Dallas Invents: 118 Patents Granted for Week of Dec. 25

Patents were granted for Conduent’s apparatus for customized handwriting zones; Robin Technologies’ automated secure door for a robotic mower; Futurewei Technologies’ path selection for autonomous vehicles; Lennox Industries’ reflective UV light shield for HVAC units; Toyota’s methods for making an object appear transparent; and Varidesk’s electrically lifted computer and office desk.

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 Dec. 25, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

118 patents granted    Ranked No. 11 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas) 15

Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 8

SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano) 3

Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano) 3

BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth) 2

Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas) 2

(UNASSIGNED 8)


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Eugenio Bortone (Frisco) 3

Lee D. Whetsel (Parker) 3

Austin Jon Kozman (Dallas) 2

Binghua Hu (Plano) 2

Bradly Jay Billman (Celina) 2

Kade Scott (The Colony) 2

Robert Godfroid (McKinney) 2

 


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

224 days
System and method for multi-parameter spectroscopy
Patent No. 10161870
Assignee: NXGEN PARTNERS IP, LLC (Dallas)
Inventor: Solyman Ashrafi (Plano)

3,490 days
SRAM cell with T-shaped contact
Patent No. 10163911
Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas)
Inventors: Scott W. Jessen (Allen), Theodore W. Houston (Richardson), Thomas J. Aton (Dallas)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Automated secure door for robotic mower
Patent No. 10159181 

Inventor(s): Bart M. Lomont (Dallas, TX), David J. Melbourne (Arlington, TX), Justin Crandall (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Robin Technologies, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Dan Brown Law Office (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15886805 on 02/01/2018 (327 days app to issue)

Abstract: A doorway system for a robotic vehicle that accesses a separated area through a barrier that has a doorway formed through it. The system includes a wireless transmitter that transmits an electronic signal from the robotic vehicle, and a door movably disposed within the doorway, between a closed position and an open position. A doorway device with a wireless receiver that is coupled to a locking mechanism is configured to selectively engage and lock the door at the closed position, and unlock the door upon receipt of the electronic signal by the wireless receiver. Movement of the robotic vehicle toward the doorway device enables communication of the electronic signal from the wireless transmitter to the wireless receiver. Upon passage of the robotic vehicle through the doorway to the separated area, and return of the door to the closed position, the controller controls the locking mechanism to engage and lock the door.

[A01D] HARVESTING; MOWING


Round bale sled system and method of use
Patent No. 10159190 

Inventor(s): Roderick Coquat (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15648452 on 07/12/2017 (531 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sled assembly for the transport of a one or more round bales across a ground surface being soft. Said sled configured to slide on top of said ground surface. Said hitch assembly having said lowered configuration and said raised configuration. Said hitch assembly configured to selectively attach to said vehicle and to enable said sled assembly to be dragged behind said vehicle. Said sled comprising said side rail assemblies and said cross beams. Said hitch assembly fixed to a first end of said sled. Said sled assembly further comprising a one or more wheel assemblies.

[A01D] HARVESTING; MOWING


Animal conditioning and training apparatus
Patent No. 10159221 

Inventor(s): Lloyd F. Estes (Springtown, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Sam Sokhansanj, PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15626056 on 06/16/2017 (557 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automated and motorized animal conditioning device that can be configured to tilt or pivot relative to a foundation or base. A shaft can be integrated into the animal conditioning device and configured to rotate via a serviceable motor, gears, and chain mechanism. Further, as the shaft rotates, arms emanating from a supporting structure of the conditioning device can continuously change angles relative to the ground. Further, a tether, cable, or other such object can be attached to an arm so that an animal connected to it is encouraged to move as the arm rotates. Here, the continuous changing of the arm”s angle allows an animal either tethered to, or moving in between panels, to move more naturally without being confined to a strictly defined path.

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


Cooking snack foods
Patent No. 10159271 

Inventor(s): Austin Jon Kozman (Dallas, TX), David James Stanley-Smith (Derbyshire, , GB), Leon Levine (Albuquerque, NM), Robert Godfroid (McKinney, TX), Roshni Modhwadia (Leicester, , GB), Simon John Lawton (Leicestershire, , GB)
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15423025 on 02/02/2017 (691 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of cooking a snack food, the method comprising the steps of: a. providing a bed comprising a plurality of particles; b. heating and moving the particles in the bed to form a mobile cooking medium in the form of a heated, mobile bed of particles; c. providing a plurality of snack food precursor elements in the cooking medium thereby to cook the snack food precursor elements to form a plurality of cooked snack food pieces, wherein the heated, mobile particles transfer heat into the snack food precursor elements by thermal conduction; and d. separating the plurality of snack food pieces and the cooking medium. NULL


Cooking snack foods
Patent No. 10159272 

Inventor(s): Austin Jon Kozman (Dallas, TX), David James Stanley-Smith (Derbyshire, , GB), Leon Levine (Albuquerque, NM), Robert Godfroid (McKinney, TX), Roshni Modhwadia (Leicester, , GB), Simon John Lawton (Leicestershire, , GB)
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15423057 on 02/02/2017 (691 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of cooking a snack food, the method comprising the steps of: a. providing a bed comprising a plurality of particles, wherein the particles are composed of, comprise or consist of a material which is magnetic and/or electroconductive; b. heating the particles in the bed to form a cooking medium in the form of a heated bed of particles, wherein in step b the particles are heated at least partially by electromagnetic induction; c. providing a plurality of snack food precursor elements in the cooking medium thereby to cook the elements to form a plurality of cooked snack food pieces, wherein the heated particles transfer heat into the elements by thermal conduction; and d. separating the plurality of snack food pieces and the cooking medium. NULL


Side release buckle fastener with semi rigid insertion structure
Patent No. 10159291 

Inventor(s): Jose Luis Ortega (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): INVERTLOCK DFM, LLC (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15338321 on 10/31/2016 (785 days app to issue)

Abstract: A quick fastening and disconnecting buckle fastener system is configured for improved ease of one handed adjustment. For reliable locking, and convenient operation the system incorporates lateral pivoting latches assembled within a receiving enclosure shell having entry and exit openings accommodating a lengthwise semi rigid insertion structure containing lateral opposing ridges. Said ridges cooperate with said latches in a manner allowing ease of continued entry directional movement and securely locking should motion be reversed. Purposeful disconnection is activated thru simultaneous press in of side levers releasing latch locking of insertion structure thereby allowing movement in a reversed direction. Use of aforementioned fastening device removes need for having to re-lace belt thru attachment loops or additional sliding hardware as means of adjustment.

[A41F] GARMENT FASTENINGS; SUSPENDERS


Personal carrying bag suitable for carrying shoes
Patent No. 10159317 

Inventor(s): Beth O”Such (Laguna Hills, CA)
Assignee(s): BEKITE LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fleit Gibbons Gutman Bongini Bianco P.L. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15041685 on 02/11/2016 (1048 days app to issue)

Abstract: A personal shoe bag includes a main body having at least two protective shoe zones configured to receive and carry respective two personal shoes. Each protective shoe zone includes a wall with an image of a shoe visually indicating where to place, and how to orient, each of the two personal shoes. A first example shoe bag includes a single strap for a user to carry the shoe bag. A second example shoe bag includes two straps with a clip at the end of each strap. The clip can be removably attached to another separate personal carrying bag to facilitate carrying the shoe bag along with the other separate personal carrying bag.

[A45C] PURSES; LUGGAGE; HAND CARRIED BAGS


Electrically-lifted computer desk and office desk thereof
Patent No. 10159336 

Inventor(s): Binghui Wu (Shenzhen, , CN), Jianzhong Zhang (Shenzhen, , CN), Liangcheng Liao (Shenzhen, , CN), Wei Li (Shenzhen, , CN), Xiangzhi Jiang (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): Varidesk, LLC (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Venable LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15333207 on 10/25/2016 (791 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electrically-lifted computer desk and office desk thereof, wherein the computer desk comprises a bottom plate, a driving mechanism, an intermediate support member, a first side-support member, a second side-support member and a face plate, wherein the driving mechanism is fixedly disposed on the bottom plate; the face plate is fixedly disposed on the first side-support member and the second side-support member; and the driving mechanism drives the face plate to rise or fold via the intermediate support member, the first side-support member and the second side-support member.

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


Method of inserting a vein filter
Patent No. 10159556 

Inventor(s): Colin Valentis (Penndel, PA), James Erich Bressler (Langhorne, PA), James F. McGuckin, Jr. (Radnor, PA), John D. Leedle (Philadelphia, PA)
Assignee(s): Argon Medical Devices, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: IpHorgan Ltd. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14678938 on 04/04/2015 (1361 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of implanting a vessel filter by a femoral approach comprising the steps of providing a sheath with a pusher and the vessel filter positioned therein and providing a sheath centering structure movable within the sheath. The centering structure has a distal portion expandable from a collapsed position within the sheath to an expanded position outside the sheath. The steps further include inserting the sheath into the vessel, moving the centering structure with respect to the sheath to enable the centering structure to move from the collapsed position to the expanded position to move a distal tip of the sheath away from a vessel wall and to a more centered position, and subsequently exposing the vessel filter from the sheath to enable the filter to move from a collapsed position to an expanded position. An implantation system is also provided.

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


Heat tunable intraocular lens
Patent No. 10159566 

Inventor(s): Ahmad Hadba (Fort Worth, TX), Douglas Schlueter (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): Novartis AG (Basel, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15275625 on 09/26/2016 (820 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system provide an ophthalmic lens including a lens body having a chamber therein, a reservoir module coupled with the lens body and an optical fluid. At least part of the lens body is flexible. The reservoir module includes a reservoir and a heat sensitive portion bordering the reservoir. The reservoir has a reservoir volume and is fluidically connected with the chamber. The heat sensitive portion has a shape responsive to a temperature of at least forty five degrees Celsius such that the reservoir volume changes in response to at least part of the heat sensitive portion reaching the temperature. The optical fluid resides in the chamber and the reservoir. A change in the reservoir volume flows a portion of the optical fluid between the reservoir and the chamber such that the flexible portion of the lens body undergoes a shape change corresponding to a base power change.

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


Automatic current balancing with lock control for a clinician programmer
Patent No. 10159843 

Inventor(s): Norbert Kaula (Arvada, CO), Yohannes Iyassu (Denver, CO)
Assignee(s): Nuvectra Corporation (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15256149 on 09/02/2016 (844 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first fraction of an electrical stimulation is allocated to a first electrode. In response to user input, the first fraction of the electrical stimulation is fixed to the first electrode such that the first fraction is user-adjustable but cannot be automatically changed. In response to the first fraction being fixed to the first electrode, a respective second fraction of the electrical stimulation is automatically allocated to a plurality of second electrodes. The second fraction is a function of the first fraction and a total number of the second electrodes. Thereafter, a new electrode is added to, or deleting from, the second electrodes, while the first fraction is still fixed to the first electrode. The respective second fractions are automatically adjusted in response to the adding or the deleting, without affecting the first fraction of the electrical stimulation that has been fixed to the first electrode.

[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]


 

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

Expanding flexible bladder to insert tool
Patent No. 10160028 

Inventor(s): Brian S. Modrzejewski (Keller, TX), Dan Brungs (Mansfield, TX), Doug Wylin (Trophy Club, TX), Mark Mays (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14612824 on 02/03/2015 (1421 days app to issue)

Abstract: A flexible bladder can be expanded to insert a tool by implementing a tool assembly that includes an elongated hollow member including a hollow portion to receive at least one of a flexible bladder or a tool. An inlet member is attached to an end of the elongated hollow member. The inlet member receives at least one of the flexible bladder or the tool. A port is positioned on the elongated hollow member to apply vacuum inside the elongated hollow member.

[B21D] WORKING OR PROCESSING OF SHEET METAL OR METAL TUBES, RODS OR PROFILES WITHOUT ESSENTIALLY REMOVING MATERIAL; PUNCHING METAL (working or processing of wire B21F)


Method and apparatus for forming wire
Patent No. 10160100 

Inventor(s): Patricia Bullard (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Wubbers, LLC (South Lake, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15637755 on 06/29/2017 (544 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is a method and apparatus for forming wire loops using wire looping pliers. In one embodiment of the invention, the pair of wire pliers having a cylindrical jaw and a recessed jaw for accepting the cylindrical jaw allows the user of the tool to make symmetrical wire loops on a consistent basis. Additionally, the width of the recessed jaw can be set such that the user can use the recessed jaw to measure the distance from a particular point where the neck of the wire loop should be broken. The recessed surface of the recessed jaw and the cylindrical jaw mate together in such a manner as to provide uniform pressure around a significant portion of the loop so as to prevent marring of the surface of the wire.

[B25B] TOOLS OR BENCH DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR, FOR FASTENING, CONNECTING, DISENGAGING, OR HOLDING


Programmable tool orientation based, assembly tightening control
Patent No. 10160106 

Inventor(s): Ajanthan Subramaniam (Markham, , CA), James Clifford Rose (Guelph, , CA), Jordan James Moreau (Kitchener, , CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15136940 on 04/24/2016 (975 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment herein, a tool is described. The tool comprises an inclinometer configured to determine a first inclination of the tool; and transmit a first indicator to a controller in response to determining the first inclination of the tool. The tool further comprises a controller interface configured to receive a first program from the controller in response to transmitting the first indicator. The tool further comprises a tool head configured to tighten a first fastener based, at least in part, on the first program.

[B25B] TOOLS OR BENCH DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR, FOR FASTENING, CONNECTING, DISENGAGING, OR HOLDING


Disaster safe document binder
Patent No. 10160255 

Inventor(s): Michael Maune (Washington, MO), Patrick Williams (Dallas, TX), Scott Williams (Dallas, TX), Vincent Prejean (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Enduro Binders, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13969244 on 08/16/2013 (1957 days app to issue)

Abstract: A disaster-safe document binder includes rigid frame components: a front cover panel, a back cover panel, a spine assembly, and an apron. The rigid frame components form a book-like structure sized to store documents. The spine assembly includes a plurality of mounting rods that extend across the width of the spine assembly and are removably and rotatably coupled to each support member of spine assembly. The mounting rods physically support documents hanging vertically downward from the linear mounting brackets. The spine assembly includes a locking bar or locking pin that slides within a channel of a support member of the spine assembly to release or close the mounting rods within the spine assembly. The disaster-safe document binder formed from a metal that will not rust, emit harmful gases, or stain or discolor documents contained therewithin. The disaster-safe document binder is sealed closed to control an internal micro-climate within the binder.

[B42F] SHEETS TEMPORARILY ATTACHED TOGETHER; FILING APPLIANCES; FILE CARDS; INDEXING (reading desks A47B 19/00; book rests A47B 23/00)


Dashboard-mounted retractable sunscreen
Patent No. 10160294 

Inventor(s): Traci Pettit (Decatur, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15464448 on 03/21/2017 (644 days app to issue)

Abstract: The dashboard-mounted retractable sunscreen is a sunscreen that may be deployed from a housing mounted in the area of a vehicle dashboard. To deploy the sunscreen, a shade is pulled from within the housing by grasping a hook on the top of the shade and pulling up. The same hook is used to hold the shade in place by passing the hook over the vehicle”s rearview mirror. When no longer needed, the shade may be easily retracted back into the housing by separating the hook from the rearview mirror and lowering the hook towards the housing. Springs in each side of the housing enable the shade to wrap itself around a central rod within the housing. Width adjustment knobs on each end of the housing help hold the housing in place by pressing against the vehicle”s left and right A pillars.

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


Ice bagging system including auxiliary source of bags
Patent No. 10160557 

Inventor(s): Mark C. Metzger (Glendale, AZ)
Assignee(s): REDDY ICE CORPORATION (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13899859 on 05/22/2013 (2043 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ice bagging system and method according to which ice is automatically disposed in respective bags provided from a first source of bags, and ice is automatically disposed in respective bags provided from a second source of bags.

[B65B] MACHINES, APPARATUS OR DEVICES FOR, OR METHODS OF, PACKAGING ARTICLES OR MATERIALS; UNPACKING (bundling and pressing devices for cigars A24C 1/44; devices for tensioning and securing binders adapted to be supported by the article or articles to be bound B25B 25/00; applying closure members to bottles, jars or similar containers B67B 1/00-B67B 6/00; concurrent cleaning, filling and closing of bottles B67C 7/00; emptying bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels or similar containers B67C 9/00)


Pneumatic lifting device
Patent No. 10160628 

Inventor(s): Keith J. Wells (Evansville, IN), Robert D. McClain (Haubstadt, IN)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15079395 on 03/24/2016 (1006 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pneumatic lifting device includes a base, a first mast attached to the base, and a second mast attached to the base opposite the first mast. The first mast has a first rail extending therealong, and the second mast has a second rail extending therealong. A lift platform is operatively coupled to the base. The platform includes a first pair and a second pair of bearings coupled thereto so as to move in conjunction with the lift platform. The first pair of bearings is operatively coupled to the first rail so as to enable the first pair of bearings to move with respect to the first rail. The second pair of bearings is operatively coupled to the second rail so as to enable the second pair of bearings to move with respect to the second rail.

[B66F] HOISTING, LIFTING, HAULING, OR PUSHING, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR, e.g. DEVICES WHICH APPLY A LIFTING OR PUSHING FORCE DIRECTLY TO THE SURFACE OF A LOAD (mounting artificial islands on piles or like supports E02B 17/00; scaffolds combined with lifting devices E04G 1/22, E04G 3/28; lifting devices for sliding forms E04G 11/24; lifting of buildings E04G 23/06; shores or struts E04G 25/00; lifts or other hoisting devices on ladders E06C 7/12; props for mining E21D 15/00)


Nanolevel dispersion of nanoparticles in hydrophobic materials
Patent No. 10160837 

Inventor(s): Iosif Daniel Rosca (Saint Hubert, , CA), Martin Salameh (Laval, , CA), Suong Van Hoa (Brossard, , CA)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15847753 on 12/19/2017 (371 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one embodiment, a method of dispersing nanoparticles into a destination material includes providing a plurality of nanoparticles suspended in a carrier, adding a solvent to the plurality of nanoparticles suspended in a carrier, removing at least some of the carrier to yield the plurality of nanoparticles suspended in the solvent, mixing the nanoparticles suspended in the solvent with a destination material, and removing at least some of the solvent from the mixture of nanoparticles suspended in the solvent and the destination material.

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


Apparatuses and methods for making an object appear transparent
Patent No. 10161720 

Inventor(s): Chengang Ji (Ann Arbor, MI), Debasish Banerjee (Ann Arbor, MI), Mayu Takagi (Aichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15423149 on 02/02/2017 (691 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cloaking device includes object-side and image-side curved cloaking region boundaries with outward facing mirror surfaces and inward facing opaque surfaces. A cloaking region is bounded by the inward facing opaque surfaces of the object-side and image-side curved CR boundaries. An object-side curved reflection boundary with an inward facing mirror surface is positioned proximate to the object-side curved cloaking region boundary and an image-side curved reflection boundary with an inward facing mirror surface is positioned proximate to the image-side curved cloaking region boundary. Light from an object located on the object-side of the cloaking device and obscured by the cloaking region is redirected around the cloaking region by the outward facing mirror surfaces of the object-side and image-side curved cloaking region boundaries and the inward facing mirror surfaces of the object-side and image-side curved reflection boundaries.

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


Unmanned vehicle morphing
Patent No. 10162348 

Inventor(s): Kade Scott (The Colony, TX), Matthew Flachsbart (Grapevine, TX), Richard Daniel Graham (Plano, TX), Snehal Desai (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Hostetler LLP (15 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15422771 on 02/02/2017 (691 days app to issue)

Abstract: Unmanned vehicles may be terrestrial, aerial, nautical, or multi-mode. Unmanned vehicles may accomplish tasks by breaking out into sub-drones, re-grouping itself, changing form, or re-orienting its sensors. This morphing of the unmanned vehicle may happen based on the unmanned vehicle sensing certain conditions.

[B60F] VEHICLES FOR USE BOTH ON RAIL AND ON ROAD; VEHICLES CAPABLE OF TRAVELLING IN OR ON DIFFERENT MEDIA, e.g. AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLES (air-cushion vehicles B60V)


 

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

Processes for purifying acetic acid and hydrating anhydride
Patent No. 10160714 

Inventor(s): Mark O. Scates (Houston, TX), Ronald D. Shaver (Houston, TX), Yaw-Hwa Liu (Missouri City, TX)
Assignee(s): CELANESE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15863484 on 01/05/2018 (354 days app to issue)

Abstract: Processes for purifying acetic acid by distilling a process stream in a column in which acetic anhydride is formed in the lower portion of the column. The product stream withdrawn from the column comprises acetic acid, water at a concentration of no more than 0.2 wt. %, and acetic anhydride at a concentration of no more than 600 wppm. The process further comprises hydrating the acetic anhydride in the product stream to form a purified acetic acid product comprising acetic anhydride at a concentration of no more than 50 wppm.

[C07C] ACYCLIC OR CARBOCYCLIC COMPOUNDS (macromolecular compounds C08; production of organic compounds by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25B 3/00, C25B 7/00)


Neuroactive 13, 17-substituted steroids as modulators for GABA type-A receptors
Patent No. 10160783 

Inventor(s): Xin Jiang (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Washington University (St. Louis, MO)
Law Firm: Armstrong Teasdale LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15333921 on 10/25/2016 (791 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure is generally directed to neuroactive 13, 17-substituted steroids as referenced herein, and pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof, for use as, for example, an anesthetic, and/or in the treatment of disorders relating to GABA function and activity. The present disclosure is further directed to pharmaceutical compositions comprising such compounds.

[C07J] STEROIDS (seco-steroids C07C) [2]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Selectively leached, polycrystalline structures for cutting elements of drill bits
Patent No. 10160099 

Inventor(s): Andrew David Murdock (Fort Worth, TX), John Martin Clegg (Fort Worth, TX), Matthew Douglas Mumma (Weatherford, TX), Neal Alan Bowden (Mansfield, TX), William Henry DuBose (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Ulterra Drilling Technologies, L.P. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Hubbard Johnston, PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14019013 on 09/05/2013 (1937 days app to issue)

Abstract: The rate of leaching of a polycrystalline diamond (PCD) cutting layer for cutting elements or other wear parts is varied by introduction into the PCD of an additive prior to leaching. Selective introduction of the additive into one or more regions of a PCD cutting structure allows controlling leaching rates of selective leaching of parts of the PCD structure, which allows for creating of a boundary between the leached and non-leached regions of a PCD structure to be made so that is not parallel to the surface or surfaces exposed to the leaching solution. The additive is comprised of a material that increases the permeability of the PCD or acceptance of the PCD to the leaching solution, such as a hydrophile.

[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]


Connector for a downhole conveyance
Patent No. 10161194 

Inventor(s): Dominick Joseph Bellotte (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15028648 on 11/11/2013 (1870 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole tool includes a housing that includes a bore therethrough to receive a portion of a downhole conveyance that extends linearly through the bore from a first opening in the housing to a second opening in the housing, the downhole conveyance including a communication line sized to communicate instructions that includes at least one of logic or data; and a grip assembly at least partially positioned in the bore to engagingly hold the portion of the downhole conveyance at a tension at least equal to a breaking strength of the downhole conveyance.

[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]


Gravel pack-circulating sleeve with hydraulic lock
Patent No. 10161219 

Inventor(s): William Mark Richards (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14653421 on 05/12/2014 (1688 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for selectively locking open or close a gravel pack-circulating sleeve is disclosed. The sleeve is movably coupled to a first chamber containing a fluid. The first chamber is fluidly connected to a second chamber through a fluid flow controller. Shifting of the sleeve between open and closed positions is resisted by a the fluid flow controller. The resistance to fluid flow can reduce or eliminate inadvertent shifting of the sleeve due to short bumps and small loads upon the sleeve. To overcome the resistance to fluid flow and to shift the sleeve, a continuous load can be applied to the sleeve.

[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]


Identification of proppant in subterranean fracture zones using a ratio of capture to inelastic gamma rays
Patent No. 10161237 

Inventor(s): Robert Duenckel (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): CARBO Ceramics Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14805213 on 07/21/2015 (1253 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods are provided for determining the location and height of a fracture in a subterranean formation using pulsed neutron capture (PNC) logging tools. The methods include obtaining a pre-fracture data set, hydraulically fracturing the formation with a slurry that includes a liquid and a proppant in which at least a portion of the proppant is tagged with a thermal neutron absorbing material, obtaining a post-fracture data set, comparing the pre-fracture data set and the post-fracture data set to determine the location of the proppant, and correlating the location of the proppant to a depth measurement of the borehole to determine the location and height of the propped fracture.

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


Reverse flow sleeve actuation method
Patent No. 10161241 

Inventor(s): David S Wesson (Fort Worth, TX), Philip M Snider (Tomball, TX)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15472062 on 03/28/2017 (637 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sleeve actuation method for actuating sleeves in a reverse direction. The method includes a use of stored energy created by injecting into a connected region of a well such that the stored energy is used to actuate a tool installed in a wellbore casing that is either heel ward or uphole of the connected region. The tool actuated in a direction from toe end to heel end while the tool reconfigures to create a seat for seating plugging elements.

[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]


Charge case fragmentation control for gun survival
Patent No. 10161723 

Inventor(s): John Burleson (Denton, TX), John H. Hales (Frisco, TX), John P. Rodgers (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14648568 on 12/19/2012 (2197 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for forming a perforation is disclosed. The method comprises positioning a perforating gun at a desired location in the formation. The perforating gun comprises a gun body and a charge carrier. The method further comprises disposing one or more shaped charges within the charge carrier. The one or more shaped charges comprise an outer case, an inner liner, and an explosive material retained between the outer case and the inner liner. The outer case of the shaped charge comprises one or more predefined fracture lines. The method further comprises detonating at least one shaped charge, wherein detonating the at least one shaped charge forms one or more perforations in the formation.

[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

 

Self-lubricated bearings
Patent No. 10161441 

Inventor(s): Bryan K. Baskin (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION (Stratford, CT)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15340236 on 11/01/2016 (784 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aircraft includes an airframe and a rotary component rotatably connected to the airframe by way of a plain bearing. The rotary component is part of a rotorcraft control system. The plain bearing includes an inner member rotatably engaged in at least two axes of rotation to an outer member. The inner member has a coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) substantially less than that of the outer member.

[F16C] SHAFTS; FLEXIBLE SHAFTS; MECHANICAL MEANS FOR TRANSMITTING MOVEMENT IN A FLEXIBLE SHEATHING; ELEMENTS OF CRANKSHAFT MECHANISMS; PIVOTS; PIVOTAL CONNECTIONS; ROTARY ENGINEERING ELEMENTS OTHER THAN GEARING, COUPLING, CLUTCH OR BRAKE ELEMENTS; BEARINGS [5]


Air foil bearings having multiple pads
Patent No. 10161442 

Inventor(s): Daejong Kim (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15311207 on 05/15/2015 (1320 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, an air foil bearing includes an outer bearing sleeve and multiple inner pads provided within the bearing sleeve, each pad including a top foil and an inner elastic structure that supports the top foil within the bearing sleeve, wherein each pad has an offset ratio that is greater than 0.5.

[F16C] SHAFTS; FLEXIBLE SHAFTS; MECHANICAL MEANS FOR TRANSMITTING MOVEMENT IN A FLEXIBLE SHEATHING; ELEMENTS OF CRANKSHAFT MECHANISMS; PIVOTS; PIVOTAL CONNECTIONS; ROTARY ENGINEERING ELEMENTS OTHER THAN GEARING, COUPLING, CLUTCH OR BRAKE ELEMENTS; BEARINGS [5]


Suction lighting system and method
Patent No. 10161607 

Inventor(s): Huang Ming (Beijing, , CN), Ji Pan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): OLIGHTO INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15590285 on 05/09/2017 (595 days app to issue)

Abstract: A suction lighting system may provide a plurality of suction cups that may attach to a surface and display an advertisement or a decorative facade. The suction lighting system may provide at least one suction cup that may be provided to attach to the surface and may emit light from one or more LEDs. The method may provide steps for advertising on or decorating a structure utilizing a set of suction light devices. The method may include searching for available advertising space and displaying the advertisement within the space.

[F21V] FUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS OF LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS THEREOF; STRUCTURAL COMBINATIONS OF LIGHTING DEVICES WITH OTHER ARTICLES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [7]


Reflective ultraviolet light shield for a HVAC unit
Patent No. 10161641 

Inventor(s): Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX), Randall L. Lisbona (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15657930 on 07/24/2017 (519 days app to issue)

Abstract: A heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) unit. The unit comprises a heat exchanger or drain pan located inside a HVAC housing that has one or more access openings and ultraviolet light-sensitive components therein. The unit also comprises a light located inside of the HVAC housing and a light shield located between the heat exchanger or drain pan and the light source. The light source includes a network of open-ended cells, each cell having ultraviolet light reflective walls. The light shield is oriented to direct an ultraviolet light from the light source through the open-ended cells towards the heat exchanger or drain pan and away from the one or more access openings and ultraviolet light-sensitive components.

[F25D] REFRIGERATORS; COLD ROOMS; ICE-BOXES; COOLING OR FREEZING APPARATUS NOT COVERED BY ANY OTHER SUBCLASS (refrigerated showcases A47F 3/04; thermally-insulated vessels for domestic use A47J 41/00; refrigerated vehicles, see the appropriate subclasses of classes B60-B64; containers with thermal insulation in general B65D 81/38; heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials, e.g. refrigerants, or materials for the production of heat or cold by chemical reactions other than by combustion C09K 5/00; thermally-insulated vessels for liquefied or solidified gases F17C; air-conditioning or air-humidification F24F; refrigeration machines, plants, or systems F25B; cooling of instruments or comparable apparatus without refrigeration G12B; cooling of engines or pumps, see the relevant classes)


System for over-molded PCB sealing ring for TEC heat exchangers
Patent No. 10161642 

Inventor(s): Jeremy Mishler (Rockwall, TX), Michael Giraud (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): Marlow Industries, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14624469 on 02/17/2015 (1407 days app to issue)

Abstract: A thermoelectric-based air conditioning system is provided. The system includes at least a first supply air channel and a separate second supply air channel disposed in a housing. The system also includes a first thermoelectric cooler (TEC) assembly forming at least a portion of the first supply air channel and configured to independently condition air within the first supply air channel. The system further includes a second TEC assembly forming at least a portion of the second supply air channel and configured to independently condition air within the second supply air channel. The system includes a printed circuit board (PCB) for each of the first and second TEC assembly, wherein each of the PCSs are configured to provide an electrical connection between a first TEC and a second TEC with each of the first and second TEC assemblies. The system further includes a mold substrate configured to over-mold the first and second TECs of the first and second TEC assemblies.

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


Retrofit assembly for operating a motor of an HVAC system as a multi-stage motor and an HVAC system including the retrofit assembly
Patent No. 10161650 

Inventor(s): Eric Chanthalangsy (Carrollton, TX), Eric M. Perez (Carrollton, TX), Walter Davis, II (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Hubbard Johnston, PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14724477 on 05/28/2015 (1307 days app to issue)

Abstract: Retrofit assemblies and an HVAC unit including a retrofit assembly are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the retrofit assembly includes: (1) a base plate, that is mountable to a face of a motor speed driver (MSD), having an attachment area, (2) a standoff bracket that is mountable to the attachment area of the base plate and having a configuration that secures the MSD in a position relative to an interior wall of the HVAC system and provides clearance between the interior wall of the HVAC system and the MSD such that wires can be routed between the MSD and the interior wall and (3) a control interface, electrically connectable between the MSD and a thermostat of the HVAC system, configured to differentiate thermostat calls from the thermostat and translate the thermostat calls to coordinate blower speeds for the blower motor via the MSD.

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


Method and apparatus for reheat dehumidification with variable speed outdoor fan
Patent No. 10161662 

Inventor(s): Eric Berg (Carrollton, TX), Rakesh Goel (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14954558 on 11/30/2015 (1121 days app to issue)

Abstract: An HVAC system includes an indoor unit having a return air duct and a supply air duct in an enclosed space. The HVAC system includes an outdoor unit having a variable-speed condenser fan. A first temperature sensor is disposed in at least one of the return air duct, the supply air duct, or an enclosed space. A controller is operatively coupled to the first temperature sensor, and the variable-speed condenser fan. The controller is configured to determine whether at least one of over-cooling or over-heating of air in the enclosed space is occurring. Responsive to a determination that at least one of over-cooling or over-heating of air in the enclosed space is occurring, the controller adjusts a speed of the variable-speed condenser fan.

[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)


Shooting-stability platform for firearms
Patent No. 10161707 

Inventor(s): Timothy Neal Scott (Waxahachie, TX)
Assignee(s): II GUYS-N-GUNS LLC (Midlothian, TX)
Law Firm: D. Tiller Law PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15611942 on 06/02/2017 (571 days app to issue)

Abstract: A shooting-stability platform with three rotational degrees of freedom is disclosed. The platform improves shooting accuracy and safety by lessening recoil effects. And because of the rotational degrees of freedom, the operator still has substantial freedom to position the firearm as desired.

[F41A] FUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS COMMON TO BOTH SMALLARMS AND ORDNANCE, e.g. CANNONS; MOUNTINGS FOR SMALLARMS OR ORDNANCE [5]


Shaped-charge liner with fold around opening
Patent No. 10161724 

Inventor(s): Jason Paul Metzger (Joshua, TX), Jerry Leroy Walker (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14891384 on 07/19/2013 (1985 days app to issue)

Abstract: A shaped-charge liner for a shaped-charge assembly is provided. The shaped-charge assembly includes a housing, a liner, and explosive material between the housing and the liner. The liner includes an apex portion that has an opening and that defines a fold around the opening. The explosive material supports the apex portion.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Automated fluid dispensing system
Patent No. 10159384 

Inventor(s): Branko Bem (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BOBRICK WASHROOM EQUIPMENT, INC. (North Hollywood, CA)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15347708 on 11/09/2016 (776 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for automated dispensing of a fluid. The method includes providing a light pulse to a location proximate a dispensing outlet from which said fluid will be dispensed, sensing a light received from that location, where the sensed light includes at least one of an ambient light or a reflection of said light pulse, generating a signal corresponding to the sensed light, generating a transistor-transistor logic (TTL) signal if the reflection of the light pulse is determined and pumping a fluid to the dispenser outlet in response to said TTL signal.

[G01J] MEASUREMENT OF INTENSITY, VELOCITY, SPECTRAL CONTENT, POLARISATION, PHASE OR PULSE CHARACTERISTICS OF INFRA-RED, VISIBLE OR ULTRA-VIOLET LIGHT; COLORIMETRY; RADIATION PYROMETRY [2]


System and method for multi-parameter spectroscopy
Patent No. 10161870 

Inventor(s): Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NXGEN PARTNERS IP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15979521 on 05/15/2018 (224 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for detecting a material within a sample includes a light emitting unit for directing at least one light beam through the sample. A plurality of units receive the light beam that has passed through the sample and performs a spectroscopic analysis of the sample based on the received light beam. Each of the plurality of units analyze a different parameter with respect to the sample a provide a separate output signal with respect to the analysis. A processor detects the material with respect each of the provided separate output signals.

[G01J] MEASUREMENT OF INTENSITY, VELOCITY, SPECTRAL CONTENT, POLARISATION, PHASE OR PULSE CHARACTERISTICS OF INFRA-RED, VISIBLE OR ULTRA-VIOLET LIGHT; COLORIMETRY; RADIATION PYROMETRY [2]


Using patient risk in analysis of quality control strategy for lab results
Patent No. 10161947 

Inventor(s): Curtis Alan Parvin (McKinney, TX), Lakshmi Kuchipudi (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (Hercules, CA)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14702019 on 05/01/2015 (1334 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and systems are disclosed for analyzing quality control (QC) strategies that are applied to testing processes an analyte in order to meet an acceptable level of probability of patient harm that could result from incorrect test results. The measure of patient harm takes into account severity of patient harm, as well as its occurrence. Methods include calculating, based on the parameters of the QC strategies and the test apparatus, an expected number of incorrect final results E(N[subscript]uf[/subscript]) due to a test system failure. The value of E(N[subscript]uf[/subscript]) can be used as part of a calculation of a predicted level of probability patient harm. The ratio of the acceptable level of probability of patient harm to the predicted level of probability patient harm can determine the adequacy of the QC strategies.

[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)


Impedance analyzer using square wave stimuli
Patent No. 10161978 

Inventor(s): Charles Kasimer Sestok, IV (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15344565 on 11/06/2016 (779 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microcontroller-based system for measuring the impedance of a device under test (DUT) ([b]35[/b]) responsive to a square wave stimulus. A clock generator circuit ([b]26[/b]) in the microcontroller ([b]20[/b]) generates a clock signal at a base clock frequency. A first timer ([b]25[/b]) divides down the base clock frequency by a first frequency divisor integer to set the stimulus frequency of a square wave generated by a general purpose input/output (GPIO) function ([b]24[/b]), and a second timer ([b]28[/b]) divides down the base clock frequency by a second frequency divisor integer to set the sampling frequency of an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) ([b]30[/b]). A discrete Fourier transform executed by a processor ([b]22[/b]) is used to determine the impedance of the DUT at the stimulus frequency. The first and second integers are selected so that aliased harmonics fall in different DFT bins from the fundamental tone.

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


TAP and gating enable, CaptureDR, capture, and gated CaptureDR signals
Patent No. 10162001 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15725914 on 10/05/2017 (446 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a first embodiment a TAP [b]318[/b] of IEEE standard 1149.1 is allowed to commandeer control from a WSP [b]202[/b] of IEEE standard P1500 such that the P1500 architecture, normally controlled by the WSP, is rendered controllable by the TAP. In a second embodiment (1) the TAP and WSP based architectures are merged together such that the sharing of the previously described architectural elements are possible, and (2) the TAP and WSP test interfaces are merged into a single optimized test interface that is operable to perform all operations of each separate test interface.

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


DDR TMS/TDI, addressable tap, state machine, and tap state monitor
Patent No. 10162003 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15716029 on 09/26/2017 (455 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process and apparatus provide a JTAG TAP controller ([b]302[/b]) to access a JTAG TAP domain ([b]106[/b]) of a device using a reduced pin count, high speed DDR interface ([b]202[/b]). The access is accomplished by combining the separate TDI and TMS signals from the TAP controller into a single signal and communicating the TDI and TMS signals of the single signal on the rising and falling edges of the TCK driving the DDR interface. The TAP domain may be coupled to the TAP controller in a point to point fashion or in an addressable bus fashion. The access to the TAP domain may be used for JTAG based device testing, debugging, programming, or other type of JTAG based operation.

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


Tap domain selection circuit with AUX buffers and multiplexer
Patent No. 10162004 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15845282 on 12/18/2017 (372 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure describes a reduced pin bus that can be used on integrated circuits or embedded cores within integrated circuits. The bus may be used for serial access to circuits where the availability of pins on ICs or terminals on cores is limited. The bus may be used for a variety of serial communication operations such as, but not limited to, serial communication related test, emulation, debug, and/or trace operations of an IC or core design. Other aspects of the disclosure include the use of reduced pin buses for emulation, debug, and trace operations and for functional operations. In a fifth aspect of the present disclosure, an interface select circuit,

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


Reduction of magnetic sensor component variation due to magnetic materials through the application of magnetic field
Patent No. 10162016 

Inventor(s): Ann Margaret Gabrys (Woodside, CA), Dok Won Lee (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15064579 on 03/08/2016 (1022 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microelectronic device, possibly a packaged microelectronic device, contains a magnetic sensor component and magnetizable structural features. Magnetic moments of the magnetizable structural features are aligned parallel to each other. The microelectronic device is formed by applying a magnetic field so as to align magnetic moments of the magnetizable structural features with the applied magnetic field. Application of the magnetic field is subsequently discontinued. The magnetic moments of the magnetizable structural features remain aligned parallel to each other after the applied magnetic field is discontinued.

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


Laser range finding attachment for mobile computing device
Patent No. 10162056 

Inventor(s): Ivan Arbouzov (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14192222 on 02/27/2014 (1762 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure describes methods and systems, including computer-implemented methods, computer-readable media, and computer systems, for measuring range to an object (e.g., range finding) by reflection of laser radiation. One computer-implemented method includes the following operations executed on a mobile computing device (MCD): targeting an object with the MCD display operating as a viewfinder, receiving a request to trigger a laser range finding operation, initiating triggering of an emitter on a laser range finding attachment (LRFA) coupled to the MCD, receiving range finding data from the LRFA, processing the range finding data, and initiating display of data associated with the object, the data corresponding to the processed range finding data.

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


Expanded beam array for fiber optics
Patent No. 10162127 

Inventor(s): Brian K. Bushnell (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Muncy, Geissler, Olds Lowe, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14514354 on 10/14/2014 (1533 days app to issue)

Abstract: An expanded beam fiber optic array connector includes a ferrule holding ends of optical fibers in a first ordered array. A plurality of lenses packaged into a unitary structure, formed of an optical grade material, different than a material used to form the ferrule, is attached to the ferrule. The lenses are arranged into a second ordered array matching the first ordered array of the ends of the optical fibers. The lenses of the expanded beam connector associated with transmit channels can be constructed with a prescription geared specifically for transmitting light, whereas the lenses of the expanded beam connector associated with receive channels can be constructed with a prescription geared specifically for receiving light.

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


Fiber optic cable assembly
Patent No. 10162144 

Inventor(s): Ricardo Andre Rivas Alas (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Optical Communications LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15834814 on 12/07/2017 (383 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cable assembly includes a distribution cable, a tether cable, and a network access point (NAP) assembly having a cavity defined therein. The distribution cable includes optical fibers and the tether cable includes an optical fiber. The optical fiber of the tether cable is tightly constrained within the tether cable and portion thereof extends from the tether cable into the cavity of the NAP assembly and is spliced to a portion of one of the optical fibers of the distribution cable extending into the cavity of the NAP assembly from a side of the distribution cable. The splice is positioned in the cavity. Tight constraint of the optical fiber of the tether cable within the tether cable limits transmission of fiber movement to the portion of the optical fiber of the tether cable extending into the cavity of the NAP assembly, thereby protecting the splice.

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


Path selection for autonomous vehicles
Patent No. 10162356 

Inventor(s): Lei Rao (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15379979 on 12/15/2016 (740 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to a method for selecting a path, the vehicle may receive driving condition of an area from a server, where the driving condition indicates that the area comprises a trouble area. Based on the driving condition of the area, the vehicle may calculate a first path and a second path, each of which is from a first point to a second point. The vehicle may obtain an effect value on vehicle driving associated with a change of weather. Based on the effect value and some other information, the vehicle may calculate a first weighted value for the first path and a second weighted value for the second path. Based on the first weighted value and the second weighted value, the vehicle may select a path. Because the effect value is used to select a path, the path selection in this embodiment may be associated with the change of weather.

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


Systems and methods for frequency mode detection and implementation
Patent No. 10162406 

Inventor(s): Kallol Mazumder (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15692852 on 08/31/2017 (481 days app to issue)

Abstract: The systems and methods provided herein identify a command acquisition mode from a plurality of command acquisition modes of a command interface of a memory device. A state of a chip select signal (CS) is identified. When the CS transitions to low from high, a first portion of a command address is captured in a first clock cycle after the CS transitions. When the command acquisition mode is in a first mode, a second portion of the command address is captured in a second clock cycle immediately after the first clock cycle. Otherwise, when the command acquisition mode is in a second mode, the second portion of the command address is captured in a third clock cycle immediately following the second clock signal. An internal command is fired, using the first portion of the command address and the second portion of the command address.

[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)


Memory operation threshold adjustment based on bit line integrity data
Patent No. 10162538 

Inventor(s): Ahiad Turgeman (Omer, , IL), Mark Shlick (Ganey-Tikva, , IL), Refael Ben-Rubi (Rosh Haayin, , IL), Uri Peltz (Hod-Hasharon, , IL), Uri Shir (Ra”anana, , IL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14871262 on 09/30/2015 (1182 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data storage device includes a controller and a memory. The memory is coupled to the controller. The memory includes storage elements coupled to bit lines. The controller is configured to access bit line integrity data corresponding to a region of the memory, the bit line integrity data indicating a number of bit lines. The controller is also configured to store data related to a memory operation threshold based on the number of bit lines.

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


Managing out-of-service conditions
Patent No. 10162545 

Inventor(s): Bill Inskeep (West Valley City, UT), David Flynn (Sandy, UT), John Strasser (Syracuse, UT)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Loza Loza, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14962621 on 12/08/2015 (1113 days app to issue)

Abstract: An adaptive logical storage element comprises a plurality of solid-state storage elements accessible in parallel. The logical storage element includes logical storage units, which may include logical page, logical storage divisions (erase blocks), and so on. Each logical storage unit comprises a plurality of physical storage units. A logical storage unit may include one or more physical storage units that are out-of-service (OOS). The OOS status of logical storage units is tracked by OOS metadata. When data is stored on the logical storage element, padding data is provided to physical storage units that are OOS, and valid and/or parity data is provided to in-service physical storage units. A write data pipeline accesses the OOS metadata to insert padding data, and a read data pipeline accesses the OOS metadata to strip padding data.

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


Highly integrated scalable, flexible DSP megamodule architecture
Patent No. 10162641 

Inventor(s): Abhijeet A. Chachad (Plano, TX), Daniel Wu (Dallas, TX), Duc Quang Bui (Grand Prairie, TX), Joseph Zbiciak (San Jose, CA), Kai Chirca (Dallas, TX), Matthew D. Pierson (Murphy, TX), Naveen Bhoria (Plano, TX), Ramakrish
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15429205 on 02/10/2017 (683 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention addresses implements a range of interesting technologies into a single block. Each DSP CPU has a streaming engine. The streaming engines include: a SE to L2 interface that can request 512 bits/cycle from L2; a loose binding between SE and L2 interface, to allow a single stream to peak at 1024 bits/cycle; one-way coherence where the SE sees all earlier writes cached in system, but not writes that occur after stream opens; full protection against single-bit data errors within its internal storage via single-bit parity with semi-automatic restart on parity error.

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


Prioritizing garbage collection and block allocation based on I/O history for logical address regions
Patent No. 10162748 

Inventor(s): Akshay Mathur (Los Gatos, CA), Baskaran Kannan (Round Rock, TX), Chayan Biswas (Newark, CA), Dharani Kotte (Fremont, CA), Sumant K. Patro (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14323946 on 07/03/2014 (1636 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods and/or devices are used to enable prioritizing garbage collection and block allocation based on I/O history for logical address regions. In one aspect, the method includes (1) receiving, at a storage device, a plurality of input/output (I/O) requests from a host, the plurality of I/O requests including read requests and write requests to be performed in a plurality of regions in a logical address space of the host, (2) in accordance with the plurality of I/O requests over a predetermined time period, identifying an idle region of the plurality of regions in the logical address space of the host, and (3) in accordance with the identification of the idle region, enabling garbage collection of data storage blocks, in the storage device, that store data in the idle region.

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


System and method for efficient cross-controller request handling in active/active storage systems
Patent No. 10162775 

Inventor(s): Can Chen (Chengdu, , CN), Jinshui Liu (Frisco, TX), Mark Kampe (Los Angeles, CA), Wei Zhang (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14979264 on 12/22/2015 (1099 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for cross-controller data storage operations comprises interconnecting a responding storage controller and an owning storage controller with a direct memory access (DMA) capable fabric, the responding storage controller and the owning storage controller each comprising an interface from a data bus connected to the DMA capable fabric, configuring and implementing a shared DMA address space in accordance with the DMA capable fabric, the shared DMA address space including memory on the responding storage controller and the owning storage controller, the shared DMA address space being one of a symmetric or asymmetric address space, and exposing one or more local buffers of the responding storage controller and one or more local buffers of the owning storage controller through the shared DMA address space.

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


Annotation creation system and method
Patent No. 10162808 

Inventor(s): Daren Rhoades (Laguna Hills, CA), Kenneth A. Hosch (Redondo Beach, CA), Thomas James Buchanan (Vizcaya, , ES)
Assignee(s): Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14707651 on 05/08/2015 (1327 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system having a processor is provided that facilitates drawing and annotation of objects on a touch screen. The processor is responsive to an object selection input corresponding to a selection of an object displayed at an object location, to display a preview type of an annotation for the selected object at an annotation location adjacent to the object location. Also, the processor stops displaying the annotation when an object deselection input is received that corresponds to a deselection of the object prior to the annotation being changed to a persistent type. Further, when the first object is selected, the processor is responsive to an annotation selection input corresponding to a selection of the annotation, to cause the annotation to change from being the preview type to being the persistent type that remains visually displayed when the object is deselected after the annotation has changed to the persistent type.

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


Method and apparatus for customized handwriting entry zones
Patent No. 10162809 

Inventor(s): Dean A. Coxford (Rochester, NY), Eric Michael Gross (Rochester, NY)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14052415 on 10/11/2013 (1901 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and apparatus for providing a customized handwriting zone are disclosed. For example, the method receives a handwriting sample for a user, measures dimensions of the handwriting sample for the user, generates one or more handwriting zones that are sized in accordance with the dimensions of the handwriting sample of the user, receives a request to generate a form for the user and provides the form that includes the one or more handwriting zones that are customized in accordance with the dimensions of the handwriting sample of the user.

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


System and methods for using conversational similarity for dimension reduction in deep analytics
Patent No. 10162844 

Inventor(s): Alan McCord (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): NEWVOICEMEDIA LTD. (Basingstoke, , GB)
Law Firm: Galvin Patent Law LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15675420 on 08/11/2017 (501 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for using conversational similarity for dimension reduction in deep analytics, comprising a self-learning interaction optimizer that receives string-based data from a contact center and analyzes it to produce a plurality of information similarity vectors, provides the vectors to a neural network and receives output vectors from the neural network, and produces context data from the output vectors and associates the context data with the original string-based data.

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


Automated compilation of content
Patent No. 10162877 

Inventor(s): Colin Yale Ferguson (Watertown, MA)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14109172 on 12/17/2013 (1834 days app to issue)

Abstract: Implementations described and claimed herein provide systems and methods for automatically compiling content for a particular project. In one implementation, a compilation template for the particular project is retrieved. The compilation template has instructions for compiling a plurality of content files. The compilation instructions include a designation for each of the content files including a path to a source of the content file and a target file type. Each of the content files is retrieved from the source, and each of the retrieved content files has a source file type. Each of the retrieved content files is modified from the source file type to the target file type. The modified content files are compiled into a content set based on the compilation instructions. A framework is generated to display the compiled content set. An archive file storing the generated framework for displaying the compiled content set is output.

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


System and method for auto-suggesting responses based on social conversational contents in customer care services
Patent No. 10162884 

Inventor(s): Arun Bakthavachalu (Webster, NY), David R. Vandervort (Walworth, NY), Tong Sun (Penfield, NY), Veerasundaravel Thirugnanasundaram (Webster, NY)
Assignee(s): CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13948204 on 07/23/2013 (1981 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first embodiment of the disclosure relates to a method for responding to a message posted in a social media stream. The method includes monitoring a social media site for at least one message including select subject matter. In response to identifying a message, the method includes collecting a series of exchanges that form a conversational thread including the message. The method includes determining at least one content attribute of the message. The method includes classifying the message using at least one key attribute. The method includes searching a database for a reference message using a combination of the at least one content and key attributes. The method includes determining a previous outcome of a reference thread including the reference message. The method includes using the previous outcome for determining a course of action.

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


Timing verification in a programmable circuit design using variation factors
Patent No. 10162916 

Inventor(s): Nagaraj Savithri (Richardson, TX), Usha Narasimha (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): XILINX, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15433766 on 02/15/2017 (678 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed approaches for processing a circuit design targeted to a programmable integrated circuit (IC) include inputting the circuit design to a programmed processor. Each path of the circuit design specifies a plurality of circuit elements of the programmable IC. For each circuit element specified in a path of the plurality of paths the processor looks up in a memory a mean delay associated with the circuit element, looks up a sigma factor associated with the circuit element, and looks up a delta factor associated with the circuit element. The processor determines a delay of the path as a function of the mean delay, sigma factor, and delta factor of each circuit element in the path.

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


Detecting trends in electronic communications for steganography analysis
Patent No. 10162976 

Inventor(s): Richard D. Hanner, Sr. (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14887597 on 10/20/2015 (1162 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting potential steganography use to hide content in computer files transmitted via electronic communications are provided. An electronic communication associated with a computer file may be identified. The communication and the computer file may be analyzed to determine whether the computer file potentially includes hidden content. To determine whether the computer file potentially includes hidden content, a set of steganographic criteria may be analyzed. If at least a portion of the steganographic criteria are satisfied, then it may be determined that the computer file potentially includes hidden content. If at least a portion of the steganographic criteria are not satisfied, then it may be determined that the computer file does not potentially include hidden content. If the computer file is determined to potentially include hidden content, an individual may be notified of the communication associated with the computer file.

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


Conversation branching for more efficient resolution
Patent No. 10163059 

Inventor(s): Kulvir S. Bhogal (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15431299 on 02/13/2017 (680 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for conversation branching may include storing a plurality of messages communicated in an online conversation and generating a fingerprint for each message. The fingerprint for each message may be stored in a lookup table. The method may also include detecting a new message from one of the users and processing the new message to generate an artifact that correlates to the new message. The lookup table may be queried using the artifact to determine a similarity between the new message and each of the stored messages. One or more proposed reply messages to the new message may be generated for branching the online conversation to a new conversation point that corresponds to a selected one of the one or more proposed reply messages. The one or more proposed reply messages are based on one of the stored messages that has a closest similarity to the new message.

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


Systems and methods of ensuring and maintaining equipment viability for a task
Patent No. 10163065 

Inventor(s): Christine Koski (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): NMETRIC, LLC (Costa Mesa, CA)
Law Firm: Fish IP Law, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15679039 on 08/16/2017 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device management system that is capable of scheduling connected devices and personnel for tasks, monitoring the ability of the devices to perform the scheduled task by checking in with the devices based on their uses and locations, and to modify the functioning of the devices according to the tasks scheduled for the devices and their uses. Additionally, the system can incorporate uncommunicated ”dumb” devices into the scheduling of tasks and track and manage those devices.

[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]


Automated systems for reducing computational loads in the mass execution of analytical models using scale-out computing
Patent No. 10163072 

Inventor(s): Ajmal Karuthakantakath (Flower Mound, TX), Chandra Dhandapani (Dallas, TX), Fredrick Crable (Allen, TX), Gurmeet Singh (Irving, TX), Nicholas Dolle (Mckinney, TX), Raman Bajaj (Frisco, TX), Sanjiv Yajnik (Dallas, TX),
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15955210 on 04/17/2018 (252 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed embodiments provide systems and techniques for mass execution of analytical models across multiple dimensions of client, collateral, deal structure, third party, and other data relevant to predicting optimal decisions in real-time. In some embodiments, disclosed systems and techniques increase decisioning speed through the reduction of computational loads on disclosed decisioning systems. Further disclosed systems and techniques may scale-out analytical modeling computations through, among other technological solutions, advanced execution environments that are asynchronous and non-blocking in nature so as to allow the execution of a plurality of analytical models in parallel and optimizing the results.

[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]


Recirculating aquaculture system and treatment method for aquatic species
Patent No. 10163199 

Inventor(s): F. William Gilmore (Venice, FL), Gerald Easterling (Dallas, TX), Ilia Petkov (Colorado Springs, CO), Michael Czarniecki (Cascade, CO)
Assignee(s): FT WATER SOLUTIONS, L.L.C. (Boca Raton, FL), NATURALSHRIMP, INC. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15362805 on 11/28/2016 (757 days app to issue)

Abstract: A recirculating aquaculture system automatically controls ammonia, bacteria, solids, and feed quantity available to a captive species in a closed, water-based habitat. Functionally Independent processing loops operate in parallel on recirculating water streams, to control each of ammonia, bacteria, solids, and feed. The same or similar components, such as an electrolytic cell, may service one or more functional loops.

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


Item depository apparatus operated responsive to data bearing records
Patent No. 10163307 

Inventor(s): Joseph Militello (Miamisburg, OH), Michael Leigh Sears (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): NAUTILUS HYOSUNG AMERICA, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Walker Jocke (Local + 25 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15784511 on 10/16/2017 (435 days app to issue)

Abstract: A depository system operates in response to data bearing records. Information regarding planned future deposits is recorded, at least one record visible appearance feature is stored or generated, and data corresponding to the at least one record appearance feature is stored in associated relation with deposit data. The at least one record appearance feature is made visible on a deposit item. The deposit item is subsequently presented to a depository that includes an image sensor. The image sensor operates to read the at least one record appearance feature. At least one controller in the depository causes a determination to be made that at least one record appearance feature corresponds to a pre-registered deposit and such determination enables the deposit item to be received in the depository.

[G07F] COIN-FREED OR LIKE APPARATUS (coin sorting G07D 3/00; coin testing G07D 5/00) [7]


Water detection assembly
Patent No. 10163326 

Inventor(s): Bradly Jay Billman (Celina, TX), Cory Matheson (Celina, TX), Kade Scott (The Colony, TX), Matthew T. Flachsbart (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15636220 on 06/28/2017 (545 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a tangible, non-transitory, machine-readable medium, having machine-readable instructions to pair a water detection device of a plurality of water detection devices with a user account via a user device, receive a first signal indicative of a location of the water detection device from the user device, receive a second signal indicative of a personalized message to be sent to the user device upon a detection event of the water detection device, and display a list of the plurality of water detection devices and corresponding locations of each water detection device of the plurality of water detection devices on the user device.

[G01M] TESTING STATIC OR DYNAMIC BALANCE OF MACHINES OR STRUCTURES; TESTING OF STRUCTURES OR APPARATUS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Impact induced lighting to mitigate post-accident risk
Patent No. 10163349 

Inventor(s): Bradly Jay Billman (Celina, TX), Snehal Desai (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15397451 on 01/03/2017 (721 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to safety lighting devices for automotive vehicles. A safety lighting system coupled to an automotive vehicle includes a power source that is independent of an electrical system of the vehicle. The system also includes a lighting feature electrically coupled to the power source, wherein the lighting feature is configured to activate in response to an impact event.

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


Sensor device with media channel between substrates
Patent No. 10163660 

Inventor(s): Brent Hans Larson (Dallas, TX), Shivesh Langhanoja (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): TT ELECTRONICS PLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15589611 on 05/08/2017 (596 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sensor device including: a first substrate having a bottom surface and a top surface; a second substrate having a bottom surface and a top surface, a media channel having two vertical sections and a horizontal section, wherein the two vertical sections are through the second substrate, a portion of the bottom surface of the second substrate forms a top surface of the horizontal section, and a portion of the top surface of the first substrate forms a bottom surface of the horizontal section; a sensor chip disposed on one of the two vertical sections of the media channel; and a molding compound covering side surfaces of the first substrate, the second substrate, and the sensor chip.

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


Methods and apparatus for transmitting service information in a neighborhood of peer-to-peer communication groups
Patent No. 10165047 

Inventor(s): Dwight R. Smith (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS LLC (Mountain View, CA)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14141513 on 12/27/2013 (1824 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for transmitting service information in a neighborhood of peer-to-peer communication groups are disclosed. A peer-to-peer client device connects to a peer-to-peer communication group via a peer-to-peer group owner. The peer-to-peer client generates a service notification including a category and a sub-category and transmits the service notification to the first peer-to-peer group owner. The first peer-to-peer group owner then forwards the service notification (a) to a first group member that is associated with the category and the sub-category, and (b) to a second group member that is identified as a first bridge and is associated with the category.

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


Method and apparatus for frame coding in vertical raster scan order for HEVC
Patent No. 10165276 

Inventor(s): Do-Kyoung Kwon (Allen, TX), Hyung Joon Kim (McKinney, TX), Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15583460 on 05/01/2017 (603 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for frame coding in adaptive raster scan order. The method includes encoding at least one of image or video utilizing input frames and at least one of a data related to the input frame to produce bitstream with raster scan order information and displacement information for producing compressed video bitstream, at decoding time, decoding at least one of the encoded bitstream with raster scan order information and displacement information for producing compressed video bitstream.

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


 

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Sensor assembly, method, and device for monitoring shear force and pressure on a structure
Patent No. 10161838 

Inventor(s): Haiying Huang (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parks IP Law LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14860647 on 09/21/2015 (1191 days app to issue)

Abstract: Shear force and pressure on a structure are simultaneously monitored using signals received from sensors with antennas on the structure. For example, sensors and systems for monitoring shear force and pressure have applications including ulcer prevention associated with structures including shoes, prosthetics, wheel-chairs, and beds of bed-bound patients.

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


Coupled inductor structure
Patent No. 10163562 

Inventor(s): Dianbo Fu (Plano, TX), Yanshen Hu (Shenzhen, , CN), Yunfeng Liu (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13705287 on 12/05/2012 (2211 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment apparatus comprises a magnetic core comprising a first side and a second side opposite the first side, a first winding comprising a first portion wound around the first side and a second portion wound around the second side, a second winding comprising a third portion wound around the first side and a fourth portion wound around the second side, wherein the second portion and the fourth portion are coupled to each other.

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


DVC utilizing MIMS in the anchor
Patent No. 10163566 

Inventor(s): Richard L. Knipe (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CAVENDISH KINETICS, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Patterson Sheridan, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15548992 on 01/28/2016 (1062 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a MEMS DVC utilizing one or more MIM capacitors located in the anchor of the DVC and an Ohmic contact located on the RF-electrode. The MIM capacitor in combination with the ohmic MEMS device ensures that a stable capacitance for the MEMS DVC is achieved with applied RF power.

[H01H] ELECTRIC SWITCHES; RELAYS; SELECTORS; EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE DEVICES (contact cables H01B 7/10; electrolytic self-interrupters H01G 9/18; emergency protective circuit arrangements H02H; switching by electronic means without contact-making H03K 17/00)


Sinker with a reduced width
Patent No. 10163678 

Inventor(s): Binghua Hu (Plano, TX), Guru Mathur (Plano, TX), Sameer Pendharkar (Allen, TX), Takehito Tamura (Ichikawa, , JP)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14682823 on 04/09/2015 (1356 days app to issue)

Abstract: Forming a semiconductor structure by forming a plurality of trenches in a semiconductor material, forming a plurality of non-conductive structures in the plurality of trenches, and forming a doped region of the first conductivity type. The plurality of trenches are spaced apart from each other, have substantially equal depths, and include a first trench and a second trench. The plurality of non-conductive structures include a first non-conductive structure in the first trench and a second non-conductive structure in the second trench. The doped region is formed between the first non-conductive structure and the second non-conductive structure. No region of a second conductivity type lies horizontally in between the first non-conductive structure and the second non-conductive structure.

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


Sinker to buried layer connection region for narrow deep trenches
Patent No. 10163680 

Inventor(s): Alexei Sadovnikov (Sunnyvale, CA), Binghua Hu (Plano, TX), Scott Kelly Montgomery (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15709039 on 09/19/2017 (462 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of forming an IC includes forming a buried layer (BL) doped a second type in a substrate doped a first type. Deep trenches are etched including narrower inner trench rings and wider outer trench rings through to the BL. A first deep sinker implanting uses ions of the second type with a first dose, a first energy, and a first tilt angle. A second deep sinker implant uses ions of the second type with a second dose thatthe first dose, a second energythan the first energy, and a second tilt anglethe first tilt angle. The outer trench rings outside and inner trench rings are dielectric lined. The dielectric lining is removed from a bottom of the outer trench rings. The outer trench rings are filled with an electrically conductive filler material that contacts the substrate and fills the inner trench rings.

[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]


Fabrication of silicon germanium-on-insulator FinFET
Patent No. 10163684 

Inventor(s): Bruce Doris (Slingerlands, NY), Hong He (Schenectady, NY), Qing Liu (Watervliet, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15831761 on 12/05/2017 (385 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of making a structurally stable SiGe-on-insulator FinFET employs a silicon nitride liner to prevent de-stabilizing oxidation at the base of a SiGe fin. The silicon nitride liner blocks access of oxygen to the lower corners of the fin to facilitate fabrication of a high-concentration SiGe fin. The silicon nitride liner is effective as an oxide barrier even if its thickness is less than about 5 nm. Use of the SiN liner provides structural stability for fins that have higher germanium content, in the range of 25-55% germanium concentration.

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


High mobility transistors
Patent No. 10163725 

Inventor(s): Charles Frank Machala, III (Plano, TX), Hiroaki Niimi (Dallas, TX), Manoj Mehrotra (Bangalore, , IN), Rick L. Wise (Fairview, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15292373 on 10/13/2016 (803 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit containing an n-channel finFET and a p-channel finFET is formed by forming a first polarity fin epitaxial layer for a first polarity finFET, and subsequently forming a hard mask which exposes an area for a second, opposite, polarity fin epitaxial layer for a second polarity finFET. The second polarity fin epitaxial layer is formed in the area exposed by the hard mask. A fin mask defines the first polarity fin and second polarity fin areas, and a subsequent fin etch forms the respective fins. A layer of isolation dielectric material is formed over the substrate and fins. The layer of isolation dielectric material is planarized down to the fins. The layer of isolation dielectric material is recessed so that the fins extend at least 10 nanometers above the layer of isolation dielectric material. Gate dielectric layers and gates are formed over the fins.

[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]


Self-biased bidirectional ESD protection circuit
Patent No. 10163888 

Inventor(s): Ann Margaret Concannon (Palo Alto, CA), Antonio Gallerano (San Jose, CA), Krishna Praveen Mysore Rajagopal (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15359833 on 11/23/2016 (762 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples provide an ESD protection circuit including a protection structure to selectively conduct current between a first terminal at a protected node and a second terminal at a reference node in response to the protected node voltage and a control voltage signal rising above a trigger voltage during an ESD event, and a bias circuit configured to bias a protection structure control terminal at a control voltage corresponding to a higher one of a first voltage of the first terminal and a second voltage of the second terminal to control the trigger voltage of the ESD protection structure to keep the ESD protection structure off during normal operation.

[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]


SRAM cell with T-shaped contact
Patent No. 10163911 

Inventor(s): Scott W. Jessen (Allen, TX), Theodore W. Houston (Richardson, TX), Thomas J. Aton (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 12479266 on 06/05/2009 (3490 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit containing an array of SRAM cells with T-shaped contacts in the inverters, in which drain connecting segments may extend beyond gate connecting segments by a distance greater than 10 percent of a separation distance between ends of opposite drain connecting segments. The drain connecting segments may also extend beyond gate connecting segments by a distance greater than one-third of the width of the gate connecting segments. A process of forming an integrated circuit containing an array of SRAM cells with T-shaped contacts in which drain connecting segments may extend beyond gate connecting segments by a distance greater than 10 percent of a separation distance between ends of opposite drain connecting segments. A process may also form the drain connecting segments to extend beyond gate connecting segments by greater than one-third of the width of the gate connecting segments.

[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]


Waveguide coupler
Patent No. 10164318 

Inventor(s): Baher Haroun (Allen, TX), Brian B. Ginsburg (Allen, TX), Eunyoung Seok (Plano, TX), Srinath Ramaswamy (Murphy, TX), Vijay B. Rentala (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15167768 on 05/27/2016 (942 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus is provided. In the apparatus, there is an antenna package and an integrated circuit (IC). A circuit trace assembly is secured to the IC. A coupler (with an antenna assembly and a high impedance surface (HIS)) is secured to the circuit trace assembly. An antenna assembly has a window region, a conductive region that substantially surrounds the window region, a circular patch antenna that is in communication with the IC, and an elliptical patch antenna that is located within the window region, that is extends over at least a portion of the circular patch antenna, and that is in communication with the circular patch antenna. The HIS substantially surrounds the antenna assembly.

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


Cycle-by-cycle peak current limiting in current mode buck/boost converters
Patent No. 10164535 

Inventor(s): Eric Wayne Tisinger (Chandler, AZ), Youhao Xi (Chandler, AZ)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15822110 on 11/24/2017 (396 days app to issue)

Abstract: An SMPS current mode control loop with an adjusted cycle-by-cycle peak current limit for buck and boost (and bidirectional buck/boost) regulators. An SMPS regulator can include a PWM driver to drive switching control signals with a PWM duty cycle to an output terminal OUT, and a PWM controller to control the PWM duty cycle based on a current mode control loop that includes slope compensation to provide a signal VPK corresponding to a current sense signal from a current sense terminal CS, based on sensed peak current through the energy storage element, superimposed with an injected slope compensation current corresponding to a predefined slope compensation based on PWM duty cycle. Adjusted peak limit circuitry generates a signal VLMT corresponding to an adjusted peak current limit based on a pre-defined peak current limit threshold for the energy storage element, including generating a peak limit adjustment current corresponding to the injected slope compensation current, and combining the peak limit adjustment current with the pre-defined peak current limit threshold so that VLMT is substantially constant.

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


Isolated partial power converter
Patent No. 10164544 

Inventor(s): Dianbo Fu (Frisco, TX), Heping Dai (Plano, TX), Liming Ye (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15635705 on 06/28/2017 (545 days app to issue)

Abstract: An Input-Series-Output-Parallel (ISOP)-type partial power converter circuit comprises: an isolated, unregulated DC-to-DC converter configured to generate a first output voltage at a first output voltage node; and a regulated DC-to-DC converter coupled with the unregulated DC-to-DC converter and configured to generate a second output voltage at a second output voltage node, the regulated DC-to-DC converter comprising a resonant forward-flyback converter configuration; wherein the first output voltage node is coupled in parallel with the second output voltage node.

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


Electronically reconfigurable matching network
Patent No. 10164587 

Inventor(s): Charles Forrest Campbell (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15802117 on 11/02/2017 (418 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronically reconfigurable matching network having a plurality of electronically reconfigurable components is disclosed. Each of the plurality of electronically reconfigurable elements includes a plurality of selectable impedance elements coupled together. Each selectable impedance element includes an impedance element coupled between first and second end terminals and a field-effect transistor (FET)-based switch coupled between the first and second end terminals. The FET-based switch includes a first FET having first and second current terminals coupled to a first gate terminal and a second FET having a third current terminal coupled to the first gate terminal, a fourth current terminal, and a second gate terminal coupled to a first control terminal; and a third FET having a fifth current terminal coupled to the first end terminal, a sixth current terminal coupled to the second end terminal, and a third gate terminal coupled to the third current terminal.

[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)


Advanced synchronization schemes for NFC card emulation mode, peer-to-peer mode and RFID tag design
Patent No. 10164766 

Inventor(s): Chen-Hsien Hung (Dallas, TX), Shiau Chwun George Pwu (Frisco, TX), Tao Huang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: North Weber Baugh LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15280875 on 09/29/2016 (817 days app to issue)

Abstract: A start-up control for a transmitter (TX) output driver is implemented to prevent the stick state problem when the TX driver is not toggling. TX output driver is set in a high impedance (HZ) mode when data zero is delivered from the digital base band (DBB) and set in an enhanced mode to deliver a stronger signal when data one is delivered from the DBB. The transmitter comprises a dual-loop PLL to synchronize the TX output pulse and the carrier. The dual-loop PLL is composed of a relaxation oscillator, a 1[superscript]st [/superscript]Loop, and a 2[superscript]nd [/superscript]Loop. The 1[superscript]st [/superscript]loop is a voltage-controlled oscillator comprising the relaxation oscillator and an operational transconductance amplifier. The 2[superscript]nd [/superscript]loop is a loop comprising a phase frequency detector, a charge pump, a loop filter and the VCO of the 1[superscript]st [/superscript]loop.

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


Configuring measurement reference signals for MIMO
Patent No. 10164825 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15153025 on 05/12/2016 (957 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods relating to 6-port and/or greater than 8-port Channel State Information Reference Signal (CSI-RS) configurations are disclosed. In some embodiments, a method of operation of a radio access node in a cellular communications network comprises configuring a plurality of CSI-RS ports for a wireless device, where the plurality of CSI-RS ports is six CSI-RS ports, ten CSI-RS ports, twelve CSI-RS ports, fourteen CSI-RS ports, or sixteen CSI-RS ports, depending on the embodiment. The method further comprises transmitting CSI-RS on at least a subset of the plurality of CSI-RS ports configured for the wireless device. In this manner, support for, e.g., an increased number of antenna ports and/or support for two-dimensional (2D) antenna arrays is provided.

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


Selective service redirection for telecom service migration
Patent No. 10164831 

Inventor(s): Raju P. Kattady (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Law Office of Jim Boice (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15184123 on 06/16/2016 (922 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system, and/or computer program product improves an operation of an enterprise network. One or more processors receive an electronic request for delivery of a legacy component to an enterprise network of an enterprise. The processor(s) determine whether an upgrade component is available to the enterprise to replace the legacy component in the enterprise network based on predetermined request throttling parameters set by a receiver of the electronic request. The processor(s), in response to determining that the upgrade component is available to the enterprise, query a hardware sensor in the enterprise network for a sensor reading that indicates whether the upgrade component is compatible with an architecture of the enterprise network. The processor(s), in response to determining that the sensor reading indicates that the upgrade component is compatible with the enterprise network, reconfigure the enterprise network by an electronic installation of the upgrade component into the enterprise network.

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


Wireless communication data analysis and reporting
Patent No. 10164850 

Inventor(s): Rafael Sanchez-Mejias (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TUPL, INC (Snoqualmie, WA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15141664 on 04/28/2016 (971 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communication analytics engine that executes in conjunction with a data collection platform may provide a unified and scalable solution for call data aggregation and processing. A data collection platform may establish a communication connection with a wireless carrier network. The data collection platform may collect call data of multiple user devices via the communication connection, in which the multiple user devices may use the wireless carrier network to initiate and receive calls to one or more additional devices. The data collection platform may convert the call data into a format that is readable by the communication analytics engine. The communication analytics engine may analyze the call data to generate analytic results that includes one or more key performance indicators (KPIs).

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


Multiple topology-transparent zones having a common edge node
Patent No. 10164865 

Inventor(s): Huaimo Chen (Bolton, MA), Renwei Li (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Furewei Technologies, Inc. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15656363 on 07/21/2017 (522 days app to issue)

Abstract: The system and method of the present disclosure relates to technology for a network system supporting multiple topology transparent zones (TTZs) on an edge node. TTZs have a topology including TTZ nodes consisting of edge nodes and internal nodes connected together by internal links. The edge nodes may also be connected to external nodes outside of the TTZ. The edge node is responsible for generating and distributing link state advertisements (LSAs) to generate virtual paths from the edge node to other edge nodes in each of the TTZs. Each TTZ sharing the edge node and each external node neighboring one of the other edge nodes of the TTZs is virtualized by distribution of the LSAs. However, the internal topology of each TTZ is concealed from each of the other TTZs sharing the edge node and from any neighboring external node connected to one of the other edge nodes.

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


Method and apparatus for an information-centric MAC layer
Patent No. 10164910 

Inventor(s): Asit Chakraborti (Pleasanton, CA), Aytac Azgin (Santa Clara, CA), Ravishankar Ravindran (San Ramon, CA), Syed Obaid Amin (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15208840 on 07/13/2016 (895 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network element (NE) includes a receiver configured to receive an Information-Centric Media Access Control (i-MAC) frame, a processor operably coupled to the receiver and configured to determine whether an i-MAC table includes routing information for the i-MAC Based Frame, and a transmitter operably coupled to the processor and configured to route the i-MAC Based Frame based on the i-MAC table when the i-MAC table includes information corresponding to the i-MAC Based Frame, and route the i-MAC Based Frame based on a layer 2 (L2) MAC Address Table when the i-MAC table does not contain information corresponding to the i-MAC Based Frame.

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


Client accessible secure area in a mobile device security module
Patent No. 10164953 

Inventor(s): Francesco Varone (Hillsborough, NJ), Prasad Golla (Bridgewater, NJ)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14870872 on 09/30/2015 (1182 days app to issue)

Abstract: A security module has an assigned unique electronic identifier. The security module has a communication interface, a non-volatile memory, and a processing unit coupled to the communication interface and the non-volatile memory. One or more unassigned secure domains are formed in the non-volatile memory, and each of the unassigned secure domains has an assigned unique application identifier (AID). Each of the unassigned secure domains is accessible via a respective first security value, and using the respective first security value, each of the unassigned secure domains can be assigned to a service provider before or after the security module is deployed.

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


Method and system for transmitting data among peer stations in a decentralized manner with high channel efficiency
Patent No. 10165046 

Inventor(s): Ping Fang (Shenzhen, , CN), Yunsong Yang (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15092471 on 04/06/2016 (993 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a first station configured to transmit data includes transmitting during a paging window, a first frame to page a second station, the first frame including an identifier associated with the second station, and generating a second frame including first timing information for a first time period to be subscribed by the first station for transmitting data to the second station, the first time period occurring after the paging window. When a third frame is received after a pre-specified short interval after transmitting the first frame, the third frame acknowledging the first frame, the method includes transmitting the second frame after the pre-specified short interval after receiving the third frame, and transmitting the data during the first time period.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Multiple controlled-environment facility investigative data aggregation and analysis system access to and use of social media data
Patent No. 10165073 

Inventor(s): Isaac Parampottil (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15195317 on 06/28/2016 (910 days app to issue)

Abstract: Multiple controlled-environment facility investigative data aggregation and analysis systems and methods capture a telephone number of a controlled-environment facility resident and/or a non-resident associated with the resident, such as by a controlled-environment facility communications management system. The captured telephone number is used to access a social media account of the resident or non-resident and information related to the resident is gathered from the accessed social media account. Gathered information is incorporated into the centralized investigative data aggregation analysis system for analysis, so as to provide investigative leads to users of the multiple controlled-environment facility investigative data aggregation and analysis system, such as via a web-based interface.

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


Call handling based on augmented caller information
Patent No. 10165117 

Inventor(s): Lulia Ann Barakat (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15794773 on 10/26/2017 (425 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device can receive a call from a calling party device to a called party device, and can determine caller information based on the call from the calling party device. The device can determine that the caller information satisfies a criterion, and can modify the caller information to create modified caller information, the caller information being modified based on the caller information satisfying the criterion. The device can compare the modified caller information to a data structure that includes information associated with multiple call handling decisions. The device can identify a call handling decision, of the multiple call handling decisions, based on comparing the modified caller information to the data structure that includes the plurality of call handling decisions, and can cause the call handling decision to be implemented.

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


Centrally provided interactive call menu for a call structure
Patent No. 10165122 

Inventor(s): Dany Sylvain (Qatineau, , CA), Jeffrey Singman (Manalapan, NJ)
Assignee(s): GENBAND US LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15581287 on 04/28/2017 (606 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one example, a method includes providing an interactive call menu creation service to a client device. The method further includes receiving a first dataset from the client device of an entity via the interactive call menu creation service, the first dataset including a call structure that defines a plurality of communication destinations and destination addresses for the communication destinations. The method further includes, in response to receiving the first dataset, generating a second dataset, the second dataset comprising code for embedding in a webpage to provide an interactive call menu for establishing communication to the plurality of communication destinations. The method further includes sending the second dataset to the client device in response to receiving the first dataset.

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


Motion estimation based video stabilization for panoramic video from multi-camera capture device
Patent No. 10165186 

Inventor(s): Marcus-Alan Gilbert (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Amazon Technologies, Inc. (Seattle, WA)
Law Firm: Lee Hayes, PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14745305 on 06/19/2015 (1285 days app to issue)

Abstract: A video capture device may include multiple cameras that simultaneously capture video data. The video capture device and/or one or more remote computing resources may perform video stabilization to the video data to reduce unwanted camera shake. The video capture device may include one or more motion sensors that track the motion of the video capture device. Using the motion data, video stabilization algorithms can be executed on a first video stream to calculate stabilizing adjustments for the video stream. The stabilization adjustments can then be used to stabilize a second video stream due to the fixed positioning of a first camera that captured the first video stream and a second camera that captured the second video stream. The video capture device and/or the remote computing resources may stitch together the first and second video streams to generate a digitally stabilized panoramic video.

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


Display power reduction using histogram metadata
Patent No. 10165218 

Inventor(s): Anshuman Tewari (Plano, TX), Esmaeil Faramarzi (Richardson, TX), Felix Carlos Fernandes (Plano, TX), Xin Li (Dallas, TX), Youngkwon Lim (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14332132 on 07/15/2014 (1624 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes identifying an optimal backlight value for at least one quality level of a first video segment. The method also includes transmitting data for the first video segment. The transmitted data for the first video segment includes a message containing a first set of display adaptation information. The first set of display adaptation information includes the optimal backlight value for the at least one quality level of the first video segment. The method further includes identifying a backlight value for the at least one quality level of a second video segment. The method also includes determining a maximum backlight value change threshold between successive video segments. In addition, the method includes applying temporal smoothing between the optimal backlight value and the backlight value based on the maximum backlight value change threshold.

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


Context based video distribution and storage
Patent No. 10165227 

Inventor(s): Nalin Mistry (Ottawa, , CA), Shree Murthy (San Jose, CA), Stephen Collen (Boulder Creek, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14029537 on 09/17/2013 (1925 days app to issue)

Abstract: The bit-rate of surveillance video streams can be adapted by varying the number of enhancement layers/streams that are transmitted to a local monitoring center and/or data storage center. Enhancement layers that are not transmitted to the local data/monitoring center may be sent to a remote storage location, thereby allowing users to reproduce a high quality version of the surveillance video by retrieving those enhancement layers from the remote storage location. The base and enhancement layers may be obtained by encoding the surveillance video in accordance with a scalable video coding format, such as the H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced video coding (AVC) codec.

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


Intra/inter mode decision for predictive frame encoding
Patent No. 10165270 

Inventor(s): Manu Mathew (Kerala, , IN), Pramod Kumar Swami (Bangalore, , IN), Soyeb Nagori (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15419512 on 01/30/2017 (694 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention predicts that intra mode prediction is more effective for the macroblocks where motion estimation in inter mode prediction fails. This failure is indicated by a large value of the inter mode SAD. This invention performs intra mode prediction for only macro blocks have larger inter mode SADs. The definition of a large inter mode SAD differs for different content. This invention compares the inter mode SAD of a current macroblock with an adaptive threshold. This adaptive threshold depends on the average and variance of the SADs of the previous predicted frame. An adaptive threshold is calculated for each new predictive frame.

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


Near field communication (NFC) vehicle identification system and process
Patent No. 10165424 

Inventor(s): Kartikeya Kakarala (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): NextGen Pro, LLC (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Akerman LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14614160 on 02/04/2015 (1420 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automotive near field communication (NFC) application that includes a process which is implemented as a mobile software application and uses near field communication tags to store and retrieve automotive vehicle information is disclosed. The process does not need a user to access the VIN and then manually enter or scan the VIN. In this process the VIN is written to an NFC tag using an NFC enabled mobile device and placed on the vehicle. A user can bump, touch, or place the NFC enabled mobile device on the NFC tag to retrieve the VIN. The application is configured to generate a vehicle value or vehicle report based, in part, on vehicle information received from the NFC tag.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for providing emergency codes to a mobile device
Patent No. 10165432 

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15714497 on 09/25/2017 (456 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method at a user equipment for obtaining emergency codes using a non-Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) network, the method including sending a request message to a network node, the request message containing an indication; and receiving, at the user equipment, a response message, the response message including at least one mobile country code (MCC), and the response message indicating an emergency number, type or category information, wherein the emergency number, type or category information is associated with the at least one MCC, and wherein the at least one MCC indicates a portion of a Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN) code to which the emergency number, type or category information applies.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for remote portable wireless device authentication
Patent No. 10165440 

Inventor(s): Clayton Douglas Smith (Kanata, , CA), Lindsay Martin Kent (Kanata, , CA)
Assignee(s): Entrust, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13836431 on 03/15/2013 (2111 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus provides for user authentication. In an example, the method and apparatus includes receiving a selected signal strength for smart card emulation authentication. The method and apparatus also includes receiving a signal from a portable wireless device radio transceiver. The method also includes measuring the signal strength of the signal. The method and apparatus also includes, if the signal is at or above the selected signal strength, transmitting one or more signals to the portable radio device radio transceiver requesting user authentication, and if the signal is not at or above a selected signal strength, refusing a request to authenticate by the portable radio device radio transceiver. The method and apparatus also includes receiving one or more authentication response signals from the portable radio device in response to the request for user authentication, the one or more response signals including at least authentication information unique to a user.

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


System and method for root cause analysis of call failures in a communication network
Patent No. 10165457 

Inventor(s): Adolfo Fernandez Arboleda (Dallas, TX), Michal Morawski (Plano, TX), Ruben Morales Rodriguez (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, L.L.P. (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14821102 on 08/07/2015 (1236 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method comprises generating an advanced signaling call flow and monitoring one or more finite states for one or more calls using the advanced signaling call flow. The method further comprises determining that there is a failure in one of the one or more monitored finite states for a particular call, and comparing one or more performance indicators to one or more respective thresholds, the one or more performance indicators associated with a cell in which the particular call took place and comprising information about the cell at the time of the failure. The method further comprises flagging one or more of the one or more performance indicators that do not satisfy their respective threshold, and determining a root cause of the failure based at least in part on one or more of the one or more flagged performance indicators and the advanced signaling call flow.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Distributed implementation of self-organizing tracking areas
Patent No. 10165504 

Inventor(s): Devaki Chandramouli (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Nokia Solutions and Networks Oy (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Brake Hughes Bellermann LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15325897 on 07/15/2014 (1624 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example technique may include determining, by a first base station in a wireless network, a user device has transitioned from an active state to an idle state, determining, by the first base station, a list of base stations and a list of cells corresponding to the list of base stations representing a tracking area for the user device based on a signal received from at least one second base station, the signal received from the at least one second base station including an indication of an amount of activity on at least one boundary between the at least one second base station and a plurality of third base stations, and controlling sending, from the first base station to the user device, a signal including at least one of the list of base stations and the list of cells as a tracking area for the user device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Removing client devices from association with a wireless access point
Patent No. 10165540 

Inventor(s): Ahmadreza Hedayat (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14495954 on 09/25/2014 (1552 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless access point that serves one or more wireless client devices in a wireless network determines that at least one particular client device that is associated to the wireless access point should not be associated to the wireless access point. The wireless access point transmits frames so that they are received at the particular client device with reduced strength so as to provoke the particular client device to transition from the wireless access point.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Directional mobile ad-hoc network
Patent No. 10165621 

Inventor(s): Alan D. Amis (Plano, TX), Bruce A. B. Babb (Plano, TX), George A. Deprez (Dallas, TX), Steven Vanlaningham (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Rockwell Collins, Inc. (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13499343 on 09/30/2009 (3373 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for directional mobile ad-hoc communication may include transmitting a join message from a first node to a second node, receiving an accept message from the second node including a TDMA frame slot reassignment correlating to an available TDMA frame slot in a TDMA frame associated with the second node, reassigning a TDMA frame slot for the first node in the TDMA frame associated with the first node according to the frame slot reassignment, and assigning a TDMA frame slot for the second node in the TDMA frame of the first node. It may also comprise executing a discovery protocol to configure a directional mobile ad-hoc communication network between a first node and as second node, transmitting a bandwidth reservation request message from the first node to the second node, receiving a bandwidth reservation response message from the second node, and enabling a relay node.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Methods and apparatus for fast and energy-efficient light recovery in a visible light communication (VLC) system
Patent No. RE047182 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Sridhar Rajagopal (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14984814 on 12/30/2015 (1091 days app to issue)

Abstract: A visible light communication (VLC) device is provided for use in a VLC system. The VLC device detect a trigger condition indicating a failure of a VLC link associated with first allocated resources used to communicate with a second VLC device. In response to the detection, the VLC device terminates on the first allocated resources transmission of data to the second VLC device and transmits a fast link recovery (FLR) signal using the first allocated resources. The VLC device receives a fast link recovery response (FLR RSP) signal indicating the second VLC device received the FLR signal and, in response, the VLC device resumes transmission of data to the second VLC device. Patent Class: N/A


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Twisted knot puffed extrudate
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Inventor(s): Eugenio Bortone (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29626395 on 11/16/2017 (404 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Spring coil puffed extrudate snack food
Patent No. D836283 

Inventor(s): Eugenio Bortone (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29627761 on 11/29/2017 (391 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Braided puffed extrudate snack food
Patent No. D836284 

Inventor(s): Eugenio Bortone (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29627765 on 11/29/2017 (391 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Trivet
Patent No. D836398 

Inventor(s): Autumn Alexis Jones (Dallas, TX), Joseph Charles Thompson (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): BASE4 VENTURES, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Grant Patent Services (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29620891 on 08/11/2017 (501 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Protective cap for a threaded rebar coupler
Patent No. D836420 

Inventor(s): Scott D. Griffin (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): Barsplice Products, Inc. (Dayton, OH)
Law Firm: Jacox, Meckstroth Jenkins (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29593307 on 02/08/2017 (685 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Control valve assembly
Patent No. D836754 

Inventor(s): Abdul Raoof Mohamed (Jacksonville, FL), Jayesh K Shah (Palantine, IL), Jeffrey Louis Johanning (Ponte Vedra, FL)
Assignee(s): Dresser, LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Paul Frank + Collins P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29563478 on 05/05/2016 (964 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Illuminating bollard
Patent No. D836812 

Inventor(s): Carol Acedo (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Hubbell Incorporated (Shelton, CT)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich, LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29602962 on 05/05/2017 (599 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cosmetic compact
Patent No. D836842 

Inventor(s): Alexa Hanna (Addison, TX), Jenny DeMarco Staab (Fisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29627397 on 11/27/2017 (393 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet bowl
Patent No. D836852 

Inventor(s): Brian F. Abbott (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Dobbin IP Law P. C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29527170 on 05/15/2015 (1320 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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