Dallas Invents: 133 Patents Granted for Week of Nov. 26

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

Patents granted include:
•  American Airlines' demand forecasting
•  Avodah Labs' automated sign language translation and communication
•  Capital One's techniques to leverage machine learning for SEO
•  Olaeris' landing guidance for remotely operated aerial vehicles
•  Refocus Group's scleral prosthesis for treating presbyopia and other eye disorders
•  Swirlds' apparatus for efficiently implementing a fast-copyable database
•  Toyota's system and method for Braille assistance
•  Grizzly Home's tornado-proof housing

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of Nov. 26, 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 Incorporated (Dallas) 24
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 6
Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano) 4
USA Wheel and Tire Outlet Inc. (Mesquite) 4
Olaeris, Inc. (Burleson) 3
Sandisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 3

Unassigned 8


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Nadeem Aslam (Mesquite) 4
Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney) 2
Gerhard E. Maale (Plano) 2
Kumaran Vijayasankar (Allen) 2
Micah Price (Plano) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

180 days
Semiconductor substrate having stress-absorbing surface layer
Patent No. 10490515-B2
Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas)
Inventors: Jaimal M. Williamson (McKinney), Jose Carlos Arroyo (Allen), Nima Shahidi (Dallas)

3,637 days
Leveraging concepts with information retrieval techniques and knowledge bases
Patent No. 10489434-B2
Assignee: Verint Americas Inc. (Alpharetta)
Inventor: Mark Zartler (Garland)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Automated hydroponics system and method
Patent No. 10485193 

Inventor(s): Robert V. Neuhoff, Jr. (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Miller Patti Pershem, PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15166266 on 05/27/2016 (1278 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided. In this method, a first tray positioned at a first end of a trough assembly at a selected tier is engaged. The first tray is then lifted and removed. A second tray is then engaged and moved vertically to the selected tiers. It is placed in the trough assembly at a second end. Other trayswhich are positioned within the trough assembly between the first and second ends of the selected tierare moved toward the first end of the trough assembly.

[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)


Treat dispenser
Patent No. 10485216 

Inventor(s): Andrea M. Valle (Stanhope, NJ)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15343910 on 11/04/2016 (1117 days app to issue)

Abstract: A treat dispenser includes an elongated non-rigid support member having a first limit and a second limit, and a plurality of receptacle elements that are resilient. Each of the receptacle elements has an interior region that is structured to receive treats, and has a first opening and a second opening in communication with the interior region, the second opening being larger than the first opening and configured to dispense the treats. The support member extends through each of the first openings and the second openings, and first and second receptacle elements of the plurality of receptacle elements being slidable in use on the support member between the first and second limits to dispense the treats from the second opening to an exterior of the treat dispenser.

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


Pet toys usable with annular foodstuffs
Patent No. 10485220 

Inventor(s): Andrea M. Valle (Stanhope, NJ)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15609546 on 05/31/2017 (909 days app to issue)

Abstract: A plurality of pet toys are usable with annular-shaped foodstuffs. Each pet toy includes a support upon which the animal foodstuffs can be situated and one or more retainers connected with the support that retain the animal foodstuffs on the support. At least one retainer on each toy includes one or more elastically deformable structures that are movable between a free state and an elastically deformed state. In the elastically deformed state, an animal foodstuff can be received across the retainer and onto the support. In the free state, the retainer is structured to resist removal of the animal foodstuff from the support and across the retainer.

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


Workstation lift and tilt assembly
Patent No. 10485335 

Inventor(s): Michael John Sears (Dallas, TX), Simon Nicholas Johnson (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): ERGOTECT CORPORATION (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Law Office of Sam Sokhansanj PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15813047 on 11/14/2017 (742 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer workstation lift and tilt assembly for providing a stable platform to raise, lower, and tilt various computing device. Here, the assembly can include a base, a first column, wherein the first column is secured to the base, and a second column. The assembly can further include a mount, wherein the mount is secured to a top region of the second column and configured to pivot relative to the second column, a first main slide having a first sub slide, and a second main slide having a second sub slide. Here, the first main slide can be secured to one side of the first column and the second main slide is secured to an opposing side of the first column, wherein the first sub slide is secured to one side of the second column and the second sub slide is secured to an opposing side of the second column, and wherein the second column is adapted slide relative to the first column.

[A47B] TABLES; DESKS; OFFICE FURNITURE; CABINETS; DRAWERS; GENERAL DETAILS OF FURNITURE (jointing of furniture F16B 12/00)


System and method for controlling oil content in fried food products
Patent No. 10485380 

Inventor(s): Scott Fagan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15793651 on 10/25/2017 (762 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fryer system and method for producing fried food pieces are disclosed herein. A fryer, located in a frying region of the fryer system, produces fried food pieces. An adjustable draining device, located in a draining region of the fryer system, is downstream from the frying region and controls a residence time of the fried food pieces in the draining region. A set of takeout conveyors bridges the frying region and the draining region and reduces a bed depth of the fried food pieces as the set of takeout conveyors transfers the fried food pieces from the fryer to the draining device. An enclosure at least partially encloses the frying region and the draining region to maintain a controlled environment within the draining region.

[A47J] KITCHEN EQUIPMENT; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; APPARATUS FOR MAKING BEVERAGES [6]


Carbon nano tube based antennas
Patent No. 10485482 

Inventor(s): Aswini Kanneganti (Arlington, TX), Mario Romero-Ortega (Coppell, TX), Ray Baughman (Dallas, TX), Ryan Landrith (Duncanville, TX), Young-tae Kim (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: FisherBroyles LLP (Local + 20 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15116057 on 02/04/2015 (1756 days app to issue)

Abstract: A carbon nanotube (CNT) based electrode and method of making the same is disclosed. The CNT based electrode can have a microelectrode made substantially from a substantially inert metal, a first CNT sheet and a second CNT sheet, wherein the first and second CNT sheets are embedded in a collagen film.

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


Scleral prosthesis for treating presbyopia and other eye disorders and related devices and methods
Patent No. 10485653 

Inventor(s): Andrew J. Scherer (Trabuco Canyon, CA), Barrie D. Soloway (Long Beach, NY), Douglas C. Williamson (Coppell, TX), Gene W. Zdenek (Northridge, CA), Harry R. A. Jacobson (Nashville, TN), Jack C. Griffis, III (Decatur, GA), M
Assignee(s): Refocus Group, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16366068 on 03/27/2019 (244 days app to issue)

Abstract: A scleral prosthesis includes an elongated body having a first free end, a second free end opposite the first free end, a central portion extending between and coupling the ends, and a convex top surface extending lengthwise along at least part of the central portion. A maximum width of the body at each end is wider than a maximum width of the body along the central portion. The scleral prosthesis also includes an insert having a convex top surface extending lengthwise along at least part of the insert. The body includes multiple portions that form the first end and part of the central portion. The portions are separated lengthwise along part of a total length of the body by empty space, which tapers and then expands in width. The insert has a shape complementary to the empty space such that the insert tapers and then expands in width.

[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]


Prosthesis surface treatment and method for soft tissue attachment thereto
Patent No. 10485669 

Inventor(s): Gerhard E. Maale (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Washam PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15171131 on 06/02/2016 (1272 days app to issue)

Abstract: The improved endoprosthetic device surface treatment encourages soft tissue attachment thereto. A porous mesh surface treatment creates on an outer surface of the endoprosthetic device a three-dimensional surface structure similar to cancellous bone. Suture attachment features are provided at various locations around the treated surface structure to initially affix a vascularized soft tissue to the treated surface. As the patient heals the soft tissue grows and infiltrates the porous mesh surface to achieve an attachment strength substantially equal to the surrounding tissue.

[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]


Glenoid fossa prosthesis
Patent No. 10485670 

Inventor(s): Gerhard E. Maale (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Washam PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15829113 on 12/01/2017 (725 days app to issue)

Abstract: The improved glenoid fossa prosthesis for repair of a scapular deficient patient includes a base with a fixed flange, and a separable flange. A conical taper on the base and a complimentary locator edge positively orient the separable flange when joined with the base for affixation by screw. A plurality of flange fixation screws penetrates the scapular tissue between the flanges for affixation of the flanges thereto. The flange thickness is variable to approximate the topography of the scapular tissue in the affixation area to minimize tissue trimming during fitment. A cutting mask attaches to the deficient scapula in the glenoid fossa area to guide the physician in trimming scapular tissue for fitment. A cortical screw further fixates the base to the scapular tissue. A second conical taper on the base serves as a mount for a glenoid sphere (reverse shoulder) or socket (standard shoulder) repair configuration.

[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]


Thermal therapy device with interchangeable hot and cold water circulation and air pressure control
Patent No. 10485696 

Inventor(s): Gary Chiu (Plano, TX), Li Wang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Sinorica, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15378287 on 12/14/2016 (1077 days app to issue)

Abstract: A thermal therapy device can be operated for both cold and hot water circulation by using a self-priming pump and four solenoid valves with the open/closed states selectively controlled by an MCU to pump chilled water or cold water from two different water containers to sequentially circulate through two different water paths to a water bladder for cold therapy treatment or hot therapy treatment. During the hot therapy treatment, a water heater is used to heat the cold water until a configured temperature is reached. A pneumatic pump is also employed to carry out an air pressure control mode to pump air into an air bladder securely attached on the water bladder to put pressure on the water bladder for a pressurized treatment. Water retained in the water bladder can also be evacuated and returned to the two different water containers to avoid moss generation and stinky odor.

[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]


Method to exercise and coordinate both the hands and/or feet
Patent No. 10486023 

Inventor(s): Alfred M. Saleh (Richardson, TX), James Winter Cole (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16199165 on 11/24/2018 (367 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of coordinating and exercising the extremities of a person by the independent and/or simultaneous gestures of both the hands and feet. The method comprises the computer, four USB ports and four wired and/or wireless mice that correspond to the four-cursor exponential cognitive human-man-interface (HMI) exercise application The HMI application will instruct the person to begin tracing each of the four cursors on separate tracks in the pattern towards a desired target by the gestures of both the hands and the feet (extremities), which are appended to the mice. Displaying the performance data of each extremity including time, distance, and speed measures the competitiveness of both the hands and the feet against each other. The goal is for the left-hand, right-hand, left-foot and right foot to reach the target at the same time at the fastest speed possible.

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


 

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

Shaving system
Patent No. 10486319 

Inventor(s): Craig A. Provost (Boston, MA), John W. Griffin (Moultonborough, NH), William E. Tucker (Attleboro, MA)
Assignee(s): SHAVELOGIC, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Leber IP Law (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14948688 on 11/23/2015 (1464 days app to issue)

Abstract: Shaving systems are disclosed that include (a) a handle having a distal end and a proximal end; and (b) a shaving assembly, disposed at the distal end of the handle, the shaving assembly including a blade unit comprising a plurality of blades disposed in a housing, the housing having a front cutting side and an opposite rear side and a plurality of measurement elements on a trailing edge of the rear side.

[B26B] HAND-HELD CUTTING TOOLS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (for harvesting A01D; for horticulture, for forestry A01G; for butchering or meat treatment A22; for manufacturing or repairing footwear A43D; nail clippers or cutters A45D 29/02; kitchen equipment A47J; for surgical purposes A61B 17/00; for metal B23D; cutting by abrasive fluid jets B24C 5/02; plier-like tools with cutting edges B25B 7/22; pincers B25C 11/02; handles for hand implements, in general B25G; guillotine-type cutters B26D; for erasing B43L 19/00; for textile materials D06H)


Lightweight transport, storage and delivery system
Patent No. 10486579 

Inventor(s): Kevin M. O”Neill (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Mark Brown, LLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16280782 on 02/20/2019 (279 days app to issue)

Abstract: Reusable, flexible, lightweight, low cost flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs) for the delivery of granular proppant material for fracing that will allow the transport of higher weights of proppant, such as sand, per truck load. The invention includes a container made of a high strength, flexible material with a top opening for loading and deploying the proppant. The container can be lifted and deployed with a fork truck or crane. Alternatively, proprietary deployment systems, such as a conveyor system, can be used to quickly and efficiently deploy the proppant from the container at a desired site.

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


Selective disabling of deceleration area learning
Patent No. 10486700 

Inventor(s): Joshua D. Payne (Ann Arbor, MI), Shannon Alicia Wrobel (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15464527 on 03/21/2017 (980 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle can be configured to learn deceleration areas by acquiring vehicle deceleration data for deceleration areas encountered by the vehicle. However, there may be certain instances in which it may not be beneficial to acquire deceleration data for use in learning the deceleration area. For instance, if it is determined both that the proceeding link for the first deceleration area matches the preceding link for the second deceleration area and that the first deceleration area and the second deceleration area are located in close proximity to each other, the learning of the second deceleration area can be disabled. As a result, a deceleration record is not saved for that particular encounter of the second deceleration area.

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


Hopper car gate seal
Patent No. 10486718 

Inventor(s): Aubra D. McKisic (Flower Mound, TX), Caglar Ozerdim (Dallas, TX), George Creighton (Pompano Beach, FL), Lee A. Reitz (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): TRINITY NORTH AMERICAN FREIGHT CAR, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15462089 on 03/17/2017 (984 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to some embodiments, a railcar comprises a hopper with a sloped sheet and a discharge door. A first end of the discharge door is coupled to the railcar and pivots the discharge door between closed and open positions. The sloped sheet comprises a discharge end that is in contact with the discharge door when in the closed position. A second end of the discharge door extends beyond the discharge end of the sloped sheet when in the closed position. The discharge door comprises a lip disposed at its second end that extends generally perpendicular to the discharge door and parallel to the sloped sheet when the discharge door is in the closed position. The sloped sheet comprises a gasket coupled to its exterior portion. The lip of the discharge door contacts the gasket when in the closed position.

[B61D] BODY DETAILS OR KINDS OF RAILWAY VEHICLES (vehicles in general B60; adaptation of vehicles to special systems B61B; underframes B61F)


Yaw control in an aircraft
Patent No. 10486793 

Inventor(s): Kenneth Merle Dorsett (Aledo, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15166369 on 05/27/2016 (1278 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a first deflector configured to couple to a shaft of a wing of an aircraft and form part of a top surface of the wing when in a first closed position, and a second deflector configured to couple to the shaft and form part of a bottom surface of the wing when in a second closed position. The first deflector and the second deflector may be configured to be positioned proximate to the tip of the wing. The first deflector and the second deflector may be configured to simultaneously pivot from the closed positions to respective first and second open positions upon actuation of the shaft.

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


Landing gear arrangement with passive shock strut shrink actuator
Patent No. 10486802 

Inventor(s): William E. Luce (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Goodrich Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer, L.L.P. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15483788 on 04/10/2017 (960 days app to issue)

Abstract: A landing gear arrangement may comprise a shock strut, a retraction actuator, and a shrink actuator. The retraction actuator may move the shock strut between a stowed position and a deployed position. The shrink actuator may move between a shrink position and an unshrink position in response to the shock strut moving between the stowed position and the deployed position.

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


Inboard bearing assemblies having independent shoes
Patent No. 10486807 

Inventor(s): Amarjit Olenchery Kizhakkepat (Fort Worth, TX), Michael Christopher Burnett (Fort Worth, TX), Michael Dean Dearman (Weatherford, TX), Tyler Wayne Baldwin (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15990623 on 05/26/2018 (549 days app to issue)

Abstract: A proprotor system for a tiltrotor aircraft having a helicopter flight mode and an airplane flight mode includes a yoke having a plurality of blade arms each having an inboard pocket with a load transfer surface. Each of a plurality of bearing assemblies is disposed at least partially within one of the inboard pockets. Each of a plurality of inboard beams is disposed at least partially between a centrifugal force bearing and a shear bearing of each bearing assembly and has a proprotor blade coupled thereto. Each of a plurality of independent shoes is coupled between one of the centrifugal force bearings and the yoke. Each shoe has a load transfer surface that has a contact relationship with the load transfer surface of the respective inboard pocket forming a centrifugal force load path therebetween.

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


Remotely operated aerial vehicle with reduced cross-section area during forward flight
Patent No. 10486811 

Inventor(s): Paul E. I. Pounds (Brisbane, , AU)
Assignee(s): Olaeris, Inc. (Burleson, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15483026 on 04/10/2017 (960 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, devices, and apparatus for remotely operated aerial vehicle with reduced cross-section area during forward flight. In one aspect, a remotely operated aerial vehicle is a rotor based Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) having a plurality of rotors. A remotely operated aerial vehicle includes a frame, a power source, a plurality of motors, and a corresponding plurality of fixed rotors. The frame includes a top surface. Each fixed rotor in the plurality of fixed rotors is mounted to a corresponding motor from among the plurality of motors. The corresponding motor controls the rotation of the fixed rotor. Each of the plurality of fixed rotors is mounted at a specified angle relative to the top surface. Mounting the fixed rotors at the specified angle minimizes the cross-sectional area of the frame when the remotely operated aerial vehicle flies in a specified direction.

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


Exhaust arrangement for aircraft having sensor
Patent No. 10486822 

Inventor(s): Craig S. McGee (Lewisville, TX), Sam R. Fritcher (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Blank Rome LLP (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16113893 on 08/27/2018 (456 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exhaust arrangement is for an aircraft having sensing equipment and a front prop engine. An extension mounts on the underside along an edge of the fuselage to direct exhaust from the engine”s exhaust pipes to a point to or past the sensing equipment typically exposed at the mid-section of the aircraft. An extension inlet mounts adjacent the pipe and defines a funnel or conical orifice not directly affixed to the pipe. One or more conductors for the extension then extend from the inlet to convey the exhaust to an outlet of the extension. Preferably, multiple conductors can be used with an expansion joint provided between them. The outlet preferably diverts exhaust away from the tail end of the aircraft. To mount the extension to the aircraft, several arrangements of supports including rods, lugs, angles, and the like hold the extension in vertical, lateral, and axial directions to the aircraft.

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


System and method for continuous strand fiberglass media processing
Patent No. 10487427 

Inventor(s): Charles Douglas Spitler (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Superior Fibers, LLC (Reedsville, WV)
Law Firm: Bakos Kritzer (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15249808 on 08/29/2016 (1184 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is provided a system and method for manufacturing continuous strand fiberglass of progressive density with varying skins. Glass media is melted into molten glass within a temperature controlled melter, the molten glass exits the melter through orifices of a bushing plate, which is oriented 6 degrees relative to the axis of a rotating drum. A rotating drum receives the molten glass exiting the bushing plate, and resin and water are applied. The fiberglass media is fed through rollers before it enters a curing oven.

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


Container venting system
Patent No. 10490791 

Inventor(s): Paul E. I. Pounds (Brisbane, , AU)
Assignee(s): Olaeris, Inc. (Burleson, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15722992 on 10/02/2017 (785 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention extends to a container venting system. A wall portion of a container includes a (e.g., thermo-sensitive) panel. Any portion of the panel exposed to sufficient heat crumbles or ruptures (e.g., without burning) creating an opening in the wall portion. In one aspect, a container is included in a vehicle (e.g., an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)). The container includes a panel in an external wall of the vehicle. Any portion of the panel exposed to sufficient heat crumbles to create an opening in the external wall of the vehicle. A container can be a sealed container with the panel sealed to the wall portion or to the external wall of the vehicle. The interior of the sealed container can contain a battery cell. Creating an opening allows gases to vent out of the sealed container and/or to vent outside of the vehicle.

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


 

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

Methods for chlorinating polyvinyl chloride
Patent No. 10487157 

Inventor(s): Keith S. Kramer (Andover, KS), Lance Mayer (Wichita, KS), Rodney L. Klausmeyer (Wichita, KS)
Assignee(s): Oxy Vinyls, LP (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Renner, Kenner (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15740989 on 03/07/2017 (994 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for chlorinating polyvinyl chloride, the method comprising providing polyvinyl chloride particles having a chlorination accelerant associated therewith, where the particles are suspended in water; and chlorinating the polyvinyl chloride particles having a chlorination accelerant associated therewith.

[C08L] COMPOSITIONS OF MACROMOLECULAR COMPOUNDS (compositions based on polymerisable monomers C08F, C08G; artificial filaments or fibres D01F; textile treating compositions D06) [2]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Adjustable locator retaining wall block and mold apparatus
Patent No. 10486344 

Inventor(s): William H. Karau (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Pavestone, LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15994313 on 05/31/2018 (544 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system of retaining wall blocks, a method of assembling a retaining wall block assembly, and a mold for manufacturing retaining wall blocks having adjustable engagement configurations.

[E02D] FOUNDATIONS; EXCAVATIONS; EMBANKMENTS (specially adapted for hydraulic engineering E02B); UNDERGROUND OR UNDERWATER STRUCTURES [6]


Tornado proof housing
Patent No. 10487527 

Inventor(s): Joseph E. Jenks (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): Grizzly Homes, Inc. (Azle, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15685785 on 08/24/2017 (824 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tornado resistant/proof residential housing unit that is built to withstand natural disaster conditions resulting from tornadoes, violent storms, and fire. An internal concrete reinforced core layout gives the unit its structural strength, as well as the versatility needed to face natural disaster conditions while providing absolute resistance to heavy winds such as those caused by a tornado. The unit has an external facade which mimics the exterior appearance of a typical subdivision home.

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


System and method for processing a slurry
Patent No. 10487600 

Inventor(s): Terry Gordon Culver (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): FLOWBACK FLUIDS LLC (Bedford, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14798059 on 07/13/2015 (1597 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for separating two or more materials, such as a solid from a liquid, or a solid from a slurry, are provided. An exemplary system and method for separating drill cuttings from drilling fluids are provided, as well as a system and method of processing such separated drill cuttings. In another implementation, a system and method is provided for separating gold (or another mineral, element, or solid) from a slurry or liquid that includes mining cuttings.

[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]


High flow injection screen system with sleeves
Patent No. 10487630 

Inventor(s): Jason Earl Davis (Rowlett, TX), William Mark Richards (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15542004 on 03/06/2015 (1726 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus has been described, including a tubular housing including opposing first and second end portions and defining an interior surface, an exterior surface, and an internal flow passage; an open inflow area extending radially through the tubular housing and adapted to distribute the radial flow of a fluid from the internal flow passage to the wellbore; a closure member extending within the tubular housing and adapted to cover the open inflow area; and a filter defining a plurality of gaps, the filter concentrically disposed about the exterior surface of the tubular housing and extending axially along at least the open inflow area. In an exemplary embodiment, the open inflow area includes a plurality of openings formed radially through the tubular housing and defining a tubular injection interval extending axially along the tubular housing. A system and assembly have also been described, each incorporating elements of the above described apparatus.

[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]


Shaped charge retainer system
Patent No. 10488163 

Inventor(s): Bradley Dean Schulte (Cleburne, TX), William Richard Collins (Burleson, TX)
Assignee(s): Hunting Titan, Inc. (Pampa, TX)
Law Firm: Arnold Saunders, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15313019 on 05/21/2015 (1650 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method for locking a detonating cord against a shaped charge.

[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

 

Neo-hydroelectric power system
Patent No. 10487795 

Inventor(s): Soheil Nashtahosseini (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Gagnon, Peacock Vereeke P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14580507 on 12/23/2014 (1799 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hydroelectric power system includes a fluid channel having a bottom surface and side walls configured to form a fluid passage, a upraised curved lip integral with the bottom surface and configured to form a cavity, and a turbine in fluid communication with the fluid channel, the turbine being configured to fit at least partially within the cavity of the upraised curved lip. A method includes creating a spatial fluid flow of the fluid traveling through the fluid channel with the upraised curved lip and creating electrical power via the turbine with the fluid passing over the upraised curved lip.

[F03B] MACHINES OR ENGINES FOR LIQUIDS (machines or engines for liquids and elastic fluids F01; positive-displacement engines for liquids F03C; positive-displacement machines for liquids F04)


Method and apparatus for pressure equalization in rotary compressors
Patent No. 10487832 

Inventor(s): Brandon Ullrich (Grand Prairie, TX), Shawket Ayub (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15648575 on 07/13/2017 (866 days app to issue)

Abstract: A high side compressor system includes a compressor housing, motor, and a compression chamber. The compression chamber is disposed within the compressor housing. An accumulator is fluidly coupled to the compressor housing via a pressure-equalization tube. A pressure-equalization valve is disposed in the pressure-equalization tube. The pressure-equalization valve closes access to the pressure-equalization tube responsive to an electrical current being applied to the pressure-equalization valve. The pressure-equalization valve is electrically coupled to a compression mechanism such that interruption of electrical current to the compression mechanism interrupts electrical current to the pressure-equalization valve thereby opening the pressure-equalization valve.

[F04C] ROTARY-PISTON, OR OSCILLATING-PISTON, POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINES FOR LIQUIDS (engines driven by liquids F03C); ROTARY-PISTON, OR OSCILLATING-PISTON, POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT PUMPS (engine fuel-injection pumps F02M)


System and methods utilizing fluid coolers and chillers to perform in-series heat rejection and trim cooling
Patent No. 10488061 

Inventor(s): Earl Keisling (Ridgefield, CT), John Costakis (Hyde Park, NY), Ken Nguyen (Danbury, CT), Ming Zhang (Ballwin, MO)
Assignee(s): INERTECH IP LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Weber Rosselli Cannon LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15398512 on 01/04/2017 (1056 days app to issue)

Abstract: The cooling systems and methods of the present disclosure involve modular fluid coolers and chillers configured for optimal power and water use based on environmental conditions and client requirements. The fluid coolers include wet media, a first fluid circuit for distributing fluid across wet media, an air to fluid heat exchanger, and an air to refrigerant heat exchanger. The chillers, which are fluidly coupled to the fluid coolers via pipe cages, include a second fluid circuit in fluid communication with the air to fluid heat exchanger and a refrigerant circuit in thermal communication with the second fluid circuit and in fluid communication with the air to refrigerant heat exchanger. Pipe cages are coupled together to allow for expansion of the cooling system when additional cooling capacity is needed. The fluid coolers and chillers are configured to selectively operate in wet or dry free cooling mode, partial free cooling mode, or mechanical cooling mode.

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


Method and apparatus for electro-mechanical super-elevation
Patent No. 10488155 

Inventor(s): Robert P. Bernard (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14604390 on 01/23/2015 (1768 days app to issue)

Abstract: A weapon system includes a weapon, a weapon sight configured to sight a target of the weapon, and an electro-mechanical super-elevation (EMSEL) system. The EMSEL system includes a weapon adapter coupled to the weapon, an electronics mount coupled to the weapon sight, a drive assembly coupled to the weapon adapter and the electronics mount, and a controller. The controller is configured to determine that the weapon is changing in angular orientation. The controller is also configured, in response to the determination that the weapon is changing in angular orientation, to control the drive assembly to adjust an angle of the electronics mount relative to the weapon while the weapon is changing in angular orientation such that the electronics mount remains substantially at a predetermined angle relative to the target.

[F41G] WEAPON SIGHTS; AIMING (optical aspects thereof G02B)


Primer insert having a primer pocket groove
Patent No. 10488165 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): True Velocity IP Holdings, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15936850 on 03/27/2018 (609 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a primer insert for use in a polymeric ammunition cartridge includes a top surface opposite a bottom surface and a extraction flange that extends circumferentially about an outer edge of the top surface; a coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, wherein the substantially cylindrical coupling element is adapted to receive a polymer overmolding; a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface, wherein the primer recess comprises a recess bottom and a circular recess side wall; a primer flash aperture through the recess bottom that extends through the bottom surface, wherein the primer flash aperture is adapted to receive a polymer overmolding to form a flash hole; and a groove in the primer recess positioned around the primer flash aperture adapted to receive a polymer overmolding, wherein the groove extends at least partially over the bottom surface and at least partially over the circular recess side wall and the groove is adapted to receive polymer over the bottom surface and at least partially over the circular recess side wall.

[F42B] EXPLOSIVE CHARGES, e.g. FOR BLASTING; FIREWORKS; AMMUNITION (explosive compositions C06B; fuzes F42C; blasting F42D) [5]


Computer controlled squib simulation system
Patent No. 10488170 

Inventor(s): Caleb P. Wangerin (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15485833 on 04/12/2017 (958 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a squib simulation system includes a processor, sensors, and a firing point. The firing point receives electrical pulse information from a computer. The processor calculates electrical pulse information, including time information and current information. The processor determines a received current and determines whether the current exceeds a predetermined threshold necessary to ignite a squib. Upon a determination that the current exceeds the threshold, the processor determines a firing time that a squib would have fired given the current. The processor records and transfers the information to a user.

[F42C] AMMUNITION FUZES (blasting cartridge initiators F42B 3/10; chemical aspects C06C); ARMING OR SAFETY MEANS THEREFOR (filling fuzes F42B 33/02; fitting or extracting primers in or from fuzes F42B 33/04; containers for fuzes F42B 39/30) [5]


System and method to monitor characteristics of an operating fluid in a process line
Patent No. 10488855 

Inventor(s): Edward James Nieters (Burnt Hills, NY), Frederick Wilson Wheeler (Niskayuna, NY), Harold Randall Smart (Portsmouth, RI)
Assignee(s): Dresser, LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Paul Frank + Collins P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15471362 on 03/28/2017 (973 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system that provides localized monitoring of characteristics of instrument gas that a valve assembly uses to modulate the flow of a working fluid. The system includes components that generate an output in response to, for example, particulates, humidity, temperature, and other characteristics of the instrument gas. Processing of data and information in the output can help to diagnose changes in the characteristics of the instrument gas. This diagnosis is useful to predict a time frame during which the valve assembly and components associated therewith might fail and/or require maintenance before the valve assembly manifests significant problem that are detrimental to a process line.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Methods for detecting failure of an adhesive layer
Patent No. 10488324 

Inventor(s): Paul D. Cowan (Pinckney, MI), Prasanth Mohankumar (Canton, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15601284 on 05/22/2017 (918 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for detecting failure of an adhesive layer applied to first and second surfaces includes inserting a first wedge between the first and second surfaces adhered to one another by the adhesive layer to separate the first and second surfaces by a first predetermined distance, inspecting the adhesive layer for failure when the first and second surfaces are separated by the first predetermined distance, inserting a second wedge between the first and second surfaces to separate the first and second surfaces by a second predetermined distance, and inspecting the adhesive layer for failure when the first and second surfaces are separated by the second predetermined distance.

[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)


Inspection system for inspecting an internal component of a machine
Patent No. 10488350 

Inventor(s): Hetal V. Lakhani (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): ABB Schweiz AG (Baden, , CH)
Law Firm: Taft Stettinius Hollister LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15859435 on 12/30/2017 (696 days app to issue)

Abstract: An inspection system for inspecting an internal component of a machine includes a remote controlled vehicle constructed to fit inside a desired portion of the machine; a controller operative to control an operation of the remote controlled vehicle; a tether coupled to the controller and to the remote controlled vehicle, wherein the tether is operative to transmit control signals from the controller to the remote controlled vehicle; and an imaging device extending from a front portion of the remote controlled vehicle and operative to view the internal component. The imaging device has a flexible articulating tip spaced apart from the front portion of the body.

[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)


System for determining speed and related mapping information for a speed detector
Patent No. 10488426 

Inventor(s): Mahendra Mandava (Richardson, TX), Robert S. Gammenthaler (Princeton, TX), Russell D. Kautz (The Colony, TX), Steven F. Hocker (Gardner, KS)
Assignee(s): APPLIED CONCEPTS, INC. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15867152 on 01/10/2018 (685 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system that can determine and provision speed and mapping information of a moving object. Time of flight data over a time period can be processed to determine ranges between the system and the moving object and the speed can be determined therefrom. The speed can be determined by calculating the radial velocity and tangential velocity of the object and taking the square root of the addition of the square of each. Alternatively, the speed can be determined by calculating a linear regression curve fit for instantaneous distances of the moving object in the direction of motion for a plurality of ranges and determining the slope of the linear regression curve fit. After a lock of the determined speed, system coordinates can be identified and associated with the speed. A map can be received based upon the system coordinates and the map, speed and speed related parameters can be communicated.

[G01P] MEASURING LINEAR OR ANGULAR SPEED, ACCELERATION, DECELERATION OR SHOCK; INDICATING PRESENCE OR ABSENCE OF MOVEMENT; INDICATING DIRECTION OF MOVEMENT (measuring angular rate using gyroscopic effects G01C 19/00; combined measuring devices for measuring two or more variables of movement G01C 23/00; measuring velocity of sound G01H 5/00; measuring velocity of light G01J 7/00; determining direction or velocity of solid objects by reflection or reradiation of radio or other waves and based on propagation effects, e.g. Doppler effect, propagation time or direction of propagation, G01S; measuring speed of nuclear radiation G01T)


Tracking energy consumption using a boost technique
Patent No. 10488443 

Inventor(s): Anton Brauchle (Mering, , DE), Horst Diewald (Freising, , DE), Johann Zipperer (Unterschleissheim, , DE), Peter Weber (Allershausen, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15383991 on 12/19/2016 (1072 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus and method for tracking energy consumption. An energy tracking system comprises at least one switching element, at least one inductor and a control block to keep the output voltage at a pre-selected level. The switching elements are configured to apply the source of energy to the inductors. The control block compares the output voltage of the energy tracking system to a reference value and controls the switching of the switched elements in order to transfer energy for the primary voltage into a secondary voltage at the output of the energy tracking system. The electronic device further comprises an ON-time and OFF-time generator and an accumulator wherein the control block is coupled to receive a signal from the ON-time and OFF-time generator and generates switching signals for the at least one switching element in the form of ON-time pulses with a constant width ON-time.

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


Bi-directional electric energy meter
Patent No. 10488448 

Inventor(s): Cong Deng (Nanjing, , CN), Rujun Ji (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16184392 on 11/08/2018 (383 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electric energy meter for a poly-phase electricity network includes a power transformer having a primary side and a secondary side, a first analog front end (AFE) unit is coupled to the secondary side of the power transformer, and a microcontroller coupled to the primary side of the power transformer. The first AFE unit is to be coupled to a first phase of the poly-phase electricity network. The microcontroller is configured to transmit a digitized request signal to, and to receive a measurement signal from, the first AFE unit via the power transformer. More specifically, the first AFE unit, upon receiving the digitized request signal, is to extract information from the digitized request signal.

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


Tap gating scan register, comparator with expected data flip flop
Patent No. 10488462 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16150744 on 10/03/2018 (419 days app to issue)

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

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


Landing guidance for remotely operated aerial vehicles using crossed radar beams
Patent No. 10488512 

Inventor(s): Paul E. I. Pounds (Brisbane, , AU)
Assignee(s): Olaeris, Inc. (Burleson, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15481769 on 04/07/2017 (963 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, devices, and apparatus for landing guidance for remotely operated aerial vehicles using crossed radar beams. Radar units can be angled over a landing pad/dish for a Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicle. The Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicle lines up over radar beams by basically following radar beams to equalize the returned energy of each beam. The radar units facilitate lateral position tracking. When a Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicle is off to one side, returns for one or more beams may be stronger than returns for one or more other beans. When a Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicle is maneuvered to an appropriate position for terminal guidance, rotors can be turned off and/or thrust settled (e.g., to 90%).

[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


Fiber optic spool drawer with translatable and/or removable drawer for deployment of fiber optic cable
Patent No. 10488612 

Inventor(s): Richard David Morris (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Optical Communications LLC (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15788306 on 10/19/2017 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure are directed to a fiber optic spool drawer with a translatable and/or removable drawer for deployment of fiber optic cable. In exemplary aspects disclosed herein, the fiber optic spool drawer includes a housing with a translatable drawer and a rotatable spool disposed within an interior area of the housing. The translatable drawer includes a selective locking mechanism and is bidirectionally translatable within and bidirectionally removable from the housing. The rotatable spool is mounted to the translatable drawer and configured to rotate to deploy fiber optic cable. Still further, the fiber optic deployment assembly also includes front and back routing guides to manage and prevent damage to the fiber optic cables deployed. Accordingly, as an example, the fiber optic spool drawer may facilitate easy, efficient, and versatile fiber routing while preventing damage to the fiber optic cable.

[G02B] OPTICAL ELEMENTS, SYSTEMS, OR APPARATUS (G02F takes precedence; optical elements specially adapted for use in lighting devices or systems thereof F21V 1/00-F21V 13/00; measuring-instruments, see the relevant subclass of class G01, e.g. optical rangefinders G01C; testing of optical elements, systems, or apparatus G01M 11/00; spectacles G02C; apparatus or arrangements for taking photographs or for projecting or viewing them G03B; sound lenses G10K 11/30; electron and ion “optics” H01J; X-ray “optics” H01J, H05G 1/00; optical elements structurally combined with electric discharge tubes H01J 5/16, H01J 29/89, H01J 37/22; microwave “optics” H01Q; combination of optical elements with television receivers H04N 5/72; optical systems or arrangements in colour television systems H04N 9/00; heating arrangements specially adapted for transparent or reflecting areas H05B 3/84) [7]


Aperture sharing for highlight projection
Patent No. 10488746 

Inventor(s): John D. Jackson (Allen, TX), Nathan S. Wainwright (Melissa, TX)
Assignee(s): Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation (San Franciscco, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16184788 on 11/08/2018 (383 days app to issue)

Abstract: A novel projection system includes a base signal source, a highlight signal source, a base/highlight destination, and a shared optical element. A base signal provided by the base source and a highlight signal provided by the highlight source are combined by the shared optical element. In a particular embodiment, the base signal source and the highlight signal source each include a light source, a spatial light modulator, and optics, and the base/highlight destination includes optics and a spatial light modulator. In a more particular embodiment, the base signal source and the highlight source provide spatially modulated lightfields to the shared optical element. In another particular embodiment, the base signal and the highlight signal are modulated by the spatial light modulator of the base/highlight destination after being combined.

[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]


Enabling physical controls on an illuminated surface
Patent No. 10488948 

Inventor(s): Frank Sharp (Mesquite, TX), Vinay Sharma (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13828526 on 03/14/2013 (2448 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for enabling physical controls in a digital system is provided that includes receiving an image of an illuminated surface in the digital system, wherein the image is captured by a camera in the digital system, determining a state of a physical control mounted on the illuminated surface by analyzing the image; and outputting an indication of the state of the physical control.

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


Searching data in parallel using processor-in-memory devices
Patent No. 10489060 

Inventor(s): Isom Lawrence Crawford, Jr. (Royse City, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15849381 on 12/20/2017 (706 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes comparing, in parallel, a data pattern with data stored into a plurality of columns of memory cells, and in response to detecting the data pattern in the data stored into a particular column of memory cells of the plurality of columns of memory cells, storing in a memory cell of the particular column a value indicative of at least one of an occurrence of the data pattern or a position of the data pattern in the data stored into the particular column.

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


Determining virtual network function configurations
Patent No. 10489180 

Inventor(s): Vinay Saxena (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Patent Department (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15339574 on 10/31/2016 (1121 days app to issue)

Abstract: Examples relate to determining virtual network function configurations. In one example, a computing device may receive a virtual network function specifying a particular function to be performed by at least one virtual machine; identify a particular performance metric for the virtual network function; determine, using the particular performance metric and a default resource configuration, a first infrastructure configuration specifying a value for each of a plurality of infrastructure options, each of the plurality of infrastructure options specifying a feature of the at least one virtual machine; and determine, using the particular performance metric and the first infrastructure configuration, a first resource configuration specifying a value for each of a plurality of virtualized hardware resources for the at least one virtual machine.

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


Scheduling of concurrent block based data processing tasks on a hardware thread scheduler
Patent No. 10489206 

Inventor(s): Hetul Sanghvi (Richardson, TX), Kedar Satish Chitnis (Bangalore, , IN), Mihir Narendra Mody (Bangalore, , IN), Niraj Nandan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15396153 on 12/30/2016 (1061 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data processing device is provided that includes a plurality of hardware data processing nodes, wherein each hardware data processing node is configured to execute a task, and a hardware thread scheduler coupled to the plurality of hardware data processing nodes, the hardware thread scheduler configurable to concurrently execute a first thread of tasks and a second thread of tasks on the plurality of hardware data processing nodes.

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


Apparatuses and methods including nested mode registers
Patent No. 10489260 

Inventor(s): Kallol Mazumder (Plano, TX), William O”Leary (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16033076 on 07/11/2018 (503 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for nested mode registers to extend mode register functionality are disclosed. An example apparatus comprises a mode register configured to store address information and write data, a plurality of nested mode registers coupled to the mode register and configured to store the write data, and a decoder circuit coupled to the mode register and the plurality of nested mode registers and configured to selectively enable a nested mode register of the plurality of nested mode registers to store the write data based, at least in part, on the address information.

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


Prefetch kill and revival in an instruction cache
Patent No. 10489305 

Inventor(s): Abhijeet Ashok Chachad (Plano, TX), Bipin Prasad Heremagalur Ramaprasad (Austin, TX), David Matthew Thompson (Dallas, TX), Hung Ong (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16102931 on 08/14/2018 (469 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system comprises a processor including a CPU core, first and second memory caches, and a memory controller subsystem. The memory controller subsystem speculatively determines a hit or miss condition of a virtual address in the first memory cache and speculatively translates the virtual address to a physical address. Associated with the hit or miss condition and the physical address, the memory controller subsystem configures a status to a valid state. Responsive to receipt of a first indication from the CPU core that no program instructions associated with the virtual address are needed, the memory controller subsystem reconfigures the status to an invalid state and, responsive to receipt of a second indication from the CPU core that a program instruction associated with the virtual address is needed, the memory controller subsystem reconfigures the status back to a valid state.

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


System and method for per-task memory protection for a non-programmable bus master
Patent No. 10489332 

Inventor(s): Balatripura Sodemma Chavali (Sugar Land, TX), Karl Friedrich Greb (Sugar Land, TX), Rajeev Suvarna (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14015561 on 08/30/2013 (2279 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a non-programmable bus master. The non-programmable bus master includes a memory protection unit (MPU) to operate in a first configuration with a first set of access permissions and a second configuration with a second set of access permissions, and hardware logic. The hardware logic executes a first task and a second task. The tasks generate transactions and the hardware logic switches between executing the first and second tasks. The hardware logic also causes the MPU to operate in the first configuration when the hardware logic executes the first task and causes the MPU to operate in the second configuration when the hardware logic executes the second task.

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


Distributed FP-growth with node table for large-scale association rule mining
Patent No. 10489363 

Inventor(s): Kai Yang (Bridgewater, NJ), Tao Quan (Shanghai, , CN), Yanjia Sun (Downingtown, PA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15298052 on 10/19/2016 (1133 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for mining data in a database by recursively mining a conditional frequent pattern tree (FP-tree) for frequent items of each conditional pattern base for each node in an FP-tree to obtain frequent patterns. For each branch in the FP-tree, a single-item node table (NT) is generated for which a selected one of the frequent items appears in the node of the branch. The single-item NT including a list of all of the frequent items appearing in the FP-tree and a corresponding frequent item count. For each single-item NT of each branch generated for the selected one of the frequent items, the frequent item count of each frequent item is summed in the single-item NT formed for each branch to generate a combined single-item NT, and association rules based on the frequent patterns are generated for each of the frequent items and the combined single-item NT.

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


Methods and apparatus for efficiently implementing a fast-copyable database
Patent No. 10489385 

Inventor(s): Leemon C. Baird, III (Richardson, TX), Mance Harmon (College Station, TX)
Assignee(s): Swirlds, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Cooley LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16176125 on 10/31/2018 (391 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fast-copyable database apparatus includes a processor and a memory in electronic communication with the processor. The memory stores a database table with multiple records each having a compound key including a version identifier. The memory also stores instructions executable to cause the processor to generate a first virtual clone of the database table and a second virtual clone of the database table, receive a query at the first virtual clone, and modify the query so that it includes a version identifier of the first virtual clone. The processor can query the database table using the modified query to generate a response based in part on each record from the set of records having a version identifier associated with an ancestral path of the version identifier of the first virtual clone, and send the response. Each compound key includes a version identifier and a data portion.

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


System for inline message detail extraction and transformation
Patent No. 10489418 

Inventor(s): Sundar R. Krishnan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14879206 on 10/09/2015 (1509 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides for inline/parallel processing of data messages, specifically data response messages, to both transform and parse the data in one single pass. Parsing includes extracting common data elements (such as, error codes, fault codes, status codes and the like) from the message and deleting generic headers from the messages. In specific embodiments of the invention, the parallel processing of the present invention is made possible by implementation of a SAX parser. In such embodiments of the invention, the SAX parser implements a single filter to both transform and parse the data response messages simultaneously.

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


Leveraging concepts with information retrieval techniques and knowledge bases
Patent No. 10489434 

Inventor(s): Mark Zartler (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Verint Americas Inc. (Alpharetta, , ZZ)
Law Firm: Meunier Carlin Curfman LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12636571 on 12/11/2009 (3637 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments are described which leverage techniques for breaking down critical ideas from an inputted phrase into concepts in order to provide a response that is more relevant to the inputted phrase. In this regard, concepts and/or concept patterns are utilized with information retrieval searching to provide more relevant and concise documents in response to an inputted phrase. In addition, concepts and/or concept patterns are utilized with respect to assessing information (e.g., documents) available in a knowledge base and building appropriate pre-defined responses to an inputted phrase.

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


Techniques to leverage machine learning for search engine optimization
Patent No. 10489474 

Inventor(s): Avid Ghamsari (Frisco, TX), Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16400004 on 04/30/2019 (210 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques to leverage machine learning for search engine optimization (SEO). Some techniques are applicable to turnkey e-commerce solutions operating on the Internet as an online platform. These techniques use machine learning to gain insights into patterns/relationships between search terms and items for sale on the online platform. Depending on a relevancy or an accuracy of a search term to a particular item for sale, the online platform inserts the search term into the online platform such that a public search engine crawler increases a search engine result position for the online platform. Other embodiments are described and claimed.

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


Systems and methods for composite thermal interface material microstructure property prediction
Patent No. 10489525 

Inventor(s): Ercan M. Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Masao Noguchi (Ann Arbor, MI), Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15045934 on 02/17/2016 (1378 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods of simulating a physical bond layer comprising a composite material and predicting one or more properties of the composite material are disclosed. A method includes obtaining one or more X-ray images of a bulk physical sample of a composite material, the one or more X-ray images including one or more visual identifiers that correspond to one or more materials present in the bulk physical sample, and generating a three dimensional image of the bulk physical sample from the one or more X-ray images. The three dimensional image includes one or more labels indicating the presence and location of the one or more materials. The method further includes creating a meshed three dimensional microstructure-based model from the three dimensional image and simulating a physical bond layer with the meshed three dimensional microstructure-based model. The meshed three dimensional microstructure-based model incorporates data obtained from the one or more labels.

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


Method for comprehensive integration verification of mixed-signal circuits
Patent No. 10489538 

Inventor(s): Sudhakar Surendran (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15333457 on 10/25/2016 (1127 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples include methods for verifying mixed-signal circuit design, in which an executable specification file is generated including integration abstractions that represent an intended integration of ports and digital circuit blocks of the mixed-signal design, a formal properties file is automatically generated from the executable specification file, an analog circuit component of the mixed-signal circuit design is modeled as a digital circuit component in a model file, at least one analog circuit block of the mixed-signal circuit design is modeled as one or more ports in the model file, and correspondence of connections of the formal properties file and the model file is verified with the mixed-signal circuit design to generate a coverage report file.

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


Access path redirection for encrypted files
Patent No. 10489600 

Inventor(s): Adam W. Meek (Colleyville, TX), David J. Fitzgerald (Rowlett, TX), James D. Testerman (McKinney, TX), Nitin D. Dixit (Coppell, TX), Vadamalar Varadarajan (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Dell Products L.P. (Round Rock, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15581192 on 04/28/2017 (942 days app to issue)

Abstract: Many users of information handling systems use applications to create, manage, and/or save files containing information. Encryption of the files secures the data against access by unintended recipients. Information handling systems may be designed to perform encryption in the background with minimal user input. For example, applications, application plug-ins, or operating system (OS) level system services may facilitate encryption and decryption of application files with minimal user input. Such applications, plugins, and services may allow applications to interact with encryption systems, such as virtual file systems, and may direct file save and access operations through the encryption systems, automatically encrypting and decrypting files selected by the user without exposing the user to cumbersome or confusing encryption options.

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


Automated sign language translation and communication using multiple input and output modalities
Patent No. 10489639 

Inventor(s): Dallas Nash (Frisco, TX), Michael Menefee (Richardson, TX), Trevor Chandler (Thornton, CO)
Assignee(s): AVODAH LABS, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16258509 on 01/25/2019 (305 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus and systems for recognizing sign language movements using multiple input and output modalities. One example method includes capturing a movement associated with the sign language using a set of visual sensing devices, the set of visual sensing devices comprising multiple apertures oriented with respect to the subject to receive optical signals corresponding to the movement from multiple angles, generating digital information corresponding to the movement based on the optical signals from the multiple angles, collecting depth information corresponding to the movement in one or more planes perpendicular to an image plane captured by the set of visual sensing devices, producing a reduced set of digital information by removing at least some of the digital information based on the depth information, generating a composite digital representation by aligning at least a portion of the reduced set of digital information, and recognizing the movement based on the composite digital representation.

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


Systems and methods for personalized augmented reality view
Patent No. 10489653 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Richard Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Michael Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16142861 on 09/26/2018 (426 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for presenting an augmented reality view are disclosed. Embodiments include a system with a database for personalizing an augmented reality view of a physical environment using at least one of a location of a physical environment or a location of a user. The system may further include a hardware device in communication with the database, the hardware device including a renderer configured to render the augmented reality view for display and a controller configured to determine a scope of the augmented reality view authenticating the augmented reality view. The hardware device may include a processor configured to receive the augmented reality view of the physical environment, and present, via a display, augmented reality content to the user while the user is present in the physical environment, based on the determined scope of the augmented reality view.

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


Systems and methods for distributed currency management
Patent No. 10489785 

Inventor(s): Bradly J. Billman (Celina, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Hostetler LLP (15 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15135123 on 04/21/2016 (1314 days app to issue)

Abstract: This application relates to methods and systems for managing and distributing currency. One system includes modularized components and interacts with a user via the user”s cell phone. The user may authenticate to the system via a password and biometrics, pre-stage interactions such as deposits or withdrawals, and then conduct a transaction. The system may also analyze the documents, such as currency and/or checks, that are deposited with the system, and determine whether they are valid.

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


Systems and methods for providing notifications to devices
Patent No. 10489789 

Inventor(s): Diandrea Kesse (Flower Mound, TX), Lingyu Chu (Frisco, TX), Merin J. Samuel (Frisco, TX), Narayana Roa Pagolu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16401331 on 05/02/2019 (208 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for providing notifications to client devices that includes one or more processors and one or more storage devices. The storage devices may store instructions that, when executed, configure the processors to perform operations. The operations include receiving a transaction notification from a third party; identifying a user account associated with the transaction notification; generating a push notification with a payload describing instructions to display a message and an interactive icon, and a resource identifier associated with the interactive icon, where the resource identifier includes a message ID encoding an interactive session and an action ID encoding a requested action. The operations also include transmitting the push notification to a client device associated with the user account; receiving a first indication indicating a user interaction with the interactive icon, the first indication having the resource identifier and updating the user account based on the action request.

[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 and apparatus to monitor media presentations
Patent No. 10489805 

Inventor(s): Madhusudhan Reddy Alla (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): The Nielsen Company (US), LLC (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15636203 on 06/28/2017 (881 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to monitor media are disclosed. An example method includes installing a monitoring enabled application on a media device. Configuration information to instruct the monitoring enabled application to enable monitoring functionality is accessed. A media presentation event is identified within the monitoring enabled application. A media identifier corresponding to the media presentation event when the monitoring functionality is enabled is determined. At least one of a user identifier or a device identifier associated with the media device is determined when the monitoring functionality is enabled. A record is transmitted including the media identifier and the at least one of the user identifier or the device identifier to the audience measurement entity when the monitoring functionality is enabled.

[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]


Policies based on combinations of atomic constraints
Patent No. 10489808 

Inventor(s): Praphul Krottapalli (Richardson, TX), Sanjay Basu (Richardson, TX), Venkatesh S. Madhipatla (Westford, MA)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14548230 on 11/19/2014 (1833 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for determining policies for cloud orchestrators is provided. The method includes sending from a server to a client device, availability and pricing information pertaining to a plurality of constraints relating to a plurality of resources as managed by a plurality of cloud orchestrators, for selection. The method includes receiving at the server, via the network, the selection from the client device and generating, at the server, a policy for at least one of the plurality of cloud orchestrators, based on the selection.

[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]


Roof inspection systems and methods
Patent No. 10489863 

Inventor(s): Cory A. Matheson (Celina, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15165854 on 05/26/2016 (1279 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are computer implemented systems and methods for in situ inspection of a roof of a policy holder”s dwelling. The inspection system establishes a baseline condition at a first point in time for the roof by scanning using one or more sensors to collect baseline condition data. The roof is scanned at a point in time subsequent to the first point in time to establish a present condition using the one or more sensors to collect present condition data. The baseline condition data and the present condition data are transmitted to a computing device which compares the baseline condition data with the present condition data to determine anomalies indicative of roof damage or deterioration and/or to determine repair needs for the roof.

[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]


Airline demand forecasting utilizing unobscuring and unconstraining
Patent No. 10489871 

Inventor(s): Daniel Muzich (Phoenix, AZ), James Fox (Tempe, AZ), Jonathan Tracy (Tempe, AZ), Julianne Bowles (Tempe, AZ), Michael Costello (Tempe, AZ), Thomas Trenga (Mesa, AZ)
Assignee(s): AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer, L.L.P. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15654240 on 07/19/2017 (860 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-based system for unobscuring and/or unconstraining demand is disclosed. Via use of the system, actual airline seat bookings may be restated in an unobscured and/or unconstrained form, facilitating improved demand forecasts for subsequent seat bookings. In this manner, seat protects may be better allocated to align with actual demand, thus increasing revenue.

[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]


Sensors for detecting and monitoring user interaction with a device or product and systems for analyzing sensor data
Patent No. 10490039 

Inventor(s): Christopher Martin (Dallas, TX), Jason Ngo (Sachse, TX), Kyle Wahl (Dallas, TX), Samuel Wildman (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15850920 on 12/21/2017 (705 days app to issue)

Abstract: A detection device coupled to an item includes a sensor configured to detect user interaction with the item and transmit a signal related to the user interaction and the item. A processor of the detection device receives the signal and determines a type of the user interaction and information about the item based on the signal. The detection device is configured to transmit a signal indicating the type of the user interaction and the information about the item. A server is configured to receive the signal (e.g., from the detection device or a HUB) and determine a user interaction profile associated with the item. The user interaction profile can indicate data about one or more users” interaction with the item or data about the item. The server is also configured to output data indicating the user interaction profile via a graphical user interface or store the data.

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


Hygienic sensor device, system, and method for monitoring hygienic dispenser usage and compliance
Patent No. 10490057 

Inventor(s): Harikrishna K. Rajabather (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): SwipeSense, Inc. (Chicago, IL)
Law Firm: Renaissance IP Law Group, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15867402 on 01/10/2018 (685 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed device, system, and method can be used for monitoring hygienic dispenser usage and compliance. A hygienic dispenser dispenses a hygienic substance such as sanitizer, soap, a glove, or the like. A hygienic sensor adapter device is proximately disposed to the hygienic dispenser. The hygienic sensor adapter device detects a presence of a human hand within an activation area of the dispenser. The hygienic sensor adapter device includes a sensor to detect badges worn by corresponding human subjects. A remote cloud-based computer server can determine a particular human subject from among the human subjects to which the human hand belongs. Accordingly, the hygienic sensor adapter device is able to monitor the activations of all models of hand hygiene dispensers with little to no configuration or modification. The hygienic sensor adapter device rejects false triggers, captures every dispenser activation, and identifies the subject responsible for the dispenser activation.

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


System and method for braille assistance
Patent No. 10490102 

Inventor(s): Joseph M. A. Djugash (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14618950 on 02/10/2015 (1750 days app to issue)

Abstract: A braille teaching/autocorrecting system includes a camera configured to detect image data corresponding to at least one braille character. The braille teaching/autocorrecting system also includes a processor coupled to the camera and configured to identify the at least one braille character based on the image data and determine feedback data based on the identification of the at least one braille character.

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


Systems, apparatuses, and methods for patient simulators
Patent No. 10490106 

Inventor(s): David M. Huitt (Fort Worth, TX), Jonathan E. Ruffin (Fort Worth, TX), Nicholas T. Papa (Fort Worth, TX), Richard A. Bergs (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ACDET LLC (Fort Worth, TX), Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15103835 on 12/15/2014 (1807 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided herein are systems, methods, and apparatuses for simulating ailments that can be diagnosed by an abdominal palpation exam. Furthermore, provided herein are systems, methods, and apparatuses for analyzing an abdominal palpation exam. An abdominal simulator may include a surface layer, a sensor layer beneath the surface layer, a muscle layer beneath the sensor layer, a tensing layer beneath the muscle layer, an ailment module layer beneath the tensing layer, and a control portion. The abdominal simulator may simulate an ailment that can be diagnosed by an abdominal palpation exam. The abdominal simulator may also detect at least one abdominal palpation that is performed by a user on the abdominal simulator to diagnose the ailment that was simulated by the abdominal simulator. Moreover, the abdominal simulator may determine data for the at least one abdominal palpation that was detected.

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


DFE conditioning for write operations of a memory device
Patent No. 10490241 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX), Liang Chen (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16051189 on 07/31/2018 (483 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and devices include an input buffer configured to receive data. Decision feedback equalizer (DFE) circuitry includes a DFE configured to interpret levels of the data from the input buffer and a DFE buffer that stores previous values to control the DFE based on the previous values. Moreover, the DFE circuitry also includes reset circuitry configured to reset the DFE buffer to an initial state. Furthermore, the DFE circuitry includes suppression circuitry configured to suppress resets using the reset circuitry for an interval between write operations to the memory device.

[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)


Access requests at IAM system implementing IAM data model
Patent No. 10491633 

Inventor(s): Bryan Thompson (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15414747 on 01/25/2017 (1035 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for provisioning access rights to physical computing resources using an IAM system implementing an IAM data model. The IAM data model may identify logical and physical computing resources. An access request handler may receive an access request and identify a set of logical permissions based on the access request. The access request handler may derive a set of logical entitlements based on the set of logical permissions. An entitlement translator may translate the set of logical entitlements to a physical entitlement specification based on a set of physical permission specifications associated with the set of logical permissions. A physical permission specification may be obtained by mapping a logical permission to one or more physical permissions. An access control manager may then provision access rights to at least one physical computing resource indicated in the physical entitlement specification.

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


 

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Quiet-all input for two or more audio sources in a vehicle
Patent No. 10489105 

Inventor(s): Andrew F. Stewart (Northville, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15475884 on 03/31/2017 (970 days app to issue)

Abstract: Arrangements described herein can control audio within a vehicle by stopping sound from two or more audio sources based on one quiet-all input. Systems can output sound via one or more speakers in response to audio signals from two or more audio sources. A quiet-all input can be received via a user interface, where the quiet-all input is a single input to stop sound from the two or more audio sources. Responsive to receiving the quiet-all input, all sound output through the one or more speakers from the two or more audio sources can be stopped or reduced to a predetermined volume.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Modular software protection
Patent No. 10489562 

Inventor(s): Craig S. Etchegoyen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Uniloc 2017 LLC (Wilmington, DE)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15483392 on 04/10/2017 (960 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for modular software protection includes steps for receiving, at a server, a license key registered for a software executable installed on a client device and machine fingerprint data generated at the client device, accessing, using the server, stored usage rights data indicated by the license key, the usage rights data specifying a number of client devices on which the software executable is licensed to operate and which features of the software executable are enabled, determining, using the machine fingerprint data received by the server, whether operation of the software executable on the client device would cause the number of client devices on which the software executable is licensed to operate to be exceeded, and creating, in response to the determining step, an encrypted license file for transmission to the client device that defines separate features of the software executable to be enabled on the client device.

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


Method of using a sacrificial conductive stack to prevent corrosion
Patent No. 10490448 

Inventor(s): Manoj K. Jain (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15858145 on 12/29/2017 (697 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of fabricating an integrated circuit (IC) chip is disclosed. The method starts with opening a window on a first surface of the IC chip through a passivation overcoat to expose the copper metallization layer. The window has sidewalls and a bottom that is adjacent the copper metallization layer. The method continues with depositing a barrier conductive stack on the passivation overcoat and exposed portions of the copper metallization layer, then depositing a sacrificial conductive stack on the barrier conductive stack. The sacrificial conductive stack has a thickness between 50 and 500 . The first surface of the semiconductor chip is polished to remove the sacrificial conductive stack and the barrier conductive stack from the surface of the passivation overcoat.

[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]


Cooling devices including jet cooling with an intermediate mesh and methods for using the same
Patent No. 10490482 

Inventor(s): Naoya Take (Canton, MI), Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16210515 on 12/05/2018 (356 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly includes a substrate defining a base portion defining a plurality of orifices that extend through the base portion, the plurality of orifices defining a plurality of jet paths extending along and outward from the plurality of orifices, a mesh coupled to the base portion, the mesh defining a plurality of pores aligned with the plurality of jet paths, an encapsulated phase-change layer positioned on the mesh, and a heat-generating device coupled to the mesh opposite the base portion, the heat-generating device defining a bottom surface that is oriented transverse to the plurality of jet paths.

[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]


Semiconductor substrate having stress-absorbing surface layer
Patent No. 10490515 

Inventor(s): Jaimal M. Williamson (McKinney, TX), Jose Carlos Arroyo (Allen, TX), Nima Shahidi (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16427150 on 05/30/2019 (180 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly ([b]101[/b]) comprising a semiconductor device ([b]110[/b]) with solderable bumps ([b]112[/b]); a substrate ([b]120[/b]) with a layer ([b]130[/b]) of a first insulating compound and an underlying metal layer ([b]140[/b]) patterned in contact pads ([b]141[/b]) and connecting traces ([b]142[/b]), the insulating layer having openings ([b]132[/b]) to expose the surface ([b]142[/b][i]a[/i]) and sidewalls ([b]142[/b][i]b[/i]) of underlying traces; the device bumps soldered onto the contact pads, establishing a gap ([b]150[/b]) between device and top insulating layer; and a second insulating compound ([b]160[/b]) cohesively filling the gap and the second openings, thereby touching the underlying traces, the second insulating compound having a higher glass transition temperature, a higher modulus, and a lower coefficient of thermal expansion than the first insulating compound.

[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]


IC with larger and smaller width contacts
Patent No. 10490547 

Inventor(s): Abbas Ali (Plano, TX), Guruvayurappan Mathur (Plano, TX), Poornika Fernandes (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16053891 on 08/03/2018 (480 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) includes a substrate having a semiconductor surface layer, at least one capacitor above the semiconductor surface layer including a bottom plate, a capacitor dielectric over the bottom plate, and a top plate over the capacitor dielectric, functional circuitry in the semiconductor surface layer includes a core region having transistors configured together with the capacitor for realizing at least one circuit function. Electrically conductive metal filled contacts are through the dielectric layer that contact the top plate, the bottom plate, and the core region, including a first filled contact hole having a first depth and a first width that reach the top capacitor plate, and second filled contact hole having a second depth and a second width that reach the core region. The second depth is deeper than the first depth, and the first width is at least ten (10) % larger than the second width.

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


Three-dimensional memory device and methods of making the same using replacement drain select gate electrodes
Patent No. 10490564 

Inventor(s): Hisakazu Otoi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Kenji Sugiura (Yokkaichi, , JP), Mitsuteru Mushiga (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16023866 on 06/29/2018 (515 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of forming a three-dimensional memory device includes forming an alternating stack of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers over a substrate, forming a patterned template structure around memory openings in a drain-select-level above the alternating stack, forming drain-select-level isolation structures in trenches in the patterned template structure, forming memory stack structures in the memory openings extending through the alternating stack, where each of the memory stack structures includes a memory film and a vertical semiconductor channel, replacing the sacrificial material layers with word lines, and separately replacing the patterned template structure with a drain select gate electrode.

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


Three-dimensional memory device with self-aligned drain side select gate electrodes and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10490568 

Inventor(s): James Kai (Santa Clara, CA), Jin Liu (Milpitas, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Murshed Chowdhury (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15927688 on 03/21/2018 (615 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device including self-aligned drain select level electrodes is provided. Memory stack structures extend through an alternating stack of insulating layers and spacer material layers. Each of the memory stack structures includes a memory film and a memory level channel portion. Drain select level channel portions are formed over the memory level channel portions with respective lateral shifts with respect to underlying memory stack structures. The direction of lateral shifts alternates from row to row for each row of drain select level channel portions. Drain select level gate dielectrics and drain select level gate electrodes are formed on the drain select level channel portions. Each drain select level gate electrode controls two rows of drain select level channel portions, and is laterally spaced from neighboring drain select level gate electrodes.

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


Three-dimensional memory device and method of making the same using concurrent formation of memory openings and contact openings
Patent No. 10490569 

Inventor(s): Hisakazu Otoi (Yokkaichi, , JP), James Kai (Santa Clara, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Kensuke Yamaguchi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Mitsuteru Mushiga (Yokkaichi, , JP), Murshed Chowdhury (Fremont, CA), Tong Zhang (Palo Alto, CA,
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16020817 on 06/27/2018 (517 days app to issue)

Abstract: Multiple tier structures are stacked over a substrate. Each tier structure includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers and a retro-stepped dielectric material portion overlying the alternating stack. Multiple types of openings are formed concurrently during formation of each tier structure. Openings concurrently formed through each tier structure can include at least two types of openings that may be selected from through-tier memory openings, through-tier support openings, and through-tier staircase-region openings. Each through-tier opening is filled with a respective through-tier sacrificial opening fill structure. Stacks of through-tier sacrificial opening fill structures can be removed in stages to form various device components, which include memory stack structures, support pillar structures, and staircase-region contact via structures. The sacrificial material layers are replaced with electrically conductive layers, which are laterally electrically isolated from the staircase-region contact via structures by annular insulating spacers.

[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]


Integration of graphene and boron nitride hetero-structure device
Patent No. 10490673 

Inventor(s): Archana Venugopal (Dallas, TX), Luigi Colombo (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15910817 on 03/02/2018 (634 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microelectronic device includes a gated graphene component. The gated graphene component has a graphitic layer containing one or more layers of graphene. The graphitic layer has a channel region, a first contact region adjacent to the channel region and a second contact region adjacent to the channel region. A patterned hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) layer is disposed on the graphitic layer above the channel region. A gate is located over the patterned hBN layer above the channel region. A first connection is disposed on the graphitic layer in the first contact region, and a second connection is disposed on the graphitic layer in the second contact region. The patterned hBN layer does not extend completely under the first connection or under the second connection. A method of forming the gated graphene component in the microelectronic device is disclosed.

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


Laser diode driver damping circuit
Patent No. 10490975 

Inventor(s): Craig Matthew Brannon (Maplewood, MN), Douglas Warren Dean (Eagan, MN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14861348 on 09/22/2015 (1526 days app to issue)

Abstract: A damping circuit having an input terminal and an output terminal is described. The damping circuit comprises a driver having an input and an output; an RC circuit coupled between the input terminal and the output; and a resistor coupled between the output and the output terminal, wherein the RC circuit delays passing a signal from the output terminal to the input terminal and a low impedance associated with the driver generally reduces ringing.

[H01S] DEVICES USING STIMULATED EMISSION


Capacitor balanced driver circuit for dual input charger
Patent No. 10491023 

Inventor(s): Jairo D. Olivares (Dallas, TX), Kai Zhu (Knoxville, TN), Kevin Scoones (San Jose, CA), Siew Hoon (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15959575 on 04/23/2018 (582 days app to issue)

Abstract: A driver circuit includes two high-side switches and a single low-side switch, output inductor, and output capacitor. By having multiple high-side switches, the driver can regulate power from multiple charging devices. The high-side switches share a channel with an input capacitor for that channel and the channels are connected to the low-side switch at a common node. When the capacitor for one of the channels becomes charged quickly, the capacitor of the other channel will balance itself with the charged capacitor. To avoid damaging the high-side switches, a low-impedance bridge and driver circuit is connected between the channels.

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


Switching time optimizer for soft switching of an isolated converter
Patent No. 10491097 

Inventor(s): Pei-Hsin Liu (Westford, MA), Richard Lee Valley (Nashua, NH)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15944565 on 04/03/2018 (602 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for improving zero voltage switching (”ZVS”) of a converter circuit such as an active clamp flyback converter. The apparatus includes a first timing circuit acting as the T[subscript]D(L-H) [/subscript]optimizer, which uses the zero-crossing of the auxiliary winding voltage directly to adaptively vary the dead time. A second timing circuit acting as the T[subscript]D(H-L) [/subscript]optimizer adaptively varies the dead time with a simple piece-wide linear function as an approximation of the complex optimal equation. A third timing circuit acting as the T[subscript]DM [/subscript]optimizer contains a charge-pump circuit that adaptively adjusts the ON time of the clamp switch based on the zero-voltage detection of switching node voltage and feed-forwards the input voltage signal to enhance tuning speed so that the correct amount of negative magnetizing current is generated to improve zero voltage switching.

[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]


Transmit-receive system having three operating modes
Patent No. 10491113 

Inventor(s): Claire E. Mooney (Dallas, TX), David D. Heston (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Daly, Crowley, Mofford Durkee, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16380396 on 04/10/2019 (230 days app to issue)

Abstract: A switchable charge pump (SCP) combines a switching element and a charge pump. An SCP can be utilized within an RF circuit to allow the charge pump to be activated or deactivated in the circuit depending on incident RF power level. Multiple SCPs can be utilized to provide a generalized a single-pole N-throw (SPNT) system architecture. In one example, an RF transmit-receive (T/R) system utilizes SCPs to operate in one of three modes: transmit mode, receive mode, or self-selecting terminate mode.

[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]


Temperature compensated oscillator driver
Patent No. 10491155 

Inventor(s): Danielle Griffith (Richardson, TX), James Murdock (Richardson, TX), Kunhee Cho (Austin, TX), Per Torstein Roine (Oslo, , NO)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15070742 on 03/15/2016 (1351 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes an oscillator having a driver and a resonator. The driver receives a supply voltage at a supply input and provides a drive output to drive the resonator to generate an oscillator output signal. A power converter receives an input voltage and generates the supply voltage to the supply input of the driver. A temperature tracking device in the power converter controls the voltage level of the supply voltage to the supply input of the driver based on temperature such that the supply voltage varies inversely to the temperature of the circuit.

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


Methods and apparatus for phase imbalance correction
Patent No. 10491198 

Inventor(s): Baher Haroun (Allen, TX), Gerd Schuppener (Allen, TX), Salvatore Luciano Finocchiaro (Dallas, TX), Siraj Akhtar (Richardson, TX), Swaminathan Sankaran (Allen, TX), Tolga Dinc (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16235669 on 12/28/2018 (333 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture are disclosed to provide phase imbalance correction. An example system includes a phase detector to obtain a first signal and generate a first output, a comparator coupled to the phase detector, the comparator to generate a second output based on the first output, and an amplifier coupled to the comparator, the amplifier to adjust a first phase response of the first signal based on the second output.

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


Programmable time-division multiplexed comparator
Patent No. 10491204 

Inventor(s): Bradford Lawrence Hunter (Spicewood, TX), Timothy F. Murphy (Ramona, CA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16046832 on 07/26/2018 (488 days app to issue)

Abstract: A monitoring circuit is implemented for comparing a sampled voltage taken from a selected sampling capacitor and a reference voltage from a voltage buffer. The voltage buffer is configurable according to programming provided to a programmable logic controller, PLC. Comparisons may be made on a periodic basis, such as a time-division multiplexed basis, in connection with register settings in the PLC.

[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]


Galvanically isolated switch system
Patent No. 10491210 

Inventor(s): Ross E. Teggatz (The Colony, TX), Wayne T. Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TRIUNE IP LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15369817 on 12/05/2016 (1086 days app to issue)

Abstract: A galvanically isolated switch system and method comprising a plurality of switches having at least one terminal in series electrical connection, at least one control input electrically connected to at least one of the plurality of switches, wherein the at least one control input is isolated from direct current voltages and at least one passive component connected across the plurality of switches.

[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]


Apparatus to secure a sensor assembly for a device touch button
Patent No. 10491212 

Inventor(s): Christopher Oberhauser (San Jose, CA), Dongtai Liu (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15620810 on 06/12/2017 (897 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus to secure a sensor assembly for a device touch button (such as for a mobile communications device). A touch sensor slot forms a part of the device case interior at a back-side of the touch button surface, and is configured to position the touch sensor (such as a sense coil inductor) relative to the associated touch button. A touch sensor spring clip is inserted within the touch sensor slot to flexibly urge the touch sensor toward the front-side surface of the touch sensor slot (back-side of the touch button surface). The touch sensor can include front-side spacers to maintain a sensing gap between the touch sensor and the touch button surface, and can include a sensor stiffener at the back-side surface of the touch sensor assembly, the touch sensor spring clip contacting the sensor stiffener. The touch sensor assembly can comprise a flex circuit PCB assembly.

[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]


Switch between input reference clocks of different frequencies in a phase locked loop (PLL) without phase impact
Patent No. 10491222 

Inventor(s): Christopher Andrew Schell (Tacoma, WA), Eric Paul Lindgren (Bonney Lake, WA), Jayawardan Janardhanan (Issaquah, WA), Sinjeet Dhanvantray Parekh (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16226938 on 12/20/2018 (341 days app to issue)

Abstract: A phase-locked loop (PLL) includes a selection circuit including a plurality of inputs, each input to receive a separate reference clock. A programmable reference clock divider divides down the reference clock selected by the selection circuit to generate a divided down reference clock. A feedback clock divider divides down an output clock from the PLL to generate a feedback clock. A time-to-digital converter (TDC) generates a digital output value based on a phase difference between the divided down reference clock and the feedback clock. A circuit including a finite state machine, causes, responsive to an indication to change reference clocks, the reference clock divider and the feedback clock divider to be held in a reset state, the divide ratio of the reference clock divider to be modified, and then to release the reset state.

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


Digital modulator entropy source
Patent No. 10491228 

Inventor(s): Abhijit Kumar Das (Plano, TX), Brian Roger Elies (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15691827 on 08/31/2017 (817 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic circuit system with an input for receiving an analog signal having a frequency and comprising noise, that noise including input referred noise, and the noise fluctuates in a range. The system also comprises a signal path with: (i) an analog to digital converter for providing a digital output value in response to a clock period; (ii) a feedback node; and (iii) circuitry for limiting a signal swing at the feedback node, during a period of the clock period, to be no greater than an RMS value of the noise. The analog to digital converter is further for providing the digital output value in response to the analog signal and the signal swing at the feedback node.

[H03M] CODING, DECODING OR CODE CONVERSION, IN GENERAL (using fluidic means F15C 4/00; optical analogue/digital converters G02F 7/00; coding, decoding or code conversion, specially adapted for particular applications, see the relevant subclasses, e.g. G01D, G01R, G06F, G06T, G09G, G10L, G11B, G11C, H04B, H04L, H04M, H04N; ciphering or deciphering for cryptography or other purposes involving the need for secrecy G09C) [4]


Reconfigurable ADC architecture for imaging-based applications
Patent No. 10491231 

Inventor(s): Joshua Lund (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Sensors Unlimited, Inc. (Princeton, NJ)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15932293 on 02/16/2018 (648 days app to issue)

Abstract: A configurable analog to digital converter (ADC) is provided. The configurable ADC includes a comparator receiving and comparing a first analog voltage signal to a second analog voltage signal V-DAC and outputting a signal C-OUT that is responsive to a result of the comparison, an integrator operating on C-OUT and outputting an N-bit value, a digital-to analog converter (DAC) converting the N-bit value to the second analog voltage signal V-DAC, and an integrator, the integrator including the N-bit memory, which is coupled to an arithmetic logic unit (ALU), the N-bit memory and ALU cooperating to perform operations using both the N-bit value and C-OUT. The configurable ADC is configured to operate in more than one mode selected from a plurality of selectable ADC modes.

[H03M] CODING, DECODING OR CODE CONVERSION, IN GENERAL (using fluidic means F15C 4/00; optical analogue/digital converters G02F 7/00; coding, decoding or code conversion, specially adapted for particular applications, see the relevant subclasses, e.g. G01D, G01R, G06F, G06T, G09G, G10L, G11B, G11C, H04B, H04L, H04M, H04N; ciphering or deciphering for cryptography or other purposes involving the need for secrecy G09C) [4]


Configurable oversampling for an analog-to-digital converter
Patent No. 10491234 

Inventor(s): David Peter Foley (Sugar Land, TX), Devin Allen Cottier (Houston, TX), Manish Bhardwaj (Sugar Land, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16200236 on 11/26/2018 (365 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a central processing unit (CPU) core, and a pulse width modulator (PWM) controller configured to generate a PWM control signal having a PWM cycle. The system also includes an analog-to-digital converter (ADC), an accumulator, a sum register, and an oversampling register set. The oversampling register set is configurable by the CPU core to specify time points during each PWM cycle when the ADC is to convert an analog signal to a digital sample to produce a plurality of digital samples. The time spacing between consecutive digital samples varies among the specified time points. The accumulator accumulates digital samples from the ADC and stores an accumulated sum in the sum register. The CPU core reads the accumulated sum from the sum register, and can use the accumulated sum to calculate a metric (e.g., an average) of the digital samples.

[H03M] CODING, DECODING OR CODE CONVERSION, IN GENERAL (using fluidic means F15C 4/00; optical analogue/digital converters G02F 7/00; coding, decoding or code conversion, specially adapted for particular applications, see the relevant subclasses, e.g. G01D, G01R, G06F, G06T, G09G, G10L, G11B, G11C, H04B, H04L, H04M, H04N; ciphering or deciphering for cryptography or other purposes involving the need for secrecy G09C) [4]


Sleepy device operation in asynchronous channel hopping networks
Patent No. 10491265 

Inventor(s): Jyothsna Kunduru (Plano, TX), Kumaran Vijayasankar (Allen, TX), Kwang Seop Eom (Frisco, TX), Robert Liang (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15332707 on 10/24/2016 (1128 days app to issue)

Abstract: A radio communications device includes a RTC configured to run even during sleep for receiving from a coordinator node (CN) in an asynchronous channel hopping WPAN an asynchronous hopping sequence (AHS) frame that includes the CN”s hopping sequence. A processor implements a stored sleepy device operation in asynchronous channel hopping networks algorithm. The algorithm is for determining a time stamp for the AHS frame and the CN”s initial timing position within the hopping sequence, storing the time stamp, going to sleep and upon waking up changing a frequency band of its receive (Rx) channel to an updated fixed channel. A data request command frame is transmitted by the device on the CN”s listening channel that is calculated from the CN”s hopping sequence, time stamp, CN”s initial timing position and current time, and the device receives an ACK frame transmitted by the CN at the updated fixed channel of Rx operation.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Feedback based on codebook subset
Patent No. 10491277 

Inventor(s): Lai King Tee (Dallas, TX), Neng Wang (Plano, TX), Yi Song (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert Goetzel, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16357425 on 03/19/2019 (252 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides for an improved application of signal strength weightings in a SDMA sectorized cellular network. The improved signal strength weightings application is conducted through the improved selection of weightings from a new codebook subset or by the selection of weightings from a larger codebook subset. In a further embodiment, an antenna beam index or bit map can be used to select the best beam(s) in a SDMA sectorized cellular network. In another embodiment, a field or factor in an uplink or downlink transmission packet can designate which directional transmission beam is best suited for the transmission or when the directional transmission beam should be activated.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Systems and methods for passive optical network integrated tool
Patent No. 10491296 

Inventor(s): Daniel L. Peterson, Jr. (Sachse, TX), Glenn A. Wellbrock (Wylie, TX), Tiejun J. Xia (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16129505 on 09/12/2018 (440 days app to issue)

Abstract: A passive optical network (”PON”) integrated tool may be a single device with which to (i) test and measure optical power levels on active fiber links that transfer signaling between PON devices without interfering with the signaling, (ii) test and measure reflectance and signal loss on inactive fiber links on which there is no signaling, (iii) illuminate fiber with visible light for visual integrity verification, and/or (iv) inspect fiber optic cable connectors for minute abnormalities. The PON integrated tool may include pass-through connection adapters with a tap to provide signaling from connected fiber to one or more detectors that measure signaling characteristics at different wavelengths for different PON channels. The PON integrated tool may include other connection adapters for fiber inspection, emission of visible laser light, and/or emission of pulses of light to the connected fiber in order to measure reflectance and signal loss.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Re-generation and re-transmission of millimeter waves for building penetration using dongle transceivers
Patent No. 10491303 

Inventor(s): Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NxGen Partners IP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16185491 on 11/09/2018 (382 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for enabling signal penetration into a building comprises first circuitry, located on an outside of the building, for receiving RF signals and converting the RF signals into a format that overcomes losses caused by penetrating a structure of the building over a wireless communications link. The first circuitry further comprises a first transceiver dongle including a signal processing chipset for converting the received RF signals to the format that overcomes the losses occurring when the signals penetrate the structure of the building. Second circuitry, located on the interior of the building, receives the signals in the format that overcomes the losses caused by penetrating the structure of the building over the wireless communications link and converts the signals to a second format for transmission to the wireless devices within the building. The second circuitry further comprises a second transceiver dongle including the signal processing chipset for converting the received signals in the format that overcomes the losses caused by penetrating into the interior of the building into the second format.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Memory decision feedback equalizer testing
Patent No. 10491430 

Inventor(s): Raghukiran Sreeramaneni (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15714818 on 09/25/2017 (792 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes one or more memory banks configured to store data. The device also includes a data receiver configured to receive distorted input data as part of a data stream, apply a correction factor to the distorted input data to offset inter-symbol interference from the data stream on the distorted input data, and generate the data by applying the correction factor to the distorted data. The device further includes a test circuit internal to the device, wherein the test circuit is configured to generate the data stream.

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


Methods and systems for selective crest factor reduction and digital pre-distortion in wireless transmitters
Patent No. 10491443 

Inventor(s): Farooq Khan (Allen, TX), Sidharth Balasubramanian (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Phazr, Inc. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16107777 on 08/21/2018 (462 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for wireless communication includes allocating a transmission bandwidth for transmission to a user equipment (UE). The method further includes determining if the allocated transmission bandwidth is less than or equal to a maximum estimated BW[subscript]DPD[/subscript]. The maximum estimated BW[subscript]DPD [/subscript]is the maximum estimated signal bandwidth that a transmitter is configured to digitally pre-distort. The method also includes digitally pre-distorting transmit signals and transmitting the digitally pre-distorted transmit signals to the UE if the allocated transmission bandwidth is less than or equal to the maximum estimated BW[subscript]DPD[/subscript]. The method also includes transmitting to the UE without digitally pre-distorting the signals if the allocated transmission bandwidth is not less than or equal to the maximum estimated BW[subscript]DPD[/subscript]. The method also includes applying digital crest factor reduction to the transmit signals if the allocated transmission bandwidth is less than or equal to the maximum estimated BW[subscript]CFR[/subscript].

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


Proxy automatic configuration file manager
Patent No. 10491475 

Inventor(s): Johannes A. Baartmans (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15664044 on 07/31/2017 (848 days app to issue)

Abstract: A PAC file manager is provided. The PAC file manager may include PAC files. The PAC files may be generated by, and be resident on, a PAC server. The PAC file manager may include update processors. Each update processor may include a capability to transmit update information to the PAC server. The update information may be for updating URLs included in the PAC files. The PAC file manager may also include general processors and proxy servers. Each time a general processor launches a web browser, the general processor may download a PAC file from the PAC server. The PAC file may be stored in a temporary file associated with the general processor. Each PAC file may include instructions to be used to direct the associated general processor how to access the URL. The instructions may identify whether to use a proxy server and which specific proxy server to use.

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


Systems and methods of specifying service level criteria
Patent No. 10491490 

Inventor(s): Ashish Rajput (Irving, TX), Guy Briggs (Coppell, TX), Lalit Pant (Irving, TX), Michael Christiansen (Plano, TX), Michael Rieser (Allen, TX), Palanisamy Gounder (Irving, TX), S Sridhar (Irving, TX), Shamika Naik (Irvin
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Shutts Bowen LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15847892 on 12/19/2017 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and articles of manufacture to generate file transfer monitoring criteria are disclosed. An example method obtains a file transfer log file from a first network entity and obtains from the transfer log file file transfer metadata that is associated with file transfer activity between the first network entity and a second network entity. The file transfer metadata is used to generate a file transfer monitoring criterion that is associated with selectively monitoring the file transfer activity between the first network entity and the second network entity. Service level criteria associated with the file transfer event is automatically updated based on the file transfer monitoring criterion.

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


Home automation system deployment
Patent No. 10491495 

Inventor(s): Mike Roudi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (St. Louis, MO)
Law Firm: Armis IP Law, LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16174687 on 10/30/2018 (392 days app to issue)

Abstract: A technician assistance application aids installation and diagnostics for an automated home monitoring system often referred to as an ”Intelligent Home” system. The monitoring system includes a plurality of security sensor devices deployed around a dwelling and responsive to a monitoring application on a central computing device. The central computing device provides an on-site console for gathering signals from the security sensors and forwarding the gathered signals to a monitoring station or central office. The central office interprets the received signals to identify an anomaly or other signal consistent with a need to notify first responders or otherwise trigger an alarm. In addition to basic intrusion and fire protection, the monitoring system may monitor a variety of other non-emergency aspects such as lights, visual camera signals, door locks and environmental conditions.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Network address assignment and reclamation for hierarchical based RPL networks
Patent No. 10491514 

Inventor(s): Ariton E. Xhafa (Plano, TX), Arvind K. Raghu (Dallas, TX), Kumaran Vijayasankar (Allen, TX), Ramanuja Vedantham (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATION (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15249716 on 08/29/2016 (1184 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention is an improvement of a Hierarchical Do-Dag based RPL (H-DOC) network configuration where the network address of each node corresponds to its location within the hierarchical network. Network addresses are initialized hierarchically. Candidate patent nodes signal availability. Candidate child nodes respond to a selected candidate parent node with a temporary address. The selected candidate parent node acknowledges selection and communicates a hierarchical address for the child node in a transmission to the temporary address. The child node changes its address to the hierarchical address from the parent node. When a node switches parent nodes, it signals the old parent node to deallocate it as a child node, and then signals a selected candidate parent node with a temporary address.

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


Virtual channel routing
Patent No. 10491545 

Inventor(s): Gary Gostin (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Nolte Intellectual Property Law Group (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15606402 on 05/26/2017 (914 days app to issue)

Abstract: Examples relate to virtual channel routing in networks considering VC actions to be performed by the packets while routed through the network. A packet is received at an input port of a network device of a network and an output port and a VC action is determined from a routing table associated to the input port based on a packet”s destination network device. A VC mask is determined from a Virtual Channel Action Table (VCAT), associated to the routing table, based on a packet”s ingress VC and the VC action. A particular VC among the set of VCs defined in the VC mask is selected and the packet is routed to the destination network device using the output port and the particular VC.

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


Shared bearer node resources for control nodes for distributed telecommunication systems
Patent No. 10491684 

Inventor(s): Paul Miller (Derry, NH)
Assignee(s): GENBAND US LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16256040 on 01/24/2019 (306 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a first control node, the first control node configured to establish communication sessions between endpoints. The system further includes a second control node, the second control node configured to establish communication sessions between endpoints. The system further includes a first bearer node comprising a first media gateway having a first virtual media gateway and a second virtual media gateway, the first virtual media gateway configured to provide access to media resources of the first bearer node to the first control node and the second virtual media gateway configured to provide access to media resources of the first bearer node to the second control node.

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


Content stream integrity and redundancy system
Patent No. 10491723 

Inventor(s): Walter John Schmidt (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15847438 on 12/19/2017 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system can include one or more content distribution sites to provide content to one or more content satellite offices for delivery toward a set of destination devices for display. A content distribution site, of the one or more content distribution sites, can include one or more streamer devices. The one or more streamer devices can be associated with a single spoofed Internet protocol (IP) address. The spoofed IP address can facilitate failover among the one or more streamer devices. The one or more streamer devices can be configured to provide the content toward the set of destination devices using multicast with forward error correction (FEC). A content satellite office, of the one or more content satellite offices, can be configured to subscribe to a multicast group associated with the one or more streamer devices. The multicast group can be associated with the spoofed IP address to facilitate the failover among the one or more streamer devices.

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


Arithmetic decoding method, image decoding apparatus, arithmetic coding method, and image coding apparatus
Patent No. 10491900 

Inventor(s): Takeshi Tsukuba (Sakai, , JP), Tomohiro Ikai (Sakai, , JP)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15635238 on 06/28/2017 (881 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is provided a terminal device capable of efficiently performing communication in a communication system in which a base station device and the terminal device communicate with each other. The terminal device that communicates with the base station device by using a plurality of aggregated cells recognizes that a serving cell is stopped in a first state, recognizes that the serving cell is started in a second state, and switches from the first state to the second state based on a received PDCCH.

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


Method, system and computer program product for encoding disparities between views of a stereoscopic image
Patent No. 10491915 

Inventor(s): Minhua Zhou (Plano, TX), Veeramanikandan Raju (Bangalore, , IN), Wei Hong (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13532162 on 06/25/2012 (2710 days app to issue)

Abstract: In response to a stereoscopic image of first and second views, a maximum positive disparity is computed between the first and second views, and a minimum negative disparity is computed between the first and second views. Within a bit stream, at least the stereoscopic image, the maximum positive disparity, and the minimum negative disparity are encoded.

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


Tracking and visualizing video utilization
Patent No. 10491931 

Inventor(s): James L. Rockett, Jr. (Carrollton, TX), Randy M. Whelan (Coppell, TX), Robert M. Beaty (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): RedCritter Corp. (Flower Mound, TX)
Law Firm: Kirton McConkie (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15905569 on 02/26/2018 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: A client process and a server process interact to allow the utilization of a video to be visualized during playback. When a video is played on a user device, the client process can detect state changes in the video player and report these state changes to the server process to allow the server process to maintain records of the video segments that were played. The server process can then use these records to calculate video utilization metrics for a particular video and report these metrics to the client process when the particular video is played on the user device. The client process in turn can generate a user interface element to represent the metrics and display the user interface element while the video is played.

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


Land mobile radio dispatch console
Patent No. 10492036 

Inventor(s): Arindam Roy (Plano, TX), Gary Matthew Witulski (Fort Worth, TX), Jonathan Nathan Yanez (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): E.F. Johnson Company (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15936093 on 03/26/2018 (610 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary land mobile radio dispatch console and method are provided. In one embodiment, the console has the capability to process and handle Requests To Talk (RTT) and emergencies. In another embodiment, the console has the capability to provide a history. In another embodiment, the console provides the capability for operators to configure and save patches of predefined groups for later use. In another embodiment, the console includes a telephone interconnect interface component, and combinations of features mentioned above.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Encryption system and method
Patent No. 10492065 

Inventor(s): Manish Nigam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15631776 on 06/23/2017 (886 days app to issue)

Abstract: A key management tool comprises a memory, an interface, a compatibility engine, a validation engine, a distribution engine, and a verification engine. The compatibility engine is configured to determine that the first device is compatible with the key management tool, the validation engine is configured to validate the first device, and the distribution engine is configured to communicate a first temporary key to the first device. The verification engine is configured to perform a first set of one or more checks on the first device after the first temporary key is communicated to the first device, the distribution engine is further configured to communicate a first permanent key to the first device if the first device passes the first set of one or more checks, and, subsequent to the communication of the first permanent key, the interface is configured to receive a request for a second permanent key.

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


System and method for maintaining synchronization in connectionless transmissions
Patent No. 10492099 

Inventor(s): Nathan Edward Tenny (Poway, CA), Xiaoxiao Zheng (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15484540 on 04/11/2017 (959 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a receiving device includes receiving a first protocol data unit (PDU) of a first burst transmission, the first PDU includes a first transmission identifier (T_ID) associated with the first burst transmission, and the first PDU further includes a final PDU indication indicating that the first PDU is a final PDU of the first burst transmission, and releasing a first radio link control (RLC) resource associated with the first T_ID when the first RLC resource associated with the first T_ID exists.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and system for managing radio connections with a virtual access point
Patent No. 10492114 

Inventor(s): Nathan Edward Tenny (Poway, CA), Richard Stirling-Gallacher (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15077456 on 03/22/2016 (1344 days app to issue)

Abstract: A stable virtual access point and a method for operating a stable virtual access point are disclosed. In embodiments a method for operating a logical endpoint of a stable virtual access point, wherein the logical endpoint includes an interface with a macro access point, wherein the stable virtual access point comprises a plurality of transmission points (TPs), and wherein the TPs provide a coordinated data transmission to a UE comprises storing, at the logical endpoint, a connection status of the UE, receiving, at the logical endpoint, information regarding the connection status of the UE from the macro access point, determining, at the logical endpoint, a change in the connection status of the UE and updating, at the logical endpoint, the connection status of the UE with respect to the change.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for secure and quick wake up of a station
Patent No. 10492139 

Inventor(s): Avi Weitzman (Rechovot, , IL), Gaokun Pang (Shenzhen, , CN), Genadiy Tsodik (Netanya, , IL), Shimon Shilo (Herzliya, , IL), Yunsong Yang (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15336033 on 10/27/2016 (1125 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for waking up a radio communications module (RCM) of a station with a wake-up receiver includes receiving a wake-up signal with the wake-up receiver, waking up the RCM from a sleeping mode, transmitting a second frame if a first frame is received within a specified time after waking up the RCM and if an integrity of the first frame is verified successfully, and placing the RCM into the sleeping mode and the wake-up receiver into an active mode if the first frame is not received within the specified time after waking up the RCM or if the first frame is received within the specified time after waking up the RCM but the integrity of the first frame is not verified successfully.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for system information delivery in advanced wireless systems
Patent No. 10492157 

Inventor(s): Hao Chen (Allen, TX), Li Guo (Allen, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15856752 on 12/28/2017 (698 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of user equipment (UE) for system information transmission in a wireless communication system is provided. The method comprises receiving, from a base station (BS), a synchronization signal/physical broadcasting channel (SS/PBCH) block comprising a PBCH that carries a master information block (MIB) including an SIB1 CORESET configuration, wherein the SIB1 CORESET configuration comprises a frequency location, a number of resource blocks (RBs) comprising an SIB1 CORESET associated with the SS/PBCH block, and information of time domain resources of the SIB1 CORESET, determining an initial active bandwidth part (BWP) comprising the frequency location, the number of RBs comprising the SIB1 CORESET, and a numerology of remaining minimum system information (RMSI), and receiving, from the BS, a physical downlink control channel (PDCCH) mapped to at least one time-frequency resource within the SIB1 CORESET, wherein the PDCCH includes scheduling information of a physical downlink shared channel (PDSCH) containing an SIB 1.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Paging based on individual user mobility patterns
Patent No. 10492170 

Inventor(s): Wei Yuan (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16119879 on 08/31/2018 (452 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one example, the present disclosure describes a device, computer-readable medium, and method for paging a user endpoint device based on the mobility patterns of the individual user associated with the user endpoint device. For instance, in one example, a method includes determining a paging zone for a user endpoint device. The paging zone includes a first base station to page the user endpoint device, where the first base station is included in the paging zone based at least in part on a historical mobility pattern of the user endpoint device and on present network conditions around the user endpoint device. An instruction is sent to the first base station. The instruction instructs the first base station to send a paging request message to the user endpoint device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Transmitting apparatus, receiving apparatus, and communication system for formatting data
Patent No. 10492199 

Inventor(s): Hiroaki Takahashi (Kanagawa, , JP), Mitsuhiro Suzuki (Tokyo, , JP)
Assignee(s): WI-FI ONE, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15210741 on 07/14/2016 (1230 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transmitting apparatus, a receiving apparatus, and a communication system are provided that allow a reduction in a frame loss due to interference caused by use of the same channel. A transmitting apparatus disposed in a base station includes a GPS receiver for receiving a GPS signal, a timing generator for controlling respective function blocks in accordance with the GPS signal and an inter-base-station control signal so as to precisely synchronize the timing of frame transmission among base stations, the front-end transmission processing unit including for converting transmission information into transmission time slots, a frame generator for generating a frame including a plurality of time slots and one frame guard, and a back-end transmission processing unit for transmitting the generated frame as a radio signal.

[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)


Modular electronics enclosure
Patent No. 10492332 

Inventor(s): Walter Mark Hendrix (Richardson, TX), Willis Frank James (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16057359 on 08/07/2018 (476 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modular enclosure includes a plurality of enclosure modules, each of the enclosure modules comprising a front wall, a rear wall opposite the front wall, and two opposed side walls that span the front and rear walls; the front, rear and side walls forming an cavity; an equipment rack within the interior cavity with electronic equipment mounted thereon; and an air containment barrier that extends between the side walls to limit air flow between a front portion of the interior cavity and a rear portion of the interior cavity. At least one of the side walls of each of the enclosure modules includes a removable side panel, the side panel including first and second air flow openings, wherein the first air flow opening is forward of the air containment barrier and the second air flow opening is rearward of the air containment opening. The enclosure modules are arranged in adjacent relationship, and wherein at least one removable side panel of a first enclosure module abuts a removable side panel of a second adjacent enclosure module. The modular enclosure also includes an air cooling system mounted to the side wall of a first endmost enclosure module and an exhaust system mounted to the side wall of an opposite second endmost enclosure module.

[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)


Modular data center
Patent No. 10492341 

Inventor(s): Alan James Skrepcinski (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15642937 on 07/06/2017 (873 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to examples of modular data centers configured to provide cooling to liquid-cooled electronics equipment stored within the modular data centers. In one aspect, a modular data center can be configured to provide cooling without requiring the use of mechanical refrigeration (e.g. vapor-compression or absorption refrigeration), through the use of a dry cooler in combination with an optional evaporative cooler.

[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

Cup agitator
Patent No. D867804 

Inventor(s): Christopher Michael Gronkowski (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): ICE SHAKER, LLC (Colleyville, TX)
Law Firm: Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29631204 on 12/28/2017 (698 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Vehicle wheel
Patent No. D867958 

Inventor(s): Nadeem Aslam (Mesquite, TX)
Assignee(s): USA Wheel and Tire Outlet, Inc. (Mesquite, TX)
Law Firm: Sheridan Ross P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29668187 on 10/29/2018 (393 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Vehicle wheel
Patent No. D867959 

Inventor(s): Nadeem Aslam (Mesquite, TX)
Assignee(s): USA Wheel and Tire Outlet, Inc. (Mesquite, TX)
Law Firm: Sheridan Ross P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29668188 on 10/29/2018 (393 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Vehicle wheel
Patent No. D867960 

Inventor(s): Nadeem Aslam (Mesquite, TX)
Assignee(s): USA Wheel and Tire Outlet, Inc. (Mesquite, TX)
Law Firm: Sheridan Ross P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29668189 on 10/29/2018 (393 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Vehicle wheel
Patent No. D867961 

Inventor(s): Nadeem Aslam (Mesquite, TX)
Assignee(s): USA Wheel and Tire Outlet, Inc. (Mesquite, TX)
Law Firm: Sheridan Ross P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29668190 on 10/29/2018 (393 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Combination gas pulsation dampener, cross and strainer
Patent No. D868114 

Inventor(s): John Thomas Rogers (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Performance Pulsation Control, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29581846 on 10/21/2016 (1131 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Loader cab
Patent No. D868121 

Inventor(s): Toshihiko Takemura (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc. (Salina, KS)
Law Firm: Hovey Williams LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29664146 on 09/21/2018 (431 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Wire bonding wedge tool
Patent No. D868123 

Inventor(s): Cesar Alfaro (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): COORSTEK, INC. (Golden, CO)
Law Firm: Sheridan Ross P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29588393 on 12/20/2016 (1071 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Portable axle for a model vehicle
Patent No. D868171 

Inventor(s): Jonathan Scott Wood (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS L.P. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29592272 on 01/27/2017 (1033 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Tire tread for a model vehicle
Patent No. D868176 

Inventor(s): Jory Sprowl (Wolfe City, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS L.P. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29591432 on 01/19/2017 (1041 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Accessory mount for vehicle heating and air conditioning systems
Patent No. D868227 

Inventor(s): Michael W Rejkowski (Irving, TX), Stephen J Sexton (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Classic Auto Air Manufacturing LP (Beachwood, OH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29630381 on 12/20/2017 (706 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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