Dallas Invents: 107 Patents Granted for Week of June 15

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 15 for patent activity out of 250 metros.

Patents granted include:
•  Accenture's distributed ledger tech for freight systems
•  Avodah's visual sign language translation training device and method
•  Cisco's active speaker naming and request in real-time communication systems
•  Futurewei's multi-stage image recognition for a non-ideal environment
•  Karsten's golf club with polymeric insert and removable weight
•  Mary Kay's pore minimizer
•  Textron's sensor for monitoring rotors

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of June 15, 2021 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

107 patents granted    Ranked No. 15 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES 11
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING 11
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY 3
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS 8
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING 7
G: PHYSICS 35
H: ELECTRICITY 31

DESIGN: 1


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 9
Sandisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 6
International Business Machines Corp. (Armonk, NY) 5
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano) 5
AT&T Intellectural Property I L.P. (Atlanta, GA) 3
Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano) 3
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR) 3
AT&T Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA) 2
Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. (Plano) 2

UNASSIGNED 9


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney) 2
Jason Hoover (Grapevine) 2
Patrick N. Lawrence (Plano) 2
Qiaochu Tang (The Colony) 2
Sangar Dowlatkhah (Cedar Hill) 2
Stephen Wylie (Carrollton) 2
Vanessa Ogle (Fairview) 2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Device for preventing and treating foot and leg ulcers
Patent No. 11033070 

Inventor(s): Ahmad Masud Choudri (Dallas, TX), Maryam Raza (Dallas, TX), Richard C Galperin (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15932634 on 03/29/2018 (1174 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device is configured to treat ulcers/chronic wounds. First, and intermediate insoles are constructed from including the semi-compressed felt. A third sole serving as the base of the device is made constructed from including Ethylene Vinyl Acetate EVA. A cavity with beveled edge in the first insole is configured to over-lap the chronic wounds or ulcerations. The cavity channels the drainage or extrude from the ulcerations to the intermediate insole where it is absorbed.

[A43B] CHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF FOOTWEAR; PARTS OF FOOTWEAR


Detachable swivel seat
Patent No. 11033109 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Christie (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Friend Success, Inc. (Corinth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16736213 on 01/07/2020 (525 days app to issue)

Abstract: A detachable seat includes an elongate support bar having first and second brackets with opposed open sides to receive an rigid elongate member in the brackets from opposite directions, a seat support frame including a first support member extending parallel to the support bar and a second support member affixed to the first support member, a hinge connecting the first elongate support member to the support bar, a seat mounted on the second support member, the seat support frame pivoting around the elongate support on the hinge and a retaining arm affixed to and extending from the elongate support bar adjacent the first bracket including a plurality of alignment apertures, the second support member having a mating aperture formed therethough, the mating aperture aligning with a plurality of the alignment apertures upon pivotal movement of the second support member around the hinge to receive a locking pin through the mating aperture and one of the alignment apertures to secure the seat in a selected pivotal position.

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


Home wall insert mailbox with convenient box handling features
Patent No. 11033136 

Inventor(s): Brian Lang (Poolville, TX), Jeffrey Robert Kutas (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Optima Law Group, APC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16692722 on 11/22/2019 (571 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention teaches a residential wall penetrating mailbox with enhanced box handling capability, openable by barcode scanning, and openable from either inside or outside a home. A body which is generally column shaped has front and rear doors which open at the top and hinge near the bottom and which have interleaved fingers or members extending from the bottom ends into the interior space of the mailbox. A box tray sits on the interleaved fingers. When either door is opened the fingers of that door lift the box tray upward and out of the box on that side. Thus, a delivery person may access a box from outside the home, while the homeowner may do the same without leaving the safety of the home interior. In addition, an elastic cord and carefully slanted slots on side panels of the front door allow easy retention of a box even further up the front door.

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


Portable urinal training system and method of use
Patent No. 11033158 

Inventor(s): Jesse Marshall (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16524485 on 07/29/2019 (687 days app to issue)

Abstract: A urinal training system includes a base having a first side wall and a second side wall and a bottom floor extending therebetween; a top pivotally attached to the base, the top having a top edge, a first side, a second side, and a back wall extending therebetween; and a urinal apparatus embedded within the back wall of the top; the bottom floor provides a place to stand on while using the urinal apparatus.

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


Pore minimizer
Patent No. 11033487 

Inventor(s): David Gan (Addison, TX), Geetha Kalahasti (Addison, TX), Lisha Van Pelt (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16289198 on 02/28/2019 (838 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for reducing the appearance of a skin pore in skin of a subject in need thereof is disclosed. The method can include topically applying to the skin pore a composition comprising effective amount of [i]Albizia julibrissin [/i]bark extract, and hydrolyzed soy flour, wherein topical application of the composition reduces the appearance of the size of the skin pore.

[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)


Antibody-STING agonist conjugates and their use in immunotherapy
Patent No. 11033635 

Inventor(s): Chuo Chen (Dallas, TX), Heping Shi (Dallas, TX), Jian Qiu (Dallas, TX), Lijun Sun (Dallas, TX), Qi Wei (Dallas, TX), Youtong Wu (Dallas, TX), Zhijian Chen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ImmuneSensor Therapeutics, Inc. (Dallas, TX), The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Dechert LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16933845 on 07/20/2020 (330 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to, among other things, antibody-drug conjugates comprising a STING agonist cyclic di-nucleotide conjugated to an antibody, preparation methods therefor, and uses therefor.

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


Methods for programming a deep brain stimulation system and a clinician programmer device
Patent No. 11033732 

Inventor(s): Binith J. Cheeran (Austin, TX), Brittany L. Boudreau (Grapevine, TX), Jason Pounds (Frisco, TX), Jonathan P. Avedikian (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16164675 on 10/18/2018 (971 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, a clinician programmer device for controlling a deep brain stimulation (DBS) system is adapted to assist a clinician to conduct an electrode screening review for the DBS system including screening of segmented electrodes. The clinician programmer stores software code for conducting a screening review in memory. The software code may comprise: code for providing one or more interface screens for guiding the user of the device through testing of electrode configurations of the implantable stimulation lead, wherein the code for providing applies at least one testing progression for guiding the user of the device through a defined testing order.

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


Medical leads with segmented electrodes and methods of fabrication thereof
Patent No. 11033733 

Inventor(s): Christopher A. Crawford (Carrollton, TX), Jeffrey Mitchell (Little Elm, TX), John R. Gonzalez (Frisco, TX), Kevin Wilson (McKinney, TX), Raymond P. Bray (Dallas, TX), Ryan Sefkow (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): ADVANCED NEUROMODULATION SYSTEMS, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Small Patent Law Group LLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16299687 on 03/12/2019 (826 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for fabricating a neurostimulation stimulation lead comprises: providing a plurality of ring components and hypotubes in a mold; placing an annular frame with multiple lumens over distal ends of the plurality of hypotubes to position a portion of each hypotube within a respective lumen of the annular frame; molding the plurality of ring components and the hypotubes to form a stimulation tip component for the stimulation lead, wherein the molding fills interstitial spaces between the plurality of ring components and hypotubes with insulative material; and forming segmented electrodes from the ring components after performing the molding.

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


Systems and methods for wireless pairing and communication for electro-stimulation
Patent No. 11033747 

Inventor(s): Flavien Baumgartner (Vevey, , CH), Nicolas Fontaine (Bottens, , CH), Philippe Vuadens (Blonay, , CH), Stphane Perroud (Vullierens, , CH)
Assignee(s): DJO, LLC (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Knobbe Martens Olson Bear LLP (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16401659 on 05/02/2019 (775 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure herein is directed toward systems and methods for pairing two or more devices into a wireless network and transferring data between two or more electro-stimulation devices. Specifically, the systems and methods disclosed herein may include pairing two or more devices into a network configuration using, in part, a pairing device to distinctly identify the devices to be paired and to pair the identified devices into a network. Moreover, the systems and methods disclosed herein may include transferring data between two or more devices using, in part, one or more electro-stimulation contacts for electro-stimulation therapy and using, in part, the same one or more electro-stimulation contacts for transferring data between two or more devices.

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


Golf club with polymeric insert and removeable weight
Patent No. 11033783 

Inventor(s): Joshua Boggs (Aledo, TX)
Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16872190 on 05/11/2020 (400 days app to issue)

Abstract: A golf club head includes a face, a crown, a sole, and defines a bore that is configured to receive and to selectively retain an elongate weight. The bore is aligned on a longitudinal axis that intersects the face. An elongate weight is insertable into the bore. The elongate weight is rotatable between a first angular position and a second angular position. The golf club head can further include a compliant stop positioned to contact a protrusion of the elongate weight, such that a torque threshold must be overcome to rotate the elongate weight.

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


Golf irons with sealed undercut
Patent No. 11033787 

Inventor(s): Brian J. Kammerer (Fort Worth, TX), Matt Daraskavich (Grapevine, TX), Michael Pinto (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16718628 on 12/18/2019 (545 days app to issue)

Abstract: A golf club head includes a body, a first polymeric insert, and a second polymeric insert. The body includes a face, a sole, and a rear wall that collectively define an undercut volume. The first polymeric insert is provided within the undercut volume to define a sealed cavity within the undercut volume; and, the second polymeric insert is secured to the body and defines an open cavity extending from the rear wall toward the face.

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


 

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

Convertible laboratory condenser
Patent No. 11033832 

Inventor(s): Bernard Robert McKellar (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Ice Miller LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16659993 on 10/22/2019 (602 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is a laboratory condenser adapted to be interchangeable from functioning as a reflux condenser to functioning as a distillation condenser as by inversion, and related methods of reflux and distillation that may be carried out by its use.

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


Top coated and powder coated article
Patent No. 11033932 

Inventor(s): Clint Ellenberg (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BTD Wood Powder Coating, Inc. (Brainerd, MN)
Law Firm: Patterson Thuente Pedersen, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15931210 on 05/13/2020 (398 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention includes a method for preparing and top coating an item made of powder coated MDF (or other substrate containing wood) with the end result of improved visual and tactile smoothness; the invention includes the steps of cutting and machining the part, pre-powder preparation and sanding of the part, powder coating the part, post-powder preparation and sanding, and applying the liquid top coat to the part, resulting in a smoother finish than is currently available in any other powder coated MDF finish while requiring less coats than similar liquid paint finishes.

[B32B] LAYERED PRODUCTS, i.e. PRODUCTS BUILT-UP OF STRATA OF FLAT OR NON-FLAT, e.g. CELLULAR OR HONEYCOMB, FORM


Method of fabricating a three-dimensionally patterned mechanical energy absorptive material
Patent No. 11034131 

Inventor(s): James M. Frank (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (Livermore, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15910801 on 03/02/2018 (1201 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensionally patterned energy absorptive material and fabrication method having multiple layers of patterned filaments extrusion-formed from a curable pre-cursor material and stacked and cured in a three-dimensionally patterned architecture so that the energy absorptive material produced thereby has an engineered bulk property associated with the three-dimensionally patterned architecture.

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


Temperature regulation to improve additive 3D printing function
Patent No. 11034142 

Inventor(s): John Tierney (Georgetown, KY), Thomas King (Georgetown, KY)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15459790 on 03/15/2017 (1553 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for additive fabrication include directed thermal sensors, directed heating elements, and directed cooling elements. These elements detect, control, and modulate the temperature of freshly laid and adjacent roads during the fabrication of an object by the system. Such control, detection, and modulation improves road fusion and enables the fabrication of unsupported overhangs that are otherwise unattainable.

[B33Y] ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING [2015.01]


Vehicle doors including torsion bar support assemblies and methods for assembling the same
Patent No. 11034219 

Inventor(s): Brian T. Thurgate (Ypsilanti, MI), Herb Meingast (Ann Arbor, MI), Johnny Rose (Ypsilanti, MI), Kevin O’’Beirne (Northville, MI), Rajesh Chennagowni (Ann Arbor, MI), Wasim Ukra (Canton, MI), William A. Hardy (Tecumseh, MI,
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl, LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16257777 on 01/25/2019 (872 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle door includes an inner panel including an upper portion defining a window aperture, and a lower portion positioned opposite the upper portion in a vertical direction, and a support assembly coupled to the inner panel, the support assembly including a first torsion member extending along the upper portion of the inner panel in a lateral direction that is transverse to the vertical direction, the first torsion member defining holes extending through the first torsion member, a second torsion member extending along the upper portion of the inner panel toward the first torsion member, the second torsion member defining holes that are aligned with the holes of the first torsion member, and at least one fastener positioned in corresponding aligned holes of the first torsion member and the second torsion member, the at least one fastener coupling the first torsion member to the second torsion member.

[B60J] WINDOWS, WINDSCREENS, NON-FIXED ROOFS, DOORS, OR SIMILAR DEVICES FOR VEHICLES; REMOVABLE EXTERNAL PROTECTIVE COVERINGS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES (fastening, suspending, closing, or opening of such devices E05)


Trucks including externally mounted speaker enclosures and methods of mounting speaker enclosures
Patent No. 11034310 

Inventor(s): Edgardo Reyes-Crespo (Ypsilanti, MI), Ryan C. Harris (Saline, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16507585 on 07/10/2019 (706 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pickup truck includes a passenger cabin that includes a rear wall. A truck bed includes a front wall that faces the rear wall of the passenger cabin. A space is provided between the rear wall of the passenger cabin and the front wall of the truck bed. A speaker assembly includes a speaker enclosure mounted externally to the rear wall of the passenger cabin and located between the rear wall of the passenger cabin and the front wall of the truck bed. A speaker extends forward from the speaker enclosure and through an opening in the rear wall of the passenger cabin.

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


Systems, apparatus, and methods to remove vehicle sensor debris
Patent No. 11034336 

Inventor(s): Scott L. Frederick (Brighton, MI), Scott P. Robison (Dexter, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16153036 on 10/05/2018 (984 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods to remove vehicle sensor debris are disclosed. A disclosed cleaning assembly for a vehicle includes a track coupled to the vehicle. The cleaning assembly also includes an arm adjustably coupled to the track and having a nozzle positioned on the arm. The arm is moveable, via the track, near an exterior surface of the vehicle that is associated with a vehicle sensor. The cleaning assembly also includes a first motor operatively coupled to the arm configured to move the arm along the track relative to debris positioned on the exterior surface. The cleaning assembly also includes a pump fluidly coupled to the nozzle configured to expel the fluid from the nozzle to remove the debris.

[B60S] SERVICING, CLEANING, REPAIRING, SUPPORTING, LIFTING, OR MANOEUVRING OF VEHICLES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Tool rack system and method
Patent No. 11034391 

Inventor(s): Stephen Anthony Avila (Sanger, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15158081 on 05/18/2016 (1854 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tool rack system/method configured for operation on a pickup truck is disclosed. The system integrates a diagonal tube stack (DTS), an elongated tube stack (ETS), and a reconfigurable hose rack (RHR). The DTS, ETS, and RHR are configured for placement over the wheel well and tailgate in a pickup truck such that tools inserted within the tool rack are organized and readily available without cluttering the pickup truck bed. The ETS is configured to permit retention of oversized hand tools such as pool cleaning implements without the need for an overhead truck rack. The RHR may be reconfigured to adapt to the overhead retention of long pipe joints as well as hoses such as those used in pool maintenance operations. In both of these reconfigured modes the RHR obviates the need for a conventional truck rack or the use of space within the truck bed for storage.

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


Sensor for monitoring rotors
Patent No. 11034438 

Inventor(s): Brian Edward Tucker (Fort Worth, TX), Glenn Alan Shimek (Kennedale, TX), Joseph Wendelsdorf (Arlington, TX), Leonard N. Jones (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16192901 on 11/16/2018 (942 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sensor for monitoring rotors includes a rotating shaft coupled to a set of rotor blades and a non-rotating tube at least partially disposed within the rotating shaft and coupled to the rotating shaft. The non-rotating tube includes a first end and a second end, a sensor mount disposed within the non-rotating tube proximate to the second end of the non-rotating tube. One or more sensors are attached to the sensor mount, wherein the one or more sensors detect one or more parameters associated with the rotating shaft or the set of rotor blades.

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


Tail rotor gearbox support assemblies for helicopters
Patent No. 11034440 

Inventor(s): Clegg Benjamin Brian Smith (Keller, TX), James Everett Kooiman (Fort Worth, TX), Michael Edwin Rinehart (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16290797 on 03/01/2019 (837 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tail rotor assembly coupled to a tailboom of a helicopter includes a tail rotor gearbox having top, bottom and aft sides and a shroud surrounding the tail rotor gearbox. The shroud includes a shroud airframe having top and bottom portions. The tail rotor assembly includes a tail rotor gearbox support assembly configured to support the tail rotor gearbox within the shroud. The tail rotor gearbox support assembly includes a support column coupling the aft side of the tail rotor gearbox between the top and bottom portions of the shroud airframe, an upper support crossbar coupling the top side of the tail rotor gearbox between the support column and the tailboom airframe and a lower support crossbar coupling the bottom side of the tail rotor gearbox between the support column and the tailboom airframe.

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


System and method for illuminating decorative and graphic elements on a container
Patent No. 11034493 

Inventor(s): Thor Daniel Hjaltason (Mesquite, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16811360 on 03/06/2020 (466 days app to issue)

Abstract: A combination box and lighting system includes the box having a body forming a cavity between integral side walls; a lid to engage with the body and having a top surface; a visual element secured to the lid; the lighting system carried within the inner cavity of the box, the lighting system having a light source to create beams of light that pass through the lid and illuminates the visual element.

[B65D] CONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES


 

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

Broad spectrum antimicrobial coatings comprising combinations of organosilanes
Patent No. 11033031 

Inventor(s): Elias Shaheen (Plano, TX), Gavri Grossman (Dallas, TX), Jie Fang (Carrollton, TX), Maha El-Sayed (Fremont, CA), Parham Asgari (Arlington, TX), Valerie Beck (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ALLIED BIOSCIENCE, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17200245 on 03/12/2021 (95 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aqueous antimicrobial coating composition capable of forming an antimicrobial coating on a surface comprises at least two organosilanes, each of the at least two organosilanes having a structure, RSi(OR)[subscript]3 [/subscript]wherein R=(CH[subscript]2[/subscript])[subscript]3[/subscript]Y; Y=[superscript]+[/superscript]N(CH[subscript]3[/subscript])[subscript]2[/subscript](C[subscript]18[/subscript]H[subscript]37[/subscript])X[superscript][/superscript]; [superscript]+[/superscript]N(CH[subscript]3[/subscript])[subscript]2[/subscript](C[subscript]14[/subscript]H[subscript]29[/subscript])X[superscript][/superscript]; [superscript]+[/superscript]N(C[subscript]10[/subscript]H[subscript]21[/subscript])[subscript]2[/subscript](CH[subscript]3[/subscript])X[superscript][/superscript]; Cl or NH[subscript]2[/subscript]; X[superscript][/superscript]=halide, sulfate, nitrate, phosphate, carbonate, organic sulfonate, organic carbonate, BF[subscript]4[/subscript][superscript][/superscript], or ClO[subscript]4[/subscript][superscript][/superscript]; and R=H, methyl or ethyl, or a C[subscript]3[/subscript]-C[subscript]6 [/subscript]straight-chained, branched or cyclic alkyl group, with the proviso that the organosilane RSi(OR)[subscript]3 [/subscript]having the C[subscript]3[/subscript]-C[subscript]6 [/subscript]straight-chained, branched or cyclic alkyl group hydrolyzes in the aqueous antimicrobial coating composition to RSi(OH)[subscript]3[/subscript].

[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]


Systems and methods for degassing of sulfur
Patent No. 11034583 

Inventor(s): Stephen N. Fenderson (Gladewater, TX), Vincent W. Wong (Hacienda Heights, TX)
Assignee(s): Fluor Technologies Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16034475 on 07/13/2018 (1068 days app to issue)

Abstract: Contemplated systems and methods for removing polysulfides and hydrogen sulfide from liquid sulfur of a Claus plant include (a) physically separated steps of catalytic decomposition of polysulfides and gas stripping, or (b) use of the stripping gas as the continuous phase in a packed column with decomposition catalyst to so avoid catalyst attrition.

[C01B] NON-METALLIC ELEMENTS; COMPOUNDS THEREOF (fermentation or enzyme-using processes for the preparation of elements or inorganic compounds except carbon dioxide C12P 3/00; production of non-metallic elements or inorganic compounds by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25B)


Method of preparing aluminum sulfate
Patent No. 11034588 

Inventor(s): Faustino Ignacio Garza (Mesquite, TX), Jared Wayne Garza (Mesquite, TX), Jason Lamar Garza (Mesquite, TX)
Assignee(s): Chameleon Industries, Inc. (Mesquite, TX)
Law Firm: Braxton Perrone, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16706342 on 12/06/2019 (557 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of processing a non-virgin sulfuric acid solution for the preparation of aluminum sulfate comprises the steps of combining a sulfuric acid solution having less than about 90% sulfuric acid with a water solution to form a mixed solution of no less than about 10% sulfuric acid. An alumina-containing compound such as aluminum hydroxide or aluminum bauxite is then added to the mixed solution to form aluminum sulfate.

[C01F] COMPOUNDS OF THE METALS BERYLLIUM, MAGNESIUM, ALUMINIUM, CALCIUM, STRONTIUM, BARIUM, RADIUM, THORIUM, OR OF THE RARE-EARTH METALS (metal hydrides C01B 6/00; salts of oxyacids of halogens C01B 11/00; peroxides, salts of peroxyacids C01B 15/00; sulfides or polysulfides of magnesium, calcium, strontium, or barium C01B 17/42; thiosulfates, dithionites, polythionates C01B 17/64; compounds containing selenium or tellurium C01B 19/00; binary compounds of nitrogen with metals C01B 21/06; azides C01B 21/08; metal amides C01B 21/092; nitrites C01B 21/50; phosphides C01B 25/08; salts of oxyacids of phosphorus C01B 25/16; carbides C01B 32/90; compounds containing silicon C01B 33/00; compounds containing boron C01B 35/00; compounds having molecular sieve properties but not having base-exchange properties C01B 37/00; compounds having molecular sieve and base-exchange properties, e.g. crystalline zeolites, C01B 39/00; cyanides C01C 3/08; salts of cyanic acid C01C 3/14; salts of cyanamide C01C 3/16; thiocyanates C01C 3/20; fermentation or enzyme-using processes for the preparation of elements or inorganic compounds except carbon dioxide C12P 3/00; obtaining metal compounds from mixtures, e.g. ores, which are intermediate compounds in a metallurgical process for obtaining a free metal C22B; production of non-metallic elements or inorganic compounds by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25B)


 

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Manufactured retaining wall block with improved false joint
Patent No. 11034062 

Inventor(s): William H. Karau (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): PAVESTONE, LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16812851 on 03/09/2020 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: A retaining wall block having a false joint and a system of retaining wall blocks. The retaining wall block includes a body having a first textured surface and a second textured surface and a false joint dividing the first and second textured surface. The false joint can have a depth divided by the width greater than two inches. The false joint can have an interior angle of less than ten degrees. The system includes a plurality of retaining wall blocks and a first course of retaining wall blocks engaged with a second course of retaining wall blocks below. Each block in the system comprising a front face having a first textured surface and a second textured surface and a false joint dividing the first and second textured surface. The false joint can extend a predetermined depth of a third surface.

[E04C] STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS; BUILDING MATERIALS (for bridges E01D; specially designed for insulation or other protection E04B; elements used as building aids E04G; for mining E21; for tunnels E21D; structural elements with broader range of application than for building engineering F16, particularly F16S)


Thermal and acoustic insulating and sealing system for a safing slot in a curtain wall
Patent No. 11035121 

Inventor(s): Arndt Andresen (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): HILTI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT (Schaan, , LI)
Law Firm: Grneberg and Myers PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16303112 on 04/20/2017 (1517 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described is a construction and parts of the construction for effectively thermally and acoustically insulating and sealing of a safing slot ([b]1[/b]) between a floor ([b]6[/b]) of a building and an exterior wall construction wherein the exterior wall construction comprises a curtain wall configuration ([b]2[/b]) utilizing an interior panel module design. In particular, the thermal insulating and sealing system comprises a first element ([b]7[/b]) comprising a top framing component ([b]8[/b]) having an interior wall surface ([b]13[/b]) and an opening, positioned substantially in the height of the floor ([b]6[/b]), wherein the top framing component ([b]8[/b]) is located on top of the interior wall surface ([b]3[/b]) of the spandrel panel ([b]7[/b]), and a second element ([b]9[/b]) comprised of a thermally resistant and/or air tight material for insulating, positioned at least partially in the top framing component ([b]8[/b]) of the first element ([b]7[/b]), wherein the second element ([b]9[/b]) includes an inner end surface ([b]10[/b]) positionable in abutment with respect to the outer edge ([b]11[/b]) of the floor ([b]6[/b]) for sealing thereadjacent, outer end surface ([b]12[/b]) positionable in abutment with respect the interior wall surface ([b]13[/b]) of the top framing component ([b]8[/b]), a lower facing surface ([b]14[/b]) extending between the inner end surface ([b]10[/b]) and the outer end surface ([b]12[/b]) and facing downwardly therebetween, and an upper facing s

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


Raking barrier panel
Patent No. 11035147 

Inventor(s): Evan Timmons (Arlington, TX), Geoff T. Luczycki (Garland, TX), Kevin B. Flatt (Garland, TX), Kevin T. Burt (Dallas, TX), Matthew Carlyle Sherstad (Dallas, TX), Xiaoning Wang (Garland, TX), Yihong Zhang (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Fortress Iron, LP (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15865149 on 01/08/2018 (1254 days app to issue)

Abstract: A raking barrier panel includes a plurality of upright members and a rail assembly. The rail assembly is pivotally coupled to the plurality of upright members, and it includes a first inner rail disposed on a first side of the plurality of upright members. A plurality of fasteners pivotally couples the plurality of upright members to the first inner rail. A channel member includes a web portion and first and second side walls extending from the web portion. A first rib extends from the first side wall of the channel member and is in engagement with the first inner rail. The first and second side walls extend beyond the first rib.

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


Shaped cutters
Patent No. 11035177 

Inventor(s): Brady Walters (Weatherford, TX), Christopher M. Casad (Benbrook, TX), Josh Criswell (Carrollton, TX), William Henry Dubose (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Ulterra Drilling Technologies L.P. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16249827 on 01/16/2019 (881 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provides cutting elements for use on rotary drill bits for drilling subterranean formations. More specifically, the present disclosure relates to cutting elements having a shaped upper surface including at least one spoke for cutting and/or failing subterranean formations during drilling. The present disclosure also relates to drill bits incorporating one or more of such cutting elements.

[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]


Devices, systems, and methods for top drive clearing
Patent No. 11035183 

Inventor(s): Robert Benjamin Donnally (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO, L.P. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16431540 on 06/04/2019 (742 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for clearing a top drive from an operational area of the mast such that operations may be performed along the rail without interference from the top drive. Systems and methods of the present disclosure provide for arranging the top drive in a parked configuration outside of, or generally behind, the mast. A guide rail may be arranged within an operational area of a mast and may have a pair of interchangeable rail sections, each of which may be configured for arrangement in either an operating configuration, where the rail section may be positioned within the operational area of the mast to form part of the rail, or a parked configuration, where the rail section may be positioned outside of the operational area. Each interchangeable rail section may be pivotable about an axis and may be arranged on a pivotable gate of the mast.

[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]


Systems and processes for subsea managed pressure operations
Patent No. 11035192 

Inventor(s): Oscar R. Gabaldon (Frisco, TX), Patrick R. Brand (Anna, TX)
Assignee(s): BLADE ENERGY PARTNERS LTD. (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: The Wendt Firm PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16687954 on 11/19/2019 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and processes for subsea marine managed pressure operations. One system includes a modified riser joint configured to fluidly connect inline with one or more riser joints. The modified riser joint and the one or more riser joints are connected to form a riser connecting a floating vessel with a wellhead. The system further includes a subsea pressure management sub-system configured to be operatively and fluidly connected to the modified riser joint at a subsea location.

[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]


Section-balanced electric safety valve
Patent No. 11035199 

Inventor(s): James Dan Vick, Jr. (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16462150 on 07/24/2018 (1057 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided are electric safety valves and methods of use. An electric safety valve comprises an electric actuator positioned in an interior chamber of the electric safety valve; the interior chamber comprising a dielectric fluid and being pressure and temperature compensated with a flow passage extending axially through the electric safety valve. The pressure and temperature compensation is performed via a compensating subassembly in pressure communication with the interior chamber thereby providing a section-balanced electric safety valve. The electric safety valve further comprises a protective sleeve separating the interior chamber from the flow passage. The electric safety valve further comprises at least one compression spring rod coupled to a closure member capable of restricting or preventing fluid flow through the flow passage. A method includes actuating the electric actuator; the electric actuator being magnetically coupled to the closure member such that actuation of the electric actuator pivots the closure member.

[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]


Wireless activation of wellbore completion assemblies
Patent No. 11035203 

Inventor(s): Matthew James Merron (Dallas, TX), Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Zachary William Walton (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuire Woods, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16335242 on 10/31/2016 (1688 days app to issue)

Abstract: A completion section includes a base pipe defining a central flow passage, an injection port, and a production port. A fracturing assembly includes a frac sleeve positioned within the central flow passage adjacent the injection port, a sensor that detects a wireless signal, a first frac actuator actuatable in response to the wireless signal to move the frac sleeve and expose the injection port, and a second frac actuator actuatable based on the wireless signal to move the frac sleeve to occlude the injection port. A production assembly is axially offset from the fracturing assembly and includes a production sleeve positioned within the central flow passage adjacent the production port, a filtration device arranged about the base pipe, and a production actuator actuatable based on the wireless signal or an additional wireless signal to move the production sleeve to an open position where the production ports are exposed.

[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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Peak demand response operation of HVAC systems
Patent No. 11034210 

Inventor(s): Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX), Vijaykumar Sathyamurthi (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16542921 on 08/16/2019 (669 days app to issue)

Abstract: An HVAC system includes a variable-speed compressor which compresses refrigerant flowing through the HVAC system, a blower which provides a flow of air through the HVAC system at a controllable flow rate, and a controller communicatively coupled to the variable-speed compressor and the blower. The controller receives a demand request, which includes a command to operate the HVAC system at a predefined setpoint temperature. In response to receiving the demand request, a setpoint temperature associated with the HVAC system is adjusted to the predefined setpoint temperature. A speed of the variable-speed compressor is decreased to a low-speed setting. Based on the decreased speed of the variable-speed compressor, an air-flow rate is determined to provide by the blower. The controllable flow rate of the flow of air provided by the blower is adjusted based on the determined air-flow rate.

[F25B] REFRIGERATION MACHINES, PLANTS, OR SYSTEMS; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS (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; pumps, compressors F04; use of heat pumps for domestic or space-heating or for domestic hot-water supply F24D; air-conditioning, air-humidification F24F; fluid heaters using heat pumps F24H)


High efficiency power generation system and system upgrades
Patent No. 11035292 

Inventor(s): Donald R. Wilson (Arlington, TX), William Edward Simpkin (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Hi Eff Utility Rescue LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Boisbrun Hofman, PLLC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16384463 on 04/15/2019 (792 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power generation system includes an inert gas power source, a thermal/electrical power converter and a power plant. The thermal/electrical power converter includes a compressor with an output coupled to an input of the inert gas power source. The power plant has an input coupled in series with an output of the thermal/electrical power converter. The thermal/electrical power converter and the power plant are configured to serially convert thermal power produced at an output of the inert gas power source into electricity. The thermal/electrical power converter includes an inert gas reservoir tank coupled to an input of the compressor via a reservoir tank control valve and to the output of the compressor via another reservoir tank control valve. The reservoir tank control valve and the another reservoir tank control valve are configured to regulate a temperature of the output of the thermal/electrical power converter.

[F02C] GAS-TURBINE PLANTS; AIR INTAKES FOR JET-PROPULSION PLANTS; CONTROLLING FUEL SUPPLY IN AIR-BREATHING JET-PROPULSION PLANTS (construction of turbines F01D; jet-propulsion plants F02K; construction of compressors or fans F04; combustion apparatus in which combustion takes place in a fluidised bed of fuel or other particles F23C 10/00; generating combustion products of high pressure or high velocity F23R; using gas turbines in compression refrigeration plants F25B 11/00; using gas-turbine plants in vehicles, see the relevant vehicle classes)


Engine nacelle heat exchanger
Patent No. 11035295 

Inventor(s): Carey F. Cox (Fort Worth, TX), Devin A. Stacey (Fort Worth, TX), Lori Kay Jackson (Weatherford, TX), Robert Borovsky (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15956173 on 04/18/2018 (1154 days app to issue)

Abstract: A nacelle for an engine includes an exterior housing a least partially surrounding the engine. The nacelle further includes a front portion proximate an engine face of the engine. The front portion of the nacelle defines an opening into an interior of the nacelle. The nacelle further includes a seal disposed proximate the opening. The seal is configured to selectively allow air into the interior of the nacelle. The nacelle further includes a heat exchanger disposed within the interior of the nacelle. The heat exchanger is configured to exchange heat between a fluid flowing within the heat exchanger and air at the interior of the nacelle.

[F02C] GAS-TURBINE PLANTS; AIR INTAKES FOR JET-PROPULSION PLANTS; CONTROLLING FUEL SUPPLY IN AIR-BREATHING JET-PROPULSION PLANTS (construction of turbines F01D; jet-propulsion plants F02K; construction of compressors or fans F04; combustion apparatus in which combustion takes place in a fluidised bed of fuel or other particles F23C 10/00; generating combustion products of high pressure or high velocity F23R; using gas turbines in compression refrigeration plants F25B 11/00; using gas-turbine plants in vehicles, see the relevant vehicle classes)


Phase angle control system for infinitely variable transmission
Patent No. 11035447 

Inventor(s): William Terry Lester (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16401266 on 05/02/2019 (775 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention is an improvement for the infinitely variable transmission (IVT) that utilizes oscillating torque to vary the mechanical power transmitted to a load. The invention provides the torque amplitude control system that is a compact device that adjusts the torque amplitude by controlling the phase angle between the forward and aft drive units for the IVT. The IVT is transmission which transfers the engine torque and power to the driveshaft, differential and wheels of an automobile. The torque is generated from centrifugal forces of masses in the forward and aft drive unites of the input assembly.

[F16H] GEARING


Circumferentially-sectioned valve cages
Patent No. 11035479 

Inventor(s): David O. Plummer (Irving, TX), Guolei Fan (Chengdu, , CN), Justin L. Masias (McKinney, TX), Yawei Xiao (Chengdu, , CN)
Assignee(s): EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16660383 on 10/22/2019 (602 days app to issue)

Abstract: Circumferentially-sectioned valve cages are disclosed. An example apparatus comprises a plurality of cage sections collectively configured to be removably coupled together to form a valve cage having a circumference and a plurality of joints. The joints correspond in number to the cage sections and are spaced apart from one another about the circumference. Respective ones of the joints are defined by neighboring ones of the cage sections.

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


Lattice structure valve/regulator body
Patent No. 11035487 

Inventor(s): Bryan J. Penkal (Troy, OH), James L. Griffin, Jr. (McKinney, TX), William E. Wears (Marshalltown, IA)
Assignee(s): EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16373095 on 04/02/2019 (805 days app to issue)

Abstract: A body of a fluid control apparatus includes an inlet, an outlet, and a fluid flow path connecting the inlet and the outlet. A first flange surrounds the inlet and a second flange surrounds the outlet. A bore is sized to receive a control stem and a control element. An inner wall includes an outside surface, an inside surface, an area surrounding the bore, an area sized to receive a valve seat, an area surrounding the inlet, an area surrounding the outlet, and an area defining the fluid flow path. A three-dimensional lattice structure is attached to the inner wall. The lattice structure includes a plurality of connected lattice members and is integrally formed with the inner wall.

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


Efficent air conditioning system
Patent No. 11035584 

Inventor(s): Thomas A. Peronne, Jr. (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16388386 on 04/18/2019 (789 days app to issue)

Abstract: An efficient air conditioning system absorbs heat via a fluid, such as a refrigerant, from one place in the cycle and rejects the heat from the fluid in another place in the cycle. A receiver or storage tank is arranged between the condenser and the first heat exchanger to ensure a constant and steady flow of fluid to the heat exchanger. A dual heat exchanger system and additional expansion valve provide sub-cooling of the liquid refrigerant exiting the condenser.

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


 

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Apparatus and method of monitoring product placement within a shopping facility
Patent No. 11034563 

Inventor(s): Shuvro Chakrobartty (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Walmart Apollo, LLC (Bentonville, AR)
Law Firm: Fitch, Even, Tabin Flannery LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16845428 on 04/10/2020 (431 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are provided for use in monitoring product placement within a shopping facility. Some embodiments provide an apparatus configured to determine product placement conditions within a shopping facility, comprising: a transceiver configured to wirelessly receive communications; a product monitoring control circuit coupled with the transceiver; a memory coupled with the control circuit and storing computer instructions that when executed by the control circuit cause the control circuit to: obtain a composite three-dimensional (3D) scan mapping corresponding to at least a select area of the shopping facility and based on a series of 3D scan data; evaluate the 3D scan mapping to identify multiple product depth distances; and identify, from the evaluation of the 3D scan mapping, when one or more of the multiple product depth distances is greater than a predefined depth distance threshold from the reference offset distance of the product support structure.

[G01C] MEASURING DISTANCES, LEVELS OR BEARINGS; SURVEYING; NAVIGATION; GYROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS; PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR VIDEOGRAMMETRY (measuring liquid level G01F; radio navigation, determining distance or velocity by use of propagation effects, e.g. Doppler effect, propagation time, of radio waves, analogous arrangements using other waves G01S)


Vehicle weighing scale lifting bracket
Patent No. 11035717 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey M. Collins (Davisburg, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16573455 on 09/17/2019 (637 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lifting bracket for a vehicle weighing scale includes a first lifting portion having a first wall, a second wall extending from the first wall, and a third wall coupled to the second wall. The third wall extends opposite and spaced apart from the second wall.

[G01G] WEIGHING


NMR-based non-invasive and quantitative food attribute measurement apparatus and method
Patent No. 11035808 

Inventor(s): Jason Ballengee (Dallas, TX), Kevin Minard (Kennewick, WA), Rick W. Bajema (Rhinelander, WI)
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16176927 on 10/31/2018 (958 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-invasive NMR based apparatus for measuring a food attribute (moisture, sugar content) in food products comprises a magnetic chamber, an RF pulsing device attached to the magnetic chamber, a sensor receiver, and a data processing unit in communication with the sensor receiver. The pulsing device exposes the food ingredients/snacks to an RF field and produces an NMR response signal that is detected by the sensor receiver. The data processing unit quantitatively measures a food attribute of the food product based on the NMR response signal.

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


Pitot-static system blockage detector
Patent No. 11035877 

Inventor(s): Eric Walter Nottorf (Keller, TX), Erik John Oltheten (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Pramudji Law Group PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16129173 on 09/12/2018 (1007 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various implementation described herein are directed to a method for identifying a blockage in a pitot-static system. A pressure signal is received. Pressure fluctuations in the pressure signal are identified. A determination is made as to whether a blockage has occurred in the pitot-static system based on the identified pressure fluctuations.

[G01P] MEASURING LINEAR OR ANGULAR SPEED, ACCELERATION, DECELERATION OR SHOCK; INDICATING PRESENCE OR ABSENCE OF MOVEMENT; INDICATING DIRECTION OF MOVEMENT (measuring angular rate using gyroscopic effects G01C 19/00; combined measuring devices for measuring two or more variables of movement G01C 23/00; measuring velocity of sound G01H 5/00; measuring velocity of light G01J 7/00; determining direction or velocity of solid objects by reflection or reradiation of radio or other waves and based on propagation effects, e.g. Doppler effect, propagation time or direction of propagation, G01S; measuring speed of nuclear radiation G01T)


Loopback techniques for synchronization of oscillator signal in radar
Patent No. 11035928 

Inventor(s): Brian Ginsburg (Allen, TX), Karthik Ramasubramanian (Bangalore, , IN), Karthik Subburaj (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15642880 on 07/06/2017 (1440 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure provides a radar apparatus for estimating a position and a velocity of a plurality of obstacles. The radar apparatus includes a slave radar chip. A master radar chip is coupled to the slave radar chip. The master radar chip includes a local oscillator that generates a transmit signal. The slave radar chip receives the transmit signal on a first path and sends the transmit signal back to the master radar chip on a second path. A delay detect circuit is coupled to the local oscillator and receives the transmit signal from the slave radar chip on the second path and the transmit signal from the local oscillator. The delay detect circuit estimates a routing delay from the transmit signal received from the slave radar chip on the second path and from the transmit signal received from the local oscillator.

[G01S] RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES


Enhanced object tracking using laser emitters and sensors
Patent No. 11035956 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Kacvinsky Daisak Bluni PLLC (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16396239 on 04/26/2019 (781 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments are generally directed to object tracking using laser emitters and sensors. Light emitting devices may emit laser light that is received by sensor devices including photosensors. The sensor devices may determine a location of the respective sensor device based on the received laser light. The sensors devices may form a wireless mesh network that allows each sensor device to transmit the determined location to a base station.

[G01C] MEASURING DISTANCES, LEVELS OR BEARINGS; SURVEYING; NAVIGATION; GYROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS; PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR VIDEOGRAMMETRY (measuring liquid level G01F; radio navigation, determining distance or velocity by use of propagation effects, e.g. Doppler effect, propagation time, of radio waves, analogous arrangements using other waves G01S)


Navigation controller
Patent No. 11036283 

Inventor(s): Richard J. Tett (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16368342 on 03/28/2019 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device with rotatable footpads for use with interactivity systems and method for same are disclosed. The apparatus may comprise a stanchion for supporting two footpads, wherein the two footpads rotate on an axis passing through the stanchion; a plurality of sensors that detect the rotation of each footpad; and a controller transmitting signals from the plurality of sensors representing the rotation of each footpad to a virtual reality system. The method for using the apparatus may comprise stabilizing footpads by a mechanical means detecting the rotation of the footpads on an axis passing through the footpads via sensors of the footpads that detect rotation of the footpads; and transmitting a digital representation of the rotation of the footpads to a interactivity system.

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


System and method for instruction unwinding in an out-of-order processor
Patent No. 11036515 

Inventor(s): David A. Carlson (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): MARVELL ASIA PTE, LTD. (Singapore, , SG)
Law Firm: Hamilton, Brook, Smith Reynolds, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16447470 on 06/20/2019 (726 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and corresponding method unwind instructions in an out-of-order (OoO) processor. The system comprises a mapper. In response to a restart event causing at least one instruction to be unwound, the mapper restores a present integer mapper state and present floating-point (FP) mapper state, used for mapping instructions, to a former integer mapper state and former FP mapper state, respectively. The mapper stores integer snapshots and FP snapshots of the present integer and FP mapper state, respectively, to expedite restoration to the former integer and FP mapper state, respectively. Access to the FP snapshots is blocked, intermittently, as a function of at least one FP present indicator used by the mapper to record presence of FP registers used as destinations in the instructions. Blocking the access, intermittently, improves power efficiency of the OoO processor.

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


Parallel fault simulator with back propagation enhancement
Patent No. 11036604 

Inventor(s): Arun Kumar Gogineni (Cedar Park, TX), Sanjay Pillay (Aust, TX), Srikanth Rengarajan (Austin, TX)
Assignee(s): Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16208272 on 12/03/2018 (925 days app to issue)

Abstract: This application discloses a computing system implementing a functional safety validation tool to simulate an integrated circuit design with a stimulus vector. The computing system can inject a fault at a first node of the simulated integrated circuit design, which prompts alarm logic to trigger indicating a detection of the injected fault. The computing system, in response to the triggering of the alarm logic, can initiate back-propagation to identify which intermediate nodes of the simulated integrated circuit design, located between the first node and the alarm logic, have fault values that prompt the alarm logic to trigger. The computing system can generate a fault coverage presentation identifying a diagnostic coverage of the alarm logic for the stimulus vector based on when the alarm logic.

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


Highly integrated scalable, flexible DSP megamodule architecture
Patent No. 11036648 

Inventor(s): Abhijeet Chachad (Plano, TX), Daniel Wu (Plano, TX), Duc Quang Bui (Grand Prairie, TX), Joseph Zbiciak (San Jose, CA), Kai Chirca (Dallas, TX), Matthew D. Pierson (Murphy, TX), Naveen Bhoria (Plano, TX), Ramakrishnan
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16227238 on 12/20/2018 (908 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include a data processing apparatus having a processing core, a memory, and a streaming engine. The streaming engine is configured to receive a plurality of data elements stored in the memory and to provide the plurality of data elements as a data stream to the processing core, and includes an address generator to generate addresses corresponding to locations in the memory, a buffer to store the data elements received from the locations in the memory corresponding to the generated addresses, and an output to supply the data elements received from the memory to the processing core as the data stream.

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


Scalable direct inter-node communication over peripheral component interconnect-express (PCIe)
Patent No. 11036669 

Inventor(s): Guangyu Shi (Cupertino, CA), Norbert Egi (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15885398 on 01/31/2018 (1231 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of communicating data over a Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) Non-Transparent Bridge (NTB) comprising transmitting a first posted write message to a remote processor via the NTB, wherein the first posted write message indicates an intent to transfer data to the remote processor, and receiving a second posted write message in response to the first posted write message, wherein the second posted write message indicates a destination address list for the data. Also disclosed is a method of communicating data over a PCIe NTB comprising transmitting a first posted write message to a remote processor via the NTB, wherein the first posted write message comprises a request to read data, and receiving a data transfer message comprising at least some of the data requested by the first posted write message.

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


System and method for compressing data in a database
Patent No. 11036685 

Inventor(s): Guangcheng Zhou (Shenzhen, , CN), Jihui Tan (Shenzhen, , CN), Ramabrahmam Velury (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16238278 on 01/02/2019 (895 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes comparing a search key that includes bits having respective values and bit positions to a mask to identify masked and unmasked portions of the search key. The mask corresponds to multi-dimensional keys and has first and second values in bit positions corresponding to and not corresponding to, respectively, common bits. Each common bit has a respective same value and occurs in a respective same position in the multi-dimensional keys. The masked and unmasked portions are bits at bit positions corresponding to bit positions of bits of the mask having first and second values, respectively. The method includes determining, based on determining that values in bit positions of the masked portion match values in corresponding bit positions of a pattern, that the unmasked portion matches a compressed key without decompressing the compressed key, and based thereon, identifying a successful match between the search and compressed keys.

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


Governance pools in hierarchical systems
Patent No. 11036692 

Inventor(s): Byron Kevin McKenzie (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Oracle International Corporation (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15648157 on 07/12/2017 (1434 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various techniques are disclosed herein for storing and managing master data in hierarchical data systems. Several related concepts, embodiments, and examples are disclosed, including techniques for incremental rationalization in a hierarchical data model, techniques for implementing governance pools in a hierarchical data model, techniques for application materialization in a hierarchical data model, techniques for data intersection mastering in a hierarchical data model, techniques for change request visualization in a hierarchical data model, and techniques for hierarchy preparation in a hierarchical data model.

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


Clustering a set of natural language queries based on significant events
Patent No. 11036776 

Inventor(s): Swaminathan Chandrasekaran (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16436882 on 06/10/2019 (736 days app to issue)

Abstract: Clustering a set of natural language queries NLQs based on a set of significant events retrieved from a corpus stored in a computer system is described. A set of NLQs is used by a search engine for searching a selected corpus to retrieve respective sets of significant events. The set of NLQs is clustered into a plurality of NLQ clusters according to a number of common significant events being returned by the search engine for respective members of an NLQ cluster.

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


Computerized system and method for determining non-redundant tags from a user’’s network activity
Patent No. 11036791 

Inventor(s): Kunal Punera (San Francisco, CA), Tamas Sarlos (Sunnyvale, CA), Theodoros Lappas (Allston, MA)
Assignee(s): R2 Solutions, LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: The Noblitt Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15468557 on 03/24/2017 (1544 days app to issue)

Abstract: Descriptive data relating to at least a subset of a plurality of entities on a website is retrieved over a network. Endorsement data relating to the plurality of entities is retrieved from the website. A first set of probabilities is determined reflecting a probability that endorsements can be attributed to specific aspects. A second set of probabilities is determined reflecting a probability that terms can be attributed to aspects. Using the first set of probabilities and the second set of probabilities, a subset of the terms that are most probably associated with each entity are selected. Tags are then generated for each entity using the selected terms.

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


Computer architecture for maintaining a distance metric across correlithm objects in a correlithm object processing system
Patent No. 11036825 

Inventor(s): Patrick N. Lawrence (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16298111 on 03/11/2019 (827 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device configured to emulate a correlithm object processing system includes a memory that stores a node table that identifies a plurality of source correlithm objects and a plurality of corresponding target correlithm objects. The system further includes a node coupled to the memory and configured to receive an input correlithm object, identify a source correlithm object from the node table with the shortest n-dimensional distance to the input correlithm object, and identify a first target correlithm object from the node table linked with the identified source correlithm object. The node further generates a second target correlithm object that is offset in n-dimensional space from the first target correlithm object by the distance between the input correlithm object and the identified source correlithm object. The node outputs the second target correlithm object.

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


Computer architecture for emulating a correlithm object processing system with transparency
Patent No. 11036826 

Inventor(s): Patrick N. Lawrence (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16298266 on 03/11/2019 (827 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device configured to emulate a correlithm object system includes a memory that stores a sensor table. The sensor table identifies a plurality of real-world value entries and a plurality of corresponding input correlithm objects. A sensor receives a first input signal associated with a first timestamp, the first input signal representing a first real-world value entry in the sensor table. The sensor identifies a first input correlithm object in the sensor table linked with the first real-world value entry and outputs the first input correlithm object. The memory further stores a sensor output table that identifies the first real-world value entry associated with the first input correlithm object and the first timestamp.

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


Visual sign language translation training device and method
Patent No. 11036973 

Inventor(s): Dallas Nash (Frisco, TX), Michael Menefee (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): AVODAH, INC. (Wilmington, DE)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16410147 on 05/13/2019 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, devices and systems for training a pattern recognition system are described. In one example, a method for training a sign language translation system includes generating a three-dimensional (3D) scene that includes a 3D model simulating a gesture that represents a letter, a word, or a phrase in a sign language. The method includes obtaining a value indicative of a total number of training images to be generated, using the value indicative of the total number of training images to determine a plurality of variations of the 3D scene for generating of the training images, applying each of plurality of variations to the 3D scene to produce a plurality of modified 3D scenes, and capturing an image of each of the plurality of modified 3D scenes to form the training images for a neural network of the sign language translation system.

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


Multi-stage image recognition for a non-ideal environment
Patent No. 11037029 

Inventor(s): Wei Jiang (Santa Clara, CA), Wei Wang (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16157983 on 10/11/2018 (978 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided are an apparatus and a method of multi-stage image recognition. For the multi-stage image recognition, categorized object data is received from a first deep neural network. A second deep neural network is trained on subcategory customization data that relates to a non-ideal environment when the second deep neural network produces invalid subcategorized object data from the categorized object data, and generates an image recognition result using the second deep neural network as trained.

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


Method and system for securing a tracking device to a component
Patent No. 11037039 

Inventor(s): Preston Cray Smith (Dallas, TX), Ronnie Dwaine Phelps (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): S.P.M. Flow Control, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15512313 on 05/20/2016 (1852 days app to issue)

Abstract: A carrier for securing a tracking component includes a housing. The housing includes a recess formed into a face of the housing that is adapted to secure the tracking component. The recess includes a wall that surrounds a periphery of the recess and a hole formed through a bottom surface of the recess.

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


Determining rationale of cognitive system output
Patent No. 11037049 

Inventor(s): Goduwin R. Ravindranath (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16173603 on 10/29/2018 (960 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one or more embodiments of the present invention, a computer-implemented method includes generating, by a cognitive system, an answer for a user-provided query using an analytics algorithm. The answer is based on a set of data sources. The method further includes determining an influence weightage of each data source from the set of data sources. The method further includes generating and presenting a rationale for the answer based on the influence weightage.

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


Dynamically optimized distributed cloud computing-based business process management (BPM) system
Patent No. 11037077 

Inventor(s): Joshua L. Purcell (Dallas, TX), Mathews Thomas (Flower Mound, TX), Tassanee K. Supakkul (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13855779 on 04/03/2013 (2995 days app to issue)

Abstract: A workflow server can receive requests, each for a business process workflow conforming to a business process model. Each business process workflow can include a set of interdependent tasks. The workflow server can satisfy received requests by assigning tasks to different service providers that provide software services. Each of the tasks can be assigned to corresponding ones of the software services. For each task, the workflow server can also defines an allocated cost per software service, and a time allocation per software service for completing the corresponding one of the tasks. Different service providers, including those assigned to tasks, can receive information for ones of the tasks not directly assigned to them by the workflow server. The different service providers can then bid on these tasks. Wherein when bids are won, tasks for a business process flow can be reassigned based on winning bids.

[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]


Distributed ledger technology for freight system
Patent No. 11037095 

Inventor(s): Ahson Syed Hasnain (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ACCENTURE GLOBAL SOLUTIONS LIMITED (Dublin, , IE)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15813969 on 11/15/2017 (1308 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system may receive a tracking update created by a tracking device. The tracking update comprising geographic location information indicative of a current geographic location of the tracking device. The system may identify, in a blockchain, a smart contract including executable logic configured to calculate a tracking metric. The system may determine, using the executable logic, the tracking metric in response to receipt of the tracking update. The system may append a datablock to the blockchain. The datablock may include the tracking metric and the geographic location information. The system may synchronize the blockchain with a plurality of blockchains stored in blockchain databases.

[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]


Method and system for facilitation of wireless e-commerce transactions
Patent No. 11037108 

Inventor(s): Curtis Grant (Flower Mound, TX), Kevin Bomar (Weatherford, TX), Malik Mamdani (Dallas, TX), Patrick Johnson (Trophy Club, TX), Tim Whatley (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Aeritas, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15723601 on 10/03/2017 (1351 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for facilitating a wireless transaction includes receiving, by a transaction fulfillment system, a transaction request from a transaction requester and verifying an identity of the transaction requester. After verifying the identity of the transaction requester, a transaction code is communicated from the transaction fulfillment system to a wireless communication device. After receiving the transaction code, the transaction code is optically scanned from a visual display of the wireless communication device by the transaction fulfillment system.

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


Generating augmented reality vehicle information for a vehicle captured by cameras in a vehicle lot
Patent No. 11037225 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Anna, TX), Olalekan Awoyemi (Prosper, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Staevan Duckworth (The Colony, TX), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16394572 on 04/25/2019 (782 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device receives, from multiple cameras, streaming video data associated with multiple vehicles and provides the streaming video data to a user device associated with a user. The device receives, from the user device, a request to control a first camera and provides, to the user device, first streaming video data associated with the first camera. The device receives, from the user device, a camera control command for the first camera and causes the first camera to perform an action. The device receives updated first streaming video data from the first camera and provides, to the user device, the updated first streaming video data. The device receives, from the user device, information identifying a first vehicle in the updated first streaming video data and identifies first augmented reality vehicle information associated with the first vehicle. The device provides the first augmented reality vehicle information to the user device.

[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]


Facilitation of collaborative vehicle warnings
Patent No. 11037443 

Inventor(s): Sangar Dowlatkhah (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT MOBILITY II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16913309 on 06/26/2020 (354 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure describes a solution to facilitate collaborative vehicle warnings via an edge node. An edge network can provide resources to the vehicles such that the vehicles can operate in a harmonic and safe manner. For example, a non-compliance of a vehicle captured by a video camera of another vehicle can be sent to the edge node for analysis. If other data related to non-compliances of the vehicle are received by the edge node, the edge node can label the vehicle as an unsafe vehicle. In response to the labeling the vehicle as an unsafe vehicle, the edge node can share this information with the vehicles that sent the video feed info and/or other vehicles that are nearby.

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


Column erasing in non-volatile memory strings
Patent No. 11037631 

Inventor(s): Amul Dhirajbhai Desai (Milpitas, CA), Ankitkumar Babariya (San Jose, CA), Jayavel Pachamuthu (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Sandisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Volpe Koenig (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16252300 on 01/18/2019 (879 days app to issue)

Abstract: Strings of non-volatile memory cells include one or more joint regions adjacent to dummy non-volatile memory cells. During erase operations, different voltage levels are used for different dummy word lines coupled to respective dummy non-volatile memory cells. For example, a selection circuit may set a voltage level of a particular dummy word line to a voltage level greater than a different dummy word line. In another example, the selection circuit may determine a voltage level for a given dummy word line based on a distance between a non-volatile memory cell coupled to the given dummy word line and a selection device included in a string of non-volatile memory cells. Electron holes generated using the dummy word lines during erase operations may neutralize undesired trapped charges in a non-volatile memory string, thereby reducing disparity in erase times for different strings in the non-volatile memory circuit.

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


Power management for multi-plane read operations
Patent No. 11037635 

Inventor(s): Huai-Yuan Tseng (San Ramon, CA), Tomer Eliash (Kfar Saba, , IL), Yu-Chung Lien (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16784171 on 02/06/2020 (495 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and techniques are described for managing power consumption in a memory device. When a multi-plane read command is received, a control circuit determines whether the blocks identified by the read command are fully or partially programmed. If they are fully programmed, the read command is executed while applying a common read pass voltage to the unprogrammed word lines of the respective blocks. If the blocks are not all fully programmed, the control circuit determines a last-programmed word line. If the last-programmed word lines are not equal in each block, the read command is executed while applying a base read pass voltage to the unprogrammed word lines of one or more higher-programmed blocks and a lower read pass voltage to the unprogrammed word lines of one or more lower-programmed blocks.

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


Multi-pass programming process for memory device which omits verify test in first program pass
Patent No. 11037640 

Inventor(s): Ashish Baraskar (Santa Clara, CA), Ching-Huang Lu (Fremont, CA), Vinh Diep (San Jose, CA), Yingda Dong (Los Altos, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16900015 on 06/12/2020 (368 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are provided to reduce neighbor word line interference and charge loss in a multi-pass program operation. In one implementation, the first pass of a multi-pass program operation uses one or more program pulses without performing associated verify tests. The memory cells may be programmed to different intermediate threshold voltage (Vth) distributions in the first program pass. Different bit line voltages can be used to obtain the different intermediate Vth distributions when the single program pulse is applied. In other cases, multiple program pulses are applied without performing verify tests. The intermediate Vth distributions can be provided for the memory cells assigned to the higher data states but not the lower data states, or for memory cells assigned to both the higher and lower data states.

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


Temperature and cycling dependent refresh operation for memory cells
Patent No. 11037641 

Inventor(s): Abhijith Prakash (Milpitas, CA), Jiahui Yuan (Fremont, CA), Vishwanath Basavaegowda Shanthakumar (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16704817 on 12/05/2019 (558 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and techniques are described for periodically refreshing word line voltages in a memory device. A decision to perform a refresh operation is made based on the temperature and number of program-erase (P-E) cycles. In one approach, the refresh operation is not performed if the number of P-E cycles is below a threshold number and/or the temperature is below a threshold temperature. When the temperature and number of P-E cycles indicate that a refresh operation should be performed, a timer counts an elapsed time until the elapsed time reaches an allowed discharge time. The allowed discharge time can be based on the temperature, number of P-E cycles, and other factors which affect an expected number of fail bits. The allowed discharge time can also change as the temperature changes during the counting of the elapsed time.

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


Clinical condition based cohort identification and evaluation
Patent No. 11037658 

Inventor(s): Anthony J. DiGiorgio (Arlington, TX), James S. Cox (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15045378 on 02/17/2016 (1945 days app to issue)

Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for monitoring treatment of patients. The mechanisms generate a patient registry comprising a plurality of patient registry records, each patient registry record being associated with a corresponding patient and comprising attributes specifying personal and medical information about the corresponding patient. The mechanisms collect, for each patient registry record, treatment data regarding treatment of the corresponding patient. The mechanism analyzes the treatment data to identify successful treatments administered to the corresponding patients. The mechanisms generate one or more cohorts of corresponding patients based on attributes of the patient registry records associated with corresponding patients for which successful treatments were administered. The mechanisms perform at least one patient management operation based on the generated one or more cohorts. NULL


Screening-based availability of communications device features
Patent No. 11037675 

Inventor(s): Connor Pickens (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Securas Technologies, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15911242 on 03/05/2018 (1198 days app to issue)

Abstract: System, devices and methods are provided for providing a resident of a controlled-environment facility with services via a communications device, where access to software components, software features and/or content on the communication device may be restricted based on the results of a mental health assessment administered via the communication device. The communication device utilized by the resident connects to a resident communications system that provides use of requested software elements. If a requested software element is determined to be restricted, the resident must complete a mental health assessment that determines a distress level of the resident. The distress level may be determined based on inputs provided by the resident and sensor inputs collected by the communication device. If the mental health assessment indicates the distress level of the resident is below a threshold, the resident is allowed to utilize the software element. NULL


Dynamic selection and sequencing of healthcare assessments for patients
Patent No. 11037682 

Inventor(s): Adam C. McCoy (Flower Mound, TX), Atul Kumar (Irving, TX), Guy B. Mrnustik (Irving, TX), Karie L. Kelly (Carrollton, TX), Patrick L. Walters (Mansfield, TX), Russell G. Olsen (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15632818 on 06/26/2017 (1450 days app to issue)

Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for administering health care assessments to a patient. The mechanisms analyze patient information stored in a patient registry and determine a plurality of health care assessments to be administered to the patient based on the patient information and one or more pre-defined health care assessment guidelines specifying conditions for which health care assessments are to be administered to patients and timing for administering the assessments to the patients. The mechanisms generate a sequence of health care assessments, in the plurality of health care assessments, based on the guidelines and the patient information. The sequence comprises an ordering of the health care assessments, and a timing interval between health care assessments, determined based on the guidelines and the patient information. The mechanisms administer at least one health care assessment to the patient in accordance with the determined sequence of health care assessments. NULL


Management of configuration modifications in distributed data systems
Patent No. 11038750 

Inventor(s): Andrei Khaitas (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation (Tokyo, , JP)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16661673 on 10/23/2019 (601 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for configuration management are provided. A plurality of configurations is received, where each of the plurality of configurations corresponds to a respective service and is associated with a first plan. The plurality of configurations is stored, in association with the first plan, without implementing the plurality of configurations. Upon receiving approval of the first plan, the first plan is implemented by, for each respective configuration of the plurality of configurations: identifying a respective corresponding service for the respective configuration and modifying a configuration of the respective corresponding service based on the respective configuration. Upon completing implementation of the first plan, each of the plurality of configurations is labeled with a production identifier.

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


Streaming and event management infrastructure performance prediction
Patent No. 11038786 

Inventor(s): Kannappan Ramu (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Dell Products LP. (Round Rock, TX)
Law Firm: Ryan, Mason Lewis, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16670698 on 10/31/2019 (593 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving a plurality of performance metrics from a data streaming infrastructure. The data streaming infrastructure comprises one or more message producers, one or more message brokers and one or more message consumers. In the method, the plurality of performance metrics are analyzed in a machine learning model, and one or more performance issues with the data streaming infrastructure are predicted based on the analyzing.

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


 

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Incentive-based availability of communications device features
Patent No. 11037457 

Inventor(s): Patricia Auger (Hollis, NH)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15839030 on 12/12/2017 (1281 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, devices and methods are disclosed for controlling and incentivizing the use of software-based services that are made available to residents of controlled-environment facilities. Residents are assigned a communication device that is used to connect to a communication system provided to residents by a controlled-environment facility. Via the assigned communication device, the resident is provided with various software modules, such as visitation software, entertainment software and educational software. The provided software modules may designated as either incentivized or restricted. A restricted module, such as a visitation module or gaming module, is disabled until the resident has been authorized to use the module. The communication device is configured to track the resident’’s use of incentivized modules, such as education modules. The resident may enable a restricted module for a limited duration by meeting thresholds of use of an incentivized module, such completing milestones provided by the education module.

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


Transistor device with sinker contacts and methods for manufacturing the same
Patent No. 11037816 

Inventor(s): Hong Yang (Richardson, TX), Michael F Chisholm (Garland, TX), Yufei Xiong (Chengdu, , CN), Yunlong Liu (Chengdu, , CN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15649774 on 07/14/2017 (1432 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a device includes a semiconductor substrate; a buried layer; and a trench with inner walls extending from the buried layer to a surface of the semiconductor substrate, the trench having sidewalls, a bottom wall, a barrier layer including a titanium (Ti) layer covering the sidewalls and the bottom wall, and a filler including more than one layer of conductor material formed on the barrier layer.

[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]


Bonded die assembly containing partially filled through-substrate via structures and methods for making the same
Patent No. 11037908 

Inventor(s): Chen Wu (Leuven, , BE), Masaaki Higashitani (Cupertino, CA), Peter Rabkin (Cupertino, CA), Yangyin Chen (Leuven, , BE)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16521849 on 07/25/2019 (691 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bonded assembly includes a first semiconductor die including a first substrate, first semiconductor devices located on the first substrate, first dielectric material layers located on the first semiconductor devices and embedding first metal interconnect structures, and first through-substrate via structures extending through the first substrate and contacting a respective first metal interconnect structure. Each of the first through-substrate via structures laterally surrounds a respective core cavity that contains a void or a dielectric fill material portion. The bonded assembly includes a second semiconductor die attached to the first semiconductor die, and including a second substrate, second semiconductor devices located on the second substrate, second dielectric material layers located on the second semiconductor devices and embedding second metal interconnect structures, and bonding pad structures electrically connected to a respective one of the second metal interconnect structures and bonded to a respective first through-substrate 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]


Three-dimensional memory device having on-pitch drain select gate electrodes and method of making the same
Patent No. 11037943 

Inventor(s): James Kai (Santa Clara, CA), Muneyuki Imai (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16406283 on 05/08/2019 (769 days app to issue)

Abstract: An array of memory stack structures extends through an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers. The drain-select-level assemblies may be provided by forming drain-select-level openings through a drain-select-level sacrificial material layer, and by forming a combination of a cylindrical electrode portion and a first gate dielectric mayin each first drain-select-level opening while forming a second gate dielectric directly on a sidewall of each second drain-select-level opening in a second subset of the drain-select-level openings. A strip electrode portion is formed by replacing the drain-select-level sacrificial material layer with a conductive material. Structures filling the second subset of the drain-select-level openings may be used as dummy structures at a periphery of an array. The dummy structures are free of gate electrodes and thus prevents a leakage current therethrough.

[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]


Stacked image sensor capable of simultaneous integration of electrons and holes
Patent No. 11037977 

Inventor(s): Jaroslav Hynecek (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: Noblitt Newson, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16054025 on 08/03/2018 (1047 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments of the present technology may comprise methods and apparatus for an image sensor capable of simultaneous integration of electrons and holes. According to an exemplary embodiment, the image sensor comprises a backside-illuminated hybrid bonded stacked chip image senor comprising a pixel circuit array, and each pixel circuit comprising a charge storage capacitor oriented in a vertical direction in a deep trench isolation region. Both the electrons and holes are integrated (collected) using a global shutter operation, and the charge storage capacitor is used for storing a signal generated by the holes.

[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]


Optimized shipping of IP telephony devices
Patent No. 11038299 

Inventor(s): Joseph Layton (Richardson, TX), Thaddeus Stoner (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16129372 on 09/12/2018 (1007 days app to issue)

Abstract: A connector and cabling system is provided. The system includes a plurality of pigtails, each pigtail of the plurality of pigtails are configured to couple to one of a plurality of electronic devices, wherein each electronic device of the plurality of electronic devices has a corresponding box or package. The system includes a cable and a plurality of first connectors. Each first connector of the plurality of first connectors is configured to extend through and attach to a wall of a box or opening of the package with a first port of the first connector inside the box. The first port is coupled to the pigtail, and a second port of the first connector outside the box or package. The second port is coupled to the cable. The plurality of electronic devices is provisioned via the cable, the plurality of first connectors and the plurality of pigtails, with each of the plurality of electronic devices, in the corresponding box or package. A method of preparing electronic devices for shipping is also provided.

[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)


Methods and apparatus for adaptive timing for zero voltage transition power converters
Patent No. 11038421 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Anthony Morroni (Parker, TX), Michael G. Amaro (Naperville, IL), Thomas Matthew LaBella (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16670638 on 10/31/2019 (593 days app to issue)

Abstract: Timing circuitry causes: a first closed signal on a first switch control output before a signal on a second switch control output changes from a second closed signal to a first open signal; the first switch control output to provide a second open signal after a first selected time after the second switch control output changes from the second closed signal to the first open signal; and a third switch control output to provide a third closed signal a second selected time after the first switch control output changes from the first closed signal to a third open signal. A beginning of the first closed signal to a beginning of the first open signal is based on a later of: a current through a switch connected to the second switch control output exceeding a threshold current; and a clocked time after the beginning of the first closed signal.

[H02M] APPARATUS FOR CONVERSION BETWEEN AC AND AC, BETWEEN AC AND DC, OR BETWEEN DC AND DC, AND FOR USE WITH MAINS OR SIMILAR POWER SUPPLY SYSTEMS; CONVERSION OF DC OR AC INPUT POWER INTO SURGE OUTPUT POWER; CONTROL OR REGULATION THEREOF (conversion of current or voltage specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces with no moving parts G04G 19/02; systems for regulating electric or magnetic variables in general, e.g. using transformers, reactors or choke coils, combination of such systems with static converters G05F; for digital computers G06F 1/00; transformers H01F; connection or control of one converter with regard to conjoint operation with a similar or other source of supply H02J; dynamo-electric converters H02K 47/00; controlling transformers, reactors or choke coils, control or regulation of electric motors, generators or dynamo-electric converters H02P; pulse generators H03K) [5]


Optocoupler emulating input stage for digital isolators
Patent No. 11038461 

Inventor(s): Kumar Anurag Shrivastava (Bengaluru, , IN), Somshubhra Paul (Bengaluru, , IN), Sreeram Subramanyam Nasum (Bengaluru, , IN), Tarunvir Singh (Jalandhar, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16998526 on 08/20/2020 (299 days app to issue)

Abstract: A digital isolator comprising a set of bipolar transistors and an inductor capacitor (LC) oscillator coupled to the set of bipolar transistors in series, wherein the LC oscillator is configured to be turned on and off based on the current applied to the set of bipolar transistors or the LC oscillator and generate a set of differential signals based on the current flowing through the set of bipolar transistors and mimicking the operational characteristics of an optocoupler.

[H03B] GENERATION OF OSCILLATIONS, DIRECTLY OR BY FREQUENCY-CHANGING, BY CIRCUITS EMPLOYING ACTIVE ELEMENTS WHICH OPERATE IN A NON-SWITCHING MANNER; GENERATION OF NOISE BY SUCH CIRCUITS (generators specially adapted for electrophonic musical instruments G10H; masers or lasers H01S; generation of oscillations in plasma H05H)


Methods, apparatus, and systems to drive a transistor
Patent No. 11038502 

Inventor(s): Cetin Kaya (Plano, TX), Michael Leders (Freising, , DE), Yong Xie (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16827357 on 03/23/2020 (449 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems are disclosed to drive a transistor. An example apparatus includes a regulator including a first input terminal adapted to be coupled to a control terminal of a transistor, a first output terminal, and a second output terminal, a first stage including a first input terminal coupled to the first output terminal of the regulator and an output terminal adapted to be coupled to the control terminal of the transistor, and a second stage including an input terminal coupled to the second output terminal of the regulator, and an output terminal adapted to be coupled to the control terminal of the transistor.

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


Multiplying digital-to-analog converter (MDAC) with nonlinear calibration
Patent No. 11038517 

Inventor(s): Rajavelu Thinakaran (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16744614 on 01/16/2020 (516 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a multiplying digital-to-analog converter (MDAC). The system also includes an input-side component coupled to the MDAC and configured to provide a code to the MDAC. The system also includes a reference voltage source coupled to the MDAC and configured to provide a reference voltage to the MDAC. The MDAC comprises a nonlinear calibration circuit configured to adjust an output of the MDAC nonlinearly based on the code, the reference voltage, and an output of the nonlinear calibration circuit.

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


Circuits and methods for reducing charge losses in switched capacitor analog to digital converters
Patent No. 11038519 

Inventor(s): Paul Stulik (Tucson, AZ)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16891011 on 06/02/2020 (378 days app to issue)

Abstract: Circuits and methods for minimizing charge losses due to negative transient voltage at summing terminals of an analog to digital converter (ADC) are disclosed. The ADC is coupled to a multi-bit digital to analog converter (DAC) at the summing terminals. The ADC and the DAC include PMOS and NMOS transistors whose timing are controlled to reduce charge losses. The PMOS transistors are turned ON before the NMOS transistors. Also, the PMOS transistor of the ADC is turned ON at a slower rate than the PMOS transistors of the DAC.

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


Active multiplexer repeater accessory
Patent No. 11038542 

Inventor(s): Dale Robert Anderson (Colleyville, TX), Michael James Mouser (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): Wilson Electronics, LLC (St. George, UT)
Law Firm: Thorpe North Western (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16729007 on 12/27/2019 (536 days app to issue)

Abstract: A technology is described for a bi-directional repeater having a switchable antenna port. The repeater can comprise a switchable common port, a switchable second-band port, and a switchable third-band port. The repeater can have a first-band amplification and filtering path coupled to the switchable common port via a first path of a first multiplexer. The repeater can have a second-band amplification and filtering path coupled to one of the switchable common port via a second path of the first multiplexer, a first path of a first radio frequency (RF) switch, and a first path of a second multiplexer. The repeater can have a third band amplification and filtering path coupled to the switchable common port via a first path of a second RF switch, the second path of the second multiplexer, the first path of the first RF switch, and the second path of the first diplexer.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving reference signals in wireless communication
Patent No. 11038557 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Md. Saifur Rahman (Plano, TX), Sudhir Ramakrishna (Plano, TX), Yang Li (Plano, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15472212 on 03/28/2017 (1540 days app to issue)

Abstract: A base station includes a controller configured to configure an MRS resource set comprising a group of MRS resources, each MRS resource comprising a set of MRS antenna ports. If at least two MRS antenna ports belong to a same MRS resource, then the at least two MRS antenna ports are quasi co-located with respect to a first set of QCL parameters, else if the at least two MRS antenna ports belong to a same MRS resource set, then the at least two MRS antenna ports are quasi co-located with respect to a second set of QCL parameters, and else the at least two MRS antenna ports are not quasi co-located with respect to either the first set or the second set of QCL parameters. The MRS is a CSI-RS for estimating a CSI and at least one of the first set and the second set of QCL parameters.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Optical system including a reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer and filters
Patent No. 11038614 

Inventor(s): Eric Koopferstock (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16379280 on 04/09/2019 (798 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical system including a first filter including i) a first port mapped to a first wavelength band and ii) a second port mapped to a second wavelength band, the first filter configured to receive a first transmission signal at the first port and a second transmission signal at the second port, the first transmission signal within the first wavelength band, the second transmission signal within the second wavelength bands; a second filter including i) a third port mapped to the first wavelength band and ii) a fourth port mapped to the second wavelength band, the second filter configured to receive a third transmission signal at the third port and a fourth transmission signal at the fourth port, the third transmission signal within the first wavelength band, the fourth transmission signal within the second wavelength band and; and a wavelength selector.

[H04J] MULTIPLEX COMMUNICATION (peculiar to transmission of digital information H04L 5/00; systems for the simultaneous or sequential transmission of more than one television signal H04N 7/08; in exchanges H04Q 11/00)


Method and apparatus for CSI report in next generation wireless system
Patent No. 11038649 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Li Guo (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15874692 on 01/18/2018 (1244 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for reporting channel information by a user equipment (UE) is provided. The method comprises receiving, by the UE, configuration information from a base station (BS), the configuration information indicating K channel state information (CSI) reference signal (RS) resources configured, by the BS, for measurement by the UE; measuring, by the UE, a layer one (LI) reference signal received power (RSRP) for one or more of the K CSI-RS resources; selecting, by the UE, N of the K CSI-RS resources for reporting in a reporting instance; generating, by the UE, a report for the N CSI-RS resources, the generated report including a CSI-RS resource index (CRI) for each of the N CSI-RS resources, a L1-RSRP value for one of the N CSI-RS resources having a largest L1-RSRP, and a differential L1-RSRP value for each of the other of the N CSI-RS resources; and transmitting, by the UE, the generated report to the BS in the reporting instance.

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


Bi-level adaptive equalizer
Patent No. 11038723 

Inventor(s): Amit Rane (Santa Clara, CA), Charles Michael Campbell (Wylie, TX), Suzanne Mary Vining (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16778955 on 01/31/2020 (501 days app to issue)

Abstract: At least some aspects of the present disclosure provide for a method. In at least one example, the method includes applying first equalization to a received data signal to generate an equalizer signal and comparing the equalized signal to each of a plurality of reference voltages for a predetermined period of time per respective reference voltage to generate a comparison result. The method further includes determining a plurality of counts with each count of the plurality of counts uniquely corresponding to a number of rising edges in the comparison result for each of the plurality of reference voltages. The method further includes comparing at least one of the plurality of counts to at least another of the plurality of counts to determine a relationship among the plurality of counts and applying second equalization to the received data signal based on the determined relationship among the plurality of counts.

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


Intelligent policy control engine for 5G or other next generation network
Patent No. 11038763 

Inventor(s): Sangar Dowlatkhah (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT MOBILITY II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16699999 on 12/02/2019 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: An intelligent network policy engine can be utilized to apply dynamic policy changes for microservices. For example, based on outlined service provider policies, user equipment state data, and/or network state data, the intelligent network policy engine can determine which microservices to use and/or what order to use the microservices to increase a performance of the network. The intelligent network policy engine can perform conflict resolution based on how network traffic should be treated in certain scenarios.

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


Anonymously generating an encrypted session for a client device in a wireless network
Patent No. 11038881 

Inventor(s): Malcolm Muir Smith (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16178239 on 11/01/2018 (957 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments disclosed herein include apparatuses, systems, devices, and methods for anonymously generating an encrypted session for a client device in a wireless network. The method comprises, in response to providing, to the client device in the wireless network, a request for credentials associated with the client device, obtaining, from the client device, a response including proposed credentials associated with the client device. The method further comprises determining whether or not the format of the response matches a response template. The method further comprises, in response to determining that the format of the response matches the response template, generating an encrypted wireless session for the client device independent of the proposed credentials associated with the client device.

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


Active speaker naming and request in ICN-based real-time communication systems
Patent No. 11038899 

Inventor(s): Carl Nathan Buckles (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17014097 on 09/08/2020 (280 days app to issue)

Abstract: Presented herein are methods for dynamic management of names and of named-based requests for media flows in an Information-Centric Network (ICN)-based real-time communication system. The use of different naming schemes on contribution segments and on distribution segments in such architectures results in an effective low latency and scalable communication model based on the notion of active speakers regardless of the underlying mapping between active speakers and participants controlled by the media bridge. Operations are performed both at client side and at media bridge side to dynamically manage binding of names to speakers, while minimizing overhead and complexity of operations involved by a change of active speaker/quality/layout.

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


Providing session initiation protocol request contents method and system
Patent No. 11038930 

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16514756 on 07/17/2019 (699 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment provides a user equipment that includes a processor configured to receive a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) NOTIFY message transmitted by a network component as a result of a registration event. The SIP NOTIFY message contains at least a portion of information included in a first SIP message sent between a first user equipment and the network component. Another embodiment provides method and apparatus for a network node to determine whether filter criteria include one or more indicators that specify the need for information, and including in a second SIP message the information specified by the one or more indicators.

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


Streaming content cache scheduling
Patent No. 11038940 

Inventor(s): Rudolph Mappus (Plano, TX), Vijayan Nagarajan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16518229 on 07/22/2019 (694 days app to issue)

Abstract: A processing system including at least one processor may collect a first set of time series features relating to requests for a content item at a content distribution node in a communication network, generate a first prediction model based upon the first set of time series features to predict levels of demand for the content item at the content distribution node at future time periods, identify, via the first prediction model, a first time period of the future time periods when a predicted level of demand for the content item exceeds a threshold level of demand, identify a second time period of the future time periods when a predicted level of utilization of the communication network is below a threshold level of utilization, the second time period being prior to the first time period, and transfer the content item to the content distribution node in the second time period.

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


Mediating a communication in an observation platform
Patent No. 11038982 

Inventor(s): Guy R. Van Buskirk (Grapevine, TX), Ravi Shankar Kumar (Richardson, TX), Steven Paul Russell (Menlo Park, CA)
Assignee(s): Theatro Labs, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16799073 on 02/24/2020 (477 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a method of structured communications in an observation platform a signal from a first communication device is received at a second communication device that is associated with a computer system. The computer system is associated with an organization, wherein a first characteristic of the signal corresponds to an audible source and a second characteristic of the signal corresponds to information indicative of a geographic position of the first communication device. The computer system derives a query from the signal, wherein the query is related to the organization. The computer system determines a plurality of persons representing the organization to respond to the query, wherein the determining is based on a factor related to the plurality of persons representing the organization. The signal is forwarded to a plurality of communication devices associated with the plurality of persons representing the organization.

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


Charging control with SMF and PCF
Patent No. 11039018 

Inventor(s): Jayshree Bharatia (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Ofinno, LLC (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16564236 on 09/09/2019 (645 days app to issue)

Abstract: A PCF receives from an SMF, a policy establishment request message requesting a charging control rule for a PDU session of a wireless device. In response to the policy establishment request message, the PCF sends to a CHF a charging policy request message requesting charging policy information for the PDU session. The PCF receives from the CHF a charging policy response message. The charging policy response message comprises the charging policy information. The charging policy information comprises a first charging method. Based on the charging policy information, the PCF determines a charging control rule for the PDU session. The PCF sends to the SMF a policy establishment response message comprising the charging control rule. The SMF enforces the charging control rule.

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


Target detection and mapping using an image acqusition device
Patent No. 11039044 

Inventor(s): Blake Levy (Nashville, TN), Daniel Gibbs (Richardson, TX), Michael Martin (Royce City, TX), Robert Mingee (Allen, TX), Stacy Kniffen (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Innovative Signal Analysis, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Kelly, Holt Christenson, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15912916 on 03/06/2018 (1197 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for providing a geographical location for a detected moving object is presented. The system comprises a camera configured to capture a first image of a field of view at a first time, and a second image of a field of view at a second time. The field of view includes a moving object. The system also comprises a processor configured to receive the first and second images of the field of view, index the first and second images based on an associated timestamp, and provide the first and second images to a nonvolatile storage medium. The system also comprises a change detection module configured to compare the first and second images and detect the moving object. The system also comprises a position identification module configured to calculate and provide the geographical location for the detected moving object, based on a known location of the camera, and a calibration of the field of view. The system also comprises a display, configured to receive an updated display feed from the processor. The updated display feed comprises the second image, an indication of the detected moving object, and an indication of a location of the detected moving object.

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


Distribution element for a self-calibrating RF network and system and method for use of the same
Patent No. 11039106 

Inventor(s): Raymond S. Horton (McKinney, TX), Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX), William C. Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16577702 on 09/20/2019 (634 days app to issue)

Abstract: A distribution element for a self-calibrating RF network and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the distribution element, the distribution element is located between a headend layer and an endpoint layer. An upstream directional control circuit and a downstream directional control circuit are positioned in a spaced opposing relationship such that respective upstream line and the downstream line are separated into a forward line and reverse line therebetween while being combined at the respective upstream directional control circuit and the downstream directional control circuit. A pair of amplifier circuits positioned between the upstream and downstream control circuits are under the control of a controller to amplify and shape the signal of the forward line and the reverse line. The controller monitor and analyzes signals through the distribution element.

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


Low complexity color smoothing of reconstructed point clouds
Patent No. 11039115 

Inventor(s): Hossein Najaf-Zadeh (Allen, TX), Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16706397 on 12/06/2019 (557 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and decoder for point cloud decoding. The method includes receiving and decoding a bitstream into multiple frames that include patches corresponding to respective clusters of points from a 3D point cloud. The method also includes generating a grid that includes a plurality of 3D cells, wherein the 3D point cloud is within the grid. The method further includes identifying a first cell of the plurality of 3D cells that includes a query point corresponding to a pixel on a boundary of one of the patches. The method additionally includes identifying a luminance value of the first cell. The method also includes performing color smoothing on the query point based on comparison of the luminance value of the first cell to a threshold.

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


Device and method for video decoding video blocks
Patent No. 11039171 

Inventor(s): Marta Karczewicz (San Diego, CA), Peisong Chen (San Diego, CA), Yan Ye (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16251158 on 01/18/2019 (879 days app to issue)

Abstract: Technology is described for decoding a video block. A block-type syntax information is received which indicates a size of a video block in a video frame, wherein a maximum size of the video blocks is 3232 or 6464. The video block having the size indicated by the block-type syntax information is received. The video block is partitioned into partitions, and at least one of the partitions is encoded with a first encoding mode and at least one other of the partitions is encoded with a second encoding mode which is different from the first encoding mode. Syntax information is received for the partitions of the video block and for the first encoding mode and the second encoding mode. Motion vector information is received for one or more of the partitions. The video block is decoded based on at least the block-type syntax information and the motion vector information.

[H04J] MULTIPLEX COMMUNICATION (peculiar to transmission of digital information H04L 5/00; systems for the simultaneous or sequential transmission of more than one television signal H04N 7/08; in exchanges H04Q 11/00)


Set top/back box, system and method for providing a remote control device
Patent No. 11039197 

Inventor(s): Bill Fang (Plano, TX), Scott Horton (McKinney, TX), Tom Miller (Plano, TX), Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16194482 on 11/19/2018 (939 days app to issue)

Abstract: A set top/back box and system and method for providing a remote control device are disclosed. In one embodiment, one or more wireless transceivers are located within a housing, which also interconnectivley includes television input/output, a processor, and memory. The set top/back box may establish a pairing with a programmable device, such as a proximate wireless-enabled interactive handheld device having a touch screen display, whereby formatted parallel audiovisual experience instructions, including virtual buttons, may be transmitted to the programmable device for display on the touch screen display to create an experience parallel to the experience on the television. The set top/back box receives and processes virtual remote control functionality input instructions from the programmable device to control amenities associated with the set top/back box.

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


System and method for persisting mobile agents within a mobile region of interest
Patent No. 11039289 

Inventor(s): Mark Gerard (Mckinney, TX), Robert W. Peterson (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16412168 on 05/14/2019 (763 days app to issue)

Abstract: Mobile agents can be deployed to mobile devices within specific regions of interest to achieve specific goals in respect of events occurring in the region of interest. In order to ensure that the agent can persist within the region of interest until the agent goals are achieved, the agent is configured to locate other devices within the region of interest and to propagate itself, by moving or copying itself, to those other devices. The region of interest may be a mobile and/or dynamic region of interest defined by, for example, a proximity to one or more mobile wireless access points or by an overlapping peer-to-peer communication range of a plurality of mobile devices that are configured to support the agent.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Wireless communication device handovers between wireless communication network slices
Patent No. 11039359 

Inventor(s): Serge M. Manning (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Sprint Communications Company L.P. (Overland Park, KS)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16688029 on 11/19/2019 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless network control system facilitates a handover of User Equipment (UE) from a source network slice to a target network slice. The source slice delivers an internet-access service to the UE using a Quality-of-Service level and access restrictions. The UE detects a handover trigger and exchanges handover signaling with the source network slice. A hardware-trust controller verifies a hardware identification code embedded in the UE responsive to the handover signaling. A distributed ledger generates a slice template to implement the QoS and access restrictions for the UE in the target network slice in response to the handover signaling and the hardware-trust verification. The signaling circuitry transfers the slice template to the target slice. The target slice delivers internet-access service to the UE using the QoS and the restrictions in response to the slice template.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for establishing and modifying user plane communications
Patent No. 11039502 

Inventor(s): Parry Cornell Booker (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16799547 on 02/24/2020 (477 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems described herein provide techniques for establishing and modifying user plane communications sessions between Long-Term Evolution (‘’LTE’’) User Equipment (‘’UE’’) devices, connected to LTE base stations, and a Fifth Generation (‘’5G’’) core network. An LTE-5G Interworking function (‘’LTE-5G IWF’’) may logically generate a virtual 5G UE and/or 5G base station, map a LTE UE to the virtual 5G UE, and cause the establishment of a Protocol Data Unit (‘’PDU’’) Session, at the 5G core network, with the virtual 5G UE. The LTE-5G IWF may provide PDU Session information to the LTE UE and base station to facilitate the establishment of user plane communications (e.g., via a tunnel) between the LTE UE and the 5G core network. The LTE-5G IWF may also receive modification parameters, such as Quality of Service (‘’QoS’’) parameters, and provide instructions to the 5G core and/or to the LTE UE to handle traffic according to such parameters.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DESIGN PATENTS

Recreational vehicle antenna
Patent No. D922363 

Inventor(s): Aaron Jay Hamilton (Royse City, TX), Brooks Stephen Ruhman (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Wilson Electronics, LLC (St. George, UT)
Law Firm: Jones Waldo Holbrook McDonough, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29658909 on 08/03/2018 (1047 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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