Dallas Invents: 120 Patents Granted for Week of Oct. 23

Patents were granted for SanDisk's head-mountable camera system, Intuit's script generation based on user actions, Verizon's targeted advertising, Gemmy's projection kaleidoscope, and Reata's methods to treat obesity.

Figures 37 and 38 from SanDisk's patent No. 10,110,805 show various embodiments of its head-mountable camera devices. [DI Composite. Source Images: USPTO]

Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include assigned patents granted to local entities or those with a North Texas inventor. As of June 12, 2018, unassigned patents with a local inventor are included. Patent activity can be an indicator of future economic growth, as well as the development of emerging markets and talent attraction. By tracking both inventors and assignees in the region, we aim to provide a broader view of the region’s inventive activity. Listings are organized by Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC). 

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of Oct. 23, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

120 patents granted    Ranked No. 12 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas) 19

SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 5

Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano) 5

Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 4

SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano) 3

UNASSIGNED 6


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Brahmananda R. Vempati (Dallas) 2

Brian F. Roberts (Dallas) 2

Krishnakant M. Patel (Richardson) 2


FIRST SEEN 
(Examples of companies that may be originating a patent in the region for the first time, according to Patent Index.) 

Anora, Patent No. 10107859
Determining test conditions for at-speed transition delay fault tests on semiconductor devices

BILLJC, Patent No. 10111034
System and method for sound wave triggered content

BLUENET HOLDINGS , Patent No. 10108976
System and method for marketing sponsored energy services

ID TECHNOLOGY, Patent No. 10106286
Label applying apparatus

RAY’S WELDING SHOP , Patent No. 10105819
Support and coupling assembly for a screw auger having multiple coupled screws

Team IP Holdings, Patent No. 10111014
Multi-source audio amplification and ear protection devices


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

206 days
Toilet paper holder mounted adjustable bathroom shelf
Patent No. 10104965
Unassigned
Inventor: Patrick Earl Miller (McKinney)

3,676 days
Apparatus and method for deploying an implantable device within the body
Patent No. 10105249-B2
Assignee: Taheri LaDuca LLC (Santa Cruz, CA, US)
Inventor: Paul A. LaDuca (Little Elm)  


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Shaving razor stand
Patent No. 10104950 

Inventor(s): Craig A. Provost (Boston, MA), John W. Griffin (Moultonborough, NH), Robert A. Wilson (Dallas), William E. Tucker (Attleboro, MA)
Assignee(s): SHAVELOGIC, INC. (Dallas)
Law Firm: Leber IP Law (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14811529 on 07/28/2015 (1183 days app to issue)

Abstract: Stands for safety shaving razors are disclosed. The stands include a body defining a cavity configured to receive a handle of the razor and a base from which the body extends.

[A45D] HAIRDRESSING OR SHAVING EQUIPMENT; MANICURING OR OTHER COSMETIC TREATMENT (wigs, toupees, or the like A41G 3/00, A41G 5/00; hairdressers’ chairs A47C 1/04; hair cutting appliances, razors B26B)


Toilet paper holder mounted adjustable bathroom shelf
Patent No. 10104965 

Inventor(s): Patrick Earl Miller (McKinney)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15942477 on 03/31/2018 (206 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bathroom shelf, with adjustable tabs to fit on toilet paper dispensers, that rests on the toilet paper roller and over the toilet paper roll. The shelf does not require any tools or additional hardware to install.

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


Orbital angular momentum and fluorescence-based microendoscope spectroscopy for cancer diagnosis
Patent No. 10105058 

Inventor(s): Nima Ashrafi (Plano), Roger Linquist (Dallas), Solyman Ashrafi (Plano)
Assignee(s): NXGEN PARTNERS IP, LLC (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15481563 on 04/07/2017 (564 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for performing an endoscopic procedure for detecting cancerous tissue includes a detection probe for detecting the cancerous tissue. The detection probe includes a first fiber for emitting an ultraviolet light beam having an orthogonal function applied thereto and a second fiber for receiving emissions from tissues responsive to the ultraviolet light beam emitted for the first fiber. An ultraviolet emission source generates the ultraviolet light beam. Orthogonal function circuitry applies the orthogonal function twist to the ultraviolet light beam. Detection circuitry detects fluorescence and orthogonal function within the emissions from the tissues received over the second fiber.

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


Spinal rod link reducer
Patent No. 10105166 

Inventor(s): Daniel Sucato (Dallas), Hong Zhang (Plano)
Assignee(s): Globus Medical, Inc. (Audubon, PA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15263438 on 09/13/2016 (770 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes a rod link reducer of a spinal fixation system that includes a first and a second spinal rod manipulator; a first spinal rod manipulator joint connected to the first spinal rod manipulator and a second spinal rod manipulator joint connected to the second spinal rod manipulator; a first and a second translatable transverse shaft connected to the first and second joints, respectively; and a universal reducer connected to both the first and second translatable transverse shafts, wherein the universal reducer, the shafts and the linkers provide movement and temporary fixation of a spine that has been manipulated into a final position during spinal surgery.

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


Apparatus and method for deploying an implantable device within the body
Patent No. 10105249 

Inventor(s): Paul A. LaDuca (Little Elm)
Assignee(s): Taheri LaDuca LLC (Santa Cruz, CA)
Law Firm: Levine Bagade Han LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12240833 on 09/29/2008 (3676 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides systems and methods for deploying implantable devices within the body. The delivery and deployment systems include at least one catheter or an assembly of catheters for selectively positioning the lumens of the implant to within target vessels. Various deployment and attachment mechanisms are provided for selectively deploying the implants.

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


Hair growth oil composition
Patent No. 10105312 

Inventor(s): Keisha Lett (Waxahachie)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Pham IP Group (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15372479 on 12/08/2016 (684 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hair growth oil composition to be applied topically to the human scalp in order to encourage hair growth. The present invention accomplishes these goals through a mixture of ingredients precisely proportioned to achieve a unique chemical composition that brings about maximum results. The ingredients in the composition include coconut oil, emu oil, bhringaraj ([i]eclipta alba[/i]), amalaki ([i]emblica officinalis[/i]), vitamin E, and pharmaceutically acceptable excipients are described. A method of use is also disclosed.

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


Immediate release oral guaifenesin solution
Patent No. 10105324 

Inventor(s): Paul Hafey (Keller)
Assignee(s): SOVEREIGN PHARMACEUTICALS, LLC (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: Abel Law Group, LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15796938 on 10/30/2017 (358 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a method of treating or ameliorating a condition which can be treated or ameliorated by the administration of guaifenesin, which method comprises orally administering to a subject in need thereof an effective amount of an immediate release solution for oral administration of guaifenesin and at least one additional drug. In addition to water the solution comprises as solvents propylene glycol and glycerol in a concentration which significantly increases the bioavailability of guaifenesin in the human body.

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


Methods of treating obesity using antioxidant inflammation modulators
Patent No. 10105372 

Inventor(s): Colin J. Meyer (Southlake), Warren Huff (Dallas)
Assignee(s): REATA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (Irving)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13085338 on 04/12/2011 (2751 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of treating and/or preventing obesity comprising the administration of antioxidant inflammation modulators described herein, including for example bardoxolone methyl.

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


 

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

Resting surfaces for vehicle occupants
Patent No. 10104978 

Inventor(s): Ryan C. Harris (Saline, MI), Scott L. Frederick (Brighton, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15244493 on 08/23/2016 (791 days app to issue)

Abstract: A resting surface accessory can be used within a vehicle space to provide a resting surface for one or more vehicle occupants. As an example, the resting surface accessory can be used in the bed of a pickup truck. The resting surface accessory includes a main body. The main body can have a first lateral side and an opposite second lateral side. The main body can include a central region with a plurality of sleeves. Each of the sleeves can define a cavity. The plurality of sleeves can be spaced from the first lateral side and the second lateral side. The resting surface accessory includes a first connector. The first connector can be operatively connected to the main body and can extend along the first lateral side. The resting surface accessory can include a second connector operatively connected to the main body and extending along the second lateral side.

[B62D] MOTOR VEHICLES; TRAILERS (steering, or guiding on a desired track, of agricultural machines or implements A01B 69/00; wheels, castors, axles, increasing wheel adhesion B60B; vehicle tyres, tyre inflation or tyre changing B60C; connections between vehicles of a train or the like B60D; vehicles for use on rail and road, amphibious or convertible vehicles B60F; suspension arrangements B60G; heating, cooling, ventilating or other air treating devices B60H; windows, windscreens, non-fixed roofs, doors or similar devices, protective coverings for vehicles not in use B60J; propulsion plant arrangements, auxiliary drives, transmissions, controls, instrumentation or dashboards B60K; electric equipment or propulsion of electrically-propelled vehicles B60L; power supply for electrically-propelled vehicles B60M; passenger accommodation not otherwise provided for B60N; adaptations for load transportation or to carry special loads or objects B60P; arrangement of signalling or lighting devices, the mounting or supporting thereof or circuits therefor, for vehicles in general B60Q; vehicles, vehicle fittings or vehicle parts, not otherwise provided for B60R; servicing, cleaning, repairing, supporting, lifting, or manoeuvring, not otherwise provided for B60S; brake arrangements, brake control systems or parts thereof B60T; air-cushion vehicles B60V; motorcycles, accessories therefor B62J, B62K; testing of vehicles G01M)


Reciprocating tube-shaking mechanisms for processing a material
Patent No. 10105664 

Inventor(s): Alan Vaughn (Dallas)
Assignee(s): OMNI INTERNATIONAL, INC. (Kennesaw, GA)
Law Firm: Gardner Groff Greenwald Villanueva, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14926731 on 10/29/2015 (1090 days app to issue)

Abstract: Agitation mechanisms for homogenization devices for processing sample materials in tubes that are secured by tube holders to the agitation mechanisms. Each agitation mechanism includes a first rotary member having a first fixed rotational axis, a second rotary member having a second fixed rotational axis, and a connecting member that extends between them, is rotationally mounted to them at third and fourth non-fixed rotational axes, and to which the tube holder is mounted, with the first and third rotational axes defining a first offset, and with the second and fourth rotational axes defining a second offset. When the first rotary member is driven through rotation, the sample in the tube in the tube holder on the connecting member is driven through a nonlinearly reciprocating motion profile to produce a grinding shear action to better homogenize the samples. Other disclosed embodiments produce linearly reciprocating motion profiles.

[B01F] MIXING, e.g. DISSOLVING, EMULSIFYING, DISPERSING (mixing paints B44D 3/06)


Support and coupling assembly for a screw auger having multiple coupled screws
Patent No. 10105819 

Inventor(s): Richard Ray (Midlothian)
Assignee(s): RAY”S WELDING SHOP, INC. (Midlothian)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker, LLP (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15098922 on 04/14/2016 (922 days app to issue)

Abstract: A support and coupling assembly for a moving screw auger that is used to move grit, such as grit that is used in the blast cleaning industry. The support and coupling assembly includes a hanger bearing assembly with a hanger bearing bracket with an end for engaging a support surface, such as a wall or a ceiling, and a removed end. A roller bearing engages the removed end of the hanger bracket and a shaft is press fit into the roller bearing. A pair of hub assemblies with flights engages the shaft and rotates with the shaft. Connector assemblies engage the hub assemblies to connect the hub assemblies to screw portions on either side of the hanger bearing assembly. The flights on the connector assemblies will cause the grit to speed up as it moves from the screw portion to the connector assembly.

[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)


Thermoplastic injection molded element with integral thermoplastic positioning system for reinforced composite structures
Patent No. 10105886 

Inventor(s): Rodolfo Diaz (Dallas), William H. Maslakow (Lewisville)
Assignee(s): Reliant Worldwide Plastics, LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Braxton Perrone, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14048840 on 10/08/2013 (1841 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed embodiments may relate generally to manufactured elements having composite reinforcement, and more specifically to elements comprising a composite precisely positioned within the element for support. Embodiments of such elements typically may be formed using injection molding. Embodiments may further comprise an integral thermoplastic positioning system for positioning the composite, and encapsulating thermoplastic forming the exterior geometry of the element.

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


Location-specific detection and removal of ice or debris in a vehicle wheel well
Patent No. 10106201 

Inventor(s): Christopher L. Kowalk (Farmington Hills, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14619234 on 02/11/2015 (1350 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for removing snow and/or ice from one or more zones on an exterior surface of a vehicle are provided. The system includes a plurality of detection/removal zones, each zone having an associated snow sensor and an associated removal element. Detection of snow within any zone by the associated snow sensor automatically activates the associated snow removal element. The method includes detecting and removing snow automatically within at least one zone of a multi-zone removal system of the same type.

[B60L] PROPULSION OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES (arrangements or mounting of electrical propulsion units or of plural diverse prime-movers for mutual or common propulsion in vehicles B60K 1/00, B60K 6/20; arrangements or mounting of electrical gearing in vehicles B60K 17/12, B60K 17/14; preventing wheel slip by reducing power in rail vehicles B61C 15/08; dynamo-electric machines H02K; control or regulation of electric motors H02P); SUPPLYING ELECTRIC POWER FOR AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES (electric coupling devices combined with mechanical couplings of vehicles B60D 1/64; electric heating for vehicles B60H 1/00); ELECTRODYNAMIC BRAKE SYSTEMS FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL (control or regulation of electric motors H02P); MAGNETIC SUSPENSION OR LEVITATION FOR VEHICLES; MONITORING OPERATING VARIABLES OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES; ELECTRIC SAFETY DEVICES FOR ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES [4]


Cargo bed dividing member support structures
Patent No. 10106207 

Inventor(s): Ethan D. Fassezke (Mason, MI), Ryan C. Harris (Saline, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15349296 on 11/11/2016 (711 days app to issue)

Abstract: A support structure for a vehicle cargo bed dividing member includes a base, a first projection extending from the base, and a second projection extending from the base opposite the first projection so as to define a first cavity therebetween. The first projection defines a cavity first wall portion, and the second projection defines a cavity second wall portion positioned opposite the cavity first wall portion. The first projection also defines a cavity third wall portion extending opposite the cavity second wall portion from an end of the cavity first wall portion and in a direction away from the cavity second wall portion. The cavity third wall portion and the cavity second wall portion are structured to maintain a cargo bed dividing member in a pre-support position prior to positioning of the dividing member between the cavity second wall portion and the cavity first wall portion.

[B62D] MOTOR VEHICLES; TRAILERS (steering, or guiding on a desired track, of agricultural machines or implements A01B 69/00; wheels, castors, axles, increasing wheel adhesion B60B; vehicle tyres, tyre inflation or tyre changing B60C; connections between vehicles of a train or the like B60D; vehicles for use on rail and road, amphibious or convertible vehicles B60F; suspension arrangements B60G; heating, cooling, ventilating or other air treating devices B60H; windows, windscreens, non-fixed roofs, doors or similar devices, protective coverings for vehicles not in use B60J; propulsion plant arrangements, auxiliary drives, transmissions, controls, instrumentation or dashboards B60K; electric equipment or propulsion of electrically-propelled vehicles B60L; power supply for electrically-propelled vehicles B60M; passenger accommodation not otherwise provided for B60N; adaptations for load transportation or to carry special loads or objects B60P; arrangement of signalling or lighting devices, the mounting or supporting thereof or circuits therefor, for vehicles in general B60Q; vehicles, vehicle fittings or vehicle parts, not otherwise provided for B60R; servicing, cleaning, repairing, supporting, lifting, or manoeuvring, not otherwise provided for B60S; brake arrangements, brake control systems or parts thereof B60T; air-cushion vehicles B60V; motorcycles, accessories therefor B62J, B62K; testing of vehicles G01M)


Variable anhedral tip rotor blade
Patent No. 10106251 

Inventor(s): Christopher Foskey (Keller), Frank B. Stamps (Colleyville)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14485967 on 09/15/2014 (1499 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotor blade system includes a rotor blade having an outboard section and an inboard section, a hinge joint rigidly attached to the outboard section, and an adhedral tip engaged with the hinge joint. A method includes pivotally attaching an adhedral tip to the rotor blade and pivoting the adhedral tip during flight to change the flight performance characteristics of the blade during flight.

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


Tilting ducted fan aircraft generating a pitch control moment
Patent No. 10106253 

Inventor(s): Daniel Bryan Robertson (Fort Worth), Kirk Landon Groninga (Forth Worth)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15252916 on 08/31/2016 (783 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, an aircraft includes a fuselage having a forward portion and an aft portion. First and second ducted fans are supported by the forward portion of the fuselage. The first and second ducted fans are tiltable relative to the fuselage between a generally horizontal orientation, in a vertical takeoff and landing mode, and a generally vertical orientation, in a forward flight mode. A tailboom having an aft station extends from the aft portion of the fuselage. A cross-flow fan is disposed in the aft station of the tailboom and is operable to generate a pitch control moment.

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


Rotary pylon conversion actuator for tiltrotor aircraft
Patent No. 10106255 

Inventor(s): Carlos A. Fenny (Fort Worth), Charles Eric Covington (Colleyville), David R. Bockmiller (Fort Worth), Eric S. Olson (Fort Worth)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14712218 on 05/14/2015 (1258 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tiltrotor aircraft can include a pylon rotatable about a conversion axis. A first differential planetary assembly can include a first housing; a first ring gear; a first differential planetary gear having a first output portion; and a first differential sun gear. A second differential planetary assembly can include a second housing; a second ring gear; a second differential planetary gear having a second output portion; and a second differential sun gear. The first output portion is coupled to the second housing such that the second housing rotates at a first output speed. Further, the second output portion is coupled to the shaft, the shaft being coupled to the pylon such that rotation of the shaft rotates the pylon.

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


Label applying apparatus
Patent No. 10106286 

Inventor(s): Mark Snedecor (Fort Worth), Robert C. Zuilhof (Azle)
Assignee(s): ID TECHNOLOGY LLC (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: Thompson Hine LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14603683 on 01/23/2015 (1369 days app to issue)

Abstract: Labeling apparatuses for labeling moving items are disclosed having a label release mechanism for releasing labels from a backing, a plate having a support surface with at least one opening through the plate, a fan positioned to create a negative pressure effect at the support surface of the plate, and a free-spinning roller positioned at a downstream end of the support surface for receiving labels that pass along the support surface. The roller has an outer surface portion that includes a nip zone for contacting a moving item application surface to which the label will be applied. A method of applying a label using the disclosed labeling apparatuses is also disclosed and includes utilizing a label support surface and a free-spinning roller, receiving a label, generating a negative pressure effect, supporting the label as it travels to the nip zone, and adhering the label to the moving item.

[B65C] LABELLING OR TAGGING MACHINES, APPARATUS, OR PROCESSES (nailing or stapling in general B25C, B27F; processes for applying decalcomanias B44C 1/16; applying labels for packaging purposes B65B; labels, name-plates G09F)


System and method of continuous glass filament manufacture
Patent No. 10106452 

Inventor(s): Charles Douglas Spitler (Southlake)
Assignee(s): Superior Fibers, LLC (Reedsville, WV)
Law Firm: Bakos Kritzer (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15224175 on 07/29/2016 (816 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and a method of manufacturing continuous glass filament fiberglass media comprises melting glass within a temperature controlled melter. Molten glass exits through a bushing plate with orifices of varying row configurations and orientations. The resulting fiberglass filaments are received on a rotating drum and sprayed with resin and aqueous solution. The resulting fiberglass mat is placed onto a let-off table then sprayed with aqueous solution before further processing.

[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]


Joint restraint for molecularly oriented pipe and method of manufacture using a groove formed on a spigot
Patent No. 10107425 

Inventor(s): Bradford G. Corbett, Jr. (Fort Worth), Guido Quesada (San Jose, , CR)
Assignee(s): S B Technical Products, Inc. (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15018397 on 02/08/2016 (988 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pipe joining system and pipe joint are shown in which two sections of plastic pipe, particularly molecularly oriented pipe, are joined. A first section of plastic pipe has a female, belled pipe end with a mouth opening and having an exterior surface, an interior surface and having an interior circumferential recess formed in the belled pipe end adjacent the mouth opening on the interior surface thereof. A second section of plastic pipe having a mating male plastic pipe end has an interior surface and exterior surface. The exterior surface has a circumferential groove formed at one circumferential location thereof which is alignable with the interior recess formed within the mouth opening of the belled pipe end as the pipe joint is made-up. The circumferential groove is formed during the manufacture of the plastic pipe by expanding the pipe against a restraining element located in the interior of an expansion mold. The respective grooves contain elements of a restraint system which form a restrained joint when the male and female pipe sections are assembled.

[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]


Method of forming capacitive MEMS sensor devices
Patent No. 10107830 

Inventor(s): Ira Oaktree Wygant (Palo Alto, CA), Peter B. Johnson (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: Rose Alyssa Keagy (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15148086 on 05/06/2016 (900 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of forming a capacitive micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) sensor device includes at least one capacitive MEMS sensor element with at least one capacitive MEMS sensor cell. A patterned dielectric layer including a thick dielectric region and a thin dielectric region is formed on a top side of a first substrate. A second substrate is bonded to the thick dielectric region to provide at least one sealed micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) cavity. The second substrate is thinned to reduce a thickness of said second substrate to provide a membrane layer. Vias are etched through the membrane layer and said thick dielectric region extending into the first substrate to form embedded vias. A dielectric liner which lines the embedded vias is formed within the first substrate. The embedded vias are filed with electrically conductive TSV filler material to form a plurality of through-substrate vias (TSVs), said plurality of TSVs extending to at least a top of said membrane layer. A patterned metal cap layer including metal caps is formed on top of said plurality of TSVs. Trenches are etched through regions of the membrane layer for releasing a first portion of the membrane layer over said MEMS cavity to provide a MEMS electrode and to define a fixed electrode. A third substrate including an inner cavity and outer protruding portions framing said inner cavity is bonded to the thick dielectric. The protruding portions are bonded to the thick dielectric region and, together

[B81C] PROCESSES OR APPARATUS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR THE MANUFACTURE OR TREATMENT OF MICROSTRUCTURAL DEVICES OR SYSTEMS (making microcapsules or microballoons B01J 13/02; processes or apparatus specially adapted for the manufacture or treatment of piezo-electric, electrostrictive or magnetostrictive elements per se H01L 41/22) [7]


 

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

Synthesis methods for halosilanes
Patent No. 10106425 

Inventor(s): Zhiwen Wan (Plano)
Assignee(s): Air Liquide Advanced Materials, Inc. (Branchburg, NJ), L”Air Liquide, Socit Anonyme pour l”Etude et l”Exploitation des Procds Georges Claude (Paris, , FR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15159454 on 05/19/2016 (887 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are methods of selectively synthesizing inorganic silanes, such as halosilane and dihalosilane, comprising the step of reacting the halide or halogen (i.e., HX or X[subscript]2 [/subscript]wherein X is Cl, Br, or I) with RSiH[subscript]3[/subscript], wherein R is an unsaturated C4 to C8 cyclic hydrocarbon or heterocycle group, provided that a C6 cyclic aromatic includes at least one hydrocarbyl ligand, in the presence of a catalyst, to produce RH and the inorganic silane having the formula Si[subscript]x[/subscript]H[subscript]a[/subscript]X[subscript]b[/subscript], wherein x=1-4; a=1-9; b=1-9; and a+b=2x+2.

[C01B] NON-METALLIC ELEMENTS; COMPOUNDS THEREOF (fermentation or enzyme-using processes for the preparation of elements or inorganic compounds except carbon dioxide C12P 3/00; production of non-metallic elements or inorganic compounds by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25B)


Methods and compositions for using temporary, slow degrading, particulate agents in a subterranean formation
Patent No. 10106720 

Inventor(s): Amy Lyn Brooks (Waxahachie), Bradley Leon Todd (Duncan, OK), Raynard Rene Veldman (Mansfield)
Assignee(s): Magnablend, Inc. (Waxahachie)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15187372 on 06/20/2016 (855 days app to issue)

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

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


Proppant compositions and methods of use
Patent No. 10106727 

Inventor(s): Terrence Palisch (Richardson)
Assignee(s): CARBO Ceramics Inc. (Houston), National Technology Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC (Albuquerque, NM), STC.UNM (Albuquerque, NM)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14488989 on 09/17/2014 (1497 days app to issue)

Abstract: Proppant compositions for use in hydraulic fracturing and methods of using same are disclosed herein. The proppant compositions include a plurality of proppant particulates and at least one particulate of the plurality of proppant particulates containing at least one tracer, wherein the at least one tracer separates from the at least one particulate located inside a fracture of a subterranean formation after a period of time.

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


System and method for stainless steel cladding of carbon steel pieces
Patent No. 10106877 

Inventor(s): Timothy P. Zeien (Little Mountain, SC)
Assignee(s): Commercial Metals Company (Irving)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14621525 on 02/13/2015 (1348 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method of cladding a carbon steel piece with stainless steel according to which the carbon steel piece is cleaned, heated, coated with the stainless steel, and strengthened. In an exemplary embodiment, coating the carbon steel piece with the stainless steel includes melting the stainless steel, atomizing the melted stainless steel, and spraying the atomized stainless steel so that at least a portion of the atomized stainless steel is deposited on the carbon steel piece to thereby coat the carbon steel piece with the stainless steel.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Platform screen gate system
Patent No. 10106176 

Inventor(s): Federico Romero (Corpus Christi)
Assignee(s): Overhead Door Corporation (Lewisville)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15276580 on 09/26/2016 (757 days app to issue)

Abstract: A platform screen gate system having a tower, a gate secured to the tower. The gate is movable between an open position, to facilitate access to and from the platform, and a closed position, to block access to and from the platform. The system further includes at least one roller secured to the tower and a track secured to the gate. The track is supported by and movable on the least one roller such that the gate cantilevers from the tower and remains above the platform when the gate is moved between the open and closed positions.

[E05F] DEVICES FOR MOVING WINGS INTO OPEN OR CLOSED POSITION; CHECKS FOR WINGS; WING FITTINGS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR, CONCERNED WITH THE FUNCTIONING OF THE WING


Degradable downhole tools comprising magnesium alloys
Patent No. 10106872 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton), Zachary Murphree (Dallas), Zachary Walton (Carrollton)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14759474 on 08/28/2014 (1517 days app to issue)

Abstract: Downhole tools including at least one component made of a doped magnesium alloy solid solution that at least partially degrades in the presence of an electrolyte. The downhole tool is selected from the group consisting of a wellbore isolation device, a completion tool, a drill tool, a testing tool, a slickline tool, a wireline tool, an autonomous tool, a tubing conveyed perforating tool, and any combination thereof.

[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]


Universal slide-plate
Patent No. 10106933 

Inventor(s): Michael Del Guerrero (Waxahachie), Sean Keightley (Waxahachie), Steven Glenn Smith (Waxahachie)
Assignee(s): NARSTCO, INC. (Midlothian)
Law Firm: Workman Nydegger (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15154078 on 05/13/2016 (893 days app to issue)

Abstract: A universal slide-plate includes a body and a drop-in shoulder member with a plurality of retaining members that cooperate to selectively connect the universal slide-plate and a stock rail to a rail platform and/or tie. The universal slide-plate has a slide surface configured to support a moveable point rail thereon. The universal slide-plate may be selectively removed and repositioned relative to a rail platform and/or tie.

[E01B] PERMANENT WAY; PERMANENT-WAY TOOLS; MACHINES FOR MAKING RAILWAYS OF ALL KINDS (derailing or rerailing blocks on track, track brakes or retarders B61K; removal of foreign matter from the permanent way, vegetation control, applying liquids E01H)


Pressure equalization apparatus and associated systems and methods
Patent No. 10107050 

Inventor(s): James D. Vick, Jr. (Dallas), Jimmie R. Williamson, Jr. (Carrollton)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14669214 on 03/26/2015 (1307 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pressure equalization apparatus can include separate longitudinal bores which form a continuous flowpath, the flowpath alternating direction between the bores, and the bores being interconnected at opposite ends thereof. A well system can include a well tool with a chamber therein containing an assembly in a dielectric fluid, and a pressure equalization apparatus including a flowpath having one end connected to the chamber, and the other end connected to a source of a another fluid, the flowpath extending in opposite directions between the flowpath ends through multiple separate bores. A method of installing a well tool can include attaching a mandrel to the well tool, then lowering the well tool at least partially into the well suspended from the mandrel, and then securing a pressure equalization apparatus to the mandrel, a flowpath of the apparatus being connected to a chamber of the well tool containing an assembly.

[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]


Power charge having a combustible sleeve
Patent No. 10107054 

Inventor(s): Derrek D Drury (Fort Worth), Jimmy L Carr (Fort Woth), Robert C Andres (Fort Worth), Trea H Baker (Granbury)
Assignee(s): DIAMONDBACK Industries, Inc. (Crowley)
Law Firm: Handley Law Firm, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14467718 on 08/25/2014 (1520 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power charge ([b]12[/b]) for a downhole setting tool has a sleeve ([b]14[/b]) which defines a housing. A propellant ([b]16[/b]) is located in the sleeve ([b]14[/b]) in solid form and defines a first end face ([b]20[/b]). An igniter ([b]32[/b]) is embedded into the propellant ([b]16[/b]) first end face ([b]20[/b]). The igniter ([b]32[/b]) has a main body portion ([b]52[/b]) with an end located adjacent to the first end face ([b]20[/b]), and an annular-shaped protrusion ([b]48[/b]) which extends laterally outward from the main body portion ([b]52[/b]) and into the propellant ([b]16[/b]). The annular-shaped protrusion ([b]48[/b]) defines a shoulder ([b]46[/b]) which engages the propellant ([b]16[/b]) to retain the igniter ([b]32[/b]) within the propellant ([b]16[/b]) at the first end face ([b]20[/b]) of the power charge ([b]12[/b]). The sleeve ([b]14[/b]) is formed of a combustible material which will burn when the propellant ([b]16[/b]) is burned.

[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]


Changeable well seal tool
Patent No. 10107064 

Inventor(s): Charles Timothy Smith (McKinney), William Mark Richards (Flower Mound)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14888815 on 06/06/2014 (1600 days app to issue)

Abstract: A well seal tool includes a base tubing and a seal element carried on an exterior of the base tubing. The seal element includes a polymer changeable between a compressed state and a sealing state. The seal element has a first stiffness in response to a first strain rate of the polymer and a second, substantially higher stiffness in response to a second, higher strain rate of the polymer.

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


 

M E C H A N I C A L  E N G I N E E R I N G
LIGHTING | HEATING | WEAPONS | BLASTING

 

Two-piece sintered metal ravigneaux carrier
Patent No. 10107384 

Inventor(s): Nicholas S. Vernon (Brighton, MI), Shail N. Shah (Ann Arbor, MI), Shinji Oita (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15219395 on 07/26/2016 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Ravigneaux planetary carrier assembly is provided for accommodating pinion gears of an automatic transmission. The carrier assembly comprises a powder metal carrier member including a carrier plate having a plurality of integral carrier legs extending therefrom, and a powder metal cover member including a cover plate having a plurality of integral cover legs extending therefrom. The carrier assembly is arranged such that respective ends of the carrier legs and ends of the cover legs are aligned with and brazed to one another, defining an interior of the carrier assembly configured to house the pinion gears.

[F16H] GEARING


Anti-backlash valve positioner
Patent No. 10107415 

Inventor(s): Brent Andrew Lingwall (Spanish Fork, UT), Kenneth Beatty (Spanish Fork, UT), Kent Woolf (Springville, UT), Michael P. Yost (Santaquin, UT)
Assignee(s): Flowserve Management Company (Irving)
Law Firm: Maine Cernota Rardin (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15810865 on 11/13/2017 (344 days app to issue)

Abstract: A valve positioner monitors a valve stem position by remotely sensing a magnet attached to a coupler shaft that does not penetrate a sealed enclosure surrounding the positioner. A torsion spring, which can be helical or spiral, concentrically surrounds the shaft and is fixed to the shaft and frictionally coupled to a fixed surface by a clutch ring that coaxially surrounds the spring and is vertically pressed against the fixed surface. The torsion spring thereby suppresses backlash, vibration, and chatter by maintaining a torsional force on the shaft. The clutch ring can include a notch or slot cooperative with a key tab rotationally fixed to the coupler shaft so as to limit a range of rotation of the coupler shaft. The positioner is rendered compact by the concentric arrangement of its elements, so that embodiments can be used in place of legacy positioners.

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


Secured in place gasket for sealing plastic pipelines, method of manufacture and method of installation
Patent No. 10107427 

Inventor(s): Guillermo Monteil (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): S B Technical Products, Inc. (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15092174 on 04/06/2016 (930 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pipe sealing gasket is shown which is designed to be received within a raceway provided within a socket end of a female bell plastic pipe end which is assembled with a mating male pipe end to form a plastic pipe joint. The raceway in the female bell plastic pipe end is preformed during manufacture and the gasket is installed thereafter. The gasket has a rubber body portion which is reinforced by a hard plastic band formed as a series of integral, spaced wedges which are interconnected by a flexible ribbon. The hard plastic band acts to prevent extrusion of the gasket during a variety of pressure conditions as well as preventing displacement during field assembly.

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


Methods and apparatus for illumination with DMD and laser modulated adaptive beam shaping
Patent No. 10107467 

Inventor(s): Vikrant R. Bhakta (Dallas)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14678950 on 04/04/2015 (1298 days app to issue)

Abstract: Illumination with DMD and laser modulated adaptive beam shaping. A DMD illumination system includes a plurality of laser illumination sources, each of the plurality of illumination sources directing light onto a phosphor arranged between the plurality of laser illumination sources and a digital micro-mirror device; control circuitry coupled to the plurality of illumination sources and to the digital micro-mirror device configured for controlling the position of the array of micro-mirrors and further configured for providing control signals to each of the plurality of laser illumination sources, so that the light from the plurality of laser illumination sources strikes the phosphor and is then directed from the phosphor onto the array of micro-mirrors in the digital micro-mirror device when the micro-mirrors are at a predetermined position, and the light is reflected from the digital micro-mirror device and out of the system. Methods are also disclosed.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Method for transmitting data for device diagnostics and implementations thereof
Patent No. 10107416 

Inventor(s): Rama Krishna Raju Mudunuru (San Ramon, CA), Sudhakar Reddy (Houston), Vidya Govindan (San Ramon, CA)
Assignee(s): Dresser, LLC (Addison)
Law Firm: Paul Frank + Collins P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15887513 on 02/02/2018 (263 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method that simplifies the exchange of data to facilitate delivery of data that relates to operation of a valve assembly to a Web-based user interface over a network. In one embodiment, the method configures an apparatus to receive data about the valve assembly in a first format and to generate an output in a second format, e.g., JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) format. The method may also configure the device with an architecture with multiple layers, wherein the architecture can exchange data in the JSON format between a first layer and a second layer. This architecture is configured to be lightweight as compared to the SOAP/HTTP architecture found in conventional techniques, typically deploying a Representational State Transfer (REST) structure that permits use of JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) format to communicate among the architecture layers and with the web-based user interface.

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


Motor fault detection system and method
Patent No. 10107675 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey O. Smith (Dallas), Rodney C. Montrose (Allen)
Assignee(s): Numerex Corp. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: King Spalding (40 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14830574 on 08/19/2015 (1161 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are described that can remotely track and monitor real-time parameters of electric motors and/or machines. Data such as vibration, temperature, current, location and more can be tracked regarding electric motors and/or machines in factories or other plant locations. The data can be aggregated and compared with failure data. The data can then be used to predict and prevent future failures or to make other predictions that will be helpful regarding servicing and repairs.

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


Quantitative liquid texture measurement apparatus and method
Patent No. 10107785 

Inventor(s): Chen C. Shao (Plano), Enrique Michel-Sanchez (Dallas), Ou Bai (Plano), Scott Fagan (Dallas), Scott G. Richardson (Gainesville), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Dallas), Wilfred Marcellien Bourg, Jr. (Melissa,
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15459828 on 03/15/2017 (587 days app to issue)

Abstract: A photo acoustic non-destructive measurement apparatus and method for quantitatively measuring texture of a liquid. The apparatus includes a laser generating tool, an acoustic capturing device, and a data processing unit. The laser generating tool directs a laser towards a surface of a liquid contained in a container and creates pressure waves that propagate through the air and produce an acoustic signal. The acoustic capturing device records and forwards the signal to a data processing unit. The data processing unit further comprises a digital signal processing module that processes the received acoustic signal. A statistical processing module further filters the acoustic signal from the data processing unit and generates a quantitative acoustic model for texture attributes such as hardness and fracturability. The quantitative model is correlated with a qualitative texture measurement from a descriptive expert panel. Textures of liquids are quantitatively measured with the quantitative acoustic model.

[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)


Signal analyzer generator
Patent No. 10107840 

Inventor(s): Don Louis Powrie (Allen)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Pro Se (Local + 333 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15637530 on 07/17/2017 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: Other unique aspects of the Signal Analyzer Generator are that it can be externally powered or run on its primary battery for power, the ability to stand upright supporting its own weight using only the two header pins, the auto-power-off feature and its ability to connect to a host PC for the logging of measured data.

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


Determining test conditions for at-speed transition delay fault tests on semiconductor devices
Patent No. 10107859 

Inventor(s): Jayashree Saxena (Richardson), Jeremy Lee (Ellicott City, MD), Pramodchandran Variyam (Plano)
Assignee(s): Anora LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Alliance IP, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15085241 on 03/30/2016 (937 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example method for determining test conditions for at-speed transition delay fault tests on semiconductor devices is provided and includes analyzing scan patterns for testing a circuit of a device-under-test (DUT), identifying paths in the circuit activated by the scan patterns, determining behavior of the paths at different test corners, generating a histogram for each scan pattern representing a distribution of paths exhibiting worst-case behavior at corresponding test corners, generating an ordered set of scan pattern-test corner combinations based on the histogram, selecting a threshold for the ordered scan pattern-test corner combinations based on quality metrics, generating an ordered test set including the ordered scan pattern-test corner combinations with the selected threshold, and feeding the ordered test set to a test instrument, the test instrument testing the DUT according to the ordered test set, the tests being performed at the test corners listed above the selected threshold.

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


Projection kaleidoscope
Patent No. 10108019 

Inventor(s): Cheng Chun Zhang (Shenzhen, , CN), Lio Yenwei Chang (Coppell)
Assignee(s): GEMMY INDUSTRIES CORPORATION (Coppell)
Law Firm: Apex Juris, pllc. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15653267 on 07/18/2017 (462 days app to issue)

Abstract: A projection kaleidoscope has a shell, a light supply device, a rotating device, a film unit, a reflex cone, and a projecting convex lens. The light supply device is mounted in the shell and has a light-emitting part and a light converging unit. The rotating device is mounted in the shell and has a driver and a transmission connected to the driver. The film unit is mounted on the transmission of the rotating device and faces the light converging unit of the light supply device. The reflex cone is mounted on the transmission of the rotating device and faces the film unit and the projecting opening. The projecting convex lens is mounted in the shell and faces the reflex cone. The rotating device drives the film unit and the reflex cone to rotate in reverse to each other.

[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]


Digital high voltage power supply
Patent No. 10108210 

Inventor(s): Craig Sean Dean (Dallas), Erik Steven Haugarth (Plano), Jan Simon Reuning (The Colony), Lynn Edward Roszel (Wylie), Scott Richard Wilson (Coram, NY)
Assignee(s): Dean Technology, Inc. (Addison)
Law Firm: Buskop Law Group, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15893135 on 02/09/2018 (256 days app to issue)

Abstract: A digital high voltage power having a plurality of filters, a high voltage divider, and a processor with memory. The memory contains operating set points. The processor is configured to receive scaled voltage feedback signals from the high voltage divider, compare the scaled voltage feedback signals to the plurality of operating set points in memory, compute and store revised operating set points using the compared scaled voltage feedback signal, use the revised operating set points to simultaneously and automatically regulate output voltage to be within all operating set points, and generate an alert when output conditions exceed any operating set points.

[G05F] SYSTEMS FOR REGULATING ELECTRIC OR MAGNETIC VARIABLES (regulating the timing or recurrence frequency of pulses in radar or radio navigation systems G01S; regulation of current or voltage, specially adapted for use in electronic time-pieces G04G 19/02; closed-loop systems for regulating non-electric variables by electric means G05D; regulating power supply of digital computers G06F 1/26; for obtaining desired operating characteristics of electromagnets with armatures H01F 7/18; regulating electric power distribution networks H02J; regulating the charging of batteries H02J 7/00; regulating of the output of static converters, e.g. switching regulators, H02M; regulation of the output of electric generators H02N, H02P 9/00; controlling transformers, reactors or choke coils H02P 13/00; regulating frequency response, gain, maximum output, amplitude or bandwidth of amplifiers H03G; regulating tuning of resonant circuits H03J; controlling generators of electronic oscillations or pulses H03L; regulating characteristics of transmission lines H04B; controlling electric light sources H05B 37/02, H05B 39/04, H05B 41/36; electric control of X-ray apparatus H05G 1/30) [5]


Bitflip security attack protection
Patent No. 10108365 

Inventor(s): Clive D. Bittlestone (Allen)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15496248 on 04/25/2017 (546 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory area is protected from rowhammer attacks by placing an extra sacrificial row at the top and the bottom of the memory addresses defining the area to be protected. The sacrificial rows of memory are written with a known bit pattern that may be read periodically to detect any rowhammer attacks that may be in progress.

[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)


Rapid avionics development environment
Patent No. 10108400 

Inventor(s): Matthew A. Griess (Richardson)
Assignee(s): Rockwell Collins, Inc. (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14590722 on 01/06/2015 (1386 days app to issue)

Abstract: An avionics development environment based on high level interpreted language for rapid creation and deployment of avionics software is disclosed. Functional modules are segregated in time and allocated segregated resources so that functional modules only interact in predictable, deterministic ways. Segregated functional modules are individually certifiable for avionics operation, and parameters necessary for certification are associated with each functional module to ensure the end application conforms to such parameters.

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


Generating a script based on user actions
Patent No. 10108432 

Inventor(s): Thirugnanam Subbiah (Irving)
Assignee(s): INTUIT INC. (Mountain View, CA)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12425177 on 04/16/2009 (3477 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of a computer system, a method and a computer-program product (e.g., software) for use with the computer system are described. These embodiments may allow users to create or maintain (including repair and validation), which collect user information from a web page. In particular, using a web browser extension, one or more users” actions while navigating or interacting with the web page are captured. This captured user-action information may specify the layout of the web page, including data locations and/or types of data. Then, using the captured user-action information, a new scraping script can be generated or, based at least in part on determined changes to the web page, an existing scraping script can be maintained.

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


Automated cloud service evaluation and workload migration utilizing standardized virtual service units
Patent No. 10108465 

Inventor(s): Christopher J. Gaudlip (Plano)
Assignee(s): EMC IP Holding Company LLC (Hopkinton, MA)
Law Firm: Ryan, Mason Lewis, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15191039 on 06/23/2016 (852 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus in one embodiment comprises a processing platform that includes a plurality of processing devices each comprising a processor coupled to a memory. The processing platform is configured to implement virtual resources of at least a first cloud-based system. The processing platform further comprises a cloud service evaluation module configured to assign a value to a given cloud service provided by the first cloud-based system in terms of a virtual service unit standardized for use across multiple cloud-based systems of different types, and a workload deployment module configured to control migration of a workload associated with the cloud service from the first cloud-based system to a second cloud-based system based at least in part on the assigned value.

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


Parity storage management
Patent No. 10108470 

Inventor(s): Gulzar A. Kathawala (Milpitas, CA), Jingfeng Yuan (Milpitas, CA), Mark Dancho (Milpitas, CA), Shuenghee Park (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison)
Law Firm: Loza Loza, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14981386 on 12/28/2015 (1030 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for parity storage management. A system includes a plurality of storage elements. A system includes a controller that selects a parity storage element from a plurality of storage elements. A parity storage element has an error rate higher than other elements of a plurality of storage elements, and the parity storage element stores parity data for the plurality of storage elements.

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


System and method for utilizing history information in a memory device
Patent No. 10108471 

Inventor(s): Lei Chen (Sunnyvale, CA), Xinde Hu (San Jose, CA), Yiwei Song (Union City, CA), Zhenlei Shen (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14584825 on 12/29/2014 (1394 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling blocks in a memory device using a health indicator (such as the failed bit count) for the blocks are disclosed. However, the health indicator may exhibit noise, thereby resulting in an unreliable indicator of the health of the blocks in the memory device. In order to filter out the noise, a rolling average of the health indicator may be determined, and compared to the current health indicator. The comparison with the rolling average may indicate whether the current health indicator is an outlier, and thus should not be used. The health indicator may also be used to predict a future health indicator for different blocks in the memory device. Using the predicted future health indicator, the use of the blocks may be changed in order to more evenly wear the blocks.

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


Mobile device diagnostics
Patent No. 10108477 

Inventor(s): Sanjay Kanodia (Irving)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: MP Patents, LLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15177970 on 06/09/2016 (866 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one method for mobile device service, with a user diagnostics application running on a user mobile device a user diagnostics screen is presented to a display of the user mobile device, diagnostics data is recorded from the user mobile device in response to input made at a customer care agent terminal, the user diagnostics screen of the diagnostics application is mirrored at the customer care agent terminal and the mirrored user diagnostics screen is populated with the diagnostics data. Mobile device graphics display data is excluded from transmission to the customer care agent terminal. A system for providing the mobile device service and an associated computer program product are also provided.

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


Dynamic enabling of redundant memory cells during operating life
Patent No. 10108509 

Inventor(s): Peter Wongeun Chung (Frisco), Saim Ahmad Qidwai (Allen)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15174324 on 06/06/2016 (869 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory, such as a non-volatile ferroelectric memory, including both error correction coding (ECC) capability and redundant memory cells. During the system operating life of the memory, upon ECC decoding determining that a symbol read from the memory array at an address cannot be corrected, the failed memory cells are identified, and redundancy enabled to replace those failed cells if available. Redundant columns may be partitioned by row address, to allow the same column of redundant cells to replace bits in different columns for different portions of the memory. Dynamic redundancy is provided by the disclosed embodiments, extending the reliability of the memory during its system operating life.

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


Enterprise framework for efficient software deployment
Patent No. 10108533 

Inventor(s): Nurani R. Parasuraman (Irving), Prabhat Ranjan (Plano), Rajsekhar Singha Roy (Addison)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15713891 on 09/25/2017 (393 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system executes an enterprise framework for efficient software deployment using a Software Deployment Management (SDM) environment such as Pega. The system includes an orchestration framework to receive a single input from an administrator; and in response to receiving the single input from the administrator, initiating an end-to-end software deployment process. A smart framework receives instructions from the orchestration framework to initiate the end-to-end software deployment process; manages a rule-set for code development; and packages a product based on developed code. A shell script stores the product in a versioning repository; and publishes a release note corresponding to the product. The orchestration framework deploys the product to a testing environment; and performs a restart for each server. The smart framework validates deployment; and performs a diagnostic check. A testing framework performs a smoke test and a regression test.

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


Method and system for using non-volatile memory as a replacement for volatile memory
Patent No. 10108546 

Inventor(s): Shahar Bar-Or (Raanana, , IL), Vsevolod Mountaniol (Givataim, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14586205 on 12/30/2014 (1393 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for using non-volatile memory as a replacement for volatile memory are provided. In one embodiment, a host is in communication with a memory system having volatile memory, a first non-volatile memory, and a second non-volatile memory, wherein the first non-volatile memory has a faster performance and a higher endurance than the second non-volatile memory. The host analyzes data to be stored in the volatile memory to determine if it should instead be stored in the first non-volatile memory. If the data should be stored in the volatile memory, the host stores the data in the volatile memory. If the data should be stored in the first non-volatile memory, the host stores the data in the first non-volatile memory.

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


Single wire communications interface and protocol
Patent No. 10108578 

Inventor(s): Bharath Patil (Bangalore, , IN), Madhav Tejaswi Boddhapu (Bangalore, , IN), Ravishankar S. Ayyagari (Bangalore, , IN), Supreet Joshi (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14482474 on 09/10/2014 (1504 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a single wire communications interface embodiment, a single wire is coupled between a master device and at least one slave device, the master device configured for transmitting data words as serial data to and for receiving data words as serial data from the at least one slave device, and the at least one slave device configured for transmitting data words as serial data to and receiving data words as serial data from the master device; wherein prior to transmission of any data word on the single wire by one of the master device and the slave device, a sync pulse is first transmitted on the single wire. Integrated circuit embodiments for implementing the single wire communications interface, and method embodiments incorporating the single wire communications interface are disclosed. Additional embodiments are disclosed.

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


Using audio cues to improve object retrieval in video
Patent No. 10108617 

Inventor(s): Eakta Jain (Dallas), Peter Charles Barnum (Berkeley, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14067923 on 10/30/2013 (1819 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of object retrieval from visual data is provided that includes annotating at least one portion of the visual data with a context keyword corresponding to an object, wherein the annotating is performed responsive to recognition of the context keyword in audio data corresponding to the at least one portion of the visual data, receiving a query to retrieve the object, wherein the query includes a query keyword associated with both the object and the context keyword, identifying the at least one portion of the visual data based on the context keyword, and searching for the object in the at least one portion of the visual data using an appearance model corresponding to the query keyword.

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


Proactively clearing digital storage
Patent No. 10108626 

Inventor(s): Rahim Charania (Euless)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14476427 on 09/03/2014 (1511 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device may monitor an amount of storage available on a user device; determine, based on the monitoring, that the amount of storage is below a particular threshold; score multiple data files stored by the user device; determine particular data files, of the multiple data files, that should be deleted from the user device based on the scoring and based on the amount of storage available on the user device; and cause, based on determining that the amount of storage is below the particular threshold, the user device to delete the particular data files from the user device. The user device may have an amount of available storage space exceeding the particular threshold after deleting the particular data files.

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


Stream-based object storage solution for real-time applications
Patent No. 10108672 

Inventor(s): Adrian C. Soncodi (Plano), John P. Curtin (Richardson), Ryan L. Pipkin (Prosper)
Assignee(s): NETSCOUT SYSTEMS TEXAS, LLC (Westford, MA)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14506290 on 10/03/2014 (1481 days app to issue)

Abstract: A stream based storage system includes a plurality of storage nodes configured to provide storage and retrieval of at least a time-based portion of one or more data streams in response to a receipt of a data storage/retrieval request associated with the one or more data streams. Each of the one or more data streams includes a plurality of time-ordered items. The stream based storage system further includes a plurality of applications communicatively coupled to the plurality of storage nodes. The plurality of applications is configured to issue the data storage/retrieval request associated with the one or more data items.

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


Method, computer program product and apparatus for providing a building options configurator
Patent No. 10108756 

Inventor(s): Chris Arps (Allen), Darwin Wayne Belt (Plano), Gary Ned Sharp (Lewisville), Steven Eugene Bumbalough (Arlington)
Assignee(s): Illinois Tool Works Inc. (Glenview, IL)
Law Firm: Neal, Gerber Eisenberg LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15217530 on 07/22/2016 (823 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for providing an options configurator may include receiving an indication of a hierarchical structure of building plan options applicable to an enterprise, enabling a user to define option sets including selected ones of the building plan options, enabling the user to associate different ones among the option sets with corresponding different entities within the enterprise based on distinguishing characteristics of the respective different entities, and providing for generation of building information models and their derivatives based on selected options within an option set. A corresponding apparatus and computer program product are also provided.

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


Stationary-vehicle structure from motion
Patent No. 10108864 

Inventor(s): Manu Mathew (Bangalore, , IN), Prashanth Ramanathpu Viswanath (Bangalore, , IN), Soyeb Nagori (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15235516 on 08/12/2016 (802 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicular structure from motion (SfM) system can store a number of image frames acquired from a vehicle-mounted camera in a frame stack according to a frame stack update logic. The SfM system can detect feature points, generate flow tracks, and compute depth values based on the image frames, the depth values to aid control of the vehicle. The frame stack update logic can select a frame to discard from the stack when a new frame is added to the stack, and can be changed from a first in, first out (FIFO) logic to last in, first out (LIFO) logic upon a determination that the vehicle is stationary. An optical flow tracks logic can also be modified based on the determination. The determination can be made based on a dual threshold comparison to insure robust SfM system performance.

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


Method to post and access information onto a map through pictures
Patent No. 10108882 

Inventor(s): Brent McFerrin (Plano)
Assignee(s): Sturfee, Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA)
Law Firm: Royse Law Firm, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15155867 on 05/16/2016 (890 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods to access place data such as local business reviews, restaurant menus, merchant details, and other point-of-interest information directly from images is provided. Methods of the invention can enable users to interact with places digitally through pictures and videos. While digital images are captured, the location and orientation of the camera is also recorded. The method compares the digital images captured by the camera with images synthetically generated by a virtual camera placed inside a 3D geospatial model consisting of, for example, LIDAR, satellite image, and GIS data. The camera location and orientation of the virtual camera is iteratively refined until the synthetically generated image matches the camera image. The place information from the synthetically generated image is transferred to the actual picture once the match is completed. User can access the transferred place information directly through the picture.

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


Multi-variable assessment systems and methods that evaluate and predict entrepreneurial behavior
Patent No. 10108919 

Inventor(s): Craig M. Allen (Keller)
Assignee(s): Kountable, Inc. (Greenbrae, CA)
Law Firm: Carr Ferrell LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15787666 on 10/18/2017 (370 days app to issue)

Abstract: Multi-variable assessment systems and methods that evaluate and predict entrepreneurial behavior are provided herein. Methods include obtaining entrepreneur data related to personal skills data, business history data, and social network data for the entrepreneur across a plurality of network modalities, the plurality of network modalities including social networks, phone records, and message records, determining business event information for business events identified between the entrepreneur and contacts of the entrepreneur found in the entrepreneur data, and performing a dynamic measurement of engagement between the entrepreneur and the contacts by looking for contacts between the entrepreneur and the contacts that cross the plurality of network modalities, wherein the dynamic measurement includes an entrepreneur score for the entrepreneur.

[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]


Cross-domain multi-attribute hashed and weighted dynamic process prioritization
Patent No. 10108920 

Inventor(s): Swaminathan Chandrasekaran (Coppell)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Lee Law, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14717630 on 05/20/2015 (1252 days app to issue)

Abstract: In response to receipt of a process-level input request that is subject to business-level requirements, multiple sets of attributes are identified. The sets of attributes are each from one of multiple informational domains that represent processing factors associated with at least the process-level input request, contemporaneous infrastructure processing capabilities, and historical process performance of similar processes. The multiple sets of attributes from the multiple informational domains are hashed as a vector into an initial process prioritization. The attributes of the hashed vector of the multiple sets of attributes from the multiple informational domains are weighted in the initial process prioritization into a hashed-weighted resulting process prioritization. The process-level input request is assigned to a process category based upon the hashed-weighted resulting process prioritization.

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


Systems and methods for utilizing social media with money transfer transactions
Patent No. 10108940 

Inventor(s): Brinkley Brown Eiting (Dallas), Chelsea Adina Lish (Dallas), Eric M. Garza (Dallas), Joel Kosloski (Grand Prairie), Khaled Adel Sioufi (McKinney), Sarah Elizabeth Bradbury (Dallas), Thadd Rae Toker
Assignee(s): Moneygram International, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14225307 on 03/25/2014 (1673 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods which utilize one or more social networking systems when creating, funding, and/or notifying a party of a transaction are provided. In accordance with one aspect, a money transfer transaction may be staged by a user whereupon a link corresponding to the staged transaction may be posted to one or more social networking services in order to allow for multiple users to access and fund the staged transaction. Additionally, in some aspects a user of a social networking service may generate a comment or post which then automatically triggers the staging of a money transfer transaction. Moreover, social networking services may be utilized to provide various notifications regarding money transfer transactions.

[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]


Targeted advertising for dynamic groups
Patent No. 10108970 

Inventor(s): Alex Zavatone (Irving), Brian F. Roberts (Dallas), Donald H. Relyea, Jr. (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 12410588 on 03/25/2009 (3499 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method performed by one or more devices within a subscription television network includes defining a micro-group, where the micro-group includes one or more user accounts associated with the subscription television network. The method further includes obtaining a profile for the micro-group and obtaining advertising corresponding to the profile of the micro-group. The method also includes sending the advertising to a device associated with one of the one or more user accounts.

[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]


System and method for marketing sponsored energy services
Patent No. 10108976 

Inventor(s): John Burke (Dallas)
Assignee(s): BLUENET HOLDINGS, LLC (Dallas)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14038019 on 09/26/2013 (1853 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for a retail energy marketing system including a server interacting with a remote display device, a sponsor, an energy market organization, and a set of financial services companies. The server executes an application for servicing customers while interacting with the remote display device and a sponsor application for sponsors to set up advertising and incentives for the retail energy marketing system. The server also executes a database, an ESI ID lookup application for validating customer eligibility for services and an accounting application for EMO energy usage transactions, EMO invoice transactions, customer bills, customer payments, treatment operations, customer incentives and sponsor commissions. A remote display device is placed at a retail location where customers can sign-up for energy services, view and print their billing and payment histories, and pay their bills. In return for using the remote display device, customers may receive incentives from the sponsor.

[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 product ordering and delivery for inmates
Patent No. 10109005 

Inventor(s): Stephen Lee Hodge (Aubrey)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15884079 on 01/30/2018 (266 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system that includes an order processing subsystem and a delivery processing subsystem comprising at least one database and one or more processors. The one or more processors of the delivery processing subsystem is configured to receive a request for a user to access the delivery processing subsystem and a scanning device, authenticate the user by verifying the request with user credentials stored in the at least one database, provide the user with access to the delivery processing subsystem and the scanning device, receive scanned data from the scanning device, retrieve package data regarding a package for an inmate based on the scanned data from the scanning device, and generate, based on the package data, a route in the correctional facility for delivery of the package to the inmate in the correctional facility, wherein the route does not include an identity of the inmate.

[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]


Scannerless venue entry and location techniques
Patent No. 10109125 

Inventor(s): Matthew Servant (Frisco)
Assignee(s): Flash Seats, LLC (Cleveland, OH)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15434631 on 02/16/2017 (614 days app to issue)

Abstract: When attending an event at a venue, the attendee typically presents ticket information that is scanned by a venue scanner. The process associated with scanning can be dispensed with, which can improve attendee experiences, reduce costs associated with managing a venue, as well as other advantages. For example, instead of scanning a ticket at a point of ingress to the venue, a device of the user can self-scan the ticket, and then present indicia that indicates this process has occurred. The indicia can be presented to a guest services representative, who can verify that a valid ticket was redeemed by merely observing the indicia and without scanning.

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


Context-based virtual assistant conversations
Patent No. 10109297 

Inventor(s): Mark Zartler (Garland)
Assignee(s): VERINT AMERICAS INC. (Alpharetta, GA)
Law Firm: Meunier Carlin Curfman (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14467221 on 08/25/2014 (1520 days app to issue)

Abstract: A virtual assistant may communicate with a user in a conversational manner based on context. For instances, a virtual assistant may be presented to a user to enable a conversation between the virtual assistant and the user. A response to user input that is received during the conversation may be determined based on contextual values related to the conversation or system that implements the virtual assistant.

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


System and method for content and application acceleration in a wireless communications system
Patent No. 10110693 

Inventor(s): Jian Li (Fremont, CA), Jim Zhao (Los Altos, CA), Wenzhe Zhou (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13400527 on 02/20/2012 (2437 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various methods and communications devices to reduce a bandwidth utilization of a backhaul link in a wireless communications system are provided. By way of example, bandwidth utilization is reduced by relegating the compression of data to the downlink transmission, storing only reference keys in the cache of the transmitting device, and taking advantage of an asymmetrical cache structure between communicating devices. Support is provided for a user equipment to move from one node to another node.

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Methods and apparatus for peak-voltage measurement of AC signals
Patent No. 10107841 

Inventor(s): Kemal S. Demirci (Dallas), Viktor Tasevski (Richardson)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15172403 on 06/03/2016 (872 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, an apparatus includes: an input terminal for receiving an alternating current voltage signal; a clamping circuit coupled to the input terminal outputting a clamped voltage signal that is constrained in magnitude; a first comparator coupled to the clamped voltage signal outputting a first compare signal when the clamped voltage signal is a positive voltage that exceeds a positive threshold; and a second comparator coupled to the clamped voltage signal outputting a second compare signal when the clamped voltage signal is a negative voltage that exceeds a negative threshold. The apparatus includes a timer circuit coupled to the first and second compare signal outputting a time duration signal corresponding to a time between the first and second compare signals; and a logic circuit coupled to the time duration output signal determining a peak voltage of the alternative current voltage signal responsive to the time duration output signal.

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


Secure data parser method and system
Patent No. 10108807 

Inventor(s): Rick L. Orsini (Flower Mound), Roger S. Davenport (Campbell)
Assignee(s): Security First Corp. (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA)
Law Firm: Haley Guiliano LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14546887 on 11/18/2014 (1435 days app to issue)

Abstract: A secure data parser is provided that may be integrated into any suitable system for securely storing and communicating data. The secure data parser parses data and then splits the data into multiple portions that are stored or communicated distinctly. Encryption of the original data, the portions of data, or both may be employed for additional security. The secure data parser may be used to protect data in motion by splitting original data into portions of data, that may be communicated using multiple communications paths.

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


Multi-angle product imaging device
Patent No. 10108872 

Inventor(s): Adrien P. Cote (Kitchener, , CA), Charles D. Rizzolo (Fairport, NY), Daniel S. Hann (Williamson, NY), Dennis L. Venable (Marion, NY), Riyad Twahir (Milton, , CA), Thomas F. Wade (Rochester, NY), Wencheng Wu (Rochester, NY
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas)
Law Firm: Fox Rothschild LLP (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15222993 on 07/29/2016 (816 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for acquiring multi-angle images of a product includes a workstation having a working surface for placing a product, a camera supporting member having a vertical axis, and an image capturing device movably attached to the camera supporting member so that it may move along the vertical axis of the camera supporting member. The system captures and analyzes a digital image of a product to detect the vertical center of the product, and adjusts the position of the image capturing device along the vertical axis so that the vertical center of the product is proximate to the vertical center of the image. The system may also have a turntable and additionally rotate the turntable at multiple capturing angles and capture one or more additional digital images of the product at various capturing angles and store the one or more additional images in a product database.

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


Structure and method for improving high voltage breakdown reliability of a microelectronic device
Patent No. 10109574 

Inventor(s): Byron Lovell Williams (Plano), David Leonard Larkin (Richardson), Jeffrey A. West (Dallas), Weidong Tian (Dallas)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15478615 on 04/04/2017 (567 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and structure for improving high voltage breakdown reliability of a microelectronic device, e.g., a galvanic digital isolator, involves providing an abatement structure around metal plate corners of a high voltage isolation capacitor to ameliorate the effects of an electric field formed thereat during operation of the device due to dielectric discontinuity.

[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]


Crack deflector structure for improving semiconductor device robustness against saw-induced damage
Patent No. 10109597 

Inventor(s): Basab Chatterjee (Allen), Jeffrey Alan West (Dallas), Thomas D. Bonifield (Dallas)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14536897 on 11/10/2014 (1443 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit containing a crack deflecting scribe seal which separates an interior region of the integrated circuit from a scribeline immediately outside the integrated circuit and a method of forming the same. The crack deflecting scribe seal includes continuous metal layers and continuous contacts and continuous vias between the continuous metal layers. The continuous metal layers do not extend past the continuous contacts and continuous vias. The continuous contacts and continuous vias are recessed from edges of the underlying continuous metal layers on the scribeline side of the scribe seal, providing an angled outer surface on the scribe seal which may desirably terminate crack propagation or deflect crack propagation upward to a top surface of the scribeline or the crack deflecting scribe seal.

[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]


Silicon package for embedded electronic system having stacked semiconductor chips
Patent No. 10109614 

Inventor(s): Jonathan Almeria Noquil (Bethlehem, PA), Osvaldo Jorge Lopez (Annandale, NJ), Simon John Molloy (Allentown, PA), Thomas Eugene Grebs (Bethlehem, PA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15053089 on 02/25/2016 (971 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic system comprises a first chip of single-crystalline semiconductor shaped as a hexahedron and including a first electronic device embedded in a second chip of single-crystalline semiconductor shaped as a container having a slab bordered by retaining walls, and including a second electronic device. The container shaped as a slab bordered by the retaining walls and including conductive traces and terminals. The first chip is attached to the slab of second chip, forming nested chips. The first and second chips embedded in the container. The nested first and second chips are operable as an electronic system and the container is operable as the package of the system.

[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 for reducing switch on state resistance of switched-capacitor charge pump using self-generated switching back-gate bias voltage
Patent No. 10109620 

Inventor(s): Wern Ming Koe (Irving)
Assignee(s): GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC. (Grand Cayman, , KY)
Law Firm: Ditthavong Steiner, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15660577 on 07/26/2017 (454 days app to issue)

Abstract: Switched-capacitor charge pump implemented in FDSOI process technology and a method of forming them are provided. Embodiments include providing a FDSOI substrate; providing a plurality of stages of a first and a second pair of an NFET and PFET over the FDSOI substrate coupled between an input terminal and an output terminal, the first and second pair of each stage being opposite each other; providing a plurality of a first and a second capacitor over the FDSOI substrate, each first and second capacitor connected to a first and a second pair of NFET and PFET of a stage, respectively; connecting a back-gate of a NFET and a back-gate of a PFET of each pair; connecting the connected NFET and PFET back-gates to a front-gate of the pair; and connecting a source of each pair to a front gate of an opposite pair within the stage.

[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]


Wordline sidewall recess for integrating planar selector device
Patent No. 10109679 

Inventor(s): Christopher Petti (Mountain View, CA), Yangyin Chen (Heverlee, , BE)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15432544 on 02/14/2017 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for fabricating a non-volatile memory with integrated selector devices (or steering devices) are described. Each memory cell within a memory array may be placed in series with a selector device, such as a diode or other non-linear current-voltage device, in order to reduce leakage currents through unselected memory cells during a memory operation. In some cases, fabricating a selector device within a memory hole region may be difficult due to the dimensions of the selector device. A wordline sidewall recess process or a wordline sidewall recess with a replacement metal gate process may be used to integrate selector devices with memory cells outside of the memory hole region. By fabricating non-linear selector devices outside of the memory hole region, the area of the memory array may be reduced.

[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]


Methods and apparatus for three-dimensional nonvolatile memory
Patent No. 10109680 

Inventor(s): Juan P. Saenz (Menlo Park, CA), Ming-Che Wu (San Jose, CA), Sebastian J. M. Wicklein (San Jose, CA), Srikanth Ranganathan (Fremont, CA), Tanmay Kumar (Pleasanton, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15622100 on 06/14/2017 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided that includes forming a word line above a substrate, forming a bit line above the substrate, forming a nonvolatile memory material between the word line and the bit line, the nonvolatile memory material including a semiconductor material layer and a conductive oxide material layer, forming a barrier material layer between the semiconductor material layer and the conductive oxide material layer, and forming a memory cell including the nonvolatile memory material at an intersection of the bit line and the word line. The word line is disposed in a first direction, the bit line is disposed in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. The barrier material layer has an ionic conductivity of greater than about 0.1 Siemens/cm @ 1000 C.

[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]


Transistor structure including a scandium gallium nitride back-barrier layer
Patent No. 10109728 

Inventor(s): Robert L. Coffie (Plano)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15806568 on 11/08/2017 (349 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transistor structure including a scandium gallium nitride back-barrier layer. For instance, the transistor structure may include a buffer layer disposed on a substrate and a back-barrier layer disposed on the buffer layer, the back-barrier layer including scandium gallium nitride (Sc[subscript]x[/subscript]Ga[subscript]1-x[/subscript]N). The transistor structure may further include a channel layer disposed on the back-barrier layer, and a barrier layer disposed on the channel layer. The barrier layer may include at least one of aluminum gallium nitride, indium gallium aluminum nitride, scandium aluminum nitride, scandium aluminum gallium nitride, or indium gallium boron aluminum nitride. The transistor structure may be incorporated into a high electron mobility transistor (HEMT).

[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]


Well-based vertical hall element with enhanced magnetic sensitivity
Patent No. 10109787 

Inventor(s): Iouri Mirgorodski (Sunnyvale, CA), Keith Ryan Green (Prosper)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15335726 on 10/27/2016 (726 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vertical Hall element and method of fabricating are disclosed. The method includes forming a buried region having a first conductivity type in a substrate having a second conductivity type and implanting a dopant of the first conductivity type into a well region between the top surface of the substrate and the buried region. The buried region has a doping concentration increasing with an increasing depth from a top surface of the substrate and the well region has a doping concentration decreasing from the top surface of the substrate to the buried region. The method includes forming first through fifth contacts on the well region. First and second contacts define a conductive path and second and third contacts define another conductive path through the well region. The fourth contact is formed between first and second contacts and the fifth contact is formed between second and third contacts.

[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]


ESD protection circuit with two discharge time periods
Patent No. 10109998 

Inventor(s): Alex Tetelbaum (Beer Sheva, , IL), Mark Moty Groissman (Beer Sheva, , IL), Moti Altaras (Omer, , IL), Tomer Elran (Petah Tikva, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14928815 on 10/30/2015 (1089 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electrostatic discharge protection circuit may include discharge path circuitry to discharge charge on a supply line in response to detection of an ESD event. The charge on the supply line may be discharged through the discharge path circuitry from when a first timing window opens until a second timing window closes. The first timing window may also be used to detect ESD events. The two timing windows may allow an initial period of the ESD voltage on the supply line to be suppressed before the second timing window opens, and may further allow a remaining period of the ESD event following the initial period to be suppressed after the first timing window closes.

[H02H] EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS (indicating or signalling undesired working conditions G01R, e.g. G01R 31/00, G08B; locating faults along lines G01R 31/08; emergency protective devices H01H)


Class-D amplifier with post filter feedback loop
Patent No. 10110181 

Inventor(s): Kim Nordtorp Madsen (Skovlunde, , DK), Sren Bang Poulsen (Mlv, , DK)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15423093 on 02/02/2017 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fixed frequency class-D audio amplifier includes the L-C output filter in a high order feedback loop. An audio amplifier integrated circuit includes an output driver, an output terminal, a first input terminal, a second order filter, and a summing amplifier. The output driver is configured to drive a speaker coil through an L-C filter. The output terminal is to couple the output driver to an input side of the L-C filter. The first input terminal is to couple an output side of the L-C filter to the integrated circuit. The second order filter includes a first filter stage, and a second filter stage coupled to an output of the first filter stage. The summing amplifier includes a first input coupled to the first input terminal, and a second input coupled to an output of the second filter stage.

[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)


Estimating voltage on speaker terminals driven by a class-D amplifier
Patent No. 10110182 

Inventor(s): Jasjot Singh Chadha (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15382159 on 12/16/2016 (676 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes an audio amplifier, a duty cycle detector, a channel equalizer, and a sample-and-hold circuit. The audio amplifier is configured to amplify an analog audio signal to produce an amplified audio signal. The duty cycle detector is configured to generate a saturation detect signal at a first state upon detection that the amplified audio signal produced by the audio amplifier is clipped. The channel equalizer is configured to generate an initial estimate of a speaker terminal voltage. The sample-and-hold circuit is configured to sample and hold the initial estimate of the speaker terminal voltage as a final estimate of the speaker voltage when the saturation detect signal is in the first state.

[H04R] LOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS (producing sounds with frequency not determined by supply frequency G10K) [6]


Auxiliary MOSFETs for switchable coupling to a power MOSFET
Patent No. 10110220 

Inventor(s): Robert Alan Neidorff (Bedford, NH)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15617626 on 06/08/2017 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, a system comprises a power metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET) configured to provide power in the system, a plurality of auxiliary MOSFETs, and a switch network configured to switchably and simultaneously couple a first of the plurality of auxiliary MOSFETs to the power MOSFET and a second of the plurality of auxiliary MOSFETs to a feedback voltage regulator. The switch network is further configured to switchably and simultaneously couple the first of the plurality of auxiliary MOSFETs to the feedback voltage regulator and the second of the plurality of auxiliary MOSFETs to the power MOSFET. The feedback voltage regulator is configured to cause a voltage at one or more of the plurality of auxiliary MOSFETs to match a voltage at the power MOSFET.

[H03B] GENERATION OF OSCILLATIONS, DIRECTLY OR BY FREQUENCY-CHANGING, BY CIRCUITS EMPLOYING ACTIVE ELEMENTS WHICH OPERATE IN A NON-SWITCHING MANNER; GENERATION OF NOISE BY SUCH CIRCUITS (generators specially adapted for electrophonic musical instruments G10H; masers or lasers H01S; generation of oscillations in plasma H05H)


Level shifter for a wide low-voltage supply range
Patent No. 10110231 

Inventor(s): Christopher Michael Graves (Sherman)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15635980 on 06/28/2017 (482 days app to issue)

Abstract: A voltage translator translates an input signal to an output signal spanning a wide range of low voltages. An input buffer receives the input signal. A level shifter provides an output control signal. A gate control circuit provides gate control signals. An output buffer provides the output signal. The level shifter includes a pair of cross coupled P-type metal oxide silicon (PMOS) transistors each in series with an N-type metal oxide silicon (NMOS) transistor. A third NMOS transistor is coupled between an upper rail and a drain of one PMOS transistor; the gate of the third NMOS transistor is controlled by a first input control signal. A fourth NMOS transistor is coupled between the upper rail and a drain of the other PMOS transistor; the gate of the fourth NMOS transistor is controlled by a second input control signal.

[H03K] PULSE TECHNIQUE (measuring pulse characteristics G01R; modulating sinusoidal oscillations with pulses H03C; transmission of digital information H04L; discriminator circuits detecting phase difference between two signals by counting or integrating cycles of oscillation H03D 3/04; automatic control, starting, synchronisation or stabilisation of generators of electronic oscillations or pulses where the type of generator is irrelevant or unspecified H03L; coding, decoding or code conversion, in general H03M) [4]


Column-layered message-passing LDPC decoder
Patent No. 10110249 

Inventor(s): Alexander Bazarsky (Holon, , IL), Eran Sharon (Rishon Lezion, , IL), Idan Alrod (Herzliya, , IL), Omer Fainzilber (Herzliya, , IL), Ran Zamir (Ramat Gan, , IL), Sanel Alterman (Sunnyvale, CA), Xinmiao Zhang (Mercer Island, WA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15244444 on 08/23/2016 (791 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an illustrative example, a decoder includes a variable node unit (VNU) that includes a variable-to-check lookup table circuit configured to output a variable-to-check message corresponding to a check node. The VNU also includes a hard-decision lookup table circuit configured to output a hard decision value corresponding to a variable node. The decoder also includes a check node unit (CNU) responsive to the variable-to-check message and configured to generate an updated check-to-variable message.

[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]


Enabling interference mitigation and cancellation receivers
Patent No. 10110265 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine)
Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Sage Patent Group (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15309683 on 05/07/2015 (1265 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method ([b]100[/b]) in a network node serving a User Equipment (UE) capable of network assisted interference cancellation is disclosed. The method involves a signaling ([b]104[/b]) of an indication to the UE indicating whether the UE should enable or disable ([b]108[/b]) the network assisted interference cancellation, or whether the UE should autonomously choose ([b]110[/b]) to enable or disable the network assisted interference cancellation. The enabling or disabling is done for at least one of demodulating the downlink channel or computing the channel state information. The method further involves a receiving ([b]106[/b]) of information from the UE about whether the network assisted interference cancellation has been used by the UE for at least one of demodulating the downlink channel and computing the channel state information. A related method in a UE is also disclosed, together with the network node and the UE as such.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Devices and methods for in-vehicle content localization
Patent No. 10110332 

Inventor(s): Ryan C. Harris (Sale, MI), Scott L. Frederick (Brighton, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15401151 on 01/09/2017 (652 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of distributing digital content to occupants of a vehicle using an in-vehicle entertainment system is provided. The method includes providing the digital content to a content distribution system. The digital content is selectively transmitted from the content distribution system to only one or some of a plurality of digital content access stations associated with seat locations within the vehicle. The digital content from the at least one of the plurality of digital content access stations is selectively transmitted to another of the plurality of digital content access stations.

[H04H] BROADCAST COMMUNICATION (multiplex communication H04J; pictorial communication aspects of broadcast systems H04N)


Varying media log restrictions on a per-subscriber basis
Patent No. 10110333 

Inventor(s): Darren Grant Davis (Dallas)
Assignee(s): iHeartMedia Management Services, Inc. (San Antonio)
Law Firm: Garlick Markison (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15848593 on 12/20/2017 (307 days app to issue)

Abstract: A subscription system includes a national subscription server capable of tracking which local stations subscribe to particular radio station music formats, for example AC middays, Top 40 afternoons, morning programs, or overnight Contemporary AC. A local music scheduler can query the subscription server for a log of nationally scheduled content to fill one or more dayparts of a local broadcast schedule. The subscription system can determine where to obtain the requested log, and provide the log to the local scheduler for insertion into a particular daypart of the local clock, while leaving the remaining dayparts free for local scheduling. Trusted subscribers can also be permitted to alter portions of log of nationally scheduled items. Inserting the log of nationally scheduled items into the local clock provides local awareness of both local and national media items scheduled for broadcast.

[H04H] BROADCAST COMMUNICATION (multiplex communication H04J; pictorial communication aspects of broadcast systems H04N)


System and method for tuning PTT over LTE according to QoS parameters
Patent No. 10110342 

Inventor(s): Brahmananda R. Vempati (Dallas), Harisha Mahabaleshwara Negalaguli (Richardson), Krishnakant M. Patel (Richardson)
Assignee(s): KODIAK NETWORKS INC. (Plano)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15286784 on 10/06/2016 (747 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for push-to-talk (PTT) over long-term evolution (LTE) includes a method. The method includes receiving, by a push-to-talk (PTT) server, a request from a user equipment (UE) to access the PTT server. The method further includes determining, by the PTT server, quality of service (QoS) parameters for a radio access network (RAN) connecting the UE to the PTT server. The method further includes associating, by the PTT server, the QoS parameters with a bearer between the RAN and the PTT server. The method further includes communicating, by the PTT server, with the UE according to the bearer.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Aggregation of FDD and TDD cells
Patent No. 10110366 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15362583 on 11/28/2016 (694 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus of a base station or a User Equipment (UE) in communication with each other are provided. The base station transmits on a first cell using frequency domain duplexing or time division duplexing associated with a first uplink-downlink (UL-DL) configuration and on a second cell using time division duplexing associated with a second UL-DL configuration. An UL-DL configuration corresponds to a number of transmission time intervals (TTIs) that include downlink (DL) TTIs where a communication direction is from the base station, uplink (UL) TTIs where a communication direction is to the base station, and special TTIs where a communication direction is both from the base station and to the base station. The first UL-DL configuration includes an UL TTI. The second UL-DL configuration does not include any UL TTI. The base station receives, from the UE, a physical UL control channel (PUCCH) on the first cell.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Messaging queue spinning engine
Patent No. 10110446 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas), Sorin N. Cismas (Southlake)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14961503 on 12/07/2015 (1051 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems are provided for using a message spinning engine to create and/or manage messaging queues in a distributed network using virtualized servers. An abstraction layer formed by virtualized servers may enable the message spinning engine to seamlessly transition messaging queues while minimizing the likelihood of exceeding the parameters of existing service level agreements. The message spinning engine may include a service mapping module to maintain mappings between source business applications and virtualized servers, a product bridge to implement message encapsulation for communication between different messaging queue products, and a messaging queue monitoring console to analyze performance and capacity of physical services and messaging services and accordingly adjust levels of service for source business applications.

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


Integrated data plane for heterogeneous network services
Patent No. 10110477 

Inventor(s): Jun Xu (Cupertino, CA), Shree Murthy (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15264254 on 09/13/2016 (770 days app to issue)

Abstract: Network services can be dynamically configured on an integrated data path by establishing control paths between data plane entities located on the integrated data path and service entities associated with the network services. In this way, routing for the integrated data path is performed with fewer restrictions than traditional data planes, which are largely limited by the relative locations of pre-configured network nodes in the service network. As a result, the integrated data path may traverse a shorter or more favorable route over the services network, thereby achieving improved service network performance, lower latency periods, less congestion, etc. Further, a service topology on the integrated data path can be dynamically re-configured through the addition, removal, or reordering of data plane entities on the integrated data path.

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


Packet-processing with CPPI DMA streaming interface ingress and egress ports
Patent No. 10110573 

Inventor(s): Amritpal Singh Mundra (Allen), Denis Roland Beaudoin (Rowlett)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15728035 on 10/09/2017 (379 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic circuit ([b]200[/b]) includes one or more programmable control-plane engines ([b]410, 460[/b]) operable to process packet header information and form at least one command, one or more programmable data-plane engines ([b]310, 320, 370[/b]) selectively operable for at least one of a plurality of cryptographic processes selectable in response to the at least one command, and a programmable host processor ([b]100[/b]) coupled to such a data-plane engine ([b]310[/b]) and such a control-plane engine ([b]410[/b]). Other processors, circuits, devices and systems and processes for their operation and manufacture are disclosed.

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


Non-native device authentication
Patent No. 10110577 

Inventor(s): Richard Welday, Jr. (Plano)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Hartman Citrin LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13708082 on 12/07/2012 (2146 days app to issue)

Abstract: Concepts and technologies are described herein that involve non-native device authentication. According to one aspect disclosed herein, a method can include receiving an authentication credential at a computing device from an authorizer. The computing device can be non-native to the authorizer and native to an authorizee that the authorizer is attempting to provide authorization for access to content associated with the authorizer. The method can also include generating an authentication request directed to an authentication system. The authentication request can include the authentication credential. The method can also include sending the authentication request to the authentication system. In response to the authentication request, the computing system can receive an indication that the authorizer is authenticated to authorize the authorizee for access to the content associated with the authorizer. The method can also include accessing, by the computing device, the content associated with the authorizer.

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


Elevating trust in user identity during RESTful authentication and authorization
Patent No. 10110584 

Inventor(s): David Staggs (Austin), Michael Dufel (Boulder, CO), Timothy Schmoyer (Harvard, MA), Vijayababu Subramanium (Columbia, SC)
Assignee(s): JERICHO SYSTEMS CORPORATION (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15266096 on 09/15/2016 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: Credentials sent over a back channel during the authentication of a user to a RESTful service can elevate the trust the recipient system can place in the user”s identity. The addition of an identity credential of higher strength can increase confidence in user identities electronically presented with a lower strength credential. Attributes from either credential can be used to determine authorization to a protected resource.

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


Segmented networks that implement scanning
Patent No. 10110636 

Inventor(s): Colin Ross (Arlington)
Assignee(s): vArmour Networks, Inc. (Mountain View, CA)
Law Firm: Carr Ferrell LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15441156 on 02/23/2017 (607 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems for providing scanning within distributed services are provided herein. In some embodiments, a system includes a plurality of segmented environments that each includes an enforcement point that has an active probe device, and a plurality of workloads that each implements at least one service. The system also has a data center server coupled with the plurality of segmented environments over a network. The data center server has a security controller configured to provide a security policy to each of the plurality of segmented environments and an active probe controller configured to cause the active probe device of the plurality of segmented environments to execute a scan.

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


Common media platform for various distributed telecommunication components
Patent No. 10110643 

Inventor(s): Paul Miller (Derry, NH)
Assignee(s): GENBAND US LLC (Frisco)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15294470 on 10/14/2016 (739 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes, with a bearer node, utilizing a first connection between the bearer node and a first type application node, the first type application node being associated with a first telecommunication service, the bearer node configured to process media traffic between endpoints. The method further includes, with the bearer node, utilizing a second connection between the bearer node and a second type application node, the second application node being associated with a second telecommunication service, the second telecommunication service being different than the first telecommunication service. The bearer node is configured to provide a common media platform to the first application node and the second application node.

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


Server side preprocessing of web content
Patent No. 10110661 

Inventor(s): Bharadwaja Cheruvu (Lewisville), Minbao Li (Lewisville)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14872442 on 10/01/2015 (1118 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques described herein may be used to expeditiously provide web content to user devices. A web server may provide a first webpage to a user device. Prior to the user device requesting another webpage (e.g., while the user of the user device is viewing the first webpage), the server device may identify a second webpage that the user device is likely to request next and obtain content corresponding to the second webpage. The web server may receive a request for the second webpage, and in response to the request, may provide the second webpage, along with the content, to the user device. The content may include information that is not typically cached by the web server. Additionally, the web server may verify that there are adequate system resources available (e.g., processing capacity, memory capacity, etc.) prior to obtaining the content.

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


Head mountable camera system
Patent No. 10110805 

Inventor(s): Itzhak Pomerantz (Kfar Saba, , IL), Menahem Lasser (Kohav-Yair, , IL), Rahav Yairi (Oranit, , IL), Yaron Bar (Tzofit, , IL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14051091 on 10/10/2013 (1839 days app to issue)

Abstract: Head mountable camera devices, systems, and methods are disclosed.

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


Computer-vision based process recognition of activity workflow of human performer
Patent No. 10110858 

Inventor(s): Beilei Xu (Penfield, NY), Edgar A. Bernal (Webster, NY), Robert P. Loce (Webster, NY), Saurabh Prabhat (Webster, NY), Wencheng Wu (Rochester, NY)
Assignee(s): CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC (Dallas)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14688230 on 04/16/2015 (1286 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-vision based method for validating an activity workflow of a human performer includes identifying a target activity. The method includes determining an expected sequence of actions associated with the target activity. The method includes receiving a video stream from an image capture device monitoring an activity performed by an associated human performer. The method includes determining an external cue in the video stream. The method includes associating a frame capturing the external cue as a first frame in a key frame sequence. The method includes determining an action being performed by the associated human performer in the key frame sequence. In response to determining the action in the key frame sequence matching an expected action in the target activity, the method includes verifying the action as being performed in the monitored activity. In response to not determining the action in the key frame sequence, the method includes generating an alert indicating an error in the monitored activity.

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


Chroma quantization parameter extension
Patent No. 10110898 

Inventor(s): Ehsan Maani (San Jose, CA), Jun Xu (Sunnyvale, CA), Kazushi Sato (Kanagawa, , JP)
Assignee(s): VELOS MEDIA, LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Chip Law Group (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15252549 on 08/31/2016 (783 days app to issue)

Abstract: The quantization parameters (QP) for Chroma are extended up to and more preferably to the same range as Luma QP (e.g., 0 to 51). Previous, values of Chroma QP only extended up to 39. Techniques are provided for determining extended Chroma QP values (e.g., for Cr and Cb) based on the Luma QP and picture level chroma offsets. In one preferred embodiment, slice level offsets are added making the method particularly well-suited for slice level parallel processing. The extension of Chroma QP enhances functionality, flexibility and friendliness of the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard for various applications.

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


Method and apparatus for sub-picture based raster scanning coding order
Patent No. 10110901 

Inventor(s): Minhua Zhou (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14664992 on 03/23/2015 (1310 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for sub-picture based raster scanning coding order. The method includes dividing an image into even sub-pictures, and encoding parallel sub-pictures on multi-cores in raster scanning order within sub-pictures, wherein from core to core, coding of the sub-picture is independent around sub-picture boundaries, and wherein within a core, coding of a sub-picture is at least one of dependent or independent around sub-picture boundaries.

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


Proactively providing content for content distribution networks
Patent No. 10110934 

Inventor(s): Walter John Schmidt (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15478731 on 04/04/2017 (567 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device can receive streaming content from an origin device. The device can identify a user device to potentially receive the streaming content and an edge device associated with the user device. The device can modify a format of the streaming content based on a format acceptable to the user device. The format of the streaming content can be modified to match the format acceptable to the user device. The device can proactively provide the streaming content to the edge device to cause the edge device to make the streaming content available to be provided for presentation on the user device. The streaming content can be proactively provided to the edge device before the user device requests the streaming content from the edge device.

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


Methods and systems for facilitating media-on-demand-based channel changing
Patent No. 10110960 

Inventor(s): Anthony Lemus (Irving), Brian F. Roberts (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Verizon and Redbox Digital Entertainment Services, LLC (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14142018 on 12/27/2013 (1761 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary method includes a media service system providing a manifest file for use by a media player to perform adaptive bitrate switching in accordance with an adaptive bitrate streaming heuristic, the manifest file including data that associates a first media program provided by an on-demand media service with a first bitrate and a second media program provided by the on-demand media service with a second bitrate; directing the media player to present the first media program; detecting, while the first media program is being presented, a channel change command provided by the user; and directing, in response to the channel change command, the media player to switch from presenting the first media program to presenting the second media program by providing the media player with a command to use the manifest file to switch from the first bitrate to the second bitrate. Corresponding methods and systems are also disclosed.

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


Inter-domain call routing
Patent No. 10110975 

Inventor(s): Kaniz Mahdi (Carrollton)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13620744 on 09/15/2012 (2229 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides for routing calls between disparate domains, such as a circuit-switched subsystem and a multimedia subsystem. When a user element is homed in a first domain and roaming in a second domain, an incoming call will arrive at a gateway node in the first domain. As a result, a message identifying the user element and indicating that an incoming call has been received at first gateway node for the first domain is sent to a continuity control function (CCF) residing in the multimedia subsystem. The CCF will create and effect delivery of an inter-domain routing number to the first gateway node. The inter-domain routing number is used by the first gateway node to route the call to the second domain. The inter-domain routing number may be associated with a second gateway node of the second domain.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Multi-source audio amplification and ear protection devices
Patent No. 10111014 

Inventor(s): Doug Mann (Carlsbad, CA), Timothy D. Schnell (Rancho Santa Fe, CA)
Assignee(s): Team IP Holdings, LLC (Grand Prairie)
Law Firm: Knobbe Martens Olson Bear LLP (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15212129 on 07/15/2016 (830 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus and methods for multi-source audio amplification and ear protection devices are provided herein. In certain configurations, an audio amplification and ear protection device includes at least one microphone that generates an ambient sound signal based on detecting ambient sound, at least one speaker, and an electrical system that controls sound outputted by the at least one speaker based on amplifying the ambient sound signal and a secondary sound source signal. The electrical system receives a first user-controlled volume signal that is operable to control an amount of amplification provided to the ambient sound signal, and a second user-controlled volume signal that is operable to control an amount of amplification provided to the secondary sound source signal.

[H04R] LOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS (producing sounds with frequency not determined by supply frequency G10K) [6]


System and method for sound wave triggered content
Patent No. 10111034 

Inventor(s): William J. Johnson (Flower Mound)
Assignee(s): BILLJCO LLC (Flower Mound)
Law Firm: Yudell Isidore, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15218039 on 07/24/2016 (821 days app to issue)

Abstract: Mobile data processing Systems (MSs) interact with systems in their vicinity, and with each other, in communications and interoperability. Data is communicated using sound waves to carry out novel Location Based eXchanges (LBX) of data for new mobile applications. Information which is transmitted inbound to, transmitted outbound from, or is in process at, a mobile data processing system, is used to trigger processing of actions in accordance with configurations, for example to present content to a user.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Interference reduction for eMBMS service
Patent No. 10111050 

Inventor(s): Sergio Aguirre (Southlake)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14578840 on 12/22/2014 (1401 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device may receive information identifying a first sub-frame being transmitted by a base station via a first radio frame. The first sub-frame may be reserved for providing a particular set of transmissions. The device may identify a second sub-frame, that is to be transmitted by the device via a second radio frame and that corresponds to the first sub-frame. The second sub-frame being included in a second radio frame. The device may blank the second sub-frame based on identifying the second sub-frame that corresponds to the first sub-frame. The device may transmit the second radio frame with the blanked second sub-frame.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Optimized methods for large group calling using unicast and multicast transport bearer for PoC
Patent No. 10111055 

Inventor(s): Brahmananda R. Vempati (Dallas), Harisha M. Negalaguli (Richardson), Krishnakant M. Patel (Richardson)
Assignee(s): KODIAK NETWORKS, INC. (Plano)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15205832 on 07/08/2016 (837 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for optimizing large group calling using unicast and multicast transport bearers for Push-to-talk-over-Cellular (PoC). One or more servers interface to a wireless communications network to perform advanced voice services for mobile units therein, including the PoC call session. The servers and mobile units communicate with each other using control messages, and the servers switch voice messages between mobile units. At least one of the servers manages the PoC call session by acting as an arbitrator, and controls sending of control messages and voice messages to and from mobile units. The server performs unicast and multicast delivery of control messages and voice messages to and from mobile units, thereby enabling large group calling involving a large number of participants with optimized use of network and server resources.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Intelligent call tracking to detect drops using S1-AP and SIP signaling
Patent No. 10111147 

Inventor(s): Brandon Wayne Bass (Flower Mound)
Assignee(s): NetScout Systems, Inc. (Westford, MA)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15727409 on 10/06/2017 (382 days app to issue)

Abstract: A plurality of data packets is received from a wireless communication system. At least one of SIP signaling messages and S1-AP signaling messages associated with calls being made or attempted in the wireless communication system are analyzed for a specified time period to identify one or more dropped calls. At least one of SIP signaling error codes and S1-AP signaling cause codes associated with the identified dropped calls are analyzed to identify one or more call drop reasons. An ASI data set is generated based on the analysis of the at least one of the SIP signaling messages and the S1-AP signaling messages and based on the analysis of the at least one of the SIP signaling error codes and the S1-AP signaling cause codes.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Network selection and random access method and apparatus of machine-type communication user equipment in mobile communication system
Patent No. 10111165 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Richardson)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: Jefferson IP Law, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15589288 on 05/08/2017 (533 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network selection, a random access method, and an apparatus of a Machine Type Communication (MTC) User Equipment (UE) for use in a Long Term Evolution (LTE) are provided. A cell selection method of an MTC terminal of the present disclosure includes receiving a message from a base station forming a cell, determining whether the message includes an MTC supportability indicator, and barring, when the message includes no MTC supportability indicator, scanning a frequency used in communication with the base station during a determined period.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for a user equipment to become a synchronization source
Patent No. 10111191 

Inventor(s): Anthony C.K. Soong (Plano), Deping Liu (Beijing, , CN), Hossein Bagheri (Urbana, IL), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14820185 on 08/06/2015 (1174 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for User Equipment (UE) synchronization for Device-to-Device (D2D) out-of-coverage communication are provided. In an embodiment, a method in an in-coverage (IC) UE for the IC UE to become a synchronization source for out-of-coverage UEs for D2D communication includes obtaining, by the IC UE scanning parameters; scanning, by the IC UE, for out-of-coverage synchronization signals; transmitting, by the IC UE, a measurement report to a Transmission Point (TP) in response to a report trigger, the measurement report comprising information of one or more received out-of-coverage synchronization signals; receiving, by the IC UE, a configuration command from the TP instructing the IC UE to become a synchronization source in response to a configuration command from the TP; and transmitting, by the IC UE, a D2D synchronization signal (SS) for a duration of time or until instructed not to do so by the TP.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Relay reception synchronization system and method
Patent No. 10111211 

Inventor(s): James Earl Womack (Irving), Yi Yu (Irving), Zhijun Cai (Irving)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12722412 on 03/11/2010 (3148 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for informing a relay node when to receive data. The method includes the relay node being informed of a fixed point in a subframe of data when an access node will begin transmitting relevant data over a physical downlink shared channel. The method further includes the relay node beginning to receive data at approximately the fixed point.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Downlink signaling for adaption of an uplink-downlink configuration in TDD communication systems
Patent No. 10111217 

Inventor(s): Ying Li (Richardson)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-Si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15246494 on 08/24/2016 (790 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a User Equipment (UE) having a receiver and a decoder. The receiver is configured to receive, from an eNodeB (eNB), a signal indicating a configuration of a period to receive one or more Physical Downlink Control CHannels (PDCCHs) in respective one or more Transmission Time Intervals (TTIs). Each of the one or more PDCCHs conveys a same Downlink Control Information (DCI) format. The DCI format includes at least one field indicating a first Time Division Duplexing (TDD) UpLink-DownLink (UL-DL) configuration in a first cell for DL data receptions or UL data transmissions. A TDD UL-DL configuration includes ten TTIs each having a respective serial index from 0 to 9. The receiver is also configured to receive, from the eNB, at least one PDCCH of the one or more PDCCHs. The decoder is configured to decode the DCI format conveyed by the at least one PDCCH in a second cell. The period is a multiple of ten TTIs, and the one or more TTIs are in a last ten TTIs of the period.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for interference coordination in cellular millimeter wave communications systems
Patent No. 10111230 

Inventor(s): Lili Zhang (Beijing, , CN), Richard Stirling-Gallacher (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15610306 on 05/31/2017 (510 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for communicating in a communications system using beamformed transmissions includes blanking an interference antenna beam out of a plurality of available antenna beams that one of causes interference to and receives interference from at least one neighboring base station during a conflict time interval of a frame, wherein the blanking is in accordance with configuration information comprising frame configuration information received from the at least one neighboring base station and frame configuration information of a serving base station (SBS), thereby producing a plurality of candidate antenna beams, scheduling communications opportunities for user equipments (UEs) in the conflict time interval on the plurality of candidate antenna beams, and communicating with scheduled UEs using the communications opportunities.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and system for cross-subframe scheduling during carrier aggregation
Patent No. 10111248 

Inventor(s): Jun Li (Richardson), Yiping Wang (Allen)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13538761 on 06/29/2012 (2307 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and user equipment for cross-subframe scheduling at a user equipment, the method receiving an indication for scheduling a subframe; mapping the indication to the subframe; and detecting the subframe on a frequency at a time associated with the subframe. Further, a method and apparatus of cross-carrier scheduling, the method obtaining an indication that at least one downlink subframe on at least one secondary carrier is not scheduled by a primary carrier; and scanning the at least one secondary carrier for scheduling information for the at least one downlink subframe.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Adaptive turn-off delay time compensation for LED controller
Patent No. 10111285 

Inventor(s): Minwen Shi (Shanghai, , CN), Qingjie Ma (Shanghai, , CN), Ruochen Zhang (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15587992 on 05/05/2017 (536 days app to issue)

Abstract: A light emitting diode controller integrated circuit includes counter circuitry having inputs coupled to a clock signal input pin, a pulse width modulated signal input pin, and a sense input pin, and has a count output coupled to a gate drive signal output to an external power transistor. The power transistor is connected in series between a power lead, a sense resistor, and a light emitting diode. The sense input pin is coupled to the series connection between the resistor and the transistor. The counter circuitry provides a Ton_delay equal to a Toff_delay of the power transistor. By counting up during a Ton_delay and down during a Toff_delay, the controller can be used with power transistors of unknown characteristics.

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


Equipment module adapter blocks
Patent No. 10111355 

Inventor(s): Alva B. Eaton (Nottingham Park, IL), Samuel M. Marrs (Bradley, IL)
Assignee(s): VCE IP HOLDING COMPANY LLC (Richardson)
Law Firm: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor, Hunt, P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14727370 on 06/01/2015 (1240 days app to issue)

Abstract: Equipment racks, methods of installing equipment modules into equipment racks, and adaptor blocks for installing equipment modules into equipment racks are disclosed. In some examples, an equipment rack includes first and second rack rails and a carrier pack mounted to the first and second rack rails. The carrier pack includes first and second pack rails, each pack rail having a plurality of spaced apart mounting holes. The carrier pack includes first and second adapter blocks mounted to the first and second pack rails using the spaced apart mounting holes. Each of the first and second adapter blocks includes at least one post. The carrier pack includes an equipment module mounted to the first and second adapter blocks. The equipment module includes first and second spring loaded latches attached to the posts of the first and second adapter blocks.

[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)


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Valve assembly
Patent No. D831793 

Inventor(s): Tripp Roden (Keller)
Assignee(s): TYL, Inc. (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29573713 on 08/09/2016 (805 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cosmetic compact
Patent No. D831889 

Inventor(s): Alexa Hanna (Addison), Jenny DeMarco Staab (Frisco)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29627401 on 11/27/2017 (330 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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