Dallas Invents: 117 Patents Granted for Week of June 16

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 9 for patent activity out of 250 metros.

Patents granted include:
•  7-Eleven's action detection during image tracking
•  Alto-Shaam's multizone oven with variable volume steam-assisted cooking zones
•  Astrapi's spiral polynomial division multiplexing
•  Baylor Research Institute's anti-CD40 antibodies
•  Halliburton's position indicator through acoustics
•  IBM's big data sourcing simulator
•  OMNITRACS' vehicle video recording system with driver privacy
•  An unassigned solar swimming pool skimmer
•  Verizon's streaming content using ad hoc networks of user devices
•  Warstic Sports's baseball bat with symmetrical rounded knob
•  Bank of America's ID of candidate training utterances from human conversations with an intelligent interactive assistant

Dallas Fort Worth: U.S. Patents Granted in the Dallas Fort Worth region.Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include patents granted to local assignees and/or those with a North Texas inventor. Patent activity can be an indicator of future economic growth, as well as the development of emerging markets and talent attraction. By tracking both inventors and assignees in the region, we aim to provide a broader view of the region’s inventive activity. Listings are organized by Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC). 

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of June 16, 2020 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 20
Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano) 6
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 4
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 3

UNASSIGNED 10


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Anuradha Sundararajan (Allen) 2
Runhua Chen (Plano) 2
Thomas R. Miller (Plano) 2
Vanessa Ogle (Fairview) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

119 days
Action detection during image tracking
Patent No. 10685237
Assignee: 7-Eleven, Inc. (Irving)
Inventors: Deepanjan Paul (Plano), Sailesh Bharathwaaj Krishnamurthy (Irving), Sarath Vakacharla (Irving), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Celina)

2,673 days
Closet collar adaptations
Patent No. 10683653
Assignee: Danco, Inc. (Irving)
Inventor: Michael J. Schuster (Shorewood, IL)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Molding apparatus for frying taco shells
Patent No. 10682015 

Inventor(s): John Stickle (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): DOUBLE JJ CORPORATION LA HACIENDA MEXICAN FOOD (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15847768 on 12/19/2017 (910 days app to issue)

Abstract: An improved taco shell mold apparatus includes at least two portions or assemblies that may be selectively moved between an open configuration and a closed configuration. The two portions or assemblies include rigid surfaces that, when in the closed configuration, are spaced apart by a gap of predefined dimensions defining the boundaries of a cavity that contains and confines the tortilla during frying. This internal cavity between the two portions or assemblies of the taco mold apparatus has a predetermined width.

[A47J] KITCHEN EQUIPMENT; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; APPARATUS FOR MAKING BEVERAGES [6]


Wireless viewing system and method
Patent No. 10682042 

Inventor(s): Brian Dean Owens (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TREBLE INNOVATIONS, LLC (Springville, UT)
Law Firm: Goodhue, Coleman Owens, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15634886 on 06/27/2017 (1085 days app to issue)

Abstract: One embodiment provides a device, method, and wireless viewing system. The wireless viewing system includes a light emitter integrated in a first portion. The wireless viewing system also includes a lens positioned proximate the light emitter in the first portion. The light emitter and the lens are inserted into a body. The first portion is interchangeable. The wireless viewing system further includes a connector physically securing the first portion to the second portion. The second portion is not inserted into the body. The wireless viewing system further includes a camera capturing video content received through the lens. The wireless viewing system further includes a wireless transmitter transmits the video content to a receiver associated with a displaying device.

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


Wireless capsule endoscope and power supply control method thereof
Patent No. 10682045 

Inventor(s): Guohua Xiao (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ANKON TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD (Wuhan, , CN)
Law Firm: Treasure IP Group, LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16705251 on 12/06/2019 (193 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to a wireless capsule endoscope and a power supply control method thereof. The method includes controlling the power supply of the capsule endoscope wirelessly and automatically adjusting power consumption of the power supply in the capsule endoscope. The wireless capsule endoscope includes a capsule casing, a light generator arranged at outside of the capsule casing, an opto-electronic switching starter arranged in the capsule casing, a power supply, a control module, a posture sensor, an illumination unit, an image processing device and a radio frequency transmission unit. The power supply being driven by the light generator in the present invention can effectively solve the incompatible problem between a traditional magnetic switch and a magnetic control device. Meanwhile, the control module and the posture detector enable the power supply to be in different working status under different states, which can prolong the service life of the power supply of the capsule endoscope.

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


Flexible intraocular lens having multiple young”s moduli
Patent No. 10682225 

Inventor(s): Sung Kyu Lee (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcon Inc. (Fribourg, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15897235 on 02/15/2018 (852 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system provide an ophthalmic device including an optic and a haptic. The optic includes at least one optical material having a first Young”s modulus. The haptic is coupled with the optic. The haptic includes at least a second Young”s modulus greater than the first Young”s modulus and less than 1.8 GPa. Thus, the haptic is stiffer than the optic, but more flexible than a material such as polymethyl metacrylate (PMMA).

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


Systems and methods for treating eye diseases
Patent No. 10682253 

Inventor(s): Jeff Franco (Plano, TX), Michael Calhoun (Lighthouse Point, FL), Robert M. Vidlund (Forest Lake, MN)
Assignee(s): J.D. Franco Co., LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16583508 on 09/26/2019 (264 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method may include accessing a terminal branch of an ophthalmic artery through a face of a subject. Additionally, the method may include positioning a device within the ophthalmic artery of the subject and treating at least one of a blockage, a stenosis, a lesion, plaque or other physiology in at least one of the ophthalmic artery or a junction between an internal carotid artery and the ophthalmic artery.

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


Massage apparatus, systems and methods
Patent No. 10682281 

Inventor(s): James Alan Palma, Jr. (Coppell, TX), Jerry Douglas Leopold (Yukon, OK), Mitchell Edmund Ziska (Little Elm, TX), Richard Loy Smith, Jr. (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): RLSmith Holdings LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Knobbe Martens Olson Bear, LLP (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16192703 on 11/15/2018 (579 days app to issue)

Abstract: A massage system includes a massage head configured to contact a treatment region of a patient during a massage treatment procedure, a body having a handle, a connector having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is releasable secured to the body and the second end is coupled to the massage head, a motor positioned within the body and configured to drive movement of the massage head relative to the body, and a platform configured to be placed against the patient during a massage treatment procedure. The platform defines an opening. The platform is positioned so that the massage head extends at least partially through the opening during movement of the massage head relative to the body, and the platform surrounds the massage head in at least one dimension during movement of the massage head relative to the body.

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


Cosmetic compositions
Patent No. 10682302 

Inventor(s): Barbara Durkee (Addison, TX), Geetha Kalahasti (Addison, TX), Greg Norman (Addison, TX), Ricky Mendoza (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15893339 on 02/09/2018 (858 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are compositions and methods for their use that can be used individually or in combination. The compositions have the ability to treat a wide range of skin and skin conditions, and particularly men”s skin.

[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)


Botanical formulations
Patent No. 10682381 

Inventor(s): Michelle Hines (Hickory Creek, TX), Tiffany Carle (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15388541 on 12/22/2016 (1272 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a topical skin composition, and methods for its use, that includes [i]Arctium lappa [/i]root extract, [i]Epilobium angustifolium [/i]extract, and [i]Cystoseira amentacea/Caespitosa Brachycarpa [/i]extract.

[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)


Anti-CD40 antibodies
Patent No. 10683361 

Inventor(s): Gerard Zurawski (Midlothian, TX), Jacques F. Banchereau (Montclair, NJ), Sandra Zurawski (Midlothian, TX), SangKon Oh (Baltimore, MD)
Assignee(s): Baylor Research Institute (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16143995 on 09/27/2018 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes compositions and methods for the expression, secretion and use of novel compositions for use as, e.g., vaccine and antigen delivery vectors, to delivery antigens to antigen presenting cells. In one embodiment, the vector is an anti-CD40 antibody, or fragments thereof, and one or more antigenic peptides linked to the anti-CD40 antibody or fragments thereof, including humanized antibodies.

[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)


Protective headgear with impact diffusion
Patent No. 10681952 

Inventor(s): Robert M. Kennard (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): THL Holding Company, LLC (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Garlick Markison (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15909459 on 03/01/2018 (838 days app to issue)

Abstract: A protective headgear includes, for example, a headgear body that is wearable on a head of the wearer having a top slot in a top portion of the headgear body, wherein the top slot runs from a front portion of the headgear body that covers a forehead of the wearer to a back portion of the headgear body that covers a back of the head of the wearer. A top piece slidably attaches to the headgear body to cover the top slot, wherein the top piece diffuses energy from an impact to the protective headgear by sliding within the top slot. Other embodiments are disclosed.

[A42B] HATS; HEAD COVERINGS (headbands, head-scarves A41D 20/00, A41D 23/00)


Translucent reconfigurable bag
Patent No. 10681970 

Inventor(s): Ervin McManus (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Boudwin Intellectual Property (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16248916 on 01/16/2019 (517 days app to issue)

Abstract: A translucent reconfigurable bag designed to fold into a bag from a flattened member. The translucent reconfigurable bag includes a planar member having an inner side and an outer side, and composed of a plurality of panels, wherein each panel is translucent. The outer side and the inner side of the planar member each have at least one fastener with the two fasteners designed to secure to one another. The inner fastener and outer fastener are designed to allow the plurality of panels to fold and affix to one another, thereby forming an interior volume having an opening in communication with the interior volume. A light is disposed on one of the panels and is designed to activate when spoken to. In this way, a user is able to create a bag from an easily transportable planar member and quickly find items inside said bag.[A45F] TRAVELLING OR CAMP EQUIPMENT; SACKS OR PACKS CARRIED ON THE BODY [2006.01]

 


 

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Excitation signal sequences for ultrasonic transducer
Patent No. 10682670 

Inventor(s): Baher Haroun (Allen, TX), Lei Ding (Plano, TX), Srinath Mathur Ramaswamy (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15675162 on 08/11/2017 (1040 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ultrasonic detection circuit includes a transmitter circuit that provides excitation signals to an ultrasonic transducer during an excitation interval. A control circuit includes a port to receive a command. The control circuit controls the frequency and the duty cycle of the excitation signals of the transmitter circuit during the excitation interval. The control circuit generates a first excitation signal sequence of the excitation interval followed by a first monitoring period to receive a first echo signal in response to the command. The control circuit generates a second excitation signal sequence of the excitation interval followed by a second monitoring period to receive a second echo signal in response to the command. The control circuit outputs results via the port based on at least one of the first or second echo signals received.

[B06B] GENERATING OR TRANSMITTING MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS IN GENERAL (for particular physical or chemical processes, see the relevant subclasses, e.g. B07B 1/40, B22C 19/06, B23Q 17/12, B24B 31/06, E01C 19/22; measurement of mechanical vibrations, including the combination of generation and measurement, G01H; systems using reflection or reradiation of acoustic waves G01S 15/00; generating seismic energy for prospecting G01V 1/02; control of mechanical vibrations G05D 19/00; methods or devices for transmitting, conducting or directing sound, in general G10K 11/00; synthesis of acoustic waves G10K 15/02; piezo-electric, electrostrictive or magnetostrictive elements H01L 41/00; motors with vibrating magnet, armature or coil H02K 33/00; motors using piezo-electric effect, electrostriction or magnetostriction H02N 2/00; generation of electrical oscillations H03B; electromechanical resonators as resonant circuit elements H03H; loudspeakers, microphones, gramophone pick-ups or like acoustic electromechanical transducers H04R) [2]


Ultrasonic lens cleaning system with impedance monitoring to detect faults or degradation
Patent No. 10682675 

Inventor(s): David Patrick Magee (Allen, TX), Stephen John Fedigan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15497624 on 04/26/2017 (1147 days app to issue)

Abstract: Lens cleaning systems, drivers and methods to detect faults or degradation in a lens cleaning system, including a controller to control a lens transducer drive signal frequency to vibrate the lens in a frequency range of interest and measure frequency response values according to driver feedback signals, and to compare the measured frequency response values to baseline frequency response values for a healthy system, and to selectively determine the existence of a fault or degradation in the lens cleaning system according to dissimilarities between the measured frequency response values and the baseline frequency response values.

[B08B] CLEANING IN GENERAL; PREVENTION OF FOULING IN GENERAL (brushes A46; devices for domestic or like cleaning A47L; separation of particles from liquids or gases B01D; separation of solids B03, B07; spraying or applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces in general B05; cleaning devices for conveyors B65G 45/10; concurrent cleaning, filling and closing of bottles B67C 7/00; inhibiting corrosion or incrustation in general C23; cleaning streets, permanent ways, beaches or land E01H; parts, details or accessories of swimming or splash baths or pools, specially adapted for cleaning E04H 4/16; preventing or removing electrostatic charges H05F)


Internal cavity support methodology for ultrasonic additive manufacturing
Patent No. 10682734 

Inventor(s): James A. Pruett (Allen, TX), Travis L. Mayberry (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Renner, Otto, Boiselle Sklar, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15176733 on 06/08/2016 (1469 days app to issue)

Abstract: A manifold structure and method of forming a manifold structure includes using an ultrasonic additive manufacturing (UAM) process to build up a solid structure, machining the solid structure to form a cavity and free-standing support pillars within the cavity, and using a UAM process to build up a finstock layer over the cavity. The support pillars formed by machining have yield strengths high enough to support UAM of the finstock layer over the cavity. A plurality of finstock layers are built up within the cavity to segment the cavity into a plurality of cavities. UAM of the finstock layers enables the finstock layers to be stacked in a direction normal to a direction of flow through the cavity for efficiently transferring heat through the manifold structure.

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


Active seals for vehicles
Patent No. 10682903 

Inventor(s): Danil V. Prokhorov (Canton, MI), Michael Paul Rowe (Pinckney, MI), Ryohei Tsuruta (Ann Arbor, MI), Umesh N. Gandhi (Farmington Hills, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15929070 on 12/18/2018 (546 days app to issue)

Abstract: An interface between two vehicle structures can be selectively sealed using an active seal. The active seal can include an outer casing and an actuator located within the outer casing. The actuator can include a bladder. The bladder can define a fluid chamber, which can contain a dielectric fluid. The actuator can include a first conductor and a second conductor operatively positioned on opposite portions of the bladder. The actuator can be activated and deactivated by selectively supplying electrical energy to the actuator. When electrical energy is supplied to the actuator, the actuator can have a reduced cross-sectional profile such that the interface is not sealed and movement of the second vehicle structure is not impeded by the seal. When electrical energy is not supplied to the actuator, the actuator can be in a non-activated condition in which the interface is substantially sealed.

[B60J] WINDOWS, WINDSCREENS, NON-FIXED ROOFS, DOORS, OR SIMILAR DEVICES FOR VEHICLES; REMOVABLE EXTERNAL PROTECTIVE COVERINGS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES (fastening, suspending, closing, or opening of such devices E05)


On-demand furniture
Patent No. 10682931 

Inventor(s): Danil V. Prokhorov (Canton, MI), Michael Paul Rowe (Pinckney, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufactuing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16124955 on 09/07/2018 (648 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle includes a body and a furniture module. The body defines a passenger compartment, and the furniture module includes a framing system mounted to the body in the passenger compartment and a surfacing system mounted to the framing system. The furniture module is operable to shift between a body-like form factor and a furniture form factor. In the body-like form factor, the furniture module is flattened along the body, with the framing system collapsed along the body, and the surfacing system spatially arranged along the body with the framing system. In the furniture form factor, the furniture module extends beyond the body to render on-demand furniture including a furniture frame and an overlying furniture surface, with the framing system expanded beyond the body to establish the furniture frame, and the surfacing system spatially arranged beyond the body to establish the overlying furniture surface.

[B60N] VEHICLE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATION NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (furniture construction A47)


Systems and methods for test driving cars with limited human interaction
Patent No. 10682980 

Inventor(s): Avid Ghamsari (Frisco, TX), Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16434580 on 06/07/2019 (375 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects described herein may allow a user to test drive a vehicle with limited human interaction. In one method, a server may receive a user request from a mobile device of a user to access a vehicle secured by a vehicle key. The server may determine that the vehicle key is stored within a storage compartment of a smart key storage device. The server may provide an unlock instruction to the smart key storage device. The unlock instruction may be provided in response to and/or as part of a request, from the mobile device, to unlock the storage compartment. The server may receive, from the smart key storage device, an indication that the vehicle key has been removed from the storage compartment based on a key sensor detecting removal of the vehicle key. This may prompt the server to update a user record to indicate removal of the vehicle key.

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


Efficient acceleration from surrounding vehicles
Patent No. 10683002 

Inventor(s): Benjamin M. Geller (Ann Arbor, MI), Geoffrey D. Gaither (Brighton, 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: 15635048 on 06/27/2017 (1085 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for increasing efficiency of a current vehicle includes a power source designed to generate power to propel the current vehicle and a distance sensor designed to detect multiple distance measurements each corresponding to a distance from the current vehicle to a reference vehicle. The system also includes an electronic control unit (ECU) coupled to the power source and the distance sensor and designed to determine an acceleration or deceleration rate of the reference vehicle based on the multiple distance measurements. The ECU is also designed to predict a forthcoming acceleration or deceleration rate of the current vehicle based on the determined acceleration rate or the determined deceleration rate of the reference vehicle. The ECU is also designed to change operation of the power source to increase efficiency of the power source based on the predicted forthcoming acceleration or deceleration rate of the current 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]


Pilot and passenger seat
Patent No. 10683100 

Inventor(s): Doug Fidler (Keller, TX), James R. Williamson (Southlake, TX), Jeremy Robert Chavez (Colleyville, TX), Joseph Scott Drennan (Dallas, TX), Joshua Edler (Colleyville, TX), Levi Bilbrey (Fort Worth, TX), Rares Halmagean (McK
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15913756 on 03/06/2018 (833 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention achieves technical advantages as a pilot and passenger seating. An aircraft employs a pilot seat, comprising a contoured structure having ergonomically formed and padded surfaces, with left and right arm supports that include an articulated control knob, movable in three rectangular axes and rotatable about a vertical axis to provide one or more aircraft steering functions for an aircraft, and a touch-sensitive control surface for controlling one or more power system components. A passenger seat, having a contoured structure, having ergonomically formed and padded surfaces, a headrest, a seat, a left support member, and a right support member are adapted to cradle a portion of a passenger”s body to support the passenger during travel.

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


Reverse diffusion desalination
Patent No. 10683217 

Inventor(s): Charles R. Coates (Renton, WA), James Albert Coates (Casper, WY)
Assignee(s): Signal One International IP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15710006 on 09/20/2017 (1000 days app to issue)

Abstract: The systems and methods described herein relate to use of a reverse diffusion system for removal of dissolved ions from a fluid, for example, salt ions. Specific embodiments include a system for desalinating salt water to produce potable water. The systems and methods can include pulsing low levels of electricity via electrodes in a scrolling pattern, so as to sweep the ions across a unit.

[B03C] MAGNETIC OR ELECTROSTATIC SEPARATION OF SOLID MATERIALS FROM SOLID MATERIALS OR FLUIDS; SEPARATION BY HIGH-VOLTAGE ELECTRIC FIELDS (filters making use of electricity or magnetism B01D 35/06; separating isotopes B01D 59/00; combinations of magnetic or electrostatic separation with separation of solids by other means B03B, B07B; separating sheets from piles B65H 3/00; magnets or magnet coils per se H01F) [5]


Hydraulic oil cooling system
Patent No. 10683640 

Inventor(s): Toshihiko Takemura (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc. (Salina, KS)
Law Firm: Hovey Williams LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16138431 on 09/21/2018 (634 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hydraulic cooling system for a heavy-equipment machine, with the heavy-equipment machine including a frame supported on the ground by a ground-drive assembly, a cab extending upward from the frame, and an attachment tool for performing work. The hydraulic cooling system comprises a main housing and a cooling assembly housed at least partly within the main housing, with the cooling assembly being configured to reduce a temperature of hydraulic oil flowing through the hydraulic cooling system. The hydraulic cooling system further comprises an attachment assembly for attaching the main housing to the cab of the heavy-equipment machine. The main housing is configured to extend rearward from the cab.

[B60K] ARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PROPULSION UNITS OR OF TRANSMISSIONS IN VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PLURAL DIVERSE PRIME-MOVERS IN VEHICLES; AUXILIARY DRIVES FOR VEHICLES; INSTRUMENTATION OR DASHBOARDS FOR VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH COOLING, AIR INTAKE, GAS EXHAUST OR FUEL SUPPLY OF PROPULSION UNITS IN VEHICLES [2006.01]


 

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Mutant Cas9 proteins
Patent No. 10683490 

Inventor(s): Frank J. Poelwijk (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16440241 on 06/13/2019 (369 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods of making mutant Cas9 proteins are described.

[C12N] MICROORGANISMS OR ENZYMES; COMPOSITIONS THEREOF (biocides, pest repellants or attractants, or plant growth regulators containing microorganisms, viruses, microbial fungi, enzymes, fermentates, or substances produced by, or extracted from, microorganisms or animal material A01N 63/00; medicinal preparations A61K; fertilisers C05F); PROPAGATING, PRESERVING, OR MAINTAINING MICROORGANISMS; MUTATION OR GENETIC ENGINEERING; CULTURE MEDIA (microbiological testing media C12Q 1/00) [3]


 

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Methods of forming an asphalt shingle waste powder from asphalt shingle waste
Patent No. 10683620 

Inventor(s): Dale Kelley (Flower Mound, TX), James Svec (Kearney, NJ), Kirby Erickson (Waxahachie, TX), Kris Edelsward (Lockport, NY), Michael T. Ferraro (Savannah, GA), Paul Richardson (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16789219 on 02/12/2020 (125 days app to issue)

Abstract: Non-limiting embodiments of the present disclosure relate to a method comprising: obtaining asphalt shingle waste (ASW) and performing grinding, screening, and separating steps on the ASW. In some embodiments, granules are removed from the ASW. In some embodiments, the method transforms ASW into ASW powder. In some embodiments, the ASW powder is formed into a plurality of briquettes. In some embodiments, at least one of: the ASW powder, the plurality of briquettes, or any combination thereof is fed into a mixing process that results in an ASW powder filled coating.

[E01C] CONSTRUCTION OF, OR SURFACES FOR, ROADS, SPORTS GROUNDS, OR THE LIKE; MACHINES OR AUXILIARY TOOLS FOR CONSTRUCTION OR REPAIR (forming road or like surfaces by compacting or grading snow or ice E01H)


Closet collar adaptations
Patent No. 10683653 

Inventor(s): Michael J. Schuster (Shorewood, IL)
Assignee(s): Danco, Inc. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13771773 on 02/20/2013 (2673 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for facilitating the installation of a toilet over a closet collar for a drain pipe. According to various embodiments, a pipe extension for a closet collar adaptation assembly is positioned with the closet collar. The toilet is positioned over the closet collar adaptation assembly. At least one seal is provided between the toilet and the closet collar adaptation assembly to thereby facilitate passage of matter from the toilet through the closet collar.

[E03B] INSTALLATIONS OR METHODS FOR OBTAINING, COLLECTING, OR DISTRIBUTING WATER (drilling wells, obtaining fluids in general from wells E21B; pipe-line systems in general F17D)


Beam system and method of erecting a supporting arch
Patent No. 10683657 

Inventor(s): Matt Garry (Toowoomba, , AU)
Assignee(s): OVERFLOW, LTD (Weatherford, TX)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16287373 on 02/27/2019 (475 days app to issue)

Abstract: A beam system and method of erecting a supporting arch enables large roofed structures to be erected quickly and economically. The method includes aligning a plurality of structural elements longitudinally; connecting upper corners of the structural elements to upper corners of adjacent structural elements, wherein adjacent lower corners of the structural elements remain unconnected; elevating first and second structural elements in a middle of the supporting arch; connecting lower corners of the first and second structural elements together; elevating third and fourth structural elements adjacent the first and second structural elements, respectively; and connecting lower corners of the third and fourth structural elements to lower corners of the first and second structural elements, respectively.

[E04B] GENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS; WALLS, e.g. PARTITIONS; ROOFS; FLOORS; CEILINGS; INSULATION OR OTHER PROTECTION OF BUILDINGS (border constructions of openings in walls, floors, or ceilings E06B 1/00)


Shunt system with shroud secured by a locking member
Patent No. 10683709 

Inventor(s): Jan Veit (Plano, TX), Matthew Ryan Gommel (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15541945 on 03/06/2015 (1929 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly adapted to be disposed within an oil or gas wellbore and including first and second completion joints, each including a base pipe, a shunt tube disposed along the base pipe, and a tubular outer shroud disposed about respective portions of the shunt tube and the base pipe; a jumper tube coupling the shunt tube of the first completion joint to the shunt tube of the second completion joint; and a tubular sliding shroud disposed about at least one of the first and second completion joints and adapted to slide longitudinally to a run-in position, in which the tubular sliding shroud is disposed about the jumper tube and respective portions of the first and second completion joints, thereby covering the jumper tube. A method and apparatus are also provided.

[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]


Water transfer monitoring system and method of use
Patent No. 10683716 

Inventor(s): Harry Joseph Browne (Kennedale, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16050745 on 07/31/2018 (686 days app to issue)

Abstract: A water transfer system utilizing uniform portable, self-contained equipment packages for cost-effective remote monitoring and control of temporary water transfer installations. The equipment packages contain a collection of sensors for determining water transfer parameters including flowrate, pressure, temperature, and storage tank levels. Data from the equipment packages is communicated by a local controller to a remote data service providing system performance, alarm notification, and operation reports via PC or portable communication devices. The combination of these functions reduces the amount of onsite supervision needed for reliable temporary water transfer.

[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]


Dissolvable casing liner
Patent No. 10683734 

Inventor(s): Matt James Merron (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16060151 on 03/31/2016 (1538 days app to issue)

Abstract: Dissolvable casing liners are utilized to isolate existing perforations. A dissolvable casing liner is deployed downhole along the interior of a casing string having a plurality of perforations. The casing liner is then secured against the casing string, thereby effectively sealing the perforations. Once the perforations are isolated, refracturing operations may be conducted. At some time thereafter, the casing liner is dissolved and removed from the wellbore.

[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]


System and method for controlling a drilling path based on drift estimates in a rotary steerable system
Patent No. 10683743 

Inventor(s): Joel Wilmes (Spring, TX), Teddy Chen (Austin, TX), Todd W. Benson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Motive Drilling Technologies, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Vinson Elkins L.L.P. (Local + 5 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15250575 on 08/29/2016 (1387 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for drilling, comprising receiving, by a surface steerable system coupled to a drilling rig, BHA information from a rotary steerable bottom hole assembly (BHA) located in a borehole, calculating, by the surface steerable system, torsional and spatial forces acting on the rotary steerable BHA at a first location of the rotary steerable BHA with respect to a target drilling path responsive to the BHA information, calculating, by the surface steerable system, a first vector to create a convergence path from the first location of the rotary steerable BHA to the target drilling path that accounts for the torsional and the spatial forces acting on the rotary steerable BHA, causing, by the surface steerable system, at least one drilling parameter to be modified in order to alter a drilling direction of the rotary steerable BHA based on the calculated first vector, transmitting the at least one drilling parameter to the drilling rig to target the rotary steerable BHA in accordance with the first vector, and drilling the borehole using the rotary steerable BHA in response to the at least one drilling parameter.

[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]


Position indicator through acoustics
Patent No. 10683746 

Inventor(s): Gregory William Garrison (Dallas, TX), James Ho (Carrollton, TX), Joshua Max Hornsby (Keller, TX), Ralph Harvey Echols (Rockwall, TX), William Mark Richards (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15723947 on 10/03/2017 (987 days app to issue)

Abstract: Assemblies and methods of use are disclosed for determining a position of a body within a tubing section. A signal generator coupled to the body is operable to generate a pressure wave in response to detecting a detectable portion of the tubing section when the body is moved relative to the tubing section.

[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

 

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Multi-mode hydraulic cylinder control system for hydraulic workover unit
Patent No. 10683713 

Inventor(s): Michael Stephen Oser (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15779253 on 02/01/2016 (1597 days app to issue)

Abstract: Hydraulic workover system having at least two sets of hydraulic cylinders coupled with a single load. A plurality of control valves transitionable between a closed position and an open position, the plurality of control valves having at least one extend control valve disposed between each set of hydraulic cylinders and an extend supply pump, at least one retract control valve disposed between each set of hydraulic cylinders and a retract supply pump, and at least one float control valve disposed between each set of hydraulic cylinders and a float supply pump. A logic control system coupled with the plurality of control valves and configured to transition the plurality of control valves between the closed and open position, thereby controlling flow between the at least two sets of hydraulic cylinders and the extend supply pump, retract supply pump, and float supply pump.

[F15B] SYSTEMS ACTING BY MEANS OF FLUIDS IN GENERAL; FLUID-PRESSURE ACTUATORS, e.g. SERVOMOTORS; DETAILS OF FLUID-PRESSURE SYSTEMS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (motors, turbines, compressors, blowers, pumps F01-F04; fluid dynamics F15D; fluid clutches or brakes F16D; fluid springs F16F; fluid gearing F16H; pistons, cylinders, packing F16J; valves, taps, cocks, actuating-floats F16K; safety valves with auxiliary fluid operation of the main valve F16K 17/10; fluid-operating means for valves F16K 31/12; pipes, pipe joints F16L; lubricating F16N)


Multizone oven with variable volume steam-assisted cooking zones
Patent No. 10684022 

Inventor(s): Jeff Maddox (Garland, TX), Lee Thomas VanLanen (McKinney, TX), Philip R. McKee (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Alto-Shaam, Inc. (Menomonee Falls, WI)
Law Firm: Boyle Fredrickson S.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15888704 on 02/05/2018 (862 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-compartment oven provides separate humidity controlled zones using separately controlled steam generators and humidity resistant partitions between cavities. A removable humidity wall may allow resizing of the cavities while providing the necessary humidity sealing and may be augmented by venting control based on neighboring cavity usage.

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


Sensor coupling verification in tandem compressor units
Patent No. 10684032 

Inventor(s): Anuradha Sundararajan (Allen, TX), Harold Gene Havard, Jr. (Carrollton, TX), Rosa Maria Leal (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14642728 on 03/09/2015 (1926 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided are a method and apparatus for verifying or correcting the temperature sensor and compressor pairings within the HVAC system control logic, indicating that a sensor is logically paired with the specific compressor, from amongst a tandem compressor group, to which the sensor is coupled.

[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)


Sensor failure error handling
Patent No. 10684055 

Inventor(s): Anuradha Sundararajan (Allen, TX), Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16036523 on 07/16/2018 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: An HVAC system includes a plurality of sensors, a tandem compressor, and a controller. The tandem compressor comprises a first and second compressor, each comprising a crankcase heater. The controller determines that one of the sensors has failed, and in response, initiates the first and second crankcase heaters and transmits an alert indicating that one of the sensors has failed. Further, the controller may disable threshold logic such that the first and second compressors are controlled independently of a determination whether the tandem compressor is operating outside of a threshold range. The controller operates the first and second compressors according to a safe mode, wherein first on or off settings of the compressors are determined based on a first required load operation of the tandem compressor. The first required load operation is determined from a first temperature demand of a structure associated with the HVAC system.

[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)


 

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Capacitive-sensing rotary encoders and methods
Patent No. 10684143 

Inventor(s): Jun Zhang (Shanghai, , CN), Lichang Cheng (Shanghai, , CN), Rujun Ji (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15704179 on 09/14/2017 (1006 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example capacitive-sensing rotary encoders and methods are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a rotary encoder structured to be mounted to a motor, the rotary encoder including a plurality of circumferential capacitive sensor arrays, each of the plurality of capacitive sensor arrays having an output representing a binary bit of a rotary encoder output, the rotary encoder output changing as a conductor rotates responsive to a rotatable shaft of the motor relative to the rotary encoder.

[G01D] MEASURING NOT SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR A SPECIFIC VARIABLE; ARRANGEMENTS FOR MEASURING TWO OR MORE VARIABLES NOT COVERED BY A SINGLE OTHER SUBCLASS; TARIFF METERING APPARATUS; TRANSFERRING OR TRANSDUCING ARRANGEMENTS NOT SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR A SPECIFIC VARIABLE; MEASURING OR TESTING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Liquid level gauge with integral electronic display
Patent No. 10684157 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Neal Lease (Flower Mound, TX), Herbert G. Ross, Jr. (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): Rochester Gauges, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16139086 on 09/23/2018 (632 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic liquid level gauge assembly includes an electronic display located in a housing connected to a tank. The display has first and second display portions for indicating liquid level condition. A first electronic sensor senses a change in magnetic field of a magnet associated with a liquid level transducer, with magnet rotation being proportional liquid level change. A processor determines a temperature-compensated liquid level condition by correlating the liquid level signal with temperature measurement of the liquid. A temperature-compensated vapor space can also be calculated based on tank information and properties of the liquid. Signals related to the temperature-compensated liquid level and vapor space are sent to the display and wirelessly transmitted to a smart phone or the like for remotely viewing the tank information. The smart phone also includes a special app for sending information, firmware updates, and display configuration data to the electronic gauge assembly.

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


Material determination by sweeping a range of frequencies
Patent No. 10684235 

Inventor(s): Alan H. Leek (Frisco, TX), Damian M. Szmulewicz (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15399065 on 01/05/2017 (1258 days app to issue)

Abstract: A material-discerning device is arranged to include an antenna, a proximity sensor, a band pass filter and a processor. The antenna radiates a radio-frequency signal and a material object is located in the field created by the antenna and near the proximity sensor. Change in the amplitude of the radio-frequency signal due to the presence of the material object is detected by the proximity sensor. The change in amplitude of the radio-frequency signal is stored. The frequency of the radio-frequency signal is changed and the process is repeated until a range of frequencies have been swept and stored. After the range of frequencies has been swept and stored, the processor determines the type of material of the material object using the results of the changes in amplitude of the radio-frequency signals.

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


Systems and methods of testing multiple dies
Patent No. 10684322 

Inventor(s): Mahesh M. Mehendale (Bangalore, , IN), Rubin Ajit Parekhji (Bangalore, , IN), Vinod Menezes (Bangalore, , IN), Vipul K. Singhal (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16247271 on 01/14/2019 (519 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a method of testing a semiconductor wafer including a scribe line and multiple dies, the method includes implementing a first landing pad on the scribe line, and implementing a first interconnect on the scribe line and between the first landing pad and a first cluster of the dies, thereby coupling the first landing pad to the first cluster of dies. The method also includes performing the testing of the first cluster of dies using automated test equipment (ATE) coupled to a probe tip by contacting the first landing pad with the probe tip, and applying an ATE resource to the first cluster of dies.

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


Optical fiber polarity tester
Patent No. 10684422 

Inventor(s): Billie Cottongim (Plano, TX), Kevin M. Ehringer (Dallas, TX), Troy D. Cummings (Mesquite, TX), Tung Pham (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): KEVIN M. EHRINGER ENTERPRISES INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16290649 on 03/01/2019 (473 days app to issue)

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

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


Camera-assisted arbitrary surface characterization and correction
Patent No. 10684537 

Inventor(s): Jaime Rene De La Cruz (Carrollton, TX), Jeffrey Mathew Kempf (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15813146 on 11/14/2017 (945 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a geometric progression of structured light elements is iteratively projected for display on a projection screen surface. The displayed progression is for determining a three-dimensional characterization of the projection screen surface. Points of the three-dimensional characterization of a projection screen surface are respaced in accordance with a spacing grid and an indication of an observer position. A compensated depth for each of the respaced points is determined in response to the three-dimensional characterization of the projection screen surface. A compensated image can be projected on the projection screen surface in response to the respaced points and respective compensated depths.

[G03B] APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OR FOR PROJECTING OR VIEWING THEM; APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS EMPLOYING ANALOGOUS TECHNIQUES USING WAVES OTHER THAN OPTICAL WAVES; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR (optical parts of such apparatus G02B; photosensitive materials or processes for photographic purposes G03C; apparatus for processing exposed photographic materials G03D) [4]


Distributed power management for non-volatile memory controllers
Patent No. 10684794 

Inventor(s): James M. Higgins (Chandler, AZ), Jonathan Q. Tu (Fremont, CA), Reed P. Tidwell (Centerville, UT), Satish B. Vasudeva (Fremont, CA), Steven T. Sprouse (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15648415 on 07/12/2017 (1070 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a memory system having a storage controller and a plurality of distinct sets of non-volatile memory devices, each respective channel controller of a plurality of channel controllers, each channel controller corresponding to a distinct set of the plurality of distinct sets of non-volatile memory devices, determines a backlog of the respective channel controller in accordance with pending commands in one or more command queues, receives power credits allocated by the storage controller, based at least in part on the backlog of the respective channel controller, and while executing commands in the one or more command queues, limits execution of said commands in accordance with the received power credits. For example, limiting execution includes deferring execution of a respective command in accordance with a determination that executing the respective command would require power credits in excess of power credits available in the respective channel controller.

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


Command-in-pipeline counter for a memory device
Patent No. 10684797 

Inventor(s): Vijayakrishna J. Vankayala (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16119766 on 08/31/2018 (655 days app to issue)

Abstract: Memory devices and methods utilize pipelines to process or control timing of commands received by the memory device. They may also use tracking circuitry configured to determine whether one or more of the commands are in the pipeline. The tracking circuitry includes an input counter configured to count commands entering into the pipeline and an output counter configured to count commands exiting the pipeline. Furthermore, the tracking circuitry includes comparison circuitry configured to compare values in the input counter and the output counter and to output a command-in-pipeline signal indicative of the one or more commands being in the pipeline when the values in the input counter and the output counter differ.

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


Compressing like magnitude partial products in multiply accumulation
Patent No. 10684825 

Inventor(s): David Carlson (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): Cavium, LLC (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16115117 on 08/28/2018 (658 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ALU capable of generating a multiply accumulation by compressing like-magnitude partial products. Given N pairs of multiplier and multiplicand, Booth encoding is used to encode the multipliers into M digits, and M partial products are produced for each pair of with each partial product in a smaller precision than a final product. The partial products resulting from the same encoded multiplier digit position, are summed across all the multiplies to produce a summed partial product. In this manner, the partial product summation operations can be advantageously performed in the smaller precision. The M summed partial products are then summed together with an aggregated fixup vector for sign extension. If the N multipliers are equal to a constant, a preliminary fixup vector can be generated based on a predetermined value with adjustment on particular bits, where the predetermined value is determined by the signs of the encoded multiplier digits.

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


Mixed mode programming
Patent No. 10684830 

Inventor(s): James B. Pearman (Los Angles, CA), Jason R. McKenna (Pittsburgh, PA), Levi K. Pope (Greenville, TX), Paul D. Copioli (Greenville, TX), Robert H. Mimlitch, III (Greenville, TX), Timothy S. Friez (Pittsburgh, PA)
Assignee(s): Innovation First, Inc. (Greenville, TX)
Law Firm: Much Shelist, P.C. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15925813 on 03/20/2018 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mixed mode programming method permitting users to program with graphical coding blocks and textual code within the same programming tool. The mixed mode preserves the advantages of graphical block programming while introducing textual coding as needed for instructional reasons and/or for functional reasons. Converting a graphical code block or group of blocks to a textual block lets the user see a portion of the textual code in the context of a larger program. Within one programming tool the mixed mode method allows users to learn programming and build purely graphical blocks; then transition into mixed graphical and textual code and ultimately lead to their ability to program in purely textual code. The mixed mode further allows users to program using any combination of drag-and-drop graphical blocks and typed textual code in various forms.

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


Triggered queue transformation
Patent No. 10684892 

Inventor(s): Gary Yu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (Beverly Hills, CA)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton, LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16298536 on 03/11/2019 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems disclosed herein relate generally to evaluating resource loads to determine when to transform queues and to specific techniques for transforming at least part of queues so as to correspond to alternative resources.

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


Intelligent storage media tray for identification and replacement of failed storage device in distributed storage systems
Patent No. 10684928 

Inventor(s): David Anders (Hurst, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15856948 on 12/28/2017 (901 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage server receives a control signal indicating that a specific storage device of a plurality of storage devices housed by a specific storage media tray has failed. The storage media tray is in turn housed by the specific storage server, which can house many such trays. In responsive to receiving the control signal, the server activates a visual fault indicator on an external display panel, indicating that the storage server contains a storage media tray housing a failed storage device. An external visual indicator on the specific storage media tray is activated to indicate that the specific storage media tray houses a failed storage device. The specific storage media tray activates an internal visual indicator identifying the specific storage device which has failed in the specific storage media tray. When the specific failed storage device has been replaced with a working storage device, the indicators are deactivated.

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


System and method for preparing a data set for searching
Patent No. 10685000 

Inventor(s): Amit Ramesh Deshpande (McKinney, TX), Liju Mathews (Plano, TX), Renjith Katharin Pascas (Allen, TX), Vipin Dwivedi (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: DLA Piper LLP (US) (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16518385 on 07/22/2019 (330 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to systems and methods for preparing a data set for searching. In addition, embodiments of the present disclosure relate to solutions for configuring a storage infrastructure and indexing process for a data set.

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


Content management system and method for synchronizing content translations
Patent No. 10685006 

Inventor(s): David Alan Stiles (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN TEXT SA ULC (Halifax, , CA)
Law Firm: Sprinkle IP Law Group (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15789698 on 10/20/2017 (970 days app to issue)

Abstract: A content management system is provided that synchronizes translations between content items using labels. Labels can be persisted in the system as managed objects separate from content objects. Because the labels may be separate managed objects from the content, the labels can be implemented in a manner that does not change the content items or disrupt the lifecycle of the content.

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


Modifying patient communications based on simulation of vendor communications
Patent No. 10685089 

Inventor(s): Alan C. Edwards (Allen, TX), Dustin M. Dorris (North Richland Hills, TX), Shilpa Mudhiganti (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15045668 on 02/17/2016 (1581 days app to issue)

Abstract: Mechanisms are provide for modifying the selection of modes of communication for communicating with patients based on a simulation of vendor communications. A communication simulation is configured with configuration parameters defining expected results of a plurality of communications with patients handled by a communication vendor system associated with a personalized care plan creation and monitoring (PCPCM) system. The plurality of communications are simulated to generate simulated results and a response of the PCPCM system to the simulated results of the plurality of communications is determined. The response of the PCPCM system is evaluated to determine if the PCPCM system responds correctly to the simulated results, and an operation of the PCPCM system is modified based on results of the evaluation. NULL


On-the-fly package printing system with scratch off layer
Patent No. 10685191 

Inventor(s): Joseph A. Hattrup (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Stinson LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15252469 on 08/31/2016 (1385 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ON-THE-FLY PACKAGE LABEL PRINTING SYSTEM for a variety of packages containing a variety of products. A package handling device receives and guides a web through a package handling device. A printer system associated with the package handling device generates and prints on-the-fly a plurality of different, unique, individual scannable QR codes. Each QR code indicates the weight of the product in the package as indicated by a weighing system and/or indicates the ingredients of the product in each package as indicated by a ingredients device.

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


THREE DIMENSIONAL (3D) OBJECT DETECTION
Patent No. 10685212 

Inventor(s): Aishwarya Dubey (Plano, TX), Hetul Sanghvi (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16017148 on 06/25/2018 (722 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for identifying regions of interest (ROIs) includes receiving, by a processor from a video camera, a video image and computing, by the processor, an optical flow image, based on the video image. The method also includes computing, by the processor, a magnitude of optical flow image based on the video image and computing a histogram of optical flow magnitudes (HOFM) image for the video image based on the magnitude of optical flow image. Additionally, the method includes generating, by the processor, a mask indicating ROIs of the video image, based on the HOFM.

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


Action detection during image tracking
Patent No. 10685237 

Inventor(s): Deepanjan Paul (Plano, TX), Sailesh Bharathwaaj Krishnamurthy (Irving, TX), Sarath Vakacharla (Irving, TX), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Celina, TX)
Assignee(s): 7-Eleven, Inc. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16793998 on 02/18/2020 (119 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a sensor, a weight sensor, and a tracking subsystem. The tracking subsystem receives an image feed of top-view images generated by the sensor and weight measurements from the weight sensor. The tracking subsystem detects an event associated with an item being removed from a rack in which the weight sensor is installed. The tracking subsystem determines that a first person or a second person may be associated with the event. In response to determining that the first or second person may be associated with the event, buffer frames are stored of top-view images generated by the sensor during a time period associated with the event. The tracking subsystem then determines, using at least one of the stored buffer frames and a first action-detection algorithm, whether an action associated with the event was performed by the first person or the second person.

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


Big data sourcing simulator
Patent No. 10685319 

Inventor(s): Vadiraja Ramamurthy (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: F. Chau Associates, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14881570 on 10/13/2015 (1708 days app to issue)

Abstract: A simulator is configured to simulate the fulfillment of orders by nodes. Each node has an inventory of products and is capable of shipping the products to destinations in response to receipt of a corresponding order. The simulator divides the nodes into groups and assigns a different priority to each group based on input provided by a user to the simulator to generate an ordered sequence of priorities. The simulator maintains safety stock data corresponding to each node that indicates minimum quantities of the products required to be present at the corresponding node. The simulator selects a current priority of the sequence and next simulates a first group among the groups having the current priority fulfilling the orders for a given product among the products while a quantity of the given product at each of the nodes in the first group is below the minimum quantity in the corresponding safety stock data.

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


Method and system for optimizing storage and retrieval of a stock keeping unit (SKU)
Patent No. 10685324 

Inventor(s): Ashar Pasha (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): HCL Technologies Limited (Nodia, Uttar Pradesh, , ZZ)
Law Firm: HM Law Group LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15983025 on 05/17/2018 (761 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a Warehouse Management System (WMS) for optimizing storage and retrieval of a Stock Keeping Unit (SKU) present in a warehouse. A pallet identification module identifies one or more pallets capable for storing a plurality of SKUs. A notifying module notifies a first operator for storing the plurality of SKUs in the one or more pallets. A database update module updates an address of each pallet in a WMS database. A pickup list module provides a pickup list comprising one or more SKUs to be retrieve. A determination module determines at least one pallet and a second operator from the one or more pallets and a plurality of second operators respectively. An operator guiding module guides the second operator, via a virtual map displayed on the AR enabled device, to the address of the at least one pallet in order to retrieve the one or more SKUs.

[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]


Toll fee system and method
Patent No. 10685502 

Inventor(s): Benjamin P. Robinson (Plano, TX), Debbie Lemon (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): ATS TOLLING LLC (Tempe, AZ)
Law Firm: Stoel Rives LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13894501 on 05/15/2013 (2589 days app to issue)

Abstract: A toll fee tracking system comprising a toll authority adapted to collect data associated with at least one toll fee tracking device and a toll rental entity adapted to communicate with the toll authority and a third part entity. This Abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an Abstract that allows a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain subject matter of the technical disclosure. This Abstract is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.

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


Apparatus, systems, and methods for detecting, alerting, and responding to an emergency vehicle
Patent No. 10685563 

Inventor(s): Michael C. Edwards (McKinney, TX), Neil Dutta (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes Boone LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16184497 on 11/08/2018 (586 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods for detecting, alerting, and responding to an emergency vehicle. One such method includes receiving, using a first vehicle, a warning signal from an emergency vehicle. The first vehicle broadcasts a recognition signal based on the warning signal received by the first vehicle. A second vehicle receives the warning signal from the emergency vehicle and the recognition signal from the first vehicle. The second vehicle broadcasts a confirmation signal based on both the warning signal and the recognition signal received by the second vehicle. The confirmation signal is received from the second vehicle using a third vehicle. Finally, the confirmation signal is rebroadcasted from the third vehicle based solely on the confirmation signal received by the third vehicle.

[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]


Mobile device transport parking notification and movement tracking
Patent No. 10685568 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15894395 on 02/12/2018 (855 days app to issue)

Abstract: Tracking movements of mobile devices may provide insight into parking space availability for transports deemed to be associated with those mobile devices. One example method of operation may include identifying a transport speed of a particular transport vehicle is moving above a first threshold speed, identifying a first change in direction of the transport and confirming a new transport speed after the first change in direction is less than a second threshold speed. The method may also include initiating a monitoring event to track movement of the transport responsive to the first change in direction of the transport or the confirmed new transport speed.

[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]


Adaptive training system, method and apparatus
Patent No. 10685582 

Inventor(s): Coy Stewart (Carrollton, TX), George Rovny (Weatherford, TX), Robert Ducharme (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): L-3 Technologies, Inc. (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Tiajoloff Kelly LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15702372 on 09/12/2017 (1008 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for training a student employ a simulation station that displays output to the student and receives input. The computer system has a rules engine operating on it and computer accessible data storage storing (i) learning object data including learning objects configured to provide interaction with the student at the simulation system and (ii) rule data defining a plurality of rules accessed by the rules engine. The rules data includes, for each rule, respective (a) if-portion data defining a condition of data and (b) then-portion data defining an action to be performed at the simulation station. The rules engine causes the computer system to perform the action when the condition of data is present in the data storage. For at least some of the rules, the action comprises output of one of the learning objects so as to interact with the student. The system may be networked with middleware and adapters that map data received over the network to rules engine memory.

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


Identification of candidate training utterances from human conversations with an intelligent interactive assistant
Patent No. 10685645 

Inventor(s): Donatus Asumu (Plano, TX), Luis Gerardo Mojica de la Vega (Plano, TX), Maruthi Z. Shanmugam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16059189 on 08/09/2018 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for creating binary classification models and using the binary classification models to select candidate training utterances from a plurality of live utterances is provided. The method may include receiving a plurality of intents and associated training utterances. The method may include creating, from the training utterances, a binary classification model for each intent. The binary classification model may include a vector representation of a line of demarcation between utterances associated with the intent and utterances disassociated from the intent. The method may also include receiving live utterances. An intent may be determined for each live utterance. The method may include creating a vector representation of the live utterance. The method may include selecting candidate training utterances based on a comparison between the vector representation of the live utterance and the vector representation included in the binary classification model of the intent determined for the live utterance.

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


Apparatuses and methods for access based refresh timing
Patent No. 10685696 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX), Jason M. Brown (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16176932 on 10/31/2018 (594 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure are drawn to apparatuses and methods for scheduling targeted refreshes in a memory device. Memory cells in a memory device may be volatile and may need to be periodically refreshed as part of an auto-refresh operation. In addition, certain rows may experience faster degradation, and may need to undergo targeted refresh operations, where a specific targeted refresh address is provided and refreshed. The rate at which targeted refresh operations need to occur may be based on the rate at which memory cells are accessed. The memory device may monitor accesses to a bank of the memory, and may use a count of the accesses to determine if an auto-refresh address or a targeted refresh address will be refreshed.

[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)


Reducing read disturb in two-tier memory device by modifying duration of channel discharge based on selected word line
Patent No. 10685723 

Inventor(s): Hong-Yan Chen (San Jose, CA), Wei Zhao (Fremont, CA), Yingda Dong (Los Altos, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16227668 on 12/20/2018 (544 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for reducing read disturb of memory cells in a two-tier stack having a lower tier and an upper tier separated by an interface. In a read operation, the channels of NAND strings are discharged before reading the selected memory cells. A discharge period is set based on a position of the selected word line in a stack or block of memory cells. The discharge period is longer when the selected word line is in the lower tier than in the upper tier. Additionally, the discharge period is longer when the selected word line is at a top of the lower tier than at a bottom of the lower tier. Other options to increase the discharge include increasing a ramp up rate and a peak level of the word line voltages during the discharge period as a function of the position of the selected word line.

[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)


Method and apparatus for a wearable imaging device
Patent No. 10687027 

Inventor(s): Masoud Vaziri (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15893724 on 02/12/2018 (855 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment of an image recording apparatus includes an eyeglass frame, at least one first optical unit disposed on the eyeglass frame for capturing a main scene image, and at least one second optical unit disposed on the eyeglass frame for capturing an auxiliary scene image. The first and the second field of view of the user at least partially overlap. The image resolution of the main scene image is lower than the image resolution of the main scene image and the field of view of the main scene image is larger than the field of view of the auxiliary scene image. The image recording apparatus further includes at least one processor for receiving the main and the auxiliary scene images, and generating a modified resolution copy of the main scene image based on the auxiliary scene image.

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


Vehicle video recording system with driver privacy
Patent No. 10687030 

Inventor(s): Andrew Kelly Schimelpfenig (Rogers, AR), Thomas Wade Goforth (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): OMNITRACS, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Arent Fox LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15467618 on 03/23/2017 (1181 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and devices for controlling a camera on a vehicle may include determining a duty status of a driver of the vehicle. The methods and devices may also include controlling a recording status of at least one camera of a camera system on the vehicle based on the duty status.

[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)


 

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Multi-layer cooling structure including through-silicon vias through a plurality of directly-bonded substrates and methods of making the same
Patent No. 10685905 

Inventor(s): Ercan M. Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Feng Zhou (South Lyon, MI), Ki Wook Jung (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15879183 on 01/24/2018 (874 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-layer cooling structure comprising a first substrate layer comprising an array of cooling channels, a second substrate layer comprising a nozzle structure that includes one or more nozzles, an outlet, and an outlet manifold, a third substrate layer comprising an inlet manifold and an inlet, and one or more TSVs disposed through the first substrate layer, second substrate layer, and third substrate layer. At least one of the one or more TSVs is metallized. The first substrate layer and the second substrate layer are directly bonded, and the second substrate layer and the third substrate layer are directly bonded.

[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 with drain-select-level isolation structures and method of making the same
Patent No. 10685978 

Inventor(s): Ching-Huang Lu (Fremont, CA), James Kai (Santa Clara, CA), Wei Zhao (San Jose, CA), Yanli Zhang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16267592 on 02/05/2019 (497 days app to issue)

Abstract: Electrical isolation between adjacent stripes of drain-select-level electrically conductive layers can be provided by forming a drain-select-level isolation structure between neighboring rows of memory stack structures. The drain-select-level isolation structure can partially cut through upper regions of the neighboring rows of memory stack structures. Vertical semiconductor channels of the neighboring rows of memory stack structures include a lower tubular segment and an upper semi-tubular segment that contact the drain-select-level isolation structure. Electrical current through drain select levels is limited to the semi-tubular segment of each vertical semiconductor channel. Alternatively, the drain-select-level isolation structure can be formed around the memory stack structures within the neighboring rows of memory stack structures. Ion implantation can be used to suppress conduction of electrical current through portions of vertical semiconductor channels that are proximal to the drain-select-level isolation structure.

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


Three-dimensional memory device with drain-select-level isolation structures and method of making the same
Patent No. 10685979 

Inventor(s): Ching-Huang Lu (Fremont, CA), James Kai (Santa Clara, CA), Wei Zhao (San Jose, CA), Yanli Zhang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16267625 on 02/05/2019 (497 days app to issue)

Abstract: Electrical isolation between adjacent stripes of drain-select-level electrically conductive layers can be provided by forming a drain-select-level isolation structure between neighboring rows of memory stack structures. The drain-select-level isolation structure can partially cut through upper regions of the neighboring rows of memory stack structures. Vertical semiconductor channels of the neighboring rows of memory stack structures include a lower tubular segment and an upper semi-tubular segment that contact the drain-select-level isolation structure. Electrical current through drain select levels is limited to the semi-tubular segment of each vertical semiconductor channel. Alternatively, the drain-select-level isolation structure can be formed around the memory stack structures within the neighboring rows of memory stack structures. Ion implantation can be used to suppress conduction of electrical current through portions of vertical semiconductor channels that are proximal to the drain-select-level isolation structure.

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


Power electronics assemblies having opticondistors and an embedded active cooling chip
Patent No. 10686085 

Inventor(s): Ercan M. Dede (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16505011 on 07/08/2019 (344 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronics assembly includes a first cooling chip made of a semiconductor material, and at least one subassembly mounted on the first cooling chip. The first cooling chip includes at least one metallization layer on a portion of a first surface of the first cooling chip, at least one inlet through a second surface of the first cooling chip, wherein the second surface is opposite to the first surface, at least one outlet through the second surface of the first cooling chip, and one or more micro-channels extending between and fluidly coupled to the at least one inlet and the at least one outlet. The at least one subassembly includes one or more photonic cores positioned to receive light from a light source, wherein the one or more photonic cores comprise a wide band gap semiconductor 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]


Radio and power pole
Patent No. 10686242 

Inventor(s): Lance Norrell (Venus, TX), Wesley S. Taylor (Raleigh, NC)
Assignee(s): SABRE INDUSTRIES INC. (Alvarado, TX)
Law Firm: Advent, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15418563 on 01/27/2017 (1236 days app to issue)

Abstract: A radio and power pole that includes a pipe defining a longitudinal interior cavity for storing modular electronic equipment (e.g., radios) is described. The radio and power pole can also include mounting channels extending longitudinally proximate to an interior surface of the interior cavity of the pipe, a structural spine extending longitudinally through the interior cavity of the pipe, ribs spaced apart from one another proximate to the interior surface throughout the interior cavity of the pipe, doors for accessing the interior cavity of the pipe, and a vent trap. The radio and power pole can be configured as a direct bury radio and power pole (possibly including one or more vaults). A radio and power pole can include a precast pier connected to the pipe and configured to support the pipe when the pier is inserted into the ground. A radio and power pole can include a bench disposed about the pipe.

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


Antenna hardware disposed on a substrate to provide enhanced wireless connectivity
Patent No. 10686244 

Inventor(s): Manish Jindal (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Charter Communications Operating, LLC (St. Louis, MO)
Law Firm: Armis IP Law, LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16036268 on 07/16/2018 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: An antenna overlay system includes antenna hardware, a communication link, and electronic circuitry disposed on a substrate. The communication link couples the electronic circuitry to the antenna hardware. During operation, the electronic circuitry in communication with the antenna hardware is operable to control transmission and reception of wireless signals in a wireless region. An adhesive layer disposed on a surface of the substrate couples the substrate to an object such as a window. In one arrangement, the window is a low-E glass windowpane that substantially attenuates wireless signals from being received by communication equipment in a building in which the windowpane is installed. The antenna overlay system provides enhanced RF signal reception and transmission.

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


Variable delay for soft switching in power conversion circuit
Patent No. 10686362 

Inventor(s): Serkan Dusmez (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16457005 on 06/28/2019 (354 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, a device comprises a power conversion circuit that includes: an inductor having a first end coupled to an input voltage terminal; a first switch coupled to a second end of the inductor at a first node; a second switch coupled to the second end of the inductor and the first switch at the first node; a third switch coupled to the first switch and to another input voltage terminal at a second node; and a fourth switch coupled to the second switch and to the another input voltage terminal at the second node. The device also comprises a control circuit comprising a variable delay circuit coupled to the first and second switches; and a controller coupled to the variable delay circuit, to an inductor current sensor, and to an input voltage sensor, the inductor current sensor coupled to the inductor and the input voltage sensor coupled to the input voltage terminal and the another input voltage terminal.

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


Power conversion with modulated switching
Patent No. 10686375 

Inventor(s): Marc Edric Davis-Marsh (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16264327 on 01/31/2019 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power converter circuit includes a power stage circuit configured to convert an input voltage to provide an output voltage. A feedback control circuit is configured to generate an error signal based on the output voltage and a reference voltage. An offset circuit is configured to apply an offset signal to the error signal based on change in a modulating frequency of a clock signal to provide an adjusted error signal. A driver circuit is configured to drive the power stage circuit based on the adjusted error signal and the clock signal.

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


High-efficiency regulated buck-boost converter
Patent No. 10686378 

Inventor(s): Dianbo Fu (Richardson, TX), Heping Dai (Plano, TX), Liming Ye (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15801608 on 11/02/2017 (957 days app to issue)

Abstract: A regulated partial power controlled converter is presented, with the partial power controlled converter containing a DC/DC converter receiving an input signal. The regulated partial power converter providing a first converted signal from a first terminal, and providing a second converted signal from a second terminal. The regulated partial power converter also contains a first capacitor connected between an output node and an intermediate node, a second capacitor connected between the intermediate node and a ground, and a charge balance circuit connected to the output node, the intermediate node, and the ground. An output power of the partial power controlled converter is based on a first partial power provided by the DC/DC converter and a second partial power provided by a charge balance circuit.

[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]


Stall detection in stepper motors using differential back-EMF between rising and falling commutation phase of motor current
Patent No. 10686391 

Inventor(s): Rakesh Raja (Allen, TX), Sooping Saw (McKinney, TX), Sudhir Nagaraj (Dallas, TX), Wen Pin Lin (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16134046 on 09/18/2018 (637 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes detecting, by a stall detection sensor in a driver coupled to a stepper motor, a first set of time-off periods in a rising commutation phase of motor current during current regulation. The stall detection sensor further detects a second set of time-off periods in a falling commutation phase of motor current during current regulation. Next, the stall detection sensor compares the first set of time-off periods with the second set of time-off periods and determines whether the stepper motor is stalled based on the comparison of the first set of time-off periods with the second set of time-off periods.

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


Bulk acoustic wave resonators having convex surfaces, and methods of forming the same
Patent No. 10686425 

Inventor(s): Ting-Ta Yen (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15639552 on 06/30/2017 (1082 days app to issue)

Abstract: Bulk acoustic wave (BAW) resonators having convex surfaces, and methods of forming the same are disclosed. An example BAW resonator includes a first electrode, a piezoelectric layer formed on the first electrode, the piezoelectric layer having a convex surface, and a second electrode formed on the convex surface. An example integrated circuit (IC) package includes a BAW resonator disposed in the IC package, the BAW resonator including a piezoelectric layer having a convex surface.

[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]


Scheme to guarantee clean reset output at supply power-up
Patent No. 10686437 

Inventor(s): Rajat Chauhan (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16227636 on 12/20/2018 (544 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a first transistor including first and second current terminals. The first current terminal couples to a supply voltage node. A second transistor includes a second control input and third and fourth current terminals. The third current terminal couples to the second current terminal at an output node and the fourth current terminal couples to a ground node. A third transistor includes a third control input and fifth and sixth current terminals. The fifth current terminal couples to the output node and the sixth current terminal couples to the ground node. A fourth transistor includes a fourth control input and seventh and eighth current terminals. The eighth current terminal couples to the ground node and the seventh current terminal couples to the third control input. An inverter having an input coupled to the second control input and an output coupled to the fourth control input.

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


Repeater for an open-drain communication system using a current detector and a control logic circuit
Patent No. 10686441 

Inventor(s): Christopher Lewis Kraft (Richardson, TX), Tatsuyuki Nihei (Wylie, TX), Vikas Suma Vinay (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16421000 on 05/23/2019 (390 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure generally relates to repeaters, and, in particular, repeaters for open-drain systems. In one embodiment, an apparatus comprises a first port, a second port, a current detector, a transistor, and a control logic circuit. A current detector input of the current detector is coupled to the first port. A transistor channel electrode of the transistor is coupled to the second port. A control logic circuit input of the control logic circuit is coupled to the current detector output, and a control logic circuit output of the control logic circuit is coupled to a transistor control electrode of the transistor.

[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]


Power supply for voltage controlled oscillators with automatic gain control
Patent No. 10686453 

Inventor(s): Michael Bushman (Manitowoc, WI)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16049612 on 07/30/2018 (687 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for power supply for a voltage controller oscillator (VCO). A peak detector circuit determines the amplitude of the output for the VCO, which is compared to a reference value in an automatic gain control loop. An input voltage for the VCO is determined based on a difference between the reference value and the output of the peak detector circuit. The peak detector circuit can be implemented using parasitic bipolar devices in an integrated circuit formed in a CMOS process.

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


Cycle slip detection and correction in phase-locked loop
Patent No. 10686456 

Inventor(s): Christopher Andrew Schell (Tacoma, WA), Jayawardan Janardhanan (Issaquah, WA), Sinjeet Dhanvantray Parekh (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16218970 on 12/13/2018 (551 days app to issue)

Abstract: A digital phase-locked loop (DPLL) includes a voltage-controlled oscillator to generate an output clock, a filter coupled to the voltage-controlled oscillator, and a time-to-digital converter (TDC) that receives a reference clock and a feedback clock. The feedback clock is derived from the output clock. The TDC generates a digital output value. The DPLL also includes a cycle slip detector circuit coupled to the TDC. The cycle slip detector circuit detects a cycle slip based on the digital output value and adjusts the digital output value by a second digital value that corresponds to an integer multiple of a period of the reference clock.

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


Method and apparatus for improving frequency source frequency accuracy and frequency stability
Patent No. 10686458 

Inventor(s): Liming Xiu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15665579 on 08/01/2017 (1050 days app to issue)

Abstract: A TAF-DPS based circuits and methods to improve electronic system”s frequency accuracy and enhance its frequency stability is disclosed in this application. Present invention creates a circuit architecture and a calculation scheme for compensating frequency source”s frequency error. Present invention further discloses a method of incorporating said scheme into functional chip built in either ASIC or FPGA fashion. Present invention further presents a method of using TAF-DPS-frequency-compensation-scheme-equipped-chips as nodes in electronic network. As a result, the circuit and apparatus disclosed in present invention can improve electronic system”s performance from the time synchronization perspective.

[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]


Top plate sampling analog-to-digital converter (ADC) with residue amplifier non-linearity reduction
Patent No. 10686461 

Inventor(s): Arun Mohan (Bengaluru, , IN), Neeraj Shrivastava (Bengaluru, , IN), Sai Aditya KrishnaSwamy Nurani (Hyderabad, , IN), Shagun Dusad (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16234685 on 12/28/2018 (536 days app to issue)

Abstract: A top-plate sampling analog-to-digital converter (ADC) circuit includes a first ADC stage and a residue amplifier coupled to the first ADC stage. The residue amplifier comprises a first transistor with a control terminal, a first current terminal, and a second current terminal. The residue amplifier also comprises a second transistor with a control terminal, a first current terminal, and a second current terminal. The residue amplifier also comprises a linearity adjustment circuit coupled to a second current terminal of at least one of the first transistor and the second transistor. The linearity adjustment circuit comprises at least one switch that changes its state as a function of an input sampling phase and a gain phase of the residue amplifier.

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


Method and apparatus for codebook subset restriction for CSI reporting in advanced wireless communication systems
Patent No. 10686509 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Md. Saifur Rahman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16730915 on 12/30/2019 (169 days app to issue)

Abstract: The method of UE for CSI reporting comprises receiving a higher layer signaling including CB SR information; determining a bitmap sequence B based on the CB SR information, wherein the bitmap sequence B includes a first bitmap sequence B[subscript]1 [/subscript]and a second bitmap sequence B[subscript]2[/subscript]; determining the first bitmap sequence B[subscript]1 [/subscript]and the second bitmap sequence B[subscript]2 [/subscript]based on the bitmap sequence B; identifying, based on the first bitmap sequence B[subscript]1 [/subscript]and the second bitmap sequence B[subscript]2[/subscript], a restriction on P beam groups out of Q beam groups G(r[subscript]1[/subscript], r[subscript]2[/subscript]) for the CSI reporting; generating a CSI report based on the P beam groups with the identified restriction for the CSI reporting and remaining Q minus P beam groups without any restrictions for the CSI reporting; and transmitting the CSI report to the BS. The remaining beam groups are determined as the Q beam groups G(r[subscript]1[/subscript], r[subscript]2[/subscript]) minus the P beam groups.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for supporting antenna beamforming in a cellular network
Patent No. 10686510 

Inventor(s): Jun Li (Richardson, TX), Yi Song (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Kowert, Hood, Munyon, Rankin Goetzel, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16289783 on 03/01/2019 (473 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is a method and system for supporting a beamforming antenna system in a mobile broadband communication network with an improved beam pattern, beam sweep pattern, pilot channel design with feedback and reporting rules, and control signaling design. Specifically, the improved beam pattern includes a method of supporting wireless communications in a wireless network forming at least two spatial beams within a cell segment where the at least two spatial beams are associated with different power levels, and separately, where at least two spatial beams can be moved across the cell segment according to a unique sweep pattern. The pilot channel design improves network bandwidth performance and improves user mobility tracking. Feedback and reporting rules can be established using a particular field designator, CQI, in the preferred embodiment.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Discovery and registration in multi-channel passive optical networks (PONs)
Patent No. 10686524 

Inventor(s): Bo Gao (Wuhan, , CN), Duane Remein (Raleigh, NC), Frank Effenberger (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15960758 on 04/24/2018 (784 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ONU comprises: a receiver configured to receive a discovery gate message from an OLT, the discovery gate message comprises a channel assignment field, and a discovery information field, the channel assignment field indicates transmission characteristics for a plurality of channels, and the discovery information field indicates a 25G upstream capability and a 25G discovery window; and a processor coupled to the receiver and configured to process the discovery gate message. A method implemented in an ONU, the method comprises: generating a register request message, the register request message comprises a destination address field, a source address field, a length/type field, an opcode field, and a discovery information field, and the discovery information field indicates a 25G upstream capability and a 25G registration attempt; and transmitting the register request message to an OLT.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Base station apparatus and radio communication method for receiving information indicative of channel quality from mobile station
Patent No. 10686554 

Inventor(s): Akihiko Nishio (Osaka, , JP), Jun Cheng (Kyoto, , JP)
Assignee(s): Optis Wireless Technology, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16148600 on 10/01/2018 (624 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless communication method and apparatus are provided for selecting quality-reporting sub-carrier bands based on sub-carrier band quantity information received from a base station. The method includes generally four steps. First, from a base station, information indicating quantity of sub-carrier bands is acquired. Second, channel quality of each of a plurality of sub-carrier bands within a communication band is measured from a received signal. Third, sub-carrier bands are selected from the plurality of sub-carrier bands, wherein quantity of the selected sub-carrier bands corresponds to the quantity of sub-carrier bands indicated by the acquired information. Fourth, information indicating channel quality of the selected sub-carrier bands is reported to the base station.

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


Forward error correction adjustments for C-V2X communications
Patent No. 10686558 

Inventor(s): Sangar Dowlatkhah (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT MOBILITY II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16285674 on 02/26/2019 (476 days app to issue)

Abstract: A user equipment (e.g., C-V2X user equipment) can receive a transmission from a network device of a mobile network and decode the transmission using a first forward error correction code. It can determine an attribute of the transmission to determine a condition of the communication channel. Based on the condition of the communication channel, it can facilitate transmitting feedback to the network device, wherein the feedback is forwarded through the mobile network to an application server device that selects a second forward error correction code based on the feedback. The second forward error correction code can be transmitted to, and received by, the user equipment. The user equipment can use the second forward error correction code to decode subsequent transmissions.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Partial CQI feedback in wireless networks
Patent No. 10686579 

Inventor(s): Eko Nugroho Onggosanusi (Allen, TX), Runhua Chen (Plano, TX), Tarik Muharemovic (Pearland, TX), Zukang Shen (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15633397 on 06/26/2017 (1086 days app to issue)

Abstract: Within a wireless network, feedback information from user equipment (UE) to a control node (eNodeB) is necessary to support various functions. A UE receives an allocation from the eNodeB comprising a plurality of periodic transmission instances for a channel quality indicator (CQI) and a schedule comprising a plurality of periodic transmission instances for a rank indicator (RI), wherein the CQI comprises RI and other CQI fields. The UE then transmits an RI without transmitting the other CQI fields in a transmission instance allocated for both RI and other CQI fields.

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


Asynchronous step-up authentication for client applications
Patent No. 10686600 

Inventor(s): Hieu Nguyen (Southlake, TX), Hoang Trung Vo (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15796042 on 10/27/2017 (963 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments described herein disclose methods and systems for authorizing transactions received from client applications. The transaction request can include a first access token. After validating the first access token, the system can determine whether additional authentication is needed to authorize the transaction. If additional authentication is needed, the system can determine the authentication requirements. Once the additional authentication is received and verified, the system can generate a second access token and authorize the transaction by releasing the first access token.

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


Spiral polynomial division multiplexing
Patent No. 10686635 

Inventor(s): Jerrold Prothero (Washington, DC)
Assignee(s): Astrapi Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Maier Maier, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16116368 on 08/29/2018 (657 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for communicating using polynomial-based signals. In such a method, a set of basis polynomial functions used to generate waveforms may be identified, wherein each of the basis polynomial functions in the set of basis polynomial functions is orthogonal to each of the other basis polynomial functions in the set of basis polynomial functions in a coordinate space. The set of basis polynomial functions may be combined into a message polynomial. The message polynomial may be convolved with a reference polynomial to produce a transmission polynomial. From the transmission polynomial, a sequence of amplitude values may be generated. Finally, a signal may be transmitted based on the sequence of amplitude values, which may be further modified based on, for example, instantaneous spectral analysis. In some embodiments, orthogonal polynomials may include Chebyshev or Cairns polynomials.

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


Configuration management as a service
Patent No. 10686654 

Inventor(s): Andrew C. Austin (Grapevine, TX), James Z. Hilliard (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15494953 on 04/24/2017 (1149 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device can receive a request to generate a configuration management instance associated with a configuration management service. The device can generate the configuration management instance based on the request. The device can configure a set of member devices to be associated with the configuration management instance. The device can receive information associated with a configuration management action to be performed in association with a member device, of the set of member devices, of the configuration management instance. The device can perform the configuration management action in association with the member device, of the set of member devices, after receiving the information associated with the configuration management action.

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


Network anomaly detection
Patent No. 10686814 

Inventor(s): Edward Reynolds (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Patent Department (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15505820 on 04/10/2015 (1894 days app to issue)

Abstract: Examples relate to detecting network anomalies. In one example, a computing device may: receive, from each of a plurality of packet capture devices of a private network, domain name system (DNS) query packets that were sent by a particular client computing device operating on the private network, each DNS query packet specifying i) a destination DNS server, ii) a query domain name, and iii) a source address that specifies the particular client computing device; provide at least one of the DNS query packets to a DNS traffic analyzer that is trained to identify DNS anomalies based on characteristics of the DNS query packets; receive anomaly output from the DNS traffic analyzer, the anomaly output indicating a DNS anomaly that was identified for the DNS query packets; and in response to receiving the anomaly output, provide a user device with data specifying the identified DNS anomaly.

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


Streaming content using ad hoc networks of user devices
Patent No. 10686854 

Inventor(s): Joseph E. Scott (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14198200 on 03/05/2014 (2295 days app to issue)

Abstract: Content, such as video content, may be shared by a user device that is participating in an ad hoc network via a short range local wireless connections. In one implementation, a method may include joining, by a user device and via direct wireless communication with other user devices, an ad hoc network including the other user devices; receiving, by the user device, a content stream from a cellular wireless network; transmitting, by the user device, an indication of the received content stream to the other user devices in the ad hoc network; receiving, by the user device and from one or more of the other user devices in the ad hoc network, a request for the content stream; forwarding, by the user device and based on the received request, the content stream to the one or more of the other user devices in the ad hoc network; and presenting, by the user device, the content stream to a user of the user device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Remotely-hosted auto-discovery service
Patent No. 10686892 

Inventor(s): Josue Negron (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): AIRWATCH LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14723838 on 05/28/2015 (1846 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a remotely-hosted auto-discovery service. An auto-discovery request received from a client device over a network can be accessed to identify a domain associated with the auto-discovery request. A digital certificate corresponding to the domain can be identified and a configuration file can be generated for a web server application that creates at least one virtual host for a uniform resource locator (URL) identified in the auto-discovery request. The digital certificate can be bound to the at least one virtual host to operate a secure connection with the client device. An enrollment response can be generated for communication to the client device over the network.

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


Automatic selection of MAC protocol to support multiple prime PLC standards
Patent No. 10686914 

Inventor(s): Anuj Batra (Mountain View, CA), Mehul Soman (Dallas, TX), Wonsoo Kim (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14836443 on 08/26/2015 (1756 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communication device in a network may receive a stream of frames from the network, in which each frame includes one or more beacon packets. A communication protocol being used by the network may be identified by tracking a preselected field within a sequence of beacon packets, in which the preselected field varies in a first known manner for a first protocol and in a second known manner for a second protocol. The communication device may then join to the network using the identified communication protocol to transmit and receive data.

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


Fraud detection for controlled-environment facility communications system
Patent No. 10686935 

Inventor(s): David McTee (Hurst, TX), Dean Ramsey (Dallas, TX), Dennis Eugene Rose (Carrollton, TX), Isaac Parampottil (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16173159 on 10/29/2018 (596 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems provide a controlled-environment facility communication system that provides regulated communication sessions between residents and non-residents. Via a supervisory system, a bypass may be authorized for exempting the communication session from various regulated aspects of sessions regulated by the communication system. For instance, a communication may be exempt from monitoring based on assertions that the communication is privileged. The communications system receives a request for a communication session with a non-resident at a first telephone number. If a communication session is authorized by a bypass authorization, the communication session is hosted, while exempt from the regulations specified by the bypass authorization. A monitoring system tracks the hosted bypass communication session by determining whether telephone numbers other than the first telephone number have been joined to the communication session. These joined telephone numbers may be used to identify unauthorized communications by the resident.

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


Hierarchical inter-layer prediction in multi-loop scalable video coding
Patent No. 10687070 

Inventor(s): Do-Kyoung Kwon (Allen, TX), Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16145256 on 09/28/2018 (627 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for encoding a video sequence in a scalable video encoder to generate a scalable bitstream is provided that includes encoding the video sequence in a first layer encoder of the scalable video encoder to generate a first sub-bitstream, encoding the video sequence in a second layer encoder of the scalable video encoder to generate a second sub-bitstream, wherein portions of the video sequence being encoded in the second layer encoder are predicted using reference portions of the video sequence encoded in the first layer encoder, combining the first sub-bitstream and the second sub-bitstream in the scalable bitstream, and signaling an indication of a highest temporal level of the first sub-bitstream comprising at least one of the reference portions in the scalable bitstream.

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


Image coding method, image decoding method, image coding apparatus, image decoding apparatus, and image coding and decoding apparatus
Patent No. 10687084 

Inventor(s): Hisao Sasai (Osaka, , JP), Kengo Terada (Osaka, , JP), Kyoko Tanikawa (Osaka, , JP), Takahiro Nishi (Nara, , JP), Toru Matsunobu (Osaka, , JP), Toshiyasu Sugio (Osaka, , JP), Youji Shibahara (Tokyo, , JP)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15890955 on 02/07/2018 (860 days app to issue)

Abstract: An image coding method using arithmetic coding. The method includes: performing arithmetic coding on a first flag that indicates whether or not an absolute value of a target coefficient in a target coefficient block is greater than 1; and performing arithmetic coding on a second flag that indicates whether or not the absolute value is greater than 2. In the arithmetic coding on the first flag and the arithmetic coding on the second flag, it is determined whether or not an immediately-prior coefficient block that has been coded immediately prior to the target coefficient block includes a coefficient having an absolute value greater than a threshold value. Based on a result of the determination, respective contexts to be used in the arithmetic coding on the first and second flags are selected.

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


Hospitality property management tool and system and method for use of same
Patent No. 10687089 

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: 16556411 on 08/30/2019 (291 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hospitality property management tool and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the system, the system includes a set-top box located in a room at a hospitality establishment having multiple rooms. The set-top box stores various types of set-top box data and transmits the set-top box data to a remote server. The remote server receives and stores the set-top box data. The server may render a map view of the hospitality establishment based on obtained map data. The map view may include a graphical representation of the room and other rooms at the hospitality establishment. The server may annotate the graphical representation of the room with at least a portion of the set-top box data.

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


Television with interactive portal and system and method for use of same
Patent No. 10687090 

Inventor(s): Charles Todd Hixon (Garland, TX), Craig D. Smith (Allen, TX), Thomas R. Miller (Plano, TX), Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16568861 on 09/12/2019 (278 days app to issue)

Abstract: A television with an interactive portal and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the television, the television is deployed to provide an interactive portal in a hospitality establishment having multiple rooms, such as a hotel. The television is associated with a room and includes a processor, memory, tuner, panel, and audio drive disposed in an interconnected busing architecture. The television 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]


Allowing presentation control of immediate content interrupting digital television channel programming
Patent No. 10687103 

Inventor(s): Mathews Thomas (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15993230 on 05/30/2018 (748 days app to issue)

Abstract: A channel programming associated with a channel can be selected. The channel can be associated with a programming broadcasting system. The channel programming can be displayed upon a presentation device. An immediate content from a content delivery entity interrupting the presentation of the channel programming can be received. The channel programming and the immediate content can be simultaneously presented on the presentation device.

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


Hybrid automatic repeat request acknowledge resource allocation for enhanced physical downlink control channel
Patent No. 10687247 

Inventor(s): Anthony E. Ekpenyong (Houston, TX), Runhua Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15877362 on 01/22/2018 (876 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus of wireless communication between a base station and at least one user equipment. The method includes: transmitting an enhanced physical downlink control channel from the base station to the at least one user equipment using a demodulation reference signal antenna port; transmitting message from the base station to the at least one user equipment which is scheduled by the enhanced physical downlink control channel; receiving the message at the at least one user equipment; determining at the at least one user equipment whether the message was correctly received; and transmitting an ACK/NAK signal on an ACK/NAK resource determined from the enhanced physical downlink control channel from the at least one user equipment to the base station indicating whether the message was correctly received by the at least one user.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Provisioning services based on geolocation data and activity recognition
Patent No. 10687273 

Inventor(s): Jayachandra Varma (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16358006 on 03/19/2019 (455 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus that matches one or more affiliates to a user includes a memory, a geofencing engine, an artificial intelligence engine, and processing circuitry communicatively coupled to each. The geofencing engine determines a current geofenced area of a mobile device of the user. The artificial intelligence engine determines anticipated needs of the user. The processing circuitry determines, using the affiliate database, a list of candidate affiliates for the current geofenced area, and transmits a query to an affiliate feed for the list of candidate affiliates, where the query is based at least in part on the anticipated need of the user. The processing circuitry determines a first affiliate and a second affiliate based on the query and receives query results for the first affiliate and the second affiliate from the affiliate feed. The results are transmitted to the mobile device for presentation in a user interface.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method of optimizing user equipment reachability notifications
Patent No. 10687279 

Inventor(s): Sudhakar Reddy Patil (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15687285 on 08/25/2017 (1026 days app to issue)

Abstract: An improved method and system of optimizing handling and sending of reachability notifications for a UE is disclosed. Solutions and implementations disclosed provide an efficient mechanism for determining the timing and duration of reachability periods for a UE and as a result predicting future reachability periods. This enables sending of one notification with sufficient information to inform the network of the time periods during which the UE is reachable instead of sending a notification each time the device becomes reachable.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Enhanced broadcast transmission in unslotted channel hopping medium access control
Patent No. 10687309 

Inventor(s): Kumaran Vijayasankar (Allen, TX), Ramanuja Vedantham (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15009279 on 01/28/2016 (1601 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of operating a mesh network is disclosed. The method includes joining a network as a child of a parent node and receiving a downlink broadcast channel from the parent node. The method further includes setting the downlink broadcast channel as an uplink broadcast channel in response to the step of receiving.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for common control channels in a communications system
Patent No. 10687315 

Inventor(s): Brian Classon (Palatine, IL), Jianghua Liu (Shenzhen, , CN), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL), Qiang Wu (Beijing, , CN), Vipul Desai (Palatine, 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: 16104749 on 08/17/2018 (669 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a communications controller includes selecting a search space configuration out of a set of candidate search space configurations for a user equipment served by the communications controller, wherein the search space configuration specifies one or more search spaces to be monitored out of a set of search spaces, and signaling the selected search space configuration to the user equipment.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for delay scheduling
Patent No. 10687325 

Inventor(s): Brian Classon (Shenzhen, , CN), Jinhuan Xia (Beijing, , CN), Vipul Desai (Palatine, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16277894 on 02/15/2019 (487 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes determining a first subframe on which to transmit a first downlink control information (DCI) message and determining a second subframe on which to transmit a first information. The method also includes determining a delay between the first subframe and the second subframe and transmitting, by a communications controller to a user equipment (UE), the second subframe in accordance with the delay.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Coherence diversity in frequency and time
Patent No. 10687329 

Inventor(s): Aria Nosratinia (Plano, TX), Mohamed Fadel Shady (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15864769 on 01/08/2018 (890 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various examples are provided for coherence diversity. In one example, a method includes receiving a product signal transmitted over a plurality of subcarriers, the product signal including a product superposition of a first baseband signal and a second baseband signal; estimating equivalent channel responses for the plurality of subcarriers based upon the pilot symbol in the number of time slots of the plurality of subcarriers; and decoding the second encoded message based at least in part upon the first baseband signal and the equivalent channel responses. The first baseband signal can include a pilot symbol in a number of time slots of at least a portion of the plurality of subcarriers and a first encoded message in a remaining number of time slots of the plurality of subcarriers, and the second baseband signal can include a second encoded message.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Hybrid multiband and subband scheduling in multi-user superposition transmission
Patent No. 10687348 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Murphy, Bilak Homiller, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16078880 on 02/23/2016 (1575 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one aspect, a RAN node determines UE candidate sets for MUST scheduling where each set includes near UE and far UE MUST positions. The node orders the UE candidate sets according to a scheduling performance metric for each UE candidate set, evaluated with respect to the entire band. The node resolves MUST pairing conflicts by excluding, from the UE candidate sets, any UE candidate set that includes a UE that (a) is also present in a UE candidate set having a better scheduling performance metric and (b) has an inconsistent MUST position for interference cancellation with respect to the better UE candidate set, to obtain a reduced set of UE candidate sets. The node performs subband scheduling on each subband, using either MUST or OMA transmission scheduling for each subband. The reduced set is used for MUST scheduling. MUST/OMA subband conflicts may also be resolved.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving scheduling assignments in a communication system
Patent No. 10687350 

Inventor(s): Aris Papasakellariou (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Unwired Planet International Limited (Dublin, , IE)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15431206 on 02/13/2017 (1219 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for receiving a Scheduling Assignment (SA) by a User Equipment (UE) in a communication system in which a base station transmits the SA including at least one Information Element (IE) are described. The method includes receiving the SA; identifying if a first IE included in the received SA is set with a first predetermined value and at least one bit in a second IE included in the received SA is set with a second predetermined value; and performing an action corresponding to a semi-persistent scheduling, if the first IE included in the received SA is set with the first predetermined value and the at least one bit in the second IE included in the received SA is set with the second predetermined value.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for random access backoffs
Patent No. 10687367 

Inventor(s): Bin Liu (San Diego, CA), Guorong Li (Beijing, , CN), Jian Wang (Beijing, , CN), Yongbo Zeng (Beijing, , CN), Yu Cai (Beijing, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16160776 on 10/15/2018 (610 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of performing a random access procedure includes randomly selecting a backoff time from within a backoff window ranging from 0 to a specified multiple of a random access preamble unit, waiting until a time initialized with the backoff time expires, and retransmitting a random access preamble.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Optimizations for voice handovers over wireless data access
Patent No. 10687373 

Inventor(s): Anuradha Sridhar (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Ribbon Communications Operating Company, Inc. (Westford, MA)
Law Firm: Straub Straub (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16231884 on 12/24/2018 (540 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media are disclosed which provide improved performance for packet switched (PS)-to-PS handovers. Embodiments provide for improved handover operations by utilizing registration refreshing techniques to reduce the time required to complete signaling and registration of a UE over a target access in connection with a handover of a communication session from a serving access to the target access. Embodiments further provide improved handover operations that eliminate the exchange of signaling information with a remote UE in connection with a handover of a communication session from a serving access to the target access. Further, handover operations are processed by a network node that is closer to the UE requesting the handover (e.g., the network node may be an Access-SBC/P-CSCF that operates between a core network and the UE).

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


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Bed tray rim
Patent No. D887165 

Inventor(s): Patrick Hogan Sullins (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29625415 on 11/09/2017 (950 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Food container
Patent No. D887224 

Inventor(s): Josiah Wilhelm (Columbia Station, OH)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29681462 on 02/26/2019 (476 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Food container
Patent No. D887225 

Inventor(s): Tsin Lam Cheng (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29681466 on 02/26/2019 (476 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Wall mounted overhead tool rack
Patent No. D887241 

Inventor(s): Ronald Ray Woller (Decatur, AL)
Assignee(s): Good Sportsman Marketing LLC (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: D”Ambrosio Menon, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29651421 on 08/13/2018 (673 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Baseball bat with symmetrical rounded knob
Patent No. D887509 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Jenkins (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Warstic Sports, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29675518 on 01/03/2019 (530 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Floater paddle
Patent No. D887514 

Inventor(s): Danilo P. Gerona (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29716579 on 12/10/2019 (189 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Solar swimming pool skimmer
Patent No. D887658 

Inventor(s): J. Murray Smith, Jr. (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Yee Associates, P.C. (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29613861 on 08/14/2017 (1037 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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