Dallas Invents: 134 Patents Granted for Week of Feb. 22

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

Patents granted include:
• AiTax's tax planning using a video-based graphical user interface and artificial intelligence
• Amazon's item identification based on receipt image
• Apple's cylindrical desktop electronic device
• Lennox Industries' carbon dioxide cooling system with subcooling
• Linear Labs' multi-tunnel electric motor/generator
• Match Group's method for matching using location information
• SmartDrive Systems' method to determine the responsiveness of a driver of a vehicle to feedback regarding driving behaviors
• Tracking Concepts' methods for tracking location and monitoring environmental conditions of an asset in transit
• Theatro Labs' observation platform to determine relative responsiveness of enterprise employees to requests by external systems
• Trend Micro's computer network monitoring with event prediction

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 2/22/2022 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES  8
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING     14
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY       2
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS           6
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING  12
G: PHYSICS        43
H: ELECTRICITY   43
DESIGN: 5


TOP ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas)     28
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano)         9
Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson)          7
Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)           4
Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston)           4
Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)  4
RO5 Inc. (Dallas) 3
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si,   , KR)      3
ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)         2

UNASSIGNED     6


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Charles Dazler Knuff (Dallas)        3
Roy Tal (Dallas)  3
Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison) 2
Christopher J. Daly (Dallas)          2
Daniel L. McBroom (Leonard)      2
Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton)          2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Blind corner pullout and method of use
Patent No. 11253063 

Inventor(s): Alan Chen (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Hardware Resources, Inc. (Bossier City, LA)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16946827 on 07/08/2020 (594 days app to issue)

Abstract: A basket pullout system for a blind corner cabinet with an orientation bracket and stabilizer for installation of a blind corner pullout with adjustable shelves. The orientation bracket allows for easy installation of a base assembly irrelevant of which side the door opens or whether the cabinet has a face frame. The vertical stanchion assembly also allows for easy adjustment of slide positions to transition between a cabinet with the door on the right to the door on the left, and vice versa.

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


Toilet seat lifting apparatus
Patent No. 11253115 

Inventor(s): Jack R. Level (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17170860 on 02/08/2021 (379 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for moving a toilet seat from a closed position adjacent a toilet bowl to a raised position includes an actuator attached to a foot pedal. Pressing the foot pedal moves the actuator in a forward stroke such that nearing the end of the forward stroke an end of the actuator is pivoted and elements connected to the actuator bear against an underside of the toilet seat, raising the seat away from the bowl.

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


Surgical burs with decoupled rake surfaces and corresponding axial and radial rake angles
Patent No. 11253271 

Inventor(s): Donald E. Stearns (Fort Worth, TX), John W. Kulas (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): Medtronic PS Medical, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Harness, Dickey Pierce, P.L.C. (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16458923 on 07/01/2019 (967 days app to issue)

Abstract: A surgical bur including flutes and lands. Each of the flutes includes a cutting edge, rake surfaces and a clearance surface. The rake surfaces of one of the flutes are decoupled from each other. Each of the lands is disposed between a pair of the flutes.

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


Variable stroke percussive massage device
Patent No. 11253423 

Inventor(s): Federico G. Vierheller (Fort Worth, TX), Michael James Williams (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17229860 on 04/13/2021 (315 days app to issue)

Abstract: An adjustable stroke percussion massage device includes a stroke arm having a first end connected to a percussion massage head. A pin extends outward at a second end of the stroke arm. A cam has a cam slot formed into the cam such that the pin fits into the cam slot. The cam slot has a length, where the pin is movable from a first end of the cam slot to a second end of the cam slot, where the pin is a first distance from a rotation axis of the cam when positioned at the first end of the cam slot, and the pin is a second distance from the rotation axis of the cam when positioned at the second end of the cam slot. A motor is operable to rotate the cam about the rotation axis, moving the stroke arm along a vibration axis.

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


Cosmetic compositions
Patent No. 11253460 

Inventor(s): Barbara Durkee (Addison, TX), Geetha Kalahasti (Addison, TX), Greg Norman (Addison, TX), Ricky Mendoza (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): MARY KAY INC. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16866928 on 05/05/2020 (658 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are compositions and methods for their use that can be used individually or in combination. The compositions have the ability to treat a wide range of skin and skin conditions, and particularly men”s skin.

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


Sublingual epinephrine tablets
Patent No. 11253488 

Inventor(s): Christopher Howard (Dallas, TX), Edward J. Walters (Allentown, NJ), G. Lynn Howard (Dallas, TX), Nicholas J. Farina (Solebury, PA)
Assignee(s): pHase Pharmaceuticals LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Arnall Golden Gregory LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16114939 on 08/28/2018 (1274 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides sublingual epinephrine tablets and methods of treating anaphylaxis, methods for concomitant therapy during a cardiac event, treating hypoglycemia, and prophylaxis for immunotherapy, using sublingual epinephrine tablets.

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


Systems and methods for contact selection in deep brain stimulation
Patent No. 11253706 

Inventor(s): Hyun-Joo Park (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16703176 on 12/04/2019 (811 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for selecting contacts for use in deep brain stimulation (DBS). A computing device includes a processor and a memory device communicatively coupled to the processor. The memory device includes instructions that, when executed, cause the processor to apply a spatial filter to local field potential (LFP) recordings for a plurality of contacts of a DBS lead, calculate a power spectral density (PSD) for each contact from the filtered LFP for that contact, calculate a parametric approximation for each PSD, select at least one frequency band based on the parametric approximations, calculate a spectral coherency matrix for each of the at least one selected frequency band, and calculate an eigenvector centrality for each spectral coherency matrix to facilitate identifying a contact for stimulation.

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


Physical therapy device for aiding in joint mobility and recovery
Patent No. 11253744 

Inventor(s): Aric Bost (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16354551 on 03/15/2019 (1075 days app to issue)

Abstract: A physical therapy device includes a brace to secure around an appendage of a person; a first locking device connected to a portion of the brace via a rivet joint, the first locking device having a gear; a pawl positioned to engage with the gear; a spring connected to the pawl to provide tension to the pawl; and a lock to release the pawl from the toothed gear; the first locking device is positioned next to a joint of the appendage when worn; the first locking device allows for single direction movement of the joint; and the first locking device is to release the joint via the lock.

[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]


 

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

Methods of designing high x-ray lucency lattice structures
Patent No. 11253368 

Inventor(s): Jason Tinley (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): NANOHIVE MEDICAL LLC (Woburn, MA)
Law Firm: White Case LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15895213 on 02/13/2018 (1470 days app to issue)

Abstract: The biocompatible lattice structures disclosed herein with an increased or optimized lucency are prepared according to multiple methods of design disclosed herein. The methods allow for the design of a metallic material with sufficient strength for use in an implant and that remains radiolucent for x-ray imaging.

[B33Y] ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING [2015.01]


Artificial muscles having vacuum coupled electrode insulators and methods of manufacturing the same
Patent No. 11253996 

Inventor(s): Michael P. Rowe (Pinckney, MI), Ryohei Tsuruta (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: 17364142 on 06/30/2021 (237 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of manufacturing an electrode assembly includes positioning a layer stack comprising an electrode positioned between an electrode insulator and a support polymer in a vacuum bag, removing air from the vacuum bag thereby vacuum coupling the electrode to the electrode insulator, and removing the layer stack from the vacuum bag, where upon removal of the layer stack from the vacuum bag, the electrode remains vacuum coupled to the electrode insulator and the electrode insulator is in direct contact with the electrode, thereby forming an electrode assembly.

[B25J] MANIPULATORS; CHAMBERS PROVIDED WITH MANIPULATION DEVICES (robotic devices for individually picking fruits, vegetables, hops or the like A01D 46/30; needle manipulators for surgery A61B 17/062; manipulators associated with rolling mills B21B 39/20; manipulators associated with forging machines B21J 13/10; means for holding wheels or parts thereof B60B 30/00; cranes B66C; arrangements for handling fuel or other materials which are used within nuclear reactors G21C 19/00; structural combination of manipulators with cells or rooms shielded against radiation G21F 7/06) [5]


Method for manufacturing an ophthalmic article
Patent No. 11254078 

Inventor(s): Peiqi Jiang (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Essilor International (Charenton-le-Pont, , FR)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16349808 on 10/25/2017 (1581 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention provides a method for manufacturing an ophthalmic article having at least one optical function and at least one predetermined transmission parameter, comprising the steps ([b]102[/b]) of surfacing at least a first face of a first body of said article, made from a first material, according to a first geometry determined for providing said predetermined transmission parameters; and surfacing ([b]103[/b]) at least a second face of a second body of said article, made from a second material, according to a second geometry determined at least according to said first geometry, for providing said optical.

[B29D] PRODUCING PARTICULAR ARTICLES FROM PLASTICS OR FROM SUBSTANCES IN A PLASTIC STATE (making granules B29B 9/00; making preforms B29B 11/00) [4]


Venting of airbag for adjustment of cushioning surface position
Patent No. 11254273 

Inventor(s): Jessica A. Riffe (Ann Arbor, MI), Nathaniel P. Jordan (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: 16165394 on 10/19/2018 (1222 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle airbag system includes an airbag having a cushioning surface configured to be contacted by a user to cushion the user after inflation of the airbag. The airbag also includes at least one cushioning surface positioning vent coupled to the cushioning surface. The at least one cushioning surface positioning vent is actuatable to direct a flow of gas exiting an interior of the airbag so as to produce a reaction force which moves the cushioning surface in a predetermined direction.

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


Stabilized real time trajectory optimization for hybrid energy management utilizing connected information technologies
Patent No. 11254302 

Inventor(s): Di Chen (Ann Arbor, MI), Mike X. Huang (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Oblon, McClelland, Maier Neustadt, L.L.P. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16883253 on 05/26/2020 (637 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle control method in a hybrid electric vehicle including an internal combustion engine, a battery, an electric motor, and a control unit. The method includes estimating an estimated vehicle velocity trajectory, estimating an initial engine power trajectory, simulating state of charge of the battery with the vehicle velocity trajectory and the initial engine power trajectory, estimating an initial terminal co-state value, simulating backward co-state dynamics using the state of charge and vehicle velocity trajectory, to obtain a resulting co-state trajectory. The co-state trajectory is used to solve a minimization control and propagate state of charge dynamics forward in time. The method includes updating control and the co-state trajectory, adjusting the terminal co-state value, and controlling a usage of the battery and the internal combustion engine. The method can be performed to optimize the engine power trajectory to minimize fuel consumption in real time.

[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]


Lateral adaptive cruise control
Patent No. 11254311 

Inventor(s): Justin J. Chow (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16177225 on 10/31/2018 (1210 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for lateral adaptive cruise control for use in a vehicle includes a main body, a power source, and a brake. The system further includes an input device to receive an adaptive cruise control request. The system further includes an object sensor to detect lateral object data. The system further includes an ECU designed to determine a velocity of the lateral object or a relative distance to the lateral object based on the lateral object data, determine a lane entrance event corresponding to the lateral object traveling towards a current lane occupied by the main body based on the at least one of the velocity of the lateral object or the relative distance to the lateral object, and control at least one of the power source or the brake to adjust a current speed of the main body based on the lane entrance event.

[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]


Systems and methods for selective driver coaching based on driver efficiency
Patent No. 11254320 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey D. Gaither (Brighton, MI), Joshua D. Payne (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter Hampton LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16944086 on 07/30/2020 (572 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods of selective driver coaching are provided. Driver coaching systems learn the characteristics of a deceleration event. With the goal of increasing recouped energy while operating a hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), driver coaching systems predict when the HEV can begin coasting at the start of the deceleration event. In this way, the amount of time during which regenerative braking can be applied may be increased. Coaching cues are provided to the driver so that the HEV can be operated in way that achieves the goal of increasing recouped energy. However, engaging in excessive regenerative breaking can negate its advantages if the amount needed to reaccelerate the HEV to a cruising/steady speed is too great. Selective driver coaching provides coaching cues only if the operating efficiency of the HEV exceeds the operating efficiency of the HEV when controlled by the driver without coaching cues.

[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]


Vehicle rocker with load transferring spacer
Patent No. 11254362 

Inventor(s): James Chung (Ann Arbor, MI), Paxton S. Williams (Milan, MI), Rahul Gururaj (Canton, MI), Tyler Schnug (Northville, 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: 16777391 on 01/30/2020 (754 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle including a rocker extending in a vehicle longitudinal direction having a first surface and a second surface, at least one crossmember extending in a vehicle width direction from the first surface of the rocker, and at least one spacer coupled to the second surface of the rocker, the at least one spacer being in line with the at least one crossmember.

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


Tailgate open position adjustment system
Patent No. 11254371 

Inventor(s): Ryan C. Harris (Saline, MI), Scott L. Frederick (Brighton, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16706453 on 12/06/2019 (809 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for adjusting a position of a tailgate of a vehicle. The system includes a cable connecting the tailgate to a spool configured to turn in a first direction to wind the cable, and turn in a second direction to unwind the cable. The system includes a cable release located between the spool and the tailgate, the cable release, when in the unengaged state, allowing the cable to move through the cable release when the spool turns in the first direction, and preventing movement of the cable through the cable release when force is applied to the cable from the tailgate, and the cable release, when in the engaged state, allowing the cable to move through the cable release when the spool turns in the second direction. The system includes a button configured to toggle the cable release between the engaged state and the unengaged state.

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


Manufacturing cell based vehicle manufacturing system and method
Patent No. 11254381 

Inventor(s): Oussama Rawas (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): DIVERGENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Los Angeles, CA)
Law Firm: Arent Fox LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15925672 on 03/19/2018 (1436 days app to issue)

Abstract: Manufacturing cell based vehicle manufacturing systems and methods for a wide variety of vehicles are disclosed. In one aspect, a manufacturing cell configured for assembling a frame of a vehicle is disclosed. The manufacturing cell includes a positioner, a robot carrier and a robot. The positioner is configured to receive a fixture table configured to hold the frame. The robot carrier includes a vertical lift. The robot is configured to assemble the frame. The positioner is configured to support the frame in a vertical position during an assembling process. In another aspect of the disclosure, a system for manufacturing a vehicle based on a manufacturing cell is disclosed. In another aspect of the disclosure, a method for manufacturing a vehicle based on a manufacturing cell is disclosed.

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


Tiltrotor controls shield
Patent No. 11254418 

Inventor(s): Ken Shundo (Keller, TX), Michael Dearman (Weatherford, TX), Terry Thompson (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16370368 on 03/29/2019 (1061 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tiltrotor controls shield having a blade or wire substructure under a fragile spinner fairing improves bird strike durability. The present disclosure discloses a spinner wind fairing with a shield structure disposed thereunder for providing protection to the proprotor assembly components. The shield structure can segment a projectile, such as a bird, that penetrates the spinner fairing into a series of smaller and lower energy elements spread across a wider area, such that the rotor components can withstand the impact of the smaller elements without damage.

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


Balance weight assemblies for rotor blades
Patent No. 11254424 

Inventor(s): Bryan Huber (Keller, TX), Colin John Thomas (Carrollton, TX), Jared Mark Paulson (Fort Worth, TX), Paul Branson Sherrill (Grapevine, TX), Tyler Wayne Baldwin (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16587967 on 09/30/2019 (876 days app to issue)

Abstract: A balance weight assembly for a rotor blade of a rotorcraft. The balance weight assembly includes a balance weight pocket formed by a balance weight tray and a cover. The balance weight tray has an upper surface including a lip region extending outwardly from a projected region with an outboard boss. A balance weight receiving cavity is recessed from the upper surface and contains a plurality of balance weights. The projected region is disposed within an opening in a hollow blade spar such that the outboard boss of the balance weight tray has a contact relationship with an outboard surface of the opening. The cover is coupled to the balance weight tray such that the lip region of the balance weight tray and at least a portion of the cover have a clamping relationship with the blade spar, thereby coupling the balance weight pocket to the blade spar.

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


Method of extruding polymer film onto a mat and products incorporating the resulting composite mat
Patent No. 11255088 

Inventor(s): Mark Logan Keaten (Waxahachie, TX), Matti Kiik (Richardson, TX), Olan T. Leitch (Bakersfield, CA)
Assignee(s): Building Materials Investment Coporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15211633 on 07/15/2016 (2048 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of fabricating a polymer coated mat is disclosed to form a moisture barrier. The method includes moving a substrate mat along a processing path and heating the substrate mat to a predetermined temperature. A curtain of molten polymer is extruded through a slot die onto a surface of the heated substrate mat as the mat moves along the processing path to create a composite mat comprising a thin polymer film coating on at least one side of the substrate mat. The composite mat is then cooled in a controlled manner to cure and solidify the polymer film. The resulting composite mat may be used as a construction wrap, or it may be incorporated into other products such as an underlayment. A novel asphalt shingle may be fabricated using the composite mat in lieu of a traditional asphalt saturated mat or other substrate.

[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]


Active thermal management for fire-tolerant drive systems
Patent No. 11255373 

Inventor(s): Andrew Jordan Birkenheuer (Arlington, TX), Jon Damon Bennett (Fort Worth, TX), Keith David Weaver (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15702958 on 09/13/2017 (1623 days app to issue)

Abstract: A thermal management system and method includes: a drive shaft; one or more fans or impellers in fluid communication with at least a portion of the drive shaft; and one or more air management baffles configured to direct air flow between the impeller and the portion of the drive shaft. In one embodiment, the system and method further includes insulation positioned about the at least a portion of the drive shaft.

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


 

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

Composition and method for simultaneous water softening and silica removal in boiler feed water
Patent No. 11254610 

Inventor(s): Lacey N. Kucerak (Irving, TX), Narahari N. Kramadhati (La Habra, CA)
Assignee(s): Lhoist North America, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15996907 on 06/04/2018 (1359 days app to issue)

Abstract: A slurry product is shown for treating water to both soften the water and to remove silica. The slurry is prepared by blending, in an aqueous medium, hydrated lime under the form of a slurry or of a powder with at least partly hydrated dolime, or magnesium hydroxide or magnesium oxide particles or a combination thereof under the form of a slurry or of a powder, to form an aqueous slurry where the amounts of the dolime, magnesium hydroxide or magnesium oxide particles or the combination thereof are provided such that the solid content of the slurry is up to 60% by weight of the slurry. The slurry also maintains a stable and pumpable viscosity for over a month.

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


Filler particles for polymers
Patent No. 11254775 

Inventor(s): Archana Venugopal (Dallas, TX), Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Luigi Colombo (Dallas, TX), Nazila Dadvand (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16229971 on 12/21/2018 (1159 days app to issue)

Abstract: A composite material comprises a polymer matrix having microstructure filler materials that comprise a plurality of interconnected units wherein the units are formed of connected tubes. The tubes may be formed by photo-initiating the polymerization of a monomer in a pattern of interconnected units to form a polymer microlattice, removing unpolymerized monomer, coating the polymer microlattice with a metal, removing the polymer microlattice to leave a metal microlattice, growing or depositing a material on the metal microlattice such as graphene, hexagonal boron nitride or other ceramic, and subsequently removing the metal microlattice.

[C08F] MACROMOLECULAR COMPOUNDS OBTAINED BY REACTIONS ONLY INVOLVING CARBON-TO-CARBON UNSATURATED BONDS (production of liquid hydrocarbon mixtures from lower carbon number hydrocarbons, e.g. by oligomerisation, C10G 50/00; fermentation or enzyme-using processes to synthesise a desired chemical compound or composition or to separate optical isomers from a racemic mixture C12P; graft polymerisation of monomers containing carbon-to-carbon unsaturated bonds on to fibres, threads, yarns, fabrics or fibrous goods made from such materials D06M 14/00) [2]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Sealing connector for post tensioned anchor system
Patent No. 11255096 

Inventor(s): Andrea Taylor (Hurst, TX)
Assignee(s): LUGO DESIGNS LLC (Hurst, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17061745 on 10/02/2020 (508 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sealing connector cover for a tendon in an encapsulated post-tensioning reinforcement system includes a plurality of circumferential cover segments each comprising a circumferential part of a female connector housing at one longitudinal end, and a male connector housing at another longitudinal end. Each segment has a locking element to engage a corresponding locking element on a longitudinally corresponding segment. Each circumferential segment comprises a circumferential part of a locking element in the female connector housing configured to engage the male connector housing of a longitudinally adjacent sealing connector cover or a connector on an encapsulated anchor.

[E04G] SCAFFOLDING; FORMS; SHUTTERING; BUILDING IMPLEMENTS OR OTHER BUILDING AIDS, OR THEIR USE; HANDLING BUILDING MATERIALS ON THE SITE; REPAIRING, BREAKING-UP OR OTHER WORK ON EXISTING BUILDINGS


Shaped cutters
Patent No. 11255129 

Inventor(s): Brady Walters (Weatherford, TX), Christopher M. Casad (Benbrook, TX), Greg Carlos Topham (Spanish Fork, UT), Josh Criswell (Carrollton, TX), Tyler Scott Dunaway (Pleasant Grove, UT), William Henry Dubose (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Ulterra Drilling Technologies, L.P. (Fort Worth, TX) Synthetic Corporation (Salt Lake City, UT)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16249824 on 01/16/2019 (1133 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provides cutting elements for use on rotary drill bits for drilling subterranean formations. More specifically, the present disclosure relates to cutting elements having a shaped upper surface including at least one spoke for cutting and/or failing subterranean formations during drilling. The present disclosure also relates to drill bits incorporating one or more of such cutting elements.

[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]


Helical alignment sleeve
Patent No. 11255137 

Inventor(s): Matthew Bradley Stokes (Keller, TX), Wesley P. Dietz (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16080321 on 11/13/2017 (1562 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a sleeve a sleeve having a slot defined by at least a first edge and a second edge of the sleeve. At least a portion of the first edge defines a left-handed helical portion of the slot. At least a portion of the second edge defines a right-handed helical portion of the slot. The left-handed helical portion and the right-handed helical portion are at different axial positions along the sleeve with respect to a center axis through the sleeve.

[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]


Expandable elastomeric sealing layer for a rigid sealing device
Patent No. 11255148 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Pete Clement Dagenais (The Colony, TX), Stephen Michael Greci (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16477491 on 04/23/2018 (1401 days app to issue)

Abstract: Included are wellbore sealing systems and methods of use. An example wellbore sealing system comprises a rigid sealing device capable of expansion and having an exterior having holes disposed therethrough; and an expandable sealing layer disposed around the rigid sealing device. The expandable sealing layer comprises an elastomeric layer and a reinforcing layer.

[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]


Flapper on frac plug that allows pumping down a new plug
Patent No. 11255151 

Inventor(s): Matthew Taylor Nichols (Carrollton, TX), Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Nin M. Nguyen (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16800358 on 02/25/2020 (728 days app to issue)

Abstract: A zonal isolation device conveyed into the wellbore with a propped flapper valve. The zonal isolation device comprises a deformable sealing element and a support ring movably disposed within the inner bore of the sealing element. A flapper valve coupled to the support ring is configured to engage a sealing surface of support ring. The flapper valve blocks fluid flow through the zonal isolation device in a fully closed position, allows unrestricted fluid flow through the zonal isolation device in a fully open position, and allows restricted fluid flow through the zonal isolation device when held by a propping component in an intermediate or partially open position. The zonal isolation device is anchored to the wellbore by an anchoring assembly engaged with a wedge coupled to the downhole end of the sealing element.

[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]


Shunt tube assembly entry device
Patent No. 11255167 

Inventor(s): Brandon Thomas Least (Dallas, TX), Jan Veit (Plano, TX), Jean Marc Lopez (Plano, TX), Luke William Holderman (Plano, TX), Stephen Michael Greci (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16728419 on 12/27/2019 (788 days app to issue)

Abstract: A shunt tube entry device comprises one or more inlet ports, a shroud disposed at least partially about a wellbore tubular, and a shunt tube in fluid communication with the chamber. The shroud defines a chamber between the shroud and the wellbore tubular, and the chamber is in fluid communication with the one or more entry ports.

[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

 

Compressor for high efficiency heat pump system
Patent No. 11255325 

Inventor(s): Mark W. Olsen (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16718492 on 12/18/2019 (797 days app to issue)

Abstract: An HVAC system includes a compressor with an inlet port, an outlet port, and a scroll set. The scroll set includes a fixed scroll member and an orbiting scroll member. The fixed scroll member includes a first scroll wrap extending vertically from a base of the fixed scroll wrap. The first scroll wrap has an approximately spiral shape with at least 3.5 rotations from the center to the end of the spiral. The orbiting scroll member includes a second scroll wrap extending vertically from a base of the orbiting scroll wrap. The second scroll wrap has an approximately spiral shape with at least 3.5 rotations from the center to the end of the spiral. The orbiting scroll moves in an elliptical pattern such that fluid entering the inlet port of the compressor is compressed from a first volume to a second volume via movement of the orbiting scroll member.

[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)


Methods and apparati for quickset gas lift separation and liquid storage
Patent No. 11255349 

Inventor(s): Billy Joe Ellis, Jr. (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): LIFTROCK LLC (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg, LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17239126 on 04/23/2021 (305 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and apparati for separating liquids from production gases and recovering the liquids. The methods and apparati of the present disclosure can reduce or eliminate emissions compared to standard methods and devices and also eliminate the need for haul away of liquids by collecting compressor system liquids in charge vessel(s). The methods and apparati of the present disclosure can also be used to fuel the engines which operate the compressor systems using gas from the compressor drains and the gas used to drain the charge vessel(s).

[F04F] PUMPING OF FLUID BY DIRECT CONTACT OF ANOTHER FLUID OR BY USING INERTIA OF FLUID TO BE PUMPED (containers or packages with special means for dispensing liquid or semi-liquid contents by internal gaseous pressure B65D 83/14); SIPHONS [2]


Uniball bearing with compliant inner member
Patent No. 11255379 

Inventor(s): Bryan Kenneth Baskin (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION (Stratford, CT)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16328671 on 07/19/2017 (1679 days app to issue)

Abstract: A spherical bearing which extends from and connects to a deformable component includes an outer member and an inner member. The inner member is pivotable relative to the outer member about an axis. The inner member has an opening formed therein that defines a plurality of coplanar contact surfaces shaped to accommodate and contact the component. The plurality of contact surfaces are movable to accommodate deformation of the component positioned within the opening.

[F16C] SHAFTS; FLEXIBLE SHAFTS; MECHANICAL MEANS FOR TRANSMITTING MOVEMENT IN A FLEXIBLE SHEATHING; ELEMENTS OF CRANKSHAFT MECHANISMS; PIVOTS; PIVOTAL CONNECTIONS; ROTARY ENGINEERING ELEMENTS OTHER THAN GEARING, COUPLING, CLUTCH OR BRAKE ELEMENTS; BEARINGS [5]


Variable refrigerant flow system with reheating of dehumidified air
Patent No. 11255553 

Inventor(s): Christopher John Drury (Frisco, TX), Der-Kai Hung (Dallas, TX), Lin Lan (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16550446 on 08/26/2019 (911 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a compressor, a first heat exchanger, a reheater, a first valve, a second heat exchanger, and a blower. The compressor compresses a refrigerant. The blower moves air proximate the second heat exchanger to the reheater. During a first mode of operation: the first heat exchanger removes heat from a first portion of the refrigerant from the compressor, the first valve opens such that a second portion of the refrigerant from the compressor flows to the reheater, the second heat exchanger uses the first portion of the refrigerant from the first heat exchanger and the second portion of the refrigerant from the reheater to cool air proximate the second heat exchanger, and the reheater uses the second portion of the refrigerant from the compressor to heat the air moved by the blower.

[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)


Predictive presence scheduling for a thermostat using machine learning
Patent No. 11255561 

Inventor(s): Janathkumar Manohararaj (McKinney, TX), Payam Delgoshaei (Addison, TX), Sridhar Venkatesh (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16731974 on 12/31/2019 (784 days app to issue)

Abstract: A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) control device configured to generate the machine learning model using the first set of weights and the second set of weights. The machine learning model is configured to output a probability that a user is present at the space based on an input that identifies a day of the week and a time of a day. The device is further configured to determine a probability that a user is present at the space for a predicted occupancy schedule using the machine learning model, to determine an occupancy status based on a determined probability that a user is present at the space, and to set a predicted occupancy status in the predicted occupancy schedule based on a determined occupancy status for each time entry. The device is further configured to output the predicted occupancy schedule.

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


HVAC control during demand response event
Patent No. 11255562 

Inventor(s): Nguyen Trong Ho (Highland Village, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16735256 on 01/06/2020 (778 days app to issue)

Abstract: A thermostat of an HVAC system receives active event parameters from a utility provider. The active event parameters include a start time, a stop time, and a predefined temperature setpoint for the active event, which is associated with a requirement to decrease energy consumption between the start time and the stop time. Following the start time, the thermostat adjusts a setpoint temperature of the HVAC system to the predefined setpoint temperature. After adjusting the setpoint temperature to the predefined setpoint temperature, a new user setting for operation of the HVAC system is received. The thermostat determines that energy consumed during operation of the HVAC system according to the new user setting is less than or equal to energy consumed during operation of the HVAC system according to the predefined setpoint temperature. Following this determination, the thermostat causes the HVAC system to operate according to the new user settings.

[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)


System for personalized indoor microclimates
Patent No. 11255567 

Inventor(s): Keith R. Mowery (Plano, TX), Nguyen T. Ho (Highland Village, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16661577 on 10/23/2019 (853 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network of wireless remote climate sensors in a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system permits the creation of personalized microclimates within an enclosed space. In addition to collecting temperature and humidity data, the wireless remote climate sensors can detect whether the enclosed space is occupied by a human. Human detection is made possible by optional cameras, microphones, and gas sensors on the wireless remote climate sensors. As the human moves throughout the enclosed space, the HVAC system is able to track the human”s movement using the wireless remote climate sensors. The HVAC system may adjust airflow to different portions of the enclosed space based on the human”s location. The result is an efficient use of system resources to keep users at their ideal temperature.

[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)


Carbon dioxide cooling system with subcooling
Patent No. 11255580 

Inventor(s): Robert B. Uselton (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14955258 on 12/01/2015 (2275 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a first heat exchanger, a flash tank, a first compressor, a condenser, a second heat exchanger, and a second compressor. The first heat exchanger removes heat from carbon dioxide refrigerant. The flash tank stores the carbon dioxide refrigerant from the first heat exchanger. The first compressor compresses the carbon dioxide refrigerant and sends the compressed carbon dioxide refrigerant to the first heat exchanger. The condenser removes heat from a second refrigerant. The second heat exchanger receives the second refrigerant from the condenser. The second heat exchanger further removes heat from the carbon dioxide refrigerant stored in the flash tank. The second compressor compresses the second refrigerant from the heat exchanger. The second compressor sends the second refrigerant to the condenser.

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


HVAC systems and methods with multiple-path expansion device subsystems
Patent No. 11255582 

Inventor(s): Wenqian Liu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Hubbard Johnston, PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16595533 on 10/08/2019 (868 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for cooling air in an HVAC system includes moving refrigerant through a closed refrigeration circuit having, inter alia, an expansion device subsystem, which includes a full-load pathway and at least one partial-load pathway and a flow selector for directing refrigerant flow from the condenser to either the partial-load pathway or the full-load pathway. The method also involves directing refrigerant flow from the condenser to the full-load pathway when the refrigerant pressure is greater than or equal to a first preselected activation pressure and stepping down a refrigerant pressure with a set orifice and directing refrigerant flow from the condenser to the partial-load pathway when the refrigerant pressure is less than a second preselected activation pressure and stepping down a refrigerant pressure with a variable expansion device configured for partial loads. Refrigerant is delivered from the full-load pathway or partial-load pathway to the evaporator.

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


Muzzle adaptation system
Patent No. 11255624 

Inventor(s): Jason McRorey (Midlothian, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16158800 on 10/12/2018 (1229 days app to issue)

Abstract: A muzzle adaptation system facilitates the attachment of adaptors to the muzzle of a firearm. A converter is attached to the muzzle of a firearm using existing features such as threads. The adaptors are secured to the converter by a release device that allows the adaptor to be attached without precise alignment or fasteners.

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


Subsonic polymeric ammunition cartridge
Patent No. 11255647 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): True Velocity IP Holdings, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Singleton Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16153959 on 10/08/2018 (1233 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a subsonic ammunition cartridge including a polymeric casing body comprising a generally cylindrical hollow polymer body having a body base at a first end thereof and a mouth at a second end to define a propellant chamber; a propellant insert positioned in the propellant chamber to reduce the internal volume of the propellant chamber, wherein the propellant chamber has an internal volume that is between 25 and 80% less than the open internal volume of a standard casing of equivalent caliber; and a primer insert positioned at the body base and in communication with the propellant chamber.

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


Primer insert having a primer pocket groove
Patent No. 11255649 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Singleton Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16587351 on 09/30/2019 (876 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 the circular recess side wall and the groove is adapted to receive polymer through the primer flash aperture and over the bottom surface and the circular recess side wall.

[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]


 

P H Y S I C S

System and method to determine responsiveness of a driver of a vehicle to feedback regarding driving behaviors
Patent No. 11254317 

Inventor(s): Alekh Vaidya (San Diego, CA), Daniel A. Deninger (Carlsbad, CA), David Forney (La Jolla, CA), Jason Palmer (Carlsbad, CA), Jeffrey Griswold (San Diego, CA), Mark Freitas (San Diego, CA), Slaven Sljivar (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): SmartDrive Systems, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Esplin Associates, PC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17062261 on 10/02/2020 (508 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system and method for determining responsiveness of a driver of a vehicle to feedback regarding driving behaviors. The system may include a sensor configured to generate output signals conveying first driving behavior information, which may characterize operation of the vehicle by the driver. The system may include one or more processors configured to obtain the first driving behavior information. The one or more processors may effectuate provision of feedback defined by feedback information based on the first driving behavior. The sensor may be configured to output signals conveying second driving behavior information, which may characterize operation of the vehicle by the driver during and/or subsequent to the provision of the feedback. The one or more processors may be configured to obtain the second driving behavior information and assess responsiveness of the driver to the feedback based on the second driving behavior information.

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


MEMS gyroscope self-test using a technique for deflection of the sensing mobile mass
Patent No. 11255670 

Inventor(s): David Mcclure (Carrollton, TX), Deyou Fang (Frisco, TX), Huantong Zhang (Coppell, TX), Naren K. Sahoo (Frisco, TX), Yamu Hu (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): STMicroelectronics, Inc. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Crowe Dunlevy (Local + 7 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16452967 on 06/26/2019 (972 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microelectromechanical system (MEMS) gyroscope sensor has a sensing mass and a quadrature error compensation control loop for applying a force to the sensing mass to cancel quadrature error. To detect fault, the quadrature error compensation control loop is opened and an additional force is applied to produce a physical displacement of the sensing mass. A quadrature error resulting from the physical displacement of the sensing mass in response to the applied additional force is sensed. The sensed quadrature error is compared to an expected value corresponding to the applied additional force and a fault alert is generated if the comparison is not satisfied.

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


Robust step detection using low cost MEMS accelerometer in mobile applications, and processing methods, apparatus and systems
Patent No. 11255695 

Inventor(s): Goutam Dutta (Karnataka, , IN), Jayawardan Janardhanan (Karnataka, , IN), Sandeep Rao (Karnataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16451380 on 06/25/2019 (973 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system ([b]10[/b]) for pedestrian use includes an accelerometer ([b]110[/b]) having multiple electronic sensors; an electronic circuit ([b]100[/b]) operable to generate a signal stream representing magnitude of overall acceleration sensed by the accelerometer ([b]110[/b]), and to electronically correlate a sliding window ([b]520[/b]) of the signal stream with itself to produce peaks at least some of which represent walking steps, and further operable to electronically execute a periodicity check ([b]540[/b]) to compare different step periods for similarity, and if sufficiently similar then to update ([b]560[/b]) a portion of the circuit substantially representing a walking-step count; and an electronic display ([b]190[/b]) responsive to the electronic circuit ([b]100[/b]) to display information at least in part based on the step count. Other systems, electronic circuits and processes are disclosed.

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


Extended range ADC flow meter
Patent No. 11255708 

Inventor(s): Anand Dabak (Plano, TX), Venkata Ramanan (Tucson, AZ)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17008156 on 08/31/2020 (540 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of calculating a time difference is disclosed. The method includes sampling a first ultrasonic signal (r[superscript]21[/superscript]) to produce a first sampled signal (y1([i]i[/i])) and sampling a second ultrasonic signal (r[superscript]12[/superscript]) to produce a second sampled signal (y2([i]i[/i])). A first time (LEAD_LAG) is determined between a time the first sampled signal crosses a threshold (1) and a time the second sampled signal crosses the threshold. The first sampled signal is cross correlated with the second sampled signal to produce a second time (SAMP_OFFSET). The time difference is calculated in response to the first and second times.

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


Method of single pulse detection of the real and imaginary components of the nonlinear susceptibility to detect molecular dynamics via the geometric phase effect
Patent No. 11255775 

Inventor(s): Rachel Glenn (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16449768 on 06/24/2019 (974 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of detecting a geometrical phase change of an intrinsic property of a molecular isomerization includes a series of steps, such as simulating molecular isomerization of the molecule through application of a single shaped pulse to generate a molecular polarization. The steps include separating the real and imaginary parts of a nonlinear susceptibility in a detected molecular signal by controlling a phase of a reference field. The steps include assigning a phase function to obtain separation of the real and imaginary parts. Furthermore, a broadened vibrational lineshape is calculated. The step of identifying conical intersections also occurs. Various pathways of a wave packet in an excited state potential energy surface is discussed and may include multiple laser pulses and methods of detection. The spectral phase may be used to create interference of the wave packet in the excited state to identify and control a wavepacket”s pathway and control photoisomerization.

[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)


Three phase current measurement
Patent No. 11255887 

Inventor(s): Navaneeth Kumar Narayanasamy (Coimbatore, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16669687 on 10/31/2019 (845 days app to issue)

Abstract: A current measurement circuit includes first, second, and third conductors, a first current sensor, a second current sensor, and current computation circuitry. The first conductor is configured to conduct a first phase current of a three-phase current. The second conductor is configured to conduct a second phase current of the three-phase current. The third conductor is configured to conduct a third phase current of the three-phase current. The first current sensor is coupled to the first, the second, and the third conductors. The second current sensor is coupled to the second conductor and the third conductor. The current computation circuitry is coupled to the first current sensor and the second current sensor, and is configured to determine the first current, the second current, and the third current by applying an inverse Clarke transform to the output of the first current sensor and the output of the second current sensor.

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


Direct capacitance measurement based capacitive disturbance detection system
Patent No. 11255889 

Inventor(s): Peter Spevak (Moosburg an der Isar, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16752792 on 01/27/2020 (757 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a first oscillator circuit coupled to a first electrode and a second oscillator circuit coupled to a second electrode. The first and second oscillator circuits oscillate synchronously in response to a capacitance between the first and second electrodes being greater than or equal to a threshold coupling capacitance and asynchronously in response to the capacitance being less than the threshold coupling capacitance. The first and second electrodes are separated by a distance, such that a disturbance within the distance increases the capacitance between the electrodes equal to or above the threshold coupling capacitance. The frequency of the first oscillator circuit is inversely proportional to a capacitance of the first electrode, and the frequency of the second oscillator circuit is inversely proportional to a capacitance of the second electrode.

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


Wire break detection in digital input receivers
Patent No. 11255901 

Inventor(s): Anant Shankar Kamath (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instmments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16734624 on 01/06/2020 (778 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optocoupler is placed in series between the field ground pin of digital input circuitry and the field ground of an industrial controller. A capacitor to field ground is provided for each digital input. A resistor is provided to the input pin of the digital input circuitry. To detect a broken wire a test pulse is provided to the optocoupler connected in the ground path. This test pulse isolates the digital input circuitry from field ground. As current is always being provided from the field when the wire is not broken, the capacitor connected between the input and ground charges. After the test pulse has completed, the output signal of the digital input circuitry is examined. If the level indicates the input is high, the wire is not broken. If, however, the output remains low indicating that the input is low, the wire has broken.

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


Fault tolerant synchronizer
Patent No. 11255905 

Inventor(s): Denis Roland Beaudoin (Rowlett, TX), Samuel Paul Visalli (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16152531 on 10/05/2018 (1236 days app to issue)

Abstract: A synchronization circuit includes a first synchronizer, a second synchronizer, and selection circuitry. The first synchronizer is configured to synchronize a received signal to a clock signal. The second synchronizer is disposed in parallel with the first synchronizer and configured to synchronize the received signal to the clock signal. The selection circuitry is coupled to the first synchronizer and the second synchronizer. The selection circuitry is configured to provide an output value generated by the first synchronizer at an output terminal of the synchronization circuit based on the output value generated by the first synchronizer being the same as an output value generated by the second synchronizer.

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


Direct scan access JTAG
Patent No. 11255908 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16843535 on 04/08/2020 (685 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure describes novel methods and apparatuses for directly accessing JTAG Tap domains that exist in a scan path of many serially connected JTAG Tap domains. Direct scan access to a selected Tap domain by a JTAG controller is achieved using auxiliary digital or analog terminals associated with the Tap domain and connected to the JTAG controller. During direct scan access, the auxiliary digital or analog terminals serve as serial data input and serial data output paths between the selected Tap domain and the JTAG controller.

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


Open load detection circuits
Patent No. 11255920 

Inventor(s): Ashish Ojha (Bengaluru, , IN), Divyasree J (Bengaluru, , IN), Krishnamurthy Shankar (Bengaluru, , IN), Siddhartha Gopal Krishna (Bengaluru, , IN), Venkata Naresh Kotikelapudi (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16785793 on 02/10/2020 (743 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes an input terminal, a first transistor, a second transistor, a comparator, a voltage reference circuit, and a control circuit. The first transistor includes a first terminal coupled to the input terminal. The second transistor includes a first terminal coupled to the input terminal. The comparator includes a first terminal coupled to the input terminal. The voltage reference circuit is coupled to a second terminal of the comparator. The control circuit includes an input, a first output, and a second output. The input is coupled to an output of the comparator. The first output is coupled to a second terminal of the first transistor. The second output is coupled to a second terminal of the second transistor.

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


Handheld electrical bonding test system
Patent No. 11255923 

Inventor(s): Gary Froman (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16533139 on 08/06/2019 (931 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electrical bonding test device, including a test system circuit configured to generate a current pulse for ground bonding testing of subject units, a first test system connector configured to provide an electrical connection between a first unit connector shell of a first unit of the subject units and the test system circuit and to pass the current pulse to the first unit connector shell during the ground bonding testing, and a second test system connector configured to provide an electrical connection between a second unit connector shell of a second unit of the subject units and a first node of the test system circuit. The test system circuit is further configured to provide an indication indicating whether a bonding path through the subject units is a conductive path having a resistance below a resistance threshold.

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


Hall sensor trim circuit
Patent No. 11255930 

Inventor(s): Julio E. Acosta (Allen, TX), Junfeng Jiang (Plano, TX), Srinivasan Venkataraman (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16934207 on 07/21/2020 (581 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Hall sensor trim circuit includes a current source, a transistor, a reference voltage circuit, an amplifier, and a Hall sensor. The transistor includes a first terminal, a second terminal, and a third terminal. The third terminal is coupled to the current source. The amplifier includes an output terminal, a first input terminal, and a second input terminal. The output terminal is coupled to the first terminal of the transistor. The first input terminal is coupled to the second terminal of the transistor. The second input terminal is coupled to the reference voltage circuit. The Hall sensor is coupled to the current source.

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


Multi-path mitigation in tracking objects using compressed RF data
Patent No. 11255945 

Inventor(s): Felix Markhovsky (Dallas, TX), Michael John Buynak (Dallas, TX), Russ Markhovsky (Dallas, TX), Truman Prevatt (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): POLTE CORPORATION (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: BakerHostetler (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16791898 on 02/14/2020 (739 days app to issue)

Abstract: A split architecture is disclosed for determining the location of a wireless device in a heterogeneous wireless communications environment. A detector within the device or another component of the environment receives signals including parameters for a localization signal of the device. The parameters describe known in advance signals within the signals. Additional metadata including each frame start of the signals and assistance data and auxiliary information are also received. The known in advance signals are detected based on the parameters of the localization signal. Samples extracted from the known in advance signals are then processed and compressed and sent with other collect data to a locate server remote from the detector. The location server uses that information as well as similar information about the environment to calculate the location of the device, as well as perform tracking and navigation of the device, and report such results to the environment.

[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


RF/mm-wave peak detector with high-dynamic range calibration
Patent No. 11255949 

Inventor(s): Brian Paul Ginsburg (Allen, TX), Vito Giannini (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16899054 on 06/11/2020 (621 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) is provided with a plurality of diode based mm-wave peak voltage detectors (PVD)s. During a testing phase, a multi-point low frequency calibration test is performed on one or more of the PVDs to determine and store a set of alternating current (AC) coefficients. During operation of the IC, a current-voltage sweep is performed on a selected one of the PVDs to determine a process and temperature direct current (DC) coefficient. A peak voltage produced by the PVD in response to a high frequency radio frequency (RF) signal is measured to produce a first measured voltage. An approximate power of the RF signal is calculated by adjusting the first measured voltage using the DC coefficient and the AC coefficient.

[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


MEMS electrostatic actuator with linearized displacements
Patent No. 11256083 

Inventor(s): James Norman Hall (Parker, TX), William Craig McDonald (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16233812 on 12/27/2018 (1153 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microelectromechanical actuator for a light beam steering device is provided that includes memory cells coupled to at least one electronic circuitry component and electrode segments coupled to a respective one of the memory cells via the at least one electronic circuitry component. A flexible metal layer having support pillars is on the electrode segments. Flexible beams are attached to the support pillars and a movable electrode attaches to the flexible beams. A mirror is attached to the movable electrode. When one or more of the electrode segments is activated, the mirror is displaced a distance to steer a light beam output from a light source in a direction.

[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]


Vehicle guidance systems and associated methods of use at logistics yards and other locations
Patent No. 11256264 

Inventor(s): Daryl Day (Frisco, TX), L. Blake Whitley (Arlington, TX), Richard K. Hoofard (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems AB (Landskrona, , SE)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16109603 on 08/22/2018 (1280 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for controlling operations of autonomous vehicles and systems in, for example, logistics yards at distribution, manufacturing, processing and/or other centers for the transfer of goods, materials, and/or other cargo. In some embodiments, an autonomous yard tractor or other vehicle can include one or more systems for locating an over-the-road trailer parked in a yard of a distribution center, engaging the trailer, and moving the trailer to a loading dock for loading/unloading operations in accordance with a workflow procedure provided by a central control system. In other embodiments, an autonomous yard tractor can locate the trailer at the loading dock after the loading/unloading operations, engage the trailer, and move the trailer to a parking location in the yard. In some embodiments, the autonomous yard tractor can include a sensor system configured to detect the position of the trailer relative to, for example, the tractor, and/or the dock station can include a sensor system configured to detect the position of the trailer relative to, for example, the dock station during a docking procedure.

[G05D] SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES (for continuous casting of metals B22D 11/16; valves per se F16K; sensing non-electric variables, see the relevant subclasses of G01; for regulating electric or magnetic variables G05F)


Inductor detection
Patent No. 11256276 

Inventor(s): Madhan Radhakrishnan (Bangalore, , IN), Nitin Agarwal (Bangalore, , IN), Sachin Sudhir Turkewadikar (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16689545 on 11/20/2019 (825 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power control integrated circuit (IC) chip can include a direct current (DC)-DC converter that outputs a switching voltage in response to a switching output enable signal. The power control IC chip can also include an inductor detect circuit that detects whether an inductor is conductively coupled to the DC-DC converter and a powered circuit component in response to an inductor detect signal. The power control IC chip can further include control logic that (i) controls the inductor detect signal based on an enable DC-DC signal and (ii) controls the switching output enable signal provided to the DC-DC converter and a linear output disable signal provided to a linear regulator based on a signal from the inductor detect circuit indicating whether the inductor is conductively coupled to the DC-DC converter and the powered circuit component.

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


Computer housing
Patent No. 11256306 

Inventor(s): Daniel L. McBroom (Leonard, TX), Michael D. McBroom (Leonard, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16746829 on 01/18/2020 (766 days app to issue)

Abstract: A desktop computing system having at least a central core surrounded by housing having a shape that defines a volume in which the central core resides is described. The housing includes a first opening and a second opening axially displaced from the first opening. The first opening having a size and shape in accordance with an amount of airflow used as a heat transfer medium for cooling internal components, the second opening defined by a lip that engages a portion of the airflow in such a way that at least some of the heat transferred to the air flow from the internal components is passed to the housing.

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


Desktop electronic device
Patent No. 11256307 

Inventor(s): Daniel L. McBroom (Leonard, TX), Michael D. Mcbroom (Leonard, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright RLLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16940871 on 07/28/2020 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: An internal component and external interface arrangement for a cylindrical compact computing system is described that includes at least a structural heat sink having triangular shape disposed within a cylindrical volume defined by a cylindrical housing. A computing engine having a generally triangular shape is described having internal components that include a graphics processing unit (GPU) board, a central processing unit (CPU) board, an input/output (I/O) interface board, an interconnect board, and a power supply unit (PSU).

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


Systems and methods for responsively adaptable virtual environments
Patent No. 11256322 

Inventor(s): Veena Somareddy (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Neurological Rehabilitation Virtual Reality, LLC (Ft. Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16909001 on 06/23/2020 (609 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to methods and systems for providing virtual environments that are responsively adaptable to users” characteristics. Embodiments provide for identifying a virtual action to be performed by a virtual representation of a patient within a virtual environment. The virtual action corresponds to a physical action by a physical limb of the patient in the real-world. In embodiments, the virtual action is required to be performed to a first target area within the virtual environment. Embodiments determine that the patient has at least one limitation that limits the patient performing the physical action. A determination of whether the patient has performed the physical action to at least a physical threshold associated is made. The virtual environment is caused to adapt in order to allow the virtual action to be performed in response to the determination that the patient has performed the physical action to the physical threshold.

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


Data migration for memory operation
Patent No. 11256437 

Inventor(s): Patrick A. La Fratta (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Holland Hart LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16195071 on 11/19/2018 (1191 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for performing data migration operations are disclosed. An apparatus may include at least two interfaces, a first interface supporting data migration operations and a second interface supporting access operations associated with a host device. In some cases, the access operations may be a signal or protocol according to an industry standard or specification (e.g., a DRAM interface specification). The second interface may facilitate supporting industry standard applications, while the first interface supporting data migration operations may provide improved bandwidth for migrating data within the apparatus. The apparatus may include a buffer coupled with the interface and a bank cluster including two or more banks of memory cells. When a host device addresses a bank of the bank cluster, the apparatus may perform one or more data migration operations using the buffer and a different bank of the bank cluster.

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


Connected classroom
Patent No. 11256467 

Inventor(s): Damien X. Panketh (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED (Dubiln, , IE)
Law Firm: Crowell Moring LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16870560 on 05/08/2020 (655 days app to issue)

Abstract: A connected classroom system provides for local and remote control and display of media streams. An instructor may, for instance, direct audio/video streams of the instructor to any number of displays and speakers located within a classroom. The system may send and receive control instructions to and from remote classrooms as well, through a network interface. The control instructions may configure any set of presentation devices in any classroom to reproduce any content originating from any source within any classroom. Accordingly, multiple classrooms located in disparate locations may participate in media exchanges arising from any source, including instructors and individual student seating locations within the classrooms.

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


Inserting null vectors into a stream of vectors
Patent No. 11256508 

Inventor(s): Asheesh Bhardwaj (Allen, TX), Son Hung Tran (Murphy, TX), Timothy David Anderson (University Park, TX), William Franklin Leven (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16420467 on 05/23/2019 (1006 days app to issue)

Abstract: Software instructions are executed on a processor within a computer system to configure a steaming engine with stream parameters to define a multidimensional array. The stream parameters define a size for each dimension of the multidimensional array, a null vector count (N), and a selected dimension. Data is fetched from a memory coupled to the streaming engine responsive to the stream parameters. A stream of vectors is formed for the multidimensional array responsive to the stream parameters from the data fetched from memory. N null stream vectors are inserted into the stream of vectors for the selected dimension without fetching respective null data from the memory.

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


Hard and soft bit data from single read
Patent No. 11256567 

Inventor(s): James Fitzpatrick (Irvine, CA), Mostafa El Gamal (Worcester, MA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16907669 on 06/22/2020 (610 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes memory cells programmed to one of a plurality of data states, wherein the memory cells are configured such that the plurality of data states comprise an error-prone data state. Sense circuitry of the apparatus is configured to sense first memory cells programmed to the error-prone data state, determine a bit encoding for the first memory cells, sense other memory cells programmed to other data states, and determine a bit encoding for the other memory cells. A communication circuit of the apparatus is configured to communicate the bit encoding for the other memory cells, the bit encoding for the first memory cells, and an indication that the first memory cells are programmed to the error-prone data state, in response to a single read command from a controller.

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


Method and apparatus for simultaneous key generation on device and server for secure communication
Patent No. 11256783 

Inventor(s): Christopher J. Daly (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): AMERA IOT INC. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17363638 on 06/30/2021 (237 days app to issue)

Abstract: A secure communication system is disclosed for communication between first and second party devices. An input interface is provided for receiving from an external host a unique host factor in addition to a user input interface for receiving from a user a unique PIN for a user and a selection input for selecting one of the plurality of stored entropy stores as a user selected entropy store A first private key generator is operable for generating a private key using a key generation algorithm requiring the selected entropy store, the host factor and the unique user PIN. The second party device includes a second storage device for storing a plurality of entropy stores. An input interface is provided for receiving the same unique host factor as received by the first party device. A communication interface facilitates communication with the first party device to receive from the first party device a user PIN and an indication of the user selected entropy store. A second private key generator is operable for generating a private key using the predetermined key generation algorithm with the received user PIN, the received host factor, and an extracted entropy store corresponding to user selected entropy store, wherein the private key generated by both the first and second private key generators are identical. The session is initiated to cause the generation of the identical private keys at both of the first and second private key generators and allow secure communication between the

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


Methods and apparatus for efficiently implementing a distributed database within a network
Patent No. 11256823 

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: 16735944 on 01/07/2020 (777 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a processor and a memory operatively coupled to the processor and associated with an instance of a distributed database at a first compute device. The processor is configured to select an anonymous communication path. Each blinded public key from a sequence of blinded public keys associated with the anonymous communication path is associated with a pseudonym of a compute device from a set of compute devices that implement the anonymous communication path. The processor is configured to generate an encrypted message encrypted with a first blinded public key. The processor is configured to generate an encrypted data packet including the encrypted message and a compute device identifier associated with a second compute device. The encrypted data packet is encrypted with a second blinded public key. The processor is configured to send the encrypted data packet to a third compute device.

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


Anomalous event detection and/or validation using inherent human behavior
Patent No. 11256937 

Inventor(s): Baik Hoh (Campbell, CA), Kentaro Oguchi (Mountain View, CA), Seyhan Ucar (Mountain View, CA), Shalini Keshavamurthy (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16931846 on 07/17/2020 (585 days app to issue)

Abstract: Anomalous events in a driving environment can be detected and/or validated by leveraging inherent human behavior. A notification of the anomalous event can be received from an initial connected entity in the driving environment. In response, an inquiry can be sent to connected entities spatiotemporally related to the initial connected entity as to whether any person associated with the connected entities is exhibiting an inherent human behavior. When a threshold level of responses to the inquiry are received from the connected entities indicating that an inherent human behavior has been detected, the one or more connected entities can be caused to upload driving scene data for at least a time when the inherent human behavior by the occupant of the connected vehicle was detected.

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


System and method for prediction of protein-ligand bioactivity and pose propriety
Patent No. 11256994 

Inventor(s): [hacek over (Z)]ygimantas Jo[hacek over (c)]ys (Hove, , GB), Alwin Bucher (Cambridge, , GB), Aurimas Pabrinkis (London, , GB), Charles Dazler Knuff (Dallas, TX), Cooper Stergis Jamieson (Venice, CA), Mikhail Demtchenko (London, ,
Assignee(s): RO5 INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Galvin Patent Law LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17202722 on 03/16/2021 (343 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method that predicts whether a given protein-ligand pair is active or inactive and outputs a pose score classifying the propriety of the pose. A 3D bioactivity platform comprising a 3D bioactivity module and data platform scrapes empirical lab-based data that a docking simulator uses to generate a dataset from which a 3D-CNN model is trained. The model then may receive new protein-ligand pairs and determine a classification for the bioactivity and pose propriety of that protein-ligand pair. Furthermore, gradients relating to the binding affinity in the 3D model of the molecule may be used to generate profiles from which new protein targets may be determined.

[G06G] ANALOGUE COMPUTERS (analogue optical computing devices G06E 3/00; computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


System and method for prediction of protein-ligand bioactivity using point-cloud machine learning
Patent No. 11256995 

Inventor(s): [hacek over (Z)]ygimantas Jo[hacek over (c)]ys (Hove, , GB), Alvaro Prat (Barcelona, , ES), Alwin Bucher (Cambridge, , GB), Aurimas Pabrinkis (London, , GB), Charles Dazler Knuff (Dallas, TX), Cooper Stergis Jamieson (Venice, CA)
Assignee(s): RO5 INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Galvin Patent Law LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17237458 on 04/22/2021 (306 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method that predicts whether a given protein-ligand pair is active or inactive, the ground-truth protein-ligand complex crystalline-structure similarity, and an associated bioactivity value. The system and method further produce 3-D visualizations of previously unknown protein-ligand pairs that show directly the importance assigned to protein-ligand interactions, the positive/negative-ness of the saliencies, and magnitude. Furthermore, the system and method make enhancements in the art by accurately predicting protein-ligand pair bioactivity from decoupled models, removing the need for docking simulations, as well as restricting attention of the machine learning between protein and ligand atoms only.

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


Prediction model enhancement
Patent No. 11257001 

Inventor(s): Steven Hurley, Jr. (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16155135 on 10/09/2018 (1232 days app to issue)

Abstract: An enhanced prediction model utilizing product life cycle segmentation and historic prediction data for generating more accurate future failure rates. Input data is segmented into groups based on failure modes of a corresponding life cycle. A prediction model such as Weibull analysis is implemented for each segmented group. Historical prediction data is also segmented into groups. Prediction parameters for each group of segmented historical prediction data are compared with one another and the comparisons are then used to adjust the prediction parameters generated from the segmented groups of input data. Updated parameters for the input data are then output thereby generating a new future failure rate.

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


Observation platform using structured communications for generating, reporting and creating a shared employee performance library
Patent No. 11257021 

Inventor(s): Christopher N. Todd (Dallas, TX), Guy R. VanBuskirk (Grapevine, TX), Ravi Shankar Kumar (Richardson, TX), Shiva Cheedella (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Theatro Labs, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16786021 on 02/10/2020 (743 days app to issue)

Abstract: An observation platform determines relative responsiveness of enterprise employees to requests by external systems. A computer system of the observation platform monitors responses and actions of users to requests from external systems from a plurality of communication devices routed through a radio access point associated with the computer system. Each of the communication devices is associated with a user who is an employee in an enterprise. Information is extracted from the communications including users” identities. Performance of a plurality of the users is measured based on aspects of the extracted information related to the relative responsiveness to requests from the external systems. The requests are posed by the external systems and responded to via the communications devices. A numerical ranking of the measured performance by each of the plurality of measured users, with respect to others of the plurality of measured users, at responding to the requests is assigned.

[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 tracking location and monitoring environmental conditions of an asset in transit
Patent No. 11257024 

Inventor(s): Ida Cathcart (Grapevine, TX), James D. Barton (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Tracking Concepts LLC (Aubrey, TX)
Law Firm: Ryan, Mason Lewis, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16207834 on 12/03/2018 (1177 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods and devices are provided for real-time tracking a location an asset (e.g., package) that is in transit (rail, air, truck, etc.) and real-time monitoring of environmental conditions that the asset is subjected to during transit such as temperature, light exposure, barometric pressure, and other conditions.

[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]


Method, system, and computer readable program storage device for distribution and deliveries through automatic driver selection based on patterns
Patent No. 11257026 

Inventor(s): Kulvir S. Bhogal (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Kyndryl, Inc. (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Scully, Scott, Murphy Presser, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16250446 on 01/17/2019 (1132 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system and computer program product related to delivery of packages to online shopping customers. In an embodiment, the invention provides a method comprising identifying a pool of candidate delivery drivers; analyzing driving patterns of the candidate drivers in a geographic area; analyzing activities of specified online shoppers in the geographic area; and sending a message to contact one of the candidate drivers to deliver a package or packages to an online shopper based on a defined matching of the analyzed driving patterns of the candidate drivers with the analyzed activities of the online shoppers. In an embodiment, each of the candidate drivers has an associated mobile communications device; and the analyzing driving patterns of the candidate drivers includes using specified changes in locations of the mobile communication devices associated with the candidate delivery drivers to identify the driving patterns of the candidate drivers.

[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]


Item identification based on receipt image
Patent No. 11257049 

Inventor(s): Tarmandeep Toor (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Amazon Technologies, Inc. (Seattle, WA)
Law Firm: Lee Hayes, P.C. (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16779210 on 01/31/2020 (753 days app to issue)

Abstract: An image of a receipt may be received by a service provider from a user device of a user. The receipt may be a record of a transaction between the user and a physical merchant. The service provider may extract text from the image and apply a predictive model trained on text data of historical receipts to the extracted text to identify keywords corresponding to items purchased in the transaction. The service provider may generate a shopping list for the user and/or may compare the keywords to descriptions of catalog items in an online catalog maintained by the service provider to identify catalog items that are the same or similar to the purchased items. The service provider may associate the catalog items with the user”s account maintained by the service provider and generate a user interface to present on the user device that includes an indication of the catalog items.

[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]


Market segment analysis of product or service offerings
Patent No. 11257102 

Inventor(s): Benjamin White (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): T-Mobile USA, Inc. (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Han Santos, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15593254 on 05/11/2017 (1748 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure describes a market segment analysis (MSA) system that facilitates a cluster analysis of market segment data and performance metrics to identify data patterns between individual market segments within a designated market region. Particularly, the MSA system may quantify current performance of existing vendor product or service offerings within a market segment relative to historical performance of the vendor product or service offering within the market segment. Further, the MSA system may quantify current performance of a vendor product or service offering relative to current peer performance of the same or substantially similar vendor product or service offerings within additional market segments. The MSA system may recommend one or more additional market segments for an offering of the vendor product or service. Alternatively, or additionally, the MSA system may recommend one or more vendor product or service offering(s) for a target market segment of a designated market region.

[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]


Tax planning using video-based graphical user interface and artificial intelligence
Patent No. 11257167 

Inventor(s): John Anthony Castro (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): AiTax Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17354554 on 06/22/2021 (245 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method of generating and presenting a recommended filing strategy that includes receiving user inputs via a graphical user interface; identifying, using one or more computers, factual patterns of the user inputs; assigning, using the one or more computers and based on the identified factual patterns, a risk tolerance classification; generating, using an optimization model and based on the factual patterns, the risk tolerance classification, and relevant legal documents, the recommended filing strategy; identifying relevant media files from a library of media files that are associated with the recommended filing strategy; creating a combined media file from the plurality of relevant media files; and presenting the combined media file via the graphical user interface.

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


Geographic information management systems and methods
Patent No. 11257174 

Inventor(s): Adrian Macias (Fort Worth, TX), Bryan Cortney (Fort Worth, TX), Jesse Hejny (Fort Worth, TX), Ryan Barnhart (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): PLM, LLC (Ft. Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16686992 on 11/18/2019 (827 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment method for managing geographic information includes receiving, at a service portal, executed lease data for mineral rights leases on associated first land parcels, generating first map data according to the executed lease data, and sending the first map data through a network interface to a client application for display to a first user at a first remote terminal. The method further includes receiving, from the first remote terminal, data for a proposed division order boundary, determining one or more of the first land parcels having boundaries that at least partly overlap the proposed division order boundary, generating division order data related to portions of the one or more first land parcels, and sending the division order data to the first remote terminal for display to the user.

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


Asset tracking systems
Patent No. 11257220 

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: Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16288627 on 02/28/2019 (1090 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed technology includes image-based systems and methods for object tracking within an asset area. Some exemplary methods include receiving an indication of a first object entering an asset area and receiving data indicative of a plurality of captured images. The methods also include performing, by at least one processor, object classification of the first object based on one or more of the plurality of captured images. The methods further include determining a first object location of the first object based at least in part on the object classification, and outputting an indication of the first object location.

[G06T] IMAGE DATA PROCESSING OR GENERATION, IN GENERAL [2006.01]


Sensor mapping to a global coordinate system using homography
Patent No. 11257225 

Inventor(s): Crystal Maung (Dallas, TX), Sailesh Bharathwaaj Krishnamurthy (Irving, TX), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Celina, TX)
Assignee(s): 7-ELEVEN, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16663948 on 10/25/2019 (851 days app to issue)

Abstract: An object tracking system that includes a plurality of sensors and a tracking system. A first sensor from the plurality of sensors is configured to capture a first frame of a global plane for at least a portion of the space. The tracking system is configured to determine a pixel location in the first frame for an object located in the space, and to apply a homography to the pixel location to determine a coordinate in the global plane. The homography is configured to translate between pixel locations in the first frame and coordinates in the global plane.

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


System and method for biomarker-outcome prediction and medical literature exploration
Patent No. 11257594 

Inventor(s): [hacek over (Z)]ygimantas Jo[hacek over (c)]ys (Hove, , GB), Artem Krasnoslobodtsev (Frisco, TX), Charles Dazler Knuff (Dallas, TX), Danius Jean Backis (Vilnius, , LT), Pouya Babakhani (Berlin, , DE), Roy Tal (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): RO5 INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Galvin Patent Law LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17177565 on 02/17/2021 (370 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for biomarker-outcome prediction and medical literature exploration which utilizes a data platform to analyze, optimize, and explore the knowledge contained in or derived from clinical trials. The system utilizes a knowledge graph and data analysis engine capabilities of the data platform. The knowledge graph may be used to link biomarkers with molecules, proteins, and genetic data to provide insight into the relationship between biomarkers, outcomes, and adverse events. The system uses natural language processing techniques on a large corpus of medical literature to perform advanced text mining to identify biomarkers associated with adverse events and to curate a comprehensive profile of biomarker-outcome associations. These associations may then be ranked to identify the most-common biomarker-outcome association pairs. Having a comprehensive profile of ranked biomarker-outcome data allows the system to predict biomarkers associated with a given disease and serious adverse events linked to biomarker data.

[G06G] ANALOGUE COMPUTERS (analogue optical computing devices G06E 3/00; computer systems based on specific computational models G06N)


Multiple conduits bundled together in a combination conduit configuration
Patent No. 11257610 

Inventor(s): Joseph E. Andrulis (Irving, TX), Rashid Skaf (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Biamp Systems, LLC (Beaverton, OR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17087703 on 11/03/2020 (476 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example embodiments provide a device that includes a main cable jacket including one or more sub-cable jackets, and each of the sub-cable jackets includes a number of conduits.

[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]


Method and apparatus for secure private key storage on IoT device
Patent No. 11258602 

Inventor(s): Christopher J. Daly (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): AMERA IOT INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16917583 on 06/30/2020 (602 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for storing a private key on an IoT device for encrypted communication with an external user device and includes a proximity-based communication interface, encryption circuitry and IoT functional circuitry. The encryption circuitry includes a memory having a dedicated memory location allocated for storage of encryption keys utilized in the encrypting/decrypting operations, an encryption engine for performing the encryption/decryption operation with at least one of the stored encryption keys in association with the operation of the IoT functional circuitry, an input/output interface for interfacing with the proximity-based communication interface to allow information to be exchanged with a user device in a dedicated private key transfer operation, an internal system interface for interfacing with the IoT functional circuitry for transfer of information therebetween, memory control circuitry for controlling storage of a received private key from the input/output interface for storage in the dedicated memory location in the memory, in a Write-only memory storage operation relative to the private key received from the input/output interface over the proximity-based communication interface, the memory control circuitry inhibiting any Read operation of the dedicated memory location in the memory through the input/output interface. The IoT functional circuitry includes a controller for controlling the operation of the input/output interface and the memory c

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


Fiber optic local convergence points for multiple dwelling units
Patent No. RE048937 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Raymond Glenn Jay (Mansfield, TX), Terry Dean Cox (Fort Worth, TX), Thomas Shaw Liggett (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Optical Communications LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16903269 on 06/16/2020 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: There are provided fiber optic local convergence points (”LCPs”) adapted for use with multiple dwelling units (”MDUs”) that facilitate relatively easy installation and/or optical connectivity to a relatively large number of subscribers. The LCP includes a housing mounted to a surface, such as a wall, and a cable assembly with a connector end to be optically connected to a distribution cable and a splitter end to be located within the housing. The splitter end includes at least one splitter and a plurality of subscriber receptacles to which subscriber cables may be optically connected. The splitter end of the cable assembly of the LCP may also include a splice tray assembly and/or a fiber optic routing guide. Furthermore, a fiber distribution terminal (”FDT”) may be provided along the subscriber cable to facilitate installation of the fiber optic network within the MDU. Patent Class: N/A


 

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Semiconductor package with integrated passive electrical component
Patent No. 11257739 

Inventor(s): Joyce Marie Mullenix (San Jose, CA), Rajeev D. Joshi (Cupertino, CA), Roberto Giampiero Massolini (Pavia, , IT)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16927694 on 07/13/2020 (589 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes forming a first magnetic material on a first surface of a conductive loop, forming a second magnetic material on a second surface of the conductive loop opposite the first surface to form an inductor, attaching a semiconductor die to a leadframe, and attaching the inductor to the leadframe with solder balls. The semiconductor die is between the inductor and the leadframe. The conductive loop: spans parallel to the leadframe; or is between the first magnetic material and the second magnetic material.

[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]


System in a package connectors
Patent No. 11257803 

Inventor(s): Christopher Lloyd Reinert (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): OCTAVO SYSTEMS LLC (Sugar Land, TX)
Law Firm: Rothwell, Figg, Ernst Manbeck, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16549841 on 08/23/2019 (914 days app to issue)

Abstract: A System in a Package (SiP) device is provided with an interconnect area or a physical space on a main SiP substrate that allows for a customizable second packaged component or device to be externally interconnected with the components on the main substrate of a packaged SiP to allow for modifications to the functionality of the components and devices on a primary (or main) SiP substrate.

[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]


Tracking temperature compensation of an x/y stress independent resistor
Patent No. 11257814 

Inventor(s): James Robert Todd (Plano, TX), Michael Szelong (Freising, , DE), Ralf Peter Brederlow (Poing, , DE), Tobias Bernhard Fritz (Mainburg, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16428682 on 05/31/2019 (998 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit comprises a semiconductor substrate having a surface. A lateral resistor is arranged in a first plane parallel to the surface of the substrate. A vertical reference resistor comprises a layer arranged in a second plane parallel to the surface of the substrate and deeper than the first plane. This layer is doped to promote current flow in the second plane. The vertical reference resistor further comprises a first trench and a second trench coupled between the layer and the surface of the substrate. The first and second trenches are arranged in a vertical direction orthogonal to the first and the second planes and are doped to impede current flow in the vertical direction. A cross-section of the first and second trenches is two-fold rotationally symmetric around the vertical direction, and the lateral resistor and the first and second trenches have the same temperature coefficient.

[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 containing a dummy memory film isolation structure and method of making thereof
Patent No. 11257835 

Inventor(s): Chao Xu (Shanghai, , CN), Liang Li (Shanghai, , CN), Zhe Song (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16692027 on 11/22/2019 (823 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers, rows of memory openings vertically extending through the alternating stack, memory opening fill structures located within a first subset of the rows of memory openings, where each of the memory opening fill structures includes a respective memory film and a respective vertical semiconductor channel extending through an opening at a bottom portion of the respective memory film and contacting a respective underlying semiconductor material portion, and dummy memory opening fill structures located within a second subset of the rows of memory openings that do not belong the first subset, where each of the dummy memory opening fill structures includes a respective dummy memory film and a respective dummy vertical semiconductor channel that is electrically isolated from a respective underlying semiconductor material portion by a bottom portion of the respective dummy memory film.

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


High voltage demos transistor with improved threshold voltage matching
Patent No. 11257907 

Inventor(s): Doug Weiser (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16823638 on 03/19/2020 (705 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a semiconductor substrate having a first conductivity type. First and second wells are located within the substrate, the first well being formed with a dopant of the first conductivity type, e.g. n-type, and the second well formed with a dopant of a second different conductivity type, e.g. p-type. A doped gap region is located between the first and second wells. The doped gap region is formed with a dopant of the second conductivity type, e.g. p-type, at a lower dopant concentration than the dopant concentration in the second well.

[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]


Integrated schottky diode with guard ring
Patent No. 11257948 

Inventor(s): Sheldon Douglas Haynie (Morgan Hill, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16563366 on 09/06/2019 (900 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described examples include an integrated circuit having a semiconductor substrate having an epitaxial layer located thereon, the epitaxial layer having a surface. The integrated circuit also has a buried layer formed in the semiconductor substrate, the epitaxial layer located between the buried layer and the surface. The integrated circuit also has a Schottky contact and an ohmic contact formed on the surface. The integrated circuit also has a Pdrift region in the epitaxial layer located between the ohmic contact and the Schottky contact.

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


Excitation and use of guided surface wave modes on lossy media
Patent No. 11258152 

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Italy, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas Horstemeyer, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16881120 on 05/22/2020 (641 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for exciting a guided surface waveguide probe to create a plurality of resultant fields that are substantially mode-matched to a Zenneck surface wave mode of a surface of a lossy conducting medium and embodiments for receiving energy from a Zenneck surface wave launched on the lossy conducting medium.

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


Launch structures for a hermetically sealed cavity
Patent No. 11258154 

Inventor(s): Adam Joseph Fruehling (Garland, TX), Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Juan Alejandro Herbsommer (Allen, TX), Swaminathan Sankaran (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16700476 on 12/02/2019 (813 days app to issue)

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

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


Antenna-on-package integrated circuit device
Patent No. 11258161 

Inventor(s): Meysam Moallem (Plano, TX), Ross Allan Kulak (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instmments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16559019 on 09/03/2019 (903 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit package is provided. In some examples, the integrated circuit package is an antenna-on-package package that includes a plurality of dielectric layers, a plurality of conductor layers interspersed with the plurality of dielectric layers, and an integrated circuit die disposed on a first side of the plurality of dielectric layers. The plurality of conductor layers includes a first layer disposed on a second side of the plurality of dielectric layers that includes a set of antennas. In some such examples, the integrated circuit die includes radar processing circuitry, and the AOP integrated circuit package is configured for radar applications.

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


Multi-beam shaped reflector antenna for concurrent communication with multiple satellites
Patent No. 11258172 

Inventor(s): Sharad V. Parekh (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): VIASAT, Inc. (Carlsbad, CA)
Law Firm: Holland Hart LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16800557 on 02/25/2020 (728 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-beam antenna including a reflector having a single reflector surface defining a first focal region and a second focal region. A first feed group located within the first focal region includes a first feed oriented relative to the reflector to define a first beam pointed in a first direction. The multi-beam antenna further includes a fixed attachment mechanism attaching the first feed group to the reflector such that a position of the first feed group is fixed relative to the reflector. The multi-beam antenna further includes a second feed group located within the second focal region that includes a second feed oriented relative to the reflector to define a second beam pointed in a second direction. The multi-beam antenna further includes an adjustable attachment mechanism attaching the second feed group to the reflector, whereby a difference between the first direction and the second direction is adjustable.

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


Antenna array for wide angle beam steering
Patent No. 11258187 

Inventor(s): Gary Xu (Allen, TX), Hamid Reza Memar Zadeh Tehran (Frisco, TX), Shadi Abu-Surra (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16828667 on 03/24/2020 (700 days app to issue)

Abstract: An antenna array and a wireless communication device including the antenna array. The antenna array includes a plurality of unit cells and a termination unit cell. The plurality of unit cells are connected in series via respective transmission lines. Each of the unit cells include a microstrip patch having two insets on a diagonal axis of the microstrip patch. The microstrip patch is connected to two of the transmission lines at the two insets, respectively. The termination unit cell is connected in series to one of the plurality of unit cells via one of the transmission lines. The termination unit cell includes a microstrip patch having an inset on a diagonal axis of the microstrip patch. The microstrip patch is connected to the one transmission line at the inset.

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


Method and apparatus for controlling solar power systems
Patent No. 11258265 

Inventor(s): Dianbo Fu (Frisco, TX), Heping Dai (Plano, TX), Huibin Zhu (Plano, TX), Xiaolin Mao (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16780293 on 02/03/2020 (750 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a four-switch power converter having input terminals coupled to a power source and output terminals coupled to a capacitor, wherein the capacitor is connected in series with the power source, and a common node of the capacitor and the power source is connected to one input terminal of the four-switch power converter.

[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)


Multi-tunnel electric motor/generator
Patent No. 11258320 

Inventor(s): Fred E. Hunstable (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): Linear Labs, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16601529 on 10/14/2019 (862 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for a motor/generator where the stator is a coil assembly and the rotor is a magnetic toroidal cylindrical tunnel or where the rotor is a coil assembly and the stator is a magnetic toroidal cylindrical tunnel, and where the magnetic toroidal cylindrical tunnel comprises magnets having a NNSS or SSNN pole configuration.

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


Switched mode power supply control topology
Patent No. 11258363 

Inventor(s): Gaetano Maria Walter Petrina (Kirchdorf, , DE), Joerg Kirchner (Mauern, , DE), Stefan Dietrich (Freising, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16712498 on 12/12/2019 (803 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure provide for a circuit comprising a power converter controller. In an example, the power converter controller is configured to receive a signal representative of a current of a power converter, compare the signal representative of the current of the power converter to an error signal and generate a peak current detection signal having an asserted value when the signal representative of the current of the power converter is not less than the error signal. A state machine circuit is coupled the peak current detection circuit. The state machine circuit is configured to receive the peak current detection signal, a clock signal, and a timer signal and implement a state machine to generate at least one control signal for controlling a mode and a phase of operation of the power converter based on values of the peak current detection signal, the clock signal, and the timer signal.

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


Load-bearing variable stiffening device comprising an electrode structure
Patent No. 11258375 

Inventor(s): Michael P. Rowe (Pinckney, MI), Shardul S. Panwar (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: 16891372 on 06/03/2020 (629 days app to issue)

Abstract: A variable stiffening device that include a first electrode structure and a second electrode structure. The first electrode structure includes an electrode extension that extends into a cavity defined between an electrode of the first electrode structure and an opposing electrode of the second electrode structure. The first and second electrode structures may be arranged in a load-bearing state by applying a voltage thereto to electrostatically attract the electrode to the opposing electrode to press the electrode extension within the cavity. Friction between the electrode extension and engaging surfaces defining the cavity prevent the electrode extension from slipping within the cavity, thereby maintaining a structural relationship among the components of the first and second electrode structures in response to an application of a load to the variable stiffening device.

[H02N] ELECTRIC MACHINES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Variable gain power amplifiers
Patent No. 11258404 

Inventor(s): Sudipto Chakraborty (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17034099 on 09/28/2020 (512 days app to issue)

Abstract: A variable-gain power amplifying technique includes generating, with a network of one or more reactive components included in an oscillator, a first oscillating signal, and outputting, via one or more taps included in the network of the reactive components, a second oscillating signal. The second oscillating signal has a magnitude that is proportional to and less than the first oscillating signal. The power amplifying technique further includes selecting one of the first and second oscillating signals to use for generating a power-amplified output signal, and amplifying the selected one of the first and second oscillating signals to generate the power-amplified output signal.

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


Amplifier with improved isolation
Patent No. 11258407 

Inventor(s): Karan Singh Bhatia (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16785725 on 02/10/2020 (743 days app to issue)

Abstract: An amplifier comprises a common emitter stage coupled to a first and a second input, a common base stage coupled to the common emitter stage and to a first and a second output, and a cancellation path coupled to the common emitter stage and the common base stage and to the first and second outputs. The cancellation path generates a first cancellation signal that is 180 degrees out of phase with a first leakage signal at the first output and a second cancellation signal that is 180 degrees out of phase with a second leakage signal at the second output. The cancellation path comprises a first cancellation transistor coupled to the common emitter stage and the common base stage and to the first output and a second cancellation transistor coupled to the common emitter stage and the common base stage and to the second output.

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


Compact offset drift trim implementation
Patent No. 11258414 

Inventor(s): Viola Schaffer (Freising, , DE)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16803514 on 02/27/2020 (726 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include a method for reducing amplifier offset drift comprised of receiving a first differential input signal at a first transistor base terminal and a second differential input signal at a second transistor base terminal, coupling the collector of the first transistor to the emitter of a third transistor and the emitter of the second transistor to the emitter of a fourth transistor, then coupling the base of the third transistor to the base of the fourth transistor. The method is also comprised of coupling the collector of the fourth transistor to an output terminal, generating a temperature dependent error correction current to minimize the difference in the amount of current flowing through the third transistor and the amount of current flowing through the fourth transistor, then injecting the error correction current into the emitter terminal of at least one of either the third transistor or the fourth transistor.

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


Kickback compensation for a capacitively driven comparator
Patent No. 11258452 

Inventor(s): Anukruti Chakraborty (Bengaluru, , IN), Minkle Eldho Paul (Bengaluru, , IN), Yujendra Mitikiri (Hyderabad, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17039313 on 09/30/2020 (510 days app to issue)

Abstract: An analog-to-digital converter (ADC) includes a comparator, a voltage reference circuit, a first capacitive digital-to-analog converter (CDAC), and a second CDAC. The first CDAC includes a plurality of capacitors. Each of the capacitors of the first CDAC includes a top plate coupled to a first input of the comparator, and a bottom plate switchably coupled to an output of the voltage reference circuit. The second CDAC includes a plurality of capacitors. Each of the capacitors of the second CDAC includes a top plate coupled to a second input of the comparator, and a bottom plate switchably coupled to a ground reference.

[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]


Joint optimization of bandwidth part, search space and connected mode discontinuous reception operation in 5G New Radio
Patent No. 11258570 

Inventor(s): Yang Li (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Kowert, Hood, Munyon, Rankin Goetzel, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16590742 on 10/02/2019 (874 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods for a user equipment device (UE) to perform a method using a status change of a timer associated with a connected mode discontinuous reception (CDRX) communication session with a base station to trigger a switch from using a first bandwidth part (BWP) to a second BWP as the active BWP for the CDRX communication session. The timer may be an on-duration timer, an inactivity timer, or a retransmission timer. The UE may also alter a monitoring schedule of a physical downlink control channel (PDCCH) in response to detecting the status change of the timer. The second BWP may have a wider or narrower bandwidth than the first BWP, depending on the type of timer and the type of status change.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Turn on method without power interruption for redundant power over ethernet systems
Patent No. 11258618 

Inventor(s): David N. Abramson (Hooksett, NH), Jean Picard (Hooksett, NH), Karl H. Jacobs (Hampton, NH)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16460570 on 07/02/2019 (966 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples include redundant Power over Ethernet (PoE) systems, powered device (PD) controllers and methods in which a first PD controller sends a signal to indicate to the other PD controllers that the first PD controller is powered, and a second PD controller newly connected or reconnected to a corresponding power sourcing equipment (PSE) refrains from turning off a shared DC-DC converter, and the second PD controller waits to allow an inrush current delay of the corresponding PSE to complete before allowing current flow between the DC-DC converter and the corresponding PSE, and the second PD controller selectively provides a signal to request an application circuit powered by the DC-DC converter to temporarily reduce its power consumption below a predetermined value if the corresponding PSE is configured to provide no more than the predetermined value of power.

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


Controller area network receiver
Patent No. 11258630 

Inventor(s): Roy David Wojciechowski (Round Rock, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17113772 on 12/07/2020 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controller area network receiver includes a measurement circuit, a filter circuit, and a frame detection circuit. The measurement circuit is coupled to a bit stream input terminal, and includes a timer circuit and error calculation circuitry. The timer circuit is coupled to the bit stream input terminal and a reference clock generator circuit. The error calculation circuitry is coupled to the timer circuit. The filter circuit is coupled to the measurement circuit, and includes error clipping control circuitry and clock period adjustment circuitry. The error clipping control circuitry is coupled to the error calculation circuitry. The clock period adjustment circuitry is coupled to the error calculation circuitry and the timer circuit. The frame detection circuit is coupled to the filter circuit and the bit stream input terminal.

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


Gateway device and system and method for use of same
Patent No. 11258638 

Inventor(s): Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX), William C. Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17000277 on 08/22/2020 (549 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gateway device and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment, multiple wireless transceivers are located within an in-wall housing, which also interconnectedly includes a processor, memory, various physical ports and wireless transceivers. To improve convenience, the gateway device may establish a pairing with a proximate wireless-enabled interactive programmable device. Virtual remote control functionality for various amenities may then be provided. To improve safety, the gateway device may be incorporated into a geolocation and safety network.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Data plane for learning flows, collecting metadata regarding learned flows and exporting metadata regarding learned flows
Patent No. 11258703 

Inventor(s): Patrick Bosshart (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Barefoot Networks, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Compass IP Law PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15927859 on 03/21/2018 (1434 days app to issue)

Abstract: Some embodiments provide a data-plane forwarding circuit that can be configured to learn about a new message flow and to maintain metadata about the new message flow without first having a control plane first configure the data plane to maintain metadata about the flow. To perform its forwarding operations, the data plane includes several data message processing stages that are configured to process the data tuples associated with the data messages received by the data plane. In some embodiments, parts of the data plane message-processing stages are also configured to operate as a flow-tracking circuit that includes (1) a flow-identifying circuit to identify message flows received by the data plane, and (2) a first set of storages to store metadata about the identified flows.

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


Address resolution information acquisition (ARIA) for a computing device
Patent No. 11258752 

Inventor(s): Eran Harary (Rosh-Haayin, , IL), Yaniv Tzoreff (Jerusalem, , IL), Yoav Ben Yehezkel (Netanya, , IL)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16847069 on 04/13/2020 (680 days app to issue)

Abstract: Address resolution information acquisition (ARIA) for a computing device is described. In some examples, ARIA includes a computing device (e.g., an Internet of things (IoT) node, a gateway, a server) determining, without use of an address resolution protocol (ARP), address resolution information of one or more other computing devices (e.g., a IoT node, a gateway, a server). In one example, the computing device uses data flowing to or from its application layer, transport layer, or network layer to determine address resolution information of another computing device. The address resolution information can comprise one or more of a link layer address (e.g., a media access control (MAC) address) and an Internet layer address (e.g., an Internet protocol (IP) address). Usage of a cache for storing or deleting address resolution information can also be part of ARIA.

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


Optimization of the isolation and disabling of unauthorized applications by detection of false positives
Patent No. 11258768 

Inventor(s): Varadharajan Candhadai Ramaswamy (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16920482 on 07/03/2020 (599 days app to issue)

Abstract: Typically, a business desires to track and monitor all applications run on its servers. Nonetheless, one or more unauthorized applications may be running on the business”s servers, exposing the business to potential regulatory liability and security breaches. Apparatus and methods are provided for isolating and disabling one or more unauthorized applications running on a server. The apparatus may comprise a system including a content-filtering web proxy server configured to filter outgoing requests and data associated with the requests. The system may also include a remediation framework configured to monitor request data in a proxy log stored by the proxy server. The remediation framework may be triggered to perform remedial action when the remediation framework determines that a request and associated data, as stored in the proxy log, meets predetermined conditions. The remediation framework, when triggered, may execute steps to truncate functionality of the unauthorized applications.

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


Wireless LAN (WLAN) public identity federation trust architecture
Patent No. 11258779 

Inventor(s): Malcolm Muir Smith (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16742576 on 01/14/2020 (770 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed technology relates to a process of evaluating any number of different identity providers (IDPs) and their respective set of credentials that are used to authenticate corresponding users to assist with the onboarding of the different IDPs in connection with Wi-Fi identity federations. In particular, the process allows a person”s electronic identity and attributes (stored across one or more IDPs) to be determined once using a standard. Once trust has been established for the user, that trust can then be utilized across a number of different systems (e.g., Single-sign on). The same trust determination can be used without the need for the authenticity of the user identity to be re-evaluated with each new access request.

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


Cybersecurity training system and process
Patent No. 11258795 

Inventor(s): Bryan McAninch (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16351202 on 03/12/2019 (1078 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and process for operating a cybersecurity training platform, providing an immersive and hands-on learning experience through a secure virtual machine and simulated environment with real-world vulnerabilities, which is customized and provisioned on-demand using automation and artificial intelligence.

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


Computer network monitoring with event prediction
Patent No. 11258825 

Inventor(s): Jaime Yaneza, Jr. (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Trend Micro Incorporated (Tokyo, , JP)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16515602 on 07/18/2019 (950 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cybersecurity system includes sensors that detect and report computer security events. Collected reports of computer security events are formed into state sequences, which are used as training data to train and build a prediction model. A current computer security event is detected and used as an input to the prediction model, which provides a prediction of a next computer security event. A monitoring level of a cybersecurity sensor is adjusted in accordance with the predicted next computer security event.

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


Parallel redundancy protocol (PRP) using non-overlapping resource unit (RU) groupings on a radio
Patent No. 11258888 

Inventor(s): Malcolm Muir Smith (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16680230 on 11/11/2019 (834 days app to issue)

Abstract: Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP) using non-overlapping Resource Unit (RU) groupings may be provided. A first computing device may associate to a first Access Point (AP) at a virtual Media Access Control (MAC) address. Next, the first computing device may associate to a second AP at the virtual MAC address. Then data from a data frame may be replicated to a first one or more RUs in a channel. The first one or more RUs may be assigned to the first AP. Data from the data frame may then be replicated to a second one or more RUs in the channel. The second one or more RUs may be assigned to the second AP and may not overlap the first one or more RUs.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Video processing request system for converting synchronous video processing task requests to asynchronous video processing requests
Patent No. 11258991 

Inventor(s): Jesse Plymale (Dallas, TX), Shannon Scott (Los Alamos, NM)
Assignee(s): Evolon Technology, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17131309 on 12/22/2020 (427 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present application describes a video processing request system that receives video files and synchronous task requests, converts the synchronous task requests into asynchronous task requests, provides the video files to various processing units in response to the conversion, and subsequently provides processed video files back to requesting computing devices in response to the received synchronous task requests.

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


Camera-assisted arbitrary surface characterization and slope-based correction
Patent No. 11258997 

Inventor(s): Jaime Rene De La Cruz (Carrollton, TX), Jeffrey Mathew Kempf (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16864831 on 05/01/2020 (662 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, structured light elements are projected for display on a projection screen surface. The projected light elements are captured for determining a three-dimensional characterization of the projection screen surface. A three-dimensional characterization of the projection screen surface is generated in response to the displayed structured light elements. An observer perspective characterization of the projection screen surface is generated in response to an observer position and the three-dimensional characterization. A depth for at least one point of the observer perspective characterization is determined in response to depth information of respective neighboring points of the at least one point of the observer perspective characterization. A compensated image can be projected on the projection screen surface in response to the observer perspective characterization and depth information of respective neighboring points of the at least one point of the observer perspective characterization.

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


Spatiotemporal calibration of RGB-D and displacement sensors
Patent No. 11259000 

Inventor(s): Yanxiang Zhang (Pleasanton, CA)
Assignee(s): Lumierev Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Robinson IP Law, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16025399 on 07/02/2018 (1331 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of calibrating an RGB-D device having an RGB-D camera and a displacement sensor includes: providing a calibration target, the calibration target including a plurality of visual markers shown in a surface of the calibration target, wherein the plurality of visual markers have known locations on the calibration target; positioning the calibration target within a field of view of the RGB-D device such that the RGB-D camera and displacement sensor capture data corresponding to the calibration target; moving the calibration target a known distance in relation to a location of the RGB-D device; receiving output data from the RGB-D device including data from the RGB-D camera and displacement sensor; aligning data from the RGB-D camera and data from the displacement sensor; calibrating a relative configuration of the RGB-D device based on aligned data output from the RGB-D device and known position information of the calibration target.

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


Encoded depth data for display
Patent No. 11259006 

Inventor(s): D. Scott Dewald (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Avegant Corp. (San Mateo, GA)
Law Firm: Nicholson De Vos Webster Elliott LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16242826 on 01/08/2019 (1141 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of providing correlated depth data in video data, the method comprising identifying depth information encoded within pixel information of a frame of video data, extracting the depth information, and utilizing the depth information for displaying the video data to a user.

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


Parsing friendly and error resilient merge flag coding in video coding
Patent No. 11259026 

Inventor(s): Minhua Zhou (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16867786 on 05/06/2020 (657 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for parsing friendly and error resilient merge flag coding in video coding are provided. In some methods, in contrast to merging candidate list size dependent coding of the merge flag in the prior art, a merge flag is always encoded in the encoded bit stream for each inter-predicted prediction unit (PU) that is not encoded using skip mode. In some methods, in contrast to the prior art that allowed the merging candidate list to be empty, one or more zero motion vector merging candidates formatted according to the prediction type of the slice containing a PU are added to the merging candidate list if needed to ensure that the list is not empty and/or to ensure that the list contains a maximum number of merging candidates.

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


Adaptive selection of occupancy map precision
Patent No. 11259048 

Inventor(s): Hossein Najaf-Zadeh (Allen, TX), Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16730321 on 12/30/2019 (785 days app to issue)

Abstract: An encoding device, a method of encoding, and decoding device for point cloud compression of a 3D point cloud. The encoding device is configured to generate, for the three-dimensional (3D) point cloud, at least a set of geometry frames and a set of occupancy map frames for points of the 3D point cloud. The encoding device is also configured to select an occupancy precision value based on a quantization parameter (QP) associated with at least one generated geometry frame in the set of geometry frames, subsample at least one occupancy map frame in the set of occupancy map frames based on the selected occupancy precision value, and encode the set of geometry frames and the set of occupancy map frames into a bitstream for transmission.

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


Generating personalized synthesized media
Patent No. 11259085 

Inventor(s): Gary Brian Temerowski, II (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16870836 on 05/08/2020 (655 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example method performed by a processing system includes receiving a request from a user, wherein the request identifies a plurality of items of source content, and wherein the request indicates that the user would like to generate synthesized content from the plurality of items of source content, retrieving, by the processing system, a plurality of sets of permissions, wherein each set of permissions of the plurality of sets of permissions is associated with one item of source content of the plurality of items of source content, determining, by the processing system, whether the request can be satisfied, based on the plurality of sets of permissions, and automatically generating, by the processing system, the synthesized content using the plurality of items of source content, when the request can be satisfied based on the plurality of sets of permissions.

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


Methods and apparatus for coverage prediction and network optimization in 5G new radio networks
Patent No. 11259191 

Inventor(s): Hao Chen (Allen, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX), Vishnu Ratnam (Plano, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16693074 on 11/22/2019 (823 days app to issue)

Abstract: A server, method, and computer-readable storage medium for coverage prediction in wireless networks. The server includes a memory storing instructions and a processor operably connected to the memory, which is configured to execute the instructions to cause the server to identify a region of interest (RoI) for the coverage prediction; determine, using a neural network, a set of values for a system performance metric for areas in the RoI, respectively; and generate the coverage prediction for the RoI which associates the areas in the RoI with a determined value in the set of values. The set of values for the system performance metric is determined based on a plurality of data samples for a set of RoIs which include at least one of building height, terrain height, foliage height, clutter data that classifies land cover, line-of-sight indication data, antenna height, and ground truth data for the system performance metric.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Assessing the impacts of cellular network changes
Patent No. 11259196 

Inventor(s): Nauman Shafi (Frisco, TX), Shomik Pathak (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT MOBILITY II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16790949 on 02/14/2020 (739 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes selecting a study group including a first network element and a second network element of a network, selecting a control group including a third network element, identifying times at which a change is deployed at the first network element and the second network element, time-aligning the change at the first element and the change at the second network element to a common time, performing a statistical analysis that compares the performance of the network before the common time to the performance of the network after the common time, detecting an impact of the change on a performance of the network based on the statistical analysis, and initiating a remedial action when the impact comprises a degradation to the performance.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for handover of dual connectivity user equipment
Patent No. 11259218 

Inventor(s): Maqbool Chauhan (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16915109 on 06/29/2020 (603 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system described herein may provide a technique for maintaining and transferring context information for a Dual Connectivity (”DC”)-capable User Equipment (”UE”) and a secondary Next Generation Node B (”gNB”) in situations where the UE is connected to a primary gNB and the secondary gNB and is handed over to an evolved Node B (”eNB”). The context information may be provided to the eNB without releasing resources or tearing down bearers at the secondary gNB, such that the UE may seamlessly continue communicating with the secondary gNB while a primary connection associated with the UE is handed over from the primary gNB to the eNB.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for matching using location information
Patent No. 11259265 

Inventor(s): Anna M. Schneider (Fort Worth, TX), Deryl Dorsett (Dallas, TX), Robinne Burrell (Los Angeles, CA), Shane Henderson (Allen, TX), Sharmistha Dubey (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): MATCH GROUP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16805989 on 03/02/2020 (722 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method executed by at least one processor includes receiving first historical location information identifying a first location area at which a first user was present at a first time and receiving second location information identifying a second location area at which a second user was present at a second time. The method includes determining that the first historical location information and the second location information each correspond to a particular location area and determining that a characteristic related to the first user corresponds to a preference related to the second user. In response to these determinations, the method includes causing information related to the first user to be presented to the second user. The information related to the first user includes the first location area of the first user relative to the second location area of the second user.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


FDM transmission for inter-RAT dual connectivity UE
Patent No. 11259313 

Inventor(s): Yang Li (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Kowert, Hood, Munyon, Rankin Goetzel, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16855851 on 04/22/2020 (671 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods for a wireless device to perform simultaneous uplink activity for multiple RATs in the same carrier using frequency division multiplexing. The wireless device may establish a first wireless link with a first base station according to a first radio access technology (RAT) and a second wireless link with a second base station according to a second RAT. The first base station may provide a first cell operating in a first system bandwidth and the second base station may provide a second cell operating in a second system bandwidth. The wireless device may determine whether the wireless device has uplink activity scheduled according to both the first RAT and the second RAT. If so, the wireless device may perform uplink activity for both the first RAT and the second RAT in the first system bandwidth using frequency division multiplexing.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Inductively balanced power supply circuit and method of manufacture
Patent No. 11259413 

Inventor(s): Arturo Silva (Allen, TX), Loc Ngo (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): ABB Power Electronics Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Armstrong Teasdale LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15946151 on 04/05/2018 (1419 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power supply circuit includes a printed circuit board (PCB), and a transformer coupled to the PCB. The power supply circuit also includes a first inductor assembly coupled to the PCB and electrically connected to the transformer, and a second inductor assembly coupled to the PCB and electrically connected to the transformer. The first inductor assembly has an inner edge and an opposite outer edge, and the second inductor assembly has an inner edge and an opposite outer edge. The inner edge of the second inductor assembly is spaced apart from the inner edge of the first inductor assembly by a gap. The power supply circuit also includes a first magnetic shunt coupled to the outer edge of the first inductor assembly, and a second magnetic shunt coupled to the outer edge of the second inductor assembly.

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


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Patent No. D944080 

Inventor(s): Stephen William O”Brien (Irving, TX), Todd Michael Coleman (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): TSI Products, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Hitchcock Evert LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29711656 on 11/01/2019 (844 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Diagnostic analyzer
Patent No. D944105 

Inventor(s): Christina A. Barton (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29722391 on 01/29/2020 (755 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Model vehicle body
Patent No. D944334 

Inventor(s): Jaime Felix Barajas (Dallas, TX), Kent Poteet (Lucas, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX), Skylar Hagler (Anna, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29807881 on 09/15/2021 (160 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Model vehicle wheel
Patent No. D944335 

Inventor(s): Jory Sprowl (Honey Grove, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29713031 on 11/13/2019 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Openable fishing lure container
Patent No. D944354 

Inventor(s): Deborah McNiel (Frisco, TX), Gary McNiel (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): SOLUTION PRODUCTS, LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29731989 on 04/20/2020 (673 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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