Dallas Invents: 123 Patents Granted for Week of May 21

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 13 for patent activity out of 250 metros.

Patents granted include:
•  IBM's collaborative shopping across multiple channels using shared virtual carts
•  American Vehicular Sciences' in-vehicle signage for data about road signs
•  nMetric's bus stop systems
•  The Parking Genius' user validation system
•  Vivify's virtual rehabilitation system
•  Breghtway Construction Solutions' insulating panel for stucco exterior
•  Amazon's mitigation of distributed denial-of-service attacks

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of May 21, 2019 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 13
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 9
Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano) 5
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 5
Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney) 3
SanDisk Technologies LLC(Plano) 3
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 2

UNASSIGNED 10


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

James Earl Womack (Bedford) 4
Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton) 3
Do-Kyoung Kwon (Allen) 2
Thomas Joseph Keyes (Fort Worth) 2
William Prygon (Fort Worth) 2
William T. Bigbee, Jr. (Melissa) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

220 days
Apparatus for transporting and dispensing wire or cable from a barrel pack, Patent No. 10297988-B1
Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney)

5,025 days
Techniques for protected viewing of digital files, Patent No. 10296854-B2
Cambium Learning, Inc. (Dallas)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Perimeter supported seat assemblies and associated methods
Patent No. 10292497 

Inventor(s): Blair C. Perkins (Georgetown, KY)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15877826 on 01/23/2018 (483 days app to issue)

Abstract: A seat assembly includes a seat support frame assembly comprising a mounting structure that mounts to a seat support structure and a seat receiving portion. The seat receiving portion includes a seat frame member having a body having an interior surface that defines a seat member receiving opening having an inner diameter. A rotatable member extends from the interior surface of the body into the seat member receiving opening. A seating member assembly is rotatably received in the seat member receiving opening. The seating member assembly includes a seat support housing that supports a seat. The seat support housing includes a side wall and a side support ledge that overhangs the rotatable member to rotatably support the seating member along a perimeter of the side wall of the seat support housing.

[A47C] CHAIRS (seats specially adapted for vehicles B60N 2/00); SOFAS; BEDS (upholstery in general B68G)


Ophthalmic illumination system with light intensity control on individual illumination fibers
Patent No. 10292783 

Inventor(s): Paul Hallen (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Novartis AG (Basel, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14723654 on 05/28/2015 (1454 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ophthalmic illumination system includes a light source generating a source light beam and a beam splitter splitting the source light beam into first and second light beams. A first attenuator is located in a path of the first light beam and a second attenuator is located in the path of the second light beam, the first and second attenuators operable to change the intensities of the first and second light beams, respectively. A first optical fiber port is configured for connection to a first optical fiber for delivering the first light beam to a patient”s eye and a second optical fiber port is configured for connection to a second optical fiber for delivering the second light beam to the patient”s eye. A control unit is communicatively coupled to the first and second attenuators and is operable to adjust the attenuators to control the intensities of the light beams delivered to the patient”s eye.

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


Sanitary napkin
Patent No. 10292873 

Inventor(s): Mezi Koulai (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15211339 on 07/15/2016 (1040 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sanitary napkin for retention of vulvar discharge includes a shell that defines an interior space. The shell is flexible and liquid impermeable. A ridge, which defines a canal, extends from the front of the shell around a perimeter of an opening. An absorbent is positioned in the interior space and the canal. A pair of fasteners is coupled singly to and extends from opposing edges of the shell. A first improvement is the liquid impermeability of the front of the shell, wherein vulvar discharge is effectively retained within the interior space of the shell. A second improvement is the ridge that is positioned on the front. The shell is sealably positionable over the vulva of the user such that vulvar discharge is directed to the opening.

[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]


Inhibitors of multidrug resistance transporter P-glycoprotein
Patent No. 10292982 

Inventor(s): Alexander R. Lippert (Dallas, TX), Amila K. Nanyakkara (Dallas, TX), John G. Wise (Dallas, TX), Maha A. Aljowni (Dallas, TX), Pia D. Vogel (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15911441 on 03/05/2018 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method of treating a subject that is resistant to one or more drugs by identifying a subject having one or more drug resistant cells; administering to the subject a pharmaceutically effective amount of an inhibitor compound, and contacting one or more drug resistant cells with the inhibitor compound to reduce the export of the inhibitor compound from the one or more drug resistant tumor cells and to block the transport of drug(s) from the one or more drug resistant cells.

[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)


System, retainer and method of preventing and treating nosocomial infections including methicillin-resistant [i]Staphylococcus aureus [/i]infections
Patent No. 10293148 

Inventor(s): James Elliott (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Maier Maier, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15399955 on 01/06/2017 (865 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to an exemplary embodiment, a retainer for therapeutic treatment may be provided. The retainer for therapeutic treatment may include: a retainer that may retain a antimicrobial solution against tissue; a number of heating elements connected to the retainer for therapeutic treatment; a number of power supply cables connected to the number of heating elements; a number of antimicrobial solution delivery elements connected to the retainer for therapeutic treatment that may deliver an antimicrobial solution; a number of pieces of tubing having a first end connected to a antimicrobial solution reservoir and a second end connected to a number of antimicrobial solution delivery elements; a number of fiber optic cables having a first end connected to a light source; and a number of light terminations rigidly connected to the retainer for therapeutic treatment and connected to the second end of the fiber optic cable.

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


Grape plant named Enchantment
Patent No. PP030513 (Plant)

Inventor(s): James N. Moore (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS (Little Rock, AR)
Law Firm: Andrus Intellectual Property Law, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15731615 on 07/07/2017 (683 days app to issue)

Abstract: Description and specifications of a new and distinct wine grape cultivar which originated from a hand-pollinated cross of Ark. 1628 (non-patented, non-released breeding genotype; female parent) x Ark. 1481 (non-patented, non-released breeding genotype; male parent). This new wine grape cultivar can be distinguished by its quality juice attributes for wine production with hardy and productive grapevines adapted Arkansas and the Mid-South of the United States. Patent Class: N/A


 

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

Metal tungstates for use as nitrogen oxides reduction catalysts
Patent No. 10293328 

Inventor(s): Charles A. Roberts (Ann Arbor, MI), Hongfei Jia (Ann Arbor, MI), Keiichi Minami (Susono, , JP), Mitsuru Sakano (Susono, , JP), Paul T. Fanson (Brighton, MI), Torin C. Peck (Ypsilanti, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15875646 on 01/19/2018 (487 days app to issue)

Abstract: A nitrogen oxide (NOx) reduction catalyst that includes a transition metal tungstate having the formula: MWO[subscript]4 [/subscript]wherein M is selected from the group consisting of Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, and Cu. The catalyst may be utilized in various environments including oxygen rich and oxygen deficient environments.

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


Method of working a gas turbine engine airfoil
Patent No. 10293437 

Inventor(s): Jason Eric Huxol (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (Farmington, CT)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13651190 on 10/12/2012 (2412 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of working a gas turbine engine component, for example, a turbine airfoil platform having a heat crack, is disclosed. The presented method may allow turbine airfoils to be repaired, modified, manufactured or otherwise worked and subsequently assembled into a turbine section of a gas turbine engine. This method may help to reduce the costs of operating a gas turbine engine by allowing damaged turbine airfoils to be repaired rather than discarded.

[B23H] WORKING OF METAL BY THE ACTION OF A HIGH CONCENTRATION OF ELECTRIC CURRENT ON A WORKPIECE USING AN ELECTRODE WHICH TAKES THE PLACE OF A TOOL; SUCH WORKING COMBINED WITH OTHER FORMS OF WORKING OF METAL (processes for the electrolytic or electrophoretic production of coatings, electroforming, or apparatus therefor C25D; processes for the electrolytic removal of material from objects C25F; manufacturing printed circuits using precipitation techniques to apply the conductive material to form the desired conductive pattern H05K 3/18) [4]


Dedicated attachment systems for consumer products
Patent No. 10293504 

Inventor(s): Craig A. Provost (Boston, MA), John W. Griffin (Moultonborough, NH), William E. Tucker (Attleboro, MA)
Assignee(s): ShaveLogic, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Leber IP Law (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15877417 on 01/23/2018 (483 days app to issue)

Abstract: Consumer products, e.g., shaving systems and toothbrushes, are disclosed which have a replaceable portion, e.g., a shaving assembly or a toothbrush head, that is removably mounted on a handle. The consumer products described herein include keyed structures on the handle and replaceable portion, the relative placement of which creates a unique interaction between the two parts. This unique interaction may, for example, be used to provide a dedicated attachment system for each specific customer of the manufacturer of the consumer product.

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


Continuous method for producing pre-insulated piping
Patent No. 10293527 

Inventor(s): Thomas Joseph Keyes (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Thermacor Process, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15368115 on 12/02/2016 (900 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for the continuous production of pre-insulated piping having an inner metal carrier pipe having an interior surface and an exterior surface and an envelope of foamed insulation surrounding the inner metal carrier pipe exterior surface. A molding apparatus is provided for forming an annulus about a pipe to be insulated into which foam can be injected. The pipe is continuously moved through the apparatus with foaming material being injected into the annulus where it is molded and cured to form a foam insulated pipe. The molding apparatus is a roller-drum having a cylindrical length and a plurality of individual rollers arranged in a series of linearly staggered, circular arrays which define the annulus where the foaming material is cured.

[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]


Continuous method for producing pre-insulated piping
Patent No. 10293528 

Inventor(s): Thomas Joseph Keyes (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Thermacor Process, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15411336 on 01/20/2017 (851 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for the continuous production of pre-insulated piping having an inner metal carrier pipe having an interior surface and an exterior surface and an envelope of foamed insulation surrounding the inner metal carrier pipe exterior surface. A molding apparatus is provided for forming an annulus about a pipe to be insulated into which foam can be injected. The pipe is continuously moved through the apparatus with foaming material being injected into the annulus where it is molded and cured to form a foam insulated pipe. The molding apparatus is a roller-drum having a cylindrical length and a plurality of individual rollers arranged in a series of linearly staggered, circular arrays which define the annulus where the foaming material is cured.

[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]


Vehicle automatic defrost system and method
Patent No. 10293657 

Inventor(s): Akira Sasaki (San Jose, CA), Katsumi Nagata (Foster City, CA), Yuichi Ochiai (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15053990 on 02/25/2016 (1181 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes an external temperature sensor, an internal temperature sensor and an internal moisture sensor, along with an HVAC for blowing air into the vehicle. The system also includes an electronic control unit (ECU) coupled to the sensors and the HVAC. The ECU determines a difference between the inside air temperature and the ambient air temperature and sets a condensation indicator when the ambient air temperature is less than a first temperature threshold, the difference between the inside air temperature and the ambient air temperature is greater than a second temperature threshold, and the inside moisture level is greater than a moisture threshold. The ECU determines a condensation temperature at which additional condensation will accumulate on the window, determines the desired temperature for the air blown by the HVAC and controls the HVAC to blow air at the desired temperature when the condensation indicator is set.

[B60H] ARRANGEMENTS OR ADAPTATIONS OF HEATING, COOLING, VENTILATING, OR OTHER AIR-TREATING DEVICES SPECIALLY FOR PASSENGER OR GOODS SPACES OF VEHICLES


Motor generated assist torque control for hybrid vehicles
Patent No. 10293692 

Inventor(s): Dae Keun Yoo (Novi, MI), Hiroki Sato (Aichi, , JP), Jordan Choby (Ann Arbor, MI), Shingo Eto (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15295283 on 10/17/2016 (946 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hybrid vehicle is provided. The hybrid vehicle includes an acceleration pedal, an engine configured to generate an engine torque based on a position of the acceleration pedal, an electronic control unit communicatively coupled to the engine and configured to calculate a target torque based on the position of the acceleration pedal, and estimate a motor-generated (MG)-assist torque based on difference between the target torque and the engine torque, a motor generator communicatively coupled to the electronic control unit and configured to generate the estimated MG-assist torque, and a power distribution unit configured to deliver the generated MG-assist torque combined with the engine torque to one or more wheels.

[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]


Constant power control
Patent No. 10293808 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey D. Gaither (Brighton, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15449490 on 03/03/2017 (809 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for increasing fuel efficiency of a vehicle includes a power source designed to convert a fuel into power and an input device designed to receive user input corresponding to a request to operate in a constant power mode. The system further includes at least one sensor designed to detect vehicle data corresponding to a current power of the power source and a memory designed to store an upper power threshold and a lower power threshold. The system further includes an electronic control unit (ECU) that is designed to determine the current power of the power source based on the detected vehicle data and to control the power source such that the current power remains between the upper power threshold and the lower power threshold when the user input corresponds to the request to operate in the constant power mode.

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


Powerless self operated uplock system
Patent No. 10293921 

Inventor(s): William E. Luce (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): GOODRICH AEROSPACE SERVICES PRIVATE LIMITED (Bengaluru, , IN)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer, L.L.P. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16143731 on 09/27/2018 (236 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for uplock systems are provided. An uplock system may comprise a body, a hook having an opening defining at least a first surface and a second surface, the hook being rotationally engaged with the body, a first biasing member configured to bias the hook in a first rotational direction relative to the body, and a cam in operable communication with the hook and the body such that the hook has at least a first stable position and a second stable position relative to the body when biased in the first rotational direction.

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


Aircraft generating a triaxial dynamic thrust matrix
Patent No. 10293931 

Inventor(s): Daniel Bryan Robertson (Fort Worth, TX), Kirk Landon Groninga (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15253449 on 08/31/2016 (993 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tri-wing aircraft includes a fuselage having a longitudinally extending fuselage axis. Three wings extend generally radially outwardly from the fuselage axis and are circumferentially distributed generally uniformly about the fuselage at approximately 120-degree intervals. The wings have airfoil cross-sections including first and second surfaces having chordwise channels therebetween. A distributed propulsion system includes a plurality of propulsion assemblies. Each propulsion assembly includes a variable thrust cross-flow fan disposed within one of the chordwise channels of one of the wings. At least two variable thrust cross-flow fans are disposed within the chordwise channels of each of the wings. A flight control system is operably associated with the distributed propulsion system such that the flight control system and the distributed propulsion system are operable to generate a triaxial dynamic thrust matrix.

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


Polymeric films and bags
Patent No. 10293980 

Inventor(s): Brad A. Cobler (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Poly-America, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15397863 on 01/04/2017 (867 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of incrementally stretching polymeric film formed from a blown film extrusion process. The present invention is further directed to a polymeric bag formed from an incrementally stretched polymeric film. The incremental stretching is performed on a collapsed polymeric bubble via a pair of intermeshing rollers. The incrementally stretched polymeric film may be stretched only along a portion of its width. The polymeric bag may be a drawstring trash bag with an extended hem where only the extended hem of the bag or the body of the bag comprises incrementally stretched polymeric film.

[B65D] CONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES


Apparatus and method for packaging wire or cable in a barrel or drum container
Patent No. 10294066 

Inventor(s): Andrew P. Hull (McKinney, TX), Benjamin L. Weatherford (Princeton, TX), John L. Rhoads (The Colony, TX), William T. Bigbee, Jr. (Melissa, TX)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15388763 on 12/22/2016 (880 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for the accumulation of wire or cable, the apparatus including a collapsible reel assembly, the collapsible reel assembly including a central hollow arbor, a fixed inner support structure axially centered on and rigidly attached to the central hollow arbor, wherein the fixed inner support has a first end and a second end, a fixed flange, axially centered on and attached to the first end of the fixed inner support structure, a removable flange, axially centered on and removably attached to the second end of the fixed inner support structure opposite the fixed flange and an inner drum assembly. The inner drum assembly including a plurality of moving inner support structures movably attached to the fixed inner support structure and a plurality of inwardly-collapsible drum segments. Wherein the inwardly-collapsible drum segments collapse inward after the removable flange is removed from the collapsible reel assembly.

[B65H] HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL, e.g. SHEETS, WEBS, CABLES


Device for extracting water from the environment
Patent No. 10295203 

Inventor(s): Francisco Javier Velasco Valcke (Bogot, , CO)
Assignee(s): Panacea Quantum Leap Technology LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: The Morales Law Firm, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15306425 on 04/25/2015 (1487 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention corresponds to a device for extracting water from the environment by means of a liquid desiccant. The device comprises a means for capturing water from the environment using a liquid desiccant, an extraction chamber, a first duct through which liquid desiccant with water flows from the capture means to the extraction chamber, a second duct through which liquid desiccant flows from the extraction chamber to the capture means, a reservoir for depositing water extracted from the liquid desiccant in the extraction chamber, a third duct through which water flows from the extraction chamber to the reservoir, a means to create a vacuum within the extraction chamber, and a control device that controls the heating element. The extraction chamber comprises a container located at the bottom of the extraction chamber, in which the water captured by the liquid desiccant is extracted and a heating element located within the container.

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


 

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

Plasma etching of dielectric sacrificial material from reentrant multi-layer metal structures
Patent No. 10297421 

Inventor(s): Adam L. Cohen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Microfabrica Inc. (Van Nuys, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15206782 on 07/11/2016 (1044 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments are directed to forming reentrant multi-layer micro-scale or millimeter scale three dimensional structures, parts, components, or devices where each layer is formed from a plurality of deposited materials and more specifically where each layer is formed from at least one metal structural material and at least one organic sacrificial material (e.g. polymer) that are co-planarized and a portion of the sacrificial material located on a plurality of layers is removed after formation of the plurality of layers via one or more plasma etching operations.

[C25D] PROCESSES FOR THE ELECTROLYTIC OR ELECTROPHORETIC PRODUCTION OF COATINGS; ELECTROFORMING (manufacturing printed circuits by metal deposition H05K 3/18); JOINING WORKPIECES BY ELECTROLYSIS; APPARATUS THEREFOR (anodic or cathodic protection C23F 13/00; single-crystal growth C30B) [6]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Systems and methods for preventing lateral soil migration into a void space of a lifted foundation
Patent No. 10294625 

Inventor(s): James Fontaine (Plano, TX), Tony Childress (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Tella Firma, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15902774 on 02/22/2018 (453 days app to issue)

Abstract: To prevent lateral soil migration beneath a slab foundation lifted over a ground surface, a plurality of skirts are placed in the ground surface to define a foundation perimeter. A slab foundation is formed within an interior space of the foundation perimeter. The plurality of skirts are secured to the slab foundation via one or more anchors protruding from a portion of each skirt toward the interior space of the foundation perimeter. The slab foundation is raised above the ground surface to create a void that permits vertical expansion of soil without subjecting the slab foundation varying forces associated with the dynamic nature of the soil. The plurality of skirts are raised along with the slab foundation and operate as a barrier that circumscribes the void space and resists lateral soil migration into the void from the exterior of the foundation perimeter.

[E02D] FOUNDATIONS; EXCAVATIONS; EMBANKMENTS (specially adapted for hydraulic engineering E02B); UNDERGROUND OR UNDERWATER STRUCTURES [6]


Systems and methods for lifted foundation retention with locking cap
Patent No. 10294628 

Inventor(s): Tony H. Childress (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Tella Firma, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15936020 on 03/26/2018 (421 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods which provide for lifted foundation retention using foundation lift retainer assemblies having a locking cap configuration are described. A locking cap foundation retention system of embodiments may include a foundation lift interface assembly supporting operations to lift a foundation and a foundation lift retainer assembly having a locking cap configuration utilized in sustaining the foundation in a lifted position. A locking cap of embodiments is configured to accommodate operation of a removable lift mechanism lifting a foundation and thereafter for sustaining the foundation in the lifted position. A foundation lift interface may be configured to allow a foundation to move with respect to components of a foundation lift retainer assembly during a foundation lifting operation, whereby the locking cap of the foundation lift retainer assembly engages one or more components of the foundation lift interface to restrict movement of the foundation subsequent to the foundation lifting operation.

[E02D] FOUNDATIONS; EXCAVATIONS; EMBANKMENTS (specially adapted for hydraulic engineering E02B); UNDERGROUND OR UNDERWATER STRUCTURES [6]


Insulating panel for stucco exterior
Patent No. 10294667 

Inventor(s): William Prygon (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Breghtway Construction Solutions, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15935531 on 03/26/2018 (421 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exterior wall cladding system for application to an exterior wall surface comprises a sealed and laminated waterproof wrap applied to the exterior wall surface, a fully-sealed insulating panel without a drainage plane disposed over the sealed and laminated waterproof wrap. The cladding system and method provide a waterproof wall structure for a multi-layer stucco coating applied over the insulating panel. Sealing materials are applied to all openings through and edges of the wall structure.

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


Method of waterproofing building roofs and building panels
Patent No. 10294669 

Inventor(s): William Prygon (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Breghtway Construction Solutions, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15935495 on 03/26/2018 (421 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sealing method developed for a roofing system alternative to conventional asphalt shingles or metal roof coverings and for sealing walls and floors for tiled surfaces such as shower stalls and the like. The concepts described herein are readily applicable to waterproofing most kinds of walls, ceilings, roofs and floors, and any fixtures or other components that must pass through the wall, ceiling, roof or floor.

[E04D] ROOF COVERINGS; SKY-LIGHTS; GUTTERS; ROOF-WORKING TOOLS (coverings of outer walls by plaster or other porous material E04F 13/00)


Friction reducing wear band and method of coupling a wear band to a tubular
Patent No. 10294734 

Inventor(s): Eugene Edward Miller (Weatherford, TX), Ira Eugene Hining (Mineral Wells, TX), Jean Buytaert (Mineral Wells, TX)
Assignee(s): INNOVEX DOWNHOLE SOLUTIONS, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: MH2 Technology Law Group LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15461876 on 03/17/2017 (795 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a wear band comprises a rotating element having a bore receivable on a tubular, the bore comprising first and second bore portions slidably receiving first and second sleeve bearings. Outer surfaces of the sleeve bearings slidably engage the bore portions and the bores of the sleeve bearings slidably engage the tubular. A first and a second stop collars may be received on the tubular to together straddle the rotating element and sleeve bearings to longitudinally secure the rotating element in a position on the tubular. The tubular may be included within a tubular string run into a borehole or into the bore of an installed casing, such as in casing while drilling. The rotating element provides stand-off between a tubular and the wall of a bore, reduces frictional resistance to longitudinal sliding and also to rotation of the tubular string within the bore.

[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]


Devices and methods for anchoring the tools in a wellbore casing section
Patent No. 10294743 

Inventor(s): Sean Gregory Thomas (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15302464 on 05/06/2014 (1841 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure provides a downhole anchoring apparatus for use in a downhole tool. An example downhole anchoring apparatus may include a housing with a hub provided within the housing. The hub may be arranged to rotate in a bidirectional fashion about a longitudinal axis. The downhole anchoring apparatus may also include a deployment linkage. The deployment linkage may be coupled to the hub by a hinge so that when the hub is rotated in a first direction, a distal end of the deployment linkage is extended radially outward from the central axis, and when the hub is rotated in a second direction, the distal end of the deployment linkage is retracted toward the central axis.

[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]


Systems and methods for setting an extreme-range anchor within a wellbore
Patent No. 10294744 

Inventor(s): Antony F. Grattan (Mansfield, TX), Cory L. Huggins (Mansfield, TX), Douglas J. Streibich (Fort Worth, TX), Michael C. Robertson (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): Robertson Intellectual Properties, LLC (Mansfield, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15340835 on 11/01/2016 (931 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods include an extreme range anchor, having extending assemblies configured to engage a wellbore, for providing a self-centering, reusable anchor location within a wellbore. The extending assemblies include a first set of arms connected to a first brace, a second set of arms connected to a second brace, and a set of footplates. Each footplate in the set of footplates is connected to the first set of arms and the second set of arms. Each footplate includes a fixator coupled to a radially external face and configured to securely engage the wellbore. The system also includes a pull rod rigidly coupled to the first brace and slidably connected to the second brace. Forcing the pull rod in an axial direction shortens a distance between the first brace and the second brace and forces the set of footplates to move in a radial direction toward the wellbore.

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


Downhole tool having adjustable and degradable rods
Patent No. 10294750 

Inventor(s): John C. Gano (Carrollton, TX), Liam A. Aitken (Carrollton, TX), Michael L. Fripp (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14911701 on 01/29/2015 (1573 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole assembly comprising: a tubing string located within a wellbore; an outer housing located around a portion of the tubing string; an annulus located between the outside of the tubing string and the inside of the outer housing; at least one flow path through the annulus; an inflow control device positioned within the flow path; and a degradable rod, wherein the degradable rod fits into the flow path adjacent to the inflow control device, and wherein the degradable rod is positionable within the flow path or removable from the flow path. The downhole assembly can be used in an oil or gas operation to variably control the amount of a fluid flowing through the annulus.

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


Reverse flow catch-and-release tool and method
Patent No. 10294752 

Inventor(s): David S. Wesson (Fort Worth, TX), Dennis E. Roessler (Fort Worth, TX), John T. Hardesty (Weatherford, TX), Kevin R. George (Cleburne, TX), Philip M. Snider (Tomball, TX), Raymond C. Shaffer (Burleson, TX), Varun Garg (Mil
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15192371 on 06/24/2016 (1061 days app to issue)

Abstract: A catch-and-release tool conveyed with a well casing for use in a wellbore comprising an outer housing having flow ports therethrough, a functioning apparatus disposed within the outer housing comprising a movable member/sleeve and a holding device, and a blocking apparatus comprising a blocking member configured to block the flow ports in a first position. When a ball deployed into the well casing passes through the tool in a downstream direction and moves back in an upstream direction, the restriction element engages onto the holding device and moves the movable member such that a port is exposed to up hold pressure and the blocking member travels to a second position in a reverse direction unblocking flow ports and enabling fluid communication to the wellbore. The ball is thereafter released in an upstream direction.

[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]


Erosion modules for sand screen assemblies
Patent No. 10294761 

Inventor(s): Aaron James Bonner (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14386010 on 11/25/2013 (2003 days app to issue)

Abstract: Sand control screen assemblies can include one or more erosion-resistant modules. One sand control screen assembly includes a base pipe defining one or more flow ports that provide fluid communication into an interior of the base pipe, a well screen arranged about the base pipe and in fluid communication with the one or more flow ports via a flow path extending between the well screen and the one or more flow ports, and an erosion module arranged within the flow path and comprising an erosion-resistant material, the erosion-resistant material being configured to filter a fluid prior to the fluid entering the interior of the base pipe.

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


Flow distribution assemblies for distributing fluid flow through screens
Patent No. 10294762 

Inventor(s): Jean-Marc Lopez (Plano, TX), John Charles Gano (Carrollton, TX), Michael Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Stephen Michael Greci (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14412061 on 02/05/2014 (1931 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments herein include an assembly comprising a base pipe having at least one flow port defined therein; a well screen arranged about the base pipe and in fluid communication with the at least one flow port, the well screen having an end disposed at or near the at least one flow port; a shroud arranged about the end of the well screen and extending axially along a length of the well screen; and an annular gap defined between the well screen and the shroud and configured to receive a flow of a fluid, wherein the shroud increases a flow resistance of the fluid by channeling the fluid across the annular gap to distribute a flow energy of the fluid over the length of the well screen.

[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]


Adaptation of fracturing fluids
Patent No. 10294768 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15029597 on 11/14/2013 (2014 days app to issue)

Abstract: Fracturing systems and methods for increasing the conductivity of a flow path between a reservoir formation and a wellbore are presented that include varying a proppant concentration of a fracturing fluid in response to a measured characteristic from the wellbore during the fracturing process. During the injection of proppant pulses into the wellbore, one or more of a pulse length, pulse height, pulse shape, or duty cycle of the proppant concentration is varied. Other systems and methods are disclosed.

[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]


Passive attenuation of noise for acoustic telemetry
Patent No. 10294779 

Inventor(s): Donald Kyle (The Colony, TX), Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Neal Gregory Skinner (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15112388 on 02/04/2014 (1932 days app to issue)

Abstract: An acoustic well telemetry system has an acoustic telemetry transducer affixed to an in-well type component and a damper between the transducer and the in-well type component. The damper damps transmission from the in-well type component to the transducer of a specified frequency range. A method includes damping a specified frequency range from transmission from an in-well type component to an acoustic telemetry transducer in a well, and receiving another frequency range outside of the specified frequency range with the transducer.

[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]


Fluidic pulser for downhole telemetry
Patent No. 10294782 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Thomas Jules Frosell (Irving, TX), Zachary Ryan Murphree (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16029779 on 07/09/2018 (316 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example method includes providing fluid communication between an internal bore of a drill string and an annulus between the drill string and a borehole through a fluid channel in a side of a collar coupled to the drill string. Fluid may be circulated through the internal bore of the drill string. A fluid telemetry signal may be generated by selectively generating a vortex within the fluid channel. Providing fluid communication between the internal bore and the annulus through the fluid channel may include providing fluid communication between the internal bore and a vortex basin at least partially defining the fluid channel, through at least one of a first fluid flow path and a second fluid flow path between the vortex basin and the internal bore; and providing fluid communication between the vortex basin and the annulus through a fluid outlet of the vortex basin.

[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

 

Portable electromagnetic gyroscope propulsion system and method
Patent No. 10294927 

Inventor(s): Scott H. Hawk (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15096057 on 04/11/2016 (1135 days app to issue)

Abstract: A portable electromagnetic gyroscope propulsion system for land, sea, air, underwater, submarine, and space applications. The system includes one or more dc motors each having an axial shaft and one or more disks rotatably coupled each to the axial shaft of the one or more dc motors. One or more non-metallic tubes are filled with liquid metal fluid and affixed to an outer circumferential surface of the one or more disks. A collar of each of the one or more disks attractively couples with the liquid metal fluid and creates an out-of-balance pivoting of the one or more disks.

[F03G] SPRING, WEIGHT, INERTIA, OR LIKE MOTORS; MECHANICAL-POWER-PRODUCING DEVICES OR MECHANISMS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR OR USING ENERGY SOURCES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (arrangements in connection with power supply in vehicles from force of nature B60K 16/00; electric propulsion with power supply in vehicles from force of nature B60L 8/00)


Flow thru mechanical blood pump bearings
Patent No. 10294944 

Inventor(s): Allan S. Rhoades (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): EVERHEART SYSTEMS INC. (Webster, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13790239 on 03/08/2013 (2265 days app to issue)

Abstract: A flow thru mechanical bearing system can be used in an implantable rotary blood pump that includes a pump housing. An impeller housed in the pump housing can be radially supported by a row of at least three low friction contact points located on an inside bore of the impeller. The impeller may be axially supported by a second mechanical bearing. The second mechanical bearing may provide at least three axial contact points on the top surfaces of the impeller. The impeller is driven by a magnetic coupling which functions mainly to transmit torque to the impeller. Further, in some cases, the magnetic coupling may restrain axial motion of the impeller.

[F04D] NON-POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT PUMPS (engine fuel-injection pumps F02M; ion pumps H01J 41/12; electrodynamic pumps H02K 44/02)


Valve body having primary and secondary stem guides
Patent No. 10295081 

Inventor(s): Feifei Ji (Shanghai, , CN), Jing Chen (Shanghai, , CN), Li Li (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15635914 on 06/28/2017 (692 days app to issue)

Abstract: An internal valve includes a valve stem disposed in a valve body, a poppet valve coupled to the stem, and a bleed valve coupled to the stem. The valve stem is shiftable from a first position in which the poppet valve and the bleed valve are closed, to a second position in which the bleed valve is open, and a third position in which the bleed valve is closed and the poppet valve is open, and the poppet may shift closed in response to a pressure change. A valve body of the internal valve includes primary and secondary stem guides supported by respective primary and secondary stem struts connected to an inner side of the valve body. The valve body further includes thickened portions extending inwardly toward an axis of the valve body to which the secondary stem struts connect.

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


Light replacing apparatus for replacing bulbs in street lamps
Patent No. 10295158 

Inventor(s): Thomas Nevitt (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15451140 on 03/06/2017 (806 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for changing a light bulb in a parking light pole, comprising disposing a housing on the top of a light pole for holding a lamp holder having a lamp disposed therein, holding the lamp holder in the housing by urging the lamp holder downward, removing the lamp holder by urging a removal apparatus up through an annulus in the center of the light pole to urge a plurality of pivoting members outward and away from the bottom surface of the lamp holder to allow the lamp holder to fall and be captured by the removal apparatus, replacing the lamp holder by disposing the lamp holder in an installation device, urging the installation device upward such that the lamp holder causes the pivoting members to urge outward, urging the installation device down in the annulus to allow the lamp holder to be urged downward, and removing the installation device.

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


Heating furnace using discharge air heating control mode
Patent No. 10295211 

Inventor(s): Eric M. Perez (Hickory Creek, TX), Mark G. Beste (Grapevine, TX), Steven Schneider (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15006565 on 01/26/2016 (1211 days app to issue)

Abstract: A heating system comprising an air circulation fan, a heating unit, a memory that is operable to store a temperature map, and a microprocessor. The microprocessor is configured to operate the air circulation fan at a first speed and the heating unit in a first configuration. When the heating unit is in the first configuration, the heating unit is configured to achieve a first temperature and such that less than all of the burners are active. The microprocessor is also configured to receive a temperature set point and to determine a second speed for the air circulation fan using the temperature set point and the temperature map in response to receiving the temperature set point. Further, the microprocessor is configured to transition the air circulation fan from the first speed to the second speed in response to determining the second speed.

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


Method and apparatus for optimizing latent capacity of a variable speed compressor system
Patent No. 10295217 

Inventor(s): Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15177639 on 06/09/2016 (1076 days app to issue)

Abstract: An HVAC system includes an evaporator coil and a metering device fluidly coupled to the evaporator coil. The HVAC system also includes a variable-speed circulation fan and a condenser coil fluidly coupled to the metering device. The HVAC system also includes a variable-speed compressor fluidly coupled to the condenser coil and the evaporator coil and a controller operatively coupled to the variable-speed compressor and the variable-speed circulation fan. The controller is configured to measure a speed of the variable-speed compressor, calculate a normal cooling Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM), measure a speed of the variable-speed circulation fan, and determine if the speed of the variable-speed circulation fan exceeds the normal cooling CFM. If the speed of the variable-speed circulation fan exceeds the normal cooling CFM, the HVAC controller adjusts a speed of at least one of the variable-speed compressor and the variable-speed circulation fan.

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


Defrost operation management in heat pumps
Patent No. 10295244 

Inventor(s): Bruce Perkins (Carrollton, TX), Mark Olsen (Carrollton, TX), Yi Qu (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16025117 on 07/02/2018 (323 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various implementations, a heat pump may include heating operations and defrost operations. The heat pump may monitor cycle time(s) for one or more of the operations. Defrost operation(s) in the heat pump may be automatically adjusted based at least partially on cycle times.

[F25B] REFRIGERATION MACHINES, PLANTS, OR SYSTEMS; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials, e.g. refrigerants, or materials for the production of heat or cold by chemical reactions other than by combustion C09K 5/00; pumps, compressors F04; use of heat pumps for domestic or space-heating or for domestic hot-water supply F24D; air-conditioning, air-humidification F24F; fluid heaters using heat pumps F24H)


 

P H Y S I C S

Identifier device for implantable defibrillators and pacemakers
Patent No. 10293170 

Inventor(s): Vassilis Dimas (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15207432 on 07/11/2016 (1044 days app to issue)

Abstract: An identifier apparatus [b]10[/b] for acquiring a signature signal frequency [b]12[/b] from an implantable medical device [b]11[/b] that is internally implanted in a patient. The apparatus [b]10[/b] identifies the type of implantable medical device [b]11[/b] and the device manufacturer by the unique signature signal frequency [b]12[/b] of the manufacturer and device. The apparatus [b]10[/b] aids healthcare providers with quick and exact knowledge of a patients implanted device.

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


In-vehicle signage techniques
Patent No. 10293714 

Inventor(s): David S. Breed (Miami Beach, FL)
Assignee(s): AMERICAN VEHICULAR SCIENCES LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: McAndrews, Held Malloy, Ltd. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 11972205 on 01/10/2008 (4149 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and method for displaying data to a vehicular occupant about road signs includes a display system arranged to be visible to the occupant and a processor coupled to the display system for receiving data about signs along roads on which the vehicle travels and displaying the received data to the occupant. The data may be provided by a map database containing data about signs along roads on which the vehicle travels, with the processor being coupled to the map database and receiving data about signs along the roads from the map database. A communications unit may be arranged in the vehicle and receives data about signs along the roads on which the vehicle travels from a transmission unit coupled to each sign. The processor may be coupled to or integrated with the communications unit and receives data about signs along the roads from the signs via the communications unit.

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


Systems and methods providing synchronization for multiple optical detectors wherein a radiant power delivered to a second light detector from a first light source is at least 25 percent of radiant power delivered to a first light detector fr
Patent No. 10295377 

Inventor(s): Brent Hans Larson (Carrollton, TX), James P. Cusey (Dallas, TX), Troy Don Cook (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TT ELECTRONICS PLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15472492 on 03/29/2017 (783 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical detection system includes a first device that has a first light source and a first light detector, and a second device that has a second light source and a second light detector. The first and second devices are configured to turn on and off the first and second light sources periodically based on first and second control signals, respectively. The first and second light sources are configured not to emit light simultaneously. The first and second light sources emit light in wavelength ranges that overlap. The optical detection system further has the characteristic that when the first light source is turned on, a radiant power delivered to the second light detector from the first light source is at least 25 percent of a radiant power delivered to the first light detector from the first light source.

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


Retractable pillar sensing system
Patent No. 10295382 

Inventor(s): Danil V. Prokhorov (Canton, MI), Paxton S. Williams (Milan, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15178763 on 06/10/2016 (1075 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle sensor system includes a first sensor pod mounted to a pillar structure of the vehicle and a second sensor pod mounted to the pillar structure. A sensor pod deployment mechanism is operatively coupled to the first sensor pod and to the second sensor pod for deploying the first and second sensor pods from the pillar structure. The deployment mechanism is operable to move the first sensor pod between a stowed position and a deployed position of the first pod, and operable to move the second sensor pod between a stowed position and a deployed position of the second pod.

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


Method for validation aircraft take-off weight independent of measuring the aircraft weight
Patent No. 10295397 

Inventor(s): C Kirk Nance (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15388440 on 12/22/2016 (880 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for validating or invalidating the computed weight of an aircraft, where the computed weight of the aircraft is determined by compiling various weight assumptions added to a known empty weight of the aircraft. The method measures the aircraft center of gravity, determines the percentage of computed weight supported by the combined main landing gear struts, and using a database such as a look-up table to validate if the percentage of computed weight is determined within a reasonable range to the measured load on the combined main landing gear struts. Sensors are attached to the landing gear struts, so to measure and monitor aircraft loads and center of gravity without measuring the aircraft weight.

[G01G] WEIGHING


Micro mechanical devices with an improved recess or cavity structure
Patent No. 10295421 

Inventor(s): Carl Stewart (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC., A DELAWARE CORPORATION (Morristown, NJ)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15547585 on 02/12/2015 (1559 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sensor includes a first substrate and a second substrate. The first substrate includes a first side and an opposing second side, with the first side having a recess. The recess is defined by one or more side walls and a bottom wall. One or more of the side walls are substantially perpendicular to the bottom wall. A sensing diaphragm is defined between the second side of the first substrate and the bottom wall of the recess. A boss extends from the bottom wall of the recess. The second substrate may include a first side and an opposing second side, where the first side has a recess. The first side of the first substrate may be secured to the first side of the second substrate such that the recess in the first substrate faces and is in fluid communication with the recess in the second substrate.

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


Sensor fluid reservoirs for microfabricated sensor cells
Patent No. 10295488 

Inventor(s): Iouri N Mirgorodski (Sunnyvale, CA), Nathan Brockie (Edinburgh, , GB), Roozbeh Parsa (Portola Valley, CA), Terry Dyer (Largs, , GB), William French (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14993073 on 01/11/2016 (1226 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sensor cell has a chamber that defines an internal sensor volume for a sensor fluid in a vapor phase. A signal path extends into the internal sensor volume. The sensor cell includes a condensation reservoir for a condensed phase of the sensor fluid, in fluid communication with the internal sensor volume. The signal path is spatially separate from the condensation reservoir. During operation of the sensor cell, some of the sensor fluid may be converted to a vapor phase in the internal sensor volume. During such operation, sensor fluid in the condensed phase is disposed in the condensation reservoir, advantageously out of the signal path, leaving the signal path desirably free of the condensed phase sensor fluid. During periods of non-operation, a significant portion of the sensor fluid may condense from the vapor phase to the condensed phase in the condensation reservoir, advantageously out of the signal path.

[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)


Descriptor-based methods of electrochemically measuring an analyte as well as devices, apparatuses and systems incorporating the same
Patent No. 10295494 

Inventor(s): Zheng Zheng Pan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Roche Diabetes Care, Inc. (Indianapolis, IN)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14852044 on 09/11/2015 (1348 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods are disclosed for measuring an analyte concentration in a fluidic sample. Such methods allow one to correct and/or compensate for confounding variables such as hematocrit, salt concentration and/or temperature before providing an analyte concentration. The measurement methods use response information from a test sequence having at least one DC block, where DC block includes at least one excitation pulse and at least one recovery pulse, and where a closed circuit condition of an electrode system is maintained during the at least one recovery pulse. Information encoded in the excitation and recovery pulses are used to build within- and across-pulse descriptors to correct/compensate for hematocrit, salt concentration and/or temperature effects on the analyte concentration. Methods of transforming current response data also are disclosed. Further disclosed are devices, apparatuses and systems incorporating the various measurement methods.

[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)


Method and device for testing wafers
Patent No. 10295591 

Inventor(s): Hiroshi Kubota (Itako, , JP), Takeki Andoh (Tsukuba, , JP)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13732782 on 01/02/2013 (2330 days app to issue)

Abstract: Circuits and methods for testing wafers are disclosed herein. An embodiment of a method includes electrically contacting a first probe and a second probe to a wafer. A gas is blown in the areas proximate the first probe and the second probe. An electric potential is then applied between the first probe and the second probe while the gas is being blown.

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


Inductive sensing with differential inductance readout
Patent No. 10295694 

Inventor(s): George Reitsma (Redwood City, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15255145 on 09/02/2016 (991 days app to issue)

Abstract: For inductive sensing (such as for proximity switching), differential inductance readout is based on Sense/Reference resonators implemented as LC-ring oscillators, with L[subscript]S[/subscript]/L[subscript]R [/subscript]inductor coils and a shared (time-multiplexed) resonator capacitor. The ring oscillators include matched Lsense/Lref drivers time-multiplexed (by out enable signals), to provide Lsense/Lref resonator excitation signals to the Lsense/Lref resonators, based on resulting Lsense/Lref resonance measurements (such as of resonance state) acquired by the ring oscillators from the Lsense/Lref resonators. Differential readout data is based on the time-multiplexed Lsense/Lref resonance measurements, corresponding respectively to L[subscript]S[/subscript]/L[subscript]R [/subscript]coil inductances (such as based on Lsense/Lref resonator oscillation frequency). The ring oscillators can be implemented with a Schmitt trigger, converting analog resonance measurements into digital input to the Lsense/Lref drivers. Driver matching and layout matching can be used to improve accuracy. Effects of parasitic capacitance at the driver outputs can be suppressed by shorting or bootstrapping across the inactive L[subscript]S[/subscript]/L[subscript]R [/subscript]coil inductances.

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


Telecommunications terminal with removable modules
Patent No. 10295771 

Inventor(s): Alan Duncan Burkett (Bedford, TX), David Kimondo Waruiru (Fort Worth, TX), Joseph Ronald Herridge (North Richland Hills, TX), Joshua David Henley (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Optical Communications LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15490162 on 04/18/2017 (763 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fiber optic terminal includes an enclosure defining an interior space having a plurality module holders and at least one module removably positioned in one of the plurality of module holders. Each removable module may include at least one input adapter and a plurality of output adapters. Each removable module may also include one or more splitters, cable storage components, pass-through components, or parking components. The fiber optic module may also include first and second arms extending from the front side of the body and a handle coupled to the first and second arms. The handle may be rotatable between a closed position and an open position, and may also be removable from the first and second arms when the handle is in the open position.

[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]


Autonomous operation for an autonomous vehicle objective in a multi-vehicle environment
Patent No. 10296004 

Inventor(s): Tomoki Nishi (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15629004 on 06/21/2017 (699 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device and method for state progression in a set of autonomous vehicle states related to an autonomous vehicle objective for a multi-vehicle environment. A vehicular state of another vehicle of the multi-vehicle environment is discerned to produce a discerned vehicular state of the another vehicle, wherein the another vehicle operates to affect the autonomous vehicle objective. An adaptive policy is formed for a present one of the set of autonomous vehicle states based on the discerned vehicular state, and producing from the adaptive policy an autonomous vehicle action to progress to a subsequent one of the set of autonomous vehicle states. The autonomous vehicle action is transmitted for effecting a progression to the subsequent one of the set of autonomous vehicle states.

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


Haptic correlated graphic effects
Patent No. 10296088 

Inventor(s): Anthony Mazzola (Ramona, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15006888 on 01/26/2016 (1211 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes dividing a display of an electronic device into multiple regions defined by vertices, calculating time varying positions for each vertex relative to a z dimension, and composing a screen for the display that includes the varying positions for each vertex to create an animated display distortion. The distortion may occur in association with haptic effects.

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


Geospatial analytic reporting and monitoring
Patent No. 10296180 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey T. Young (Glenn Heights, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14134683 on 12/19/2013 (1979 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of systems and methods for analyzing, monitoring and recording communications with a controlled-environment facility are described. In one embodiment, a floor plan for a controlled-environment facility is displayed to a user. The floor plan shows a number of areas representing locations within the controlled-environment facility. The areas displayed on the floor plan may represent locations within the controlled-environment facility based upon a physical or logical relationship between the areas. One or more floor plan areas are highlighted on the display. The highlighting is associated with communication service activity in the controlled-environment facility. For example, the communication service activity may correspond to an operational status of communication devices, call volume on communication devices, called numbers, caller identities, or real-time or historical calling activity.

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


Systems, methods, and interfaces for vector input/output operations
Patent No. 10296220 

Inventor(s): Ashish Batwara (Fremont, CA), James G. Peterson (San Jose, CA), Michael Zappe (Arvada, CO), Nick Piggin (Yarralumla, , AU), Nisha Talagala (Livermore, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15000995 on 01/19/2016 (1218 days app to issue)

Abstract: Data of a vector storage request pertaining to one or more disjoint, non-adjacent, and/or non-contiguous logical identifier ranges are stored contiguously within a log on a non-volatile storage medium. A request consolidation module modifies one or more sub-requests of the vector storage request in response to other, cached storage requests. Data of an atomic vector storage request may comprise persistent indicators, such as persistent metadata flags, to identify data pertaining to incomplete atomic storage requests. A restart recovery module identifies and excludes data of incomplete atomic operations.

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


Method and system for write amplification analysis
Patent No. 10296260 

Inventor(s): Eyal Sobol (Givat Shmuel, , IL), Liat Hod (Kfar Saba, , IL), Omer Gilad (Holon, , IL), Tal Shaked (Hanna-Karkur, , IL), Yacov Duzly (Raanana, , IL), Zevulun Einat Inna (Kfar Saba, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15347565 on 11/09/2016 (923 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for write amplification analysis are provided. In one embodiment, a method is provided that is performed in a computing device. The method comprises determining an amount of data written from the computing device to a storage system over a time period, wherein the storage system comprises a memory; determining an amount of data written to the memory by the storage system over the time period; calculating a write amplification factor over the time period; and simultaneously displaying graphs of the amount of data written from the computing device over the time period, the amount of data written to the memory over the time period, and the write amplification factor over the time period. Other embodiments are possible, and each of the embodiments can be used alone or together in combination.

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


Method for scheduling a processing device
Patent No. 10296393 

Inventor(s): Hetul Sanghvi (Richardson, TX), Mihir Narendra Mody (Bangalore, , IN), Niraj Nandan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15269957 on 09/19/2016 (974 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hardware thread scheduler (HTS) is provided for a multiprocessor system. The HTS is configured to schedule processing of multiple threads of execution by resolving data dependencies between producer modules and consumer modules for each thread. Pattern adaptors may be provided in the scheduler that allows mixing of multiple data patterns across blocks of data. Transaction aggregators may be provided that allow re-using the same image data by multiple threads of execution while the image date remains in a given data buffer. Bandwidth control may be provided using programmable delays on initiation of thread execution. Failure and hang detection may be provided using multiple watchdog timers.

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


Shared memory controller and method of using same
Patent No. 10296398 

Inventor(s): Alan Gatherer (Richardson, TX), Bin Yang (Shanghai, , CN), Hao Luan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14797620 on 07/13/2015 (1408 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controller for a shared memory is disclosed. The controller comprises a transaction scanner configured to scan-in a plurality of transactions to access the shared memory and to divide the transactions into beat-level memory access commands. The controller also comprises a command super-arbiter comprising a plurality of command arbiters corresponding to a plurality of shared memory blocks in the shared memory. The command super-arbiter is configured to access a quality of service for each of the transactions, arbitrate the beat-level memory access commands associated with the transactions based on the quality of service for each of the plurality of transactions, and dispatch the beat-level memory access commands to the shared memory blocks based on results of arbitrating the beat-level memory access commands.

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


Processor using a level 3 translation lookaside buffer implemented in off-chip or die-stacked dynamic random-access memory
Patent No. 10296465 

Inventor(s): Nagendra Gulur (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead, P.C. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15654828 on 07/20/2017 (670 days app to issue)

Abstract: A processor architecture utilizing a L3 translation lookaside buffer (TLB) to reduce page walks. The processor includes multiple cores, where each core includes a L1 TLB and a L2 TLB. The processor further includes a L3 TLB that is shared across the processor cores, where the L3 TLB is implemented in off-chip or die-stack dynamic random-access memory. Furthermore, the processor includes a page table connected to the L3 TLB, where the page table stores a mapping between virtual addresses and physical addresses. In such an architecture, by having the L3 TLB with a very large capacity, performance may be improved, such as execution time, by eliminating page walks, which requires multiple data accesses.

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


Sample size estimator
Patent No. 10296628 

Inventor(s): Hui Zang (Cupertino, CA), Jiangsheng Yu (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15193527 on 06/27/2016 (1058 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes obtaining via a programmed computer, a first set of n random samples and a second set of n+k random samples from a base set of samples where k is a lag, iteratively adding more random samples to the first and second sets from the base set via the programmed computer, obtaining a distance between the first and second sets of random samples by calculating via the programmed computer, an empirical cumulative distribution function (ECDF) for the first and second sets in each iteration until the distance between the ECDFs is below a threshold, and constructing a stable empirical distribution representation via the programmed computer using a number of samples that is a function of the first and second sets whose distance is below the threshold.

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


Virtual rehabilitation system and method
Patent No. 10296722 

Inventor(s): Eric Rock (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): VIVIFY HEALTH, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14224666 on 03/25/2014 (1883 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method providing virtual physical rehabilitation services to a patient in the context of automated patient healthcare delivery is disclosed. The system/method are controlled by a patient healthcare plan (PHP) deployed from a host computer system (HCS) that triggers execution of a video script dataset (VSD) to coordinate presentation to a patient of rehabilitation audio/video information (AVI) derived from a video database (VDB). A mobile user device (MUD) executes the PHP autonomously to coordinate AVI display on a video display unit (VDU) for patient presentation. Patient reactions to the AVI are observed by a video imaging unit (VIU). An operator interface computer (OIC) communicates with the HCS and MUD permitting visualization of the VIU and AVI information by a healthcare provider and allowing observed patient behavior to be synchronously scored/logged/stored in a patient history database (PHD) by the HCS.

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


Method and apparatus of providing real-time feedback for magnetic secure transmission
Patent No. 10296767 

Inventor(s): Vernon Franklin (Midlothian, TX), Viren R. Balar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Tabletop Media LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15809916 on 11/10/2017 (557 days app to issue)

Abstract: A user terminal comprising: i) a display module comprising a display screen and an interface circuitry for receiving a user input; and ii) a magnetic stripe reader configured to detect a magnetic secure transmission (MST) signal received by the user terminal and, in response to the detection, to launch a real-time application in the user terminal. In one embodiment, the real-time application displays a message on the display module of the user terminal. In another embodiment, the real-time application transmits data to a third-party vendor associated with the MST signal.

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


Apparatus for controlling the printing on cable
Patent No. 10296818 

Inventor(s): Clifton S. Thompson (Lucas, TX), Ferrin E. Gomez (Van Alstyne, TX), Tony Ornelas, III (Frisco, TX), William T. Bigbee, Jr. (Melissa, TX)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15394533 on 12/29/2016 (873 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for controlling the printing on wire or cable. The apparatus including a processor, a bus connected to the processor, a user input connected to the bus, a display screen connected to the user input and the bus, a first storage system connected to the bus, data stored in the first storage system and displayable on the display screen, wherein the data includes manufacturing and print information, a printer connected to the bus, wherein the printer prints the data on the wire or cable, a communication device connected to the bus, and an identification device connected to the bus, wherein identification device receives information from a user.

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


Automatic allocation of physical facilities for maximum collaboration
Patent No. 10296851 

Inventor(s): Gregory O. Harp (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Scott P. Zimmerman, PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14684338 on 04/11/2015 (1501 days app to issue)

Abstract: Physical space is allocated to members of a group to maximize collaborative efforts. Each member of the group is determined based on presence or detection of a wireless device. As the members of the group are wirelessly detected, physical space may be assigned based on historical usage, calendar entries, physical needs, and infrastructure traits. Desks, office space, conference rooms, and other facilities may thus be dynamically reserved to maximize collaboration and yet efficiently utilize existing physical spaces.

[G06Q] DATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [2006.01]


Techniques for protected viewing of digital files
Patent No. 10296854 

Inventor(s): Mark S. Dionne (Newton, MA)
Assignee(s): Cambium Learning, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 11205479 on 08/17/2005 (5025 days app to issue)

Abstract: Unlocking digital content embodied in digital readable form on a digital media carrier includes generating a test based on text that is printed in a physical copy of the digital content, prompting a user to input text that appears on a specific page of the physical copy, evaluating whether the user entered the correct word; and if the word was correct, unlocking the digital content.

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


Systems and methods for ghost card creation via a browser extension
Patent No. 10296897 

Inventor(s): Huihui Wu (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15967372 on 04/30/2018 (386 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the systems and methods described herein can detect that a user is accessing a payment webpage of a website associated with a merchant. The system can cause a window requesting authentication credentials associated with an account of the user to appear on a display of a computing device associated with the user. After the system has received and verified the authentication credentials, the system can create a merchant-specific virtual card linked to a pre-existing payment instrument associated with the account. The system can enter information associated with the merchant-specific virtual card in a payment section of the payment webpage. After receiving an authorization request for a transaction using the merchant-specific virtual card, the system can authorize the transaction based on a balance of the pre-existing payment instrument.

[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]


Enhanced information delivery facility
Patent No. 10296957 

Inventor(s): Amir Hossein Arabkheradmand (San Francisco, CA), Cara Yvonne Stallone (Sausalito, CA), Natasha Lloyd (Ashland, MA), Nathan Henderson (Vail, AZ)
Assignee(s): BILT Incorporated (Grapevine, TX)
Law Firm: Attentive Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14971514 on 12/16/2015 (1252 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are provided herein for providing information during a life cycle of a user”s engagement with a product or service. A wireless device is configured to, in response to processing a computer readable artifact after the user has acquired the product or service, transmit a request for first information pertaining to the product or service. A computer is configured to retrieve the first information without regard for the life cycle of the product or service. The computer is further configured to retrieve supplemental information pertaining to the product or service, and provide the first information together with the supplemental information to the wireless device. The supplemental information retrieved varies depending on a current state of the life cycle.

[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]


Collaborative shopping across multiple shopping channels using shared virtual shopping carts
Patent No. 10296962 

Inventor(s): Mathews Thomas (Flower Mound, TX), Subil M. Abraham (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13372493 on 02/13/2012 (2654 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for collaborative shopping comprising shopping devices interconnected by a network and respectively used by shoppers in a collaborative shopping session, and virtual shopping carts respectively associated with the shopping devices for sharing information on items of interest among the shoppers and enabling the shoppers to collaborate on the shopping.

[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]


Bus stop systems and methods of prioritizing service-based resources
Patent No. 10296986 

Inventor(s): Christine L. Koski (Dallas, TX), Mac Joiner (Costa Mesa, CA), William N. Turley (Costa Mesa, CA)
Assignee(s): nMetric, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fish IP Law, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15713598 on 09/22/2017 (606 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods of providing services to individual and methods of manufacturing items are described. Data structures to represent priority values for those individuals or items are also described. By ascribing priority values to a set of items, those items can be grouped based on those priority values. Once grouped based on priority values, the items within each group can be manufactured according to group priority as well as according to the characteristics of each item to be manufactured within that group. The same concept applies to providing services to individuals.

[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]


Using embedded electromagnetic signatures to monitor and authorize collection of printed material
Patent No. 10297093 

Inventor(s): Erik Katzen (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15665003 on 07/31/2017 (659 days app to issue)

Abstract: Monitoring and authorizing collection of printed media. A print task is received. A unique electromagnetic (EM) signature is generated for the received print task. Files for the print task are printed including the EM signature. Communication information is received including information exchanged between a radio frequency identification (RFID) badge associated with a user requesting access to a common printing area and a RFID reader associated with the common printing area, and information by an electromagnetic detector of a computer from the EM signature. Based on the first and second set of received communication information, an attempted collection of the printed media by the print task owner is determined. If the attempted collection is not made by the print task owner, a notification is transmitted to a computer associated with the print task owner indicating an unauthorized attempted collection of the printed media.

[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)


Providing safe mobility while detecting drowsiness
Patent No. 10297131 

Inventor(s): Yasuo Katsuhara (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15627288 on 06/19/2017 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for a drowsiness detection system that alerts the user to potentially drowsiness. The drowsiness detection system includes a sensor configured to detect a heart rate of a user. The drowsiness detection system includes an indicator configured to alert the user before the user becomes drowsy and a processor that is connected to the sensor and the indicator. The processor is configured to obtain the heart rate of the user and measure the heart rate of the user. The processor is configured to calculate at least one of a heart rate variability or a heart rate interval of the user based on the measured heart rate. The processor is configured to determine that the at least one of the heart rate variability or the heart rate interval of the user indicates that the user is becoming drowsy and activate the indicator to alert the user before the user becomes drowsy.

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


Resistive memory cell programmed by metal alloy formation and method of operating thereof
Patent No. 10297312 

Inventor(s): Takuya Futase (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15833192 on 12/06/2017 (531 days app to issue)

Abstract: A resistive memory cell includes a barrier layer containing at least one of silicon and germanium, and a metal oxide layer including an oxide of a metal element that provides a reversible chemical reaction under a bidirectional electrical bias at an interface with the barrier material layer. The reversible chemical reaction is selected from a silicidation reaction between the barrier material layer and the metal element, a germanidation reaction between the barrier material layer and the metal element, oxidation of the metal element, and reduction of the metal element.

[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)


Reducing disturbs with delayed ramp up of dummy word line after pre-charge during programming
Patent No. 10297323 

Inventor(s): Xuehong Yu (San Jose, CA), Yingda Dong (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15726686 on 10/06/2017 (592 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device and associated techniques for reducing disturbs of select gate transistors and dummy memory cells in a memory device. In one approach, a ramp up of the voltage of a dummy word line is delayed relative to a ramp up of a voltage of data word lines in a program phase of a program loop, after a pre-charge phase of the program loop. Another possible approach delays the ramp up of a first dummy memory cell while the voltage of a second dummy memory cell is maintained at an elevated level throughout the pre-charge phase and the program phase. In another aspect, the disturb countermeasure is used when the selected data memory cell is relatively close to the source-end of the memory string and phased out when the selected data memory cell is relatively close to the drain-end of the memory string.

[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)


NAND boosting using dynamic ramping of word line voltages
Patent No. 10297329 

Inventor(s): Masaaki Higashitani (Cupertino, CA), Peter Rabkin (Cupertino, CA), Yingda Dong (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15352390 on 11/15/2016 (917 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for improving channel boosting and reducing program disturb during programming of memory cells within a memory array are described. The memory array may comprise a NAND flash memory structure, such as a vertical NAND structure or a bit cost scalable (BiCS) NAND structure. In some cases, by applying continuous voltage ramping to unselected word lines during or throughout a programming operation, the boosting of channels associated with program inhibited memory cells may be improved. In one example, the slope and timing of a Vpass waveform applied to a group of unselected word lines (e.g., the neighboring word lines of the selected word line) during the programming operation may be set based on the location of the selected word line within the memory array and the locations of the group of unselected word lines within the memory array.

[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)


Separate drain-side dummy word lines within a block to reduce program disturb
Patent No. 10297330 

Inventor(s): Henry Chin (Fremont, CA), Yingda Dong (San Jose, CA), Zhengyi Zhang (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15615972 on 06/07/2017 (713 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disturbs are reduced during programming and read operations for drain-side memory cells in a string by controlling dummy word line portions separately in selected and unselected sub-blocks. One or more of the dummy word line layers are separated so that they can be driven with different voltages. This allows the channel gradient to be optimized to reduce the likelihood of disturbs. In another aspect, a stack of alternating conductive and dielectric layers is formed in two parts, with lower pillars which comprise select gate transistors, source-side dummy memory cells and data memory cells, below upper pillars which comprise drain-side dummy memory cells and select gate transistors. The upper pillars are relatively narrow to provide a more compact structure. Moreover, the centerline of some upper pillars can be offset from the centerline of corresponding lower pillars to provide room for an isolation region.

[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)


Single circuit one-time programmable memory and volatile memory
Patent No. 10297334 

Inventor(s): Anindita Borah (Bangalore, , IN), Kushal D. Murthy (Bangalore, , IN), Muthusubramanian Venkateswaran (Bengaluru, , IN), Preetam Tadeparthy (Bangalore, , IN), Vikram Gakhar (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15597820 on 05/17/2017 (734 days app to issue)

Abstract: A one-time programmable (OTP) circuit. The OTP circuit includes a non-volatile OTP memory disposed on a first circuit die. The OTP memory includes a floating gate terminal. The OTP circuit also includes a cross-coupled latch disposed on the first circuit die and coupled to the OTP memory and volatile memory input circuitry disposed on the first circuit die and coupled to the cross-coupled latch. The volatile memory input circuitry is configured to receive a test value and write the test value into the cross-coupled latch. The OTP circuit is configured to receive a programming command and store the test value in the OTP memory in response to receipt of the programming command.

[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)


Hierarchical fail bit counting circuit in memory device
Patent No. 10297337 

Inventor(s): Hung-Szu Lin (Fremont, CA), Wanfang Tsai (Palo Alto, CA), Yi-Fang Chen (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15669739 on 08/04/2017 (655 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and techniques for counting 0 or 1 bits in a set of bits using both serial and parallel processes. The counting process includes a hierarchy in which the count from different parallel processes at one level in the hierarchy are passed to a smaller number of different parallel processes at a lower level in the hierarchy. A final count is obtained by an accumulator below the lowest level of the hierarchy. The position and configuration of the circuits can be set to equalize a number of circuits which process the different bits, so that a maximum delay relative to the accumulator is equalized.

[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)


Methods and apparatus to determine a telecommunications account status
Patent No. 10298777 

Inventor(s): Madhusudhan Reddy Alla (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): The Nielsen Company (US), LLC (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15837966 on 12/11/2017 (526 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture are disclosed to determine a telecommunications account status. An example apparatus includes a data collector associated with a measurement entity, the data collector including a processor and a memory storing instructions to be executed by the processor to: send a credit transfer request to a crediting system associated with a mobile communications service provider, the request associated with a device identifier corresponding to a mobile communication device; receive a response associated with the credit transfer request, the response including an error message; and determine an account status of the device identifier based on the error message.

[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]


User validation system utilizing symbolic or pictographic representations of validation codes
Patent No. 10299122 

Inventor(s): Antonio Albanese (Dallas, TX), David Livingston (Richardson, TX), Del Brown (Duncanville, TX), George Frederick Baker, Sr. (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Parking Genius, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15360670 on 11/23/2016 (909 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein is a device and method for validating users, such as for entry into a given area. The method includes transmitting a plurality of access control tokens from an access control system to a portable device, and detecting proximity a user portable device associated with one of the plurality of access control tokens to the portable device. A symbolic representation of the access control token associated with the user portable device is generated by and displayed on the portable device. Selection of the displayed symbolic representation is accepted at the portable device. The access control system is notified of selection of the displayed symbolic representation, thereby indicating identification of a user associated with the access control token symbolically represented by the symbolic representation. The venue symbolic representation includes at least one pictograph.

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


 

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Certificate-based pairing of key fob device and control unit
Patent No. 10293785 

Inventor(s): Eric Peeters (Frisco, TX), Jin-Meng Ho (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16011892 on 06/19/2018 (336 days app to issue)

Abstract: A control unit, in a disclosed embodiment, includes a transceiver, memory, and a processor. The processor is coupled to the transceiver and memory and executes instructions from the memory to cause the control unit to receive a first transmission containing a certificate, verify the authenticity of the certificate, and, after verifying authenticity of the certificate, execute a public key agreement protocol to generate a first common secret encryption key, receive a second transmission containing an encrypted first public key that is encrypted by the first common secret encryption key, decrypt the encrypted first public key using the first common secret encryption key to determine the first public key, execute a public key agreement protocol to generate a second common secret encryption key, generate an operational key, encrypt the operational key using the second common secret encryption key, and transmit the encrypted operational key.

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


Door lock/camera apparatus, system and method
Patent No. 10294694 

Inventor(s): Harley Schild (Roanoke, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15649143 on 07/13/2017 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments of an integrated wireless door lock and camera are disclosed. A wireless door lock comprises a camera that is activated upon the occurrence of certain events, such as when a person approaches a door where the integrated wireless door lock and camera are installed or when a doorbell is pressed. When activated, the camera sends video or still images to a networked user device for viewing an area outside, proximate to the door. If the person in the viewable area is recognized, a wireless signal may be sent to the integrated wireless door lock and camera to unlock the door.

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


Verifying presence of a person during an electronic visitation
Patent No. 10296784 

Inventor(s): Scott Passe (Forney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14683655 on 04/10/2015 (1502 days app to issue)

Abstract: Images of residents of a controlled-environment facility may be captured at the time of intake into the facility. A feature detection process may be performed on each image to verify that corporeal facial features are present in each resident image and a copy of such an image of each resident may be saved. A request to initiate an electronic visitation session may be received and an image of a user is captured. A feature detection process is performed on the captured image to verify that images of features of a corporeal human face are present in the captured image, determining whether an image of a corporeal human face is present in the captured image. The electronic visitation session may then be connected in response to a determination that an image of a corporeal human face is present. Further, a facial recognition process may also be performed on the captured image.

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


Sacrificial layer for platinum patterning
Patent No. 10297497 

Inventor(s): Fromund Metz (Marzling, , DE), Helmut Rinck (Bavaria, , DE), Javier Gustavo Moreira (Buch am Elbach, , DE), Kai-Alexander Schachtschneider (Rohrbach, , DE), Mario Schmidpeter (Munich, , DE), Sebastian Meier (Munich, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15658039 on 07/24/2017 (666 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with at least one embodiment of the disclosure, a method of patterning platinum on a substrate is disclosed. In an embodiment, an adhesive layer is deposited over the substrate, a sacrificial layer is deposited over the adhesive layer, and a patterned photoresist layer is formed over the sacrificial layer. Then, the sacrificial layer is patterned utilizing the photoresist layer as a mask such that at least a portion of the adhesive layer is exposed. Subsequently, the top and sidewall surfaces of the patterned sacrificial layer and the first portion of the adhesive layer are covered by a platinum layer. Finally, the sacrificial layer and a portion of the platinum layer covering the top and sidewall surfaces of the sacrificial layer are etched, thereby leaving a remaining portion of the platinum layer to form a patterned platinum layer on the substrate.

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


Three-dimensional memory device having on-pitch drain select gate electrodes and method of making the same
Patent No. 10297610 

Inventor(s): Akihisa Sai (Yokkaichi, , JP), James Kai (Santa Clara, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Sayako Nagamine (Yokkaichi, , JP), Shinsuke Yada (Yokkaichi, , JP), Takashi Orimoto (Yokkaichi, , JP), Tong Zhang (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15818061 on 11/20/2017 (547 days app to issue)

Abstract: An array of memory stack structures extends through an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers over a substrate. An array of drain select level assemblies including cylindrical electrode portions is formed over the alternating stack with the same periodicity as the array of memory stack structures. A drain select level isolation strip including dielectric materials can be formed between a neighboring pair of drain select level assemblies employing the drain select level assemblies as a self-aligning template. Alternatively, cylindrical electrode portions can be formed around an upper portion of each memory stack structure. Strip electrode portions are formed on the cylindrical electrode portions after formation of the drain select level isolation strip.

[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]


Radar transceiver assemblies with transceiver chips on opposing sides of the substrate
Patent No. 10297926 

Inventor(s): Jae Seung Lee (Ann Arbor, MI), Paul Schmalenberg (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15173090 on 06/03/2016 (1082 days app to issue)

Abstract: The radar transceiver assembly configured to reduce ghost lobes and narrow the receive beams so as to provide a better image resolution relative to current radar transceiver assemblies is provided. The radar transceiver assembly includes a first transceiver chip and a second transceiver chip mounted on opposite sides of the substrate. The accordingly, space on the first support surface may be utilized for antennas. The first array of transmit antennas and first array of receive antennas is interleaved with the second array of transmit antennas and the second array of receive antennas. The second array of transmit antennas and the second array of receive antennas are electrically coupled to the second transceiver chip via a coupling structure.

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


Apparatus for transporting and dispensing wire or cable from a barrel pack
Patent No. 10297988 

Inventor(s): David Wayne Maxey (Gunter, TX), John Lamar Rhoads (The Colony, TX), Justin Abraham Hrbacek (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16159646 on 10/13/2018 (220 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for the movement of a barrel pack containing spooled wire or cable. The apparatus comprising a frame, a handle attached to the frame, a plurality of wheels rotatably attached to the frame, securing structures attached to the frame, the securing structures securing the barrel pack to the frame and a footage counting assembly attached to the handle. The footage counting assembly counts the amount of footage of wire or cable passing through the footage counting assembly.

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


Power converter controller
Patent No. 10298126 

Inventor(s): Anmol Sharma (Freising, , DE), Franz Prexl (Niederding, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15900798 on 02/21/2018 (454 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit, comprising a trapezoidal generator that comprises digital logic configured to couple at a first input to a loop controller and at a second input to a buck-boost region detector and a driver coupled to an output of the digital logic and configured to couple to at least one power transistor of a power converter.

[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]


Startup clamp circuit for non-complimentary differential pair in DCDC converter system
Patent No. 10298127 

Inventor(s): Erich Bayer (Thonhausen, , DE), Gerhard Thiele (Dachau, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15432327 on 02/14/2017 (826 days app to issue)

Abstract: A DCDC converter includes a transconductance amplifier, a comparator, a current driving component, an output impedance, a switch, a clamp resistor and a p-channel FET. The transconductance amplifier outputs a transconductance current and a switch control signal. The comparator has a two n-channel FET inputs forming a differential pair and outputs a compared signal. The current driving component generates an output current based on the compared signal. The output impedance component generates an output DC voltage based on the output current. The switch is between the two n-channel FETs and can open and close based on the switch control signal. The clamp resistor is arranged in series with the switch. The p-channel FET is in series with the clamp resistor and is controlled by the output DC voltage.

[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]


Linear actuator force matching using back EMF
Patent No. 10298164 

Inventor(s): Gary R. Herrington (Rowlett, TX), James Robarge (Allen, TX), Mark Gohlke (Van Alstyne, TX), Patrick J. Sigler (McKinney, TX), Steven Palomino (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14280074 on 05/16/2014 (1831 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a plurality of actuators configured to provide forces to an actuatable member to actuate the member between a first position and a second position during an actuation mode. The actuators are also configured to return the member from the second position to the first position during a retrace mode. The system also includes a controller configured to control the actuators. The controller is configured to identify a back electromotive force (BEMF) of each of the actuators during the retrace mode. The controller is also configured to responsively provide control signals to drive the actuators such that the forces provided by the actuators to the member during the actuation mode are substantially equal.

[H02P] CONTROL OR REGULATION OF ELECTRIC MOTORS, ELECTRIC GENERATORS OR DYNAMO-ELECTRIC CONVERTERS; CONTROLLING TRANSFORMERS, REACTORS OR CHOKE COILS [4]


Differential driver with pull up and pull down boosters
Patent No. 10298238 

Inventor(s): Huanzhang Huang (Plano, TX), Roland Sperlich (Rockwall, TX), Weicheng Zhang (Chengdu, , CN), Yanli Fan (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15600378 on 05/19/2017 (732 days app to issue)

Abstract: A driver includes first and second resistors coupled to a supply voltage and coupled to pairs of main transistors at positive and negative output nodes. The first and second pairs of main transistors provide emphasis and de-emphasis on the positive and negative output nodes. The driver also includes a delay inverter, a pull up booster and a pull down booster. The delay inverter delays and inverts each of a pair of differential input signals to provide delayed and inverted differential signals. The pull up booster provides a bypass current path that bypasses the first and second resistors but includes at least some of the first and second pairs of main transistors. The pull down booster provides an additional current path from the supply voltage through the first or second resistor to ground.

[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]


Wide range frequency synthesizer with quadrature generation and spur cancellation
Patent No. 10298244 

Inventor(s): Farshid Aryanfar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Rambus Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA)
Law Firm: Fenwick West LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15605932 on 05/25/2017 (726 days app to issue)

Abstract: A frequency synthesizer generates a wide range of frequencies from a single oscillator while achieving good noise performance. A cascaded phase-locked loop (PLL) circuit includes a first PLL circuit with an LC voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) and a second PLL circuit with a ring VCO. A feedforward path from the first PLL circuit to the second PLL circuit provides means and signal path for cancellation of phase noise, thereby reducing or eliminating spur and quantization effects. The frequency synthesizer can directly generate in-phase and quadrature phase output signals. A split-tuned ring-based VCO is controlled via a phase error detection loop to reduce or eliminate phase error between the quadrature signals.

[H03L] AUTOMATIC CONTROL, STARTING, SYNCHRONISATION, OR STABILISATION OF GENERATORS OF ELECTRONIC OSCILLATIONS OR PULSES (of dynamo-electric generators H02P) [3]


Capacitor order determination in an analog-to-digital converter
Patent No. 10298250 

Inventor(s): Bernhard Wolfgang Ruck (Freising, , DE), Rudiger Kuhn (Freising, , DE), Thomas Fuchs (Munich, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15483046 on 04/10/2017 (771 days app to issue)

Abstract: An analog-to-digital converter (ADC) includes a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that has a configurable capacitor array. Based on measurements of differential nonlinearity (DNL) and/or integral nonlinearity (INL) error by an external test computer system, an order for use of the DAC”s capacitors can be determined so as to reduce DNL error aggregation, also called INL. The DAC includes a switch matrix that can be programmed by programming data supplied by the test computer system.

[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]


Methods and apparatus for fixed broadband communication and backhaul access with large number of antennas
Patent No. 10298298 

Inventor(s): Zhouyue Pi (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15908128 on 02/28/2018 (447 days app to issue)

Abstract: A consumer premise equipment (CPE) which may comprise a processor, a storage medium, and an antenna, wherein the processor may be operatively coupled to the storage medium and the antenna to receive, from multiple antennas of a hub station, a first beam training announcement signal that may inform the CPE to be ready to receive a beam training packet using one or more beams, wherein the beam training packet may include a plurality of symbols that are each beamformed using a different beamformer or precoder; and send, to the hub station, a beamforming feedback report based on measurements taken by the CPE, possibly as a result of the CPE receiving the first beam training announcement signal.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Linear combination codebook for CSI reporting in advanced wireless communication systems
Patent No. 10298300 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Allen, TX), Md. Saifur Rahman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15650715 on 07/14/2017 (676 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a user equipment (UE) for a channel state information (CSI) feedback in an advanced communication system. The method comprises receiving, from a base station (BS), CSI feedback configuration information for a pre-coding matrix indicator (PMI) feedback based on a linear combination (LC) codebook, wherein the PMI comprises a first PMI (i[subscript]1[/subscript]) and a second PMI (i[subscript]2[/subscript]), determining the first PMI (i[subscript]1[/subscript]) and the second PMI (i[subscript]2[/subscript]) indicating an LC pre-coder that corresponds to a weighted linear combination of a first beam and a second beam, wherein the first PMI (i[subscript]1[/subscript]) includes a first beam indicator (i[subscript]1,1[/subscript], i[subscript]1,2[/subscript]) and a second beam indicator (i[subscript]1,3[/subscript]) that indicate the first beam and a distance (d[subscript]1[/subscript], d[subscript]2[/subscript]) of the second beam in accordance with the first beam, respectively; and the second PMI (i[subscript]2[/subscript]) indicates weights assigned to the first beam and the second beam. The method further comprises transmitting, to the BS, the CSI feedback over an uplink channel including the determined first PMI (i[subscript]1[/subscript]) and the second PMI (i[subscript]2[/subscript]).

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for channel state information reference signal (CSI-RS)
Patent No. 10298307 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Hongbo Si (Plano, TX), Thomas David Novlan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15996004 on 06/01/2018 (354 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for CSI reporting mechanisms are provided. A user equipment (UE) includes a transceiver and a processor operably connected to the transceiver. The transceiver is configured to receive information indicating a channel state information reference signal (CSI-RS) resource configuration, uplink-related downlink control information (DCI), and a CSI-RS associated with a selected CSI-RS resource in a same subframe as the uplink-related DCI. The processor configured to determine, in response to a CSI request included in the uplink-related DCI, an aperiodic CSI in reference to the CSI-RS. The transceiver is further configured to report the aperiodic CSI by transmitting the aperiodic CSI on an uplink channel.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Host-equalized optical inks
Patent No. 10298330 

Inventor(s): Jim Alan Tatum (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FINISAR CORPORATION (Sunnyvale, CA)
Law Firm: Maschoff Brennan (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15085752 on 03/30/2016 (1147 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment includes a host-equalized optical transceiver. The host-equalized optical transceiver includes a driver analog interface, a linear laser diode driver (LLDD), and an optical transmitter. The driver analog interface is configured to interface with a host integrated circuit (IC) of a host system. The LLDD is directly electrically coupled to a host IC of the host system via the driver analog interface. The LLDD is configured to receive an equalized electrical data signal directly from the host IC via the driver analog interface and to generate a driving signal based on the equalized electrical data signal. The equalized electrical data signal is a linear signal. The optical transmitter is electrically coupled to the LLDD. The optical transmitter is configured to receive the driving signal from the LLDD and to generate an optical signal that is representative of the driving signal.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method of dimming for visible light communications
Patent No. 10298333 

Inventor(s): Chen Gong (Hefei, , CN), Dong Wei (Austin, TX), Nan Wu (Hefei, , CN), Shun Lou (Hefei, , CN), Zhengyuan Xu (Hefei, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15691915 on 08/31/2017 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented by a visible light communication (VLC) device comprises determining, by a processor of the VLC device, n time slots for a signal block based on a dimming value, the signal block specifying a predetermined duration of time and the signal block being divided equally into n time slots, with the dimming value specifying a light intensity of light to be emitted by the light source, determining, by the processor, w pulses to be transmitted during one or more of the n time slots of the signal block, based on the dimming value and according to a pulse pattern indicating a position of the w pulses transmitted during the one or more of the n time slots, and determining, by the processor, a codeword based on n and w, the codeword corresponding to the pulse pattern.

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


Supporting cooperative transmission in massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems
Patent No. 10298355 

Inventor(s): Chao He (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Incorporated (Corning, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15692771 on 08/31/2017 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure relate to supporting cooperative transmission in massive multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems, such as a wireless distribution system (WDS). A WDS includes a plurality of remote units each defining a home coverage cell. A selected remote unit can coordinate with a neighboring remote unit(s) to help mitigate inter-cell interference for a selected client device(s) located in an overlapping coverage area between the home coverage cell of the selected remote unit and a neighboring coverage cell(s) defined by the neighboring remote unit(s). The selected remote unit receives channel-data information from the selected client device(s) and forms a first radio frequency (RF) beam based on the channel-data information to distribute a downlink signal(s) to the selected client device. The selected remote unit coordinates with the neighboring remote unit(s) based on the channel-data information to form a second RF beam to distribute the downlink signal(s) to the selected client device.

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


System and method for orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) resource allocation
Patent No. 10298365 

Inventor(s): Phillip Barber (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen, , CN)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14738411 on 06/12/2015 (1439 days app to issue)

Abstract: An orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) frame includes a 256 tone payload. The 256 tone payload may consist of either 234 data tones when the payload is carried in a downlink transmission. The 256 tone payload may consist of 216 data tones when the payload is carried in an uplink transmission. In addition, the OFDMA frame may include one or more resource units (RUs). Each of the one or more RUs may consist of either an integer multiple of 26 data tones or an integer multiple of 24 data tones and 2 pilot tones. Another embodiment OFDMA frame comprises a symbol-based RU (SRU) that may include an integer multiple of 2 pilots tones and either an integer multiple of 24 data tones or an integer multiple of 26 data tones.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method of generating reference signal in wireless communication system
Patent No. 10298376 

Inventor(s): Daewon Lee (Anyang-si, , KR), Minseok Noh (Anyang-si, , KR), Seung Hee Han (Anyang-si, , KR)
Assignee(s): Optis Cellular Technology, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14804725 on 07/21/2015 (1400 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of generating a reference signal includes acquiring a base sequence and acquiring a reference signal sequence with a length N from the base sequence. Good PAPR/CM characteristics of the reference signal can be kept to enhance performance of data demodulation or uplink scheduling.

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


Methods, systems, and computer readable mediums for creating a tenant cloud
Patent No. 10298515 

Inventor(s): Gilbert Lau (Cupertino, CA), Michael Tan (Palo Alto, CA), Peng Liu (Milpitas, CA), Richard Kirchhofer (Raleigh, NC)
Assignee(s): VCE IP HOLDING COMPANY LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor Hunt P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14731820 on 06/05/2015 (1446 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable mediums for creating a tenant cloud are disclosed. According to one exemplary embodiment, a method for creating a tenant cloud includes receiving a request for creating a tenant cloud, wherein the request includes a tenant cloud policy indicating at least one application for utilizing a tenant cloud, wherein the tenant cloud includes a set of resources configured to act as a single tenant computing environment. The method also includes determining, using the tenant cloud policy, a set of resources for the tenant cloud. The method further includes configuring the set of resources to act as the single tenant computing environment. The method also includes deploying the at least one application for utilizing the tenant cloud.

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


System and method for enhanced data protection
Patent No. 10298554 

Inventor(s): Brandon Hart (Dallas, TX), Charles Burgess (Cedar Park, TX), Cody Pollet (Austin, TX), Courtney Roach (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Encryptics, LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15946965 on 04/06/2018 (410 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method of secure network transmission is performed by a computer system. The method includes encrypting a payload via a first symmetric key and encrypting the first symmetric key via a second symmetric key. The method further includes encrypting an author header comprising the encrypted first symmetric key and a recipient list via a third symmetric key, wherein the recipient list comprises at least one recipient. The method also includes encrypting the third symmetric key via a public asymmetric key associated with an authentication server. Furthermore, the method includes transmitting the encrypted author header and the encrypted third symmetric key to the authentication server for use in recipient-initiated pre-access authentication. In addition, the method includes transmitting the encrypted payload and the second symmetric key over a computer network to the at least one recipient.

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


Methods, systems, devices and products for error correction in computer programs
Patent No. 10298560 

Inventor(s): Jay O. Glasgow (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT MOBILITY II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Scott P. Zimmerman, PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15399821 on 01/06/2017 (865 days app to issue)

Abstract: A login session server establishes a communications session between an application executing on a device and a service provided by a web services gateway. A temporary login session socket is established and a token is sent to the device. The temporary login session socket may be used to verify a service provided by the web services gateway.

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


Mitigation of distributed denial-of-service attacks
Patent No. 10298613 

Inventor(s): Jered D. Ast (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Amazon Technologies, Inc. (Seattle, WA)
Law Firm: Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15595780 on 05/15/2017 (736 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for mitigating a distributed denial-of-service attack are disclosed. In the method and apparatus a first set of data received from a computer system and addressed to a server is monitored over a first interval to determine whether one or more conditions for limiting computer system data are met. As a result of the one or more conditions for limiting the computer system data being met, a limit is placed on a second set of data provided to the server over a second interval. It is then determined whether one or more conditions for removing the limit are met and as a result of the one or more conditions for removing the limit being met, the limit is removed over an interval subsequent to the second interval.

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


Method and apparatus for managing communications
Patent No. 10298731 

Inventor(s): Anup D. Karnalkar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Uber Technologies, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Fenwick West LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15973395 on 05/07/2018 (379 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to detect a selection of an image from a graphical user interface, identify an entry in a contact book responsive to the detected selection of the image, and retrieve one or more communication identifiers associated with the party from the entry of the contact book for initiating a communication session. Other embodiments are disclosed.

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


Method and apparatus for SSIM-based bit allocation
Patent No. 10298936 

Inventor(s): Do-Kyoung Kwon (Allen, TX), Hyung-Joon Kim (Suwanee, GA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16110347 on 08/23/2018 (271 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment includes a method and an encoder for SSIM-based bits allocation. The encoder includes a memory and a processor utilized for allocating bits based on SSIM, wherein the processor estimates the model parameter of SSIM-based distortion model for the current picture and determines allocates bits based on the SSIM estimation.

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


Method and apparatus for sample adaptive offset without sign coding
Patent No. 10298963 

Inventor(s): Do-Kyoung Kwon (Allen, TX), Woo-Shik Kim (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15008888 on 01/28/2016 (1209 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for sample adaptive offset without sign coding. The method includes selecting an edge offset type for at least a portion of an image, classifying at least one pixel of at least the portion of the image into edge shape category, calculating an offset of the pixel, determining the offset is larger or smaller than a predetermined threshold, changing a sign of the offset based on the threshold determination; and performing entropy coding accounting for the sign of the offset and the value of the offset.

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


HSS-based application authorization for machine-type-communications
Patent No. 10299094 

Inventor(s): Sudhakar Reddy Patil (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15420481 on 01/31/2017 (840 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems described herein ensure authorized communications between application servers and machine-type communications (MTC) devices. The systems store a subscriber profile for an MTC device, the subscriber profile including application server (AS) configuration information designating application servers that are authorized to connect with the MTC device. The systems receive a non-IP data delivery (NIDD) registration request from an application server, wherein the NIDD registration request includes an identifier for the MTC device. The systems obtain, from the application server, a first identifier for the application server, and retrieve, based on the NIDD registration request, the AS configuration information from the subscriber profile. The systems determine if there is a match between the AS configuration information and the first identifier for the application server, and configure a binding of the application server and an access point name (APN) for the MTC device in response to determining that there is a match.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


External crypto modernization of legacy radios
Patent No. 10299114 

Inventor(s): Hiren Sampat (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Rockwell Collins, Inc. (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14840259 on 08/31/2015 (1359 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method for providing external bump-in-the-wire cryptographic capability to a legacy radio (which may or may not include embedded cryptography) includes an appliqu couplable to the legacy radio and to an intercom, handset, or other user device. The appliqu extracts and stores in memory radio status information from the legacy radio (channel information, cryptographic instructions, alarm conditions) by intercepting control signals, polling the legacy radio, or listening in on channels used by the legacy radio. If TSVCIS 2.1 or CMI-compatible encryption is required, the appliqu may encrypt or decrypt a message with the appropriate cryptographic keys based on the extracted radio status information. The appliqu may include a bump-in-the-wire device or a bump-in-the-connector device directly couplable to an intercom port of a vehicular mounted SINCGARS legacy radio.

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


System and method for basic service set association
Patent No. 10299198 

Inventor(s): Bin Chen (Shenzhen, , CN), George Calcev (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15903884 on 02/23/2018 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for Basic Service Set (BSS) association, comprises receiving, by a station (STA) from an access point (AP), a frame comprising a traffic type indicator, wherein the traffic type indicator indicates a type of STA that is allowed to associate with the AP and the frame is a beacon frame or a probe response frame; and associating the STA with the AP upon determining that a device type of the STA is indicated by the traffic type indicator.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for uplink timing synchronization in conjunction with discontinuous reception
Patent No. 10299206 

Inventor(s): James Earl Womack (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD. (Dongguan, Guangdong, , CN)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16009472 on 06/15/2018 (340 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for providing uplink timing synchronization during DRX operation in a wireless communication system.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for uplink timing synchronization in conjunction with discontinuous reception
Patent No. 10299207 

Inventor(s): James Earl Womack (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD. (Dongguan, Guangdong, , CN)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16009833 on 06/15/2018 (340 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for providing uplink timing synchronization during DRX operation in a wireless communication system.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for uplink timing synchronization in conjunction with discontinuous reception
Patent No. 10299208 

Inventor(s): James Earl Womack (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD. (Dongguan, Guangdong, , CN)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16010033 on 06/15/2018 (340 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for providing uplink timing synchronization during DRX operation in a wireless communication system.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for uplink timing synchronization in conjunction with discontinuous reception
Patent No. 10299209 

Inventor(s): James Earl Womack (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD. (Dongguan, Guangdong, , CN)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16010064 on 06/15/2018 (340 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for providing uplink timing synchronization during DRX operation in a wireless communication system.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DOCSIS to support coordinated multi-point in 5G small cells
Patent No. 10299313 

Inventor(s): James Jeng Chen (Corona, CA), Li Zhang (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15786308 on 10/17/2017 (581 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cable modem is provided that comprises: a base station interface; a cable network interface that connects the cable modem to a cable modem termination system and one or more other cable modems, the cable network interface communicating using orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA); a memory storage comprising instructions; and one or more processors in communication with the cable network interface, the base station interface, and the memory storage. The one or more processors execute the instructions to: receive, via the base station interface, coordination data addressed to a first cable modem of the one or more other cable modems; receive, from the cable modem termination system via the cable network interface, an allocation of a resource block in an OFDMA symbol; and transmit, to the first cable modem via the cable network interface, in the allocated resource block in the OFDMA symbol, the coordination data.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DESIGN PATENTS

Handbag
Patent No. D848732 

Inventor(s): Jane Dunne Cooke (Dallas, TX), Mary Caroline Nix (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): THE BIG O, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29632809 on 01/10/2018 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Seat
Patent No. D848754 

Inventor(s): Andrew Zahasky (North Richland Hills, TX), Levi Bilbrey (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29654807 on 06/27/2018 (328 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Tool rack
Patent No. D848809 

Inventor(s): Stephen Anthony Avila (Sanger, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29565345 on 05/19/2016 (1097 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cup and accessory holder
Patent No. D848932 

Inventor(s): Donna Cherie Henderson (Fate, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29595567 on 02/28/2017 (812 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cartridge primer insert
Patent No. D849181 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): True Velocity IP Holdings, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29612265 on 07/31/2017 (659 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Dermal treatment atomizer
Patent No. D849230 

Inventor(s): Yoanna Gouchtchina (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Dunlap Bennett Ludwig PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29644387 on 04/17/2018 (399 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Surface cleaning system
Patent No. D849344 

Inventor(s): Christopher Terpstra (Frisco, TX), Ernest Matthew Chavana, Jr. (Villa Ridge, MO), Jan Valentic (Plano, TX), Richard Foster (Powell, OH), Stanley Anderson (Fenton, MO)
Assignee(s): Rug Doctor, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Hauptman Ham, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29608682 on 06/23/2017 (697 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

 

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