Dallas Invents: 116 Patents Granted for Week of Nov. 27

Patents were granted for Toyota’s inventory robot, 1974 Productions’ method for delivering music content to a smart phone, Capital One’s machine-learning artificial intelligence system for identifying vehicles, Innovative Signal Analysis’ video-enabled inspection using unmanned aerial vehicles, and Securus Technologies’ multi-party conversation analyzer.

Toyota’s Patent No. 10137567 shows a robot for taking inventory of an area. The patent describes a robot that could provide information to a user on current locations of objects, such as car keys and other belongings. [Illustration: USPTO]

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 Nov. 27, 2018 | 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) 10

Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 7

Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 6

Baylor University (Waco) 3

Enseo Inc. (Richardson) 3

UNASSIGNED 5


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas) 3

Farooq Khan (Allen) 2

Madhukar Budagavi (Plano) 2

Saurav Bandyopadhyay (Dallas) 2

Thomas R. Miller (Plano) 2

Vanessa Ogle (Fairview) 2

William C. Fang (Plano) 2


FIRST SEEN 
(Examples of companies that may be originating a patent in the region for the first time, according to Patent Index.) 

Karen Sue Svejkowsky
Patent No. 10131503
Rotary to linearly reciprocating motion converter

Lapking Holdings
Patent No. 10136253
System and method for tracking a vehicle’s course by comparing geolocation data from a known course

Utopix Medical
Patent No. 10130537
Tilt-tip moldable total care bed


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

193 days
Oxygen-enabled composition, Patent No. 10137146-B2
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY (Waco)

2,713 days
CompPressure sensitive input device and integrated mobile media device assembly, Patent No. 10142828-B1
Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC) (Inventor, Daniel J. Williams. Plano)  


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Patent information is provided by Joe Chiarella, founder of patent analytics company Patent Index and publisher of The Inventiveness Index

For additional details on the patents granted below, search the USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database


UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Rattling fish hook
Patent No. 10136623 

Inventor(s): Thomas Vernon Crain (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14191889 on 02/27/2014 (1734 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fish hook design for providing sound, the audible sound device integrated to the shank portion. A user can sleeve bait over the shank portion, including the sound device. The user uses the hook as normal with the production of sound by the audible sound device.

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


Tilt-tip moldable total care bed
Patent No. 10137043 

Inventor(s): Charles David Finch, Jr. (Clinton, MS), Jon Yamamoto (Farmers Branch, TX), Scott Goodwin (Farmers Branch, TX)
Assignee(s): Utopix Medical, LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: Swanson Bratschun, L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15572944 on 03/31/2017 (606 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tilt-tip moldable bed system for the care of immobile patients is provided. The bed system may include a moldable mattress having a casing with a bladder defining an inner volume and a top compliant surface over a top surface of the bladder, the compliant surface configured to conform to a shape of a displacing structure. The bladder may be configured to hold a plurality of beads suspended in a fluid medium. The moldable mattress may be molded while inflated and maintain a resilient shape when evacuated. The system may further include a supporting frame for the moldable support structure having a laterally rigid outer rim with at least one attachment point for the moldable mattress, at least one attachment point for a netted sling, and one or more mounting tracks configured to support at least one peripheral attachment.

[A61G] TRANSPORT, PERSONAL CONVEYANCES, OR ACCOMMODATION SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR PATIENTS OR DISABLED PERSONS (appliances for aiding patients or disabled persons to walk A61H 3/00); OPERATING TABLES OR CHAIRS; CHAIRS FOR DENTISTRY; FUNERAL DEVICES (embalming corpses A01N 1/00)


Cosmetic composition and methods of use thereof
Patent No. 10137074 

Inventor(s): Julia Collier (Addison, TX), Kim Wilson (Aledo, TX), Michael Frushour (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15532411 on 12/03/2015 (1090 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates generally to the field of cosmetics. More particularly, it concerns compositions that can be used to exfoliate, moisturize, or prepare skin for moisturization. In another aspect, the composition can be used as a cleanser to remove dirt, oil, grease, tars, etc. from surfaces.

[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)


Oxygen-enabled composition
Patent No. 10137146 

Inventor(s): John W Woodmansee, Jr. (Frisco, TX), Robert A Woodmansee (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BAYLOR UNIVERSITY (Waco, TX)
Law Firm: Culhane Meadows PLLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15983602 on 05/18/2018 (193 days app to issue)

Abstract: A composition of chlorine-free poly-oxygenated metal hydroxide that comprises a clathrate containing oxygen gas molecules, and which may comprise a nutraceutical. In one embodiment, the poly-oxygenated metal hydroxide composition is soluble, and may have particles having a diameter of 212 m or less. The poly-oxygenated metal hydroxide may comprise of a poly-oxygenated aluminum hydroxide. The nutraceutical may include one or more of a protein, vitamin, fiber, mineral and electrolytes. The composition may be in a powder or fluid form, where the poly-oxygenated aluminum hydroxide is soluble in the fluid.

[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)


Reducing the proliferation of lung carcinoma cells (A549) by administration of a poly-oxygenated metal hydroxide
Patent No. 10137147 

Inventor(s): John W. Woodmansee (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): BAYLOR UNIVERSITY (Waco, TX)
Law Firm: Culhane Meadows PLLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15983986 on 05/18/2018 (193 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of treating a mammal, comprising administering a therapeutically effective amount of a poly-oxygenated metal hydroxide composition to a mammal to reduce a proliferation of hypoxic carcinoma cells, wherein the poly-oxygenated metal hydroxide composition comprises a clathrate containing free oxygen gas (O[subscript]2[/subscript]) molecules. The carcinoma cells may comprise lung carcinoma (A549). The poly-oxygenated metal hydroxide material is configured to provide bioavailable oxygen gas molecules to a mammal when administered to the mammal. The poly-oxygenated metal hydroxide composition can be administered intravenously, directly to carcinoma cells, and orally. The composition may comprise a fluid, where the poly-oxygenated metal hydroxide composition is soluble in the fluid.

[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)


Reducing the proliferation of adenocarcinoma cells (CaCo-2) by administration of a poly-oxygenated metal hydroxide
Patent No. 10137148 

Inventor(s): John W. Woodmansee, Jr. (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): BAYLOR UNIVERSITY (Waco, TX)
Law Firm: Culhane Meadows PLLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15984035 on 05/18/2018 (193 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of treating a mammal, comprising administering a therapeutically effective amount of a poly-oxygenated metal hydroxide composition to a mammal to reduce a proliferation of hypoxic carcinoma cells, wherein the poly-oxygenated metal hydroxide composition comprises a clathrate containing free oxygen gas (O[subscript]2[/subscript]) molecules. The carcinoma cells may comprise colon adenocarcinoma cells (CaCo-2). The poly-oxygenated metal hydroxide material is configured to provide bioavailable oxygen gas molecules to a mammal when administered to the mammal. The poly-oxygenated metal hydroxide composition can be administered intravenously, directly to carcinoma cells, and orally. The composition may comprise a fluid, where the poly-oxygenated metal hydroxide composition is soluble in the fluid.

[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)


 

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

Enhanced filter support basket
Patent No. 10137391 

Inventor(s): Daniel M. Cloud (Weatherford, TX), David J. Burns (Mineral Wells, TX)
Assignee(s): PECOFacet (US), Inc. (Franklin, TN)
Law Firm: Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13231304 on 09/13/2011 (2632 days app to issue)

Abstract: A filtration vessel is provided with improved sealing surfaces and alignment methods. The sealing surface is provided by a perforated sleeve within the filtration vessel. An alignment mechanism is provided which allows for improved servicing of the filtration vessel.

[B01D] SEPARATION (separating solids from solids by wet methods B03B, B03D, by pneumatic jigs or tables B03B, by other dry methods B07; magnetic or electrostatic separation of solid materials from solid materials or fluids, separation by high-voltage electric fields B03C; centrifuges B04B; vortex apparatus B04C; presses per se for squeezing-out liquid from liquid-containing material B30B 9/02) [5]


Inventory robot
Patent No. 10137567 

Inventor(s): Tiffany Chen (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15270980 on 09/20/2016 (798 days app to issue)

Abstract: A robot includes a camera for detecting image data in an area, a memory for storing an object location of objects, an input device for receiving user input, and a robot controller. The robot controller can determine that an object is a desired object to track based on user input or previously detected image data indicating that the desired object has been previously manipulated. The robot controller can also determine an identifier of the desired object based on at least one of a comparison of the image data to a database of objects and identifiers or an identifier received via the input device. The robot controller can also determine a current location of the desired object based on the image data and update the object location of the desired object to include the current location of the desired object.

[B25J] MANIPULATORS; CHAMBERS PROVIDED WITH MANIPULATION DEVICES (robotic devices for individually picking fruits, vegetables, hops or the like A01D 46/30; needle manipulators for surgery A61B 17/062; manipulators associated with rolling mills B21B 39/20; manipulators associated with forging machines B21J 13/10; means for holding wheels or parts thereof B60B 30/00; cranes B66C; arrangements for handling fuel or other materials which are used within nuclear reactors G21C 19/00; structural combination of manipulators with cells or rooms shielded against radiation G21F 7/06) [5]


Material deposition system for additive manufacturing
Patent No. 10137679 

Inventor(s): Michael Brennan (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Renner, Otto, Boisselle Sklar, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14926645 on 10/29/2015 (1125 days app to issue)

Abstract: A material deposition system for additive manufacturing including an extruder and a measuring device for measuring the viscosity and/or other rheological properties of a build material contained within the extruder. The measuring device may provide feedback to a controller for controlling one or more parameters depending on the measured viscosity and/or other rheological properties of the build material within the extruder. Two or more feed materials may be supplied to the extruder and a mixing device may be configured to mix the feed materials within the extruder to create a blended deposition material. The mixing device may be operatively coupled to the measuring device for simultaneously measuring the viscosity and/or other rheological properties of the materials during mixing. The controller may be configured to independently control one or more parameters associated with the materials depending on the viscosity and/or other rheological properties measured by the measuring device.

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


Vehicle bumper collision indicator
Patent No. 10137850 

Inventor(s): Scott L. Frederick (Brighton, 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: 15430302 on 02/10/2017 (655 days app to issue)

Abstract: An energy absorption system for a vehicle is provided with a collision indicator to indicate whether the structural integrity of an energy absorber has been compromised after an impact. The system may be a vehicle bumper system, such as a rear bumper of a pick-up truck, and can include an inner reinforcement member configured to be secured to a structural component or frame of the vehicle. At least one collision indicator is provided, integrated with the inner reinforcement member. The collision indicator includes a sacrificial portion having a size and shape tuned to break upon being subjected to a predetermined stress threshold. The system may be provided with an outer cover member, or bumper fascia, at least a portion of which may be removable to enable a visual inspection of the collision indicator after an impact. A broken sacrificial portion may indicate the need to replace a failed component.

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


Occluded obstacle classification for vehicles
Patent No. 10137890 

Inventor(s): Katsuhiro Sakai (Ann Arbor, MI), Nobuhide Kamata (Ann Arbor, MI), Xue Mei (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: 15195760 on 06/28/2016 (882 days app to issue)

Abstract: Obstacles located in an external environment of a vehicle can be classified. At least a portion of the external environment can be sensed using one or more sensors to acquire sensor data. An obstacle candidate can be identified based on the acquired sensor data. An occlusion status for the identified obstacle candidate can be determined. The occlusion status can be a ratio of acquired sensor data for the obstacle candidate that is occluded to all acquired sensor data for the obstacle candidate. A classification for the obstacle candidate can be determined based on the determined occlusion status. A driving maneuver for the vehicle can be determined at least partially based on the determined classification for the obstacle candidate. The vehicle can be caused to implement the determined driving maneuver. The vehicle can be an autonomous vehicle.

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


Polymeric bags
Patent No. 10138054 

Inventor(s): Anthony H Bertrand (Mansfield, TX), Brad A. Cobler (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Poly-America, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15139480 on 04/27/2016 (944 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to improvements for the manufacturing of a wave-cut bag, more specifically a wave-cut bag with improved tie-flaps. Disclosed is a process for intermittently incrementally stretching and imparting a rib-like pattern to a collapsed tube of a blown film extrusion process. The incrementally stretched collapsed tube is particularly well suited for constructing wave-cut trash bags with a rib pattern on the tie-flaps of the trash bags. Further disclosed is a wave-cut trash bag with a rib pattern on its tie-flaps and surrounding area. The process is further well suited for constructing wave-cut trash bags with a rib pattern on a central body of the trash bags.

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


 

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

Process for manufacturing a milk of slaked lime of great fineness and milk of great fineness thereby obtained
Patent No. 10138163 

Inventor(s): Deborah Ballard (Fort Worth, TX), Galen Kutlubay (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): S. A. Lhoist Recherche et Developpement (Ottignies-Louvain-la-, , BE)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15323620 on 09/07/2015 (1177 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process is shown for manufacturing a milk of lime of great fineness which includes at least the steps of providing one lime compound chosen in the group consisting of prehydrated lime, a paste of lime obtained by addition of water to quicklime instead of addition of quicklime to water and their mixture, and forming a milk of slaked lime of great fineness with the chosen lime compound. The paste of lime is obtained by progressive addition of water to quicklime under agitation conditions.

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


Transferrin/transferrin receptor-mediated siRNA delivery
Patent No. 10138483 

Inventor(s): Abbot F. Clark (Arlington, TX), Jon E. Chatterton (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Pasadena, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15425007 on 02/06/2017 (659 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention provides interfering RNA molecule-ligand conjugates useful as a delivery system for delivering interfering RNA molecules to a cell in vitro or in vivo. The conjugates comprise a ligand that can bind to a transferrin receptor (TfR). Therapeutic uses for the conjugates are also provided.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Molding assembly and floor installation
Patent No. 10138639 

Inventor(s): David Moore (Apex, NC), Marc W. Monson (High Point, NC), Marco Trevino (Wake Forest, NC)
Assignee(s): Unilin North America LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor Hunt, P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15644341 on 07/07/2017 (508 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided herein is a molding assembly for bridging a gap between floor covering materials, or for finishing an edge of a floor covering material. The molding assembly comprising a molding and a track is configured with a hinge portion to allow tilting of the molding when attached to the track attachment component. Floor installations are also provided herein. The floor installations comprise floor covering materials adjoining respective sides of a gap, and a molding assembly to cover the gap and accommodate any difference in thickness between the respective adjoining floor covering materials.

[E04F] FINISHING WORK ON BUILDINGS, e.g. STAIRS, FLOORS (windows, doors E06B)


Skimmer basket barrier system
Patent No. 10138644 

Inventor(s): Gary Piepenburg (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14924251 on 10/27/2015 (1127 days app to issue)

Abstract: A filtration barrier system includes an elongated body configured to rest flat on a top surface of pool walkway surface and a perforated cylindrical filtration head integrally attached to the elongated body, the cylindrical filtration head having a length extending from a first end and a second end, and forming a hollow cavity. The perforated cylindrical filtration head completely covers an opening in fluid communication with a filtration basket and configured to prevent floating debris from entering into the opening.

[E04H] BUILDINGS OR LIKE STRUCTURES FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSES; SWIMMING OR SPLASH BATHS OR POOLS; MASTS; FENCING; TENTS OR CANOPIES, IN GENERAL (foundations E02D) [4]


Wireless downhole tool positioning control
Patent No. 10138688 

Inventor(s): Gabe Williger (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14545298 on 04/20/2015 (1317 days app to issue)

Abstract: For a free falling well tool sub having one or more pipe bore centering cages, a collapsible material cone secured inside of the centering cage half length with the cone base opening in the downhole direction restricts the rate of pipe bore fluid flow past the cone and thereby restricts the descent rate of the tool. The rate of descent may be regulated with fluid flow by-pass apertures in the sub. A collapsible material cone in a bore centering cage having a base opening in the up-hole direction may be used as piston to drive the tool sub along horizontal segments of a deviated well bore. Both cones may be used separately or together.

[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]


Swab-resistant downhole tools comprising sealing elements composed of shape memory polymers
Patent No. 10138701 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Thomas Frosell (Irving, TX), Xiaoguang Allan Zhong (Plano, TX), Zachary Ryan Murphree (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15116311 on 04/24/2014 (1678 days app to issue)

Abstract: A swab-resistant downhole tool comprising a body and a sealing element, wherein at least a portion of the sealing element is composed of a shape memory polymer, the shape memory polymer having a glass transition temperature (”Tg”), and exhibiting a resilient characteristic above the Tg and a rigid characteristic below the Tg, and wherein the Tg is in the range of about 50 C. to about 150 C.

[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]


Remotely operated production valve
Patent No. 10138708 

Inventor(s): James D. Vick (Dallas, TX), Jimmie R. Williamson, Jr. (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15589675 on 05/08/2017 (568 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of actuating multiple valves in a well can include applying a pressure cycle to the valves without causing actuation of any of the valves, and then simultaneously reducing pressure applied to the valves, thereby actuating the valves. Another method can include releasing a locking device of each valve which prevents actuation, and then reducing pressure applied to the valves, thereby actuating the valves. A valve can include a port which provides for fluid communication between an exterior and an interior of the valve, a closure member which selectively permits and prevents fluid flow through the port, the closure member permits flow through the port in response to a decrease in a pressure differential from the interior to the exterior of the valve, and a locking device which prevents displacement of the closure member, the locking device being released in response to mechanical force applied to the locking device.

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


Hydraulic delay toe valve system and method
Patent No. 10138709 

Inventor(s): John T. Hardesty (Weatherford, TX), Raymond C. Shaffer (Burleson, TX)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14841135 on 08/31/2015 (1184 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing a time delay in injection of pressured fluid into a geologic formation. In one aspect the invention is a toe valve activated by fluid pressure that opens ports after a predetermined time interval to allow fluid to pass from a well casing to a formation. The controlled time delay enables casing integrity testing before fluid is passed through the ports. This time delay also allows multiple valves to be used in the same well casing and provide a focused jetting action to better penetrate a concrete casing lining.

[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]


Perforation crack designator
Patent No. 10138718 

Inventor(s): John Rodgers (Southlake, TX), Wesley Neil Ludwig (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15317886 on 07/09/2014 (1602 days app to issue)

Abstract: At least one crack designator for a perforating gun, wherein the gun includes a longitudinal direction, a lateral direction, and at least one scallop, wherein each crack designator is capable of redirecting crack growth from the lateral direction to the longitudinal direction of the gun. The designator may be located in one of the scallops, extend from an expected exit hole in the gun to an edge of one of the scallops, and be capable of redirecting crack growth from a lateral direction to a longitudinal direction of the gun. In preferred embodiments, the designator in each scallop is arranged in a spider pattern or concentric circles. The designator is preferably formed by machining, etching, or laser ablation. The designator may have a lower fracture toughness or lesser stiffness than surrounding material of the gun.

[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]


Hydraulic delay toe valve system and method
Patent No. 10138725 

Inventor(s): David S. Wesson (Fort Worth, TX), Kevin R. George (Cleburne, 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: 14841025 on 08/31/2015 (1184 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing a time delay in injection of pressured fluid into a geologic formation. In one aspect the invention is a toe valve activated by fluid pressure that opens ports after a predetermined time interval to allow fluid to pass from a well casing to a formation. The controlled time delay enables casing integrity testing before fluid is passed through the ports. This time delay also allows multiple valves to be used in the same well casing and provide a focused jetting action to better penetrate a concrete casing lining.

[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

 

Extendable interlocking structures and methods
Patent No. 10138920 

Inventor(s): Philip Aaron Blackstone (Sunnyvale, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15222357 on 07/28/2016 (852 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure include extendable structures and methods of forming an extendable structure. In accordance with an embodiment, an extendable structure includes a first chain of interlocking components including a first interlocking component, a second chain of interlocking components including a second interlocking component configured to mate to the bottom surface the first interlocking component, and a third chain of interlocking components including a third interlocking component configured to mate to the bottom surfaces of the first interlocking component and the second interlocking component. The extendable structure may include more than three chains of interlocking components and each chain of interlocking components may comprise three or more interlocking components.

[F16B] DEVICES FOR FASTENING OR SECURING CONSTRUCTIONAL ELEMENTS OR MACHINE PARTS TOGETHER, e.g. NAILS, BOLTS, CIRCLIPS, CLAMPS, CLIPS OR WEDGES; JOINTS OR JOINTING (couplings for transmitting rotation F16D)


Method and apparatus for system diagnostics using accelerometers
Patent No. 10139124 

Inventor(s): Eric Berg (The Colony, TX), Payam Delgoshaei (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15405419 on 01/13/2017 (683 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of monitoring component health of a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The method includes measuring, by an accelerometer associated with at least one component of the HVAC system, of vibration of the at least one component, receiving, by a controller, actual vibration data reflective of the measured vibration, determining, using the controller, whether the actual vibration data differs from pre-defined acceptable baseline vibration data by more than an acceptable amount, and responsive to a positive determination in the determining step, forwarding, by the controller, information regarding the determination to a monitoring device to monitor operation of the component.

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


Air conditioner with multiple expansion devices
Patent No. 10139143 

Inventor(s): Harold Gene Havard, Jr. (Terrell, TX), Terry Jewell (Dallas, TX), Yi Qu (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14109697 on 12/17/2013 (1806 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various implementations, an air conditioner may include more than one expansion device. Refrigerant flow through the expansion device(s) may be controlled based at least partially on an operational property of the air conditioner.

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


Firearm sight with retractable sunshade
Patent No. 10139197 

Inventor(s): Andrew Pischke (Mansfield, TX), Jonathan Horton (Arlington, TX), Tianliang Chen (Chengdu, , CN)
Assignee(s): Sellmark Corporation (Mansfield, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15647632 on 07/12/2017 (503 days app to issue)

Abstract: A firearm sight comprises a sight body including a clamp at its lower extent for removably securing the sight to a portion of a firearm. An upwardly facing surface is disposed on the sight body above the clamp and a housing projects above the upwardly facing portion, the housing containing a lens assembly. A shade is carried by the sight body, the shade movable along the sight body from a retracted position in which the shell is at least partially contained by the housing, and an extended position in which the shell extends over the upwardly facing surface.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Billing a subset of mobile devices associated with an online gaming environment rendered on the subset of mobile devices
Patent No. 10137368 

Inventor(s): Steven Belz (Sunnyvale, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15237888 on 08/16/2016 (833 days app to issue)

Abstract: Organization of a massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) via mobile units is enabled. Features of mobile units such as messaging and location based services are incorporated into the game to enhance the user experience. The MMOG provides social networking opportunities to players by associating players based on similarities such as shared interests and activities. These shared interests and activities can be determined based on associations of the players in other situations, such as disparate online games or websites. In addition, advertising content can be provided to players based on similar factors. For example, the MMOG can comprise a game similar to the offline game of tag, wherein players can ”tag” each other through in-game interactions via the mobile units. These interactions can be triggered based on players being a fixed predetermined distance from each other.

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


Motor vehicle artificial intelligence expert system dangerous driving warning and control system and method
Patent No. 10137834 

Inventor(s): Robert D. Pedersen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15885412 on 01/31/2018 (300 days app to issue)

Abstract: Specifically programmed, integrated motor vehicle dangerous driving warning and control system and methods comprising at least one specialized communication computer machine including electronic artificial intelligence expert system decision making capability further comprising one or more motor vehicle electronic sensors for monitoring the motor vehicle and for monitoring activities of the driver and/or passengers including activities related to the use of cellular telephones and/or other wireless communication devices and further comprising electronic communications transceiver assemblies for communications with external sensor networks for monitoring dangerous driving situations, weather conditions, roadway conditions, pedestrian congestion and motor vehicle traffic congestion conditions to derive warning and/or control signals for warning the driver of dangerous driving situations and/or for controlling the motor vehicle driver use of a cellular telephone and/or other wireless communication devices.

[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]


High level instruction for navigational routing systems
Patent No. 10139243 

Inventor(s): Christopher L. Rovik (Northville, MI), Eric R. Schmidt (Northville, 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: 15143535 on 04/30/2016 (941 days app to issue)

Abstract: A navigation system (NAV system) may provide a variety of information and may be integrated with a variety of on-board vehicle systems or features. The NAV system may provide various route guidance options between a present location and a desired destination. The route guidance options may be based on a high level of user preferences. The high level of user preferences may be selected by the user in advance or at the time of requesting route guidance. The NAV system may provide various route options based on key geographical features along the route. The NAV system may provide various route options based on personal points of interest. The NAV system may provide various route options based on a user”s route habits or frequency.

[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)


Retractable datacommunications rack
Patent No. 10139580 

Inventor(s): Charles T. Crain (Melissa, TX), Joseph C. Livingston (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14931419 on 11/03/2015 (1120 days app to issue)

Abstract: A retractable datacommunications rack includes: a mounting member configured to mount to a mounting structure; a linkage mounted to the mounting member; and an enclosure mounted on the linkage and configured to provide locations for datacommunications interconnections. The linkage is configured to move the enclosure between a retracted raised position and a lowered working position.

[G02B] OPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS (G02F takes precedence; optical elements specially adapted for use in lighting devices or systems thereof F21V 1/00-F21V 13/00; measuring-instruments, see the relevant subclass of class G01, e.g. optical rangefinders G01C; testing of optical elements, systems, or apparatus G01M 11/00; spectacles G02C; apparatus or arrangements for taking photographs or for projecting or viewing them G03B; sound lenses G10K 11/30; electron and ion “optics” H01J; X-ray “optics” H01J, H05G 1/00; optical elements structurally combined with electric discharge tubes H01J 5/16, H01J 29/89, H01J 37/22; microwave “optics” H01Q; combination of optical elements with television receivers H04N 5/72; optical systems or arrangements in colour television systems H04N 9/00; heating arrangements specially adapted for transparent or reflecting areas H05B 3/84) [7]


Video enabled inspection using unmanned aerial vehicles
Patent No. 10139819 

Inventor(s): Daniel P. Gibbs (Murphy, TX), Dylan Forciea (Edmond, OK), Raymond Hollida (San Antonio, TX), Robert Wayne Tibbit (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Innovative Signal Analysis, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Kelly, Holt Christenson, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14830990 on 08/20/2015 (1195 days app to issue)

Abstract: An unmanned vehicle control system is provided. In one embodiment, the control system comprises an image acquisition device configured to capture an image. A vehicle is configured to receive and execute a vehicle control command. A control device is configured to generate the vehicle control command. The control device comprises a display component, an input component and a processor. The display component is configured to present the image obtained from the image acquisition device. The input component is configured to receive an input, wherein the input at least references the obtained image. The processor is configured to obtain the image from the image acquisition device, analyze the received input, and generate the vehicle control command. A communication component is configured to facilitate transmission of the vehicle control command to the vehicle.

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


Method and device for producing vehicle operational data based on deep learning techniques
Patent No. 10139823 

Inventor(s): Danil V. Prokhorov (Canton, MI), Matthew O. Derry (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: 15263963 on 09/13/2016 (805 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and device for effecting vehicle control is presented. The method includes receiving driving map data, which includes vehicle target data relative to a vehicle location data. The driving map data is processed to produce desired vehicle operational data, the desired vehicle operational data facilitates a vehicle to traverse a travel route. From the desired vehicle operational data vehicle, corresponding actuator control data is produced, and transmitted to effect vehicle control in either of the autonomous or driver-assisted modes.

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


Simultaneous zoom in windows on a touch sensitive device
Patent No. 10140003 

Inventor(s): Margarita Khafizova (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15333483 on 10/25/2016 (763 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure relate to a technique for generating simultaneous zoom in windows on a touch sensitive device. A first portion of the user content is zooming into by touching the display screen in a proximity of the first portion using the touch input device while retaining an original zoom size of a first remaining portion of the user content. A second portion of the user content from the first remaining portion is zoomed into by touching the display screen in a proximity of the second portion using the touch input device while retaining a zoomed in first portion and an original zoom size of a second remaining portion of the of the first remaining portion, the original zoom size of the first and the second remaining portions being the same.

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


Multi-processor non-volatile memory system having a lockless flow data path
Patent No. 10140036 

Inventor(s): Alon Banin (Elad, , IL), Eran Ben Abou (Bee sheva, , IL), Gadi Vishne (Petach-Tikva, , IL), Ilya Gusev (Gedera, , IL), Noga Deshe (Raanana, , IL), Vered Kelner (Moshav Gan Haim, , IL), Yevgeny Zagalsky (Kfar Saba, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Loza Loza, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15169117 on 05/31/2016 (910 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for managing a non-volatile memory system having a multi-processor controller. The controller may be configured with a plurality of processors and a shared data queue in a cyclic data buffer. Each of the plurality of processors may manage a separate pointer pointing to a different entry of the shared data queue and multiple ones of the processors may concurrently access or update entries in the shared data queue.

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


Target architecture determination
Patent No. 10140104 

Inventor(s): John D. Leidel (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Brooks, Cameron Huebsch, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15097764 on 04/13/2016 (958 days app to issue)

Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure provide apparatuses and methods for target architecture determination. An example method comprises receiving an indication of a type of target architecture in a portion of source code and creating compiled code for the type of target architecture based on the indication.

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


Network management for elastic virtual network functions
Patent No. 10140146 

Inventor(s): Paul Miller (Derry, NH)
Assignee(s): GENBAND US LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15331571 on 10/21/2016 (767 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes, with a Virtual Network Function (VNF) manager that manages a VNF that includes plurality of VNF components running on a plurality of virtual machines, determining that an additional VNF component should be provisioned on an additional virtual machine. The method further includes, in response to the determining that the additional VNF component should be provisioned, instructing a compute controller to provision the additional virtual machine. The method further includes instructing a Software-Defined Networking (SDN) controller to connect the additional virtual machine to a network that interconnects the VNF components, and provisioning the additional VNF component on the additional virtual machine.

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


Wired communication with remote function calls
Patent No. 10140229 

Inventor(s): Hunsoo Choo (Plano, TX), Nikolaus Klemmer (Dallas, TX), Xiaoxi Zhang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14822175 on 08/10/2015 (1205 days app to issue)

Abstract: Triggered remote function calls can be used in master-slave systems to trigger slave-side software functions pre-loaded by a master into slave MCU memory, with associated parameters pre-loaded into a slave function interface memory. A master issues trigger-function signals (such as rising/falling edges or signal levels) over a trigger-function signal line. The slave includes a trigger conditioning block that in response issues a trigger-function request to the slave MCU, which calls/executes the associated software function, including accessing the associated trigger-function parameters from function interface memory. A slave can include a hardware function block with functionality configurable by a pre-loaded software configuration function (with associated parameters). A master can include a hardware function block configured to issue trigger-function signals. The slave (trigger conditioning block) can be configured to service trigger-function signals as an IRQ (interrupt request) to the MCU, which executes an ISR (interrupt service routine) as a triggered function call.

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


Superimposing butterfly network controls for pattern combinations
Patent No. 10140239 

Inventor(s): Dheera Balasubramanian (Richardson, TX), Joseph Zbiciak (San Jose, CA), Sureshkumar Govindaraj (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15602235 on 05/23/2017 (553 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multilayer butterfly network is shown that is operable to transform and align a plurality of fields from an input to an output data stream. Many transformations are possible with such a network which may include separate control of each multiplexer. This invention supports a limited set of multiplexer control signals, which enables a similarly limited set of data transformations. This limited capability is offset by the reduced complexity of the multiplexor control circuits. This invention used precalculated inputs and simple combinatorial logic to generate control signals for the butterfly network. Controls are independent for each layer and therefore are dependent only on the input and output patterns. Controls for the layers can be calculated in parallel.

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


Automated message modification based on user context
Patent No. 10140274 

Inventor(s): SathyaNarayanan Srinivasan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: SVL IPLaw (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15418884 on 01/30/2017 (666 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to an embodiment of the present invention, a system dynamically modifies an incoming message based on the context of the message and the user receiving the message. Initially, a server receives an incoming message directed to a user of a digital device, and analyzes the incoming message to determine a message content associated with the message and a user context based on one or more environmental parameters associated with the user. A processor in the server determines whether the incoming message should be modified based on the message content and user context, and, in response, generates a modified message for display to the user in accordance with the message content and the user context. Embodiments of the present invention further include a method and computer program product for dynamically modifying a message based on the context of the user in substantially the same manner described above.

[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]


Reversible redaction and tokenization computing system
Patent No. 10140296 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX), Sorin N. Cismas (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14950779 on 11/24/2015 (1099 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing system for redacting and/or tokenizing non-public information of electronic documents stored in a database may include a data redaction computing device and/or a data tokenization computing device, a first database storing a plurality of electronic documents, and a second database storing computer executable instructions for analyzing information associated with the plurality of electronic documents stored in the first database. The computer executable instructions may cause the data redaction/tokenization computing device to identify non-public information in one or more of the plurality of electronic documents and/or at least one of a document type, a source of the electronic document, and a destination to which the electronic document is to be communicated. Based on this analysis, the data redaction/tokenization computing device may modify the electronic document to redact and/or tokenize the non-public information based on the computer executable instructions retrieved from the second database.

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


System, method, and computer program for identifying significant records
Patent No. 10140345 

Inventor(s): John Thomas Hereford (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): AMDOCS DEVELOPMENT LIMITED (Limassol, , CY)
Law Firm: Zilka-Kotab, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15060517 on 03/03/2016 (999 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for identifying significant records (e.g. journeys, etc.). In use, a plurality of records including a plurality of events are stored. Further, an indication is received regarding at least one subset of the records. Thereafter, at least a portion of the events of the at least one subset of the records are processed to generate mean information such that the records of the at least one subset may be compared, utilizing the mean information. This may be accomplished while avoiding, at least in part, a covariance calculation, or in such a manner that the comparison is independent of such covariance calculation. A result of the comparison may be displayed.

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


Modifying constrained and unconstrained curve networks
Patent No. 10140389 

Inventor(s): Dick Baardse (Geldermalsen, , NL), Feng Yu (Irvine, CA), Hui Qin (Shanghai, , CN), Jinbiao Zhu (Shanghai, , CN), Ying Lin (Yantai, , CN)
Assignee(s): Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14889515 on 05/28/2013 (2009 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for modifying geometric models and corresponding systems and computer-readable mediums. A method includes receiving a geometric model, the geometric model including a plurality of curves. The method includes receiving a selection of one or more curves of the plurality of curves, finding at least one other curve of the plurality of curves that is related to the selected curve, and finding relationships between the selected curve and the other curve(s), including adding the selected curve, the other curve(s), and the relationships to a selected curve set. The method includes pre-processing the selected curve set, including de-activating a set of constraints for the geometric model. The method includes receiving a modification of the selected curve and modifying the selected curve set to produce a modified geometric model and modified selected curve set. The method includes post-processing the modified selected curve set, including re-activating and applying constraints for the geometric model.

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


Systems and methods for modeling subterranean formations that include gaseous hydrocarbons and adsorbed hydrocarbons
Patent No. 10140393 

Inventor(s): Abdel Wadood M. El-Rabaa (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (Spring, TX)
Law Firm: ExxonMobil Upstream Research CompanyLaw Department (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14428228 on 09/13/2013 (1901 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for modeling subterranean formations that include both gaseous hydrocarbons and adsorbed hydrocarbons. The systems and methods include determining a formation volume factor for gaseous hydrocarbons that may be present within the subterranean formation and correcting the formation volume factor to generate a compensated formation volume factor. The systems and methods further may include simulating a fluid flow within the subterranean formation, with the simulating being based, at least in part, on the compensated formation volume factor. Correcting the formation volume factor may include adjusting the formation volume factor based, at least in part, on a fraction of the adsorbed hydrocarbons within the subterranean formation that desorbs from the subterranean formation and/or transitions to gaseous hydrocarbons during production of the gaseous hydrocarbons from the subterranean formation.

[G06G] ANALOGUE COMPUTERS (analogue optical computing devices G06E 3/00; computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


System for external validation of distributed resource status
Patent No. 10140470 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15049852 on 02/22/2016 (1009 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a system, method, or computer program product for generating and using a block chain distributed network for tracking and validating the status of distributed portions of a finite resource and the obligations of users to return portions of the finite resource. In example implementations, the block chain database comprises a distributed ledger that is updated to reflect the status and availability of particular portions of the finite resource, including the fractional return of resource portions by users to whom such portion had previously been assigned. Example implementations also implement the use of queries to the block chain to validate requests for access to particular portions of a finite resource, determine the availability of the portion and verify the satisfaction of resource-return obligations incurred by users.

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


Machine learning artificial intelligence system for identifying vehicles
Patent No. 10140553 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Richard Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Michael Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15915947 on 03/08/2018 (264 days app to issue)

Abstract: An artificial intelligence system for identifying attributes in an image. The system may include a processor in communication with a client device; and a storage medium. The storage medium may store instructions that, when executed, configure the processor to perform operations including: extracting first features; categorizing the first images in a first group or a second group; modifying first metadata associated with each image in the first images to include a binary label; calculating a classification function; classifying a second plurality of images using the classification function; extracting second features from the second images classified in the first group; categorizing the second images in the first group by attribute; calculating an attribute identification function that identifies attributes of the second images; and identifying at least one attribute associated with a client image using the attribute identification function, the client image being received from the client device.

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


Motion mapping and analytics
Patent No. 10140671 

Inventor(s): John Lehmann (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Lex Machina, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14823653 on 08/11/2015 (1204 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various of the disclosed embodiments concern systems and methods for applying legal analytics. In some embodiments, a legal analytics platform retrieves legal data from an electronic database, analyzes some or all of the legal data, and identifies interesting patterns and results of statistical analyses. In order to permit searching of the legal data, metadata elements or tags can be generated for legal entities and legal events. In some embodiments, the legal analytics platform identifies timestamps in the legal data and performs time-based statistical analysis. Results of the statistical analyses can be presented to a user via a graphical user interface (GUI), which may also allow the user to interact with the legal analytics platform and search one or more databases of legal data.

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


Selective seating controller
Patent No. 10140796 

Inventor(s): Janki Y. Vora (Dallas, TX), Tassanee K. Supakkul (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Law Office of Jim Boice (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15191890 on 06/24/2016 (886 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system, and/or computer program product improve a function of a computer used to make a seat in a venue available to a user. One or more processors received a request for a seat at a venue from a user. The processor(s) retrieve a user profile of the user and a seat profile of the seat, and then match features in the user profile to features in the seat profile. The processor(s), in response to the features in the user profile matching the features in the seat profile, store the user profile and the seat profile in a seat control storage device that is solely dedicated to the seat. The processor(s) then direct the user to the seat that is identified in the seat control storage device, where the user is identified by the user profile in the seat control storage device, and where the seat is identified by the seat profile in the seat control storage device.

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


User interface display composition with device sensor/state based graphical effects
Patent No. 10140951 

Inventor(s): Anthony Mazzola (Ramona, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15221267 on 07/27/2016 (853 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method comprising receiving sensor data from a sensor, obtaining image data from a graphical effects shader based on the sensor data, blending the image data with a plurality of application surfaces to create a blended image, and transmitting the blended image to a display. The method may further comprise blending a color image with the blended image in response to a reduction in ambient light. Also disclosed is a mobile node (MN) comprising a sensor configured to generate sensor data, a display device, and a processor coupled to the sensor and the device display, wherein the processor is configured to receive the sensor data, obtain image data generated by a graphical effects shader based on the sensor data, blend the image data with an application surface associated with a plurality of applications to create a blended image, and transmit the blended image to the display.

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


Modeling a class posterior probability of context dependent phonemes in a speech recognition system
Patent No. 10140979 

Inventor(s): Niranjan Aniruddha Viladkar (Maharashtra, , IN), Theja Tulabandhula (Karnataka, , IN), Vivek Tyagi (New Delhi, , IN)
Assignee(s): CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Jones Robb, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15233582 on 08/10/2016 (839 days app to issue)

Abstract: What is disclosed is a system and method for modelling a class posterior probability of context dependent phonemes in a speech recognition system. A representation network is trained by projecting a N-dimensional feature vector into G intermediate layers of nodes. At least some features are associated with a class label vector. A last intermediate layer Z[superscript]G [/superscript]of the representation network is discretized to obtain a discretized layer [circumflex over (Z)]. Feature vector Q is obtained by randomly selecting V features from discretized layer [circumflex over (Z)]. Q is repeatedly hashed to obtain a vector Q[subscript]f [/subscript]where Q[subscript]f [/subscript]is an output of the f[superscript]th [/superscript]hashing. An equivalent scalar representation is determined for each Q[subscript]f[/subscript]. In a manner more fully disclosed herein, a posterior probability P[subscript]f [/subscript]is determined for each (x, b) pair based on the equivalent scalar representation of each respective Q[subscript]f[/subscript]. The obtained posterior probabilities are used to improve classification accuracy in a speech recognition system.

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


Systems and methods for maintaining refresh operations of memory banks using a shared
Patent No. 10141041 

Inventor(s): Joosang Lee (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15800267 on 11/01/2017 (391 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device includes memory banks that each have multiple rows with row addresses. The memory device also includes a counter that stores and increments a first row address of a first row of a first set of memory banks to a second row address of a second row of the first set of memory banks in response to a first refresh operation when the memory device is operating in a first mode. The memory device further includes circuitry that blocks incrementing the second row address to a third row address of a third row of the first set of memory banks when the memory device transitions from the first mode to a second mode and the first refresh operation is not paired with a second refresh operation that is performed when the memory device is operating in the first mode.

[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)


Nonvolatile memory system storing system data in marginal word lines
Patent No. 10141049 

Inventor(s): Neil Darragh (Edinburgh, , GB), Robert George Young (Edinburgh, , GB)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14577239 on 12/19/2014 (1439 days app to issue)

Abstract: To make more efficient use of storage capacity, a non-volatile storage system will store system data on marginal word lines. In one embodiment, a marginal word line is a word line that is not suitable to store host data because it is not sufficiently reliable for properly programming and reading the host data.

[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)


Prevention of neighboring plane disturb in non-volatile memory
Patent No. 10141064 

Inventor(s): Daniel Joseph Linnen (Naperville, IL), Kirubakaran Periyannan (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15585680 on 05/03/2017 (573 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are presented for the prevention and detection of inter-plane disturbs in a memory circuit, where, when concurrently performing memory operations on multiple planes, a defect in one plane can feed back through a common supply node and adversely affect memory operations in another node. To isolate such defects to plane in which the occur, the memory supplies the elements, such as a word line, of different planes from a common supply node through a uni-directional circuit element, such as a diode. In this way, if the voltage on an element in an array gets pulled up to an elevated voltage though a defect, this elevated voltage is stopped from flowing back to the common supply node. Additionally, by comparing the voltage levels on either side of the uni-directional circuit element, it can be determined whether such a defect is present in an array.

[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)


Programming and virtual reality representation of stimulation parameter groups
Patent No. 10141076 

Inventor(s): Norbert Kaula (Arvada, CO), Yohannes Iyassu (Denver, CO)
Assignee(s): Nuvectra Corporation (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15295218 on 10/17/2016 (771 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure involves a medical system that includes one or more implantable medical devices configured to deliver a medical therapy to a patient. The medical system also includes a portable electronic device on which a touch-sensitive user interface is implemented. The user interface is configured to provide a visual representation of the medical therapy through a hierarchy. The hierarchy includes a lower level representation of the medical therapy that corresponds to a stimulation program that includes a plurality of configurable stimulation parameters. The hierarchy includes a middle level representation of the medical therapy that corresponds to a stimulation program-set that includes a plurality of different stimulation programs. The hierarchy includes an upper level representation of the medical therapy that corresponds to a scrollable collection of stimulation program-sets that are represented by a plurality of digital cards, respectively. NULL


Reconfigurable sensor unit for electronic device
Patent No. 10142789 

Inventor(s): Mahesh Chowdhary (San Jose, CA), Sankalp Dayal (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Crowe Dunlevy (Local + 7 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15132521 on 04/19/2016 (952 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein is a sensor chip including at least one sensing device and a control circuit. The control circuit is configured to receive configuration data as input, and acquire data from the at least one sensing device in accordance with the configuration data. The control circuit classifies a context of the at least one sensing device relative to its surroundings based on analysis of the acquired data in accordance with the configuration data.

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


 

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Method and apparatus for a wireless charging system
Patent No. 10137794 

Inventor(s): Bo Zhang (Somerville, NJ), James D. Allen (Rochester, NY), Oleg Logvinov (East Brunswick, NJ)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14839447 on 08/28/2015 (1187 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment is a system including a first wireless charging pad coupled to a wireless charging system and an energy source, the first wireless charging pad being configured to transmit an energy by a magnetic field. The system further includes a second wireless charging pad coupled to a second system, the second wireless charging pad configured to receive at least a portion of the energy from the first wireless charging system for operating the second system. Further embodiments include a least one of an electronic compass configured to provide alignment data of the first and second wireless charging pads, and an interface configured to receive the alignment data and affect an alignment of the first and second wireless charging pads.

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


Self-calibrating optical detector
Patent No. 10139341 

Inventor(s): Troy Don Cook (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TT ELECTRONICS PLC (Carrolloton, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15170511 on 06/01/2016 (909 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure includes systems and methods for calibration of an optical sensor package, including setting an initial detection threshold of a detector, gradually increasing a power level of a signal generator that is in communication with a detector to cause a detected power at the detector to exceed the initial detection threshold, storing in a memory a first power level of the signal generator at which the detected power at the detector exceeds the initial detection threshold, and adjusting the initial detection threshold of the detector to an adjusted detection threshold to include a detection buffer amount within the adjusted detection threshold.

[H01J] ELECTRIC DISCHARGE TUBES OR DISCHARGE LAMPS (spark-gaps H01T; arc lamps with consumable electrodes H05B; particle accelerators H05H)


Mobile device camera viewfinder punch through effect
Patent No. 10140015 

Inventor(s): Anthony Mazzola (Ramona, CA), Robert McCarthy (Escondido, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15666725 on 08/02/2017 (482 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an example embodiment, an application is executed on a mobile device, causing generation of application graphical output in an application layer. The application layer is rendered on a touchscreen display. A first gesture of a user is detected, and in response to the first gesture a viewfinder layer is generated, the viewfinder layer containing real-time image data from the embedded camera via a camera service. A composite of the application layer, the viewfinder layer, and a transparency mask is rendered so that a portion of the viewfinder layer is visible and a portion of the application layer is visible on the touchscreen display at the same time. Then a second gesture by the user is detected, and in response to the second gesture, viewfinder data from the viewfinder layer is captured and the viewfinder layer and transparency mask are removed.

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


High-power acoustic device with improved performance
Patent No. 10141245 

Inventor(s): Tarak A. Railkar (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15685850 on 08/24/2017 (460 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a high-power acoustic device with improved performance. The disclosed acoustic device includes a substrate, a die-attach material, and an acoustic die. The substrate includes a substrate body and a die pad on a top surface of the substrate body. The die-attach material is a sintered material and applied over the die pad. The acoustic die is coupled to the die pad via the die-attach material. Herein, the acoustic die includes a die body and a metallization structure, which is sandwiched between the die body and the die-attach material.

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


Three-dimensional memory device containing support pillars underneath a retro-stepped dielectric material and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10141331 

Inventor(s): Hiromasa Susuki (Yokkaichi, , JP), Junji Oh (Yokkaichi, , JP), Kensuke Yamaguchi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Masanori Tsutsumi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Ryoichi Ehara (Yokkaichi, , JP), Seiji Shimabukuro (Yokkaichi, , JP), Shigehisa Inoue (Yokkaichi
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15607583 on 05/29/2017 (547 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a substrate, the alternating stack containing a memory array region and a terrace region. Memory stack structures containing a memory film and a vertical semiconductor channel extend through the memory array region of the alternating stack. Support pillar structures extending through the terrace region of the alternating stack. The support pillar structures have different heights from each other.

[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]


Image sensor pixels having dual gate charge transferring transistors
Patent No. 10141356 

Inventor(s): Jaroslav Hynecek (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: Treyz Law Group, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15095918 on 04/11/2016 (960 days app to issue)

Abstract: An image sensor may include an array of image sensor pixels. Each pixel may have a photodiode, a floating diffusion node, and a charge transferring transistor. The charge transferring transistor may be a dual gate transistor having first and second gate terminals. A suitable bias may be applied to the second gate terminal to alter the capacitance of the floating diffusion node. The amount of electrons that may be accommodated by the floating diffusion node may be altered with application of a varying voltage level bias at the second gate terminal. By implementing a dual gate transistor, dynamic range compression and anti-blooming charge overflow may be implemented directly in the pixel to reduce image sensor pixel size and cost.

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


Complementary tunneling field effect transistor and manufacturing method therefor
Patent No. 10141434 

Inventor(s): Chen-Xiong Zhang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen, , CN)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15587781 on 05/05/2017 (571 days app to issue)

Abstract: A complementary tunneling field effect transistor and a manufacturing method are disclosed, which includes: a first drain region and a first source region that are disposed on a substrate, where they include a first dopant; a first channel that is disposed on the first drain region and a second channel that is disposed on the first source region; a second source region that is disposed on the first channel and a second drain region that is disposed on the second channel, where they include a second dopant; a first epitaxial layer that is disposed on the first drain region and the second source region, and a second epitaxial layer that is disposed on the second drain region and the first source region; and a first gate stack layer that is disposed on the first epitaxial layer, and a second gate stack layer that is disposed on the second epitaxial layer.

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


Composite membranes, methods of making same, and applications of same
Patent No. 10141593 

Inventor(s): Jason Ballengee (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY (Nashville, TN)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15161838 on 05/23/2016 (918 days app to issue)

Abstract:

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


Mobile guided surface waveguide probes and receivers
Patent No. 10141622 

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH), Michael J. D”Aurelio (Marietta, GA), Michael W. Miller (Rogers, AR), Paul Kendall Carlton, Jr. (College Station, TX)
Assignee(s): CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Italy, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15238960 on 08/17/2016 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to mobile guided surface waveguide probes and receivers. In a representative embodiment, an excitation source such as a generator is coupled to a guided surface waveguide probe. The excitation source and the guided surface waveguide probe mounted to a rigid frame for transport.

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


Volumetric scan automotive radar with end-fire antenna on partially laminated multi-layer PCB
Patent No. 10141636 

Inventor(s): Jae Seung Lee (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15279291 on 09/28/2016 (790 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicular radar system includes a first printed circuit board (PCB) having a first material. The vehicular radar system also includes a plurality of end-fire antennas positioned on the first PCB. The vehicular radar system also includes a second PCB stacked on or under the first PCB and having a second material that has a greater rigidity than the first material. The vehicular radar system also includes a radio frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) coupled to the plurality of end-fire antennas and configured to control the plurality of end-fire antennas.

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


Photovoltaic power conditioning units
Patent No. 10141745 

Inventor(s): Paul Garrity (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): Tesla, Inc. (Palo Alto, CA)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15375586 on 12/12/2016 (715 days app to issue)

Abstract: We describe a photovoltaic (PV) panel system comprising a PV panel with multiple sub-strings of connected solar cells in combination with a power conditioning unit (microinverter). The power conditioning unit comprises a set of input power converters, one connected to each sub-string, and a common output power conversion stage, to provide power to an ac mains power supply output. Integration of the micro-inverter into the solar PV module in this way provides many advantages, including greater efficiency and reliability. Additionally, embodiments of the invention avoid the need for bypass diodes, a component with a high failure rate in PV panels, providing lower power loss and higher reliability.

[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]


Mobile device charging stations and methods for making same
Patent No. 10141757 

Inventor(s): Joseph Augustine Mecca (Coppell, TX), Paul Martin Mecca (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): JPM Networks LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13743257 on 01/16/2013 (2141 days app to issue)

Abstract: A floor stand for supporting one or more mobile device charging stations for charging one or more mobile devices, including a vertical support member having an upper end and a lower end, wherein the one or more mobile device charging stations are supported on the vertical support member.

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


DC-DC converter and control circuit with low-power clocked comparator referenced to switching node for zero voltage switching
Patent No. 10141845 

Inventor(s): Robert A. Neidorff (Bedford, NH), Saurav Bandyopadhyay (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15366264 on 12/01/2016 (726 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples provide DC-DC converters and control circuits to provide high and low-side driver signals and to selectively adjust a delay time between a low-side switching device turning off and a high-side switching device turning on according to a comparator signal, including a clocked comparator circuit referenced to a switching node to sample the voltage across the high-side switching device in response to a first edge of the high-side driver signal, and to generate the comparator signal indicating a polarity of the sampled high-side switch voltage to facilitate zero voltage switching of the high-side switching device.

[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]


Methods and apparatus for adaptive timing for zero voltage transition power converters
Patent No. 10141846 

Inventor(s): Saurav Bandyopadhyay (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15396471 on 12/31/2016 (696 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of controlling a power converter, including executing a plurality of cycles, including: turning on a first switch during a first period, the first switch coupled to a power supply and a switch node; turning on a second switch during a second period, the second switch coupled to the switch node; turning on a third switch at a first time during the second period and turning the third switch off at a second time after the second period by a first open signal including a high discharge signal followed by a lower discharge signal, the third switch coupled to an auxiliary node and to a second inductor coupled to the auxiliary node; and turning on a fourth switch at a third time after the second time and turning the fourth switch off during the first period of a succeeding cycle, the fourth switch coupled to the auxiliary node.

[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]


LLC secondary side control with adaptive on-time
Patent No. 10141852 

Inventor(s): Antonio Amoroso (Tremestieri Etneo, , IT), Filippo Marino (Tremestieri Etneo, , IT), Salvatore Giombanco (Cassaro, , IT)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15395795 on 12/30/2016 (697 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit for use in an LLC converter to control diode conduction time includes a secondary side controller, the secondary side controller configured to monitor voltage, measure a diode conduction time for the LLC converter, in response to determining that the diode conduction time is greater that a target time, increase the on-time for the first switch, and in response to determining that the diode conduction time is less than a target time, decrease the on-time for the first switch.

[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]


Automated verification testing for a motor capacitor
Patent No. 10141870 

Inventor(s): Brandon Monroe (McKinney, TX), Denny English (Malvern, AR), Mike Pearson (Pittsburg, TX)
Assignee(s): MJG INNOVATIONS, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14449941 on 08/01/2014 (1579 days app to issue)

Abstract: A motor capacitor verification unit includes a capacitor selection section coupled to an electric motor employing a motor capacitor for its operation that connects the motor capacitor for verification testing. Also included is a capacitor testing section coupled to the capacitor selection section that evaluates the motor capacitor for operation with the electric motor. Further included is an AC power control section coupled to the capacitor testing section and that only permits application of an AC operating voltage to the electric motor and the motor capacitor after a successful motor capacitor verification as required for electric motor operation. An electric motor operating system, an HVAC operating system and methods of operating an electric motor, retrofitting a motor capacitor verification unit to an electric motor and manufacturing a motor capacitor verification unit for use with an electric motor are also provided.

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


Offset trimming for differential amplifier
Patent No. 10141900 

Inventor(s): Deep Saxena (Bengaluru, , IN), Saurabh Singh (Edinburgh, , GB)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15497232 on 04/26/2017 (580 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods are disclosed for offset trimming for differential amplifiers. An apparatus includes a differential amplifier. A differential amplifier includes a non-inverting input, an inverting input, and an output coupled to the inverting input via a voltage divider. A first variable current source is coupled to a non-inverting input, so that increasing a current from the first variable current source increases a voltage at the non-inverting input. A second variable current source is coupled to an inverting input, and to an output via a voltage divider, so that increasing a current from the second variable current source decreases a voltage at the output.

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


System and method for eliminating gate voltage oscillation in paralleled power semiconductor switches
Patent No. 10141923 

Inventor(s): Jongwon Shin (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15247248 on 08/25/2016 (824 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for eliminating gate voltage oscillation without increasing switching power loss in paralleled power semiconductor switches at high current turn-off. The damping circuit includes a switch for driving voltage and multiple resistors and multiple inductors. The damping circuit includes multiple capacitors connected to the multiple inductors. The damping circuit includes multiple power semiconductor switches that are connected to the multiple inductors at gate terminals. The damping circuit includes multiple gate terminal resistors connected in parallel to the multiple power semiconductor switches at the gate terminals and multiple gate terminal switches connected to the multiple gate terminal resistors.

[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]


Data encoder for power line communications
Patent No. 10141978 

Inventor(s): Anand Dabak (Plano, TX), Badri N Varadarajan (Mountain View, CA), II Han Kim (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15796442 on 10/27/2017 (396 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a disclosed embodiment, a power line communication (PLC) transmitter includes a forward error correction (FEC) encoder that receives payload data and adds parity information to the data to create an encoded output, a fragmenter that receives the encoded output from the FEC encoder and segments the encoded output into a plurality of fragments, a fragment repetition encoder that receives the plurality of fragments from the fragmenter and copies each of the fragments a selected number of times, and an interleaver that receives the copies of the plurality of fragments from the fragment repetition encoder and interleaves the copies of the plurality of fragments for transmission on a power line.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Methods and apparatus for determining nearfield localization using phase and RSSI delivery
Patent No. 10141981 

Inventor(s): Hun Seok Kim (Ann Arbor, MI), Jing-Fei Ren (Plano, TX), Pourya Assem (Northbrook, IL), Srinath Mathur Ramaswamy (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15658637 on 07/25/2017 (490 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus to determine nearfield localization using phase and received signal strength indication (RSSI) diversity are disclosed. An example method includes determining a first strength of an electric field and a second strength of a magnetic field, the electric field and the magnetic field associated with an electromagnetic signal sent from a transmitter; determining a difference between the first strength and the second strength; and determining a transmitter distance based on the difference between the first strength and the second strength.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Codebook design and structure for advanced wireless communication systems
Patent No. 10141992 

Inventor(s): Md. Saifur Rahman (Richardson, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15719056 on 09/28/2017 (425 days app to issue)

Abstract: A base station (BS) capable of communicating with a user equipment (UE) includes a transmitter configured to transmit, to the UE, downlink signals including precoding matrix indicator (PMI) codebook parameters comprising: first and second quantities of antenna ports, N1 and N2, indicating respective quantities of antenna ports in first and second dimensions of a dual-polarized antenna array at the BS; first and second oversampling factors, O1 and O2, indicating respective oversampling factors for Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT) beams in the first and second dimensions; and a beam group configuration among a plurality of beam group configurations. The BS also includes a receiver configured to receive uplink signals including a plurality PMIs from the UE determined using a PMI codebook corresponding to the transmitted PMI codebook parameters; and determine a precoder using the received PMIs. Other embodiments including methods and UEs and methods are disclosed.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Higher-level clock and data recovery (CDR) in passive optical networks (PONs)
Patent No. 10142024 

Inventor(s): Frank Effenberger (Colts Neck, NJ), Lei Zhou (Shenzhen, , CN), Minghui Tao (Wuhan, , CN), Shuchang Yao (Wuhan, , CN), Xiang Liu (Marlboro, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15378362 on 12/14/2016 (713 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises: a CDR sub-system comprising: an FFE; a decision component coupled to the FFE; a subtractor coupled to the FFE and the decision component; and a tap weight updater coupled to the subtractor and the FFE; and a PR-MLSE component coupled to the CDR sub-system. A method comprises: converting an optical signal with a first modulation format to an analog electrical signal; converting the analog electrical signal to a first digital signal; equalizing the first digital signal into a second digital signal with a second modulation format, wherein the second modulation format has more levels than the first modulation format; and performing CDR on the second digital signal.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Configuration sub-system for telecommunication systems
Patent No. 10142036 

Inventor(s): Ahmed H. Hmimy (Richardson, TX), Matthew Thomas Melester (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Andrew Wireless Systems GmbH (Buchdorf, , DE)
Law Firm: Fogg Powers LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14448080 on 07/31/2014 (1580 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain aspects are directed to a configuration sub-system for telecommunication systems. The configuration sub-system can include a test signal generator, a power measurement device, at least one additional power measurement device, and a controller. The test signal generator can be integrated into components of a telecommunication system. The test signal generator can provide a test signal to a signal path of the telecommunication system. The power measurement device and the additional power measurement device can respectively be integrated into different components of the telecommunication system. The power measurement device and the additional power measurement device can respectively measure the power of the test signal at different measurement points in the signal path. The controller can normalize signals transmitted via the telecommunication system by adjusting a path gain for the signal path based on measurements from the power measurement device and the additional power measurement device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


SWDM OSAs
Patent No. 10142046 

Inventor(s): Jason O”Daniel (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): FINISAR CORPORATION (Sunnyvale, CA)
Law Firm: Maschoff Brennan (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15786518 on 10/17/2017 (406 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an example embodiment, an N-channel WDM OSA includes active optical devices coupled to a carrier, an optical block, and a MUX or a DEMUX. The optical block may be positioned above the active optical devices and coupled to the carrier. The optical block may include a bottom with lenses formed in the bottom that are aligned with the active optical devices; a first side that extends up from the bottom; a second side that extends up from the bottom and is opposite the first side; a port that extends forward from the bottom and the first and second sides; and an optical block cavity defined by the bottom and the first and second sides that extends rearward from the port. The MUX or DEMUX may be positioned in the optical block cavity in an optical path between the port of the optical block and the active optical devices.

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


Methods and device for communications of OFDM signals over wideband carrier
Patent No. 10142068 

Inventor(s): Jialing Liu (Palatine, IL), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL), Qian Cheng (Aurora, IL), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15156944 on 05/17/2016 (924 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for wireless communications over a wideband carrier are provided. Time-frequency resources of the wideband carrier within a transmission time interval are divided into multiple time-frequency resource blocks. Each of the time-frequency resource blocks corresponds to a group of contiguous subcarriers of the wideband carrier and orthogonal frequency division multiplexing symbols. Data streams may be scheduled to be transmitted in different time-frequency resource blocks, and may be destined for different user equipments or the same user equipment. Baseband processing operations may be performed on data streams scheduled in different time-frequency resource blocks independently from one another. Separate control channels or one common control channel may be configured for data transmissions in different time-frequency resource blocks.

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


Synchronization error reduction in common public radio interface (CPRI) passive optical networks (PONs)
Patent No. 10142094 

Inventor(s): Frank Effenberger (Frisco, TX), Huaiyu Zeng (Red Bank, NJ), Xiang Liu (Marlboro, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15833173 on 12/06/2017 (356 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first apparatus comprises: a processor configured to generate a first synchronization message; a transmitter coupled to the processor and configured to transmit the first synchronization message to a second apparatus at a first wavelength; and a receiver coupled to the processor and configured to receive a second synchronization message from the second apparatus at a second wavelength and in response to the first synchronization message, the first wavelength and the second wavelength are based on a reduction of a latency difference between the second synchronization message and the first synchronization message, and the processor is further configured to calculate a TO between the first apparatus and the second apparatus based on the reduction.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Timing for IC chip
Patent No. 10142095 

Inventor(s): Brian Ginsburg (Allen, TX), Jasbir Singh Nayyar (Distt Ludhiana Punjab, , IN), Karthik Subburaj (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15334979 on 10/26/2016 (762 days app to issue)

Abstract: A integrated circuit (IC) chip can include a root timer that generates a frame pulse based on a start trigger signal. The IC chip can also include a hardware clock control that provides a clock signal based on a selected one of the frame pulse and the synchronization signal provided from one of the root timer and another IC chip. The IC chip can further include a plurality of analog to digital converters (ADCs). Each of the plurality of ADCs being configured to sample an output of a respective one of a plurality of radio frequency (RF) receivers based on the clock signal.

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


Optical network unit power management in passive optical networks
Patent No. 10142118 

Inventor(s): Denis Andreyevich Khotimsky (Westborough, MA), DeZhi Zhang (Shanghai, , CN), LiQuan Yuan (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): ZTE (USA) Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15798354 on 10/30/2017 (393 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for unified optical network unit power management in a passive optical network include operating an optical network unit (ONU) in a first state in which a transmitter of the ONU is turned off and a receiver of the ONU is turned on, operating the ONU in a second state in which both the transmitter and the receiver are turned off, and transitioning the ONU directly between the first state and the second state, based on a power management rule.

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


Method and apparatus for transmitting PLCP frame in wireless local area network system
Patent No. 10142149 

Inventor(s): Bong Hoe Kim (Anyang-si, , KR), Byeong Woo Kang (Anyang-si, , KR), Dae Won Lee (Anyang-si, , KR), Dong Wok Roh (Anyang-si, , KR), Yong Ho Seok (Anyang-si, , KR), Yu Jin Noh (Anyang-si, , KR)
Assignee(s): WI-FI ONE, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15841385 on 12/14/2017 (348 days app to issue)

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

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


Server intelligence for network speed testing control
Patent No. 10142252 

Inventor(s): Raghavendra Sarapure (Irving, TX), Vipul Jha (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15191679 on 06/24/2016 (886 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network device receives, from a client device, a request to perform a network speed test of a network connecting the client device and the network device. The network device conducts a trial test, involving data delivery between the network device and the client device, to determine an approximate capacity of the network. The network device selects an optimum data size based on results of the trial test, and selects a number of threads needed to saturate the network based on the results of the trial test. The network device controls conducting of the network speed test, using a control thread from the network device to the client device, wherein the network speed test utilizes the optimum data size and the selected number of threads.

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


Presenting browser content based on an online community knowledge
Patent No. 10142272 

Inventor(s): Erik H. Katzen (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Keohane D”Alessandro PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14943345 on 11/17/2015 (1106 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide approaches for presenting browser content to a user. Specifically, a way for customizing content having an informational topic provided in a web browsing experience is provided. Content having the informational topic to be displayed to a user in a web browsing experience is analyzed, with the user being a member of the online community. The web browsing experience is customized based on extracted browsing behaviors of an online community. Content is displayed to the user at a level of detail and technological depth that is commensurate with a knowledge level of one or more members of the online community while hiding other content.

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


System for establishing secure access for users in a process data network
Patent No. 10142312 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15049777 on 02/22/2016 (1009 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, computer program products, and methods are described herein for a system for establishing secure access for users in a process data network. The present invention is configured to create a block chain of resource information based on at least aggregated information associated with past transfer of resources executed by an entity; analyze the block chain of resource information to determine a pattern associated with the past transfer of resources executed by the entity; receive an indication that the entity has executed a transfer of resources; receive information associated with the transfer of resources; compare the information associated with the transfer of resources with the pattern associated with the past transfer of resources executed by the entity to determine a match; and allow the execution of the transfer of resources.

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


Account enrollment systems and processes
Patent No. 10142328 

Inventor(s): Charles Barrasso (Franklin, MA)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14975774 on 12/19/2015 (1074 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods, which can provide for user enrollment of an account, are provided. The enrollment of an account can be performed in a controlled-environment facility using a system(s) that provides assurance that the user of an account was the person that enrolled the account. A method, which may be employed in various systems and/or facilities, includes, using an enrollment module operating on at least one processor, generating respective confidential codes associated with user accounts. Each of the user accounts has at least one of the confidential codes and is for a respective one user. The method also includes receiving, at the enrollment module, respective enrollment information of each of enrolling individuals. The respective enrollment information is to enroll respective ones of the user accounts. The method further includes, after the receiving, transmitting from the enrollment module the respective confidential codes associated with the respective ones of the user accounts.

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


Method and apparatus for a wearable based authentication for improved user experience
Patent No. 10142332 

Inventor(s): Kyong Ho Lee (Plano, TX), Manish Goel (Plano, TX), Michael Polley (Garland, TX), Seok-Jun Lee (Allen, TX), Sourabh Ravindran (Dallas, TX), Vitali Loseu (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14589741 on 01/05/2015 (1422 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wearable device is provided for authentication that includes a memory element and processing circuitry coupled to the memory element. The memory element configured to store a plurality of user profiles. The processing circuitry is configured to identify a pairing between the wearable device and a device. The processing circuitry is configured to identify a user of the wearable device. The processing circuitry also is configured to determine if the identified user matches a profile of the plurality of user profiles. The processing circuitry is also configured to responsive to the identified user matching the profile, determine if the profile provides authorization to access the device. The processing circuitry is also configured to responsive to the profile providing authorization to the device, send a message to the device authorizing access to the device.

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


Biometric reference template record
Patent No. 10142333 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey J. Stapleton (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15188685 on 06/21/2016 (889 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods provide for secure and efficient token generation, management, transfer, and authentication services in a biometric data environment. Various embodiments relate to a method performed by a processor of an authentication computing system. An example method includes receiving a biometric reference sample and a user identifier. The user identifier uniquely identifies a user from whom the biometric reference sample was captured. The biometric reference sample is processed to generate biometric data. The biometric data is tokenized using a tokenization schema. A biometric reference template is generated and includes a template identifier uniquely identifying the biometric reference template. The template identifier is associated with the user identifier. The biometric reference template further includes the tokenized biometric data, and a first identifier signifying that the biometric reference template includes tokenized biometric data.

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


System for centralized control of secure access to process data network
Patent No. 10142347 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15090299 on 04/04/2016 (967 days app to issue)

Abstract: A distributed block chain network having at least a private block chain portion, and in some cases a public block chain portion, allows users to take actions (e.g., accessing, viewing, storing, disseminating, validating, or the like) with respect to event information associated with events. In some aspects of the invention the distributed block chain network with the private block chain portion may be utilized to verify events and separate the private information associated with the events from the public information associated with the events. As such, the present invention provides systems for centralized control of secure access to process data networks by utilizing a private block chain; and moreover, provide systems for control of secure access and communication with different process data networks with different security requirements by utilizing one or more block chains with private block chain portions and/or public block chain portions.

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


Method for delivering music content to a smart phone
Patent No. 10142383 

Inventor(s): James L. Cross (Allen, TX), William Green (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): 1974 PRODUCTIONS, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15141146 on 04/28/2016 (943 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of distributing media content using mobile communication devices including providing media access cards which promote selected media content to users of such devices whereby a user may access a web server associated with the media access cards and download application software enabling access to selected media content via a mobile device, the media access cards including a machine readable identification number code that identifies media content associated with the card whereby the application software facilitates reading and transmitting the code to a web server via the mobile device, receiving the identification number with the web server and using the identification number to locate a table value in a database wherein a plurality of media access cards identification numbers are associated with a media content table value, using the table value to identify media codes associated with the selected content server which transmits media to the mobile device.

[H04H] BROADCAST COMMUNICATION (multiplex communication H04J; pictorial communication aspects of broadcast systems H04N)


Multi-mode remote collaboration
Patent No. 10142410 

Inventor(s): Keith M. Janasak (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15178494 on 06/09/2016 (901 days app to issue)

Abstract: Generally discussed herein are systems and apparatuses for multi-mode collaboration between entities in different jurisdictions. According to an example a technique can include determining a location of a remote communication device by at least one of a global positioning system (GPS), low frequency (LF) atomic time radio, earth magnetic signature, internet protocol (IP) address, and cell phone tower triangulation, determine regulations regarding communication from an internal network to the remote device based on the determined location, and configure the remote device to transmit and receive communications in a manner compliant with the determined regulations including one of voice over internet protocol (VOIP) communication, hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) communication, text communication, voice communication, video communication, and augmented reality communication.

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


System and method for managing heterogeneous data for cloud computing applications
Patent No. 10142417 

Inventor(s): Leonardo E. Reiter (Allen, TX), Stephen M. Hebert (Houston, TX)
Assignee(s): Nimbix, Inc. (Anna, TX)
Law Firm: Campbell Stephenson LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14824536 on 08/12/2015 (1203 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system, and computer-readable storage medium for managing heterogeneous data for cloud computing applications are disclosed. For example, a method involves identifying data to be used by an application. Such data includes a first subset of data stored in first storage element. The first subset of data is stored according to a first storage architecture, which organizes the first subset of data in a first form that is not compatible with the application. The method also involves generating a workflow. The generated workflow is configured to cause a compute node to retrieve the first subset of data and process the first subset of data to be organized in a second form that is compatible with the application. The workflow is also configured to cause the compute node to execute the application and update the first subset of data stored in the first storage element. The method further involves transmitting the workflow to the compute node for execution of the application therein, using the data.

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


System and method for limiting usage of a wireless communication device
Patent No. 10142457 

Inventor(s): Scott Sackett (Krum, TX)
Assignee(s): Artifex Software Inc. (San Rafael, CA)
Law Firm: Fitzsimmons IP Law (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14180906 on 02/14/2014 (1747 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method is provided for limiting, disabling and/or activating a wireless communication device during operation of a vehicle or participation in an activity. In one embodiment of the present invention, the system includes a wireless transmission device and a wireless communication device. The wireless transmission device, which includes at least one wireless transmitter, a processor, and a memory device, is configured to transmit a first wireless signal toward a first designated region, and a second wireless signal toward a second designated region. The wireless communication device, which includes at least one wireless receiver, a processor, a memory device, a keypad, and a display, is configured to receive the first wireless signal and, in response thereto, limit or disable certain features of the wireless device. This can be done by disabling certain features (e.g., cellular service, Bluetooth, telephone calls, text messaging, emailing, its antenna, its keyboard, and/or its display) or disabling (e.g., powering down, etc.) the entire cell phone. The wireless communication device is further configured to receive a second wireless signal and, in response thereto, enable the features that have been disabled or limited via the first wireless signal. In a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the first wireless signal is a Bluetooth signal, and the second wireless signal is an IR signal.

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


Multi-party conversation analyzer and logger
Patent No. 10142461 

Inventor(s): Charles Barrasso (Franklin, MA), Jay Gainsboro (Framingham, MA), Ken Sinclair (Waban, MA), Lee Weinstein (Arlington, MA)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14590215 on 01/06/2015 (1421 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention facilitates the investigation of networks of criminals, by gathering associations between phone numbers, the names of persons reached at those phone numbers, and voice print data. In another aspect the invention automatically detects phone calls from a prison where the voiceprint of the person called matches the voiceprint of a past inmate. In another aspect the invention detects identity scams in prisons, by monitoring for known voice characteristics of likely imposters on phone calls made by prisoners. In another aspect, the invention automatically does speech-to-text conversion of phone numbers spoken within a predetermined time of detecting data indicative of a three-way call event while monitoring a phone call from a prison inmate. In another aspect, the invention automatically thwarts attempts of prison inmates to use re-dialing services. In another aspect, the invention automatically tags audio data retrieved from a database, by steganographically encoding into the audio data the identity of the official retrieving the audio data.

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


Controlled-environment facility resident communication detection
Patent No. 10142462 

Inventor(s): Joseph Higgs (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15458359 on 03/14/2017 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods insert a modulated signal into audio of a controlled-environment facility resident”s side of a call, such as by a controlled-environment communication apparatus, or the like. The same or a different controlled-environment communication apparatus, or the like, may detect the same and/or another modulated signal inserted into the audio of the same and/or another controlled-environment facility resident”s side of the call in the audio of an other party”s side of the call. The same or a different controlled-environment communication apparatus, or the like, may determine if more than one modulated signal is present in the other call party”s side of the call and alert an authority that more than one controlled-environment facility resident is taking part in the call.

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


Camera using preview image to select exposure
Patent No. 10142536 

Inventor(s): Kenichi Nakajima (Kanagawa, , JP), Robert J. Parada (Rochester, NY), Tetsuji Uezono (Kanagawa, , JP), Wayne E. Prentice (Honeoye Falls, NY), William V. Fintel (Pittsford, NY)
Assignee(s): Monument Peak Ventures, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15729814 on 10/11/2017 (412 days app to issue)

Abstract: A digital camera comprises an image sensor for providing initial sensor image data and final sensor image data; a lens for exposing the image of a scene onto the image sensor; an exposure control system for adjusting an exposure level of a final image on the image sensor in response to a scene type; and a processor for processing the initial sensor image data to select one of a plurality of scene types, and to process the final sensor image data in response to the scene type.

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


LIDAR assisted focusing device
Patent No. 10142538 

Inventor(s): James D. Hurd (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): REDROCK MICROSYSTEMS, LLC (Flower Mound, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15052553 on 02/24/2016 (1007 days app to issue)

Abstract: A focusing device for a camera having a lens includes a LIDAR module, a camera interface and a controller communicably coupled to the LIDAR module and the camera interface. The controller receives data from the LIDAR module, displays one or more targets using the data from the LIDAR module via a user interface, receives a target selection via the user interface, determines a focus setting using the LIDAR data, the target selection and a camera operational data, and sends the focus setting to the camera interface. The camera interface receives the focus setting and drives the lens of the camera to focus on the target selection using the focus setting.

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


System and circuit for television power state control
Patent No. 10142582 

Inventor(s): Bill Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15824645 on 11/28/2017 (364 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and circuit for television power state control are disclosed. In one embodiment, a power management circuit is coupled to a television and interposed between a video feed and an image display engine as well as between an audio feed and a speaker. The power management circuit selectively alternates the television between three states: powered ON /operating state (first state); power standby state (second state); and no/low power state (third state). Utilized with a television in a commercial application, the system and circuit are employed to provide accelerated turn-on time to receive an image for user interaction, while providing sufficient control to maintain energy power savings.

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


Image coding method, image coding apparatus, image decoding method, image decoding apparatus, and image coding and decoding apparatus
Patent No. 10142624 

Inventor(s): Hisao Sasai (Osaka, , JP), Kengo Terada (Osaka, , JP), Kyoko Tanikawa (Osaka, , JP), Toru Matsunobu (Osaka, , JP), Toshiyasu Sugio (Osaka, , JP), Youji Shibahara (Osaka, , JP)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14509199 on 10/08/2014 (1511 days app to issue)

Abstract: The image coding method for coding an input image includes: converting, into a bin string, an offset value used in an offset process to be applied to a pixel value of a reconstructed image corresponding to the input image; and performing bypass arithmetic coding on the bin string using a fixed probability.

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


Mode adaptive intra prediction smoothing in video coding
Patent No. 10142630 

Inventor(s): Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13316182 on 12/09/2011 (2545 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for decoding an encoded video bit stream in a video decoder is provided that includes decoding an intra prediction mode for a block of pixels encoded in the video bit stream, determining, based on the intra prediction mode, whether or not a smoothing filter is to be applied to reference pixel values used for intra prediction of the block, applying a smoothing filter to the reference pixel values when a result of the determining is that a smoothing filter is to be applied, and performing intra prediction according to the intra prediction mode using the smoothed reference pixel values to generate a predicted block of pixels.

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


Method and apparatus for parallelizing context selection in video processing
Patent No. 10142637 

Inventor(s): Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX), Vivienne Sze (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13415550 on 03/08/2012 (2455 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for parallel processing of at least two bins relating to at least one of a video and an image. The method includes determining scan type of at least a portion of the at least one of video and an image, analyzing neighboring position of a bin, removing dependencies of context selection based on the scan type and position of location being encoded in a transform, and performing parallel processing of that least two bins.

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


Set-top box, system and method for providing awareness in a hospitality environment
Patent No. 10142662 

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: 15652622 on 07/18/2017 (497 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for providing awareness in a hospitality environment are presented. In one embodiment, a vertical and horizontal array of set-top boxes is provided and each set-top box includes an identification corresponding to the room in which the set-top box is placed. Each set-top box includes a wireless transceiver that periodically transmits an identification beacon that is received by a proximate wireless-enabled interactive device. The proximate wireless-enabled interactive device, in turn, broadcasts data packets including an indication of the strength of set-top box identification signals received. The broadcasts are received by a server via an array of wireless routers. The location of the proximate wireless-enabled interactive device is determined based on the signal strength information in the data packets.

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


Set-top box with interactive portal and system and method for use of same
Patent No. 10142663 

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: 15847247 on 12/19/2017 (343 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]


System, method, and computer-readable medium for implementing intelligent network service functionality in a network
Patent No. 10142709 

Inventor(s): Andrew Silver (Frisco, TX), Lathan W. Lewis (Dallas, TX), Patricia A. Landgren (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TANGO NETWORKS, INC. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15013924 on 02/02/2016 (1029 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method and computer-readable medium for simulating intelligent network triggers in a network system are provided. A mobile terminal is configured with an intelligent network Simulator adapted to detect call events and originate simulated intelligent network triggers in response to the call events. Call progressions implemented according to the simulated intelligent network triggers may be managed or coordinated by at least one of a carrier-gateway server and an Enterprise-gateway server. Call progressions implemented by simulated intelligent network triggers may be specified according to Enterprise member policies or general Enterprise behaviors. Advantageously, if a carrier network does not support a trigger infrastructure that has capabilities of originating triggers and terminating triggers, or if a roaming agreement is not in place that allows transfer of triggers between carriers, the use of an intelligent network Simulator provides an alternative mechanism for providing IN service functionality without network support for intelligent network triggers.

[H04Q] SELECTING (switches, relays, selectors H01H; wireless communication networks H04W) [2009.01]


Small speaker system
Patent No. 10142715 

Inventor(s): Kenneth Wade Chappell (Midlothian, TX)
Assignee(s): Mitek Corp, Inc. (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: Keith L. Jenkins, Registered Patent Attorney, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15238348 on 08/16/2016 (833 days app to issue)

Abstract: A small speaker for panel mounting in a hole as small as seventy five millimeters diameter in which access to the rear of the panel is not required. The small speaker uses spring-loaded flip dogs that are actuated by rotating a sound disperser that is connected to a hollow cylindrical mechanism having gear teeth on its external surface which engage flip dog gears on the top surfaces of the flip dogs. Internally, the hollow cylindrical mechanism has an indentation that supports a speaker baffle which, in turn supports a speaker bushing. A loudspeaker is attached to the speaker bushing near the speaker baffle. Two housing sections attach, spaced apart, to an annular frame on opposing sides and receive the hollow cylindrical mechanism rotationally therein. The flip dogs operate in the spaces between the housing sections. Methods of mounting and dismounting are described.

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


Pressure sensitive input device and integrated mobile media device assembly
Patent No. 10142828 

Inventor(s): Daniel J. Williams (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13167848 on 06/24/2011 (2713 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus and method of communicating between a mobile device and a host computing device. One example method of operation may include sensing a wireless communication signal at the host computing device, establishing a wireless connection between the mobile device and the host computing device via the wireless communication signal, and migrating at least one application from the mobile device to the host computing device. The ongoing communication between the mobile device and the host computing device enables applications to be executed on one device and accessed via the other device, providing a user with the capability to operate more than one device at a time.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Core services platform for wireless voice, data and messaging network services
Patent No. 10142868 

Inventor(s): Daniel Collins (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technologies, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Fernando Partners, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14267323 on 05/01/2014 (1671 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Core Service Platform (CSP) system is integrated with an operator network and IT system to provide services to subscribers and operators. Based on information collected from the operator network and IT system, the CSP system delivers alerts to a subscriber”s device and provides offers to resolve the condition causing the alerts. The CSP system provides customized contextual offers to the subscriber”s device based on contextual assessments of a subscriber”s current context, such as time in contract, loyalty status, data and voice usage, value of customer, time, location and purchase history. The CSP system also provides an operator a suite of tools for the operator to manage its pricing, offers, campaigns and other subscriber-related issues.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for low power transmission
Patent No. 10142936 

Inventor(s): Younghoon Kwon (San Diego, CA), Yunsong Yang (San Diego, CA), Zhigang Rong (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14590618 on 01/06/2015 (1421 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a transmitting device includes generating a frame having a first preamble and a second preamble. The method also includes transmitting a first preamble at a first power level, and transmitting a subset of a second preamble at a second power level, wherein the first power level and the second power level differ.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


User equipment grouping and common control signaling to user equipment groups
Patent No. 10142976 

Inventor(s): Aijun Cao (Kista, , SE), Bojidar Hadjiski (Kista, , SE), Jan Johansson (Kista, , SE), Patrick Svedman (Kista, , SE), Thorsten Schier (Kista, , SE), Yonghong Gao (Kista, , SE)
Assignee(s): ZTE TX INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Duane Morris LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14775605 on 03/13/2014 (1720 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cellular telecommunications system and method of scheduling a group of user equipments is provided. The system includes a macro cell with a macro base station and multiple associated low power nodes (LPN”s). The macro base station and the LPN”s share the same cell ID. The system and method provide for scheduling a group of UE”s by grouping a plurality of the UE”s together, assigning a group identifier to the group, notifying the group and encoding a control channel with the group identifier. A single control channel is delivered to each UE in the group of UE”s. The UE”s of the group of UE”s may be processed by different LPN”s. The transmitted control channel may be included in a DCI (downlink control information) and delivers uplink scheduling grants to the UE”s. Based on the transmitted control channel, the UE”s are scheduled for uplink transmission.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Methods and apparatus for beamforming feedback in wireless systems
Patent No. 10143003 

Inventor(s): Kaushik M. Josiam (Fort Worth, TX), Rakesh Taori (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15293230 on 10/13/2016 (775 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, station (STA), and access point (AP) for transmitting in a WLAN. A station includes a controller and a transceiver, the transceiver configured to receive, from an AP, a channel sounding sequence including a null data packet announcement frame (NDPA) including information indicating STAs to transmit a feedback report, a null data packet (NDP) containing pilots to compute the feedback report and a trigger frame (TF) to trigger transmission of the feedback report. An AP includes a controller and a transceiver, the controller configured to generate a NDPA including information indicating STAs to transmit a feedback report, a NDP containing pilots to compute the feedback report, and a TF to trigger transmission of the feedback report from at least one of the STAs, and the transceiver is operably connected to the controller and configured to transmit a channel sounding sequence that includes the NDPA, the NDP, and the TF.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Millimeter wave wireless system using licensed and unlicensed frequency sprectrum
Patent No. 10143036 

Inventor(s): Farooq Khan (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Phazr, Inc. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15644553 on 07/07/2017 (508 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of wireless communication includes transmitting in a downlink direction on a licensed millimeter wave band, by a radio base station, a first millimeter wave band signal at high transmit equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) using a multiple input multiple output transmit antenna array. The method includes receiving by a communications device the first millimeter wave band signal. The method includes transmitting in an uplink direction on an unlicensed millimeter wave band, by the communications device, a second millimeter wave band signal at low transmit equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) using a multiple input multiple output transmit antenna array. The method includes receiving on the unlicensed millimeter wave band, by the radio base station, the second millimeter wave band signal at a high receive gain using a multiple input multiple output receive antenna array.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Millimeter wave wireless systems using licensed and unlicensed frequency spectrum
Patent No. 10143037 

Inventor(s): Farooq Khan (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Phazr, Inc. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15953305 on 04/13/2018 (228 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of wireless communication includes transmitting in a downlink direction on a licensed millimeter wave band, by a radio base station, a first millimeter wave band signal at high transmit equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) using a multiple input multiple output transmit antenna array. The method includes receiving by a communications device the first millimeter wave band signal. The method includes transmitting in an uplink direction on an unlicensed millimeter wave band, by the communications device, a second millimeter wave band signal at low transmit equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) using a multiple input multiple output transmit antenna array. The method includes receiving on the unlicensed millimeter wave band, by the radio base station, the second millimeter wave band signal at a high receive gain using a multiple input multiple output receive antenna array.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


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Pendant stand
Patent No. D834358 

Inventor(s): John G. Fischer (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Tooth Fairy Designs, Inc. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Scheef Stone, L.L.P. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29573624 on 08/08/2016 (841 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Golf club head
Patent No. D834662 

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: 29611630 on 07/24/2017 (491 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Feeder accessory
Patent No. D834766 

Inventor(s): David Veness (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29617686 on 09/15/2017 (438 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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