Dallas Invents: 113 Patents Granted for Week of Jan. 12

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

Patents granted include:
• Atense's storing and using multipurpose secret data
• Authentix's product authentication using barcode characteristics
• Capital One's task management platform
Innovation First's performance arena for robots with position system
• IBM's cognitive vetting system for unsolicited residential visitors
• Kintrans' body movement recognition and association system
• Mass Luminosity's streaming and nonstreaming media transfer between devices
• Sensal Health's medication adherence apparatus
• STMicroelectronics' atomic layer deposition of selected molecular clusters
• USAA's traffic drone system

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 Jan. 12, 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 7
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING 12
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS 4
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING 6
G: PHYSICS 37
H: ELECTRICITY 43
DESIGN PATENTS 4


TOP  ASSIGNEES 
(NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments (Dallas) 24
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America (Plano) 7
SanDisk Technologies (Addison) 4
Textron Innovations (Providence, RI) 4
Bell Helicopter Textron (Fort Worth) 2
International Business Machines (Armonk, NY) 2
Karsten Manufacturing (Phoenix, AZ) 2
STMicroelectronics (Coppell) 2
Taylor Made Golf (Carlsbad, CA) 2

UNASSIGNED 4


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS 
(NO. OF PATENTS) 

Laslo Olah (Richardson) 2
Robert Earl Worsham II (Weatherford) 2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Bone staple insertion tool and related method
Patent No. 10888319 

Inventor(s): Paul J. Vasta (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): GRAMERCY EXTREMITY ORTHOPEDICS LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Panitch Schwarze Belisario Nadel LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16031071 on 07/10/2018 (917 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bone staple insertion tool for inserting a bone staple into a patient includes a body having a proximal portion, a distal surface, and a fulcrum. The body defines a longitudinal axis and the fulcrum is positioned on the distal surface. The distal surface has a first end and a second end. A bone staple mount is fixed to the body and extends from the body proximate the first end. A force applicator is movably attached to the body. The force applicator has a gripping portion and a staple pin portion. The staple pin portion is positioned proximate the second end. The force applicator is configured to receive the bone staple. Upon actuation of the gripping portion, the staple pin portion bends the inter-axis of the bone staple across the fulcrum to an expanded state, wherein the first and second legs are positioned substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis.

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


Three-dimensional lattice structures for implants
Patent No. 10888429 

Inventor(s): Jason Tinley (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): HD LIFESCIENCES LLC (Woburn, MA)
Law Firm: White Case LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15877002 on 01/22/2018 (1086 days app to issue)

Abstract: The three-dimensional lattice structures disclosed herein have applications including use in medical implants. Some examples of the lattice structure are structural in that they can be used to provide structural support or mechanical spacing. In some examples, the lattice can be configured as a scaffold to support bone or tissue growth. Some examples can use a repeating modified rhombic dodecahedron or radial dodeca-rhombus unit cell.

[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 skin compositions for treating wrinkles
Patent No. 10888509 

Inventor(s): David Gan (Southlake, TX), Michelle Hines (Hickory Creek, TX), Tiffany Florence (Dallas, TX), Wanli Zhao (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16508898 on 07/11/2019 (551 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a method of treating a fine line or wrinkle in a person”s skin. The method includes topically applying to the fine line or wrinkle a composition comprising an effective amount of [i]Commiphora mukul [/i]resin or an extract thereof that includes oleo gum resin. Topical application of the composition to the fine line or wrinkle reduces the appearance of the fine line or wrinkle.

[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 deodorization of air, for disinfection or sterilization, or for bandages, dressings, absorbent pads or surgical articles A61L; soap compositions C11D)


Golf club head or other ball striking device having impact-influencing body features
Patent No. 10888744 

Inventor(s): Joshua M. Boggs (Aledo, TX), Robert M. Boyd (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16448790 on 06/21/2019 (571 days app to issue)

Abstract: A golf club head having a metal portion adhered to a non-metal portion to define a closed internal volume therebetween, and an elongated channel extending across a portion of the sole. The channel may be recessed from adjacent surfaces of the sole, wherein the channel comprises a center portion extending across a center of the sole, a heel portion extending from a heel end of the center portion toward the heel, and a toe portion extending from a toe end of the center portion toward the toe, wherein the width of the center portion of the channel is substantially constant, and wherein the width of the channel increases from the heel end of the center portion to the heel and from the toe end of the center portion to the toe.

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


Golf club with polymeric insert and removable weight
Patent No. 10888745 

Inventor(s): Joshua Boggs (Aledo, TX)
Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16595335 on 10/07/2019 (463 days app to issue)

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

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


Aerodynamic golf club head
Patent No. 10888747 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey J. Albertsen (Plano, TX), Michael Scott Burnett (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC. (Carlsbad, CA)
Law Firm: Dawsey Co., LPA (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16550361 on 08/26/2019 (505 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aerodynamic golf club head producing reduced aerodynamic drag forces via unique club head curvatures and relationships.

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


Iron type golf club head and set
Patent No. 10888749 

Inventor(s): John Kendall (Wylie, TX), Justin Honea (Richardson, TX), Matthew Brian Neeley (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TAYLOR MADE GOLF COMPANY, INC. (Carlsbad, CA)
Law Firm: Dawsey Co., LPA (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16524240 on 07/29/2019 (533 days app to issue)

Abstract: An iron-type golf club head and set having a passageway extending from a closed void behind the face and accessible from an exterior of the body. The set includes close control of variables among club heads.

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


 

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

Milling machine calibration method, and article of manufacture
Patent No. 10888968 

Inventor(s): Lasse H. Toimela (Plano, TX), Rod A. Duncan (Lucas, TX)
Assignee(s): D4D Technologies, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16117040 on 08/30/2018 (866 days app to issue)

Abstract: A milling machine calibration technique, and article of manufacture are described. The article comprises a calibration fixture, together with a calibration pin. The calibration fixture preferably is shaped as a cube, and each of the side faces of the cube comprise a set of indentations (dimples or features) that are configured in a predetermined pattern. A preferred pattern is a ”5-dimple” pattern. To find a mapping between axis coordinates (of a mill spindle) and the mill mandrel at some orientation, the calibration fixture is inserted into the mandrel, and the calibration pin is inserted into a collet. Using an x-axis directional position error-based probing mechanism, the system then registers the exact position of each of the five (5) dimples on the surface of the die. Using the positional information so determined, spindle-mandrel spatial relationships for one or more orientations of the mandrel are then identified for calibration purposes.

[B23Q] DETAILS, COMPONENTS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR MACHINE TOOLS, e.g. ARRANGEMENTS FOR COPYING OR CONTROLLING (tools of the kind used in lathes or boring machines B23B 27/00); MACHINE TOOLS IN GENERAL, CHARACTERISED BY THE CONSTRUCTION OF PARTICULAR DETAILS OR COMPONENTS; COMBINATIONS OR ASSOCIATIONS OF METAL-WORKING MACHINES, NOT DIRECTED TO A PARTICULAR RESULT


Lockable socket insert, insert tool and insert lock and method of making and using the same
Patent No. 10888979 

Inventor(s): Chase O. Muncy (Haubstadt, IN), Dallas L. Barbre (Geff, IL)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16429670 on 06/03/2019 (589 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lockable socket insert and insert lock comprises: a lockable socket insert comprising an insert axis, a cylindrical tool body comprising an free end, a shaft end, and a tool bore extending inwardly from the free end, and a cylindrical key shaft attached to the shaft end comprising a length, a shaft surface, and a plurality of circumferentially spaced key members disposed along the length and protruding radially outwardly away from the shaft surface, the cylindrical tool body, tool bore, and cylindrical key shaft concentric about the insert axis; and a cylindrical insert lock comprising an outer end configured for disposition toward the fastener pocket, a drive pocket end configured for disposition toward the drive pocket, an outer surface, and a keyway opening.

[B25B] TOOLS OR BENCH DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR, FOR FASTENING, CONNECTING, DISENGAGING, OR HOLDING


Systems, apparatus, and methods to determine vehicle tire wear
Patent No. 10889152 

Inventor(s): Aghyad Majdi Saleh (Grand Prairie, TX), Joshua Cocke Batie (Frisco, TX), Raja Shekar Kilaru (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16199002 on 11/23/2018 (781 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods to determine vehicle tire wear are disclosed. A disclosed apparatus includes a vehicle controller configured to determine, based on data associated with operation of a vehicle, behavior of one or more drivers of the vehicle that causes tire wear. The controller is also configured to calculate, based on the behavior, a condition of a tire of the vehicle. The controller is also configured to generate, via an output device, a notification indicating the condition of the tire to a user.

[B60C] VEHICLE TYRES (manufacture, repairing B29); TYRE INFLATION; TYRE CHANGING; CONNECTING VALVES TO INFLATABLE ELASTIC BODIES IN GENERAL; DEVICES OR ARRANGEMENTS RELATED TO TYRES (testing of tyres G01M 17/02) [5]


Vehicle component cooling through directed HVAC cooling and operation
Patent No. 10889162 

Inventor(s): David W. Cosgrove (Milford, MI), Hidekazu Hirabayashi (Ann Arbor, 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: 16168789 on 11/16/2018 (788 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for vehicle component cooling includes a main body defining a passenger compartment to support passengers of the vehicle. The system also includes a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) unit to output conditioned air into the passenger compartment. The system also includes a vehicle component to generate heat and having a component temperature. The system also includes a cooling channel having an inlet located in the passenger compartment and an outlet to output the conditioned air from the passenger compartment towards the vehicle component. The system also includes at least one sensor to detect data corresponding to the component temperature of the vehicle component. The system also includes an electronic control unit (ECU) to control the HVAC unit to increase or decrease a cabin temperature to adjust the component temperature based on the detected data.

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


Passenger safety system
Patent No. 10889263 

Inventor(s): Catarino Almeida (Richardson, TX), Edgar Vela (Plano, TX), Isaac Juarez (Cedar Hill, TX), Jason J. Davis (Lancaster, TX), Jorge Villa (Garland, TX), Uriel Romero (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16382947 on 04/12/2019 (641 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for passenger safety. A sensing unit, remote device, and/or fob may interoperate to provide various alerts and other indications representative of aspects of a context environment proximate to a sensing unit. In this manner, passenger safety may be enhanced.

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


Hourglass autorack car
Patent No. 10889306 

Inventor(s): Brant R. McGhee (Arlington, TX), Kenneth W. Huck (Fairview, TX), Shaun Richmond (Frankfort, IL)
Assignee(s): TRINITY NORTH AMERICAN FREIGHT CAR, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16450275 on 06/24/2019 (568 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to some embodiments, a railcar comprises a first end, a second end, and a first longitudinal side and a second longitudinal side disposed between the first end and the second end. The first longitudinal side comprises a center panel and an intermediate panel. The center panel is disposed between a center of the railcar and the intermediate panel. The intermediate panel is disposed between the center panel and the first end or the second end. A width of the railcar at the intermediate panel is greater than a width of the railcar at the center panel. The center panel and the intermediate panel comprise generally straight panels coupled together at an angle. In particular embodiments, the first longitudinal side further comprises an end panel disposed between the intermediate panel and the first end or the second end.

[B61D] BODY DETAILS OR KINDS OF RAILWAY VEHICLES (vehicles in general B60; adaptation of vehicles to special systems B61B; underframes B61F)


Truck bed airflow assembly
Patent No. 10889337 

Inventor(s): Paxton S. Williams (Milan, MI), Scott Louis Frederick (Brighton, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16509720 on 07/12/2019 (550 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle includes a truck bed having a front wall, a tailgate, and a pair of sidewalls that extend between the front wall and the tailgate and an airflow assembly. The airflow assembly includes air inlets, air outlets, and a tubular duct. The air inlet is provided on an exterior surface of each of the pair of sidewalls. The air outlet is provided on an interior surface of each of the pair of sidewalls. At least two air ducts fluidly couple the air inlet and the air outlet on each of the pair of sidewalls. The tubular duct extends in the vehicle lateral direction to couple the air outlets on each of the pair of sidewalls such that air exiting the air outlets enters into the tubular duct and exits the tubular duct to create an air ramp flow path.

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


Passive gust alleviation systems for aircraft devices
Patent No. 10889369 

Inventor(s): George R. Decker (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16115919 on 08/29/2018 (867 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein is an apparatus comprising an aircraft wing and a trailing edge aerodynamic surface connected to a trailing edge of the aircraft wing via a piston assembly in which the piston assembly holds the trailing edge aerodynamic surface in a neutral position relative to the aircraft wing at a constant supply pressure. The piston assembly may be implemented using a pneumatic piston or a hydraulic piston. A first end of the piston assembly may be connected to the aircraft wing and a second end of the piston assembly may be connected to the trailing edge aerodynamic surface. The piston assembly may include a pressure relief valve which may open or close, raising or lowering the aerodynamic surface, responsive to lift load on the aircraft wing.

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


Chord-wise variable vortex generator
Patent No. 10889370 

Inventor(s): Troy Thomas Bushmire (Saginaw, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16025041 on 07/02/2018 (925 days app to issue)

Abstract: One embodiment is an apparatus including an airfoil-shaped body; and a chordwise variable vortex generation system associated with the airfoil-shaped body, the chordwise variable vortex generation system controlling a deployment of at least one vortex generator on a surface of the airfoil-shaped body, wherein the deployment of the at least one vortex generator is dependent on a current angle of attack of the airfoil-shaped body. In some embodiments, the chordwise variable vortex generation system includes an actuator for controlling a location of the deployment of the at least one vortex generator responsive to a control signal indicative of the current angle of attack of the airfoil-shaped body. In certain embodiments, the surface of the airfoil-shaped body is a top surface of the airfoil-shaped body. In some embodiments, the airfoil-shaped body is an aircraft wing.

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


Rotorcraft engine inlet configuration to optimize performance in both hover and high speed flight
Patent No. 10889384 

Inventor(s): Thomas Dewey Parsons (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwa (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15710622 on 09/20/2017 (1210 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention achieves technical advantages as a rotorcraft engine inlet configuration to optimize performance in both hover and high-speed flight. A rotorcraft fuselage with a ram air intake and a side air intake allows airflow into the engine inlet plenum. A door can be operably coupled to the fuselage, wherein the door is in an open position when the airspeed is below a first threshold and is in a closed position when the airspeed exceeds a second threshold. Additionally, control logic, compares the rotorcraft airspeed with a stored airspeed to operate an actuator to open and close the door to modulate the airflow into the engine inlet plenum. The present invention realizes the advantages of eliminating the inlet spillage drag due to inlet ram airflow in forward flight and increasing the available engine power by mitigating the loss of inlet air pressure recovery.

[B64D] EQUIPMENT FOR FITTING IN OR TO AIRCRAFT; FLYING SUITS; PARACHUTES; ARRANGEMENTS OR MOUNTING OF POWER PLANTS OR PROPULSION TRANSMISSIONS IN AIRCRAFT


Resealable package and associated materials, methods and systems for its manufacture
Patent No. 10889422 

Inventor(s): Mauricio Jasso (General Escobedo, , MX)
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15804833 on 11/06/2017 (1163 days app to issue)

Abstract: An improved package precursor, resealable package, assembly, and methods and systems for their manufacture. In a first aspect, the precursor comprises a wrapper and at least one primary seal region of the wrapper. The reseal region comprises a cold-seal-adhesive-coated region and is configured to adhere to itself when pressed against itself. The cold-seal-adhesive-coated region can be located on an interior region of the wrapper that does not overlap the primary seal region, thereby avoiding interference with primary seals. The reseal region of the wrapper is configured to form at least a portion of a product containment surface of the package and at least a portion of a product-facing surface of the package. In a second aspect, the improved package precursor forms an improved resealable package for a product. In a third aspect, an assembly comprises the improved resealable package and a product contained by the package.

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


Scented drawstring bag
Patent No. 10889431 

Inventor(s): Brad A. Cobler (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Poly-America, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16892863 on 06/04/2020 (222 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is directed to a thermoplastic bag comprised of a front panel and a back panel. The front panel and back panel are generally joined along a first side edge, a second side edge, and a bottom edge of the respective front panel and back panel. The front panel has a distal edge with the distal edge folded over the front panel to provide a hem and an overlap area immediately below the first hem. The overlap encapsulates a scent carrier that can provide a scent to the thermoplastic bag.

[B65F] GATHERING OR REMOVAL OF DOMESTIC OR LIKE REFUSE (disinfecting refuse A61L; refuse disintegrators B02C; sorting refuse B03B, B07B; handcarts for transporting refuse receptacles B62B; sack holders B65B 67/00; converting refuse into fertilisers C05F; converting refuse into solid fuels C10L; sewers, cesspools E03F; arrangements in buildings for the disposal of refuse E04F 17/10; refuse-consuming furnaces F23G)


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Automatic smoke/carbon monoxide evacuation method and system for a garage
Patent No. 10890024 

Inventor(s): Dan Combe (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): COEVAC, LLC (Southlake, TX)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15629808 on 06/22/2017 (1300 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automatic smoke/carbon monoxide evacuation system for a garage equipped with a garage door and garage door opener with a motor is provided. The system includes a microprocessor, and a smoke/carbon monoxide sensor incorporated in a garage door reverse sensor of the garage door opener and coupled to the microprocessor, and configured to detect presence of smoke/carbon monoxide and send a trigger signal to the microprocessor in response to detecting smoke/carbon monoxide. The system further includes a power switch coupled to the motor and configured to automatically connect the motor to a power source in response to the trigger signal to automatically open the garage door to ventilate the detected smoke/carbon monoxide in response to the trigger signal. An alarm device is communicably coupled to the microprocessor and is configured to issue an alarm in response to the trigger signal.

[E05F] DEVICES FOR MOVING WINGS INTO OPEN OR CLOSED POSITION; CHECKS FOR WINGS; WING FITTINGS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR, CONCERNED WITH THE FUNCTIONING OF THE WING


Kelly bar with locking feature, related system and method
Patent No. 10890033 

Inventor(s): Douglas Allan Watson (Aledo, TX), Mark Allan Crosby (Saginaw, TX)
Assignee(s): Watson, Incorporated (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: McGlinchey Stafford (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16215500 on 12/10/2018 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Kelly bar apparatus includes a plurality of concentric tubes in a telescoping arrangement having either a locking feature provided by a series of keys and notches that interlock selectively, or one or more blocking tabs that prevent complete telescopic extension of at least one of the tubes when the tubes and associated keys are in an unlocked position, or both. Related subterranean bore drilling systems and drilling methods are also described.

[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]


Plugs for isolating portions of wellbores
Patent No. 10890045 

Inventor(s): Anthony Honke (Red Deer, , CA), Graham Chenault (Krum, TX), Kelly Kykkanen (Sylvan Lake, , CA), Kenneth Stokley (Victoria, TX), Tanner Ingram-Johnson (Red Deer, , CA)
Assignee(s): Cerca Downhole Technologies LLC (Sanger, TX)
Law Firm: Henry Patent Law Firm PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16261266 on 01/29/2019 (714 days app to issue)

Abstract: A plug includes a tubular conduit having a first end and a second end. The plug also includes a cap disposed over the first end of the tubular conduit and coupled thereto. The cap is configured to mate with a wireline adapter kit of a perforating string. The plug additionally includes a guide shoe disposed over the second end of the tubular conduit and coupled thereto. The guide shoe is configured to move along the tubular conduit from an unset position, away from cap, to a set position, toward the cap. A gripping assembly is disposed around the tubular conduit between the cap and the guide shoe and coupled to the guide shoe. A sealing assembly is disposed between the cap and the gripping assembly. The sealing assembly includes a first sealing band and a second sealing band. The first sealing band is disposed around the tubular conduit and has an annular lip.

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


Downhole communication valve and method of use
Patent No. 10890049 

Inventor(s): Mark B. Nichols (Mineral Wells, TX)
Assignee(s): COLT PETROLEUM TECHNOLOGY, LLC (The Woodlands, TX)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16220455 on 12/14/2018 (760 days app to issue)

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

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


 

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

 

Ducted thrusters
Patent No. 10889366 

Inventor(s): Chad Lewis Jarrett (Grand Prairie, TX), Daniel Bryan Robertson (Southlake, TX), Frank Bradley Stamps (Colleyville, TX), Kirk Landon Groninga (Keller, TX), Matthew Edward Louis (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16138672 on 09/21/2018 (844 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aircraft comprising a pair of ducted thrusters. Each of the ducted thrusters comprises a duct surrounding a rotor assembly with a rotor hub having a plurality of rotor blades extending therefrom, wherein the plurality of rotor blades have a modulated angular distribution about a central longitudinal axis of the duct. Each of the ducted thrusters further comprises a stator assembly having a stator hub with a plurality of stator vanes extending from the stator hub to an interior surface of the duct, wherein each of the plurality of the stator vanes are angularly modulated around the stator hub such that angular spacing between pairs of adjacent vanes of the plurality of stator vanes varies for each pair of the adjacent vanes.

[F04D] NON-POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT PUMPS (engine fuel-injection pumps F02M; ion pumps H01J 41/12; electrodynamic pumps H02K 44/02)


Replacement tube for a cellular suction stabilizing manifold
Patent No. 10890170 

Inventor(s): John Thomas Rogers (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Performance Pulsation Control, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16374679 on 04/03/2019 (650 days app to issue)

Abstract: A replacement tube for a manifold is provided. The replacement tube includes a closed cell foam and a reinforcement strip. The closed cell foam is formed in a cylindrical tube and flexible to absorb pressure pulsations in a chamber of a suction manifold or in another device. The reinforcement strip is fixed along a length of the closed cell foam to support the closed cell foam from flexing and collapsing along the length of the closed cell foam.

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


Enhancing fluid flow in gerotor systems
Patent No. 10890181 

Inventor(s): Travis Rosenbarger (Royse City, TX)
Assignee(s): Boundary Lubrication Systems, L.L.C. (Royse City, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16893916 on 06/05/2020 (221 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a general aspect, fluid flow in a gerotor system is enhanced. In some cases, a gerotor apparatus includes inner and outer gears. The outer gear includes inward-facing teeth and an inner surface that defines an inner profile of the outer gear. The inner gear includes outward-facing teeth and an outer surface that defines an outer profile of the inner gear. The inner gear and the outer gear reside in contact such that the inner profile of the outer gear seals against the outer profile of the inner gear at multiple distinct points. One or more cutouts are defined by the inner surface of the outer gear between a neighboring pair of the inward-facing teeth, by the outer surface of the inner gear between a neighboring pair of the outward-facing teeth, or both.

[F04C] ROTARY-PISTON, OR OSCILLATING-PISTON, POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINES FOR LIQUIDS (engines driven by liquids F03C); ROTARY-PISTON, OR OSCILLATING-PISTON, POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT PUMPS (engine fuel-injection pumps F02M)


Multidirectional vent limiting devices for use with fluid regulators
Patent No. 10890266 

Inventor(s): Bruno Jean Michael Cheron (McKinney, TX), Hoden Ali Farah (Plano, TX), Roy Ronald Pelfrey (Sherman, TX), Tung Kim Nguyen (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16503998 on 07/05/2019 (557 days app to issue)

Abstract: Multidirectional vent limiting devices for use with fluid regulators are described. An example vent limiting device includes a housing having an interior surface, a fluid inlet, a fluid outlet, and a first fluid passageway in fluid communication with and located between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet. The interior surface includes a first sealing surface that defines a portion of the first fluid passageway. The vent limiting device further includes a stem having a first end, a second end located opposite the first end, and an axial portion located between the first end and the second end. The vent limiting device further includes a poppet having a first end, a second end located opposite the first end, a second sealing surface that defines a portion of the first fluid passageway, and a bore that defines a second fluid passageway in fluid communication with and located between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet. The first end of the stem is rigidly coupled to the poppet. The poppet is slidable in an axial direction within the housing between an open position and a closed position. The second sealing surface contacts the first sealing surface when the poppet is in the closed position to close off the first fluid passageway.

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


Thermal management system for multizone oven
Patent No. 10890336 

Inventor(s): Lee Thomas VanLanen (McKinney, TX), Philip R. McKee (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Alto-Shaam, Inc. (Menomonee Falls, WI)
Law Firm: Boyle Fredrickson S.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16148291 on 10/01/2018 (834 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-zone, proximate-air oven using air delivered from the shelves provides a compact height through the use of low profile shelves. Intercavity heat leakage is managed by active insulation techniques making use of the oven feedback temperature control and controlled cavity loading.

[F24C] OTHER DOMESTIC STOVES OR RANGES; DETAILS OF DOMESTIC STOVES OR RANGES, OF GENERAL APPLICATION (radiator stoves of the fluid-circulating type F24H)


Fire ventilation system
Patent No. 10890342 

Inventor(s): Wilson Spain (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Boudwin Intellectual Property (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16050432 on 07/31/2018 (896 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fire ventilation system. The fire ventilation system includes a frame having an open central area. The frame can removably secure within an opening of a building, such as a door or window. A flange extends away from the frame along an inner perimeter thereof. A tube having an inlet thereon, extends along an outer perimeter of the frame. A gap is disposed through the tube, wherein the gap can expel fluid received through the inlet therethrough, such that the gap expels the fluid towards the flange.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Medication adherence apparatus and methods of use
Patent No. 10888502 

Inventor(s): James Vincent Kokal (Plano, TX), Javier Oliver (Dallas, TX), Robert Benkowski (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Sensal Health, LLC (Chapel Hill, NC)
Law Firm: Rosenbaum IP, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16796015 on 02/20/2020 (327 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided herein are systems, methods and apparatuses for a medication adherence apparatus and methods of use. A method of adhering to medical prescription requirements combines sensors and hardware to record a cap state including an orientation, temperature, time stamp, and location of a cap device to enhance a patient”s adherence to medical prescription when operably coupled with a computing device.

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


Ground plane estimation in a computer vision system
Patent No. 10890445 

Inventor(s): Deepak Kumar Poddar (Bangalore, , IN), Manu Mathew (Bangalore, , IN), Poorna Kumar (Bangalore, , IN), Prashanth Ramanathpur Viswanath (Bangalore, , IN), Soyeb Nagori (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16185256 on 11/09/2018 (795 days app to issue)

Abstract: Estimation of the ground plane of a three dimensional (3D) point cloud based modifications to the random sample consensus (RANSAC) algorithm is provided. The modifications may include applying roll and pitch constraints to the selection of random planes in the 3D point cloud, using a cost function based on the number of inliers in the random plane and the number of 3D points below the random plane in the 3D point cloud, and computing a distance threshold for the 3D point cloud that is used in determining whether or not a 3D point in the 3D point cloud is an inlier of a random plane.

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


Infrared analytical sensor for soil or water and method of operation thereof
Patent No. 10890525 

Inventor(s): Ecatherina Roodenko (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Max-IR Labs, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16795096 on 02/19/2020 (328 days app to issue)

Abstract: An infrared (IR) sensor and a method of detecting molecular species in a liquid. In one embodiment, the IR sensor includes: (1) an IR light source configured to emit IR light, (2) a sensing element configured to receive the IR light, the IR light generating an evanescent field about the sensing element as the IR light propagates therethrough, molecules in a subject liquid interacting with the evanescent field and affecting a characteristic of the IR light and (3) an IR light detector configured to receive the IR light from the sensing element and detect the characteristic.

[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)


System and method for visual trigger to perform diagnostic test
Patent No. 10890534 

Inventor(s): Jovan Hutton Pulitzer (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): RELIANT IMMUNE DIAGNOSTICS, INC. (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16735904 on 01/07/2020 (371 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for performing a diagnostic test comprises generating a first visual trigger on a display screen of a mobile device responsive to activation of an application on the mobile device. An image of a diagnostic test presently viewed by a camera incorporated with the mobile device is displayed on the display screen of the mobile device. The diagnostic test has a second visual trigger thereon. The image and the first visual trigger are displayed on the display screen at a same time. An image is captured by the application of the diagnostic test responsive to alignment of the first visual trigger with the second visual trigger on the display screen of the mobile device. The captured image is processed to provide test results for the diagnostic test.

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


Paint system fault detection
Patent No. 10890535 

Inventor(s): Daniel Morin (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC (Detroit, MI)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16424296 on 05/28/2019 (595 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example apparatuses and methods are provided for detecting a fault in a painting system. A fluid supply line such as a paint line or isolation line may have an outer wall formed of a material which permits light to be transmitted through the outer wall. First and second optical conduits may be provided, which are configured to transmit an optical signal through the outer wall and receive a reflected optical signal, respectively. An optical sensor may be in communication with the second optical conduit such that the optical sensor is configured to receive the reflected optical signal. A fault in the fluid supply line, e.g., traces of a previous color paint, air bubbles, or other contaminant, may be detected based upon a comparison of the received optical signal with the optical signal transmitted through the first optical conduit.

[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)


Method and apparatus for generating alignment matrix for camera-radar system
Patent No. 10890648 

Inventor(s): Dan Wang (Dallas, TX), Vikram VijayanBabu Appia (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14857000 on 09/17/2015 (1944 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of generating an alignment matrix for a camera-radar system includes: receiving radar data originated by a radar subsystem and representative of an area of interest within a field of view for the radar subsystem; receiving image data originated by a camera subsystem and representative of the area of interest within a field of view for the camera subsystem; processing the radar data to detect features within the area of interest and to determine a reflected radar point with three dimensions relating to a camera-radar system; processing the image data to detect features within the area of interest and to determine a centroid with two dimensions relating to the camera-radar system; and computing an alignment matrix for radar and image data from the camera-radar system based on a functional relationship between the three dimensions for the reflected radar point and the two dimensions for the centroid.

[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


System and method for determining a velocity of a rotorcraft
Patent No. 10890668 

Inventor(s): Charles Eric Covington (Colleyville, TX), Robert Earl Worsham, II (Weatherford, TX), Thomas Wayne Brooks (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16022455 on 06/28/2018 (929 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotorcraft includes a flight control computer (FCC), a GPS receiver configured to calculate a groundspeed based on a first carrier signal, and an attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) configured to determine an acceleration of the rotorcraft. The AHRS is operable to receive an indication of the groundspeed from the GPS receiver and to calculate a velocity of the rotorcraft based on the indication of the groundspeed and the acceleration. The FCC is operable to receive an indication of the velocity from the AHRS, to generate the flight control device control signal according to the indication of velocity, and to send a flight control device control signal to one or more flight control devices.

[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


Dynamic noise shaping in a photon counting system
Patent No. 10890674 

Inventor(s): Nagesh Surendranath (Bangalore, , IN), Rakul Viswanath (Bangalore, , IN), Ratna Kumar Venkata Parupudi (Bangalore, , IN), Sandeep Kesrimal Oswal (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16247639 on 01/15/2019 (728 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a charge sensitive amplifier (CSA) generates an integrated signal in response to a current signal. A high pass filter is coupled to the CSA and receives the integrated signal and an inverse of an event signal, the high pass filter generates a coarse signal. An active comparator is coupled to the high pass filter and receives the coarse signal and a primary reference voltage signal, the active comparator generates the event signal.

[G01T] MEASUREMENT OF NUCLEAR OR X-RADIATION (radiation analysis of materials, mass spectrometry G01N 23/00; tubes for determining the presence, intensity, density or energy of radiation or particles H01J 47/00)


Position or velocity control system and method
Patent No. 10890895 

Inventor(s): David Patrick Magee (Allen, TX), Rajan Lakshmi Narasimha (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15841575 on 12/14/2017 (1125 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples of methods and control systems to control a position and/or velocity of a machine, control circuitry is coupled to receive and dither a control signal, and to compute a control output value according to the dithered control signal and a control function. An inverter is coupled to the control circuitry, to control the position and/or velocity according to the control output value.

[G05B] CONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS (fluid-pressure actuators or systems acting by means of fluids in general F15B; valves per se F16K; characterised by mechanical features only G05G; sensitive elements, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. G12B, subclasses of G01, H01; correcting units, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. H02K)


Performance arena for robots with position location system
Patent No. 10890918 

Inventor(s): Mitch Randall (Longmont, CO), Robert H. Mimlitch, III (Greenville, TX)
Assignee(s): Innovation First, Inc. (Greenville, TX)
Law Firm: Much Shelist, P.C. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16856230 on 04/23/2020 (264 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus to determine the position of an image sensor relative to a predetermined continuous pattern of colors and/or objects based on the images said patterns of colors and/or objects produces within the image sensor.

[G05D] SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES (for continuous casting of metals B22D 11/16; valves per se F16K; sensing non-electric variables, see the relevant subclasses of G01; for regulating electric or magnetic variables G05F)


System and method for rotorcraft offshore approach
Patent No. 10890924 

Inventor(s): Luke Dafydd Gillett (Grapevine, TX), Robert Earl Worsham, II (Weatherford, TX), Troy Caudill (Burleson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15961439 on 04/24/2018 (994 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment rotorcraft includes a rotor system including a plurality of blades; a control assembly operable to receive commands from a pilot; a flight control system (FCS), the flight control system operable to control flight of the rotorcraft by changing an operating condition of the rotor system; and a flight management system (FMS) in signal communication with the control assembly and the FCS. The FMS is operable to receive a target location and a plurality of approach parameters from the control assembly; generate a plurality waypoints between a current location of the rotorcraft and a missed approach point (MAP) based on the target location and the plurality of approach parameters; receive a command to engage in an approach maneuver from the control assembly; and in response to the command to engage in the approach maneuver, instruct the FCS to fly to the MAP.

[G05D] SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES (for continuous casting of metals B22D 11/16; valves per se F16K; sensing non-electric variables, see the relevant subclasses of G01; for regulating electric or magnetic variables G05F)


Systems and methods for executing aircraft take-off and landing events
Patent No. 10890926 

Inventor(s): Andrew Vincent Louis (Fort Worth, TX), Michael Kevin McNair (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16121038 on 09/04/2018 (861 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method is performed by a computer system in an aircraft. The method includes receiving an advance indication of a take-off or landing event to be executed by the aircraft in proximity to a landing area such that the landing area includes an arrangement of a plurality of emitters of electromagnetic radiation. The method further includes, responsive to the receiving, detecting, via a sensor in communication with the computer system, emission states of at least some of the plurality of emitters. In addition, the method includes transforming the detected emission states into an instruction set for the take-off or landing event. The method also includes initiating monitoring of the aircraft relative to the instruction set as the aircraft executes the take-off or landing event in proximity to the landing area.

[G05D] SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES (for continuous casting of metals B22D 11/16; valves per se F16K; sensing non-electric variables, see the relevant subclasses of G01; for regulating electric or magnetic variables G05F)


User interface mechanical control apparatus with optical and capacitive position detection and optical position indication
Patent No. 10890991 

Inventor(s): Peter Spevak (Moosburg a.d. Isar, , DE)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16532829 on 08/06/2019 (525 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples include optical and capacitive position detection systems and user interface control apparatus to detect relative positions of a stationary first structure and a movable second structure. The optical system includes pairs of optical source and sensor devices spaced along a first direction on the first structure and a reflector extending along the first direction on the second structure to selectively reflect light from one of the optical sources to the corresponding optical sensor of a given pair when the reflector is proximate the given pair. The capacitive sensing system includes capacitor plate structures on the first structure and a conductive structure on the second structure to move along the first direction to selectively modify a capacitance of a given group of two or more of the plate structures. The detection system also includes an interface circuit to provide a position signal representing the relative position of the first and second structures according to signals from the optical sensors and the capacitor plate structures.

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


Massage chairs with touchscreen-based control system
Patent No. 10891000 

Inventor(s): Tom Le (Arlington, TX), Varad Gokhale (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16256794 on 01/24/2019 (719 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is a touchscreen-based control system for massage chairs that includes a touchscreen device. In another aspect, the present invention is a massage chair controlled by a touchscreen-based control system that includes a touchscreen-based control system. In a further aspect, the present invention is a massage chair controlled by a touchscreen-based control system that includes a touchscreen-based control system having a software program allowing a user to customize a massage function and save it in a memory thereby allowing the user to open or load the saved function. In a further aspect, the present invention is a massage chair controlled by a touchscreen-based control system wherein the massage chair includes an inflatable air-cell to provide massage effects in the footrest and armrest areas of a user.

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


System, method, and apparatus for an interactive container
Patent No. 10891003 

Inventor(s): Larry McNutt (Carrollton, TX), Stephen Howard (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Omni Consumer Products, LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15394799 on 12/29/2016 (1475 days app to issue)

Abstract: An interactive container creation method, apparatus and system. The method includes creating a list, deploying the list to at least one device, calibrating and identifying touch areas, identifying at least one of an asset and a shape to be defined as a touch area, identifying the x,y axis of each point for a predetermined number of points for each of the at least one of asset or shape, and creating a touch area based of the identified x,y axis.

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


Processor with debug pipeline
Patent No. 10891207 

Inventor(s): Armin Stingl (Erding, , DE), Christian Wiencke (Garching, , DE), Ralph Ledwa (Buching, , DE), Shrey Bhatia (Freising, , DE), Wolfgang Lutsch (Freising, , DE)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16102193 on 08/13/2018 (883 days app to issue)

Abstract: A processor includes an execution pipeline that includes a plurality of execution stages, execution pipeline control logic, and a debug system. The execution pipeline control logic is configured to control flow of an instruction through the execution stages. The debug system includes a debug pipeline and debug pipeline control logic. The debug pipeline includes a plurality of debug stages. Each debug pipeline stage corresponds to an execution pipeline stage, and the total number of debug stages corresponds to the total number of execution stages. The debug pipeline control logic is coupled to the execution pipeline control logic. The debug pipeline control logic is configured to control flow through the debug stages of debug information associated with the instruction, and to advance the debug information into a next of the debug stages in correspondence with the execution pipeline control logic advancing the instruction into a corresponding stage of the execution pipeline.

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


Streaming engine with flexible streaming engine template supporting differing number of nested loops with corresponding loop counts and loop offsets
Patent No. 10891231 

Inventor(s): Joseph Zbiciak (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16459210 on 07/01/2019 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: A streaming engine employed in a digital data processor specifies a fixed read only data stream defined by plural nested loops. An address generator produces address of data elements for the nested loops. A steam head register stores data elements next to be supplied to functional units for use as operands. A stream template specifies loop count and loop dimension for each nested loop. A format definition field in the stream template specifies the number of loops and the stream template bits devoted to the loop counts and loop dimensions. This permits the same bits of the stream template to be interpreted differently enabling trade off between the number of loops supported and the size of the loop counts and loop dimensions.

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


Embedded USB2 (eUSB2) repeater operation
Patent No. 10891242 

Inventor(s): Douglas Edward Wente (Murphy, TX), Julie Marie Nirchi (Allen, TX), Suzanne Mary Vining (Plano, TX), Win Naing Maung (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16661018 on 10/23/2019 (447 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of operating an embedded USB2 (eUSB2) repeater includes receiving a downstream packet at a USB2 port and transitioning a USB transmitter from an idle state to a standby state responsive to receiving the downstream packet. The method further includes transitioning the USB transmitter from the standby state to an active state if an upstream packet is received at an eUSB2 port within a first time period of receiving the downstream packet and transmitting the upstream packet. The method also includes transitioning the USB transmitter from the active state to the standby state after transmission of the upstream packet. The method also includes transitioning the USB transmitter from the standby state to the idle state if more upstream packets are not received at the eUSB2 port within a second time period.

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


Method, computer program product and apparatus for providing a building options configurator
Patent No. 10891405 

Inventor(s): Gary Ned Sharp (Lewisville, TX), Scott Paul Babin (Allen, TX), Steven Eugene Bumbalough (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Illinois Tool Works Inc. (Glenview, IL)
Law Firm: Neal, Gerber Eisenberg LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16553565 on 08/28/2019 (503 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments may provide a method for creating specific three-dimensional building information models and a construction document set, including elevation views, architectural documents, mechanical systems, documents, etc. based on user-selected options from a master three-dimensional model element database. A method is provided for generating a building information model, including: deriving three-dimensional building information model elements, where each of the building information model elements is part of an options set for a building; providing for display of the building information model elements in an options grid of an options configurator application, where each building information model element is presented in a cell of the options grid; associating options rules with the building information model elements; and receiving selection of two or more building information model elements.

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


Automatic body movement recognition and association system
Patent No. 10891472 

Inventor(s): Catherine Bentley (Dallas, TX), Hazem Said Ahmed Mohammed (Cairo, , EG), Mohamed Elwazer (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Kintrans, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Rockman Videbeck O”Connor (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16774670 on 01/28/2020 (350 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automatic body movement recognition and association system that includes a preprocessing component and a ”live testing” engine component. The system further includes a transition posture detector module and a recording module. The system uses three dimensional ([b]3[/b]D) skeletal joint information from a stand-alone depth-sensing capture device that detects the body movements of a user. The transition posture detector module detects the occurrence of a transition posture and the recording module stores a segment of body movement data between occurrences of the transition posture. The preprocessing component processes the segments into a preprocessed movement that is used by a classifier component in the engine component to produce text or speech associated with the preprocessed movement. An ”off-line” training system that includes a preprocessing component, a training data set, and a learning system also processes [b]3[/b]D information, off-line from the training data set or from the depth-sensing camera, to continually update the training data set and improve a learning system that sends updated information to the classifier component in the engine component when the updated information is shown to improve accuracy.

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


Universal quantum computer, communication, QKD security and quantum networks using OAM Qu-dits with digital light processing
Patent No. 10891555 

Inventor(s): Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NxGen Partners IP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16509301 on 07/11/2019 (551 days app to issue)

Abstract: A quantum computing system includes an input port for receiving a data stream comprising a plurality of bits. Orbital angular momentum processing circuitry receives the data stream and applies at least one of a plurality of orbital angular momentum function modes to each of the plurality of bits of the data stream. Each of the plurality of orbital angular momentum function modes comprises separate orbital angular momentum states that are orthogonal to each other. DLP processing circuitry associated with the orbital angular momentum processing circuitry generates a hologram for applying the at least one of the plurality of orbital angular momentum function modes to each of the plurality of bits of the data stream. At least one quantum gate receives each of the of the plurality of bits of the data stream having at least one of the plurality of orbital angular momentum functions applied thereto via at least one gate input and generates a quantum circuit output via at least one gate output responsive thereto. An output port outputs the generated quantum circuit output.

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


Supervised learning system training using chatbot interaction
Patent No. 10891560 

Inventor(s): Karan Shukla (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15661923 on 07/27/2017 (1265 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises a memory and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor is configured to receive input from a cloud service data source, wherein the input comprises at least one data point, analyze the data point via a machine learning model to determine characteristics indicated by the data point, determine whether the characteristics indicated by the data point meet an alert threshold that indicates a problem in a network, generate an alert ticket when the characteristics indicated by the data point meet the alert threshold, wherein the alert ticket indicates the problem in the network, communicate with a user based on contents of the alert ticket, receive feedback from the user relating to the alert ticket, and train the machine learning model according to the feedback received from the user.

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


Paperless venue entry and location-based services
Patent No. 10891562 

Inventor(s): Matthew Servant (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Flash Seats LLC (Cleveland, OH)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14272170 on 05/07/2014 (2442 days app to issue)

Abstract: When attending an event at a venue, the attendee typically presents ticket information that is scanned by a venue scanner. In conventional systems, once validated, the scanner prints a paper stub that typically includes seat location data. Production of this paper stub can be dispensed with, and the associated data conveyed by the paper stub as well as additional information not contemplated or possible with paper stubs can be conveyed by an electronic stub or e-stub that resides on a device of the attendee, generally the same device employed to present the ticket information.

[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]


Task management platform
Patent No. 10891571 

Inventor(s): Aditya Relangi (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16110982 on 08/23/2018 (873 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device may receive, from a user device, a request for a recommendation identifying one or more tasks to be performed, of a set of tasks that are part of a job for an organization and associated with managing a set of applications for a product or a service. The device may generate the recommendation by using a data model that has been trained using one or more machine learning techniques to process data identifying a set of application status metrics based on application status data for the set of applications, and events data identifying real-time events associated with the group of sites. The device may provide the recommendation for display on an interface of the user device. The device may perform one or more actions associated with assisting in performance of at least one of the one or more tasks.

[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 of detecting, identifying and classifying objects positioned on a surface
Patent No. 10891586 

Inventor(s): Yevgeni Tsirulnik (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Smart Supervision System LLC (Samara, , RU)
Law Firm: Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell Jernigan, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16679734 on 11/11/2019 (428 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods of detecting, identifying, and classifying objects positioned on a shelf are provided. In one exemplary embodiment, a sensor pad comprises a plurality of electrical contacts disposed in the pad as a matrix of rows and columns of electrical contacts. Further, each contact corresponds to a different surface area of the pad and has a first electrical conductor positioned on a first layer and a second electrical conductor positioned opposite to the first conductor on a second layer. Also, at least one of the first and second conductors is operable to vary in resistance or capacitance based on an amount of pressure applied to that conductor. In addition, each contact is configured to enable an electrical connection between the first and second conductors with a resistance or capacitance that varies based on an amount of pressure applied to a corresponding area of the pad when an object is positioned on that pad.

[G05B] CONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS (fluid-pressure actuators or systems acting by means of fluids in general F15B; valves per se F16K; characterised by mechanical features only G05G; sensitive elements, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. G12B, subclasses of G01, H01; correcting units, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. H02K)


Product authentication using barcode characteristics
Patent No. 10891630 

Inventor(s): Jamie Kawabata (Addison, TX), Mohamed Lazzouni (Addison, TX), Will Ewin (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Authentix, Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16892535 on 06/04/2020 (222 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprising: a memory; and a processor coupled to the memory and configured to: obtain an image of a barcode from a product, wherein the barcode comprises a signature; obtain a notification associated with authentication of the product based on the signature; and provide the notification as an audio, a video, or a combination of audio and video. A method comprising: obtaining a smart device; coupling a scanner system to the smart device; obtaining a product comprising a barcode; scanning, using the scanner system, the barcode to obtain an image of the barcode, wherein the barcode comprises a signature; and obtaining, using the smart device and based on the signature, a notification associated with authentication of the product.

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


System and method for providing an aggregation tool
Patent No. 10891691 

Inventor(s): Jean-Dominique Morani (Irving, TX), Magali Courbage (Richardson, TX), Richard Rodenbusch (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): EXPERIAN INFORMATION SOLUTIONS, INC. (Costa Mesa, CA)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16843028 on 04/08/2020 (279 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention assist in the development, management, and deployment of aggregated data attributes for multiple data sources. One embodiment provides a development interface that allows for elements of attributes, including filters, to be moved into a coding area in which an attribute or an attribute element is being edited. In another embodiment, the user interface presents data fields to assist in the development of filters for multiple data sources with divergent formats. The application further provides a validation interface through which users can validate attributes and trace the results returned by various elements referenced by the attributes under validation. Another embodiment provides a system for managing attributes and deploying them to various systems by creating a deployment file that is used by an attribute calculation system. In one embodiment, the attribute calculation system is a scalable system that dynamically calculates attributes for multiple data sources.

[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]


Adaptive bilateral (BL) filtering for computer vision
Patent No. 10891717 

Inventor(s): Jesse Gregory Villarreal, Jr. (Richardson, TX), Mihir Narendra Mody (Karnataka, , IN), Niraj Nandan (Plano, TX), Shashank Dabral (Allen, TX), William Wallace (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16178200 on 11/01/2018 (803 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for filtering noise for imaging includes receiving an image frame having position and range data. A filter size divides the frame into filter windows for processing each of the filter windows. For the first pixel, a space to the center pixel and a range difference between this pixel and the center pixel is determined and used for choosing a selected weight from weights in a 2D weight LUT including weighting for space and range difference, a filtered range value is calculated by applying the selected 2D weight to the pixel, and the range, filtered range value and selected 2D weight are summed. The determining, choosing, calculating and summing are repeated for at least the second pixel. A total sum of contributions from the first and second pixel are divided by the sum of selected 2D weights to generate a final filtered range value for the center pixel.

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


Universal barrier operator transmitter
Patent No. 10891812 

Inventor(s): Donald Y. Perkins, Jr. (Richardson, TX), LeRoy G. Krupke (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): GMI Holdings, Inc. (Mount Hope, OH)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16844705 on 04/09/2020 (278 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controller for a door operator including a processor, a first actuator, and a transmitter, and associated method. The method may include inverting bit positions of a rolling code, dividing the inverted code by a predetermined number, converting the divided inverted code to base 9 coefficients, and substituting an output nibble for each base 9 coefficient in the divided converted code. The transmitter may be configured to transmit the substituted output nibble responsive to actuation of the first actuator.

[G07C] TIME OR ATTENDANCE REGISTERS; REGISTERING OR INDICATING THE WORKING OF MACHINES; GENERATING RANDOM NUMBERS; VOTING OR LOTTERY APPARATUS; ARRANGEMENTS, SYSTEMS OR APPARATUS FOR CHECKING NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE (identification of persons A61B 5/117; indicating or recording apparatus for measuring in general, analogous apparatus but in which the input is not a variable to be measured, e.g. a hand operation, G01D; clocks, clock mechanisms G04B, G04C; time-interval measuring G04F; counting mechanisms per se G06M)


Cognitive vetting system for unsolicited residential visitors
Patent No. 10891813 

Inventor(s): Jeff L. Edgington (Fort Worth, TX), Lee A. Carbonell (Flower Mound, TX), Pandian Mariadoss (Allen, TX), Tsz Cheng (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16841960 on 04/07/2020 (280 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, computer system, and a computer program product for cognitive vetting is provided. The present invention may include determining that an identified person is not expected. The present invention may include retrieving historical information relevant to a past interaction with the identified person. The present invention may then include enabling a present interaction with the identified person. The present invention may lastly include determining a recommendation based on an analysis of the retrieved historical information and the present interaction.

[G07C] TIME OR ATTENDANCE REGISTERS; REGISTERING OR INDICATING THE WORKING OF MACHINES; GENERATING RANDOM NUMBERS; VOTING OR LOTTERY APPARATUS; ARRANGEMENTS, SYSTEMS OR APPARATUS FOR CHECKING NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE (identification of persons A61B 5/117; indicating or recording apparatus for measuring in general, analogous apparatus but in which the input is not a variable to be measured, e.g. a hand operation, G01D; clocks, clock mechanisms G04B, G04C; time-interval measuring G04F; counting mechanisms per se G06M)


Traffic drone system
Patent No. 10891856 

Inventor(s): Bradly Jay Billman (Celina, TX), Richard Daniel Graham (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: BakerHostetler (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15393589 on 12/29/2016 (1475 days app to issue)

Abstract: Unmanned vehicles can be terrestrial, aerial, nautical, or multi-mode. Unmanned vehicles may be used to direct vehicle traffic in response to a vehicular accident. For example, an unmanned vehicle may analyze information about the accident scene and based on the information direct traffic near the accident scene.

[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]


Lighting assembly with LEDs and optical elements
Patent No. 10891881 

Inventor(s): David Siucheong Auyeung (Carrollton, TX), Simon Magarill (Mountain View, CA), William Y Hall (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Ultravision Technologies, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16750361 on 01/23/2020 (355 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lighting apparatus includes a circuit board and light emitting diodes (LEDs) attached to the circuit board. The LEDs are arranged in an array of row and columns and are attached to the circuit board are arranged in a single plane. A support substrate supports the circuit board. Optical elements are configured to redirect light from the plurality of LEDs. Each optical element is substantially the same as all other optical elements. Each LED is associated with a single optical element and each optical element is associated with a single LED. The lighting apparatus is configured to direct light away from the circuit board so that the light is directed so as to illuminate a substantially rectangular area that is off-center relative to the light assembly. The substantially rectangular area has an edge that is at least 14 feet in length.

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


Magnetic head with current assisted magnetic recording and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10891974 

Inventor(s): Anna Zheng (San Ramon, CA), Changqing Shi (San Ramon, CA), Jian-Gang Zhu (San Jose, CA), Lijie Guan (Cupertino, CA), Michael Ho (San Jose, CA), Suping Song (Fremont, CA), Supradeep Narayana (San Jose, CA), Terence Lam
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Patterson Sheridan, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16000033 on 06/05/2018 (952 days app to issue)

Abstract: A magnetic head includes a main pole configured to serve as a first electrode, an upper pole containing a trailing magnetic shield configured to a serve as a second electrode, and a record element located in a trailing gap between the main pole and the trailing magnetic shield. The record element includes an electrically conductive, non-magnetic material portion which is not part of a spin torque oscillator stack. The main pole and the trailing magnetic shield are electrically shorted by the record element across the trailing gap between the main pole and the trailing magnetic shield such that an electrically conductive path is present between the main pole and the trailing magnetic shield through the record element.

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


Magnetic head with assisted magnetic recording and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10891975 

Inventor(s): Anna Zheng (San Jose, CA), Changqing Shi (San Ramon, CA), Jian-Gang Zhu (San Jose, CA), Lijie Guan (San Jose, CA), Michael Kuok San Ho (Emerald Hills, CA), Suping Song (Fremont, CA), Supradeep Narayana (Santa Clara, CA, U
Assignee(s): SanDiskTechnologies LLC. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Patterson Sheridan, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16252419 on 01/18/2019 (725 days app to issue)

Abstract: A magnetic head includes a main pole configured to serve as a first electrode, an upper pole containing a trailing magnetic shield configured to a serve as a second electrode, and an electrically conductive portion located in a trailing gap between the main pole and the trailing magnetic shield. The electrically conductive portion is not part of a spin torque oscillator stack, and the electrically conductive portion includes at least one electrically conductive, non-magnetic material layer. The main pole and the trailing magnetic shield are electrically shorted by the electrically conductive portion across the trailing gap between the main pole and the trailing magnetic shield such that an electrically conductive path is present between the main pole and the trailing magnetic shield through the electrically conductive portion.

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


Write leveling for a memory device
Patent No. 10892006 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX), Gary L. Howe (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16786661 on 02/10/2020 (337 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device include write leveling circuitry that is configured to receive a write command from the command interface. The write leveling circuitry also receives a data strobe (DQS) signal from a host device (e.g., processor) and receives a clock signal from the host device. The write leveling circuitry also compares phases of the DQS signal and the clock signal using a phase detector. The write leveling circuitry also generates an internal write signal (IWS) based upon the write command, and outputs a captured result of a write leveling operation based at least in part on the compared phases and the IWS.

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


On-die capacitor for a memory device
Patent No. 10892021 

Inventor(s): Arka Ganguly (San Jose, CA), Qui Nguyen (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16216719 on 12/11/2018 (763 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for an on-die capacitor. A memory chip comprises an array of memory cells. A capacitor is electrically coupled to an array of memory cells. A capacitor receives at least a portion of discharged electricity from an operation for an array of memory cells. A capacitor supplies electricity back to an array of memory cells during a subsequent operation for an array of memory cells.

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


Storing and using multipurpose secret data
Patent No. 10892895 

Inventor(s): John Almeida (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Atense, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16767580 on 08/22/2019 (509 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method improves operational performance of a computer by enhancing digital security with an added electronic circuit. The electronic circuit stores sensitive data in an un-erasable state such that the sensitive data may not be altered. The electronic circuit limits transfer of the sensitive data only once after each power-up or after each reset of the computer. The electronic circuit prevents access to the sensitive data by an authorized program. The electronic circuit utilizes its own storage medium and random access memory, the latter of which can receive and store the sensitive data. The method uses a software driver and a copy-of-copy of first security key obtained from the sensitive data stored on the electronic circuit. The software driver installs a software module on the computer using the copy-of-copy of first security key to encrypt each installed file.

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


 

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Processing multiple audio signals on a device
Patent No. 10891107 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16224657 on 12/18/2018 (756 days app to issue)

Abstract: At least one processor that performs at least one of determine at least two audio signals, determine at least one directionality of at least one audio source from the at least two audio signals, determine at least one timing of the at least one audio source from the at least two audio signals, generate at least one context for the at least two audio signals based on the at least one directionality and the at least one timing of the at least two audio signals, and provide at least one user interface based on the generated at least one context.

[H04R] LOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS (producing sounds with frequency not determined by supply frequency G10K) [6]


Enhanced communication platform and related communication method using the platform
Patent No. 10891598 

Inventor(s): Raghuram Govindacharyula (Plano, TX), Ramkumar Katchapeswaran Mambakkam (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): UPAID SYSTEMS, LTD. (Road Town, , VG)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16443149 on 06/17/2019 (575 days app to issue)

Abstract: Pre-authorized communication services and/or transactions are provided via a plurality of networks in response to a request received from a user to provide at least one of a communication service, a transaction and user account information via a plurality of networks of different types. Prior to processing the request, there is verification of the user”s authorization to receive the at least one of the communication service, the transaction, and the user account information, and that an account associated with the user has a sufficient amount currently available for payment of the at least one of the communication service and the transaction. After verification, an authorized account associated with the user is charged in real time as the at least one of the communication service and the transaction is provided.

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


Stationary device for contactless electrical energy transmission
Patent No. 10892088 

Inventor(s): Damijan Miljavec (Ljubljana, , SI), Laslo Olah (Richardson, TX), Mario Vukotic (Ljubljana, , SI), Selma Corovic (Ljubljana, , SI)
Assignee(s): Texas Institute of Science, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16987309 on 08/06/2020 (159 days app to issue)

Abstract: A contactless charging apparatus and method for contactless charging are disclosed. In one embodiment of the contactless charging apparatus, a primary electromagnetic structure and a secondary electromagnetic structure are disposed in an opposing relationship with primary wedges of the primary electromagnetic structure facing secondary wedges of the secondary electromagnetic structure with a non-magnetic gap therebetween. Coils may be positioned in spaces defined by circumferentially slotted areas between the primary and the secondary concentric cores. A non-resonance circuit is formed between the primary electromagnetic structure and the secondary electromagnetic structure to provide a contactless electrical energy transmission from the primary electromagnetic structure to the secondary electromagnetic structure with the use of a time-varying electromagnetic field.

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


Gas permeable superstrate and methods of using the same
Patent No. 10892167 

Inventor(s): James P. De Young (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Tokyo, , JP)
Law Firm: Abel Schillinger, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16293053 on 03/05/2019 (679 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gas permeable superstrate and method using the same is disclosed. The superstrate can include a body and an amorphous fluoropolymer layer on the body. The method of planarization can include dispensing a planarization precursor material over a substrate and contacting the planarization precursor material with a body of a superstrate. In one embodiment, the substrate includes a non-uniform surface topography. The method can also include curing the planarization precursor material to form a planarization layer over the substrate, where curing can be performed while the superstrate is contacting the planarization precursor material.

[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]


Methods of forming power electronic assemblies using metal inverse opal structures and encapsulated-polymer spheres
Patent No. 10892206 

Inventor(s): Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16250743 on 01/17/2019 (726 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of forming a bonding assembly that includes positioning a plurality of polymer spheres against an opal structure and placing a substrate against a second major surface of the opal structure. The opal structure includes the first major surface and the second major surface with a plurality of voids defined therebetween. The plurality of polymer spheres encapsulates a solder material disposed therein and contacts the first major surface of the opal structure. The method includes depositing a material within the voids of the opal structure and removing the opal structure to form an inverse opal structure between the first and second major surfaces. The method further includes removing the plurality of polymer spheres to expose the solder material encapsulated therein and placing a semiconductor device onto the inverse opal structure in contact with the solder material.

[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 metal die attach to substrate with multi-size cavity
Patent No. 10892209 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Nazila Dadvand (Richardson, TX), Sreenivasan Koduri (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16363468 on 03/25/2019 (659 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a metal substrate including a through-hole aperture having a multi-size cavity including a larger area first cavity portion above a smaller area second cavity portion that defines a first ring around the second cavity portion, where the first cavity portion is sized with area dimensions to receive a semiconductor die having a top side with circuitry coupled to bond pads thereon and a back side with a metal (BSM) layer thereon. The semiconductor die is mounted top side up with the BSM layer on the first ring. A metal die attach layer directly contacts the BSM layer, sidewalls of the bottom cavity portion, and a bottom side of the metal substrate.

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


Three-dimensional memory device containing through-memory-level contact via structures and method of making the same
Patent No. 10892267 

Inventor(s): Hisakazu Otoi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Kenji Sugiura (Yokkaichi, , JP), Mitsuteru Mushiga (Yokkaichi, , JP), Shigehisa Inoue (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yuki Fukuda (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15950616 on 04/11/2018 (1007 days app to issue)

Abstract: A contact via structure vertically extending through an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers is provided in a staircase region having stepped surfaces. The contact via structure is electrically isolated from each electrically conductive layer of the alternating stack except for an electrically conductive layer that directly underlies a horizontal interface of the stepped surfaces. A laterally-protruding portion of the contact via structure contacts an annular top surface of the electrically conductive layer. The electrical isolation can be provided by a ribbed insulating spacer that includes laterally-protruding annular rib regions at levels of the insulating layers, or can be provided by annular insulating spacers located at levels of the electrically conductive layers. The contact via structure can contact a top surface of an underlying metal interconnect structure that overlies a substrate to provide an electrically conductive path.

[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]


NAND string containing separate hole and electron tunneling dielectric layers and methods for forming the same
Patent No. 10892279 

Inventor(s): Yukihiro Sakotsubo (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16514019 on 07/17/2019 (545 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a substrate, memory openings extending through the alternating stack, memory opening fill structures located within a respective one of the memory openings, and a gate dielectric located between the memory opening fill structures and the electrically conductive layers. Each of the memory opening fill structures includes a vertical semiconductor channel, a conductive core electrode, and a memory film located between the vertical semiconductor channel and the conductive core electrode. The memory film contains a layer stack including a first tunneling dielectric contacting the vertical semiconductor channel, a second tunneling dielectric contacting the conductive core electrode, and a charge storage layer located between the first tunneling dielectric and the second tunneling dielectric.

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


Method for manufacturing a transistor having a sharp junction by forming raised source-drain regions before forming gate regions and corresponding transistor produced by said method
Patent No. 10892281 

Inventor(s): John Hongguang Zhang (Fishkill, NY)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Crowe Dunlevy (Local + 7 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16713106 on 12/13/2019 (396 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transistor is fabricated by growing an epitaxial layer of semiconductor material on a semiconductor layer and forming an opening extending through the epitaxial layer at the gate location. This opening provides, from the epitaxial layer, a source epitaxial region on one side of the opening and a drain epitaxial region on an opposite side of the opening. The source epitaxial region and a first portion of the semiconductor layer underlying the source epitaxial region are annealed into a single crystal transistor source region. Additionally, the drain epitaxial region and a second portion of the semiconductor layer underlying the drain epitaxial region are annealed into a single crystal transistor drain region. A third portion of the semiconductor layer between the transistor source and drain regions forms a transistor channel region. A transistor gate electrode is then formed in the opening above the transistor channel 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]


Atomic layer deposition of selected molecular clusters
Patent No. 10892344 

Inventor(s): John H. Zhang (Altamont, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15981659 on 05/16/2018 (972 days app to issue)

Abstract: Energy bands of a thin film containing molecular clusters are tuned by controlling the size and the charge of the clusters during thin film deposition. Using atomic layer deposition, an ionic cluster film is formed in the gate region of a nanometer-scale transistor to adjust the threshold voltage, and a neutral cluster film is formed in the source and drain regions to adjust contact resistance. A work function semiconductor material such as a silver bromide or a lanthanum oxide is deposited so as to include clusters of different sizes such as dimers, trimers, and tetramers, formed from isolated monomers. A type of Atomic Layer Deposition system is used to deposit on semiconductor wafers molecular clusters to form thin film junctions having selected energy gaps. A beam of ions contains different ionic clusters which are then selected for deposition by passing the beam through a filter in which different apertures select clusters based on size and orientation.

[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]


Hall-effect sensor package with added current path
Patent No. 10892405 

Inventor(s): Enis Tuncer (Dallas, TX), Jie Chen (Dallas, TX), John Paul Tellkamp (Rockwall, TX), Ming Li (Plano, TX), Rajen Manicon Murugan (Dallas, TX), Satyendra Singh Chauhan (Murphy, TX), Tony Ray Larson (Tucson, AZ), Usman Ma
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16404978 on 05/07/2019 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Hall-effect sensor package includes and an IC die including a Hall-Effect element and a leadframe including leads on a first side providing a first field generating current (FGC) path including 1 first FGC input pin coupled by a reduced width first curved head over or under the Hall-effect sensor element to 1 first FGC output pin, and second leads on a second side of the package. Some leads on the second side are attached to bond pads on the IC die including the output of the Hall-effect element. A clip is attached at one end to the first FGC input pin and at another end to a location on the first FGC output pin, having a reduced width second curved head in between that is over or under the Hall-effect sensor element opposite the first head.

[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]


Aqueous electrolyte with carbonate and batteries using the same
Patent No. 10892523 

Inventor(s): Kensuke Takechi (Ann Arbor, MI), Ruidong Yang (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15335563 on 10/27/2016 (1538 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electrolyte composition has a fluoroalkylsulfonyl salt and water. The water is present, relative to the fluoroalkylsulfonyl salt, at a molar ratio within a range of 0.1:1 to 10:1, inclusive. This creates a ”water-in-salt” in which individual water molecules are surrounded by salt rather than vice versa. Water contained in this environment is electrochemically stabilized relative to a bulk water. The electrolyte also has an organic carbonate present, relative to the fluoroalkylsulfonyl salt, at a molar ratio within a range of 0.1:1 to 50:1, inclusive. It has been discovered that inclusion of the organic carbonate further increases the electrochemical stability of the water within the ”in-salt” environment.

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


Apparatus for fast battery charging
Patent No. 10892631 

Inventor(s): Brian Paul Alongi (Dallas, TX), Michael A. Vega (Allen, TX), Yevgen Pavlovich Barsukov (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16738991 on 01/09/2020 (369 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for fast charging a battery with optimal charging. In an arrangement, a system includes a battery charger for applying a voltage to a rechargeable battery; and a controller coupled to the battery charger and monitoring at least one of a battery voltage, a battery temperature, and the current flowing into the battery; wherein the system is configured to apply a charging current from the battery charger by calculating an open cell anode voltage and an anode resistance of the battery, and determining the charging current. In additional arrangements, lithium ion plating is prevented by the charging current. Additional methods and arrangements are disclosed.

[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)


Configurable grid charging coil with active switch and sensing system
Patent No. 10892632 

Inventor(s): Chi-Ming Wang (Ann Arbor, MI), Ercan M. Dede (Ann Arbor, 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: 15677969 on 08/15/2017 (1246 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and device for wirelessly charging a device. The inductive charging system includes a power source for providing an electrical charge that is wirelessly transferred or emitted to charge a first device. The inductive charging system includes a configurable grid that is configured to form a first inductive loop and multiple switches. Each switch is configured to open and close to electrically connect different portions of the configurable grid. The inductive charging system includes a processor connected to the multiple switches. The processor is configured to operate the multiple switches to open and close the portions of the configurable grid to form the first inductive loop that wirelessly transfers the electrical charge to the first device.

[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)


Adaptive ping method for wireless charging system with wide charge distance
Patent No. 10892652 

Inventor(s): Francois Ricodeau (Dallas, TX), Wen Cai (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): SEMTECH CORPORATION (Camarillo, CA)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16217812 on 12/12/2018 (762 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for controlling power delivery from a transmitter to a receiver, comprising generating a control at a processor to actuate a distance measurement device. Transmitting the control to the distance measurement device. Activating the distance measurement device to measure a distance between a transmitter and a receiver. Transmitting a data packet from the distance measurement device to the processor that contains a plurality of data fields that have a value that represents the distance. Determining whether the distance is less than a predetermined threshold using the processor. Generating an error signal if the distance is less than the predetermined threshold to prevent the transmitter from generating an electromagnetic field that would cause damage to the receiver. Setting a ping signal strength as a function of the distance. Generating an electromagnetic field as a function of the ping signal strength.

[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)


Hysteretic control for transformer based power converters
Patent No. 10892686 

Inventor(s): Michael D. Seeman (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16857365 on 04/24/2020 (263 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hysteretic controller coupled to a first inductor and a second inductor, the first inductor is coupled to a secondary side of a transformer, the second inductor is coupled to the secondary side of the transformer and the hysteretic controller includes: a hysteretic comparator including a first input, a second input, and an output, the first input configured to receive a sensed current from the first inductor and the second inductor, the second input configured to receive a differential voltage representing a potential difference between an output voltage of a power converter and a reference voltage; a pulse sequencer coupled to the output of the hysteretic comparator; and a dead-time generation circuit configured to provide a first on-time signal to a first switch coupled to a primary side of the transformer and a second on-time signal to a second switch coupled to the secondary side of the transformer, the first and second on-time signals based on a pulse signal received from the pulse sequencer.

[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]


Stacked-die bulk acoustic wave oscillator package
Patent No. 10892712 

Inventor(s): Kurt Peter Wachtler (Richardson, TX), Ricky A. Jackson (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16747679 on 01/21/2020 (357 days app to issue)

Abstract: A stacked-die oscillator package includes an oscillator circuit die having inner bond pads, and outer bond pads, and a bulk acoustic wave (BAW) resonator die having a piezoelectric transducer with a first and second BAW bond pad on a same side coupled to a top and bottom electrode layer across a piezoelectric layer. A first metal bump is on the first BAW bond pad and a second metal bump is on the second BAW bond pad flip chip bonded to the inner bond pads of the oscillator circuit die. A polymer material is in a portion of a gap between the BAW and oscillator circuit die.

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


Duty-cycle calibration based on differential clock sensing
Patent No. 10892742 

Inventor(s): Horia Giuroiu (Campbell, CA), Roland Ribeiro (San Jose, CA), Yongseon Koh (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16723508 on 12/20/2019 (389 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a pseudo-differential clock path configured to convey a first clock signal and a second clock signal, wherein the second clock signal is inverted relative to the first clock signal. The system also includes a sensing circuit coupled to sensing nodes of the pseudo-differential clock path. The sensing circuit is configured to provide a sense signal based on a comparison of the first clock signal and the second clock signal at the sensing nodes. The system also includes a correction circuit coupled to the sensing circuit and to adjustment nodes of the pseudo-differential clock path. The correction circuit is configured to adjust the first clock signal and the second clock signal using digital-to-analog converters (DACs) and the sense signal.

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


Switch on-time controller with delay line modulator
Patent No. 10892746 

Inventor(s): Brian Thomas Lynch (Brookline, NH), Stefan Wlodzimierz Wiktor (Raleigh, NC)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16544061 on 08/19/2019 (512 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes an input voltage supply. The system also includes a switching converter coupled to the input voltage supply and configured to provide an output voltage based on a switch on-time. The system also includes a switch on-time controller for the switching converter. The switch on-time controller includes an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and a delay line coupled to the ADC. The switch on-time controller also includes a delay line modulator coupled to the delay line and configured to determine an amount of times the delay line is used to determine the switch on-time.

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


Reducing noise effects in electrostatic discharge circuits
Patent No. 10892756 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Lee Arney (Allen, TX), Sigfredo Emanuel Gonzlez Daz (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15854440 on 12/26/2017 (1113 days app to issue)

Abstract: A DPI circuit reduces noise effects in an ESD circuit when coupled between an ESD circuit and a protected pin. The DPI circuit includes an NMOS transistor coupled between an output node and a lower rail and a charge pump coupled between the input node and the gate of the first NMOS transistor. A resistor is coupled between the gate of the first NMOS transistor and the lower rail.

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


Low noise and low distortion test method and system for analog-to-digital converters
Patent No. 10892768 

Inventor(s): Rahul Vijay Kulkarni (Pune, , IN), Sharat Chandra Rudrasamudram (Bangalore, , IN), Siva Reddy Vemireddy (Andra Pradesh, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15700379 on 09/11/2017 (1219 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples include a method and automated test system for testing an ADC. The method includes computing an ADC noise value based on a first set of data values sampled while the ADC input terminals are shorted, computing a first system noise value based on a second set of data values sampled while a test circuit signal source applies zero volts to the ADC through a signal chain, computing a signal chain noise value based on the first system noise value and the ADC noise value, computing a measured SNR value based on a third set of data values sampled while the test circuit signal source applies a non-zero source voltage signal to the signal chain, computing a second system noise value based on the measured SNR value, and computing an ADC SNR value based on the second system noise value and the signal chain noise value.

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


Analog-to-digital converter with hysteresis
Patent No. 10892769 

Inventor(s): Brian Thomas Lynch (Brookline, NH), Stefan Wlodzimierz Wiktor (Raleigh, NC)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16587767 on 09/30/2019 (470 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) and a hysteresis circuit. The ADC is configured to generate a series of digital codes. The hysteresis circuit is configured to: (a) determine that a first digital code of the series of digital codes represents a change in a same direction as previous digital codes and store the first digital code in the register; and (b) determine that a second digital code of the series of digital codes represents a change in direction from previous digital codes, determine that the second digital code is less than a hysteresis value different than a preceding digital code, and not store the second digital code in the register.

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


Noise shaping in a digital-to-analog convertor
Patent No. 10892770 

Inventor(s): Anand Kannan (Bengaluru, , IN), Tanmay Halder (Kolkata, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16668744 on 10/30/2019 (440 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for a signal convertor comprising a resistor or current source coupled to a positive virtual ground node and a negative virtual ground node, wherein the resistor or current source is configured to switch from the positive virtual ground node (VGP) to the negative virtual ground node (VGN), wherein the switching of the resistor or current source results in a shaping of the low frequency noise from the resistor.

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


Segmented resistor digital-to-analog converter
Patent No. 10892771 

Inventor(s): Mayank Jain (Bengaluru, , IN), Preetam Charan Anand Tadeparthy (Bengaluru, , IN), Rohit Narula (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16582243 on 09/25/2019 (475 days app to issue)

Abstract: An analog-to-digital converter (ADC) includes a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) having a resistor network. The resistor network includes a first and second segments. The first segment includes a first switch coupled between a first supply voltage node and a first set of resistors. The second segment includes a second switch coupled between the first supply voltage node and a second set of resistors. The first segment includes a third switch coupled in series with a second resistor. The series-combination of the third switch and second resistor coupled in parallel with at least one resistor of the first set of resistors. The second segment includes a fourth switch coupled in series with a third resistor. The series-combination of the fourth switch and third resistor is coupled in parallel with at least one resistor of the second set of resistors.

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


Bias removal in PRBS based channel estimation
Patent No. 10892835 

Inventor(s): Nagarajan Viswanathan (Bangalore, , IN), Shagun Dusad (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16058007 on 08/08/2018 (888 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a pseudorandom binary sequence (PRBS) generator configured to generate a first PRBS and a second PRBS and an exclusive-OR logic configured to exclusive-OR the first PRBS and the second PRBS to compute a third PRBS. The system also includes an adder, a correlator and a corrector. The adder adds the third PRBS to input data to compute summed data for transmission of the summed data across the channel. The correlator computes the exclusive-OR of the first PRBS and the second PRBS to reproduce the third PRBS and correlates output data from the channel to the reproduced third PRBS to compute a channel gain error and a channel memory error. The corrector extracts the input data from the output data from the channel using the computed channel gain and memory errors.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Controller area network receiver
Patent No. 10892911 

Inventor(s): Roy David Wojciechowski (Round Rock, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16419493 on 05/22/2019 (601 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controller area network receiver includes a measurement circuit, a filter circuit, and a frame detection circuit. The measurement circuit is coupled to a bit stream input terminal, and includes a timer circuit and error calculation circuitry. The timer circuit is coupled to the bit stream input terminal and a reference clock generator circuit. The error calculation circuitry is coupled to the timer circuit. The filter circuit is coupled to the measurement circuit, and includes error clipping control circuitry and clock period adjustment circuitry. The error clipping control circuitry is coupled to the error calculation circuitry. The clock period adjustment circuitry is coupled to the error calculation circuitry and the timer circuit. The frame detection circuit is coupled to the filter circuit and the bit stream input terminal.

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


Creating and using service control functions
Patent No. 10892948 

Inventor(s): Paul Edward Smith, Jr. (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Hartman Citrin LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16504592 on 07/08/2019 (554 days app to issue)

Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for creating and using service control functions. The service control functions can detect a message via an adapter function. The message can relate to a service controlled by the service control functions. Service policies can be accessed. The service policies can include message handling policies and can be accessed to determine if a policy relating to the message exists. If a determination is made that the policy exists, the message and the policy can be analyzed to determine an action to take with respect to the message, and the action can be initiated.

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


Computer program product and apparatus for multi-path remediation
Patent No. 10893066 

Inventor(s): Brett M. Oliphant (Plano, TX), John P. Blignaut (West Lafayette, IN)
Assignee(s): SecurityProfiling, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: The Caldwell Firm, LLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15608981 on 05/30/2017 (1323 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for a database associating a plurality of device vulnerabilities to which computing devices can be subject with a plurality of remediation techniques that collectively remediate the plurality of device vulnerabilities. Each of the device vulnerabilities is associated with at least one remediation technique. Each remediation technique associated with a particular device vulnerability remediates that particular vulnerability. Further, each remediation technique has a remediation type are selected from the type group consisting of patch, policy setting, and configuration option. Still yet, a first one of the device vulnerabilities is associated with at least two alternative remediation techniques.

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


Streaming and nonstreaming media transfer between devices
Patent No. 10893087 

Inventor(s): Angel Munoz (Dallas, TX), Teodor Atroshenko (Sao Marcos, , PY)
Assignee(s): Mass Luminosity, Inc. (Lake Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16836812 on 03/31/2020 (287 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for streaming and nonstreaming media transfer between devices includes receiving, by a server, a request message for a handoff of content from a first device displaying the content to a second device. The method further includes generating a handoff protocol for the handoff in response to the handoff request message. The method further includes transmitting, to one of the first device and the second device, a first notification message that includes a plurality of handoff parameters, based on the handoff protocol, that identifies an algorithm for the handoff of the content. The method further includes receiving a second notification message indicating that the handoff is complete with the second device displaying the content.

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


Migration project automation, e.g., automated selling, planning, migration and configuration of email systems
Patent No. 10893099 

Inventor(s): Richard J. Tett (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): SkyKick, Inc. (Seattle, WA)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14814424 on 07/30/2015 (1993 days app to issue)

Abstract: Technology is generally described for automating the project management and execution of data migration from a source email system to a destination email system. In some examples, the technology can include receiving a domain name of a second computing system; obtaining domain name system (DNS) records for the received domain name; determining an email hosting provider for the second computing system; determining, by the processor, based on the obtained DNS records, an email system service type of the source email system on the second computing system; discovering mailboxes and message delivery rules of the source email system; displaying customization options for migrating discovered source email system mailboxes; migrating data items from the source email system to the destination email system; and managing migration of data from source email system client computing devices to the destination email system.

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


Caller identity and authentication service
Patent No. 10893138 

Inventor(s): Rinkesh Patel (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): FMR LLC (Boston, MA)
Law Firm: Proskauer Rose LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16707433 on 12/09/2019 (400 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method is described for authenticating the identity of a caller. A mobile computing device receives, via a wireless communications network, an incoming call setup request initiated by a phone system of a caller, and executes an identity service application upon receipt of the incoming call setup request. The call includes a plurality of data packets. The mobile computing device extracts a caller identifier from the plurality of data packets. The caller identifier includes one or more bits at a first predetermined position within the plurality of data packets. The mobile computing device forwards the caller identifier to an identity service computing device. The identity service computing device determines an identity status of the caller. The mobile computing device receives, from the identity service computing device, an authentication token and the identity status of the caller. The mobile computing device displays the identity status of the caller.

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


Controlled-environment facility video communications monitoring system
Patent No. 10893232 

Inventor(s): Luke Keiser (Frisco, TX), Scott D. Passe (Forney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16534709 on 08/07/2019 (524 days app to issue)

Abstract: Video communications of residents of a controlled-environment facility are monitored to detect instances of non-verbal communications within the video, such as the display of written messages and hand signals. Residents may participate in live video visitation sessions with non-residents. Video recordings are generated for each video feed of the live video visitation. During the live video visitation, indications of non-verbal communications displayed in the live video are detected. If indications of non-verbal communications are detected in the live video, the recorded video is annotated to specify the locations of the detected indications in the recording. Upon completion of the video visitation session, post-processing of the recorded video detects additional indications of displayed non-verbal communication. The additional indications may be detected at proximal locations to the annotations and may be detected based on sampling frames of the recording to detect changes in the color balance indicating the display of a message surface.

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


Image coding method, image coding apparatus, image decoding method, image decoding apparatus, and image coding and decoding apparatus
Patent No. 10893282 

Inventor(s): Hisao Sasai (Osaka, , JP), Kengo Terada (Osaka, , JP), Kyoko Tanikawa (Osaka, , JP), Toru Matsunobu (Osaka, , JP), Toshiyasu Sugio (Osaka, , JP), Youji Shibahara (Osaka, , JP)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16158379 on 10/12/2018 (823 days app to issue)

Abstract: Image coding and decoding technologies are described. For example, a sample adaptive offset (SAO) type parameter is decoded from a bitstream, and an SAO type for an SAO value to be added to a pixel value of a reconstructed image is determined from the SAO type parameter. A plurality of bins with variable length coding is decoded from the bitstream using bypass arithmetic coding with a fixed probability. The plurality of bins represents an integer indicating a magnitude of the SAO value. The integer indicating the magnitude of the SAO value is determined based on the plurality of bins decoded using bypass arithmetic coding with a fixed probability. The SAO value is determined using the determined integer.

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


Sub-pictures for pixel rate balancing on multi-core platforms
Patent No. 10893284 

Inventor(s): Minhua Zhou (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16260225 on 01/29/2019 (714 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for decoding a compressed video bit stream in a video decoder to recover a video sequence, the video decoder including a plurality of decoder processing cores is provided. The method includes determining that a picture is encoded in the compressed bit stream as a pre-determined number of independently encoded sub-pictures, and dispatching a first encoded sub-picture of the pre-determined number of sub-pictures to a first decoder processing core of the plurality of decoder processing cores and a second encoded sub-picture of the pre-determined number of sub-pictures to a second decoder processing core of the plurality of decoder processing cores, wherein the first encoded sub-picture and the second encoded sub-picture are independently decoded in parallel on the respective first and second decoder processing cores.

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


System and method for aiding hearing
Patent No. 10893370 

Inventor(s): Ekaterina Sokolovskaya (The Hague, , NL), Gergely Sebestyen (Budapest, , HU), Grigorii Sokolovskii (St. Petersburg, , RU), Laslo Olah (Richardson, TX), Peter Czifra (Budapest, , HU), Sergey Losev (St. Petersburg, , RU)
Assignee(s): Texas Institute of Science, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17029209 on 09/23/2020 (111 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for aiding hearing are disclosed. In one embodiment of the system, a programming interface is configured to communicate with a device. The system screens, via a speaker and a user interface associated with the device, a left earand separately, a right earof a patient at an incrementally selected frequency between a frequency range of 50 Hz to 5,000 Hz, with detected frequencies being re-ranged tested to better identify the frequencies and decibel levels heard. A frequency range of 5,000 Hz to 10,000 Hz is then tested. The system then determines a left ear preferred hearing range and a right ear preferred hearing range.

[H04R] LOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS (producing sounds with frequency not determined by supply frequency G10K) [6]


System and method of automatic physical cell ID allocation to reduce collision
Patent No. 10893420 

Inventor(s): Debasish Sarkar (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Sage Patent Group (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16134669 on 09/18/2018 (847 days app to issue)

Abstract: A management node and method at the management node provide automatic PCI allocation to sites in a RAN by iteratively identifying a selected cell site to be allocated a PCI group. From a group of cell sites in the RAN that have already been allocated a PCI group, the method obtains, for each PCI group, a closest neighbor site having a least distance from the selected cell site. The method allocates a PCI associated with a closest neighbor site based on whether any of the closest neighbor sites meet criteria including, with respect to the selected cell site, a respective distance greater than a cluster distance, a lack of coverage overlap between any respective sectors, a tier relationship that is two or greater and a respective distance greater than an average cell footprint, and a lack of sectors that face any sectors of the given cell site.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


UE session management QoS capability negotiation and QoS control realization
Patent No. 10893434 

Inventor(s): Jennifer Liu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16157800 on 10/11/2018 (824 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some example embodiments, there may be provided a method that includes forming, by a user equipment, a session establishment message including an indication of at least one session management capability supported by the user equipment; sending, by the user equipment, the session establishment message including the indication towards a session management function; and receiving, by the user equipment and from the session management function, a response indicative of whether the session management function and/or a corresponding network supports the at least one session management capability to enable the user equipment to operate in accordance with the at least one session management capability. Related systems, methods, and articles of manufacture are also described.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Wireless local area network data transmission method and apparatus
Patent No. 10893438 

Inventor(s): Phillip Barber (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen, , CN)
Law Firm: Leydig, Voit Mayer, Ltd. (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15463796 on 03/20/2017 (1394 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to the field of wireless communication, and in particular, to a wireless local area network data transmission method and apparatus, which are used for improving data transmission efficiency. The method of the embodiments of the present invention includes: carrying, by a control domain of a PLCP header domain in a PPDU constructed by an AP, identifier information of the AP, duration information, and an identifier of at least one STA, so that a STA may obtain the identifier information of the AP, the duration information, and the identifier of at least one STA by parsing only the control domain of the PLCP header domain.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Configurable codebook for advanced CSI feedback overhead reduction
Patent No. 10893490 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Christopher Weisberg, P.A. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15759063 on 08/11/2017 (1250 days app to issue)

Abstract: Network nodes, wireless devices and methods of reducing signaling overhead are provided. In one embodiment, a method includes transmitting to the wireless device at least one power threshold parameter to be used by the wireless device to determine a number of beams to be included in a multi-beam precoder codebook and transmitting to the wireless device a signal to interference plus noise ratio (SINR) to be used by the wireless device to determine to use one of a single beam precoder and a multiple beam precoder.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Near field communication reader with dynamic power control
Patent No. 10893492 

Inventor(s): Cheng-Hsien Hung (Allen, TX), Haiyu Huang (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: TIPS Group (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16740368 on 01/10/2020 (368 days app to issue)

Abstract: A near field communication reader includes a receiver, a transmitter, a matching network, a reader antenna coupled to the matching network; a microcontroller coupled to the receiver and the transmitter, a microcontroller; and a non-transitory computer readable media coupled to the microcontroller and including code segments and data executable on the microcontroller to control a RF driver of the transmitter based upon loading level as determined, for example, by a field detector output and RF driver settings.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for random access design of NR unlicensed
Patent No. 10893543 

Inventor(s): Hongbo Si (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16171309 on 10/25/2018 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: A user equipment includes a processor configured to generate a random access (RA) message comprising a preamble portion including one or more repeated preambles constructed using a same sequence, and a CP that precedes repeated preamble sequences, and a data portion including one or more data segments with each data segment including a number of repeated data symbols and a CP that precedes the repeated data symbols, wherein a UE-ID is included in the data portion, and perform an LBT operation for the RA message in an unlicensed spectrum. A transceiver is configured to transmit, when a result of the LBT operation for the RA message allows, the RA message to a base station (BS). BS includes a transceiver configured to receive an RA message in an unlicensed spectrum from a UE, and to transmit a responded RA message in response to the RA message within a RAR window.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Vehicles and methods identifying a service device in communication with a vehicle
Patent No. 10893555 

Inventor(s): Katsumi Nagata (Foster City, CA), Kyungtae Han (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16709047 on 12/10/2019 (399 days app to issue)

Abstract: Vehicles and methods are disclosed. A vehicle includes one or more imaging sensors, one or more processors, and one or more non-transitory memory modules storing machine-readable instructions. Executing the machine-readable instructions causes the one or more processors to receive identification information from a service device. Executing the machine-readable instructions causes the one or more processors to obtain, using the one or more imaging sensors, image data corresponding to identifying indicia of the service device. Executing the machine-readable instructions causes the one or more processors to authenticate the service device based on the identification information and the identifying indicia. Executing the machine-readable instructions causes the one or more processors to initiate a service in response to authentication of the service device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Bearer control for secondary radio access technology in dual connectivity networks
Patent No. 10893560 

Inventor(s): Sudhakar Reddy Patil (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16017238 on 06/25/2018 (932 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for controlling bearers in a core network includes receiving, from a user equipment (UE) device, a request for access to network resources, where the core network is coupled with a primary radio access technology (RAT) and a secondary RAT. The method includes determining an access point name (APN) RAT access restriction in response to the received request, where the APN RAT access restriction associates an APN with a corresponding RAT, where the corresponding RAT comprises at least one of the primary RAT or the secondary RAT. The method also includes assigning a radio bearer based on the determined APN RAT access restriction, wherein the assigned radio bearer exchanges data via the corresponding RAT; and identifying, to a master node, the assigned radio bearer for exchanging data between the UE device and a device specified by the APN via the corresponding RAT.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DESIGN PATENTS

Outlet cover plate with nightlight
Patent No. D907463 

Inventor(s): Daniel Rego (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29681847 on 02/28/2019 (684 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Leading edge fairing
Patent No. D907559 

Inventor(s): Brendan P. Lanigan (Grapevine, TX), Christopher E. Foskey (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29636493 on 02/08/2018 (1069 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Instrument panel
Patent No. D907565 

Inventor(s): Allen Brittain (Flower Mound, TX), Levi Bilbrey (Fort Worth, TX), Richard Carnes (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Textron Inc. (Forth Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29675538 on 01/03/2019 (740 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Drain cover
Patent No. D907748 

Inventor(s): Casey J. Fregoe (The Colony, TX), Robert Clifton Jones (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): Danco, Inc. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Scheef Stone, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29700107 on 07/31/2019 (531 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Walk-in bathtub
Patent No. D905209 

Inventor(s): Douglas Fornell Leavitt (Bethlehem, PA), Ki Bok Song (Astoria, NY), Soonjae Kwon (Plainview, NY)
Assignee(s): Safety Tubs Company, LLC (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29649653 on 05/31/2018 (929 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Lighting module
Patent No. D905325 

Inventor(s): Ashish Antony (Anna, TX), Jordon Musser (Dallas, TX), Kevin Emr (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): FLEX LTD (Singapore, , SG)
Law Firm: Weber Rosselli Cannon LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29727398 on 03/10/2020 (280 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cat toy
Patent No. D905356 

Inventor(s): Yunhao Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: ZANIP (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29685157 on 03/27/2019 (629 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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