Dallas Invents: 74 Patents Granted for Week of Oct. 24

Patents secured range from Amazon's inter-service network communication optimization to Robokind's system and method for controlling animated characters for lifelike interactions to Health Happy Pets' method for creating an animal litter that detects health conditions in felines.

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of OCT. 24, 2017 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

1. SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano) 7

2. Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano) 4


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Paul Cihak (Euless) 2

Stephen William O’Brien (Fort Worth) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

161 days
Set-top box, system and method for providing awareness in a hospitality environment, patent No. 9800932
Assignee: Enseo Inc. (Richardson)

6,122 days
Method and associated device for filtering digital video images, patent No. 9800891
Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy (Espoo, FI)
Inventor: Marta Karczewicz (Irving)


Patent information is provided by Joe Chiarella, founder of patent analytics company Patent Index and publisher of The Inventiveness IndexFor additional details on the patents granted below, search the USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database


UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

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Method for placing implant using robotic system
Patent No. 9795394 

Inventor(s): Peter M. Bonutti (Manalapan, FL)
Assignee(s): BONUTTI SKELETAL INNOVATIONS LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Fleit Gibbons Gutman Bongini Bianco PL (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14958967 on 12/04/2015 (690 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for placing an implant on a patient in a robotic surgical procedure using a robotic system. During the robotic surgical procedure, a navigation system tracks the patient. The navigation system also provides information to the robotic system to guide movement of a cutting tool to remove material from the patient such that a cut surface is created to receive the implant. The implant is then robotically placed on the cut surface.

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


Spot-on pesticide composition
Patent No. 9795136 

Inventor(s): Larry Nouvel (Plano)
Assignee(s): SERGEANT’S PET CARE PRODUCTS, INC. (Omaha, NE)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14460707 on 08/15/2014 (1166 days app to issue)

Abstract: A spot-on pesticide composition for animals, specifically mammals, including dogs and cats, which composition comprises a combination of fipronil and etofenprox as the active components, in doses and proportions which are parasiticidally effective against a variety of insects and pests, and in a formulation which is convenient for local application to the mammal’s skin, preferably localized over a small surface area.

[A01N] PRESERVATION OF BODIES OF HUMANS OR ANIMALS OR PLANTS OR PARTS THEREOF (preservation of food or foodstuff A23); BIOCIDES, e.g. AS DISINFECTANTS, AS PESTICIDES OR AS HERBICIDES (preparations for medical, dental or toilet purposes which kill or prevent the growth or proliferation of unwanted organisms A61K); PEST REPELLANTS OR ATTRACTANTS; PLANT GROWTH REGULATORS (mixtures of pesticides with fertilisers C05G)


Intersomatic cage, intervertebral prosthesis, anchoring device and implantation instruments
Patent No. 9795485 

Inventor(s): Jeff Phelps (North Richland Hills), Michael Hisey (Flower Mound)
Assignee(s): LDR Medical (Sainte-Savine FR)
Law Firm: Lauff Law PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13732244 on 12/31/2012 (1758 days app to issue)

Abstract: An intersomatic cage, an intervertebral prosthesis, an anchoring device and an instrument for implantation of the cage or the prosthesis and the anchoring device are provided. An intersomatic cage or an intervertebral prosthesis fit closely to the anchoring device, which includes a body of elongated shape on a longitudinal axis, of curved shape describing, along the longitudinal axis, an arc whose dimensions and radius of curvature are designed in such a manner that the anchoring device may be implanted in the vertebral plate of a vertebra by presenting its longitudinal axis substantially along the plane of the intervertebral space, where the anchoring device is inserted, by means of the instrument, through a slot located in at least one peripheral wall of the cage or on at least one plate of the intervertebral disc prosthesis to penetrate into at least one vertebral plate.

[A61F] FILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, E.G. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS (dental prosthetics A61C) [2006.01]


Intragastric balloon for treating obesity
Patent No. 9795498 

Inventor(s): Christopher S. Mudd (Keller)
Assignee(s): APOLLO ENDOSURGERY US, INC. (Austin)
Law Firm: Gordon Jacobson, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14433752 on 10/03/2013 (1482 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transorally implanted intragastric balloon or treating obesity and for weight control including a variable size balloon with one or interconnected regions acting to exert a pressure on the stomach, to provide a stomach volume occupying effect, and/or to anchor the balloon within the stomach.

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


Independently adjusting multi-legged modular walker/cane assembly
Patent No. 9795530 

Inventor(s): James Dale Jordan (Grapevine), Shyh Min Chen (Plano)
Assignee(s): RANjAM LLC (Grapevine)
Law Firm: Klemchuk LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14959932 on 12/04/2015 (690 days app to issue)

Abstract: A walker/cane assembly, multi-legged cane, and single-pointed cane may share common parts that may be easily connected and detached to allow a user to convert a walker/cane assembly to a multi-legged cane and/or a single-pointed cane. Accordingly, a user may use a single assembly that may be quickly and easily modified to meet the user’s needs, such as his/her current balance or energy level. One or more folding mechanisms may be employed to allow the walker/cane assembly, or the frame forming a portion of the walker/cane assembly, to be easily collapsed and folded. This may allow a user to store the walker/cane assembly, or the frame portion of the assembly, in a smaller amount of space than the expanded walker/cane assembly or the frame portion of the assembly may otherwise occupy.

[A61H] PHYSICAL THERAPY APPARATUS, e.g. DEVICES FOR LOCATING OR STIMULATING REFLEX POINTS IN THE BODY; ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION; MASSAGE; BATHING DEVICES FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC OR HYGIENIC PURPOSES OR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY (electrotherapy, magnetotherapy, radiation therapy, ultrasound therapy A61N)


Fire retardant delivery method and apparatus
Patent No. 9795812 

Inventor(s): Eric F. Charlton (Grapevine)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Reising Ethington P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13214532 on 08/22/2011 (2255 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for delivering fire retardant to a ground fire from an aircraft. The apparatus includes a dispenser casing that dispenses fire retardant after the casing has been released from an aircraft. The apparatus includes a dispenser fuse that actuates the dispenser casing to dispense the fire retardant in response to one or more predetermined conditions.

[A62C] FIRE-FIGHTING (fire-extinguishing compositions, use of chemical substances in extinguishing fires A62D 1/00; spraying, applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces in general B05; fire-fighting aircraft B64D 1/16; alarm arrangements G08B, e.g. fire alarms actuated by smoke or gases G08B 17/10)


Natural product analogs including an anti-inflammatory cyanoenone pharmacore and methods of use
Patent No. 9796668 

Inventor(s): Deborah A. Ferguson (Branchburg, NJ), Eric Anderson (Southlake), Gary L. Bolton (Ann Arbor, MI), Melean Visnick (Irving), Patrick M. O’Brien (Stockbridge, MI), Robert M. Kral, Jr. (Grapevine), Xin Jiang (Copp
Assignee(s): REATA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (Irving)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14950557 on 11/24/2015 (700 days app to issue)

Abstract:

[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) HEADER B Performing OPs


Animal litter having light-weight composition
Patent No. 9795112 

Inventor(s): James Norman Goff (Addison)
Assignee(s): HEALTHY HAPPY PETS, LLC (Dallas)
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14868831 on 09/29/2015 (756 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are compositions of matter and a method of manufacturing that may be used to create animal litter that detects health conditions with feline animals. For example, feline urine detection may be performed by color generation when a feline animal urinates on the litter composition. The color generation properties of the litter may be used to indicate diabetic conditions, and urinary tract infections. The litter may be highly absorbent and efficient for waste removal purposes.

[B01J] CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROCESSES, e.g. CATALYSIS, COLLOID CHEMISTRY; THEIR RELEVANT APPARATUS (processes or apparatus for specific applications, see the relevant places for these processes or apparatus, e.g. F26B 3/08) [2]


 

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

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Modular, self-contained, mobile clean room
Patent No. 9795957 

Inventor(s): David M. Shanahan (Dallas), Phillip B. Maples (Pilot Point)
Assignee(s): G-CON MANUFACTURING, INC. (College Station)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13669785 on 11/06/2012 (1813 days app to issue)

Abstract: Biosafety units, methods of making and sealing the same are disclosed herein. The present invention includes a unitary structure able to be validated for pharmaceutical manufacturing comprising: at least one controlled air, sealable, sterilizable cleanroom; a mechanical system room adjacent to and separate from the cleanroom comprising: one or more air handling units that provide conditioned air to the cleanroom; and one or more power busses that provide power to electrical outlets in the cleanroom from two sources, wherein the at least two power supplies are connectable to one or more external electrical power sources; an integrated fire suppression system integral to the cleanroom; and one or more corridor connectors, wherein a corridor can be attached at the corridor connector.

[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)


Application of self-seal and adhesive strips to asphalt shingles
Patent No. 9795981 

Inventor(s): James A. Svec (Kearny, NJ)
Assignee(s): Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas)
Law Firm: Womble Carlyle Sandridge Rice LLP (16 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14824646 on 08/12/2015 (804 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for applying a strip of sealant to a web of roofing shingle stock as the web moves along a processing path. The apparatus includes an applicator wheel disposed on one side of the processing path and having a peripheral surface. The applicator wheel is rotatably mounted and oriented such that rotation of the applicator wheel moves the peripheral surface of the applicator wheel toward, adjacent to, and then away from the moving web of shingle stock. A nozzle preferably in the form of a slot die is disposed adjacent to the peripheral surface of the applicator wheel. A source of sealant is supplied and a delivery system is configured to deliver the sealant from the source of the sealant to the slot die under a predetermined pressure. The slot die and delivery system are configured to project a stream of sealant toward and onto the peripheral surface of the applicator wheel at a predetermined speed. This applies a coating of sealant to the peripheral surface of the applicator wheel. The moving web of roofing shingle stock engages the sealant on the peripheral surface of the applicator wheel as the peripheral surface moves adjacent to the web. This, in turn, draws sealant from the peripheral surface of the applicator and onto the web of roofing shingle stock thereby applying the strip of sealant to the web.

[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]


Intermittent start compressor
Patent No. 9796248 

Inventor(s): Ricky W. Dull (Rhome)
Assignee(s): Standard Motor Products, Inc. (Long Island City, NY)
Law Firm: Law Office of William Gustavson, PC (Local + 666 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15193133 on 06/27/2016 (484 days app to issue)

Abstract: A switch ([b]10, 200[/b]) is provided for installation in the air conditioning (A/C) system ([b]12[/b]) in a vehicle ([b]16[/b]) for intermittently operating the clutch ([b]20[/b]) in the A/C system ([b]12[/b]) each time the control ([b]44[/b]) in the A/C system ([b]12[/b]) provides power to operate the clutch ([b]20[/b]) to prevent slugging. This turns the compressor ([b]14[/b]) a few turns each time the clutch ([b]20[/b]) is energized during intermittent operation to purge liquid refrigerant and lubricant from the compressor ([b]14[/b]) to prevent slugging. The switch ([b]10, 200[/b]) can be installed in existing vehicles by connecting the switch ([b]10, 200[/b]) in the wiring harness ([b]18[/b]) of the A/C system ([b]12[/b]) to the power lead ([b]38[/b]) from the control ([b]44[/b]) to the clutch ([b]20[/b]) and between the ground lead ([b]40[/b]) from the clutch ([b]20[/b]) and a ground. The switch ([b]10, 200[/b]) can include a microcontroller ([b]52[/b]) for controlling the operation of a power transistor ([b]70[/b]) to intermittently ground the clutch to provide the intermittent operation. A battery ([b]202[/b]) can be provided to power the microcontroller ([b]52[/b]) for a set period of time after an initial intermittent operation. This prevents additional intermittent operation for the set period of time.

[B60H] ARRANGEMENTS OR ADAPTATIONS OF HEATING, COOLING, VENTILATING, OR OTHER AIR-TREATING DEVICES SPECIALLY FOR PASSENGER OR GOODS SPACES OF VEHICLES


 

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

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Tricyclic inhibitors of HIF-2-alpha and uses thereof
Patent No. 9796697 

Inventor(s): Hanbiao Yang (Coppell), Paul Wehn (Dallas)
Assignee(s): PELOTON THERAPEUTICS, INC. (Dallas)
Law Firm: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15177166 on 06/08/2016 (503 days app to issue)

Abstract: Compounds comprising a fused tricylic core that modulate HIF-2 activity, pharmaceutical compositions containing these chemical entities, and methods of using these chemical entities for treating diseases associated with HIF-2 activity are described herein.

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


Bidentate heteroleptic square planar complexes of (pyridyl)azolates
Patent No. 9796743 

Inventor(s): Iain W. H. Oswald (Plano), Mohammad A. Omary (Denton)
Assignee(s): UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS (Denton)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14536092 on 11/07/2014 (1082 days app to issue)

Abstract: Bidentate heteroleptic square planar complexes of (pyridyl)azolates possess optical and electrical properties that render them useful for a wide variety of optical and electrical devices and applications. In particular, the complexes are useful for obtaining white or monochromatic organic light-emitting diodes (”OLEDs”), including doping-free OLEDs. Preferred forms also demonstrate semiconducting behavior and may be useful in a variety of other applications. Within the general complexes of (pyridyl)azolates, the metal and the ligands may be varied to impart different optoelectronic properties.

[C07F] ACYCLIC, CARBOCYCLIC, OR HETEROCYCLIC COMPOUNDS CONTAINING ELEMENTS OTHER THAN CARBON, HYDROGEN, HALOGEN, OXYGEN, NITROGEN, SULFUR, SELENIUM OR TELLURIUM (metal-containing porphyrins C07D 487/22; macromolecular compounds C08)


High dielectric compositions for particle formation and methods of forming particles using same
Patent No. 9796830 

Inventor(s): Angela Kim (Waterloo CA), Chitral Angammana (Waterloo CA), Evan Koslow (Dallas), Jocelyn Tindale (Waterloo CA), Ryan Gerakopulos (Waterloo CA), Tatiana Lazareva (Waterloo CA)
Assignee(s): Gabae Technologies Inc. (Dallas)
Law Firm: Phillips Lytle LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14052079 on 10/11/2013 (1474 days app to issue)

Abstract: A high dielectric composition for particle formation that includes a high dielectric solvent, and a high dielectric polymer dissolved into the high dielectric solvent. A method of forming particles including dissolving a high dielectric polymer in a high dielectric solvent to form a high dielectric composition, and dielectrophoretically spinning the high dielectric composition in an electrostatic field to form particles.

[C08K] USE OF INORGANIC OR NON-MACROMOLECULAR ORGANIC SUBSTANCES AS COMPOUNDING INGREDIENTS (paints, inks, varnishes, dyes, polishes, adhesives C09) [2]


Stabilizer for aggressive chemicals packaging
Patent No. 9796870 

Inventor(s): Regan Pollock (Houston), Richard Vicari (Houston)
Assignee(s): Sekisui Specialty Chemicals America, LLC (Dallas)
Law Firm: Osha Liang LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15255814 on 09/02/2016 (417 days app to issue)

Abstract: Water soluble films and coatings herein address the problem of water insolubility, color formation, and brittleness upon exposure to oxidizing chemicals, including strong or aggressive oxidizing chemicals. The water soluble films or coatings may include a water soluble polymer and a reactive precursor, such as an alkanolamine or an alkyl alkanolamine. The reactive precursor is water soluble and reactive with oxidizing compounds. Water soluble films or coatings herein may also include a water soluble polymer and an additive mixture including an alkanolamine or an alkyl alkanolamine. The films or coatings, upon exposure to an oxidizing chemical for 8 weeks at 40 C. and ambient humidity, may dissolve fully or achieve 90% dissolution at times of less than 10 minutes. The water soluble films and coatings may advantageously be used with oxidizing chemicals while maintaining water solubility, acceptable color, and flexibility, such as in unit dose packaging, even over extended exposure periods.

[C09D] COATING COMPOSITIONS, e.g. PAINTS, VARNISHES OR LACQUERS; FILLING PASTES; CHEMICAL PAINT OR INK REMOVERS; INKS; CORRECTING FLUIDS; WOODSTAINS; PASTES OR SOLIDS FOR COLOURING OR PRINTING; USE OF MATERIALS THEREFOR (cosmetics A61K; processes for applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces, in general, B05D; staining wood B27K 5/02; glazes or vitreous enamels C03C; natural resins, French polish, drying-oils, driers, turpentine, per se, C09F; polishing compositions other than French polish, ski waxes C09G; adhesives or use of materials as adhesives C09J; materials for sealing or packing joints or covers C09K 3/10; materials for stopping leaks C09K 3/12; processes for the electrolytic or electrophoretic production of coatings C25D) [5]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

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Crossover joint for connecting eccentric flow paths to concentric flow paths
Patent No. 9797226 

Inventor(s): Patrick C. Hyde (Hurst)
Assignee(s): ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (Spring)
Law Firm: ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company Law Department (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13990804 on 11/17/2011 (2168 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wellbore apparatus and method comprising a first wellbore tool having a primary flow path and at least one secondary flow path and a second wellbore tool having a primary flow path and secondary flow path. A radial center of the primary flow path in the first wellbore tool is offset from a radial center of the primary flow path in the second wellbore tool which comprises a crossover joint connecting the first wellbore tool to the second wellbore tool having a primary flow path fluidly connecting the primary flow path of the first wellbore tool to the primary flow path of the second wellbore tool, and at least one secondary flow path fluidly connecting the at least one secondary flow path of the first wellbore tool to the at least one secondary flow path of the second wellbore tool.

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


Magnetic tool position determination in a wellbore
Patent No. 9797238 

Inventor(s): Michael L. Fripp (Carrollton), Thomas J. Frosell (Irving), Zachary R. Murphree (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14647058 on 12/31/2013 (1393 days app to issue)

Abstract: A magnetic system for determining an operating position of a downhole tool. The system includes an array of magnets operable to produce a magnetic field that is operably associated with a stationary component of the downhole tool. A moveable component of the downhole tool has at least first and second positions relative to the stationary component. In the first position, the moveable component has a first degree of interference with the magnetic field. In the second position, the moveable component has a second degree of interference with the magnetic field. A magnetic field detector is operable to be run into the wellbore and moved relative to the downhole tool such that the position of the moveable component relative to the stationary component is determined by detection of a magnetic signature produced by the moveable component and the array of magnets.

[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]


 

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LIGHTING | HEATING | WEAPONS | BLASTING

 

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Magnet configurations for magnetic levitation of wind turbines and other apparatus
Patent No. 9797383 

Inventor(s): Anthony Michael Jenkins (Phoenix, AZ), Cheong S. Choi (Sierra Vista, AZ)
Assignee(s): Hover Energy, LLC (Carrollton)
Law Firm: Van Dyke Law (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15206320 on 07/11/2016 (470 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wind turbine having one or more magnets for reducing friction between the turbine support and a turbine rotor. The reduction of friction between the turbine rotor and the turbine support allows for an increase in energy production and scale of the wind turbines. The magnet configuration employs a ring of cylindrically-shaped magnets at the bottom and opposed by a corresponding number of generally rectangular-shaped magnets. Bearing magnets are also employed for axial stabilization.

[F03D] WIND MOTORS


Thermally insulated door assembly and method
Patent No. 9797650 

Inventor(s): Joseph F. Sanders (Fort Worth), Matthew K. McAleer (Fort Worth), Timothy G. Waller (Fort Worth)
Assignee(s): Illinois Tool Works Inc. (Glenview, IL)
Law Firm: The Small Patent Law Group, LLC. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14522708 on 10/24/2014 (1096 days app to issue)

Abstract: A thermally insulated door assembly includes first and second panes of light transmissive material, a light assembly, and a heat sink. The first pane and the second pane are spaced apart from each other by a separation gap to define an interior chamber. The light assembly is in the interior chamber between the first pane and the second pane, and is configured to generate light within the interior chamber. The heat sink is disposed within the interior chamber and coupled with the light assembly and an inwardly facing surface of the first pane. The heat sink is configured to conduct thermal energy generated by the light assembly onto an inwardly facing surface of the first pane and into the interior chamber such that the inwardly facing surface of the first pane and the interior chamber are heated by the light assembly.

[F25D] REFRIGERATORS; COLD ROOMS; ICE-BOXES; COOLING OR FREEZING APPARATUS NOT COVERED BY ANY OTHER SUBCLASS (refrigerated showcases A47F 3/04; thermally-insulated vessels for domestic use A47J 41/00; refrigerated vehicles, see the appropriate subclasses of classes B60-B64; containers with thermal insulation in general B65D 81/38; heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials, e.g. refrigerants, or materials for the production of heat or cold by chemical reactions other than by combustion C09K 5/00; thermally-insulated vessels for liquefied or solidified gases F17C; air-conditioning or air-humidification F24F; refrigeration machines, plants, or systems F25B; cooling of instruments or comparable apparatus without refrigeration G12B; cooling of engines or pumps, see the relevant classes)


Ceramic armor buffers for enhanced ballistic performance
Patent No. 9797691 

Inventor(s): David L. Hunn (Kennedale), Sang J. Lee (Coppell)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14531439 on 11/03/2014 (1086 days app to issue)

Abstract: An armor component having a plurality of ceramic elements, where each ceramic element is covered by a metal coating. Each metal coating covers the outer surface of only one ceramic element. The metal coating is configured to increase a dwell time for the armor component when the armor component is impacted by a projectile.

[F41H] ARMOUR; ARMOURED TURRETS; ARMOURED OR ARMED VEHICLES; MEANS OF ATTACK OR DEFENCE, e.g. CAMOUFLAGE, IN GENERAL


 

P H Y S I C S

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System and method for controlling intelligent animated characters
Patent No. 9796095 

Inventor(s): David Hanson (Garland), Robert Hauser (Frisco)
Assignee(s): Hanson Robokind and Intelligent Bots, LLC (Dallas)
Law Firm: Scheef Stone, L.L.P. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13968241 on 08/15/2013 (1531 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for controlling animated characters. The system involves an animated character mapping perception into a number of domains, including a world domain, linguistic domain and social domain. The system is computationally perceived items that should be abstracted from the character’s environment for processing. The animated character is able to utilize different levels of information gathering or learning, different levels of decision making, and different levels of dynamic responses to provide life-like interactions.

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


Off-axis loadcell force sensing to automatically determine location of specimen features
Patent No. 9797699 

Inventor(s): Michael Taliaferro (Dallas)
Assignee(s): ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS INC. (Glenview, IL)
Law Firm: McCarter English, LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14912199 on 08/12/2014 (1169 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method in materials testing to automatically locate the center of a feature on or in an object using the off-axis force feedback of a loadcell. In this disclosure, either a simplified model of the product or device being tested, or the product itself, is placed under the loadcell probe with the feature of interest roughly aligned under the probe tip. The probe is driven down into the feature. The product is automatically positioned relative to the probe in the x-direction until the side of the probe contacts the side of the feature. Contact is determined by monitoring the force feedback from the loadcell. When the vertical force from the side-load surpasses a pre-determined setpoint, contact is assumed and the value of the x-position of the product with respect to the probe is recorded. The product is then repositioned in the opposite direction in the x-axis to record the touch load on the other side. The center is then calculated as the average of the x values. The process is repeated along the y-axis. This data is then used to calculate the center of the feature and the product can be positioned at this location so that the probe is centered over the center thereof.

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


System and method for identifying data useful for valve diagnostics
Patent No. 9797811 

Inventor(s): Larry Gene Schoonover (Falmouth, MA), Robert Claude Prescott (Marshfield, MA)
Assignee(s): Dresser, Inc. (Addison)
Law Firm: Paul Frank + Collins P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14140012 on 12/24/2013 (1400 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods that can facilitate data collection for valve diagnostics. The systems can include a valve assembly with a valve and a sampling device that is configured to access a repository with a first buffer and a second buffer. During operation, the valve assembly is configured to read data representing operating variables for the valve into the first buffer. The valve assembly is also configure to determine a quality measure for a first sample set of data from the first buffer, the quality measure indicating the usefulness of the first sample set of data for predicting performance of the valve relative to a second sample set of data from the second buffer. In one embodiment, the valve assembly is further configured to read data from the first buffer into the second buffer in response to the quality measure indicating that the first sample set of data is relatively more useful than the second sample set of data.

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


Optical computing devices with birefringent optical elements
Patent No. 9797825 

Inventor(s): Neal Gregory Skinner (Lewisville)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston)
Law Firm: McDermott Will Emery LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14434650 on 06/12/2013 (1595 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are optical computing devices that employ birefringent optical elements configured for use in optical computing devices. One optical computing device includes a polarizer configured to generate at least x polarized light and y polarized light, a birefringent integrated computational element configured to optically interact with a substance and the polarizer, thereby generating optically interacted light, and at least one detector arranged to receive the optically interacted light and generate an output signal corresponding to a characteristic of the substance.

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


System and method for thread protrusion verification
Patent No. 9797856 

Inventor(s): Douglas Howard McKay (Grand Prairie), Jamie M. Smith (Keller)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14798135 on 07/13/2015 (834 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises a housing and a plurality of electrical contacts. Each of the plurality of electrical contacts are arranged to sequentially contact a contact device as the contact device moves through the housing. The contact device comprises a first end configured to couple to a bolt, a second end opposite the first end, and a conductive region between a first insulated region and a second insulated region.

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


Counter enhancements for improved performance and ease-of-use
Patent No. 9797936 

Inventor(s): Adam H. Dewhirst (Colleyville)
Assignee(s): NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION (Austin)
Law Firm: Meyertons Hood Kivlin Kowert Goetzel, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14639432 on 03/05/2015 (964 days app to issue)

Abstract: An improved counter may implement dynamic frequency measurement while also remaining fully backwards compatible with traditional frequency measurement methods. The counter may operate according to low-frequency, large range, and/or high frequency modes of operation. It may be programmable with a divisor value associated with the large range operating mode, and a measurement time associated with the high frequency mode of operation. The divisor and measurement time settings may be enabled or disabled, and when either setting is disabled, the counter becomes backwards compatible with traditional frequency measurement methods. The counter may also be provided with inputs representative of the desired type of measurement and the minimum and maximum expected values for the signal to be measured. The counter may perform the frequency measurement according to any one or more of the operating modes, and return a measurement result obtained in the operating mode that completes the measurement first.

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


Method and apparatus for processing data based on touch events on a touch sensitive device
Patent No. 9798518 

Inventor(s): Farid Khafizov (Plano), Margarita Khafizova (Plano)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13053662 on 03/22/2011 (2408 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure relate to a technique for processing data based on touch events on a touch sensitive device. A first touch event is detected indicating a selection of a value for an attribute using a touch input device from a first portion of a touch sensitive display screen of the touch sensitive device. A second touch event is detected indicating a change in position of the touch input device from the first portion to a second portion of the touch sensitive display screen of the touch sensitive device. In response to detecting the second touch event, a query is determined for searching a database based on the value for the attribute.

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


System and method for exposing the dynamic web server-side
Patent No. 9798524 

Inventor(s): Kevin Edward Lindsey (Fort Worth)
Assignee(s): Axway, Inc. (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: Staniford Tomita LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14016648 on 09/03/2013 (1512 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for accessing a native platform API is disclosed herein. The method includes serving the application code as a container on the server-side and instantiating a content of the code with a plurality of JavaScript calls, which allows APIs to access and retrieve information from the code and to process the content of the code.

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


Cloud computing architecture for managing hardware resources on network elements
Patent No. 9798552 

Inventor(s): An Wei (San Jose, CA), Kangkang Shen (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14800401 on 07/15/2015 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network element (NE) comprising a receiver configured to couple to a cloud network; and a multi-core central processing unit (CPU) coupled to the receiver and configured to receive a first partition configuration from an orchestration element, partition a plurality of processor cores into a plurality of processor core partitions according to the first partition configuration, and initiate a plurality of virtual basic input/output systems (vBIOSs) such that each vBIOS manages a processor core partition.

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


Updating and redistributing process templates with configurable activity parameters
Patent No. 9798576 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas), Sorin N. Cismas (Southlake)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15384473 on 12/20/2016 (308 days app to issue)

Abstract: A centralized controller may include at least one processor, a memory and a communication interface. The centralized controller may configure a computing system in a single deployment of an executable process. The executable process may include multiple executable instances associated with one of multiple different templates for the executable process. Each template may include multiple user-configurable parameters. A user may request a template associated with a first executable instance and update the template using the user-configurable parameters. The centralized controller may generate a second executable instance of the executable process and a second template associated with the second executable instance based on the updated template. The centralized controller may reconfigure the computing system based on the second executable instance of the executable process while maintaining the configuration of the computing system based on the first executable instance.

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


Systems and methods for non-blocking solid-state memory
Patent No. 9798620 

Inventor(s): Jeremy Fillingim (Salt Lake City, UT), Pankaj Mehra (San Jose, CA), Robert Wood (Niwot, CO)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Stoel Rives LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14449787 on 08/01/2014 (1180 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to writing data across multiple storage blocks in a storage device. In one embodiment, physical erase blocks in a bank of a storage device are erasable. Ones of the physical erase blocks may be associated with different respective communication channels. In such an embodiment, a data stripe may be written across a set of physical erase blocks such that the set of physical erase blocks includes physical erase blocks of different banks and includes physical erase blocks associated with different communication channels. In some embodiments, a request to read a portion of the data stripe may be received. In response to the request, a determination may be made that one of the set of physical erase blocks is unavailable to service the request. The request may then be serviced by reassembling data of the unavailable physical erase block.

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


Paging enablement of storage translation metadata
Patent No. 9798673 

Inventor(s): David Atkisson (Draper, UT), Igor Sharovar (Salt Lake City, UT), James G. Peterson (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Stoel Rives LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13831392 on 03/14/2013 (1685 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to storing translations in memory that are usable to access data on a recording medium. In one embodiment, a request is sent for a memory allocation within a non-pageable portion of a memory in a computer system. Responsive to the request, allocated memory is received. Translations usable to map logical addresses to physical addresses within a storage device are stored within the allocated memory. In some embodiments, the translations are usable to access an area within the storage device used to store pages evicted from the memory. In one embodiment, a size of the memory allocation is determined based on a size of the area. In another embodiment, a size of the memory allocation is determined based on a size of a partition including the area. In some embodiments, the storage device is a solid-state storage array.

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


N-ary tree for mapping a virtual memory space
Patent No. 9798674 

Inventor(s): Donald Edward Steiss (Richardson)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14568486 on 12/12/2014 (1047 days app to issue)

Abstract: A page table is a data structure used by a virtual memory system in a computer system to store the mapping between virtual addresses and physical addresses. Embodiments herein use a tree to map a virtual memory address space in the page table. The tree may be an N-ary tree where N is a power of two (e.g., 2, 4, 8, 16, etc.). The tree may include multiple levels that each correspond to a different page table size. For example, an octree includes eight different entries for each child node which may include per-thread sub-entries. Child nodes in the first level of the octree may each correspond to a 512 GiB page, while child nodes in the second level, however, may each have eight entries that correspond to a 64 GiB page. In this manner, an N-ary tree may be used to support a computing system with varying page sizes.

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


Interactive image selection method
Patent No. 9798741 

Inventor(s): Alan Payne (Chesterton GB), Graham Robert Kiddle (Ely GB), Hani Muammar (Cambridge GB), John Denis Piper (Cambridge GB), Peter Thomas Fry (Wicken GB)
Assignee(s): MONUMENT PEAK VENTURES, LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14623984 on 02/17/2015 (980 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for browsing a collection of digital images on a soft-copy display comprising: receiving a collection of digital images; interactively user selecting a digital image using a user interface; determining a plurality of subsets of the digital images, wherein each subset shares a common category with the selected digital image; and displaying the subsets of digital images on the soft-copy display, together with the selected digital image.

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


Dynamic map template discovery and map creation
Patent No. 9798746 

Inventor(s): Kulvir Singh Bhogal (Fort Worth)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13907361 on 05/31/2013 (1607 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system and computer program product for dynamic map template discovery and map creation may include determining a frequency of use of a data object in a database and discovering a dynamic map template corresponding to the data object based on the frequency of use of the data object. The method may also include creating a dynamic map from the dynamic map template in response to discovering the dynamic map template.

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


Direct payment method using gateway exception handling
Patent No. 9799026 

Inventor(s): Richard Taylor (Richardson), Robert M. Allen (Richardson)
Assignee(s): Supersede Solutions, LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Smith Hopen, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14573113 on 12/17/2014 (1042 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for straight through payment processing when the merchant is known but the merchant’s payment card acquirer is unknown. Payment instructions from a payee to the merchant are normalized for a target acquirer system which is selected either at random, based on business logic and data, or based on successful past straight through payments. Payments are attempted for each acquirer successively until a successful payment notification is received. The link to the merchant and acquirer is then saved for subsequent straight through payments to that merchant.

[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]


Customer feedback analyzer
Patent No. 9799035 

Inventor(s): Karl J. Cama (Coppell)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14037968 on 09/26/2013 (1489 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for analyzing customer feedback is provided. The method includes accessing a keyword and word mapping database and receiving consumer feedback data associated with a product or service. The consumer feedback data includes feedback data groups. Each group is divided into segments based on word analysis. Each segment is analyzed with respect to the keyword and thesaurus database. A score is generated for each segment and a composite score is generated for each feedback data group. Each composite score is stored.

[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]


Intelligent tool to support manual scheduling of ads
Patent No. 9799048 

Inventor(s): John Tinsman (Fallbrook, CA)
Assignee(s): Imagine Communications Corp. (Frisco)
Law Firm: Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell Tummino LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14257355 on 04/21/2014 (1282 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for providing options for scheduling ads is provided. In example embodiments, a list of one or more ads is presented to an operator. A selection of an ad to be placed into a schedule is received. Placement analysis is performed, using a hardware processor, to identify a plurality of placement options based on placing the ad into the schedule. The placement analysis includes determining a net difference metric value for each placement option. The net difference metric value is determined based on displacement of at least one previously scheduled ad in each placement option. The plurality of placement options are sorted according to a score derived from at least one value metric to create a result. The result is presented to the operator, whereby the result includes the score derived from the at least one value metric for each placement option.

[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]


Vehicle display device
Patent No. 9799244 

Inventor(s): Dan Matheus (Fort Worth)
Assignee(s): D2 AUTO GROUP, LLC (Houston)
Law Firm: Buskop Law Group, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14802516 on 07/17/2015 (830 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle display device and method for elevating and rotating a vehicle configured to fit in a single car parking space, while simultaneously displaying messages through a connected electronic message display. The vehicle display device has a turntable allowing for three hundred and sixty degrees of rotation of the vehicle. The electronic message display can present multiple messages that are customizable and easily modified.

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


Multiple disk loader apparatus
Patent No. 9799367 

Inventor(s): Jiafeng Zhu (Pleasanton, CA), Masood Mortazavi (San Jose, CA), Ron-Chung Hu (Palo Alto, CA), Xuan Song (Iowa City, IA), Zijia Wang (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15274662 on 09/23/2016 (396 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multiple disk loader apparatus includes a plurality of rods. Each rod has a pair of pins extending radially from a side of the rod. The pair of pins are spaced circumferentially around the rod with respect to each other. Each pin has a top surface wherein the top surface of a first pin is longitudinally separated from the top surface of a second pin by a predetermined gap. A rotation device is coupled to the plurality of rods. The rotation device rotates the plurality of rods individually through a respective predetermined arc and in a respective rotational direction in order to extract a disk stack from storage and to separate a disk from the stack to load into a drive.

[G11B] INFORMATION STORAGE BASED ON RELATIVE MOVEMENT BETWEEN RECORD CARRIER AND TRANSDUCER (recording measured values in a way that does not require playback through a transducer G01D 9/00; recording or playback apparatus using mechanically marked tape, e.g. punched paper tape, or using unit records, e.g. punched or magnetically marked cards G06K; transferring data from one type of record carrier to another G06K 1/18; circuits for coupling output of reproducer to radio receiver H04B 1/20; gramophone pick-ups or like acoustic electromechanical transducers or circuits therefor H04R)


Method and apparatus for providing network interface using optical network terminal (”ONT”) plug
Patent No. 9800341 

Inventor(s): Craig Lawrence Lutgen (Richardson)
Assignee(s): Tellabs Operations, Inc. (Naperville, IL)
Law Firm: JW Law Group (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14078361 on 11/12/2013 (1442 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communications network, in one embodiment, includes a passive optical network (”PON”) network, user equipment (”UE”), and optical network terminal (”ONT”) plug to facilitate data transfer via an optical network. The PON network containing at least one fiber splitter and one optical line terminal (”OLT”) is capable of transmitting optical data. The UE having a high-speed electrical (”HSE”) port is able to process information based on electrical signals received from the HSE port. The ONT plug, in one embodiment, includes a modular electrical connector, a signal converter, and an optical and power hybrid (”OPH”) interface. The modular electrical connector contains at least eight (8) electrical contacts with eight (8) positions and can be inserted into the HSE port. The signal converter is used to convert optical signals received from the optical interface to electrical signals.

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


Inter service network communication optimization
Patent No. 9800474 

Inventor(s): Darryl Chalmers (McKinney)
Assignee(s): Amazon Technologies, Inc. (Seattle, WA)
Law Firm: Thorpe North Western, LLP. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14520246 on 10/21/2014 (1099 days app to issue)

Abstract: Technology for provision and use of inter service network communication optimization is provided. A method may include determining an available network bandwidth between a private service network and a public service network and determining processing availability at the private service network and at the public service network. Rules may be identified for transferring data between the private service network and the public service network. A determination of whether to transfer data between the private service network and public service network may be made based on the available network bandwidth, the processor availability and the bandwidth rules.

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


Hierarchical clustering in a geographically dispersed network environment
Patent No. 9800549 

Inventor(s): Andrew E. Ossipov (Richardson)
Assignee(s): CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14619759 on 02/11/2015 (986 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example method for facilitating hierarchical clustering in a geographically dispersed network environment is provided and includes receiving a packet at one of a plurality of adaptive security appliance (ASA) units in one of a plurality of ASA clusters in a cluster domain of a network environment, identifying the packet as matching an inter-data center live traffic profile, identifying a target ASA cluster in the plurality of ASA clusters in the cluster domain, querying a domain director in the target ASA cluster for a flow owner, and if the flow owner is identified by the domain director, forwarding the packet to the flow owner in the target cluster, and if the flow owner is not identified by the domain director, and the domain director includes a flow state for a flow to which the packet belongs, designating the ASA unit as the flow owner.

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


 

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Double trench isolation
Patent No. 9799527 

Inventor(s): Katsuo Yamada (Yokkaichi JP), Noritaka Fukuo (Yokkaichi JP), Takuya Futase (Yokkaichi JP), Tomoyasu Kakegawa (Yokkaichi JP), Yuji Takahashi (Yokkaichi JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14519740 on 10/21/2014 (1099 days app to issue)

Abstract: Isolation is provided by forming a first trench, depositing a cover layer on the bottom and sidewalls of the first trench, selectively removing the cover layer from the bottom and forming a second trench extending from the bottom of the first trench. The second trench is then substantially filled by thermal oxide formed by oxidation and the first trench is subsequently filled with a deposited dielectric.

[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 package with lid having lid conductive structure
Patent No. 9799637 

Inventor(s): Jonathan Fain (Sachse), Kevin J. Anderson (Plano), Tarak A. Railkar (Plano)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15292464 on 10/13/2016 (376 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a semiconductor package with a lid that includes a lid conductive structure. The semiconductor package includes a substrate with a top surface, a lid over the top surface of the substrate, and at least one substrate-mounted component mounted on the top surface of the substrate. Herein, a cavity is defined within the lid and over the top surface of the substrate. The substrate includes a metal pad over the top surface of the substrate. The lid includes a lid conductive structure, a lid body, and a perimeter wall that extends from a perimeter of the lid body toward the top surface of the substrate. The lid conductive structure includes a body conductor that extends through a portion of the lid body and a wall conductor that is coupled to the body conductor, extends through the perimeter wall, and is electronically coupled to the metal pad.

[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]


Single-semiconductor-layer channel in a memory opening for a three-dimensional non-volatile memory device
Patent No. 9799669 

Inventor(s): Jayavel Pachamuthu (San Jose, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Peter Rabkin (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14972618 on 12/17/2015 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory film layer is formed in a memory opening through an alternating stack of first material layers and second material layers. A sacrificial material layer is deposited on the memory film layer. Horizontal portions of the sacrificial material layer and the memory film layer at the bottom of the memory opening is removed by an anisotropic etch to expose a substrate underlying the memory opening, while vertical portions of the sacrificial material layer protect vertical portions of the memory film layer. After removal of the sacrificial material layer selective to the memory film, a doped semiconductor material layer can be formed directly on the exposed material in the memory opening and on the memory film as a single material layer to form a semiconductor channel of a memory device.

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


Three dimensional NAND device containing dielectric pillars for a buried source line and method of making thereof
Patent No. 9799670 

Inventor(s): Chun Ge (Milpitas, CA), Jin Liu (Milpitas, CA), Masatoshi Nishikawa (Yokkaichi JP), Yanli Zhang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15017961 on 02/08/2016 (624 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack of electrically conductive layers and insulating layers located over a substrate, an array of memory stack structures, each memory stack structure extending through the alternating stack and including a memory film and a semiconductor channel laterally surrounded by the memory film, and an array of dielectric pillars located between the alternating stack and the substrate.

[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]


Three-dimensional integration schemes for reducing fluorine-induced electrical shorts
Patent No. 9799671 

Inventor(s): Jayavel Pachamuthu (San Jose, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Matthias Baenninger (Menlo Park, CA), Stephen Shi (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14680414 on 04/07/2015 (931 days app to issue)

Abstract: Dielectric degradation and electrical shorts due to fluorine radical generation from metallic electrically conductive lines in a three-dimensional memory device can be reduced by forming composite electrically conductive layers and/or using of a metal oxide material for an insulating spacer for backside contact trenches. Each composite electrically conductive layer includes a doped semiconductor material portion in proximity to memory stack structures and a metallic material portion in proximity to a backside contact trench. Fluorine generated from the metallic material layers can escape readily through the backside contact trench. The semiconductor material portions can reduce mechanical stress. Alternatively or additionally, a dielectric metal oxide can be employed as an insulating spacer on the sidewalls of the backside contact trench, thereby blocking a diffusion path for fluorine radicals generated from the metallic material of the electrically conductive layers, and preventing electrical shorts between electrically conductive layers and/or a backside contact via structure.

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


Semi-floating gate FET
Patent No. 9799776 

Inventor(s): John H. Zhang (Altamont, NY), Qing Liu (Watervliet, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14739634 on 06/15/2015 (862 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semi-floating gate transistor is implemented as a vertical FET built on a silicon substrate, wherein the source, drain, and channel are vertically aligned, on top of one another. Current flow between the source and the drain is influenced by a control gate and a semi-floating gate. Front side contacts can be made to each one of the source, drain, and control gate terminals of the vertical semi-floating gate transistor. The vertical semi-floating gate FET further includes a vertical tunneling FET and a vertical diode. Fabrication of the vertical semi-floating gate FET is compatible with conventional CMOS manufacturing processes, including a replacement metal gate process. Low-power operation allows the vertical semi-floating gate FET to provide a high current density compared with conventional planar devices.

[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]


Power cord retainer
Patent No. 9799991 

Inventor(s): George Yi (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15195922 on 06/28/2016 (483 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power cord retainer is provided for an equipment module including a chassis, a power receptacle, a handle adjacent to the receptacle, and a power cord. The power cord retainer includes a cable clip with a clip portion configured to engage a cable of the power cord, and a mounting portion extending from the clip portion. The power cord retainer also includes a bracket with an elongated section, a plurality of mounts extending along a length of the elongated section for adjustably receiving the mounting portion of the cable clip, and a hook section at one end of the elongated portion configured for partially encircling the equipment module handle. The power cord retainer is configured to secure the power cord plug in the equipment module power receptacle when the clip portion engages the power cord cable and the hook section partially encircles the equipment module handle.

[H01R] ELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS (switches, fuses H01H; coupling devices of the waveguide type H01P 5/00; switching arrangements for the supply or distribution of electric power H02B; installations of electric cables or lines, or of combined optical and electric cables or lines, or of auxiliary apparatus H02G; printed means for providing electric connections to or between printed circuits H05K)


Communications plugs and patch cords with mode conversion control circuitry
Patent No. 9799993 

Inventor(s): Amid I. Hashim (Plano), Richard A. Schumacher (Dallas)
Assignee(s): CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15386218 on 12/21/2016 (307 days app to issue)

Abstract: Patch cords include a communications cable that has first through eighth conductors that are arranged as four twisted pairs and a plug attached thereto. The plug includes a housing that receives the cable, first through eighth plug contacts, and a printed circuit board that includes first through eighth conductive paths that connect the first through eighth conductors to the respective first through eighth plug contacts. The plug further includes a first crosstalk injection circuit between the second conductive path and the sixth conductive path and a second crosstalk injection circuit between the first conductive path and the sixth conductive path.

[H01R] ELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS (switches, fuses H01H; coupling devices of the waveguide type H01P 5/00; switching arrangements for the supply or distribution of electric power H02B; installations of electric cables or lines, or of combined optical and electric cables or lines, or of auxiliary apparatus H02G; printed means for providing electric connections to or between printed circuits H05K)


System and method for intelligent RI/PMI selection
Patent No. 9800303 

Inventor(s): Jian Wang (Shanghai CN), Leonard Piazzi (Denville, NJ), Renjian Zhao (Acton, MA), Zhengxiang Ma (Summit, NJ)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14685077 on 04/13/2015 (925 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus in a user equipment node (UE) is configured to perform a method for channel feedback. The method includes determining, based on a common reference signal received from a base station and one or more channel conditions, a plurality of values for a receiver table. The method also includes determining a plurality of values for a decision table based on corresponding values in the receiver table and a predetermined interference table. The method further includes selecting a value from the decision table. In addition, the method includes transmitting, to the base station, at least one of a rank indicator (RI) value and a precoding matrix indicator (PMI) value associated with the selected value in the decision table.

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


OFDM frame transmission method and apparatus
Patent No. 9800378 

Inventor(s): Akihiko Matsuoka (Kanagawa JP), Masayuki Orihashi (Kanagawa JP), Yoichi Nakagawa (Tokyo JP), Yutaka Murakami (Osaka JP)
Assignee(s): Optis Wireless Technology, LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14751658 on 06/26/2015 (851 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) frame signal is generated that includes a grid of multiple frequency subcarriers and multiple time periods. An OFDM symbol is transmitted using multiple frequency subcarriers during a time period and includes known reference OFDM symbols assigned to corresponding time-frequency resource elements in the grid, Each resource element is defined by a one of the multiple frequency subcarriers and one of the multiple time periods. A second orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) frame signal is generated that includes a grid of multiple frequency subcarriers and multiple time periods and includes known reference OFDM symbols assigned to corresponding time-frequency resource elements in the grid. The time-frequency resource elements in the grid assigned to the known reference OFDM symbols in the first OFDM frame signal are different from the time-frequency resource elements in the grid assigned to the known reference OFDM symbols in the second OFDM frame signal. The first OFDM frame signal is converted to a first radio signal and the second OFDM frame signal to a second radio signal. The first radio signal is transmitted from a first antenna and the second radio signal from a second, different antenna.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for multi-source channel estimation
Patent No. 9800384 

Inventor(s): Arkady Molev Shteiman (Bridgewater, NJ), Xiao Feng Qi (Westfield, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14944013 on 11/17/2015 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for channel estimation includes determining position information of a main transmission point with a primary transmission path to the communications device and of at least one mirror transmission point associated with the main transmission point by at least one secondary transmission path between the main transmission point and the communications device, estimating a primary channel between the main transmission point and the communications device and at least one secondary channel between the at least one mirror transmission point and the communications device in accordance with the position information of the main transmission point and of the at least one mirror transmission point and position information of antennas in an antenna array of the communications device, and instructing use of the estimated primary channel and the at least one estimated secondary channel.

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


Interoperability gateway for land mobile radio system
Patent No. 9800460 

Inventor(s): Arindam Roy (Plano), Brandon Hudson Yarbrough (Richardson), Jon Bartosch (Rowlett), Steve Newman (Lincoln, NE)
Assignee(s): E.F. Johnson Company (Irving)
Law Firm: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14815095 on 07/31/2015 (816 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is an interoperability gateway system that provides backup connection between a dispatch center and a Land Mobile Radio (LMR) system in the event the dispatch center is disconnected from the LMR system. In general, this may be accomplished by providing an RF link between the disconnected site and the interoperability gateway via a controller, or interoperability site network interface (ISNI), that is activated when the dispatch center is disconnected from the LMR system. The interoperability gateway provides the backup connection by allocating a control station for each channel available at the disconnected LMR system. When compared to conventional dispatch console backup schemes, the disclosed interoperability gateway system greatly reduces the equipment needed to provide dispatch console backup, thereby decreasing equipment and operation costs, and simplifying operation by providing a solution that is virtually transparent to the dispatcher.

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


Ring-based network interconnect
Patent No. 9800461 

Inventor(s): Andrew W. Hull (Grapevine), Daniel M. Herring (Fort Worth), Robert A. Woodward (Forth Worth)
Assignee(s): Elbit Systems of America, LLC (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14567143 on 12/11/2014 (1048 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network. At least some embodiments are a network including a first root node connected to a first port of a first switch and a second root node connected to a first port of a second switch. A first link is connected to a second port of the first switch and connected to a second port of the second switch. A second link is connected to a third port of a first switch and connected to a third port of the second switch.

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


Handling authentication failures in wireless communication systems
Patent No. 9800578 

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Keller)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15335124 on 10/26/2016 (363 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for handling authentication failures in a wireless communication system includes transmitting, by a user equipment (UE) and via a first cell, a first plurality of messages including at least one of AUTHENTICATION AND CIPHERING FAILURE messages or AUTHENTICATION FAILURE messages, where two or more of the first plurality of messages indicate at least one of synch failure or medium access control (MAC) failure, and where the UE includes at least one of a subscriber identity module (SIM) or universal SIM; receiving at least one of an AUTHENTICATION REJECT message or an AUTHENTICATION AND CIPHERING REJECT message subsequent to transmitting the two or more of the first plurality of messages indicating at least one of synch failure or MAC failure; and in response to receiving the at least one of an AUTHENTICATION REJECT message or an AUTHENTICATION AND CIPHERING REJECT message, transmitting an ATTACH message via a second cell.

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


Multi-party conversation analyzer and logger
Patent No. 9800721 

Inventor(s): Charles Barrasso (Franklin, MA), Jay Gainsboro (Framingham, MA), Ken Sinclair (Waban, MA), Lee Davis Weinstein (Arlington, MA)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13227456 on 09/07/2011 (2239 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention facilitates the investigation of networks of criminals, by gathering associations between phone numbers, the names of persons reached at those phone numbers, and voice print data. In another aspect the invention automatically detects phone calls from a prison where the voiceprint of the person called matches the voiceprint of a past inmate. In another aspect the invention detects identity scams in prisons, by monitoring for known voice characteristics of likely imposters on phone calls made by prisoners. In another aspect, the invention automatically does speech-to-text conversion of phone numbers spoken within a predetermined time of detecting data indicative of a three-way call event while monitoring a phone call from a prison inmate. In another aspect, the invention automatically thwarts attempts of prison inmates to use re-dialing services. In another aspect, the invention automatically tags audio data retrieved from a database, by steganographically encoding into the audio data the identity of the official retrieving the audio data.

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


Architectural scale communications systems and methods therefore
Patent No. 9800829 

Inventor(s): Peter McDuffie White (McKinney)
Assignee(s): Telepresence Technologies, LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15090490 on 04/04/2016 (568 days app to issue)

Abstract: An architectural structure incorporates advanced video conference communications systems that embody two-way mirrors to reflect room surfaces to appear superimposed with an image display device to create a perception of depth. The processes for delivering professional services using video conference systems with two-way mirror configurations are presented herein.

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


Method and associated device for filtering digital video images
Patent No. 9800891 

Inventor(s): Marta Karczewicz (Irving)
Assignee(s): Nokia Technologies Oy (Espoo FI)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 09766035 on 01/19/2001 (6122 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for reducing visual artifacts in a frame of a digital video signal, which is coded by blocks and then decoded, includes defining a block type is according to the coding method for a block selected according to a predetermined set of coding types. In the method filtering is performed to reduce visual artifacts due to a block boundary The filtering performed depends on block types of the frame in the environment of the block boundary.

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


Set-top box, system and method for providing awareness in a hospitality environment
Patent No. 9800932 

Inventor(s): Thomas R. Miller (Plano), Vanessa Ogle (Fairview), William C. Fang (Plano)
Assignee(s): Enseo, Inc. (Richardson)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15596276 on 05/16/2017 (161 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for providing awareness in a hospitality environment are presented. In one embodiment, a vertical and horizontal array of set-top boxes is provided and each set-top box includes an identification corresponding to the room in which the set-top box is placed. Each set-top box includes a wireless transceiver that periodically transmits an identification beacon that is received by a proximate wireless-enabled interactive device. The proximate wireless-enabled interactive device, in turn, broadcasts data packets including an indication of the strength of set-top box identification signals received. The broadcasts are received by a server via an array of wireless routers. The location of the proximate wireless-enabled interactive device is determined based on the signal strength information in the data packets.

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


Dynamic reverse geofencing
Patent No. 9801015 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey O. Smith (Dallas), Wayne Stargardt (Dallas)
Assignee(s): NUMEREX CORP. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: King Spalding LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14312037 on 06/23/2014 (1219 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for determination the relative location of a mobile object is described that includes building a database of known/expected locations with the exact longitude and latitude for each location. Next, an estimated location for a mobile object is generated using information from the cellular network and an area boundary is defined around the mobile object that defines, with some probability, where the object is actually located. The known locations in the database that fall within the area boundary are then identified and a relative probability is calculated for each known location that indicates its relative likelihood of where the mobile object is actually located. From this information at least the most probable location of the mobile object is determined along with a measure of estimation confidence.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Providing a set of services to a multi-mode mobile station that is able to operate over packet-switched and circuit-switched access networks
Patent No. 9801040 

Inventor(s): Mark A. Stegall (Melissa)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert Goetzel, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14882940 on 10/14/2015 (741 days app to issue)

Abstract: A set of services is from a multimedia network to a multi-mode mobile station that is able to operate over a packet-switched access network and a circuit-switched access network. Packet-switched call control messages are communicated between a node in the multimedia network and the multi-mode mobile station through the packet-switched access network when the multi-mode mobile station is attached to the packet-switched access network, where the packet-switched call control messages communicated through the packet-switched access network are used to provide the set of services. Packet-switched call control messages are communicated between the node in the multimedia network and the multi-mode mobile station through the circuit-switched access network when the multi-mode mobile station is attached to the circuit-switched access network, where the packet-switched call control messages communicated through the circuit-switched access network are used to provide the set of services.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Wireless device application interaction via external control detection
Patent No. 9801047 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15238316 on 08/16/2016 (434 days app to issue)

Abstract: Wireless device application interaction via external control detection comprises identifying a first position of a wireless device and identifying a first change in the wireless device’s position. The method may also provide calculating a first distance vector. The method may also perform comparing the first distance vector to a first threshold distance and calculating a second distance vector based on a distance between the second position and a third position and comparing the second distance vector to a second threshold distance, and changing a current operating state of the wireless device to a different operating state if the first distance vector exceeds the first minimum distance and the second distance vector does not exceed the first maximum distance.

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


Urban mobile network system
Patent No. 9801076 

Inventor(s): Didier Gallais (Bieville-Beuville FR), Guillaume Crinon (Douvres-la-Dlivrande FR), Nicolas Constantinidis (Cresserons FR)
Assignee(s): BEELINX USA, LLC (Dallas)
Law Firm: Munck Wilson Mandala LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15195414 on 06/28/2016 (483 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment of a mobile communication system includes a plurality of mobile units operating within a defined operating area, each of the mobile units having a processor, a memory for storing a mobile unit file structure, an application running on the processor for operating on the mobile unit file structure, and a receiver for receiving on a common receive communication channel data. The mobile communication system further includes a plurality of geolocation markers disposed within the defined operating area, each having a memory for storing geolocation information to define a relative position within the defined operating area, and a geolocation transmitter for transmitting the defined geolocation information on the common receive communication channel, the geolocation transmitter having a geolocation transmit range less than the defined operating area.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for an energy efficient network adaptor with security provisions
Patent No. 9801114 

Inventor(s): Aidan Cully (St. Augustine, FL), James D. Allen (Rochester, NY), Oleg Logvinov (East Brunswick, NJ)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14843679 on 09/02/2015 (783 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a network device includes a network controller and at least one network interface coupled to the network controller that includes at least one media access control (MAC) device configured to be coupled to at least one physical layer interface (PHY). The network controller may be configured to determine a network path comprising the at least one network interface that has a lowest power consumption and minimum security attributes of available media types coupled to the at least one PHY.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Random access method and apparatus of UE in mobile communication system
Patent No. 9801165 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Richardson)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si KR)
Law Firm: Jefferson IP Law, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15137636 on 04/25/2016 (547 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and an apparatus for performing random access and uplink transmission of a User Equipment (UE) supporting Carrier Aggregation (CA) are provided. The method includes determining whether a Scheduling Request (SR) is pending, determining, when the SR is pending, whether an uplink transmission resource is available in a current Transmission Time Interval (TTI), determining, when the uplink transmission resource is not available, whether a Physical Uplink Control Channel (PUCCH) resource is configured for transmission of the SR, and initiating, when the PUCCH resource is not configured, a random access process in a primary cell. The random access method and apparatus of the present invention is advantageous to reduce the waste of transmission resources.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Uplink control channel resource allocation for an enhanced downlink control channel of a mobile communication system
Patent No. 9801166 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15175995 on 06/07/2016 (504 days app to issue)

Abstract: Uplink control channel resource allocation for an enhanced downlink control channel is disclosed. A first example method disclosed herein includes receiving, at a user equipment (UE), a downlink control channel carrying a physical uplink control channel (PUCCH) resource indicator, mapping the PUCCH resource indicator to a first offset, mapping a position of the downlink control channel to a second offset, and mapping a linear combination of the first and second offsets to an index identifying a first PUCCH resource. A second example method disclosed herein includes, in response to receiving, at a UE, an indication of a dynamic resource offset in an enhanced physical downlink control channel (ePDCCH) transmitted in a first ePDCCH set, determining a position of the ePDCCH and a subframe offset, and processing the indication of the dynamic resource offset, the position and the subframe offset to determine an allocated uplink control channel resource for the UE.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Prioritized transmission of different data types over bonded communication channels
Patent No. 9801201 

Inventor(s): Edward Lindsley (Burleson), Stefan E. De Nagy Koves Hrabar (Chapel Hill AU)
Assignee(s): Olaeris, Inc (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: Dodd Law Group (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14671009 on 03/27/2015 (942 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, devices, apparatus, and computer program products for prioritized transmission of different data types over bonded communication modules. Embodiments of the invention include a portable (and potentially mobile and/or remotely operated) device for wirelessly transmitting and receiving various data types over a bonded mobile network and a control device (which can be fixed or portable) capable of receiving data transmitted from the mobile node and transmitting data to it. Different data types can be assigned different priorities, facilitating selective transmission of higher-priority data when quality degrades on a network link.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


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Hinge
Patent No. D800532 

Inventor(s): Stephen William O’Brien (Fort Worth)
Assignee(s): TSI Products, Inc. (Arlington)
Law Firm: Hitchcock Evert LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29586745 on 12/06/2016 (322 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Guard and hinge structure
Patent No. D800541 

Inventor(s): Stephen William O’Brien (Fort Worth)
Assignee(s): TSI Products, Inc. (Arlington)
Law Firm: Hitchcock Evert LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29586746 on 12/06/2016 (322 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Bottle
Patent No. D800570 

Inventor(s): Jenny DeMarco (Frisco)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 11 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29550738 on 01/06/2016 (657 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Surgical tool
Patent No. D800906 

Inventor(s): Paul Cihak (Euless)
Assignee(s): Medtronic PS Medical, Inc. (Louisville, CO)
Law Firm: Dicke, Billig Czaja, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29521688 on 03/25/2015 (944 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Surgical tool
Patent No. D800907 

Inventor(s): Paul Cihak (Euless)
Assignee(s): Medtronic PS Medical, Inc. (Louisville, CO)
Law Firm: Dicke, Billig Czaja, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29521692 on 03/25/2015 (944 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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