Dallas Invents: 117 Patents Granted for Week of July 17

Patents granted include Toyota’s “intelligent earpiece” that gives social and environmental awareness; Facebook’s method for aggregating and distributing content based on location; Baylor Research Institute’s method for treating breast cancer with vaccines of dendritic cells; and Google’s method for "sending data to a wireless station."

An illustration from Toyota’s patent No. 10024667 that demonstrates a wearable “intelligent earpiece” that can recognize objects to give social and environmental awareness to the user. The earpiece includes one camera, GPS and a processor connected to the inertial measurement unit (IMU).

Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include assigned patents granted to local entities or those with a North Texas inventor. As of June 12, 2018, unassigned patents with a local inventor are included. 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 July 17, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

117 patents granted    Ranked No. 10 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano) 10
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 9
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 5
Retractable Technologies, Inc. (Little Elm) 4
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano) 3
BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth) 2

UNASSIGNED 5


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR(NO. OF PATENTS) 

Thomas J. Shaw (Frisco) 4
Ni Zhu (Plano) 3


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

158 days
Location-based content aggregation and distribution
Patent No. 10027772
Assignee: Facebook, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA)
Inventors: Brian F. Roberts (Dallas), Donald H. Relyea (Dallas), Kristopher T. Frazier (Frisco)

3,770 days
Providing a time offset between scheduling request and sounding reference symbol transmissions
Patent No. 10028299
Assignee: BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, CA)
Inventors: James Earl Womack (Bedford), Zhijun Cai (Euless)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Pocket square holder
Patent No. 10021920 

Inventor(s): Lukwon Tavalis McClellan (Nashville, TN)
Assignee(s): MACK HABERDASHERY, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Smith Tempel Blaha LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14536670 on 11/09/2014 (1346 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus is provided for holding pocket squares/handkerchiefs using different folds and configurations. The device includes two panels that can be folded over each other along a single edge and securely held together. A pocket square, inserted into an interior space defined by the folded panels can thus be held in position. Ample space is provided on the device to display monograms, advertisements, or other decorative elements.

[A41B] SHIRTS; UNDERWEAR; BABY LINEN; HANDKERCHIEFS


Extendible support for hanging articles
Patent No. 10021975 

Inventor(s): Barbara B. Womble (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15335923 on 10/27/2016 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for support and display of hanging articles includes: a length of wire shelving, and attachment assembly for securing to an underside of the wire shelving, and an extendable and sloping support arm coupled to the attachment assembly.

[A47B] TABLES; DESKS; OFFICE FURNITURE; CABINETS; DRAWERS; GENERAL DETAILS OF FURNITURE (jointing of furniture F16B 12/00)


Convertible screw for spinal fixation
Patent No. 10022157 

Inventor(s): Bryan Jones (Little Elm, TX), Clinton Walker (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Blackstone Medical, Inc. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Baker McKenzie LLP (Local + 5 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14947075 on 11/20/2015 (970 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are spinal fixation systems that may comprise a screw, a body, and a pressure cap. A screw may comprise a head at a proximal end, a bone connection element at a distal end, and a first mating element disposed on a head of a pedicle screw. A body may comprise a proximal end, a distal end, a mounting rod receiving channel at a proximal end, and a screw head receiving aperture at a distal end. A portion of the mounting rod receiving channel may be operable to receive a compression element. A pressure cap may comprise a proximal end, distal end, and a second mating element on a distal end. A first mating element of the screw may be configured to mate with the second mating element of the pressure cap thereby limiting the pivotal movement of the screw to that of a monoaxial screw.

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


Interlaminar fixation device
Patent No. 10022246 

Inventor(s): Donald Mackenzie (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Scheef Stone, L.L.P. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14972064 on 12/16/2015 (944 days app to issue)

Abstract: An interlaminar fixation device (”ILFD”) and related tools for implanting and extracting the ILFD in surgical procedures to provide support for patients having degenerative spinal conditions. The ILFD comprises an implant body, a pair of fixation pin assemblies, and a locking plug. The body may be a boxlike structure made of a material such as polyetheretherketone (PEEK) or other material with similar beneficial properties. An implant-sizing tool is provided for determining the appropriately sized ILFD. An implant-grasper tool is provided for grasping the ILFD for insertion and positioning of the ILFD. A bone-punch tool is provided for creating openings aligned for insertion of fixation pins. A pin-inserter tool is provided for urging fixation pins into position. A locking-plug inserter tool is provided for inserting the locking plug into the body of the ILFD. A locking-plug extractor tool is provided for removing the locking plug.

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


Wipe and methods for improving skin health
Patent No. 10022308 

Inventor(s): Christine L. Schneider (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. (Neenah, WI)
Law Firm: Armstrong Teasdale LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14465941 on 08/22/2014 (1425 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to methods and products, such as wet wipes and absorbent articles, that are capable of imparting a health benefit when used in the intended fashion. More specifically, the products described herein comprise one or more botanical compounds, which are capable of selectively controlling the balance of flora on the skin. The compounds may enhance the adherence of healthy flora to the surface of skin or mucosa, inhibit the growth of problem flora on or around the skin surface, or inhibit the adherence of problem flora to the surface of skin or mucosa, or any combination thereof.

[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)


Herbal supplements and methods of use thereof
Patent No. 10022413 

Inventor(s): Brandi M. Scott (Plano, TX), Kenneth Brown (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): KBS RESEARCH, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Morris, Manning Martin, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14978883 on 12/22/2015 (938 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, the present application provides an herbal supplement and method for treating bloating, constipation and/or weight gain in a human subject comprising orally administering to a subject in need thereof an effective amount of the herbal supplement comprising a red quebracho extract. In other embodiments, the supplement may additionally include a triterpenoid saponin, an anti-spasmodic agent, or both.

[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)


Methods and compositions for treating breast cancer with dendritic cell vaccines
Patent No. 10023841 

Inventor(s): Anna Karolina Palucka (Avon, CT), Jacques F Banchereau (Montclair, NJ), Lee Roberts (Cordova, TN)
Assignee(s): Baylor Research Institute (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14719968 on 05/22/2015 (1152 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are compositions and methods for treatment of breast cancer. Disclosed methods and compositions include dendritic cells loaded with cyclin B1 and WT-1 peptide antigens for immunotherapy. These dendritic cell vaccines are administered alone or in combination with other cancer therapies to improve outcomes. Disclosed methods also involve the use of therapeutic agents, such as anakinra, that block the IL-1 inflammation pathway. These agents are used in combination with chemotherapy and/or immunotherapy in treating breast cancer.

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


 

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

Automated mailbox
Patent No. 10022753 

Inventor(s): Allison Thackston (San Jose, CA), Douglas Moore (Livermore, CA), Suhas E. Chelian (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15153406 on 05/12/2016 (796 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for an automated mailbox system. The automated mailbox system includes a personal device configured to manage a robot. The robot includes a base that forms a foundation for the robot and is coupled to a post. The robot includes a mailbox having a door. The mailbox is configured to receive documents when in the open position. The robot includes a transportation component that moves the robot in multiple directions among multiple locations. The transportation component is configured to move the robot in a first direction to a first location.

[B07C] POSTAL SORTING; SORTING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES, OR BULK MATERIAL FIT TO BE SORTED PIECE-MEAL, e.g. BY PICKING (specially adapted for a specific purpose covered by another class, see the relevant place, e.g. A43D 33/06, B23Q 7/12)


Shaving systems
Patent No. 10022882 

Inventor(s): Craig A. Provost (Boston, MA), Douglas R. Kohring (Arrowsic, ME), John W. Griffin (Moultonborough, NH), William E. Tucker (Attleboro, MA)
Assignee(s): SHAVELOGIC, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Leber IP Law (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15447497 on 03/02/2017 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: Replaceable shaving assemblies are disclosed that include a blade unit, an interface element configured to removeably connect the blade unit to a handle, on which the blade unit is pivotably mounted, and an return element disposed between the blade unit and interface element. The return element serves as interface piece, connector and pivot all in one. Shaving systems including such shaving assemblies are also disclosed, as are methods of using such shaving systems.

[B26B] HAND-HELD CUTTING TOOLS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (for harvesting A01D; for horticulture, for forestry A01G; for butchering or meat treatment A22; for manufacturing or repairing footwear A43D; nail clippers or cutters A45D 29/02; kitchen equipment A47J; for surgical purposes A61B 17/00; for metal B23D; cutting by abrasive fluid jets B24C 5/02; plier-like tools with cutting edges B25B 7/22; pincers B25C 11/02; handles for hand implements, in general B25G; guillotine-type cutters B26D; for erasing B43L 19/00; for textile materials D06H)


Automatically adjusting vehicle seat back supports of vehicle seat assemblies
Patent No. 10023075 

Inventor(s): Sergei I. Gage (Redord, 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: 15185148 on 06/17/2016 (760 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle seat comprising a seat base structure and a seat back structure pivotally connected to the seat base structure. The seat back structure includes a central adjustable region, an inboard side adjustable region adjacent the central adjustable region and a outboard side adjustable region located adjacent the central adjustable region. The seat back structure includes a central proximity sensor located at the central adjustable region, an inboard side proximity sensor located at the inboard side adjustable region and an outboard side proximity sensor located at the outboard side adjustable region. A seat back structure adjustment apparatus includes a central region adjustable member that adjusts a configuration of the central adjustable region, an inboard side adjustable member that adjusts a configuration of the inboard side adjustable region and an outboard side adjustable member that adjusts a configuration of the outboard adjustable region.

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


Tie down assembly for cargo bed
Patent No. 10023097 

Inventor(s): Ryan C. Harris (Saline, MI), Scott L. Frederick (Brighton, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15389359 on 12/22/2016 (572 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tie down assembly for a vehicle cargo bed. The tie down assembly is structured to be coupled to a sidewall of a vehicle cargo bed. The assembly includes a mounting bracket structured to be positionable and securable along the sidewall. The assembly also includes a tie down member rotatably coupled to the mounting bracket and including an indexing member. The mounting bracket has a first indexing cavity structured for receiving the indexing member therein, and a second indexing cavity angularly spaced apart from the first indexing cavity and structured for receiving the indexing member therein. The tie down assembly is structured such that the tie down member is secured in a first angular orientation when the indexing member resides within the first indexing cavity, and in a second angular orientation different from the first angular orientation when the indexing member resides within the second indexing cavity.

[B60P] VEHICLES ADAPTED FOR LOAD TRANSPORTATION OR TO TRANSPORT, TO CARRY, OR TO COMPRISE SPECIAL LOADS OR OBJECTS (vehicles with special provisions for transporting patients or disabled persons, or their personal conveyances A61G 3/00)


Variable-thickness windshield
Patent No. 10023289 

Inventor(s): Marc-Andre Rossini (Piedmond, , CA), Michael Seifert (Southlake, TX), Zi Lu (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15044974 on 02/16/2016 (882 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one embodiment, a rotorcraft front windshield comprises an optically-transparent material having a non-uniform thickness profile such that the front windshield is a first thickness at a first position and a second thickness at a second position, the first thickness being different from the second thickness.

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


Inlet duct selector for tiltrotor barrier filter
Patent No. 10023296 

Inventor(s): Brent Chadwick Ross (Flower Mound, TX), David L. Miller (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15232465 on 08/09/2016 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes an air flow bypass for a tiltrotor engine comprising: a ram air inlet comprising bypass door(s) capable of at least partially or fully blocking a ram air flow through the ram air inlet; a barrier filter inlet positioned in a side, a bottom, and/or a top of a tiltrotor engine nacelle; a filter plenum; a selector duct comprising one or more openings; and one or more selector duct doors or covers over the one or more openings; wherein the barrier filter inlet, the filter plenum, the one or more openings in the selector duct, the selector duct, and an engine are in fluid communication and the bypass door(s) in the ram inlet are closed and the barrier filter inlet provides filtered air flow to the engine when the aircraft is in hover operations.

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


Ligated anionic-element reagent complexes as novel reagents formed with metal, metalloid, and non-metal elements
Patent No. 10023595 

Inventor(s): Elizabeth Marie Skoropata (Winnipeg, , CA), Johan Alexander van Lierop (Winnipeg, , CA), Michael Paul Rowe (Pinckney, 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: 15176282 on 06/08/2016 (769 days app to issue)

Abstract: A reagent includes an element, formally in oxidation state zero, in complex with a hydride molecule and an incorporated ligand. The incorporated ligand typically has surface active properties. The reagent, termed a Ligated Anionic Element Reagent Complex, can be useful in synthesis of elemental nanoparticles. A method for synthesizing the aforementioned reagent includes a step of ball-milling a mixture containing an elemental powder, bulk hydride molecule, and bulk ligand. The components of the reagent, once complexed, have altered electronic structure and vibrational modes.

[B22F] WORKING METALLIC POWDER; MANUFACTURE OF ARTICLES FROM METALLIC POWDER; MAKING METALLIC POWDER (making alloys by powder metallurgy C22C); APPARATUS OR DEVICES SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR METALLIC POWDER


Electrolytic buffer generator
Patent No. 10023965 

Inventor(s): Purnendu K. Dasgupta (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX), Dionex Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13593426 on 08/23/2012 (2154 days app to issue)

Abstract: Buffer generators are described based on electrodialytic devices. The methods of using these devices can generate buffers for diverse applications, including separations, e.g., HPLC and ion chromatography. Also provided are chromatographic devices including the buffer generators, generally located upstream from a chromatography column, sample injector valve or both.

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


Tile edge systems and methods
Patent No. 10024058 

Inventor(s): Claudio Caselli (Dallas, TX), Rahul Patki (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Mohawk Carpet Corporation (Calhoun, GA)
Law Firm: Troutman Sanders LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14718498 on 05/21/2015 (1153 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are tiles, systems, and methods related to manufacturing bullnose or other non-straight edge tiles. The tiles can comprise a non-straight edge with one or more printed layers. The printed layers can comprise radiation curable inks or other fast-drying coatings. Upon exposure to a curing station, the layers cure quickly. This provides a printed and cured surface that very closely matches the rest of the tile. The tiles, systems, and methods disclosed herein can be of higher quality and can involve more efficient manufacturing than existing tiles, systems, and methods.

[B05D] PROCESSES FOR APPLYING LIQUIDS OR OTHER FLUENT MATERIALS TO SURFACES, IN GENERAL (conveying articles or workpieces through baths of liquid B65G, e.g. B65G 49/02) [2]


Stencil set and system for printing solder paste for printed circuit boards
Patent No. 10028392 

Inventor(s): John Andrew Trelford (Dallas, TX), Thang Danh Truong (Grand Prairie, TX), William Lonzo Woods, Jr. (Kaufman, TX)
Assignee(s): GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY (Schenectady, NY)
Law Firm: GE Global Patent Operation (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15231392 on 08/08/2016 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of printing solder paste in a component board and a stencil set for doing the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes using a first stencil having a first thickness to print solder paste into at least one through hole in the component board. The method further includes using a second stencil having a second thickness to print solder paste for at least one surface mounted part on the component board, subsequent to using the first stencil.

[B05C] APPARATUS FOR APPLYING LIQUIDS OR OTHER FLUENT MATERIALS TO SURFACES, IN GENERAL (spraying apparatus, atomising apparatus, nozzles B05B; plant for applying liquids or other fluent materials to objects by electrostatic spraying B05B 5/08) [2]


 

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

System, and associated method, for recovering water from air
Patent No. 10022649 

Inventor(s): J. Glenn Turner, Jr. (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Scheef Stone, L.L.P. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15452703 on 03/07/2017 (497 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for recovering water from air includes a base plate having an upper surface having a substantially non-reflective surface to absorb heat energy from the sun. A column is positioned on the base plate and has at least one wall through which heat energy from the sun may pass to the base plate to heat the base plate, and the base plate heats air in the column. An upper thermally conductive plate is secured at an angle between horizontal and vertical within an upper end of the column. A lower plate is secured within the column parallel to and spaced beneath the upper plate to define a flow channel between the upper plate and the lower plate. A thermoelectric cooler is connectable to a power source for cooling the upper plate. An accumulator is positioned for collecting and accumulating water that condenses on and flows through the flow channel.

[C02F] TREATMENT OF WATER, WASTE WATER, SEWAGE, OR SLUDGE (processes for making harmful chemical substances harmless, or less harmful, by effecting a chemical change in the substances A62D 3/00; separation, settling tanks or filter devices B01D; special arrangements on waterborne vessels of installations for treating water, waste water or sewage, e.g. for producing fresh water, B63J; adding materials to water to prevent corrosion C23F; treating radioactively-contaminated liquids G21F 9/04) [3]


System and method for treating water systems with high voltage discharge and ozone
Patent No. 10023478 

Inventor(s): Adrian J. Denvir (Richardson, TX), David F. Vela (Irving, TX), Jose E. Evaro (Mansfield, TX), Matthew C. Holloway (Fort Worth, TX), William P. Boesch (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): NCH Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Ross Barnes LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15883762 on 01/30/2018 (168 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for treating flowing water systems with a plasma discharge to remove or control growth of microbiological species. Components of the water system are protected from being damaged by excess energy from the electrohydraulic treatment. Ozone gas generated by a high voltage generator that powers the plasma discharge is recycled to further treat the water. A gas infusion system may be used to create fine bubbles of ozone, air, or other gases in the water being treated to aid in plasma generation, particularly when the conductivity of the water is high. An electrode mounting assembly maintains a high voltage electrode and ground electrode at a fixed distance from each other to optimize plasma generation. An open support structure for the high voltage generator circuit physically separates spark gap electrodes and resists metal deposits that may disrupt discharge of a high voltage pulse to create the plasma.

[C02F] TREATMENT OF WATER, WASTE WATER, SEWAGE, OR SLUDGE (processes for making harmful chemical substances harmless, or less harmful, by effecting a chemical change in the substances A62D 3/00; separation, settling tanks or filter devices B01D; special arrangements on waterborne vessels of installations for treating water, waste water or sewage, e.g. for producing fresh water, B63J; adding materials to water to prevent corrosion C23F; treating radioactively-contaminated liquids G21F 9/04) [3]


Systems and methods for making bioproducts
Patent No. 10023523 

Inventor(s): Robert Barrie Tripp (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Benefuel, Inc. (Chicago, IL)
Law Firm: Husch Blackwell LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14518559 on 10/20/2014 (1366 days app to issue)

Abstract: Processes for continuous preparation of bioproducts are described herein. The processes include contacting fatty acid glycerides with alcohols in the presence of an acidic heterogeneous catalyst and separating the fatty acid alkyl esters from the reaction products.

[C11B] PRODUCING, e.g. BY PRESSING RAW MATERIALS OR BY EXTRACTION FROM WASTE MATERIALS, REFINING OR PRESERVING FATS, FATTY SUBSTANCES, e.g. LANOLIN, FATTY OILS OR WAXES; ESSENTIAL OILS; PERFUMES (drying-oils C09F)


Acesulfame potassium compositions and processes for producing same
Patent No. 10023546 

Inventor(s): Arvind Yadav (Hessen, , IN), Christoph Mollenkopf (Frankfurt am Main, , DE), Peter Groer (Babenhausen, , DE)
Assignee(s): Celanese International Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Dority Manning, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15704457 on 09/14/2017 (306 days app to issue)

Abstract: Improved processes for producing high purity acesulfame potassium. In one embodiment, the process comprises the steps of contacting a solvent, e.g., dichloromethane, and a cyclizing agent, e.g., sulfur trioxide, to form a cyclizing agent composition and reacting an acetoacetamide salt with the cyclizing agent in the composition to form a cyclic sulfur trioxide adduct. The contact time is less than 60 minutes. The process also comprises forming from the cyclic sulfur trioxide adduct composition a finished acesulfame potassium composition comprising non-chlorinated, e.g., non-chlorinated, acesulfame potassium and less than 35 wppm 5-halo acesulfame potassium, preferably less than 5 wppm.

[C07D] HETEROCYCLIC COMPOUNDS (macromolecular compounds C08) [2]


Method for nitride free vapor deposition of chromium coating
Patent No. 10023749 

Inventor(s): Kevin L. Collins (Mansfield, TX), Michael J. Minor (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): United Technologies Corporation (Farmington, CT)
Law Firm: Bachman LaPointe, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14597263 on 01/15/2015 (1279 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process for applying a chromium layer on a substrate, specifically a turbine engine airfoil, by contacting at least a portion of the substrate with a gaseous chromium wherein the gaseous chromium is generated from a substantially nitrogen free source.

[C23C] COATING METALLIC MATERIAL; COATING MATERIAL WITH METALLIC MATERIAL; SURFACE TREATMENT OF METALLIC MATERIAL BY DIFFUSION INTO THE SURFACE, BY CHEMICAL CONVERSION OR SUBSTITUTION; COATING BY VACUUM EVAPORATION, BY SPUTTERING, BY ION IMPLANTATION OR BY CHEMICAL VAPOUR DEPOSITION, IN GENERAL (applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces in general B05; making metal-coated products by extrusion B21C 23/22; covering with metal by connecting pre-existing layers to articles, see the relevant places, e.g. B21D 39/00, B23K; working of metal by the action of a high concentration of electric current on a workpiece using an electrode B23H; metallising of glass C03C; metallising mortars, concrete, artificial stone, ceramics or natural stone C04B 41/00; paints, varnishes, lacquers C09D; enamelling of, or applying a vitreous layer to, metals C23D; inhibiting corrosion of metallic material or incrustation in general C23F; treating metal surfaces or coating of metals by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25D, C25F; single-crystal film growth C30B; by metallising textiles D06M 11/83; decorating textiles by locally metallising D06Q 1/04; details of scanning-probe apparatus, in general G01Q; manufacture of semiconductor devices H01L; manufacture of printed circuits H05K) [4]


Methods and compositions for using temporary, slow degrading, particulate agents in a subterranean formation
Patent No. 10023784 

Inventor(s): Amy Lyn Brooks (Waxahachie, TX), Bradley Leon Todd (Duncan, OK), Raynard Rene Veldman (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): Magnablend, Inc. (Waxahachie, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15187497 on 06/20/2016 (757 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, fluids, and compositions are provided for treating subterranean formations. The fluids can be servicing or drilling fluids including a base fluid and a particulate agent or biocide precursor particulate agent. The particulate agent can seal flow paths in the subterranean formation and subsequently can be degraded to allow flow to resume. The particulate agent may be a reaction product of a urea containing compound and an aldehyde containing compound. An example of such a reaction product is a methylene urea.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Amplified metal stud framing
Patent No. 10024059 

Inventor(s): Jason Marcum (Grapevine, TX), Joseph Gambrel (Haslet, TX), Kris Bezenek (Columbia, MO), Scott Mitchell (Roanoke, TX)
Assignee(s): BS CONCEPTS, LLC (Roanoke, TX)
Law Firm: Hahn Loeser Parks LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15380867 on 12/15/2016 (579 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments include structural metal stud framing members with an improved web design. The structural metal stud framing member with the improved web design are referred to as an amplified metal stud member. Embodiments include a bracing structure and a stiffening structure to collectively increase the axial and lateral load capacity of the stud. In other words, embodiments increase the internal strength to weight ratio for both the overall axial and lateral load.

[E04C] STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS; BUILDING MATERIALS (for bridges E01D; specially designed for insulation or other protection E04B; elements used as building aids E04G; for mining E21; for tunnels E21D; structural elements with broader range of application than for building engineering F16, particularly F16S)


Low-profile snake barrier
Patent No. 10024077 

Inventor(s): Brett Blair (McKinney, TX), Eric C. Pyhrr (Midlothian, TX), Johnny Dickson (Prosper, TX), William V. Witherspoon (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): Atrox Snake Barrier, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15017232 on 02/05/2016 (893 days app to issue)

Abstract: A low-profile snake barrier includes a plurality of sections that form a boundary. One section of the plurality of sections includes a screen-type material that is supported by a first support brace at a first end of the one section and a second support brace at a second end of the one section opposite the first end. The support braces support the screen-type material in a collapsed configuration and an erect configuration, where the erect configuration includes an upright portion of the screen-type material extending upward from the ground and an overhang portion of the screen-type material extending from the upright portion. In the collapsed configuration, the upright portion and the overhang portion are parallel to the ground. Each support brace include pivotably coupled members.

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


Door handle installation system and method of use
Patent No. 10024078 

Inventor(s): Sagi Nidam (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15092472 on 04/06/2016 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: A door installation system includes a spindle rotatably attached to an exterior knob; a first screw post secured to a front surface of the spindle; a second screw post secured to the front surface of the spindle; a cover secured to an interior knob at a first surface. The cover includes a first recess that engages with the first screw post; and a second recess that engages with the second screw post.

[E05B] LOCKS; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR; HANDCUFFS


Rock bit
Patent No. 10024105 

Inventor(s): David Bullock (Weatherford, TX), Toby Wright (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Radius HDD Direct, LLC (Perry, OK)
Law Firm: Tomlinson McKinstry, P.C. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15050019 on 02/22/2016 (876 days app to issue)

Abstract: A steerable rock bit attached by a drill string to a horizontal directional drill. The bit comprises a plurality of flanges radially extending from a central hub and a slanted face formed in the body of the bit. Cutting elements such as polycrystalline diamond compacts are disposed on the flanges on one side of the flanges such that they will provide cutting force when the bit is rotated in the direction of the cutting elements. The bit is advanced generally straight when the bit is rotated and is advanced at an angle away from the slanted face when the bit is not rotated.

[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]


Rotary drill bit
Patent No. 10024107 

Inventor(s): James Wilson Langford (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): EPIROC DRILLING TOOLS LLC (Fort Loudon, PA)
Law Firm: Venable LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14652280 on 12/14/2012 (2041 days app to issue)

Abstract: An air-cooled earth-boring drill bit including a plurality of lugs. Each lug includes a pin flange. A first roller race is distal to the pin flange. A thrust flange is distal to the first roller race. At least one pin flange vent slot is arranged in a surface of the pin flange opposite the first roller race. The at least one pin flange vent slot opens in a direction of a load side of a bearing. At least one thrust flange vent slot is arranged in a surface of the thrust flange facing the first rollers. The at least one thrust flange vent slot opens in the direction of the load side of the bearing. A plurality of flow passages are arranged within the lug to supply fluid to the at least one pin flange vent slot and the at least one thrust flange vent slot.

[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]


Flow distribution assemblies with shunt tubes and erosion-resistant fittings
Patent No. 10024116 

Inventor(s): Jan Veit (Plano, TX), Matthew Ryan Gommel (The Colony, TX), Stephen Michael Greci (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McDermott Will Emery LLP (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14760291 on 08/22/2014 (1425 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example shunt tube assembly includes at least one shunt tube that defines an inner flow path for a fluid and provides an upper portion and a lower portion. At least one shunt fitting is positioned inline between the upper and lower portions of the at least one shunt tube. The shunt fitting provides an outlet that fluidly communicates with the inner flow path to provide an exit for at least a portion of the fluid to be discharged from the at least one shunt tube.

[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]


Coiled tubing injector with hydraulic traction slip mitigation circuit and method of use
Patent No. 10024123 

Inventor(s): Timothy S. Steffenhagen (Fort Worth, TX), William B. White (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): National Oilwell Varco, L.P. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Porter Hedges LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14908272 on 08/01/2014 (1446 days app to issue)

Abstract: When one of at least two independently driven gripper chains ([b]102[/b]) of a coiled tubing injector ([b]100[/b]) begins to turn faster than another one of the injector”s other independently drive gripper chains by an amount that indicates slipping of one of the independently driven gripper chains relative to tubing ([b]109[/b]) being held between the driven gripper chains, a hydraulic timing circuit ([b]318[/b]), which is coupled with the driven chains through hydraulic timing motors ([b]214, 216[/b]), generates a pressure signal that causes the injector”s hydraulic traction system to increase the hydraulic pressure applied by hydraulic cylinders ([b]220[/b]) to generate a normal force applied by grippers on the chains to the tubing.

[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]


Through tubing bridge plug and installation method for same
Patent No. 10024132 

Inventor(s): Edwin A. Eaton (Grapevine, TX), James Dan Vick (Dallas, TX), John Patrick Rodgers (Keller, TX), Wesley Neil Ludwig (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14705536 on 05/06/2015 (1168 days app to issue)

Abstract: A through tubing bridge plug ([b]200[/b]) for providing a gripping and sealing engagement with a casing string of a wellbore. The bridge plug ([b]200[/b]) includes an actuation rod ([b]208[/b]), an anchor assembly ([b]212[/b]), a pair of compression assemblies, each including a support assembly ([b]216, 242[/b]) and an anti extrusion assembly ([b]220, 238[/b]) and a packing assembly ([b]224[/b]) disposed about the actuation rod ([b]208[/b]) between the compression assemblies. Responsive to longitudinal movement of the actuation rod ([b]208[/b]), the anchor assembly ([b]212[/b]) establishes the gripping engagement with the casing string, the compression assemblies are radially deployed such that the anti extrusion assemblies ([b]220, 238[/b]) are supported by the support assemblies ([b]216, 242[/b]) and the packing assembly ([b]224[/b]) establishes the sealing engagement with the casing string.

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


Pressure responsive downhole tool with low pressure lock open feature and related methods
Patent No. 10024138 

Inventor(s): Paul David Ringgenberg (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14758109 on 02/20/2013 (1973 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pressure responsive downhole tool includes a bi-directional collet utilized in conjunction with a pressure retaining chamber to control a ball valve utilizing a change in wellbore annulus pressure. Without substantially altering the pressure change between various operative functions, the tool can utilize the rate of pressure increase/decrease to drive the tool to different configurations. Initially, a pressure increase is utilized to engage the operation mechanism of a ball valve. Subsequently, the pressure increase can be utilized to open and close the ball valve. By varying the rate of the pressure increase and/or decrease, the position of the ball valve when the annulus pressure is bled off can be controlled, thereby permitting the ball valve to either closed when annulus pressure is decreased or remain locked-open when the annulus pressure is decreased.

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


Downhole pressure maintenance system using reference pressure
Patent No. 10024147 

Inventor(s): Colby Munro Ross (Carrollton, TX), Gregory William Garrison (Dallas, TX), Syed Hamid (Dallas, TX), Thomas Jules Frosell (Irving, TX), Tyson Harvey Eiman (Frisco, TX), William Mark Richards (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14916328 on 01/13/2015 (1281 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus that includes an elongated base pipe having an external surface at least partially defining an external region and an internal surface at least partially defining an internal region; and a pressure maintenance device disposed in the base pipe and includes a first flow path that extends between an opening in the external surface and an opening in the internal surface; a first valve that controls the flow of a first fluid through the first flow path; a first pressure differential sensor that controls the actuation of the first valve and is in fluid communication with the external region; and a pressurized fluid source in fluid communication with the first pressure differential sensor; wherein a first pressure differential threshold associated with the first pressure differential sensor is the difference between a pressure within the external region and the pressurized fluid source.

[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

 

Turbine blade tip repair
Patent No. 10024161 

Inventor(s): Christopher J. Bischof (Southlake, TX), Eric W. Stratton (Mansfield, TX), Kayleigh J. Brown (Euless, TX), Michael J. Minor (Arlington, TX), Thomas McCall (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): United Technologies Corporation (Farmington, CT)
Law Firm: Bachman LaPointe, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14617859 on 02/09/2015 (1254 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for repairing a blade wherein the blade comprises a metallic substrate shaped to define an airfoil having a tip. A coating is on the tip. The method comprises: machining to at least partially remove the coating; plating a nickel-based base layer; and plating an abrasive layer comprising a nickel-based matrix and an abrasive.

[F01D] NON-POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINES OR ENGINES, e.g. STEAM TURBINES (combustion engines F02; machines or engines for liquids F03, F04; non-positive-displacement pumps F04D)


Sensor failure error handling
Patent No. 10024591 

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: 14712562 on 05/14/2015 (1160 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)


Paintball loader drive system
Patent No. 10024624 

Inventor(s): Chris T. Goddard (Aubrey, TX), David M. Banks (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): GI SPORTZ DIRECT LLC (Sewell, NJ)
Law Firm: Volpe and Koenig, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15290182 on 10/11/2016 (644 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is directed to a ball feed mechanism and associated method for use in a paintball loader. The ball feed mechanism includes a feeder which conveys or impels balls toward a feed neck, and a drive member which is concentric with the feeder. The feeder is coupled to the drive member. An electric motor is used to rotate the drive member which in turn causes the feeder to rotate. The feed mechanism includes sensors which detect the motion of the feeder and the drive member. A controller determines the position of the feeder relative to the drive member and actuates a motor when necessary.

[F41B] WEAPONS FOR PROJECTING MISSILES WITHOUT USE OF EXPLOSIVE OR COMBUSTIBLE PROPELLANT CHARGE; WEAPONS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (projectiles for fishing, e.g. fish-spears, A01K 81/00; sports implements for throwing A63B 65/00, e.g. boomerangs A63B 65/08; stationary apparatus for projecting sports balls, e.g. tennis balls, A63B 69/40; throwing or slinging toys A63H 33/18; knives, axes B26B; projectiles or missiles other than those incorporating springs as projecting means F42B 6/00)


 

P H Y S I C S

Controlling a bottom hole assembly in a wellbore
Patent No. 10024151 

Inventor(s): Jason D. Dykstra (Carrollton, TX), Zhijie Sun (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15035448 on 12/06/2013 (1684 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for controlling a bottom hole assembly (BHA) include determining a model of BHA dynamics based on sensor measurements from the BHA; determining, based on the model of BHA dynamics, an objective function including a predicted future deviation from a planned wellbore path; determining a control input to the BHA that satisfies the objective function for a set of operating conditions of the BHA; generating, at a secondary system, relational information that relates the control input to the set of operating conditions; and transmitting the relational information from the secondary system to the BHA.

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


Wearable earpiece for providing social and environmental awareness
Patent No. 10024667 

Inventor(s): Douglas A. Moore (Livermore, CA), Joseph M. A. Djugash (San Jose, CA), Yasuhiro Ota (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14450175 on 08/01/2014 (1446 days app to issue)

Abstract: An intelligent earpiece to be worn over an ear of a user is described. The earpiece includes a processor connected to the IMU, the GPS unit and the at least one camera. The processor can recognize an object in the surrounding environment by analyzing the image data based on the stored object data and at least one of the inertial measurement data or the location data. The processor can determine a desirable event or action based on the recognized object, the previously determined user data, and a current time or day. The processor can determine a destination based on the determined desirable event or action. The processor can determine a navigation path for navigating the intelligent guidance device to the destination based on the determined destination, the image data, the inertial measurement data or the location data. The processor can determine output data based on the determined navigation path.

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


Wearable clip for providing social and environmental awareness
Patent No. 10024678 

Inventor(s): Douglas A. Moore (Livermore, CA), Joseph M. A. Djugash (San Jose, CA), Yasuhiro Ota (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14489420 on 09/17/2014 (1399 days app to issue)

Abstract: A clip includes an IMU coupled to the clip and adapted to detect inertial measurement data and a GPS coupled to the device and adapted to detect location data. The clip further includes a camera adapted to detect image data and a memory adapted to store data. The clip further includes a processor adapted to recognize an object in the surrounding environment by analyzing the data. The processor can determine a desirable action based on the data and a current time or day. The processor can determine a destination based on the determined desirable action. The processor can determine a navigation path based on the determined destination and the data. The processor is further adapted to determine output based on the navigation path. The clip further includes a speaker adapted to provide audio information to the user.

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


Smart necklace with stereo vision and onboard processing
Patent No. 10024679 

Inventor(s): Douglas A. Moore (Livermore, CA), Joseph M. A. Djugash (San Jose, CA), Yasuhiro Ota (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14480575 on 09/08/2014 (1408 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wearable neck device includes an IMU coupled to the wearable neck device and adapted to detect inertial measurement data and a GPS coupled to the device and adapted to detect location data. The wearable neck device further includes a camera adapted to detect image data and a memory adapted to store data. The wearable neck device further includes a processor adapted to recognize an object in the surrounding environment by analyzing the data. The processor can determine a desirable action based on the data and a current time or day. The processor can determine a destination based on the determined desirable action. The processor can determine a navigation path based on the determined destination and the data. The processor is further adapted to determine output based on the navigation path. The wearable neck device further includes a speaker adapted to provide audio information to the user.

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


Step based guidance system
Patent No. 10024680 

Inventor(s): Allison Thackston (San Jose, CA), Carlo Cruz (Cincinnati, OH), Christopher P. Lee (Campbell, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15067552 on 03/11/2016 (858 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device for providing spatial information to a user. The device includes a camera configured to detect image data. The device also includes an accelerometer configured to determine step data. The device also includes a processor connected to the camera and the accelerometer and configured to determine a distance travelled per step of the user based on the image data and the step data. The processor is also configured to determine a distance to a reference point based on the image data. The processor is also configured to determine a number of steps corresponding to the distance to the reference point based on the distance travelled per step of the user. The device also includes an output unit connected to the processor and configured to output the spatial information indicating the number of steps corresponding to the distance to the reference point.

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


High accuracy temperature sensor
Patent No. 10024729 

Inventor(s): Saurabh Kumar Singh (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15178363 on 06/09/2016 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: A temperature sensor is disclosed. In one aspect, the temperature sensor provides a digital output having a precise degree/code step. For example, each step in the digital output code may correspond to one degree Celsius. In one aspect, a temperature sensor comprises a precision band-gap circuit and a sigma delta modulator (SDM) analog-to-digital convertor (ADC). A bandgap voltage and a PTAT voltage may be provided from the band-gap circuit as an input to the SDM ADC. The SDM ADC may produce an output based on the difference between the PTAT voltage and the bandgap voltage. The temperature sensor may also have logic that outputs a temperature code based on the output of the SDM ADC.

[G01K] MEASURING TEMPERATURE; MEASURING QUANTITY OF HEAT; THERMALLY-SENSITIVE ELEMENTS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (radiation pyrometry G01J 5/00)


System and method of characterizing micro-fabrication processes
Patent No. 10024804 

Inventor(s): Jatinder Dhaliwal (Plano, TX), John Thornell (Richardson, TX), Steven Knauber (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (Wilmington, MA)
Law Firm: Dicke, Billig Czaja, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15601239 on 05/22/2017 (421 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for assessing a structure and the tools and processes used to form the structure is described. 2D images of the structure are captured and processed to obtain 3D information concerning the structure. Both 2D and 3D information is then used to identify and analyze selected characteristics of the structure. This analysis allows for a quality assessment of the structure. The selected characteristics are correlated with information relating to the operation of the tool that carried out the process that at least in part created the structure. The correlation of tool/process information to structure characteristics allows for the generation of feedback that may be used to modify the tool or processed used to form the structure.

[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)


Using PCB temperature compensation trace to perform DCR current sensing in power supply circuitry
Patent No. 10024890 

Inventor(s): Narasimhan Trichy (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Active-Semi, Inc. (, , VG)
Law Firm: Imperium Patent Works (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14696465 on 04/26/2015 (1178 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system comprises an integrated circuit package, an inductor that is part of a power supply, and a printed circuit board (PCB) having a metal trace disposed directly below the inductor when viewed from a top-down perspective. The integrated circuit package includes a first terminal, a second terminal, and a novel inductor current detection and calibration circuit. The first terminal is coupled to a first end of the metal trace and the second terminal is coupled to a second end of the metal trace. During operation of the power supply, the novel circuit detects an OCP condition whereby an output current of the power supply exceeds an OCP level. The novel circuit detects the OCP condition in part by sensing a voltage across the metal trace. After calibration at room temperature, the novel circuit performs accurate OCP detection over a range of temperatures without using any temperature sensor near inductor.

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


Optical fiber polarity tester
Patent No. 10025039 

Inventor(s): Billie Cottongim (Plano, TX), Kevin M. Ehringer (Dallas, TX), Troy D. Cummings (Mesquite, TX), Tung Pham (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Kevin M. Ehringer Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15407760 on 01/17/2017 (546 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)


Control system for reconfigurable rotary wing aircraft
Patent No. 10025320 

Inventor(s): James Rigsby (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION (Stratford, CT)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13396769 on 02/15/2012 (2344 days app to issue)

Abstract: A control system for a rotary wing aircraft having a reconfigurable element. The control system includes a model predictive control module receiving operator commands, objectives and constraints; and a dynamic inversion module receiving an output of the model predictive control module, the dynamic inversion module providing control commands to reconfigure the reconfigurable element of the rotary wing aircraft.

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


Automatic pause and resume of media content during automated driving based on driver”s gaze
Patent No. 10025383 

Inventor(s): John-Michael McNew (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15214641 on 07/20/2016 (727 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gaze safety module is described herein. In an embodiment, the gaze safety module may comprise a gaze area classifier, a monitoring needs estimator, and a display control. The gaze area classifier may be configured to: receive first sensor data from a sensor; and determine a first gaze classification of a driver based, at least in part, on the first sensor data. The monitoring needs estimator may be configured to: receive driving condition data; and determine one or more gaze requirements. The display control may be configured to: pause playback of a media player based, at least in part, on the first gaze classification and the one or more gaze requirements; and determine a first value for a resume type variable based, at least in part, on the first gaze classification and the one or more gaze requirements.

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


Memory interface command queue throttling
Patent No. 10025522 

Inventor(s): Daniel Helmick (Broomfield, CO)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15099653 on 04/15/2016 (823 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage device with a memory may implement command throttling in order to control power usage. The throttling may be based on modifications of certain memory parameters, such as a reduction in clock rate, bus speed, operating voltage, or command type changes. The throttling may be performed at a back end or memory interface of the storage device such that the memory interface receives un-throttled commands and can optimally throttle all of the commands from the front end.

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


Preserving read look ahead data in auxiliary latches
Patent No. 10025532 

Inventor(s): Abhijeet Manohar (Bangalore, , IN), Daniel E. Tuers (Kapaa, HI), Gadi Vishne (Petah Tikva, , IL), Judah Gamliel Hahn (Ofra, , IL), Noga Deshe (Raanana, , IL), Nurit Appel (Petach Tikvah, , IL), Vered Kelner (Moshav Gan Haim, , IL
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14928188 on 10/30/2015 (991 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage device utilizing read look ahead (RLA) may utilize auxiliary or spare latches as a RLA cache for storing pre-fetch data. The RLA may predict the next commands and do a speculative read to the flash using the latches for RLA storage. The auxiliary/spare latches may be present on a plane or die of non-volatile memory and may be different from the transfer data latch (XDL) that transfers data from the memory and the host. When the XDL is backed up, sense commands may still be performed and the data is stored in the auxiliary latches before being transferred with the XDL.

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


Memory system and method for simplifying scheduling on a flash interface module and reducing latencies in a multi-die environment
Patent No. 10025536 

Inventor(s): Abhijeet Manohar (Bangalore, , IN), Daniel E. Tuers (Kapaa, HI), Hua-Ling Cynthia Hsu (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15040639 on 02/10/2016 (888 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory system and method for simplifying scheduling on a flash interface module and reducing latencies in a multi-die environment are provided. In one embodiment, a memory die is provided comprising a memory array, an interface, at least one register, and circuitry. The circuitry is configured to receive, via the interface, a pause command from a controller in communication with the memory die; and in response to receiving the pause command: pause a data transfer between the memory die and the controller; and while the data transfer is paused and until a resume command is received, maintain state(s) of the at least one register irrespective of inputs received via the interface that would otherwise change the state(s) of the at least one register. Other embodiments are provided.

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


Automated display configuration
Patent No. 10025548 

Inventor(s): Marco A. Benavides (Carrollton, TX), Stephanie De La Fuente (Lewisville, TX), Subil M. Abraham (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts, LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15231853 on 08/09/2016 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods and tools for automatically configuring multiple display devices. The systems tools and methods automatically determine the user of the display device, a user”s display device preferences, collect feedback, user context and information of the surrounding environment as the display devices are used by the user and continuously adjust the display device settings based on the user”s interactions with the display device to better optimize the user”s experience with the display device. User settings and preferences can be remotely accessible via a computer network such as the cloud. The remotely accessible customized display settings can be retrieved from locations around the world and applied automatically to display devices where the user may be present. The systems, methods and tools for automatically configuring multiple display devices are applicable to both instances where a single user is present or multiple users are sharing a display device together.

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


Server build optimization
Patent No. 10025611 

Inventor(s): Jose R. Figueroa (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: F. Chau Associates, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14918100 on 10/20/2015 (1001 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method to perform server provisioning on a plurality of computer systems to generate a plurality of target virtual machines includes: obtaining configurations from a pool comprising at least one existing candidate virtual server or server image through a discovery process; performing a clustering analysis on the configurations to group the configurations into at least two groups; and for each group, selecting a configuration from among the configurations of the group as a candidate virtual machine image; determining a cost of actions required to be performed on the candidate virtual image to result in target virtual machines with a same configuration as the configurations of the group; and selecting the candidate virtual image with the lowest cost.

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


Adaptive hard and soft bit decoding
Patent No. 10025661 

Inventor(s): Abhilash Kashyap (San Jose, CA), Deepak Raghu (San Jose, CA), Henry Chin (San Jose, CA), Joanna Lai (San Jose, CA), Pitamber Shukla (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15391455 on 12/27/2016 (567 days app to issue)

Abstract: Technology is described herein for operating non-volatile storage. In one embodiment, the memory system tracks which adjustments to default values for hard bit read reference voltages are most frequently successful to decode data in non-volatile memory cells. In response to a process that uses only hard bits failing to successfully decode data in a group of the non-volatile memory cells, the memory system attempts to decode the data in the group of non-volatile memory cells using dynamic hard bit read reference voltages and dynamic soft bit read reference voltages that correspond to only a subset of the most frequently successful adjustments to the default values for the hard bit read reference voltages. By only using a subset of the most frequently successful adjustments to the default values for the hard bit read reference voltages time and power is saved.

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


Mapping processor address ranges to persistent storage
Patent No. 10025716 

Inventor(s): Craig Warner (Plano, TX), Gary Gostin (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: 15099984 on 04/15/2016 (823 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer apparatus and related method to access storage is provided. In one aspect, a controller maps an address range of a data block of storage into an accessible memory address range of at least one of a plurality of processors. In a further aspect, the controller ensures that copies of the data block cached in a plurality of memories by a plurality of processors are consistent.

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


Emotion, mood and personality inference in real-time environments
Patent No. 10025775 

Inventor(s): Julien J. Perez (Grenoble, , FR), Scott P. Nowson (Grenoble, , FR)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Gibb Riley, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14845528 on 09/04/2015 (1047 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems monitor communications between users and analyze the communications to simultaneously determine, for a current time period, mental state variables of one of the users. Such mental state variables include the emotion of the user, the mood of the user, and the personality of the user. Additionally, such methods aggregate the emotion, the mood, and the personality using a hierarchical probabilistic graphical model that determines the highest probability path through a directed probabilistic graph to infer the mental state of the user. The directed probabilistic graph maintains a single state for the personality for the time period, and maintains multiple states for the emotion and the mood for the time period. These methods and systems output the mental state of the user.

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


Deactivating or disabling various vehicle systems and/or components when vehicle operates in an autonomous mode
Patent No. 10025899 

Inventor(s): Christopher T. Tarte (Ann Arbor, MI), Danil V. Prokhorov (Canton, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15186380 on 06/17/2016 (760 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing system for a vehicle is provided. The computing system includes one or more processors for controlling operation of the computing system, and a memory for storing data and program instructions usable by the one or more processors. The one or more processors are configured to execute instructions stored in the memory to determine if the vehicle is operating with at least one occupant inside the vehicle. If the vehicle is operating without at least one occupant inside the vehicle, the system may control the vehicle so as to disable and/or deactivate selected ones of driver-usage systems/components and passenger-usage systems/components.

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


Hardware assisted branch transfer self-check mechanism
Patent No. 10025930 

Inventor(s): Lixin Lu (San Jose, CA), Ravi Sahita (Portland, OR), Xiaoning Li (Hillsboro, OR)
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14998155 on 12/24/2015 (936 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a self-check application to determine whether an indirect branch execution is permissible for an executable application. The self-check application uses one or more parameters received from an execution profiling module to determine whether the indirect branch execution is permitted by one or more self-check policies.

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


Data element tokenization management
Patent No. 10025941 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey J. Stapleton (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15244915 on 08/23/2016 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods to manage a tokenization manifest that can be used for managing a redaction through tokenization of a set of field level tokenization values applied to an arbitrary information object of an arbitrary file (e.g., database cells, XML and other document elements, areas of graphics images, etc.). The methods and system extend the use of tokenization to the protection of arbitrary fields or information objects of any type or format. This allows the tokenized components of the information object to be located and provided to a Tokenization Service Provider that can recover, for an authorized requestor, the original content protected by the token. The tokenization schema processes the unrestricted content into a corresponding restricted token. The token can include an embedded URL, where the URL is a link to submit a request to the Tokenization Service Provider to view the token as the unrestricted content.

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


Rundown blending optimization apparatus and method
Patent No. 10026046 

Inventor(s): Hong Chan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Aspen Technology, Inc. (Bedford, MA)
Law Firm: Hamilton, Brook, Smith Reynolds, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13475219 on 05/18/2012 (2251 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer modeling apparatus and method optimize refinery operations. Included are an input module enabling user specification of inventory information including at least one rundown component, and user specification of refinery product commitments, and a processor routine executable by a computer and coupled to the input module. The processor routine, in response to the user specification, sequences refinery operations into a schedule that matches refinery commitments with inventory and unit rundown operations, wherein the refinery operations include refinery operations events, and provides on output a display of the schedule in a manner enabling optimized refinery operations.

[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]


Risk assessment for industrial systems using big data
Patent No. 10026049 

Inventor(s): Stephen Thomas Nawalaniec (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc. (Mayfield Heights, OH)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14087821 on 11/22/2013 (1698 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cloud-based risk assessment service collects industrial data from multiple relevant and connected sources for storage and analysis on a cloud platform. The service analyzes gathered data from internal and external sources and customers across different industries to identify operational trends as a function of industry type, application type, equipment in use, device configurations, and other such variables. Based on the analysis, the risk assessment service identifies risk factors inherent in a customer”s particular industrial enterprise. The cloud-based system generates a risk profile for the customer that identifies the determined risks and recommends risk aversion strategies based on the customer”s specific profile, compared to industry standards, product information, internal business expectations, external regulatory bodies, and/or past performance. Risk profiles are tailored for both plant-level users and business-level users to provide intelligent strategies to improve performance and prevent avoidable losses.

[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]


Enabling dynamic polymorphic asset creation and reuse
Patent No. 10026060 

Inventor(s): Jeffery R. Washburn (Justin, TX), Romelia H. Flores (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: CRGO Law (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13773932 on 02/22/2013 (1971 days app to issue)

Abstract: An asset within a repository can be identified. The asset can be an electronic file. The asset can include an asset content and an asset metadata. The asset content can include a static content and a dynamic content. The asset can be semantically disassembled into one or more assemblies. The assemblies can each include an asset data and an assembly data. The assembly data can include an assembly identifier, an assembly rule, or an asset data source. A data container format associated with the asset content can be determined. The data container can be a computing data structure. The asset content can be dynamically presented within a different data container format in accordance with the request.

[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]


Ground plane detection for placement of augmented reality objects
Patent No. 10026209 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Anna, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton, TX), Sunil Vasisht (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15850234 on 12/21/2017 (208 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some implementations, a system may include a camera, a display, one or more memories, and one or more processors communicatively coupled to the one or more memories. The system may identify a horizontal plane in an image being captured by the camera and presented on the display, may determine a size of the horizontal plane, and may determine that the size of the horizontal plane satisfies a threshold. The system may designate the horizontal plane as a ground plane based on determining that the size of the horizontal plane satisfies the threshold. The system may output an indication that the horizontal plane has been designated as the ground plane.

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


Biasing scheme for multi-layer cross-point ReRAM
Patent No. 10026478 

Inventor(s): Jay Kumar (Saratoga, CA), Won Ho Choi (San Jose, CA), Zvonimir Bandic (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15448602 on 03/03/2017 (501 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for improving the performance of a non-volatile memory array during a memory operation by concurrently applying two different selected word line voltages to two different word lines within the non-volatile memory array are described. The memory operation may comprise a write operation or a combination of SET and RESET operations. The memory array may include a first word line connected to a first set of memory cells, a second word line connected to a second set of memory cells, and a third word line connected to a third set of memory cells. During the memory operation, the first word line may be set to a first selected word line voltage (e.g., 3V), the second word line may be set to a second selected word line voltage (e.g., 0V), and the third word line may be set to an unselected word line voltage (e.g., 1.5V).

[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)


First read countermeasures in memory
Patent No. 10026486 

Inventor(s): Amul Desai (Milpitas, CA), Deepanshu Dutta (Fremont, CA), Huai-Yuan Tseng (San Ramon, CA), Idan Alrod (Herzliya, , IL), Jun Wan (San Jose, CA), Ken Cheah (San Jose, CA), Sarath Puthenthermadam (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15451186 on 03/06/2017 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are provided for improving the accuracy of read operations of memory cells, where the threshold voltage of the memory cells can shift depending on the coupled up state of the word lines. In one approach, for a read operation, a representative word line voltage in a block is detected and a corresponding set of read voltages is selected. In another approach, a pre-read voltage pulse is applied to a selected word line in response to a read command, just prior to reading the selected cells. In another approach, a voltage pulse is periodically applied to each word line in a block to provide the word lines in a coupled up state. In another approach, a soft erase is performed after a read operation to prevent coupling up of the word lines.

[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)


Non-volatile memory with customized control of injection type of disturb during program verify for improved program performance
Patent No. 10026487 

Inventor(s): Hong-Yan Chen (Sunnyvale, 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: 15172653 on 06/03/2016 (774 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-volatile memory system includes one or more control circuits configured to program memory cells and verify the programming. The verifying of the programmed memory cells includes applying one or more voltages to perform boosting of a channel region associated with unselected memory cells, allowing the boosting of the channel region for a portion of time while applying the one or more voltages, preventing/interrupting the boosting of the channel region while applying the one or more voltages for a duration of time based on position of a memory cell selected for verification, applying a compare signal to the memory cell selected for verification, and performing a sensing operation for the memory cell selected for verification in response to the compare signal.

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


Non-volatile memory with read disturb detection for open blocks
Patent No. 10026488 

Inventor(s): Deepak Raghu (San Jose, CA), Grishma Shah (Milpitas, CA), Joanna Lai (San Jose, CA), Nian Niles Yang (Mountain View, CA), Phil Reusswig (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15240188 on 08/18/2016 (698 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-volatile memory system includes technology for detecting read disturb in open blocks. In one embodiment, the system determines whether a particular block of non-volatile memory cells has been subjected to a minimum number of open block read operations and performs sensing operations for memory cells connected to an open word line of the particular block. The number of errors in the sensed data is determined. If the number of errors is greater than a limit, then the system takes an action to mitigate the read disturb.

[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)


Multi-die programming with die-jumping induced periodic delays
Patent No. 10026492 

Inventor(s): Arash Hazeghi (Emeryville, CA), Cynthia Hsu (Milpitas, CA), Deepanshu Dutta (Fremont, CA), Huai-Yuan Tseng (San Ramon, CA), Navneeth Kankani (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15640563 on 07/02/2017 (380 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for improving the reliability of data stored in memory cells are described. To mitigate the effects of trapped electrons after one or more programming pulses have been applied to memory cells, a delay between the one or more programming pulses and subsequent program verify pulses may be set based on a chip temperature, the number of the one or more programming pulses that were applied to the memory cells, and/or the programming voltage that was applied to the memory cells during the one or more programming pulses. To mitigate the effects of residual electrons after one or more program verify pulses have been applied to memory cells, a delay between the one or more program verify pulses and subsequent programming pulses may be set based on a chip temperature and/or the programming voltage to be applied to the memory cells during the subsequent programming pulses.

[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)


System and method for providing network support services and premises gateway support infrastructure
Patent No. 10027500 

Inventor(s): Alvin R. McQuarters (Euless, TX), Amir Ansari (Plano, TX), George A. Cowgill (Farmersville, TX), Jude P. Ramayya (Richardson, TX), Ramprakash Masina (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): KIP PROD PI LP (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15799552 on 10/31/2017 (259 days app to issue)

Abstract: A service management system communicates via wide area network with gateway devices located at respective user premises. The service management system remotely manages delivery of application services, which can be voice controlled, by a gateway, e.g. by selectively activating/deactivating service logic modules in the gateway. The service management system also may selectively provide secure communications and exchange of information among gateway devices and among associated endpoint devices. An exemplary service management system includes a router connected to the network and one or more computer platforms, for implementing management functions. Examples of the functions include a connection manager for controlling system communications with the gateway devices, an authentication manager for authenticating each gateway device and controlling the connection manager and a subscription manager for managing applications services and/or features offered by the gateway devices. A service manager, controlled by the subscription manager, distributes service specific configuration data to authenticated gateway devices.

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


System and method for affinity-based network configuration
Patent No. 10027536 

Inventor(s): John Charles Strassner (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14315065 on 06/25/2014 (1483 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments are provided to perform affinity analysis and management of network services. The embodiments use model-driven engineering to capture more generic affinity-based relationships, including between applications and endpoints and between customers and the network infrastructure. In an embodiment method, upon receiving at a network component a request for an application, affinity analysis is performed on the application. A network configuration is then determined according to results of the affinity analysis. The affinity analysis is performed and the network configuration is determined according to business rules defining application and customer priorities. The business rules are defined using a single information model and implemented using at least one data model. The network infrastructure is then configured according to the affinity analysis and the network configuration.

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


Methods, systems, and computer readable media for peer aware load distribution
Patent No. 10027577 

Inventor(s): Paul Sheer (Dallas, TX), Vinit Prabhakar Karandikar (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Oracle International Corporation (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor Hunt, P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14813072 on 07/29/2015 (1084 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media for peer aware load distribution are disclosed. According to one method, the method includes steps occurring at a DSR comprising a plurality of message processors. The method also includes receiving Diameter messages associated with two or more Diameter sessions, wherein each of the two or more Diameter sessions is associated with a first peer group and assigning, using the first peer group and a peer aware load distribution algorithm, the two or more Diameter sessions to two or more message processors of the plurality of message processors, wherein the peer aware load distribution algorithm distributes Diameter sessions associated with the first peer group among the two or more message processors for avoiding a single point of failure.

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


Location-based content aggregation and distribution
Patent No. 10027772 

Inventor(s): Brian F. Roberts (Dallas, TX), Donald H. Relyea (Dallas, TX), Kristopher T. Frazier (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Facebook, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15893432 on 02/09/2018 (158 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes storing one or more content postings that each include data representative of one or more content instances, where each content posting is associated with one or more first users and each content posting is associated with a geographic location corresponding to a content creation event of the content posting. The method also includes selectively sending one or more of the content postings for display on an access device based on a past or present geographic location of the access device, where the access device is associated with a second user and for each content posting selectively sent for display on the access device, the geographic location associated with the content posting being within a predefined proximity of the past or present geographic location of the access device is requisite to the content posting being sent for display on the access device.

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


Encryption-based security protection for processors
Patent No. RE046956 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Edward Tangkwai Ma (Plano, TX), Stephen N. Grider (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: North Weber Baugh LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14964424 on 12/09/2015 (951 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and arrangements enable increased security for a processor, including by implementing block encryption. The block may include multiple instructions and/or operations to be executed by the processor. The block may also include multiple bytes that are read into the processor byte by byte. Once a block-wide encrypted buffer has been filled from an external memory source, the block may be decrypted using an encryption algorithm (e.g., the Data Encryption Standard (DES), the triple DES, etc.), and the decrypted block may be forwarded to a decrypted buffer. The decrypted block may thereafter be moved into a cache, which may optionally be organized into an equivalent block width (e.g., for each way of a multi-way cache). Therefore, when a processing core/instruction decoder needs a new instruction, it may retrieve one from the cache, directly from the decrypted buffer, or from external memory (e.g., after undergoing decryption). Patent Class: N/A


 

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Horizontal nanosheet FETs and method of manufacturing the same
Patent No. 10026652 

Inventor(s): Mark S. Rodder (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15343157 on 11/03/2016 (621 days app to issue)

Abstract: Multi-Vt horizontal nanosheet devices and a method of making the same. In one embodiment, an integrated circuit includes a plurality of horizontal nanosheet devices (hNS devices) on a top surface of a substrate, the plurality of hNS devices including a first hNS device and a second hNS device spaced apart from each other horizontally. Each of the hNS devices includes a first and a second horizontal nanosheets spaced apart vertically; and a gate stack between the first and second horizontal nanosheets, the gate stack including a work function metal (WFM) layer. A thickness of the first and second horizontal nanosheets of the first hNS device is different from a thickness of the first and second horizontal nanosheets of the second hNS device, and a thickness of the WFM layer of the first hNS device is different from a thickness of the WFM layer of the second hNS device.

[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]


Cooling structure for integrated circuits and methods for forming such structure
Patent No. 10026674 

Inventor(s): Travis L. Mayberry (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Daly, Crowley, Mofford Durkee, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14978358 on 12/22/2015 (938 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for forming a cooling structure having a plurality of cooling members. The method includes: providing a template having a plurality of features, such members projecting outward from a base of a template or holes passing into the template, the features being arranged in a predetermined pattern, such pattern being selected in accordance with the predetermined pattern of cooling members; and forming a conformal coating of diamond over the features.

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


Semiconductor device including a repeater/buffer at higher metal routing layers and methods of manufacturing the same
Patent No. 10026751 

Inventor(s): Mark S. Rodder (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15210867 on 07/14/2016 (733 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a series of metal routing layers and a complementary pair of planar field-effect transistors (FETs) on an upper metal routing layer of the metal routing layers. The upper metal routing layer is M3 or higher. Each of the FETs includes a channel region of a crystalline material. The crystalline material may include one or more transition metal dichalcogenide materials such as MoS[subscript]2[/subscript], WS[subscript]2[/subscript], WSe[subscript]2[/subscript], and/or combinations thereof.

[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]


Implementation of VMCO area switching cell to VBL architecture
Patent No. 10026782 

Inventor(s): Christopher Petti (Mountain View, , CA), Chu-Chen Fu (San Ramon, CA), Yangyin Chen (Heverlee, , BE), Yoichiro Tanaka (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15633054 on 06/26/2017 (386 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for improving performance of a non-volatile memory that utilizes a Vacancy Modulated Conductive Oxide (VMCO) structure are described. The VMCO structure may include a layer of amorphous silicon (e.g., a Si barrier layer) and a layer titanium oxide (e.g., a TiO2 switching layer). In some cases, the VMCO structure or VMCO stack may use bulk switching or switching O-ion movements across an area of the VMCO structure, as opposed to switching locally in a constriction of vacancy formed filamentary path. A VMCO structure may be partially or fully embedded within a word line layer of a memory array.

[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]


Tunneling field effect transistor (TFET) having a semiconductor fin structure
Patent No. 10026830 

Inventor(s): Qing Liu (Watervliet, NY), Salih Muhsin Celik (Niskayuna, NY)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Crowe Dunlevy (Local + 7 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14698921 on 04/29/2015 (1175 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tunneling field effect transistor is formed from a fin of semiconductor material on a support substrate. The fin of semiconductor material includes a source region, a drain region and a channel region between the source region and drain region. A gate electrode straddles over the fin at the channel region. Sidewall spacers are provided on each side of the gate electrode. The source of the transistor is made from an epitaxial germanium content source region grown from the source region of the fin and doped with a first conductivity type. The drain of the transistor is made from an epitaxial silicon content drain region grown from the drain region of the fin and doped with a second conductivity type.

[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]


Structure and process for overturned thin film device with self-aligned gate and S/D contacts
Patent No. 10026849 

Inventor(s): Carl J. Radens (LaGrangeville, NY), John H. Zhang (Altamont, NY), Lawrence A. Clevenger (Rhinebeck, NY), Yiheng Xu (Hopewell Junction, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15259516 on 09/08/2016 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: Processes and overturned thin film device structures generally include a metal gate having a concave shape defined by three faces. The processes generally include forming the overturned thin film device structures such that the channel self-aligns to the metal gate and the contacts can be self-aligned to the sacrificial 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]


System for thermoelectric energy generation
Patent No. 10026886 

Inventor(s): Joshua E. Moczygemba (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): Marlow Industries, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15268057 on 09/16/2016 (669 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a first plate and a second plate. The first plate is arranged to be thermally coupled to a first surface and the second plate is arranged to be thermally coupled to an environment. The environment has a temperature that is different than the first surface. The system also includes a thermoelectric device that includes a plurality of thermoelectric elements. The thermoelectric device includes a third plate coupled to the plurality of thermoelectric elements and thermally coupled to the first plate. The thermoelectric device also includes a fourth plate coupled to the plurality of thermoelectric elements and thermally coupled to the second plate. The system also includes a dielectric fluid arranged between the first plate and the second plate. The thermoelectric elements are submersed in the dielectric fluid.

[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]


Adaptation of polyphase waveguide probes
Patent No. 10027116 

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Red Oak, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14848653 on 09/09/2015 (1042 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for transmitting energy conveyed in the form of a guided surface-waveguide mode along a lossy conducting medium such as, e.g., the surface of a terrestrial medium by exciting a polyphase waveguide probe. A probe control system can be used to adjust the polyphase waveguide probe based at least in part upon characteristics of the lossy conducting medium.

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


Classification of transmission
Patent No. 10027131 

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Joseph F. Pinzone (Cornelius, NC), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH), Michael W. Miller (Rogers, AZ)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, Inc. (Italy, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14848565 on 09/09/2015 (1042 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for distributing power to loads and classifying loads that receive electrical energy in the form of guided surface waves that are transmitted by guided surface waveguide probes along a terrestrial medium.

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


Electrical charging device chassis and cases
Patent No. 10027149 

Inventor(s): William J. Warren (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carr Ferrell LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15139215 on 04/26/2016 (812 days app to issue)

Abstract: Electrical charging device chassis and cases are provided herein. An example device includes a chassis for a computer, the chassis having a sidewall extending perpendicularly from the chassis, the chassis being configured to enclose computer components of the computer, the computer components having an energy storage device, the chassis comprising an electrical connector that extends from the sidewall. The device also includes a circuit mounted on the chassis that charges the energy storage device when the electrical connector is coupled with a power source.

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


Implant current controlled battery charging based on temperature
Patent No. 10027157 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Cottrill (Cleveland, OH), Les Halberg (Valencia, CA), Michael Labbe (Twinsburg, OH)
Assignee(s): Nuvectra Corporation (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14977768 on 12/22/2015 (938 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for wirelessly charging a battery in an implantable medical device including the steps of: providing a receiver in the implantable medical device and providing a temperature sensor in the implantable medical device. The method also includes receiving, via the receiver, a wireless power signal from an external charger and converting the wireless power signal into a battery charge signal including power for recharging the battery. The method yet also includes sensing a temperature of the implantable medical device with the temperature sensor. The method further includes changing a current of the battery charge signal from a first non-zero current to a second non-zero current that is different from the first non-zero current. Changing of the current of the battery charge signal is based on the temperature sensed by the temperature sensor.

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


Load shedding in a guided surface wave power delivery system
Patent No. 10027177 

Inventor(s): Basil F. Pinzone, Jr. (Newbury, OH), James D. Lilly (Silver Spring, MD), James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), John Robert Ashcroft (St. Louis, MO), Joseph F. Pinzone (Cornelius, NC), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH), Michael W
Assignee(s): CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Red Oak, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15242902 on 08/22/2016 (694 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of load shedding techniques for a guided surface wave power delivery system. In one embodiment, among others, a guided surface wave receive structure is configured to obtain electrical energy from a guided surface wave traveling along a lossy conducting medium. A user device is coupled to the guided surface wave receive structure as an electrical load, where a load shedding application of the user device is configured to receive load shedding instructions from a controller device coupled to the guided surface waveguide probe and is configured to regulate user device consumption of the electrical energy provided by the guided surface wave.

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


Power supply with digitally variable slope compensation circuit
Patent No. 10027227 

Inventor(s): Craig Sean Dean (Carollton, TX), Erik Steven Haugarth (Plano, TX), Jan Simon Reuning (The Colony, TX), Lynn Edward Roszel (Wylie, TX), Scott Richard Wilson (Carollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Dean Technology, Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Buskop Law Group, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15830773 on 12/04/2017 (225 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power supply with digitally compensated circuit having a plurality of integrated circuits. The plurality of integrated circuits has a digitally variable slope controller to adjust charge time of an inductor and voltage distortion and an adjustable voltage generator, which generates a modified voltage set point. The digitally compensated circuit has a comparator, which compares the modified voltage set point to a first feedback and turns off a comparator output signal when first feedback approaches or exceeds the modified voltage set point. An adjustable pulse width modulator generator produces an output voltage. A current monitor receives output voltage and provides a second feedback, which is transferred to the plurality of integrated circuits. An inductor receives output voltage and generates variable output power for a load, utilizing the digitally variable slope controller to reduce oscillation, system disturbances, and subharmonic oscillations over a dynamic voltage input range.

[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]


Resolver to digital conversion apparatus and method
Patent No. 10027344 

Inventor(s): Brian D. Pautler (The Colony, TX), Marcos Bird (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Lando Anastasi, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15408541 on 01/18/2017 (545 days app to issue)

Abstract: A resolver to digital converter is provided and includes first and second inputs to receive signals from a resolver and an output to provide an estimated angle of a rotor. The sine component signal is multiplied by the cosine of the estimated angle and the cosine component signal is multiplied by the sine of the estimated angle, and a difference between them is calculated to provide an error measurement. The estimated angle is updated by the error measurement.

[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]


Cascaded waveform modulation with an embedded control signal for high-performance mobile fronthaul
Patent No. 10027413 

Inventor(s): Huaiyu Zeng (Red Bank, NJ), Xiang Liu (Marlboro, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15179526 on 06/10/2016 (767 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented in a communication device, comprising generating, via a processor of the communication device, a first waveform modulation signal based on a first approximation of an input signal, generating, via the processor, a second waveform modulation signal based on a first difference between the input signal S and the first waveform modulation signal, generating, via the processor, a control signal having a sequence of control symbols with a pre-determined modulation format, performing, via the processor, time-domain multiplexing (TDM) on the first waveform modulation signal, the second waveform modulation signal, and the control signal to form a cascaded waveform modulation signal with embedded control signal (CWM-CS), modulating, via a frontend of the communication device, the CWM-CS onto a carrier, and transmitting, via the frontend, the CWM-CS over a communication link to a corresponding communication device in a network.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for coverage enhancement
Patent No. 10027450 

Inventor(s): Yunsong Yang (San Diego, CA), Zhigang Rong (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15183329 on 06/15/2016 (762 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a transmitting device includes generating a frame having at least a first preamble and a second preamble, and transmitting the first preamble in a first frequency resource and the second preamble in a second frequency resource, wherein the second frequency resource is smaller than the first frequency resource.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for sharing a control channel for carrier aggregation
Patent No. 10027460 

Inventor(s): Sean McBeath (Irving, TX), Zhijun Cai (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD. (Dongguan, Guangdong, , CN)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12816104 on 06/15/2010 (2954 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for processing a control channel at a user agent (UA) to identify at least one of an uplink and a downlink resource allocated by a resource grant within a multi-carrier communication system wherein resource grants are specified by control channel element (CCE) subset candidates, the method comprising the steps of identifying the number of configured carriers used to communicate with the access device, based on the number of configured carriers used to communicate with the access device, identifying a number of CCE subset candidates to decode and decoding up to the identified number of CCE subset candidates in an attempt to identify the resource grant.

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


Secure file sharing method and system
Patent No. 10027484 

Inventor(s): Rick L. Orsini (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Security First Corp. (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA)
Law Firm: Haley Guiliano LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14749172 on 06/24/2015 (1119 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for securely sharing data. A processor forms two or more shares of a data set encrypted with a symmetric key, the data set associated with a first user device, and causes the encrypted data set shares to be stored separately from each other in at least one remote storage location. The processor generates first and second encrypted keys by encrypting data indicative of the symmetric key with a first asymmetric key of first and second asymmetric key pairs associated with the first user device and a second user device, respectively, and causes the encrypted key to be stored in the at least one storage location. To restore the data set, a predetermined number of the two or more encrypted data set shares and at least one of the second asymmetric keys of the first and second asymmetric key pairs are needed.

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


System and method for providing auditable secure seeds to random number generators across multiple entities
Patent No. 10027487 

Inventor(s): Kenneth Earl Irwin (Dawsonville, GA), Robert David Hamman (Dallas, TX), William Carey Kennedy, III (Dallas, TX), William John Rump (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): SCA Promotions, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15152009 on 05/11/2016 (797 days app to issue)

Abstract: A processor generates a first seed, wherein the first seed is a random number. The processor generates, a digital signature of the first seed. An interface communicates digital signature of the first seed to a first remote entity. The interface receives a digital signature of a second seed. After communicating the digital signature of the first seed to the first remote entity, the interface receives the second seed from the first remote entity. After receiving the digital signature of the second seed, the interface communicates the first seed to the first remote entity. The processor determines, using the digital signature of the second seed and the second seed, whether the second seed is valid. Upon a determination that the second seed is valid, the processor combines the first seed and the second seed to form a drawing seed. The processor generates a first draw result using the drawing seed and a drawing algorithm. The interface receives a second draw result from the first remote entity. The processor compares the first draw result and the second draw result. The processor communicates the draw results upon a determination that the first draw result and the second draw result are in agreement.

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


Log management system and method for distributed computing systems
Patent No. 10027534 

Inventor(s): Akshaya Mahapatra (San Jose, CA), Vandana Rao (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14723006 on 05/27/2015 (1147 days app to issue)

Abstract: A log management system includes a computer executable application that may be executed to obtain a first log entry from a first resource of a distributed computing system having multiple resources, and obtain resource information about at least one other resource of the distributed computing system that is correlated with the first resource. From the resource information, the application obtains one or more log entries from the correlated resource, and displays the first log entry and the correlated log entry on a display.

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


System for controlled data exchange in a file hosting service environment
Patent No. 10027673 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX), Sorin N. Cismas (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14986819 on 01/04/2016 (925 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides for managing and controlling data file transfer exchange to and from file hosting services, such as cloud-based file hosting services. Specifically, the present invention control what data files are authorized for uploading to the file hosting service and downloading from the file hosting service, as well as, controlling the access to such files after uploading or downloading the data file.

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


Vehicle human-machine interface (HMI) device operation of a handheld mobile device
Patent No. 10027759 

Inventor(s): Steven H. Shannir (Dearborn, 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: 15229748 on 08/05/2016 (711 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and device for providing original equipment manufacturer (OEM) human-machine interface (HMI) device operation of a non-OEM handheld mobile device is provided. The method and/or device operate to process an access request received via a vehicle network, and transmits, in response to the access request, a HMI configuration request that corresponds to the OEM HMI device. The method and/or device receive, in response to the HMI configuration request, a HMI mapping assignment that corresponds with the OEM HMI device, and applies the HMI mapping assignment to OEM HMI device data to produce non-OEM HMI data, in which the OEM HMI device data being operable to manipulate at least one application function of the non-OEM handheld mobile device.

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


Method and procedure for dynamic services orchestration that runs within an on-device software container
Patent No. 10027769 

Inventor(s): Matthew Oommen (Frisco, TX), Nathan A. Smith (Frisco, TX), Pallavur A. Sankaranaraynan (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): RELIANCE JIO INFOCOMM USA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15489629 on 04/17/2017 (456 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for providing network services is provided. The system includes a device configured to interface with the network to receive a container, where the container is configured to interface with an operating system of the device and a plurality of applications operating on the device. The container is further configured to interface with a network services provider of one or more network services and one or more third party service providers.

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


Alarm control for inmate call monitoring
Patent No. 10027797 

Inventor(s): Stephen L. Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15700850 on 09/11/2017 (309 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein is an inmate call monitoring station including a processor and/or circuit configured to display data regarding a plurality of inmate communications occurring in a correctional facility on a display, wherein each inmate communication includes a participating inmate from among a plurality of inmates in the correctional facility, receive, from a monitoring server, a first notification indicating detection of a predefined event in a first inmate communication, play audio of the first inmate communication through an output device in response to receiving the first notification, receive, from the monitoring server, a second notification indicating activation of an alarm in response to the detection of the predefined event, wherein the alarm is activated to emit a sound in an area of the correctional facility until the alarm is manually turned off, and transmit, to the monitoring server, a request to suspend the first inmate communication.

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


Residual entropy compression for cloud-based video applications
Patent No. 10027992 

Inventor(s): Akshay Malhotra (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Adobe Systems Incorporated (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Finch Maloney PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14964715 on 12/10/2015 (950 days app to issue)

Abstract: Residual vectors are compressed in a lossless compression scheme suitable for cloud DVR video content applications. Thus, a cloud DVR service provider can take many copies of the same file stored in the cloud and save storage space by compressing those copies while still maintaining their status as distinct copies, one per user. Vector quantization is used for compressing already-compressed video streams (e.g., MPEG streams). As vector quantization is a lossy compression scheme, the residual vector has to be stored to regenerate the original video stream at the decoding (playback) node. Entropy coding schemes like Arithmetic or Huffman coding can be used to compress the residual vectors. Additional strategies can be implemented to further optimize this residual compression. In some embodiments, the techniques operate to provide a 25-50% improvement in compression. Storage space is thus more efficiently used and video transmission may be faster in some cases.

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


Advertisement scheduler
Patent No. 10028003 

Inventor(s): Wassim Samir Chaar (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEM, INC. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Chip Law Group (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14842799 on 09/01/2015 (1050 days app to issue)

Abstract: An advertisement scheduler in the television advertisement scheduling system receives a commercial break schedule generated from a completed assignment of one or more spots that correspond to the deals comprising advertisers orders to place the one or more spots into one or more commercial breaks in the commercial break schedule based on constraints and placement requirements. The advertisement scheduler may determine representative liability per pending spot for one or more of the deals, and reshuffle the placement of the one or more spots based on the representative liability of the one or more deals in order to minimize liability associated with the one or more deals. The advertisement scheduler may reshuffle the placement of the one or more spots based on a forecast of expected viewership associated with the one or more deals, and generate a finalized commercial break schedule based on the reshuffling.

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


Method to trigger devices based on their location
Patent No. 10028082 

Inventor(s): Devaki Chandramouli (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS OY (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14396145 on 04/23/2012 (2276 days app to issue)

Abstract: Communication systems including the evolved packet system can include machine type communication. Location device triggering can be a feature related to machine type communication (MTC) and can also be applied to other areas, such as public safety networks. In this feature, the network can initiate a trigger to the device, such as MTC devices, based on area information provided to the network operator. A method can include triggering a group of devices using a triggering request. The triggering request includes at least one of geographic information or a group identifier based on geographic information. The method can also include receiving the request and determining at least one serving node based on the geographic information when the triggering request geographic information. The method can further include sending a device trigger request including at least one of a tracking area identifier, a cell identifier, or the group identifier.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Reverse link reliability through re-assembling multiple partially decoded connectionless frames in wireless communication networks
Patent No. 10028165 

Inventor(s): Ting Lu (Beijing, , CN), Xiaowu Zhao (Shenzhen, , CN), Yonggang Fang (San Diego, CA), YuanFang Yu (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): ZTE (USA) Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13890195 on 05/08/2013 (1896 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques, devices, and systems that include mechanisms for connectionless communications in wireless communication networks or systems include a base station controller, a plurality of base stations and a mobile station. The base station controller combines connectionless transmissions received by the base stations, including decoded and un-decoded frames, into a complete message.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for single radio voice call continuity in a multi-line, multi-device service environment in a communications network
Patent No. 10028175 

Inventor(s): Anish Sharma (Richardson, TX), Bejoy Pankajakshan (Allen, TX), Michael Brett Wallis (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Mavenir System, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero Perle, L.L.P. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14992771 on 01/11/2016 (918 days app to issue)

Abstract: Communication systems and methods suitable for use in a Multiple Line Multiple Device service environment, involving a native line and a second shared line, are disclosed. Logic at one or more nodes and application servers is configured to ensure that network handover data, or other information, is only updated for the native line registration but not the shared line. Then when a call is placed or received on the shared line, the call is anchored to the native line based on that network handover data. If, during that call, a request is received to handover the call from a first network having a first communication protocol to a second network having a second communication protocol, the handover occurs based on the anchored native line. In one example embodiment the first network is a Packet Switched network and the second network is a Circuit Switched network.

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


Method and relay node for mobile relay enablement
Patent No. 10028185 

Inventor(s): Yi Song (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15251853 on 08/30/2016 (686 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and relay node for managing a relay node that is moving relative to a source network node, the method receiving parameters of a target network node from a source network node at the relay node; initiating a direct attachment of the relay node to the target network node; and detaching the relay node from the source network node. Also, a method and network node for managing a relay node that is moving relative to a source network node, the method sending a handover request of a relay node from the source network node to a target network node; performing handover of a plurality of user equipments (UEs) from the source network node to the target network node, wherein the plurality of UEs are attached to the relay node, and establishing an interface between the relay node and the target network node.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Network based speed dependent load balancing
Patent No. 10028194 

Inventor(s): Hongyan Lei (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Hartman Citrin LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14980366 on 12/28/2015 (932 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile device mobility state is included in device reporting to a radio access network for mobility event and load balancing purposes. Respective load conditions and respective coverage areas of a first set of devices of a first network and a second set of devices of a second network are analyzed. In addition, a mobility state of a mobile device, a first signal strength associated with the first set of devices, and a second signal strength associated with the second set of devices are also analyzed. The mobility state is a function of a movement pattern of the mobile device and a speed at which the mobile device is being moved. Network traffic of the mobile device is routed to a set of network devices selected from the first set of devices and the second set of devices, as a result of the analysis.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Supporting device-to-device communication in a rich communication service context
Patent No. 10028204 

Inventor(s): David Stuart Furbeck (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13837199 on 03/15/2013 (1950 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture to support device-to-device communication in a rich communication service context are disclosed. Some example methods disclosed herein include sending, to a network node, first device-to-device capability information for a first device, the first device-to-device capability information being associated with device-to-device functionality supported by the first device, and receiving, from the network node, second device-to-device capability information for a second device associated with a contact stored in the first device, the second device-to-device capability information being associated with device-to-device functionality supported by the second device. Other example methods disclosed herein include receiving, from a first device, first device-to-device capability information for the first device, and sending, to the first device, second device-to-device capability information for a second device associated with a contact stored in the first device.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Delivering data to a wireless station
Patent No. 10028255 

Inventor(s): Dwight R. Smith (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Google Technology Holdings LLC (Mountain View, CA)
Law Firm: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz Mentlik, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15629179 on 06/21/2017 (391 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are methods for delivering data ([b]212[/b]) to a wireless station ([b]102[/b]). An access point ([b]104[/b]), or any other suitable device or system, receives a plurality of association requests ([b]204[/b]) from a plurality of wireless stations ([b]102[/b]) and transmits a different association identifier ([b]208[/b]) to each of the plurality of wireless stations ([b]102[/b]). The access point ([b]104[/b]) buffers data ([b]212[/b]) for a subset of the wireless stations ([b]102[/b]). If the number of wireless stations ([b]102[/b]) with buffered data ([b]212[/b]) at the access point ([b]104[/b]) is less than a threshold, then the access point ([b]104[/b]) transmits a list of association identifiers indicating that buffered data ([b]212[/b]) are held for each wireless station ([b]102[/b]) identified by the list. If the number of wireless stations ([b]102[/b]) with buffered data ([b]212[/b]) at the access point ([b]104[/b]) is not less than the threshold, then the access point ([b]104[/b]) transmits data indicative of a range of association identifiers indicating that buffered data ([b]212[/b]) are held for at least one wireless station ([b]102[/b]) identified by the range.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Radio communication terminal devices and methods for random access
Patent No. 10028262 

Inventor(s): Akihiko Nishio (Kanagawa, , JP), Jun Cheng (Kyoto, , JP), Kenichi Miyoshi (Kanagawa, , JP)
Assignee(s): Optis Wireless Technology, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15446183 on 03/01/2017 (503 days app to issue)

Abstract: A terminal apparatus includes processing circuitry that generates a plurality of identical transmission packets and assigns each of the plurality of identical transmission packets to subcarriers in a random access channel. A transmitter transmits the plurality of identical transmission packets in accordance with the assignment over the random access channel.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Communications in a wireless network for carrier selection and switching
Patent No. 10028279 

Inventor(s): Jialing Liu (Palatine, IL), Qian Cheng (Aurora, IL), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14975522 on 12/18/2015 (942 days app to issue)

Abstract: Communications in a wireless network for carrier Selection and switching are provided. A terminal in the wireless network is simultaneously receiving data on at most m carriers. A base station in the wireless network sends an activation command associated with more than m carriers to the terminal. The terminal activates the more than m carriers. Then the base station selects a first subset from the activated carriers, and sends a first monitoring command associated with the first subset via a first physical-layer signaling to the terminal. When load and/or interference situations are changed, the base station selects a second subset from the activated carriers, and sends a second monitoring command associated with the second subset via a second physical-layer signaling to the terminal, wherein the first subset is different from the second subset.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for indicating periodic allocations
Patent No. 10028298 

Inventor(s): Yunsong Yang (San Diego, CA), Zhigang Rong (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15376381 on 12/12/2016 (582 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless communications system includes an access point (AP) and at least a station. The AP transmits a periodic scheduling indicator, a compression indicator and scheduling information to a station. The periodic scheduling indicator indicates whether a periodic transmission is scheduled for a station, and wherein the compression indicator indicates whether the scheduling information for the station is compressed scheduling information. The station determines full scheduling information in accordance with the periodic scheduling indicator, the compression indicator and the scheduling information. Then, the station transmits a packet in accordance with the full scheduling information to the AP. Reduction in signaling overhead is achieved.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Providing a time offset between scheduling request and sounding reference symbol transmissions
Patent No. 10028299 

Inventor(s): James Earl Womack (Bedford, TX), Zhijun Cai (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12052893 on 03/21/2008 (3770 days app to issue)

Abstract: A user equipment (UE) including a processor configured to promote scheduling transmission of a series of scheduling requests offset a series of sounding reference symbols.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Radial fin heat sink for remote radio heads and the like
Patent No. 10028333 

Inventor(s): Sammit Patel (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Techologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14829028 on 08/18/2015 (1064 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes three remote radio heads (RRHs) mounted on a pole using one or more triangular brackets, each RRH connected to a corresponding antenna. Each RRH includes an electronics module, a heat sink mounted on the electronics module, and a cover attached to the heat sink. The heat sink comprises a base, a plurality of attached forward-facing fins, and a pair of backward-facing fins. Each forward-facing fin and backward-facing fin comprises a proximal end attached to the base and an opposite distal end. The proximal ends of the plurality of forward-facing fins are collinear. The distal ends of the plurality of forward-facing fins and the backward-facing fins define an arc of an ellipse.

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


Semiconductor package with dual second level electrical interconnections
Patent No. 10028380 

Inventor(s): Abhishek Ramesh Tambat (Santa Clara, CA), Elad Baram (Sunnyvale, CA), Naveen Kini (San Jose, CA), Pradip Ghimire (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14521303 on 10/22/2014 (1364 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor package such as a multi-chip package is disclosed. The semiconductor package may be configured for dual second level interconnection onto a printed circuit board of a host device. Thus, a single semiconductor package may be used on host printed circuit boards having different configurations.

[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]


DESIGN PATENTS

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Patent No. D823133 

Inventor(s): Daniel S. Keating (Colorado Springs, CO)
Assignee(s): TUESDAY MORNING PARTNERS, LTD. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29542499 on 10/14/2015 (1007 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Magnifying device
Patent No. D823368 

Inventor(s): Daniel L. Kessler (Dallas, TX), Henry M. Kessler (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Sy Kessler Sales, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29579152 on 09/28/2016 (657 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Blood collection tube holder with offset needle retraction chamber and frontal attachment
Patent No. D823457 

Inventor(s): Mark Small (Heavener, OK), Ni Zhu (Plano, TX), Thomas J. Shaw (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Retractable Technologies, Inc. (Little Elm, TX)
Law Firm: Ross Barnes LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29570119 on 07/05/2016 (742 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Blood collection tube holder
Patent No. D823458 

Inventor(s): Mark Small (Heavener, OK), Thomas J. Shaw (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Retractable Technologies, Inc. (Little Elm, TX)
Law Firm: Ross Barnes LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29587820 on 12/15/2016 (579 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Slimline syringe with offset needle retraction chamber and frontal attachment
Patent No. D823461 

Inventor(s): Mark Small (Heavener, OK), Ni Zhu (Plano, TX), Thomas J. Shaw (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Retractable Technologies, Inc. (Little Elm, TX)
Law Firm: Ross Barnes LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29570115 on 07/05/2016 (742 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Frontal attachment for medical device
Patent No. D823463 

Inventor(s): Mark Small (Heavener, OK), Ni Zhu (Plano, TX), Thomas J. Shaw (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Retractable Technologies, Inc. (Little Elm, TX)
Law Firm: Ross Barnes LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29570114 on 07/05/2016 (742 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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