a second case that the transmitter is configured to transmit the physical uplink control channel in the subframe, and
compute a second power headroom for the subframe, the second power headroom being a difference between a maximum transmit power value and a calculated transmit power value of a physical uplink shared channel; wherein
the transmission power controller is configured to instruct the transmitter to transmit the first or second power headroom for a certain uplink component carrier in case that at least one uplink radio resource for initial transmission is assigned to the mobile station apparatus and a power headroom report has been triggered and the transmission power controller determines to transmit the first or second power headroom through the at least one uplink radio resource for initial transmission on the basis of a priority.

US Pat. No. 10,560,881

NETWORK HANDOVER METHOD AND APPARATUS

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. A terminal, comprising:a communications interface, configured to communicate with an access point;
a processor; and
a non-transitory computer readable storage medium storing programing for execution by the processor, the programing including instructions to:
detect a currently connected access point does not satisfy a transmission condition, the currently connected access point has a name indicating a type of network connection provided by the currently connected access point, the type of network connection provided by the currently connected access point is 5G; and
when at least one access point satisfying the transmission condition in a plurality of access points associated with the currently connected access point and when the currently connected access point does not satisfy the transmission condition, establish a connection to a first access point of the at least one access point satisfying the transmission condition, each of the at least one access point have a name indicating a respective type of network connection provided by a respective one of the at least one access point and is at least partially the same as the name of the currently connected access point, the types of network connections provided by the at least one access point comprises 2.4G.

US Pat. No. 10,560,865

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ELECTRONIC NEWS GATHERING

Accelerated Media Technol...

1. An electronic news gathering system, comprising:at least one antenna configured to establish an air link with at least one base station;
a network modem configured to use the at least one antenna to communicate with the at least one base station;
at least one camera configured to output a video signal;
at least one encoder configured to process the video signal output by the at least one camera and generate a first stream of data packets representing the video signal;
a teleprompter configured to display information to a user;
an intercom configured to capture speech from the user and generate a second stream of data packets representing the captured speech; and
a network device configured to:
provide, to the network modem, the first stream of data packets generated by the at least one encoder and the second stream of data packets generated by the intercom, to be transmitted wirelessly to the at least one base station;
receive from the network modem information to be displayed to the user;
provide the information to be displayed to the user to the teleprompter;
receive from the network modem information indicative of at least one network condition; and
provide the information indicative of the at least one network condition to the at least one encoder,
wherein the at least one encoder is further configured to adjust, based on the information indicative of the at least one network condition, at least one parameter used in generating the first stream of data packets representing the video signal,
wherein the electronic news gathering system further comprises at least one network interface that is different from the network modem, wherein the network device is further configured to provide data packets to the at least one network interface for transmission, and
wherein the network device is configured to provide data packets to the at least one network interface via a bonded connection manager configured to aggregate bandwidth from multiple networks to emulate a single data pipe.

US Pat. No. 10,560,862

INTERFERENCE-AWARE APPLICATIONS FOR CONNECTED VEHICLES

DENSO International Ameri...

1. A method comprising:receiving, using at least one processor that is configured to execute instructions stored in a nontransitory computer-readable medium, a first reporting signal from a vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication system, wherein the first reporting signal includes data indicating (i) a noise measurement of a communication channel, and (ii) a location associated with the noise measurement, the noise measurement being based on at least one of a packet error rate of the communication channel, a signal-to-noise ratio of the communication channel, and an arrival time of an incoming message on the communication channel;
determining, using the at least one processor, the location is associated with a noisy region in response to a value of the noise measurement exceeding a first threshold value;
generating, using the at least one processor, an entry based on the first reporting signal in response to the value of the noise measurement exceeding the first threshold value;
storing, using the at least one processor, the entry in a database, wherein:
the database includes a plurality of additional entries; and
each of the plurality of additional entries includes information based on a plurality of additional reporting signals; and
generating, using the at least one processor, an alert based on at least one of the entry and the plurality of additional entries, wherein the alert is configured to indicate a presence of noise at a location associated with the at least one of the entry and the plurality of additional entries.

US Pat. No. 10,560,856

PHASE SHIFTER, ANTENNA, AND BASE STATION

Huawei Technologies Co., ...

1. A phase shifter, comprising:a feed unit,
at least one tapping element,
at least one conductor section, and
a ground element,
wherein the feed unit is electrically connected to a first tapping element of the at least one tapping element, and the at least one tapping element is electrically connected in sequence;
wherein the at least one conductor section is at least one concentric curved conductor section; each tapping element is electrically connected to one conductor section; and each tapping element is shifted, by using a circle center of the at least one conductor section as a rotation axis, along the conductor section connected to each tapping element, for changing a phase of a signal of an input port passing through the conductor section connected to each tapping element, and outputting the signal at an output port of the conductor section connected to each tapping element; and
wherein when each tapping element is shifted by a preset angle from the output port of the conductor section connected to each tapping element as a start position, one tapping element is electrically connected to the ground element, so that:
a signal transmitted by the tapping element is reflected to an input port of the feed unit, and
a standing wave is generated by the signal of the input port.

US Pat. No. 10,560,847

MOBILE TERMINAL, LOCK STATE CONTROL PROGRAM FOR MOBILE TERMINAL, AND A METHOD FOR CONTROLLING LOCK STATE OF MOBILE TERMINAL

Kyocera Corporation, Kyo...

1. A mobile electronic device that can set and release a lock state, the device comprising:a display operable to display a first screen in a lock state, the first screen comprising a first display object;
a touch panel coupled to the display, and operable to detect a touch on the first screen, a move of the touch and a release of the touch;
at least one controller configured to cause the display to display the first display object based on one or more graphical elements, operable to:
move the first display object in a moving direction of the touch on the first screen and change at least one of the one or more graphical elements in response to detecting the move of the touch on the first screen;
delete the first display object from the first screen in response to a further detecting of the move of the touch after moving the first display object and changing the at least one of the one or more graphical elements; and
release the lock state after deleting the first display object.

US Pat. No. 10,560,814

WIRELESS PTT COMMUNICATION SYSTEM WITH ENHANCED LOCATION REPORTING AND RELATED DEVICES AND METHODS

HARRIS CORPORATION, Melb...

1. A wireless Push-to-Talk (PTT) communication system comprising:a plurality of mobile wireless PTT communications devices, each configured to send a PTT call request;
a wireless network coupling said plurality of mobile wireless PTT communications devices; and
a PTT server configured to
when a number of said plurality of mobile wireless PTT communications devices in a given talkgroup is greater than or equal to a first threshold, then cause each mobile wireless PTT communications device of the given talkgroup to report a respective location, and
when a number of said plurality of mobile wireless PTT communications devices in the given talkgroup is less than the first threshold, then disable each mobile wireless PTT communications device of the given talkgroup from reporting the respective location until when said PTT server commands restarting reporting of the respective location.

US Pat. No. 10,560,783

METHODS, APPARATUSES AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCTS FOR FACILITATING DIRECTIONAL AUDIO CAPTURE WITH MULTIPLE MICROPHONES

Nokia Technologies Oy, E...

1. An apparatus comprising:a directional audio capture module; and
a plurality of microphones positioned at predetermined locations of the apparatus;
wherein the directional audio capture module is configured to:
assign at least one direction, among a plurality of directions, in which to direct directionality of an output signal of one or more of the plurality of microphones based on a respective selected application, among a plurality of applications;
select at least one of a first set of microphones comprising at least two microphones for a first frequency band and a second set of microphones comprising at least two other microphones for a second frequency band based in part on the selected application; and
adjust the output signal for the assigned at least one direction by adjusting at least one parameter of the assigned at least one direction based on output signals of the selected first and second sets of microphones, wherein respective sets of microphone signals for the first and second frequency bands are processed by the adjusted at least one parameter.

US Pat. No. 10,560,766

WIRELESS DROP IN A FIBER-TO-THE-HOME NETWORK

CommScope Connectivity Be...

1. A wireless drop terminal for use in a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network, the wireless drop terminal comprising:a fiber interface to optically couple the wireless drop terminal to an optical line terminal of the FTTH network via at least one optical fiber; and
a wireless interface communicatively coupled to the fiber interface, wherein the wireless interface is configured to wirelessly receive RF signals via a directional wireless drop from a wireless optical network terminal (W-ONT), wherein the W-ONT is located at a customer premises, wherein the wireless drop terminal is located outside of the customer premises;
wherein the wireless interface is implemented using a baseband module, wherein the baseband module receives digital baseband data generated from an RF waveform transmitted from the W-ONT to the wireless drop terminal, and the baseband module processes the received digital baseband data to obtain upstream wireless frames;
wherein the fiber interface transmits upstream optical frames derived from the upstream wireless frames.

US Pat. No. 10,560,738

INTERACTIVE VIDEO DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM AND VIDEO PLAYER UTILIZING A CLIENT SERVER ARCHITECTURE

Scorpcast, LLC, Las Vega...

24. Non-transitory computer-readable media including computer-executable instructions that, when executed by computer system, cause the computer system to at least:cause a first user interface to be displayed that enables a first user to upload a video or provide a link to the video to a remote system;
provide an upload of a first video or a link thereto, identified using the first user interface, to the remote system;
provide, over a network using a network interface to the remote system: an upload of a first image, a link to the first image, and/or a first item of text, and a link to a first destination;
display the first video via a content player in association with a scrubber control; receive from the first user a definition as to when the first image and/or first item of text are to be displayed when the first video is played back, wherein the definition as to when the first image and/or first item of text are to be displayed is provided at least in part via the scrubber control;
provide to the remote system the definition as to when the first image and/or first item of text are to be displayed when the first video is played back;
provide, over the network using the network interface to the remote system:
an upload of a second image, a link to the second image, and/or a second item of text, and a link to a second destination;
receive from the first user a definition as to when the second image is to be displayed when the first video is played back; and
provide, by the computer system over the network to the remote system, the definition as to when the second image and/or second item of text are to be displayed when the first video is played back.

US Pat. No. 10,560,736

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING IN-VEHICLE SERVICES TO COMMUTERS

ANI Technologies Private ...

1. A method for providing in-vehicle services, the method comprising:receiving, by a first device of a vehicle from a second device of the vehicle over a first communication network, an application selection input corresponding to selection of a first master application on the second device by a commuter in the vehicle, wherein the first master application is for hosting a set of online applications and a set of offline applications selected by a first server, and wherein the set of online applications and the set of offline applications are associated with a plurality of categories, and
wherein the set of offline applications and the set of online applications are retrieved, by the first device, from a plurality of applications stored on the first server based on ranking and categorization of the plurality of applications by way of a second communication network, wherein the set of offline applications and the set of online applications include at least a first application and a second application, respectively, and wherein the first device provides the set of offline applications and the set of online applications to the first master application, and
wherein the set of online applications is selected based on a rank threshold specified by the commuter travelling in the vehicle;
rendering, by the first device on a display of the second device, the plurality of categories into which the set of online applications and the set of offline applications are categorized by the first server;
receiving, by the first device from the second device, a category selection input corresponding to selection of a category from the plurality of categories by the commuter;
rendering, by the first device on the display of the second device, online applications selected from the set of online applications and offline applications selected from the set of offline applications, wherein the online applications and the offline applications are selected based on the selected category by the commuter;
receiving at least one of a first or a second request by the first device from the second device, wherein the second device transmits at least one of the first or the second request based on at least one of a first input or a second input, respectively, wherein the first or the second input is received by way of the first or the second application selected by the commuter from the offline applications or the online applications, respectively, and wherein the first and second applications are rendered by the first master application installed on the second device;
retrieving, by the first device, one or more multimedia files including at least a first multimedia file from the first server over the second communication network, wherein the first device stores the one or more multimedia files in a first memory;
retrieving, by the first device, at least one of the first multimedia file from the first memory of the first device in response to the first request, or a second multimedia file from a second server in response to the second request by way of the second communication network; and
streaming, by the first device, at least one of the first multimedia file or the second multimedia file on the second device by way of the first communication network.

US Pat. No. 10,560,723

CONTEXT MODELING FOR TRANSFORM COEFFICIENT CODING

QUALCOMM Incorporated, S...

1. A method for coding video data, the method comprising;determining a context for a first syntax element for a current block of video data based on a coding mode of the current block, wherein the coding mode comprises one of an intra coding mode or an inter coding mode, wherein a value for the first syntax element indicates whether there is at least one non-zero transform coefficient level associated with the current block of video data;
determining a probability model based on the determined context for the first syntax element; and
context coding the first syntax element based on the determined probability model.

US Pat. No. 10,560,712

AFFINE MOTION PREDICTION FOR VIDEO CODING

Qualcomm Incorporated, S...

1. A method for decoding video data, the method comprising:obtaining, by one or more processors of a video decoder and for a current block of a current picture of video data, values of motion vectors of an affine motion model of a neighboring block of video data;
decoding, by the one or more processors and from an encoded video bitstream, a first syntax element included in a sequence parameter set (SPS) referred to by the current picture, wherein a first value of the first syntax element indicates that motion compensation for pictures referring to the SPS can be performed using a four-parameter affine motion model defined by two motion vectors, and wherein a second value of the first syntax element indicates that motion compensation for pictures referring to the SPS can be performed using either a four-parameter affine motion model defined by two motion vectors or a six-parameter affine motion model defined by three motion vectors;
responsive to the first syntax element having the second value:
decoding, by the one or more processors and from the encoded video bitstream, a second syntax element, wherein a first value of the second syntax element indicates that motion compensation for the current block is to be performed using a four-parameter affine motion model defined by two motion vectors, and wherein a second value of the second syntax element indicates that motion compensation for the current block is to be performed using a six-parameter affine motion model defined by three motion vectors; and
deriving, by the one or more processors and from the values of the motion vectors of the affine motion model of the neighboring block of video data, values of predictors for motion vectors of the affine motion model of the current block of video data indicated by the second syntax element;
decoding, by the one or more processors and from the encoded video bitstream, a representation of differences between the values of the motion vectors of the affine motion model for the current block of video data and the values of the predictors;
determining, by the one or more processors, the values of the motion vectors of the affine motion model for the current block of video data from the values of the predictors and the decoded differences;
determining, based on the determined values of the motion vectors of the affine motion model for the current block of video data, a predictor block of video data; and
reconstructing the current block of video data based on the predictor block of video data.

US Pat. No. 10,560,706

HIGH LAYER SYNTAX FOR TEMPORAL SCALABILITY

Vidyo, Inc., Hackensack,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,560,700

ADJUSTING ENCODING FRAME SIZE BASED ON AVAILABLE NETWORK BANDWIDTH

Wowza Media Systems, LLC,...

1. A method of encoding video data, the method comprising:performing a first operation, at an encoder, to increase an encoding bit rate of video data in response to a first indication of available bandwidth for transmission of encoded video data;
increasing an encoding frame size of the video data in response to the encoding bit rate rising above a first threshold;
performing a second operation to increase the encoding bit rate in response to a second indication of the available bandwidth; and
increasing the encoding frame size in response to the encoding bit rate rising above a second threshold, the second threshold greater than the first threshold, wherein one or both of the first threshold and the second threshold is based on a window size.

US Pat. No. 10,560,698

GRAPHICS SERVER AND METHOD FOR STREAMING RENDERED CONTENT VIA A REMOTE GRAPHICS PROCESSING SERVICE

Nvidia Corporation, Sant...

1. A graphics server, comprising:a graphics renderer configured to identify when rendered content has not changed;
a frame capturer;
an encoder; and
a processor, wherein when said graphics renderer identifies said rendered content has not changed said processor is configured to:
cause said frame capturer to not capture said frames of said rendered content;
cause said encoder to not encode said frames of said rendered content; and
cause a pre-encoded skip-frame message to be transmitted without requiring any pixel processing.

US Pat. No. 10,560,691

SYSTEM, HAVING A PROCESSING DEVICE AND A CAMERA CONNECTED THERETO. FOR THE DETECTION OF A MACHINE-READABLE SECURITY FEATURE OF A VALUE DOCUMENT AND METHOD FOR EXCHANGING A CAMERA OF SUCH A SYSTEM

CI Tech Sensors, AG, Bur...

1. A system, comprising:a processing device; and
an exchangeable camera connected thereto for detecting a machine-readable security feature of a valuable document;
wherein the system is calibrated by means of processing device correction data, which relate to characteristics of the processing device, and camera calibration data, which relate to characteristics of the processing device and of the camera connected thereto, wherein the camera comprises a memory configured to store the processing device correction data and the camera calibration data relating to the system in which the calibration is carried out;
wherein the processing device comprises a memory configured to store the processing device correction data and the camera calibration data relating to the system in which operation for detecting a machine-readable security feature of the valuable document is carried out; and
wherein the processing device is configured to calculate the camera calibration data—to be stored in the memory of the processing deviceof the system in which operation for detecting a machine-readable security feature of the valuable document is carried out, by weighting the camera calibration data stored in the memory of the camera with the processing device correction data stored in the memory of the camera and with the processing device correction data stored in the memory of the processing device.

US Pat. No. 10,560,672

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND OBJECT REPRODUCE METHOD THEREOF

Compal Electronics, Inc.,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,560,646

GLOBAL-SHUTTER VERTICALLY INTEGRATED PIXEL WITH HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE

1. A vertically integrated pixel comprising at least two layers, with layer one comprising:a pinned photodiode (PPD) which generates photocurrent Iph;
a transfer gate Mtg connected in series between said PPD and a first node, the voltage at said first node being Vfd and the total capacitance on said first node being Cfd, said transfer gate conducting in response to a control signal txb;
a low-gain select transistor Mlg connected between said first node and a second node, said low-gain select transistor conducting in response to a control signal lgb, the voltage at said second node being a voltage Vint;
a reset transistor Mrst connected between said second node and a reset voltage Vrst, said reset transistor conducting in response to a control signal rstb;
a capacitance Cint connected between said second node and a first constant potential; and
a source-follower transistor Misf whose source, gate and drain are connected to an output node, said first node and a second constant potential, respectively, such that the voltage at said output node follows Vfd when said source-follower transistor is in a conducting state, said output node connected to another layer of said pixel.

US Pat. No. 10,560,630

CAMERA HAVING FAR-NEAR FOCUS SWITCHING FUNCTION

1. A camera having a far-near focus switching function, comprising a camera body, a display screen assembly and a lens assembly, wherein the camera body is connected with the display screen assembly through a rotating shaft, the lens assembly is located in the camera body, and a first PCB is arranged in the camera body; and the lens assembly comprises a near-focus lens, a lens ring, a far-focus lens and a lens holder, wherein the near-focus lens has an end connected with the lens ring and an end connected with the lens holder, the far-focus lens and the lens holder are mounted in the camera body, and the near-focus lens and the far-focus lens are electrically connected with the first PCB.

US Pat. No. 10,560,592

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

SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,560,551

SERVICES VERSIONING

Avaya Inc., Basking Ridg...

1. In a communication system comprising a plurality of users, a method comprising:defining, by a processor for first and second users in the plurality of users, a set of enabled services or service versions that the first and second users are allowed to access from the communication system, wherein the set of enabled services or service versions is packaged into a file format comprising multiple components and multiple possible subcomponents of each of the components; and
enabling, by the processor, the first and second users to select specific configurations of the subcomponents to provide first and second user configured sets of enabled services or service versions that the first and second users, respectively, are allowed to access from the communication system, wherein each of the first and second user configured sets of enabled services or service versions comprise a subcomponent not contained in the other of the first and second user configured sets of enabled services or service versions.

US Pat. No. 10,560,328

STATIC NETWORK POLICY ANALYSIS FOR NETWORKS

CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC., ...

1. A method comprising:obtaining a logical model based on network configuration data stored in a controller on a software-defined network, the logical model including a declarative representation of a configuration of objects associated with the software-defined network, the objects including at least one of one or more endpoint groups, one or more bridge domains, one or more contexts, or one or more tenants;
defining rules corresponding to conditions of the objects according to a specification of the software-defined network;
for each of the objects, determining a class name of a respective one of the objects, associating at least one of the rules with the respective one of the objects, and determining a tenant name of the respective one of the objects;
determining whether the configuration violates one or more of the rules; and
when the configuration violates the one or more of the rules, detecting an error in the configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,560,311

MANAGEMENT APPARATUS, MANAGEMENT METHOD, AND RECORDING MEDIUM

HITACHI LTD., Tokyo (JP)...

1. A management apparatus connectable to a network that connects a group of computers, comprising:a processor configured to execute a program;
a storage device configured to store the program; and
an interface configured to connect to the network,
wherein the storage device stores communication patterns indicating periodic change over time in traffic flows for customers that are series of data flowing between computers within the group of computers in the network, and identification information of communication apparatuses in the network through which the flows pass, and
wherein the program causes the processor to execute:
a reception process that receives, from a communication apparatus with respect to which a fault has occurred, fault information that includes the identification information of the communication apparatus and a fault occurrence date and time;
a selection process of selecting a flow that passes through the communication apparatus from among a group of flows on the basis of the identification information of the communication apparatus included in the fault information received during the reception process;
a comparative determination process of determining based on comparative traffic flow whether the communication pattern of the flow is similar with respect to estimated number of packets per a time interval to a stored communication pattern of time series data of traffic with respect to the communication apparatus within a period from a set period prior to the fault occurrence date and time to the fault occurrence date and time;
a calculation process that calculates the certainty that the flow has been transmitted on the fault occurrence date and time on the basis of respective ratios of estimated number of packets per the time interval of the traffic of the compared communication patterns; and
an output process of outputting calculation results obtained by the calculation process.

US Pat. No. 10,560,280

NETWORK SECURITY ANALYSIS FOR SMART APPLIANCES

CUJO LLC, El Segundo, CA...

1. A computer program product comprising a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium comprising instructions encoded thereon that, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to:intercept, at a network traffic hub within a local network, a set of network communications from one or more smart appliances within the local network;
receive traffic control instructions from a behavior analysis engine associated with the network traffic hub, the traffic control instructions identifying a smart appliance of the one or more smart appliances and including a numeric confidence value representative of a probability that the smart appliance includes malicious code;
in response to the numeric confidence value being greater than a first threshold, block subsequent traffic to and from the identified smart appliance; andin response to the numeric confidence value being less than the first threshold but greater than a second threshold, add the identified smart appliance to a security watchlist,allow subsequent traffic to and from the identified smart appliance, and provide by redirecting the subsequent traffic to and from the identified smart appliance to a server for analysis for malicious behavior.

US Pat. No. 10,560,197

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR OPTOELECTRONIC RECEIVERS UTILIZING WAVEGUIDE HETEROJUNCTION PHOTOTRANSISTORS INTEGRATED IN A CMOS SOI WAFER

Luxtera, Inc., Carlsbad,...

1. A method for processing signals, the method comprising:in a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) chip:
receiving one or more optical signals via a top surface of said CMOS chip;
generating one or more electrical signals in said CMOS chip utilizing one or more germanium waveguide heterojunction phototransistors by demodulating said received one or more optical signals utilizing a mixer signal applied to a base terminal of said one or more germanium waveguide heterojunction phototransistors.

US Pat. No. 10,560,181

AERIAL VEHICLE MANAGEMENT FOR AN AERONAUTICAL COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK

AERONET GLOBAL COMMUNICAT...

1. A method of providing service coverage for the provision of data services to a target aircraft comprising:generating a data services availability map and an expected data usage profile aboard the target aircraft for each point in a flight plan of the target aircraft;
generating a metric for a level of available data services for each point in the flight plan based on the data services availability map;
comparing the metric with the expected data usage profile for each point in the flight plan; and
when the level of available data services is insufficient, configuring a pattern of communication links with one or more other aircraft and the target aircraft to achieve the expected data usage profile.

US Pat. No. 10,560,098

MECHANICAL RESONATOR BASED CASCADABLE LOGIC DEVICE

KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY ...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a resonator, including a beam having a first fixed end, a second fixed end, and a length between the first and second fixed ends;
a first electrode and a second electrode aligned along a first side of the beam;
a third electrode and a fourth electrode aligned along a second side of the beam and opposite the first and second electrodes;
a DC voltage source coupled to one of the first and second fixed ends of the beam;
wherein at least one of the first, second, third, and fourth electrodes is coupled to a first AC voltage source so that a logic operation is performed by activating a second resonant mode of the resonator.

US Pat. No. 10,560,050

INNOVATIVE ENERGY GENERATING PHOTOVOLTAIC AWNING

EvoluSun, Inc., San Jose...

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

US Pat. No. 10,560,033

SOLAR HYBRID SOLUTION FOR SINGLE PHASE STARTING CAPACITOR MOTOR APPLICATIONS

SunTech Drive, LLC, Boul...

1. A system comprising:an induction-type AC electric motor having a starting winding, and a run winding;
an AC input connection;
a multiphase variable frequency motor (VFD) drive having at least a first and a second phase output;
a switching apparatus having at least a first and a second position;
wherein with the switching apparatus in the first position, a first output of a variable frequency motor drive is coupled to the run winding of the AC electric motor, and a second output of the variable frequency motor drive is coupled to the start winding of the AC electric motor; and
with the switching apparatus in the second position, the run winding of the AC electric motor is coupled to the AC input connection and the start winding of the AC electric motor is coupled through a capacitor and start switch to the AC input connection;
wherein, with the switching apparatus in the first position, the second output of the VFD is configured to discontinue driving the start winding of the motor after the motor begins rotating.

US Pat. No. 10,560,030

CABLE COMPENSATION CIRCUIT AND POWER SUPPLY INCLUDING THE SAME

SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,560,017

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

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

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

US Pat. No. 10,560,007

MOTOR

MABUCHI MOTOR CO., LTD., ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,559,975

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DISTRIBUTED GRID CONTROL WITH SUB-CYCLIC LOCAL RESPONSE CAPABILITY

Smart Wires Inc., Union ...

1. A system for hierarchical monitoring and control for a high-voltage power grid comprising:i) a plurality of high-voltage transmission lines carrying power from generation locations to distribution centers;
ii) a plurality of impedance injection modules distributed over, and coupled to, the high-voltage transmission lines of the power grid, each impedance injection module coupled to only one high voltage transmission line of the power grid, and comprises:
a controller that senses disturbances on the high-voltage transmission line and reacts by generating and injecting inductive and/or capacitive impedances of appropriate magnitude onto the high-voltage transmission line via an injection transformer coupled to the high-voltage transmission line; and
a transceiver for high-speed communication with other impedance injection modules within a local group of impedance injection modules to enable coordinated response of the other impedance injection modules within the respective local group of impedance injection modules to disturbances on the high-voltage transmission line;
iii) a group of local centers, each local center within the group of local centers having a high-speed transceiver for high-speed communication with impedance injection modules within a respective local group of impedance injection modules and with other local centers to enable coordinated response of all impedance injection modules associated with that group of local centers; and
iv) a communication link to and from a system utility, at each local center, for communication at a lower speed than the high-speed communication between impedance injection modules and between impedance injection modules and local centers.

US Pat. No. 10,559,961

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING ELECTRIC ENERGY PRODUCED LOCALLY FOR SELF-CONSUMPTION AND DISTRIBUTED TO MULTIPLE USERS BELONGING TO ONE OR MORE COMMUNITIES OF USERS

Sisvel Technology S.R.L.,...

1. A device for managing a supply of electric energy to a user belonging to a community of users, each of said users in said community of users being a local user and sharing at least one system for producing electric energy from a local source, said device configured to be connected locally to said local source, said device allowing the local user of said community to receive a fraction of said energy produced by said local source without interacting with an external distributor of energy and without using electric grid connections, wherein said energy can be allocated and self-consumed locally by said local user of said community, said device being connected with said local source in parallel with other devices of other local users of the community, said other devices having a similar structure and functionality as said device, wherein said other devices of the community are configured to allow said other local users to each receive a fraction of said energy produced by said local source without interacting with an external distributor of energy and without using electric grid connections to the external distributor, and wherein said device is configured to receive energy from said local source and at least one system for supplying electric energy managed by the external distributor by using electric grid connections, wherein said local source is connected to the electric grid through a two way meter and wherein said device and said other devices are connected at a point between said local source and said two way meter, said device comprising:a combining circuit configured to combine electric energy coming from said at least one system for producing energy from said local source and from said at least one system for distributing energy managed by an external distributor; and
an adjusting circuit configured to adjust the fraction of electric energy supplied to said local user from said local source as a function of the electric energy coming from said local source that must be supplied, by means of said parallel connections, to the other local users of said community;
wherein said adjusting circuit is configured to receive information about a fraction of energy produced by said local source not used by at least another local user of said community, and, in case of need, giving priority to taking electric energy directly from said system for producing energy from a local source over said at least one system for supplying electric energy managed by an external distributor by drawing a higher amount of energy from said local source if said unused fraction is available; and
a circuit configured to prevent the electric energy managed by the external distributor and received by the device from flowing back to the two way meter and wherein said circuit is configured to allow the fraction of said energy received from said local source to only flow to said user associated with said device.

US Pat. No. 10,559,956

LOAD CONTROL DEVICE HAVING A REDUCED LEAKAGE THROUGH GROUND

Lutron Technology Company...

1. A load control device for controlling power delivered from an AC power source to an electrical device, the load control device comprising:a first hot detect circuit configured to generate a first hot-detect signal;
a second hot detect circuit configured to generate a second hot-detect signal;
a first switching circuit electrically coupled between the second hot detect circuit and a connection, the connection adapted to be electrically coupled to earth ground or a neutral side of the AC power source; and
a control circuit configured to receive the first hot-detect signal and the second hot-detect signal, configured to render the first switching circuit conductive and non-conductive, and configured to determine whether the first hot-detect signal and the second hot-detect signal are in phase;
wherein, when the control circuit determines that the first hot-detect signal and the second hot-detect signal are in phase, the control circuit is configured to render the first switching circuit non-conductive; and
wherein, when the control circuit determines that the first hot-detect signal and the second hot-detect signal are out of phase, the control circuit is configured to render the first switching circuit conductive.

US Pat. No. 10,559,879

PHASED ARRAY BURST SAMPLER

Anokiwave, Inc., San Die...

1. An active electronic steered antenna circuit for monitoring bursts of a phased array having a plurality of signal chains, each signal chain having a burst output for transmitting at least one burst, the circuit comprising:an input operably couplable with the burst output of at least one signal chain of the phased array, the input being configured to receive one or more bursts transmitted by the burst output(s) of the at least one signal chain;
a sample circuit operably coupled with the input, the sample circuit being configured to sample the one or more bursts to produce one or more samples;
memory operably coupled with the sample circuit, the memory receiving and storing the one or more of samples; and
a memory interface configured to provide access to the one or more samples.

US Pat. No. 10,559,830

GRAPHENE FOAM-PROTECTED METAL FLUORIDE AND METAL CHLORIDE CATHODE ACTIVE MATERIALS FOR LITHIUM BATTERIES

Global Graphene Group, In...

1. A cathode or positive electrode layer for a lithium battery, said cathode layer comprising multiple particles or coating of a cathode active material and a solid graphene foam composed of multiple pores and pore walls, whereina. said pore walls contain a pristine graphene material having less than 0.01% by weight of non-carbon elements or a non-pristine graphene material having 0.01% to 5% by weight of non-carbon elements, wherein said non-pristine graphene is selected from graphene oxide, reduced graphene oxide, graphene fluoride, graphene chloride, graphene bromide, graphene iodide, hydrogenated graphene, nitrogenated graphene, boron-doped graphene, nitrogen-doped graphene, chemically functionalized graphene, or a combination thereof;
b. said cathode active material particles or coating is selected from a metal fluoride or metal chloride, has a size from 1 nm to 10 ?m, and is in an amount from 1% to 99.9% by weight based on the total weight of said graphene foam and said cathode active material combined; and
c. some of said multiple pores are lodged with said particles or coating of the cathode active material, and said graphene foam is sufficiently elastic to accommodate volume expansion and shrinkage of said particles or coating of the cathode active material during a battery charge-discharge cycle to avoid expansion of said cathode layer.

US Pat. No. 10,559,791

BATTERY MODULE

1. A battery module, comprising a plurality of round cells of identical dimensions, target charge capacity and voltage, which are grouped into a series of round cell stacks, which round cell stacks are arranged one behind the other in a row and which round cell stacks all consist of an identical plurality of round cells which lie in each round cell stack axis-parallel to the stack row direction, adjacent and on top of each other in identical position in the stack row direction, whereincontact plates interposed between adjacent round cell stacks are provided, as well as end-side contact plates at the ends of the round cell stack row disposed in the stack row direction, which connect the round cells of each round cell stack in an electrically parallel manner at their poles disposed in the stack row direction, and wherein
all the round cells are arranged in such a way that all identical electrical poles face in the same direction and form a plurality of aligned round cell rows corresponding to the plurality of round cells per round cell stack, the round cells of each round cell row are respectively electrically connected in series via the interposed contact plates, wherein
at least the contact plates interposed between adjacent round cell stacks comprise protrusions for contacting the poles of the round cells and are electrically conductive at the protrusions and in the flat sections between the protrusions, wherein the protrusions press on the poles, but are not integrally connected to the poles, and wherein,
at the two ends of the round cell stack row, a respective pole plate rests on the outside on the end-side contact plate there, which pole plates are thicker-walled as compared to the contact plates, and which form the ends of the round cell stack row forming the poles of the battery module, and wherein
the protrusions have either identical dimensions and are provided on the contact plates at the positions corresponding to the axes of the round cell rows, wherein the protrusions each contact a pole of a round cell or both mutually facing poles of two adjoining round cells of a round cell row, so that all round cell poles are contacted via one of the protrusions,
or
the contact plates, which contact the plus poles of a round cell stack, comprise respective protrusions of identical dimensions on their sides facing the plus poles on the axes of the round cell rows, which protrusions each contact a plus pole of one of the round cells, and the contact plates, which contact the minus poles of a round cell stack, respectively comprise a plurality of protrusions with identical dimension on their sides facing the minus poles around the positions corresponding to the axes of the round cell regions, which protrusions each contact one of the minus poles of one of the round cells.

US Pat. No. 10,559,728

SEMICONDUCTOR PACKAGE STRUCTURE

Everlight Electronics Co....

1. A semiconductor package structure, comprising:a first substrate, comprising a base portion, a first protrusion and a second protrusion, the base portion comprising a first front surface, a first side surface and a second side surface, the first protrusion and the second protrusion respectively extending from the first side surface and the second side surface, the first protrusion and the second protrusion respectively comprising a first connection surface and a second connection surface, and the first connection surface and the second connection surface respectively connecting to the first side surface and the second side surface;
a second substrate, comprising a second front surface, the first substrate being disposed on a portion of the second front surface, wherein the second substrate further comprises a rear surface and a conductive pattern layer, the rear surface is opposite to the second front surface, and the conductive pattern layer is disposed on the rear surface and the second front surface; and
a semiconductor chip, being disposed on the first front surface of the base portion.

US Pat. No. 10,559,711

BURIED ACTIVATED P-(AL,IN)GAN LAYERS

Gallium Enterprises Pty L...

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

US Pat. No. 10,559,670

NANOSHEET FIELD EFFECT TRANSISTORS WITH PARTIAL INSIDE SPACERS

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A nanosheet device, comprising:a gate structure on a substrate;
a source/drain region on each of the opposite sides of the gate structure;
at least one nanosheet channel layer extending between the source/drain region on each of the opposite sides of the gate structure, wherein the at least one nanosheet channel layer is in physical and electrical contact with the source/drain region on each of the opposite sides of the gate structure; and
four cavity fills between the substrate and a bottom nanosheet channel layer of the at least one nanosheet channel layers, wherein one of the four cavity fills is located at each of the four corners of the bottom nanosheet channel layer.

US Pat. No. 10,559,653

SILICON CARBIDE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SILICON CARBIDE SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Mitsubishi Electric Corpo...

1. A silicon carbide semiconductor device comprising:a drift layer of a first conductivity type;
a threading dislocation provided to penetrate the drift layer; and
n electric-field reduction region of a second conductivity type disposed in a position in a surface layer of the drift layer, the position corresponding to the threading dislocation,
wherein the electric-field reduction region is an epitaxial layer comprising a dopant of the second conductivity type whose concentration is homogeneous and whose tail profile is not established, and
wherein the electric-field reduction region is at least partly buried in the position in the surface layer of the drift layer, the position corresponding to the threading dislocation.

US Pat. No. 10,559,594

APPROACH TO THE MANUFACTURING OF MONOLITHIC 3-DIMENSIONAL HIGH-RISE INTEGRATED-CIRCUITS WITH VERTICALLY-STACKED DOUBLE-SIDED FULLY-DEPLETED SILICON-ON-INSULATOR TRANSISTORS

1. A monolithic three-dimensional integrated circuit comprising:a plurality of vertically stacked semiconductor layers on top of a bottom semiconductor substrate;
inline dielectric above the bottom semiconductor substrate and vertically separating the vertically stacked semiconductor layers from each other;
the bottom semiconductor substrate and each of the plurality of vertically stacked semiconductor layers include at least two transistors, the transistors of the vertically stacked semiconductor layers being horizontally separated from each other by the inline dielectric;
wherein the transistors in the bottom semiconductor substrate comprise: a gate terminal, a gate dielectric, a source terminal and a drain terminal that connect to a first set of upper interconnects that cut through the inline dielectric above the bottom semiconductor substrate;
wherein the transistors in each of the plurality of vertically stacked semiconductor layers comprise: an upper gate terminal, an upper gate dielectric, an upper source region and an upper drain region formed on a top side of the semiconductor layer, a lower gate terminal, a lower gate dielectric, a lower source region and a lower drain region formed on the bottom side of the same semiconductor layer; and
wherein the upper source and upper drain regions of each transistor in each of the plurality of vertically stacked semiconductor layers overlap with the bottom source and bottom drain regions of the same transistor to form a double-sided drain terminal and a double-sided source terminal;
the double-sided drain terminal, the double-sided source terminal and the upper gate of each transistor connect to a set of top-side interconnects, and the double-sided drain terminal, the double-sided source terminal and the lower gate of each transistor connect to a set of bottom-side interconnects; and
the first set of upper interconnects are directly bonded to the bottom-side interconnects of at least one transistor of a first vertically stacked semiconductor layer above the bottom semiconductor substrate, and the top-side interconnects of at least one transistor of the first vertically stacked semiconductor layer above the bottom semiconductor substrate are directly bonded to the bottom-side interconnects of at least one transistor of a second vertically stacked semiconductor layer above the first vertically stacked semiconductor layer.

US Pat. No. 10,559,572

VERTICAL TRANSISTOR CONTACT FOR A MEMORY CELL WITH INCREASED DENSITY

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MA...

1. A method for forming a contact for a transistor, the method comprising:forming a first doped region over a semiconductor substrate;
forming a second doped region in portions of the first doped region, wherein portions the first doped region extends below the second doped region;
forming a gate alongside portions of a first fin;
removing portions of the second doped region and portions of the first doped region extending below the second doped region;
removing portions of the gate; and
depositing a metal in the removed portion of the gate and the removed portion of second doped region and the first doped region extending below the second doped region to create the contact.

US Pat. No. 10,559,529

PITCH DIVISION PATTERNING APPROACHES WITH INCREASED OVERLAY MARGIN FOR BACK END OF LINE (BEOL) INTERCONNECT FABRICATION AND STRUCTURES RESULTING THEREFROM

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. A semiconductor structure, comprising:a substrate; and
a plurality of alternating first and second conductive line types disposed along a same direction of a back end of line (BEOL) metallization layer disposed above the substrate, wherein a total composition of the first conductive line type is different from a total composition of the second conductive line type, and wherein a bottom surface of one of the first conductive line types is co-planar with a bottom surface of one of the second conductive line types.

US Pat. No. 10,559,525

EMBEDDED SILICON SUBSTRATE FAN-OUT TYPE 3D PACKAGING STRUCTURE

HUATIAN TECHNOLOGY (KUNSH...

1. An embedded silicon substrate fan-out type 3D packaging structure, comprising:a silicon substrate and
at least one functional chip,
wherein the silicon substrate includes at least one groove, the at least one functional chip is embedded in the at least one groove with a pad surface facing upward, the at least one functional chip is bonded with the at least one groove through a polymer; a front surface of the silicon substrate, the pad surface of the at least one functional chip, as well as at least one gap between the at least one functional chip and the at least one groove are covered with a first insulating layer; at least one conductive through hole penetrating the silicon substrate and electrically connected to the pads is formed on the silicon substrate except for at least one position where the at least one groove is located; a second insulating layer is located on the first insulating layer and covers the front surface of the silicon substrate and the pad surface of the at least one functional chip, the pads of the functional chip under the first and second insulating layers are exposed through the first and second insulating layers, and the first and second insulating layer are made of similar photosensitive polymer materials; and the silicon substrate further includes electrical interconnect structures located on both the front surface and a back surface of the silicon substrate, and a first metal re-wiring located on the front surface and a second metal re-wiring located on the back surface, the pads are electrically connected to the electrical interconnect structures located on the front surface and the at least one conductive through hole through the first metal re-wiring, and the electrical interconnect structures located on the back surface are electrically connected to the at least one conductive through hole through the second metal re-wiring.

US Pat. No. 10,559,471

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING BONDED WAFER

SUMCO CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A method of manufacturing a bonded wafer, comprising:a bonding step of bonding a support substrate wafer and an active layer wafer with an insulating film;
a terrace forming step of forming a terrace surface on the support substrate wafer; and
a strain removing step of removing a strained region generated by the terrace forming step,
wherein the terrace forming step is carried out using a chamfering wheel which comprise a low grit number grinding stone and a high grit number grinding stone having a higher grit number than the low grit number grinding stone, and
wherein the terrace forming step comprises:
a coarse chamfering step of chamfering, after chamfering the active layer wafer, the insulating film from the active layer wafer side and further chamfering the support substrate wafer, using the low grit number grinding stone; and
a finish chamfering step of finish chamfering, after the coarse chamfering step, a machined surface obtained from the coarse chamfering step, using the high grit number grinding stone.

US Pat. No. 10,559,468

CAPPED ALD FILMS FOR DOPING FIN-SHAPED CHANNEL REGIONS OF 3-D IC TRANSISTORS

Lam Research Corporation,...

1. A method of doping a channel region of a partially fabricated transistor on a semiconductor substrate, the method comprising:(a) forming a dopant-containing film on the semiconductor substrate, wherein multiple dopant-containing layers of the dopant-containing film are formed by an atomic layer deposition process comprising:
(i) adsorbing a dopant-containing film precursor onto the semiconductor substrate such that the dopant-containing film precursor forms an adsorption-limited layer on the semiconductor substrate;
(ii) removing at least some unadsorbed dopant-containing film precursor from a volume surrounding the adsorbed dopant-containing film precursor;
(iii) reacting the adsorbed dopant-containing film precursor, after removing the at least some unadsorbed dopant-containing film precursor in (ii), to form a dopant-containing layer on the semiconductor substrate;
(iv) removing desorbed dopant-containing film precursor or reaction by-product or desorbed dopant-containing film precursor and reaction by-product from the volume surrounding the dopant-containing layer when present after reacting the adsorbed film precursor; and
(v) repeating (i) through (iv) to form the multiple dopant-containing layers of the dopant-containing film;
(b) forming a capping film at a temperature between about 20° C. and about 450° C. using atomic layer deposition, the capping film comprising a silicon carbide material, the capping film located such that the dopant-containing film formed in (a) is located in between the semiconductor substrate and the capping film, wherein the capping film reduces back diffusion of the dopant out of the channel region relative to silicon dioxide as a capping film; and
(c) driving the dopant from the dopant-containing film into the channel region.

US Pat. No. 10,559,461

SELECTIVE DEPOSITION WITH ATOMIC LAYER ETCH RESET

LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION,...

1. A method comprising:(a) exposing a substrate housed in a chamber to alternating pulses of a first reactant and a second reactant to deposit a film over the substrate, the substrate having a first substrate material on which deposition of the film is intended and a second substrate material on which deposition of the film is not intended, the second substrate material being different from the first substrate material, and a nucleation delay for the first substrate material being less than a nucleation delay for the second substrate material according to a nucleation delay differential, which degrades upon proceeding with the film deposition; and
(b) exposing the substrate housed in the chamber to alternating pulses of an etching gas and a removal gas to etch a portion of the film deposited in (a) to reset the nucleation delay differential between the first and second substrate materials;
wherein (a) and (b) result in net deposition of the film on the first substrate material.

US Pat. No. 10,559,443

LIQUID DIELECTRIC ELECTROSTATIC MEMS SWITCH AND METHOD OF FABRICATION THEREOF

KING ABDULLAH UNIVERSITY ...

1. A microelectromechanical system switch comprising:a cantilevered source switch;
a first actuation gate disposed parallel to the cantilevered source switch;
a first drain disposed parallel to a movable end of the cantilevered source switch; and
a liquid dielectric material disposed within a housing of the microelectromechanical system switch.

US Pat. No. 10,559,425

MULTILAYER CAPACITOR AND BOARD HAVING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRO-MECHANICS...

1. A multilayer capacitor comprising:a capacitor body having first and second surfaces opposing each other and third and fourth surfaces connected to the first and second surfaces and opposing each other, and including an active region including dielectric layers and pluralities of first and second internal electrodes alternately disposed to overlap each other in a stacking direction with respective dielectric layers interposed therebetween and first and second cover regions disposed on opposite surfaces of the active region, the first and second internal electrodes being exposed through the third and fourth surfaces, respectively;
third and fourth internal electrodes alternately disposed to overlap each other in the stacking direction in the first cover region adjacent to the first surface with respective dielectric layers interposed therebetween;
first and second external electrodes including first and second connected portions respectively formed on the third and fourth surfaces of the capacitor body and respectively connected to the first and second internal electrodes and first and second band portions respectively extending from the first and second connected portions to portions of the first surface of the capacitor body;
a third external electrode disposed on the first surface of the capacitor body to be spaced apart from the first band portion;
a fourth external electrode disposed on the first surface of the capacitor body to be spaced apart from the second band portion;
a first via electrode penetrating through the first cover region to connect the third internal electrode and the third external electrode to each other; and
a second via electrode penetrating through the first cover region to connect the fourth internal electrode and the fourth external electrode to each other,
wherein the first surface is a mounting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,559,420

TRANSFORMER AND METHOD FOR RETROFITTING A TRANSFORMER

Siemens Aktiengesellschaf...

1. A transformer comprising:a magnetic core including at least one limb having a winding arrangement and a yoke;
a compensation winding arrangement disposed on the yoke, said compensation winding arrangement compensating for a unidirectional flux component flowing in the at least one limb;
wherein the compensation winding arrangement includes at least one compensation winding which is formed from a plurality of conductor loops;
wherein each conductor loop of the plurality of conductor loops includes a plurality of wire sections extending in a direction of the yoke and oriented toward one another; and
wherein a first corresponding wire pair is interconnected and a second corresponding wire pair is extended to terminal contacts which are provided for a connection to an assigned current control device.

US Pat. No. 10,559,405

CABLE CONFIGURED TO REDUCE A RADIATED ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD

Wireless Advanced Vehicle...

1. A transmission cable comprising:a first conductor with current flowing in a positive direction;
a second conductor with a current flowing in a negative direction, the negative direction opposite the positive direction, the current in the first conductor equal to the current in the second conductor;
a third conductor with current flowing in the positive direction;
a fourth conductor with a current flowing in the negative direction, the current in the third conductor equal to the current in the fourth conductor, wherein the first conductor, the second conductor, the third conductor, and the fourth conductor are arranged in a symmetrical square pattern from a beginning to an end of the cable, the conductors each on a corner of the square pattern, the first conductor opposite the third conductor and adjacent to the second conductor and the fourth conductor; and
one or more signal conductors located in a center of the square pattern, wherein the first, second, third and fourth conductors are alternating current (“AC”) power transmission conductors and the one or more signal conductors transmit data associated with power transmission of the first, second, third and fourth conductors.

US Pat. No. 10,559,403

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

AUTONETWORKS TECHNOLOGIES...

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

US Pat. No. 10,559,387

SLEEP MONITORING FROM IMPLICITLY COLLECTED COMPUTER INTERACTIONS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A method for improving performance based on sleep patterns, the method including at least one processor performing steps comprising:receiving implicitly collected computer interaction data of a user from a computing device, the implicitly collected computer interaction data collected during the user's interaction with the computing device;
accessing a data store of previously collected computer interaction data, the previously collected computer interaction data correlated with sleep patterns of at least one of the user and other users;
comparing the users implicitly collected computer interaction data to the previously collected computer interaction data;
inferring the user's sleep pattern based on the comparing using an inference model; and
presenting a suggestion to the user via at least one of an audio and a visual interface of the computing device based on the user's sleep pattern to adapt the user's experience with the computing device by making the user aware of the user's sleep pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,559,371

PROGRAMMING OF MEMORY CELLS IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL MEMORY DEVICES

YANGTZE MEMORY TECHNOLOGI...

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

US Pat. No. 10,559,368

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

SanDisk Technologies LLC,...

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

US Pat. No. 10,559,263

ARRAY SUBSTRATE AND METHOD OF DRIVING THE SAME, DISPLAY APPARATUS

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. An array substrate, comprising:a plurality of gate lines extending in a first direction;
a plurality of data lines extending in a second direction crossing the first direction;
a plurality of first additional signal lines extending in the second direction; and
an array of pixels comprising a plurality of pixels arranged in a matrix, wherein, the pixels in each of rows of pixels are connected to a same one of the gate lines; and there are one of the data lines and one of the first additional signal lines between any two adjacent columns of pixels;
the array of pixels comprises a plurality of first rows of pixels each comprising a plurality of first pixels and a plurality of second rows of pixels each comprising a plurality of second pixels, the first pixels in each of the first rows of pixels are connected respectively to the data lines, and the second pixels in each of the second rows of pixels are connected respectively to the first additional signal lines;
the gate lines comprise a plurality of first gate lines and a plurality of second gate lines, the first rows of pixels are connected respectively to the first gate lines, and the second rows of pixels are connected respectively to the second gate lines,
the first rows of pixels are located in a first portion of the array substrate, and the second rows of pixels are located in a second portion of the array substrate, each of the first portion and the second portion is continuous, and the first portion and the second portion are adjacent to each other in the second direction.

US Pat. No. 10,559,260

ORGANIC LIGHT EMITTING DIODE DISPLAY AND MOBILE TERMINAL

EVERDISPLAY OPTRONICS (SH...

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

US Pat. No. 10,559,248

DISPLAY APPARATUS AND DISPLAY CONTROLLER WITH LUMINANCE CONTROL

LAPIS SEMICONDUCTOR CO., ...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a display panel including a plurality of data lines and a plurality of scanning lines intersecting each other, and pixel switches and pixel units arranged in a matrix shape, each of the pixel switches and the pixel units being provided at each of intersections of the plurality of data lines and the plurality of scanning lines;
a gate driver configured to periodically provide scanning pulse signals to respective scanning lines for controlling the pixel switches to be ON in a selection period corresponding to a pulse width of the scanning pulse signals;
a data driver configured to provide gradation voltage signals corresponding to video data signals to the plurality of data lines; and
a display controller configured to provide the video data signals to the data driver and provide, to the gate driver and the data driver, a modulated clock signal having a frequency that changes at a predetermined rate in one frame period during which the video data signals for one screen are provided, wherein
the gate driver sequentially provides the scanning pulse signals, each having a pulse width corresponding to a certain number of consecutively appearing clock pulses of the modulated clock signal, to the plurality of scanning lines in a predetermined order corresponding to distances from the data driver to the plurality of respective scanning lines, and
the data driver provides the gradation voltage signals to the plurality of data lines in an order of providing the scanning pulse signals for every data period corresponding to said certain number of consecutively appearing clock pulses of the modulated clock signal.

US Pat. No. 10,559,223

FOOD DESCRIPTION PROCESSING METHODS AND APPARATUSES

Under Armour, Inc., Balt...

1. A system comprising:a preexisting database of crowd-sourced food records, the crowd-sourced food records including descriptions of associated food items previously entered by a plurality of first users;
one or more processors; and
a food data pre-processing engine, which, when operated by the one or more processors, limits the number of crowd-sourced food records in the database by causing the system to:
receive a description of a food item entered by a second user;
compare the user entered description to the preexisting database, the comparison comprising:
division of the user entered description into a plurality of component words;
elimination of unnecessary ones of the plurality of component words;
standardization of remaining ones of the plurality of component words of the user entered description via removal of special characters or features therefrom; and
determination of a single distance between the standardized remaining ones of the plurality of component words and respective component words of a description field for each of the food items associated with the food records in the preexisting database;
when the distance indicates that the user entered description comprises a distinct food item having a description that is outside a threshold of similarity to an existing food record, store the standardized description of the food item in the preexisting database, wherein storage of the standardized description includes addition of the standardized description as a new food record to a cluster associated with the existing food record, and wherein the addition of the standardized description as a new food record to the cluster comprises (i) determination of a score associated with the standardized description, wherein the score is calculated based at least in part on a number of times the food record has been logged or a number of times the food record appeared in recent searches of the database, (ii) storage of the standardized description as a new food record of the cluster, and (iii) designation of the new food record as a new candidate record representative of the cluster based on a result of the determination of the score; and
when the distance indicates that the user entered description of the food item is within a threshold of similarity to an existing food record in the preexisting database, merge the standardized description with the existing food record.

US Pat. No. 10,559,216

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONDUCTING ASSESSMENTS IN AN ELECTRONIC LEARNING SYSTEM

D2L Corporation, Kitchen...

1. An electronic learning system for conducting an electronic assessment, the system comprising:a. a display;
b. at least one processor operatively coupled to the display; and
c. a memory device coupled to the at least one processor, wherein the memory device includes an application that when executed by the processor causes the at least one processor to:
i. provide an electronic assessment comprising a plurality of assessment tasks for a current participant to complete within an allocated amount of assessment time;
ii. determine context-dependent time requirement indicator (CDTR) for one of the assessment tasks of the assessment, wherein the CDTR is determined based upon historical performance data associated with that task, the CDTR being indicative of a suggested amount of time required to complete that task, wherein the historical performance data associated with the task corresponds to historical performance data associated with one or more historical participants determined to be similar to the current participant, wherein the one or more historical participants determined to be similar to the current participant are determined based at least in part on one or more academic characteristics of the one or more historical participants including grade information associated with the one or more historical participants, and wherein the one or more historical participants determined to be similar to the current participant is a subset of all participants for which historical performance data exists; and
iii. provide the CDTR to the current participant contemporaneously with the electronic assessment, wherein the CDTR is provided on a user interface used in connection with providing the electronic assessment to the current user,
wherein the CDTR is dynamically updated based at least in part on a remaining amount of time of the allocated amount of assessment time and on one or more remaining assessment tasks; and
wherein the at least one processor is further configured to:
iv) determine a suggested order of performance for remaining tasks of the plurality of assessment tasks to optimize the participant's performance, the suggested order being determined based upon CDTR and task value associated with the remaining tasks and remaining time of the assessment time; and
v) automatically display the suggested order of performance for remaining tasks on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,559,213

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AIRCRAFT TAXI STRIKE ALERTING

Rosemount Aerospace Inc.,...

1. A system for calculating trajectory and/or range data of object(s) external to an aircraft, the system comprising:a light projector configured to be mounted at a projector location on the aircraft and to project pulses of spatially-patterned light from the light projector onto a scene external to the aircraft, thereby providing rapidly-changing illumination of a spatially-patterned portion of the scene;
a camera configured to be mounted at a camera location on the aircraft and to receive a portion of the projected pulses of spatially-patterned light reflected by the scene, and further configured to focus the received portion onto a focal plane array comprising a plurality of light-sensitive pixels, the camera having a pulse-mode in which the camera forms a pulse image comprising pixel data generated by the plurality of light-sensitive pixels, the pixel data indicative of a rate of change of light intensity focused thereon exceeding a predetermined threshold; and
an image processor configured to identify pixel coordinates corresponding to a subset of the plurality of light-sensitive pixels indicative of the rate change of light intensity focused thereon exceeding the predetermined threshold, the identified pixel coordinates thereby corresponding to a subset of the plurality of light-sensitive pixels upon which the spatially-patterned light projected by the light projector and reflected from the spatially-patterned portion of the scene is focused, the image processor further configured to calculate, based on the projector location of the light projector, the camera location of the camera and the pixel coordinates so identified by the rate change of light intensity exceeding the predetermined threshold, trajectory and/or range data of object(s) in the scene from which the spatially-patterned light projected by the light projector is reflected.

US Pat. No. 10,559,202

UBIQUITOUS VISUAL COMPUTING WITNESS

Intel Corporation, Santa...

1. An apparatus, comprising:a memory to store sensor data captured by one or more sensors associated with a first device; and
a processor comprising circuitry to:
access the sensor data captured by the one or more sensors associated with the first device;
determine that an incident occurred within a vicinity of the first device, wherein the circuitry to determine that the incident occurred within the vicinity of the first device is further to:
analyze the sensor data captured by the one or more sensors;
identify an anomaly associated with the sensor data; and
detect the incident based on the anomaly associated with the sensor data;
identify a first collection of sensor data associated with the incident, wherein the first collection of sensor data is identified from the sensor data captured by the one or more sensors;
preserve, on the memory, the first collection of sensor data associated with the incident; and
notify one or more second devices of the incident, wherein the one or more second devices are located within the vicinity of the first device.

US Pat. No. 10,559,193

PREMISES MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS

Comcast Cable Communicati...

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

US Pat. No. 10,559,135

FIXED HOLOGRAMS IN MOBILE ENVIRONMENTS

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A mixed-reality (MR) device that stabilizes visual placement of a particular hologram within an MR scene even when collected position data, which is used for the visual placement, has conflicts as a result of being collected while the MR device operates is a moving environment, the MR device comprising:one or more processor(s); and
one or more computer-readable hardware storage device(s) having stored thereon computer-executable instructions that are executable by the one or more processor(s) to cause the MR device to:
identify a first environment that is moving relative to a second environment;
obtain first display positioning information for the first environment and second display positioning information for the second environment, wherein the first display positioning information includes conflicting data as a result of being collected while the first environment moves relative to the second environment, and wherein a combination of the first and second display positioning information constitutes environmental data;
determine that a hologram is to be visually placed within an MR scene at a fixed position relative to either one of the first environment or the second environment based on the environmental data;
upon determining that the hologram is to be visually placed within the MR scene at the fixed position relative to the first environment, selectively filter out at least some of the second display positioning information from the environmental data such that, when the environmental data is used during a placement operation in which the hologram is visually placed at the fixed position relative to the first environment, the at least some of the second display positioning information is excluded from consideration during the placement operation; or alternatively,
upon determining that the hologram is to be visually placed within the MR scene at the fixed position relative to the second environment, selectively filter out at least some of the first display positioning information from the environmental data such that, when the environmental data is used during the placement operation in which the hologram is visually placed at the fixed position relative to the second environment, the at least some of the first display positioning information is excluded from consideration during the placement operation.

US Pat. No. 10,559,119

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR NATURAL HAND VISUALIZATION

INTEL CORPORATION, Santa...

1. An apparatus comprising:graphics processing circuitry to render left and right scenes responsive to a virtual reality application, the left and right scenes to be displayed on left and right displays, respectively, of a virtual reality device; and
the graphics processing circuitry further to project a representation of a user's hands into the left and right scenes to allow the user to interact with one or more objects in the scenes, wherein the projection is to:
receive noisy depth and mask data associated with images of the user's hands,
enhance the noisy depth data and mask data to generate enhanced depth and mask data, wherein a mask associated with the images of the user's hands is resized to cover a region larger than that of the images of the user's hands, wherein peak depth values for image data are adjusted to the ones for a neighborhood around the image data, and wherein depth data outside of the resized mask is to be removed and depth data within the resize mask but having a depth beyond a threshold is also to be removed,
generate a hand mesh using the enhanced depth and mask data, and
project the hand mesh into the left and right scenes.

US Pat. No. 10,559,105

IMPLEMENTING INTERACTIVE HIERARACHICAL CHART LEGEND DATA DISPLAY

International Business Ma...

1. A computer-implemented method for implementing enhanced interactive hierarchical chart legend and data display with hierarchical data with multiple levels, said computer-implemented method comprising:generating a data hierarchy display chart visualization;
generating an interactive legend associated with and independent of the data hierarchy display chart visualization; the generated interactive legend to display the data hierarchy in full as a tree structure; the generated interactive legend having a collapsible tree list format including a plurality of nodes, the list format enabling the user to view the full data hierarchy while conserving screen space than possible with the data hierarchy display chart visualization;
in response to a user request, using the generated interactive legend, to display a selected portion of the data hierarchy display chart visualization, showing the data hierarchy only on certain user selected one or more nodes of the tree structure; and
selectively providing a vertical scroll bar with the generated interactive legend for enabling a user to scroll through all nodes of the full hierarchical tree.

US Pat. No. 10,559,095

IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD, AND MEDIUM

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,559,091

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

NEC CORPORATION, Minato-...

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

US Pat. No. 10,559,076

COMPONENT TYPE AUTOMATIC DISTINGUISHING METHOD, COMPONENT TYPE AUTOMATIC DISTINGUISHING SYSTEM, IMAGE PROCESSING COMPONENT DATA CREATION METHOD, AND IMAGE PROCESSING COMPONENT DATA CREATION SYSTEM

FUJI CORPORATION, Chiryu...

5. A component type automatic distinguishing system that automatically distinguishes the type of a component by processing a component image captured by a camera, the system comprising:processing circuitry configured to
create a power spectrum image from a component image by applying a fast Fourier transform (FFT) for each scanning line to a region corresponding to a candidate for a lead being present in a component image;
calculate a higher-order local auto-correlation (HLAC) from the power spectrum image in order to extract a periodic characteristic of the power spectrum image; and
distinguish whether the component is a connector component having a lead using the higher-order local auto-correlation characteristic.

US Pat. No. 10,559,070

IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS, AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE

GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TEL...

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

US Pat. No. 10,559,040

SECURITY SYSTEM THAT TRACKS EMPLOYEES ON SITE AND HOURS WORKED

The ADT Security Corporat...

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

US Pat. No. 10,559,035

UNCERTAINTY-FLEXIBILITY MATCHING ENGINE FOR INTER-TEMPORAL ELECTRIC ENERGY PRODUCTS

International Business Ma...

1. A smart grid energy system comprising:a matching engine operatively connected to the at least one electric energy generator and the at least one electric load over a computer communication network and programmed to:
receive, over the computer communication network, a quantitative measure of uncertainty from the generator, wherein the generator comprises an uncertain rate of energy generation;
receive, over the computer communication network, a quantitative measure of flexibility from the electric load, wherein the load comprises a flexible rate of energy consumption;
generate a time-dependent control signal wherein the control signal is based on a zonotope mapping using the quantitative measure of uncertainty and the quantitative measure of flexibility; and
transmit the time-dependent control signal to the load to modify the rate of energy consumption.

US Pat. No. 10,558,994

CONSUMER-SPECIFIC ADVERTISEMENT PRESENTATION AND OFFER LIBRARY

SEGMINT INC., Akron, OH ...

9. A method of displaying targeted offers to qualified customers, comprising:defining a plurality of advertisement zones on a web page;
characterizing each of the advertisement zones by defining one or more parameters of each advertising zone;
selecting an offer advertisement for each advertisement zone;
placing the selected offer advertisements in respective characterized advertisement zones;
positioning a designated interaction region on each advertisement zone, the designated interaction region being selectable by a customer viewing the web page to activate a menu comprising selectable options for executing predefined actions on the offer advertisements in the advertisement zones; and,
wherein the foregoing steps are implemented through a processor programmed to execute computer-executable instructions stored on a computer-readable medium; and
detecting the consumer has logged in to a secure web site of a financial institution and providing to the consumer's computer a cookie that includes an ADIC for the customer that corresponds with a UCIC for the consumer;
detecting the customer has navigated away from the secure web site of the financial institution, and presenting a targeted offer to the customer on the web page being visited by the customer, wherein the targeted offer is unsolicited by the customer and selected by an ad provider using the advertisement delivery identification code (ADIC) corresponding to anonymous customer data that describes the customer and is provided to the ad provider from a third party source;
wherein the selectable options comprise an option for reminding the customer to review the offer before leaving the web page.

US Pat. No. 10,558,992

DIFFERENT USER TRANSACTIONS ON A GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE

PayPal, Inc., San Jose, ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,558,981

METHODS SYSTEMS AND ARTICLES OF MANUFACTURE FOR GENERATING TAX WORKSHEET APPLICATION

INTUIT INC., Mountain Vi...

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

US Pat. No. 10,558,956

DEVICE AND METHOD FOR FACILITATING FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS

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

US Pat. No. 10,558,941

RECEPTACLE FOR DETECTING DELIVERY AND RETRIEVAL EVENTS

United States Postal Serv...

1. An item receptacle comprising:a plurality of sides enclosing an internal volume;
a door moveably connected to one of the plurality of sides, the door configured to open and close to allow access to the internal volume;
a door sensor configured to detect when the door is opened, wherein the door sensor is an electromagnetic sensing system which detects an interruption or continuity of a signal to determine the position of the door;
a processor in communication with the door sensor, the processor configured to receive a signal corresponding to a change in state of the door sensor;
a communication device in communication with the processor, the communication device configured to communicate with a central hub;
a scanner connected to one of the plurality of sides, and disposed within the internal volume, the scanner in communication with the processor, the scanner configured to read a computer readable code on an item within the internal volume; and
an item sensor disposed within the internal volume, the item sensor comprising an emitter adapted to emit a beam and a detector to detect the beam, and to identify a change in state of the beam, the item sensor in communication with the processor;
wherein the processor is configured to store a change in state of the door sensor and transmit, via the communication device, the change in state of the door sensor to the central hub;
wherein when the scanner detects an item after an interruption in the item sensor, the central hub is configured to identify a delivery event; and
wherein when after an interruption in the item sensor the scanner is activated, but no item is identified in the item receptacle, the central hub is configured to identify a pick-up event.

US Pat. No. 10,558,893

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR RECOGNIZING CHARACTERS IN DIGITIZED DOCUMENTS

A2IA S.A.S., Paris (FR)

1. A system for recognizing a plurality of handwritten characters over multiple lines in an image, the system comprising:a neural network configured to receive the image, the neural network including:
a cascade of a plurality of pairs of a first long short-term memory (LSTM) layer and a convolution layer, wherein each first LSTM layer is configured to generate a first output according to a scanning direction, each convolution layer is configured to generate a feature map based on the first output from a corresponding first LSTM layer in the pair, and feature maps generated by a plurality of pairs are inputted to a next plurality of pairs in the cascade;
a second LSTM layer configured to generate a second output from a plurality of features maps generated by a last plurality of pairs in the cascade; and
a linear layer configured to generate final feature maps based on the second output, wherein the final feature maps include a feature vector at each grid thereof;
a weight calculator configured to calculate a weight vector for each grid of the final feature maps to generate an image summary; and
a decoder configured to determine a probability of each character in the image based on the image summary and the final feature maps.

US Pat. No. 10,558,880

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

Vatbox, LTD., Herzeliya ...

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

US Pat. No. 10,558,858

AUGMENTED REALITY SYSTEM AND KIT

1. A method of participating in an augmented-reality experience, the method comprising the steps of:(a) obtaining a kit that includes a printed media member and at least a first instrument, wherein the kit has a theme, wherein the first instrument is associated with the theme, wherein the printed media member includes at least a first image target that includes first linked augmented-reality content,
(b) obtaining a mobile device that includes software running thereon that is in communication with a target database, wherein the first linked augmented reality content is associated with the software, wherein the first linked augmented reality content includes instructions that instruct the user how to utilize the first instrument, wherein the instructions include at least one of audio instructions and video instructions, wherein the instructions are related to a first task that includes use of the first instrument and is related to the theme, wherein the mobile device includes a camera that has a camera lens,
(c) orienting the mobile device such that the camera lens is directed toward the printed media member, wherein the first image target is recognized by the software and the first linked augmented-reality content is displayed on the mobile device,
(d) viewing the first linked augmented-reality content, such that the instructions instruct the user how to utilize the first instrument, and
(e) performing the first task and utilizing the first instrument.

US Pat. No. 10,558,855

VISION SYSTEM WITH TEAT DETECTION

Technologies Holdings Cor...

1. A vision system comprising:a robotic arm;
a three-dimensional (3D) camera disposed on the robotic arm;
a memory operable to store teat location information for a dairy livestock; and
a processor operably coupled to the robotic arm, the 3D camera, and the memory, and configured to:
position the robotic arm adjacent to the dairy livestock;
acquire a 3D image using the 3D camera, wherein each pixel of the 3D image is associated with a depth value;
identify a set of teat candidates within the 3D image, wherein each teat candidate is associated with a teat location and a set of pixels in the 3D image;
filter the set of teat candidates, wherein filtering the set of teat candidates comprises:
identifying a set of A-points for a teat candidate, wherein A-points are pixels within a first distance threshold of the teat location for the teat candidate;
identifying a set of B-points for the teat candidate, wherein B-points are pixels within a second distance threshold of the teat location for the teat candidate, wherein the second distance threshold is greater than the first distance threshold;
determining whether the teat candidate satisfies one or more filtering rules based on the A-points and the B-points; and
removing the teat candidate from the set of teat candidates in response to determining that the teat candidate fans to satisfy at least one of the filtering rules;
determine an aggregate teat candidate score for the set of teat candidates, wherein the aggregate teat candidate score is based at least in part on distances between teat candidates and the teat locations for the set of teat candidates of the dairy livestock;
compare the aggregate teat candidate score to a score threshold value; and
update the teat location information for the dairy livestock in response to determining that the aggregate teat candidate score is greater than or equal to the score threshold value.