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Date/App# patent app List of recent Instruments-related patents
07/21/16
20160212641 
 System and  testing multi-user, multi-input/multi-output systems patent thumbnailnew patent System and testing multi-user, multi-input/multi-output systems
A test system for testing a device under test includes: a signal processor configured to generate a plurality of independent signals and to apply first fading channel characteristics to each of the independent signals to generate a plurality of first faded test signals; a test system interface configured to provide the plurality of first faded test signals to one or more signal input interfaces of the device under test (dut); a second signal processor configured to apply second fading channel characteristics to a plurality of output signals of the dut to generate a plurality of second faded test signals, wherein the second fading channel characteristics are derived from the first fading channel characteristics; and one or more test instruments configured to measure at least one performance characteristic of the dut from the plurality of second faded test signals.. .
Keysight Technologies, Inc.


07/21/16
20160212508 
 Systems and methods for collecting, analyzing, recording, and transmitting fluid hydrocarbon production monitoring and control data patent thumbnailnew patent Systems and methods for collecting, analyzing, recording, and transmitting fluid hydrocarbon production monitoring and control data
Systems and methods for enabling a handheld device to easily collect, analyze, transmit, and act on wireless information transmitted from various instruments on hydrocarbon production and pipeline skids. The handheld device preferentially presents available data streams based on which instruments are closest to the handheld device, as determined using available information such as signal strength or gps or other location-based services..
Enovation Controls, Llc


07/21/16
20160210949 
 Multifunctional digital musical instrument patent thumbnailnew patent Multifunctional digital musical instrument
An electronic musical instrument includes a database including timbre data corresponding to a plurality of musical instruments an acoustic data input unit configured to display an acoustic data input position corresponding to a selected one of the musical instruments, detect whether the acoustic data input position is touched, and receive information on the touched acoustic data input position a mouthpiece detachably provided and having a shape corresponding to a shape of a mouthpiece of the selected musical instrument a wind sensor unit configured to measure an amount of air to generate loudness data a control unit configured to receive timbre data corresponding to the information on the touched acoustic data input position, receive the loudness data from the wind sensor unit, and synthesize the timbre data and the loudness data to output an acoustic sound signal of the selected musical instrument and a power supply unit configured to supply power.. .
Cosmogenome Inc.


07/21/16
20160210940 
 Fingernail pick apparatus and method patent thumbnailnew patent Fingernail pick apparatus and method
A fingernail pick having improved fingernail attachment systems and playing surfaces that are shaped for improved sound quality and ease of playing of stringed instruments.. .
Glissphonic Llc


07/21/16
20160210939 
 Methods and  improving decibel level decay rates of excited strings patent thumbnailnew patent Methods and improving decibel level decay rates of excited strings
Methods and apparatus for improving the decibel level decay characteristics of excited strings for stringed musical instruments.. .

07/21/16
20160210618 
 System and  utilizing random and non-random based occurences for payouts on financial instruments patent thumbnailnew patent System and utilizing random and non-random based occurences for payouts on financial instruments
Disclosed is a debt repayment lottery/game system and method that allows a pool of players with existing loan debt such as student loans, mortgages, personal loans, credit card debt, automobile loans, boat loans, plane loans, investment loans, and other such debt. The winning payout is made to a third party versus the actual winner.
Sldr, Inc.


07/21/16
20160206442 
 Spinal implant system and method patent thumbnailnew patent Spinal implant system and method
A method for treating a spine is provided. The method includes the steps of: disposing an interbody implant adjacent a posterior portion of an intervertebral disc space; connecting a surgical instrument with at least one fixation element fastened with tissue adjacent the posterior portion; and manipulating the surgical instrument such that tissue adjacent the posterior portion engages the interbody implant and one or more vertebra rotate about the interbody implant.
Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc.


07/21/16
20160206396 
 System and  minimizing fiber twist in optical shape sensing enabled devices patent thumbnailnew patent System and minimizing fiber twist in optical shape sensing enabled devices
A fiber twist reduction system for optical shape sensing enabled instruments includes a rotatable launch fixture (12) configured to hold an optical fiber (28). An optical shape sensing enabled device (26) includes the optical fiber disposed therein.
Koninklijke Philips N.v.


07/21/16
20160206394 
 Medical instrument receptacle and related methods patent thumbnailnew patent Medical instrument receptacle and related methods
A medical device, assembly, or kit may be used to hold a plurality of elongate medical instruments, such as guidewires, catheters, etc. A guidewire holder may include a reservoir for holding a liquid and one or more separators for segregating the guidewires from each other.
Merit Medical Systems, Inc.


07/21/16
20160206391 
 A system to manipulate organs and instruments for minimally invasive surgery patent thumbnailnew patent A system to manipulate organs and instruments for minimally invasive surgery
The present invention is generally related to the art of minimally invasive surgery, and more specifically to reduced or single port laparoscopic surgery. This invention is a system of instruments that generally comprises of a surgical end effector, a receiver unit connected to the base of such an end effector, an external control link and an applicator for the control link.

07/21/16
20160206365 
new patent

External cooling devices and systems for surgical instruments


A surgical system includes a portable surgical instrument and a sleeve. The portable surgical instrument includes an end effector assembly and a housing operably coupled to the end effector assembly.
Covidien Lp


07/21/16
20160206343 
new patent

Ultrasonic surgical instruments and methods of compensating for transducer aging


An ultrasonic surgical instrument includes a housing, a waveguide extending distally from the housing, an end effector coupled to the distal end of the waveguide, an ultrasonic transducer retained within the housing, and a controller. The ultrasonic transducer is coupled to the proximal end of the waveguide and configured to produce mechanical motion for transmission along the waveguide to the end effector.
Covidien Lp


07/21/16
20160206342 
new patent

Ultrasonic surgical instruments with rotatable blade and hollow sheath arrangements


In one general aspect, various embodiments are directed to an ultrasonic surgical instrument that comprises a handpiece housing that rotatably supports an ultrasonic transducer assembly therein that may be selectively rotated by a motor housed therein. Various forms of blades are disclosed for attachment to the ultrasonic transducer assembly such that the blade may be selectively rotatable within a hollow outer sheath.
Ethicon Endo-surgery, Llc


07/21/16
20160206339 
new patent

Surgical instrument


A surgical instrument. Example surgical instruments include a cutting member being at least partially positioned within the outer member.
Smith & Nephew, Inc.


07/21/16
20160206336 
new patent

Surgical instruments with force applier and methods of use


A surgical instrument including a housing, an elongated portion, an end effector, a drive beam and a force applier is provided. The housing includes a first actuator and a second actuator.
Covidien Lp


07/14/16
20160204881 

Rf testing system using integrated circuit


An integrated circuit (ic) is provided. The ic includes an rf transmitter and an rf receiver.
Mediatek Inc.


07/14/16
20160203807 

Interactive instruments and other striking objects


Systems, methods, and devices for providing interactive striking objects (e.g., drumsticks) and performing actions in response to striking motions of the striking objects are disclosed. In some embodiments, the systems and methods provide an interactive drumstick, which includes a lighting display located at a tip portion of the interactive drumstick, a motion detector contained at least partially within the drumstick, a processor and memory contained at least partially within the drumstick, and an interactive system stored within the memory of the drumstick.
Muzik Llc


07/14/16
20160203806 

Interactive instruments and other striking objects


Systems, methods, and devices for providing interactive striking objects (e.g., drumsticks) and performing actions in response to striking motions of the striking objects are disclosed. In some embodiments, the systems and methods provide an interactive drumstick, which includes a lighting display located at a tip portion of the interactive drumstick, a motion detector contained at least partially within the drumstick, a processor and memory contained at least partially within the drumstick, and an interactive system stored within the memory of the drumstick.
Muzik Llc


07/14/16
20160203556 

Minimum outcome assurance contracts from revenue sharing of royalties


Two new forms of financial instruments that can be offered by an issuing company at an initial public offering via an exchange or investment syndicate or otherwise, and, if used, a computerized exchange for trading. The instruments include fair revenue participation contracts (frpc) which provide investors with a right to receive a fixed percentage of the issuing company's revenue for a fixed length of time, in combination with a minimum payment guarantee underwritten by a third party guarantor which guarantees some minimum amount of royalty payments to investor, at least recouping their initial investment or resulting in some higher yield to investors.

07/14/16
20160203554 

Keypad


Data processing systems and methods for managing transactions in auction-based trading of specialized items such as fixed income instruments are presented. The data processing system provides a highly structured trading protocol implemented through a sequence of trading paradigms.
Cfph, Llc


07/14/16
20160202891 

Instruments 3d display system


The present invention relates to an instrument display system. The display system includes an instrument display panel (2) and a programmable electronic control unit (3).
Jaguar Land Rover Limited


07/14/16
20160202277 

Sample preparation workstation


The present invention relates to laboratory instruments, in particular to instruments for automated preparation of liquid samples like solid phase extraction (spe), supported liquid extraction (sle) or liquid-liquid extraction (lle). The instrument reduces the risk of cross-contamination between sample collection containers by lifting the sample collection containers to the level of the outlet of the sample processing containers, or slightly above.
Biotage Ab


07/14/16
20160202257 

Mycoplasma pneumoniae immunological detection method and kit


Infection with mycoplasma pneumoniae can be rapidly and specifically diagnosed by producing an antibody specifically reactive to p30 protein of mycoplasma pneumoniae and performing an immunological assay using the p30 protein as a detection marker. The present invention enables easy and rapid detection of mycoplasma pneumoniae and diagnosis of infection with the bacteria at a hospital or the like without need of specialized instruments or skilled techniques..

07/14/16
20160201118 

Nucleic acid calibration standards


The invention relates to synthetic nucleic acids and in particular, complementary pairs and their use as calibration standards for various techniques used to measure the interaction of biological molecules. The nucleotide sequence of the nucleic acids are non-naturally occurring and the single-stranded nucleic acids are essentially lacking in secondary structure, that is, the stability of hybridization between a single stranded nucleic acid and its complement is greater than any intra-strand pair binding.

07/14/16
20160199200 

Methods and devices for removing a spinal disc


Devices and methods for removing a spinal disc are provided herein. Discectomy instruments are disclosed that can remove a spinal disc in a single-pass, i.e., without repeatedly inserting and removing the instrument from a patient.
Depuy Synthes Products, Inc.


07/14/16
20160199194 

Expandable intervertebral implants and instruments


Systems for interbody fusion of adjacent bone portions may include an expanding implant and related instruments. An expanding implant may be formed as a linkage which is movable between a compact configuration and an expanded configuration.
Imds Llc


07/14/16
20160199139 

Alternate instrument removal


Minimally invasive robotic surgical instruments and related methods are disclosed. A surgical instrument includes an interface fitting that couples a proximal chassis of the instrument with a holding fixture of a robotic manipulator.
Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.


07/14/16
20160199134 

Plan implementation


A system and method for performing a procedure is disclosed. The procedure may include preparing one or more bones for a prosthetic implant.
Biomet Manufacturing, Llc


07/14/16
20160199122 

Manufacturing electrosurgical instruments


A jaw member for an electrosurgical instrument is manufactured by providing a jaw housing (18) having a longitudinal jaw section (19), and an electrically conductive plate (1). The electrically conductive plate is placed into a mould, and a first flowable insulating material (15) is injected into the mould such that the flowable material (15) forms one or more stop members (16) that project a predetermined distance from the electrically conductive plate.
Gyrus Medical Limited


07/14/16
20160199120 

Manufacturing electrosurgical instruments


A jaw member for an electrosurgical instrument is manufactured by providing a jaw housing (1) having a longitudinal jaw section (2), and an electrically conductive plate (11) including one or more passages (14) therein. The electrically conductive plate is disposed on the jaw section of the jaw housing, and placed into a mould (15).
Gyrus Medical Limited


07/14/16
20160199089 

Surgical staples having attached drivers and stapling instruments for deploying the same


A surgical stapling system including a driver and a staple where the driver is connected to the staple. In previous surgical stapling systems, the driver and the staple were not connected.
Ethicon Endo-surgery, Llc


07/14/16
20160199085 

Self-closing devices and making and delivering them


A self-closing device for implantation within a patient's body includes base material including an inner surface area for securing the base material to a tissue structure, and a plurality of support elements surrounding or embedded in the base material. The support elements are separable to accommodate creating an opening through the base material for receiving one or more instruments through the base material, and biased to return towards a relaxed state for self-closing the opening after removing the one or more instruments.
Solinas Medical Inc.


07/14/16
20160199075 

Guide tool for bone and/or cartilage repair or joint remodeling


A guide tool for guiding surgical instrumentation and facilitating insertion of surgical implants for repair of cartilage and/or bone damage and/or for remodeling of a joint surface for improved mobility in a finger or toe joint is disclosed. The guide tool includes an attachment part including a patient specific contact surface adapted to fit the proximal phalanxes or metatarsal bones in a toe or the distal-, middle-, or proximal phalanxes or metacarpal bones in a finger and further including a directing flange.
Episurf Ip-management Ab


07/14/16
20160198757 

Food forming and shaping device


A food forming and shaping device. The food forming and shaping device may comprise: a mixer, forming and shaping portion, and cutter.

07/07/16
20160198116 

Reduced area imaging device incorporated within endoscopic devices


A reduced area imaging device is provided for use in medical or dental instruments such as an endoscope. The imaging device is provided in various configurations, and connections between the imaging device elements and a video display may be achieved by wired or wireless connections.
Micro-imaging Solutions Llc


07/07/16
20160197669 

Communication method and system that uses low latency/low data bandwidth and high latency/high data bandwidth pathways


A communication system uses multiple communications links, preferably links that use different communications media. The multiple communications links may include a high latency/high bandwidth link using a fiber-optic cable configured to carry large volumes of data but having a high latency.
Tesla Wireless Company Llc


07/07/16
20160196814 

Systems and methods for a variable aperture electromagnetic pickup for stringed musical instruments


Embodiments disclosed herein describe systems and methods for asymmetrical bobbin configurations. Embodiments of asymmetrical bobbin configurations are configured to allow manufacturers and users to modify, adjust, change, etc.

07/07/16
20160193051 

Patient-matched acetabular augment with alignment guide


Embodiments of the invention include surgical instruments and methods for providing a joint arthroplasty system configured for use with skeletal structures that may fee deformed or may have defects. In some embodiments, patient-matched surfaces arc prepared to engage with deformations or defects, and other reference points or surfaces are provided to give alignment guidance to enable appropriate placement of a reconstructive system..
Smith & Nephew, Inc.


07/07/16
20160193012 

Surgical instruments and methods of cleaning surgical instruments


In accordance with at least one exemplary embodiment, a surgical instrument comprises a shaft comprising a distal end a proximal end, a wall extending from the distal end to the proximal end and having an exterior surface and an interior surface. At least a first portion of the shaft may include openings that penetrate the interior and exterior surfaces of the wall and provide flow communication from an exterior of the shaft to an interior of the shaft.
Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.


07/07/16
20160192936 

Drive train control arrangements for modular surgical instruments


A surgical instrument comprises an end effector, a shaft, and a housing extending proximally from the shaft. The surgical instrument includes an articulation assembly configured to articulate the end effector relative to the shaft, a firing assembly configured to fire a plurality of staples, for example, and a locking member movable between a locked configuration and an unlocked configuration.
Ethicon Endo-surgery, Llc


07/07/16
20160192830 

Endoscopic methods and devices for transnasal procedures


Medical devices, systems and methods that are useable to facilitate transnasal insertion and positioning of guidewires and various other devices and instruments at desired locations within the ear, nose, throat, paranasal sinuses or cranium.. .
Acclarent, Inc.


06/30/16
20160189696 

Instrument case


Methods, systems, and apparatus for the protection and transportation of musical instruments can include cases constructed of a semi-rigid and lightweight material to enable convenient transportation of the instrument and instrumental accessories, such as in internal and compartmentalized storage areas. Extendable/collapsible legs can enable the case to be placed in a standing position and to enable instruments to be retrieved and/or inserted whilst the case is in the standing position.

06/30/16
20160189691 

Keyless locking tremolo systems and methods


Embodiments disclosed herein describe keyless locking tremolo systems and methods for musical instruments that are configured to tune and restrain strings for a musical instrument without an external tool. Embodiments are configured to adjust the vertical positioning of a tightening post and string clamp without an external tool..

06/30/16
20160189302 

Methods and systems for providing and maintaining retirement income


Methods and systems for the provision of a targeted risk-protected minimum income benefit or protected distribution through the design and management of a trust that allows for exposure to the equity and fixed-income markets. The targeted minimum income amounts depend upon the performance of equity and fixed income assets and risk mitigation instruments contained in the trust.

06/30/16
20160186307 

Coatings for surgical instruments


A coated medical instrument can include a first layer bonded to a metal substrate surface of a medical instrument, a second layer bonded to the first layer, and a third layer disposed on the second layer, the first layer comprises chromium (cr), hafnium (hf), titanium (ti), and/or niobium (nb). The second layer comprises a nitride, oxide, carbide, carbonitride, or boride of chromium (cr), hafnium (hf), niobium (nb), tungsten (w), titanium (ti), aluminum (al), zirconium (zr), and/or silicon (si).

06/30/16
20160184486 

Surface-modified rubber or surface-modified thermoplastic elastomer and modifying surface of rubber or thermoplastic elastomer


Provided are surface-modified rubbers or surface-modified thermoplastic elastomers, such as catheters, syringe barrels, tubes of medical instruments, and mudguard fenders, and methods for modifying the surface of rubber or a thermoplastic elastomer, wherein a lubricant layer is firmly bonded to the surface of medical devices such as catheters, syringe barrels, and tubes of medical instruments to impart lubricity to the surface and, further, improve the durability of the lubricant layer on the surface, thereby suppressing deterioration of the sliding properties. Included is a surface-modified rubber or a surface-modified thermoplastic elastomer each having a surface at least partially treated by polymerization of a monomer in the presence of a thermal polymerization initiator..

06/30/16
20160184160 

Method for maintaning sterile surgical instruments sterile in surgery


A method of maintaining sterile surgical instruments sterile. The instruments are placed on a tray located on an upper surface of a sterile gas flow conditioning emitter affixed onto an anatomical surface of a patient adjacent a site of incision.

06/30/16
20160184031 

Device and methods of improving laparoscopic surgery


A device to direct an endoscope to follow a surgical instrument during laparoscopic surgery, comprising an automated assistant mechanically interconnected to the endoscope, and at least one wireless transmitter with at least one operating key, where the wireless transmitter is in communication with a wireless receiver. The wireless receiver is in communication with the wireless receiver and with the automated assistant.

06/30/16
20160183979 

Method and device for positioning and stabilization of bony structures during maxillofacial surgery


A maxillofacial or cranial-facial surgical stabilizer comprising a head frame fully or partially surrounding the head of a patient at an angle running from ears to temple, and that is fixated to the skull of the patient by multiple screws and/or ear holders and screws. One or more flexible/locking arms are removably attached to the head frame for holding and positioning a plurality of interchangeable instruments or accessories.

06/30/16
20160183960 

Wrist assembly for articulating laparoscopic surgical instruments


An articulating laparoscopic instrument including a handle, an outer shaft, an end effector, and a wrist assembly. The wrist assembly connects the end effector to the shaft and includes torque and articulation mechanisms.

06/30/16
20160183950 

Surgical stapling instrument


A surgical severing and stapling instrument, suitable for laparoscopic and endoscopic clinical procedures, clamps tissue within an end effector of an elongate channel pivotally opposed by an anvil. An e-beam firing bar moves distally through the clamped end effector to sever tissue and to drive staples on each side of the cut.

06/30/16
20160183948 

Surgical stapling instrument


A surgical severing and stapling instrument, suitable for laparoscopic and endoscopic clinical procedures, clamps tissue within an end effector of an elongate channel pivotally opposed by an anvil. An e-beam firing bar moves distally through the clamped end effector to sever tissue and to drive staples on each side of the cut.

06/30/16
20160183947 

Surgical stapling instrument


A surgical severing and stapling instrument, suitable for laparoscopic and endoscopic clinical procedures, clamps tissue within an end effector of an elongate channel pivotally opposed by an anvil. An e-beam firing bar moves distally through the clamped end effector to sever tissue and to drive staples on each side of the cut.

06/30/16
20160183932 

Pneumoperitoneum device


A bag with one or more openings is placed within a body cavity. Excised tissue is placed within the opening of a deflated bag.

06/30/16
20160183778 

Minimally obstructive compact speculum


Medical instruments, particularly structurally-adjustable speculums and retractors for obstetrical and gynecological operations, procedures, and examinations, including a minimally obstructive compact speculum or retractor. The compact speculum may comprise a first wing and a second wing; and a hinge comprising at least one hinge component.

06/23/16
20160179189 

Vehicle-mounted equipment operating device


With a vehicle-mounted equipment operating device, upon receipt of an input from an operator by an operation input unit, and when any one of a plurality of vehicle-mounted instruments, for example, an air conditioner, exists on a line of sight of the operator, a control unit sets the vehicle-mounted instrument that exists on the line of sight as an operation target device, and thereafter, the control unit controls the operation target device based on the input of the operator that has been received by the operation input unit.. .

06/23/16
20160178654 

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..

06/23/16
20160175115 

Orthopedic implant sizing instruments, systems, and methods


Orthopedic implant sizing instruments, systems, and methods for use during arthroplasty procedures, for example, radial head arthroplasty procedures, are provided. The sizing instruments include at least one sizer head having at least one visualization window or slot provided therethrough for allowing a user to visualize associated surgical structures or surfaces to ensure proper joint reduction.

06/23/16
20160175098 

Solid forms for tissue repair


This invention provides coral-based scaffolds for cartilage repair, and instruments for insertion and utilization of same within a site of cartilage repair.. .

06/23/16
20160175031 

Rf tissue sealer, shear grip, trigger lock mechanism and energy activation


A variety of surgical instruments include one or more elements that transmit rf energy to tissue. Some such instruments comprise a pair of jaws that open and close on tissue, with conductive tissue contact surfaces that are operable to weld tissue clamped between the jaws.

06/23/16
20160175030 

Rf tissue sealer, shear grip, trigger lock mechanism and energy activation


A variety of surgical instruments include one or more elements that transmit rf energy to tissue. Some such instruments comprise a pair of jaws that open and close on tissue, with conductive tissue contact surfaces that are operable to weld tissue clamped between the jaws.

06/23/16
20160174983 

Surgical instruments with improved closure arrangements


A surgical instrument that includes jaw members, at least one of which may be moved to closed positions relative to the other jaw member upon actuation of a closure actuator. Actuation of the closure actuator causes an axially moveable closure member to apply closure motions to at least one of the jaw members.

06/23/16
20160174978 

Drive arrangements for articulatable surgical instruments


A shaft assembly for a surgical instrument that includes a movable drive member. In at least one form, the surgical instrument includes a spine assembly that is couplable to the surgical instrument and has a surgical end effector coupled thereto by an articulation joint.

06/23/16
20160174975 

Surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors and movable firing beam support arrangements


A surgical instrument that includes a surgical end effector that is coupled to a shaft assembly by an articulation joint. A flexible firing beam extends through the articulation joint to interface with a firing member in the surgical end effector to apply a firing motion thereto.

06/23/16
20160174973 

Surgical instruments with articulatable end effectors and improved firing beam support arrangements


A surgical instrument that includes a surgical end effector that is coupled to a shaft assembly by an articulation joint. A flexible firing beam extends through the articulation joint to interface with a firing member in the surgical end effector to apply a firing motion thereto.

06/16/16
20160172180 

Methods, apparatus, and system for mass spectrometry


A miniature, low cost mass spectrometer capable of unit resolution over a mass range of 10 to 50 amu. The mass spectrometer incorporates several features that enhance the performance of the design over comparable instruments.
The Massachusetts Institute Of Technology


06/16/16
20160172178 

Sample droplet generation from segmented fluid flow and related devices and methods


A sample droplet generator transforms a segmented array of sample material into a continuous stream of droplets containing analytes. The droplets may serve as a sample source for a wide range of detectors and analytical instruments.
Agilent Technologies, Inc.


06/16/16
20160171959 

Adjustable support for control devices for electronic musical instruments and similar


The support comprises a board provided with multiple grooves on the upper face thereof, along which attachment brackets can be fitted for the movable control devices, pedals and similar devices on the board, allowing the different control devices to be attached by previously fixing the brackets on the grooves of the board at the required places and the subsequent fixed positioning of the control devices and pedals on the brackets, by means of attachment elements thereof. The grooves of the board have flanges along the upper edges thereof for holding the attachment elements of the brackets..
Llevinac, S.l.


06/16/16
20160169718 

Instrument changing assembly and methods


An instrument changing assembly includes a magazine having one or more probe assembly stations. The assembly further includes at least one probe change tool including a receptacle socket.
Hysitron, Inc.


06/16/16
20160166406 

Surgical technique and instrumentation for minimal incision hip arthroplasty surgery


Improved instruments for modifying a shape of a proximal femur of a patient for installation of a stem of a femoral component of a prosthetic hip during hip replacement surgery, comprising a handle including an elongated shaft extending downward approximately in a z-direction, a first offset extending from a bottom of the elongated shaft approximately in a y-direction, a second offset extending from the second offset approximately in an x-direction, and a shaping member elongated downward from the second offset approximately in the z-direction. Provided is an improved femoral broach and an improved osteotome.
Smith & Nephew, Inc.


06/16/16
20160166342 

Passive preload and capstan drive for surgical instruments


A robotic surgical system uses a passive preload system attached to a tendon that is wrapped around a capstan to control relaxed tension in the tendon. The passive preload system can employ a spring or other structure to apply tension to the tendon.
Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.


06/16/16
20160166333 

Optical targeting and visualization of trajectories


Enhanced targeting systems and methods may be used to visualize trajectories for surgical instruments. Such a targeting system may have a first light source and a second light source.
Imirge Medical Inc.


06/09/16
20160163298 

Ergonomic electronic musical instrument with pseudo-strings


An ergonomic, portable, electronic, string-like instrument that utilizes a string-like interface. The string-like interface is tactile for sightless playability and capable of advanced input such as force and pressure sensitivity.
Artiphon, Llc


06/09/16
20160163292 

Accessories for instruments with soundholes


A guitar accessory item may act to prevent items such as guitar picks from falling into the body of a guitar through its soundhole. The accessory may include a body portion that may be ring-shaped.

06/09/16
20160162639 

Digital image analysis and classification


A computing platform may receive data comprising digital images associated with a healthcare provider. Each digital image may comprise an image of at least a portion of one or more physical documents associated with the healthcare provider.
Bank Of America Corporation


06/09/16
20160161930 

P&id and control system synchronization


A computer-implemented method for automatically exchanging data between a piping and instrumentation diagram (p&id) and a control system comprises: parsing a p&id and identifying instruments and/or groups of instruments within the p&id, identifying one or more input tags and output tags associated with each identified instrument and/or with each identified group of instruments within the p&id, and establishing at least one relationship among the one or more input tags and output tags, wherein the input tags and output tags for an instrument and/or a group of instruments and the at least one relationship between the corresponding input tags and output tags are derivable from a template library, and identifying a control loop for each established relationship among the input tags and the output tags, wherein said control loop is for controlling one or more instruments by the control system.. .
Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.


06/09/16
20160158750 

Microfluidic devices and methods of manufacture and use


Microfluidic devices are provided for conducting fluid assays, for example biological assays, that have the ability to move fluids through multiple channels and pathways in a compact, efficient, and low cost manner. Discrete flow detection elements, preferably extremely short hollow flow elements, with length preferably less than 700 micron, preferably less than 500 micron, and internal diameter preferably of between about 50+/−25 micron, are provided with capture agent, and are inserted into microfluidic channels by tweezer or vacuum pick-and-place motions at fixed positions in which they are efficiently exposed to fluids for conducting assays.
Cyvek, Inc.


06/09/16
20160158664 

Medical toy kit and storage device


A medical toy kit and storage device comprising a housing to contain a plurality of medical themed toys, where the housing is shaped as an ellipsoid; a lid atop the housing, where the lid is attached on a hinge; a pair of wheels at a bottom end of the housing; a handle attached to the housing opposite to the pair of wheels; and a set of lights positioned near the handle, where the set of lights flash to resemble an emergency vehicle. With the kit and storage device children are able to learn about medical instruments by being exposed to what they are and how they work..

06/09/16
20160158661 

Aerophone builder


Aerophone toy building blocks to make a plurality of combination of sounds comprising of a plurality of building blocks, each the block having four walls, a top lid and a bottom cap to make a body having an inner space; at least two of the walls, the lid and the cap having releasable couplers; each the block having aerophone musical instruments to produce sounds; each the block having a plurality of airway channels inside the inner space, the airway channels are connected to the adjacent airway channels; the blocks having the same or different sizes, whereby larger blocks create lower pitched sounds, while smaller blocks create higher pitched sounds; the blocks having the same or different materials to let the instrument produce different sounds; the musical instrument being mounted either onto or inside of the body of the building block, or being permanently encased within the material of a block; and an air source to be attached to the plurality of building blocks to provide an air flow to each aerophone instrument.. .

06/09/16
20160158021 

Humeral arthroplasty


Arthroplasty components include an articular surface and a bone-facing surface. The bone-facing surface includes a concave arrangement of planar surfaces which converge as they approach a middle portion of the articular surface.
Catalyst Orthopaedics Llc


06/09/16
20160157957 

Method and apparatus to account for transponder tagged objects used during medical procedures


Medical procedure related objects (e.g., instruments, supplies) tagged with transponders may be accounted for in a medical procedure environment via a medical object accounting system using a number of antennas, and optional readers. A first set of antennas may be configured to interrogate sterile fields and/or non-sterile fields which do not encompass a body of a patient to account for the objects proximate a start and an end of a medical procedure.
Rf Surgical Systems, Inc.


06/09/16
20160157954 

System and visual confirmation of pulmonary vein isolation during abalation procedures


The present disclosure relates to ablation instruments and methods of use thereof, in particular to ablation catheters and methods for providing visual confirmation of pulmonary isolation during an ablation procedure and preferably, in real-time.. .
Cardiofocus, Inc.


06/09/16
20160157950 

Curved cannula surgical system control


A robotic surgical system is configured with rigid, curved cannulas that extend through the same opening into a patient's body. Surgical instruments with passively flexible shafts extend through the curved cannulas.
Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.


06/09/16
20160157945 

Articulated surgical instrument for performing minimally invasive surgery with enhanced dexterity and sensitivity


An articulated surgical instrument for enhancing the performance of minimally invasive surgical procedures. The instrument has a high degree of dexterity, low friction, low inertia and good force reflection.
Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.


06/09/16
20160157927 

Electrode configurations for surgical instruments


An end effector includes a first electrically conductive layer and a second electrically conductive layer comprising an electrically conductive projection extending from the second electrically conductive layer, wherein at least one of the first electrically conductive layer and the electrically conductive projection is movable relative to the other one of the first electrically conductive layer and the electrically conductive projection to capture tissue therebetween.. .
Ethicon Endo-surgery, Inc.


06/09/16
20160157842 

Surgical instrument and use thereof


A surgical instrument for use during arthroscopic surgery comprising an elongated member, a handle, a tool disposed at the opposite end from the handle of the elongated member, and a reflecting member disposed along the elongated member and configured to reflect a line of sight of an arthroscope during arthroscopic surgery. Methods of using the surgical instrument, and a sterilizable kit comprising one or more surgical instruments, are also disclosed..
Smith & Nephew, Inc.


06/09/16
20160157828 

Beamforming method, measurement and imaging instruments, and communication instruments


Beamforming method that allows a high speed and high accuracy beamforming with no approximate interpolations. This beamforming method includes step (a) that generates reception signals by receiving waves arrival from a measurement object; and step (b) that performs a beamforming with respect to the reception signals generated by step (a); and step (b) including without performing wavenumber matching including approximate interpolation processings with respect to the reception signals, and the reception signals are fourier's transformed in the axial direction and the calculated fourier's transform is multiplied to a complex exponential function expressed using a wavenumber of the wave and a carrier frequency to perform wavenumber matching in the lateral direction and further, the product is fourier's transformed in the lateral direction and the calculated result is multiplied to a complex exponential function, from which an effect of the lateral wavenumber matching is removed, to perform wavenumber matching in the axial direction, by which an image signal is generated..

06/02/16
20160155432 

Clip-on mounting assembly for musical instruments


Devices that allow for the attachment of one or more accessory instruments to a host instrument are disclosed, including a mounting assembly which permits the removable attachment of one or more percussion accessory instruments to a drum hoop. In some embodiments, attachment can be accomplished at least partially via a magnetic force provided by a magnet within or attached to the mounting assembly..
Drum Workshop, Inc.


06/02/16
20160155430 

Keyboard for musical instruments having improved ergonomics


A keyboard for musical instruments includes black keys of a different size with respect to standard keyboards, in order to improve the ergonomics thereof. .

06/02/16
20160155132 

Global pollution control system employing hybrid incentive trade instruments and related establishing market values


A computerized trading exchange (“cte”) for trading hybrid incentive trade instruments (“hitis”) having underlying value associated with cads (captured agglomerated diesel soot) or other carbon containing feed materials (occfm) which have been processed using thermochemical conversion processes. The cte may use a computerized storage device configured to store details selected from at least one of certificates, futures, options, forwards, swaps, and spreads associated with the buying and selling of the hitis.
Dearborn Financial, Inc.


06/02/16
20160155125 

System and issuing prepaid negotiable instruments


Pre-paid negotiable instruments are issued in response to a request at a host system from the holder of a stored-value account. The request is made through an ivr system or a web interface, and the host allocates funds from the account and provides a balance remaining after the negotiable instrument is issued.
First Data Corporation


06/02/16
20160155105 

Dual-slot, quick 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


06/02/16
20160151908 

Tendon-actuated articulating instruments, and related systems


A steerable device may comprise an elongate, flexible body comprising a plurality of articulatable segments along at least part of a length of the body, a plurality of coil pipes extending in a spiral configuration along the articulatable segments, a plurality of tendons respectively received within the plurality of coil pipes, and an actuator coupled to the plurality of tendons, the actuator being configured to apply an actuation force to the tendons to selectively actuate articulation of the articulatable segments.. .
Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc.


06/02/16
20160151644 

Path planning and collision avoidance for movement of instruments in a radiation therapy environment


Apparatus and methods for therapy delivery are disclosed. In one embodiment, a therapy delivery system includes a plurality of movable components including a radiation therapy nozzle and a patient pod for holding a patient, a patient registration module for determining a desired position of at least one of the plurality of movable components, and a motion control module for coordinating the movement of the least one of the plurality of movable components from a current position to the desired position.
Vision Rt Limited


06/02/16
20160151526 

Sterilization tray for instruments


A system for storing instruments is provided. The system includes a tray including at least one tray end.
Estes Design And Manufacturing, Inc.


06/02/16
20160151122 

Flexible and steerable elongate instruments with shape control and support elements


An instrument having a flexible and elongated body includes at least a lumen and a flex member disposed within the lumen. The flex member may be capable of providing steering control to a first portion of the elongate body while providing load bearing support to a second portion of the elongate body.
Hansen Medical, Inc.


06/02/16
20160151059 

System and image-guided arthroscopy


Configurations are described for conducting minimally invasive medical diagnoses and interventions utilizing elongate instruments and assemblies comprising one or more imaging devices, and one or more remote retraction and distraction devices. Retraction and distraction devices, such as balloons, mechanical retraction members, and/or trocar screw geometries may be utilized to access, investigate, and intervene at the joint capsule, or inside of the joint capsule.
Reprise Technologies, Llc


05/26/16
20160150331 

Adjustable venting for hearing instruments


An ear tip apparatus for use with a hearing device is provided and comprises a malleable structure. The malleable structure is sized and configured for placement in an ear canal of a user.
Earlens Corporation


05/26/16
20160148600 

Locking string-end for musical instruments


The disclosed locking string-end for musical instruments is an elongated string-end which is attached to the string in half of its length. After passing the elongated string-end through holes in the bridge and the tuning post, the string is bent at the point it is attached to the string-end to about 90 degrees, forming a “t” shaped end with the top part of the “t” being longer than the diameter of the hole in the tuning peg, preventing the string from coming out of the tuning peg hole, thus locking the string in place for tuning..

05/26/16
20160148309 

Systems and methods for onsite or remote dispensing of credit instruments


Systems and methods for instantly granting, issuing and dispensing a credit instrument to an applicant, by a credit instrument issuer, responsive to a credit instrument application, comprising creating a credit instrument application, on behalf of an applicant, using an application creation computing device, sending the credit instrument application to a data collection server, verifying the applicant vs identity and obtaining a credit instrument application decision, and if the credit instrument application decision is a decline notifying the applicant, otherwise notifying the applicant and dispensing a credit instrument including the credit instrument parameters.. .
Think Cards Intellectual Property Corp.


05/26/16
20160148185 

Selecting a preferred payment instrument


Selecting payment instruments for proxy card transactions comprises associating a plurality of financial accounts with a user proxy account; establishing a model for the user account based on configuration data received from a user, the model comprising identification of a particular financial account to use as a backing instrument for a transaction; receiving data associated with a pending transaction regarding the pending transaction; identifying a financial account to use as a backing instrument for the pending transaction based on a comparison of the model with the pending transaction data; receiving a selection of an alternate financial account to use instead of the identified financial account as the backing instrument; modifying the model account based on the selection of the alternate financial account and the data associated with the pending transaction; and utilizing the modified model in a subsequent selection of a financial account for a subsequent transaction.. .
Google Inc.




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