Dallas Invents: 123 Patents Granted for Week of Oct. 19

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

Patents granted include:
• Elbit System's apparatus for target location
• IBM's avatar-based augmented reality engagement
• Mckesson's adherence monitoring system
• ProBiora Health's foods containing beneficial oral bacteria
• Toyota's acoustic direction sensor
• Verishop's online multi-user shopping
• Verizon's system for carrier settlement using blockchain

U.S. Patent No. 11,153,681 (Acoustic direction sensor)

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of October 19, 2021  | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES 6
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING 19
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY 1
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS 4
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING 7
G: PHYSICS 37
H: ELECTRICITY 47
DESIGN: 2


TOP ASSIGNEES  (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 19
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 9
Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI) 6
Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC) 4
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR) 4
Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ) 4
ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA) 3
International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY) 3
Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA) 3

UNASSIGNED 7


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Manu Kurian (Dallas) 3
Brian C. Witkowski (Fort Worth) 2
David Haynes Coleman (Fort Worth) 2
Kevin Aaron Coffey (Grapevine) 2
Steven E. Twaddle (Aledo) 2
Stuart C. Street (Aledo) 2
Vanessa Ogle (Fairview) 2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Surgical suite integration and optimization
Patent No. 11147636 

Inventor(s): Paul R. Hallen (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcon Inc. (Fribourg, CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16149415 on 10/02/2018 (1113 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for integrating and optimizing a surgical suite. An ophthalmic suite can include a surgical console, a heads-up display communicatively coupled with a surgical camera for capturing a three-dimensional image of an eye, and a surgical suite optimization engine. The surgical suite optimization engine can performs a wide variety of actions in response to action codes received from the other components in the surgical suite. The surgical suite optimization engine can be integrated within another component of the surgical suite, can be a stand-alone module, and can be a cloud-based tool.

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


Intraocular lens injector
Patent No. 11147664 

Inventor(s): Victoria Holderby (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcon Inc. (Fribourg, CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16507418 on 07/10/2019 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: Intraocular lens (IOL) injectors are describe that include a rack and pinion to advance an IOL through the IOL injector and eject the IOL therefrom. IOL injectors described herein may also include a slide advance operable to advance an IOL from a storage location to a dwell location within the IOL injector.

[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]


Wearable foot garment
Patent No. 11147701 

Inventor(s): Aiesha Ashby (Fort Worth, TX), Kaycee Jones (Atlanta, GA)
Assignee(s): APOLLA PERFORMANCE WEAR LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Meunier Carlin Curfman LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16133419 on 09/17/2018 (1128 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various implementations include a wearable foot garment that includes a forefoot portion, a midfoot portion, and an ankle portion. The midfoot portion includes two high compression zones and a reduced compression zone between the high compression zones. The first high compression zone is configured for providing compression in a radially inward direction toward the wearer’’s foot adjacent a proximal end of the wearer’’s plantar aponeurosis. The second high compression zone is configured for providing compression in a radially inward direction toward the wearer’’s foot adjacent distal ends of metatarsals of the wearer. The compressive strength in the high compression zones is greater than the compressive strength in the reduced compression zone. In some implementations, the ankle portion and midfoot portion define a heel opening, and the forefoot portion includes a plantar surface area on which an adhesive film is disposed for increasing the friction contact of the forefoot portion.

[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]


Foods containing beneficial oral bacteria
Patent No. 11147845 

Inventor(s): Christine Koski (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ProBiora Health, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fish IP Law, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16036764 on 07/16/2018 (1191 days app to issue)

Abstract: Compositions and methods are described that provide controlled release of stabilized bacteria into the oral cavity on consumption of a food, candy, gum, or similar substance so as to promote colonization of oral surface by the bacteria. Bacteria are selected to treat an oral condition, such as oral disease, halitosis, and/or stained enamel on consumption of the food.

[A01N] PRESERVATION OF BODIES OF HUMANS OR ANIMALS OR PLANTS OR PARTS THEREOF (preservation of food or foodstuff A23); BIOCIDES, e.g. AS DISINFECTANTS, AS PESTICIDES OR AS HERBICIDES (preparations for medical, dental or toilet purposes which kill or prevent the growth or proliferation of unwanted organisms A61K); PEST REPELLANTS OR ATTRACTANTS; PLANT GROWTH REGULATORS (mixtures of pesticides with fertilisers C05G)


Golf club head or other ball striking device having impact-influencing body features
Patent No. 11148017 

Inventor(s): Eric A. Larson (Arlington, TX), Joshua M. Boggs (Aledo, TX), Kevin Harper (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17069763 on 10/13/2020 (371 days app to issue)

Abstract: A ball striking device, such as a golf club head, has a face with a striking surface configured for striking a ball and a channel extending across a portion of the sole. The channel may be recessed from adjacent surfaces of the sole and have a depth of recession from the adjacent surfaces of the sole. A pair of ribs are positioned within the channel. The ribs may diverge away from one another and may have a first rib located in a toe portion of the channel and a second rib located in the heel portion of the channel.

[A63B] APPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT (apparatus for passive exercising, massage A61H)


Leg band trainer
Patent No. 11148029 

Inventor(s): Danielle Bakic (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: CARR Law Firm PLLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17230749 on 04/14/2021 (188 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides for an apparatus and a method for maintaining the position of a swimmer’’s legs and limiting the range of motion of the swimmer’’s knees when swimming.

[A63B] APPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT (apparatus for passive exercising, massage A61H)


 

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

Nutplate rotary abrasion tool
Patent No. 11148175 

Inventor(s): David Haynes Coleman (Fort Worth, TX), Kevin Aaron Coffey (Grapevine, TX), Steven E. Twaddle (Aledo, TX), Stuart C. Street (Aledo, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15630990 on 06/23/2017 (1579 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes an abrasion component containing an abrasion pad configured to clean a faying surface of a nutplate and a shaft attached to the abrasion pad and configured to rotate the shaft and the abrasion pad during cleaning of the nutplate, which includes abrading the faying surface with the abrasion pad. The system further includes a base configured to attach to a pressure applicator, and the pressure applicator, which is configured to attach to the base, hold the nutplate such that the faying surface is capable of contacting the abrasion pad during the cleaning of the nutplate, and apply pressure to the nutplate such that the nutplate contacts the abrasion pad during the cleaning of the nutplate. Furthermore, the abrasion component is configured to rotate the abrasion pad within at least one of the base and the pressure applicator during the cleaning of the nutplate.

[B08B] CLEANING IN GENERAL; PREVENTION OF FOULING IN GENERAL (brushes A46; devices for domestic or like cleaning A47L; separation of particles from liquids or gases B01D; separation of solids B03, B07; spraying or applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces in general B05; cleaning devices for conveyors B65G 45/10; concurrent cleaning, filling and closing of bottles B67C 7/00; inhibiting corrosion or incrustation in general C23; cleaning streets, permanent ways, beaches or land E01H; parts, details or accessories of swimming or splash baths or pools, specially adapted for cleaning E04H 4/16; preventing or removing electrostatic charges H05F)


Reversible hand tool
Patent No. 11148261 

Inventor(s): Daniel Molina (Mansfield, TX), Raul Rosales (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Klein Tools, Inc. (Lincolnshire, IL)
Law Firm: Leydig, Voit Mayer, Ltd. (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16175325 on 10/30/2018 (1085 days app to issue)

Abstract: A reversible tool holder assembly is adapted for insertion into a handle in either of two orientations to present two different ends extending from the handle. The reversible tool holder assembly includes a first barrel and a second barrel that are axially aligned, and a ratcheting mechanism that is disposed axially between the first and second barrels and configured to provide a reversible ratcheting mechanical connection between the first and second barrels. The ratcheting mechanism is configured to provide a reversible ratcheting mechanical connection or a solid mechanical connection between the two barrels.

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


Multi-bit screwdriver
Patent No. 11148276 

Inventor(s): Jonathan D. Snook (Southlake, TX), Thomas G. Fulbright (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Wheelfloat, Inc. (Southlake, TX)
Law Firm: Scheef Stone, L.L.P. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16134808 on 09/18/2018 (1127 days app to issue)

Abstract: A screwdriver stores in a storage device multiple bits readily selectable for retrieval and use. The storage device includes at least one cartridge defining a cavity for receiving at least one bit. A receiver defines at least one cell for receiving the at least one cartridge, and a passageway extends longitudinally along the center of the receiver to an opening defined in an external surface of the receiver. Springs are employed for biasing the at least one cartridge in a first position in the at least one cell wherein the cavity is not aligned with the passageway, or in a second position in the at least one cell wherein the cavity is aligned with the passageway.

[B25F] COMBINATION OR MULTI-PURPOSE TOOLS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; DETAILS OR COMPONENTS OF PORTABLE POWER-DRIVEN TOOLS NOT PARTICULARLY RELATED TO THE OPERATIONS PERFORMED AND NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [4]


Apparatus and method for interior ambient mood lighting in a vehicle
Patent No. 11148591 

Inventor(s): Ryan Brown (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16183605 on 11/07/2018 (1077 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for interior ambient mood lighting, the apparatus includes a wire harness; one or more pin terminals integral with the wire harness and to engage with and obtain power from a vehicle electrical control unit; and one or more lighting devices electrically connected to the wire harness and to receive power from the one or more pin terminals via wire; the wire harness and the one or more pin terminals is vehicle specific, thereby being able to engage with a specific vehicle make and model.

[B60Q] ARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL [4]


Cup holders within console assemblies for vehicles
Patent No. 11148599 

Inventor(s): John J. Salvia, III (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: 16600947 on 10/14/2019 (736 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate to a center console assembly that includes a housing having a support surface and a receptacle recessed with respect to the support surface, a lid and a retaining mechanism. The lid includes an exterior surface, an opposite interior surface, and an opening extending between the exterior surface and the interior surface is coupled to the housing for movement between a closed position and a raised position. In the closed position, the interior surface faces the support surface of the housing and access to the receptacle is permitted through the opening of the lid. The retainer mechanism is coupled to the lid. The retainer mechanism is configured to retain an object between the support surface and the retainer mechanism when the lid is in the raised position.

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


Alerting system and method
Patent No. 11148692 

Inventor(s): Michael Bratcher (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): WESTINGHOUSE AIR BRAKE TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION (Wilmerding, PA)
Law Firm: The Small Patent Law Group LLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16557408 on 08/30/2019 (781 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system is provided that include at least one positioning system that can detect a location or position of a vehicle or a portion of a vehicle group that includes the vehicle, at least one sensor positioned on or associated with the vehicle that can generate sensor data of a determined parameter or condition, and a controller in communication with the sensor and the positioning system. The controller can determine that a hazard event has occurred based at least partially on sensor data, and can communicate a hazard event notification based at least in part on the location data and the sensor data to a remote server.

[B61L] GUIDING RAILWAY TRAFFIC; ENSURING THE SAFETY OF RAILWAY TRAFFIC (brakes or auxiliary equipment B61H, B61K; point or crossing construction E01B)


System and method for adjustable ballast
Patent No. 11148786 

Inventor(s): Derek William Heard (Fort Worth, TX), Joshua Andrew Emrich (Grapevine, TX), Nathan Craig Clark (Arlington, TX), Ralph Michael Gannarelli (Keller, TX), Richard Theodore Perryman (Fort Worth, TX), Yann Lavallee (St-Hippolyte,
Assignee(s): Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16899295 on 06/11/2020 (495 days app to issue)

Abstract: A movable ballast system for an aircraft includes first and second ballast docks secured to the aircraft. The first ballast dock includes a first housing and a first ballast tray and a first stop plate secured within the first housing. The first ballast tray includes a plurality of channels. The second ballast dock is positioned aft of a CG of the aircraft and includes a second housing and a second ballast tray and a second stop plate secured within the second housing. The second ballast tray includes a plurality of channels. The movable ballast system includes a plurality of movable ballasts, each movable ballast of the plurality of movable ballasts being configured to fit within at least one channel of each of the plurality of channels of the first and second ballast trays.

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


Rotor hub vibration attenuator
Patent No. 11148790 

Inventor(s): Amarjit Olenchery Kizhakkepat (Fort Worth, TX), David Heverly (Arlington, TX), Frank Stamps (Colleyville, TX), Jouyoung Jason Choi (Southlake, TX), Michael Seifert (Southlake, TX), Michael Smith (Colleyville, TX), Thomas
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfood Alford PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16794075 on 02/18/2020 (609 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vibration attenuation system for attenuating vibrations in a mast of an aircraft includes a weight attached to the mast but free to orbit about the mast. The weight can be comprised of one or more weight assemblies. Embodiments can include a single weight, or plural weight assemblies wherein each weight assembly can include a mechanical interconnecting mechanism so that each weight assembly receives feedback regarding the position and movement of one or more other weight assemblies. Each weight can be associated with a spring that urges the weight towards a neutral position. Rotation of the mast can cause the weight to orbit about the mast and self-excite such that the weight acts against the urging of the spring towards an attenuating position.

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


Tail rotor assembly
Patent No. 11148796 

Inventor(s): Albert Gerard Brand (North Richland Hills, TX), Eric Albert Sinusas (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16007666 on 06/13/2018 (1224 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods include providing a helicopter, with a fuselage, a tail boom extending from the fuselage, a main rotor system, and a tail rotor assembly disposed on an aft end of the tail boom. The tail rotor assembly includes a tail rotor housing, at least one normal ducted fan that generate anti-torque thrust to prevent rotation of the fuselage, and at least one canted ducted fan configured to generate both anti-torque thrust to prevent of the fuselage and lift to the tail boom in order to control the pitch of the helicopter. The canted ducted fans generate sufficient lift to prevent a nose-up orientation of the helicopter when the center of gravity of the helicopter is shifted rearward behind the main rotor system, while the normal ducted fans maintain sufficient anti-torque thrust to prevent rotation of the fuselage when the main rotor is operated.

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


Low observable aircraft having trinary lift fans
Patent No. 11148797 

Inventor(s): Daniel Bryan Robertson (Southlake, TX), Kirk Landon Groninga (Keller, TX), Matthew Edward Louis (Fort Worth, TX), Steven Ray Ivans (Ponder, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16833630 on 03/29/2020 (569 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aircraft operable to transition between thrust-borne lift in a VTOL orientation and wing-borne lift in a forward flight orientation. The aircraft has a blended wing body and includes an engine, a trinary lift fan system, a forced air bypass system and an exhaust system. The engine has a turboshaft mode and a turbofan mode. The lift fan system includes a plurality of ducted fans in a tandem lateral and forward orientation. In the VTOL orientation of the aircraft, the engine is in the turboshaft mode coupled to the lift fan system such that the engine provides rotational energy to the ducted fans generating the thrust-borne lift. In the forward flight orientation of the aircraft, the engine is in the turbofan mode coupled to the forced air bypass system such that bypass air combines with engine exhaust in the exhaust system to provide forward thrust generating the wing-borne lift.

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


Engine and rotatable proprotor configurations for a tiltrotor aircraft
Patent No. 11148798 

Inventor(s): Clegg Smith (Fort Worth, TX), David Russell Bockmiller (Fort Worth, TX), Eric Stephen Olson (Fort Worth, TX), George Ryan Decker (Mansfield, TX), James Kooiman (Fort Worth, TX), Mark Przybyla (Keller, TX), Michael E. Rine
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16015760 on 06/22/2018 (1215 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tiltrotor aircraft includes a propulsion system with a fixed engine and a rotatable proprotor. The engine is located on the top surface of the wing of the tiltrotor aircraft, and the rotatable proprotor assembly is also mounted on the top surface of the wing. The engine and proprotor assembly are connected via a series of one or more gearboxes that route the engine output from the engine to the proprotor.

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


Tilting duct compound helicopter
Patent No. 11148799 

Inventor(s): Daniel Robertson (Southlake, TX), Kirk Groninga (Keller, TX), Matthew Louis (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwa (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16200024 on 11/26/2018 (1058 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotorcraft that utilizes both a main compound rotor and a plurality of tiltrotors is disclosed. The main rotor and the thrusters can provide vertical lift for vertical take-off and landing of the rotorcraft. The thrusters of the rotorcraft can articulate to a horizontal position to facilitate horizontal flight. The main rotor of the rotorcraft can continue to provide vertical lift for the rotorcraft in horizontal flight, as well as operate in an autorotation mode. In the event of a failure of the main power source of the rotorcraft, the main rotor in autorotation mode can safety land the rotorcraft. In the autorotation mode, the main rotor can create electrical energy that is stored in a battery and can be used to power the plurality of thrusters. The rotorcraft can also be configured in an anti-torque mode, where the thrusters cancel out the torque of the main rotor.

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


Glassware lid and glassware with same
Patent No. 11148857 

Inventor(s): David Prieto de Sicart (Garland, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Garland, TX), Marc Zamora Salvador (Garland, TX), Xiaojia Liu (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16867592 on 05/06/2020 (531 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to and provides a glassware lid and a glassware with same. After food is heated, the lid is covered; a first end of the air hole sliding lid is turned so that the air hole is communicated with outside atmosphere to avoid forming a vacuum state inside; when the lid needs to be taken out, the first sliding parts and the second sliding parts continue to slide to separate the hoop from the glassware body, which is convenient to operate. The structure is compact and the arrangement is reasonable.

[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


Shipping container for rolled goods
Patent No. 11148862 

Inventor(s): Brandon J. Lee (Chanhassen, MN)
Assignee(s): Poly-America, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17027156 on 09/21/2020 (393 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to a shipping container for rolled goods, particularly relatively heavy and rigid rolled products such as high count rolls of trash bags. In at least one embodiment, the shipping container may be used for shipping a product enclosure containing a pair of rolled trash bags. The shipping container can include a pair of opposing side reinforcing trays to prevent damage to the shipping container when in transit. The invention can conserve the amount of materials used and reduce the shipping weight of the container. The shipping container can further include a flexible overwrap to maintain the reinforcement trays on the opposing side ends of the product enclosure and to provide for additional reinforcement to the shipping container.

[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


Portable, dual-chambered, silo tank fueling system
Patent No. 11148933 

Inventor(s): Christopher Cole Ortowski (Fort Worth, TX), Cody Joe Ortowski (Fort Worth, TX), David Lee Arnoldy (Sanger, TX), Jarrett Thomas Wilson (Fort Worth, TX), John Edward Saville (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): ORTEQ ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Gainesville, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17263083 on 12/06/2019 (683 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fleet refueling silo tank system gravity feeds fuel through hoses to fleet units without requiring pressurizing pumps. Specialized valves at the fleet unit fuel tanks prevent vapor escape and admit fuel at low, gravity fed pressures. The cylindrical silo tank includes an upper, gravity feed dispensing chamber and a lower reservoir chamber. A fuel pump doubles as means for moving fuel from the reservoir chamber to the dispensing chamber and for refilling the reservoir from fuel delivery trucks. Onboard telemetry transmits fuel consumption and flow rates wirelessly to a control center where operators monitor safety parameters in real time. Stored data may be analyzed to calculate fleet unit maintenance and service intervals. A tractor trailer hauls the silo tank horizontally on roads and highways and includes a gantry and hydraulic lifts to erect the silo tank into vertical operating position supported by a built-in platform.

[B67D] DISPENSING, DELIVERING, OR TRANSFERRING LIQUIDS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (cleaning pipes or tubes or systems of pipes or tubes B08B 9/02; emptying or filling of bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels, or similar containers, not otherwise provided for B67C; water supply E03; pipe systems F17D; domestic hot-water supply systems F24D; measuring volume, volume flow, mass flow or liquid level, metering by volume G01F; coin-freed or like apparatus G07F) [5]


Automatic assembly of glueless pocketed spring units
Patent No. 11148934 

Inventor(s): Martin Wolfson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carrington, Coleman, Sloman Blumenthal, L.L.P. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16995548 on 08/17/2020 (428 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for no-glue pocketed spring unit construction. Rows of pocketed springs modules, comprising more than two pocketed springs surrounding a central hole, can be automatically loaded onto an assembler; pocketed spring-surrounded openings can be automatically aligned with welding phalanges; and probe/anvil welding pairs can be inserted into modules in different rows of modules, closed around polymer pocket fabric, and activated to weld rows of modules together without glue; without a user manually loading rows of modules onto the assembler.

[B68G] METHODS, EQUIPMENT, OR MACHINES FOR USE IN UPHOLSTERING; UPHOLSTERY NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Systems and methods for mechanosynthesis
Patent No. 11148944 

Inventor(s): Tait Takatani (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CBN Nano Technologies Inc. (Ottawa, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17035844 on 09/29/2020 (385 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and devices are disclosed for performing mechanosynthesis, including those that involve bulk chemical preparation of tips, multiple tips for supplying feedstock, and use of sequential tips such as in a thermodynamic cascade; such features may simplify starting requirements, increase versatility, and/or reduce complexity in the mechanosynthesis equipment and/or process.

[B82B] NANOSTRUCTURES FORMED BY MANIPULATION OF INDIVIDUAL ATOMS, MOLECULES, OR LIMITED COLLECTIONS OF ATOMS OR MOLECULES AS DISCRETE UNITS; MANUFACTURE OR TREATMENT THEREOF [7]


Multiple nutplate rotary abrasion tool
Patent No. 11149778 

Inventor(s): David Haynes Coleman (Fort Worth, TX), Kevin Aaron Coffey (Grapevine, TX), Steven E. Twaddle (Aledo, TX), Stuart C. Street (Aledo, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15631017 on 06/23/2017 (1579 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes an abrasion assembly containing one or more abrasion pads configured to clean a faying surface of multiple nutplates, and a shaft attached to at least one of the abrasion pads and configured to rotate some or all of the abrasion pads during cleaning, wherein cleaning includes abrading the faying surfaces with the abrasion pads. The system also includes a base configured to attach to a pressure applicator, and a pressure applicator configured to attach to the base, hold the nutplates such that the faying surface of each nutplate is capable of contacting one of the abrasion pads, and apply pressure to the nutplates such that each of the nutplates contact one of the abrasion pads during the cleaning. Furthermore, the abrasion assembly is configured to rotate the abrasion pads within at least one of the base and the pressure applicator during cleaning.

[B24B] MACHINES, DEVICES, OR PROCESSES FOR GRINDING OR POLISHING (by electro-erosion B23H; abrasive or related blasting B24C; electrolytic etching or polishing C25F 3/00); DRESSING OR CONDITIONING OF ABRADING SURFACES; FEEDING OF GRINDING, POLISHING, OR LAPPING AGENTS [2]


Finger air baffle for high efficiency furnace
Patent No. 11149942 

Inventor(s): John W. Whitesitt (Carrollton, TX), Shiblee S. M. Noman (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16544037 on 08/19/2019 (792 days app to issue)

Abstract: One aspect of this disclosure provides a finger baffle for a heating furnace. This embodiment includes an elongated support plate having a length, and at least one finger baffle extending outwardly and in a vertically oriented direction from the elongated support plate. The at least one finger baffle has a width that extends along the length of the elongated support plate. The finger baffle may be employed in a high-efficiency gas furnace.

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


 

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

Method and device for heating a steel blank for hardening purposes
Patent No. 11149327 

Inventor(s): Wilhelm Weinmeister (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft (Munich, DE), voestalpine Automotive Components Cartersville Inc. (White, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16422643 on 05/24/2019 (879 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and a device for heating a sheet metal blank or a formed sheet metal component above the austenitization temperature for the purpose of quench hardening, wherein the dew point of the furnace atmosphere is set to 15 C. to 15 C., preferably to 10 C. to 10 C., in particular for the formation of a loosely adhering oxide skin, for controlling an oxide skin on the sheet metal or component coated with a metallic corrosion protection layer or an uncoated sheet metal or component.

[C21D] MODIFYING THE PHYSICAL STRUCTURE OF FERROUS METALS; GENERAL DEVICES FOR HEAT TREATMENT OF FERROUS OR NON-FERROUS METALS OR ALLOYS; MAKING METAL MALLEABLE BY DECARBURISATION, TEMPERING, OR OTHER TREATMENTS (cementation by diffusion processes C23C; surface treatment of metallic material involving at least one process provided for in class C23 and at least one process covered by this subclass C23F 17/00; unidirectional solidification of eutectic materials or unidirectional demixing of eutectoid materials C30B)


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Extruded aluminum canopy with hidden fasteners
Patent No. 11149437 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey S. Kenny (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15986334 on 05/22/2018 (1246 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for fabricating canopies featuring extruded members coupled together with fasteners that are hidden and are retained by multiple tracks located in the extruded members. Prefabricated corners of extruded members allow fabricators to build the canopy on site by attaching straight members to form a canopy from the four prefabricated corners.

[E04F] FINISHING WORK ON BUILDINGS, e.g. STAIRS, FLOORS (windows, doors E06B)


Horizontal cable rail barrier
Patent No. 11149465 

Inventor(s): Kevin T. Burt (Dallas, TX), Matthew Carlyle Sherstad (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Fortress Iron, LP (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16745738 on 01/17/2020 (641 days app to issue)

Abstract: A barrier panel includes first and second vertical rail members, each with a plurality of through holes spaced apart along its length. Top and bottom horizontal rails extend at least from the first vertical rail member to the second vertical rail member, and a first end of the top horizontal rail extends beyond the first vertical rail member in a first direction and a second end of the top horizontal rail opposite the first end extends beyond the second vertical rail member in a second direction opposite the first direction, each end is configured to be coupled to a respective post. A plurality of cables are vertically spaced apart along a length of the first vertical rail member, each cable extends from the first vertical rail member to the second vertical rail member.

[E04H] BUILDINGS OR LIKE STRUCTURES FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSES; SWIMMING OR SPLASH BATHS OR POOLS; MASTS; FENCING; TENTS OR CANOPIES, IN GENERAL (foundations E02D) [4]


Hydraulic fracturing system, apparatus, and method
Patent No. 11149514 

Inventor(s): Brian C. Witkowski (Fort Worth, TX), Duc Thanh Tran (Spring, TX), Nadiya Fuller (Plano, TX), Nuder Said (Fort Worth, TX), Peter Walter (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): SPM Oil Gas Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16709616 on 12/10/2019 (679 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus according to which a subterranean formation in which a wellbore extends is hydraulically fractured, the apparatus comprising first and second manifolds, the first manifold including first and second flow lines adapted to be in fluid communication with first and second pumps, respectively, the first pump being adapted to pressurize fluid received from the first flow line, and the second pump being adapted to pressurize fluid received from the second flow line, and the second manifold including a third flow line adapted to convey pressurized fluid from the first and second pumps to the wellbore to hydraulically fracture the subterranean formation in which the wellbore extends. The apparatus is adapted to be connected to another apparatus used to hydraulically fracture the subterranean formation in which the wellbore extends by moving one, or both, of the first and second flow lines relative to the third flow line.

[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]


Ballistic coupling of perforating arrays
Patent No. 11149529 

Inventor(s): Jason Metzger (Joshua, TX), Joseph MacGillivray (Fort Worth, TX), Nicholas Harrington (Midlothian, TX), Richard Robey (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: C. Tumey Law Group PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16321805 on 11/17/2017 (1432 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of perforating a subterranean formation may comprise: inserting into a wellbore a perforating gun assembly comprising: a first gun assembly comprising a first perforating explosive and a first ballistic transfer element; a transfer assembly comprising a second ballistic transfer element; and a second gun assembly comprising a second perforating explosive, wherein the first gun assembly and the second gun assembly are separated from the transfer assembly by a discontinuity; detonating the first perforating explosive; propagating a ballistic signal from the first gun assembly, across the discontinuity, to the transfer assembly; propagating a ballistic signal though the transfer assembly to the second ballistic transfer element; propagating a ballistic signal from the transfer assembly, across the discontinuity, to the second gun assembly; and detonating the second perforating explosive.

[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

 

Thermally-powered coiled polymer fiber tensile actuator system and method
Patent No. 11149720 

Inventor(s): Dongseok Suh (Plano, TX), Jiyoung Oh (Richardson, TX), Marcio D. Lima (Richardson, TX), Mikhail E. Kozlov (Dallas, TX), Monica Jung DeAndrade (Richardson, TX), Na Li (Richardson, TX), Ray H. Baughman (Dallas, TX), Sha
Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16685904 on 11/15/2019 (704 days app to issue)

Abstract: Actuators (artificial muscles) comprising twist-spun nanofiber twist-inserted polymer fibers generate tensile actuation when powered electrically, photonically, chemically, thermally, by absorption, or by other means. These artificial muscles utilize coiled polymer fibers and can be either neat or comprising a guest. In some embodiments, the coiled polymer fibers actuator can be incorporated into an article, such as a textile, braid, clothing, smart packaging, or a mechanical system, and the coiled polymer fiber in the coiled polymer fiber actuator can have a stroke amplification factor of 5 or greater.

[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)


Mechanism and method to engage/disengage a sprag clutch using actuators
Patent No. 11149803 

Inventor(s): Carlos Alexander Fenny (Fort Worth, TX), Gilberto Morales (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16894847 on 06/07/2020 (499 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sprag clutch has an inner race, an outer race, and a radial cavity between the races. A plurality of sprags are disposed in the radial cavity, and each sprag is configured to rotate about an axis of rotation that is perpendicular to its longitudinal axis. A sprag cage retains each of the plurality of sprags at a uniform spacing within the radial cavity, and a plurality of actuators are positioned to exert or withdraw a force upon a corresponding sprag.

[F16D] COUPLINGS FOR TRANSMITTING ROTATION (gearing for conveying rotation F16H, e.g. fluid gearing F16H 39/00-F16H 47/00); CLUTCHES (dynamo-electric clutches H02K 49/00; clutches using electrostatic attraction H02N 13/00); BRAKES (electrodynamic brake systems for vehicles in general B60L 7/00; dynamo-electric brakes H02K 49/00) [2]


Valve assemblies, valve seats including flexible arms, and related methods
Patent No. 11149869 

Inventor(s): David Boles (Cookeville, TN), Ricky England (Sparta, TN)
Assignee(s): Flowserve Management Company (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Phillips Winchester (Local + 28 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15530445 on 07/07/2014 (2661 days app to issue)

Abstract: Valve seats include a flexible arm portion configured to seal against a portion of a valve body of a valve. A ball valve may include such valve seats. Methods of forming a seal in a ball valve include forcing a first metal valve scat into sealing contact with a first end cap and a ball valve member with a first metal flexible arm member and forcing a second metal valve seat into sealing contact with a second end cap and the ball valve member with a second metal flexible arm member.

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


Carburizing grade micro-alloy high pressure swivel joints
Patent No. 11149885 

Inventor(s): Ben Ward (Fort Worth, TX), Brian C. Witkowski (Fort Worth, TX), Matt Treida (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): S.P.M. Flow Control, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Baker McKenzie LLP (Local + 5 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15942120 on 03/30/2018 (1299 days app to issue)

Abstract: A high pressure swivel comprises a first tube; a second tube; and a plurality of balls contained between a plurality of bearing races and a plurality of complimentary bearing races, wherein the first tube and the second tube comprise a carburizing grade micro-alloy steel, wherein the carburizing grade micro-alloy steel comprises a yield strength of greater than about 110,000 psi, a tensile strength of greater than about 130,000 psi, an elongation of greater than about 14%, a reduction area of greater than about 45%, and a longitudinal Charpy v-notch of greater than about 31 ft/lbs longitudinal at about 40 C., and a nickel concentration of less than about 1 wt. %, by weight of the carburizing grade micro-alloy steel, and a carbon content of less than about 0.15 wt. %, by weight of the carburizing grade micro-alloy steel.

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


System, apparatus, and methods for adjustable focal length light
Patent No. 11149924 

Inventor(s): Gregory Lee Horne (Euless, TX), Todd Marcucci (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): Alliance Sports Group, L.P. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Thorpe North Western, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16569958 on 09/13/2019 (767 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lighting device is disclosed having a plurality of light emitting diodes of varying light intensities disposed about the same substrate. A lens is configured with a geometry that corresponds to different sections of the substrate containing the light emitting diodes of different light intensities.

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


Functionally graded manifold microchannel heat sinks
Patent No. 11149937 

Inventor(s): Ercan Mehmet Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Yuqing Zhou (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl, LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16777403 on 01/30/2020 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein describe a manifold microchannel heat sink having a target surface, a microchannel structure and an insert disposed over the microchannel structure. The microchannel structure includes a plurality of fins extending in a normal direction from the target surface and defining a plurality of microchannels. The individual fins are shaped as rectangular plates and the individual microchannels comprise gaps between the individual fins. The plurality of fins are distributed on the target surface such that at least a thickness of the individual fins or a width of the gaps comprising the individual microchannels is varied along a plane of the target surface. The insert disposed over the microchannel structure has a plurality of inlet dividers and a plurality of outlet dividers. The individual inlet dividers define an inlet channel and the individual outlet dividers define an outlet channel.

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


Heat exchangers for multi-axis gimbal pointing or targeting systems
Patent No. 11150025 

Inventor(s): Aaron M. Dossman (Van Alstyne, TX), Gary J. Schwartz (Dallas, TX), Kirk A. Miller (Dallas, TX), Mark A. Michnevitz (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15976672 on 05/10/2018 (1258 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a heat exchanger configured to be positioned around and coupled to a multi-axis gimbal. The heat exchanger includes an inlet configured to receive fluid containing heat generated by an equipment package carried by the gimbal. The heat exchanger also includes multiple heat rejection interfaces configured to reject the heat from the fluid into surrounding air in order to cool the fluid. The heat exchanger further includes an outlet configured to provide the cooled fluid from the heat exchanger. The heat rejection interfaces of the heat exchanger extend around the heat exchanger and are configured to reject the heat from the fluid regardless of a direction in which the gimbal is pointing the equipment package.

[F28D] HEAT-EXCHANGE APPARATUS, NOT PROVIDED FOR IN ANOTHER SUBCLASS, IN WHICH THE HEAT-EXCHANGE MEDIA DO NOT COME INTO DIRECT CONTACT (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials C09K 5/00; fluid heaters having heat generating means and heat transferring means F24H; furnaces F27; details of heat-exchange apparatus of general application F28F); HEAT STORAGE PLANTS OR APPARATUS IN GENERAL [4]


 

P H Y S I C S

Stress compensation for piezoelectric optical MEMS devices
Patent No. 11148939 

Inventor(s): Jeff W. Ritchison (Plano, TX), Neng Jiang (Plano, TX), Ricky A. Jackson (Richardson, TX), YungShan Chang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15890781 on 02/07/2018 (1350 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a lens material forming a lens. The apparatus also includes a piezoelectric capacitor over the lens material, where the piezoelectric capacitor is configured to change a shape of the lens material in response to a voltage across the piezoelectric capacitor to thereby change a focus of the lens. The apparatus further includes at least one stress compensation ring over a portion of the lens material and over at least a portion of the piezoelectric capacitor. The at least one stress compensation ring is configured to at least partially reduce bending of the lens material caused by stress on or in the lens material.

[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]


Determination of pulley ratio of a belt-drive blower
Patent No. 11150162 

Inventor(s): Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX), Shiliang Wang (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16885875 on 05/28/2020 (509 days app to issue)

Abstract: An HVAC system includes a blower. The blower includes a driven pulley and a motor with a driver pulley. A motor drive supplies electrical power to the motor. A controller receives a benchmark rate of the flow of air provided by the blower and a corresponding benchmark output current of the motor drive associated with operation of the blower at a test condition. A benchmark input power corresponding to the benchmark output current is determined based on a predetermined relationship between input power and output current for the motor drive. A ratio of the benchmark rate of the flow of air provided by the blower to the benchmark input power is determined. The controller determines a pulley ratio for the blower based on this ratio. The pulley ratio corresponds to the ratio of a diameter of the driven pulley to a diameter of the driver pulley of the blower.

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


Luminating garment inspection device
Patent No. 11150194 

Inventor(s): Jim Quentin Nichols (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16891552 on 06/03/2020 (503 days app to issue)

Abstract: A luminating protective hood inspection device includes a luminating device within a designated inspection zone where a garment can be viewed. A transparent dome for the garment ‘’protective hood’’ can be fit over to simulate a garment function. A rotating system provides a method where the garment can pass in front of the inspection zone. Various controls are provided including an on/off switch and or brightness control, a foot operated control switch, and a lightweight portable compact frame.

[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)


Voltage spike detector and system for detecting voltage spikes in semiconductor devices
Patent No. 11150292 

Inventor(s): Pramodchandran Variyam (Plano, TX), Sasikumar P. Cherubal (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Anora, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Alliance IP, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16457919 on 06/28/2019 (844 days app to issue)

Abstract: Technologies and methods for detecting voltage spikes on a semiconductor device include detecting a voltage spike in a first analog signal from a semiconductor device based on a comparison of the first analog signal and a first voltage threshold, and converting the first analog signal to a digital signal with a first pulse representing the voltage spike, and transforming the first pulse to a stretched pulse defining a greater width than the first pulse. More specific embodiments include receiving a second analog signal from a first pin on the semiconductor device during a capture time period, receiving a reference analog signal from a reference pin on the semiconductor device during the capture time period, and prior to detecting the voltage spike, generating the first analog signal by computing a difference between the second analog signal and the reference analog signal.

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


Integrated circuit with JTAG port, tap linking module, and off-chip TAP interface port
Patent No. 11150297 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16875539 on 05/15/2020 (522 days app to issue)

Abstract: An IC includes an IEEE 1149.1 standard test access port (TAP) interface and an additional Off-Chip TAP interface. The Off-Chip TAP interface connects to the TAP of another IC. The Off Chip TAP interface can be selected by a TAP Linking Module on the IC.

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


Flexible isometric decompressor architecture for test compression
Patent No. 11150299 

Inventor(s): Janusz Rajski (West Linn, OR), Jerzy Tyszer (Poznan, PL), Sylwester Milewski (Nowe Miasto Lubawskie, PL), Yu Huang (West Linn, OR)
Assignee(s): Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16982299 on 03/21/2019 (943 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for testing a circuit comprises scan chains, a controller, and hold-toggle circuitry. The hold-toggle circuitry is configured to allow, according to a control signal generated by the controller, some scan chains in the scan chains to operate in a full-toggle mode and some other scan chains in the scan chains to operate in a hold-toggle mode when a test pattern is being shifted into the scan chains. The control signal also contains information of a hold-toggle pattern for the scan chains operating in the hold-toggle mode. The hold-toggle pattern repeats multiple times when the test pattern is being shifted into the scan chains.

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


Continuous-wave radar system for detecting ferrous and non-ferrous metals in saltwater environments
Patent No. 11150341 

Inventor(s): Carlos Alberto Fonts (Dallas, TX), Carlos Ernesto Fonts (Dallas, TX), John Richard O’’Hair (Ruskin, FL), Mark Allen O’’Hair (Santa Fe, NM), Richard Dolan Randall (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): HG PARTNERS, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Neo IP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17033046 on 09/25/2020 (389 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes systems and methods for a continuous-wave (CW) radar system for detecting, geolocating, identifying, discriminating between, and mapping ferrous and non-ferrous metals in brackish and saltwater environments. The CW radar system generates multiple extremely low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic waves simultaneously and uses said waves to detect, locate, and classify objects of interest. These objects include all types of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, as well as changing material boundary layers (e.g., soil to water, sand to mud, rock to organic materials, water to air, etc.). The CW radar system is operable to detect objects of interest in near real-time.

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


Systems and methods for northfinding
Patent No. 11150350 

Inventor(s): Andrew Struckhoff (Fort Worth, TX), Darius Coakley (Fort Worth, TX), James Sarette (Fort Worth, TX), Jason R. Lane (Fort Worth, TX), Tom Hardy (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): ELBIT SYSTEMS OF AMERICA, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: KL Gates LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16148037 on 10/01/2018 (1114 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for target location is disclosed. The apparatus includes a housing, which includes a range sensor to generate range data, an image sensor to generate image data, an inertial sensor to generate inertia data, and a processor. The processor is configured to receive the image data from the image sensor and determine a first orientation of the housing and receive the inertia data from the inertial sensor and modify the first orientation based on the inertia data to produce a modified orientation of the housing.

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


Distributed optical job and manufacturing computation systems and methods
Patent No. 11150491 

Inventor(s): Sebastien Piraube (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Essilor International (Charenton-le-Pont, FR)
Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16061746 on 12/17/2015 (2133 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, computer-implemented methods, and computer-readable storage media that execute, are configured to execute, or store instructions that enable modification of optical manufacturing data, including a computer-implemented method for modifying optical manufacturing data. The method includes receiving the optical manufacturing data associated with an optical job and modifying the optical manufacturing data using manufacturing logic to generate modified optical manufacturing data. The modified optical manufacturing data is then used in the manufacturing process of the optical job.

[G02C] SPECTACLES; SUNGLASSES OR GOGGLES INSOFAR AS THEY HAVE THE SAME FEATURES AS SPECTACLES; CONTACT LENSES


Avatar-based augmented reality engagement
Patent No. 11150724 

Inventor(s): Sathyanarayanan Srinivasan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16739475 on 01/10/2020 (648 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, computer system, and computer program product for determining an engagement level of an individual is provided. The present invention may include capturing a plurality of image data depicting a relative location of a user. The present invention may also include identifying an individual within the captured image data. The present invention may further include gathering a plurality of engagement level indicator data associated with the identified individual. The present invention may also include calculating a current engagement level of the identified individual using the plurality of gathered engagement level indicator data.

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


Execution or write mask generation for data selection in a multi-threaded, self-scheduling reconfigurable computing fabric
Patent No. 11150900 

Inventor(s): Tony M. Brewer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Gamburd Law Group LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16996055 on 08/18/2020 (427 days app to issue)

Abstract: Representative apparatus, method, and system embodiments are disclosed for configurable computing. A representative system includes an asynchronous packet network having a plurality of data transmission lines forming a data path transmitting operand data; a synchronous mesh communication network; a plurality of configurable circuits arranged in an array, each configurable circuit of the plurality of configurable circuits coupled to the asynchronous packet network and to the synchronous mesh communication network, each configurable circuit of the plurality of configurable circuits adapted to perform a plurality of computations; each configurable circuit of the plurality of configurable circuits comprising: a memory storing operand data; and an execution or write mask generator adapted to generate an execution mask or a write mask identifying valid bits or bytes transmitted on the data path or stored in the memory for a current or next computation.

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


Processor with a full instruction set decoder and a partial instruction set decoder
Patent No. 11150906 

Inventor(s): Christian Wiencke (Garching, DE), Shrey Bhatia (Freising, DE)
Assignee(s): Texas Instmments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16594830 on 10/07/2019 (743 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method system and method for increasing performance in a processor or other instruction execution device while minimizing energy consumption. A processor includes a first execution pipeline and a second execution pipeline. The first execution pipeline includes a first decode unit and a first execution control unit coupled to the first decode unit. The first execution control unit is configured to control execution of all instructions executable by the processor. The second execution pipeline includes a second decode unit, and a second execution control unit coupled to the second decode unit. The second execution control unit is configured to control execution of a subset of the instructions executable via the first execution control unit.

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


System and method for predicting performance failures in a computer program
Patent No. 11151023 

Inventor(s): Vasanthkumar Velayudham (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): COGNIZANT TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS INDIA PVT. LTD. (Chennai, IN)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16044799 on 07/25/2018 (1182 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for predicting performance failures in a computer program during the course of its development is provided. The system comprises a pattern identifier module that identifies frequent sets of source code files that have been modified together in plurality of historical builds. The system further comprises a performance failure extraction module that identifies frequent sets of performance failures that have been logged together in the plurality of historical builds. The system furthermore comprises a correlation engine that establishes patterns between the frequent sets of modified source code files and the frequent sets of performance failures by identifying co-occurrence between the frequent sets of modified source code files and the frequent sets of performance failures for each historical build. Finally, the system further comprises a performance failure recommendation engine that predicts performance failures in one or more new builds associated with the computer program based on the established patterns.

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


Link width scaling across multiple retimer devices
Patent No. 11151066 

Inventor(s): Casey Thomas Morrison (San Jose, CA), Pakyiu Leung (Hayward, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16856174 on 04/23/2020 (544 days app to issue)

Abstract: Differing widths of retimers are developed using differing numbers of individual retimer elements combined together. To maintain synchronous operation, various signals are provided between the individual retimer elements to allow synchronization of the various operations. A first signal is a wired-OR signal that is used for event and operation synchronization. A second set of signals form a serial bus used to transfer proper state information and operation correction data from a master retimer element to slave timer elements. The combination of the wired-OR signal and the serial bus allow the various state machines and operations inside each retimer element to be synchronized, so that the entire width of the link is properly synchronized.

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


Redistributing table data in a database cluster
Patent No. 11151111 

Inventor(s): Cheng Zhu (Santa Clara, CA), Jason Yang Sun (Santa Clara, CA), Le Cai (Cupertino, CA), Qingqing Zhou (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: 15827660 on 11/30/2017 (1419 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method of relocating data in a distributed database comprises: creating, by one or more processors, a second table in the distributed database, the second table including all columns from a first table; copying, by the one or more processors, a first set of tuples from the first table to the second table; modifying, by the one or more processors, during the copying of the first set of tuples, data of the first table according to a modification; after the copying of the first set of tuples, modifying, by the one or more processors, data of the second table according to the modification; and switching, by the one or more processors, the second table for the first table in a catalog of the distributed database.

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


Apparatus and method for facilitating a reuse of an asset
Patent No. 11151207 

Inventor(s): Curtis Stephenson (McKinney, TX), Parimal Pandya (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16378633 on 04/09/2019 (924 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects include receiving a search request, comparing at least one term of the search request to a plurality of metadata items, wherein each metadata item of the plurality of metadata items is associated with a respective asset of a plurality of assets, generating a plurality of scores, wherein each score of the plurality of scores is associated with a respective asset included in the plurality of assets, and wherein a value of each score of the plurality of scores is based on an identification of a user, selecting at least one asset of the plurality of assets in accordance with the plurality of scores and in accordance with at least one threshold, providing the at least one asset to a communications device that is associated with the user, and providing at least a portion of a metadata item included in the plurality of metadata items to the communications device.

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


System and method for recommending users based on shared digital experiences
Patent No. 11151208 

Inventor(s): Joshua D. Gafni (West Hollywood, CA), Kyle Miller (Hermosa Beach, CA), Lawrence A. Sequino (Los Angeles, CA)
Assignee(s): MATCH GROUP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16529932 on 08/02/2019 (809 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes an interface and a processor. The interface sends and receives data over a network. The processor uses the interface to transmit a first media file to a device of a user. The first media file presents a first choice between at least two options. The processor uses the interface to receive from the user a first selection in response to the first choice. In response to receiving the first selection, the processor transmits a second media file to the device. The second media file presents a second choice between at least two options. The processor uses the interface to receive from the user a second selection in response to the second choice. The processor identifies, based in part on the first selection and the second selection, a second user as potentially compatible with the user and transmits to the user a profile of the second user.

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


Method to recover encrypted structured files
Patent No. 11151277 

Inventor(s): Adam Meek (Richardson, TX), Qin Ye (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): EMC IP HOLDING COMPANY LLC (Hopkinton, MA)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16522441 on 07/25/2019 (817 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for recovering encrypted content from structured files is provided. During an encryption process, a known pattern of metadata may be inserted into each of a set of headers of the encrypted content and each of a set of footers of the encrypted content. The processing logic may insert the encrypted content into a structured file and subsequently (e.g., during an attempt to access the content) detect that a structure of the structured file has been damaged. The encrypted content may be identified by identifying one or more of the set of headers and one or more of the set of footers of the encrypted content. In this way, the method allows for partial recovery of encrypted content and prevents total loss of the content in situations where the structure of the file including the encrypted content is damaged.

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


Polarization-based coding/encryption using organic charge-transfer materials
Patent No. 11151345 

Inventor(s): Harper O. W. Wallace (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): National Technology Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC (Albuquerque, NM)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17154220 on 01/21/2021 (271 days app to issue)

Abstract: A charge-transfer material enables patterning approach where the polarization angle in stand-alone films can be precisely defined at the single pixel level and reconfigured following initial alignment. This capability enables new routes for non-binary information storage, retrieval, and intrinsic encryption, and it suggests future technologies such as photonic chips that can be reconfigured using non-contact patterning.

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


Systems and methods for occluding vehicle occupant communication
Patent No. 11151366 

Inventor(s): Benjamin P. Austin (Saline, MI), John K. Lenneman (Okemos, MI), Joshua E. Domeyer (Madison, WI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16777010 on 01/30/2020 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to addressing occluding potential miscommunication from an occupant of an autonomously operated vehicle. A method of occluding communication from an occupant of an autonomously operated vehicle includes generating sensor data indicating one or more aspects of an environment around the vehicle, analyzing the sensor data to identify a presence of an individual outside of the vehicle determining a position of the individual relative to an occupant inside the vehicle, and occluding at least a portion of at least one window between the individual and the occupant.

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


Camera system to detect unusual activities
Patent No. 11151387 

Inventor(s): Katsumi Nagata (Foster City, CA), Shojiro Takeuchi (Saratoga, 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: 16376992 on 04/05/2019 (928 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for a detection system. The detection system includes a first camera configured to capture a first image data of a surrounding environment. The first image data includes multiple objects. The detection system includes a memory configured to store image data. The detection system includes an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to obtain the first image data. The electronic control unit is configured to recognize the multiple objects. The electronic control unit is configured to determine that an object among the multiple objects within the surrounding environment is different than a baseline of the surrounding environment. The electronic control unit is configured to record and capture, in the memory and using the camera, the first image data for a time period before and after the determination that the object is different than the baseline.

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


Customer-based video feed
Patent No. 11151388 

Inventor(s): Matthew Raymond Magee (Sanger, TX), Ravi Kumar Kurva (Irving, TX), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Celina, TX)
Assignee(s): 7-Eleven, Inc. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17122303 on 12/15/2020 (308 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes an interface, display, memory, and processor. The interface receives a video feed including first and second camera feeds, each feed corresponding to a camera located in a store. The processor stores a video segment in memory, assigned to a person and capturing a portion of a shopping session. The video segment includes first and second camera feed segments, each segment corresponding to a recording of the corresponding camera feed from a starting to an ending timestamp. Playback of the first and second camera feed segments is synchronized, and a slider bar controls a playback progress of the camera feed segments. The processor displays the camera feed segments and copies of the slider bar on the display. The processor receives an instruction from at least one of the copies of the slider bar to adjust the playback progress of the camera feed segments and adjusts the playback progress.

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


Authorizing transactions using negative pin messages
Patent No. 11151576 

Inventor(s): Gary Smith (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16376475 on 04/05/2019 (928 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for authenticating a transaction includes: receiving, by a transaction processing unit of a computing system, a request for a transaction on a user account; generating, by the transaction processing unit, a personal identification number (PIN) and/or alert message; transmitting the PIN to a mobile device associated with the user account after a person requesting the transaction refuses authentication by a PIN-to-device process; and canceling, by the transaction processing unit, the transaction when a response to the PIN and/or alert message is received from the mobile device within a specified period of time.

[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]


Geographic boundary determination service
Patent No. 11151590 

Inventor(s): Biju Thomas Zachariah (Frisco, TX), Dennis Jarret Guill, Jr. (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): T-Mobile USA, Inc. (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Knobbe Martens Olson Bear LLP (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17080733 on 10/26/2020 (358 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are described for a geographic boundary determination service. A geographic boundary may be associated with one of a plurality of geographic locations, and the area within the geographic boundary may be within a specified distance of the geographic location and closer to the geographic location than to any other geographic location in the plurality of geographic locations. The geographic boundary determination service may determine geographic boundaries for existing locations or may determine a set of locations whose geographic boundaries satisfy various criteria. The geographic boundary determination service may further display geographic maps that include the geographic boundaries, demographic indices and other demographic information relating to the geographic boundaries, network coverage information relating to the geographic boundaries, and a targeted geographic region or regions that the boundaries overlap.

[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]


Retrieving reviews based on user profile information
Patent No. 11151618 

Inventor(s): Erik H. Katzen (Argyle, TX), Romelia H. Flores (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16429894 on 06/03/2019 (869 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an approach to retrieving reviews for a user based on user profile information, a computer receives user profile information for a first user. The computer receives a search term from the first user and determines review information corresponding to the search term and the user profile information. Responsive to determining review information corresponding to the search term and the user profile information, the computer retrieves the review information and transmits the review information to the first user.

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


System and method for carrier settlement using blockchain
Patent No. 11151621 

Inventor(s): Abdul Raheem (Irving, TX), Ahmed A. Khan (Plano, TX), Jagannath K. Rangarajan (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16451669 on 06/25/2019 (847 days app to issue)

Abstract: A framework is provided for blockchain-based customer dispute management of wholesale telecommunications claims. A network device receives a telecommunication claim to dispute an invoice from a provider network. The provider network and a partner network that includes the network device are related through a wholesale telecommunications agreement. The network device validates the telecommunication claim based on information in a distributed ledger of the distributed consensus network. The distributed ledger includes transaction information generated by the provider network for the partner network under the wholesale telecommunications agreement. The network device adjudicates the telecommunication claim based on information in the distributed ledger and instructions in a contract and updates the distributed ledger with the adjudicated claim.

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


Systems and methods of application of machine learning to traffic data for vehicle recommendation
Patent No. 11151633 

Inventor(s): Chih-Hsiang Chow (Plano, TX), Elizabeth Furlan (Plano, TX), Steven Dang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16903750 on 06/17/2020 (489 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to certain aspects of the disclosure, a computer-implemented method may be used for providing vehicle recommendations based on traffic camera data. The method may include acquiring traffic data from a plurality of traffic cameras and determining vehicle information based on the traffic data. Additionally, calculating average idling time of vehicles based on the traffic data from the plurality of traffic cameras. Additionally, determining accident information based on the traffic data from the plurality of traffic cameras and selecting at least one available vehicle for purchase, wherein the at least one available vehicle matches one or more predetermined requirements based on the determined vehicle information, average idling time, and the determined accident information. Additionally, transmitting a recommendation based on the selected at least one available vehicle for purchase.

[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]


Online multi-user shopping
Patent No. 11151643 

Inventor(s): Imran Khan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Verishop Inc. (Santa Monica, CA)
Law Firm: Culhane Meadows PLLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17209462 on 03/23/2021 (210 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-user shopping experience that allows users to converse and exchange ideas in a group setting while shopping. Through a browser or an application (e.g., on a mobile device), users are able converse with other shoppers, exchange ideas, select items, view items selected by other users, and make purchases. Additionally, each user is notified of other users’’ activities (e.g., viewing a collective shopping bin or browsing web pages in an on-line marketplace). Furthermore, incentives (such as discounts or free gifts) are provided to users in the group.

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


System and methods for distributed GPU using multi-access edge compute services
Patent No. 11151682 

Inventor(s): Vinaya Kumar Polavarapu (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16518083 on 07/22/2019 (820 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods provide a provisioning framework for a distributed graphics processing unit (GPU) service. A network device in a network receives, from an application, a service request for multi-access edge compute (MEC)-based virtual graphic processing unit (vGPU) services. The network device receives real-time utilization data from multiple MEC clusters in different MEC network locations and generates a utilization view of the multiple MEC clusters in the different MEC network locations. The network device selects, based on the real-time utilization view, one of the different MEC network locations to provide the vGPU services and instructs a of the multiple MEC clusters in the one of the different MEC network locations to perform container provisioning and service provisioning for the vGPU services.

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


Apparatus and method for efficient regularized image alignment for multi-frame fusion
Patent No. 11151731 

Inventor(s): Hamid R. Sheikh (Allen, TX), John W. Glotzbach (Allen, TX), Ruiwen Zhen (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16727751 on 12/26/2019 (663 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving a reference image and a non-reference image; dividing the reference image into a plurality of tiles; determining, using an electronic device, a motion vector map using coarse-to-fine based motion vector estimation; and generating an output frame using the motion vector map with the reference image and the non-reference image.

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


Circuit and method for using capacitive touch to further secure information in RFID documents
Patent No. 11151826 

Inventor(s): Michael L Mitchell (Ennis, TX), Prasanna Parthasarathy (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16812787 on 03/09/2020 (589 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for limiting access to confidential information including storage circuitry for storing the confidential information. An access enabling circuit allows access to the storage circuitry in response to a first level of an enabling signal. A processor generates the enabling signal for a predetermined amount of time in response to sensing of a change of a predetermined value that is produced in response to an act by a person responsible for the confidentiality of the confidential information. The enabling signal assumes a second level after the predetermined amount of time to block access to the storage circuitry.

[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)


Systems and methods for providing guidance to vehicle drivers regarding predicted lane-change behavior of other vehicle drivers
Patent No. 11151880 

Inventor(s): Kyungtae Han (Palo Alto, CA), Prashant Tiwari (Santa Clara, CA), Yongkang Liu (Plano, TX), Zhenyu Shou (Milpitas, CA), Ziran Wang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16999332 on 08/21/2020 (424 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods described herein relate to providing guidance to vehicle drivers regarding predicted lane-change behavior of other drivers. One embodiment transforms historical vehicle trajectory data into a corresponding alternative representation; applies a clustering algorithm to group a plurality of drivers into groups of similar drivers; applies Bayesian inference to train a Bayesian neural network (BNN) for the drivers in each group; adapts the BNN for each group to generate a personalized BNN for each driver in that group; identifies a particular driver on a roadway; receives information regarding the particular driver’’s vehicle and one or more other nearby vehicles; estimates a probability that the particular driver will change lanes using the personalized BNN for that driver; and communicates guidance regarding predicted lane-change behavior of the particular driver to at least one nearby vehicle based, at least in part, on the estimated probability that the particular driver will change lanes.

[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 for managing tasks using the internet of things
Patent No. 11151888 

Inventor(s): Joey Kessler (Melissa, TX), Layne Wiesendanger (Frisco, TX), Richard Tanner (McKinney, TX), Ryan James Fillinger (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15427910 on 02/08/2017 (1714 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems described in this disclosure are directed at delivery of educational concepts for increasing the financial literacy of youths. In some embodiments, a mobile application program is disclosed that facilitates management of tasks assigned to youths, setting up a rewards program for participants that complete tasks successfully on time, integrating different types of data from various devices to determine whether an assigned task is successfully completed. In some embodiments, the disclosed platform can integrate with electronic payment systems managed by external third parties for rewarding youths on successfully completing the task.

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


Content addressable memory with spin-orbit torque devices
Patent No. 11152067 

Inventor(s): Jongyeon Kim (Milpitas, CA), Won Ho Choi (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Volpe Koenig (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16253980 on 01/22/2019 (1001 days app to issue)

Abstract: Ternary content addressable memory (TCAM) circuits are provided herein. In one example implementation, a TCAM circuit can include a first spin-orbit torque (SOT) magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) element having a pinned layer coupled to a first read transistor controlled by a first search line, and having a spin hall effect (SHE) layer coupled in a first configuration across complemented write inputs. The TCAM circuit can include a second SOT MTJ element having a pinned layer coupled to a second read transistor controlled by a second search line, and having a SHE layer coupled in a second configuration across the complemented write inputs. The TCAM circuit can include a bias transistor configured to provide a bias voltage to drain terminals of the first read transistor and the second read transistor, and a voltage keeper element that couples the drain terminals to a match indicator line.

[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)


Circuits and methods for reliable replacement of bad columns in a memory device
Patent No. 11152079 

Inventor(s): Siddarth Naga Murty Bassa (San Jose, CA), Yenlung Li (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16824362 on 03/19/2020 (579 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes nonvolatile memory cells arranged in columns including a plurality of redundant columns with control circuits coupled to the nonvolatile memory cells. The control circuits are configured to maintain an ordered list of bad columns replaced by redundant columns. The control circuits are configured to detect an out-of-order entry in the ordered list of bad columns replaced by redundant columns.

[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)


Adherence monitoring system
Patent No. 11152092 

Inventor(s): Elizabeth S. Kaye (Suwanee, GA), Jeremiah Rothschild (Roswell, GA), Stacy Hopkins (Loganville, GA)
Assignee(s): MCKESSON CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16806795 on 03/02/2020 (596 days app to issue)

Abstract: An improved adherence monitoring system increases the efficiency for obtaining patient adherence information. The improved adherence monitoring system reduces network traffic with regards to the communication of patient adherence information. The improved adherence monitoring system automates an adherence notification pathway. The improved adherence monitoring system can increase patient adherence by increasing the efficiency of medication therapy. The improved adherence monitoring system may also increase the efficiency by which patient adherence information is disbursed. NULL


Metadata synchronization system
Patent No. 11153379 

Inventor(s): Michelle A. Boston (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16585329 on 09/27/2019 (753 days app to issue)

Abstract: A metadata synchronization system is provided. The metadata synchronization system may include a plurality of metadata elements included in a plurality of applications. The plurality of applications may be coupled to a plurality of application hubs. The plurality of application hubs may be coupled to a federated metadata repository. The plurality of application hubs may be coupled to a governed metadata repository. The system may include crawling the plurality of applications, the plurality of application hubs, the federated metadata repository and the governed metadata repository to ensure that the metadata elements are synchronized across all of the components. In the event that a metadata element is not synchronized across any one of the components, the system may notify interested parties and/or resolve the discrepancy.

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


 

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Integrated circuit including vertical capacitors
Patent No. 11152068 

Inventor(s): Douglas T. Grider (McKinney, TX), Patrick R. Smith (Rockwall, TX), Xiang-Zheng Bo (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16823414 on 03/19/2020 (579 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, an integrated circuit comprises a first plate, a second plate, and a dielectric layer disposed between the first and second plates, the first and second plates and the dielectric layer forming a vertical capacitor, wherein the first and second plates and the dielectric layer of the vertical capacitor are disposed on an isolation region of the integrated circuit.

[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 with a dielectric isolation spacer and methods of forming the same
Patent No. 11152284 

Inventor(s): Hisaya Sakai (Yokkaichi, JP), Jo Sato (Yokkaichi, JP), Masanori Tsutsumi (Yokkaichi, JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16868821 on 05/07/2020 (530 days app to issue)

Abstract: An alternating stack of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers is formed over a substrate. Memory stack structures extending through the alternating stack are formed. A backside trench is formed through the alternating stack. The sacrificial material layers are replaced with electrically conductive layers. An insulating spacer and the backside contact via structure are formed within the backside trench. A dielectric isolation trench is formed by removing a peripheral portion of an upper region of the backside contact via structure and an upper portion of the insulating spacer. A dielectric isolation spacer is formed in the dielectric isolation trench to prevent an electrical short between an upper portion of the backside contact via structure and the electrically conductive layers.

[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]


Leadframes in semiconductor devices
Patent No. 11152322 

Inventor(s): Sreenivasan K. Koduri (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16150986 on 10/03/2018 (1112 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one instance, a method of forming a semiconductor package with a leadframe includes cutting, such as with a laser, a first side of a metal strip to a depth D[b]1[/b] according to a cutting pattern to form a first plurality of openings, which may be curvilinear. The method further includes etching the second side of the metal strip to a depth D[b]2[/b] according to a photoresist pattern to form a second plurality of openings. At least some of the first plurality of openings are in fluid communication with at least some of the second plurality of openings to form a plurality of leadframe leads. The depth D[b]1[/b] is shallower than a height H of the metal strip, and the depth D[b]2[/b] is also shallower than the height H. Other embodiments are presented.

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


Method and apparatus for making integrated circuit packages
Patent No. 11152324 

Inventor(s): Jason Binay-an Colte (Benguet, PH), Lorraine Rivera Duldulao (San Fernando Pampanga, PH), Roxanna Bauzon Samson (Benguet, PH), Ruby Ann Maya Merto (Baguio, PH)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15723724 on 10/03/2017 (1477 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of making a plurality of integrated circuit (‘’IC’’) packages includes picking up a plurality of physically unconnected IC components; and simultaneously placing each of the physically unconnected IC components on corresponding portions of an unsingulated IC package strip that includes a sheet of integrally connected leadframes.

[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]


Power module including a power transistor and two sense transistors
Patent No. 11152341 

Inventor(s): Kuntal Joardar (Plano, TX), Min Chu (Plano, TX), Tikno Harjono (Cupertino, CA), Vijay Krishnamurthy (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16460870 on 07/02/2019 (840 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, an integrated circuit includes a plurality of power modules formed on a substrate, including a first power module located between second and third power modules. The first power module is configured to conduct a load current, and includes a power transistor and first and second sense transistors. The first sense transistor is disposed at a first position between the second power module and a central axis of the first power module, and the second sense transistor is disposed at a second position between the third power module and the central axis. The first sense transistor is configured to conduct a first sense current; and the second sense transistor is configured to conduct a second sense current. The first and second sense transistors are configured to direct the first and second sense currents toward a measurement circuit that is configured to determine a derived sense current indicative of the load current.

[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]


Dielectric spaced diode
Patent No. 11152350 

Inventor(s): Alan Erik Segervall (Half Moon Bay, CA), Mahalingam Nandakumar (Richardson, TX), Muhammad Yusuf Ali (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16220793 on 12/14/2018 (1040 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device, e.g. integrated circuit, has an n-type region and a p-type region located within a semiconductor substrate, the n-type region and the p-type region each intersecting the substrate surface. A dielectric structure is located directly on the substrate surface. The dielectric structure has first and second laterally opposed sides, with the first side located over the n-type region and the second side located over the p-type region.

[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]


Lateral MOSFET with buried drain extension layer
Patent No. 11152459 

Inventor(s): Marie Denison (Sunnyvale, CA), Philip L. Hower (Concord, MA), Sameer Pendharkar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16735729 on 01/07/2020 (651 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit containing an extended drain MOS transistor which has a drift layer, an upper RESURF layer over and contacting an upper surface of the drift layer, and a buried drain extension below the drift layer which is electrically connected to the drift layer at the drain end and separated from the drift layer at the channel end. A lower RESURF layer may be formed between the drift layer and the buried drain extension at the channel end. Any of the upper RESURF layer, the drift layer, the lower RESURF layer and the buried drain extension may have a graded doping density from the drain end to the channel end. A process of forming an integrated circuit containing an extended drain MOS transistor which has the drift layer, the upper RESURF layer, and the buried drain extension.

[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]


Tunneling field-effect transistor and method for manufacturing tunneling field-effect transistor
Patent No. 11152500 

Inventor(s): Chen-Xiong Zhang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD. (Shenzhen, CN)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16232841 on 12/26/2018 (1028 days app to issue)

Abstract: The application discloses a tunneling field-effect transistor, including: a substrate layer; a rectangular semiconductor strip formed on an upper surface of the substrate layer, where the rectangular semiconductor strip includes a first source region, a first channel region, a drain region, a second channel region, and a second source region that are disposed in sequence along a first direction; a first gate dielectric layer covering an outer surface of a first part of the first source region and a second gate dielectric layer covering an outer surface of a third part of the second source region.

[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]


Drain extended transistor
Patent No. 11152505 

Inventor(s): Alexei Sadovnikov (Sunnyvale, CA), Andrew Derek Strachan (Santa Clara, CA), Binghua Hu (Plano, TX), Dhanoop Varghese (Plano, TX), Henry Litzmann Edwards (Garland, TX), James Robert Todd (Plano, TX), Xiaoju Wu (Dallas, TX,
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16021601 on 06/28/2018 (1209 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described examples include integrated circuits, drain extended transistors and fabrication methods in which an oxide structure is formed over a drift region of a semiconductor substrate, and a shallow implantation process is performed using a first mask that exposes the oxide structure and a first portion of the semiconductor substrate to form a first drift region portion for connection to a body implant region. A second drift region portion is implanted in the semiconductor substrate under the oxide structure by a second implantation process using the first mask at a higher implant energy.

[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]


FinFET with lateral charge balance at the drain drift region
Patent No. 11152506 

Inventor(s): Ming-Yeh Chuang (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16901798 on 06/15/2020 (491 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device includes an extended drain finFET. The drain drift region of the finFET extends between a drain contact region and a body of the finFET. The drain drift region includes an enhanced portion of the drain drift region between the drain contact region and the body. The drain drift region also includes a first charge balance region and a second charge balance region laterally adjacent to, and on opposite sides of, the enhanced portion of the drain drift region. The enhanced portion of the drain drift region and the drain contact region have a first conductivity type; the body, the first charge balance region, and the second charge balance region have a second, opposite, conductivity type. The drain drift region is wider than the body.

[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]


Air-cooled fuel-cell freeze-protection system
Patent No. 11152631 

Inventor(s): Joseph D. Rainville (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16435546 on 06/09/2019 (863 days app to issue)

Abstract: An air-cooled fuel-cell freeze-protection system for a rotorcraft using a controller to vary a heating system for an air-cooled fuel cell. The heating system heats supply air for the air-cooled fuel cell, and a butterfly valve varies a pressure of the supply air to the air-cooled fuel cell. The heating system can be an electric heater, a heat exchanger, or a combination of heater and heat exchanger.

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


Lithium bismuth oxide compounds as Li super-ionic conductor, solid electrolyte, and coating layer for Li metal battery and Li-ion battery
Patent No. 11152640 

Inventor(s): Chen Ling (Ann Arbor, MI), Qiang Bai (College Park, MD), Xingfeng He (Greenbelt, MD), Yifei Mo (Fulton, MD), Ying Zhang (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16153335 on 10/05/2018 (1110 days app to issue)

Abstract: Solid-state lithium ion electrolytes of lithium potassium bismuth oxide based compounds are provided which contain an anionic framework capable of conducting lithium ions. Materials of specific formulae are provided and methods to alter the materials with inclusion of aliovalent ions shown. Lithium batteries containing the composite lithium ion electrolytes are provided. Electrodes containing the lithium borate based materials coated on the active material and batteries containing the electrodes are also provided.

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


Integration of self-biased magnetic circulators with microwave devices
Patent No. 11152677 

Inventor(s): Andrew Arthur Ketterson (Dallas, TX), Cathy Lee (Plano, TX), Xing Gu (Allen, TX), Yongjie Cui (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16429790 on 06/03/2019 (869 days app to issue)

Abstract: Integration of self-biased magnetic circulators with microwave devices is disclosed herein. In microwave and other high-frequency radio frequency (RF) applications, a magnetic circulator can be implemented with a smaller permanent magnet. Aspects disclosed herein include a process flow for producing a self-biased circulator in an integrated circuit chip. In this regard, a magnetic circulator junction can be fabricated on an active layer of a semiconductor wafer. A deep pocket or cavity is formed in an insulating substrate under the active layer. This cavity is then filled with a ferromagnetic material such that the circulator junction is self-biased within the integrated circuit chip, eliminating the need for an external magnet. The self-biased circulator provides high isolation between ports in a smaller integrated circuit.

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


Universal antenna mount and base plate therefor
Patent No. 11152688 

Inventor(s): Michael S. McFall (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16585417 on 09/27/2019 (753 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mount for an antenna includes: a base panel; a plurality of first spokes extending radially outwardly from the base panel, each of the first spokes being cantilevered and including a first slot; and a plurality of second spokes, each of the second spokes including a vertical member and a flange that is generally parallel with the base panel and generally perpendicular to the vertical member, each of the second spokes including a second slot, and each of the flanges including a third slot.

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


Dual differential radiator
Patent No. 11152715 

Inventor(s): Robert S. Isom (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Daly, Crowley, Mofford Durkee, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16793592 on 02/18/2020 (609 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing a wideband dual differential current loop radiator. In embodiments, a radiator includes first and second dipole pairs with first and second differential conductor pairs providing differential signals to the first and second dipole arms. The radiator may include a cavity, which can be filed with air, in at least a portion of a feed layer. The dipoles may have a coincident phase center.

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


Translation unit for wireless power transfer
Patent No. 11152823 

Inventor(s): Kenneth Moore (Dallas, TX), Petru Emanuel Stingu (Dallas, TX), Ruwanga Dassanayake (Dallas, TX), Yulong Hou (Farmers Branch, TX)
Assignee(s): Spark Connected LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16837332 on 04/01/2020 (566 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, a wireless power transmitter module includes a sensing grid configured to detect a receiver, a movable wireless power transmitter unit including a wireless power transmitter coil, and a two-dimensional linear motor including a plurality of linear motor coils configured to move the movable wireless power transmitter unit in a two-dimensional plane towards a location of the receiver.

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


Multiple dithering profile signal generation
Patent No. 11152855 

Inventor(s): Paul David Curtis (Phoenix, AZ), Sang Yong Lee (Chandler, AZ)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16779175 on 01/31/2020 (627 days app to issue)

Abstract: At least some aspects of the present disclosure provide for a system. In some examples, the system includes a pulse width modulation (PWM) generator configured to generate a PWM signal. The PWM generator generates the PWM signal by generating a first signal having a first dithering profile and a first frequency bandwidth, generating a second signal having a second dithering profile and a second frequency bandwidth greater than the first frequency bandwidth, modulating the second signal with the first signal to generate a dual random spread spectrum signal, and generating the pulse width modulation signal according to the dual random spread spectrum signal.

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


Multiphase converter design with multi-path phase management
Patent No. 11152861 

Inventor(s): Byron Mitchell Reed (Murphy, TX), Jairo Daniel Olivares (Richardson, TX), Reza Sharifi (Sunnyvale, CA), Ryan Erik Lind (Knoxville, TN), Wenliang Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16880452 on 05/21/2020 (516 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure relates to a multiphase converter design with multi-path phase management circuit and output logic. The phase management circuit and output logic can be employed to implement phase adding and shedding operations based on input and output current information and based on control signals for a power stage of the converter. In some examples, the design employs an estimate of an average output current based on a current at an input of the converter for phase control. In additional examples, the design employs cycle-by-cycle current limit and maximum duty-cycle signals to enable phase quickly during load transient. In further examples, the design employs low input and output-current sensed signals for efficient phase shedding and power saving. The design herein improves an overall accuracy of phase adding and shedding, load transient response performance, an operational efficiency and thermal performance of multiphase 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]


Low power oscillator with digital amplitude control
Patent No. 11152890 

Inventor(s): Sudipto Chakraborty (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Scully, Scott, Murphy Presser, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16800348 on 02/25/2020 (602 days app to issue)

Abstract: A voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) circuit employing digital amplitude control of the output oscillating signal and method of operation. The digital control is provided by an analog to digital converter (ADC) element that is shared among many other operating blocks in a system. In a configuration, the oscillator current is obtained by implementing transistors in a linear region and controlling them digitally. The optimum amplitude detection is performed by measuring the DC voltage at the common mode nodes in the oscillator, and is realized using reduced time compared to an extensive frequency measurement over a long time window. The digital control is implemented using an on-chip regulator, and employs digital controls for adjusting the current consumption which leads to low on-chip area overhead, low cost, and a scalable implementation. In an implementation, a one-time code can be obtained for optimum phase noise operation when providing the digital amplitude control.

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


Multi-stage amplifier including a pre-driver stage
Patent No. 11152899 

Inventor(s): Ravpreet Singh (Bangalore, IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16601655 on 10/15/2019 (735 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-stage amplifier including a pre-driver stage, and method of operating the same. In one example, the amplifier includes an output stage with a first output transistor coupled to an oppositely doped second output transistor and to an output terminal. The pre-driver stage includes with a first driver transistor coupled to the first output transistor, and a second driver transistor coupled to the second output transistor. The pre-driver stage also includes a first current mirror and a second current mirror coupled to the first driver transistor and the second driver transistor. The pre-driver stage also includes a first translinear loop having a first translinear loop transistor and a second translinear loop having a second translinear loop transistor coupled to the first output transistor and the second output transistor.

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


Ground noise suppression on a printed circuit board
Patent No. 11152903 

Inventor(s): Nagesh Surendranath (Plano, TX), Shriram Mahendra Devi (Maharashtra, IN), Sravana Kumar Goli (Bangalore, IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16660302 on 10/22/2019 (728 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment, an apparatus includes a first amplifier having a noninverting input, an inverting input and an output. The noninverting input is coupled to a first ground reference. The inverting input is coupled to an output of an external sensor. The apparatus also includes a second amplifier having a noninverting input, an inverting input and an output. The noninverting input is coupled to the first ground reference. The inverting input is coupled to the power supply through a first variable capacitor and to the second ground reference through a second variable capacitor. The output is coupled to the inverting input of the first amplifier. The external sensor is coupled to a third ground reference, and the first amplifier and second amplifier are coupled to the second ground reference.

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


Programmable gain amplifier with programmable resistance
Patent No. 11152904 

Inventor(s): Anand Kannan (Bengaluru, IN), Anand Subramanian (Bengaluru, IN), Tanmay Halder (Bengaluru, IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16789540 on 02/13/2020 (614 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes an analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The circuit also includes an analog front end (AFE) having an AFE input and an AFE output. The AFE output is coupled the ADC’’s input. The AFE includes a programmable gain amplifier (PGA) having a first PGA input and a second PGA input. The PGA includes a first operational amplifier (OP AMP) with first and second OPAMP inputs. The AFE also including a programmable resistance circuit having a first programmable resistance circuit input and first and second programmable resistance circuit outputs. The first programmable resistance circuit input is coupled to the first and second PGA inputs. The programmable resistance circuit includes a resistor network having first and second balance resistances. The first balance resistance is coupled to the first and second OP AMP inputs, and the second balance resistance is coupled to the first and second OP AMP inputs.

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


Mathematical function circuit
Patent No. 11152919 

Inventor(s): Hakan Oner (San Jose, CA), Marc Edric Davis-Marsh (San Jose, CA), Tawen Mei (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17138576 on 12/30/2020 (293 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example of an apparatus includes a bias circuit having first and second bias circuit outputs. The apparatus also includes a comparator having first and second comparator inputs. The apparatus also includes a first capacitor coupled between the second comparator input and the second bias circuit output. The apparatus also includes a first switch coupled between the second comparator input and the second bias circuit output. The apparatus also includes a second switch coupled between the first bias circuit output and an input terminal, a third switch coupled between the input terminal and the first comparator input, and a fourth switch coupled between the first bias circuit output and the first comparator input. The apparatus also includes a second capacitor coupled between the first comparator input and the second bias circuit output.

[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]


Method and apparatus for codebook design and signaling
Patent No. 11152979 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Md. Saifur Rahman (Plano, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16167128 on 10/22/2018 (1093 days app to issue)

Abstract: To employ codebook design and signaling for multiple transmit antennas, a user equipment (UE) apparatus includes a processor and a transceiver operably connected to the processor. The transceiver is configured to receive configuration information for a channel state information (CSI) process, receive configuration information for a CSI reference signal (CSI-RS) resource; receive configuration information for a MIMO type; and receive a plurality of codebook parameters when the MIMO type is non-precoded. A base station (BS) apparatus for codebook design and signaling includes a transceiver and a processor operably connected to the transceiver. The processor is configured to configure a UE with a CSI process and a CSI-RS resource, configure the UE with a MIMO type, and cause the transceiver to transmit configuration information for the CSI process, the CSI-RS resource, and the MIMO type to the UE.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Hybrid digital-analog mmwave repeater/relay with full duplex
Patent No. 11152991 

Inventor(s): Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NxGen Partners IP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17080384 on 10/26/2020 (358 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for transmitting millimeter wave signals includes a plurality of transceivers for communicating with a plurality of remote locations over millimeter wave communications links. Each of the plurality of transceivers further includes a patch antenna array having a plurality of patch antennas. The plurality of patch antennas includes a transmitter array portion in a first orientation for transmitting signals and a receiver array portion in a second orientation for receiving signals. The first and second orientations limit interference between the transmitted signals and the received signals. Baseband processing circuitry converts between millimeter wave and baseband signals. The plurality of transceivers relays the millimeter wave signals between at least a first millimeter wave transceiver at first one of the plurality of remote locations and a second millimeter wave transceiver at a second one of the plurality of remote locations.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Data authentication using a blockchain approach
Patent No. 11153069 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15906016 on 02/27/2018 (1330 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to multicomputer systems and methods for data authentication using a blockchain approach. Any full node computing device in a network, including a data authentication and event execution computing platform, may receive a data block from one or more sources. The computing platform may parse the data block to identify a key including metadata associated with the data block. Then the computing platform may determine that this key forms a key pair with another key associated with the most recently added block to the blockchain. Once this determination has been made, the block may be added to the blockchain. Thereafter, the computing platform may generate a notification indicating that the block has been added to the blockchain and may transmit the notification to one or more network devices.

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


Decision feedback equalizer
Patent No. 11153132 

Inventor(s): Raghukiran Sreeramaneni (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16878288 on 05/19/2020 (518 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device including an equalizer that includes a first input configured to receive an input signal, a second input configured to receive a reference signal, and a third input configured to receive an adjustment signal. The equalizer also includes a first output configured to transmit a corrected signal, wherein the corrected signal is generated based on data outputs controlled via the input signal, the reference signal, and a clock signal, wherein the data outputs are modified based on the first adjustment signal, wherein corrected signal offsets inter-symbol interference on the input signal based on a data bit received at the first input prior to reception of the input signal.

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


Methods and systems for adaptive equalization with wide range of signal amplitudes
Patent No. 11153135 

Inventor(s): Douglas Edward Wente (Murphy, TX), Mustafa Ulvi Erdogan (Allen, TX), Shita Guo (Dallas, TX), Yanli Fan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17146454 on 01/11/2021 (281 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems of adaptive equalization to compensate channel loss are disclosed. A method includes detecting a peak amplitude of an equalizer output signal and selecting a set of reference voltage levels from M sets based on the peak amplitude of the equalizer output signal, each of the M sets having N reference voltage levels. The method includes continuing to increase an equalization level in predetermined steps to a next higher equalization level if the applied equalization level does not correspond to the over-equalization level and evaluating the distribution of the resulting hit counts for each increase to the next higher equalization level until the applied equalization level corresponds to the over-equalization level. The method includes decreasing to the previously applied lower equalization level if the applied equalization level corresponds to the over-equalization level.

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


Intelligent and assisted intent builder
Patent No. 11153180 

Inventor(s): Manish Srivastava (Frisco, TX), Sivanaga Ravi Kumar Chunduru Venkata (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16849022 on 04/15/2020 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods described herein provide a network tool that discovers device configurations for selected enterprise sites and automatically organizes the data to assist users, so they can build intents for network function policies in enterprise networks. An intent builder performs device discovery of network function (NF) instances in a customer network; retrieves configuration elements from the NF instances; normalizes the configuration elements; and generates a graphical user interface with rule paths based on the configuration elements. The network device receives, via the graphical user interface, user input to map source Internet protocol (IP) addresses in the rule paths to a user label and to map destination IP address in the rule paths to an application label. Based on the user input, the network device presents, via the graphical user interface, consolidated intents and generates vendor-agnostic policy rules from the consolidated intents.

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


Autonomic resource partitions for adaptive networks
Patent No. 11153229 

Inventor(s): Kaniz Mahdi (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Ciena Corporation (Hanover, MD)
Law Firm: Clements Bernard Baratta (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16251394 on 01/18/2019 (1005 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and methods for autonomous resource partitioning in a network include a resource controller configured to provision resources which are any of virtual resources and physical resources in one or more layers in the network and monitor availability of the resources in the network; a resource manager configured to determine the any of virtual resources and physical resources as required for Quality of Service (QoS) in the network; a resource broker configured to advertise and assign resource requests to corresponding resources; and a partition manager configured to track the utilization of the resources provided by the one or more layers and to adjust resource usage of the resources in negotiation with the resource broker to minimize a cost of implementation.

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


Deploying and utilizing a dynamic data stenciling system with a smart linking engine
Patent No. 11153281 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16211295 on 12/06/2018 (1048 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to deploying and utilizing a dynamic data stenciling system with a smart linking engine. A computing platform may receive source data from one or more data source systems. Subsequently, the computing platform may identify a target application hosted by an enterprise application host platform as being an intended recipient of a portion of the source data. Then, the computing platform may select a dynamic data stencil from a plurality of available data stencils. Thereafter, the computing platform may overlay the portion of the source data onto the target application using the dynamic data stencil. In addition, by overlaying the portion of the source data onto the target application using the dynamic data stencil, the computing platform may cause the target application to execute one or more data processing functions using the portion of the source data received from the one or more data source systems.

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


Controlling access to secure information resources using rotational datasets and dynamically configurable data containers
Patent No. 11153315 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16426829 on 05/30/2019 (873 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to controlling access to secure information resources using rotational datasets and dynamically configurable data containers. A computing platform may receive, from a requesting system, a data access request. After authenticating the requesting system, the computing platform may load, using a first data container, first source data from a data track. The computing platform may send the first source data to a second data container. Then, the computing platform may load, using the second data container, second source data from the data track and may produce a first combined dataset. The computing platform may send the first combined dataset to a third data container. Subsequently, the computing platform may load, using the third data container, third source data from the data track and may produce a second combined dataset. Thereafter, the computing platform may send, to the requesting system, the second combined dataset.

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


Imaging system including digital dual speed readout integrated circuit (ROIC)
Patent No. 11153522 

Inventor(s): Robert L. Cook (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16699249 on 11/29/2019 (690 days app to issue)

Abstract: An imaging system includes a Read-Out Integrated Circuit (ROIC) configured to receive high spatial resolution imagery having a detected amount of energy from a detection device. The ROIC includes a mask generator and a high-resolution image decode. The mask generator applies a pixel mask to the high spatial resolution imagery so as to generate compressed high spatial resolution imagery that preserves the detected amount of energy. The high-resolution image decoder receives the compressed high spatial resolution imagery and decompresses the compressed high spatial resolution imagery and obtain the high spatial resolution imagery having a detected amount of energy.

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


Outdoor television weatherproof cover
Patent No. 11153527 

Inventor(s): Richard Franklin Webster (McKinney, TX), Wesley Clark Mazurek (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Sealoc Texas, Inc. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Braxton Perrone, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17008182 on 08/31/2020 (414 days app to issue)

Abstract: A weatherproof television cover of pliable material having a rear side and upper and lower flaps and at least one air vent cover. Adhesive material associated with the upper and lower flaps securely encloses and fastens the weatherproof television cover around a television and accompanying arm of various television wall mounts.

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


Volumetric accessing of a volumetric display
Patent No. 11153556 

Inventor(s): Ercan Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Sean Rodrigues (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Jordan IP Law, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16836036 on 03/31/2020 (567 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems may provide for 3D volumetric displays. Such 3D volumetric displays may include a transparent enclosed volume holding a gas as a stationary gain medium. A scanning mirror may direct a light beam from a light source. A voxel projector may receive the light beam from the scanning mirror and may project an expanded beam into a volume of the stationary gain medium. Changes in the X and Y orientation between the light beam from the scanning mirror and the voxel projector results in relatively larger changes in the X and Y dimension of the expanded beam that is projected into the volume of the stationary gain medium to produce a 3D image.

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


Television with interactive portal and system and method for use of same
Patent No. 11153608 

Inventor(s): Charles Todd Hixon (Garland, TX), Craig D. Smith (Allen, TX), Thomas R. Miller (Plano, TX), Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16901927 on 06/15/2020 (491 days app to issue)

Abstract: A television with an interactive portal and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the television, the television is deployed to provide an interactive portal in a hospitality establishment having multiple rooms, such as a hotel. The television is associated with a room and includes a processor, memory, tuner, panel, and audio drive disposed in an interconnected busing architecture. The television generates a default interactive portal as well as a guest-specific interactive portal, which is generated from a guest configuration profile having information including guest identification, a guest channel preference presentation, and a guest service preference presentation with guest account information. The guest configuration profile may also enable the creation of a local area wireless network with substantially the same behavior as the guest’’s home wireless network.

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


Content delivery via hybrid mobile network/broadcast network infrastructure
Patent No. 11153611 

Inventor(s): Glenn A. Wellbrock (Wylie, TX), Tiejun J. Xia (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent ane Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15591665 on 05/10/2017 (1623 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a hybrid mobile network/television antenna and a routing device connected to the antenna. The hybrid mobile network/television antenna receives content via a broadcast television network and receives content via a mobile network. The routing device includes a first communication interface that connects to the hybrid mobile network/television antenna, and a second communication interface that connects to a user device and receives a request for content from the user device. The routing device selects a network from the broadcast television network or the mobile network. The first communication interface receives the requested content via the selected network, and the routing device forwards the requested content to the user device via the second communication interface.

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


Set-top box with enhanced content and system and method for use of same
Patent No. 11153638 

Inventor(s): Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX), William C Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17063354 on 10/05/2020 (379 days app to issue)

Abstract: A set-top box with enhanced content and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, a wireless transceiver is located within a housing, which also interconnectively includes a television input, television output, a processor, and memory. The set-top box may establish a pairing with a proximate wireless-enabled interactive programmable device having a display. The set-top box receives trajectory data from the proximate wireless-enabled interactive programmable device, which represents motion-based commands provided by a user. The set-top box evaluates the trajectory data and sends a command signal to the television.

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


Acoustic direction sensor
Patent No. 11153681 

Inventor(s): Hideo Iizuka (Ann Arbor, MI), Taehwa Lee (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: 16662475 on 10/24/2019 (726 days app to issue)

Abstract: Sound direction detection devices include cylinders or other longitudinally extended structures having rotational symmetry about their longitudinal axes and multiple, rotationally equivalent resonators contained therein. Each resonator contains a microphone or other transducer that is activated when the resonator resonates.

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


Hearing aid and method for use of same
Patent No. 11153694 

Inventor(s): Laslo Olah (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Institute of Science, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17342388 on 06/08/2021 (133 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hearing aid and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, the hearing aid includes a body having various electronic components contained therein, including an electronic signal processor that is programmed with a respective left ear qualified sound range and a right ear qualified sound range. Each of the left ear qualified sound range and the right ear qualified sound range may be a range of sound corresponding to a preferred hearing range of an ear of the patient. The electronic signal processor is also programmed with a tinnitus frequency which is a range of sound corresponding to a sensation of tinnitus in the ear of the patient. Sound received at the hearing aid is converted to the qualified sound range prior to output with the output amplified at 0 dB at the tinnitus frequency or an inverse amplitude signal applied at the tinnitus frequency.

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


Systems and methods for identifying available services at a physical address
Patent No. 11153719 

Inventor(s): Peter D. Maxwell (Plano, TX), Ravi K. Sharma (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17004138 on 08/27/2020 (418 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system described herein may determine location information (e.g., two-dimensional location information) associated with an asset, generate or receive a first code based on the received location information, determine height information associated with the asset; generate a second code based on the first code and the height information; and store association information associating the first asset with the second code. The system may further receive a first request for location information associated with the asset; and output, in response to the first request, the second code, thus providing three-dimensional location information for the asset in response to the request.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Roaming support for next generation slice architecture
Patent No. 11153744 

Inventor(s): Jayshree A. Bharatia (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15594278 on 05/12/2017 (1621 days app to issue)

Abstract: A core network includes a home network and a visiting network. The home network includes a first slice selector module configured to select a first slice and a first network function selection module configured to select a network function within the first slice. The visiting network includes a second slice selector module configured to communicate with the first slice selector and select a second slice, a second network function selection module configured to select a network function within the second slice, and a common core network function (CCNF) module. The CCNF module communicates with the second slice selector module to receive an identity of the first slice and an identity of the second slice, assign a temporary identifier, and transmit the temporary identifier to a user equipment.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Interference reporting
Patent No. 11153773 

Inventor(s): Thomas David Novlan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15565408 on 04/08/2016 (2020 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of operating a mobile device in a wireless communication network, the method comprising measuring interference at the mobile device, determining whether to report the measured interference to the network, and, if it is determine to report the measured interference to the network, transmitting an interference measurement report to the network including an indication of the time interference was measured. Also described is a method of operating a network node in a wireless communication network.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Facilitating dynamic multiple public land mobile network resource management in advanced networks
Patent No. 11153801 

Inventor(s): Sangar Dowlatkhah (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16396302 on 04/26/2019 (907 days app to issue)

Abstract: Facilitating dynamic satellite and mobility convergence for mobility backhaul in advanced networks (e.g., 4G, 5G, 6G and beyond) is provided herein. Operations of a system can comprise dividing resources of a wireless network between a first network device and a second network device based on defined service level agreements. The operations also can comprise receiving a data packet from a mobile device. The data packet can comprise an indication that the first network device provides services for the mobile device. Further, the operations can comprise transferring the data packet to the first network device based on the resources assigned to the first network device and based on the data packet bypassing an access core of the wireless network.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for random access backoffs
Patent No. 11153917 

Inventor(s): Bin Liu (San Diego, CA), Guorong Li (Beijing, CN), Jian Wang (Beijing, CN), Yongbo Zeng (Beijing, CN), Yu Cai (Beijing, CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16894297 on 06/05/2020 (501 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of performing a random access procedure includes randomly selecting a backoff time from within a backoff window ranging from 0 to a specified multiple of a random access preamble unit, waiting until a time initialized with the backoff time expires, and retransmitting a random access preamble.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and system for maximizing the output of surgical lights
Patent No. 11153953 

Inventor(s): Dustin R. Campbell (Fort Worth, TX), James K. Alexanderson (Coppell, TX), Wojciech K. Timoszyk (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Stryker Corporation (Kalamazoo, MI)
Law Firm: Morrison Foerster LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15225189 on 08/01/2016 (1905 days app to issue)

Abstract: Adjustment of a surgical light is provided to optimize viewing an object. First, a distance between the surgical light and the object being viewed can be measured and the light output from the surgical light can be adjusted depending on the distance. Second, the surgical light can be moved to optimize the direction of light emitted from the surgical light according to the position of light from visible locating light sources. Third, the light emitted from a pair of light assemblies can be adjusted to ensure that the intensity of the light at an area of overlap of the light assemblies stays below a predetermined level to help prevent eye fatigue and dehydration and excessive radiation of a wound at the area of overlap.

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


Thermal management assemblies for electronic assemblies mounted on a motor end
Patent No. 11153996 

Inventor(s): Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI), Shohei Suenaga (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl, LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16719197 on 12/18/2019 (671 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic assembly includes a PCB disposed on an end-face of a motor proximate to a first surface thereof and a thermal management assembly (TMA) thermally connected to the PCB. One or more switching semiconductor devices are disposed on the first surface. The TMA includes a cooling jacket disposed around a circumference of the motor, at least one jacket manifold formed through the cooling jacket, a thermal compensation base layer thermally coupled to the cooling jacket and the one or more switching semiconductor devices, and a cooling manifold disposed through the PCB to form a fluid flow path therethrough. The at least one jacket manifold has a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet. Two or more electrically insulated posts, each having a cooling channel, are disposed between the at least one jacket manifold and the cooling manifold and form a fluid circuit between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet.

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


DESIGN PATENTS

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Patent No. D933497 

Inventor(s): Anjan Panneer Selvam (Plano, TX), Peter Ianace (Frisco, TX), Qing Sun (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): VitalTech Properties, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Goodhue, Coleman Owens, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29709927 on 10/18/2019 (732 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


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Patent No. D933555 

Inventor(s): Dimitri T. Medina (Plano, TX), Jon Acton (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): PACCAR Inc (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29724446 on 02/14/2020 (613 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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