Dallas Invents: 118 Patents Granted for Week of April 30

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 11 for patent activity out of 250 metros.

Patents granted include:
•  Shavelogic's pivoting razors
•  YSEOP's techniques for automatic generation of natural language text
•  Shooting Simulator's  method for marksmanship training
•  Wells Fargo's biometric electronic signature tokens
•  Advatect Diagnostics' compositions for detecting fungi and mycotoxins
•  Bell's avionics system for using a smartphone to input-output flight data
•  CareView Communications'  system and method for predicting patient falls
•  Moneygram's bail and bond services via a money transfer network
•  HoboLoco's foot-operated video game and virtual reality controller
•  Nvidia's sound-activated control system

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of April 30, 2019 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 9
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 6
SanDisk Technologies (Addison) 6
Toyota Motor Engineering North America (Plano) 6
STMicroelectronics(Coppell) 4

UNASSIGNED 5


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Eric Conzemius (The Colony) 2
Farooq Khan (Allen) 2
Gregory Thomas Werkheiser (Dallas) 2
Hoainam James Tonthat (Greenville) 2
Reid Elliott Zevenbergen (Frisco) 2


FIRST SEEN 
EXAMPLES OF COMPANIES THAT MAY BE ORIGINATING A PATENT IN THE REGION FOR THE FIRST TIME, ACCORDING TO PATENT INDEX.

Diddes
Patent No. 10278242
Thermal and power optimization for linear regulator 

Doe Creek Capital
Patent No. 10275993
Roulette gaming system and roulette game and method of conducting the same

FathomD
Patent No. 10272338
Method and system for creating computer-based multi-user interactive environments having automatically validated rules

Hemotek
Patent No. 10272105
Plant medium including an oxygen-enabled composition

HoboLoco
Patent No. 10275019
Virtual reality locomotion device

Still Technologies            
Patent No. 10272355
Distillation column having removable tray assembly

Zinwave Ltd.                   
Patent No. 10277172
Reduction of second-order non-linear distortion in a wideband communication system  


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

207 days TIE

Plant medium including an oxygen-enabled composition
Assignee: Hemotek LLC (Plano)
Inventors: Caree L. Woodmansee (Marshall), John W Woodmansee, Jr. (Frisco), Robert A Woodmansee (Plano), William E. Harmon (Russellville, AR)

Protection of ranging sounding signals from physical level attacks
Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated (San Diego, CA)
Inventor: Naveen Kumar Kakani (Irving)

2,659 days
Process for reducing abnormal combustion within an internal combustion engine
Assignee: Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano)
Inventors: Kiyotaka Yamashita (Ann Arbor, MI), Oana Nitulescu (Ann Arbor, MI), Tenghua Tom Shieh (Ann Arbor, MI, US), Wei Liu Liu (Canton, MI)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Pressure-venting container
Patent No. 10271624 

Inventor(s): Jack White (Alpharetta, GA), Lynn Winterton (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Better Vision Solutions LLC (Keller, TX)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould PC (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15962338 on 04/25/2018 (370 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for releasing a contained volume of gas. The system has a base with a pressure-release vent positioned within a flex region and a seal to disengagably seal the pressure-release vent. The seal has a gas vent path that extends from the pressure-release vent. The contained volume of gas passes through the gas vent path to apply force against the flex region and disengage the seal from the pressure-release vent, allowing the gas to exit through the pressure-release vent.

[A45C] PURSES; LUGGAGE; HAND CARRIED BAGS


Spinal cross-connector and method for use of same
Patent No. 10271878 

Inventor(s): Steve Courtney (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Eminent Spine LLC (Georgetown, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15614916 on 06/06/2017 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: A spinal cross-connector for connection between adjacent first and second rods and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, a coupling member including a bar extends from a body portion opposite to and in longitudinal axial alignment with a c-shaped arm. A second coupling member which includes a rack extends from a body portion opposite to and in longitudinal axial alignment with a another c-shaped arm. The rack is superposed in a selectively adjustable overlapping mechanical engagement with the bearing surface. Each c-shaped arm includes an arcuate extension extending substantially parallel to the bar to define a gripping pocket. A set screw includes a conical profile that extends substantially perpendicular to the arcuate extension. The advance of the set screw is operable to urge the rod into pressing contact with the gripping pocket to secure the rod therein.

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


Cosmetic Compostions
Patent No. 10272028 

Inventor(s): David Gan (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15799507 on 10/31/2017 (546 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of reducing melanogenesis in skin is disclosed. The method can include topically applying to skin in need thereof a composition comprising an effective amount of an aqueous and glycerin extract of [i]Rhododendron ferrugineum [/i](alpine rose) leaf to reduce melanocyte pigmentation in the skin.

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


Theacrine-based supplement and method of use thereof
Patent No. 10272091 

Inventor(s): Shawn Wells (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Ortho-Nutra, LLC (Morganville, NJ)
Law Firm: Amin Talati Upadhye LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14539726 on 11/12/2014 (1630 days app to issue)

Abstract: A human dietary supplement comprises theacrine and optionally other compounds that modulate the effects of theacrine. Uses for the theacrine-containing supplement include improvement of at least one of mood, energy, focus, concentration or sexual desire or a reduction of at least one of anxiety or fatigue.

[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)


Tumor-selective combination therapy
Patent No. 10272099 

Inventor(s): David A. Boothman (Dallas, TX), Jinming Gao (Plano, TX), Lifen Cao (Dallas, TX), Xinpeng Ma (Dallas, TX), Xiumei Huang (Dallas, TX), Xiuquan Luo (Plano, TX), Zachary R. Moore (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX), The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. (Urbana, IL)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14783344 on 04/08/2014 (1848 days app to issue)

Abstract: The therapies described herein can be selectively lethal toward a variety of different cancer cell types and cancer conditions in a subject. The combination therapies described herein can be useful for the management, treatment, control, or adjunct treatment of diseases, where the selective lethality is beneficial in chemotherapeutic therapy, particularly where the disease is accompanied by elevated levels of NQO1.

[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)


Plant medium including an oxygen-enabled composition
Patent No. 10272105 

Inventor(s): Caree L. Woodmansee (Marshall, TX), John W Woodmansee, Jr. (Frisco, TX), Robert A Woodmansee (Plano, TX), William E. Harmon (Russellville, AR)
Assignee(s): HEMOTEK, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Culhane Meadows PLLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16152977 on 10/05/2018 (207 days app to issue)

Abstract: A composition including a plant medium and a poly-oxygenated metal hydroxide that comprises a clathrate containing oxygen gas molecules. The poly-oxygenated metal hydroxide may comprise of a poly-oxygenated aluminum hydroxide. The composition may include one or more nutrients. The composition may be in a solid form, a fluid form, or a combination thereof. The poly-oxygenated aluminum hydroxide is soluble in a fluid. In one embodiment, the poly-oxygenated metal hydroxide composition may have particles having a diameter of 212 m or less, and which may be homogeneous.

[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)


Antimicrobial silver hydrogel composition for the treatment of burns and wounds
Patent No. 10272108 

Inventor(s): Celia A Proctor (Lead Hill, AR), Dan H Atchley (Searcy, AR), Kenneth M Yates (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): CELACARE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15095839 on 04/11/2016 (1114 days app to issue)
Abstract: An antimicrobial therapeutic hydrogel composition comprises a pharmaceutical and/or medical grade silver salt, and an Aloe vera gel or extract. The composition could also include stabilizing agents, a non-ionic surfactant, polyol, and hydrophilic hygroscopic polymers. The resulting product has potent antimicrobial activity against bacteria, protozoa, fungi and viruses. The antimicrobial therapeutic composition can serve as a treatment for burns and as a wound/lesion dressing that either donates or receives moisture to provide a physiologic environment for accelerated wound healing and the relief of pain.

[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)


Compositions and methods relating to myomaker-induced muscle cell fusion
Patent No. 10272137 

Inventor(s): Douglas P. Millay (Frisco, TX), Eric Olson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14900005 on 06/27/2014 (1768 days app to issue)
Abstract: The present disclosure describes the fusogenic activity of the Myomaker protein. This polypeptide, when expressed in non-muscle cells, is able to drive fusion of the cell with a muscle cell, but not with other non-muscle cells. The use of this protein and cell expressing it in the delivery of exogenous genetic material to muscle cells also is described.

[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)


Device and implantation system for electrical stimulation of biological systems
Patent No. 10272242 

Inventor(s): Bevil Hogg (Murrieta, CA), Edy Sofer (Los Angeles, CA), Jay Miazga (Seattle, WA), Kaila Raby (Albuquerque, NM), Matthew Joseph Gani (Seattle, WA), Paul V. Goode (Round Rock, TX), Shai Policker (Tenafly, NJ), Virender
Assignee(s): EndoStim, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Novel IP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15443983 on 02/27/2017 (792 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present specification discloses devices and methodologies for the treatment of GERD. Individuals with GERD may be treated by implanting a stimulation device within the patient”s lower esophageal sphincter and applying electrical stimulation to the patient”s lower esophageal sphincter, in accordance with certain predefined protocols. The presently disclosed devices have a simplified design because they do not require sensing systems capable of sensing when a person is engaged in a wet swallow, have improved energy storage requirements, enable improved LES function while concurrently delivering additional health benefits, and enable improved LES function post stimulation termination.

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


System and method to control a non-paresthesia stimulation based on sensory action potentials
Patent No. 10272250 

Inventor(s): Bruce A. Morley (Garland, TX), Melanie Goodman Keiser (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): PACESETTER, INC. (Sylmar, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15944606 on 04/03/2018 (392 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for controlling non-paresthesia stimulation of neural tissue of a patient. The method delivers a non-paresthesia stimulation waveform, senses sensory action potential (SAP) signals from the neural tissue of interest, and analyzes the SAP signals to obtain SAP activity data for at least one of an SAP C-fiber component or an SAP A-delta fiber component. The method determines whether the SAP activity data satisfies a criteria of interest and adjusts at least one of the therapy parameters to change the non-paresthesia stimulation waveform when the SAP activity data does not satisfy the criteria of interest.

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


Method and system for wound care
Patent No. 10272258 

Inventor(s): Todd Davis Taber (Keller, TX), Tony Quisenberry (Highland Village, TX)
Assignee(s): ThermoTek, Inc. (Flower Mound, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15596743 on 05/16/2017 (714 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one aspect, the present invention relates to a wound-care assembly The wound-care assembly includes a base layer. A film layer is operatively coupled to the base layer and a fluid conductor is in fluid communication with a wound and a vacuum source. The wound-care assembly further includes a fiber-optic patch comprising a plurality of fiber-optic strands. The fiber-optic strands are pressed into contact with an interior surface of the wound by the fluid conductor. The fiber-optic patch provides ultraviolet light to the wound and the relative vacuum is applied to the wound via the vacuum source and the fluid conductor.

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


Method and system for creating computer-based multi-user interactive environments having automatically validated rules
Patent No. 10272338 

Inventor(s): Ali Ozalp Ozer (Dallas, TX), Oleg Plakhotniuk (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): FATHOMD, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Lando Anastasi, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15400138 on 01/06/2017 (844 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for validating an interactive environment design includes receiving a stage descriptor of at least one game stage of a game instance and a user role to be performed by a user during the at least one game stage; receiving a plurality of parameter values and a proposed state function; and validating that the proposed state function will generate an expected result. A method for creating a computer-based multi-user interaction session includes presenting a first user with a descriptor of at least one game; receiving, from the first user via a first user interface, a selection of the at least one game and an instance identifier; creating an instance of the game associated with the instance identifier; receiving, from a second user via a second user interface, input comprising the instance identifier; and enrolling the second user in the instance of the game associated with the instance identifier.

[A63F] CARD, BOARD OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [5]


 

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

Distillation column having removable tray assembly
Patent No. 10272355 

Inventor(s): Jonathan P. Overmyer (McHenry, IL)
Assignee(s): Still Technologies, LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14590989 on 01/06/2015 (1575 days app to issue)

Abstract: A distillation column and tray assembly is disclosed herein. The distillation column includes a removable inner tray assembly with adjustable downcomer tubes. The removable tray assembly enables the user to selectively change distillation plates when so removed. When removed, a distiller or brewer may adjust the downcomer tubes to change the fluid level on the distillation plates, or bypass certain distillation plates completely. Certain embodiments of the invention include a feature of an O-ring recessed around a perimeter of the plates permitting a tight seal and reducing manufacturing costs.

[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]


Superficially porous particle (SPP) chiral phases for liquid chromatography
Patent No. 10272364 

Inventor(s): Daniel W. Armstrong (Arlington, TX), Zachary S. Breitbach (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): AZYP, LLC (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Lucas Mercanti, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15326911 on 07/17/2015 (1383 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to a novel stationary phase support for liquid chromatographic chiral separations. The specific combination of the special underlying support material and certain classes of known chiral selectors according to the invention produces far superior chiral (enantiomeric) separations than those obtained on any conventionally known supports. These chiral (enantiomeric) separations are enhanced in terms of significantly higher efficiencies (theoretical plate numbers), higher resolutions (R[subscript]s[/subscript]), shorter retention times and either equivalent or slightly higher selectivities than those obtained on conventional supports.

[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]


System and method to recover byproducts from a hydrogen production system
Patent No. 10272411 

Inventor(s): Alan Bath (Chicago, IL), John Kriegshauser (Chicago, IL), Regis Luther (Naperville, IL), Ujjval Vyas (Chicago, IL)
Assignee(s): CAVENDISH ENERGY (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Miller, Matthias Hull LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14881610 on 10/13/2015 (1295 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a byproduct recovery system used in conjunction with a hydrogen production system. The hydrogen production system creates hydrogen gas and a byproduct through a chemical reaction. The byproduct of this chemical reaction is then contained within a solution which was part of the chemical reaction. The solution flows from the hydrogen production system into a recovery chamber. Within the recovery chamber the byproduct of the chemical reaction is removed from the solution. The byproduct may then be stored or transported to another outside system remote from both the hydrogen production system and the byproduct recovery system.

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


Laser conduction mode welding of aluminum alloys with cross dual laser beams
Patent No. 10272524 

Inventor(s): Perry G. Leggett (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC (Detroit, MI)
Law Firm: Reising Ethington P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14521198 on 10/22/2014 (1651 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of laser welding aluminum alloy workpieces with dual laser beams arranged in a cross-beam orientation is disclosed. The method comprises directing dual laser beams, which include a first laser beam and a second laser beam, at and along a weld seam established between the aluminum alloy workpieces together with a filler wire. The first laser beam includes a first longitudinal axis and the second laser beam includes a second longitudinal axis. When arranged in the cross-beam orientation, a plane that intersects the first longitudinal axis and the second longitudinal axis of the first and second laser beams, respectively, forms a line where it meets the aluminum alloy workpieces that is oriented transverse to the weld seam.

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


System for holding working objects
Patent No. 10272531 

Inventor(s): Richard V. Miller (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): Elijah Tooling, Inc. (Denton, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15055015 on 02/26/2016 (1159 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modular vise system for holding working objects having a bottom surface, the modular vise system includes a fixture plate and an adjustable vise member configured to secure the working object to the fixture plate. The adjustable vise member includes an elongated body forming a cavity; a flange extending from a side of the elongated body, the flange having an elongated hole extending through a thickness of the flange; a fastener configured to engage with and extend through the elongated hole, the fastener and elongated hole allowing the body to selectively translate relative to the fixture plate; a moveable assembly housed at least partially disposed within the cavity of the body and configured to selectively translate relative to the body; and a gripper coupled to the moveable assembly and configured to secure to the working object.

[B23Q] DETAILS, COMPONENTS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR MACHINE TOOLS, e.g. ARRANGEMENTS FOR COPYING OR CONTROLLING (tools of the kind used in lathes or boring machines B23B 27/00); MACHINE TOOLS IN GENERAL, CHARACTERISED BY THE CONSTRUCTION OF PARTICULAR DETAILS OR COMPONENTS; COMBINATIONS OR ASSOCIATIONS OF METAL-WORKING MACHINES, NOT DIRECTED TO A PARTICULAR RESULT


Magnetic attachment for shaving cartridge
Patent No. 10272579 

Inventor(s): Craig A. Provost (Providence, RI), John W. Griffin (Moultonboro, NH), Robert A. Wilson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): SHAVELOGIC, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Leber IP Law (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13802546 on 03/13/2013 (2239 days app to issue)

Abstract: Shaving systems are disclosed that include a replaceable shaving assembly and a cartridge connecting structure for connecting the shaving assembly to a handle. In preferred implementations, the cartridge connecting structure has a magnetic portion configured to help draw the cartridge onto the handle and retain the cartridge in place when the razor is not in contact with the skin, and a mechanical engagement that provides the necessary retention forces required to keep the system intact during shaving.

[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)


Pivoting razors
Patent No. 10272580 

Inventor(s): Craig A. Provost (Boston, MA), 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: 15805486 on 11/07/2017 (539 days app to issue)

Abstract: Replaceable shaving assemblies are disclosed that include a blade unit, an interface element configured to removably connect the blade unit to a handle, on which the blade unit is pivotably mounted, and an elastomeric element disposed between the blade unit and interface element. 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)


Method and apparatus for applying labels to cable
Patent No. 10272616 

Inventor(s): Robert Eugene Brooks (Pomona, CA)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15204646 on 07/07/2016 (1027 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for applying a label to an electrical cable having an outermost sheath with convolutions defining alternating peaks and valleys, the method including attaching the label to the sheath. The label includes a label substrate, the label substrate includes an attaching side, the attaching side being attached through an adhesive; and the label attaches to the peaks and spans across the valleys and circumferentially wraps around the sheath.

[B32B] LAYERED PRODUCTS, i.e. PRODUCTS BUILT-UP OF STRATA OF FLAT OR NON-FLAT, e.g. CELLULAR OR HONEYCOMB, FORM


Support substrates for microfluidic die
Patent No. 10272684 

Inventor(s): Dana Gruenbacher (Fairfield, OH), David S. Hunt (San Diego, CA), Joseph Edward Scheffelin (San Diego, CA), Peter Janouch (Frankfurt, , DE), Simon Dodd (West Linn, OR), Stefan H. Hollinger (Kronberg im Taunus, , DE), Uwe Schob
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15253601 on 08/31/2016 (972 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides supports for microfluidic die that allow for nozzles of the microfluidic die to be on a different plane or face a different direction from electrical contacts on the same support. This includes a rigid support having electrical contacts on a different side of the rigid support with respect to a direction of ejection of the nozzles, and a semi-flexible support or semi-rigid support that allow the electrical contacts to be moved with respect to a direction of ejection of the nozzles. The semi-flexible and semi-rigid supports allow the die to be up to and beyond a 90 degree angle with respect to a plane of the electrical contacts. The different supports allow for a variety of positions of the microfluidic die with respect to a position of the electrical contacts.

[B41J] TYPEWRITERS; SELECTIVE PRINTING MECHANISMS, i.e. MECHANISMS PRINTING OTHERWISE THAN FROM A FORME; CORRECTION OF TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS (composing B41B; printing on special surfaces B41F; laundry marking B41K; erasers, rubbers or erasing devices B43L 19/00; fluid media for correction of typographical errors by coating C09D 10/00; recording the results of measuring G01; recognition or presentation of data, marking record carriers in digital fashion, e.g. by punching, G06K; franking or ticket-printing and issuing apparatus G07B; electric keyboard switches, in general H01H 13/70, H03K 17/94; coding in connection with keyboards or like devices, in general H03M 11/00; receivers or transmitters for transmission of digital information H04L; transmission or reproduction of documents, or the like, e.g. facsimile transmission, H04N 1/00; printing mechanisms specially adapted for apparatus, e.g. cash registers, weighing machines, producing records of their own performance, see the relevant subclasses)


Systems, vehicles, and methods for adjusting lighting of a towing hitch region of a vehicle
Patent No. 10272825 

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: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15399376 on 01/05/2017 (845 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for adjusting lighting of a towing hitch region of a vehicle includes processor, user input device communicatively coupled to the processor, and light source comprising actuator communicatively coupled to the processor. The light source are configured to selectively illuminate the towing hitch region of the vehicle. The system further includes memory module communicatively coupled to the processor that stores logic that, when executed by the processor, cause the system to receive user instructions from the user input device; and adjust an angle of illumination of the light source with the actuator to illuminate the towing hitch region based on the user instructions.

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


Vehicle emblem alignment and installation tools and methods of use
Patent No. 10272851 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey R. Hoover (Georgetown, KY)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14878352 on 10/08/2015 (1300 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for installation and alignment of a vehicle emblem on a body panel assembly include a tool including an outer handling side facing an operator and an inner alignment side facing the body panel assembly. The inner alignment side includes an inner facing surface and an emblem holding volume that is sized and shaped to receive the vehicle emblem therein, the inner alignment side further includes an alignment ridge extending outwardly therefrom that together with the inner facing surface defines a panel receiving volume. A first and second sensor assembly may include vehicle panel detectors respectively aligned with perpendicular first and second axes. The first sensor assembly and the second sensor assembly are arranged to concurrently provide an indication of alignment with the body panel assembly of the vehicle with a datum surface of the body panel assembly engaged by the alignment ridge in a predetermined orientation.

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


Console assemblies with lid assembly damping features
Patent No. 10272854 

Inventor(s): Chae An (Northville, 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: 15657757 on 07/24/2017 (645 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automobile console assembly comprising a center console housing, a lid assembly that mechanically interfaces with the console housing. The lid assembly is moveable relative to the console housing between an open configuration and a closed configuration. An adhesive buffer strip passes between the console housing and the lid assembly with the lid assembly in the closed configuration.

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


Adaptive vehicle control systems and methods of altering a condition of a vehicle using the same
Patent No. 10272911 

Inventor(s): John-Michael McNew (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16149677 on 10/02/2018 (210 days app to issue)

Abstract: An adaptive vehicle control system that includes processors, memory modules communicatively coupled to the processors, and machine readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules that cause the adaptive vehicle control system to determine an autonomous operation profile of a target vehicle positioned in a vehicle operating environment, wherein the vehicle operating environment includes a roadway having one or more lanes, determine an autonomous operation profile of one of more neighboring vehicles positioned within the vehicle operating environment, compare the autonomous operation profile of at least one of the one or more neighboring vehicles with the autonomous operation profile of the target vehicle, and alter a condition of the target vehicle such that the autonomous operation profile of the target vehicle matches an autonomous operation profile of an individual neighboring vehicle of the one or more neighboring vehicles positioned in the same lane as the target vehicle.

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


Enriched connected car analysis services
Patent No. 10272921 

Inventor(s): Hung Tack Kwan (Grand Prairie, TX), Jeffrey L. Edgington (Keller, TX), Kristina E. Jones (Dallas, TX), Shiju Mathai (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14834479 on 08/25/2015 (1344 days app to issue)

Abstract: Contextualizing vehicle data and predicting real-time driver actions. By unsiloing collected data relating to a driver, the actions of the driver can be predicted and the reasons for variations from the predicted actions can be determined based on the contextualized data.

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


Fluid-operated nozzle
Patent No. 10273167 

Inventor(s): Raymond C. Sherry (Cleburne, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Roger N. Chauza, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15041171 on 02/11/2016 (1174 days app to issue)

Abstract: A nozzle for spraying a pressurized liquid. The nozzle is adapted for processing a pressurized liquid through an orifice of the nozzle, where the pressurized liquid forces a nozzle member away from a seat. The nozzle member is moved by the pressurized liquid against a counterforce produced by a gas pressure. Gas pressure operates against a plunger to produce a force acting on the nozzle member in opposition to the liquid pressure. A desired upstream pressure of the pressurized liquid is established when the forces across the movable nozzle member are balanced. A desired upstream pressure of the pressurized liquid can be changed by changing the pressure of the gas that forces the plunger against the movable nozzle member.

[B05B] SPRAYING APPARATUS; ATOMISING APPARATUS; NOZZLES (spray-mixers with nozzles B01F 5/20; processes for applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces by spraying B05D) [2]


 

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

Use of benzoxazine as a structural thermal protective system (TPS) and heat shield material
Patent No. 10273369 

Inventor(s): Gray E. Fowler (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14960838 on 12/07/2015 (1240 days app to issue)

Abstract: A heat shield includes a substrate having a surface; and a benzoxazine composite material disposed onto the surface of the substrate, the benzoxazine composite material comprising a benzoxazine compound and a reinforcing fiber.

[C09D] COATING COMPOSITIONS, e.g. PAINTS, VARNISHES OR LACQUERS; FILLING PASTES; CHEMICAL PAINT OR INK REMOVERS; INKS; CORRECTING FLUIDS; WOODSTAINS; PASTES OR SOLIDS FOR COLOURING OR PRINTING; USE OF MATERIALS THEREFOR (cosmetics A61K; processes for applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces, in general, B05D; staining wood B27K 5/02; glazes or vitreous enamels C03C; natural resins, French polish, drying-oils, driers, turpentine, per se, C09F; polishing compositions other than French polish, ski waxes C09G; adhesives or use of materials as adhesives C09J; materials for sealing or packing joints or covers C09K 3/10; materials for stopping leaks C09K 3/12; processes for the electrolytic or electrophoretic production of coatings C25D) [5]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Column cap
Patent No. 10273678 

Inventor(s): Sam Thomas Hensen (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc. (Pleasanton, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14973455 on 12/17/2015 (1230 days app to issue)

Abstract: A column cap connector for mounting and securing a beam to a post of a building including a central web portion and upwardly extending walls disposed along longitudinal edges thereof, wherein a lower portion of the beam fits within the walls, downwardly extending legs formed from the seat and alternatively from the seat and the walls of the connector attach the connector to the post with projecting tabs attached to the seat to support the connector on the post.

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


Telemetrically operable packers
Patent No. 10273776 

Inventor(s): Eric Conzemius (The Colony, TX), Gregory Thomas Werkheiser (Dallas, TX), Megan Rae Kelley (Carrollton, TX), Reid Elliott Zevenbergen (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes Boone, LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15506338 on 10/15/2014 (1658 days app to issue)

Abstract: A down-hole packer is provided for positioning in a wellbore to establish a seal with a surrounding surface. The packer includes a sealing element that is responsive to compression by a setting piston to radially expand into the wellbore. An actuator is provided to longitudinally move the setting piston in response to a telemetry signal received by the down-hole packer. The actuator can include a hydraulic pump, an electromechanical motor or valves operable to control hydraulic energy to apply a down-hole force to the setting piston.

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


Telemetrically operable packers
Patent No. 10273777 

Inventor(s): Eric Conzemius (The Colony, TX), Gregory Thomas Werkheiser (Dallas, TX), Reid Elliott Zevenbergen (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes Boone, LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15506345 on 10/15/2014 (1658 days app to issue)

Abstract: A down-hole packer is provided for positioning in a wellbore to establish a seal with a surrounding surface. The packer includes a sealing element that is responsive to compression by a setting piston to radially expand into the wellbore. An actuator is provided to longitudinally move the setting piston in response to a telemetry signal received by the down-hole packer. The actuator can include a hydraulic pump, an electromechanical motor or valves operable to control hydraulic energy to apply a down-hole force to the setting piston.

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


Hydraulically actuated tool with pressure isolator
Patent No. 10273780 

Inventor(s): Albert Garcia (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15022490 on 09/18/2014 (1685 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wellbore tool that can withstand pressure tests without becoming hydraulically actuated. The wellbore tool includes a tubular housing including an inner bore; a tool mechanism responsive to fluid pressure; and a pressure isolator for the tool mechanism moveable between an active and an inactive position.

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


Box by pin perforating gun system and methods
Patent No. 10273788 

Inventor(s): Charles Levine (Waxahachie, TX), William Richard Collins (Burleson, TX)
Assignee(s): Hunting Titan, Inc. (Pampa, TX)
Law Firm: Arnold Saunders, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15313760 on 05/22/2015 (1439 days app to issue)

Abstract: A box by pin perforating gun system using swaged down gun bodies, a removable cartridge to hold a detonator and switch, and an insulated charge holder as an electrical feed-through.

[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]


Dart valves for bypass plungers
Patent No. 10273789 

Inventor(s): Garrett S. Boyd (Godley, TX), Mitchell A. Boyd (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): FlowCo Production Solutions, LLC (Spring, TX)
Law Firm: Adams and Reese, LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15048491 on 02/19/2016 (1166 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bypass plunger combines a unitary or one-piece hollow body-and-valve cage, retains a dart valve within the valve cage portion of the hollow body using a threaded retaining nut secured by crimple detents. A series of helical grooves surround the central portion of the outer surface of the hollow body of the plunger to control spin during descent. A canted-coil-spring disposed within the retaining nut functions as a clutch. The valve cage includes ports that may be configured to control flow through the plunger during ascent. Other embodiments include clutch assemblies using canted-coil springs with split bobbins, and valve stems surfaced to achieve specific functions. Combinations of these features provide enhanced performance, durability and reliability at reduced manufacturing cost, due primarily to the simplicity of its design.

[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

 

Process for reducing abnormal combustion within an internal combustion engine
Patent No. 10273886 

Inventor(s): Kiyotaka Yamashita (Ann Arbor, MI), Oana Nitulescu (Ann Arbor, MI), Tenghua Tom Shieh (Ann Arbor, MI), Wei Liu Liu (Canton, 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: 13352437 on 01/18/2012 (2659 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a process for reducing abnormal combustion within a combustion chamber of the engine. The process can include simulation of the piston-driven internal combustion engine with oil droplets from the crankcase entering into the combustion chamber. In addition, the oil drops entering into the combustion chamber can be simulated as hot spots, as can simulation of fuel combustion within the combustion chamber. A probability of pre-ignition for at least a portion of the simulated hot spots as a function of the simulated fuel combustion and the simulated hot spots within the combustion chamber can be calculated and based on the calculation a combustion chamber parameter can be altered such that pre-ignition within the combustion chamber is reduced.

[F02D] CONTROLLING COMBUSTION ENGINES (vehicle fittings, acting on a single sub-unit only, for automatically controlling vehicle speed B60K 31/00; conjoint control of vehicle sub-units of different type or different function, road vehicle drive control systems for purposes other than the control of a single sub-unit B60W; cyclically operating valves for combustion engines F01L; controlling combustion engine lubrication F01M; cooling internal-combustion engines F01P; supplying combustion engines with combustible mixtures or constituents thereof, e.g. carburettors, injection pumps, F02M; starting of combustion engines F02N; controlling of ignition F02P; controlling gas-turbine plants, jet-propulsion plants, or combustion-product engine plants, see the relevant subclasses for these plants) [2006.01]


Dry running end face mechanical seal
Patent No. 10274085 

Inventor(s): Jose G Martin (Fontana, CA)
Assignee(s): Flowserve Management Company (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Maine Cernota Rardin (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15194826 on 06/28/2016 (1036 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dry running mechanical seal is able to form a direct contact seal for extended periods at both low and high rotational speeds without undue heating or wear of the seal faces. A rear surface of the stator face and corresponding surface of a mounting plate are both lapped for maximum direct contact transfer of heat. Air from a region surrounding the shaft is circulated through a cooling annulus directly behind the stator face and out through exit ports. In embodiments, enlarged scallops or other features on the rotor seal face enhance air turbulence near the seal faces. In various embodiments a surface supporting a dynamic gasket is polished smooth, thereby reducing gasket drag, minimizing the required pressing force between the seal faces, and reducing frictional heating. In embodiments, the rotor seal face shape is optimized to minimize pressure distortions at high pressure.

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


Reverse pressure capable mechanical seal
Patent No. 10274087 

Inventor(s): Lionel A Young (Murrieta, CA)
Assignee(s): Flowserve Management Company (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Maine Cernota Rardin (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14865803 on 09/25/2015 (1313 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mechanical seal designed for gas applications minimizes leakage even when the pressure differential changes direction, such as during rapid deceleration of a turbocharger. The seal faces include both inner (ID) and outer (OD) diameter recessed features configured to admit gas between the faces from the inner and outer face diameters respectively. In embodiments, the ID features hydro-dynamically provide a pressurized gas cushion between the seal faces under normal conditions, and the OD features provide a cushion when the pressure differential is reversed. According to the embodiment, the ID and OD features can be provided in only one seal face, or distributed among both seal faces. For example, one seal face can include the ID features and the other the OD features. The ratio of the area covered by the ID and OD features, divided by the total seal face area, can be at least 0.75 or greater.

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


Spring actuated thermal valve
Patent No. 10274099 

Inventor(s): Mark A. Michnevitz (Frisco, TX), Nathan A. Quinn (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Emerson Process Management Regulator Technologies Tulsa, LLC (Tulsa, OK)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15040877 on 02/10/2016 (1175 days app to issue)

Abstract: A valve includes a valve body forming a channel defining a fluid flow path extending from an inlet port to an outlet port of the valve body via a gallery disposed therebetween, an opening disposed in communication with the gallery, a valve assembly at least partially disposed through the opening and in the gallery, and a set pin having a central longitudinal axis. A valve disc of the valve assembly moves between a first position spaced from a valve seat of the valve body and a second position in contact with the valve seat. The set pin is coupled to and at least partly supported by the valve assembly to maintain the valve assembly in the first position. The fluid flow path allows a fluid to flow through the valve body in a first direction and a second direction opposite the first direction. The set pin is adapted to disengage a portion of the valve assembly when contacted by a fluid traversing the fluid flow path in the second direction, allowing the valve disc to move to the second position.

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


LED luminaire with integrated battery backup
Patent No. 10274150 

Inventor(s): James Shaw (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Revolution Lighting Technologies, Inc. (Stamford, CT)
Law Firm: Barlow, Josephs Holmes, Ltd. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15679216 on 08/17/2017 (621 days app to issue)

Abstract: An LED luminaire with an integrated battery backup is divided into a hidden infrastructure portion and a decorative body portion. The luminaire body has a main lighting deck with two separate LED arrays mounted thereon and a decorative skirt extending from the main lighting deck. A first LED array is operative on regular and emergency power, and a second LED array is operative on battery power. A diffuser panel is received over the main lighting deck. The hidden infrastructure portion includes a light fixture housing configured and arranged to be mounted within a building infrastructure, an emergency battery backup assembly received within the light fixture housing wall, and a housing fixture bracket secured within the light fixture housing to support the emergency backup assembly in the upper portion of the light fixture housing.

[F21S] NON-PORTABLE LIGHTING DEVICES; SYSTEMS THEREOF [7]


System design for noise reduction of solenoid valve
Patent No. 10274235 

Inventor(s): Ammar Kailani (Richardson, TX), Brandon Ullrich (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15456006 on 03/10/2017 (781 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bypass line is described that is capable of equalizing pressure within an HVAC system. The bypass line can also cause less noise than other solutions. A bypass line under the present disclosure can comprise a line from a high pressure side to a low pressure side of an HVAC system. Valves and orifices can be disposed within the bypass line. The valves and orifices help to slow the speed of fluid from high pressure to low pressure locations, thus reducing noise during pressure equalization.

[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)


System and method for marksmanship training
Patent No. 10274287 

Inventor(s): James L. Northrup (Dallas, TX), Peter F. Blakeley (Yantis, TX), Robert P. Northrup (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Shooting Simulator, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15589603 on 05/08/2017 (722 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for simulating lead of a target includes a network, a simulation administrator and a user device connected to the network, a database connected to the simulation administrator, and a set of position trackers positioned at a simulator site. The user device includes a virtual reality unit and a computer connected to the set of virtual reality unit and to the network. A generated target is simulated. The target and the user are tracked to generate a phantom target and a phantom halo. The phantom target and the phantom halo are displayed on the virtual reality unit at a lead distance and a drop distance from the target as viewed through the virtual reality unit.

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


Polymer cartridge having a primer insert with a primer pocket groove
Patent No. 10274293 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15936920 on 03/27/2018 (399 days app to issue)

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

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Guided-mode resonance sensors employing angular, spectral, modal, and polarization diversity for high-precision sensing in compact formats
Patent No. 10274432 

Inventor(s): Debra Wawro-Weidanz (Paradise, TX), Robert Magnusson (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15390669 on 12/26/2016 (855 days app to issue)

Abstract: A guided mode resonance (GMR) sensor assembly and system are provided. The GMR sensor includes a waveguide structure configured for operation at or near one or more leaky modes, a receiver for input light from a source of light onto the waveguide structure to cause one or more leaky TE and TM resonant modes and a detector for changes in one or more of the phase, waveshape and/or magnitude of each of a TE resonance and a TM resonance to permit distinguishing between first and second physical states of said waveguide structure or its immediate environment.

[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)


Methods and kit for determining presence of trivalent chromium conversion coating
Patent No. 10274468 

Inventor(s): Stephen T. Fasolino (McKinney, TX), William J. Wolfgong (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Lando Anastasi, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15353047 on 11/16/2016 (895 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for testing for the presence of a trivalent chromium conversion coating on a metal substrate is provided. According to one embodiment, the method comprises contacting a surface of the metal substrate with at least one solvent to generate a test solution, adding an indicator capable of detecting zirconium to the test solution in an amount sufficient to induce a color change of the test solution if zirconium is present in the test solution, and determining whether a color change indicating the presence of the conversion coating occurs in the test solution.

[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)


Methods and compositions for detecting fungi and mycotoxins
Patent No. 10274493 

Inventor(s): Dennis G. Hooper (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Advatect Diagnostics, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg, LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15144016 on 05/02/2016 (1093 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention relates to a method of identifying a specific fungal species in patient tissue or body fluid. The method comprises the steps of extracting and recovering DNA of the fungal species from the patient tissue or body fluid, amplifying the DNA, hybridizing a probe to the DNA to specifically identify the fungal species, and specifically identifying the fungal species. The invention also relates to a method of identifying a mycotoxin in patient tissue or body fluid. The method comprises the steps of extracting and recovering the mycotoxin from the patient tissue or body fluid, contacting the mycotoxin with an antibody directed against the mycotoxin, and identifying the myocotoxin. Both of these methods can be used to determine if a patient is at risk for or has developed a disease state related to a fungal infection, and to develop an effective treatment regimen for the patient.

[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)


Cancellation of noise due to capacitance mismatch in MEMS sensors
Patent No. 10274510 

Inventor(s): Deyou Fang (Frisco, TX), Milad Alwardi (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Crowe Dunlevy (Local + 7 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15019453 on 02/09/2016 (1176 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein is a device including a MEMS sensor configured to generate a first differential capacitance representing a change in capacitance from a first original sensing capacitance value and a second differential capacitance representing a change in capacitance from a second original sensing capacitance value, with the first and second original sensing capacitance values being mismatched. A compensation circuit is configured to generate outputs for compensating the first and second differential capacitances for the mismatch. A capacitance to voltage converter receives the first and second differential capacitances and the outputs of the compensation circuit as input and generates an output voltage as a function thereof.

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


Remote sensing using sensor resonator with sensor inductor coupled to resonator capacitor over shielded cable
Patent No. 10274526 

Inventor(s): Dongtai Liu (Fremont, CA), George Pieter Reitsma (Redwood City, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15486292 on 04/12/2017 (748 days app to issue)

Abstract: Remote inductive sensing uses a sensor resonator with a remote sense inductor coupled to a resonator capacitor through a shielded transmission line. The T-line includes a signal line and a shield return line: the sense inductor is connected at a T-line sensing end between the signal line and the shield return line, and the resonator capacitor is connected at a T-line terminal end to at least the signal line. An inductance-to-data converter (IDC) is connected at the T-line terminal end to the signal line and shield return line (set to a common mode voltage). In operation, the IDC drives oscillation signals over the signal line to the sensor resonator to sustain a resonance state, with the sense inductor projecting a magnetic sensing field, and converts changes in oscillation drive signals, representing changes in resonance state resulting from a sensed condition, into sensor data corresponding to the sensed condition.

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


Field strength monitoring for optimal performance
Patent No. 10274527 

Inventor(s): James D. Lilly (Silver Spring, MD), James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Joseph F. Pinzone (Cornelius, NC), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, Inc. (Italy, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15833246 on 12/06/2017 (510 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for adjusting an operational parameter of a guided surface waveguide probe according to measurements received from one or more measuring devices. A measuring device measures the conditions associated with an environment of the measuring device. The measuring devices communicates the measured data to the guided surface waveguide probe. Adjustments can be made to one or more operational parameters of the guided surface waveguide probe according to the measured data.

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


Full pad coverage boundary scan
Patent No. 10274538 

Inventor(s): Prakash Narayanan (Bangalore, , IN), Rajat Mehrotra (New Dehli, , IN), Rajesh Mittal (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15722975 on 10/02/2017 (575 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit, comprising functional circuitry and testing circuitry. A first set of pads is operable in a first state for communicating testing signals to the testing circuitry and operable in a second state for communicating input/output signals to the functional circuitry. A second set of pads, differing from the first set of pads, is operable in the second state for communicating testing signals to the testing circuitry for testing signals associated in the second state with the first set of pads.

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


LIDAR systems with expanded fields of view on a planar substrate
Patent No. 10274599 

Inventor(s): Paul Schmalenberg (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15170152 on 06/01/2016 (1063 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Lidar system configured to have a wide field of view. The LIDAR system includes a substrate. The substrate is planar. An array of electronic laser scan transceiver chips are mounted to the substrate. An lenslet array is spaced apart from the array of electronic laser scans transceivers so as to increase the field of the array of electronic laser scan transceiver chips. A plurality of baffles extend between the array of electronic laser scan transceiver chips and the lenslet array so as to separate the electronic laser scan transceiver chips and the lenslets from each other. The baffles provide structural support for the lenslet array and are further configured to absorb scatter from the laser beams transmitted and received by respective electronic laser scan transceiver chips. Accordingly, the Lidar system increases the field of view of the individual electronic scan transceivers without complicating the manufacturing process relative to Lidar systems with convex substrates.

[G01S] RADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES


Downhole gamma-ray generators and systems to generate gamma-rays in a downhole environment
Patent No. 10274638 

Inventor(s): Juan Navarro Sorroche (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15558953 on 12/21/2016 (860 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include downhole gamma-ray generators and methods to utilize downhole gamma-ray generators in a downhole environment. In one embodiment, a downhole gamma-ray generator includes a target foil formed from a first material. The downhole gamma-ray generator also includes a second layer deposited along a back surface of the target foil. The downhole gamma-ray generator further includes a laser system operable to direct optical pulses onto a front surface of the target foil to ionize atoms of the first material, where electrons produced by ionization of the first material propagate through the target foil and decelerates when the electrons interact with the high density material, and where the deceleration of the electrons produces gamma-rays that are utilized to obtain one or more formation properties of a downhole formation.

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


Reticle with reduced transmission regions for detecting a defocus condition in a lithography process
Patent No. 10274841 

Inventor(s): Akihiro Tobioka (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SanDisck Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15724488 on 10/04/2017 (573 days app to issue)

Abstract: A reticle for a semiconductor lithography process includes a glass plate having regions with a reduced optical transmission factor. The regions may include arrays of elements comprising defects such as cracks or voids which are formed by laser pulses. The regions may be adjacent to openings in an opaque material at the bottom of the reticle to shield the openings from a portion of the light which illuminates the reticle from the top. As a result, the light which exits the reticle and is used to pattern a substrate has an asymmetric intensity. This allows the substrate to be patterned with an inspection mark which indicates whether a defocus condition exists, and whether there is a positive or negative defocus condition. Related methods use a reticle to form a pattern on a substrate and for adjusting a focus condition using a reticle.

[G03F] PHOTOMECHANICAL PRODUCTION OF TEXTURED OR PATTERNED SURFACES, e.g. FOR PRINTING, FOR PROCESSING OF SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; MATERIALS THEREFOR; ORIGINALS THEREFOR; APPARATUS SPECIALLY ADAPTED THEREFOR (phototypographic composing devices B41B; photosensitive materials or processes for photographic purposes G03C; electrography, sensitive layers or processes G03G)


System and method for alerting a user
Patent No. 10274908 

Inventor(s): Barbara Ander (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14252216 on 04/14/2014 (1842 days app to issue)

Abstract: The system and method provides users with customized alerts that are unique to each user and environment through the use of an application in communication with a smart wireless signaling puck, the puck vibrates in response to alerts based on a customized vibration pattern from the smartphone and from time based commands stored in memory on the puck.

[G05B] CONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS (fluid-pressure actuators or systems acting by means of fluids in general F15B; valves per se F16K; characterised by mechanical features only G05G; sensitive elements, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. G12B, subclasses of G01, H01; correcting units, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. H02K)


Fast and Autonomous mechanism for CPU OC protection
Patent No. 10275010 

Inventor(s): Alice Wang (Allen, TX), Sumanth Katte Gururajarao (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): MediaTek Singapore Pte. Ltd. (Singapore, , SG)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15119731 on 02/16/2015 (1534 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of detecting and preventing over current induced system failure is provided. An OC protect controller monitors a CPU total power consumption based on received CPU activity information. In response to the monitoring, if the CPU power consumption is over a threshold, then the OC protect controller outputs a frequency dithering control signal to reduce the CPU clock frequency such that the CPU does not reach an OC limit. The OC protect controller also outputs a PLL frequency control signal to reduce the PLL clock frequency to improve system efficiency.

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


Virtual reality locomotion device
Patent No. 10275019 

Inventor(s): Richard J. Tett (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): HoboLoco Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15874701 on 01/18/2018 (467 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device with rotatable footpads for locomotion simulation in a virtual reality environment and method for same are disclosed. The apparatus comprises; a stanchion for supporting two footpads, wherein the two footpads rotate on an axis passing through the stanchion; a plurality of sensors that detect the rotation of each footpad; and a controller transmitting signals from the plurality of sensors representing the rotation of each footpad to a virtual reality system. The method for using the apparatus comprises: stabilizing footpads of a virtual reality locomotion apparatus using motors controlled by a locomotion controller; detecting the rotation of the footpads on an axis passing through the footpads via sensors of the footpads that detect rotation of the footpads; and transmitting a digital representation of the rotation of the footpads to a virtual reality system.

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


Method and apparatus for ghosting suppression in capacitive key matrix and touch pads
Patent No. 10275090 

Inventor(s): Peter Spevak (Moosburg a.d. Isar, , DE)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15242233 on 08/19/2016 (984 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a plurality of capacitive sensors arranged in a matrix on a substrate. A measuring circuitry measures the capacitance of each of a plurality of row lines and a plurality of column lines in the matrix coupled to the capacitive sensors. A first electrode is on the substrate on a first edge of the matrix and is proximal to a first corner of the matrix. The first electrode is coupled to the measuring circuitry. A second electrode is on the substrate on the first edge of the matrix and is proximal to a second corner of the matrix, the second corner opposing the first corner on the first edge. The second electrode is coupled to the measuring circuitry. The measuring circuitry determines the positions of two touches to the touch pad. Methods are disclosed.

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


Folding operations in memory systems with single address updates
Patent No. 10275170 

Inventor(s): Balakumar Rajendran (Bangalore, , IN), Muralitharan Jayaraman (Bangalore, , IN), Narendhiran Chinnaanangur Ravimohan (Bangalore, , IN), Ramkumar Ramamurthy (Bangalore, , IN), Rohit Sathyanarayan (Bangalore, , IN), Satya Kesav Gundabath
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15483185 on 04/10/2017 (750 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory system may be configured to perform immediate folding of data from a low storage density area to a high storage density area. A low storage density target area may be monitored, and when a capacity of the low storage density target area reaches a threshold level, data stored in the low storage density target area may be folded to an associated high storage density target area. The memory system may utilize a pointer system to manage the folding of data. The pointer system may also be utilized for read operations in order to avoid updating address mapping tables for both the low storage density and the high storage density areas.

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


System and method of data compression and data shaping
Patent No. 10275186 

Inventor(s): Ariel Navon (Revava, , IL), Eran Sharon (Rishon Lezion, , IL), Idan Alrod (Herzeliya, , IL), Ishai Ilani (Dolev, , IL), Rami Rom (Zichron-Yaacov, , IL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14927877 on 10/30/2015 (1278 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data storage device includes a shaping engine and a compression engine. The shaping engine is configured to shape first data to generate second data. The compression engine is configured to compress the second data to generate third data.

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


Detection of error patterns in memory dies
Patent No. 10275307 

Inventor(s): Chris Michael Brueggen (Allen, TX), Craig Warner (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: 15454813 on 03/09/2017 (782 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided. In an example, the method includes identifying a memory module that includes a plurality of memory dies. Each memory die of the plurality of memory dies includes a plurality of memory regions, and each memory die of the plurality of memory dies services a respective portion of a data access. An error pattern is detected in a first memory region of the plurality of memory regions. The first memory region is associated with a first memory die of the plurality of memory dies. Based on the detected error pattern, the first memory region of the first memory die is marked as erased without marking a second memory region of the first memory die as erased.

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


Techniques for automatic generation of natural language text
Patent No. 10275442 

Inventor(s): Emmanuel Vignon (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): YSEOP SA (Lyons, , FR)
Law Firm: Wolf, Greenfield Sacks, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16011832 on 06/19/2018 (315 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for creating a template to be used in connection with automatically generating text. Techniques include creating a template to include human language text and at least a first tag that serves as a placeholder for a text portion referring to at least one referent; and allowing a user to specify multiple options to be used in place of the first tag when generating output text using the created template, the options comprising at least a first referential expression for the at least one referent and at least a first anaphoric expression for the at least one referent.

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


Video file attribution
Patent No. 10275579 

Inventor(s): Christian E. Loza (Denton, TX), Olivia G. Loza (Denton, TX), Romelia H. Flores (Keller, TX), Tomyo G. Maeshiro (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Heslin Rothenberg Farley Mesiti P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15842157 on 12/14/2017 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are set forth herein and can include examining a video file using content of an authorship attribution database, the authorship attribution database including one or more authorship attribution video file record; and determining authorship attribution of the video file based on the examining. The authorship attribution database can include one or more authorship attribution video file record.

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


Time of flight sensing for providing security and power savings in electronic devices
Patent No. 10275610 

Inventor(s): Duncan Hall (Edinburgh, , GB), Riu Xiao (Cupertino, CA), Xiaoyong Yang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15475908 on 03/31/2017 (760 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device includes a time-of-flight sensor configured to sense a distance between the electronic device and at least one object proximate the electronic device. Processing circuitry is coupled to the time-of-flight sensor and controls access to the electronic device based on the sensed distance. The electronic device may include a digital camera that the processing circuitry controls to perform facial or iris recognition utilizing the sensed distance from the time-of-flight sensor.

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


Marker system to confirm proper agrochemical compositions and formulations
Patent No. 10275625 

Inventor(s): Corbett M. Hancock (Celina, TX)
Assignee(s): FMC Corporation (Philadelphia, PA)
Law Firm: Fox Rothschild LLP (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15662511 on 07/28/2017 (641 days app to issue)

Abstract: A marker system including at least one sensor configured to be positioned relative to a container to obtain information regarding content within the container, and a control module which receives the sensed information. Based on the sensed information, the system determines if the content of the container is approved for use for the particular application and/or equipment. By way of example, the information being sensed can be a marker chemical added to the content of the container, an ingredient in the container, or information read from outside the container.

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


Systems and methods for providing bail and bond services via a money transfer network
Patent No. 10275743 

Inventor(s): Brinkley Brown Eiting (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Moneygram International, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14990264 on 01/07/2016 (1209 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for processing of bail payments and/or bond payments using resources of a money transfer network are disclosed. In an embodiment, a bail payment may be made via a money transfer transaction between a sending party (e.g., a family member or friend of a defendant) and a receiving party (e.g., the court that set the defendant”s bail). In an additional or alternative embodiment, a bond payment may made via a money transfer transaction between the sending party and a receiving party (e.g., the bail bondsman entity).

[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]


Techniques for compliance testing
Patent No. 10275776 

Inventor(s): Fredrick A. Crable (Allen, TX), Thomas L. Watson (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): EMC IP Holding Company LLC (Hopkinton, MA)
Law Firm: Muirhead and Saturnelli, LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15635256 on 06/28/2017 (671 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described are techniques for performing compliance testing. Configuration state information is received for one or more devices managed using a configuration management system. The configuration state information is stored in a data container. One or more compliance tests are executed using the configuration state information to determine if the one or more devices are compliant. The one or more compliance tests are defined using one or more queries and one or more compliance rules. The one or more queries are used for retrieving a portion of said configuration state information from said data container and generating one or more result sets. The one or more compliance rules specifying compliance criteria are used for determining whether the one or more result sets include configuration state information which is compliant.

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


Centralized compliance assessment tool
Patent No. 10275777 

Inventor(s): Charlene W. Cook (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15704806 on 09/14/2017 (593 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, computer program products, and methods are described herein for a centralized compliance assessment tool. The present invention is configured to deploy a compliance assessment application to be executed in parallel on one or more applications; initiate one or more retrieval scripts configured to cause the one or more applications to generate one or more digital artifacts to indicate a compliance of the one or more applications to one or more regulatory requirements; determine that the one or more applications are compliant with the one or more regulatory requirements based on at least the one or more digital artifacts generated; and initiate an execution of a regulatory report script based on at least determining that the one or more applications are compliant with the one or more regulatory requirement.

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


Utilizing a machine learning model to automatically visually validate a user interface for multiple platforms
Patent No. 10275867 

Inventor(s): Deepa Mohan (Frisco, TX), Mark Morrison (Rowlett, TX), Prasad Pathapati (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16014477 on 06/21/2018 (313 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device receives user interface information associated with a user interface to be provided for a particular platform, and receives design information for a design of the user interface to be provided for the particular platform. The device receives a request to visually compare the user interface information and the design information, and utilizes, based on the request, a trained machine learning model to visually compare the user interface information and the design information. The device generates information, indicating defects in the user interface information, based on utilizing the trained machine learning model to visually compare the user interface information and the design information, where the defects include user interface information that does not visually match the design information. The device provides the information indicating the defects in the user interface information.

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


Avionics system adapted for employing smartphone to input-output flight data
Patent No. 10275950 

Inventor(s): Brian E. Tucker (Fort Worth, TX), William D. Girard (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13951900 on 07/26/2013 (2104 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method configured to monitor aircraft flight performance data. The system includes a wireless transmitter in data communication with an avionics system of the aircraft, a portable wireless transceiver associated with the wireless transmitter, and a wireless database associated with the wireless transmitter. The method includes sensing flight performance data with the sensor, transmitting sensed flight performance data to the wireless transmitter, wirelessly transmitting the sensed flight performance data to the wireless database, and monitoring flight performance data with a display operably associated with the wireless database.

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


Roulette gaming system and roulette game and method of conducting the same
Patent No. 10275993 

Inventor(s): David Charlton (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Doe Creek Capital, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: FisherBroyles, LLP (Local + 17 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15209491 on 07/13/2016 (1021 days app to issue)

Abstract: A roulette system detailed herein involves modified roulette features designed to add excitement to conventional roulette. A first embodiment relates to players purchasing special chips and making wagers on multiple, consecutive random outcomes in an effort to make consecutive winning number selections. A second version relates to players placing wagers on dealer select numbers. If the dealer selects winning numbers on two or more consecutive spins of the roulette wheel, players receive an enhanced payout. In both versions, pay tables list large payouts (e.g., up to 1000 to 1) which are not the norm for roulette which has as its largest payout 35 to 1 for individual numbers.

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


Surveillance system and method for predicting patient falls using motion feature patterns
Patent No. 10276019 

Inventor(s): Derek del Carpio (Corinth, TX), Steven Gail Johnson (Highland Village, TX)
Assignee(s): CareView Communications, Inc. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Meister Seelig Fein LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16043965 on 07/24/2018 (280 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for detecting a fall risk condition, the system comprising a surveillance camera configured to generate a plurality of frames showing an area in which a patient at risk of falling is being monitored, and a computer system comprising memory and logic circuitry configured to store motion feature patterns that are extracted from video recordings, the motion feature patterns are representative of motion associated with real alarm cases and false-alarm cases of fall events, receive a fall alert from a classifier, determine motion features of one or more frames from the plurality of frames that correspond to the fall alert; compare the motion features of the one or more frames with the motion feature patterns, and determine whether to confirm the fall alert based on the comparison.

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


Control using temporally and/or spectrally compact audio commands
Patent No. 10276156 

Inventor(s): Henry P. Largey (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): Nvidia Corporation (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13408863 on 02/29/2012 (2617 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sound-activated control system includes an audio receiver and a command discriminator. The receiver is configured to receive an audio waveform and to produce a digital audio waveform therefrom. The command discriminator is configured to detect a temporally and/or spectrally compact nonphonetic audio command within the digital audio waveform and to control a voice-activated system an action in response to the nonphonetic command.

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


Early ramp down of dummy word line voltage during read to suppress select gate transistor downshift
Patent No. 10276248 

Inventor(s): Ching-Huang Lu (Fremont, CA), Vinh Diep (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15849019 on 12/20/2017 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for reducing a downshift in the threshold voltage of a select gate transistor of a memory device. Due to an electric field in a NAND string, holes can move in a charge-trapping layer from a dummy memory cell to a select gate transistor and combine with electrons in the transistor, reducing the threshold voltage. In one approach, the electric field is reduced at the end of a sensing operation by ramping down the voltage of the dummy memory cells before ramping down the voltage of the select gate transistors. The ramp down of the voltage of the selected memory cells can occur after ramping down the voltage of the dummy memory cells and before ramping down of the voltage of the select gate transistors. A further option involves elevating the voltage of the select gate transistors before it is ramped down.

[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)


Partial memory die with masked verify
Patent No. 10276251 

Inventor(s): Ankitkumar Babariya (Milpitas, CA), Kirubakaran Periyannan (Santa Clara, CA), Sukhminder Singh Lobana (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15851139 on 12/21/2017 (495 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory system performs verification when writing to memory. It is possible that the memory system may be missing some components (or components may be otherwise unavailable). To account for missing or unavailable components when performing verification, the memory system uses a pattern of data that includes a mask identifying the missing or unavailable components. The mask is used to force a predetermined result of the verification for the missing or unavailable portions of the memory structure so that results of the verification that correspond to the missing or unavailable components are not counted as errors.

[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)


Rotating a permanent magnet in a position detection system
Patent No. 10276289 

Inventor(s): Jonah William Kirby (Lewisville, TX), Jonathan Feldkamp (Anderson, SC), Matthew Pickett (Nicasio, CA), Minjie Zheng (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Ommo Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Henry Patent Law Firm PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15996055 on 06/01/2018 (333 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a general aspect, a position detection system includes a magnetic field generator configured to generate a time-varying magnetic field. The magnetic field generator includes a carrier assembly that defines a first axis of rotation and comprises a permanent magnet having a center of mass. The magnetic field generator also includes a drive assembly that is coupled to the carrier assembly and configured to act on the carrier assembly to rotate the permanent magnet simultaneously about the first axis of rotation and a second axis of rotation. The second axis of rotation intersects the first axis of rotation at an intersection that is offset from the center of mass of the permanent magnet. The position detection system additionally includes a computer device configured to determine a position of a sensor based on magnetic field measurements obtained by the sensor in the time-varying magnetic field.

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


Gate voltage controlled perpendicular spin orbit torque MRAM memory cell
Patent No. 10276783 

Inventor(s): Goran Mihajlovic (San Jose, CA), Jeffrey S. Lille (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15618878 on 06/09/2017 (690 days app to issue)

Abstract: A four terminal magnetoresistive memory cell comprises a magnetic tunnel junction stack, a ferroelectric layer and a non-ferromagnetic spin polarization layer between the magnetic tunnel junction stack and the ferroelectric layer. The magnetic tunnel junction includes a first layer with fixed direction of magnetization, a free layer capable of changing direction of magnetization and an insulation layer between the first layer and the free layer. The non-ferromagnetic spin polarization layer is configured to generate perpendicular spin polarization in response to electrical current through the non-ferromagnetic spin polarization layer and a voltage received at the ferroelectric layer. The perpendicular spin polarization applies a torque on the free layer to change direction of magnetization of the free layer.

[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)


Monitoring data streams and scaling computing resources based on the data streams
Patent No. 10277524 

Inventor(s): Japan Bhatt (Plano, TX), Sunil Kaitha (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15904084 on 02/23/2018 (431 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device may determine values for a set of metrics related to a set of event messages being processed, by a set of server devices, from a set of queues. The values for the set of metrics may be determined as the set of event messages are being processed. Each of the set of queues may be associated with a different subset of event messages and a different subset of server devices. The device may determine to scale a quantity of server devices included in the set of server devices. The quantity of server devices may be scaled to increase the quantity of server devices or to decrease the quantity of server devices. The device may provide a set of instructions to scale the quantity of server devices. The device may perform an action to facilitate accessibility of data related to processing of the set of event messages.

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


System and method for third party monitoring of voice and video calls
Patent No. 10277640 

Inventor(s): Stephen Lee Hodge (Plano, 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: 15882321 on 01/29/2018 (456 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system is described herein that facilitates the monitoring of inmate communications. The system provides a remotely-accessible means for a reviewer to monitor a call between an inmate and another person. The system includes a monitoring server and a monitoring station. The monitoring server is configured to receive a call and call information from a communication center and process the call for monitoring, schedule a review of the call; and store the call, the call information, and scheduling data. The monitoring station is configured to receive the call and the call information from the monitoring server based on the scheduling data, and to display the identifying information and facilitate the review of the call.

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


 

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Latch system for modular display panel
Patent No. 10273994 

Inventor(s): Matthew Foster (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Ultravision Technologies, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15955261 on 04/17/2018 (378 days app to issue)

Abstract: A display panel includes a frame and a plurality of panels. Each of the panels is attached to the frame by a first spring-latch. The first spring latch is configured to switch between a fastened position and an unfastened position by pressing the panel towards the frame and releasing the panel.

[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)


System, composition and method of application of same for reducing the coefficient of friction and required pulling force during installation of wire or cable
Patent No. 10276279 

Inventor(s): Jason Drew Gillen (Anna, TX), Melvin Glenn Debord (Van Alstyne, TX), Ronald A. Raedeke (Marine on St. Croix, MN), Sheri H. Dahlke (West Lakeland, MN), William T. Bigbee, Jr. (Melissa, TX)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16057613 on 08/07/2018 (266 days app to issue)

Abstract: A composition and method for reducing the coefficient of friction and required pulling force of a wire or cable are provided. A composition of aqueous emulsion is provided that is environmentally friendly, halogen free and solvent free. The composition is compatible with various types of insulating materials and may be applied after the wire or cable is cooled and also by spraying or submerging the wire or cable in a bath. The composition contains lubricating agents that provide lower coefficient of friction for wire or cable installation and continuous wire or cable surface lubrication thereafter.

[H01B] CABLES; CONDUCTORS; INSULATORS; SELECTION OF MATERIALS FOR THEIR CONDUCTIVE, INSULATING OR DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES (selection for magnetic properties H01F 1/00; waveguides H01P)


Coaxial transmission line structure
Patent No. 10276282 

Inventor(s): Norman Armendariz (Plano, TX), Randal W. Oberle (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Daly, Crowley, Mofford Durkee, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15663128 on 07/28/2017 (641 days app to issue)

Abstract: A coaxial transmission line structure having a center conductor section having an input contact and an output contact the output contact being larger than the input contact, the center conductor having a plurality of different geometrically shaped, electrically conductive layers having sizes progressively increasing from the input contact to the larger output contact to conductor transition from the input contact to the larger output contact, the electrically conductive layers being electrically interconnected by staggered microvias passing through dielectric layers to the center, and (B) an outer conductor section disposed about, coaxial with, and electrically isolated from, the center conductor by the dielectric layers.

[H01B] CABLES; CONDUCTORS; INSULATORS; SELECTION OF MATERIALS FOR THEIR CONDUCTIVE, INSULATING OR DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES (selection for magnetic properties H01F 1/00; waveguides H01P)


FinFET including tunable fin height and tunable fin width ratio
Patent No. 10276573 

Inventor(s): Chun-chen Yeh (Clifton Park, NY), Qing Liu (Guilderland, NY), Ruilong Xie (Niskayuna, NY), Xiuyu Cai (Niskayuna, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15168382 on 05/31/2016 (1064 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor substrate includes a bulk substrate layer that extends along a first axis to define a width and a second axis perpendicular to the first axis to define a height. A plurality of hetero semiconductor fins includes an epitaxial material formed on a first region of the bulk substrate layer. A plurality of non-hetero semiconductor fins is formed on a second region of the bulk substrate layer different from the first region. The non-hetero semiconductor fins are integrally formed from the bulk substrate layer such that the material of the non-hetero semiconductor fins is different from the epitaxial material.

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


Three-dimensional memory device containing composite word lines including a metal silicide and an elemental metal and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10276583 

Inventor(s): Adarsh Rajashekhar (Santa Clara, CA), Fei Zhou (San Jose, CA), Fumitaka Amano (Yokkaichi, , JP), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Rahul Sharangpani (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15730045 on 10/11/2017 (566 days app to issue)

Abstract: Word lines for a three-dimensional memory device can be formed by forming a stack of alternating layers comprising insulating layers and sacrificial material layers and memory stack structures vertically extending therethrough. Backside recesses are formed by removing the sacrificial material layers through a backside via trench. A metal silicide layer and metal portion are formed in the backside recesses to form the word lines including a metal portion, a metal silicide layer, and optionally, a silicon-containing layer.

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


Plasma treatment for thin film resistors on integrated circuits
Patent No. 10276648 

Inventor(s): Imran Mahmood Khan (Richardson, TX), Kaiping Liu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15855576 on 12/27/2017 (489 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of fabricating ICs including thin film resistors (TFRs) depositing a dielectric liner layer on a substrate including a semiconductor surface having a plurality of IC die formed therein each including functional circuitry comprising a plurality of interconnected transistors. A TFR layer comprising chromium (Cr) is deposited on the dielectric liner layer. The TFR layer is plasma treated with atomic nitrogen and atomic hydrogen. A dielectric capping layer is deposited on the TFR layer after the plasma treating. A pattern is formed on the capping layer, and the TFR layer is etched to form at least one resistor that comprises the TFR layer.

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


Conductive spline for metal gates
Patent No. 10276684 

Inventor(s): Mahalingam Nandakumar (Richardson, TX), Steve Lytle (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Rose Alyssa Keagy (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15372512 on 12/08/2016 (873 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit may include a metal gate which extends over an active area and onto an isolation dielectric layer. A conductive spline is formed on the metal gate, extending on the metal gate over at least a portion of the isolation dielectric layer, and extending on the metal gate for a length at least four times a width of the metal gate.

[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]


Energy-filtered cold electron devices and methods
Patent No. 10276699 

Inventor(s): Liang-Chieh Ma (Arlington, TX), Pradeep Bhadrachalam (Arlington, TX), Seong Jin Koh (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Nexsen Pruet, PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16020036 on 06/27/2018 (307 days app to issue)

Abstract: Energy-filtered cold electron devices use electron energy filtering through discrete energy levels of quantum wells or quantum dots that are formed through band bending of tunneling barrier conduction band. These devices can obtain low effective electron temperatures of less than or equal to 45K at room temperature, steep electrical current turn-on/turn-off capabilities with a steepness of less than or equal to 10 mV/decade at room temperature, subthreshold swings of less than or equal to 10 mV/decade at room temperature, and/or supply voltages of less than or equal to 0.1 V.

[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]


Integrated anisotropic magnetoresistive device
Patent No. 10276787 

Inventor(s): Dok Won Lee (Mountain View, CA), Fuchao Wang (Plano, TX), Ricky Alan Jackson (Richardson, TX), William David French (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15041575 on 02/11/2016 (1174 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated device includes a substrate having a semiconductor surface layer including functional circuitry, a lower metal stack on the semiconductor surface layer, an interlevel dielectric (ILD) layer on the lower metal stack, a top metal layer providing AMR contact pads and bond pads coupled to the AMR contact pads in the ILD layer. An AMR device is above the lower metal stack lateral to the functional circuitry including a patterned AMR stack including a seed layer, an AMR material layer, and a capping layer, wherein the seed layer is coupled to the AMR contact pads by a coupling structure. A protective overcoat (PO layer) is over the AMR stack. There are openings in the PO layer exposing the bond pads.

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


Low power barrier modulated cell for storage class memory
Patent No. 10276792 

Inventor(s): Ming-Che Wu (San Jose, CA), Tanmay Kumar (Pleasanton, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15890296 on 02/06/2018 (448 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a Barrier Modulated Cell (BMC) structure that may comprise a reversible resistance-switching memory element within a memory array are described. The BMC structure may include a barrier layer comprising a layer of amorphous germanium or amorphous silicon germanium paired with a conductive metal oxide, such as titanium dioxide (TiO2), strontium titanate (SrTiO3), or a binary metal oxide. The BMC structure may include a conductive metal oxide in series with an amorphous layer of a low bandgap material. The low bandgap material may comprise a semiconductor material with a bandgap energy (Eg) less than 1.0 eV. The improved BMC structure may be used for providing multi-level memory elements within a three dimensional 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]


Reduction of second-order non-linear distortion in a wideband communication system
Patent No. 10277172 

Inventor(s): Alessandro Bertoneri (Cambridge, , GB), Chris Potter (Fulbourn, , GB), John Prentice (Haslingfield, , GB)
Assignee(s): Zinwave, LTD (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Maynard Cooper Gale, P.C. (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15597937 on 05/17/2017 (713 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system has a plurality of non-linear circuit stages and an intervening linear circuit stage. An input signal is provided to a first non-linear circuit stage, and from the first non-linear circuit stage, to the linear circuit stage. The first non-linear circuit stage applies a second-order distortion to the input signal and provides the resulting signal to the linear circuit stage. The resulting signal that is output from the linear circuit stage is inverted with respect to the input signal and suitably linearly processed (attenuated or amplified). This signal is then provided to a second non-linear circuit that applies a second-order distortion and outputs a signal that has an overall reduction in second-order distortion.

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


Methods and apparatus for efficient linear combiner
Patent No. 10277202 

Inventor(s): Jaiganesh Balakrishnan (Bangalore, , IN), Pooja Sundar (Bangalore, , IN), Sashidharan Venkatraman (Bangalore, , IN), Sthanunathan Ramakrishnan (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15645647 on 07/10/2017 (659 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with an example, an integrated circuit includes a linear combiner having an input for receiving a signal. The linear combiner also has a plurality of operator circuits for applying weighting factors to the signal, in which a first operator circuit in the plurality of operator circuits performs a first operation on the signal using a first sub-weight of one of the weighting factors to provide a first tile output and a second operator circuit in the plurality of operator circuits performs a second operation on the signal using a second sub-weight of the one of the weighting factors to provide a second tile output. The linear combiner also has an adder having a first input coupled to receive the first tile output and the second tile outputs and providing a combined output.

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


Normalizing error signal in analog-to-digital converter runaway state
Patent No. 10277238 

Inventor(s): Krishnaswamy Nagaraj (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15628462 on 06/20/2017 (679 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) comprises a loop filter configured to produce an error signal based on a difference between an analog input signal and a feedback signal. The ADC also comprises a main comparator set comprising one or more main comparators, the main comparator set configured to digitize the error signal and further configured to drive a main digital-to-analog converter (DAC). The ADC further comprises an auxiliary comparator set comprising a plurality of auxiliary comparators, the auxiliary comparator set configured to digitize the error signal when the ADC is in a runaway state and further configured to drive an auxiliary DAC to bring the error signal into a predetermined range.

[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]


Systems and methods for implementing application profiles and device classes in power line communication (PLC) environments
Patent No. 10277276 

Inventor(s): Anand G. Dabak (Plano, TX), Badri N Varadarajan (Mountain View, CA), Il Han Kim (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15793900 on 10/25/2017 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for application profiles and device classes in power line communications (PLCs) are described. In some embodiments, a PLC device has the device class defined by a PHY layer and may include a processor and a memory coupled to the processor. The memory may be configured to store program instructions, which may be executable by the processor to cause the PLC device to communicate with a higher-level PLC apparatus over a power line using a frequency band. The frequency band may be selected based upon an application profile and/or a device class associated with the PLC device. In some implementations, the higher-level PLC apparatus may include a PLC gateway or a data concentrator, and the PLC device may include a PLC modem or the like. Examples of application profiles include access communications, in-premises connectivity, AC charging, and/or DC charging. Device classes may represent a minimum communication data rate and/or an operating frequency band restriction of the PLC device.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Feedback based on codebook subset
Patent No. 10277294 

Inventor(s): Lai King Tee (Dallas, TX), Neng Wang (Plano, TX), Yi Song (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert Goetzel, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16110853 on 08/23/2018 (250 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides for an improved application of signal strength weightings in a SDMA sectorized cellular network. The improved signal strength weightings application is conducted through the improved selection of weightings from a new codebook subset or by the selection of weightings from a larger codebook subset. In a further embodiment, an antenna beam index or bit map can be used to select the best beam(s) in a SDMA sectorized cellular network. In another embodiment, a field or factor in an uplink or downlink transmission packet can designate which directional transmission beam is best suited for the transmission or when the directional transmission beam should be activated.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Efficient mode coupling using ladder fibers
Patent No. 10277354 

Inventor(s): Bin Huang (Orlando, FL), Demetrios Christodoulides (Orlando, FL), Guifang Li (Orlando, FL), He Wen (Orlando, FL), Huiyuang Liu (Orlando, FL), Mohammadamin Eftekhar (Orlando, FL), Zhihong Li (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15897667 on 02/15/2018 (439 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical fiber system including an optical fiber and an optical grating is provided. The optical fiber is configured to support M mode groups, where differences in effective refractive index between adjacent mode groups are substantially equal. The optical grating is optically coupled to the optical fiber, and has a period inversely proportional to the difference in effective refractive index between adjacent mode groups. The optical grating is configured to couple all adjacent mode groups in the optical fiber.

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


System and method for handling orphan resource elements
Patent No. 10277371 

Inventor(s): Bin Liu (San Diego, CA), Ruiqi Zhang (Beijing, , CN)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15705779 on 09/15/2017 (592 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for transmitting data includes grouping resource elements (REs) of orthogonal frequency division multiplexed (OFDM) symbols of a physical resource block (PRB) into at least one paired RE and at least one orphan RE, transmitting the at least one paired RE in accordance with space frequency block coding (SFBC), and transmitting the at least one orphan RE in accordance with a precoder.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Portable millimeter-wave communications device
Patent No. 10277388 

Inventor(s): Eran Pisek (Allen, TX), Farooq Khan (Allen, TX), Khurram Muhammad (Fort Worth, TX), Oren Eliezer (Plano, TX), Rakesh Taori (McKinney, TX), Robert Daniels (Austin, TX), Shadi Abu-Surra (Plano, TX), Sidharth Balasubrama
Assignee(s): Phazr, Inc. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15844563 on 12/17/2017 (499 days app to issue)

Abstract: A portable millimeter-wave wireless communications device relies on millimeter-wave spectrum for wireless communications. The millimeter-wave device may be a smart-phone, a laptop computer or a tablet computer. The millimeter-wave device may be a module that is added to an existing portable device such as a smart-phone, a laptop computer or a tablet computer to provide millimeter-wave communications capability. The module may be incorporated into a protective encapsulating case of such portable devices.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Biometric electronic signature tokens
Patent No. 10277400 

Inventor(s): Jeff 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: 15299308 on 10/20/2016 (922 days app to issue)

Abstract: The methods and system allow for the generation of a biometric electronic signature token using a subsequent biometric sample after an enrollment of a biometric reference value in a biometric system. The biometric electronic signature token is such that the data would be signed data, cryptographic message type, to package this signature, providing two authentication factors: the possession of the private key associated with the public/private key pair used to sign the signed data and the biometric sample of the user that could be matched against the template. The process allows a signing party to enroll in a biometric service, sign a piece of data or content using a public key, that may be tied to a trusted anchor certificate authority, and submit a biometric sample. Subsequently, the relying party may validate the information on that piece of data or content to confirm the identity of the signing party.

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


Protection of ranging sounding signals from physical level attacks
Patent No. 10277425 

Inventor(s): Naveen Kumar Kakani (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): QUALCOMM Incorporated (San Diego, CA)
Law Firm: Holland Hart LLP/Qualcomm (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16152998 on 10/05/2018 (207 days app to issue)

Abstract: Generally, the described techniques provide for protection mechanisms for sounding training signals transmitted between wireless devices when performing ranging sounding estimation. For example, sounding training signals may be encoded to include a sequence of phase rotations or cyclic shifts to protect the sounding training signal from peer devices. In some cases, encoding information associated with a long training field (LTF) may be transmitted either before or after the LTF is transmitted. Additionally or alternatively, a time delay may be introduced to the sounding training signal, where timing information may be removed from one or more fields of the sounding training signal and the time delay may be appended to an interframe spacing. Alternatively, a frame may be split into multiple frames with the sounding training signal in a first frame, and timing information in a second frame that is offset in time from the first frame.

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


Method for hierarchical modulation with vector processing
Patent No. 10277448 

Inventor(s): Leo G. Dehner (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): NXP USA, Inc. (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15802069 on 11/02/2017 (544 days app to issue)

Abstract: A constellation mapping method, system, and apparatus are provided for mapping a received bit stream of data to a higher order symbol vector by processing a first set of selected bits from the received bit stream with a quadrant selector to identify a first quadrant offset vector corresponding a higher order quadrant in which an intended symbol is to be mapped, processing a second set of selected bits from the received bit stream with a 16-QAM mapper to identify a 16-QAM symbol vector, transforming the 16-QAM symbol vector into a transformed 16 QAM symbol vector based on the identified higher order quadrant, and combining the transformed 16-QAM symbol vector with the first quadrant offset vector to map the bit stream of data to a higher order symbol vector.

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


User guidance data for establishing a desired end-state configuration
Patent No. 10277459 

Inventor(s): Sumit Patel (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15088613 on 04/01/2016 (1124 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems, methods, and computer-readable media for generating and presenting, to an end user, user guidance data for achieving a desired end-state device or application configuration. End-state configuration source data may be provided to an application component. The application component may determine a desired end-state configuration from the source data, and may further determine a navigation path for transitioning from a current configuration state to the desired end-state configuration. The application component may then generate user guidance data to guide the user through the navigation path.

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


Method and system for determining reachability between one or more nodes in a graph
Patent No. 10277468 

Inventor(s): Manoj Gupta (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Service, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Jones Robb, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14683251 on 04/10/2015 (1481 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed embodiments illustrate methods and systems for maintaining reachability information among one or more communication devices of a communication network. The method includes creating, at a first time instance, a first path-union graph, between a first and a second communication device that become unreachable from each other in the communication network. Thereafter, a reachability tree is created from the first path-union graph. The reachability tree includes a set of communication devices that are at a distance of less than a predefined path distance from the first communication device. Further, at a second time instance, a second path-union graph is created between the first communication device and a third communication device, when the third communication device becomes unreachable from the first communication device. Thereafter, the reachability tree is updated based on the second path-union graph.

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


Stateless forwarding in information centric networks with bloom filters
Patent No. 10277481 

Inventor(s): Aytac Azgin (Santa Clara, CA), Ravishankar Ravindran (San Ramon, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14862618 on 09/23/2015 (1315 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented in a network element (NE) configured to operate in an information centric network (ICN), comprising receiving an Interest packet through an interface, wherein the Interest packet comprises an in-packet bloom filter and at least one counting filter associated with an element of the in-packet bloom filter; determining an outbound interface to forward the Interest packet to a next hop in the ICN; selecting a local bloom filter based on a mapping of the interface to the local bloom filter; updating a value for the in-packet bloom filter based on a product determined by a bitwise OR operation of the local bloom filter and the in-packet bloom filter; incrementing the at least one counting filter based on a change to the associated element of the in-packet bloom filter; updating the in-packet bloom filter in the Interest packet; updating the at least one counting filter in the Interest packet; and forwarding the Interest packet through the outbound interface.

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


Methods and systems for data traffic control and encryption
Patent No. 10277559 

Inventor(s): Brian LaCroix (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): EXCALIBUR IP, LLC (Sunnyvale, CA)
Law Firm: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14283944 on 05/21/2014 (1805 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems and programming for data traffic control and encryption. In one example, data traffic is received from a first node to be sent to a second node. The health of an encryption pathway between the first node and the second node is determined. The data traffic is sent to the second node over the network without going through the encryption pathway when the encryption pathway is not healthy.

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


Enterprise service bus logging
Patent No. 10277565 

Inventor(s): Scott Lopez (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Patent Department (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15500923 on 12/31/2014 (1581 days app to issue)

Abstract: Logging of enterprise service bus (ESB) activity includes receiving, from the ESB, information specific to an inter-application message. Control data, provided by an application communicating via the ESB that specifies how the information is to be encrypted for logging and what portions of the information is to be logged is extracted from the information. The information is encrypted in accordance with the control data, and the encrypted information is recorded.

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


Verification request
Patent No. 10277584 

Inventor(s): Gerald R Dolan (Melissa, 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: 15116610 on 04/30/2014 (1826 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example method is provided in according with one implementation of the present disclosure. The method includes receiving a verification request from a unique web-key, determining whether the web-key is associated with an account, and receiving an electronic authentication associated with the web-key. The method further includes verifying the electronic authentication and the association between the web-key and the electronic authentication, and granting, with the computing device, the verification request.

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


System, method and apparatus for increasing website relevance while protecting privacy
Patent No. 10277600 

Inventor(s): Douglas Peckover (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Your Command, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15899231 on 02/19/2018 (435 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a system, method and apparatus for increasing relevance of a content provided to a visitor by a content provider by providing one or more server computers and at least one data storage communicably coupled to the one or more server computers, receiving at least a portion of a visitor token and at least a portion of a content provider token at the one or more server computers from a content provider device, determining whether a release of an anonymous unfilled demand for the visitor is authorized based on the visitor token, the content provider token and one or more preferences stored in the at least one data storage, and sending at least a portion of the anonymous unfilled demand for the visitor to the content provider device when the release is authorized.

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


Message management and notification system
Patent No. 10277746 

Inventor(s): Alexander Noland (North Richland Hills, TX), Matthew Smith (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15811173 on 11/13/2017 (533 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods provide a resident of a controlled-environment facility with voice messaging. The facility provides the resident with voice communication services. In response to a request by a resident for a voice communication with a non-resident, a call request to the non-resident may be initiated. In certain scenarios, the non-resident is unable to accept the call request. If a voice message is authorized, the resident is allowed to record a voice message for the non-resident. Certain restrictions may limit the resident to selecting from automated voice messages. A notification of the recorded voice message is dispatched to the non-resident. The notification identifies a unique link that directs the non-resident to a voice message retrieval system that allows the resident to retrieve and listen to the voice message recorded by the resident. The voice message recording remains under the control of the controlled-environment facility based on applicable security policies and procedures.

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


Mobile device call management with multiple over-the-top calls
Patent No. 10277749 

Inventor(s): Kristopher T. Frazier (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15471049 on 03/28/2017 (763 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile device executes an operating system (OS) call manager and an over-the-top (OTT) calling application. The OTT calling application receives a notification for a first OTT call, and notifies the OS call manager of the first OTT call. The OS call manager assigns shared device resources of the mobile device to the first OTT call. The OTT calling application receives a notification for a second OTT call, and sends, to an OTT Telephony Application Server (TAS) without notifying the OS call manager of the second OTT call, a request to switch from the first OTT call to a second OTT call. The OTT calling app identifies the first OTT call as inactive and the second OTT call as active, and allocates the shared device resources assigned to the first OTT call to the second OTT call.

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


OSPFTE extension to support GMPLS for flexible grid
Patent No. 10277965 

Inventor(s): Abinder Dhillon (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Infinera Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14852564 on 09/13/2015 (1325 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system are disclosed in which a link state advertisement message (LSA) conforming to a Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS) routing protocol is generated and transmitted. The LSA is associated with a TE Link between a transmit node and a receive node in a network. The transmit node supplies a plurality of optical signals, each of which has a plurality of frequencies, the frequencies being allocated among a plurality of spectral portions such that the plurality of spectral portions are grouped into a plurality of frequency slots. The LSA may include information indicative of a number of spectral portions, e.g., spectral slices, which correspond to frequencies of selected ones of the plurality of optical signals, said selected ones of the plurality of optical signals being available to carry data from the transmit node to the receive node.

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


Apparatus and method for facilitating return of a mobile device
Patent No. 10278024 

Inventor(s): Reza Yazdani (Los Altos, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15894731 on 02/12/2018 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method are provided to facilitate a return of a mobile device to an owner. A graphical user interface element is displayed, utilizing a display of a mobile device. A user input is detected in connection with the graphical user interface element, utilizing an input device of the mobile device. An interface is displayed including at least one return option for returning the mobile device to an owner of the mobile device, utilizing the display of the mobile device. Such interface is displayed in response to the detection of the user input in connection with the graphical user interface element utilizing the input device of the mobile device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for pre-association discovery
Patent No. 10278055 

Inventor(s): Younghoon Kwon (San Diego, CA), Yunsong Yang (San Diego, CA), Zhigang Rong (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15239483 on 08/17/2016 (986 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a seeker device includes generating a first seeker truncated hash output from a sought service name, and generating a second seeker truncated hash output from the sought service name, wherein the first seeker truncated hash output and the second seeker truncated hash output are uncorrelated. The method also includes transmitting a first request message including the first seeker truncated hash output, and receiving a first response message from an advertiser device, the first response message including a second advertiser truncated hash output generated from an advertised service name, wherein the first seeker truncated hash output matches a first advertiser truncated hash output generated from the advertised service name.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for controlling, monitoring and recording of wireless telecommunications services in penal institutions
Patent No. 10278076 

Inventor(s): Brian Francis Byrne (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15700144 on 09/10/2017 (597 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for controlling, monitoring, and recording of wireless telecommunications services associated with penal institutions is provided comprising a portable electronic device and application executing on the device that present a listing of available call destinations based on receiving a first instruction from a first authorized party possessing the device. The application receives a second instruction comprising a choice of a first call destination from the listing. The application transmits a third instruction requesting connection with the destination and joins a second authorized party associated with the first call destination in a first voice session. The application joins the first authorized party to the first session. The application further joins the first party to a second voice session initiated by the second party based on determining that the second party initiated the second session from the first destination. The device originates and receives transmissions solely upon approval of the application.

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


Optimizations for voice handovers over wireless data access
Patent No. 10278106 

Inventor(s): Anuradha Sridhar (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Ribbon Communications Operating Company, Inc. (Westford, MA)
Law Firm: Straub Straub (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15499786 on 04/27/2017 (733 days app to issue)

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

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for power control command for device-to-device transmissions
Patent No. 10278142 

Inventor(s): Anthony C. K. Soong (Plano, TX), Hossein Bagheri (Urbana, IL), Mazin Al-Shalash (Frisco, TX), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15933001 on 03/22/2018 (404 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transmit power control rule for device-to-device (D2D) transmissions may not be necessary during periods in which no uplink transmissions are scheduled to be received by an enhanced Node B base station (eNB). When uplink transmissions are not scheduled to be received by the eNB, the eNB may send a transmit power control (TPC) command to a D2D capable user equipment (D2D UE) that instructs the D2D UE to perform a D2D transmission at a pre-defined transmit power level (e.g., maximum transmit power level). When uplink transmissions are scheduled to be received the eNB, the eNB may send a TPC command to the D2D UE that instructs the D2D UE to perform a D2D transmission at a transmit power level defined by a power control rule.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Thermal and power optimization for linear regulator
Patent No. 10278242 

Inventor(s): Adrian Wang (San Jose, CA), Chien-Jen Su (Tainan, , TW)
Assignee(s): DIDDES INCORPORATED (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15656892 on 07/21/2017 (648 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power supply includes a power converter configured to convert an input voltage to a target output DC voltage in response to a feedback signal, the feedback signal having a value. The power supply also includes a regulator coupled to the power converter and configured to generate an output power status signal, which maybe in one of two states depending whether an output current from the regulator is above or below a target current over a preset time duration. Further, a control circuit is coupled to the power converter and to the regulator and configured to increment or decrement the value of the feedback signal depending on the state of the power status signal.

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


Resource remapping and regrouping in a wireless communication system
Patent No. RE047374 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Farooq Khan (Allen, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX), Zhouyue Pi (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15040930 on 02/10/2016 (1175 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for remapping and regrouping transmission resources in a wireless communication system. First, a set of new permutation algorithms based on Galois field operation is proposed. Then the proposed algorithms and the known Pruned Bit Reversal Ordering (PBRO) algorithm are applied to several of various resource mapping schemes, including slot or symbol level Orthogonal Cover (OC)/Cyclic Shift (CS) mapping, cell-specific slot-level and symbol-level CS hopping patterns, and subframe and slot level base sequence hopping patterns. Patent Class: N/A


DESIGN PATENTS

Chair
Patent No. D846930 

Inventor(s): David Patton (Flower Mound, TX), Lio Yenwei Chang (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): VARIDESK, LLC (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Venable LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29582820 on 10/31/2016 (911 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Rail for use in a server equipment rack
Patent No. D846971 

Inventor(s): Hoainam James Tonthat (Greenville, TX), James Whitney Wilson (Navada, TX), Robert H. Mimlitch, III (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): Innovation First, Inc. (Greenville, TX)
Law Firm: Much Shelist, P.C. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29540602 on 09/25/2015 (1313 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Connector
Patent No. D846972 

Inventor(s): Hoainam James Tonthat (Greenville, TX), James Whitney Wilson (Nevada, TX), William Beene (Commerce, TX)
Assignee(s): Innovation First, Inc. (Greenville, TX)
Law Firm: Much Shelist, P.C. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29527053 on 05/15/2015 (1446 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

 

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