Dallas Invents: 130 Patents Granted for Week of Nov. 6

Patents were granted for USAA's water detection assembly, Texas Instruments' brownout response, Sensogram's wearable respiration rate monitoring system, Varidesk's design patent, and YSEOP's techniques for automatic generation of natural language text.

A patent was assigned to USAA's water detection device that includes a water-activated battery configured to switch from a dormant condition to an active condition upon contact with water. [Water Concept: aqua_marinka/istockphoto]

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 Nov. 6, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas) 18

SanDisk Technologies (Addison) 6

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

Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 4

UNASSIGNED 12


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Lee D. Whetsel (Parker) 4

Bradly Jay Billman (Celina) 3

Boon Loong Ng (Richardson) 2

Donald Keith Smith (Prosper) 2

Kade Scott (The Colony) 2

Matthew T. Flachsbart (Grapevine) 2

Michael Roberg (Plano) 2

Vahram Mouradian (Plano) 2


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

ACETATE INTERNATIONAL
Patent 10119037
Cellulose acetate wood filler compositions

COLDSTREAM ENERGY HOLDINGS
Patent No.10119086
System and method for recovering

NGL Hyphen Solutions
Patent No. 10121112
Systems and methods for improved management of construction project data

ORACLECT LICENSING
Patent No. 10117729
Method and apparatus for restoring improper morphology of the alveolar bone


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

84 days
Inflight connection of aircraft, Patent No. 10118687-B1
Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth)
Inventors: Daniel Bryan Robertson (Southlake), Frank Bradley Stamps (Colleyville), Kirk Landon Groninga (Keller)

3,074 days
System, method, and computer program product for creating a virtual database, Patent No. 10120767-B2,
Assignee: Idera, Inc. (Houston)
Inventor: Lon Jones Cherryholmes (Plano)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Extruder die and resultant food product
Patent No. 10117448 

Inventor(s): Richard James Ruegg (Coppell, TX), Shalaka Narwankar (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14159088 on 01/20/2014 (1751 days app to issue)

Abstract: An extruder die designed to produce a spiral corn-based snack food product with consistent, tight spiral pitch and the resultant food product. The extruder die has a center post parallel to the flow path along with three cone-shaped receiving ports arranged in a cloverleaf pattern around the center post. The die has three curved slots on the output side of the die which are in fluid communication with the cone-shaped receiving ports. At the distal end of each of these slots is a semi-circular tip. The tip has a diameter larger than the width of its associated slot. Further, the tip is located at the apex of a cone-shaped receiving port with which it is in fluid communication, thus providing for the highest flow velocity of the extrudate through the tip. The resultant flow profile produces the consistent spiral shape of the snack product produced by the die design described. NULL


Medical gown with adjustable tie straps
Patent No. 10117470 

Inventor(s): Donna L. Reese (North Richland Hills, TX), George Daniel Reese (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): Prestige Ameritech, Ltd. (North Richland Hills, TX)
Law Firm: BKDowd Law, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14726482 on 05/30/2015 (1256 days app to issue)

Abstract: A medical gown includes tie straps detachably connected to sleeves of the gown. The straps are detachable by tugging on them once the gown is donned. The tie members are extendable, upon being detached, around the left and right sides to a back of the medical gown for tying together to form a closure around a waist of a wearer. The tie members may be sufficiently long to extend back around for tying in the front of the gown. A section of each of the left and right tie straps may be folded over lengthwise, a portion of the folded section of each tie member being detachably connected to the sleeves. Once the wearer detaches the folded tie members, the tie members may be unfolded and elongated as needed for adjustably sizing the closure securing the medical gown on the wearer.

[A41D] OUTERWEAR; PROTECTIVE GARMENTS; ACCESSORIES (eye or ear protectors A61F 9/00, A61F 11/00; sweating suits A61H 36/00)


Three-axis rotation system and method
Patent No. 10117516 

Inventor(s): Michael Budagher (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): OVARD, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15918406 on 03/12/2018 (239 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are disclosed that allows a practitioner to rotate a human subject in three different axes of rotation, independently from one another and without limitation on the degree of rotation, which allows for the treatment of various systems of the human subject.

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


Systems, devices and methods that affect neural tissue through the delivery of a pulsed radio frequency signal generated by an implantable medical device
Patent No. 10117580 

Inventor(s): Timothy J. Cox (Leonard, TX)
Assignee(s): SynerFuse, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN)
Law Firm: Loza Loza, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15727554 on 10/06/2017 (396 days app to issue)

Abstract: Radio frequency (RF) energy is transmitted through the application of a RF signal to an external RF energy interface, where the RF signal oscillates at a frequency in an energy transmission band. The transmitted RF energy is received at an implanted medical device, and energy derived from the received RF energy is stored in a direct current (DC) energy storage component of the device. A therapeutic output signal is generated from the stored energy and delivered by the implantable medical device to a patient through one or more electrodes. The therapeutic output signal is configurable to provide either one of RF stimulation therapy and RF ablation therapy, and comprises pulses of an RF signal oscillating at a frequency in a therapy band that is greater than the energy transmission band.

[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]


Continuous non-invasive wearable blood pressure monitoring system
Patent No. 10117586 

Inventor(s): Armen Poghosyan (Yerevan, , AM), Vahram Mouradian (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Sensogram Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: RatnerPrestia (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14675639 on 03/31/2015 (1316 days app to issue)

Abstract: Presented are embodiments of an apparatus and methodology integrated in the system for non-invasive, continuous, wearable, remote and mobile monitoring of human blood pressure by photoplethysmography (PPG) based sensor and an electronic processing unit with the embedded radio allowing the reading and transmittal of the read blood pressure data to the remote location.

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


Non-invasive wearable respiration rate monitoring system
Patent No. 10117598 

Inventor(s): Vahram Mouradian (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Sensogram Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: RatnerPrestia (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15344467 on 11/04/2016 (732 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is disclosed a respiration rate monitoring system and method using a non-invasive device and method of monitoring it nearly continuously. One aspect includes receiving a series of signal data points from an optical sensor, detecting a series of peaks or valleys for the filtered signal data points, determining the time difference between individual peaks or valleys of the series of peaks or valleys to produce a series of time difference values, detecting peaks or valleys for the series of time difference values, determining widths between the peaks or valleys of the series of time difference values, and estimating a respiration rate from the widths between the peaks or valleys of the series of time difference values, and converting the estimation of a respiration rate to an indicator indicative of a respiration rate.

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


Rotational thrombectomy device
Patent No. 10117671 

Inventor(s): James F. McGuckin, Jr. (Radnor, PA), John D. Leedle (Philadelphia, PA), Thanu Anidhran (Downington, PA)
Assignee(s): Argon Medical Devices Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: IpHorgan Ltd. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15270606 on 09/20/2016 (777 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotatable thrombectomy wire for breaking up thrombus or other obstructive material comprising an inner core composed of a flexible material and an outer wire surrounding at least a portion of the inner core. The outer wire has a sinuous shaped portion at a distal region. The inner core limits the compressibility of the outer wire. The outer wire is operatively connectable at a proximal end to a motor for rotating the wire to macerate thrombus.

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


Method and apparatus for treating orthodontitis
Patent No. 10117728 

Inventor(s): Anthony D. Viazis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ORALECT LICENSING, LTD. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14528319 on 10/30/2014 (1468 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for treating orthodontitis (i.e., gingivitis caused by malpositioned teeth). The process includes evaluating improper morphologies of alveolar bone in the horizontal dimension (i.e., orthodontosis) caused by displaced root(s) of a tooth, uprighting the root of the malpositioned tooth utilizing an orthodontic bracket system thereby causing the alveolar bone to be restored, which in-turn alleviates the orthodontitis. An orthodontic bracket is provided for use with an arch wire to apply corrective forces to a tooth. The bracket includes a vertical member having a slot formed therein for receiving the arch wire and a wide base horizontal member connected to the vertical member. The vertical member is positioned gingivally with respect to the horizontal member. The horizontal member includes opposing first and second ends that extend away from the vertical member and define a pair of spaced-apart wire engaging points engageable with the arch wire during treatment.

[A61C] DENTISTRY; APPARATUS OR METHODS FOR ORAL OR DENTAL HYGIENE (non-driven toothbrushes A46B; preparations for dentistry A61K 6/00; preparations for cleaning the teeth or mouth A61K 8/00, A61Q 11/00)


Method and apparatus for restoring improper morphology of the alveolar bone
Patent No. 10117729 

Inventor(s): Anthony D Viazis (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ORACLECT LICENSING, LTD. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15356111 on 11/18/2016 (718 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for treating orthodontitis (i.e., gingivitis caused by malpositioned teeth). The process includes evaluating improper morphologies of alveolar bone in the horizontal dimension (i.e., orthodontosis) caused by displaced root(s) of a tooth, uprighting the root of the malpositioned tooth utilizing an orthodontic bracket system thereby causing the alveolar bone to be restored, which in-turn alleviates the orthodontitis. An orthodontic bracket is provided for use with an arch wire to apply corrective forces to a tooth. The bracket includes a vertical member having a slot formed therein for receiving the arch wire and a wide base horizontal member connected to the vertical member. The vertical member is positioned gingivally with respect to the horizontal member. The horizontal member includes opposing first and second ends that extend away from the vertical member and define a pair of spaced-apart wire engaging points engageable with the arch wire during treatment.

[A61C] DENTISTRY; APPARATUS OR METHODS FOR ORAL OR DENTAL HYGIENE (non-driven toothbrushes A46B; preparations for dentistry A61K 6/00; preparations for cleaning the teeth or mouth A61K 8/00, A61Q 11/00)


Processing of natural polysaccharides by selected non-pathogenic microorganisms and methods of making and using the same
Patent No. 10117884 

Inventor(s): Robert A. Sinnott (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): MANNATECH, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15205796 on 07/08/2016 (851 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes compositions and methods of making and using a dietary supplement manufactured from one or more natural polysaccharides previously incubated with a probiotic bacteria in a bioreactor system, wherein the bacteria process the polysaccharides and the resulting processed polysaccharide are provided in the nutritional supplement.

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


System, method, and device for providing feedback to a patient during electrical stimulation
Patent No. 10118037 

Inventor(s): Norbert Kaula (Arvada, CO), Yohannes Iyassu (Denver, CO)
Assignee(s): Nuvectra Corporation (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15044147 on 02/16/2016 (994 days app to issue)

Abstract: Feedback regarding electrical stimulation is provided to a patient. Electrical stimulation is applied to the patient. The electrical stimulation is applied by varying an electrical stimulation parameter. A signal is communicated to the patient via an electronic device. The signal is correlated with the electrical stimulation parameter such that the signal varies in association with the varying of the electrical stimulation parameter. The communicating is performed while the electrical stimulation is applied. Feedback is received from the patient in response to the electrical stimulation. Based on the received feedback from the patient, the electrical stimulation is adjusted.

[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]


Charged particle cancer therapy installation system
Patent No. 10118052 

Inventor(s): Stephen L. Spotts (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15727596 on 10/07/2017 (395 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention comprises a method for installing a proton based cancer therapy system in a hospital related brownfield building, comprising the steps of: (1) transporting gantry system elements to a basement of the brownfield, the gantry system comprising: a rotatable gantry support; a gantry counterweight; a rotatable gantry arm, and a main bearing, comprising: a diameter of at least ten feet, a first circular segment, comprising a first arc-to-chord section, a second circular segment, comprising a second arc-to-chord section, and an intermediate section; (2) transporting through a pre-existing elevator shaft in the hospital related brownfield building the main bearing in a disassembled form; and (3) after the step of transporting through the pre-existing elevator shaft, assembling the gantry system on the ground floor, the step of assembling comprising attaching the first circular segment of the main bearing to the second circular segment of the main bearing using the intermediate section.

[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]


Toy vehicle with a tactile response
Patent No. 10118105 

Inventor(s): David Anthony Norman (Greenville, TX), Mitch Randall (Boulder, CO), Robert H. Mimlitch, III (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): Innovation First, Inc. (Greenville, TX)
Law Firm: Much Shelist, PC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15111516 on 08/19/2014 (1540 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment there is a toy vehicle having a motor configured to cause a motion of an element of the toy. The motion of the element further accessible for manipulation by a human to in turn rotate the motor. The toy vehicle further having a processor configured to detect a back electromotive force (”EMF”) voltage generated by the rotation of the motor due to the manipulation by a human, and the processor being further configured to include at least a sleep state and a wake state. The processor have a function configured to transition between the sleep state and the wake state when the detected back EMF voltage reaches a pre-determined value.

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


Partition-providing apparatus for use with a seating region of a seat
Patent No. 10118527 

Inventor(s): Reginald Lamar Todd (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15530946 on 03/28/2017 (588 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for use with a seating region having a seat portion and a back portion includes at least one cushioned body which is securable to components of the seating region of a vehicle, bed, couch or sofa for the purpose of securing the at least one body in a stationary relationship with respect to the seating region or for providing a comfortable surface against which an occupant of the seating region may rest. The apparatus is well-suited for use as a partition between the areas of two adjacent seating regions of a vehicle or between a seating region within which an occupant is seated and an adjacent door of the vehicle.

[A47D] FURNITURE SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR CHILDREN (school benches or desks A47B 39/00, A47B 41/00)


Service apparatus for an escalator or motorized stairway
Patent No. 10118803 

Inventor(s): Thomas Walker Hengst (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Clark Hill Strasburger (Local + 7 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15047852 on 02/19/2016 (991 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for simultaneously cleaning riser and step portions of movable stairs in an escalator is disclosed. The system includes a frame comprising a set of guide arms, a set of first service systems movably connected to the frame, and a set of second service systems removably mounted to the frame. The first service system includes a set of interchangeable servicing units. The set of second service systems is optionally interchangeable. The method including the steps of engaging the set of second service systems with each movable stair of the set of movable stairs and simultaneously engaging the set of first service systems with a riser portion of each movable stair of the set of movable stairs and a step portion of each movable stair of the set of movable stairs.

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


Air deflectors with flexible hinge for refrigerated display cases
Patent No. 10119745 

Inventor(s): Ajay Chidambaram Pillai Swornalatha (Kanyakumari, , IN), Rahul Gokhale (Johns Creek, GA), Santosh Ramakrishnan Nerur (Suwanee, GA), Satish Kumar Jatashanker Singh (Chennai, , IN)
Assignee(s): Heatcraft Refrigeration Products LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Hubbard Johnston, PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15706756 on 09/17/2017 (415 days app to issue)

Abstract: A refrigerated display case includes an air director that directs air with less turbulence in a resultant air curtain but also allows for the convenient removal of an air filter member by using a flexible hinge on a portion of the air deflector. Other embodiments are disclosed as well.

[A47F] SPECIAL FURNITURE, FITTINGS, OR ACCESSORIES FOR SHOPS, STOREHOUSES, BARS, RESTAURANTS, OR THE LIKE; PAYING COUNTERS


 

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

Foam producing apparatus and method
Patent No. 10117548 

Inventor(s): Branko Bem (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BOBRICK WASHROOM EQUIPMENT, INC. (North Hollywood, CA)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15336587 on 10/27/2016 (740 days app to issue)

Abstract: A foam dispenser includes a dispensing outlet, a pre-mixing chamber receiving liquid from a liquid source and air from an air source, a mixing chamber downstream of the pre-mixing chamber and proximate the dispenser outlet, and a first conduit coupling the pre-mixing chamber to the mixing chamber.

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


Variable pressure door facade forming
Patent No. 10118209 

Inventor(s): Charles Andrew Haba (Massillon, OH), Daniel Christian (McKinney, TX), Dwayne Joseph Kornish (Navarre, OH), Robert E. Dickerson (Wooster, OH)
Assignee(s): Overhead Door Corporation (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15615283 on 06/06/2017 (518 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure presents methods and/or processes for forming a garage door faade using variable pressure. The forming processes, different from common stamping processes, creates a shaded design in a garage door section such that a continuous pattern is realized in the length direction (i.e., the longest side of the garage door section). The forming processes also produces significantly deep and smooth impressions that deform the center of the design. The forming process may be preceded by a texturing process, for example, each garage door section may first be textured and then sent for forming the design.

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


Microfluidic die on a support with at least one other die
Patent No. 10118391 

Inventor(s): Simon Dodd (West Linn, OR)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15253618 on 08/31/2016 (797 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides supports for a microfluidic die and one or more additional die including, but not limited to, microfluidic die, ASICs, MEMS devices, and sensors. This includes semi-flexible supports that allow a microfluidic die to be at a 90 degree angle with respect to another die and rigid supports that allow a microfluidic and another die to be in close proximity to each other.

[B41J] TYPEWRITERS; SELECTIVE PRINTING MECHANISMS, i.e. MECHANISMS PRINTING OTHERWISE THAN FROM A FORME; CORRECTION OF TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS (composing B41B; printing on special surfaces B41F; laundry marking B41K; erasers, rubbers or erasing devices B43L 19/00; fluid media for correction of typographical errors by coating C09D 10/00; recording the results of measuring G01; recognition or presentation of data, marking record carriers in digital fashion, e.g. by punching, G06K; franking or ticket-printing and issuing apparatus G07B; electric keyboard switches, in general H01H 13/70, H03K 17/94; coding in connection with keyboards or like devices, in general H03M 11/00; receivers or transmitters for transmission of digital information H04L; transmission or reproduction of documents, or the like, e.g. facsimile transmission, H04N 1/00; printing mechanisms specially adapted for apparatus, e.g. cash registers, weighing machines, producing records of their own performance, see the relevant subclasses)


Wheel having a sinusoidal circumference
Patent No. 10118439 

Inventor(s): Robert Steven Patrick (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Shark Wheel, LLC (Lake Forrest, CA)
Law Firm: Patent Law Venture Group, LLC (Local + 121 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14953218 on 11/27/2015 (1075 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circular wheel is aligned in a rotational plane and has a peripheral outfacing surface symmetrical about the plane of rotational. A center line of the width of the peripheral outfacing surface is sinusoidal around the wheel. The wheel may have a central hub, a rim, a medial wheel structure between the hub and the rim, and a tire mounted on the rim. The outfacing surface may be that of the hub, the medial wheel structure, the rim, or the tire depending on the application.

[B60B] VEHICLE WHEELS (making wheels or wheel parts by rolling B21H 1/00, by forging, hammering or pressing B21K 1/28); CASTORS; AXLES FOR WHEELS OR CASTORS; INCREASING WHEEL ADHESION


Fuel housing assemblies having fuel nozzle boot deflector assemblies
Patent No. 10118481 

Inventor(s): Brandon W. Burnett (Ypsilanti, MI), Corey B. Sargent (Novi, 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: 15622940 on 06/14/2017 (510 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fuel housing assembly for a vehicle includes a fuel housing having a sidewall and an interior wall defining a fuel nozzle receiving cavity for receiving a fuel nozzle having a fuel nozzle boot. A fuel door locking assembly having a locking pin moveable between an extended position and a retracted position. A deflector assembly having a base portion and a deflector. The base portion is connected to the sidewall. The deflector extends outwardly from the base portion to extend beyond the locking pin to deflect the fuel nozzle boot from contacting the locking pin with the locking pin in the extended position.

[B60K] ARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PROPULSION UNITS OR OF TRANSMISSIONS IN VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENT OR MOUNTING OF PLURAL DIVERSE PRIME-MOVERS IN VEHICLES; AUXILIARY DRIVES FOR VEHICLES; INSTRUMENTATION OR DASHBOARDS FOR VEHICLES; ARRANGEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH COOLING, AIR INTAKE, GAS EXHAUST OR FUEL SUPPLY OF PROPULSION UNITS IN VEHICLES [2006.01]


System and method for improved battery pre-charge and deactivation timing in traffic
Patent No. 10118604 

Inventor(s): Joshua D. Payne (Ann Arbor, MI), Shannon A. Wrobel (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: 15644319 on 07/07/2017 (487 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for managing energy efficiency of a vehicle. The system includes a GPS unit configured to detect a current location of the vehicle. The system includes a network access device configured to receive traffic data. The system includes a navigation unit configured to determine whether traffic is upcoming along a route based on the traffic data. The system includes a speed sensor configured to detect a current speed of the vehicle. The system includes an electronic control unit configured to activate a pre-charge mode when the upcoming slowdown in vehicle speed is determined, the pre-charge mode causing the engine to charge the battery via the motor/generator. The electronic control unit is configured to deactivate the pre-charge mode to prevent charging of the battery by the engine when the detected current speed of the vehicle is below a speed threshold for a set period of time or distance.

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


Inflight connection of aircraft
Patent No. 10118687 

Inventor(s): Daniel Bryan Robertson (Southlake, TX), Frank Bradley Stamps (Colleyville, TX), Kirk Landon Groninga (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16103770 on 08/14/2018 (84 days app to issue)

Abstract: An inflight connection system for aircraft having at least one wing with a wingtip includes, for each aircraft, a primary connector selectively extendable from the wingtip, an alignment connector selectively extendable from the wingtip and a male and female connector assembly disposed proximate the wingtip. The primary connectors extend a greater distance from the wingtips than the alignment connectors such that the primary connectors form a first connection between the aircraft when the aircraft are flying in a connection pattern. Thereafter, retraction of the primary connectors reduces wingtip separation of the aircraft such that the alignment connectors form a second connection between the aircraft establishing coarse alignment therebetween. Thereafter, retraction of the primary and alignment connectors further reduces wingtip separation of the aircraft such that the male and female connector assemblies form a third connection between the aircraft establishing fine alignment therebetween.

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


Maintainable pallet
Patent No. 10118732 

Inventor(s): Lane Segerstrom (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15374940 on 12/09/2016 (697 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a maintainable pallet is provided with interchangeable support structures and sensors for identifying any damage that the interchangeable support structures may experience. The maintainable pallet may include two side supports, two end supports coupled to the two side supports end-to-end to form a rectangle, a central support position between the two side supports, a plurality of top transverse support fastened onto the two side supports to form a top loading surface and the central support with two-part releasable fasteners, and two bottom transverse supports fastened to the ends of the two side supports to form a bottom surface with two-part releasable fasteners. Sensors, in some embodiments, may be embedded in the two side supports to measure, for example, acceleration, location, or other logistic information. When a damaged piece is identified, the maintainable pallet can be disassembled by unfastening the two-part releasable fasteners to remove the damaged piece; and a new interchangeable piece will replace the damaged piece.

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


 

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

Ligands for nematode nuclear receptors and uses thereof
Patent No. 10117878 

Inventor(s): Carolyn L. Cummins (Dallas, TX), David J. Mangelsdorf (Dallas, TX), Kamalesh K. Sharma (Dallas, TX), Richard J. Auchus (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13673696 on 11/09/2012 (2188 days app to issue)

Abstract:

[C07J] STEROIDS (seco-steroids C07C) [2]


Method and apparatus for carbonylating methanol with acetic acid enriched flash stream
Patent No. 10118885 

Inventor(s): Jeremy J. Patt (Lake Jackson, TX)
Assignee(s): CELANESE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15808401 on 11/09/2017 (362 days app to issue)

Abstract: A carbonylation process for producing acetic acid including: (a) carbonylating methanol or its reactive derivatives in the presence of a Group VIII metal catalyst and methyl iodide promoter to produce a liquid reaction mixture including acetic acid, water, methyl acetate and methyl iodide; and (b) feeding the liquid reaction mixture at a feed temperature to a flash vessel which is maintained at a reduced pressure.

[C07C] ACYCLIC OR CARBOCYCLIC COMPOUNDS (macromolecular compounds C08; production of organic compounds by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25B 3/00, C25B 7/00)


Cellulose acetate wood filler compositions
Patent No. 10119037 

Inventor(s): Michael Combs (Pembroke, VA), Wendy Bisset (Mountain View, CA), Xiaowei Zhang (Union, KY)
Assignee(s): ACETATE INTERNATIONAL LLP (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15370548 on 12/06/2016 (700 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cellulose acetate wood filler composition comprises a binder composition and a filler. The binder compositions comprise cellulose acetate, a plasticizer, and at least one organic solvent. The binder compositions may be substantially free, e.g., free of tackifiers. The wood filler compositions may be used in a method of filling a cavity in a substrate. The method comprises applying the wood filler composition to an inner surface of the substrate.

[C09D] COATING COMPOSITIONS, e.g. PAINTS, VARNISHES OR LACQUERS; FILLING PASTES; CHEMICAL PAINT OR INK REMOVERS; INKS; CORRECTING FLUIDS; WOODSTAINS; PASTES OR SOLIDS FOR COLOURING OR PRINTING; USE OF MATERIALS THEREFOR (cosmetics A61K; processes for applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces, in general, B05D; staining wood B27K 5/02; glazes or vitreous enamels C03C; natural resins, French polish, drying-oils, driers, turpentine, per se, C09F; polishing compositions other than French polish, ski waxes C09G; adhesives or use of materials as adhesives C09J; materials for sealing or packing joints or covers C09K 3/10; materials for stopping leaks C09K 3/12; processes for the electrolytic or electrophoretic production of coatings C25D) [5]


Titanium alloy with improved properties
Patent No. 10119178 

Inventor(s): John Fanning (Henderson, NV), Paul Garratt (Birmingham, , GB), Roger Thomas (Swansea, , GB)
Assignee(s): Titanium Metals Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Burris Law, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13349483 on 01/12/2012 (2490 days app to issue)

Abstract: A titanium alloy having high strength, fine grain size, and low cost and a method of manufacturing the same is disclosed. In particular, the inventive alloy offers a strength increase of about 100 MPa over Ti 6-4, with a comparable density and near equivalent ductility. The inventive alloy is particularly useful for a multitude of applications including components of aircraft engines. The Ti alloy comprises, in weight percent, about 6.0 to about 6.7% aluminum, about 1.4 to about 2.0% vanadium, about 1.4 to about 2.0% molybdenum, about 0.20 to about 0.42% silicon, about 0.17 to about 0.23% oxygen, maximum about 0.24% iron, maximum about 0.08% carbon and balance titanium with incidental impurities.

[C22C] ALLOYS (treatment of alloys C21D, C22F)


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Reinforcing assemblies having downwardly-extending working members on structurally reinforcing bars for concrete slabs or other structures
Patent No. 10119276 

Inventor(s): Richard P. Martter (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15646331 on 07/11/2017 (483 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one aspect, a reinforcing assembly includes multiple longitudinally-extending support bars that are connected together and multiple working members each independently connected to one or more of the support bars. The working members are oriented diagonally with respect to a longitudinal axis extending along the support bars. Each working member includes a downwardly-extending side and a hooked or bent portion at an end of the downwardly-extending side. In another aspect, a reinforcing assembly includes one or more longitudinally-extending bars each configured to provide structural reinforcement within a structure. The reinforcing assembly also includes multiple working members each independently connected to at least one of the one or more bars. The working members are oriented diagonally with respect to a longitudinal axis extending along the one or more bars. Each working member includes a downwardly-extending side and a hooked or bent portion at an end of the downwardly-extending side.

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


Automatic window synchronization system
Patent No. 10119321 

Inventor(s): Christopher M. Bulpitt (Los Angeles, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15212583 on 07/18/2016 (841 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for automatically synchronizing window openings and closings of multiple windows of a vehicle. The system includes a first actuator and a second actuator configured to move a first window and a second window to respective closed positions. The system includes a window control unit configured to receive, at a first time, an indication to close the first window at a first closing rate. The window control unit is configured to receive, at a second time, an indication to close the second window at a second closing rate. The window control unit is configured to adjust at least one of the first closing rate or the second closing rate, from a standard rate to an adjusted rate, when the first time and the second time are within a threshold time, such that the first window and the second window achieve their respective closed positions simultaneously.

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


Redundant drill string cutting system
Patent No. 10119349 

Inventor(s): Gabe Williger (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14757148 on 11/25/2015 (1077 days app to issue)

Abstract: Downhole drill pipe cutting is achieved by a free-falling sub carrying a shaped charge cutter and an ablative fluid cutter. Upon seating on a drill string flow bore orifice, fluid pressure is raised to detonate the shaped charge cutter. In the event the shaped charge cutter fails, pressure is further raised to effect a cut by fluid ablation.

[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]


Degradable wellbore isolation devices with varying degradation rates
Patent No. 10119358 

Inventor(s): John Todd Broome (Frisco, TX), Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Zachary Ryan Murphree (Dallas, TX), Zachary William Walton (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14651750 on 08/14/2014 (1545 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example downhole tool includes a wellbore isolation device that provides a plurality of components including one or more first components and one or more second components. Each component is made of a degradable material that degrades when exposed to a wellbore environment, and the one or more first components degrades at a first degradation rate while the one or more second components degrades at a second degradation rate that is slower than the first degradation rate.

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


Flow control device for controlling flow based on fluid phase
Patent No. 10119362 

Inventor(s): John C. Gano (Carrollton, TX), Michael L. Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Zachary R. Murphree (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14378986 on 08/16/2013 (1908 days app to issue)

Abstract: A flow control device can include water in a chamber, the chamber having a variable volume, a flow restricting member which displaces in response to a change in the chamber volume, and a biasing device which influences a pressure in the chamber. A method of controlling flow of steam in a well can include providing a flow control device which varies a resistance to flow in the well, the flow control device including a chamber having a variable volume, water disposed in the chamber, and a biasing device. The biasing device influences the chamber volume. Another flow control device can include water in a chamber, the chamber having a variable volume, a flow restricting member which displaces in response to a change in the chamber volume, and a biasing device which reduces a boiling point of the water in the chamber.

[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]


Methods and systems for orienting in a wellbore
Patent No. 10119369 

Inventor(s): Dan P. Saurer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14900717 on 08/26/2013 (1898 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for orienting a tubing string in a wellbore comprises lowering a tubular string within a casing string in a wellbore, engaging the tubular aligning tool with a casing aligning tool while lowering the tubular string, rotating the tubular string in response to engaging the tubing aligning tool with the casing aligning tool, rotationally aligning the tubular string opening with a casing string opening disposed through the casing string based on the rotating, and retaining the tubular string opening in an axial aligning and a rotational aligning with the casing string opening. The tubular string comprises: a tubular string opening and a tubular string aligning tool.

[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]


Remote tool position and tool status indication
Patent No. 10119390 

Inventor(s): Joshua Max Hornsby (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15036616 on 01/22/2014 (1749 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system is described that is positionable downhole in wellbore for determining a parameter of a downhole tool. The system includes a tubing subassembly and a signal generator positioned in the tubing subassembly for outputting, in response to being covered or uncovered by a detectable portion of a downhole tool, a detectable signal for determining a parameter of the downhole tool.

[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

 

System and method for recovering NGL
Patent No. 10119086 

Inventor(s): Steve Shotts (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): COLDSTREAM ENERGY HOLDINGS, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15042774 on 02/12/2016 (998 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a water knock-out tank that receives a fluid material. Water from the fluid material settles on the bottom of the water knock-out tank. The system includes a mixing pipe that mixes a glycol with the fluid material transferred from the water knock-out tank and a first heat exchanger that cools the mixed fluid material and glycol. The system includes a gas-liquid separator that separates gaseous components and liquid components of the mixed fluid material and cooled glycol and a liquid-liquid separator that separates the liquid components of the mixed fluid material and cooled glycol by density. The system includes a fractional distillation column that heats a first liquid from the liquid-liquid separator. Heating the first liquid from the liquid-liquid separator gasifies a first portion of the first liquid. A second portion of the first liquid from the liquid-liquid separator remains liquid and is natural gas liquids.

[F25J] LIQUEFACTION, SOLIDIFICATION, OR SEPARATION OF GASES OR GASEOUS MIXTURES BY PRESSURE AND COLD TREATMENT (cryogenic pumps F04B 37/08; gas storage vessels, gas-holders F17; filling vessels with, or discharging from vessels, compressed, liquefied, or solidified gases F17C; refrigeration machines, plants, or systems F25B)


Engine assembly having a cover
Patent No. 10119464 

Inventor(s): Shohei Nomura (Ann Arbor, MI), Swetha Minupuri (Ann Arbor, MI), Tenghua Tom Shieh (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: 15068170 on 03/11/2016 (970 days app to issue)

Abstract: An engine assembly having a cover for catching oil splatted by crankshaft gear and a balance shaft gear is provided. The crankshaft gear is mechanically coupled to the balance shaft gear. The balance shaft gear may be partially submerged in a pool of oil formed at the bottom of the crankcase housing. The cover includes a first cover portion having a back wall and a pair of side walls extending along a top portion and a bottom portion. The top portion covers a respective portion of a circumferential edge of the crankshaft gear. The bottom portion a respective portion of a circumferential edge of the balance shaft gear. Accordingly, oil splattered by the crankshaft gear and the balance shaft gear is caught by the cover, reducing oil entrainment and increasing oil pumping efficiency. Further, the cover helps prevent oil mist from escaping the system so as to reduce oil consumption.

[F02B] INTERNAL-COMBUSTION PISTON ENGINES; COMBUSTION ENGINES IN GENERAL (cyclically operating valves therefor F01L; lubricating internal-combustion engines F01M; gas-flow silencers or exhaust apparatus therefor F01N; cooling of internal-combustion engines F01P; internal-combustion turbines F02C; plants in which engines use combustion products F02C, F02G)


Trapezoidal thread form having a wear indicator and high pressure connection fitting comprising same
Patent No. 10119636 

Inventor(s): Douglas J. Scheffler (McKinney, TX), Khashayar A. Nashery (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13853152 on 03/29/2013 (2048 days app to issue)

Abstract: A trapezoidal thread form includes a thread having a trapezoidal cross-sectional shape, the thread including an apex surface, two side surfaces, and a valley; and a thread wear indicator formed in one of the apex surface and one of the side surfaces. The thread wear indicator may include a v-shaped channel formed in one of the apex surface and one of the side surfaces or the thread wear indicator may include a series of material layers, each layer having a physical characteristic that is different from an adjacent material layer. The thread wear indicator indicates excessive or unsafe thread wear when the v-shaped channel is indistinguishable from the apex surface or the side surface, or when a first layer wears sufficiently to show a second layer.

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


Dual-light flashlight with pivoting beam housing
Patent No. 10119663 

Inventor(s): Aaron P. Shoulders (Sachse, TX), Bijan Bayat (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bayco Products, Inc. (Wylie, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15479667 on 04/05/2017 (580 days app to issue)

Abstract: A battery operated illumination device having a pivoting head, with first and second independently controlled light sources. In a normal use orientation a spot light beam from a first light source is directed along a forward axis oriented at 90 degrees with a longitudinal axis of the device housing. A flood light beam from a second light source in the pivoting head is directed along an axis disposed between 30 and 60 degrees below the forward axis. In an alternate use orientation the pivoting head may be pivoted through up to 90 from the forward axis.

[F21L] LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS THEREOF, BEING PORTABLE OR SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR TRANSPORTATION [7]


Distributed heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system with concurrent network connections and multi-zone control
Patent No. 10119713 

Inventor(s): Daniel A. Castillo (Dallas, TX), Jayprakash Charavda (Irving, TX), Nguyen T. Ho (Highland Village, TX), Sunil K. Khiani (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14711981 on 05/14/2015 (1272 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a system for managing control units in HVAC network includes a first control unit communicatively coupled to a first plurality of HVAC units and a first interactive display, and the first control unit controls HVAC services for a first zone. A second control unit communicatively coupled to a second plurality of HVAC units and a second interactive display, and the second control unit controls HVAC services for a second zone. The first control unit may detect and connect to the second control unit using a Wi-Fi direct protocol to create an HVAC control network. The first control unit may also determine that the second control unit controls HVAC services for the second zone in response to connecting to the second control unit. The first control unit may also update the first interactive display to show the first and second zones and receive a command from the first interactive display over the HVAC control network to adjust a temperature of the second zone.

[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)


Antenna mount
Patent No. 10122064 

Inventor(s): Alan J. Skrepcinski (Plano, TX), Kevin L. Rovell (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15800374 on 11/01/2017 (370 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mount for an antenna includes: first and second generally C-shaped arms, each with upper and lower free ends; equipment face mounting brackets mounted on the first and second arms; and lower and upper plates mounted to a post. The upper free ends of the first and second arms are pivotally mounted to the upper plate, and the lower free ends of the first and second arms are pivotally mounted to the lower plate, such that the first and second arms are movable between retracted and extended positions. The first and second arms are fixed in the extended position relative to the upper and lower plate via fasteners inserted through holes in the upper and lower free ends of the arms and in the upper plate, the pivotal mounts and the holes defining a desired angle between the first and second arms in the extended position.

[F16M] FRAMES, CASINGS, OR BEDS, OF ENGINES OR OTHER MACHINES OR APPARATUS, NOT SPECIFIC TO AN ENGINE, MACHINE, OR APPARATUS PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE; STANDS OR SUPPORTS


 

P H Y S I C S

Detailed map format for autonomous driving
Patent No. 10118614 

Inventor(s): Michael J. Delp (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15155313 on 05/16/2016 (904 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-readable detailed map format is disclosed. The detailed map format includes a lane segment and one or more border segments. The map format can be used in the operation of an autonomous vehicle. A current location of the autonomous vehicle can be determined. The current location of the autonomous vehicle can be compared to the computer readable map format. A distance between the current location of the autonomous vehicle and an edge of the lane segment at a location along the lane segment can be determined by, for example, measuring a distance between the current location of the autonomous vehicle and a portion of the border segment closest to the current location of the autonomous vehicle. A driving maneuver can be determined based at least in part on the determined distance. One or more vehicle systems of the autonomous vehicle can be caused to implement the determined driving maneuver.

[G01C] MEASURING DISTANCES, LEVELS OR BEARINGS; SURVEYING; NAVIGATION; GYROSCOPIC INSTRUMENTS; PHOTOGRAMMETRY OR VIDEOGRAMMETRY (measuring liquid level G01F; radio navigation, determining distance or velocity by use of propagation effects, e.g. Doppler effect, propagation time, of radio waves, analogous arrangements using other waves G01S)


Water detection assembly
Patent No. 10119884 

Inventor(s): Bradly Jay Billman (Celina, TX), Kade Scott (The Colony, TX), Matthew T. Flachsbart (Grapevine, 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: 15636270 on 06/28/2017 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a water detection device that includes a water-activated battery configured to switch from a dormant condition to an active condition upon contact with water, such that the water-activated battery supplies an electrical voltage upon contact with the water, an electronic circuit configured to receive the electrical voltage from the water-activated battery, where the electronic circuit is configured to communicate with an external, electronic device via one or more wireless communication techniques when the electronic circuit is powered by the electrical voltage, and where communication between the electronic circuit and the external, electronic device is an uninterrupted communication when the electronic circuit is receiving the electrical voltage from the water-activated battery, and a housing configured to receive the water-activated battery and the electronic circuit, where the housing has passageways configured to facilitate movement of the water into the housing and toward the battery.

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


Methods of electrochemically measuring an analyte with a test sequence having a pulsed DC block as well as devices, apparatuses and systems incorporating the same
Patent No. 10119931 

Inventor(s): Zheng Zheng Pan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Roche Diabetes Care, Inc. (Indianapolis, IN)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14851621 on 09/11/2015 (1152 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods are disclosed for measuring an analyte concentration in a fluidic sample. Such methods further allow one to correct and/or compensate for confounding variables such as hematocrit (Hct), temperature or both before providing an analyte concentration. The measurement methods utilize information obtained from test sequences having at least one AC block and at least one pulsed DC block, where pulsed DC block includes at least one recovery potential, and where a closed circuit condition of the electrode system is maintained during the DC block. Also disclosed are devices, apparatuses and systems incorporating the various measurement methods.

[G01N] INVESTIGATING OR ANALYSING MATERIALS BY DETERMINING THEIR CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROPERTIES (measuring or testing processes other than immunoassay, involving enzymes or microorganisms C12M, C12Q)


Tap flip flop, gate, and compare circuitry on rising SCK
Patent No. 10120022 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15467517 on 03/23/2017 (593 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel method and apparatus for providing expected data, mask data, and control signals to scan test architectures within a device using the falling edge of a test/scan clock. The signals are provided on device leads that are also used to provide signals to scan test architectures using the rising edge of the test/scan clock. According to the disclosure, device test leads serve to input different test signals on the rising and falling edge of the test/scan clock which reduces the number of interconnects between a tester and the device under test.

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


3D tap and scan port architectures
Patent No. 10120023 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15991581 on 05/29/2018 (161 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure describes die test architectures that can be implemented in a first, middle and last die of a die stack. The die test architectures are mainly the same, but for the exceptions mentioned in this disclosure.

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


Functional core circuitry with serial scan test expected, mask circuitry
Patent No. 10120025 

Inventor(s): Alan Hales (Richardson, TX), Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15795943 on 10/27/2017 (375 days app to issue)

Abstract: Test circuits located on semiconductor die enable a tester to test a plurality of die/ICs in parallel by inputting both stimulus and response patterns to the plurality of die/ICs. The response patterns from the tester are input to the test circuits along with the output response of the die/IC to be compared. Also disclosed is the use of a response signal encoding scheme whereby the tester transmits response test commands to the test circuits, using a single signal per test circuit, to perform: (1) a compare die/IC output against an expected logic high, (2) a compare die/IC output against an expected logic low, and (3) a mask compare operation. The use of the signal encoding scheme allows functional testing of die and ICs since all response test commands (i.e. 1-3 above) required at each die/IC output can be transmitted to each die/IC output using only a single tester signal connection per die/IC output. In addition to functional testing, scan testing of die and ICs is also possible.

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


Cores with separate serial scan paths and scan path parts
Patent No. 10120027 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15593834 on 05/12/2017 (543 days app to issue)

Abstract: Scan architectures are commonly used to test digital circuitry in integrated circuits. The present disclosure describes a method of adapting conventional scan architectures into a low power scan architecture. The low power scan architecture maintains the test time of conventional scan architectures, while requiring significantly less operational power than conventional scan architectures. The low power scan architecture is advantageous to IC/die manufacturers since it allows a larger number of circuits (such as DSP or CPU core circuits) embedded in an IC/die to be tested in parallel without consuming too much power within the IC/die. Since the low power scan architecture reduces test power consumption, it is possible to simultaneously test more die on a wafer than previously possible using conventional scan architectures. This allows wafer test times to be reduced which reduces the manufacturing cost of each die on the wafer.

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


Inverse taper waveguides for low-loss mode converters
Patent No. 10120135 

Inventor(s): Dawei Zheng (Irvine, CA), Huapu Pan (San Jose, CA), Li Yang (San Jose, CA), Qianfan Xu (Denver, CO), Xiao Shen (San Bruno, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15614333 on 06/05/2017 (519 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises a substrate comprising a silicon dioxide (SiO[subscript]2[/subscript]) material disposed on top of the substrate, a silicon waveguide comprising a first adiabatic tapering and enclosed in the silicon dioxide material, and a low-index waveguide disposed on top of the substrate and adjacent to the first adiabatic tapering. A mode converter fabrication method comprises obtaining a mode converter comprising a substrate, a silicon waveguide disposed on the substrate and comprising a sidewall and a first adiabatic tapering, and a hard mask disposed on the silicon waveguide and comprising a silicon dioxide layer, wherein the hard mask does not cover the sidewall, and oxidizing the silicon waveguide and the hard mask, wherein oxidizing the silicon waveguide and the hard mask encloses the silicon waveguide within the silicon dioxide layer.

[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]


Connector with trigger locking feature, and cable assemblies and methods including the same
Patent No. 10120138 

Inventor(s): Ashley Wesley Jones (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Research Development Corporation (Corning, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15618265 on 06/09/2017 (515 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fiber optic connector includes a connector sub-assembly having a connector body, a latch arm extending outwardly and rearwardly from a portion of the connector body, a housing in which a rear portion of the connector sub-assembly is received, and a trigger extending outwardly from the housing and over the end of the latch arm. An end of the latch arm can be depressed toward the connector body, and the trigger is configured to flex toward the housing to depress the latch arm. The connector includes a locking member movable between a rearward position in which the locking member prevents the trigger from depressing the latch arm, and a forward position in which the locking member allows the trigger to depress the latch arm.

[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]


Telescopic projector
Patent No. 10120270 

Inventor(s): Cheng-Chun Zhang (Shenzhen, , CN), Lio Yenwei Chang (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): GEMMY INDUSTRIES CORPORATION (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Osha Liang LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15898980 on 02/19/2018 (260 days app to issue)

Abstract: A telescopic projector has a body, a projecting set, and a focusing set. The body has a shell and a roll film. The roll film is mounted in the shell. The projecting set is mounted in the body and has a power supply board and a radiating unit. The power supply board is located in the shell. The radiating unit is located in the shell and is electrically connected with the power supply board. The focusing set has a focusing electric machine, a driving block, and a sliding unit. The focusing electric machine is mounted in the shell and is electrically connected to the power supply board. The driving block is mounted on a top surface of the focusing electric machine and is controlled by the focusing electric machine. The sliding unit is mounted in the shell and is located above the focusing electric machine.

[G03B] APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OR FOR PROJECTING OR VIEWING THEM; APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS EMPLOYING ANALOGOUS TECHNIQUES USING WAVES OTHER THAN OPTICAL WAVES; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR (optical parts of such apparatus G02B; photosensitive materials or processes for photographic purposes G03C; apparatus for processing exposed photographic materials G03D) [4]


Event controlled clock switching
Patent No. 10120408 

Inventor(s): Joerg Harald Hans Jochen Schreiner (Fuerstenfeldbruck, , DE), Marcus Herzog (Finsing, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14870396 on 09/30/2015 (1133 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for controlling clock generation. A system includes a processor configured to execute instructions retrieved from memory, and a clock generation system coupled to the processor. The clock generation system is configured to generate a clock signal that the processor applies to execute the instructions. The clock generation system includes a plurality of configuration registers and selection circuitry. Each of the configuration registers includes fields that control a frequency of the clock signal. The selection circuitry selects which of the plurality of configuration registers determines the frequency at a given time.

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


Providing subpages in a touch panel user interface
Patent No. 10120538 

Inventor(s): George Carl Smith (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): AMX LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15097962 on 04/13/2016 (937 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus and method of retrieving subpages from memory and rendering the subpages for display on a user display device, such as a smartphone or other display with limited viewing area. The method may also include identifying each of the subpages as being part of a sequence of subpages and displaying a first portion of the subpages on the display and storing a remaining portion of the subpages in the memory as rendered and ready for display.

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


System and method for rescheduling host and maintenance operations in a non-volatile memory
Patent No. 10120613 

Inventor(s): Alan Welsh Sinclair (Falkirk, , GB), Sergey Anatolievich Gorobets (Edinburgh, , GB)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14928649 on 10/30/2015 (1103 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for balancing maintenance and programming host data across multiple maintenance source blocks in a non-volatile memory are disclosed. A memory system may include non-volatile memory and a controller configured to execute one or more of the steps of selecting a fixed plurality of maintenance source blocks for executing a balance cycle of maintenance and host writes across the selected fixed plurality of maintenance source blocks. The method interleaves moving of valid data from source blocks with host data writes to achieve a balance of free space generation and consumption for the balance cycle, while periodically reevaluating an overall interleave ratio and/or substituting other previously programmed blocks for one of the previously selected plurality during the balance cycle.

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


Systems and methods for managing the execution of print jobs
Patent No. 10120628 

Inventor(s): Margarita Khafizova (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15437320 on 02/20/2017 (624 days app to issue)

Abstract: Managing the execution of print jobs may provide, in one example method of operation, receiving a print job associated with a set of print job parameters. The print job is sent from a computing device associated with a user. The method also includes accessing a set of user parameters associated with the user, and determining a print job priority for the print job using the set of print job parameters and the set of user parameters. The method further includes identifying a destination printer capable of executing the print job using the set of print job parameters. The method still also includes initiating execution of the print job at the destination printer in response to determining to execute the print job based on the print job priority.

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


Apparatuses and methods for timing domain crossing
Patent No. 10120647 

Inventor(s): Brian Huber (Allen, TX), Gary Howe (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15690085 on 08/29/2017 (434 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for a timing domain transfer circuit are disclosed. Disclosed embodiments may be configured to receive an event from one timing domain, output the event to another timing domain, and further configured to mark the event as transferred. An example method includes receiving an Event in based in a first timing domain at a first latch and receiving an intermediate event from the first latch by a second latch. The event is transferred to a second timing domain by the second latch and the first latch is reset based on feedback.

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


Ferroelectric memory expansion for firmware updates
Patent No. 10120674 

Inventor(s): Oscar Miguel Guillen-Hernandez (Munich, , DE), Peter Wongeun Chung (Frisco, TX), Ralf Brederlow (Poing, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15139865 on 04/27/2016 (923 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit including a ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) for storing firmware, and a method of updating that firmware. The FRAM is constructed to selectively operate as a 2T2C FRAM memory in a normal operating mode, and as a 1T1C FRAM memory in an update mode. Updating of the stored firmware is performed by placing the FRAM in its update (1T1C) mode and writing the updated code into alternate rows of the 1T1C half-cells at each of a plurality of memory locations, while the other 1T1C half-cells in the other alternate rows retain the original data. Following verification of the updated contents, the original data in the other half-cells are overwritten with the verified updated data, and the operating mode is changed back to the normal (2T2C) operating mode.

[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)


Graph execution system and method for a computing environment
Patent No. 10120744 

Inventor(s): Akshaya Mahapatra (San Jose, CA), Vandana Rao (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14947413 on 11/20/2015 (1082 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing environment provisioning system includes a processing system and a memory for storing instructions that are executed by the processing system to obtain a graph having one or more edges with multiple vertices representing task instructions to perform multiple tasks on one or more resources of a computing environment, and sequentially execute the task instructions according to the edges between the vertices. When an at least one task encounters an error, the instructions pause execution of an ensuing task instruction in the graph.

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


System, method, and computer program product for creating a virtual database
Patent No. 10120767 

Inventor(s): Lon Jones Cherryholmes (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Idera, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Park, Vaughan, Fleming Dowler LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12795135 on 06/07/2010 (3074 days app to issue)

Abstract: A virtual database is attached to a server database management system (”DBMS”) such that the DBMS believes it needs to recover the database to a last known point of consistency. In order to perform this recovery, the DBMS requests the transaction log file entries to be read from what it believes is the database”s transaction log file. However, the requests are intercepted and translated into requests to read the transaction log portion of the backup file. The DBMS then uses the transaction log records to bring the database to a point of transactional consistency, unaware that the log records are actually being sourced from the backup file. All changes made to the data during the recovery phase and subsequent execution of any TSQL statements are routed into a cache file. Accordingly, a ”virtual” database is created and used by the server DBMS engine as if it were a real database.

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


Bad column management with data shuffle in pipeline
Patent No. 10120816 

Inventor(s): Wanfang Tsai (Palo Alto, 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: 15458561 on 03/14/2017 (602 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling data flow and data alignment using data expand and compress circuitry arranged between a variable data rate bi-directional first in, first out (FIFO) buffer and one or more memory arrays to compensate for bad column locations within the one or more memory arrays are described. The bi-directional FIFO may have a variable data rate with the array side and a fixed data rate with a serializer/deserializer (SERDES) circuit that drives input/output (I/O) circuitry. The data expand and compress circuitry may pack and unpack data and then align the data passing between the one or more memory arrays and the bi-directional FIFO using a temporary buffer, data shuffling logic, and selective pipeline stalls.

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


Method and system for identifying user issues in forum posts based on discourse analysis
Patent No. 10120864 

Inventor(s): Caroline Brun (Grenoble, , FR), gnes Sandor (Meylan, , FR), Ngoc Phuoc An Vo (Grenoble, , FR), Nikolaos Lagos (Grenoble, , FR)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15083504 on 03/29/2016 (952 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for categorizing an issue includes, for each of a plurality of categories of issue, providing at least one discourse pattern for identify text sequences that meet the discourse pattern. At least one of the discourse patterns specifies that an instance of a domain term in a domain term vocabulary be present in the text sequence for the pattern to be met. An issue is received which includes a text sequence. The text sequence is categorized based on which, if any, of the discourse patterns are met by the text sequence of the received issue. Information based on the categorization of the text sequence is output.

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


Techniques for automatic generation of natural language text
Patent No. 10120865 

Inventor(s): Emmanuel Vignon (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): YSEOP SA (Lyons, , FR)
Law Firm: Wolf, Greenfield Sacks, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15201930 on 07/05/2016 (854 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for use in connection with a system for automatically generating text. Techniques include accessing information specifying at least one referential expression for at least a first referent and at least one anaphoric expression for at least the first referent; accessing a template that includes human-language text and a first tag that serves as a placeholder for a first text portion including a reference to at least the first referent; automatically identifying, using at least one system rule and at least one processor, text to use for the first text portion at least in part by determining whether to use as the text for the first text portion the at least one referential expression or the at least one anaphoric expression; and automatically generating output text including the human-language text and the identified text for the first text portion.

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


System and method for combination-based data analysis
Patent No. 10120912 

Inventor(s): Amin Shah-Hosseini (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13718912 on 12/18/2012 (2149 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for supply chain data analysis. The method includes storing supply chain data including test data, genealogy data, repair data, some factors and some items, in one or more databases and selecting a portion of the factors from the stored data, and a time range for analysis. The method then selects one or more criterion for analysis; extracts a portion of the stored data; analyzes the extracted portion of the stored data to detect a plurality of faulty combination of factors and items that results in an unexpected change in a key performance index, according to said extracted portion of the plurality of combinations. The method then performs correlation analysis on said plurality of faulty combinations to determine a root cause for the detected combination of factors; and generates a subset of said plurality of faulty combinations, according to said root causes of said plurality of faulty combinations.

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


Extended correlation methods in a content transformation engine
Patent No. 10120922 

Inventor(s): Anthony Gibson (Irving, TX), Bruce R. Henderson (Escondido, CA)
Assignee(s): Boomerang Technology Holdings, LLC (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Volentine, Whitt Francos, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15479586 on 04/05/2017 (580 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for communicating data includes customizing content transformation agents for different source data repositories, and providing the content transformation agents to the different source data repositories. First-stage data feeds from the different source data repositories are constructed in a neutral format by dynamically selecting and transforming source data in the different source data repositories into the neutral format. The first-stage data feeds are sent to an aggregation agent which generates, based on criteria specified by a user, a second stage data feed as a composite of selected source data from the first-stage data feeds.

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


Detecting and using mood-condition affinities
Patent No. 10120939 

Inventor(s): Krish Anant Prabhu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Hartman Citrin LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14971081 on 12/16/2015 (1056 days app to issue)

Abstract: Concepts and technologies are disclosed herein for detecting and using mood-condition affinities. A processor that executes an affinity service or affinity application can obtain collected data associated with a user device. The collected data can include sensor readings collected by the user device. The processor can determine a condition at the user device and a mood associated with the condition. The processor can generate an affinity that defines a relationship between the condition and the mood and store the affinity at a data storage device.

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


Mediated secure boot for single or multicore processors
Patent No. 10121006 

Inventor(s): Brandon Woolley (Richardson, TX), Brian McFarland (Allen, TX), Matthew Hammond (McKinney, TX), Norman Cramer (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15369299 on 12/05/2016 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and methods are disclosed for securely booting a processing system using a three step secure booting process. Several embodiments are presented, wherein upon power-on-reset, the first boot step uses a secure boot device comprising of a programmable device or an FPGA which boots up first, validates its configuration file and then validates the processor(s) configuration data before presenting the configuration data to the processor(s). This enables validation of pre-boot information, such as the Reset Control Word and pre-boot processor configuration data. The second and third boot steps validate the internal secure boot code and external boot code respectively using one or more of secure validation techniques, such as encryption/decryption, Key mechanisms, privilege checking, pointer hashing or signature correlation schemes. This results in an end-to-end secure boot process for a variety of architectures, such as single processor systems, synchronous and asynchronous multiprocessing systems, single core systems and multi-core processing systems.

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


Systems and methods for improved management of construction project data
Patent No. 10121112 

Inventor(s): Brent B. Beseda (Carrollton, TX), Christopher F. Sugg (Grapevine, TX), Felix Vasquez, Jr. (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Hyphen Solutions, LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14250339 on 04/10/2014 (1671 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving location information, and determining one or more addresses based on the location information. At least one of the one or more addresses is associated with a construction site. The method includes presenting the one or more addresses as selectable elements within a first graphical user interface, and in response to receiving an input indicating selection of a particular selectable element within the first graphical user interface, receiving a second input corresponding to a request to capture item data, and capturing item data in response to the second input. The method includes storing the captured item data in association with a builder at a database. The captured item data is associated with a specific product provided by a vendor in association with construction of a home.

[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]


Automated financial transactions
Patent No. 10121128 

Inventor(s): Biao Hao (Grapevine, TX), Denzil S. Menezes (Irving, TX), Wade A. Miller (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15626970 on 06/19/2017 (505 days app to issue)

Abstract: Arrangements relate to processing financial transactions on an automated teller machine (ATM). An ATM identifier can be presented on a display of the ATM. An ATM identifier confirmation can be received from a mobile computing device. Responsive to determining that the ATM identifier confirmation matches the identifier presented on the display of the ATM, a customer authentication or a transaction request can be received from the mobile computing device. Responsive to verifying the customer authentication or the transaction request, the transaction request can be processed.

[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]


Polling statement feedback system and methods
Patent No. 10121159 

Inventor(s): Ray A. Gibson (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): NCR Corporation (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Schwegman, Lundberg Woessner (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14170183 on 01/31/2014 (1740 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various systems, methods, and apparatuses are described for determining feedback to a polling statement. One example method may comprise generating a barcode associated with a response to a polling statement. The example method may further comprise enabling display of the barcode for receiving feedback on the polling statement via scanning of the barcode. Another example method may comprise generating a barcode associated with a response to a polling statement. The other example method may further comprise receiving feedback on the polling statement based at least in part on at least one individual scanning the barcode. Similar and related methods, apparatuses, systems, and computer program products are also provided.

[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]


Automated employee management techniques
Patent No. 10121209 

Inventor(s): David Allen Turner (Fort Worth, TX), Jeffrey Daniel Hughes (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): NCR Corporation (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Schwegman, Lundberg Woessner (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14042529 on 09/30/2013 (1863 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for automated employee management are provided. A clock action for an employee is acquired and analyzed based on rules. Next, a decision is made whether to automatically accept the clock action, automatically deny the clock action, or interactively request approval from a supervisor for the clock action. The decision is based on analysis of the rules.

[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 a home area recommender
Patent No. 10121213 

Inventor(s): Bradly Jay Billman (Celina, 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: 15459157 on 03/15/2017 (601 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are a method, system, and computer-readable storage medium with instructions for recommending locations to a user. Preferred criteria may be selected by the user, for example, or a third party, and provide objective or subjective information that the user is seeking in a location. Embodiments may include compiling objective information with the location and comparing the objective information to preferred criteria. A user”s profile may be compared to another person”s profile, where the other person”s profile is associated to the location. A location may be recommended to the user if the objective information correlates to the preferred criteria and if the other person”s profile correlates to the user”s profile. Subjective information associated with the location may be provided to the user along with the recommended location. Furthermore, a location may be recommended to the user if the subjective information correlates to the preferred criteria.

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


Analyzing and characterizing legal case outcomes
Patent No. 10121216 

Inventor(s): John Lehmann (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Lex Machina, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14823496 on 08/11/2015 (1183 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various of the disclosed embodiments concern systems and methods for applying legal analytics. In some embodiments, a legal analytics platform retrieves legal data from an electronic database, analyzes some or all of the legal data, and identifies interesting patterns and results of statistical analyses. In order to permit searching of the legal data, metadata elements or tags can be generated for legal entities and legal events. In some embodiments, the legal analytics platform identifies timestamps in the legal data and performs time-based statistical analysis. Results of the statistical analyses can be presented to a user via a graphical user interface (GUI), which may also allow the user to interact with the legal analytics platform and search one or more databases of legal data.

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


Adaptive bilateral (BL) filtering for computer vision
Patent No. 10121231 

Inventor(s): Jesse Gregory Villarreal, Jr. (Richardson, TX), Mihir Narendra Mody (Karnataka, , IN), Niraj Nandan (Plano, TX), Shashank Dabral (Allen, TX), William Wallace (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15183459 on 06/15/2016 (874 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for filtering noise for imaging includes receiving an image frame having position and range data. A filter size divides the frame into filter windows for processing each of the filter windows. For the first pixel, a space to the center pixel and a range difference between this pixel and the center pixel is determined and used for choosing a selected weight from weights in a 2D weight LUT including weighting for space and range difference, a filtered range value is calculated by applying the selected 2D weight to the pixel, and the range, filtered range value and selected 2D weight are summed. The determining, choosing, calculating and summing are repeated for at least the second pixel. A total sum of contributions from the first and second pixel are divided by the sum of selected 2D weights to generate a final filtered range value for the center pixel.

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


Water detection assembly
Patent No. 10121353 

Inventor(s): Bradly Jay Billman (Celina, TX), Cory Matheson (Celina, TX), Kade Scott (The Colony, TX), Matthew T. Flachsbart (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15636352 on 06/28/2017 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a water detection device that includes a water-activated battery configured to supply an electrical voltage upon contact with water, an electronic circuit configured to receive the electrical voltage from the water-activated battery, where the electronic circuit is configured to communicate with an external, electronic device upon receipt of the electrical voltage, and a housing configured to receive the water-activated battery and the electronic circuit, where the housing has passageways configured to facilitate movement of water into the housing and toward the battery.

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


Sense circuit with two sense nodes for cascade sensing
Patent No. 10121522 

Inventor(s): Anirudh Amarnath (San Jose, CA), Tai-Yuan Tseng (Milpitas, 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: 15630089 on 06/22/2017 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sense circuit is provided in which the threshold voltage of a memory cell is sensed relative to two different levels using a single control gate voltage on the memory cell. These two levels can be higher and lower verify voltages of a data state in a programming operation, or two read levels of a read operation. Two sense nodes which are connected in a cascade configuration such that a first sense node discharges into the bit line initially, and a second sense node may or may not discharge into the bit line, depending on the level to which the first node has discharged. First and second bits of data can be output from the sense circuit based on the levels of the first and second sense nodes to indicate the threshold voltage of the memory cell relative to the higher and lower verify voltages, respectively.

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


Reducing charge loss in data memory cell adjacent to dummy memory cell
Patent No. 10121552 

Inventor(s): Ashish Baraskar (Santa Clara, CA), Ching-Huang Lu (Fremont, CA), Hong-Yan Chen (Sunnyvale, CA), Liang Pang (Fremont, CA), Nan Lu (San Jose, CA), Yingda Dong (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15495178 on 04/24/2017 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device and associated techniques to reduce charge loss of memory cells. In one aspect, a charge loss countermeasure is performed if a word line selected for programming is adjacent to a dummy word line. The countermeasure can involve programming the dummy memory cells through injection disturb. In one approach, the timing is adjusted for the voltages on the selected word line and the dummy word line at the end of a program voltage. The selected word line voltage can be decreased more quickly, or the dummy word line voltage can be decreased more slowly. The decrease of the dummy word line voltage can also be delayed. Another approach involves elevating the bit line voltage during the decrease of the selected word line voltage. The bit line voltage can be a function of the assigned data state of a selected cell.

[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)


Resistive random access memory device containing discrete memory material portions and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10121965 

Inventor(s): Shiori Kataoka (Yokkaichi, , JP), Tomohiro Uno (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yusuke Yoshida (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15692230 on 08/31/2017 (432 days app to issue)

Abstract: An alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers is formed over a substrate. Sidewalls of the electrically conductive layers are laterally recessed to form laterally recessed regions. After formation of a conformal barrier material layer in the laterally recessed regions and on the sidewalls of the insulating layers, an amorphous precursor memory material layer is deposited in lateral cavities and over the conformal barrier material layer. An anneal process is performed to selectively crystallize portions of the amorphous precursor memory material layer in the lateral cavities into crystalline memory material portions while not crystallizing portions of the amorphous precursor memory material outside the lateral cavities. Remaining amorphous portions of the amorphous precursor memory material layer are removed selective to the crystalline memory material portions. A vertical conductive line is formed on the crystalline memory material portions. The crystalline memory material portions are formed as discrete self-aligned material portions.

[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)


Managing a network element operating on a network
Patent No. 10122573 

Inventor(s): William Charles Easttom (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15696008 on 09/05/2017 (427 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are an apparatus and method of managing network elements operating on a network. One example method may include transmitting a request to receive at least one activity parameter of a network element operating on the network and monitoring the at least one activity parameter of the network element. The method may include determining whether a usage value of the at least one activity parameter exceeds a predetermined threshold usage value and transmitting a corrective function message to the network element responsive to determining that the usage value of the at least one activity parameter exceeds the predetermined threshold value. The method may further include performing a corrective function to reduce the usage value of the at least one activity parameter.

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


 

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Managing grouped student devices with timed locks
Patent No. 10120988 

Inventor(s): Bill DeWeese (Haltom City, TX), Kevin McKeithan (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): AIRWATCH LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Clayton, McKay Bailey, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15252605 on 08/31/2016 (797 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods presented herein can allow a teacher to manage student devices in a classroom setting by grouping student devices on a graphical user interface and using the interface to set locks with respect to the groups of student devices. Lock requests can be received and managed by a server, which can issue file locks, web locks, and application locks. These locks can restrict file access, website access, and application access, respectively, on the students” personal mobile devices. Additionally, the teacher device can allow the teacher to provide timing information in conjunction with the lock requests, which can control when to lock and/or unlock the student devices.

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


Silicon package for embedded semiconductor chip and power converter
Patent No. 10121716 

Inventor(s): Jonathan Almeria Noquil (Bethlehem, PA), Osvaldo Jorge Lopez (Annandale, NJ), Simon John Molloy (Allentown, PA), Tom Grebs (Bethlehem, PA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15634232 on 06/27/2017 (497 days app to issue)

Abstract: A packaged transistor device ([b]100[/b]) comprises a semiconductor chip ([b]101[/b]) including a transistor with terminals distributed on the first and the opposite second chip side; and a slab ([b]110[/b]) of low-grade silicon (l-g-Si) configured as a ridge ([b]111[/b]) framing a depression including a recessed central area suitable to accommodate the chip, the ridge having a first surface in a first plane and the recessed central area having a second surface in a second plane spaced from the first plane by a depth ([b]112[/b]) at least equal to the chip thickness, the ridge covered by device terminals ([b]120; 121[/b]) connected to attachment pads in the central area having the terminals of the first chip side attached so that the terminals ([b]103[/b]) of the opposite second chip side are co-planar with the device terminals on the slab ridge.

[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]


Wire support for a leadframe
Patent No. 10121733 

Inventor(s): Chih-Chien Ho (Taipei Hsien, , TW), Steven Su (Tainan, , TW), Yuh-Harng Chien (Taipei Hsien, , TW)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15447406 on 03/02/2017 (614 days app to issue)

Abstract: A leadframe includes a plurality of interconnected support members. A pair of die pads is connected to the support members and configured to receive a pair of dies electrically connected by at least one wire. A support bracket extends between the die pads and includes a surface for maintaining the at least one wire at a predetermined distance from the die pads during overmolding of the leadframe.

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


Three-dimensional memory device having epitaxial germanium-containing vertical channel and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10121794 

Inventor(s): Atsushi Suyama (Yokkaichi, , JP), Daewung Kang (Milpitas, CA), Hiro Kinoshita (San Jose, CA), James Kai (Santa Clara, CA), Jayavel Pachamuthu (San Jose, CA), Luckshitha Suriyasena Liyanage (Standford, CA), Marika Gunji-Yone
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15279959 on 09/29/2016 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: An alternating stack of insulating layers and spacer material layers is formed over a semiconductor substrate. Memory openings are formed through the alternating stack. An optional silicon-containing epitaxial pedestal and a memory film are formed in each memory opening. After forming an opening through a bottom portion of the memory film within each memory opening, a germanium-containing semiconductor layer and a dielectric layer is formed in each memory opening. Employing the memory film and the dielectric layer as a crucible, a liquid phase epitaxy anneal is performed to convert the germanium-containing semiconductor layer into a germanium-containing epitaxial channel layer. A dielectric core and a drain region can be formed over the dielectric layer. The germanium-containing epitaxial channel layer is single crystalline, and can provide a higher charge carrier mobility than a polysilicon channel.

[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]


Galvanic isolation device
Patent No. 10121847 

Inventor(s): Barry Jon Male (West Granby, CT), Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Robert Alan Neidorff (Bedford, NH)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15462741 on 03/17/2017 (599 days app to issue)

Abstract: A galvanic isolation device includes a first integrated circuit (IC) die that has communication circuitry formed in a circuit layer below the top surface. A first conductive plate is formed on the IC die proximate the top surface, and is coupled to the communication circuitry. A dielectric isolation layer is formed over a portion of the top surface of the IC after the IC is fabricated such that the dielectric isolation layer completely covers the conductive plate. A second conductive plate is juxtaposed with the first conductive plate but separated by the dielectric isolation layer such that the first conductive plate and the second conductive plate form a capacitor. The second conductive plate is configured to be coupled to a second communication circuit.

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


Self-aligned bottom up gate contact and top down source-drain contact structure in the premetallization dielectric or interlevel dielectric layer of an integrated circuit
Patent No. 10121874 

Inventor(s): John Hongguang Zhang (Fishkill, NY)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Crowe Dunlevy (Local + 7 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15485754 on 04/12/2017 (573 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit includes a source-drain region, a channel region adjacent to the source-drain region, a gate structure extending over the channel region and a sidewall spacer on a side of the gate structure and which extends over the source-drain region. A dielectric layer is provided in contact with the sidewall spacer and having a top surface. The gate structure includes a gate electrode and a gate contact extending from the gate electrode as a projection to reach the top surface. The side surfaces of the gate electrode and a gate contact are aligned with each other. The gate dielectric layer for the transistor positioned between the gate electrode and the channel region extends between the gate electrode and the sidewall spacer and further extends between the gate contact and the sidewall spacer.

[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]


P-N bimodal transistors
Patent No. 10121891 

Inventor(s): Henry Litzmann Edwards (Garland, TX), Sameer P. Pendharkar (Allen, TX), Yongxi Zhang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15364971 on 11/30/2016 (706 days app to issue)

Abstract: RESURF-based dual-gate p-n bimodal conduction laterally diffused metal oxide semiconductors (LDMOS). In an illustrative embodiment, a p-type source is electrically coupled to an n-type drain. A p-type drain is electrically coupled to an n-type source. An n-type layer serves as an n-type conduction channel between the n-type drain and the n-type source. A p-type top layer is disposed at the surface of the substrate of said semiconductor device and is disposed above and adjacent to the n-type layer. The p-type top layer serves as a p-type conduction channel between the p-type source and the p-type drain. An n-gate controls current flow in the n-type conduction channel, and a p-gate controls current flow in the p-type conduction channel.

[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]


High density capacitor integrated into focal plane array processing flow
Patent No. 10121912 

Inventor(s): Cari A. Ossenfort (Dallas, TX), Daniel B. Jardine (Plano, TX), Eugene E. Krueger (Allen, TX), George D. Skidmore (Richardson, TX), Kirk D. Peterson (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): DRS Network Imaging Systems, LLC (Melbourne, FL)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14519486 on 10/21/2014 (1477 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and structures of photodetectors are described. The structure may include a readout integrated circuit substrate having an internally integrated capacitor. The structure may additionally include an external capacitor overlying the readout integrated circuit substrate. The external capacitor may be coupled with the internally integrated capacitor of the readout integrated circuit substrate, and configured to operate in parallel with the internally integrated capacitor of the readout integrated circuit substrate. The structure may also include a detector overlying the external capacitor.

[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]


Surface wave antenna using graded dielectric material
Patent No. 10122078 

Inventor(s): George Zohn Hutcheson (Richardson, TX), Maurio Batista Grando (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): L-3 Communications Corporation (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Egan Peterman Enders Huston (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15143395 on 04/29/2016 (921 days app to issue)

Abstract: A surface wave antenna system is presented. The surface wave antenna system is configured to be coupled to a surface and includes an antenna and a radiation modifier. The radiation modifier includes a material having a graded dielectric constant. A final portion of the radiation modifier includes material having a dielectric constant that produces a signal phase velocity in signals emitted from the radiation modifier that is substantially equal to a phase velocity of signals on the surface.

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


Thermally stable sealed blind mate connector mounting
Patent No. 10122079 

Inventor(s): Eddie R. Bradley (Allen, TX), John W. Orem (Allen, TX), Khanh Duy Tran (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15515471 on 10/28/2015 (1105 days app to issue)

Abstract: A connector assembly for an antenna which includes an antenna cover. The connector assembly includes a connector mount with one or more connectors and a connector housing enclosing the connectors. The connector mount extends through an opening in the antenna cover with sufficient clearance to allow movement due to difference in thermal expansion between the antenna cover and the antenna structure. The assembly also includes a flexible seal structure attached to the connector mount and attachable to the antenna cover and dimensioned to enclose a portion of the connector mount extending outside the antenna cover to form a flexible weather resistant seal between the antenna cover and the connector mount while allowing movement of the connector mount relative to the antenna cover.

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


Long distance transmission of offshore power
Patent No. 10122218 

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), John Robert Ashcroft (St. Louis, MO), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH), Michael W. Miller (Rogers, AR), Stephen W. Wilson (Waxahachie, TX)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC (Italy, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15239451 on 08/17/2016 (811 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for long distance transmission of offshore generated power. A turbine is located offshore. The turbine can be mechanically coupled to a generator. A guided surface waveguide probe is electrically coupled to the generator and configured to launch a guided surface wave on a terrestrial medium.

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


Cycle skipping prevent circuit in a regulator of a DC-to-DC converter
Patent No. 10122272 

Inventor(s): Masashi Nogawa (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): Active-Semi, Inc. (, , VG)
Law Firm: Imperium Patent Works (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15859401 on 12/30/2017 (311 days app to issue)

Abstract: A DC-to-DC converter employs peak current mode control and includes a cycle skipping prevent circuit. If a latch is set, then a high side switch is turned on. A comparator receives a signal indicative of current flow and a compensated error signal. The prevent circuit supplies a delayed version of a low duty cycle, fixed frequency, oscillator signal onto the set input lead of the latch. The prevent circuit gates a high signal as output by the comparator onto the reset input lead of the latch. If the output of the comparator has, however, not transitioned high by a predetermined time, then the prevent circuit gates a high pulse onto the reset input lead. Accordingly, the prevent circuit ensures that the latch is reset once every period of the signal SET. A cycle skipping prevent circuit is also disclosed for use in a converter that employs valley current mode control.

[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]


Loop control coefficients in a buck converter
Patent No. 10122280 

Inventor(s): Ari Kalevi Vnnen (Oulu, , FI), Jussi Matti Aleksi Srkk (Oulunsalso, , FI)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15854120 on 12/26/2017 (315 days app to issue)

Abstract: A buck converter includes a high side transistor, a low side transistor, and a controller. The high side transistor is configured to, when ON, connect an inductor to an input signal. The low side transistor is configured to, when ON, connect the inductor to ground. The controller is configured to control the high side transistor and the low side transistor. The controller has a comparator that includes a first input pair that includes a first transistor, a second transistor, a third transistor, a fourth transistor, a first switch, and a second switch connected such that, when the first switch is closed and the second switch is open, a total gain of the first input pair is one relative to other input pairs and, when the second switch is closed and the first switch is open, the total gain of the first input pair is two relative to other input pairs.

[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]


Broadside-coupled transformer
Patent No. 10122328 

Inventor(s): Michael Roberg (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15477525 on 04/03/2017 (582 days app to issue)

Abstract: A broadside-coupled transformer is disclosed. The broadside-coupled transformer has a dielectric substrate with a first planar conductor disposed on the dielectric substrate. The first planar conductor includes first and second ends. A second planar conductor is positioned over and spaced apart from the first planar conductor. The second planar conductor includes third and fourth ends. The fourth end is electrically coupled to the first end of the first planar conductor to realize a Ruthroff transformer configuration. Support posts for supporting the second planar conductor over the first planar conductor each have a bottom attached to the dielectric substrate without contacting the first planar conductor and a top attached to a surface of the second planar conductor.

[H03H] IMPEDANCE NETWORKS, e.g. RESONANT CIRCUITS; RESONATORS (measuring, testing G01R; arrangements for producing a reverberation or echo sound G10K 15/08; impedance networks or resonators consisting of distributed impedances, e.g. of the waveguide type, H01P; control of amplification, e.g. bandwidth control of amplifiers, H03G; tuning resonant circuits, e.g. tuning coupled resonant circuits, H03J; networks for modifying the frequency characteristics of communication systems H04B)


Auto-bias circuit for stacked FET power amplifier
Patent No. 10122333 

Inventor(s): Michael Roberg (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15427651 on 02/08/2017 (636 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to circuitry including an auto-bias circuit for a stacked FET power amplifier. The auto-bias circuit includes a dividing circuit and an averaging circuit. The dividing circuit is configured to receive a control signal with a control voltage and provide a first pre-gate signal having a first pre-gate voltage that corresponds to a fraction of the control voltage. The averaging circuit is configured to receive the control signal and a supply signal with a supply voltage and provide a second pre-gate signal having a second pre-gate voltage that corresponds to a fraction of a sum of the control voltage and the supply voltage. The stacked power amplifier includes a first FET in series with a second FET. The first FET receives a first gate signal derived from the first pre-gate signal. The second FET receives a second gate signal derived from the second pre-gate signal.

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


Interference-immunized multiplexer
Patent No. 10122348 

Inventor(s): Gong Lei (Sunnyvale, CA), Hungyi Lee (Cupertino, CA), Liang Gu (San Jose, CA), Mamatha Deshpande (San Jose, CA), Shou-Po Shih (Cupertino, CA), Yan Duan (Ames, IA), Yen Dang (San Jose, CA), Yifan Gu (Santa Clara, CA, U
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15084918 on 03/30/2016 (951 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multiplexer comprises: an output circuit comprising a multiplexer output; and a first buffer coupled to the output circuit and comprising: a first selection input configured to receive a first selection signal; a first logical input configured to receive a first logical input signal; and a first ground; wherein the multiplexer is configured to: couple the first logical input to the multiplexer output when the first selection signal is a first value; and couple the first logical input to the first ground when the first selection signal is a second value. A method comprises: receiving a selection signal and a first logical input signal; coupling a first logical input to a multiplexer output when the selection signal is a first value; and coupling the first logical input to a ground when the selection signal is a second value.

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


Isolated phase shifted DC to DC converter with frequency synthesizer to reconstruct primary clock
Patent No. 10122367 

Inventor(s): Giovanni Frattini (Travaco” Siccomario, , IT), Maurizio Granato (Milan, , IT), Pierluigi Albertini (Gropello Cairoli, , IT), Roberto Giampiero Massolini (Via Bernardino da Feltre, , IT)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15712239 on 09/22/2017 (410 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples include isolated phase shifted dual active bridge DC to DC converters with a first bridge circuit operative according to a primary side clock signal to provide a primary voltage signal to a transformer primary winding, a second bridge circuit operative according to a secondary side clock signal to convert a secondary voltage signal from a transformer secondary winding to provide an output voltage signal, and a secondary side control circuit that alternately operates in a first mode to regulate the output voltage signal by controlling a phase shift angle between switching transitions of secondary side switching control signals and switching transitions of the secondary side clock signal, and a second mode to discontinue the secondary side switching control signals and synchronize the secondary side clock signal to transitions in the secondary voltage signal while the secondary side switching control signals are discontinued.

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


Reconfigurable calculation unit with atomic computation units and control inputs
Patent No. 10122371 

Inventor(s): Fuqiang Shi (San Jose, CA), Robert B. Staszewski (Dublin, , IE), Roman Staszewski (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15816408 on 11/17/2017 (354 days app to issue)

Abstract: A novel and useful apparatus for and method of software based phase locked loop (PLL). The software based PLL incorporates a reconfigurable calculation unit (RCU) that is optimized and programmed to sequentially perform all the atomic operations of a PLL or any other desired task in a time sharing manner. An application specific instruction-set processor (ASIP) incorporating the RCU includes an instruction set whose instructions are optimized to perform the atomic operations of a PLL. The RCU is clocked at a fast enough processor clock rate to insure that all PLL atomic operations are performed within a single PLL reference clock cycle.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for a tunable antenna
Patent No. 10122402 

Inventor(s): Daejoung Kim (San Diego, CA), Guangdong Jiang (Beijing, , CN), Navid Nader (San Diego, CA), Ping Shi (San Diego, CA), Shing Lung Steven Yang (San Diego, CA), Wee Kian Toh (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13732097 on 12/31/2012 (2136 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for tuning an antenna comprising determining an operating frequency band of the antenna, and adjusting a capacitance of a tunable load according to the operating frequency band, wherein the tunable load is electromagnetically coupled to the antenna via a parasitic arm, and wherein the operating frequency band depends on the capacitance.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Communicating via near field communications
Patent No. 10122417 

Inventor(s): Mun-Wei Low (Irving, TX), Tommy Poon (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): GOOGLE LLC (Mountain View, CA)
Law Firm: Johnson, Marcou Isaacs, LLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15807548 on 11/08/2017 (363 days app to issue)

Abstract: Communicating via near field communication (NFC) between a reader and an application on an NFC-enabled device. The device receives, from a reader, a selection of an application identifier (AID) proxy of the device. The proxy receives, from the reader, a query (including domain name) directed to the availability of an application on the device. The proxy determines whether the domain name corresponds to an AID of an application on the device by reference to a data store relating each domain name of each application to a corresponding AID. When the domain determined to correspond to an AID of an application on the device, the device transmits a response to the reader indicating the AID corresponding to the domain name. The device receives, from the reader, selection of the transmitted AID. The application corresponding to selected AID communicates with the reader in an NFC application protocol data unit communication session.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Pre-Allocating network resources for communications between a network hub and a remote terminal
Patent No. 10122439 

Inventor(s): Danny M. Fleeman (McKinney, TX), Joseph F. Thomasson (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15149609 on 05/09/2016 (911 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first device may pre-allocate network resources for multiple communications between a first device and a second device. The second device may be associated with one or more third devices. The network resources may be pre-allocated prior to the second device receiving a request for a communication, of the multiple communications, for transmission from a third device of the one or more third devices. The first device may receive an indication to allocate the network resources for the communication. The first device may allocate a portion of the network resources for the communication. The first device may cause the communication to be transmitted between the first device and the second device and between the second device and the third device. The first device may deallocate the portion of the network resources after causing the communication to be transmitted.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Base station apparatus and radio communication method for receiving information indicative of channel quality from mobile station
Patent No. 10122491 

Inventor(s): Akihiko Nishio (Osaka, , JP), Jun Cheng (Kyoto, , JP)
Assignee(s): Optis Wireless Technology, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15613794 on 06/05/2017 (519 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless communication method and apparatus are provided for selecting quality-reporting sub-carrier bands based on sub-carrier band quantity information received from a base station. The method includes generally four steps. First, from a base station, information indicating quantity of sub-carrier bands is acquired. Second, channel quality of each of a plurality of sub-carrier bands within a communication band is measured from a received signal. Third, sub-carrier bands are selected from the plurality of sub-carrier bands, wherein quantity of the selected sub-carrier bands corresponds to the quantity of sub-carrier bands indicated by the acquired information. Fourth, information indicating channel quality of the selected sub-carrier bands is reported to the base station.

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


Timing correction in a communication system
Patent No. 10122524 

Inventor(s): Anant Shankar Kamath (Plano, TX), Divyasree J. (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15899658 on 02/20/2018 (259 days app to issue)

Abstract: One example includes a communication system. The system includes a data transmitter configured to generate a digital communication signal and a data receiver configured to receive the digital communication signal. The system also includes a pulse-width distortion (PWD) correction circuit arranged between the data transmitter and the data receiver and being configured to adjust at least one timing parameter associated with the communication signal.

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


Detecting poor performing devices
Patent No. 10122597 

Inventor(s): Steven D. Miller (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Cellco Partnership (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14062369 on 10/24/2013 (1839 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device is configured to determine a set of performance indicators associated with a base station and a set of user devices, and determine that a quantity of the set of user devices does not exceed a threshold. The device is configured to receive performance information based on the set of performance indicators, and store the performance information based on determining that the quantity of the set of user devices does not exceed the threshold. The device is configured to determine a performance problem, associated with the base station, based on the performance information, and determine that a user device, of the set of user devices, is associated with the performance problem. The device is configured to provide information that identifies the user device.

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


Exchanging application metadata for application context aware service insertion in service function chain
Patent No. 10122622 

Inventor(s): Hong Zhang (Palo Alto, CA), Xiaobo Wang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14725222 on 05/29/2015 (1257 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented by a network element (NE), comprising receiving a classification message comprising a classification rule for identifying a service function chain (SFC) in a network, wherein the SFC comprises an ordered set of service functions (SFs) that provides services to an application, and a dynamic application-specific contextual data associated with an operation of the application, receiving a first of a plurality of application data packets, determining that the first of the application data packets matches the classification rule, generating a first SFC packet by adding the dynamic application-specific contextual data to the first of the application data packets according to the classification rule to enable communication of the dynamic application-specific contextual data to at least one of the SFs in the SFC, and sending the first SFC packet towards a next NE according to an SF path in the network associated with the SFC.

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


Secure communications methods for use with entrepreneurial prediction systems and methods
Patent No. 10122711 

Inventor(s): Craig M. Allen (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Kountable, Inc. (Greenbrae, CA)
Law Firm: Carr Ferrell LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14835671 on 08/25/2015 (1169 days app to issue)

Abstract: Secure communications methods for use with entrepreneurial prediction systems and methods are provided herein. An example method can include a two factor authentication of both a communications channel used by the entrepreneur (either by device or message attributes) and an identification of an identity of the entrepreneur from biometric parameters. This allows for secure communication with an entrepreneur when the entrepreneur is communicating from a geographical location of low trust, such as where device or identity theft is common.

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


Displaying information about files stored in a plurality of storage devices
Patent No. 10122840 

Inventor(s): Sivaraj Velusamy (Erode, , IN), Sreeram Rajagopalan (Sunnyvale, CA), Vithya Kannappan (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15961504 on 04/24/2018 (196 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile device with a unified media-centric user interface is provided. In one embodiment, the user interface contains one or more of the following features: a unified view of the home screen, navigating between various storage locations, dragging items to collection/folder, pinch and zoom feature, stats shown for each file type, storage usage view from the app, manual and automatic backup, and magic move (keeping a low-resolution version of the original files while moving). Other embodiments are possible, and each of the embodiments can be used alone or together in combination.

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


Device for generating a resource distribution document with physical authentication markers
Patent No. 10122889 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15588801 on 05/08/2017 (547 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the invention are directed to a device that physically imprints a paper resource distribution document for verification and authenticity purposes. In this way, the device links to a user network and associates with resource distributions available for the user. Upon authorization of the user into the device, the device may receive input from a user, including an amount for the paper resource distribution document. Upon receiving the information from the user, the device activates and prints a resource distribution document with at least a portion of the paper resource distribution document printed with dimpled or embossed characters. As such, the dimpled or embossed character recognition at distribution of the resource distribution document confirms the paper resource distribution document”s authenticity.

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


Methods and systems for encoding pictures associated with video data
Patent No. 10123017 

Inventor(s): Manoj Koul (Bangalore, , IN), Naveen Srinivasamurthy (Bangalore, , IN), Soyeb Nagori (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14992962 on 01/11/2016 (1030 days app to issue)

Abstract: Several methods and systems for encoding pictures associated with video data are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method includes determining by a processing module, whether a picture is to be encoded based on at least one of a skip assessment associated with the picture and an encoding status of a pre-selected number of pictures preceding the picture in an encoding sequence. The method further includes encoding by the processing module, a plurality of rows of video data associated with the picture upon determining that the picture is to be encoded, wherein the plurality of rows are encoded based on a pre-selected maximum encoded picture size.

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


Acceleration of bypass binary symbol processing in video coding
Patent No. 10123053 

Inventor(s): Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX), Vivienne Sze (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13478899 on 05/23/2012 (2358 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for encoding a video sequence in a video encoder to generate a compressed video bit stream is provided that includes binarizing a plurality of syntax elements, wherein each binarized syntax element comprises a string of one or more binary symbols (bins), wherein a bin is one selected from a context-coded bin and bypass bin, encoding the context-coded bins of the binarized syntax elements using binary arithmetic encoding, and adding the bypass bins of the binarized syntax elements to the compressed video bit stream with no encoding.

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


Set-top box with interactive portal and system and method for use of same
Patent No. 10123056 

Inventor(s): Edward H. Wolfe (Plano, TX), Thomas R. Miller (Plano, TX), Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15824766 on 11/28/2017 (343 days app to issue)

Abstract: A set-top box with an interactive portal and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the set-top box, the set-top box is deployed to provide an interactive portal in a hospitality establishment having multiple rooms, such as a hotel. The set-top box is associated with a room and includes a housing that secures a television input, a television output, a processor, a transceiver, and memory therein in an interconnected bus architecture. The set-top box generates a guest interactive portal as well as a housekeeping interactive portal for a guest and housekeeper, respectively. Each of the portals provides relevant feedback on the condition of the room to a server associated with the hotel.

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


Brownout response
Patent No. 10123114 

Inventor(s): Mukund Navada (Bangalore, , IN), Nageswara Rao (Bangalore, , IN), Pradeep Chandar Chandramouli (Tamil Nadu, , IN), Prateek Jain (Chandigarh, , IN), Uttam Kumar Agarwal (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15643614 on 07/07/2017 (487 days app to issue)

Abstract: Brownout management for an audio amplification system. An audio amplification system includes audio volume control circuitry, audio sample interpolation circuitry, and brownout management circuitry. The brownout management circuitry includes brownout detection circuitry and brownout response circuitry. The brownout detection circuitry is configured to determine whether a voltage of a battery that powers the audio amplification system is below a brownout threshold, and to generate a brownout detection signal that indicates the voltage is below the brownout threshold. The brownout response circuitry is coupled to an audio output of the audio sample interpolation circuitry. The brownout response circuitry is configured to attenuate the audio samples output by the audio sample interpolation circuitry responsive to the brownout detection signal indicating that the voltage is below the brownout threshold.

[H03G] CONTROL OF AMPLIFICATION (impedance networks, e.g. attenuators, H03H; control of transmission in lines H04B 3/04)


Wireless device and methods for use in a paging network
Patent No. 10123161 

Inventor(s): Robert M. Kennard (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): THL Holding Company, LLC (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Garlick Markison (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15910654 on 03/02/2018 (249 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless device includes a user interface that generates a pairing signal in response to an indication from a user to pair the wireless device to at least one remote device and generates a first location request signal in response to a second indication from a user to locate the at least one remote device. A short-range wireless transceiver communicates RF signals to pair the wireless device to the at least one remote device and that transmits a first RF paging signal to the at least one remote device in response to the location request signal.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for providing supplemental assistance
Patent No. 10123198 

Inventor(s): Gregory Harp (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: King Spalding LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15437172 on 02/20/2017 (624 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controller for use in a supplemental response system can include an initiation module that receives a communication from a primary response system. The controller can also include an interpretation module that receives the communication from the initiation module and that interprets the communication to determine a description of attention required by the source. The controller can further include a locating module that identifies a target region based on the first location of the source, and that identifies the supplemental responding entity at a second location within the target region based on the description of the attention required by the source. The controller can also include a communication module that transmits a request to a communication system of the supplemental responding entity at the second location within the target region.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Self configuration and optimization of cell neighbors in wireless telecommunications
Patent No. 10123244 

Inventor(s): Harald Kallin (Sollentuna, , SE), Johan Moe (Mantorp, , SE)
Assignee(s): Unwired Planet, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15486515 on 04/13/2017 (572 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile terminal assists in the updating of a neighbor cell list associated with a first cell of a wireless telecommunications network. The list comprises elements that identify other cells that have a neighbor cell relationship with the first cell. The mobile terminal comprises a radio transceiver; and a controller coupled to the radio transceiver.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Determining a core network gateway based on a tracking area or a cell of a user device
Patent No. 10123245 

Inventor(s): Sudhakar Reddy Patil (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent ad Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15070431 on 03/15/2016 (966 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device may receive relationship information indicating a relationship between first geographic information and a network gateway. The network gateway may be associated with providing a user device with access to a network. The device may store the relationship information. The device may receive, from the user device and via a base station, second geographic information indicating a tracking area in which the user device is located. The device may identify one or more network gateways, associated with the second geographic information, based on the second geographic information and the relationship information. The device may provide, to the user device, one or more device identifiers associated with the one or more network gateways to permit the user device to access the network via the one or more network gateways. The one or more device identifiers may be provided in association with a non-access stratum message.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Transmission of information in a wireless communication system
Patent No. 10123310 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX), Sean Michael McBeath (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15458803 on 03/14/2017 (602 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for the transmission of information in a wireless communication system are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method for the transmission of information in a wireless communication system comprises receiving a downlink message, wherein the downlink message includes a first control channel element; determining a first index using the location of the first control channel element; determining a second index; determining a first orthogonal resource using the first index; determining a second orthogonal resource using the second index; spreading an uplink message using the first orthogonal resource to form a first spread signal; spreading the uplink message using a second orthogonal resource to form a second spread signal; transmitting the first spread signal using a first antenna; and transmitting the second spread signal using a second antenna.

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


Random access method and apparatus of UE in mobile communication system
Patent No. 10123312 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: Jefferson IP Law, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15790675 on 10/23/2017 (379 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and an apparatus for performing random access and uplink transmission of a User Equipment (UE) supporting Carrier Aggregation (CA) are provided. The method includes determining whether a Scheduling Request (SR) is pending, determining, when the SR is pending, whether an uplink transmission resource is available in a current Transmission Time Interval (TTI), determining, when the uplink transmission resource is not available, whether a Physical Uplink Control Channel (PUCCH) resource is configured for transmission of the SR, and initiating, when the PUCCH resource is not configured, a random access process in a primary cell. The random access method and apparatus of the present invention is advantageous to reduce the waste of transmission resources.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus of activating/deactivating secondary carriers in mobile communication system using carrier aggregation
Patent No. 10123314 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: Jefferson IP Law, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14851565 on 09/11/2015 (1152 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for activating/deactivating secondary carriers of a User Equipment (UE) in a mobile communication system supporting carrier aggregation is provided. The method comprises, receiving a control message including an activation/deactivation Control Element (CE) in a first sub-frame from a Base station, identifying an activation command or a deactivation command of at least one secondary carrier based on the control message, determining whether a current sub-frame is a second sub-frame or not, performing at least one first operation for the at least one secondary carrier in a second sub-frame, and performing, when the activation/deactivation CE indicates deactivation of the at least one secondary carrier, at least one second operation for the at least one secondary carrier no later than the second sub-frame.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Decoding control information received over a control channel
Patent No. 10123321 

Inventor(s): Dae Won Lee (Anyang-si, , KR), Dong Wook Roh (Anyang-si, , KR), Joon Kui Ahn (Anyang-si, , KR), Jung Hoon Lee (Anyang-si, , KR), Ki Jun Kim (Anyang-si, , KR), Yu Jin Noh (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: 15730783 on 10/12/2017 (390 days app to issue)

Abstract: A User Equipment (UE) receives a Physical Downlink Control Channel (PDCCH) at subframe k and decodes at the subframe k a set of PDCCH candidates including L control channel elements (CCEs). The L CCEs are contiguously located from a position given by using a variable of Y[subscript]k [/subscript]and a modulo (N/L) operation, where N represents a total number of CCEs in the subframe k, Y[subscript]k [/subscript]is defined by Y[subscript]k[/subscript]=(A*Y[subscript]k1[/subscript])mod D, and A and D are predetermined constant values. When k=0, Y[subscript]1 [/subscript]is determined based on a UE identifier having 16-bits.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Methods to enable efficient wideband operations in local area networks using OFDMA
Patent No. 10123330 

Inventor(s): Rakesh Taori (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15192974 on 06/24/2016 (865 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating an access point (AP) in a wireless local area network (WLAN). The method comprises identifying a bandwidth of an orthogonal frequency division multiple access physical protocol data unit (OFDMA PPDU) by at least one of a primary channel or at least one secondary channel, and nulling a plurality of tones of OFDMA PPDU for the at least one secondary channel sensed busy. The method further comprises transmitting, to a station (STA), a bandwidth signaling sub-field in high efficiency signal-A (HE-SIG-A) field included in a high efficiency multi-user PPDU (HE MU PPDU) indicating availability of at least one content channel, wherein the at least one content channel of high efficiency signal-B (HE-SIG-B) field on the downlink signal including a primary channel and one or more secondary channels that comprise a plurality of OFDMA PPDUs.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Using a temporary default bearer for a packet data network session
Patent No. 10123374 

Inventor(s): Niranjan B. Avula (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14847327 on 09/08/2015 (1155 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device may receive a request to establish a packet data network (PDN) session for a user device. The device may provide a first instruction to establish the PDN session for the user device with a temporary default bearer based on receiving the request. The temporary default bearer may be maintained for less than a duration of the PDN session. The device may receive an indication to release the temporary default bearer after providing the first instruction to establish the PDN session. The device may provide a second instruction to release the temporary default bearer and maintain one or more signaling sessions associated with the PDN session based on receiving the indication to release the temporary default bearer. The one or more signaling sessions, associated with the PDN session, may be maintained after the temporary default bearer has been released.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DESIGN PATENTS

Toilet paper holder with device shelf
Patent No. D832610 

Inventor(s): Brad T. Bush (Haslet, TX), Brian F. Abbott (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Dobbin IP Law P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29584828 on 11/17/2016 (719 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Desk
Patent No. D832623 

Inventor(s): Daniel G. Flaherty (Irving, TX), David Patton (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Varidesk, LLC (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Venable LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29603055 on 05/05/2017 (550 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Wedge for tile installation device
Patent No. D832680 

Inventor(s): Clinton D. Bunch (Sunnyvale, TX), Joshua A. Bunch (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29595790 on 03/02/2017 (614 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Interbody fusion implant
Patent No. D833012 

Inventor(s): Jason Tinley (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): HD LifeSciences LLC (Woburn, MA)
Law Firm: Law Offices of Daniel A. Tesler, LLC (Local + 295 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29613157 on 08/08/2017 (455 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Flashlight
Patent No. D833050 

Inventor(s): Jimmy Prieto (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): Alliance Sports Group, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: Thorpe North Western LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29580447 on 10/10/2016 (757 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Lamp
Patent No. D833058 

Inventor(s): Donald Keith Smith (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29580532 on 10/11/2016 (756 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Lamp
Patent No. D833059 

Inventor(s): Donald Keith Smith (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29589795 on 01/04/2017 (671 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Lighting module locking endcap
Patent No. D833061 

Inventor(s): Ashish Antony (Anna, TX), Jordon Musser (Dallas, TX), Kevin Emr (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Flex Ltd. (Singapore, , SG)
Law Firm: Carter, DeLuca, Farrell Schmidt, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29613372 on 08/09/2017 (454 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Spatula for cosmetics
Patent No. D833066 

Inventor(s): Karen Cooney (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Seed Intellectual Property Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29601168 on 04/19/2017 (566 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Litter scoop
Patent No. D833090 

Inventor(s): David Veness (Fort Worth, TX), Sarah Leick (Farmers Branch, TX), Sunil Pinto (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29629489 on 12/13/2017 (328 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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