Dallas Invents: 113 Patents Granted for Week of Dec. 7

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

Patents granted include:
AT&T's connection management service
Capital One's AR vehicle search assistance
Central Garden Pet Co.'s adjustable flexible collar
Dell's key recovery system
Lennox's error correction for predictive schedules for a thermostat
Ofinno's location reporting handling
Toyota's automated crowd sourcing of road environment information
USAA's anonymizing transaction information
Walgreen's window guard for cosmetic products

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 December 7, 2021 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES  11
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING     5
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY       1
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS           3
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING  7
G: PHYSICS        31
H: ELECTRICITY   48
DESIGN: 6


TOP ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas)     27
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano)         5
United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio)        5
ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I L.P. (Atlanta, GA)   4
Capital One Services LLC (McLean, VA)      4
Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson)          4
Halliburton Energy Services Inc. (Houston) 3
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR)          3
Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano)         2

UNASSIGNED     6


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Qiaochu Tang (The Colony)          4
Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney)        3
Jason Hoover (Grapevine)           3
Amita Brahme (Dallas)    2
Brian J. Pinkelman (Ann Arbor, MI)           2
Brian P. Ginsburg (Allen) 2
David Aaron Yanoshak (Carrollton)           2
Francisco Musiol Lima (Carrollton)           2
Gregory Elliott Needel (Carrollton)           2
James Kai (Santa Clara, CA)          2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Dynamically operated concave threshing bar
Patent No. 11191215 

Inventor(s): Brian G. Robertson (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Sam Sokhansanj PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17099601 on 11/16/2020 (386 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dynamically operated concave threshing bar system, method, and apparatus wherein one or more threshing bars within a concave can dynamically move to various positions in real-time based on one or more conditions such as the type crop being harvested and on a determination by a combine harvester”s computerized system, artificial intelligence (AI) system, or upon the operators input, among others. The concave can include a concave frame having a pair of arcuate side members, a threshing bar, and an actuator coupled to the threshing bar, wherein the actuator can be configured to move the threshing bar along the arcuate side members of the concave frame.

[A01F] THRESHING (combines A01D 41/00); BALING OF STRAW, HAY OR THE LIKE; STATIONARY APPARATUS OR HAND TOOLS FOR FORMING OR BINDING STRAW, HAY OR THE LIKE INTO BUNDLES; CUTTING OF STRAW, HAY OR THE LIKE; STORING AGRICULTURAL OR HORTICULTURAL PRODUCE (arrangements for making or setting stacks in connection with harvesting A01D 85/00)


Adjustable flexible collar
Patent No. 11191254 

Inventor(s): Stephen Richard Davis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): CENTRAL GARDEN PET COMPANY (Walnut Creek, CA)
Law Firm: Grossman, Tucker, Perreault Pfleger, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16530156 on 08/02/2019 (858 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a flexible, adjustable, collar. The collar includes a flexible member having a first end and a second end. A plurality of surface features, each having a raised portion on the upper surface the flexible member and a corresponding recessed portion on the lower surface of the flexible member, extend from the first end along the longitudinal axis of the flexible member. An attachment channel to accommodate the passage of the first end of the flexible member is disposed proximate the second end of the flexible member. An attachment feature having a physical geometry corresponding to the recessed portion of the surface feature is disposed on the bottom portion of the attachment channel. As the first end of the flexible member is passed through the attachment channel, the attachment feature engages the recessed portion of each of the surface features.

[A01K] ANIMAL HUSBANDRY; CARE OF BIRDS, FISHES, INSECTS; FISHING; REARING OR BREEDING ANIMALS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; NEW BREEDS OF ANIMALS


System for capsule endoscope having a diagnostic imaging means and method of using the same
Patent No. 11191426 

Inventor(s): Guohua Xiao (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ANKON MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD. (Shanghai, , CN)
Law Firm: Treasure IP Group, LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15922920 on 03/16/2018 (1362 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention discloses an ingestible endoscopy capsule including a permanent magnetic dipole, and an external positioning and orientation system to position and/or orientate the capsule in a target area including at least one magnet for positioning and/or orientating the endoscopy capsule within a patient, and one diagnostic imaging means.

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


Device and method for measuring blood components
Patent No. 11191460 

Inventor(s): Sanjay Gokhale (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Shani Biotechnologies LLC (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Scully, Scott, Murphy Presser, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17317171 on 05/11/2021 (210 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a method and device to determine the hemoglobin value of a mammal. The device includes a plurality of light emitting diodes, one or more sensors and a processor.

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


Surgical bur with soft tissue protective geometry
Patent No. 11191551 

Inventor(s): Donald E. Stearns (Fort Worth, TX), John W. Kulas (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): Medtronic PS Medical, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Harness, Dickey Pierce, P.L.C. (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15886260 on 02/01/2018 (1405 days app to issue)

Abstract: A surgical bur includes a body and a drill point. The body includes flutes and lands. Each of the flutes includes a cutting edge, a rake face, and a clearance surface. Each of the lands is convex-shaped and disposed between a pair of the flutes. The drill point includes axial relief surfaces. Each of the axial relief surfaces has a planar area, is distinct from the lands and borders (i) a distal portion of one of the cutting edges, (ii) one of the lands, and (iii) one of the clearance surfaces.

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


Methods of making self-sealing patches for tissue expander implants
Patent No. 11191635 

Inventor(s): Alisha M. Martin (Dallas, TX), Anita Falcon (Bedford, TX), Cathy O. Glines (Coppell, TX), Philip M. Steele (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Mentor Worldwide LLC (Irvine, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15617065 on 06/08/2017 (1643 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of making a self-sealing patch for a tissue expander implant includes providing a first sheet having a first sheet outer perimeter and a first sheet inner edge defining a first central opening, providing a second sheet having a second sheet outer perimeter and a second sheet inner edge defining a second central opening, aligning the first and second sheet outer perimeters and the first and second sheet inner edges, capturing an outer washer between the first and second sheet outer perimeters for attaching the first and second sheets together, and capturing an inner washer between the first and second sheet inner edges for attaching the first and second sheets together. The method includes spacing an inner perimeter of the outer washer from an outer perimeter of the inner washer to form a sealed annular space between the attached first and second sheets, and disposing a hydrophobic material within the sealed annular space.

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


Topical therapy for the treatment of skin malignancies using nanoparticles of taxanes
Patent No. 11191717 

Inventor(s): Gere Dizerega (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): DFB SORIA, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17028319 on 09/22/2020 (441 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are methods useful for the topical therapeutic treatment of skin malignancies including skin cancers and cutaneous metastases using compositions containing nanoparticles of paclitaxel or other taxanes.

[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)


Systems and methods for treating artificial turf
Patent No. 11191858 

Inventor(s): Gavri Grossman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ALLIED BIOSCIENCE, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16657772 on 10/18/2019 (781 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of reducing or preventing the transfer of pathogens between individuals interacting on artificial turf comprises treating the various components of the artificial turf with a residual antimicrobial coating composition. Treating the artificial turf comprises moving an artificial turf treatment apparatus over the turf in at least one pass, the apparatus being capable of liberating particles of infill material out from between the plastic blades of grass of the artificial turf and spraying the particles with the residual antimicrobial coating composition while the particles are in the air above the turf.

[A61L] METHODS OR APPARATUS FOR STERILISING MATERIALS OR OBJECTS IN GENERAL; DISINFECTION, STERILISATION, OR DEODORISATION OF AIR; CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF BANDAGES, DRESSINGS, ABSORBENT PADS, OR SURGICAL ARTICLES; MATERIALS FOR BANDAGES, DRESSINGS, ABSORBENT PADS, OR SURGICAL ARTICLES (preservation of bodies or disinfecting characterised by the agent employed A01N; preserving, e.g. sterilising, food or foodstuffs A23; preparations for medical, dental or toilet purposes A61K) [4]


Tear-away package for fragrance impregnated wafer
Patent No. 11191861 

Inventor(s): David D. Mobley (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Dan Brown Law Office (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16502930 on 07/03/2019 (888 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fragrance compound impregnated porous carrier enclosed within an envelope where a tear initiating feature of the envelope is aligned with a trimmed portion of the porous carrier, to thereby prevent a tear in the envelope from inducing a tear in the porous carrier.

[A61L] METHODS OR APPARATUS FOR STERILISING MATERIALS OR OBJECTS IN GENERAL; DISINFECTION, STERILISATION, OR DEODORISATION OF AIR; CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF BANDAGES, DRESSINGS, ABSORBENT PADS, OR SURGICAL ARTICLES; MATERIALS FOR BANDAGES, DRESSINGS, ABSORBENT PADS, OR SURGICAL ARTICLES (preservation of bodies or disinfecting characterised by the agent employed A01N; preserving, e.g. sterilising, food or foodstuffs A23; preparations for medical, dental or toilet purposes A61K) [4]


Implantable thin film devices
Patent No. 11191952 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Urbanski (Frisco, TX), John R. Gonzalez (McKinney, TX), Tommy Cushing (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): PACESETTER, INC. (Sylmar, CA)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16278464 on 02/18/2019 (1023 days app to issue)

Abstract: Implementations described and claimed herein provide thin film devices and methods of manufacturing and implanting the same. In one implementation, a shaped insulator is formed having an inner surface, an outer surface, and a profile shaped according to a selected dielectric use. A layer of conductive traces is fabricated on the inner surface of the shaped insulator using biocompatible metallization. An insulating layer is applied over the layer of conductive traces. An electrode array and a connection array are fabricated on the outer surface of the shaped insulator and/or the insulating layer, and the electrode array and the connection array are in electrical communication with the layer of conductive traces to form a flexible circuit. The implantable thin film device is formed from the flexible circuit according to the selected dialectic use.

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


Methods and systems for gamification
Patent No. 11192025 

Inventor(s): David Hancock (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16846856 on 04/13/2020 (603 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems described in this disclosure are directed at gamification. In some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to methods and systems for tracking actions taken by a user at predetermined gaming levels in a gaming application, the gaming application also facilitating users to interact with the gaming application in the form of questions and answers. If the user is unable to provide a minimum number of correct responses to the questions presented, the gaming application displays actions that are to be performed by the user to continue playing the game. In some embodiments, a game is paused temporarily by a pause signal sent to the gaming application. The game resumes when a resume signal is sent to activate the gaming application.

[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

System for coating an optical article with a predetermined coating composition, coating device for such a system and method for using the system
Patent No. 11192315 

Inventor(s): Arnaud Glacet (Dallas, TX), Grald Fournand (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: 15748583 on 07/29/2016 (1957 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention provides a system for coating an optical article with a coating composition ([b]50[/b]), comprising a chamber configured to receive said article, a coating device configured to carry out a coating treatment of said composition for depositing it on said article in said chamber, by vaporizing said composition and by exposing at least a face of said article to the vaporized composition, and a control unit configured to control said coating device for coating said article by vaporizing said composition; said coating device being formed as a single cartridge unit comprising a casing ([b]41[/b]) configured to contain said composition, a vaporizing conduit ([b]49[/b]) opening both into said casing and outside of said coating device, and a propelling member ([b]52[/b]) configured to pressurize said composition; said coating device being configured to put in fluidic communication said propelling member in an operative state with said casing in order to carry out said coating treatment for coating an article.

[B29D] PRODUCING PARTICULAR ARTICLES FROM PLASTICS OR FROM SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE (making granules B29B 9/00; making preforms B29B 11/00) [4]


Vehicle seat with morphing bolsters
Patent No. 11192469 

Inventor(s): Brian J. Pinkelman (Ann Arbor, MI), Ryohei Tsuruta (Ann Arbor, MI), Umesh N. Gandhi (Farmington Hills, 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: 16262113 on 01/30/2019 (1042 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle seat can be configured to selectively provide support to a vehicle occupant in conditions when lateral acceleration is experienced. An actuator can be located within the vehicle seat. When activated, the actuator cause a portion of the seat to morph into an activated configuration. The actuator can be activated based on vehicle speed, steering angle, and/or lateral acceleration. The actuator can include a bladder containing a dielectric fluid. A first and second conductor can be operatively positioned on opposite portions of the bladder. When electrical energy is supplied to the first and second conductors, they can have opposite charges. As a result, the first and second conductors can be electrostatically attracted toward each other to cause at least a portion of the dielectric fluid to be displaced to an outer peripheral region of the bladder, which bulges as a result and increases an overall height of the actuator.

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


Integrated gravitational anti-spill container system
Patent No. 11192503 

Inventor(s): Christopher E. Dragan (Canton, 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: 16505465 on 07/08/2019 (883 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and apparatus for preventing spilling of a container inside a vehicle. The system includes an arm connected to a device or surface within the vehicle. The system also includes an engagement device connected to the arm and configured to engage a carrying device holding the container, the arm having a length such that the carrying device is suspended and avoids contact with any object inside of the vehicle.

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


Label applying apparatus and methods of use
Patent No. 11192675 

Inventor(s): John A. Roe (Hewitt, NJ), Mark N. Bowden (Nokomis, FL), Mark T. Snedecor (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): ID TECHNOLOGY LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Thompson Hine LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16891175 on 06/03/2020 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of printing and applying a label to an item moving in a conveyance direction along a conveyance path involves: utilizing a print and labeling assembly that includes a label stock path that feeds label stock past a printer to print on a label of the label stock to produce a printed label that is dispensed in a first direction onto a label applying belt that moves in a second direction, wherein the first direction is substantially perpendicular to the second direction such that the printed label moves onto the label applying belt from a lateral side of the label applying belt; and the label applying belt moves the printed label into position to engage with the item as it moves along the conveyance path. A label print and apply system and apparatus is also provided.

[B65C] LABELLING OR TAGGING MACHINES, APPARATUS, OR PROCESSES (nailing or stapling in general B25C, B27F; processes for applying decalcomanias B44C 1/16; applying labels for packaging purposes B65B; labels, name-plates G09F)


Automated crowd sourcing of road environment information
Patent No. 11195027 

Inventor(s): Vladimeros Vladimerou (Whitmore Lake, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Jordan IP Law, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16541652 on 08/15/2019 (845 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems to crowd source road related information. The crowd sourced road related information may include lane-specific data related to a lane-level police presence and/or a disabled roadside vehicle presence. The crowd sourced road related information may include lane-level vehicle spacing information. The communication of the lane-specific data to a crowd sourced road condition server may occur automatically in one mode and may occur only after confirmation from a user in another mode.

[B60W] CONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT [2006.01]


 

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

Pyrazolyl and pyrimidinyl tricyclic enones as antioxidant inflammation modulators
Patent No. 11192852 

Inventor(s): Bradley Caprathe (Livonia, MI), Chitase Lee (Ann Arbor, MI), Eric Anderson (Southlake, TX), Gary L. Bolton (Ann Arbor, MI), Melean Visnick (Irving, TX), William H. Roark (Ann Arbor, MI), Xin Jiang (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): REATA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16701585 on 12/03/2019 (735 days app to issue)

Abstract:

[C07C] ACYCLIC OR CARBOCYCLIC COMPOUNDS (macromolecular compounds C08; production of organic compounds by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25B 3/00, C25B 7/00)


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Well tool having a removable collar for allowing production fluid flow
Patent No. 11193350 

Inventor(s): Frank Giusti, Jr. (Pilot Point, TX), Luke Holderman (Plano, TX), Matthew Brian Roseman (Lancaster, TX), Nicholas Kuo (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16066237 on 11/17/2017 (1481 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device can include a collar positioned in a wellbore that can include an outer wall. The outer wall can define an inner area of the collar and can prevent fluid flow between the inner area of the collar and an outer area of the collar during a hydraulic fracturing process. The collar can be removed or dissolved to form a flow path to allow production fluid to flow between the inner area of the collar and the outer area of the collar subsequent to the hydraulic fracturing process.

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


Sliding sleeve well tool with metal-to-metal seal
Patent No. 11193353 

Inventor(s): James Dan Vick, Jr. (Dallas, TX), Jimmie Robert Williamson, Jr. (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14430668 on 10/04/2012 (3351 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sliding sleeve well device has a first sliding sleeve received in a second sliding sleeve. A polymer seal having a polymer sealing surface is between and in sealing contact with the sliding sleeves. A metal-to-metal seal is between the sliding sleeves and actuable into sealing contact with the first and second sliding sleeves.

[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]


Actuator for multilateral wellbore system
Patent No. 11193355 

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: 16094429 on 11/17/2017 (1481 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lateral wellbore access system is used for moving an isolation sleeve relative to a window of a completion sleeve to adjust access through the window. The system includes an actuator having an isolation sleeve engagement mechanism and a driving mechanism. The isolation sleeve engagement mechanism is configured to engage with an isolation sleeve. The driving mechanism is configured to longitudinally reciprocate the isolation sleeve relative to the isolation sleeve engagement mechanism within a bore of a completion sleeve to longitudinally move an isolation sleeve within the bore relative to a window of the completion sleeve. Movement of the isolation sleeve adjusts a position of the isolation sleeve relative to the completion sleeve window for permitting or blocking access through the window into the bore.

[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

 

Modular gear transmission and associated system
Patent No. 11193575 

Inventor(s): David Aaron Yanoshak (Carrollton, TX), Francisco Musiol Lima (Carrollton, TX), Gregory Elliott Needel (Carrollton, TX), Jonathan James Bryant (Carrollton, TX), Michael Andrew Kaurich (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): REV ROBOTICS LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16778985 on 01/31/2020 (676 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modular gear transmission and associated systems. The modular gear transmission has an assembled configuration, and the modular gear transmission includes a first transmission body and a first transmission gear set. The first transmission gear set includes a first protruding gear, a first intermediate gear set including at least one intermediate transmission gear, and a first transmission socket. The first transmission body is configured so that, when the modular gear transmission is in the assembled configuration, the first transmission body engages the first transmission gear set to hold the first transmission gear set in a rotatable configuration. The first protruding gear is configured so that, when the modular gear transmission is in the assembled configuration, the first protruding gear protrudes from the first transmission body and is rotatably engaged with the first intermediate gear set, the first protruding gear configured to rotate around a first referential axis of rotation.

[F16H] GEARING


Valves including one or more flushing features and related assemblies, systems, and methods
Patent No. 11193608 

Inventor(s): Andreas Dreiss (Hamburg, , DE), Cinnamon Christian (North Wales, PA), Mark O”Sullivan (Phillipsburg, NJ), Stephen Schappert (Irving, TX), Tim Nitz (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Flowserve Management Company (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Phillips Winchester (Local + 28 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16678819 on 11/08/2019 (760 days app to issue)

Abstract: Valve and related assemblies, systems, and methods may include a self-cleaning feature that may be configured to at least partially displace material from a portion of the valve. Such valves may be utilized in a pressure exchanger.

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


Error correction for predictive schedules for a thermostat
Patent No. 11193683 

Inventor(s): Janathkumar Manohararaj (McKinney, TX), Payam Delgoshaei (Addison, TX), Sridhar Venkatesh (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16732050 on 12/31/2019 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) control device is configured to record a plurality of actual occupancy statuses, to determine a plurality of corresponding predicted occupancy statuses, and to compare the plurality of predicted occupancy statuses to the plurality of actual occupancy statuses. The device is further configured to identify conflicting occupancy statuses based on the comparison. A conflicting occupancy status indicates a difference between an actual occupancy status and a corresponding predicted occupancy status. The device is further configured to identify timestamps corresponding with the conflicting occupancy statuses, to identify historical occupancy statuses corresponding with the identified timestamps, and to update the conflicting occupancy statuses in the predicted occupancy schedule with the historical occupancy statuses.

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


System and method for distinguishing HVAC system faults
Patent No. 11193685 

Inventor(s): Amita Brahme (Dallas, TX), Umesh Gokhale (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16806274 on 03/02/2020 (645 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controller of an HVAC system is communicatively coupled to a liquid-side sensor and a shutoff switch. The controller stores measurements of a liquid-side property over an initial period of time. The controller detects that the shutoff switch is tripped at a first time stamp corresponding to an end of the initial period of time. The controller accesses the measurements of the liquid-side property. The controller determines, based on the measurements of the liquid-side property, whether the liquid-side property has an increasing or a decreasing trend. In response to determining that the liquid-side property has the decreasing trend, a malfunction of a blower of the system is determined to have caused the shutoff switch to trip. In response to determining that the liquid-side property has the increasing trend, a blockage of the refrigerant conduit subsystem is determined to have caused the shutoff switch to trip.

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


Determination of stuck reversing valve
Patent No. 11193686 

Inventor(s): Amita Brahme (Dallas, TX), Umesh Gokhale (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16832277 on 03/27/2020 (620 days app to issue)

Abstract: An HVAC system includes a reversing valve configured to receive compressed refrigerant and direct the refrigerant based on an operating mode of the HVAC system. One or more suction-side sensors measure suction-side properties associated with refrigerant provided to an inlet of the compressor. The suction-side properties comprise a suction-side temperature. One or more liquid-side sensors measure liquid-side properties associated with the refrigerant provided from an outlet of the compressor. A controller monitors the suction-side property and liquid-side property. The controller determines whether the suction-side property is greater than the liquid-side property. If the suction-side temperature is greater than the liquid-side temperature, the reversing valve is determined to be in an equalizing configuration. The equalizing configuration corresponds to a configuration in which the refrigerant provided from the outlet of the compressor is directed to the inlet of the compressor without first being directed to other components of the HVAC system.

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


HVAC system prognostics
Patent No. 11193692 

Inventor(s): Glenn William Kowald (Carrollton, TX), Payam Delgoshaei (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16834226 on 03/30/2020 (617 days app to issue)

Abstract: An HVAC system includes a controller configured to receive weather forecast information including anticipated future outdoor temperatures. Based at least in part on the weather forecast information, the controller determines that test-initiation criteria are satisfied for testing operation of the HVAC system in a test mode. In response to determining that the test-initiation criteria are satisfied, the controller determines that current weather conditions are suitable for operating the HVAC system in the test mode for a test time period. The HVAC system is operated in the test mode for the test time period. Following operation of the HVAC system in the test mode for the test time period, the controller determines whether a predefined change in an indoor air temperature is achieved. If the predefined change in the indoor air temperature is achieved, the test is passed. Otherwise, the test is failed.

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


Molten-salt-heated indirect screw-type thermal processor
Patent No. 11193719 

Inventor(s): John Potee Whitney (Dallas, TX), Preston Ochs Whitney (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15829975 on 12/03/2017 (1465 days app to issue)

Abstract: A body of heat transfer fluid circulates in a first loop through an indirect screw-type thermal processor, a rundown tank, a pump, a heater and a fill tank, continuously heating the processor. With the pump operating, a first vertical distance between the fill tank bottom and the processor under the influence of gravity sets a minimum fluid pressure at the processor; a stem pipe opening in the fill tank at a second vertical distance above the processor sets a maximum pressure. With the pump inactive, the entire body of fluid passively drains to the rundown tank. Supplying the fluid may entail melting a salt, hydrating a salt, or both; such may be done in the rundown tank before circulation through the processor begins. A hydrated salt may be circulated, then heated and dehydrated, to gradually warm the processor. A dehydrated salt may be rehydrated and then stored; this may be done in the rundown tank after ceasing circulation through the processor. Also described: misting hydration and variable-speed-pump pressure regulation.

[F28D] HEAT-EXCHANGE APPARATUS, NOT PROVIDED FOR IN ANOTHER SUBCLASS, IN WHICH THE HEAT-EXCHANGE MEDIA DO NOT COME INTO DIRECT CONTACT (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials C09K 5/00; fluid heaters having heat generating means and heat transferring means F24H; furnaces F27; details of heat-exchange apparatus of general application F28F); HEAT STORAGE PLANTS OR APPARATUS IN GENERAL [4]


 

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Pneumatic probe
Patent No. 11193807 

Inventor(s): Amandip Singh Kamboj (Brampton, , CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16786317 on 02/10/2020 (666 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pneumatic probe includes a port adaptor and a pneumatic core. The port adaptor includes an insertion head that includes a hook, and a backstop alongside the insertion head behind, and in spaced opposition with, the hook. The insertion head is reconfigurable between an expanded configuration and a contracted configuration. The backstop is movable, along the insertion head, between an extended position and a retracted position, in which the backstop is respectively advanced toward the hook and backed away from the hook. The pneumatic core includes a downtube extending through the insertion head, and a blocker on the downtube interfaced with the insertion head. The downtube is movable, through the insertion head, between a blocking position and an unblocking position with respect to the insertion head.

[G01F] MEASURING VOLUME, VOLUME FLOW, MASS FLOW, OR LIQUID LEVEL; METERING BY VOLUME [5]


Methods and systems to detect sub-surface defects in electronics modules using shear force microscopy
Patent No. 11193913 

Inventor(s): Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI), Vijay Venkatesh (Columbus, OH), Vishnu Baba Sundaresan (Columbus, OH)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16778791 on 01/31/2020 (676 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of detecting sub-surface voids in a sample comprises positioning a probe adjacent to a first point on the sample, emitting an ultrasonic wave from the probe towards the sample, moving the probe towards the sample, measuring a shear force amplitude of a reflection of the ultrasonic wave at the probe as the probe moves towards the sample, creating an approach curve by plotting the measured shear force amplitude of the reflection of the ultrasonic wave as a function of a distance between the probe and the sample, and determining whether a sub-surface void exists at the first point on the sample based on a slope of the approach curve.

[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)


Integrated microfabricated alkali vapor cell sensor with reduced heading error
Patent No. 11193990 

Inventor(s): Ann Gabrys (Woodside, CA), Anston Joel Lobo (Sunnyvale, CA), David Brian McDonald (Sunnyvale, CA), Paul Mawson (Fort Collins, CO), Roozbeh Parsa (Portola Valley, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15621088 on 06/13/2017 (1638 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated microfabricated alkali vapor cell sensor includes two alkali vapor regions, with a signal path through each. One or two signal emitters, with associated optical signal rotators, such as quarter wave plates, provide circularly polarized input signals into the alkali vapor regions, so that a first signal through the first alkali vapor region is circularly polarized in an opposite direction from a second signal through the second alkali vapor region. Output signals from the two alkali vapor regions are transformed to linearly polarized signals and then measured by one or more signal detectors. A first Larmor frequency is estimated from the output signal from the first alkali vapor region, and a second Larmor frequency is estimated from the output signal from the second alkali vapor region. A heading error-free Larmor frequency is estimated from the first Larmor frequency and the second Larmor frequency.

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


Triangulation and calibration of electronic control units
Patent No. 11194008 

Inventor(s): Brian J. Pinkelman (Ann Arbor, MI), Ryan M. Wiesenberg (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Jordan IP Law, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16664296 on 10/25/2019 (774 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems provide for technology to identify a trigger event. In response to the trigger event, the technology executes a triangulation process that includes a transmission and reception of triangulation signals between the plurality of ECUs to identify current positions of the plurality of ECUs. A first current position among the current positions is associated with a first ECU among the plurality of ECUs. The technology conducts an identification that the first current position is different from a first recorded position of the first ECU. In response to the identification that the first current position is different from the first recorded position, the technology identifies an adjustment factor based on the first current position. The technology calibrates one or more of the plurality of ECUs based on the adjustment factor to adjust control of at least one system of a plurality of systems of the vehicle.

[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


Field monitoring of analog signals in a radar system
Patent No. 11194017 

Inventor(s): Brian P. Ginsburg (Allen, TX), Indu Prathapan (Karnataka, , IN), Karthik Ramasubramanian (Karnataka, , IN), Karthik Subburaj (Karnataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16984262 on 08/04/2020 (490 days app to issue)

Abstract: A FMCW radar system with a built-in self-test (BIST) system for monitoring includes a receiver, a transmitter, and a frequency synthesizer. A FMCW chirp timing engine controls timing of operations at least one radar component. The BIST system includes at least one switchable coupling for coupling a first plurality of different analog signals including from a first plurality of selected nodes in the receiver or transmitter that are all coupled to a second number of monitor analog-to-digital converters (ADCs). The second number is less than () the first plurality of different analog signals. The BIST system includes a monitor timing engine and controller operating synchronously with the chirp timing engine, that includes a software configurable monitoring architecture for generating control signals including for selecting using the switchable coupling which analog signal to forward to the monitor ADC and when the monitor ADC samples the analog signals.

[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


Adaptive power adjustment for current output circuit
Patent No. 11194355 

Inventor(s): Chintan Trehan (Fairview, TX), Navin Venkata Kommaraju (Irving, TX), Rahul Prakash (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14505054 on 10/02/2014 (2623 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes an output current circuit that employs a regulated voltage to provide an output voltage to drive a load current through an output load resistor. A load resistance sensor (LRS) senses the resistance of the output load resistor based on the output voltage and the load current. A controller provides a sense voltage control command to set the regulated voltage to an initial sense voltage during a sense mode. The initial sense voltage adjusts the output voltage of the output current circuit and enables the LRS to sense the resistance of the output load resistor at a given setting of the load current. The controller provides a clamp control command based on the sensed resistance of the output load resistor to set the regulated voltage to a fixed regulated voltage during an operation mode. The fixed regulated voltage enables the output current circuit to supply a predetermined maximum load current to the output load resistor at a predetermined minimum setting of the output voltage.

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


System and method for shared memory ownership using context
Patent No. 11194478 

Inventor(s): Alan Gatherer (Richardson, TX), Hao Luan (Plano, TX), Lee Dobson McFearin (Plano, TX), Sushma Wokhlu (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16658899 on 10/21/2019 (778 days app to issue)

Abstract: It is possible to reduce the latency attributable to memory protection in shared memory systems by performing access protection at a central Data Ownership Manager (DOM), rather than at distributed memory management units in the central processing unit (CPU) elements (CEs) responsible for parallel thread processing. In particular, the DOM may monitor read requests communicated over a data plane between the CEs and a memory controller, and perform access protection verification in parallel with the memory controller”s generation of the data response. The DOM may be separate and distinct from both the CEs and the memory controller, and therefore may generally be able to make the access determination without interfering with data plane processing/generation of the read requests and data responses exchanged between the memory controller and the CEs.

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


Controlled-environment facility digital bulletin board
Patent No. 11194540 

Inventor(s): Alice J. Clements (Coppell, TX), Joseph Higgs (Fort Worth, TX), Matthew Smith (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16658664 on 10/21/2019 (778 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controlled-environment facility and/or communications management system interface accepts definition of a digital bulletin board message directed to at least one controlled-environment facility resident, accepts assignment of a priority for displaying the digital bulletin board message on the digital bulletin board and a schedule for display of the digital bulletin board message and accepts assignment of the digital bulletin board message to controlled-environment resident communication and/or media device(s) disposed in the controlled-environment facility. The digital bulletin board message(s) are received by the controlled-environment resident communication and/or media device(s) to which the digital bulletin board message is assigned, and are displayed by the controlled-environment resident communication and/or media device(s) to which the digital bulletin board message(s) are assigned, in accordance with the assigned priority and the schedule for display of the digital bulletin board message(s).

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


Cache systems for main and speculative threads of processors
Patent No. 11194582 

Inventor(s): Steven Jeffrey Wallach (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig (27 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16528489 on 07/31/2019 (860 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cache system having cache sets, and the cache sets having a first cache set configured to provide a first physical output upon a cache hit and a second cache set configured to provide a second physical output upon a cache hit. The cache system also has a control register and a mapping circuit coupled to the control register to map respective physical outputs of the cache sets to a first logical cache and a second logical cache according to a state of the control register. The first logical cache can be a normal or main cache for non-speculative executions by a processor and the second logical cache can be a shadow cache for speculative executions by the processor.

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


Onboarding VNFs which include VNFCs that are composed of independently manageable software modules
Patent No. 11194609 

Inventor(s): Keith William Melkild (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16421167 on 05/23/2019 (929 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example operation may include a method comprising one or more of constructing a VNF package that includes at least one of a VNFD with one or more VNFC module descriptors or one or more VNFC module artifacts, generating a VNF package archive, receiving the VNF package archive containing the VNF package, processing a manifest file in the VNF package archive, onboarding one or more traditional VNF package components including a VNFD file and at least one software artifact, onboarding one or more independently manageable VNFC software module components in the VNF package, and enabling a VNF in a service catalog.

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


Merging data for write allocate
Patent No. 11194617 

Inventor(s): Abhijeet Ashok Chachad (Plano, TX), David Matthew Thompson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16882356 on 05/22/2020 (564 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving, by a level two (L2) controller, a write request for an address that is not allocated as a cache line in a L2 cache. The write request specifies write data. The method also includes generating, by the L2 controller, a read request for the address; reserving, by the L2 controller, an entry in a register file for read data returned in response to the read request; updating, by the L2 controller, a data field of the entry with the write data; updating, by the L2 controller, an enable field of the entry associated with the write data; and receiving, by the L2 controller, the read data and merging the read data into the data field of the entry.

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


Apparatus and method for providing workload distribution of threads among multiple compute units
Patent No. 11194634 

Inventor(s): Wei Huang (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Faegre Drinker Biddle Reath LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16220827 on 12/14/2018 (1089 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, thermal aware optimization logic determines a characteristic (e.g., a workload or type) of a wavefront (e.g., multiple threads). For example, the characteristic indicates whether the wavefront is compute intensive, memory intensive, mixed, and/or another type of wavefront. The thermal aware optimization logic determines temperature information for one or more compute units (CUs) in one or more processing cores. The temperature information includes predictive thermal information indicating expected temperatures corresponding to the one or more CUs and historical thermal information indicating current or past thermal temperatures of at least a portion of a graphics processing unit (GPU). The logic selects the one or more compute units to process the plurality of threads based on the determined characteristic and the temperature information. The logic provides instructions to the selected subset of the plurality of CUs to execute the wavefront.

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


Delay fault testing of pseudo static controls
Patent No. 11194645 

Inventor(s): Aravinda Acharya (Bangalore, , IN), Prakash Narayanan (Bangalore, , IN), Wilson Pradeep (Karanataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16737548 on 01/08/2020 (699 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a dynamic core data register (DCDR) cell that includes a data register, a shift register and an output circuit to route the output state of the data register or the shift register to an output of the DCDR in response to an output control input. A clock gate having a gate control input controls clocking of the shift register in response to a first scan enable signal. An output control gate controls the output control input of the output circuit and controls which outputs from the data register or the shift register are transferred to the output of the output circuit in response to a second scan enable signal. The first scan enable signal and the second scan enable signal to enable a state transition of the shift register at the output of the DCDR.

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


Facts control and evaluating card definitions using cached facts
Patent No. 11194717 

Inventor(s): Mark Hanson (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): T-Mobile USA, Inc. (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Han Santos, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16389528 on 04/19/2019 (963 days app to issue)

Abstract: A card engine may dynamically configure content for display via user equipment (UE). A rules engine may provide constructs to the card engine in the form of card definitions, which the card engine may evaluate using facts obtained from a facts controller. The card engine may create a hierarchy of containers, which are logical abstracts for containing cards. The containers in the hierarchy, which may be organized as a tree, may contain card definitions according to respective themes determined by the card engine. Variants may be assigned weights which can be changed dynamically based on factors such as user behavior, account condition, promotions or offerings. The card having the highest weight within its container is advanced up the tree. When a card reaches the top level of the tree, it may be formatted for display via the user interface and transmitted to the UE accordingly.

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


Victim cache that supports draining write-miss entries
Patent No. 11194729 

Inventor(s): Naveen Bhoria (Plano, TX), Pete Hippleheuser (Murphy, TX), Timothy David Anderson (University Park, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16882369 on 05/22/2020 (564 days app to issue)

Abstract: A caching system including a first sub-cache and a second sub-cache in parallel with the first sub-cache, wherein the second sub-cache includes a set of cache lines, line type bits configured to store an indication that a corresponding cache line of the set of cache lines is configured to store write-miss data, and an eviction controller configured to flush stored write-miss data based on the line type bits.

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


Method and apparatus for enriching metadata via a network
Patent No. 11194869 

Inventor(s): Erian Laperi (Frisco, TX), Jeremy A. Dilks (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16538512 on 08/12/2019 (848 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for enriching metadata are disclosed. For example, the method implemented via a processor monitors metadata associated with a first webpage of a plurality of webpages, the first webpage having been determined to be similar to a second webpage of the plurality of webpages, detects a change to the metadata associated with the first webpage, determines whether the change to the metadata associated with the first webpage invokes an update to a metadata associated with the second webpage, and processes the update of the metadata associated with the second webpage when the change invokes the update to the metadata associated with the second webpage.

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


False path timing exception handler circuit
Patent No. 11194944 

Inventor(s): Prakash Narayanan (Karanataka, , IN), Saket Jalan (Bangalore, , IN), Wilson Pradeep (Karanataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16989931 on 08/11/2020 (483 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method that includes disabling circuit paths in a circuit under test during transition fault testing (TFT) of valid timing paths of the circuit under test. The method then tests the circuit paths at slower clock speeds than the clock speed of the valid timing paths during TFT of the circuit paths. Finally, the method tests the circuit paths and the valid timing paths to facilitate testing of the circuit under test.

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


Optical proximity correction model verification
Patent No. 11194951 

Inventor(s): Andrew Burbine (Rochester, NY), Germain Louis Fenger (Gladstone, OR)
Assignee(s): Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17007135 on 08/31/2020 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing system implementing an optical proximity correction model verification tool can determine parameters for design patterns associated with an integrated circuit described in a layer file, and determine differences between the design patterns and calibration patterns utilized to calibrate an optical proximity correction (OPC) model configured to predict a printed image on a substrate corresponding to a layout design for the integrated circuit by determining distances between the determined parameters for the design patterns and parameters for the calibration patterns. The computing system can classify the design patterns with a modeling capability of the OPC model for the design patterns based on the differences between design patterns and the calibration patterns and possibly error rates of the OPC model associated with the calibration patterns or lithographic difficulty of the calibration patterns. The computing system can modify the layer file to include the classifications of the design patterns.

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


Utilizing machine learning models and captured video of a vehicle to determine a valuation for the vehicle
Patent No. 11195148 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Anna, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Staevan Duckworth (The Colony, TX), Stewart Youngblood (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16826802 on 03/23/2020 (624 days app to issue)

Abstract: A valuation platform may receive, from a user device, video data associated with a vehicle, and may receive a vehicle history report of the vehicle based on a vehicle identification number of the vehicle. The valuation platform may receive, from the user device, feature data associated with the vehicle, and may process the video data, the vehicle history report, and the feature data, with a machine learning model, to determine one or more values for the vehicle. The valuation platform may determine a valuation for the vehicle based on the determined one or more values for the vehicle. The valuation platform may create a vehicle profile for the vehicle based on the video data, the vehicle history report, the feature data, the determined one or more values for the vehicle, and the valuation for the vehicle, and may perform one or more actions based on the vehicle profile.

[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]


Systems and methods for payment processing during vehicular travel
Patent No. 11195159 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Chan (McKinney, TX), Charles Sucur (Southlake, TX), Deviprasad Mulupuri (Irving, TX), Hyder Alkasimi (Flower Mound, TX), Roger Jarboe (Flower Mound, TX), Susanna Brown (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16118957 on 08/31/2018 (1194 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods of retailing a retail item to an airline passenger generally include providing an airplane equipped with: an airplane cabin; a plurality of seats disposed within the airplane cabin and partitioned by an aisle; a service cart movable along the aisle; and a digital reader device; positioning the retail item in the vicinity of the digital reader device; reading an item identifier of the retail item using the digital reader device; storing the item identifier in a reader memory of the digital reader device; positioning a digital payment object in the vicinity of the digital reader device, the digital payment object being carried onto the airplane by the airline passenger; communicating information between the digital payment object and the digital reader device; and processing payment for the retail item. The digital payment object may include a physical passenger identifier, a contactless payment object, or a portable user device.

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


Federated marketplace portal
Patent No. 11195216 

Inventor(s): Chandra Kamalakantha (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ENT. SERVICES DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15749500 on 07/31/2015 (2321 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a federated marketplace portal to allow a user to browse, order, and manage business services offered by a plurality of cloud marketplaces based at least in part on application programming interface (API) abstractions. The system includes an integration system to transform the API abstractions into product-specific APIs used by the cloud marketplaces and cause the invocation of the product-specific APIs.

[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]


Systems and methods for artificial intelligence-based personalized purchase recommendations
Patent No. 11195220 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Olalekan Awoyemi (Prosper, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Staevan Duckworth (The Colony, TX), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16370558 on 03/29/2019 (984 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to certain aspects of the disclosure, a computer-implemented method may be used for determining one or more vehicle recommendations. The method may include receiving data pertaining to a user”s internet browsing activity. The received data may be indicative of the user”s automotive vehicle preferences. The method may include comparing the received data to a collection of stored vehicle qualities. The method also may include identifying, based on the received data and the comparison of the received data to the collection of stored vehicle qualities, a vehicle characteristic of interest to the user. Using the vehicle characteristic of interest, one or more vehicle recommendations may be determined. One or more vehicle recommendations may be communicated to the user.

[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]


Systems and methods for anonymizing transaction information
Patent No. 11195242 

Inventor(s): Julia Beatrice Isaac (Plano, TX), Nathan Ryan Johnson (Celina, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16801662 on 02/26/2020 (650 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system may include a first computing system that may include at least one processor. The at least one processor may receive a request for identification information associated with a user of the first computing device, such that the request is received from a second computing device. The at least one processor may then receive information regarding an entity associated with the second computing device, retrieve data comprising the identification information from a storage component, generate additional data comprising a portion of the identification information based on the information regarding the entity, and send the additional data to the second computing device.

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


Apparatus and method for dynamic multi-camera rectification using depth camera
Patent No. 11195259 

Inventor(s): Chenchi Luo (Plano, TX), George Q. Chen (Plano, TX), Yingmao Li (Allen, TX), Youngjun Yoo (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16703712 on 12/04/2019 (734 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes obtaining, using first and second image sensors of an electronic device, first and second images, respectively, of a scene. The method also includes obtaining, using an image depth sensor of the electronic device, a third image and a first depth map of the scene, the first depth map having a resolution lower than a resolution of the first and second images. The method further includes undistorting the first and second images using the third image and the first depth map. The method also includes rectifying the first and second images using the third image and the first depth map. The method further includes generating a disparity map using the first and second images that have been undistorted and rectified. In addition, the method includes generating a second depth map using the disparity map and the first depth map, where the second depth map has a resolution that is higher than the resolution of the first depth map.

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


Exposed pad integrated circuit package
Patent No. 11195269 

Inventor(s): Alok Kumar Lohia (Dallas, TX), Andy Quang Tran (Grand Prairie, TX), Reynaldo Corpuz Javier (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14671727 on 03/27/2015 (2447 days app to issue)

Abstract: An IC assembly including an exposed pad integrated circuit (”IC”) package having a thermal pad with a top surface and a bottom surface and with at least one peripheral surface portion extending transversely of and continuous with the bottom surface. The bottom surface and the at least one peripheral surface are exposed through a layer of mold compound. Also, methods of making an exposed pad integrated circuit (”IC”) package assembly. One method includes optically inspecting a solder bond bonding a thermal pad of an exposed pad IC package to a printed circuit board. Another method includes wave soldering an exposed pad of an IC package to a printed circuit board.

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


System and method for conducting a game including a computer-controlled player
Patent No. 11195382 

Inventor(s): Fredrik A. Dahl (Loerenskog, , NO)
Assignee(s): BRAIN GAMES, L.C. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16846660 on 04/13/2020 (603 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for conducting a game between at least one live player and at least one computer-controlled player includes executing a training program between at least two agents to generate probability weights correlating actions or meta-actions representing a set or sequenced set of actions with a probability that the action or meta-action will produce a game outcome meeting a specified criterion or specified criteria. A game is conducted in which at least one live player plays against at least one computer-controlled player in which the computer-controlled player selects actions at one or more of the decision nodes in the game based, at least in part, on the probability weights.

[G07F] COIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS (coin sorting G07D 3/00; coin testing G07D 5/00) [7]


Predicting short-term traffic flow congestion on urban motorway networks
Patent No. 11195412 

Inventor(s): Taiwo O Adetiloye (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Gutwein Law (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16930640 on 07/16/2020 (509 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for the prediction of vehicle traffic congestion on a given roadway within a region. In particular, the computer implemented method of the present disclosure utilize real time traffic images from traffic cameras for the input of data and utilizes computer processing and machine learning to model a predictive level of congestion within a category of low congestion, medium congestion, or high congestion. By implementing machine learning in the comparison of exemplary images and administrator review, the computer processing system and method steps can predict a more efficient real time congestion prediction over time.

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


Sound-modulating windows
Patent No. 11195506 

Inventor(s): Umesh N. Gandhi (Farmington Hills, 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: 16207459 on 12/03/2018 (1100 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sound-modulating window assembly, as well as systems and methods of using and operating the same, are disclosed herein. The sound-modulating window assembly can include sensors, a controller, and a sound modulation assembly. The sound-modulating window assembly The sound-modulating window assembly can receive information about one or more sounds in a vehicular environment. Then, the sound-modulating window assembly can produce a modulation profile. The modulation profile can be used by the sound modulation assembly to alter one or more characteristics of the windows, such that the sounds are mitigated or minimized.

[G10K] SOUND-PRODUCING DEVICES (sound-producing toys A63H 5/00); METHODS OR DEVICES FOR PROTECTING AGAINST, OR FOR DAMPING, NOISE OR OTHER ACOUSTIC WAVES IN GENERAL; ACOUSTICS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [6]


Systems and methods using ensemble machine learning techniques for future event detection
Patent No. 11195616 

Inventor(s): Dinesh Seemakurty (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Stasis Labs, Inc. (Marina del Rey, CA)
Law Firm: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17071957 on 10/15/2020 (418 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are platforms, systems, devices, software, and methods for processing and analyzing real-time data to generate predictions of near future events. Machine learning algorithms can be configured for varying levels of aggression to enhance timeliness of the predictions. Ensemble machine learning techniques combining a plurality of trained models configured with higher and lower aggression levels can be used to improve both timeliness and accuracy. NULL


Image processing device and image processing method
Patent No. 11196995 

Inventor(s): Kazushi Sato (Kanagawa, , JP)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16502135 on 07/03/2019 (888 days app to issue)

Abstract: An image processing device includes a buffer for receiving encoded image data, and a processor to execute instructions that cause the processor to: decode the encoded image data from the buffer to generate quantized transform coefficient data; inversely quantize the quantized transform coefficient data using a 1616 quantization matrix to generate predicted error data, the 1616 quantization matrix includes a duplicate of at least one of two elements adjacent to each other from an 88 quantization matrix; and combine the predicted error data with a predicted image to generate decoded image data.

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


Vehicle tracking techniques
Patent No. 11197076 

Inventor(s): Cory A. Matheson (Celina, TX), Kade L. Scott (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16827435 on 03/23/2020 (624 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle monitoring system, includes a vehicle database, which includes information associated with a plurality of vehicles. The vehicle monitoring system also includes a sensor database, which includes information captured by a sensor of an observing vehicle, and one or more processors. The one or more processors may generate a request to determine information associated with a target vehicle and to transmit the request to the sensor in response to determining that the information captured by the sensor does not include the information associated with the target vehicle. The sensor captures the information associated with the target vehicle based at least in part on the request. The one or more processors may also receive and store the information associated with the target vehicle from the sensor. Further, the one or more processors may output the information associated with the target vehicle to a computing device.

[G08C] TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS FOR MEASURED VALUES, CONTROL OR SIMILAR SIGNALS (fluid pressure transmission systems F15B; mechanical means for transferring the output of a sensing member into a different variable G01D 5/00; mechanical control systems G05G) [4]


 

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Augmented reality vehicle search assistance
Patent No. 11195226 

Inventor(s): Avid Ghamsari (Frisco, TX), Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16868066 on 05/06/2020 (580 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects described herein may allow for auto-locating a user in a parking lot and/or automatically directing a user to recommended inventory. For example, a customer may capture an image of a vehicle, or a marker associated with a vehicle, in a parking lot. The image may be processed locally or at a server. A vehicle may be identified based on analysis of the image. Further, information regarding the user may be processed to determine another vehicle appropriate for a recommendation. For example, a prompt on a mobile device may suggest a popular model similar to the vehicle being viewed. The system may then provide directions (e.g., augmented reality directions) to the user to direct the user to the vehicle.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Dry etch process landing on metal oxide etch stop layer over metal layer and structure formed thereby
Patent No. 11195725 

Inventor(s): Michael Hans Enzelberger-Heim (Munich, , DE), Reiner Port (Freising, , DE), Sebastian Meier (Munich, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16897357 on 06/10/2020 (545 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microelectronic device includes a metal layer on a first dielectric layer. An etch stop layer is disposed over the metal layer and on the dielectric layer directly adjacent to the metal layer. The etch stop layer includes a metal oxide, and is less than 10 nanometers thick. A second dielectric layer is disposed over the etch stop layer. The second dielectric layer is removed from an etched region which extends down to the etch stop layer. The etched region extends at least partially over the metal layer. In one version of the microelectronic device, the etch stop layer may extend over the metal layer in the etched region. In another version, the etch stop layer may be removed in the etched region. The microelectronic device is formed by etching the second dielectric layer using a plasma etch process, stopping on the etch stop layer.

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


Bonded three-dimensional memory devices and methods of making the same by replacing carrier substrate with source layer
Patent No. 11195781 

Inventor(s): Akio Nishida (Yokkaichi, , JP), James Kai (Santa Clara, CA), Teruo Okina (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16829667 on 03/25/2020 (622 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a carrier substrate. Memory stack structures vertically extend through the alternating stack. Each memory stack structure includes a respective vertical semiconductor channel and a respective memory film. A pass-through via structure vertically extends through a dielectric material portion that is adjacent to the alternating stack. The memory die can be bonded to a logic die containing peripheral circuitry for supporting operations of memory cells within the memory die. A distal end of each of the vertical semiconductor channels is physically exposed by removing the carrier substrate. A source layer is formed directly on the distal end each of the vertical semiconductor channels. A backside bonding pad or bonding wire is formed to be electrically connected to the pass-through via structure.

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


Dielectric and metallic nanowire bond layers
Patent No. 11195811 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Stassen Cook (Los Gatos, CA), Ralf Jakobskrueger Muenster (Saratoga, CA), Scott Robert Summerfelt (Garland, TX), Sreenivasan Kalyani Koduri (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16843717 on 04/08/2020 (608 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, an electronic device comprises a first component having a surface, a second component having a surface, and a bond layer positioned between the surfaces of the first and second components to couple the first and second components to each other. The bond layer includes a set of metallic nanowires and a dielectric portion. The dielectric portion comprises a polymer matrix and dielectric nanoparticles.

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


Semiconductor device including fractured semiconductor dies
Patent No. 11195820 

Inventor(s): Daniel Linnen (Naperville, IL), Dat Dinh (San Jose, CA), Everett Lyons, IV (San Jose, CA), Hoang Huynh (San Jose, CA), Jay Dholakia (San Jose, CA), Jayavel Pachamuthu (San Jose, CA), Kirubakaran Periyannan (Santa Clara, C
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16808128 on 03/03/2020 (644 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fractured semiconductor die is disclosed, together with a semiconductor device including the fractured semiconductor die. During fabrication of the semiconductor dies in a wafer, the wafer may be scored in a series of parallel scribe lines through portions of each row of semiconductor dies. The scribe lines then propagate through the full thickness of the wafer to fracture off a portion of each of the semiconductor dies. It may happen that electrical traces such as bit lines in the memory cell arrays short together during the die fracture process. These electrical shorts may be cleared by running a current through each of the electrical traces.

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


Bonded three-dimensional memory devices and methods of making the same by replacing carrier substrate with source layer
Patent No. 11195857 

Inventor(s): Ching-Huang Lu (Fremont, CA), James Kai (Santa Clara, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Murshed Chowdhury (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16816691 on 03/12/2020 (635 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device may include an alternating stack of insulating layers and spacer material layers formed over a carrier substrate. The spacer material layers are formed as, or are subsequently replaced with, electrically conductive layers. Memory stack structures are formed through the alternating stack. Each memory stack structure includes a respective vertical semiconductor channel and a respective memory film. Drain regions and bit lines can be formed over the memory stack structures to provide a memory die. The memory die can be bonded to a logic die containing peripheral circuitry for supporting operations of memory cells within the memory die. A distal end of each of the vertical semiconductor channels is physically exposed by removing the carrier substrate. A source layer is formed directly on the distal end each of the vertical semiconductor channels. A bonding pad can be formed on the source layer.

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


Semiconductor devices with a sloped surface
Patent No. 11195915 

Inventor(s): Frank Alexander Baiocchi (Allentown, PA), Haian Lin (Bethlehem, PA), Seetharaman Sridhar (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16384700 on 04/15/2019 (967 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, a semiconductor device, comprises a semiconductor substrate; an epitaxial layer having a top side disposed on the semiconductor substrate, wherein the epitaxial layer has a source implant region, a drain implant region, a first doped region, and a second doped region, wherein the first doped region is adjacent to the source implant region and the second doped region is adjacent to the drain implant region, wherein the top side has a sloped surface over the second doped region; a gate electrode supported by the top side; a source electrode in contact with the source implant region; and a drain electrode in contact with the drain implant region.

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


Semiconductor device with deep trench isolation and trench capacitor
Patent No. 11195958 

Inventor(s): Abbas Ali (Plano, TX), Alexei Sadovnikov (Sunnyvale, CA), Binghua Hu (Plano, TX), Stefan Herzer (Marzling, , DE), Yanbiao Pan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17023639 on 09/17/2020 (446 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device with an isolation structure and a trench capacitor, each formed using a single resist mask for etching corresponding first and second trenches of different widths and different depths, with dielectric liners formed on the trench sidewalls and polysilicon filling the trenches and deep doped regions surrounding the trenches, including conductive features of a metallization structure that connect the polysilicon of the isolation structure trench to the deep doped region to form an isolation structure.

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


Grounded BGA wave-guiding interface between an on-package signal launch and an external waveguide
Patent No. 11196146 

Inventor(s): Brian P. Ginsburg (Allen, TX), Meysam Moallem (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16853814 on 04/21/2020 (595 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device comprises a package substrate and a ball grid array (BGA). The package substrate encapsulates an integrated circuit (IC) die and comprises a signal launch configured to emit or receive a signal on a surface of the package substrate. The BGA is affixed to the surface and comprises a set of grounded solder balls arranged as a boundary around the signal launch. The device may further comprise a printed circuit board (PCB) substrate having a waveguide interface side opposite a secondary waveguide side and a through-hole cavity that extends from the waveguide interface side to the secondary waveguide side, perpendicular to a plane of the PCB substrate. The BGA couples the package substrate to the waveguide interface side such that the surface of the package substrate faces the through-hole cavity and the signal launch and through-hole cavity are substantially aligned.

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


Radio frequency circuit board interconnect assembly
Patent No. 11196182 

Inventor(s): Brian L. Taylor (Anna, TX), David M. Dyer (Prosper, TX), Steven Sprinkle (Van Alstyne, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16897149 on 06/09/2020 (546 days app to issue)

Abstract: A radio frequency (RF) circuit connection assembly comprises a RF circuit board and a RF connector. The RF circuit board has a first side and a second side opposite the first side. A RF circuit is located on the first side and an aperture extends through the RF circuit board from the first side to the second side. The RF connector comprises a barrel having a socket configured to receive a RF bullet, a flange having a mounting surface, and a RF connector pin extending laterally from the barrel. The barrel of the RF connector extends through the aperture of the RF circuit board such that the mounting surface of the flange is seated against the first side of the RF circuit board, and the RF connector pin is electrically coupled to the RF circuit on the first side of the RF circuit board.

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


Cable junction enclosure
Patent No. 11196240 

Inventor(s): William C. Anderson, III (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): AmpThink, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: AmpThink, LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16778849 on 01/31/2020 (676 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cable junction enclosure is described that provides new and improved ways of managing hybridized cable connections. The cable junction enclosures described herein include means for managing fiber cable and means for managing copper cable that originate in a single-sheathed hybridized cable. The cable junction enclosure described herein provides a more efficient way to manage multiple types of cable from a hybridized cable while providing increased security and protection for cables contained therein, entering thereto, and exiting therefrom.

[H02G] INSTALLATION OF ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES, OR OF COMBINED OPTICAL AND ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES (insulated conductors or cables with arrangements for facilitating mounting or securing H01B 7/40; distribution points incorporating switches H02B; guiding telephone cords H04M 1/15; cable ducts or mountings for telephone or telegraph exchange installations H04Q 1/06)


Pin-short detection circuits
Patent No. 11196243 

Inventor(s): Jiancong Ruan (Shenzhen, , CN), Peisheng Zhu (Shenzhen, , CN), Runqin Tan (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16805313 on 02/28/2020 (648 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example system includes an input voltage terminal; a power converter integrated circuit (IC) package fuselessly coupled to the input voltage terminal and having first and second pins, the power converter IC package configured to detect a short between the first and second pins; and a load circuit coupled to the power converter IC package.

[H02H] EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS (indicating or signalling undesired working conditions G01R, e.g. G01R 31/00, G08B; locating faults along lines G01R 31/08; emergency protective devices H01H)


Bidirectional flat clamp device with shared voltage sensor circuit
Patent No. 11196248 

Inventor(s): Mark Benjamin Welty (McKinney, TX), Zhao Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16178796 on 11/02/2018 (1131 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bidirectional flat clamp device includes a first device node and a second device node. The bidirectional flat clamp device also includes a first switch and a second switch coupled in series between the first and second device nodes. The bidirectional flat clamp device also includes at least one switch driver coupled to the first and second switches. The bidirectional flat clamp device also includes a first current path between the first and second device nodes, the first current path having a first diode, a voltage sensor circuit, and a second diode. The bidirectional flat clamp device also includes a second current path between the first and second device nodes, the second current path having a third diode, the voltage sensor circuit, and a fourth diode.

[H02H] EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS (indicating or signalling undesired working conditions G01R, e.g. G01R 31/00, G08B; locating faults along lines G01R 31/08; emergency protective devices H01H)


Bidirectional precision surge clamp with near-zero dynamic resistance and ultra-low leakage current
Patent No. 11196250 

Inventor(s): Eddie W. Yu (Plano, TX), Emmanuel Osei Boakye (Dallas, TX), Mark Benjamin Welty (McKinney, TX), Zhao Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16027914 on 07/05/2018 (1251 days app to issue)

Abstract: A surge protection device for providing bidirectional detections of one or more surge events. The device has low dynamic resistance during a surge protection mode, and it conducts ultra-low leakage current outside of the surge protection mode. In one implementation, the device includes first and second power transistors, a sensing circuit, and a driver circuit. The first power transistor includes a first source terminal that is coupled to the substrate, and the second power transistor includes a second source terminal that is coupled to the substrate. The sensing circuit is configured to detect a voltage of the first pin relative to the second pin and generate a sense signal when the voltage exceeds a threshold. The driver circuit is configured to generate a driver signal based on the sense signal and output the driver signal to at least one of the first or second gate terminal.

[H02H] EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS (indicating or signalling undesired working conditions G01R, e.g. G01R 31/00, G08B; locating faults along lines G01R 31/08; emergency protective devices H01H)


Charging current limit circuit
Patent No. 11196281 

Inventor(s): Daniel Mavencamp (Rockwall, TX), Mustapha El Markhi (Richardson, TX), Rohit Bhan (Plano, TX), Thomas Vermeer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16370151 on 03/29/2019 (984 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure provide for circuit. In at least some examples, the circuit includes a controller, a current source, a switch, and a digital-to-analog converter (DAC). The controller includes an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) having an input and an output, a first register, and a second register coupled to the output of the ADC. The switch is coupled between an output of the current source and a first node and has a control terminal coupled to the controller. The first node is coupled to the input of the ADC and is configured to couple to a resistor. The DAC has an input coupled to the controller and an output configured to couple to a battery.

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


Communication of fault event information between power supply devices
Patent No. 11196286 

Inventor(s): Sanjay Gurlahosur (Campbell, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16553966 on 08/28/2019 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to communicating fault event information between power supply devices. In an example, a fault event communication system can include a comparator that can be coupled to a node that can have a shared bus voltage established by current sharing circuitry. The comparator can compare the shared bus voltage to a reference voltage and output a fault alert signal based on the comparison to alert a respective power supply device that another power supply device is experiencing a fault event. The system can include logic circuitry that can initiate a timer for a time interval in response to receiving the fault alert signal. The logic circuitry can determine a type of fault event at the respective power supply device based on the fault alert signal and duration of time that has elapsed since initiating the timer.

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


Charge-pump for a gate driver of a switched DC/DC converter
Patent No. 11196339 

Inventor(s): Christian Harder (Freising, , DE), Eduardas Jodka (Freising, , DE), Florian Schimkat (Aachen, , DE), Julian Becker Ferreira (Freising, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17123195 on 12/16/2020 (356 days app to issue)

Abstract: A switching converter having a voltage input, a voltage output and a transistor connected between the voltage input and the voltage output, the switching converter including a control circuit comprising: a gate driver having an input, a first voltage supply input, a second voltage supply input and an output operable to be connected to a control terminal of the transistor; a bootstrap capacitor connected between the first voltage supply input and the second voltage supply input; and a charge pump having an input operable to be connected to the voltage input and an output connected to the first voltage supply input.

[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]


Burst mode operation for a resonant converter
Patent No. 11196351 

Inventor(s): Brent Alan McDonald (Murphy, TX), John C. Vogt (Denton, TX), Maxim James Franke (Dallas, TX), Yalong Li (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16727187 on 12/26/2019 (712 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a first driver, a second driver, and a burst mode control circuit coupled to the first and second drivers. The burst mode control circuit is configured to implement a burst mode operation having a burst soft-on portion and a burst portion. During the soft-on portion of the burst mode operation, the burst mode control circuit is configured to cause the first and second drivers to produce a first set of pulses of increasing pulse width. During the burst portion of the burst mode operation, the burst mode control circuit is configured to cause the first and second drivers to produce a second set of pulses of a constant pulse width.

[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]


Combing power amplifiers at millimeter wave frequencies
Patent No. 11196398 

Inventor(s): Brian Paul Ginsburg (Allen, TX), Krishnanshu Dandu (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16782096 on 02/05/2020 (671 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system having a set of power amplifiers each having a primary inductive structure configured to provide an output signal. A secondary inductive structure is configured to inductively couple to each of the primary inductive structures. A transmission line is provided with a signal trace and a ground trace. The signal trace of the transmission line is connected to a first end of the secondary inductive structure. A return path from a second end of the secondary inductive structure is coupled via a resonant network to the ground trace of the transmission line, in which the return path is spaced away from the secondary inductive structure to minimize inductive coupling to the primary structures.

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


Integrated circuit with high-speed clock bypass before reset
Patent No. 11196424 

Inventor(s): Jose Luis Flores (Richardson, TX), Ramakrishnan Venkatasubramanian (Plano, TX), Venkateswar Reddy Kowkutla (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17078708 on 10/23/2020 (410 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit includes: a clock domain having a clock domain input; and clock management logic coupled to the clock domain. The clock management logic includes: a PLL having a reference clock input and a PLL clock output; a divider having a divider input and a divider output, the divider input coupled to the PLL clock output; and bypass logic having a first clock input, a second clock input, a bypass control input, and a bypass logic output, the first clock input coupled to divider output, the second clock input coupled to the reference clock input, and the bypass logic output coupled to the clock domain input. The bypass logic selectively bypasses the PLL and divider responsive to a bypass control signal triggered by a reset signal. The reset signal also triggers a reset control signal delayed relative to the bypass control signal.

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


Time-to-digital converter stop time control
Patent No. 11196426 

Inventor(s): Marius Moe (Fetsund, , NO), Tarjei Aaberge (Oslo, , NO)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17087978 on 11/03/2020 (399 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, an electronic circuit for determining a phase difference between a first clock signal and a second clock signal includes a timer circuit, circuitry for generating a selectively delayed transition of the second clock signal, and phase determination circuitry. The timer circuit produces an elapsed time between a transition of the first clock signal and the selectively delayed transition of the second clock signal. The circuitry for generating the selectively delayed transition of the second clock signal generates the selectively delayed transition in response to a random selection of a respective output from a plurality of second clock signal delay stages. The phase determination circuitry provides the phase difference in response to the elapsed time and the random selection of a respective output from a plurality of second clock signal delay stages.

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


CoMP measurement system and method
Patent No. 11196460 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX), Ying Li (Richardson, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16585987 on 09/27/2019 (802 days app to issue)

Abstract: A subscriber station configured to communicate with one or more base stations or other transmission points (TPs) in a wireless communication network is configured to receive, from the network, information associated with one or more of the TPs that are candidates for coordinated multipoint (CoMP) transmission with the subscriber station, to measure a plurality of channel quality values for each of the one or more TPs, and to report the measured channel quality values to the network.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Key recovery system
Patent No. 11196549 

Inventor(s): Charles Stracener (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Dell Products L.P. (Round Rock, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16262132 on 01/30/2019 (1042 days app to issue)

Abstract: A key retrieval system includes a management system and a managed system that is coupled to the management system through a network. The managed system includes a managed device, a management system configuration storage, a remote access controller device that stores a management system configuration for the management system in the management system configuration storage and provides a key management client subsystem that is configured to use the management system configuration to access the management system. The managed system also includes a BIOS. The BIOS detects an event that triggers unlocking the managed device. The BIOS determines that the remote access controller device is unavailable and, in response, retrieves the management system configuration and accesses the management system using the management system configuration. The BIOS then retrieves the locking key from the management system and unlocks the managed device using the locking key.

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


Authorized data sharing using smart contracts
Patent No. 11196561 

Inventor(s): Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16715667 on 12/16/2019 (722 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems as described herein may include authorizing the sharing of data and sharing data between a variety of systems. A request to share data may be provided to a first system. The system may create sharing session data using smart contracts executed by a distributed network system. Sharing session data may be stored using a smart contract. A second system may obtain the sharing session data and verify the sharing session based on the execution of the smart contract. On verification of the sharing session, a variety of data may be shared between the systems identified in the sharing session data. The sharing session data may be established between two systems and/or a number of systems. Smart contracts may provide a variety of functions for authorizing the sharing of data between systems. Additionally, encrypted data may be stored and/or obtained using a smart contract.

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


Bit slicer circuit for S-FSK receiver, integrated circuit, and method associated therewith
Patent No. 11196596 

Inventor(s): Abhijit Anant Patki (Bangalore, , IN), Amneh Mohammed Akour (Plano, TX), Nikolaus Klemmer (Dallas, TX), Tarkesh Pande (Richardson, TX), Timothy Patrick Pauletti (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17018366 on 09/11/2020 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit includes a bit slicing circuit with a processing circuit. The processing circuit receives discrete frequency power estimates based on an S-FSK waveform received by an S-FSK receiver associated with the bit slicing circuit. The discrete frequency power estimates are representative of digital logic levels in a series of data frames modulated using S-FSK to form the S-FSK waveform. Each data frame including at least one word. Each word includes bit periods. The processing circuit receives SNR parameters that represent a dynamic SNR for the respective discrete frequency power estimates in relation to the series of data frames. The processing circuit selects a bit slicing technique from a set of available bit slicing techniques to generate data bit values for bit periods of the discrete frequency power estimates based on the SNR parameters. A method for performing bit slicing in an S-FSK receiver is also disclosed.

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


Method and apparatus for transmitting PLCP frame in wireless local area network system
Patent No. 11196600 

Inventor(s): Bong Hoe Kim (Anyang-si, , KR), Byeong Woo Kang (Anyang-si, , KR), Dae Won Lee (Anyang-si, , KR), Dong Wook Roh (Anyang-si, , KR), Yong Ho Seok (Anyang-si, , KR), Yu Jin Noh (Anyang-si, , KR)
Assignee(s): Wi-Fi One, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16804811 on 02/28/2020 (648 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of transmitting a Physical Layer Convergence Procedure (PLCP) frame in a Very High Throughput (VHT) Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) system includes generating a MAC Protocol Data Unit (MPDU) to be transmitted to a destination station (STA), generating a PLCP Protocol Data Unit (PPDU) by adding a PLCP header, including an L-SIG field containing control information for a legacy STA and a VHT-SIG field containing control information for a VHT STA, to the MPDU, and transmitting the PPDU to the destination STA. A constellation applied to some of Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex (OFDM) symbols of the VHT-SIG field is obtained by rotating a constellation applied to an OFDM symbol of the L-SIG field.

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


EMS resolution of split-brain virtual network function components
Patent No. 11196616 

Inventor(s): Keith William Melkild (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17009679 on 09/01/2020 (462 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example operation may include a system, comprising one or more of receiving a virtual network function component instance (VNFCI) status notification resumption message with an active state when a peer VNFCI operational state is active, retrieving a timestamp of a VNFCI state change to an active state from an element VNFCI state database, retrieving a timestamp of a peer VNFCI state change to active from an element VNFCI state database, sending one or more of: a request to a virtual network function manager (VNFM) to determine if the VNFCI network is isolating while an operating state was active, and a request to the VNFM to determine if the peer VNFCI network is isolating while an operating state was active, sending a state change request with standby state to the peer VNFCI when the VNFCI is not network isolated and the peer VNFCI is network isolated, and a VNFM response is received regarding the VNFCI, a timeout response from the VNFM, and a VNFM response is received regarding the peer VNFCI, and sending a state change request with standby to the VNFCI with one or more of: the VNFCI network isolate and peer VNFCI is not network isolated, and the VNFCI is network isolated or the peer VNFCI is not network isolated, and the VNFCI is not network isolated and the peer VNFCI is network isolated and the VNFCI is in preferred standby.

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


Certificate-based authentication in networks employing small cell wireless stations
Patent No. 11196630 

Inventor(s): Amir Saghir (Frisco, TX), Said Hanbaly (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16181672 on 11/06/2018 (1127 days app to issue)

Abstract: At least one network device receives a first network address of a first small cell wireless station that has been registered as an authorized wireless station for network access to a target network. The at least one network device adds the first network address of the first small cell wireless station to a small cell wireless station data structure that lists a plurality of network addresses associated with a plurality of authorized small cell wireless stations, and validates, upon power-up of the first small cell wireless station, the first small cell wireless station against the small cell wireless station data structure to selectively establish a first tunnel, between the first small cell wireless station and a gateway connected to the target network, to enable network access to the target network.

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


Receiver directed anonymization of identifier flows in identity enabled networks
Patent No. 11196666 

Inventor(s): Alexander Clemm (Los Gatos, CA), Padmadevi Pillay-Esnault (Santa Clara, CA), Uma S. Chunduri (Fremont, CA), Yingzhen Qu (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16926010 on 07/10/2020 (515 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented by a receiving host entity comprises transmitting, by a transmitter of the receiving host entity, an anonymized identifier of the receiving host entity, wherein the anonymized identifier is a temporary and recyclable identifier identifying the receiving host entity, and receiving, by a receiver of the receiving host entity, a data packet from a sending host entity, wherein the data packet includes the anonymized identifier.

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


Automated event processing computing platform for handling and enriching blockchain data
Patent No. 11196747 

Inventor(s): Patrick Nicholas Lawrence (Plano, TX), William August Stahlhut (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15834346 on 12/07/2017 (1461 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for using block chain technology to verify transaction data are described herein. A computing platform may receive data about events related to transactions, personal or corporate information, supply chains, and other relevant information about a person or corporate entity. The event information may be received, aggregated, and processed to determine metadata about the person or corporate entity. The metadata may indicate, for example, a trustworthiness of the person or corporate entity for various purposes. Such event information and/or metadata may be stored as transactions in a block chain that may be accessible by counterparties to a potential transaction involving the person or corporate entity. The automated event processing computing platform may further use automated techniques to implement smart transactions between the person/entity and counterparty based on the trust metadata.

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


Vulnerability scanner based on network profile
Patent No. 11196762 

Inventor(s): Bruno dos Santos Silva (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: VanLeeuwen VanLeeuwen (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16527654 on 07/31/2019 (860 days app to issue)

Abstract: An approach is provided for vulnerability scanning that receives network access data from a secure network connection and stores the data in a memory. The set of network access data pertain to a set of network accessible resources. The set of network accessible resources are then accessed using the set of received network access data. A vulnerability scan is performed of the network accessible resources after which the access to the set of network accessible resources is released and the set of network access data is deleted from the memory.

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


Connection management service
Patent No. 11196815 

Inventor(s): James Paul Fox (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Hartman Citrin LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16515252 on 07/18/2019 (873 days app to issue)

Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for connection management service. A server computer can detect a request to create a connection between a first resource and a second resource. The first resource can be in a proximity of a computing device and the second resource may not be in a proximity of the computing device. The request can be triggered by a requestor. Authentication of the requestor can be triggered, and identification of the first resource can be obtained. The identification of the first resource can be obtained from the computing device. Connection information for the connection between the first resource and the second resource can be obtained and creation of the connection using the connection information can be triggered.

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


Predictive customer service support system and method
Patent No. 11196862 

Inventor(s): Victor Kwak (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17063281 on 10/05/2020 (428 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes one or more processors configured to receive call-specific data during a call between a customer and a customer service representative, and the call-specific data includes a verbal input. The one or more processors are configured to determine one or more characteristics of the verbal input and to determine an initial inquiry of the customer based at least in part on the one or more characteristics of the verbal input. The one or more processors are also configured to determine one or more follow-up inquiries based at least in part on the initial inquiry and to provide information related to the one or more follow-up questions in a window on a display of a computing system for visualization by the customer service representative.

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


Image processing device and image processing method
Patent No. 11196996 

Inventor(s): Junichi Tanaka (Kanagawa, , JP)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16696958 on 11/26/2019 (742 days app to issue)

Abstract: An image processing device including an acquiring section configured to acquire quantization matrix parameters from an encoded stream in which the quantization matrix parameters defining a quantization matrix are set within a parameter set which is different from a sequence parameter set and a picture parameter set, a setting section configured to set, based on the quantization matrix parameters acquired by the acquiring section, a quantization matrix which is used when inversely quantizing data decoded from the encoded stream, and an inverse quantization section configured to inversely quantize the data decoded from the encoded stream using the quantization matrix set by the setting section.

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


Method and apparatus for sample adaptive offset parameter estimation for image and video coding
Patent No. 11197002 

Inventor(s): Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16591809 on 10/03/2019 (796 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for decoding video. The method includes determining a sample adaptive offset edge type of at least a portion of the image, determining a boundary edge type of the at least a portion of the image, modifying the sample adaptive offset edge type of the at least a portion of the image according to the determined edge type of the at least a portion of the image, selecting a sample adaptive offset type according to at least one of the determined sample adaptive offset edge type or the modified sample adaptive offset edge type, and filtering at least a portion of the image utilizing the selected filter type.

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


Luma-based chroma intra-prediction for video coding
Patent No. 11197024 

Inventor(s): Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16898875 on 06/11/2020 (544 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for luma-based chroma intra-prediction in a video encoder or a video decoder is provided that includes filtering reconstructed neighboring samples of a reconstructed down sampled luma block, computing parameters and of a linear model using the filtered, reconstructed neighboring samples of the reconstructed down sampled luma block and reconstructed neighboring samples of a corresponding chroma block, wherein the linear model is Pred[subscript]C[/subscript][x,y]=Rec[subscript]L[/subscript][x,y]+, wherein x and y are sample coordinates, Pred[subscript]C [/subscript]is predicted chroma samples, and Rec[subscript]L[/subscript] is samples of the reconstructed down sampled luma block, and computing samples of a predicted chroma block from corresponding samples of the reconstructed down sampled luma block using the linear model and the parameters.

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


System for exchanging media content between a media content processor and a communication device
Patent No. 11197041 

Inventor(s): James Cansler (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16237976 on 01/02/2019 (1070 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a media content processor having a controller adapted to detect an event associated with recorded media content derived from one among a plurality of media content sources, select a communication device of a subscriber of the media content processor, retrieve a portion of the recorded media content, generate a notice describing the event, and transmit the notice with the portion of the recorded media content to the communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed.

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


Set-top box with enhanced content and system and method for use of same
Patent No. 11197053 

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: 17103089 on 11/24/2020 (378 days app to issue)

Abstract: A set-top box with enhanced content and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the set-top box, a wireless transceiver is located within a housing, which also interconnectively includes a television input, a television output, a processor, and memory. The set-top box provides a fully tuned signal including general content via the television output to a display or a television, for example. The set-top box may also identify a proximate wireless-enabled interactive programmable device and responsive to identifying the proximate wireless-enabled interactive device, forward a fully tuned signal including custom content relative to a group identification associated with the proximate wireless-enabled interactive programmable device.

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


System and method for determining physical locations of addresses
Patent No. 11197127 

Inventor(s): Brian F. Shipley (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16815178 on 03/11/2020 (636 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of determining a physical location for an address. The method includes receiving from a first global positioning system on a vehicle a first set of global positioning data indicative of a vehicle location. The method may also receive from a second global positioning system on a portable electronic device a second set of global positioning data indicative of a portable electronic device location. The method may also receive a set of location metadata associated with a picture. The method determines a residence location from the first set of global positioning data, the second set of global positioning data, or the set of location metadata. The method then associates the physical location to the address.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for variable length talk permit tone
Patent No. 11197131 

Inventor(s): Basem A Ardah (Plano, TX), Bidhudatta Biswal (Richardson, TX), Brahmananda R Vempati (Dallas, TX), Harisha Negalaguli (McKinney, TX), Ramu Kandula (McKinney, TX), Rohit A Nerlikar (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): MOTOROLA SOLUTIONS, INC. (Chicago, IL)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16710344 on 12/11/2019 (727 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for variable length talk permit tone are provided. a request to initiate a Push-to-Talk (PTT) call may be received from a PTT call initiator. A first estimated length of time needed to set up resources for the PTT call may be determined. A second length of time to playout a talk permit tone (TPT) may be determined based on the determined first estimated length of time. An indication may be sent to the PTT call initiator to playout the TPT for the determined second length of time.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Multicast expert system information dissemination system and method
Patent No. 11197132 

Inventor(s): Robert D. Pedersen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17322859 on 05/17/2021 (204 days app to issue)

Abstract: Multicast expert system information dissemination systems and methods making use of artificial intelligence are provided. The systems and methods include a wireless device for receiving RF multicast information messages from a content provider wherein said information is descriptive of objects potentially of interest to users of the device. Received multicast messages may include information parameters about objects of potentially interest to the user. The wireless device also includes a knowledge base prestored in the wireless device descriptive of the user”s level of interest in various objects. Artificial intelligence expert system control is used to evaluate a combination of the user”s level of interest in the object information and distance from the user to the location where the object may be obtained. The artificial intelligence expert system derives a user advisory action index. In one embodiment the artificial intelligence may be implemented using fuzzy logic inference engine apparatus.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Utilization of component group tables in a computing network
Patent No. 11197152 

Inventor(s): Gary B. Gostin (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Patent Department (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16712554 on 12/12/2019 (726 days app to issue)

Abstract: A component group table in a receiving node of a computer network stores access permission information for enabling the receiving node to validate an access request issued by a requesting node. An incoming access request at a receiving node includes a subnet ID/component ID (”SID/CID”) tuple. The receiving node selectively computes a component group table address for the requesting node according to an address mapping function determined by the value of at least one predetermined bit within the SID/CID tuple of the incoming access request. Using at least one bit in the SID/CID tuple enables the establishment of at least two address mapping regions in the component group table, such as separate regions for storage nodes and compute nodes in the network.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Secure provisioning for wireless local area network technologies
Patent No. 11197154 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Martin Bartlett (Dallas, TX), Robert Holden (Allen, 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: 16699956 on 12/02/2019 (736 days app to issue)

Abstract: Cellular connections can be used to provision non-cellular devices such as internet-of-things (IoT) devices. For example, IoT devices can comprise Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular capabilities. However, the cellular capability can be used to provision the IoT devices using non-internet protocol data delivery to prevent security vulnerabilities. Data can be transmitted to the IoT device using core elements without using an IP stack. Thus, IoT device configurations and the keys can be provisioned over-the-air without the use of internet protocol data.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods to support node mobility in wireless networks
Patent No. 11197222 

Inventor(s): Ariton Xhafa (Plano, TX), Il Han Kim (Allen, TX), Jianwei Zhou (Allen, TX), Kaichien Tsai (Allen, TX), Xiaolin Lu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15703668 on 09/13/2017 (1546 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network includes a mobile network node (MNN) that includes a mobile node communications manager (MNCM) to facilitate wireless communications to a plurality of stationary network nodes (SNNs) in a wireless network via a wireless network protocol. The MNCM utilizes a multicast address received over the wireless network. The multicast address is assigned to a predetermined network time slot to communicate uplink data from the MNN to the SNNs. The MNN receives downlink data via a separate predetermined network address and time slot assigned to a given SNN.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Location reporting handling
Patent No. 11197232 

Inventor(s): Jayshree Bharatia (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Ofinno, LLC (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16837377 on 04/01/2020 (615 days app to issue)

Abstract: An access and mobility management function (AMF) receives, from a network function, an event exposure subscribe message requesting to notify a change of closed access group (CAG) area of a wireless device. The AMF sends, to a base station, a location reporting control message requesting to notify the change of the CAG area of the wireless device. The location reporting control message comprises a list of CAG identifiers. The AMF receives, from a second base station, a location report message notifying the change of the CAG area. The AMF sends, to the network function, an event exposure notify message indicating the change of the CAG area.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for acquiring network control data of a user equipment in cellular networks
Patent No. 11197243 

Inventor(s): Kevin J. Keigher (Fort Worth, TX), Nayyer Kamal Syed (Allen, TX), Riyaj Uddin Ahmed (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16883384 on 05/26/2020 (560 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device of a network may receive, from a network device of the network, data identifying a radio access technology (RAT) type associated with a user equipment of the network, an extended discontinuous reception (eDRX) timer associated with the user equipment, and a power saving mode (PSM) timer associated with the user equipment. The device may store the data identifying the RAT type, the eDRX timer, and the PSM timer, and may provide, to an application server, a notification that includes the data identifying the RAT type, the eDRX timer, and the PSM timer. The data identifying the RAT type, the eDRX timer, and the PSM timer may cause the application server to control or troubleshoot the user equipment.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Reporting power headroom in multiple connectivity next generation networks
Patent No. 11197250 

Inventor(s): Chie-Ming Chou (Taipei, , TW), Hung-Chen Chen (Taipei, , TW)
Assignee(s): 5G IP HOLDINGS LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: ScienBiziP, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17149011 on 01/14/2021 (327 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method by a base station for receiving power headroom reporting from a user equipment (UE) in a Multi-Radio Access Technology (RAT)-Dual Connectivity (MR-DC) scenario, the method includes receiving a DC Power Headroom Report (PHR) Medium Access Control (MAC) Control Element (CE) from the UE, the DC PHR MAC CE having a fixed number of octets with cell index fields for indicating whether a power headroom (PH) for a serving cell with a corresponding cell index is reported, wherein the fixed number of octets is independent of a highest secondary Cell Index (SCellIndex) for serving cells with configured uplinks.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Methods and devices for communicating on a radio channel based on jointly encoding a preamble format with random access configuration
Patent No. 11197325 

Inventor(s): David Astely (Bromma, , SE), Robert Baldemair (Solna, , SE)
Assignee(s): Optis Wireless Technology, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16359123 on 03/20/2019 (993 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention relates to devices and methods for transmitting data on a radio channel comprising to jointly encode a preamble format with a first random access configuration, forming an extended random access configuration. The extended random access configuration is then transmitted on the radio channel.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Multi-user MIMO transmissions in wireless communication systems
Patent No. RE048849 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16669339 on 10/30/2019 (769 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing control information in a Multi User-Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) wireless communication system is provided. The method includes receiving a plurality of Resource Elements (REs) including Downlink Control Information (DCI), determining, using the DCI, a set of REs to which a plurality of Downlink Reference Signals (DRSs) may be mapped, determining remaining REs as REs to which data is mapped, and demodulating the data using a precoding vector of a DRS corresponding to the MS. Patent Class: N/A


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Window guard for cosmetic products
Patent No. D937611 

Inventor(s): Nick Farinola (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): WALGREEN CO. (Deerfield, IL)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29715129 on 11/27/2019 (741 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Connector
Patent No. D937667 

Inventor(s): David Aaron Yanoshak (Carrollton, TX), Francisco Musiol Lima (Carrollton, TX), Gregory Elliott Needel (Carrollton, TX), Jonathan James Bryant (Carrollton, TX), Michael Andrew Kaurich (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): REV ROBOTICS LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29702163 on 08/16/2019 (844 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pressed coin frame
Patent No. D937706 

Inventor(s): Alberto Guerrero, II (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29723200 on 02/05/2020 (671 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Mirror housing
Patent No. D937718 

Inventor(s): Dimitri T. Medina (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): PACCAR Inc (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29724435 on 02/14/2020 (662 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Adjustable truck bed fishing rod holder
Patent No. D937752 

Inventor(s): John Arnold Woller, Jr. (Decatur, AL), Ronald Ray Woller (Decatur, AL)
Assignee(s): Good Sportsman Marketing, L.L.C. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: D”Ambrosio Menon, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29651341 on 05/18/2018 (1299 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Apparatus for a plunger system
Patent No. D937982 

Inventor(s): Garrett S. Boyd (Godley, TX), Mitchell A. Boyd (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): FLOWCO PRODUCTION SOLUTIONS, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: FisherBroyles, LLP (Local + 17 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29692914 on 05/29/2019 (923 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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