Dallas Invents: 103 Patents Granted for Week of April 10

Patents granted include Botsitter’s system for remote care of an animal, Authentic’s sight-to-speech product authentication, United Services Automobile Association’s indoor drone flight awareness system, and more.

Botsitter remote care of an animal

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 April. 10, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 14
SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano) 9
DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington) 3
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 2


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Jack Renforth (Azle) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

279 days
System and computer-implemented method for translating coding language for graphical scripts
Inventor: Bret Swanson (McKinney)
Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company (Bloomington, IL)
Patent No. 9942409

2,615 days
On-premises restaurant communication system and method
Inventor: Kenneth J. Lovegreen (Lake Kiowa)
Assignee: Long Range Systems, LLC (Addison)
Patent No. 9942624


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Latching mechanism for pet enclosure
Patent No. 9936672 

Inventor(s): David Link (Costa Mesa, CA), Hongkun Liang (Zhongshan, , CN)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14706870 on 05/07/2015 (1069 days app to issue)

Abstract: A latching mechanism having a camming surface to engage the latching mechanism without human intervention when a door is traversed from an opened position to a closed position is disclosed. Other latching mechanisms are also disclosed. The latching mechanism may also be rotatable to engage the latching mechanism and prevent opening of the door from the closed position.

[A01K] ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; CARE OF BIRDS, FISHES, INSECTS; FISHING; REARING OR BREEDING ANIMALS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; NEW BREEDS OF ANIMALS


Method and system for remote monitoring, care and maintenance of animals
Patent No. 9936680 

Inventor(s): Krystalka R. Womble (Dallas), Robert L. Piccioni (Rowlett)
Assignee(s): Botsitter, LLC (Rowlett)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15365895 on 11/30/2016 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for remote care of an animal includes a robotic animal caregiver that includes a housing, a wireless data communication system disposed within the housing and wirelessly communicatively coupled with an external data communications system, and a microprocessor in communication with the wireless data communication system disposed within the housing. The system further includes a smart collar to be worn by the animal operable to determine a geo-location information of the animal and communicate with the microprocessor.

[A01K] ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; CARE OF BIRDS, FISHES, INSECTS; FISHING; REARING OR BREEDING ANIMALS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; NEW BREEDS OF ANIMALS


Adjustable rotary shelf assembly for a corner cabinet and method of use
Patent No. 9936805 

Inventor(s): Dennis McGregor (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Hardware Resources, Inc. (Bossier City, LA)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14462079 on 08/18/2014 (1331 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vertically adjustable rotary shelf assembly for use within a corner cabinet is provided. The shelf assembly includes an inner pole telescopically engaged with an outer pole. Disc shaped shelves are adjustably attached. A first height adjustment assembly provides a ”macro” adjustment between the inner pole and the outer pole. A second height adjustment assembly provides a ”micro” adjustment. The second height adjustment provides a shaft having a threaded section, a thumbwheel threadably engaged with the threaded section, and a two lobed cam. Rotation of the thumbwheel adjusts the vertical position of the outer pole, the shelves, and an attached cabinet face to align the cabinet face with the adjacent cabinets. A flexible cam follower is provided. The flexible cam follower engages the two lobed cam to bias the cabinet face in a ”home” position.

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


Apparatus for ambient noise cancellation in PPG sensors
Patent No. 9936885 

Inventor(s): Armen Poghosyan (Yerevan, AM), Levon Hovhannisyan (Yerevan, AM), Vahram Mouradian (Plano)
Assignee(s): Sensogram Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: RatnerPrestia (Local + 4352 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14674499 on 03/31/2015 (1106 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a PPG signal measurement apparatus comprising a light source for emitting light pulses; a light sensor for receiving reflected light from the light source and generating a sensor signal; an electronic unit including a transimpedance amplifier and an ambient light cancelation unit, a first switch in a front end portion of the light sensor, a second switch in the front end portion of the light sensor, a microcontroller in communication with the light source, the light sensor, and the ambient light cancellation unit.

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


Device for cushioning of compression surfaces
Patent No. 9936925 

Inventor(s): Gail S. Lebovic (McKinney)
Assignee(s): BIOLUCENT, LLC (Marlborough, MA)
Law Firm: Vista IP Law Group LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15362734 on 11/28/2016 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to the present invention, improved methods and apparatus are provided for providing cushioning and other ergonomic surfaces on devices requiring the patient or tissue to be compressed, such as radiography machines, fluoroscopy units, mammography units and the like. In particular a radiolucent pad element is provided for releasable attachment to at least one surface of a compression device to be used under x-ray, for example, during mammography. The pad element of the present invention can be disposable or constructed to be reusable and in some cases may be applied directly to the patient”s breast. Furthermore, a cushioned paddle is provided wherein the compression paddle and the cushion can be separately or integrally formed.

[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]


Cosmetic compositions
Patent No. 9937119 

Inventor(s): Barbara Durkee (Dallas), Geetha Kalahasti (Dallas), Greg Norman (Dallas), Ricky Mendoza (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14527435 on 10/29/2014 (1259 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are compositions and methods for their use that can be used individually or in combination. The compositions have the ability to treat a wide range of skin and skin conditions, and particularly men”s skin.

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


Modulation of MRTF-A activity in pathologic fibrosis and wound healing
Patent No. 9937156 

Inventor(s): Eric N. Olson (Dallas)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15029222 on 10/16/2014 (1272 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure concerns uses for isoxazole compounds or salts or analogs thereof for the treatment of wounds. The present disclosure also concerns devices for delivering a isoxazole compound or salts or an analogs thereof to a wound site.

[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)


Device for sanitizing the air-conditioning system of vehicles using radiant catalytic ionization
Patent No. 9937276 

Inventor(s): Frederico Monteiro Paranhos (Sao Paulo, , BR), Joao da Costa Pilao Neto (Sao Paulo, , BR)
Assignee(s): DBG Group Investments, LLC (Dallas)
Law Firm: Workman Nydegger (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14372637 on 01/17/2013 (1909 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device for sanitizing the air-conditioning system of vehicles using radiant catalytic ionization is provided. The device is mounted in a casing that includes a UVX lamp surrounded by a metal alloy that converts air/oxygen therein into a purifying plasma comprising hydroxyl radicals and hydrogen peroxide.

[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)


Two-stage apparatus and method for generating and concentrating fine particle aerosols
Patent No. 9937303 

Inventor(s): Xin Heng (McKinney)
Assignee(s): KAER BIOTHERAPEUTICS CORPORATION (Escondido, CA)
Law Firm: Schlee IP International, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15291028 on 10/11/2016 (546 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and a method for generating a respirable dry powder aerosol ([b]15[/b]) from a liquid solution or liquid suspension at a respirable dry powder aerosol volume flow ([b]91[/b]). A liquid aerosol generating nozzle ([b]3[/b]) generates from the liquid solution or liquid suspension a liquid aerosol ([b]13[/b]) that is diluted by dilution gas ([b]4[/b]) and dried in a cylindrical evaporation chamber ([b]6[/b]) to generate a dry powder aerosol ([b]14[/b]) that is subsequently concentrated by a cylindrical single linear slit aerosol concentrator ([b]9[/b]). The system and method may include heliox as a gas, specifically dilution gas ([b]4[/b]), for enhancing both the drying process in the cylindrical evaporation chamber ([b]6[/b]) and for enhancing the concentration efficiency, but also as a nozzle gas ([b]2[/b]) for enhancing generating the liquid aerosol ([b]13[/b]) from the liquid solution or liquid suspension.

[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]


Lin28-mediated control of let-7 biogenesis
Patent No. 9938354 

Inventor(s): Elena Piskounova (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Children”s Medical Center Corporation (Boston, MA), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc. (Boston, MA)
Law Firm: Wolf, Greenfield Sacks, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14269041 on 05/02/2014 (1439 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present embodiments provide for compositions and methods that regulate microRNA-binding protein-mediated miRNA biogenesis; for example Lin28-mediated biogenesis of let-7; and in particular Lin28A-recruited 3 terminal uridylyl transferase (TUTase) uridylation of pre-let-7. A particular embodiment provide compositions and methods for screening for agents that inhibit TUTase-dependent Lin28A-mediated repression of let-7 miRNA.

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


 

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

Industrial shredder
Patent No. 9937504 

Inventor(s): Matthew Morrison (Grand Prairie), Thomas C. Dillard, Jr. (Grand Prairie)
Assignee(s): Granutech-Saturn Systems Corp. (Grand Prairie)
Law Firm: Frost Brown Todd LLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14226301 on 03/26/2014 (1476 days app to issue)

Abstract: An industrial shredder is described that includes one or more electric motors controlled by a variable frequency drive. One or more fixed displacement hydraulic pumps are powered by the one or more electric motors and hydraulically coupled to one or more hydraulic motors in a closed loop configuration. Hydraulic pressure in the closed loop is substantially similar on a first side of the one or more hydraulic motors and on a second side of one or more hydraulic motors. One or more cutting shafts are coupled to the one or more hydraulic motors such that the hydraulic motors cause the cutting shafts to rotate.

[B02C] CRUSHING, PULVERISING, OR DISINTEGRATING IN GENERAL; MILLING GRAIN (obtaining metallic powder by crushing, grinding or milling B22F 9/04)


Vehicles and vehicle systems for restricting rotation of a vehicle steering system
Patent No. 9937952 

Inventor(s): Gerritt B. Meyers (Ypsilanti, MI), Mark D. Clauser (Saline, MI), Tyler E. Schnug (Northville, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14721265 on 05/26/2015 (1050 days app to issue)

Abstract: Vehicles and vehicle systems for restricting rotation of vehicle steering systems are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a vehicle including a front wheel, a steering column assembly coupled to the front wheel, a steering wheel coupled to the steering column assembly, a steering rack assembly that includes a rack coupled to the front wheel, where the rack extends in a vehicle lateral direction and is translatable with respect to a body of the vehicle in the vehicle lateral direction, and a resistance device including a damper coupled to at least one of the steering rack assembly and the steering column assembly that limits a rotation of the steering column assembly.

[B62D] MOTOR VEHICLES; TRAILERS (steering, or guiding on a desired track, of agricultural machines or implements A01B 69/00; wheels, castors, axles, increasing wheel adhesion B60B; vehicle tyres, tyre inflation or tyre changing B60C; connections between vehicles of a train or the like B60D; vehicles for use on rail and road, amphibious or convertible vehicles B60F; suspension arrangements B60G; heating, cooling, ventilating or other air treating devices B60H; windows, windscreens, non-fixed roofs, doors or similar devices, protective coverings for vehicles not in use B60J; propulsion plant arrangements, auxiliary drives, transmissions, controls, instrumentation or dashboards B60K; electric equipment or propulsion of electrically-propelled vehicles B60L; power supply for electrically-propelled vehicles B60M; passenger accommodation not otherwise provided for B60N; adaptations for load transportation or to carry special loads or objects B60P; arrangement of signalling or lighting devices, the mounting or supporting thereof or circuits therefor, for vehicles in general B60Q; vehicles, vehicle fittings or vehicle parts, not otherwise provided for B60R; servicing, cleaning, repairing, supporting, lifting, or manoeuvring, not otherwise provided for B60S; brake arrangements, brake control systems or parts thereof B60T; air-cushion vehicles B60V; motorcycles, accessories therefor B62J, B62K; testing of vehicles G01M)


Actuation system for an active element in a rotor blade
Patent No. 9938006 

Inventor(s): Christopher E. Foskey (Grand Prairie), Jonathan A. Knoll (Burleson), Peter H. Kintzinger (Grapevine), Troy C. Schank (Keller)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13596141 on 08/28/2012 (2051 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment of the present application, an actuation system is configured for actuation of an airfoil member with a flap mechanism. The actuation system can include an upper drive tape and a lower drive tape, each partially wrapped around a first bearing and second bearing. An inboard frame can be actuated by at least one linear actuator. Similarly, an outboard frame can be actuated by at least one linear actuator. The inboard frame is coupled to the upper drive tape, while the outboard frame is coupled to the lower drive tape. An actuation of the inboard frame and outboard frame in a reciprocal manner acts move a flap input lever reciprocally upward and downward. A flap mechanism is configured to convert the movement of the flap input lever into rotational movements of the airfoil member.

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


Perception-based robotic manipulation system and method for automated truck unloader that unloads/unpacks product from trailers and containers
Patent No. 9938092 

Inventor(s): Alex Criswell (Arlington), Christopher D. McMurrough (Arlington), Justry Weir (Arlington), Matthew B. Middleton (Arlington), Pavlos Doliotis (Arlington), Samarth Rajan (Arlington)
Assignee(s): Wynright Corporation (Elk Grove, IL)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15516277 on 10/05/2015 (918 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automated truck unloader ([b]10[/b]) for unloading/unpacking product, such as boxes or cases, from trailers and containers is disclosed. In one embodiment, a mobile base structure provides a support framework for a drive subassembly, conveyance subassembly, an industrial robot ([b]56[/b]), a distance measurement subassembly, and a control subassembly ([b]62[/b]). Under the operation of the control subassembly, an industrial robot ([b]56[/b]) having a suction cup-based gripper arm selectively removes boxes from the trailer and places the boxes on a powered transportation path ([b]88[/b]). The control subassembly ([b]62[/b]) coordinates the selective articulated movement of the industrial robot ([b]56[/b]) and the activation of the drive subassembly based upon a perception-based robotic manipulation system.

[B65G] TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS (packaging B65B; handling thin or filamentary materials, e.g. paper sheets or thread, B65H; cranes B66C; portable or mobile lifting or hauling appliances, e.g. hoists, B66D; devices for lifting or lowering goods for loading or unloading purposes, e.g. fork-lift trucks, B66F 9/00; emptying bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels or similar containers, not otherwise provided for, B67C 9/00; delivering or transferring liquids B67D; filling or discharging vessels for liquefied, solidified or compressed gases F17C; pipe-line systems for fluids F17D)


Fluid ejection device
Patent No. 9938136 

Inventor(s): Andrea Nicola Colecchia (Agrate Brianza, , IT), Franco Consiglieri (Piacenza, , IT), Luca Molinari (Piacenza, , IT), Mauro Pasetti (Milan, , IT), Simon Dodd (West Linn, OR), Teck Khim Neo (Singapore, , SG)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15240709 on 08/18/2016 (600 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a microfluidic die that includes ejection circuitry and one time programmable memory with a minimal number of contact pads to external devices. The die includes a relatively large number of nozzles and a relatively small number of contact pads. The die includes decoding circuitry that utilizes the small number of contact pads to control the drive and ejection of the nozzles and the reading/writing of the memory with the same contact pads.

[B81B] MICROSTRUCTURAL DEVICES OR SYSTEMS, e.g. MICROMECHANICAL DEVICES (piezo-electric, electrostrictive or magnetostrictive elements per se H01L 41/00) [7]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Adaptation of flush valve for dual flush capability
Patent No. 9938701 

Inventor(s): Douglas C. Saunders (Plainfield, IL), Duston E. A. Stutzman (Plainfield, IL), Dwayne A. Porter (New Lenox, IL), Michael J. Schuster (Joliet, IL)
Assignee(s): Danco, Inc. (Irving)
Law Firm: Thomas|Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14935237 on 11/06/2015 (886 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various apparatuses and methods that facilitate dual flush capability are presented. In one embodiment, an apparatus is provided that includes a dual flush mechanism configured to provide for a dual flush capability in a toilet. The dual flush mechanism can include a basket structure. A gasket can be attached to the dual flush mechanism. The gasket can form a seal between the dual flush mechanism and a flush orifice of a flush valve.

[E03D] WATER-CLOSETS OR URINALS WITH FLUSHING DEVICES; FLUSHING VALVES THEREFOR


Adaptable operating room ceiling systems
Patent No. 9938724 

Inventor(s): Mark W. Walters (Palmer)
Assignee(s): WALTERS HEALTHCARE RESOURCES, INC. (Palmer)
Law Firm: Russell Ng PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14636885 on 03/03/2015 (1134 days app to issue)

Abstract: An operating room ceiling system includes an air diffuser assembly, a raceway assembly, and a light assembly. The raceway assembly is positioned along an outer perimeter of the air diffuser assembly. The light assembly is positioned along an outer perimeter of the raceway assembly. The raceway assembly provides a raceway to facilitate cable routing.

[E04F] FINISHING WORK ON BUILDINGS, e.g. STAIRS, FLOORS (windows, doors E06B)


Shunt tube assembly entry device
Patent No. 9938801 

Inventor(s): Brandon Thomas Least (Dallas), Jan Veit (Plano), Jean Marc Lopez (Plano), Luke William Holderman (Plano), Stephen Michael Greci (McKinney)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13879311 on 06/08/2012 (2132 days app to issue)

Abstract: A shunt tube entry device comprises one or more inlet ports, a shroud disposed at least partially about a wellbore tubular, and a shunt tube in fluid communication with the chamber. The shroud defines a chamber between the shroud and the wellbore tubular, and the chamber is in fluid communication with the one or more entry ports.

[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]


Band with RFID chip holder and identifying component
Patent No. 9940492 

Inventor(s): Jordan Bowman (Henderson, CO)
Assignee(s): S.P.M. FLOW CONTROL, INC. (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14812751 on 07/29/2015 (986 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus is adapted to be coupled to a component of a system associated with a wellhead. The apparatus includes a band adapted to be coupled to the component; a buckle coupled to the band and located proximate to a first end of the band; a holder coupled to the band, wherein the holder is positioned, or is adapted to be positioned, proximate to the first end; an electronic identifying device attached to the holder and adapted to identify the component; and an identifying component coupled to the band. The identifying component visually conveys information about at least one of: the electronic identifying device, and the component to which the band is adapted to be coupled. In one embodiment, the system associated with the wellhead is a system for pumping fluid to the wellhead. The electronic identifying device is, or includes, an RFID chip.

[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

Exhaust gas recirculation system and method
Patent No. 9938935 

Inventor(s): David Wright (Decatur)
Assignee(s): General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
Law Firm: GE Global Patent Operation (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15086618 on 03/31/2016 (740 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various methods and systems are provided for an exhaust gas recirculation system. In one example, an exhaust gas recirculation cooler includes an exhaust gas inlet and an exhaust gas outlet spaced from the exhaust gas inlet; a plurality of cooling tubes disposed between the exhaust gas inlet and exhaust gas outlet; and a baffle positioned proximate to the exhaust gas inlet and interposed between the plurality of cooling tubes and the exhaust gas inlet, where the baffle directs exhaust gas entering the EGR cooler through the exhaust gas inlet to the plurality of cooling tubes in a defined path.

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


Fluid control apparatus having flow restrictors
Patent No. 9939068 

Inventor(s): Madhusudhan Reddy Kotragouda Basappa (Frisco), Thomas LeRoy Weyer, Jr. (Frisco)
Assignee(s): Emerson Process Management Regulator Technologies, Inc. (McKinney)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14792068 on 07/06/2015 (1009 days app to issue)

Abstract: Fluid control apparatus having flow restrictors are described herein. An example actuator includes an actuator housing having an actuator to define a first chamber of the actuator housing and a second chamber of the actuator housing. A loading fluid pathway is formed in the actuator housing to fluidly couple a loading fluid and the first chamber. A restrictor is positioned within the loading fluid pathway to regulate a flow rate of the loading fluid that is to flow from an inlet port of the loading fluid pathway to the first chamber.

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


Control systems for valve actuators, valve actuators and related methods
Patent No. 9939076 

Inventor(s): Earnest Carey (Evington, VA), William T. Dolenti (Lynchburg, VA)
Assignee(s): Flowserve Management Company (Irving)
Law Firm: Magleby, Cataxinos Greenwood, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14646006 on 11/19/2012 (1968 days app to issue)

Abstract: Valve actuators include a control system and at least one human-machine interface device. Human-machine interface devices include at least one wireless input device operable by a user and at least one sensor configured to sense a force applied to the at least one wireless input device by the user. Valve systems may include such valve actuators. Methods of operating a control system of a valve actuator include sensing a force applied to at least one wireless input device and wirelessly transmitting an electronic signal in response to the applied force.

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


Methods and compositions for rapid thermal cycling
Patent No. 9939170 

Inventor(s): James M. Frank (Lewisville), Joshua R. Deotte (Southlake)
Assignee(s): Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
Law Firm: Fenwick West, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14834805 on 08/25/2015 (959 days app to issue)

Abstract: The rapid thermal cycling of a material is targeted. A microfluidic heat exchanger with an internal porous medium is coupled to tanks containing cold fluid and hot fluid. Fluid flows alternately from the cold tank and the hot tank into the porous medium, cooling and heating samples contained in the microfluidic heat exchanger”s sample wells. A valve may be coupled to the tanks and a pump, and switching the position of the valve may switch the source and direction of fluid flowing through the porous medium. A controller may control the switching of valve positions based on the temperature of the samples and determined temperature thresholds. A sample tray for containing samples to be thermally cycled may be used in conjunction with the thermal cycling system. A surface or internal electrical heater may aid in heating the samples, or may replace the necessity for the hot tank.

[F24H] FLUID HEATERS, e.g. WATER OR AIR HEATERS, HAVING HEAT-GENERATING MEANS, IN GENERAL (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials C09K 5/00; tube furnaces for thermal non-catalytic cracking C10G 9/20; devices, e.g. valves, for venting and aerating enclosures F16K 24/00; steam traps or like apparatus F16T; steam generation F22; combustion apparatus F23; domestic stoves or ranges F24B, F24C; domestic- or space-heating systems F24D; furnaces, kilns, ovens, retorts F27; heat-exchangers F28; electric heating elements or arrangements H05B)


 

P H Y S I C S

Polarization selective, frequency selective, and wide dynamic range detectors, imaging arrays, readout integrated circuits, and sensor systems
Patent No. 9939322 

Inventor(s): George Dee Skidmore (Richardson)
Assignee(s): APPLE INC. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Morrison Foerster LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15542425 on 01/08/2016 (823 days app to issue)

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

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


Distributed nondestructive inspection system and method for identifying slickline cable defects and mechanical strength degradation trend
Patent No. 9939347 

Inventor(s): Sean Gregory Thomas (Frisco)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston)
Law Firm: Haynes Boone, LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15117111 on 07/22/2014 (1358 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include a distributed nondestructive inspection method and system for slickline cable structural defect and mechanical strength degradation inspection. One method may include transmitting a light pulse along an optical fiber embedded in a slickline cable. A reflected light signal is received from the optical fiber in response to the local strain induced refractive index variation. Defects and mechanical strength degradation may be determined by time-dependent time-domain and frequency-domain data analyses of the dynamic strain signals and power spectral density variation as a function of time and cable location.

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


Inspection method using a film overlay
Patent No. 9939391 

Inventor(s): Edward A. Hohman (Mansfield)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15380408 on 12/15/2016 (481 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of inspecting a component using a film overlay including providing the component, the component having a first surface, a core, and a second surface; positioning a film overlay having a reference indicia and a structural indicia on the first surface of the component; aligning the reference indicia on the film overlay with a reference feature on the component; positioning a testing probe on a top surface of the film overlay so the probe is aligned with the structural indicia; and transmitting a signal from the probe through the film overlay, the first surface, the core, and the second surface.

[G01B] MEASURING LENGTH, THICKNESS OR SIMILAR LINEAR DIMENSIONS; MEASURING ANGLES; MEASURING AREAS; MEASURING IRREGULARITIES OF SURFACES OR CONTOURS


Method for modifying the refractive index of an optical material and resulting optical vision component
Patent No. 9939558 

Inventor(s): Dharmendra Jani (Keller)
Assignee(s): University of Rochester (Rochester, NY)
Law Firm: Harter Secrest Emery LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14849058 on 09/09/2015 (944 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for modifying the refractive index of an optical polymeric material. The method comprises continuously irradiating predetermined regions of an optical, polymeric material with femtosecond laser pulses to form a gradient index refractive structure within the material. The optical polymeric material can include a photosensitizer to increase the photoefficiency of the two-photo process resulting in the formation of the observed refractive structures. An optical device includes an optical, polymeric lens material having an anterior surface and posterior surface and an optical axis intersecting the surfaces and at least one laser-modified, GRIN layer disposed between the anterior surface and the posterior surface and arranged along a first axis 45 to 90 to the optical axis. The at least one laser-modified GRIN layer comprises a plurality of adjacent refractive segments characterized by a variation in index of refraction across at least one of at least a portion of the adjacent segments and along each segment.

[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]


Light steering for silicon photonic devices
Patent No. 9939593 

Inventor(s): Rongsheng Miao (San Jose, CA), Yu Sheng Bai (Los Altos Hills, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14938535 on 11/11/2015 (881 days app to issue)

Abstract: A photonic device comprising a base plate, a photonic laser coupled to the base plate, wherein the photonic laser is configured to generate a light, a lens coupled to the base plate, wherein the lens is configured to receive the light from the photonic laser, form a focused light, and pass the focused light to a reflector, and the reflector incorporated with the base plate such that the lens is positioned between the photonic laser and the reflector, wherein the reflector is configured to receive the focused light, and wherein the reflector is configured to steer a first portion of the focused light through the base plate using total internal reflection.

[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]


Systems and methods to adaptively select execution modes
Patent No. 9939792 

Inventor(s): Chen Tian (Union City, CA), Liya Chen (San Jose, CA), Ziang Hu (Union City, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14585738 on 12/30/2014 (1197 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems that facilitate efficient and effective adaptive execution mode selection are described. The adaptive execution mode selection is performed in part on-the-fly and changes to an execution mode (e.g., sequential, parallel, etc.) for a program task can be made. An intelligent adaptive selection can be made between a variety execution modes. The adaptive execution mode selection can also include selecting parameters associated with the execution modes. A controller receives historical information associated with execution mode selection, engages in training regarding execution mode selection, and adaptively selects an execution mode on-the-fly. The training can use an approach similar to an artificial neural network in which automated guided machine learning approach establishes correspondences between execution modes and task/input feature definitions based upon historical information. An adaptive selection is performed on-the-fly based on an initial trial run.

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


Indoor drone flight awareness system
Patent No. 9939810 

Inventor(s): Cory Matheson (Celina)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (San Antonio)
Law Firm: Baker Hostetler LLP (15 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15130632 on 04/15/2016 (725 days app to issue)

Abstract: Unmanned vehicles can be terrestrial, aerial, nautical, or multi-mode. Unmanned vehicles may be used to survey a property in response to or in anticipation of damage to the property. For example, an unmanned vehicle may analyze information about the property and based on the information provide graphics and information associated with the surveying of the property.

[G05D] SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES (for continuous casting of metals B22D 11/16; valves per se F16K; sensing non-electric variables, see the relevant subclasses of G01; for regulating electric or magnetic variables G05F)


Fast settling low dropout voltage regulator
Patent No. 9939831 

Inventor(s): Saurabh Verma (Bangalore, , IN), Sridhar Yadala (Bangalore, , IN), Subodh Taigor (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14992376 on 01/11/2016 (820 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for reducing the settling time of a voltage regulator are described. In some cases, the settling time of the voltage regulator may be reduced by detecting that the voltage regulator is transitioning from a standby mode to an active mode and drawing additional current from the output of the voltage regulator during a current boosting phase. The current boosting phase may correspond with a current boosting pulse that is initiated when an enable signal is received from a controller and then is ended when the output voltage of the voltage regulator is within a first voltage of the desired regulation voltage or has overshot the desired regulation voltage by a second voltage (e.g., has overshot the desired regulation voltage by 150 mV).

[G05F] SYSTEMS FOR REGULATING ELECTRIC OR MAGNETIC VARIABLES (regulating the timing or recurrence frequency of pulses in radar or radio navigation systems G01S; regulation of current or voltage, specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces G04G 19/02; closed-loop systems for regulating non-electric variables by electric means G05D; regulating power supply of digital computers G06F 1/26; for obtaining desired operating characteristics of electromagnets with armatures H01F 7/18; regulating electric power distribution networks H02J; regulating the charging of batteries H02J 7/00; regulating of the output of static converters, e.g. switching regulators, H02M; regulation of the output of electric generators H02N, H02P 9/00; controlling transformers, reactors or choke coils H02P 13/00; regulating frequency response, gain, maximum output, amplitude or bandwidth of amplifiers H03G; regulating tuning of resonant circuits H03J; controlling generators of electronic oscillations or pulses H03L; regulating characteristics of transmission lines H04B; controlling electric light sources H05B 37/02, H05B 39/04, H05B 41/36; electric control of X-ray apparatus H05G 1/30) [5]


Chassis and hard drive
Patent No. 9939857 

Inventor(s): Ronald Pinche Tsai (Richardson)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston)
Law Firm: Brooks, Cameron Huebsch, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15463658 on 03/20/2017 (386 days app to issue)

Abstract: Examples include a system comprising chassis and hard drive. In some examples, the hard drive has a set of positioning members and the chassis includes a hard drive slot having a guide rail unit to guide the hard drive into the hard drive slot via a positioning member of the set of positioning members on the hard drive. The chassis also includes a latch assembly connected to the hard drive slot to retain and extract the hard drive.

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


Multidimensional contiguous memory allocation
Patent No. 9940026 

Inventor(s): John D. Leidel (McKinney), Kevin Wadleigh (Plano)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Brooks, Cameron Huebsch, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14874151 on 10/02/2015 (921 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure is related to multidimensional contiguous memory allocation. Multidimensional contiguous memory allocation can include receiving an allocation request for an amount of memory that is contiguous in a multiple dimensions of the memory and determining whether the memory includes a region corresponding to the requested amount that is a candidate as being unallocated based on information indicating a maximum number of contiguous unallocated allocable portions of the memory. In response to determining that the memory includes the candidate region, the method can include determining whether the candidate region is unallocated based on a subset of information indicating whether each allocable portion of the memory is allocated. The subset of information corresponds to the candidate region only.

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


Coding scheme for identifying location of action entries
Patent No. 9940056 

Inventor(s): Patrick Bosshart (Plano)
Assignee(s): BAREFOOT NETWORKS, INC. (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Adeli LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14968847 on 12/14/2015 (848 days app to issue)

Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method for configuring unit memories to implement first and second sets of entries, the second set of which references the first set. The method configures a first pool of memories to implement the first set. Each first-set entry is located at a particular location in at least one of the first-pool memories. The method configures a second pool of memories to implement the second set of entries. Each second-set entry includes (i) a first set of bits for indicating a memory page that corresponds to one or more first-pool memories, (ii) a second set of bits for specifying a location in each of the one or more memories from which to retrieve data for the referenced first-set entry, and (iii) a third set of bits for specifying a sub-location within the retrieved data. The number of bits in the third set of bits is fixed for the second-set entries while a number of sub-locations varies for different locations specified by the second set of bits of different second-set entries.

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


System and method for rescheduling host and maintenance operations in a non-volatile memory
Patent No. 9940070 

Inventor(s): Alan Welsh Sinclair (Falkirk, , GB), Sergey Anatolievich Gorobets (Edinburgh, , GB)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14928649 on 10/30/2015 (893 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for balancing maintenance and programming host data across multiple maintenance source blocks in a non-volatile memory are disclosed. A memory system may include non-volatile memory and a controller configured to execute one or more of the steps of selecting a fixed plurality of maintenance source blocks for executing a balance cycle of maintenance and host writes across the selected fixed plurality of maintenance source blocks. The method interleaves moving of valid data from source blocks with host data writes to achieve a balance of free space generation and consumption for the balance cycle, while periodically reevaluating an overall interleave ratio and/or substituting other previously programmed blocks for one of the previously selected plurality during the balance cycle.

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


Seal-based regulation for software deployment management
Patent No. 9940114 

Inventor(s): Ram Viswanathan (Plano)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15168708 on 05/31/2016 (679 days app to issue)

Abstract: An approach is provided for managing a deployment of a software package. First and second quality assurance (QA) seals are determined to match exactly one QA seal and no QA seal, respectively, in a plurality of QA seals. First details about hardware, middleware, and applications required in a first environment, which are included in the first QA seal, are determined to match second details of the first environment. Based on the first QA seal matching exactly one QA seal and the first details matching the second details, the software package is determined to be compatible with the first environment and a notification is generated authorizing the deployment of the software package to the first environment. Based on the second QA seal not matching any of the plurality of QA seals, a notification is generated indicating that the deployment of the software package to a second environment is not authorized.

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


ECC decoding using raid-type parity
Patent No. 9940194 

Inventor(s): Eran Sharon (Rishon Lezion, , IL), Idan Alrod (Herzliya, , IL), Stella Achtenberg (Netanya, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Toler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15177887 on 06/09/2016 (670 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a memory and a controller. The controller is configured to read codewords of a data structure from the memory. The codewords include a number of undecodable codewords that are undecodable at an error correction coding (ECC) decoder according to a first correction scheme. The data structure further includes stripe parity corresponding to portions of the codewords encoded according to a stripe correction scheme. The controller is configured, in response to the number of the undecodable codewords exceeding an erasure correction capacity of the stripe correction scheme, to provide information from a stripe decoding operation to an input of a ECC decoding operation corresponding to an undecodable codeword.

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


System and method for managing an object cache
Patent No. 9940243 

Inventor(s): Deren George Ebdon (Carrollton), Robert W. Peterson (Plano)
Assignee(s): RED HAT, INC. (Raleigh, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15397046 on 01/03/2017 (462 days app to issue)

Abstract: In order to optimize efficiency of deserialization, a serialization cache is maintained at an object server. The serialization cache is maintained in conjunction with an object cache and stores serialized forms of objects cached within the object cache. When an inbound request is received, a serialized object received in the request is compared to the serialization cache. If the serialized byte stream is present in the serialization cache, then the equivalent object is retrieved from the object cache, thereby avoiding deserialization of the received serialized object. If the serialized byte stream is not present in the serialization cache, then the serialized byte stream is deserialized, the deserialized object is cached in the object cache, and the serialized object is cached in the serialization cache.

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


Methods for using pulse signals in memory circuits
Patent No. 9940271 

Inventor(s): Abhijeet Manohar (Bangalore, , IN), Daniel Tuers (Kapaa, HI), Milton Lourenco Barrocas (San Jose, CA), Yoav Weinberg (Ontario, , CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15483695 on 04/10/2017 (365 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a memory system where multiple memory chips communicate their ready/busy status on a shared bus line, a pulse mechanism is used for the individual memory chips to indicate their ready/busy status to the controller. In one example, the controller assigns pulse durations of differing lengths to the memory dies to allow the controller to distinguish between them. Techniques for dealing with bus collisions between the pulses of different chips are also described.

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


Systems and methods for high speed remote change data capture
Patent No. 9940347 

Inventor(s): Joseph Lynn (Plano), Kevin P. Shuma (Celina)
Assignee(s): CA, Inc. (Islandia, NY)
Law Firm: GILLIAM IP PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14178063 on 02/11/2014 (1519 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are described for change data capture wherein a source database is replicated to a remote database. In one embodiment, a data storage device contains source log blocks containing information regarding database transactions processed for a source database, wherein the data storage device and source database are located in a first location, and at least some of the source log blocks include a plurality of database transactions in the same order as processed in the source database. Messages containing source log blocks are sent from the first location to a second location geographically remote from the first location. One or more components at the second location receive source log blocks from the messages, extract the source transaction data from the source log blocks, and use the source transaction data to write database transaction information to a second database based on the extracted source transaction data.

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


Intelligent presence server systems and methods
Patent No. 9940361 

Inventor(s): Hee C. Lee (Plano)
Assignee(s): UNITEDHEALTH GROUP INCORPORATED (Minnetonka, MN)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14210814 on 03/14/2014 (1488 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for directing inquiries to available subject matter experts includes storing an expert database in memory and defining presence states to describe present attributes of each subject matter expert with respect to a number of resource elements. Inquiries are directed to the experts, and response histograms are populated based on whether a response was obtained in a given presence state. The response histograms describe or define a response probability for each subject matter expert, as a function of the corresponding present attributes for each of the resource elements.

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


System, method and computer readable medium for web crawling
Patent No. 9940391 

Inventor(s): Robert R Hauser (Frisco)
Assignee(s): ORACLE AMERICA, INC. (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13287535 on 11/02/2011 (2351 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a web crawler, a URL selection module selects URLs for pages to be downloaded. The URL selection module accesses an interaction data store that stores interaction data for web pages, including interaction data that indicates human interactions with the pages. To reduce the effects of link farms, the URL selection module filters the URLs to select only those URLs that have human interaction histories and provides the selected URLs to a download module for web page downloading.

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


Firmware security interface for field programmable gate arrays
Patent No. 9940483 

Inventor(s): William T. Jennings (Plano)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15005412 on 01/25/2016 (806 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure provides for implementing a firmware security interface within a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) for communicating between secure and non-secure environments executable within the FPGA. A security monitor is implemented within the programmable logic of the FPGA as a soft core processor and the firmware security interface modifies one or more functions of the security monitor. The modifications to the security monitor include establishing a timer ”heartbeat” within the FPGA to ensure that the FPGA invokes a secure environment and raising an alarm should the FPGA fail to invoke such environment.

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


Optical reader device, tag for use on a disposable or replaceable component, optical data validation system and method for optical data validation
Patent No. 9940495 

Inventor(s): Norwood Brown (Plano)
Assignee(s): AMS AG (Unterpremstaetten, , AT)
Law Firm: McDermott Will Emery LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15340865 on 11/01/2016 (525 days app to issue)

Abstract: The presented principles relate to an optical reader device, to a tag for use on a disposable or replaceable component, to an optical data validation system and to a method for optical data validation. The optical reader device comprises a sensor unit and a signal processing unit. In particular, the sensor unit comprises a light source and an optical sensor arrangement. The light source comprises at least one light emitting component and is arranged for emitting light. The optical sensor arrangement is arranged for generating a first sensor signal indicative of light emitted from the light source and reflected back from a code marking of a tag to be placed in front of the light source in a determined distance. The optical sensor is further arranged for generating a second sensor signal indicative of light emitted by a photo-responsive taggant of the tag after being excited by the light emitted from the light source. The signal processing unit comprises a signal processing unit being arranged to process the first sensor signal and the second sensor signal.

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


System and method for video-based detection of drive-arounds in a retail setting
Patent No. 9940633 

Inventor(s): Edgar A. Bernal (Webster, NY), Qun Li (Webster, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14280863 on 05/19/2014 (1422 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for detection of drive-arounds in a retail setting. An embodiment includes acquiring images of a retail establishment, analyzing the images to detect entry of a customer onto the premises of the retail establishment, tracking a detected customer”s location as the customer traverses the premises of the retail establishment, analyzing the images to detect exit of the detected customer from the premises of the retail establishment, and generating a drive-around notification if the customer does not enter a prescribed area or remain on the premises of the retail location for at least a prescribed minimum period of time.

[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, method, and recording medium for emergency identification and management using smart devices and non-smart devices
Patent No. 9940823 

Inventor(s): David T. Adamo, Jr. (Denton)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: McGinn IP Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15055831 on 02/29/2016 (771 days app to issue)

Abstract: An emergency method, system, and non-transitory computer readable medium include a detection device configured to detect an emergency situation and switch a first device to emergency mode, an emergency mode device configured to gather information regarding the emergency situation while the first device is in emergency mode, and an actuation and discovery device configured to discover a second device in a vicinity of the first device and actuate the second device to perform an action based on the emergency situation detected by the detection device.

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


Preassembled display systems and methods of installation thereof
Patent No. 9940856 

Inventor(s): William Y. Hall (Dallas)
Assignee(s): ULTRAVISION TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Dallas)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15390277 on 12/23/2016 (473 days app to issue)

Abstract: A preassembled display system is assembled at a first location by attaching a plurality of display panels to a frame. The preassembled display system is loaded onto a transportation vehicle. Next, the preassembled display system is moved to a second location in a transportation vehicle. The display unit is installed at the second location by attaching the preassembled display system to a mounting unit. A receiver box for providing media to display at the plurality of display panels is attached. The attaching of the receiver box may be performed at the first location and/or at the second location. The plurality of display panels are electrically connected to the receiver box. Again, the electrically connecting may be performed at the first location and/or at the second location.

[G09F] DISPLAYING; ADVERTISING; SIGNS; LABELS OR NAME-PLATES; SEALS


Toot suite whistle pack
Patent No. 9940918 

Inventor(s): Gordon L. Ellingson (Avondale Estates, GA)
Assignee(s): Thoroughbred Kids LLC (Dallas)
Law Firm: Winston Strawn LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13848712 on 03/21/2013 (1846 days app to issue)

Abstract: A set of two or more whistles. Each whistle of the set sounds differently from each other based on a different type of sound or a different value of a characteristic of sound common to whistles of the set. Sound characteristics may include but not limited to pitch, quality, loudness, and/or duration. Each whistle in the set may be different in appearance from each other in the set. Appearance characteristics may include but not limited to color, numbering, design, light up features, size, and/or shape. Alternatively, the whistles in a set may have a common appearance characteristic, but each whistle may have its own value of the common appearance characteristic. Additional element(s) such as lanyards or mouthpieces may be added to whistles of a set to distinguish them from each other. The set of whistles may be included in a kit having a box for removably storing the whistles.

[G10K] SOUND-PRODUCING DEVICES (sound-producing toys A63H 5/00); METHODS OR DEVICES FOR PROTECTING AGAINST, OR FOR DAMPING, NOISE OR OTHER ACOUSTIC WAVES IN GENERAL; ACOUSTICS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [6]


Sight-to-speech product authentication
Patent No. 9940925 

Inventor(s): Mohamed Lazzouni (Addison), Will Ewin (Addison)
Assignee(s): Authentix, Inc. (Addison)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15186173 on 06/17/2016 (662 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises: a memory; and a processor coupled to the memory and configured to: receive a spoken phrase associated with a printed phrase from a tamper-evident component of a product; obtain a notification associated with authentication of the product based on the spoken phrase; and provide the notification in a visual manner, in an audio manner, or a combined audio and visual manner. A method comprises: creating a tamper-evident component comprising an obscuring mechanism and a printed phrase, wherein the obscuring mechanism obscures the printed phrase from view; providing the tamper-evident component for integration into a product; receiving a spoken phrase from a first consumer; analyzing the spoken phrase; generating a notification associated with authentication of the product based on the analyzing; and transmitting the notification to the first consumer.

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


Hybrid LPDDR4-DRAM with cached NVM and flash-nand in multi-chip packages for mobile devices
Patent No. 9940980 

Inventor(s): Feng Yang (Portland, OR), Xiaobing Lee (Santa Clara, CA), Yu Meng (Shenzhen, , CN), Yunxiang Wu (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15199802 on 06/30/2016 (649 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises a hybrid-memory multi-chip package (MCP) including a non-volatile memory (NVM) in an NVM die; a dynamic random access memory (DRAM) in two or more DRAM die, wherein a portion of the DRAM is allocated as a cache memory for the NVM; and a hybrid controller for the NVM and DRAM. The hybrid controller includes an NVM interface to the NVM; a DRAM interface to the cache memory; a host interface to communicate data with a host processor, wherein the host interface includes a parallel data bus for reading and writing data directly with both of the DRAM and the NVM; and logic circuitry configured to interleave access by the host processor and hybrid controller to the DRAM and NVM.

[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)


Three-dimensional ferroelectric memory device and method of making thereof
Patent No. 9941299 

Inventor(s): Christopher Petti (Mountain View, CA), Yangyin Chen (Leuven, , BE)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15604092 on 05/24/2017 (321 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack of word lines and insulating layers, vertical semiconductor channels vertically extending through the alternating stack, and a ferroelectric memory material located between each vertical semiconductor channel and the word lines.

[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)


Techniques for providing visualization and analysis of performance data
Patent No. 9942115 

Inventor(s): Steven Dodge (Plano)
Assignee(s): VIAVI Solutions Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14498242 on 09/26/2014 (1292 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for providing visualization and analysis of performance data are disclosed. In one particular exemplary embodiment, the techniques may be realized as a system for providing visualization and analysis of performance data. The system may comprise one or more processors communicatively coupled to a mobile communications network. The one or more processors may be configured to monitor data traffic within the mobile communications network. The one or more processors may further be configured to collect network performance data associated with the mobile communications network. The one or more processors may also be configured to provide user-selectable options to a user at a mobile device for viewing the network performance data. The one or more processors may further be configured to process the network performance data based on the user-selectable options identified by the user. The one or more processors may also be configured to provide a visualization to be displayed at the mobile device based on the processed network performance data, where the visualization presents the processed network performance data that improves customer experience assurance.

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


Memory sharing for buffered macro-pipelined data plane processing in multicore embedded systems
Patent No. 9942327 

Inventor(s): Russell C. McKown (Richardson)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14987423 on 01/04/2016 (827 days app to issue)

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

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


 

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Enhanced pixel for wavefront sensing
Patent No. 9939324 

Inventor(s): Joshua Lund (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Sensors Unlimited, Inc. (Princeton, NJ)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14997159 on 01/15/2016 (816 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wavefront sensing pixel is provided. The wavefront sensing pixel includes a low-pass filter filtering a charge signal from a photodetector and outputting a control signal when low-frequency signals are detected in the charge signal, and a control device to control flow of the charge signal past the control device based on whether a low-frequency signal is detected in the charge signal. The wavefront sensing pixel further includes a low-frequency signal path that receives a flow of signals that flow past the control device, and a high-frequency signal path independent of the low-pass filter and the control device, the high-frequency signal path receiving high-frequency signals included in the charge signal.

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


System and method for an arc fault detector
Patent No. 9939481 

Inventor(s): Mauro Conti (Robbiate, , IT), Oleg Logvinov (East Brunswick, NJ), Roberto Cappelletti (Cornaredo, , IT)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15603181 on 05/23/2017 (322 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include a method of operating an arc fault detection system, an arc fault detection system, and a system. An embodiment is a method of operating an arc fault detection system coupled to a power line, the method including determining one or more arc fault detection windows in power line signals on the power line, the power line signals comprising a communication signal and an alternating current (AC) power signal. The method further includes receiving the power line signals from the power line during the one or more arc fault detection windows, and performing arc fault detection processing on the received power line signals.

[H01H] ELECTRIC SWITCHES; RELAYS; SELECTORS; EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE DEVICES (contact cables H01B 7/10; electrolytic self-interrupters H01G 9/18; emergency protective circuit arrangements H02H; switching by electronic means without contact-making H03K 17/00)


Select transistors with tight threshold voltage in 3D memory
Patent No. 9941293 

Inventor(s): Jayavel Pachamuthu (San Jose, CA), Liang Pang (Fremont, CA), Yingda Dong (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15291871 on 10/12/2016 (545 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein is a 3D memory with a select transistor, and method for fabricating the same. The select transistor may have a conductive floating gate, a conductive control gate, a first dielectric between the conductive floating gate and the conductive control gate, and a second dielectric between a body and the conductive floating gate. In one aspect, a uniform gate dielectric is formed using lateral epitaxial growth in a recess adjacent a crystalline semiconductor select transistor body, followed by forming the gate dielectric from the epitaxial growth. Techniques help to prevent, or at least reduce, a leakage current between the select transistor control gate and the select transistor body and/or the semiconductor substrate below the select transistor. Therefore, select transistors having a substantially uniform threshold voltage, on current, and S-factor are achieved. Also, select transistors have a high on-current and a steep sub-threshold slope.

[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 having a heterostructure quantum well channel
Patent No. 9941295 

Inventor(s): Jayavel Pachamuthu (San Jose, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Masaaki Higashitani (Cupertino, CA), Peter Rabkin (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14733335 on 06/08/2015 (1037 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cylindrical confinement electron gas confined within a two-dimensional cylindrical region can be formed in a vertical semiconductor channel extending through a plurality of electrically conductive layers comprising control gate electrodes. A memory film in a memory opening is interposed between the vertical semiconductor channel and the electrically conductive layers. The vertical semiconductor channel includes a wider band gap semiconductor material and a narrow band gap semiconductor material. The cylindrical confinement electron gas is formed at an interface between the wider band gap semiconductor material and the narrow band gap semiconductor material. As a two-dimensional electron gas, the cylindrical confinement electron gas can provide high charge carrier mobility for the vertical semiconductor channel, which can be advantageously employed to provide higher performance for a three-dimensional memory device.

[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]


Vertical resistor in 3D memory device with two-tier stack
Patent No. 9941297 

Inventor(s): Hiroyuki Ogawa (Nagoya, , JP), Kota Funayama (Kuwana, , JP), Masatoshi Nishikawa (Yokkaichi, , JP), Toru Miwa (Yokohama, , JP)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15607837 on 05/30/2017 (315 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vertical, columnar resistor in a semiconductor device is provided, along with techniques for fabricating such a resistor. The resistor may be provided in a peripheral area of a 3D memory device which has a two-tier or other multi-tier stack of memory cells. The structure and fabrication of the resistor can be integrated with the structure and fabrication of the stack of memory cells. The resistor may comprise doped polysilicon. In an example implementation, a polysilicon pillar extends a height of a first tier of the stack and a metal pillar above the polysilicon pillar extends a height of a second tier of the stack.

[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]


Device with sub-minimum pitch and method of making
Patent No. 9941331 

Inventor(s): Christopher J. Petti (Mountain View, CA), Jordan Asher Katine (Mountain View, CA), Yangyin Chen (Heverlee, , BE)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15414961 on 01/25/2017 (440 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided that includes forming a first level above a substrate, forming a second level above the first level, and forming a third level above the second level. The first level includes a plurality of first elements having a first minimum pitch, the second level includes a plurality of second elements having a second minimum pitch greater than the first minimum pitch, and the third level includes a plurality of third elements having a third minimum pitch greater than the first minimum pitch. The second elements are disposed above and aligned with a first plurality of the first elements, and the third elements are disposed above and aligned with a second plurality of the first elements.

[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]


Nanosheet and nanowire devices having source/drain stressors and methods of manufacturing the same
Patent No. 9941405 

Inventor(s): Mark S. Rodder (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15340951 on 11/01/2016 (525 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of manufacturing a nanosheet or nanowire device from a stack including an alternating arrangement of sacrificial layers and channel layers on a substrate. The method includes deep etching portions of the stack to form electrode recesses for a source electrode and a drain electrode, forming conductive passivation layers in the electrode recesses, and epitaxially growing the source and drain electrodes in the electrode recesses. Each conductive passivation layer extends at least partially along a side of one of the electrode recesses. Portions of the substrate at lower ends of the electrode recesses are uncovered by the conductive passivation layers. The source and drain electrodes are grown from the substrate and the conductive passivation layers substantially inhibit the source and drain electrodes from being grown from the channel 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]


Perovskite material layer processing
Patent No. 9941480 

Inventor(s): Jerred A. Chute (Dallas), Michael D. Irwin (Dallas), Vivek V. Dhas (Dallas)
Assignee(s): HEE Solar, L.L.C. (Dallas)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15194765 on 06/28/2016 (651 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for processing a perovskite photoactive layer. The method comprises depositing a lead salt precursor onto a substrate to form a lead salt thin film, depositing a second salt precursor onto the lead salt thin film, annealing the substrate to form a perovskite material.

[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]


Excitation and use of guided surface wave modes on lossy media
Patent No. 9941566 

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Italy)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14483089 on 09/10/2014 (1308 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for transmitting energy conveyed in the form of a guided surface-waveguide mode along the surface of a lossy medium such as, e.g., a terrestrial medium by exciting a guided surface waveguide probe.

[H01P] WAVEGUIDES; RESONATORS, LINES OR OTHER DEVICES OF THE WAVEGUIDE TYPE (operating at optical frequencies G02B)


Integrated PCB interconnect system
Patent No. 9941567 

Inventor(s): Brent A. Boudreaux (Denton)
Assignee(s): L-3 Communications Corporation (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Egan Peterman Enders Huston (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14962783 on 12/08/2015 (854 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic assembly and device are provided. The electronic assembly includes a first circuit board, with PCB pads located adjacent to an edge of the circuit board, and a corresponding plurality of contacts, each contact soldered to one of the PCB pads. Each contact has a first portion, soldered to the PCB pad, and a second portion that extends past the edge of the circuit board and forms a leaf spring. The leaf spring compresses when placed in contact with a PCB pad of a second circuit board, where the PCB pad is substantially coplanar with a surface of the second circuit board. A restoring force of the second portion maintains contact between the second portion and the PCB pad of the second circuit board. The contact forms an electrical connection between the PCB pad of the first circuit board and the PCB pad of the second circuit board.

[H05K] PRINTED CIRCUITS; CASINGS OR CONSTRUCTIONAL DETAILS OF ELECTRIC APPARATUS; MANUFACTURE OF ASSEMBLAGES OF ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS (details of instruments or comparable details of other apparatus not otherwise provided for G12B; thin-film or thick-film circuits H01L 27/01, H01L 27/13; non-printed means for electric connections to or between printed circuits H01R; casings for, or constructional details of, particular types of apparatus, see the relevant subclasses; processes involving only a single technical art, e.g. heating, spraying, for which provision exists elsewhere, see the relevant classes)


Hybrid vertical cavity light emitting sources
Patent No. 9941663 

Inventor(s): Weidong Zhou (Mansfield)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin), Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (Madison, WI)
Law Firm: Bell Manning, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13474408 on 05/17/2012 (2154 days app to issue)

Abstract: Vertical cavity light emitting sources that utilize patterned membranes as reflectors are provided. The vertical cavity light emitting sources have a stacked structure that includes an active region disposed between an upper reflector and a lower reflector. The active region, upper reflector and lower reflector can be fabricated from single or multi-layered thin films of solid states materials (”membranes”) that can be separately processed and then stacked to form a vertical cavity light emitting source.

[H01S] DEVICES USING STIMULATED EMISSION


Force modification system for wave energy convertors
Patent No. 9941820 

Inventor(s): Zachary Murphree (Dallas)
Assignee(s): OSCILLA POWER INC. (Seattle, WA)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15230214 on 08/05/2016 (613 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device for generating electrical energy from mechanical motion includes a buoy housing and at least one force modifier disposed at least partially within the interior of the buoy housing. The force modifier receives an input force and applies a modified force to another component. The force modifier includes a hydraulic system and the hydraulic system includes a first hydraulic piston having a first area and a second hydraulic piston having a second area, where the first area and the second area are not equal.

[H02N] ELECTRIC MACHINES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


System and method for radio link sharing
Patent No. 9941954 

Inventor(s): Ping Shi (San Diego, CA), Wee Kian Toh (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14577438 on 12/19/2014 (1208 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes receiving, by a first user equipment (UE) from a second UE, identity information and transmitting, by the first UE to a communications controller, the identity information. The method also includes receiving, by the first UE from the communications controller, a first packet after transmitting the identity information and transmitting, by the first UE to the second UE, the first packet in accordance with the identity information.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


On-chip test interface for voltage-mode Mach-Zehnder modulator driver
Patent No. 9941958 

Inventor(s): Gong Lei (Sunnyvale, CA), Hungyi Lee (Cupertino, CA), Liang Gu (San Jose, CA), Mamatha Deshpande (San Jose, CA), Shou-Po Shih (Cupertino, CA), Yan Duan (Ames, IA), Yen Dang (San Jose, CA), Yifan Gu (Santa Clara, CA, U
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14969613 on 12/15/2015 (847 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprising a semiconductor chip that comprises an optical modulator configured to modulate an optical signal based on a received driver signal, a voltage-mode (VM) driver coupled to the optical modulator and configured to produce a level-shifted driver signal to modulate the optical signal, and a two-stage test interface coupled to the optical modulator and configured to receive and test the level shifted driver signal. The two-stage test interface comprises a voltage equalization stage coupled to an output-terminated buffer stage, the VM driver comprises a two-stage VM Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM) driver that comprises a pre-driver coupled to a VM level-shifter (VMLS). The apparatus further comprises a resistor coupled to an output of the buffer stage, wherein the resistor comprises an amount of resistance that matches a termination resistance of a test equipment. The termination resistance is about 50 ohm ().

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for efficient network utilization using superchannels
Patent No. 9941992 

Inventor(s): Guangzhi Li (Basking Ridge, NJ), Xiang Liu (Marlboro, NJ)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15265679 on 09/14/2016 (573 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for constructing an optical network. A central node is selected among a plurality of nodes in the optical network, and each of the nodes is connected to the central node via a set of superchannels, wherein each of the superchannels includes sub-carriers and has a same data rate. The network resources between the central node and each of the plurality of nodes are managed by dynamically allocating the sub-carrier bandwidths to support communication among the plurality of nodes via the superchannels, and wavelength selective switching is performed among the superchannels at the central node.

[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)


Wavelength shift elimination during spectral inversion in optical networks
Patent No. 9941994 

Inventor(s): Inwoong Kim (Allen), Olga I. Vassilieva (Plano)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14928896 on 10/30/2015 (893 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for wavelength shift elimination during spectral inversion in optical networks. The method includes receiving an input optical signal, and generating a combined optical signal by combining, by Bragg scattering, the input optical signal having an input wavelength with a first pump signal having a first wavelength. The method further includes converting the combined optical signal into an output optical signal, by phase-conjugation, using a second pump signal having a second wavelength. The output optical signal has the same wavelength as the input optical signal.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and system for data-driven, variable-rate, channel quality indicator for LTE non-real-time bursty traffic
Patent No. 9941997 

Inventor(s): James Earl Womack (Bedford)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15212446 on 07/18/2016 (631 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system, in a long term evolution architecture utilizing adaptive modulation and coding requiring periodic channel quality indication reports, the method having the steps of: waiting for an idle channel indication; and upon detection of the idle channel indication, decreasing the rate of periodic channel quality indication reports.

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


Adaptive forward error correction (FEC) in passive optical networks (PONs)
Patent No. 9942003 

Inventor(s): Ding Zou (Tucson, AZ), Frank Effenberger (Colts Neck, NJ), Xiang Liu (Marlboro, NJ), Yuanqiu Luo (Cranbury, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15255073 on 09/01/2016 (586 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus in a network such as an optical passive network (PON) includes a first decoder configured to decode an encoded data signal using a first code to generate a decoded signal. When the encoded data signal comprises unknown information that was not successfully decoded by the first decoder and would otherwise be ignored, the unknown information is included in the decoded signal. The apparatus may further include a second decoder configured to decode the decoded signal using a stronger code than the first code.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Device, network, and method for network adaptation and discovery
Patent No. 9942016 

Inventor(s): Jialing Liu (Palatine, IL), Qian Cheng (Aurora, IL), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14665933 on 03/23/2015 (1114 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and method embodiments are provided for network adaptation and discovery. A method in a network controller includes transmitting a measurement reporting signaling to a user equipment (UE), the measurement reporting signaling indicating a radio resource management (RRM) measurement reporting configuration comprising a discovery reference signal (DRS) configuration of the UE; and controlling a network component to transmit only the DRS signal in response to the network component being deactivate.

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


Full duplex network architecture in cable network environments
Patent No. 9942024 

Inventor(s): Hang Jin (Plano)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15052428 on 02/24/2016 (776 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example communication system comprises a media access control (MAC) scheduler in a cable network, and a full band transceiver. The MAC scheduler implements a two-dimensional transmission-reception (T-R) coordination scheme among a plurality of cable modems in the cable network. According to the T-R coordination scheme, the cable modems are categorized into interference groups, such that no cable modem of any one interference group transmits upstream in a frequency range simultaneously as another cable modem in the same interference group receives downstream in the frequency range, facilitating full duplex communication in the cable network across the frequency range. The full band transceiver implements an adaptive interference cancellation scheme, which suppresses at a receiver of the respective component, a signal transmitted by a transmitter of the respective component. The communication system further includes a full band amplifier, implementing the adaptive interference cancellation scheme and a ringing suppression scheme with echo cancellation.

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


Communication techniques exploiting spiral-based waveform design flexibility
Patent No. 9942080 

Inventor(s): Jerrold Prothero (Washington, DC), Nigel Jones (Frederick, MD)
Assignee(s): Astrapi Corporation (Dallas)
Law Firm: Maier Maier, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14945028 on 11/18/2015 (874 days app to issue)

Abstract: One exemplary embodiment can describe a method for communicating. This can include identifying a set of nonlinear functions used to generate waveforms; generating, a plurality of waveforms having substantially identical amplitudes and substantially identical phases, and designating this plurality of waveforms as a plurality of reference signals; encoding at least one bit of traffic data in an attribute of a waveform; selecting a reference symbol (”refbol”) that encodes the at least one bit of traffic data; transmitting the refbol as a waveform from a transmitter; receiving the refbol at a receiver; and decoding the refbol.

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


Methodology and apparatus for topology discovery and mapping of chained network services
Patent No. 9942099 

Inventor(s): Sam Aldrin (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14541083 on 11/13/2014 (1244 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for mapping a topology of a chain of network service functions on a computer network are described. A request packet is sent to an ingress service function on the network. The request packet is encapsulated with a network service header, which identifies the packet as an OAM packet, and an OAM payload. Where the packet is received by a service function that is not an egress service function, the request packet is forwarded to the next service function hop in the chain. Where the packet is an egress service function, the request packet is returned to the discovery source. A service path is constructed based on the metadata in the OAM payload describing the identified the service functions. This technique can be applied to multiple connected chains to provide a complete mapping of the network topography.

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


Fully connected network
Patent No. 9942133 

Inventor(s): James Hall (New York, NY), John P. Curtin (Richardson)
Assignee(s): NetScout Systems Texas, LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15081217 on 03/25/2016 (746 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fully-connected mesh network includes a plurality of switches. A first switch receives a packet traveling through the mesh network from an external source node to an external destination node specified by the packet. A plurality of links, which are all included in a mesh link aggregation group (LAG), couple each possible pair of the switches by a respective single link. Each of the respective links is included individually in an individual LAG. Each of the switches is configured to receive a packet from another switch of the plurality of switches via only the mesh LAG, and each switch that receives a packet via the mesh LAG is configured to transmit the packet to another switch of the plurality of switches via only one of the individual LAGs. The packet travels to the destination node at most two hops across the plurality of switches.

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


Open shortest path first extensions in support of wavelength switched optical networks
Patent No. 9942137 

Inventor(s): Greg Bernstein (Fremont, CA), Young Lee (Plano)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15244813 on 08/23/2016 (595 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network component comprising a generalized multiprotocol label switching (GMPLS) control plane controller configured to implement a method comprising transmitting a message to at least one adjacent control plane controller, wherein the message comprises a Type-Length-Value (TLV) indicating Routing and Wavelength Assignment (RWA) information, wherein the TLV comprises a Node Attribute TLV, a Link Set TLV, or both, and wherein the TLV further comprises at least one sub-TLV indicating additional RWA information. A method comprising communicating an open shortest path first (OSPF) link state advertisement (LSA) message comprising a TLV with at least one sub-TLV to a GMPLS control plane controller, wherein the TLV comprises a Node Attribute TLV, a Link Set TLV, or both, and wherein the TLV further comprises at least one sub-TLV indicating RWA information.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and system for digital rights management of documents
Patent No. 9942205 

Inventor(s): Vlad Pigin (Clarkston, WA)
Assignee(s): Encryptics, LLC (Addison)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15354629 on 11/17/2016 (509 days app to issue)

Abstract: An improved method and system for digital rights management is described.

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


System and method for processing user interface events
Patent No. 9942228 

Inventor(s): Robert R. Hauser (Frisco)
Assignee(s): ORACLE AMERICA, INC. (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14298465 on 06/06/2014 (1404 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method to detect and prevent non-human interaction between a client and a web server invokes an effect to change the event generation behavior at the client. Subsequent event streams from the client to the server are analyzed to determine whether the event streams contain events corresponding to expected reactions of a human operator at the client to the effect. Indications of non-human behavior may invoke more direct human testing, for example using a dynamic CAPTCHA application, or may cause a termination of the client/URL interaction.

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


Rebalancing and elastic storage scheme with elastic named distributed circular buffers
Patent No. 9942324 

Inventor(s): Chi Young Ku (San Ramon, CA), Guangyu Shi (Shenzhen, , CN), Masood Mortazavi (Santa Clara, CA), Stephen Morgan (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14818664 on 08/05/2015 (979 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented by a network element (NE) in a network, comprising composing a first network storage entity by mapping a plurality of logical storage units to a plurality of physical storage units in a physical storage system according to a first storage metric associated with the plurality of physical storage units, arranging the plurality of logical storage units sequentially to form a logical circular buffer, and designating a current logical storage unit for writing data and an upcoming logical storage unit for writing data after the current storage unit is fully written, and rebalancing the physical storage system while the physical storage system is actively performing network storage operations by relocating at least one of the logical storage units to a different physical storage unit according to a second storage metric associated with the plurality of physical storage units.

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


Separation and isolation of multiple network stacks in a network element
Patent No. 9942365 

Inventor(s): Albert V. Smith (Richardson), Bradford J. Dobson (Richardson), Nasir Iqbal Amanullah (Richardson), Steven M. Simmons (Richardson), Tintooda Nakakes (Richardson)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14222474 on 03/21/2014 (1481 days app to issue)

Abstract: Separating and isolating multiple network stacks in a network element may enable a network element to simultaneously operate within multiple forwarding planes respectively corresponding to the multiple network stacks. In addition to the network stack, other protocols and routing tools may also be instantiated for each desired forwarding plane. The different instantiations of the network stacks may be executed in parallel in respective memory spaces that are distinct and separate. In this manner, each forwarding plane may operate independently on the network element from other forwarding planes.

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


Internet protocol telephony with variable-length carrier systems
Patent No. 9942390 

Inventor(s): Christopher Pearce (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14949283 on 11/23/2015 (869 days app to issue)

Abstract: First call identification information is stored at a network-connected device. The first call identification information identifies a call between an initiating device connected to an Internet Protocol (IP)-based network and a called device connected to the IP-based network. The call identified by the first call identification information is established through a telephone carrier network. Second call identification information is stored in the network-connected device. A determination is made that the first call identification information and the second call identification information identify the call from the initiating device to the called device. The call is connected through the IP-based network so as to avoid the telephone carrier network based upon the determining that the first call identification information and the second call identification information identify the call.

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


System and computer-implemented method for translating coding language for graphical scripts
Patent No. 9942409 

Inventor(s): Bret Swanson (McKinney)
Assignee(s): State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company (Bloomington, IL)
Law Firm: Hovey Williams LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15642072 on 07/05/2017 (279 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for translating a coding language for graphical scripts used by a communication routing system into a preferred language. The original script files are received, and translation and validation rules are applied to produce translated script files. The coding language may be translated into an intermediate language which may be translated into the preferred language. A cross-reference and nodes resource is queried to gather associated contextual information for understanding and analyzing the translated script files. The translated script files and the associated contextual information are stored in a database. Thereafter, in response to a query from a user, the database is searched for information of interest from the translated script files, and the information is reported. In one possible application, the technology facilitates performing a path analysis of an individual call flow in which all possible outcomes of a communication are determined from initiation to completion.

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


Apparatuses and methods for capture of expected data in visual media
Patent No. 9942473 

Inventor(s): Brian E. Finley (Allen)
Assignee(s): LENOVO ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD. (Singapore, , SG)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15185009 on 06/16/2016 (663 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for providing guidance for image capture includes a recognition module that recognizes data objects in data available to an image capture device. At least a portion of the data includes characters. The apparatus includes a context module that determines a context associated with a first image available from the image capture device. The context includes one or more expected data objects, where the first image includes at least a portion of the recognized data objects. The apparatus includes a data module that compares the expected data objects for the determined context, with the recognized data objects from the first image to identify missing expected data objects not found in the first image. The apparatus includes a guidance module that, in response to identified missing data, provides guidance for capturing a second image expected to include the missing expected data objects.

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


Systems, apparatus, and methods for creating an eternalism, an appearance of sustained three dimensional motion-direction of unlimited duration, using a finite number of images
Patent No. 9942487 

Inventor(s): Kenneth Martin Jacobs (New York, NY), Ronald Steven Karpf (Corvallis, OR)
Assignee(s): VISUAL EFFECT INNOVATIONS, LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14850629 on 09/10/2015 (943 days app to issue)

Abstract: Data comprising a compressed image frame and temporal redundancy information is received. The image frame is decompressed. A plurality of bridge frames that are visually dissimilar to the image frame are generated. The image frame and the plurality of bridge frames are blended, generating a plurality of blended frames, and the plurality of blended frames are displayed.

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


On-premises restaurant communication system and method
Patent No. 9942624 

Inventor(s): Kenneth J. Lovegreen (Lake Kiowa)
Assignee(s): Long Range Systems, LLC (Addison)
Law Firm: Klemchuk LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12931828 on 02/11/2011 (2615 days app to issue)

Abstract: An on-premises restaurant communication system for communicating a particular customer”s table number to a food server at a central service station. Radio Frequency Identifier (RFID) tags are mounted on the underside of the restaurant”s tables. The customer is provided with a pager having a pager ID associated with the customer”s food order. The pager is modified to include an RFID reader and an RF transmitter. When the customer places the pager on a selected table, the RFID reader reads an RFID number from the table”s RFID tag. The RF transmitter transmits the pager ID and RFID number to the central station, which uses this information to associate the food order with the table number. The table number is provided to the food server for delivery of the food order to the proper table.

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


System and method for storing one or more removable sensor modules at an electronic device
Patent No. 9942625 

Inventor(s): Jorge Fabrega Sanchez (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14145549 on 12/31/2013 (1561 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various disclosed embodiments include methods and systems for providing sensor functionality to a wireless electronic device. The wireless electronic device comprises a sensor module disposed within and removably coupled to the wireless electronic device. The sensor module includes a sensor module electrical interface. The wireless electronic device includes a first interface configured to receive the sensor module, and a second interface disposed within the wireless electronic device configured to electrically connect to the sensor module electrical interface when the sensor module is connected to the wireless electronic device.

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


Disaggregated optical transport network switching system
Patent No. 9942633 

Inventor(s): Iqbal Syed (Plano), Richard Dunsmore (McKinney), Rod Naphan (McKinney)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15419482 on 01/30/2017 (435 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems of a disaggregated optical transport network (OTN) switching system that include using plug-in universal (PIU) modules each having multiple ports for OTN to Ethernet transceiving and an Ethernet fabric as a switching core are disclosed. An OTN over Ethernet module in each of the PIU modules may enable various OTN functionality to be realized using the Ethernet fabric which may include multiple Ethernet switches. An ith port of the multiple ports of each PIU module may be connected to the ith Ethernet switch of each of the Ethernet switches. A PIU module may be associated with a respective sequential order of the Ethernet switches. The PIU module may transmit an Ethernet packet from an ith port of the PIU module corresponding to the ith Ethernet switch, where the ith port is selected based on the respective sequential order of the Ethernet switches.

[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)


Wireless device and methods for use in a paging network
Patent No. 9942700 

Inventor(s): Robert M. Kennard (Dallas)
Assignee(s): THL Holding Company, LLC (Austin)
Law Firm: Garlick Markison (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15000903 on 01/19/2016 (812 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless device includes a user interface that generates a pairing signal in response to an indication from a user to pair the wireless device to at least one remote device and generates a first location request signal in response to a second indication from a user to locate the at least one remote device. A short-range wireless transceiver communicates RF signals to pair the wireless device to the at least one remote device and that transmits a first RF paging signal to the at least one remote device in response to the location request signal.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Apparatus and method for detecting objects and navigation
Patent No. 9942701 

Inventor(s): Rudolph L. Mappus, IV (Plano)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15093043 on 04/07/2016 (733 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method in which a mobile device determines a current position and direction; detects objects within an area including the current position; collects first data regarding the objects; buffers the first data; and transmits the first data to a remote system responsive to the mobile device reaching a boundary of the area. The method also comprises obtaining a map of the area from the remote device; the map includes information based on second data previously collected regarding objects in the area, the second data includes a position indicator and a direction indicator for each of the second objects indexed by the current position, and the remote device aggregates the first data and the second data to generate an updated map of the area. Navigation instructions are generated based on the current position and the map, Other embodiments are disclosed.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Cognitive geofencing
Patent No. 9942707 

Inventor(s): Swaminathan Chandrasekaran (Coppell)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15219163 on 07/25/2016 (624 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing device and method is usable to determine a cognitive geofence according to a plurality of data points. The computing device may analyze the plurality of data points to determine a cognitive dimension associated with each of the data points and a location associated with each of the data points. The computing device may determine the cognitive geofence based at least in part on the determined cognitive dimension and the determined location associated with at least some of the plurality of data points. After determining the cognitive geofence, the computing device may transmit the determined cognitive geofence to a terminal device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for providing customization of public safety answering point information delivery
Patent No. 9942740 

Inventor(s): Barry Garrison (Lewisville), Gregory Charles Corley (Double Oak), Scott Nelson (Dallas), Thomas Barton Schalk (Plano), Tod Farrell (Coppell)
Assignee(s): Sirius XM Connected Vehicle Services Inc. (Irving)
Law Firm: Mayback Hoffman, P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15457635 on 03/13/2017 (393 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for providing emergency call (e-call) services is disclosed. A third-party service center receives a communication from a vehicle over a communication pathway. Signaling is automatically sent to the vehicle from the third-party service center over the communication pathway. Location information is received from the vehicle at the third-party service center in response to the signaling. Information is forwarded from the voice call and the location information to a public safety answering point (PSAP) determined by the third-party service center.

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


Negotiating different mobile IP delivery styles
Patent No. 9942744 

Inventor(s): Ahmad Muhanna (Richardson)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert Goetzel, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14880402 on 10/12/2015 (911 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a system and method to selectively negotiate different delivery styles for different types of packets sent from the Mobile Node to the Foreign Agent, which will allow the Mobile Node to negotiate a delivery style that will permit the Foreign Agent to transmit certain selected outbound traffic directly without reverse tunneling that traffic back to the home network. Specifically, the present invention allows the Foreign Agent to distinguish between certain types of BC/MC packets that are designated to be processed and routed to their destinations by the Foreign Network directly, as opposed to reverse tunneling the outbound traffic from the Foreign Agent back to the Home Agent on the home network. By selecting processing by the Foreign Network, the efficiency of the system will improve because the transmission of outbound traffic and inbound responses will not need to be tunneled through the Home Network.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method for transmitting status report of PDCP layer in mobile telecommunications system and receiver of mobile telecommunications
Patent No. 9942781 

Inventor(s): Seung-June Yi (Anyang-si, , KR), Sung-Duck Chun (Anyang-si, , KR), Sung-Jun Park (Anyang-si, , KR), Young-Dae Lee (Anyang-si, , KR)
Assignee(s): Optis Cellular Technology, LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15276870 on 09/27/2016 (560 days app to issue)

Abstract: A status report transmission of the PDCP layer for a PDCP status report can reduce radio resources by transmitting the reception success or failure of a series of PDCP SDUs in the form of a bitmap when configuring the PDCP status report for reporting a reception status of the PDCP SDU to another party in the PDCP layer in the LTE system.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Identifying a subframe containing information relating to an uplink grant
Patent No. 9942808 

Inventor(s): Yi Song (Plano)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Trop Pruner Hu., P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15412903 on 01/23/2017 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: A user equipment (UE) receives, from a wireless access network node of a source cell, a Radio Resource Control (RRC) message identifying a subframe containing information relating to an uplink grant to be sent by a target cell. The UE detects the uplink grant in the identified subframe transmitted by a target wireless access network node of the target cell. The UE sends, in response to the UE successfully accessing the target cell or detecting the information relating to the uplink grant, an RRC message to the target cell to handover from the source cell to the target cell.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for downlink transmission in a wireless network
Patent No. 9942887 

Inventor(s): Young Hoon Kwon (San Diego, CA), Yunsong Yang (Schaumburg, IL), Zhigang Rong (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13798472 on 03/13/2013 (1854 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of communicating in a wireless network includes transmitting, by a station, a null data packet (NDP) power save (PS)-Poll frame including a short training field and a long training field. Also, the NDP PS-Poll frame includes a signaling field including a message type indicator, a transmitter address (TA), a receiver address (RA), and a cyclic redundancy check (CRC). Additionally, the method includes receiving, by the station, buffered data in accordance with the NDP PS-Poll frame.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for connection rehoming
Patent No. 9942909 

Inventor(s): John Matthew Kaippallimalil (Richardson), Peter J. McCann (Bridgewater, NJ)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano)
Law Firm: FutureWei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14630233 on 02/24/2015 (1141 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for connection rehoming by a user equipment includes attaching to a first network attachment point (AP) and establishing a first connection to a first packet data network (PDN) interface, and moving from the first network AP to a second network AP. The method includes discovering a first cost associated with the first connection is high, and rehoming the first connection, thereby establishing a second connection coupling the UE to a second network AP and to a second PDN interface, wherein a second cost associated with the second connection is low.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


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Inventor(s): Doug Golenz (Littleton, CO), Jack Renforth (Azle), Phil Rowe (Frisco, CO)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29576614 on 09/06/2016 (581 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Buckle
Patent No. D814969 

Inventor(s): Doug Golenz (Littleton, CO), Jack Renforth (Azle), Phil Rowe (Frisco, CO)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29576616 on 09/06/2016 (581 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Abdominal exercise wheel
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Inventor(s): Reuben A. Miller (McKinney), Shane Hernandez (McKinney)
Assignee(s): XYSTUS, LLC (Carrollton)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29568723 on 06/21/2016 (658 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Removable base rail section for a replacement rooftop unit (RTU)
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Inventor(s): David Mackey (Addison), H. Gene Havard (Carrollton), John Ryan Robbins (Carrollton), Nick Chabolla (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson)
Law Firm: Hubbard Johnston, PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29594270 on 02/16/2017 (418 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Reagent kit with multiple bottles
Patent No. D815299 

Inventor(s): Robert Paul Luoma, II (Colleyville)
Assignee(s): ABBOTT LABORATORIES (Abbott Park, IL)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29531426 on 06/25/2015 (1020 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet toy
Patent No. D815370 

Inventor(s): Ryan Wills (Carrollton), Sunil Pinto (Arlington)
Assignee(s): LITTLE BIG CAT, INC. (Beverly Hills, CA)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29557302 on 03/08/2016 (763 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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