Dallas Invents: 133 Patents Granted for Week of Dec. 3

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

Patents granted include:
•  Golf Tailor's arm positioning aid for golf swing training
•  Harman Professional's gesture-based control application for data sharing
•  Textron's blockchain airspace management for air taxi services
•  Hemply Yours' topical moisturizing composition
•  LDR Medical's intervertebral disc prosthesis
•  Futurewei's motion-based music recommendation for mobile devices

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of Dec. 3, 2019 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

133 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 Inc (Dallas) 20
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 11
Bell Helicopter Textron (Fort Worth) 3
Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson) 3
Rug Doctor LLC (Plano) 3
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 3

UNASSIGNED 6


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison) 3
Christopher Terpstra (Frisco) 3
Jan Valentic (Plano) 3
Young-Han Nam (Plano) 3
Adam Joseph Fruehling (Garland) 2
Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

120 days
Method and apparatus for channel state information (CSI) reporting
Patent No. 10498414
Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si,KR)
Inventors: Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell), Young-Han Nam (Plano)

3,056 days
System and method for optimizing healthcare remittance processing
Patent No. 1049707
Assignee: Systemware Inc. (Addison)
Inventor: Andrea Chiappe (Dallas) 


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UTILITY PATENTS

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Image guided intravascular therapy catheter utilizing a thin chip multiplexor
Patent No. 10492760 

Inventor(s): Andreas Hadjicostis (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Timothy E. Siegel Patent Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16259740 on 01/28/2019 (309 days app to issue)

Abstract: A medical device that includes an array of ultrasound elements and an integrated circuit, proximal to the ultrasound elements, having a thickness of less than 40 m, and having an array of ultrasound element driving-and-receiving contacts, matching the array of ultrasound elements and collectively electrically connected to each of the ultrasound elements. The integrated circuit also having a set of input-output signal contacts, the set being collectively switchable into contact with any one of a set of predefined blocks of driving-and-receiving contacts, and a set of control contacts, wherein inputs received by the control contacts collectively command some aspect of chip operation. The medical device further includes a set a protective covering.

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


Power driven surgical tool
Patent No. 10492801 

Inventor(s): Brian R. Conroy (Addison, TX), Charles R. Forton (Frisco, TX), Dan Davison (Addison, TX), Eric Mickelson (Addison, TX), Gregg Prisco (Addison, TX), Jason Barber (Addison, TX), Mario Gonzalez (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15270875 on 09/20/2016 (1169 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power-driven surgical tool that includes an elongated housing having a fin member aligned substantially parallel with the longitudinal axis of such elongated housing. The tool is power-driven and enables the attachment of either a drill bit or a screwdriver bit. The configuration is such as to provide maximum comfort and a visualization of the target area for the surgeon.

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


Medical spatial orientation system
Patent No. 10492873 

Inventor(s): Joshua Anderson (Keller, TX), Paul Hallen (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Novartis AG (Basel, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15724948 on 10/04/2017 (790 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for medical spatial orientation is disclosed including a robotic arm; an image sensor coupled to the robotic arm; a visualization headset; and a computing subsystem coupled to the robotic arm and the visualization headset. The computing subsystem includes a processor; a non-transitory machine-readable medium communicatively coupled to the processor; and instructions stored on the non-transitory machine-readable medium that, when loaded and executed by the processor, cause the processor to create a first image of a first portion of a surgical field at an image sensor coupled to the robotic arm; detect a movement of a visualization headset indicating a second portion of the surgical field; determine a movement of the robotic arm to position the image sensor at the second portion of the surgical field; move, based on the determination, the robotic arm; and create a second image of the second portion of the surgical field.

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


Intervertebral disc prosthesis
Patent No. 10492919 

Inventor(s): Ralph Rashbaum (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): LDR Medical (Rosieres Pres Troyes, , FR)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15464639 on 03/21/2017 (987 days app to issue)

Abstract: An intervertebral disc prosthesis is disclosed comprising at least two plates, namely first and second plates, articulated about each other by means of a curved surface, namely articulation, of at least one of the plates, each of the plates comprising a surface known as a contact surface, intended to be in contact with a vertebral plate of one of the vertebrae between which the prosthesis is intended to be inserted, this contact surface for each of the plates comprising a geometrical centre at equal distance from at least two diametrically opposite points located on the periphery of the plate, in which the geometric centres of the plates are not vertically aligned, this off-setting of the geometrical centres of the plates engendering an off-setting of the edges of the plates in at least one direction perpendicular to the vertical axis of the spinal column.

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


Ophthalmic laser treatment system and method
Patent No. 10492955 

Inventor(s): Josef F. Bille (Heidelberg, , DE), Raymond Kenneth Alley (Irvine, CA), Ruth Sahler (Irvine, CA)
Assignee(s): PERFECT IP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16221060 on 12/14/2018 (354 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ophthalmic laser treatment system and method providing for a liquid optical interface (LOI) with a patient eye surface (PES) using an elliptical ocular suction ring (OSR) is disclosed. A disposable ocular patient interface (OPI) provides for simultaneous differential vacuum mating of the PES, OSR, OPI, and an optical window retainer (OWR). The PES, OSR, OPI, and OWR form an enclosed volume in which liquid may be interjected to cover the PES during laser treatment. A vacuum suction pump (VSP) provides controlled vacuum to the OPI ensuring proper differential vacuum mating (DVM) between the PES, OSR, OPI, and OWR during laser treatment. The OWR connects to a laser objective bracket (LOB) via an ocular force sensor (OFS) and an optical separator bracket (OSB). The OFS senses applied pressure to the PES and provides data to a computerized control device (CCD) that limits applied pressure to the PES during laser treatment.

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


Drug cassette, autoinjector, and autoinjector system
Patent No. 10492990 

Inventor(s): Gordon Johnston (Dallas, TX), Neal D. Johnston (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): AMGEN INC. (Thousand Oaks, CA)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14777255 on 03/14/2014 (2090 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cassette for use with an injector has a housing, and a cassette identification arrangement (cassette ID) defining a code containing information about the cassette that is detectable and decipherable by an injector. The cassette may further have a sleeve movably disposed within the housing, for holding a drug container, and a locking arrangement for interlocking the sleeve with the housing. The cassette may further have an aperture in the housing, and a cassette cap for removing a needle shield of the drug container. The cassette may have an anti-bending structure to prevent bending or flexing of the cassette cap. The injector may have a processor for controlling operational parameters of the injector and a detector communicatively coupled with the processor for detecting and communicating the cassette ID to the microprocessor to decipher the code defined therein. Also, a method of injecting a drug into a patient with an injector, wherein the sequence of actions performed by the user are controlled. Still further, a method of treating a patient in need thereof wherein a cassette containing a drug is provided and administered to the patient using an injector.

[A61J] CONTAINERS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR MEDICAL OR PHARMACEUTICAL PURPOSES; DEVICES OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR BRINGING PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS INTO PARTICULAR PHYSICAL OR ADMINISTERING FORMS; DEVICES FOR ADMINISTERING FOOD OR MEDICINES ORALLY; BABY COMFORTERS; DEVICES FOR RECEIVING SPITTLE


Topical moisturizing composition
Patent No. 10493018 

Inventor(s): Kimberly M. Lincoln (Tucson, AZ)
Assignee(s): Hemply Yours, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15684217 on 08/23/2017 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a first aspect, there is provided a topical composition for moisturizing the skin, including a hemp seed oil from about 70 percent to about 85 percent; and a pomegranate seed oil from greater than zero to about 10 percent. In a second aspect, there is provided a topical composition for the body, including a hemp seed oil from about 70 percent to about 90 percent; a pomegranate seed oil from about 1 percent to about 10 percent; and an essential oil from about 1 percent to about 5 percent. In other aspects, there are methods for treating various physical conditions. In some aspects, there are topical compositions for hair, beard, after-shave, sunscreen, lip moisturizer, and insect repellant.

[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 and method for filling containers with fluids and sealing the filled containers
Patent No. 10493370 

Inventor(s): Joshua Malone (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Tinnus Enterprises, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15188702 on 06/21/2016 (1260 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus for simultaneously filling balloons with water generally includes a fitting and at least three branch assemblies coupled to the fitting. The fitting includes an inlet and at least three outlets. Each branch assembly includes a tube, a balloon, an elastic ring, and a plurality of colloid particles disposed within the balloon. For each branch assembly, the tube extends from its respective fitting at a respective one of the at least three outlets; the balloon has a neck defining an opening through which an end of the tube is inserted; and the elastic ring. Each elastic ring compresses the neck of the balloon around the end of the tube. The elastic ring is configured to restrict detachment of the balloon from the tube and to automatically seal the opening of the balloon upon detachment of the balloon from the tube. The restriction of the elastic ring is limited such that the balloon, if filled with a sufficient amount of water, is detachable by gravity or by gravity combined with a manually applied acceleration of the tube. The plurality of colloid particles, if suspended within water, are capable of plugging a hole 500 microns wide or less that would otherwise permit water to leak from the balloon.

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


Motion-based music recommendation for mobile devices
Patent No. 10496700 

Inventor(s): Chia-Chin Chong (Palo Alto, CA), Jianyu Zhang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15250347 on 08/29/2016 (1191 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method comprising acquiring a plurality of measurements from at least one sensor in a mobile device, determining an activity classification of a user of the mobile device based on the plurality of measurements, acquiring an audio file for the mobile device, wherein the audio file is selected based on the activity classification, and playing the audio file by the mobile device.

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


Device and method of characterizing motion
Patent No. 10496877 

Inventor(s): Davide Giacalone (San Gregorio di Catania, , IT), Sankalp Dayal (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15458755 on 03/14/2017 (994 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, a device may include a first sensor configured to generate first sensor data during a first time period and a second time period; a second sensor configured to be disabled during the first time period, the second sensor further being configured to generate second sensor data during the second time period; and a processor configured to determine a characteristic of the first sensor data during the first time period. The device may further include a classifying circuit configured to determine, during the first time period, whether the device has changed state based on the characteristic of the first sensor data, the classifying circuit further being configured to cause the second sensor to be enabled in response to a change in a state of the device.

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


Weedless fishing lure jig with offset bait
Patent No. 10492478 

Inventor(s): Steve Parks (Burleson, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15291753 on 10/12/2016 (1147 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fishing lure has a jig, a skirt and a bait. The jig has a jig head, with a hook extending from the jig head. A skirt anchor extends from the jig head toward the point of the hook point along an imaginary line, so as to be offset from the shank of the hook. A skirt is coupled to the skirt anchor. A bait keeper is pivotally coupled to the skirt anchor. The flexible bait is rigged in a weedless configuration, with one end of the bait coupled to the bait keeper and the other end receiving the hook point. The skirt is coupled to the skirt anchor so that the skirt streamers extend adjacent to the bait when the lure is retrieved in water. When a fish bites the lure, the first end portion of the bait body flexes away from the imaginary line for engaging the hook point into the fish to allow the hook to more easily penetrate into the fish.

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


Closure mechanism for jewelry
Patent No. 10492575 

Inventor(s): Felix Chen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): PAJ, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Ostrolenk Faber LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16036564 on 07/16/2018 (505 days app to issue)

Abstract: A jewelry clasp includes a lower arm and an upper arm that are hingedly joined to each other at one respective ends thereof. A locking pin is provided adjacent a second end of the upper arm and the locking pin extends toward the respective second end of the lower arm and locked inside a locking receptacle formed adjacent a second distal end of the lower arm. The locking receptacle contains two spring wires that extend transversely to the direction of the locking receptacle, the spring wires being spaced from each other at a distance slightly smaller than the diametrical size of a pin head of the locking pin. The clasp can be used as a general jewelry closure device. [A44C] JEWELLERY; BRACELETS; OTHER PERSONAL ADORNMENTS; COINS


 

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

Method for loading pellets
Patent No. 10493417 

Inventor(s): Clifford L Johns (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Tubemaster, Inc. (Louisville, KY)
Law Firm: Duncan Galloway Egan Greenwald PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15955761 on 04/18/2018 (594 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for loading pellets into receptacles having an open top end and a bottom end uses a pressurized fluid injected through injector tubing to form virtual blankets at a plurality of elevations inside the receptacle to reduce the acceleration of the falling pellets in order to provide gentle loading of the pellets.

[B01J] CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROCESSES, e.g. CATALYSIS, COLLOID CHEMISTRY; THEIR RELEVANT APPARATUS (processes or apparatus for specific applications, see the relevant places for these processes or apparatus, e.g. F26B 3/08) [2]


Devices and methods for forming bow springs of one-piece centralizers
Patent No. 10493515 

Inventor(s): Charles Carroll (Millsap, TX), Eugene Edward Miller (Weatherford, TX), Everette H. Johnston (Perrin, TX)
Assignee(s): INNOVEX DOWNHOLE SOLUTIONS, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: MH2 Technology Law Group LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14707845 on 05/08/2015 (1670 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device for forming bow springs in a one-piece centralizer includes a swing arm that is configured to receive the one-piece centralizer. The device and process using the device include mechanically applying, with a press, an external load onto an un-formed bow spring positioned on a form of the swing arm. When the load is applied with the device, the un-formed centralizer is forced downward to allow the bow spring to take the desired form/shape/geometry, length, and height of a formed bow spring.

[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)


Ergonomic welding torch handle with interchangeable grips
Patent No. 10493554 

Inventor(s): Glenn Redding (Flower Mound, TX), Jonathan A. Daniels (Denton, TX), Ross Fleischmann (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): Victor Equipment Company (Denton, TX)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15459541 on 03/15/2017 (993 days app to issue)

Abstract: A handle assembly includes a housing and an interchangeable saddle for customizing a geometrical grip of the handle. In one form, the housing includes an attachment feature and the interchangeable saddle includes a mating attachment feature to allow for the interchangeable saddle to be removably secured to an upper surface of the housing. Each interchangeable saddle defines a customized geometrical grip.

[B23K] SOLDERING OR UNSOLDERING; WELDING; CLADDING OR PLATING BY SOLDERING OR WELDING; CUTTING BY APPLYING HEAT LOCALLY, e.g. FLAME CUTTING; WORKING BY LASER BEAM (making metal-coated products by extruding metal B21C 23/22; building up linings or coverings by casting B22D 19/08; casting by dipping B22D 23/04; manufacture of composite layers by sintering metal powder B22F 7/00; arrangements on machine tools for copying or controlling B23Q; covering metals or covering materials with metals, not otherwise provided for C23C; burners F23D)


Fluid ejection device and printhead
Patent No. 10493758 

Inventor(s): Carlo Luigi Prelini (Seveso, , IT), Domenico Giusti (Monza, , IT), Marco Ferrera (Concorezzo, , IT), 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: 15884186 on 01/30/2018 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: Ejection device for fluid, comprising a solid body including: first semiconductor body including a chamber for containing the fluid, an ejection nozzle in fluid connection with the chamber, and an actuator operatively connected to the chamber to generate, in use, one or more pressure waves in the fluid such as to cause ejection of the fluid from the ejection nozzle; and a second semiconductor body including a channel for feeding the fluid to the chamber, coupled to the first semiconductor body, in such a way that the channel is in fluid connection with the chamber. The second semiconductor body integrates a damping cavity over which extends a damping membrane, the damping cavity and the damping membrane extending laterally to the channel for feeding the fluid.

[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)


Operational mode change based on vehicle occupancy for an autonomous vehicle
Patent No. 10493957 

Inventor(s): Christopher T. Tarte (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: 15240149 on 08/18/2016 (1202 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided is a device and method for applying a control state based on vehicle occupancy of an autonomous vehicle. The method includes sensing an identification parameter for each of a set of initial vehicle occupants. The method prioritizes the vehicle authority level for the each vehicle occupant of the set of initial vehicle occupants, and producing an initial vehicle control priority among the set of initial vehicle occupants. Based on the initial vehicle control priority, applying the vehicle control state parameter to an autonomous vehicle operational mode. The method, when a vehicle occupancy change event occurs, senses an identification parameter for each vehicle occupant of a set of subsequent vehicle occupants. The method continues by prioritizing the vehicle authority level for the each vehicle occupant of the set of subsequent vehicle occupants and producing a subsequent vehicle control priority among the set of subsequent vehicle occupants. Based on the subsequent vehicle control priority, the method proceeds by replacing the vehicle control state parameter to the autonomous vehicle operational mode.

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


Truck bed height extension assemblies and pickup trucks having the same
Patent No. 10494037 

Inventor(s): Clinton J. Williams (Saline, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineerig Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15865932 on 01/09/2018 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: A truck bed height extension assembly for a pickup truck includes a truck bed and a pair of side panels. The truck bed includes a floor and a pair of spaced apart sidewalls. Each of the pair of spaced apart sidewalls includes an exterior wall, an opposite interior wall, and an elongated cavity positioned between the exterior wall and the interior wall of each of the pair of sidewalls. The pair of side panels are linearly displaceable in a vehicle vertical direction between a retracted position and an extended position. In the retracted position, each of the pair of side panels are positioned within the elongated cavity defined in each of the pair of sidewalls. In the extended position, each of the pair of side panels are positioned to extended at least partially outside of the elongated cavity of each of the pair of sidewalls.

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


Rotor hub with structural reinforcements
Patent No. 10494090 

Inventor(s): Andrew Paul Haldeman (Fort Worth, TX), Andrew Ryan Maresh (Hurst, TX), Drew A. Sutton (Georgetown, KY), Frank B. Stamps (Colleyville, TX), Gary Miller (North Richland Hills, TX), Jason C. Owens (Lewisville, TX), John R. M
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15699677 on 09/08/2017 (816 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a rotor hub comprises a hub plate, a yoke for attaching a plurality of rotor blades, a plurality of yoke support bearings, and a plurality of cushioned damper bearings for attaching a plurality of dampers.

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


Hub bolt supported inboard bearing assemblies
Patent No. 10494091 

Inventor(s): Amarjit Olenchery Kizhakkepat (Fort Worth, TX), Frank Bradley Stamps (Colleyville, TX), John Richard McCullough (Weatherford, TX), Robert Patrick Wardlaw (Keller, TX), Tyler Wayne Baldwin (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15990625 on 05/26/2018 (556 days app to issue)

Abstract: A proprotor system for a tiltrotor aircraft having helicopter and airplane flight modes includes a yoke having a plurality of blade arms each having an inboard pocket. Each of a plurality of bearing assemblies is disposed at least partially within one of the inboard pockets with each bearing assembly including a bearing cage, a shear bearing and a centrifugal force bearing. Each of a plurality of inboard beams is disposed at least partially between one of the centrifugal force bearings and one of the shear bearings. Each of a plurality of proprotor blades is coupled to one of the inboard beams. Hub bolts couple each of the bearing cages to the yoke such that the hub bolts provide centrifugal force load paths between the bearing assemblies and the yoke inboard of the inboard pockets.

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


Hybrid powered unmanned aircraft system
Patent No. 10494095 

Inventor(s): Daniel Bryan Robertson (Fort Worth, TX), Kirk Landon Groninga (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15680501 on 08/18/2017 (837 days app to issue)

Abstract: An unmanned aircraft system has a vertical takeoff and landing flight mode and a forward flight mode. The unmanned aircraft system includes an airframe, a rotor assembly rotatably coupled to the airframe and a propeller rotatably coupled to the airframe. The rotor assembly including at least two rotor blades having tip jets that are operably associated with a compressed gas power system. The propeller is operably associated with an electric power system. In the vertical takeoff and landing flight mode, compressed gas from the compressed gas power system is discharged through the tip jets to rotate the rotor assembly and generate vertical lift. In the forward flight mode, the electric power system drives the propeller to generate forward thrust and autorotation of the rotor assembly generates vertical lift.

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


Aircraft seat device
Patent No. 10494104 

Inventor(s): Martin Roderwald (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH Co. KG (Schwaebisch Hall, , DE)
Law Firm: Posz Law Group, PLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16076018 on 02/16/2017 (1020 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aircraft seat device with at least one support beam, which is configured to realize at least part of a mounting unit of an aircraft seat. In at least one partial region, viewed in a circumferential direction of the support beam, the at least one support beam has a changing wall thickness.

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


Method and apparatus for applying a label to a spool or reel
Patent No. 10494130 

Inventor(s): Clifton S. Thompson (Lucas, TX), William T. Bigbee, Jr. (Melissa, TX)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15441954 on 02/24/2017 (1012 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for applying a label to a spool or reel containing wire and a wire tail extending from the spool or reel, the apparatus including a gripping mechanism, wherein the gripping mechanism engages and rotates the spool or reel, a wire tail sensor coupled to the gripping mechanism, wherein the wire tail sensor identifies the location of the wire tail protruding from the spool or reel, and a label application mechanism, wherein the labeling mechanism applies a label to the spool or reel and wherein the label does not contact the wire tail protruding from the spool or reel.

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


Remote loading dock authorization systems and methods
Patent No. 10494205 

Inventor(s): Daryl Day (Frisco, TX), Richard K. Hoofard (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems AB (Landskrona, , SE)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16212320 on 12/06/2018 (362 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring components of a loading dock station that implement a remote monitoring and authorization system are disclosed. The systems and methods can provide information regarding the status of various components of the loading dock station to a remote monitoring and authorization control unit, where a supervisor or the like is capable of reviewing real time information regarding the status of the components and progress through and adherence to a workflow protocol. The systems and methods can also provide for authorization requests to be sent to the remote monitoring and authorization control unit, such as requests to override certain components of the docking station. The user at the remote monitoring and authorization control unit can then grant or deny requests based on status information and other data provided at the remote monitoring and authorization control unit.

[B65G] TRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS (packaging B65B; handling thin or filamentary materials, e.g. paper sheets or thread, B65H; cranes B66C; portable or mobile lifting or hauling appliances, e.g. hoists, B66D; devices for lifting or lowering goods for loading or unloading purposes, e.g. fork-lift trucks, B66F 9/00; emptying bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels or similar containers, not otherwise provided for, B67C 9/00; delivering or transferring liquids B67D; filling or discharging vessels for liquefied, solidified or compressed gases F17C; pipe-line systems for fluids F17D)


Equipment platform
Patent No. 10495172 

Inventor(s): Jeremy Carter (Roanoke, TX), Richard Parker Thurston (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): ASSET GUARD PRODUCTS INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15614720 on 06/06/2017 (910 days app to issue)

Abstract: Improved equipment bases and methods for making and using same are disclosed herein. The equipment base can include a first coated substrate including a first part having a first thickness sized to provide the load-bearing support for the equipment, a first elastomer coating the first part, a second coated substrate positioned adjacent to the first coated substrate, the second coated substrate including a second part having a second thickness sized to provide the load-bearing support for the equipment, and a second elastomer coating the second part. A first seam can be formed between the first and second coated substrates to allow for moisture to pass between the first and second coated substrates so that moisture is allowed to seep away from the bottom of the equipment.

[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


System and method of rotorcraft usage monitoring
Patent No. 10496787 

Inventor(s): Allen Altman (Keller, TX), Bang Nguyen (Watauga, TX), Brian Tucker (Fort Worth, TX), Robert Wardlaw (Keller, TX), Tom Wood (Pantego, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14322312 on 07/02/2014 (1980 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of monitoring usage of a component of an aircraft can include: monitoring a usage of the component by using a torque measurement system to calculate torque events in a time period; categorizing the usage of the component by assigning a usage value based upon whether the number of torque events in the period of time is above or below a threshold; and determining a life used of the component.

[B64F] GROUND OR AIRCRAFT-CARRIER-DECK INSTALLATIONS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR USE IN CONNECTION WITH AIRCRAFT; DESIGNING, MANUFACTURING, ASSEMBLING, CLEANING, MAINTAINING OR REPAIRING AIRCRAFT, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; HANDLING, TRANSPORTING, TESTING OR INSPECTING AIRCRAFT COMPONENTS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


 

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

Barnacle suppression module
Patent No. 10494283 

Inventor(s): Bentley N. Scott (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16020225 on 06/27/2018 (524 days app to issue)

Abstract: A module for preventing barnacle formation in a marine air-conditioning system. The module comprises: i) a housing; ii) a source of irradiating light disposed in the housing, the irradiating light suitable for killing or stunning barnacle larvae; iii) a circuit assembly disposed in the housing and configured to receive electrical power from an external power supply and to provide electrical power to the source of irradiating light; and iv) a transparent window disposed in the housing to permit the irradiating light to pass therethrough. The housing is adapted to be coupled to a water filter supplying raw water to the marine air-conditioning system such that the irradiating light is transmitted into the raw water in the water filter.

[C02F] TREATMENT OF WATER, WASTE WATER, SEWAGE, OR SLUDGE (processes for making harmful chemical substances harmless, or less harmful, by effecting a chemical change in the substances A62D 3/00; separation, settling tanks or filter devices B01D; special arrangements on waterborne vessels of installations for treating water, waste water or sewage, e.g. for producing fresh water, B63J; adding materials to water to prevent corrosion C23F; treating radioactively-contaminated liquids G21F 9/04) [3]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

System and method for affixing insulated panels
Patent No. 10494813 

Inventor(s): James M. Costanza (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): KPS GLOBAL LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15248098 on 08/26/2016 (1194 days app to issue)

Abstract: An insulated panel system includes a joint disposed between two insulated panels. The joint has a male portion and a female portion. The female portion has a flange, sidewalls, and a base that can be secured to an existing structure. The male portion includes a top plate with sealing sides that rest against the face of the insulated panel when inserted into the female portion. The sealing sides prevent warm air and/or moisture from ingress into a refrigerated space defined by the insulated panels. Also disclosed is a sealing joint for insulated structural panels.

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


Roller cone bit having gland for full seal capture
Patent No. 10494873 

Inventor(s): Chengwei Chiu (Spring, TX), Johnathan Walter Howard (Conroe, TX), Matthew Charles Stroever (Spring, TX)
Assignee(s): VAREL INTERNATIONAL IND., L.P. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15785786 on 10/17/2017 (777 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bit for downhole use includes: a leg having a mid shirttail and a lower bearing shaft; a roller cone rotatably mounted to the bearing shaft; a row of gage cutters, a row of inner cutters, and a nose cutter, each cutter mounted to or formed on the roller cone; and a gland formed in an inner surface of the roller cone. The gland has: a face; an outer surface; a fillet connected to the outer surface; a corner connecting the face and the outer surface; and an elastomeric o-ring captured in the gland and squeezed between the outer surface and the bearing shaft. A radius of the fillet is greater than one-half of a cross-sectional diameter of the o-ring.

[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]


Water front sensing for electronic inflow control device
Patent No. 10494904 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Thomas Jules Frosell (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15555008 on 04/29/2016 (1313 days app to issue)

Abstract: Included are well systems and methods for use in subterranean formations. An example well system comprises a water front sensor operable to sense a water front, wherein the water front sensor comprises a water front sensor signal transmitter and a water front sensor signal receiver. The example well system further comprises an electronic inflow control device, wherein the electronic inflow control device comprises a flow regulator in fluidic communication with an inlet of the electronic inflow control device and adjustable to provide a flow resistance to a fluid flowing through the electronic inflow control device, and a controller configured to actuate the flow regulator to change the flow resistance through the electronic inflow control device.

[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

 

Controller, method of operating a water source heat pump and a water source heat pump
Patent No. 10495248 

Inventor(s): Eric Perez (Hickory Creek, TX), Harold Gene Havard, Jr. (Carollton, TX), Steve Schneider (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15861881 on 01/04/2018 (698 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a water system includes a compressor, a condenser fluidly coupled to the compressor by refrigerant tubing, a modulating motor-controlled valve configured to alter a flow of water through the condenser, an accelerometer mechanically coupled to the water system, and a water system controller. The water system controller may be configured to perform an automated anti-water hammer procedure. During the automated anti-water hammer procedure, the water system controller may be configured to activate an operating procedure for the water system, transmit a control signal to the modulating motor-controlled valve, receive vibrational measurements received from the accelerometer, compare the vibrational measurements measured by the accelerometer to a predetermined vibration level associated with the operating procedure, and adjust the opening position and opening speed of the modulating motor-controlled valve for the operating procedure if the vibrational measurements exceed the predetermined vibration level associated with the operating procedure.

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


Tail lamp assembly with optic illumination
Patent No. 10495282 

Inventor(s): Francisco A. Ramos, II (Ypsilanti, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15581032 on 04/28/2017 (949 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicular lamp assembly, a vehicle and a method of providing illumination of a vehicular tail lamp. The assembly includes a combination lamp, lid lamp and one or more optic elements. The combination lamp has a first outer lens and one or more light sources disposed on an inward-facing side of the first outer lens. The lid lamp includes a second outer lens and a reflective element disposed on an inward-facing side of the second outer lens. The optic element is signally cooperative with the light source to convey at least a portion of its direct beam pattern to the reflective element which subsequently redirects a reflected portion into an indirect beam pattern through the lid lamp outer lens. In this way, the light source or sources may be housed solely within a region defined by the combination lamp while giving the appearance of illumination coming from both the combination lamp and the lid lamp.

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


Hard stop apparatus for aimable devices
Patent No. 10495288 

Inventor(s): Francis Turgeon (Quebec, , CA)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15951274 on 04/12/2018 (600 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes a first frame attached to an aerial vehicle or a mounting plate attached to the aerial vehicle, and a second frame attached to an aimable device moveably connected to the aerial vehicle or the mounting plate. The first frame and the second frame are configured to collectively provide a hard stop that prevents the aimable device from pointing at the aerial vehicle.

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


Method and apparatus for balanced fluid distribution in tandem-compressor systems
Patent No. 10495365 

Inventor(s): Abdul Rehman (Chennai, , IN), Patric Ananda Balan Thobias (Pondicherry, , IN), Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX), Siddarth Rajan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15464606 on 03/21/2017 (987 days app to issue)

Abstract: A compressor system includes a first compressor and a second compressor. A suction equalization line fluidly couples the first compressor and the second compressor. A first branch suction line is fluidly coupled to the first compressor and a second branch suction line is fluidly coupled to the second compressor. A main suction line is fluidly coupled to the first branch suction line and the second branch suction line. An obstruction device is disposed in at least one of the first branch suction line and the second branch suction line. Responsive to deactivation of at least one of the first compressor and the second compressor, the obstruction device is at least partially closed thereby causing prescribed liquid levels in the first compressor and the second compressor during partial-load operation.

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


Multi-layer wick structures with surface enhancement and fabrication methods
Patent No. 10495387 

Inventor(s): Ercan Mehmet Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Feng Zhou (South Lyon, 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: 15722589 on 10/02/2017 (792 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for fabricating a multi-layer porous wick structure including, providing a first mold set comprising a negative mold and a positive mold, introducing metal particles in the negative mold defining a first porous wick layer, and sintering the metal particles within the negative mold while interfaced with the positive mold to form the first porous wick layer. The method further includes providing a second mold set comprising a negative mold and a positive mold corresponding to the negative mold and assembling the first porous wick layer with the negative mold of the second mold set. The method further includes introducing filler particles into the negative mold of the second mold set to form a sacrificial layer with the first porous wick layer, introducing metal particles in the negative mold of the second mold set with the first porous wick layer and the sacrificial layer and sintering the metal particles, thereby forming the multi-layer porous wick structure.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Inductive touch input
Patent No. 10495486 

Inventor(s): Dongtai Liu (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15854744 on 12/26/2017 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: A touch-scroll apparatus can provide touch-scroll input/functionality, such as for a mobile communication device (as an example application). The touch-scroll apparatus includes a multi-coil sensor assembly including multiple sense inductor coils (for example, three). A sensor slot is formed in a portion of the device case (such as a device side-wall), defining a touch-scrolling surface/area at the exterior of the device. The sidewall slot is dimensioned to receive and position the touch-scrolling multi-coil sensor assembly relative to the touch-scrolling surface/area. Inductive sensor electronics is coupled to the multiple touch-scroll sense inductor coils to detect scrolling movement and direction based on signal output from the sensor inductor coil signals (such as changes in coil inductance), including for each a peak signal corresponding to maximum deflection of the touch-scrolling surface/area opposite the sense inductor coil. The touch-scrolling sensor assembly can be secured within the sensor slot with elastomeric pads.

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


Ultrasonic flow meter auto-tuning for reciprocal operation of the meter
Patent No. 10495502 

Inventor(s): Amardeep Sathyanarayana (Austin, TX), Anand Dabak (Plano, TX), R Venkata Ramanan (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15987129 on 05/23/2018 (559 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system and apparatus is disclosed for auto-tuning a circuit associated with an upstream transducer (UPT) and a circuit associated with a downstream transducer (DNT) for reciprocal operation in an ultrasonic flowmeter. The method includes exchanging signals between the upstream transducer and the downstream transducer; comparing at least one of respective maximum amplitudes of an upstream signal and a downstream signal and respective center frequencies of a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) of the upstream signal and the downstream signal; and responsive to determining that at least one of the respective maximum amplitudes and the respective center frequencies do not match, correcting the mismatch.

[G01F] MEASURING VOLUME, VOLUME FLOW, MASS FLOW, OR LIQUID LEVEL; METERING BY VOLUME [5]


Methods, devices and systems for scanning tunneling microscopy control system design
Patent No. 10495665 

Inventor(s): Ehud Fuchs (Plano, TX), Farid Tajaddodianfar (Dallas, TX), James Owen (Garland, TX), John Randall (Richardson, TX), Joshua Ballard (Richardson, TX), Seyed Omid Reza Moheimani (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas and Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX), Zyvex Labs, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15707738 on 09/18/2017 (806 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for controlling a scanning tunneling microscope system are provided. In some embodiments, the methods, devices, and systems of the present disclosure utilize a control system included in or added to a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) to receive data characterizing a tunneling current between a tip of the scanning tunneling microscope system and a sample, to estimate, in real-time, a work function associated with the scanning tunneling microscope system, and to adjust, by a control system, a position of the tip based on an estimated work function. Associated systems are described herein.

[G01Q] SCANNING-PROBE TECHNIQUES OR APPARATUS; APPLICATIONS OF SCANNING-PROBE TECHNIQUES, e.g. SCANNING-PROBE MICROSCOPY [SPM] [2010.01]


Ophthalmic lens customization system and method
Patent No. 10495900 

Inventor(s): Ruth Sahler (Irvine, CA), Steven Edward Smathers (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): PERFECT IP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15870140 on 01/12/2018 (690 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system/method allowing personalized ex vivo customization of a generic ophthalmic lens blank (OLB) or ophthalmic lens with known diopter (OKD) based on localized field-measured patient characteristics is disclosed. The OLB is composed of an acrylic material that has been infused with an ultraviolet (UV) absorbing compound rendering it amenable to customized spatial modification (CSM) of its refractive index via the use of pulsed laser radiation (PLR). The CSM of refractive index eliminates the need for remote laboratory fabrication of a customized intraocular lens (IOL) for the patient. The OLB is retained within a secured lens container (SLC) providing for precise physical orientation of the OLB haptics and OLB lens structure with respect to the application of PLR to the OLB. The SLC contains a lens filler material (LFM) covering the OLB and is hermetically sealed after the OLB has been positioned within the SLC interior and prior to sterilization of the SLC+OLB combination.

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


Time-to-digital converter circuit
Patent No. 10496041 

Inventor(s): Henry Yao (Santa Clara, CA), Sinjeet Dhanvantray Parekh (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15991020 on 05/29/2018 (553 days app to issue)

Abstract: A time-to-digital converter circuit includes a logic gate coupled to receive a first trigger signal indicative of a first clock signal and a second trigger signal indicative of a second clock signal. The logic gate is to generate a logic gate output signal responsive to the earlier of the first or second trigger signals to be a logic high. A synchronization circuit is included and is coupled to the logic gate and is configured to synchronize the logic gate output signal to a third clock to produce a synchronization output signal. A counter circuit counts pulses of the synchronization output signal.

[G04F] TIME-INTERVAL MEASURING (measuring pulse characteristics G01R, e.g. G01R 29/02; in radar or like systems G01S; masers H01S 1/00; generation of oscillations H03B; generation or counting of pulses, frequency dividing H03K; analogue/digital conversion in general H03M 1/00) [2]


Communication between distributed information brokers within a data and energy storage internet architecture
Patent No. 10496049 

Inventor(s): Jiafeng Zhu (Pleasanton, CA), Jian Li (Austin, TX), Lei Rao (Mountain View, CA), Ron-Chung Hu (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14970906 on 12/16/2015 (1448 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented in a network element (NE) configured to operate as an Ensemble Information Broker (EIB) within a distributed data and energy storage internet architecture comprising collecting energy data indicating a flow of energy, an amount of energy consumed and generated by devices; collecting human presence data; collecting human activity data; predicting future energy consumption requirements and generation by employing prediction algorithms and analyzing the collected data; generating a set of control commands based on the predicted future energy consumption requirements and energy generation as applied to a cost function; transmitting the set of control commands to the corresponding devices; transmitting a broadcast message to determine an external NE to establish as a friend connection based on a user preference; transmitting a request to establish a friend connection with the determined NE; and transmitting the human presence data to the external NE when the friend connection is established.

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


HVAC system, a method for operating the HVAC system and a HVAC controller configured for the same
Patent No. 10496057 

Inventor(s): Peter Hrejsa (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14991180 on 01/08/2016 (1425 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, a controller for a heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system comprises an interface and a processor. The interface receives a comfort temperature set point and a sensed temperature for the enclosed space. The comfort temperature set point comprises a single set point used for both heating and cooling mode operation of the HVAC system. The processor determines a total error value based on comparing the sensed temperature and comfort temperature set point, selects a mode of operation based on the total error value, and operates the HVAC system in the selected mode of operation.

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


Multi-chip timing alignment to a common reference signal
Patent No. 10496127 

Inventor(s): Michael Dean Womac (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): LINEAR TECHNOLOGY HOLDING LLC (Norwood, MA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15997557 on 06/04/2018 (547 days app to issue)

Abstract: The subject technology provides for removing a source of delay in a phase-locked loop (PLL) by causing the output rising edge to occur at the same time as the input rising edge. The subject technology replicates the amount of delay experienced along an input reference signal path to the PLL as close as possible using a same circuit configuration and bias circuits as in the input reference signal path. For example, a timing alignment circuit containing a replica circuit adds compensation delay to a negative feedback loop signal to match the feedback loop delay with the reference path delay. The delay of the reference signal path is estimated and added into the replica circuit. The delay characteristics of these two paths negate one another such that the phases of the input reference signal and the feedback loop signal become phase-locked at the input to the PLL.

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


Digital, power and recharging, extensible and scalable local cloud unit V2.0
Patent No. 10496146 

Inventor(s): Carter Christopher Neale, IV (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15426818 on 02/07/2017 (1029 days app to issue)

Abstract: A digital device containing the port types: power I/O, computer accessory peripheral I/O, telephony, router, switch, network, antenna, UPS, surge protectors and lockable storage for user storage drives. Power I/O ports allow for separate power control of: an external computer, UPS and monitors; accessories and non-computer peripheral units; network router and switch, internal/external storage drives and device chargers. Operating apparatus consists of plugging into AC power from wall and peripheral devices to apparatus by way of cable harness; turning the apparatus on/off by way of front power buttons for external computer power, peripheral power and network power. Storage of user placed storage drives inside apparatus occurs by opening lid, connecting storage drives inside device and closing lid. Locking device occurs by way of two locks: one secures lid to device; one secures device to desktop.

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


Gesture based control application for data sharing
Patent No. 10496178 

Inventor(s): Darin William Smith (Plano, TX), George Carl Smith (Euless, TX), Rashid Skaf (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): HARMAN PROFESSIONAL, INC. (Northridge, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15017313 on 02/05/2016 (1397 days app to issue)

Abstract: Receiving user gesture input commands and interpreting the commands to conduct presentation level control system processing and related presentation communications includes, in one example, detecting an input gesture command via a controller and processing the input gesture command via a processor. The example may also include retrieving at least one data file object responsive to the processed input gesture command, and transmitting the at least one media object to a remote device.

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


Collaborative data based device maintenance
Patent No. 10496246 

Inventor(s): Emil Dides (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): eBay Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Shook, Hardy Bacon L.L.P. (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15684106 on 08/23/2017 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for collaborative data based device maintenance are provided. In example embodiments, an indication of a malfunction of a user product of a user is received. An item listing is identified based, in part, on user data of another user. An order parameter for an order corresponding to the item listing is determined based on user data of the user and the other user.

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


Shift skip
Patent No. 10496310 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX), Gary L. Howe (Plano, TX), Harish N. Venkata (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Brooks, Cameron Huebsch, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16025058 on 07/02/2018 (519 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure includes apparatuses and methods related to a shift skip. An example apparatus comprises a plurality of sensing circuitries, comprising respective sense amplifiers and respective compute components. A controller is configured to, responsive to a mask data unit associated with a first sensing circuitry having a particular value, cause a data value to be shifted from a second sensing circuitry to a third sensing circuitry without shifting the data value to the first sensing circuitry, wherein the first sensing circuitry is physically located between the second sensing circuitry and the third sensing circuitry.

[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)


Application defined packaging
Patent No. 10496386 

Inventor(s): An Ho (San Jose, CA), Jun Xu (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16042805 on 07/23/2018 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented by an application packaging device, the method comprising obtaining, by a processor of the application packaging device, an application source associated with an application that is executable at an edge computing device, wherein the application source comprises a source code, a manifest, and an archive of resources used by the application, determining, by the processor of the application packaging device, one or more software components from a plurality of software components included in an application generic runtime environment, wherein the one or more software components are used by the application during execution of the application based on the source code and the plurality of software components are used by a plurality of different applications, modifying, by the processor of the application packaging device, the application generic runtime environment based on the one or more software components that are determined to be used by the application during execution to create a custom application runtime environment.

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


Selective temperature compensation
Patent No. 10496450 

Inventor(s): Feng Gao (Union City, CA), Ming Zhang (San Jose, CA), Qing Li (Los Gatos, CA), Xiaoyu Yang (Saratoga, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15601733 on 05/22/2017 (925 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for selective temperature compensation. An apparatus includes a compensation circuit that applies temperature compensation to an operation based on a temperature detected by a temperature sensor. An apparatus includes a command circuit that receives a lock command. An apparatus includes a lock circuit that locks a temperature compensation applied to an operation in response to receiving a lock command such that the temperature compensation is based on a fixed temperature.

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


Methods and apparatus for error detection for data storage devices
Patent No. 10496484 

Inventor(s): Guy Freikorn (Oranit, , IL), Judah Gamliel Hahn (Ofra, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15229886 on 08/05/2016 (1215 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a memory device and a controller. The controller is configured to receive data to be stored in the non-volatile memory and to store a first copy of the data and a second copy of the data to a volatile memory. The controller is configured, in response to detecting a bit error corresponding to the first copy of the data prior to storage of the first copy of the data to the non-volatile memory, to perform an error detection operation that includes comparing first redundancy data corresponding to the first copy of the data to second redundancy data corresponding to the second copy of the data.

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


System and method for real-time data warehouse
Patent No. 10496622 

Inventor(s): Alan Gatherer (Richardson, TX), Alex Elisa Chandra (Plano, TX), Debashis Bhattacharya (Plano, TX), Mark Brown (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15169094 on 05/31/2016 (1281 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving, by a real-time Data Warehouse (rDW) from a first task, a first dataset and spreading the first dataset to produce a first plurality of objects, where the first plurality of objects includes a first object and a second object. The method also includes storing the first object in a first location in an rDW data repository and storing the second object in a second location in the rDW data repository.

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


Holistic hospital patient care and management system and method for automated patient monitoring
Patent No. 10496788 

Inventor(s): Anand R. Shah (Dallas, TX), Brian O. Lucena (Dallas, TX), George R. Oliver (Southlake, TX), Jason McGinn (Keller, TX), Monal Shah (Dallas, TX), Praseetha Cherian (Irving, TX), Rubendran Amarasingham (Dallas, TX), Spen
Assignee(s): Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14682836 on 04/09/2015 (1699 days app to issue)

Abstract: A holistic hospital patient care and management system comprises a data store to receive and store patient data including clinical and non-clinical data; a plurality of RFID sensors to detect a plurality of RFID tags associated with patients to enable real-time tracking of location; at least one predictive model including a plurality of weighted risk variables and risk thresholds in consideration of the clinical and non-clinical data and configured to identify at least one medical condition associated with the patients; a risk logic module configured to apply at least one predictive model to the clinical and non-clinical data to determine at least one risk score associated with each patient; a patient monitoring logic module configured to receive location data of the patients and determine patient real-time location and status; and a user interface module configured to display patient medical condition, risk score, location, and status information to authorized personnel.

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


Methods and apparatus for securing a mobile device
Patent No. 10496822 

Inventor(s): Arpit Pradhan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): McAfee, LLC (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Hanley Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15851424 on 12/21/2017 (712 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and articles of manufacture for securing a mobile device are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a housing dimensioned to receive the mobile device. A secure storage is carried by the housing. A malware scanner is carried by the housing, and is to perform a first scan of an external electronic device to detect malware. A driver loader is carried by the housing, and is to mount a secure file transfer driver in response to the first scan not identifying malware on the external electronic device. A file handler is carried by the housing, and is to detect, using the secure file transfer driver, a file to be transferred intermediate the external electronic device and the mobile device. The malware scanner is to scan the file. The file handler is to quarantine the file in response to the malware scanner detecting malware in the file.

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


Systems and methods for preventing machine learning models from negatively affecting mobile devices through intermittent throttling
Patent No. 10496936 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Richard Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Michael Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15912239 on 03/05/2018 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for preventing machine learning models from negatively affecting mobile devices are provided. For example, a mobile device including a camera, memory devices, and one or more processors are provided. In some embodiments, the processors may be configured to provide images captured by the camera to a machine learning model at a first rate. The processors may also be configured to determine whether one or more of the images includes an object. If one or more of the images includes the object, the processors may be further configured to adjust the first rate of providing the images to the machine learning model to a second rate, and in some embodiments, determine whether to adjust the second rate of providing the images to the machine learning model to a third rate based on output received from the machine learning model.

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


Methods and systems for virtual secured transactions
Patent No. 10496972 

Inventor(s): Barbara J. Anderson (Allen, TX), Marion L. Johnson, III (Silver Springs, FL)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14481369 on 09/09/2014 (1911 days app to issue)

Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure involve an apparatus, device, component, and/or method for a networking component for use in creating a virtual secured point-of-sale (POS) transaction over a network. In one embodiment, the networking component is a virtual router that is located logically between a retailer and a payment processing company for processing a POS transaction. To facilitate the POS transaction, the virtual router communicates with one or more virtual private networks (VPNs) to establish secured communication tunnels over which information and network traffic may be broadcast that prevent unauthorized access to the information from an outside source or third party. In this manner, a secured end-to-end security communication tunnel (including encryption of the transmitted data) may be created over a network from the originating point of sale (retailer) to the payment processing company.

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


System to enable contactless access to a transaction terminal using a process data network
Patent No. 10496989 

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: 15050307 on 02/22/2016 (1380 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, computer program products, and methods are described herein for a system to enable contactless access to a transaction terminal using a process data network. The present invention is configured to electronically receive from a transfer terminal, an indication that a user is accessing the transaction terminal using a user device; retrieve, from the user device, a unique identifier associated with the user device; compare the unique identifier with a block chain of authentication information associated with the user to determine whether the unique identifier meets a condition associated with the block chain authentication information; receive an indication that the unique identifier meets the condition of the block chain thereby validating user identity; and allow the user to access the transaction terminal based on at least receiving the indication that the unique identifier meets the condition of the block chain.

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


System, method, and computer program for service design and creation
Patent No. 10497035 

Inventor(s): Ofer Hermoni (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): AMDOCS DEVELOPMENT LIMITED (Limassol, , CY), AMDOCS SOFTWARE SYSTEMS LIMITED (Dublin, , IE)
Law Firm: Zilka-Kotab, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15671967 on 08/08/2017 (847 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and computer program product are provided for product/service design and creation. In use, at least one new resource is identified in a master catalog. The at least one resource is tested. Additionally, the at least one resource is released for service generation. Further, at least one service is generated utilizing the at least one resource. The at least one service is stored in the master catalog. In addition, the at least one service is released for product generation. Furthermore, at least one product is generated utilizing the at least one service. The at least one product is stored in the master catalog. Moreover, the at least one product is presented for sale.

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


System and method for optimizing healthcare remittance processing
Patent No. 10497075 

Inventor(s): Andrea Chiappe (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): SYSTEMWARE, INC. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13189326 on 07/22/2011 (3056 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for optimizing healthcare remittance processing includes a networked computing device that provides a user interface and access to healthcare claims and remittance data prepared by the system. The user receives a claim file prepared by a healthcare provider and an EOB/EOP prepared by a healthcare payer in response to the claim file. A remittance file is generated from the received data and is validated using automatic and manual means and is indexed against the remitted data. EOB/EOP data is converted to computer readable data in a standardized remittance file format. This transaction information is stored within the database and access to the stored information is provided to a user over a network connected interface.

[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]


Blockchain airspace management for air taxi services
Patent No. 10497267 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Bosworth (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15877513 on 01/23/2018 (679 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods and non-transitory computer readable storage media for airspace management within an airspace region at a node of a peer to peer network having a plurality of nodes and maintaining a blockchain containing a current deconflicted flight schedule for the airspace region. One method includes receiving requests for airspace reservations, each including flight plan data, from other nodes over the peer to peer network, compiling the flight plan data to identify conflicts between the requests and the current deconflicted flight schedule, validating the flight plan data of the requests that do not conflict with the current deconflicted flight schedule to generate validated airspace reservations, creating a block containing the validated airspace reservations and interlinking the block with the blockchain such that the blockchain contains a new deconflicted flight schedule for the airspace region for broadcast to the other nodes over the peer to peer network.

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


Memory with internal refresh rate control
Patent No. 10497420 

Inventor(s): Scott E. Smith (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15974587 on 05/08/2018 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: Memory devices, systems including memory devices, and methods of operating memory devices in which redundancy match is disabled to permit activating more word lines in parallel during refresh operations to increase a refresh rate of memory cells in a memory array. In one embodiment, a memory device is provided, comprising a memory array including a plurality of word lines arranged in a plurality of memory banks. The memory device further comprises circuitry configured to (i) store a value indicating one or more addresses corresponding to word lines in the plurality of word lines, (ii) disable redundancy match, (iii) activate one or more first word lines in the memory array corresponding to the one or more addresses indicated by the value to refresh first data stored in the memory array, and (iv) update the value based at least in part on activating the one or more first word lines.

[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)


Systems and methods for plate voltage regulation during memory array access
Patent No. 10497424 

Inventor(s): Byung S. Moon (Plano, TX), Harish N. Venkata (Allen, TX), Myung Ho Bae (McKinney, TX), Yu-Feng Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15833713 on 12/06/2017 (727 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device may include a memory array comprising at least two sections. Each of the sections may further include multiple memory cells. The memory device may also include one or more controllers designed to receive one or more commands to initiate writing logical data to the multiple memory cells of a first section and a second section. Additionally, the writing may alternate between the first section and the second section until the first section and second section have been entirely written with the logical data.

[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)


Cross-point memory array addressing
Patent No. 10497438 

Inventor(s): James O”Toole (Boise, ID), Martin Lueker-Boden (San Jose, CA), Ward Parkinson (Boise, ID), Won Ho Choi (San Jose, CA), Zvonimir Bandic (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15636499 on 06/28/2017 (888 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for memory array addressing. An addressing circuit is configured to receive an address for an operation on an array of multiple memory regions. An address includes a row address and a column address both multiplexed into the address and received with an activate command for an operation. A row buffer for an array of multiple memory regions is configured to store data identified by multiplexed row and column addresses from the multiple memory regions. Data of an operation is selected from a row buffer based on a second address received with a subsequent command for the operation.

[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)


Post-packaging repair of redundant rows
Patent No. 10497458 

Inventor(s): John E. Riley (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16505271 on 07/08/2019 (148 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods to perform post-packaging repair of previously repaired data groups are disclosed. The devices may have an array of addressable rows or columns of memory cells, which can be activated. Upon identification of defect in a memory cell row or column, a repair in which the memory cell may be deactivated and a secondary row may be activated in its place may be performed. Volatile and non-volatile storage elements may be used to store the defective memory addresses. Logic circuitry in the device may match a requested address with the stored addresses and generate logic signals that trigger activation of a repaired row in place of the defective row or column. Moreover, defective rows or columns that have been previously repaired once may be further repaired. To that end, logic circuitry implementing a trumping mechanism may be used to prevent activation of multiple data rows or columns for addresses that were repaired multiple times.

[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)


Adaptive gate buffer for a power stage
Patent No. 10498333 

Inventor(s): Ramakrishna Ankamreddi (Bengaluru, , IN), Ranjit Kumar Dash (Bengaluru, , IN), Rohit Phogat (Bengaluru, , IN), Saurabh Rai (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16261863 on 01/30/2019 (307 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a first power transistor including a first control input and first and second current terminals. The circuit includes a second power transistor including a second control input and third and fourth current terminals. Third current terminal couples to the first current terminal, and the fourth current terminal couples to the second current terminal at an output node. An error amplifier generates an error signal based on a difference between a reference voltage and an output voltage on the output node. An adaptive buffer couples to an output of the error amplifier and couples to the first and second control inputs. The adaptive buffer causes the first power transistor to be on through a range of output current and to cause the second power transistor to be on through some, but not all, of the range of output current.

[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)


Guided surface wave powered sensing devices
Patent No. 10498393 

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Joseph F. Pinzone (Cornelius, NC), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH), Michael J. D”Aurelio (Marietta, GA)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC (Italy, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14847821 on 09/08/2015 (1547 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a sensing device including a guided surface wave receive structure, a physical parameter sensor, and a radio frequency transmitter. The guided surface wave receive structure may be configured to obtain electrical energy from a guided surface wave traveling along a terrestrial medium. The physical parameter sensor may be coupled to the guided surface wave receive structure. The physical parameter sensor may also measure a physical parameter associated with a physical environment local to the physical parameter sensor. The radio frequency transmitter may be coupled to the guided surface wave receive structure and communicatively coupled to the physical parameter sensor. The radio frequency transmitter may also obtain a physical parameter measurement and transmit the physical parameter measurement over a wireless network.

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


Methods and apparatus to collect distributed user information for media impressions and search terms
Patent No. 10498534 

Inventor(s): Madhusudhan Reddy Alla (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): The Nielsen Company (US), LLC (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16222637 on 12/17/2018 (351 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example method includes receiving a media identifier and a first impression identifier from a media device, the media identifier being indicative of media presented at the media device, receiving the first impression identifier in association with first user information from a first database proprietor as a result of the first database proprietor obtaining a first identifier encrypted with a first encryption key by the media device, and receiving a second impression identifier in association with second user information from a second database proprietor as a result of the second database proprietor obtaining a second identifier encrypted with a second encryption key. The example method further includes identifying the first user information as associated with a user based on the first impression identifier, identifying the second user information as not associated with the user based on the second impression identifier and discarding the second user information.

[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]


Tool for providing actionable functionality on a website
Patent No. 10498843 

Inventor(s): Daniel J. Serna (Irving, TX), Ryan Hanley (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15370779 on 12/06/2016 (1092 days app to issue)

Abstract: An actionable functionality simulation tool includes an HTML module and a controller module. The HTML module includes a first directive that has a value tied to a first model property. The first directive is configured to show or hide an actionable popup on a webpage. The HTML module also includes a second directive that is configured to bind an actionable button of the actionable popup to a particular action to be performed. The controller module includes a first function call configured to set the value of the first model property to true in order to toggle the display of the actionable popup on the webpage. The controller module also includes a second function call configured to bind logic to the particular action of the second directive.

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


Image processing device and image processing method
Patent No. 10499057 

Inventor(s): Kazushi Sato (Kanagawa, , JP)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15806691 on 11/08/2017 (755 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes at least one processor provided with at least one memory that includes computer program code. The memory and the computer program code are configured, when working with the at least one processor, to cause the apparatus to decode, from a bitstream, quantized transform coefficient data for 1616 transform unit, and an 88 quantization matrix and to inversely quantize the quantized transform coefficient data for 1616 transform unit using a 1616 quantization matrix. The 1616 quantization matrix is set by duplicating at least one of two elements adjacent to each other in the decoded 88 quantization matrix.

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


 

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Hermetically sealed molecular spectroscopy cell with dual wafer bonding
Patent No. 10493722 

Inventor(s): Adam Joseph Fruehling (Garland, TX), Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Juan Alejandro Herbsommer (Allen, TX), Simon Joshua Jacobs (Lucas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16195308 on 11/19/2018 (379 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes forming a plurality of layers of an oxide and a metal on a substrate. For example, the layers may include a metal layer sandwiched between silicon oxide layers. A non-conductive structure such as glass is then bonded to one of the oxide layers. An antenna can then be patterned on the non-conductive structure, and a cavity can be created in the substrate. Another metal layer is deposited on the surface of the cavity, and an iris is patterned in the metal layer to expose the one of the oxide layers. Another metal layer is formed on a second substrate and the two substrates are bonded together to thereby seal the cavity.

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


Active noise cancelling power supply
Patent No. 10496154 

Inventor(s): Craig Sean Dean (Carollton, TX), Erik Steven Haugarth (Plano, TX), Jan Simon Reuning (The Colony, TX), Lynn Edward Roszel (Wylie, TX), Scott Richard Wilson (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): DEAN TECHNOLOGY, INC. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Nolte Intellectual Property Law Group (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15442497 on 02/24/2017 (1012 days app to issue)

Abstract: An active noise cancelling power supply to perform active noise cancelling of input power with noise to output power. The active noise cancelling power supply having a power transformation device receiving input power and converting the power to a voltage signal with a ripple. The active noise cancelling power supply has a ripple measuring device, which measures the ripple as the voltage signal with a ripple passes through the ripple measuring device producing a ripple signal. A controller with a data storage in communication with a processor, wherein computer instructions in the data storage are configured to instruct the processor to produce a first noise cancellation signal in volts or millivolts out of phase with the ripple signal and inject the first noise cancellation signal on the voltage signal with a ripple at a node forming a clean signal as output power.

[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]


Methods and apparatus for isolation barrier with integrated magnetics for high power modules
Patent No. 10497506 

Inventor(s): Joyce Mullenix (San Jose, CA), Rais Miftakhutdinov (Cary, NC), Roberto Giampiero Massolini (Pavia, , IT), Vijaylaxmi Khanolkar (Pune, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14974901 on 12/18/2015 (1446 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for isolation barrier with magnetics. In an example arrangement, an apparatus includes an isolation laminate including a dielectric core having a first surface and a second surface opposed to the first surface; at least one conductive layer configured as a first transformer coil overlying the first surface; a first dielectric layer surrounding the at least one conductive layer; a first magnetic layer overlying the at least one conductive layer; at least one additional conductive layer configured as a second transformer coil overlying the second surface; a second dielectric layer surrounding the at least one additional conductive layer; and a second magnetic layer overlying the at least one additional conductive layer. Methods for forming the isolation barriers and additional apparatus arrangements are also disclosed.

[H01F] MAGNETS; INDUCTANCES; TRANSFORMERS; SELECTION OF MATERIALS FOR THEIR MAGNETIC PROPERTIES [2]


High density wafer level test module
Patent No. 10497630 

Inventor(s): Doug Weiser (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15946386 on 04/05/2018 (607 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device, e.g. an integrated circuit, includes one or more test modules each having first and second pairs of contact pads arranged along a first axis, and a third pair of contact pads arranged along a second axis parallel to the first axis. A first connection bus connects contact pads in the first pair, a second connection bus connects contact pads in the second pair, and a third connection bus connects contact pads of the third pair. A first device under test (DUT) is connected between the first connection bus and the third connection bus, and a second DUT is connected between the second connection bus and the third connection bus.

[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]


Patterned die pad for packaged vertical semiconductor devices
Patent No. 10497643 

Inventor(s): Manu J Prakuzhy (Allen, TX), Siva Prakash Gurrum (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15973917 on 05/08/2018 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of semiconductor device packaging to form a packaged semiconductor device includes providing (i) a vertical power semiconductor device die including a semiconductor substrate including a control node, a source or emitter on a top side or on a bottom side of the substrate, and a drain or a collector on another of the top side the bottom side, a backside metal (BSM) layer on the bottom side, and (ii) a leadframe. The leadframe includes a patterned die pad that includes a common continuous base portion and a two-dimensional array of spaced apart posts extending up from the base portion, with a separate solder cap on a top of the posts. The BSM layer is placed on the solder caps, and reflow processing bonds the BSM layer to the solder caps.

[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]


Electromagnetic interference shield within integrated circuit encapsulation using photonic bandgap structure
Patent No. 10497651 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Daniel Lee Revier (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15799757 on 10/31/2017 (763 days app to issue)

Abstract: An encapsulated integrated circuit is provided that includes an integrated circuit (IC) die. An encapsulation material encapsulates the IC die. An electromagnetic interference (EMI) shield is provided by a photonic bandgap (PBG) structure that is included within the encapsulation material. The PBG structure is configured to have a photonic bandgap with a frequency range approximately equal to a range of frequencies that may cause EMI.

[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]


Compensated well ESD diodes with reduced capacitance
Patent No. 10497695 

Inventor(s): David L. Catlett, Jr. (Allen, TX), Mahalingam Nandakumar (Richardson, TX), Sunitha Venkataraman (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15414164 on 01/24/2017 (1043 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit with a shallow trench isolated, low capacitance, ESD protection diode. An integrated circuit with a gate space isolated, low capacitance, ESD protection diode. An integrated circuit with a gate space isolated, low capacitance, ESD protection diode in parallel with a shallow trench isolated, low capacitance, ESD protection diode.

[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]


Non-volatile memory with reduced program speed variation
Patent No. 10497711 

Inventor(s): Ashish Baraskar (Santa Clara, CA), Liang Pang (San Jose, CA), Raghuveer Makala (Campbell, CA), Yanli Zhang (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: 15846620 on 12/19/2017 (714 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional non-volatile memory is provided with reduced programming variation across word lines. The gate lengths of word lines decrease from the top to the bottom of the memory hole. Increased programming speeds due to a narrow memory hole are offset by a smaller gate length at corresponding positions. A blocking dielectric thickness may also be varied, independently or in combination with a variable word line thickness. The blocking dielectric is formed with a horizontal thickness that is larger at regions adjacent to the lower word line layers and smaller at regions adjacent to the upper word line layers. The larger thickness at the lower word line layers reduces the programming speed in the memory hole for the lower word lines relative to the upper word lines. A variance in programming speed resulting from differences in memory hole diameter may be offset by a corresponding variance in blocking dielectric thickness.

[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]


Drift region implant self-aligned to field relief oxide with sidewall dielectric
Patent No. 10497787 

Inventor(s): Binghua Hu (Plano, TX), Henry Litzmann Edwards (Garland, TX), James Robert Todd (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15406891 on 01/16/2017 (1051 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit which includes a field-plated FET is formed by forming a first opening in a layer of oxide mask, exposing an area for a drift region. Dopants are implanted into the substrate under the first opening. Subsequently, dielectric sidewalls are formed along a lateral boundary of the first opening. A field relief oxide is formed by thermal oxidation in the area of the first opening exposed by the dielectric sidewalls. The implanted dopants are diffused into the substrate to form the drift region, extending laterally past the layer of field relief oxide. The dielectric sidewalls and layer of oxide mask are removed after the layer of field relief oxide is formed. A gate is formed over a body of the field-plated FET and over the adjacent drift region. A field plate is formed immediately over the field relief oxide adjacent to the gate.

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


Method of making a CMOS semiconductor device using a stressed silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer
Patent No. 10497808 

Inventor(s): Nicolas Loubet (Guilderland, NY), Qing Liu (Irvine, CA)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16035458 on 07/13/2018 (508 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for forming a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) semiconductor device includes providing a stressed silicon-on-insulator (sSOI) wafer comprising a stressed semiconductor layer having first and second laterally adjacent stressed semiconductor portions. The first stressed semiconductor portion defines a first active region. The second stressed semiconductor portion is replaced with an unstressed semiconductor portion. The unstressed semiconductor portion includes a first semiconductor material. The method further includes driving a second semiconductor material into the first semiconductor material of the unstressed semiconductor portion defining a second active region.

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


Launch structures for a hermetically sealed cavity
Patent No. 10498001 

Inventor(s): Adam Joseph Fruehling (Garland, TX), Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Juan Alejandro Herbsommer (Allen, TX), Swaminathan Sankaran (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15681541 on 08/21/2017 (834 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a substrate containing a cavity and a dielectric structure covering at least a portion of the cavity. The cavity is hermetically sealed. The apparatus also may include a launch structure formed on the dielectric structure and outside the hermetically sealed cavity. The launch structure is configured to cause radio frequency (RF) energy flowing in a first direction to enter the hermetically sealed cavity through the dielectric structure in a direction orthogonal to the first direction. Various types of launch structures are disclosed herein.

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


Guided surface wave transmissions that illuminate defined regions
Patent No. 10498006 

Inventor(s): James D. Lilly (Silver Spring, MD), James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Red Oak, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14849967 on 09/10/2015 (1545 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of systems and methods for transmitting guided surface waves that illuminate a defined region. In one embodiment, such a method comprises installing a plurality of guided surface waveguide probes across a defined region having set boundaries, and setting respective frequency values of operation for the plurality of guided surface waveguide probes that allow for respective service areas to be defined that in the aggregate cover the defined region with guided surface waves.

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


Optical phase-sensitive amplifier with signal noise removal
Patent No. 10498102 

Inventor(s): Daniel Bihon (Allen, TX), Richard Colter (Dallas, TX), Tadashi Ikeuchi (Plano, TX), Youichi Akasaka (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15628245 on 06/20/2017 (896 days app to issue)

Abstract: Phase modulation of an output optical signal from a phase-sensitive amplifier may be used to perform phase adjustment for optimal phase-sensitive amplification. Specifically, when the optical pump is phase modulated to suppress SBS, a second phase modulator may be used to counter dither the first phase modulator. Both phase modulators may be controlled by a phase shifter. Intensity modulation of the output optical signal may also be performed to reduce noise. In this manner, the OSNR of the output optical signal may be increased.

[H01S] DEVICES USING STIMULATED EMISSION


Brace assemblies, power distribution assemblies, and methods
Patent No. 10498111 

Inventor(s): Jason P. Wiant (Bedford, TX), Russell J. Wedemeyer (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC. (Alpharetta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16053869 on 08/03/2018 (487 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cable assembly includes a first cable and a second cable spaced from the first cable. A first brace is coupled between the first cable and the second cable. A second brace is coupled between the first cable and the second cable, wherein the second brace is spaced from the first brace. A link is coupled between the first brace and the second brace. Other cable assemblies, brace assemblies, and methods of bracing cables are disclosed.

[H02B] BOARDS, SUBSTATIONS, OR SWITCHING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SUPPLY OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER (basic electric elements, their assembly, including the mounting in enclosures or on bases, or the mounting of covers thereon, see the subclasses for such elements, e.g. transformers H01F, switches, fuses H01H, line connectors H01R; installation of electric cables or lines, or of combined optical and electric cables or lines, or other conductors for supply or distribution H02G)


Bus brace assemblies and methods for power distribution systems
Patent No. 10498112 

Inventor(s): Donald Carey Boston (Arlington, TX), Jason P. Wiant (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC. (Alpharetta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16053859 on 08/03/2018 (487 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power distribution system includes a bus support. The bus support includes a first sheet of non-conductive material including a first member and three or more second members extending from the first member and a second sheet of non-conductive material including a third member and three or more fourth members extending from the third member. Portions of the three or more second members overlap portions of the three or more fourth members to form two or more first openings. The two or more first openings are configured to receive one or more bus bars. Other embodiments and methods are disclosed.

[H02B] BOARDS, SUBSTATIONS, OR SWITCHING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE SUPPLY OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER (basic electric elements, their assembly, including the mounting in enclosures or on bases, or the mounting of covers thereon, see the subclasses for such elements, e.g. transformers H01F, switches, fuses H01H, line connectors H01R; installation of electric cables or lines, or of combined optical and electric cables or lines, or other conductors for supply or distribution H02G)


Multi-port power delivery
Patent No. 10498167 

Inventor(s): Deric Wayne Waters (Dallas, TX), Robert Mason Hanrahan (Montvale, NJ)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15617761 on 06/08/2017 (908 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power provider circuit includes a plurality of power delivery controllers, a single stage power supply, and control circuitry. Each of the plurality of power delivery controllers is configured to provide power to a detachable device. The single stage power supply is configured to generate the power for provision to the detachable devices, and to provide the power at a plurality of selectable voltages. The control circuitry configured to select a given voltage of the plurality of selectable voltages to be made available via all of the power delivery controllers based on power utilization capabilities and other optional status indications reported by the detachable devices.

[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)


Angular position estimation for PM motors
Patent No. 10498268 

Inventor(s): David Patrick Magee (Allen, TX), Eric James Thomas (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15615074 on 06/06/2017 (910 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of determining the angular position () of a rotor of an N-phase permanent magnet motor (PMM) includes providing a processor having an associated memory, wherein the memory stores an angular position determination (APD) equation or hardware is included implementing the APD equation. The APD equation determines the angular position from N-phase measurements obtained from the stator windings associated with each of the N-phases. A voltage or a current is forced upon the stator terminals of the stator windings for each of the N-phases, a resulting stator current or stator voltage is sensed to provide the N-phase measurements responsive to the forcing of the voltage or current, and the APD equation is used to determine the angular position from the N-phase measurements.

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


Differential amplifier with variable neutralization
Patent No. 10498296 

Inventor(s): Brian P. Ginsburg (Allen, TX), Krishnanshu Dandu (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15704314 on 09/14/2017 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples include differential amplifier circuits and variable neutralization circuits for providing an adjustable neutralization impedance between an amplifier input node and an amplifier output node, including neutralization impedance T circuits with first and second impedance elements in series between the amplifier input and output, and a third impedance element, including a first terminal connected to a node between the first and second impedance elements, and a second terminal connected to a transistor. The transistor operates according to a control signal to control the neutralization impedance between the amplifier input node and the amplifier output node.

[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)


Level shifter circuit
Patent No. 10498315 

Inventor(s): Eduardas Jodka (Freising, , DE), Julian Becker (Freising, , DE)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15911719 on 03/05/2018 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: A level shifter with reduced propagation delay. A level shifter includes a signal input terminal, a first signal output node, a first transistor, a second transistor, a third transistor, and a first capacitor. The first transistor includes a control terminal coupled to the signal input terminal. The second transistor includes an output terminal coupled to an input terminal of the first transistor. The first capacitor includes a bottom plate coupled to an input terminal of the second transistor. The third transistor includes a control terminal coupled to a top plate of the first capacitor, and an output terminal coupled to the first signal output node.

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


Output driver with power down protection
Patent No. 10498326 

Inventor(s): Rajesh Keloth (Bangalore, , IN), Sudheer Prasad (Bangalore, , IN), Xiaoju Wu (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15386252 on 12/21/2016 (1077 days app to issue)

Abstract: An interface device includes an NPN structure along a horizontal surface of a p-doped substrate. The NPN structure has a first n-doped region coupled to an output terminal, a p-doped region surrounding the first n-doped region and coupled to the output terminal, and a second n-doped region separated from the first n-doped region by the p-doped region. The interface device also includes a PNP structure along a vertical depth of the p-doped substrate. The PNP structure includes the p-doped region, an n-doped layer under the p-doped region, and the p-doped substrate. Advantageously, the interface device can withstand high voltage swing (both positive and negative), prevent sinking and sourcing large load current, and avoid entering into a low resistance mode during power down operations.

[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]


Phase cancellation in a phase-locked loop
Patent No. 10498344 

Inventor(s): Arvind Sridhar (Issaquah, WA), Christopher Andrew Schell (Tacoma, WA), Jayawardan Janardhanan (Issaquah, WA), Sinjeet Dhanvantray Parekh (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16233283 on 12/27/2018 (341 days app to issue)

Abstract: A phase-locked loop (PLL) including a multiplexer with multiple inputs, each input coupled to receive a different reference clock. A time-to-digital converter (TDC) generates a TDC output value based on a phase difference between a reference clock from the multiplexer and a feedback clock. An averager circuit coupled to an output of the TDC. An adder circuit is coupled to outputs of the TDC and the averager circuit. A loop filter is coupled to an output of the adder circuit.

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


Midband phase noise reducer for PLLS
Patent No. 10498346 

Inventor(s): Michael R. Patrizi (Allen, TX), Tuan M. Tong (Frisco, TX), William K. Mcgehee (Mckinney, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Lewis Rocca Rothgerber Christie LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15808815 on 11/09/2017 (754 days app to issue)

Abstract: A signal generator. A voltage controlled oscillator generates a signal that is fed to a comb generator, e.g., a nonlinear transmission line. A tone, from among a comb of tones at the output of the comb generator, is selected by a bandpass filter, its frequency is divided, e.g., by a direct digital synthesizer, and the result is compared, e.g., by a phase and frequency detector that receives a reference signal at its other input. The output of the phase and frequency detector is fed back, e.g., through a lowpass filter, to the voltage controlled oscillator.

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


Wirelessly referenced multi-octave oscillator
Patent No. 10498370 

Inventor(s): Michael R. Patrizi (Allen, TX), Tuan M. Tong (Frisco, TX), Wesley W. Haswell (Sachse, TX), William K. Mcgehee (Mckinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15652193 on 07/17/2017 (869 days app to issue)

Abstract: A signal source with a wireless frequency reference. A signal loop includes an amplifier and a coupler. The magnitude of the loop gain in the signal loop is substantially equal to 1 at a steady-state amplitude of a signal at a fundamental frequency. A reference oscillator is coupled to the loop through the coupler, via a wireless link, and provides phase stabilization. The loop may include a nonlinear transmission line, to generate a comb output spectrum.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


CoMP measurement system and method
Patent No. 10498404 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX), Ying Li (Richardson, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15005973 on 01/25/2016 (1408 days app to issue)

Abstract: A subscriber station configured to communicate with one or more base stations or other transmission points (TPs) in a wireless communication network is configured to receive, from the network, information associated with one or more of the TPs that are candidates for coordinated multipoint (CoMP) transmission with the subscriber station, to measure a plurality of channel quality values for each of the one or more TPs, and to report the measured channel quality values to the network.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for channel state information (CSI) reporting
Patent No. 10498414 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16532393 on 08/05/2019 (120 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for CSI reporting mechanisms are provided. A user equipment (UE) apparatus includes a transceiver and a processor. The transceiver is configured to receive configuration information for channel state information (CSI) reporting including a plurality of precoding codebook parameters. The processor is operably connected to the transceiver, and configured to determine, in response to receipt of the configuration information for the CSI reporting and the configuration information for the plurality of precoding codebook parameters, a first precoding matrix indicator (PMI) and a second PMI, wherein the first PMI includes one or two codebook indices. The transceiver is further configured to transmit the CSI reporting on an uplink channel, the CSI reporting including the determined first and second PMIs.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for abstracting wavelength-switched optical network traffic engineering topology in SDN control hierarchy
Patent No. 10498441 

Inventor(s): Haomian Zheng (Shenzhen, , CN), Wei Wang (Beijing, , CN), Young Lee (Plano, TX), Yufei Wang (Holmdel, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15943414 on 04/02/2018 (610 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method including determining how many optical channel (OCh) paths are available for border node pair connections; determining which of the OCh paths satisfy a preselected latency threshold; and reporting the OCh paths that satisfy the preselected latency threshold to a service coordinator.

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


Optical N-level quadrature amplitude modulation (NQAM) generation based on phase modulator
Patent No. 10498458 

Inventor(s): Xiao Shen (San Bruno, CA), Xueyan Zheng (Andover, MA), Yangjing Wen (Cupertino, CA), Yu Sheng Bai (Los Altos Hills, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15342975 on 11/03/2016 (1125 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical modulator for generating quadrature amplitude modulation (nQAM) and phase-shift keying (nPSK) signals with tunable modulation efficiency. The modulator includes a controlling circuit for adjusting the modulation efficiency or modulation depth of the modulator by controlling the direct current (DC) bias.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Methods and apparatuses for measuring the distance to a passive intermodulation source
Patent No. 10498465 

Inventor(s): XiaoHua Hou (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16288452 on 02/28/2019 (278 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to methods of performing measurements to determine a distance to a passive-intermodulation (”PIM”) source, a first RF signal comprising a first frequency and a second RF signal comprising a second frequency may be applied to a device under test. A reference signal comprising a higher-order intermodulation-product of the first frequency and the second frequency may also be generated. An output signal from the device under test and the reference signal may be digitized and a calibration measurement may be applied. A phase difference between the device under test output and the reference signal may be determined. A plurality of phase differences may be determined for multiple first frequencies, and from the plurality of phase differences, a delay may be calculated, which may be multiplied by the velocity of propagation on the medium connecting the device under test to the test equipment to determine a distance to the PIM source.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for user equipment operations management
Patent No. 10498504 

Inventor(s): Aimin Justin Sang (San Diego, CA), Bin Liu (San Diego, CA), Nathan Edward Tenny (Poway, CA), Richard Stirling-Gallacher (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15376167 on 12/12/2016 (1086 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a user equipment (UE) adapted to perform beaconing includes beamforming a beacon signal in accordance with at least one transmit beam of a set of transmit beams, thereby producing at least one beamformed beacon signal, transmitting the at least one beamformed beacon signal on a first uplink channel, repeating the beamforming and the transmitting for remaining transmit beams of the set of transmit beams, and receiving downlink reference signals from a transmit-receive point using receive beamforming and beam adjustment.

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


Method and apparatus for channel state information reference signal (CSI-RS)
Patent No. 10498507 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15888838 on 02/05/2018 (666 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for channel state information reference signal (CSI-RS) reporting. A method for operating a user equipment (UE) includes receiving and decoding higher-layer configuration information for N CSI reporting settings and M Resource settings. The method also includes receiving downlink control information (DCI) that includes a DCI field for requesting aperiodic CSI reporting. The method further includes calculating a CSI according to the configuration information and the DCI and transmitting the calculated CSI on an uplink (UL) channel. N is at least one, M is greater than one, and the DCI field includes a selection of one out of X[subscript]STATE [/subscript]configured states.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Device, network, and method for communications with fast adaptive transmission and reception
Patent No. 10498508 

Inventor(s): Jialing Liu (Palatine, IL), Qian Cheng (Naperville, IL), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15936079 on 03/26/2018 (617 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment of the present invention is disclosed including a method for adaptive reception, the method. The method includes receiving, by a user equipment (UE), an indicator from a first component carrier, the indicator indicating whether a second component carrier is in the On state. Receiving, by the UE, from the second component carrier a subframe wherein a reference signal is provided at a first symbol position of the subframe in a majority of subcarriers of the subframe. The second component carrier and the UE are then synchronized based on the reference signals. The UE then initiates a data link with the second component carrier.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


CSI feedback for MIMO wireless communication systems with polarized active antenna array
Patent No. 10498509 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Allen, TX), Yang Li (Plano, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16138187 on 09/21/2018 (438 days app to issue)

Abstract: A base station capable of communicating with a user equipment (UE) includes a transceiver configured to transmit 8-port Channel State Information-Reference Signal (CSI-RS) according to a CSI-RS configuration for the UE, and downlink signals containing the CSI-RS configuration on physical downlink shared channels (PDSCH), and receive, from the UE, uplink signals containing Precoder Matrix Indicator (PMI) derived using the 8-port CSI-RS, and a controller configured to convert the PMI to one of predetermined precoding vectors. A user equipment includes a transceiver configured to receive downlink signals containing a CSI-RS configuration on PDSCH transmitted by the BS, and 8-port CSI-RS according to the CSI-RS configuration, and transmit uplink signals containing a PMI, a controller configured to decode the CSI-RS configuration from the downlink signals, and derive the PMI by utilizing channel estimates based on the 8-port CSI-RS, the PMI mapped to one of precoding vectors.

[H04Q] SELECTING (switches, relays, selectors H01H; wireless communication networks H04W) [2009.01]


Transmission apparatus, reception apparatus and digital radio communication method
Patent No. 10498571 

Inventor(s): Akihiko Matsuoka (Kanagawa, , JP), Masayuki Orihashi (Kanagawa, , JP), Shinichiro Takabayashi (Tokyo, , JP), Yutaka Murakami (Osaka, , JP)
Assignee(s): Wi-Fi One, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16361363 on 03/22/2019 (256 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transmission apparatus and method include modulating a transmission signal using a first modulation scheme selected from a plurality of modulation schemes to generate a first symbol sequence. A second symbol, generated using a phase shift keying (PSK) modulation scheme, is inserted in the first symbol sequence to generate a first modulation signal for transmission. A second modulation signal is received that includes a third symbol generated using a PSK modulation scheme and inserted in a second symbol sequence generated using a second modulation scheme selected from the plurality of modulation schemes. The third symbol is extracted from the received modulation signal. A transmission path associated with the received modulation signal is estimated using the third symbol. A received data signal from the second symbol sequence included in the received modulation signal is output using the estimated transmission path.

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


Discovering connection of passive cables
Patent No. 10498619 

Inventor(s): Kuang-Yi Wu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Patent Department (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15314889 on 07/08/2014 (1974 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one example in accordance with the present disclosure, a subsystem is provided. The subsystem includes a signal driver/receiver capable of sending and receiving data and signals over a passive cable. The subsystem includes a connection discovery engine to access a low-level enable or disable control of the signal driver/receiver and a low-level loss-of-signal (LOS) control of the signal driver/receiver. The connection discovery engine modulates the enable or disable control to send a local unique ID of the signal driver/receiver over the passive cable. The connection discovery engine monitors timings of transitions on the LOS control to receive, over the passive cable, a remote unique ID of a signal driver/receiver in a second subsystem connected by the passive cable.

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


Collecting network OAM flow data using out-of-band messages
Patent No. 10498639 

Inventor(s): Haoyu Song (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15919411 on 03/13/2018 (630 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided to configure a communication network to perform telemetry of OAM data, implemented in a network management device. A packet flow ID is identified, and a head node and an end node for the packet flow are determined from the flow ID. A marking command is sent to the head node, causing it to mark some packets in the packet flow. An unmarking command is sent to the end node, causing it to unmark marked packets. A path configuration command is received, including a list of nodes through which a marked packet passed. A command is sent to the nodes in the list, configured to cause the nodes to collect specified OAM flow data relating to marked packets. Such data for an individual packet is received after being collected from the nodes in the list. The OAM flow data is used to improve performance of the network.

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


PCE for temporal tunnel services
Patent No. 10498640 

Inventor(s): Charles E. Perkins (Saratoga, CA), Huaimo Chen (Bolton, MA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14846450 on 09/04/2015 (1551 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprising a receiver configured to receive a first path computation request (PCReq) message from a path computation client (PCC) requesting path computation for a label switched path (LSP) in a network, wherein the PCReq message indicates a time interval scheduled for the LSP to carry traffic, a processor coupled to the receiver and configured to compute a path in the network for the LSP by determining that the path satisfies a network constraint in the scheduled time interval, and reserve a network resource on a link along the path computed for the LSP, wherein the network resource is reserved in advance for the scheduled time interval, and a transmitter coupled to the processor and configured to send a path computation response (PCRep) message to the PCC indicating the path computed for the LSP in the scheduled time interval.

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


System and method for account level maximum bit rate enforcement
Patent No. 10498657 

Inventor(s): William David McCarley (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15456207 on 03/10/2017 (998 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network device enables account-level data speed enforcement over a wireless core network. The network device obtains an account identifier for a user device requesting a session, wherein the account identifier applies to multiple user devices. The network device stores the account identifier associated with a user device identifier for the user device and an access point name (APN) identifier for the session. The network device associates the account identifier with an account aggregate maximum bit rate (AMBR) value and stores, in a memory, an entry including the account identifier, the user device identifier, and the APN identifier. The network device calculates, a per-APN AMBR value for the session, wherein the per-APN AMBR value includes a portion of the account AMBR value, and sends, to a packet data network (PDN) gateway (PGW) device, the per-APN AMBR value for the session requested by the user device.

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


Systems and methods for allocating end device reources to a network slice
Patent No. 10498666 

Inventor(s): Paul Smith, Jr. (Terrell, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: BakerHostetler (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15582888 on 05/01/2017 (946 days app to issue)

Abstract: An SDN client on an end device receives slice placement instructions relating to services to be placed on a selected slice from an SDN controller. The SDN client also receives policy input regarding allocation of resources on the end device and user preference input regarding priority of the services. A network slice is selected on which the resource will be allocated based on the slice placement instructions, the policy input, and user preference input.

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


System and method for enhanced data protection
Patent No. 10498704 

Inventor(s): Brandon Hart (Dallas, TX), Charles Burgess (Cedar Park, TX), Cody Pollet (Austin, TX), Courtney Roach (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Encryptics, LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16409380 on 05/10/2019 (207 days app to issue)

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

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


IoT (”Internet of Things”) self-segmented blocks
Patent No. 10498707 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15904528 on 02/26/2018 (645 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for secure communication transmission is provided. Methods include shredding a secure communication into a first plurality of communication segments using a first fine-grain shredding algorithm. Methods include creating a first recombination key suitable for recombining data subjected to the first shredding algorithm. Methods include transmitting each of the first plurality of communication segments and the first recombination key to an intermediary device. Methods include shredding the first plurality of communication segments using a second fine-grain shredding algorithm. Methods include creating a second recombination key suitable for recombining data subjected to the second shredding algorithm. Methods include transmitting the second plurality of communication segments and the first and second recombination key to a target device. Methods include recombining the second plurality of communication segments into the first plurality of communication segments using the first key. Methods include recombining the first plurality of communication segments using the second key.

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


Multipath transport communications
Patent No. 10498868 

Inventor(s): Kamakshi Sridhar (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcatel Lucent (Nozay, , FR), Nokia of America Corporation (Murray Hill, NJ)
Law Firm: Tong, Rea, Bentley Kim, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15432638 on 02/14/2017 (1022 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure generally discloses improvements in computer performance for supporting a multipath transport throughput capability that is configured to improve throughout of a multipath transport connection of a multipath transport protocol. The multipath transport throughput capability is configured to improve the throughput of the multipath transport connection by improving delivery of acknowledgment packets acknowledging successful delivery of data packets sent from a data transmitting side to a data receiving side. The multipath transport throughput capability may be configured to improve the delivery of acknowledgment packets from the data receiving side to the data transmitting side by, for a data packet that is successfully received at the data receiving side from the data transmitting side, sending multiple acknowledgment packets from the data receiving side to the data transmitting side where the multiple acknowledgment packets associated with the received data packet may be sent over multiple transport connections of the multipath transport connection.

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


System for communicating event and location information
Patent No. 10498891 

Inventor(s): Monica Rose Martino (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Spectrum Patents, Inc. (Longview, TX)
Law Firm: Toler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15652539 on 07/18/2017 (868 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a system, method and apparatus for initiating and handling an emergency IP request using an IP enabled device having GPS capability. The IP enabled device is monitored for one or more emergency criteria. If the emergency criteria are satisfied, global positioning data is obtained using the GPS capability and the emergency IP request is sent to an address server. The address server receives the emergency IP request, obtains local emergency services data based on the global positioning data, dials a call center station based on the local emergency services data and passes an emergency call from the IP enabled device to the call center station. This invention can be implemented as a computer program embedded in a computer readable medium wherein the steps are performed by one or more code segments.

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


Coding of transform coefficients for video coding
Patent No. 10499059 

Inventor(s): Joel Sole Rojals (La Jolla, CA), Marta Karczewicz (San Diego, CA), Rajan Laxman Joshi (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13413472 on 03/06/2012 (2828 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure describes techniques for coding transform coefficients associated with a block of residual video data in a video coding process. Aspects of this disclosure include the selection of a scan order for both significance map coding and level coding, as well as the selection of contexts for entropy coding consistent with the selected scan order. This disclosure proposes a harmonization of the scan order to code both the significance map of the transform coefficients as well as to code the levels of the transform coefficient. It is proposed that the scan order for the significance map should be in the inverse direction (i.e., from the higher frequencies to the lower frequencies). This disclosure also proposes that transform coefficients be scanned in sub-sets as opposed to fixed sub-blocks. In particular, transform coefficients are scanned in a sub-set consisting of a number of consecutive coefficients according to the scan order.

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


Intelligent duplication detection for wireless emergency alerts in devices
Patent No. 10499204 

Inventor(s): Terri Brooks (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): T-Mobile USA, Inc. (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Lee Hayes, P.C. (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16283594 on 02/22/2019 (284 days app to issue)

Abstract: Cellular communication networks may be configured to broadcast wireless emergency alert (WEA) messages to multiple receiving communication devices. A communication device has physical-layer components, such as a modem subsystem, that receive broadcast alert messages. The modem subsystem uses a cache to record received alert messages and references the cache to perform duplication checking for newly received messages. Newly received messages that are not duplicates are provided to application-layer software for further processing. The application-layer software notifies a device user of the alert message if the alert message satisfies certain criteria. In addition, the application-layer detects changes in device properties that could potentially affect the criteria and in response causes the cache of the modem subsystem to be cleared so that the modem subsystem will not declare a subsequently received alert message to be a duplicate.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for providing emergency codes to a mobile device
Patent No. 10499234 

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16220966 on 12/14/2018 (354 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method at a user equipment for obtaining emergency codes using a non-Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) network, the method including sending a request message to a network node, the request message containing an indication; and receiving, at the user equipment, a response message, the response message including at least one mobile country code (MCC), and the response message indicating an emergency number, type or category information, wherein the emergency number, type or category information is associated with the at least one MCC, and wherein the at least one MCC indicates a portion of a Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN) code to which the emergency number, type or category information applies.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for dynamic data relaying
Patent No. 10499307 

Inventor(s): Haibo Xu (Beijing, , CN), Nathan Edward Tenny (Poway, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15691963 on 08/31/2017 (824 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for dynamically relaying data includes receiving an advertisement for dynamic relaying services from a relay device, establishing a first device-to-device (D2D) connection with the relay device in accordance with the advertisement, transmitting a data packet to the relay device using the first D2D connection, and releasing the first D2D connection automatically after transmitting the data packet.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and communication device for controlling access to a wireless access network
Patent No. 10499316 

Inventor(s): Airin Cherian (Dallas, TX), Ke-Chi Jang (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD. (Dongguan, Guangdong, , CN)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15274242 on 09/23/2016 (1166 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for controlling access to a wireless Access Network (AN) by a wireless communication device. The device stores a Device Access Priority (DAP) level based on characteristics of the device. When the device has data to send, the device receives an overhead message from the AN containing a Network Access Priority (NAP) parameter defining a minimum priority level for initiating network access. The device determines whether its DAP level is equal to or greater than the NAP parameter. If not, the device periodically repeats the receiving and determining steps until the stored DAP level is determined to be equal to or greater than the NAP parameter received from the AN. When the stored DAP level is equal to or greater than the NAP parameter, the device initiates network access. The device may perform and pass a Persistence Test before transmitting the data on an access channel (ACH).

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Ranking and grouping positioning assistance data for broadcast
Patent No. 10499358 

Inventor(s): Manivannan Thyagarajan (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Nokia Technologies Oy (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Harrington Smith (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15897631 on 02/15/2018 (656 days app to issue)

Abstract: At a network node, positioning assistance data blocks are determined to be requested to be broadcasted by a base station to a UE for use by the UE in calculating a position. A message is sent toward the base station with positioning assistance data blocks and corresponding information indicating to the base station that the base station is to admit or not admit for broadcasting positioning assistance data block(s) in response to insufficient resources at the base station to broadcast all the blocks. Indications are received of success or failure of broadcasting the positioning assistance data blocks, the success or failure based on the base station”s admitting or not admitting, respectively, the positioning assistance data blocks. The base station determines which positioning assistance data blocks should be admitted or not admitted for broadcast and either broadcasts the admitted ones or does not broadcast the non-admitted ones.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Assigning frequency sub-bands for LTE transmissions to provide improved performance and reduced interference
Patent No. 10499404 

Inventor(s): Alon Ben Ami (Gedera, , IL), Alon Paycher (Moshav Bait Hanania, , IL), Shlomit Ben Yakar (Kefar saba, , IL), Uri Weinrib (Lod, , IL)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16044812 on 07/25/2018 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include a base station. The base station includes a receiver that receives a channel quality report identifying one or more particular sub-bands in a first frequency band that, when used to transmit information, causes interference in one or more channels of a second frequency band that is adjacent to the first frequency band. The base station further includes a processor that selects one or more sub-bands in the first frequency band to assign based on the channel quality report, the selected sub-band(s) avoiding the one or more particular sub-bands identified in the channel quality report. Additionally, the base station includes a transmitter that sends a sub-band assignment for the selected sub-band(s). The first frequency is a Long Term Evolution (LTE) frequency and the base station is an eNodeB base station in one embodiment.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Channel hopping aware channel access and re-transmission
Patent No. 10499428 

Inventor(s): Jyothsna Kunduru (Plano, TX), Kumaran Vijayasankar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16112254 on 08/24/2018 (466 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of channel access for a radio device in an asynchronous channel hopping wireless network. A backoff time is set from an Interference Avoidance Delay plus a random backoff time for transmissions from the radio device. For initial frame transmissions, an initial value for a number of backoffs (nb) and initial number of preamble detection backoffs (npdb) is set. After waiting for expiring of the initial backoff time and provided a current npdb_valuea predetermined maximum npdb value, a first CCA is performed on the radio device”s receive (Rx) channel, and a value for npdb is incremented following a failure. A second CCA is performed on a target radio device”s Rx channel, wherein a value for nb is incremented following a failure. Provided a not busy is determined in the second CCA the radio device transmits a frame on the target radio device”s Rx channel.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Combined cellular base station and roadside unit system having a common backhaul and related methods
Patent No. 10499457 

Inventor(s): Kevin E. Linehan (Rowlett, TX), Scott L. Michaelis (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Techologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15718426 on 09/28/2017 (796 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a cellular base station and a roadside unit. The roadside unit is configured to communicate data directly on a backhaul communication medium that connects the cellular base station to a controller for the cellular base station.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Equipment module adapter blocks
Patent No. 10499528 

Inventor(s): Alva Benjamin Eaton (Nottingham Park, IL), Samuel Maxwell Marrs (Bradley, IL)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company, LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor Hunt P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16167498 on 10/22/2018 (407 days app to issue)

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

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


Container cabling systems and methods
Patent No. 10499533 

Inventor(s): Kirsten Rundberget (Wylie, TX), Qingya She (Allen, TX), Weisheng Xie (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FUJITSU LIMITED (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16052075 on 08/01/2018 (489 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary cabling system includes a plurality of containers. A first container of the plurality of containers defines a first plurality of openings. The system includes a plurality of bolts with a first bolt operable to insert into the first plurality of openings. The first bolt defines a first conduit operable to receive a first cable of a plurality of cables. An exemplary telecommunications central office includes a container with a plurality of walls defining an interior of the container and an exterior of the container, an opening, a vault entrance, and a plurality of cable runways. An exemplary method for arranging cables includes cutting a wall of a first and second container to create a first and second opening, inserting flanges of bolts into the openings, receiving with a pipe the flanges, and routing a cable through the first and second opening into an interior of the second container.

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


DESIGN PATENTS

Chair
Patent No. D868494 

Inventor(s): Chris Brandel (Chicago, IL), Dan Rucker (Chicago, IL), Daniel Grabowski (East Grand Rapids, MI), Matthew Banach (Gurnee, IL), Michael J. Sawadski (Mount Prospect, IL)
Assignee(s): Paragon Furniture, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29680614 on 02/18/2019 (288 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Foot clip
Patent No. D868637 

Inventor(s): Kevin Donahue (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29622447 on 10/17/2017 (777 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cap for optical fiber connectors
Patent No. D868703 

Inventor(s): Michael DeJong (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Research Development Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29626180 on 11/15/2017 (748 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cap for optical fiber connectors
Patent No. D868704 

Inventor(s): Michael DeJong (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Research Development Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29626187 on 11/15/2017 (748 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Arm positioning aid for golf swing training
Patent No. D868918 

Inventor(s): Joshua Michael Boggs (Aledo, TX)
Assignee(s): Golf Tailor, LLC (Edmond, OK)
Law Firm: Caesar Rivise, PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29662179 on 09/04/2018 (455 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Control panel for vehicle heating and air conditioning systems
Patent No. D868951 

Inventor(s): Michael W Rejkowski (Irving, TX), Stephen J Sexton (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Classic Auto Air Manufaccturing LP (Beachwood, OH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29630391 on 12/20/2017 (713 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Headlamp assembly
Patent No. D869032 

Inventor(s): Scott M. Conway (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): PACCAR Inc (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Christensen O”Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29683355 on 03/12/2019 (266 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Elongate light
Patent No. D869052 

Inventor(s): Brian P. Johnson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): London Johnson, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29672005 on 11/30/2018 (368 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet toy
Patent No. D869105 

Inventor(s): Tian Le Yang (Zhongshan, , CN), Zeng Yi Bao (Zhongshan, , CN)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29638667 on 02/28/2018 (643 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Nozzle
Patent No. D869111 

Inventor(s): Christopher Terpstra (Frisco, TX), Ernest Matthew Chavana, Jr. (Villa Ridge, MO), Jan Valentic (Plano, TX), Richard Foster (Powell, OH), Stanley Anderson (Fenton, MO), Xintao Ma (Suzhou, , CN)
Assignee(s): RUG DOCTOR, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Hauptman Ham, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29625430 on 11/09/2017 (754 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Nozzle
Patent No. D869112 

Inventor(s): Christopher Terpstra (Frisco, TX), Ernest Matthew Chavana, Jr. (Villa Ridge, MO), Jan Valentic (Plano, TX), Richard Foster (Powell, OH), Stanley Anderson (Fenton, MO), Xintao Ma (Suzhou, , CN)
Assignee(s): RUG DOCTOR, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Hauptman Ham, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29625431 on 11/09/2017 (754 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Surface cleaning device handle
Patent No. D869113 

Inventor(s): Christopher Terpstra (Frisco, TX), Ernest Matthew Chavana, Jr. (Villa Ridge, MO), Jan Valentic (Plano, TX), Richard Foster (Powell, OH), Stanley Anderson (Fenton, MO), Xintao Ma (Suzhou, , CN)
Assignee(s): Rug Doctor, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Hauptman Ham, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29618160 on 09/19/2017 (805 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

 

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