Total 8257 patents for "2020-09-17"

UNDULATED SURFACE ENHANCEMENT OF DIFFUSER BLADE FOR PLENUM SLOT DIFFUSER

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200292203

A plenum slot diffuser is configured to receive an air flow and includes a blade configured to guide the air flow toward a space to condition the space. The blade includes a length along which a leading edge of the blade extends, where the leading edge is configured to face an air flow. The blade also includes a width extending transverse to the length between the leading edge and a trailing edge of the blade, and including a curved profile extending along a majority of the width. The blade also includes an undulated contour extending along the leading edge and into and out of the width.

POST TREATMENT OF SURFACE-REACTED CALCIUM CARBONATE WITH DIFFERENT FUNCTIONAL CATIONS

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200291235

A process is described for the surface-treatment of a surface-reacted calcium carbonate. Also described, is a surface-treated surface-reacted calcium carbonate obtainable by the process, as well a composition including the surface-treated surface-reacted calcium carbonate . Methods of using at least one surface-reacted calcium carbonate for immobilizing at least one water soluble metal salt, water soluble metal hydroxide, water soluble metal oxide or mixtures thereof on the surface of the at least one surface-reacted calcium carbonate are also described. In addition, methods of using a surface-treated surface-reacted calcium carbonate as a preservative, for the control of odor and/or for enhancing and/or mediating antimicrobial activity of a substrate and an article including the surface-treated surface-reacted calcium carbonate are described.

ELECTRONIC PAYMENT AND AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM WITH DEBIT AND IDENTIFICATION DATA VERIFICATION AND ELECTRONIC CHECK CAPABILITIES

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200294005

An electronic payment and authentication system that includes features to verify the authenticity of a payer, validate debit data, and facilitate debit (as opposed to credit) payment transactions. The electronic payment system allows a consumer to purchase items and services via a network while utilizing a debit transaction. The invention provides merchants with the ability to verify the identity of the consumer, determine if the consumer is a good debit transaction risk, and retrieve debit data associated with a particular consumer.

ANSWER FACTS FROM STRUCTURED CONTENT

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200293529

In one aspect, a method includes receiving a query determined to be a question query that seeks an answer response and data identifying resources determined to be responsive to the query; identifying structured content set in a top-ranked subset of the resources, each structured content set being content arranged according to related attributes in one of the resources; for each identified structured content set, determining whether the query matches the structured content set based on terms of the query matching related attributes of the structured content set; selecting one of the structured content sets for which the query is determined to match; generating, from the selected structured content set, a structured fact set from the related attributes that matched the terms of the query; and providing the structured fact set with search results that identify the resources determined to be responsive to the query.

STATEFUL RELOCATOR FOR A DISTRIBUTED STORAGE NETWORK

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200293214

A method includes a storage unit (SU) of a dispersed storage network (DSN) receiving and storing a first modification for an encoded data slice (EDS) associated with the SU and assigning an identifier for the first modification. The method continues with the SU receiving and storing a second modification for the EDS and assigning an identifier for the second modification. The method continues with the SU receiving a request to relocate the EDS to another SU of the DSN. The method continues with the SU transmitting the EDS to the another SU of the DSN, followed by transmitting the first modification for the EDS and the identifier to the another SU of the DSN in a first message. The method continues with the SU transmitting the second modification with the identifier for the second modification to the another SU of the DSN in a second message, where the second message is separate from the first message.

AIR SUSPENSION STRUT HAVING A REINFORCING CORE IN THE COVER

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200290422

Air suspension strut for a motor vehicle comprising an air spring with a shock damper, wherein the air spring comprises an air spring cover and a rolling piston, wherein a rolling bellows of elastomer material is clamped in an airtight manner between the air spring cover and the rolling piston, the air spring cover comprises a damper bearing receptacle having a base and receiving a damper bearing of the shock damper, and the air spring cover comprises a clamping base to which a first end of the rolling bellows is attached, wherein the air spring cover is manufactured from a plastic material and comprises a reinforcing core in order to increase the strength of the damper bearing receptacle, the reinforcing core being arranged in the base of the damper bearing receptacle and being at least partially surrounded by the plastic material of the air spring cover.

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT FOR ZERO ROUND TRIP SECURE COMMUNICATIONS BASED ON A NOISY SECRET WITH A REDUCED MESSAGE SIZE

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200295945

A system, method, and computer program product are provided for implementing zero round trip secure communications based on a noisy secret with a reduced message size, comprising: a) receiving, by a receiver system, an encrypted message including encrypted message keys, and message authentication code (MAC) information a message MAC that is calculated and added for every sub-key, from a sender system; b) obtaining, by the receiver system, a number of a plurality of sub-keys from the received encrypted message; c) obtaining, by the receiver system, a sub-key from the plurality of sub keys associated with the encrypted message; d) utilizing, by the receiver system, a key derivation function to derive a key encryption key and a key MAC key associated with the sub-key; e) calculating, by the receiver system, an encrypted message key MAC associated with the sub-key using the derived key MAC key; f) determining, by the receiver system, whether the calculated encrypted message key MAC matches a received MAC for the sub-key; g) determining, by the receiver system, that the sub-key does not have any noise if the calculated encrypted message key MAC matches the received MAC for the sub-key; h) determining, by the receiver system, that the sub-key has noise if the calculated encrypted message key MAC does not match the received MAC for the sub-key; i) repeating, by the receiver system, steps c though h until a noiseless sub-key is found or all of the plurality of sub-keys are determined to have noise; j) if all of the plurality of sub-keys are determined to have noise, adjusting, by the receiver system, bits of a selected sub-key one by one, for each of the plurality of sub-keys, until a sub-key with one noisy bit is found and corrected to a noiseless sub-key; k) deriving, by the receiver system, a key encryption key from the noiseless sub-key; l) utilizing, by the receiver system, the key encryption key derived from the noiseless sub-key to decrypt a message key associated with the encrypted message; and m) utilizing, by the receiver system, the message key to decrypt the encrypted message.

CABLE AND ULTRASONIC DEVICE

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200294692

A cable has a core line. The core line includes a signal line transmitting a signal, a ground line having a ground potential, and a shield line covering the signal line and the ground line. The ground line and the shield line are electrically coupled together.

ELECTROPHORETIC DISPLAY

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200292488

This disclosure provides an electrophoretic display system including a first electrode disposed on a substrate and a three-dimensional (3D) carbon-based structure configured to guide a migration of electrically charged electrophoretic ink particles dispersed therein that are configured to be responsive to application of a voltage to the first electrode. The 3D carbon-based structure includes a plurality of 3D aggregates defined by a morphology of graphene nanoplatelets orthogonally fused together and cross-linked by a polymer; and, a plurality of channels interspersed throughout the 3D carbon-based structure defined by the morphology. The plurality of channels includes a plurality of inter-particle pathways and a plurality of intra-particle pathways. Each inter-particle pathway can include a smaller dimension than each inter-particle pathway. A second electrode is disposed on the 3D carbon-based structure. Each 3D aggregate can include any one or more of graphene, carbon nano-onions, carbon nanoplatelets, or carbon nanotubes.

Back-illuminated photoelectrochemical cell

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200291533

A photoelectrochemical cell includes a cathode with a front and back cathode surface, an anode with front and back anode surfaces, a conductive connector between the cathode and the anode, and an optical waveguide configured to direct sunlight to the back surfaces of the cathode and anode. The cathode is adapted for photoelectric generation of electrons at the back cathode surface and electrolytic generation of hydrogen at the front cathode surface. Similarly, the anode is adapted for photoelectric generation of electrons at the back anode surface and electrolytic generation of oxygen at the front anode surface. The photoelectrochemical cell may also include a waveguide optical concentrator coupled to the waveguide.

MOVING MAGNET ACTUATOR WITH COIL FOR PANEL AUDIO LOUDSPEAKERS

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200296515

A panel audio loudspeaker includes a panel and an actuator rigidly coupled to a surface of the panel. The actuator includes: a magnet assembly that includes a permanent magnet arranged within a cup, wherein an air gap exists between sidewalls of the cup and the permanent magnet; and a coil rigidly coupled to the panel, the coil including a length of an electrically conducing wire wound in a coil and extending along an axis. The coil includes a first region having a first winding density and a second region having a second winding density higher than the first winding density, the second region at least partially extending into the air gap of the magnet assembly.

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR THE DEPLETION OF CD137+ CELLS

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200289664

The invention provides methods of preventing and treating graft-versus-host-disease and autoimmune diseases, such as those arising from transplant therapy, by selective depletion of hematopoietic cells through the use of antibody-drug conjugates and ligand-drug conjugates that specifically bind CD137. The compositions and methods described herein can be used to treat a variety of pathologies, including stem cell disorders and other blood conditions.

Intermediate-Temperature Fuel Cell Tailored for Efficient Utilization of Methane

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200295379

A solid oxide fuel cell capable of directly utilizing hydrocarbons as a fuel source at operating temperatures between 200 C. and 500 C. The anode, electrolyte, and cathode of the solid oxide fuel cell can include technologies for improved operation at temperatures between 200 C. and 500 C. The anode can include technologies for improved direct utilization of hydrocarbon fuel sources.

SUBSTRATE-FEEDING DEVICE AND A SHEET-PROCESSING MACHINE

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200290830

A substrate-feeding device has at least two acceleration devices, which are arranged one beside the other, beneath a storage region, and having a framework and a lifting frame, which lifting frame can be moved relative to the framework. The at least two acceleration devices are arranged for movement jointly with one another, and with the lifting frame. Each of the acceleration devices has at least one body of rotation, which is driven via a common shaft which has at least two shaft portions arranged one behind the other. Directly adjacent shaft portions are arranged in a state in which they are connected in each case, via a coupling. There are subassemblies provided which each have a deflecting device, a shaft portion and at least one transporting belt and which are each one of fastened on the lifting frame, and are arranged for movement jointly with the lifting frame and are connected to one another by virtue of their shaft portions being connected via couplings to form the common shaft. The invention also relates to a sheet-processing machine.

IR MICROSCOPE

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200292803

An IR microscope includes an IR light source (1) generating a collimated IR beam (26), an effectively beam-limiting element (8) in a stop plane (27), a sample position (15), a detector (19) having an IR sensor (19 a ), a detector stop (19 b ), a first optical device focusing the collimated IR beam onto the sample position, and a second optical device imaging the sample position onto the IR sensor. The effectively beam-limiting element is situated in the collimated IR beam. The first and second optical devices image the detector stop opening into an input beam plane. For the area A1 of the image of the detector stop opening in the input beam plane and the area A2 of the cross section of the collimated IR beam in the input beam plane: 0A1/A21. Thereby, only collimated IR radiation is picked up, while vignetting and stray radiation are avoided.

AIR CONDITIONER

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200292204

An air conditioner is disclosed. The disclosed air conditioner can comprise: a housing having an inflow port and a discharge port; a partition disposed inside the housing so as to divide the inside of the housing into a first space at the inflow port side and a second space at the discharge port side, and having at least one opening for allowing the first space and the second space to communicate; at least one blower unit disposed in the first space, and including a duct, which passes through the opening so as to protrude toward the second space and discharges the air of the first space to the second space; and a heat exchanger disposed in the second space.

INK JET HEAD AND INK JET PRINTER

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200290357

An ink jet head includes a piezoelectric member, a plurality of electrodes, a protective lamination layer, and a nozzle plate. The piezoelectric member has a plurality of grooves. The electrodes are provided along surfaces of the grooves. The protective lamination layer covers the electrodes. The nozzle plate is on the piezoelectric member and has a plurality of ejection nozzles that faces the plurality of grooves. The protective lamination layer includes an insulating layer and a first oxide layer laminated on each other. The insulating layer contains an organic material. An oxygen content of the first oxide layer is greater than an oxygen content of the insulating layer.

STORAGE DEVICE AND METHOD OF OPERATING THE SAME

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200293458

Provided herein may be a storage device and a method of operating the same. The method of operating a storage device including a replay protected memory block (RPMB) may include receiving a write request for the RPMB from an external host, selectively storing data in the RPMB based on an authentication operation, receiving a read request from the external host, and providing result data to the external host in response to the read request, wherein the read request includes a message indicating that a read command to be subsequently received to from the external host is a command related to the result data.

HYBRID LIQUID COOLING AND AIR COOLING OF STORAGE ENCLOSURES

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200296860

An apparatus includes an enclosure with a first data storage section, a second data storage section, a first cooling section positioned therebetween, and a second cooling section. The apparatus also includes an air-to-liquid heat exchanger positioned in the first cooling section and configured to cool air directed from the first data storage section towards the second data storage section and the second cooling section.

COMPONENT-MOUNTING DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200295630

A component-mounting device according to an embodiment of the present invention includes a component-mounting board, a connector component, a heat sink, and a first screw portion. The component-mounting board includes a first surface and a second surface opposite to the first surface. The connector component includes a plurality of terminal-fixing portions that fixes a terminal extending in one axis direction orthogonal to the first surface and a base portion that connects between the plurality of terminal-fixing portions and includes an opening portion, the connector component being provided on the first surface. The heat sink faces the second surface and includes a first screw seat that faces the base portion in the one axis direction with the component-mounting board interposed between the first screw seat and the base portion. The first screw portion is disposed inside the opening portion and is engaged with the first screw seat through the component-mounting board.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SPECIFYING LANE MARKING DETERIORATION

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200294221

In a system for specifying a lane marking deterioration, an image acquiring unit acquires a captured image of an outside of a vehicle. A specifying unit extracts a lane marking on a road surface included in the captured image and specifies a deteriorated portion of the lane marking. The specifying unit specifies the deteriorated portion of the lane marking in comparison with another lane marking included in the captured image. A receiving unit receives past lane marking data of a road included in the captured image. The specifying unit specifies, from the captured image, a deteriorated portion of the lane marking that has deteriorated from the past lane marking data.

METHOD OF FREEZE DRYING SURFACTANT-STABILIZED MICROBUBBLES

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200289679

One aspect of the invention provides a method for freeze-drying surfactant-stabilized microbubbles. The method includes: preparing vials comprising a mixture comprising microbubbles; partially submerging the vials in a chilled water bath, wherein the water bath has a sub-freezing temperature; placing the vials on a cooled shelf of a lyophilizer; freeze-drying the vials in the lyophilizer; and capping the freeze-dried vials. Another aspect of the invention provides a method for annealing surfactant-stabilized microbubbles. The method includes: preparing vials comprising a mixture comprising microbubbles; passing the vials in and out of liquid nitrogen (LN 2 ) until the mixture is frozen; holding the vials at 20 C.; placing the vials on a cooled shelf of a lyophilizer; freeze-drying the vials in the lyophilizer; and capping the freeze-dried vials.

METHOD FOR DIAGNOSING DETERIORATION OF LUBRICANT, AND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MONITORING LUBRICANT OF ROTATING MACHINE

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200292450

A method for diagnosing the deterioration of a lubricant, and a system and method for monitoring a lubricant of a rotating machine are capable of diagnosing the deterioration of an additive to a lubricant. The concentration of the additive to the lubricant is obtained by using chromaticity data obtained on the basis of measurement data from an optical sensor, and, on the basis thereof, the deterioration of the lubricant is diagnosed. In addition, the system for monitoring the lubricant is provided with an optical sensor, an input device, a processing device, a storage device, and an output device. The storage device stores, in a time series, the concentration of the additive to the lubricant, which is obtained with the optical sensor, and the processing device estimates the time at which the concentration of the additive reaches a threshold value on the basis of concentration data of the additive.

WATER PURIFICATION MEMBER, HYDROPONIC SYSTEM, AND WATER PURIFICATION APPARATUS

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200290906

A water purification member includes a porous body; and photocatalyst particles loaded on the porous body and including titanium-based compound particles that have, via an oxygen atom, a surface-bonded metallic compound having a metal atom and a hydrocarbon group, that exhibit absorption at a wavelength of 500 nm in a visible absorption spectrum, and that have an absorption peak in a range of 2700 cm 1 to 3000 cm 1 in an infrared absorption spectrum.

DISPLAY DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING THE DISPLAY DEVICE

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200292886

A color conversion substrate and a display device including the same. The color conversion substrate includes a color filter layer having a plurality of color filters, and a color conversion layer disposed on the color filter layer. The color conversion layer includes a plurality of dams, and a plurality of conversion parts disposed between the dams. A reflection layer is disposed on the dams, and a hydrophobic area is disposed on the reflection layer, overlapping an upper surface of the dams, and non-overlapping a side surface of the dams. The display device further includes a light source configured to output a first color light to the color conversion substrate.

CROWDSOURCING ANNOTATIONS OF ROADWAY INFORMATION

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200292322

A map object management system including object information for objects in the environment around a location. The objects generally relating to the roadway on which a user is travelling. The map object management system provides a user with queries regarding detected objects that fail to meet confidence thresholds regarding the identification of the object. The map object management system receives answers to the queries to crowdsource uncertain or inaccurate object identifications for use in a map service to provide accurate map information to users.

BIOMARKERS AND METHODS FOR ASSESSING MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION AND SERIOUS INFECTION RISK IN RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS PATIENTS

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200292559

Provided herein are methods for assessing risk of infection or cardiovascular disease (CVD) in a subject with an inflammatory disease, e.g., rheumatoid arthritis. The methods include performing immunoassays to generate scores based on quantitative data for expression of biomarkers relating to inflammatory biomarkers with or without additional clinical variables to assess infection and CVD risk. Also provided are uses of inflammatory biomarkers for guiding treatment decisions.

PAPER SHEET HANDLING APPARATUS HAVING PAPER SHEET TRANSPORT DIRECTION SWITCHING UNIT

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200290837

A paper sheet handling apparatus including a paper sheet transport direction switching unit adapted to switch transport directions of paper sheets and to then feed the paper sheets, the paper sheet transport direction switching unit includes: a first direction switching and feeding member adapted to pressurize one side of a paper sheet transported, switch the transport direction of the paper sheet, and feed the paper sheet switched in direction; and a second direction switching and feeding member facing the first direction switching and feeding member in such a manner as to operate together with the first direction switching and feeding member to pressurize the other side of the paper sheet transported, switch the transport direction of the paper sheet, and feed the paper sheet switched in direction.

SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200295183

A drift layer has a first conductivity type. A well region has a second conductivity type. A well contact region has a resistivity lower than that of the well region. A source contact region is provided on the well region, separated from the drift layer by the well region, and has the first conductivity type. A source resistance region is provided on the well region, separated from the drift layer by the well region, is adjacent to the source contact region, has the first conductivity type, and has a sheet resistance higher than that of the source contact region. A source electrode contacts the source contact region, the well contact region, and the source resistance region, and is continuous with the channel at least through the source resistance region.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IMPLEMENTING AN IMPROVED BI-FOLD SHUTTER

Pub Date: 2020-09-17

Pub Number: US20200291718

An improved bi-fold shutter that includes a more efficient coupling mechanism at a hinge point suited to facilitate opening and closing the bi-fold shutter with greater ease. In one embodiment, the shutter may be designed for a window such that the shutter, when closed, is relatively close to the face of the associated window, and when open, forms an awning or overhang. The shutter includes an improved coupling mechanism at a hinge point between a first shutter portion and a second shutter portion. The improved hinge point shifts a direction of force needed to maneuver the shutter when moving the shutter from one position to another. The shift in opening and closing force directions improves the efficiency by which the shutter can be operated. In some embodiments, the shutter may be hand-operated. In other embodiments, the shutter may be powered.