US Pat. No. 10,140,526

OBJECT DETECTING DEVICE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. An object detecting system comprising:two cameras configured to capture images in front of a vehicle; and
a processor configured to:
compare individual images of the two cameras and calculate a disparity for each pixel;
set a boundary between a near region close to the vehicle and a far region distant from the vehicle, in a single image of one of the two cameras;
detect an object of the near region, on the basis of the disparity; and
detect an object of the far region, on the basis of the single image,
wherein the processor configured to set the boundary further comprises the processor configured to:
output a V-Disparity image obtained by projecting, onto a virtual plane where a first axis shows the disparity and a second axis shows a coordinate position of a longitudinal direction of each pixel of the single image, data of the disparity and the coordinate position corresponding to each pixel of the single image.

US Pat. No. 10,140,524

SPARE TIRE BACKUP CAMERA MOUNTING SYSTEM

BrandMotion, LLC, Southf...

13. A monitoring system for a vehicle, the vehicle having a spare-tire hub assembly for securing a spare tire to a rear door or other rear-facing component and a passenger-compartment display system capable of displaying to a vehicle occupant, the system comprising:a camera for conveying images to the display system for display to the vehicle occupant; and
a mounting system for attaching the camera to the spare-tire hub assembly, the mounting system including:
i) a plate having a plurality of apertures sufficient for at least one of a plurality of studs extending rearwardly from the spare-tire hub assembly to fit therethrough, the plate including a first orifice outward of the plurality of apertures;
ii) an arm having a connection end and a distal end, the camera being affixed to the distal end and the connection end including a second orifice;
iii) a linkage interconnecting the plate with the arm, the linkage including a plate channel and an arm channel with the plate and arm channels being elongated;
iv) a plate fastener positioned through the first orifice removably attaching the plate to the plate channel using threads that engage sides of the plate channel; and
v) an arm fastener positioned through the second orifice removably attaching the arm to the arm channel using threads that engage sides of the arm channel.

US Pat. No. 10,140,516

EVENT-BASED IMAGE MANAGEMENT USING CLUSTERING

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

6. A system for managing images, comprising:a processor programmed to initiate executable operations comprising:
generating clusters of images from a plurality of images having locations and timestamps, wherein the clusters represent events and are generated according to a distance metric based upon geographic distance and time difference between consecutive pairs of the plurality of images sorted according to time;
merging selected clusters into a merged cluster representing a trip by grouping the clusters into cluster groups according to geographic distance between the clusters, selecting a cluster group according to unique dates in the cluster groups, sorting the clusters of the selected cluster group according to timestamps, and combining at least two of the clusters of the selected cluster group into the merged cluster according to a time difference and the geographic distance between the at least two clusters; and
displaying the plurality of images organized according to the trip.

US Pat. No. 10,140,507

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR RECOGNIZING HAND GESTURES IN A VIRTUAL REALITY HEADSET

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A virtual reality apparatus comprising:a plurality of vision sensors configured to detect objects in a vicinity of a user of the virtual reality apparatus; and
a processor coupled to the plurality of vision sensors and configured to:
compare a first object detected by a first vision sensor with a second object detected by a second vision sensor,
in response to the comparison, to:
identify the first detected object as a hand of the user;
differentiate the hand of the user from a hand of a person other than the user;
detect an arm of the user;
comparing a relative position of the detected hand and a relative position of the detected arm of the user, and
ignore hand gestures of the person other than the user.

US Pat. No. 10,140,481

CARD READER WITH POWER EFFICIENT ARCHITECTURE THAT INCLUDES A POWER SUPPLY AND A WAKE-UP CIRCUIT

SQUARE, INC., San Franci...

1. A transaction device reader comprising: a housing;an interface configured to detect a transaction device; and
a wake-up component configured to send a wake up signal to wake up a microcontroller of the transaction device reader from a sleep state to an active state in response to the transaction device being detected, the microcontroller configured to, in the active state, receive data from the transaction device; wherein the microcontroller is configured to power down the wake-up component in response to the microcontroller transitioning to the active state and to power up the wake-up component in response to the microcontroller returning to the sleep state.

US Pat. No. 10,140,480

ELECTRONIC COUNTER FOR FLUID FLOW TOOLS

APEX BRANDS, INC., Apex,...

1. A counter for a fluid-powered tool that includes fluid that moves along a fluid line when the tool is in operation, the counter comprising:a body with a fluid passage comprising an inlet and an outlet that is configured for the fluid to move through the passage from the inlet to the outlet when the tool is in operation;
a piston with a first end and a second end, the piston positioned within the passage between the inlet and the outlet, the piston comprising a smaller cross-sectional size than the passage to be movable along the passage;
a sensor target attached to the piston and positioned within the passage, the sensor target sized to be movable along the passage with the piston;
a non-contact proximity sensor configured to detect when the sensor target is in a predetermined range of the sensor along the passage;
a processing circuit configured to monitor when the sensor detects the sensor target within the predetermined range of the sensor; the processing circuit configured to at least one of:
determine an amount of usage of the fluid-powered tool based on a count of a number of times that the sensor detects that the sensor target is with the predetermined range of the sensor, wherein the count is greater than one; and
determine the amount of usage of the fluid-powered tool based on an amount of time that the sensor detects the sensor target is with the predetermined range of the sensor, wherein the amount of time is from each of at least two distinct time intervals that are non-contiguous in time; and
a biasing member that applies a first force to the piston to bias the sensor target away from the predetermined range,
the first force of the biasing member positioning the sensor target away from the predetermined range when the tool is not in operation;
the first force being less than a force applied by the fluid moving, along the fluid line when the fluid-powered tool is in operation with the sensor target being positioned in the predetermined range.

US Pat. No. 10,140,476

TRACING PROCESSING ACTIVITY

ARM Limited, Cambridge (...

1. A data processing apparatus comprising:a processing element having associated memory storage and one or more registers, the processing element being configured to perform processing activities in two or more security modes so as to inhibit a processing activity performed in one of the security modes from accessing at least some information associated with a processing activity performed in another of the security modes;
in which the processing element is configured, in response to a function call causing a branch from a processing activity in a first security mode to a processing activity in a second security mode, to store the contents of one or more of the registers in the memory storage and, in response to a branch return to the first security mode, to retrieve the register contents from the memory storage; and
trace apparatus configured to generate items of trace data indicative of processing activities of the processing element;
in which the trace apparatus is configured to detect a branch return operation by the processing element and to generate one or more items of trace data relating to the branch return operation; and
in which the trace apparatus is configured to detect the processing element retrieving register contents from the memory storage in response to a branch return to the first security mode and to generate one or more further items of trace data relating to the retrieval of the register contents from the memory storage.

US Pat. No. 10,140,469

STORAGE AND PRIVACY SERVICE

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A method comprising:by a computing device, receiving a request for an object;
by the computing device, retrieving an access-control rule to evaluate whether to allow or deny access to the object, wherein the access-control rule comprises one or more operations, wherein each of the operations is determined to be either necessary or unnecessary for evaluation of the access-control rule;
by the computing device, evaluating the access-control rule by executing the one or more operations of the access-control rule, wherein:
when a first executed operation of the access-control rule returns a result that is not definitive and a second executed operation returns a result that is definitive, assigning a final result to the access-control rule, wherein:
(1) if the first executed operation is determined to be unnecessary for evaluation of the access-control rule, disregarding the result of the first executed operation and assigning as the final result to the access-control rule a value based on the result of the second executed operation, and
(2) if the first executed operation is determined to be necessary for evaluation of the access-control rule, assigning as the final result to the access-control rule a value indicating that access to the object is to be denied; and
by the computing device, based on the final result, allowing or denying access to the object.

US Pat. No. 10,140,467

WORKFLOW FUNCTIONS OF CONTENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM ENFORCED BY CLIENT DEVICE

DROPBOX, INC., San Franc...

1. A system for enforcing a workflow command on a client device in an environment where at least a portion of a shared content item is synchronized among the client device, a content management system server, and a second client device, and where the at least a portion of a shared content item is stored on the client device, content management system, and the second client device, the system comprising:the client device including at least one processor, an operating system, a storage, and a content management system client application, wherein the at least a portion of a shared content item is stored in the storage of the client device, wherein the content management system client application includes instructions effective to cause the at least one processor to:
receive a synchronization communication from the content management system server pertaining to the shared content item, the synchronization communication including a workflow command and a user account identifier having write privileges; and
determine that the user account identifier does not match a user identifier for a user account logged into the content management system client application on the client device; and
in response to determining that the user account identifier does not match, change access permissions for the shared content item on the client device to read only.

US Pat. No. 10,140,462

STACKABLE FILE SYSTEM WITH USER SPACE POLICY MANAGEMENT

QUALCOMM Innovation Cente...

1. A method for managing file access control policies on a computing device, the method comprising:receiving, at a stackable policy file system that comprises code executable by a processor in a kernel level of the computing device, from an application in user space of the computing device, a request to access a file on a hardware storage device of the computing device;
directing the request, as a redirected request, from the stackable policy file system at the kernel level of the computing device to a file-policy manager in user space of the computing device without enforcing file-access policies;
receiving the redirected request for access at the file-policy manager in user-space;
enforcing a file-access policy with the file-policy manager in user space to grant or deny access to the file on the computing device;
providing, with the file-policy manager, in response to the requested operation being allowed, a grant-indicator;
receive the grant indicator with the stackable policy file system in the kernel level of the computing device;
send a file operation request directly from the stackable policy file system to a kernel-level file system;
receive a lower-level file object (LLFO) reference at the stackable policy file system from the kernel-level file system that points to a lower level file object;
provide a stackable policy file object (SPFO) reference with the stackable policy file system that points to a stackable-policy file object; and
placing the SPFO reference in a file table associated with a process of the application to enable file operations on the file on the computing device using only kernel-level calls when access to the file is granted.

US Pat. No. 10,140,437

ARRAY INDEXING WITH MODULAR ENCODED VALUES

NXP B.V., Eindhoven (NL)...

1. A method of providing an application that includes obscured software code including a data array and a plurality of operations, the method comprising:providing the application to a user, the application created by:
identifying, by a processor, the data array with an index to be obscured and an operation using the data array;
permutating the identified data array using a permutation function; and
replacing the identified operation using the permutated data array and an equivalent encoded permutation function by obscuring an index by determining an equivalent encoded expression for the index using split variables and replacing the index in the permutation function with the encoded expression for the index;
wherein the split variables are split into two portions;
wherein the split variables are determined using first and second secret splitting multiplicative values and a modulus value, and
wherein the permutation function includes multiplying a split variable index by a secret permutation multiplication value.

US Pat. No. 10,140,412

TIMING MATCHING METHOD OF TIMING ANALYZER AND METHOD OF DESIGNING INTEGRATED CIRCUIT USING THE SAME

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A timing matching method, executed by a system that includes a memory that stores instructions for analyzing timing of an integrated circuit and a processor that executes the instructions to perform the method, the method comprising:computing a slew or load of a cell;
determining whether the slew or load exists in an extrapolation region of a standard cell look-up table; and
swapping the cell with a virtual standard cell of a virtual standard cell look-up table based on determining that the slew or load exists in the extrapolation region,
wherein the integrated circuit is designed based on completing the timing matching method, and
wherein the integrated circuit is fabricated based on layout data on which the timing matching method is completed.

US Pat. No. 10,140,410

REPRESENTING A ROUTING STRIP IN AN INTEGRATED CIRCUIT DESIGN USING A DIGIT PATTERN

CADENCE DESIGN SYSTEMS, I...

9. A non-transitory computer readable storage medium having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by a computer, cause the computer to perform a method of interacting with a design of an integrated circuit, the method comprising:identifying shapes in the design for displaying in a user interface, the identified shapes including a first shape associated with a first routing strip lying in a first layer of the integrated circuit, and a second shape associated with a second routing strip lying in a second layer of the integrated circuit, wherein the first layer and the second layer are two different layers, the first shape and the second shape have a common overlapping area in the integrated circuit;
identifying a first texture pattern and a second texture pattern associated with the first shape and the second shape, respectively, wherein the first texture pattern and the second texture pattern are different in texture pattern; and
displaying the first shape and the second shape in the user interface using the first texture pattern and the second texture pattern, respectively, such that a display of respective identifications of the first layer and the second layer in the common overlapping area are not obscured by each other.

US Pat. No. 10,140,381

HTML DEVICE TAGS TO CONTROL OPERATIONAL FEATURES OF DEVICES IN AN INTERNET OF THINGS

Cisco Technology, Inc., ...

1. A method comprising:at a web browser configured to execute on a displayless Internet of Things (IoT) device that has controllable operational features and is configured to connect to other devices via a network:
receiving a HyperText Markup Language (HTML) document including HTML device tags each including a command configured to control a corresponding one of the operational features;
accessing a device object model (DOM) that represents the operational features of the displayless IoT device;
parsing each of the HTML device tags based on the DOM to identify the command included therein;
determining if a particular HTML device tag of the HTML device tags is applicable to the displayless IoT device based on a device name, make, and model indicated in the particular HTML device tag;
if it is determined that the particular HTML device tag is applicable to the displayless IoT device, issuing the command to the corresponding operational feature to control a physical aspect of the corresponding operational feature; and
if it is determined that the particular HTML device tag is not applicable to the displayless IoT device, sending the HTML document to a next one of other IoT devices in the network.

US Pat. No. 10,140,366

FINDING DATA IN CONNECTED CORPUSES USING EXAMPLES

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A data processing system for searching datasets by examples, the system comprising:a processor; and
a memory coupled to the processor, the memory configured to store program instructions executable by the processor to cause the data processing system to:
receive a collection of values from a user, each value in the collection of values having a data type which is to serve as a basis for searching a pool of data resources for corresponding groups of datasets, the pool of data resources being distinct from the received collection of values;
identify a data type for each of the values;
identify datasets that correspond to the data types, each identified dataset comprising one or more of the data types identified in the collection of values;
identify relationships among the datasets, the relationships corresponding to links between similar data types in different datasets; and
provide a list of proposed groups of datasets, wherein the datasets within each proposed group are linked to each other through one or more relationships.

US Pat. No. 10,140,361

TEXT MINING DEVICE, TEXT MINING METHOD, AND COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM

NEC CORPORATION, Tokyo (...

1. A text mining device that uses, as analysis target data, data composed of a set of records including an attribute value and text data, the text mining device realized by a computer and comprising:hardware, including a processor;
an analysis perspective candidate generation unit implemented at least by the hardware of the computer and that extracts an attribute value from analysis target data and generates an analysis perspective candidate to be used by text mining of the analysis target data, by using the extracted attribute value; and
a characteristic degree calculation unit implemented at least by the hardware of the computer and that compares text data in a record including the attribute value extracted as the analysis perspective candidate with text data in a record set that includes at least a record other than the record including the attribute value in the analysis target data, calculates a characteristic degree indicating a relationship between the analysis perspective candidate and the analysis target data based on a result of the comparison, and outputs a combination of analysis perspective candidates and characteristic degrees as an analysis perspective data,
wherein the device improves efficiency of text mining, at least by reducing a volume of analysis perspective candidates, and reducing calculation time and required storage capacity,
wherein the characteristic degree calculation unit finds a topic distribution in the text data in the record including the attribute value extracted as the analysis perspective candidate and a topic distribution in the text data in the record set that includes at least the record other than the record including the attribute value in the analysis target data, and calculates the characteristic degree such that the more the found topic distributions differ from each other, the larger a value of the characteristic degree is,
and wherein the analysis perspective candidate generation unit retrieves all possible combinations of attribute values from each one of the records composing the analysis target data, and uses all of the retrieved combinations as analysis perspective candidates.

US Pat. No. 10,140,356

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR GENERATION AND TRANSMISSION OF ELECTRONIC INFORMATION USING REAL-TIME AND HISTORICAL DATA

WIPRO LIMITED, Bangalore...

1. A hardware processor-implemented method for generating and transmitting information, the method comprising:receiving real-time from a plurality of data sources;
extracting a plurality of information items from the real-time data, wherein each of the plurality of information items is associated with an attribute of a first type, an attribute of a second type, and a first score;
determining a plurality of attribute associations, wherein each of the plurality of attribute associations include one attribute of the first type and one attribute of the second type;
determining, based on the first scores, an aggregate score for each of the plurality of attribute associations;
determining a first sum of aggregate scores for each attribute of the first type;
determining a second sum of aggregate scores for each attribute of the second type;
determining a first attribute of the first type associated with a maximum first sum of aggregate scores, a second attribute of the second type associated with a minimum second sum of aggregate scores;
determining a first information item for transmission based on the first and second attributes;
determining a target location for transmission; and
providing the first information item for transmission to the target location.

US Pat. No. 10,140,350

BI-DIRECTIONAL SYNCHRONIZATION OF DATA BETWEEN A PRODUCT LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT (PLM) SYSTEM AND A SOURCE CODE MANAGEMENT (SCM) SYSTEM

Dassault Systemes America...

1. A computer-implemented method for automatically updating imported information in a destination system upon a change to a corresponding module in a source system, the method comprising:responsive to the user performing a structure change to a source module in the source system, generating a trigger indicating the structure change to send to the destination system;
responsive to the destination system detecting a change to a source module in the source system by receiving the trigger, changing the source module corresponding to an imported module of the destination system;
loading breadcrumbs in the source system corresponding to the source module;
determining, based on the loaded breadcrumbs, destination modules linked to the changed source module;
exporting changes to the destination modules at the destination system from the source system;
blocking new update threads from starting at the destination system;
waiting for other running threads to complete;
blocking a trigger from starting an automatic update process;
performing updates needed by the update process;
unblocking the trigger; and
allowing new threads to be started;
wherein either (i) the destination system is a product lifecyle management (PLM) system and the source system is a source code management (SCM) system, or (ii) the destination system is a SCM system and the source system is a PLM system.

US Pat. No. 10,140,327

FEATURE CLUSTERING OF USERS, USER CORRELATION DATABASE ACCESS, AND USER INTERFACE GENERATION SYSTEM

Palantir Technologies Inc...

1. A computerized method performed by one or more computer systems, wherein the computer systems are configured to access one or more electronic data sources in response to requests received from an interactive user interface, the method comprising:obtaining, from the one or more electronic data sources each storing user records, information describing a plurality of users;
determining, using the obtained information, a plurality of unique users and user records associated with the unique users, wherein at least some user records associated with a particular unique user include at least some different information describing the particular user, and wherein user records associated with the particular unique user were stored in a plurality of electronic data sources, the electronic data sources storing user records according to differing formats;
obtaining, for each unique user and from associated user records, identifications of one or more services connected with the unique user and information describing one or more features of the unique user;
determining, for each unique user, information indicating likelihoods of the unique user disconnecting from one or more services connected with the unique user;
determining, for each unique user, one or more recommended services for the unique user comprising:
determining clusters to assign each unique user according to one or more features of respective unique users,
obtaining identifications of services connected with unique users that are included in a same cluster as the unique user and that are not connected with the unique user,
determining, based on popularities of the obtained services with respect to the cluster, one or more recommended services for the unique user; and
providing, for presentation in an interactive user interface, summary data describing one or more unique users.

US Pat. No. 10,140,161

WORKLOAD AWARE DYNAMIC CPU PROCESSOR CORE ALLOCATION

EMC IP HOLDING COMPANY LL...

1. A non-transitory tangible computer-readable storage medium having stored thereon a computer program for implementing a method of workload aware dynamic CPU processor core allocation in a host computer system, the computer program including a set of instructions which, when executed by a computer, cause the computer to perform a method comprising the steps of:predicting estimated individual workloads for each emulation in a set of emulations for each decision period of a set of decision periods over a predictive time span;
using, by a Mixed Integer Programming (MIP) engine, the predicted estimated individual workloads for each emulation in the set of emulations, a set of constraints, and an optimization function, to determine sets of CPU processor cores to be allocated to each emulation during each decision period over the predictive time span; and
dynamically allocating, by the host computer system, the sets of CPU processor cores to each emulation during each decision period over the predictive time span based on an output from the MIP engine;
wherein when the CPU processor cores of the host computer system are homogeneous, the set of constraints comprises:
a first constraint specifying that for all decision periods, the sum of the number of CPU processor cores assigned to all of the emulations is equal to a total number of CPU processor cores in the host computer system; and
a second constraint specifying that for all decision periods, the normalized workload of each emulation, during the decision period, is less than the amount of collective processing capacity of the set of CPU processor cores allocated to that emulation.

US Pat. No. 10,140,086

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND AUDIO OUPUTTING METHOD THEREOF

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. An electronic device comprising:an audio module including audio circuitry;
a BLUETOOTH module including BLUETOOTH circuitry;
a touch screen; and
a processor configured to:
display, on the touch screen, an object for selecting an audio output mode from among a first mode in which the audio circuitry is activated, a second mode in which the BLUETOOTH circuitry is activated, and a third mode in which the audio circuitry and the BLUETOOTH circuitry are both activated at the same time, the object including a first icon that indicates the first mode, a second icon that indicates the second mode, and a third icon that indicates the third mode,
set the audio output mode to the first mode by changing the third icon to the first icon based on a first user input received through the object,
set the audio output mode to the second mode by changing the first icon to the second icon based on a second user input received through the object, and
set the audio output mode to the third mode by changing the second icon to the third icon based on a third user input received through the object,
wherein if an audio output mode is the third mode and if playback of audio data is requested while BLUETOOTH module is connected with an external device, the processor is configured to:
determine whether the audio data is call data or media data;
send the audio data through a first path if the audio data is call data; and
send the audio data through a second path if the audio data is media data.

US Pat. No. 10,140,051

BACKUP FILES TO A DISK IMAGE

CA, Inc., New York, NY (...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a computer, a copy of a file to backup from a source machine different than the computer, wherein the file is stored on a first disk drive of the source machine;
performing, by the computer, a write operation to write the copy of the file to a mount point of a file system on a second disk drive of the computer;
intercepting, by the computer, a block-level data block to be written which is generated by the performed write operation;
writing, by the computer, the block-level data block to a corresponding, respective block of a disk image file having a plurality of blocks,
wherein the disk image file comprises a disk image of the first disk drive of the source machine;
determining, by the computer, a respective block address in the disk image file of the intercepted block-level data block;
creating, by the computer, a hash table, wherein the hash table comprises a corresponding, respective entry for each of the plurality of blocks of the disk image file; and
determining if the intercepted block-level data block is different than that of a previously received version of the file.

US Pat. No. 10,140,048

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR FILE RECORDING BASED ON NON-VOLATILE MEMORY

Center for Integrated Sma...

1. A file recording apparatus, comprising:a non-volatile memory having a boot region, a file allocation table (FAT) region and a data region;
and
a processor configured to:
predict a size of a first file to be stored in the non-volatile memory,
allocate metadata containing information of the predicted size of the first file to the FAT region,
allocate a plurality of clusters to the data region based on information of the predicted size of the first file included in the metadata,
write the first file in the plurality of clusters allocated to the data region, and
in response to a size of the written first file being different from a size of the plurality of allocated clusters, update the metadata based on the size of the written first file,
wherein the metadata includes information upon a first cluster chain of the plurality of clusters and the size of the first file.

US Pat. No. 10,140,045

CONTROL DEVICE FOR STORAGE SYSTEM CAPABLE OF ACTING AS A CONSTITUENT ELEMENT OF VIRTUALIZATION STORAGE SYSTEM

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A computer system comprising:a first storage system having a first storage system identifier, and being configured to provide a first logical device having a first logical device identifier;
a second storage system having a second storage system identifier, and being configured to provide a second logical device having a second logical device identifier; and
a network configured to connect at least the first storage system and the second storage system,
the first storage system being configured to provide a virtual storage system identifier associated with the first storage system identifier and a virtual logical device identifier associated with the first logical device identifier to a system,
the second storage system being configured to provide the virtual storage system identifier associated with the second storage system identifier,
the system being configured to manage the virtual storage system identifier and the virtual logical device identifier for accessing data stored in the first logical device of the first storage system,
when the data stored in the first logical device of the first storage system is migrated to the second logical device of the second storage system,
the first storage system releases an association between the virtual logical device identifier and the first logical device identifier, and the second storage system associates the second logical device identifier and the virtual logical device identifier, and
the system accesses to the data in the second logical device of the second storage system using the virtual storage system identifier and the virtual logical device identifier.

US Pat. No. 10,140,037

PARTIAL SHARING OF SECONDARY STORAGE FILES IN A DATA STORAGE SYSTEM

Commvault Systems, Inc., ...

1. A method of sharing a portion of a file in secondary storage, the method comprising:using one or more computing devices comprising computer hardware:
accessing index data associated with secondary copies of a plurality of files residing in a primary storage subsystem, the secondary copies stored in one or more secondary storage devices residing in a secondary storage subsystem;
based on the accessed index data, causing a graphical representation of a first file of the plurality of files to be displayed to a first user in a native view provided via a first client computing device of the first user residing in the primary storage subsystem, the first file corresponding to a first secondary copy stored in the one or more secondary storage devices;
receiving, from the first client computing device, a request to share a portion of the first file, wherein the request is based on selection of the portion of the first file by the first user from the native view;
in response to the request, generating a link to a selected portion of the first secondary copy corresponding to the selected portion of the first file; and
in response to activation of the link by a second user different from the first user, causing the selected portion of the first secondary copy to be restored for presentation to the second user, without causing the entire first secondary copy to be restored from the one or more secondary storage devices.

US Pat. No. 10,140,035

METHOD FOR APPROPRIATELY CONTROLLING DUPLICATED VOLUMES IN VIRTUAL VOLUME SUBSYSTEMS

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A method for controlling a computer system comprising a storage system having a first storage subsystem and a second storage subsystem connected to the first storage subsystem, and a host computer connected to the first and second storage subsystems;each of the first storage subsystem and the second storage subsystem has a volume, and one or more storage devices, and is capable of receiving an input/output (I/O) command according to SCSI standards from a host computer; the method comprising:
managing an attribute information indicating at least one of a write order and whether write is enabled or not for each of a first volume in the first storage subsystem and a second volume in the second storage subsystem;
managing the first volume and the second volume as volumes in a pair relationship where write data from the host computer is written to both the first volume and the second volume;
configuring the host computer to access both the first volume and the second volume; and
on the condition that the first storage subsystem receives an I/O command to the first volume from the host computer, determining whether I/O to the first volume and the second volume are required or not based on the attribute information,
wherein
the first volume and the second volume have one of the following information as the attribute information: Mirror attribute, Local attribute or Remote attribute;
the first volume and the second volume have a second attribute information, which is one of the following information: P-VOL attribute indicating that the volume having that attribute should be update first, or S-VOL attribute indicating that the volume having that attribute should be updated second;
when the Mirror attribute is set as the attribute information to the first volume, processing designated by the I/O command is executed to the first volume and the second volume;
when the Local attribute is set as the attribute information to the first volume, processing designated by the I/O command is executed only to the first volume; and
when the Remote attribute is set as the attribute information to the first volume, processing designated by the I/O command is executed only to the second volume.

US Pat. No. 10,140,011

TOUCH INTELLIGENT TARGETING

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A method of determining a targeted point shown on a display based on a user input, the method comprising:receiving an indication of at least one point selected from among a plurality of points within a portion of the display, an indication of a width, and an indication of a height;
estimating a portion of the display based on the indication of the at least one point, the indication of the width, and the indication of the height;
determining that at least a portion of one or more objects is located within the estimated portion of the display;
determining the targeted point of the one or more objects based on a location of the at least one point and the portion of the one or more objects within the estimated portion of the display,
wherein, when two or more objects are located within the estimated portion of display and a second object encompasses a greater portion within the estimated portion of the display than a portion of the first object within the estimated portion of the display, determining the targeted point is at the first object and not the second object comprises determining that the at least one point is located within the first object and determining that the second object does not contain the at least one point;
determining an offset between the at least one point and the targeted point of the one or more objects,
wherein the offset represents a distance between the at least one point and the targeted point of the one or more objects;
receiving an indication of a change in the location of the at least one point; and
changing a size or location of the one or more objects such that the offset between the at least one point and the targeted point of the one or more objects is maintained.

US Pat. No. 10,140,007

SMART AUDIENCE PICKER

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:displaying, to a source user, a user interface for social network communication with target users, wherein the user interface comprises a slider for selecting target users;
receiving, from the source user, an interaction with the slider that causes an indicator of the slider to move from a first position to a second position, wherein the first position corresponds to a first set of target users and the second position corresponds to a second set of target users, and wherein the first set and second set have different numbers of target users;
in response to receiving the interaction with the slider:
identifying the second set of target users based, at least in part, on a threshold on a quantifiable measure of a relationship between the source user and selected target users of a third set of target users, wherein the threshold is determined in accordance with the second position; and
displaying an indication of at least one target user that is included in the second set and excluded from the first set; and
in response to receiving a confirmation from the source user, authorizing the social network communication between the source user and the second set of target users.

US Pat. No. 10,140,001

CONFIGURABLE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION ELEMENT

FACEBOOK, INC., Menlo Pa...

1. A method comprising:detecting a single user input received via a graphical user interface;
presenting, within the graphical user interface, a communication element in response to the detected single user input;
configuring, by at least one processor, the communication element based on a continued detection of the detected single user input, wherein configuring the communication element comprises applying an animation effect to the communication element that animates a configuration change of the communication element during the continued detection of the single user input, wherein a duration of the continued detection of the single user input associates the animation effect with the communication element for presentation to a recipient of the communication element; and
in response to detecting an ending of the single user input, sending the configured communication element within an electronic communication to a recipient client device, wherein the electronic communication causes the recipient client device to present the animation effect that animates the configuration change of the communication element on the recipient client device.

US Pat. No. 10,139,999

FANTASY SPORTS CONTEST HIGHLIGHT SEGMENTS SYSTEMS AND METHODS

Rovi Technologies Corpora...

1. A method for providing a highlight segment to a user of a fantasy sports contest application, the method comprising:accessing, using control circuitry, fantasy sports contest information associated with a user from a database, wherein the fantasy sports contest information comprises a fantasy roster containing names of real-life athletes selected by the user;
obtaining, via a network, media content of a media asset relating to a fantasy sports contest from a content provider;
determining, in real time, whether an event from the media asset relating to the fantasy sports contest contributed to the user's fantasy sports score;
in response to determining that the event from the media asset relating to the fantasy sports contest contributed to the user's fantasy sports score, generating, using the control circuitry, a footage portion from the media asset as a newly available highlight segment depicting the event that contributed to the user's fantasy sports score and associated with at least one of the real-life athletes selected by the user;
alerting the user, using the control circuitry, that the newly available highlight segment has become available for viewing;
receiving, using the control circuitry, a user input to view the newly available highlight segment; and
generating for display, using the control circuitry, the newly available highlight segment.

US Pat. No. 10,139,990

DISPLAY APPARATUS FOR CONTENT FROM MULTIPLE USERS

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A display apparatus comprising:a sensor configured to sense a touch input by a first mobile terminal and a second mobile terminal;
a display configured to display a content list including a plurality of content items; and
a processor configured to:
receive an enlarge touch input to enlarge the content list,
expand and display at least a part of the plurality of content items in the content list, and
begin playback of a first content item in the part of the plurality of content items when the first content item is enlarged to a predetermined reproducible size different than the other content items included in the plurality of content items,
wherein the processor distinguishes between a touch on the display apparatus by a front surface of the first mobile terminal and a touch on the display apparatus by a rear surface of the first mobile terminal based on different capacitance variations,
wherein the first mobile terminal is placed on the display and the processor displays different content corresponding to the front and rear surfaces of the first mobile terminal on the display,
wherein the processor is further configured to:
calculate a position of a first user based on a position of the first mobile terminal,
display first content on the display in correspondence with the calculated position of the first user,
calculate a position of a second user based on a position of the second mobile terminal,
display second content on the display in correspondence with the calculated position of the second user,
change a display area of the first content based on the position of the second user,
change the display area of the first content in proportion to the amount of content data stored in the first mobile terminal or a resolution of content data to be displayed,
receive an input to display a mini map for the first content,
display the mini map on the display over the first content,
receive an input to zoom the mini map,
display the zoomed-in mini map on the display,
receive an input to move a part of the zoomed-in mini map,
visually move faster the part of the zoomed-in mini map in a first area for the first content corresponding to the position of the first user than in a second area for the second content corresponding to the position of the second user,
display the part of the zoomed-in mini map in correspondence with the position of the second user,
display a copy of the first content corresponding to the position of the second user,
receive an edit input from the second user,
edit the copy of the first content based on the received edit input,
display the edited copy of the first content or a copy of the edited copy of the first content in correspondence with the position of the first user,
prevent editing the copy of the first content or the copy of the edited copy of the first content to the first user during editing,
perform pairing between the display apparatus and the first mobile terminal, and
display an object related to data sharing with the first mobile terminal in a user area corresponding to the position of the first mobile terminal,
wherein when a specific content item is positioned in an overlap area between the user area corresponding to the position of the first mobile terminal and a user area corresponding to the position of the second mobile terminal, the processor is further configured to:
share the content item between the first mobile terminal and the second mobile terminal,
receive an edit input from the second user,
edit the shared content item, and
share the edited content item with the first user.

US Pat. No. 10,139,987

AUTOMATED GROUP RECOMMENDATION

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:receiving, using one or more processors, information about a first user;
constructing, using the one or more processors, a first recommended group and a second recommended group of other users using the information about the first user;
generating a first graphical user interface element representing the first recommended group based on a pictorial image of a member of the first recommended group;
generating a second graphical user interface element representing the second recommended group;
determining an amount of overlap between the first graphical user interface element and the second graphical user interface element based on relevancy of the first and second recommended groups to the first user;
providing, using the one or more processors, for display the first and second graphical user interface elements with the determined amount of overlap as a suggestion to the first user; and
responsive to a selection of the first graphical user interface element or the second graphical user interface element from the first user, creating a new group in a service, and performing an action on the new group in the service.

US Pat. No. 10,139,984

DEVICES, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND METHODS FOR MULTIMEDIA PROCESSING

TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZ...

1. A method for multimedia processing comprising:acquiring, by a client device, a multimedia information to be processed and a configuration information of the multimedia information, wherein the multimedia information includes a background layer and a special effect layer, the background layer comprises a media content of the multimedia information, the special effect layer comprises a special effect content of the multimedia information, and the configuration information includes one or more special effect processing conditions;
acquiring, by the client device, an attribute status of the multimedia information; and
when the attribute status of the multimedia information matching with the one or more special effect processing conditions, performing, by the client device, a special effect processing on the multimedia information to remove the special effect layer from the multimedia information by:
removing the special effect content; and
performing a reduction processing on the multimedia information.

US Pat. No. 10,139,934

MAGNETIC TRACKER DUAL MODE

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A computer system for dynamically switching modes within a magnetic sensor device, the system comprising:one or more processors; and
one or more computer-readable hardware storage devices having stored thereon executable instructions that when executed by the one or more processors configure the computer system to perform at least the following:
communicate through a secondary communication channel with a first magnetic sensor device and a second magnetic sensor device, wherein the first magnetic sensor device includes at least a magnetic signal receiving functionality;
determine that the second magnetic sensor device includes magnetic signal transmitting functionality and magnetic signal receiving functionality; and
after determining that the second magnetic sensor device includes magnetic signal transmitting functionality, cause the second magnetic sensor device to begin transmitting a first magnetic field signal.

US Pat. No. 10,139,921

ELECTRICAL DEVICE FOR HAND GESTURES DETECTION

Microsoft Technology Lice...

1. A hand gesture detection electrical device for detecting hand gestures, comprising:an integrated circuit (IC) electronically integrating the following:
a first interface configured to connect at least one imaging device;
a second interface configured to connect to a controlled unit;
a data storage configured to store a plurality of sequential logic models each representing one of a plurality of hand gestures, each of said sequential logic models comprises a pre-defined ordered sequence of at least one of a plurality of pre-defined hand poses and pre-defined hand motions, wherein each of said plurality of pre-defined hand poses and each of said plurality of pre-defined hand motions is represented by one of a plurality of pre-defined hand features records;
a memory storing a code; and
at least one processor configured to be coupled to said first interface, said second interface, said data storage and said memory, the at least one processor is configured to execute said stored code, said code comprising:
code instructions to receive at least one of a plurality of timed images depicting a moving hand of a user;
code instructions to generate a runtime sequence of at least one of a plurality of runtime hand datasets, said runtime sequence representing said moving hand;
code instructions to match each of said at least one of said plurality of runtime hand datasets with a respective one of said plurality of pre-defined hand features records in a respective position in a sequence of each of said plurality of sequential logic models;
code instructions to estimate which one of said plurality of hand gestures best matches said runtime sequence; and
code instructions to initiate at least one action to said controlled unit, said at least one action is associated with a selected at least one of said plurality of hand gestures, said selection is based on said estimation;
wherein each of said plurality of pre-defined hand poses depicts a static posture of a reference hand and wherein each of said plurality of pre-defined hand motions depicts a movement of said reference hand.

US Pat. No. 10,139,866

FLEXIBLE HOUSING

ASUSTEK COMPUTER INC., T...

1. A flexible housing, comprising:a base, including a first side and a second side, the first side is configured to be connected to an electronic device, the second side is divided into a first area and a second area via a hypothetical axis; and
a flexible sheet, configured to cover the second side and including a part fixed to the first area and a part facing the second area;
wherein when the part of the flexible sheet facing the second area is away from the second side, the flexible sheet is bent to form a curved surface.

US Pat. No. 10,139,864

MERCHANT/CUSTOMER POS INTERACTION SYSTEM

PAYPAL, INC., San Jose, ...

1. A tablet computer orienting system, comprising:a tablet computer chassis base, comprising:
a first wall configured to engage a support surface when the tablet computer chassis base is in a first orientation;
a second wall extending from the first wall and configured to engage the support surface when the tablet computer chassis base is in a second orientation that is rotated relative to the first orientation;
a tablet computer housing member extending between the first wall and the second wall and defining a tablet computer housing that is configured to house a tablet computer;
a tablet computer housing entrance defined by the tablet computer housing member adjacent the tablet computer housing, wherein the tablet computer housing entrance is configured to allow a tablet computer to enter the tablet computer housing; and
a chassis data connector that is located adjacent the tablet computer housing, wherein the chassis connector is configured to connect to a tablet computer when the tablet computer being housed in the tablet computer housing;
at least one data input subsystem on the tablet computer chassis base that is communicatively coupled to the chassis data connector and that is configured to communicate with a tablet computer that is connected to the chassis data connector; and
a tablet securing member that is configured to physically constrain a tablet computer to the tablet computer chassis base, wherein the physically constraining the tablet computer to the tablet computer chassis base causes:
the chassis data connector to directly engage a tablet data connector that is part of the tablet computer such that the tablet computer establishes a data connection with the at least one data input subsystem; and
prevents access to the tablet computer housing entrance in order to secure the tablet computer in the tablet computer housing.

US Pat. No. 10,139,850

ANALOG BOOST CIRCUIT FOR FAST RECOVERY OF MIRRORED CURRENT

STMicroelectronics S.r.l....

1. A method, comprising:mirroring an input current in an input circuit leg to an output current in an output circuit leg;
selectively actuating the output circuit leg;
prior to said selectively actuating, generating a copy current in a copy circuit leg that is mirrored with the input current in the input circuit leg; and
after selectively actuating, responding to a decrease in magnitude of the copy current due to charge sharing at a common mirror node of the input circuit leg, output circuit leg and copy circuit leg by generating a response current which discharges said common mirror node.

US Pat. No. 10,139,823

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR PRODUCING VEHICLE OPERATIONAL DATA BASED ON DEEP LEARNING TECHNIQUES

8. A vehicle control unit for controlling a vehicle, the vehicle control unit comprising:a wireless communication interface to service communication with a vehicle network;
a processor coupled to the wireless communication interface, the processor for controlling operations of the vehicle control unit; and
a memory coupled to the processor, the memory for storing data and program instructions used by the processor, the processor configured to execute the program instructions stored in the memory to:
receive driving map data that is a composition of separate temporal observations within a single composite image including vehicle target data relative to a vehicle location data and obstacle data that characterizes temporal aspects of dynamic obstacles;
process the driving map data using a machine learning model to produce driving controls for traversing a travel route, wherein the machine learning model identifies vehicle operational data correlating with the driving map data to produce the driving controls;
and
transmit, via the wireless communication interface, the driving controls to effect control of the vehicle over the travel route.

US Pat. No. 10,139,821

CONTROL APPARATUS FOR AUTONOMOUSLY NAVIGATING UTILITY VEHICLE

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

1. An apparatus for controlling an operation of an autonomously navigating utility vehicle equipped with a prime mover to travel about a working area delineated by a boundary wire laid thereat, the working area being divided into at least a first area and a second area connected by a third area that is narrower than the first and second areas, the apparatus comprising:a magnetic sensor installed on the autonomously navigating utility vehicle to produce output indicating a magnetic field generated by an electric current passing through the boundary wire;
a position sensor that produces output indicating a position of the autonomously navigating utility vehicle; and
an electronic control unit having a CPU and a memory,
the CPU controls the autonomously navigating utility vehicle to circuit along the boundary wire in trace mode based on the output from the magnetic sensor, and generates a map of the working area comprised of an array of cells based on the output from the position sensor;
the CPU, in generating the map, identifies boundary cells of the cells in the array passed over by the autonomously navigating utility vehicle during the trace mode, and identifies third area cells of the boundary cells that are located in the third area based the third area cells being within a predetermined range from other ones of the boundary cells;
the CPU identifies the autonomously navigating utility vehicle positioned in the first area, identifies a final target position for the autonomously navigating utility vehicle in the second area, sets a first target position at a first one of the third area cells at an entrance of the third area that is adjacent to the first area and farthest from the second area, outputs control signals which cause the prime mover to drive the autonomously navigating utility vehicle through the first area toward the first target position, sets a second target position at a second one of the third area cells at an exit of the third area, outputs the control signals which cause the prime mover to drive the autonomously navigating utility vehicle through the third area toward the second target position, and outputs the control signals which cause the prime mover to drive the autonomously navigating utility vehicle through the second area to the final target position.

US Pat. No. 10,139,806

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR COORDINATE TRANSFORMATION USING NON-DESTRUCTIVE IMAGING

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. A method for generating a coordinate transformation comprising:analyzing one or more computer aided design (CAD) files for an object;
generating a synthetic non-destructive imaging (NDI) view of the object based on the CAD files, wherein generating the synthetic NDI view of the object comprises identifying one or more virtual reference points on the object in the one or more CAD files;
scanning one or more of a surface and a subsurface of the object with an NDI device;
generating an actual NDI view of the object based on the NDI scan, wherein generating the actual NDI view of the object comprises identifying one or more actual reference points on the object;
comparing the synthetic NDI view to the actual NDI view; and
generating the coordinate transformation from a machine coordinate system to an absolute coordinate system based on the comparison.

US Pat. No. 10,139,773

FIXING TOOL AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

KYOCERA Document Solution...

1. An image forming apparatus including a fixing tool comprising:a pair of arms capable of being inserted into and pulled out from through holes formed respectively in a sheet support plate of the image forming apparatus, which supports a sheet stored in a sheet feeder of the image forming apparatus such that the sheet is configured to be lifted and lowered, and in a bottom portion of the sheet feeder;
a holding portion provided so as to project from a predetermined position on each of the arms and fix the sheet support plate to the bottom portion of the sheet feeder by holding the sheet support plate and the bottom portion; and
a claw portion provided so as to project inward from a distal end of each of the arms and capable of being inserted between an integrated circuit mounted in the image forming apparatus and a mounting target portion which the integrated circuit is mountable to and detachable from.

US Pat. No. 10,139,769

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROGRAM WITH TWO SNAPSHOT ACQUISITION PROCESSES

Konica Minolta, Inc., Ch...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a nonvolatile storage device configured to store save target information related to the image forming apparatus as snapshot data in a power supply continuing period from a time of a power-off operation to a time of interruption of power supply; and
a hardware processor configured to reduce a start-up time by means of the snapshot data upon the next power-on operation being performed after the power-off operation, and accordingly start up the image forming apparatus fast, wherein
the hardware processor
upon the power-off operation being performed in a first working state of the image forming apparatus, executes a first snapshot acquisition process of storing save target information related to a first device group of the image forming apparatus as the snapshot data in the storage device, and
upon the power-off operation being performed in a second working state where power consumption is less than the first working state due to the halt of two or more devices in the first device group, after an initialization process is executed on some of the two or more devices halting at the time of the power-off operation, executes a second snapshot acquisition process of storing save target information related to a second device group narrowed down from the first device group, the second device group including some devices from the first device group and excluding the some of the two or more devices halting at the time of the power-off operation, as the snapshot data in the storage device.

US Pat. No. 10,139,766

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a photosensitive member;
a charging member configured to electrically charge said photosensitive member;
a developing device configured to form a toner image by supplying toner to said photosensitive member;
a transfer member configured to transfer the toner image from said photosensitive member onto a toner image receiving member;
a cleaning member provided in contact with said photosensitive member and configured to remove the toner remaining on a surface of said photosensitive member after transfer; and
a controller configured to carry out a process for notifying information on a lifetime of said charging member on the basis of use amount information on a use amount of said charging member and contact pressure information on contact pressure applied by said cleaning member to said photosensitive member.

US Pat. No. 10,139,749

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PROCESS CARTRIDGE

Brother Kogyo Kabushiki K...

1. An image forming apparatus comprising:a process cartridge including:
a drum frame including:
a photosensitive drum; and
a drum coupling configured to rotate the photosensitive drum; and
a housing configured to accommodate toner therein, the housing including:
a developing roller; and
a developing coupling configured to rotate the developing roller,
wherein the housing is movable relative to the drum frame between a first position and a second position,
wherein a surface of the developing roller is in contact with a surface of the photosensitive drum in a case where the housing is at the first position,
wherein the surface of the developing roller is spaced apart from the surface of the photosensitive drum in a case where the housing is at the second position,
wherein the photosensitive drum is rotatable about a first axis extending in an extending direction, and
wherein the image forming apparatus further comprises:
a first coupling configured to couple to the drum coupling, the first coupling being movable between a third position and a fourth position in the extending direction.

US Pat. No. 10,139,733

DIAPHRAGM CHANGING DEVICE

Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH, Obe...

1. An optical imaging device having an object plane and an image plane, the optical imaging device comprising:a housing having an interior and an exterior;
a plurality of optical elements within an interior of the housing, the plurality of optical elements configured to image the object plane into the image plane via light passing along a beam path;
a plurality of diaphragms, each diaphragm having an opening; and
a diaphragm device in the exterior of the housing, the diaphragm device comprising a diaphragm store configured to hold the plurality of diaphragms arranged in a stack, each diaphragm being movable between a first position and a second position independently of the position of the other diaphragms,
wherein for each diaphragm:
in its first position, the diaphragm is in the diaphragm store, and the opening of the diaphragm is outside the beam path; and
in its second position, the diaphragm is in the interior of the housing, and the opening of the diaphragm device is in the beam path.

US Pat. No. 10,139,722

RADIATION IMAGE CAPTURING SYSTEM

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., To...

1. A console which receives a plurality of pieces of image data obtained by radiation image capturing from a radiation image capturing apparatus to generate a string of medical images based on the received image data, and transmits the string of medical images to an external apparatus in order according to a transmission order defined according to a capturing portion and/or a capturing condition, the console comprising:a display which displays preview images corresponding to the string of medical images aligned in the transmission order; and
a section which changes a display order of the displayed preview images, wherein, the transmission order is changed based on the changed display order and the string of medical images are transmitted in order to an external apparatus according to the changed transmission order.

US Pat. No. 10,139,710

ADJUSTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICE SUPPORT ASSEMBLY

1. An adjustable electronic device support assembly comprising:a support member having an elongated top wall with a planar top side and also having a bottom side for supporting an electronic device upon the top wall and capable of taking photos, wherein the support member includes side walls depending from opposed longitudinal edges of the top wall and also includes a front end with an annular opening disposed through the top wall near the front end for taking photos therethrough using the electronic device supported upon the top wall, wherein the support member includes strips of gripping material disposed upon the top side of the top wall to prevent slipping of the electronic device supported upon the top wall.

US Pat. No. 10,139,709

CORNER-ORIENTED HIGH-DEFINITION PYLON-MOUNTED CAMERAS

Admiral Video, LLC, Lanc...

1. A pylon/camera assembly comprising:a body having a first face adjacent to a second face, and a third face adjacent to the first face and the second face, such that the first face and the second face form a first corner and the second and third face form a second corner;
a first aperture arranged at and centered about the first corner;
a second aperture arranged at and centered about the second corner;
a first camera positioned within the first aperture, the first camera facing outwardly from the body;
a second camera positioned within the second aperture, the second camera facing outwardly from the body; and,
a third camera operatively arranged to pass through the first face or the second face.

US Pat. No. 10,139,659

BUFFER STRUCTURE AND DISPLAY DEVICE

BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO.,...

1. A display device comprising:a liquid crystal panel;
a backboard;
a rubber frame arranged at the backboard; and
a buffer structure arranged between the rubber frame and the liquid crystal panel;
wherein the buffer structure comprises a deformable capsule and a fluid sealed within the deformable capsule; and
wherein the fluid includes gas and liquid; the deformable capsule is a hollow semi-cylindrical structure with a cross-section of a semicircle shape; the deformable capsule comprises an internal wall and an external wall; the deformable capsule has a consistent thickness between the internal wall and the external wall at different positions; the rubber frame and the liquid crystal panel are at two opposite sides in a radial direction of the deformable capsule; the deformable capsule is in contact with both of the rubber frame and the liquid crystal panel along a longitudinal direction of the deformable capsule; and the fluid is flowable in the deformable capsule along the longitudinal direction of the deformable capsule.

US Pat. No. 10,139,655

METHOD FOR AN OPTICAL MODULATOR USING THE SPIN HALL EFFECT IN METALS

The United States of Amer...

1. A method of modulating the linear polarization of a light source, comprising:illuminating a central area of a spin Hall material with a light source to produce light arriving at the spin Hall material from a propagation direction that is not orthogonal to a plane of the spin Hall material and having an initial linear polarization, such that reflected light is cast from an outer surface of the spin Hall material, while simultaneously passing a modulated electric current through the spin Hall material in a direction perpendicular to the propagation direction, and
receiving the reflected light to assess its linear polarization,
wherein the reflected light has a new linear polarization that differs from the initial linear polarization to a degree depending on the amplitude of the modulated electric current, and
wherein the spin Hall material is selected from the group consisting of W film, Ta film, Pt film, Bi doped Cu film, IrMn film, Hf doped Pt film, and multiple layers of these films.

US Pat. No. 10,139,648

LENS BARREL

Panasonic Intellectual Pr...

1. A lens barrel, comprising:a first frame body including a groove formed along a direction substantially parallel to an optical axis on an inner circumferential surface;
a second frame body configured to be engaged by the first frame body;
a support frame configured to be supported by the second frame body and move with respect to the second frame body within a first plane for image blur correction in an imaging enabled state, the first plane being perpendicular to an optical axis, the support frame having a protrusion protruding outwardly in a radial direction; and
a retracting lens frame configured to be supported by the support frame and move around a retraction shaft during a transition period between an imaging enabled state and a housed state, the retraction shaft being substantially parallel to the optical axis,
the second frame body, the support frame, and the retracting lens frame are configured to move in the optical axis direction with respect to the first frame body during the transition period between the imaging enabled state and the housed state, and
the protrusion comes into contact with the groove and restricts a movable range of the support frame in the first plane so that the movable range of the support frame in the transition period is narrower than the movable range in the imaging enabled state, and the protrusion engages the groove to restrict a movement of the support frame within a second plane that is parallel to the first plane, during the transition period between the imaging enabled state and the housed state,
the first plane is a plane in the imaging enabled state,
the second plane is a plane in the transition period between the imaging enabled state and the housed state,
the first plane and the second plane are located at a distance from each other or include a single plane located at a distance away from the first frame body in the optical direction,
the groove includes a first groove having a first width and a second groove having a second width which is smaller than the first width in a circumferential direction, and
the protrusion comes into contact with the first groove to make the movable range of the support frame to be narrower, and the protrusion comes into engagement with the second groove to restrict the movable range of the support frame, during the transition period between the imaging enabled state and the housed state.

US Pat. No. 10,139,628

HEAD-MOUNTED DISPLAY

Coretronic Corporation, ...

1. A head-mounted display, comprising:a transparent display, adapted to emit an image light beam;
a first liquid crystal lens, disposed beside the transparent display; and
a second liquid crystal lens, wherein the transparent display is disposed between the first liquid crystal lens and the second liquid crystal lens, and the second liquid crystal lens is adapted to receive an ambient light beam, wherein the image light beam passes through the first liquid crystal lens by a phase changing of the first liquid crystal lens, and then the image light beam passes through a pupil, and wherein the ambient light beam passes through the second liquid crystal lens by the phase changing of the second liquid crystal lens of the head-mounted display, and then the ambient light beam sequentially passes through the transparent display, the first liquid crystal lens and the pupil,
and wherein a displayed image corresponding to the image light beam is adapted to be adjusted according to a dioptric value of the first liquid crystal lens by the phase changing of the first liquid crystal lens, and an image of the outside world corresponding to ambient light beam is adapted to be adjusted according to a dioptric value of the second liquid crystal lens by the phase changing of the second liquid crystal lens.

US Pat. No. 10,139,611

METHOD FOR HIGH-RESOLUTION 3D-LOCALIZATION MICROSCOPY

Carl Zeiss Microscopy Gmb...

1. A method for high-resolution 3D-localization microscopy of a sample comprising fluorescence emitters, in which the fluorescence emitters in the sample are excited to emit fluorescent radiation and the sample is displayed with spatial resolution in wide-field microscopy, said excitation being caused such that in reference to the spatial resolution at least some fluorescence emitters are isolated, and in a localization analysis a three-dimensional localization is determined, which includes in a depth direction of a display a z-coordinate and a x-coordinate as well as a y-coordinate orthogonal in reference thereto for each isolated fluorescence emitter, showing a precision exceeding the spatial resolution, comprising:determining localization imprecision, which states an imprecision of the localization, namely at least regarding its z-coordinate as a function of the z-coordinate and a number of photons collected during imaging in the wide-field microscopy, and
determining said localization imprecision for each localized fluorescence emitter by accessing table of localization imprecision for the localization determined during the localization analysis, with the localization imprecision in said table being determined by way of simulation comprising the following steps:
a) simulating an image for an ideal, dot-shaped fluorescence emitter for the predetermined number of photons emitted by the fluorescence emitters for the image, for an average number of photons,
b) modifying said simulated image with a pixel confusion function to form an expanded image, with the pixel confusion function dependent on a predetermined localization of the fluorescence emitter,
c) modifying the expanded image in consideration of statistic noise influences to form a noisy, expanded image, with the statistic noise influences being dependent on the number of photons,
d) subjecting the expanded image to a localization analysis, in order to obtain a simulated localization from the noisy, expanded image, and
e) repeating steps b) through d) several times for various values of the statistic noise influences, a spread of the several simulated localizations obtained here, or a spread of differences between these several simulated localizations and a predetermined localization, is determined, and from said spread the imprecision of the predetermined localization is determined.

US Pat. No. 10,139,609

DUAL MAGNIFICATION APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR EXAMINING A SINGLE OBJECTIVE IN A SCANNING OPTICAL MICROSCOPE USING TWO WAVELENGTHS OF LIGHT

The United States of Amer...

1. A dual magnification system comprising:a first lens assembly comprising a first plurality of optical doublets and a first dichroic optical assembly, wherein the first dichroic optical assembly reflects a first wavelength of light and is transmissive to a second wavelength of light;
a second lens assembly comprising a second plurality of optical doublets and a first plurality of reflecting elements;
a third lens assembly comprising a third plurality of doublets and a second plurality of reflecting elements; and
a fourth lens assembly comprising a second dichroic optical assembly, wherein the second dichroic optical assembly reflects the second wavelength of light and is transmissive to the first wavelength of light;
wherein a first optical path follows the first plurality of optical doublets, the first dichroic optical assembly, the second plurality of optical doublets, the first plurality of reflecting elements, and the second dichroic optical assembly;
wherein a second optical path follows the first plurality of optical doublets, the first dichroic optical assembly, the second plurality of reflecting elements, the second plurality of optical doublets, and the second dichroic optical assembly;
wherein the first optical path is configured to magnify light to a first magnification level;
wherein the second optical path is configured to magnify light to a second magnification level, wherein the second magnification level is higher than the first magnification level;
wherein a first plurality of light comprising a first wavelength of light follows the first optical path;
wherein a second plurality of light comprising a second wavelength of light follows the second optical path;
wherein the first plurality of light exits the second dichroic optical assembly and is directed towards a first target area, wherein adjusting the first plurality of reflecting elements shifts the first target area;
wherein the second plurality of light exits the second dichroic optical assembly is directed towards a second target area, wherein the second target area is within the first target area, wherein adjusting the second plurality of reflecting elements shifts the second target area.

US Pat. No. 10,139,608

SELECTIVE PLANE ILLUMINATION MICROSCOPY (SPIM) SYSTEMS AND METHODS

The Regents of the Univer...

1. A selective plane illumination microscopy system for capturing light emitted by an illuminated specimen, the system comprising:a specimen stage having a top surface adapted to support a specimen holder and an opening adapted to provide access to a bottom of the holder; and
a selective plane illumination microscopy optical system positioned beneath the stage, the optical system configured to illuminate the specimen with a sheet of excitation light and including an excitation objective, a detection objective, and an open-top, hollow prism that is adapted to contain a liquid, wherein the prism is positioned within the opening of the stage and optical axes of the objectives are aligned with the prism such that the axes pass through the prism and intersect at a position near the top surface of the specimen stage.

US Pat. No. 10,139,607

LIGHTWEIGHT 3D STEREOSCOPIC SURGICAL MICROSCOPE

Visionnaire Medtech Co., ...

1. A lightweight 3D stereoscopic surgical microscope having:a body having
a wheel seat having a top;
a housing securely mounted on the top of the wheel seat and having a top side; and
a host computer mounted in the housing and having a program processing interface;
a robot set connected to the body, electrically connected to the host computer, and having
a base securely mounted on the top side of the housing above the wheel seat and having a top end;
a transversal lever rotatably mounted around the top end of the base to transversally move relative to the base, and having a mounting end opposite to the base;
a lifting arm pivotally connected to the mounting end of the transversal lever, and having
a pivot end pivotally connected to the mounting end of the transversal lever; and
a connecting end opposite to the mounting end of the transversal lever; and
a rotating arm rotatably connected to the connecting end of the lifting arm, and having
a top end rotatably connected to the connecting end of the lifting arm; and
a bottom end;
an image set connected to the robot set, electrically connected to the body, and having
an outer casing securely mounted on the bottom end of the rotating arm and having
a bottom side; and
an outer side;
at least one objective lens mounted in the outer casing and facing the bottom side of the outer casing;
a main display screen securely mounted on the outer side of the outer casing and electrically connected to the host computer of the body; and
an auxiliary display screen electrically connected to the host computer beside the body; and
an operating set connected to the robot set, electrically connected to the body and the image set, and having two operating bars securely mounted on the rotating arm beside the main display screen of the image set.

US Pat. No. 10,139,601

THIN TELEPHOTO LENS AND IMAGE PICKUP APPARATUS INCLUDING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A telephoto lens comprising a first lens group, the first lens group comprising:a first lens element comprising:
an object side lens surface facing an object side; and
an image side lens surface facing an image side; and
a prism configured to bend an optical path within the first lens element,
wherein the first lens element and the prism are formed as a single body,
wherein an inclined surface of the prism is provided between the object side lens surface and the image side lens surface, and
wherein the following relationship is satisfied:
1.3?L1/Li,
where L1 corresponds to a length of an optical path from the object side lens surface to the image side lens surface of the first lens element along an optical axis of the first lens group and Li corresponds to a length of an optical path between an optical element provided closest to an image plane and the image plane along the optical axis.

US Pat. No. 10,139,600

IMAGING LENS AND IMAGING APPARATUS

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. An imaging lens comprising, in order from an object side:a first lens group that has a positive refractive power;
a second lens group that has a negative refractive power; and
a third lens group that has a positive refractive power,
wherein during focusing from an object at infinity to a closest object, only the second lens group moves in a direction of an optical axis,
wherein a lens closest to the object side in the first lens group and a lens adjacent to the lens closest to the object side on an image side have positive refractive powers,
wherein the second lens group includes two or three lenses,
wherein the following conditional expressions are satisfied,
0 15 65 0.0 where CT11 is a center thickness of the lens closest to the object side in the first lens group on the optical axis,
CT12 is a center thickness of the lens adjacent to the lens closest to the object side on the image side in the first lens group on the optical axis,
AT is an air gap on the optical axis between the lens closest to the object side in the first lens group and the lens adjacent to the lens closest to the object side on the image side,
?11 is an Abbe number of the lens closest to the object side in the first lens group,
?12 is an Abbe number of the lens adjacent to the lens closest to the object side on the image side in the first lens group, and
?gF12 is a partial dispersion ratio of the lens adjacent to the lens closest to the object side on the image side in the first lens group between a g line and an F line.

US Pat. No. 10,139,574

MULTI-CORE CONNECTOR, CONNECTOR, AND CONNECTOR CONNECTION MECHANISM

FURUKAWA ELECTRIC CO., LT...

1. A multi-core connector comprising:a plurality of optical fibers having a circular cross section;
a plurality of optical fiber holding members, each optical fiber holding member comprising through holes into which respective optical fibers are inserted; and
a ferrule including a housing section that houses the plurality of optical fiber holding members, wherein
each optical fiber has an orientation in a rotational direction having the longitudinal direction as an axis of rotation at a cross section perpendicular to a longitudinal direction thereof;
each optical fiber holding member includes a rotation restraining part that restrains a rotation of the optical fiber holding member inside the housing section, the rotation having a longitudinal direction of the optical fiber holding member as an axis of rotation; and
each optical fiber holding member holds two optical fibers.

US Pat. No. 10,139,573

CABLE ASSEMBLIES, OPTICAL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLIES, AND OPTICAL CONNECTOR SUBASSEMBLIES EMPLOYING A UNITARY ALIGNMENT PIN AND COVER

Corning Optical Communica...

1. An optical plug connector comprising:an optical portion having an optical interface;
a unitary alignment pin comprising a single piece component formed into a first pin portion and a second pin portion, wherein the unitary alignment pin is secured within a connector housing; and
a cover for protecting the optical interface, the cover comprising a first bore and a second bore, wherein the first pin portion is disposed within the first bore and the second pin portion is disposed within the second bore such that the cover translates along the first pin portion and the second pin portion, and a portion of the cover allows transmission of optical signals therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,139,568

OPTICAL FIBER SPLICING TOOL AND OPTICAL FIBER SPLICING METHOD

FUJIKURA LTD., Koto-ku, ...

1. An optical fiber splicing tool comprising:an optical fiber splicing unit that comprises:
a mechanical splice holder that holds a mechanical splice;
an optical fiber grasper that grasps a first optical fiber at one end side of the mechanical splice; and
a guide target that is slidable along a guide provided at a connecting jig that fixes a second optical fiber to be butt-jointed to the first optical fiber;
a connecting jig that comprises:
a guide that guides the optical fiber splicing unit; and
an optical fiber fixer that fixes the second optical fiber; and
a tool capable of switching a state of both ends of the mechanical splice from a non-holding fixation state to a holding fixation state, wherein
the optical fiber splicing unit provides a first flexure width to the first optical fiber located between one end side of the mechanical splice and the optical fiber grasper,
the second optical fiber has a second flexure width that is shorter than the first flexure width and is ensured between the other end side of the mechanical splice and the optical fiber fixer when butt-jointing is carried out, and flexural deformation thereby occurs in the first flexure width relatively easier than that in the second flexure width of the second optical fiber,
in a state where both ends of the mechanical splice are in the non-holding fixation state by use of the tool, the second optical fiber fixed to the optical fiber fixer of the connecting jig is inserted into the mechanical splice through the other end side of the mechanical splice,
in this state, the first optical fiber that is grasped by the optical fiber grasper and is inserted into the mechanical splice through one end side of the mechanical splice is butt-jointed to contact with the second optical fiber, the first flexure width is thereby formed on the first optical fiber at one end side of the mechanical splice, and
in this state, by use of the tool, both ends of the mechanical splice are in the holding fixation state.

US Pat. No. 10,139,542

LIGHTING DEVICE COMPRISING A LIGHT GUIDE AND A SUPPORT

3M Innovative Properties ...

1. An elongate support for supporting and securing an elongate light guide, the support comprising:an elongate base; and
opposing arms extending from the base and defining an elongate opening therebetween opposite the base, an upper edge of each arm being crenellated, wherein an upper edge of each crenellation is turned inwardly to form alternating higher and lower contact features.

US Pat. No. 10,139,535

LIGHT POLARIZATION FILM, METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME, LAMINATE, AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING SAME

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A light polarization film comprising:a polymer; and
quantum rods,
wherein the quantum rods are aligned such that a major axis of each of the quantum rods is parallel to one direction parallel to a surface of the light polarization film,
a moisture content is 1.0% or less,
an oxygen permeability coefficient is 200 cc·20 ?m/m2·day·atm or less,
the average length of the quantum rods is 8 to 500 nm, and
the quantum rods are formed of II-VI semiconductors, III-V semiconductors, IV-VI semiconductors, or combinations thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,139,524

ANTI-REFLECTIVE STRUCTURE AND METHOD FOR DESIGNING SAME

DEXERIALS CORPORATION, T...

1. A method for minimizing a chroma (?(a*2+b*2)) of reflected light from an anti-reflective structure with respect to white light, the anti-reflective structure comprising a plurality of nanostructures that are formed of projected portions on a substrate surface and provided at intervals equal to or less than a visible light wavelength, the method comprising:determining a minimum of the chroma (?(a*2+b*2)) based on a filling rate of the nanostructures and a predetermined average height of the nanostructures; and
forming the plurality of nanostructures such that the filling rate is within a range of ±5% of the filling rate at which the minimum chroma value is achieved at the predetermined height, wherein
the filling rate is a ratio of an area of a bottom surface of the nanostructures to an area of the substrate surface in a plan view of the anti-reflective structure.

US Pat. No. 10,139,522

SILICONE ELASTOMER-SILICONE HYDROGEL HYBRID CONTACT LENSES

CooperVision Internationa...

1. A silicone elastomer-silicone hydrogel hybrid contact lens comprising:a) a silicone elastomer layer comprising an anterior side and a posterior side; and
b) a silicone hydrogel layer adhered to the posterior side of the silicone elastomer layer; wherein a delamination-resistant bond is present between the silicone elastomer layer and the silicone hydrogel layer, and wherein the silicone hydrogel layer has a percent swell of from about ?5% to less than 10%.

US Pat. No. 10,139,504

DISTRIBUTED SEISMIC SOURCE ARRAY FOR USE IN MARINE ENVIRONMENTS

GREENPOWERUSA INC., Chat...

1. A marine sound source configured for use in a marine environment, comprising:one or more moveable plates;
a rotary motor;
a connection means between the rotary motor and the one or more moveable plates configured to translate rotary motion of the motor into linear motion of the one or more moveable plates; and
means for varying an amount of linear displacement of the one or more moveable plates;
wherein the amount of linear displacement can be changed independently of the speed of rotation of the rotary motor.

US Pat. No. 10,139,498

RADIATION MEASUREMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD

Johnson Matthey Public Li...

1. A subsea apparatus for measuring radiation, comprising:a plurality of detectors, each detector comprising:
a scintillating material configured to emit light in response to incident radiation, and
a photodetector configured to receive light emitted by the scintillating material and output an electrical pulse in response to light received from the scintillating material, a parameter characterizing the electrical pulse being related to an energy associated with the incident radiation; and
a power supply configured to supply power to a plurality of said photodetectors connected in parallel to the at least one power supply.

US Pat. No. 10,139,494

ELECTRONIC DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MEASURING POSITION INFORMATION OF ELECTRONIC DEVICE

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A portable communication device comprising:a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) module;
one or more sensors; and
a processor adapted to:
identify, using the GNSS module, a first position of the portable communication device,
in response to identifying the first position using the GNSS module, inactivate the GNSS module and detect, using at least one sensor of the one or more sensors, a motion or a direction of the portable communication device, and
adjust a duty cycle to be used for the GNSS module to update a position for the portable communication device from the first position to a second position, the adjusting based at least in part on the motion or the direction of the portable communication device.

US Pat. No. 10,139,486

SYSTEM FOR PREDICTING PATH OF CONVECTIVE CELL AND CONTROL METHOD THEREOF

KOREA METEOROLOGICAL ADMI...

1. A system for predicting a path of a convective cell, comprising:a weather radar center system, comprised of a computer and a weather radar, which is configured to store a radar image detected from the weather radar and detect one or more convective cells present in the radar image, and transmit information about one or more convective cells that are detected including a property information of a 3-dimensional reflectivity cell and a property information of a 2-dimensional reflectivity cell to a terminal; and
the terminal, wherein the terminal is configured to predict development of the convective cell based on linear increase or decrease on the basis of the information of one or more convective cells transmitted and a preset past information about a convective cell tracked in the past, and display a development prediction result of one or more convective cells,
wherein the property information of the 3-dimensional reflectivity cell comprises a 3-dimensional center position and a volume, and
wherein the property information of the 2-dimensional reflectivity cell comprises a center position and an area.

US Pat. No. 10,139,480

ULTRASOUND TRANSDUCER WITH DATA COMPRESSION

FUJIFILM SonoSite, Inc., ...

1. A transducer for an ultrasound imaging system, comprising:an array of transducer elements;
an analog-to-digital converter configured to convert analog signals produced by the transducer elements into corresponding digital samples encoded with a first number of bits;
a memory for storing digital samples associated with a frame of ultrasound data; and
a logic circuit configured to
compress the digital ultrasound data by calculating differences between the samples and to encode the differences with a second number of bits that is less than the first number of bits; and
transmit a packet that includes differences encoded with the second number of bits and an overflow portion that encodes the differences that are too large to be encoded with the second number of bits;
wherein the logic circuit is configured to calculate a histogram of difference values and select the second number of bits as the smallest number of bits that will encode the most common difference values determined from the histogram and wherein the packet includes a second header that defines a number of bits used to encode the differences that are too large to be encoded with the second number of bits.

US Pat. No. 10,139,472

EXTENSIBLE OBJECT LOCATION SYSTEM AND METHOD USING MULTIPLE REFERENCES

ZIH Corp., Lincolnshire,...

1. A method comprising:defining a first zone within a monitored area, a first group of receivers covering the first zone;
defining a second zone within the monitored area, a second group of receivers covering the second zone;
determining, via a processor, (i) a first position of a first tag based on a first set of timing measurements obtained via the first group of receivers, and (ii) a second position of the first tag based on a second set of timing measurements obtained via the second group of receivers;
determining, via the processor, whether the first position indicates that the first tag is within the first zone;
when the first position indicates that the first tag is within the first zone, reporting data associated with the first tag; and
when the first position indicates that the first tag is not within the first zone, discarding the first position.

US Pat. No. 10,139,469

UNDERWATER HOMING SYSTEM

1. An ultrasonic homing assembly configured to direct a diver toward a boat anchor, said assembly comprising:a base unit configured to be coupled to the boat anchor;
a base processor coupled to said base unit;
a transmitter coupled to said base unit, said transmitter being operationally coupled to said processor, said transmitter transmitting a location signal;
a remote unit configured to be worn by the diver;
a remote processor coupled to said remote unit;
a receiver coupled to said remote unit, said receiver being operationally coupled to said remote processor, said receiver receiving said location signal from said transmitter;
a display coupled to said remote unit, said display being operationally coupled to said processor, said display directing the diver toward said base unit such that the diver swims toward the boat anchor;
wherein a ring coupled to a first end of said base unit, said ring being coupled to the boat anchor such that said base unit is retained on the boat anchor.

US Pat. No. 10,139,453

BATTERY VOLTAGE MONITORING DEVICE USING CAPACITOR CIRCUIT AND SWITCH FAILURE DETECTION CIRCUIT

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A voltage monitoring apparatus comprising:a capacitor circuit including at least one capacitor;
an input-side switch group that includes a plurality of input-side switches connected to at least one pair of electrode terminals of at least one battery cell, the input-side switch group applying voltage to a pair of terminals of the at least one capacitor;
a voltage detection circuit that includes at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals connected to each of the terminals of the at least one capacitor, the voltage detection circuit detecting a potential difference across the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals;
an output-side switch group that includes a plurality of output-side switches connected to the terminals of the at least one capacitor, the output-side switch group applying voltage across the terminals of the at least one capacitor to the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals;
switch control means for controlling each of the plurality of input-side switches and each of the plurality of output-side switches;
failure detecting means for detecting, on the basis of the voltage detected by the voltage detection circuit when one of the output-side switches is turned on, an on-failure of at least one of the remaining output-side switches which should not be turned on;
an impedance circuit that is connected to each of the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals, the impedance circuit being connected to each of the plurality of output-side switches, connected to the terminals of the at least one capacitor, via the each of the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals; and
a stabilizing power circuit that is connected to each of the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals via the impedance circuit and stabilizes voltage of each of the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals, wherein
the impedance circuit is configured such that a time constant of a circuit configured by the impedance circuit and the at least one capacitor, which are connected to each other via each of the plurality of output-side switches and the each of the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals, becomes longer than a required detection time that is taken from when a voltage across the terminals of the at least one capacitor is applied to the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals until when a potential difference between the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals is detected by the voltage detection circuit,
the voltage detection circuit includes a differential amplifier circuit that amplifies and outputs at least one potential difference between the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals;
the differential amplifier circuit includes at least one pair of input resistors connected to the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals; and
the stabilizing power circuit is connected to each of the at least one pair of voltage sensing terminals via the at least one pair of input resistors.

US Pat. No. 10,139,425

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR COLLECTING AND DISPLAYING WIND INFORMATION

TERRASTRIDE INCORPORATED,...

1. A method of depicting wind information over time, the method comprising:(a) receiving wind information at a handheld device from a weather information source, said wind information comprising wind speed and wind direction over a first period of time, and said handheld device having a memory, display and a processor, wherein said memory is capable of storing said wind information and satellite imagery geographical information, wherein said display is capable of displaying color images overlaying said satellite imagery geographical information, and wherein said processor is capable of generating a high level future wind speed chart and a circular wind direction depiction;
(b) storing said wind information in the memory of the handheld device;
(c) processing the stored wind information to display the wind information on the handheld device display in a dual display configuration comprising said high level future wind speed chart and said circular wind direction depiction, wherein the high level future wind speed chart is a line graph showing expected wind speeds over a second period of time that includes times in the future and that includes a second period start time and a second period ending time and wherein the circular wind direction depiction comprises creating a composite wind direction for a third period of time from the second period start time to a selected future time within the second period of time, and displaying the composite wind direction and an instantaneous wind direction at the selected future time, said display comprised of a first arched section oriented to indicate the instantaneous wind direction and a second arched section, said second arched section oriented to indicate the composite wind direction for the third period of time from the second period start time to a selected future time but excluding the instantaneous wind direction at the selected future time, and wherein the first arched section is at least partially colored by a first color and the second arched section is at least partially colored by a second color, and wherein said first and second colors are different.

US Pat. No. 10,139,403

MANIPULATION OF BEADS IN DROPLETS AND METHODS FOR MANIPULATING DROPLETS

ADVANCED LIQUID LOGIC, IN...

1. A method of manipulating a droplet comprising magnetically responsive beads within a droplet actuator, the method comprising:(a) providing a droplet actuator, comprising:
(i) a plurality of droplet operations electrodes configured to transport the droplet; and
(ii) a magnetic field present at a portion of the plurality of droplet operations electrodes; and
(b) positioning a magnetic shielding material in the droplet actuator to selectively minimize the magnetic field.

US Pat. No. 10,139,369

MASS SPECTROMETER

Hitachi High-Technologies...

1. A mass spectrometer device comprising:an ion source;
an ion mobility separation unit;
a mass spectrometer;
a first flow passageway for causing ions from the ion source to be introduced into the mass spectrometer by passing through the ion mobility separation unit;
a second flow passageway for causing the ions from the ion source to be introduced into the mass spectrometer without passing through the ion mobility separation unit; and
a blocking mechanism for selectively blocking the passage of the ions from the ion source through the first flow passageway or the second flow passageway,
wherein an introduction opening of the first flow passageway and an introduction opening of the second flow passageway are disposed at equivalent distances from the ion source.

US Pat. No. 10,139,346

OPTICAL MICROSCOPY SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR RAMAN SCATTERING WITH ADAPTIVE OPTICS

HORIBA JOBIN YVON SAS, L...

1. A Raman microscopy or Raman microspectrometry apparatus of confocal type, said apparatus comprising:a laser source suitable for emitting a laser beam at an excitation wavelength ?;
a microscope objective suitable for receiving the laser beam and focusing the laser beam in an image plane of the microscope objective, the focused laser beam being intended to illuminate a sample;
an optical system suitable for collecting a scattering optical beam on the sample;
a filter suitable for receiving the scattering optical beam and separating the scattering optical beam into a Rayleigh scattering beam and a Raman scattering beam;
a detection system comprising a spectrometer suitable for detecting and measuring the Raman scattering beam collected;
a confocal hole positioned between the microscope objective and the detection system; and
an adaptive optics system positioned on an optical path of the Raman scattering beam,
wherein said adaptive optics system is configured to form the image of an energy distribution inside the confocal hole on the entrance slit of the spectrometer in such a way as to obtain an energy distribution in a direction of a height of the slit.

US Pat. No. 10,139,332

MASS CYTOMETRY APPARATUS AND METHODS

Fluidigm Canada Inc., Ma...

1. A method for performing mass cytometry comprising:providing an elemental standard comprising detectable atoms;
detecting atoms using a mass cytometer comprising an ion source, a mass analyzer, and a detector, wherein detecting atoms comprises detecting the detectable atoms of the elemental standard;
recording a digital signal associated with the detected quantity of detectable atoms as a digital output;
comparing the digital output to an expected digital output, the expected digital output being associated with a measured standard, wherein the measured standard comprises a quantity of the detectable atom; and
modulating a voltage of the detector in response to the comparison of the digital output to the expected digital output so that the digital output associated with the quantity of the detectable atom following modulation of the voltage of the detector returns toward the expected digital output, wherein the expected digital output comprises a ratio of an analog signal associated with the measured standard and a pulse counting signal associated with the measured standard.

US Pat. No. 10,139,324

AUTOMATIC TRANSVERSE STRAIN EXTENSOMETER ARCHITECTURE

ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC.,...

1. A transverse strain extensometer, comprising:a first sensor arm and a second sensor arm, the first and second sensor arms being opposed to each other;
the first sensor arm including a first sensor edge;
the second sensor arm including a second sensor edge;
the first sensor arm moving in concert with a first carriage assembly, the first carriage assembly mounted in a sliding configuration;
the second sensor arm moving in concert with a second carriage assembly, the second carriage assembly being mounted in a sliding configuration;
the first and second carriage assemblies being responsive to a synchronizing device wherein, as the first and second sensor arms separate from each other, the first carriage moves in a first direction and the second carriage assembly moves in a second direction, the second direction being opposite from the first direction;
the first carriage assembly including a reading device for reading a relative position of the second carriage assembly with respect to the first carriage assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,139,110

BEARING ELEMENT TO CUSHION AXIAL DISPLACEMENTS OF A SLIDING TRAVERSE OF AN INJECTION SYSTEM FOR A TURBOMACHINE

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. An arrangement for a turbomachine combustion chamber, comprising:a fuel injector nozzle comprising an outer connection surface,
an injection system for a turbomachine, extending substantially longitudinally along an injection system axis and comprising:
a sliding traverse comprising a centring portion configured to house the injector nozzle, the centring portion comprising an internal centring surface configured to be in mechanical contact with the outer connection surface,
a supporting sole rigidly axially connected to the centring portion and protruding from the centring portion,
means for maintaining the sliding traverse which are delimiting between them a housing space for the supporting sole, wherein the means for maintaining the sliding traverse comprises a housing edge,
wherein the arrangement comprises means for recalling the sliding traverse, wherein the means for recalling includes at least one elastic element located in the housing space for the supporting sole,
wherein the elastic element is configured to cushion the axial displacements of the supporting sole relatively to the means for maintaining the sliding traverse, wherein the means for recalling the sliding traverse is configured to axially stress the supporting sole against axial displacements in the downstream direction of the sliding traverse relatively to the means for maintaining the sliding traverse,
wherein the outer connection surface and/or at least one portion of the internal centring surface narrows in the downstream direction, in such a way as to retain the injector nozzle relatively to the sliding traverse axially in the downstream direction, and
wherein the housing space is closed upstream by a closing element configured to retain the supporting sole axially in the housing space, further wherein the closing element is spaced from the supporting sole.

US Pat. No. 10,139,108

D5/D5A DF-42 INTEGRATED EXIT CONE AND SPLASH PLATE

SIEMENS ENERGY, INC., Or...

1. A combustor basket assembly for a combustor in a gas turbine engine, said combustor basket assembly comprising a combustor basket including a basket liner having an input end and an output end through which a hot working gas exits the combustor basket, said combustor basket further including a single piece member affixed to the output end of the basket liner, said single piece member including a base portion, a splash plate portion integral with the base portion and an exit cone portion integral with the base portion, where the hot working gas exits the combustor basket through the exit cone portion,wherein the splash plate portion extends from an aft end of the base portion and the exit cone portion extends at an angle from the aft end of the base portion so as to define an annular channel between the splash plate portion and the exit cone portion,
wherein the base portion includes a cooling air chamber that receives a cooling air flow, the splash plate portion includes a first plurality of cooling air feed holes that are in fluid communication with the cooling air chamber and receive a first portion of cooling air therefrom, and the exit cone portion includes a second plurality of cooling air feed holes that are in fluid communication with the cooling air chamber and receive a second portion of cooling air therefrom, the cooling air flow from the cooling air chamber is split into the first plurality of cooling air feed holes and the second plurality of cooling air feed holes so that the first portion of cooling air and the second portion of cooling air flow in parallel.

US Pat. No. 10,139,047

STRESS RELIEVED WELDS IN POSITIVE EXPULSION FUEL TANKS WITH ELASTOMERIC DIAPHRAGM

Keystone Engineering Comp...

1. A metallic positive expulsion fuel tank comprising:a first hemispherical shell having a circumferential edge;
a pressurized propellant gas inlet attached to the first hemispherical shell;
a metallic cylinder having a first circumferential edge and a second circumferential edge wherein the first circumferential edge is attached to the circumferential edge of the first hemispherical shell by a first weld seam;
a second hemispherical shell having a circumferential edge;
a fuel outlet fixture attached to the second hemispherical shell;
a hemispherical elastomeric diaphragm attached to the fuel outlet fixture; and
a second hemispherical shell attached to the second circumferential edge of the metallic cylinder by a second weld seam thereby forming two interior chambers separated by the elastomeric diaphragm;
the first and second weld seams having localized post-weld heat-treated stress-relieved regions confined within a distance of 2 inches (5.08 cm) from the first weld seam and a distance of 2 inches (5.08 cm) from the second weld seam such that stresses in the first and second weld seams are relieved and the elastomeric diaphragm is unaffected by the heat treatment.

US Pat. No. 10,138,979

BALANCER DEVICE FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A balancer device comprising: a drive unit to which a rotational force is transmitted from a crankshaft, a drive balancer shaft having a drive balancer weight rotated integrally with the drive unit, a balancer drive gear arranged on a same side as the drive unit with reference to a position of the drive balancer weight in an axial direction of the drive balancer shaft, and rotated integrally with the drive balancer shaft, a balancer driven gear structured to engage with the balancer drive gear, a driven balancer shaft rotated integrally with the balancer driven gear and having a driven balancer weight provided on a same side as the drive balancer weight in an axial direction of the driven balancer shaft, a drive mechanism having a gear on the side opposite to the driven balancer weight in the axial direction of the driven balancer shaft, wherein the rotational force is transmitted to the drive mechanism from one of the balancer shafts, and an oil pump including an oil pump drive shaft driven through the drive mechanism, wherein a rotational center of the oil pump drive shaft is located between a second virtual line and a third virtual line, the second virtual line passing through a rotational center of the drive balancer shaft and being perpendicular to a first virtual line connecting the rotational center of the drive balancer shaft and a rotational center of the driven balancer shaft, and the third virtual line passing through the rotational center of the driven balancer shaft and being perpendicular to the first virtual line, when the drive balancer shaft, the driven balancer shaft, and the oil pump drive shaft are viewed in a plane perpendicular to rotational axes of the drive balancer shaft, the driven balancer shaft, and the oil pump drive shaft, and wherein an axial length of the driven balancer shaft is shorter than an axial length of the drive balancer shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,138,972

AIR SPRING AND CARRIAGE FOR VEHICLE

SUMITOMO ELECTRIC INDUSTR...

1. An air spring, comprising:a first supporting member;
a second supporting member arranged to be spaced away from the first supporting member in a main load direction;
a third supporting member arranged to be spaced away from the second supporting member in the main load direction, the second supporting member arranged between the first supporting member and the third supporting member;
an elastically deformable diaphragm connected to the second supporting member and the third supporting member to form a closed space; and
an adjusting member connected to the first supporting member and the second supporting member in a plane crossing the main load direction, the adjusting member having anisotropy in elastic property in the plane, the adjusting member being a directional stopper extending along a first direction in the plane, the adjusting member including a plurality of first elastic bodies that are stacked in the first direction, and the adjusting member not extending in a second direction in the plane, the second direction being perpendicular to the first direction.

US Pat. No. 10,138,970

COIL SPRING

MITSUBISHI STEEL MFG. CO....

1. A coil spring comprising:end turn sections that are formed on both ends of the coil spring;
an effective section that is formed between the end turn sections that functions as a spring when a load in a coil axis direction has been applied; and
rising sections that are formed between the effective section and the end turn sections,
wherein:
the rising sections are formed in such a way that, when ?1 represents a pitch angle of the rising sections and ?2 represents a pitch angle of the effective section, pitch angle ?1>pitch angle ?2 holds true in at least one of the rising sections, and
a diameter of a wire rod forming the coil spring is 25 mm to 90 mm,
wherein the rising sections are configured such that when the effective section is compressed such that the coils of the effective section effectively contact each other, gaps exist between the end turn sections and the rising sections,
wherein each end turn section comprises a tapered section having a dimension in a direction orthogonal to a winding direction of the wire rod that becomes smaller toward termini of the tapered sections, and
wherein the tapered sections are made equal to or greater than 0.5 turns and equal to or less than 0.6 turns.

US Pat. No. 10,138,966

VEHICLE BRAKE APPARATUS

NISSIN KOGYO CO., LTD., ...

1. A vehicle brake apparatus, including:an electric actuator; and
a drum brake which is attached to a wheel so as to be driven by power exhibited by the electric actuator,
wherein the electric actuator includes a casing incorporating a power converting mechanism, and an electric motor overlapping with and attached to the casing, and
wherein, in a state of being mounted on a vehicle, only the casing of the electric actuator is attached to an external surface of a backing plate of the drum brake through the casing so that the electric actuator is disposed and fixed further rearwards than an axle of the wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,138,952

COUPLING FOR AN AWD VEHICLE

BorgWarner Sweden AB, La...

1. A coupling for an all-wheel-drive vehicle, comprisinga disc package with alternating discs, which are connected for rotation with, but are axially movable in relation to an ingoing and an outgoing axle, respectively, of the coupling, and
a hydraulic piston for pressing the disc package together under the action of hydraulic pressure, hereby altering the coupling from a disconnect mode to a connect mode, in which the ingoing axle is connected to the outgoing axle,
a coupling slack adjuster for mechanically establishing a rest position for the hydraulic piston in a disconnect mode, in which a predetermined slack in the disc package is established, irrespective of the wear of the discs,
a primary slack adjuster sleeve, which by press fit connection to a member in the coupling and by working relationship with the piston is able to establish a new rest position for the piston during its return stroke from a connect mode to a disconnect mode, governed by a too long stroke of the piston during its working stroke and under the action of a spring with a lower force than the force of the press fit,
wherein the member is a press ring connected to the piston, and wherein the movement of the sleeve together with the press ring from a disconnect mode to a connect mode of the coupling being limited by contact with a secondary slack adjuster sleeve attached to a housing of the coupling,
wherein the primary slack adjuster sleeve and the secondary adjuster sleeve are so shaped that the primary sleeve is axially guided by the secondary sleeve and wherein a return spring or disconnect spring is arranged between the two sleeves.

US Pat. No. 10,138,936

AGRICULTURAL ROLLING BASKET BEARING ASSEMBLY

CNH Industrial America LL...

1. A method of accommodating flexing of a rotating element of an agricultural implement, comprising the steps of:providing the rotating element including a rolling basket coupled to a bearing hanger carried by the agricultural implement, the rolling basket including components which are required to flex during field operation;
providing a bearing with an opening therethrough;
providing a resilient spindle carried by a fastener coupled to the bearing hanger, the resilient spindle including a resilient shoulder positioned between the bearing holder and the bearing;
positioning the bearing via the opening therein on the resilient spindle, a side of the bearing being positioned next to the resilient shoulder;
providing a gap between the bearing and at least one component positioned on the resilient spindle to permit movement of the bearing on the resilient spindle;
accommodating flexing of the components of the rolling basket in field operation by tilting and dynamically misaligning the bearing, one side of the bearing contacting the resilient shoulder during dynamic misalignment; and
preventing excessive dynamic misalignment of the bearing during field operation by flexing the resilient spindle to prevent excessive wear of the bearing.

US Pat. No. 10,138,931

SYNTHETIC RESIN-MADE SLIDING BEARING

OILES CORPORATION, Tokyo...

1. A combination mechanism of a synthetic resin-made sliding bearing and a shaft,said synthetic resin-made sliding bearing comprising:
a synthetic resin-made upper casing including an annular upper plate portion having a first inner peripheral surface, a cylindrical first suspended portion formed integrally on a lower surface of the upper plate portion, and a cylindrical engaging suspended portion formed integrally on the lower surface of the upper plate portion so as to form an annular upper outer groove by an inner peripheral surface thereof in cooperation with an outer peripheral surface of the first suspended portion;
a synthetic resin-made lower casing including an annular lower plate portion having a second inner peripheral surface, a cylindrical portion formed integrally on a lower surface of the lower plate portion and having a third inner peripheral surface, a cylindrical first projecting portion formed integrally on an upper surface of the lower plate portion, and a cylindrical engaging protruding portion formed integrally on the upper surface of the lower plate portion so as to form an annular lower outer groove by an inner peripheral surface thereof in cooperation with an outer peripheral surface of the first projecting portion; and
a synthetic resin-made thrust sliding bearing piece disposed in a space between said upper casing and said lower casing such that an upper surface thereof is brought into slidable contact with the lower surface of the upper plate portion of said upper casing fitted over said lower casing, while a lower surface thereof is brought into slidable contact with the upper surface of said lower plate portion,
said shaft being inserted in circular holes defined by the first to the third inner peripheral surfaces,
the first suspended portion being disposed in the lower outer groove with a radial first clearance and a radial second clearance between an inner peripheral surface thereof and an outer peripheral surface thereof, on the one hand, and the outer peripheral surface of the first projecting portion and the inner peripheral surface of the engaging protruding portion, on the other hand, respectively,
the engaging suspended portion is disposed radially outwardly of the engaging protruding portion with a radial third clearance between the inner peripheral surface thereof and an outer peripheral surface of the engaging protruding portion, and
an outer peripheral side passage formed by the first suspended portion, the first projecting portion, the engaging suspended portion, and the engaging protruding portion allows a radially outer peripheral portion of the space to communicate with an outside,
a radial minimum width of each of the first to third clearances being equal to or greater than a radially relatively displaceable amount of said lower casing with respect to said upper casing which is regulated by the shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,138,930

NATURAL GAS HYDRATE TANK CONTAINER LOADING SYSTEM ENABLING AUTOMATED CONNECTION OF ELECTRIC POWER LINE AND BOIL-OFF GAS PIPE

KOREA INSTITUTE OF OCEAN ...

1. A natural gas hydrate tank container loading system enabling automated connection of an electric power line and a boil-off gas pipe, the natural gas hydrate tank container loading system comprising:a plurality of natural gas hydrate tank containers which are stacked in a vertical direction;
for each natural gas hydrate tank container, a respective refrigerator one side of the natural gas hydrate tank container for maintaining phase equilibrium of natural gas hydrate stored in the natural gas hydrate tank container;
an electric power supply unit over an uppermost container among the plurality of the gas hydrate tank containers for supplying electric power for operating the respective refrigerators;
for each natural gas hydrate tank container, a respective electric power line at one side of the natural gas hydrate tank container, the respective electric power line including a connecting structure formed to be engaged at both ends for supplying electric power produced by the electric power supply unit to the respective refrigerators; and
for each natural gas hydrate tank container, a respective boil-off gas pipe at one side of the natural gas hydrate tank container, the boil-off gas pipe including a connecting structure formed to be engaged at both ends for supplying boil-off gas generated from the respective natural gas hydrate tank container to the electric power supply unit,
wherein,
each respective power line includes a first end located at a lower portion of the natural hydrate gas tank container and a second end located at an upper portion of the natural hydrate gas tank container, the first end including a socket structure to be aligned with and face the second end of the power line of a lower hydrate gas tank container, the first end also including a presser foot that extends toward the lower natural hydrate gas tank container, the second end including a sloping water-proof hinge plug with electrodes that are receivable in the socket of an upper natural hydrate gas tank container, the sloping water-proof hinge plug being in an open state in an inclined position with the electrodes extending toward the first end of the upper hydrate gas tank container or in a closed state in a reclined position, the sloping water-proof hinge plug being biased to the closed state and reclined position by a spring, the presser foot of the power line of the natural hydrate gas tank container configured to engage the sloping water-proof hinge plug of the lower hydrate gas tank container and causing the plug to incline and be in the open state and to automatically couple with the socket structure when the natural hydrate gas tank container and lower hydrate gas tank container are stacked in the vertical direction with the natural hydrate gas tank container of the respective power line.

US Pat. No. 10,138,927

BALL JOINT CONNECTOR

1. A ball joint connector for connecting an elongated element to a ball pin (2), comprising;a socket (10) having a cylindrical cavity (12) defining a central axis for receiving a ball of the ball pin with an opening (14) at one end and a dome-shaped end wall (11) at an opposite end with the dome-shaped end wall defining a central opening, the socket being adapted to be connectable to the elongated element; and
a clip (30) disposed at least partially within the cavity and dimensioned to encompass, when the ball is received in the cavity, more than an upper hemisphere of the ball which is opposite to a lower hemisphere on which a pin of the ball pin is coaxially carried, said clip having a central apex portion and two opposite end portions extending from the central apex portion with the clip being moveable between a locking position, in which the clip extends with the two opposite end portions into the lower hemisphere of the ball to be in abutment with surface portions in the lower hemisphere to hold the ball secured in the cavity and a retracted assembly position in which the opposite end portions of the clip allow the ball to pass for an insertion to and removal from the cavity, wherein the central apex portion is accessible through the central opening of the dome-shaped end wall of the socket to retract the clip along the central axis into the retracted assembly position,
wherein the clip (30) is arranged to extend, in the locking position, in abutment with a surface of the ball received in the cavity on opposing sides of the ball on each side over a portion of the upper hemisphere and with the opposite end portion of the clip over an adjoining surface portion of the lower hemisphere of the ball, and the clip (30) is received in grooves (41) formed in an inner wall of the cavity extending in a symmetrical manner on opposite side regions of the cavity from a first end of the groove close to the opening of the cavity to a second end of the groove in the dome-shaped end wall; and
wherein a depth of each groove is increasing starting from the first end of the groove to form a flaring groove bottom (42) with the opposite end portions engaging the flaring groove bottom to support the opposite end portions in the locking position to keep the ball in the cavity, wherein the increasing depth of the groove is arranged such that the opposite end portions of the clip are free to be moved radially outwardly into a region (44) of increased depth of the groove to move to the retracted assembly position to allow the ball to pass by the opposite end portions of the clip.

US Pat. No. 10,138,926

TELESCOPING TORQUE TUBE ASSEMBLY

Moog Inc., Elma, NY (US)...

1. A torque tube assembly comprising:a torque tube including an end region;
an end fitting telescopically coupled to the end region of the torque tube, the torque tube and the end fitting having a longitudinal adjustment axis along which the end fitting is adjustable between an extended position and a retracted position;
a resiliently deflectable locking tab on the torque tube, the locking tab having an abutment edge;
wherein the end fitting includes a locking slot arranged for receiving the locking tab when the end fitting is in the extended position, the locking slot having a limit edge facing the abutment edge of the locking tab for engaging the abutment edge of the locking tab when the locking tab is in an undeflected state to prevent axially directed adjustment of the end fitting relative to the torque tube from the extended position toward the retracted position;
wherein the locking tab is deflectable by a user such that the abutment edge of the locking tab is not faced by the limit edge of the locking slot, thereby permitting axially directed adjustment of the end fitting relative to the torque tube from the extended position to the retracted position; and
wherein the torque tube includes a torque tube spline and the end fitting includes an end fitting spline meshing with the torque tube spline when the end fitting is in the extended position.

US Pat. No. 10,138,890

ELECTRIC COMPRESSOR AND METHOD OF FORMING OIL SEPARATOR OF ELECTRIC COMPRESSOR

HANON SYSTEMS, Daejeon (...

1. An electric compressor comprising:a housing having a discharge chamber formed therein, the discharge chamber configured to receive a refrigerant therein;
an oil separator disposed in the discharge chamber, wherein the oil separator is an oil separator housing defining a chamber separate from the discharge chamber, the oil separator including a refrigerant inlet hole configured to convey the refrigerant from the discharge chamber to the oil separator, a foreign substance storage part configured to store foreign substances contained in the refrigerant conveyed through the refrigerant inlet hole, and an opening configured to convey an oil separated from the refrigerant from the oil separator, wherein the foreign substance storage part is formed in a lower end of the oil separator; and
a filter unit disposed in the housing in a space exterior to the oil separator housing for filtering the foreign substances contained in the refrigerant, wherein the foreign substance storage part is disposed lower than the filter unit, and wherein the opening directly connects the oil separator to the filter unit and conveys the oil overflowing the foreign substance storage part from the oil separator to the filter unit.

US Pat. No. 10,138,852

AIR FILTER ELEMENT

1. A filter element comprising:a filter body of a filter medium, the filter body having a longitudinal axis and a concentric shape relative to the longitudinal axis, the longitudinal axis defining an axial direction,
the filter body having a first axial end face and an opposing second axial end face;
a first open or closed end disk arranged at and secured onto the first end face;
a second end disk arranged at the second end face;
a support tube arranged concentric to the longitudinal axis and extending between the first and second end disks;
wherein at respective one of the first and second end disks includes
one or several support knobs of an elastic material, the one or several support knobs arranged in a circular arrangement on a respective one of the first or second end disks, projecting axially outwardly from the respective end disk,
wherein the one or several support knobs are configured and adapted for directly engaging and bending against a sloped or a truncated conical surface of a housing into which the filter element is installable;
wherein the one or several support knobs are configured to deflect or fold in a first radial direction inwardly or outwardly towards a first radial side of the one or several support knobs, the deflection or folding of the one or several support knobs generating an axial force onto the respective end disk, the axial force applying a compressive force to the filter element to axially and radially clamp and hold the filter element in position in the housing;
wherein the respective end disk having the one or several support knobs, further has a relief groove or depression formed into the respective end disk at the first radial side of the one or several support knobs, the relief groove or depression facilitating deflection or folding of the one or several support knobs in the first radial direction.

US Pat. No. 10,138,850

INTEGRATED FUEL AND COOLING CIRCUIT FOR AN INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE

AVL POWERTRAIN ENGINEERIN...

1. A cooling system for an internal combustion engine, the cooling system comprising:an engine block at least partially defining a combustion chamber and a cooling passage, the cooling passage extending through the engine block;
a compression device received in the engine block to partially define the combustion chamber, the compression device being movable within and relative to the engine block;
a cooling circuit in fluid communication with the cooling passage;
a first pump in fluid communication with the cooling circuit and configured to circulate a fuel through the cooling circuit and the cooling passage; and
a fuel delivery device in fluid communication with the cooling circuit and configured to deliver the fuel to the combustion chamber, wherein the fuel delivery device is fluidly coupled to the cooling circuit at a location downstream of the cooling passage and upstream of the first pump.

US Pat. No. 10,138,673

HINGE MOUNTED ASSEMBLY FOR EXISTING DOOR CONSTRUCTIONS

1. A door hinge mounted assembly for existing door constructions, comprising: a generally planar door having a front side and a back side including an upper hinge assembly and a lower hinge assembly each having a top edge and a bottom edge, a hinge mounted assembly including a first bracket adjacent one of the upper hinge assembly and the lower hinge assembly and engaging one of the top edges of one of the upper hinge assembly and the lower hinge assembly to prevent downward movement of the hinge mounted assembly relative to the door, a second bracket adjacent to and engaging the other of the hinge assemblies, and a support rod between the first and the second bracket, said first and second brackets being separate from the upper and lower hinge assemblies.

US Pat. No. 10,138,650

COLUMBARIUM SYSTEM

COLUMBARIUM BY DESIGN, LL...

1. A columbarium system, comprising:a plurality of five-sided niche cabinets, each niche cabinet comprising:
a back side, a top side, a bottom side, a right side and a left side; and
a front lip extending from a front end of the niche cabinet, the front lip having a top segment, a bottom segment, a right segment and a left segment;
wherein the niche cabinets are stackable in multiple columns and rows to form a columbarium;
a plurality of braces, each brace comprising a straight tube fitting between the front lip segments of adjacent niche cabinets and extending along the front lip segments of adjacent niche cabinets;
a plurality of brackets, each bracket comprising a plurality of arms and a face plate knob, wherein the brackets fit at corners of the front lip, wherein each of the plurality of arms extends into a respective brace, wherein the face plate knob extends outwardly away from the bracket to support a corner of a face plate, and wherein the face plate knob comprises at least one face plate positioning divider;
a plurality of the face plates, each face plate covering the front side end of a respective niche cabinet, and each face plate supported and positioned by the face plate knobs on the brackets adjacent to said niche cabinet; and
a plurality of face plate security assemblies, each face plate security assembly attaching to a respective bracket face plate knob and extending over portions of adjacent face plates in order to secure the adjacent face plates against adjacent braces.

US Pat. No. 10,138,649

TOWER SEGMENT HANDLING METHOD AND APPARATUS

1. A wind turbine tower segment for a wind turbine tower,the wind turbine tower comprising a plurality of vertical tower sections, which in the finished tower are mounted on top of one another, a vertical section of the tower having a longitudinal axis and comprising a plurality of wind turbine tower segments, the tower segments having vertical and horizontal edges and combining to form a complete vertical tower section by joining along their vertical edges, wherein adjacent vertical tower sections are joined to each other along the horizontal edges of the wind turbine tower segment,
wherein the wind turbine tower segments each comprise:
a curved sheet having a curved profile to define a concave side and forming a partial longitudinal surface of the vertical tower section, the sheet having a first and second pair of opposing edges, the first pair of opposing edges forming the vertical edges of the tower segment and the second pair of opposing edges forming the horizontal edges;
flanges coupled to the second pair of opposing edges to form upper and lower horizontal flanges; and
first and second respective support members coupled to the tower segment, the first and second respective support members spanning between the first pair of opposing edges on the concave side to support the sheet in a curved profile at least when the tower segment is not joined to other tower segments, and the first and second support members coupled to the tower segment and bounded by the first pair of opposing edges so as to be separate from respective first and second support members of an adjacent tower segment during assembly of a tower section.

US Pat. No. 10,138,642

CONTAINERIZED ACCESS CONTROL SYSTEM

MODULAR SECURITY SYSTEMS,...

1. An access control system, comprising:a portable container comprised of durable material enabling the portable container to withstand repeated lifting, placing and towing, the portable container including access openings defined as openings that provide access through the portable container between a first area adjacent one side of the portable container and a second area adjacent a second side of the portable container, and wherein the container is configurable such that a bottom surface of the container sits on a surface between the first area and the second area to prevent access to the second area from the first area;
at least one passing room disposed in the portable container, the at least one passing room having at least a first passing room opening, and at least a second passing room opening, and a walkway in-between, wherein a floor of the at least one passing room spans between the first area and the second area;
at least one barrier device located in the at least one passing room, defining a first space between the first passing room opening and the at least one barrier device, and a second space between the at least one barrier device and the second passing room opening, the at least one passing room and the at least one barrier device requiring passage through the at least one barrier device to proceed from the first passing room opening to the second passing room opening; and
at least one electronic control coupled to the at least one barrier device so that the at least one electronic control causes the at least one barrier device to permit or block passage through the at least one barrier device to thereby prevent unauthorized access from the first area into the second area;
wherein the at least one passing room defines a single path for each passing room from the first passing room opening, to the at least one barrier device, to the second passing room opening.

US Pat. No. 10,138,618

EXCAVATOR BOOM AND EXCAVATING IMPLEMENT AUTOMATIC STATE LOGIC

Caterpillar Trimble Contr...

1. An excavator comprising:a machine chassis;
an excavating linkage assembly, the excavating linkage assembly comprises an excavator boom, an excavator stick, and an implement coupling, the excavating linkage assembly is configured to swing with, or relative to, the machine chassis, the excavator stick is configured to curl relative to the excavator boom;
an excavating implement, the excavating implement is mechanically coupled to a terminal point of the excavator stick via the implement coupling; and
control architecture, the control architecture comprises one or more linkage assembly actuators and one or more controllers configured to execute instructions to:
determine there is a request to operate the excavator boom and the excavating implement in automatics mode,
receive target design surface data representing a target design surface of an excavating operation,
receive an implement position P representing a position of the excavating implement relative to the target design surface,
receive an implement angle ? representing an operating angle of the excavating implement relative to the target design surface,
determine whether the implement position P is within an automatics region of the target design surface, wherein the automatics region represents a region on one or both sides of the target design surface within which operation of the excavator boom in the automatics mode is permissible,
determine whether the implement angle ? is within an activation angle ?, wherein the activation angle ? represents an angle within which operation of the excavating implement in the automatics mode is permissible,
determine whether the implement angle ? is outside of a deactivation angle ?, wherein the deactivation angle ? is outside of the activation angle ?, and represents an angle outside of which operation of the excavating implement in the automatics mode is not permissible subsequent to the automatics mode activation in response to the implement angle ? being within the activation angle ?,
operate the excavator boom in the automatics mode based on the determination the implement position P is within the automatics region of the target design surface,
activate the excavating implement in the automatics mode based on the determination (i) the implement position P is within the automatics region of the target design surface, (ii) the implement angle ? is within the activation angle ?, and (iii) the implement angle ? is within the deactivation angle ?, and
deactivate operation of the excavating implement from the automatics mode based on the determination (i) the implement angle ? is outside of the deactivation angle ? and (ii) subsequent to the automatics mode activation.

US Pat. No. 10,138,581

WOVEN FABRIC AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME

Twin Dragon Marketing, In...

1. A woven fabric comprising:a plurality of warp yarns; and
a plurality of weft yarns woven through the plurality of warp yarns, wherein
a first set of the plurality of weft yarns are woven through the plurality of warp yarns in a 6×1 pattern, and
a second set of the plurality of weft yarns are woven through the plurality of warp yarns in a 13×1 pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,138,564

PRODUCTION METHOD FOR RARE EARTH PERMANENT MAGNET

SHIN-ETSU CHEMICAL CO., L...

1. A method for preparing a rare earth permanent magnet, comprising the steps of:immersing a sintered magnet body having a R1—Fe—B base composition wherein R1 is at least one element selected from rare earth elements inclusive of Y and Sc, in an electrodepositing bath of a powder dispersed in water, said powder comprising an oxide of R2 wherein R2 is at least one element selected from rare earth elements inclusive of Y and Sc, said electrodepositing bath being a slurry of the powder dispersed in water in a weight fraction of 20% to 70%,
effecting electrodeposition for letting the powder deposit on the surface of the magnet body in an area density of at least 10 ?g/mm2, by applying a voltage of 1 to 300 volts between the magnet body and a counter electrode for 1 to 60 seconds, and
heat treating the magnet body with the powder deposited on its surface at a temperature equal to or less than a sintering temperature of the magnet body in vacuum or in an inert gas.

US Pat. No. 10,138,542

MECHANICALLY GATED ELECTRICAL SWITCHES BY CREASING OF PATTERNED METAL/ELASTOMER BILAYER FILMS

University of Massachuset...

1. A strain-gated electrical switch comprising at least two conductive electrodes disposed on a surface of an elastomer substrate, the at least two conductive electrodes forming a gap between the at least two electrodes in an off-state of the strain-gated electrical switch, the gap diminishing under compressive strain to form a crease, the compressive strain pressing the at least two electrodes into contact with each other in an on-state of the strain-gated electrical switch.

US Pat. No. 10,138,538

ZNALMG-COATED METAL SHEET PRODUCED BY OPTIMIZED WIPING

ARCELORMITTAL, Luxembour...

1. A sheet comprising:a substrate made of steel having at least one surface; and
a metal coating on the at least one surface, the metal coating comprising a content by weight of Al from 0.5% to 8% and a content by weight of Mg from 0.3% to 3.3%, a remainder of the metal coating comprising Zn and inevitable impurities;
the sheet prepared by a process comprising the steps of:
providing the substrate;
depositing the metal coating over the at least one surface by dipping the substrate in a bath to obtain a sheet;
wiping the metal coating with a wiping gas via at least one nozzle projecting through at least one outlet, with the sheet being run in front of the nozzle, the wiping gas being ejected from the nozzle along a primary direction of ejection (E), and a confinement box delimiting a confined zone at least downstream of a zone of impact (I) of the wiping gas on the sheet; and
solidifying the metal coating,

Z being a distance between the sheet and the at least one nozzle along a primary direction of ejection (E), Z being expressed in m,
f02 being a volume fraction of oxygen in the confined zone,
d being an average height of the outlet of the at least one nozzle along a direction (S) of movement of the sheet running in front of the at least one nozzle, d being expressed in m,
V being a speed of movement of the sheet running in front of the at least one nozzle, V being expressed in ms?1, and
P being an excess pressure of the wiping gas in the at least one nozzle as compared to an atmospheric pressure, P being expressed in Nm?2.

US Pat. No. 10,138,536

HIGH-STRENGTH HOT-ROLLED STEEL SHEET AND METHOD FOR PRODUCING SAME

JFE Steel Corporation, T...

1. A high-strength hot-rolled steel sheet including a chemical composition comprising, in percent by mass, 0.05% to 0.12% of C, 0.05% to 1.0% of Si, 0.5% to 1.8% of Mn, 0.04% or less of P, 0.0030% or less of S, 0.005% to 0.07% of Al, 0.006% or less of N, 0.05% to 0.15% of Ti, and the balance being Fe and incidental impurities, wherein, in a region in the range of ? to ? of the sheet thickness, the content of Ti*, which is Ti existing as precipitates, is 0.3×[Ti] to 0.6×[Ti], where [Ti] is the Ti content, and a microstructure of the region in the range of ? to ? of the sheet thickness includes more than 95% of the bainite phase in terms of area fraction.

US Pat. No. 10,138,456

CELL CONCENTRATION ADJUSTMENT DEVICE, AND AUTOMATIC SUBCULTURE SYSTEM USING SAME

HITACHI HIGH-TECHNOLOGIES...

8. A method for diluting a cell suspension containing cells at a first concentration into a second, desired concentration, the method comprising:receiving, via an inlet, a cell suspension containing cells at a first concentration;
intermittently or continuously measuring an intensity of scattered light or transmitted light of light emitted to the cell suspension in a state where the cell suspension is flowing, to thereby collect data related to a cell concentration as the light intensity;
comparing the obtained data with a relationship between cell concentration and light intensity which is determined in advance to convert the data to a cell concentration; and
calculating an amount of a dilution liquid required for dilution to the desired concentration, adding the amount of a dilution liquid to the cell suspension, and mixing the dilution liquid with the cell suspension; and
discharging, via an outlet, a cell suspension containing cells at a second, desired concentration which is lower than the first concentration at the inlet,
wherein said mixing the dilution liquid with the cell suspension further comprises driving a liquid delivery pump to cause the cell suspension and the dilution liquid to repeatedly flow in a circulation flow path until a variation in the measured cell-concentration converges to a value within a predetermined range, to thereby mix the cell suspension and the dilution liquid.

US Pat. No. 10,138,450

CELL CULTURE DEVICE

Hitachi, Ltd., Tokyo (JP...

1. A cell culture device that cultures cells comprising:a cabinet;
a liquid solution holding part that holds one or more liquid solutions for use in cultivation of cells; and
a plurality of passages that individually connect the liquid solution holding part to a plurality of culture vessels;
a culture vessel base that holds the plurality of culture vessels, and configured to be detachable and attachable in the cabinet; and
an observation device configured to observe an inside of the plurality of culture vessels,
wherein the passages have an equal length from the liquid solution holding part to the plurality of culture vessels,
wherein the culture vessel base defines a vacant space,
wherein the passages are disposed on an outer side of the culture vessel base, and
wherein, when the culture vessel base is attached in the cabinet, the observation device is disposed in the vacant space.

US Pat. No. 10,138,432

PROCESS FOR REMOVING METALS FROM HYDROCARBONS

1. A process for the removal of mercury from a mercury-containing hydrocarbon fluid feed, the process comprising the steps of:(i) contacting the mercury-containing hydrocarbon fluid feed with a metallate salt immobilised on a solid support material, where the metallate salt has the formula:
[Q+][(Mx+)n(Ly?)m](nx?my)
wherein: each Mx+ independently represents one or more metal cations selected from transition metal cations having a charge of x+;
each Ly? independently represents a ligand having a charge of y?;
n is 1,2 or 3;
m is 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8;
x is 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6;
y is 1, 2, or 3,
(nx?my) is a negative number, and
[Q+] represents one or more inorganic cations having a total charge of (my?nx); and
(ii) separating from the metallate salt a hydrocarbon fluid product having a reduced mercury content compared to the mercury-containing fluid feed.

US Pat. No. 10,138,409

METHOD FOR MICROBIAL CONTROL OF INJECTION LIQUID FLOW IN A HYDROCARBON RESERVOIR

GOE-IP AS, (NO)

1. A method of establishing a microbial plug in a hydrocarbon-containing geological formation which has been flooded with water, the method comprising:a) introducing into the formation a microbial inoculum, the microorganisms of which are:
(i) in a dormant state,
(ii) cellulolytic or hemicellulolytic
(iii) thermophiles, extreme thermophiles or hyperthermophiles,
(iv) unable to utilise hydrocarbons as a carbon source, and
(v) not indigenous to the hydrocarbon-containing geological formation;
b) simultaneously or sequentially introducing into the formation a growth medium which provides a carbon source which can be utilised by the microorganisms introduced in step (a) but not by indigenous microorganisms;
c) exposing the inoculum to conditions which enable the microorganisms to enter an active growth phase within water channels in the geological formation; and
d) introducing an injection liquid comprising further growth medium as defined in step b) into the formation via an injection well.

US Pat. No. 10,138,385

CONDUCTIVE FILM FORMING COMPOSITION, CONDUCTIVE FILM, ORGANIC THIN FILM TRANSISTOR, ELECTRONIC PAPER, DISPLAY DEVICE, AND WIRING BOARD

FUJIFILM Corporation, To...

1. A conductive film forming composition comprising:water;
conductive particles; and
a migration inhibitor containing a compound represented by Formula (2),
(Rx)n-L-(Ry)m  (2)
in Formula (2), L represents a single bond or an (n+m)-valent linking group; in a case where L is a single bond, n=1, and m=1; and in a case where L is an (n+m)-valent linking group, n and m are an integer and satisfy 1?n?6.0?m?5, and 2?n+m?6,
in Formula (2), Rx is a group represented by the following Formula (G); and in a case where n is equal to or greater than 2, a plurality of Rx's may be the same as or different from each other,
in Formula (2), Ry is a hydrogen atom, a substituent, or a group represented by the following Formula (H); and in a case where m is equal to or greater than 2, a plurality of Ry's may be the same as or different from each other,

in Formula (G), W1 represents a hydrogen atom, a group represented by Formula (A), a group represented by Formula (B), or a group represented by Formula (C),

in Formula (A), Z1 represents a divalent linking group; RA represents an alkylene group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; R5 represents an alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms or an aryl group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms; n represents an integer of 4 to 100; and * represents a binding position,
in Formula (B), Z2 represents a divalent linking group; A1? represents an anionic group; R6, R7, R8, and R9 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, or an aryl group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms; and * represents a binding position,
in Formula (C), Z3 represents a divalent linking group; A2? represents a monovalent anion; R10, R11, and R12 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, or an aryl group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms; and * represents a binding position,
in Formula (G), R1, R2, R3, and R4 each independently represent any one of a hydrogen atom, a substituent, and W2; W2 represents a group represented by Formula (D), a group represented by Formula (E), or a group represented by Formula (F); and in a case where W1 is a hydrogen atom, at least one of R1, R2, R3, or R4 is W2,

in Formula (D), Z4 represents a single bond or a divalent linking group; RB represents an alkylene group having 1 to 4 carbon atoms; R13 represents a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, or an aryl group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms; m represents an integer of 4 to 100; and * represents a binding position,
in Formula (E), Z5 represents a single bond or a divalent linking group; A3? represents an anionic group; R14, R15, R16, and R17 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms, or an aryl group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms; and * represents a binding position, and
in Formula (F), Z6 represents a single bond or a divalent linking group; A4? represents a monovalent anion; R18, R19, and R20 each independently represent a hydrogen atom, an alkyl group having 1 to 12 carbon atoms or an aryl group having 6 to 12 carbon atoms; and * represents a binding position,
in Formula (G), Y1 represents a single bond or a divalent linking group; and * represents a binding position, and
in Formula (H), R21, R22, R23, and R24 each independently represent a hydrogen atom or a substituent; Y2 represents a single bond or a divalent linking group; and * represents a binding position.

US Pat. No. 10,138,246

DEUTERATED TRIAZOLOPYRIDAZINE AS A KINASE MODULATOR

Janssen Pharmaceutica NV,...

1. A compound of formula (I)a N-oxide, a pharmaceutically acceptable salt or solvate thereof, wherein D represents deuterium and wherein the deuterium content in the 2-position of the quinoline at the D position is at least 50%.

US Pat. No. 10,138,244

TRIAZOLOPYRAZINONE DERIVATIVE USEFUL AS A HUMAN PDE1 INHIBITOR

Eli Lilly and Company, I...

1. A compound of the formula:
or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof.

US Pat. No. 10,138,228

ISOXAZOLE DERIVATIVES AS FXR AGONISTS AND METHODS OF USE THEROF

ENANTA PHARMACEUTICALS, I...

1. A compound represented by formula (I) or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof:
wherein:
R1 is hydrogen, halogen, cyano, optionally substituted —C1-C6 alkyl, optionally substituted —C2-C6 alkenyl, optionally substituted —C2-C6 alkynyl, optionally substituted —C3-C6 cycloalkyl or optionally substituted 3- to 6-membered heterocycloalkyl;
R2 is an optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted heteroaryl, optionally substituted arylalkyl or optionally substituted heteroarylalkyl;
Y is an optionally substituted aryl or optionally substituted heteroaryl;

 is optionally substituted phenyl, optionally substituted heterocyclic or optionally substituted heteroaryl;
R3 is selected from the group consisting of:

R6 and R7 are independently selected from the group consisting of: hydrogen; optionally substituted —C1-C8 alkyl; optionally substituted —C2-C8 alkenyl; optionally substituted —C2-C8 alkynyl; and optionally substituted —C3-C8 cycloalkyl;
R8 is selected from the group consisting of:
1) Optionally substituted —C1-C8 alkyl;
2) Optionally substituted —C2-C8 alkenyl;
3) Optionally substituted —C2-C8 alkynyl;
4) Optionally substituted —C3-C8 cycloalkyl;
5) Optionally substituted —C3-C8 cycloalkenyl;
6) Optionally substituted aryl;
7) Optionally substituted arylalkyl;
8) Optionally substituted heteroarylalkyl;
9) Optionally substituted 3- to 8-membered heterocycloalkyl;
10) Optionally substituted heteroaryl; and
11) NR10R11;
R9 is selected from the group consisting of:
1) Optionally substituted aryl;
2) Optionally substituted arylalkyl;
3) Optionally substituted heteroarylalkyl;
4) Optionally substituted 3- to 8-membered heterocycloalkyl;
5) Optionally substituted heteroaryl; and
6) NR10R11; and
R10 and R11 are each independently selected from hydrogen, optionally substituted —C1-C8 alkyl, optionally substituted —C2-C8 alkenyl, optionally substituted —C2-C8 alkynyl, optionally substituted —C3-C8 cycloalkyl, optionally substituted aryl, optionally substituted arylalkyl, optionally substituted heteroarylalkyl, optionally substituted 3- to 8-membered heterocycloalkyl, optionally substituted heteroaryl; alternatively, R10 and R11 are taken together with the nitrogen atom to which they are attached to form an optionally substituted heterocyclic ring.

US Pat. No. 10,138,214

SUBSTITUTED TRIAZOLES AND METHODS RELATING THERETO

Neurocrine Biosciences, I...

1. A method for treating a neurological condition of a subject having said neurological condition, wherein the neurological condition is essential tremor, epilepsy, status epilepticus or nerve agent exposure, comprising administering to the subject an effective amount of a compound having the following structure (A):or a stereoisomer, ester, solvate, or pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof,wherein:
R1 and R2 taken together with the N to which they are attached, form a 5-6 member nonaromatic heterocycle wherein the 5-6 member nonaromatic heterocycle may be substituted with 0-3 R4;
R3 at each occurrence is Cl, F, C1-4alkyl, —OC1-4alkyl or trifluoromethyl;
R4 at each occurrence is C1-4alkyl; and
n is 0-3.

US Pat. No. 10,138,190

PROCESS FOR PREPARATION OF OSPEMIFENE

GLENMARK PHARMACEUTICALS ...

1. A process for the preparation of ospemifene, a compound of formula I,and pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof, the process comprising:(a) providing an isomeric mixture of Z,E-4-(4-hydroxy-1,2-diphenylbut-1-enyl)phenol;
(b) separating the desired Z-isomer, a compound of formula IIa, or a salt thereof and the undesired E-isomer, a compound of formula IIb, or a salt thereof from the isomeric mixture of Z,E-4-(4-hydroxy-1,2-diphenylbut-1-enyl)phenol;

(c) recycling the undesired E-isomer, the compound of formula IIb, or a salt thereof to generate an isomeric mixture of Z,E-4-(4-hydroxy-1,2-diphenylbut-1-enyl)phenol;
(d) optionally, repeating steps (b) and (c);
(e) converting the Z-isomer of 4-(4-hydroxy-1,2-diphenylbut-1-enyl)phenol, the compound of formula IIa, or a salt thereof obtained in step (b) to ospemifene; and wherein the undesired E-isomer, the compound of formula IIb, or a salt thereof is recycled to generate an isomeric mixture of Z,E-4-(4-hydroxy-1,2-diphenylbut-1-enyl)phenol by a process comprising:
(i) providing a solution of the E-isomer, the compound of formula IIb, or a salt thereof, in a solvent;
(ii) stirring and/or heating the solution obtained in step (i) to generate an isomeric mixture of Z,E-4-(4-hydroxy-1,2-diphenylbut-1-enyl)phenol; and
(iii) isolating the isomeric mixture of Z,E-4-(4-hydroxy-1,2-diphenylbut-1-enyl)phenol.

US Pat. No. 10,138,164

SUPPLEMENTARY CEMENTITIOUS MATERIALS COMPRISING DREDGED SEDIMENTS

FLEMISH GOVERNMENT, DEPAR...

1. A method for producing a supplementary cementitious material (SCM) comprising:a) providing dredged sludge comprising at least 50 wt.% to at most 90 wt.% water, at least 0 to at most 60 wt.% dry matter-based (DM) coarse fraction, and at least 40 wt.% DM fine fraction;
b) removing the sand fraction from the dredged sludge, thereby retaining the fine fraction of the dredged sludge, the fine fraction comprises less than 30 wt.% grains having a grain size larger than 63 ?m;
c) adding of portlandite (slaked lime, Ca(OH)2), or quicklime (CaO) to the fine fraction;
d) dewatering of the fine fraction, thereby forming dried filter cake precursor; and,
e) thermally treating the dried filter cake precursor.

US Pat. No. 10,138,159

COATED ARTICLE HAVING LOW-E COATING WITH IR REFLECTING LAYER(S) AND HIGH INDEX NITRIDED DIELECTRIC FILM HAVING MULTIPLE LAYERS

Guardian Glass, LLC, Aub...

1. A coated article including a coating supported by a glass substrate, the coating comprising:a first dielectric film on the glass substrate;
an infrared (IR) reflecting layer on the glass substrate, located over at least the first dielectric film;
a second dielectric film on the glass substrate, located over at least the IR reflecting layer; and
wherein at least one of the first and second dielectric films comprises (a) a first high index dielectric layer comprising a nitride of Zr and Si and further comprises Al, wherein the first high index dielectric layer contains more Zr than Si, and (b) a second high index dielectric layer comprising an oxide of titanium that directly contacts the first high index dielectric layer.

US Pat. No. 10,138,156

MINERAL FIBER FORMING DEVICE

SAINT-GOBAIN ISOVER, Cou...

1. A mineral fiber forming device comprising:a centrifuge configured to rotate about a rotation axis, the centrifuge comprising an annular wall pierced by a plurality of orifices, the axis of symmetry of the annular wall being the rotation axis;
a first annular inductor positioned above a top part of the annular wall and configured to heat the top part of the annular wall;
a second annular inductor positioned below a bottom part of the annular wall and configured to heat the bottom part of the annular wall;
a first blowing ring configured to blow air on the mineral fibers that are about to leave through the plurality of orifices in the annular wall to drive them in a downward direction, the first blowing ring being positioned at a same height along the rotation axis as the first annular inductor; and
a second blowing ring positioned above the annular wall and configured to blow air on an area of the centrifuge situated above the annular wall, the second blowing ring being positioned closer to the rotation axis in a radial direction than the first annular inductor,
wherein the first annular inductor and the second annular inductor are positioned so as to heat the annular wall such that a temperature gradient is provided over a height of the annular wall of the centrifuge.

US Pat. No. 10,138,149

ULTRAPURE WATER PRODUCTION SYSTEM, ULTRAPURE WATER PRODUCTION FEED SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR CLEANING THEREOF

KURITA WATER INDUSTRIES L...

6. A method for cleaning an ultrapure water production system includinga tank,
a pump,
a heat exchanger,
an ultraviolet device,
an ion-exchange device, and
a first microparticle removal membrane device,
a feed pipe supplying ultrapure water produced in the ultrapure water production system to a water use point, and
a return pipe returning excess water from the water use point to the ultrapure water production system,
the method comprising:
attaching a microparticle removal membrane to the ultrapure water production system;
passing and permeating sterilization water and flushing water through the microparticle removal membrane, thereby producing a permeated water and cleaning the feed pipe and the return pipe by the permeated water; and
passing pure water through the tank, the pump, the heat exchanger, the ultraviolet device, the ion-exchange device, and the first microparticle removal membrane device, thereby producing ultrapure water,
wherein, when the ultrapure water is produced, the pure water is not passed through the microparticle removal membrane through which the sterilization water and the flushing water are passed.

US Pat. No. 10,138,147

WATER TREATMENT DEVICE

MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRI...

1. A water treatment device, comprising:a biological treatment tank configured to store a liquid containing organisms that decompose contaminants, wherein the biological treatment tank includes:
a dispersed bacteria treatment tank filled with microorganism immobilizing carriers and configured to store a dispersed bacteria mixture having non-agglomerative bacteria that decompose dispersed contaminants;
an activated sludge treatment tank configured to store an activated sludge mixture having suspended activated sludge that decomposes the dispersed bacteria; a membrane immersed in the activated sludge treatment tank; and
a screen including a plurality of holes or gaps which does not allow passage of the microorganism immobilizing carriers therethrough, being disposed to interpose between a storage space of the dispersed bacteria treatment tank and a storage space of the activated sludge treatment tank, and configured to allow the dispersed bacteria mixture to be supplied to the activated sludge mixture;
a circulating liquid pipe connected to a bottom portion of the storage space of the dispersed bacteria treatment tank that stores the dispersed bacteria mixture;
a pump connected to the circulating liquid pipe and configured to generate a circulating liquid flow from the dispersed bacteria mixture in the dispersed bacteria treatment tank;
a gas-liquid two-phase flow generation device connected to the pump and configured to use the circulating liquid flow to suction a gas containing oxygen and thus generate a gas-liquid two-phase flow of the circulating liquid having the gas dispersed therein;
a nozzle connected to the gas-liquid two-phase flow generation device, being disposed in the bottom portion of the storage space of the dispersed bacteria treatment tank, and configured to inject the gas-liquid two-phase flow into the dispersed bacteria treatment tank; and
a discharge path connected to the storage space of the activated sludge treatment tank that stores the activated sludge mixture and configured to discharge the activated sludge mixture from the activated sludge treatment tank.

US Pat. No. 10,138,140

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CONTINUOUS CONTACTING TUNNEL DESALINATION

Arizona Board of Regents ...

1. A water treatment unit, comprising:a horizontal tunnel comprising an inlet, an outlet, and a basin portion disposed below a dewvaporation portion;
a center divider disposed in the basin portion so as to create a liquid flow path extending from the inlet to the outlet;
a heat transfer wall disposed above the center divider so as to create an air flow path substantially parallel to the liquid flow path and extending from the inlet to the outlet, wherein the heat transfer wall comprises two substantially parallel planes and a plurality of horizontal chambers disposed therebetween;
a first continuous longitudinal pump disposed in the horizontal tunnel and configured to wet the heat transfer wall with liquid disposed in the basin portion; and
a heating mechanism configured to increase the temperature of air disposed between the inlet and the outlet.

US Pat. No. 10,138,129

CARBON SPHERES AND METHODS OF MAKING THE SAME

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. A system comprising:a receiving vessel configured to receive a liquid carbon precursor;
at least one orifice at a receiving vessel bottom, the at least one orifice configured to release droplets of the precursor;
a cooling vessel positioned below the receiving vessel to receive the droplets and configured to hold a coolant for solidifying the droplets into carbon precursor particles; and
an oven configured to carbonize the carbon precursor particles into carbon particles comprising at least 90 wt. % carbon.

US Pat. No. 10,138,122

MECHANOCHEMICAL SOLID/LIQUID REACTION IN FORMATION OF ALANE

Savannah River Nuclear So...

1. A method for forming alane comprising:combining in a reactor a solid phase reactant comprising an alkali metal, an aluminum halide, and a liquid phase Lewis base, wherein the solid phase reactant comprising the alkali metal is not soluble in the Lewis base; and
repeatedly transferring mechanical energy to the reactants via the action of the reactor to encourage a mechanochemical reaction between the solid phase alkali metal containing reactant and the aluminum halide to form alane, the alane upon formation and within the reactor as the mechanochemical reaction proceeds forming a liquid phase adduct with the Lewis base.

US Pat. No. 10,138,115

LOW PROFILE TRANSDUCER MODULE

Infineon Technologies AG,...

1. A transducer structure, comprising:a substrate;
a micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) structure disposed over a first side of the substrate;
an integrated circuit disposed over the first side of the substrate;
a lid over the first side of the substrate covering the micro-electro-mechanical system structure and the integrated circuit, wherein a portion of the substrate extends laterally beyond the lid;
a volume defined between the first side of the substrate and the lid so that the MEMS structure and the integrated circuit are located within the volume;
the substrate comprising an electric contact laterally displaced to the lid only on the first side of the substrate, wherein the electric contact is electrically coupled to the micro-electro-mechanical system structure and wherein the electric contact extends along the first side of the substrate from an external environment located outside the volume to inside the volume so that the electric contact physically contacts the lid at a periphery of the volume.

US Pat. No. 10,138,109

SYSTEM FOR WIRELESSLY CHARGING AN ILLUMINATED TAP HANDLE

ILLUMITAP LLC, Boynton B...

1. A system for wirelessly charging an illuminated tap handle comprises:a tap handle;
a wireless power unit;
the tap handle comprises a receiver coupling device;
the wireless power unit comprises a housing, a power input, a transmitter coupling device, and an attachment bracket;
the transmitter coupling device being electrically connected to the power input;
the wireless power unit being adjacently positioned to the tap handle; and
the receiver coupling device being communicably coupled with the transmitter coupling device.

US Pat. No. 10,138,103

ELECTRIC WINE OPENER

Yongxin Stationery (Shenz...

1. An electric wine opener, comprising:a bracket with a cylindrical structure, both ends of the bracket being provided with an opening, a sidewall of the bracket being provided with first evading apertures symmetrically arranged in the middle, and one end of the sidewall being provided with second evading apertures arranged symmetrically;
a drive device comprising a rotating shaft and a motor, the rotating shaft being provided with a polygonal cross-section, the shaft being rotatably installed on the bracket, the motor being installed on the bracket, and an output shaft of the motor being connected to the rotating shaft;
a cork extraction device comprising a sleeve, a screw, a threaded drill, a cork sleeve and a block, the sleeve with an internal thread at the middle being embedded in the bracket, the screw provided with a polygonal through-hole corresponding to the rotating shaft being fitted on the rotating shaft, the threaded drill accommodated in the bracket being fixed on one end of the screw, a first spring being arranged between the rotating shaft and the threaded drill in a state of compression, one end of the screw away from the threaded drill being provided with an external thread matched with the sleeve, the cork sleeve with two symmetrical mounting lugs being installed in the bracket, the mounting lugs projecting from the second evading apertures of the bracket, one end of the cork sleeve close to the screw being provided with an annular counterbore, the block being movably installed on the counterbore, a second spring being arranged between the block and the bracket in a state of compression, a through-hole being provided in the middle of the block for avoiding the threaded drill, the sleeve and the cork sleeve being disposed on both ends of the bracket respectively, and the inner wall of the cork sleeve being provided with an axial rib; and
a clamping device comprising a first lever and a second lever, the first lever and second lever being symmetrically and rotatably installed on the mounting lugs of the cork sleeve, the same ends of the first lever and the second lever being respectively provided with blocking plates opposed to each other, the blocking plates being inserted into the first evading apertures of the bracket, the blocking plate being in contact with the screw via a sloping surface, and the other ends of the first lever and the second lever being respectively provided with curved anti-slip covers opposed to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,138,083

SHEET DISCHARGING APPARATUS, SHEET FEEDING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

1. A sheet discharging apparatus comprising:an apparatus body;
a discharge member provided in the apparatus body and configured to discharge a sheet;
a movable tray movable with respect to the apparatus body and including a sheet supporting surface configured to support the sheet discharged by the discharge member;
a movable member provided in the movable tray and configured to move by being pressed by the sheet supported on the sheet supporting surface; and
a detecting portion provided in the apparatus body and configured to detect a presence of the sheet supported on the sheet supporting surface in response to a position of the movable member,
wherein the movable member includes an extension portion extending out of the movable tray toward the apparatus body,
the apparatus body is provided with an opening portion through which the extension portion extends into the apparatus body,
the opening portion is formed such that the extension portion is movable along a moving direction of the movable tray within the apparatus body, and
the detecting portion is configured to detect a position of the movable member by detecting the extension portion.

US Pat. No. 10,138,082

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MECHANICALLY GRIPPING AND TRANSPORTING WEBS OF MATERIAL

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

1. An apparatus for transporting material, the apparatus comprising:a series of biased gripping members, said biased gripping members operable between an open position and a closed position;
said biased gripping members transported in a web processing system from an acquisition point for receiving said material, to a transport segment for moving substantially the entire length of said material by gripping substantially the entire length of said material with said gripping members, to a deposition point for releasing said material;
wherein said biased gripping members are in said open position at said acquisition point and receiving a portion of said material between adjacent biased gripping members; and
wherein said biased gripping members are in said closed position at said transport segment, and retaining said portion of said material between adjacent biased gripping members; and
wherein said biased gripping members are in said open position at said deposition point and releasing said portion of said material between adjacent biased gripping members; and a belt carrying said series of biased gripping members.

US Pat. No. 10,138,075

TOWER CONFIGURATION GRAVIMETRIC BLENDER

1. A gravimetric blender comprising:a) a vertically oriented conduit;
b) a vacuum pump, supported by the conduit, and having a suction inlet communicating with the conduit interior;
c) a plurality of receivers, each connected to the conduit, being vertically supported thereby and being angularly spaced thereabout, for vacuum draw though the individual receivers via the conduit by the pump, each receiver having a resin material/vacuum drawn stream inlet and a resin outlet;
d) each receiver having only a single tube therewithin extending from the resin material/vacuum drawn stream inlet to the connection of the receiver with the conduit, each tube comprising:
i) an air cylinder within and connected to the tube, positioned to close the receiver connection to the conduit upon actuation thereof;
ii) a plug within the tube and connected thereto for downwardly deflecting resin material carried by a resin material/vacuum drawn stream entering the receiver via the tube;
iii) a valve at the resin outlet, closing responsively to vacuum drawn within the receiver and opening responsively to the presence of resin material within the receiver in the absence of vacuum draw within the respective receiver; and
iv) a plate connected to the air cylinder, for closing the receiver-conduit connection upon air cylinder actuation.

US Pat. No. 10,138,074

GROUPING OF GOODS

1. An apparatus for displacing discrete groups of goods, the apparatus comprising:a packing table, the packing table comprising:
a first collecting zone, to which goods can be fed from a serial production stream, in order to arrange them in series in a first direction in the first collecting zone and to combine them to form a group, and
a second collecting zone, into which each individual group can be displaced out of the first collecting zone by way of a stroke, in order to empty the first collecting zone for forming a new group;
a first sensor for determining a width of a good within the first collecting zone;
a second sensor for monitoring occupation of a target position in the second collecting zone; and
a movable push arm for displacing each group out of the first collecting zone in the direction into the second collecting zone, which push arm can be actuated by a control unit to perform a variable stroke, the length of the variable stroke being based at least in part on the determined width of a good within the first collecting zone.

US Pat. No. 10,138,021

DEPLOYABLE CLIP

REPLENISH BOTTLING, LLC, ...

1. A deployable clip assembly for use with a container of liquids having a dispensing nozzle assembly attached thereto comprising:a. a shroud element adapted to mount on a container of liquids, said shroud element having an elongated depression; and
b. a movable clip arm pivotally attached to said shroud element and positioned to fit into said depression in a first orientation and, in a second orientation, rotated away from said depression as a clip for supporting the container of liquids to which the assembly is mounted, wherein said clip arm has an inner surface, said inner surface of said clip arm adjacent said shroud element including a plurality of protuberances for engaging a supporting surface.

US Pat. No. 10,138,018

CARGO PALLET HAVING A PALLET EXTENSION

Federal Express Corporati...

1. A cargo pallet, comprising:a pallet base;
a pallet liner, including:
a pallet liner base positioned on the pallet base; and
a pallet extension fixedly attached to and projecting outwardly from the pallet liner base, the pallet extension having a support surface that at least in part extends outwardly beyond a footprint of the pallet base; and
at least one bracket attached to the pallet base and configured to connect the pallet liner base to the pallet base, the pallet liner base being slidably disposed between the bracket and the pallet base.

US Pat. No. 10,138,005

MULTI-DIMENSIONAL DAMAGE DETECTION

The United States of Amer...

1. A method comprising:transmitting a test signal to a plurality of interconnected panels, wherein each panel has a plurality of detection layers that form a grid of conductive traces and wherein each detection layer includes one or more known defect traces, and wherein the panel has a trace continuity signature that is defined by the known defect traces of the detection layers in the panel; and
identifying one or more damage zones in the plurality of interconnected panels based on a response of the grid of conductive traces to the test signal and trace continuity signature information associated with the plurality of interconnected panels.

US Pat. No. 10,137,996

POSITIVE LOCK LATCHING MECHANISM

THE BOEING COMPANY, Chic...

1. An apparatus comprising:a latch comprising:
a latch arm comprising a first slotted hole and a latch hook configured to engage a pin; and
a bifold handle coupled to the latch arm, the bifold handle comprising a first handle portion and a handle extension portion, wherein the first handle portion comprises a first end coupled to the latch arm and having a lock hook configured to translate through the first slotted hole to engage the pin and a second end coupled to the handle extension portion, wherein the handle extension portion is configured to move adjacent to the first handle portion when the lock hook is engaged with the pin, and the handle extension portion is configured to move away from the first handle portion when the lock hook is not engaged with the pin.

US Pat. No. 10,137,982

PROPELLER UNITS

Wing Aviation LLC, Mount...

1. An aerial vehicle comprising:one or more propeller units connected to the aerial vehicle, wherein the one or more propeller units are operable to provide thrust for takeoff of the aerial vehicle or hover flight of the aerial vehicle, and wherein at least one of the one or more propeller units comprises:
a shaft coupled to a motor; and
a first propeller blade and a second propeller blade that are both connected to the shaft, wherein the second propeller blade is located substantially opposite the first propeller blade, wherein the second propeller blade has a surface area that is greater than a corresponding surface area of the first propeller blade, wherein, with respect to a plane of rotation of the at least one propeller unit, at least a portion of the first propeller blade has a width that is greater than a width at any point along the second propeller blade, wherein the first propeller blade is of a single mass distributed over an area of the first propeller blade, wherein the second propeller blade is of a single mass distributed over an area of the second propeller blade, and wherein the single mass of the first propeller blade and the single mass of the second propeller blade are such that a center of mass of the at least one propeller unit is located on an axis of rotation; and
one or more propulsion units connected to the aerial vehicle, wherein the one or more propulsion units are operable to provide thrust for forward flight of the aerial vehicle, and wherein while the aerial vehicle is in forward flight in a first direction and the motor of the at least one propeller unit is turned off, the first propeller blade and the second propeller blade are each configured to orient in a second direction that is substantially parallel to the first direction, such that the first propeller blade is oriented substantially upwind of the second propeller blade.

US Pat. No. 10,137,981

ELECTRIC PROPULSION SYSTEM FOR AN AIRCRAFT

General Electric Company,...

1. An aeronautical propulsion system defining a central axis and comprising:a fan having a plurality of fan blades rotatable about the central axis and defining a fan pressure ratio, FPR, wherein the FPR is a ratio of a discharge pressure of a fan to an inlet pressure of the fan; and
an electric motor mechanically coupled to the fan for driving the fan, the electric motor comprising a number of poles, npoles, and defining a maximum power, P;
wherein the relationship between the fan pressure ratio, FPR, of the fan, the number of poles, npoles, of the electric motor, and the maximum power, P, of the electric motor is defined by an equation:

wherein C1 is a constant having a value between 22,000 and 52,000, wherein C2 is a constant having a value between 4.0 and 9.8, and wherein e is Euler's number.

US Pat. No. 10,137,975

SIDEWALL MOUNTING HARDWARE FOR AIRCRAFT

The Boeing Company, Chic...

1. An aircraft sidewall apparatus comprising: a hanger for supporting sections of sidewall for an aircraft, the hanger comprising: an elongated vertical member that attaches to a frame of the aircraft; and sets of keyholes that are each arranged in a vertical pattern along the member; each keyhole includes a receptacle and a slot extending from the receptacle; and slot sizes of keyholes in each set vary from one end of the vertical pattern to another end of the vertical pattern.

US Pat. No. 10,137,943

VEHICLE BODY ASSEMBLY

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

1. A vehicle body assembly comprising:a frame having a forward frame part defining a passenger cabin and a rear frame part defining a load carrying bed;
a separate rear fender removably fastened to the rear frame part, wherein a gap is provided between the forward frame part and the rear fender; and
a separate rear fender fairing mounted to an inside surface of the rear fender, the rear fender fairing including a seal located in the gap and sealingly engaging both the forward frame part and the rear fender.

US Pat. No. 10,137,942

SHEET METAL WORKPIECE

GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPER...

1. A workpiece comprising:a metal sheet having a plurality of knots and a plurality of webs formed therein;
wherein each web extends between two openings from a first knot to a second knot and at least three webs meet at each knot; and
wherein at least one of the plurality of the webs has a cross section with a hardened area forming an outer layer of the cross section, the hardened area layered on an underlying portion of the cross section, the hardened area having a hardness that is greater than the underlying portion.

US Pat. No. 10,137,937

ROOF ASSEMBLY FOR A VEHICLE

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A roof bow assembly for a vehicle having a roof panel, comprising:a bow having an upper surface for supporting the panel, the bow defining a hole extending in a lengthwise direction; and
a cable extending through the hole and adapted to be coupled to spaced-apart roof frame members, wherein first and second ends of the cable protrude outside of the bow to be attached to the spaced-apart roof frame members, wherein the second end of the cable is coupled to a turnbuckle assembly configured to be coupled to one of the spaced-apart roof frame members, and wherein the cable is configured to be axially tensioned to support the bow and panel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,930

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A STEERING ACTUATOR COMPRISING A COUNTER-STEERING STEP BEFORE A DEACTIVATION STEP

RENAULT s.a.s., Boulogne...

1. A method for controlling a steering actuator of at least one wheel of a motor vehicle, the motor vehicle including at least one steered wheel mounted pivotably between two extreme angular steering positions on either side of a neutral reference position, the motor vehicle further including an electric actuator which controls a steering angle of the steered wheel relative to the neutral reference position based on operating parameters of the motor vehicle, and the motor vehicle further including a sensor to determine a temperature of the electric actuator, the method comprising:initiating a counter-steering while the motor vehicle is driven when the temperature of the electric actuator is greater than or equal to a specified prevention threshold, during which the steered wheel is moved toward its neutral position by the electric actuator,
as long as the temperature of the electric actuator is higher than the specified prevention threshold but lower than an alarm threshold, initiating deactivation of the electric actuator at an end of the counter-steering as soon as the steered wheel has returned to its neutral position, and
when the temperature of the electric actuator reaches the alarm threshold, interrupting the counter-steering and initiating the deactivation of the electric actuator.

US Pat. No. 10,137,929

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING DEVICE FOR VEHICLE

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. An electric power steering device for a vehicle, comprising:at least one electric motor configured to add a predetermined assist force for assisting a steering wheel manipulation by a driver;
a plurality of assist systems including said electric motor, said assist systems electromagnetically driving said electric motor;
an electronic control unit configured to calculate an assist amount representing said predetermined assist force by using a manipulation force input by said driver via a steering wheel and control an assist to said steering wheel manipulation by using at least one of said assist systems on the basis of said calculated assist amount,
wherein when a malfunction occurs in a first assist system of said assist systems, said electronic control unit is configured to:
calculate a non-zero assist amount at one of vehicle stopping and moving while controlling a maximum assist amount at the vehicle stopping representing a non-zero maximum assist force added by said electric motor at the vehicle stopping to an amount smaller than a maximum assist amount at the vehicle moving representing a maximum assist force added by said electric motor at the vehicle moving;
control the assist to said steering wheel manipulation by using a second assist system, of said assist systems, other than said first assist system where the malfunction occurs, on the basis of said calculated non-zero assist amount at the vehicle stopping or moving;
when the vehicle is stopped, control the assist to said steering wheel manipulation by using the second assist system on the basis of said calculated non-zero assist amount at the vehicle stopping; and
when an acquired temperature acquired at a portion which generates heat due to the driving of said electric motor included in at least said second assist system of said assist systems exceeds a first predetermined temperature, calculate the non-zero assist amounts at the vehicle stopping while decreasing said non-zero maximum assist amount at the vehicle stopping as said acquired temperature rises.

US Pat. No. 10,137,924

ADJUSTABLE STEERING COLUMN HAVING IMPROVED RIGIDITY

THYSSENKRUPP PRESTA AG, ...

1. A steering column arrangement for a motor vehicle comprising:a guide part for rotatably mounting a steering shaft about a longitudinal axis;
a guide box that is mountable on the motor vehicle, the guide part being positioned displaceably in the guide box along the longitudinal axis;
a clamping system for locking the guide part in the guide box, the clamping system switchable between a locked state in which the guide part is secured relative to the guide box and a released state in which the guide part is displaceable relative to the guide box in a direction of the longitudinal axis; and
a first contact surface and a second contact surface disposed between the guide box and the guide part, wherein in the released state the first contact surface is in first frictional contact with a surface of the guide part that opposes a displacement of the guide part along the longitudinal axis relative to the guide box, wherein in the locked state the second contact surface is in second frictional contact with a surface of the guide part such that a frictional force that operates as a holding force acts between the guide box and the guide part, wherein a first coefficient of sliding friction of the first frictional contact of the first contact surface is smaller than a second coefficient of sliding friction of the second frictional contact of the second contact surface.

US Pat. No. 10,137,919

CLIP-ON SMARTPHONE HOLDER FOR A CART

Cart Phone Caddy, LLC, S...

1. An electronic device holder mountable on a shopping cart, the electronic device holder comprising:a generally S-shaped clip including a front bend disposed between a front panel and an intermediate panel, the front bend having a front bend radius and being at least a 180° bend and less than a 270° bend;
the front panel angled towards the intermediate panel by the front bend, the front panel extending upwardly from the front bend by a front panel length,
the intermediate panel extending from the front bend to a mounting bend at an intermediate panel length, the intermediate panel length being greater than the front panel length,
the front panel being generally elastically deflectable away from the intermediate panel to provide at least a ¼-inch space between the front panel and the intermediate panel, the mounting bend having a mounting bend radius and being at least a 180° bend and less than a 270° bend,
a back panel extending downwardly from the mounting bend, the back panel being angled toward the intermediate panel by the mounting bend, the intermediate panel being disposed between the back panel and the front panel and between the front bend and the mounting bend, the back panel being generally elastically deflectable away from the intermediate panel to provide at least a ¼-inch space between the back panel and the intermediate panel, and
a window in the front panel, the window comprising an aperture in the front panel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,916

MODULAR FISHING EQUIPMENT CART

1. A modular fishing equipment cart comprising: a frame having: a first longitudinal side; a second longitudinal side extending parallel to the first longitudinal side; a front lateral side connecting the first longitudinal side and the second longitudinal side; and a rear lateral side connecting the first longitudinal side and the second longitudinal side; a plurality of wheels supporting the frame for rolling the frame on the wheels; a rod holder assembly extending along the first longitudinal side; a plurality of hooks co-linearly attached to the front lateral side; and a magnetic holder releasably attached to the rear lateral side.

US Pat. No. 10,137,911

RUNNING CURVE CREATION DEVICE, RUNNING CURVE CREATION METHOD AND RUNNING CURVE CONTROL PROGRAM

KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA,...

1. A running curve creation device to create a running curve which can make a train having a prescribed vehicle characteristic run between a prescribed departure station and a prescribed arrival station in a prescribed running time in a relatively small cumulative energy consumption, the running curve creation device comprising:a shortest time running curve creation unit to create a shortest time running curve in which the train runs between the stations in a shortest time, based on predetermined vehicle information and ground information of the train; and
an energy saving running curve creation unit which (i) sets the shortest time running curve as an upper limit value, (ii) sets a running curve which is obtained by moving the shortest time running curve along a time axis direction by the prescribed running time as a lower limit value, (iii) selects, from a plurality of solution candidates corresponding to states of the train at each prescribed elapsed time since the train has departed from the departure station, a solution candidate located between the upper limit value and the lower limit value and having the relatively small cumulative energy consumption in the prescribed running time, and (iv) creates an energy saving running curve based on the selected solution candidate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,910

RAIL VEHICLE BOGIE DRAW-GEAR

CRRC QINGDAO SIFANG CO., ...

1. A rail vehicle bogie traction device, comprisinga center pin, and
two traction rubber bag assemblies,
wherein
each of the traction rubber bag assemblies comprises a traction rubber stack and a rubber bag, the rubber bag is filled with fluid, and a pressure of the rubber bag is settable;
the traction rubber stack is connected to the rubber bag;
the center pin is fixed on a lower surface of a vehicle body chassis bolster; and
each of the two traction rubber bag assemblies has one end connected to the center pin, and another end connected to a cross beam of a rail vehicle frame.

US Pat. No. 10,137,897

SYSTEMS AND METHODOLOGIES FOR MODIFYING A VEHICLE OPERATING PROFILE

1. A method for modifying a vehicle operating profile, the method comprising:determining, using processing circuitry, a predetermined energy condition based upon at least one input to the processing circuity;
determining, using the processing circuitry, a geographic location of a vehicle based upon the at least one input to the processing circuity;
identifying, using the processing circuitry, at least one energy station as a function of a plurality of factors;
determining, using the processing circuitry, a vehicle range based on an energy level of the vehicle and a first mode of vehicle operation;
determining, using the processing circuitry, whether an energy saving condition is satisfied based on the vehicle range, a location of the at least one energy station, and the geographical location of the vehicle;
entering an economy mode when the energy saving condition is satisfied;
determining, using the processing circuitry, whether a fill is completed based upon the at least one input to the processing circuity; and
exiting the economy mode in response to determining that the fill is completed,
wherein, in the economy mode:
the method includes sending a control signal to at least one vehicle system, and
the at least one vehicle system alters at least one operating parameter based upon the control signal.

US Pat. No. 10,137,893

COMBINING DRIVER ALERTNESS WITH ADVANCED DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS (ADAS)

1. A method of operating an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) mechanism, the method comprising:determining, by a first sensor of an ADAS mechanism, a potential obstacle to a vehicle, and a position of the potential obstacle relative to the first sensor;
determining, by a second sensor, a gaze angle of a user of the vehicle;
determining, by an activation engine in communication with the first sensor and the second sensor, that a proximity of the gaze angle of the user to the determined position of the potential obstacle comprises a value that is within a first range of a plurality of defined ranges, each of the plurality of defined ranges having an ADAS action preconfigured for each action of the user defined for the respective defined range; and
in response to the determined proximity being within the first range and to detecting a first action of the user defined for the first range, performing a first ADAS action preconfigured for the first action of the user defined for the first range, the first ADAS action comprising at least one of:
controlling an operation of the ADAS mechanism for responding to the potential obstacle, or
providing an alert to at least one of: the user regarding the potential obstacle, or the potential obstacle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,891

DRIVING ASSISTANCE APPARATUS AND DRIVING ASSISTANCE METHOD

MANDO CORPORATION, Pyeon...

1. A driving assistance apparatus comprising:a first sensing unit configured to sense a width of a forward object, a distance to the forward object, a speed of the forward object, and a speed of an own vehicle;
a first determining unit configured to determine a risk of collision with the forward object based on the distance to the forward object, the speed of the forward object, and the speed of the own vehicle;
a second sensing unit configured to, when the first determining unit determines that there is a risk of collision, sense a first distance, which is a distance to a first corner of the forward object, and a second distance, which is a distance to a second corner of the forward object;
a calculating unit configured to calculate a distorted angle of the forward object based on the width of the forward object, the first distance, and the second distance;
a second determining unit configured to, when the calculated distorted angle is equal to or larger than a preset critical angle, further determine the risk of collision based on a smaller one of the sensed first and second distances, the speed of the forward object, and the speed of the own vehicle; and
a control unit configured to, when the second determining unit determines that there is the risk of collision, control at least one of the notification device, the braking device, and the steering device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,890

OCCLUDED OBSTACLE CLASSIFICATION FOR VEHICLES

1. An obstacle classification method for a vehicle, the method comprising:acquiring, using one or more sensors, sensor data of at least a portion of an external environment of the vehicle;
identifying, using a processor, an obstacle candidate based on the acquired sensor data;
determining an occlusion status for the identified obstacle candidate, the occlusion status being a ratio of acquired sensor data for the obstacle candidate that is occluded to all acquired sensor data for the obstacle candidate, the acquired sensor data for the obstacle candidate that is occluded being defined by any acquired sensor data points for the obstacle candidate that are substantially adjacent to acquired sensor data points for one or more other obstacle candidates;
determining a classification for the obstacle candidate based on the determined occlusion status;
determining a driving maneuver for the vehicle at least partially based on the determined classification for the obstacle candidate; and
causing the vehicle to implement the determined driving maneuver.

US Pat. No. 10,137,888

METHOD FOR GUIDING PARKING MODE IN REMOTE AUTOMATIC PARKING SUPPORT SYSTEM

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for guiding a vehicle in a parking mode in a remote automatic parking support system, comprising:detecting, by a processor, a width of a parking space, a weather condition, an outdoor temperature, and a parking state of a neighbor vehicle when the parking space is detected;
guiding, by the processor, the vehicle in a first parking mode in which automatic parking is performed based on a parking request from a driver terminal positioned extraneous to a vehicle when the width of the parking space is less than a reference value;
guiding, by the processor, the vehicle in a second parking mode in which automatic parking is performed based on a parking request from a switch mounted within the vehicle when rain is detected, when the outdoor temperature exceeds a first threshold value, and when the outdoor temperature is less than a second threshold value; and
performing, by the processor, automatic parking in a parking mode selected by a driver.

US Pat. No. 10,137,879

CONTROL APPARATUS AND CONTROL METHOD FOR VEHICLE POWER TRANSMISSION SYSTEM

TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI ...

1. A control apparatus for a power transmission system for a vehicle, the vehicle including a driving force source, a drive wheel, an engagement device and an operating member, the engagement device being configured to connect or interrupt a power transmission path between the driving force source and the drive wheel, the control apparatus comprisingan electronic control unit configured to:
execute control for engaging the engagement device when the operating member is in a drive operating position;
execute control for releasing the engagement device when the operating member is in a non-drive operating position;
start engagement transition control for outputting an engagement transitional hydraulic pressure command value that causes the engagement device to be actuated from a released state toward an engaged state at a start point at which the operating member has been displaced from the non-drive operating position;
determine whether an engagement transition time from when the engagement transition control is started to when the engagement device begins to develop a predetermined torque capacity is longer or shorter than a predetermined target time;
when the engagement transition time is longer than the predetermined target time, learn the engagement transitional hydraulic pressure command value that is used in next engagement transition control such that the engagement transitional hydraulic pressure command value increases;
when the engagement transition time is shorter than the predetermined target time, learn the engagement transitional hydraulic pressure command value that is used in the next engagement transition control such that the engagement transitional hydraulic pressure command value reduces;
determine whether an operating time from when the operating member has been displaced from the non-drive operating position to when the operating member has been shifted into the drive operating position is longer than a predetermined operating time; and
prohibit learning of the engagement transitional hydraulic pressure command value when the operating time is longer than the predetermined operating time.

US Pat. No. 10,137,878

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A PARKING BRAKE SYSTEM

AKEBONO BRAKE INDUSTRY CO...

1. A method of controlling a brake system, the method comprising:measuring voltage of a motor;
measuring current of the motor;
estimating a rotational angle of the motor using the measured voltage and the measured current;
estimating a speed of the motor using the measured voltage and the measured current;
estimating a current draw of the motor using the measured voltage and the measured current;
estimating a brake force with the estimated rotational angle of the motor;
correcting the estimated rotational angle of the motor with the measured current;
correcting the estimated speed of the motor with the measured current;
correcting the estimated current draw of the motor with the measured current;
correcting the estimated brake force with the corrected estimated rotational angle of the motor, the corrected speed of the motor, and the corrected current draw of the motor; and
determining creation of a brake apply with the corrected brake force.

US Pat. No. 10,137,872

ACCELERATION/DECELERATION CONTROL APPARATUS

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. An acceleration/deceleration control apparatus for a vehicle system, the control apparatus comprisinga normal mode of performing acceleration control in response to an operation on an accelerator pedal and performing deceleration control in response to an operation on a brake pedal,
a one-pedal mode of performing both the acceleration control and the deceleration control in response to an operation on any one of the accelerator pedal and the brake pedal and performing only any one of the acceleration control and the deceleration control in response to an operation on the other of pedals, and
a mode switching unit configured to switch the one-pedal mode and the normal mode according to a switching operation per forced by an occupant,
wherein the acceleration/deceleration control apparatus, switches a characteristic of a non-one-pedal acceleration instruction value or a non-one-pedal deceleration instruction value calculated according to an amount of the operation on the other of pedals during the one-pedal mode according to the mode switching using the mode switching unit,
wherein the acceleration/deceleration control apparatus is configured to set a result of adding the non-one-pedal acceleration instruction value or the non-one-pedal deceleration instruction value to a one-pedal acceleration/deceleration instruction value calculated according to the operation on the one of pedals for performing tooth the acceleration control and the deceleration control as a target acceleration/deceleration instruction of a vehicle in the one-pedal mode, and
wherein, in a case where the mode is switched with use of the mode switching unit while the other of pedals is being operated daring the one-pedal mode, the acceleration/deceleration control apparatus switches an instruction value characteristic of the other of pedals that is being operated after maintaining an acceleration or a deceleration before this mode switching.

US Pat. No. 10,137,850

VEHICLE BUMPER COLLISION INDICATOR

1. A vehicle bumper system for detecting a compromise in structural integrity after receiving an impact, the vehicle bumper system comprising:an inner reinforcement member configured to be secured to a frame of a vehicle;
a collision indicator integrated with the inner reinforcement member, the collision indicator comprising a sacrificial portion having a size and shape tuned to break upon being subjected to a predetermined stress threshold; and
a removable outer cover member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,847

EXTERIOR WIRING HARNESS

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. An exterior wiring harness to be routed through a clearance having a specified clearance width and a specified clearance length, comprising:a plurality of wires; and
an exterior body formed by surrounding outer peripheries of the plurality of wires by a fibrous synthetic resin,
wherein:
the exterior body includes opposite first and second longitudinal ends spaced from one another in an extending direction of the plurality of wires and having an outer surface between the ends, the outer surface being configured to define a flat portion spaced from the first and second longitudinal ends of the exterior body and having a flat cross-sectional shape the flat portion having a minor width smaller than the clearance width, a major width larger than the clearance width and a length greater than the clearance length, the exterior body further including a first end portion extending from the flat portion to the first longitudinal end of the exterior body and a second end portion extending from the flat portion to the second longitudinal end of the exterior body, the first and second end portions having cross-sectional dimensions greater than the minor width of the flat portion, and wherein the fibrous synthetic resin extends out from the wires to the exterior surface of the exterior body.

US Pat. No. 10,137,841

AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLE WITH EXPANDABLE UNDERSEAT STORAGE COMPARTMENT

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. An automotive vehicle having an expandable underseat storage compartment, comprising;a floor and at least one row of rear seats;
an elongated seat support member that extends upwardly from the floor of the vehicle and supports the row of rear seats, the elongated seat support member having a middle portion that extends laterally across the vehicle and right and left end pedestals that extend longitudinally forward from right and left ends of the middle portion;
right and left bracket plates disposed adjacent outer walls of the right and left end pedestals, the right and left bracket plates fixedly attached to one or both of the vehicle floor and respective ones of the right and left end pedestals of the elongated seat support member;
a front panel assembly extending laterally across the vehicle in front of the right and left end pedestals and rotatably coupled to the right and left bracket plates;
the elongated seat support member, the right and left bracket plates and the front panel assembly defining a storage area of the storage compartment wherein the middle portion of the elongated seat support member defines a rear side of the storage compartment, the right and left end pedestals and the right and left bracket plates define right and left sides of the storage compartment and the front panel assembly defines a front side of the storage compartment;
the front panel assembly movable between an extended position and a retracted position wherein when the front panel assembly is in the extended position the storage area of the storage compartment is larger than when the front panel assembly is in the retracted position, the front panel assembly having a primary panel and a secondary panel hingedly attached to each other along respective lateral edges
wherein when the front panel assembly is in the retracted position the primary and secondary panels lay against each other in a vertical position with the hingedly attached lateral edges of the primary and secondary panels being upper lateral edges of the primary and secondary panels and the primary and secondary panels are adjacent front edges of the right and left end pedestals of the elongated seat support member and the vertical primary and secondary panels define the front side of the storage compartment with the storage space defined by the primary panel and the elongated seat support member; and
when the front panel assembly is moved to the extended position, the primary panel is rotated forwardly and downwardly and extends forwardly from the right and left end pedestals and the secondary panel is rotated forwardly and upwardly so that it extends vertically upwardly from the primary panel wherein the vertical secondary panel when the front panel assembly is in the extended positioned is spaced forwardly from a position of the vertical primary and second panels when the front panel assembly is in the retracted position and the storage space is defined by the vertical secondary panel, the right and left bracket plates and the elongated seat support member.

US Pat. No. 10,137,835

REAR IMAGING DEVICE

MURAKAMI CORPORATION, Sh...

1. A rear imaging device attached to a mobile object, comprisingan imager for imaging an area rearward of the mobile object, and
a housing for housing the imager,
wherein a rear end portion of the housing is formed with drainer pieces extending rearwardly,
wherein a plurality of the drainer pieces are formed in a circumferential direction of the housing,
wherein tip end portions of the drainer pieces are formed narrower toward tip end points thereof, and
wherein base portions of adjacent drainer pieces are adjacent to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,137,827

POSITION LIGHTING DEVICE

SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION,...

1. A position lighting device configured to emit at least one road irradiation beam from a vehicle onto a road, thereby making the other moving object which is positioned behind the vehicle or at a side of the vehicle recognize an existence of the vehicle, the position lighting device comprising:a lighting unit configured to emit the at least one road irradiation beam onto at least a portion of areas on the road behind and at the side of the vehicle;
a distance detecting unit configured to detect a distance between the vehicle and the other moving object; and
a lighting control unit configured to control the lighting unit on the basis of the distance between the vehicle and the other moving object detected by the distance detecting unit, thereby changing a state of the at least one road irradiation beam,
wherein the distance detecting unit is configured to detect a plurality of types of a plurality of detection waves emitted from the other moving object, and on the basis of a type of at least one of the detection waves detected by the distance detecting unit, the lighting control unit changes the state of the at least one road irradiation beam.

US Pat. No. 10,137,807

VENTILATED VEHICLE SEAT WITH BLIND COUPLING AND RELATED METHOD

FCA US LLC, Auburn Hills...

1. A ventilated automobile vehicle seat comprising:a seat cushion sub-assembly including:
a foam core having an A-side and a B-side opposite the A-side;
a manifold providing fluid communication between a plurality of distributed manifold inlet/outlet openings and a primary manifold inlet/outlet opening, the manifold being coupled to the foam core with the primary manifold inlet/outlet opening fixedly positioned adjacent the B-side of the foam core; and
a blind coupling having a coupling frame surrounding and reinforcing the primary manifold inlet/outlet opening and a pair of front hook members and a pair of rear hook members extending from opposite sides of the coupling frame and away from the B-side of the foam core; and
a seat base sub-assembly including:
a blower unit coupled to a seat base member, the seat base sub-assembly having a front lip and a rear lip positioned on opposite sides of a blower inlet/outlet opening, and having a domed framework extending across the blower inlet/outlet opening;
wherein the front hook members are positioned relative to the coupling frame to hook the front lip to provide fore and aft positioning of the blind coupling relative to the blower inlet/outlet opening when the seat cushion sub-assembly is rotated with the B-side facing toward the seat base sub-assembly during an assembly operation; and
wherein the pair of front hook members and front lip are designed to permit the front hook members to slide laterally along the front lip and are positioned relative to the coupling frame to cause the coupling frame to engage the domed framework to provide lateral positioning of the blind coupling relative to the blower inlet/outlet opening when the front hook members are hooked to the front lip and the seat cushion sub-assembly is rotated during the assembly operation; and
wherein the pair of rear hook members extend from the coupling frame and hook the rear lip.

US Pat. No. 10,137,800

POWER FEEDING DEVICE AND CONTACT POWER FEEDING SYSTEM

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

1. An electrical power supplying device for supplying electrical power in a contact manner to a pair of power receiving elements of a charging arm that extends outwardly in a vehicle transverse direction from an electric vehicle, comprising:a pair of power lines configured to extend along a travel path of the electric vehicle in a state enabling contact with the pair of the power receiving elements, and electrical power being supplied to the power lines;
a pair of insulators configured to retain the respective power lines; and
a base member containing a pair of retaining plates to which the respective insulators are fixed, and being disposed on an opposite side from the travel path with respect to the pair of power lines, wherein the base member includes a substantially constant thickness plate having a vertically flat center portion mounted to a post, and upwardly and downwardly inclined portions forming the pair of retaining plates;
wherein the base member is configured to ensure an insulating distance between the pair of power lines such that the base member is spaced apart from the pair of power lines, and to orient a contact portion of one of the power lines with respect to the charging arm in an upwardly inclined manner toward the side of the travel path, and to orient a contact portion of another of the power lines with respect to the charging arm in a downwardly inclined manner toward the side of the travel path,
wherein each of the insulators has a length along a longitudinal direction of corresponding one of the power lines, the length of each of the insulators being not the same as a length of the corresponding one of the power lines.

US Pat. No. 10,137,799

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MULTIPLE ELECTRIC DRIVES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An electric-drive vehicle comprising:first and second propulsive drive units coupled to front and rear axles of the vehicle respectively, each drive unit exhibiting power loss change with respect to torque changes over a plurality of operating conditions; and
a controller programmed to increase a proportion of propulsive torque provided by the first drive unit in response to a change in the operating conditions resulting in a rate of power loss change of the second drive unit increasing relative to that of the first drive unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,784

CONTROL DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. A controller for an electric vehicle configured so as to be used in an electric vehicle, the electric vehicle comprising:a motor which is connected to drive wheels of the electric vehicle via a differential gear and a drive shaft, and which is configured to generate a braking or driving torque for each of the drive wheels;
a mechanical braking device capable of independently generating a braking force for each of the drive wheels; and
a wheel speed sensor configured to detect a rotation speed of each of the drive wheels of the electric vehicle,
wherein the controller is configured to
calculate a vehicle speed of the electric vehicle;
calculate a slip ratio of each of the drive wheels based on the calculated vehicle speed and the detected wheel speed of each of the drive wheels, and when a slip ratio of a predetermined slip ratio or more is detected, suppress a slip state so that the slip ratio of each of the drive wheels is a target motor slip ratio;
reduce a torque absolute value of the motor so that the slip ratio of each of the drive wheels is the target motor slip ratio; and
apply, by the mechanical braking device, a larger braking force to, of the right drive wheel and the left drive wheel, the drive wheel having a higher wheel speed than the drive wheel having a lower wheel speed when the reduction in the torque absolute value of the motor causes the rotation speed of either of the drive wheels to fall below the target motor slip ratio.

US Pat. No. 10,137,772

TANK LID UNIT AND FUEL SUPPLY DEVICE

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A tank lid unit that is installed at a through hole of a fuel tank and houses a drive circuit for driving a fuel pump in the fuel tank, comprising:a resin lid main body that is made of a resin material and closes the through hole;
a metal housing that is made of a metal material and internally houses the drive circuit; and
a first assembling structure and a second assembling structure which are disposed on both sides of the metal housing in a reference radial direction of the resin lid main body, and which assemble the metal housing above the resin lid main body, wherein
each of the first assembling structure and the second assembling structure includes:
a metal rod that is made of a metal material;
a resin protrusion that is formed integrally with the resin lid main body and protrudes upward from the resin lid main body at a place spaced away from the metal housing laterally along the reference radial direction, the resin protrusion being fixedly fitted to the metal rod due to the metal rod being inserted through the resin protrusion; and
a metal protrusion that is formed integrally with the metal housing and protrudes from the metal housing laterally along the reference radial direction, the metal protrusion providing a gap in the reference radial direction between the metal protrusion and the metal rod due to the metal rod being inserted through the metal protrusion,
a total dimension of a spacing dimension of the gap provided by the metal rod on a side opposite to the metal housing in the first assembling structure and a spacing dimension of the gap provided by the metal rod on a side opposite to the metal housing in the second assembling structure is set to be larger than a difference in a thermal expansion amount between the resin lid main body and the metal housing in the reference radial direction when a temperature exceeds a reference temperature,
a total dimension of a spacing dimension of the gap provided by the metal rod on a side toward the metal housing in the first assembling structure and a spacing dimension of the gap provided by the metal rod on a side toward the metal housing in the second assembling structure is set to be larger than a difference in a thermal shrinkage amount between the resin lid main body and the metal housing in the reference radial direction when the temperature falls below the reference temperature, and
a total dimension of a spacing dimension between the resin protrusion and the metal housing in the first assembling structure and a spacing dimension between the resin protrusion and the metal housing in the second assembling structure is set to be larger than the difference in the thermal shrinkage amount.

US Pat. No. 10,137,769

CENTER MOUNTED AIR CHUTE FOR A REAR MOUNTED ENGINE

Stephen Kariniemi, Scott...

1. A vehicle comprising:a cargo compartment;
a cargo compartment support section having a lateral plane;
an engine air intake, located forward of the lateral plane of the cargo compartment support section and substantially perpendicular to the ground;
an air chute comprising a closed bottom portion and the air chute is located rearward of the engine air intake;
wherein the engine radiator is mounted rearward of the lateral plane of the cargo compartment support section and rearward of the air chute;
wherein the air chute has a center portion located between the engine air intake and the engine radiator and the center portion has a substantially flat top portion and the substantially flat top portion has a height at its mid portion that is less than the engine air intake height and the engine radiator height and the substantially flat top portion extends up into the passenger compartment; and
wherein said center portion of the air chute is positioned along a longitudinal center line of the cargo compartment support section and is positioned to be used as a center console in the cargo compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,137,766

RETRACTABLE TRUCK BED COVER HAVING SLAT ARRAY WITH FLEXIBLE JOINER MEMBERS AND SHIELDED SEAMS

ROLL-N-LOCK CORPORATION, ...

1. A cover for a truck bed, the cover comprising:a plurality of adjacent slats, each of the plurality of adjacent slats comprising:
a trailing edge;
a leading edge being on an opposite side of a width of the slat from the trailing edge;
an outer planar slat surface;
an inner planar slat surface;
a thickness between the outer planar surface of the slat and the inner planar surface of the slat;
a first step nib on the leading edge of the slat; and
a second step nib on the trailing edge of the slat, the second step nib configured to mate with the first step nib of an adjacent slat to form a closed joint limiting access from outside when the cover is in a closed extended position;
wherein the first step nib and the second step nip of each of the plurality of slats are located within the thickness of the slat.

US Pat. No. 10,137,760

PTC HEATER FOR VEHICLE

Hanon Systems, Daejeon (...

1. A positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heater for a vehicle, which is inserted and mounted in a plurality of passageways formed inside an air-conditioning case to heat air flowing in the passageways, the PTC heater comprising:a housing inserted and mounted across the passageways of the air-conditioning case; and
a core part formed by a plurality of cores respectively arranged on the passageways inside the housing,
wherein the PTC heater independently controls the cores arranged on the passageways to independently heat airs respectively flowing in the passageways,
wherein the passageways are formed with a first passageway and a second passageway which are formed inside the air-conditioning case, and wherein the cores are formed with a firs core arranged on the first passageway and a second core arranged on the second passageway,
wherein a heat protection member for preventing heat transfer between the first core and the second core is mounted between the first core and the second core,
wherein the heat protection member includes at least one bypass hole to make some of the air passing through the PTC heater bypass the first core and the second core.

US Pat. No. 10,137,752

POWER HEAT DISSIPATION DEVICE

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RES...

1. A power heat dissipation device, comprising:a heat-conducting layer having a heat-absorbing surface and a heat-dissipating surface;
a heat sink in thermal contact with the heat-dissipating surface of the heat-conducting layer, wherein a heat-conducting section is formed in the heat sink; and
at least one cooling chip embedded in the heat sink and disposed adjacent to the heat-conducting section, the at least one cooling chip having a cooling surface perpendicular to the heat-dissipating surface of the heat-conducting layer, and the cooling surface facing the heat-conducting section in the heat sink, such that the at least one cooling chip and the heat-conducting layer are respectively located at different sides of the heat-conduction section, enabling heat in the heat sink to be dissipated via the heat-conducting section independently of the cooling chip.

US Pat. No. 10,137,750

CONTROLLER AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A LIFT AXLE AND AIR SUSPENSION ON A TRAILER

Bendix Commercial Vehicle...

1. A trailer controller comprising:an air suspension bellows signal input for receiving a signal indicative of a pressure value in an air suspension bellows;
a lift axle control output for transmitting a lift axle control signal; and
a processor having control logic, the control logic capable of:
receiving the air suspension bellows signal;
transmitting the lift axle control signal to lower the lift axle in response to the pressure value in the air suspension bellows being less than a predetermined pressure value.

US Pat. No. 10,137,746

ACTUATOR

Meritor Heavy Vehicle Sys...

1. An actuator for a tire inflation system comprising:a first component having a first fluid passage; and
a second component having a second fluid passage and a sealing surface for sealing engagement with a rotatable component of a wheel assembly;
the second component being movable relative to the first component between a first position where the first fluid passage is isolated from the second fluid passage and the sealing surface is spaced from the rotatable component and a second position where the first fluid passage is in fluid communication with the second fluid passage and the sealing surface is in sealing engagement with the rotatable component, wherein the first fluid passage is isolated from the second fluid passage by virtue of engagement between the first component and the second component and wherein a protrusion of one of the first and second components engages the other of the first and second components to isolate the first fluid passage from the second fluid passage.

US Pat. No. 10,137,741

DISPLAY ASSEMBLIES AND METHODS FOR APPLYING THE SAME TO VULCANIZED RUBBER ARTICLES

1. A display assembly for attachment with a vulcanized rubber article comprising:one or more display layers of elastomeric material configured to provide a display indicia;
an intermediate layer formed from an elastomeric material that is different from that of the one or more display layers, wherein the intermediate layer is in direct contact with at least of the one or more display layers, and wherein the one or more display layers and the intermediate layer are vulcanized together before attachment with the vulcanized rubber article; and
an adhesive layer in direct contact with an underside surface of the intermediate layer opposite the one or more display layers, wherein wherein the adhesive layer is formed from a material capable forming a chemical bond with a surface of the vulcanized rubber article at ambient temperature conditions.

US Pat. No. 10,137,738

TIRE COMPRISING CARCASS REINFORCEMENT CORDS WITH LOW PERMEABILITY

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire for a heavy goods vehicle, having a radial carcass reinforcement comprising:two beads;
two sidewalls;
a crown reinforcement formed of at least two working crown layers of reinforcing elements that are crossed from one layer to another, forming angles of between 10° and 45° with the circumferential direction;
a tread that radially caps the crown reinforcement; the tread being joined to the two beads by way of the two sidewalls;
an additional layer of reinforcing elements that are mutually parallel in the layer and are oriented circumferentially arranged in each shoulder, a respective first end of each additional layer arranged axially outside the at least two working crown layers; and
at least one additional layer, referred to as a protective layer, of reinforcing elements, referred to as elastic reinforcing elements, is axially interposed between the additional layers of reinforcing elements, a second end of each respective additional layer being axially in line with the protective layer;
wherein the reinforcing elements of the carcass reinforcement have a diameter less than 1 mm,
wherein said reinforcing elements of the carcass reinforcement are made up of threads with a diameter strictly greater than 0.16 mm,
wherein the metal reinforcing elements of at least one layer of the carcass reinforcement are advantageously non-wrapped cords that return a flow rate of less than 20 cm3/min in what is referred to as a permeability test, and
wherein the at least one additional layer, referred to as the protective layer, of the reinforcing elements, referred to as the elastic reinforcing elements, that are oriented with respect to the circumferential direction at an angle of between 10° and 45° and in the same direction as the angle formed by the inextensible elements of the working layer which is radially adjacent thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,137,735

WHEEL AND TIRE ASSEMBLY

Lindsay Corporation, Oma...

1. A wheel assembly comprising:a rigid wheel including—
a central portion having a plurality of apertures for attaching fasteners thereto, and
a plurality of circumferentially spaced mounting elements configured to be removably attached to the central portion via fasteners so that each of the mounting elements is prevented from rotating relative to the central portion; and
an airless flexible tire that does not include air during normal use mounted on the rigid wheel, portions of the tire extending at least six (6) inches annularly between the mounting elements and not engaging the mounting elements being completely separated radially from the rigid wheel by a through-space transversely extending entirely from a first axial side of the tire to an opposite axial side of the tire, the portions of the tire not engaging the mounting elements being configured to flex radially inwardly toward the rigid wheel when subject to ground engaging pressure.