Dallas Invents: 134 Patents Granted for Week of July 14

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 12 for patent activity out of 250 metros.

Patents granted include:
• AT&T's detection of sentiment shift
• Verizon's hyper-accuracy location platform
• The Parking Genius' parking sensors for direction and speed
E3 Water's mobile sewage treatment and water reclamation system
• Authentix's product authentication using barcode characteristics
TRAXXAS' self-righting vehicle

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 July 14, 2020 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

134 patents granted    Ranked No. 12 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP  LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 25
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 9
Sandisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 7
Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson) 6
ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA) 4
Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano) 3
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 2

UNASSIGNED 9


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Eric Perez (Hickory Creek) 3
Steven Schneider (Plano) 3
Brian K. Reaux (Red Oak) 2
Eric Chanthalangsy (Grand Prairie) 2
Madhukar Budagavi (Plano) 2
Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton) 2
Nazila Dadvand (Richardson) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

610 days
Hat
Patent No. D0889781-S1
Assignee: UNASSIGNED
Inventor: ALogan Miles Allison (Frisco)

3,872 days
Interactive video player component for mashup interfaces
Patent No. 10713018-B2
Assignee: International Business Machines Corp.(Armonk, NY)
Inventor(s):David Hertenstein (Coppell), Joshua L. Purcell (Coppell)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Surface cleaning apparatus
Patent No. 10709307 

Inventor(s): Christopher Terpstra (Frisco, TX), Ernest Matthew Chavana, Jr. (Villa Ridge, MO), Jan Valentic (Plano, TX), Richard Foster (Powell, OH), Stanley Anderson (Fenton, MO), Xintao Ma (Suzhou, , CN)
Assignee(s): RUG DOCTOR, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Hauptman Ham, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15708999 on 09/19/2017 (1029 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a handle having a handle fluid input, a handle fluid output, a first handle electrical contact, a second handle electrical contact, a first handle air passage, and a second handle air passage. The apparatus also includes a shaft having a shaft fluid input, a shaft fluid output, a first shaft electrical contact, a second shaft electrical contact, a first shaft air passage, a second shaft air passage, and a first shaft coupling including the shaft fluid input, the first shaft electrical contact and the first shaft air passage. The first shaft coupling is configured to mate with the handle to connect the shaft fluid input with the handle fluid output, connect the first shaft electrical contact with the second handle electrical contact with the second handle electrical contact, and connect the first shaft air passage with the second handle air passage.

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


Biopsy device handle
Patent No. 10709429 

Inventor(s): Adam Storey (Seattle, WA), Scott P Jarnagin (Seattle, WA), Sophie Marcoux (Gainesville, FL), Stephen Choi (Seattle, WA)
Assignee(s): Argon Medical Devices Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: IpHorgan Ltd. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15369645 on 12/05/2016 (1317 days app to issue)

Abstract: A biopsy device handle having a biased firing mechanism activated by side and rear triggers. The firing mechanism has a longitudinally sliding deflecting portion including a post. The post is disposed within a channel and retained by a catch. The deflecting portion deflects transversely when transverse force is applied to a transverse face by the side trigger or when a longitudinal force is applied to an inclined face by the rear trigger to release the post from the catch.

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


Tracked powered drill assembly
Patent No. 10709508 

Inventor(s): Aayush Malla (Fort Worth, TX), Michael Vu (Grand Prairie, TX), Milton F. Barnes (Fort Worth, TX), Thomas M. Meese (Louisville, CO), Vikram A. Garadi (Fort Worth, TX), Zachary S. Heiliger (Nederland, CO)
Assignee(s): Medtronics PS Medical, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Harness Dickey (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15222366 on 07/28/2016 (1447 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a system to engage one or more tools. In the system a drive shaft and collet may be assembled to engage and disengage, selectively, a plurality of tools. Further, a tracking device may be used to track a location of at least a portion of the tool.

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


Delivery system for targeted launching of sports projectile
Patent No. 10709953 

Inventor(s): Bhargav Maganti (Dallas, TX), Igor Karlicic (Dallas, TX), Nathan Pierotti (Chicago, IL)
Assignee(s): MONARC INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16293274 on 03/05/2019 (497 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sports projectile delivery system may control the operation of a launcher to cause an American football or other sports projectile to be delivered to a target location on a field. In some aspects, the system can track player movements on the field, e.g., through the use of a tracking device mounted on the player, enabling the ball etc. to be launched to a player in anticipation of where the player will go. The system may include additional customization and/or logging options, e.g., permitting a player to designate a body position (e.g., above the head or near the knees) for delivery of the ball, designate a speed or hang time for delivery, or provide player data and analytics to an online or otherwise connected database.

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


Retrofit-decorative doorstop
Patent No. 10709992 

Inventor(s): Mark Cragle (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16003351 on 06/08/2018 (767 days app to issue)

Abstract: A retrofit decorative doorstop comprising a plush figure having a plurality of appendages and a clamp having a pair of arms positioned in adjacent ones of the door therebetween and/or to prevent the door from abutting a portion of a doorframe.

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


Self-righting vehicle
Patent No. 10709993 

Inventor(s): Thomas Michael Kawamura (Plano, TX), Wesley Ronald Erhart (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16237376 on 12/31/2018 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a method for self-righting a remote controlled model vehicle. The method includes determining a current pitch angle and a current angular rocking rate of the model vehicle. The method further includes accelerating or decelerating a mass on the model vehicle based on the current pitch angle and the current angular rocking rate of the model vehicle to create a rocking motion about a first axis by the model vehicle. In addition, the method may include sensing a rotation about a second axis of the model vehicle and imparting a yaw moment to realign the model vehicle to rock about the first axis. The method may also include terminating the self-righting process when the model vehicle is upright.

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


High refractive index, high abbe number intraocular lens materials
Patent No. 10712474 

Inventor(s): Douglas Schlueter (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcon Inc. (Fribourg, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16509667 on 07/12/2019 (368 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are high refractive index, hydrophobic, acrylic materials. These materials have both high refractive index and a high Abbe number. This combination means the materials have a low refractive index dispersion and thus are especially suitable for use as intraocular lens materials. The materials are also suitable for use in other implantable ophthalmic devices, such as keratoprostheses, corneal rings, corneal implants, and corneal inlays.

[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

Material sorting using a vision system
Patent No. 10710119 

Inventor(s): Kanishka Tyagi (Meerut, , IN), Manuel Gerardo Garcia, Jr. (Lexington, KY), Nalin Kumar (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UHV Technologies, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Matheson Keys Kordzik PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15963755 on 04/26/2018 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: A material sorting system sorts materials utilizing a vision system that implements a machine learning system in order to identify or classify each of the materials, which are then sorted into separate groups based on such an identification or classification. The material sorting system may include an x-ray fluorescence system to perform a classification of the materials in combination with the vision system, whereby the classification efforts of the vision system and x-ray fluorescence system are combined in order to classify and sort the materials.

[B07C] POSTAL SORTING; SORTING INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES, OR BULK MATERIAL FIT TO BE SORTED PIECE-MEAL, e.g. BY PICKING (specially adapted for a specific purpose covered by another class, see the relevant place, e.g. A43D 33/06, B23Q 7/12)


Weldable, fully adhered waterproofing membrane system for blindside waterproofing applications
Patent No. 10710344 

Inventor(s): John Ledford (Wylie, TX), Justin Tepera (Dallas, TX), Ross Vinson (The Colony, TX), Steve Velten (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CARLISLE CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, LLC (Carlisle, PA)
Law Firm: Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP (Local + 7 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16696260 on 11/26/2019 (231 days app to issue)

Abstract: A membrane system, having a waterproof woven polymer reinforcing scrim disposed between two layers of a thermoplastic polymer membrane; and an optional layer of concrete activated adhesive applied on top of a center portion, but not to the edges of the thermoplastic polymer membrane so that the edges of adjacent membranes can be thermally welded together to form a waterproof seal for use in blindside waterproofing or roofing applications.

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


Glass run channel with integral leap seal portion for engaging window molding
Patent No. 10710439 

Inventor(s): Hideaki Kanasugi (Ann Arbor, MI), Peter J. Engstrom (Howell, 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: 16272253 on 02/11/2019 (519 days app to issue)

Abstract: A glass run channel is configured for mounting a vehicle window therein. The glass run channel includes a base portion, an inboard lip extending from the base portion to form a first wall of the channel, and an inboard glass seal portion extending from the inboard lip. A leap seal portion extends from one of the inboard lip and the inboard glass seal portion, along at least a portion of the glass run channel.

[B60J] WINDOWS, WINDSCREENS, NON-FIXED ROOFS, DOORS, OR SIMILAR DEVICES FOR VEHICLES; REMOVABLE EXTERNAL PROTECTIVE COVERINGS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES (fastening, suspending, closing, or opening of such devices E05)


Glass run seal comprising corner moldings with integrated window spacers
Patent No. 10710440 

Inventor(s): Hideaki Kanasugi (Ann Arbor, MI), Peter J. Engstrom (Howell, 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: 16397063 on 04/29/2019 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: A glass run seal includes a glass run seal molding having a substantially c-shaped cross-section channel comprising a base, an inner sidewall, and an outer sidewall, the glass run seal molding extending along a length and comprising a top portion that extends substantially horizontally from a first end to an opposed second end; a first side portion that extends downwardly away from the top portion; a first corner portion joining the first end of the top portion and the first side portion, the first corner portion comprising a first rib protruding outwardly away from the base; a second side portion joining the second end of the top portion and the second side portion, the second corner portion comprising a second rib protruding outwardly away from the base, the first rib and the second rib configured to provide a predetermined gap between the base and top edge of the window.

[B60J] WINDOWS, WINDSCREENS, NON-FIXED ROOFS, DOORS, OR SIMILAR DEVICES FOR VEHICLES; REMOVABLE EXTERNAL PROTECTIVE COVERINGS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLES (fastening, suspending, closing, or opening of such devices E05)


Trailer brake controller (TBC) failsafe using detection camera
Patent No. 10710560 

Inventor(s): Varun J. Prabhakar (Saline, 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: 16054978 on 08/03/2018 (711 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods enable a failsafe for a trailer brake controller (TBC), by using a camera to detect braking of the towing vehicle. The methods can include using a vehicle-facing camera mounted to a trailer to detecting light emitted from rear brake lights at the towing vehicle. Then, the methods can determine whether the brakes of the towing vehicle are being engaged, based on the light detected by the vehicle-facing camera. Also, a TBC failure can be determined, and as a result, a trailer brake activation signal can be communicated at the trailer side, as a failsafe to activate the brakes of the trailer.

[B60T] VEHICLE BRAKE CONTROL SYSTEMS OR PARTS THEREOF; BRAKE CONTROL SYSTEMS OR PARTS THEREOF, IN GENERAL (control of electrodynamic brake systems B60L 7/00; conjoint control of brakes and other drive units of vehicles B60W); ARRANGEMENT OF BRAKING ELEMENTS ON VEHICLES IN GENERAL; PORTABLE DEVICES FOR PREVENTING UNWANTED MOVEMENT OF VEHICLES; VEHICLE MODIFICATIONS TO FACILITATE COOLING OF BRAKES [2006.01]


Gradeability control in a hybrid vechicle
Patent No. 10710574 

Inventor(s): Thomas S. Hawley (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: 16109532 on 08/22/2018 (692 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for improving gradeability of a hybrid electric vehicle are described. More particularly, an electric motor of the hybrid electric vehicle may be used to augment engine torque generated by an internal combustion engine of the hybrid electric vehicle with motor torque generated by the electric motor during periods when a desired acceleration of the hybrid electric vehicle demands a target driveforce that exceeds a maximum driveforce generated by the internal combustion engine at a particular gear ratio of the transmission of the hybrid electric vehicle. Augmenting the engine torque with the motor torque during such periods of acceleration may delay a downshift of the transmission to a lower gear ratio thereby improving a driver experience.

[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]


Merging and lane change acceleration prediction energy management
Patent No. 10710588 

Inventor(s): Benjamin M. Geller (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer L.L.P. (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15603231 on 05/23/2017 (1148 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for a lane assist system that prepares the vehicle to move from a current lane to an adjacent lane. The lane assist system includes a sensor for detecting one or more surrounding vehicles in an adjacent lane and an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is connected to the sensor. The electronic control unit is configured to predict or determine predict or determine that the vehicle intends to or is moving from a current lane to an adjacent lane. The electronic control unit is configured to determine one or more locations of the one or more surrounding vehicles in the adjacent lane, and control operations of the vehicle to prepare the vehicle for a lane change to a first open space or area in the adjacent lane based on the one or more locations of the one or more surrounding vehicles.

[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]


Notifications based on geo-fence and vehicle and driver information
Patent No. 10710609 

Inventor(s): Aghyad M. Saleh (Grand Prairie, TX), Joshua C. Batie (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16168293 on 10/23/2018 (630 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for managing notifications to be presented in a vehicle. Information is received wirelessly from a vehicle sensor system of the vehicle. The information includes position information and driver behavior information. A notification condition is detected based on the information. In response to a detection of the notification condition, a notification is selected to send to the vehicle based on the information. The notification is sent wirelessly to the vehicle for presentation via an output system in the vehicle.

[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]


Glass hand truck
Patent No. 10710622 

Inventor(s): Christopher Todd Herndon (Grayson, CA), William Joshua McDonald (Newborn, GA)
Assignee(s): OLDCASTLE BUILDINGENVELOPE, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16387426 on 04/17/2019 (454 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hand truck includes a frame, a handle attached to a rear side of the frame, a platform extending from a front side of the frame, a plurality of feet attached to an underside of the platform, at least one support member attached to the front side of the frame, and an axle supporting a plurality of wheels, wherein the axle is attached to the frame. The hand truck may include a standing configuration and a mobile configuration. In the standing configuration, the plurality of wheels and at least one of the plurality of feet contact a ground surface to support the hand truck such that the platform is arranged at an oblique angle with respect to the ground surface.

[B62B] HAND-PROPELLED VEHICLES, e.g. HAND CARTS OR PERAMBULATORS; SLEDGES (characterised by animal propulsion B62C; propulsion of sledges by driver or engine B62M)


Connection apparatus for improving the crashworthiness of aircraft fluid systems
Patent No. 10710699 

Inventor(s): Martin Peryea (Southlake, TX), Michael Pujol (Dallas, TX), Nicholas James Plagianos (North Richland Hills, TX), Robert Reynolds (Euless, TX), Stephen Dickison (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15267581 on 09/16/2016 (1397 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fluid connection system for fluidly connecting a pair of fluid reservoirs, such as fuel cells, includes a bellowed portion surrounding a connection portion through which fluid can flow between the two reservoirs. The bellowed portion allows for relative movement between the two reservoirs without breaking the fluid-tight connection between the two reservoirs. Also, a guard member surrounds at least some of the outer periphery of the bellowed portion. The guard member serves as a shield around the fluid-tight connection and bellowed portion, and thereby helps prevent damage to the fluid-tight connection in the event of a crash or hard landing.

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


Rotor blade afterbody
Patent No. 10710712 

Inventor(s): Joel J. McIntyre (Southlake, TX), Michael Christopher Burnett (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15935927 on 03/26/2018 (841 days app to issue)

Abstract: An afterbody for a rotor blade of a rotorcraft is unitarily formed of a single material of construction. The afterbody includes an upper surface disposed from a lower surface, a concave leading edge connected to the upper surface and the lower surface, and a trailing edge formed at an intersection of the upper surface with the lower surface.

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


Aircraft restraint systems with unfixed default mode
Patent No. 10710725 

Inventor(s): Eric A. Sinusas (Euless, TX), Steve Loveland (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15832694 on 12/05/2017 (952 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modal restraint system for an occupant of a seat of an aircraft includes a strap feeder unit and a strap selectively retractable into and extendable from the strap feeder unit. The strap is positionable adjacent to the occupant so as to dispose the occupant between the strap and the seat. The strap feeder unit is adapted to switch between a plurality of modes including an unfixed mode and a fixed mode. The strap is extendable from and retractable into the strap feeder unit in the unfixed mode. The strap is substantially unextendable from the strap feeder unit in the fixed mode. The strap feeder unit is in the unfixed mode by default. The strap feeder unit is operable to switch to the fixed mode in response to a precautionary event, thereby reducing freedom of movement of the occupant relative to the seat of the aircraft.

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


Rotary aircraft ice protection system
Patent No. 10710732 

Inventor(s): Jared M. Paulson (Fort Worth, TX), Roger J. Aubert (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15705966 on 09/15/2017 (1033 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is provided an ice protection system for a rotary aircraft, including a rotor blade susceptible to an ice buildup having an inboard portion and an outboard portion, the length of the inboard portion and the length of the outboard portion define a total length of the rotor blade; a first deicing system coupled to the inboard portion of the rotor blade, the first deicing system including a plurality of spanwise zones; and a second deicing system coupled to the outboard portion of the rotor blade, the second deicing system including a plurality of chordwise zones. In one aspect, there is provided a deicing system for a rotary aircraft. In another aspect, there is a method to de-ice a rotor blade of an aircraft.

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


Scented drawstring bag
Patent No. 10710797 

Inventor(s): Brad A. Cobler (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Poly-America, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16256609 on 01/24/2019 (537 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is directed to a thermoplastic bag comprised of a front panel and a back panel. The front panel and back panel are generally joined along a first side edge, a second side edge, and a bottom edge of the respective front panel and back panel. The front panel has a distal edge with the distal edge folded over the front panel to provide a hem and an overlap area immediately below the first hem. The overlap encapsulates a scent carrier that provides a scent to the thermoplastic bag.

[B65F] GATHERING OR REMOVAL OF DOMESTIC OR LIKE REFUSE (disinfecting refuse A61L; refuse disintegrators B02C; sorting refuse B03B, B07B; handcarts for transporting refuse receptacles B62B; sack holders B65B 67/00; converting refuse into fertilisers C05F; converting refuse into solid fuels C10L; sewers, cesspools E03F; arrangements in buildings for the disposal of refuse E04F 17/10; refuse-consuming furnaces F23G)


System and method for stainless steel cladding of carbon steel pieces
Patent No. 10711337 

Inventor(s): Timothy P. Zeien (Little Mountain, SC)
Assignee(s): COMMERCIAL METALS COMPANY (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16161907 on 10/16/2018 (637 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method of cladding a carbon steel piece with stainless steel according to which the carbon steel piece is cleaned, heated, coated with the stainless steel, and strengthened. In an exemplary embodiment, coating the carbon steel piece with the stainless steel includes melting the stainless steel, atomizing the melted stainless steel, and spraying the atomized stainless steel so that at least a portion of the atomized stainless steel is deposited on the carbon steel piece to thereby coat the carbon steel piece with the stainless steel.

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


 

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

Portable, non-biological, cyclic sewage treatment plant
Patent No. 10710916 

Inventor(s): Daniel R. Smith (Springtown, TX)
Assignee(s): E3 WATER, LLC (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14775695 on 03/15/2014 (2313 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile sewage treatment and water reclamation system for rapid deployment to augment existing wastewater systems and provide interim service in lieu of permanent facilities, includes: (a) denaturing stage wherein raw sewage is first ground into suspendable grit, its pH first lowered to kill acid-sensitive bio-organisms, then raised to kill base-sensitive bio-organisms, and then neutralized; (b) clarifying stage employing an inverted-cone tank to circulate the solution after injection with chemicals to flocculate small particles for collection in a layer for siphoning off; and (c) disposal stage wherein clarified water passes through media filters to remove remaining solids and odors, the effluent water being clean enough for irrigation, aquatic life and discharge into waterways; and wherein sterile sludge is pressed into semi-dry solids, then dried, crushed, powdered and bagged for use as high-nitrate biomass fertilizer or for fossil-fuel power co-generation applications.

[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]


Process for flashing a reaction medium
Patent No. 10710952 

Inventor(s): Mark O. Scates (Houston, TX), Ronald D. Shaver (Houston, TX), Yaw-Hwa Liu (Missouri City, TX)
Assignee(s): Celanese International Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16130428 on 09/13/2018 (670 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process for producing acetic acid is disclosed in which the methyl iodide concentration is maintained in the vapor product stream formed in a flashing step. The methyl iodide concentration in the vapor product stream ranges from 24 to less than 36 wt. % methyl iodide, based on the weight of the vapor product stream. In addition, the acetaldehyde concentration is maintained within the range from 0.005 to 1 wt. % in the vapor product stream. The vapor product stream is distilled in a first column to obtain an acetic acid product stream comprising acetic acid and up to 300 wppm hydrogen iodide and/or from 0.1 to 6 wt. % methyl iodide and an overhead stream comprising methyl iodide, water and methyl acetate.

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


[D] TEXTILES; PAPER


Yarn material with a white center
Patent No. 10711397 

Inventor(s): Ken Kiser (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Revolaze, LLC (Westlake, OH)
Law Firm: Law Office of Scott C Harris, Inc (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16388726 on 04/18/2019 (453 days app to issue)

Abstract: Dyeing of yarn to create indigo colored outer ring surrounding a white core. The techniques describe ways to keep the white core.

[D06P] DYEING OR PRINTING TEXTILES; DYEING LEATHER, FURS OR SOLID MACROMOLECULAR SUBSTANCES IN ANY FORM (for mechanical matters D06B, D06C; surface treatment of fibres or filaments from glass, minerals or slags C03C 25/00)


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Tubular protector assembly
Patent No. 10710325 

Inventor(s): Laslo Olah (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16474192 on 12/29/2017 (928 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tubular protector assembly for handling a tubular, such as drill pipe, is disclosed. In one embodiment, a cylindrical sleeve is configured to be disposed around the tubular. One or more layers of carbon fiber-based tape are configured to be interposed between the tubular and the cylindrical sleeve, which includes a cage having open cells formed therein. Each of the open cells including a multilayer cellular structural member therein having an outer-facing external steel plate, an internal plastic filament plate, an internal middle steel plate, and an inner-facing internal steel plate concentrically engaged theretogether.

[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]


Diamond cutting elements for drill bits seeded with HCP crystalline material
Patent No. 10711528 

Inventor(s): Andrew David Murdock (Fort Worth, TX), John Martin Clegg (Fort Worth, TX), Matthew Douglas Mumma (Weatherford, TX), Neal Alan Bowden (Mansfield, TX), William Henry DuBose (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Ulterra Drilling Technologies, L.P. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16242784 on 01/08/2019 (553 days app to issue)

Abstract: A polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC), which is attached or bonded to a substrate to form a cutter for a drill bit, is comprised of sintered polycrystalline diamond interspersed with a seed material which has a hexagonal close packed (HCP) crystalline structure. A region of the sintered polycrystalline diamond structure, near one or more of its working surfaces, which has been seeded with an HCP seed material prior to sintering, is leached to remove catalyst. Selectively seeding portions or regions of a sintered polycrystalline diamond structure permits differing leach rates to form leached regions with differing distances or depths and geometries.

[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]


Double wall pipe connection system
Patent No. 10711531 

Inventor(s): Stephen Michael Greci (Little Elm, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15745458 on 08/21/2015 (1789 days app to issue)

Abstract: A double wall pipe connection system for a production tubing joint is disclosed. The double wall pipe connection system including a box adaptor having a first end and a second end, the first end coupled to a first base pipe and a first screen joint; a pin adaptor having a first end and a second end, the first end coupled to a second base pipe and a second screen joint and the second end of the box adaptor coupled to the second end of the pin adaptor to form a junction between the box adaptor and the pin adaptor; and a communication sleeve positioned across the junction between the box adaptor and the pin adaptor.

[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]


Extrusion limiting ring for wellbore isolation devices
Patent No. 10711561 

Inventor(s): Matthew James Merron (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Sevices, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15772803 on 01/11/2016 (1646 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wellbore isolation device includes an elongate mandrel, a sealing element carried by the mandrel, and a slip wedge positioned about the mandrel axially adjacent the sealing element and providing an outer radial surface. A set of slip segments is circumferentially disposed about the mandrel and at least a portion of the slip wedge. An extrusion limiting ring has an annular body that provides a first axial end, a second axial end, and a scarf cut extending at least partially between the first and second axial ends. The extrusion limiting ring is movable between a contracted state, where the extrusion limiting ring is disposed about the sealing element, and an expanded state, where the extrusion limiting ring is disposed about the outer radial surface of the lower slip wedge.

[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]


Use of degradable metal alloy waste particulates in well treatment fluids
Patent No. 10711564 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McAfee Taft (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16332262 on 10/28/2016 (1355 days app to issue)

Abstract: A well treatment fluid is provided. The well treatment fluid comprises a base fluid, and a plurality of degradable metal alloy milling waste particulates. A method of treating a well using the well treatment fluid is also provided.

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


Downhole fluid flow control system having a temporary configuration
Patent No. 10711569 

Inventor(s): Liang Zhao (Plano, TX), Xinqi Rong (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Floway, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16520596 on 07/24/2019 (356 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole fluid flow control system includes a fluid control module having an upstream side, a downstream side and a main fluid pathway in parallel with a secondary fluid pathway each extending between the upstream and downstream sides. A valve element disposed within the main fluid pathway has open and closed positions. A viscosity discriminator including a viscosity sensitive channel forms at least a portion of the secondary fluid pathway. A differential pressure switch operable to open and close the valve element includes a first pressure signal from the upstream side, a second pressure signal from the downstream side and a third pressure signal from the secondary fluid pathway. The fluid control module includes a dissolvable member operable to temporarily lockout the valve element in the open position or temporarily prevent fluid flow through the main and secondary fluid pathways. The dissolvable member is dissolvable by a dissolution solvent downhole.

[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]


Tubing assembly for hydraulic shifting of sleeve without tool movement
Patent No. 10711572 

Inventor(s): Gary John Geoffroy (Plano, TX), Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Stephen Michael Greci (Little Elm, TX), Thomas Jules Frosell (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15759410 on 03/08/2017 (1224 days app to issue)

Abstract: A completion string can have an outer surface and an inner surface, a first fluid passageway being defined between the outer surface and the inner surface. The inner surface can define an inner region of the completion string and can have a recess that is sized to receive a sleeve that is moveable between an open position and a closed position. The inner region can be sized to receive a work string at a position at which a surface of the work string cooperates with the sleeve and the inner surface of the completion string to define a first chamber on a side of the sleeve, the first chamber being hydraulically sealed by a plurality of sealing elements. The work string can define a second fluid passageway to provide fluid communication with the first chamber.

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


 

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

 

Burner box liner for low NOx emission furnace
Patent No. 10711997 

Inventor(s): Eric Chanthalangsy (Grand Prairie, TX), Eric Perez (Hickory Creek, TX), Randal Poirier (The Colony, TX), Steven Schneider (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15723564 on 10/03/2017 (1015 days app to issue)

Abstract: A burner box assembly according to aspects of the disclosure includes an outer cover, the outer cover having a sloped bottom face that directs condensation away from a heat-exchange tube, a heat-resistant liner having a plurality of panel members, the heat-resistant liner being disposed within the outer cover, a shield disposed between the heat-resistant liner and the sloped bottom face of the outer cover such that an air gap is formed between the shield and the sloped bottom face, and a tubular member abutting at least one of the plurality of panel members and disposed within the heat-exchange tube.

[F23D] BURNERS


Fresh air intake for low NOx emission furnace
Patent No. 10711998 

Inventor(s): Eric Chanthalangsy (Grand Prairie, TX), Eric Perez (Hickory Creek, TX), Randal Poirier (The Colony, TX), Steven Schneider (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15723340 on 10/03/2017 (1015 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fresh-air intake according to aspects of the disclosure includes an outer cover having a pair of side panels disposed in a generally parallel spaced relationship, a top panel coupled to, and disposed generally perpendicular to, each panel of the pair of side panels, a bottom panel disposed generally parallel to the top panel, and a front panel coupled to, and disposed generally perpendicular to, each panel of the pair of side panels and the top panel, the front panel having a window formed therein, a supply line coupled to the bottom panel, a weir extending above the bottom panel and surrounding a junction with the supply line, a baffle disposed inside the outer cover, the baffle being disposed inwardly of the window so as to prevent infiltration of moisture into the supply line, and a weep hole formed in the bottom panel.

[F23D] BURNERS


Dehumidification technique for heating ventilation and air conditioning systems
Patent No. 10712037 

Inventor(s): Derek Phillips (Dallas, TX), Rohini Brahme (Irving, TX), Umesh Gokhale (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15939439 on 03/29/2018 (838 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to certain embodiments, operating an HVAC system comprises receiving zone temperature data from a temperature sensor, zone humidity-ratio data from a humidity sensor, a temperature set point from a user, and a relative-humidity set point from a user. A humidity-ratio set point is determined based on the temperature and relative-humidity set points. A first command to the HVAC system to perform a cooling operation is communicated upon determining that the temperature data exceeds a temperature threshold based on the temperature set point. Determining if the humidity data has reached a humidity-ratio threshold based on the humidity-ratio set point after determining that the temperature data has reached the temperature threshold. Operating the HVAC system according to a dehumidification-based cooling procedure upon determining that the humidity data has not reached the humidity-ratio threshold.

[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 blower
Patent No. 10712040 

Inventor(s): Palanivel Subramaniam (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15671438 on 08/08/2017 (1071 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a processor and a blower drive. The processor receives an altitude and a first blower coefficient. The processor determines a second blower coefficient based on the first blower coefficient and the altitude. The blower drive receives the second blower coefficient and adjusts at least one of a speed and a torque of a motor based on the second blower coefficient.

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


Method of field conversion of a heating system to a multiple stage modulating gas fired heat exchanger
Patent No. 10712047 

Inventor(s): Bryan Smith (Carrollton, TX), Eric Perez (Hickory Creek, TX), John Tran (The Colony, TX), Steven Schneider (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14976485 on 12/21/2015 (1667 days app to issue)

Abstract: A heating system retrofitted to be operable through multiple heat stages at a constant fuel-air mixture includes a tube heat exchanger having a plurality of burners, a combustion air blower (CAB) having an exhaust vent connected with the plurality of burners, the CAB operable at a first speed and a second speed, a first valve connecting a fuel source to a first subset of the plurality of burners, and a second valve connecting a fuel source to a second subset of the plurality of burners.

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


Heat exchanger construction
Patent No. 10712095 

Inventor(s): Robert B. Uselton (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15896189 on 02/14/2018 (881 days app to issue)

Abstract: A heat exchanger includes a plurality of conduits that extend between a first endplate and a second endplate. A first manifold is coupled to the first endplate to couple the first manifold to first ends of the plurality of conduits. An inlet is coupled to the first manifold to direct a first fluid into the first manifold and at least one baffle is disposed within the first manifold to form a first cavity and a second cavity. The at least one baffle of the first manifold is configured to direct the first fluid from the inlet to a first conduit of the plurality of conduits. A second manifold is coupled to the second endplate to couple the second manifold to second ends of the plurality of conduits and at least one baffle is disposed within the second manifold to form a fourth cavity and a fifth cavity.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Encapsulant barrier
Patent No. 10710875 

Inventor(s): Gary Philip Thomson (Rowlett, TX), Jane Qian Liu (Plano, TX), Richard Allen Richter (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15811562 on 11/13/2017 (974 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a device mounted on a substrate includes an encapsulant. In at least one example, an encapsulant barrier is deposited along a scribe line, along which the substrate is singulatable. To encapsulate one or more terminals of the substrate, an encapsulant is deposited between the encapsulant barrier and an edge of the device parallel to the encapsulant barrier.

[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]


Systems and methods for detecting water leaks
Patent No. 10712225 

Inventor(s): Matthew Flachsbart (Grapevine, TX), Richard D. Graham (Plano, TX), Snehal Desai (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16560562 on 09/04/2019 (314 days app to issue)

Abstract: A plumbing system may include a first conduit that supplies a fluid to a destination device. The plumbing system may also include a second conduit concentric to the first conduit. The second conduit includes an indicator material that changes one or more properties of the fluid supplied to the destination device when the fluid contacts the indicator material via an opening present in the first conduit.

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


Flexible magnetic field coil for measuring ionic quantity
Patent No. 10712312 

Inventor(s): Finley Lee Ledbetter (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15148137 on 05/06/2016 (1530 days app to issue)

Abstract: A flexible magnetic coil for determining ion migration rates inside a vacuum device can include a plurality of insulated copper wires held together as a bundle. A positive pole can be connected to a first end of the bundle for receiving a positive DC voltage. A negative pole can be connected to a second end of the bundle for completing a circuit with the positive pole. A DC voltage ranging from ten volts to four thousand volts from a power supply can be connected to the positive pole, the negative pole, or combinations thereof. The bundle can be a loop and can form a circuit when the DC voltage is applied to the loop. The bundle can create a flexible electromagnetic field of at least one Gauss around the vacuum device using a calculation of a number of turns of insulated copper wire multiplied by applied DC current.

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


System and method for monitoring water treatment systems
Patent No. 10712327 

Inventor(s): Mark J. Jenkins (Fairview, TX)
Assignee(s): Jentek Water Treatment, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Frost Brown Todd LLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16186986 on 11/12/2018 (610 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems are described for monitoring and managing fluid treatment or storage systems, such as HVAC hydronic water systems. Sensors located at a fluid system can detect various types of data, such as chemical amounts, pressures, temperatures, flow rates, and more. Servers in communication with the sensors can record the data and provide it to a user in a variety of graphical interfaces. One useful interface for display of the data includes a five-sided axis called the OPTI-GON.

[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)


First, second test domains and test mode select control circuitry
Patent No. 10712387 

Inventor(s): Anjali Vij (Baton Rouge, LA), Baher S. Haroun (Allen, TX), Brian J. Lasher (Bellaire, TX), Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16294408 on 03/06/2019 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: IEEE 1149.1 Test Access Ports (TAPs) may be utilized at both IC and intellectual property core design levels. TAPs serve as serial communication ports for accessing a variety of embedded circuitry within ICs and cores including; IEEE 1149.1 boundary scan circuitry, built in test circuitry, internal scan circuitry, IEEE 1149.4 mixed signal test circuitry, IEEE P5001 in-circuit emulation circuitry, and IEEE P1532 in-system programming circuitry. Selectable access to TAPs within ICs is desirable since in many instances being able to access only the desired TAP(s) leads to improvements in the way testing, emulation, and programming may be performed within an IC. A TAP linking module is described that allows TAPs embedded within an IC to be selectively accessed using 1149.1 instruction scan operations.

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


Localization, mapping and haptic feedback for inspection of a confined space in machinery
Patent No. 10712391 

Inventor(s): Hetal V. Lakhani (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): ABB Schweiz AG (Baden, , CH)
Law Firm: Taft Stettinius Hollister LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15805998 on 11/07/2017 (980 days app to issue)

Abstract: A modular device is used to inspect a confined space in a machine. The entire inspection coverage area and corresponding status are mapped so that the inspection location and associated data are graphically visualized. An accelerometer mounted on the device serves as a tilt sensor and also provides data about a collision of the device with the space being inspected or defects therein. The accelerometer data in combination with an odometry system determines the axial position of the device. A gyroscope mounted on the device is used to determine the device heading. The locational information is used to generate an inspection map that provides inspection history, logged data and a reference that are useful in scheduling the next inspection. The output of the gyroscopes can be used to provide haptic feedback to the device operator to maintain proper device orientation.

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


Concave cavity for integrated microfabricated sensor
Patent No. 10712401 

Inventor(s): Ann Gabrys (Woodside, CA), Nathan Brockie (Edinburgh, , GB), Roozbeh Parsa (Portola Valley, CA), Terry Dyer (Largs, , GB), William French (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15457669 on 03/13/2017 (1219 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated microfabricated sensor includes a sensor cell having a cell body, a first window attached to the cell body, and a second window attached to the cell body. The cell body laterally surrounds a cavity, so that both windows are exposed to the cavity. The sensor cell contains a sensor fluid material in the cavity. The cavity has concave profiles at cell body walls, so that the cavity is wider in a central region, approximately midway between the first window and the second window, than at the first surface and at the second surface. The cell body walls of the cell body have acute interior angles at both windows. The cell body is formed using an etch process that removes material from the cell body concurrently at the first surface and the second surface, forming the acute interior angles at both the first surface and the second surface.

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


Compact chip scale LIDAR solution
Patent No. 10712433 

Inventor(s): Daniel Nelson Carothers (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16248948 on 01/16/2019 (545 days app to issue)

Abstract: A LIDAR system includes a static monolithic LIDAR transceiver, a collimating optic, and a first rotatable wedge prism. The static monolithic LIDAR transceiver is configured to transmit a laser beam and receive reflected laser light from a first target object. The collimating optic is configured to narrow the transmitted laser beam to produce a collimated laser beam. The first rotatable wedge prism is configured to steer the collimated laser beam in a direction of the first target object based on the first rotatable wedge prism being in a first position.

[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)


Systems and methods for rapid scanning of images in digital microscopes
Patent No. 10712548 

Inventor(s): Jonathan C. Ward (Plano, TX), Richard K. Rainbolt (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Microscope International, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15616922 on 06/08/2017 (1132 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for preparing a field image of a portion of a target area or region of interest (ROI) of a microscope slide specimen, and of assembly a plurality of field images into an image of the target area, using a SSM having a movable slide stage, an objective lens, a digital video camera and a digital image sensing element (DIS).

[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]


Eyeglasses equipment including a joint and method for manufacturing such an eyeglasses equipment
Patent No. 10712587 

Inventor(s): Gabriel Keita (Dallas, TX), Philip Miller (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Essilor International (Charenton-le-Pont, , FR)
Law Firm: Young Thompson (32 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16413296 on 05/15/2019 (426 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is eyeglasses equipment ([b]1[/b]) including a frame ([b]10[/b]), and at least one ophthalmic lens ([b]20[/b]) mounted into the frame. The equipment includes a colored interface ([b]30[/b]) that is placed between the frame and the lens.

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


High authority stability and control augmentation system
Patent No. 10712752 

Inventor(s): Brady G. Atkins (Fort Worth, TX), Carl D. Griffith (Colleyville, TX), James E. Harris (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15872651 on 01/16/2018 (910 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method of increasing the control authority of redundant stability and control augmentation system (SCAS) actuators by utilizing feedback between systems such that one system may compensate for the position of a failed actuator of the other system. Each system uses an appropriate combination of reliable and unreliable inputs such that unreliable inputs cannot inappropriately utilize the increased authority. Each system may reconfigure itself when the other system actuator fails at certain positions so that the pilot or other upstream input maintains sufficient control authority of the aircraft.

[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)


Capacitive touch-on-surface input apparatus with touch-force sensing using profiled capacitive electrode
Patent No. 10712876 

Inventor(s): Dongtai Liu (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15391497 on 12/27/2016 (1295 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device (such as for mobile communications) including a capacitive touch-on-surface (ToS) display adapted for capacitive touch-force sensing. A ToS capacitive sensor includes a profiled capacitive sensor electrode, intermediate and spaced from parallel ground plates by elastomeric insulator/dielectric spacer elements. The profiled capacitive sensor electrode has a non-uniform density profile that is relatively lower near a center of the electrode, and relatively higher near edges of the electrode, for example, equalizing touch-force sensitivity such that sensitivity to a touch-force deflection is substantially uniform across the profiled capacitive electrode. Capacitive sensor electronics coupled to the profiled capacitive sensor electrode measures a touch-force deflection of the ToS display panel based on a resulting touch-force deflection of the profiled capacitive electrode, such that the combined distance between the profiled capacitive sensor electrode and the ground electrodes is reduced by compression of the elastomeric spacer elements.

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


Database memory monitoring and defragmentation of database indexes
Patent No. 10712943 

Inventor(s): Vicky Harp (Nipomo, CA)
Assignee(s): IDERA, INC. (Southlake, TX)
Law Firm: Terrile, Cannatti Chambers, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15832021 on 12/05/2017 (952 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory monitoring and selective defragmentation method and system disclosed herein monitor memory usage by and modification of one or more database indexes. The monitoring and selective defragmentation method and system selectively defragment the one or more database indexes based on memory cost savings as opposed to a percentage of fragmentation to improve performance of databases.

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


Addressing match and action entries in a match-action stage
Patent No. 10712961 

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: 14968843 on 12/14/2015 (1674 days app to issue)

Abstract: Some embodiments provide a method that configures a first pool of unit memories to implement several match entries, each including a set of match conditions. Each memory in the first pool includes at least one set of match entries. The method configures a second pool of unit memories to implement several action entries each located at a location in a memory. Each unit memory in the second pool has a different memory page address. The method assigns each set of match entries a virtual memory page address that corresponds to a different memory in the second pool. When the set of match conditions are met for a particular match entry at a particular location in a particular virtual memory page address, a particular action entry is read, having a same location in a memory with a same virtual memory page address in the second pool.

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


Systems and methods for a customer assistance station
Patent No. 10712990 

Inventor(s): Duane Matthew Cash (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15925391 on 03/19/2018 (848 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, receiving first user input from a first user interface screen and second user input from a second user interface screen, wherein the first user interface screen is disposed at a first location on a support structure and the second user interface screen is disposed at a second location on the support structure; presenting a first series of images, wherein the first series of images is presented responsive to first user input, and wherein the first series of images is presented as a first projection in a first volume of space; and presenting a second series of images, wherein the second series of images is presented responsive to second user input, wherein the second series of images is presented as a second projection in a second volume of space. Other embodiments are disclosed.

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


Interactive video player component for mashup interfaces
Patent No. 10713018 

Inventor(s): David Hertenstein (Coppell, TX), Joshua L. Purcell (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12632406 on 12/07/2009 (3872 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mashup widget can include a widget component and a widget container. The widget container can be graphically rendered within widget defined boundaries of a mashup application. The widget component can detect an externally defined video file. The video file can have a native frame size, which is a frame size at which the video file is encoded. The video file can be loaded from a remote data source over an IP network. The native frame size of the video file can be determined. The defined boundaries of an embedded multimedia application can be dynamically adjusted to the native size. The defined boundaries of the widget container can be resized to accommodate the adjusted embedded multimedia application. The video can be rendered and presented within in the adjusted widget container.

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


Manifest-enabled analytics platform deployment engine
Patent No. 10713029 

Inventor(s): Abdul Zafar (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Accenture Global Solutions Limited (Dublin, , IE)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16176273 on 10/31/2018 (622 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for provisioning an analytics platform. The methods, systems, and apparatus include actions of obtaining a manifest for a platform to be deployed where the manifest specifies machines and tools to deploy on the machines, determining an order to deploy the tools on the machines based on the manifest, selecting, based on the manifest file, tool deployers that are configured to deploy particular tools on machines from among multiple tool deployers, and deploying the tools on the machines with the tool deployers that are selected and in accordance with the order that is determined.

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


Streaming engine with early and late address and loop count registers to track architectural state
Patent No. 10713174 

Inventor(s): Joseph Zbiciak (San Jose, CA), Timothy D. Anderson (University Park, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15384345 on 12/20/2016 (1302 days app to issue)

Abstract: A streaming engine employed in a digital data processor specifies a fixed read only data stream defined by plural nested loops. An address generator produces address of data elements. A steam head register stores data elements next to be supplied to functional units for use as operands. The streaming engine stores an early address of next to be fetched data elements and a late address of a data element in the stream head register for each of the nested loops. The streaming engine stores an early loop counts of next to be fetched data elements and a late loop counts of a data element in the stream head register for each of the nested loops.

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


Lookahead priority collection to support priority elevation
Patent No. 10713180 

Inventor(s): Abhijeet Ashok Chachad (Plano, TX), Joseph Raymond Michael Zbiciak (San Jose, CA), Raguram Damodaran (Plano, TX), Ramakrishnan Venkatasubramanian (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15991241 on 05/29/2018 (777 days app to issue)

Abstract: A queuing requester for access to a memory system is provided. Transaction requests are received from two or more requestors for access to the memory system. Each transaction request includes an associated priority value. A request queue of the received transaction requests is formed in the queuing requester. Each transaction request includes an associated priority value. A highest priority value of all pending transaction requests within the request queue is determined. An elevated priority value is selected when the highest priority value is higher than the priority value of an oldest transaction request in the request queue; otherwise the priority value of the oldest transaction request is selected. The oldest transaction request in the request queue with the selected priority value is then provided to the memory system. An arbitration contest with other requesters for access to the memory system is performed using the selected priority value.

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


Methods, systems, and computer readable mediums for performing an aggregated free-form query
Patent No. 10713252 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey David Bourne (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): EMC IP HOLDING COMPANY LLC (Round Rock, TX)
Law Firm: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor Hunt, P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15250289 on 08/29/2016 (1415 days app to issue)

Abstract: One method includes receiving aggregated free-form query information comprising a first section and a second section for requesting data pertaining to a computing system and converting the first section and the second section of the aggregated free-form query information into an original query portion and a contingency query portion for accessing at least one data set. The method further includes accessing, using the original query portion, the at least one data set to obtain result information pertaining to an initial element included in the computing system. The method also includes accessing, using the contingency query portion and the result information returned in response to the original query portion, the at least one data set to obtain information for at least one descendant element or ancestor element related to the initial element included in the result information.

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


Aware variable fill pattern generator
Patent No. 10713408 

Inventor(s): Padman Sooryamoorthy (Plano, TX), Shaibal Barua (Allen, TX), Sumanth Somashekar (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16264719 on 02/01/2019 (529 days app to issue)

Abstract: A layout file for an integrated circuit has drawn geometries. Variable fill geometries are added to local areas based on densities of the drawn geometries in windows associated with the local areas and on the global density of all the drawn geometries in the layout file. Each window has a separate local area associated with it. The densities of the variable fill geometries in the local areas are not all equal. Densities of the fill geometries are higher in local areas associated with windows having lower densities of the drawn geometries, and for lower values of the global density. The layout file is stored in a computer-readable medium which may be used to produce a photomask for manufacturing an integrated circuit.

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


Methods and systems for analyzing images in convolutional neural networks
Patent No. 10713522 

Inventor(s): Chaitanya Satish Ghone (Pune, , IN), Manu Mathew (Bangalore, , IN), Mihir Narendra Mody (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16400149 on 05/01/2019 (440 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for analyzing images to generate a plurality of output features includes receiving input features of the image and performing Fourier transforms on each input feature. Kernels having coefficients of a plurality of trained features are received and on-the-fly Fourier transforms (OTF-FTs) are performed on the coefficients in the kernels. The output of each Fourier transform and each OTF-FT are multiplied together to generate a plurality of products and each of the products are added to produce one sum for each output feature. Two-dimensional inverse Fourier transforms are performed on each sum.

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


System and method for remote management of sale transaction data
Patent No. 10713619 

Inventor(s): Bill Walton (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Shopkeep Inc. (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Sabety + associates, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16362904 on 03/25/2019 (477 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention discloses a novel system and method for providing retail point of sale terminals that are connected securely over the Internet to a back-office service that manages the retailer”s data as a service using a system that supports more than one retailer, each of which will have one or more point of sale terminals.

[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]


Product authentication using barcode characteristics
Patent No. 10713663 

Inventor(s): Jamie Kawabata (Addison, TX), Mohamed Lazzouni (Addison, TX), Will Ewin (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Authentix, Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15372160 on 12/07/2016 (1315 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprising: a memory; and a processor coupled to the memory and configured to: obtain an image of a barcode from a product, wherein the barcode comprises a signature; obtain a notification associated with authentication of the product based on the signature; and provide the notification as an audio, a video, or a combination of audio and video. A method comprising: obtaining a smart device; coupling a scanner system to the smart device; obtaining a product comprising a barcode; scanning, using the scanner system, the barcode to obtain an image of the barcode, wherein the barcode comprises a signature; and obtaining, using the smart device and based on the signature, a notification associated with authentication of the product.

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


Automated evaluation and reporting of microservice regulatory compliance
Patent No. 10713664 

Inventor(s): Manickam Alagappan (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Heslin Rothenberg Farley Mesiti P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16361382 on 03/22/2019 (480 days app to issue)

Abstract: Automated evaluation and reporting of microservice regulatory compliance during development and operation are provided. The method includes parsing, by a natural language parser, the set of regulations for which microservice compliance is to be evaluated, and generating an ontology including attributes, rules and policies obtained from parsing the set of regulations. A rules engine is created according to the ontology. The rules engine includes compliance rules, and an application program interface (API) that allows responses to compliance queries derived from one or more of the compliance rules. The rules engine receives responses to the compliance queries, with the microservice being instrumented with a message queue invocation as one or more annotations to facilitate processing the compliance queries. The rules engine generates a regulation-compliance report for the microservice based on the received responses to the compliance queries.

[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 determining product pricing for products in a healthcare transaction
Patent No. 10713694 

Inventor(s): Patrick Harris (Atlanta, GA), William Turner (Overland Park, KS)
Assignee(s): McKesson Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14466995 on 08/23/2014 (2152 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining and communicating proper pricing information and other pre- and post-adjudication information, such as an availability of a lower price for a prescription, as part of the processing of a healthcare transaction. A healthcare transaction, such as a healthcare claim transaction, may be received by the service provider computer from a pharmacy computer. The service provider computer may determine if an adjudication platform is available for the prescribed product. The service provider computer may generate a modified healthcare claim transaction and transmit the modified healthcare claim transaction to a claims processor computer for adjudication. The service provider computer may receive an approved adjudicated claim transaction response and perform any post-adjudication on the response. The approved adjudicated claim transaction response may be transmitted to the pharmacy.

[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]


Management of visitation sessions for residents of controlled-environment facilities
Patent No. 10713743 

Inventor(s): Matthew R. Smith (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15986511 on 05/22/2018 (784 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing and using temporary movement buffers for residents of controlled-environment facilities are disclosed. In some embodiments, for example, a method may include determining that a resident of a controlled-environment facility is unable to access a communication device to be used during a communication event involving the resident. The method may also include performing at least one of: (a) allowing the communication event in response to a buffer value associated with the resident being smaller than a time to the communication event; or (b) declining the communication event in response to the buffer value associated with the resident being greater than the time to the communication event.

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


Methods and systems for inspection of wafers and reticles using designer intent data
Patent No. 10713771 

Inventor(s): Sagar A. Kekare (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): KLA-Tencor Technologies Corp. (Milpitas, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15963054 on 04/25/2018 (811 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for inspection of wafers and reticles using designer intent data are provided. One computer-implemented method includes identifying nuisance defects on a wafer based on inspection data produced by inspection of a reticle, which is used to form a pattern on the wafer prior to inspection of the wafer. Another computer-implemented method includes detecting defects on a wafer by analyzing data generated by inspection of the wafer in combination with data representative of a reticle, which includes designations identifying different types of portions of the reticle. An additional computer-implemented method includes determining a property of a manufacturing process used to process a wafer based on defects that alter a characteristic of a device formed on the wafer. Further computer-implemented methods include altering or simulating one or more characteristics of a design of an integrated circuit based on data generated by inspection of a wafer.

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


Access to controlled-environment facility visitation centers and controlled-environment facility resident visits
Patent No. 10713872 

Inventor(s): Adam Christopher Edwards (Fort Worth, TX), Danny C. Milliorn (Waxahachie, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16261542 on 01/29/2019 (532 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling access to controlled-environment facility visitations enable and accept requests for visitations with residents of the controlled-environment facility and enable and accept scheduling of visitations with residents of the controlled-environment facility. A matrix barcode is assigned to each scheduled visitation in accordance with such systems and methods, and the resultingly assigned matrix barcode is provided to at least a non-resident taking part in a respective scheduled visitation, and in some implementations, to the resident. The visitation proceeds between the resident scheduled to take part in the scheduled visitation and the non-resident in response to confirmation that the non-resident, and in applicable implementations, the resident, is in possession of the assigned matrix barcode.

[G07C] TIME OR ATTENDANCE REGISTERS; REGISTERING OR INDICATING THE WORKING OF MACHINES; GENERATING RANDOM NUMBERS; VOTING OR LOTTERY APPARATUS; ARRANGEMENTS, SYSTEMS OR APPARATUS FOR CHECKING NOT PROVIDED FOR ELSEWHERE (identification of persons A61B 5/117; indicating or recording apparatus for measuring in general, analogous apparatus but in which the input is not a variable to be measured, e.g. a hand operation, G01D; clocks, clock mechanisms G04B, G04C; time-interval measuring G04F; counting mechanisms per se G06M)


Laser damage detection mechanisms for safety interlock and fault detection
Patent No. 10713919 

Inventor(s): Jason R. Lavine (McKinney, TX), Liam T. Skoyles (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16192491 on 11/15/2018 (607 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a substrate and first and second electrical connectors. The apparatus also includes at least one first conductive trace positioned in, on, or over the substrate. The at least one first conductive trace forms an electrical connection between the first and second electrical connectors. The at least one first conductive trace is configured to be damaged by laser energy to break the electrical connection between the first and second electrical connectors. The apparatus further includes an indicator electrically coupled to the at least one first conductive trace. The indicator is configured to generate feedback based on whether the electrical connection between the first and second electrical connectors has been broken.

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


Parking sensors capable of determining direction and speed of vehicle entering or leaving parking lot using magnetic signature recognition
Patent No. 10713947 

Inventor(s): Sean O”Callaghan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Parking Genius, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16442031 on 06/14/2019 (396 days app to issue)

Abstract: A parking inventory management system includes a sensor apparatus with at least one magnetometer configured to generate a magnetic signature of a vehicle as it drives across the sensor apparatus. A computing device performs an analysis of the magnetic signature of the vehicle as received from the at least one magnetometer, the analysis including at least comparing the magnetic signature of the vehicle as received from the at least one magnetometer to known magnetic signatures of known vehicles. The computing device performs the analysis of the magnetic signature of the vehicle by comparing the magnetic signature of the vehicle to each of the known magnetic signatures of known vehicles to thereby determine a direction of travel of the vehicle based upon the comparison.

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


Generating quincunx video streams for light modulating backplanes with configurable multi electrode pixels
Patent No. 10714032 

Inventor(s): Craig Michael Waller (Dallas, TX), Eric Paul Eisenbrandt (Allen, TX), Timothy Randall Rost (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Syndiant, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15984297 on 05/18/2018 (788 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method to generate a quincunx video stream is disclosed. The method includes generating a first-type quincunx field from a first high resolution video frame. The first-type quincunx field has a plurality quincunx pixels, each of which has an associated pixel in the first high resolution video frame. The quincunx pixels are calculated using a smoothing filter and a pixel block containing the associated pixels and other high resolution pixels near the associated pixels. A second-type quincunx field is generated from a second high resolution video frame.

[G02F] DEVICES OR ARRANGEMENTS, THE OPTICAL OPERATION OF WHICH IS MODIFIED BY CHANGING THE OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF THE MEDIUM OF THE DEVICES OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE CONTROL OF THE INTENSITY, COLOUR, PHASE, POLARISATION OR DIRECTION OF LIGHT, e.g. SWITCHING, GATING, MODULATING OR DEMODULATING; TECHNIQUES OR PROCEDURES FOR THE OPERATION THEREOF; FREQUENCY-CHANGING; NON-LINEAR OPTICS; OPTICAL LOGIC ELEMENTS; OPTICAL ANALOGUE/DIGITAL CONVERTERS [4]


Sound isolation device
Patent No. 10714070 

Inventor(s): Debasish Banerjee (Ann Arbor, MI), Xiaoshi Su (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: 16669852 on 10/31/2019 (257 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sound isolation device includes an acoustic scatterer that has an acoustic monopole response and an acoustic dipole response. The acoustic dipole response and the acoustic monopole response of the acoustic scatterer may have substantially similar resonant frequencies. The device may include a plurality of acoustic scatters forming an array of equally spaced apart acoustic scatterers.

[G10K] SOUND-PRODUCING DEVICES (sound-producing toys A63H 5/00); METHODS OR DEVICES FOR PROTECTING AGAINST, OR FOR DAMPING, NOISE OR OTHER ACOUSTIC WAVES IN GENERAL; ACOUSTICS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR [6]


Method of manufacturing a magnetic recording head
Patent No. 10714125 

Inventor(s): Feng Liu (San Ramon, CA), Jinqiu Zhang (Fremont, CA), Ming Sun (Pleasanton, CA), Xiaojun Zhang (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15978584 on 05/14/2018 (792 days app to issue)

Abstract: A magnetic recording head having air bearing surface (ABS) includes a main pole, a side shield laterally spaced from the main pole by a first side gap and a second side gap, an electrically conductive non-magnetic gap material layer disposed between the main pole and the side shield in the first side gap, and a dielectric non-magnetic gap material matrix and a conformal dielectric spacer layer disposed between the main pole and the side shield in the second side gap.

[G11B] INFORMATION STORAGE BASED ON RELATIVE MOVEMENT BETWEEN RECORD CARRIER AND TRANSDUCER (recording measured values in a way that does not require playback through a transducer G01D 9/00; recording or playback apparatus using mechanically marked tape, e.g. punched paper tape, or using unit records, e.g. punched or magnetically marked cards G06K; transferring data from one type of record carrier to another G06K 1/18; circuits for coupling output of reproducer to radio receiver H04B 1/20; gramophone pick-ups or like acoustic electromechanical transducers or circuits therefor H04R)


Apparatuses and method for trimming input buffers based on identified mismatches
Patent No. 10714156 

Inventor(s): Christian N. Mohr (Allen, TX), Vijayakrishna J. Vankayala (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16121325 on 09/04/2018 (679 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for trimming input buffers based on identified mismatches. An example apparatus includes an input buffer having a first input stage circuit configured to receive a first signal, a second input stage circuit configured to receive a second signal, and an output stage coupled to the first and second input stage circuits and configured to provide an output signal. The first input stage circuit includes serially-coupled transistor pairs that are each coupled between the output stage and a bias voltage. Each of the plurality of serially-coupled transistors pairs are selectively enabled in response to a respective enable signal. The apparatus further including a trim circuit coupled to the first input stage circuit and comprising a plurality of programmable components. The trim circuit is configured to be programmed to provide the respective enable signals based on a detected transition voltage offset relative to a target transition voltage.

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


System and method for programming non-volatile memory during burst sequential write
Patent No. 10714169 

Inventor(s): Mohan Dunga (San Jose, CA), Niles Yang (San Jose, CA), Phil Reusswig (San Jose, CA), Pitamber Shukla (San Jose, CA), Rohit Sehgal (San Jose, CA), Sahil Sharma (San Jose, CA), Sarath Puthenthermadam (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16437355 on 06/11/2019 (399 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-volatile memory system and corresponding method of operation are provided. The system includes non-volatile memory cells, each retaining a threshold voltage within a threshold window. The non-volatile memory cells include multi-bit cells each configured to store a plurality of bits of data with the threshold window partitioned into bands each having a band width. The bands include a lowest band denoting an erased state and increasing bands. A control circuit programs a first set of the data into the multi-bit cells in a single-bit mode using first target states being one of the erased state and a tight intermediate state having a distribution of the threshold voltage no wider than the band width of one of the increasing bands. The control circuit also programs a second set of the data into the multi-bit cells in a multi-bit mode with each of the multi-bit cells storing the plurality of bits.

[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)


Dynamic 1-tier scan for high performance 3D NAND
Patent No. 10714198 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (San Jose, CA), Huai-yuan Tseng (San Jose, CA), Xiang Yang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16430851 on 06/04/2019 (406 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for executing a dynamic 1-tier scan on a memory array are provided. The memory array includes a plurality of memory cells organized into a plurality of sub-groups. The dynamic 1-tier scan includes executing an program loop in which cells of a first sub-group are counted to determine whether a numeric threshold is met, and, if the numeric threshold is met with respect to the first sub group, at least one additional program loop is executed in which cells of a second sub-group are counted to determine whether the numeric threshold is met with respect to the second sub-group.

[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)


Multi-purposed leak detector
Patent No. 10714205 

Inventor(s): Steve Fang (San Jose, CA), Xiaofeng Zhang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16451335 on 06/25/2019 (385 days app to issue)

Abstract: Detecting a word line leakage in a non-volatile memory array. Various methods include: in a first step, enabling a M-bit ”coarse” digital-to-analog converter (DAC) logic of an N-bit analog-to-digital converter (ADC) to, according to a clock signal of the coarse DAC, compare a reference voltage and a biased input voltage of a load current of the memory array, wherein the reference voltage is dependent upon the voltage level at which the input voltage becomes non-linear, and, in a second step, if the input voltage is greater than or equal to the reference voltage, enabling a P-bit ”fine” ramp digital-to-analog converter (DAC) logic of the ADC to enable drawing a second current from the load current to ramp down the input voltage and to begin a counter and conduct leakage detection with the ADC when the input voltage is in the range between a first voltage and a second voltage.

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


Methods and systems to create a network-agnostic SDN-based cloud gateway for connectivity to multiple cloud service providers
Patent No. 10715597 

Inventor(s): Mehmet Ozkan (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: BakerHostetler (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15625792 on 06/16/2017 (1124 days app to issue)

Abstract: Network-agnostic SDN-based cloud gateways are adapted for connecting a customer”s SD cloud gateway to multiple cloud service providers (CSPs). A dynamic, on-demand, software defined, policy based cloud connectivity gateway is created for all kinds of networks and end points that can be used to connect to multiple CSPs at the same time from a single user interface. Network capacity on both the customer gateway and CSP connection points are adjusted through a user interface based on predefined policies such as automatic increasing of network connections based on actual cloud usage, limiting network capacity on a certain link based on time, application, and other conditions, and distributing traffic and changing the routing based on predetermined policies such as time of day, utilization, and performance.

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


Virtual boundary processing simplification for adaptive loop filtering (ALF) in video coding
Patent No. 10715803 

Inventor(s): Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15464064 on 03/20/2017 (1212 days app to issue)

Abstract: Virtual boundary processing in adaptive loop filtering (ALF) requires that padded values be substituted for unavailable pixel rows outside the virtual boundaries. Methods and apparatus are provided for virtual boundary processing in ALF that allow the use of more actual pixel values for padding than in the prior art.

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


 

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Systems and methods for dynamically identifying a patient support surface and patient monitoring
Patent No. 10709359 

Inventor(s): Derek del Carpio (Corinth, TX), Kenneth Chapman (Charlotte, NC), Matt Clark (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): CareView Communications, Inc. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Meister Seelig Fein LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16509597 on 07/12/2019 (368 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various patient monitoring systems can include a sensor configured to collect three dimensional information. The systems can identify a location of a patient support surface based on the three dimensional information. The systems can set a two dimensional planar threshold based on the patient support surface. The systems can identify a patient location above the patient support surface based on the three dimensional information and compare the patient location to the two dimensional planar threshold. Exceeding the threshold can be indicative of a high risk of a patient fall. An alert can be generated based on the threshold being exceeded. The systems can repeat the identification of the patient support surface location and the setting of the threshold to account for changes in the patient area.

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


Fault tolerant digital input receiver circuit
Patent No. 10712426 

Inventor(s): Anant Shankar Kamath (Bengaluru, , IN), Kevin Paul Herring (Kent, OH)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16411285 on 05/14/2019 (427 days app to issue)

Abstract: A digital input receiver system comprises a first input receiver having a first current limiter input, and a first voltage comparator input coupled to a first node. A first resistor is coupled between the first node and the first current limiter input. The first input receiver outputs a digital logic signal and is coupled to a second node. The receiver system further comprises a second input receiver having a second current limiter input, and a second voltage comparator input coupled to the second node. A second resistor is coupled between the second node and the second current limiter input. The second input receiver outputs a malfunction signal. The first and second input receivers are configured to limit current through the receiver system to less than an overcurrent threshold of the first and second input receivers.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and system for increasing accuracy of hygiene compliance determinations
Patent No. 10714216 

Inventor(s): Harikrishna K. Rajabather (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): SwipeSense, Inc. (Chicago, IL)
Law Firm: Renaissance IP Law Group, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16116374 on 08/29/2018 (685 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present inventive concept leverage RSS patterns, accelerometer patterns, hygiene event information, and hub locations to increase accuracy of room-level positioning of objects and people, and to ensure a high accuracy detection of zone entry and/or exit times in an indoor environment, all of which facilitate an accurate hand hygiene compliance monitoring system in hospitals and other medical facilities, as well as a variety of other applications.

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


Semiconductor package with integrated passive electrical component
Patent No. 10714412 

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: 15820736 on 11/22/2017 (965 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor package includes a leadframe comprising input/output pins accessible external to the semiconductor package and a semiconductor die electrically connected to the leadframe. The semiconductor package also includes a passive electrical component mounted on a side of the semiconductor die opposite the leadframe. Mold compound encapsulates the passive electrical component, semiconductor die, and leadframe to form the semiconductor package. Associated methods are disclosed as 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]


Semiconductor device with electroplated die attach
Patent No. 10714417 

Inventor(s): Christopher Daniel Manack (Flower Mound, TX), Nazila Dadvand (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16791922 on 02/14/2020 (151 days app to issue)

Abstract: A packaged semiconductor device includes a metal substrate having a center aperture with a plurality of raised traces around the center aperture including a metal layer on a dielectric base layer. A semiconductor die that has a back side metal (BSM) layer is mounted top side up in a top portion of the center aperture. A single metal layer directly between the BSM layer and walls of the metal substrate bounding the center aperture to provide a die attachment that fills a bottom portion of the center aperture. Leads having at least one bend that contact the metal layer are on the plurality of traces and include a distal portion that extends beyond the metal substrate. Bond wires are between the traces and bond pads on the semiconductor die. A mold compound provides encapsulation.

[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]


Electronic device having inverted lead pins
Patent No. 10714418 

Inventor(s): Chang-Yen Ko (Taipei, , TW), J K Ho (New Taipei, , TW)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16137055 on 09/20/2018 (663 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device (e.g., integrated circuit) and method of making the electronic device is provided that reduces a strength of an electric field generated outside a package of the electronic device proximate to the low voltage lead pins. The electronic device includes a low voltage side and a high voltage side. The low voltage side includes a low voltage die attached to a low voltage die attach pad. Similarly, the high voltage side includes a high voltage die attached to a high voltage die attach pad. Lead pins are attached to each of the low and high voltage attach pads and extend out from a package of the electronic device in an inverted direction.

[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]


Electronic device having cobalt coated aluminum contact pads
Patent No. 10714439 

Inventor(s): Helmut Rinck (Gammelsdorf, , DE), Nazila Dadvand (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16107545 on 08/21/2018 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for bonding an electrically conductive mechanical interconnector (e.g., a bonding wire, solder, etc.) to an electrical contact (e.g., contact pad, termination on a printed circuit board (PCB), etc.) made from an electrically conductive metal (e.g., aluminum) on an electronic device (e.g., integrated circuit (IC), die, wafer, PCB, etc.) is provided. The electrical contact is chemically coated with a metal (e.g., cobalt) that provides a protective barrier between the mechanical interconnector and the electrical contact. The protective barrier provides a diffusion barrier to inhibit galvanic corrosion (i.e. ion diffusion) between the mechanical interconnector and the electrical contact.

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


High voltage CMOS with triple gate oxide
Patent No. 10714474 

Inventor(s): Binghua Hu (Plano, TX), Jarvis Jacobs (Murphy, TX), Pinghai Hao (Plano, TX), Sameer Pendharkar (Allen, TX), Seetharaman Sridhar (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15636055 on 06/28/2017 (1112 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit containing a first plurality of MOS transistors operating in a low voltage range, and a second plurality of MOS transistors operating in a mid voltage range, may also include a high-voltage MOS transistor which operates in a third voltage range significantly higher than the low and mid voltage ranges, for example 20 to 30 volts. The high-voltage MOS transistor has a closed loop configuration, in which a drain region is surrounded by a gate, which is in turn surrounded by a source region, so that the gate does not overlap field oxide. The integrated circuit may include an n-channel version of the high-voltage MOS transistor and/or a p-channel version of the high-voltage MOS transistor. Implanted regions of the n-channel version and the p-channel version are formed concurrently with implanted regions in the first and second pluralities of MOS transistors.

[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]


Static random access memory cell employing n-doped PFET gate electrodes and methods of manufacturing the same
Patent No. 10714486 

Inventor(s): Akira Inoue (Yokkaichi, , JP), Hiroshi Nakatsuji (Yokkaichi, , JP), Hiroyuki Ogawa (Nagoya, , JP), Kazutaka Yoshizawa (Yokkaichi, , JP), Shigeki Shimomura (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yasuyuki Aoki (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16130104 on 09/13/2018 (670 days app to issue)

Abstract: Field effect transistors for an SRAM cell can be formed employing n-doped gate electrode portions for p-type pull-up transistors. The SRAM cell includes a first series connection of a first p-type pull-up transistor and a first n-type pull-down transistor located between a power supply source and electrical ground, and a second series connection of a second p-type pull-up transistor and a second n-type pull-down transistor located between the power supply source and the electrical ground. Each gate electrode of the SRAM cell can include a respective n-doped gate electrode portion.

[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 device with bonded structures including a support die and methods of making the same
Patent No. 10714497 

Inventor(s): Akio Nishida (Yokkaichi, , JP), Mitsuteru Mushiga (Kuwana, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16291457 on 03/04/2019 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory die including a three-dimensional array of memory elements and a logic die including a peripheral circuitry that support operation of the three-dimensional array of memory elements can be bonded by die-to-die bonding to provide a bonded assembly. External bonding pads for the bonded assembly can be provided by forming recess regions through the memory die or through the logic die to physically expose metal interconnect structures within interconnect-level dielectric layers. The external bonding pads can include, or can be formed upon, a physically exposed subset of the metal interconnect structures. Alternatively or additionally, laterally-insulated external connection via structures can be formed through the bonded assembly to multiple levels of the metal interconnect structures. Further, through-dielectric external connection via structures extending through a stepped dielectric material portion of the memory die can be physically exposed, and external bonding pads can be formed thereupon.

[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 terminal isolation elements and methods
Patent No. 10714534 

Inventor(s): Abhijit Bandyopadhyay (San Jose, CA), Brian Le (San Jose, CA), Christopher J. Petti (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16273719 on 02/12/2019 (518 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided that includes forming a memory cell that includes a memory element coupled in series with an isolation element. The isolation element includes a vertical thin-film transistor and a threshold selector device.

[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]


Transistors with oxide liner in drift region
Patent No. 10714594 

Inventor(s): Andrew D. Strachan (Santa Clara, CA), Henry Litzmann Edwards (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15813934 on 11/15/2017 (972 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method to fabricate a transistor includes implanting dopants into a semiconductor to form a drift layer having majority carriers of a first type; etching a trench into the semiconductor; thermally growing an oxide liner into and on the trench and the drift layer; depositing an oxide onto the oxide liner on the trench to form a shallow trench isolation region; implanting dopants into the semiconductor to form a drain region in contact with the drift layer and having majority carriers of the first type; implanting dopants into the semiconductor to form a body region having majority carriers of a second type; forming a gate oxide over a portion of the drift layer and the body region; forming a gate over the gate oxide; and implanting dopants into the body region to form a source region having majority carriers of the first type.

[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]


Fuel cell air system safe operating region
Patent No. 10714767 

Inventor(s): Jared Farnsworth (Roseville, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15835321 on 12/07/2017 (950 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and device for controlling air flow within a vehicle for electrical generation. The air control system includes at least one of an air compressor, a back pressure valve or a bypass valve that controls air flow. The air control system includes one or more components. The air control system includes an electronic control unit. The electronic control unit is configured to obtain an air flow target and an air pressure ratio target and determine that the one or more components will operate outside a safe operating region. The electronic control unit is configured to determine a mediated air flow target and a mediated air pressure ratio target that causes the one or more components to operate within the safe operating region. The electronic control unit is configured to adjust the at least one of the air compressor, the back pressure valve or the bypass valve.

[H01M] PROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY [2]


Cooling system dT/dt based control
Patent No. 10714773 

Inventor(s): Daniel Folick (Long Beach, CA), Jared Farnsworth (Roseville, CA), Kentaro Fukuda (Aichi, , JP), Shigeki Hasegawa (Aichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15824934 on 11/28/2017 (959 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for heating or cooling a fuel cell circuit includes a fuel cell stack designed to receive a fluid. The system also includes a temperature sensor to detect a fluid temperature of the fluid, an actuator to increase or decrease the fluid temperature, and an electronic control unit (ECU). The ECU is designed to receive a target fuel cell temperature corresponding to the fuel cell stack and based on a power request, to determine a temperature rate of change corresponding to a desired rate of temperature change of a current fuel cell temperature of the fuel cell stack to achieve the target fuel cell temperature based on the target fuel cell temperature, and to control the actuator to increase or decrease the fluid temperature based on the temperature rate of change to cause the current fuel cell temperature to increase or decrease to the target fuel cell temperature.

[H01M] PROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY [2]


Silicate compounds as solid Li-ion conductors
Patent No. 10714788 

Inventor(s): Chen Ling (Ann Arbor, MI), Xingfeng He (Greenbelt, MD), Yifei Mo (Fulton, MD), Ying Zhang (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: 16013495 on 06/20/2018 (755 days app to issue)

Abstract: Solid-state lithium ion electrolytes of lithium silicate based composites are provided which contain an anionic framework capable of conducting lithium ions. An activation energy for lithium ion migration in the solid state lithium ion electrolytes is 0.5 eV or less and room temperature conductivities are greater than 10[superscript]5 [/superscript]S/cm. Composites of specific formulae are provided and methods to alter the composite materials with inclusion of aliovalent ions shown. Lithium batteries containing the composite lithium ion electrolytes are also provided.

[H01M] PROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY [2]


Light sources with chip-level integrated diffusers
Patent No. 10714892 

Inventor(s): James K Guenter (Garland, TX), Jimmy Alan Tatum (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): II-VI Delaware Inc. (Wilmington, DE)
Law Firm: Maschoff Brennan (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15867546 on 01/10/2018 (916 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment includes a light source. The light source may include a substrate and an integrated diffuser. The substrate may include a first surface and a second surface. The second surface may be opposite the first surface. The integrated diffuser may be integrated at the chip-level and positioned directly on the second surface of the substrate. The integrated diffuser may be configured to receive an optical signal directly from the substrate after the optical signal propagates through the substrate and to control a particular profile of a resultant beam of the optical signal over two axes after the optical signal propagates through the integrated diffuser.

[H01S] DEVICES USING STIMULATED EMISSION


Method and apparatus for low clamping voltage ESD solution for transient sensitive applications
Patent No. 10714933 

Inventor(s): Ponnarith Pok (Plano, TX), Timothy Don Davis (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15194186 on 06/27/2016 (1478 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example apparatus includes: a signal terminal for inputting a signal or for outputting a signal; functional circuitry coupled to the signal terminal; a positive supply rail for supplying a positive voltage; a ground supply rail for supplying a ground voltage; a first electrostatic discharge protection circuit coupled between the positive supply rail and the ground supply rail; a second electrostatic discharge protection circuit coupled between the signal terminal and the ground supply rail; an enable circuit coupled to the signal terminal and to the positive supply rail; and a common trigger circuit having a trigger output signal coupled to the first electrostatic discharge protection circuit and to the second electrostatic discharge protection circuit. Additional apparatus and methods are disclosed.

[H02H] EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE CIRCUIT ARRANGEMENTS (indicating or signalling undesired working conditions G01R, e.g. G01R 31/00, G08B; locating faults along lines G01R 31/08; emergency protective devices H01H)


Wireless power transfer system and method
Patent No. 10714985 

Inventor(s): Kenneth Moore (Dallas, TX), Petru Emanuel Stingu (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): SPARK CONNECTED LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16141703 on 09/25/2018 (658 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with an embodiment, a wireless power transmitter includes a charging surface, a transmitting antenna configured to generate an electromagnetic field extending above the charging surface, a sensing array disposed between the transmitting antenna and the charging surface, and a controller coupled to the sensing array. The sensing array includes a plurality of sensors. Each sensor of the plurality of sensors is configured to generate a respective signal indicative of a strength of the electromagnetic field. The controller is configured to detect a presence of a metallic object, other than a receiving antenna of a power receiver, in the electromagnetic field based on the respective signal generated by one or more sensors of the plurality of sensors.

[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)


Reconfigurable low-noise amplifier (LNA)
Patent No. 10715085 

Inventor(s): Charles Forrest Campbell (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16509647 on 07/12/2019 (368 days app to issue)

Abstract: A reconfigurable low-noise amplifier (LNA) is disclosed. The reconfigurable LNA includes amplifier circuitry having a gate terminal coupled to an input terminal, a source terminal coupled to a fixed voltage node, and a drain terminal coupled to an output terminal. The reconfigurable LNA further includes a gamma inverting network (GIN) coupled between the input terminal and the fixed voltage node, wherein the GIN has a first switch configured to disable the GIN during operation at first frequencies within a lower frequency band relative to a higher frequency band and to enable the GIN during operation at second frequencies within the higher frequency band.

[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)


Comparator hysteresis circuit
Patent No. 10715117 

Inventor(s): Satoshi Sakurai (San Carlos, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16544990 on 08/20/2019 (329 days app to issue)

Abstract: A comparator circuit includes a first transistor, a second transistor, a first switch, a second switch, and a timing circuit. The first transistor and the second transistor are coupled as a differential pair and are configured to compare an input signal to a hysteresis voltage. The first switch is coupled to the first transistor and is configured to selectably enable the first transistor. The second switch is coupled to the second transistor and is configured to selectably enable the second transistor. The timing circuit is coupled to the first switch and the second switch and is configured to close the first switch responsive to a signal transition at an output of the comparator circuit and close the second switch a predetermined delay time after the first switch is closed.

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


Open drain driver circuit
Patent No. 10715138 

Inventor(s): Junfeng Jiang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16551183 on 08/26/2019 (323 days app to issue)

Abstract: An open drain driver circuit includes an output terminal, an input terminal, a first transistor, a second transistor, and a third transistor. The first transistor includes a first terminal coupled to the output terminal, and a second terminal coupled to a reference voltage source. The second transistor includes a first terminal coupled to a third terminal of the first transistor, a second terminal coupled to a power supply rail, and a third terminal coupled to the reference voltage source. The third transistor includes a first terminal coupled to the input terminal, a second terminal coupled to the reference voltage source, and a third terminal coupled to the third terminal of the first transistor.

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


Integrated circuit with level shifter
Patent No. 10715146 

Inventor(s): Steven Ernest Finn (Atlanta, GA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16539409 on 08/13/2019 (336 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor die. The die comprises a level shifter coupled to a positive differential input and to a negative differential input comprising a first operational amplifier, wherein the first operational amplifier is configured to generate an internal common mode voltage coupled to a positive differential output and to a negative differential output, a positive alternating current (AC) coupled feed-forward path comprising a first capacitor coupled to the positive differential input and to the positive differential output, a negative AC coupled feed-forward path comprising a second capacitor coupled to the negative differential input and to the negative differential output, a positive direct current (DC) feed-forward path coupled to the differential input, to the internal common mode voltage sense node, and to the positive differential output, and a negative DC feed-forward path coupled to the differential input, to the internal common mode voltage sense node, and to the negative differential 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)


Digital offset frequency generator based radio frequency transmitter
Patent No. 10715194 

Inventor(s): Debapriya Sahu (Bangalore, , IN), Raghu Ganesan (Bangalore, , IN), Srinivas Venkata Veeramreddi (Basava Nagar, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15858246 on 12/29/2017 (928 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a frequency multiplier circuit to receive a base frequency signal, multiply the base frequency signal, and output the multiple of the base frequency signal, and includes an offset frequency generator, including at least one logic gate, to receive the multiple of the base frequency signal and output an offset frequency signal from the at least one logic gate combination. A mixing circuit receives the offset frequency signal and a digital data signal, converts the digital data signal into an analog representation of the digital data signal, and mixes the offset frequency signal and the analog representation of the digital data signal to produce a mixed signal. The device yet further includes a power amplifier to amplify the mixed signal and output the amplified mixed signal as an output frequency signal of the device.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Split mixer current conveyer
Patent No. 10715195 

Inventor(s): Brian Creed (Batavia, IL), Matthew Richard Miller (Arlington Heights, IL), Terrie McCain (Round Lake, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16007711 on 06/13/2018 (762 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for an apparatus having a current conveyer comprising a first stage having a first differential input, and a second stage having a second differential input. The first and second stages are configured to operate in a push-pull mode to provide an output signal at a current conveyer output between the first stage and the second stage. The apparatus has a first frequency mixer configured to generate a first mixer signal based on an input signal and an oscillator signal having a first frequency. The first frequency mixer is configured to provide the first mixer signal to the first differential input. The apparatus has a second frequency mixer configured to generate a second mixer signal based on the input signal and a second oscillator signal having the first frequency. The second frequency mixer is configured to provide the second mixer signal to the second differential input.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Dense wavelength division multiplexing fiber optic apparatuses and related equipment
Patent No. 10715271 

Inventor(s): Diana Rodriguez (Fort Worth, TX), Lingling Hu (Fort Worth, TX), Terry Dean Cox (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Research Development Corporation (Corning, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16700103 on 12/02/2019 (225 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fiber optic system is provided including a first and second fiber optic assembly, each comprising a body defining a fiber routing volume and a plurality of fiber optic components disposed on the body. The first fiber optic assembly includes a first plurality of optical filters disposed within the first fiber routing volume. The first plurality of optical filters define a first plurality of dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) channels, test channels, an express port, and an upgrade port. A second plurality of optical filters disposed within the second fiber routing volume. The second plurality of optical filters define a second group comprising a second plurality of DWDM channels. The test channels and the express port of the first fiber optic assembly are utilized for both the first fiber optic assembly and the second fiber optic assembly.

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


Channelization for signal boosters
Patent No. 10715302 

Inventor(s): Glen Raggio (Mesquite, TX)
Assignee(s): WILSON ELECTRONICS, LLC (St. George, UT)
Law Firm: Thorpe North Western (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15959107 on 04/20/2018 (816 days app to issue)

Abstract: Technology for a channelization device of a wideband repeater is disclosed. The channelization device can include a first diplexer and a second diplexer. The channelization device can include a plurality of switchable signal paths between the first diplexer and the second diplexer operable to perform channelized passive filtering of signals in defined bands. The channelization device can include a plurality of switchable pass through signal paths between the first diplexer and the second diplexer operable to pass through signals in the defined bands without filtering of the signals. The channelization device can be configured to perform channelized passive filtering of signals with no amplification of the signals.

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


Method and apparatus of NR RMSI coreset configuration in MIB
Patent No. 10715371 

Inventor(s): Hongbo Si (Plano, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16122367 on 09/05/2018 (678 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a BS for control information configuration comprises determining a frequency offset including an RB and RE level frequency offset, wherein the frequency offset is determined based on a lowest RE of an SS/PBCH block and a lowest RE of CORESET for RMSI, jointly configuring, using a first field of 4 bits, the RB level frequency offset with a multiplexing pattern of the SS/PBCH block and the CORESET, a BW of the CORESET, and a number of symbols for the CORESET for a combination of a SCS of the SS/PBCH block and a SCS of the CORESET, configuring using a second field of the 4 bits generating an MIB including the RB level frequency offset and the RE level frequency offset; and transmitting, to a UE, the MIB over a PBCH.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Enhanced IQ mismatch correction function generator
Patent No. 10715376 

Inventor(s): Chandrasekhar Sriram (Chennai, , IN), Jaiganesh Balakrishnan (Bengaluru, , IN), Jawaharlal Tangudu (Bengaluru, , IN), Sthanunathan Ramakrishnan (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16444035 on 06/18/2019 (392 days app to issue)

Abstract: An IQ mismatch correction function generator configured to generate an enhanced IQ mismatch correction function to improve the compensation for IQ mismatch, and an IQ signal receiver with the IQ mismatch correction function generator, wherein the enhanced IQ mismatch correction function is determined based on an initial IQ mismatch correction function derived from IQ mismatch estimates corresponding to frequency bins where signals are present and error of the initial IQ mismatch correction function by comparing the values of the initial IQ mismatch correction function with IQ mismatch estimates corresponding to a respective bin of the frequency bins.

[H03D] DEMODULATION OR TRANSFERENCE OF MODULATION FROM ONE CARRIER TO ANOTHER (masers, lasers H01S; circuits capable of acting both as modulator and demodulator H03C, e.g. balanced modulators H03C 1/54; details applicable to both modulators and frequency-changers H03C; demodulating pulses which have been modulated with a continuously-variable signal H03K 9/00; transforming types of pulse modulation H03K 11/00; relay systems, e.g. repeater stations H04B 7/14; demodulators adapted for digitally modulated-carrier systems H04L 27/00; synchronous demodulators adapted for colour television H04N 9/66)


Framework for temporal label switched path tunnel services
Patent No. 10715447 

Inventor(s): Huaimo Chen (Bolton, MA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15269098 on 09/19/2016 (1394 days app to issue)

Abstract: A T-SDN controller including a T-LSP manager, a temporal path element, a T-TED, a T-LDB, a T-LSPDB, and a network interface. The T-LSP receives a path request including time intervals and a set of constraints. The temporal path element obtains traffic engineering information and computes a path satisfying time intervals and a set of constraints. The T-TED reserves bandwidth corresponding to the path during the time intervals upon request by the T-LSP manager. The T-LDB reserves labels for the links during the time intervals upon request by the T-LSP manager. The T-LSPDB stores the time intervals, the set of constraints, the labels, and the bandwidth. The network interface permits the T-LSP manager to communicate with the nodes in the network to establish a temporal LSP along the path as computed.

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


Port address translation scalability in stateful network device clustering
Patent No. 10715486 

Inventor(s): Andrew E. Ossipov (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15890922 on 02/07/2018 (888 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is performed by a master network device among network devices of a cluster. The master network device receives cluster configuration information including a set of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and a pool of port blocks associated with the IP addresses. Each port block includes multiple ports, and the pool of the port blocks is to be shared across and used by the network devices for port address translation on network connections with the network devices. The master network device divides the port blocks in the pool into multiple buckets. The master network device first allocates to each network device in the cluster a corresponding one of the buckets, and reserves each bucket that is not allocated for allocation to a potential new network device. When a new network device joins the cluster, the master network device second allocates to the new network device the port blocks from a corresponding one of the reserved buckets.

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


Client network access provision by a network traffic manager
Patent No. 10715496 

Inventor(s): Adam Douglas Rose (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Cryptzone North America, Inc. (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig (27 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16113833 on 08/27/2018 (687 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a computer implemented method provides a client computing device network access to a private network by a network traffic manager, and the method includes: obtaining context parameters related to a context of the client computing device; selecting as a function of the context parameters one or more policies as selected policies, wherein each policy is associated with one or more network entitlement rules defining network access rules to a networking device or an application in the private network according to the policy; retrieving the one or more network entitlement rules associated with the selected policies; and providing the network traffic manager with the one or more network entitlement rules, thereby providing the client computing device the network access.

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


System and method for third party monitoring of voice and video calls
Patent No. 10715565 

Inventor(s): Stephen Lee Hodge (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16391954 on 04/23/2019 (448 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system is described herein that facilitates the monitoring of inmate communications. The system provides a remotely-accessible means for a reviewer to monitor a call between an inmate and another person. The system includes a monitoring server and a monitoring station. The monitoring server is configured to receive a call and call information from a communication center and process the call for monitoring, schedule a review of the call; and store the call, the call information, and scheduling data. The monitoring station is configured to receive the call and the call information from the monitoring server based on the scheduling data, and to display the identifying information and facilitate the review of the call.

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


Internet of things gateways of moving networks
Patent No. 10715640 

Inventor(s): Karunanithi Shanmugam (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): EMC IP Holding Company LLC (Hopkinton, MA)
Law Firm: Ryan, Mason Lewis, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16034427 on 07/13/2018 (732 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method in one embodiment comprises: obtaining, by a first cloud-based IoT gateway service, a radio signal from a first mobile sensor device; converting the radio signal to a message in a machine-to-machine IoT connectivity protocol; and providing the message to a message broker that determines a topic of the message and publishes the message using the topic. The message is distributed to one or more additional mobile sensor devices using a content delivery network. The first mobile sensor device optionally obtains the radio signal from one or more additional mobile sensor devices by means of vehicle-to-vehicle communications. The radio signal comprises, for example, a distress signal of a given mobile sensor device and a K-Nearest Neighbor process is optionally used to identify other mobile devices in proximity to the given mobile sensor device.

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


User interface for virtual assistant interactions on telephony device
Patent No. 10715648 

Inventor(s): Alberto J. Montilla Bravo (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16408206 on 05/09/2019 (432 days app to issue)

Abstract: A user interface for virtual assistant interactions on a telephony device may be provided. First, a plurality of lines associated with the telephony device, including a designated line for a user and a shared line for a virtual assistant, may be displayed through the user interface. Next, in response to receiving an incoming call to the designated line, a plurality of features associated with handling the incoming call, including an assistant feature to direct the incoming call to the virtual assistant, may be displayed through the user interface. Then, in response to the incoming call being directed to the virtual assistant, a plurality of features associated with managing a conversation between the virtual assistant and a caller during the incoming call may be displayed through the user interface. After the incoming call has ended, a call history associated with the incoming call may be displayed through the user interface.

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


Detection of sentiment shift
Patent No. 10715664 

Inventor(s): Aarthi Reddy (Allen, TX), Joshua West (Plano, TX), Martin Patrick McEnroe (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16012449 on 06/19/2018 (756 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, monitoring interaction(s) between user(s) and agent(s), detecting a shift in the user”s attitude, and identifying either a positive shift or a negative shift based on an analysis of the shift. The method may include tracking an outcome of each of the interactions, analyzing the interactions and outcomes, and producing training materials for use by the agent based on the analysis, the training materials including suggestions as to how to reverse the negative shift in future interactions. The method may include presenting the suggestions to the agent during the interaction(s), thereby assisting the agent in resolving the user”s attitude and/or concerns. Other embodiments are disclosed.

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


Network interface for tracking radio resource utilization
Patent No. 10715681 

Inventor(s): Imtiaz Shaikh (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16189474 on 11/13/2018 (609 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided for performing RAN-usage-based tracking in a wireless core network. The method includes obtaining a plan code for a communication device connecting to a radio access network (RAN); associating, based on the plan code, the communication device with a RAN-usage-based plan; and reporting, after the associating, a tracking instance of RAN usage by the communication device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for real-time SAO parameter estimation
Patent No. 10715815 

Inventor(s): Hrushikesh Tukaram Garud (Maharashtra, , IN), Mihir Narendra Mody (Bangalore, , IN), Soyeb Nagori (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16432453 on 06/05/2019 (405 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure provides a sample adaptive offset (SAO) encoder. The SAO encoder includes a statistics collection (SC) block and a rate distortion optimization (RDO) block coupled to the SC block. The SC block receives a set of deblocked pixels and a set of original pixels. The SC block categorizes each deblocked pixel of the set of deblocked pixels in at least one of a plurality of band and edge categories. The SC block estimates an error in each category as difference between a deblocked pixel of the set of deblocked pixels and corresponding original pixel of the set of original pixels. The RDO block determines a set of candidate offsets associated with each category and selects a candidate offset with a minimum RD cost. The minimum RD cost is used by a SAO type block and a decision block to generate final offsets for the SAO encoder.

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


Luma-based chroma intra-prediction for video coding
Patent No. 10715830 

Inventor(s): Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16434773 on 06/07/2019 (403 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for luma-based chroma intra-prediction in a video encoder or a video decoder is provided that includes filtering reconstructed neighboring samples of a reconstructed down sampled luma block, computing parameters and of a linear model using the filtered, reconstructed neighboring samples of the reconstructed down sampled luma block and reconstructed neighboring samples of a corresponding chroma block, wherein the linear model is Pred[subscript]C[/subscript][x, y]=Rec[subscript]L[/subscript][x, y]+, wherein x and y are sample coordinates, Pred[subscript]C [/subscript]is predicted chroma samples, and Rec[subscript]L[/subscript] is samples of the reconstructed down sampled luma block, and computing samples of a predicted chroma block from corresponding samples of the reconstructed down sampled luma block using the linear model and the parameters.

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


Determining an end screen time for displaying an end screen user interface
Patent No. 10715871 

Inventor(s): Kyrylo Panarin (Flower Mound, TX), Pari Chidambaram (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing, Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16367061 on 03/27/2019 (475 days app to issue)

Abstract: A content platform can receive information identifying a plurality of exit times, in an on-demand content element, associated with respective user-initiated exit events. The plurality of exit times can be based on a time duration of the on-demand content element. The content platform can generate an exit time distribution based on the plurality of exit times, and can identify a maximum exit time density in the exit time distribution and a maximum exit time density gradient in the exit time distribution. The content platform can determine, using a machine-learning regression model, an end screen time in the on-demand content element based on the maximum exit time density and the maximum exit time density gradient. The content platform can generate an instruction to display an end screen user interface at the end screen time during playback of the on-demand content element.

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


System and method for configuring audio signals to compensate for acoustic changes of the ear
Patent No. 10715903 

Inventor(s): Dennis Rauschmayer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): RevX Technologies, Inc. (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Lee Hayes, P.C. (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16569002 on 09/12/2019 (306 days app to issue)

Abstract: Personal speaker systems including headset and earbud systems may be configured to capture audio data using an in-ear microphone while a speaker outputs known audio signals into the ear canal. The system may generate an acoustic model of the compressed ear canal and ear drum of the listener and utilize the acoustic model to provide noise cancelation at the eardrum, modification to the audio to result in a more natural sound at the eardrum, and/or to measure leakage of the personal speaker system.

[H04R] LOUDSPEAKERS, MICROPHONES, GRAMOPHONE PICK-UPS OR LIKE ACOUSTIC ELECTROMECHANICAL TRANSDUCERS; DEAF-AID SETS; PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEMS (producing sounds with frequency not determined by supply frequency G10K) [6]


Method for avoiding collisions between open discovery and cellular resource
Patent No. 10715991 

Inventor(s): Anthony C. K. Soong (Plano, TX), Hossein Bagheri (Urbana, IL), Philippe Sartori (Plainfield, IL), Vipul Desai (Palatine, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15620517 on 06/12/2017 (1128 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device is configured to perform a method of wireless communication in a wireless communication network. The method includes receiving, from a communications controller, a device-to-device (D2D) subframe configuration to communicate with one or more second wireless devices, the subframe configuration indicating one or more subframes in which to transmit a D2D signal or receive one or more D2D signals. The method also includes receiving, from the communications controller, scheduling information to transmit a first signal to the communications controller on a subframe indicated by the D2D subframe configuration. The method further includes prioritizing the transmission of the first signal over a transmission of the D2D signal or a reception of the one or more D2D signals, and transmitting the first signal.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for measurement reference signal
Patent No. 10716020 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15437413 on 02/20/2017 (1240 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for reference signal measurement. A user equipment (UE) includes a transceiver and a processor operably connected to the transceiver. The transceiver is configured to receive reference signal (RS) resource configuration information and at least two RSs. The processor is configured to measure at least one of the at least two RSs. A first RS of the at least two RSs is non-UE-specifically configured and a second RS of the at least two RSs is UE-specifically configured.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Hyper accuracy location platform
Patent No. 10716086 

Inventor(s): Christopher N. Del Regno (Rowlett, TX), Matthew W. Turlington (Richardson, TX), Mohammed M. Rahman (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15693004 on 08/31/2017 (1048 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device receives reference data from reference receivers associated with base stations, and synchronizes the reference data to a reference time to generate synchronized reference data for the reference receivers. The device processes the synchronized reference data to determine location error information associated with one or more of the reference receivers, and receives information indicating that a user device, located at an observed location, connects to a particular base station of the base stations. The device determines a location correction for the observed location, or an actual location of the user device, based on particular location error information for a particular reference receiver, of the reference receivers, associated with the particular base station, and causes information identifying the location correction or information identifying the actual location of the user device to be provided to the user device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Location determination of internet-of-things devices based on access point emulation
Patent No. 10716088 

Inventor(s): David Gordon Marten (Sachse, TX), Rick McConney (Plano, TX), Steven Martin (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT MOBILITY II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16422131 on 05/24/2019 (417 days app to issue)

Abstract: Determining a location for a non-access point device based on non-access point device emulation of an access point (AP) device is disclosed. A non-AP device can pass itself off as an actual AP device to piggyback of location reporting by user equipment (UE). Where a UE observes an emulated AP, e.g., a non-AP device masquerading as an AP device, the observance of the emulated AP can be reported, along with UE location information captured at the time of the observance, to a network database. The UE location information can be used to determine a location of the emulated AP. The location of the emulated AP can be retrieved from the database in response to a query identifying the emulated AP. This can enable the non-AP device to query its own location as observed by the UE. This can enable other devices to receive the location of the non-AP device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Outage notification and context preservation for energy-harvesting devices
Patent No. 10716114 

Inventor(s): Kathiravetpillai Sivanesan (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): APPLE INC. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14817679 on 08/04/2015 (1806 days app to issue)

Abstract: Technology described herein provides systems and technologies that help avoid waste of wireless network resources due to frequent losses of wireless connectivity with energy-harvesting devices (EHDs). An energy-harvesting-indicator communication can be sent from a wireless device to a cellular base station to inform the cellular base station that the wireless device is an EHD. The cellular base station can preserve context information and/or DL data pertaining to a wireless connection with the EHD when a wireless connection is lost due to a temporarily low level of available energy at the EHD. The context information and/or DL data can be preserved by the cellular base station until the period of time elapsed exceeds a threshold time value. Upon receiving a connection-resumption communication from the EHD, the cellular base station can use preserved context information to restore the wireless connection and proceed to send preserved DL data to the EHD.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Dual mode transmission in a controlled environment
Patent No. 10716160 

Inventor(s): Stephen L. Hodge (Aubrey, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16526222 on 07/30/2019 (350 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dual-mode mobile device and a method for coordinating calls for the dual-mode mobile device over a first and second connection within a controlled environment is disclosed. The method includes communications between a monitoring server and the dual-mode mobile device over the first connection while the dual-mode mobile device conducts the call over the second connection. The monitoring server transmits control messages to the dual-mode mobile device to control operations of the dual-mode mobile device and establishment of the call and also monitors operations of the dual-mode mobile device as well as the communications transmitted and received by the dual-mode mobile device during the call.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Cellular network coverage using a vehicle-based data transmission extender
Patent No. 10716167 

Inventor(s): Gopal Kalaimani Senthilkumar (Frisco, TX), Michael C. Edwards (McKinney, TX), Neil Dutta (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes Boone, LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16203950 on 11/29/2018 (593 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods for improving cellular network coverage using a vehicle-based data transmission extender. One such generalized method includes establishing communication between a fixed base station of a cellular network and a first wireless device, which includes a data transmission module that is part of a first vehicle. Data is relayed between the fixed base station and a second wireless device using the first wireless device to extend geographic coverage of the cellular network to the second wireless device. The method also includes at least one of: detecting, using a signal detector, a signal emitted from the second wireless device, the signal detector being part of the first vehicle; and tracking, using a data meter, an amount of data relayed via the first wireless device between the fixed base station and the second wireless device over the cellular network, the data meter being part of the first vehicle.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Printed circuit board including through-hole vias
Patent No. 10716210 

Inventor(s): Christopher M Barnette (Plano, TX), Michael Day (Plano, TX), William K Fitzgerald (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Patent Department (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15759577 on 09/15/2015 (1764 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various examples provide a printed circuit board (PCB) comprising a first route from a first through-hole via to a second through-hole via, and a second route from the second through-hole via to a first microvia (e.g., coupled to a second memory module socket). Additional microvias may have a route from the first microvia that effectively daisy chains the microvias from the second through-hold via. Various examples also provide a PCB comprising a first route from a first through-hole via to a second through-hole via, and a second route from the second through-hole via to a first sequential lamination via. Additional sequential lamination vias may have a route from the first microvia that effectively daisy chains the sequential lamination vias from the second through-hold via.

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


Air flow distribution system for data center server racks
Patent No. 10716241 

Inventor(s): Earl Keisling (Ridgefield, CT), Gerald McDonnell (Poughquag, NY), John Costakis (Hyde Park, NY)
Assignee(s): INERTECH IP LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Weber Rosselli Cannon LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14473395 on 08/29/2014 (2146 days app to issue)

Abstract: An air flow distribution system for cooling server racks includes at least one server rack partially defining a hot aisle and a cold aisle, a first air foil disposed above the server rack, and a second air foil disposed above the first air foil. The first air foil and the second air foil are configured to receive air from the hot aisle, and to form turbulent wake patterns in the cold aisle partially defined by the server rack. The air flow distribution system may include a convex ceiling member above the second air foil. A corresponding method includes causing air to be directed between a first air foil disposed above a server rack and a second air foil disposed above the first air foil to form turbulent wake patterns in the cold aisle. An electrical enclosure assembly includes a receptacle and a cover member configured as an air foil.

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


DESIGN PATENTS

Hat
Patent No. D889781 

Inventor(s): Logan Miles Allison (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29669814 on 11/12/2018 (610 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Door lock latch retainer
Patent No. D889931 

Inventor(s): Clinton Adair Monroe (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29669937 on 11/13/2018 (609 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pipe support
Patent No. D889943 

Inventor(s): Matthew A. Hanson (Celina, TX), Paul D. Phillips (Frisco, TX), Victor A. Sahm, III (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Southwest Agri-Plastics, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29676359 on 01/10/2019 (551 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Plurality of separable flexible pouches for medication
Patent No. D889990 

Inventor(s): Brian K. Reaux (Red Oak, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29651586 on 10/02/2018 (651 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Web swing
Patent No. D890284 

Inventor(s): John Blackrock (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): AARJAY PRODUCTS, LLC (Springfield, VA)
Law Firm: Widerman Malek, PL (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29659925 on 08/14/2018 (700 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Paddle for holding a flight of cone shaped smoking articles
Patent No. D890420 

Inventor(s): Brian K. Reaux (Red Oak, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29620900 on 08/15/2017 (1064 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Neck shaving device
Patent No. D890428 

Inventor(s): Reid Simkovitz (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Goldstein Law Offices, P.C. (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29672233 on 12/04/2018 (588 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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