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

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

Patents granted include:
•  American Airlines' cargo management system
•  AT&T's document analysis using machine learning and neural networks
•  Baylor University's carpal bone fusion device and method
•  Futurewei Technologies' operating states for D2D discovery
•  IBM's augmented reality tagging of non-smart items
•  Mentalix's robotic document feeder
•  Textron Innovations' mobile autonomous hydrogen refueling station

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 October 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   9
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING       17
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY     3
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS           9
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING   6
G: PHYSICS   35
H: ELECTRICITY        26
DESIGN: 8


TOP ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas)  13
Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)       6
Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston)   5
UT System Board of Regents (Austin)  4
Micron Technology Inc. (Boise, ID)       4
Bank of America Corp. (Charlotte, NC) 3
Enseo,LLC (Plano)   3
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano)  3
USAA  (San Antonio)        3

UNASSIGNED           9


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Brian P. Johnson (Dallas)  2
Daniel B. Penney (Wylie)  2
Daniel Bryan Robertson (Southlake)     2
Kirk Landon Groninga (Keller)    2
Manu Kurian (Dallas)        2
Niraj Nandan (Plano)         2
Thomas J. Shaw (Frisco)   2
Vanessa Ogle (Fairview)   2
William C. Fang (Plano)    2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Easy lift
Patent No. 11140968 

Inventor(s): Robert M. Lipani, Sr. (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17033710 on 09/26/2020 (381 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pair of eyeglass installed with a pair of skin chambers to reduce wrinkles in a user”s face is disclosed. Each skin chamber comprises a cavity, a pair of hinge pins, a pair of internal edges, and a rear plate. The skin chambers are mounted on the inside of a pair of temples via the hinge pins. The hinge pins are configured to fit into a pair of hinge pin sockets molded in the interior surface of the temples. The skin chambers are designed to reduce the wrinkles in the facial skin by pulling the excess skin upward towards the temple of the eyeglass and tucked into the cavity of the skin chamber. The internal edges include rounded edges, thereby proving maximum comfort to the skin for a longer duration without any pain to the user. Further, the skin chamber allows the skin to comfortably move during usage.

[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]


Adaptable bracket assembly system
Patent No. 11141005 

Inventor(s): John Steger (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): KASTON FIXTURES DESiGN GROUP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Klemchuk LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16509290 on 07/11/2019 (824 days app to issue)

Abstract: Adaptable bracket assemblies may be used with a plurality of different slotted standards. The bracket assembly may include two tabs or teeth, three notches, and a fastening mechanism (such as a tightening screw). The depth and shape of the tabs or teeth may be provided to allow attachment of the bracket assembly to a plurality of different vertical slotted standards. Further, the dimensions of the bracket assembly may allow the bracket assembly to be used adaptably on any of a plurality of different vertical slotted standards (i.e., A line, B, line, C line) that may be installed in a retail environment. Thus, it is not necessary to procure different types of brackets depending on which slotted standard is being used within a retail environment.

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


Product, system, method, apparatus, and article of manufacture for shower liner stay
Patent No. 11141025 

Inventor(s): Sophia Johnson (Flower Mound, TX), William J. Johnson (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Isidore PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16786805 on 02/10/2020 (610 days app to issue)

Abstract: A shower liner stay for holding a shower liner away from the showering area while a person is taking a shower. The shower liner stay includes one or more pensile wands to dangle on the dry ingress outside of a shower liner and adjacent the shower liner while dangling from existing hook(s) or curtain rod. Strategically affixed to a pensile wand are one or more graspers for grasping the delicate impermeable flexible surface of a shower liner for keeping the shower liner in place regardless of strong aerodynamic conditions during a shower. Customary and normal operation of the shower liner remains.

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


Medical devices with distal control
Patent No. 11141141 

Inventor(s): Brian Giles (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): MicroNovus, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16192755 on 11/15/2018 (1062 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device comprises a tubular member with a longitudinal axis having a proximal end and a distal end, at least one partial cut located at, along or near the distal end of the tubular member, the at least one partial cut comprising an orientation that is angled relative to both the longitudinal axis and an axis transverse to the longitudinal axis, a pusher member positioned within an interior of the tubular member and configured to selectively advance the distal end of the tubular member longitudinally, wherein the distal end of the tubular member is configured to at least partially rotate when the pusher member is advanced relative to the tubular member so at to facilitate placement of the distal end in a particular branch of a subject”s intraluminal network, wherein the distal end of the tubular member is configured to longitudinally elongate along or near an area of the at least one partial cut.

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


Carpal bone fusion device and method
Patent No. 11141285 

Inventor(s): Alex Chen (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Baylor University (Waco, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker, LLP (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16055899 on 08/06/2018 (1163 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides an orthopedic device and method for carpal fusion that provides bone to bone compression and multiple fixation points to decrease multiple degrees of freedom and motion of carpal bones. The device is biocompatible, resistant to corrosion, and sufficient in mechanical strength. Bone to bone compression and fixation points can be increased by using a first set of fasteners in a peripheral portion of the device to couple through the device into bone structure, and a second set of fasteners in a central portion of the device can be coupled through the device into the bone structure.

[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]


Rapid and prolonged immunologic-therapeutic
Patent No. 11141477 

Inventor(s): De-chu C Tang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Altimmune Inc. (Gaithersburg, MD)
Law Firm: Koren Anderson Duane Morris LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17214885 on 03/28/2021 (198 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention shows that intranasal administration of E1/E3-defective adenovirus particles may confer rapid and broad protection against viral and bacterial pathogens in a variety of disease settings. Protective responses lasted for many weeks in a single-dose regimen in animal models. When a pathogen-derived antigen gene was inserted into the E1/E3-defective adenovirus genome, the antigen-induced protective immunity against the specific pathogen was elicited before the adenovirus-mediated protective response declined away, thus conferring rapid, prolonged, and seamless protection against pathogens. In addition to E1/E3-defective adenovirus, other bioengineered non-replicating vectors encoding pathogen-derived antigens may also be developed into a new generation of rapid and prolonged immunologic-therapeutic (RAPIT).

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


Dental safety syringe
Patent No. 11141531 

Inventor(s): Mark Small (Heavener, OK), Thomas J. Shaw (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Retractable Technologies, Inc. (Little Elm, TX)
Law Firm: Monty L Ross PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15917208 on 03/09/2018 (1313 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dental safety syringe comprising selectively attachable barrel and plunger assemblies, the barrel assembly desirably further comprising a needle cartridge containing a needle holder and spring, and having a distal end from which a needle can be made to project forwardly while administering a medication and then subsequently withdrawn into the needle cartridge to avoid contamination following or between injections. The needle cartridge also comprises a proximal end having a recess into which an ampule containing medication can be inserted prior to connecting the plunger assembly to the barrel assembly so that a rubber dam in the distal end of the ampule is pierced by the proximal end of the needle whenever the syringe is fully assembled.

[A61M] DEVICES FOR INTRODUCING MEDIA INTO, OR ONTO, THE BODY (introducing media into or onto the bodies of animals A61D 7/00; means for inserting tampons A61F 13/26; devices for administering food or medicines orally A61J; containers for collecting, storing or administering blood or medical fluids A61J 1/05); DEVICES FOR TRANSDUCING BODY MEDIA OR FOR TAKING MEDIA FROM THE BODY (surgery A61B; chemical aspects of surgical articles A61L; magnetotherapy using magnetic elements placed within the body A61N 2/10); DEVICES FOR PRODUCING OR ENDING SLEEP OR STUPOR [5]


IV catheter with retractable needle and laterally offset biasing element and needle retraction cavity
Patent No. 11141570 

Inventor(s): Mark Small (Heavener, OK), Ni Zhu (Plano, TX), Thomas J. Shaw (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Retractable Technologies, Inc. (Little Elm, TX)
Law Firm: Monty L Ross PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15940279 on 03/29/2018 (1293 days app to issue)

Abstract: An intravenous catheter introducer for medical use having a body, a frontal attachment that is disposed in transverse sliding engagement with a front part of the body, a hub tube assembly that is releasably supported by the frontal attachment, and a retractable catheter insertion needle and needle holder that are biased rearwardly by a spring offset laterally from the needle axis, whereby lateral repositioning of the body relative to the frontal attachment following vascular insertion moves a needle retraction cavity disposed inside the body into substantial coaxial alignment and causes the needle holder to be retracted into the needle retraction cavity.

[A61M] DEVICES FOR INTRODUCING MEDIA INTO, OR ONTO, THE BODY (introducing media into or onto the bodies of animals A61D 7/00; means for inserting tampons A61F 13/26; devices for administering food or medicines orally A61J; containers for collecting, storing or administering blood or medical fluids A61J 1/05); DEVICES FOR TRANSDUCING BODY MEDIA OR FOR TAKING MEDIA FROM THE BODY (surgery A61B; chemical aspects of surgical articles A61L; magnetotherapy using magnetic elements placed within the body A61N 2/10); DEVICES FOR PRODUCING OR ENDING SLEEP OR STUPOR [5]


Model rotorcraft with light pipe support members
Patent No. 11141673 

Inventor(s): Jonathan Scott Wood (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15279385 on 09/28/2016 (1840 days app to issue)

Abstract: A radio controlled model rotorcraft implemented with features improving flight performance using increasing structural stability and increasing rotorcraft visibility and orientation awareness through the use of multifunctioning, configurable, and aesthetically pleasing components.

[A63H] TOYS, e.g. TOPS, DOLLS, HOOPS, BUILDING BLOCKS


 

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

Apparatuses, systems, and methods for locating vectors
Patent No. 11141824 

Inventor(s): Abran W. Major (Arlington, TX), Robert P. Plaskota (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16431358 on 06/04/2019 (861 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a spatial vector locator device includes a first tracker object, a first restraint, and a first bushing. The spatial vector locator device further includes a second tracker object, a second restraint, and a second bushing. A first reference point on the first tracker object is aligned with a vector to determine a first vector point along the vector. A second reference point on the second tracker object is aligned with the vector to determine a second vector point along the vector. An alignment rod is inserted through a first hole of the first bushing and a second hole of the second bushing to physically locate the vector in space.

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


Brake supplement assist control
Patent No. 11142175 

Inventor(s): Abril A. Galang (Ann Arbor, MI), Benjamin M. Geller (Ann Arbor, MI), Justin J. Chow (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: 16241829 on 01/07/2019 (1009 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for a brake assist control system. The brake assist control system is for a vehicle. The brake assist control system includes a first sensor configured to detect driver awareness. The brake assist control system includes an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is coupled to the first sensor. The electronic control unit is configured to determine that a brake pedal and an accelerator pedal are in a released position. The electronic control unit is configured to determine that there is vehicle movement. The electronic control unit is configured to determine that a driver of the vehicle is unaware of the vehicle movement based on the driver awareness. The electronic control unit is configured to reduce or eliminate the vehicle movement.

[B60T] VEHICLE BRAKE CONTROL SYSTEMS OR PARTS THEREOF; BRAKE CONTROL SYSTEMS OR PARTS THEREOF, IN GENERAL (control of electrodynamic brake systems B60L 7/00; conjoint control of brakes and other drive units of vehicles B60W); ARRANGEMENT OF BRAKING ELEMENTS ON VEHICLES IN GENERAL; PORTABLE DEVICES FOR PREVENTING UNWANTED MOVEMENT OF VEHICLES; VEHICLE MODIFICATIONS TO FACILITATE COOLING OF BRAKES [2006.01]


Road load compensation for matching acceleration expectation
Patent No. 11142208 

Inventor(s): Alejandro M. Sanchez (Ann Arbor, MI), Alejandro Martinez (Ann Arbor, MI), Sandeep Kumar Reddy Janampally (Canton, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16510107 on 07/12/2019 (823 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a vehicle road load compensation system that includes an accelerator pedal, a throttle, a transmission wherein a vehicle torque is generated proportional to the transmission gear and the motor power, and a control unit disposed within the vehicle and configured to receive real-time sensor data relating to the road load of the vehicle. The control unit includes a real-time throttle map relating the accelerator pedal position to the throttle position, such that a given accelerator pedal position directs a corresponding target throttle position. The control unit also includes a real-time shift map relating a desired transmission gear to a current transmission gear, vehicle speed, and throttle position. In response to the sensor data, the control unit updates the throttle map and shift map such that the vehicle torque is altered based on the road load of the vehicle. The controller may also update a real-time torque converter lockup map.

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


Flow restricting deflector
Patent No. 11142260 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey P. Smith (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): PACCAR Inc (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16781754 on 02/04/2020 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: Drag reducing systems for vehicles are provided. In one aspect, a drag reducing system generally includes a flow restricting deflector couplable to a mount and positioned upstream in a path of airflow to an object. The flow restricting deflector generally includes a body portion and a plurality of flow choking orifices configured to provide a choked airflow condition. In another aspect, the drag reducing system is configured for positioning adjacent a wheel and tire combination of a vehicle upstream in a path of airflow to the wheel and tire combination. The flow restricting deflector may be coupled to and extending downward from a splash shield adjacent the wheel and tire combination.

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


Motorcycle monoshock systems
Patent No. 11142276 

Inventor(s): Christopher Jahn Moos (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): COMTECH (COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES) LTD. (Weyburn, , CA)
Law Firm: Messner Reeves LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16083456 on 03/07/2017 (1680 days app to issue)

Abstract: A monoshock mount assembly allows conversion of the rear suspension system of a motorcycle from any existing configuration to a monoshock configuration that uses a single shock absorber. The monoshock mount assembly replaces factory-standard frame and suspension components. A body mount assembly attaches to existing attachment points of the motorcycle frame and provides structural support for bodywork, electrical and suspension components, and Other components. A swing arm pivotably attaches to the motorcycle frame and provides a lower shock mount, which may be offset from the centerline of the motorcycle. An upper brace attaches to the same attachment points as the body mount assembly and provides an upper shock mount that cooperates with the lower shock mount to mount the single shock absorber in a position where the shock absorber can operate normally without contacting motorcycle components supported by the body mount assembly.

[B62K] CYCLES; CYCLE FRAMES; CYCLE STEERING DEVICES; RIDER-OPERATED TERMINAL CONTROLS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR CYCLES; CYCLE AXLE SUSPENSIONS; CYCLE SIDECARS, FORECARS, OR THE LIKE


Heating tool
Patent No. 11142297 

Inventor(s): Bruce B. Bacon (Euless, TX), Christopher L. Gravelle (Fort Worth, TX), Frank S. Allen (North Richland Hills, TX), Jahanzeb Tareen (Grapevine, TX), Tom S. Chiang (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15424565 on 02/03/2017 (1712 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one aspect, a heating tool includes a heat source having a discharge outlet; and a manifold including an intake conduit configured to releasably connect to the discharge outlet of the heat source and a chamber coupled to the intake conduit having a ventilation path. The chamber includes a diverging portion configured to provide uniform airflow through the ventilation path to provide heating to a surface. In an embodiment, the chamber has a first portion and a second portion configured for assembly and disassembly. A method of curing an aircraft component is provided.

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


Length adjustable link
Patent No. 11142300 

Inventor(s): Andrew Maresh (Lewisville, TX), Chyausong Tzeng (Arlington, TX), Kyle Thomas Cravener (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16655400 on 10/17/2019 (726 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary length adjustable link includes a tube having an internal bore and internal surface, a first rod end having a first shaft disposed in a first end of the internal bore, a second rod end having a second shaft disposed in a second end of the internal bore, and a member threadably connecting the first rod end to the second rod end.

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


Fluidic split flap systems for yaw control in forward flight
Patent No. 11142302 

Inventor(s): Daniel Bryan Robertson (Southlake, TX), Kirk Landon Groninga (Keller, TX), Matthew Edward Louis (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16833620 on 03/29/2020 (562 days app to issue)

Abstract: An active flow control system for generating yaw control moments for an aircraft during forward flight. The system includes right and left yaw effectors disposed proximate the right and left wingtips of the wing. A pressurized air system includes a pressurized air source and a plurality of injectors operably associated with the right and left yaw effectors that influence the path of airflow above and below the yaw effectors. Based upon which of the injectors is injecting pressurized air, the right and left yaw effectors generate no yaw control moment, generate a yaw right control moment or generate a yaw left control moment.

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


Dual tiltwing aircraft having a quadrilateral linkage
Patent No. 11142310 

Inventor(s): Daniel Bryan Robertson (Southlake, TX), Kirk Landon Groninga (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16789888 on 02/13/2020 (607 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aircraft having a vertical takeoff and landing flight mode and a forward flight mode. The aircraft includes a fuselage and a dual tiltwing assembly having a vertical lift orientation and a forward thrust orientation relative to the fuselage. The dual tiltwing assembly includes a forward wing and an aft wing coupled together and to the fuselage by a quadrilateral linkage. A distributed propulsion system is coupled to the dual tiltwing assembly and includes a plurality of forward propulsion assemblies coupled to the forward wing and a plurality of aft propulsion assemblies coupled to the aft wing. A flight control system is operably associated with the distributed propulsion system and the dual tiltwing assembly. The flight control system is operable to independently control each of the propulsion assemblies and is operable to transition the dual tiltwing assembly between the vertical lift orientation and the forward thrust orientation.

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


VTOL aircraft for external load operations
Patent No. 11142311 

Inventor(s): John Richard McCullough (Weatherford, TX), Paul K. Oldroyd (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16154342 on 10/08/2018 (1100 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aircraft operable to transition between thrust-borne lift in a VTOL orientation and wing-borne lift in a biplane orientation. The aircraft includes an airframe having first and second wings with first and second pylons extending therebetween. The first and second wings each having first and second outboard nacelle stations. A two-dimensional distributed thrust array is attached to the airframe. The thrust array including a plurality of outboard propulsion assemblies coupled to the first and second outboard nacelle stations of the first and second wings. A flight control system is coupled to the airframe and is operable to independently control each of the propulsion assemblies. A cargo hook module is coupled to the airframe. The cargo hook module is operable for external load operations.

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


Liquid containment system
Patent No. 11142331 

Inventor(s): Michael P. Pujol (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Pramudji Law Group PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16109368 on 08/22/2018 (1147 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various implementations described herein are directed to a liquid containment system. In one implementation, the liquid containment system includes a bladder; an airframe; and a plurality of ties configured to couple the bladder to the airframe.

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


Bird impact resistant protection system
Patent No. 11142334 

Inventor(s): Cheng-Ho Tho (Colleyville, TX), Michael Reaugh Smith (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwa (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15846783 on 12/19/2017 (1393 days app to issue)

Abstract: An in-flight impact protection system for aircraft. An aircraft having a panel, with a sensor disposed on the aircraft and adapted to transmit a signal and receive a reflection of the signal. A controller coupled to the sensor and adapted to receive the reflection from the sensor to determine whether an object is near the aircraft”s panel. An inflation device, which includes a tube member, is coupled to the controller and positioned inside the aircraft, proximate the panel. After determining that the object is near the panel, the controller can activate the inflation device so that the tube member inflates, thereby buttressing at least a portion of the panel. The panel can be a windshield, fuselage member, or other suitable component.

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


Dispenser for pressurized canister
Patent No. 11142391 

Inventor(s): Stephen William O”Brien (Fort Worth, TX), Todd Michael Coleman (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): AC AVALANCHE LLC (Valley View, OH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17071818 on 10/15/2020 (362 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dispenser system for a canister. The system includes an actuator with universal and replaceable component parts. The actuator may include an actuator frame, plunger, control, stem connector and canister connector. The actuator may be within a housing form factor that holds additional sensors. The sensors may be removable components that are used as part of a larger canister system. The sensor may communicate with a mobile device to indicate when to stop dispensing contents from the canister. The sensor may additionally be designed to prevent inadvertent actuation until the sensor is removed.

[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


Automated parcel singulator
Patent No. 11142406 

Inventor(s): Brent Daboub (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): National Presort, L.P. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17049518 on 08/22/2019 (782 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automated parcel singulator includes a conveyor system, a control and monitoring system, an infeed table, and a hopper system. The hopper system stores and dispenses parcels and boxes onto the infeed table. The infeed tables singulates and moves the boxes and parcels, so that when the boxes and parcels are placed on the conveyor system they form a single line of packages.

[B65G] TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS (packaging B65B; handling thin or filamentary materials, e.g. paper sheets or thread, B65H; cranes B66C; portable or mobile lifting or hauling appliances, e.g. hoists, B66D; devices for lifting or lowering goods for loading or unloading purposes, e.g. fork-lift trucks, B66F 9/00; emptying bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels or similar containers, not otherwise provided for, B67C 9/00; delivering or transferring liquids B67D; filling or discharging vessels for liquefied, solidified or compressed gases F17C; pipe-line systems for fluids F17D)


Systems and methods for automated loading and unloading at a dock station
Patent No. 11142413 

Inventor(s): Daryl Day (Frisco, TX), L. Blake Whitley (Arlington, TX), Richard K. Hoofard (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems AB (Landskrona, , SE)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16259713 on 01/28/2019 (988 days app to issue)

Abstract: An autonomous dock station system having an automated material lift truck (AMT), a pallet conveyor, and a facility guidance system can automatically load and/or unload a trailer at a dock station. The autonomous dock station system can coordinate these components according to a workflow procedure. In some embodiments, the workflow procedure can begin with the pallet conveyor supplying a loaded pallet to a specified position. The AMT, initially guided by fixed guidance elements of the facility guidance system, can lift the pallet off the conveyor and transport it to a trailer entrance where the AMT switches from the facility guidance system to a trailer guidance system. The AMT can then carry the pallet to an unloading position, move the pallet to one side of the trailer as needed, unload the pallet and return to the pallet conveyor. The workflow procedure can repeat until the trailer is full.

[B65G] TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS (packaging B65B; handling thin or filamentary materials, e.g. paper sheets or thread, B65H; cranes B66C; portable or mobile lifting or hauling appliances, e.g. hoists, B66D; devices for lifting or lowering goods for loading or unloading purposes, e.g. fork-lift trucks, B66F 9/00; emptying bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels or similar containers, not otherwise provided for, B67C 9/00; delivering or transferring liquids B67D; filling or discharging vessels for liquefied, solidified or compressed gases F17C; pipe-line systems for fluids F17D)


Robotic document feeder
Patent No. 11142416 

Inventor(s): Brian Gross (Wyomissing, PA), Dale Remmers (Plano, TX), Hiep Nguyen (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Mentalix, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Harper Bates LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15913192 on 03/06/2018 (1316 days app to issue)

Abstract: A robotic document feeder system may comprise a robotic arm coupled to a Bernoulli cup assembly powered by a vacuum source; a base disposed over an imaging surface of a document scanner, wherein the base comprises a designated scan area through which a document may be imaged by the document scanner; an input bin for storing at least one document to be imaged by the document scanner; and an output bin for storing the at least one document after it has been imaged by the document scanner. The system may further comprise an alignment mechanism in proximity to the designated scan area and configured to align the document substantially over the imaging surface of the document scanner; at least one automated door configured to close the designated scan area after the document has been placed in the designated scan area; and a camera positioned above the designated scan area for imaging a second side of the document.

[B65H] HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL, e.g. SHEETS, WEBS, CABLES


Mobile autonomous hydrogen refueling station
Patent No. 11142447 

Inventor(s): Joseph Dean Rainville (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16214784 on 12/10/2018 (1037 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and a method for mobilized autonomous hydrogen refueling of vertical lift aircraft using a framed landing pad with sensors, an onboard hydrogen storage tank, an onboard refueling arm configured to couple the hydrogen storage tank to the aircraft and an onboard controller configured to control a flow of fuel from the hydrogen storage tank to the aircraft.

[B67D] DISPENSING, DELIVERING, OR TRANSFERRING LIQUIDS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (cleaning pipes or tubes or systems of pipes or tubes B08B 9/02; emptying or filling of bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels, or similar containers, not otherwise provided for B67C; water supply E03; pipe systems F17D; domestic hot-water supply systems F24D; measuring volume, volume flow, mass flow or liquid level, metering by volume G01F; coin-freed or like apparatus G07F) [5]


 

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

Lightweight thermal insulating cement-based materials
Patent No. 11142480 

Inventor(s): Evan R. Daniels (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Intellectual Gorilla GmbH (Sempach Station, , CH)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16570132 on 09/13/2019 (760 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cement-based material is formed from a mixture that includes cement in the range of about 40 to 90% by wet weight percent, a lightweight expanded aggregate in the range of about 10 to 60% by wet weight percent, a secondary material in the range of about 0.1 to 50% by wet weight percent, a reinforcement fiber in the range of about 1 to 20% by wet weight percent, a rheology modifying agent in the range of about 0.5 to 10% by wet weight percent, a retarder in the range of about 0.1 to 8% by wet weight percent, and water in the range of 10 to 60% of a total wet material weight.

[C04B] LIME; MAGNESIA; SLAG; CEMENTS; COMPOSITIONS THEREOF, e.g. MORTARS, CONCRETE OR LIKE BUILDING MATERIALS; ARTIFICIAL STONE; CERAMICS (devitrified glass-ceramics C03C 10/00); REFRACTORIES (alloys based on refractory metals C22C); TREATMENT OF NATURAL STONE [4]


Antisense antibacterial compounds and methods
Patent No. 11142764 

Inventor(s): David Greenberg (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX), Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16064306 on 12/22/2016 (1755 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided are antisense oligomers targeted against bacterial mRNAs and other macromolecules associated with a biochemical pathway and/or cellular process, and related compositions and methods of using the oligomers and compositions to treat an infected mammalian subject, for example, as primary antimicrobials or as adjunctive therapies with classic antimicrobials.

[C07H] SUGARS; DERIVATIVES THEREOF; NUCLEOSIDES; NUCLEOTIDES; NUCLEIC ACIDS (derivatives of aldonic or saccharic acids C07C, C07D; aldonic acids, saccharic acids C07C 59/105, C07C 59/285; cyanohydrins C07C 255/16; glycals C07D; compounds of unknown constitution C07G; polysaccharides, derivatives thereof C08B; DNA or RNA concerning genetic engineering, vectors, e.g. plasmids, or their isolation, preparation or purification C12N 15/00; sugar industry C13) [2]


Antibodies that specifically bind alpha klotho
Patent No. 11143661 

Inventor(s): Johanne Pastor (Flower Mound, TX), Orson W. Moe (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX), The Governing Council of the University of Toronto (Toronto, , CA)
Law Firm: Fitch, Even, Tabin Flannery LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16881667 on 05/22/2020 (508 days app to issue)

Abstract: An antibody and/or binding fragment thereof, wherein the antibody and/or binding fragment thereof comprises a light chain variable region and a heavy chain variable region, the light chain variable region comprising complementarity determining region (CDR) CDR-L3 and the heavy chain variable region comprising CDR-H1, CDR-H2 and CDR-H3, with the amino acid sequences of said CDRs comprising one or more of the sequences set forth below: CDR-L3; selected from any one of SEQ ID NOs: 123, 126-130, 142, 148 or 149; CDR-H1: SEQ ID NOs: 121 or 124; CDR-H2; SEQ ID NOs: 122 or 125; and/or CDR-H3: selected from any one of SEQ ID NOs: 196-226.

[C07K] PEPTIDES (peptides containing fl-lactam rings C07D; cyclic dipeptides not having in their molecule any other peptide link than those which form their ring, e.g. piperazine-2,5-diones, C07D; ergot alkaloids of the cyclic peptide type C07D 519/02; single cell proteins, enzymes C12N; genetic engineering processes for obtaining peptides C12N 15/00) [4]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

System for mounting objects to polymeric membranes
Patent No. 11141928 

Inventor(s): Joel A. Stanley (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15058741 on 03/02/2016 (2050 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mounting system for attaching an object to a roof structure includes a roof membrane placed on to the roof structure, a mounting plate, an elastic membrane secured to the roof membrane. The mounting plate includes a fastener, the fastener being secured to the mounting plate and extending therefrom, the fastener is configured to secure the mounting plate to the roof structure, which in turn secures the roof membrane to the roof structure, the fastener is configured to extend through a thickness of the roof membrane; and a protrusion extending from a top surface of the mounting plate, the protrusion is configured to secure the object to the mounting plate.

[E04D] ROOF COVERINGS; SKY-LIGHTS; GUTTERS; ROOF-WORKING TOOLS (coverings of outer walls by plaster or other porous material E04F 13/00)


Snubbing jack capable of reacting torque loads
Patent No. 11142439 

Inventor(s): Kraig W. Huse (Burleson, TX), Timothy S. Steffenhagen (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): National Oilwell Varco, L.P. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16466582 on 12/05/2017 (1407 days app to issue)

Abstract: A snubbing jack including a jack assembly including a base plate, a traveling plate, an axis extending through the base plate and the traveling plate, and a plurality of piston-cylinder assemblies, a rotary drive including a rotary base and a hub, wherein the rotary drive is configured to rotate the hub relative to the rotary base, a clamp coupled to the rotary base and configured to grip a first tubular member, a power tongs coupled to the rotary base and configured to grip a second tubular member and to rotate the second tubular relative to the rotary base, and a torque transfer device coupled between the rotary drive and the jack assembly and configured to allow the rotary drive to move axially relative to the base plate and configured to restrict rotation of the rotary drive relative to the jack assembly.

[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]


Internal drain hair and debris straining assembly
Patent No. 11142897 

Inventor(s): Michael J. Schuster (Shorewood, IL)
Assignee(s): Danco, Inc. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15720280 on 09/29/2017 (1474 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments for a drain debris straining assembly are described, where the drain debris straining assembly can be positioned inside a drain to collect hair and other debris. A drain debris straining assembly in accordance with an embodiment of the present application includes a basket assembly. The basket assembly includes a basket body surrounding a hollow core and at least one opening configured to filter fluid to entrap debris. The basket assembly further includes a flexible rib configured to compress against an internal diameter of a drain flange to form a seal between the basket assembly and the drain flange. The drain debris straining assembly may also include a pop-up assembly having an interference ridge sized and positioned to contact at least one inner wall of the basket assembly to retain a vertical position of the pop-up assembly relative to the basket assembly.

[E03C] DOMESTIC PLUMBING INSTALLATIONS FOR FRESH WATER OR WASTE WATER (not connected to either water-supply main or to waste pipe A47K; devices of the kind used in the ground E03B, E03F); SINKS


Dual function pressure compensator for a lubricant reservoir of a sealed rock bit
Patent No. 11142958 

Inventor(s): Nam Duy Nguyen (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17200755 on 03/12/2021 (214 days app to issue)

Abstract: An earth boring bit with sealed cutter bearings has a dual function pressure compensator for a lubricant reservoir. The earth boring bit has a bit body and downwardly extending legs which include bearing shafts that extend inward and downward for mounting rotary cutters, and seals are provided between the bearing shafts and the cutters. Lubricant flow passages extend from an interior cavity of the bit body, through the legs and the bearing shafts, and into the spaces located between the bearing shafts and the cutters. The pressure compensator extends between the cavity and the flow passages and has a movable piston. The compensator may be operated in a sealed lubricant system mode when the piston is locked in place or an air flow bypass mode by removing a locking member from securing the piston in place prior to securing the earth boring bit to a drill string.

[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]


Actuation devices for well tools
Patent No. 11142974 

Inventor(s): Franklin Charles Rodriguez (Addison, TX), Homero Dejesus Maldonado (Dallas, TX), Michael Charles Simon (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15779023 on 12/29/2015 (2114 days app to issue)

Abstract: An actuation device for well operations can include a tubular body including a plurality of key slots, a threaded shaft disposed within the tubular body that rotates relative to the tubular body and is fixed axially relative to the tubular body, an actuator disposed within the tubular member that moves axially relative to the tubular body, wherein the actuator includes a ramp portion and a threaded neck portion that engages with the threaded shaft such that when the threaded shaft rotates, the actuator moves axially relative to the tubular body, and a plurality of keys, each disposed in one of the plurality of key slots and in operative communication with the ramp portion such that as the actuator moves axially relative to the tubular body, each key is urged radially outwardly from the tubular body.

[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]


Anti-preset for packers
Patent No. 11142990 

Inventor(s): Cynthia Strickland Tuckness (Coppell, TX), Jeremy Lynn Stanley (McKinney, TX), Mohammed Kamal Fadhil (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16839885 on 04/03/2020 (557 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of a packer assembly and a well system. In one embodiment, a packer assembly includes an inner mandrel; a packing element at least partially surrounding the inner mandrel; a packing element activation sleeve coupled to the packing element; a hydrostatic setting assembly engageable with the packing element activation sleeve; and a hydraulic setting assembly positioned between the packing element and the hydrostatic setting assembly. The hydrostatic setting assembly includes a hydrostatic piston; a hydrostatic prop piston engageable to push the hydrostatic piston to engage the packing element activation sleeve; and a hydrostatic locking mechanism to maintain the hydrostatic piston in a locked position. The hydraulic setting assembly includes a hydraulic piston; a hydraulic locking mechanism coupled to the hydraulic piston; and a hydraulic prop piston engageable with the hydraulic locking mechanism and operable to move the hydraulic locking mechanism between locked and unlocked position.

[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]


Valve with integrated fluid reservoir
Patent No. 11142995 

Inventor(s): Caleb Thomas Warren (Dallas, TX), Geir Gjelstad (Dallas, TX), Thomas Frosell (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16637632 on 08/22/2019 (782 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain aspects and features of the disclosure relate to a valve device for use in a wellbore. In one example, the valve device includes a body containing swell fluid, a swellable elastomer, and a piston. The swell fluid can contact the swellable elastomer, causing the swellable elastomer to swell. The swellable elastomer can swell and contact the piston. The swellable elastomer can move the piston from a first position to a second position. In the second position, the piston can open, close, or restrict one or more flow paths through the valve device.

[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]


Methods to dehydrate gravel pack and to temporarily increase a flow rate of fluid flowing from a wellbore into a conveyance
Patent No. 11143003 

Inventor(s): Edmund Christopher Williamson (Little Elm, TX), Ryan Michael Novelen (Grand Prairie, TX), Stephen Michael Greci (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16581003 on 09/24/2019 (749 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods to dehydrate a gravel pack and to temporarily increase a flow rate of fluid flowing from a wellbore into a conveyance are disclosed. A method to dehydrate gravel pack includes deploying a valve at a location proximate a gravel pack. The valve includes a rupture disk that ruptures in response to a threshold amount of pressure, and reactive fluid that actuates the valve to a closed position. The method also includes providing a fluid flow path from the gravel pack to the conveyance. The method further includes closing the valve after providing the fluid flow path from the gravel pack to the conveyance for a threshold period of time.

[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 three phase separator and method for use of same
Patent No. 11143009 

Inventor(s): Ales Gosar (Ljubljana, , SI), Franc Madjic (Ljubljana, , SI), Jernej Klemenc (Ljubljana, , SI), Laslo Olah (Richardson, TX), Lovrenc Novak (Ljubljana, , SI), Marko Hocevar (Ljubljana, , SI), Marko Nagode (Ljubljana, , SI), Martin
Assignee(s): Texas Institute of Science, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17341815 on 06/08/2021 (126 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole separator and method for use of the same for fluid mediums with low viscosity are disclosed. In one embodiment, the downhole separator has a housing with inlet openings that draw a fluid flow into an elongated annular separation chamber within the housing. The fluid flow advances under angular momentum imparted by a rotation of a shaft located in the housing. The shaft includes a profiled surface that imparts drag to the fluid medium and two local pressure increasing units to effect at least partial separation of the fluid medium into the following: (i) a liquid portion upwardly traversing the fluid passageway of the shaft via the inlet ports; (ii) a gaseous portion upwardly traversing the elongated annular separation chamber to the plurality of upper gaseous portion outlets; and (iii) a solid portion downwardly traversing the elongated annular separation chamber to the plurality of lower solid portion outlets.

[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

 

Sealing apparatus for high pressure high temperature (HPHT) applications
Patent No. 11142985 

Inventor(s): Gary Allen Kohn (Carrollton, TX), Shane Patrick Furlong (Frisco, TX), Shengjun Yin (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16072604 on 02/29/2016 (2052 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sealing apparatus and related method for sealing an annular space between concentrically disposed members. In an exemplary embodiment, the method includes providing a sealing ring within the annular space, the sealing ring defining oppositely inclined interior and exterior surfaces each having a generally frusto-conical shape and defining opposing first and second edges, a nose adjoining the respective first edges of the interior and exterior surfaces, and a first convex surface adjoining the respective second edges of the interior and exterior surfaces opposite the nose; and forming a seal against a fluid pressure in the annular space, comprising depressing the first convex surface of the sealing ring so that the interior and exterior surfaces thereof expand radially to exert contact stress on each of the concentrically disposed members.

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


Coiled and twisted nanofiber yarn and polymer fiber actuators
Patent No. 11143169 

Inventor(s): Dongseok Suh (Plano, TX), Jiyoung Oh (Richardson, TX), Marcio D. Lima (Richardson, TX), Mikhail E. Kozlov (Dallas, TX), Monica Jung DeAndrade (Richardson, TX), Na Li (Richardson, TX), Ray H. Baughman (Dallas, TX), Sha
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16596921 on 10/09/2019 (734 days app to issue)

Abstract: Actuators (artificial muscles) comprising twist-spun nanofiber yarn or twist-inserted polymer fibers generate torsional actuation when powered electrically, photonically, chemically, thermally, by absorption, or by other means. These artificial muscles utilize coiled yarns/polymer fibers and can be either neat or comprising a guest. In some embodiments, the actuator system includes a twisted and coiled polymer fiber actuator, and at least one of (i) wire connections that enable electrical heating of the twisted and coiled polymer fiber actuator, (ii) a radiation source and radiation pathway that enables photothermal heating of the twisted and coiled polymer fiber actuator, and (iii) a delivery system for delivering chemicals whose reaction produces heating of the twisted and coiled polymer fiber actuator.

[F03G] SPRING, WEIGHT, INERTIA, OR LIKE MOTORS; MECHANICAL-POWER-PRODUCING DEVICES OR MECHANISMS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR OR USING ENERGY SOURCES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (arrangements in connection with power supply in vehicles from force of nature B60K 16/00; electric propulsion with power supply in vehicles from force of nature B60L 8/00)


Fan system
Patent No. 11143196 

Inventor(s): Juan Kennedy (Plano, TX), Luis L. Vargas (Plano, TX), Saurabh S. Apte (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Air Distribution Technologies IP, LLC (Milwaukee, WI)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16520079 on 07/23/2019 (812 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to an inline centrifugal mixed flow fan system that includes a wheel assembly disposed within an outer housing and comprising a hub cone, a plurality of fan blades directly coupled to and extending radially outward from the hub cone, and a shroud directly coupled to and at least partially radially surrounding the plurality of fan blades. The wheel assembly is configured to receive an air flow at an inlet axial end of the outer housing axially upstream of the wheel assembly, and to redirect the air flow axially downstream relative to a central longitudinal axis, circumferentially about the central longitudinal axis, and radially outward from the central longitudinal axis.

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


Method and apparatus for reduction of water re-evaporation in a dedicated dehumidifier/water heater
Patent No. 11143417 

Inventor(s): Robert B. Uselton (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16899635 on 06/12/2020 (487 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus that includes a refrigeration circuit that includes an evaporator, a first condenser and a compressor. The apparatus includes a refrigerant-water heat exchanger that includes a second condenser fluidly coupled to the refrigeration circuit. A control valve is operatively connected to the refrigeration circuit to direct flow of refrigerant through at least one of the first condenser during a dehumidification mode and the second condenser during a water heating mode. A damper is disposed on an upwind side of the evaporator, the damper being operable to reduce airflow across the evaporator during a ventilation mode.

[F25B] REFRIGERATION MACHINES, PLANTS, OR SYSTEMS; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials, e.g. refrigerants, or materials for the production of heat or cold by chemical reactions other than by combustion C09K 5/00; pumps, compressors F04; use of heat pumps for domestic or space-heating or for domestic hot-water supply F24D; air-conditioning, air-humidification F24F; fluid heaters using heat pumps F24H)


Determination of return air temperature
Patent No. 11143425 

Inventor(s): Glenn W. Kowald (Carrollton, TX), Payam Delgoshaei (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16847015 on 04/13/2020 (547 days app to issue)

Abstract: An HVAC system includes a blower configured to provide a flow of air into a conditioned space. A temperature sensor measures a discharge air temperature of the flow of air provided to the conditioned space. A controller of the HVAC system determines that heating or cooling mode operation is not requested. Following this determination, the blower provides the flow of air at a predefined flow rate. The controller determines that the measured discharge air temperature satisfies predefined stability criteria associated with a change in the discharge air temperature during the first period of time being less than a threshold value. If the stability criteria are satisfied, a temperature offset is determined between the discharge air temperature and an indoor temperature. The temperature offset is stored in a lookup table such that the temperature offset is associated with the flow rate of air provided by the blower and the outdoor temperature.

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


Drain pan extension
Patent No. 11143433 

Inventor(s): John Bauer (Grenada, MS), Michael Denley (Calhoun City, MS)
Assignee(s): Advanced Distributor Products LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16427694 on 05/31/2019 (865 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a drain pan configured to receive liquid condensate from a horizontal evaporator coil above the drain pan and a drain pan extension coupled to the drain pan. A pin on the front and rear sides of the drain pan extension is fitted and movable within a corresponding notch in the front and rear sides of the drain pan. The drain pan extension is securably configurable in a first configuration and a second configuration. In the first configuration, the drain pan extension extends above the drain pan at a first predefined angle relative to the drain pan. In the second configuration, at least a portion of the drain pan extension extends beyond the left pan side of the drain pan at a predefined angle, which may be selected for improved capture of liquid condensate from the horizontal evaporator coil.

[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

Surgical guidance and planning software for astigmatism treatment
Patent No. 11141106 

Inventor(s): Melvin Sarayba (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15951278 on 04/12/2018 (1279 days app to issue)

Abstract: Software for calculating an astigmatism treatment is operable upon execution to perform the following steps: receiving biometric information for a patient; determining based on the biometric information an astigmatic correction comprising at least one of (a) a position for one or more limbal relaxing incisions and (b) a power and an orientation for a toric intraocular lens (IOL); generating an output comprising the astigmatic correction; receiving a selection of a different ratio of astigmatic correction attributable to the one or more limbal relaxing incisions and the toric IOL; determining an updated astigmatic correction including at least one of (a) an updated position for the one or more limbal relaxing incisions and (b) an updated power and/or orientation of the toric IOL.

[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)


Systems and methods for detecting water leaks
Patent No. 11143567 

Inventor(s): Matthew Flachsbart (Grapevine, TX), Richard D. Graham (Plano, TX), Snehal Desai (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): United Service Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16890786 on 06/02/2020 (497 days app to issue)

Abstract: A plumbing system may include a first conduit that supplies a fluid to a destination device. The plumbing system may also include a second conduit concentric to the first conduit. The second conduit includes an indicator material that changes one or more properties of the fluid supplied to the destination device when the fluid contacts the indicator material via an opening present in the first conduit.

[G01M] TESTING STATIC OR DYNAMIC BALANCE OF MACHINES OR STRUCTURES; TESTING OF STRUCTURES OR APPARATUS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Fluid composition sensor device and method of using the same
Patent No. 11143583 

Inventor(s): Andy Walker Brown (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, NJ)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16790923 on 02/14/2020 (606 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to a fluid composition sensor device and method of using the same. In various embodiments, the fluid flow composition sensor is configured to receive a volume of fluid, the fluid composition sensor comprising a housing, a removable fluid flow component, an impactor nozzle, a collection media assembly dock element configured to receive a replaceable collection media assembly comprising a collection media configured to receive one or more particles within the volume of fluid, an imaging device configured to capture an image of at least a portion of the one or more particles received by the fluid composition sensor, and a controller configured to determine, based at least in part on the image, at least one particle characteristic of the volume of fluid. The imaging device may be configured to capture the image of one or more particles received by the fluid composition sensor using lensless holography.

[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)


Sensing an ICMFB output to detect functional state of a MEMS sensor
Patent No. 11143670 

Inventor(s): Davy Choi (Carrollton, TX), Deyou Fang (Frisco, TX), Yamu Hu (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15599234 on 05/18/2017 (1608 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for detecting functional state of a microelectromechanical (MEMS) sensor is described. The method includes monitoring an input common-mode feedback (ICMFB) voltage generated by an ICMFB circuit coupled to the MEMS sensor through a plurality of nodes. The method also includes determining, using the monitored ICMFB voltage, whether all of the plurality of nodes of the MEMS sensor are electrically connected to the ICMFB circuit.

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


Methods and devices configured to operated scanning tunneling microscopes using out-of-bandwidth frequency components added to bias voltage and related software
Patent No. 11143671 

Inventor(s): Hamed Alemansour (Richardson, TX), Seyed Omid Reza Moheimani (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Stanek Lemon Crouse Meeks, P.A. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17089214 on 11/04/2020 (342 days app to issue)

Abstract: In the system and method disclosed, an ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) scanning tunneling microscope (STM) tip is used to selectively desorb hydrogen atoms from the Si(100)-2X1:H surface by injecting electrons at a negative sample bias voltage. A new lithography method is disclosed that allows the STM to operate under imaging conditions and simultaneously desorb H atoms as required. A high frequency signal is added to the negative sample bias voltage to deliver the required energy for hydrogen removal. The resulted current at this frequency and its harmonics are filtered to minimize their effect on the operation of the STM”s feedback loop. This approach offers a significant potential for controlled and precise removal of hydrogen atoms from a hydrogen-terminated silicon surface and thus may be used for the fabrication of practical silicon-based atomic-scale devices.

[G01Q] SCANNING-PROBE TECHNIQUES OR APPARATUS; APPLICATIONS OF SCANNING-PROBE TECHNIQUES, e.g. SCANNING-PROBE MICROSCOPY [SPM] [2010.01]


Sound sensing with time-varying thresholds
Patent No. 11143751 

Inventor(s): Lei Ding (Plano, TX), Srinath Mathur Ramaswamy (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16052042 on 08/01/2018 (1168 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ultrasonic sensing system includes: an amplifier including an input and an output; and an n-level comparator, coupled to the output of the amplifier, to compare an adjustable threshold voltage to an output signal from the output of the amplifier. N is greater than or equal to 1. The system also includes a noise power estimator, coupled to an output of the n-level comparator, to generate a noise power signal indicative of noise power of an input signal at the input of the amplifier. The system further includes a time-varying threshold circuit, coupled to the noise power estimator and the n-level comparator, to adjust the adjustable threshold voltage based on the noise power signal.

[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


Gate driver circuit for reducing deadtime inefficiencies
Patent No. 11144082 

Inventor(s): Krishnamurthy Ganapathi Shankar (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16834362 on 03/30/2020 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: A driver circuit comprises a first buffer receiving a control signal, and a first transistor coupled to first buffer and an output. A second transistor is coupled to a first current mirror and the output. A third transistor is coupled to the output and an inverter. A fourth transistor receives the inverter”s output at its control input and is coupled to the output. A fifth transistor is coupled to third transistor. The second, third, and fifth transistors receive supply voltage at their respective control inputs. A sixth transistor receives the control signal”s inverse at its control input and is coupled to fifth transistor and a second current mirror. A current source is coupled to second current mirror and a second buffer. A seventh transistor receives the second buffer”s output at its control input and is coupled to first buffer. An eighth transistor is coupled to first buffer and seventh transistor.

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


Memory sub-system for increasing bandwidth for command scheduling
Patent No. 11144240 

Inventor(s): Patrick A. La Fratta (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16111974 on 08/24/2018 (1145 days app to issue)

Abstract: Initialization is performed based on the commands received at the command queue. To perform initialization, a bank touch count list that includes a list of banks being accessed by the commands and a bank touch count for each of the banks in the list is updated. The bank touch count identifies the number of commands accessing each of the banks. The bank touch count list is updated by assigning a bank priority rank to each of the banks based on their bank touch count, respectively. Once initialized, the commands in the command queue are scheduled by inserting each of the commands into priority queues based on the bank touch count list.

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


Write leveling a memory device
Patent No. 11144241 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX), Liang Chen (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16534846 on 08/07/2019 (797 days app to issue)

Abstract: A host device and memory device function together to perform internal write leveling of a data strobe with a write command within the memory device. The memory device includes a command interface configured to receive write commands from the host device. The memory device also includes an input-output interface configured to receive the data strobe from the host device. The memory device also includes internal write circuitry configured to launch an internal write signal based at least in part on the write commands. The launch of the internal write signal is based at least in part on an indication from the host device that indicates when to launch the internal write signal relative to a cas write latency (CWL) for the memory device.

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


Timing synchronization in a display-server computing system and method
Patent No. 11144268 

Inventor(s): Steve Bakke (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: The Law Firm of H. Dale Langley, Jr. P.C. (Local + 217 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16708184 on 12/09/2019 (673 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a server computer, an application unit of the server computer, a user device communicatively connected to the server computer, a synchronizing frame rate generator of the user device, and a synchronizing frame rate generator of the server computer. The user device sends the server computer an event signal at a precise time, the server computer processes the application unit with the event signal as input, and the server computer returns processed data to the user device. The processed data arrives at the user device at a correct time to be immediately displayed.

[G09G] ARRANGEMENTS OR CIRCUITS FOR CONTROL OF INDICATING DEVICES USING STATIC MEANS TO PRESENT VARIABLE INFORMATION (arrangements for transferring data between digital computers and displays G06F 3/14; static indicating arrangements comprising an association of a number of separate sources or light control cells G09F 9/00; static indicating arrangements comprising integral associations of a number of light sources H01J, H01K, H01L, H05B 33/12; scanning, transmission or reproduction of documents or the like, e.g. facsimile transmission, details thereof H04N 1/00) [5]


Debug for multi-threaded processing
Patent No. 11144417 

Inventor(s): Anthony Lell (San Antonio, TX), Gary Cooper (Oakmont, PA), Hetul Sanghvi (Murphy, TX), Mihir Mody (Bangalore, , IN), Niraj Nandan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16236745 on 12/31/2018 (1016 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system to implement debugging for a multi-threaded processor is provided. The system includes a hardware thread scheduler configured to schedule processing of data, and a plurality of schedulers, each configured to schedule a given pipeline for processing instructions. The system further includes a debug control configured to control at least one of the plurality of schedulers to halt, step, or resume the given pipeline of the at least one of the plurality of schedulers for the data to enable debugging thereof. The system further includes a plurality of hardware accelerators configured to implement a series of tasks in accordance with a schedule provided by a respective scheduler in accordance with a command from the debug control. Each of the plurality of hardware accelerators is coupled to at least one of the plurality of schedulers to execute the instructions for the given pipeline and to a shared memory.

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


Hardware coherence signaling protocol
Patent No. 11144456 

Inventor(s): Abhijeet Ashok Chachad (Plano, TX), David Matthew Thompson (Dallas, TX), Naveen Bhoria (Plano, TX), Peter Michael Hippleheuser (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instmments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16882229 on 05/22/2020 (508 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a CPU core and a L1 cache subsystem including a L1 main cache, a L1 victim cache, and a L1 controller. The apparatus includes a L2 cache subsystem including a L2 main cache, a shadow L1 main cache, a shadow L1 victim cache, and a L2 controller configured to receive a read request from the L1 controller as a single transaction. Read request includes a read address, a first indication of an address and a coherence state of a cache line A to be moved from the L1 main cache to the L1 victim cache to allocate space for data returned in response to the read request, and a second indication of an address and a coherence state of a cache line B to be removed from the L1 victim cache in response to the cache line A being moved to the L1 victim cache.

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


Aggregated performance reporting system and method for a distributed computing environment
Patent No. 11144604 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey D. Bourne (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): EMC IP Holding Company LLC (Round Rock, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14802830 on 07/17/2015 (2279 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aggregated performance reporting system includes a computing system in communication with a database that stores element records associated with the elements of a distributed computing environment. The computing system stores instructions that are executed to receive a search term from a user interface, and identify a count of each element type that matches the search term. The instructions then identify one or more aggregated performance indicators that are associated with each element type, issue a request to the database to retrieve those element records having the identified element types, calculate the aggregated performance indicators using parametric information included in the retrieved element records, and facilitate the display of the calculated aggregated performance indicators on a display.

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


Utilizing online content to suggest item attribute importance
Patent No. 11144606 

Inventor(s): Raghuram Srinivas (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16669730 on 10/31/2019 (712 days app to issue)

Abstract: Utilizing social media and articles to suggest item attribute importance to improve site level searching for a user.

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


Functional language source code vulnerability scanner
Patent No. 11144643 

Inventor(s): Matthew Joshua Tijerina (Richardson, TX), Paul David Kimbrel (Wylie, TX), William Knight Harrod (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY (Bloomington, IL)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16830350 on 03/26/2020 (565 days app to issue)

Abstract: A code scanning system has a syntax generation component that receives source code and generates an abstract syntax tree file. The system includes a white list of permitted pure functions, and a black list of prohibited impure functions. In addition, the system includes a static code analyzer for performing static analysis of the source code. The static code analyzer includes a function analyzer that receives the AST file and identifies the functions. Each function is compared to the white list, and if it is present, marked as permitted in a static analysis file. If the function is not on the white list, it is compared to the black list. If it is present on the black list, it is marked as prohibited in the static analysis file. If the function is not on the white or black list, it is marked as ”unknown” and subjected to manual analysis.

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


Selective data access and data privacy via blockchain
Patent No. 11144666 

Inventor(s): Hazem Ahmed (Plano, TX), Mathew Gardner (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16252407 on 01/18/2019 (998 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for managing access to a data location associated with a vehicle. The method includes detecting, by one or more sensors of the vehicle, vehicle data. The method also includes recording, by an electronic control unit (ECU) of the vehicle, the vehicle data to the data location. The method also includes storing, by a smart contract located on a blockchain, an access state associated with the data location, the access state indicating one or more devices having access to the data location. The method also includes communicating, by the ECU, an instruction to the smart contract to change the access state associated with the data location to grant access to a third-party device or revoke access from the third-party device.

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


Centralized system for sensitive data conversion
Patent No. 11144673 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16374918 on 04/04/2019 (922 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for converting data via a centralized application programming interface (”API”) is provided. The method may include retrieving data files from two or more data repositories and transmitting the data files to the centralized API. For each of the data files, the method may include selecting a conversion application and executing the conversion application to convert the data files into secure data files. The executing may include converting sensitive data strings into fictional data strings. Each of the sensitive data strings may include a first sub-set of characters and a second sub-set of characters. The converting may include, for each of the sensitive data strings, replacing the first sub-set of characters with a third sub-set of characters and maintaining the second sub-set of characters. Following the converting, the method may include transmitting the secure data files to an external network.

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


Data processing system and method for assembling components in a computer-aided design (CAD) environment
Patent No. 11144682 

Inventor(s): Mayur Bhave (Maharashtra, , IN), Omkar Joshi (Maharashtra, , IN), Sandeep Kanitkar (Maharashtra, , IN)
Assignee(s): SIEMENS PRODUCT LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Lempia Summerfield Katz LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15771402 on 09/07/2016 (1861 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data processing system and method for assembling components in a computer-aided design (CAD) environment is disclosed. In one embodiment, a computer-implemented method of assembling components in a CAD environment includes determining, using a data processing system, a source component and a target component in the CAD environment. The source component and the target component represent different parts of a real-world object. The method includes determining geometric feature(s) of the source component and geometric feature(s) of the target component, and comparing the geometric features of the source component with the geometric features of the target component. The method includes generating constraints between the geometric features of the source component and the geometric features of the target component based on the outcome of the comparison. The method also includes outputting a geometric model of the assembled source component and target component on a graphical user interface.

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


Virtual Ethernet mutable port group transactor
Patent No. 11144691 

Inventor(s): Georges Antoun Elias Ghattas (Cairo, , EG), Mohamed Ahmed Mostafa Shaaban (Cairo, , EG), Robert John Bloor (Cambridge, , GB)
Assignee(s): Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15594382 on 05/12/2017 (1614 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are example embodiments of methods, apparatus, and systems for transactors configured for use in a hardware emulation environment and designed to adapt to speed changes dynamically at runtime in addition to providing dynamic port mapping. Among the embodiments disclosed herein is an emulation system comprising one or more configurable hardware components (e.g., configurable logic blocks) configured to implement a mutable port group transactor in communication with a design under test being emulated by the emulation system. The emulation system can further comprise a host computer in communication with the emulator and configured to provide configuration commands to the emulator that alter the mutable port group transactor from a first configuration to a second configuration.

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


Augmented reality tagging of non-smart items
Patent No. 11144760 

Inventor(s): Vyacheslav Zheltonogov (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16448248 on 06/21/2019 (844 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method provide for a tagging user (TU) device that determines a first location of the TU device and receives, in the first location, a selection of a real-world object from a TU who views the object through the TU device. The TU device receives, from a TU, tagging information to attach to the object, and captures descriptive attributes of the object. The descriptive attributes and the tagging information associated with the first location are stored in a tagged object database.

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


Recurrent neural networks to predict user requests
Patent No. 11144813 

Inventor(s): Ben Hawkins (Plano, TX), Jon Eric Weissenburger (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15910325 on 03/02/2018 (1320 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments described herein disclose methods and systems for using more than one Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) to analyze a user input and to predict a request being made by the user as the user is inputting the request. In an embodiment, a first RNN and a second RNN can simultaneously or near simultaneously process the user requested information by separating and analyzing the characters and words in the user”s request. A third RNN can process the output vectors generated by the first and second RNNs to identify one or more solutions that predict the user”s request.

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


Secure intelligent networked architecture with dynamic feedback
Patent No. 11144829 

Inventor(s): Howard M. Getson (Coppell, TX), Robert Jump (Cincinnati, OH), Sean Vallie (Lantana, TX), Wincenty Borodziewicz (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Capitalogix IP Owner, LLC (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Carr Ferrell LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16529676 on 08/01/2019 (803 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided herein are exemplary systems and methods including the generation of a superior strategy for deployment to real time actual conditions with dynamic feedback to the secure intelligent networked architecture in order for adjustments to be made to the strategy being deployed to the real time actual conditions and the learned generation of subsequent strategies.

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


Refining customer financial security trades data model for modeling likelihood of successful completion of financial security trades
Patent No. 11144844 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcott, Ltd. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15497471 on 04/26/2017 (1630 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for artificially intelligent historical analysis modeling and computer transaction ranking are disclosed. An example method comprises generating, by a computing device, a model based on a plurality of first computer transactions associated with one or more user profiles, determining, by the computing device, a subset of the plurality of first computer transactions associated with the one or more user profiles that correspond to successful computer transactions, refining, by the computing device, the generated model based on the subset, applying the generated model to one or more second computer transactions initiated by a user, and determining, based on an output of the generated model, a likelihood of success for the one or more second computer transactions.

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


Document analysis using machine learning and neural networks
Patent No. 11144880 

Inventor(s): Andrew Vishnyakov (Frisco, TX), Anna Kay Rice (Dallas, TX), Daniel Flynn (Plano, TX), Martin Patrick McEnroe (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16211631 on 12/06/2018 (1041 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for providing training data for a machine learning model includes: monitoring a specific user as the specific user reads electronic documents on a display to determine indications of pauses in reading for greater than a specified period of time; correlating objects on each of the displayed plurality of electronic documents to the pauses in reading; identifying features for the machine learning model based on the objects and textual analysis of each of the plurality of electronic documents; presenting information related to each identified feature to the specific user; obtaining from the specific user a descriptor defining each of the identified features and a value for each of the identified features indicating a relative importance or applicability of each of the identified features; and associating obtained descriptors and values with each of the identified features.

[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]


Payment processing using electronic benefit transfer (EBT) system
Patent No. 11144905 

Inventor(s): Aaron Wilkinson (Albany, OR), Bruce Parker (Richardson, TX), Gregory W. Harvey (McKinney, TX), Michael Menefee (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): ModoPayments, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Frost Brown Todd LLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15386974 on 12/21/2016 (1756 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are described for incorporating electronic benefit transfer (EBT) systems into a secure, mobile, and electronic payment processing system. Existing EBT systems capture data regarding a purchase. This record keeping functionality can be harnessed to provide retailers and marketers with data regarding marketing efforts, coupon use, and more. A mobile device can be used to interact with a presence detection system. Coupons or payment information can be received at a mobile device, and payments can be carried out between a mobile device and a points of sale (POS).

[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]


System and method for user interaction detection and communication
Patent No. 11144934 

Inventor(s): Christopher William Higgins (New Westminster, , CA), Joseph O”Sullivan (Oakland, CA), Marc Davis (San Francisco, CA), Ronald Martinez (San Francisco, CA)
Assignee(s): R2 Solutions, LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: Noblitt Newson, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16125830 on 09/10/2018 (1128 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method to facilitate word-of-mouth advertising and sales support associated with displayed media objects on distributed networks is described. The system provides one or more advocates to a network user accessing advertising of a brand, product, or service. One or more of the advocates may be socially related to the user. User interactions with the advocates are facilitated through a real-time communication network, follow-on commercial activity is tracked, and the value of word-of-mouth advocacy is captured and distributed.

[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]


Technique to aggregate merchant level information for use in a supervised learning model to detect recurring trends in consumer transactions
Patent No. 11144935 

Inventor(s): Daniel Jumper (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16657385 on 10/18/2019 (725 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is disclosed, comprising: aggregating a plurality of sets of transactions, each set of transactions comprising transactions related to an account-merchant pairing; determining variables characterizing a recurrence period based on transaction dates of the transactions in the each set; predicting the recurrence period for a transaction related to the account-merchant pairing for each customer of the plurality of customers; aggregating another set of transactions between the plurality of customers and the merchant; evaluating a distribution of the recurrence period for each customer within range of a distant point; and based on the evaluation of the distribution of the recurrence period for each customer, generating a probability of the merchant having a recurrent transaction with the customer. The account-merchant pairing may comprise a customer account and a merchant of a plurality of customers and merchants. Another set of transactions may comprise transactions in the plurality of sets of transactions.

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


Method and system for similarity modeling and identification
Patent No. 11144981 

Inventor(s): Luis Antonio Diaz (Hurst, TX), Ray A. Gibson (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): NCR Corporation (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Schwegman, Lundberg Woessner (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15718903 on 09/28/2017 (1475 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments herein include an engine that uses data science, history, and trends to successfully determine and suggest the complimentary add on and upsell items that are tailored to at least some of the customer, current trends, product popularity, recommendations, and other such factors. One embodiment, in the form of a method, includes receiving, from a process involved in processing an open transaction, data representative of at least one of products and services that are subjects of the open transaction. The method further includes querying a recommendation engine for at least one of product and service recommendations based on the received data representative of products and services and receiving, in response to the query, at least one product or service recommendation. The method may then provide the at least one product recommendation to the process involved in processing the open transaction.

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


Method and apparatus for arbitrary output shape processing of an image
Patent No. 11145079 

Inventor(s): Brian Okchon Chae (Johns Creek, GA), Gang Hua (Katy, TX), Hetul Sanghvi (Richardson, TX), Mihir Narendra Mody (Bangalore, , IN), Niraj Nandan (Plano, TX), Rajasekhar Reddy Allu (Plano, TX), Shashank Dabral (Allen, TX),
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15879281 on 01/24/2018 (1357 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method for geometrically correcting an arbitrary shaped input frame and generating an undistorted output frame. The method includes capturing arbitrary shaped input images with multiple optical devices and processing the images, identifying redundant blocks and valid blocks in each of the images, allocating an output frame with an output frame size and dividing the output frame into regions shaped as a rectangle, programming the apparatus and disabling processing for invalid blocks in each of the regions, fetching data corresponding to each of the valid blocks and storing in an internal memory, interpolating data for each of the regions with stitching and composing the valid blocks for the output frame and displaying the output frame on a display module.

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


System and method for providing audible explanation of documents upon request
Patent No. 11145289 

Inventor(s): Richard Daniel Graham (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Plumsea Law Group, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16404784 on 05/07/2019 (889 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for providing an audible explanation of documents upon request is disclosed. The system and method use an intelligent voice assistant that can receive audible requests for document explanations. The intelligent voice assistant can retrieve document summary information and provide an audible response explaining key points of the document.

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


Centralized DFE reset generator for a memory device
Patent No. 11145353 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX), William Chad Waldrop (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16844182 on 04/09/2020 (551 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided that include an interamble data strobe (DQS) counter configured to count cycles between write operations. The interamble DQS counter includes a decision feedback equalizer (DFE) reset mask circuit configured to generate a DFE reset enable signal and a DFE reset timing generator configured to generate timing signals for the DFE reset. The systems and methods also include a DFE reset generator configured to receive the DFE reset enable signal and the timing signals from the interamble DQS counter, to use the DFE reset enable signal and the timing signals to generate DFE reset signals for a plurality of DQS phases; and to transmit the DFE reset signals to the plurality of DQS phases.

[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)


Apparatuses and methods to perform duty cycle adjustment with back-bias voltage
Patent No. 11145354 

Inventor(s): Michael V. Ho (Allen, TX), Myung Ho Bae (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17199207 on 03/11/2021 (215 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary semiconductor device includes a clock generator circuit configured to generate a clock signal, and a duty cycle adjustment circuit configured to receive the clock signal. The duty cycle adjustment circuit includes an adjuster circuit configured to receive a back-bias voltage and to adjust a duty cycle of the clock signal based on the back-bias voltage to provide an output dock signal.

[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)


Methods and apparatus to improve performance while reading a one-time programmable memory
Patent No. 11145378 

Inventor(s): George B Jamison (Murphy, TX), Stephen Wayne Spriggs (Murphy, TX), Suresh Balasubramanian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16729146 on 12/27/2019 (655 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to improve performance while reading a one-time programmable memory. An example apparatus includes: a voltage boost circuit including a first output, a second output, a first input configured to be coupled to a controller, a second input coupled to a first output of a decoder, a third input coupled to a second output of the decoder; and a multiplexer including a first input coupled to the first output of the voltage boost circuit, a second input coupled to the second output of the voltage boost circuit, a third input coupled to an array of memory, and an output coupled to a sensing circuit.

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


In-layer signal processing
Patent No. 11146781 

Inventor(s): Jordan David Lamkin (Fort Worth, TX), Kyle Martin Ringgenberg (Fort Worth, TX), Mark A. Lamkin (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16841828 on 04/07/2020 (553 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, an electronic display assembly includes a sensor array located on one side of a circuit board, an electronic display array located on an opposite side of the circuit board from the sensor array, and a logic unit layer coupled to one side of the circuit board. The logic unit layer is configured to receive first signals from the sensor array, perform at least one operation on the received first signals to create second signals, and transmit the second signals to the electronic display array. The first signals are communicated using a particular signal protocol and correspond to light captured by sensor pixels of the sensor array. The second signals are communicated using the particular signal protocol of the first signals and are operable to instruct the electronic display array to display light corresponding to the light captured by the plurality of sensor pixels.

[G09G] ARRANGEMENTS OR CIRCUITS FOR CONTROL OF INDICATING DEVICES USING STATIC MEANS TO PRESENT VARIABLE INFORMATION (arrangements for transferring data between digital computers and displays G06F 3/14; static indicating arrangements comprising an association of a number of separate sources or light control cells G09F 9/00; static indicating arrangements comprising integral associations of a number of light sources H01J, H01K, H01L, H05B 33/12; scanning, transmission or reproduction of documents or the like, e.g. facsimile transmission, details thereof H04N 1/00) [5]


Differentiating user equipment types based on TCP signatures
Patent No. 11146945 

Inventor(s): Parry Cornell Booker (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16657775 on 10/18/2019 (725 days app to issue)

Abstract: Network devices may receive a Transport Control Protocol (TCP) segment from a user device. The TCP segment includes a TCP header and a payload, and the payload includes either a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) plaintext message or a Secure HTTP (HTTPS) encrypted message. The network devices may extract a TCP Synchronization (SYN) signature from the TCP header and determine whether the payload of the TCP segment includes a HTTP plaintext message or a HTTPS encrypted message. When the payload includes a HTTP plaintext message, the network devices may extract contents of a HTTP User-Agent field from the HTTP plaintext message, determine a device type identifier (ID) and a category ID based on the extracted contents, and update a plurality of device signatures based on the TCP signature, the device type ID, and the category ID.

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


 

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Method and apparatus to mitigate ripple in a time of flight (TOF) system
Patent No. 11143552 

Inventor(s): Bharath Patil (Bangalore, , IN), Subhash Chandra Venkata Sadhu (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14698978 on 04/29/2015 (2358 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure provides a circuit to mitigate ripple. The circuit includes a controller that generates a PWM (pulse width modulated) clock signal. A DC/DC converter receives the PWM clock signal, and generates an output signal. A light source is coupled to the DC/DC converter, and receives the output signal. The light source transmits light pulses during an integration time. A time integral of the output signal during the integration time is constant during a plurality of quad time periods.

[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]


Complex human-computer interactions
Patent No. 11144846 

Inventor(s): Ashwini Patil (Richardson, TX), Priyank R. Shah (Plano, TX), Ramakrishna R. Yannam (The Colony, TX), Ravisha Andar (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16874930 on 05/15/2020 (515 days app to issue)

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

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


Semiconductor chip suitable for 2.5D and 3D packaging integration and methods of forming the same
Patent No. 11145547 

Inventor(s): Deep C. Dumka (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16701698 on 12/03/2019 (679 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a semiconductor chip that includes a substrate, a metal layer, and a number of component portions. Herein, the substrate has a substrate base and a number of protrusions protruding from a bottom surface of the substrate base. The substrate base and the protrusions are formed of a same material. Each of the protrusions has a same height. At least one via hole extends vertically through one protrusion and the substrate base. The metal layer selectively covers exposed surfaces at a backside of the substrate and fully covers inner surfaces of the at least one via hole. The component portions reside over a top surface of the substrate base, such that a certain one of the component portions is electrically coupled to a portion of the metal layer at the top of the at least one via hole.

[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]


Lattice bump interconnect
Patent No. 11145598 

Inventor(s): Archana Venugopal (Dallas, TX), Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Luigi Colombo (Dallas, TX), Nazila Dadvand (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16236042 on 12/28/2018 (1019 days app to issue)

Abstract: An interconnect structure for a semiconductor device includes a plurality of unit cells. Each unit cell is formed of interconnected conducting segments. The plurality of unit cells forms a conducting lattice.

[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 for bump planarity control
Patent No. 11145612 

Inventor(s): Rafael Jose Lizares Guevara, III (Manila, , PH)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15856236 on 12/28/2017 (1384 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for manufacturing an integrated circuit package includes depositing a first layer of metal at a location of a first metal post that is for connecting an IC die to an external circuit. The method also includes depositing a second layer of metal at the location of the first metal post, and a first layer of metal at a location of a second metal post that is for connecting the IC die to an external circuit.

[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 structure containing reentrant shaped bonding pads and methods of forming the same
Patent No. 11145628 

Inventor(s): Adarsh Rajashekhar (Santa Clara, CA), Fei Zhou (San Jose, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Rahul Sharangpani (Fremont, CA), Senaka Kanakamedala (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16825397 on 03/20/2020 (571 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first semiconductor die includes first semiconductor devices located over a first substrate, first interconnect-level dielectric material layers embedding first metal interconnect structures and located on the first semiconductor devices, and a first pad-level dielectric layer located on the first interconnect-level dielectric material layers and embedding first bonding pads. Each of the first bonding pads includes a first proximal horizontal surface and at least one first distal horizontal surface that is more distal from the first substrate than the first proximal horizontal surface is from the first substrate and has a lesser total area than a total area of the first proximal horizontal surface. A second semiconductor die including second bonding pads that are embedded in a second pad-level dielectric layer can be bonded to a respective distal surface of the first bonding pads.

[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]


Processing an optical device
Patent No. 11145782 

Inventor(s): Gary Philip Thomson (Rowlett, TX), Jane Qian Liu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16233770 on 12/27/2018 (1020 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for processing an integrated optical circuit chip includes securing a panel dam around a periphery of an array of integrated optical circuit chips that share a substrate. The method also includes filling an area circumscribed by the panel dam with an insulating polymer to a level below a top surface of the integrated optical circuit chips. The method further includes singulating a given integrated optical circuit chip in the array of integrated optical circuit chips.

[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]


Lithium potassium tantalate compounds as Li super-ionic conductor, solid electrolyte and coating layer for lithium metal battery and lithium-ion battery
Patent No. 11145896 

Inventor(s): Chen Ling (Troy, MI), Qiang Bai (College Park, MD), Xingfeng He (Greenbelt, MD), Yifei Mo (Fulton, MD)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16570811 on 09/13/2019 (760 days app to issue)

Abstract: Solid-state lithium ion electrolytes of lithium potassium tantalate based compounds are provided which contain an anionic framework capable of conducting lithium ions. An activation energy of the lithium metal silicate composites is from 0.12 to 0.45 eV and conductivities are from 10[superscript]3 [/superscript]to 40 mS/cm at 300K. Compounds of specific formulae are provided and methods to alter the materials with inclusion of aliovalent ions shown. Lithium batteries containing the composite lithium ion electrolytes are also provided. Electrodes containing the lithium potassium tantalate based materials and batteries with such electrodes are also provided.

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


Miniature RF and microwave components and methods for fabricating such components
Patent No. 11145947 

Inventor(s): Adam L. Cohen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Microfabrica Inc. (Van Nuys, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16711116 on 12/11/2019 (671 days app to issue)

Abstract: RF and microwave radiation directing or controlling components are provided that may be monolithic, that may be formed from a plurality of electrodeposition operations and/or from a plurality of deposited layers of material, that may include switches, inductors, antennae, transmission lines, filters, hybrid couplers, antenna arrays and/or other active or passive components. Components may include non-radiation-entry and non-radiation-exit channels that are useful in separating sacrificial materials from structural materials. Preferred formation processes use electrochemical fabrication techniques (e.g. including selective depositions, bulk depositions, etching operations and planarization operations) and post-deposition processes (e.g. selective etching operations and/or back filling operations).

[H01P] WAVEGUIDES; RESONATORS, LINES OR OTHER DEVICES OF THE WAVEGUIDE TYPE (operating at optical frequencies G02B)


Phased array antennas having multi-level phase shifters
Patent No. 11145978 

Inventor(s): Xiaohua Hou (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16301369 on 06/12/2017 (1583 days app to issue)

Abstract: A phased array antenna includes a panel, a plurality of feed boards on the panel, each of the feed boards including at least one radiating element, a base-level adjustable phase shifter including a plurality of outputs, a first feed board adjustable phase shifter mounted on a first of the feed boards and a first cable that forms a transmission path between a first of the outputs of the base-level adjustable phase shifter and the first feed board.

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


High gain and large bandwidth antenna incorporating a built-in differential feeding scheme
Patent No. 11145979 

Inventor(s): Gary Xu (Allen, TX), Hamid Reza Memar Zadeh Tehran (Richardson, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX), Won Suk Choi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17195401 on 03/08/2021 (218 days app to issue)

Abstract: An antenna and a base station including the antenna. The antenna includes a sub-array that includes first and second unit cells and a feed network. The first and second unit cells comprise first and second patches, respectively, having quadrilateral shapes. The feed network comprises a first transmission line terminating below first corners of the first and second patches, respectively; a second transmission line terminating below third corners of the first and second patches, respectively; a third transmission line terminating below a second corner of the first patch and a fourth corner of the second patch; and a fourth transmission line terminating below a fourth corner of the first patch and a second corner of the second patch. The first corners are opposite the third corners on the respective first and second patches and the second corners are opposite the fourth corners on the respective first and second patches.

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


Startup/brownout active clamping for capacitor-drop power supply
Patent No. 11146172 

Inventor(s): BoQiang Xiao (Tucson, AZ)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16507370 on 07/10/2019 (825 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a rectifier, a charge pump, and a clamp control circuit. The rectifier has an input configured to be coupled to an alternating current (AC) power source. The rectifier rectifies an AC signal from the AC power source to produce a rectified voltage on a first voltage node. The rectifier includes a first transistor coupled to a ground node and to the input. The first switch has a first control input. The charge pump is coupled to the first voltage node. The charge pump is configured to generate a second voltage on a second voltage node. The voltage regulator is coupled to the second voltage node. The clamp control circuit is coupled to the first and second voltage nodes and has an output node coupled to the first control input.

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


Multi-phase motor system and control method
Patent No. 11146199 

Inventor(s): Hengchun Mao (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Quanten Technologies, Inc. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16414807 on 05/17/2019 (879 days app to issue)

Abstract: A motor control method includes providing a motor comprising a plurality of windings, a rotor and a stator magnetically coupled to the rotor, coupling a plurality of power converters to the plurality of windings, configuring the plurality of power converters to operate in a first interleaving mode, controlling the plurality of power converters to dynamically adjust the number of poles of the motor and after the step of controlling the plurality of power converters to dynamically adjust the number of poles of the motor, configuring the plurality of power converters to leave the first interleaving mode and enter into a second interleaving mode.

[H02P] CONTROL OR REGULATION OF ELECTRIC MOTORS, ELECTRIC GENERATORS OR DYNAMO-ELECTRIC CONVERTERS; CONTROLLING TRANSFORMERS, REACTORS OR CHOKE COILS [4]


Method for creating double bragg mirror for tight frequency reference control
Patent No. 11146230 

Inventor(s): Brian Goodlin (Plano, TX), Nicholas S Dellas (Dallas, TX), Ricky Jackson (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16553518 on 08/28/2019 (776 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for creating a double Bragg mirror is provided. The method comprises providing a wafer having a plurality of bulk acoustic wave (BAW) devices at an intermediate stage of manufacturing. A first dielectric layer is deposited over the wafer. A plurality of as-deposited thicknesses of the dielectric layer are determined, each as-deposited thickness corresponding to one BAW device from the plurality of BAW devices. A corresponding trimmed dielectric layer over each of the BAW devices is formed by removing a portion of the dielectric layer over each of the BAW devices, with a thickness of the removed portion determined from a corresponding as-deposited thickness and a target thickness. A Bragg acoustic reflector that includes the corresponding trimmed dielectric layer is formed over each of the BAW devices.

[H03H] IMPEDANCE NETWORKS, e.g. RESONANT CIRCUITS; RESONATORS (measuring, testing G01R; arrangements for producing a reverberation or echo sound G10K 15/08; impedance networks or resonators consisting of distributed impedances, e.g. of the waveguide type, H01P; control of amplification, e.g. bandwidth control of amplifiers, H03G; tuning resonant circuits, e.g. tuning coupled resonant circuits, H03J; networks for modifying the frequency characteristics of communication systems H04B)


Process controlled output driver staggering
Patent No. 11146261 

Inventor(s): Amar Kanteti (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17092977 on 11/09/2020 (337 days app to issue)

Abstract: An output buffer includes a first group of stagger FETs coupled in parallel between a power lead and an output signal lead and a second group of stagger FETs coupled in parallel between the output signal lead and a ground lead. Each stagger FET has a gate coupled to a respective base resistor and a respective adjustable resistor. A first group of bypass FETs and a second group of bypass FETs are each coupled across the terminals of a respective adjustable resistor and the gates of the bypass FETs are coupled to either a first process-sensing signal lead or a second process-sensing signal lead.

[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]


Method and apparatus for design of NR-SS burst set
Patent No. 11146348 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Hongbo Si (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16730885 on 12/30/2019 (652 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system comprises receiving, from a base station (BS), at least one physical broadcasting channel (PBCH) symbol containing resource elements (REs) mapped for at least one demodulation reference signal (DMRS) sequence over a downlink channel; and determining DMRS REs included in the at least one PBCH symbol, wherein a synchronization signal (SS) block hypotheses is carried in the at least one DMRS sequence that is mapped into the DMRS REs, and wherein the SS block hypotheses includes at least full or partial SS block indices.

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


Method and apparatus for interactive voice response
Patent No. 11146679 

Inventor(s): Christopher Russell (The Colony, TX), Nolan Serrao (Plano, TX), Victor Kwak (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Plumsea Law Group, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16887392 on 05/29/2020 (501 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for providing an interactive voice response dialogue by using a cloud computing system coupled to a mobile computing device. The cloud computing system may receive a request from a mobile computing device to initiate communication with an interactive voice response system having a tree structure including audio files in the cloud computing system. An interactive voice response dialogue may be conducted using the cloud computing system when the mobile computing device does not have the capacity to receive the one or more files. When the mobile computing device does have the capacity to receive the one or more files, one or more files may be transmitted from the cloud computing system to the mobile computing device, so that he mobile computing device may conduct the interactive voice response dialogue.

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


Cargo management system and methods
Patent No. 11146733 

Inventor(s): Ashok Punnam (Irving, TX), Charles Albright (Farmers Branch, TX), Jack Stephen Daniel (Fort Worth, TX), Korina Trinh (Euless, TX), Kyle Lloyd (Austin, TX), Rajesh Subramaniam (Frisco, TX), Spencer Kaiser (Dallas, TX),
Assignee(s): American Airlines, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16542503 on 08/16/2019 (788 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of matching a found item record with an existing item record, wherein the found item record includes a plurality of record fields. In an example embodiment, the found item is a piece of cargo that is associated with a travel route. In an example embodiment, the method includes: receiving, by one or more processors and from a remote user device, a photo file that comprises an image of the found item; generating, based on the image and using an image to image-description application, text describing an appearance of the found item; storing the generated text describing the appearance of the found item in a first record field from the plurality of record fields; and comparing the text within the first record field with text within a first record field in the existing item record to match the found item record with the existing item record.

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


System and circuit for display power state control
Patent No. 11146754 

Inventor(s): William C. Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17102789 on 11/24/2020 (322 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and circuit for television power state control are disclosed. In one embodiment, a power management circuit communicatively controls television or set-top box components including a signal processing circuitry, a screen, and a visual indicator. The power management circuit selectively alternates the television between three states: powered

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


Set-top box with interactive portal and system and method for use of same
Patent No. 11146831 

Inventor(s): Edward H. Wolfe (Plano, TX), Thomas R. Miller (Plano, TX), Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16825644 on 03/20/2020 (571 days app to issue)

Abstract: A set-top box with an interactive portal and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the set-top box, the set-top box is deployed to provide an interactive portal in a hospitality establishment having multiple rooms, such as a hotel. The set-top box is associated with a room and includes a housing that secures a television input, a television output, a processor, a transceiver, and memory therein in an interconnected bus architecture. The set-top box generates a guest interactive portal as well as a housekeeping interactive portal for a guest and housekeeper, respectively. Each of the portals provides relevant feedback on the condition of the room to a server associated with the hotel.

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


Commercial television-interfacing dongle and system and method for use of same
Patent No. 11146842 

Inventor(s): Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX), William C. Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17036233 on 09/29/2020 (378 days app to issue)

Abstract: A commercial television-interfacing dongle and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, a wireless transceiver is located within a housing, which also interconnectively includes a television input, television output, a processor, memory, a control interface, and a universal serial bus (USB) interface. The control interface and the USB interface connect to the commercial television. The commercial television interfacing dongle may establish a pairing with a proximate wireless-enabled interactive programmable device having a display and receive and process virtual remote control functionality input instructions from the proximate wireless-enabled interactive programmable device. Following receipt and processing of the virtual remote control functionality input instructions, the commercial television-interfacing dongle sends a command to the commercial television via a commercial television control protocol.

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


Operating states for D2D discovery
Patent No. 11146940 

Inventor(s): Anthony C. K. Soong (Plano, TX), Hossein Bagheri (Urbana, IL), Mazin Ali Al-Shalash (Frisco, TX), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL), Vipul Desai (Palatine, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16354574 on 03/15/2019 (942 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device is configured to perform a method of device-to-device (D2D) communication in a wireless communication network in accordance with a Long Term Evolution (LTE) standard. The method includes entering an RRC-Idle state or an RRC-Connected state. The method also includes transmitting, in the RRC-Idle state or RRC-Connected state, a D2D discovery signal for receipt by at least one second device in the network. The method further includes receiving, in the RRC-Idle state or RRC-Connected state, at least one D2D discovery signal from the at least one second device in the network.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Mobile device tools for authenticated smart vehicle pairing and wireless routing configuration and methods of use
Patent No. 11146955 

Inventor(s): Ciprian R. Sandu (Coppell, TX), Jason T. Kriesel (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): THOR TECH, INC. (Elkhart, IN)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16751604 on 01/24/2020 (627 days app to issue)

Abstract: Configuration methods and systems include a smart vehicle router associated with router information stored in a router file in a cloud network, and a smart mobile device comprising a camera and software application tool. The router information includes a unique authentication certificate to permit a one-to-one pairing such that another pairing is not available. The configuration system is configured to read an image of an identification component associated with the smart vehicle router and the router information, apply an authentication algorithm to the image to provision the tool with the unique authentication certificate, authenticate the smart vehicle based on the image and authentication algorithm, pair the authenticated smart vehicle with the tool in the one-to-one pairing based on the unique authentication certificate and the router information, and automatically configure the tool on the smart mobile device to retrieve data associated with the authenticated smart vehicle.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Architecture for network slice deployment based on network resource utilization
Patent No. 11146965 

Inventor(s): Ravi Potluri (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16743444 on 01/15/2020 (636 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, a device, and a non-transitory storage medium are described in which a network slice deployment service is described. The network slice deployment service includes storing network resource and capability information that indicates available network resources in a network. Network level requirement information pertaining to a request for network service from a user is generated. The network level requirement information is used to select available network resources based on the network resource capability information. The network slice deployment service calculates network resource utilization associated with available network resources so that optimal usage of network resources can be selected and end-to-end network slice deployment layout information can be generated and used to provision a network slice deployment layout that supports the request for network service.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


AF initiated always-on PDU session
Patent No. 11146986 

Inventor(s): Jayshree Bharatia (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Ofinno, LLC (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16721238 on 12/19/2019 (663 days app to issue)

Abstract: A policy control function (PCF) receives a first message from an application function (AF). The first message comprises: an always-on PDU session requested indication; an identity of a wireless device; and application service information. The PCF maps, based on the first message, the application service information to an always-on PDU Session for the wireless device. The PCF sends to a session management function (SMF), at least one policy and charging rule for the always-on PDU Session.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Physical downlink control channel and physical hybrid automatic repeat request indicator channel enhancements
Patent No. 11147053 

Inventor(s): Anthony Edet Ekpenyong (Houston, TX), Eko N. Onggosanusi (Allen, TX), Runhua Chen (Plano, TX), Vikram Chandrasekhar (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16707872 on 12/09/2019 (673 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless transmission system included at least one user equipment and a base station. The base station is operable to form a downlink control information block, modulate the downlink control information, precode the modulated downlink control information, and transmit the precoded, modulated downlink control information on at least one demodulation reference signal antenna port to the at least one user equipment. The precoded, modulated downlink control information is mapped to a set of N1 physical resource block pairs in a subframe from an orthogonal frequency division multiplexing symbol T1 to and orthogonal frequency division multiplexing symbol T2.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DESIGN PATENTS

Lap tray
Patent No. D932796 

Inventor(s): Patrick Hogan Sullins (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Creative Manufacturing, LLC (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29733898 on 05/07/2020 (523 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Battery mount adapter holder
Patent No. D932880 

Inventor(s): Ryan Trammell (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29695472 on 06/19/2019 (846 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Electrical connector for a model vehicle
Patent No. D933014 

Inventor(s): Jonathan Scott Wood (Frisco, TX), Kent Poteet (Lucas, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX), Terry Soward (Van Alstyne, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29728068 on 03/16/2020 (575 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Contact field for a printed circuit board
Patent No. D933016 

Inventor(s): Jack Lewis (Royse City, TX), Lynwood Adams (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): MODUS TEST, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: BrownWinick Law Firm (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29683858 on 03/15/2019 (942 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Sound device
Patent No. D933039 

Inventor(s): Brian P. Johnson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Wolf, Greenfield Sacks, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29728831 on 03/20/2020 (571 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cushioned support base for a tablet computer
Patent No. D933076 

Inventor(s): Brad Harper (Ennis, TX)
Assignee(s): Millie Products LLC (Ennis, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29716409 on 12/10/2019 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Under cabinet light
Patent No. D933281 

Inventor(s): Brian P. Johnson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Wolf, Greenfield Sacks, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29723459 on 02/06/2020 (614 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Heat resistant sleeve for a descent controller
Patent No. D933308 

Inventor(s): Johnny Dickson (Van Alstyne, TX)
Assignee(s): Tech Safety Lines, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29709729 on 10/16/2019 (727 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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