Dallas Invents: 108 Patents Granted for Week of Jan. 22

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 10 for patents out of 250 metros.


Patents granted include:
•Textron Innovations' apparatus for reconfiguring flight control of an aircraft during a failure while the aircraft is flying
• USAA's display screen with a financial workbench graphical user interface
• Verizon's device for increased bandwidth
• TI's feedforward cancellation of power supply noise
• Monument Peak Ventures' system for locating nearby picture hotspots

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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 Jan. 22, 2019 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments (Dallas) 21
Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano) 9
Bell Helicopter Textron (Fort Worth) 2
Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson) 2

UNASSIGNED 7


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

D. Scott Dewald (Dallas) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

124 days
Insertable beverage container support apparatus
UNASSIGNED
Inventor: Joel Edward Stevens (Weatherford)
Patent No. D0838473-S1

3,098 days
Computer system and method for sharing computer memory
Assignee: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston)
Inventor: Terrel Morris (Garland)
Patent No. 10187247-B2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Steam nozzle system and method
Patent No. 10182696 

Inventor(s): Dennis Dehn (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Dehn”s Innovations, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert Goetzel, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13922463 on 06/20/2013 (2042 days app to issue)

Abstract: Steam cleaning spray nozzle systems and methods of use are described herein. The spray nozzle includes a substantially rigid conduit a support member in fluid communication with a steam source. A portion of the conduit is angled. During use, sufficient eccentric force is produced by the steam to rotate the support member such that steam is ejected from the substantially rigid conduit at an oblique angle relative to the center to of the substantially rigid conduit.

[A47L] DOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING (brushes A46B; cleaning quantities of bottles or of other hollow articles of one kind B08B 9/00; laundry D06F); SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL (cleaning in general B08)


Suture anchor apparatus
Patent No. 10182807 

Inventor(s): Elliot Bridgeman (Big Lake, MN), Lawrence Kane (St. Paul, MN)
Assignee(s): Nuvectra Corporation (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14445382 on 07/29/2014 (1638 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various examples, a suture anchor includes a sheath including a lumen. A frame member is disposed at least partially within the sheath. The frame member includes at least two suture loops extending from the sheath. The suture loops are configured to receive a suture, wherein tightening of the suture causes compression of the frame member to constrict the lumen of the sheath.

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


Knotless suture anchor
Patent No. 10182809 

Inventor(s): Kairi Lofton (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): DePuy Mitek, LLC (Raynham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15180184 on 06/13/2016 (953 days app to issue)

Abstract: A suture anchor comprises a tubular body having an axial bore therethrough and having one or more purchase enhancements on an exterior surface of the body adapted to enhance purchase of the body within a bone hole, such as threads. A lateral port passes through the body from the bore to the exterior surface and is formed of a slot entering the body from its proximal end. A length of suture for attaching soft tissue to bone passes down along the exterior surface over the one or more purchase enhancements, over a distal end of the body, up into the bore through and then back out of the bore and up along the exterior surface over the one or more purchase enhancements.

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


Surgical cutting instrument with near-perimeter interlocking coupling arrangement
Patent No. 10182826 

Inventor(s): Christopher M. Boykin (Athens, TX), Durrell Tidwell (Burleson, TX)
Assignee(s): Medtronic PS Medical, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Harness Dickey (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15375414 on 12/12/2016 (771 days app to issue)

Abstract: A blade coupling mechanism for a hand-held surgical cutting instrument includes a first coupling member including a first blade-contacting surface and a first outer perimeter sidewall adjacent the first blade contacting surface. It also includes a second coupling member including a second blade-contacting surface facing the first blade-contacting surface of the first coupling member. The second coupling member includes a second outer perimeter sidewall adjacent the second blade contacting surface. The second blade-contacting surface and the second outer perimeter sidewall meet to define an outer edge. The second coupling member including a bore through the second blade contacting surface. The bore and the second blade contacting surface meeting to define an inner edge. Blade-engaging protrusions project from at least one of the first and second blade-contacting surfaces. The protrusions are spaced closer to the outer edge than the inner edge.

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


Ankle tibia plates
Patent No. 10182854 

Inventor(s): Brian Carpenter (Ft. Worth, TX), Douglas W. Miller (Dallas, TX), Gregory Pomeroy (Cape Elizabeth, ME), John Early (Dallas, TX), Michael E. Brage (Laguna Woods, CA)
Assignee(s): OsteoMed LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15885573 on 01/31/2018 (356 days app to issue)

Abstract: Implant devices for the internal fixation of fractured bones, and more particularly to ankle plates for the tibia bone are disclosed and include an anterolateral tibia plate having an L-shaped body including a proximal portion defining a longitudinal axis, and a distal portion defining a traverse axis, and having a support bridge connected between the proximal portion and the distal portion. Implant devices disclosed also include an anterior tibia plate having an elongated first portion, a second portion that widens outward with respect to the elongated first portion, and a plurality of removable tabs attached to the outer edge of the second portion. Implant devices disclosed also include a medial tibia plate having an elongated shaft with a proximal portion and a distal portion. The distal portion is configured to extend proximate to a base of medial malleolus, and has a curvature with respect to a longitudinal axis defined by the elongated shaft. The distal portion may include a plurality of removable tabs. The removable tabs may be disposed to define an opening between the removable tabs to orient a bone fastener into a bone.

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


Hydraulic injector and methods for intra-ocular lens insertion
Patent No. 10182939 

Inventor(s): Hugh B. Canelli (Burleson, TX)
Assignee(s): Novartis AG (Basel, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14855855 on 09/16/2015 (1224 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hydraulically-driven Intra-Ocular Lens (IOL) insertion tool includes a body, a chamber within the body, a first fluid port providing fluid communication into the chamber, a piston positioned within the chamber and arranged to move within the chamber in response to the introduction or removal of fluid from the chamber, and an elongated member. The elongated member includes a distal end comprising an intra-ocular lens interface and a proximal end connected to the piston such that movement of the piston within the chamber causes corresponding movement of the elongated member.

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


Anti-depression compounds
Patent No. 10183011 

Inventor(s): Jef K. De Brabander (Flower Mound, TX), Jeffrey M. Zigman (Dallas, TX), Joseph M. Ready (Carrollton, TX), Steven L. McKnight (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents of The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15440396 on 02/23/2017 (698 days app to issue)

Abstract: This technology relates generally to compounds and methods for stimulating neurogenesis (e.g., post-natal neurogenesis, including post-natal hippocampal and hypothalamic neurogenesis) and/or protecting neuronal cell from cell death. Various compounds are disclosed herein. In vivo activity tests suggest that these compounds may have therapeutic benefits in neuropsychiatric and/or neurodegenerative diseases such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, normal aging, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, Parkinson”s disease, Alzheimer”s disease, Down syndrome, spinocerebellar ataxia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Huntington”s disease, stroke, radiation therapy, chronic stress, abuse of a neuro-active drug, retinal degeneration, spinal cord injury, peripheral nerve injury, physiological weight loss associated with various conditions, as well as cognitive decline associated with normal aging, chemotherapy, and the like.

[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)


Ocular formulations for drug-delivery and protection of the anterior segment of the eye
Patent No. 10183014 

Inventor(s): David P. Bingaman (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Cooley LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15718176 on 09/28/2017 (481 days app to issue)

Abstract:

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


Compositions containing vitamin D and magnesium
Patent No. 10183031 

Inventor(s): Matthew Scott Tucker (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15050417 on 02/22/2016 (1065 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein are manufactured compositions that contain vitamin D in an amount from 3500 IU to 5000 IU and magnesium in the form of magnesium L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate in an amount of about 1 mg. A manufactured composition contains vitamin D in an amount from 3500 IU to 5000 IU and magnesium in the form of magnesium L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate in an amount of about 1 mg and N-acetyl-L-cysteine magnesium chelate in the amount of 75 mg. A manufactured composition contains vitamin D in an amount from 3500 IU to 5000 IU and magnesium in the form of magnesium L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate in an amount of about 1 mg and N-acetyl-L-cysteine magnesium chelate in the amount of 75 mg, and iron.

[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)


Tubular projectile device
Patent No. 10183199 

Inventor(s): William J. Warren (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carr Ferrell LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15904223 on 02/23/2018 (333 days app to issue)

Abstract: Tubular projectile devices are disclosed herein. An exemplary tubular projectile device includes a spheroid frame having a long axis and a short axis. Further, the exemplary tubular projectile device includes a tubular medial section coupled with the spheroid frame; a first bicone comprising an exterior first cone congruent with an interior first cone, the first bicone being terminal along the long axis of the spheroid frame and coupled with the spheroid frame; and a second bicone comprising an exterior second cone congruent with an interior second cone, the second bicone being terminal along the long axis of the spheroid frame and coupled with the spheroid frame. The exemplary tubular projectile device may be a football.

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

Decorative garden barrier
Patent No. 10182532 

Inventor(s): Dana Asher (Mansfield, TX), Raymond A. Asher (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14873317 on 10/02/2015 (1208 days app to issue)

Abstract: A garden barrier includes a panel having a front wall and a rear wall with a receptacle formed therebetween for receiving existing garden edging. The front wall is configured to resemble stone, brick, wood or any other desired material that is used in decorative landscaping borders. Accordingly, one or more panels can be used to conceal existing lawn edging while simultaneously forming a decorative landscaping barrier.

[A01G] HORTICULTURE; CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES, FLOWERS, RICE, FRUIT, VINES, HOPS, OR SEAWEED; FORESTRY; WATERING (picking of fruits, vegetables, hops, or the like A01D 46/00; plant reproduction by tissue culture techniques A01H 4/00; devices for topping or skinning onions or flower bulbs A23N 15/08; propagating unicellular algae C12N 1/12; plant cell culture C12N 5/00)


Integrated door rails for door cases
Patent No. 10182664 

Inventor(s): Chandrashekhara Chikkakalbalu (Columbus, GA), Vinod Kunchala (Chittoor, , IN)
Assignee(s): Heatcraft Refrigeration Products, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15245464 on 08/24/2016 (881 days app to issue)

Abstract: A refrigerated enclosure system includes an enclosure with an interior region defined between a top portion and a bottom portion. A top rail is attached to the top portion and includes an upper hinge mount. A bottom rail is attached to the bottom portion and includes a lower hinge mount. A central axis of the lower hinge mount is positioned relative to a central axis of the upper hinge mount to enable a door secured to the upper hinge mount and the lower hinge mount to open and close relative to an opening of the enclosure. The refrigerated enclosure system also includes a first insulating layer positioned on a back side of the top rail and within the interior region and a second insulating layer positioned on a back side of the bottom rail and within the interior region. The first and second insulating layers inhibit a transfer of heat into the enclosure.

[A47F] SPECIAL FURNITURE, FITTINGS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR SHOPS, STOREHOUSES, BARS, RESTAURANTS, OR THE LIKE; PAYING COUNTERS


 

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

Composition hole pattern transfer tooling
Patent No. 10183341 

Inventor(s): Eric Boyle (Haslet, TX), Sven Roy Lofstrom (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION (Stratford, CT)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15971598 on 05/04/2018 (263 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for transferring a hole pattern from a first component to a second component configured to couple to the first component is provided including a contour plate having a drill plate with a hole pattern substantially identical to the hole pattern of the first component. The position of the drill plate is adjustable to match the hole pattern of the drill plate with the hole pattern of the first component. A slidable fixture configured to support the second component is movable to align the second component with the drill plate such that the hole pattern of the drill plate in relation to the second component matches the hole pattern of the drill plate in relation to the hole pattern of the first component. The hole pattern of the drill plate is used to create a hole pattern in the second component matching the hole pattern of the first component.

[B23B] TURNING; BORING (using an electrode which takes the place of a tool B23H, e.g. making holes B23H 9/14; working by laser beam B23K 26/00; arrangements for copying or controlling B23Q)


Cuff-blade attachment bushing removal
Patent No. 10183388 

Inventor(s): Philip Petering (Keller, TX), Scott O. Smith (Bedford, TX), Sven R. Lofstrom (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION (Stratford, CT)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15225091 on 08/01/2016 (904 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cuff-blade attachment bushing removal tool system includes an alignment plate comprising alignment holes defined through the alignment plate in a pattern of a plurality of bushing holes of a blade root, a bladder plate connected to the alignment plate, and a bladder positioned on the bladder plate such that a gap is formed between the bladder and the alignment plate to receive a blade root to align the alignment holes and the bushing holes of the blade root, wherein the bladder is transitionable between an uninflated position where the blade root can be inserted into the gap and an inflated position where the blade root is clamped between the bladder and the alignment plate.

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


Shaving systems
Patent No. 10183407 

Inventor(s): Craig A. Provost (Boston, MA), John W. Griffin (Moultonborough, NH), William E. Tucker (Attleboro, MA)
Assignee(s): SHAVELOGIC, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Leber IP Law (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15298851 on 10/20/2016 (824 days app to issue)

Abstract: Replaceable shaving assemblies are disclosed that include a blade unit, a shell bearing element, and an interface element. The interface element is configured to removeably connect the shaving assembly to a handle, on which the blade unit is pivotably mounted. In some cases, a return element is integrally formed on the shell bearing unit between the blade unit and interface element. Shaving systems including such shaving assemblies are also disclosed, as are methods of using such shaving systems.

[B26B] HAND-HELD CUTTING TOOLS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (for harvesting A01D; for horticulture, for forestry A01G; for butchering or meat treatment A22; for manufacturing or repairing footwear A43D; nail clippers or cutters A45D 29/02; kitchen equipment A47J; for surgical purposes A61B 17/00; for metal B23D; cutting by abrasive fluid jets B24C 5/02; plier-like tools with cutting edges B25B 7/22; pincers B25C 11/02; handles for hand implements, in general B25G; guillotine-type cutters B26D; for erasing B43L 19/00; for textile materials D06H)


Method of converting a bi-level auto-rack railcar
Patent No. 10183682 

Inventor(s): Andrew Brown (Dallas, TX), George S. Creighton (Dallas, TX), James R. Mitzenberg (Coppell, TX), Robert C. Ortner (Johns Creek, GA), Robert J. Cencer (Tipton, MI)
Assignee(s): Trinity Rail Group, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fitch, Even, Tabin Flannery LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14776345 on 03/14/2014 (1775 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of shipping automobiles, railcars for shipping automobiles, and methods of manufacturing railcars for shipping automobiles to enable more efficient shipping of automobiles by facilitating conversion of autorack cars between unilevel, bi-level and tri-level configurations, and/or by providing increased load factors.

[B23P] OTHER WORKING OF METAL; COMBINED OPERATIONS; UNIVERSAL MACHINE TOOLS (arrangements for copying or controlling B23Q)


Method and apparatus for aircraft sensor and actuator failure protection using reconfigurable flight control laws
Patent No. 10183743 

Inventor(s): Alan Carl Ewing (Keller, TX), Eric Thomas Bird (Weatherford, TX), John James Corrigan (Coppell, TX), Shyhpyng Jack Shue (Grapevine, TX), Tommie Lynn Wood (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15646680 on 07/11/2017 (560 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for reconfiguring flight control of an aircraft during a failure while the aircraft is flying. The method and apparatus provide a control law that is software-implemented and configured to automatically send flight control data to a mixing/mapping matrix. The method and apparatus also provide a reconfiguration management tool configured to communicate with the mixing/mapping matrix in order to safely transfer authority from a failed actuator to a back-up actuator. The method and apparatus also provide a sensor management tool for providing input to the reconfiguration management tool in order to smooth any transient conditions that may occur during reconfiguration. The method and apparatus provide for a way of smoothing any possible transient situation that might otherwise occur by employment of a fader, the fader being used to gradually convert positioning of failed actuators and positioning of reconfigured actuators. An exemplary aircraft for using the method and apparatus of a reconfigurable flight control system is a quad tilt rotor. The quad tilt rotor provides a variety of redundant and back-actuators, as such, having a robust and highly qualified reconfigurable flight control system is very desirable.

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


Tiltrotor with inboard engines
Patent No. 10183745 

Inventor(s): Brent C Ross (Flower Mound, TX), Steven R Ivans (Ponder, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14960486 on 12/07/2015 (1142 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aircraft is described and includes a fuselage, a wing coupled to the fuselage, and a rotor system including a proprotor system and an engine. An interconnect driveshaft gear is configured to communicate mechanical energy between a gearbox and an interconnect driveshaft. An accessory gear is coplanar with and in mechanical communication with the driveshaft gear. A proprotor gear is coplanar with and in mechanical communication with the interconnect driveshaft gear and the accessory gear and communicates mechanical energy to the proprotor system. An engine gear coplanar and in mechanical communication with the interconnect driveshaft ear, the accessory gear, and the proprotor gear transmits mechanical energy to the proprotor system via the proprotor gear.

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


Aircraft with independently controllable propulsion assemblies
Patent No. 10183746 

Inventor(s): John Richard McCullough (Fort Worth, TX), Paul K. Oldroyd (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15200182 on 07/01/2016 (935 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, an aircraft includes a flying frame having an airframe, a distributed propulsion system attached to the airframe, a flight control system operably associated with the distributed propulsion system and a pod assembly selectively attachable to the flying frame. The distributed propulsion system includes a plurality of propulsion assemblies that are independently controlled by the flight control system, thereby enabling the flying frame to have a vertical takeoff and landing mode and a forward flight mode.

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


Thermoplastic foams and method of forming them using nano-graphite
Patent No. 10184037 

Inventor(s): Roland Loh (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC (Toledo, OH)
Law Firm: Calfee, Halter Griswold LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15147159 on 05/05/2016 (992 days app to issue)

Abstract: Rigid foam insulating products and processes for making such insulation products are disclosed. The foam products are formed from a polymer, a blowing agent, and nano-graphite. The nano-graphite has a size in at least one dimension less than about 100 nm and, in exemplary embodiments may be an intercalated, expanded nano-graphite. In addition, the nano-graphite may include a plurality of nanosheets having a thickness between about 10 to about 100 nanometers. The nano-graphite acts as a process additive to improve the physical properties of the foam product, such as thermal insulation and compressive strength. In addition, the nano-graphite in the foam controls cell morphology and acts as a nucleating agent in the foaming process. Further, the nano-graphite exhibits overall compound effects on foam properties including improved insulating value (increased R-value) for a given thickness and density and improved ultraviolet (UV) stability.

[B82Y] SPECIFIC USES OR APPLICATIONS OF NANOSTRUCTURES; MEASUREMENT OR ANALYSIS OF NANOSTRUCTURES; MANUFACTURE OR TREATMENT OF NANOSTRUCTURES [2011.01]


 

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

Antimicrobial coatings formed from mixtures of silanes and amines
Patent No. 10182570 

Inventor(s): Craig Grossman (Point Roberts, WA), Daniel Moros (New York, NY)
Assignee(s): ALLIED BIOSCIENCE, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15432443 on 02/14/2017 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: An anti-microbial coating formulation consisting essentially of triethanolamine and a silane.

[C08G] MACROMOLECULAR COMPOUNDS OBTAINED OTHERWISE THAN BY REACTIONS ONLY INVOLVING CARBON-TO-CARBON UNSATURATED BONDS (fermentation or enzyme-using processes to synthesise a desired chemical compound or composition or to separate optical isomers from a racemic mixture C12P) [2]


Lanthanum-yttrium oxide scintillators and use thereof
Patent No. 10184079 

Inventor(s): Sunil K. Sahi (Arlington, TX), Wei Chen (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): THE BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: FisherBroyles, LLP (Local + 17 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15649441 on 07/13/2017 (558 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure relates to lanthanum-yttrium oxide scintillators used for detecting radiation, such as X-rays, gamma rays and thermal neutron radiation and charged particles, in security, medical imaging, particle physics and other applications.

[C09K] MATERIALS FOR APPLICATIONS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; APPLICATIONS OF MATERIALS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Downhole communication valve and method of use
Patent No. 10184318 

Inventor(s): Mark B. Nichols (Mineral Wells, TX)
Assignee(s): COLT PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY, LLC (The Woodlands, TX)
Law Firm: Patterson Sheridan, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15225928 on 08/02/2016 (903 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole communication valve containing a piston and chamber which allows hyrdrostatic testing of a casing or tubing string multiple times before permanently opening communication ports to the exterior.

[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]


Reverse flow seat forming apparatus and method
Patent No. 10184319 

Inventor(s): David S. Wesson (Fort Worth, TX), Dennis E. Roessler (Fort Worth, TX), John T. Hardesty (Weatherford, TX), Kevin R. George (Cleburne, TX), Philip M. Snider (Tomball, TX), Raymond C. Shaffer (Burleson, TX), Varun Garg (Mil
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15192421 on 06/24/2016 (942 days app to issue)

Abstract: A seat forming apparatus for use in a downhole tool comprising a driving member and a seating restriction. The driving member and the seating restriction are mechanically disposed within an outer housing of the downhole tool. When the driving member drives into the seating restriction, the seating restriction or the driving member bend or buckle inwards to form a seat in the downhole tool. The inner diameter of the seat is configured to allow a restriction element to be seated in the seat.

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


 

M E C H A N I C A L  E N G I N E E R I N G
LIGHTING | HEATING | WEAPONS | BLASTING

 

Cup holder assemblies having lighting features for console assemblies of vehicles
Patent No. 10183602 

Inventor(s): Robert A. Porcs (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: 15653963 on 07/19/2017 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cup holder assembly for a console assembly of a vehicle includes a cover, a housing, a light source, and a support frame. The cover includes an exterior surface, an opposite interior surface, and an opening extending between the exterior surface and the interior surface. The housing includes an open ended receptacle defined by a floor and at least one sidewall. The at least one sidewall includes a slit. The housing is connected to the interior surface of the cover such that the opening of the cover permits access to the open ended receptacle. The support frame is connected to at least one of the cover and the housing. The light source is mounted to the support frame such that the light source is positioned adjacent the slit in the at least one sidewall to illuminate an interior of the receptacle.

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


Segmented fluid end
Patent No. 10184470 

Inventor(s): W. H. Barnett, Jr. (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Decker, Jones P.C. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15404793 on 01/12/2017 (740 days app to issue)

Abstract: A segmented fluid end is provided, the fluid end comprising a plurality of fluid end segments, each comprising a plunger manifold, intake head, and pressure head. In preferred embodiments, the fluid end comprises three fluid end segments (”triplex”) or five fluid end segments (”quint”). The plunger manifold comprises first and second mounting surfaces, each comprising a fluid opening. An intake head mounting flange is adapted to be removably coupled to the first mounting surface and a pressure head mounting flange is adapted to be removably coupled to the second mounting surface. The plunger manifold comprises a plunger mounting member comprising a plunger opening adapted to receive a plunger. The pressure heads are adapted for cooperative coupling to adjacent pressure heads, such that, when coupled, the pressure heads are in fluid communication with one another. Methods of replacing the fluid end segments, plunger manifolds, pressure heads, and intake heads are provided.

[F04B] POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINES FOR LIQUIDS; PUMPS (engine fuel-injection pumps F02M; machines for liquids, or pumps, of rotary-piston or oscillating-piston type F04C; non-positive-displacement pumps F04D; pumping of fluid by direct contact of another fluid or by using inertia of fluid to be pumped F04F; crankshafts, crossheads, connecting-rods F16C; flywheels F16F; gearings for interconverting rotary motion and reciprocating motion in general F16H; pistons, piston-rods, cylinders, in general F16J; ion pumps H01J 41/12; electrodynamic pumps H02K 44/02)


Bearing isolator seal with enhanced rotor drive coupling
Patent No. 10184514 

Inventor(s): Jason C Ferris (Plainwell, MI), Joseph Charles Barker (Delton, MI), Robert Paul Bender (Bettendorf, IA), William Eric Meyer, Jr. (East Leroy, MI)
Assignee(s): Flowserve Management Company (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Maine Cernota Rardin (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15533114 on 12/18/2015 (1131 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bearing isolator seal provides enhanced coupling and stability of the rotor to the shaft, without undue seal enlargement, by including a plurality of drive O-rings in a common retention groove. In embodiments, the isolator seal accommodates axial rotor misalignment up to a maximum permitted axial misalignment, which can be at least 0.025. Embodiments include a labyrinth passage between the rotor and the stator configured to expel fluid by centrifugal force. Embodiments include a shut off feature that takes advantage of axial misalignment. Some embodiments include a unitization feature that holds the rotor and stator together during assembly. The unitization feature can include chamfers on rotor and stator extensions that facilitate assembly and disassembly when sufficient force is applied.

[F16J] PISTONS; CYLINDERS; PRESSURE VESSELS IN GENERAL; SEALINGS


Stress reducing thread form
Patent No. 10184597 

Inventor(s): Wesley Freed (Aledo, TX)
Assignee(s): FORUM US, INC (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15292364 on 10/13/2016 (831 days app to issue)

Abstract: A thread form for a threaded connection comprising a plurality of threads, wherein at least a portion of each of the threads comprise a root having a root radius that extends from a point central to the root and having planar flanks extending from both sides thereof.

[F16B] DEVICES FOR FASTENING OR SECURING CONSTRUCTIONAL ELEMENTS OR MACHINE PARTS TOGETHER, e.g. NAILS, BOLTS, CIRCLIPS, CLAMPS, CLIPS OR WEDGES; JOINTS OR JOINTING (couplings for transmitting rotation F16D)


Equalizer manifold system and method of use
Patent No. 10184604 

Inventor(s): Howard Russell York (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15288872 on 10/07/2016 (837 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fluid manifold includes an elongated hollow body forming an inner area, having: a first end extending to a second end; and a top surface and a bottom surface; a cylindrical conduit having a length that extends through the inner area, the cylindrical conduit forming a channel that is fluidly separable from the inner area of the elongated hollow body, the cylindrical conduit extending through the first end of the elongated hollow body; a plurality of exit ports in fluid communication with the inner area and extending at a perpendicular angle relative to the cylindrical conduit; a mounting plate secured to the plurality of exit ports; a first row of a plurality of cutouts extending through the thickness of the elongated body, the first row of the plurality of cutouts providing fluid passage between the channel of the cylindrical conduit and the inner area of the elongated body; and a second row of a plurality of cutouts extending through the thickness of the elongated body, the second row of the plurality of cutouts providing fluid passage between the channel of the cylindrical conduit and the inner area of the elongated body.

[F15C] FLUID-CIRCUIT ELEMENTS PREDOMINANTLY USED FOR COMPUTING OR CONTROL PURPOSES (transducers F15B 5/00; fluid dynamics in general F15D; computers comprising fluid elements G06D, G06G)


Detection of damper motor mechanically disconnected from damper assembly
Patent No. 10184679 

Inventor(s): Herman Marcus Thomas (Garland, TX), Marcus W. Troxell (Frisco, TX), Stephen A. Walter (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15136567 on 04/22/2016 (1005 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, a method of testing a HVAC unit for a disconnected damper motor is provided. An outside air section of a damper assembly is closed and air is circulated through the unit. If a discharge air temperature is not substantially equal to a return air temperature, the damper motor is determined to be disconnected. Otherwise, an economizing function having a free cooling target temperature is started. An outside air temperature is compared to the free cooling target temperature. If the outside air temperature is less than the free cooling target temperature, the damper motor is determined to be disconnected if the damper motor has been commanded to fully open the outside air section. If the outside air temperature is not less than the free cooling target temperature, the damper motor is determined to be disconnected if a discharge air temperature is not substantially equal to an outside air temperature.

[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)


Overvoltage recovery circuit and a controller and HVAC system including the same
Patent No. 10184682 

Inventor(s): Jimmie Curry (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15608061 on 05/30/2017 (602 days app to issue)

Abstract: An overvoltage recovery circuit (ORC), a controller for an HVAC system and an HVAC system are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the ORC includes: (1) a first supply voltage terminal connected to a first voltage supply, (2) a second supply voltage terminal connected to a second voltage supply, (3) interruption circuitry including a switch and a trip terminal connected to the second supply voltage terminal and (4) detection circuitry connected to the first supply voltage terminal and the switch of the interruption circuitry, the detection circuitry configured to operate the switch in response to an overvoltage condition at the first supply voltage terminal.

[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)


 

P H Y S I C S

Well tools with vibratory telemetry to optical line therein
Patent No. 10184332 

Inventor(s): Neal G. Skinner (Lewisville, TX), William Mark Richards (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Tumey L.L.P. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15107832 on 03/24/2014 (1765 days app to issue)

Abstract: A well tool can include an outer housing and a vibratory transmitter disposed in the outer housing. The vibratory transmitter transmits a vibratory signal to an optical line disposed in the outer housing. A well system can include an optical line extending in a wellbore, and at least one well tool secured to the optical line and including a vibratory transmitter which transmits a vibratory signal to the optical line. The optical line conveys the well tool into the wellbore. A method of telemetering data from a well tool to an optical line can include securing the well tool to the optical line without optically connecting the well tool to the optical line, and conveying the well tool in a wellbore on the optical line.

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


System and method for providing user guidance for electronic device processing
Patent No. 10184882 

Inventor(s): Brian Morris (Fort Worth, TX), Clark Humphrey (Fort Worth, TX), Joel McCarty (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): FEDEX SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS ELECTRONCIS, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14203110 on 03/10/2014 (1779 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for processing an electronic device. The electronic device is identified. User instructions associated with the electronic device are retrieved utilizing a testing system. The user instructions are communicated from the testing system for performing cosmetic inspection of the electronic device, customer personal information (CPI) analysis of the electronic device, software analysis of the electronic device, validation and restoring of default content software and settings, and functional testing. Verification information is received from a user of implementation of the user instructions.

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


Multiple input signature register analysis for digital circuitry
Patent No. 10184980 

Inventor(s): Naman Maheshwari (Ghaziabad, , IN), Prakash Narayanan (Bangalore, , IN), Wilson Pradeep (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15395307 on 12/30/2016 (753 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a multiple input signature register (MISR) to receive outputs from M different scan chains in response to N test patterns applied to test an integrated circuit. The MISR provides N test signatures for the integrated circuit based on the outputs of the M different scan chains generated in response to each of the N test patterns. Each of the scan chains holds one or more test data bits that represent behavior of the integrated circuit in response to each of the N test patterns. A shift register is loaded from an interface and holds one of N comparison signatures that is used to validate a respective one of the N test signatures generated according to a given one of the N test patterns. A comparator compares each of the N test signatures with a respective one of the N comparison signatures to determine a failure condition based on the comparison.

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


Load bank for testing a variety of power sources and voltages
Patent No. 10184989 

Inventor(s): Brian Kelleher (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Comrent International, Inc. (Newburg, MD)
Law Firm: Laubscher Laubscher, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15142562 on 04/29/2016 (998 days app to issue)

Abstract: A load bank for testing power sources includes a load resistor assembly having a plurality of resistors which can be switched between wye and delta configurations for testing a variety of voltages and power sources requiring various load applications. First and second power connections are connected with primary and redundant power sources and a relay alternately connects the first and second power connections with the load resistor assembly for alternately testing the primary and redundant power sources while maintaining the sources electrically isolated. A damper is arranged adjacent the load resistor assembly and is operable between an open position which permits cold air to be delivered to the load resistor assembly to cool the assembly when the load bank is operating and a closed position which prevents hot air from being recirculated when the load bank is not operating.

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


Dual-axis fluxgate device
Patent No. 10184991 

Inventor(s): Ann Margaret Gabrys (Woodside, CA), Dok Won Lee (Mountain View, CA), Ricky Alan Jackson (Richardson, TX), William David French (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15152002 on 05/11/2016 (986 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fluxgate device that includes a first magnetic core and a second magnetic core. The first magnetic core has a first magnetized direction that deviates from a first sense direction by more than 0 degree and less than 90 degrees. The second magnetic core is arranged orthogonally to the first magnetic core. The second magnetic core has a second magnetized direction that deviates from a second sense direction by more than 0 degree and less than 90 degrees.

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


Traceable end point cable assembly
Patent No. 10185111 

Inventor(s): Ashley Wesley Jones (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Optical Communications LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15479706 on 04/05/2017 (657 days app to issue)

Abstract: A traceable cable assembly includes a traceable cable having at least one data transmission element, a jacket at least partially surrounding the data transmission element, and first and second tracing optical fibers extending along at least a portion of a length of the traceable cable. The traceable cable assembly also includes a connector provided at each end of the traceable cable. The first and second tracing optical fibers each have a light launch end and a light emission end. The light launch ends of the first and second tracing optical fibers each include a bend. The bend allows for launching of light into the light launch ends without disengaging the first or second connectors from corresponding connector receptacles.

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


Orthogonal optical path length extender
Patent No. 10185153 

Inventor(s): D. Scott Dewald (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Avegant Corp. (Belmont, CA)
Law Firm: HIPLegal LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15675659 on 08/11/2017 (529 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system to adjust light path length comprising a digital light path length modulator is described. The digital light path length modulator comprises a polarization modulator to receive polarized light and to modulate a polarization of some or all of the polarized light, and an optical path length extender (OPLE) to direct the light entering the OPLE with a first polarization along a first light path through the OPLE, and to direct the light entering the OPLE with a second polarization along a second light path through the OPLE, the second light path through the OPLE having a light path length longer than the first light path length through the OPLE.

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


Feedforward cancellation of power supply noise in a voltage regulator
Patent No. 10185339 

Inventor(s): Eeshan Miglani (Bangalore, , IN), Shagun Dusad (Bangalore, , IN), Shuaeb Fazeel (Bangalore, , IN), Visvesvaraya Pentakota (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14446815 on 07/30/2014 (1637 days app to issue)

Abstract: A voltage regulator that provides feedforward cancellation of power supply noise is disclosed. The voltage regulator includes a process tracking circuit that receives a supply voltage and generates a proportional voltage. A tracking capacitor is coupled to the process tracking circuit and generates an injection voltage based on the proportional voltage. An Ahuja compensated regulator generates a regulated voltage. The injection voltage is provided on a feedback path of the Ahuja compensated regulator.

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


Interface and method for displaying a collection of interrelated data
Patent No. 10185471 

Inventor(s): Ruedger Rubbert (Berlin, , DE), Thomas Weise (Hohenroda, , DE)
Assignee(s): Xbranch, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15464119 on 03/20/2017 (673 days app to issue)

Abstract: An interface is provided for permitting a user to explore a collection of data. The data collection provides nodes as structural elements, and references which are assigned to the nodes and hold identifiers of other nodes. Multiple references can be assigned to each node, thus guiding a user of the system to multiple other nodes, and multiple references can hold the same address, so that multiple nodes can have references pointing to the same node. The interface allows visualizing the network created by the interconnection of the nodes on a display region. The interface also allows the user to intuitively navigate along the references in both directions of the references, so that the user can explore which nodes are referenced by a certain node, and also by which nodes a certain node is referenced. Electronic documents can be assigned to each node, and the interface allows these documents to be displayed either directly in a reserved display region of the interface, or by launching a matching application on the user”s computer.

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


Scalable autonomic message-transport with synchronization
Patent No. 10185606 

Inventor(s): Alan Gatherer (Richardson, TX), Alex Elisa Chandra (Plano, TX), Chushun Huang (Shenzhen, , CN), Debashis Bhattacharya (Plano, TX), Fang Yu (San Jose, CA), Ke Ning (Shenzhen, , CN), Lee Dobson Mcfearin (Plano, TX), Mark Br
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15096966 on 04/12/2016 (1015 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for inter-process communication are provided. A circuit may have a plurality of clusters, and at least one cluster may have a computation element (CE), a memory operatively coupled with the CE, and an autonomic transport system (ATS) block operatively coupled with the CE and the memory. The ATS block may be configured to perform inter-process communication (IPC) for the at least one cluster. In one embodiment, the ATS block may transfer a message to a different cluster based on a request from the CE. In another embodiment, the ATS block may receive a message by allocating a buffer in the memory and write the message into the buffer. The ATS block may also be configured to manage synchronization and schedule tasks for the CE.

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


Method and system for adjusting the maximum duration of time-critical functions
Patent No. 10185610 

Inventor(s): Patrick Svedman (Kista, , SE)
Assignee(s): ZTE TX INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Duane Morris LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14392277 on 06/24/2014 (1673 days app to issue)

Abstract: An improved method and system for achieving target function failure rates for time-critical functions. Communication systems often utilize distributed functions occurring in two or more nodes. Various embodiments of the invention enable such system to achieve target function failure rates by adjusting the maximum allowable duration for time-critical functions. Adjustments to either a function starting time or a maximum allowable function duration may be used to achieve target failure rates. Various embodiments measure a real-time function failure rate. Other embodiments simply lengthen or compress the maximum allowable function duration based on failure or success of the function. The function duration or the function duration statistics do not need to be known.

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


Automated teller machine (”ATM”) software recovery
Patent No. 10185620 

Inventor(s): Debashis Choudhury (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15264459 on 09/13/2016 (861 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to an ATM internal self-repair recovery system. The system may be included in software updates transmitted to the ATM. The system may include an XML file and a log file. Prior to execution of each instruction included in the XML file, the system may write an intelligent log statement to the log file. A standalone web service may monitor the log file to determine new entries to the log file. When a new entry is the last entry for more than a predetermined amount of time, a midstream ATM stall may be determined. The system may compare the new entry to an ATM stall action table. The comparison may determine an appropriate action to repair the installation process based on the table. The ATM may perform the appropriate action and thereby recover from the failures that occurred during the update process.

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


Efficient implementation of optimized host-based garbage collection strategies using xcopy and multiple logical stripes
Patent No. 10185658 

Inventor(s): Brian W. O”Krafka (Austin, TX), Vivek Shivhare (Bangalore, , IN), Vladislav Bolkhovitin (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15208540 on 07/12/2016 (924 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods and/or devices are used for efficient implementation of optimized host-based garbage collection strategies using xcopy and arrays of flash devices. In one aspect, a method of managing a storage system having one or more storage devices includes a host-based garbage collection operation that includes identifying two or more logical stripes in accordance with data storage information stored at the host system, and enabling a process of coalescing valid data in the two or more logical stripes. Further, the use of an internal copy operation (e.g., xcopy), allows the host-based garbage collection operation to occur without transferring data back to the host, thus minimizing the number of I/O operations between the host and storage devices. Additionally, use of the host-based garbage collection operation allows more sophisticated garbage collection algorithms (e.g., matching the current workload) to be used, and ensures that multiple logical stripes are available to write data.

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


Monitoring use of specialized hardware components (SHC) of processors in heterogeneous environments by storing event counts during execution
Patent No. 10185692 

Inventor(s): Grace Y. Liu (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Toler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15242922 on 08/22/2016 (883 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and a method are disclosed for tracking use of a specialized hardware component in symmetric multiprocessing computing device. A device includes a memory and one or more multi-core processors attached to a coherent memory bus. A proxy for a specialized hardware component (SHC) such as an accelerator, FPGA, or ASIC is placed in communication with the coherent memory bus. The proxy may be attached to another bus such as a peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) bus. A tracker updates an allocated counting register with counts of events related to use of the SHC. When requested, information from the counting register is provided such as to an external device or client communicating with the multiprocessing computing device. The tracker may follow calls or messages to the SHC. The tracker may accumulate a count of message size or mode of use or use of certain functions of the SHC.

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


Reconfigurable data interface unit for compute systems
Patent No. 10185699 

Inventor(s): Qiang Li (Shenzhen, , CN), Qiang Wang (Santa Clara, CA), Zhenguo Gu (Plano, TX), Zhuolei Wang (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15069700 on 03/14/2016 (1044 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system-on-chip includes a reconfigurable data interface to prepare data streams for execution patterns of a processing unit in a flexible compute accelerate system. An apparatus is provided that includes a first set of line buffers configured to store a plurality of data blocks from a memory of a system-on-chip and a field composition circuit configured to generate a plurality of data segments from each of the data blocks. The field composition circuit is reconfigurable to generate the data segments according to a plurality of reconfiguration schemes. The apparatus includes a second set of line buffers configured to communicate with the field composition circuit to store the plurality of data segments for each data block, and a switching circuit configured to generate from the plurality of data segments a plurality of data streams according to an execution pattern of a processing unit of the system-on-chip.

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


Verification of photonic integrated circuits
Patent No. 10185799 

Inventor(s): John D. Cayo (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Mentor Graphics Corporation (Wilsonville, OR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14693851 on 04/22/2015 (1371 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques and mechanisms for the use of layout-versus-schematic (LVS) design tools to validate photonic integrated circuit designs. Various implementations employ alternate analysis techniques with LVS analysis tools to perform one or more LVS analysis processes on photonic integrated circuits. These analysis processes may include curvilinear design validation and the associated flow implementations.

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


Interrogator and interrogation system employing the same
Patent No. 10185853 

Inventor(s): Eric McMurry (Richardson, TX), John P. Volpi (Garland, TX), Logan Scott (Fort Collins, CO)
Assignee(s): Medical IP Holdings, LP (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Bosibrun Hofman, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15647131 on 07/11/2017 (560 days app to issue)

Abstract: A control and processing system for use with an interrogator and an interrogation system employing the same. In one embodiment, the control and processing system includes a correlation subsystem having a correlator that correlates a reference code with a reply code from a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag and provides a correlation signal therefrom. The control and processing system also includes a decision subsystem that verifies a presence of the RFID tag as a function of the correlation signal.

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


Method and systems for rendering of virtual displays using cryptographic symbols
Patent No. 10185856 

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: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15915448 on 03/08/2018 (320 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for rendering virtual displays using cryptographic symbols are disclosed. In one aspect, a display device is disclosed that includes a processor and data storage including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the system to perform operations. The operations include emitting infrared light toward a cryptographic symbol associated with a surface, receiving a reflection of the emitted natural or man-made sunlight from the cryptographic symbol, and, based on the reflection, decrypting the cryptographic symbol to determine a unique identifier. The operations further include, based on the identifier, generating a first virtual display, and rendering the first virtual display on an image of the surface, through a heads up display, or projected onto the surface.

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


Component based aggregation of medication orders
Patent No. 10185926 

Inventor(s): Thomas William Utech (Dallas, TX), William Lee Webster (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): CareFusion 303, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14742577 on 06/17/2015 (1315 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for component based aggregation of medication orders may include a processor and memory. The processor may receive display a queue that lists medication orders to be prepared by a healthcare professional, the medication orders indicating component medications that will be used to prepare the ordered medications. The processor may receive a selection of a first medication order listed in the queue, where the first medication order indicates a first component medication. The processor may determine a second medication order listed in the queue that indicates the first component medication. The processor may reorder the displayed queue such that the second medication order is listed adjacent to the first medication order. The processor may notify the healthcare professional of the second medication order, such as by displaying an indication of the second medication order separately from the queue.

[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 real time structure from motion in a computer vision system
Patent No. 10186024 

Inventor(s): Deepak Kumar Poddar (Bangalore, , IN), Manu Mathew (Bangalore, , IN), Prashanth Ramanathpur Viswanath (Bangalore, , IN), Soyeb Nagori (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15197749 on 06/29/2016 (937 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems providing for real time structure from motion (SfM) processing in a computer vision system receiving images from a monocular camera are disclosed. The real time SfM processing described exploits constraints of the three dimensional (3D) environment that can be assumed for automotive applications and other applications with similar constraints.

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


Device for detecting, monitoring, and cancelling ghost echoes in an audio signal
Patent No. 10186279 

Inventor(s): Dennis Rauschmayer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): RevX Technologies (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Lee Hayes, P.C. (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15629305 on 06/21/2017 (580 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, devices for detecting and measures a ghost echo current in an audio signal are described. For instance, the device may be configured to sample a current of an audio signal, compare with an expected current, and determine an impulse response of the ghost echo current based on the sampled current and the expected current. The device may also be configured to reduce the ghost echo current using the impulse response.

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


Self-tracked bistable latch cell
Patent No. 10186327 

Inventor(s): Tangkwai Ma (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): iMQ Technology Inc. (Hsinchu, , TW)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15893688 on 02/11/2018 (345 days app to issue)

Abstract: A self-tracked bistable latch cell includes a cross-coupled latch, and two programmable transistors. The cross-coupled latch has a first data terminal, a second data terminal, a first voltage input terminal for receiving a latch control signal, and a second voltage input terminal for receiving a reference voltage. The first programmable transistor has a first terminal for outputting a first bit, a second terminal coupled to the first data terminal of the cross-coupled latch, and a control terminal for receiving a track control signal. The second programmable transistor has a first terminal for outputting a second bit, a second terminal coupled to the second data terminal of the cross-coupled latch, and a control terminal for receiving the track control signal. The gate oxide of both the first and the second programmable transistor are thinner than the gate oxide of the transistor of the cross-coupled latch.

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


System and method for facilitating communication of data among entities in an electronic trading network
Patent No. 10187266 

Inventor(s): Abhay V. Parasnis (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): JDA Software Group, Inc. (Scottsdale, AZ)
Law Firm: Spencer Fane LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14845762 on 09/04/2015 (1236 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic commerce protocol stack includes a connectivity layer that receives business data from a first entity. The business data indicates that the destination of the business data is a second entity. The protocol stack also includes a translation layer that receives the business data and that translates the business data as appropriate for the second entity using one or more translation rules. The protocol stack also includes a semantic routing layer that receives the translated business data, determines the semantic meaning of at least a portion of the business data using one or more semantics rules, determines one or more appropriate destinations for the business data based on the semantic meaning, and communicates the business data the determined destinations to the connectivity layer. The connectivity layer communicates the business data to the determined destinations.

[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]


Real-time analysis of multidimensional time series data to identify an operational anomaly
Patent No. 10187326 

Inventor(s): Aaron Hoenig (Plano, TX), Amit Pandey (Plano, TX), Kumar Anand (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15902765 on 02/22/2018 (334 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device may receive data for a plurality of metrics from a set of server resources associated with hosting an application. The plurality of metrics may be related to a performance of the set of server resources. The data may be time series data. The device may normalize the data for the plurality of metrics across a set of points in time to form normalized data. The device may determine a score for the performance of the set of server resources associated with hosting the application at a particular point in time based on the normalized data. The score may be used to determine whether an anomaly is present in the performance of the set of server resources at the particular point in time. The device may perform an action to facilitate improvement of the performance of the set of server resources based on the score satisfying a threshold.

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


System and method for encoding image data and other data types into one data format and decoding of same
Patent No. 10187443 

Inventor(s): Adena Collard-Harmon (Fort Worth, TX), Changhong Gong (Plano, TX), Charles Gong (Plano, TX), Jesse Collard (Irving, TX), Taha Kadado (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): C-Hear, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15785148 on 10/16/2017 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for encoding data streams into a combined file and decoding of same, including accessing a first file having a first plurality of data bytes, accessing a second file having a second plurality of data bytes, combining the first file and the second file, comprising the steps of storing a block of data bytes of a first byte block size in the body of the combined file as a first file byte block, storing a block of data bytes of a second byte block size in the body of the combined file as a second file byte block, repeating the first and second storing steps to sequentially store all of the data bytes in the first file and the second file in the combined file, and decoding the combined file to separate the bytes of the first file and the bytes of the second file from the combined file.

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


Location-based content aggregation and distribution
Patent No. 10187480 

Inventor(s): Brian F. Roberts (Dallas, TX), Donald H. Relyea (Dallas, TX), Kristopher T. Frazier (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Facebook, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16024081 on 06/29/2018 (207 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes storing one or more content postings, where each content posting is associated with one or more first users and each content posting is associated with one or more geographic locations corresponding to accessing of the content posting. The method also includes selectively sending one or more of the content postings for display on an access device based on a past or present geographic location of the access device, where the access device is associated with a second user, and for each content posting selectively sent for display on the access device, one or more of the geographic locations associated with the accessing of the content posting being within a predefined proximity of the past or present geographic location of the access device is requisite to the content posting being sent for display on the access device.

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


Near-eye display system including a modulation stack
Patent No. 10187634 

Inventor(s): D. Scott Dewald (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Avegant Corp. (Belmont, CA)
Law Firm: HIPLegal LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15335298 on 10/26/2016 (818 days app to issue)

Abstract: A near-eye display system comprising a image source, a modulation stack, and an imaging assembly. The modulation stack, in one embodiment, comprises one or more digital light path length modulators.

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


 

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Two-dimensional graphene cold cathode, anode, and grid
Patent No. 10186394 

Inventor(s): David Glen Findley (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: 15730212 on 10/11/2017 (468 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, a method includes forming a first diamond layer on a substrate and inducing a layer of graphene from the first diamond layer by heating the substrate and the first diamond layer. The method includes forming a second diamond layer on top of the layer of graphene and applying a mask to the second diamond layer. The mask includes a shape of a cathode, an anode, and one or more grids. The method further includes forming a two-dimensional cold cathode, a two-dimensional anode, and one or more two-dimensional grids by reactive-ion electron-beam etching. Each of the two-dimensional cold cathode, the two-dimensional anode, and the one or more two-dimensional grids includes a portion of the first diamond layer, the graphene layer, and the second diamond layer such that the graphene layer is positioned between the first diamond layer and the second diamond layer.

[H01J] ELECTRIC DISCHARGE TUBES OR DISCHARGE LAMPS (spark-gaps H01T; arc lamps with consumable electrodes H05B; particle accelerators H05H)


Integrated circuit package mold assembly
Patent No. 10186431 

Inventor(s): Hiep Xuan Nguyen (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15899203 on 02/19/2018 (337 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit (”IC”) package mold includes an upper mold platen that defines an upper mold cavity for receiving an upper substrate having a die attach side with a plurality of dies mounted thereon and a non-attach side with no dies mounted thereon. The die attach side of the upper substrate faces upwardly. A lower mold platen defines a lower mold cavity for receiving a lower substrate having a die attach side with a plurality dies mounted thereon and a non-attach side with no dies mounted thereon. The die attach side of the lower substrate faces downwardly.

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


Semiconductor package with grounded fence to inhibit dendrites of die-attach materials
Patent No. 10186476 

Inventor(s): Christopher Sanabria (Richardson, TX), Larry Wall (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15605587 on 05/25/2017 (607 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a semiconductor package with at least one grounded fence to inhibit dendrites of die-attach materials. The semiconductor package includes a carrier, a die-attach material, and a wire-bonded die. The carrier includes a die pad and a negative carrier contact. The wire-bonded die includes a die body, a negative die contact, a grounded fence, and a bonding wire. A bottom surface of the die body is coupled to the die pad by the die-attach material. The negative die contact and the grounded fence reside over a top surface of the die body. The grounded fence, which has a same DC potential as the die pad, extends between the negative die contact and a periphery of the top surface of the die body. The bonding wire extends from the negative die contact to the negative carrier contact.

[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]


Packaged semiconductor device with a particle roughened surface
Patent No. 10186478 

Inventor(s): Daniel Yong Lin (Plano, TX), Vikas Gupta (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15842608 on 12/14/2017 (404 days app to issue)

Abstract: A packaged semiconductor device with a particle roughened surface on a portion of the lead frame that improves adhesion between the molding compound and the lead frame. A packaged semiconductor device with a particle roughened surface on a portion of the lead frame that improves adhesion between the molding compound and the lead frame and with a reflow wall that surrounds a portion of the solder joint that couples the semiconductor device to the lead frame. A packaged semiconductor device with a reflow wall that surrounds a portion of a solder joint that couples a semiconductor device to a lead frame.

[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]


Image sensors with stacked photodiodes
Patent No. 10186535 

Inventor(s): Jaroslav Hynecek (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: Treyz Law Group, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15269525 on 09/19/2016 (855 days app to issue)

Abstract: Electronic devices may include High Dynamic Range (HDR) complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor arrays that are illuminated from the back side of the substrate and operate in a rolling shutter (RS) scanning mode. An image sensor may include stacked chips to improve image sensor performance. For example, by stacking photodiodes on top of each other and using dichroic dielectric layers in chip-to-chip isolation, sensor sensitivity may be increased, Moir effect may be reduced, and the overall image sensor performance may be improved. Image sensors may include a charge sensing and charge storing scheme where charge generated by low incident light levels is transferred onto a charge sensing node of an in-pixel inverting feedback amplifier and charge generated by high incident light levels overflows a certain potential barrier built in the pixel, is stored on capacitors, and is sensed by a source follower.

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


Device isolator with reduced parasitic capacitance
Patent No. 10186576 

Inventor(s): Anant Shankar Kamath (Plano, TX), Byron Lovell Williams (Plano, TX), John Kenneth Arch (Richardson, TX), Raja Selvaraj (Bangalore, , IN), Thomas D. Bonifield (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15714682 on 09/25/2017 (484 days app to issue)

Abstract: Isolator structures for an integrated circuit with reduced effective parasitic capacitance. Disclosed embodiments include methods of forming an integrated circuit including an isolator structure. The isolator structure includes parallel conductive elements forming a capacitor or inductive transformer, overlying a semiconductor structure including a well region of a first conductivity type formed within an tank region of a second conductivity type. The tank region is surrounded by doped regions and a buried doped layer of the first conductivity type, forming a plurality of diodes in series to the substrate. The junction capacitances of the series diodes have the effect of reducing the parasitic capacitance apparent at the isolator

[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]


Transistor with source field plates under gate runner layers
Patent No. 10186589 

Inventor(s): Hiroshi Yamasaki (Aizuwakamatsu, , JP), Hiroyuki Tomomatsu (Dallas, TX), Sameer Pendharkar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15865746 on 01/09/2018 (378 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transistor device includes a field plate extending from a source contact layer and defining an opening above a gate metal layer. Coplanar with the source contact layer, the field plate is positioned close to the channel region, which helps reduce its parasitic capacitance. Meanwhile, the opening allows a gate runner layer above the field plate to access and connect to the gate metal layer, which helps reduce the resistance of the gate structure. By vertically overlapping the metal gate layer, the field plate, and the gate runner layer, the transistor device may achieve fast switching performance without incurring any size penalty.

[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]


Integrated photodetector
Patent No. 10186623 

Inventor(s): Debarshi Basu (South San Francisco, CA), Henry Litzmann Edwards (Garland, TX), Marco A. Gardner (Tucson, AZ), Ricky A. Jackson (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15017057 on 02/05/2016 (1082 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit that includes a substrate, a photodiode, and a Fresnel structure. The photodiode is formed on the substrate, and it has a p-n junction. The Fresnel structure is formed above the photodiode, and it defines a focal zone that is positioned within a proximity of the p-n junction. In one aspect, the Fresnel structure may include a trench pattern that functions as a diffraction means for redirecting and concentrating incident photons to the focal zone. In another aspect, the Fresnel structure may include a wiring pattern that functions as a diffraction means for redirecting and concentrating incident photons to the focal zone. In yet another aspect, the Fresnel structure may include a transparent dielectric pattern that functions as a refractive means for redirecting and concentrating incident photons to the focal zone.

[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]


Photocatalytic methods for preparation of electrocatalyst materials
Patent No. 10186711 

Inventor(s): Craig John Medforth (Porto, , PT), James E. Miller (Albuquerque, NM), John A. Shelnutt (Tijeras, NM), Kazuo Kawahara (Nagoya, , JP), Tetsuo Kawamura (Aichi, , JP), Tochi Tudor Nwoga (Ann Arbor, MI), Wen Li (Ypsilanti, 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: 14086694 on 11/21/2013 (1888 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention relates to methods of preparing metal particles on a support material, including platinum-containing nanoparticles on a carbon support. Such materials can be used as electrocatalysts, for example as improved electrocatalysts in proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEM-FCs).

[H01M] PROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY [2]


Optically-activated array utilizing photonic integrated circuits (pics)
Patent No. 10186771 

Inventor(s): James M. Bowden (Forney, TX), Timothy R. Holzheimer (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15289926 on 10/10/2016 (834 days app to issue)

Abstract: A photonic integrated circuit. The photonic integrated circuit includes: a plurality of antenna elements, an element of the plurality of antenna elements having an electrical port and including: a first laser configured to produce laser light of a first wavelength; and a first radiative patch conditionally connected to the electrical port and connected, by an optical connection, to the laser, the first radiative patch including, as a major component, a semiconductor material configured to be conductive when illuminated by light having the first wavelength, and to be nonconductive when not illuminated, the first radiative patch being configured, when conductive, to convert an electric signal received at the electrical port to radiated electromagnetic waves, or to convert received electromagnetic waves to an electrical signal at the electrical port.

[H01Q] AERIALS (radiators or aerials for microwave heating H05B 6/72)


Scalable harvesting system and method
Patent No. 10186897 

Inventor(s): Edson Calixto (Carrollton, TX), Emanuel Stingu (Dallas, TX), Ken Moore (Dallas, TX), Ross E. Teggatz (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): TRIUNE IP LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15257561 on 09/06/2016 (868 days app to issue)

Abstract: A scalable energy harvesting system comprising at least one charging control device, at least one energy storage device responsive to the charging control device, at least one energy harvesting device operatively coupled to the charging control device, and a plurality of bus based power connectors operatively coupled to the charging control device.

[H01M] PROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY [2]


Wireless power transfer
Patent No. 10186904 

Inventor(s): John C. Rice (Milford, MI), Vladimir A. Muratov (Manchester, NH)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14980212 on 12/28/2015 (1121 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless power transmitter can include a transmitting coil configured to wirelessly transmit power to a receiving coil. The wireless power transmitter can include a shield residing on a given side of a substrate spaced apart from the transmitting coil. The shield can be configured to filter an electric field induced by the transmitting coil.

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


Wireless power transmitting/receiving devices and methods
Patent No. 10186907 

Inventor(s): Andrea Lorenzo Vitali (Santa Clara, CA), Michael Galizzi (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15169482 on 05/31/2016 (966 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless power transmitting/receiving device includes a power transmitting/receiving element, a plurality of switches, a current sensor and a controller. Each of the plurality of switches has a control terminal and a conduction terminal, with the conduction terminal being coupled to the power transmitting/receiving element. The current sensor senses a current through the power transmitting/receiving element, and the controller is configured to control the plurality of switches based on the sensed current.

[H01F] MAGNETS; INDUCTANCES; TRANSFORMERS; SELECTION OF MATERIALS FOR THEIR MAGNETIC PROPERTIES [2]


Hysteretic power converter controller
Patent No. 10186964 

Inventor(s): Ananthakrishnan Viswanathan (Allen, TX), Filippo Marino (Tremestieri Etneo, , IT), John C. Vogt (Denton, TX), Joseph Michael Leisten (Cork, , IE), Michael Ryan Hanschke (Dallas, TX), Salvatore Giombanco (Cassaro, , IT)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15943415 on 04/02/2018 (295 days app to issue)

Abstract: At least some aspects of the present disclosure provide for a circuit. In one example, the circuit includes a logic circuit having multiple inputs and multiple outputs, a calculated discontinuous conduction (DCM) (TDCM) timer having an input coupled to one of the logic circuit outputs and an output coupled to one of the logic circuit inputs, an on-time (TON) timer having an input coupled to one of the logic circuit outputs and an output coupled to one of the logic circuit inputs, and a hysteresis timer having an input coupled to one of the logic circuit outputs and multiple outputs coupled to multiple of the logic circuit inputs.

[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]


Solar roof panel system with edge and surface treatments
Patent No. 10187005 

Inventor(s): Cory Boudreau (Lake Elmo, MN), Daniel E. Boss (Murphy, TX), Daniel R. Nett (Sun Prairie, WI), David J. Gennrich (Fitchburg, WI), Kent J. Kallsen (Jefferson, WI), Sudhir Railkar (Wayne, NJ), Tommy F. Rodrigues (Nutley, NJ,
Assignee(s): Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14042789 on 10/01/2013 (1939 days app to issue)

Abstract: A roof-mounted solar power system for generating electrical power that includes a plurality of solar modules adapted for generating electrical power from sunlight, and with each of the plurality of solar modules having substantially the same size, aspect ratio and surface coloring. The plurality of solar modules are mounted on the deck of a roof to form a bank of solar modules having at least one irregular edge. The solar power system further includes one or more non-power generating edge treatments having substantially the same size, aspect ratio and surface coloring as the solar modules and that are adapted for installation along the irregular edge. Each edge treatment is adapted for a cutting away of at least one corner thereof to smooth the irregular edge of the bank of solar modules to a regular edge.

[H02S] Generation of electric power by conversion of infra-red radiation, visible light or ultraviolet light, e.g. using photovoltaic [PV] modules (solar heat collectors F24J 2/00; obtaining electrical energy from radioactive sources G21H 1/12; light sensitive inorganic semiconductor devices H01L 31/00; thermoelectric devices H01L 35/00; pyroelectric devices H01L 37/00; light sensitive organic semiconductor devices H01L 51/42) [2014.01]


Low voltage amplifier with gain boost circuit
Patent No. 10187012 

Inventor(s): Bhuvanesh Radhakrishnan Kulasekaran (Kumbakonam, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15807640 on 11/09/2017 (439 days app to issue)

Abstract: A class AB amplifier with improved DC gain. An amplifier includes an input stage and an output stage. The output stage is configured to amplify an output of the input stage. The output stage includes output transistors, class AB amplifier circuitry, minimum selector circuitry, and gain boost amplifier circuitry. The class AB amplifier circuitry includes a first transistor and a second transistor connected as a differential amplifier. The minimum selector circuitry is configured to control bias current in the output transistors by driving a control input of the first transistor. The gain boost amplifier circuitry is coupled to the class AB amplifier circuitry. The gain boost amplifier circuitry is configured to drive a common mode signal onto the control input of the first transistor and a control input of the second transistor, the common mode signal based on the output of the input stage.

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


Output discharge techniques for load switches
Patent No. 10187055 

Inventor(s): Kyle Schulmeyer (Plano, TX), Md. Abidur Rahman (Richardson, TX), Vikrant Dhamdhere (Irvine, CA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15694005 on 09/01/2017 (508 days app to issue)

Abstract: An output discharge circuit for a load switch may include a capacitor coupled between a power rail of the output discharge circuit and a ground lead, and a diode coupled between a power input of the output discharge circuit and the power rail. The output discharge circuit may charge the capacitor via a current path formed by the diode while power is being supplied to the load switch. When the power supply to the output discharge circuit is turned off, the diode may prevent the capacitor from discharging through the current path, and the stored charge on the capacitor may be used to power the output discharge switch for a period of time after the power supply has been turned off. In this way, the output discharge circuit may continue to discharge the output of the load switch even when power is no longer being supplied to the load switch.

[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]


PLL lock range extension over temperature
Patent No. 10187071 

Inventor(s): Hamid Safiri (Plano, TX), Himanshu Arora (Plano, TX), Lu Sun (Shanghai, , CN), Nikolaus Klemmer (Dallas, TX), Siraj Akhtar (Richardson, TX), Wenjing Lu (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15387636 on 12/21/2016 (762 days app to issue)

Abstract: A PLL including a VCO with a variable capacitance (such as an LC VCO) including a switched capacitor bank and a varactor, the PLL providing lock range extension over temperature using dynamic capacitor bank switching to dynamically adjust varactor set point based on junction temperature. The varactor is responsive to the Vctrl control voltage to adjust a capacitance of the variable capacitance to control the phase of the PLL signal. Compensation circuitry dynamically adjusts varactor set point by dynamically switching the capacitor bank based in a junction temperature associated with the PLL circuitry, thereby extending PLL lock range over temperature.

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


Precharge switch-capacitor circuit and method
Patent No. 10187077 

Inventor(s): Paul Stulik (Tucson, AZ)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15927510 on 03/21/2018 (307 days app to issue)

Abstract: An input sampling stage circuit includes, a precharge buffer, a precharge switch-capacitor circuit, and an input sampling capacitor. The precharge buffer is configured to buffer an input voltage. The precharge switch-capacitor circuit includes a plurality of switches, a first capacitor, and a second capacitor configured such that the first and second capacitors are connected in series during a coarse sampling time and in parallel during a fine sampling time and charge transfer time. The input sampling capacitor is configured to sample the input voltage through the precharge switch-capacitor circuit during the coarse sampling time and sample the input voltage directly during the fine sampling time.

[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]


Regenerative differential detector
Patent No. 10187101 

Inventor(s): Baher S. Haroun (Allen, TX), Bradley Allen Kramer (Plano, TX), Swaminathan Sankaran (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15384305 on 12/19/2016 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: A regenerative differential receiver includes, for example, a transformer arranged to receive a modulated differential signal. A first detector is arranged to source a first output current for indicating a first power level in response to falling voltage of a first line of the modulated differential signal. A second detector is arranged to sink a second output current for indicating a second power level in response to rising voltage of a first line of the modulated differential signal. A cross-coupled latch is arranged to latch a state in response to the first and second power levels. The cross-coupled latch provides, for example, weak non-linear regeneration for increasing receiver gain and maximum operating frequencies.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Apparatus and method to configure antenna beam width
Patent No. 10187130 

Inventor(s): Leonard Piazzi (Denville, NJ), Renjian Zhao (Acton, MA), Stefan Feuchtinger (Munich, , DE), Zhengxiang Ma (Summit, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14624430 on 02/17/2015 (1435 days app to issue)

Abstract: Using High-beam and low-beam transmission signals that have different antenna tilts, different beam-widths, and different polarizations than one another may provide performance advantages in wireless networks. The high-beam transmission signal and the low-beam transmission signal may have orthogonal polarizations. For example, the high-beam transmission signal and the low-beam transmission signal may be linearly polarized signals having different electromagnetic field (E-field) polarization angles with respect to the y-axis, e.g., +/ forty-five degrees with respect to a vertically polarized wave. As another example, the high-beam transmission signal may be a vertically polarized signal, and the low-beam transmission signal may be a horizontally polarized signal, or vice-versa. In addition to having orthogonal polarizations, the low-beam transmission signal may have a greater antenna beam down-tilt angle, and a wider beam-width than the high-beam transmission signal.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Re-generation and re-transmission of millimeter waves for building penetration
Patent No. 10187156 

Inventor(s): Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NXGNEN PARTNERS IP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16030505 on 07/09/2018 (197 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for enabling signal penetration into a building includes a first transceiver, located on an outside of the building, for transmitting and receiving signals at a first frequency outside of the building, wherein the signals at the first frequency do not easily penetrate into an interior of the building. A first up/down converter converts between a first version of the signals at the first frequency and a second version of the signals at a second frequency. The first frequency is higher than the second frequency and the signals at the second frequency better penetrate to the interior of the building and overcome losses caused by penetrating into an interior of the building. A second up/down converter converts between the second version of the signals at the second frequency that overcomes the losses caused by penetrating into the interior of the building and a third version of the signals after transmission from the building exterior to the building interior. A router transmits and receives the third version of the signals within the interior of the building.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for securing and testing set-top boxes
Patent No. 10187167 

Inventor(s): Jimmie Paul Partee (Double Oak, TX)
Assignee(s): FEDEX SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS ELECTRONICS, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13277079 on 10/19/2011 (2652 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for testing multiple set-top boxes. One of the multiple set-top boxes is engaged in a testing platform of the test fixture. The testing platform includes an adapter for interfacing the set-top box with the test fixture. The multiple set-top boxes are automatically tested in parallel. Test results for each of the multiple set-top boxes are measured. The test results for each of the multiple set-top boxes are displayed to a user.

[H04H] BROADCAST COMMUNICATION (multiplex communication H04J; pictorial communication aspects of broadcast systems H04N)


Bi-directional, full-duplex differential communication over a single conductor pair
Patent No. 10187229 

Inventor(s): Casey Ryan McCrea (San Jose, CA), Maxwell Guy Robertson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15452227 on 03/07/2017 (686 days app to issue)

Abstract: Circuits for full duplex bi-directional differential communication via a single conductor pair. A transceiver for full duplex differential communication over a single conductor pair includes a differential driver, a polarity neutral receiver, and receiver output circuitry. The differential driver is to drive the conductor pair. The polarity neutral receiver is to detect signals present on the conductor pair. The receiver output circuitry is configured to determine a logic value to be output by the transceiver as received via the conductor pair based on an output of the polarity neutral receiver and a logic value driven onto the conductor pair by the differential driver.

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


Bi-phase communication demodulation techniques
Patent No. 10187231 

Inventor(s): Eric Gregory Oettinger (Rochester, MN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14665554 on 03/23/2015 (1401 days app to issue)

Abstract: One aspect of the present invention includes a bi-phase communication receiver system. The system includes an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) configured to sample a bi-phase modulation signal to generate digital samples of the bi-phase modulation signal. The system also includes a bi-phase signal decoder configured to decode the bi-phase modulation signal based on the digital samples. The system further includes a preamble detector comprising a digital filter configured to evaluate the digital samples to generate an output and to detect a preamble of the bi-phase modulation signal for decoding the bi-phase modulation signal based on the output.

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


Computer system and method for sharing computer memory
Patent No. 10187247 

Inventor(s): Terrel Morris (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Tong, Rea, Bentley Kim, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13813258 on 07/30/2010 (3098 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer system has a plurality of computer servers, each including at least one central processing unit (CPU). A memory appliance is spaced remotely from the plurality of computer servers. The memory appliance includes a memory controller and random access memory (RAM). At least one photonic interconnection is between the plurality of computer servers and the memory appliance. An allocated portion of the RAM is addressable by a predetermined CPU selected during a configuration event from the plurality of computer servers.

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


Integrating physical and virtual network functions in a service-chained network environment
Patent No. 10187263 

Inventor(s): Farhad P Sunavala (San Jose, CA), Henry L Fourie (Livermore, CA), Hong Zhang (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15350966 on 11/14/2016 (799 days app to issue)

Abstract: Packets of data can be processed by a chain or sequence of service functions which include both virtual and physical service functions. In one approach, the original header and/or payload of a packet is analyzed at a software switch to determine whether the packet should be processed by the chain. If such processing is indicated, a next service function to process the packet is identified. The packet is then forwarded to a virtualized or physical device which implements the next service function. A portion of the header, such as a MAC destination address, may be modified to direct the packet to the next function. Further, in some cases, a service function chain (SFC) header with a chain identifier may be added to, or removed from, the packet.

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


Adaptive time slot allocation to reduce latency and power consumption in a time slotted channel hopping wireless communication network
Patent No. 10187285 

Inventor(s): Ariton Xhafa (Plano, TX), Arvind Kandhalu Raghu (Plano, TX), Ramanuja E. Vedantham (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15053678 on 02/25/2016 (1062 days app to issue)

Abstract: Excessive latencies and power consumption are avoided when a large number of leaf nodes (LNs) contend simultaneously to join a time slotted channel hopping wireless communication network having a root node (RN) interfaced to LNs by one or more intermediate nodes (INs). A first plurality of shared transmit/receive slots (STRSs) is allocated for at least one IN, and a second plurality of STRSs is advertised for use by contending LNs, where the first plurality is larger than the second plurality. When a LN joins, its STRSs are re-defined such that most become shared transmit-only slots (STOSs) and no STRSs remain. The numbers of STRSs allocated to INs may vary inversely with their hop counts from the RN. One or more STOSs may be added for each of one or more INs in response to a predetermined network condition.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for using a path control element as a central controller for local protection of label switched path (LSP)
Patent No. 10187305 

Inventor(s): Qianglin Quintin Zhao (Boxborough, MA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14790153 on 07/02/2015 (1300 days app to issue)

Abstract: A path control element (PCE) is provided, including a processor and a non-transitory computer readable storage medium coupled to the processor. The storage medium stores programming for execution by the processor, wherein the programming, when executed by the processor, configures the PCE to receive a request for a path of a unicast or multicast label switching path (LSP), determine a primary path and a secondary/local protection path through a plurality of nodes in a label switched network, and provide the primary path and the secondary/local protection path to the plurality of nodes.

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


System and method for resource management
Patent No. 10187324 

Inventor(s): Fang Yu (Beijing, , CN), Haitao Xia (Beijing, , CN), Zhixian Xiang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15199805 on 06/30/2016 (936 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for resource management by a network functions virtualization orchestrator (NFVO). These systems and methods include embodiments whereby a NFVO obtains requirements for a network service lifecycle management (LCM) operation, determines a delegating granting decision for a virtualized network function (VNF) manager (VNFM) associated with the network service LCM operation in accordance with the requirements for the network service LCM operation that grants a permission for the VNFM to perform multiple VNF LCM operations under one or more constraints, and sends the delegating granting decision to the VNFM.

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


Authentication of networked devices having low computational capacity
Patent No. 10187376 

Inventor(s): Arvind K. Raghu (Dallas, TX), Kumaran Vijayasankar (Allen, TX), Oliver Shih (Pittsburgh, PA), Ramanuja Vedantham (Allen, TX), Xiaolin Lu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15222524 on 07/28/2016 (908 days app to issue)

Abstract: Authentication of a networked device with limited computational resources for secure communications over a network. Authentication of the device begins with the supplicant node transmitting a signed digital certificate with its authentication credentials to a proxy node. Upon verifying the certificate, the proxy node then authenticates the supplicant”s credentials with an authentication server accessible over the network, acting as a proxy for the supplicant node. Typically, this verification includes decryption according to a public/private key scheme. Upon successful authentication, the authentication server creates a session key for the supplicant node and communicates it to the proxy node. The proxy node encrypts the session key with a symmetric key, and transmits the encrypted session key to the supplicant node which, after decryption, uses the session key for secure communications. In some embodiments, the authentication server encrypts the session key with the symmetric key.

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


Multi-hop small cell auto discovery for software defined networking-enabled radio access network
Patent No. 10187437 

Inventor(s): Paul Edward Smith, Jr. (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Hartman Citrin LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15645235 on 07/10/2017 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: Concepts and technologies are described herein for multi-hop small cell auto discovery for software-defined networking (”SDN”)-enabled radio access networks (”RANs”). According to one aspect of the concepts and technologies disclosed herein, a small cell RAN node can include a network backhaul link connected to a further small cell radio access network node operating within a RAN controlled, at least in part, by a SDN controller. The small cell RAN node can generate an enhanced OFDP multicast message that includes a SDN characteristic for the SDN controller to use, at least in part, to discover the small cell RA node as operational within the RAN. The small cell RAN node can send the enhanced OFDP multicast message over the network backhaul link in an attempt to provide the SDN characteristic to the SDN controller so SDN controller can discover the small cell RAN node as operational within the RAN.

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


Network interface devices having external demarcation points
Patent No. 10187515 

Inventor(s): John Austin Keenum (Haltom City, TX), Robert Alexander Crane (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Optical Communications LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14836161 on 08/26/2015 (1245 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of providing a telecommunications service using a network interface device (NID) is provided. The method includes connecting a provider line to one or more protector assemblies connected to a ground bar and configured to conduct current surges from the NID to ground. The one or more protector assemblies are electrically connected to an insulation displacement connector (IDC) module. An outgoing jack module wire is connected to the IDC module by inserting the outgoing jack module wire into a wire insertion hole of the IDC module to receive signals from the provider line. The outgoing jack module wire is electrically connected to a jack module outside the NID thereby providing a demarcation point. An incoming jack module wire is electrically connected to the jack module for carrying signals back to the NID.

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


System and method for detecting and controlling contraband devices in a controlled environment
Patent No. 10187519 

Inventor(s): Stephen Lee Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15718646 on 09/28/2017 (481 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides details of a system and method for detecting and monitoring a contraband device including communication devices by utilizing a combination of mobile devices, fixed monitoring devices, and a contraband monitoring center. The mobile devices include smart phones or tablets that are borrowed, rented, or purchased by an inmate from a correctional facility. These mobile devices are configured to detect, monitor, and intervene in the communications of target devices. Further, the mobile devices are configured to communicate with fixed monitoring devices located throughout the correctional facility in performing intervention operations. The contraband monitoring center may also be utilized in the coordination, monitoring, and intervention of target devices.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System for locating nearby picture hotspots
Patent No. 10187543 

Inventor(s): Dustin L. Winters (Webster, NY), Tomi Lahcanski (Rochester, NY)
Assignee(s): Monument Peak Ventures, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15229289 on 08/05/2016 (900 days app to issue)

Abstract: Portable communication devices transmit digital images and their location information to a central server. If a particular location is often photographed it can be designated as a hot spot. Thereafter, if a communication device is currently transmitting from within a vicinity of the hot spot, based on the location data received from the communication device, notification data can be transmitted to the communication device for notifying the user of the hot spot. The notification data can include directional information for the user to access on the communication device for enabling the user to find the hot spot.

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


Set top/back box, system and method for providing a remote control device
Patent No. 10187685 

Inventor(s): Bill Fang (Plano, TX), Scott Horton (McKinney, TX), Tom Miller (Plano, TX), Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15422667 on 02/02/2017 (719 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 interconnectively 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]


Systems and methods to test media devices
Patent No. 10187702 

Inventor(s): Shane M. Elliott (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Toler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15454488 on 03/09/2017 (684 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a control server from a first terminal, first input selecting a first media device and a second media device. The first media device and the second media device are coupled to a media switch. The method includes updating control data to generate updated control data in response to the first input. The updated control data associates the first media device with a location of a facility. The location is associated with a port number of a particular controller. The method also includes sending a signal from the control server to the media switch to instruct the media switch to send a first video output of the first media device and a second video output of the second media device to the first terminal.

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


System and method for reducing signaling overhead
Patent No. 10187820 

Inventor(s): Young Hoon Kwon (San Diego, CA), Yunsong Yang (San Diego, CA), Zhigang Rong (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14920167 on 10/22/2015 (1188 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a first station includes receiving a first management frame from a communications device, and generating an optimized management frame including a reference to the first management frame and update information for the first management frame specific to the first station. The method also includes transmitting the optimized management frame.

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


System and method for load rebalancing
Patent No. 10187838 

Inventor(s): Alpaslan Gence Savas (Summit, NJ), Keith Butterworth (Bedminster, NJ), Mark Ernest Newbury (Hillsborough, NJ), Matthijs A. Visser (Mendham, NJ), Zinan Lin (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14931306 on 11/03/2015 (1176 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for load rebalancing are provided. A node B selects a subset of carriers from a plurality of carriers of the node B according to effective usages for the plurality of carriers, determines a heavily loaded carrier and a lightly loaded carrier from the subset of carriers according to effective usages of the subset of carriers, select a mobile device assigned to the heavily loaded carrier as a candidate for handoff, and performs a handoff of the selected mobile device from the heavily loaded carrier to the lightly loaded carrier.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for transmission and reception of control and data channels with group reference signal
Patent No. 10187880 

Inventor(s): Jialing Liu (Palatine, IL), Lukasz Krzymien (Rolling Meadows, IL), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL), Qian Cheng (Aurora, IL), Vipul Desai (Palatine, IL), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14975256 on 12/18/2015 (1131 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device and method for transmission and reception of control and data channels with a group reference signal (GRS). A GRS may include a first common reference signal associated with a first group of users and a second common reference signal associated with a second group of users. Some users or channels can be grouped to use one set of common reference signals and other users or channels can be grouped to use another set of common reference signals.

[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)


Releasing connections with local GW when UE moves out of residential/enterprise network coverage
Patent No. 10187911 

Inventor(s): Noun Choi (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Trop, Pruner Hu, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15601097 on 05/22/2017 (610 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system and device are provided for managing LIPA and/or SIPTO connection releases when UE moves out of residential/enterprise network coverage in case service continuity is not supported for the LIPA/SIPTO PDN connection(s). To address problems caused by not providing service continuity for LIPA/SIPTO PDN connections, the PDN connection/PDP context created in the HeNB/HNB by the MME/SGSN includes context information related to the UE indicating whether such connection is a LIPA PDN connection PDN connection or not. In addition, each UE may be configured to reconnect or not reconnect to the PDN corresponding to a certain APN or service, depending on how the PDN connection was disconnected by the network.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and device for increased bandwidth utilizing aggregation mode and channel selection mechanism
Patent No. 10187920 

Inventor(s): Sergio Aguirre (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15346241 on 11/08/2016 (805 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device may receive information related to a channel. The information may indicate whether a measurement related to the channel satisfies a threshold. The threshold may be related to an availability of the channel. The device may determine an aggregation mode to use to communicate via the channel. The device may determine a set of available channels based on determining whether the measurement satisfies the threshold. The device may determine an order related to the set of available channels based on determining the set of available channels. The order may be based on the availability of the set of available channels. The device may select a channel from the set of available channels based on the order related to the set of available channels. The device may exchange communications via the channel based on selecting the channel.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for managing emergency requests
Patent No. 10187924 

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15789586 on 10/20/2017 (459 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network component is provided. The network component including a component configured such that the network transmits a response message containing an indicator indicating that a first message is an emergency-related request, and such that the network receives a second message containing information associated with a user equipment (UE).

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Transmitter architecture for photoplethysmography systems
Patent No. 10187940 

Inventor(s): Ajit Sharma (Dallas, TX), Arup Polley (Richardson, TX), Srinath Ramaswamy (Murphy, TX), Sriram Narayanan (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15131831 on 04/18/2016 (1009 days app to issue)

Abstract: An LED (light-emitting diode) driver for a photoplethysmography system, including a switched-mode operational amplifier for driving a driver transistor with a source-drain path in series with the LED. In a first clock phase in which the LED is disconnected from the driver transistor, the amplifier is coupled in unity gain mode, and a sampling capacitor stores a voltage corresponding to the offset and flicker noise of the amplifier; the gate of the driver transistor is precharged to a reference voltage in this first clock phase. In a second clock phase, the sampled voltage at the capacitor is subtracted from the reference voltage applied to the amplifier input, so that the LED drive is adjusted according to the sampled noise. A signal from the transmitter channel is forwarded to a noise/ripple remover in the receiving channel, to remove transmitter noise from the received signal.

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


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Insertable beverage container support apparatus
Patent No. D838473 

Inventor(s): Joel Edward Stevens (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29664011 on 09/20/2018 (124 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Golf club cleaning brush cover
Patent No. D838476 

Inventor(s): John Mummery (Dallas, TX), Jonathan Elder (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Bearcreek Imports, LLC (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Widerman Malek, PL (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29616291 on 09/05/2017 (504 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Adapter with ball mount for supporting an electronic device
Patent No. D838579 

Inventor(s): Gavin Stener (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Wild West Investments, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Dentons US LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29654050 on 06/20/2018 (216 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Diagnostic analyzer
Patent No. D838613 

Inventor(s): Christina A. Barton (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29602019 on 04/27/2017 (635 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Display screen with a financial workbench graphical user interface
Patent No. D838734 

Inventor(s): Jacob Alan Taylor (McKinney, TX), Nicholas Matthew Morris (Frisco, TX), Samuel Louis Macaluso (Frisco, TX), Stephen Willis Kruse (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29608693 on 06/23/2017 (578 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Syringe with barrel having flat top and bottom surface portions
Patent No. D838842 

Inventor(s): Mark Small (Heavener, OK), Ni Zhu (Plano, TX), Thomas J. Shaw (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Retractable Technologies, Inc. (Little Elm, TX)
Law Firm: Ross Barnes LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29642457 on 03/29/2018 (299 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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