Dallas Invents: 112 Patents Granted for Week of July 5

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

Patents granted include:
• Amazon's authorization orchestration for distributed systems
• Bank of America's system for real-time mining of data in test and development environments
• Capital One's visual inspection support using extended reality
• Lennox's occupancy tracking using wireless signal distortion
• Lockheed Martin's rotatable spray gun light
• SanDisk's smart erase scheme
• Siemens Logistics' reciprocating motion signature monitoring and trend analysis system
• Solo Brands' packable modular combustion grill
• Spark Biomedical's devices for treating cognitive dysfunction and depression using electrical stimulation
• TI's self-calibrated DC-DC converter
• TMGCore's fluid breakdown detection systems and processes useful for liquid immersion cooling
• Toyota's smart realtor signs synchronized with vehicle
• USAA's Method for mutually secured information exchange between possessors of automobiles

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of July 5, 2022 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

112 patents granted    
Ranked No. 12 
in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES 12
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING 10
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY 3
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS 5
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING 5
G: PHYSICS 33
H: ELECTRICITY 35

DESIGN: 9


TOP ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)
Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 9
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano) 7
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-Si, Kr) 5
Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston) 4
Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, Id) 4
Sandisk Technologies Llc (Addison) 4
Verizon Patent And Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, Nj) 4
Integrity Orthopaedics, Inc. (Orono, Mn) 3
The Container Store, Inc. (Coppell) 3

Unassigned 11


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Dean E. Walker (Allen) 3
Howard W. Harris (Southlake) 3
Jimmy Seifert (Dallas) 3
Tony Brewer (Plano) 3
Abdellatif Bellaouar (Richardson) 2
Brian K. Reaux (Red Oak) 2
Chakradhar Gottemukkala (Austin) 2
Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell) 2
Eric Berg (The Colony) 2
Raghav Ranganathan (New York, NY) 2


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


UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

System case for storing and carrying cosmetic essentials
Patent No. 11375797 

Inventor(s): Raven Forbes (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16812653 on 03/09/2020 (848 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cosmetic case has a generally rectangular shape with an internal space receive and hold multiple cosmetic cartridges containing various makeup products. This case has a slim-line design to facilitate easy storage and transport. Cosmetic cartridges can be inserted into the case from multiple and stored depending on the particular embodiment of the case. A securing means inside the case prevents inserted cartridges from dislodging from the case until desired by the user. The cosmetic case and system provides the advantage and ability to store cosmetic cartridges of different shapes and dimension in the case for optimal use. This invention enables a user to efficiently store and carry various cosmetic products for quick use especially when one desires a makeup touch up. Patent Class: [A45D] HAIRDRESSING OR SHAVING EQUIPMENT; MANICURING OR OTHER COSMETIC TREATMENT (wigs, toupees, or the like A41G 3/00, A41G 5/00; hairdressers’ chairs A47C 1/04; hair cutting appliances, razors B26B)


Table dividing system and method of use
Patent No. 11375808 

Inventor(s): Dony Dawson (Fort Worth, TX), Stephen Savoie (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Kaw Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16893068 on 06/04/2020 (761 days app to issue)

Abstract: A table dividing system includes a connecting system to rest on a top surface of a table, the connecting system having a first bracket having a first portion and a second portion with one or more pre-drilled holes; and one or more connectors to extend through the pre-drilled holes; the first portion and the second portion secure to a panel; and the panel is held above the top surface of the table. Patent Class: [A47B] TABLES; DESKS; OFFICE FURNITURE; CABINETS; DRAWERS; GENERAL DETAILS OF FURNITURE (jointing of furniture F16B 12/00)


Still beverage brewing method
Patent No. 11375847 

Inventor(s): Jeff Farris (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): RED RIVER TEA COMPANY (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Klemchuk LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16452653 on 06/26/2019 (1105 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for brewing still beverages in commercial environments are provided. A brewing machine ordinarily used for brewing tea or coffee may be utilized to brew a still beverage. A pre-prepared still beverage mixture may be added to a brew basket or filter within the brewing machine. The brewing machine may then be activated. Water may flow through or be added to the pre-prepared still beverage mixture as it exits the brew basket or filter and enters a dispenser or reservoir. Sweeteners, flavorings and/or pulp may be added to the pre-prepared still beverage mixture as it enters the dispenser or reservoir. This may change the flavor, intensity, texture, and/or taste of the brewed still beverage according to the needs of the operator or the preferences of those who will drink the brewed still beverage. Patent Class: [A47J] KITCHEN EQUIPMENT; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; APPARATUS FOR MAKING BEVERAGES [6]


Transcutaneous analyte sensor systems and methods
Patent No. 11375932 

Inventor(s): Neal Davis Johnston (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): DexCom, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15387088 on 12/21/2016 (2022 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems for applying a transcutaneous monitor to a person can include a telescoping assembly, a sensor, and a base with adhesive to couple the sensor to skin. The sensor can be located within the telescoping assembly while the base protrudes from a distal end of the system. The system can be configured to couple the sensor to the base by compressing the telescoping assembly. Patent Class: [A61B] DIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION (analysing biological material G01N, e.g. G01N 33/48)


Tensionable and lockable micro suture anchors and anchor arrays for anatomical attachment of soft tissue to bone
Patent No. 11375991 

Inventor(s): Howard W. Harris (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Integrity Orthopaedics, Inc. (Orono, MN)
Law Firm: Seager, Tufte Wickhem, LLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17551709 on 12/15/2021 (202 days app to issue)

Abstract: A toggle-type suture anchor that incorporates individual suture tensioning and locking without knot tying. The anchor includes an elongate toggle body having a working suture pre-threaded into a first passage and back up and out a second passage with a length running longitudinally adjacent the side of the anchor. A locking suture loop is pre-threaded into a third passage between the first and second passage and includes a collapsible loop that encircles a portion of the length of suture running longitudinally adjacent the side of the anchor. With the loop open, the working suture can slide through the anchor, however, when the loop is closed the working suture is locked in position to retain tension on the working suture. The anchor can be utilized in a pre-strung connected array of anchors. Patent Class: [A61B] DIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION (analysing biological material G01N, e.g. G01N 33/48)


Cartridge device for suture anchor and suture management during implantation of a micro suture anchor array
Patent No. 11375992 

Inventor(s): Howard W. Harris (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Integrity Orthopaedics, Inc. (Orono, MN)
Law Firm: Seager, Tufte Wickhem, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17551838 on 12/15/2021 (202 days app to issue)

Abstract: Cartridges configured to hold anchors and associated locking sutures and a common suture used in an array of anchors. A suture anchor array is connected in series by a single working suture and each of the suture anchors allows tensioning of the working suture between itself and the prior anchor implanted in the serial string. Further, each anchor includes a suture lock having a free tail that can be pulled to lock the working suture in place subsequent to tensioning. This creates an independently tensioned suture bridge between each implanted suture anchor and the just previously implanted anchor. The cartridges are configured to securely hold an individual anchor and store the tail of the suture lock, while allowing flossing of anchors along the common suture. Patent Class: [A61B] DIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION (analysing biological material G01N, e.g. G01N 33/48)


Locking suture construct for tensioned suture to suture stitches in anchor arrays for attaching soft tissue to bone
Patent No. 11375995 

Inventor(s): Howard W. Harris (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Integrity Orthopaedics, Inc. (Orono, MN)
Law Firm: Seager, Tufte Wickhem, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17551860 on 12/15/2021 (202 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly and method are provided for incorporation into suture anchor designs to facilitate the locking of a slidable working suture after it has been tensioned. The assembly can be utilized on multiple anchors in a pre-strung chain on a single working suture to create continuous, individually tensioned suture bridges between anchors in series, without knot tying. Further, the bridges are independently locked with selected tension for the particular application. An anchor body having at least one suture receiving passage therethrough is threaded with a working suture wherein the working suture flosses through the passage when tension is applied to the working suture. A locking cord extends through a second passage through the anchor body, the locking cord having a collapsible loop extending out the second passage and encircling a portion of the working suture, wherein collapsing the loop locks the working suture after tensioning. Patent Class: [A61B] DIAGNOSIS; SURGERY; IDENTIFICATION (analysing biological material G01N, e.g. G01N 33/48)


Cosmetic formulation
Patent No. 11376210 

Inventor(s): Barbara Durkee (Carrolton, TX), David Gan (Southlake, TX), Michelle Hines (Hickory Creek, TX), Tiffany Florence (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): MARY KAY INC. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16781363 on 02/04/2020 (882 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a method of applying a topical skin composition to skin. The method can include applying the composition to skin. The composition can include [i]Silybum marianum [/i]fruit extract and [i]Momordica grosvenorii [/i]fruit extract. Patent Class: [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)


Ophthalmic compositions with improved dessication protection and retention
Patent No. 11376275 

Inventor(s): David L. Meadows (Colleyville, TX), Howard Allen Ketelson (Dallas, TX), Rekha Rangarajan (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcon Inc. (Fribourg, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17060343 on 10/01/2020 (642 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to artificial tear compositions and ophthalmic compositions suitable for drug delivery. In one embodiment of the present invention, the compositions comprise a galactomannan polymer such as guar or hydroxypropyl guar, hyaluronic acid, and a cis-diol such as sorbitol. In a preferred embodiment, the to compositions also comprise a borate compound. Patent Class: [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)


Sting activating nanovaccine for immunotherapy
Patent No. 11376324 

Inventor(s): Gang Huang (Plano, TX), Haocheng Cai (Dallas, TX), Hua Wang (Irving, TX), Jinming Gao (Plano, TX), Min Luo (Irving, TX), Yang-Xin Fu (Dallas, TX), Zhaohui Wang (Dallas, TX), Zhijian Chen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16081911 on 03/02/2017 (1951 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some aspects, the present disclosure provides vaccine compositions comprising an antigen and a diblock copolymer wherein the diblock copolymer is pH responsive. In some embodiments, these compositions activate the STING and/or the interferon receptor pathways. In some embodiments, the diblock copolymer hits a pKa from about 6 to about 7.5. Also provided herein are methods of treatment using these compositions to treat an infectious disease or cancer. Patent Class: [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)


System and method for an interactive accessory on controller
Patent No. 11376496 

Inventor(s): Donald Wayne Brandt (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Bold IP, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17507434 on 10/21/2021 (257 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for an interactive video game controller accessory designed to be operated by an individual”s left or right hand where the video game controller accessory may be placed or positioned on an existing video game controller and spun by the player during downtime of video games. Patent Class: [A63F] CARD, BOARD OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [5]


Adjudicating fault in a virtual simulation environment
Patent No. 11376502 

Inventor(s): Mera Belay Tegene (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC (Redmond, WA)
Law Firm: Ray Quinney Nebeker P.C (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16886498 on 05/28/2020 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, methods, and computer-readable media for adjudicating incidents between players within a simulation environment (e.g., a gaming environment). For example, systems disclosed herein involve training an adjudication model trained to evaluate player data from a plurality of player states over time to determine whether one or more players are at fault for an identified incident within the simulation environment. The systems disclosed herein can maintain a dynamic circular buffer that provides a snapshot of the player data over a predetermined period of time and which provides a scalable and computationally efficient mechanism for evaluating player data for multiple players to determine whether one or more players are violating rules within the simulation environment. Patent Class: [A63F] CARD, BOARD OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [5]


 

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

Container location flaps with increased degrees of freedom for sortation systems
Patent No. 11376633 

Inventor(s): Justin Stone (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Seattle, WA)
Law Firm: Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16891853 on 06/03/2020 (762 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are disclosed for container location flaps with increased degrees of freedom for sortation systems. In one embodiment, an example rotatable flap for use with an item sortation machine may include a first portion having a first frame and a first mesh grid coupled to the first frame, a second portion having a second frame and a second mesh grid coupled to the second frame, and a first coupler configured to couple the second portion to the first portion. The second portion may be configured to rotate from a first position coplanar to the first portion to a second position transverse to the first portion, and the first portion may be coupled to a frame of the item sortation machine and configured to rotate with respect to the frame. Patent Class: [B07C] POSTAL SORTING; SORTING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES, OR BULK MATERIAL FIT TO BE SORTED PIECE-MEAL, e.g. BY PICKING (specially adapted for a specific purpose covered by another class, see the relevant place, e.g. A43D 33/06, B23Q 7/12)


Powertrain architecture for a vehicle utilizing an on-board charger
Patent No. 11376977 

Inventor(s): Hui Tan (Sugar Land, TX), Manish Bhardwaj (Sugar Land, TX), Sangmin Kevin Chon (Houston, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16236556 on 12/30/2018 (1283 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques related to powertrain architectures for vehicles (such as hybrid electric vehicle/electric vehicles) utilizing an on-board charger are disclosed. The techniques include a device for power regulation, the device comprising a direct current (DC)-to-DC voltage converter configurable to convert a first DC voltage from an alternating current (AC)-to-DC converter to generate a first converted DC voltage to charge a battery, and convert a second DC voltage from the battery to a second converted DC voltage for a DC-to-AC inverter. The inverter couples to a motor. A control circuit is configured to direct an operating mode of the voltage converter. Patent Class: [B60L] PROPULSION OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES (arrangements or mounting of electrical propulsion units or of plural diverse prime-movers for mutual or common propulsion in vehicles B60K 1/00, B60K 6/20; arrangements or mounting of electrical gearing in vehicles B60K 17/12, B60K 17/14; preventing wheel slip by reducing power in rail vehicles B61C 15/08; dynamo-electric machines H02K; control or regulation of electric motors H02P); SUPPLYING ELECTRIC POWER FOR AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES (electric coupling devices combined with mechanical couplings of vehicles B60D 1/64; electric heating for vehicles B60H 1/00); ELECTRODYNAMIC BRAKE SYSTEMS FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL (control or regulation of electric motors H02P); MAGNETIC SUSPENSION OR LEVITATION FOR VEHICLES; MONITORING OPERATING VARIABLES OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES; ELECTRIC SAFETY DEVICES FOR ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES [4]


Adaptive headlights
Patent No. 11377022 

Inventor(s): Ethan Pomish (Livonia, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16685676 on 11/15/2019 (963 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for adaptive lights for use in a vehicle includes a headlight configured to generate light to be at least partially directed away from the vehicle to illuminate a portion of an environment of the vehicle. The system further includes a sensor configured to detect data corresponding to an environmental condition in the environment of the vehicle. The system further includes an electronic control unit (ECU) coupled to the headlight and the sensor and configured to determine the environmental condition based on the detected data and to adjust an intensity and an orientation of the light generated by the headlight based on the environmental condition. Patent Class: [B60Q] ARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL [4]


Extended slide vehicle seat with low profile adjustment control
Patent No. 11377053 

Inventor(s): Hamshivraj Singh Dhamrat (Saline, MI), Lindsay A. Babian (Canton, MI), Shelby Sutton-Brown (Brighton, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17037067 on 09/29/2020 (644 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle that includes a vehicle seat with a backrest, a cushion, a sliding rail, and a seat mount coupled to the sliding rail. A recline control handle positioned on the side of the seat includes a rotation axis parallel to a lateral axis of the vehicle. A slide control handle positioned on the side of the seat includes a rotation axis parallel to a longitudinal axis of the vehicle, and a recess configured to receive at least a portion of the slide control handle in both a first orientation and a second orientation. Patent Class: [B60R] VEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for vehicles A62C 3/07)


Crash attenuator with release plate hinge assembly, release plate hinge assembly and method for the use thereof
Patent No. 11377055 

Inventor(s): Michael J. Buehler (Roseville, CA)
Assignee(s): Trinity Highway Products LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Crowell Moring LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16869218 on 05/07/2020 (789 days app to issue)

Abstract: A crash attenuator includes a frame having a first frame member and a second frame member rigidly connected with a hinge assembly in a pre-impact configuration. The first and second frames are hingedly connected with the hinge assembly in an impact configuration. The hinge assembly includes a release plate fixedly connected to the first frame member, wherein the release plate comprises a fastener opening and a slot extending between the fastener opening and an edge of the release plate, and a fastener extending through the fastener opening and connecting the release plate to the second frame member when the first and second frames are in the pre-impact configuration. A hinge assembly, and method of using the crash attenuator, are also provided. Patent Class: [B60R] VEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for vehicles A62C 3/07)


Standard accessory mounting points for trucks and SUVs
Patent No. 11377151 

Inventor(s): Colby Steven Williams (Milan, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16700862 on 12/02/2019 (946 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for attaching accessories to a vehicle. The system includes a first plurality of attachment devices located on a frame rail of a first vehicle, the first plurality of attachment devices spaced apart by a distance. The system also includes a second plurality of attachment devices located on a frame rail of a second vehicle, the second plurality of attachment devices spaced apart by the distance. The system also includes a plurality of engagement members of a vehicle accessory, each engagement member of the plurality of engagement members spaced apart by the distance and configured to engage with respective attachment devices from the first plurality of attachment devices or the second plurality of attachment devices. The system also includes a plurality of connectors configured to secure the plurality of engagement members to the first plurality of attachment devices or the second plurality of attachment devices. Patent Class: [B60R] VEHICLES, VEHICLE FITTINGS, OR VEHICLE PARTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (fire prevention, containment or extinguishing specially adapted for vehicles A62C 3/07)


Apparatus and method for piloting an aircraft
Patent No. 11377200 

Inventor(s): Carey Cannon (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16733798 on 01/03/2020 (914 days app to issue)

Abstract: A control device for an aircraft has a control stick configured to be operated by hand of a user. The control stick is pivotable about a longitudinal axis, a lateral axis, and a yawing axis extending through the control stick. Motion of the stick about the longitudinal axis is configured to cause roll motion of the aircraft, motion of the stick about the lateral axis is configured to cause pitch motion of the aircraft, and motion of the stick about the yawing axis is configured to cause yaw motion of the aircraft. Rotation of a thumbwheel carried by the control stick changes a magnitude of a thrust vector of the aircraft. Patent Class: [B64C] AEROPLANES; HELICOPTERS (air-cushion vehicles B60V)


End effectors and methods of raising and lowering vehicle components using end effectors
Patent No. 11377333 

Inventor(s): Mary C. Hollowell (Marion, TX)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16552528 on 08/27/2019 (1043 days app to issue)

Abstract: An end effector includes an elongated body that is non-circular in cross section. A guide rail is mounted on a top surface of the elongated body. A hook carriage includes a linear motion guide that moves linearly along the guide rail to position a hook member. A locking mechanism locks the hook carriage at a preselected position along a length of the guide rail. Patent Class: [B66F] HOISTING, LIFTING, HAULING, OR PUSHING, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR, e.g. DEVICES WHICH APPLY A LIFTING OR PUSHING FORCE DIRECTLY TO THE SURFACE OF A LOAD (mounting artificial islands on piles or like supports E02B 17/00; scaffolds combined with lifting devices E04G 1/22, E04G 3/28; lifting devices for sliding forms E04G 11/24; lifting of buildings E04G 23/06; shores or struts E04G 25/00; lifts or other hoisting devices on ladders E06C 7/12; props for mining E21D 15/00)


Multilayer composites comprising adhesive and one or more nanofiber sheets
Patent No. 11377537 

Inventor(s): Julia Bykova (Richardson, TX), Marcio D. Lima (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): LINTEC OF AMERICA, INC. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Greenblum Bernstein, P.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15916354 on 03/09/2018 (1579 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for producing multilayered composites of adhesive nanofiber composites. Specifically, one or more sheets of highly aligned nanofibers are partially embedded in an adhesive such that at least a portion of the nanofiber sheet is free from adhesive and is available to conduct current with adjacent electrical features. In some example embodiments, the adhesive nanofiber composites are metallized with a conductive metal and in these and other embodiments, the adhesive nanofiber composites may also be stretchable. Patent Class: [B32B] LAYERED PRODUCTS, i.e. PRODUCTS BUILT-UP OF STRATA OF FLAT OR NON-FLAT, e.g. CELLULAR OR HONEYCOMB, FORM


Compact portable foldable solar panel support system and methods of use
Patent No. 11381201 

Inventor(s): Gregory K. Miller (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Sierra IP Law, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17699667 on 03/21/2022 (106 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for providing portable or fixed solar array support systems. Embodiments of the invention include an apparatus that holds four 60-cell rooftop-grade solar panels and folds up into a relatively small portable device that easily fits in a garage or shed. When open, the panels are displayed at near the nominal angle to the sun for the region. Adjustable angle supports are available in alternative embodiments. Patent Class: [B62B] HAND-PROPELLED VEHICLES, e.g. HAND CARTS OR PERAMBULATORS; SLEDGES (characterised by animal propulsion B62C; propulsion of sledges by driver or engine B62M)


 

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

Oxygen reduction disposable kits, devices and methods of use thereof
Patent No. 11375709 

Inventor(s): Narendran Renganathan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Hemanext Inc. (Lexington, MA)
Law Firm: Arnold Porter Kaye Scholer (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16375311 on 04/04/2019 (1188 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to Oxygen Reduction Disposable kits (ORDKit), devices and methods for the improved preservation of whole blood and blood components. The improved devices and methods for the collection of blood and blood components provide for whole blood and blood components having reduced levels of oxygen. The devices and methods provide for the rapid preparation of deoxygenated blood and blood components for storage that improves the overall quality of the transfused blood and improves health outcomes in patients. Patent Class: [C12M] APPARATUS FOR ENZYMOLOGY OR MICROBIOLOGY (installations for fermenting manure A01C 3/02; preservation of living parts of humans or animals A01N 1/02; brewing apparatus C12C; fermentation apparatus for wine C12G; apparatus for preparing vinegar C12J 1/10) [3]


Anti-leukocyte-associated immunoglobulin-like receptor 1 (LAIR1) monoclonal antibodies and method of use thereof to treat cancer
Patent No. 11377491 

Inventor(s): Chengcheng Zhang (Dallas, TX), Jingjing Xie (Plano, TX), Mi Deng (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16475223 on 01/02/2018 (1645 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to antibodies binding to LAIR 1 and their treating cancer, inflammation, immune-related diseases or transplantation. Patent Class: [C07K] PEPTIDES (peptides containing fl-lactam rings C07D; cyclic dipeptides not having in their molecule any other peptide link than those which form their ring, e.g. piperazine-2,5-diones, C07D; ergot alkaloids of the cyclic peptide type C07D 519/02; single cell proteins, enzymes C12N; genetic engineering processes for obtaining peptides C12N 15/00) [4]


Fluorine-free tungsten deposition process employing in-situ oxidation and apparatuses for effecting the same
Patent No. 11377733 

Inventor(s): Fei Zhou (San Jose, CA), Naoki Takeguchi (Nagoya, , JP), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Rahul Sharangpani (Fremont, CA), Yusuke Mukae (Nagoya, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16987717 on 08/07/2020 (697 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of depositing tungsten over a substrate includes disposing the substrate into a vacuum enclosure of a tungsten deposition apparatus, performing a first tungsten deposition process that deposits a first tungsten layer over a physically exposed surface of the substrate by flowing a fluorine-containing tungsten precursor gas into the vacuum enclosure, performing an in-situ oxidation process by exposing the first tungsten layer to an oxidation agent gas while the substrate remains within the vacuum enclosure without breaking vacuum and forming a tungsten oxyfluoride gas which is pumped out of the vacuum enclosure, and performing a second tungsten deposition process that deposits a second tungsten layer on the first tungsten layer by flowing the fluorine-containing tungsten precursor gas into the vacuum enclosure in a second tungsten deposition process after the in-situ oxidation process. Patent Class: [C23C] COATING METALLIC MATERIAL; COATING MATERIAL WITH METALLIC MATERIAL; SURFACE TREATMENT OF METALLIC MATERIAL BY DIFFUSION INTO THE SURFACE, BY CHEMICAL CONVERSION OR SUBSTITUTION; COATING BY VACUUM EVAPORATION, BY SPUTTERING, BY ION IMPLANTATION OR BY CHEMICAL VAPOUR DEPOSITION, IN GENERAL (applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces in general B05; making metal-coated products by extrusion B21C 23/22; covering with metal by connecting pre-existing layers to articles, see the relevant places, e.g. B21D 39/00, B23K; working of metal by the action of a high concentration of electric current on a workpiece using an electrode B23H; metallising of glass C03C; metallising mortars, concrete, artificial stone, ceramics or natural stone C04B 41/00; paints, varnishes, lacquers C09D; enamelling of, or applying a vitreous layer to, metals C23D; inhibiting corrosion of metallic material or incrustation in general C23F; treating metal surfaces or coating of metals by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25D, C25F; single-crystal film growth C30B; by metallising textiles D06M 11/83; decorating textiles by locally metallising D06Q 1/04; details of scanning-probe apparatus, in general G01Q; manufacture of semiconductor devices H01L; manufacture of printed circuits H05K) [4]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Curtain wall system and method
Patent No. 11377854 

Inventor(s): Stephen N. Loyd (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Stephen N. Loyd Irrevocable Family Trust (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16735282 on 01/06/2020 (911 days app to issue)

Abstract: In certain embodiments, a system includes a curtain wall member and a first curtain wall member mounting apparatus coupled to a first end of the curtain wall member. The first curtain wall member mounting apparatus includes a mounting plate and an arm having one or more projections. The first curtain wall member mounting apparatus engages with a first curtain wall member supporting channel having a vertically-disposed member and a horizontally-disposed supporting member having a receiving-and-retaining member extending from an end opposite the vertically-disposed member. The receiving-and-retaining member engages with a channel adjacent to one or more projections of the first curtain wall member mounting apparatus. The first curtain wall member mounting apparatus is adapted to be rotated into position such that a connection mechanism at a second end of the curtain wall member engages with a second curtain wall member supporting channel to retain the curtain wall member in position. Patent Class: [E04F] FINISHING WORK ON BUILDINGS, e.g. STAIRS, FLOORS (windows, doors E06B)


Actuatable deflector for a completion sleeve in multilateral wells
Patent No. 11377930 

Inventor(s): David Joe Steele (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: C. Tumey Law Group PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16736718 on 01/07/2020 (910 days app to issue)

Abstract: A completion sleeve includes a body that defines an inner passage and a window that provides a lateral exit from the inner passage. A deflector is positioned within the inner passage and is pivotable between a stowed position, where the deflector is received within a pocket defined in a sidewall of the body, and a deployed position where the deflector is positioned to deflect downhole tools laterally through the window. An actuator is positioned within the sidewall and operatively coupled to the deflector. The actuator is actuatable to move the deflector between the stowed and deployed positions. Patent Class: [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]


Shunt tube system for gravel packing operations
Patent No. 11377933 

Inventor(s): Maxime Philippe Coffin (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16497734 on 12/31/2018 (1282 days app to issue)

Abstract: A shunt system for a wellbore includes a first set of tubes defining a first plurality of fluid paths and a second set of tubes defining a second plurality of fluid paths. The shunt system also includes a mixing chamber positioned between the first set of tubes and the second set of tubes to allow slurry from the first plurality of fluid paths to mix together prior to outputting the slurry to the second set of tubes. Further, the shunt system is positionable external to one or more sand screens. Patent Class: [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]


Downhole tool with compliant metal-to-metal seal
Patent No. 11377934 

Inventor(s): Shobeir Pirayeh Gar (The Colony, TX), Xiaoguang Allan Zhong (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: KL Gates LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17225334 on 04/08/2021 (453 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole tool including an insertion member arranged to insert into and form an annular seal with a receiving member using an annular seal assembly. The seal assembly includes a compliant metal spring and a separate metal cover overlapping at least a portion of an outside of the spring, wherein the cover and spring extend radially outward from the downhole tool so as to be compressed when the insertion member is inserted within the receiving member to form an annular metal-to-metal seal between the insertion member and the receiving member. A method of coupling the downhole tool and the receiving member in a well includes inserting the insertion member of the downhole tool into the receiving member and energizing and forming an annular metal-to-metal seal by compressing the seal assembly between the insertion member and the receiving member when inserting the insertion member into the receiving member. Patent Class: [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]


Method and system for locating self-setting dissolvable plugs within a wellbore
Patent No. 11377950 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: C. Tumey Law Group PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16882999 on 05/26/2020 (770 days app to issue)

Abstract: Method and system for deploying a frac package in a wellbore includes providing a location module for the frac package that can determine a position of the frac package in the wellbore. The location module operates to receive beacon signals from beacons located on the wellbore string and to calculate a velocity of the frac package based on the beacon signals. The location module further operates to calculate a location of the frac package based a time since a latest beacon signal and the velocity of the frac package. In some implementations, the beacons includes at least one beacon that transmits or emits a signal and at least one beacon that does not transmit or emit a signal. Patent Class: [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

 

Integrated starter-generator
Patent No. 11378048 

Inventor(s): Matthew Wilcox (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Sandberg Phoenix von Gontard P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16864274 on 05/01/2020 (795 days app to issue)

Abstract: A prime mover for a lightweight vehicle comprising an internal combustion engine, a starter motor integrally integrated with the internal combustion engine, and a housing for the prime mover. The prime mover additionally comprises a Hall Effect sensor and an prime mover control module structured and operable to communicate with the Hall Effect sensor, determine when operation of the internal combustion engine should cease, and upon the determination that operation of the internal combustion engine should cease, utilize the communication from the Hall Effect sensor to stop the internal combustion engine such that a piston of the internal combustion engine is positioned at between 15 and 25 after bottom-dead-center. Patent Class: [F02N] STARTING OF COMBUSTION ENGINES (starting of free-piston combustion-engines F02B 71/02; starting of gas-turbine plants F02C 7/26); STARTING AIDS FOR SUCH ENGINES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Horizontally sectioned polymer gasket
Patent No. 11378186 

Inventor(s): Jeff Busby (Millsap, TX), Kent Boomer (Aledo, TX), Matt Boyd (Fort Worth, TX), Mike Dry (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): The Patent Well LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16411518 on 05/14/2019 (1148 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gasket is disclosed for use as an environmental seal between a first aircraft part having planer surface and a second aircraft part having a planer surface, the two planer parts spread apart and engaged with fasteners. The gasket, in some embodiments, is compressible between the planer surfaces. The gasket, in some embodiments, comprises a first tabular portion having tabular portion properties and having a first tabular thickness and a length and a width, the length and width much greater than the first tabular thickness; and a second tabular portion having tabular portion properties having a second tabular thickness, a length and width, the length and width much greater than the second tabular thickness; and a tabular skeleton. The first and second tabular portions and the skeleton are positioned parallel to one another. The skeleton is at least partly contacting one of the tabular portions. The first tabular portion and the second tabular portion differ in at least one tabular portion property. Patent Class: [F16J] PISTONS; CYLINDERS; PRESSURE VESSELS IN GENERAL; SEALINGS


Combustible fuel burning stove with spark arrestor
Patent No. 11378279 

Inventor(s): Alexander K. Maghsadi (Lewisville, TX), Eric H. Jan (Lehi, UT), Jeffrey H. Jan (Keller, TX), Spencer H. Jan (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Solo Brands, LLC (Grapevine, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16514773 on 07/17/2019 (1084 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a stove having a top portion including a spark arrestor which includes a base assembly comprising a base ring, a base crown, a mesh side screen connecting the base ring and the base crown, and at least one handle, and a top assembly comprising a top crown, a mesh top screen extending from the top crown, and at least one handle, wherein the base assembly is sized to fit removably onto the top portion of the stove such that the base assembly is configured to block sparks or embers produced by the stove, and wherein the top assembly fits removably onto the base crown such that the top assembly is configured to block sparks or embers produced by the stove. Patent Class: [F24C] OTHER DOMESTIC STOVES OR RANGES; DETAILS OF DOMESTIC STOVES OR RANGES, OF GENERAL APPLICATION (radiator stoves of the fluid-circulating type F24H)


Method and apparatus for refrigerant detector calibration confirmation
Patent No. 11378313 

Inventor(s): Eric Berg (The Colony, TX), Mark Olsen (Carrollton, TX), Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX), Robert B. Uselton (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16940443 on 07/28/2020 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: A refrigerant detector testing system according to aspects of the disclosure includes a metering orifice formed in a suction line that is disposed between an evaporator coil and a compressor, a valve fluidly coupled to the metering orifice, a connecting tube fluidly coupled to the valve on a side opposite the metering orifice, a mixing device having an input orifice fluidly coupled to the connecting tube. In some embodiments, the mixing device includes an air intake disposed proximate the input orifice, a throttling portion downstream of the input orifice and the air intake, the throttling portion having a reduced cross-sectional area, and a diffuser section positioned downstream of the throttling portion, the diffuser section having an output orifice. According to aspects of the disclosure, a refrigerant detector fluidly exposed to the output orifice. Patent Class: [F25B] REFRIGERATION MACHINES, PLANTS, OR SYSTEMS; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials, e.g. refrigerants, or materials for the production of heat or cold by chemical reactions other than by combustion C09K 5/00; pumps, compressors F04; use of heat pumps for domestic or space-heating or for domestic hot-water supply F24D; air-conditioning, air-humidification F24F; fluid heaters using heat pumps F24H)


Method and system for compressor modulation in non-communicating mode
Patent No. 11378317 

Inventor(s): Eric Berg (The Colony, TX), Umesh Gokhale (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17122247 on 12/15/2020 (567 days app to issue)

Abstract: An HVAC system includes a pressure sensor is disposed in a suction line between a compressor and an indoor heat-exchange coil. The pressure sensor is electrically coupled to a compressor controller. An HVAC controller is electrically coupled to the compressor controller. The HVAC controller is configured to transmit a signal to the compressor controller to activate and de-activate the compressor. The compressor controller is configured to receive a signal from the HVAC controller to activate the compressor, determine a start speed of the compressor, monitor a run time of the compressor, and modulate a speed of the compressor. Patent Class: [F25B] REFRIGERATION MACHINES, PLANTS, OR SYSTEMS; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials, e.g. refrigerants, or materials for the production of heat or cold by chemical reactions other than by combustion C09K 5/00; pumps, compressors F04; use of heat pumps for domestic or space-heating or for domestic hot-water supply F24D; air-conditioning, air-humidification F24F; fluid heaters using heat pumps F24H)


 

P H Y S I C S

Closed spray testing container for spray measurement verification
Patent No. 11378391 

Inventor(s): Huey Do (Walton, KY), Michael Troy Collins (Georgetown, KY)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16791382 on 02/14/2020 (872 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of verifying measurements of a spray pattern from a nozzle is provided. The method includes inserting the nozzle through an opening in a bottom wall of a closed spray testing container. The closed spray testing container includes a pair of side walls and a pair of end walls connected to the side walls. A top wall is opposite the bottom wall and is connected to the pair of side walls and the pair of end walls to provide a volume. The top wall is transparent. The bottom wall includes at least one of a scale and a spray pattern representation provided on a surface of the bottom wall. At least one of the scale and the spray pattern is used to verify a spray pattern provided using the nozzle. Patent Class: [G01B] MEASURING LENGTH, THICKNESS OR SIMILAR LINEAR DIMENSIONS; MEASURING ANGLES; MEASURING AREAS; MEASURING IRREGULARITIES OF SURFACES OR CONTOURS


Method and apparatus for improved performance in encoder systems by configuring a detector array using a partition map and assigning weights to output currents of the detector array
Patent No. 11378422 

Inventor(s): Brent Hans Larson (Dallas, TX), James P. Cusey (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TT ELECTRONICS PLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16660987 on 10/23/2019 (986 days app to issue)

Abstract: An encoder system includes a configurable detector array, wherein the configurable detector array includes a plurality of detectors. The encoder system may also include a memory operable to store a partition map that defines a state for each of the plurality of detectors. The encoder system may also include an emitter operable to generate a flux modulated by a motion object, wherein the configurable detector array is operable to receive the flux and generate respective current outputs for each of the detectors in response to the flux. In an embodiment, the current outputs from detectors having a same state are grouped together. The encoder system may also include one or more current duplicators to duplicate the current outputs from detectors having one state to group with the current outputs from detectors having a different state. The encoder system may also adjust weights of the current outputs. Patent Class: [G01D] MEASURING NOT SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR A SPECIFIC VARIABLE; ARRANGEMENTS FOR MEASURING TWO OR MORE VARIABLES NOT COVERED BY A SINGLE OTHER SUBCLASS; TARIFF METERING APPARATUS; TRANSFERRING OR TRANSDUCING ARRANGEMENTS NOT SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR A SPECIFIC VARIABLE; MEASURING OR TESTING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Analytical nebulizer
Patent No. 11378518 

Inventor(s): Sergei Leikin (Centerville, MA), Steven D. Sweat (Cedaredge, CO)
Assignee(s): Texas Scientific Products LLC (Justin, TX)
Law Firm: Hojka Qadeer, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17152741 on 01/19/2021 (532 days app to issue)

Abstract: A nebulizer having a gas capillary and a liquid capillary that are aligned in the same direction within a nebulizer housing is disclosed. The nebulizer includes a nebulizer tip that is substantially parallel to a cross-section of the liquid capillary and to a cross-section of the gas capillary. The tip includes a liquid opening and a gas orifice. The gas capillary may have a non-tapered body and a tapered end. The tip has a roughened surface that allows wetting of the tip with liquid that exits from the liquid opening to form a thin film. The nebulizer may be formed from glass, quartz, one or more polymers, metals, or alloys, or a combination thereof. The nebulizer is capable of handling high solid content samples, and it also offers precision and sensitivity comparable to concentric nebulizers. Methods of introducing a sample into an instrument using the disclosed nebulizer are also disclosed. Patent Class: [G01N] INVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES (measuring or testing processes other than immunoassay, involving enzymes or microorganisms C12M, C12Q)


Fabrication of iridium oxide pH sensors and sensory arrays
Patent No. 11378539 

Inventor(s): Cuong M. Nguyen (Arlington, TX), Jung-Chih Chiao (Grand Prairie, TX), Smitha M N Rao (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15023627 on 09/22/2014 (2843 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of fabricating amorphous iridium oxide film pH sensors and microfluidic devices incorporating the pH sensors. The present invention provides a fabrication method for sol-gel based iridium oxide (IrOx) thin film pH sensors and microelectrodes. The invention further provides microelectrode arrays produced by the fabrication methods and microfluidic devices including the microelectrodes and microelectrode arrays. In one aspect, the invention is a method for fabricating a microelectrode pH sensor. Patent Class: [G01N] INVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES (measuring or testing processes other than immunoassay, involving enzymes or microorganisms C12M, C12Q)


Cytotoxicity test method for medical devices
Patent No. 11378570 

Inventor(s): Charlon Tolliver (Fort Worth, TX), Denise P. Rodeheaver (Fort Worth, TX), Fan Zhang (Keller, TX), Jamie Michaelis Walker (Burleson, TX), Jeffrey Charles White (Southlake, TX), Robert Edward Rose (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcon Inc. (Fribourg, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15988421 on 05/24/2018 (1503 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cytotoxicity method for medical devices that has equivalent sensitivity, and greater efficiency compared to the colony formation assay (CFA) direct contact method is developed. The quantitative, direct contact cytotoxicity test method uses Mouse lymphoma TK or human lymphoblastoid TK6 suspension cells for medical device safety assessment. The advantages of using the suspension cell assay over adherent V79-4 cells is that this approach is quantitative, automated, not susceptible to potential mechanical damage imparted by the overlying test materials, and avoids issues related to non-adherence of cells to the test material which might impact the interpretation of test results. Patent Class: [G01N] INVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES (measuring or testing processes other than immunoassay, involving enzymes or microorganisms C12M, C12Q)


Methods and apparatus for velocity detection in MIMO radar including velocity ambiguity resolution
Patent No. 11378649 

Inventor(s): Adeel Ahmad (Richardson, TX), Dan Wang (Allen, TX), Karthik Subburaj (Bangalore, , IN), Sandeep Rao (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16814531 on 03/10/2020 (847 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with described examples, a method determines if a velocity of an object detected by a radar is greater than a maximum velocity by receiving on a plurality of receivers at least one frame of chirps transmitted by at least two transmitters and reflected off of the object. A velocity induced phase shift ([subscript]d[/subscript]) in a virtual array vector S of signals received by each receiver corresponding to a sequence of chirps (frame) transmitted by each transmitter is estimated. Phases of each element of virtual array vector S are corrected using [subscript]d [/subscript]to generate a corrected virtual array vector S[subscript]c[/subscript]. A first Fourier transform is performed on the corrected virtual array vector S[subscript]c [/subscript]to generate a corrected virtual array spectrum to detect a signature that indicates that the object has an absolute velocity greater than a maximum velocity. Patent Class: [G01S] RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES


Systems and methods for increasing the dynamic range of a LiDAR sensor
Patent No. 11378658 

Inventor(s): Paul Donald Schmalenberg (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16262288 on 01/30/2019 (1252 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a waveguide is added to the LiDAR sensor that redirects some of a received target return laser beam to a first stage photodetector and amplifier. When the amplitude of the target return laser beam is high enough to oversaturate the amplifier, an electric current is generated by the amplifier and received by a tunable coupler. As the tunable coupler heats up due to the electric current, it redirects energy from the return target laser beam to a beam dump. The reduced return target laser beam is then received by a photodetector or RF amplifier and is used to calculate the distance between the LiDAR sensor and object that reflected the received target return laser beam. In addition, rather than redirect the energy to a beam dump, the energy may be redirected to another photodetector or amplifier and may be used to supplement the distance calculation. Patent Class: [G01S] RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES


Ultrasonic echo processing in presence of Doppler shift
Patent No. 11378686 

Inventor(s): Anand Dabak (Plano, TX), Lei Ding (Plano, TX), Srinath Mathur Ramaswamy (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16232308 on 12/26/2018 (1287 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ultrasound detect circuit includes a decimator that decimates a transmit signal to be transmitted through an ultrasonic transducer. The transmit signal is decimated to generate first and second template signals. The decimator uses a different decimation ratio to generate the first template signal than the second template signal. The circuit also includes a first correlator to correlate a signal derived from the ultrasonic transducer with the first template signal, aa second correlator to correlate the signal derived from the ultrasonic transducer with the second template signal, and a Doppler shift determination circuit to determine a Doppler frequency shift based on an output from the first correlator and an output from the second correlator. Patent Class: [G01S] RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES


Unmanned aerial vehicle system and methods
Patent No. 11378718 

Inventor(s): Joshua Shane Nicoll (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: DeWitt LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16591593 on 10/02/2019 (1007 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is a method and system for generating an area of interest for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) missions. Using radar and weather data, a mission area may be generated for flights which will maximize efficiency by pre-generating flight paths based on atmospheric and other data. The UAV may include artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities for processing imaging and other sensed data. Post-processing of the data may include additional AI training and processing. Patent Class: [G01W] METEOROLOGY (radar, sonar, lidar or analogous systems, designed for meteorological use G01S 13/95, G01S 15/88, G01S 17/95)


Adhesion primer for laminate in cast lenses
Patent No. 11378720 

Inventor(s): Ronald A. Berzon (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Essilor International (Charenton-le-Pont, , FR)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16331425 on 09/19/2016 (2115 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to a primer composition for increasing the adhesion of a polarizing film laminate to a cast-polymerized lens. The primer includes an acrylic polymer, polyurethane acrylate oligomer, a solvent, a UV curing agent, and a monomer which promotes adhesion to a cast-polymerized lens. Patent Class: [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]


Systems and methods for autonomously controlling movement of delivery vehicles
Patent No. 11378949 

Inventor(s): Christopher Harlan Hove (Alexandria, VA), Maxwell Cabell Moore (Chicago, IL)
Assignee(s): OMNITRACS, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: ArentFox Schiff LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16447322 on 06/20/2019 (1111 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure provides a system and method for autonomously routing delivery vehicles. An autonomous routing system may generate, a plurality of routing passes, each routing pass including a set of parameters, by a processor using one or more business rules that describe a set of allowed values for one or more of the parameters. The autonomous routing system may Execute each the plurality of routing passes on a routing platform configured to generate a routing plan corresponding to a single routing pass. autonomous routing system may select, by the processor, one of the plurality of routing passes according to a comparison rule set that assigns a score to each routing plan corresponding to a respective one of the plurality of routing passes. The autonomous routing system may dispatch the selected routing pass via the routing platform. Patent Class: [G05D] SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES (for continuous casting of metals B22D 11/16; valves per se F16K; sensing non-electric variables, see the relevant subclasses of G01; for regulating electric or magnetic variables G05F)


Split-brain resolution in virtual network function components
Patent No. 11379257 

Inventor(s): Keith William Melkild (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17123014 on 12/15/2020 (567 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example operation may include a system, comprising one or more of: receiving a heartbeat message from a peer VNFCI indicating a current operational state of active, when the VNFCI is in active state, determining a first network isolation indicator, by a network isolation subsystem, by checking if the VNFCI was network isolated while becoming active, sending a first heartbeat message to the peer VNFCI indicating a current operational state as active and network isolation boolean since active, obtaining a second network isolation indicator of the peer VNFCI from a heartbeat message datastore, sending a second heartbeat message to the peer VNFCI indicating the current operational state as active and a desired operational state as active when at least one of: the second network isolation indicator was yes, and the first network isolation indicator was no, and sending a third heartbeat message to the peer VNFCI indicating the current operational state as active and a desired operational state as active when at least one of: the VNFCI is not the preferred standby instance, the second network isolation indicator was no, and the first network isolation indicator was no. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Memory access bounds checking for a programmable atomic operator
Patent No. 11379365 

Inventor(s): Chris Baronne (Allen, TX), Dean E. Walker (Allen, TX), Tony Brewer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17075073 on 10/20/2020 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices and techniques for memory access bounds checking for a programmable atomic operator are described herein. A processor can execute a programmable atomic operator with a base memory address. The processor can obtain a memory interleave size indicator corresponding to the programmable atomic operator and calculate a contiguous memory address range from the base memory address and the memory interleave size. The processor can then detect that a memory request from the programmable atomic operator is outside the contiguous memory address range and deny the memory request when it is outside of the contiguous memory address range and allow the memory request otherwise. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Deferred communications over a synchronous interface
Patent No. 11379401 

Inventor(s): Dean E. Walker (Allen, TX), Tony Brewer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17074787 on 10/20/2020 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: A chiplet system can include a Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) bus for communication. A primary device coupled to the SPI bus can generate read or write instructions for a secondary device. In response to instructions from the primary device, the secondary device can prepare a response. The response message can include a secondary device status field to indicate a readiness of the secondary device to provide a particular data payload to the primary device. Using deferrals that are communicated from the secondary device to the primary device can enable longer latency SPI operations to proceed without monopolizing the SPI bus. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Secondary device detection using a synchronous interface
Patent No. 11379402 

Inventor(s): Dean E. Walker (Allen, TX), Tony Brewer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17074852 on 10/20/2020 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: A chiplet system can include a Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) bus for communication. A controller or primary device coupled to the SPI bus can generate a message with read or write instructions for one or more secondary devices. In an example, the primary device can be configured to use information on a data input port or data input bus to determine a communication status of one or multiple secondary devices on the bus. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Correction, synchronization, and migration of databases
Patent No. 11379440 

Inventor(s): Rama Venkata S. Kavali (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17149331 on 01/14/2021 (537 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to management of databases in different server environments. In particular, various aspects of this disclosure relate to correction, synchronization, and/or migration of databases between different database servers. A feed file that is rejected from loading in a database associated with a source server may prioritized in a destination server. A feed file hierarchy of the rejected feed file may be determined and the destination server may process loading of the rejected feed file to a database based on the determine feed file hierarchy. Any corrections applied at the destination server may also be applied at the source server. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Methods, systems, and computer readable mediums for performing an aggregated free-form query
Patent No. 11379482 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey David Bourne (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): EMC IP HOLDING COMPANY LLC (Round Rock, TX)
Law Firm: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor Hunt, P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16890599 on 06/02/2020 (763 days app to issue)

Abstract: One method includes receiving aggregated free-form query information comprising a first section and a second section for requesting data pertaining to a computing system and converting the first section and the second section of the aggregated free-form query information into an original query portion and a contingency query portion for accessing at least one data set. The method further includes accessing, using the original query portion, the at least one data set to obtain result information pertaining to an initial element included in the computing system. The method also includes accessing, using the contingency query portion and the result information returned in response to the original query portion, the at least one data set to obtain information for at least one descendant element or ancestor element related to the initial element included in the result information. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Remote software usage monitoring and entitlement analysis
Patent No. 11379562 

Inventor(s): Julian Michael Flores (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ServiceNow, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16565062 on 09/09/2019 (1030 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computational instance of a remote network management platform may execute a remote access call for a license consolidation server. The remote access call may contain instructions for obtaining concurrent license usage statistics from the license consolidation server. In response to obtaining the concurrent license usage statistics, the computational instance may update a software configuration with the concurrent license usage statistics, where the software configuration contains a license rights allocation for the concurrent software application. Based on the concurrent license usage statistics and the license rights allocations, the computational instance may generate a representation of a graphical user interface that contains an overview pane indicating a utilization of the concurrent software application. Then the computational instance may transmit, to a client device, the representation of the graphical user interface. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Text categorization using natural language processing
Patent No. 11379659 

Inventor(s): Aaron Raymer (The Colony, TX), Jon Austin Osbourne (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16784551 on 02/07/2020 (879 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method performed by a device may include identifying a plurality of samples of textual content; performing tokenization of the plurality of samples to generate a respective plurality of tokenized samples; performing embedding of the plurality of tokenized samples to generate a sample matrix; determining groupings of attributes of the sample matrix using a convolutional neural network; determining context relationships between the groupings of attributes using a bidirectional long short term memory (LSTM) technique; selecting predicted labels for the plurality of samples using a model, wherein the model selects, for a particular sample of the plurality of samples, a predicted label of the predicted labels from a plurality of labels based on respective scores of the particular sample with regard to the plurality of labels and based on a nonparametric paired comparison of the respective scores; and providing information identifying the predicted labels. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Data entry capitalization error correction system and word processing system with second language facility
Patent No. 11379662 

Inventor(s): Karmen Langlotz (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Langlotz Patent Trademark Works, LLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17071241 on 10/15/2020 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: A word processing system has a keyboard having a plurality of letter keys and a shift key operable to generate capitalized letters, a processor connected to the keyboard and a display connected to the processor. The processor is operable to detect entry of an entered two-letter word, to determine if the entered two-word is in all capital letters, and if the entered two-word is in all capital letters to assess whether the typing was intentional or in error. If it is assessed that the typing was in error, the processor being operable to correct the two-letter word to an initial capital followed by a lower case letter. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Plan modeling and user feedback
Patent No. 11379774 

Inventor(s): Chakradhar Gottemukkala (Austin, TX), Koustuv Chatterjee (San Ramon, CA), Raghav Ranganathan (New York, NY), Umesh Arasu (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): o9 Solutions, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16800884 on 02/25/2020 (861 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communication by a particular user within a digital collaboration is determined as related to a particular business entity. A relationship between one or more additional business entities and the particular business entity is identified from one or more business models. The communication is associated with the additional business entities based on the relationship. Patent Class: [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]


Unstructured data processing in plan modeling
Patent No. 11379781 

Inventor(s): Amit Agarwal (Bangalore, , IN), Chakradhar Gottemukkala (Austin, TX), Koustuv Chatterjee (Gilbert, AZ), Raghav Ranganathan (New York, NY), Umesh Arasu (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): o9 Solutions, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15054036 on 02/25/2016 (2322 days app to issue)

Abstract: An unstructured data input is accessed that includes an electronic communication. Content of the unstructured data is parsed to determine one or more terms in the unstructured data input. It is determined that one or more particular elements defined in a structured business data model correspond to the terms. Tags are assigned to the unstructured data based on the terms corresponding to the one or more particular elements, where the tags define an association between the unstructured data and the structured data model. Patent Class: [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]


Drone delivery systems and methods
Patent No. 11379784 

Inventor(s): James Lawrence Eastman (Sunnyvale, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17226654 on 04/09/2021 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: A drone delivery system for receiving a package on a roof of a structure includes a panel coupled to the roof that selectively provides access to an opening in the roof upon identification and authorization of an incoming package. Once the package is identified and authorized, the panel opens and the package is received from an aerial vehicle on a platform in the opening. The platform is lowered by a drive assembly and the panel is closed over the opening. The drive assembly then lowers the platform and package to an intended destination inside the structure. Patent Class: [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]


Kiosk gift card system and method
Patent No. 11379810 

Inventor(s): James Curtis (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16792735 on 02/17/2020 (869 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gift card system and method for purchasing gift cards at a kiosk is disclosed. The system/method includes a gift card distribution kiosk located at a retail establishment that provides a user with access to a multitude of different forms of gift cards that may be purchased and printed onto a customizable card with a personalized message. The kiosk includes a kiosk processor interface, a gift card dispenser, a card reader and gift card management server connected to a network. The gift card management server, through the kiosk processor interface, provides vendor options to users to select and pay via the card reader. In another embodiment, the kiosk is used to redeem unused user gift cards for a reduced value user selected gift card, reduced cash value, full value store card, rewards points, bank debit, and/or electronic code user towards online purchases. Patent Class: [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]


Network-enabled fuel dispensing system
Patent No. 11379936 

Inventor(s): Boonchai Matthew Ragan (Lewisville, TX), Gurmeet Singh (Irving, TX), Maninder Singh Suri (Irving, TX), Matthew O”Daniel Redmond (Denton, TX), Vivek Malik (Farmers Branch, TX)
Assignee(s): 7-ELEVEN, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16408251 on 05/09/2019 (1153 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system that includes a fuel dispenser terminal and a remote controller. The fuel dispenser terminal is configured to send a service request for a fuel purchase to the remote controller and receive a personalized offer in response to sending the service request. The fuel dispenser terminal is further configured to display the personalized offer, receive a user response indicating the personalized offer was accepted, and send the user response to the remote controller. The fuel dispenser terminal is further configured to receive an authorization token for retrieving the personalized offer and output the authorization token to the customer. The remote controller is configured to update the service request by adding a purchase associated with the personized offer to the fuel purchase, send an encrypted service request to a service processor, generate the authorization token, and send the authorization token to the fuel dispenser terminal. Patent Class: [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]


Surround view
Patent No. 11380046 

Inventor(s): Hemant Hariyani (Plano, TX), Lucas Weaver (Dallas, TX), Shashank Dabral (Allen, TX), Vikram Appia (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16519099 on 07/23/2019 (1078 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system on a chip (SoC) includes a digital signal processor (DSP) and a graphics processing unit (GPU) coupled to the DSP. The DSP is configured to receive a stream of received depth measurements and generate a virtual bowl surface based on the stream of received depth measurements. The DSP is also configured to generate a bowl to physical camera mapping based on the virtual bowl surface. The GPU is configured to receive a first texture and receive a second texture. The GPU is also configured to perform physical camera to virtual camera transformation on the first texture and on the second texture, based on the bowl to physical camera mapping, to generate an output image. Patent Class: [G06T] IMAGE DATA PROCESSING OR GENERATION, IN GENERAL [2006.01]


System and method for populating a virtual shopping cart based on a verification of algorithmic determinations of items selected during a shopping session in a physical store
Patent No. 11380091 

Inventor(s): Matthew Raymond Magee (Sanger, TX), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Celina, TX)
Assignee(s): 7-ELEVEN, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17105091 on 11/25/2020 (587 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a display and a processor. The processor displays a virtual shopping cart. The processor also receives information indicating that an algorithm determined that a physical item was selected by a person during a shopping session in a physical store, based on a set of inputs received from sensors located within the store. In response, the processor displays a virtual item, which includes a graphical representation of the physical item. The processor additionally displays a rack video captured during the shopping session by a rack camera located in the store. The rack camera is directed at a physical rack located in the store, which includes the physical item. In response to displaying the rack video, the processor receives information identifying the virtual item, where the rack video depicts that the person selected the physical item. The processor then stores the virtual item in the virtual shopping cart. Patent Class: [G06K] RECOGNITION OF DATA; PRESENTATION OF DATA; RECORD CARRIERS; HANDLING RECORD CARRIERS (printing per se B41J)


Aggregate monitor data in real-time by worker
Patent No. 11380174 

Inventor(s): Tarun Kumar (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC. (Morris Plains, NJ)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16815786 on 03/11/2020 (846 days app to issue)

Abstract: A worker monitoring system. The system comprises a processor, a display, a data store, a non-transitory memory, and an application stored in the non-transitory memory. The application stores definitions of associations of electronic monitors to workers in the data store, receives information from the electronic monitors via a wireless communication link, based on accessing the data store, analyzes information from a plurality of electronic monitors associated with one of the workers, corroborates information from a first electronic monitor associated with the one or the workers using information from a second electronic monitor associated with the one of the workers, and based on the corroboration of the information from the first electronic monitor, and presents an alarm indication on the display. Patent Class: [G08B] SIGNALLING OR CALLING SYSTEMS; ORDER TELEGRAPHS; ALARM SYSTEMS


Dynamic number board game for adaptive learning
Patent No. 11380216 

Inventor(s): Divya Balasubramanian (Chicago, IL), Ramesh Balan (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Knomadix Corporation (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: DLA Piper LLP (US) (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16157552 on 10/11/2018 (1363 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided, in an aspect, is a dynamic number board game. A method for generation of the dynamic number board game can include, receiving one or more input data associated with generation of the dynamic number board game; generating one or more timers in accordance with the received input data; determining one or more fluency metrics in accordance with the received input data; generating a primitive number board game based on the received input data; generating one or more problems for the primitive board game based on the received input data; dynamically generating one or more hints for each of the generated problems; and presenting for display, the dynamic number board game based on the primitive number board game, the one or more timers, the one or more fluency metrics, and the dynamically generated one or more hints. Patent Class: [G09B] EDUCATIONAL OR DEMONSTRATION APPLIANCES; APPLIANCES FOR TEACHING, OR COMMUNICATING WITH, THE BLIND, DEAF OR MUTE; MODELS; PLANETARIA; GLOBES; MAPS; DIAGRAMS


Method and system for lossless value-location encoding
Patent No. 11380335 

Inventor(s): Jacek Piotr Stachurski (Dallas, TX), Lorin Paul Netsch (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16690536 on 11/21/2019 (957 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of encoding samples in a digital signal is provided that includes receiving a frame of N samples of the digital signal, determining L possible distinct data values in the N samples, determining a reference data value in the L possible distinct data values and a coding order of L1 remaining possible distinct data values, wherein each of the L1 remaining possible distinct data values is mapped to a position in the coding order, decomposing the N samples into L1 coding vectors based on the coding order, wherein each coding vector identifies the locations of one of the L1 remaining possible distinct data values in the N samples, and encoding the L1 coding vectors. Patent Class: [G10L] SPEECH ANALYSIS OR SYNTHESIS; SPEECH RECOGNITION; SPEECH OR VOICE PROCESSING; SPEECH OR AUDIO CODING OR DECODING [4]


Access command delay using delay locked loop (DLL) circuitry
Patent No. 11380395 

Inventor(s): Jason M. Brown (Allen, TX), Vijayakrishna J. Vankayala (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17013234 on 09/04/2020 (669 days app to issue)

Abstract: Memory devices may have a memory array and a delay locked loop (DLL) circuit that adjusts signals associated with operations to access of the memory array. The memory device may also include a controller that delays an access command to access the memory array by transmitting the access command through delay circuitry of the DLL circuit. This may cause the access command to be delayed by a first duration of time when output from the delay circuitry. Delay of the access command may align a data signal and the access command such that the access command and a system clock may cause latching of suitable data of the data signal. Patent Class: [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)


Senior living engagement and care support platforms
Patent No. 11380439 

Inventor(s): Nirav Patel (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY (Bloomington, IL)
Law Firm: Armstrong Teasdale LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17520472 on 11/05/2021 (242 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided herein is an engagement and care support platform (”ECSP”) computer system including at least one processor in communication with at least one memory device for facilitating senior user engagement. The processor is programmed to: (i) register a user through an application, (ii) register a caregiver associated with the user through the application, (iii) generate a senior profile based upon user personal and scheduling data, (iv) build a daily interactive user interface that reflects the senior profile, (v) display the daily interactive user interface at a first client device associated with the user, (vi) cause the first client device to initiate a daily interaction prompt to the user, (vii) determine whether any user interaction was received in response to the daily interaction prompt, and (viii) transmit a daily update message to a second client device associated with the caregiver, including an indication of whether any user interaction was received. NULL


Systems and methods for detecting anomalous behavior
Patent No. 11381586 

Inventor(s): Manah M. Khalil (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16689476 on 11/20/2019 (958 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method may include monitoring calls and/or traffic on a network and identifying behavior associated with each of a plurality of user devices with respect to activity on the network. The method may also include aggregating information about the behavior associated with the user devices, determining whether the aggregated information corresponds to an anomaly with respect to usage of the network and determining, when the aggregated information corresponds to the anomaly, whether the anomaly meets a threshold based on a type of anomaly and a number of user devices affected by the anomaly. The method may further include identifying, when the aggregated information corresponds to the anomaly, user devices in an area corresponding to the anomaly, generating a notification in response to determining that the aggregated information corresponds to the anomaly and transmitting the notification to the identified user devices in the area corresponding to the anomaly. Patent Class: [G06F] ELECTRIC DIGITAL DATA PROCESSING (computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


 

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Energy reducing retrofit apparatus for a constant volume HVAC system
Patent No. 11378292 

Inventor(s): Danny Miller (Renton, WA), Justin Sipe (Federal Way, WA)
Assignee(s): Pro Star Energy Solutions, L.P. (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: Harness, Dickey Pierce, P.L.C. (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16687154 on 11/18/2019 (960 days app to issue)

Abstract: An energy-reducing method and apparatus for retrofitting a single zone, constant volume HVAC system, with or without an economizer, that provides heating, cooling, and ventilation to occupants within a building space. The present invention includes the introduction of a programmable logic controller and variable frequency drive (VFD) that takes control of the existing fan, heating, cooling, and optional economizer operation. The reduction of the fan speed in the ventilation mode when the 100% operation is not needed saves significant energy of the existing constant volume HVAC system where the fan motor is designed to run 100% of the time. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Mixed mode multiply and accumulate unit
Patent No. 11379186 

Inventor(s): Sudipto Chakraborty (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Scully, Scott, Murphy Presser, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16735301 on 01/06/2020 (911 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods to implement a multiply and accumulate (MAC) unit is described. In an example, a device can include a first current mode digital-to-analog converter (DAC) configured to multiply an input signal with a first current having a first amplitude to generate a first signal. The device can further include a second current mode DAC configured to multiply the input signal with a second current having a second amplitude to generate a second signal. The second amplitude can be less than the first amplitude. The device can further include a mixer configured to multiply the second signal with a clock signal to generate a third signal. The third signal can be combined with the first signal via a current summing node to generate an output signal. The output signal can be outputted to another device. Patent Class: [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]


Complex human-computer interactions
Patent No. 11379759 

Inventor(s): Ashwini Patil (Richardson, TX), Priyank R. Shah (Plano, TX), Ramakrishna R. Yannam (The Colony, TX), Ravisha Andar (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17471316 on 09/10/2021 (298 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for leveraging a plurality of machine-learning algorithms to improve a chat interaction are provided. The methods may include monitoring for initiation of a live chat session; alerting and assigning a chat responder to the live chat session; engaging one or more of a plurality of automated chat tools, the tools loaded with artificial intelligence (AI), in order to improve the response of the responder during the session; reviewing and retrieving, using the AI, from a machine learning (ML) library in electronic communication with the AI, historical information; presenting, on a chat responder screen, selected actionable information generated based on the historical information, to the responder; integrating, based on pre-determined conditions, chat responses into the ML library; and integrating into the ML library, based on the same or other pre-determined conditions, chat comments. The chat comments are generated by a chat initiator. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Telecommunication event object classification based on information from multiple protocols
Patent No. 11379779 

Inventor(s): Surya Kumar Kowali (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): RIBBON COMMUNICATIONS OPERATING COMPANY, INC. (Westford, MA)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16962822 on 07/12/2019 (1089 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method performed by a computing system that collects information on transactions in a telecommunication system includes receiving an event object. The event object includes parameters associated with a telecommunication event. The method further includes classifying the event object, using a classification mechanism, as one of a plurality of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) by using the parameters, including considering events from multiple protocols for classifying event objects. The method further includes, after classifying the event object, inferring relationships between a set of inputs and a set of outputs, the set of inputs including information types from the event object and the set of outputs including KPIs. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Methods of forming electronic assemblies with textured surfaces using low current density electroplating
Patent No. 11380604 

Inventor(s): Gaurav Singhal (Maharashtra, , IN), Julia Kohanek (Champaign, IL), Paul Braun (Champaign, IL), Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16696120 on 11/26/2019 (952 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of forming a textured surface layer along a substrate that includes disposing a plurality of polymer spheres on a surface of the metal substrate, and electroplating the metal substrate at a current density to deposit a metal layer along a body of each of the plurality of polymer spheres disposed on the surface of the metal substrate. The metal layer does not extend above a top surface of the plurality of polymer spheres. The method further includes removing the plurality of polymer spheres from the metal layer to form the textured surface defined by a size and shape of the plurality of polymer spheres. Patent Class: [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]


Lead frame for multi-chip modules with integrated surge protection
Patent No. 11380631 

Inventor(s): Dushmantha Bandara Rajapaksha (Allen, TX), Roland Sperlich (Rockwall, TX), Vijayalakshmi Devarajan (Plano, TX), Wesley Ray (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16697617 on 11/27/2019 (951 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lead frame for a multi-chip module includes a first conductor structure disposed on a substrate and having first and second arms linked at an angle. The first conductor structure is connected to ground. The lead frame also includes a second conductor structure disposed on the substrate and connected to a voltage supply. The second conductor structure is spaced apart and electrically isolated from the first conductor structure. The first and the second conductor structures are arranged to flank a plurality of integrated circuits (ICs) including one or more surge protection ICs disposed on the substrate. The first conductor structure is electrically connected to the plurality of ICs to provide electrical connections to ground, and the second conductor structure is electrically connected to the plurality of ICs to provide electrical connections to the voltage supply. Patent Class: [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]


Efficient redistribution layer topology
Patent No. 11380637 

Inventor(s): Christopher Daniel Manack (Flower Mound, TX), Joseph Liu (Plano, TX), Vivek Swaminathan Sridharan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16950708 on 11/17/2020 (595 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, a chip scale package (CSP) comprises a semiconductor die; a passivation layer abutting the semiconductor die; a via extending through the passivation layer; and a first metal layer abutting the via. The CSP also includes an insulation layer abutting the first metal layer, with the insulation layer having an orifice with a maximal horizontal area of less than 32400 microns[superscript]2[/superscript]. The CSP further includes a second metal layer abutting the insulation layer and adapted to couple to a solder ball. The second metal layer abuts the first metal layer at a point of contact defined by the orifice in the insulation layer. Patent Class: [H01L] SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (use of semiconductor devices for measuring G01; resistors in general H01C; magnets, inductors, transformers H01F; capacitors in general H01G; electrolytic devices H01G 9/00; batteries, accumulators H01M; waveguides, resonators, or lines of the waveguide type H01P; line connectors, current collectors H01R; stimulated-emission devices H01S; electromechanical resonators H03H; loudspeakers, microphones, gramophone pick-ups or like acoustic electromechanical transducers H04R; electric light sources in general H05B; printed circuits, hybrid circuits, casings or constructional details of electrical apparatus, manufacture of assemblages of electrical components H05K; use of semiconductor devices in circuits having a particular application, see the subclass for the application) [2]


Three-dimensional memory device including backside trench support structures and methods of forming the same
Patent No. 11380707 

Inventor(s): Jixin Yu (Milpitas, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Koichi Matsuno (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17116093 on 12/09/2020 (573 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes layer stacks located over a substrate and laterally spaced apart from each other by backside trenches. Each of the layer stacks includes a respective alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers. Memory openings vertically extend through a respective one of the alternating stacks and are filled with a respective memory opening fill structure. Each of the memory opening fill structures includes a respective vertical semiconductor channel and a respective vertical stack of memory elements. Each backside trench fill structure includes a respective row of backside trench bridge structures that are more distal from the substrate than a most distal one of the electrically conductive layers is from the substrate. The backside trench bridge structures can provide structural support during a replacement process that forms the electrically conductive layers. Patent Class: [H01L] SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (use of semiconductor devices for measuring G01; resistors in general H01C; magnets, inductors, transformers H01F; capacitors in general H01G; electrolytic devices H01G 9/00; batteries, accumulators H01M; waveguides, resonators, or lines of the waveguide type H01P; line connectors, current collectors H01R; stimulated-emission devices H01S; electromechanical resonators H03H; loudspeakers, microphones, gramophone pick-ups or like acoustic electromechanical transducers H04R; electric light sources in general H05B; printed circuits, hybrid circuits, casings or constructional details of electrical apparatus, manufacture of assemblages of electrical components H05K; use of semiconductor devices in circuits having a particular application, see the subclass for the application) [2]


Three dimensional ferroelectric memory
Patent No. 11380709 

Inventor(s): Christopher J. Petti (Mountain View, CA), James Kai (Santa Clara, CA), Yingda Dong (Los Altos, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16558712 on 09/03/2019 (1036 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory element is provided that includes a portion of a bit line plug, a portion of a source line plug, a portion of a word line, a portion of a vertical semiconductor pillar disposed between the bit line plug, the source line plug and adjacent the word line, and a gate oxide including a ferroelectric material disposed between the vertical semiconductor pillar and the word line. Patent Class: [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]


Antenna switching scheme
Patent No. 11380988 

Inventor(s): Abdellatif Bellaouar (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): QUALCOMM Incorporated (San Diego, CA)
Law Firm: Loza Loza, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17098319 on 11/13/2020 (599 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some aspects, an apparatus includes a transformer including a first inductor, a second inductor, and a third inductor. The apparatus also includes a power amplifier coupled to the first inductor, a first antenna coupled to a first terminal of the second inductor, a second antenna coupled to a second terminal of the second inductor, a first switch coupled between the first terminal of the second inductor and a ground, a second switch coupled between the second terminal of the second inductor and the ground, and a low-noise amplifier coupled to the third inductor. Patent Class: [H01Q] AERIALS (radiators or aerials for microwave heating H05B 6/72)


Transceiver front-end with receiver branch matching network including integrated electrostatic discharge protection
Patent No. 11380993 

Inventor(s): Abdellatif Bellaouar (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): GlobalFoundries U.S. Inc. (Malta, NY)
Law Firm: Gibb Riley, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16720279 on 12/19/2019 (929 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments of a transceiver front-end configured for a reduced noise figure (NF). Each of the embodiments includes an antenna, a transmitter branch and a receiver branch all connected to an input/output pad. The transmitter branch is coupled to the input/output pad (and thereby the antenna) by an impedance transformer. Only the receiver branch is selectively electrically connected to the input/output pad (and thereby the antenna) by a switch. A common matching network between the input/output pad and the switch provides both impedance matching and electrostatic discharge protection for the switch and the low noise amplifier, thereby reducing NF. Specific embodiments are disclosed for integration into specific technologies (e.g., fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (FDSOI) technology and fin-type field effect transistor (finFET) technology). Patent Class: [H01Q] AERIALS (radiators or aerials for microwave heating H05B 6/72)


Resonant charge pump circuit with synchronized switching
Patent No. 11381163 

Inventor(s): Masashi Nogawa (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): ACTIVE-SEMI, INC. (Tortola, , VG)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16528487 on 07/31/2019 (1070 days app to issue)

Abstract: A resonant charge pump circuit includes a resonant circuit having a bucket capacitor and a bucket inductor connected in series, and a switching circuit connected to the resonant circuit. The switching circuit switches to a first state that enables current to flow from an input terminal into the resonant circuit to charge the bucket capacitor and the bucket inductor, and switches to a second state that enables current to flow from the resonant circuit to discharge the bucket capacitor and the bucket inductor to an output terminal. The resonant circuit controls current flow into and out from the resonant circuit when the switching circuit switches between the states. The resonant charge pump circuit also includes a timing circuit that controls when the switching circuit switches between the states. Patent Class: [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]


Pre-charge technique for improved charge pump efficiency
Patent No. 11381164 

Inventor(s): Ankit Rehani (Bangalore, , IN), Pradeep Anantula (Bangalore, , IN), V S N K Chaitanya G (Bangalore, , IN), Venkata Nittala (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLC (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17206860 on 03/19/2021 (473 days app to issue)

Abstract: A charge pump includes first and second multiplier stages including first and second capacitor in series with an input node, a final multiplier stage including an output capacitor in series with the second capacitor and an output node, and pre-charge circuitry. The pre-charge circuitry is configured to charge the output capacitor to a first level during an initial phase of a charging operation, wherein the first level is equal to a supply voltage of the data storage system, and decouple a charging path of the pre-charge circuitry from the output capacitor in response to the output capacitor being charged to the first level. The first and second multiplier stages are configured to increase the charge of the output capacitor to second and third levels higher than the first level during second and third phases of the charging operation. Patent Class: [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]


Power converter with slope compensation
Patent No. 11381167 

Inventor(s): Michael James Munroe (Londonderry, NH)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16773239 on 01/27/2020 (890 days app to issue)

Abstract: A converter circuit includes a power stage circuit configured to convert an input voltage received by an inductor to an output voltage provided at an output; a control circuit configured to generate input pulses to control the power stage circuit; a slope compensation circuit configured to provide a compensation signal to the control circuit for overcoming a sub-harmonic oscillation in the converter circuit, wherein the control circuit is configured to generate the input pulses based at least in part on the compensation signal; a slope compensation adjustment circuit configured to determine a rate of change of a current at the inductor and to provide a slope compensation adjustment signal based on the determined rate of change; and a modulation circuit configured to modulate the compensation signal with the slope compensation adjustment signal to produce the adjusted slope compensation signal. Patent Class: [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]


Piezoelectric bulk layers with tilted c-axis orientation and methods for making the same
Patent No. 11381212 

Inventor(s): Derya Deniz (McKinney, TX), Robert Kraft (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16359575 on 03/20/2019 (1203 days app to issue)

Abstract: Bulk acoustic wave resonator structures include a bulk layer with inclined c-axis hexagonal crystal structure piezoelectric material supported by a substrate. The bulk layer may be prepared without first depositing a seed layer on the substrate. The bulk material layer has a c-axis tilt of about 32 degrees or greater. The bulk material layer may exhibit a ratio of shear coupling to longitudinal coupling of 1.25 or greater during excitation. A method for preparing a crystalline bulk layer having a c-axis tilt includes depositing a bulk material layer directly onto a substrate at an off-normal incidence. The deposition conditions may include a pressure of less than 5 mTorr and a deposition angle of about 35 degrees to about 85 degrees. Patent Class: [H01J] ELECTRIC DISCHARGE TUBES OR DISCHARGE LAMPS (spark-gaps H01T; arc lamps with consumable electrodes H05B; particle accelerators H05H)


Method and apparatus to enable high rank CSI reporting in wireless communication systems
Patent No. 11381293 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Md. Saifur Rahman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16838906 on 04/02/2020 (824 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a user equipment (UE) comprises receiving, from a base station (BS), CSI feedback configuration information; determining, based on the CSI feedback configuration information, CSI feedback including, for each layer l of a total number of v layers, an indicator i[subscript]1,8,l [/subscript]indicating an index of a strongest coefficient among K[subscript]NZ,l [/subscript]coefficients, wherein l[1, . . . , v] is a layer index, v1 is a rank value, and K[subscript]NZ,l [/subscript]is a number of non-zero coefficients for layer l; determining a payload of the indicator i[subscript]1,8,l [/subscript]for each layer l based on the rank value; and transmitting, to the BS, over an uplink (UL) channel, the CSI feedback including the indicator i[subscript]1,8,l [/subscript]each layer l of the total number of v layers. Patent Class: [H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus to enable CSI reporting in wireless communication systems
Patent No. 11381295 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Md Saifur Rahman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17304360 on 06/18/2021 (382 days app to issue)

Abstract: A user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system receives, from a base station (BS), CSI feedback configuration information; and deriving, based on the CSI feedback configuration information, the CSI feedback including a precoding matrix indicator (PMI), transmitting, to the BS via an uplink channel, the CSI feedback including the PMI, wherein, for each layer l=1, 2, . . . , v, the PMI indicates K[subscript]NZ,l [/subscript]non-zero (NZ) coefficients out of a total of 2LM[subscript]v [/subscript]coefficients, each of which is represented as c[subscript]l,i,m[/subscript]=p[subscript]l,i,m[/subscript][superscript](1)[/superscript]p[subscript]l,i,m[/subscript][superscript](2)[/superscript][subscript]l,i,m[/subscript], the K[subscript]NZ,l [/subscript]NZ coefficients are partitioned into two groups (G[subscript]0 [/subscript]and G[subscript]1[/subscript]), and for each group G[subscript]r[/subscript], r[0,1], one p[subscript]l,i,m[/subscript][superscript](1) [/superscript]value is indicated, where v is a rank value, p[subscript]l,i,m[/subscript][superscript](1) [/superscript]is a first amplitude coefficient, p[subscript]l,i,m[/subscript][superscript](2) [/superscript]is a second amplitude coefficient, and [subscript]l,i,m [/subscript]is a phase coefficient. Patent Class: [H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Satellite communications with multiple classes of terrestrial terminal devices
Patent No. 11381304 

Inventor(s): Hermon Pon (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): IRIDIUM SATELLITE LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15690646 on 08/30/2017 (1770 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one implementation, a communications satellite includes a main antenna system and a communications controller. The main antenna system is configured to send communications to and receive communications from one or more terrestrial terminal devices. The communications controller has a memory storing a plurality of terminal attribute sets, each of which specifies attributes for communicating with a corresponding class of terrestrial terminal devices. The communications controller is configured to receive a terminal class identifier from an active terrestrial terminal device, identify, from among the stored terminal attribute sets, a particular terminal attribute set as corresponding to the terminal class identifier received from the active terrestrial terminal device, and control the communications satellite to communicate with the active terrestrial terminal device according to the attributes for communicating specified in the particular terminal attribute set identified as corresponding to the terminal class identifier received from the active terrestrial terminal device. Patent Class: [H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Systems and methods for configuring a private multi-access edge computing environment
Patent No. 11381407 

Inventor(s): Anil K. Guntupalli (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16947740 on 08/14/2020 (690 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example method described herein includes obtaining a private identifier for a private radio access network (RAN). The private identifier may be used by a user equipment (UE) to access the private RAN. The method may include deploying network functions to one or more devices of a private network platform. The network functions may be associated with one or more radio access technologies (RATs). The method may include configuring the private network platform to host the network functions to provide a private multi-access edge computing (MEC) environment. The private MEC environment may be configured to host one or more MEC applications. The method may include configuring a communication interface between the private RAN and the private MEC environment to enable the UE to access, via the private RAN, the private MEC environment and performing an action associated with the private MEC environment. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Method and apparatus for enhanced conferencing
Patent No. 11381408 

Inventor(s): Vinay Kundaje (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT Intellectual Property II, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16454994 on 06/27/2019 (1104 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, determining content information associated with participant information from a plurality of data channels associated with a plurality of participants in a communications session, modifying the participant information responsive to identifying non-conforming participant information, generating categorized participant information according to the content information associated with the participant information from the plurality of data channels, aggregating, by the processing system, the categorized participant information from the plurality of data channels to generate group information, sending the group information to a common data channel, wherein the common data channel is presented to each participant of the plurality of participants in the communications session, and sending a first notification to a first participant via a first data channel of the plurality of data channels responsive to identifying an involvement level associated with the first participant of the plurality of participants according to a plurality of participation metrics. Other embodiments are disclosed. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


System and method for providing network support services and premises gateway support infrastructure
Patent No. 11381414 

Inventor(s): Alvin R. McQuarters (Euless, TX), Amir Ansari (Plano, TX), George A. Cowgill (Farmersville, TX), Jude P. Ramayya (Richardson, TX), Ramprakash Masina (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): KIP PROD P1 LP (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16817905 on 03/13/2020 (844 days app to issue)

Abstract: A service management system communicates via wide area network with gateway devices located at respective user premises. The service management system remotely manages delivery of application services, which can be voice controlled, by a gateway, e.g. by selectively activating/deactivating service logic modules in the gateway. The service management system also may selectively provide secure communications and exchange of information among gateway devices and among associated endpoint devices. An exemplary service management system includes a router connected to the network and one or more computer platforms, for implementing management functions. Examples of the functions include a connection manager for controlling system communications with the gateway devices, an authentication manager for authenticating each gateway device and controlling the connection manager and a subscription manager for managing applications services and/or features offered by the gateway devices. A service manager, controlled by the subscription manager, distributes service specific configuration data to authenticated gateway devices. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Gateway device and system and method for use of same
Patent No. 11381423 

Inventor(s): Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX), William C. Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17307680 on 05/04/2021 (427 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gateway device and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, multiple wireless transceivers are located within an in-wall housing, which also interconnectedly includes a processor, memory, various physical ports and wireless transceivers. To improve convenience, the gateway device may establish a pairing with a proximate wireless-enabled interactive programmable device. Virtual remote control functionality for various amenities may then be provided. To improve safety, the gateway device may be incorporated into a geolocation and safety network. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Control of aperiodic signaling of SRS for wireless systems
Patent No. 11381424 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Publ) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Christopher Weisberg, P.A. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16329948 on 09/29/2017 (1740 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless device, network node and methods are provided. The network node includes processing circuitry configured to configure an aperiodic sounding reference signal, A-SRS, switching trigger, and transmit the configured A-SRS 5 switching trigger to a wireless device. The A-SRS switching trigger is one of: a downlink control information, DCI, of a predetermined DCI format and a DCI of another predetermined DCI format for group switching. In one embodiment, the predetermined DCI format is one of 2, 2A and 3, and the other predetermined DCI format for group switching is 1A. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


System and method for load balancing of network packets received from a MME with smart clustering
Patent No. 11381491 

Inventor(s): John Peter Curtin (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): NetScout Systems, Inc. (Westford, MA)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16849463 on 04/15/2020 (811 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for monitoring one or more Mobility Management Entities (MMEs) with a plurality of scalable Virtual Machines (VM)/probes arranged in a cluster format. A ciphered packet is received from a MME at a smart cluster device/probe whereby data is aggregated from the individual clustered VMs/probes for distribution to a monitoring device. The smart cluster device/probe is preferably configured to decipher the ciphered packet received from the MME and extract metadata from the deciphered packet to identify subscriber information for the received packet. The deciphered packet is then distributed to one of the plurality of clustered probes to balance the load amongst the plurality of clustered probes. The balancing of loads is based upon prescribed load balancing criteria such that each packet received for an identified subscriber is sent to a same probe such that load balancing is performed on a per subscriber basis and/or with other state-based criteria. KPI session related data associated with a subscriber is generated in a clustered probe that receives the distributed packet from the smart cluster device/probe. Subscriber related data from each clustered probe is then aggregated with at least one monitoring device operably coupled to the clustered probes such that a user of the monitoring device is provided with the perception that the monitoring device is coupled to a single probe. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Cyber chaff using spatial voting
Patent No. 11381599 

Inventor(s): Ross MacKinnon (Plano, TX), William L. Cram (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16379154 on 04/09/2019 (1183 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of generating cyber chaff can include determining a cell of a grid of cells to which a first feature and a second feature of user data maps, identifying a cell type of the cell, the cell type indicating whether the cell is an active cell, an inactive cell, or a sub-process cell, and providing cyber chaff based on cyber chaff data associated with either (a) one or more cells of the inactive cell type or (b) one or more cells of the sub-process cell type. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Method and apparatus for media data delivery control
Patent No. 11381622 

Inventor(s): Imed Bouazizi (Plano, TX), Kong Posh Bhat (Plano, TX), Youngkwon Lim (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16538735 on 08/12/2019 (1058 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus control receiving media data in a transmission system. A method of operating a receiving entity in the transmission system includes receiving packets for media data and information about a fixed delay associated with the media data. The method also includes identifying a requirement configured to guarantee that the packets for the media data are delivered to an upper layer of the receiving entity after the fixed delay, from the information about the fixed delay. The method further includes identifying a buffer size requirement for the receiving entity estimated based on the fixed delay and bitrate information associated with the media data; and delivering the packets to the upper layer of the receiving entity. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


Utilizing VoIP coded negotiation during a controlled environment call
Patent No. 11381623 

Inventor(s): Stephen Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Gorporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16907443 on 06/22/2020 (743 days app to issue)

Abstract: Controlled-environment communication systems are increasingly using voice over internet protocol (VoIP) to serve their users. VoIP allows voice to be sent in packetized form, where audio is encoded using one of several codecs. Because of bandwidth constraints, particularly during peak call times, codecs may be used which sacrifice audio quality for bandwidth efficiency. As a result, several features of communication systems, including critical security features. The present disclosure provides details for systems and methods by which a controlled-environment communication system may shift between codecs to perform security-related features or to alleviate bandwidth considerations. This involves the special formatting of control-signaling messages, including session initiation protocol (SIP) and session description protocol (SDP) messaging. Patent Class: [H04L] TRANSMISSION OF DIGITAL INFORMATION, e.g. TELEGRAPHIC COMMUNICATION (arrangements common to telegraphic and telephonic communication H04M) [4]


System, device, and method of performing data analytics for advising a sales representative during a voice call
Patent No. 11381683 

Inventor(s): Margaret L Brooks (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): SalesBoost, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17023151 on 09/16/2020 (657 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system is provided for interpreting real-time voice communications and generating action plan queues to assist a sales representative during a call. The system includes an analytics module configured to identify voice call data between the sales representative and the other party and select voice impressions in the call for analysis. The analytics module further receives the voice impressions and interpret the impressions, associates at least one attribute and at least one value with each voice impression, and creates a conversation profile based on the at least one attribute and the at least one value associated with the voice impressions. The analytics module further determines action plan queues according to the conversation profile and render the action plan queues to the sales representative during the call. Patent Class: [H04M] TELEPHONIC COMMUNICATION (circuits for controlling other apparatus via a telephone cable and not involving telephone switching apparatus G08)


Method and system for video picture intra-prediction estimation
Patent No. 11381813 

Inventor(s): Akira Osamoto (Plano, TX), Hyung Joon Kim (McKinney, TX), Ranga Ramanujam Srinivasan (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16813983 on 03/10/2020 (847 days app to issue)

Abstract: Several systems and methods for intra-prediction estimation of video pictures are disclosed. In an embodiment, the method includes accessing four NN pixel blocks comprising luma-related pixels. The four NN pixel blocks collectively configure a 2N2N pixel block. A first pre-determined number of candidate luma intra-prediction modes is accessed for each of the four NN pixel blocks. A presence of one or more luma intra-prediction modes that are common among the candidate luma intra-prediction modes of at least two of the four NN pixel blocks is identified. The method further includes performing, based on the identification, one of (1) selecting a principal luma intra-prediction mode for the 2N2N pixel block and (2) limiting a partitioning size to a NN pixel block size for a portion of the video picture corresponding to the 2N2N pixel block. Patent Class: [H04N] PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION [4]


Thermostat and system and method for use of same
Patent No. 11381850 

Inventor(s): Raymond S. Horton (McKinney, TX), Thomas R. Miller (Plano, TX), Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX), William C. Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17173957 on 02/11/2021 (509 days app to issue)

Abstract: A thermostat and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, multiple wireless transceivers are located within a housing, which also interconnectively includes a processor and memory. To improve convenience, the thermostat may establish a pairing with a proximate wireless-enabled interactive programmable device having a display. Virtual remote control functionality for various amenities may then be provided. To improve safety, the thermostat may be incorporated into a geolocation and safety network. Patent Class: [H04N] PICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION [4]


Aggregation of application and systems for services for 6G or other next generation network
Patent No. 11381934 

Inventor(s): Sangar Dowlatkhah (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT MOBILITY II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16568884 on 09/12/2019 (1027 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a 6G network, microservices can be utilized in the absence of a core network. For example, after a mobile device has authenticated, when the mobile device moves away from mobile edge computing (MEC) coverage, the information from the MEC can be ported to a new MEC along the way of the mobile device”s path. The initial MEC can send service related application package data to one or more neighboring MECs. When a neighboring MEC of the neighboring MECs receives the service related application package data and the neighboring MEC serves the area which the mobile device is transitioning to, then the neighboring MEC can send an acknowledgment back to the initial MEC. Once the acknowledgment is received by the initial MEC, the initial MEC can complete the handover of the application data needed to reduce or mitigate any disruption in service for the mobile device. Patent Class: [H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for performance-aware energy saving in a radio access network
Patent No. 11382033 

Inventor(s): Krishna K. Bellamkonda (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17107511 on 11/30/2020 (582 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system described herein may provide for the use of artificial intelligence/machine learning (”AI/MIL”) techniques to model energy usage information and energy saving techniques in various locations or regions (e.g., sectors) associated with one or more radio access networks (”RANs”) of a wireless network. The system may determine energy saving techniques, such as radio frequency (”RF”) transmission modification in time and/or frequency domains, antenna mode modification, cell sleep mode, beamforming parameters, and/or other suitable techniques to modify energy consumption at such sectors. The system may balance energy savings with maintaining Quality of Service (”QoS”) metrics at an acceptable level. Patent Class: [H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for high reliability transmission in vehicle to everything (V2X) communication
Patent No. 11382083 

Inventor(s): Li Guo (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16518877 on 07/22/2019 (1079 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system is provided. The method comprises: receiving, from a base station (BS), configuration information including resource allocation information for a sidelink and an uplink (UL) channel, wherein the sidelink is established between the UE and another UE; receiving, from the BS, downlink control information (DCI) including sidelink resource allocation information; identifying resources for a hybrid automatic repeat request (HARQ) response of the sidelink based on the configuration information and the sidelink resource allocation information; and transmitting, to the BS, the HARQ response of the sidelink via physical uplink control channel (PUCCH) resources. Patent Class: [H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for configuration of a RACH occasion in NR unlicensed
Patent No. 11382130 

Inventor(s): Hongbo Si (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16798045 on 02/21/2020 (865 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus of user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system supporting a shared spectrum channel access is provided. The method and apparatus comprises: receiving, from a base station (BS), a physical downlink control channel (PDCCH) including downlink control information (DCI); determining, based on the received DCI, time domain resource allocation information of a random access channel (RACH) occasion and channel sensing information; performing channel sensing on an uplink (UL) channel based on the determined channel sensing information; identifying a status of the UL channel based on a result of the channel sensing on the UL channel; and transmitting, to the BS, a physical random access channel (PRACH) preamble over the UL channel based on the determined time domain resource allocation information and the identified status of the UL channel. Patent Class: [H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for indicating coverage types for user devices in dual connectivity wireless networks
Patent No. 11382157 

Inventor(s): Esneyder Ospina (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17038403 on 09/30/2020 (643 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods described herein improve a customer experience for non-standalone cellular networks by displaying a secondary cell group (SCG) network icon after data activity ends while a user device likely remains in SCG coverage. When connected to the SCG, the user device detects inactivity on the connection and initiates a first timer, based on the detecting, while continuing to present an SCG-related icon. If the first timer expires while the user device is in an idle state, the user device initiates a second timer, while continuing to present the SCG-related icon. If the user device detects an active connection before expiration of the second timer, the user device initiates a third timer while continuing to present the SCG-related icon. If the user device fails to detect a connection to the SCG before expiration of the third timer, a master cell group (MCG)-related icon is displayed. Patent Class: [H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DESIGN PATENTS

Cuff
Patent No. D956390 

Inventor(s): Cynthia S Sadler (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Signature Cuffs LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29753365 on 09/30/2020 (643 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Table
Patent No. D956459 

Inventor(s): Jack Johnson (McKinney, TX), Michael Risdall (Plano, TX), Steven Pryor (St. Augustine, FL)
Assignee(s): Smith System Manufacturing Company (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Price Heneveld LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29737439 on 06/09/2020 (756 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Finger ring holder for a smoking article
Patent No. D956610 

Inventor(s): Brian K. Reaux (Red Oak, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29651752 on 02/25/2019 (1226 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Centering instrument assembly
Patent No. D956843 

Inventor(s): Thomas William Hegwer (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29744102 on 07/27/2020 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Desktop organizer
Patent No. D956864 

Inventor(s): Jimmy Seifert (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Container Store, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Hubbard Law, PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29765920 on 01/12/2021 (539 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pencil organizer
Patent No. D956865 

Inventor(s): Jimmy Seifert (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Container Store, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Hubbard Law, PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29765922 on 01/12/2021 (539 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Desktop file
Patent No. D956866 

Inventor(s): Jimmy Seifert (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Container Store, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Hubbard Law, PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29765919 on 01/12/2021 (539 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Safety gate
Patent No. D957001 

Inventor(s): Shuicai Su (Jiangxi, , CN)
Assignee(s): EASYBABY PRODUCTS, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29743133 on 07/20/2020 (715 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Convertible face shield
Patent No. D957062 

Inventor(s): Brian K. Reaux (Red Oak, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29742290 on 07/31/2020 (704 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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