Dallas Invents: 116 Patents Granted for Week of March 26

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 13 for patent activity out of 250 metros.

Patents granted include:
Google's proximity payment system environment response
Omnitrac's management of movable objects
Raytheon's methods for acquiring, launching, and guiding missiles
Samsung's techniques for millimeter-wave mobile communication
Slocum Geophysics' airborne geophysical exploration
Toyota's vision-assist devices
Conduent Business Services' video redaction method and system

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 March 26, 2019 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

116 patents granted    Ranked No. 13 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES 
(NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 11
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 7
Halliburton Energy Services Inc. (Houston) 5
Futurewei Technologie, Inc. (Plano) 4
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano) 4
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 3
STMicroelectronics Inc. (Coppell) 3
Conduent Business Services LLC (Dallas) 2

UNASSIGNED 8


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR 
(NO. OF PATENTS) 

John Douglas Reed (Arlington) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE
(NO. OF DAYS) 

214 days
Simplified gearbox mechanism
Patent No. 10240666
SanDisk Technologies LLC, Plano
Assignee: Motus Labs, LLC (Dallas)
Carlos A. Hoefken (Dallas)

3,070 days
Techniques for millimeter wave mobile communication
Patent No. 10244579
Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Inventors: Farooq Khan (Allen, TX, US), Jianzhong Zhang (Irving, TX, US), Zhouyue Pi (Allen, TX, US)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

High oleic seed oil trait in cotton varieties to elevate oleic acid content of cottonseed oil
Patent No. 10238056 

Inventor(s): Christopher Kennedy (Fort Worth, TX), Drew Sturtevant (Southlake, TX), Kent Chapman (Denton, TX), Patrick Horn (Holt, MI)
Assignee(s): UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS (Denton, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15632974 on 06/26/2017 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: An identified 90 bp sequence insertion in the GB0331 genome disrupts the coding sequence of the FAD2-1D gene near the 3 end of the protein coding region. This sequence is not found in reference genomes of other [i]Gossypium [/i]species. This DNA segment can be used to track the high oleic fad-2-1D mutant allele for introgression into cotton varieties such as Pima and upland cotton varieties. This enables a non-GMO strategy to elevate the oleic acid content of commercial cottonseed oil.

[A01H] NEW PLANTS OR PROCESSES FOR OBTAINING THEM; PLANT REPRODUCTION BY TISSUE CULTURE TECHNIQUES [5]


Pet harness for assisting pet mobility
Patent No. 10238091 

Inventor(s): David King (Allen, TX), Patrick Hoffman (Arlington, TX), Thomas B. Murphy (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Radio Systems Corporation (Knoxville, TN)
Law Firm: Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell Berkowitz PC (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14859482 on 09/21/2015 (1282 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention presents a harness assembly for lifting and supporting an animal in mobility. The assembly comprises a front and rear harness sections releasably attached by a lifting leash. Both the front and rear harness sections can be used independently. Both the front and rear harness sections are comprised of upper and lower sections releasably attached to one another. The rear harness section lifts the animal from both the hips and waist resulting in less stress than other devices.

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


Umbrella with deployable curtain
Patent No. 10238192 

Inventor(s): Mudassar Khan (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Global Intellectual Property Agency, LLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15795995 on 10/27/2017 (515 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device for extending the zone of protection of an umbrella. The device includes a curtain that can extend from a peripheral edge of an umbrella canopy. The curtain extends away from the canopy to envelope a user of the umbrella when the umbrella is in a deployed position. The curtain is selectively movable between a deployed position and a retracted position by a plurality of cords affixed to the curtain. In the retracted position, the curtain is compressed against the peripheral edge of the canopy. The plurality of cords passes through a cord lock, wherein the cord lock can prevent further movement of the curtain. The cord lock is operably connected to a switch disposed on a handle of the umbrella.

[A45B] WALKING STICKS (walking aids, e.g. sticks, for blind persons A61H 3/06); UMBRELLAS; LADIES’ OR LIKE FANS (cane or umbrella stands or holders A47G 25/12)


Pedicle screw
Patent No. 10238429 

Inventor(s): Daniel Sucato (Dallas, TX), Hong Zhang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Globus Medical, Inc. (Audubon, PA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15352622 on 11/16/2016 (860 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes a pedicle screw made with a bone fastener and a rod coupling head, the rod coupling head comprising an upper rod coupling: the lower rod coupling having a lateral rod opening adapted to receive a permanent rod; an angled bore extends into the lateral rod opening; and a permanent rod fastener in the angled bore to engage a permanent rod in the lateral rod opening; and a upper rod coupling having an upper rod opening adapted to receive a temporary rod, wherein the upper rod opening is formed to receive a temporary rod fastener; wherein the upper rod coupling is detachable from the lower rod coupling at a transition and a temporary rod is temporarily affixed into the upper rod opening during a bone realignment and a permanent rod is positioned in the lateral rod opening and engaged by the permanent rod fastener upon final bone alignment.

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


Display for ophthalmic surgical console with user-selectable sectors
Patent No. 10238538 

Inventor(s): Alexander N. Artsyukhovich (San Juan Capistrano, CA), Craig G. Wooldridge (Irvine, CA), Mikhail Boukhny (Laguna Niguel, CA), Raphael Gordon (Ladera Ranch, CA), Tiffany M. Sutliff (Fullerton, CA)
Assignee(s): Alcon Research, Ltd. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14835090 on 08/25/2015 (1309 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ophthalmic surgical system includes a display device and a user interface. The display device generates a display on an image of a patient”s eye comprising a plurality of non-overlapping display sectors. Each display sector displays one of a plurality of user-selectable surgical parameters. A user interface receives a user selection of one or more of the user-selectable surgical parameters to be displayed.

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


Vision-assist devices and methods of calibrating image data of a vision-assist device
Patent No. 10238571 

Inventor(s): Nobuyuki Matsuno (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15189544 on 06/22/2016 (1007 days app to issue)

Abstract: Vision-assist devices and methods are disclosed. In one embodiment, a vision-assist device includes an image sensor for generating image data corresponding to a scene, a processor, and an inertia measuring unit. The inertia measuring unit is configured to measure forces acting on the image sensor and the orientation of the image sensor. The processor is configured to receive the image data from the image sensor and process the force and orientation of the image sensor so as to determine a tilt of the image sensor. The processor is further configured to process the image data based on at least the tilt of the at least one image sensor so as to generate a corrected image data, wherein the corrected image data does not include the tilt.

[A61H] PHYSICAL THERAPY APPARATUS, e.g. DEVICES FOR LOCATING OR STIMULATING REFLEX POINTS IN THE BODY; ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION; MASSAGE; BATHING DEVICES FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC OR HYGIENIC PURPOSES OR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY (electrotherapy, magnetotherapy, radiation therapy, ultrasound therapy A61N)


Methods and compositions for treatment of dry eye and correction of organ dysfunctions
Patent No. 10238673 

Inventor(s): Diana Driscoll (Roanoke, TX)
Assignee(s): GENETIC DISEASE INVESTIGATORS, LLC (Roanoke, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15667095 on 08/02/2017 (601 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes compositions and methods for treating certain conditions such as dry eye or dry mouth with a comprising a choline compound; a cholinesterase inhibitor; and Acetyl-L-Carnitine, wherein the composition is provided in an amount sufficient to treat dry eye or dry mouth.

[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)


Sebum control and anti-acne composition
Patent No. 10238708 

Inventor(s): Tiffany Florence (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13339168 on 12/28/2011 (2645 days app to issue)

Abstract: Compositions that include [i]Psidium guajava [/i]fruit extract or [i]Kunzea ericoides [/i]leaf extract or both for reducing sebum production in sebaceous glands are disclosed.

[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)


Pulsed electromagnetic field tissue stimulation treatment and compliance monitoring
Patent No. 10238867 

Inventor(s): Bobby Don Harris (Lewisville, TX), James Sterling Denton (Lewisville, TX), James T. Ryaby (Lewisville, TX), Jeffrey James Culhane (Lewisville, TX), Jonelle Matilda Juricek (Lewisville, TX), Lesley Allen Bowling (Lewisville, T
Assignee(s): Orthofix Inc. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15783072 on 10/13/2017 (529 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for PEMF tissue engineering enhances musculoskeletal tissue stimulation by monitoring treatment for compliance with treatment regimens. A PEMF device includes sensors that detect attributes indicating whether the PEMF device is in use. The PEMF device also includes communication devices that connect it with other devices. The data obtained from the sensors may be used to determine a level of compliance in use of the tissue engineering device with a prescribed treatment regimen for the patient. The data is transferred via a paired UE to a remote server. The remote server stores the data in a database and periodically generates compliance reports. The compliance reports are shared with subscribing access devices including the prescribing physician. The UE pairing with the PEMF device maintains a treatment calendar and dynamically modifies reminders based on current treatment status. The treatment regimen may be updated and sent to the PEMF device.

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


Methods, systems and devices for determining optimal placement for pudendal nerve stimulation lead using patient feedback
Patent No. 10238877 

Inventor(s): Michele Spinelli (Milan, , IT), Norbert Kaula (Arvada, CO), Steven Siegel (North Oaks, MN), Yohannes Iyassu (Denver, CO)
Assignee(s): NUVECTRA CORPORATION (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15356772 on 11/21/2016 (855 days app to issue)

Abstract: An anal electrode device is configured to measure a response of a patient to a stimulation pulse. The anal electrode device includes an elongated shaft that is configured to be at least partially inserted into an anal canal of the patient. A first sensory electrode is disposed on a first region of the shaft. The first sensory electrode is configured to measure a compound motor action potential (CMAP) from an internal sphincter of the patient while the shaft is partially inserted into the anal canal of the patient. A second sensory electrode is disposed on a second region of the shaft. The second sensory electrode is configured to measure the CMAP from an external sphincter of the patient while the shaft is partially inserted into the anal canal of the patient.

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


Incentive spirometer for sustained maximal inspiration
Patent No. 10238914 

Inventor(s): David L. Rettig, Jr. (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Sam Sokhansanj PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14304923 on 06/14/2014 (1746 days app to issue)

Abstract: An incentive spirometer is provided that allows a user to achieve Sustained Maximal Inspiration (SMI) through the use of helical tubes. Specifically, the incentive spirometer includes three chambers, wherein each chamber includes a ball traveling upwards through three helical tubes in sequential order and subsequently dropping down through a basket. Here, each of the helical tubes and corresponding baskets generally represent various levels of lung capacity achieved with repetitive use and operation of the incentive spirometer.

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


Programmable, gravity based, variable force/weight system
Patent No. 10238917 

Inventor(s): Arto Kojayan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15237593 on 08/15/2016 (953 days app to issue)

Abstract: A plurality of belt/pullet sets. Each belt/pulley set has a weight set. Each weight set is based on a formula of (2)n-power(X) where X is a basic weight and n is integral number for selecting a weight by a user. Each weight uses a different n-power. A carrier plate is utilized for bearing a weight set during a movement of an exercise. A clamping mechanism is utilized to couple each belt/pulley set to the carrier plate. In addition, the weight system includes an exercise device for a user to exercise, such as a bar or handle. A cable is coupled to the carrier plate, weight set, and the exercise device. In another embodiment, the formula may be utilized in a variable distance system or robotic arm where a plurality of cylinders moves an object, such as a travel arm.

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


Golf club head or other ball striking device having impact-influencing body features
Patent No. 10238925 

Inventor(s): Joshua M. Boggs (Aledo, TX), Robert M. Boyd (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15681125 on 08/18/2017 (585 days app to issue)

Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, has a face with a striking surface configured for striking a ball and a channel extending across a portion of the sole. The channel may be recessed from adjacent surfaces of the sole and have a depth of recession from the adjacent surfaces of the sole, wherein the channel comprises a center portion extending across a center of the sole, a heel portion extending from a heel end of the center portion toward the heel, and a toe portion extending from a toe end of the center portion toward the toe, wherein the width and the depth of the center portion of the channel are substantially constant, and wherein the depth of the channel is greater at the heel and toe portions than at the center portion.

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


 

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

Direct NOx decomposition catalyst with improved activity and selectivity
Patent No. 10239047 

Inventor(s): Charles Alexander Roberts (Farmington Hills, MI), Krishna Gunugunuri (Canton, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15702188 on 09/12/2017 (560 days app to issue)

Abstract: A catalyst for direct decomposition of NO and NO[subscript]2 [/subscript]to N[subscript]2 [/subscript]and O[subscript]2 [/subscript]has a CoFe[subscript]2[/subscript]O[subscript]4 [/subscript]spinel doped with potassium cations. The catalyst has high activity and good selectivity for N[subscript]2 [/subscript]production, when potassium cations are loaded at a density of about 0.9 weight percent. Methods for making the catalyst include wet impregnation of a CoFe[subscript]2[/subscript]O[subscript]4 [/subscript]spinel with a solution of potassium cations, such as a KOH solution.

[B01J] CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROCESSES, e.g. CATALYSIS, COLLOID CHEMISTRY; THEIR RELEVANT APPARATUS (processes or apparatus for specific applications, see the relevant places for these processes or apparatus, e.g. F26B 3/08) [2]


Multi-airfoil split and rejoin method to produce enhanced durability coating
Patent No. 10239142 

Inventor(s): Michael L. Miller (Euless, TX), Paul M. Pellet (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (Farmington, CT)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14765467 on 12/19/2013 (1923 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for working an airfoil cluster is disclosed. The method may include attaching a first datum to a first portion of the airfoil cluster and a second datum to a second portion of the airfoil cluster; adding material to at least one of the first portion and the second portion; and joining the first portion to the second portion, the first and second datums substantially aligned in a common plane spaced away from the first and second portions.

[B23K] SOLDERING OR UNSOLDERING; WELDING; CLADDING OR PLATING BY SOLDERING OR WELDING; CUTTING BY APPLYING HEAT LOCALLY, e.g. FLAME CUTTING; WORKING BY LASER BEAM (making metal-coated products by extruding metal B21C 23/22; building up linings or coverings by casting B22D 19/08; casting by dipping B22D 23/04; manufacture of composite layers by sintering metal powder B22F 7/00; arrangements on machine tools for copying or controlling B23Q; covering metals or covering materials with metals, not otherwise provided for C23C; burners F23D)


Vehicle roof fan
Patent No. 10239381 

Inventor(s): Stephen William O”Brien (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): TSI Products, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Hitchcock Evert LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15642024 on 07/05/2017 (629 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle roof fan for providing air conditioning to a user of a vehicle. The vehicle roof fan may include a plurality of individually controlled fans. The apparatus includes power management features to limit the power consumption, such as a user presence detector and/or battery threshold monitoring. The plurality of fans may be associated with one or more optical sensors that each control the operation of one or more of the fans based upon the presence of a user. The air conditioning apparatus may also include heating and/or cooling components to modify the air temperature from the apparatus.

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


Structurally biased proprotor blade assembly
Patent No. 10239604 

Inventor(s): Christopher Foskey (Fort Worth, TX), Jared Mark Paulson (Fort Worth, TX), Jeffrey Bosworth (Fort Worth, TX), Joel McIntyre (Fort Worth, TX), Michael Burnett (Fort Worth, TX), Paul K. Oldroyd (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15161215 on 05/21/2016 (1039 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tiltrotor aircraft includes a fuselage, a wing member extending from the fuselage, an engine disposed relative to the wing member and a proprotor mechanically coupled to the engine. The proprotor includes a plurality of proprotor blade assemblies each including a spar and a sheath extending spanwise along the spar forming the leading edge of the proprotor blade assembly. The spar has a root section, a main section and a tip section. The spar has a generally oval cross section at radial stations along the main section and a first edge having a structural bias relative to a generally oppositely disposed second edge at the radial stations along the main section.

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


Chordwise folding and locking of rotor systems
Patent No. 10239605 

Inventor(s): Christopher Edward Foskey (Fort Worth, TX), Michael Christopher Burnett (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15269739 on 09/19/2016 (918 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for chordwise folding and locking of rotor systems includes a grip assembly and a harness disposed at least partially within and coupled to the grip assembly. A rotor blade is rotatably coupled to the grip assembly and the harness. The rotor blade has a radially extended orientation and a stowed orientation. A linkage assembly has a first end, a second end and a pivot joint therebetween. The first end of the linkage assembly is rotatably coupled to the harness and the second end of the linkage assembly is rotatably coupled to the rotor blade. A first lock assembly selectively secures the rotor blade to the grip assembly and the harness when the rotor blade is in the radially extended orientation. A second lock assembly selectively secures the rotor blade relative to the harness when the rotor blade is in the stowed orientation.

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


Retractable landing gear
Patent No. 10239607 

Inventor(s): William E. Luce (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Goodrich Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15977696 on 05/11/2018 (319 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for actuating a landing gear arrangement may include supplying a first pressure to an actuator, applying, by the actuator, a moment on a latch to rotate the latch in a first rotational direction, disengaging a first roller pin, engaging a stopper on a link, rotating the link in the first rotational direction about a pivot, the link coupled between a trailing arm and a shock strut, rotating the shock strut about a second end of the shock strut, rotating the trailing arm about a first end, and engaging a second roller pin.

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


Pitch link with track adjustment indicators
Patent No. 10239609 

Inventor(s): Hunter Jay Davis (Winters, TX), Mark Adam Wiinikka (Hurst, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15656929 on 07/21/2017 (613 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for measuring, or otherwise determining pitch length adjustments to a pitch link coupled to a rotor blade in a rotorcraft includes vertical track adjustment indicators machined onto an exterior of the tube of the pitch link and a vertical reference indicator machined onto an exterior of the upper or the lower rod of the pitch link. A metric of a pitch length adjustment can be determined by tracking or counting how many track adjustment indicators pass the reference indicator while the tube of the pitch link is being turned in either direction for increasing or decreasing the pitch length. The track adjustment indicators can be relied upon to track one or a series of adjustments for tracking a rotor blade installed in a rotor assembly.

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


Compact linear hydraulic actuator
Patent No. 10239610 

Inventor(s): Carl T. Elving (Southlake, TX), Carlos A. Fenny (Fort Worth, TX), Charles Eric Covington (Colleyville, TX), Rodney M. Cahoon (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15062375 on 03/07/2016 (1114 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, an actuator includes a chamber, a piston disposed within the chamber, and a tube. The chamber has a first port and a second port. The piston comprises a first surface, a second surface, and an elongated conduit coupling the first surface to the second surface. The first surface is disposed between the first port and the second port. The second surface is offset from the first surface. The tube is disposed at least partially within the elongated conduit of the piston. The tube comprises a third port disposed within the elongated conduit of the piston and a fourth port disposed outside of the elongated conduit of the piston.

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


 

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

Gypsum composites used in fire resistant building components
Patent No. 10240089 

Inventor(s): Evan R. Daniels (Dallas, TX), Jonathan Newton (Van Alstyne, TX)
Assignee(s): The Intellectual Gorilla GmbH (Sempach Station, , CH)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15230774 on 08/08/2016 (960 days app to issue)

Abstract: A composite product includes gypsum in an amount of 60 to 90% by weight, fibers in an amount of 1.5 to 26% by weight substantially homogeneously distributed through the composite, and a rheology-modifying agent in an amount of 0.5 to 6% by weight. The composite is caused or allowed to cure to form a cured composite. The cured composite is a fire resistant component used in a fire-rated door core, a fire-rated door or a fire-rated building panel. The fire resistant component may include a building panel, a door panel, a door core, a door rail, a door stile, a door lock block, a door border, or a door insert.

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


[D] TEXTILES; PAPER


Sewing apparatus
Patent No. 10240271 

Inventor(s): Paul L. Freer (Independence, KY), Thomas Martz (Winston-Salem, NC)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15063861 on 03/08/2016 (1113 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sewing apparatus includes a housing, an arm shaft that extends through the housing in a longitudinal direction, a cam member coupled to the arm shaft, the cam member including a front face and a rear face positioned opposite the front face, where the cam member includes a lobe positioned on one of the front face and the rear face, a needle assembly coupled to the housing, the needle assembly including a needle shaft and a needle coupled to the needle shaft, and an arm pivotally coupled to the housing and engaged with the cam member, where the needle assembly is slidably engaged with the arm in a vertical direction and the needle assembly is constrained with respect to the arm in the longitudinal direction and a lateral direction that is transverse to the longitudinal direction.

[D05B] SEWING (appliances for the tailoring trade A41H; sewing tables A47B 29/00; sewing in bookbinding B42B 2/00; sewing machines modified for knitting D04B 39/08)


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Water closet flange insert
Patent No. 10240331 

Inventor(s): Daniel I. South (Dayton, NV), Duane R. Condon (Ramona, CA), William A. Ghiglieri (Reno, NV)
Assignee(s): LSP Products Group, Inc. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15652877 on 07/18/2017 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for an insert apparatus for a water closet flange. The insert apparatus has an elevated arcuate portion that extends from a first end to a second end, the elevated portion comprising an arcuate keyhole aperture through the insert apparatus, the arcuate keyhole aperture having an eyelet end and a narrowed length; a raised edge positioned along at least a portion of a perimeter of the narrowed length of the arcuate keyhole aperture; a first recessed portion that extends away from the first end of the elevated arcuate portion and a second recessed step that extends away from the second end of the elevated portion; a first clip integral with the insert apparatus extends substantially perpendicular to a plane associated with the arcuate keyhole aperture; and a second clip integral with the insert apparatus extends substantially perpendicular to the plane associated with the arcuate keyhole aperture.

[E03D] WATER-CLOSETS OR URINALS WITH FLUSHING DEVICES; FLUSHING VALVES THEREFOR


Modular latch system
Patent No. 10240373 

Inventor(s): Arunkumar Koppa Siddalingappa (Tumkur, , IN), William A. Amante (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15401979 on 01/09/2017 (806 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modular latch system has an activation module comprising an activation rod, a latch module comprising a biased latch, and a control cable connecting the activation module to the latch module so that rotation of the activation rod can retract the latch.

[E05C] BOLTS OR FASTENING DEVICES FOR WINGS, SPECIALLY FOR DOORS OR WINDOWS (latching means for sideboard or tailgate structures for vehicles B62D 33/037; fastening devices for constructional or engineering elements E04, F16B; locks, fastening devices structurally or operatively combined or having significant cooperation with locks E05B; means for operating or controlling wing fasteners in conjunction with mechanisms for moving the wing E05F)


Method and system for wireline intervention in a subsea well from a floating vessel
Patent No. 10240407 

Inventor(s): David Russ Larimore (Dallas, TX), Scott Alistair Gordon (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Shell Oil Company (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14369392 on 12/19/2012 (2288 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for wireline intervention in a subsea well from a floating vessel.

[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]


Non-contact flow rate measurement of fluid using surface feature image analysis
Patent No. 10240413 

Inventor(s): Liang Zhao (Plano, TX), Michael L. Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Thomas J. Frosell (Irving, TX), Zachary R. Murphree (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15101534 on 02/19/2014 (1861 days app to issue)

Abstract: Comparative image analysis is utilized to determine the flow rate of fluids, such as, for example, drilling fluid, completion fluid or hydrocarbons. As fluid flows through a conduit or open trough, a flow rate measurement device illuminates the surface of the fluid. Images of common surface features are then acquired at some time interval. Thereafter, the displacement of the common surface features in the images is analyzed to determine the flow rate of the fluid. Thus, non-contact flow rate measurements of opaque and non-opaque fluids are obtained.

[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]


Reinforced drill pipe seal with floating backup layer
Patent No. 10240422 

Inventor(s): Christopher Allen Grace (Coppell, TX), Larry Lucius Cox (Richardson, TX), Michael Linley Fripp (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14910220 on 09/24/2013 (2009 days app to issue)

Abstract: A reinforced seal for maintaining a pressure differential in a well bore includes an elastomeric layer and a backup layer between a drill pipe and the elastomeric layer at the wellhead. The backup layer has a first end portion, a second end portion, and a tapered portion, wherein the first end portion has a larger inner diameter than the second end portion and the tapered portion connects the first end portion and second end portion. In addition, the backup layer includes a plurality of slats substantially aligned with the longitudinal axis of the drill pipe and arranged circumferentially about the perimeter of the drill pipe along the internal surface of the backup layer such that a portion of each slat underlies a portion of each adjacent slat.

[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]


Pressurizing rotating control devices
Patent No. 10240426 

Inventor(s): Christopher Allen Grace (Fort Worth, TX), Joseph Michael Karigan (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15323169 on 08/19/2015 (1315 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotating control device (RCD), for use in drilling a wellbore, includes an RCD body, a sealing element, and a bearing assembly disposed within the RCD body and supporting an inner mandrel to rotate relative to the RCD body. The sealing element is carried by the inner mandrel, and the bearing assembly includes a bearing sealed in an internal bearing fluid chamber. The internal bearing fluid chamber includes a bearing fluid maintained at a pressure greater than a pressure of wellbore fluid in an interior of the RCD body by a pressure compensating piston between the bearing fluid contacting a first end of the piston and the wellbore fluid contacting a second, opposite end of the piston.

[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 tools comprising aqueous-degradable sealing elements
Patent No. 10240427 

Inventor(s): Charles Timothy Smith (McKinney, TX), Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Zachary Ryan Murphree (Dallas, TX), Zachary William Walton (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14439892 on 07/07/2014 (1723 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to downhole tools comprising aqueous-degradable sealing elements and, more specifically, to downhole tools comprising a body and an aqueous-degradable sealing element, wherein at least a portion of the body is also degradable upon exposure to a wellbore environment. A downhole tool that includes a body, wherein at least a portion of the body is degradable when exposed to a wellbore environment; and at least one aqueous-degradable sealing element composed of an aqueous-degradable elastomer, wherein the aqueous-degradable sealing element degrades when exposed to an aqueous fluid in the wellbore environment.

[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]


Junction-conveyed completion tooling and operations
Patent No. 10240434 

Inventor(s): David J. Steele (Arlington, TX), Matthew B. Stokes (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15792257 on 10/24/2017 (518 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly and method for completion of lateral wellbores is disclosed. The completion assembly includes a junction fitting with main and lateral legs, and a lateral completion string and anchoring device connected to the downhole end of the lateral leg and the uphole end of the junction fitting, respectively. A working string, positioned within the lateral leg, anchoring device, and lateral completion string, includes a setting tool that is removably connected to the anchoring device and a completion tool assembly located within the lateral completion string. The completion assembly is run by the working string into the wellbore. After setting the anchoring device, the working string conveys the completion tool assembly within the lateral completion string for gravel packing, fracturing, frac-packing, acidizing, cementing, perforating, and inflating packers, for example. After wellbore completion, the completion tool assembly is removed through the lateral leg of the junction fitting.

[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]


Running tool and liner hanger contingency release mechanism
Patent No. 10240439 

Inventor(s): Arthur Terry Stautzenberger (Denton, TX), Richard Paul Noffke (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes Boone, LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15032270 on 01/08/2014 (1903 days app to issue)

Abstract: A running tool for installing a liner in a wellbore of the type which can be disconnected from the liner by applying a weight down condition to the tool and rotating the work string in the right-hand direction.

[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]


Total control perforator and system
Patent No. 10240440 

Inventor(s): Gabe Williger (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14756868 on 10/23/2015 (1250 days app to issue)

Abstract: A shaped charge carrier tool is provided that has particular utility for perforating well casing as a preparation for cement placement. A plurality, four or more elongated shaped charge carrier ribs having a high bending modulus are secured for radially expanded displacement around a central framing tube or rod. Radius rods link the ends of the carrier ribs to top and bottom hinge carriers. The hinge carriers encircle the framing tube and are free for axial translation along the framing tube. Articulating hinges connect the radius rods to the carrier ribs and to the hinge carriers. Opposed compressed coil springs provide a resilient bias on the hinge carriers to translate the carrier ribs radially outward against the interior surface of a well casing as the tool passes from a riser tube into a larger inside diameter well casing.

[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]


Oilfield perforator designed for high volume casing removal
Patent No. 10240441 

Inventor(s): James Kinsey (Crowley, TX), Matthew C. Clay (Burleson, TX), Shaun Geerts (Crowley, TX)
Assignee(s): OWEN OIL TOOLS LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Mossman, Kumar Tyler PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15285228 on 10/04/2016 (903 days app to issue)

Abstract: A perforating tool includes a charge holder connected to a work string and a perforator fixed in a charge holder disposed along the work string. The perforator includes a cylindrical case, an explosive material, a metal cap, and a detonating cord. The case has a bulkhead at a first end, an open mouth at a second end, and an interior volume. The first end includes a post having a slot. The explosive material is disposed in the interior volume. The metal cap covers the open mouth of the case and has a disk section defined by a separator ring. The separator ring has a structurally weakened zone that encircles the disk section. The detonating cord is received in the slot of the post.

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


Reverse flow seat forming apparatus and method
Patent No. 10240446 

Inventor(s): David S. Wesson (Fort Worth, TX), Dennis E. Roessler (Fort Worth, TX), Philip M. Snider (Tomball, TX)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15192429 on 06/24/2016 (1005 days app to issue)

Abstract: A seat forming apparatus for use in a downhole tool comprising a driving member and dog elements that are disposed and movable within an outer housing of the downhole tool has been disclosed. The dog elements align in grooves recessed in the outer housing of the downhole tool in a first position and disengage from the grooves in a second position. The driving member travels in a reverse direction and enables the dog elements to move from the first position to the second position and form a seat in the downhole tool. The seat formed has an inner diameter smaller than the restriction element to allow the restriction element to be seated.

[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]


Smart frac plug system and method
Patent No. 10240448 

Inventor(s): Charles M Williams (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14876121 on 10/06/2015 (1267 days app to issue)

Abstract: A frac plug system for use at the end of well drill string in a fractured underground formation, including an elongated mandrel body, a nose cone, a mandrel head, and a sealing assembly; at least one sensor positioned on the nose cone, the sensor being optionally a temperature sensor, pressure sensor, pH sensor, or fluid composition sensor; a battery operated microcontroller located in the mandrel body, the microcontroller constructed and arranged to periodically read the data output of the sensor and store the data from the sensor; a transmitter constructed and arranged to transmit the stored data from the set of sensors to a receiver on a pup joint when the receiver is in receiving range of said transmitter, the receiver constructed and arranged to write the transmitted stored data to an electronic memory; and whereby the data may be retrieved from the electronic memory.

[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

 

Cam phaser
Patent No. 10240493 

Inventor(s): John Snyder (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): ECO Holding 1 GmbH (Marktheidenfeld, , DE)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15406922 on 01/16/2017 (799 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cam phaser including a rotation phaser and a hydraulic valve hydraulically loading the rotation phaser, wherein the hydraulic valve is connectable torque proof with a cam shaft so that the cam shaft is rotatable, wherein the rotation phaser includes a stator and a rotor configured coaxial with the stator, wherein the rotor is rotatable relative to the stator, wherein the hydraulic valve is configured so that it protrudes at least partially into the rotation phaser, wherein an adapter is provided for a relative axial positioning of the rotor and the stator. According to the invention the adapter is configured for loose mounting in the rotation phaser so that a fixated connection of the adapter in the rotation phaser is provided when the cam shaft is mounted at the hydraulic valve.

[F01L] CYCLICALLY OPERATING VALVES FOR MACHINES OR ENGINES (valves in general F16K)


Pump assembly including fluid cylinder and tapered valve seats
Patent No. 10240597 

Inventor(s): Jacob A. Bayyouk (Richardson, TX), Tugrul Comlekci (Glasgow, , GB)
Assignee(s): S.P.M. Flow Control, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15355609 on 11/18/2016 (858 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one aspect, a pump assembly includes a fluid cylinder, the fluid cylinder including a fluid passage, the fluid passage defining a tapered internal shoulder of the fluid cylinder, the tapered internal shoulder defining a first angle. A valve controls flow of fluid through the fluid passage. The valve includes a valve seat, which is disposed in the fluid passage and includes a tapered external shoulder, the tapered external shoulder defining a second angle. In one embodiment, the first tapered external shoulder engages the first tapered internal shoulder to distribute and transfer loading.

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


Locking mechanism and method for an electro-pneumatic controller
Patent No. 10240623 

Inventor(s): Eric J. Burgett (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TESCOM CORPORATION (Elk River, MN)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15187455 on 06/20/2016 (1009 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electro-pneumatic controller for use with a regulator. The electro-pneumatic controller includes a base having a body, a top surface, and a bore formed within the body. A locking mechanism is disposed within the bore of the body of the base, the locking mechanism having a top surface flush with the top surface of the base. A cover is coupled to the base and includes an open end with a rim, the rim contacting the top surface of the base and a portion of the top surface of the locking mechanism. The locking mechanism is rotated via a tool in a counter-clockwise direction after the cover contacts a portion of the top surface of the locking mechanism to lock the cover to the base.

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


Simplified gearbox mechanism
Patent No. 10240666 

Inventor(s): Carlos A. Hoefken (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Motus Labs, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16111344 on 08/24/2018 (214 days app to issue)

Abstract: The improved gearbox mechanism of the present invention includes a plurality of cam-actuated simplified gear block assemblies, which transfer power from a power shaft to a secondary or output gear element. Each gear block assembly includes a gear block having a surface that periodically interfaces with a secondary or output gear element. In a preferred embodiment the interface surface comprises a plurality of projections or teeth which correspond to complementary projections or gear teeth on the output gear element. Each gear block assembly further includes a gear block, a torque lever arm, cam followers and/or a socket, which connect or link the gear block to a cam assembly, which in turn is connected to a power source. The cam assembly includes about its circumference a unique pathway or groove for each linkage assembly of a particular gear block assembly so that the movement of the gear block may be controlled in two dimensions in accordance with a certain design parameter.

[F16H] GEARING


Ice sensor for a heat pump
Patent No. 10240852 

Inventor(s): Jonathan Douglas (Lewisville, TX), Robert B. Dutch Uselton (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15799645 on 10/31/2017 (511 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various implementations, an ice sensor may include heater(s), ice accumulation surface(s), and/or temperature sensor(s). During operation, heat from a heater may be provided to an ice accumulation surface and a temperature sensor(s) may determine temperature(s) of the ice accumulation surface. A determination of whether ice is present on the ice sensor may be based at least partially on the determined temperature(s).

[F25D] REFRIGERATORS; COLD ROOMS; ICE-BOXES; COOLING OR FREEZING APPARATUS NOT COVERED BY ANY OTHER SUBCLASS (refrigerated showcases A47F 3/04; thermally-insulated vessels for domestic use A47J 41/00; refrigerated vehicles, see the appropriate subclasses of classes B60-B64; containers with thermal insulation in general B65D 81/38; 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; thermally-insulated vessels for liquefied or solidified gases F17C; air-conditioning or air-humidification F24F; refrigeration machines, plants, or systems F25B; cooling of instruments or comparable apparatus without refrigeration G12B; cooling of engines or pumps, see the relevant classes)


Systems and methods for acquiring and launching and guiding missiles to multiple targets
Patent No. 10240900 

Inventor(s): Colin M. Johnston (McKinney, TX), David Fluckiger (Allen, TX), John L. Tomich (Coppell, TX), Raymond Samaniego (McKinney, TX), William M. Casey (Celina, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Burns Levinson, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15015349 on 02/04/2016 (1146 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods that can be used in lightweight vehicles, such as lightweight small Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) vehicles, and can provide small, lightweight weapons capable of ”Fire and Forget” type performance to defeat the next generation ”Swarm Weapon Systems”, such as, groups of high speed attack boats armed with anti ship weapons, are disclosed.

[F41G] WEAPON SIGHTS; AIMING (optical aspects thereof G02B)


Polymer ammunition having a primer insert with a primer pocket groove
Patent No. 10240905 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15937140 on 03/27/2018 (364 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides polymer ammunition having a primer insert having a primer insert having a top surface opposite a bottom surface and a extraction flange that extends circumferentially about an outer edge of the top surface; a coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, wherein the substantially cylindrical coupling element is adapted to receive a polymer overmolding; a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface, wherein the primer recess comprises a recess bottom and a circular recess side wall; a primer flash aperture through the recess bottom that extends through the bottom surface, wherein the primer flash aperture is adapted to receive a polymer overmolding to form a flash hole; and one or more pads positioned on the recess bottom; a groove in the primer recess positioned around the primer flash aperture to extend at least partially over the recess bottom and adapted to receive a polymer overmolding.

[F42B] EXPLOSIVE CHARGES, e.g. FOR BLASTING; FIREWORKS; AMMUNITION (explosive compositions C06B; fuzes F42C; blasting F42D) [5]


 

P H Y S I C S

Driving ratings for leading or following vehicle selection
Patent No. 10239527 

Inventor(s): Hideki Hada (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15052647 on 02/24/2016 (1126 days app to issue)

Abstract: Driving rating information for other vehicles in an external environment of a vehicle can be provided. The external environment of the vehicle can be sensed to detect the other vehicles. Driving rating information for the other vehicles can be received, such as directly from the other vehicles or from a remote driving ratings source. The driving rating information for the other vehicles can be presented within the vehicle. Based on such driving rating information, a vehicle occupant can decide whether or not to lead or follow a particular vehicle in the external environment. If a selection of one of the identified one or more vehicles is received from a vehicle occupant, the vehicle can be caused to implement one or more driving maneuvers relative to the selected vehicle.

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


System and method for navigation by applying corrected bias values to gyroscopic data
Patent No. 10240931 

Inventor(s): Deric Wayne Waters (Dallas, TX), Sandeep Rao (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15593476 on 05/12/2017 (683 days app to issue)

Abstract: A disclosed method includes computing, for each of a plurality of values of at least one type of error parameter, a distance traveled for each of a plurality of directions of travel. The method includes selecting, from the plurality of values of the at least one type of error parameter, a value that provides a greatest distance traveled for any of the plurality of directions of travel relative to the unselected ones of the plurality of values. The method further includes applying the selected value of the at least one type of error parameter to gyroscopic sensor data, and then determining navigation information based on the gyroscopic sensor data with the selected value of the at least one type of error parameter applied.

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


Vehicle software upgrade techniques
Patent No. 10240935 

Inventor(s): David S. Breed (Miami Beach, FL)
Assignee(s): AMERICAN VEHICULAR SCIENCES LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: McAndrews, Held Malloy, Ltd. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13964143 on 08/12/2013 (2052 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for maintaining vehicle-resident map information may include, in a vehicle with at least one communications processor integrated within the vehicle, the at least one communications processor being operable to receive wireless transmissions including map information from a remote location separate and apart from the vehicle, obtaining GPS information relating to the vehicle. The map information received by the at least one communications processor may be downloaded from the remote location. A map corresponding to the map information, and an indication of the current vehicle location may be displayed within the map, based on the GPS information. The map information may correspond to the GPS information. Road information may be wirelessly transmitted to one or more locations based on the GPS information.

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


Vibration and dynamic acceleration sensing using capacitors
Patent No. 10240991 

Inventor(s): Kai Gossner (Neukirchen-Vluyn, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15785189 on 10/16/2017 (526 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an apparatus comprising at least one sensing capacitor and a controller, wherein the controller is configured to receive a signal from the at least one sensing capacitor indicative of a change of charge of the sensing capacitor, and wherein the controller is configured to determine an amount of force applied to the sensing capacitor, an acceleration of the sensing capacitor, a torsion of the sensing capacitor, a vibration of the sensing capacitor or a pulling force applied to the sensing capacitor based on the change of charge of the at least one sensing capacitor.

[G01L] MEASURING FORCE, STRESS, TORQUE, WORK, MECHANICAL POWER, MECHANICAL EFFICIENCY, OR FLUID PRESSURE (weighing G01G) [4]


Combination motion and acoustic piezoelectric sensor apparatus and method of use therefor
Patent No. 10241220 

Inventor(s): Richard E. Pearce (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): Seamap USA, LLC (Huntsville, TX)
Law Firm: Vinson Elkins LLP (Local + 5 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14961045 on 12/07/2015 (1205 days app to issue)

Abstract: Sensors used in mapping strata beneath a marine body are described, such as used in a flexible towed array. A first sensor is a motion sensor including a conductive liquid in a chamber between a rigid tube and a piezoelectric motion film circumferentially wrapped about the tube. A second sensor is a traditional acoustic sensor or a novel acoustic sensor using a piezoelectric sensor mounted with a thin film separation layer of flexible microspheres on a rigid substrate. Additional non-acoustic sensors are optionally mounted on the rigid substrate for generation of output used to reduce noise observed by the acoustic sensors. Combinations of acoustic, non-acoustic, and motion sensors co-located in rigid streamer housing sections are provided.

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


System and method for airborne geophysical exploration
Patent No. 10241224 

Inventor(s): Gary T. Kuhlman (Plano, TX), Robert E. Slocum (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Slocum Geophysics, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15660598 on 07/26/2017 (608 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for airborne geophysical exploration over the ground are disclosed. In one embodiment of the system, two towing bodies are towed behind an aircraft in flight in a vertically spaced-apart relation above a ground station. Respective magnetometer measurement instruments are located within each of the towing bodies and the ground station. Each magnetometer measurement instrument collects total field magnitude data to contribute to the magnetic vertical gradient data relative to magnetic crustal anomalies of geological origin and variations in an ambient magnetic field above the surface area of the survey. Each magnetometer measurement instrument also collects location, time, and inertial data substantially simultaneously with the total field magnitude data to provide position-correlated measurements thereof.

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


Optical fiber polarity tester
Patent No. 10241277 

Inventor(s): Billie Cottongim (Plano, TX), Kevin M. Ehringer (Dallas, TX), Troy D. Cummings (Mesquite, TX), Tung Pham (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Kevin M. Ehringer Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15975286 on 05/09/2018 (321 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure includes systems and methods for testing bundles of fiber optic fibers, such as fiber optic trunk cables, for correct polarity of connections at each end of the bundle of fibers while preventing the fiber optic fibers from contacting any other components during testing. The systems include a processor, a plurality of signal generators interfaced with a plurality of signal generator ports, a sensor interfaced with a sensor input port, a first selector switch, and a display, the processor operable to stimulate the plurality of signal generators one at a time in a first sequence to produce a signal, the first sequence based on a position of the first selector switch, the processor further operable to cause the display to display an output of the sensor.

[G01N] INVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES (measuring or testing processes other than immunoassay, involving enzymes or microorganisms C12M, C12Q)


Method and apparatus of position tracking and detection of user input information
Patent No. 10241622 

Inventor(s): Matthew Kevin Usey (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15627918 on 06/20/2017 (644 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus of detecting user initiated movement by an input element handled by a user is disclosed. The method may include performing a calibration procedure that is initiated by the user via a physical movement performed by the user. The method may also include positioning at least one sensor to dynamically adjust a size of an effective workspace range capable of detecting the user”s movement of the input element.

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


Biasing schemes for storage of bits in unreliable storage locations
Patent No. 10241704 

Inventor(s): Abhijeet Manohar (Bangalore, , IN), Daniel Tuers (Kapaa, HI), Jonathan Hsu (Newark, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15664536 on 07/31/2017 (603 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controller of a non-volatile memory system may be configured to identify bits of data to be stored in memory elements of non-volatile memory that are identified as unreliable. The controller may be configured to bias at least some of these bits to a predetermined logic value at which the bits are likely to be read from the unreliable memory elements. The controller may do so using a biasing key that the controller generates based on identification of the bits. Subsequently, when the data is read, the controller may assign log likelihood ratio values for the bits to correspond to a percent likelihood of the bits being biased to the predetermined logic value. The bits may also be unbiased using the biasing key.

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


Method and apparatus for automated orchestration of long distance protection of virtualized storage
Patent No. 10241712 

Inventor(s): Thomas L. Watson (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): EMC IP HOLDING COMPANY LLC (Hopkinton, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14319772 on 06/30/2014 (1730 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example embodiments of the present invention relate to a method, a system, and a computer program product for replicating a virtual volume. The method includes creating a volume in a first datacenter, the volume in the first datacenter accessible as a virtual volume exposed to the first datacenter and a second datacenter, and establishing replication of the virtual volume to a third datacenter.

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


Method and system for managing delivery of analytics assets to users of organizations using operating system containers
Patent No. 10241777 

Inventor(s): Ajith Ramanath (Bangalore, , IN), Atul Singh (Bangalore, , IN), Koustuv Dasgupta (Bangalore, , IN), Rahul Ghosh (Bangalore, , IN), Varun Sharma (Kolkata, , IN)
Assignee(s): CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Jones Robb, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15237996 on 08/16/2016 (952 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and a system are provided to manage analytics assets associated with at least one computer accessible to an organization using operating system (OS) containers. The method comprising receiving a request to process of a task on the user computing device. The method further select a set of analytics assets from a first category, based on at least one of a role of the user in the organization and a historical usage of the one or more analytics assets or a second category that corresponds to the user and are included in the container image associated with the user. The method further update the container image of the user, based on at least the selection of the set of analytics assets from the first category. The method further render the selected set of analytics assets through the updated container image on the user computing device of the user.

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


Low energy accelerator processor architecture
Patent No. 10241791 

Inventor(s): Johann Zipperer (Unterschleissheim, , DE), Manish Goel (Plano, TX), Seok-Jun Lee (Allen, TX), Srinivas Lingam (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15925957 on 03/20/2018 (371 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for a low energy accelerator processor architecture is disclosed. An example arrangement is an integrated circuit that includes a system bus having a data width N, where N is a positive integer; a central processor unit coupled to the system bus and configured to execute instructions retrieved from a memory; a low energy accelerator processor configured to execute instruction words received on the system bus and having a plurality of execution units including a load store unit, a load coefficient unit, a multiply unit, and a butterfly/adder ALU unit, wherein each of the execution units is configured to perform operations responsive to retrieved instruction words; and a data register file comprising a set of data registers coupled to the plurality of execution units, wherein the registers are coupled to selected ones of the plurality of execution units. Additional methods and apparatus are disclosed.

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


Output data path for non-volatile memory
Patent No. 10241938 

Inventor(s): Yingchang Chen (Cupertino, CA), Yukeun Sim (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15849413 on 12/20/2017 (461 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods are disclosed for an output data path for non-volatile memory. A buffer may include a plurality of buffer stages. A buffer stage width may be a width of an internal bus for a non-volatile memory element. A buffer may include two or more read pointers, updated by an internal controller at different times in response to different portions of a clock signal. A parallel-in serial-out (PISO) component may receive data via an internal data path having a data path width equal to an internal bus width, and may output the data in a series of transfers controlled according to a clock signal, via an output bus having an output bus width narrower than an internal bus width. A PISO component may receive data from a portion of a buffer stage in response to an internal controller updating a read pointer to point to the buffer stage.

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


Method and system for computer-aided design of radiation-hardened integrated circuits
Patent No. 10242151 

Inventor(s): Emily Ann Donnelly (Whitesboro, TX)
Assignee(s): TallannQuest LLC (Sachse, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15691969 on 08/31/2017 (572 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product include electronic design automation (EDA) tools used with standard CMOS processes to design and produce radiation-hardened (rad-hard) integrated circuits (ICs) having a predictable level of radiation hardness while maintaining a desired level of performance and tracking circuit area. The tools include rad-hard design rule checking (DRC) decks, rad-hard SPICE models, and rad-hard cell libraries. A rad-hard parasitic components extraction process makes use of rad-hard DRC rules to locate occurrences of parasitic devices, calculate their effects on circuit performance, and return this information to layout and circuit simulation tools. Changes to the layout are suggested and implemented with varying degrees of automation. Some of these tools can be provided as components of a rad-hard process design kit (PDK). They can be used in conjunction with commercial EDA tools to facilitate the incorporation of rad-hard features into new or existing IC designs.

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


Method for determining the risk profile of neoplastic tissue
Patent No. 10242153 

Inventor(s): Padmashree C. G. Rida (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NOVAZOI THERANOSTICS (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)
Law Firm: Morris, Manning Martin, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15419693 on 01/30/2017 (785 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of computing the risk profile of a neoplastic tissue in a patient is disclosed. The method includes the steps of (a) processing a sample of tumor tissue or cancer cells from the patient in a form suitable for visualization and demarcation of cell nuclei, individually distinguishable centrosomes (iCTRs) and megacentrosomes (mCTRs) in a region of interest (ROI) defined by a plurality of cell nuclei; (b) determining the numbers of iCTRs and mCTRs associated with each cell nucleus in the ROI; (c) determining the volume of each iCTR and mCTR in the ROI; and (d) calculating one or more centrosome amplification scores (CASs) values for the sample based on steps (b) and (c), wherein the one or more CASs indicate the severity of centrosome amplification, the frequency of centrosome amplification, or both, and wherein the one or more scores provide a measure of a level of risk and/or a prognosis associated with the neoplastic tissue.

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


Method and apparatus of performing data executable integrity verification
Patent No. 10242188 

Inventor(s): William Charles Easttom (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15695788 on 09/05/2017 (567 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus and method of verifying an application installation procedure. One example method of operation may include receiving an application at a computer device and initiating the installation of the application on the computer device. The method may also provide executing the application during the installation procedure and creating a hash value corresponding to the executed application data. The method may further provide storing the hash value in memory and comparing the hash value to a pre-stored hash value to determine whether to continue the installation of the application.

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


Advanced mobile communication device gameplay system
Patent No. 10242241 

Inventor(s): Carey Leigh Lotzer (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13292272 on 11/09/2011 (2694 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile communications device including a transceiver, a motion input or other optical device, and a system for supporting single or multi-player gameplay is described. A method of playing a game is provided including transmitting and receiving information between one or more devices through a mobile communications system with use of one or more tethered and/or wireless links; and playing a game on the mobile communications device. Further one or more players either creating or receiving one or more motions, thereby communicating through the device, receiving and/or transmitting some or all of the game data and may also receive/transmit one or more motion results and having the ability to send and/or receive one or more motion instructions to/from another one or more devices.

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


Video redaction method and system
Patent No. 10242282 

Inventor(s): Matthew Adam Shreve (Mountain View, CA), Robert P. Loce (Webster, NY), Shagan Sah (Rochester, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15463388 on 03/20/2017 (736 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a method and system for generating redacted video of a scene captured using a video camera and augmenting a manual review process of the redacted video of the scene. According to an exemplary embodiment, a video of the scene is redacted via probability-based analysis to detect and obscure privacy sensitive objects included in the captured video. A manual review process of the generated redacted video is augmented to use the object detection probability to enhance the reviewing video frame rate to expedite the manual review process.

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


Supplemental system for business intelligence systems to provide visual identification of meaningful differences
Patent No. 10242331 

Inventor(s): Lance W. Hankins (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Motio, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15662898 on 07/28/2017 (606 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various implementations, a supplemental system may be provided. The supplemental system may be coupled to business intelligence environment(s) to facilitate visual identification of meaningful differences. In some implementations, expressions to exclude may be identified and specifications associated with BI Artifacts may be instrumented based on the expressions to exclude. Enhanced Business Intelligence Artifact Outputs may be generated to visually identify differences between BI Artifact Outputs that are not associated with expressions to exclude.

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


Efficient scheduling of maintenance for power distribution systems
Patent No. 10242349 

Inventor(s): Krishnan L. Narayan (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15854969 on 12/27/2017 (454 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one or more embodiments, a method, a computer program product, and a computer system for managing vegetation across distribution systems are provided. The method may include receiving, by a computer, voltage data from one or more data sensors. The computer may determine one or more locations of one or more voltage fault conditions based on the received voltage data. A score may be assigned to each of the determined locations by the computer. The computer may then identify a subset of one or more work orders corresponding to the one or more determined locations from among a database of work orders. A subset of locations may be determined by the computer from among the one or more locations based on the assigned scores and the identified subset of work orders. A field visit may then be scheduled by the computer based on the determined subset of locations.

[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]


Host-formatted select proximity payment system environment response
Patent No. 10242356 

Inventor(s): Hiteshkumar M. Shah (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): GOOGLE LLC (Mountain View, CA)
Law Firm: Johnson, Marcou Isaacs, LLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14835695 on 08/25/2015 (1309 days app to issue)

Abstract: Informing near field communication (NFC) payment readers of NFC target device payment application availability. A payment application executing under a host operating system of an NFC target device formats a SELECT proximity payment system environment (PPSE) RESPONSE as one or more NFC Application Protocol Data Units (APDUs). The SELECT PPSE RESPONSE is formatted to respond to a SELECT PPSE command from an NFC payment reader. The SELECT PPSE RESPONSE includes a list of one or more Application Identifiers (AIDs) corresponding to one or more payment options available on the NFC target device. The payment application communicates the formatted SELECT PPSE RESPONSE to a PPSE applet executing on the NFC target device. The PPSE applet receives a SELECT PPSE command from an NFC payment reader. The PPSE applet communicates the SELECT PPSE RESPONSE to the NFC payment reader, in response to receiving the SELECT PPSE command from the NFC payment reader.

[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]


Digital data processing system for controlling automated exchange zone systems
Patent No. 10242390 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15664285 on 07/31/2017 (603 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to controlling automated exchange zone systems using a digital data processing system. A computing platform may receive a notification indicating that an item has been received by an automated exchange zone system and may generate and send one or more item scan commands directing the automated exchange zone system to capture one or more scans of the item. Subsequently, the computing platform may receive item scan data captured by the automated exchange zone system and may evaluate the item scan data based on one or more templates. The computing platform may assign an item quality metric to the item and may generate, based on the item quality metric, one or more item processing commands directing the automated exchange zone system to process the item. Thereafter, the computing platform may send the one or more item processing commands to the automated exchange zone system.

[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, method, and apparatus for providing a prediction-based marketplace
Patent No. 10242404 

Inventor(s): Paresh Ashok Khanapurkar (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Ferraiuoli LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13870949 on 04/25/2013 (2161 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided is a system, method, and apparatus for implementing a prediction-based marketplace. For example, the system may include one or more processing units operable to: receive a prediction for an outcome of an event from a seller, determine a price to offer the prediction for sale to the buyer, provide the prediction to a buyer, receive an indication by the buyer to purchase the prediction, process a payment from the buyer to purchase the prediction, determine the actual outcome of the event that is predicted, compare the actual and predicted outcomes of the event; and distribute the payment in a manner so that the buyer and seller each receive a portion of the payment based on the comparison of the actual and predicted outcomes.

[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]


Physiological-based detection and feedback systems and methods
Patent No. 10242544 

Inventor(s): Arthur P. Walters (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14990919 on 01/08/2016 (1173 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods which detect in video and/or audio data a change in a physiological indicator of a person captured by the video and/or audio data, and which provide feedback indicating when the change in the physiological indicator occurs, are described. A method uses an analytics module operating on at least one processor. Data is received from a video camera worn on a first person. The data is indicative of an interaction between the first person and a second person. A physiological indicator of the second person is detected by analyzing the data. A change in the physiological indicator in the data is determined. An indication of the change in the physiological indicator in the data is transmitted to a sensory device on the first person.

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


System and method for managing movable objects
Patent No. 10242572 

Inventor(s): Marquis D. Doyle, III (Lewisville, NC)
Assignee(s): OMNITRACS, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Arent Fox LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13965432 on 08/13/2013 (2051 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for managing a plurality of movable objects are disclosed. The systems and methods include determining a proposed pairing of a first movable object and a second movable object and confirming a coupling of the proposed pairing based on, at least in part, detecting that the first movable object and the second movable object are moving in unison.

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


Graphical user interface for display of performance of a marching band
Patent No. 10242592 

Inventor(s): John S. Hogg, Jr. (Bedford, TX), Sean Jeffrey Wahrmund (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15728427 on 10/09/2017 (533 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for tracking position of one or more moving transmission sources is disclosed. The transmission source can transmit a signal while moving from a first position to a first expected position and a receiver can receive the signal. The transmission source can include an antenna. An audio source can transmit an audio signal at a predetermined frequency and a controller can determine a second position of the transmission source, calculate an offset between the second position with the first expected position, and compare the offset with a predetermined threshold. A first rate of movement can be calculated based on a distance traveled between the first position and the second position with respect to the predetermined frequency. A first indication can be transmitted to at least one user device including the first location offset with the predetermined threshold and the first rate of movement.

[G09B] EDUCATIONAL OR DEMONSTRATION APPLIANCES; APPLIANCES FOR TEACHING, OR COMMUNICATING WITH, THE BLIND, DEAF OR MUTE; MODELS; PLANETARIA; GLOBES; MAPS; DIAGRAMS


Shifting data in sensing circuitry
Patent No. 10242722 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX), Guy S. Perry (Plano, TX), Harish N. Venkata (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Brooks, Cameron Huebsch, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15978578 on 05/14/2018 (316 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure includes apparatuses and methods related to shifting data. An example apparatus comprises sensing circuitry including a sense amplifier and a compute component having a first storage location and a second storage location associated therewith. A controller is coupled to the sensing circuitry. The controller is configured to control an amount of power associated with shifting a data value stored in the first storage location to the second storage location by applying a charge sharing operation.

[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)


High-speed data path testing techniques for non-volatile memory
Patent No. 10242750 

Inventor(s): Avinash Rajagiri (San Jose, CA), Daniel Linnen (Naperville, IL), Dongxiang Liao (Sunnyvale, CA), Jagdish Sabde (Fremont, CA), Kirubakaran Periyannan (Santa Clara, CA), Rajan Paudel (Fremont, CA), Shantanu Gupta (Milpitas,
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15610119 on 05/31/2017 (664 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are presented for testing the high-speed data path between the IO pads and the read/write buffer of a memory circuit without the use of an external test device. In an on-chip process, a data test pattern is transferred at a high data rate between the read/write register and a source for the test pattern, such as register for this purpose or the read/write buffer of another plane. The test data after the high-speed transfer is then checked against its expected, uncorrupted value, such as by transferring it back at a lower speed for comparison or by transferring the test data a second time, but at a lower rate, and comparing the high transfer rate copy with the lower transfer rate copy at the receiving end of the transfers.

[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)


Enterprise service bus sequencer
Patent No. 10244077 

Inventor(s): Scott Lopez (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Patent Department (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15500926 on 01/28/2015 (1518 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one example, an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Sequencer may receive a request token that includes a plurality of ESB requests. The request token may be parsed into a plurality of service frames. Verification confirms a) each of the plurality of ESB requests are valid and corresponding services available and b) sufficient computing resources are available to complete each of the plurality of ESB requests. For each of the service frames an ESB may be called using a requested input source and format provided in the request token for the service frame. The respective output source from the ESB is received and stored. The respective output source may be used as an input source for one or more other service frames. One or more service frame output sources as requested by the request token may be sent to a calling application.

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


Controlling impedance of blank cartridges
Patent No. 10244666 

Inventor(s): Pinche Tsai (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Patent Department (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15118888 on 02/14/2014 (1866 days app to issue)

Abstract: A blank cartridge includes an impedance portion to control a flow of cooling media through the blank cartridge to a plurality of computing components, and an actuator to change an impedance level of the impedance portion. The actuator receives a control signal to change the impedance level of the impedance portion based on a location of the plurality of computing components relative to the blank cartridge.

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


 

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Multilevel via placement with improved yield in dual damascene interconnection
Patent No. 10242147 

Inventor(s): Qi-Zhong Hong (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15452259 on 03/07/2017 (749 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of operating a computer system to improve via electromigration in an integrated circuit with multilevel interconnect. A method of operating a computer system to improve via electromigration in an integrated circuit with multilevel interconnect using via priority groups.

[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]


Post-CMP hybrid wafer cleaning technique
Patent No. 10242862 

Inventor(s): John H. Zhang (Altamont, NY)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15391135 on 12/27/2016 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: A brush-cleaning apparatus is disclosed for use in cleaning a semiconductor wafer after polishing. Embodiments of the brush-cleaning apparatus implemented with a multi-branch chemical dispensing unit are applied beneficially to clean semiconductor wafers, post-polish, using a hybrid cleaning method. An exemplary hybrid cleaning method employs a two-chemical sequence in which first and second chemical treatment modules are separate from one another, and are followed by a pH-neutralizingrinse that occurs in a treatment module separate from the first and second chemical treatment modules. Implementation of such hybrid methods is facilitated by the multi-branch chemical dispensing unit, which provides separate chemical lines to different chemical treatment modules, and dispenses chemical to at least four different areas of each wafer during single-wafer processing in an upright orientation. The multi-branch chemical dispensing unit provides a flexible, modular building block for constructing various equipment configurations that use multiple chemical treatments and/or pH neutralization steps.

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


Three-dimensional memory device containing annular etch-stop spacer and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10242994 

Inventor(s): Junichi Ariyoshi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Nobuo Hironaga (Yokkaichi, , JP), Tadashi Nakamura (Yokkaichi, , JP), Takashi Inomata (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15704370 on 09/14/2017 (558 days app to issue)

Abstract: A monolithic three-dimensional memory device includes a first alternating stack of first insulating layers and first electrically conductive layers located over a top surface of a substrate, an insulating cap layer overlying the first alternating stack, a second alternating stack of second insulating layers and second electrically conductive layers and overlying the insulating cap layer, memory openings extending through the second alternating stack, the insulating cap layer, and the first alternating stack, memory stack structures located within the memory openings, and annular spacers located within the insulating cap layer and laterally surrounding a respective one of the memory stack structures.

[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]


High dose antimony implant through screen layer for n-type buried layer integration
Patent No. 10243048 

Inventor(s): Azghar H Khazi-Syed (Arlington, TX), Binghua Hu (Plano, TX), Shariq Arshad (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15499020 on 04/27/2017 (698 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microelectronic device having an n-type buried layer (NBL) is formed by forming a thin screen layer on the top surface of the substrate. Antimony is implanted through the screen layer exposed by an implant mask into the substrate; the implant mask blocks antimony from the substrate outside the NBL area. The implant mask is removed, leaving the screen layer, which has the same thickness over the NBL area and the area outside the NBL, on the surface. Silicon dioxide is formed during an anneal/drive process, both in the NBL area and outside the NBL area. Slightly more silicon dioxide is formed in the NBL area, consuming more silicon there and so forming a shallow silicon recess. An epitaxial layer is grown on the top surface of the substrate. A structure for the microelectronic device is also disclosed.

[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]


Vertical vacuum channel transistor
Patent No. 10243074 

Inventor(s): Chun-chen Yeh (Clifton Park, NY), Qing Liu (Irvine, CA), Ruilong Xie (Schenectady, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15693938 on 09/01/2017 (571 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of fabricating features of a vertical transistor include performing a first etch process to form a first portion of a fin in a substrate; depositing a spacer material on sidewalls of the first portion of the fin; performing a second etch process using the spacer material as a pattern to elongate the fin and form a second portion of the fin in the substrate, the second portion having a width that is greater than the first portion; oxidizing a region of the second portion of the fin beneath the spacer material to form an oxidized channel region; and removing the oxidized channel region to form a vacuum channel.

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


Antenna array with integrated filters
Patent No. 10243263 

Inventor(s): Igor Timofeev (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14475775 on 09/03/2014 (1665 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary antenna system has first and second antenna elements, where a diplexer is connected to each second element. First phase shifters are connected to the first elements and to the diplexers, and second phase shifters are connected to the diplexers, but not to the first elements. Either a different bandpass filter is connected to the first and second phase shifters or a single multiplexer is connected to all phase shifters. The antenna system can be used to support communications over first and second sub-bands with independent beam tilts and equivalent beamwidths, where all of the elements are used for the first sub-band, and the second elements, but not the first elements, are used for the second sub-band. Each first element is separated from an adjacent element by a first distance, and each second element is separated from an adjacent element by a second distance different from the first distance.

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


Blind mate connector housing and assembly
Patent No. 10243301 

Inventor(s): James A. Pruett (Allen, TX), Robert P. Bernard (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15459295 on 03/15/2017 (741 days app to issue)

Abstract: A blind mate connector assembly comprises a first manifold and a second manifold removably coupled to the first manifold that defines a connector housing positionable between a primary electronics assembly and a secondary electronics assembly. A plurality of connector cavities are defined between the first and second manifolds. A plurality of right angle cable connectors, each situated within one of the plurality of connector cavities, extend partially through the connector housing to facilitate blind mate connection between the primary electronics assembly and the secondary electronics assembly. The connector housing comprises at least one mechanical float mechanism configured to facilitate movement of each right angle cable connector in multiple degrees of freedom. The connectors are replaceable by disassembling the first and second manifolds.

[H01R] ELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS (switches, fuses H01H; coupling devices of the waveguide type H01P 5/00; switching arrangements for the supply or distribution of electric power H02B; installations of electric cables or lines, or of combined optical and electric cables or lines, or of auxiliary apparatus H02G; printed means for providing electric connections to or between printed circuits H05K)


Open relay device and system
Patent No. 10243331 

Inventor(s): Douglas J. Lindeman, Jr. (Hurst, TX), Jason Kyle Mann (Pasadena, CA), Jayson David Roe (Hurst, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15664308 on 07/31/2017 (603 days app to issue)

Abstract: A an open relay device and system includes a chassis having one or more openings; external connectors on a first wall of the chassis, the external connectors having a plurality of external connection terminals; ground bussing modules attached to a second wall of the chassis; junction bussing modules attached to a third wall of the chassis; relay sockets attached to a fourth wall of the chassis; and wiring electrically connecting the external connectors to the ground bussing modules, the junction bussing modules, and the relay sockets, the wiring further electrically connecting the relay sockets to the junction bussing modules and the ground bussing modules.

[H02B] BOARDS, SUBSTATIONS, OR SWITCHING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SUPPLY OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER (basic electric elements, their assembly, including the mounting in enclosures or on bases, or the mounting of covers thereon, see the subclasses for such elements, e.g. transformers H01F, switches, fuses H01H, line connectors H01R; installation of electric cables or lines, or of combined optical and electric cables or lines, or other conductors for supply or distribution H02G)


Electromagnetic generator and method of using same
Patent No. 10243440 

Inventor(s): Carl E. Copeland, Jr. (Burleson, TX)
Assignee(s): Floor 36, Inc. (Roanoke, TX)
Law Firm: Dunlap Codding, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14359884 on 11/23/2011 (2680 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electromagnetic generator comprises one or more flux assembly having at least one coil and at least one magnetic field source separated by a gap. An interference drum has a sidewall at least partially positioned inside the gap and comprising at least one magnetic field permeable zone and at least one magnetic field impermeable zone. The interference drum is movable relative to the at least one coil and to the at least one magnetic field source to alternatively position the at least one magnetic field permeable zone and the at least one magnetic field impermeable zone of the sidewall inside the gap. When the interference drum is moved, magnetic flux is created in the coil, and induces electrical current to flow into the coil. The coil may be connected to an external circuit, such that the electrical current may flow through the external circuit.

[H02K] DYNAMO-ELECTRIC MACHINES (dynamo-electric relays H01H 53/00; conversion of DC or AC input power into surge output power H02M 9/00)


Non-inverting buck-boost converter control
Patent No. 10243463 

Inventor(s): Yihan Yao (Wuxi, , CN), Yueming Sun (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Tuenlap Chan (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15729366 on 10/10/2017 (532 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises a voltage supply configured to provide an input voltage, a buck-boost converter coupled to the voltage supply and comprising an inductor, and a buck-boost controller coupled to the power supply and the buck-boost converter. The buck-boost controller comprises a mode controller coupled to the buck-boost converter and a comparator coupled to the mode controller and the buck-boost converter. The comparator is configured to compare an error signal based on an output voltage of the buck boost-converter to an output current of the inductor to produce a control signal. The mode controller is configured to control the output voltage at least in part according to the control signal.

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


Power regulator with prevention of inductor current reversal
Patent No. 10243464 

Inventor(s): Antonio Priego (Freising, , DE), Neil Gibson (Freising, , DE), Syed Wasif Mehdi (Freising, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15854061 on 12/26/2017 (455 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controller including a voltage synthesizer for a switching regulator includes a synthesizer input to be coupled to an input of the regulator. First and second replica switching transistors are connected at a first node. A resistor couples between the first node and a second node, and a capacitor couples between the second node and ground. A transconductance stage compares a voltage sampled onto the capacitor to the output voltage of the regulator and generates an output signal in response to the comparison. A first switch couples between first and second inputs of the transconductance stage. The first switch is turned on during each cycle of operation of the voltage synthesizer to reset the capacitor voltage to the output voltage of the regulator.

[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]


Adaptive burst generation for use with a DC-output converter
Patent No. 10243469 

Inventor(s): Bing Lu (Bedord, NH), Pei-Hsin Liu (Westford, MA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15786378 on 10/17/2017 (525 days app to issue)

Abstract: These teachings apply with respect to a direct current (DC)-output converter and provide for adjusting a number of switching pulses per burst cycle as a function, at least in part, of converter output loading. This adjustment can be made by controlling burst frequency with respect to at least one predetermined threshold frequency. The predetermined threshold frequency can comprise a non-audible frequency such that the number of switching pulses is adjusted to prevent the burst frequency from itself constituting an audible signal. The adjustment of the number of switching pulses per burst cycle may only occur when the output loading is less than a predetermined level of loading. These teachings may also provide for clamping the pulse frequency for the pulses in each burst package to a particular value when dynamically controlling the number of pulses in each burst package. The aforementioned particular value may constitute, for example, a highest available switching frequency.

[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]


Gain control method for a broadband inductorless low noise amplifier
Patent No. 10243527 

Inventor(s): Chengfang Liao (Shanghai, , CN), Ping Yin (Greensboro, NC), Robert Grant Irvine (Greensboro, NC), Zhihang Zhang (Cary, NC)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15864825 on 01/08/2018 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: A low noise amplifier comprising an adjustable gain and a variable impedance controller is provided. The low noise amplifier is configured to sink current and to adjust a shunt resistance substantially simultaneously.

[H03G] CONTROL OF AMPLIFICATION (impedance networks, e.g. attenuators, H03H; control of transmission in lines H04B 3/04)


High voltage comparator
Patent No. 10243550 

Inventor(s): Pavan Nallamothu (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Crowe Dunlevy (Local + 7 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15625261 on 06/16/2017 (648 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device includes a power switch having a control terminal coupled to a first node, a first conduction terminal coupled to a second node, and a second conduction terminal coupled to a third node. A monitoring circuit has a first input coupled to the first node and a second input coupled to the second node, the monitoring circuit to generate a monitor signal indicating gate oxide stress on the power switch as a function of first and second voltages received at the first and second inputs thereof. A protection circuit actuates to protect the power switch from the gate oxide stress when the monitor signal indicates the gate oxide stress on the power switch. The monitoring signal is generated based upon a comparison of currents generated based upon the voltages at the first and second node, as well as a current generated based upon a programmable reference voltage.

[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]


Phase syncronizing PLL output across reference and VCO clock domains
Patent No. 10243573 

Inventor(s): Ashwin Ravisankar (Karnataka, , IN), Jagdish Chand Goyal (Karnataka, , IN), Peeyoosh Mirajkar (Karnataka, , IN), Shankaranarayana Karantha (Karnataka, , IN), Srikanth Manian (Karnataka, , IN), Srinivas Theertham (Karnataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15959332 on 04/23/2018 (337 days app to issue)

Abstract: Frequency synthesis is based on phase synchronizing PLL output across REFERENCE and VCO clock domains (including outputs for multiple PLLs), based on an input (REF-Domain) SYNC signal (phase timing reference). A frequency synthesizer includes a VCO to generate VCO_clk and a PLL output circuit, such as a channel divider, to generate PLL_OUT based on VCO_clk (in the VCO-Domain). The VCO loop includes a PD to phase compare an input PD_clock based on REF_CLK, and a VCO feedback signal based on divided VCO_clk (NDIV_out). SYNC alignment circuitry generates a SYNC alignment signal based on SYNC, PD_clk, and NDIV_out (REF-Domain), which is used to synchronize the PLL output circuit and PLL_OUT to SYNC. If a reference divider generates PD_clk, the SYNC alignment circuitry generates a reset to SYNC-align the reference divider. If the VCO loop uses fractional divide, the SYNC alignment circuitry resets the fractional modulator to a known sequence.

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


Managing results from list decode methods
Patent No. 10243587 

Inventor(s): Chris Michael Brueggen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Developmetn LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Rathe Lindenbaum LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15427649 on 02/08/2017 (776 days app to issue)

Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to very large-scale integration (VLSI) circuit implementations of circuits for managing results from list decode methods. In accordance with some examples disclosed herein, a plurality of potential error patterns for correcting errors in a codeword may be received. The plurality of potential error patterns may be generated using a plurality of different list decode methods. Error patterns among the plurality of potential error patterns may be determined and marked as candidate error patterns using a set of error pattern screens. Error weights may be assigned to the candidate error patterns based on a quantity of bit errors in each symbol included therein. Weights for candidate error patterns that are indicative of a memory device failure may be adjusted using a scaling factor. An error pattern among the candidate error patterns may be selected to correct the errors in the codeword based on the assigned error weights.

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


Enhancement of inter-cell interference coordination with adaptive reduced-power almost blank subframes based on neighbor cell profile data
Patent No. 10243622 

Inventor(s): Hongyan Lei (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT MOBILITY II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15476922 on 03/31/2017 (725 days app to issue)

Abstract: An inter-cell interference coordination procedure in heterogeneous networks (HetNets) is enhanced based on utilization of cell profile data associated with neighbor access points to improve HetNet spectrum efficiency, mobility performance, and/or overall network capacity. In one aspect, a macro access point can receive cell profile data associated with neighbor access points and modify a power level of reduced-power almost blank subframes (ABS) transmitted by the macro access point to manage macro cell capacity. Further, the macro access point can configure the ABS pattern and transmit the ABS pattern to the neighbor access points. Based on the ABS pattern, the neighbor access points can schedule transmissions to user equipment that are located at (or close to) their cell-edge to reduce inter-cell interference.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Transmission method and transmission apparatus
Patent No. 10243626 

Inventor(s): Akihiko Matsuoka (Kanagawa, , JP), Kiyotaka Kobayashi (Kanagawa, , JP), Masayuki Orihashi (Kanagawa, , JP), Yutaka Murakami (Osaka, , JP)
Assignee(s): Wi-Fi One, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15672335 on 08/09/2017 (594 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transmission apparatus includes processing circuitry that generates a first data sequence representing first data or a second data sequence representing second data different from the first data and selects the first data sequence as an output data sequence. A modulation scheme is determined from a plurality of modulation schemes, and the output data sequence is modulated with the determined modulation scheme. Transmission circuitry transmits the modulated output data sequence. A first time interval associated with selecting the first data sequence for the output data sequence is longer than a second time interval associated with determining the determined modulation scheme.

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


Massive MIMO array emulation
Patent No. 10243628 

Inventor(s): John Douglas Reed (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Spirent Communications, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Haynes Beffel Wolfeld, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14801746 on 07/16/2015 (1349 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed technology relates to systems and methods for emulating a massive MIMO beamforming antenna array of arbitrary sizea channel model between a transmitter and a receiver, with one or more signal paths having respective amplitudes, angles of arrival, angle spreads, and delays. The disclosed technology includes defining a complete channel model H, calculating the correlation matrix for the channel, grouping the base antenna elements of the antenna array by combinations of signal and polarization, and calculating observed beamforming power of each group of the base elements, by applying a cross-correlation matrix to determine observed power signals and delay of each signal at each remote antenna element of the user equipment. Emulation includes supplying cross-correlated signals to remote antenna elements of user equipment during a RF test of the user equipment. Disclosed technology includes a channel emulator that generates output streams for testing user equipment for multiple users.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Aircraft visual sensor system
Patent No. 10243647 

Inventor(s): Joseph Scott Drennan (Dallas, TX), Michael John Ryan (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15608968 on 05/30/2017 (665 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus comprises a processing device configured to: obtain sensor data from one or more sensors associated with an aircraft, wherein the one or more sensors are configured to detect information associated with an operating environment of the aircraft; detect an object near the aircraft based on the sensor data; obtain a camera feed from a camera associated with the aircraft, wherein the camera feed comprises a camera view of at least a portion of the aircraft; generate a display output based on the camera feed and the sensor data, wherein the display output comprises a visual perspective of the object relative to the aircraft; and cause the display output to be displayed on a display device.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Wavelength-division multiplexed polarization-insensitive transmissive modulator
Patent No. 10243684 

Inventor(s): Hongzhen Wei (Pleasanton, CA), Yangjing Wen (Cupertino, CA), Yu Sheng Bai (Los Altos Hills, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15602909 on 05/23/2017 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wavelength-division multiplexed (WDM) polarization-independent transmissive modulator (PITM) that receives a multi-wavelength continuous wave (CW) light of indeterminate polarization, splits the multi-wavelength CW light into two transverse electric (TE) polarized components, demultiplexer the polarized components into single-wavelength CW lights, modulates the single-wavelength CW lights using four-port cross-state or bypass-state modulators, multiplexes the modulated output of the four-port modulators (FPM) into two polarized modulated components, and combines the two polarized modulated components into a multi-wavelength modulated output signal.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Reach extension of multi-carrier channels using unequal subcarrier spacing
Patent No. 10243688 

Inventor(s): Inwoong Kim (Allen, TX), Olga Vassilieva (Plano, TX), Tadashi Ikeuchi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FUJITSU LIMITED (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15620407 on 06/12/2017 (652 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for reach extension of multi-carrier channels using unequal subcarrier spacing may decrease FWM by grouping the subcarriers into groups of 2 subcarriers, and apply a secondary, unequal spacing between the groups. In this manner, nonlinear interactions may be reduced and the transmission reach of a multi-carrier channel may be extended.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Seamless service function chaining across domains
Patent No. 10243835 

Inventor(s): Paparao Palacharla (Richardson, TX), Qiong Zhang (Plano, TX), Tadashi Ikeuchi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FUJITSU LIMITED (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15423167 on 02/02/2017 (782 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one or more embodiments, one or more systems, methods, and/or processes may receive a service function chain description that includes service functions associated with multiple domains, and rather than any of the domains ignoring or rejecting outside nodes, nodes may be configured to communicate with the outside nodes in implementing a service function chain associated with the service function chain description. For example, an arbiter (e.g., a central arbiter) may provide control information and/or configuration information, based on the service function chain description, to one or more systems of each domain. In one instance, the arbiter may provide the control information and/or the configuration information to a border node of each domain. In another instance, the arbiter may provide the control information and/or the configuration information to a domain controller of each domain.

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


System and method for auto-generating meta-proxies
Patent No. 10244020 

Inventor(s): Kevin Edward Lindsey (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): AXWAY INC. (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: Sanford Tomita LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13966125 on 08/13/2013 (2051 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system, Web-environment and computer program product for automatically generating proxies and meta-proxies for script code in a document. The invention preferably operates with a system that allows for JavaScript to be utilized on the server-side.

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


Accessing multiple converged IT infrastructures
Patent No. 10244080 

Inventor(s): Bayi Peng (Plano, TX), Rajesh Nandyalam (Whitinsville, MA), Venkatesh Madhipatla (Westford, MA), Xiaohong Catherine Fu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13843262 on 03/15/2013 (2202 days app to issue)

Abstract: A technique for communicating with multiple Converged IT Infrastructures (CITIs) includes accessing any CITI that is part of a group of multiple CITIs by accessing a single CITI within the group. In an example, each CITI has a representative converged infrastructure coordinator (CIC), which stores information about the respective CITI. When any CITI in the group receives a request from a client for information about any other CITI in the group, the CIC of the CITI receiving the request contacts the CIC of the other CITI and obtains the requested information about the other CITI from its CIC. In some examples, the CIC also acts to aggregate, filter, and/or analyze information gathered from multiple CITIs in the group, and thus allows clients to receive processed data pertaining to many CITIs in response to simple commands.

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


Sub-pictures for pixel rate balancing on multi-core platforms
Patent No. 10244246 

Inventor(s): Minhua Zhou (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13757791 on 02/02/2013 (2243 days app to issue)

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

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


Pixel-based intra prediction for coding in HEVC
Patent No. 10244262 

Inventor(s): Haoping Yu (Carmel, IN), Jin Song (Shenzhen, , CN), Mingyuan Yang (Shenzhen, , CN), Wen Gao (West Windsor, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15335225 on 10/26/2016 (881 days app to issue)

Abstract: A decoding method including receiving a bitstream corresponding to a residual block, decoding the residual block having a plurality of residual pixels represented as transform coefficients, and computing a reconstructed block based on the residual pixels. The reconstructed block includes reconstructed pixels and uses an intra prediction mode to generate prediction pixels in sequence vertically or horizontally based on reconstructed pixels in the reconstructed block. The reconstructed block includes initial reconstructed pixels based on initial prediction pixels. The intra prediction mode is used to generate the initial prediction pixels based on external reference pixels located in neighboring blocks decoded before the reconstructed block. Computing the reconstructed block includes combining prediction pixels with residual pixels to generate additional reconstructed pixels used to generate additional prediction pixels. The additional prediction pixels are located in one position before each the additional prediction pixels according to a prediction order of the intra prediction mode.

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


Set-top box with interactive portal and system and method for use of same
Patent No. 10244269 

Inventor(s): Thomas R. Miller (Plano, TX), Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX), William C. Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15860509 on 01/02/2018 (448 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 default interactive portal as well as a guest-specific interactive portal, which is generated from a guest configuration profile having information including guest identification, a guest channel preference presentation, and a guest service preference presentation with guest account information. The guest configuration profile may also enable the creation of a local area wireless network with substantially the same behavior as the guest”s home wireless network.

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


Mobile cellular networks
Patent No. 10244405 

Inventor(s): Chris Hill (Plano, TX), Joseph L. Uelk (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): OCEUS NETWORKS INC. (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15699837 on 09/08/2017 (564 days app to issue)

Abstract: Multiple mobile cellular network (MCN) communication systems can be networked together to form a network of MCN communication systems (NOM). Each MCN communication system within the NOM can operate as an independent cellular network to provide communications between user equipment within a covered area. The MCN can be managed by a network management control center (NMCC). The NMCC can be configured generate coverage maps of the NOM and NMC system coverage areas.

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


Over the air testing for massive MIMO arrays
Patent No. 10244411 

Inventor(s): John Douglas Reed (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Spirent Communications, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Haynes Beffel Wolfeld LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15620610 on 06/12/2017 (652 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed system for testing a massive MIMO beamforming antenna array of arbitrary size includes an anechoic chamber, and a mount for a MIMO array antenna positioned in the chamber, wherein the array has at least 84 antenna elements that are individually activated to steer transmissions from the array. The system includes dual element antenna probes positionable in the anechoic chamber, with feeds coupling one or more UE sources to the antenna probes; and the UE sources generate RF in OTA communication with the array, emulating multiple UE devices. Additionally the system includes base station electronics coupled to the array, and a test controller coupled to the base station electronics. The test controller signals the UE sources OTA via the array to invoke a connection to the UE sources and measure OTA channel performance between the array and the multiple UE devices emulated, the performance including at least throughput.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Cable cellular heterogeneous network
Patent No. 10244435 

Inventor(s): Hang Jin (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15647109 on 07/11/2017 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is described and in one embodiment includes providing a physical connection between a node and a user equipment at a subscriber premises via a cable connection, wherein the node comprises a Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (”DOCSIS”) remote PHY device (”RPD”) collocated with a cellular small cell device; receiving at the node a cellular downlink (”DL”) data signal from a cellular network connected to the cellular small cell device; combining the received cellular DL data signal with a DOCSIS downstream (”DS”) signal from a cellular network connected to the DOCSIS RPD to create a combined DS data signal; and forwarding the combined DS data signal from the node to the user equipment via the cable connection.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


HARQ process number management for downlink carrier aggregation
Patent No. 10244523 

Inventor(s): Sean Michael McBeath (Keller, TX), Yi Yu (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): BLACKBERRY LIMITED (Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15877127 on 01/22/2018 (428 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for designating, by a user agent supporting multiple carriers in a wireless communication network, one assigned carrier as an anchor carrier, at least one assigned carrier as an inactive carrier, and at least one assigned carrier as an active carrier. The method can also include receiving a command from an enhanced node B causing a first carrier to transition from an inactive carrier to an active carrier. Additionally, the method can include responsive to reception of the command, monitoring a control channel corresponding to the first carrier. Further, the method can also include receiving downlink control information (DCI) via the control channel. The method can also include responsive to reception of the DCI, starting a timer, and deactivating the first carrier at the expiration of the timer.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for determining a resource selection technique
Patent No. 10244538 

Inventor(s): George Calcev (Hoffman Estates, IL), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15428003 on 02/08/2017 (776 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication in a wireless network, the method includes determining, by a first User Equipment (UE), a V2X carrier load in a coverage area of a Base station (BS), and transmitting, by the first UE, a data message over an air interface using either a random resource selection technique or a resource sensing multiple access technique based on the V2X carrier load in the coverage area of the BS.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Techniques for millimeter wave mobile communication
Patent No. 10244579 

Inventor(s): Farooq Khan (Allen, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Irving, TX), Zhouyue Pi (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 12916019 on 10/29/2010 (3070 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Base Station (BS), a Mobile Station (MS), and a millimeter Wave (mmWave) Access Point (mmAP), for use in a mobile communication system that includes a plurality of Base Stations BSs capable of communicating with a plurality of Mobile Stations (MSs), are provided. The BS includes a cellular band transceiver for communicating in a cellular band, an mmWave band transceiver for communicating in the mmWave band, and a controller for controlling both the cellular band transceiver and the mmWave band transceiver for communication with an MS.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Voltage/current regulator supplying controlled current with PVT adjusted headroom
Patent No. 10244591 

Inventor(s): Ivan Duzevik (Portland, ME), James J. McDonald, II (Livermore, ME)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14587177 on 12/31/2014 (1546 days app to issue)

Abstract: A voltage/current regulator supplying controlled current with PVT headroom adjustment. In an example application, an LED backlight driver controls ILED string current, and controls a voltage regulator supplying VOUT string voltage with sufficient headroom voltage VHDRM to supply the ILED string current. The LED driver controls ILED string current with an MLED current control transistor, including gate drive referenced to a reference voltage VREF. VOUT/VHDRM are adjusted for PVT operating conditions by generating a replica/reference current ILED/RATIO (proportional to ILED string current) with a replica current control transistor MLED/RATIO based on VREF. ILED/RATIO is mirrored to a second replica MLED/RATIO transistor that saturates at a PVT_REF reference voltage corresponding to a minimum voltage that can supply the required ILED current (as represented by the ILED/RATIO replica/reference current), accounting for PVT operating conditions.

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


Method and apparatus for curing thin films on low-temperature substrates at high speeds
Patent No. 10244636 

Inventor(s): Doug K. Jackson (Austin, TX), Karl M Martin (Austin, TX), Kurt A Schroder (Coupland, TX), Steven C McCool (Austin, TX)
Assignee(s): NCC NANO, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Russell Ng PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15479017 on 04/04/2017 (721 days app to issue)

Abstract: A composite film is disclosed. The composite film includes a substrate, a thermal barrier layer located on top of the substrate, wherein the thermal barrier layer has a higher decomposition temperature than the substrate, and a thin film located on top of the thermal barrier layer, wherein the thin film is to be thermally processed by a pulsed light from a flashlamp.

[H05K] PRINTED CIRCUITS; CASINGS OR CONSTRUCTIONAL DETAILS OF ELECTRIC APPARATUS; MANUFACTURE OF ASSEMBLAGES OF ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS (details of instruments or comparable details of other apparatus not otherwise provided for G12B; thin-film or thick-film circuits H01L 27/01, H01L 27/13; non-printed means for electric connections to or between printed circuits H01R; casings for, or constructional details of, particular types of apparatus, see the relevant subclasses; processes involving only a single technical art, e.g. heating, spraying, for which provision exists elsewhere, see the relevant classes)


Enclosure for communications components
Patent No. 10244649 

Inventor(s): William Carl Anderson, III (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): AmpThink, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: AmpThink, LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15498387 on 04/26/2017 (699 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various implementations, an enclosure may be utilized to secure component(s) for a variety of applications, such as creating a communications network. For example, an enclosure may be utilized to secure electronic component(s). The enclosure may include shell(s) and a frame coupled to create a seal that inhibits the components in the enclosure from being exposed to fluids and/or particles. The shell(s) or portions thereof may not cause substantial signal loss.

[H05K] PRINTED CIRCUITS; CASINGS OR CONSTRUCTIONAL DETAILS OF ELECTRIC APPARATUS; MANUFACTURE OF ASSEMBLAGES OF ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS (details of instruments or comparable details of other apparatus not otherwise provided for G12B; thin-film or thick-film circuits H01L 27/01, H01L 27/13; non-printed means for electric connections to or between printed circuits H01R; casings for, or constructional details of, particular types of apparatus, see the relevant subclasses; processes involving only a single technical art, e.g. heating, spraying, for which provision exists elsewhere, see the relevant classes)


DESIGN PATENTS

Brush roll
Patent No. D843733 

Inventor(s): Christopher Terpstra (Frisco, TX), Ernest Matthew Chavana, Jr. (Villa Ridge, MO), Jan Valentic (Naples, FL), Richard Foster (Powell, OH), Stanley Anderson (Fenton, MO), Xintao Ma (Suzhou, , CN)
Assignee(s): RUG DOCTOR, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Hauptman Ham, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29625433 on 11/09/2017 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Lap desk with transverse groove
Patent No. D843752 

Inventor(s): Patrick Hogan Sullins (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29638079 on 02/23/2018 (396 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Bratt griller
Patent No. D843783 

Inventor(s): Autumn Alexis Jones (Dallas, TX), Joseph Charles Thompson (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): BASE4 VENTURES, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Grant Patent Services (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29620701 on 05/02/2017 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cosmetic container
Patent No. D843835 

Inventor(s): Jenny DeMarco Staab (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29610184 on 07/10/2017 (624 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Model vehicle platform
Patent No. D844070 

Inventor(s): Casey Christen Jens Christensen (McKinney, TX), Jonathan Scott Wood (Lewisville, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29591404 on 01/19/2017 (796 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Golf club head
Patent No. D844086 

Inventor(s): Joshua M. Boggs (Aledo, TX)
Assignee(s): Golf Tailor, LLC (Edmond, OK)
Law Firm: Caesar Rivise, PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29625452 on 11/09/2017 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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