Dallas Invents: 128 Patents Granted for Week of May 18

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 12 for patent activity out of 250 metros.

Patents granted include:
Apple’s adaptive multiplexing and transmit/receive diversity
Flypsi’s telephone network system
Micell Technologies’ coatings containing multiple drugs
Polte’s multi-path mitigation in tracking objects using a distributed antenna system
rewardStyle’s affiliate link generation
Tesla Laboratories’ mobile device as an input device for surveys at a live event
TMGCore’s liquid immersion cooling
Twitter’s swipe-to-like
USAA’s biometric authentication on push notification

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 May 18, 2021 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES 10
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING 11
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY 1
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS 4
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING 11
G: PHYSICS 34
H: ELECTRICITY 53
DESIGN: 4


TOP ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 25
Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI) 5
Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ) 5
International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY) 4
Toyota Motor North America (Plano) 4
United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio) 4
AT&T Intellectual Property (Atlanta, GA) 3
Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 3
Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano) 3

UNASSIGNED 8


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Alexander Lyubarsky (Dallas) 2
Christopher Daniel Manack (Flower Mound) 2
Daniel Jay Morgan (McKinney) 2
Imtiyaz Shaikh (Irving) 2
Joseph Richard Carpenter (Kennedale) 2
Kristofer Scott Oberascher (Princeton) 2
Kulvir S. Bhogal (Fort Worth) 2
Matthew E. Louis (Fort Worth) 2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Smart pet feeder
Patent No. 11006614 

Inventor(s): Yunhao Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: ZANIP (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16147612 on 09/29/2018 (962 days app to issue)

Abstract: The smart pet feeder includes a housing, and a grain storage component arranged in an upper part of the housing, a driving component arranged in a middle part of the housing and a throwing component arranged in a lower part of the housing; a rotating component is arranged in the housing, and the rotating component has a supporting column, the upper part of the supporting column is provided with a wheel, the lower part of the supporting column is provided with a driving gear, the bottom end of the supporting column is provided with a cam; the upper part is extended into the grain storage component, and the wheel is contained in the grain storage component; the driving gear is rotatably connected with the driving component, the cam is connected with the throwing component in the housing.

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


Pest-management apparatuses with separator to direct rodent movement and/or improve rodent contact with adhesive
Patent No. 11006622 

Inventor(s): Eric Snell (Bedford, TX), Ethan Vickery (Bedford, TX), Larry Covington (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): VM PRODUCTS, INC. (Colleyville, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15038104 on 11/21/2014 (2370 days app to issue)

Abstract: Pest-management apparatuses (e.g., stations), such as, for example, that can configured to permit a rodent to enter and retrieve a bait and/or become trapped (e.g., adhesive or a snap-trap).

[A01M] CATCHING, TRAPPING OR SCARING OF ANIMALS (appliances for catching swarms or drone-catching A01K 57/00; fishing A01K 69/00-A01K 97/00; biocides, pest repellants or attractants A01N); APPARATUS FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF NOXIOUS ANIMALS OR NOXIOUS PLANTS


Pastry premix compositions and methods for preparing same
Patent No. 11006638 

Inventor(s): Aileen Shiue Belitz (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: SMU Law School Patent Clinic (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16732904 on 01/02/2020 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pastry product premix preparation method includes the steps of freezing a shortening material in a condition below about 40 degrees Fahrenheit to make a solidified shortening material, breaking the solidified shortening material into particles that may have the shape of a sphere, a flake, an irregular shape, or a combination thereof; combining the shortening material with at least one dry ingredient that may include flour, salt, or baking powder to make a dry mix; vacuum-sealing the dry mix; and maintaining the dry mix at a temperature below the melting point of the shortening particles until further use.

[A21D] TREATMENT, e.g. PRESERVATION, OF FLOUR OR DOUGH FOR BAKING, e.g. BY ADDITION OF MATERIALS; BAKING; BAKERY PRODUCTS; PRESERVATION THEREOF [2006.01]


Motion chair
Patent No. 11006754 

Inventor(s): Anders Larsen (Dallas, TX), Douglas L. Gasal (Dallas, TX), Jared Hurd (Dallas, TX), Jeff Weber (Minneapolis, MN), Kevin Nguyen (Carrollton, TX), Robert B. Duncan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): American Leather Operations, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16381068 on 04/11/2019 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: A motion seat is described that includes a chassis, a seat frame, a seat cushion, a backrest, and a resilient hinge. The seat frame is attached to the chassis and the seat cushion and the backrest are each attached to the seat frame. The resilient hinge formed as a unitary body and may be formed from a resilient polymer. The seat cushion and/or the backrest is pivotably attached to the seat frame with the resilient hinge.

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


Steerable extendable devices
Patent No. 11006975 

Inventor(s): Adam Cohen (Dallas, TX), Edmond Richer (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15066982 on 03/10/2016 (1895 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is a Distally Assembled Steerable Cannula (DASC), a robotically-manipulated device that can be deployed and extended within a patient’’s body by growing from its distal end, or can be used in non-medical applications. In some embodiments, growth occurs by sequentially assembling segments that interlock to form a rigid tube with a complex 3-D shape. The segments are individually transported through the growing cannula, and then assembled at the distal end. A segment can be wedge-shaped in profile, allowing adjustment of the local radius and plane of curvature of the cannula to be controlled by relative segment orientation.

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


Crenolanib for treating FLT3 mutated proliferative disorders
Patent No. 11007188 

Inventor(s): Vinay K. Jain (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): AROG PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16282716 on 02/22/2019 (816 days app to issue)

Abstract:

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


Drug-eluting self-retaining sutures and methods relating thereto
Patent No. 11007296 

Inventor(s): Alexander Naimagon (Richmond, , CA), Brent B. Crow (Grand Prairie, TX), Jeffrey M. Gross (Carlsbad, CA), Kevin Don Nelson (Richardson, TX), Lev Drubetsky (Coquitlam, , CA), Nickolas B. Griffin (Allen, TX), Rui Avelar (Goleta,
Assignee(s): Ethicon, Inc. (Somerville, NJ), Ethicon, LLC (Guaynabo, PR), Tissuegen, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Frost Brown Todd LLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13883066 on 11/03/2011 (3484 days app to issue)

Abstract: A drug-eluting self-retaining suture comprises a filament, a plurality of retainers, and a drug impregnated in or coated on the filament. The shape and distribution of retainers modifies the in vivo release kinetics of the drug. The drug release kinetics may be modified uniformly or region by region. The self-retaining suture may for example be used for reattaching severed nerves and release nerve growth factor or other regeneration accelerating agents into the region of the nerve injury.

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


Coatings containing multiple drugs
Patent No. 11007307 

Inventor(s): James P. DeYoung (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Micell Technologies, Inc. (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz Mentlik, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16223552 on 12/18/2018 (882 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for depositing a coating comprising a polymer and at least two pharmaceutical agents on a substrate, comprising the following steps: providing a stent framework; depositing on said stent framework a first layer comprising a first pharmaceutical agent; depositing a second layer comprising a second pharmaceutical agent; Wherein said first and second pharmaceutical agents are selected from two different classes of pharmaceutical agents.

[A61L] METHODS OR APPARATUS FOR STERILISING MATERIALS OR OBJECTS IN GENERAL; DISINFECTION, STERILISATION, OR DEODORISATION OF AIR; CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF BANDAGES, DRESSINGS, ABSORBENT PADS, OR SURGICAL ARTICLES; MATERIALS FOR BANDAGES, DRESSINGS, ABSORBENT PADS, OR SURGICAL ARTICLES (preservation of bodies or disinfecting characterised by the agent employed A01N; preserving, e.g. sterilising, food or foodstuffs A23; preparations for medical, dental or toilet purposes A61K) [4]


Hypoxia training device
Patent No. 11007339 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Duncan Hitchens (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Lynntech, Inc. (College Station, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15975301 on 05/09/2018 (1105 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes a device for hypoxia training including a breathable gas source; a mask in fluid communication with the breathable gas source; a mask-state detector that uses one or more criteria to determine if the mask is being worn by a subject, wherein the mask-state detector is capable of communicating an indication of a mask-off state or a mask-on state; a flowmeter in fluid communication with the mask and coupled to the mask-state detector; and a pressure regulator in fluid communication with the mask and with the breathable gas source, and coupled to the mask-state detector, wherein the pressure regulator sets a first pressure at the mask when the mask-state detector communicates an indication of a mask-off state or a second pressure at the mask when the mask-state detector communicates an indication of a mask-on state.

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


System and methods for establishing a communication session between an implantable medical device and an external device
Patent No. 11007370 

Inventor(s): Brent Croft (Lewisville, TX), Robert McCormick (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): PACESETTER, INC. (Sylmar, CA)
Law Firm: The Small Patent Law Group LLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15860507 on 01/02/2018 (1232 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided for establishing a communication session with an implantable medical device (‘’IMD’’). The method includes configuring an IMD and an external device to communicate with one another through a protocol that utilizes a dedicated advertisement channel. The advertisement period and the scan period of the protocol are independent of one another such that the advertisement and scan periods at least partially overlap intermittently after a number of cycles. When the external device detects one of the advertisement notices, the method includes establishing a communications link between the external device and the IMD.

[A61N] ELECTROTHERAPY; MAGNETOTHERAPY; RADIATION THERAPY; ULTRASOUND THERAPY (measurement of bioelectric currents A61B; surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body A61B 18/00; anaesthetic apparatus in general A61M; incandescent lamps H01K; infra-red radiators for heating H05B) [6]


 

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

Process for the production of a sulfone polymer agglomerate from the recovery of expanded sulfone polymer
Patent No. 11007676 

Inventor(s): Robert Wayne Shelton (Carrollton, TX), Stephen Leonard Jackson (Mesquite, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Themis Law (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16475113 on 01/18/2018 (1216 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process for the production of a polymeric agglomerate obtained from expanded sulfone polymer recovered from extrusion or injection molding processes of sulfone polymer, the agglomeration of said expanded sulfone polymer being effected in said process. With respect to the known art for the production of expanded sulfone polymers that use starting virgin sulfone polymers, the present invention offers the advantage of providing a recovered expanded sulfone polymer which can be used as starting material together with the corresponding virgin sulfone polymer.

[B29B] PREPARATION OR PRETREATMENT OF THE MATERIAL TO BE SHAPED; MAKING GRANULES OR PREFORMS; RECOVERY OF PLASTICS OR OTHER CONSTITUENTS OF WASTE MATERIAL CONTAINING PLASTICS [4]


Microwave applicator with pressurizer for planar material heating
Patent No. 11007681 

Inventor(s): Jae Seung Lee (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16140345 on 09/24/2018 (967 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for heating and compressing a material using microwaves. The system includes a flexible waveguide configured to receive a first portion of microwaves and a rigid waveguide configured to receive a second portion of microwaves. The system includes a top microwave antenna connected to the flexible waveguide, having a first plurality of slots for emitting the first portion of microwaves to be received by a top side of the material and heat the material. The system includes a bottom microwave antenna connected to the rigid waveguide, having a second plurality of slots for emitting the second portion of microwaves to be received by a bottom side of the material and heat the material. The system includes a presser configured to provide a downward force onto the top microwave antenna toward the material to compress the material as the material is being heated by the microwaves.

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


Skin-to-core bond line mapping system and method
Patent No. 11007724 

Inventor(s): Clyde Gibson (Denton, TX), Kelly Knowles (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16058660 on 08/08/2018 (1014 days app to issue)

Abstract: A skin-to-core bond line mapping system and method is disclosed. Layered composite components formed by ‘’sandwiching’’ multiple materials together require a continuous bond between those materials with voids below particular thresholds that can vary by application. The skin-to-core bond line mapping system can include a laminate, an adhesive, a separator film, a core, a breather, a layup tool, bagging material, sealant, and a vacuum port. By employing systems and processes that layer separator film over adhesive and applying a core proximate the adhesive, a bagging material can be disposed over the materials to facilitate vacuum compaction, thereby impressing core impressions on the adhesive to map the areas between the skin and core that have good contact. An iterative process is disclosed, in which additional adhesive can be used to build the bond line until contact is made (or engineering tolerance is reached).

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


Vehicle restraint system for grated driving surfaces
Patent No. 11007920 

Inventor(s): Jerry W. Vande Sande (Dallas, TX), Kenneth W. Huck (Fairview, TX), Robert J. Cencer (Tipton, MI)
Assignee(s): TRINITY RAIL GROUP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16383804 on 04/15/2019 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for restraining a vehicle includes a deck of a transport. The deck includes one or more grated panels. The system also includes a vehicle restraint assembly configured to secure a vehicle to the deck of the transport. The vehicle restraint assembly includes an anchor coupled to a first end of a strap. The anchor includes a first plurality of hooks configured to couple the anchor to the deck of the transport through one or more grate wires of the one or more grated panels. The vehicle restraint assembly further includes a ratchet coupled to a second end of the strap. The ratchet includes a second plurality of hooks configured to couple the ratchet to the deck of the transport through one or more grate wires of the one or more grated panels.

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


Friction end-of-car cushioning assembly
Patent No. 11008028 

Inventor(s): Shaun Richmond (Frankfort, IL)
Assignee(s): TRINITY RAIL GROUP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15901484 on 02/21/2018 (1182 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly that includes a housing with a chamber formed within a bore of the housing. The assembly further includes a center shaft disposed at least partially within the bore of the housing. The chamber includes a backing wedge, a sliding wedge, and a load spring. The sliding wedge is positioned to apply a force onto an angled contact surface of the backing wedge. The sliding wedge is also positioned to apply a frictional force to a rod portion of the center shaft. The load spring is compressed between a contact surface of the chamber and a contact surface of the sliding wedge. The load spring is positioned to apply a compressive force onto the contact surface of sliding wedge toward the angled contact surface of the backing wedge.

[B61G] COUPLINGS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR RAILWAY VEHICLES; DRAUGHT OR BUFFING APPLIANCES SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR RAILWAY VEHICLES


Adaptable modular attachment and accessory system for use with coolers, bait buckets and other containers
Patent No. 11008030 

Inventor(s): Nicholas Zager (New York, NY), R Barrett Kotnik (Oswego, IL), Tomas L. Ortiz Ferrer (Sai Kung, , CN), William Jason Cohen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Santiva Outdoors, L.L.C.Series IP (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Thompson Patent Law (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16798213 on 02/21/2020 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various apparatuses and methods relate to coolers or other containers having attachment features to which modular accessories may be attached. Various apparatuses and methods relate to wheel and modular accessory attachment systems for attaching to a cooler or other container. Various apparatuses and methods relate to rails and channels for sliding attachment couplers. Various apparatuses and methods relate to keyed male-female attachment couplers. Various apparatuses and methods relate to a chassis configured to adjust in size for adapting the chassis to fit a variety of container sizes. Various apparatuses and methods relate to a coupler assembly for mechanically securing a container to a container undercarriage system.

[B62B] HAND-PROPELLED VEHICLES, e.g. HAND CARTS OR PERAMBULATORS; SLEDGES (characterised by animal propulsion B62C; propulsion of sledges by driver or engine B62M)


Passive hub flapping lock
Patent No. 11008094 

Inventor(s): Kyle Thomas Cravener (Watauga, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16168028 on 10/23/2018 (938 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes a passive hub flapping lock including stop wedges; frames coupled to the stop wedges; rods coupled to the frames, and each rod comprising a bracket; lever arms, each lever arm rotatably coupled to a pivot and coupled at a first lever arm end to one of the rods at the bracket of the rod; weight sets, each weight set coupled to a second lever arm end; and pivot torsion springs, each pivot torsion spring positioned at a pivot and biased to hold the flapping lock in an engaged position when stationary or at a rotational speed below a specified rotational speed; wherein the flapping lock is in an engaged position below the specified rotational speed and in a disengaged position above the specified rotational speed and the weight sets move outward, rotating the lever arms.

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


Maneuverable capture apparatus for airborne deployment and retrieval of parasite aircraft
Patent No. 11008102 

Inventor(s): Brett Rodney Zimmerman (Hurst, TX), Carlos Alexander Fenny (Fort Worth, TX), John Richard McCullough (Weatherford, TX), Joseph Scott Drennan (Dallas, TX), Michael John Ryan (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16161455 on 10/16/2018 (945 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, a maneuverable capture device includes a frame, a plurality of rotors secured to the frame, an attachment point disposed on the frame for securing a cable of a carrier aircraft to the frame, and an attachment feature configured to secure maneuverable capture device to a dock of a parasite aircraft. In an embodiment, a method of docking a maneuverable capture device with a parasite aircraft includes positioning a carrier aircraft above a parasite aircraft, releasing the maneuverable capture device attached to the carrier aircraft by a cable from the carrier aircraft, flying the maneuverable capture device to a dock of the parasite aircraft, and securing the maneuverable capture device to the dock of the parasite aircraft.

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


Thermoplastic composite components for commercial aircraft seats
Patent No. 11008107 

Inventor(s): Donald M. Lasell (Denton, TX), Joshua T. Smith (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): Safran Seats USA LLC (Gainesville, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15747814 on 02/12/2016 (1922 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described are thermoplastic composite parts ([b]30, 110[/b]) made up of resin-based fiber composites for use in aircraft furnishings. The thermoplastic composite parts ([b]30, 110[/b]) can be formed into various shapes including bends so as to be suitable for replacing heavier sheet-metal components ([b]100[/b]), particularly in aircraft furnishings.

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


Photocatalytic oxidation laundry device
Patent No. 11008236 

Inventor(s): Andrew Eide (Rockwall, TX), Lloyd Neal Morris (Greeneville, TN)
Assignee(s): DBG GROUP INVESTMENTS, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Workman Nydegger (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16247416 on 01/14/2019 (855 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure relates to water treatment devices that utilize photocatalytic oxidation to generate oxidizing agents. A water treatment device is configured to be connected in line between a water supply and a washing machine. Wash water from the water supply passes into the device and through a conduit of the device. A reaction chamber includes an ultraviolet lamp and a catalyst cell for generating the oxidizing agents. The generated oxidizing agents are injected into the wash water as it passes through the conduit. The water treatment device also includes a flow sensor placed in line with the conduit to determine when the device should be activated to generate the oxidizing agents.

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


Compressible driveshaft
Patent No. 11009078 

Inventor(s): Russell L. Mueller (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15961609 on 04/24/2018 (1120 days app to issue)

Abstract: A driveshaft includes a first end, a second end, and a length extending from the first end to the second end. The driveshaft includes an engagement section at the first end configured to cooperatively engage and transfer torque to a gearbox. The driveshaft also includes a compressible section configured to selectively decrease the length of the driveshaft. The driveshaft being configured to transition between an engaged configuration, wherein the engagement portion is engaged with the gearbox, and a disengaged configuration, wherein the compressible section is compressed, and the engagement portion is disengaged from the apparatus.

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


 

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

Methods for vapor deposition of group 4 transition metal-containing films using Group 4 transition metal-containing films forming compositions
Patent No. 11008351 

Inventor(s): Zhiwen Wan (Plano, TX), Ziyun Wang (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): L’’Air Liquide, Socit Anonyme pour l’’Etude et l’’Exploitation des Procds Georges Claude (Paris, , FR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16331204 on 04/10/2017 (1499 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are methods of using Group 4 transition metal azatrane precursors to deposit Group 4 transition metal-containing films on one or more substrates via vapor deposition processes.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Electrically conductive proppant
Patent No. 11008505 

Inventor(s): Terry Palisch (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): CARBO CERAMICS INC. (Houston, TX), NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS OF SANDIA, LLC (Albuquerque, NM)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15330962 on 02/23/2015 (2276 days app to issue)

Abstract: Electrically conductive sintered, substantially round and spherical particles and methods for producing such electrically conductive sintered, substantially round and spherical particles from an alumina-containing raw material. Methods for using such electrically conductive sintered, substantially round and spherical particles in hydraulic fracturing operations.

[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]


Drill bit
Patent No. 11008814 

Inventor(s): Alfred Harold Skinner (Aledo, TX), Benjamin Chrest (Fort Worth, TX), Jorge Arthur Silveus, III (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Ulterra Drilling Technologies, LP (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16188227 on 11/12/2018 (918 days app to issue)

Abstract: A drill bit including a body having a face, a blade disposed on the face, and a row of cutters disposed on the blade. At least some of the cutters may have alternating positive back rake angles. The difference between a majority of back rake angles on adjacent cutters may be less than 20.

[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]


Aligning two parts of a tubular assembly
Patent No. 11008817 

Inventor(s): Matthew Bradley Stokes (Keller, TX), Wesley Paul Dietz (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: C. Tumey Law Group PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16489429 on 10/04/2018 (957 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are directed to aligning two subsequent pieces of equipment prior to disposing the pieces of equipment downhole. A method comprises providing the first tool piece to be disposed in a wellbore, wherein the first tool piece comprises: a first thread, wherein the first thread is disposed at a first end of the first tool piece; and a second thread, wherein the second thread is disposed at the first end of the first tool piece. The method further comprises disposing an alignment ring on the first tool piece, and coupling the first end of the first tool piece to a second end of the second tool piece. The method further comprises decoupling the first tool piece from the second tool piece; rotating the alignment ring; and coupling the first tool piece to the second tool piece after rotating the alignment ring to produce the tubular assembly.

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


Hydraulic fracturing distribution manifold
Patent No. 11009023 

Inventor(s): Blake T. Bonfanti (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): KCF TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (State College, PA)
Law Firm: MH2 Technology Law Group LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16383568 on 04/12/2019 (767 days app to issue)

Abstract: A distribution manifold includes a main trunk line at a first end of the manifold proximate a boost pump, two branch lines at a downstream end of the main trunk line, a first Y-connector coupling upstream ends of the two branch lines to the downstream end of the main trunk line, two sub-branch lines at a downstream end of each of the two branch lines, and two second Y-connectors coupling upstream ends of the four sub-branch lines to the downstream ends of the two respective branch lines. A sum of cross-sectional areas of downstream ends of the four sub-branch lines is equal to the cross-sectional area of the upstream end of the main trunk 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]


 

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

 

Compact design of a liquid inertia vibration elimination system
Patent No. 11008092 

Inventor(s): John Frakes (North Richland Hills, TX), Michael R. Smith (Colleyville, TX), Scott Hemmen (Hurst, TX), Taeoh Lee (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15796649 on 10/27/2017 (1299 days app to issue)

Abstract: A piston for use in a liquid inertia vibration elimination (‘’LIVE’’) system. The piston includes a port that extends from a first end of the piston to an opposite second end of the piston, wherein a length of the port is longer than a length between the first and second ends of the piston.

[F16F] SPRINGS; SHOCK-ABSORBERS; MEANS FOR DAMPING VIBRATION


Clutch with synchronizer and locking mechanism
Patent No. 11008113 

Inventor(s): Charles Hubert Speller (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16035409 on 07/13/2018 (1040 days app to issue)

Abstract: A clutch that has a synchronizer for matching a rotational velocity of a drive input with a rotational velocity of a driven output prior to engagement of a locking mechanism.

[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]


Oil country tubular goods casing coupling
Patent No. 11008819 

Inventor(s): Bowman A. Urech (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): OCTG CONNECTIONS, LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Husch Blackwell LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16168058 on 10/23/2018 (938 days app to issue)

Abstract: A threaded coupling suitable for drilling oil and gas wells is provided. The threaded coupling having a first end and a second end. A first portion of the threaded coupling proximal to the first end can have a first thread profile, and a second portion of the threaded coupling proximal to the second end can have a second thread profile that is different from the first thread profile. In particular, at least two threads of the second thread profile proximate to the second end are reduced in height according to an extra machining angle. The first thread profile and the second thread profile can further be tapered according to a taper angle.

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


Drive link
Patent No. 11009080 

Inventor(s): Jared Mark Paulson (Fort Worth, TX), Michael Christopher Burnett (Fort Worth, TX), Ryan T. Ehinger (Southlake, TX), Tyler Wayne Baldwin (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15916134 on 03/08/2018 (1167 days app to issue)

Abstract: A link includes an outer composite portion substantially encircling at least two bearing pockets and a central substantially incompressible portion disposed between the at least two bearing pockets.

[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]


Passive oil system for planetary bearings
Patent No. 11009116 

Inventor(s): David Bockmiller (Fort Worth, TX), Eric Stephen Olson (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15961370 on 04/24/2018 (1120 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary passive oil system includes a reservoir housing configured in operation to rotate around a rotational axis, the reservoir housing defining a reservoir between a top wall, a bottom wall, innermost side, and an outer sidewall; and an outlet positioned adjacent the outer sidewall to discharge a lubrication fluid contained in the reservoir in response to the reservoir housing rotating around the rotational axis.

[F16H] GEARING


Flexible joint and method of manufacturing flexible joint
Patent No. 11009161 

Inventor(s): David C. Riggs (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): LORD Corporation (Cary, NC)
Law Firm: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor Hunt, P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15505122 on 08/18/2015 (2100 days app to issue)

Abstract: A flexible joint is provided. The flexible joint is for use in a steel catenary riser that includes a compression bearing ([b]106[/b]) having a transition shim ([b]120[/b]) and a plurality of alternating flexible elements ([b]116[/b]) and shims ([b]118[/b]) collectively stacked and bonded to a lower portion of the transition shim ([b]120[/b]). The flexible joint also includes an inner bonding material ([b]126[/b]) having a profile that is complementary to a profile of an extension tube ([b]104[/b]), the inner bonding material ([b]126[/b]) being disposed between the extension tube ([b]104[/b]) and compression bearing ([b]106[/b]) and configured to serve as a bonding mechanism between extension tube and compression bearing.

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


Home cooking appliance having a pedestal burner
Patent No. 11009234 

Inventor(s): Chris Hill (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): BSH Home Appliances Corporation (Irvine, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15968827 on 05/02/2018 (1112 days app to issue)

Abstract: A home cooking appliance includes a cooktop surface and a gas pedestal burner on the cooktop surface. The gas pedestal burner includes a burner portion having a sidewall, a lower surface facing the cooktop surface, a plurality of burner ports in the sidewall, and a base portion under the burner portion. The base portion elevates the burner portion in a vertical direction above the cooktop surface and has a lower mounting surface disposed on the cooktop surface. An area of a footprint of the lower mounting surface of the base portion is less than an area of a footprint of the lower surface of the burner portion.

[F24C] OTHER DOMESTIC STOVES OR RANGES; DETAILS OF DOMESTIC STOVES OR RANGES, OF GENERAL APPLICATION (radiator stoves of the fluid-circulating type F24H)


Peak demand response operation with improved sensible capacity
Patent No. 11009249 

Inventor(s): Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX), Vijaykumar Sathyamurthi (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16542861 on 08/16/2019 (641 days app to issue)

Abstract: An HVAC system includes a variable-speed compressor which compresses refrigerant flowing through the HVAC system, a blower which provides a flow of air through the HVAC system at a controllable flow rate, and a controller communicatively coupled to the variable-speed compressor and the blower. The controller receives a demand request, which includes a command to operate the HVAC system at a predefined setpoint temperature. In response to receiving the demand request, a setpoint temperature associated with the HVAC system is adjusted to the predefined setpoint temperature. The variable-speed compressor is adjusted to a low-speed setting, thereby operating the HVAC system at a first tonnage of cooling. The rate of the flow of air provided by the blower is adjusted to a first flow rate, such that a ratio of the first flow rate to the first tonnage of cooling is increased to a first predefined value.

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


HVAC system and method of improving latent capacity
Patent No. 11009267 

Inventor(s): Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX), Siddarth Rajan (Chennai, , IN)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16140075 on 09/24/2018 (967 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of operating an HVAC system comprising a first and second portion of evaporator circuits, the first portion being adapted to receive refrigerant from a first refrigerant path and the second portion being adapted to receive the refrigerant from a second refrigerant path. The method comprises determining a first value that is calculated based on a speed of an air blower and a total capacity of the HVAC system, and the air blower is operable to push a minimum volume of air in to the enclosed space. The method further comprises upon determining that the first value exceeds a cooling threshold or that the first value exceeds a dehumidification threshold, instructing a valve to close such that refrigerant cannot flow to the first portion of evaporator circuits.

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


Charging handle
Patent No. 11009302 

Inventor(s): Jason Mayer (Red Oak, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Adam R. Stephenson, LTD. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16891341 on 06/03/2020 (349 days app to issue)

Abstract: Implementations of charging handles may include a central shaft including a bolt engaging mechanism and a hand pull coupled to the central shaft. The hand pull may include a central block. The hand pull may also include a first wing having a first side and a second side, the first side opposite the second side. The hand pull may also include a second wing having a first side and a second side, the first side opposite the second side. The hand pull may also include a first opening extending into the second side of the first wing, a second opening extending into the second side of the second wing, a latch coupled to the second wing, the latch configured to couple within a receiver of a firearm, and a blade directly coupled to the latch, a cutting edge of the blade facing the central block.

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


Perforating gun system and method
Patent No. 11009330 

Inventor(s): John T. Hardesty (Fort Worth, TX), Terrell Saltarelli (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16437754 on 06/11/2019 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: A detonator block for housing a detonator has a body configured to host the detonator; the body having a first end that is configured to be attached to a sub; the body having a second end, opposite to the first end, and configured to connect to a gun; and a printed circuit board located inside the body, the printed circuit board being electrically connected to the detonator. The body has a holder that is configured to hold the detonator inside the body.

[F42D] BLASTING (fuses, e.g. fuse cords, C06C 5/00; blasting cartridges F42B 3/00)


 

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Methods and systems for disabling a step-counting function of a wearable fitness tracker within a vehicle
Patent No. 11006859 

Inventor(s): Evan Vijithakumara (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16528969 on 08/01/2019 (656 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for disabling a step-counting function of a wearable fitness tracker includes detecting a vehicle start-up event of a vehicle with one or more vehicle sensors, and sending an in-vehicle confirmation signal from one or more vehicle communication modules to one or more wearable fitness trackers positioned within the vehicle in response to detecting the vehicle start-up event. The in-vehicle confirmation signal is configured to be received by the one or more wearable fitness trackers and cause the one or more wearable fitness trackers to automatically disable the step-counting function of the one or more wearable fitness trackers.

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


Refining and selecting timing data to increase accuracy of timing-based location for user equipment
Patent No. 11009583 

Inventor(s): Mark D. Austin (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16724781 on 12/23/2019 (512 days app to issue)

Abstract: Machine learning on user equipment candidate locations provides more accurate location estimation in timing-based location estimation. For instance, timing signals from a user equipment are collected, and adjusted using calibration data, previously known for pairs of fixed-located cells. The adjusted timing data are processed into a location candidate dataset. The location candidate data set is iteratively processed using machine learning technology to eliminate candidate locations until an estimated location is determinable. The location estimation via the described technology is significantly more accurate than other timing-based methods.

[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


Nanoencapsulation methods for forming multilayer thin film structures and multilayer thin films formed therefrom
Patent No. 11009630 

Inventor(s): Debasish Banerjee (Ann Arbor, MI), Songtao Wu (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: 16264170 on 01/31/2019 (838 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for forming a multilayer thin film structure includes directly depositing an absorber layer to encapsulate a dielectric layer, and the dielectric layer encapsulates a reflective core particle. The method further including depositing an outer layer to encapsulate the absorber layer, and the multilayer thin film structure has a hue shift of less than 30 in the Lab color space when viewed at angles from 0 to 45.

[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]


Polarized films with specific light filters
Patent No. 11009724 

Inventor(s): Aref Jallouli (Dallas, TX), Haifeng Shan (Dallas, TX), Haipeng Zheng (Dallas, TX), Hao-Wen Chiu (Dallas, TX), Srini Balasubramanian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Essilor International (Charenton-le-Pont, , FR)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16317762 on 07/15/2016 (1768 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are polarized films containing specific light filters that block transmission of harmful electromagnetic radiation. Also disclosed are methods of producing said films as well as ophthalmic lenses having increased eye health.

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


Method of tool path generation for additive manufacturing with vector distribution
Patent No. 11009853 

Inventor(s): Ercan Mehmet Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Tsuyoshi Nomura (Novi, 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: 16524421 on 07/29/2019 (659 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods are provided for designing and generating a tool path for three-dimensional printing of a fiber composite part. The method includes defining a three-dimensional domain model and determining a set of boundary conditions for the three-dimensional domain model. The methods include applying a gradient-based algorithm to a predetermined stress state located within the three-dimensional domain model in order to: (1) optimize the three-dimensional domain model for minimum deflection or stress using a structural mechanics algorithm for a composite article, and (2) provide a topologically optimized fiber composite part design and fiber orientation field. The methods include using the topologically optimized fiber composite part design and fiber orientation field as an input to solve Gray-Scott reaction diffusion equations to generate an anisotropic tool path for three-dimensional printing of the fiber composite part.

[G05B] CONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS (fluid-pressure actuators or systems acting by means of fluids in general F15B; valves per se F16K; characterised by mechanical features only G05G; sensitive elements, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. G12B, subclasses of G01, H01; correcting units, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. H02K)


Method and circuitry for compensating low dropout regulators
Patent No. 11009900 

Inventor(s): Sahana Sriraj (Dallas, TX), Vadim Valerievich Ivanov (Tucson, AZ)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15400976 on 01/07/2017 (1592 days app to issue)

Abstract: Low dropout regulators (LDOs) are disclosed herein. An example of an LDO includes an error amplifier having a first input and a second input, wherein the first input is for coupling to an output of the LDO and the second input for coupling to a reference voltage. The error amplifier has an output with a voltage that is proportional to the difference between the output voltage and the reference voltage. A second amplifier is coupled between the error amplifier and the output of the LDO. A gain boost amplifier is coupled between the error amplifier and the second amplifier. The gain boost amplifier increases DC gain of the LDO in response to a load step on the output.

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


Systems and methods for swipe-to-like
Patent No. 11010050 

Inventor(s): David Hart (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Twitter, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16841349 on 04/06/2020 (407 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example systems and methods are described for implementing a swipe-to-like feature. In an example implementation, a list of content items is displayed on a touchscreen display, and based on detecting input of a first gesture, such as, for example, a swipe gesture, for a first one of the content items in the list, associating a predetermined first sentiment with the first content item.

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


Shared middleware layer containers
Patent No. 11010149 

Inventor(s): Mirza Baig (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16373736 on 04/03/2019 (776 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, computer program products, systems are provided. The method comprises receiving a request to install an application. A middle-share container corresponding to the application is then created and provisioned upon a shared middleware layer. Middleware components that the application needs are pre-installed and pre-configured in the shared middleware layer.

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


Multiple types of thread identifiers for a multi-threaded, self-scheduling reconfigurable computing fabric
Patent No. 11010161 

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: 16371054 on 03/31/2019 (779 days app to issue)

Abstract: Representative apparatus, method, and system embodiments are disclosed for configurable computing. A representative system includes an interconnection network; a processor; and a plurality of configurable circuit clusters. Each configurable circuit cluster includes a plurality of configurable circuits arranged in an array; a synchronous network coupled to each configurable circuit of the array; and an asynchronous packet network coupled to each configurable circuit of the array. A representative configurable circuit includes a configurable computation circuit and a configuration memory having a first, instruction memory storing a plurality of data path configuration instructions to configure a data path of the configurable computation circuit; and a second, instruction and instruction index memory storing a plurality of spoke instructions and data path configuration instruction indices for selection of a master synchronous input, a current data path configuration instruction, and a next data path configuration instruction for a next configurable computation circuit.

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


Computer architecture for emulating correlithm object diversity in a correlithm object processing system
Patent No. 11010183 

Inventor(s): Patrick N. Lawrence (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15967301 on 04/30/2018 (1114 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system that includes an edge node configured to define a first set of correlithm objects for the first device and to send the first set of correlithm objects to the first device. The first set of correlithm objects includes a first correlithm object within a core distance of a root correlithm from the set of root correlithm objects. The core distance identifies the maximum number of different bits between the root correlithm object and a correlithm object. The edge node is further configured to define a second set of correlithm objects for the second device and to send the second set of correlithm objects to the second device. The second set of input correlithm objects comprises a second correlithm within the core distance of the root correlithm object from the set of root correlithm objects. The first correlithm object and the second correlithm object are different.

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


Virtual network function resource allocation
Patent No. 11010205 

Inventor(s): Vinay Saxena (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Patent Department (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15608248 on 05/30/2017 (1449 days app to issue)

Abstract: Examples allocating resources to virtual network functions (VNFs). Some examples include monitoring information associated with a set of VNFs that includes a set of VNF instances. A resource allocation event may be predicted for a VNF instance based on the monitored information and a resource flexing model that is developed using a capacity metric of the VNF instance. A resource flexing plan may be generated based on the resource allocation event and an order of the set of VNFs in a service function chain.

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


Spare cache set to accelerate speculative execution, wherein the spare cache set, allocated when transitioning from non-speculative execution to speculative execution, is reserved during previous transitioning from the non-speculative executi
Patent No. 11010288 

Inventor(s): Steven Jeffrey Wallach (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig (27 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16528483 on 07/31/2019 (657 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cache system, having cache sets, a connection to a line identifying an execution type, a connection to a line identifying a status of speculative execution, and a logic circuit that can: allocate a first subset of cache sets when the execution type is a first type indicating non-speculative execution, allocate a second subset when the execution type changes from the first type to a second type indicating speculative execution, and reserve a cache set when the execution type is the second type. When the execution type changes from the second to the first type and the status of speculative execution indicates that a result of speculative execution is to be accepted, the logic circuit can reconfigure the second subset when the execution type is the first type; and allocate the at least one cache set when the execution type changes from the first to the second type.

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


Prediction of test pattern counts for scan configuration determination
Patent No. 11010523 

Inventor(s): Janusz Rajski (West Linn, OR), Mark A. Kassab (Wilsonville, OR), Wu-Tung Cheng (Lake Oswego, OR), Yu Huang (West Linn, OR)
Assignee(s): Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16846573 on 04/13/2020 (400 days app to issue)

Abstract: One, two, or three test pattern generation and encoding processes are performed for a circuit design to generate compressed test patterns for one or two input channel numbers. The one, two, or three test pattern generation and encoding processes are configured to minimize active input channels for each of the compressed test patterns. A test pattern count for each of a plurality of input channel numbers is determined based on the compressed test patterns for the one or two input channel numbers, a number of active input channels for each of the compressed test patterns, and an assumption of similar input data volumes for different numbers of input channels. The test pattern count information can be employed to determine an optimal number of input channels for a test decompressor.

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


Efficient SIMD implementation of 3×3 non maxima suppression of sparse 2D image feature points
Patent No. 11010631 

Inventor(s): Deepak Kumar Poddar (Karnataka, , IN), Pramod Kumar Swami (Karnataka, , IN), Prashanth Viswanath (Karnataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16730622 on 12/30/2019 (505 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with disclosed embodiments, an image processing method includes performing a first scan in a first direction on a first list of pixels in which, for each pixel in the first list, a feature point property is compared with a corresponding feature point property of each of a first set of neighboring pixels, performing a second scan in a second direction on the first list of pixels in which, for each pixel in the first list, a feature point property is compared with a corresponding feature point property of each of a second set of neighboring pixels, using the results of the first and second scans to identify pixels from the first list to be suppressed, and forming a second list of pixels that includes pixels from the first list that are not identified as pixels to be suppressed. The second list represents a non-maxima suppressed list.

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


In-scene multi-angle surface-specific signature generation and exploitation
Patent No. 11010639 

Inventor(s): John J. Coogan (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16279212 on 02/19/2019 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: An angularly-dependent reflectance of a surface of an object is measured. Images are collected by a sensor at different sensor geometries and different light-source geometries. A point cloud is generated. The point cloud includes a location of a point, spectral band intensity values for the point, an azimuth and an elevation of the sensor, and an azimuth and an elevation of a light source. Raw pixel intensities of the object and surroundings of the object are converted to a surface reflectance of the object using specular array calibration (SPARC) targets. A three-dimensional (3D) location of each point in the point cloud is projected back to each image using metadata from the plurality of images, and spectral band values are assigned to each value in the point cloud, thereby resulting in a multi-angle spectral reflectance data set. A multi-angle surface-specific signature (MASS) is fitted to the multi-angle spectral reflectance data set, and the multi-angle surface-specific signature of the object and the surroundings of the object are stored into a spectral database. The spectral database is mined to find one or more of spatial and temporal anomalies in the plurality of images and patterns and correlations of the multi-angle surface-specific signature.

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


Biometric authentication on push notification
Patent No. 11010763 

Inventor(s): Ryan Fillinger (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15277768 on 09/27/2016 (1694 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for transmitting push notification data to a computing device, the push notification data being processable by the computing device to display a push notification, receiving biometric data, the biometric data being provided from user input responsive to the push notification, determining that a user providing the user input is authenticated at least partially based on the biometric data, and inducing execution of a transaction in response to determining that the user is authenticated.

[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 affiliate link generation
Patent No. 11010795 

Inventor(s): Alexei Stoliartchouk (Kensington, CA), Baxter Box (Dallas, TX), Forrest Jordan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): rewardStyle, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13547771 on 07/12/2012 (3232 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system is provided for facilitating affiliate link generation. A user enables the system by identifying a webpage on an affiliate web site. The system performs an initial assessment of the page to extract webpage information, which is compared to information stored in a database. If the extracted information matches stored information, a record of the webpage is displayed and an affiliate link is dynamically generated for immediate use. If the extracted information does not match stored information, a new record of the webpage is created. If the webpage contains product-specific data, a product-specific record is stored. If the webpage does not contain product-specific data, a non-product record is stored. An affiliate link is then dynamically created. The new record of the product and dynamically created affiliate link is added to the database for immediate use.

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


System and medium for providing financial products via augmented reality
Patent No. 11010808 

Inventor(s): Adrian Borunda (Celina, TX), Austin Ray Graham (Plano, TX), Cale Riley Spratt (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15933005 on 03/22/2018 (1153 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system may a processor that may receive image data of a vehicle via one or more image sensors and retrieve vehicle data regarding the vehicle from a vehicle database based on the image data. The vehicle database may include a first set of data regarding a plurality of vehicles. The processor may then retrieve financial data regarding a user from a financial database, such that the financial database includes a second set of data regarding financial information concerning the user. The processor may then determine one or more financial products associated with a purchase of the vehicle, generate one or more visualizations representative of the one or more financial products, and modify the image data depicted on a display to include the one or more visualizations.

[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]


Computerized system and method for automatically establishing a network connection for a real-time video conference between users
Patent No. 11010810 

Inventor(s): Brett Pylant (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15594332 on 05/12/2017 (1467 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for improving interactions with and between computers in content generating, searching, hosting and/or providing systems supported by or configured with personal computing devices, servers and/or platforms. The systems interact to identify and retrieve data within or across platforms, which can be used to improve the quality of data used in processing interactions between or among processors in such systems. The disclosed systems and methods automatically, in real-time, establish a network connection between two users based on one user’’s current situation and the other user’’s determined expertise in that situation. The user’’s situation can be based on his/her identity, location, activity, the time, date, and the like. The disclosed systems and methods provide a computerized, fully automated network environment that enables video conferencing between such geographically separated users, thereby enabling the expert user to advise the other user on his/her current situation.

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


Systems and methods for vehicle recommendations based on user gestures
Patent No. 11010815 

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: 16745960 on 01/17/2020 (487 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to certain aspects of the disclosure, a computer-implemented method may be used for providing a vehicle recommendation based on user gestures. The method may include displaying at least one image of a vehicle to a user and receiving at least one gesture from the user performed on the at least one image of the vehicle. Additionally, the method may include assigning a value to the at least one gesture from the user and determining a feature of the vehicle based on the at least one gesture from the user. Additionally, the method may include receiving gesture information related to the at least one gesture and determining a vehicle preference of the user based on the value, the feature of the vehicle, and the gesture information. Additionally, the method may include identifying at least one available vehicle based on the vehicle preference of the user and displaying the at least one available vehicle to the 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 prioritization of rendering policies in virtual environments
Patent No. 11010826 

Inventor(s): Kulvir S. Bhogal (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Roberts Calderon Safran Cole, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15989788 on 05/25/2018 (1089 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method implemented in a computer infrastructure having computer executable code, includes receiving one or more bids for at least one of an enhanced rendering quality and an enhanced rendering order of an object in a virtual universe (VU) and performing a bid resolution for the received one or more bids. Additionally, the method includes rendering one or more objects in the VU with the at least one of the enhanced rendering quality and the enhanced rendering order based on the bid resolution.

[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 for identifying running streak wagering events and outcomes
Patent No. 11011013 

Inventor(s): Robert McKee (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Meagher Emanuel Laks Goldberg Liao, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16252560 on 01/18/2019 (851 days app to issue)

Abstract: A physical system supports a method on a surface of a gaming table for reception of markers identifying placement of wagers on a series of sequential random outcomes. There are a series of distinct adjacent areas for receiving markers indicating wagers on the series of sequential random outcomes. Each distinct area has a surface area sufficient to accommodate a marker indicating wagers from a single player. Associated with each area is an indicator of a degree of progression through a sequence of random outcomes. The indicator of a degree of progression changing after each sequential outcome. Any markers present on a distinct area moving relative to a last indicator on which any marker was present to indicate a change in a degree of progression in the series of sequential random outcomes.

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


Fragmentation-aware intelligent autonomous intersection management using a space-time resource model
Patent No. 11011056 

Inventor(s): Nannan Wang (Plano, TX), Paparao Palacharla (Richardson, TX), Tadashi Ikeuchi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16193818 on 11/16/2018 (914 days app to issue)

Abstract: An intersection management system (IMS) may receive one or more traversing requests from one or more Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs). The IMS may determine a solution space for each of the one or more traversing requests in a space-time resource model of the intersection, find a CAV trajectory allocation in the space-time resource model for each of the one or more traversing requests. The IMS may send an approved reservation to each CAV corresponding to each of the one or more CAV trajectory allocations that have been found. Each of the one or more CAVs may, when an approved reservation corresponding to the CAV may have been received from the IMS, move through the intersection zone as specified in the approved reservation.

[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]


Distributed data collection and processing among vehicle convoy members
Patent No. 11011063 

Inventor(s): Devang H. Parekh (Dallas, TX), Louis Brugman (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16193115 on 11/16/2018 (914 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle convoy management system includes a processor and a non-transitory computer readable memory configured to store a machine-readable instruction set. The machine-readable instruction set causes the vehicle convoy management system to: determine a first vehicle and a second vehicle form a convoy, delegate a first task to the first vehicle based on a first set of sensor resources of the first vehicle, delegate a second task to the second vehicle based on a second set of sensor resources of the second vehicle, where the first task is distinct from the second task, receive a first information generated in response to the first vehicle completing the first task with the first set of sensor resources, receive a second information generated in response to the second vehicle completing the second task, and transmit at least one of the first information or the second information to at least one vehicle.

[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]


Multi-phrase difference confidence scoring
Patent No. 11011155 

Inventor(s): David Patrick Magee (Allen, TX), Lorin Paul Netsch (Allen, TX), Tarkesh Pande (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16051607 on 08/01/2018 (1021 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example method includes: receiving a test phrase; comparing feature vectors of the test phrase to contents of a first database to generate a first score; comparing the feature vectors of the test phrase to contents of a second database to generate a second score; comparing feature vectors of the contents of the second database to the contents of the first database to generate a third score; comparing the feature vectors of the contents of the second database to a model of the test phrase to generate a fourth score; determining a first difference score based on a difference between the first and second scores; determining a second difference score based on a difference between the third and fourth scores; and generating a difference confidence score based on a lesser of the first and second difference scores.

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


Analyzing data to provide alerts to conversation participants
Patent No. 11011158 

Inventor(s): Kulvir S. Bhogal (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Tutunjian Bitetto, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16242513 on 01/08/2019 (861 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer implemented method of controlling the incidence of spoilers in a conversation that includes calculating a baseline of events of interest for participants to a conversation, the calculating of the baseline including machine learning applied to interest indicators for the participants, the interest indicators being derived from data collected from social media accounts of the participants and calendars of the participants in response the participant granting permission for the data collection. The method further includes monitoring of real time conversation between the parties for keywords indicative of a topic of the real time conversation, wherein a spoiler message is predicted when the keywords substantially match the baseline for the events of interest. The method may further include sending an anti-spoiler signal to the participants of the conversation when the keywords substantially match the baseline for the events of interest.

[G10L] SPEECH ANALYSIS OR SYNTHESIS; SPEECH RECOGNITION; SPEECH OR VOICE PROCESSING; SPEECH OR AUDIO CODING OR DECODING [4]


Selective extension of a fine granularity mode for memory refresh operations
Patent No. 11011217 

Inventor(s): Joosang Lee (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16723463 on 12/20/2019 (515 days app to issue)

Abstract: Control circuitry may operate to refresh memory banks and determine that a memory bank was not refreshed within a threshold time duration from the current time. The control circuitry may extend a duration of an operational mode in response to determining that the memory bank was not refreshed within the threshold time duration. In response to extending the duration of the operational mode, the control circuitry may refresh the second memory bank without refreshing the first memory bank.

[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)


Bit line voltage control for damping memory programming
Patent No. 11011242 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (Fremont, CA), Gerrit Jan Hemink (San Ramon, CA), Tai-Yuan Tseng (Milpitas, CA), Xiang Yang (Santa Clara, CA), Yan Li (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16829692 on 03/25/2020 (419 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a programming circuit configured to supply a program pulse to increase a threshold voltage of a memory cell. The apparatus also includes a sensing circuit configured to determine that the threshold voltage of the memory cell satisfies a trigger threshold voltage in response to the program pulse. The apparatus further includes a damping circuit configured to increase a voltage of a bit line connected to the memory cell after initiation of and during a second program pulse in response to the threshold voltage of the memory cell satisfying the trigger threshold voltage, the second program pulse being sent by the programming circuit.

[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)


Method and apparatus for predicting mortality of a patient using trained classifiers
Patent No. 11011274 

Inventor(s): Bhupendra Solanki (Indore, , IN), Sakyajit Bhattacharya (Koramangala, , IN), Vaibhav Rajan (Kammanahalli, , IN), Vijay Huddar (Bijapur, , IN)
Assignee(s): CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15065432 on 03/09/2016 (1896 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium and apparatus for predicting mortality of a current patient are disclosed. For example, the method includes receiving data associated with a plurality of different patients with known mortality outcomes, wherein the data includes a subset of data for each one of a plurality of different measurement timepoints for each one of the plurality of different patients, calculating n number of classifiers, wherein n is equal to a number of the plurality of different measurement timepoints, receiving data associated with the current patient at an i-th measurement timepoint, predicting the current patient has a high mortality risk based on an output of the i-th classifier of the n number of classifiers and transmitting a signal to a health administration server to cause an alarm to be generated in response to the high mortality risk that is predicted.

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


Dynamic network management based on user, device, application, and network characteristics
Patent No. 11012332 

Inventor(s): Amandeep Singh (Dallas, TX), Janki Vora (Lewisville, TX), Mathews Thomas (Flower Mound, TX), Sharath Prasad Krishna Prasad (Irving, TX), Subil Mathew Abraham (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16387615 on 04/18/2019 (761 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an approach to dynamic network management based on user, device, application, and predicted network characteristics, one or more computer processors identify one or more network interfaces. The one or more computer processors determine one or more network performance parameters and capabilities of the identified network interfaces. The one or more computer processors determine a highest ranked network connection based on the determined network performance parameters and capabilities of the identified network interfaces. The one or more computer processors generate one or more network templates based on the determined highest ranked network connection and associated network performance parameters. The one or more computer processors apply the one or more generated network templates to a plurality of entities and devices.

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


Systems and methods for automatically packaging and deploying virtual network functions based on network interface dependencies and compatibilities
Patent No. 11012343 

Inventor(s): Ravi Potluri (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16598587 on 10/10/2019 (586 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device may receive information identifying existing virtual network functions (VNFs) associated with an existing virtual radio access network (VRAN), and may receive information identifying proposed VNFs to deploy with the existing VRAN, wherein the information identifying the proposed VNFs includes VNF descriptors indicating interface dependencies associated with the proposed VNFs. The device may generate testing configurations, for testing the proposed VNFs, based on the interface dependencies, and may determine that a set of the proposed VNFs are validated based on testing the proposed VNFs with the testing configurations. The device may derive dependency constraints for the set of the proposed VNFs based on the information identifying the existing VNFs, and may select a new VNF that satisfies the dependency constraints, based on the set of the proposed VNFs. The device may cause the new VNF to be deployed with the existing VRAN.

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


Modifying signal associations in complex computing networks
Patent No. 11012480 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey W. Mankoff (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16459602 on 07/01/2019 (687 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure is directed to an apparatus for modifying a temporal data association in a complex computing network such that a future computing operation is executed based on the modified data association.

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


System and method for using a mobile device as an input device for surveys at a live event
Patent No. 11012558 

Inventor(s): Jovan Hutton Pulitzer (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): TESLA LABORATORIES, LLC (Jackson, WY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16749389 on 01/22/2020 (482 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided for interacting with audience members in an event, each of the potential attendees having available thereto a unique identifier. The method comprises creating, for an attendee, a unique ID (UID) on a mobile wireless device (MWD) by the steps of inputting to the MWD one of the unique identifiers, combining the obtained unique identifier with a UID time stamp at the time of creation of the UID; receiving with a server on a first wireless channel communications from the MWD; registering the UID at the physical location of the event; generating a visual query; displaying on the MWD response indicators; receiving at the server from the registered attendee a response, to the query over the first wireless channel; and storing in a database on the server the received response in association with the displayed query.

[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]


Absorption/desorption processes and systems for liquid immersion cooling
Patent No. 11013144 

Inventor(s): Jacob Mertel (Plano, TX), John David Enright (Plano, TX), Taylor Monnig (Plano, TX), William Hadala (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TMGCore, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17020500 on 09/14/2020 (246 days app to issue)

Abstract: A two-phase liquid immersion cooling system is described in which heat generating computer components cause a dielectric fluid in its liquid phase to vaporize. Advantageously an absorption/desorption unit is employed having a carbon element and a controller configured to regulate the absorption unit.

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


 

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Methods and circuitry for analyzing voltages
Patent No. 11009530 

Inventor(s): Johan Tjeerd Strydom (Santa Clara, CA), Olivier Trescases (Toronto, , CA), Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16797909 on 02/21/2020 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: In circuitry for measuring a voltage at a node, a capacitive divider is coupled to the node, wherein the capacitive divider provides a first output. A resistive divider is coupled to the node, wherein the resistive divider provides a second 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]


Embedded universal serial bus 2 repeater
Patent No. 11010319 

Inventor(s): Bhupendra Sharma (Bangalore, , IN), Douglas Edward Wente (Murphy, TX), Huanzhang Huang (Plano, TX), Mustafa Ulvi Erdogan (Allen, TX), Suzanne Mary Vining (Plano, TX), Win Naing Maung (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15931762 on 05/14/2020 (369 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide for a method. In at least some examples, the method includes receiving, at a circuit, data via a differential input signal. The method further includes detecting a falling edge in the data received via the differential input signal. The method further includes holding an output of the circuit at a final logical value of the data. The method further includes disabling a transmitter of the circuit while holding the output of the circuit at the final logical value of the data. The method further includes releasing the output of the circuit from the final logical value of the data.

[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]


Voice synthesis for virtual agents
Patent No. 11011176 

Inventor(s): Alejandra Valles (Plano, TX), Joseph Kasonde (Crowley, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16924639 on 07/09/2020 (313 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are described for generating a custom voice for a virtual agent. In one implementations, a method includes receiving information identifying a customer contacting a call center. The method includes selecting a voice for a virtual agent based on information about the customer. The method also includes assigning the voice to the virtual agent during communications with the customer.

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


Three-dimensional memory device including contact-level bit-line-connection structures and methods of making the same
Patent No. 11011209 

Inventor(s): Fumiaki Toyama (Cupertino, CA), Jee-Yeon Kim (San Jose, CA), Kwang-Ho Kim (Pleasanton, CA), Yuki Mizutani (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16589404 on 10/01/2019 (595 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor structure includes a memory die, which includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a substrate and memory stack structures vertically extending through the alternating stacks. A contact-level dielectric layer embeds drain contact via structures that are electrically connected to a respective drain region and contact-level metal interconnects, and a via-level dielectric embedding drain-to-bit-line connection via structures, bit-line-connection via structures, and pad-connection via structures. A bit-line-level dielectric layer overlies the via-level dielectric layer, and embeds bit lines that contact a respective subset of the drain-to-bit-line connection via structures, and embeds metal pads that contact a respective one of the pad-connection via structures. Each metal pad is electrically connected to a respective bit line through a series connection of a respective pad-connection via structure, a respective contact-level metal interconnect, and a respective bit-line-connection via structure.

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Patterning platinum by alloying and etching platinum alloy
Patent No. 11011381 

Inventor(s): Helmut Rinck (Bavaria, , DE), Sebastian Meier (Bavaria, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16523867 on 07/26/2019 (662 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is provided a method of patterning platinum on a substrate. A platinum layer is deposited on the substrate, and a patterned photoresist layer is formed over the platinum layer leaving partly exposed regions of the platinum layer. An aluminum layer is deposited over the partly exposed regions of the platinum layer. An alloy is formed of aluminum with platinum from the partly exposed regions. The platinum aluminum alloy is etched away leaving a remaining portion of the platinum layer to form a patterned platinum layer on the substrate. In an embodiment, a thin hard mask layer is deposited on the platinum layer on the semiconductor substrate before the patterned photoresist layer is formed.

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Nickel alloy for semiconductor packaging
Patent No. 11011483 

Inventor(s): Christopher Daniel Manack (Flower Mound, TX), Nazila Dadvand (Richardson, TX), Salvatore Frank Pavone (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15901631 on 02/21/2018 (1182 days app to issue)

Abstract: A packaged semiconductor die includes a semiconductor die coupled to a die pad. The semiconductor die has a front side containing copper leads, a copper seed layer coupled to the copper leads, and a nickel alloy coating coupled to the copper seed layer. The nickel alloy includes tungsten and cerium (NiWCe). The packaged semiconductor die may also include wire bonds coupled between leads of a lead frame and the copper leads of the semiconductor die. In addition, the packaged semiconductor die may be encapsulated in molding compound. A method for fabricating a packaged semiconductor die. The method includes forming a copper seed layer over the copper leads of the semiconductor die. In addition, the method includes coating the copper seed layer with a nickel alloy. The method also includes singulating the semiconductor wafer to create individual semiconductor die and placing the semiconductor die onto a die pad of a lead frame. In addition the method includes wire bonding the leads of a lead frame to the copper leads of the semiconductor die and then encapsulating the die in molding compound.

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Zinc-cobalt barrier for interface in solder bond applications
Patent No. 11011488 

Inventor(s): Christopher Daniel Manack (Flower Mound, TX), Nazila Dadvand (Richardson, TX), Salvatore Frank Pavone (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16660187 on 10/22/2019 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microelectronic device has bump bond structures on input/output (I/O) pads. The bump bond structures include copper-containing pillars, a barrier layer including cobalt and zinc on the copper-containing pillars, and tin-containing solder on the barrier layer. The barrier layer includes 0.1 weight percent to 50 weight percent cobalt and an amount of zinc equivalent to a layer of pure zinc 0.05 microns to 0.5 microns thick. A lead frame has a copper-containing member with a similar barrier layer in an area for a solder joint. Methods of forming the microelectronic device are disclosed.

[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]


Memory scaling semiconductor device
Patent No. 11011500 

Inventor(s): Chih Yang Li (Menlo Park, CA), Nagesh Vodrahalli (Los Altos, CA), Rama Shukla (Saratoga, CA), Shrikar Bhagath (San Jose, CA), Srinivasan Sivaram (Los Gatos, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16816495 on 03/12/2020 (432 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device is disclosed including a memory module formed from a pair of semiconductor dies mounted face to face to each other at the wafer level. These die pairs are formed using wafer-to-wafer bonding technology, where the wafers may be bonded to each other when they are of full thickness. The semiconductor device may further include a CMOS logic circuit as part of the pair of semiconductor dies or in its own semiconductor die mounted to the pair of semiconductor dies.

[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]


Bonded structure including a performance-optimized support chip and a stress-optimized three-dimensional memory chip and method for making the same
Patent No. 11011506 

Inventor(s): Akio Nishida (Yokkaichi, , JP), Kazuma Shimamoto (Yokkaichi, , JP), Naohiro Hosoda (Yokkaichi, , JP), Tetsuya Shirasu (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yuji Fukano (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16847857 on 04/14/2020 (399 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bonded assembly includes a memory die including a three-dimensional memory array located on a first single crystalline semiconductor substrate, and a logic die including a peripheral circuitry located on a second single crystalline semiconductor substrate and bonded to the memory die. The three-dimensional memory array includes word lines and bit lines. The logic die includes field effect transistors having semiconductor channels configured to flow electrical current along a channel direction that is parallel to the bit lines or word lines. Different crystallographic orientations are used for the first and second single crystalline semiconductor substrates. The crystallographic orientations of the first single crystalline semiconductor substrate are selected to minimize stress deformation of the memory chip, while the crystallographic orientations of the second single crystalline semiconductor substrate are selected to maximize device performance of the peripheral circuitry.

[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. 11011508 

Inventor(s): Alan Erik Segervall (Half Moon Bay, CA), Mahalingam Nandakumar (Richardson, TX), Muhammad Yusuf Ali (Allen, TX), Robert Callaghan Taft (Munich, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16220881 on 12/14/2018 (886 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device, e.g. an integrated circuit, is formed on a P-type lightly-doped semiconductor substrate having an N-type buried layer. First and second N-wells extend from a surface of the substrate to the buried layer. A first NSD region is located within the first N-well, and a second NSD region is located within the second N-well. A PSD region extends from the substrate surface into the substrate and is located between the first and second NSD regions. A P-type lightly-doped portion of the substrate is located between the N-well and the substrate surface and between the PSD region and the first and second NSD regions.

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Breakdown uniformity for ESD protection device
Patent No. 11011510 

Inventor(s): Christopher Boguslaw Kocon (Mountain Top, PA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16593251 on 10/04/2019 (592 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device includes an ESD protection device with implanted regions that extend around a finger shape with a straight portion and elongated turn portions, and contacts that extend only in the straight portion, where the turn portions include elongated lightly doped implanted regions to mitigate turn on of a curvature PNP transistor for uniform device breakdown performance. Adjacent finger structures are spaced apart from one another to mitigate thermal transfer between device fingers.

[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]


Normally off III nitride transistor
Patent No. 11011515 

Inventor(s): Naveen Tipirneni (Plano, TX), Qhalid Fareed (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15988618 on 05/24/2018 (1090 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device containing an enhancement mode GaN FET on a III-N layer stack includes a low-doped GaN layer, a barrier layer including aluminum over the low-doped GaN layer, a stressor layer including indium over the barrier layer, and a cap layer including aluminum over the stressor layer. A gate recess extends through the cap layer and the stressor layer, but not through the barrier layer. The semiconductor device is formed by forming the barrier layer with a high temperature MOCVD process, forming the stressor layer with a low temperature MOCVD process and forming the cap layer with a low temperature MOCVD process. The gate recess is formed by a two-step etch process including a first etch step to remove the cap layer, and a second etch step to remove the stressor layer.

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


Colored solar panels and structures comprising the same
Patent No. 11011657 

Inventor(s): Debasish Banerjee (Ann Arbor, MI), Taizo Masuda (Kanagawa, , JP), Yuki Kudo (Shizoka, , JP)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15730035 on 10/11/2017 (1315 days app to issue)

Abstract: A colored solar module includes a light incident side, a backside, and a photovoltaic cell positioned between the light incident side and the backside. A color layer extends across the light incident side of the colored solar module. The color layer includes a clear paint and a plurality of opaque reflecting pigments disposed within the clear paint. The composition of the opaque reflecting pigments in the color layer is between about 0.25 weight percent (wt %) and about 5.0 wt % and a comparative solar cell efficiencyof the colored solar module is equal to or greater than 70 %. A color difference between a first portion of the color layer positioned directly over the photovoltaic cell and a second portion of the color layer not positioned directly over the photovoltaic cell as measured in CIELAB color space is less than about 5.0.

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Circularly-polarized dielectric waveguide launch for millimeter-wave data communication
Patent No. 11011815 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Cook (Los Gatos, CA), Hassan Omar Ali (Murphy, TX), Juan Alejandro Herbsommer (Allen, TX), Swaminathan Sankaran (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16393809 on 04/24/2019 (755 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wave communication system includes an integrated circuit and a multilayered substrate. The multilayered substrate is electrically coupled to the integrated circuit. The multilayered substrate includes an antenna structure configured to transmit a circularly polarized wave in response to signals from the integrated circuit.

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


Boost power factor correction conversion
Patent No. 11011975 

Inventor(s): Filippo Marino (Tremestieri Etneo, , IT), Joseph Michael Leisten (Cork, , IE), Rosario Davide Stracquadaini (San Gregorio di Catania, , IT), Salvatore Giombanco (Cassaro, , IT)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16221419 on 12/14/2018 (886 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an example, a system comprises a boost power factor correction (PFC) converter including a thermistor, an inductor, and a transistor coupled to a common node. The system also comprises a PFC controller coupled to the common node. The PFC controller includes a comparator coupled to a threshold voltage source and to a non-control terminal of the transistor; a first flip-flop coupled to the comparator and to a control terminal of the transistor; a zero current detector coupled to the inductor; a timer coupled to the comparator and to the zero current detector; a second flip-flop coupled to the timer and to the control terminal of the transistor; an AND gate coupled to the first and second flip-flops; a third flip-flop coupled to the second flip-flop and to the control terminal of the transistor; and a fourth flip-flop coupled to the AND gate and to the control terminal of the transistor.

[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]


Transient control for power factor correction
Patent No. 11011976 

Inventor(s): Manish Bhardwaj (Sugarland, TX), Shamim Choudhury (Katy, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16846494 on 04/13/2020 (400 days app to issue)

Abstract: A drive circuit includes a transient detector that includes a detector input to receive a loop error signal from a phased locked loop (PLL) and generates a transient detected output signal if a transient is detected in an alternating current (AC) input voltage. A controller includes a controller input to receive the transient detected output signal from the transient detector and a feedback input to sense the AC input voltage provided to a bridge circuit. The controller is configured to apply a PLL angle output signal from the PLL to control switch output signals to the bridge circuit if the transient detected output signal is not generated and configured to apply the AC input voltage sensed from the feedback input to control the switch output signals to the bridge circuit if the transient detected output signal is generated.

[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]


High efficiency hybrid power converter apparatus
Patent No. 11011978 

Inventor(s): Aleksandar Prodic (Toronto, , CA), Alvaro Aguilar (Irving, TX), Sombuddha Chakraborty (Redwood City, CA), Timothy McRae (Toronto, , CA), William James McIntyre (Wheatland, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16827393 on 03/23/2020 (421 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes: a switched capacitor (SC) converter to generate a first voltage based on a voltage source; and a direct current-to-direct current (DC-DC) converter to generate a second voltage based on the voltage source of the apparatus. A difference between the first voltage and the second voltage corresponds to an output voltage.

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


Dynamic load transient compensation
Patent No. 11011984 

Inventor(s): Yueming Sun (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16200254 on 11/26/2018 (904 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a power stage circuit configured to perform power conversion of an input voltage to provide an output voltage at an output. The circuit further includes a driver circuit configured to drive the power stage circuit to provide the output voltage. The circuit further includes a load transient dynamic compensator configured to detect a rate of change in the output voltage during load transient and to supply a compensating signal based on the rate of change. The circuit further includes a feedback control circuit configured to generate a series of pulses to control the driver circuit based on the output voltage and the compensating 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]


Boost converter with improved stability
Patent No. 11011987 

Inventor(s): Aparna Girija (Thiruvananthapuram, , IN), Rejin Kanjavalappil Raveendranath (Thrissur, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16575617 on 09/19/2019 (607 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a boost converter. The boost converter includes a switch and a boost loop filter coupled to the switch. The boost converter also includes a peak current adjustment circuit coupled to the boost loop filter, wherein the peak current adjustment circuit comprises a comparator and a gain control circuit coupled to differential inputs of the comparator. The boost loop filter is configured to provide a control signal to the switch based on an output voltage of the boost converter and a peak current adjustment provided by the peak current adjustment circuit.

[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]


Motor drive operation at light load conditions
Patent No. 11012018 

Inventor(s): Jose Juan Sandoval (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16529530 on 08/01/2019 (656 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a motor-driven component, a motor configured to operate the motor-driven component, and a motor drive circuit configured to power the motor. The motor drive circuit includes at least one complementary stage, where each stage includes a first transistor and a second transistor. During operation of the motor drive circuit, the first transistor is switched on when the second transistor is switched off. The system includes a controller communicatively coupled to the motor drive circuit. A load condition associated with the component is monitored. Based on the load condition, the controller determines whether the component is operating at a light load condition. If the component is operating at the light load condition, a switching frequency of each of stages is changed from a first switching frequency to a second switching frequency, which is less than the first switching frequency.

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


Roof integrated photovoltaic system with improved serviceability
Patent No. 11012024 

Inventor(s): Daniel E. Boss (Morris Township, NJ), David J. Gennrich (Fitchburg, WI), Lucas Masi (Parsippany, NJ), Nazar Dzoba (Edison, NJ), Sudhir Railkar (Wayne, NJ), Tommy F. Rodrigues (Nutley, NJ)
Assignee(s): Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16438830 on 06/12/2019 (706 days app to issue)

Abstract: A roof integrated photovoltaic mounting system includes a plurality of aluminum rails mountable in horizontal spaced relationship on a roof for receiving courses of photovoltaic panels or photovoltaic tiles. The PV panels or tiles have an extruded attachment feature along their forward edge portions that defines a downwardly projecting forwardly facing hook. Panels or tiles are installed by placing each panel or tile on a pair of rails and sliding the panel or tile down until its forward facing hook engages beneath a rear facing tongue on a rail below. A PV panel or tile in a next lower course is installed by slipping its rear edge beneath the forward edge of a panel or tile in a next higher course. The panel is then hinged down about its rear edge until its forward edge portion engages a support rail below. The panel is then slid down until the hook of its attachment fixture engages beneath the tongue of the downslope rail. When the entire array is installed in this manner, the forward edges of the panels are held down by the hook and tongue engagements and the rear edges are held down by being underneath the forward edges of panels in a next higher course. The procedure is reversed to remove a panel for servicing or replacement. In the case of solar glass tiles, water troughs are installed on the rails underlying abutting ends of tiles in a course to collect rainwater and direct it onto the upper surface of a tile in a next lower course.

[H02S] Generation of electric power by conversion of infra-red radiation, visible light or ultraviolet light, e.g. using photovoltaic [PV] modules (solar heat collectors F24J 2/00; obtaining electrical energy from radioactive sources G21H 1/12; light sensitive inorganic semiconductor devices H01L 31/00; thermoelectric devices H01L 35/00; pyroelectric devices H01L 37/00; light sensitive organic semiconductor devices H01L 51/42) [2014.01]


Digital isolator
Patent No. 11012034 

Inventor(s): Anant Shankar Kamath (Bangalore, , IN), Sreeram N S (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16023277 on 06/29/2018 (1054 days app to issue)

Abstract: Several circuits and methods for transferring an input data signal in a digital isolator are disclosed. In an embodiment, the digital isolator includes an isolation element, input circuit, and output circuit. The isolation element includes at least one input node and at least one output node, the input circuit is electronically coupled to the input node and generates modulated differential data signals based on modulating the input data signal on a carrier signal. The input circuit operates using a first supply voltage with respect to a first ground. The output circuit is electronically coupled to the output node to receive the modulated differential data signals, operates using a second supply voltage with respect to a second ground and includes a frequency-shift keying demodulator configured to generate a demodulated data signal in response to detection of presence of the carrier signal. The output circuit further generates an output data signal.

[H03D] DEMODULATION OR TRANSFERENCE OF MODULATION FROM ONE CARRIER TO ANOTHER (masers, lasers H01S; circuits capable of acting both as modulator and demodulator H03C, e.g. balanced modulators H03C 1/54; details applicable to both modulators and frequency-changers H03C; demodulating pulses which have been modulated with a continuously-variable signal H03K 9/00; transforming types of pulse modulation H03K 11/00; relay systems, e.g. repeater stations H04B 7/14; demodulators adapted for digitally modulated-carrier systems H04L 27/00; synchronous demodulators adapted for colour television H04N 9/66)


Linear low side recycling modulation
Patent No. 11012058 

Inventor(s): Jasjot Singh Chadha (Bengaluru, , IN), Sumit Dubey (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16868104 on 05/06/2020 (377 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a filter, a comparator, and converter. A first input of the comparator couples to the output of the filter. A second input of the comparator is configured to receive ramp signal. An input of the converter couples to the output of the comparator. The circuit also includes a dual minimum pulse generator having an input coupled to the output of the converter. The dual minimum pulse generator is configured to, responsive to an input pulse on the input of the dual minimum pulse generator having a pulse width less than a predetermined delay time period, generate a pulse on the first output of the dual minimum pulse generator that has a pulse width equal to a sum of the pulse width of the input pulse and the predetermined delay time period. A driver is coupled to the output of the dual minimum pulse generator.

[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 beam selection for CSI reporting in advanced wireless communication systems
Patent No. 11012126 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Md Saifur Rahman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16045543 on 07/25/2018 (1028 days app to issue)

Abstract:

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Adaptive multiplexing and transmit/receive diversity
Patent No. 11012139 

Inventor(s): Yang Li (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Kowert, Hood, Munyon, Rankin Goetzel, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16587242 on 09/30/2019 (596 days app to issue)

Abstract: Adaptive multiplexing and transmit/receive diversity. A wireless device may include multiple antennas. A first set of antennas may be used for communication. One or more trigger conditions may be determined, and additional antennas may be activated for measurement. Based on the measurement(s), a second set of antennas may be selected and used for communication.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Error correction in optical networks with probabilistic shaping and symbol rate optimization
Patent No. 11012187 

Inventor(s): Inwoong Kim (Allen, TX), Olga I. Vassilieva (Plano, TX), Paparao Palacharla (Richardson, TX), Tadashi Ikeuchi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16809221 on 03/04/2020 (440 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical transmitter for probabilistic shaping and symbol rate optimization includes one or more matcher elements, each configured to assign respective probabilities to symbols represented in received binary data dependent on a target probability distribution and to output a respective shaped bit sequence. The optical transmitter further includes a single systematic error correction encoder configured to add parity bits collectively across the shaped bit sequences and to output a combined shaped bit sequence including data representing the shaped bit sequences and the added parity bits. The optical transmitter also includes multiple mapping elements, each configured to generate a respective codeword for each symbol represented in a portion of the combined shaped bit sequence, a serial-to-parallel converter to provide portions of the combined shaped bit sequence to the mapping elements, and a multiplexer to combine binary data representing the codewords for transmission using subcarrier multiplexing.

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


System and method for demodulation reference signal overhead reduction
Patent No. 11012210 

Inventor(s): Bin Liu (San Diego, CA), Pengfei Xia (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16563560 on 09/06/2019 (620 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment method defines a demodulation reference signal (DMRS) pattern for transmitting DMRSs for rank 3 or rank 4 transmissions. The DMRS pattern specifies 12 REs in total per physical resource block (PRB) for carrying DMRSs on three or four antenna ports in antenna ports 7-14 for rank 3 or rank 4 transmissions. DMRS settings for transmitting DMRS according to the DMRS pattern may be specified using a downlink control information table.

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


One-segment PUCCH formats
Patent No. 11012216 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Coats Bennett, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16563182 on 09/06/2019 (620 days app to issue)

Abstract: A user equipment (UE) that performs control signal transmission according to a single-segment subframe format is described. In an aspect, the UE selects a single-segment subframe format as an uplink transmission format for a subframe instead of a multi-segment subframe format. This selection may be based on an indication received by a network node that the single-segment subframe format is to be used for transmission of the one or more control signals. In addition, the UE transmits the one or more control signals on an uplink control channel using the single-segment subframe format.

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


Method for transmitting uplink signals
Patent No. 11012222 

Inventor(s): Bong Hoe Kim (Anyang-si, , KR), Dae Won Lee (Anyang-si, , KR), Dong Wook Roh (Anyang-si, , KR), Hak Seong Kim (Anyang-si, , KR), Hyun Wook Park (Anyang-si, , KR), Ki Jun Kim (Anyang-si, , KR), Young Woo Yun (Anyang-si, , KR)
Assignee(s): Optis Cellular Technology, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16453069 on 06/26/2019 (692 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for transmitting uplink signals, which include ACK/NACK signals, control signals other than the ACK/NACK signals, and data signals, is disclosed. The method comprises serially multiplexing the control signals and the data signals; sequentially mapping the multiplexed signals within a specific resource region in accordance with a time-first mapping method, the specific resource region including a plurality of symbols and a plurality of virtual subcarriers; and arranging the ACK/NACK signals at both symbols near symbols to which a reference signal of the plurality of symbols is transmitted. Thus, the uplink signals can be transmitted to improve receiving reliability of signals having high priority.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


CSI reporting in PUSCH for carrier aggregation
Patent No. 11012224 

Inventor(s): Anthony Edet Ekpenyong (San Diego, CA), Eko Nugroho Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Runhua Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15697995 on 09/07/2017 (1349 days app to issue)

Abstract: Carrier aggregation allows concurrent transmission on multiple component carriers (CC) to increase the data rate. A user equipment (UE) device in a cellular network provides periodic or aperiodic channel state information of the DL channel to a base station (eNB) for each of the aggregated CCs. The UE receives two or more reference signals corresponding to two or more aggregated CCs from an eNB. The UE computes a plurality of channel state information (CSI) reports for each of two or more aggregated CCs derived from the two or more reference signals. The UE receives a positive CSI request from the eNB for a CSI report and transmits CSI feedback to the eNB comprising one or more CSI reports selected from the plurality of CSI reports.

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


Blockchain management platform for performing asset adjustment, cross sectional editing, and bonding
Patent No. 11012232 

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: 16237990 on 01/02/2019 (867 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to processing systems for performing bonding of asset approvers. A computing platform may generate a sub-element based on a parent element, associated with a first list of quorum approvers, in a stored element chain. The computing platform may determine that the sub-element should be associated with a second list of quorum approvers. The computing platform may generate authentication keys for the second list of quorum approvers by generating authentication keys for those included in the second list of quorum approvers that were not included in the first list of quorum approvers, and revoking authentication keys from those included in the first list of quorum approvers that are not included in the second list of quorum approvers. The computing platform may direct a database to store the authentication keys for the second list of quorum approvers and to concatenate authorization keys accordingly.

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


Trusted client security factor-based authorizations
Patent No. 11012239 

Inventor(s): Scott Gaetjen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Oracle International Corporation (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Hickman Becker Bingham Ledesma LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16812904 on 03/09/2020 (435 days app to issue)

Abstract: Trusted client security factor-based authorizations. The techniques allow a server to authorize client requested operations to access a protected resource or service based on trusted client security factors that are obtained at client machines and provided to the server.

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


Power-over-ethernet (PoE) control system having PSE control over a power level of the PD
Patent No. 11012247 

Inventor(s): Jean Picard (Hooksett, NH)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15865441 on 01/09/2018 (1225 days app to issue)

Abstract: One example includes a power-over-Ethernet (PoE) control system. The system includes a powered device (PD) that is configured to receive a voltage signal via an Ethernet connection and which comprises a PoE signal receiver configured to indicate a nominal power level via the received voltage signal. The system also includes a power sourcing equipment (PSE) device configured to generate the voltage signal and to measure a class current of the voltage signal to determine the nominal power level. The PSE device includes a PoE controller configured to provide a power setting command as a function of the nominal power level to the PoE signal receiver via the voltage signal, such that the PD can operate at a power level that is based on the power setting command.

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


Line driver circuit
Patent No. 11012264 

Inventor(s): Rama Santosh Neelim Kumar Kattamuri (Bengaluru, , IN), Sumantra Seth (Bengaluru, , IN), Vikram Sharma (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16701717 on 12/03/2019 (532 days app to issue)

Abstract: A line driver circuit includes a first input terminal, a second input terminal, a first input stage, a second input stage, a first output stage, and a second output stage. The first input stage includes a first input coupled to the first input terminal, and a second input coupled to the second input terminal. The second input stage includes a first input coupled to the first input terminal, and a second input coupled to the second input terminal. The first output stage includes a first input coupled to a first output terminal of the first input stage and a second input coupled to a first output terminal of the first input stage. A second output stage includes a first input coupled to a second output terminal of the first input stage and a second input coupled to a second output terminal of the first input stage.

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


Monitoring user experience using data blocks for secure data access
Patent No. 11012326 

Inventor(s): Christopher James Carlson (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): CloudFit Software, LLC (Redmond, WA)
Law Firm: Lee Hayes, P.C. (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16718107 on 12/17/2019 (518 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for enabling secure access to data using data blocks is described. Computing device(s) can provide instruction(s) to a component associated with an entity, wherein the instruction(s) are associated with an identifier corresponding to a data block of a plurality of data blocks. The computing device(s) can receive, from the component, data associated with the component, wherein the data is associated with the identifier and is indicative of a state of the component. The computing device(s) can store the data in the data block and monitor, using rule(s), changes to the state of the component based at least partly on the data in the data block. As a result, techniques described herein enable near real-timeand in some examples, automaticreporting and/or remediation for correcting changes to the state of the component using data that is securely accessed by use of data blocks.

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


Managing a 5G network using extension information
Patent No. 11012328 

Inventor(s): David Taft (Keller, TX), Imtiyaz Shaikh (Irving, TX), Jerry Steben (Fort Worth, TX), Maqbool Chauhan (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16828173 on 03/24/2020 (420 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer device may include a memory storing instructions and processor configured to execute the instructions to maintain a repository of network function devices in a network; obtain a transport network key performance indicator (KPI) for a particular network function device in the network; and generate an administration weight based on the obtained transport network KPI, wherein the administration weight corresponds to a measure of performance associated with the particular network function device. The processor may be further configured to receive, from a requesting network function device, a network function discovery request for a network function type associated with the particular network function device; and provide a network function discovery answer to the requesting network function device, wherein the network function discovery answer includes the generated administration weight for the particular network function device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Content streaming redundancy architecture
Patent No. 11012488 

Inventor(s): Caleb Chaney (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15840951 on 12/13/2017 (1252 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system can include multiple content ingress sites to process content into portions of content. A content ingress site, of the multiple content ingress sites, can include a first set of devices. The first set of devices can be configured to process the content in a synchronized manner. The first set of devices can be configured to have excess processing capacity to facilitate failover of a first segmenter device to a second segmenter device. The first set of devices can be configured to process content from multiple sources. The system can include multiple content distribution sites to encode the portions of content. A content distribution site can include a second set of devices. The system can include multiple content satellite offices to provide the portions of content to one or more destination devices. A content satellite office can include a third set of devices.

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


Telephone network system and methos
Patent No. 11012554 

Inventor(s): Ivan Zhidov (Chickasha, OK), Peter Rinfret (Nantucket, MA), Sunir Kochhar (Oro Valley, AZ)
Assignee(s): Flypsi, Inc. (Bedford, TX)
Law Firm: West Associates, A PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17039566 on 09/30/2020 (230 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems for and methods of delivering telephone calls using the combination of a data channel and a voice channel are disclosed. A data channel connection with the telephone handset may provide pre-call information used to set up incoming and outgoing calls which are ultimately connected using a voice channel. Use of the pre-call information may permit the same handset to be associated with multiple secondary telephone numbers from which calls appear to have been made and to which calls appear to have been placed.

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


System and method for enhanced motion parallax in a 3D display
Patent No. 11012681 

Inventor(s): Alexander Lyubarsky (Dallas, TX), Daniel Jay Morgan (McKinney, TX), Kristofer Scott Oberascher (Princeton, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16288775 on 02/28/2019 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes determining a first location, within a first viewing window, of a first eye of a user based on image data from an image sensor. The first viewing window corresponds to a first projector of a plurality of projectors. The method further includes determining a second location, within a second viewing window, of a second eye of the user based on the image data. The second viewing window corresponds to a second projector of the plurality of projectors. The method further includes initiating projection, via the first projector, of a first image depicting a first view of a three-dimensional scene. The first image is selected based on the first location. The method further includes initiating projection, via the second projector, of a second image depicting a second view of the three-dimensional scene. The second image is selected based on the second location.

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


Linearly actuated display
Patent No. 11012682 

Inventor(s): Alexander Lyubarsky (Dallas, TX), Daniel Jay Morgan (McKinney, TX), Kristofer Scott Oberascher (Princeton, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16288882 on 02/28/2019 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes an image sensor, a linear actuator, a projector coupled to the linear actuator, and a controller coupled to the image sensor and to the linear actuator. The controller is configured to determine a location of an eye of a user based on image data from the image sensor. The controller is further configured to activate the linear actuator to drive the projector to a position associated with projecting to the eye at the location. The controller is further configured to initiate projection, via the projector, of an image depicting a view of a three-dimensional scene, the image selected based on the location.

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


System and method for branching-plot video content and editing thereof
Patent No. 11012760 

Inventor(s): Wanjeru Kingori (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16150349 on 10/03/2018 (958 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system for creating and displaying branching-plot video content. The method comprises obtaining, from a database, a set of nodes and each node comprises an audio element, video element, and a set of node branches, wherein at least on node is a parent and another a child; obtaining a relational table; designating a current node, creating a playlist of audio segments and video segments for display; and traversing the set of nodes by: integrating the audio and video elements, receiving a selection from the user, and designating the child node as the current node. The system comprises a computer store containing data; a set of nodes and each node has a video and audio element and relationships exist between the nodes; and a computer server that obtains a set of nodes, generates a playlist, displays an audio and video sequence, and traverses the set of nodes.

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


Multi-path mitigation in tracking objects using a distributed antenna system
Patent No. 11012811 

Inventor(s): Felix Markhovsky (Saratoga, CA), Truman Prevatt (Brooksville, FL)
Assignee(s): POLTE CORPORATION (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: BakerHostetler (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16782870 on 02/05/2020 (468 days app to issue)

Abstract: An autonomous system with no Customer Network Investment is described, wherein the system is configurable to operate on in a band in addition to the LTE band. Such system allows the definition of hybrid operations to accommodate the positioning reference signals (PRS) of LTE and already existing reference signals. The system can operate with PRS, with other reference signals such as cell-specific reference signals (CRS), or with both signal types. As such, the system provides the advantage of allowing network operator(s) to dynamically choose between modes of operation depending on circumstances, such as network throughput and compatibility. The system further enables information collected at a network device to be processed at a locate server without involving any processing at the network device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Multiple user profiles and personas on a device
Patent No. 11012828 

Inventor(s): Christopher T. Rice (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: BakerHostetler (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14183689 on 02/19/2014 (2645 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile device is configurable to accommodate multiple personas and associated profiles. Once the mobile device is triggered to configure itself with a selected persona/profile, no more information is required by a user (the provider of the trigger) of the mobile device. Each persona/profile is autonomous from any other persona/profile with which the mobile device can be configured. A persona is indicative of a personality, role, or identity portrayed by the device, such as a phone number, for example. A profile is indicative of functions associated with a persona. The mobile device is easily reconfigured via simple UI operations.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for mutually secured information exchange between possessors of automobiles
Patent No. 11012836 

Inventor(s): Nilay Yalesh Modi (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16869306 on 05/07/2020 (376 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a first information exchange device associated with a first automobile, where the first information exchange device is configured to provide a first data set indicative of first information relating to the first automobile. The system includes a second information exchange device associated with a second automobile, where the second information exchange device is configured to provide a second data set indicative of second information relating to the second automobile. The system also includes one or more officiating components configured to, based on a determination that the first data set and the second data set meet a threshold data requirement, transmit a third data set indicative of third information relating to the first automobile to the second information exchange device, and a fourth data set indicative of fourth information relating to the second automobile to the first information exchange device.

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


Dynamic management of default subcarrier spacing for 5G or other next generation network
Patent No. 11012838 

Inventor(s): Hongyan Lei (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16744567 on 01/16/2020 (488 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method can comprise sending identification data representative of an identification of a base station device to a subscriber identity module. In response to the sending the identification data, the method can comprise receiving status data representative of a response from the subscriber identity module, and based on the receiving the status data, sending, fetch data representative of a command to be acquired from the subscriber identity module. Additionally, the method can comprise receiving, from the subscriber identity module, command data associated with the command to be performed by the mobile device. Furthermore, based on the receiving the command data, the method can comprise sending, to the base station device, response data representative of whether the command has been determined to have been performed.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method, apparatus, and computer readable medium for switching between lower energy and higher energy wireless communication techniques
Patent No. 11012847 

Inventor(s): David J. McCall (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Kowert, Hood, Munyon, Rankin Goetzel, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16548528 on 08/22/2019 (635 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, and computer-readable media for a wireless communication device switching between lower energy and higher energy wireless communication techniques are disclosed. The wireless communication device includes processing circuitry to: receive a packet in accordance with a lower energy wireless peer-to-peer (P2P) network communication technique from a service provider wireless device, wherein the packet indicates one or more services provided by the service provider wireless device. The processing circuitry may be further to: determine to switch to a higher energy wireless P2P communication technique to communicate with the service provider wireless device based on a determination that a target service is provided by the service provider wireless device. The processing circuitry may be further to: perform a connectivity setup with the provider wireless device to use the target service in accordance with the higher energy wireless P2P communication technique.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and system for polymorphic algorithm-based network slice orchestration
Patent No. 11012872 

Inventor(s): Krishna K. Bellamkonda (Roanoke, TX), Ravi Potluri (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16823952 on 03/19/2020 (425 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, a device, and a non-transitory storage medium are described in which a polymorphic algorithm-based network slice orchestrator service is provided. The service may manage network slices based on radio access network performance metrics, core network performance metrics, network slice performance metrics, a machine learning framework, and polymorphic algorithms. The service may be applied to a multi-tier network. The service may include management of a data network access point of the network slice on a per-tier basis.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for random access communications
Patent No. 11013034 

Inventor(s): Bin Liu (San Diego, CA), Pengfei Xia (San Diego, CA), Young Hoon Kwon (Laguna Niguel, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15990203 on 05/25/2018 (1089 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating an access node includes receiving a first random access preamble in a first random access resource, wherein the first random access preamble and the first random access resource at least partially identifies a first beam selected by a user equipment (UE), and wherein the first random access resource is one of a plurality of random access resources assigned to the UE, and determining that first additional information associated with the first beam is needed, and based thereon, sending a first message responsive to the first random access preamble, the first message including a first information set to request the additional information associated with the first beam, and receiving a second message including the first additional information associated with the first beam.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus on enhancements of NR random access for unlicensed operations
Patent No. 11013036 

Inventor(s): Hongbo Si (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16417327 on 05/20/2019 (729 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication network is provided. The method comprises determining a set of time and frequency domain resources to transmit a physical random access channel (PRACH) preamble over a PRACH, determining a format of the PRACH preamble, wherein the PRACH preamble includes one or more repeated preambles based on a sequence and a cyclic prefix (CP) preceding repeated preamble sequences for the one or more repeated preambles, determining a set of time and frequency domain resources to perform a listen-before-talk (LBT) operation in an unlicensed spectrum, determining whether to transmit the PRACH preamble associated with the LBT operation in the unlicensed spectrum, and transmitting, to a base station (BS), the PRACH preamble in the unlicensed spectrum based on a result of the determination of the LBT operation to transmit PRACH preamble.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for RACH procedure in wireless systems
Patent No. 11013038 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Li Guo (Allen, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16523923 on 07/26/2019 (662 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of user equipment (UE) for random access operation in a wireless communication system is provided. The method comprises receiving, from a base station (BS), random access channel (RACH) configuration information including RACH chunk information corresponding to at least one antenna beam including a beam identifier (ID), determining a RACH chunk based on the RACH configuration information received from the BS, transmitting, to the BS, a RACH preamble on the determined RACH chunk according to the RACH configuration information associated with the beam ID, and receiving, from the BS, a RACH response (RAR) corresponding to the transmitted RACH preamble and a downlink channel for a RAR transmission, wherein a random access-radio network temporary identification (RA-RNTI) is calculated based on an index of a slot and an index of the RACH chunk on which the RACH preamble is transmitted.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for association of transitory WiFi users
Patent No. 11013040 

Inventor(s): Bin Chen (Shenzhen, , CN), George Calcev (Hoffman Estates, IL), Hanan J Ahmed (Belleville, MI), Lin Cai (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15905286 on 02/26/2018 (1177 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments are provided for identifying transitory WiFi users and providing a differential treatment of such users in terms of delaying associating steps between user stations (STAs) and an access point (AP). A transitory user refers to a user or user device that connects to a WiFi AP but does not run applications that require association or assigning IP addresses, such as short-term or temporary connected WiFi users that are on the move. In an embodiment, a STA connects to an AP. Upon the STA indicating its transitory behavior to the AP or the AP detecting criteria of transitory behavior of the STA, the STA obtains a delay time value from the AP. The STA then delays sending an association request to the AP, or alternatively, the AP delays handling the association request from the STA in accordance with the delay time value.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and system for stateless network function services in 5G networks
Patent No. 11013053 

Inventor(s): Imtiyaz Shaikh (Irving, TX), Niranjan B. Avula (Frisco, TX), Sudhakar Reddy Patil (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16214547 on 12/10/2018 (890 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods described herein provide stateless network functions for a wireless core network. A network device in the wireless core network receives, from a network function instance in a set of network function instances, context information and state maintenance parameters for an end device. The state maintenance parameters include one or more timer values for the end device, and an action to be performed upon expiry of the one or more timer values. The network device stores the context information and the state maintenance parameters, and applies the state maintenance parameters to the context information for the end device. The network device performs the action when expiry of the one or more timer values is detected.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Selective multiple-media access control
Patent No. 11013060 

Inventor(s): Kumaran Vijayasankar (Allen, TX), Mehul Soman (Sunnyvale, CA), Ramanuja Vedantham (Allen, TX), Robert Liang (Frisco, TX), Xiaolin Lu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16159265 on 10/12/2018 (949 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include a network device having a split network stack that includes a physical (PHY) layer associated with first and second media access control (MAC) protocol sublayers, a processing device, and memory storing instructions that, when executed by the processing device, cause the processing device to select a route through the split network stack that includes one of the first and second MAC protocol sublayers but not the other one of the first and second MAC protocol sublayers.

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


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Bottle
Patent No. D919433 

Inventor(s): Daniel Nelson (Plano, TX), Dilan Walpola (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Billie, Inc. (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Lowenstein Sandler LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29719085 on 12/31/2019 (504 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Aircraft fuselage
Patent No. D919547 

Inventor(s): Joseph Richard Carpenter (Kennedale, TX), Matthew E. Louis (Fort Worth, TX), Steve Michael Loveland (Fort Worth, TX), Timothy Carr (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29719438 on 01/03/2020 (501 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Ducted rotor
Patent No. D919548 

Inventor(s): Joseph Richard Carpenter (Kennedale, TX), Matthew E. Louis (Fort Worth, TX), Steve Michael Loveland (Fort Worth, TX), Timothy Carr (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29719441 on 01/03/2020 (501 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Double doors for electrical panel enclosure
Patent No. D919584 

Inventor(s): Jason S. Mevius (McKinney, TX), Ken Huggins (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Eaton Intelligent Power Limited (Dublin, , IE)
Law Firm: Stinson LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29677247 on 01/18/2019 (851 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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