Dallas Invents: 104 Patents Granted for Week of Feb. 12

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

Patents granted include:
Groupchatter's wireless group alerting or messaging
• Match Group's profile matching
• Toyota's methods for adjusting vehicle parameters when merging
• Verizon and Redbox's system for a media-on-demand-based programming channel
• TXU Energy's analyzed energy usage and home automation
• An unassigned patent for an alarm that could prevent a passenger from being left in a vehicle

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 Feb. 12, 2019  | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP 3 LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 10

Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano) 8

Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano) 4

STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell) 3

MARY KAY INC. (Addison) 2

Velos Media, LLC (Plano) 2

 

UNASSIGNED 10


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Neal G. Skinner (Lewisville) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

169 days
Method and apparatus for efficient and deterministic group alerting, Patent No. 10206088-B2
Assignee: Groupchatter (Plano)

3,262 days
Post-booking travel assistance and organization, Patent No. 10204317-B2
Assignee: Sabre (Southlake)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Medical/surgical personal protection system including a helmet, the helmet having a fan and a fan housing that are curved to curve around the head of the individual wearing the helmet
Patent No. 10201207 

Inventor(s): Marshall Proulx (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Stryker Corporation (Kalamazoo, MI)
Law Firm: Howard Howard Attorneys PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15644750 on 07/08/2017 (584 days app to issue)

Abstract: A personal protection system for providing a sterile barrier around medical/surgical personnel. The system includes a helmet over which a hood or a toga suspended. A microphone, an amplifier and a speaker are mounted to the helmet. Speech of the individual wearing the personal protection system is picked up by the microphone and amplified speech is broadcast by the speaker. The speaker is outwardly directed so as to broadcast the speech out through the hood or toga covering the helmet.

[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)


Expanding curtain
Patent No. 10201252 

Inventor(s): Michael P. Royal (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15800822 on 11/01/2017 (468 days app to issue)

Abstract: An expanding curtain may be provided that does not require the addition or installation of a new curved rod and/or any external mechanical devices such as curtain supports, control devices, or adapters to expand the usable space in the enclosure area. Rather, the curtain itself may have the strength, rigidity and/or fortitude to form an outwardly extended shape (e.g., away from the enclosure area) that may hold it in place, thus, expanding the amount of space available for utilization by the user of the enclosure area. The curtain easily and rapidly mounts and thereafter may be easily slidable/manipulated between an open and closed position. The curtain may surround, divide and/or provide privacy to a specific area and/or confined space. The curtain may also maintain a mold, mildew and germ resistant facade, while remaining inexpensive to manufacture.

[A47K] SANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (connecting to water supply or waste pipe, sinks E03C; water-closets E03D); TOILET ACCESSORIES (cosmetic equipment A45D)


True roll
Patent No. 10201254 

Inventor(s): Rick Joe Hudkins (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15188105 on 12/02/2016 (802 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tissue holder to hold a roll of toilet tissue may include a first toilet tissue holder to hold at a first end the roll of toilet tissue; and a second toilet tissue roll holder to hold at a second to end the roll of toilet tissue. The first toilet tissue holder may include a first tissue holder cylinder to hold the roll of toilet tissue. The second toilet tissue holder may include a second tissue holder.

[A47K] SANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (connecting to water supply or waste pipe, sinks E03C; water-closets E03D); TOILET ACCESSORIES (cosmetic equipment A45D)


Apparatus for toilet paper spritzer
Patent No. 10201255 

Inventor(s): Frank C. Brants (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Lee Hayes, P.C. (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15042114 on 02/11/2016 (1097 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for a toilet paper spritzer that is a scalable dispensing device for use with other components, such as toilet paper or paper towels and any fluid, such as water, witch hazel, scented fluids, medicated fluids, colored fluids, to improve hygiene, comfort, prevent or treat symptoms of genital and anal medical conditions, such as hemorrhoids, yeast infection, and the like. The toilet paper spritzer comprises a fluid dispensing chamber with a pump activation system for dispensing fluid onto toilet paper prior to use. The spritzer device can comprise a toilet paper holder. The pump activation system within the toilet paper spritzer can be manually activated, or automatically activated using solar and/or battery powered technology.

[A47K] SANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (connecting to water supply or waste pipe, sinks E03C; water-closets E03D); TOILET ACCESSORIES (cosmetic equipment A45D)


Method of making a hair growth product
Patent No. 10201486 

Inventor(s): Sidiram S. Ragoonath (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Hemingway Hansen, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15278134 on 09/28/2016 (867 days app to issue)

Abstract: A composition and method for treating hair loss is disclosed. The composition comprises water-soluble ionizable metal and non-metal components, aqueous and alcohol-based solvents, potassium iodide and citrus essential oil, and is preferably provided as a non-aerosol spray product that is applied to the hair and scalp. The invention further provides a method of making and using the composition.

[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)


Topical skin care formulations comprising plant extracts
Patent No. 10201494 

Inventor(s): David Gan (Southlake, TX), Michelle Hines (Hickory Creek, TX), Tiffany Carle (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): MARY KAY INC. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15893388 on 02/09/2018 (368 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a topical skin composition and corresponding methods for its use that includes an extract from [i]Phaseolus vulgaris, Citris sinensis, Wedelia trilobata, Burretiodendron hsienmu, Bauhinia brachycarpa [/i]var. [i]cavaleriei, Cystacanthus paniculatus, Caesalpinia minax, Pueraria wallichii, Tetracentron sinense, Bridelia insulana, Hedyotis verticillata, Syzygium fruticosum, Cercidiphyllum japonicum, Bauhinia glauca, Rhododendron siderophyllum, Cudrania pubescens, Cajanus cajan, Wendlandia uvariifolia, Siegesbeckia glabrescens, Azolla imbricate, Juncus bufonius, Poikilospermum suaveolens, Clerodendrum trichotomum [/i]var. [i]fargesii, Porandra ramosa, Annona glabra, Sterculia pexa, Phoebe puwenensis, Myriopteron extensum, Croton lachnocarpa, Dillenia turbinata, Alpinia blepharocalyx, Crotalaria spectabilis, Ficus lacor, Ravenala madagascariensis, Cocculus orbiculatus, Drynaria fortunei, Acrachne racemosa, Pseuderanthemum polyanthum, Eriobotrys serrata, Vernonia arborea, Adianthum caudatum, Phaseolus lunatus, Ipomoea cairica, Alopecurus aequalis, Arenga pinnata, Rhynchosia yunnanensis, Syzygium cumini, Clausena dunniana, Cyclosurus parasiticus[/i], or [i]Solanum carolinense. [/i]

[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)


Topical skin formulations
Patent No. 10201495 

Inventor(s): Bob Foley (Addison, TX), Geetha Kalahasti (Addison, TX), Julia Collier (Addison, TX), Tiffany Carle (Addison, TX), Wanli Zhao (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): MARY KAY INC. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16037180 on 07/17/2018 (210 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of treating dry skin or moisturizing skin is disclosed. The method can include topically applying to the skin a composition comprising 0.0001% to 5% w/w of a hydrolyzed algae extract comprising exopolysaccharides from [i]Halymenia durvillei[/i], and 0.0001% to 5% w/w of a saccharide isomerate comprising an exopolysaccharide synthesized by [i]Vibrio alginolyticus[/i], wherein at least one of skin permeability is decreased, filaggrin production is increased, skin moisture is increased, occludin production is increased, or TNF production is inhibited in the 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)


Brimonidine gel compositions and methods of use
Patent No. 10201517 

Inventor(s): Cyril Meunier (St. Raphael, , FR), Jean-Christophe Buge (Nice, , FR), Karine Nadau Fourcade (Villeneuve Loubet, , FR)
Assignee(s): Galderma Laboratories, L.P. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Panitch Schwarze Belisario Nadel LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15220501 on 07/27/2016 (930 days app to issue)

Abstract: Improved topical gel compositions, such as those containing brimonidine, for the treatment of skin disorders are described. The gel compositions contain carbomer and methylparaben, and are substantially free of methylparaben crystalline particles after an extended period of storage.

[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)


Sustained release intraocular implants and methods for treating ocular vasculopathies
Patent No. 10201641 

Inventor(s): Brittany Jackson (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Allergan, Inc. (Irvine, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14886376 on 10/19/2015 (1212 days app to issue)

Abstract: Biocompatible intraocular implants include an alpha-2 adrenergic receptor agonist and a polymer associated with the alpha-2 adrenergic receptor agonist to facilitate release of the alpha-2 adrenergic receptor agonist into an eye for an extended period of time. The alpha-2 adrenergic receptor agonist may be associated with a biodegradable polymer matrix, such as a matrix of a two biodegradable polymers. The implants may be placed in an eye to treat one or more ocular conditions, such as an ocular vasculopathy or glaucoma, among others.

[A61L] METHODS OR APPARATUS FOR STERILISING MATERIALS OR OBJECTS IN GENERAL; DISINFECTION, STERILISATION, OR DEODORISATION OF AIR; CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF BANDAGES, DRESSINGS, ABSORBENT PADS, OR SURGICAL ARTICLES; MATERIALS FOR BANDAGES, DRESSINGS, ABSORBENT PADS, OR SURGICAL ARTICLES (preservation of bodies or disinfecting characterised by the agent employed A01N; preserving, e.g. sterilising, food or foodstuffs A23; preparations for medical, dental or toilet purposes A61K) [4]


Brachytherapy apparatus and methods for using them
Patent No. 10201716 

Inventor(s): Gail S. Lebovic (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CIANNA MEDICAL, INC. (Aliso Viejo, CA)
Law Firm: Vista IP Law Group LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12982823 on 12/30/2010 (2966 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus for delivering brachytherapy to a target tissue region includes an elongate body including a proximal end, a distal end sized for introduction into a tissue tract and carrying a plurality of elongate members including pathways for receiving a source of radiation. The elongate members are movable between collapsed and expanded configurations. During use, a tract is created through tissue, and the elongate body carrying the elongate members is advanced through the tract into a target location with the elongate members in the collapsed configuration. The elongate members are directed to the expanded configuration at the target location, and radiation is delivered to treat tissue at the target location, e.g., by introducing one or more radiation sources along the pathways.

[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]


Sports equipment bag
Patent No. 10201742 

Inventor(s): Philip C. Herr (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16041201 on 07/20/2018 (207 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sports bag configured as a backpack for use in storing gear is provided. The sports Tag includes a main body having a pair of straps coupled to the top or back of the main body, and a pair of storage pouches coupled to the back and bottom of the main body, each pouch including a fastening member to provide access to the pouch, and each pouch including at least one strap to stow the pouch when not in use.

[A45F] TRAVELLING OR CAMP EQUIPMENT; SACKS OR PACKS CARRIED ON THE BODY [2006.01]


Class of quinolone heterocyclic aromatic molecules for cancer treatment
Patent No. 10202357 

Inventor(s): Jujun Wang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): RenoTarget Therapeutics, Inc. (Wind Lake, WI)
Law Firm: Booth Udall Fuller, PLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15803478 on 11/03/2017 (466 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention is directed to new class of quinolone heterocyclic aromatic molecules (Renotinibs) and their use in the treatment of cancer, in particular, cancer that harbor abnormal human epidermal growth factor receptors (EGFRs).

[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)


Adaptive exercise circuit training for health and fitness
Patent No. 10204526 

Inventor(s): Patrick Kerwin (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): PRIVATE WORKOUT, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15204794 on 07/07/2016 (950 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented system for improving a circuit training exercise routine at an exercise facility having at least two pieces of exercise equipment. The system using a smart device, and having steps including: initiating a program on the smart device upon use of a first piece of exercise equipment; displaying exercise instructions to the user on the smart device; initiating a timer on the smart device with a pre-selected amount of time in which the user must complete the exercise instructions on the first piece of equipment; recording if the user is successful in accomplishing the first set of exercise instructions; and prompting the user to move to a second piece of exercise equipment. The steps may also include displaying additional exercise instructions. The system includes monitoring the user”s health functions and rewarding the user for successful accomplishment of the first and additional sets of exercise instructions.

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


 

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

Detachable footstep for stake pockets on a trailer
Patent No. 10202080 

Inventor(s): Michael Dwaine Burleson (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16007766 on 06/13/2018 (244 days app to issue)

Abstract: A detachable footstep for stake pockets on a trailer allows passengers to board and dismount the trailer. The detachable footstep includes a frame, a footstep, a slip-guard, and a connector-locking mechanism. The footstep and the connector-locking mechanism are mounted on opposite ends of the frame. The connector-locking mechanism is a mechanical lock that attaches the frame to the stake pocket. The footstep is a sturdy rigid member capable supporting the passenger”s weight as the passenger boards the trailer. The slip-guard is made of high-grip materials to help the passenger gain a secure foothold on the footstep.

[B60R] VEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for vehicles A62C 3/07)


Vehicle alarm system
Patent No. 10202092 

Inventor(s): Adrain Evans (Mesquite, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15672881 on 08/09/2017 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle alarm system for inhibiting a passenger from being left in a vehicle includes a vehicle has a processor, a pair of rear seats, a theft alarm and door locks. The processor selectively generates an alarm sequence and the processor is electrically coupled to the theft alarm and the door locks. A plurality of pressure sensors is each positioned within an associated one of the rear seats. Each of the pressure sensors detects when a passenger is seated in the associated rear seat. The processor generates the alarm sequence when the vehicle is turned off and at least one of the pressure sensors detects the passenger in the associated rear seat. Moreover, the theft alarm is turned on when the processor generates the alarm sequence to alert that at least one passenger remains in the vehicle thereby inhibiting the passenger from is injured by heat exposure.

[B60R] VEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for vehicles A62C 3/07)


Systems and methods for preemptively modifying vehicle parameters according to predicted accelerations when merging
Patent No. 10202112 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey David Gaither (Brighton, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15430812 on 02/13/2017 (729 days app to issue)

Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to preemptively modifying operation of a vehicle according to predicted acceleration inputs. In one embodiment, a method includes, in response to identifying that an environmental context of the vehicle indicates that the vehicle is located at a traffic stop and that a roadway on which the vehicle is traveling includes merging lanes beyond the traffic stop, determining an acceleration profile for the vehicle that indicates a predicted acceleration that is anticipated to be provided by a driver as a function of the environmental context when approaching the merging lanes. The method includes adjusting the operating parameters of the vehicle according to the acceleration profile to preemptively optimize the vehicle in anticipation of an acceleration input from the driver. The method includes controlling the vehicle to accelerate based, at least in part, on the operating parameters upon receiving the acceleration input.

[B60W] CONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT [2006.01]


Reconfigurable payload systems (RPS) with operational load envelopes for aircraft and methods related thereto
Patent No. 10202193 

Inventor(s): Ben D. Hodge (Leonard, TX), Brandy D. Stokes (Greenville, TX), Richard D. Cropper (Greenville, TX), Timothy W. Troup (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): L-3 Communications Integrated Systems L.P. (Greenville, TX)
Law Firm: Egan Peterman Enders Huston (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15612666 on 06/02/2017 (620 days app to issue)

Abstract: Reconfigurable payload systems (RPS) and methods of configuring and using the same with operational load envelopes are disclosed that may be employed to enable external aircraft payloads to be rapidly interchanged or swapped out together with associated internal equipment within a given aircraft so as to modify or change payload capability of the aircraft, e.g., to meet a particular mission and/or to enable use of future payload types as they are developed. The RPS and associated methods may be implemented to allow multiple different payload systems to be swapped in and out on a given aircraft as required based on needs for a given mission.

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


 

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

Method and apparatus for treating production water
Patent No. 10202289 

Inventor(s): Joshua Decker (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14965355 on 12/10/2015 (1160 days app to issue)

Abstract: Method and apparatus are provided for treating salt water. In the method, a feed water is run through a skimmer unit to form de-oiled water. The de-oiled water is passed through an electrocoagulation unit to form electrocoagulated water. A precipitating agent is added to the electrocoagulated water and stirred to form a water/floc mixture. A polymeric coagulation enhancing agent is added to the water/floc mixture with mild stirring and coagulants in the mixture are permitted to settle. A partly clarified water from the mixture is drawn out from a level above the settled coagulants. The partly clarified water is run through at least one settler and coagulants are removed from the bottom of the at least one settler. A clarified salt water stream is withdrawn from the final settler. The necessary equipment can be mounted on a trailer. The trailer can be provided with a stairway and catwalk to facilitate safe inspection.

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


Oligonucleotide analogues having modified intersubunit linkages and/or terminal groups
Patent No. 10202602 

Inventor(s): Ming Zhou (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS, INC. (Cambridge, MA)
Law Firm: Lathrop Gage LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15247584 on 08/25/2016 (901 days app to issue)

Abstract: Oligonucleotide analogs comprising modified intersubunit linkages and/or modified 3 and/or 5-end groups are provided. The disclosed compounds are useful for the treatment of diseases where inhibition of protein expression or correction of aberrant mRNA splice products produces beneficial therapeutic effects.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Dynamic, fire-resistance-rated thermally insulating and sealing system having a F-rating of 120 min for use with curtain wall structures
Patent No. 10202759 

Inventor(s): Arndt Andresen (North Richland Hills, TX), Chad Stroike (Roanoke, TX)
Assignee(s): Hilti Aktiengesellschaft (Schaan, , LI)
Law Firm: Grneberg and Myers PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15600295 on 05/19/2017 (634 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described is an approved dynamic construction for effectively thermally insulating and sealing of a safing slot between a floor of a building and an exterior wall construction wherein the exterior wall construction comprises a curtain wall configuration defined by an interior wall glass surface including one or more aluminum framing members, wherein the vision glass extends to the finished floor level below. The dynamic, thermally insulating and sealing system comprises a first element for receiving the insulating elements and positioned in the zero spandrel area of a glass curtain wall construction including only vision glass to maintain thermally insulating and sealing of the safing slot during exposure to fire and heat as well as movement in order to maintain a complete seal extending across the safing slot.

[E04B] GENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS; WALLS, e.g. PARTITIONS; ROOFS; FLOORS; CEILINGS; INSULATION OR OTHER PROTECTION OF BUILDINGS (border constructions of openings in walls, floors, or ceilings E06B 1/00)


Curtain wall system, corner bracket for curtain wall system, and associated method
Patent No. 10202761 

Inventor(s): Stephen C. Loyd (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Stephen N. Loyd Irrevocable Family Trust (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15090442 on 04/04/2016 (1044 days app to issue)

Abstract: In certain embodiments, a curtain wall system comprises first and second curtain wall member supporting apparatuses and a corner latching apparatus. The first and second supporting apparatuses each have a respective: vertically-disposed member; horizontally-disposed supporting member; and locking member coupled to the vertically-disposed member. The locking member is disposed beneath a lower surface of the horizontally-disposed supporting member. The corner latching apparatus has a corner shape and comprises a first horizontally-disposed latching arm oriented in a first direction and adapted to engage with the locking member of the first supporting apparatus. The corner latching apparatus comprises a second horizontally-disposed latching arm oriented in a second direction and a stabilizing resilient member disposed beneath a lower surface of each of the first and second horizontally-disposed latching arms, at least a portion of the stabilizing resilient member adapted to compress against an upper surface of a curtain wall member.

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


Well tool actuator and isolation valve for use in drilling operations
Patent No. 10202824 

Inventor(s): Michael L. Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Neal G. Skinner (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Chamberlain Hrdlicka (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14264122 on 04/29/2014 (1750 days app to issue)

Abstract: A well tool actuator can include a series of chambers which, when opened in succession, cause the well tool to be alternately actuated. A method of operating a well tool actuator can include manipulating an object in a wellbore; a sensor of the actuator detecting the object manipulation; and the actuator actuating in response to the sensor detecting the object manipulation. A drilling isolation valve can comprise an actuator including a series of chambers which, when opened in succession, cause the isolation valve to be alternately opened and closed. A method of operating a drilling isolation valve can include manipulating an object in a wellbore, a sensor of the drilling isolation valve detecting the object manipulation, and the drilling isolation valve operating between open and closed configurations in response to the sensor detecting the object manipulation.

[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

 

Valve assembly having dual functionality for directional control of a piston on a fluid actuated device
Patent No. 10202987 

Inventor(s): Lee Richard Strobel (Chicago, IL)
Assignee(s): Dresser, LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Paul Frank + Collins P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14269919 on 05/05/2014 (1744 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of a directional valve assembly that provides a single device with functionality of a two-position design for automated operation and functionality of a three-position design for manual operation. The embodiments can include a housing with a piston chamber and a spool member that transits in the housing to regulate the flow of a working fluid to a cylinder. The embodiments can also have one or more pilot operators that regulate the flow of pilot air into the piston chamber to move the spool member between two positions, i.e., two open positions. The embodiments can also have a manual operator (e.g., a lever) that can move the spool to the open positions and to a closed position. In one embodiment, the spool member is configured to remain in either a first position, a second position, or a third position in the absence of an outside stimulus on the pilot operators.

[F15B] SYSTEMS ACTING BY MEANS OF FLUIDS IN GENERAL; FLUID-PRESSURE ACTUATORS, e.g. SERVOMOTORS; DETAILS OF FLUID-PRESSURE SYSTEMS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (motors, turbines, compressors, blowers, pumps F01-F04; fluid dynamics F15D; fluid clutches or brakes F16D; fluid springs F16F; fluid gearing F16H; pistons, cylinders, packing F16J; valves, taps, cocks, actuating-floats F16K; safety valves with auxiliary fluid operation of the main valve F16K 17/10; fluid-operating means for valves F16K 31/12; pipes, pipe joints F16L; lubricating F16N)


System and method for changing driving modes using navigation and control
Patent No. 10203031 

Inventor(s): Christopher T. Gauthier (Saline, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15214292 on 07/19/2016 (938 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for automatically changing vehicle driving modes. An automatic shift control system includes a transmission configured to provide engine output for movement of the vehicle and a navigation unit configured to obtain navigational information including a current location of the vehicle. The automatic shift control system includes an electronic control unit (ECU) connected to the navigation unit. The ECU is configured to determine a current route having multiple segments based on the current location and a destination location and determine a shift schedule based on a driver behavior pattern. The ECU is configured to control the transmission to cause shifts of the transmission based on the shift schedule and the current location.

[F16H] GEARING


Fluid regulator with field convertible slam-shut device
Patent No. 10203061 

Inventor(s): Chun Lin (McKinney, TX), G. Glynn Crutsinger (McKinney, TX), Horatiu P. Tripon (Cluj-Napoca, , RO)
Assignee(s): EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15431003 on 02/13/2017 (729 days app to issue)

Abstract: Installing a fluid regulator in a fluid distribution system by: determining the position and orientation of the fluid regulator in the fluid distribution system; determining if a first opening and/or a second opening in the body of the regulator, are accessible with the fluid regulator in the determined position and orientation; installing the slam-shut device in the first opening, if accessible, and securing a plate over the second opening; and installing the fluid regulator in the fluid distribution system. The first and second openings are dimensioned such that the slam-shut device can be secured at least partially within the first opening in a first configuration and can be secured at least partially within the second opening in a second configuration.

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


Outdoor projector
Patent No. 10203105 

Inventor(s): Cheng Chun Zhang (Shenzhen, , CN), Lio Yenwei Chang (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Gemmy Industries Corporation (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: DeWitt, Mackall, Crounse Moore, S.C. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15912914 on 03/06/2018 (343 days app to issue)

Abstract: An outdoor projector has a casing, a projecting set, and a rotating set. The casing has a shell, a lens set, and a wire base. An operating space is formed in the shell. An opening is formed through a front end of the shell. A wire hole is formed through a rear end of the shell. The projecting set is located in the operating space of the casing and has a support frame, a main light unit, and an auxiliary light unit. The support frame is combined with the shell and is located in the operating space. The main light unit and the auxiliary light unit are combined with the support frame. The rotating set is located in the operating space and has an electric machine and a gear base. The electric machine is combined with the support frame. The gear base rotatably abuts the support frame.

[F21V] FUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS OF LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS THEREOF; STRUCTURAL COMBINATIONS OF LIGHTING DEVICES WITH OTHER ARTICLES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [7]


Adjustable multi-pass heat exchanger system
Patent No. 10203171 

Inventor(s): Mark Olsen (Carrollton, TX), Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14686898 on 04/15/2015 (1399 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various implementations, a heat exchanger system may include one or more flow paths. At least one of the flow paths may be associated with more than one pass and/or fluid flow through the flow path may be restricted. A setting of the heat exchanger system may include associations between flow path(s) and/or pass(es). A setting for the heat exchanger system may be determined, and the heat exchanger system may be allowed to operate in the determined setting, in some implementations.

[F28F] DETAILS OF HEAT-EXCHANGE OR HEAT-TRANSFER APPARATUS, OF GENERAL APPLICATION (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials C09K 5/00; water or air traps, air venting F16)


Fixed broadhead
Patent No. 10205936 

Inventor(s): Keith Powell (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15842587 on 12/14/2017 (425 days app to issue)

Abstract: Fixed broadheads may be provided having main blades connected to a tip and secured within a slot or chamber in the body of the broadhead. Secondary blades may interlock with the main blades inside of a ferrule, thereby forming a fixed broadhead with an advanced and strong retention system. The main blades may be pinned to the tip of the broadhead through blade pins and the secondary blades may interlock with the main blades, thereby improving the strength and precision of the fixed broadhead in its movement toward a target.

[F42B] EXPLOSIVE CHARGES, e.g. FOR BLASTING; FIREWORKS; AMMUNITION (explosive compositions C06B; fuzes F42C; blasting F42D) [5]


 

P H Y S I C S

Systems and methods for adjusting operation of a vehicle according to HOV lane detection in traffic
Patent No. 10202048 

Inventor(s): Heraldo F. Stefanon (Dexter, MI), Joshua D. Payne (Ann Arbor, MI), Shannon Alicia Wrobel (Ann Arbor, MI), Takanori Aoki (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15635938 on 06/28/2017 (594 days app to issue)

Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to preemptively controlling one or more vehicle systems of a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes, in response to (i) detecting that a present traffic level along a route of the vehicle satisfies a congestion threshold and (ii) detecting that a type of roadway on which the vehicle is traveling is a highway, determining whether the vehicle is traveling in a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane by identifying whether a number of passengers in the vehicle satisfies an HOV threshold. The method includes adjusting the one or more vehicle systems within the vehicle according to whether the number of passengers satisfies the HOV threshold to cause the vehicle to operate efficiently while traveling along the route with the present traffic level.

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


Distributed scintillation detector for downhole positioning
Patent No. 10202842 

Inventor(s): Donald Kyle (Plano, TX), Neal G. Skinner (Lewisville, TX), Paul D. Ringgenberg (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15564077 on 05/15/2015 (1369 days app to issue)

Abstract: A position determination system and a method for position detection within a wellbore are disclosed. A radioactive tag may be disposed within the wellbore. One or more scintillating optical fibers may be longitudinally disposed along a drill string, wireline, or the like, and run into the wellbore. A detector system is coupled to the optical fiber(s). A scintillating optical fiber emits short, bright flashes of visible light whenever exposed to the gamma radiation. When a scintillating flash is measured, it may be determined that the optical fiber is located within proximity to the radioactive tag. The amplitude of received pulses may be used to estimate where in the optical fiber scintillating events are occurring. By providing a second optical fiber coupled to a scintillating optical fiber, a time delay between received pulses may be used to indicate where along the scintillating optical fiber scintillation events are occurring.

[G01V] GEOPHYSICS; GRAVITATIONAL MEASUREMENTS; DETECTING MASSES OR OBJECTS; TAGS (means for indicating the location of accidentally buried, e.g. snow-buried, persons A63B 29/02) [6]


MEMS aerosol impactor
Patent No. 10203272 

Inventor(s): Siavash Pourkamali Anaraki (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Colorado Seminary, University of Denver (Denver, CO)
Law Firm: Maschoff Brennan (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14777374 on 03/14/2014 (1796 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include aerosol impactors comprising one or more micromechanical resonators. Impactors according to embodiments of the invention can provide size classification and/or concentration of aerosol particulate. Aerosol impactors can use an air flow device, such as a pump, to create a constant flow of air. Nozzles of varying diameters are used to separate particulate of varying sizes and the particles that pass through strike a measuring device. MEMS resonators can be integrated into arrays to provide mass sensitivity in a small, lightweight and cost effective package, which will effectively allow for the measurement of the mass of every micro/nanoscale particle landing on the surface.

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


System and method for sensing battery capacity
Patent No. 10203374 

Inventor(s): Dale Allen Blackwell (Austin, TX), Yandong Zhang (Plano, TX), Yevgen Barsukov (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14930612 on 11/02/2015 (1198 days app to issue)

Abstract: One embodiment of the invention includes a battery sense system. The system includes a temperature sensor configured to measure a temperature of a battery and a memory configured to store predetermined data associated with steady-state and transient behaviors of the battery relative to a depth of discharge (DOD) of the battery. The system also includes a controller configured to measure a voltage of the battery and to calculate a state of charge (SOC) of the battery based on the voltage, the predetermined data, and the temperature.

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


Correlation techniques for passive electroseismic and seismoelectric surveying
Patent No. 10203427 

Inventor(s): Alan Katz (Dallas, TX), Arthur Thompson (Houston, TX), Mohammad Rahman (Dallas, TX), Naga P. Devineni (Irving, TX), Robert England (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): ES Xplore, L.L.C. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15700362 on 09/11/2017 (519 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for surveying, may include receiving, by a processor, first survey data from a first source, the first source comprising a first signal generated by a subsurface earth formation in response to a passive-source electromagnetic signal, wherein the electromagnetic signal is generated by an electroseismic or seismoelectric conversion of the passive-source electromagnetic signal. The method may also include receiving, by the processor, second survey data from a second source and processing the first survey data and the second survey data to determine one or more properties of a subsurface earth formation.

[G01V] GEOPHYSICS; GRAVITATIONAL MEASUREMENTS; DETECTING MASSES OR OBJECTS; TAGS (means for indicating the location of accidentally buried, e.g. snow-buried, persons A63B 29/02) [6]


Pivotable cover for sliding tray and sliding tray including the cover
Patent No. 10203466 

Inventor(s): Gil Ruiz (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Muncy, Geissler, Olds Lowe, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15894898 on 02/12/2018 (365 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sliding tray is configured to support one or more optical communications modules and includes a body portion having one or more mounting locations for the one or more optical communications modules, a trough projecting from the body portion and configured to support optical fibers connected to the one or more optical communications modules, and a cover pivotably connected to the tray for selectively covering the trough.

[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]


Power sharing solid-state relay
Patent No. 10203707 

Inventor(s): Eric C. Blackall (Plano, TX), Ross E. Teggatz (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TRIUNE IP, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14814368 on 07/30/2015 (1293 days app to issue)

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

[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]


Generating delays of exit points for a clock circuit
Patent No. 10203718 

Inventor(s): Usha Narasimha (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): XILINX, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15192299 on 06/24/2016 (963 days app to issue)

Abstract: Generating delays for a clock circuit includes, determining, using a processor, groups of contexts for exit points of the clock circuit based upon a plurality of characteristics and a type selected from a plurality of different types for each characteristic, forming, using the processor, sub-groups of the exit points based upon delay values for the exit points, and determining, using the processor, a mean delay value for each sub-group.

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


Matching process system and method
Patent No. 10203854 

Inventor(s): James C. Stone (Addison, TX), Jonathan Badeen (North Hollywood, CA), Kenneth B. Hoskins (Plano, TX), Sean Rad (Los Angeles, CA), Todd M. Carrico (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): Match Group, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15944542 on 04/03/2018 (315 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for profile matching includes receiving a plurality of user profiles, each user profile comprising traits of a respective user. The method includes receiving a preference indication for a first user profile of the plurality of user profiles. The method also includes determining a potential match user profile of the plurality of user profiles based on the preference indication for the first user profile. The method also includes presenting the potential match user profile to a second user.

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


Streaming engine with stream metadata saving for context switching
Patent No. 10203958 

Inventor(s): Joseph Zbiciak (San Jose, CA), Timothy D. Anderson (University Park, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15635409 on 06/28/2017 (594 days app to issue)

Abstract: A streaming engine employed in a digital data processor specifies a fixed read only data stream defined by plural nested loops. An address generator produces addresses of data elements. A steam head register stores data elements next to be supplied to functional units for use as operands. Stream metadata is stored in response to a stream store instruction. Stored stream metadata is restored to the stream engine in response to a stream restore instruction. An interrupt changes an open stream to a frozen state discarding stored stream data. A return from interrupt changes a frozen stream to an active state.

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


Adaptive parallelism of task execution on machines with accelerators
Patent No. 10203988 

Inventor(s): Husheng Zhou (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Intelletek Law Group, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15293248 on 10/13/2016 (852 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer system, method, and computer readable product are provided for adaptive parallelism of workload execution on computers with accelerators. In various embodiments, information about both static and dynamic characteristics of computational accelerators for a plurality of computers is received. Based on this information, waves of a workload is divided among this plurality of computers for processing. As the dynamic characteristics of those computational accelerators change over time, future waves may be divided among this plurality of computers differently.

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


Worker node rebuild for parallel processing system
Patent No. 10203992 

Inventor(s): DaQi Ren (Saratoga, CA), Jianhuan Wen (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15152796 on 05/12/2016 (1006 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes creating communication agents in each worker node in a distributed processing cluster, creating communication agents in nodes other than the distributed processing cluster as redundant nodes, the worker nodes and redundant nodes forming a communicator group, numbering and identifying each worker node in the distributed processing cluster using the communication agents, detecting a distributed processing worker node fault using the communication agent between nodes of the distributed processing cluster, spawning a new worker node via the communication agent from one of the redundant nodes in the communicator group for use as a new worker node, rebuilding the new worker node by using the communication agent to operate with the distributed processing cluster, and starting the new worker node to join the distributed processing cluster to work with the other worker nodes utilizing the communication agents for communications between the worker nodes in the communicator group.

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


USB PHY adapter IC with and circuit VBUS present output
Patent No. 10204069 

Inventor(s): Arnaud Deconinck (Antibes, , FR), Peter Brendan Considine (Peymeinade, , FR), Sylvain Berthout (Saint Laurent du Var, , FR)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15867108 on 01/10/2018 (398 days app to issue)

Abstract: A physical layer integrated circuit (PHY), including an accessory charger adapter (ACA) bridge circuit to communicate with an ACA via a universal serial bus (USB) cable having at least an ID pin and a VBUS pin. The PHY is also to communicate with an ACA-agnostic USB controller configured to act as an A-device or as a B-device. The ACA comprises a USB accessory port. The ACA bridge circuit comprises detection and control logic configured to detect, based on a resistance sensed on the ID pin, that a B-device is connected to the USB accessory port of the ACA and, as a result of such a detection, generate a signal to the USB controller that causes the USB controller to act as an A-device and ignore a VBUS drive signal from the USB controller that, if not ignored, would cause the PHY to drive the VBUS pin. The detection and control logic is also configured to detect, based on a resistance sensed on the ID pin, that an off/idle A-device or nothing is connected to the USB accessory port of the ACA and, as a result of such a detection, modify a signal to the USB controller that prevents the USB controller from being aware of a voltage on the VBUS pin.

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


System and method for compressing data in a database
Patent No. 10204111 

Inventor(s): Guangcheng Zhou (Shenzhen, , CN), Jihui Tan (Shenzhen, , CN), Ramabrahmam Velury (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15249045 on 08/26/2016 (900 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of compressing a plurality of multi-dimensional keys includes receiving, by a computer, the plurality of multi-dimensional keys, where the plurality of multi-dimensional keys have a first length and determining a first plurality of bit slots that are common among the plurality of multi-dimensional keys, wherein the first plurality of bit slots are not a prefix. Also, the method includes forming a mask indicating the first plurality of bit slots and forming a pattern indicating values of the first plurality of bit slots. Additionally, the method includes determining a second plurality of bit slots that vary among the plurality of multi-dimensional keys and forming a plurality of compressed multi-dimensional keys indicating values of the second plurality of bit slots. Further, the method includes storing the mask, the pattern, and the plurality of compressed multi-dimensional keys.

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


Method and system for detecting personal life events of users
Patent No. 10204152 

Inventor(s): Saurabh Kataria (Rochester, NY)
Assignee(s): CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Jones Robb, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15215684 on 07/21/2016 (936 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed embodiments illustrate methods and systems for detecting personal life events of users. The method includes training classifiers based on a set of features extracted from each of an annotated first set of social media data. The first set of social media is associated with one or more first categories. Further, the first set of social media data are annotated by one or more crowdworkers based on one or more second categories. The method further includes extracting a second set of social media data of one or more users, associated with the one or more first categories, from the one or more social media platforms. The method further includes categorizing the extracted second set of social media data into the one or more second categories by use of the trained classifiers. The categorization is further utilized to detect the personal life events of the one or more users.

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


On-demand system and method for retrieving video from a commercial vehicle
Patent No. 10204159 

Inventor(s): James W. Angel (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): Trimble Navigation Limited (Sunnyvale, CA)
Law Firm: Hollingsworth Davis, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14832858 on 08/21/2015 (1271 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for use with a commercial vehicle comprises a media recorder configured to receive video from one or more cameras. The media recorder comprises a memory configured to store a loop of the video as a circular buffer having a predetermined duration. A transceiver is communicatively coupled to the media recorder and configured to receive a video request command generated at a central office. An event detector is configured to communicate with a vehicle computer and detect predetermined events occurring during vehicle operation. The media recorder is configured to retrieve a portion of the loop of video stored in the memory and the transceiver is configured to transmit the portion of the loop of video to the central office in response to the video request command.

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


System, method, and program product for digital production management
Patent No. 10204178 

Inventor(s): Melissa L. McCoy (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Authentise Inc. (Moffett Field, CA)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14172449 on 02/04/2014 (1834 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and program products for managing digital production from one or more production devices with one or more sources providing inputs of production designs and/or production options are disclosed.

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


Using cloud-based data for industrial simulation
Patent No. 10204191 

Inventor(s): Stephen Nawalaniec (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc. (Mayfield Heights, OH)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15599921 on 05/19/2017 (634 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cloud-based simulation generation service collects industrial data from multiple industrial customers for storage and analysis on a cloud platform. The service employs a simulation generator component that analyzes data to facilitate generating a simulation model that simulates an industrial automation system, including simulating or emulating industrial devices, industrial processes, other industrial assets, or network-related assets or devices, and their respective interrelationships with each other. The simulation generator component also analyzes modification data to facilitate generating a modified simulation model that simulates the industrial automation system based on the modification. The simulation generator component performs operation simulations using the simulation model or modified simulation model to facilitate determining whether making the modification is appropriate, determining or predicting performance of a modified industrial automation system, determining compatibility of a modification with an industrial automation system, or determining or predicting performance of the industrial automation system when processing a work order.

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


Video to data
Patent No. 10204274 

Inventor(s): John Carlos Shields, IV (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): CELLULAR SOUTH, INC. (Ridgeland, MS)
Law Firm: Steptoe Johnson LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15197727 on 06/29/2016 (958 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system can generate video content from a video. The method and system can include a coordinator, an image detector, and an object recognizer. The coordinator can be communicatively coupled to a splitter and/or to a plurality of demultiplexer nodes. The splitter can be configured to segment the video. The demultiplexer nodes can be configured to extract audio files from the video and/or to extract still frame images from the video. The image detector can be configured to detect images of objects in the still frame images. The object recognizer can be configured to compare an image of an object to a fractal. The recognizer can be further configured to update the fractal with the image. The coordinator can be configured to embed metadata about the object into the video.

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


System and method for home automation
Patent No. 10204310 

Inventor(s): Jennifer Marie Pulliam (Dallas, TX), Samudra Sen (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): TXU Energy Retail Company LLC (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14992419 on 01/11/2016 (1128 days app to issue)

Abstract: An interface receives analyzed energy usage data, the analyzed energy usage data comprising information determined by one or more home automation devices. A processor applies optimization recommendation rules to the energy usage data. The processor determines an optimization recommendation, the optimization recommendation based on the analyzed energy usage data and the optimization recommendation rules. Upon a determination of the optimization recommendation, the interface further operable to communicate the optimization recommendation to a user.

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


Post-booking travel assistance and organization
Patent No. 10204317 

Inventor(s): John Samuel (Southlake, TX), Robyn Grassanovits (Southlake, TX), Thomas B. Cunningham (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Sabre GLBL Inc. (Southlake, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12720454 on 03/09/2010 (3262 days app to issue)

Abstract: To address post-booking and other issues, an application may be run on a user device, such as a mobile device, to provide improved, real-time travel organization and messaging. Some embodiments may also be configured to create, maintain, update, and delete a trip container to which trip content can be automatically or manually associated. In some instances, a user may be required to pay a fee to download the application and/or be required to pay a periodic subscription fee to facilitate ongoing functionality of the application. In addition to or instead of downloading the application, hardware (e.g., circuitry), firmware and/or other particular machine components can be configured to implement some or all aspects of the application.

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


System and method for providing goods and services during vehicular travel
Patent No. 10204367 

Inventor(s): Hyder Alkasimi (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15139967 on 04/27/2016 (1021 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method according to which goods and services are provided during vehicular travel. In an exemplary embodiment, the vehicle is an airplane operated by a commercial airline.

[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]


Sequentially configuring manufacturing equipment to reduce reconfiguration times
Patent No. 10204387 

Inventor(s): Christine L. Koski (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): nMETRIC, LLC (Costa Mesa, CA)
Law Firm: Fish IP Law, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15417922 on 01/27/2017 (746 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods of providing services to individual and methods of manufacturing items are described. Data structures to represent priority values for those individuals or items are also described. By ascribing priority values to a set of items, those items can be grouped based on those priority values. Once grouped based on priority values, the items within each group can be manufactured according to group priority as well as according to the characteristics of each item to be manufactured within that group. The same concept applies to providing services to individuals.

[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]


Observation platform for training, monitoring and mining structured communications
Patent No. 10204524 

Inventor(s): Andrew W. Kittler (Atherton, CA), Guy R. VanBuskirk (Austin, TX), Steven Paul Russell (Atherton, CA)
Assignee(s): Theatro Labs, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13739504 on 01/11/2013 (2223 days app to issue)

Abstract: Using an observation platform for training, monitoring, and mining structured communications. A signal is received from a first communication device at a second communication device associated with a computer system, wherein a first characteristic of the signal corresponds to an audible source and a second characteristic of the signal corresponds to information indicative of a geographic position of the first communication device.

[G09B] EDUCATIONAL OR DEMONSTRATION APPLIANCES; APPLIANCES FOR TEACHING, OR COMMUNICATING WITH, THE BLIND, DEAF OR MUTE; MODELS; PLANETARIA; GLOBES; MAPS; DIAGRAMS


Detachable wind guard for flute embouchure hole
Patent No. 10204605 

Inventor(s): Clem Kwok (Fort Worth, TX), Nathan Mark Dooly (Grapevine, TX), Patrick Reeves (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): Win-D-Fender, LLC (Bartonville, TX)
Law Firm: Yee Associates, P.C. (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15822696 on 11/27/2017 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention provides a detachable wind guard for a flute-type instrument comprising an elongate, arcuate cover configured to wrap over a flute barrel. The cover has a center section with a radius larger than the radius of the flute barrel and includes a tapered, recessed facing edge configured to leave an embouchure hole uncovered when the wind guard is attached to the flute barrel. End sections taper to a radius sized to conform to the flute barrel. An elongate, arcuate holder positioned opposite the cover has a radius sized to conform to the flute barrel. A connector pin passes through knuckles on both the cover and holder to form a hinge that allows the wind guard to open in a clamshell manner. Torsion springs around the connector pin bias the holder in a closed position.

[G10D] STRINGED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; WIND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACCORDIONS OR CONCERTINAS; PERCUSSION MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (non-musical aspects of musical toy instruments A63H 5/00; organs, harmoniums or like musical instruments with associated blowing apparatus G10B; pianos, harpsichords, spinets or similar stringed musical instruments with one or more keyboards G10C; automatic musical instruments G10F; electrophonic musical instruments G10H; instruments in which the tones are generated by electromechanical means or electronic generators, or in which the tones are synthesised from a data store G10H)


On die delay range calibration
Patent No. 10204668 

Inventor(s): Amandeep Kaur (Bangalore, , IN), Ravindra Arjun Madpur (Bangalore, , IN), Sneha Bhatia (Gurgaon, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15727987 on 10/09/2017 (491 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a system including a memory timing calibration circuit to calibrate a strobe signal of a memory device and a method of calibrating the strobe signal. The memory timing calibration circuit includes a difference signal generator coupled to a strobe signal generator and an external control circuit. The difference signal generator is configured to generate a difference signal indicating a time difference between the strobe signal from the strobe signal generator and an external clock signal from the external control circuit. The memory timing calibration circuit further includes a delay circuit coupled to the difference signal generator and the external control circuit. The delay circuit is configured to generate a modified external clock signal by delaying the external clock signal by a delay determined based at least in part on the difference signal.

[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)


Non-volatile memory with methods to reduce creep-up field between dummy control gate and select gate
Patent No. 10204689 

Inventor(s): Anubhav Khandelwal (San Jose, CA), Changyuan Chen (San Ramon, CA), Ching-Huang Lu (Fremont, CA), Cynthia Hsu (Milpitas, CA), Yingda Dong (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15699513 on 09/08/2017 (522 days app to issue)

Abstract: Non-volatile storage systems and method of operating non-volatile storage systems are disclosed. A crept up voltage on a memory cell control gate adjacent to a select gate is prevented, reduced, and/or discharged. In some aspects, the crept up voltage is not allowed to happen on the memory cell next to the select gate after a sensing operation. In some aspects, the voltage may creep up on the memory cell control gate after a sensing operation, but it is discharged. Reducing and/or preventing the crept up voltage may reduce the electric field between the dummy memory cell and select gate transistor. This may prevent, or at least reduce, changes in threshold voltage of the select gate transistor. Additional problems may also be solved by a reduction of the crept up voltage on the dummy memory cell control gates.

[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)


Automated commissioning and inspection for PV systems
Patent No. 10205417 

Inventor(s): Anant Kumar Singh (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Enphase Energy, Inc. (Petaluma, CA)
Law Firm: Moser Taboada (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15087594 on 03/31/2016 (1048 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electric system includes a local power controller and solar panel system that includes a plurality of solar modules on one or more branch circuits. A method for commissioning the electric system includes an installer using a commissioning device to send and receive information from a remote system and the local power controller performing an automatic self-test of the electric system. The results of the self-test may be packaged with photographs and measurements of the electric system and sent to a remote system where an inspector can inspect the electric system remotely. After receiving approval by the inspector, the local power controller may automatically activate each branch circuit of the electric system and thus enabling the electric system to generate electricity.

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


Systems and methods of providing a media-on-demand-based programming channel
Patent No. 10206004 

Inventor(s): Ann Gordon Prather (Dallas, TX), Brandon N. Wright (Irving, TX), Brian F. Roberts (Dallas, TX), Christina S. Siegfried (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon and Redbox Digital Entertainment Services, LLC (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14141895 on 12/27/2013 (1873 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary method includes a computer-implemented media service system 1) establishing a set of one or more conditions for a media-on-demand-based programming channel, 2) selecting, from a repository of on-demand media content and based on the set of one or more conditions, a set of on-demand media programs for inclusion in the media-on-demand-based programming channel, and 3) mapping the selected set of on-demand media programs to the media-on-demand-based programming channel to represent a scheduled, linear playback of the set of on-demand media programs on the media-on-demand-based programming channel in accordance with a linear playback schedule.

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


Method and system for implementing zone-restricted behavior of a computing device
Patent No. 10206060 

Inventor(s): Sean D. Burdick (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Uniloc 2017 LLC (Wilmington, DE)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13734175 on 01/04/2013 (2230 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for implementing zone-restricted behavior of a computing device includes identifying wireless access points using the computing device, determining a number of authorized wireless access points from the wireless access points identified by the computing device, determining that the computing device is located within a restricted access zone when the number of authorized wireless access points identified by the computing device exceeds a predetermined threshold of authorized wireless access points identified, and enabling a zone mode of the computing device when the computing device is determined to be located within the restricted access zone.

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


User type access HVAC control system
Patent No. RE047235 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Robert J Poth (Austin, TX)
Assignee(s): MMI Controls, LTD. (Keller, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14195844 on 03/03/2014 (1807 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are described for synchronizing an HVAC control system. A method, includes: a synchronization sequence including: reading a base time from an internal clock at a first time and saving the base time; measuring an elapsed time interval, from the first time to a second time, by counting an external clock using a frequency counter; and then resetting the internal clock to the base time plus the elapsed time regulating user access to an interactive user interface of a programmable thermostat, each user identified by a personal identification number associated with a user type, wherein each personal identification number is recognized by the programmable thermostat as belonging to an access level and users identified as building owners or maintenance personnel are granted further system access. Patent Class: N/A


 

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Dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) network and method
Patent No. 10203454 

Inventor(s): Feng Zhang (San Jose, CA), Qianfan Xu (San Jose, CA), Tiangong Liu (San Jose, CA), Xiao Andy Shen (San Bruno, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15610366 on 05/31/2017 (622 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) optical network includes an optical input port configured to receive unmodulated optical signals from the optical fiber comprising wavelength channels; one or more modulators coupled to the optical input port wherein the one or more modulators are each configured to modulate a respective first wavelength channel of the wavelength channels with respective data to produce a modulated first wavelength channel when the modulator is in a transmit state; wherein an input optical power of each modulator is kept at substantially a first level and an output optical power of the each modulator is kept at substantially a second level during operation of the modulator. A method and an optical network node are also disclosed therein.

[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)


Semiconductor package with a wire bond mesh
Patent No. 10204842 

Inventor(s): Amit Sureshkumar Nangia (Murphy, TX), Siva Prakash Gurrum (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15896860 on 02/14/2018 (363 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor package includes a lead frame having a die attach pad and a plurality of leads. A die is attached to the die attach pad and the electrically connected to the plurality of leads. The die includes a plurality of bond pads along a periphery of the die and a bond pad strip surrounding a circuit in the die. A first plurality of bond wires is bonded between first opposite sides of the bond pad strip. The first plurality of bond wires is aligned in a first direction. A second plurality of bond wires is bonded between second opposite sides of the bond pad strip. The second plurality of bond wires is aligned in a second direction. Mold compound covers portions of the lead frame, the die, the bond pad strip, the first plurality of bond wires and the second plurality of bond wires.

[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]


Pad defined contact for wafer level package
Patent No. 10204876 

Inventor(s): Ricky Agrawal (Lewisville, TX), Tiao Zhou (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): MAXIM INTEGRATED PRODUCTS, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Advent, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13787911 on 03/07/2013 (2168 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device and fabrication techniques are described that employ wafer-level packaging techniques for fabricating semiconductor devices that include a pad defined contact. In implementations, the wafer-level package device that employs the techniques of the present disclosure includes a substrate, a passivation layer, a top metal contact pad, a thin film with a via formed therein, a redistribution layer structure configured to contact the top metal contact pad, and a dielectric layer on the thin film and the redistribution layer structure. In implementations, a process for fabricating the wafer-level package device that employs the techniques of the present disclosure includes processing a substrate, forming a passivation layer, depositing a top metal contact pad, forming a thin film with a via formed therein, forming a redistribution layer structure in the via formed in the thin film, and forming a dielectric layer on the thin film and the redistribution layer structure.

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


Semiconductor device with relaxation reduction liner and associated methods
Patent No. 10204982 

Inventor(s): Nicolas Loubet (Guilderland, NY), Pierre Morin (Albany, NY), Qing Liu (Guilderland, NY)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14048232 on 10/08/2013 (1953 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for forming a semiconductor device includes forming a mask layer on a stressed semiconductor layer of a stressed, semiconductor-on-insulator wafer. An isolation trench bounding the stressed semiconductor layer is formed. The isolation trench extends through the mask layer and into the SOI wafer past an oxide layer thereof. A dielectric body is formed in the isolation trench. A relaxation reduction liner is formed on the dielectric body and on an adjacent sidewall of the stressed semiconductor layer. The mask layer on the stressed semiconductor layer is removed.

[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]


Hybrid active-field gap extended drain MOS transistor
Patent No. 10205001 

Inventor(s): John Lin (San Jose, CA), Sameer P. Pendharkar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15226036 on 08/02/2016 (924 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit includes an extended drain MOS transistor with parallel alternating active gap drift regions and field gap drift regions. The extended drain MOS transistor includes a gate having field plates over the field gap drift regions. The extended drain MOS transistor may be formed in a symmetric nested configuration. A process for forming an integrated circuit containing an extended drain MOS transistor provides parallel alternating active gap drift regions and field gap drift regions with a gate having field plates over the field gap drift regions.

[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 semiconductor device using spacers for source/drain confinement
Patent No. 10205022 

Inventor(s): Nicolas Loubet (Guilderland, NY), Pierre Morin (Albany, NY)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14939729 on 11/12/2015 (1188 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of making a semiconductor device includes forming a first spacer for at least one gate stack on a first semiconductor material layer, and forming a respective second spacer for each of source and drain regions adjacent the at least one gate. Each second spacer has a pair of opposing sidewalls and an end wall coupled thereto. The method includes filling the source and drain regions with a second semiconductor material while the first and second spacers provide confinement.

[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]


Methods to achieve strained channel finFET devices
Patent No. 10205025 

Inventor(s): Mark S. Rodder (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (, , KR)
Law Firm: Renaissance IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15276779 on 09/26/2016 (869 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods to achieve strained channel finFET devices and resulting finFET devices are presented. In an embodiment, a method for processing a field effect transistor (FET) device may include forming a fin structure comprising a fin channel on a substrate. The method may also include forming a sacrificial epitaxial layer on a side of the fin structure. Additionally, the method may include forming a deep recess in a region that includes at least a portion of the fin structure, wherein the fin structure and sacrificial layer relax to form a strain on the fin channel. The method may also include depositing source/drain (SD) material in the deep recess to preserve the strain on the fin channel.

[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]


Radio transmitter system and method
Patent No. 10205219 

Inventor(s): David Lee Hershberger (Nevada City, CA)
Assignee(s): CONTINENTAL ELECTRONICS CORP. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Hauptman Ham, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15414777 on 01/25/2017 (748 days app to issue)

Abstract: A radio transmitter system includes: a transmitter for deriving a carrier frequency modulated by an input; an electrically short antenna system, and a matching network between the transmitter and antenna system. The matching network includes: a primary circuit responsive to the transmitter, a secondary circuit including the antenna system, and magnetic or capacitive coupling between the primary and secondary circuits. The magnetic coupling is an air core transformer having first and second windings respectively included in the primary and secondary circuits. The matching network has a voltage versus frequency response including at least two horns spaced from each other such that the matching network has a pass band approximately equal to the modulation bandwidth.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Adaptation of energy consumption node for guided surface wave reception
Patent No. 10205326 

Inventor(s): James D. Lilly (Silver Spring, MD), James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC (Red Oak, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14849372 on 09/09/2015 (1252 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed, in one example, is an energy consumption node. The node includes a guided surface wave receive structure configured to obtain electrical energy from a guided surface wave traveling along a terrestrial medium. The node also includes a distribution system coupled to the guided surface wave receive structure and configured to distribute the obtained electrical energy to an electrical load coupleable to the distribution system.

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


Universal oscillator
Patent No. 10205455 

Inventor(s): Nagalinga Swamy Basayya Aremallapur (Haveri, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15244202 on 08/23/2016 (903 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure provides a universal oscillator. The oscillator includes an amplifier array. The amplifier array includes one or more amplifiers. A control logic unit is coupled to the amplifier array and activates the one or more amplifiers. A self-clock generating circuit is coupled to the control logic unit and generates a fixed clock. A counter receives the fixed clock from the self-clock generating circuit and provides a controlled clock to the control logic unit.

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


System and method for large scale multiple input multiple output communications
Patent No. 10205491 

Inventor(s): Arkady Molev Shteiman (Bridgewater, NJ), Xiao-Feng Qi (Westfield, NJ), Yun Liu (Chengdu, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15226361 on 08/02/2016 (924 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for communicating using a large scale multiple input multiple output (MIMO) antenna array, the method includes determining angular domain channel estimates of the large scale MIMO antenna array in accordance with antenna domain channel estimates of the large scale MIMO antenna array, identifying significant beams of the large scale MIMO antenna array by maximizing the angular domain channel estimates, and communicating with at least one receiving device utilizing the significant beams as identified.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Systems and methods for adapting a codebook for use with multiple antenna configurations
Patent No. 10205499 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15183992 on 06/16/2016 (971 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to certain embodiments, a method by a network node for adapting a codebook for use with multiple antenna configurations is provided. The method includes configuring a wireless device to provide CSI feedback using a precoding codebook. Each one of a plurality of codebook entries within the precoding codebook corresponds to a potential position of an antenna element. The method further includes transmitting, by the network node, an indication of a subset of codebook entries to be combined when calculating CSI feedback by the wireless device.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Wireless communication between an operator of a remotely operated aircraft and a controlling entity
Patent No. 10205508 

Inventor(s): Edward Lindsley (Burelson, TX), Frederick J. Livingston (Raleigh, NC), Michael B. Dodd (Salt Lake City, UT), Miguel Abrantes Rufino (Raleigh, NC)
Assignee(s): Sqwaq, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dodd Law Group (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15493155 on 04/21/2017 (662 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, devices, apparatus, and computer program products for wireless communication between an operator of a remotely operated aircraft and a controlling entity. A communication converter at a remotely operated aircraft converts between radio communication (e.g., VHF airband) and communication over another wireless network (e.g., over a cellular network). Thus, aspects of the invention can be used to facilitate (e.g., more localized) radio communication between an operator (e.g., pilot) of a remotely operated aircraft and a controlling entity (e.g., a control center) when the operator (e.g., pilot) is physically located outside of (e.g., VHF) radio range from the controlling entity. Accordingly, a two-way voice communication link can be established between the operator and personnel at a control center.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Cascaded waveform modulation with an embedded control signal for high-performance mobile fronthaul
Patent No. 10205522 

Inventor(s): Huaiyu Zeng (Red Bank, NJ), Xiang Liu (Marlboro, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16030568 on 07/09/2018 (218 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method including receiving, via a frontend of a communication device from a communication link, a cascaded waveform modulation with embedded control signal (CWM-CS); performing time-domain demultiplexing on the CWM-CS to obtain a first waveform modulation signal (W[b]1[/b]), a second waveform modulation signal (W[b]2[/b]), and a control signal (CS); training a channel equalizer based on the control signal; performing channel equalization on the first waveform modulation signal, the second waveform modulation signal, and the control signal CS; performing time-domain de-multiplexing on the first waveform modulation signal W[b]1[/b], the second waveform modulation signal W[b]2[/b], and the control signal CS; applying a rounding function to the first waveform modulation signal W[b]1[/b]; generating a recovered signal (S), by summing the first waveform modulation signal W[b]1[/b] and the second waveform modulation signal W[b]2[/b]; recovering data from the recovered signal S; and recovering control information by demodulating the control signal CS.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Designing and configuring packet optical networks
Patent No. 10205523 

Inventor(s): Feng Liu (Shenzhen, , CN), Junqi Ma (Shenzhen, TX), Wei Wei (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14827136 on 08/14/2015 (1278 days app to issue)

Abstract: A packet optical network configuring method including obtaining network information that includes an optical reachability graph for a packet optical network, generating a packet reachability graph using the network information, generating a packet transport design for a network configuration for the packet optical network based on the packet reachability graph, generating an optical transport design for the network configuration, determining the network configuration is acceptable when the network configuration meets one or more predefined user objectives, and outputting the network configuration based on the determination. An apparatus including a receiver configured to obtain network information that includes an optical reachability graph for a packet optical network, a memory, and a processor coupled to the receiver and the memory, and configured to generate a set of packet reachability graphs using the network information, where each packet reachability graph from the set of packet reachability graphs interconnects a plurality of integrated packet optical network nodes for packet switching and optical switching.

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


High speed isolated and optical USB
Patent No. 10205537 

Inventor(s): Suzanne M. Vining (Plano, TX), Win N. Maung (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15994195 on 05/31/2018 (257 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for providing electrically isolated communications between two USB2 devices. Two isolating eUSB2 repeaters are utilized to implement a digital isolation barrier between the two USB2 devices. The isolating eUSB2 repeaters are configured to broker isolated communications between the two USB2 devices using a modified eUSB2 protocol that allows the two isolating eUSB2 repeaters to interoperate across the isolating barrier. The modified eUSB2 protocol allows the two isolating eUSB2 repeaters to broker isolating communications on behalf of the USB2 devices without the use of an accurate clock signal. The modified eUSB2 protocol utilized by the isolating eUSB2 repeaters is configured in particular to support certain end-of-packet translations between USB2 data and the modified eUSB2 protocol, management of certain USB2 bus state transitions and assignment of roles to the two isolating eUSB2 repeaters.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for OFDMA PS-poll transmission
Patent No. 10205573 

Inventor(s): Younghoon Kwon (San Diego, CA), Yunsong Yang (San Diego, CA), Zhigang Rong (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14478756 on 09/05/2014 (1621 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for communicating in a wireless system includes receiving a trigger frame including a paging bitmap, and resource allocation information indicating a location of a resource pool for transmitting a packet, and determining if the station is permitted to transmit the packet in accordance with the paging bitmap. If the station is permitted to transmit the packet, the method also includes determining a location of a network resource in the resource pool in accordance with an identifier of the station, and transmitting the packet at the location of the network resource.

[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)


Circuits and methods for reducing the amplitude of complex signals
Patent No. 10205617 

Inventor(s): Lei Ding (Plano, TX), Rahmi Hezar (Allen, TX), Zigang Yang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13949345 on 07/24/2013 (2029 days app to issue)

Abstract: For crest factor reduction in a first signal having first and second components, the first component is delayed. A second signal is generated in response to detecting that a peak in the first component exceeds a predetermined threshold. Amplitude of the peak in the first component is reduced in response to detecting that the peak in the first component exceeds the predetermined threshold. Reducing amplitude of the peak in the first component includes adding the second signal to the delayed first component.

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


Multifunction wireless device
Patent No. 10205820 

Inventor(s): Chris McNitt (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15478828 on 04/04/2017 (679 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communication device and system are disclosed for providing communication and data services to residents of a controlled facility. The device can be restricted to communicating only using an internet protocol so as to restrict the device communication to an internal intranet. Wireless access points may be disposed throughout the environment to route calls and data between the device and a central processing center. By converting a protocol of the communications received from the device to a protocol used by the central processing center, minimal modifications to the central processing center are needed to support a wireless communication infrastructure. Many restrictions and safeguards may be implemented within the phone and system in order to prevent improper use.

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


Inbound calls to intelligent controlled-environment facility resident media and/or communications devices
Patent No. 10205826 

Inventor(s): Alexander Noland (North Richland Hills, TX), Krishna Balantrapu (Irving, TX), Luke Keiser (Frisco, TX), Matthew Richard Smith (McKinney, TX), Russell Wayne Roberts (Colleyville, TX), Scott Passe (Forney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15708953 on 09/19/2017 (511 days app to issue)

Abstract: Inbound call processing systems and methods for processing inbound calls to controlled-environment facility resident media and/or communications devices employ an inbound resident call server configured to host inbound calling accounts established by non-residents, receive inbound calls from the non-residents, route the inbound calls to an authenticating server, confirm that the resident device is active, and connect the inbound resident call system with the resident device if active or inform the non-resident the resident is not available if not. The inbound resident call server also connects the non-resident inbound call with the resident device if the non-resident is associated with the inbound calling account, the inbound calling account is associated with an address identifier of the resident device and the resident”s personal identification number is associated with the address identifier of the resident device, all of which may be authenticated by the authenticating server.

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


Controlling a secure audio bridge during a payment transaction
Patent No. 10205827 

Inventor(s): Marcin Pycko (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): NOBLE SYSTEMS CORPORATION (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15606382 on 05/26/2017 (627 days app to issue)

Abstract: An architecture and process flow for a contact center that receives payments prevents the agent from hearing sensitive financial information during the payment transaction. During a call with a remote party, the agent determines an appropriate time to bridge on a bank card payment processing system to receive and process a payment. Audio of the call to the agent is then interrupted so as to avoid the agent hearing any sensitive financial information provided by the remote party. Various status indications may be displayed to the agent so that the agent is able to monitor the progression of the payment transaction without hearing the contents of the call. When the payment transaction has completed the agent audio to be restored and the display indications related to the payment transaction are removed.

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


Charging interface between SMF and charging server in next generation wireless networks
Patent No. 10205831 

Inventor(s): Imtiyaz Shaikh (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15824330 on 11/28/2017 (441 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system described herein may provide an interface between a Session Management Function (”SMF”) and a charging system in a wireless telecommunications system. The charging system may generate triggers which cause the SMF to monitor traffic associated with user equipment (”UE”) and alert the charging system when certain trigger conditions have been satisfied. The triggers may be modified during a communication session between the UE and the wireless telecommunications system. The triggers may be configured on a per-subscriber or a per-price plan level basis. The SMF may also cache a number of satisfied trigger conditions before notifying the charging system, which may result in an efficient use of networking and/or processing resources. The unification of ”offline” and ”online” charging events, by virtue of the interface, may also result in an efficient use of networking and/or processing resources.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Multi-level significance maps for encoding and decoding
Patent No. 10205945 

Inventor(s): Dake He (Waterloo, , CA), Nguyen Nguyen (Seattle, WA), Tianying Ji (Albany, CA)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Rowand LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15884535 on 01/31/2018 (377 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods of encoding and decoding for video data are described in which multi-level significance maps are used in the encoding and decoding processes. The significant-coefficient flags that form the significance map are grouped into contiguous groups, and a significant-coefficient-group flag signifies for each group whether that group contains no non-zero significant-coefficient flags. If there are no non-zero significant-coefficient flags in the group, then the significant-coefficient-group flag is set to zero. The set of significant-coefficient-group flags is encoded in the bitstream. Any significant-coefficient flags that fall within a group that has a significant-coefficient-group flag that is non-zero are encoded in the bitstream, whereas significant-coefficient flags that fall within a group that has a significant-coefficient-group flag that is zero are not encoded in the bitstream.

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


Context initialization based on slice header flag and slice type
Patent No. 10205948 

Inventor(s): Christopher Andrew Segall (Camas, WA), Kiran Misra (Vancouver, WA)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15285619 on 10/05/2016 (860 days app to issue)

Abstract: Technique for initialization of encoders and decoders. In some cases, the decoder receives a slice and identifies if the slice is either a forward predicted B-slice or a backward predicted B-slice, and not both a forward and backward predicted B-slice, and based upon this identification initializes, using a P-slice technique, a context associated with the slice.

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


Amplifier speaker drive current sense
Patent No. 10206037 

Inventor(s): Mohit Chawla (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15395106 on 12/30/2016 (774 days app to issue)

Abstract: A class-D amplifier includes measurement of speaker current via the low-side drive transistors of the amplifier. In one embodiment, a class-D amplifier includes two high-side transistors, two low-side transistors, a first sense resistor, a second sense resistor, and a sigma delta analog to digital converter ( ADC). The two high-side transistors and two low-side transistors are connected as a bridge to drive a bridge tied speaker. The first sense resistor is connected between a first of the low-side transistors and a low-side reference voltage. The second sense resistor is connected between a second of the low-side transistors and the low-side reference voltage. The ADC is coupled to the bridge to measure voltage across the first sense resistor and the second sense resistor.

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


System and method for detecting and locating contraband devices in a secure environment
Patent No. 10206064 

Inventor(s): Stephen L. Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): GLOBAL TEL*LINK CORP. (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15379064 on 12/14/2016 (790 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is a growing problem in correctional facilities in which contraband devices may be smuggled into a correctional facility. These devices are not subject to the typical monitoring and control provided by the inmate communication system provided by the correctional facility, and thus pose a significant security risk. The present disclosure provides details of a system and method that leverages the sanctioned mobile devices and the wireless infrastructure of the inmate communication system to scan for and triangulate the location of contraband devices. The mobile and wireless infrastructure devices scan for transmissions indicative of a contraband device and send alerts to each other and to a central monitoring system. The central monitoring system then leverages multiple alerts to determine a location of the contraband device using multiple triangulation techniques. The triangulation may also be performed by the mobile devices themselves.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for efficient and deterministic group alerting
Patent No. 10206088 

Inventor(s): Brian Claise (Cumming, GA), James M. Dabbs, III (Atlanta, GA)
Assignee(s): GROUPCHATTER, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16114009 on 08/27/2018 (169 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for reliable, wireless group messaging or alerting in a system having a database, switch, wireless network, and a plurality of intelligent mobile receivers. A message is broadcast to and received by a selected group of the mobile receivers. The network replies to the sender with detailed information about the individual members in the group. Each of the mobile receivers in the group can acknowledge the group message back to the system such as when the message is received, when the message is read, and a response when sent. The system employs centralized management to provide the sender with response information of the mobile receivers.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Managing devices with SGs interface in VLR
Patent No. 10206093 

Inventor(s): Pui-Sze Ho (Euless, TX), Zhigang Xu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET L M ERICSSON (PUBL) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15604176 on 05/24/2017 (629 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and a network node device for auditing a Visitor Location Register (VLR) to manage communication device retention. The method comprises, when the age of a communication device”s age in the VLR reaches or exceeds a first threshold, triggering a request to a Mobility Management Entity (MME) to notify the VLR of the communication device”s activity. The method further comprises receiving a notification from the MME indicating the communication device”s activity, and updating the communication device”s aging information based on the notification.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Antenna placement determination device
Patent No. 10206121 

Inventor(s): Kaushik D. Gohel (Southlake, TX), Phanishankar Chaganti (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Hartman Citrin LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15917975 on 03/12/2018 (337 days app to issue)

Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for an antenna placement determination device. An antenna placement determination device can include a signal sensor located at a first end of an extendible arm, a platform located proximate to a second end of the extendible arm, a drive system connected to the platform, and an actuator connected to the extendible arm. The actuator can be configured to extend and collapse the extendible arm. The signal sensor can be connected to the extendible arm by a joint, and a sensor actuator or sensor motor can rotate the signal sensor about the joint. The drive system can include a drive motor and a drive mechanism that is configured to transport the antenna placement determination device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Techniques for handout of an active session from a first network to a second network
Patent No. 10206146 

Inventor(s): Anuradha Sridhar (Plano, TX), Matthew Christopher Perry (Plano, TX), Shan Jen Chiou (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Sonus Networks, Inc. (Westford, MA)
Law Firm: Straub Straub (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15852851 on 12/22/2017 (417 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes establishing a first session (e.g., a Wi-Fi call) via a first connection to a first network, where the connection to the first network is provided by a first receiver of the mobile device, and monitoring a characteristic of the first connection to the first network. The method includes determining whether the characteristic satisfies a threshold. When the characteristic does not satisfy the threshold, the method includes activating a second receiver of the mobile device, establishing a second connection to a second network, and initiating a handover procedure to transfer the first session from the first network to the second network. The second connection to the second network is provided by the second receiver of the mobile device. As a result of the handover procedure, the first session may be merged with or transferred to a second session (e.g., a cellular call) provided via the second network.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Collaborative scheme for selection of optimal accesses and seamless transition between accesses
Patent No. 10206164 

Inventor(s): Khiem Le (Coppell, TX), Wing Fai Lo (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13822695 on 05/31/2011 (2814 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed for selecting an optimal access network in a wireless communications environment, such as when offloading mobile data traffic. In various embodiments disclosed herein, a contributing device comprises processing logic configured to generate set of communication environment identification data corresponding to the location of the communication device, to generate a set of observed AN availability and communication performance data corresponding to the location of the communication device and, and to transmit the set of communication environment identification data and the set of observed communication performance data to a server. In some embodiments, the contributing device is location-aware and in some embodiments, the contributing device is location-unaware.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Simultaneous transmission in multiple timing advance groups
Patent No. 10206181 

Inventor(s): Anthony Edet Ekpenyong (Houston, TX), Pierre Bertrand (Antibes, , FR), Ralf Matthias Bendlin (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13752863 on 01/29/2013 (2205 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for specifying UE power control allocation for simultaneous transmission of PRACH in a secondary serving cell and PUCCH/PUSCH/SRS in a different serving cell in another timing advance group are disclosed. Rules are provided for prioritizing transmission of PRACH and/or other UL channels/signals. Additionally, UE power allocation is controlled for misaligned subframes across different timing advance groups. Latency of UL synchronization for a secondary serving cell is reduced by prioritizing PRACH retransmission.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Device, network, and method for wideband long-term evolution (LTE) uplink transmission
Patent No. 10206211 

Inventor(s): Jialing Liu (Palatine, IL), Lukasz Krzymien (Rolling Meadows, IL), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL), Qian Cheng (Aurora, IL), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15165649 on 05/26/2016 (992 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for receiving wideband (WB) LTE uplink signals. A base station may signal a first frequency tone assignment to a first user equipment (UE), the first frequency tone assignment scheduling at least a first set of subcarriers allocated to the first UE, subcarriers in the first set of subcarriers being non-contiguous in the frequency domain. Subcarriers in the first set of subcarriers may be interleaved with subcarriers in a second set of subcarriers. The first UE may perform a first single carrier frequency division multiple access (SC-FDMA) uplink transmission over the first set of subcarriers. A second UE may perform a second SC-FDMA uplink transmission, the second SC-FDMA uplink transmission spanning the second set of subcarriers.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Providing a downlink control structure in a first carrier to indicate information in a second different carrier
Patent No. 10206213 

Inventor(s): Jun Li (Richardson, TX), Neng Wang (Plano, TX), Yi Song (Plano, TX), Yuqiang Tang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert Goetzel, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15874176 on 01/18/2018 (390 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile station receives a downlink control structure in a first carrier, where the downlink control structure indicates that control information for the mobile station is on a second, different carrier. The mobile station decodes the control information in the second carrier, where the control information specifies resource allocation of a wireless link for the mobile station. More specifically, according to some implementations, the control channel in the first carrier specifies the resource allocation for an extended control channel in the second carrier, where the extended control channel specifies the resource allocation for traffic data of a wireless link for the mobile station.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Coordination techniques for radio resource control state management in dual-connectivity architectures
Patent No. 10206226 

Inventor(s): Kathiravetpillai Sivanesan (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): INTEL CORPORATION (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14497010 on 09/25/2014 (1601 days app to issue)

Abstract: Coordination techniques for radio resource control state management in dual-connectivity architectures are described. In one embodiment, for example, a master evolved node B (MeNB) may comprise logic, at least a portion of which is in hardware, the logic to send an inactivity notification message to indicate an expiration of an RRC_Inactivity_Timer for a dually-connected user equipment (UE), receive a state decision message in response to the inactivity notification message, and determine whether to transition the dually-connected UE to an RRC_Idle state based on the state decision message. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Closed loop temperature controlled circuit to improve device stability
Patent No. 10206247 

Inventor(s): Fuchao Wang (Plano, TX), Olivier Le Neel (Singapore, , SG), Ravi Shankar (Singapore, , SG)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS ASIA PACIFIC PTE LTD (Singapore, , SG), STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14856473 on 09/16/2015 (1245 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit is provided having an active circuit. A heating element is adjacent to the active circuit and configured to heat the active circuit. A temperature sensor is also adjacent to the active circuit and configured to measure a temperature of the active circuit. A temperature controller is coupled to the active circuit and configured to receive a temperature signal from the temperature sensor. The temperature controller operates the heating element to heat the active circuit to maintain the temperature of the active circuit in a selected temperature range.

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


Charge capacitor circuit card assembly
Patent No. 10206294 

Inventor(s): David Nail (Flower Mound, TX), Joel B. Gorman (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): L3 Technologies Inc. (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Egan Peterman Enders Huston (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15449247 on 03/03/2017 (711 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic apparatus comprising: 1) a first circuit board; 2) a second circuit board substantially parallel to the first circuit board; and 3) an electrical assembly coupled between the first and second boards. The electrical assembly comprises: i) a housing; ii) a plurality of pogo pin connectors disposed within and projecting from the housing and configured to make electrical contact with the first and second circuit boards; and iii) a plurality of capacitors disposed within the housing and configured to form electrical connections with selected ones of the plurality of pogo pin connectors.

[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)


Electronics assemblies incorporating three-dimensional heat flow structures
Patent No. 10206310 

Inventor(s): Ercan Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Feng Zhou (South Lyon, MI), Hiroshi Ukegawa (Northville, MI), Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI), Yanghe Liu (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15481821 on 04/07/2017 (676 days app to issue)

Abstract: Electronics assemblies incorporating three-dimensional heat flow structures are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, an electronics assembly includes a substrate having a surface defining a plane, a heat generating component coupled to the surface of the substrate, a cooling device positioned outside of the plane defined by the surface of the substrate, and a three-dimensional heat flow structure. The three-dimensional heat flow structure includes a first portion thermally coupled to the heat generating component and a second portion extending from the first portion. At least a portion of the first portion is parallel to the plane defined by the substrate. The second portion is transverse to the plane defined by the surface of the substrate. The second portion is thermally coupled to the cooling device such that the three-dimensional heat flow structure thermally couples the heat generating component to the cooling device.

[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)


DESIGN PATENTS

Ring
Patent No. D840261 

Inventor(s): LoriAnn Vaughan Biggers (Southlake, TX), Rotem Fartook (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BELLA VAUGHAN, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Beusse Wolter Sanks Maire, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29611728 on 07/25/2017 (567 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Container bracket
Patent No. D840281 

Inventor(s): Craig A. Smith (Argyle, TX), Sean Brennan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Apex Coolers, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Bell Nunnally Martin LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29605327 on 05/25/2017 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Multipurpose support device
Patent No. D840407 

Inventor(s): Eric C. Luo (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29594265 on 02/16/2017 (726 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Tire for a model vehicle
Patent No. D840478 

Inventor(s): Jonathan Scott Wood (Lewisville, TX), Jory Sprowl (Wolfe City, TX), Kent Poteet (Lucas, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29592271 on 01/27/2017 (746 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Hosel for golf club
Patent No. D840483 

Inventor(s): Joshua M. Boggs (Aledo, TX)
Assignee(s): Golf Tailor, LLC (Edmond, OK)
Law Firm: Caesar Rivise, PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29619817 on 10/02/2017 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Valve member
Patent No. D840504 

Inventor(s): Charles Hensley (Burleson, TX), Jacob A. Bayyouk (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): S.P.M. FLOW CONTROL, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29616080 on 09/01/2017 (529 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Training tool
Patent No. D840612 

Inventor(s): Jack Renforth (Azle, TX), Nicholas Baker (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): ANIMAL EXPERT, LLC (Agoura Hills, CA)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29597760 on 03/20/2017 (694 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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