Dallas Invents: 104 Patents Granted for Week of Aug. 28

Patents granted include Toyota’s vision assist systems, iWear Holdings’ methods for sending messages wirelessly from a garment, Galderma’s acne treatments, and Capital One’s placement of augmented reality objects.

A diagram from Capital One Services’ Patent No. 10062177 for the placement of augmented reality objects using a guide marker. [Illustration: Patent No. 10062177, Fig 1A, USPTO]

Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include assigned patents granted to local entities or those with a North Texas inventor. As of June 12, 2018, unassigned patents with a local inventor are included. 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 Aug. 28, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

104 patents granted    Ranked No. 10 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano) 10
STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell) 5
Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas) 4
FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano) 4
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 3
Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas) 3
CPG Technologies, Inc. (Italy) 2

UNASSIGNED 5


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Alexander Noland (North Richland Hills) 3
Krishna Balantrapu (Irving) 3
Luke Keiser (Frisco) 3
Scott Passe (Forney) 3
Kallol Mazumder (Plano) 2


FIRST SEEN (THIS WEEK)
Includes examples of companies that may be originating a patent in the region for the first time  

Gramercy Extremity Orthopedics, Patent No. 10058362: Orthopedic bone fixation assembly
Health Watch, Patent No. 10058252: Monitoring device with a pedometer
iWear Holdings, Patent No. 10058133: Sending messages wirelessly from a garment


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

103 days
Placement of augmented reality objects using a guide marker
Inventors: Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney), Jason Hoover (Grapevine), Micah Price (Anna), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton), Sunil Vasisht (Flower Mound)
Assignee: Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Patent No. 10062177

4,159 days
Facilitating the negotiation of standards for inter-enterprise collaboration between trading partners
Inventor: Ramsyam Missula (Irving), Ranjit N. Notani (Southlake)
Assignee: JDA Software Group, Inc. (Scottsdale, AZ)
Patent No. 10062041


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Oxygen reduction disposable kits, devices and methods of use thereof
Patent No. 10058091 

Inventor(s): Narendran Renganathan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): New Health Sciences, Inc. (Lexington, MA)
Law Firm: Arnold Porter Kaye Scholer LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15459813 on 03/15/2017 (531 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to Oxygen Reduction Disposable kits (ORDKit), devices and methods for the improved preservation of whole blood and blood components. The improved devices and methods for the collection of blood and blood components provide for whole blood and blood components having reduced levels of oxygen. The devices and methods provide for the rapid preparation of deoxygenated blood and blood components for storage that improves the overall quality of the transfused blood and improves health outcomes in patients.

[A61J] CONTAINERS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR MEDICAL OR PHARMACEUTICAL PURPOSES; DEVICES OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR BRINGING PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS INTO PARTICULAR PHYSICAL OR ADMINISTERING FORMS; DEVICES FOR ADMINISTERING FOOD OR MEDICINES ORALLY; BABY COMFORTERS; DEVICES FOR RECEIVING SPITTLE


Back support system
Patent No. 10058184 

Inventor(s): Jacob Philemon (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15265961 on 09/15/2016 (712 days app to issue)

Abstract: A chair back support cushioning system includes a cushioned body forming an inner cavity configured to rest on a back of a chair and secure thereto via a strap; an upper horizontal head support having a cylindrical body and composed of a semi-rigid material; a lateral support having a cylindrical body and forming a U-shape around an inner area; a first horizontal support having a cylindrical body and positioned within the inner area of the lateral support; a second horizontal support having a cylindrical body and positioned within the inner area of the lateral support, the second horizontal support being spaced apart from the first horizontal support; a first lateral outward notch configured to peripherally surround the lateral support and adapted to secure the lateral support to the head support; a second lateral outward notch configured to peripherally surround the first horizontal support; and a third lateral outward notch configured to peripherally surround the second horizontal support.

[A47C] CHAIRS (seats specially adapted for vehicles B60N 2/00); SOFAS; BEDS (upholstery in general B68G)


Air-foam mattress component
Patent No. 10058190 

Inventor(s): Gary M. Wahrmund (Fort Worth)
Assignee(s): Jiajing USA, Inc. (Richmond, BC, CA)
Law Firm: Wick Phillips Gould Martin, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14097604 on 12/05/2013 (1727 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed embodiments may relate to mattresses and/or mattress components having one or more foam-filled air chambers within an air impermeable cover. Typically, the foam core within an air chamber would comprise open cell foam, but the air chamber would not be self-inflating. Rather, a pump might be used to adjust the firmness and/or comfort of the mattress, inflating and deflating the air chamber according to user’s preference. Embodiments might also fuse or bond at least the top surface of the impermeable cover to the foam core(s).

[A47C] CHAIRS (seats specially adapted for vehicles B60N 2/00); SOFAS; BEDS (upholstery in general B68G)


Monitoring device with a pedometer
Patent No. 10058252 

Inventor(s): Donald Brady (Las Vegas, NV), Mark Hunt (San Diego, CA), Nikolai Rulkov (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Health Watch, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15817201 on 11/18/2017 (283 days app to issue)

Abstract: A monitoring device with a pedometer function preferably comprises an article, an optical sensor, an accelerometer and processor. The optical sensor preferably comprises a photodetector and a plurality of light emitting diodes. A sensor signal from the optical sensor is processed with a filtered accelerometer output signal from the accelerometer to generate a pedometer function.

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


Rod reduction tool and method to assist in the passage of a connecting rod between pedicle screws
Patent No. 10058361 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Scott Smith (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Workman Nydegger (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15286937 on 10/06/2016 (691 days app to issue)

Abstract: Rod delivery tools, methods for delivering a connecting rod of a pedicle screw system into seating slots of at least first and second long arm screw towers of a pedicle screw system, and a rod reduction tool and related methods for urging a distal leading end of a connecting rod and an opening of a long arm screw tower into alignment with one another, where the two are initially misaligned.

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


Orthopedic bone fixation assembly
Patent No. 10058362 

Inventor(s): Paul Vasta (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Gramercy Extremity Orthopedics LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Panitch Schwarze Belisario Nadel LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15160604 on 05/20/2016 (830 days app to issue)

Abstract: An orthopedic fixation assembly for connecting to a bone includes a fixation plate having a hole, an insert securable to the hole and a screw securable to the insert. The fixation plate includes a shoulder recessed from its upper surface and an aperture. The insert includes a base portion and a flange extending laterally from an upper end of the base portion. The insert defines an insert central axis extending in a direction generally perpendicular to the flange. The screw has a screw head and the base portion has an insert hole with machined internal threads for engaging the screw. The insert hole defines an insert hole central axis extending in a direction at an offset angle relative to the insert central axis. The aperture of the fixation plate is dimensioned to receive the base portion of the insert and the recessed shoulder is dimensioned to receive the flange.

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


Methods of treating acne
Patent No. 10058564 

Inventor(s): Robert A. Ashley (Newtown, PA)
Assignee(s): Galderma Laboratories Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15004619 on 01/22/2016 (949 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of treating acne in a human in need thereof comprising administering systemically to said human a tetracycline compound in an amount that is effective to treat acne but has substantially no antibiotic activity, without administering a bisphosphonate compound.

[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)


Methods of treating gastroesophageal reflux disease using an implanted device
Patent No. 10058703 

Inventor(s): Shai Policker (Tenafly, NJ), Virender K. Sharma (Paradise Valley, AZ)
Assignee(s): EndoStim, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Novel IP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15170462 on 06/01/2016 (818 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) includes minimally invasively implanting a stimulating device in a patient”s esophagus in the region proximate the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The patient is provided with a questionnaire related to his disease via an online service. The questionnaire is accessed on a mobile device, such as a cell phone, or on a computer with network access. The data from the sensors and the answers from the questionnaire are analyzed together by a health care provider using the online service. The data and answers are used to program the stimulating device, via the mobile device or computer, to optimize treatment.

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


Golf club
Patent No. 10058747 

Inventor(s): John Kendall (Wylie, TX), Justin Honea (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC (Carlsbad, CA)
Law Firm: Dawsey Co., LPA (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15632417 on 06/26/2017 (428 days app to issue)

Abstract: A golf club having unique mass properties and all the benefits afforded therefrom.

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


Non-collision football and data tracking system
Patent No. 10058761 

Inventor(s): Kevin Wayne Tito Thompson (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Cummings Law, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15205000 on 07/08/2016 (781 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention provides a system for playing a non-collision sport. The system comprises one or more hand devices, a jersey, shoulder pads optionally, and data collection and transfer devices. A server is part of the system and has at least one algorithm that manipulates and interprets the collected data. A data management system is connected in real-time to monitor play of the game and record and analyze player progress during game play.

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


Professional sports prospect mock draft challenge game
Patent No. 10058785 

Inventor(s): Tobi Padwick (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15138994 on 04/26/2016 (854 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fantasy sports mock draft online game portal includes a database coupled to a global computer network and configured to store data associated with game participants, sports teams of at least one sports league, and draft prospects for the sports teams; a webserver accessible via the Internet and in communication with the database, the webserver storing a plurality of web pages, including one depicting a mock draft bracket web page listing the sports teams and corresponding needs of each sports team, the webserver configured to receive game participant draft pick entries specifying draft prospects for the plurality of sports teams and a certain draft order, and storing the drafts pick entries and draft order in the at least one database; and the webserver being further configured to compute a score for each of the game participants based on the draft pick entries in response to a novel scoring methodology.

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


Truck bed fishing rod carrier system
Patent No. 10058085 

Inventor(s): Ryan C. Harris (Saline, MI), Scott L. Frederick (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: 15262411 on 09/12/2016 (715 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein is a fishing rod carrier. The fishing rod carrier may comprise a front holder portion. The front holder portion may comprise a foam body surrounding an opening for receiving a tip end of a fishing rod and a first connector assembly proximate to the foam body. The fishing rod carrier may comprise a rear holder portion. The rear holder portion may comprise a semi-cylindrical body for receiving a handle end of the fishing rod and a second connector assembly proximate to the semi-cylindrical body. The fishing rod carrier may comprise a first rail configured to receive one or more of the first connector and the second connector.

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


 

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

Methods and apparatus to mitigate bubble formation in a liquid
Patent No. 10058866 

Inventor(s): Bradley Weston (Frisco, TX), Brian Ochranek (Southlake, TX), Cheryl L. Davidson (Southlake, TX), Robert Paul Luoma, II (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13801451 on 03/13/2013 (1994 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus to mitigate bubble formation in a liquid are disclosed. An example apparatus disclosed herein includes a bottom wall, a first baffle cantilevered from the bottom wall, and a second baffle cantilevered from the bottom wall. The first baffle is spaced apart from the second baffle, and the first baffle and the second baffle are positioned radially relative to an axis of rotation of the apparatus.

[B01L] CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL LABORATORY APPARATUS FOR GENERAL USE (apparatus for medical or pharmaceutical purposes A61; apparatus for industrial purposes or laboratory apparatus whose construction and performance are comparable to that of similar industrial apparatus, see the relevant classes for industrial apparatus, particularly subclasses of B01 and C12; separating or distilling apparatus B01D; mixing or stirring devices B01F; atomisers B05B; sieves B07B; corks, bungs B65D; handling liquids in general B67; vacuum pumps F04; siphons F04F 10/00; taps, stop-cocks F16K; tubes, tube joints F16L; apparatus specially adapted for investigating or analysing materials G01, particularly G01N; electrical or optical apparatus, see the relevant classes in sections G and H)


High speed granule delivery system and method
Patent No. 10058888 

Inventor(s): James A. Svec (Kearny, NJ)
Assignee(s): Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14857541 on 09/17/2015 (1076 days app to issue)

Abstract: A high speed granule delivery system and method is disclosed for dispensing granules in intermittent patterns onto a moving asphalt coated strip in the manufacture of roofing shingles. The system includes a granule hopper and a rotationally indexable pocket wheel in the bottom of the hopper. A series of pockets are formed in the circumference of the wheel and the pockets are separated by raised lands. A seal on the bottom of the hopper seals against the raised lands as the wheel is indexed. In use, the pockets of the pocket wheel drive through and are filled with granules in the bottom of the hopper. As each pocket is indexed beyond the seal, it is exposed to the moving asphalt coated strip below and its granules fall onto the strip to be embedded in the hot tacky asphalt. The speed at which the wheel is indexed is coordinated with the speed of the asphalt coated strip so that granules and strip are moving at about the same forward speed or at a preselected ratio of speeds when the granules fall onto the strip. Well defined patterns of granules are possible at high production rates.

[B05C] APPARATUS FOR APPLYING LIQUIDS OR OTHER FLUENT MATERIALS TO SURFACES, IN GENERAL (spraying apparatus, atomising apparatus, nozzles B05B; plant for applying liquids or other fluent materials to objects by electrostatic spraying B05B 5/08) [2]


Alloy formation control of transient liquid phase bonding
Patent No. 10058951 

Inventor(s): Koji Shiozaki (Ann Arbor, MI), Sang Won Yoon (Ann Arbor, 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: 13448632 on 04/17/2012 (2324 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bonding structure enabling fast and reliable methods to fabricate a substantially homogeneous bondline with reduced dependency of a thickness limitation is disclosed. Also, this system creates a bondline targeted for performance in power electronics. This system is highly adaptable as various structures and fabrication options may be implemented. This enables diverse fabrication selection and creates less dependency on outside conditions. The disclosed system is at least applicable to wafer-to-wafer, die-to-wafer, die-to-substrate, or die-to-die bonding.

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


Method and apparatus for dry cast facing concrete deposition
Patent No. 10059043 

Inventor(s): William H. Karau (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): PAVESTONE, LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15645715 on 07/10/2017 (414 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method for manufacturing masonry blocks using a face mix shuttle comprising an angled shovel for depositing a controllable amount of face mix onto a surface of a masonry block.

[B29C] SHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF MATERIAL IN A PLASTIC STATE, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; AFTER-TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING (making preforms B29B 11/00; making laminated products by combining previously unconnected layers which become one product whose layers will remain together B32B 37/00-B32B 41/00) [4]


Fiber orientation to allow for automated ply placement with composite rotor yokes
Patent No. 10059064 

Inventor(s): Frank Bradley Stamps (Colleyville, TX), James L. Braswell, Jr. (Colleyville, TX), John R. McCullough (Weatherford, TX), Patrick Ryan Tisdale (Keller, TX), Paul K. Oldroyd (Azle, TX), Robert Wardlaw (Keller, TX), Ronald J.
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Forth Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15625598 on 06/16/2017 (438 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprising a soft in plane rotor yoke comprising two longitudinal side portions connected together via two outboard portions, wherein the outboard portions comprise a plurality of first layers formed of a first composite fabric material having a plurality of first fibers oriented in a first direction, and a plurality of second layers formed of a second composite fabric material having a plurality of second fibers oriented in a second direction. Included is an apparatus comprising a soft in plane rotor comprising two longitudinal side portions connected together via two outboard portions, wherein the outboard portions comprise a plurality of first layers formed of a first composite fabric material, and a plurality of second layers formed of a second composite fabric material, wherein the soft in plane rotor yoke does not comprise any narrow steered slit tape or filament windings.

[B29C] SHAPING OR JOINING OF PLASTICS; SHAPING OF MATERIAL IN A PLASTIC STATE, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; AFTER-TREATMENT OF THE SHAPED PRODUCTS, e.g. REPAIRING (making preforms B29B 11/00; making laminated products by combining previously unconnected layers which become one product whose layers will remain together B32B 37/00-B32B 41/00) [4]


Vehicle seat armrest with retractable arm support portion
Patent No. 10059237 

Inventor(s): Christopher M. Vargo (Plymouth, MI), John J. Salvia, III (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: 15336869 on 10/28/2016 (669 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat base and a seatbelt buckle coupled to the seat base. An armrest is coupled to the seat base. The armrest includes a retractable arm support portion movable to positions between, and including, a retracted position and a fully extended position. The armrest is structured and coupled to the seat base such that, when the buckle is at a maximum forward position of the buckle and the retractable arm support portion is in the retracted position, a first plane extending perpendicular to a fore-aft axis of the seat and through a forward-most portion of the buckle is rearwardly spaced apart from a second plane extending parallel to the first plane and through a rear-most portion of the retractable arm support portion.

[B60N] VEHICLE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATION NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (furniture construction A47)


Device and/or system deactivation for energy efficiency improvements in vehicle
Patent No. 10059285 

Inventor(s): Christopher T. Tarte (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: 15194749 on 06/28/2016 (791 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing system for a vehicle is provided. The computing system includes one or more processors for controlling operation of the computing system, and a memory for storing data and program instructions usable by the one or more processors. The processors are configured to execute instructions stored in the memory to determine if a vehicle fuel level or battery power level is below a predetermined threshold. If the vehicle fuel level or battery power level is below the threshold, it is determined if at least one energy conservation measure has been pre-selected by a user. If at least one energy conservation measure has been pre-selected by a user, it is determined whether or not a user approves implementation of the at least one energy conservation measure. If a user approves implementation of the at least one energy conservation measure, the at least one energy conservation measure is implemented.

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


System and method for enhanced comfort prediction
Patent No. 10059287 

Inventor(s): Mohammad E. Dufford (Los Angeles, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15046310 on 02/17/2016 (923 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for enhanced comfort prediction. A system includes one or more external databases connected through a network to a vehicle. The vehicle includes a navigation unit for obtaining navigational map information, one or more sensors that monitor an environment of the vehicle, a memory to store a route history, a plurality of comfort adjustable vehicle components and an electronic control unit (ECU) that is coupled to at least the navigation unit, the one or more sensors, and the plurality of comfort adjustable vehicle component. The ECU may determine a predicted route set and one or more predicted ride interruption event based on the navigational map information, vehicle information and a route history. The ECU may detect a ride interruption event and send a first signal to the first comfort adjustable vehicle component to have the first comfort adjustable vehicle component operate in an enhanced comfort mode.

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


Drafting detection and vehicle operation optimization system
Patent No. 10059330 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey D. Gaither (Brighton, MI), Takanori Aoki (Ann Arbor, 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: 15273571 on 09/22/2016 (705 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for improving performance or efficiency of operation of a vehicle. The system includes a sensor configured to detect current vehicle speed data and current vehicle slope data. The system includes a pedal control unit configured to detect current pedal position data. The system includes an electronic control unit (ECU) configured to determine expected driving power demand based on current vehicle speed data and vehicle slope data. The ECU is configured to determine detected driving power demand based on current pedal position data. The ECU is configured to detect a drafting condition when the expected driving power demand exceeds the detected driving power demand. The ECU is configured to adjust, when the drafting condition is detected, at least one of a chassis control setting, an engine control setting, a transmission control setting, or a hybrid control setting to improve performance or efficiency of operation of the vehicle.

[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]


Inflight connection of aircraft
Patent No. 10059428 

Inventor(s): Daniel Bryan Robertson (Fort Worth, TX), Frank Bradley Stamps (Fort Worth, TX), Kirk Landon Groninga (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15233927 on 08/10/2016 (748 days app to issue)

Abstract: An inflight connection system for aircraft having at least one wing with a wingtip includes, for each aircraft, a primary connector selectively extendable from the wingtip, an alignment connector selectively extendable from the wingtip and a male and female connector assembly disposed proximate the wingtip. The primary connectors extend a greater distance from the wingtips than the alignment connectors such that the primary connectors form a first connection between the aircraft when the aircraft are flying in a connection pattern. Thereafter, retraction of the primary connectors reduces wingtip separation of the aircraft such that the alignment connectors form a second connection between the aircraft establishing coarse alignment therebetween. Thereafter, retraction of the primary and alignment connectors further reduces wingtip separation of the aircraft such that the male and female connector assemblies form a third connection between the aircraft establishing fine alignment therebetween.

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


Pilot assistance system
Patent No. 10059439 

Inventor(s): Brandon J. Thomas (Crowley, TX), Joseph M. Schaeffer (Cedar Hill, TX), Luke D. Gillett (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14800346 on 07/15/2015 (1140 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one embodiment, a pilot assistance system includes a trim assembly and a trim assembly control system. The trim assembly is operable to communicate with a pilot control device and operable to apply a force against the pilot control device in resistance of a command received from a pilot via the pilot control device. The trim assembly control system is in communication with the trim assembly, configured to identify a first pilot control device position relative to a reference pilot control device position, and configured to instruct the trim assembly to apply a cueing force against the pilot control device if the pilot control device is positioned proximate to the first pilot control device position.

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


Automatic tire loader/unloader for stacking/unstacking tires in a trailer
Patent No. 10059537 

Inventor(s): Tim Criswell (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Daifuku Co., Ltd. (, , JP), Wynright Corporation (Elk Grove, IL)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15850887 on 12/21/2017 (250 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automatic tire loader/unloader for stacking/unstacking tires in a trailer is disclosed. In one embodiment, a mobile base structure provides a support framework for a drive subassembly, conveyance subassembly, an industrial robot, a distance measurement subassembly, and a control subassembly. Under the operation of the control subassembly, tires advance through a powered transportation path to an industrial robot which places the tires within the trailer in a vertical stacking pattern or a rick-stacking pattern, for example. The control subassembly coordinates the selective articulated movement of the industrial robot and the activation of the drive subassembly based upon the distance measurement subassembly detecting objects, including tires, within a detection space, dimensions of the trailer provided to the control subassembly, and dimensions of the tires provided to the control subassembly.

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


 

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

Method of manufacturing polystyrene foam with polymer processing additives
Patent No. 10059822 

Inventor(s): Roland R. Loh (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC (Toledo, OH)
Law Firm: Calfee, Halter Griswold LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14200135 on 03/07/2014 (1635 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a method for making polystyrene foam which utilizes one or more atmospheric gases, particularly CO[subscript]2[/subscript], as the blowing agent in combination with a polymer processing aid (PPA), typically an ester that is relatively non-volatile at the extrusion temperature range. The blowing agent and the PPA may both be introduced into the molten thermoplastic polystyrene resin or the PPA may be incorporated in the solid source polystyrene resins. The resulting foam will be substantially free of residual blowing agent and dimensionally stable at ambient temperatures.

[C08J] WORKING-UP; GENERAL PROCESSES OF COMPOUNDING; AFTER-TREATMENT NOT COVERED BY SUBCLASSES C08B, C08C, C08F, C08G or C08H (working, e.g. shaping, of plastics B29) [2]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Shingle with film covered surfaces
Patent No. 10060132 

Inventor(s): Margie A. Beerer (Ennis, TX), Matti Kiik (Richardson, TX), Steven D. Kerr (Atlanta, GA), Sudhir Railkar (Wayne, NJ)
Assignee(s): Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15047010 on 02/18/2016 (922 days app to issue)

Abstract: An asphalt-based shingle is formed with a substrate saturated with asphalt, an asphalt coating on the saturated substrate, and a top film bonded to the surface of the asphalt coating covering at least a portion of the shingle to be exposed when installed. The top film may be configured to mimic the appearance of traditional clay granules on the shingle or another shingle surface. More specifically, the top film is printed or coated with an image that mimics the appearance of a clay granule bed and is embossed, pressed, or molded to mimic the texture of a clay granule bed. The top film is UV resistant to protect the asphalt below from deterioration. An anti-stick film may be bonded to the back of the shingle to prevent shingles from sticking together when stacked into a bundle. A method of fabricating the shingle may include applying pre-fabricated film to the shingle substrate during shingle manufacturing or extruding a polymer film onto the substrate and subsequently printing and embossing the film during shingle manufacturing.

[E04D] ROOF COVERINGS; SKY-LIGHTS; GUTTERS; ROOF-WORKING TOOLS (coverings of outer walls by plaster or other porous material E04F 13/00)


Multiple speed profiles in barrier operator systems
Patent No. 10060173 

Inventor(s): Leroy G. Krupke (Carrollton, TX), Mark Kenneth Siegesmund (Brookfield, WI), Mark Raymond Wilzbach (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Overhead Door Corporation (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13477620 on 05/22/2012 (2289 days app to issue)

Abstract: Barrier operator systems and methods of operation include a mechanical drive subsystem with a segmented and self-locking rail unit, rail mounting supports, belt and chain drive tensioning, and drive assembly carriage and interface; electronics and software routines for controlling operation of the various barrier operator functions; wall console communicating with the barrier operator; encryption and decryption of access codes; establishment and monitoring of travel limits and barrier speed and force profiles; thermal protection of barrier operator drive motors; and establishment and control of wireless communications from the barrier operator to accessories.

[E05F] DEVICES FOR MOVING WINGS INTO OPEN OR CLOSED POSITION; CHECKS FOR WINGS; WING FITTINGS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR, CONCERNED WITH THE FUNCTIONING OF THE WING


Methods of coupling a downhole control line connector
Patent No. 10060196 

Inventor(s): William Mark Richards (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McDermott Will Emery LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14440497 on 06/30/2014 (1520 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods of coupling a control line including axially aligning a first connector with a second connector, the first connector having a first housing and a pin connector, and the second connector having a second housing and a box connector. And angularly rotating one or both of the first and second connectors with respect to each other and thereby angularly aligning a pin mating face provided on the pin connector with a box mating face provided on the box connector, mating the pin connector to the box connector by further angularly rotating one or both of the first and second connectors. And communicably coupling one or more first communication media in the pin connector with one or more second communication media in the box connector.

[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]


Lattice seal packer assembly and other downhole tools
Patent No. 10060217 

Inventor(s): John Charles Gano (Carrollton, TX), Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Thomas Jules Frosell (Irving, TX), Xiaoguang Allan Zhong (Plano, TX), Zachary Ryan Murphree (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15537062 on 02/17/2015 (1288 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole tool includes an elongated base pipe and a expandable element disposed on the base pipe and radially expandable from a first configuration to a second configuration. The expandable element includes a first lattice structure that includes a first plurality of connecting members; a second plurality of connecting members movable relative to the first plurality of connecting members to allow the expandable element to radially expand from the first configuration to the second configuration; and a plurality of cells, each of the cells being defined between at least two connecting members. Each of the connecting members from the at least two connecting members is from the first plurality of connecting members or from the second plurality of connecting members. In one or more exemplary embodiments, the first lattice structure is at least partially manufactured using an additive manufacturing process.

[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]


Differential pressure switch operated downhole fluid flow control system
Patent No. 10060221 

Inventor(s): Liang Zhao (Allen, TX), Xinqi Rong (Karamay, , CN)
Assignee(s): Floway, Inc. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15855747 on 12/27/2017 (244 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole fluid flow control system includes a fluid control module having an upstream side, a downstream side and a main fluid pathway in parallel with a secondary fluid pathway each extending between the upstream and downstream sides. A valve element disposed within the main fluid pathway has open and closed positions. A viscosity discriminator including a viscosity sensitive channel forms at least a portion of the secondary fluid pathway. A differential pressure switch operable to open and close the valve element includes a first pressure signal from the upstream side, a second pressure signal from the downstream side and a third pressure signal from the secondary fluid pathway. The magnitude of the third signal is dependent upon the viscosity of the fluid flowing through the secondary fluid pathway such that the viscosity of the fluid operates the differential pressure switch, thereby controlling fluid flow through the main fluid pathway.

[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]


Plunger lift systems and methods
Patent No. 10060235 

Inventor(s): James A. Keeton (Fort Worth, TX), Joseph R. Damiano (Aledo, TX)
Assignee(s): EOG RESOURCES, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15245567 on 08/24/2016 (734 days app to issue)

Abstract: A plunger piston assembly for a plunger lift system used to remove fluids from a subterranean wellbore includes a sealing sleeve having a central axis, an upper end, a lower end, and a throughbore extending axially from the upper end of the sealing sleeve to the lower end of the sealing sleeve. The throughbore of the sealing sleeve defines a receptacle extending axially from the lower end of the sealing sleeve. In addition, the plunger piston assembly includes an intermediate sleeve having a central axis, an upper end, a lower end, and a throughbore extending axially from the upper end of the intermediate sleeve to the lower end of the intermediate sleeve. The throughbore of the intermediate sleeve defines a receptacle extending axially from the lower end of the intermediate sleeve. The upper end of the intermediate sleeve is configured to be removably seated in the receptacle of the sealing sleeve. Further, the plunger piston assembly includes a plug configured to be removably seated in the in the receptacle of the intermediate sleeve.

[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

 

Sensing system and method
Patent No. 10060872 

Inventor(s): Najeeb Kuzhiyil (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (Schenectady, NY)
Law Firm: GE Global Patent Operation (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15431382 on 02/13/2017 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes an impedance gas sensor configured to be in contact with one or more hydrocarbons. The impedance sensor includes electrodes and a sensing region circuit that is configured to have a sensing material and to generate electrical stimuli to the sensing material upon exposure to one or more hydrocarbons at one or more of a reduced heater voltage or a reduced sensing region temperature as compared to a prescribed heater voltage or a prescribed sensing region temperature. The system also includes one or more processors configured to receive electrical signals from the sensor, where the electrical signals are representative of impedance responses of the sensing material to one or more hydrocarbons. The one or more processors also are configured to analyze the impedance responses and determine an amount of at least one hydrocarbon of interest in the one or more hydrocarbons.

[F02D] CONTROLLING COMBUSTION ENGINES (vehicle fittings, acting on a single sub-unit only, for automatically controlling vehicle speed B60K 31/00; conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function, road vehicle drive control systems for purposes other than the control of a single sub-unit B60W; cyclically operating valves for combustion engines F01L; controlling combustion engine lubrication F01M; cooling internal-combustion engines F01P; supplying combustion engines with combustible mixtures or constituents thereof, e.g. carburettors, injection pumps, F02M; starting of combustion engines F02N; controlling of ignition F02P; controlling gas-turbine plants, jet-propulsion plants, or combustion-product engine plants, see the relevant subclasses for these plants) [2006.01]


Power and data communication arrangement between panels
Patent No. 10061553 

Inventor(s): William Y. Hall (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ULTRAVISION TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15331681 on 10/21/2016 (676 days app to issue)

Abstract: A display includes two hundred and eighty-six panel displays arranged in rows and columns. The panel displays have a set of main panels and a set of slave panels, and include bi-directional input/output connection point for data communications between the main panel and the slave panel. The rows are divided into a top section and a bottom section, with the top section having seven rows and the bottom section having six rows. A fourth row of the top section and a fourth row of the bottom section have panels from the set of main panels, and the other rows in the top section and the bottom section have panels from the set of slave panels. The fourth row of the top section and the fourth row of the bottom section are coupled to a data line. Each row is coupled to a power supply through a corresponding breaker.

[F21S] NON-PORTABLE LIGHTING DEVICES; SYSTEMS THEREOF [7]


 

P H Y S I C S

Control policy learning and vehicle control method based on reinforcement learning without active exploration
Patent No. 10061316 

Inventor(s): Tomoki Nishi (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: 15594020 on 05/12/2017 (473 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method is provided for autonomously controlling a vehicle to perform a vehicle operation. The method includes steps of applying a passive actor-critic reinforcement learning method to passively-collected data relating to the vehicle operation, to learn a control policy configured for controlling the vehicle so as to perform the vehicle operation with a minimum expected cumulative cost; and controlling the vehicle in accordance with the control policy to perform the vehicle operation.

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


HVAC system having a diagnostics controller associated therewith
Patent No. 10061330 

Inventor(s): Herman M. Thomas (Richardson, TX), Jonathan Douglas (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13919590 on 06/17/2013 (1898 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one aspect, the present disclosure provides a controller for a HVAC system having an economizer with a damper and pressure sensors on opposing sides of the economizer. The controller comprise a diagnostics controller having a program configured to use pressure difference sensor data to determine if a pressure difference across the economizer is outside an operational design parameter of the HVAC system, and generate an error signal when the pressure difference is outside the operational design parameter.

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


System and method for adjusting device performance based on sensed host current sourcing capability
Patent No. 10061378 

Inventor(s): Ankur Agrawal (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15223773 on 07/29/2016 (760 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for an electronic device, such as a non-volatile memory associated with a host, to determine a current sourcing capability of the host and to adjust performance characteristics of the electronic device based on the determined current sourcing capability. The system may include an input current source testing circuit, device function circuitry and a controller configured to determine a current sourcing capability of a host with the input current source testing circuit, select a device performance parameter associated with the determined current sourcing capability and operate the device function circuitry according to the device performance parameter until detecting a power-off event. The method may include the electronic device reducing a resistance presented to the host to a plurality of predetermined resistance levels to determine the current sourcing capability of the host and utilizing the results of the determination to select associated device performance parameters.

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


Method and apparatus for providing user interfaces
Patent No. 10061387 

Inventor(s): Kenneth McClure (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13077281 on 03/31/2011 (2707 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus, method, and computer program product are provided for generating a projected user interface. The apparatus may include at least one processor and at least one memory including computer program code. The at least one memory and the computer program code may be configured, with the processor, to cause the apparatus to receive information regarding a detected position of the user”s body and to determine whether the detected position is an activation position, in which case the projection of a user interface may be provided. The user interface may be projected on an area on the user”s body, such as a hand or a forearm, or on the surface of an object. The activation position may thus be a predefined position of the user”s body in which effective projection of the user interface onto the surface and user interaction with the user interface is facilitated.

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


Data protection tiering
Patent No. 10061533 

Inventor(s): Michael Barcello (Southbury, CT)
Assignee(s): VCE IP HOLDING COMPANY LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15243633 on 08/22/2016 (736 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for data protection tiering is provided. The method includes sending information about a plurality of data protection tiering options that are applicable to one or more applications, which are implementable via a plurality of data protection products. The method includes receiving data protection tiering selection information identifying at least one from among the plurality of data protection tiering options and implementing each of the of data protection tiering options consistent with the selection. A system and computer readable medium are also included.

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


Systems and methods for refreshing a memory bank while accessing another memory bank using a shared address path
Patent No. 10061541 

Inventor(s): Joosang Lee (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15676424 on 08/14/2017 (379 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes multiple memory banks that store data. The system also includes an address path coupled to the memory banks that provides a row address to the memory banks. The system further includes a command address input circuit coupled to the address path that refreshes a first set of memory banks via the address path and, when the command address input circuit refreshes the first set of memory banks, activates a row of a second set of memory banks to store the data or read the data from the row of the second set of memory banks via the address path.

[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)


System, method, and computer program for high volume test automation (HVTA) utilizing recorded automation building blocks
Patent No. 10061685 

Inventor(s): Nathan Chittenden (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): AMDOCS DEVELOPMENT LIMITED (Limassol, , CY)
Law Firm: Zilka-Kotab, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15253691 on 08/31/2016 (727 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for High Volume Test Automation (HVTA) utilizing recorded automation building blocks. In operation, a testing system identifies at least one HVTA test to perform on a system under test as part of a testing project based on an existing set of tests. The testing system identifies a plurality of generic test functions in an automation repository that are applicable to the at least one HVTA test that has been identified by the testing system as relevant. Additionally, the testing system identifies dependency rules associated with the plurality of generic test functions. Further, the testing system generates at least one test flow utilizing the plurality of generic test functions, based on the dependency rules associated with the plurality of generic test functions. In addition, the testing system organizes an overall test sequence for the at least one HVTA test including the at least one test flow, based on a type of HVTA test to be performed. Moreover, the testing system executes the overall test sequence while monitoring a testing environment of the system under test in real time. The testing system reports anomalies resulting from monitoring the testing environment of the system under test during the execution of the overall test sequence.

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


Method and system for automated storage provisioning
Patent No. 10061692 

Inventor(s): Brent J. Rhymes (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): EMC IP Holding Company LLC (Hopkinton, MA)
Law Firm: Ryan, Mason Lewis, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13891415 on 05/10/2013 (1936 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example embodiments of the present invention include a method, a system, and a computer-program product for storage automation. The method includes receiving a request for storage, determining a storage allocation for provisioning according to the request for storage and available storage resources, and provisioning storage according to the determined storage allocation.

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


Multiple data channel memory module architecture
Patent No. 10061699 

Inventor(s): Michael K. Dugan (Richardson, TX), Tony M. Brewer (Plano, TX), William D. O”Leary (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15806217 on 11/07/2017 (294 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one example of the present disclosure, a system includes a computing element configured to provide requests for memory access operations and a memory module comprising a plurality of memories, a plurality of independent data channels, each of the independent data channels coupled to one of the plurality of memories, a plurality of internal address/control channels, each of the independent address/control channels coupled to one of the plurality of memories, and control logic coupled to the plurality of internal address/control channels and configured to receive and decode address and control information for a memory access operation, the control logic further configured to selectively provide the decoded address and control information to a selected internal address/control channel for a selected independent data channel of the plurality of independent data channels based on the received address and control information for the memory access operation.

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


Systems and methods to improve lung function protocols
Patent No. 10061897 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Richardson Terry (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight and Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14737132 on 06/11/2015 (1174 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example method includes: classifying lung function risk based on patient attributes and a clinical protocol; generating alarms and incentives for compliance with the clinical protocol based on patient attributes, clinical protocol, and patient lung function risk; determining an orientation and position of a clinical device based on tagged feature(s) of the clinical device compared to identified patient feature(s); monitoring patient interaction with the clinical device; identifying a deviation from the clinical protocol based on the monitored patient interaction, a patient biometric indicator, and a desired setpoint state in the protocol; when a deviation is identified, providing feedback proportional to the deviation, the feedback including an adjustment with respect to the clinical protocol and/or the clinical device; and triggering at least one alarm and/or incentive based on deviation and feedback, wherein the alarm/incentives differs based on whether and to what extent deviation is identified and feedback. NULL


Home therapy machine
Patent No. 10061899 

Inventor(s): Duston Mounts (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Baxter Healthcare SA (Glattpark (Opfikon), , CH), Baxter International Inc. (Deerfield, IL)
Law Firm: KL Gates LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15489227 on 04/17/2017 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: A home therapy machine is configured to perform a home therapy on a patient at a home or dwelling of the patient. The home therapy machine includes at least one processor operating a connectivity agent having an activated mode and a deactivated mode. When the connectivity agent is in the activated mode, the at least one processor is able to send data to and receive data from a system hub. When the connectivity agent is in the deactivated mode, the at least one processor is not able to send data to or receive data from the system hub. The home therapy machine further includes a user interface configured to receive a patient selection of a device program received from the system hub and at least one pump under control of the at least one processor for performing the home therapy according to the selected device program.

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


Facilitating the negotiation of standards for inter-enterprise collaboration between trading partners
Patent No. 10062041 

Inventor(s): Ramsyam Missula (Irving, TX), Ranjit N. Notani (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): JDA Software Group, Inc. (Scottsdale, AZ)
Law Firm: Spencer Fane LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 11697816 on 04/09/2007 (4159 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system that facilitates the negotiation of a standard for inter-enterprise collaboration between trading partners includes a set of meta-model elements. Each element in the set can be negotiated by enterprises and incorporated into a negotiated meta-model that describes an agreement between the enterprises as to collaborations between the enterprises. Each element in the set describes a portion of a potential standard for collaboration between enterprises. The system also includes a meta-model negotiation service that receives an indication that enterprises wish to negotiate a standard for collaborations between the enterprises and provides access to the set of elements and receive selections of one or more of the elements for negotiation and incorporation into a negotiated meta-model. The negotiated meta-model describes an agreement between the enterprises as to collaborations between the enterprises. The negotiation service facilitates negotiation of the selected elements, incorporates negotiated elements into the negotiated meta-model for collaborations between the enterprises, and communicates the negotiated meta-model to the enterprises to enable collaborations between the enterprises according to the standard for collaborations reflected in the negotiated meta-model.

[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]


Spare component ownership planning system and method
Patent No. 10062053 

Inventor(s): Alejandro Edgardo Scalise (Bedford, TX), Jose Antonio Ramirez-Hernandez (Mansfield, TX), Louis Matthew Pfeifer (Arlington, TX), Mei Zhang (Lewisville, TX), Steven James Oakley (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14522036 on 10/23/2014 (1405 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method according to which a recommended quantity of spare engine components is generated. In several exemplary embodiments, the components support aircraft maintenance and flight operations and are designed to be repaired periodically. In an exemplary embodiment, the recommended quantity is a number of available spare engine components that supports the aircraft maintenance operations but avoids excess spare engine components in inventory.

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


Optical character recognition pre-verification system
Patent No. 10062060 

Inventor(s): Dewayne A. Furr (Burleson, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14834591 on 08/25/2015 (1099 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for optical character recognition pre-verification is provided. The system may review payment documents. The payment documents may include remit stubs and paper checks. The system, utilizing optical character recognition software, may determine dollar amounts on the remit stubs and the paper checks. The optical character recognition software may determine a confidence level of whether the determined amount is the same amount that the writer of the check. If the confidence level is above first predetermined threshold level of confidence and below a second predetermined threshold level of confidence, the system may present an operator with a pre-verification GUI. The pre-verification GUI may include a view of the remit stub, a view of the check, the dollar amount due, a match button and a do not match button. Upon selection of either the match or do not match button, the payment may be processed in another check-processing system.

[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]


Pay-by-phone parking system aided by a vision based monitoring device
Patent No. 10062061 

Inventor(s): David Preston Cummins (McLean, VA), Yao Rong Wang (Webster, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Gibb Riley, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14614493 on 02/05/2015 (1300 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and devices send, from an application to an image processor, an identity of a vehicle parking space and/or an identity of a vehicle parked in the vehicle parking space. Such methods and devices obtain an image of the parked vehicle, using a fixed camera, and send the image to the image processor. These methods and devices then confirm the identity of the vehicle parked in the vehicle parking space, and send a confirmation to the application. These methods and devices display the confirmation on the graphic user interface of the user portable computing device (using the application). These methods and devices automatically end the timed payment session for the vehicle parking space based on images of the scene obtained through the camera showing the identified vehicle not occupying the vehicle parking space, using the image processor.

[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]


Placement of augmented reality objects using a guide marker
Patent No. 10062177 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Anna, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton, TX), Sunil Vasisht (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15982122 on 05/17/2018 (103 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some implementations, a system may include a camera, a display, one or more memories, and one or more processors communicatively coupled to the one or more memories. The system may output a guide marker for presentation on the display. The guide marker may be superimposed on an image being captured by the camera and presented on the display. The system may determine three-dimensional (3D) coordinates of an intersection point associated with the guide marker. The intersection point may be a point where a projection of the guide marker into 3D space intersects with a horizontal plane identified in the image. The system may determine two-dimensional (2D) coordinates for presentation of an augmented reality object on the display based on the 3D coordinates of the intersection point. The system may superimpose a representation of the augmented reality object on the image based on the 2D coordinates.

[G06T] IMAGE DATA PROCESSING OR GENERATION, IN GENERAL [2006.01]


Statistically equivalent level of safety modeling
Patent No. 10062218 

Inventor(s): Brian Edward Tucker (Fort Worth, TX), Richard Marcos Muiz (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15182106 on 06/14/2016 (805 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for statistically equivalent level of safety modeling. One method includes identifying sub-fleets within a fleet based upon usage profiles, determining a sub-fleet reliability value for each sub-fleet, determining a baseline fleet reliability for the fleet by combining the sub-fleet reliability values on a weighted basis, applying at least one credit to at least one sub-fleet, determining a post-credit sub-fleet reliability value for each sub-fleet based upon the at least one credit, determining a post-credit fleet reliability for the fleet by combining the post-credit sub-fleet reliability values on a weighted basis, comparing the baseline fleet reliability with the post-credit fleet reliability to identify a change in fleet reliability and determining whether the change in fleet reliability is within a predetermined threshold to validate the at least one credit.

[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)


Method and system for determining effect of weather conditions on transportation networks
Patent No. 10062282 

Inventor(s): Narayanan Unny Edakunni (Bangalore, , IN), Sharmistha Jat (Pune, , IN)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Jones Robb, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14687024 on 04/15/2015 (1231 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed embodiments illustrate methods and systems for determining an effect of a weather condition on a transportation network. The method includes receiving one or more parameters of the weather condition in a geographical area for a predetermined time-period. The method further includes determining a delay from a scheduled time of arrival of one or more vehicles, associated with the transportation network, at a location from one or more locations, in the transportation network, in the geographical area for the predetermined time-period. Thereafter, a sensitivity of the one or more locations to the weather condition of the geographical area is determined by correlating the delay with the one or more parameters of the weather condition. Further, the sensitivity of the one or more locations is displayed, through a user interface, as a first layer overlaid on a map of the geographical area.

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


Vision-assist systems for orientation and mobility training
Patent No. 10062302 

Inventor(s): Tiffany Chen (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15059413 on 03/03/2016 (908 days app to issue)

Abstract: Vision-assist systems and methods include use of processor(s) and a communicatively coupled feedback device and environmental sensing device upon which generated feedback is based. Machine readable instructions stored on a memory module cause the system to perform the following when executed by the processor(s): record a first metric corresponding to a level of reliance by a user on the feedback device at a first time; record a second metric corresponding to the level of reliance by the user on the feedback device at a second time after the first time; and record an awarded amount of reliance points when the second metric is less than the first metric, indicative of a decrease on a reliance by the user on the vision-assist system. The awarded amount of reliance points corresponds to a percentage by which the second metric decreases compared to the first metric.

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


Establishing nodes for global routing manager
Patent No. 10063419 

Inventor(s): Andre Stein (Paderborn, , DE), Juergen Kendzorra (Paderborn, , DE), Martin Stecher (Paderborn, , DE), Pavan Kumar Madikonda (Paderborn, , DE), Ralf Horstmann (Paderborn, , DE)
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14929277 on 10/31/2015 (1032 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include an Orchestrator to commission a point of presence (PoP) node based on receiving an internet protocol (IP) address, the IP address associated with a geographic location; and a global routing manager for assigning a client device to a PoP node based on the received IP address. Embodiments also include a performance manager to acquire performance information about each PoP node.

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


 

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Sending messages wirelessly from a garment
Patent No. 10058133 

Inventor(s): Alexander Benjamin Hirschberg (Dallas, TX), Michael Stephen Winton (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): iWear Holdings Corp. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Gearhart Law LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15274345 on 09/23/2016 (704 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for sending messages wirelessly from a garment. The system includes a wireless communication device configured to wirelessly transmit one or more digital messages to one or more mobile devices within a predefined radius of the wireless communication device. The system further includes a garment, a pouch, coupled to the garment, configured to house the wireless communication device, and a securing mechanism configured to secure the wireless communication device within the pouch.

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


Pipelined SAR ADC using comparator as a voltage-to-time converter with multi-bit second stage
Patent No. 10061272 

Inventor(s): Yun Chiu (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Talem IP Law, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15620821 on 06/12/2017 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: A two-stage successive-approximation-register (SAR) analog-to-digital converter (ADC) comprising is described. The SAR ADC includes a first stage comprising a SAR ADC; a voltage-to-time interface that translates a voltage-domain residue from the SAR ADC to a time-domain residue; and a second stage comprising a time-to-digital converter (TDC) that resolves multiple bits from the time-domain residue.

[H03M] CODING, DECODING OR CODE CONVERSION, IN GENERAL (using fluidic means F15C 4/00; optical analogue/digital converters G02F 7/00; coding, decoding or code conversion, specially adapted for particular applications, see the relevant subclasses, e.g. G01D, G01R, G06F, G06T, G09G, G10L, G11B, G11C, H04B, H04L, H04M, H04N; ciphering or deciphering for cryptography or other purposes involving the need for secrecy G09C) [4]


Head mountable camera system
Patent No. 10061349 

Inventor(s): Ariel Navon (Revava, , IL), Eran Sharon (Rishon Lezion, , IL), Idan Alrod (Herzliya, , IL), Itzhak Pomerantz (Kfar Saba, , IL), Menahem Lasser (Kohav Yair, , IL), Noam Presman (Givatayim, , IL), Rahav Yairi (Oranit, , IL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13794336 on 03/11/2013 (1996 days app to issue)

Abstract: Head mountable camera devices, systems, and methods are disclosed.

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


Determining a future field of view (FOV) for a particular user viewing a 360 degree video stream in a network
Patent No. 10062414 

Inventor(s): Cedric Westphal (San Francisco, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15682939 on 08/22/2017 (371 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for providing determined future fields of view (FoVs) of a 360 degree video stream in a network having multiple video streams corresponding to multiple FoVs. FoV interest messages including requests for FoVs at time instants of the video stream are collected from viewers of the stream. A sequence of popular FoVs is created according to the messages, each representing a frequently requested FoV at a distinctive time instant. FoV transitions are created according to the FoV interest messages, each FoV transition including a current FoV a time instant and a next FoV of a next time instant, indicating a likely next FoV to be subsequent requested. Future FoVs of future time instants are determined for a user viewing the video stream with a history of requested FoVs of past time instants, based on the history of requested FoVs, the sequence and the transitions.

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


System, composition and method of application of same for reducing the coefficient of friction and required pulling force during installation of wire or cable
Patent No. 10062475 

Inventor(s): Jason Drew Gillen (Anna, TX), Melvin Glenn Debord (Van Alstyne, TX), Ronald A. Raedeke (Marine on St. Croix, MN), Sheri H. Dahlke (West Lakeland, MN), William T. Bigbee, Jr. (Melissa, TX)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15251975 on 08/30/2016 (728 days app to issue)

Abstract: A composition and method for reducing the coefficient of friction and required pulling force of a wire or cable are provided. A composition of aqueous emulsion is provided that is environmentally friendly, halogen free and solvent free. The composition is compatible with various types of insulating materials and may be applied after the wire or cable is cooled and also by spraying or submerging the wire or cable in a bath. The composition contains lubricating agents that provide lower coefficient of friction for wire or cable installation and continuous wire or cable surface lubrication thereafter.

[H01B] CABLES; CONDUCTORS; INSULATORS; SELECTION OF MATERIALS FOR THEIR CONDUCTIVE, INSULATING OR DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES (selection for magnetic properties H01F 1/00; waveguides H01P)


Multi-fin FINFET device including epitaxial growth barrier on outside surfaces of outermost fins and related methods
Patent No. 10062690 

Inventor(s): Nicolas Loubet (Guilderland, NY), Prasanna Khare (Schenectady, NY), Qing Liu (Irvine, CA)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15209662 on 07/13/2016 (776 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-fin FINFET device may include a substrate and a plurality of semiconductor fins extending upwardly from the substrate and being spaced apart along the substrate. Each semiconductor fin may have opposing first and second ends and a medial portion therebetween, and outermost fins of the plurality of semiconductor fins may comprise an epitaxial growth barrier on outside surfaces thereof. The FINFET may further include at least one gate overlying the medial portions of the semiconductor fins, a plurality of raised epitaxial semiconductor source regions between the semiconductor fins adjacent the first ends thereof, and a plurality of raised epitaxial semiconductor drain regions between the semiconductor fins adjacent the second ends thereof.

[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]


FinFET device having a high germanium content fin structure and method of making same
Patent No. 10062714 

Inventor(s): Bruce Doris (Slingerlands, NY), Gauri Karve (Cohoes, NY), Qing Liu (Watervliet, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15177715 on 06/09/2016 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fin of silicon-germanium material is formed and covered with an epitaxially grown layer of silicon material. A dummy transistor gate is then formed to extend over a channel of the fin. Sidewall spacers are formed on each side of the dummy transistor gate and directly on top of the expitaxial silicon layer. Epitaxially grown raised source and drain regions are formed on each side of the dummy transistor gate adjacent the sidewall spacers. The dummy transistor gate and a portion of the epitaxial silicon layer (underneath said dummy transistor gate) are removed and replaced by a metal gate.

[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 devices having low contact resistance and low current leakage
Patent No. 10062762 

Inventor(s): Chun-chen Yeh (Clifton Park, NY), Qing Liu (Watervliet, NY), Ruilong Xie (Schenectady, NY), Xiuyu Cai (Niskayuna, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14581857 on 12/23/2014 (1344 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a device and method for reducing the resistance of the middle of the line in a transistor. The transistor has electrical contacts formed above, and electrically connected to, the gate, drain and source. The electrical contact connected to the gate includes a tungsten contact member deposited over the gate, and a copper contact deposited over the tungsten contact member. The electrical contacts connected to the drain and source include tungsten portions deposited over the drain and source regions, and copper contacts deposited over the tungsten portions.

[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]


Silicon germanium fin channel formation
Patent No. 10062783 

Inventor(s): Hong He (Schenectady, NY), Junli Wang (Singerlands, NY), Nicolas Loubet (Guilderland, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Tutunjian Bitetto, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15467100 on 03/23/2017 (523 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for channel formation in a fin transistor includes removing a dummy gate and dielectric from a dummy gate structure to expose a region of an underlying fin and depositing an amorphous layer including Ge over the region of the underlying fin. The amorphous layer is oxidized to condense out Ge and diffuse the Ge into the region of the underlying fin to form a channel region with Ge in the fin.

[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]


Guided surface waveguide probes
Patent No. 10062944 

Inventor(s): Basil F. Pinzone, Jr. (Newbury, OH), James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Joseph F. Pinzone (Cornelius, NC), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH), Paul Kendall Carlton, Jr. (College Station, TX)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, Inc. (Italy, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15240218 on 08/18/2016 (740 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed a guided surface waveguide probe including a charge terminal configured to generate an electromagnetic field and a support apparatus that supports the charge terminal above a lossy conducting medium, wherein the electromagnetic field generated by the charge terminal synthesizes a wave front incident at a complex Brewster angle of incidence ([subscript]i,B[/subscript]) of the lossy conducting medium.

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


Ground routing device and method
Patent No. 10062981 

Inventor(s): Karlheinz Muth (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15024904 on 12/18/2013 (1714 days app to issue)

Abstract: Electronic devices and associated methods are shown including a connector mounted to a printed circuit board (PCB). Examples shown include a number of ground vias passing through the PCB to a second side of the PCB, wherein the number of ground vias is smaller than a number of ground sites. Selected examples include an optoelectronic connector mounted using surface mount technology.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Computing device inductive charging cases and methods of use
Patent No. 10063088 

Inventor(s): William J. Warren (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carr Ferrell LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15433929 on 02/15/2017 (559 days app to issue)

Abstract: Electrical inductive charging device chassis and cases are provided herein. An example charging case includes a device receiving tray, a sliding tray having a charging interface and an inductive charging base, a stabilizer tray, and a gear having teeth that cooperate with a grooved track of the sliding tray such that when the gear is rotated, the teeth of the gear translate the sliding tray backwards and forwards to retract and extend the sliding tray and charging interface. Another example charging case includes a device receiving tray that protectingly surrounds a computing device, an inductive charging base, a charging interface selectively extendable from the charging case, and an extendable stabilizer that is translatable between a stored configuration and a deployed configuration.

[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)


Deterring theft in wireless power systems
Patent No. 10063095 

Inventor(s): Basil F. Pinzone, Jr. (Newbury, OH), James D. Lilly (Silver Spring, MD), James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, Inc. (Italy, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14849210 on 09/09/2015 (1084 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments for deterring theft in wireless power systems are disclosed. In one embodiment, an electrical device, comprise a guided surface wave receive structure configured to obtain electrical energy from a guided surface wave traveling along a terrestrial medium, and an electrical load coupled to the guided surface wave receive structure, the electrical load being experienced as a load at an excitation source coupled to a guided surface waveguide probe generating the guided surface wave. Processing circuitry of the electrical device may be configured to monitor the electrical load to determine whether a power consumption of the electrical load has exceeded a predefined amount of permitted power consumption and disable the wireless power receiver or the electrical load coupled to the wireless power receive structure in response to the electrical load exceeding the predefined amount of permitted power consumption.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Systems and methods for enhancing confidentiality via logic gate encryption
Patent No. 10063231 

Inventor(s): Donald Wood Loomis, III (Coppell, TX), Edward Tangkwai Ma (Plano, TX), Hung Thanh Nguyen (Plano, TX), Nancy Kow Iida (Irving, TX), Robert Michael Muchsel (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: North Weber Baugh LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15645562 on 07/10/2017 (414 days app to issue)

Abstract: Presented are systems and methods that allow hardware designers to protect valuable IP and information in the hardware domain in order to increase overall system security. In various embodiments of the invention this is accomplished by configuring logic gates of existing logic circuitry based on a key input. In certain embodiments, a logic function provides results that are dependent not only on input values but also on an encrypted logic key that determines connections for a given logic building block, such that the functionality of the logic function cannot be determined by reverse engineering. In some embodiments, the logic key is created by decrypting a piece of data using a secret or private key. Advantages of automatic encryption include that existing circuitry need not be re-implemented or re-built, and that the systems and methods presented are backward compatible with standard manufacturing tools.

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


Half-frequency command path
Patent No. 10063234 

Inventor(s): Kallol Mazumder (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15649145 on 07/13/2017 (411 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a clock divider that receives a clock signal and generates even and odd clock signals. The clock signal includes a first frequency, while the even and odd clock signals each includes a second frequency that is half the first frequency. The semiconductor device also includes even and odd command paths coupled to the clock divider each having a set of logic and a set of flip-flops. The even command path receives a command and the even clock signal and outputs an even output signal. The odd command path receives the command and the odd clock signal and outputs an odd output signal. The semiconductor device also includes combination circuitry coupled to the even and odd command paths that combines the even and odd output signals.

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


Apparatuses with an embedded combination logic circuit for high speed operations
Patent No. 10063240 

Inventor(s): Kallol Mazumder (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15684734 on 08/23/2017 (370 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses for performing combination logic operations with an combination logic circuit are disclosed. According to one embodiment, the apparatus comprises a first-in-first-out stage comprising an combination logic circuit, a input ring counter circuit coupled to the first-in-first-out stage and configured to selectively provide a push signal to the first-in-first-out stage, and a output ring counter circuit coupled to the first-in-first-out stage and configured to selectively provide a pop signal to the first-in-first-out stage, wherein the first-in-first-out stage is configured to perform calculations on input data with the combination logic circuit to generate output data responsive to receiving the push signal and to provide the output data based on the calculations responsive to receiving the pop signal.

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


Method and data storage device to estimate a number of errors using convolutional low-density parity-check coding
Patent No. 10063258 

Inventor(s): Alexander Bazarsky (Holon, , IL), Idan Goldenberg (Ramat Hasharon, , IL), Ishai Ilani (Dolev, , IL), Rami Rom (Zichron-Yaakov, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15265045 on 09/14/2016 (713 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an illustrative example, a method includes sensing at least a portion of a representation of a convolutional low-density parity-check (CLDPC) codeword stored at a memory of a data storage device. The method further includes receiving the portion of the representation of the CLDPC codeword at a controller of the data storage device. The method further includes performing one or more management operations associated with the memory based on an estimated number of errors of the portion of the representation of the CLDPC codeword.

[H03M] CODING, DECODING OR CODE CONVERSION, IN GENERAL (using fluidic means F15C 4/00; optical analogue/digital converters G02F 7/00; coding, decoding or code conversion, specially adapted for particular applications, see the relevant subclasses, e.g. G01D, G01R, G06F, G06T, G09G, G10L, G11B, G11C, H04B, H04L, H04M, H04N; ciphering or deciphering for cryptography or other purposes involving the need for secrecy G09C) [4]


Reducing the feedback overhead during crosstalk precoder initialization
Patent No. 10063278 

Inventor(s): Guozhu Long (Fremont, CA), Raphael Jean Cendrillon (Hong Kong, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15268754 on 09/19/2016 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprising a receiver coupled to a digital subscriber line (DSL) between an exchange site and a customer premise equipment (CPE) and configured to send a feedback error message to train a precoder coupled to the exchange site, wherein the feedback error message comprises a plurality of error components and an indication of a quantity of bits per error component, a quantization accuracy per error component, or both. Included is a method comprising sending an error feedback message to a DSL crosstalk precoder to train the crosstalk precoder, wherein the error feedback message comprises an error vector and a quantization scaling factor of the error vector.

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


Isolation for communication and power
Patent No. 10063284 

Inventor(s): Eric Blackall (Richardson, TX), Ross E. Teggatz (Richardson, TX), Wayne T. Chen (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TRIUNE IP LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14638701 on 03/04/2015 (1273 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system configured to provide galvanic isolation of data or power signals between primary and secondary sides. In various forms, the system may provide galvanic isolation with primary side passive or active sensing of a secondary side load, and with secondary side control for dual data and power control over a single galvanic interface; with series capacitive, series capacitive and resistive, alternating series capacitive and resistive, or series and parallel capacitive galvanic isolation, or series and parallel capacitive galvanic isolation for multiple isolated ground planes; using Manchester encoding across the galvanic isolation region; using differential power and data across the galvanic isolation region; using an isolated common reference for data and power links across the galvanic isolation region; using controller area networking across the galvanic isolation region; or using a resonant configuration and having feedback between the galvanic interface, only on the primary side, or only on the secondary side.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Base station router for distributed antenna systems
Patent No. 10063287 

Inventor(s): Matthew Thomas Melester (McKinney, TX), Morgan C. Kurk (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Fogg Powers LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15676658 on 08/14/2017 (379 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain aspects are directed to a base station router disposed in a distributed antenna system. The base station router includes a backplane and a controller. The backplane can manage an availability of sectors for coverage zones. Each sector can include communication channels to be radiated to mobile devices in the coverage zones and can represent an amount of telecommunication capacity. The controller can respond to a traffic indicator by causing the backplane to redistribute the availability of at least one sector. The sector can be redistributed from a first coverage zone to a second coverage zone.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Feedback based on codebook subset
Patent No. 10063298 

Inventor(s): Lai King Tee (Dallas, TX), Neng Wang (Plano, TX), Yi Song (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: 15894154 on 02/12/2018 (197 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides for an improved application of signal strength weightings in a SDMA sectorized cellular network. The improved signal strength weightings application is conducted through the improved selection of weightings from a new codebook subset or by the selection of weightings from a larger codebook subset. In a further embodiment, an antenna beam index or bit map can be used to select the best beam(s) in a SDMA sectorized cellular network. In another embodiment, a field or factor in an uplink or downlink transmission packet can designate which directional transmission beam is best suited for the transmission or when the directional transmission beam should be activated.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Optical network unit reset message
Patent No. 10063312 

Inventor(s): Bo Gao (Hubei, , CN), Yuanqiu Luo (Cranbury, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15627746 on 06/20/2017 (434 days app to issue)

Abstract: A low-level reset message having a reset level provides a mechanism for an optical line terminal (OLT) to remotely reset a dysfunctional optical network unit (ONU). The reset message includes a reset level field which allows the OLT to instruct the ONU to perform a reset of some or all of its hardware and software components.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Network management with per-node cross-phase-modulation (XPM) compensation
Patent No. 10063317 

Inventor(s): Inwoong Kim (Allen, TX), Olga Vassilieva (Plano, TX), Tadashi Ikeuchi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15686947 on 08/25/2017 (368 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for selective and per-node XPM compensation may separate wavelengths into short traveling wavelengths (STW) and long traveling wavelengths (LTW) based on transmission distance over their respective optical paths. XPM compensation at ROADM nodes may be selectively performed for the LTW, while the STW may be passed through without XPM compensation, among other functionality at the ROADM nodes.

[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)


Methods and apparatus to collect distributed user information for media impressions and search terms
Patent No. 10063378 

Inventor(s): Madhusudhan Reddy Alla (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): THE NIELSEN COMPANY (US), LLC (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15449331 on 03/03/2017 (543 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples involve sending an encrypted identifier to a corresponding database proprietor via a network communication from a server of an audience measurement entity, the encrypted identifier identifying at least one of a device or a user of the device; receiving user information corresponding to the encrypted identifier from the corresponding database proprietor; and associating the user information with at least one of a search term collected at the device or a media impression logged for media accessed via the device.

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


Channel map for optical network unit activation and rogue behavior prevention
Patent No. 10063411 

Inventor(s): Dan Geng (Shanghai, , CN), Denis Andreyevich Khotimsky (Westborough, MA), DeZhi Zhang (Shanghai, , CN), LiQuan Yuan (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): ZTE (USA) Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14770799 on 02/26/2014 (1644 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-wavelength passive optical network (MW-PON) includes an optical distribution network (ODN), a plurality of optical line terminations (OLTs) and an optical network unit (ONU). The ODN includes a trunk fiber, one or more branching elements, and a plurality of distribution fibers. Each OLT is associated with an individual bi-directional wavelength channel using a corresponding single downstream wavelength and a corresponding single upstream wavelength, and supporting a specific downstream line rate and one or more distinct upstream line rates. The ONU is communicatively coupled to a respective distribution fiber, being tunable over a specific range of downstream wavelengths and a specific range of upstream wavelengths, and supporting a specific downstream line rate and a specific upstream line rate. The OLT is configured to assemble a broadcast management message conveying information about bi-directional wavelength channels in said MW-PON system and transmit said message downstream over the associated bi-directional wavelength channel.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Detecting and reporting the impact of handovers on subscriber quality of experience
Patent No. 10063431 

Inventor(s): Anilkumar Kollipara (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): NetScout Systems, Inc. (Westford, MA)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15708009 on 09/18/2017 (344 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for monitoring, detecting and reporting the impact of handovers on the quality of experience for one or more users in a mobile cellular network includes collecting, from a plurality of mobile network elements, session records specifying data about sessions handled by two or more mobile network elements. A session record comprises a signaling portion and a media portion. Each session includes two or more session segments. Session segments having session media gaps are identified from the media portions of the collected session records. At least some of the session media gaps are associated with a handover procedure between two mobile network elements. A plurality of performance metrics related to handover procedures in the identified session segments are calculated and stored. An interactive graphical representation of the stored performance metrics is rendered to a user via a graphical user interface.

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


Fast adjusting load balancer
Patent No. 10063479 

Inventor(s): Patrick Bosshart (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BAREFOOT NETWORKS, INC. (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Adeli LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14507814 on 10/06/2014 (1422 days app to issue)

Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide a load balancer for distributing packet flows that are addressed to a group of data compute nodes (DCNs) amongst the DCNs of the group. In some embodiments, the load balancer includes a connection data storage comprising several different destination network address translation (DNAT) tables. Each particular DNAT table is defined at a particular instance in time and stores the identity of a plurality DCNs that are part of the group at the particular instance in time. Each time a DCN is added to the group, the load balancer of some embodiments creates a new DNAT table in the connection data storage for processing new packet flows, while using previously created DNAT tables to process packets that are part of previously processed packet flows.

[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)


Client network access provision by a network traffic manager
Patent No. 10063521 

Inventor(s): Adam Douglas Rose (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): CRYPTZONE NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15666227 on 08/01/2017 (392 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a computer implemented method provides a client computing device network access to a private network by a network traffic manager, and the method includes: obtaining context parameters related to a context of the client computing device; selecting as a function of the context parameters one or more policies as selected policies, wherein each policy is associated with one or more network entitlement rules defining network access rules to a networking device or an application in the private network according to the policy; retrieving the one or more network entitlement rules associated with the selected policies; and providing the network traffic manager with the one or more network entitlement rules, thereby providing the client computing device the network access.

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


Automated URL transmission to enable multimedia services
Patent No. 10063616 

Inventor(s): Dany Sylvain (Quebec, , CA)
Assignee(s): GENBAND US LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14516965 on 10/17/2014 (1411 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is disclosed for providing multimedia services includes receiving from a first user a request for engaging in multimedia services with a second user, generating a Uniform Resource Locator (URL), transmitting the URL to an address associated with the second user, enabling voice communication between the first user and the second user, and enabling multimedia services between the first user and the second user in response to receiving an indication that the second user has accessed the URL.

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


Modular telecommunication edge cloud system
Patent No. 10063666 

Inventor(s): Jingjing Zhang (Plano, TX), Konstantinos Kanonakis (Dallas, 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: 15182290 on 06/14/2016 (805 days app to issue)

Abstract: A telecommunications edge cloud (TEC) element deployed between a client and a packet network includes a TEC hardware layer including storage resources, networking resources, and computing resources, wherein the computing resources include a plurality of processors. A TEC operating system (TECOS) is coupled to the TEC hardware layer and configured to control and manage the storage resources, the networking resources, and the computing resources, wherein the TECOS is executed by one of the processors, a TEC application layer coupled to the TECOS, wherein the TEC application layer is configured to process a request from the client using the TECOS, wherein the computing resources are configured to provide a service to the client when the request is a service request, and wherein at least one of the networking resources and the storage resources is configured to provide data to the client when the request comprises a data request.

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


Device function disablement during vehicle motion
Patent No. 10063687 

Inventor(s): Ira L. Allen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15404671 on 01/12/2017 (593 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for disabling functions of a movement detection enabled device is provided. The method includes monitoring a movement detection signal of the movement detection enabled device in a vehicle and determining that the vehicle is currently in motion. An electronic tag in the vehicle is detected and instructions associated with the movement detection enabled device are retrieved. It is determined that the movement detection enabled device is located within a specified proximity to a driver location of the vehicle and that a user of the device is a driver of the vehicle. In response, specified functions of the movement detection enabled device are disabled.

[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. 10063692 

Inventor(s): Alexander Noland (North Richland Hills, TX), Krishna Balantrapu (Irving, TX), Luke Keiser (Frisco, TX), Scott Passe (Forney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15583751 on 05/01/2017 (484 days app to issue)

Abstract: An inbound call connection request may be received from a non-resident, directed to a controlled-environment facility resident and/or the resident”s device. A determination may be made that a calling account of the resident does not have sufficient funds to pay for the inbound call, whereupon a message may be provided to the non-resident offering billing options, including at least a wireless carrier billing option, to complete the call connection. The call may be connected with the resident device in response to a determination a calling account of the inmate has sufficient funds to pay for the call or acceptance of one of the payment methods by the non-resident, along with authentication that the non-resident is associated with an address identifier (AID) of the resident device, and verification that the resident operating the device is associated with the AID of the device.

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


System and method for multilingual authentication access to communication system in controlled environment
Patent No. 10063694 

Inventor(s): Stephen L. Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15706185 on 09/15/2017 (347 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for multilingual authentication access to a communication system in a controlled environment is disclosed. The system includes a communication subsystem that connects a communication between a first communication device and a second communication device, wherein the first communication device is used by the inmate of the correctional facility. The system also includes a profile subsystem configured to store profile information of the inmate associated with the first communication device. The system further includes an authentication subsystem that provides a challenge question to the first communication device based on the profile information and an accommodation of the inmate that affects authentication, receives a response to challenge question and a voice sample from the first communication device, verifies the response and the voice sample, and authorizes connection of the communication between the first communication device and the second communication device based on verification of the response and the voice sample.

[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. 10063698 

Inventor(s): Alexander Noland (North Richland Hills, TX), Jamie Nicole Wade (Denton, TX), Krishna Balantrapu (Irving, TX), Luke Keiser (Frisco, TX), Scott Passe (Forney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrolton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15469442 on 03/24/2017 (522 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for inbound calls to controlled-environment facility resident media and/or communications devices may receive, via the device, data associated with the resident operating the device. Authentication of the resident operating the device may be verified as associated with an address identifier of the device and it may be confirmed that an inbound calling non-resident is associated with the address identifier. A notification of the inbound call may then be sent to the device, and the same or other data associated with the resident operating the device may be received, via the device. Authentication of the resident operating the device as a resident as associated with an address identifier may be re-verified using the same or other data and the call connected as a result of the verification, confirmation and/or re-verification.

[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. 10063700 

Inventor(s): Alexander Noland (North Richland Hills, TX), Krishna Balantrapu (Irving, TX), Luke Keiser (Frisco, TX), Scott Passe (Forney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15701657 on 09/12/2017 (350 days app to issue)

Abstract: In systems and methods for inbound phone or video calling to intelligent controlled-environment facility resident media and/or communications devices utilizing inbound calling subscriptions, each inbound calling account associates a non-resident with an address identifier of a controlled-environment facility resident media and/or communications device. An authenticating server, or the like validates, and re-validates identification of the non-resident associated with each inbound calling account at a predetermined time interval for each inbound calling account.

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


Systems and methods for selectively routing calls to a call center
Patent No. 10063705 

Inventor(s): Bo Hu (Pittsford, NY), Johannes A. Koomen (Avon, NY), Sharath Srinivas (Webster, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fox Rothschild LLP (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15188355 on 06/21/2016 (798 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods of routing calls may include receiving a plurality of calls, and for each of the plurality of calls, determining a threshold time that may be a maximum service time for the call, estimating an expected service time for the call, comparing the threshold time with the expected service time for the call, and assigning the call into one of a plurality of queues based upon the comparing. The method of routing may further include prioritizing the plurality of queues based upon the expected service time for each call in each of the plurality of queues, directing each call in a first queue of the plurality of queues to a first group of agents, and providing a callback prompt to each call in a second queue of the plurality of queues, wherein a priority of the first queue is higher than a priority of the second queue.

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


Method of and system for mobile surveillance and event recording
Patent No. 10063805 

Inventor(s): Robert V. Vanman (McKinney, TX), Simon Christopher Goble (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): WatchGuard, Inc. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12779492 on 05/13/2010 (3029 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data-encoding system includes a source of unencoded data, and a first encoder interoperably coupled to the source, wherein the first encoder is adapted to receive the unencoded data, encode the unencoded data, and output encoded data at a first data rate. The data encoding system further includes a second encoder interoperably coupled to the source, wherein the second encoder is adapted to receive the unencoded data, encode the unencoded data, and output encoded data at a second data rate in which the second data rate exceeds the first data rate. This Abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an Abstract that allows a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain subject matter of the technical disclosure. This Abstract is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.

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


Residual entropy compression for cloud-based video applications
Patent No. 10063892 

Inventor(s): Akshay Malhotra (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Adobe Systems Incorporated (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Finch Maloney PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14964715 on 12/10/2015 (992 days app to issue)

Abstract: Residual vectors are compressed in a lossless compression scheme suitable for cloud DVR video content applications. Thus, a cloud DVR service provider can take many copies of the same file stored in the cloud and save storage space by compressing those copies while still maintaining their status as distinct copies, one per user. Vector quantization is used for compressing already-compressed video streams (e.g., MPEG streams). As vector quantization is a lossy compression scheme, the residual vector has to be stored to regenerate the original video stream at the decoding (playback) node. Entropy coding schemes like Arithmetic or Huffman coding can be used to compress the residual vectors. Additional strategies can be implemented to further optimize this residual compression. In some embodiments, the techniques operate to provide a 25-50% improvement in compression. Storage space is thus more efficiently used and video transmission may be faster in some cases.

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


Audio system with removable speaker
Patent No. 10063970 

Inventor(s): Erik Anthony Wippler (Canton, 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: 14824557 on 08/12/2015 (1112 days app to issue)

Abstract: An audio system for use in an automotive vehicle is provided. The audio system is configured to detect the removal of the removable speaker and adjust the audio signal to the fixed speakers so as to maintain the quality of sound within the vehicle. The audio system includes a signal processor configured to detect the presence of the removable speaker. The audio system distributes the frequency transmitted to the removable speaker to the speakers within the automotive vehicle so as to maintain the same sound quality when the removable speaker is removed.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System, method, and computer-readable medium for indirect routing of mobile-originated SMS messages for a mobile station attached with an IP-femtocell system
Patent No. 10064028 

Inventor(s): Christopher Martin Edward Osborn (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Red Hat, Inc. (Raleigh, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15603057 on 05/23/2017 (462 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and computer readable medium that facilitate indirect routing of mobile-originated short messages for a mobile station attached with a femtocell system are provided. A convergence server uses indirect routing for delivery of a short message. The MS may elect to use a traffic or paging channel for delivery of the short message. If the MS selects the traffic channel for delivery of the message and if there is no existing traffic channel, the MS may first attempt to establish a traffic channel. If an active traffic channel is already established between the mobile station and the femtocell system, the mobile station sends the message to the femtocell system which, in turn, forwards the message to the convergence server. If the MS elects to send the message over a paging channel, the MS sends the message along with authentication data to the femtocell system that first performs authentication and subsequently forwards the message to the convergence server which, in turn, forwards the short message to the home message center.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Portable mobile subscription
Patent No. 10064039 

Inventor(s): Prasad Golla (Bridgewater, NJ)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15812958 on 11/14/2017 (287 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network services provider grants a subscription to a user for use of mobile network services to communicate voice, data, and text information with a specific mobile device. Mobile devices store one or more subscriptions, each of which may be activated. An activated subscription stored in the mobile device is now made portable. The user wants to pass the portable subscription from a first mobile device to a second mobile device. The user forms a first communicative relationship between the first mobile device and a second mobile device and receives from the second mobile device identification information associated with the second mobile device. The first mobile device passes the identification information to the network services provider and receives a confirmation. The user forms a second communicative relationship between the first mobile device and the second mobile device, and the second mobile device confirms activation of the portable subscription.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System, method, and computer-readable medium for mobile-terminated voice call processing for a mobile station attached with an IP-femtocell system
Patent No. 10064054 

Inventor(s): Christopher Martin Edward Osborn (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): RED HAT, INC. (Raleigh, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15045082 on 02/16/2016 (924 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and computer readable medium that facilitates processing of mobile-terminated voice calls for a mobile station attached with a femtocell system are provided. A convergence server deployed in a core network receives a call request for a mobile station attached with a femtocell system, performs validation of the mobile station against a subscriber profile maintained by the convergence server, transmits a Session Initiation Protocol Invite message to the femtocell system, receives a paging authentication request, and engages a mobile core network in an authentication process for the mobile station.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Providing secondary coverage in a mobile communication system
Patent No. 10064068 

Inventor(s): Jack Anthony Smith (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15389792 on 12/23/2016 (613 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example methods, apparatus, articles of manufacture and systems for providing secondary coverage in a mobile communication system are disclosed. Example methods for a first device to provide secondary coverage in a mobile communication system include transmitting a secondary coverage signal and receiving a presence indication from a second device. Such example methods can also include reporting the presence indication to an access node of the mobile communication system. Such example methods can further include receiving information from the access node to enable relay node functionality in the first device in response to reporting the presence indication to the access node.

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


System and method for dynamic feature selection based on latency discovery
Patent No. 10064106 

Inventor(s): Hongyan Lei (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT MOBILITY II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15703737 on 09/13/2017 (349 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure include, for example, identifying a primary serving cell and a secondary serving cell, wherein the primary serving cell facilitates one of attachment, re-attachment or mobility, or any combination thereof, of a mobile device in association with coordination of a wireless service between the primary serving cell, the secondary serving cell and the mobile device. A latency value associated with a message exchange is determined between the primary and secondary serving cells via a messaging interface, and compared to latency requirements, which correspond to a group of mobile service features. A mobile service feature of the group is associated with the wireless service based on the comparison. The wireless service includes a coordinated exchange of wireless signals between the primary serving cell and the mobile device and between the secondary serving cell and the mobile device based on the mobile service feature. Other embodiments are disclosed.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and system for supplementary services synchronization across networks
Patent No. 10064146 

Inventor(s): Anish Sharma (Richardson, TX), Bejoy Pankajakshan (Allan, TX), Ghassan Naim (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Mavenir Systems, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero Perle, L.L.P. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15274379 on 09/23/2016 (704 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and network node for synchronizing supplementary services settings between a database in a circuit-switched network and a database in a packet-switched network are disclosed. An exemplary communication system synchronization node is configured to receive a message containing a change to a supplementary service setting associated with a user equipment (UE) connected to a circuit-switched (CS) network or a packet-switched (PS) network, and communicate the change to the supplementary service setting to one or both of the HLR and the HSS, so that the supplementary service settings in both the HLR and the HSS are updated to reflect the change to the supplementary service setting.

[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)


Interference measurement methods for advanced receiver in LTE/LTE-A
Patent No. 10064200 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX), Yi Song (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15208168 on 07/12/2016 (777 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for receiving a PDCH is provided. The method comprises: receiving, by a UE, information identifying a plurality of resource elements that are transmitted with zero power in a resource block containing the PDCH; receiving, by the UE, a first DMRS on a first DMRS port transmitted from a first cell; and receiving, by the UE, the PDCH that is transmitted on the first DMRS port.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DESIGN PATENTS

Container
Patent No. D826724 

Inventor(s): Jenny DeMarco Staab (Frisco, TX), Priscilla Ober (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29582263 on 10/26/2016 (671 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Blind aid device
Patent No. D827143 

Inventor(s): Christopher P. Lee (Campbell, CA), Douglas A. Moore (Livermore, CA), Nagisa Adachi (San Jose, CA), Patrick K. Ching (San Jose, CA), Rajiv Dayal (Milpitas, CA), Tiffany L. Chen (San Jose, CA), Youenn Colin (San Francisco,
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29583588 on 11/07/2016 (659 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Shingle
Patent No. D827158 

Inventor(s): Luis Duque (Hackensack, NJ), Ming-Liang Shiao (Collegeville, PA), Sudhir Railkar (Wayne, NJ)
Assignee(s): Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper Scinto (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29509890 on 11/21/2014 (1376 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Roofing panel
Patent No. D827159 

Inventor(s): Eric R. Anderson (Montclair, NJ), Sudhir Railkar (Wayne, NJ), Tommy Rodrigues (Nutley, NJ)
Assignee(s): Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29594060 on 02/15/2017 (559 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet fountain
Patent No. D827213 

Inventor(s): David Veness (Fort Worth, TX), Nicholas Baker (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29611120 on 07/19/2017 (405 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

Updated iWear Holdings Corp. patent granted description to “methods for sending messages wirelessly from a garment” on 9/5,  6:33pm.

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