Dallas Invents: 118 Patents Granted for Week of Oct. 26

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

Patents granted include:
• Minor IP’s underwater wings for providing lift to boats                          Apple’s DMRS for 5G things communication system
• Capital One‘s document term recognition and analytics
• Dell’s pre-boot BIOS healing of platform issues from operating system stop error code crashes
• Edible Garden AG’s greenhouse agriculture system
• NICE LTD’s detecting complaint interactions
Toyota’s predicting and detecting a cardiac event
• VitalTech Properties’ on-body wearable charger

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of October 26, 2021  | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES  8
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING     13
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY       3
D: TEXTILES; PAPER        1
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS           5
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING  3
H: ELECTRICITY   44
G: PHYSICS        36

DESIGN 4


TOP ASSIGNEES  (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas)     16
Capital One Services LLC (McLean, VA)      4
Halliburton Energy Services Inc. (Houston) 4
Micron Technology Inc. (Boise, ID)           4
Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)  4
Toyota Motor Engineering  Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano)         4
IBM Corp. (Armonk, NY)  3
Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)          3
ATT Intellectual Property I L.P. (Atlanta, GA)          2

UNASSIGNED     7


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney)        2
Jason Hoover (Grapevine)           2
Kenneth Moore (Dallas)  2
Petru Emanuel Stingu (Dallas)      2
Qiaochu Tang (The Colony)          2
Stephen Wylie (Carrollton)          2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Mop bucket accessorizing system and method of use
Patent No. 11154177 

Inventor(s): Jarvis Johnson (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15686813 on 08/25/2017 (1523 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system of accessorizing a mop bucket by attaching a holder to its front edge. The holder having multiple compartments to accommodate spray bottles, rags or other supplies or implements. The holder is attached to the bucket by way of a connection device such as hangers, a strap or the like. A handle is attached to facilitate removal of the holder while the mop bucket is emptied.

[A47L] DOMESTIC WASHING OR CLEANING (brushes A46B; cleaning quantities of bottles or of other hollow articles of one kind B08B 9/00; laundry D06F); SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL (cleaning in general B08)


Device and method for optical retinography
Patent No. 11154194 

Inventor(s): Samarendra Kumar Mohanty (Arlington, TX), Subrata Batabyal (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: CrossPond Law (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16179944 on 11/04/2018 (1087 days app to issue)

Abstract: Principles of the present disclosure are directed to novel methods and devices for focal or global optical stimulation of retina and detecting activity of the retina by collecting and processing the back-scattered optical signal from the retina (Optical RetinoGram). Specifically, the invention provides device and method for quantitatively determining the layer specific activity of retina from the acquired intrinsic back reflected signal by monitoring phase/intensity fluctuations and thereafter employing multifractality algorithm on optical signal for obtaining various multifractal parameters such as width of singularity spectrum, Hurst exponent, fractal dimension, locally connected fractal mapping as well as artificial intelligence based classification for the use of diagnosis of retinal degenerative/ocular disease(s) and asses the progression of diseases or recovery of function due to one or more treatment by therapeutic drugs, devices, protocols.

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


Metal-ion electrochemical biosensor and use thereof
Patent No. 11154242 

Inventor(s): Shalini Prasad (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX), Rush University Medical Center (Chicago, IL)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15124893 on 03/11/2015 (2421 days app to issue)

Abstract: One aspect of the invention provides a method of determining metal ion levels in the patents due to corrosion and wear processes of the metallic implant in a human or veterinary patient. One embodiment provides a cost effective and patient driven early diagnostic method which has a potential application in orthopedics and dentistry. In one embodiment, the method includes the use of an electrochemical biosensor to detect metal ions or particles in a sample taken from a patient having a metallic implant.

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


Steerable suture retriever
Patent No. 11154295 

Inventor(s): Joshua Silver Redstone (Dallas, TX), Sumant Gopal Krishnan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Composite Surgical, LLC (Coral Gables, FL)
Law Firm: Levine Bagade Han LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17185194 on 02/25/2021 (243 days app to issue)

Abstract: A positioning and retrieval device manipulated by carrying element coupled to a handle and driven by an actuator that allows for axial movement and rotational movement of a capturing portion on the carrying element.

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


Slanted drive axis rotary surgical cutting tools and powered handpieces
Patent No. 11154319 

Inventor(s): S. Shane Dexter (Keller, TX), Zachary Heiliger (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Medtronic PS Medical, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN)
Law Firm: Dicke, Billig Czaja, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16419348 on 05/22/2019 (888 days app to issue)

Abstract: A surgical cutting tool adapted to be rotatably driven by a motor. The surgical cutting tool includes an elongated shaft defining intermediate and coupling portions. A shape of the intermediate portion defines a primary central axis of the shaft. The coupling portion includes a tang having a tapered cylindrical shape that defines a drive axis. The drive axis is slanted with respect to the primary central axis. When coupled to the motor of a powered handpiece, the tang transmits an input or drive force from the motor to the intermediate portion as a torque about the primary central axis. In some embodiments, the drive axis extends through a centroid of first and second spaced apart cross-sectional planes of the tang, the first and second planes each being perpendicular to the primary central axis.

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


Apparatus for minimally-invasive prevention and treatment of hydrocephalus and method for use of same
Patent No. 11154695 

Inventor(s): Frederick H. Sklar (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16620189 on 06/07/2018 (1237 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus ([b]10[/b]) for minimally-invasive, including non-invasive, prevention and/or treatment of hydrocephalus and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the apparatus ([b]10[/b]), a housing ([b]50[/b]) is sized for superjacent contact with a skull having a fontanel. Within the housing ([b]50[/b]), a compartment ([b]12[/b]) includes a pressure applicator ([b]88[/b]), such as a fluid-filled bladder ([b]22[/b]), under the control of a pressure regulator ([b]14[/b]). The pressure applicator ([b]88[/b]) is configured to selectively apply an external pressure to the fontanel. The compartment ([b]12[/b]) includes a pressure sensor ([b]90[/b]) configured to measure intracranial pulse pressure of the fontanel. Further, in one embodiment, the apparatus ([b]10[/b]) can cause pulse pressure modulation by adjusting the intracranial pulse pressure via the pressure applicator ([b]88[/b]). This enables a non-invasive measurement of the pulse pressure and modulation thereof in infants, for example.

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


Capacitive voltage multiplier for providing adjustable control during a stimulation pulse
Patent No. 11154714 

Inventor(s): Daran DeShazo (Lewisville, TX), Gavin L. Rade (Dallas, TX), Steven Boor (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16520052 on 07/23/2019 (826 days app to issue)

Abstract: An implantable medical device (IMD) includes an adjustable capacitive voltage multiplier (CVM) that is responsive to diagnostic circuitry configured to provide control signals within a single stimulation current pulse for adjusting the voltage output applied to an electrode of the IMD’’s lead system. A control counter is coupled to the diagnostic circuitry for incrementing or decrementing an N-bit counter output signal operative to reconfigure a charge pump arrangement of the CVM so as to facilitate an adjusted voltage output.

[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]


Protective enclosure for a model vehicle
Patent No. 11154788 

Inventor(s): Jon Kenneth Lampert (Allen, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX), Timothy E. Roberts (Erie, CO)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16872102 on 05/11/2020 (533 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides for a protective enclosure comprising a base comprising a first continuous mating surface and at least one conveyance aperture, a cover comprising a second continuous mating surface, wherein the second continuous mating surface is configured to form a seal with the first continuous mating surface, and a clamp, wherein at least a portion of the clamp is coupleable to the base, wherein a mouth of the clamp is configured to be offset from the aperture when the clamp is coupled to the base, wherein the clamp comprises a first sealing layer, and wherein the clamp is configured to seal the aperture against contaminants. The protective enclosure may be configured for use in a remotely controllable model vehicle to protect a control module.

[A63H] TOYS, e.g. TOPS, DOLLS, HOOPS, BUILDING BLOCKS


 

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

Palladium oxide supported on spinels for NOx storage
Patent No. 11154816 

Inventor(s): Charles Alexander Roberts (Farmington Hills, MI), Krishna Gunugunuri (Canton, MI), Torin C. Peck (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16426078 on 05/30/2019 (880 days app to issue)

Abstract: Passive NO[subscript]x [/subscript]adsorption (PNA) compositions have a formula PdNiFe[subscript]2[/subscript]O[subscript]4 [/subscript]wherein Pd represents a palladium component, such as palladium oxide, that is adsorbed on surfaces of the nickel ferrite. Such compositions can be synthesized by wet impregnation of nickel ferrite with a palladium salt, and exhibit efficient NO[subscript]x [/subscript]adsorption at low temperature, with NO[subscript]x [/subscript]desorption occurring predominantly at high temperature. Two-stage NO[subscript]x [/subscript]abatement catalysts, effective under engine cold start conditions, include a PNA composition upstream from an NO[subscript]x [/subscript]conversion catalyst.

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


Fence painting system
Patent No. 11154893 

Inventor(s): Matt Matern (Duncanville, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16006058 on 06/12/2018 (1232 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fence painting system enables applying a coating to a both the front and back of the fence simultaneously. The system uses spray modules mounted to an anchor to apply the coating. The anchor attaches to the top of the fence and lowers the spray models with an extension device. The modules detect the ground as they descend with a sensor that prevents the modules from impacting the ground.

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


Caul body and a method for forming a composite structure
Patent No. 11155047 

Inventor(s): Stephane Laurin (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16154666 on 10/08/2018 (1114 days app to issue)

Abstract: A caul body for forming a composite structure comprises a laminate having at least one carbon layer and at least one silicone layer. The at least one silicone layer defines an outer surface of the laminate. The laminate has a first region and a second region. A thickness of the at least one carbon layer in the first region is greater than a thickness of the at least one carbon layer in the second region. The first region has a hardness value greater than a hardness value of the second region.

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


Material dispensing systems
Patent No. 11155048 

Inventor(s): David G. Carlson (North Richland Hills, TX), Doug K. Wolfe (Denton, TX), George R. Decker (Mansfield, TX), Paul K. Oldroyd (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16031452 on 07/10/2018 (1204 days app to issue)

Abstract: A material dispensing system including a first frame and a first application head. The first application head supported by the first frame including a first bias ply assembly comprising a bias ply roll supported on a bias ply dispenser unit, the first bias ply assembly configured to pass bias ply material along a bias path; and a first non-bias ply assembly comprising a non-bias ply roll supported by a non-bias ply dispenser unit, the non-bias ply assembly configured to pass non-bias ply material along a non-bias path; wherein the bias path and the non-bias path are substantially parallel. Another aspect provides a material dispensing system including a first frame and a first application head supported thereby; and a second frame and a second application head supported thereby; wherein the first frame and the second frame move in an X direction during operation. Another aspect includes preparing a composite article.

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


Rotatable bed for a pickup truck
Patent No. 11155198 

Inventor(s): Tarakorn Soonthornwinate (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16459882 on 07/02/2019 (847 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pickup truck can include a bed that is configured to be rotatable. The bed can be defined in part by a first side wall, a second side wall, a front wall, a back wall, and a floor. The bed can include a standard position in which the first and second side walls of the bed can be substantially parallel to a longitudinal direction of the pickup truck. The bed can be selectively rotatable about an axis of rotation into one or more rotated positions. In a rotated position, the first and second side walls can be angled relative to the longitudinal direction. The bed can also be raised in an elevational direction such that a lowermost point of the bed is located above a chassis frame of the pickup truck. A rotatable bed can expand its uses and allow for convenient access to the bed from a desired position.

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


Vehicle bumper cleaning device and methods of making and using the same
Patent No. 11155225 

Inventor(s): Paxton S. Williams (Milan, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16786300 on 02/10/2020 (624 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle bumper cleaning device includes a selectively longitudinally movable, laterally-extending, bumper sweeper comprising a first end and an opposed second end and configured for disposition proximate an upper surface of a vehicle bumper. The vehicle bumper cleaning device also includes a selectively movable first actuator attached proximate the first end of the bumper sweeper. The vehicle bumper cleaning device also includes a selectively movable second actuator attached proximate the second end of the bumper sweeper, the selectively movable first actuator and the selectively movable second actuator configured to selectively and reversibly move the bumper sweeper rearward and forward across the vehicle bumper.

[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)


Underwater wings for providing lift to boats
Patent No. 11155321 

Inventor(s): Jason Bernard Minor (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Minor IP, LLC (Southlake, TX)
Law Firm: GrayRobinson, P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16792819 on 02/17/2020 (617 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates generally to underwater wings for providing lift to boats. More particularly, exemplary embodiments of the present invention include a pair of underwater wings that attach to the hulls of a pontoon. The purpose of the wings is to provide a designated amount of lift to reduce drag and improve performance of the watercraft. This is different from a traditional hydrofoil, which is designed to lift a boat completely out of the water. Ideally, the wings are connected to the deck of the pontoon boat via adjustable mounts that allow the wings to be raised or lowered in the water to adjust the amount of drag.

[B63B] SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; EQUIPMENT FOR SHIPPING (arrangements of vessel ventilation, heating, cooling, or air-conditioning B63J 2/00; floating substructures as supports of dredgers or soil-shifting machines E02F 9/06) [2]


Foldable wing extensions for aircraft
Patent No. 11155330 

Inventor(s): Michael Edwin Rinehart (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15963283 on 04/26/2018 (1279 days app to issue)

Abstract: A propulsion and lift system for an aircraft includes a wing having an outboard end and a pylon assembly coupled to the outboard end of the wing. The propulsion and lift system also includes a wing extension rotatably coupled to the outboard end of the pylon assembly. The wing extension is rotatable between a flight position in a flight mode and a stow position in a storage mode. The wing extension folds inboard in the stow position, thereby reducing a wingspan of the aircraft in the storage mode.

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


Rotorcraft blade grip
Patent No. 11155347 

Inventor(s): John McCullough (Weatherford, TX), Mark Adam Wiinikka (Hurst, TX), Russell Steven Cole (Euless, TX), William Russell Cleary, Jr. (Mansfield, TX), Zachary Edwin Dailey (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16372732 on 04/02/2019 (938 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment rotorcraft main rotor system, including a yoke, a rotor blade, and a grip assembly attaching the rotor blade to the yoke. The grip assembly includes a grip body formed from a contiguous laminated composite and has a substantially constant thickness, where the grip body has an upper extension, a lower extension and a connecting portion connected between an inboard end of the upper extension and an inboard end of the lower extension. An inside surface of the upper extension faces, and is substantially parallel to, an inside surface of the lower extension, and the upper extension has first features and the lower extension has second features that are aligned with the first features, where the first features and second features each include at least one of an edge contour, attachment holes, or first protective elements.

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


Flexible aircraft seat configurations
Patent No. 11155353 

Inventor(s): Bobby Howard Mosier (Keller, TX), Darrell W. Wilkerson (Arlington, TX), Ernest Edward Senn, Jr. (Mansfield, TX), Joseph Daniel Leachman (Keller, TX), Richard Theodore Perryman (Fort Worth, TX), Timothy Brian Carr (Fort Worth,
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16717739 on 12/17/2019 (679 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise: a floor panel for a rotorcraft; one or more puck fasteners in the floor panel, wherein each puck fastener comprises an attachment fitting and a plurality of internal flanges, wherein the plurality of internal flanges within each puck fastener are adjacent; and one or more seating fixtures coupled to the floor panel using the one or more puck fasteners.

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


Mounting assembly
Patent No. 11155355 

Inventor(s): Aaron P. Simek (Keller, TX), Stephen P. Alcalan (Mansfield, TX), Tyson T. Henry (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15802983 on 11/03/2017 (1453 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mounting assembly for coupling an accessory to a frame including a base configured to be coupled to the frame; the base having a hollow portion; the hollow portion including a receiving end including a tapered socket; an internal interlocking portion adjacent to the tapered socket; and a securing end opposite from the receiving end; a shaft configured to be connected to an accessory at a first end and received in the hollow portion of the base in an engaged position, the shaft including a tapered boss adjacent to the first end, the tapered boss configured to engage the tapered socket; an external interlocking portion adjacent to the tapered boss configured to engage the internal interlocking portion; and a second end opposite from the first end, the second end including a threaded surface; wherein when the shaft is in an engaged position, the shaft is static in the hollow portion.

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


Iflex conveyor system with gapping capability for efficient product transfer
Patent No. 11155417 

Inventor(s): Andrew Lozier (Omaha, NE), Drew Ethridge (Frisco, TX), Ikram Khan (Frisco, TX), John Heires (Omaha, NE), Richard Steele (Frisco, TX), Tom Karol (Frisco, TX), Tyler Holm (Omaha, NE)
Assignee(s): Cornerstone Automation Systems, LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16897727 on 06/10/2020 (503 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are aspects of conveyor systems and product mover systems. In one embodiment, an expandable conveyor segment, comprises an end frame; a plurality of x-bars coupled with each side of the end frame, each x-bar including: an outer bar having a first, second, and third joint point; and an inner bar having a first, second, and third joint point; wherein the inner bar is movably coupled to the outer bar by a double-shouldered spacer; and wherein each x-bar is movably coupled with at least one adjacent x-bar; and a plurality of rollers coupled between the plurality of expandable x-bars.

[B65G] TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS (packaging B65B; handling thin or filamentary materials, e.g. paper sheets or thread, B65H; cranes B66C; portable or mobile lifting or hauling appliances, e.g. hoists, B66D; devices for lifting or lowering goods for loading or unloading purposes, e.g. fork-lift trucks, B66F 9/00; emptying bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels or similar containers, not otherwise provided for, B67C 9/00; delivering or transferring liquids B67D; filling or discharging vessels for liquefied, solidified or compressed gases F17C; pipe-line systems for fluids F17D)


Plasma device consumable part change detection
Patent No. 11160157 

Inventor(s): Andrew J. Raymond (Lebanon, NH), David C. Griffin (Florence, SC), Roger H. Lambert (West Lebanon, NH), Ryan T. Lynaugh (Cornish, NH)
Assignee(s): VICTOR EQUIPMENT COMPANY (Denton, TX)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16244483 on 01/10/2019 (1020 days app to issue)

Abstract: Approaches herein provide a system for determining whether one or more consumable parts of a plasma device has been removed or replaced while the plasma device and associated sensors lie dormant or are no longer receiving data, e.g., when the plasma device is power-off. The approaches herein determine whether certain types of data stored in a controller’’s memory are still valid, for example, for the purposes of determining degradation and/or end-of-life of the consumable parts. In the case that one or more consumable parts has been serviced or replaced, the data stored in the controller memory may no longer be considered valid for the consumable part(s). In one approach, the controller determines a status of a switch or a conformal film in the device following start-up, and determines, based on the position of the switch or the conformal film, whether the consumable part has been removed or replaced.

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


 

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

Multipurpose solution for strengthening and surface modification of glass substrates
Patent No. 11155491 

Inventor(s): Vince Pugliese (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): C-Bond Systems, LLC (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Stroock Stroock Lavan LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16376944 on 04/05/2019 (935 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are a composition and one-step method of strengthening glass without heat or chemical processing of the glass itself, while also modifying the surface for improved surface properties. The multifunctional composition is a liquid that can be applied at room temperature and pressure as a topical coating on glass as well as other brittle materials.

[C03C] CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF GLASSES, GLAZES, OR VITREOUS ENAMELS; SURFACE TREATMENT OF GLASS; SURFACE TREATMENT OF FIBRES OR FILAMENTS FROM GLASS, MINERALS OR SLAGS; JOINING GLASS TO GLASS OR OTHER MATERIALS


Lightweight thermal insulating cement based materials
Patent No. 11155499 

Inventor(s): Evan R. Daniels (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Intellectual Gorilla GmbH (Sempach Station, , CH)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16600858 on 10/14/2019 (743 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lightweight thermal insulating cement-based material is formed from a mixture that includes cement, water and a foaming agent. The foaming agent can be an aluminum powder or a surfactant. The insulating material has a maximum use temperature of about 900 degrees Celsius or more.

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


Metastable state mixing
Patent No. 11155780 

Inventor(s): Amanda K. Rosmarin (Lantana, TX), Charles J. Greenwald (Irving, TX), Christopher J. Laney (Euless, TX), Gabriel F. K. Everett (Mansfield, TX), Jordan E. Church (Dallas, TX), Judith G. Pruitt (Mesquite, TX), Michael J. Sch
Assignee(s): NCH Life Sciences LLC (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16151165 on 10/03/2018 (1119 days app to issue)

Abstract: Metastable state spore incubation mixing systems are described. An example system includes a spore container to store spores, a nutrient container, an arrangement of valves and tubes, a reciprocating pump, a mixing tube, and a holding tank. In a drawing phase of the system, a controller can control the reciprocating pump to draw a ratioed volume of the spores, the nutrients, and water through the valves and tubes. During an expelling phase of the system, the controller can control flow control valves to direct the spores, nutrients, and water through the mixing tube and into the holding tank. The controller can also direct a heater to heat the mixture in the holding tank to a predetermined temperature. Once the mixture reaches the temperature, the controller can also direct the system through a number of other phases of operation, including cooling and purging phases.

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


[D] TEXTILES; PAPER


Densifying a nanofiber sheet using heat and force
Patent No. 11155959 

Inventor(s): Chi Huynh (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): LINTEC OF AMERICA, INC. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Greenblum Bernstein, P.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16009578 on 06/15/2018 (1229 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems are described for continuously densifying at least one nanofiber sheet using heat and an applied force that can include both compressive and tensile components. Nanofiber sheets densified using these techniques have a more uniform and more highly aligned microstructure than nanofiber sheets densified using a solvent alone. As a result, the nanofiber sheets of the present disclosure have, for example, higher tensile strength and better electrical conductivity than nanofiber sheets densified using other techniques.

[D06M] TREATMENT, NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE IN CLASS D06, OF FIBRES, THREADS, YARNS, FABRICS, FEATHERS OR FIBROUS GOODS MADE FROM SUCH MATERIALS (treatment of textiles by mechanical means D06B-D06J)


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Method and apparatus for reaming well bore surfaces nearer the center of drift
Patent No. 11156035 

Inventor(s): Lot William Short, Jr. (Garland, TX), Richard Earl Beggs (Rowlett, TX), Robert Bradley Beggs (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): Extreme Technologies, LLC (Vernal, UT)
Law Firm: Patent Law Works, LLP (Local + 121 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16286468 on 02/26/2019 (973 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus to increase a diameter of a well bore includes a drill pipe and a first reamer and at least a second reamer. The second reamer is positioned diametrically opposed to the first reamer. A first plurality of cutting teeth are positioned about each of the first reamer and the at least a second reamer. A top of each successive tooth in a direction counter to a rotation of the apparatus in the well bore extends a radial distance from the longitudinal axis. Each tooth of the first plurality of cutting teeth is positioned at a different circumferential location about each reamer from any adjacent teeth of the first plurality of teeth. At least a second plurality of cutting teeth are positioned about each of the first reamer and the at least a second reamer, the at least a second plurality of cutting teeth being spaced longitudinally apart from the first plurality of cutting teeth.

[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]


Method for reducing stick-slip logging tools
Patent No. 11156046 

Inventor(s): Wesley Neil Ludwig (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16668734 on 10/30/2019 (727 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure provides a method of obtaining logging data of subterranean formations and a logging system for doing the same. One example method includes: (1) conveying a logging tool and downhole tractor through a gravity-conveyed section of a borehole, and (2) obtaining logging data from the logging tool during the conveying, wherein the downhole tractor is employed for at least a portion of the obtaining of the logging data. Another example method includes: (1) lowering a logging tool and an open-hole tractor through a gravity conveyed section of an open borehole, (2) raising the logging tool and the open-hole tractor through the gravity conveyed section, (3) obtaining, from the logging tool during the raising, logging data associated with the gravity conveyed section of the open borehole, and (4) employing the open-hole tractor for at least a portion of the raising of the logging tool during the obtaining.

[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]


Minimize trapped fluid impact on expandable liner hangers in geothermal applications
Patent No. 11156065 

Inventor(s): Abdolreza Gharesi (Southlake, TX), Shengjun Yin (Frisco, TX), Xiaoguang Allan Zhong (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: C. Tumey Law Group PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16629519 on 03/11/2019 (960 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for performing subterranean operations. The system may comprise an expandable liner hanger positioned within a casing string, wherein the expandable liner hanger comprises a spiked portion having one or more anchoring ridges, each of the one or more anchoring ridges extending in a circular ring along an outer perimeter of the expandable liner hanger, and one or more weep holes are positioned in a space between adjacent ones of the one or more anchoring ridges. The method for coupling a liner to a casing string of a cased wellbore in a subterranean formation may comprise coupling an expandable liner hanger to the liner, inserting the liner and the expandable liner hanger downhole through the casing string, and expanding the plurality of anchoring ridges.

[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]


Detonation transfer system
Patent No. 11156067 

Inventor(s): Johnny Covalt (Burleson, TX)
Assignee(s): Hunting Titan, Inc. (Pampa, TX)
Law Firm: Arnold Saunders, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16075455 on 02/10/2017 (1719 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gun to gun transfer delay fuse that includes a delay housing, a first cylindrical cavity housing a firing pin and igniter, and a second cylindrical cavity housing a delay fuse with a centralizer feature.

[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]


Reactive perforating gun to reduce drawdown
Patent No. 11156068 

Inventor(s): Brenden Michael Grove (Mansfield, TX), Richard E. Robey (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16524956 on 07/29/2019 (820 days app to issue)

Abstract: A perforating gun and method according to which a perforating charge of the perforating gun is detonated. Detonating the perforating charge produces shock waves. In some embodiments, detonating the perforating charge also perforates a wellbore proximate a subterranean formation. After detonating the perforating charge, first and second components of a binary energetic of the perforating gun are fragmented by the shock waves, mixed by the shock waves, and activated by the shock waves to increase an internal energy of the perforating gun. In some embodiments, increasing the internal energy of the perforating gun after detonating the perforating charge delays and/or decreases wellbore pressure drawdown.

[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]


Drywall joist hanger
Patent No. RE048789 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Daniel M. Gray (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Simpson Strong-Tie Company Inc. (Pleasanton, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16040467 on 07/19/2018 (1195 days app to issue)

Abstract: A connection utilizing a joist hanger to hang a generally horizontal joist or beam from a wood structural support member such as a top plate or header in cooperation with a first plurality of fasteners such as screws and one or more generally vertical drywall panels. Patent Class: N/A


 

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

 

Noise attenuators for use with process control devices
Patent No. 11156317 

Inventor(s): Justin Lane Masias (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Emerson Process Management Regulator Technologies, Inc. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16245961 on 01/11/2019 (1019 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example noise attenuators for use with process control devices are described herein. An example apparatus includes a first plate and a second plate disposed in a fluid passageway of a noise attenuator. The second plate is spaced apart from the first plate. The example apparatus also includes a first support rod extending along a central axis of the fluid passageway. The first support rod is coupled to the first plate and to the second plate. The example apparatus further includes a second support rod extending along an axis parallel to and offset from the central axis. The second support rod is coupled to the first plate and the second plate.

[F16L] PIPES; JOINTS OR FITTINGS FOR PIPES; SUPPORTS FOR PIPES, CABLES OR PROTECTIVE TUBING; MEANS FOR THERMAL INSULATION IN GENERAL


Headlamp assembly having a dual filament bulb with an amber lens and cover lens to spread light to provide forward and side facing turn signals and side markers
Patent No. 11156337 

Inventor(s): Scott M. Conway (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): PACCAR INC (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17092116 on 11/06/2020 (354 days app to issue)

Abstract: Optical features of a light bulb, a bezel, an amber lens, and a cover lens of a headlamp assembly combine such that the headlamp assembly can meet all requirements for forward-facing turn signal, side-facing turn signal, side marker light, and side reflex refractor functionality with a single light bulb including two filaments.

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


C-shaped heat exchanger tube and nested bundle of C-shaped heat exchanger tubes
Patent No. 11156382 

Inventor(s): Mark Ferguson (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): PVI Industries, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Harris Beach PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16193191 on 11/16/2018 (1075 days app to issue)

Abstract: A heat exchanger tube includes a central tube portion having a C-shape cross-section. A pair of tube ends includes the C-shape cross-section or a different cross-section. A heat exchanger tube assembly and a method for manufacturing a C-shape heat exchanger tube are also described.

[F24H] FLUID HEATERS, e.g. WATER OR AIR HEATERS, HAVING HEAT-GENERATING MEANS, IN GENERAL (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials C09K 5/00; tube furnaces for thermal non-catalytic cracking C10G 9/20; devices, e.g. valves, for venting and aerating enclosures F16K 24/00; steam traps or like apparatus F16T; steam generation F22; combustion apparatus F23; domestic stoves or ranges F24B, F24C; domestic- or space-heating systems F24D; furnaces, kilns, ovens, retorts F27; heat-exchangers F28; electric heating elements or arrangements H05B)


Antigen regional testing kit
Patent No. 11154237 

Inventor(s): Jovan Hutton Pulitzer (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): ROCA MEDICAL LTD. (London, , GB)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16653399 on 10/15/2019 (742 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for administering tests using a regional antigen testing kit is provided. The method comprises providing the regional antigen testing kit, extracting a predetermined amount of concentrated antigen from one of a plurality of concentrated antigens, dispensing the predetermined amount of concentrated antigen into a corresponding one of a plurality of wells, as indicated by visual indicia, repeating the extracting and dispensing steps until a desired number of the plurality of wells contain concentrated antigen, providing a prick tester having a plurality of needles extending thereon, aligning the plurality of needles of the prick tester with the plurality of wells, inserting each of the plurality of needles of the prick tester into one of the plurality of wells, and applying the plurality of needles of the prick tester to the skin of a patient to elicit a potential response.

[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)


Systems and methods for predicting and detecting a cardiac event
Patent No. 11154254 

Inventor(s): Hendrikus Derksen (Ann Arbor, MI), Jonathan Gryak (Ann Arbor, MI), Kayvan Najarian (Ann Arbor, MI), Pujitha Gunaratne (Ann Arbor, MI), Zhi Li (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter Hampton LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16936011 on 07/22/2020 (461 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for predicting and/or detecting cardiac events based on real-time biomedical signals are discussed herein. In various embodiments, a machine learning algorithm may be utilized to predict and/or detect one or more medical conditions based on obtained biomedical signals. For example, the systems and methods described herein may utilize ECG signals to predict and detect cardiac events. In various embodiments, patterns identified within a signal may be assigned letters (i.e., encoded as distributions of letters). Based on the known morphology of a signal, states within the signal may be identified based on the distribution of letters in the signal. When applied in the in-vehicle environment, drivers or passengers within the vehicle may be alerted when an individual within the vehicle is, or is about to, experience a cardiac event.

[G08B] SIGNALLING OR CALLING SYSTEMS; ORDER TELEGRAPHS; ALARM SYSTEMS


System and method for mechanical system chip detection capability verification
Patent No. 11156530 

Inventor(s): Cyrus Elliott Rahimzadeh (Arlington, TX), Steven R. Quick (Hurst, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16579446 on 09/23/2019 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for verifying a mechanical system chip detection capability, the method including determining a slurry injection location in machinery according to a targeted obstruction in the machinery in relation to a target chip detector of the machinery, placing an injection tube through a machinery casing of the machinery, providing a slurry tube connected to the injection tube, the slurry tube containing a slurry comprising conductive chips and a lubricant, operating the machinery until the machinery meets one or more predetermined operating parameters, injecting the slurry into the machinery casing during operation of the machinery and after the machinery meets the one or more predetermined operating parameters, and monitoring the target chip detector for detection of the conductive chips during the operation of the machinery.

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


Method of nondestructive turbine airfoil inspection and repair
Patent No. 11156585 

Inventor(s): Christopher J. Bischof (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (Farmington, CT)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16271003 on 02/08/2019 (991 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a method of detecting mixed mode corrosion of a turbine airfoil. The method includes heat treating the turbine airfoil at a temperature of 1600 to 2100 F. in a Ni/Co oxide reducing atmosphere; and scanning the heat treated turbine airfoil with a magnetometer to determine the presence of mixed mode corrosion, wherein the turbine airfoil comprises a nickel superalloy and has internal passages.

[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)


Contactors with signal pins, ground pins, and short ground pins
Patent No. 11156638 

Inventor(s): Felix Martinez (Stockton, CA), Hisashi Ata (Murphy, TX), Jonathan Hsu (Dallas, TX), Kay Chan Tong (Plano, TX), Thiha Shwe (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15873815 on 01/17/2018 (1378 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system comprises: a contactor having a first surface, a second surface, a first hole, a second hole parallel to the first hole, and a third hole parallel to the first hole; a first signal pin held in the first hole of the contactor, extending to at least the second surface of the contactor, and extending to at least the first surface of the contactor; a first short ground pin held in the second hole of the contactor, extending to at least the second surface of the contactor, and extending within the first surface of the contactor; and a ground pin held in the third hole of the contactor, extending to at least the second surface of the contactor, and extending to at least the first surface of the contactor.

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


Reversible multi-bit scan cell-based scan chains for improving chain diagnostic resolution
Patent No. 11156661 

Inventor(s): Jakub Janicki (Poznan, , PL), Manish Sharma (Wilsonville, OR), Szczepan Urban (Gowarzewo, , PL), Wu-Tung Cheng (Lake Oswego, OR), Yu Huang (West Linn, OR)
Assignee(s): Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16933359 on 07/20/2020 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit comprises a scan chain comprising one or more multi-bit flip-flops, a plurality of multiplexers, and new scan enable signal generation circuitry. Each of the plurality of multiplexers is associated with a particular bit of the one or more multi-bit flip-flops with an output of the each of the plurality of multiplexers coupled to a data input of the particular bit, which is configured to select, based on a scan direction control signal, between an input signal from functional circuitry of the circuit and an input signal from a data output of a bit of the scan chain immediately following the particular bit in a normal scan shift direction. The new scan enable signal generation circuitry is configured to generate a new scan enable signal for the one or more multi-bit flip-flops based on the scan direction control signal and a scan enable signal for the scan chain.

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


Method and apparatus for formation tester data interpretation with diverse flow models
Patent No. 11156741 

Inventor(s): Dingding Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14404328 on 06/21/2012 (3414 days app to issue)

Abstract: Improved systematic inversion methodology applied to formation testing data interpretation with spherical, radial and/or cylindrical flow models is disclosed. A method of determining a parameter of a formation of interest at a desired location comprises directing a formation tester to the desired location in the formation of interest and obtaining data from the desired location in the formation of interest. The obtained data relates to a first parameter at the desired location of the formation of interest. The obtained data is regressed to determine a second parameter at the desired location of the formation of interest. Regressing the obtained data comprises using a method selected from a group consisting of a deterministic approach, a probabilistic approach, and an evolutionary approach.

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


Cabling configurations for hollow core optical fibers
Patent No. 11156768 

Inventor(s): Daryl Inniss (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): CFS FITEL, LLC (Norcross, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16877044 on 05/18/2020 (526 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hollow core optical fiber and cable combination is configured to exhibit minimal SNR and loss degradation. This is achieved by either: (1) reducing the coupling between the fundamental and other (unwanted) modes propagating within the hollow core fiber; or (2) increasing the propagation loss along the alternative. The first approach may be achieved by designing the cable to minimize perturbations and/or designing the hollow core fiber to fully separate the fundamental mode from the unwanted modes so as to reduce coupling into the unwanted modes. Whether through fiber design or cable design, the amount of light coupled into unwanted modes is reduced to acceptable levels. The second approach may be realized through either fiber design and/or cable design to suppress the light in unwanted modes so that an acceptably low level of light is coupled back into the fundamental mode.

[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]


Flexible light sheet generation by field synthesis
Patent No. 11156818 

Inventor(s): Bo-Jui Chang (Dallas, TX), Mark Kittisopikul (Dallas, TX), Reto Fiolka (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), The Board of Regents of The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16539898 on 08/13/2019 (805 days app to issue)

Abstract: A light sheet microscopy apparatus has a light source, a spatial light filter, a scanning device positioned between the light source and the spatial light filter, an imaging device, a computer readable medium, and a computer processor coupled to the light source, the scanning device, the imaging device, and the computer-readable medium. The computer processor is configured to operate the light source to generate a light beam, control the scanning device to scan the light beam across the spatial light filter to generate the light sheet, and utilize the imaging device to capture one or more images of light emitted by a sample illuminated by the one or more light sheets.

[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]


Automatic relocation of a vehicle based on proximity
Patent No. 11157023 

Inventor(s): Bruno dos Santos Silva (Mckinney, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16432526 on 06/05/2019 (874 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, computer system, and computer program product for using a radio frequency trigger to move an unmanned aerial vehicle from an incoming vehicle path are provided. The embodiment may include receiving, by a processor, a radio frequency signal transmitted from a vehicle or an emergency response center. The embodiment may also include determining whether an unmanned aerial vehicle is in flight within a pre-configured threshold radius from the first responder vehicle or emergency response center. The embodiment may further include in response to determining the unmanned aerial vehicle is within the pre-configured radius, activating a ‘’return home’’ function. The embodiment may also include commanding the unmanned aerial vehicle to fly out of the threshold radius.

[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)


Apparatus, methods, and systems for tracking vehicle battery usage with a blockchain
Patent No. 11157055 

Inventor(s): Andrew L. Wells (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16152996 on 10/05/2018 (1117 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods for tracking vehicle battery usage with a blockchain. One such method includes detecting, using one or more sensors, one or more operating parameters of a vehicle, at least one of the one or more operating parameters being associated with a battery of the vehicle. A battery-critical event is identified based on the detected one or more operating parameters of the vehicle. Information associated with the detected one or more operating parameters of the vehicle is communicated via a network and to a central server; information associated with the detected one or more operating parameters of the vehicle and the identified battery-critical event is aggregated in a blockchain using the central server. The information associated with the detected one or more operating parameters of the vehicle and the identified battery-critical event is queried from the blockchain to ascertain a usage history of the battery.

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


Low-energy operation of motor vehicle functions during the operation of the motor vehicle
Patent No. 11157065 

Inventor(s): Daniel Franze (Neuss, , DE), Georg Spoerlein (Schopfloch, , DE), Hans-Peter Reichert (Dotternhausen, , DE), Reiner Striebel (Reichenau, , DE)
Assignee(s): Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Crowell Moring LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16472659 on 12/20/2017 (1406 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided for electric low-energy operation of motor vehicle functions during the operation of a motor vehicle equipped with an information display. The method deactivates the information display of the motor vehicle; degrades a functionality of at least one vehicle component that uses the information display to visually represent specific information of the vehicle component; and deactivates a graphics processing unit of the motor vehicle as an energy-saving measure. The graphics processing unit is configured to prepare the specific information of the vehicle component such that this information can be visually represented on the information display. The functionality of the vehicle component is degraded such that the vehicle component continues to determine its associated specific information in accordance with the function and keep the information ready in a prepared manner for graphical processing.

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


Storage systems with go to sleep adaption
Patent No. 11157182 

Inventor(s): Ram Fishler (M.P. Misgav, , IL), Reuven Elhamias (Kfar Vradim, , IL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16455640 on 06/27/2019 (852 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-volatile memory system goes into a low-power standby sleep mode to reduce power consumption if a host command is not received within delay period. The duration of this delay period is adjustable. In one set of embodiments, host commands can specify the delay value, the operation types to which it applies, and whether the value is power the current power session or to be used to reset a default value as well. In other aspects, the parameters related to the delay value are kept in a host resettable parameter file. In other embodiments, the memory system monitors the time between host commands and adjusts this delay automatically.

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


Histogram operation
Patent No. 11157278 

Inventor(s): Alan Davis (Sugar Land, TX), Dheera Balasubramanian Samudrala (Richardson, TX), Duc Bui (Grand Prairie, TX), Naveen Bhoria (Plano, TX), Rama Venkatasubramanian (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16570931 on 09/13/2019 (774 days app to issue)

Abstract: A digital data processor includes an instruction memory storing instructions each specifying a data processing operation and at least one data operand field, an instruction decoder coupled to the instruction memory for sequentially recalling instructions from the instruction memory and determining the data processing operation and the at least one data operand, and at least one operational unit coupled to a data register file and to an instruction decoder to perform a data processing operation upon at least one operand corresponding to an instruction decoded by the instruction decoder and storing results of the data processing operation. The operational unit is configured to increment histogram values in response to a histogram instruction by incrementing a bin entry at a specified location in a specified number of at least one histogram.

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


Non-cached loads and stores in a system having a multi-threaded, self-scheduling processor
Patent No. 11157286 

Inventor(s): Tony M. Brewer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Gamburd Law Group LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16399727 on 04/30/2019 (910 days app to issue)

Abstract: Representative apparatus, method, and system embodiments are disclosed for a self-scheduling processor which also provides additional functionality. Representative embodiments include a self-scheduling processor, comprising: a processor core adapted to execute instructions; and a core control circuit adapted to automatically schedule an instruction for execution by the processor core in response to a received work descriptor data packet. In a representative embodiment, the processor core is further adapted to execute a non-cached load instruction to designate a general purpose register rather than a data cache for storage of data received from a memory circuit. The core control circuit is also adapted to schedule a fiber create instruction for execution by the processor core, and to generate one or more work descriptor data packets to another circuit for execution of corresponding execution threads. Event processing, data path management, system calls, memory requests, and other new instructions are also disclosed.

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


Methods and apparatus to provide an efficient safety mechanism for signal processing hardware
Patent No. 11157345 

Inventor(s): Hetul Sanghvi (Richardson, TX), Manoj Koul (Allen, TX), Mihir Narendra Mody (Bangalore, , IN), Niraj Nandan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15844170 on 12/15/2017 (1411 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture providing an efficient safety mechanism for signal processing hardware are disclosed. An example apparatus includes an input interface to receive an input signal; a hardware accelerator to process the input signal, the hardware accelerator including: unprotected memory to store non-critical data corresponding to the input signal; and protected memory to store critical data corresponding to the input signal; and an output interface to transmit the processed input signal.

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


Systems and methods for pre-boot BIOS healing of platform issues from operating system stop error code crashes
Patent No. 11157349 

Inventor(s): Arifullah Syed Shah (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Dell Products L.P. (Round Rock, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker L.L.P. (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16779879 on 02/03/2020 (631 days app to issue)

Abstract: An information handling system may include a processor and a basic input/output system comprising a program of instructions executable by the processor and configured to cause the processor to determine if a captured stop error code captured in connection with an operating system stop error occurring during a previous boot session of the information exists on a memory accessible to the basic input/output system and responsive to the captured stop error code existing on the memory, read the captured stop error code and perform a remedial action based on the captured stop error code.

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


Device temperature impact management using machine learning techniques
Patent No. 11157380 

Inventor(s): Kannappan Ramu (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Dell Products L.P. (Round Rock, TX)
Law Firm: Ryan, Mason Lewis, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16665241 on 10/28/2019 (729 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and processor-readable storage media for device temperature impact management using machine learning techniques are provided herein. An example computer-implemented method includes obtaining one or more notifications pertaining to temperature information associated with one or more devices; generating one or more predictions pertaining to at least one potential problem with at least one of the one or more devices by applying one or more machine learning models to the one or more obtained notifications; determining one or more automated actions related to the one or more predictions by utilizing at least one neural network to process data associated with temperature control for the at least one device; and automatically initiating the one or more automated actions.

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


Read commands based on row status prediction
Patent No. 11157412 

Inventor(s): Patrick A. La Fratta (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16694172 on 11/25/2019 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments described herein provide for selectively sending a read command, such as a speculative read (SREAD) command in accordance with a Non-Volatile Dual In-Line Memory Module-P (NVDIMM-P) memory protocol, to a memory sub-system based on a predicted row status of a given memory device (e.g., random access memory (RAM)-based cache) of the memory sub-system.

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


Notifications and graphical user interface for applications in folders
Patent No. 11157448 

Inventor(s): Sean Michael McBeath (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P. C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16221084 on 12/14/2018 (1047 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method at an electronic device having a display, the method including displaying a user interface on the display, wherein the user interface includes at least one folder icon for a folder, the folder icon further including a badge providing an indication of applications with notification inside the folder detecting a user interface interaction indicating a badge clearing selection; providing a menu on the user interface for clearing a folder badge; upon detecting a user interface selection in the menu, clearing the badge on the folder icon.

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


Search space reduction for knowledge graph querying and interactions
Patent No. 11157540 

Inventor(s): Swaminathan Chandrasekaran (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15262751 on 09/12/2016 (1870 days app to issue)

Abstract: A search space can be reduced using a pruned ontology that comprises entities from an initial ontology. A document corpus having a plurality of documents is received for processing. An ontology pruner determines a set of entities in the plurality of documents. For each entity in the set of entities, the ontology pruner determines a link for the entity in the initial ontology. The ontology pruner determines a score for the entity based on information obtained through the link for the entity in the initial ontology. The ontology pruner omits the entity from the pruned ontology if the score is below a predetermined or configurable threshold value.

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


System for monitoring lower level environment for unsanitized data
Patent No. 11157563 

Inventor(s): Bayyareddy Sreenivasulu Reddy (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16035345 on 07/13/2018 (1201 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, computer program products, and methods are described herein for monitoring lower level environment for unsanitized data. The present invention is configured to initiate a retrieval query with a first database in a lower level environment; retrieve one or more data items from the first database based on at least the retrieval query; compare the retrieved one or more data items with one or more records associated with a production environment; determine a match between the one or more data items and the one or more records based on at least the comparing; retrieve matched data based on at least determining the match; and transmit control signals configured to cause a user device associated with a user to display the matched data.

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


External network system for extracting external website data using generated polymorphic data
Patent No. 11157571 

Inventor(s): Donald Joseph Cardinal (Celina, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16033781 on 07/12/2018 (1202 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a system for extracting external website data using generated polymorphic data. The system is configured for receiving an input from at least one of a plurality of entity systems or at least one of a plurality of user computing systems, wherein the plurality of user computing systems and the plurality of entity systems are connected to a first network, wherein the input is associated with at least one third party server, generating random user information, wherein the generated random user information is dynamic, creating polymorphic user profiles based on the generated random user information, accessing the at least one third party server from a second network different from the first network using the polymorphic user profiles, and extracting data associated with the at least one third party server.

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


Asynchronous static analysis system for a collaborative software development environment
Patent No. 11157591 

Inventor(s): Erin Jensby (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATLASSIAN INC. (San Francisco, CA), ATLASSIAN PTY LTD. (Sydney, , AU)
Law Firm: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16854593 on 04/21/2020 (553 days app to issue)

Abstract: A collaborative software development environment includes a centralized repository security service that monitors a repository database of the collaborative software development environment for change notifications or events. When a change is noticed (e.g., pull request), the source repository is cloned and suitable images are spun up by an orchestrator, each of which is configured to perform a static analysis operation against the source code of the cloned repository. Results of each static analysis operation are stored in a database that can be accessed by client devices.

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


Distributed system for test drive conflict rescheduling
Patent No. 11157881 

Inventor(s): Ponnazhakan Subramanian (Mckinney, TX), Satish Chikkaveerappa (Mckinney, TX), Vishwanath Hiremath (Mckinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16598202 on 10/10/2019 (747 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects discussed herein may relate to methods and techniques for automatically generating a test drive schedule for a user based on known inventory, user preferences, demographic information, employee availability, and other factors, as well as detecting conflicts and rescheduling test drives in response to those conflicts. This may allow for easier access to test drives for the consumer, which may promote more test drives and higher resultant sales, as well as allowing for rescheduling in advance of conflicts, which may reduce lost consumers due to test drives that were conflicted.

[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]


Systems and methods for detecting complaint interactions
Patent No. 11157916 

Inventor(s): Katie Truong (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): NICE LTD. (Ra’’anana, , IL)
Law Firm: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16693411 on 11/25/2019 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer based system and method for identifying complaint interactions, including: detecting appearances of linguistic structures related to complaints in an interaction; calculating at least one sentiment metric of the interaction; and classifying the interaction as being or not being a complaint interaction based on the detected linguistic structures and the at least one sentiment metric, for example using a trained supervised learning model.

[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]


Systems and methods for using a predictive engine to predict failures in machine-learning trained systems
Patent No. 11157928 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Kristen Przano (Dallas, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Anderson (Plano, TX), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16659873 on 10/22/2019 (735 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method for using a machine-learning trained predictive engine to predict failures includes receiving electronic prior transaction data corresponding to a plurality of prior successful transactions and a plurality of prior unsuccessful transactions, and training a machine learning predictive engine based on the plurality of prior successful transactions and the plurality of prior unsuccessful transactions. Electronic transaction data may be received, the electronic transaction data being associated with a user, an item, and candidate transaction terms, the electronic transaction data being associated with a candidate transaction. The machine learning predictive engine may determine a likelihood of success of the candidate transaction based on the electronic transaction data, and display the likelihood of success of the candidate transaction.

[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]


Systems and methods for self-generation of E-coupons
Patent No. 11157935 

Inventor(s): David H. Tannenbaum (Dallas, TX), Dickson Perry (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Excentus Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12960072 on 12/03/2010 (3980 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are presented for allowing E-coupons to be generated by a customer based, at least in part, by actions taken by the customer. In one embodiment, a pyramid arrangement is disclosed in which the customer obtains E-coupons based primarily on activities performed by someone else in the pyramid. In another embodiment, the customer may make a purchase and credits for that purchase may be applied to another customer’’s account in the form of an E-coupon.

[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]


Forming and using master records based on consumer transaction data
Patent No. 11157954 

Inventor(s): Yasha Avshalumov (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Quotient Technology Inc. (Mountain View, CA)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14492924 on 09/22/2014 (2591 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to an embodiment, a data processing method comprises obtaining a first record associated with a first computer and a second record associated with a second computer that is different than the first computer; in response to determining that the first record has been obtained from a primary source, determining that at least a first set of key information in the first record matches a second set of key information in the second record, and in response thereto: creating and storing a master record comprising a union of the first record and the second record; storing, in a database, a third set of key information in the first record that does not match the second set, and a fourth set of key information in the second record that does not match the first set; using the master record to determine one or more electronic offers to present to any of a user, a computing device, or an account that is associated with the master record.

[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]


Document term recognition and analytics
Patent No. 11157972 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Anna, TX), Olalekan Awoyemi (Prosper, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Staevan Duckworth (The Colony, TX), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16244844 on 01/10/2019 (1020 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device receives image data of a contractual document that includes an offer including terms of a proposed transaction, converts the image data to text data that identifies text within the contractual document, and receives preferences information for a recipient of the offer. The device identifies key terms within the contractual document by using term identification to analyze the text. The key terms may include a first key term that identifies subject matter of the proposed transaction and other key terms that are part of the offer. The device determines term scores that correspond to likelihoods of the other key terms being favorable to the recipient by using a data model to analyze the key terms and the preferences information. The device, based on the term scores, generates and provides another device with a recommendation to be used in determining whether the accept the offer.

[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]


Greenhouse agriculture system
Patent No. 11158006 

Inventor(s): Scott Edward Prendergast, Jr. (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Edible Garden AG Incorporated (Belvidere, NJ)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17103569 on 11/24/2020 (336 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems are disclosed configured to control the planting, application of pesticides, and harvesting of greenhouse crops, such as herbs. The greenhouse may include a variety of sensors, such as moisture sensors, ph sensors, and/or CO2 sensors. Unmanned vehicles may be utilized to capture crop images, and a learning engine may be used to determine the size of greenhouse crops. Such sensor data may be used to predict crop availability. A predication engine may be utilized to predict demand for greenhouse crops using current and historical orders for greenhouse crops. Greenhouse crop production instructions may be generated and transmitted to a greenhouse computer system to cause crops to be sown or harvested. Pallet loading instructions may be generated regarding the loading of specified quantities of crop packs on respective pallets for shipment to a destination.

[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]


Tolling system using vehicle identifier correlation
Patent No. 11158136 

Inventor(s): Alessandro Stagni (Richardson, TX), Janamejaya Chowdhary (Richardson, TX), Ronald Joseph Albright (Plano, TX), Scott Colman Cote (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ELECTRONIC TRANSACTION CONSULTANTS CORP. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16660040 on 10/22/2019 (735 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method performed by a computing system includes receiving from a detection system, a plurality of identity tokens. The plurality of identity tokens include different types of identity tokens. The method further includes associating each of the plurality of identity tokens with a node of a graph, incrementing an edge between two nodes of the graph in response to determining that the two identity tokens associated with the two nodes were detected by the first detection system within a detection time window, decrementing the edge between the two nodes in response to determining that one of the identity tokens associated with one of the two nodes is detected within a detection time window without detecting one of the identity tokens associated with the other of the two nodes, and correlating the identity tokens associated with the two nodes based on a value of the edge.

[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]


Location-based message distribution
Patent No. 11158189 

Inventor(s): Samantha Edwardson (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Traffic Technologies, LLC (St. Paul, MN)
Law Firm: Crawford Maunu PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16788716 on 02/12/2020 (622 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to the disclosed approaches, a first processor receives location messages from second processors. Each location message specifies published geographical coordinates that indicate a geographical location, and the published geographical coordinates are a version of actual geographical coordinates truncated from a first level of precision to a second level of precision. The first processor accesses subscriptions to location topics in response to the location messages. Each location topic specifies in the second level of precision, subscribed-to geographical coordinates of a location. The first processor determines whether or not the published geographical coordinates match any of the subscribed-to geographical coordinates. Non-matching location messages are discarded, and matching location messages are transmitted to one or more third processors identified by the subscriptions.

[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]


Apparatuses, systems, and methods for determining extremum numerical values
Patent No. 11158373 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX), Jason M. Brown (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16437811 on 06/11/2019 (868 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure are drawn to apparatuses and methods for determining extremum numerical values. Numerical values may be stored in files of a stack, with each bit of the numerical value stored in a content addressable memory (CAM) cell of the file. Each file may be associated with an accumulator circuit, which provides an accumulator signal. An extremum search operation may be performed where a sequence of comparison bits are compared in a bit-by-bit fashion to each bit of the numerical values. The accumulator circuits each provide an accumulator signal which indicates if the numerical value in the associated file is an extremum value or not. Examples of extremum search operations include finding a maximum of the numerical values and a minimum of the numerical values.

[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)


Apparatus and methods for configurable bit line isolation in non-volatile memory
Patent No. 11158384 

Inventor(s): Hiroki Yabe (Yokohama, , JP)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16878919 on 05/20/2020 (524 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus is provided that includes a plurality of NAND strings having a common set of word lines. Each NAND string includes data memory cells for data storage and dummy memory cells connected in series with the data memory cells. A first group of NAND strings includes dummy memory cells with a first pattern of threshold voltages and a second group of NAND strings includes dummy memory cells with a second pattern of threshold voltages for separate isolation of data memory cells of the first and second groups of NAND strings from corresponding bit lines.

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


User adapted location based services
Patent No. 11159911 

Inventor(s): Mickey Iqbal (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Heslin Rothenberg Farley Mesiti PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16697602 on 11/27/2019 (699 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The method computer program products, and systems can include, for instance: examining location data of a client computer device in reference to a geofence, the client computer device being associated to a certain user, the geofence being associated to a certain enterprise venue; in response to a breach of the geofence by the client computer device, initiating a process to obtain user associated data of the certain user; providing, while the client computer device is located within the geofence, one to more output observable by the certain user in dependence on data of the user associated data obtained by the initiated process; and in response to an exiting of the geofence by the client computer device terminating the process to obtain user associated data of the certain user.

[G08B] SIGNALLING OR CALLING SYSTEMS; ORDER TELEGRAPHS; ALARM SYSTEMS


 

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Root mean square sensor device
Patent No. 11155460 

Inventor(s): Barry Jon Male (West Granby, CT), Marco Corsi (Scotts Valley, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16699332 on 11/29/2019 (697 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sensor device includes a first and second Micro-Electro-Mechanical (MEM) structures. The first MEM structure includes a first heating element on a first layer of the first MEM structure. The first heating element includes an input adapted to receive an input signal. The first MEM structure also includes a first temperature sensing element on a second layer of the first MEM structure. The second MEM structure includes a second heating element on a first layer of the second MEM structure and a second temperature sensing element on a second layer of the second MEM structure. An output circuit has a first input coupled to the first temperature sensing element and a second input coupled to the second temperature sensing element.

[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]


Package with stacked power stage and integrated control die
Patent No. 11158567 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Allen Samples (Albany, OR), Vivek Kishorechand Arora (San Jose, CA), Woochan Kim (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16537517 on 08/09/2019 (809 days app to issue)

Abstract: A package includes a semiconductor die forming a power field effect transistor (FET), a control die, and a first leadframe. The control die is arranged on a first surface of the first leadframe, and the semiconductor die is arranged on an opposing second surface of the first leadframe. The package further includes a second leadframe including a first surface and a second surface opposing the first surface, wherein the semiconductor die is arranged on the first surface of the second leadframe to facilitate heat transfer therethrough. The package also includes mold compound at least partially covering the semiconductor die, the control die, the first leadframe and the second leadframe with the second surface of the second leadframe exposed.

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


Semiconductor devices having electrostatic discharge layouts for reduced capacitance
Patent No. 11158570 

Inventor(s): Michael V. Ho (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15976674 on 05/10/2018 (1265 days app to issue)

Abstract: Semiconductor devices having busing layouts configured to reduce on-die capacitance are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a semiconductor device includes an electrostatic discharge device electrically connected in parallel with an integrated circuit and configured to divert high voltages generated during an electrostatic discharge event away from the integrated circuit. The semiconductor device further includes a signal bus and a power bus electrically connected to the electrostatic discharge device. The signal bus includes a plurality of first fingers grouped into first groups and the power bus includes a plurality of second fingers grouped into second groups. The first groups are positioned generally parallel to and interleaved between the second groups.

[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]


Embedded die package multichip module
Patent No. 11158595 

Inventor(s): Anindya Poddar (Sunnyvale, CA), Hau Thanh Nguyen (San Jose, CA), Kengo Aoya (Oita, , JP), Masamitsu Matsuura (Oita, , JP), Mutsumi Masumoto (Oita, , JP), Vivek Kishorechand Arora (San Jose, CA), Woochan Kim (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16028741 on 07/06/2018 (1208 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embedded die package includes a first die having an operating voltage between a first voltage potential and a second voltage potential that is less than the first voltage potential. A via, including a conductive material, is electrically connected to a bond pad on a surface of the first die, the via including at least one extension perpendicular to a plane along a length of the via. A redistribution layer (RDL) is electrically connected to the via, at an angle with respect to the via defining a space between the surface and a surface of the RDL. A build-up material is in the space.

[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]


Capacitor comprising a bismuth metal oxide-based lead titanate thin film
Patent No. 11158642 

Inventor(s): Bhaskar Srinivasan (Allen, TX), Carl Sebastian Morandi (State College, PA), John Anthony Rodriguez (Dallas, TX), Kezhakkedath Ramunni Udayakumar (Dallas, TX), Susan Trolier-McKinstry (State College, PA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15893323 on 02/09/2018 (1355 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, a system comprises a capacitor including a first plate, a second plate, and a ferroelectric material disposed between the first and the second plates and comprising a Bismuth Metal Oxide-Based Lead Titanate thin film. The capacitor further comprises a dielectric layer disposed on a transistor, wherein the capacitor is disposed on the dielectric layer.

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


Method of forming isolation dielectrics for stacked field effect transistors (FETs)
Patent No. 11158738 

Inventor(s): Mark Rodder (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: The Farrell Law Firm, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16548209 on 08/22/2019 (796 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of forming a stacked field effect transistor (FET) circuit is provided. The method includes providing a first wafer and a second wafer, forming a first dielectric layer on a surface of the first wafer, forming a second dielectric layer on a surface of the second wafer, and bonding the first wafer to the second wafer at the first dielectric layer and the second dielectric layer.

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


Superlattice photo detector
Patent No. 11158750 

Inventor(s): He Lin (Frisco, TX), Sameer Pendharkar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16502108 on 07/03/2019 (846 days app to issue)

Abstract: A photo detector includes a superlattice with an undoped first semiconductor layer including undoped intrinsic semiconductor material, a doped second semiconductor layer having a first conductivity type on the first semiconductor layer, an undoped third semiconductor layer including undoped intrinsic semiconductor material on the second semiconductor layer, and a fourth semiconductor layer having a second opposite conductivity type on the third semiconductor layer, along with a first contact having the first conductivity type in the first, second, third, and fourth semiconductor layers, and a second contact having the second conductivity type and spaced apart from the first contact in the first, second, third, and fourth semiconductor layers. An optical shield on a second shielded portion of a top surface of the fourth semiconductor layer establishes electron and hole lakes. A packaging structure includes an opening that allows light to enter an exposed first portion of the top surface of the fourth semiconductor layer.

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


Antenna placement arrangements on device with extendable display
Patent No. 11158929 

Inventor(s): Ping Shi (San Diego, CA), Wei Huang (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15720964 on 09/29/2017 (1488 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device includes a housing having a first panel connected to a second panel movable between folded and unfolded configurations. A first antenna is located adjacent to the first panel and a second antenna is located adjacent to the second panel. The second antenna is activated when the housing is in an unfolded configuration and is deactivated when the housing is in a folded configuration.

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


Transmit-receive port for half-duplex transceivers
Patent No. 11158936 

Inventor(s): Harikrishna Parthasarathy (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16428471 on 05/31/2019 (879 days app to issue)

Abstract: A half-duplex transceiver includes an antenna, antenna-side transformer windings coupled to the antenna, and a low-noise amplifier coupled to the antenna by the antenna-side transformer windings.

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


Modular telecommunications plug and method
Patent No. 11158980 

Inventor(s): Brian J. Fitzpatrick (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): COMMSCOPE TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16697572 on 11/27/2019 (699 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modular plug is disclosed as having a housing, a wire manager, a load bar, and a rear component each configured to snap-fit together to assemble the modular plug. The wire manager has a plurality of channels axially positioned about a central axis, each channel being configured to receive a twisted pair of wires from a telecommunications cable, and each channel having a first width and a gate having a second width smaller than the first width.

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


Front connected switchgear assembly having an integrated arc flash venting system
Patent No. 11159000 

Inventor(s): Rahul Rajvanshi (Irving, TX), Thomas W. Hawkins (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC. (Alpharetta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16815910 on 03/11/2020 (594 days app to issue)

Abstract: A switchgear assembly is provided with an integrated arc flash venting system. The switchgear assembly comprises a circuit breaker section including an arc flash vent stack having blow open flaps disposed on a switchgear roof to exhaust arc flash gases and contaminants away from a front of the circuit breaker section, towards a rear of the circuit breaker section and a top of the circuit breaker section. The circuit breaker section includes a circuit breaker compartment having a back wall with a back vent opening for the passage of all the arc flash gases and contaminants. The circuit breaker section further includes a bus compartment. All of the arc flash gases and contaminants pass through the back vent opening in the circuit breaker compartment and into the bus compartment which forms a single pathway for channeling all of the arc flash gases and contaminants to the arc flash vent stack.

[H02B] BOARDS, SUBSTATIONS, OR SWITCHING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SUPPLY OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER (basic electric elements, their assembly, including the mounting in enclosures or on bases, or the mounting of covers thereon, see the subclasses for such elements, e.g. transformers H01F, switches, fuses H01H, line connectors H01R; installation of electric cables or lines, or of combined optical and electric cables or lines, or other conductors for supply or distribution H02G)


Brackets for mounting antenna cables
Patent No. 11159006 

Inventor(s): Dale Richard Heath (Fort Worth, TX), Raphael J. de La Soujeole (Irving, TX), Robert J. Campbell (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16375544 on 04/04/2019 (936 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bracket for mounting cables on an antenna pole includes: a pair of L-shaped members, each of the L-shaped members including a main panel, a pair of jaws extending from opposite edges of the main panel, and a flange extending generally perpendicularly to the main panel, wherein the main panel includes a plurality of first mounting apertures, and wherein the flange includes a plurality of second mounting apertures; a pair of rods, each rod extending through a first mounting aperture of each of the L-shaped members; and a securing component that engages each rod to fix the members relative to each other.

[H02G] INSTALLATION OF ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES, OR OF COMBINED OPTICAL AND ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES (insulated conductors or cables with arrangements for facilitating mounting or securing H01B 7/40; distribution points incorporating switches H02B; guiding telephone cords H04M 1/15; cable ducts or mountings for telephone or telegraph exchange installations H04Q 1/06)


Charge termination circuit
Patent No. 11159032 

Inventor(s): Austin Womac (Knoxville, TN), Eric Southard (Richardson, TX), Orlando Lazaro (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16528248 on 07/31/2019 (818 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure include a first sense transistor having a gate and a drain configured to couple in parallel with a high-side transistor and a source terminal coupled to a first node, and a second sense transistor having a gate and a drain configured to couple in parallel with a low-side transistor, and a source terminal coupled to a third node. The circuit further includes a first comparator circuit having a first input coupled to the first node, a second input coupled to a second node, and an output, a second comparator circuit having a first input coupled to the third node, a second input coupled to a ground node, and an output, and a logic circuit having first input coupled to the output of the first comparator circuit, a second input coupled to the output of the second comparator circuit, and an output.

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


Coupled inductor power transfer system
Patent No. 11159053 

Inventor(s): Amer Atrash (Dallas, TX), Ross E. Teggatz (The Colony, TX), Wayne Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TRIUNE SYSTEMS, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16504846 on 07/08/2019 (841 days app to issue)

Abstract: Coupled inductor systems are disclosed in which transmitter and receiver inductors, or coils, are coupled in a configuration for wirelessly transferring power and/or data among them. In preferred implementations, the systems are used for transmitting both power and data in pairs of coupled coils. Primary side circuits in preferred embodiments of the systems of the invention employ Class D or Class G amplifiers.

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


Wireless power receiver circuit and method
Patent No. 11159056 

Inventor(s): Kenneth Moore (Dallas, TX), Petru Emanuel Stingu (Dallas, TX), Ruwanga Dassanayake (Dallas, TX), Yulong Hou (Farmers Branch, TX)
Assignee(s): Spark Connected LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17020326 on 09/14/2020 (407 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, a method for providing power to a load using a wireless power receiver includes: wirelessly receiving power using an LC tank; rectifying a voltage of the LC tank using a rectifier; setting a switched-mode power supply coupled between the rectifier and the load in bypass mode; after setting the switched-mode power supply in bypass mode, providing power to the load without switching transistors of the switched-mode power supply; and when wireless power reception is interrupted, providing power to the load by switching one or more transistors of the switched-mode power supply.

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


Wireless power transfer system and method
Patent No. 11159063 

Inventor(s): Kenneth Moore (Dallas, TX), Petru Emanuel Stingu (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Spark Connected LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16913332 on 06/26/2020 (487 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a wireless power transmitter includes a charging surface, a transmitting antenna configured to generate an electromagnetic field extending above the charging surface, a sensing array disposed between the transmitting antenna and the charging surface, and a controller coupled to the sensing array. The sensing array includes a plurality of sensors. Each sensor of the plurality of sensors is configured to generate a respective signal indicative of a strength of the electromagnetic field. The controller is configured to detect a presence of a metallic object, other than a receiving antenna of a power receiver, in the electromagnetic field based on the respective signal generated by one or more sensors of the plurality of sensors.

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


Circumferential flux electric machine with field weakening mechanisms and methods of use
Patent No. 11159076 

Inventor(s): Fred E. Hunstable (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): Linear Labs, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15977120 on 05/11/2018 (1264 days app to issue)

Abstract: There are presented various embodiments disclosed in this application, including methods and systems of arranging permanent magnets to switch from a first configuration designed for a first torque output to a second configuration designed for a second torque output.

[H02K] DYNAMO-ELECTRIC MACHINES (dynamo-electric relays H01H 53/00; conversion of DC or AC input power into surge output power H02M 9/00)


Lower-skew receiver circuit with RF immunity for controller area network (CAN)
Patent No. 11159135 

Inventor(s): Richard Edwin Hubbard (Lavon, TX), Richard Sterling Broughton (Dallas, TX), Vijayalakshmi Devarajan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16862089 on 04/29/2020 (545 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit (e.g., implemented as part of a controller area network (CAN) bus receiver includes a pre-amplifier stage having first and second outputs. The circuit also includes a comparator having first and second inputs. The first input is coupled to the first output of the pre-amplifier stage, and the second input is coupled to the second output of the pre-amplifier stage. The comparator includes an input differential transistor pair, a second pair of transistors coupled to the input differential transistor pair in a cascode configuration, and a push-pull output stage coupled to the second pair of transistors.

[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)


Differential converter with offset cancelation
Patent No. 11159170 

Inventor(s): Maher Mahmoud Sarraj (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17077439 on 10/22/2020 (369 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a sample and hold circuit is configured to periodically connect one input of an op-amp to a reference voltage through a switch while a second input of the op-amp is connected to an output of the op-amp. Offset cancellation is performed by storing a sampled offset on a sampling capacitor coupled to the second input of the op-amp.

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


Backplane with near field coupling to modules
Patent No. 11159204 

Inventor(s): Ali Djabbari (Saratoga, CA), Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Lutz Albrecht Naumann (Geldern, , DE), Mark William Morgan (Allen, TX), Swaminathan Sankaran (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16844861 on 04/09/2020 (565 days app to issue)

Abstract: A removable module includes circuitry, a near field communication (NFC) coupler to provide a data signal to the circuitry, and a second NFC coupler to supply operating voltage to the circuitry.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for feeding back channel information
Patent No. 11159218 

Inventor(s): David Jean-Marie Mazzarese (Beijing, , CN), Pengfei Xia (San Diego, CA), Qiang Wu (Beijing, , CN), Yang Tang (San Diego, CA), Yongxing Zhou (Beijing, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15979250 on 05/14/2018 (1261 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for feeding back channel information are provided. A method for communications device operations includes generating feedback information, encoding the feedback information to produce a feedback payload, and transmitting the feedback payload to a communications server serving a communications device. The feedback information includes at least a first long term wideband channel statistics and a second long term wideband channel statistics.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Mobile station aggregation of acknowledgments and negative acknowledgments in wireless networks
Patent No. 11159297 

Inventor(s): Adrian Boariu (Irving, TX), Shashikant Maheshwari (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): WIRELESS FUTURE TECHNOLOGIES INC. (Ottawa, , CA)
Law Firm: Volpe Koenig (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16883069 on 05/26/2020 (518 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various example embodiments are disclosed herein. According to one example embodiment, a method may include sending, from a base station, an acknowledgment/negative acknowledgment (ACK/NAK) aggregation indicator to the mobile station based on the determining, sending a plurality of data bursts to the mobile station, and receiving at least one aggregated ACK/NAK report from the mobile station.

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


DMRS for 5G things communication system
Patent No. 11159298 

Inventor(s): Joonbeom Kim (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Kowert, Hood, Munyon, Rankin Goetzel, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16079470 on 10/28/2016 (1824 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods of providing DMRS for a UE are generally described. The DMRS locations in a resource unit of a Physical Resource Allocation of a shared channel are randomly determined, and the DMRS sequences randomly generated before transmission from a master UE to a wearable UE. The DMRS locations are disposed on different subcarriers and symbols in the resource unit and are repeated every k subframes or m resource units within the same subframe. In situations in which the collision/contention probability is relatively small, DMRS in control channels may be used rather than in the shared data channel.

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


Clock data recovery mechanism
Patent No. 11159304 

Inventor(s): Pervez Mirza Aziz (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): NVIDIA Corporation (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Artegis Law Group, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16409686 on 05/10/2019 (900 days app to issue)

Abstract: A clock data recovery (CDR) mechanism qualifies symbols received from the data detector prior to using those symbols to compute a timing gradient. The disclosed CDR mechanism analyzes one or more recently received symbols to determine whether the current symbol should be used in computing the time gradient. When configured with a Mueller-Muller phase detector, the timing gradient for the received signal is set to zero if the current symbol is a 2 or a +2 and the previous symbol is non-zero. Otherwise, the Mueller-Muller timing gradient is evaluated in the traditional manner. When configured with a minimum mean-squared error phase detector, the timing gradient for the received signal is set to zero if the previous symbol is non-zero. Otherwise, the minimum mean-squared error timing gradient is evaluated in the traditional manner.

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


Low friction device enrollment
Patent No. 11159332 

Inventor(s): Timothy Edward Moses (Ottawa, , CA)
Assignee(s): Entrust, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Faegre Drinker Biddle Reath LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16423695 on 05/28/2019 (882 days app to issue)

Abstract: A constrained device includes an exterior surface affixed with a public key associated with the constrained device. Alternatively, or in addition, the public key may be included in a container that stores the constrained device. The constrained device also includes memory, which stores a private key, wherein the private key corresponds to the public key that is affixed on the exterior surface of the constrained device. By displaying the public key on the constrained device, a system administrator may document the public key and related information about the device and its intended role in the network without requiring any human interface or any establishment of power or network at the installation site.

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


Managing service deployment
Patent No. 11159392 

Inventor(s): Sreekumar Cherumbath (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16948800 on 10/01/2020 (390 days app to issue)

Abstract: A service deployment manager may receive a service request that includes data identifying a service to be deployed in a cloud computing environment, data identifying an execution environment in which the service is to be deployed, data identifying a framework on which the service is to be deployed, and data identifying a version strategy to be applied to the service. The service deployment manager may receive data identifying a user account associated with the service request, and may determine that the user account has permission to deploy the requested service. The service deployment manager may identify a service template, based on the service, that specifies a virtual hardware configuration, and may provide, to a service deployment platform, instructions to deploy the service using the virtual hardware configuration. The instructions may include the data identifying the execution environment, the data identifying the framework, and the data identifying the version strategy.

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


Port address translation scalability in stateful network device clustering
Patent No. 11159481 

Inventor(s): Andrew E. Ossipov (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16885620 on 05/28/2020 (516 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is performed by a master network device among network devices of a cluster. The master network device receives cluster configuration information including a set of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and a pool of port blocks associated with the IP addresses. Each port block includes multiple ports, and the pool of the port blocks is to be shared across the network devices for port address translation. The master network device divides the port blocks in the pool into multiple buckets. The master network device allocates to each network device in the cluster a corresponding one of the buckets, and reserves each bucket that is not allocated for allocation to a potential new network device. When a new network device joins the cluster, the master network device allocates to the new network device the port blocks from a corresponding one of the reserved buckets.

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


Methods for emergency response location (ERL) correction in a voice over internet protocol (VoIP) 911 server and related systems and computer program products
Patent No. 11159676 

Inventor(s): Thomas Ginter (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Bandwidth, Inc. (Raleigh, NC)
Law Firm: Stanek Lemon Crouse + Meeks (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17329598 on 05/25/2021 (154 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for ERL Correction are provided including receiving a VoIP emergency call from an emergency caller. The VoIP emergency call is identified by a unique ELIN. The ERL data associated with the unique ELIN is retrieved from a LIS using the unique ELIN. A notification is intercepted at the LIS. The notification contains both an original extension number or a DID number and the ERL data. The ERL data is matched using the ELIN to the ERL data to locate one of the original extension number and the DID number. A correct physical address is located using the original extension number or the DID number. Address data is corrected in the ERL to include the correct physical address of the emergency caller to provide a corrected ERL. The notification is reissued including the corrected ERL and the VoIP emergency call is routed to a PSAP with the corrected ERL.

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


Emergency communication within controlled-environment facilities
Patent No. 11159678 

Inventor(s): Adam Christopher Edwards (Fort Worth, WA)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15488186 on 04/14/2017 (1656 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for providing emergency communications within controlled-environment facilities are disclosed. In some embodiments, a method may include providing a communication platform. The communication platform may be configured to, in a first mode of operation, enable communications between devices (e.g., telephones, etc.) operated by residents (e.g., inmates, etc.) of a controlled environment facility (e.g., jail, prison, etc.) and devices (e.g., telephones, etc.) operated by non-residents of the controlled environment facility. The method may also include switching the communication platform from the first mode of operation to an emergency mode of operation. In the emergency mode of operation, the communication platform may be configured to enable an emergency communication from a first device operated by a resident of the controlled environment facility to a second device controlled by emergency response personnel (e.g., hostage negotiator, counselor, police officer, etc.).

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


Systems and methods for model-based analysis of damage to a vehicle
Patent No. 11159715 

Inventor(s): He Yang (The Colony, TX), Marigona Bokshi-Drotar (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company (Bloomington, IL)
Law Firm: Armstrong Teasdale LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16941269 on 07/28/2020 (455 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for capturing images of damage to an object configured to (i) store an orientation model associated with an object; (ii) receive, from a user, a request to analyze damage to the object; (iii) instruct the user to position a camera at a first position relative to the object; (iv) receive an image of the object from the camera; (v) determine whether the received image is properly framed; (vi) if the received image is not properly framed, instruct the user to adjust the position of the camera; and (vii) if the received image is properly framed, instruct the user to position the camera at a second position relative to the object. As a result, obtaining images of sufficient quality for proper processor analysis may be facilitated.

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


System and method for AI enhanced shutter button user interface
Patent No. 11159731 

Inventor(s): David Liu (Plano, TX), Youngjun Yoo (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16279724 on 02/19/2019 (980 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device, a method, and computer readable medium for operating an electronic device are disclosed. The method includes receiving data about a state of the electronic device from one or more sensors of the electronic device. The method also includes determining whether to modify a user interface button displayed on a display of the electronic device based on the received state data and parameters of a neural network. The method further includes modifying display of the user interface button on the display of the electronic device based on determining to modify. The method additionally includes providing, to the neural network, feedback data indicating whether the user interface button was triggered within a predetermined time period after modifying the user interface button.

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


Spatial light modulator control
Patent No. 11159773 

Inventor(s): Aravind Lakshminarayanan (Plano, TX), Daniel J. Morgan (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17119277 on 12/11/2020 (319 days app to issue)

Abstract: A control circuit includes a sequencing circuit. The sequencing circuit is configured to, in a color cycle: transfer a first bit plane to a spatial light modulator (SLM) and transmit a first global reset signal to the SLM instructing the SLM to load data of the first bit plane to pixel sub arrays of the SLM. The sequencing circuit is also configured to, in the color cycle: transfer a second bit plane to the SLM, and transmit a second global reset signal instructing the SLM to load data of the second bit plane to a first pixel sub-array of the pixel sub-arrays and to load data of the first bit plane to a second pixel sub-array of the pixel sub-arrays.

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


Method and system to improve the performance of a video encoder
Patent No. 11159797 

Inventor(s): Kedar Chitnis (Bangalore, , IN), Manoj Koul (Bangalore, , IN), Naveen Srinivasamurthy (Bangalore, , IN), Peter Labaziewicz (Allen, TX), Soyeb Nagori (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16561346 on 09/05/2019 (782 days app to issue)

Abstract: Method and system to improve the performance of a video encoder. The method includes processing an initial video signal in a front-end image pre-processor to obtain a processed video signal and processor information respecting the signal, providing the processed video signal and the processor information to a video encoder, and encoding the video signal in the video encoder according to the processor information to provide an encoded video signal for storage. The system includes a video pre-processor connectable to receive an initial video signal. The video encoder in communication with the video pre-processor receives a processed video signal and a processor information. A storage medium in communication with the video encoder stores an encoded video signal.

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


Video characterization for smart encoding based on perceptual quality optimization
Patent No. 11159801 

Inventor(s): Myo Tun (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): EUCLID DISCOVERIES, LLC (Burlington, MA)
Law Firm: Hamilton, Brook, Smith Reynolds, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16926089 on 07/10/2020 (473 days app to issue)

Abstract: Videos may be characterized by objective metrics that quantify video quality. Embodiments are directed to target bitrate prediction methods in which one or more objective metrics may serve as inputs into a model that predicts a mean opinion score (MOS), a measure of perceptual quality, as a function of metric values. The model may be derived by generating training data through conducting subjective tests on a set of video encodings, obtaining MOS data from the subjective tests, and correlating the MOS data with metric measurements on the training data. The MOS predictions may be extended to predict the target (encoding) bitrate that achieves a desired MOS value. The target bitrate prediction methods may be applied to segments of a video. The methods may be made computationally faster by applying temporal subsampling. The methods may also be extended for adaptive bitrate (ABR) applications by applying scaling factors to predicted bitrates at one frame size to determine predicted bitrates at different frame sizes. A dynamic scaling algorithm may be used to determine predicted bitrates at the different frame sizes.

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


Systems and methods for multicasting to user devices
Patent No. 11159918 

Inventor(s): Mansoor Ali Shah Mohammed (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16736146 on 01/07/2020 (658 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method may include receiving content for multicasting, identifying user equipment (UE) devices to receive the content and identifying a geographical or service area associated with the identified UE devices. The method may also include determining a scheduled time for a multicast transmission of the content and transmitting, prior to the scheduled time, a message to the devices, wherein the message indicates the scheduled time. The method may further include initiating the multicast transmission of the content at the scheduled time.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Short message service interworking
Patent No. 11159921 

Inventor(s): Devaki Chandramouli (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NOKIA TECHNOLOGIES OY (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16476749 on 01/10/2018 (1385 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various communication systems may benefit from suitable interworking. For example, certain fifth generation short message service systems may benefit from interworking with long term evolution short message service deployments in a visited public land mobile network. A method can include receiving, at a network element, an attach request from a user equipment. The method can also include using an internal policy to find a short message service function that resides at the network element. The method can further include using an address of the short message service function for providing short message service to the user equipment.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for qualifying a network service for each unit of a multi-unit building
Patent No. 11159953 

Inventor(s): Rajat Sharma (Southlake, TX), Sheikbharith Liakathali (Irving, TX), Vipul Jha (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16694873 on 11/25/2019 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device may capture property data identifying units associated with a multi-unit building, and may import an image of a floor plan associated with the multi-unit building. The device may provide the property data to a network device associated with a network that provides network coverage to the multi-unit building, and may receive, from the network device, network coverage data for the multi-unit building. The device may combine the image of the floor plan and the network coverage data to generate an image identifying the floor plan and the network coverage for the multi-unit building, and may capture signal reception data identifying a strength of signal from the network for one or more units of the multi-unit building. The device may perform one or more actions based on the signal reception data and the image identifying the floor plan and the network coverage.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for analyzing and adjusting antenna pairs in a multiple-input multiple-output (‘’MIMO’’) system using image scoring techniques
Patent No. 11159961 

Inventor(s): Brian A. Ward (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16858852 on 04/27/2020 (547 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system described herein may provide a technique for the analysis of antennas in a wireless network, and the ensuing detection of misaligned antennas. Images reflecting measures of interference associated with different antennas may be analyzed based on structural similarity index (‘’SSIM’’) or other similarity analysis techniques, and antennas may be paired according to this analysis. The paired antennas may be compared to a known configuration. Mismatches may indicate misalignment or other malfunctions, based on which automated remedial measures (e.g., antenna realignment) may be performed.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for reduction in fronthaul interface bandwidth for cloud RAN
Patent No. 11159982 

Inventor(s): Sridhar Rajagopal (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Mavenir Networks, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero Perle, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16357506 on 03/19/2019 (952 days app to issue)

Abstract: There are provided systems, methods, and interfaces for optimization of the fronthaul interface bandwidth for Radio Access Networks and Cloud Radio Access Networks.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Microservices coordinator for 5G or other next generation network
Patent No. 11159990 

Inventor(s): Sangar Dowlatkhah (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT MOBILITY II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16666814 on 10/29/2019 (728 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microservices coordinator function can be utilized to apply dynamic policy changes for microservices. For example, based on outlined service provider policies, user equipment state data, and/or network state data, the microservices coordinator function can determine which microservices to use and what order to use the microservices to increase a performance of the network. The microservices coordinator can perform conflict resolution based on how network traffic should be treated in certain scenarios.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Control of wireless fidelity access for 5G or other next generation network
Patent No. 11160001 

Inventor(s): Mark Austin (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16890423 on 06/02/2020 (511 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for facilitating cellular or wireless fidelity access point selection are provided. In one example herein a method is provided comprising receiving, by a mobile device comprising a processor, first radio load data associated with a predicted radio load of a first channel of a first wireless device. Based on a first condition associated with the first radio load being determined to have been satisfied, the method can facilitate, by the mobile device, receiving second radio load data, indicative of a current radio load, from a second wireless device. Additionally, in response to a second condition associated with the current radio load being determined to have been satisfied, the method can utilize, by the mobile device, a second channel of the second wireless device for a communication.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for supporting large subcarrier spacing for SS/PBCH block
Patent No. 11160050 

Inventor(s): Hongbo Si (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16365487 on 03/26/2019 (945 days app to issue)

Abstract: A UE in a wireless communication system is provided. The UE comprises a transceiver configured to receive SS/PBCH block over downlink channels using a set of parameters based on an operation mode. The operation mode is configured for the SS/PBCH block as a first operation mode in which the SS/PBCH block is used on a LAA Scell or a second operation mode in which the SS/PBCH block is at least used on a Pcell. The set of parameters is configured as a first set of parameters for the SS/PBCH block when the operation mode of the SS/PBCH block is configured as the first operation mode or a second set of parameters for the SS/PBCH block when the operation mode of the SS/PBCH block is configured as the second operation mode. The first and second set of parameters include different information each other.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Methods and systems for scheduling resources in a telecommunication system
Patent No. 11160093 

Inventor(s): Anna Larmo (Espoo, , FI), Eva Englund (Linkoping, , SE), Henning Wiemann (Aachen, , DE), Kristina Jersenius (Linkoping, , SE), Peter Moberg (Stockholm, , SE)
Assignee(s): Optis Cellular Technology, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16908911 on 06/23/2020 (490 days app to issue)

Abstract: Scheduling requests are transmitted from a mobile terminal to a base station. The mobile sends a first scheduling request to the base station, the first scheduling request being associated with first data to be transmitted to the base station. The mobile receives a scheduling grant from the base station in response to the first scheduling request and transmits a buffer status report to the base station in response to receiving the scheduling grant. An HARQ acknowledgment for the buffer status report is received. Second data is received for transmission to the base station while at least some of the first data is waiting to be transmitted to the base station. A change in a buffer status of the mobile terminal is detected indicating that the second data has higher priority than the first data. The mobile transmits a second subsequent scheduling request to the base station in response to the change in buffer status.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Electronic substrate having differential coaxial vias
Patent No. 11160163 

Inventor(s): Makarand Ramkrishna Kulkarni (Dallas, TX), Snehamay Sinha (Plano, TX), Tapobrata Bandyopadhyay (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15816667 on 11/17/2017 (1439 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic substrate includes a dielectric core, a first conducting layer on a first side of the core and a second conducting layer on the second side of the core opposite the first side. At least one differential coaxial through-via includes a first inner signal through-via that is at least electrical conductor lined for a first signal path and at least a second inner signal through-via that is also at least electrical conductor lined positioned side-by-side and being dielectrically isolated from the first inner signal through-via for a second signal path. An annular-shaped outer ground shield enclosure is at least conductor lined that surrounds and is dielectrically isolated from both the first and second inner signal through-vias.

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


DESIGN PATENTS

Candle display box
Patent No. D934068 

Inventor(s): Adam Hochschuler (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29681878 on 02/28/2019 (971 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


On-body wearable charger
Patent No. D934164 

Inventor(s): Anjan Panneer Selvam (Plano, TX), Qing Sun (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): VitalTech Properties, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Goodhue, Coleman Owens, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29709921 on 10/18/2019 (739 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Modular flooring tile with cable channels
Patent No. D934452 

Inventor(s): Chad H Jones (Frisco, TX), Marcos Gonzalez (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): Signature Systems Group LLC (Flower Mound, TX)
Law Firm: Metz Lewis Brodman Must O’’Keefe LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29712532 on 11/08/2019 (718 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Sponge handle
Patent No. D934522 

Inventor(s): Brian K. Reaux (Red Oak, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29651837 on 04/19/2019 (921 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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