Dallas Invents: 103 Patents Granted for Week of July 27

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

Patents granted include:
•  AiBUY's dynamic binding of content transactional items
•  Alliance Sports Group's lighting system
•  Compass Datacenters' air dam for a datacenter facility
•  Microsoft's distributed processing architecture
•  Siemens' low pin count reversible scan architecture
•  TI's technique to deter theft from automated teller machines

 

Dallas Fort Worth: U.S. Patents Granted in the Dallas Fort Worth region.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 July 27, 2021  |  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

103 patents granted    
Ranked No. 11 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES 10
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING 8
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING 3
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY 3
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS 6
G: PHYSICS 37
H: ELECTRICITY 28
DESIGN: 8


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 18
IBM Corp. (Armonk, NY) 4
Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI) 4
Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston) 2
Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID) 2
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR) 2
Sandisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 2

UNASSIGNED 9


TOP INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Prakash Narayanan (Bangalore, IN) 2
Wilson Pradeep (Bangalore, IN) 2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Bowl with suction device and method of use
Patent No. 11071400 

Inventor(s): Faisal Khan (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15821829 on 11/23/2017 (1342 days app to issue)

Abstract: A container system includes a container having a body forming an inner area to hold contents therein, the container having an outer surface that extends from a top surface to a bottom surface; and an attachment device secured to the bottom surface of the container, the attachment device having an elastomeric body configured to engage with a surface of a support structure to secure the attachment device to the surface of the support structure; the attachment device secures the container to the support structure.

[A47G] HOUSEHOLD OR TABLE EQUIPMENT (book-ends A47B 65/00; knives B26B)


Twist-drivable pin assembly
Patent No. 11071574 

Inventor(s): Jonathan Lee (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): DEPUY IRELAND UNLIMITED COMPANY (Cork, IE)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16352926 on 03/14/2019 (866 days app to issue)

Abstract: A twist-drivable pin assembly includes first and second drivers, each having a driving end which can be received in a bore in the end of a twist-drivable pin, and an opposite end at which torque can be applied. The cross-sectional shape of each of the drivers at its driving end has a first plurality of apexes whose relative locations coincide with the apexes of a regular polygon such as a hexagon. The drivers differ from one another in their cross-sectional shapes at the driving end by virtue of one or more faces of at least one of the drivers between adjacent pairs of apexes having a groove formed in it. Each of first and second twist-drivable pins has a bore extending into it which is defined by a second plurality of apexes arranged as a regular polygon such as a hexagon and which is open at one end.

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


Compositions and methods of use of novel strains of [i]Lactobacillus fermentum[/i]
Patent No. 11071760 

Inventor(s): Aarn Fernando Gonzlez Crdova (Hermosillo, MX), Belinda Vallejo Galland (Hermosillo, MX), Jos Antonio Feregrino Quezada (Aguascalientes, MX), Juan Carlos Feregrino Quezada (Aguascalientes, MX)
Assignee(s): Dairy A Day Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Goodwin Procter LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15390108 on 12/23/2016 (1677 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided herein are novel [i]Lactobacillus fermentum [/i]strains, NRRL B-67059 or NRRL B-67060, compositions containing the NRRL B-67059 or NRRL B-67060 strains, and fermented dairy products and bioactive compounds prepared using the NRRL B-67059 or NRRL B-67060 strains. Also provided are methods of modulating the immune system of a subject.

[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)


Portable dialysis machine
Patent No. 11071811 

Inventor(s): Thomas Robinson (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Novel IP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16788667 on 02/12/2020 (531 days app to issue)

Abstract: The specification discloses a portable dialysis machine having a detachable controller unit and base unit. The controller unit includes a door having an interior face, a housing with a panel, where the housing and panel define a recessed region configured to receive the interior face of the door, and a manifold receiver fixedly attached to the panel. The base unit has a planar surface for receiving a container of fluid, a scale integrated with the planar surface, a heater in thermal communication with the planar surface, and a sodium sensor in electromagnetic communication with the planar surface. Embodiments of the disclosed portable dialysis system have improved structural and functional features, including improved modularity, ease of use, and safety features.

[A61M] DEVICES FOR INTRODUCING MEDIA INTO, OR ONTO, THE BODY (introducing media into or onto the bodies of animals A61D 7/00; means for inserting tampons A61F 13/26; devices for administering food or medicines orally A61J; containers for collecting, storing or administering blood or medical fluids A61J 1/05); DEVICES FOR TRANSDUCING BODY MEDIA OR FOR TAKING MEDIA FROM THE BODY (surgery A61B; chemical aspects of surgical articles A61L; magnetotherapy using magnetic elements placed within the body A61N 2/10); DEVICES FOR PRODUCING OR ENDING SLEEP OR STUPOR [5]


Colored seal system, method, and apparatus
Patent No. 11071828 

Inventor(s): Brian Dean Owens (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Treble Innovations, LLC (Spanish Fork, UT)
Law Firm: Goodhue, Coleman Owens, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16257891 on 01/25/2019 (914 days app to issue)

Abstract: A colored seal system, method, and apparatus. The colored seal system includes a barrel having a delivery end and an open end. The barrel includes multiple markings. The barrel markings include at least measurements and multiple fill indicators. The colored seal system includes a colored seal slidably positioned within the barrel for moving a delivery agent. The colored seal is visible within at least one of the fill indicators.

[A61M] DEVICES FOR INTRODUCING MEDIA INTO, OR ONTO, THE BODY (introducing media into or onto the bodies of animals A61D 7/00; means for inserting tampons A61F 13/26; devices for administering food or medicines orally A61J; containers for collecting, storing or administering blood or medical fluids A61J 1/05); DEVICES FOR TRANSDUCING BODY MEDIA OR FOR TAKING MEDIA FROM THE BODY (surgery A61B; chemical aspects of surgical articles A61L; magnetotherapy using magnetic elements placed within the body A61N 2/10); DEVICES FOR PRODUCING OR ENDING SLEEP OR STUPOR [5]


Hypoxia training device
Patent No. 11071840 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Duncan Hitchens (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Lynntech, Inc. (College Station, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15584887 on 05/02/2017 (1547 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes a device for hypoxia training comprising: one or more electrochemical cells each comprising: a cathode and an anode separated by a proton exchange membrane, each of the anode and cathode in communication with an input and an output, wherein the input of the cathode is in fluid communication with ambient air, and wherein the input of the anode is in fluid communication with a source of liquid water; a power supply connected to the one or more electrochemical cells; and a mask in fluid communication with the output from the cathode of the one or more electrochemical cells, wherein oxygen is removed from the ambient air during contact with the cathode when hydrogen ions separated from liquid water by a catalyst on the anode convert oxygen in the ambient air into water.

[A61M] DEVICES FOR INTRODUCING MEDIA INTO, OR ONTO, THE BODY (introducing media into or onto the bodies of animals A61D 7/00; means for inserting tampons A61F 13/26; devices for administering food or medicines orally A61J; containers for collecting, storing or administering blood or medical fluids A61J 1/05); DEVICES FOR TRANSDUCING BODY MEDIA OR FOR TAKING MEDIA FROM THE BODY (surgery A61B; chemical aspects of surgical articles A61L; magnetotherapy using magnetic elements placed within the body A61N 2/10); DEVICES FOR PRODUCING OR ENDING SLEEP OR STUPOR [5]


Apparatus and method for providing split stimulation currents in a pulse generator
Patent No. 11071864 

Inventor(s): Daran DeShazo (Lewisville, TX), Steven Boor (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16189746 on 11/13/2018 (987 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing split stimulation currents in a pulse generator. In one embodiment, a current regulator of the pulse generator includes a digitally-programmable analog voltage generator coupled to a first input of an error amplifier that receives a second input controlled by a programmable resistor network configured to control a programmable total stimulation current output. A plurality of current splitting switches are operative to split the programmable total stimulation current output into a corresponding plurality of split current segments, which may be individually mapped to a selected set of lead electrodes across one or more implantable leads associated with the pulse generator.

[A61N] ELECTROTHERAPY; MAGNETOTHERAPY; RADIATION THERAPY; ULTRASOUND THERAPY (measurement of bioelectric currents A61B; surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body A61B 18/00; anaesthetic apparatus in general A61M; incandescent lamps H01K; infra-red radiators for heating H05B) [6]


Breathing equipment training
Patent No. 11071882 

Inventor(s): Justin Clayton Dickstein (Rockwall, TX), Michael R. Moussa (Euless, TX), Stephen Hilton Savoie (Everman, TX)
Assignee(s): Blast Mask, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16438228 on 06/11/2019 (777 days app to issue)

Abstract: A breathing equipment training device and a method for breathing training using a breathing equipment training device. The breathing equipment training device includes a shell and a diaphragm. The shell includes a first opening and a second opening, the first opening configured to be inserted into a breathing opening in a mask to form a connection with the breathing opening of the mask, and the second opening configured to be exposed to ambient air. The diaphragm is positioned in an inner cavity of the shell about the second opening, and configured to impede airflow into the shell through the second opening.

[A62B] DEVICES, APPARATUS OR METHODS FOR LIFE-SAVING (valves specially adapted for medical use A61M 39/00; composition of chemical substances used in respirators, gas-masks, breathing apparatus or the like A62D; rescuing from mountains or trees A63B 27/00, A63B 29/00; life-saving devices, apparatus or methods specially adapted for use in water B63C 9/00; divers’ equipment B63C 11/00; specially adapted for use with aircraft, e.g. parachutes or ejector seats, B64D; rescue devices peculiar to mining E21F 11/00)


Golf club head with molded cavity structure
Patent No. 11071893 

Inventor(s): Eric Larson (Arlington, TX), Randy Garrido (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16448823 on 06/21/2019 (767 days app to issue)

Abstract: A golf club head includes a strike face, a crown, and a sole, and is formed from a forward section and a body section that are coupled together. The forward section includes the strike face, and the body section includes an upper shell defining a portion of the crown, a lower shell defining a portion of the sole, and an internal wall extending between the upper shell and the lower shell. The internal wall is molded from a polymeric material and is integrally formed with one of the upper shell and the lower shell. At least one of the upper shell and the lower shell defines an opening that is in communication with a cavity provided between the upper shell and the lower shell and at least partially defined by the internal wall.

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


Modular multi-system gaming console
Patent No. 11071920 

Inventor(s): Eric Christensen (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): PUSH-RUN HOLDINGS, LLC (Los Angeles, CA)
Law Firm: Morrison Foerster LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16317449 on 07/12/2017 (1476 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modular multi-system gaming console can be configurable for use in conjunction with expansion consoles (also referred to as expansion modules, expansion units, and/or element modules herein) as a gaming console emulator and/or for use as an audio/video converter (e.g., an up-converter), data recorder, or streaming device. Further, the modular multi-system gaming console can evoke the original gaming experience of a game played on original hardware. A modular multi-system gaming console can provide a consistent platform for display, content management, statistical storage and analysis (e.g., high scores, fastest speed runs, etc.), and live streaming and other services (including core services described herein) across a multitude of gaming console platforms. A modular multi-system gaming console can also provide a more authentic game experience via active cartridge reading. Further, by providing a flexible and configurable architecture for the modular multi-system gaming console, support for new consoles can be added to the modular multi-system gaming console without requiring users to purchase an entirely new console that repeats hardware for providing the core services.

[A63F] CARD, BOARD OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [5]


 

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

Filter elements, coalescing baffles, filtration vessel and methods
Patent No. 11071934 

Inventor(s): Daniel M. Cloud (Weatherford, TX), Jack David Burns (Aledo, TX), Stephen Gregory Jeane (Mineral Wells, TX)
Assignee(s): Parker-Hannifin Corporation (Cleveland, OH)
Law Firm: Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16362191 on 03/22/2019 (858 days app to issue)

Abstract: Improvements to filtration and vessels such as for filtration and coalescing of gas streams are shown. A filter element with a partial treated region and untreated region such as providing different surface energies or other filtration characteristics are provided. Various keying arrangements for compatibility and/or rotational locking are shown between the filtration vessel, a tubular coalescing baffle, and/or filter element. The tubular coalescing baffle also may include non-louvered pore structure, which provides for more even flow in a two stage type filtration vessel to prevent premature exiting and reduction of flow velocities along the second stage, and/or may additionally or alternatively include drainage apertures such as drain slot formed along a gravitational bottom or otherwise to facilitate additional drainage of coalesced liquid as opposed to letting such liquid be forced through fluid velocity toward the open end of the tubular baffle.

[B01D] SEPARATION (separating solids from solids by wet methods B03B, B03D, by pneumatic jigs or tables B03B, by other dry methods B07; magnetic or electrostatic separation of solid materials from solid materials or fluids, separation by high-voltage electric fields B03C; centrifuges B04B; vortex apparatus B04C; presses per se for squeezing-out liquid from liquid-containing material B30B 9/02) [5]


Apparatus and method for customized shaping of orthodontic archwires and other medical devices
Patent No. 11072021 

Inventor(s): Andrew Cordell (McKinney, TX), Rohit Sachdeva (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): DENTSPLY SIRONA INC. (York, PA)
Law Firm: Dentsply Sirona Inc. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16126930 on 09/10/2018 (1051 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method for bending or shaping orthodontic archwires or other medical devices into a complex, patient individual shape is described. The apparatus comprises of two moveable, compact, manipulators with, in total, at least three revolute joints defining three rotation axes and at least three prismatic joints defining at least three translation axes. Gripping tools are provided on the manipulators. The two manipulators are arranged to allow a relative movement in six degrees of freedom. A reduced complexity embodiment is also described having only one or two revolute joints.

[B21F] WORKING OR PROCESSING OF METAL WIRE (rolling of metal B21B; by drawing, auxiliary operations used in connection with metal-working without essentially removing material B21C; bundling articles B65B 13/00)


Oil-less pneumatic motor having graphite vanes formed with beveled edges, off-standing flanges, and rounded corners
Patent No. 11072028 

Inventor(s): Md Zahedul Huq (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Medtronic PS Medical, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Harness, Dickey Pierce, P.L.C. (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15907583 on 02/28/2018 (1245 days app to issue)

Abstract: The pneumatic drill has member defining an air input and an air output and a housing defining an internal cylindrical chamber having bearing surfaces having a through axis. A driven shaft is coupled to the tool engaging chuck that defines a plurality of longitudinal slots. The driven shaft is disposed within the chamber and has a longitudinal axis offset from the through axis. A plurality of vanes each being partially formed of graphite that are individually disposed within one of the plurality”s of longitudinal slots. Two of the vanes, the housing, and the driven shaft define a moving compression chamber.

[B23B] TURNING; BORING (using an electrode which takes the place of a tool B23H, e.g. making holes B23H 9/14; working by laser beam B23K 26/00; arrangements for copying or controlling B23Q)


Systems and methods for portable headlamp leveling device
Patent No. 11072275 

Inventor(s): Daniel T. Neubauer (Ann Arbor, MI), Stuart R. Wuerthele (Saline, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl, LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16574207 on 09/18/2019 (678 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for leveling a headlamp of a vehicle on a ground surface using a portable device may include determining, by a processor and a leveling software application tool of the portable device, a zero reference earth plane of the ground surface on which the vehicle is disposed, setting the zero reference earth plane as a vehicle longitudinal axis of the vehicle with respect to the ground surface, determining a current illumination axis of the headlamp based on a feedback from the headlamp received by the portable device, and generating a calibration level angle based on a comparison of the vehicle longitudinal axis and the current illumination axis.

[B60Q] ARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL [4]


Contouring retractable landing gear systems
Patent No. 11072419 

Inventor(s): James Everett Kooiman (Fort Worth, TX), Mark Loring Isaac (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16532347 on 08/05/2019 (722 days app to issue)

Abstract: A retractable landing gear system configured to contour an aircraft fuselage includes a landing wheel having an axle, a wheel rotation strut assembly coupling the landing wheel to the aircraft fuselage and an actuation strut assembly configured to move the wheel rotation strut assembly between various positions including a deployed position and a stowed position. The axle of the landing wheel is pivotably coupled to a distal end of the wheel rotation strut assembly and configured to pivot relative to the wheel rotation strut assembly as the actuation strut assembly moves the wheel rotation strut assembly between the deployed and stowed positions such that the landing wheel generally contours the aircraft fuselage when the wheel rotation strut assembly is in the stowed position.

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


Counter torque device
Patent No. 11072422 

Inventor(s): Albert Gerard Brand (North Richland Hills, TX), Eric Albert Sinusas (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16004375 on 06/09/2018 (1144 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods include providing an aircraft with a fuselage, a tail boom or empennage extending from the fuselage, a main rotor, a tail rotor, and at least one counter torque device. The counter torque device provides counter torque to the fuselage to prevent rotation of fuselage when the main rotor is operated, particularly in right sideward flight (RSF) for conventional helicopters with a counter-clockwise rotating (when viewed from above the helicopter) main rotor.

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


Low observable aircraft having a unitary lift fan
Patent No. 11072423 

Inventor(s): Daniel Bryan Robertson (Southlake, TX), Kirk Landon Groninga (Keller, TX), Matthew Edward Louis (Fort Worth, TX), Steven Ray Ivans (Ponder, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16833623 on 03/29/2020 (485 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aircraft operable to transition between thrust-borne lift in a VTOL orientation and wing-borne lift in a forward flight orientation. The aircraft has a blended wing body and includes an engine, a unitary lift fan system, a forced air bypass system and an exhaust system. The engine has a turboshaft mode and a turbofan mode. The lift fan system includes a ducted fan. In the VTOL orientation of the aircraft, the engine is in the turboshaft mode coupled to the lift fan system such that the engine provides rotational energy to the ducted fan generating the thrust-borne lift. In the forward flight orientation of the aircraft, the engine is in the turbofan mode coupled to the forced air bypass system such that the bypass air combines with the engine exhaust in the exhaust system to provide forward thrust generating the wing-borne lift.

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


Method and system for controlling rotor speeds of rotor systems
Patent No. 11072434 

Inventor(s): Brad John Roberts (Fort Worth, TX), Jonathan Allen Wasylyszyn (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15960732 on 04/24/2018 (1190 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system to control a rotor system includes providing a controller communicably coupled to the rotor system, and automatically changing a rotor speed of the rotor system from a first rotor speed in a first flight mode to a second rotor speed in a second flight mode over a time period using the controller in accordance with an acceleration-rate profile that varies over the time period.

[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

Cement-based tile
Patent No. 11072562 

Inventor(s): Evan R. Daniels (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Intellectual Gorilla GmbH (Sempach Station, DE)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16747329 on 01/20/2020 (554 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cement-based tile formed from a mixture comprising: a cement in the range of about 0.1 to 88% by wet weight percent; a secondary material in the range of about 0.1 to 50% by wet weight percent, the secondary material comprising limestone, sand, silica sand, gypsum, silica fume, fumed silica, Plaster of Paris, calcium carbonate, fly ash, slag, rock, or a combination thereof; a reinforcement fiber in the range of about 0.5 to 20% by wet weight percent, the reinforcement fiber comprising cellulose fiber, glass fiber, plastic fiber, polypropylene fiber, polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) fiber, homopolymer acrylic fiber, alkali-resistant fiber, or a combination thereof; a rheology modifying agent in the range of about 0.5 to 10% by wet weight percent; a water in the range of 10 to 60% of a total wet material weight; and wherein the mixture is extruded or molded to form the cement-based tile.

[C04B] LIME; MAGNESIA; SLAG; CEMENTS; COMPOSITIONS THEREOF, e.g. MORTARS, CONCRETE OR LIKE BUILDING MATERIALS; ARTIFICIAL STONE; CERAMICS (devitrified glass-ceramics C03C 10/00); REFRACTORIES (alloys based on refractory metals C22C); TREATMENT OF NATURAL STONE [4]


Composition and method for improving performance of friction reducing polymers in high dissolved solids water
Patent No. 11072739 

Inventor(s): David O. Trahan (Lafayette, LA), Jia Li (Lafayette, LA)
Assignee(s): Downhole Chemical Solutions, LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: Matthews, Lawson, McCutcheon Joseph, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16963115 on 01/22/2019 (917 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods include using a fracture fluid downhole for fracturing a formation. The method includes providing an aqueous solution comprising dissolved solids at a certain ionic strength, and adding a proppant to create a fracture fluid. The method continues by adding a polymeric additive and a surfactant to the fracture fluid, wherein the polymeric additive comprises friction reducing capabilities that can be decreased by the ionic strength present in the fracture fluid (i.e., ionic strength originally found in the water). The addition of the polymeric additive and the surfactant to the fracture fluid creates an enhanced fracture fluid, wherein the surfactant increases the performance of the friction reducing capabilities of the polymeric additive in the enhanced fracture fluid, which provides a more efficient fracturing operation. The method concludes by pumping the enhanced fracture fluid downhole for a more efficient fracture of the formation.

[C09K] MATERIALS FOR APPLICATIONS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; APPLICATIONS OF MATERIALS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Calcium hydroxyapatite based calcium sulfonate grease compositions and method of manufacture
Patent No. 11072756 

Inventor(s): J. Andrew Waynick (Lantana, TX)
Assignee(s): NCH Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Scheef Stone, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16392880 on 04/24/2019 (825 days app to issue)

Abstract: An overbased calcium sulfonate grease composition comprising a reduced amount of overbased calcium sulfonate, calcium hydroxyapatite, base oil, one or more converting agents, and one or more complexing acids if a complex grease is desired. The calcium sulfonate grease composition improves thickener yield and expected high temperature utility as demonstrated by dropping point. A method of making the composition comprising the steps of mixing the calcium sulfonate and base oil, adding the calcium carbonate either before or after conversion, adding one or more converting agents, and adding one or more complexing acids. All or a portion of one or more of the complexing acids may be added with or prior to the one or more converting agents.

[C10M] LUBRICATING COMPOSITIONS (well drilling compositions C09K 8/02); USE OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES EITHER ALONE OR AS LUBRICATING INGREDIENTS IN A LUBRICATING COMPOSITION (mould release, i.e. separating, agents for metals B22C 3/00, for plastics or substances in a plastic state, in general B29C 33/56, for glass C03B 40/02; textile lubricating compositions D06M 11/00, D06M 13/00, D06M 15/00; immersion oils for microscopy G02B 21/33) [4]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Structural fuse with integral spacer plates
Patent No. 11072938 

Inventor(s): Samuel T. Hensen (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc. (Pleasanton, CA)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16570906 on 09/13/2019 (683 days app to issue)

Abstract: A structural fuse is disclosed including a fuse base and a fuse plate extending from the fuse base. The fuse plate may include a reduced diameter yield section configured to yield at loads on the structural fuse above a threshold. The reduced diameter yield section includes a pair of slots on either side of the yield section, which slots receive a pair of spacers. The spacers are integrally formed as part of the fuse plate, and remain attached to the fuse plate during fabrication of the structural fuse.

[E04H] BUILDINGS OR LIKE STRUCTURES FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSES; SWIMMING OR SPLASH BATHS OR POOLS; MASTS; FENCING; TENTS OR CANOPIES, IN GENERAL (foundations E02D) [4]


Railcar end door support
Patent No. 11072972 

Inventor(s): Kenneth W. Huck (Fairview, TX)
Assignee(s): TRINITY RAIL GROUP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16405068 on 05/07/2019 (812 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a transfer ball, a rod, a first bracket, a second bracket, a lock nut, an elastic element, and a threaded collar. The rod is coupled to the transfer ball and extends vertically from the transfer ball. The second bracket is positioned above the first bracket. The rod extends vertically through the first bracket and the second bracket. The lock nut engages to the rod and is positioned above the first bracket and below the second bracket. The elastic element is positioned above the lock nut and below the second bracket. The rod extends vertically through the elastic element. The threaded collar is positioned above the elastic element and below the second bracket. The threaded collar is engaged to the rod. The rod extends through the threaded collar.

[E06B] FIXED OR MOVABLE CLOSURES FOR OPENINGS IN BUILDINGS, VEHICLES, FENCES, OR LIKE ENCLOSURES, IN GENERAL, e.g. DOORS, WINDOWS, BLINDS, GATES (shades or blinds for greenhouses A01G 9/22; curtains A47H; lids for car boots or bonnets B62D 25/10; sky-lights E04B 7/18; sunshades, awnings E04F 10/00)


Unlocking and unblocking tool for disconnect assembly for cylindrical members
Patent No. 11072985 

Inventor(s): John A. Barton (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15369507 on 12/05/2016 (1695 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is an assembly for disconnecting portions of a downhole tubular string, such as a drill stem or drill string, and removing an upper portion of the tubular string from the lower stuck portion in a well. The disconnect assembly includes a connection between joints of two portions of the tubular string. The assembly includes two tubular members and an inner sleeve having two splines each with different angular pitches or teeth counts. The assembly may include a rotary shouldered threaded connection, wherein the two tubular portions are disconnectable at the rotary shouldered threaded connection in the assembly. The assembly may include a sleeve lock, a selective no-go for landing in a profile, and a selectively deployable unlocking and unblocking tool for activating the assembly. The assembly may include connectable cylindrical members other than downhole tubulars.

[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]


Degradable plug device for a pipe
Patent No. 11072991 

Inventor(s): Antony F. Grattan (Arlington, TX), Douglas J. Streibich (Arlington, TX), George Bruce Martin (Aberdeen, GB), Michael C. Robertson (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Robertson Intellectual Properties, LLC (Mansfield, TX)
Law Firm: Matthews, Lawson, McCutcheon Joseph, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16096624 on 04/26/2017 (1553 days app to issue)

Abstract: A degradable plug device for a pipe has an outer plug body and an inner plug for preventing fluid flow through the pipe until the inner plug has been removed from the outer plug body. The outer plug body and the inner plug are of a degradable material. The inner plug has a chamber with at least one port to the exterior of the inner plug. The exposed surfaces of the degradable plug have a protective layer thereon. The inner plug is disposable in at least a first position, in which the inner plug prevents the fluid flow through the pipe. The inner plug is adapted to undergo, in use, a degradation initiation operation such that fluid is able to enter the chamber via the at least one port to initiate corrosion or dissolution of the inner plug from inside the chamber.

[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]


Frac plug high expansion element retainer
Patent No. 11072992 

Inventor(s): Aaron Jacob Miller (Addison, TX), Adam Jacob Milne (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16848611 on 04/14/2020 (469 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wellbore isolation device, comprising: a mandrel [b]24[/b] having a cylindrical body, a sealing element [b]38[/b] disposed about the mandrel [b]24[/b] and radially expandable from a first run-in diameter to sealing engagement with the an inner surface [b]50[/b] of the wellbore [b]6[/b]; a metal backup ring [b]60[/b] disposed on the mandrel [b]24[/b] contacting one side of the sealing element system [b]38[/b] with an initial height H and radially expandable and axially deformable to abut the inner surface [b]50[/b] of the wellbore [b]6[/b]; wherein the metal backup ring [b]60[/b] is a concave cross-section about the mandrel [b]24[/b] with an uphole leg and a downhole leg; and wherein an applied compressive force expands the sealing element system [b]38[/b] into sealing engagement with the wellbore [b]6[/b] and the metal backup ring [b]60[/b] radially expands while axially deforming to abut the inner surface [b]50[/b] of the wellbore [b]6[/b] with no contact pressure.

[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]


Well screen assembly with extending screen
Patent No. 11073004 

Inventor(s): Aaron James Bonner (Flower Mound, TX), James J. Kang (Dallas, TX), Jean-Marc Lopez (Plano, TX), Liang Zhao (Carrollton, TX), Luke William Holderman (Plano, TX), Matthew Franklin (Lewisville, TX), Michael Fripp (Carrollton
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16275843 on 02/14/2019 (894 days app to issue)

Abstract: A well screen assembly residing in a well bore has a base pipe and a filtration screen carried on the base pipe. The screen is radially extended with force from fluid while maintaining the base pipe radially unextended.

[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

 

Convertible hiking sticks
Patent No. 11073238 

Inventor(s): Trent Ballentine (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Andrus Intellectual Property Law, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16898947 on 06/11/2020 (411 days app to issue)

Abstract: A convertible hiking stick includes a handle extending along a center axis and a first leg and a second leg that couple to the handle and extend along the center axis. The hiking stick is convertible into a tripod such that the first leg is in a first bore of the handle, the second leg is in a second bore of the handle, the first leg extends transverse to the second leg, and the first leg, the second leg, and the handle together support the hiking stick with respect to a surface.

[F16M] FRAMES, CASINGS, OR BEDS, OF ENGINES OR OTHER MACHINES OR APPARATUS, NOT SPECIFIC TO AN ENGINE, MACHINE, OR APPARATUS PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; STANDS OR SUPPORTS


Universal air handler unit
Patent No. 11073292 

Inventor(s): Terrell Jackson Small, III (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16388687 on 04/18/2019 (831 days app to issue)

Abstract: A universal air handler unit includes a blower and evaporator juxtaposed one another within a compact, weather resistant cabinet adapted for outdoor installation. Ports for cool and return air ducts disposed on one side of the cabinet couple directly to the blower and evaporator respectively. Return air drawn by the blower into the cabinet passes across the evaporator core, then through the blower and back out through the adjacent cool air duct. Coolant lines couple to a stand-alone condenser/compressor unit. In a particular embodiment, an adapter enables stacking the condenser/compressor unit atop the cabinet to reduce the overall footprint of the combination. In another embodiment, a manifold adapted to couple to the cool and return air ducts may be installed in various locations, the air handler unit slideably coupling to the manifold during installation, and easily decoupling and reecoupling for transportation and maintenance.

[F24F] AIR-CONDITIONING; AIR-HUMIDIFICATION; VENTILATION; USE OF AIR CURRENTS FOR SCREENING (removing dirt or fumes from areas where they are produced B08B 15/00; vertical ducts for carrying away waste gases from buildings E04F 17/02; tops for chimneys or ventilating shafts, terminals for flues F23L 17/02)


Pulley system and method of use
Patent No. 11073355 

Inventor(s): Rodolfo Flores, Jr. (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16687993 on 11/19/2019 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: A compound bow system includes a compound bow with a bow string; a first pulley engaged with the bow string; a cam attachment having a smaller diameter than the first pulley and positioned on a front surface of the first pulley; and a trigger attached to the front surface of the first pulley; the first pulley and cam attachment are connected via the trigger; and the first pulley is so that when the trigger is engaged, the cam attachment holds a force.

[F41B] WEAPONS FOR PROJECTING MISSILES WITHOUT USE OF EXPLOSIVE OR COMBUSTIBLE PROPELLANT CHARGE; WEAPONS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (projectiles for fishing, e.g. fish-spears, A01K 81/00; sports implements for throwing A63B 65/00, e.g. boomerangs A63B 65/08; stationary apparatus for projecting sports balls, e.g. tennis balls, A63B 69/40; throwing or slinging toys A63H 33/18; knives, axes B26B; projectiles or missiles other than those incorporating springs as projecting means F42B 6/00)


Snow globe lantern
Patent No. D926343 

Inventor(s): Chen Kong Fu (Guangdong, CN)
Assignee(s): RAZ Imports, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29709814 on 10/17/2019 (649 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


 

P H Y S I C S

Exploiting acoustic and lexical properties of phonemes to recognize valence from speech
Patent No. 11072344 

Inventor(s): Soheil Khorram (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): The Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
Law Firm: Quarles Brady LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16356476 on 03/18/2019 (862 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving acoustic features and phonetic features associated with an utterance from a driver in a vehicle, providing the acoustic features and the phonetic features to a feature fusion sub-network, receiving a feature fusion utterance representation from the feature fusion sub-network, providing one of the acoustic features or the phonetic features to a non-fusion sub-network trained using supervised learning, receiving a non-fusion utterance representation from the non-fusion sub-network, generating an intermediate utterance representation based on the feature fusion utterance representation and the non-fusion utterance representation, providing at least a portion of the intermediate utterance representation to a fully-connected sub-network trained using supervised learning, receiving a valence vector from the fully-connected sub-network, and causing a vehicle control system to perform a vehicle maneuver based on the valence vector.

[G10L] SPEECH ANALYSIS OR SYNTHESIS; SPEECH RECOGNITION; SPEECH OR VOICE PROCESSING; SPEECH OR AUDIO CODING OR DECODING [4]


SINCOS encoder interface
Patent No. 11073409 

Inventor(s): Richard Mark Poley (Sugar Land, TX), Srinivasa Chakravarthy (Bangalore, IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16211374 on 12/06/2018 (964 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an example, a circuit includes a first comparator, a second comparator, a pulse counter, a processor, a first ADC, and a second ADC. The first comparator has a first input coupled to a first node, a second input, and an output. The second comparator has a first input coupled to a second node, a second input, and an output. A first DAC is coupled to the second input of the first comparator. A second DAC is coupled to the second input of the second comparator. The pulse counter has a first input coupled to the output of the first comparator and a second input coupled to the output of the second comparator. The first ADC has an input coupled to the first node and an output coupled to the processor. The second ADC has an input coupled to the second node and an output coupled to the processor.

[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)


Active partial-beam alignment systems for sensor-to-laser boresight maintenance
Patent No. 11073420 

Inventor(s): Jason R. Lavine (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16181686 on 11/06/2018 (994 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a reflector having one or more reflective faces and an opening. The reflector is selectively movable into and out of an optical path of an alignment beam. When the reflector is located within the optical path of the alignment beam, (i) the one or more reflective faces are configured to reflect a first portion of the alignment beam and (ii) the opening is configured to allow passage of a second portion of the alignment beam through the reflector. The reflector may include a retro-reflector, the retro-reflector may include multiple reflective faces, and the multiple reflective faces may be positioned around the opening.

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


Kalman filter for phase noise tracking
Patent No. 11073545 

Inventor(s): Mohamed Mansour (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16705596 on 12/06/2019 (599 days app to issue)

Abstract: A forward-backward Kalman filter for estimating phase noise present in a received signal. Both the forward and backward Kalman filters use hard-decision measurements of the received symbols. The phase noise estimate from the forward Kalman filter is used as a coarse phase noise estimate for the backward Kalman filter and vice versa. The final phase noise estimate is an optimal combination of the forward phase noise estimate and backward phase noise estimate.

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


Dynamic generation of ATPG mode signals for testing multipath memory circuit
Patent No. 11073553 

Inventor(s): Prakash Narayanan (Bangalore, IN), Wilson Pradeep (Bangalore, IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16185629 on 11/09/2018 (991 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a multipath memory having multiple cells and a plurality of sequence generators. Each sequence generator of the plurality of sequence generators drives one separate cell of the multiple cells via an automatic test pattern generator (ATPG) mode signal for each cell. The ATPG mode signal for each cell is configured via a sequence configuration input that controls a timing sequence to test each cell. The state of the ATPG mode signal of each cell selects whether test data or functional data is output from the respective cell.

[G11C] STATIC STORES (information storage based on relative movement between record carrier and transducer G11B; semiconductor devices for storage H01L, e.g. H01L 27/108-H01L 27/11597; pulse technique in general H03K, e.g. electronic switches H03K 17/00)


Low pin count reversible scan architecture
Patent No. 11073556 

Inventor(s): Wu-Tung Cheng (Lake Oswego, OR), Yu Huang (West Linn, OR)
Assignee(s): Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16856094 on 04/23/2020 (460 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit comprises a plurality of scan chains configured to perform scan shifting in two opposite directions and a register configured to store a first signal. The first signal determines whether the plurality of scan chains operate in a first mode or a second mode. The plurality of scan chains operating in the first mode is configured to perform, based on a second signal, either scan shifting in a first direction in the two opposite directions or scan capturing during a test; the plurality of scan chains operating in the second mode is configured to perform, based on the second signal, scan shifting in the first direction or a second direction in the two opposite directions.

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


Phase controlled codec block scan of a partitioned circuit device
Patent No. 11073557 

Inventor(s): Prakash Narayanan (Bangalore, IN), Wilson Pradeep (Bangalore, IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16406858 on 05/08/2019 (811 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit device is provided with a first codec including a first portion of a logic circuit and a second codec including a second portion of the logic circuit. The circuit device can also include a plurality of first scan chains coupled to the first codec and configured to shift a delayed test vector onto the first codec, wherein the delayed test vector is a test vector with a phase delay. A plurality of second scan chains can be coupled to the second codec and configured to shift the test vector onto the second codec.

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


Time of flight user identification based control systems and methods
Patent No. 11073602 

Inventor(s): Rui Xiao (San Jose, CA), Xiaoyong Yang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): STmicroelectronics, inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15624346 on 06/15/2017 (1503 days app to issue)

Abstract: A user identification based control system includes a time of flight ranging sensor configured to sense a distance to a person, where the time of flight ranging sensor is positioned so the sensed distance is a function of a height of the person. Processing circuitry is coupled to the time of flight ranging sensor and configured to identify the person based upon sensed distance and to generate control signals to control peripheral components based upon the identity of the person. The time of flight ranging sensor may also be used to sense speed of the person for identification purposes. In general, the time of flight ranging sensor is positioned a known height over a surface on which the person is present, such as in the doorway or on a ceiling of a room.

[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)


Ultra-sparse dielectric resonant polarizers and associated methods
Patent No. 11073647 

Inventor(s): Robert Magnusson (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Nexsen Pruet, PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16819995 on 03/16/2020 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention disclosed herein generally relates to wideband resonant polarizers that require extremely small amounts of matter in their embodiments. These polarizers can be made with dielectric materials such that light and other electromagnetic waves interacting with them suffer essentially no absorptive loss. This new class of polarizers is fashioned with dielectric or semiconductor nano/microwire grids that are mostly empty space if surrounded by air or vacuum. It is fundamentally and practically extremely significant that the wideband spectral expressions presented herein can be generated in these minimal systems. These ultra-sparse polarizers are useful in various spectral regions for numerous useful applications.

[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]


Device and method for sealing multiport splitters
Patent No. 11073670 

Inventor(s): Monique Lise Cote (Fort Worth, TX), Troy Dean Lindblad (Arlington, TX), Ziwei Liu (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Optical Communications LLC (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15235623 on 08/12/2016 (1810 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sealed multiport splitter device and method are disclosed. The fiber optic multiport comprises housing with an interior defining a first chamber and an adjacent second chamber. An optical splitter with a plurality of splitter legs connect to a plurality of optical fibers located in the first chamber. Potting material is disposed in the first chamber to physically secure the optical splitter, the splitter legs and the optical fibers. A wall having a first face and a second face separates the first chamber from the second chamber. The wall has a plurality of slots extended from the first face to the second face. The plurality of optical fibers route through the plurality of slots between the first chamber and the second chamber. A blocking material is adjacent to the wall to inhibit ingress of the potting material into the second chamber while the potting material is being cured.

[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]


Air dam for a datacenter facility
Patent No. 11073875 

Inventor(s): Christopher J. Crosby, Jr. (Dallas, TX), Christopher James Curtis (Dallas, TX), Jose Alberto Ruiz (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Compass Datacenters, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Rutan Tucker, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15612816 on 06/02/2017 (1516 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system in which an air dam is incorporated into an air ventilation stream of a datacenter to control the temperature of an interior space of the datacenter. The datacenter may include a raised floor in which the ventilation stream is injected through perforations within the raised floor. An air dam may be positioned at an entry region of the under floor plenum to obstruct the flow of air from a supply air plenum. The air dam is used to create a positive pressure across the raised floor at a substantially constant pressure distribution.

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


System and method to secure a computer system by selective control of write access to a data storage medium
Patent No. 11073994 

Inventor(s): John Safa (London, GB)
Assignee(s): Eighth Street Solutions LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Stephens Domnitz Meineke, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16561855 on 09/05/2019 (691 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method of securing a computer system by controlling write access to a storage medium by monitoring an application; detecting an attempt by the application to write data to said storage medium; interrogating a rules database in response to said detection; and permitting or denying write access to the storage medium by the application in dependence on said interrogation.

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


Emulation of an environment set by a sourced script written in a different scripting language
Patent No. 11074071 

Inventor(s): Mark Allen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Garg Law Firm, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16741300 on 01/13/2020 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment includes storing original environment data in a memory of a computing device, then sourcing a script in a child command shell that includes an environment variable set-up command for setting an environmental characteristic of a new computing environment associated with the child command shell. The new environment data is also stored in the memory of the computing device that defines the new computing environment associated with the child command shell. The original computing environment is then restored by terminating the child command shell and returning to the target command shell. The original environment data is compared to the new environment data to determine the differences between the two environments, and the original computing environment is then modified to match the new computing environment created by the sourced script.

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


Extending operational lifetime of spatial light modulator devices with content-dependent encoding
Patent No. 11074074 

Inventor(s): Aravind Lakshminarayanan (Plano, TX), Vivek Kumar Thakur (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16291873 on 03/04/2019 (876 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure relates to various implementations improve operational lifetime for a spatial light modulator device. One or more controllers are able to determine a target duty cycle based on an operating condition for a spatial light modulator device. The spatial light modulator device comprises one or more light modulation components that modulate light. The controllers allocate a refresh time period for encoding spatial light modulator refresh instructions based on the target duty cycle and encode spatial light modulator refresh instructions within the refresh time period. Afterwards, the controllers transmit the spatial light modulator refresh instruction to the spatial light modulator device.

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


Adjustment of load access size by a multi-threaded, self-scheduling processor to manage network congestion
Patent No. 11074078 

Inventor(s): Tony M. Brewer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Gamburd Law Group LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16399748 on 04/30/2019 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: Representative apparatus, method, and system embodiments are disclosed for a self-scheduling processor which also provides additional functionality. Representative embodiments include a self-scheduling processor, comprising: a processor core adapted to execute a received instruction; and a core control circuit adapted to automatically schedule an instruction for execution by the processor core in response to a received work descriptor data packet. In another embodiment, the core control circuit is also adapted to schedule a fiber create instruction for execution by the processor core, to reserve a predetermined amount of memory space in a thread control memory to store return arguments, and to generate one or more work descriptor data packets to another processor or hybrid threading fabric circuit for execution of a corresponding plurality of execution threads. Event processing, data path management, system calls, memory requests, and other new instructions are also disclosed.

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


Deployment of microservices-based network controller
Patent No. 11074091 

Inventor(s): Muhammad Qasim Arham (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Juniper Networks, Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA)
Law Firm: Shumaker Sieffert, P.A. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16144650 on 09/27/2018 (1034 days app to issue)

Abstract: A distributed network controller that is configured in a containerized architecture is described. The network controller includes a plurality of microservices packaged and deployed using respective containers for the microservices, according to a plurality of charts, each chart comprising one or more templates that define a manner in which the microservices, for performing respective operations of the network controller, are deployed on a plurality of servers within the data center. Execution of the microservices of the distributed network controller establishes a virtual network for packetized communications among virtual execution elements executing on the plurality of servers in the data center. Each container that includes one of the plurality of microservices is executed by a server of the plurality of servers as an isolated user-space instance on the server.

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


Slot/sub-slot prefetch architecture for multiple memory requestors
Patent No. 11074190 

Inventor(s): Joseph R. M. Zbiciak (San Jose, CA), Kai Chirca (Richardson, TX), Matthew D. Pierson (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16552418 on 08/27/2019 (700 days app to issue)

Abstract: A prefetch unit generates a prefetch address in response to an address associated with a memory read request received from the first or second cache. The prefetch unit includes a prefetch buffer that is arranged to store the prefetch address in an address buffer of a selected slot of the prefetch buffer, where each slot of the prefetch unit includes a buffer for storing a prefetch address, and two sub-slots. Each sub-slot includes a data buffer for storing data that is prefetched using the prefetch address stored in the slot, and one of the two sub-slots of the slot is selected in response to a portion of the generated prefetch address. Subsequent hits on the prefetcher result in returning prefetched data to the requestor in response to a subsequent memory read request received after the initial received memory read request.

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


Method and apparatus for vector permutation
Patent No. 11074193 

Inventor(s): Dheera Balasubramanian Samudrala (Richardson, TX), Duc Quang Bui (Grand Prairie, TX), Mujibur Rahman (Plano, TX), Peter Richard Dent (Bournemouth, GB), Timothy David Anderson (University Park, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16551587 on 08/26/2019 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided that includes performing, by a processor in response to a vector permutation instruction, permutation of values stored in lanes of a vector to generate a permuted vector, wherein the permutation is responsive to a control storage location storing permute control input for each lane of the permuted vector, wherein the permute control input corresponding to each lane of the permuted vector indicates a value to be stored in the lane of the permuted vector, wherein the permute control input for at least one lane of the permuted vector indicates a value of a selected lane of the vector is to be stored in the at least one lane, and storing the permuted vector in a storage location indicated by an operand of the vector permutation instruction.

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


Key management in computer processors
Patent No. 11074198 

Inventor(s): Steven Jeffrey Wallach (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig (27 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16134387 on 09/18/2018 (1043 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods related to a computer system having a processor and a main memory storing scrambled data are described. The processor may have a secure zone configured to store keys and an unscrambled zone configured to operate on unscrambled data. The processor can convert the scrambled data into the unscrambled data in the unscrambled zone using the keys retrieved from the secure zone in response to execution of instructions configured to operate on the unscrambled data. Another processor may also be coupled with the memory, but can be prevented from accessing the unscrambled data in the unscrambled zone.

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


Method and system for creating and maintaining a data hub in a distributed system
Patent No. 11074233 

Inventor(s): Joseph Michael Morisette (Fort Worth, TX), Prakash Hariharan (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Anaplan, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams Aughtry (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16176690 on 10/31/2018 (1000 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data hub for servicing data hub dependent data consumers includes a persistent storage and a data validator. The persistent storage stores validated data. The data validator obtains a data validation request; in response to obtaining the data validation request: imports data from a data aggregator to obtain the validated data; performs a continuity analysis of the validated data to generate a data deviation report; and provides a portion of the validated data to one of the data hub dependent data consumers.

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


Automated document filtration and prioritization for document searching and access
Patent No. 11074262 

Inventor(s): Fang Wang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16205800 on 11/30/2018 (970 days app to issue)

Abstract: Computer based methods, systems, and computer readable media for classifying documents within a content repository or documents within the document subsets are provided. Documents may be pre-processed to render document sections visible to machine readers. Document subsets may be generated based on user-defined terms. The machine readable documents may be classified within the content repository into one of a group of categories, based-upon the number of times classification terms appear in a specific document section of the document. Documents may be ranked based upon the frequency of classification terms in the specific section. Documents may be associated with specific diseases such as cancer, genes, gene variants, and drugs or synonyms thereof by comparing relevant search terms to specific sections of the documents.

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


System and method for data integration
Patent No. 11074270 

Inventor(s): Hermann Schuster (Dallas, TX), Manish Jaiswal (Dallas, TX), Srujan Gogineni (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): SAP SE (Walldorf, DE)
Law Firm: Fountainhead Law Group P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15382393 on 12/16/2016 (1684 days app to issue)

Abstract: Some embodiments provide a non-transitory machine-readable medium that stores a program. The program receives a document from a first computing system that is destined for a second computing system via a network platform. The program further identifies an integration configuration associated with the first computing system. The program also determines a document format of the document. The program further transforms the document format of the document from a first document format to a second document format based on the integration configuration. The program also sends the document in the second document format to the network platform in order for the network platform to forward the document to the second computing system.

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


Si data scanning process
Patent No. 11074342 

Inventor(s): Richard James Bush (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY (Bloomington, IL)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15675867 on 08/14/2017 (1443 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method for scanning data including accessing a reference table including a grid of data cells arranged in columns and rows and containing reference data elements. Each of the rows may relate to one of a plurality of data subjects. The method may also include generating a list of reference subcombinations. The list of reference subcombinations may be generated by designating a primary column for uniquely identifying the data subjects and generating a plurality of first preliminary reference subcombinations. Each of the first preliminary reference subcombinations may include reference data elements gathered from the primary column and a second column of a single row of the reference table. The method may also include accessing a subject file having a plurality of data entries. Each of the data entries may include a plurality of logically-related and delimited subject data elements. The method may also include identifying and generating a match record for each instance in which one of the data entries contains all reference data elements of one of the reference subcombinations.

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


Selective and total query redaction
Patent No. 11074363 

Inventor(s): Scott Gaetjen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Hickman Becker Bingham Ledesma LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16211097 on 12/05/2018 (965 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are provided for selectively or completely redacting the text of database commands submitted to a database system. The database server receives the clear text version of the commands, parses the commands, and generates an execution plan, as normal. However, prior to providing the text of the commands to any location that is externally visible, the database server determines whether the command qualifies as ”sensitive”. If the command qualifies as sensitive, then a redacted version of the command is generated. In the case of selective redaction, portions of the redacted version remain in clear text, while selected portions are replaced with encrypted text. In the case of total redaction, the entire command is replaced with encrypted text.

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


Computer implemented system and method of translation of verification commands of an electronic design
Patent No. 11074373 

Inventor(s): Felicia James (Plano, TX), Michael Krasnicki (Richardson, TX), Xiyuan Wu (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Zipalog Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16848282 on 04/14/2020 (469 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer implemented method of translation of verification commands of an electronic design file of an electronic circuit defined by the electronic design file, comprising receiving, at a processor, the electronic design file defining a functional level electronic design of the electronic circuit, wherein said electronic circuit comprises at least two subsystems and said electronic circuit includes at least two configuration options for the at least two subsystems, receiving along with the electronic design file, at least one analog test harness model having at least one indirect branch contribution statement, translating said at least one indirect branch contribution statement into a plurality of direct branch contribution operators based at least in part upon said at least one analog test harness model and said electronic design file and generating a netlist for the electronic circuit based at least in part upon said translation of said at least one indirect branch contribution statement.

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


Systems and methods for retrieving and presenting information using augmented reality
Patent No. 11074432 

Inventor(s): Jayesh Doolani (Arlington, TX), Nicholas Duane Martin (McKinney, TX), Sathish Babu Adluru Subas (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): NICE LTD. (Ra”anana, IL)
Law Firm: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16547669 on 08/22/2019 (705 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for recognizing a person, including: capturing an identifying feature of the person; identifying the person based on the identifying feature to return a person identity; using the person”s identity, retrieving information about the person from a person information database; and displaying the retrieved information in an overlay with a facial image of the person to a user. menu items can also be displayed. The identifying feature may be a biometric or a non-biometric feature.

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


Patient video monitoring systems and methods for thermal detection of liquids
Patent No. 11074459 

Inventor(s): Derek del Carpio (Corinth, TX), Kenneth W. Chapman (Lewisville, TX), Steven Gail Johnson (Highland Village, TX)
Assignee(s): CareView Communications, Inc. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Meister Seelig Fein LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16732499 on 01/02/2020 (572 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for monitoring a patient in a patient area having one or more detection zones, the system comprising one or more cameras, a user interface, and a computing system configured to receive a chronological series of frames from the one or more cameras, identify liquid candidates by comparing a current frame with a plurality of previous frames of the chronological series, determine locations of the liquid candidates, identify thermal signatures of the liquid candidates, determine types of liquids of the liquid candidates based on the locations and thermal signatures of the liquid candidates, and generate an alert with the user interface corresponding to the determined types of liquids.

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


Systems and methods for digitized document image text contouring
Patent No. 11074473 

Inventor(s): Douglas Slattery (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16748396 on 01/21/2020 (553 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for digitized document image text contouring are provided. One or more memories may be coupled to one or more processors, the one or more memories including instructions operable to be executed by the one or more processors. The one or more processors may be configured to receive a digitized document image. The one or more processors may be configured to preprocess the digitized document image to generate a plurality of contours. The one or more processors may be configured to adjust a plurality of bounding boxes of the plurality of contours; analyze the adjusted plurality of bounding boxes; create one or more clips based on the analysis; dynamically threshold the one or more clips; perform optical character recognition of the one or more clips; and receive output responsive to the optical character recognition.

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


Automatic allocation of physical facilities
Patent No. 11074525 

Inventor(s): Gregory O. Harp (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16368918 on 03/29/2019 (851 days app to issue)

Abstract: Physical space is allocated to members of a group to maximize collaborative efforts. Each member of the group is determined based on presence or detection of a wireless device. As the members of the group are wirelessly detected, physical space may be assigned based on historical usage, calendar entries, physical needs, and infrastructure traits. Desks, office space, conference rooms, and other facilities may thus be dynamically reserved to maximize collaboration and yet efficiently utilize existing physical spaces.

[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]


System and method to incorporate node fulfillment capacity and capacity utilization in balancing fulfillment load across retail supply networks
Patent No. 11074544 

Inventor(s): Saurabh Gupta (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Scully, Scott, Murphy Presser, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16445568 on 06/19/2019 (769 days app to issue)

Abstract: Evaluating node fulfillment capacity in node order assignment by receiving a current order for node order assignment, retrieving data of each node, the retrieved data of each node including current capacity utilization, determining a probability of backlog on an expected ship date of each node, the probability of backlog being based on the retrieved current capacity utilization, determining a capacity utilization cost of each node based on the probability of backlog on the expected ship date, automatically calculating a fulfillment cost of each node of the current order based on the capacity utilization cost, identifying one or more nodes for the current order with the lowest fulfillment cost and automatically generating a node order assignment assigning the current order to one of the one or more nodes with the lowest fulfillment cost.

[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]


Inventory management application for sales consultant users
Patent No. 11074550 

Inventor(s): Hope Elston (Addison, TX), Jamie Schott (Addison, TX), John Kreusch (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15248871 on 08/26/2016 (1796 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile application may be used to track sales consultants” businesses, such as by tracking a local inventory maintained by the consultant. Determining whether local inventory is sufficient for fulfilling a sales order may be assisted by updating a database of the application with restocking information. Such restocking information may be obtained through a camera of the mobile device scanning a barcode or QR code or other information, such as recognizing text on a package. Information in the picture may be associated with inventory restocking information or be used to fetch restocking information.

[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]


Dynamic binding of content transactional items
Patent No. 11074620 

Inventor(s): Christian Briggs (Austin, TX), Robert K. Spitz (Amherst, NH), Todd Downing (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): AiBUY, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14484047 on 09/11/2014 (2511 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of dynamically binding supplemental content to a content transactional item includes identifying the content transactional item at a device and identifying a description related to the content transactional item. The method also includes obtaining the supplemental content based on the description, where the supplemental content provides additional information about the content transactional item. The method further includes dynamically binding the supplemental content to the content transactional item and positioning the supplemental content in association with the content transactional item using a supplemental interactive display.

[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]


Safety for vehicle users
Patent No. 11074769 

Inventor(s): Ben Bowne (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): Cambridge Mobile Telematics Inc. (Cambridge, MA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16407502 on 05/09/2019 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: Personal safety concerns for users of vehicles can be indicated, identified, communicated, analyzed, or acted on to make the users and other participants in the technology aware of the safety concerns and to reduce the risks to the users associated with the safety concerns. Personal safety concerns can be recognized based on safety concern triggers. Once recognized, the personal safety concerns can be reported to the users and other participants in the technology by safety alerts. The safety alert can prompt one or more telematics devices at the vehicle to capture, store, or transmit telematics data, including, for example, audio, image, or video data or combinations of them. The captured telematics data can be used to verify the safety alert and the safety concern and present the captured data to a third party participant to enable the third party participant to determine an appropriate response or action.

[G07C] TIME OR ATTENDANCE REGISTERS; REGISTERING OR INDICATING THE WORKING OF MACHINES; GENERATING RANDOM NUMBERS; VOTING OR LOTTERY APPARATUS; ARRANGEMENTS, SYSTEMS OR APPARATUS FOR CHECKING NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE (identification of persons A61B 5/117; indicating or recording apparatus for measuring in general, analogous apparatus but in which the input is not a variable to be measured, e.g. a hand operation, G01D; clocks, clock mechanisms G04B, G04C; time-interval measuring G04F; counting mechanisms per se G06M)


Wirelessly-controlled fingerprint locking device and method of use
Patent No. 11074772 

Inventor(s): Janahan Gnanachandran (Arlington, TX), Janarthan Gnanachandran (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16271862 on 02/10/2019 (898 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wirelessly-controlled fingerprint protected container containing a fingerprint scanner, a micro-computer, and a lock where the user can either unlock the device through the fingerprint scanner or platform (application) on the mobile device. The container can be shared with additional users by the owner sending an authorization code to another user via a smart device, and the second user can then wirelessly register his or her fingerprints and then unlock the container.

[G07C] TIME OR ATTENDANCE REGISTERS; REGISTERING OR INDICATING THE WORKING OF MACHINES; GENERATING RANDOM NUMBERS; VOTING OR LOTTERY APPARATUS; ARRANGEMENTS, SYSTEMS OR APPARATUS FOR CHECKING NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE (identification of persons A61B 5/117; indicating or recording apparatus for measuring in general, analogous apparatus but in which the input is not a variable to be measured, e.g. a hand operation, G01D; clocks, clock mechanisms G04B, G04C; time-interval measuring G04F; counting mechanisms per se G06M)


Technique to deter theft from automated teller machines
Patent No. 11074789 

Inventor(s): Merril Ray Newman (Schaumburg, IL)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16537067 on 08/09/2019 (718 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques related to an electronic device, comprising one or more processors, a user interface, a bill dispensing mechanism in a dispensing area, the bill dispensing area having a first sensor, and a non-transitory program storage device comprising instructions stored thereon to cause the one or more processors to receive, from the user interface, a request to dispense a bill, receive, from the first sensor, a first signal indicating a first touch on the first sensor in the bill dispensing area, and dispense the bill based on the received first signal indicating the first touch.

[G07F] COIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS (coin sorting G07D 3/00; coin testing G07D 5/00) [7]


System, apparatus and method for inventory
Patent No. 11074793 

Inventor(s): Stephen Howard (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Omni Consumer Products, LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16698917 on 11/27/2019 (608 days app to issue)

Abstract: An inventory system, apparatus and method. The method to be used in a cooler that includes a power module provides power to the inventory system from an electric source, battery, WIFI charge, wireless charge and/or combination thereof, a computer processor coupled to the power module, a memory module coupled to the computer processor, an image capturing module coupled to the processor, a movement module coupled to the processor; wherein the movement module triggers the image capturing device to capture images of products in a cooler due to a movement.

[G08B] SIGNALLING OR CALLING SYSTEMS; ORDER TELEGRAPHS; ALARM SYSTEMS


Temperature dependent impedance mitigation in non-volatile memory
Patent No. 11074976 

Inventor(s): Kwang-Ho Kim (Pleasanton, CA), Masaaki Higashitani (Cupertino, CA), Peter Rabkin (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16551553 on 08/26/2019 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory system is provided with technology for performing temperature dependent impedance mitigation, in addition to or instead of other techniques to compensate for differences in impedance. For example, the memory system comprises a plurality of non-volatile memory cells, a first pathway connected to the plurality of non-volatile memory cells, a second pathway connected to the plurality of non-volatile memory cells, and a control circuit connected to the first pathway and the second pathway. The control circuit is configured to compensate based on temperature for a temperature dependent impedance mismatch between the first pathway and the second pathway during a memory operation on the plurality of non-volatile memory cells.

[G11C] STATIC STORES (information storage based on relative movement between record carrier and transducer G11B; semiconductor devices for storage H01L, e.g. H01L 27/108-H01L 27/11597; pulse technique in general H03K, e.g. electronic switches H03K 17/00)


 

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Stacked die semiconductor package
Patent No. 11075147 

Inventor(s): Ken Pham (San Jose, CA), Vivek Arora (San Jose, CA), Woochan Kim (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16504816 on 07/08/2019 (750 days app to issue)

Abstract: A stacked die semiconductor package includes a leadframe including a die pad and lead terminals on at least two sides of the die pad, a top die having circuitry coupled to bond pads, and bottom die having a back side that is attached by die attach material to the die pad and a top side having at least one redistribution layer (RDL) over and coupled to a top metal level including connections to input/output (IO) nodes on the top metal level. The RDL provides a metal pattern including wirebond pads that match locations of the bond pads of the top die. The bond pads on the top die are flip-chip attached to the wirebond pads of the bottom die, and the bond wires are positioned between the wirebond pads and the lead terminals.

[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]


IC having trench-based metal-insulator-metal capacitor
Patent No. 11075157 

Inventor(s): Bhaskar Srinivasan (Allen, TX), Brian E. Goodlin (Plano, TX), Erich Wesley Kinder (Plano, TX), Mona M. Eissa (Allen, TX), Pushpa Mahalingam (Richardson, TX), Umamaheswari Aghoram (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16564849 on 09/09/2019 (687 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) includes a semiconductor surface layer of a substrate including circuitry formed in the semiconductor surface layer configured together with a Metal-Insulator-Metal (MIM) capacitor. A multi-layer metal stack on the semiconductor surface layer includes a bottom plate contact metal layer including a bottom capacitor plate contact. A first interlevel dielectric (ILD) layer is over the bottom plate contact metal layer. The MIM capacitor includes a trench in the first ILD layer over the bottom capacitor plate contact, wherein the trench is lined by a bottom capacitor plate with a capacitor dielectric layer thereon, and a top capacitor plate on the capacitor dielectric layer. A fill material fills the trench to form a filled trench. A second ILD layer is over including the filled trench. A filled via through the second ILD layer provides a contact to a top plate contact on the top capacitor plate.

[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]


Method of making a three-dimensional memory device using silicon nitride etching end point detection
Patent No. 11075218 

Inventor(s): Shigehisa Inoue (Yokkaichi, JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16419243 on 05/22/2019 (797 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of making three-dimensional memory device includes forming a stack of insulating layers and silicon nitride sacrificial layers over a substrate, forming memory stack structures in the alternating stack, forming a trench through the alternating stack, selectively etching the silicon nitride sacrificial layers through the trench using a phosphoric acid solution, filling a sample container with a fixed quantity of the phosphoric acid solution that was used to etch the silicon nitride sacrificial layers, determining a weight of the sample container, determining if a threshold value indicative of the etching end point has been reached or exceeded based on the determined weight, stopping the etching of the silicon nitride sacrificial layers in response to determining that the threshold value indicative of the etching end point has been reached or exceeded to leave recesses between the insulating layers, and filling the recesses with electrically conductive layers.

[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]


Cell phone having wireless charging function
Patent No. 11075547 

Inventor(s): Hiroyuki Uejima (Ishikawa, JP), Takanori Hirobe (Ishikawa, JP), Yoshio Koyanagi (Kanagawa, JP)
Assignee(s): Sovereign Peak Ventures, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15782682 on 10/12/2017 (1384 days app to issue)

Abstract: A coil module is disposed inside an electronic apparatus and receives prescribed power. The coil module includes a loop coil, a plate-like magnetic body that is disposed on the loop coil, and a conductive member that has prescribed conductivity and is disposed parallel with the plate-like magnetic body and on a surface, opposite to a surface on which the loop coil is disposed, of the magnetic body. The conductive member projects outward relative to at least a portion of a circumferential surface of the magnetic body.

[H02J] CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS OR SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLYING OR DISTRIBUTING ELECTRIC POWER; SYSTEMS FOR STORING ELECTRIC ENERGY (power supply circuits for apparatus for measuring X-radiation, gamma radiation, corpuscular radiation or cosmic radiation G01T 1/175; electric power supply circuits specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces with no moving parts G04G 19/00; for digital computers G06F 1/18; for discharge tubes H01J 37/248; circuits or apparatus for the conversion of electric power, arrangements for control or regulation of such circuits or apparatus H02M; interrelated control of several motors, control of a prime-mover/generator combination H02P; control of high-frequency power H03L; additional use of power line or power network for transmission of information H04B)


Connection bars for motor system
Patent No. 11075598 

Inventor(s): Hengchun Mao (Allen, TX), Xuezhong Jia (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Quanten Technologies, Inc. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16103003 on 08/14/2018 (1078 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device comprises a rotor magnetically coupled to a stator, a plurality of slots for accommodating a plurality of conductors, wherein the plurality of slots is evenly spaced, and each slot is configured to accommodate at least one conductor of the plurality of conductors, and wherein each conductor has a first end and a second end, and wherein the second end is configured to be coupled to a power converter and a plurality of connection apparatuses connected to first ends of the plurality of conductors.

[H02P] CONTROL OR REGULATION OF ELECTRIC MOTORS, ELECTRIC GENERATORS OR DYNAMO-ELECTRIC CONVERTERS; CONTROLLING TRANSFORMERS, REACTORS OR CHOKE COILS [4]


System and method to reduce standby power dissipation in class D amplifiers
Patent No. 11075608 

Inventor(s): Abhiman Ananthakrishna Hande (Plano, TX), Austin Clay Styer (Melissa, TX), Mark Edward Sieber (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): Harman Professional, Inc. (Northridge, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16822610 on 03/18/2020 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: An amplifier system having first and second interleaved half bridge stages and a coupled inductor. The coupled inductor has a primary winding and a secondary winding, a first end of the primary winding is coupled to the first half bridge stage at a first node, a second end of the primary winding is coupled to the load, a first end of the secondary winding is coupled to the load, a second end of the secondary winding is coupled to the second half bridge stage at a second node. An inductor circuit is coupled between the first and second half bridge stages and a first end of a load circuit.

[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)


Miller clamp driver with feedback bias control
Patent No. 11075620 

Inventor(s): Arun Rao (San Jose, CA), Shuing Ju (Santa Clara, CA), Wenxiao Tan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17071803 on 10/15/2020 (285 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects provide for a circuit including a voltage supply, a driver, and a feedback bias circuit. The driver includes a first p-type field effect transistor (FET) and a first n-type FET. The voltage supply has an input and an output. The driver has a first input coupled to the voltage supply output, a second input coupled to a first node, and an output coupled to a second node. The first p-type FET has a gate coupled to the output of the driver, a source coupled to the voltage supply output, and a drain coupled to the second node. The first n-type FET has a gate coupled to the output of the second driver, a drain coupled to the second node, and a source coupled to a ground node. The feedback bias circuit has an input coupled to the second node and an output coupled to the voltage supply input.

[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]


Methods and circuitry for driving a device
Patent No. 11075627 

Inventor(s): Johan Tjeerd Strydom (Santa Clara, CA), Olivier Trescases (Toronto, CA), Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16920943 on 07/06/2020 (386 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and circuitry for driving a device are disclosed. An example of the circuitry includes a voltage sensing circuit coupled to an input of a transistor, the voltage sensing circuit having a first output at a node, the voltage sensing circuit comprising a capacitive voltage divider, and a current sensing circuit coupled to the input of the transistor and to the voltage sensing circuit, the current sensing circuit having a second output, the current sensing circuit comprising a resistive divider coupled to the input of the transistor.

[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]


Power sharing solid-state relay
Patent No. 11075628 

Inventor(s): Eric C. Blackall (Plano, TX), Ross E. Teggatz (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Triune IP, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16272323 on 02/11/2019 (897 days app to issue)

Abstract: A solid-state switch, comprising at least one switch controller. At least one switch having a first terminal coupled to a power source, a second terminal coupled to the power source and a control terminal coupled to the switch controller and configured to selectively conduct and block current flow from the first terminal to the second terminal. At least one power converter coupled to the first terminal and the second terminal and configured to convert power from the power source from a first voltage level to a second voltage level and to provide power at the second voltage level to the switch controller.

[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]


Frequency divider with delay compensation
Patent No. 11075639 

Inventor(s): Sudipto Chakraborty (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16880387 on 05/21/2020 (432 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling a frequency range of a self-resonant frequency (SRF) of a high speed divider implemented in current mode logic (CML) D triggers by controlling a field effect transistor (FET) load resistor bias voltage to FETs operating in linear regions in load resistors in the CML D triggers. Tail currents of the CML D triggers are controlled to track inversely to a resistor value.

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


Downlink multiple input multiple output enhancements for single-cell with remote radio heads
Patent No. 11075675 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Allen, TX), Runhua Chen (Plano, TX), Vikram Chandrasekhar (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15955501 on 04/17/2018 (1197 days app to issue)

Abstract: A base station selects a subset of at least one geographically separated antennas for each of the plurality of user equipments. The base station forms at least layer of data stream including modulated symbols, precodes the data stream via multiplication with the NT-by-N precoding matrix where N is the number of said layers and NT is the number of transmit antenna elements and transmits the precoded layers of data stream to the user equipment via the selected geographically separated antennas. The base station signals the subset of the plurality of geographically separated antennas via higher layer Radio Resource Control or via a down link grant mechanism. The base station optionally does not signal the subset of the plurality of geographically separated antennas to the corresponding mobile user equipment.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Optical communication system
Patent No. 11075698 

Inventor(s): Frank Effenberger (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen, CN)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16983259 on 08/03/2020 (358 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for signal transmission in an optical communication system. An optical transmitter comprises a directly modulated laser (DML) configured to generate a modulated optical signal in response to a modulation signal. The modulated optical signal comprises a first frequency corresponding to a logical one value in the modulation signal and a second frequency corresponding to a logical zero value in the modulation signal. The modulated optical signal has a modulation symbol rate of ”R”. The transmitter comprises a controller configured to control the DML to establish a target frequency gap between the first frequency and the second frequency. The transmitter also comprises an optical band pass filter (OBPF) coupled to the DML to receive the modulated optical signal and output a filtered optical signal. The OBPF has a 3-dB bandwidth of less than R.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Open real-time ethernet protocol
Patent No. 11075707 

Inventor(s): Thomas Anton Leyrer (Geisenhausen, DE), Thomas Mauer (Gammelsdorf, DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16576212 on 09/19/2019 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: A real-time Ethernet (RTE) protocol includes start-up frames originated by a master device for network initialization including a preamble, destination address (DA), source address (SA), a type field, and a status field including state information that indicates a current protocol state that the Ethernet network is in for the slave devices to translate for dynamically switching to one of a plurality of provided frame forwarding modes. The start-up frames include device Discovery frames at power up, Parameterization frames that distribute network parameters, and Time Synchronization frames including the master”s time and unique assigned communication time slots for each slave device. After the initialization at least one data exchange frame is transmitted exclusive of SA and DA including a preamble that comprises a header that differentiates between master and slave, a type field, a status field excluding the current protocol state, and a data payload.

[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)


Autonomic device fabric
Patent No. 11075838 

Inventor(s): Hongliang Gao (Beijing, CN), Toerless Eckert (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16055800 on 08/06/2018 (1086 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network device is provided that comprises a plurality of physical ports, an autonomic device fabric (ADF) module configured to receive, send, and forward data packets via the plurality of physical ports, a memory that stores instructions, and one or more processors configured by the instructions to perform operations. The operations comprise determining that network device software is not installed and requesting the network device software from a management machine using the ADF module.

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


Synchronization of Bluetooth low energy transmissions across connected isochronous groups
Patent No. 11075968 

Inventor(s): Mien Chen (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): HARMAN INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED (Stamford, CT)
Law Firm: McCoy Russell LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17075601 on 10/20/2020 (280 days app to issue)

Abstract: Mechanisms and methods are provided for improving wireless audio transmission and synchronization for multi-channel Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) systems. In various embodiments, mechanisms and methods may include generating transmissions having a plurality of Protocol Data Units (PDUs) to BLE-compliant slave devices. The plurality of PDUs may be stored in a buffer. When an error is determined to have occurred in transmitting one of the PDUs, a re-transmission to the slave device may be generated, which may include the PDU in error and any subsequent PDUs of the plurality of PDUs.

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


Systems and methods for prioritized sip services using UE-specified sip register messages
Patent No. 11075973 

Inventor(s): Bibi M. Hakimzadeh (Fort Worth, TX), James S. Abraham (Carrollton, TX), Shashi Kotvali (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16661910 on 10/23/2019 (643 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system described herein may provide for the prioritization of Session Initiation Protocol (”SIP”) messages, transmitted by a User Equipment (”UE”), based on a priority class indicator (”PCP”) included in a registration message (e.g., a SIP REGISTER message) from the UE. The PCI may be included in a contact header, a SIP contact Uniform Resource Identifier (”URI”), and/or some other portion of the registration message. A Universal Integrated Circuit Card (”UICC”) may store information indicating the priority class (e.g., in an Access Control Class (”ACC”) Elementary File (”EF”)). One or more network components, such as a Call Session Control Function (”CSCF”) may prioritize SIP messages from the UE based on the priority class indicator included in the registration message by the UE.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Framework for IoT protocol identification and management
Patent No. 11076024 

Inventor(s): David J. McCall (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16469382 on 12/27/2016 (1673 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to identify and manage IoT protocols and associated devices. An example apparatus includes a gateway device to communicate according to a first protocol. The example gateway device includes a plugin agent to discover a first device and probe the first device to gather data regarding a protocol of the first device. The example plugin agent is to transmit the gathered data to a plugin manager to determine whether the first device is to communicate via the first protocol, and, when the first device is unable to communicate via the first protocol, determine a plugin for the gateway device to enable the gateway device to communicate with the first device, the plugin agent to provision the plugin for the gateway device with respect to the first device.

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


Intermediary service bureau system and method
Patent No. 11076053 

Inventor(s): Stephen Lee Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17029345 on 09/23/2020 (307 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides details on an intermediary service bureau (ISB) system which includes an ISB center that acts as an intermediary communication center between communication devices used by correctional facilities and contract providers. The ISB records communications, stores security data, and provides front end processing to facilitate an inmate to communicate with an outside party by way of a contract provider. Further, the ISB provides accounting services for inmates and friends and family that use services provided the contract provider. The contract provider provides security and routing services for the ISB by obtaining data from the ISB and updating data at the ISB according to the communications.

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


Reducing context coded and bypass coded bins to improve context adaptive binary arithmetic coding (CABAC) throughput
Patent No. 11076155 

Inventor(s): Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX), Vivienne Sze (Cambridge, MA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17015155 on 09/09/2020 (321 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for context-adaptive binary arithmetic coding (CABAC) coding with a reduced number of context coded and/or bypass coded bins are provided. Rather than using only truncated unary binarization for the syntax element representing the delta quantization parameter and context coding all of the resulting bins as in the prior art, a different binarization is used and only part of the resulting bins are context coded, thus reducing the worst case number of context coded bins for this syntax element. Further, binarization techniques for the syntax element representing the remaining actual value of a transform coefficient are provided that restrict the maximum codeword length of this syntax element to 32 bits or less, thus reducing the number of bypass coded bins for this syntax element over the prior art.

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


Devices and methods for identifying a leading picture
Patent No. 11076160 

Inventor(s): Louis Joseph Kerofsky (Camas, WA), Sachin G. Deshpande (Camas, WA)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16796054 on 02/20/2020 (523 days app to issue)

Abstract: An instantaneous decoder refresh, IDR, picture is encoded. The IDR picture occurs at a random access point in a bitstream of data, includes only intra-prediction slices, I-slices, and does not refer to any picture or pictures other than itself for prediction. When the IDR picture has a subsequent leading picture, a first Network Access Layer, NAL, unit type of the IDR picture is generated indicating that the IDR picture has a subsequent leading picture, and the first NAL unit type is encoded. When the IDR picture does not have a subsequent leading picture, a second Network Access Layer, NAL, unit type of the IDR picture is generated indicating that the IDR picture does not have a subsequent leading picture, the second NAL unit type being different from the first NAL unit type, and the second NAL unit type is encoded. The subsequent leading picture follows the IDR picture in the encoding order and precedes the IDR picture in a display order, and the subsequent leading picture is encoded without inter-prediction from any picture that precedes the IDR picture in the encoding order.

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


Method and system for lossless coding mode in video coding
Patent No. 11076163 

Inventor(s): Minhua Zhou (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17120846 on 12/14/2020 (225 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for coding a video sequence is provided that includes encoding a portion of a picture in the video sequence in lossless coding mode, and signaling a lossless coding indicator in a compressed bit stream, wherein the lossless coding indicator corresponds to the portion of a picture and indicates whether or not the portion of the picture is losslessly coded. A method for decoding a compressed video bit stream is provided that includes determining that lossless coding mode is enabled, decoding a lossless coding indicator from the compressed video bit stream, wherein the lossless coding indicator corresponds to a portion of a picture in the compressed video bit stream and indicates whether or not the portion of the picture is losslessly coded, and decoding the portion of the picture in lossless coding mode when the lossless coding indicator indicates the portion of the picture is losslessly coded.

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


Sample adaptive offset (SAO) parameter signaling
Patent No. 11076174 

Inventor(s): Do-Kyoung Kwon (Allen, TX), Minhua Zhou (San Diego, CA), Woo-Shik Kim (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15192547 on 06/24/2016 (1859 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for signaling of sample adaptive offset (SAO) information that may reduce the coding rate for signaling such information in the compressed bit stream are provided. More specifically, techniques are provided that allow SAO information common to two or more of the color components to be signaled using one or more syntax elements (flags or indicators) representative of the common information. These techniques reduce the need to signal SAO information separately for each color component.

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


Distributed processing architecture
Patent No. 11076210 

Inventor(s): Jonathan R. Belk (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC (Redmond, WA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16883814 on 05/26/2020 (427 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include techniques for processing neural networks. Various forms of parallelism may be implemented using topology that combines sequences of processors. In one embodiment, the present disclosure includes a computer system comprising one or more processor groups, the processor groups each comprising a plurality of processors. A plurality of network switches are coupled to subsets of the plurality of processor groups. In one embodiment, the switches may be optical network switches. Processors in the processor groups may be configurable to form sequences, and the network switches are configurable to form at least one sequence across one or more of the plurality of processor groups to perform neural network computations. Various alternative configurations for creating Hamiltonian cycles are disclosed to support data parallelism, pipeline parallelism, layer parallelism, or combinations thereof.

[H04Q] SELECTING (switches, relays, selectors H01H; wireless communication networks H04W) [2009.01]


Machine type communication using mobile originated short messaging service without mobile station international subscriber directory number
Patent No. 11076269 

Inventor(s): Devaki Chandramouli (Plano, TX), Raymond Jong-A-Kiem (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS OY (Espoo, FI)
Law Firm: Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16315374 on 07/07/2017 (1481 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various communication systems may benefit from being able to communicate without requiring certain identifiers to be assigned. For example, certain wireless communication systems may benefit from machine type communication using mobile originated short messaging service without a mobile station international subscriber directory number. A method can include preparing, at a user equipment, a mobile originated short message service message. The method can also include identifying, in the message, a particular external identifier from a set of external identifiers assigned to an application.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method of neighbor discovery and wireless inter-connection for cellular mesh network
Patent No. 11076348 

Inventor(s): Hao Chen (Allen, TX), Jianhua Mo (Garland, TX), Vishnu Vardhan Ratnam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16732232 on 12/31/2019 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for neighbor discovery and wireless inter-connection in a wireless communication system. A method for operating a base station (BS) in the wireless communication network includes generating measurement information regarding neighboring BSs of the BS in the wireless communication network; determining a first parent BS of the neighboring BSs to connect to based on the measurement information; performing an initial access procedure with the first parent BS to connect to the first parent BS; identifying an end-to-end route for the BS for transfer of data between a user equipment (UE) and a gateway via the wireless communication network; and transferring the data between the gateway and the UE based on the identified end-to-end route.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Node synchronization for networks
Patent No. 11076370 

Inventor(s): Ariton E. Xhafa (Plano, TX), Jianwei Zhou (Allen, TX), Xiaolin Lu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15591698 on 05/10/2017 (1539 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network includes an intermediate node to communicate with a child node via a wireless network protocol. An intermediate node synchronizer in the intermediate node facilitates time synchronization with its parent node and with the child node. A child node synchronizer in the child node to facilitates time synchronization with the intermediate node. The intermediate node synchronizer exchanges synchronization data with the child node synchronizer to enable the child node to be time synchronized to the intermediate node before the intermediate node is synchronized to its parent node if the intermediate node has not synchronized to its parent node within a predetermined guard time period established for the child node.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Methods of UL TDM for inter-eNodeB carrier aggregation
Patent No. 11076405 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Thomas David Novlan (Dallas, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16505550 on 07/08/2019 (750 days app to issue)

Abstract: One or more embodiments provide a method implemented in a user equipment (UE) used in a wireless communications system. The method includes transmitting an indication to a base station that the UE is capable of transmitting on a single uplink carrier frequency and downlink carrier aggregation. The method also includes receiving an uplink carrier frequency switching pattern from the base station. The method also includes switching uplink carrier frequencies based on the uplink carrier frequency switching pattern.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Lighting system
Patent No. 11076460 

Inventor(s): Gregory Lee Horne (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): Alliance Sports Group, L.P. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Thorpe North Western LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16747363 on 01/20/2020 (554 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lighting device is disclosed with control logic to provide a user with the option of powering on in a high power mode and cycling through to a low power mode or starting first in a lower power mode and cycling up to a higher power mode. In another aspect, the lighting device has a secondary light source that functions as a status indicator in a first mode and as a source of illumination in a second mode, wherein the power output of the first mode is less than the second mode.

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


DESIGN PATENTS

Guitar pick keychain case
Patent No. D925906 

Inventor(s): Alberto Guerrero, II (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29724018 on 02/12/2020 (531 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Bottle cap
Patent No. D926034 

Inventor(s): Daniel Nelson (Plano, TX), Dilan Walpola (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Billie, Inc. (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Lowenstein Sandler LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29719077 on 12/31/2019 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Belt buckle
Patent No. D926079 

Inventor(s): Joshua M. Alis (Ringwood, NJ)
Assignee(s): BOHLIN, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29697953 on 07/12/2019 (746 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Wheel for a model vehicle
Patent No. D926265 

Inventor(s): Adam Cole Ewing (McKinney, TX), Jory Sprowl (Honey Grove, TX), Kent Poteet (Lucas, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29726731 on 03/05/2020 (509 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Mobile barre apparatus
Patent No. D926270 

Inventor(s): Allison Catalani (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29686297 on 04/03/2019 (846 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Fireplace surround
Patent No. D926307 

Inventor(s): Chad Dorsey (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): CHAD DORSEY DESIGN LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Hemingway Hansen, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29729052 on 03/24/2020 (490 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Graduation gown laundry bag
Patent No. D926406 

Inventor(s): Jessica Suttle (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29706784 on 09/24/2019 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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