Dallas Invents: 133 Patents Granted for Week of May 14

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

Patents granted include:
•  An unassigned system for using AI for routing electric vehicles
•  Baylor Research Institute's vaccines against HPV
•  New York Air Brake's train emission control system
•  Avodah Lab's visual sign language translation training
•  Toyota's distracted driver notification system
•  Linear Labs' magnetic motor
•  Novartis' multifocal diffractive ophthalmic lens
•  Refocus Group's scleral prosthesis for treating presbyopia and other eye disorders

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of May 14, 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) 17
Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano) 9
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 8
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano) 7
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 7
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 5
Doskocil Manufacturing Company Inc. (Arlington) 3

UNASSIGNED 6


TOP LOCAL INVENTOR (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Jack Renforth (Azle) 2
James M. Bowden (Forney) 2
James Michael Newman (Plano) 2
Martin R. MacDonald (Plano) 2
Sunil Pinto (Arlington) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

109 days
Visual sign language translation training device and method
Patent No. 10289903
Assignee: Avodah Labs, Inc. (Arlington)
Inventors: Dallas Nash (Frisco), Michael Menefee (Richardson), Trevor Chandler (Thornton, CO)

4,164 days
System, method, and program product for delivery of digital content offerings at a retail establishment
Patent No. 10291417
Assignee: Wayport Inc. (Atlanta, GA)
Inventor: David J. Vucina (Colleyville)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S


Tarp apparatus for catching trimmed plant leaves and branches
Patent No. 10285334 

Inventor(s): Ricky Daniel Davis (Carrollton)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Plager Schack LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15356271 on 11/18/2016 (907 days app to issue)

Abstract: A foldable tarp apparatus with enhanced strength to collect trimmed leaves and branches of a plant for a disposal is provided. The tarp apparatus includes a foldable circular sheet having a central opening and an outer edge, the circular sheet having a slit extending from an edge of the central opening to the outer edge of the circular sheet, and a plurality of spine members coupled to the circular sheet, each spine member extending radially on the circular sheet and positioned equidistant from adjacent spine members. The central opening of the circular sheet receives the base of the plant therethrough to secure the circular sheet on the ground area surrounding the plant, thereby permitting the circular sheet to collect the trimmed leaves and branches of the plant.

[A01G] HORTICULTURE; CULTIVATION OF VEGETABLES, FLOWERS, RICE, FRUIT, VINES, HOPS, OR SEAWEED; FORESTRY; WATERING (picking of fruits, vegetables, hops, or the like A01D 46/00; plant reproduction by tissue culture techniques A01H 4/00; devices for topping or skinning onions or flower bulbs A23N 15/08; propagating unicellular algae C12N 1/12; plant cell culture C12N 5/00)


System and method for removably mounting toilet seat to toilet bowl
Patent No. 10285546 

Inventor(s): Merle Edwards (Sheboygan Falls, WI)
Assignee(s): Topseat International, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15431106 on 02/13/2017 (820 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hinge assembly for a toilet seat includes a mounting base, a hinge leaf assembly, a threaded bolt, a threaded nut, a washer, and an expanding dowel. The hinge leaf assembly includes hinge leaves configured to attach to a toilet seat and a toilet lid. The threaded bolt configured is to attach the mounting base to a flange portion of a toilet bowl, the bolt having a bolt head at one end. The threaded nut has a sloped surface and is configured to screw onto the bolt. The washer has a sloped surface and is configured to surround the bolt between the bolt head and the nut. The expanding dowel is configured to expand outward and is further configured to surround the bolt between the washer and the nut.

[A47K] SANITARY EQUIPMENT NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (connecting to water supply or waste pipe, sinks E03C; water-closets E03D); TOILET ACCESSORIES (cosmetic equipment A45D)


Esophageal stent
Patent No. 10285798 

Inventor(s): Rich Snider (Dallas), Zeke Eller (Dallas)
Assignee(s): MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC. (South Jordan, UT)
Law Firm: Stoel Rives LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13153150 on 06/03/2011 (2902 days app to issue)

Abstract: A stent comprised of a scaffolding structure having components configured to allow at least a portion of the stent to decrease in diameter in response to an axial force applied to the stent. Further, the components and elements of the stent may be configured to balance transverse forces applied to the stent, thus reducing the incidence of infolding.

[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]


Scleral prosthesis for treating presbyopia and other eye disorders and related devices and methods
Patent No. 10285804 

Inventor(s): Andrew J. Scherer (Trabuco Canyon, CA), Barrie D. Soloway (Long Beach, NY), Douglas C. Williamson (Coppell), Gene W. Zdenek (Northridge, CA), Harry R. A. Jacobson (Nashville, TN), Jack C. Griffis, III (Decatur, GA), M
Assignee(s): Refocus Group, Inc. (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15637285 on 06/29/2017 (684 days app to issue)

Abstract: A scleral prosthesis includes an elongated body having a first free end and a second free end opposite the first free end. A maximum width of the body at each end is wider than a maximum width of the body between the ends. The body includes multiple first portions that form the first free end of the body and a part of the body between the ends. The first portions are separated lengthwise along a substantial portion of a total length of the body. The first portions of the body are biased so that they maintain separation from one another without external interference but are configured to be pushed towards each other. The body is configured to receive and retain, between the first portions of the body, an insert that is configured to maintain the separation of the first portions.

[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]


Multifocal diffractive ophthalmic lens
Patent No. 10285806 

Inventor(s): Myoung-Taek Choi (Arlington), Xin Hong (Fort Worth), Yueai Liu (Arlington)
Assignee(s): Novartis AG (Basel, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15480453 on 04/06/2017 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multifocal ophthalmic lens includes an ophthalmic lens and a diffractive element. The ophthalmic lens has a base curvature corresponding to a base power. The diffractive element produces constructive interference in at least four consecutive diffractive orders corresponding a range of vision between near and distance vision. The constructive interference produces a near focus, a distance focus corresponding to the base power of the ophthalmic lens, and an intermediate focus between the near focus and the distance focus.

[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]


Vascular prosthesis deployment device and method of use
Patent No. 10285834 

Inventor(s): Thomas Robinson (Addison), Zeke Eller (Plano)
Assignee(s): Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (South Jordan, UT)
Law Firm: Stoel Rives LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15061107 on 03/04/2016 (1166 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vascular prosthesis deployment device and related methods are disclosed. In some embodiments the deployment device may provide audible, tactile, or visual feedback to a practitioner as to the degree of deployment of a prosthesis. The deployment device may also provide mechanical advantage when deploying a prosthesis. The deployment device may be configured to incrementally deploy a prosthesis.

[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]


Compounds and anti-tumor NQO1 substrates
Patent No. 10285986 

Inventor(s): David A. Boothman (Dallas)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin), The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois (Urbana, IL)
Law Firm: Haukaas Fortius PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15933671 on 03/23/2018 (417 days app to issue)

Abstract: Compositions comprising Formula (I) can be selectively lethal toward a variety of different cancer cell types. The compositions are useful for the management, treatment, control, or adjunct treatment of diseases, where the selective lethality is beneficial in chemotherapeutic therapy.

[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)


Vaccines against HPV and HPV-related diseases
Patent No. 10286058 

Inventor(s): Gerard Zurawski (Midlothian), Sandra Zurawski (Midlothian), SangKon Oh (Baltimore, MD)
Assignee(s): Baylor Research Institute (Dallas)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15111357 on 01/13/2015 (1582 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments relate to novel vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV) and HPV-related diseases, including multiple types of cancers. The HPV vaccines are composed of anti-human dendritic cell (DC) surface receptor antibodies, including CD40, and E6/7 proteins of HPV 16 and 18. The technology described is not limited to making vaccines against HPV16- and HPV18-related diseases and can be applied to making vaccines carrying E6/7 from any type of HPV. The HPV vaccines described can target DCs, major and professional antigen presenting cells (APCs), and can induce and activate potent HPV E6/7-specific and strong CD4+ and CD8+ T cell responses. The HPV vaccines can be used for the prevention of HPV infection and HPV-related diseases as well as for the treatment of HPV-related diseases, including cancers.

[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)


Device and method for targeted radiation therapy
Patent No. 10286114 

Inventor(s): Gail S. Lebovic (Frisco)
Assignee(s): FOCAL THERAPEUTICS, INC. (Portola Valley, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13802041 on 03/13/2013 (2253 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described here are temporary devices for placement into tissue cavities at the time of a surgical procedure. In addition to marking the tissue cavity for radiation therapy, the devices are capable of draining fluid from the cavity. The devices generally include a resilient, volumetrically shaped distal portion. The shape of the distal portion may be released when removal of the device from the tissue cavity is desired.

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


Device for drawing and expelling a liquid or powder
Patent No. 10286121 

Inventor(s): Ulus Landon Hunt (Denton)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Sheri Higgins Law (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15482900 on 04/10/2017 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes: a base; and an applicator tip, wherein the base and applicator tip are removably connected to each other via a connection, and wherein the device draws and expels a liquid or powder by alternating an increase and decrease of pressure within the device. The device can be used as a nasal aspirator, applicator, or baster for food products. The applicator tip and base can be removably connected to each other via a threaded connection or snap-fit connection. Force applied to the base decreases the volume of the base to create a pressure differential to draw and expel the liquid or powder from the device.

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


Continuous grease fire suppression system
Patent No. 10286236 

Inventor(s): David Howard (Bristow, OK)
Assignee(s): HIP, Inc. (Dallas)
Law Firm: Gable Gotwals (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15369365 on 12/05/2016 (890 days app to issue)

Abstract: A continuous fire suppression system includes a fire suppressing vapor cooking medium circulating within a cooking chamber of a spiral oven; a temperature analyzer arranged to monitor a temperature of the fire suppressing vapor cooking medium; finned heating elements in communication with the temperature analyzer and arranged to heat the fire suppressing vapor cooking medium; a humidity analyzer arranged to monitor a relative humidity of the fire suppressing vapor cooking vapor medium; and a fire suppressing vapor cooking medium injector in communication with the humidity analyzers. the at least one fire suppressing vapor cooking medium injector arranged to inject the fire suppressing vapor cooking medium into the cooking chamber as needed to maintain a relative humidity equal to or greater than a relative humidity of no more than 10% vol. dry air with the remaining volume being the fire suppressing vapor cooking medium.

[A21B] BAKERS’ OVENS; MACHINES OR EQUIPMENT FOR BAKING (domestic baking equipment A47J 37/00; combustion apparatus F23; domestic stoves or ranges being wholly or partly ovens F24B, F24C)


Wearable gym
Patent No. 10286250 

Inventor(s): John Cordero (Arlington)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: King Spalding LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15723743 on 10/03/2017 (588 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wearable gym can include base component configured to be worn over a portion of a body of a user. The wearable gym can also include at least one exercise device coupled to the base component, wherein the at least one exercise device is configured to burn calories of the user when the user engages the at least one exercise device.

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


Torsional stabilizer for skis
Patent No. 10286288 

Inventor(s): Steven Kendall Gross (McKinney)
Assignee(s): Alpine Radius Control Technologies, LLC (McKinney)
Law Firm: Hancock Hughey LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15389483 on 12/23/2016 (872 days app to issue)

Abstract: A torsional stabilizer increases the torsional rigidity of skis without influencing the ski”s flexural characteristics. There are numerous embodiments of the invention disclosed for preventing torsional rotation of a ski about its longitudinal axis while at the same time having little to no impact on the flexing characteristics of the ski. The innovations defined by the invention may be delivered through exoskeletal means (via mechanisms and linkages attached directly to snow skis) or through dynamic structural members or mechanisms integrated within the ski design itself. In all cases, the stabilizers according to the invention effectively reduce the ski”s tendency to twist about its longitudinal axis when subjected to the turning forces created during the sport of alpine skiing.

[A63C] SKATES; SKIS; ROLLER SKATES; DESIGN OR LAYOUT OF COURTS, RINKS OR THE LIKE (water skis B63B 35/81) [5]


Bearing and shaft assembly for jet assemblies
Patent No. 10288071 

Inventor(s): Kevin Le (Richland Hills), Thanh Le (Grand Prairie)
Assignee(s): Luraco, Inc. (Arlington)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15854767 on 12/27/2017 (503 days app to issue)

Abstract: An improved bearing and shaft assembly includes a bearing assembly having an outer bearing member and an inner bearing member, and a shaft assembly having a shaft member, a shaft protection member, and a locking mechanism. The outer bearing member has a cavity for receiving the inner bearing member, and fits within a cavity of an impeller. The shaft assembly is secured within a housing of a jet assembly. The shaft protection member has a cavity for receiving the shaft member. The shaft protection member fits within the cavity of the inner bearing member. Also, a jet assembly, which includes the improved bearing and shaft assembly, may be coupled to a motor assembly. The jet assembly further includes the housing that includes at least one inlet aperture and at least one outlet aperture, and an impeller positioned within a cavity of the housing.

[A61H] PHYSICAL THERAPY APPARATUS, e.g. DEVICES FOR LOCATING OR STIMULATING REFLEX POINTS IN THE BODY; ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION; MASSAGE; BATHING DEVICES FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC OR HYGIENIC PURPOSES OR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY (electrotherapy, magnetotherapy, radiation therapy, ultrasound therapy A61N)


Vehicle seat with retractable electrical connectivity device
Patent No. 10290984 

Inventor(s): Christopher M. Vargo (Plymouth, MI), John J. Salvia, III (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15284279 on 10/03/2016 (953 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat base and a retractable electrical connectivity device mounted to the seat base. The electrical connectivity device may be mounted in a receptacle incorporated into the seat base.

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


 

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


Composite materials with tapered reinforcements
Patent No. 10286623 

Inventor(s): Daniel H. Hecht (Fort Worth)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14739831 on 06/15/2015 (1429 days app to issue)

Abstract: A composite material includes a plurality of reinforcements arranged in a plurality of layers. Each reinforcement comprises a tapered shape that allows the reinforcements of a particular layer to nest with reinforcements of an adjacent layer. The composite material further includes an adhesive that is at least partially between the layers of reinforcements.

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


Air deflector assemblies for vehicles
Patent No. 10286776 

Inventor(s): Jeremiah T. Hammer (Ann Arbor, MI), Rahul B. Gururaj (Canton, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15613803 on 06/05/2017 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle includes a grille assembly, a radiator, and a bumper reinforcement beam. In addition, the vehicle includes an air deflector assembly that further includes an air deflector body portion that extends away from the radiator in the vehicle longitudinal direction over the bumper reinforcement beam and toward the grille assembly. The air deflector body portion includes an upper wall portion and an intermediate wall portion. The intermediate wall portion intersects the upper wall portion at an angle. The air deflector body portion includes a lower wall portion that is offset from the upper wall portion in the vehicle lateral direction by the upper wall portion. The intermediate wall portion intersects the lower wall portion at an angle so to facilitate collapsing of the air deflector body portion upon a vertical impact by a leg impactor during a pedestrian leg impact test.

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


Regenerative braking controller for electric motors
Patent No. 10286785 

Inventor(s): Aravind Samba Murthy (Atlanta, GA), David Patrick Magee (Allen)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15680261 on 08/18/2017 (634 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of regenerative braking includes providing an electric motor including at least one stator and a rotor, a speed of the rotor, a motor controller that regulates a current level in the stator winding, a power inverter which controls an energy flow to the stator terminal, and an energy storage system (ESS) which exchanges energy with the motor. A battery management circuit is between the power inverter and the ESS, and a processor has an associated memory storing a regenerative braking (RB) algorithm. The RB algorithm during braking causes the motor controller to execute determining an RB torque value from the rotor speed that maximizes regenerative braking current, and the power inverter is used to redirect the RB current to maximize a power transfer from the motor to the ESS.

[B60L] PROPULSION OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES (arrangements or mounting of electrical propulsion units or of plural diverse prime-movers for mutual or common propulsion in vehicles B60K 1/00, B60K 6/20; arrangements or mounting of electrical gearing in vehicles B60K 17/12, B60K 17/14; preventing wheel slip by reducing power in rail vehicles B61C 15/08; dynamo-electric machines H02K; control or regulation of electric motors H02P); SUPPLYING ELECTRIC POWER FOR AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES (electric coupling devices combined with mechanical couplings of vehicles B60D 1/64; electric heating for vehicles B60H 1/00); ELECTRODYNAMIC BRAKE SYSTEMS FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL (control or regulation of electric motors H02P); MAGNETIC SUSPENSION OR LEVITATION FOR VEHICLES; MONITORING OPERATING VARIABLES OF ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES; ELECTRIC SAFETY DEVICES FOR ELECTRICALLY-PROPELLED VEHICLES [4]


Train emission control system
Patent No. 10286937 

Inventor(s): Keith Wesley Wait (Flower Mound)
Assignee(s): NEW YORK AIR BRAKE, LLC (Watertown, NY)
Law Firm: Bond Schoeneck and King PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15407771 on 01/17/2017 (847 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system that can automatically control the emissions of each locomotive in a consist to reduce overall train emissions. An emissions module determines the amount of emissions emitted by a train. An emissions control module commands the locomotive, via the train control system, to operate in a predetermined state to achieve a particular amount of emissions. A location module can track the location of the locomotive of the train relative geographic locations having emission regulations so that the emissions control module can command appropriate changes in the locomotive to reduce emissions.

[B61K] OTHER AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT FOR RAILWAYS (energy-storing brakes B61H; protection of permanent way against weather influences E01B; rail cleaning, snow ploughs E01H)


Vehicles including mesh stamped panels
Patent No. 10286958 

Inventor(s): Hiroaki Oba (Union, KY), Kirby Bryson (Lexington, KY), Naoshi Yamaki (Florence, KY), Yogesh Patel (Georgetown, KY)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15649932 on 07/14/2017 (669 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle includes a vehicle panel including a plurality of individual mesh structures where the individual mesh structures each include four triangular sides extending outwardly from a plane of the panel forming a pyramid shape. A fillet connects adjacent triangular sides.

[B62D] MOTOR VEHICLES; TRAILERS (steering, or guiding on a desired track, of agricultural machines or implements A01B 69/00; wheels, castors, axles, increasing wheel adhesion B60B; vehicle tyres, tyre inflation or tyre changing B60C; connections between vehicles of a train or the like B60D; vehicles for use on rail and road, amphibious or convertible vehicles B60F; suspension arrangements B60G; heating, cooling, ventilating or other air treating devices B60H; windows, windscreens, non-fixed roofs, doors or similar devices, protective coverings for vehicles not in use B60J; propulsion plant arrangements, auxiliary drives, transmissions, controls, instrumentation or dashboards B60K; electric equipment or propulsion of electrically-propelled vehicles B60L; power supply for electrically-propelled vehicles B60M; passenger accommodation not otherwise provided for B60N; adaptations for load transportation or to carry special loads or objects B60P; arrangement of signalling or lighting devices, the mounting or supporting thereof or circuits therefor, for vehicles in general B60Q; vehicles, vehicle fittings or vehicle parts, not otherwise provided for B60R; servicing, cleaning, repairing, supporting, lifting, or manoeuvring, not otherwise provided for B60S; brake arrangements, brake control systems or parts thereof B60T; air-cushion vehicles B60V; motorcycles, accessories therefor B62J, B62K; testing of vehicles G01M)


Friction damper with centering flexure
Patent No. 10287005 

Inventor(s): Andrea Cheri Chavez (Colleyville), Brad Jeffrey Ekstrom (Colleyville), Steven Kirk Spears (Hurst)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14657478 on 03/13/2015 (1523 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tail rotor drive system (TRDS) has a shaft, a housing extending around the shaft, a mount coupled to the housing via a friction assembly and a flexure, and a bearing assembly disposed between the housing and the shaft.

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


Bond fixture for sheath assembly of rotor blade
Patent No. 10287008 

Inventor(s): David Littlejohn (Haslet), Eric Boyle (Haslet), Scott Oren Smith (Bedford), Sven Roy Lofstrom (Irving)
Assignee(s): SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION (Stratford, CT)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15232319 on 08/09/2016 (1008 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bond fixture includes a first fixture having a heater and a plurality of clamps. Each of the plurality of clamps includes a first member and a second member rotatable between a first position and a second position. A second fixture includes a root end lift translatable vertically between a retracted position and an extended position and a root end clamp translatable along a horizontal axis. The root end clamp is configured to cooperate with the root end.

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


Rotor sequencing for dual rotor aircraft
Patent No. 10287010 

Inventor(s): Eric Ricardo Gonzalez (Fort Worth), Frank Bradley Stamps (Fort Worth)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15341905 on 11/02/2016 (923 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aircraft has a fuselage, a first rotor assembly having a first rotor hub and first rotor blades pivotably coupled to the first rotor hub and a second rotor assembly having a second rotor hub and second rotor blades pivotably coupled to the second rotor hub. The first and second rotor blades have deployed configurations extending generally radially from the fuselage and stowed configurations extending generally parallel with the fuselage. A sequencing cam, positioned between the first and second rotor hubs, is coupled to the second rotor blades. The sequencing cam has a retracted orientation when the second rotor blades are in the stowed configuration and an extended orientation when the second rotor blades are in the deployed configuration in which the sequencing cam props support arms of the first rotor blades preventing transition of the first rotor blades from the deployed configuration to the stowed configuration.

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


Aircraft having radially extendable tailboom assembly
Patent No. 10287012 

Inventor(s): Carlos Alexander Fenny (Fort Worth), Daniel Bryan Robertson (Fort Worth), Kirk Landon Groninga (Fort Worth)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15241436 on 08/19/2016 (998 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tail sitter aircraft includes a fuselage having a forward portion, an aft portion and a longitudinally extending fuselage axis. A main lifting surface is supported by the forward portion of the fuselage. A propulsion system is operably associated with the main lifting surface and operable to provide thrust during forward flight, vertical takeoff, hover and vertical landing. A tailboom assembly extends from the aft portion of the fuselage. The tailboom assembly includes a plurality of rotatably mounted tail arms having control surfaces and landing members wherein, in a forward flight configuration, the tail arms are radially retracted to reduce tail surface geometry and provide yaw and pitch control with the control surfaces and, wherein, in a landing configuration, the tail arms are radially extended relative to one another about the fuselage axis to form a stable ground contact base with the landing members.

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


Power demand anticipation systems for rotorcraft
Patent No. 10287026 

Inventor(s): Charles Eric Covington (Fort Worth), Joseph Schaeffer (Fort Worth), Robert Earl Worsham, II (Fort Worth)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15424801 on 02/04/2017 (829 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power demand anticipation system for a rotorcraft includes an engine subsystem having an engine with a power output. The power demand anticipation system also includes one or more sensors including a cyclic control sensor. The one or more sensors are operable to detect one or more flight parameters of the rotorcraft to form sensor data including a cyclic control position. A power demand anticipation module is in data communication with the engine subsystem and the one or more sensors. The power demand anticipation module is operable to anticipate a power demand of the engine using the sensor data to form a power demand anticipation signal. The engine subsystem is operable to adjust the power output of the engine based on the power demand anticipation signal received from the power demand anticipation module.

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


In-line label applicator
Patent No. 10287050 

Inventor(s): John A. Roe (Hewitt, NJ)
Assignee(s): ID TECHNOLOGY LLC (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: Thompson Hine L.L.P. (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15363215 on 11/29/2016 (896 days app to issue)

Abstract: An in-line label applicator includes a label printer to print variable data on each label and a label application station that moves the printed labels into a container conveyance path for application to containers moving along the path. One scanner scans the label code of each printed label before the label reaches the conveyance path, and another scanner scans the helper code of each container as the label is being applied during movement of the container along the conveyance path.

[B65C] LABELLING OR TAGGING MACHINES, APPARATUS, OR PROCESSES (nailing or stapling in general B25C, B27F; processes for applying decalcomanias B44C 1/16; applying labels for packaging purposes B65B; labels, name-plates G09F)


Apparatus for making a flat bottom pillow pouch
Patent No. 10287075 

Inventor(s): Chad Arthur Huebner (Bedford), Jerry Mike Reaves (Midlothian), Martin Bernhard Dierl (Allen), Patrick Joseph Bierschenk (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15044659 on 02/16/2016 (1183 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention discloses a flat bottom pillow pouch that can stand upright on its bottom transverse seal. The flat bottom pillow bag can be made from the same film as a standard pillow pouch and requires less film than prior art stand up packages. The flat bottom pillow pouch disclosed herein has no gussets.

[B65B] MACHINES, APPARATUS OR DEVICES FOR, OR METHODS OF, PACKAGING ARTICLES OR MATERIALS; UNPACKING (bundling and pressing devices for cigars A24C 1/44; devices for tensioning and securing binders adapted to be supported by the article or articles to be bound B25B 25/00; applying closure members to bottles, jars or similar containers B67B 1/00-B67B 6/00; concurrent cleaning, filling and closing of bottles B67C 7/00; emptying bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels or similar containers B67C 9/00)


Cooling loops and vehicles incorporating the same
Patent No. 10290911 

Inventor(s): Ercan Mehmet Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Feng Zhou (Ann Arbor, MI), Shailesh Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14714652 on 05/18/2015 (1457 days app to issue)

Abstract: Cooling loops and vehicles including cooling loops include a power module, a cooling loop including a cooler thermally coupled to the power module, a working fluid housed within the cooler, where the working fluid absorbs thermal energy from the power module, a heat exchanger in fluid communication with the cooler, a pump in fluid communication with the heat exchanger and the cooler, and a vehicle component thermally coupled to the cooling loop, where the working fluid from the cooler is selectively directed to the vehicle component.

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


 

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


Eicosanoid derivatives
Patent No. 10287262 

Inventor(s): John R. Falck (Dallas), Narender Puli (Dallas)
Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS OF UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin), MAX-DELBRUECK-CENTRUM FUER MOLEKULARE MEDIZIN (Berlin, , DE)
Law Firm: Agris Von Natzmer, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15007354 on 01/27/2016 (1203 days app to issue)

Abstract:

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


Method and apparatus for recovering synthetic oils from composite oil streams
Patent No. 10287513 

Inventor(s): Martin R. MacDonald (Plano)
Assignee(s): Gen III Oil Corporation (Vancouver, , CA)
Law Firm: MBM Intellectual Property Law LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15416069 on 01/26/2017 (838 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for recovering synthetic oils from a feed stream, the method comprising separating at least a portion of the non-synthetic oil constituents from a commingled stream to produce a partially purified synthetic oil stream and one or more contaminant streams. Extracting at least a portion of the synthetic oil from the partially purified synthetic oil stream to produce a synthetic oil stream and a second contaminant stream.

[C10G] CRACKING HYDROCARBON OILS; PRODUCTION OF LIQUID HYDROCARBON MIXTURES, e.g. BY DESTRUCTIVE HYDROGENATION, OLIGOMERISATION, POLYMERISATION (cracking to hydrogen or synthesis gas C01B; cracking or pyrolysis of hydrocarbon gases to individual hydrocarbons or mixtures thereof of definite or specified constitution C07C; cracking to cokes C10B); RECOVERY OF HYDROCARBON OILS FROM OIL-SHALE, OIL-SAND, OR GASES; REFINING MIXTURES MAINLY CONSISTING OF HYDROCARBONS; REFORMING OF NAPHTHA; MINERAL WAXES [6]


Method and apparatus for recovering synthetic oils from composite oil streams
Patent No. 10287514 

Inventor(s): Martin R. MacDonald (Plano)
Assignee(s): Gen III Oil Corporation (Vancouver, , CA)
Law Firm: MBM Intellectual Property Law LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15428195 on 02/09/2017 (824 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for recovering synthetic oils from a feed stream, the method comprising separating at least a portion of the non-synthetic oil constituents from a commingled stream to produce a partially purified synthetic oil stream and one or more contaminant streams. Extracting at least a portion of the synthetic oil from the partially purified synthetic oil stream to produce a synthetic oil stream and a second contaminant stream.

[C10G] CRACKING HYDROCARBON OILS; PRODUCTION OF LIQUID HYDROCARBON MIXTURES, e.g. BY DESTRUCTIVE HYDROGENATION, OLIGOMERISATION, POLYMERISATION (cracking to hydrogen or synthesis gas C01B; cracking or pyrolysis of hydrocarbon gases to individual hydrocarbons or mixtures thereof of definite or specified constitution C07C; cracking to cokes C10B); RECOVERY OF HYDROCARBON OILS FROM OIL-SHALE, OIL-SAND, OR GASES; REFINING MIXTURES MAINLY CONSISTING OF HYDROCARBONS; REFORMING OF NAPHTHA; MINERAL WAXES [6]


Use of an acid soluble or degradable solid particulate and an acid liberating or acid generating composite in the stimulation of a subterranean formation
Patent No. 10287865 

Inventor(s): Charles Elmer Bell (Rockwall)
Assignee(s): Baker Hughes, a GE company, LLC (Houston)
Law Firm: Jones Delflache LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14713694 on 05/15/2015 (1460 days app to issue)

Abstract: The flow of a stimulation fluid may be diverted from a high permeability zone to a low permeability portion of a subterranean formation by use of an acid soluble or acid degradable solid particulate and a composite of an acid or an acid generating compound adsorbed onto a water-insoluble adsorbent. Conductive flow of hydrocarbons from an occluded fracture may be resumed by release of the acid from the adsorbent or the acid generating compound.

[C09K] MATERIALS FOR APPLICATIONS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; APPLICATIONS OF MATERIALS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S


Excavating tooth assembly with locking pin assembly
Patent No. 10287753 

Inventor(s): Mohamad Youssef Bilal (Little Elm), Venkata Prakash Vegunta (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Hensley Industries, Inc. (Dallas)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16042724 on 07/23/2018 (295 days app to issue)

Abstract: A locking pin assembly for securing a ground engaging element to a support structure may include a body portion and may include a shaft portion disposed within the body portion and rotatable between a first position that mechanically inhibits removal of a ground engaging element from a support structure and a second position that permits removal of the ground engaging element from the support structure. A camshaft may be rotatably disposed within the shaft portion and may be arranged to cooperate with the shaft portion to rotate through a first range of motion and to apply a rotational force on the shaft portion through a second range of motion. A radially extending locking element may be configured to selectively mechanically interfere with one of the shaft portion and the body portion to selectively prevent rotation of the shaft portion relative to the body portion.

[E02F] DREDGING; SOIL-SHIFTING (winning peat E21C 49/00)


Wellbore systems with adjustable flow control and methods for use thereof
Patent No. 10287850 

Inventor(s): John Gano (Carrollton), Michael Fripp (Carrollton), Scott Cunningham (Grapevine), Stephen Michael Greci (McKinney)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15644685 on 07/07/2017 (676 days app to issue)

Abstract: It is sometimes desirable to differentially regulate fluid flow in a subterranean formation using autonomous inflow control devices (AICDs), but they are not readily configurable in the field at present. Wellbore systems providing adjustable flow control may comprise: a wellbore pipe having a flow control assembly fixedly coupled thereto, the wellbore pipe having an interior space, an outer surface, and one or more AICDs establishing a fluid connection between the interior space and the outer surface of the wellbore pipe, and the flow control assembly comprising one or more flow chambers defined on the outer surface about the one or more AICDs, one or more inlets being fluidly connected to the one or more flow chambers; wherein the one or more inlets are configured to accept a plug for occluding fluid flow therethrough, so as to limit access of a fluid to an entry location of the AICDs.

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


Downhole mechanical tubing perforator
Patent No. 10287860 

Inventor(s): Matthew Mlcak (Carrollton)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston)
Law Firm: Chamberlain Hrdlicka (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15029560 on 11/14/2013 (2007 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus include mechanically perforating a tubular positioned in a subterranean wellbore. A plurality of mechanical penetrators are moved radially outward, simultaneously or sequentially, in response to an actuating force applied from a downhole power unit or tubing pressure. After perforating the downhole tubular, the penetrators are retracted for re-use at a new location or for retrieval. A slip assembly can secure the tool in position during use.

[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]


Stuffing box leak containment apparatus
Patent No. 10287862 

Inventor(s): Christopher Joe White (Oklahoma City, OK), Darrel B. Fruit (Oklahoma City, OK), Jack G. Brewer (Chickasha, OK), Jerry Douglas Leopold (Yukon, OK), Steven L. Shroyer (Redondo Beach, CA), William Joseph Bickel, Jr. (Jones, OK,
Assignee(s): Anti-Pollution Technology, L.P. (Frisco)
Law Firm: McAfee Taft (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16110560 on 08/23/2018 (264 days app to issue)

Abstract: A containment apparatus for protecting a surrounding environment from leaks originating from a stuffing box is provided. In some embodiments, the containment apparatus utilizes a float switch to switch off a pump associated with the stuffing box when the level of a liquid in the vessel exceeds a predetermined level. The switch can communicate ultrasonically with a receiver that relays a message to a user. In some embodiments, the vessel comprises two half vessels that are lined by a metal frame along their mating edges.

[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]


Igniting underground energy sources using propellant torch
Patent No. 10287868 

Inventor(s): Thomas Earl Burky (Mansfield)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston)
Law Firm: C. Tumey Law Group PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15039800 on 11/30/2015 (1261 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and a method for underground gasification comprising a downhole ignition device. The downhole ignition device may comprise a connection housing at a first end of the downhole ignition device. The connection housing may comprise an igniter and a first fire mix. The downhole ignition device may further comprise a body coupled to the connection housing. The body may comprise pyrotechnic modules arranged in series and additional first fire mix. A cap may be disposed at a second end of the connection housing. Additionally, the downhole ignition device may comprise a supply line and a recovery system. A method for igniting an underground energy source may comprise positioning a downhole ignition device adjacent an underground energy source in a wellbore, igniting a first fire mix in the downhole ignition device, and igniting a series of pyrotechnic modules arranged in the downhole ignition 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

 


Dual axial fan with flexible airflow and bracket system
Patent No. 10288020 

Inventor(s): Stephen William O”Brien (Fort Worth)
Assignee(s): TSI Products, Inc. (Arlington)
Law Firm: Hitchcock Evert LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15009161 on 01/28/2016 (1202 days app to issue)

Abstract: A flexible airflow system providing customizable components for mounting, directing airflow and/or modifying airflow. The system may include a dual fan apparatus for providing heated or cooled air which is compact fit within limited spaces. The dual fan apparatus includes two axial fans on opposing sides of a thermal exchange component which operate in coordination to move air in one direction at a time through the apparatus. The dual fan apparatus increases airflow and thermal transfer efficiency through the thermal exchange component. The system may also include a flexible bracket system and/or a flexible ventilation system to facilitate custom configurations for the airflow system.

[F24H] FLUID HEATERS, e.g. WATER OR AIR HEATERS, HAVING HEAT-GENERATING MEANS, IN GENERAL (heat-transfer, heat-exchange or heat-storage materials C09K 5/00; tube furnaces for thermal non-catalytic cracking C10G 9/20; devices, e.g. valves, for venting and aerating enclosures F16K 24/00; steam traps or like apparatus F16T; steam generation F22; combustion apparatus F23; domestic stoves or ranges F24B, F24C; domestic- or space-heating systems F24D; furnaces, kilns, ovens, retorts F27; heat-exchangers F28; electric heating elements or arrangements H05B)


Relocatable illuminators
Patent No. 10288270 

Inventor(s): Troy K. Uahinui (Burlington, KY)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15909209 on 03/01/2018 (439 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments described herein include a relocatable illuminator that includes an illumination component with a plurality of light emitting devices. The relocatable illuminator may include a solar collection device coupled to the plurality of light emitting devices and a base component that removably couples to a post by covering at least a portion of a top surface of the post. In some embodiments, the base component is configured to support the illumination component in a substantially vertical configuration to provide a lighted indication of a location of the post.

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


Refrigeration charging devices and methods of use thereof
Patent No. 10288333 

Inventor(s): Kenneth Alan Pistone (Rowlett)
Assignee(s): THE ARMOR ALL/STP PRODUCTS COMPANY (Danbury, CT)
Law Firm: Kagan Binder, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15623705 on 06/15/2017 (698 days app to issue)

Abstract: Servicing devices and methods of use for servicing refrigerant systems are described herein. A servicing device may include a body and actuator. The body includes a first fluid port that is coupleable to a fluid port of a fluid source; a second fluid port, that is operatively couples to a refrigeration system; a passage in fluid communication with the first and second fluid ports and in fluid communication; and a plunger at least partially disposed in the passage of the body, and the plunger is adjustable between a released position and an engaged position, during use. The actuator is coupled to the body, and, during use, downward movement the actuator raises or lowers a plunger such that substantially continuous fluid communication between the first fluid port and the second fluid port is established.

[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)


Concealed amalgamated explosive neutralizer and method of manufacture
Patent No. 10288390 

Inventor(s): Daniel Hill Meeker (Fort Worth)
Assignee(s): I P Creations Limited (Surrey, , GB)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15172000 on 06/02/2016 (1076 days app to issue)

Abstract: A concealed amalgamated neutralizer covertly combines neutralizer material comprised of various combinations of inert materials such as calcium carbonate or silicates with common explosive material for the prevention of malicious use of the explosive material in improvised explosive devices. The concealed amalgamated neutralizer device may vary in shape, size, and color and is therefore adaptable to varying methods of containment typified by common pyrotechnic products. The neutralizer material mimics the explosive material of the pyrotechnic products without detection. Upon disassembly of a concealed amalgamated neutralizer device, the neutralizer material is mixed with and neutralizes the explosive material rendering the explosive material useless as a component for an improvised explosive device.

[F41J] TARGETS; TARGET RANGES; BULLET CATCHERS


 

P H Y S I C S


Blade geometry characterization tool
Patent No. 10288399 

Inventor(s): Jose DeAnda (Dallas), Robert D. Higbie (Haslet), Sven Roy Lofstrom (Irving)
Assignee(s): SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION (Stratford, CT)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15323591 on 06/24/2015 (1420 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tool is provided for characterizing a blade geometry. The tool includes a first component attachable to a blade root of a blade and a second component attachable to leading and trailing edges of the blade at a blade tip and at multiple stations defined along a span-wise dimension of the blade. The second component is configured for characterization of a chord length of the blade at the blade tip and at the multiple stations. The first and second components are respectively configured for cooperative optical characterization of a sweep and a twist angle of the blade at the blade tip and at the multiple stations.

[G01B] MEASURING LENGTH, THICKNESS OR SIMILAR LINEAR DIMENSIONS; MEASURING ANGLES; MEASURING AREAS; MEASURING IRREGULARITIES OF SURFACES OR CONTOURS


Systems and methods using artificial intelligence for routing electric vehicles
Patent No. 10288439 

Inventor(s): Robert D. Pedersen (Dallas)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15439673 on 02/22/2017 (811 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides specific systems, methods and algorithms based on artificial intelligence expert system technology for determination of preferred routes of travel for electric vehicles (EVs). The systems, methods and algorithms provide such route guidance for battery-operated EVs in-route to a desired destination, but lacking sufficient battery energy to reach the destination from the current location of the EV. The systems and methods of the present invention disclose use of one or more specifically programmed computer machines with artificial intelligence expert system battery energy management and navigation route control. Such specifically programmed computer machines may be located in the EV and/or cloud-based or remote computer/data processing systems for the determination of preferred routes of travel, including intermediate stops at designated battery charging or replenishing stations. Expert system algorithms operating on combinations of expert defined parameter subsets for route selection are disclosed. Specific fuzzy logic methods are also disclosed based on defined potential route parameters with fuzzy logic determination of crisp numerical values for multiple potential routes and comparison of those crisp numerical values for selection of a particular route. Application of the present invention systems and methods to autonomous or driver-less EVs is also disclosed.

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


Reaction vessel moving member for moving reaction vessels from a processing track to a rotating device in a diagnostic analyzer
Patent No. 10288633 

Inventor(s): Robert Luoma (Colleyville), Ryan Patrick Johnson (Bedford)
Assignee(s): ABBOTT LABORATORIES (Abbott Park, IL)
Law Firm: Klintworth Rozenblat IP LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15193786 on 06/27/2016 (1051 days app to issue)

Abstract: A diagnostic analyzer includes a rotating device, a first optical reader, and a second optical reader. The rotating device includes a first darkened compartment, a second darkened compartment, and an optical path along which the first darkened compartment and the second darkened compartment travel. The first optical reader is operable to read the first darkened compartment and the second optical reader is operable to read the second darkened compartment.

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


Remote sensing system
Patent No. 10288648 

Inventor(s): Steven Rowland Widener (Palm Bay, FL)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14526281 on 10/28/2014 (1659 days app to issue)

Abstract: Remote sensors and methods of remote sensing are disclosed. A remote sensor includes a first circuit and a second circuit. The first circuit includes a first coil, a magnetic field generator for driving a current through the first coil to generate a magnetic field, and circuitry for determining loading of the magnetic field. The second circuit includes a second coil located proximate the first coil and a voltage-to-current converter for converting a voltage at an input of the second circuit to current and applying the current to the second coil. The current in the second coil registers as a loading of the magnetic field generated by the first coil. The loss, in response to the loading of the magnetic field, is measurable by the first circuit.

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


Enhancing sensitivity and robustness of mechanical rotation and position detection with capacitive sensors
Patent No. 10288658 

Inventor(s): Peter Spevak (Moosburg a.d. Isar, , DE)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15886173 on 02/01/2018 (467 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described example user interface control apparatus includes a first structure, with a first side, conductive capacitor plate structures spaced along a first direction on the first side, a movable second structure with an auxiliary conductive structure, and an interface circuit to provide excitation signals to, and receive sense signals from, the conductive capacitor plate structures to perform a mutual capacitance test and a self-capacitance test of individual ones of the conductive capacitor plate structures to determine a position of the second structure or a user”s finger relative to the first structure along the first direction.

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


Resonant impedance sensing with a negative impedance control loop implemented with synchronized class D and output comparators
Patent No. 10288699 

Inventor(s): George P. Reitsma (Redwood City, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15584011 on 05/01/2017 (743 days app to issue)

Abstract: A resonant impedance sensing system includes a class D negative impedance stage implemented with a Class D comparator, and a loop control stage implemented with an output comparator clocked by the class D comparator, establishing a negative impedance control loop that includes the resonator as a loop filter. The negative impedance stage includes a multi-level current source (such as a current DAC) interfaced to the resonator through an H-bridge controlled by the class D comparator. Class D switching synchronizes resonator oscillation voltage (input to the class D comparator) with resonator current drive (from the multi-level current source), driving the resonator with a negative impedance that balances resonator impedance to maintain sustained oscillation. Negative impedance magnitude is controlled by the loop control stage, with the output comparator generating a multi-level loop control signal the controls drive current level based on resonator oscillation amplitude (the time-average of the multi-level drive current).

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


Systems and methods for direction finding using augmented spatial sample covariance matrices
Patent No. 10288715 

Inventor(s): James M. Bowden (Forney)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Daly, Crowley, Mofford Durkee, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15260715 on 09/09/2016 (977 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an array antenna having a plurality of subarrays, a direction finding system and technique includes receiving signals at an array antenna and capturing data with a plurality of groups of subarrays. Each group of subarrays may capture data during a selected one of a plurality of different dwell times. The method further includes generating a plurality of dwell spatial sample covariance matrices (SCMs) using data corresponding to one or more of the plurality of groups of subarrays and combining the plurality of dwell spatial SCMs in complex form to generate an aggregate covariance matrix (ACM). The ACM may then be used in subsequent processing with MINDIST technique to estimate a direction of a received signal based on the combined data.

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


Systems and methods for direction finding based on minimum distance search to principal components
Patent No. 10288716 

Inventor(s): James M. Bowden (Forney)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Daly, Crowley, Mofford Durkee, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15260508 on 09/09/2016 (977 days app to issue)

Abstract: The concepts, systems and method described herein provide direction finding (DF) methods based on a minimum distance (MINDIST) search to principal components. In an embodiment, the method includes capturing samples of data from one or more array elements. The samples may be samples of a signal received at the array elements. The method includes generating a spatial sample covariance matrix (SCM) using the samples of data, extracting principal components from the SCM and generating a principal component table using angle and frequency measurement for each of the principal components. The method further includes determining a distance between a test point and each value in the principal component table and identifying a minimum distance point corresponding to a direction of the received signal. The minimum distance point may correspond to direction of arrival of a signal on the one or more array elements.

[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


Long-lifetime, high-yield, fast neutrons source
Patent No. 10288763 

Inventor(s): Juan Navarro-Sorroche (Plano)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15754259 on 11/11/2015 (1280 days app to issue)

Abstract: A neutron generator includes a gas control interface and a vacuum chamber coupled to the gas control interface. The neutron generator also includes a target rod disposed within the vacuum chamber and having a longitudinal axis aligned with a central axis of the vacuum chamber, and further including a target disposed on a surface of the target rod facing the getter. The neutron generator also includes a planar ion source adjacent to the gas control interface and disposed between the target and the gas control interface. The planar ion source includes an array grid that is offset from the target and generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the target rod.

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


Integration rod assemblies for image projectors
Patent No. 10288891 

Inventor(s): Duane Scott Dewald (Plano), Nathan Wainwright (Plano)
Assignee(s): Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15540994 on 12/23/2015 (1238 days app to issue)

Abstract: Integrating rod modules are disclosed comprising a plurality of single and/or solid integrating rods that are mated together by straps. Such modules tend to comprise a greater length than the single and/or solid integrating rods and provide good illumination to a modulator that light from a light source is transmitted through the integrating rod module. The straps may comprise a material (e.g., glass) that has substantially same or similar thermal characteristics as the integrating rods. The straps may be glued to the integrating rods by a glue having a substantially different (e.g., lower) index of refraction than the integrating rods, so as not to disturb the internal reflectance of the rods. The straps may be reinforced by braces that may allow the integrating rod module to be set within a projection display system at an angle substantially different from horizontal.

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


Electrical power multiplication
Patent No. 10289144 

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC (Italy)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15359959 on 11/23/2016 (902 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power multiplier and method are provided. The power multiplier includes a power multiplying network that is a multiply-connected, velocity inhibiting circuit constructed from a number of lumped-elements. The power multiplier also includes a launching network, and a directional coupler that couples the launching network to the power multiplying network. The power multiplier provides for power multiplication at nominal power generation frequencies such as 50 Hertz, 60 Hertz, and other power frequencies, in a compact circuit.

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


Systems and methods to improve energy efficiency using adaptive mode switching
Patent No. 10289186 

Inventor(s): Edward Tangkwai Ma (Plano), Hung Thanh Nguyen (Plano), Nancy Kow Iida (Irving), Robert Michael Muchsel (Addison)
Assignee(s): Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: North Weber and Baugh LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14188407 on 02/24/2014 (1905 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention allow to dynamically transition between clock-driven and even-driven circuit elements to enable automatic multi-mode operation to enable low-power and high-throughput applications. In certain embodiments, dynamic transitioning is accomplished through a mode control unit that evaluates input data from a number of sources to determine whether to initiate a transition. Certain embodiments take advantage of dynamic transitioning to allow for energy harvesting in a data gathering phase by switching to high power communication phase as needed. The energy harvesting scheme is particularly suited for battery-operated applications that benefit from a reduction in overall power consumption.

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


Multi-function control knobs for multimedia systems of vehicles
Patent No. 10289217 

Inventor(s): Christopher L. Kowalk (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15209131 on 07/13/2016 (1035 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multimedia system for a vehicle is provided. The multimedia system includes a processor and a multi-function control knob communicatively coupled to the processor. The multi-function control knob is configured to provide control signals to the processor such that the multi-function control knob operates in a first mode or a second mode and switch between the first mode and the second mode in response to a double actuation of the multi-function control knob. The multi-function control knob sends a first control signal to the processor in response to a single actuation of the multi-function control knob while operating in the first mode, sends a second control signal to the processor in response to a single actuation of the multi-function control knob while operating in the second mode, sends a third control signal to the processor in response to a rotation of the multi-function control knob while operating in the first mode, and sends a fourth control signal to the processor in response to a rotation of the multi-function control knob while operating in the second mode.

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


Display device providing feedback based on image classification
Patent No. 10289273 

Inventor(s): Kenneth Alan Parulski (Rochester, NY), Timothy L. Nichols (Spencerport, NY), Ting-Yee Liao (Webster, NY)
Assignee(s): Monument Peak Ventures, LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15266071 on 09/15/2016 (971 days app to issue)

Abstract: A digital image display device comprising: a display screen; a processor; a network connection for receiving digital media assets provided by a plurality of individuals; an image memory; a user interface for receiving input from a user of the digital image display device; and a program memory. The program memory stores instructions to execute the steps of: receiving a digital media asset; displaying the received digital media asset on the display screen; determining an asset classification for the displayed digital media asset; selecting a set of classified feedback message choices responsive to the determined asset classification; displaying the selected set of feedback message choices, receiving input from the user to select a particular feedback message choice; and providing an indication of the selected feedback message to the individual who provided the displayed digital media asset.

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


Coalescing metadata and data writes via write serialization with device-level address remapping
Patent No. 10289340 

Inventor(s): Brian W. O”Krafka (Austin), Evgeniy Firsov (Palo Alto, CA), Johann George (Sunnyvale, CA), Manavalan Krishnan (Fremont, CA), Vladislav Bolkhovitin (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15428086 on 02/08/2017 (825 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods and/or devices are used to coalesce metadata and data writes via write serialization with device-level address remapping. In one aspect, a method of managing a storage system having one or more storage devices includes a serialized write operation to the storage system, in which a serialization segment accumulates data objects and mapping information until the segment is full, at which time the serialization segment is written to the storage system in a single contiguous write. As a result, the number of I/O operations is decreased from a minimum of two (one to write data and one to write updated mapping information) to a single write operation. Further, if the serialization segment contains existing valid data prior to accumulating data objects and mapping information, the valid data is moved to the beginning of the serialization segment using either a remap or xcopy operation.

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


Interactive user interface for metadata builder
Patent No. 10289430 

Inventor(s): James Michael Newman (Plano)
Assignee(s): CA, Inc. (Islandia, NY)
Law Firm: Sage Patent Group (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14223307 on 03/24/2014 (1877 days app to issue)

Abstract: An interactive user interface for a metadata builder is provided by displaying a list of errors in metadata for a computer program and changing the list of errors that is displayed, responsive to receiving a change of the metadata for the computer system and processing the change of the metadata for the computer system. Specifically, an error is added to the list of errors that is displayed and/or is deleted from the list of errors that is displayed. The change of the metadata for the computer system may be an edit of the metadata object, a deletion of the metadata object, a cloning of a metadata object and/or an addition of a new metadata object. Related methods, systems and computer program products are described.

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


Systems and methods for failure detection with orchestration layer
Patent No. 10289538 

Inventor(s): Renjith Pascas (Allen), Shilpa Mittal (Plano), Vipin Dwivedi (Frisco)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16025410 on 07/02/2018 (316 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method in accordance with examples may include systems and methods for detecting failure of microservice applications in communication with an orchestration layer of a microservice-architecture. The system may include memory and an orchestration layer including one or more processors coupled to the memory. The one or more processors may be configured to connect the orchestration layer to a plurality of microservice applications that are each associated with a respective dataset. The one or more processors may be configured to validate, responsive to the connection of each of the microservice applications, the microservice applications by performing a first test and a second test. The one or more processors may be configured to deploy, responsive to the validation of the microservice applications, the microservice applications to execute a plurality of workflow actions.

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


Hybrid checkpointed memory
Patent No. 10289545 

Inventor(s): Ashish Batwara (Fremont, CA), David Flynn (Sandy, UT), Nick Piggin (Yarralumla, , AU), Nisha Talagala (Livermore, CA), Swaminathan Sundararaman (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15610577 on 05/31/2017 (713 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for hybrid checkpointed memory. An extended memory module uses volatile memory of a host and a non-volatile memory medium as virtual memory for the host. A clone module clones data of a range of virtual memory in response to a checkpoint event for the range of virtual memory. A range of virtual memory may include data stored in a volatile memory and data stored in a non-volatile memory medium. A checkpoint module flushes dirty data of a range of virtual memory to a non-volatile memory medium in response to a checkpoint event. A hybrid checkpointed memory interface provides access to data of a range of virtual memory while dirty data is being flushed using data of a range of virtual memory, or using a clone of the data.

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


High performance computing (HPC) node having a plurality of switch coupled processors
Patent No. 10289586 

Inventor(s): Gary R. Early (Garland), James D. Ballew (Grapevine)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14682387 on 04/09/2015 (1496 days app to issue)

Abstract: A High Performance Computing (HPC) node comprises a motherboard, a switch comprising eight or more ports integrated on the motherboard, and at least two processors operable to execute an HPC job, with each processor communicably coupled to the integrated switch and integrated on the motherboard.

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


Non-blocking network
Patent No. 10289598 

Inventor(s): Alan Gatherer (Richardson), Alex Elisa Chandra (Plano), Fang Yu (San Jose, CA), Peter Yan (Frisco), Xiaotao Chen (Basking Ridge, NJ), Xingfeng Chen (Shanghai, , CN), Yang Zhou (Shanghai, , CN), YwhPyng Harn (M
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15096982 on 04/12/2016 (1127 days app to issue)

Abstract: A described embodiment of the present invention includes a network having a first, second and third plurality of routers connected to a plurality of endpoints. At least one of the first plurality of routers includes a plurality of interposers having a number of queues. The at least one of the first plurality of routers has a demultiplexer for each interposer configured to receive multiplexed data from the interposer and provide demultiplexed data on to a plurality of second queues corresponding to the first queues of the number of queues. The at least one of the first plurality of routers also includes a number multiplexers, each of the number multiplexers having inputs configured to receive data from the number of queues.

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


Logical validation for metadata builder
Patent No. 10289713 

Inventor(s): James Michael Newman (Plano)
Assignee(s): CA, Inc. (Islandia, NY)
Law Firm: Sage Patent Group (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14223376 on 03/24/2014 (1877 days app to issue)

Abstract: Metadata objects in metadata for a computer program are logically validated to confirm that content of the metadata has referential integrity. The metadata objects may also be logically validated according to specific validation rules that apply to the type of the metadata object. Recursive or non-recursive techniques may be used, depending upon the size of the metadata. Related systems, methods and computer programs are described.

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


Color based search application interface and corresponding query control functions
Patent No. 10289715 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14331312 on 07/15/2014 (1764 days app to issue)

Abstract: Search queries may be received and optimized prior to performing the search and returning results. One example method of operation includes receiving a search query input from a user device including at least one search term, querying a database to access a user account associated with the user device, retrieving at least one pre-stored search criteria from the user account, combining the pre-stored search criteria with the search query input to create a modified search query input, and transmitting the query to a search application.

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


Rotorcraft component simulation using scan-based geometry
Patent No. 10289770 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey P. Nissen (Fort Worth), John R. McCullough (Fort Worth), Jonathan A. Knoll (Fort Worth)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15092969 on 04/07/2016 (1132 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of performing structural analysis relating to a component having CAD-based geometry, refined CAD-based geometry and CAD-based FEA data associated therewith. The method includes scanning the component to obtain scan-based point cloud geometry of the component, aligning the scan-based point cloud geometry with the CAD-based geometry of the component, generating scan-based geometry of the component by refining the scan-based point cloud geometry, comparing the scan-based geometry with the refined CAD-based geometry of the component to quantify geometric differences therebetween, generating scan-based FEA geometry of the component by meshing the scan-based geometry, performing finite element analysis on the scan-based FEA geometry to obtain scan-based FEA data and comparing the scan-based FEA data with the CAD-based FEA data of the component to quantify the effect of geometric difference therebetween.

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


Determination of clock path delays and implementation of a circuit design
Patent No. 10289784 

Inventor(s): Nagaraj Savithri (Richardson)
Assignee(s): XILINX, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15432537 on 02/14/2017 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed approaches process a circuit design that specifies a clock signal. A plurality of wire segments of an integrated circuit (IC) are selected for a clock path to carry the clock signal. A delay of the clock path is determined based on delay values associated with identifiers of the wire segments and variation factors. Configuration data is generated from the circuit design once the delay of the clock path satisfies a timing constraint, and a circuit is generated from the configuration data to implement a circuit according to the circuit design.

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


Video file attribution
Patent No. 10289815 

Inventor(s): Christian E. Loza (Denton), Olivia G. Loza (Denton), Romelia H. Flores (Keller), Tomyo G. Maeshiro (Denton)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Heslin Rothenberg Farley Mesiti P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15237353 on 08/15/2016 (1002 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are set forth herein and can include examining a video file using content of an authorship attribution database, the authorship attribution database including one or more authorship attribution video file record; and determining authorship attribution of the video file based on the examining. The authorship attribution database can include one or more authorship attribution video file record.

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


Visual sign language translation training device and method
Patent No. 10289903 

Inventor(s): Dallas Nash (Frisco), Michael Menefee (Richardson), Trevor Chandler (Thornton, CO)
Assignee(s): Avodah Labs, Inc. (Arlington)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16258531 on 01/25/2019 (109 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, devices and systems for training a pattern recognition system are described. In one example, a method for training a sign language translation system includes generating a three-dimensional (3D) scene that includes a 3D model simulating a gesture that represents a letter, a word, or a phrase in a sign language. The method includes obtaining a value indicative of a total number of training images to be generated, using the value indicative of the total number of training images to determine a plurality of variations of the 3D scene for generating of the training images, applying each of plurality of variations to the 3D scene to produce a plurality of modified 3D scenes, and capturing an image of each of the plurality of modified 3D scenes to form the training images for a neural network of the sign language translation system.

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


Tracking and detection for motion estimation in real time digital video stabilization
Patent No. 10289913 

Inventor(s): Zhenyu Wu (Plainsboro, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15137203 on 04/25/2016 (1114 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes obtaining two consecutive video frames at a global motion estimation function for execution on a processor, wherein the video frames comprise a current video frame and a previous video frame, and estimating motion between the two consecutive video frames by matching a set of feature points common to both video frames. The set of feature points is maintained by tracking a number of feature points in the current video frame, refreshing the feature points if the number of feature points falls below a refresh threshold, and replenishing the feature points if the number of feature points falls below a replenish threshold. Motion filtering may be performed by buffering a homogenous transformation of the global motion estimation, calculating a geometric mean of the buffered motions, and estimating intentional camera trajectory based on the geometric mean.

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


Vision-2-vision control system
Patent No. 10289929 

Inventor(s): Don K. Dill (Allen)
Assignee(s): VISION-2-VISION, LLC (Allen)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14581591 on 12/23/2014 (1603 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for controlling an object space having an associated object environment includes the steps of, defining a target set of coordinates in the object space, recognizing the presence of a predetermined object in the object space, and determining a coordinate location of the recognized predetermined object in the object space. The method further includes determining the spatial relationship between the recognized predetermined object and the target set of coordinates, comparing the spatial relationship with predetermined spatial relationship criteria, and if the determined spatial relationship criteria falls within the predetermined spatial relationship criteria, modifying the object space environment.

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


System and method for real-time multi-facet interactive planning
Patent No. 10289972 

Inventor(s): Backiaraj Irudayaraj (The Colony), Frederick Lister (Keller), Nitin Goyal (Irving), Pravin Rangachari (Irving), Rubesh Mehta (Irving)
Assignee(s): JDA Software Group, Inc. (Scottsdale, AZ)
Law Firm: Spencer Fane LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13972560 on 08/21/2013 (2092 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for real-time multi-facet interactive planning. The system includes a database that stores data associated with one or more entities. The system further includes a computer having a memory and a processor coupled with the database and configured to receive a facet value modification and modify the facet value based on a new facet value. The computer is further configured to propagate the new facet value to modify another facet value.

[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]


Matrix traversal based on hierarchies
Patent No. 10289977 

Inventor(s): Maria Elena Gammon (McKinney)
Assignee(s): SAP SE (Walldorf, , DE)
Law Firm: Fountainhead Law Group P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15336790 on 10/28/2016 (928 days app to issue)

Abstract: Some embodiments provide a non-transitory machine-readable medium that stores a program. The program receives a request for suppliers associated with a location and a category. The program also identifies a matrix, a hierarchy of locations associated with the matrix, and a hierarchy of categories associated with the matrix. The program further determines a set of suppliers by based on the location, the category, the matrix, the hierarchy of locations, and the hierarchy of categories.

[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]


Store shelf imaging system and method
Patent No. 10289990 

Inventor(s): Charles D. Rizzolo (Fairport, NY), Daniel S. Hann (Williamson, NY), Dennis L. Venable (Marion, NY), Ethan Shen (Toronto, , CA), Lee Anne Williams (Pittsford, NY), Peter Paul (Penfield, NY), Thomas F. Wade (Rochester, NY
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas)
Law Firm: Fay Sharpe LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15295031 on 10/17/2016 (939 days app to issue)

Abstract: A store profile generation system includes a mobile base and an image capture assembly mounted on the base. The assembly includes at least one image capture device for acquiring images of product display units in a retail environment. A control unit acquires the images captured by the at least one image capture device at a sequence of locations of the mobile base in the retail environment. The control unit extracts product-related data from the acquired images and generates a store profile indicating locations of products and their associated tags throughout the retail environment, based on the extracted product-related data. The store profile can be used for generating new product labels for a sale in an appropriate order for a person to match to the appropriate locations in a single pass through the store.

[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]


Methods for selecting, ordering and purchasing glass products
Patent No. 10290038 

Inventor(s): Edwin Hathaway (Newport Beach, CA), Mateo Neri (Agoura Hills, CA), Ronald J. Spellich (Rolling Meadows, IL)
Assignee(s): Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15698390 on 09/07/2017 (614 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to a system, apparatus and method for facilitating the selection, purchasing and ordering glass products. The apparatus includes a processor which is controlled by software to facilitate a selection process which integrates the comparison of glass products and their properties, as well as, including particular properties of particular components of a glass product. The apparatus can work with a user input device and is programmed to display graphics associated with selections and potential selections for glass products. The system and method providing selection menus for display on a display device and an animation graphic associated with a selection presented to the user. The system, apparatus, and method integrates the glass product selection information, and makes selections for the user, based on the user”s previous choices and specified target performances to present to the user potential glass products.

[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]


Distracted driver notification system
Patent No. 10290210 

Inventor(s): Michael J. Wolterman (Brighton, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15403740 on 01/11/2017 (853 days app to issue)

Abstract: A distracted driver notification system, a vehicle and a method of notifying a distracted driver. The system includes a communication system made up of one or both of an antenna and numerous sensors such that the communication system acquires data that is indicative of actual or expected vehicular movement in a traffic situation. The acquired data is conveyed to a computer for processing to determine if a traffic situation is present, as well as a change in status of such situation. The acquired or processed data may also be used to determine if a driver should be moving the vehicle in response to a change in the status of the traffic condition. A human-machine interface may include one or more of visual, haptic and audio configured to alert a distracted driver to start moving a vehicle that is equipped with the system, the alert based on a change in status of the traffic situation as acquired by the communication system and processed by the computer where such change is conducive to the movement of the vehicle, the system configured such that such alert is not provided when the vehicle is not in a traffic situation.

[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]


Signal path optimization for read operations in storage devices
Patent No. 10290332 

Inventor(s): Anurag Nigam (San Jose, CA), Yingchang Chen (San Jose, CA), Yukeun Sim (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Brinks, Gilson Lione (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15799688 on 10/31/2017 (560 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system may include a controller, a data receiving circuit, and a plurality of banks. The banks may send data to the data receiving circuit via a common data bus. The controller may control the communication of the data to the receiving circuit by sending control signals and clock signals to the banks. Relative lengths of control signal paths and clock signal paths may be directly related to each other and inversely related to relative lengths of data paths.

[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)


Write-once read-many amorphous chalcogenide-based memory
Patent No. 10290348 

Inventor(s): Federico Nardi (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15972596 on 05/07/2018 (372 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for providing a one-time programmable chalcogenide-based memory with improved memory cell IV characteristics are described. The memory cells of the one-time programmable chalcogenide-based memory may include a chalcogenide-based material. The chalcogenide-based material may comprise a germanium-antimony-tellurium compound (GST), a chalcogenide glass, or a chalcogenide alloy such as Ge[subscript]10[/subscript]Se[subscript]54[/subscript]As[subscript]36 [/subscript]or Ge[subscript]17[/subscript]Te[subscript]50[/subscript]As[subscript]33[/subscript]. The chalcogenide-based memory may be written as a one-time programmable memory in which forming operations are performed on only memory cells that are to be programmed to store a first binary value (e.g., binary ”1” data values) and not performed on other memory cells that are to store a second binary value different from the first binary value (e.g., binary ”0” data values).

[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)


Partial memory die
Patent No. 10290354 

Inventor(s): Ashish Ghai (San Jose, CA), Avinash Rajagiri (San Jose, CA), Daniel Linnen (Naperville, IL), Deepak Bharadwaj (Santa Clara, CA), Jagdish Sabde (Fremont, CA), Kirubakaran Periyannan (Santa Clara, CA), Shantanu Gupta (Milpi
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15799666 on 10/31/2017 (560 days app to issue)

Abstract: A partial memory die is missing one or more components. One example of a partial memory die includes an incomplete memory structure such that the partial memory die is configured to successfully perform programming, erasing and reading of the incomplete memory structure.

[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)


Screening for data retention loss in ferroelectric memories
Patent No. 10290362 

Inventor(s): Carl Z. Zhou (Plano), John A. Rodriguez (Dallas), Richard A. Bailey (Richardson)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15837451 on 12/11/2017 (519 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data retention reliability screen of integrated circuits including ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM) arrays. Sampled groups of cells in the FRAM array are tested at various reference voltage levels, after programming to a high polarization capacitance data state and a relaxation time at an elevated temperature. Fail bit counts of the sample groups at the various reference voltage levels are used to derive a test reference voltage, against which all of the FRAM cells in the integrated circuit are then tested after preconditioning (i.e., programming) and another relaxation interval at the elevated temperature, to determine those cells in the integrated circuit that are vulnerable to long-term data retention failure.

[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)


System, method and program product for delivery of digital content offerings at a retail establishment
Patent No. 10291417 

Inventor(s): David J. Vucina (Colleyville)
Assignee(s): WAYPORT, INC. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Toler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 11959680 on 12/19/2007 (4164 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for providing distributed network access point installation and management. A network provider installs and/or operates a plurality of access points at locations of a retail entity. Each access point may provide services such as Internet access, and/or content such as audio, video, text, and/or graphics, among other types of services. A carrier, such as a telephone or cable company, may compensate the network service provider for installation and operation of the access points. The carrier may in turn charge its subscribers for network access at the retail entity locations. A plurality of different carriers may provide compensation and allow respective subscriber access. The network access points may be configured to allow each carrier to present a point of presence to its subscribers at the retail entity locations. The installed network may also provide service for retail entity back office functions.

[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]


Advanced screen content coding solution
Patent No. 10291827 

Inventor(s): Haoping Yu (Carmel, IN), Jing Ye (San Jose, CA), Wei Wang (San Jose, CA), Xian Wang (Cupertino, CA), Zhan Ma (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: FutureWei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14549405 on 11/20/2014 (1636 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and device for coding screen content into a bitstream by selecting a color palette table for a coding unit (CU) of screen content, creating a color index map having indices for the coding unit (CU), and encoding the selected color palette table and the color index map for the CU into a bitstream.

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


 

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Interface for communicating sensor data to a satellite network
Patent No. 10290203 

Inventor(s): Peter E. McCormick (Dallas)
Assignee(s): Lasso Technologies, LLC (Dallas)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14031167 on 09/19/2013 (2063 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communication interface, and method thereof, allows a single communication device to accept data from multiple different types of sensors for transmission to a communication network. The communication interface is capable of inputting data from many types of sensors and outputting the data directly to the communication device. The communication interface translates or otherwise converts a variety of sensor data into a common message format that is appropriate and acceptable to the communication device. Such a communication interface allows many different types of sensing applications, particularly in distant and remote locations, to use a common communication device to communicate with a central server.

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


Semiconductor device having fins with in-situ doped, punch-through stopper layer and related methods
Patent No. 10290636 

Inventor(s): Chun-chen Yeh (Clifton Park, NY), Qing Liu (Watervliet, NY), Ruilong Xie (Schenectady, NY), Xiuyu Cai (Niskayuna, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14461769 on 08/18/2014 (1730 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for making a semiconductor device may include forming first and second semiconductor regions laterally adjacent one another and each comprising a first semiconductor material. The method may further include forming an in-situ doped, punch-through stopper layer above the second semiconductor region comprising the first semiconductor material and a first dopant, and forming a semiconductor buffer layer above the punch-through stopper layer, where the punch-through stopper layer includes the first semiconductor material. The method may also include forming a third semiconductor region above the semiconductor buffer layer, where the third semiconductor region includes a second semiconductor material different than the first semiconductor material. In addition, at least one first fin may be formed from the first semiconductor region, and at least one second fin may be formed from the second semiconductor region, the punch-through stopper layer, the semiconductor buffer layer, and the third semiconductor region.

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Three-dimensional memory device containing floating gate select transistor
Patent No. 10290643 

Inventor(s): James Kai (Santa Clara, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Peng Zhang (San Jose, CA), Yanli Zhang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15876884 on 01/22/2018 (477 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and control gate electrodes located over a substrate, a drain select gate device located above the alternating stack, and a vertical semiconductor channel extending through the alternating stack and through the drain select gate device. The drain select gate device contains a floating gate electrode located between the vertical semiconductor channel and a first drain select gate electrode.

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Three-dimensional memory device containing hydrogen diffusion barrier layer for CMOS under array architecture and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10290645 

Inventor(s): Hiroshi Nakatsuji (Yokkaichi, , JP), Hiroyuki Ogawa (Nagoya, , JP), Kazutaka Yoshizawa (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15638672 on 06/30/2017 (683 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor structure includes a semiconductor device, a hydrogen diffusion barrier layer, a lower metal line structure located below the hydrogen diffusion barrier layer, an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers, memory stack structures vertically extending through the alternating stack in a memory array region, a through-stack contact via structure extending through the alternating stack and through the hydrogen diffusion barrier layer in the memory array region and contacting the lower metal line structure, and a through-stack insulating spacer laterally surrounding the through-stack contact via structure and extending through the alternating stack but not extending through the hydrogen diffusion barrier layer.

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Three-dimensional memory device containing structurally reinforced pedestal channel portions and method of making the same
Patent No. 10290647 

Inventor(s): Junichi Sato (Yokkaichi, , JP), Masato Noguchi (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15715629 on 09/26/2017 (595 days app to issue)

Abstract: A source select level silicon nitride layer and an alternating stack of insulating layers and sacrificial silicon nitride layers are formed over a substrate. A memory opening is formed through the alternating stack and the source select level silicon nitride layer. The source select level silicon nitride layer is laterally recessed farther than the sacrificial silicon nitride layers employing an isotropic etch process. A pedestal channel portion including a laterally protruding annular portion is formed at a bottom region of the memory opening. A memory stack structure is formed on the pedestal channel portion in the memory opening. The source select level silicon nitride layer and the sacrificial silicon nitride layers are replaced with a source select level electrically conductive layer and word line electrically conductive layers, respectively.

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Three-dimensional memory device containing air gap rails and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10290648 

Inventor(s): Adarsh Rajashekhar (Santa Clara, CA), Fei Zhou (San Jose, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Rahul Sharangpani (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15834261 on 12/07/2017 (523 days app to issue)

Abstract: An alternating stack of insulating layers and spacer material layers located over a substrate. The spacer material layers are formed as, or are subsequently replaced with, electrically conductive layers. Memory stack structures are formed through the alternating stack. After formation of a backside trench, electrically-conductive-layer-level recessed cavities are formed by laterally recessing the electrically conductive layers around the backside trench. Electrically conductive rails are formed on remaining portions of the electrically conductive layers by selective deposition of a conductive material. Insulating-layer-level recessed cavities are formed by laterally recessing the insulating layers around the backside trench. A continuous insulating material layer can be formed in the insulating-layer-level recessed cavities with air gap rails cavities to reduce capacitive coupling among the electrically conducive rails.

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


Self-aligned tubular electrode portions inside memory openings for drain select gate electrodes in a three-dimensional memory device
Patent No. 10290650 

Inventor(s): Takaaki Iwai (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15888714 on 02/05/2018 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: Memory opening fill structures extend through an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers and a combination of an insulating fill material layer and plate electrode portions located over the alternating stack. Each memory opening fill structure includes a memory film, a vertical semiconductor channel laterally surrounded by the memory film, and a tubular electrode portion overlying the alternating stack and contacting a respective one of the plate electrode portions. The insulating fill material layer includes a drain select level isolation structure located between neighboring rows of memory opening fill structures. The plate electrode portions and the tubular electrode portions collectively constitute drain select gate electrodes. The tubular electrode portions are incorporated into a respective memory opening fill structure, and the drain select level isolation structure can be self-aligned to the memory opening fill structures.

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Three-dimensional memory device with graded word lines and methods of making the same
Patent No. 10290652 

Inventor(s): Adarsh Rajashekhar (Santa Clara, CA), Fei Zhou (San Jose, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Rahul Sharangpani (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15992603 on 05/30/2018 (349 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of forming a three-dimensional memory device includes providing an alternating stack of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers located between a first trench and a second trench, forming memory stack structures extending vertically through the alternating stack, wherein each of the memory stack structures contains a memory film and a vertical semiconductor channel, removing the sacrificial material layers selective to the insulating layers through the first and the second trenches to form backside recesses having a first proximal region adjacent to the first trench, a second proximal region adjacent to the second trench and a distal region located between the first and the second proximal regions, and forming fluorine-free tungsten layers in the respective backside recesses such that each fluorine-free tungsten layer has a greater thickness in the distal region than in the first and the second proximal regions.

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ReRAM MIM structure formation
Patent No. 10290680 

Inventor(s): Yoichiro Tanaka (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14928999 on 10/30/2015 (1292 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for improving the operation of a memory array by arranging a Metal-Insulator-Metal (MIM) structure between a word line and an adjustable resistance bit line structure are described. The MIM structure may correspond with a metal/ReRAM material/metal structure that is arranged between the word line and an intrinsic polysilicon region of the adjustable resistance bit line structure. In one example, a word line (e.g., TiN) may be arranged adjacent to a ReRAM material (e.g., HfOx) that is adjacent to a first metal (e.g., TiN) that is adjacent to the intrinsic polysilicon region. The first metal may comprise a metal, metal-nitride, or a metal-silicide. In another example, the word line may be arranged adjacent to a ReRAM material that is adjacent to a first metal (e.g., TiN) that is adjacent to a second metal different from the first metal (e.g., tungsten) that is adjacent to the intrinsic polysilicon region.

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Array of hole-type surround gate vertical field effect transistors and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10290681 

Inventor(s): Chao Feng Yeh (Yokkaichi, , JP), Jongsun Sel (Los Gatos, CA), Zhen Chen (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15711075 on 09/21/2017 (600 days app to issue)

Abstract: Doped semiconductor strips, a planar insulating spacer layer, a gate conductor material layer, and a dielectric cap layer are formed over a substrate. A two-dimensional array of openings is formed through the dielectric cap layer and the gate electrode material layer. Gate dielectrics are formed in the two-dimensional array of openings, and vertical semiconductor channels are formed on each of the gate dielectrics. Gate divider rail structures are formed through the gate conductor material layer. The gate divider rail structures divide the gate conductor material layer into a one-dimensional array of gate electrode lines. Each of the gate electrode lines includes a one-dimensional array of openings arranged along a horizontal direction to form a two-dimensional array of hole-type surrounding gate vertical field effect transistors.

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Method for forming trench capacitor having two dielectric layers and two polysilicon layers
Patent No. 10290699 

Inventor(s): Binghua Hu (Plano), Hideaki Kawahara (Plano), Sameer Pendharkar (Allen)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15245511 on 08/24/2016 (993 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated trench capacitor and method for making the trench capacitor is disclosed. The method includes forming a trench in a silicon layer, forming a first dielectric on the exposed surface of the trench, performing an anisotropic etch of the first dielectric to expose silicon at the bottom of the trench, implanting a dopant into exposed silicon at the bottom of the trench, forming a first polysilicon layer over the first dielectric, forming a second dielectric over the first polysilicon layer, and forming a second polysilicon layer over the second dielectric to fill the trench.

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Field-effect transistor
Patent No. 10290713 

Inventor(s): Edward A. Beam, III (Plano), Jinqiao Xie (Allen)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15980785 on 05/16/2018 (363 days app to issue)

Abstract: A field-effect transistor having a transconductance (gm) that remains within 65% of a maximum gm value over at least 85% of a gate voltage range that transitions the field-effect transistor between an on-state that allows substantial current flow through the channel layer and an off-state that prevents substantial current flow through the channel layer is disclosed. The field-effect transistor includes a substrate and a channel layer having a proximal boundary relative to the substrate and a distal boundary relative to the substrate. The channel layer is disposed over the substrate and comprises a compound semiconductor material that includes at least one element having a concentration that is graded between the proximal boundary and the distal boundary.

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


Three-dimensional devices with wedge-shaped contact region and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10290803 

Inventor(s): Akira Nakada (Yokkaichi, , JP), Manabu Hayashi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Michiaki Sano (Yokkaichi, , JP), Shigenori Sato (Yokkaichi, , JP), Tetsuya Yamada (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yasuke Oda (Yokkaichi, , JP), Zhen Chen (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15367791 on 12/02/2016 (893 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wedge-shaped contact region can be employed to provide electrical contacts to multiple electrically conductive layers in a three-dimensional device structure. A cavity including a generally wedge-shaped region and a primary region is formed in a dielectric matrix layer over a support structure. An alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers is formed by a series of conformal deposition processes in the cavity and over the dielectric matrix layer. The alternating stack can be planarized employing the top surface of the dielectric matrix layer as a stopping layer. A tip portion of each electrically conductive layer within remaining portions of the alternating stack is laterally offset from the tip of the generally wedge-shaped region by a respective lateral offset distance along a lateral protrusion direction. Contact via structures can be formed on the tip portions of the electrically conductive layers to provide electrical contact.

[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]


Nanoparticle-based resistive memory device and methods for manufacturing the same
Patent No. 10290804 

Inventor(s): Bruce Terris (Sunnyvale, CA), Derek Stewart (Livermore, CA), Jeffrey Lille (Sunnyvale, CA), Lei Wan (San Jose, CA), Mac D. Apodaca (San Jose, CA), Ricardo Ruiz (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15637357 on 06/29/2017 (684 days app to issue)

Abstract: Resistive memory cells containing nanoparticles are formed between two electrodes. The nanoparticles may be embedded in a matrix or sintered together without a matrix. The memory cells may be projected memory cells or barrier modulated cells. Polymeric ligands may be used to deposit the nanoparticles over a substrate, followed by an optional removal or replacement of the polymeric ligands.

[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]


Low profile gimbal for airborne radar
Patent No. 10290938 

Inventor(s): Heather M. Rahbany (McKinney), Michael S. Henneberry (Mckinney)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15788620 on 10/19/2017 (572 days app to issue)

Abstract: A low profile gimbal is disclosed, such as may be used in airborne RADAR applications. The low profile gimbal can include first and second concentric motors disposed in a housing with an antenna or other active element disposed below the housing. The first motor can change the position of the antenna in azimuth. A mechanical linkage between the second motor and the antenna can change the position of the antenna in elevation based on an offset of angular velocity between the first and second motors.

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


Broadband switchable antenna
Patent No. 10290940 

Inventor(s): Ping Shi (San Diego, CA), Wee Kian Toh (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14219292 on 03/19/2014 (1882 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and method embodiments are provided for a broadband switchable antenna. The embodiments enable an easily tunable, temporally switchable antenna with good low- and high-band performance with controlled high impedance loci that easily coexists with other wireless device components. In an embodiment, a broadband switchable antenna includes an antenna feed; a high-band antenna arm comprising a first end electrically coupled to an antenna feed and a second end electrically coupled to ground; a switch coupled to the antenna feed at a position proximate to the first end of the high-band antenna arm; and a low-band antenna arm comprising a first end electrically coupled to the switch, wherein the antenna is configured to operate in a high-band mode when the switch is open and to operate in a low-band mode when the switch is closed.

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


Magnetic motor and method of use
Patent No. 10291096 

Inventor(s): Fred E. Hunstable (Granbury)
Assignee(s): Linear Labs, LLC (Granbury)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15089545 on 04/02/2016 (1137 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention may include a method of producing mechanical power by moving a coil coupled to a shaft partially into a magnetic cylinder having a magnetic end cap containing a plurality of stacked magnetic forces, changing the magnetic polarity of the shaft, moving the coil out of the magnetic cylinder. In other embodiments, there is an electric motor apparatus comprising a magnetic cylinder, a coil coupled to a shaft, and a means for reversing the magnetic polarity of the shaft.

[H02K] DYNAMO-ELECTRIC MACHINES (dynamo-electric relays H01H 53/00; conversion of DC or AC input power into surge output power H02M 9/00)


Power converter controller
Patent No. 10291118 

Inventor(s): Jasjot Singh Chadha (Bengaluru, , IN), Rejin Kanjavalappil Raveendranath (Thrissur, , IN), Sudhir Polarouthu (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15847383 on 12/19/2017 (511 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power supply, comprising a controller comprising a first switch coupled between a first node and a second node, a first resistor coupled between the second node and a third node, a second resistor coupled between the first node and a fourth node, a capacitor coupled between the fourth node and a fifth node, an amplifier coupled at a first input to the fourth node, at a second input to the third node, and at an output to the fifth node, and a comparator coupled at a first input to the fifth node and at a second input to the third node.

[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]


Spread spectrum control apparatus and method
Patent No. 10291124 

Inventor(s): Masashi Nogawa (Sachse), Narasimhan Trichy (Plano)
Assignee(s): Active-Semi (BVI) Inc. (Allen)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16025016 on 07/02/2018 (316 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power converter includes a first switch and a second switch connected in series between an input power source and ground, an inductor connected between a common node of the first switch and the second switch, and an output capacitor and a pulse width modulation (PWM) generator configured to generate a gate drive signal for the first switch, wherein a leading edge of the gate drive signal is determined by a comparison result between a reference and a voltage proportional to an output voltage of the power converter and a trailing edge of the gate drive signal is determined by a comparison result between a voltage ramp and a variable voltage source.

[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]


Overcurrent recovery in flybuck converters
Patent No. 10291129 

Inventor(s): Jose Vidal, Jr. (Phoenix, AZ), Vijay Choudhary (Chandler, AZ)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14483189 on 09/11/2014 (1706 days app to issue)

Abstract: In operation of a flybuck converter, a first output capacitor is charged and, after this charging, charge is transferred from the first output capacitor to a second output capacitor. The charge transferring includes closing a switch to establish a first current path through which the first output capacitor discharges current that induces, in a second current path, current that charges the second output capacitor. While the switch is closed during the charge transfer, a current limit condition in the switch is detected. In response to detection of the current limit condition, the switch is opened, and is thereafter closed again before attempting to charge the first output capacitor again, thereby to resume transferring charge from the first output capacitor to the second output capacitor.

[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]


Cascode structure for linear regulators and clamps
Patent No. 10291163 

Inventor(s): Alejandro Vera (Richardson), Shyamsunder Balasubramanian (Plano), Toru Tanaka (Plano), Toshio Yamanaka (Plano)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15142219 on 04/29/2016 (1110 days app to issue)

Abstract: A voltage regulator includes an output transistor, an error amplifier coupled to the output transistor, a cascode transistor coupled to the output transistor in series, and a cascode bias circuit coupled to the cascode transistor and the output transistor. The output transistor is configured to generate an output signal at a first voltage. The error amplifier is configured to receive a reference signal. The cascode bias circuit is configured to bias the cascode transistor such that, in response to a drain-to-source short circuit of the output transistor, the cascode transistor generates the output signal at the first voltage.

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


Method and apparatus for using back gate biasing for power amplifiers for millimeter wave devices
Patent No. 10291183 

Inventor(s): Abdellatif Bellaouar (Richardson), Chi Zhang (Allen), Shafiullah Syed (Richardson)
Assignee(s): GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC. (Grand Cayman, , KY)
Law Firm: Williams Morgan, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15908678 on 02/28/2018 (440 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus, comprising an input transformer; a first differential transistor pair configured to receive a first back gate bias voltage; a second differential transistor pair configured to receive a second back gate bias voltage; a cross-coupled neutralization cap comprising PMOS or NMOS transistors and configured to receive a third back gate bias voltage; and an output transformer. A method of fixing at least one back gate bias voltage to impart a desired capacitance to the transistors of at least one of the first differential transistor pair, the second differential transistor pair, or the neutralization cap. The apparatus and method may provide a power amplifier having improved linearity and efficiency.

[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)


Combining power amplifiers at millimeter wave frequencies
Patent No. 10291193 

Inventor(s): Brian Paul Ginsburg (Allen), Krishnanshu Dandu (Allen)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15256421 on 09/02/2016 (984 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system having a set of power amplifiers each having a primary inductive structure configured to provide an output signal. A secondary inductive structure is configured to inductively couple to each of the primary inductive structures. A transmission line is provided with a signal trace and a ground trace. The signal trace of the transmission line is connected to a first end of the secondary inductive structure. A return path from a second end of the secondary inductive structure is coupled via a resonant network to the ground trace of the transmission line, in which the return path is spaced away from the secondary inductive structure to minimize inductive coupling to the primary structures.

[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)


Digital clock-duty-cycle correction
Patent No. 10291218 

Inventor(s): Gerd Schuppener (Allen), Mohammad Elbadry (San Diego, CA), Robert Floyd Payne (Lucas)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16023643 on 06/29/2018 (319 days app to issue)

Abstract: A duty cycle correction circuit includes a charge pump and a controller. The charge pump includes a current source, a first output, and a second output. The charge pump routes current from the current source to the first output during a positive portion of a clock, and routes current from the current source to the second output during a negative portion of the clock. The controller compares charge accumulated from the first output to charge accumulated from the second output over a plurality of clock cycles to determine which of the positive portion of the clock and the negative portion of the clock is longer. The controller also generates a digital value that indicates an amount of adjustment to apply to a duty cycle of the clock based on which of the positive portion of the clock and the negative portion of the clock is longer.

[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]


Gate driver with V[subscript]GTH [/subscript]and V[subscript]CESAT [/subscript]measurement capability for the state of health monitor
Patent No. 10291225 

Inventor(s): Anant Kamath (Plano), Xiong Li (Plano)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15728230 on 10/09/2017 (582 days app to issue)

Abstract: An isolated insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) gate driver is provided which integrates circuits, in-module, to support the measurements of threshold voltage, and collector-emitter saturation voltage of IGBTs. The measured gate threshold and collector-emitter saturation voltage can be used as precursors for state of health predictions for IGBTs. During the measurements, IGBTs are biased under specific conditions chosen to quickly elicit collector-emitter saturation and gate threshold information. Integrated analog-to-digital converter (ADC) circuits are used to convert measured analog signals to a digital format. The digitalized signals are transferred to a micro controller unit (MCU) for further processing through serial peripheral interface (SPI) circuits.

[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]


Sample-and-hold circuit with enhanced noise limit
Patent No. 10291226 

Inventor(s): Adam Vishinsky (Little Elm)
Assignee(s): IQ-Analog Corporation (San Diego, CA)
Law Firm: Law Office of Gerald Maliszewski (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16143654 on 09/27/2018 (229 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sample-and-hold circuit is presented that is current driven at the input and current sensed at the output, using two capacitorsone at the input to the ground and second past a pair of complementary CMOS switches at the output to the ground. These capacitors in connection with an input current drive form a highpass noise transfer function that substantially reduces the 1/f noise of the switches and then rolls the transfer function off, further reducing the noise. The overall noise level is significantly lower as compared to a conventional voltage-driven and voltage-sensed sample-and-hold circuit that has a lowpass transfer function which, after integration, demonstrates a noise limit of kT/C. Depending on the circuit parameters the present sample-and-hold circuit shows an integrated noise improvement of between 5 and 10 dB over kT/C limit.

[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]


Current mode logic driver with level shifter
Patent No. 10291228 

Inventor(s): Steven Ernest Finn (Chamblee, GA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15973766 on 05/08/2018 (371 days app to issue)

Abstract: A driver circuit includes a first termination resistor and a distributed amplifier comprising a plurality of pairs of input transistors and comprising inductors coupled between each pair of input transistors. The driver circuit also includes a distributed current-mode level shifter coupled to the first termination resistor. The distributed current-mode level shifter includes a first plurality of inductors coupled in series between the first termination resistor and the distributed amplifier and a first plurality of capacitive devices. Each capacitive device is coupled to a power supply node and to a node interconnecting two of the series-coupled inductors.

[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]


Wideband low distortion power amplifier
Patent No. 10291270 

Inventor(s): Sudipto Chakraborty (Plano)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16148891 on 10/01/2018 (225 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit and apparatus for filtering harmful harmonics is disclosed. The circuit and apparatus include a power amplifier core that uses equally sized inverter based amplifiers. The amplifier core cells provide uniform load to all phases of a fundamental frequency to cancel all harmonics at an output. The power amplifier stages are driven into nonlinearity, and the combination of harmonics is performed at the output by varying series connected capacitors. The harmonic combination is performed at the output, leaving no further scope of nonlinearity in the signal chain.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Methods for performing multi-disturber alien crosstalk limited signal-to-noise ratio tests
Patent No. 10291285 

Inventor(s): Benji Boban (Rowlett)
Assignee(s): CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15343237 on 11/04/2016 (921 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods of performing a multi-disturber alien crosstalk limited signal-to-noise ratio test are provided in which at least one signal-to-alien crosstalk noise ratio is determined for a victim link segment using a composite power spectral density for at least a first of a plurality of disturber link segments. The composite power spectral density comprises a combination of portions of a plurality of power spectral densities that are associated with line rates at which the first of the plurality of disturber link segments may operate.

[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)


Transmission modes and signaling for uplink MIMO support or single TB dual-layer transmission in LTE uplink
Patent No. 10291303 

Inventor(s): Eko N. Onggosanusi (Allen), Runhua Chen (Plano)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14939435 on 11/12/2015 (1279 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for mapping data in a wireless communication system. The apparatus includes circuitry for generating a precoding matrix for multi-antenna transmission based on a precoding matrix indicator (PMI) feedback from at least one remote receiver where the PMI indicates a choice of precoding matrix derived from a matrix multiplication of two matrices from a first code book and a second codebook. The apparatus further includes circuitry for precoding one or more layers of a data stream with the precoding matrix and transmitting the precoded layers of data stream to the remote receiver.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Decoding procedures in systems with codeblock segmentation
Patent No. 10291356 

Inventor(s): SaiRamesh Nammi (Bedminster, NJ), Xiao-Feng Qi (Westfield, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15151809 on 05/11/2016 (1098 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for decoding a transport block encoded with multiple codeblock segments. User equipment determines whether to decode one of a transport block cyclic redundancy check (CRC) and a codeblock segment CRC based on a speed of user equipment. In response to the speed of the user equipment being greater than a threshold, the user equipment decodes the transport block CRC and generates an acknowledgement (ACK)/non-acknowledgement (NAK). In response to the speed of the UE being less than or equal to the threshold, during a first data transmission, the user equipment decodes the codeblock segment CRC for each of the multiple codeblock segments and generates the ACK/NAK. During a second and latter data transmissions, the user equipment decodes the codeblock segment CRC for each of the multiple codeblock segments that failed in the first data transmission and generates the ACK/NAK.

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


Decision feedback equalizer
Patent No. 10291439 

Inventor(s): Raghukiran Sreeramaneni (Frisco)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15841144 on 12/13/2017 (517 days app to issue)

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

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


Pilot pattern design for a STTD scheme in an OFDM system
Patent No. 10291454 

Inventor(s): Richard Stirling-Gallacher (Stuttgart, , DE), Zhaocheng Wang (Stuttgart, , DE)
Assignee(s): Wi-Fi One, LLC (Plano)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15819161 on 11/21/2017 (539 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transmitting device for transmitting data symbols and pilot symbols in an OFDM transmission system; the device comprising symbol generating means for generating said data symbols and said pilot symbols, means for transmitting said data symbols and pilot symbols respectively by using a plurality of subcarriers of said OFDM transmission system, wherein said symbol generating means is designed to selectively generate a first type pilot symbol and a second type pilot symbol being orthogonal to said first type pilot symbol so that a pilot symbol pattern in the frequency dimension comprises at least said first type pilot symbol to be transmitted by using a predefined subcarrier and second type pilot symbol to be transmitted by using other predefined subcarrier, and wherein said pilot symbol pattern has a different pattern from a succeeding pilot symbol pattern in time dimension.

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


Redundant traffic suppression relaying mechanism for BLE-mesh systems
Patent No. 10291520 

Inventor(s): Arvind Kandhalu Raghu (Plano), Kaichien Tsai (Allen), Ramanuja Vedantham (Allen)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15495441 on 04/24/2017 (750 days app to issue)

Abstract: A BLE-Mesh device includes a controller, an RF driver for driving the transceiver adapted to be coupled to an antenna, and a counter. The controller implements an applications layer including BLE and Mesh Applications, and a BLE stack and a mesh stack. A redundant traffic suppression relaying algorithm is for waiting for a random time within a selected time window from W1 to a later W2 before attempting to transmit a first packet that contains a unique source (SRC) address and a packet sequence (SEQ) number of a device that is the source of the first packet. If during the random time a packet with both the source device”s SRC address and the SEQ number is received, the counter is incremented from an initial count to a current count. After the random time elapses, the current count is compared to a Cthreshold value, and the first packet is transmitted only if the current countthe Cthreshold value.

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


Resource authorization system and method
Patent No. 10291616 

Inventor(s): Jonathan P. Streete (San Jose, CA), Joshua L. Bonczkowski (Apex, NC), Nicholas A. Hansen (Willow Spring, NC)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14575716 on 12/18/2014 (1608 days app to issue)

Abstract: A resource authorization system includes an authorization routing service that is executed on a computing device to authenticate a client to form a client login session, and to receive, from the client, a request to establish a connection to one or more of the resources of a distributed computing system. The authorization routing service then obtains a list of the resources associated with the client login session in which the list of resources includes those that the client is authorized to communicate with. When the requested resource is included in the list of resources, the authorization routing service authenticates the requested resources to form a resource login session, and establish the connection by communicatively coupling the client login session and the resource login session. The resource login session is established independently of the client login session.

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


System and method for location based exchange network
Patent No. 10292011 

Inventor(s): William J. Johnson (Flower Mound)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Yudell Isidore PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16147532 on 09/28/2018 (228 days app to issue)

Abstract: Mobile data processing Systems (MSs) interact with systems in their vicinity, and with each other, in communications and interoperability. Information transmitted inbound to, transmitted outbound from, is in process at, or is application modified at a mobile data processing system triggers processing of actions in accordance with user configurations, for example to present content to a user. The locatable network of MSs is referred to as a Location-Network Expanse.

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


Media echoing and social networking device and method
Patent No. 10292022 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey M David (Irvine, CA), Michael Paul Stanley (Frisco)
Assignee(s): Ascension Intellectual Properties LLC (Frisco)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15728228 on 10/09/2017 (582 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for echoing media via a mobile device are disclosed herein. According to an embodiment, the method can include displaying automatically to a user, on the mobile device, a list of one or more respective identifiers of one or more other users experiencing respective media within a selectable geographic area. The user is then allowed to select whether to play one or more of the respective media on the mobile device, and can connect with the one or more other users via a social networking site. As a result, the user can network with previously unknown people, based on a common taste in music or other media, for example, as well as a geographic location.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for persisting mobile agents within a mobile region of interest
Patent No. 10292026 

Inventor(s): Mark Gerard (McKinney), Robert W. Peterson (Plano)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15265919 on 09/15/2016 (971 days app to issue)

Abstract: Mobile agents can be deployed to mobile devices within specific regions of interest to achieve specific goals in respect of events occurring in the region of interest. In order to ensure that the agent can persist within the region of interest until the agent goals are achieved, the agent is configured to locate other devices within the region of interest and to propagate itself, by moving or copying itself, to those other devices. The region of interest may be a mobile and/or dynamic region of interest defined by, for example, a proximity to one or more mobile wireless access points or by an overlapping peer-to-peer communication range of a plurality of mobile devices that are configured to support the agent.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


PHY layer options for body area network (BAN) devices
Patent No. 10292030 

Inventor(s): Anuj Batra (Mountain View, CA), June Chul Roh (Allen), Srinath Hosur (Plano), Timothy M. Schmidl (Dallas)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15786823 on 10/18/2017 (573 days app to issue)

Abstract: In at least some embodiments, a communication device includes a transceiver with a physical (PHY) layer. The PHY layer is configured for body area network (BAN) operations in a limited multipath environment using M-ary PSK, differential M-ary PSK or rotated differential M-ary PSK. Also, the PHY layer uses a constant symbol rate for BAN packet transmissions.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for access barring
Patent No. 10292087 

Inventor(s): Da Wang (Beijing, , CN), Nathan Edward Tenny (Poway, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15591569 on 05/10/2017 (734 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for performing access barring includes receiving barring parameters, modifying a subset of the barring parameters associated with an access class barring type, and forwarding the modified subset of the barring parameters to a remote device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and system for indicating the transmission mode for uplink control information
Patent No. 10292140 

Inventor(s): Jianzhong Zhang (Plano), Young-Han Nam (Plano)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15012626 on 02/01/2016 (1198 days app to issue)

Abstract: A base station includes a transmit path circuitry to select one of a first UCI multiplexing method that allows a subscriber station to simultaneously transmit PUSCH and PUCCH and a second UCI multiplexing method that does not allow the subscriber station to simultaneously transmit PUSCH and PUCCH. The transmit path circuitry also transmits a higher layer signal indicating the one selected UCI multiplexing method, and transmits one or more uplink grants. Each of the uplink grants schedules a PUSCH in an UL CC for a subframe n, and each of the uplink grants carries a CQI request. The base station also includes a receive path circuitry to receive an aperiodic CSI report on the PUSCH in the uplink component carrier i when only one of the uplink grants scheduling a PUSCH in an uplink component carrier i carries a CQI request having a value from a set of values.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for relay device discovery
Patent No. 10292184 

Inventor(s): Guorong Li (Beijing, , CN), Nathan Edward Tenny (Poway, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15483367 on 04/10/2017 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for establishing relay services includes transmitting a random access parameter to a network node indicating a request for relaying services, the transmitting of the random access parameter initiates a first random access procedure, receiving, by the RD, a random access response including a relay indicator indicating one or more candidate relay devices, wherein receiving the relay indicator terminates the first random access procedure, and searching for a relay device in accordance with the relay indicator included in the random access response.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for control plane for D2D communications
Patent No. 10292191 

Inventor(s): Anthony C. K. Soong (Plano), Hossein Bagheri (Urbana, IL), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL), Vipul Desai (Palatine, IL), Yishen Sun (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14664621 on 03/20/2015 (1516 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and method embodiments are provided for controlling and managing in-network device-to-device (D2D) communications. In an embodiment, a method for a UE performing device-to-device (D2D) communication includes generating a D2D buffer status report (BSR) for a D2D communication link between the UE and a second UE that provides information related to an amount of D2D data available for transmission, wherein the D2D BSR comprises a D2D BSR logical channel identifier (LCID); transmitting the D2D BSR in a control element; receiving, a resource allocation for the D2D link; and transmitting D2D data over the allocated resources.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Expanding thermal device and system for effecting heat transfer within electronics assemblies
Patent No. 10292255 

Inventor(s): Brian W. Johansen (Mckinney), James M. Elliott (Allen), Justin Kasemodel (McKinney)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15158399 on 05/18/2016 (1091 days app to issue)

Abstract: Heat transfer devices and systems for thermally coupling electrical components to a heatsink can comprise one or more all-metal heat transfer device(s) thermally coupling at least one electrical component to a heatsink. A heat transfer device can comprise a metal cup attached to a metal heatsink, and a metal piston and a compliant device disposed in the cup. The piston is forcible to a secured first position, upon reflowing solder, while compressing the compliant device. Upon reflowing solder again, the compliant device causes the piston to bias and attach to the electrical component to provide an all-metal thermal path and absorb assembly tolerances to avoid using thermal gap fillers. A method is provided for thermally coupling a heatsink to a plurality of electrical components via a plurality of all-metal, expandable heat transfer devices.

[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)


Fluid coupling mating apparatus and method
Patent No. 10292308 

Inventor(s): Mo Bai (San Jose, CA), Vadim Gektin (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14811757 on 07/28/2015 (1386 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fluid coupling mating apparatus and method. Included is at least one mating member for removably coupling with another mating member for allowing fluid to pass therebetween. A lock is movably coupled to the at least one mating member. Still yet, a holder is coupled to the lock for holding the lock in relation to the holder during at least a portion of the removable coupling of the at least one mating member with another mating member.

[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


Handbag
Patent No. D848144 

Inventor(s): Jane Dunne Cooke (Dallas), Mary Caroline Nix (Dallas)
Assignee(s): THE BIG O, LLC (Dallas)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29666944 on 10/17/2018 (209 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Stackable popcorn lid having detents, and bowl combination
Patent No. D848218 

Inventor(s): Brian K. Reaux (Red Oak)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29620679 on 04/20/2017 (754 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Conduit section
Patent No. D848378 

Inventor(s): Scott Gross (Fort Worth)
Assignee(s): CUMMINGS ELECTRICAL, L.P. (Fort Worth)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29578026 on 09/16/2016 (970 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Aromatherapy shower tablet dissolver
Patent No. D848596 

Inventor(s): Kathleen E. R. Huthmaker (McKinney), Todd J. Huthmaker (McKinney)
Assignee(s): REMARKABLY WELL, INC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Pearne Gordon LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29615681 on 08/30/2017 (622 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Endotracheal tube
Patent No. D848609 

Inventor(s): Andra Blomkalns (Dallas), Whitney K. Potomac (Dallas)
Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29626880 on 11/21/2017 (539 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet toy
Patent No. D848682 

Inventor(s): Nicholas Baker (Fort Worth)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29611456 on 07/21/2017 (662 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet toy
Patent No. D848683 

Inventor(s): Jack Renforth (Azle), Sunil Pinto (Arlington)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29611463 on 07/21/2017 (662 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet toy
Patent No. D848684 

Inventor(s): Jack Renforth (Azle), Sunil Pinto (Arlington)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29611469 on 07/21/2017 (662 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

 

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