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Date/App# patent app List of recent Instruments-related patents
04/07/16
20160100083 
 Swivel camera mount patent thumbnailSwivel camera mount
A camera mount is configured to attach a camera to a mount base which, in turn, may be secured to sport equipment, musical instruments, vehicles, and the like. The camera mount includes a ball component that couples to a camera or camera housing and that allows a user to rotate a camera within a horizontal plane, and to pivot a camera in one or more vertical planes.
Gopro, Inc.


04/07/16
20160098720 
 Quick service terminal for identifying customers using legacy customer identification instruments patent thumbnailQuick service terminal for identifying customers using legacy customer identification instruments
Apparatus for providing a qst are disclosed herein. The qst may identify a customer in response to a swipe of a customer identifying instrument.
Bank Of America Corporation


04/07/16
20160098152 
 Instrument detection with an optical touch sensitive device patent thumbnailInstrument detection with an optical touch sensitive device
An optical touch-sensitive device detects touch events caused by instruments (e.g., pens, styluses) and distinguishes these events from touch events caused by fingers. In some embodiments, different instruments can also be distinguished.
Rapt Ip Limited


04/07/16
20160097489 
 Argon recondensing apparatus patent thumbnailArgon recondensing apparatus
An apparatus for condensing argon can include cold box, which is preferably sealed and largely maintenance free, where all instruments and valves requiring routine maintenance are to be located outside, a nitrogen separator disposed within the cold box, a heat exchanger disposed within the cold box, the heat exchanger is configured to condense a gaseous argon stream against a pressurized liquid nitrogen stream. The cold box is elevated as compared to an argon storage vessel, such that the condensed argon stream can flow to the argon storage vessel without the need for a pump..
L'air Liquide, Societe Anonyme Pour L'etude Et L'exploitation Des Procedes Georges Claude


04/07/16
20160095721 
 Trans-osseous oblique lumbosacral fusion system and method patent thumbnailTrans-osseous oblique lumbosacral fusion system and method
Embodiments of the invention are directed to a method of directing medical instruments towards an intervertebral disc space, removing intervertebral disc material from such disc space, and filling such disc space with a material to fuse vertebrae. Embodiments of the invention are further directed to a path that passes structural portions of an ilium.
Quandary Medical Llc


04/07/16
20160095646 
 Surgical instruments with an end-effector assembly including optical fiber for treating tissue patent thumbnailSurgical instruments with an end-effector assembly including optical fiber for treating tissue
An end-effector assembly includes first and second jaw members, a first outer housing associated with the first jaw member, and a second outer housing associated with the second jaw member. Each of the first and second jaw members includes a sealing plate.
Covidien Lp


04/07/16
20160095505 
 Instruments for minimally invasive surgical procedures patent thumbnailInstruments for minimally invasive surgical procedures
A variety of tools and techniques are provided to support removal of ligamentum flavum in a spinal canal and other, similar tissue removal procedures.. .
The General Hospital Corporation


03/31/16
20160095167 
 Apparatus and system for warming instruments patent thumbnailApparatus and system for warming instruments
The invention generally involves an apparatus and system for heating or warming instruments. The system includes an electrically heated carrying case for transporting instruments, and an electrically heated vessel for containing a fluid to be used in conjunction with the instruments.
Warm, Llc


03/31/16
20160095165 
 Apparatus and system for warming instruments patent thumbnailApparatus and system for warming instruments
The invention generally involves an apparatus and system for heating or warming instruments. The system includes an electrically heated carrying case for transporting instruments, and an electrically heated vessel for containing a fluid to be used in conjunction with the instruments.

03/31/16
20160095162 
 Universal system for measurement instruments for industrial hygiene and environment patent thumbnailUniversal system for measurement instruments for industrial hygiene and environment
Universal system for measurement instruments for industrial hygiene and environment, consisting of a data collector (1), this equipment will be a portable device or computer equipped with microsoft windows or android operating system, used to communicate with following instruments: wet bulb globe temperature thermometer index (wbgt) (2), sound level meter (3), noisedosimeter (4), vibration meter for hand, arm and whole body (5), fixed type portable gas detectors (6), alpha, beta, gamma and/or neutrons ionizing radiation detector (7), non-ionizing radiation detector(8), lux meters (9), iaq systems—internal air quality (10) and iaq systems—internal water quality (11). Its application field belongs to the area of occupational hygiene applicable to industries or businesses in general in which workers are exposed to physical, chemical and biological agents causing occupational diseases..

03/31/16
20160093279 

Passive amplification system for stringed instruments


A passive amplifier for a stringed instrument (such as an electric guitar) comprises a pickup and a resonator. The pickup is removably attached at one end to the headstock of the stringed instrument and extends substantially normal to the headstock.

03/31/16
20160092175 

Remote interface to logical instruments


System and method for controlling a custom modular measurement system. An editor may receive user input specifying one or more system definitions, each mapping message based commands, parameters, variables and/or metadata (“information”) accordant with a control protocol for standalone instruments to functions and data in a programming language, and generates the definitions accordingly, each being useable by a client application to interface with a custom modular measurement system that includes multiple logical instruments via the message based information.
National Instruments Corporation


03/31/16
20160091876 

Embedded shared logical instrument


System and method for controlling a custom modular measurement system. An editor may receive user input specifying one or more system definitions, each mapping message based commands, parameters, variables and/or metadata (“information”) accordant with a control protocol for standalone instruments to functions and data in a programming language, and generates the definitions accordingly, each being useable by a client application to interface with a custom modular measurement system that includes multiple logical instruments via the message based information.
National Instruments Corporation


03/31/16
20160091645 

Dead-front lens for interior vehicle display


A vehicle instrument cluster lens assembly for a vehicle instruments panel includes a first layer comprised of a quarter-wave plate (λ/4). A second layer which is a polarizer, a third layer of another quarter-wave plate (λ/4); the first and a fourth layer being a polarizer light to a new orientation.
Continental Automotive Systems, Inc.


03/31/16
20160091639 

Reflective target for surveying instruments


Reflective target for surveying instruments having a plurality of planar reflective sections arranged to form a shape having a target axis. Each reflective section includes a plurality of prisms, each prism constituted by a corner cube having three surfaces oriented perpendicular to one another and forming a base for receiving incident light, and each of the prisms is oriented such that a common edge formed by two of the three surfaces of the prism is oriented such that the common edge and the target axis or a line parallel to the target axis lie in a common plane..
Trimble Jena Gmbh


03/31/16
20160091362 

Aircraft flight characteristic measurement


A method and device of measuring external flight characteristics of aircraft, including fixed-wing, rotorcraft, and unmanned aerial vehicles, utilizes one or more floating platforms, each supporting one or more measuring instruments. The floating platform may be a hot air balloon, dirigible or other quasi-neutrally-buoyant airship, untethered to avoid interference between the aircraft being measured and any tether.

03/31/16
20160089188 

Spinal implant system and method


A method comprises the steps of: providing a first surgical instrument comprising a surface having a mating element; connecting the first surgical instrument with a fastener, connecting the fastener with tissue; engaging the mating element with a mating element of at least one of a plurality of alternate second surgical instruments interchangeable with the first surgical instrument; and treating the spine with the first surgical instrument and the at least one second surgical instrument. Instruments and implants are disclosed..
Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.


03/31/16
20160089181 

Methods and controlling surgical instruments using a port assembly


A surgical port assembly for use with surgical instruments includes a body including an exterior surface and an interior space defined by an interior surface of the body. The surgical port assembly includes a control interface including a plurality of drive members coupled to the body and controllable to apply a force to a different portion of a shaft of an surgical instrument, when the shaft is disposed within the interior space, to move a distal portion of the surgical instrument to a desired position within a body cavity..
Covidien Lp


03/31/16
20160089180 

Surgical tools and system for safely accessing body cavities and methods of using the same


The application discloses a set of surgical instruments that may be used to access a human or animal body cavity for medical purposes without causing damage to internal tissues or organs therein, and methods of using the same. The instruments include a safety needle and flexible sheath that may be coupled together and used to establish a minimally invasive method to access a targeted body cavity while preventing or reducing damage to organs or tissues within the targeted cavity.

03/31/16
20160089177 

Surgical instruments


An electrosurgical instrument includes a housing having an elongated shaft extending therefrom and an end effector assembly coupled thereto. The housing includes a knife drive shaft and a jaw drive shaft disposed therein and movable within the elongated shaft.
Covidien Lp


03/31/16
20160089167 

Femoral resection guide and method thereof


Disclosed is a femoral resection guide for measuring and guiding resection of anterior portion and posterior portion of a femur and method thereof. The femoral resection guide comprises a front block, a rear block, a reference gauge means and a locking means.
United Orthopedic Corporation


03/31/16
20160089153 

Patient specific instrumentation (psi) for orthopedic surgery and using x-rays to produce same


A method of creating a patient specific instrument (psi) for use in knee replacement surgery is described which includes performing at least two x-ray scans of a bone, each of the x-ray scans being taken from different angular positions, generating a digital bone model of the bone based solely on the x-ray scans, planning the psi based on the digital bone model, including determining locations for one or more anchor points on the psi which are adapted to abut a surface of the bone, the determined locations of the anchor points being disposed on the psi at locations corresponding to areas of expected high accuracy on the digital bone model generated by the x-ray scans. The areas of expected high accuracy include at least a peripheral bone contour in at least one of the angular position of the x-ray scans.
Zimmer Inc


03/24/16
20160088408 

Ear to ear communication using wireless low energy transport


Disclosed in some examples are systems, methods, and machine readable media which allows for hearing instruments to be in a piconet with each other while being connectable as a slave to another device such as a smart phone when it comes within range. In some examples to accomplish this, one or both of the connected hearing aids may send connectable advertisements while connected with each other in the piconet by time multiplexing the advertisements between connection events..
Starkey Laboratories, Inc.


03/24/16
20160088204 

Dual-view probe for illumination and imaging, and use thereof


One embodiment of the invention is directed to an imaging probe which comprises a first element supplying electromagnetic radiation in a forward path for illuminating a forward field of view of space in front of the probe, a second element supplying electromagnetic radiation in a sideways and/or rearward path for illuminating a sideways and/or back field of view of space alongside the probe and an image sensor. The probe further includes an imaging device in imaging paths imaging the forward and sideways and/or back fields of view onto the image sensor.
The Arizona Board Of Regents On Behalf Of The University Of Arizona


03/24/16
20160086786 

Isolation of charged particle optics from vacuum chamber deformations


A charged particle processing apparatus includes a vacuum chamber, an optics plate, charged particle optics mounted to the optics plate, and mounting members coupled between the optics plate and a chamber wall. The mounting members are configured for isolating the optics plate from deformation of the chamber wall, as may occur due to a pressure differential between the chamber interior and the environment outside the chamber.
Agilent Technologies, Inc.


03/24/16
20160086588 

Free floating integrated lug bridge


A percussion instrument holder that allows attachment to a user mounted carrier. The holder allows adjustment for positioning about the user, and pivoting of the holder to allow the holder to pivot or rotate up to allow the holder with instruments to fit a narrower space.
Randall May International Incorporated


03/24/16
20160086586 

String clamping system for musical instruments


A string clamping and tuning mechanism for stringed instruments is disclosed, where the string tension actuates one or more levers to generate two points of clamping force along the string. In a first embodiment, a single lever is used to generate two points of clamping force along the string.

03/24/16
20160086514 

Instrument skill instruction and training system


Technology is described for a system to provide skill training in various fields, including professional fields involving hand-held instruments. The system senses a user's manipulation of an instrumented work piece, handheld instrument or tool using various sensors, e.g., for a dental tool, an array of pressure sensors in the instrumented work piece and/or the tool's tip, grip sensors, and sensors to track the position and movement of the tool and/or work piece relative to each other.
Dh Cubed, Llc


03/24/16
20160086507 

Interactive training device for bowed string instruments


Using a violin teaching apparatus as an example, a training device is disclosed to aid in teaching how to play bowed string instruments. By guiding the motion of a bow teaching apparatus in a manner consistent with the operation of an actual bow, students will learn proper bowing technique.

03/24/16
20160086276 

Method and deriving benchmarks for trading instruments


Benchmarks for the price of a financial instrument such as fx spot rate for a currency pair are calculated by an algorithm based on a previous benchmark and a market price. The market price is derived from a deal price and a quote price.
Ebs Group Limited


03/24/16
20160086106 

Systems and methods for generating automated software workflow for biological testing


The workflow application integrates with a research software application associated with a laboratory instrument to provide a user with step-by-step instructions on how to follow the workflow steps of a laboratory experiment. The instructions are dynamically tailored, according to the nature of the workflow, the samples being experimented upon and/or the operating states of the instrument and/or the research software application.
Applied Biosystems, Llc


03/24/16
20160081780 

Porous material for insertion cleaning of instruments


A porous material for insertion cleaning of instruments is provided, such porous material including an at least partially open-cell foam body and a surface configured to enable an instrument having contaminants to be inserted into the body. The body may be configured to substantially grip the instrument to remove a substantial portion of the contaminants from the instrument..
Jordco, Inc.


03/24/16
20160081756 

Method of cleaning and sanitizing medical instruments and accessories and apparatus therefor


A method of cleaning and sanitizing surgical tools or surgical instruments and accessories in general, and a device configured to implement the method. The method includes the use of a an abrasive cleaning material, which is emitted under pressure and at high speed to abrade and remove substances that adhere to the surfaces of the instruments and accessories, and the pressure of which can be regulated according to the type of surface to be cleaned..
Bicar Jet S.r.l.


03/24/16
20160081700 

Method for forming non-circular cartilage grafts


A technique for knee replacement surgery that allow for the removal of an oval oblong-shaped allograft bone and cartilage plug from a donor distal femur. The technique uses instruments including (i) sizing guides to match the recipient's femoral size and curvature to that of a donor femur (the sizing guides also acting as a wide pin placement template for the donor distal femur); (ii) osteotomes that cut the curved and straight portions of the implant shape (these may be disposable or reusable); and (iii) templates that fit over the guide pins and have openings to allow the osteotomes to cut the donor femur plug to the correct size, shape and depth.
Arthrex, Inc.


03/24/16
20160081698 

Bone removal instrument


Improved spinal instruments are provided. In particular, the present application relates to an improved rongeur that allows for multiple bites of bone to be performed in a patient before removing the rongeur from the patient.
Globus Medical, Inc.


03/24/16
20160081371 

Polariscope toy and ornament with accompanying photoelastic and/or photoplastic devices


A variety of toy polariscopes are simpler in design and less costly than precision instruments used in scientific research and stress analysis of materials and structures. The toy polariscopes are designed for a variety of objects that may exhibit photoelastic properties such as glass, plastic, plexiglas, gel candle material and other gels, and even edible photoelastic objects.

03/24/16
20160081348 

Decontamination solution and its use for denaturation, modification, degradation, solubilisation and removal of proteins, nucleic acid molecules and microorganisms


The invention concerns a three component system comprising surface-active substances, vitamins and metal ions for efficient destruction and removal of contaminating proteins, nucleic acids and microorganisms from surfaces like for example laboratory benches, floors, equipment and instruments. These non-corrosive and non-toxic solutions for removal of proteins, nucleic acids and microorganisms are applied by spraying, rubbing or immersion of contaminated surfaces thereby destroying, solubilizing inactivating and removing proteins and nucleic acids.
Multibind Biotec Gmbh


03/17/16
20160078854 

Electronic musical instruments


Electronic musical instruments as disclosed, include sensors to digitize and alter the sound using fsr sensors in the mouthpieces and other elements of the instrument to mimic the variations available in analog instruments.. .
Sensitronics, Llc


03/17/16
20160078852 

Weighted, gripping drum pillow


The disclosure provides a drum pillow for percussion instruments. In one embodiment, the drum pillow includes: (1) a top side, (2) a bottom gripping side connected to the top side and (3) a weighted core fully enclosed within the connected top side and bottom side, wherein the weighted core includes a weighted roll of a weighted substance within a flexible container that is rolled in a fabric..

03/17/16
20160077671 

Rapid prototyping and machine vision for reconfigurable interfaces


A system and method including software to aid in generation of panels and control instruments rapidly generates a station that can support a variety of control interfaces. Rapid-prototyped panels, or rp-panels, replicate existing systems (for simulation, training, gaming, etc.) or from new designs (for human factors testing, as functional product, etc.).
Cybernet Systems Corporation


03/17/16
20160077118 

Automated sample handling instrumentation, systems, processes, and methods


The present invention provides a processing station for automatically processing a biological sample, a system for automated real-time inventory control of consumables within a biological sample handling or assay instrument, a high throughput random access automated instrument for processing biological samples, an automated instrument for processing or analysis of a sample, and processes for automated mucoid detection and elimination. Methods of using the disclosed instruments, mucoid detection processes, and systems to process and/or analyze samples are also disclosed..
Gen-probe Incorporated


03/17/16
20160076992 

Robotically assisted flexible test and inspection system


A robotically assisted flexible test and inspection system that is portable and adaptable to test and/or inspect products is described. The test and inspection system is a compact system that can be moved easily to different locations and includes a robotic arm which is used for testing and inspection of a unit-under-test (uut).
Astronics Test Systems Inc.


03/17/16
20160076566 

Adapter device for an operating table


An adapter device for detachably fastening instruments and equipment to a side rail of an operating table includes a clamping device by means of which the adapter device can be clamped to the side rail of the operating table, a longitudinal profile onto which the instruments and equipment can be detachably fastened, and a joint having at least one pivot axis formed between the clamping device and the longitudinal profile so that the longitudinal profile is pivotable relative to the clamping device about the pivot axis of the joint.. .
Aesculap Ag


03/17/16
20160074135 

Adjustable dental hand instrument


A dental instrument and a dental kit comprising multiple dental instruments are disclosed for use in dental examination, extraction and reconstruction procedures. Each dental instrument is composed of three detachable components: the handle, the arm and the head.
Umm Al-qura University


03/17/16
20160074128 

Intra-operative system for identifying and tracking surgical sharp objects, instruments, and sponges


Intra-operative systems for identifying surgical sharp objects are provided. Aspects of the systems include an intra-operative imaging device for obtaining intra-operative surgical sharp object image data; and a surgical sharp object automated shape recognition module configured to identify a surgical sharp object from intra-operative surgical sharp object image data.

03/17/16
20160074106 

Deployment mechanisms for surgical instruments


A surgical instrument includes a housing, an energizable member, and a deployment mechanism. The energizable member is movable relative to the housing between a storage position and a deployed position.
Covidien Lp


03/17/16
20160074105 

Deployment mechanisms for surgical instruments


A surgical instrument includes a housing, an energizable member, and a deployment mechanism. The deployment mechanism includes a one-way rotatable member, a linkage, and an actuator.
Covidien Lp


03/17/16
20160074100 

Deployment mechanisms for surgical instruments


A surgical instrument includes a housing, an energizable member selectively deployable relative to the housing, and a deployment mechanism. The deployment mechanism includes a fixed gear rotatable in opposite directions to move the energizable member between the deployed and storage positions.
Covidien Lp


03/17/16
20160074098 

Multi-function surgical instruments


A surgical instrument includes a housing, an inner shaft coupled to and extending distally from the housing, an end effector assembly disposed at a distal end of the inner shaft, an outer sheath that is fixed to the housing, extends distally from the housing, and is disposed about the inner shaft, and an insulative sleeve. The insulative sleeve is positioned between the inner shaft and the outer sheath.
Covidien Lp


03/17/16
20160074097 

Deployment mechanisms for surgical instruments


An electrosurgical instrument includes a housing, a shaft extending from the housing, and an end effector assembly attached at a distal end of the shaft. A handle assembly is coupled to the housing and includes a movable handle for manipulating the end effector assembly.
Covidien Lp


03/17/16
20160074096 

Aseptic transfer devices, systems, and methods for maintaining the sterility of surgical instruments


A method of transferring a battery assembly to a battery-powered surgical instrument includes releasably engaging a battery jacket with the battery assembly, transferring the battery jacket, having the battery assembly engaged thereto, to a battery-powered surgical instrument, and releasably engaging the battery jacket with a handle of the battery-powered surgical instrument such that the battery assembly is electrically coupled to the battery-powered surgical instrument and such that the battery jacket and the handle cooperate to enclose the battery assembly therein. Aseptic battery jackets for such use are also provided..
Covidien Lp


03/17/16
20160074095 

Methods and devices for creating thermal zones within an electrosurgical instrument


Surgical instruments and methods for controlling temperature are described herein and can have particular utility when sealing tissue. In one embodiment, an end effector can include first and second jaw members configured to clamp tissue therebetween, and an electrode having a single continuous conductive surface that is coupled to the first jaw member.
Ethicon Endo-surgery, Inc.


03/17/16
20160074066 

Trocar for thoracoscopic surgery, and port formation kit for thoracoscopic surgical instruments


A trocar for thoracoscopic surgery includes a cylindrical portion with an elliptical cross section, and an outer flange and an inner flange provided on respective ones of both ends of the cylindrical portion. The cylindrical portion has two planar side wall portions, two arcuate portions connecting the side wall portions at both ends thereof, and a partitioning wall portion partitioning the interior of the cylindrical portion between both side wall portions.

03/17/16
20160074039 

Surgical instruments employing sensors


According to an aspect of the present disclosure, a surgical instrument for operating on tissue is provided. The surgical instrument includes an end effector including a first tissue engaging member and a second tissue engaging member in juxtaposed relation to the first tissue engaging member; a gap determination element operatively associated with each of the first tissue engaging member and the second tissue engaging member for measuring a gap distance between the first tissue engaging member and the second tissue engaging member; and a tissue contact determining element operatively associated with a respective tissue contacting surface of at least one of the first tissue engaging member and the second tissue engaging member.
Covidien Lp


03/17/16
20160074028 

Articulating surgical instruments and deploying the same


A surgical instrument comprises a steering mechanism. The steering mechanism comprises a handle at a proximal end of the surgical instrument.
Medrobotics Corporation


03/17/16
20160073972 

Bedside controller for assessment of vessels and associated devices, systems, and methods


Devices, systems, and methods for evaluating a vessel of a patient are provided. The method includes outputting, to a touch-sensitive display of a bedside controller, a screen display including: a visual representation of a first pressure ratio of pressure measurements obtained by first and second instruments positioned within a vessel while the second instrument is moved from a distal position to a proximal position relative a stenosis and the first instrument remains stationary; and a first proximal pressure waveform and a first distal pressure waveform; receiving, through the touch-sensitive display of the bedside controller, a user touch input on the first proximal pressure waveform and/or the first distal pressure waveform identifying a time at which pressure measurements were obtained; and modifying the screen display, in response to the user touch input, to further include a visual representation of the obtained pressure measurements corresponding to the identified time..
Volcano Corporation


03/17/16
20160073909 

Surgical instruments with sensors for detecting tissue properties, and system using such instruments


A system is provided that furnishes expert procedural guidance based upon patient-specific data gained from surgical instruments incorporating sensors on the instrument's working surface, one or more reference sensors placed about the patient, sensors implanted before, during or after the procedure, the patient's personal medical history, and patient status monitoring equipment. Embodiments include a system having a surgical instrument with a sensor for generating a signal indicative of a property of a subject tissue of the patient, which signal is converted into a current dataset and stored.
Surgisense Corporation


03/17/16
20160073875 

Borescopic optical system for medical diagnostic instruments and medical diagnostic instruments having interlocking assembly features


A medical diagnostic instrument or a plurality of disparate medical diagnostic instruments are configured with a common optical architecture that functionally creates a virtual eye to create closer proximity to a patient and therefore increase the field of view in regard to a target of interest. The optical system includes a distal optical element, at least one relay lens and an eyepiece lens in which the optical system can be integrated within at least one instrument or be provided using a releasable module.
Welch Allyn, Inc.


03/17/16
20160073864 

Rotation of outrigger during medical procedure


A medical device such as an endoscope, a laparoscope, or other device including an entry guide uses outriggers or arms that are mounted on the distal end of the entry guide and rotationally deployed to provide separation of instruments when the entry guide reaches a work site. Deployment can be implemented with as few as one cable or actuator to operate the arms.
Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.


03/10/16
20160071093 

Universal funding card and delayed assignment of a funding instrument for a financial transaction


A universal funding card and the delayed assignment of a funding instrument for a financial transaction are described herein. In one embodiment, a system for facilitating a financial transaction comprises a communications interface; a database storing data regarding a user and a plurality of funding instruments associated with that user; and a payment processing system configured to receive a request for payment authorization from a merchant via the communications interface, to authorize payment to the merchant prior to selection of a funding instrument, and after authorizing payment to the merchant, receive instructions regarding a funding instrument to debit for the payment..
Paypal, Inc.


03/10/16
20160070862 

Integrated console environment for diagnostic instruments methods and apparatus


A system, method, and apparatus for an integrated console environment for diagnostic instruments are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a laboratory analyzer configured to generate patient sample result data by performing an analysis on a biological sample from a patient and quality control data by performing an analysis on a control biological sample with known properties.
Beckman Coulter, Inc.


03/10/16
20160069677 

High speed metrology with numerically controlled machines


Systems, apparatuses and methods are described for integrating an electronic metrology sensor with precision production equipment such as computer numerically controlled (cnc) machines. For example, a laser distance measuring sensor is used.
Grale Technologies


03/10/16
20160068694 

Ink composition for writing instrument and coloring material


The ink composition for writing instruments is characterized by containing the coloring material described above.. .

03/10/16
20160067625 

Method of manufacturing a polyurethane sword or sparring instrument


Disclosed are methods of making polymeric swords and sparring instruments having improved mechanical properties. In one embodiment, a method of making a polyurethane sword includes centering a flexible support member on either a first half of a sword mold or on a second half of the sword mold; spraying a base coat paint on either the first half of the sword mold or on the second half of the sword mold; pouring a machine perfused polyurethane mixture into the first half the sword mold and into the second half of the sword mold and closing the sword mold by clasping the first half of the sword mold to the second half of the sword mold; heating the sword mold comprising the machine perfused polyurethane mixture in a heating apparatus; and removing the polyurethane sword from the sword mold..

03/10/16
20160067004 

System for cleaning robotic surgical instruments


An apparatus for cleaning robotic surgical instruments includes a tank having cleaning fluid there within and having a source of ultrasonic waved coupled thereto. A pump draws cleaning fluid through a tool-end cleaning chamber through a plurality of intake holes that are formed in the tool-end cleaning chamber at an angle of from 5 degrees to 85 degrees with respect to a side surface of the tool-end cleaning chamber, thereby creating turbulence and flow around an end of a robotic surgical instrument that is positioned in the tool-end cleaning chamber.

03/10/16
20160066999 

Robot, particularly for mini-invasive surgery through a single parietal incision or natural orifice


A robot configured for mini-invasive surgery through a single parietal incision and/or natural orifice includes at least one articulated support, a stiffening component, and at least one maneuvering element. The articulated support includes a plurality of rigid bodies that are mutually associated.
Valuebiotech S.r.l.


03/10/16
20160066997 

Surgical instrument organizer and methods therefor


A surgical instrument organizer (400) includes an elongated body (401) and a flexible strip (402) coupled to the elongated body. The flexible strip is bendable to retain the elongated body in a contoured configuration defined by one or more bends of the flexible strip.
Medline Industries, Inc.


03/10/16
20160066975 

Cryogenic balloon ablation instruments and systems


Cryogenic tissue ablation instruments for treating body tissue include an elongate flexible body with a proximal supply port for coupling with a pressurized coolant (e.g., liquid n2o), a supply lumen in fluid communication with the proximal supply port, and an expandable cryogenic balloon carried on a distal portion of the elongate body, the balloon having a wall defining an interior of the balloon. A dispersion member coupled to or otherwise formed out of a distal end portion of the elongate body has an interior lumen in fluid communication with or otherwise comprising a portion of the supply lumen, the dispersion member having one or more coolant dispersion apertures in fluid communication with the balloon interior and sized and located with respect to the balloon wall such that a pressurized flowable coolant in the supply lumen will enter the balloon interior through the one or more apertures in the form of a liquid spray that contacts and provides (through rapid evaporation) substantially uniform cooling of an interior wall surface of a treatment region of the balloon..
Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.


03/10/16
20160066966 

Pedicle screw extension system


The pedicle screw extension system may include a removable cannulated extension provided to a pedicle screw tulip head. The cannulated extension may permit percutaneous implantation of pedicle screws followed by rod placement that may be guided by slots running along the length of the extension.
Spineology Inc.


03/10/16
20160066903 

Finger-mounted surgical instruments and methods of use


A device is described which has an instrument portion secured to a sleeve/cuff portion, where the sleeve/cuff portion is configured to receive a portion of user's finger therein and to radially compress onto the user's finger to hold the instrument portion thereon. The present invention is particularly well suited for use in minimally invasive surgical procedures.
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation


03/10/16
20160066773 

Side looking minimally invasive surgery instrument assembly


A surgical instrument is inserted through a guide tube. The surgical instrument exits at an intermediate position of the guide tube and is oriented to be substantially parallel to the guide tube's longitudinal axis as it exits.
Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.


03/03/16
20160066104 

Binaural hearing system and method


The present disclosure regards a binaural hearing system configured to receive sound signals from the environment having two hearing instruments to be worn on respective sides of the head of a user and to generate a binaural signal using the received sound signals of both hearing instruments.. .
Oticon A/s


03/03/16
20160063629 

Processing decomposing financial instruments


Systems and methods are provided for processing financial instruments. An original financial instrument may be a futures contract that is a combination of financial instruments or is based on a combination of financial instruments.
Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.


03/03/16
20160063622 

Apparatus, data base system and computer program product for trading financial instruments


An apparatus (100) for proprietary trading financial instruments (f1, f2) in a financial trading system (20) of at least a first trading agent (a1) providing at least first financial instrument (f1) and a second trading agent (a2) providing at least a second financial instrument (f2) and a crowd of trading customers (tc), which apparatus (100) further comprises a monitoring unit (130) configured to automatically monitor opportunities to perform proprietary trading in said trading system (20) based on a plurality of systematic strategies running over the plurality of trading agents and financial instruments and based on behavioral patterns emerged by interaction of individual long- or medium term trading, and further comprising an automated trading unit (180) configured to automatically control multi-agent trading of the plurality of trading agents (a1, a2) and the plurality of financial instruments (f1, f2), wherein the trading unit (180) is configured to automatically provide a time frame (tf) within which the crowd of clients (23) are offered to trade collectively thereby founding the trade in collectively automatically based on the behavioral patterns. An advantage is that the various embodiments of the present disclosure will contribute to change this rigid structure in the favor of those customers/investors with less knowledge about the financial markets..
Huddlestock Capital As


03/03/16
20160063523 

Feedback instrument management systems and methods


A feedback instrument management system may be used to send a feedback instrument based on a user interaction. The user interaction and one or more feedback instruments may be received at a processing module.

03/03/16
20160063460 

Payment instrument validation and processing


Embodiments of the present invention provide apparatuses and methods that help validate and process payment instruments for different products, such as but not limited to credit card payments, mortgage payments, or any other type of payment. The payment amount from a payment instrument may be determined from a multiple locations on the payment instrument.

03/03/16
20160063454 

Payment instrument validation and processing


Embodiments of the present invention provide apparatuses and methods that help validate and process payment instruments for different products, such as but not limited to credit card payments, mortgage payments, or any other type of payment. The payment amount from a payment instrument may be determined from a multiple locations on the payment instrument.

03/03/16
20160062550 

Instrument detection with an optical touch sensitive device


An optical touch-sensitive device detects touch events caused by instruments (e.g., pens, styluses) and distinguishes these events from touch events caused by fingers. In some embodiments, different instruments can also be distinguished.
Rapt Touch, Inc.


03/03/16
20160062549 

Instrument detection with an optical touch sensitive device


An optical touch-sensitive device detects touch events caused by instruments (e.g., pens, styluses) and distinguishes these events from touch events caused by fingers. In some embodiments, different instruments can also be distinguished.
Rapt Ip Limited


03/03/16
20160062470 

Instrument interface for reducing effects of erratic motion


Apparatus and methods to reduce effects of erratic motion input during operation of an instrument via a graphical user interface are described. Spatial motion input received from a user may be filtered using filter parameters obtained during a calibration procedure.
Stmicroelectronics International N.v.


03/03/16
20160059980 

Methods for packaging and shipping surgical instruments and implants


A method of delivering implants and instruments to a healthcare facility includes receiving at least one container containing used instruments and unused implants. The used instruments and unused implants are processed, sterilized, and placed into respective containers.
Howmedica Osteonics Corp.


03/03/16
20160059722 

Electric power supply device


An electric power supply device includes a first battery electrically connected to each of a plurality of load instruments mounted on a vehicle and supplying electric power to each of the load instruments, a second battery electrically connected to the first battery and each of the load instruments via a switch and capable of supplying electric power to each of the load instruments, and an ecu configured to cut off electrical connection between the second battery and each of the load instruments by turning off the switch on the condition that a high-load instrument as one of the load instruments is not in operation.. .
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


03/03/16
20160058561 

Stemless humeral component of an orthopaedic shoulder prosthesis


A stemless humeral component for replacing the humeral head of a patient's humerus includes a support flange having a number of cantilevered legs extending distally away from a bottom surface thereof. instruments and methods for surgically installing the stemless humeral component are also disclosed..
Depuy Synthes Products, Inc.


03/03/16
20160058511 

System for alignment of surgical instruments


A surgical-instrument alignment station comprises a case having an interior surface and an exterior surface. The case comprised a top side and a bottom side joined along a hinge.

03/03/16
20160058510 

Surgical packaging and methods of use


A system for containing used surgical instruments, which includes an instrument container. The instrument container has outer and inner surfaces and a plurality of containment units disposed along the inner surface.
Howmedica Osteonics Corp.


03/03/16
20160058496 

Energy-activation mechanisms for surgical instruments


A surgical instrument includes a housing, energizable member, first activation switch, cable assembly, and second activation switch. The housing is operatively associated with the energizable member.
Covidien Lp


03/03/16
20160058460 

Surgical instrument


The present invention addresses the problem of providing a surgical instrument that reduces the variety of surgical instruments used during surgery and that makes it possible to reduce the burden on patients and health care professionals who are involved in surgery. This surgical instrument comprises a pair of working sections that are connected so as to be capable of opening and closing around an axis of rotation.
Japanese Organization For Medical Device Development, Inc.


03/03/16
20160058456 

Arthroscopic bone transplanting procedure, and medical instruments useful therein


Described is an arthroscopic bone transplanting procedure for transplanting a section of a first bone to a second bone. The described procedure is particularly useful for the treatment an anterior shoulder instability, where the first bone is the coracoid and the second bone is the glenoid.
T.a.g. Medical Devices - Agriculture Cooperative Ltd.


03/03/16
20160058433 

Methods and securing medical instruments to desired locations in a patient's body


A medical device includes a shaft having a distal end and a distal tip. An anchor mechanism is coupled to the distal end proximal to the distal tip.
Senorx. Inc.


03/03/16
20160058327 

Adjustable surgical instruments and methods of use and fabrication


A system for assessing an intervertebral disc space comprises an elongated catheter with proximal and distal ends and an expandable body carried at the distal end of the elongated catheter. The expandable body includes a distal cap portion.
Kyphon Sarl


02/25/16
20160055834 

Fully tempered duplex scale


Disclosed herein are exemplary embodiments of methods, systems, and apparatus for improving pianos and like musical instruments. For example, in certain embodiments, the improvements are in the structures of the piano (or like musical instruments) that affect the vibratory relationships between the struck string and other segments of said string.

02/25/16
20160055765 

Instrument table placement


An apparatus including a table cover configured to be placed over a surgical table; and the table cover including a plurality of symbols indicating a proper way to organize and use a plurality of surgical instruments.. .
Zimmer, Inc.


02/25/16
20160054460 

Earthquake and displacement early warning system


Novel solutions, which can include devices, systems, methods, than can measure earthquakes and other displacement events. Some solutions feature the integration of real-time, high-rate global navigation satellite system (“gnss”) displacement information with acceleration and/or velocity data within a single device to create very high-rate displacement records.
Trimble Navigation Limited


02/25/16
20160051732 

Shapeable bone graft substitute and instruments for delivery thereof


Injectable bone graft material having a biocompatible, resorbable polymer and a biocompatible, resorbable inorganic material exhibiting macro, meso, and microporosities.. .
Orthovita, Inc.


02/25/16
20160051380 

Instruments and methods for removing fixation devices from intervertebral implants


Anchor removal instruments and methods for using the instruments are provided. In some embodiments, an intervertebral implant anchor extractor tool comprises a support, a support retainer configured to hold the support fixed with respect to the implant, an extractor having an anchor retainer, and an extractor guide.
Ldr Medical


02/25/16
20160051320 

Electrosurgical instrument with selective control of electrode activity


Electrosurgical instruments are configured to provide increased ablative capability without requiring increased current density at the electrode. The electrosurgical instrument includes an elongate probe having a handle portion and a distal end.
Hs West Investments, Llc


02/25/16
20160051307 

Electrosurgical instrument with selective control of electrode activity


Electrosurgical instruments are configured to provide increased ablative capability without requiring increased current density at the electrode. The electrosurgical instrument includes an elongate probe having a handle portion and a distal end.
Hs West Investments, Llc


02/25/16
20160051265 

Surgical cutting guide


Tools or other instruments can be used by a surgeon to complete an orthopedic procedure. One tool can include a resection tower and a valgus guide.
Zimmer, Inc.


02/25/16
20160051257 

Surgical stapling instruments with rotatable staple deployment arrangements


A surgical stapling instrument. Various embodiments include an actuation system for selectively generating a plurality of control motions.
Ethicon Endo-surgery, Inc.


02/25/16
20160051240 

Tissue protecting devices for treatmentof congestive heart failure and other conditions


According to one embodiment, a protective device for use in congestive heart failure treatments, and other treatments, includes a control mechanism, an elongate shaft, and a protective plate. The control mechanism is coupled with a proximal end of the elongate shaft and the protective plate is pivotably coupled with a distal end of the elongate shaft.
Bioventrix, Inc.


02/25/16
20160051137 

Optical coherence tomography method and system


The present invention relates to the field of instruments for imaging internal structures of the human body, and in particular of the eye. More specifically it relates to an optimized method and an optical coherence tomography system thereof..
Costruzioni Strumenti Oftalmici C.s.o. S.r.i.




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