Dallas Invents: 101 Patents Granted for Week of June 18

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 11 for patent activity out of 250 metros.

Patents granted include:
•  Bank of America's access control using device location tracking and blockchains
•  Dolby Laboratories' control of light spreading in projector systems
•  FedEx's method for removing customer personal information from a device
•  Halliburton's subterranean monitoring using enhanced video
•  SoftLayer's portable and flexible deployment of servers
• The Parking Genius' sensors using magnetic signature recognition

Patents

Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include patents granted to local assignees and/or those with a North Texas inventor. Patent activity can be an indicator of future economic growth, as well as the development of emerging markets and talent attraction. By tracking both inventors and assignees in the region, we aim to provide a broader view of the region’s inventive activity. Listings are organized by Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC). 

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of June 18, 2019 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

101 patents granted    
Ranked No. 12 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP 3 LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 16
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 6
STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell) 3
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 2
CPG Technologies LLC (Italy) 2


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Farooq Khan (Allen) 3
Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney) 3
Micah Price (Plano) 3
Qiaochu Tang (The Colony) 3
Jason Richard Hoover (Grapevine) 2
Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton) 2
Solyman Ashrafi (Plano) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

196 days
Providing information to a mobile device based on an event at a geographical location
Patent No.: 10327105-B1
Assignee: Open Invention Network LLC
Inventors: James N. White (Dallas), Monica Rose Martino (Plano)

2,785 days
System and method for content selection for web page indexing
Patent No.: 10324984-B2
Assignee: Oracle America Inc.
Inventor: Robert R. Hauser (Frisco)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Platform for electronic devices
Patent No. 10321757 

Inventor(s): George W. Jensen (Southlake, TX), Mark Castleberry (Arlington, TX), Michael L. Arnold (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15896995 on 02/14/2018 (489 days app to issue)

Abstract: A platform apparatus is provided which may be configured to support an electronic device. The platform apparatus may include a base, an extension, and a support. Some implementations include a hinge. The platform apparatus may be configured for use by a standing, seated, or reclining user, or to support an electronic device.

[A47B] TABLES; DESKS; OFFICE FURNITURE; CABINETS; DRAWERS; GENERAL DETAILS OF FURNITURE (jointing of furniture F16B 12/00)


Methods of performing internal body imaging
Patent No. 10321807 

Inventor(s): Brian Dean Owens (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TREBLE INNOVATIONS, LLC (Springville, UT)
Law Firm: Goodhue, Coleman Owens, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15634851 on 06/27/2017 (721 days app to issue)

Abstract: One embodiment provides a system, method, and wireless endoscope for performing internal imaging. A first portion of a wireless endoscope including at least a lens and a light emitter for physical connection to a second portion of the wireless endoscope is received. The first portion is interchangeable. The first portion is inserted into a body while the second portion remains outside the body. The wireless endoscope is powered on in response to receiving user input from a user. A distal end proximate the lens is illuminated utilizing a light in communication with the light emitter. Video inside the body is captured utilizing a camera in communication with the lens. The video is wireless communicated to a receiver associated with a display.

[A61B] DIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION (analysing biological material G01N, e.g. G01N 33/48)


Heart rate estimation apparatus with state sequence optimization
Patent No. 10321831 

Inventor(s): David Patrick Magee (Allen, TX), Rajan Narasimha (Dallas, TX), Tarkesh Pande (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15237941 on 08/16/2016 (1036 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples include heart rate monitor systems and methods to estimate a patient heart rate or rate of another pulsed signal, in which rate hypotheses or states, are identified for a current time window according to digital sample values of the pulsed signal for a current sample time window, and a rate change value is computed for potential rate transitions between states of the current and previous time windows. Transition pair branch metric values are computed as a function of the rate change value and a frequency domain amplitude of the corresponding rate hypothesis for the current time window, and the pulsed signal rate estimate is determined according to a maximum path metric computed according to the branch metric value and a corresponding path metric value for the previous time window.

[A61B] DIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION (analysing biological material G01N, e.g. G01N 33/48)


Methods for robotic surgery using a cannula
Patent No. 10321918 

Inventor(s): Peter M. Bonutti (Delray Beach, FL)
Assignee(s): Bonutti Skeletal Innovations LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Fleit Gibbons Gutman Bongini Bianco PL (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15787936 on 10/19/2017 (607 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for preparing a bone in surgery using an imaging system, a navigation system having a locating device, and a robotic system having a cutting tool. A cannula is guided into an incision to expand the incision and provide access to the bone so that the cutting tool is insertable through the cannula to remove material from the bone. An implant is insertable through the cannula to be placed in the bone.

[A61B] DIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION (analysing biological material G01N, e.g. G01N 33/48)


Cosmetic compositions
Patent No. 10322080 

Inventor(s): David Gan (Addison, TX), Michelle Hines (Addison, TX), Tiffany Florence (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15174067 on 06/06/2016 (1107 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for reducing hyaluronidase activity and promoting hyaluronic acid production in skin comprising topically applying to skin in need thereof a composition comprising an effective amount of [i]Centella asiatica [/i]stem cells to reduce hyaluronidase activity in skin, an effective amount of tetradecyl aminobutyroylvalylamino butyric urea trifluoroacetate to promote hyaluronic acid production in skin, and an effective amount of tripeptide-1 to promote hyaluronic acid production in skin.

[A61K] PREPARATIONS FOR MEDICAL, DENTAL, OR TOILET PURPOSES (devices or methods specially adapted for bringing pharmaceutical products into particular physical or administering forms A61J 3/00; chemical aspects of, or use of materials for deodorisation of air, for disinfection or sterilisation, or for bandages, dressings, absorbent pads or surgical articles A61L; soap compositions C11D)


Golf clubs and golf club heads having interchangeable rear body members
Patent No. 10322321 

Inventor(s): Robert M. Boyd (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14643637 on 03/10/2015 (1561 days app to issue)

Abstract: Golf club heads (e.g., drivers, fairway woods, wood-type hybrid clubs, or the like) according to at least some example aspects of this invention include a striking face and a rear portion opposite the striking face, the rear portion defining an opening to an interior cavity. A rear body member configured to be inserted into the opening is engaged with the rear portion of the club head. The rear body member may include multiple rear body parts that may be removable and/or interchangeable to permit flexibility in controlling the weight distribution of the golf club head.

[A63B] APPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT (apparatus for passive exercising, massage A61H)


Method for distress and road rage detection
Patent No. 10322728 

Inventor(s): Fatih Porikli (San Jose, CA), Luis Bill (Daly City, CA), Yuzhu Wu (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15902729 on 02/22/2018 (481 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for determining distress of a driver of a vehicle is provided, comprising a plurality of sensors, including interior vehicle image sensors, an interior vehicle audio sensor, vehicle data sensors, and Global Positioning System (GPS) data sensors. The system also includes one or more processors configured to receive inputs from the plurality of sensors, and process the received inputs to obtain a driver heat change estimate, a driver expression estimate, a driver gesture estimate, an on-board diagnostics (OBD) estimate, and a GPS estimate. The one or more processors are further configured to store the estimates in a memory, use the stored estimates to generate deviation scores for each of the estimates, execute a machine learning algorithm to classify driver behavior as normal or impaired based on the deviation scores, and generate a warning based on the classification indicating impaired driver behavior.

[A61B] DIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION (analysing biological material G01N, e.g. G01N 33/48)


Plant extraction method and compositions
Patent No. 10323055 

Inventor(s): Donald L. Smothers (Terrell, TX)
Assignee(s): Nerium Biotechnology, Inc. (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13944720 on 07/17/2013 (2162 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention pertains to methods of extracting cardiac glycosides from cardiac glycoside containing plant material, such as [i]Nerium oleander[/i], through use of aloe. It further provides for compositions resulting from such extractions, pharmaceutical compositions, cosmetic compositions, and methods of treating skin conditions.

[A61K] PREPARATIONS FOR MEDICAL, DENTAL, OR TOILET PURPOSES (devices or methods specially adapted for bringing pharmaceutical products into particular physical or administering forms A61J 3/00; chemical aspects of, or use of materials for deodorisation of air, for disinfection or sterilisation, or for bandages, dressings, absorbent pads or surgical articles A61L; soap compositions C11D)


 

O P E R A T I O N S  &  T R A N S P O R T

Positioning system and method for arc welding consumables
Patent No. 10322465 

Inventor(s): Glenn K. Redding (Flower Mound, TX), Khalid Hassan (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): Victor Equipment Company (Denton, TX)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15848346 on 12/20/2017 (545 days app to issue)

Abstract: A nozzle assembly for a welding torch, a welding torch that includes said nozzle assembly, and a method of using the welding torch is provided. The nozzle assembly generally comprises an insulator having a plurality of grooves around an outer periphery, a plurality of sealing members disposed within the grooves of the insulator; and a nozzle body slip-fit around the insulator, such that at least one of the insulator and the nozzle body define position indicia.

[B23K] SOLDERING OR UNSOLDERING; WELDING; CLADDING OR PLATING BY SOLDERING OR WELDING; CUTTING BY APPLYING HEAT LOCALLY, e.g. FLAME CUTTING; WORKING BY LASER BEAM (making metal-coated products by extruding metal B21C 23/22; building up linings or coverings by casting B22D 19/08; casting by dipping B22D 23/04; manufacture of composite layers by sintering metal powder B22F 7/00; arrangements on machine tools for copying or controlling B23Q; covering metals or covering materials with metals, not otherwise provided for C23C; burners F23D)


Screen printing apparatus with pivoting frames
Patent No. 10322576 

Inventor(s): Jerardo Juarez (Arlington, TX), Ronnie Cruz (Arlington, TX), Rory H. Cruz (Burleson, TX)
Assignee(s): Infinite Numbering, LLC (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16047388 on 07/27/2018 (326 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of screen printing a design on a substrate, the method comprises the steps of controlling a computer-controlled plotter to cut an outline of the design into stencil material the stencil including a perimeter. Then, registering the perimeter of the cut stencil with marks on a printing screen and securing the cut stencil to the printing screen. Then, positioning the printing screen and cut stencil on the substrate and applying ink through the printing screen and stencil onto the substrate, wherein the design is reproduced on the substrate.

[B41F] PRINTING MACHINES OR PRESSES (manifolding devices or office printing machines B41L) [4]


System and method for independent retention and release of individually stowed flight control surfaces
Patent No. 10322794 

Inventor(s): James C. Copp (Arlington, TX), Steven J. Ellzey (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Beusse Wolter Sanks Maire, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15389066 on 12/22/2016 (908 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aircraft is provided comprising: a fuselage, a first tail fin rotatably mounted to a first lateral side and a second tail fin rotatably mounted to the second lateral side. A wing body is rotatably mounted to the underside of the fuselage. A pair of independent tail fin latch and release devices are provided to independently latch the first tail fin and the second tail fin when the wing body having a first angle is in a stowed position with respect to the fuselage, to independently unlatch the first tail fin in response to a second angle of the wing body with respect to the fuselage, and to independently unlatch the second tail fin in response to a third angle of the wing body with respect to the fuselage. The first angle, second angle and third angle are different angles with respect to the longitudinal axis of the fuselage.

[B64C] AEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS (air-cushion vehicles B60V)


Rotating sealing systems
Patent No. 10322797 

Inventor(s): Scott Poster (Arlington, TX), Timothy Cecil (Forth Worth, TX), Travis Jurrell (Fort Worth, TX), Wesley Porter (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14636896 on 03/03/2015 (1568 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotating sealing system includes a non-metallic rotating seal configured to be attached to a rotating shaft. The rotating seal is configured to rotate with the rotating shaft about an axis. The rotating sealing system includes a stationary sealing surface configured to be attached to a stationary housing positioned around the rotating shaft. The stationary sealing surface is substantially parallel to the axis. The rotating seal is configured to seal with the stationary sealing surface as the rotating shaft rotates.

[B64C] AEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS (air-cushion vehicles B60V)


Rotor yoke and method of making the same
Patent No. 10322798 

Inventor(s): Bryan Marshall (Mansfield, TX), Frank B. Stamps (Colleyville, TX), Pat Tisdale (Roanoke, TX), Tom Campbell (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14955830 on 12/01/2015 (1295 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotor yoke manufactured by a process comprising preparing a molded rotor yoke in a closed cavity tool and possibly machining at least one portion of the molded rotor yoke to form the rotor yoke. In the preferred embodiment, the preparing of the molded rotor yoke is accomplished by applying layers of uncured low-flow composite material and a layer of uncured high-flow adhesive; substantially enclosing the uncured molded rotor yoke in the closed cavity tool; and applying pressure so as to compress the uncured molded rotor yoke; and curing the uncured molded rotor yoke. During the curing process, the high-flow adhesive bleeds out of the molded rotor yoke, thereby preventing marcels from forming through movement of the low-flow composite material.

[B64C] AEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS (air-cushion vehicles B60V)


Transportation services for pod assemblies
Patent No. 10322799 

Inventor(s): John Richard McCullough (Weatherford, TX), Paul K. Oldroyd (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16001925 on 06/06/2018 (377 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, a pod assembly transportation system includes a transportation services provider computing system and a plurality of flying frame flight control systems, wherein the system is configured to receive, at the transportation services provider computing system, a request for transportation of a pod assembly; upload a flight plan to a flight control system of a flying frame including an airframe and a distributed propulsion system coupled to airframe; dispatch the flying frame by air to the current location of the pod assembly; couple the pod assembly to the flying frame; transport the pod assembly by air from the current location of the pod assembly to the destination of the pod assembly including transitioning the flying frame between a vertical takeoff and landing mode and a forward flight mode; and decouple the pod assembly from the flying frame at the destination of the pod assembly.

[B64D] EQUIPMENT FOR FITTING IN OR TO AIRCRAFT; FLYING SUITS; PARACHUTES; ARRANGEMENTS OR MOUNTING OF POWER PLANTS OR PROPULSION TRANSMISSIONS IN AIRCRAFT


Expandable seat leg attachment fixture
Patent No. 10322808 

Inventor(s): Farhan Alamgir (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): Safran Seats USA LLC (Gainesville, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15505765 on 09/04/2015 (1383 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described is an extendable joint ([b]10,100[/b]) for attaching a passenger seat to a cabin floor or support structure. The extendable joint ([b]10,100[/b]) exhibits behavior of a rigid mounting during normal usage, such as when carrying or securing passengers or luggage. However, if a force threshold is exceeded, such as with an emergency situation, the extendable joint ([b]10,100[/b]) may lengthen to absorb energy applied from the cabin floor through the passenger seat and vice versa. Additional force damping mechanisms may also be incorporated into the joint to further absorb, distribute, or reduce loadings that may otherwise separate the passenger seat from the floor or support structure.

[B64D] EQUIPMENT FOR FITTING IN OR TO AIRCRAFT; FLYING SUITS; PARACHUTES; ARRANGEMENTS OR MOUNTING OF POWER PLANTS OR PROPULSION TRANSMISSIONS IN AIRCRAFT


 

C H E M I S T R Y & M E T A L L U R G Y

Water purifying apparatus for purifying cooling water of power generator
Patent No. 10322945 

Inventor(s): Jung-Shiung Liau (New Taipei, , TW), Yu Sun (New Taipei, , TW)
Assignee(s): PMAX TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14815817 on 07/31/2015 (1418 days app to issue)

Abstract: A water purifying apparatus for purifying cooling water of a power generator includes a cooling water tank, a steam condenser, an intermediate tank, a demineralizer, a boiler and a controlling member. The controlling member receives water and ammonia added-water so as to produce a mixed cooling water. The controlling member is configured to mix water which meets a predetermined quality criterion of electrical conductivity so as to supply the mixed cooling water to the cooling water tank. The cooling water tank is configured to flow the cooling water to the intermediate tank. The intermediate tank is configured to permit the outflow of the cooling water to the steam condenser if the buoyant force produced by the cooling water is strong enough to lift a pontoon. The water purifying apparatus can purify water with less cost, and protect the power generator from copper corrosion.

[C02F] TREATMENT OF WATER, WASTE WATER, SEWAGE, OR SLUDGE (processes for making harmful chemical substances harmless, or less harmful, by effecting a chemical change in the substances A62D 3/00; separation, settling tanks or filter devices B01D; special arrangements on waterborne vessels of installations for treating water, waste water or sewage, e.g. for producing fresh water, B63J; adding materials to water to prevent corrosion C23F; treating radioactively-contaminated liquids G21F 9/04) [3]


Water-soluble UV-absorbing compounds and uses thereof
Patent No. 10322993 

Inventor(s): Walter R. Laredo (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Novartis AG (Basel, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15352132 on 11/15/2016 (945 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein are dimethyl acetal-containing UV-absorbing compounds and their uses in preparing UV-absorbing polyvinyl alcohol prepolymers suitable for producing UV-absorbing contact lenses capable of blocking ultra-violet (”UV”) radiation and optionally (but preferably) violet radiation with wavelengths from 380 nm to 440 nm, thereby protecting eyes to some extent from damages caused by UV radiation and potentially from violet radiation. This invention also provides a UV-absorbing polyvinyl alcohol prepolymer.

[C07D] HETEROCYCLIC COMPOUNDS (macromolecular compounds C08) [2]


Feed material for biomass generator
Patent No. 10323226 

Inventor(s): Charles J. Greenwald (Dallas, TX), Daniel Aberle (Irving, TX), Gabriel F. K. Everett (Coppell, TX), Judith G. Pruitt (Mesquite, TX), Robert C. Pearce, III (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): NCH Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Ross Barnes LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15474447 on 03/30/2017 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bacteria starter material for use in biomass generators without causing jamming of the feeder mechanism, particularly under high temperature and/or high humidity conditions, the starter material comprising one or more species of waste-decomposing bacteria, sucrose, and a soy based protein. Preferably, DI-PAC sugar (sucrose and maltodextrin) and powdered KIKKOMAN Soy Sauce are used as the sugar and protein ingredients. The starter material may also comprise a dried bran culture comprising [i]Pseudomonas[/i]. The starter material ingredients are blended together and formed into a tablet or pellet having a particular shape, size, and hardness characteristics suitable for use in the feeder mechanism of a biomass generator.

[C12N] MICROORGANISMS OR ENZYMES; COMPOSITIONS THEREOF (biocides, pest repellants or attractants, or plant growth regulators containing microorganisms, viruses, microbial fungi, enzymes, fermentates, or substances produced by, or extracted from, microorganisms or animal material A01N 63/00; medicinal preparations A61K; fertilisers C05F); PROPAGATING, PRESERVING, OR MAINTAINING MICROORGANISMS; MUTATION OR GENETIC ENGINEERING; CULTURE MEDIA (microbiological testing media C12Q 1/00) [3]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Collet device with an adjustable snap value
Patent No. 10323469 

Inventor(s): Eddie Eddieberto Perez (McKinney, TX), Samuel Martinez (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15542843 on 09/15/2016 (1006 days app to issue)

Abstract: A collet device with an adjustable snap value can have a tubular body and beams. The tubular body can have a main body, an inner member in an inner area of the main body, and an outer member in an area external to the main body. The inner member and the outer member can each be axially moveable relative to the main body. The beams can be axially coupled to the main body, and a portion of the beams may extend axially from the tubular body. A length of the portion of the beams that extend axially from the tubular body can be adjustable by moving the inner member or the outer member for changing a snap value of the collet. The snap value corresponding to a magnitude of force exertable by the beams in a direction of a mating body that can be positioned radially adjacent to the beams.

[E21B] EARTH OR ROCK DRILLING (mining, quarrying E21C; making shafts, driving galleries or tunnels E21D); OBTAINING OIL, GAS, WATER, SOLUBLE OR MELTABLE MATERIALS OR A SLURRY OF MINERALS FROM WELLS [5]


Internally trussed high-expansion support for inflow control device sealing applications
Patent No. 10323476 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Zachary Ryan Murphree (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15512690 on 11/12/2014 (1679 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole system and method is disclosed for sealing an inflow control device installed in a subterranean formation along a length of production tubing adjacent a productive zone of the subterranean formation. The system includes a truss structure radially expandable between a contracted configuration and an expanded configuration and a sealing structure disposed radially external to the truss structure. The truss structure and the sealing structure are set in their expanded configurations so that the sealing structure is put into engagement with the inflow control device so as to restrict the flow of fluids from the subterranean formation into the production tubing at the location of the inflow control device.

[E21B] EARTH OR ROCK DRILLING (mining, quarrying E21C; making shafts, driving galleries or tunnels E21D); OBTAINING OIL, GAS, WATER, SOLUBLE OR MELTABLE MATERIALS OR A SLURRY OF MINERALS FROM WELLS [5]


Mitigation of hydrates, paraffins and waxes in well tools
Patent No. 10323483 

Inventor(s): Bruce E. Scott (McKinney, TX), John J. Goiffon (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13678158 on 11/15/2012 (2406 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of mitigating formation of an undesired accumulation of a substance in a well tool through which a well fluid flows can include heating a surrounding wall of an interior flow passage through which the well fluid flows. A system for of mitigating formation of an undesired accumulation of a substance in a well tool can include an interior flow passage having a surrounding wall, and a heater which heats the wall of the flow passage. Another method of mitigating formation of an undesired accumulation of a substance in a well tool can include monitoring the accumulation of the substance in the well tool, and heating a surrounding wall of an interior flow passage in response to detecting the accumulation.

[E21B] EARTH OR ROCK DRILLING (mining, quarrying E21C; making shafts, driving galleries or tunnels E21D); OBTAINING OIL, GAS, WATER, SOLUBLE OR MELTABLE MATERIALS OR A SLURRY OF MINERALS FROM WELLS [5]


Systems and methods to generate power in a downhole environment
Patent No. 10323487 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Thomas Jules Frosell (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15565885 on 12/28/2016 (902 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include systems and methods to generate electrical power in a downhole environment. In one embodiment, the system includes a thermoelectric generator operable to convert a temperature gradient across a section of the thermoelectric generator into electrical energy and deployed in a wellbore. The system also includes a pressure control device positioned proximate the thermoelectric generator and having a fluid flow path for a fluid flowing through the pressure control device and across the thermoelectric generator such that an absolute pressure of the fluid decreases when the fluid flow out of the pressure control device and across the thermoelectric generator. A temperature of the fluid changes as the fluid flows out of the thermoelectric generator and across the thermoelectric generator due to a change in the absolute pressure of the fluid. The temperature gradient across the thermoelectric generator is due to change in the temperature of the fluid.

[E21B] EARTH OR ROCK DRILLING (mining, quarrying E21C; making shafts, driving galleries or tunnels E21D); OBTAINING OIL, GAS, WATER, SOLUBLE OR MELTABLE MATERIALS OR A SLURRY OF MINERALS FROM WELLS [5]


Gravel pack service tool with enhanced pressure maintenance
Patent No. 10323488 

Inventor(s): William Mark Richards (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15531574 on 12/31/2014 (1630 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gravel pack system includes a service tool used to maintain a pressure of the wellbore below a hydraulic packer at the same pressure of workstring tubing above the hydraulic packer, prior to and during setting the hydraulic packer. The service tool includes a washpipe disposed at a lower portion of the service tool, a crossover port in a wall of the service tool that enables fluid to flow between workstring tubing and a space between the service tool and a completion string. The service tool also includes a valve disposed in the wall of the service tool that directs fluid from the space between the service tool and the completion string into the service tool and toward the washpipe when the valve is open, the valve being closeable in response to compression of the service tool.

[E21B] EARTH OR ROCK DRILLING (mining, quarrying E21C; making shafts, driving galleries or tunnels E21D); OBTAINING OIL, GAS, WATER, SOLUBLE OR MELTABLE MATERIALS OR A SLURRY OF MINERALS FROM WELLS [5]


Subterranean monitoring using enhanced video
Patent No. 10323503 

Inventor(s): Scott Wendorf (Dallas, TX), Syed Hamid (Dallas, TX), William Mark Richards (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15300181 on 04/30/2014 (1875 days app to issue)

Abstract: Video of an above ground effect of a subterranean event is received. The subterranean event is identified using Eulerian video magnification of the received video.

[E21B] EARTH OR ROCK DRILLING (mining, quarrying E21C; making shafts, driving galleries or tunnels E21D); OBTAINING OIL, GAS, WATER, SOLUBLE OR MELTABLE MATERIALS OR A SLURRY OF MINERALS FROM WELLS [5]


Radioactive tag detection for downhole positioning
Patent No. 10323505 

Inventor(s): Donald Kyle (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15778611 on 01/12/2016 (1253 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for positioning of downhole tools via radioactive tag detection. The method comprises positioning a radiation detector at a first position within a wellbore, logging radiation data while the radiation detector is moved from the first position to a position adjacent to or past a radioactive marker disposed within the wellbore, determining, based on the radiation data, a time at which the radiation detector is adjacent to the radioactive marker, and calculating, based on the time, a distance between the first position of the radiation detector and the radioactive marker.

[E21B] EARTH OR ROCK DRILLING (mining, quarrying E21C; making shafts, driving galleries or tunnels E21D); OBTAINING OIL, GAS, WATER, SOLUBLE OR MELTABLE MATERIALS OR A SLURRY OF MINERALS FROM WELLS [5]


 

M E C H A N I C A L  E N G I N E E R I N G
LIGHTING | HEATING | WEAPONS | BLASTING

 

Method and systems for draining fluid from an engine
Patent No. 10323607 

Inventor(s): David Marshall Wright (Decatur, TX)
Assignee(s): GE Global Sourcing LLC (Norwalk, CT)
Law Firm: McCoy Russell LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15210453 on 07/14/2016 (1069 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for a drain system for an EGR system of an engine system. In one example, the drain system includes a connector fluidly coupled to each of an intake system, an exhaust system, and a fluid collector, where the connector is positioned vertically below an intake manifold of the intake system and an exhaust passage of the exhaust system and vertically above the fluid collector with respect to a surface on which an engine sits.

[F02M] SUPPLYING COMBUSTION ENGINES IN GENERAL WITH COMBUSTIBLE MIXTURES OR CONSTITUENTS THEREOF (charging such engines F02B)


Control member for a fluid control device
Patent No. 10323770 

Inventor(s): Christopher Joseph Jack Hunt (Redondo Beach, CA)
Assignee(s): EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15281483 on 09/30/2016 (991 days app to issue)

Abstract: A control member for use in a fluid control device is disclosed. The control member may include a through-bore for receiving a valve stem and one or more counter-bores aligned with the through-bore. One of the counter-bores may receive a connection member, such as a retaining nut, for connecting the control member to the valve stem. Accordingly, the connection member may be concealed within the control member and thus prevented from interfering with the fluid flow around the control member. Also disclosed is a fluid control device incorporating the control member and a method of assembling a fluid control device incorporating the control member.

[F16K] VALVES; TAPS; COCKS; ACTUATING-FLOATS; DEVICES FOR VENTING OR AERATING


Rotatable pocket lamp having dual LED light elements
Patent No. 10323802 

Inventor(s): Jimmy Prieto (Grand Prairie, TX), Shenjie Zheng (Hangzhou, , CN)
Assignee(s): Alliance Sports Group, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: Thorpe North Western LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15730711 on 10/11/2017 (615 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pocket LED light includes a cylindrical lamp body, a pen clip provided on the lamp body, a power supply provided in the lamp body, a light emitting module electrically connected with the power supply, a rotating shaft and a hook. The light emitting module is located on the side opposite to the pen clip, and the light emitting module includes an LED main light element provided on the exterior and an LED light element provided on a face of a protruding end. The rotating shaft is vertically provided in the lamp body and rotatable within the lamp body. The light emitting module is hinged to an end of the rotating shaft extended beyond the lamp body. One end of the hook is rotatably provided at the bottom of the lamp body and the lamp body is provided with a slot which matches with the hook.

[F21L] LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS THEREOF, BEING PORTABLE OR SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR TRANSPORTATION [7]


Optimizing liquid temperature and liquid pressure in a modular outdoor refrigeration system
Patent No. 10323870 

Inventor(s): Jonathan Douglas (Lewisville, TX), Umesh Gokhale (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Heatcraft Refrigeration Products LLC (Stone Mountain, GA)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15205477 on 07/08/2016 (1075 days app to issue)

Abstract: A refrigeration system includes a valve and a controller. The valve is configured to control the flow of refrigerant into an evaporator, the refrigerant having an associated liquid setting comprising a temperature and a pressure at which the refrigerant flows through the valve. The controller is operable to adjust the liquid setting, the adjusted liquid setting comprising a temperature and a pressure selected to improve energy efficiency under conditions currently being experienced by the refrigeration system, wherein the controller is operable to adjust the temperature and the pressure simultaneously such that the adjustment does not interfere with operation of the valve.

[F25B] REFRIGERATION MACHINES, PLANTS, OR SYSTEMS; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials, e.g. refrigerants, or materials for the production of heat or cold by chemical reactions other than by combustion C09K 5/00; pumps, compressors F04; use of heat pumps for domestic or space-heating or for domestic hot-water supply F24D; air-conditioning, air-humidification F24F; fluid heaters using heat pumps F24H)


System and method of controlling refrigerator and freezer units to reduce consumed energy
Patent No. 10323875 

Inventor(s): Charles M. Louis (Fort Worth, TX), Joseph F. Sanders (North Richland Hills, TX), Steven T. Jackson (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC. (Glenview, IL)
Law Firm: Thompson Hine LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14809492 on 07/27/2015 (1422 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for controlling a refrigeration system is disclosed. The system includes a cooled compartment, at least one heat source selectively activated to provide heat, at least one sensor, and a controller. The sensor detects a temperature and a relative humidity of ambient air that surrounds the cooled compartment. The controller is in communication with the at least one heat source and the at least one sensor. The controller includes logic for calculating a dew point temperature based on the temperature and the relative humidity. The controller also includes logic for selecting a region of operation based on at least one of the dew point temperature and the relative humidity, where the region of operation is representative of ambient conditions that surround the cooled compartment. The controller further includes logic for determining if the at least one heat source is activated based on the region of operation.

[F25B] REFRIGERATION MACHINES, PLANTS, OR SYSTEMS; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials, e.g. refrigerants, or materials for the production of heat or cold by chemical reactions other than by combustion C09K 5/00; pumps, compressors F04; use of heat pumps for domestic or space-heating or for domestic hot-water supply F24D; air-conditioning, air-humidification F24F; fluid heaters using heat pumps F24H)


 

P H Y S I C S

Fine-grained object recognition in robotic systems
Patent No. 10322510 

Inventor(s): Wei Jiang (Santa Clara, CA), Wei Wang (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15449541 on 03/03/2017 (837 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for fine-grained object recognition in a robotic system is disclosed that includes obtaining an image of an object from an imaging device. Based on the image, a deep category-level detection neural network is used to detect pre-defined categories of objects. A feature map is generated for each pre-defined category of object detected by the deep category-level detection neural network. Embedded features are generated, based on the feature map, using a deep instance-level detection neural network corresponding to the pre-defined category of the object, wherein each pre-defined category of an object comprises a corresponding different instance-level detection neural network. An instance-level of the object is determined based on classification of the embedded features.

[G06K] RECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS (printing per se B41J)


Managing wellbore operations using uncertainty calculations
Patent No. 10323499 

Inventor(s): Jason D. Dykstra (Carrollton, TX), Zhijie Sun (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15035720 on 12/06/2013 (2020 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for controlling a bottom hole assembly (BHA) in a wellbore include determining a model of BHA dynamics; determining a predicted wellbore trajectory, based on the model of BHA dynamics; and determining an uncertainty of the predicted wellbore trajectory.

[G06G] ANALOGUE COMPUTERS (analogue optical computing devices G06E 3/00; computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Polarization selective, frequency selective, and wide dynamic range detectors, imaging arrays, readout integrated circuits, and sensor systems
Patent No. 10323987 

Inventor(s): George Dee Skidmore (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Morrison Foerster LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15873795 on 01/17/2018 (517 days app to issue)

Abstract: This relates to sensor systems, detectors, imagers, and readout integrated circuits (ROICs) configured to selectively detect one or more frequencies or polarizations of light, capable of operating with a wide dynamic range, or any combination thereof. In some examples, the detector can include one or more light absorbers; the patterns and/or properties of a light absorber can be configured based on the desired measurement wavelength range and/or polarization direction. In some examples, the detector can comprise a plurality of at least partially overlapping light absorbers for enhanced dynamic range detection. In some examples, the detector can be capable of electrostatic tuning for one or more flux levels by varying the response time or sensitivity to account for various flux levels. In some examples, the ROIC can be capable of dynamically adjusting at least one of the frame rate integrating capacitance, and power of the illumination source.

[G01J] MEASUREMENT OF INTENSITY, VELOCITY, SPECTRAL CONTENT, POLARISATION, PHASE OR PULSE CHARACTERISTICS OF INFRA-RED, VISIBLE OR ULTRA-VIOLET LIGHT; COLORIMETRY; RADIATION PYROMETRY [2]


Local effective permeability measurements for complex porous structures
Patent No. 10324017 

Inventor(s): Luca Maddalena (Kennedale, TX), Stefano Gulli (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15262131 on 09/12/2016 (1009 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for measuring a local permeability of a porous material. A probe can be positioned perpendicular to the surface of the material. The probe can be configured to sense a velocity of a fluid flowing over the surface. The probe can be positioned at a distance determined based on an average porosity of the material. The probe can take measurements at various positions at the distance by moving a minimum dimension between each measurement.

[G01N] INVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES (measuring or testing processes other than immunoassay, involving enzymes or microorganisms C12M, C12Q)


Electronic device and method for tracking energy consumption
Patent No. 10324116 

Inventor(s): Anton Brauchle (Mering, , DE), Horst Diewald (Freising, , DE), Johann Zipperer (Garching, , DE), Peter Weber (Allershausen, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14868130 on 09/28/2015 (1359 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and method for tracking energy consumption. An energy tracking system comprises at least one switching element, at least one inductor and a control block to keep the output voltage at a pre-selected level. The switching elements are configured to apply the source of energy to the inductors. The control block compares the output voltage of the energy tracking system to a reference value and controls the switching of the switched elements in order to transfer energy for the primary voltage into a secondary voltage at the output of the energy tracking system. The electronic device further comprises an ON-time and OFF-time generator and an accumulator wherein the control block is coupled to receive a signal from the ON-time and OFF-time generator and generates switching signals for the at least one switching element in the form of ON-time pulses with a constant ON-time.

[G01R] MEASURING ELECTRIC VARIABLES; MEASURING MAGNETIC VARIABLES (indicating correct tuning of resonant circuits H03J 3/12)


TSV testing method and apparatus
Patent No. 10324125 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15790597 on 10/23/2017 (603 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit die includes a substrate of semiconductor material having a top surface, a bottom surface, and an opening through the substrate between the top surface and the bottom surface. A through silicon via (TSV) has a conductive body in the opening, has a top contact point coupled to the body at the top surface, and has a bottom contact point coupled to the body at the bottom surface. A scan cell has a serial input, a serial output, control inputs, a voltage reference input, a response input coupled to one of the contact points, and a stimulus output coupled to the other one of the contact points.

[G01R] MEASURING ELECTRIC VARIABLES; MEASURING MAGNETIC VARIABLES (indicating correct tuning of resonant circuits H03J 3/12)


Geolocation using guided surface waves
Patent No. 10324163 

Inventor(s): James D. Lilly (Silver Spring, MD), James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH), Michael J. D”Aurelio (Marietta, GA)
Assignee(s): CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Italy, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14850071 on 09/10/2015 (1377 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various approaches for determining a location using guided surface waves. A wavelength and a phase of a base guided surface wave launched from a ground station and received by the guided surface wave receive structure are identified. A range of an overlaid guided surface wave launched from the ground station and received by the guided surface wave receive structure are identified., wherein the range of the overlaid guided surface wave is measured as a number of wavelengths of the base guided surface wave. A distance of the guided surface wave receive structure from the ground station based at least in part on the phase of the base guided surface wave and the range of the overlaid guided surface wave is calculated. Finally, a location of the guided surface wave receive structure based at least in part on the distance of the guided surface wave receive structure from the ground station is determined.

[G01S] RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES


Interrogator and system employing the same
Patent No. 10324177 

Inventor(s): Hugh Logan Scott (Fort Collins, CO), John P. Volpi (Garland, TX), Steven D. Roemerman (Highland, TX)
Assignee(s): LONE STAR IP HOLDINGS, LP (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Boisbrun Hofman, PLLC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15292209 on 10/13/2016 (978 days app to issue)

Abstract: An interrogator and system employing the same. In one embodiment, the interrogator includes a receiver configured to receive a return signal from a tag and a sensing module configured to provide a time associated with the return signal. The interrogator also includes a processor configured to employ synthetic aperture radar processing on the return signal in accordance with the time to locate a position of the tag.

[G01S] RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES


Enhanced object tracking using laser emitters and sensors
Patent No. 10324186 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16151914 on 10/04/2018 (257 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments are generally directed to object tracking using laser emitters and sensors. Light emitting devices may emit laser light that is received by sensor devices including photosensors. The sensor devices may determine a location of the respective sensor device based on the received laser light. The sensors devices may form a wireless mesh network that allows each sensor device to transmit the determined location to a base station.

[G01C] MEASURING DISTANCES, LEVELS OR BEARINGS; SURVEYING; NAVIGATION; GYROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS; PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR VIDEOGRAMMETRY (measuring liquid level G01F; radio navigation, determining distance or velocity by use of propagation effects, e.g. Doppler effect, propagation time, of radio waves, analogous arrangements using other waves G01S)


Method for the formation of nano-scale on-chip optical waveguide structures
Patent No. 10324254 

Inventor(s): Qing Liu (Irvine, CA)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Crowe Dunlevy (Local + 7 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15962633 on 04/25/2018 (419 days app to issue)

Abstract: A strip of sacrificial semiconductor material is formed on top of a non-sacrificial semiconductor material substrate layer. A conformal layer of the non-sacrificial semiconductor material is epitaxially grown to cover the substrate layer and the strip of sacrificial semiconductor material. An etch is performed to selectively remove the strip of sacrificial semiconductor material and leave a hollow channel surrounded by the conformal layer and the substrate layer. Using an anneal, the conformal layer and the substrate layer are reflowed to produce an optical waveguide structure including the hollow channel.

[G02B] OPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS (G02F takes precedence; optical elements specially adapted for use in lighting devices or systems thereof F21V 1/00-F21V 13/00; measuring-instruments, see the relevant subclass of class G01, e.g. optical rangefinders G01C; testing of optical elements, systems, or apparatus G01M 11/00; spectacles G02C; apparatus or arrangements for taking photographs or for projecting or viewing them G03B; sound lenses G10K 11/30; electron and ion “optics” H01J; X-ray “optics” H01J, H05G 1/00; optical elements structurally combined with electric discharge tubes H01J 5/16, H01J 29/89, H01J 37/22; microwave “optics” H01Q; combination of optical elements with television receivers H04N 5/72; optical systems or arrangements in colour television systems H04N 9/00; heating arrangements specially adapted for transparent or reflecting areas H05B 3/84) [7]


Offset image wedge with dual capability and alignment technique
Patent No. 10324298 

Inventor(s): Danny Robert Schoening (Allen, TX), Jose Joaquin Aizpuru (Tehachapi, CA), Rodney Doster (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEX SYSTEMS, INC. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16035374 on 07/13/2018 (340 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to an offset image wedge for use on a bore-sighted rifle that does not need to be exactly accurately mounted to the rifle because the offset image wedge is mounted directly onto the scope via a clamping mounting device and aligned optically by rotating the clamping mounting device on the scope until dual displayed images overlay each other. The offset image wedge allows for a dual image which allows it to be aligned in the field, and it allows for the user to choose either a bore-sighted image or an offset image without removing the wedge. This dual image capability is accomplished by having a wedge with a smaller diameter than the outer perimeter of the objective lens of the scope of the rifle. The use of a smaller diameter wedge allows the objective lens of the scope to continue to operate normally while the wedge delivers the offset image at the same time.

[G02B] OPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS (G02F takes precedence; optical elements specially adapted for use in lighting devices or systems thereof F21V 1/00-F21V 13/00; measuring-instruments, see the relevant subclass of class G01, e.g. optical rangefinders G01C; testing of optical elements, systems, or apparatus G01M 11/00; spectacles G02C; apparatus or arrangements for taking photographs or for projecting or viewing them G03B; sound lenses G10K 11/30; electron and ion “optics” H01J; X-ray “optics” H01J, H05G 1/00; optical elements structurally combined with electric discharge tubes H01J 5/16, H01J 29/89, H01J 37/22; microwave “optics” H01Q; combination of optical elements with television receivers H04N 5/72; optical systems or arrangements in colour television systems H04N 9/00; heating arrangements specially adapted for transparent or reflecting areas H05B 3/84) [7]


Memory sharing for buffered macro-pipelined data plane processing in multicore embedded systems
Patent No. 10324658 

Inventor(s): Russell C. McKown (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15390624 on 12/26/2016 (904 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus and method of operating and allocating a shared memory between various applications operating via a processing computing platform. One example may include receiving a first buffer context switch request message from a first application operating via a processor, transmitting a first buffer context switch flag to the processor operating the application confirming the first buffer context switch request was received, receiving a second buffer context switch request from a second application with a different processing cycle operating via the processor and transmitting a second buffer context switch flag to the processor operating the second application confirming the second buffer context switch request was received. Once the applications have been identified and confirmed, a synchronization operation may be performed to create a shared number of memory units between at least two different buffers and provide the shared memory units to the first application and the second application.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


System and method for a floating-point format for digital signal processors
Patent No. 10324688 

Inventor(s): Tong Sun (Allen, TX), Weizhong Chen (Austin, TX), Yuanbin Guo (Mira Loma, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15723924 on 10/03/2017 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment of a system and method for performing a numerical operation on input data in a hybrid floating-point format includes representing input data as a sign bit, exponent bits, and mantissa bits. The exponent bits are represented as an unsigned integer including an exponent bias, and a signed numerical value of zero is represented as a first reserved combination of the mantissa bits and the exponent bits. Each of all other combinations of the mantissa bits and the exponent bits represents a real finite non-zero number. The mantissa bits are operated on with a ”one” bit before a radix point for the all other combinations of the mantissa bits and the exponent bits.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Garbage collection in storage system
Patent No. 10324959 

Inventor(s): Xiangyu Tang (Santa Clara, CA), Yunxiang Wu (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15271012 on 09/20/2016 (1001 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage device implements a method for garbage collection. The storage device arranges data blocks of a storage medium into a bin and determines first coldness of a first data block in the bin and second coldness of a second data block in the bin that are respectively associated with a first rate of change of valid data in the first data block into invalid data and a second rate of change of valid data in the second data block into invalid data. Based on the first coldness and the second coldness, the storage device selects a colder data block from the first and second data blocks as a garbage data block. Because the valid data in the selected garbage data block are more stable, they may cause less new stale data or garbage data in a new block to which the valid data are moved.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


System and method for content selection for web page indexing
Patent No. 10324984 

Inventor(s): Robert R. Hauser (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): ORACLE AMERICA, INC. (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton, LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13287568 on 11/02/2011 (2785 days app to issue)

Abstract: An indexing system for documents such as web pages divides a document into elements, such as document object model elements. User attention data from prior interactions with the document are analyzed to determine those elements of a document that satisfy a threshold requirement of user attention. Elements meeting the user attention threshold requirement are added to a set of indexable content for the document. Furthermore, document sections are determined based on attention data and each section is indexed separately. Indexing is per section and based only on the indexable content, thereby enhancing the index relevance, increasing the efficiency of search engines and reducing spamdexing.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Method for removing customer personal information from an electronic device
Patent No. 10325098 

Inventor(s): Brian Gventer (Fort Worth, TX), Joel McCarty (Oklahoma City, OK), Ken Nguyen (Fort Worth, TX), Kevin Asbury (Van Alstyne, TX), Mike Lowry (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): FEDEX SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS ELECTRONICS, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14070258 on 11/01/2013 (2055 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for processing electronic devices to determine removal of customer personal information (CPI). An electronic device is connected to a test device. A number of electronic devices including the electronic device are received for determining that the CPI is removed from a number of sources. The number of electronic devices include a number of makes and models of electronic devices. A determination of whether CPI is included on the electronic device is made. An identification of the electronic device is recorded in response to determining that CPI is included on the electronic device. The CPI is cleared form the electronic device in response to determining that the CPI is included on the electronic device. The identification of the electronic devices and metadata is reported in response to determining the CPI was included on the electronic device.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Single-chip virtualizing and obfuscating storage system for portable computing devices
Patent No. 10325105 

Inventor(s): Frank John Banul, IV (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): GREEN HILLS SOFTWARE LLC (Santa Barbara, CA)
Law Firm: Barcelo, Harrison Walker, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14205366 on 03/11/2014 (1925 days app to issue)

Abstract: In certain embodiments, an information obfuscation service may be incorporated directly into the main applications processor of a portable computing device such that the applications processor and its relevant storage peripherals may be securely shared via a virtualization firmware module, avoiding the use of specialized hardware or major modifications of the operating system. The virtualizing and obfuscating storage firmware module may enable a much higher level of assurance in information-at-rest protection while using only the memory protection and privilege mode facilities inherent in common portable device applications microprocessors. The virtualizing and obfuscating storage firmware may interpose storage accesses originating from the operating system. This interposition may be performed seamlessly, without explicit knowledge of the operating system.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Method and system for preventing unauthorized processor mode switches
Patent No. 10325119 

Inventor(s): Gregory R. Conti (Saint Paul, , FR)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16143862 on 09/27/2018 (264 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed embodiments relate to a system having a processor adapted to activate multiple security levels for the system and a monitoring device coupled to the processor and employing security rules pertaining to the multiple security levels. The monitoring device restricts usage of the system if the processor activates the security levels in a sequence contrary to the security rules.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Vision-based on-street parked vehicle detection via normalized-view classifiers and temporal filtering
Patent No. 10325165 

Inventor(s): Graham S. Pennington (Webster, NY), Hao Wu (Pittsford, NY), Robert P. Loce (Webster, NY), Wencheng Wu (Webster, NY), Yao Rong Wang (Webster, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14502045 on 09/30/2014 (1722 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for estimating parking occupancy includes a vehicle-detection device including an adjustable mast supporting an image capture device at a select height. The image capture device acquires video of a current parking area. A computer processor in communication with the image capture device is configured to receive the video data and define a region of interest in the video data. The processor is further configured to perform a spatial transform on the ROI to transform the ROI to a normalized geometric space. The processor is further configured to apply features of a detected object in the normalized geometric space to a vehicle classifierpreviously trained with samples acquired from a normalized camera perspective similar to the normalized geometric spaceand determine the occupancy of the current parking area using an output of the classifier.

[G06K] RECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS (printing per se B41J)


Methods and systems for analyzing images in convolutional neural networks
Patent No. 10325173 

Inventor(s): Chaitanya Satish Ghone (Pune, , IN), Manu Mathew (Bangalore, , IN), Mihir Narendra Mody (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16108237 on 08/22/2018 (300 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for analyzing images to generate a plurality of output features includes receiving input features of the image and performing Fourier transforms on each input feature. Kernels having coefficients of a plurality of trained features are received and on-the-fly Fourier transforms (OTF-FTs) are performed on the coefficients in the kernels. The output of each Fourier transform and each OTF-FT are multiplied together to generate a plurality of products and each of the products are added to produce one sum for each output feature. Two-dimensional inverse Fourier transforms are performed on each sum.

[G06K] RECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS (printing per se B41J)


System and method for an efficient hardware implementation of census transform
Patent No. 10325174 

Inventor(s): Anish Reghunath (Plano, TX), Hetul Sanghvi (Richardson, TX), Michael Lachmayr (Boxford, MA), Mihir Mody (Karnataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15707695 on 09/18/2017 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for performing Census Transforms that includes an input from an image, with a support window created within the image, and a kernel within the support window. The Census Transform calculations and comparisons are performed within the kernel windows. One disclosed method allows for previously performed comparison to be calculated and compared as an if not equal invert or if equal use pervious comparison hardware design. Alternatively, a new Census Transform is disclosed which always inverts a previously made comparison. This new approach can be demonstrated to be equivalent to, applying the original Census Transform, on a pre-processed input kernel, where the pre-processing step adds a fractional position index to each pixel within the NN kernel. The fractional positional index ensures that no two pixels are equal to one another, and thereby makes the Original Census algorithm on pre-processed kernel same as the new Census algorithm on original kernel. The hardware design for this new Census Transform kernel allows for an always invert of previous comparison system resulting in reduced hardware and power consumption.

[G06K] RECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS (printing per se B41J)


Systems and methods for image preprocessing to improve accuracy of object recognition
Patent No. 10325178 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Richard Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Michael Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson Farabow, Garrett Dunner LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16202874 on 11/28/2018 (202 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to image preprocessing to improve object recognition. In one implementation, a system for preprocessing an image for object recognition may include at least one memory storing instructions and at least one processor configured to execute the instructions to perform operations. The operations may include receiving the image, detecting a plurality of bounding boxes within the image, grouping the plurality of bounding boxes into a plurality of groups such that bounding boxes within a group have shared areas exceeding an area threshold, deriving a first subset of the plurality of bounding boxes by selecting bounding boxes having highest class confidence scores from at least one group, selecting a bounding box from the first subset having a highest score based on area and class confidence score, and outputting the selected bounding box.

[G06K] RECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS (printing per se B41J)


Efficient decision tree traversal in an adaptive boosting (AdaBoost) classifier
Patent No. 10325204 

Inventor(s): Pramod Kumar Swami (Bangalore, , IN), Shyam Jagannathan (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14792596 on 07/06/2015 (1443 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for object classification in a decision tree based adaptive boosting (AdaBoost) classifier implemented on a single-instruction multiple-data (SIMD) processor is provided that includes receiving feature vectors extracted from N consecutive window positions in an image in a memory coupled to the SIMD processor and evaluating the N consecutive window positions concurrently by the AdaBoost classifier using the feature vectors and vector instructions of the SIMD processor, in which the AdaBoost classifier concurrently traverses decision trees for the N consecutive window positions until classification is complete for the N consecutive window positions.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Communication terminal and communication method using plural wireless communication schemes
Patent No. 10325254 

Inventor(s): Hisashi Takayama (Tokyo, , JP), Kyoko Kawaguchi (Tokyo, , JP), Osamu Sasaki (Kanagawa, , JP), Tetsuo Matsuse (Kanagawa, , JP), Yoshiaki Nakanishi (Tokyo, , JP)
Assignee(s): Sovereign Peak Ventures, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15180293 on 06/13/2016 (1100 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides an electronic wallet having a higher level of anonymity, security and convenience, which is capable of efficient electronizing of value information as well as which allows the user to efficiently manage the electronic value information. A presentation card indicating the fixed property of an electronic value is digitally signed by the service provider; a variable property is digitally signed with the private key of that electronic value. A service control, security information, representation control and representation resource are digitally signed by the service provider. These digital signature will be authenticated each time an electronic value object is generated.

[G06Q] DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [2006.01]


Database image matching using machine learning with output personalization
Patent No. 10325315 

Inventor(s): Arjun Dugal (Dallas, TX), Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Richard Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Raman Bajaj (Frisco, TX), Sanjiv Yajnik (Dallas, TX), Stephen Mic
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15916137 on 03/08/2018 (467 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for processing an image including a vehicle using machine learning can include a processor in communication with a client device, and a storage medium storing instructions that, when executed, cause the processor to perform operations including: determining a location of the client device; receiving an image of a vehicle from the client device; matching, using a machine learning algorithm, the image to one or more images of vehicles in a database, the database listing vehicles located at the determined location and including images of the vehicles; retrieving vehicle information from the database based on the matched one or more images in the database; obtaining user information relating to a financing request for the vehicle; determining a real-time quote for the vehicle based on the vehicle information and user information; and transmitting the real-time quote for display on the client device.

[G06Q] DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [2006.01]


Parking sensors capable of determining direction and speed of vehicle entering or leaving a parking lot using magnetic signature recognition
Patent No. 10325497 

Inventor(s): Sean O”Callaghan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Parking Genius, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15711796 on 09/21/2017 (635 days app to issue)

Abstract: A parking inventory management system includes a sensor apparatus with at least one magnetometer configured to generate a magnetic signature of a vehicle as it drives across the sensor apparatus. A computing device performs an analysis of the magnetic signature of the vehicle as received from the at least one magnetometer, the analysis including at least comparing the magnetic signature of the vehicle as received from the at least one magnetometer to known magnetic signatures of known vehicles. The computing device performs the analysis of the magnetic signature of the vehicle by comparing the magnetic signature of the vehicle to each of the known magnetic signatures of known vehicles to thereby determine a direction of travel of the vehicle based upon the comparison.

[G08G] TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEMS (guiding railway traffic, ensuring the safety of railway traffic B61L; radar or analogous systems, sonar systems or lidar systems specially adapted for traffic control G01S 13/91, G01S 15/88, G01S 17/88; radar or analogous systems, sonar systems or lidar systems specially adapted for anti-collision purposes G01S 13/93, G01S 15/93, G01S 17/93; control of position, course, altitude or attitude of land, water, air or space vehicles, not being specific to a traffic environment G05D 1/00) [2]


Method and system to attribute metadata to preexisting documents
Patent No. 10325511 

Inventor(s): Dennis L. Venable (Marion, NY), Eric Harte (Rochester, NY), Eric Michael Gross (Rochester, NY), Eric S. Hamby (Webster, NY), Megan Clar (Rochester, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14609820 on 01/30/2015 (1600 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure provides a method and system to convert a first digital representation of a document including a first format to a second digital representation of the document including a second format. According to an exemplary method, a preexisting printed assessment is scanned to produce an image file and an educational assessment analysis system captures an image area associated with a question, processes the captured image area to automatically assign metadata associated with an independent assessment creation process to the captured image area, which is subsequently processed to generate an assessment based on the assigned metadata which conforms with a format consistent with the independent assessment creation process.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Ensuring information security in data transfers by dividing and encrypting data blocks
Patent No. 10326588 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX), Sorin N. Cismas (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15651085 on 07/17/2017 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to ensuring information security in data transfers by dividing and encrypting data blocks. A computing platform may receive, from a data source computing device, a source data collection for a secure physical-storage-media data transfer and may identify one or more transmission parameters associated with the secure physical-storage-media data transfer. Subsequently, the computing platform may divide the source data collection into two or more data blocks and may separately encrypt the two or more data blocks based on the one or more transmission parameters to produce two or more encrypted data blocks for the secure physical-storage-media data transfer. Then, the computing platform may store the two or more encrypted data blocks on two or more physical media, and each encrypted data block of the two or more encrypted data blocks may be stored on a different physical medium of the two or more physical media.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Portable and flexible deployment of servers
Patent No. 10326668 

Inventor(s): Duke Skarda (Colleyville, TX), Marc Jones (Carollton, TX)
Assignee(s): SoftLayer Technologies, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts, LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14723595 on 05/28/2015 (1482 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system of portable and flexible deployment of dedicated and virtual servers. A user input of an order requesting the deployment of a dedicated or virtual server at a specified data center location is received at a user interface. A user input of a selection of a server image pertaining to the server to be deployed is received at a first screen at the user interface. A second screen is presented to the user at the user interface, which enables the user to select one or more geographic locations of two or more distinct geographic locations, from a menu displayed on the second screen, for storing and deploying the selected server image in a data center at each selected geographic location. The server is selected according to the user input of the selected server image. The selected server is deployed.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Automation system with address generation
Patent No. 10326732 

Inventor(s): Ed Martell (Arlington, TX), Hanz Da Silva (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Quest Automated Services, LLC (Tulsa, OK)
Law Firm: Hal Estill Attorneys at Law (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16154382 on 10/08/2018 (253 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automation system can generate a unique address for a newly connected device to optimize automated capabilities of the system. An automation system can have a first device connected to a host via a network where the first device has a processor. Connection of a second device to the host as part of the automation system prompts factory information from the second device to be imported with the processor r. A unique address is then generated for the second device with an address module of the processor based on the factory information. A first communication may be sent from the host to the second device using the unique address to allow at least one automated activity to be conducted with the second device in response to the first communication.

[G05B] CONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS (fluid-pressure actuators or systems acting by means of fluids in general F15B; valves per se F16K; characterised by mechanical features only G05G; sensitive elements, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. G12B, subclasses of G01, H01; correcting units, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. H02K)


System and method for detecting malicious attacks in a telecommunication network
Patent No. 10327137 

Inventor(s): Carlos Molina (Plano, TX), Dipankar Bhattacharyya (Plano, TX), Ravi Danda (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Mavenir Systems, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero Perle, L.L.P. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14658324 on 03/16/2015 (1555 days app to issue)

Abstract: The solution introduces a method and system in a network node of a telecommunication network such as the MME. The method includes receiving, from an eNodeB, an attach request that originated from a UE, the attach request including an identifier associated with a subscriber of the UE; checking a UE blacklist to determine whether the identifier in the attach request is on the UE blacklist; in response to the UE identifier being on the UE blacklist: rejecting the attach request; updating a success rate metric to reflect the failed attach request; comparing the success rate metric to a threshold; and in response to a decrease in the success rate metric below the threshold, recognizing a malicious attack and taking mitigating steps.

[G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Autonomous, closed-loop and adaptive simulated annealing based machine learning approach for intelligent analytics-assisted self-organizing-networks (SONs)
Patent No. 10327159 

Inventor(s): Iyad Alfalujah (Bedminster, NJ), James Mathew (Bellemead, NJ), Jin Yang (Bridgewater, NJ), Kamalaharan Dushyanthan (Metuchen, NJ), Nandu Gopalakrishnan (Chatham, NJ), Yan Xin (Princeton, NJ), Yanjie Fu (Harrison, NJ),
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14988359 on 01/05/2016 (1260 days app to issue)

Abstract: Convergence times associated with simulated annealing based (SA-based) optimization in wireless networks can be reduced by introducing an additional local or cell-level evaluation step into the evaluation of global solutions. In particular, new local solutions may be evaluated based on local performance criteria when the new solutions are in a global solution deemed to have satisfied a global performance criteria. New local solutions that satisfy their corresponding local performance criteria remain in the new global solution. New local solutions that do not satisfy their corresponding local performance criteria are replaced with a corresponding current local solution from a current global solution, thereby modifying the new global solution. The resulting modified global solution includes both new local solutions and current local solutions prior to being accepted as the current global solution for the next iteration.

[G06N] COMPUTER SYSTEMS BASED ON SPECIFIC COMPUTATIONAL MODELS [7]


 

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Circuit and method for interfacing universal serial bus
Patent No. 10324877 

Inventor(s): Byungchul Jang (Allen, TX), Erick Torres (Austin, TX), Hassan Pooya Forghani-Zadeh (Fort Worth, TX), Timothy Bryan Merkin (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14930680 on 11/03/2015 (1323 days app to issue)

Abstract: USB controllers, systems and methods are presented to conserve power in a USB controller, in which a transmitter transmits data to a line of a connected USB cable according to a transmit data signal, and a pull down circuit selectively sinks current from a supply node of the transmitter when the transmit data signal is in a first state, refrains from sinking the first current from the supply node when the transmit data signal is in a different second state.

[H03K] PULSE TECHNIQUE (measuring pulse characteristics G01R; modulating sinusoidal oscillations with pulses H03C; transmission of digital information H04L; discriminator circuits detecting phase difference between two signals by counting or integrating cycles of oscillation H03D 3/04; automatic control, starting, synchronisation or stabilisation of generators of electronic oscillations or pulses where the type of generator is irrelevant or unspecified H03L; coding, decoding or code conversion, in general H03M) [4]


Enhanced communication platform and related communication method using the platform
Patent No. 10325264 

Inventor(s): Raghuram Govindacharyula (Plano, TX), Ramkumar Katchapeswaran Mambakkam (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Upaid Systems, Ltd. (Road Town, , VG)
Law Firm: Venable LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16179468 on 11/02/2018 (228 days app to issue)

Abstract: Pre-authorized communication services and/or transactions are provided via a plurality of networks in response to a request received from a user to provide at least one of a communication service, a transaction and user account information via a plurality of networks of different types. Prior to processing the request, there is verification of the user”s authorization to receive the at least one of the communication service, the transaction, and the user account information, and that an account associated with the user has a sufficient amount currently available for payment of the at least one of the communication service and the transaction. After verification, an authorized account associated with the user is charged in real time as the at least one of the communication service and the transaction is provided.

[H04M] TELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION (circuits for controlling other apparatus via a telephone cable and not involving telephone switching apparatus G08)


Access control using device location tracking and blockchains
Patent No. 10325428 

Inventor(s): Manu J. Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15987349 on 05/23/2018 (391 days app to issue)

Abstract: An access control system that includes Internet of Things sensors and a controller within a controlled area. The controller is configured to detect a guest device for a guest, to link a guest block chain account with the guest, to identify a sponsor associated with the guest, and to identify a sponsor block chain account for the sponsor. The controller is further configured to publish an access control contract to the block chain. The access control contract includes executable instructions for publishing a transaction in the block chain transferring a validation token from the sponsor block chain account to the guest block chain account and conditions linked with the executable instructions. The controller is configured to determine whether the conditions have been satisfied and to send a trigger message that triggers the access control contract to execute the instructions in response to determining the conditions have been satisfied.

[H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Electronics package with improved thermal performance
Patent No. 10325828 

Inventor(s): Jonathan J. Fain (Sachse, TX), Mark C. Woods (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15472678 on 03/29/2017 (811 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronics package includes a thermal lid over a flip chip component such that the thermal lid is in contact with a surface of a flip chip component and one or more thermal vias in a substrate on which the flip chip component is mounted. The thermal lid dissipates heat from the flip chip component by way of the thermal vias to improve the thermal performance of the electronics package.

[H01L] SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (use of semiconductor devices for measuring G01; resistors in general H01C; magnets, inductors, transformers H01F; capacitors in general H01G; electrolytic devices H01G 9/00; batteries, accumulators H01M; waveguides, resonators, or lines of the waveguide type H01P; line connectors, current collectors H01R; stimulated-emission devices H01S; electromechanical resonators H03H; loudspeakers, microphones, gramophone pick-ups or like acoustic electromechanical transducers H04R; electric light sources in general H05B; printed circuits, hybrid circuits, casings or constructional details of electrical apparatus, manufacture of assemblages of electrical components H05K; use of semiconductor devices in circuits having a particular application, see the subclass for the application) [2]


Integrated circuit devices and fabrication techniques
Patent No. 10325927 

Inventor(s): John H. Zhang (Altamont, NY)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15586195 on 05/03/2017 (776 days app to issue)

Abstract: Single gate and dual gate FinFET devices suitable for use in an SRAM memory array have respective fins, source regions, and drain regions that are formed from portions of a single, contiguous layer on the semiconductor substrate, so that STI is unnecessary. Pairs of FinFETs can be configured as dependent-gate devices wherein adjacent channels are controlled by a common gate, or as independent-gate devices wherein one channel is controlled by two gates. Metal interconnects coupling a plurality of the FinFET devices are made of a same material as the gate electrodes. Such structural and material commonalities help to reduce costs of manufacturing high-density memory arrays.

[H01L] SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (use of semiconductor devices for measuring G01; resistors in general H01C; magnets, inductors, transformers H01F; capacitors in general H01G; electrolytic devices H01G 9/00; batteries, accumulators H01M; waveguides, resonators, or lines of the waveguide type H01P; line connectors, current collectors H01R; stimulated-emission devices H01S; electromechanical resonators H03H; loudspeakers, microphones, gramophone pick-ups or like acoustic electromechanical transducers H04R; electric light sources in general H05B; printed circuits, hybrid circuits, casings or constructional details of electrical apparatus, manufacture of assemblages of electrical components H05K; use of semiconductor devices in circuits having a particular application, see the subclass for the application) [2]


Semiconductor device with extended electrically-safe operating area
Patent No. 10326014 

Inventor(s): Xiaoju Wu (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15988543 on 05/24/2018 (390 days app to issue)

Abstract: In at least some embodiments, a semiconductor device comprises a source region is formed within a well. The source region comprises a first dopant type, and the well comprises a second dopant type opposite the first dopant type. A termination region is formed within the well, the termination region being aligned with the source region and having an end adjacent to and spaced apart from an end of the source region. The termination region comprises a semiconducting material having the second dopant type. A preselected concentration value of the dopant in the termination region is greater than a concentration value of the second dopant type in the well.

[H01L] SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (use of semiconductor devices for measuring G01; resistors in general H01C; magnets, inductors, transformers H01F; capacitors in general H01G; electrolytic devices H01G 9/00; batteries, accumulators H01M; waveguides, resonators, or lines of the waveguide type H01P; line connectors, current collectors H01R; stimulated-emission devices H01S; electromechanical resonators H03H; loudspeakers, microphones, gramophone pick-ups or like acoustic electromechanical transducers H04R; electric light sources in general H05B; printed circuits, hybrid circuits, casings or constructional details of electrical apparatus, manufacture of assemblages of electrical components H05K; use of semiconductor devices in circuits having a particular application, see the subclass for the application) [2]


Enhanced guided surface waveguide probe
Patent No. 10326190 

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC (Italy, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15878607 on 01/24/2018 (510 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various examples are provided for enhanced guided surface waveguide probes, systems and methods. In one example, a guided surface waveguide probe includes a charge terminal elevated over a lossy conducting medium, the charge terminal includes a upper terminal portion coupled to a lower terminal portion through a variable capacitance. A feed network is configured to couple an excitation source to the charge terminal and provide a voltage to the charge terminal with a phase delay that matches a wave tilt angle associated with a complex Brewster angle of incidence associated with the lossy conducting medium. In another example a method includes positioning a charge terminal over a lossy conducting medium, where the charge terminal includes an upper terminal portion coupled to a lower terminal portion through a variable capacitance. The method also includes adjusting a phase delay of a feed network to match a wave tilt angle associated with a complex Brewster angle of incidence associated with the lossy conducting medium, where the feed network is configured to couple an excitation source to the charge terminal and provide a voltage to the charge terminal with the phase delay.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Spherical lens array based multi-beam antennae
Patent No. 10326208 

Inventor(s): Serguei Matitsine (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Matsing Inc. (Irvine, CA)
Law Firm: Fish IP Law, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16208443 on 12/03/2018 (197 days app to issue)

Abstract: A radio frequency antenna uses an array of spherical lens and mechanically movable radio frequency (RF) elements along the surface of the spherical lens to provide cellular coverage for a narrow geographical area. The antenna includes at least two spherical lens, where each spherical lens has at least one associated element assembly. Each element assembly has a track that curves along the contour of the exterior surface of the spherical lens and along which a radio frequency (RF) element can move. The antenna also includes a phase shifter configured to adjust a phase of the signals produced by the RF elements. The antenna includes a control mechanism configured to enable a user to move the RF elements along their respective tracks, and automatically configure the phase shifter to modify a phase of the output signals from the elements based on the relative positions between the RF elements.

[H01Q] AERIALS (radiators or aerials for microwave heating H05B 6/72)


Multi-band antenna for communication with multiple co-located satellites
Patent No. 10326213 

Inventor(s): Sharad V Parekh (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): VIASAT, INC. (Carlsbad, CA)
Law Firm: Fountainhead Law Group P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14973705 on 12/17/2015 (1279 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure describes a multi-band antenna having a horn configured to communicate signals in a first frequency band and a second frequency band, an in-line feed, and sidewall feeds. The in-line feed may be coupled to an in-line opening in the horn to communicate signals in the first frequency band. The horn may include first and second openings to communicate signals in the second frequency band. The sidewall feeds may have first and second side feeds respectively coupled to the first and second openings.

[H01Q] AERIALS (radiators or aerials for microwave heating H05B 6/72)


Circuit reliability improvement by detecting and mitigating high voltage transient event at supply
Patent No. 10326268 

Inventor(s): Eung J. Kim (Allen, TX), Md. Abidur Rahman (Richardson, TX), Sualp Aras (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15225478 on 08/01/2016 (1051 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit reliability system with a first voltage supply for outputting a first voltage and a second voltage supply for outputting a second voltage. The system also includes: (i) at least one node for providing a potential in response to the first voltage and the second voltage; (ii) monitoring circuitry for detecting the first voltage exceeding a threshold; and (iii) disabling circuitry, for disabling the second voltage supply in response to the monitoring circuitry detecting the first voltage exceeding a threshold.

[H02H] EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS (indicating or signalling undesired working conditions G01R, e.g. G01R 31/00, G08B; locating faults along lines G01R 31/08; emergency protective devices H01H)


Magnetic-drive axial-flow fluid displacement pump and turbine
Patent No. 10326343 

Inventor(s): Raymond J. Walsh (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Shaver Swanson, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16190072 on 11/13/2018 (217 days app to issue)

Abstract: What is disclosed are embodiments of magnetic torque transfer devices utilizing torque transfer by magnetic induction in which an induction cylinder fabricated from an electrical conductor is interposed into the gap between a pair of magnetically coupled primary and secondary rotors. Rotation of the induction cylinder relative to the coupled rotors evokes magnetic torque transfer in accordance with Lenz”s Law. The primary rotor rotates within a toroid shaped stator. The stator may be configured for rolling biphasic coil control. The secondary rotor is attached to a propeller. The device may function as a turbine when fluid is directed to flow over the propeller. The device may function as a pump when AC power is supplied to the stator. Rolling biphasic motor control includes dividing motor coils into increments, then configuring groups of contiguous increments into virtual coils, which revolve in tandem with the primary rotor so to achieve continuous and optimal torque transfer with minimum torque ripple.

[H02K] DYNAMO-ELECTRIC MACHINES (dynamo-electric relays H01H 53/00; conversion of DC or AC input power into surge output power H02M 9/00)


Programmable switching converter
Patent No. 10326373 

Inventor(s): Ananthakrishnan Viswanathan (Allen, TX), Philomena Cleopha Brady (Corinth, TX), Shanguang Xu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15874697 on 01/18/2018 (516 days app to issue)

Abstract: A switching converter is provided that includes a power MOSFET, a controller having a drive pin connected to a gate terminal of the power MOSFET, and a resistor connected to the gate terminal. A compensation time selection circuit is included that has compensation times stored therein. A compensation time is selected from the compensation times based on a value of the resistor and stored in the controller. The selected compensation time compensates for an inherent delay in switching the power MOSFET to an ON state after the power MOSFET receives a signal to switch to the ON state to allow the power MOSFET to switch to the ON state when a drain voltage of the power MOSFET”s reaches its lowest value during a switching cycle.

[H02M] APPARATUS FOR CONVERSION BETWEEN AC AND AC, BETWEEN AC AND DC, OR BETWEEN DC AND DC, AND FOR USE WITH MAINS OR SIMILAR POWER SUPPLY SYSTEMS; CONVERSION OF DC OR AC INPUT POWER INTO SURGE OUTPUT POWER; CONTROL OR REGULATION THEREOF (conversion of current or voltage specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces with no moving parts G04G 19/02; systems for regulating electric or magnetic variables in general, e.g. using transformers, reactors or choke coils, combination of such systems with static converters G05F; for digital computers G06F 1/00; transformers H01F; connection or control of one converter with regard to conjoint operation with a similar or other source of supply H02J; dynamo-electric converters H02K 47/00; controlling transformers, reactors or choke coils, control or regulation of electric motors, generators or dynamo-electric converters H02P; pulse generators H03K) [5]


Receiver circuits for millimeter wave devices
Patent No. 10326420 

Inventor(s): Abdellatif Bellaouar (Richardson, TX), Frank Zhang (Richardson, TX), Mehmet Ipek (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC. (Grand Cayman, , KY)
Law Firm: Williams Morgan, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15966998 on 04/30/2018 (414 days app to issue)

Abstract: We disclose a receiver circuit which may be used in mm-wave devices. The receiver circuit comprises a transimpedance amplifier comprising PMOS and NMOS transistors, wherein the back gate voltages provided to the transistors may be adjusted. By adjusting the back gate voltages during device operation, structural variations and temperature variations in the threshold voltages of the transistors may be minimized and the gain compression tolerance of the receiver circuit may be increased.

[H03F] AMPLIFIERS (measuring, testing G01R; optical parametric amplifiers G02F; circuit arrangements with secondary emission tubes H01J 43/30; masers, lasers H01S; dynamo-electric amplifiers H02K; control of amplification H03G; coupling arrangements independent of the nature of the amplifier, voltage dividers H03H; amplifiers capable only of dealing with pulses H03K; repeater circuits in transmission lines H04B 3/36, H04B 3/58; application of speech amplifiers in telephonic communication H04M 1/60, H04M 3/40)


Hot swap controller with multiple current limits
Patent No. 10326436 

Inventor(s): Artem Andreevich Rogachev (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15719665 on 09/29/2017 (627 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hot swap controller circuit includes a comparator and current control circuitry. The comparator is configured to compare voltage across a power transistor controlled by the hot swap controller circuit to a predetermined threshold voltage. The current control circuitry is coupled to the comparator. The current control circuitry is configured to limit current through the power transistor to no higher than a predetermined high current based on the voltage across the transistor being less than the predetermined threshold voltage. The current control circuitry is also configured to limit the current through the transistor to be no higher than a predetermined low current based on the voltage across the transistor being greater than the predetermined threshold voltage. The predetermined high current is greater than the predetermined low current.

[H03K] PULSE TECHNIQUE (measuring pulse characteristics G01R; modulating sinusoidal oscillations with pulses H03C; transmission of digital information H04L; discriminator circuits detecting phase difference between two signals by counting or integrating cycles of oscillation H03D 3/04; automatic control, starting, synchronisation or stabilisation of generators of electronic oscillations or pulses where the type of generator is irrelevant or unspecified H03L; coding, decoding or code conversion, in general H03M) [4]


Code partitioning for the array of devices
Patent No. 10326448 

Inventor(s): Andrei V. Vassiliev (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Scientific Concepts International Corporation (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Maschoff Brennan (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15608764 on 05/30/2017 (749 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to an aspect of an embodiment, a method of array source code partitioning and topology determination may include determining an optimum topology of an array of field programmable gate array (FPGA) devices based on a processing specification. The method may include automatically performing the best-effort partitioning on a default topology of the array of FPGA devices. The method may include partitioning parallel and serial source code among the FPGA devices mapped into optimum topology or the default topology. The method may include mapping a virtual topology onto a fixed physical topology of the array of FPGA devices. The method may include presenting computing resources of the array of FPGA devices to a host or to an entire application as a larger FPGA or as software-defined computing resources.

[H03K] PULSE TECHNIQUE (measuring pulse characteristics G01R; modulating sinusoidal oscillations with pulses H03C; transmission of digital information H04L; discriminator circuits detecting phase difference between two signals by counting or integrating cycles of oscillation H03D 3/04; automatic control, starting, synchronisation or stabilisation of generators of electronic oscillations or pulses where the type of generator is irrelevant or unspecified H03L; coding, decoding or code conversion, in general H03M) [4]


Level shifter circuit generating bipolar clock signals
Patent No. 10326451 

Inventor(s): Biraja Prasad Dash (Tucson, AZ), Dimitar Trifonov (Vail, AZ), Ravinthiran Balasingam (Tucson, AZ)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16101699 on 08/13/2018 (309 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, a level shifter circuit comprises: a first transistor pair cascoded at a first input node; a second transistor pair cascoded at a second input node, wherein the first and transistor pairs couple at a first node, a second node, a third node, and a fourth node; a third transistor pair coupled to the first transistor pair at the first and the third nodes, wherein the third transistor pair is configured to generate a first bipolar clock signal; a fourth transistor pair coupled to the second transistor pair at the second and the fourth nodes, wherein the fourth transistor pair is configured to generate a second bipolar clock signal; and a clock generation circuit coupled to the first node, the second node, the third node, and the fourth node.

[H03L] AUTOMATIC CONTROL, STARTING, SYNCHRONISATION, OR STABILISATION OF GENERATORS OF ELECTRONIC OSCILLATIONS OR PULSES (of dynamo-electric generators H02P) [3]


Communications system bridging wireless from outdoor to indoor
Patent No. 10326519 

Inventor(s): Eran Pisek (Allen, TX), Farooq Khan (Allen, TX), Khalil Haddad (Allen, TX), Khurram Muhammad (Fort Worth, TX), Paul Gilliland (Allen, TX), Robert Clark Daniels (Austin, TX)
Assignee(s): Phazr, Inc. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15627146 on 06/19/2017 (729 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless communications system includes an outside module configured to communicate with a radio base station. The outside module includes a wireless power receiver. The system includes an inside module configured to communicate with the outside module and to communicate with a communications device. The inside module includes a wireless power transmitter configured to wirelessly transmit power to the outside module.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Methods and systems for wireless communications using auxiliary base stations
Patent No. 10326522 

Inventor(s): Farooq Khan (Allen, TX), Sidharth Balasubramanian (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Phazr, Inc. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15916705 on 03/09/2018 (466 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of wireless communication includes receiving a plurality of first downlink signals at a first radio base station, where the plurality of first downlink signals each has a different frequency. The method further includes down-converting the plurality of first downlink signals to a plurality of second downlink signals, where the plurality of second downlink signals have a same frequency. The method also includes transmitting the plurality of second downlink signals to associated user equipments (UEs).

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method for muxing orthogonal modes using modal correlation matrices
Patent No. 10326526 

Inventor(s): Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NXGEN PARTNERS IP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15699334 on 09/08/2017 (648 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for transmitting an orthogonal function processed signal over a communications link on a fiber involves generating at least one mode crosstalk matrix illustrating mode crosstalk between transmitted modes and adjacent modes within the fiber. Adjacent modes to be multiplexed together are selected based on entries within the generated mode crosstalk matrix being less than or equal to a predetermined value. The transmitted modes and the selected adjacent modes are multiplexed together into the orthogonal function processed signal for transmission on the communications link on the fiber.

[H04J] MULTIPLEX COMMUNICATION (peculiar to transmission of digital information H04L 5/00; systems for the simultaneous or sequential transmission of more than one television signal H04N 7/08; in exchanges H04Q 11/00)


System and method providing network optimization for broadband networks
Patent No. 10326532 

Inventor(s): Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NxGen Partners IP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16040814 on 07/20/2018 (333 days app to issue)

Abstract: A backhaul network comprises at least two of a distribution point, a splitter, an amplifier, a coupler and an optical network for use within the backhaul network. Predetermined locations are selected for the at least two of the distribution point, the splitter, the amplifier, the coupler and the optical network within the backhaul network based upon a constrained optimization process that reduces cost and improves backhaul network reliability. Each of the at least two of the distribution point, the splitter, the amplifier, the coupler and the optical network are located at one of the predetermined locations from the constrained optimization process.

[H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


CSI reference resource and CQI report for MTC operation
Patent No. 10326549 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15318745 on 11/04/2016 (956 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for deriving channel feedback for a physical channel based on an indication of the number of transmission repetitions. In some embodiments, a method for use in a wireless device for determining channel feedback for a physical channel includes receiving control signaling including an indication of a number of transmission repetitions of the physical channel. The method also includes deriving the channel feedback for the physical channel based on the indication of the number of transmission repetitions, where a code rate corresponding to the channel feedback corresponds to an effective channel code rate of the physical channel occupying a group of physical resources including the number of transmission repetitions. In this way, the wireless device may report channel conditions that are better than the channel conditions corresponding to a single transmission, according to some embodiments.

[H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Knowledge base radio and core network prescriptive root cause analysis
Patent No. 10326640 

Inventor(s): Robert W. Froehlich (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): NetScout Systems Texas, LLC (Westford, MA)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14621101 on 02/12/2015 (1587 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, computer program product and system for performing performance and root cause analysis of failures in a telecommunication network are provided. The telecommunication network includes User Equipment (UE) devices, core network and radio access network (RAN). Information related to impacted performance and failures reported in the telecommunication network is received. Telecommunication and transport network elements associated with the reported network performance and failures are identified. Performance and configuration data associated with the identified network elements is analyzed to identify one or more causes of the reported network failures. A root cause analysis of the reported network failures is performed using knowledge and statistical inference models for each of the identified causes to provide at least one recommendation for resolving the reported network failures.

[H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Test fixture and method for securing and testing network devices
Patent No. 10326684 

Inventor(s): Jimmie Paul Partee (Double Oak, TX)
Assignee(s): FEDEX SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS ELECTRONICS, INC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13664872 on 10/31/2012 (2421 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for testing multiple residential gateways. One of the multiple residential gateways is engaged in a testing platform of a test fixture. The testing platform includes an adapter for interfacing the set-top box with the test fixture. The multiple residential gateways are automatically tested in parallel. Test results for each of the multiple residential gateways are measured. The test results for each of the multiple residential gateways are displayed to a user.

[H04N] PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION [4]


Method to prevent cloning of electronic components using public key infrastructure secure hardware device
Patent No. 10326754 

Inventor(s): David Tamagno (Austin, TX), John Tran (Austin, TX), Sean Newton (Austin, TX)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15724159 on 10/03/2017 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic component includes a processor and a memory. The electronic component has a secure platform capable of storing at least one dual key pair and a corresponding digital signature. There is also a system including a host machine and an electronic component capable of being operated by the host machine. The electronic component has a processor, a memory, and a secure platform capable of storing at least one dual key pair and a corresponding digital signature. Another aspect describes a method, which includes reading a public key from an electronic component by a host machine, verifying the public key against a stored key in the host machine, digitally signing data using a private key from the electronic component, verifying the signed data against the stored key, and using the electronic component by the host machine only if the signed data and the public key are verified.

[H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Control of light spreading with blurring element in projector systems
Patent No. 10326967 

Inventor(s): Brad Walker (Plano, TX), Duane Scott Dewald (Plano, TX), Nathan Shawn Wainwright (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15574017 on 05/10/2016 (1134 days app to issue)

Abstract: Projection systems and/or methods comprising a blurring element are disclosed In one embodiment, a blurring element may comprise a first plate having a pattern on a first surface and second plate. The first plate and the second plate may comprise material having a slight difference in their respective index of refraction. In another embodiment, a blurring element may comprise a first plate having a pattern thereon and a second immersing material. The blurring element may be placed in between two modulators in a dual or multi-modulator projector system. The blurring element may be configured to give a desired shape to the light transmitted from a first modulator to a second modulator.

[H04N] PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION [4]


Transform and quantization architecture for video coding and decoding
Patent No. 10326991 

Inventor(s): Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX), Mangesh Sadafale (Nagpur Maharashtra, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15192625 on 06/24/2016 (1089 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of encoding a video stream in a video encoder is provided that includes computing an offset into a transform matrix based on a transform block size, wherein a size of the transform matrix is larger than the transform block size, and wherein the transform matrix is one selected from a group consisting of a DCT transform matrix and an IDCT transform matrix, and transforming a residual block to generate a DCT coefficient block, wherein the offset is used to select elements of rows and columns of a DCT submatrix of the transform block size from the transform matrix.

[H04N] PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION [4]


System and method for estimating view synthesis distortion
Patent No. 10326995 

Inventor(s): Chen-Xiong Zhang (Plano, TX), Jianhua Zheng (Beijing, , CN), Nam Ling (San Jose, CA), Zhouye Gu (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX), Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15640290 on 06/30/2017 (718 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and method embodiments are provided for achieving improved View Synthesis Distortion (VSD) calculation and more accurate distortion estimation of encoded video frames. An embodiment method includes obtaining a depth map value for a video frame and determining a weighting factor for depth distortion in accordance with the depth map value. The weighting factor maps a pixel range of the depth map value to an output function having higher values for closer image objects and lower values for farther image objects. The VSD for the video frame is then calculated as a function of absolute horizontal texture gradients weighted by a depth distortion value and the weighting factor determined in accordance with the depth map value.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for asynchronous uploading of live digital multimedia with guaranteed delivery
Patent No. 10327013 

Inventor(s): Bradley Reitmeyer (Allen, TX), Paul Martel (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): LIVING AS ONE, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15944312 on 04/03/2018 (441 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for asynchronous uploading of digital multimedia with guaranteed delivery is provided. The system comprises at least one processor and a memory coupled to the at least one processor, the memory containing computer executable instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the system to attempt by at least one upload worker thread to transmit a first container to a remote server, execute by the at least one upload worker thread a data integrity test on the first container upon a successful upload of the first container, and repeat, if the data integrity test fails, the attempt and execute steps.

[H04N] PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION [4]


Systems and methods for video processing
Patent No. 10327017 

Inventor(s): Mihir Narendra Mody (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13769480 on 02/18/2013 (2311 days app to issue)

Abstract: Several systems and methods for processing of video frames based on one or more video formats are disclosed. In an embodiment, a video processing system comprises a memory and a video engine. The memory stores a plurality of video frames, a primary set of instructions and a plurality of secondary sets of processing instructions. Each secondary set of processing instructions is associated with a video format. The video engine is loaded with the primary set of instructions and is configured to fetch one or more video frames and a secondary set of processing instructions from the memory based on the loaded primary set of instructions. The fetched secondary set of processing instructions corresponds to a video format determined for processing of the one or more video frames. The video engine performs processing of the one or more video frames based on the secondary set of processing instructions.

[H04N] PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION [4]


System and method for notifying users of similar searches
Patent No. 10327104 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16148279 on 10/01/2018 (260 days app to issue)

Abstract: Interactions between users on mobile devices can be facilitated by making the users aware when other users have performed similar searches. In one embodiment, when two users executing a mapping application on a mobile device each perform a similar search in a similar geographic area, the server that receives and performs the search request can make each user aware of the other”s presence, for example by displaying an icon indicating the other user on the mapping application. The search results may be refined to indicate search results in a geographic area common to the geographic search areas of each user.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Providing information to a mobile device based on an event at a geographical location
Patent No. 10327105 

Inventor(s): James N. White (Dallas, TX), Monica Rose Martino (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16209874 on 12/04/2018 (196 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and computer readable medium for providing information to a mobile device based on an event comprising detecting an occurrence of the event, determining if the event is a specific event and if the event occurred at or near a geographical location and sending an alert of the event to at least one mobile device if the event is the specific event, if the event occurs at or near the geographical location, and if the at least one mobile device is located at or near the geographical location.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Managing licensed and unlicensed communications using cellular protocols
Patent No. 10327149 

Inventor(s): Bonnie Chen (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): General Motors LLC (Detroit, MI)
Law Firm: Reising Ethington P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15145538 on 05/03/2016 (1141 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method of identifying licensed and unlicensed communications over a cellular protocol includes: wirelessly transmitting a communication session request from a wireless device to a wireless carrier system using the LTE cellular protocol; receiving a response at the wireless device from the wireless carrier system indicating that the wireless carrier system is providing a communication session using a licensed communications frequency band or an unlicensed communications frequency band; and establishing communications from the wireless device via the wireless carrier system based on whether the wireless carrier system is providing cellular communications via the licensed communications frequency band or the unlicensed communications frequency band.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Dynamic service and policy control based on radio condition notifications
Patent No. 10327177 

Inventor(s): Sudhakar Reddy Patil (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15916732 on 03/09/2018 (466 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for receiving, by a policy and charging rules function (PCRF) device and from a packet data network gateway (PGW) device, a signaling message for a subscriber data session, the signaling message including first radio condition notification (RCN) data identifying an amount/level of data service throughput available at a location with respect to a radio access network (RAN); generating, responsive to the signaling message, a request for the subscriber”s quality of service (QoS) and policy information; sending the request for QoS and policy information to a home subscriber server (HSS) device; receiving, from the HSS device, the subscriber”s QoS and policies; determining, based on the QoS and policies and the amount/level of data service throughput, QoS and policy decisions applicable to the subscriber at the location; and sending the QoS and policy decisions to the PGW device for implementation via the RAN.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Control design for backhaul relay to support multiple HARQ processes
Patent No. 10327257 

Inventor(s): Farooq Khan (Allen, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX), Yan Wang (Plano, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14178227 on 02/11/2014 (1953 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless communication network includes a base station and a relay station. The relay station is configured to relay communications between the base station and at least one subscriber station. The base station is configured to communicate with the subscriber station via the relay station. The base station further is configured to transmit, in a subframe, a plurality of transport blocks for a plurality of Hybrid Automatic Repeat Request (HARQ) processes to the relay station. Each transport block corresponds to a different HARQ process.

[H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Power over ethernet powered device having automatic power signature
Patent No. 10327305 

Inventor(s): David N. Abramson (Hooksett, NH), Jean Picard (Hooksett, NH), Karl H. Jacobs (Hampton, NH)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16037465 on 07/17/2018 (336 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a Power over Ethernet (PoE) system, a Powered Device (PD) having circuitry to measure the load current from a Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) in the PD. Circuitry compares the measured load current with a first threshold. Circuitry automatically generates load pulses for signaling the PSE, that power to the PD should be maintained.

[H05B] ELECTRIC HEATING; ELECTRIC LIGHTING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Monitoring method, circuit and system
Patent No. RE047441 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Brett Smith (McKinney, TX), Ross E Teggatz (McKinney, TX), Wayne T Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TRIUNE IP LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15173265 on 06/03/2016 (1110 days app to issue)

Abstract: A monitoring circuit for use with a monitored circuit having a power supply input and a load output. The monitoring circuit having a biasing module, a reference generator coupled to the power supply input and the biasing module, a comparator coupled to the monitored circuit and the reference generator and an output device coupled to the load output and activated at a predetermined signal threshold. Patent Class: N/A


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Ceremonial gown
Patent No. D851363 

Inventor(s): Alex Royer (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Sherri Higgins Law (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29616274 on 09/05/2017 (651 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Diagnostic analyzer
Patent No. D851519 

Inventor(s): Christina A. Barton (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29633975 on 01/17/2018 (517 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Light bar
Patent No. D851789 

Inventor(s): Brian P. Johnson (Fishersville, VA)
Assignee(s): London Johnson, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29602543 on 05/01/2017 (778 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

 

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