Dallas Invents: 134 Patents Granted for Week of June 25

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

Patents granted include:
•  CPG Technologies' wired and wireless power distribution coexistence
  Apple Inc.'s user equipment location on a wireless transmission system
•  Facebook's location-based content aggregation and distribution
•  PayPal's management based on user tolerance for waiting in line
•  Sensogram Technologies' non-invasive wearable blood pressure monitoring system
•  Barferno's real-time patron-activity information system

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 June 25, 2019 | 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) 19
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 12
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 4
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano) 4
Mary Kay Inc. (Addison) 3

UNASSIGNED 4


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Abby Nicole Tisdale (Grapevine) 2
David Gerard Ledet (Allen) 2
Heping Dai (Plano) 2
James W. Ling (McKinney) 2
Jason A. Gonzalez (Lewisville) 2
Jianzhong Zhang (Plano) 2
Jin-Meng Ho (Plano) 2
Kenneth W. Huck (Fairview) 2


FIRST SEEN 

First Seen is a listing of companies that may be originating a patent for the first time this year, according to Patent Index.

Barferno
Patent No.10332178
Real-time patron-activity information system

Operative Medical Solutions
Patent No.10332644
Radiation attenuating protective garments

SLMP
Patent No. 10329623
Synthetic tissue controls and synthetic tissue microarray controls


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

124 days
Cosmetic composition and methods of use thereof
Patent No. 10328013
Assignee: Mary Kay Inc. (Addison)
Inventors: Julia Collier, Kim Wilson, Michael Frushour (Addison)

2,772 days
Robust step detection using low cost MEMS accelerometer in mobile applications, and processing methods, apparatus and systems
Patent No. 10330491
Assignee: Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas)
Inventors: Goutam Dutta, Jayawardan Janardhanan , Sandeep Rao (Bangalore, IN)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Incorporation of graphene in various components and method of manufacturing
Patent No. 10327429 

Inventor(s): Chi Kai Tseng (Taipei, , TW), Glenn Miller (Sachse, TX), Vanhdy Miller (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): G-Rods International LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15204885 on 07/07/2016 (1083 days app to issue)

Abstract: A component comprises a hollow component having a plurality of prepreg layers, where each prepreg layer includes a graphene-resin mixture comprising a resin and a graphene preparation evenly disposed throughout the resin. The component further includes a fiber cloth impregnated with the graphene-resin mixture. The plurality of prepreg layers are applied and pressed together in alternate layers of graphene-resin mixture and fiber cloth to form the hollow component.

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


Articulated sofa bed with locking mechanism
Patent No. 10327559 

Inventor(s): Thomas A. Garland (Palmetto, FL)
Assignee(s): American Leather Operations, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15259355 on 09/08/2016 (1020 days app to issue)

Abstract: A seat convertible to a bed. The seat includes a locking mechanism for fixably maintaining a head panel section of the bed in a generally horizontal orientation when the bed is in the deployed configuration and releasing the head panel section from the deployed configuration by a lifting motion. The locking mechanism is connected to the head panel section and a mid-swinging member. The mid-swinging member pivotally attaches to the head panel section and a stationary mounting arm. The stationary mounting arm is fixably attached to a seat frame.

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


Non-invasive wearable blood pressure monitoring system
Patent No. 10327649 

Inventor(s): Armen Poghosyan (Yerevan, , AM), Vahram Mouradian (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Sensogram Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: RatnerPrestia (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15254880 on 09/01/2016 (1027 days app to issue)

Abstract: Presented are embodiments of an apparatus and methodology for non-invasive, continuous or semi-continuous monitoring of human blood pressure by photoplethysmography (PPG) based sensor system.

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


Method and apparatus for heart rate monitoring
Patent No. 10327653 

Inventor(s): Sourabh Ravindran (Dallas, TX), Steven T. Dunbar (Lafayette, CO)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15804937 on 11/06/2017 (596 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for monitoring heart rate. The method includes receiving a digital heart monitoring signal, determining the integrity of said signal with a ”hand detect” signal that confirms electrical connection to the subject, dividing the digital heart monitoring signal into at least one frame, generating a folded correlation value for the center sample in the at least one frame, identify the number of peaks folded correlation values based on amplitude and distance parameters of the digital heart monitoring signal in the at least one frame, removing false peaks and collecting peaks corresponding to a length of time, determining the heart rate based on the identified peaks wherein the identified peaks relate to a minimum distance between valid heart beat peaks based on a heart rate estimate, computing the weighted average of heart rate value based on the number of previous heart rate values.

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


Cosmetic composition and methods of use thereof
Patent No. 10328013 

Inventor(s): Julia Collier (Addison, TX), Kim Wilson (Addison, TX), Michael Frushour (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16281585 on 02/21/2019 (124 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a topical skin composition. The composition can include 60 to 85% by weight of water, 4 to 10% by weight of isodecane, 0.5 to 4% by weight of caprylic/capric triglyceride, 0.2 to 3% by weight of dimethicone, 0.2 to 3% by weight of cetyl alcohol, 0.2 to 3% by weight of stearic acid, 0.1 to 2% by weight of arachidyl alcohol, 0.05 to 2% by weight of hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, 0.05 to 2% by weight of behenyl alcohol, 0.05 to 2% by weight of isohexadecane, 0.01 to 1% by weight of arachidyl glucoside, and 0.01 to 1% by weight of acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, polysorbate 60.

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


Topical skin care formulations comprising plant extracts
Patent No. 10328019 

Inventor(s): David Gan (Southlake, TX), Michelle Hines (Hickory Creek, TX), Tiffany Florence (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15224241 on 07/29/2016 (1061 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are topical skin compositions and corresponding methods for their use that include plant extracts. One such composition can include a TNF- inhibitor, wherein said inhibitor is an aqueous extract from the whole plant of [i]Polygonum multiflorum[/i], an antioxidant and a tyrosinase inhibitor, wherein said antioxidant and tyrosinase inhibitor is an aqueous extract from the whole plant of [i]Lonicera japonica[/i], and a dermatologically acceptable carrier, wherein the composition can include at least 50% by weight of water.

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


Ophthalmic emulsion
Patent No. 10328025 

Inventor(s): David L. Meadows (Colleyville, TX), Howard Allen Ketelson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ALCON RESEARCH, LTD. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15989383 on 05/25/2018 (396 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is directed to an ophthalmic emulsion. The emulsion has a unique combination of ingredients that promotes the stability of small oil droplets within the emulsion. The emulsion also includes a mucoadhesive polymer that aid in delivering a lipid to the ocular surface.

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


Breathing equipment training
Patent No. 10328293 

Inventor(s): Justin Clayton Dickstein (Dallas, TX), Michael R. Moussa (Euless, TX), Stephen Hilton Savoie (Everman, TX)
Assignee(s): Blast Mask, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15676862 on 08/14/2017 (680 days app to issue)

Abstract: A breathing equipment training device and a method for breathing training using a breathing equipment training device. The breathing equipment training device includes a shell and a diaphragm. The shell includes a first opening and a second opening, the first opening configured to be inserted into a breathing opening in a mask to form a connection with the breathing opening of the mask, and the second opening configured to be exposed to ambient air. The diaphragm is positioned in an inner cavity of the shell about the second opening, and configured to impede airflow into the shell through the second opening and to traverse along an axis between the first and second openings.

[A62B] DEVICES, APPARATUS OR METHODS FOR LIFE-SAVING (valves specially adapted for medical use A61M 39/00; composition of chemical substances used in respirators, gas-masks, breathing apparatus or the like A62D; rescuing from mountains or trees A63B 27/00, A63B 29/00; life-saving devices, apparatus or methods specially adapted for use in water B63C 9/00; divers’ equipment B63C 11/00; specially adapted for use with aircraft, e.g. parachutes or ejector seats, B64D; rescue devices peculiar to mining E21F 11/00)


Method of making coated articles
Patent No. 10329448 

Inventor(s): Peter D. Gabriele (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): THE SECANT GROUP, LLC (Telford, PA)
Law Firm: McNees Wallace Nurick LLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15149732 on 05/09/2016 (1142 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of preparing a coated article includes providing an article and coating a surface of the article with a polymeric composition comprising poly(glycerol sebacate). In some embodiments, the composition is a poly(glycerol sebacate) copolymer.

[A01N] PRESERVATION OF BODIES OF HUMANS OR ANIMALS OR PLANTS OR PARTS THEREOF (preservation of food or foodstuff A23); BIOCIDES, e.g. AS DISINFECTANTS, AS PESTICIDES OR AS HERBICIDES (preparations for medical, dental or toilet purposes which kill or prevent the growth or proliferation of unwanted organisms A61K); PEST REPELLANTS OR ATTRACTANTS; PLANT GROWTH REGULATORS (mixtures of pesticides with fertilisers C05G)


 

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

Shaving systems
Patent No. 10328587 

Inventor(s): Craig A. Provost (Boston, MA), John W. Griffin (Moultonborough, NH), William E. Tucker (Attleboro, MA)
Assignee(s): SHAVELOGIC, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Leber IP Law (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15455507 on 03/10/2017 (837 days app to issue)

Abstract: Replaceable shaving assemblies are disclosed that include a blade unit, an interface element configured to removeably connect the blade unit to a handle, on which the blade unit is pivotably mounted, and a return element disposed on the interface element. Shaving systems including such shaving assemblies are also disclosed, as are methods of using such shaving systems.

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


Composite core with non-traditional geometries
Patent No. 10328658 

Inventor(s): Dave Carlson (North Richland Hills, TX), Levi Armstrong (Saginaw, TX), Paul K. Oldroyd (Azle, TX), Phillip Kendrick (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14982243 on 12/29/2015 (1274 days app to issue)

Abstract: A composite core with non-traditional geometries includes multiple elongate tubes arranged in a two-dimensional array. Each tube is made of a composite material. Each tube includes multiple curved sides. Each curved side inwardly curves toward a longitudinal axis passing through a geometric center of the tube to form a valley on an outer surface of the tube. An end of a first curved side connects to an end of a second curved side to form a crest on the outer surface of the tube. At least one crest formed on an outer surface of a first tube in the two-dimensional array contacts at least one valley formed on an outer surface of an adjacent second tube in the two-dimensional array.

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


Systems and methods for adaptive braking using brake wear data
Patent No. 10328802 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey David Gaither (Brighton, MI), Joshua D. Payne (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: 15349676 on 11/11/2016 (956 days app to issue)

Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to adapting a manner of braking according to brake wear of friction brakes of a vehicle. In one embodiment, a method includes identifying whether brake wear of at least one of the friction brakes satisfies a threshold for modifying a deceleration pattern of the vehicle. The deceleration pattern indicates how regenerative brakes and the friction brakes are engaged to decelerate the vehicle individually for each wheel of the vehicle. The method includes adjusting the deceleration pattern according to at least the brake wear of the at least one of the friction brakes to transition braking from the at least one of the friction brakes to the regenerative brakes. The method includes controlling the vehicle to decelerate according to the deceleration pattern upon receiving a control input.

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


Sensor blind spot indication for vehicles
Patent No. 10328949 

Inventor(s): Nobuhide Kamata (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: 15008518 on 01/28/2016 (1244 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle can be configured to indicate sensor blind spots to a vehicle occupant (e.g., a driver). Using one or more sensors, the vehicle can acquire driving environment data of an external environment of the vehicle. It can be determined whether one or more portions of the acquired driving environment data is unreliable. Responsive to determining that one or more portions of the acquired driving environment data is unreliable, an alert can be caused to be presented within the vehicle. The alert can indicate one or more locations in the external environment in which the driving environment data that is determined to be unreliable. In some instances, the alert can be a visual alert and/or an audial alert.

[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]


Hourglass autorack car
Patent No. 10328953 

Inventor(s): Brant R. McGhee (Arlington, TX), Kenneth W. Huck (Fairview, TX), Shaun Richmond (Frankfort, IL)
Assignee(s): TRINITY NORTH AMERICAN FREIGHT CAR, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15214827 on 07/20/2016 (1070 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to some embodiments, a railcar comprises a first end, a second end, and a first longitudinal side and a second longitudinal side disposed between the first end and the second end. The first longitudinal side comprises a center panel and an intermediate panel. The center panel is disposed between a center of the railcar and the intermediate panel. The intermediate panel is disposed between the center panel and the first end or the second end. A width of the railcar at the intermediate panel is greater than a width of the railcar at the center panel. The center panel and the intermediate panel comprise generally straight panels coupled together at an angle. In particular embodiments, the first longitudinal side further comprises an end panel disposed between the intermediate panel and the first end or the second end.

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


Railcar end doors as bridge plates
Patent No. 10328954 

Inventor(s): Kenneth W. Huck (Fairview, TX)
Assignee(s): TRINITY NORTH AMERICAN FREIGHT CAR, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15214174 on 07/19/2016 (1071 days app to issue)

Abstract: A railcar system that includes a first railcar comprising a first plurality of decks and a first plurality of end doors adjacent to a respective deck of the first plurality of decks. The railcar system further comprises a second railcar comprising a second plurality of decks and a second plurality of end doors adjacent to a respective deck of the second plurality of decks. Each of the first plurality of end doors and the second plurality of end doors is configurable between a vertical orientation and a horizontal orientation. The railcar system is further configured such that when a first end door of the first plurality of end doors of the first railcar is in its horizontal orientation it aligns with a second end door of the second plurality of end doors of the second railcar when the second end door is in its horizontal orientation.

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


Aircraft having M-wings
Patent No. 10329014 

Inventor(s): John Richard McCullough (Fort Worth, TX), Paul K. Oldroyd (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15606213 on 05/26/2017 (760 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aircraft has a vertical takeoff and landing fight mode and a forward flight mode. The aircraft includes an airframe with first and second M-wings each having a pair of leading apexes with swept forward and swept back portions extending therefrom at a swept angle. A propulsion system includes a plurality of propulsion assemblies each attached to the airframe proximate one of the leading apexes. Each of the propulsion assemblies includes a rotor assembly having a tilting degree of freedom. A flight control system is operable to control the propulsion assemblies including tilting the rotor assemblies to generate variable thrust vectors that have a maximum angle that is generally congruent with the swept angles of the M-wings.

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


Integrated deployable leg rest for reclining passenger seats
Patent No. 10329020 

Inventor(s): Josh T. Smith (Denton, TX), Raul G. Reyes (Denton, TX), Ty Parker (Sanger, TX)
Assignee(s): Safran Seats USA LLC (Gainesville, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15128125 on 04/02/2015 (1545 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described are reclining passenger seats having deployable leg rests coupled to the seat bottom. An actuator, which may be a gas cylinder, spring, or electric motor, moves the deployable leg rest between stowed and deployed positions. A locking mechanism may be used to stabilize the deployable leg rest in the stowed position, the deployed position, or any intermediate position. The coupling of the deployable leg rest to the seat bottom allows for a greater range of movement with a lighter, more compact mechanism.

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


Vehicle restraint
Patent No. 10329104 

Inventor(s): Michael Story (Denton, TX), Stephen Kosek (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems AB (Landskrona, , SE)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15466006 on 03/22/2017 (825 days app to issue)

Abstract: Vehicle restraints for use at loading docks are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, a vehicle restraint can include a frame mountable relative to a loading dock face, a restraining structure configured to engage, for example, a Rear Impact Guard (RIG) of a shipping vehicle, and a linkage operably coupling the restraining structure to the frame. The linkage can include a collapsible strut operably coupled between the frame and the restraining structure. In operation, the linkage can be raised to engage the restraining structure with the RIG and prevent the vehicle from moving away from the dock face. Additionally, the restraining structure can be disengaged from the RIG by collapsing the strut, even if the RIG is imparting a significant load on the restraining structure that might otherwise bind the restraining structure in the engaged position.

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


Wheel chock systems
Patent No. 10329105 

Inventor(s): Daryl Day (Frisco, TX), Richard K. Hoofard (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems AB (Landskrona, , SE)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15685632 on 08/24/2017 (670 days app to issue)

Abstract: Wheel chock systems for use at loading docks and other locations are described herein. In some embodiments, the wheel chock systems can include a wheel chock assembly that is positionable in contact with a vehicle wheel to restrain the vehicle at a loading dock. The wheel chock assembly can include a sensor target, and a corresponding sensor can be mounted to, for example, an outer wall of the loading dock or a wheel chock storage cradle mounted to the outer wall. In operation, the sensor can emit a wireless signal (e.g., an electromagnetic signal) that is reflected off of the sensor target and received back by the sensor when the wheel chock has been positioned in a blocking relationship relative to the vehicle wheel to restrain the vehicle at the loading dock. The sensor can be operably connected to a loading dock signal system (e.g., a signal light system) that displays appropriate signals to loading dock personnel based on detection of proper wheel chock placement. In other embodiments, wheel chock systems can include other types of devices for wirelessly communicating wheel chock placement information to loading dock systems. Such device types can include, for example, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, RFID, etc.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Tall skylight dome with sun shade and diffusing partial cap to strengthen dome to capture low sun elevation angle light
Patent No. 10329769 

Inventor(s): David Gelbaum (Costa Mesa, CA)
Assignee(s): Entech Solar, Inc (Krum, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas Coester Intellectual Property (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15939735 on 03/29/2018 (453 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present subject matter comprises a simple, passive skylight dome with relatively tall partially vertical sides comprising partially transparent material which diffuses the transmitted light, and a mostly opaque sun shade near the top of the relatively tall partially vertical sides. The partially vertical sides are able to better intercept sunlight from low sun elevation angles than conventional horizontal skylights. The mostly opaque sun shade is able to block sunlight from high sun elevation angles to prevent such sunlight from entering the building below the dome. By enhancing the collection of low-sun-elevation-angle light, the subject matter improves the daylight performance of the skylight early and late in the day, and all day in the winter months. By reducing the collection of high-sun-elevation-angle light, the subject matter reduces the solar heat gain near solar noon in the summer months, thereby reducing air conditioning loads and related costs.

[E04D] ROOF COVERINGS; SKY-LIGHTS; GUTTERS; ROOF-WORKING TOOLS (coverings of outer walls by plaster or other porous material E04F 13/00)


Cutting elements for downhole cutting tools
Patent No. 10329847 

Inventor(s): Ryan K. Matthews (Fort Worth, 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: 15195658 on 06/28/2016 (1092 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cutter for a downhole bit includes a first face oriented in the direction of rotation of the bit and a second face oriented toward the borehole wall. A substrate supports the first face and second face and the substrate is received in a recess of the bit.

[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]


Maintaining a downhole valve in an open position
Patent No. 10329878 

Inventor(s): Paul David Ringgenberg (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15310819 on 06/17/2014 (1834 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole valve system includes a downhole valve positionable in a wellbore and a downhole valve actuator coupled to the downhole valve. An annulus is defined between the downhole valve and the wellbore. The downhole valve actuator includes a pressure chamber that encloses a pressurized fluid at a particular pressure and a breakable member. The downhole valve actuator is adjustable to a first position to close the downhole valve when the particular pressure is greater than an annulus pressure at a first pressure in the annulus, and the downhole valve actuator is adjustable to a second position to lock the downhole valve in an open position independent of the relative values of the particular pressure and the annulus pressure, with the annulus pressure set at a second pressure greater than the first pressure to break the breakable member.

[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]


Self-sealing perforating apparatus
Patent No. 10329885 

Inventor(s): Christopher C. Hoelscher (Arlington, TX), Jeffery Richard Acker (Duncanville, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15315055 on 07/22/2014 (1799 days app to issue)

Abstract: A perforating apparatus incorporating a selective self-sealing material is disclosed for sealing exit holes in a wall of the apparatus resulting from perforation operations. The perforating apparatus traps debris produced during downhole perforation operations and prevents the debris from entering the wellbore which avoids the need for remedial operations to remove debris from the wellbore. The self-sealing material may be disposed within the perforating apparatus adjacent to an interior surface of the wall or the self-sealing material may be disposed outside the perforating apparatus adjacent to an exterior surface of the wall. The self-sealing material may include an expandable polymer material, a swelling elastomer, a rubber and combinations thereof.

[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]


Rotating control device with rotary latch
Patent No. 10330157 

Inventor(s): Anton K. Arnt (Dallas, TX), Owen R. Clark (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Chamberlain Hrdlicka (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14904935 on 08/29/2013 (2126 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotating control device can include an annular seal, and a latch including a rotary cam and an engagement member which releasably secures the seal and/or a bearing relative to the housing, such that rotation of the cam relative to the housing displaces the member. A method of latching an annular seal relative to an outer housing of a rotating control device can include rotating a rotary cam, thereby linearly displacing an engagement member that releasably secures the seal relative to the housing while permitting rotation of the seal relative to the housing. Another rotating control device can include an outer housing, an annular seal, and a latch including a rotary cam and multiple separate engagement members disposed in the housing, and in which rotation of the cam relative to the housing displaces the members in the housing.

[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

 

Pump fluid end with integrated web portion
Patent No. 10330097 

Inventor(s): Jacob A. Bayyouk (Richardson, TX), Johnny E. DeLeon (Arlington, TX), Scott Skurdalsvold (Qindao, , CN)
Assignee(s): S.P.M. Flow Control, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15953153 on 04/13/2018 (438 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fluid end block for attachment to a power end of a high pressure reciprocating pump includes a main body portion having an outwardly facing body forward face, an outwardly facing body rear face opposite the body forward face, and opposing side surfaces. A web portion protrudes outwardly from the outwardly facing body forward face. The web portion may have an outwardly facing web forward face and a curvilinear side surface. The web portion may be integral with the main body portion. A plurality of bosses protrude from the web forward face and having a forward facing end. The plurality of bosses may be integral with the main body portion and the web portion. A plunger bore extends through one of the plurality of bosses configured to receive a reciprocating plunger.

[F04B] POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINES FOR LIQUIDS; PUMPS (engine fuel-injection pumps F02M; machines for liquids, or pumps, of rotary-piston or oscillating-piston type F04C; non-positive-displacement pumps F04D; pumping of fluid by direct contact of another fluid or by using inertia of fluid to be pumped F04F; crankshafts, crossheads, connecting-rods F16C; flywheels F16F; gearings for interconverting rotary motion and reciprocating motion in general F16H; pistons, piston-rods, cylinders, in general F16J; ion pumps H01J 41/12; electrodynamic pumps H02K 44/02)


Rotorcraft vibration suppression system in a four corner pylon mount configuration
Patent No. 10330166 

Inventor(s): David E. Heverly, II (Arlington, TX), Matthew W. Hendricks (Bedford, TX), Maurice Griffin (Euless, TX), Michael R. Smith (Colleyville, TX), Taeoh Lee (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15723510 on 10/03/2017 (630 days app to issue)

Abstract: The vibration suppression system includes a vibration isolator located in each corner in a four corner pylon mount structural assembly. The combination of four vibration isolators, two being forward of the transmission, and two being aft of the transmission, collectively are effective at isolating main rotor vertical shear, pitch moment, as well as roll moment induced vibrations. Each opposing pair of vibration isolators can efficiently react against the moment oscillations because the moment can be decomposed into two antagonistic vertical oscillations at each vibration isolator. A pylon structure extends between a pair of vibration isolators thereby allowing the vibration isolators to be spaced a away from a vibrating body to provide increased control.

[F16F] SPRINGS; SHOCK-ABSORBERS; MEANS FOR DAMPING VIBRATION


Lightning resistant gas tubing system
Patent No. 10330225 

Inventor(s): Mark Eugene Goodson (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Knox Patents (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15859154 on 12/29/2017 (543 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus for detecting an electrical insult to a gas tubing system and dissipating the energy from such insult. The system includes tubing, at least one terminating connector, and an injury mitigator. The tubing includes a conduit, an insulating layer, a conductive layer, and a jacket. The conduit is connected to earth ground. The conductive layer is electrically insulated from the conduit by the insulating layer. The mitigator includes an insult event detection circuit and an energy dissipation circuit, both electrically connected between the conductive layer of the tubing and ground. Insult indication is provided by a fusible link. Energy dissipation is provided by the fuse, a transient voltage suppression (TVS) device, and/or a spark gap. The TVS device has a setpoint voltage less than the breakdown voltage of the spark gap, ensuring that the TVS device actuates before the spark gap conducts.

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


Device for controlling a remotely located luminaire
Patent No. 10330292 

Inventor(s): Dale Polansky (Duncanville, TX), Diane Miller (Grapevine, TX), Ian Clarke (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Production Resource Group LLC (New Windsor, NY)
Law Firm: Law Office of Scott C Harris, Inc (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15065040 on 03/09/2016 (1203 days app to issue)

Abstract: A remote follow spot system includes a remote controller that has separately movable parts that are movable in two orthogonal directions, and a display attached to one of said two separately movable parts. The display receives a video feed from a controlled light, that is controlled to move in the same directions as remote controller. The display hence shows the field of view where the light is pointing. In this way, an operator of the follow spot can control the light without physically being near the light.

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


System for refrigerant pressure relief in HVAC systems
Patent No. 10330358 

Inventor(s): Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14706945 on 05/07/2015 (1510 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for reducing refrigerant pressure in an HVAC system includes a receptacle that is fluidly coupled to a condenser. The receptacle is coupled to the condenser between a first pass and a second pass of refrigerant across a flow path of air. The receptacle can include a connection allowing for refrigerant flow into the receptacle during periods of high pressure.

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


Three-piece primer insert having an internal diffuser for polymer ammunition
Patent No. 10330451 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): True Velocity, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15922046 on 03/15/2018 (467 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a three piece primer insert for use in polymer ammunition comprising: an upper primer insert portion comprising an upper primer bottom surface, an upper primer aperture through the upper primer bottom surface, a groove positioned around the upper primer aperture, wherein the groove is adapted to receive a polymer overmolding and a substantially cylindrical coupling element extending away from the upper primer bottom surface; a middle primer insert portion comprising a middle aperture and positioned in contact with the upper primer bottom surface and adjacent to the groove, wherein the middle aperture is larger than the upper primer aperture; and a lower primer insert portion in contact with the middle primer insert portion comprising a lower primer bottom surface in contact with the middle primer insert portion and opposite a lower primer top surface, a primer recess in the lower primer top surface that extends toward the lower primer bottom surface and adapted to fit a primer, a lower aperture through the lower primer bottom surface, wherein the lower aperture is larger than the middle aperture.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Synthetic tissue controls and synthetic tissue microarray controls
Patent No. 10329623 

Inventor(s): Mark Lee Rees (Huntington, NY), Syed Ashraf Imam (North Hollywood, CA)
Assignee(s): SLMP, LLC (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14880450 on 10/12/2015 (1352 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include methods to form STC and STMC for use in determining presence of cancer, and methods to detect presence of cancer. In one embodiment, A portion of a STC is stained. The STC includes normal cells and cancer cells of a type of cancer co-cultured based on at least one cell culturing factors. The at least one co-culture factors includes a type of the cancer cells being cultured, a ratio of the cancer cells to the normal cells being co-cultured, seeding density of the normal cells and the cancer cells being co-cultured, a type of cell growth supplement used to facilitate culturing the cells, and a concentration of the cell growth supplement used to facilitate co-culturing the cells. The stained portion is observed to determine presence of one or more biomarker types that indicate presence of cancer.

[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)


Systems and methods employing cooperative optimization-based dimensionality reduction
Patent No. 10329900 

Inventor(s): Dingding Chen (Plano, TX), Syed Hamid (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15348718 on 11/10/2016 (957 days app to issue)

Abstract: Dimensionality reduction systems and methods facilitate visualization, understanding, and interpretation of high-dimensionality data sets, so long as the essential information of the data set is preserved during the dimensionality reduction process. In some of the disclosed embodiments, dimensionality reduction is accomplished using clustering, evolutionary computation of low-dimensionality coordinates for cluster kernels, particle swarm optimization of kernel positions, and training of neural networks based on the kernel mapping. The fitness function chosen for the evolutionary computation and particle swarm optimization is designed to preserve kernel distances and any other information deemed useful to the current application of the disclosed techniques, such as linear correlation with a variable that is to be predicted from future measurements. Various error measures are suitable and can be used.

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


Wireless fastener grip gauge
Patent No. 10330453 

Inventor(s): Philip Michael Chovanec (Arlington, TX), Tyler Martin Rup (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, L.L.P. (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15472784 on 03/29/2017 (818 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises a pin, a stop, a spring, one or more flanges, a measurement device, and a transmitter. The pin comprises a first end configured for insertion in an aperture in a component. The stop is slidably engaged with the pin and configured to contact a first surface of the component as the pin is inserted into the aperture in the component. The spring couples the stop to the housing. The one or more flanges are located proximate to the first end of the pin. The one or more flanges are configured to contact a second surface of the component. The measurement device is coupled to the pin. The transmitter is communicatively coupled to the measurement device.

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


Robust step detection using low cost MEMS accelerometer in mobile applications, and processing methods, apparatus and systems
Patent No. 10330491 

Inventor(s): Goutam Dutta (Bangalore, , IN), Jayawardan Janardhanan (Bangalore, , IN), Sandeep Rao (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13302329 on 11/22/2011 (2772 days app to issue)

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

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


Ultrasonic flowmeter using windowing of received signals
Patent No. 10330508 

Inventor(s): Amardeep Sathyanarayana (Austin, TX), Anand Dabak (Plano, TX), David Patrick Magee (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14964172 on 12/09/2015 (1294 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of ultrasound flow metering includes applying a first and second pulse train to an ultrasound transducer pair (T[subscript]1[/subscript], T[subscript]2[/subscript]) positioned for coupling ultrasonic waves therebetween. Responsive to the first pulse train applied to T[subscript]1[/subscript], T[subscript]1 [/subscript]transmits an ultrasonic wave received as received ultrasonic wave (R[subscript]12[/subscript]) by T[subscript]2 [/subscript]after propagating through fluid in a pipe. Responsive to the second pulse train applied to T[subscript]2[/subscript], T[subscript]2 [/subscript]transmits an ultrasonic wave received as received ultrasonic wave by (R[subscript]21[/subscript]) T[subscript]1 [/subscript]after propagating through the fluid. During the pulse trains, R[subscript]12 [/subscript]and R[subscript]21 [/subscript]build up in amplitude to provide excitation portions. The pulse trains are terminated, so that R[subscript]12 [/subscript]and R[subscript]21 [/subscript]decay as a damped free oscillation. Windowing is applied to R[subscript]12 [/subscript]and R[subscript]21 [/subscript]to generate windowed portions. A signal delay between t[subscript]12 [/subscript]and t[subscript]21 [/subscript](TOF) is calculated using only windowed portions, and a fluid flow is calculated from the TOF.

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


Thermometer device and method of making
Patent No. 10330537 

Inventor(s): Sreenivasan K Koduri (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15495200 on 04/24/2017 (792 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of manufacturing a thermometer probe includes: obtaining a hollow housing having an open end and a curved inner surface; obtaining a flexible detecting component having an adhesive layer; obtaining an insertion component; detachably attaching the flexible detecting component to the insertion component; inserting the insertion component, having the flexible detecting component attached thereto, through the open end of the hollow housing and into the hollow housing such that the adhesive layer is disposed between the insertion component and the inner surface; and adhering, via the adhesive layer, the flexible detecting component to the curved inner surface.

[G01K] MEASURING TEMPERATURE; MEASURING QUANTITY OF HEAT; THERMALLY-SENSITIVE ELEMENTS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (radiation pyrometry G01J 5/00)


Light-blocking system for a diagnostic analyzer
Patent No. 10330691 

Inventor(s): Ryan Patrick Johnson (Bedford, TX)
Assignee(s): ABBOTT LABORATORIES (Abbott Park, IL)
Law Firm: Klintworth Rozenblat IP LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15339433 on 10/31/2016 (967 days app to issue)

Abstract: A diagnostic analyzer includes a track, a light-blocking member, a motor, and an optical testing device. The track moves a reaction vessel held by the track. The light-blocking member is disposed adjacent to the track. The light-blocking member moves from a first position apart from the track to a second position closer to the track. When the light-blocking member is disposed in the first position a sample contained within the reaction vessel held by the track is exposed to light. When the light-blocking member is disposed in the second position the sample contained within the reaction vessel held by the track is blocked from exposure to the light. The motor moves the light-blocking member between the first and the second positions. The optical testing device is disposed adjacent to the track for optically testing the sample contained within the reaction vessel held by the track when the at least one light-blocking member is disposed in the second position.

[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)


Address/instruction registers, target domain interfaces, control information controlling all domains
Patent No. 10330729 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15899118 on 02/19/2018 (491 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure describes a reduced pin bus that can be used on integrated circuits or embedded cores within integrated circuits. The bus may be used for serial access to circuits where the availability of pins on ICs or terminals on cores is limited. The bus may be used for a variety of serial communication operations such as, but not limited to, serial communication related test, emulation, debug, and/or trace operations of an IC or core design. Other aspects of the disclosure include the use of reduced pin buses for emulation, debug, and trace operations and for functional operations.

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


Systems and methods for testing power supplies
Patent No. 10330740 

Inventor(s): Jimmie Paul Partee (Double Oak, TX)
Assignee(s): FEDEX SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS ELECTRONICS, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15678917 on 08/16/2017 (678 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for testing a power supply. A selection of one or more power supplies to test is received. A tester is automatically configured to test the one or more power supplies utilizing test parameters associated with the selection. A power-end of each of the one or more power supplies is received in power ports of the tester. An adapter-end of each of the one or more power supplies is received in adapter ports of the tester. The one or more power supplies are automatically tested utilizing test parameters. Performance characteristics of the loop one or more power supplies are measured during testing. Indications are given whether each of the one or more power supplies past the testing.

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


Calibrated measurement system and method
Patent No. 10330767 

Inventor(s): Abhijit Kumar Das (Plano, TX), Christy Lee She (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14951902 on 11/25/2015 (1308 days app to issue)

Abstract: A calibrated measurement circuit, with a first node, a second node, a circuit element coupled between the first node and the second node, and a reference circuit element. The calibrated measurement circuit also comprises circuitry for directing a first current and a second current between the first node and the second node and to the reference circuit element. The calibrated measurement circuit also comprises circuitry for measuring voltage across the circuit element in response to the first and second currents, and circuitry for measuring voltage across the reference circuit element in response to the first and second currents. A calibration factor is also determined for calibrating measured voltages across the circuit element, in response to a relationship between the first voltage, the second voltage, and the reference circuit element.

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


Method and system for user equipment location determination on a wireless transmission system
Patent No. 10330771 

Inventor(s): Geng Wu (Plano, TX), Jun Li (Richardson, TX), Neng Wang (Plano, TX), Yuqiang Tang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Meyertons, Hood, Kivlin, Kowert Goetzel, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16136862 on 09/20/2018 (278 days app to issue)

Abstract: Neighbor cell hearability can be improved by including an additional reference signal that can be detected at a low sensitivity and a low signal-to-noise ratio, by introducing non-unity frequency reuse for the signals used for a time difference of arrival (TDOA) measurement, e.g., orthogonality of signals transmitted from the serving cell sites and the various neighbor cell sites. The new reference signal, called the TDOA-RS, is proposed to improve the hearability of neighbor cells in a cellular network that deploys 3GPP EUTRAN (LTE) system, and the TDOA-RS can be transmitted in any resource blocks (RB) for PDSCH and/or MBSFN subframe, regardless of whether the latter is on a carrier supporting both PMCH and PDSCH or not. Besides the additional TDOA-RS reference signal, an additional synchronization signal (TDOA-sync) may also be included to improve the hearability of neighbor cells.

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


Radar hardware accelerator
Patent No. 10330773 

Inventor(s): Indu Prathapan (Karnataka, , IN), Karthik Ramasubramanian (Karnataka, , IN), Pankaj Gupta (Rajasthan, , IN), Raghu Ganesan (Karnataka, , IN), Sandeep Rao (Karnataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15184715 on 06/16/2016 (1104 days app to issue)

Abstract: A radar hardware accelerator (HWA) includes a fast Fourier transform (FFT) engine including a pre-processing block for providing interference mitigation and/or multiplying a radar data sample stream received from ADC buffers within a split accelerator local memory that also includes output buffers by a pre-programmed complex scalar or a specified sample from an internal look-up table (LUT) to generate pre-processed samples. A windowing plus FFT block (windowed FFT block) is for multiply the pre-processed samples by a window vector and then processing by an FFT block for performing a FFT to generate Fourier transformed samples. A post-processing block is for computing a magnitude of the Fourier transformed samples and performing a data compression operation for generating post-processed radar data. The pre-processing block, windowed FFT block and post-processing block are connected in one streaming series data path.

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


Complex fracture network mapping
Patent No. 10330825 

Inventor(s): Eric Sullivan Holderby (Fort Worth, TX), Ian Michael Adams (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14645519 on 03/12/2015 (1566 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some aspects, the present disclosure includes systems and methods for modeling a fracturing operation in a subsurface formation. The method includes generating an earth model of the subsurface formation, wherein the earth model is generated considering unstructured gridding; generating a fracture model of the subsurface formation based, at least in part, on the earth model of the subsurface formation, and wherein the fracture model is generated considering unstructured gridding; and performing a reservoir simulation of at least one reservoir in the subsurface formation based, at least in part, on the earth model and the fracture model, wherein the reservoir simulation is performed using unstructured gridding.

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


Polarization insensitive micro ring modulator
Patent No. 10330959 

Inventor(s): Hongzhen Wei (Pleasanton, CA), Yangjing Wen (Cupertino, CA), Yu Sheng Bai (Los Altos Hills, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15601706 on 05/22/2017 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transmission-type polarization insensitive modulator implemented as a polarization insensitive micro ring modulator (PIMRM) includes a first polarization splitter-rotator (PSR) configured to generate a first light beam and a second light beam having a common polarization from an input, a micro ring configured to modulate the first light beam with data to generate a first output signal, and modulate the second light beam with data to generate a second output signal, and a second PSR configured to combine the first output signal and the second output signal to form a modulated output signal, wherein the micro ring is disposed in between the first PSR and the second PSR.

[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]


Light modulating backplane with multi-layered pixel electrodes
Patent No. 10330988 

Inventor(s): Chun Chiu Daniel Wong (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): Syndiant, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14960135 on 12/04/2015 (1299 days app to issue)

Abstract: A light modulating Backplane with multi-layer pixel electrodes is disclosed. The light modulating backplane includes a multiple pixel control circuits and multiple pixel electrodes. The pixel electrodes include a first pixel electrode layer coupled to a corresponding pixel control circuit and a second pixel electrode layer. A passivation layer covers the pixel electrodes. The first pixel electrode layer is formed using a first metal such as copper and the second pixel electrode layer is formed using a second metal such as aluminum.

[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]


Vehicle communication system
Patent No. 10331121 

Inventor(s): Brian Joseph McManus (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): GE GLOBAL SOURCING LLC (Norwalk, CT)
Law Firm: The Small Patent Law Group LLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15377594 on 12/13/2016 (924 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communication system and method for communicatively linking vehicles in a vehicle consist determine a vehicle identifier for a first remote vehicle included in a vehicle consist formed from a lead vehicle and at least the first remote vehicle. The system and method communicate a wireless linking message addressed to the vehicle identifier from the lead vehicle to the first remote vehicle, and establish a communication link between the lead vehicle and the first remote vehicle responsive to receipt of the wireless linking message at the first remote vehicle. The communication link is established such that movement of the first remote vehicle is remotely controlled from the lead vehicle via the communication link. The communication link is established without an operator entering the first remote vehicle.

[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)


Compute through power loss hardware approach for processing device having nonvolatile logic memory
Patent No. 10331203 

Inventor(s): Michael Zwerg (Dallas, TX), Steven Craig Bartling (Plano, TX), Sudhanshu Khanna (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15016449 on 02/05/2016 (1236 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing device apparatus facilitates use of a deep low power mode that includes powering off the device”s CPU by including a hardware implemented process to trigger storage of data from the device”s volatile storage elements in non-volatile memory in response to entering the low power mode. A hardware based power management unit controls the process including interrupting a normal processing order of the CPU and triggering the storage of the data in the non-volatile memory. In response to a wake-up event, the device is triggered to restore the data stored in the non-volatile memory to the volatile memory prior to execution of a wake up process for the CPU from the low power mode. The device includes a power storage element such as a capacitor that holds sufficient energy to complete the non-volatile data storage task prior to entering the low power mode.

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


Managing transparent windows
Patent No. 10331316 

Inventor(s): Robert J. Torres (Colleyville, 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: 14850388 on 09/10/2015 (1384 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and arrangements to manage transparent windows are described herein. Embodiments may comprise logic such as hardware and/or code to select one or more windows to make transparent and to switching the active window between source and target windows via the position of the mouse. Many embodiments provide a right click, pop-up menu (i.e., pressing the right mouse button generates a pop-up menu), a pull-down menu, or a button associated with windows. These features may allow a user to select individual or all windows to be transparent. A transparent window provides some view of windows or objects below the transparent window while providing some view of the contents such as graphics and/or text in the transparent window. Embodiments may also include management logic such as hardware and/or code to facilitate selection of a transparent window to make the window active.

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


Method for performing random read access to a block of data using parallel LUT read instruction in vector processors
Patent No. 10331347 

Inventor(s): Dipan Kumar Mandal (Bangalore, , IN), Jayasree Sankaranarayanan (Kerala, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15991653 on 05/29/2018 (392 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure is directed to the problem of paralleling random read access within a reasonably sized block of data for a vector SIMD processor. The invention sets up plural parallel look up tables, moves data from main memory to each plural parallel look up table and then employs a look up table read instruction to simultaneously move data from each parallel look up table to a corresponding part a vector destination register. This enables data processing by vector single instruction multiple data (SIMD) operations. This vector destination register load can be repeated if the tables store more used data. New data can be loaded into the original tables if appropriate. A level one memory is preferably partitioned as part data cache and part directly addressable memory. The look up table memory is stored in the directly addressable memory.

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


Computer architecture for emulating a hamming distance measuring device for a correlithm object processing system
Patent No. 10331444 

Inventor(s): Patrick N. Lawrence (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16239298 on 01/03/2019 (173 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system that includes an XOR logic gate, a shift register, and a counter. The XOR logic gate is configured to receive a pair of correlithm objects, to perform an XOR operation on the pair of correlithm objects to generate a binary string, and transfer the binary string to the shift register. Each correlithm object is a point in an n-dimensional space represented by a binary string. The shift register is configured to bitwise shift the binary string to the counter. The counter is configured to sequentially receive each bit of the binary string and determine whether a received bit has a logical high value. The counter is configured to increment a count value in response to determining the received bit has a logical high value and output the count value which indicates the distance between the pair of correlithm objects.

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


Managing fairness for lock and unlock operations using operation prioritization
Patent No. 10331500 

Inventor(s): David Albert Carlson (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): Cavium, LLC (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Young Basile Hanlon MacFarlane, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15697736 on 09/07/2017 (656 days app to issue)

Abstract: Managing lock and unlock operations for a first thread executing on a first processor core includes, for each instruction included in the first thread and identified as being associated with: (1) a lock operation corresponding to a particular lock stored in a particular memory location, in response to determining that the particular lock has already been acquired, continuing to perform the lock operation for multiple attempts using associated operation messages for accessing the particular memory location, or (2) an unlock operation corresponding to a particular lock stored in a particular memory location, releasing the particular lock from the first thread using an associated operation message for accessing the particular memory location. Selected operation messages associated with an unlock operation are prioritized over operation messages associated with a lock operation.

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


Collaborative data sharing and data modification application
Patent No. 10331541 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15181595 on 06/14/2016 (1106 days app to issue)

Abstract: Sharing data with various user devices may offer an opportunity for various software testing and troubleshooting procedures to optimally process software code and provide testing results to those interested parties. In one example method of operation, a procedure provides processing software code stored in a first file, identifying a number of bugs in the software code, creating a second file that includes the software code and inserting identifiers at locations in the software code identifying the bugs, creating a number of notifications identifying the second file and the identifiers, and transmitting the notifications to various user devices associated with the software code.

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


Integration of network linecard (LC) to host operating system (OS)
Patent No. 10331616 

Inventor(s): Jun Xu (Cupertino, CA), Rangaraju Iyengar (Morgan Hill, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14818931 on 08/05/2015 (1420 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprising a plurality of physical IO ports configured to couple to a plurality of remote LCs that provide IO resources, and a processor coupled to the plurality of physical IO ports and configured to map the remote LCs to a plurality of vNICs by allocating at least some of the IO resources to the local vNICs, receive an OS kernel IO call comprising a request to access a first of the vNICs, determine a first of the remote LCs that corresponds to the first vNIC, and direct the request to access the first remote LC.

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


Search and notification procedures based on user history information
Patent No. 10331746 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORKS LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14582765 on 12/24/2014 (1644 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present application includes various information retrieval and query creation procedures. One example provides identifying at least one current user interest, applying the at least one user interest to a product query, generating the product query and transmitting the product query to at least one product source, receiving a number of products correlating to the at least one current user interest responsive to the product query being transmitted, and incorporating at least one of the number of products into a predefined user interest model. The result may provide optimized results in subsequent search operations.

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


Selective presentation of content types and sources in search
Patent No. 10331749 

Inventor(s): David Yen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Google LLC (Mountain View, CA)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15413946 on 01/24/2017 (882 days app to issue)

Abstract: Implementations of the present disclosure include actions of receiving a search query, identifying potential search results responsive to the search query, the potential search results corresponding to digital content stored in one or more computer-readable storage media, determining that the potential search results include user-generated content that is generated using one or more computer-implemented social services, receiving data associated with the user-generated content, the data including one or more scores, determining, based on the one or more scores, that the user-generated content is to be provided as a search result, generating search results, the search results including web-based search results and at least a portion of the user-generated content, and transmitting the search results to a client computing device for display to the searching user.

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


False path timing exception handler circuit
Patent No. 10331826 

Inventor(s): Prakash Narayanan (Karanataka, , IN), Saket Jalan (Bangalore, , IN), Wilson Pradeep (Karanataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15630394 on 06/22/2017 (733 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a false circuit path in a circuit under test having a starting logic point to an end logic point of the path. The false circuit path is designated as a testing path to be excluded during testing of one or more valid timing paths of the circuit under test. A false path gating circuit gates the starting logic point to the end logic point of the false circuit path. The false path gating circuit disables the false circuit path in response to one or more gating controls asserted during the testing of the one or more valid timing paths of the circuit under test.

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


System and method for audiovisual response to retail diagnostic product
Patent No. 10331924 

Inventor(s): Jovan Hutton Pulitzer (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Reliant Immune Diagnostics, Inc. (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15842711 on 12/14/2017 (558 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are provided for presenting self-diagnostic test instructions in the form of audiovisual messages. The system and method include collecting by a user of a testing device a biologic sample for use with a testing device, assigning correlative values as test results, and receiving the test results at a server disposed on a network. Some aspects of the system and method present test instructions to the user in the form of audiovisual messages. The audiovisual messages are provided to the user as a response to an interaction with a retail diagnostic product. In some aspects, the complete audiovisual message is presented before the user may complete a self-diagnostic test.

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


Intelligent travel planning
Patent No. 10332039 

Inventor(s): Abby Nicole Tisdale (Grapevine, TX), Jason A. Gonzalez (Lewisville, TX), Tassanee Kraipon Supakkul (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Heslin Rothenberg Farley Mesiti, PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15239397 on 08/17/2016 (1042 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The methods include, for instance: a travel planning system, via a user interface, receives requirements for a trip from a user; collects preference information of the user for the trip; searches available travel options based on the requirements and the preference information; builds an itinerary based on the searched travel options by use of a balance combination of relative weights for sources of the preference information; applies external data relevant to the itinerary; obtains a response to the itinerary from the user; and either adjusts the itinerary or makes reservations respective to the travel options in the itinerary, depending on types of a response from the user.

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


Intelligent travel planning
Patent No. 10332041 

Inventor(s): Abby Nicole Tisdale (Grapevine, TX), Jason A. Gonzalez (Lewisville, TX), Tassanee Kraipon Supakkul (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Heslin Rothenberg Farley Mesiti, PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15844085 on 12/15/2017 (557 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The methods include, for instance: a travel planning system, via a user interface, receives requirements for a trip from a user; collects preference information of the user for the trip; searches available travel options based on the requirements and the preference information; builds an itinerary based on the searched travel options by use of a balance combination of relative weights for sources of the preference information; applies external data relevant to the itinerary; obtains a response to the itinerary from the user; and either adjusts the itinerary or makes reservations respective to the travel options in the itinerary, depending on types of a response from the user.

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


Features selection and pattern mining for KQI prediction and cause analysis
Patent No. 10332056 

Inventor(s): Kai Yang (Bridgewater, NJ), Ruilin Liu (Hillsborough, NJ), Yanjia Sun (Downingtown, PA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15069617 on 03/14/2016 (1198 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for processing data sets to generate data rules for the data sets in a communications network. A first set of data including key quality indicators (KQIs) indicative of a quality of service and a second set of data including key performance indicators (KPIs) indicative of a performance level are received. The first data set and the second data set are categorized using a first value into a plurality of KQI groups and a second value into a plurality of KPI groups, respectively. Each of the KQI and KPI groups are identified with a label. Each of the KQI and KPI groups identified with a same label are processed by application of association rule learning to generate the data rules. The data rules model a relationship between the KQIs and the KPIs by calculating association frequencies.

[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]


Line management based on user tolerance
Patent No. 10332140 

Inventor(s): Emil Dides (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): PAYPAL, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14554650 on 11/26/2014 (1672 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system or method is provided to detect the positions of various users in line and determine the users” tolerance for waiting in line. Based on the tolerance of the users for waiting in line, the system may rearrange the line positions of the users accordingly. The user”s tolerance may be detected by their current position, their current movements and activities, the user”s purchase or transaction history, interests and hobbies, past line waiting experience, and the like. In an embodiment, the system may determine incentives or rewards and may offer them to the users who are waiting in line to incentivize them to stay in line.

[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]


Retrieving reviews based on user profile information
Patent No. 10332161 

Inventor(s): Erik H. Katzen (Argyle, TX), Romelia H. Flores (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14297112 on 06/05/2014 (1846 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an approach to retrieving reviews for a user based on user profile information, a computer receives user profile information for a first user. The computer receives a search term from the first user and determines review information corresponding to the search term and the user profile information. Responsive to determining review information corresponding to the search term and the user profile information, the computer retrieves the review information and transmits the review information to the first user.

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


Real-time patron-activity information system
Patent No. 10332178 

Inventor(s): Jaspal Singh Hare (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Barferno LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14846795 on 09/06/2015 (1388 days app to issue)

Abstract: An activity-information system is provided. The system comprises an activity-information server and a plurality of activity-information devices. Activity-information devices may be proprietor devices (e.g., for bar owners/staff), affiliate devices (e.g., for club promoters or taxi drivers), or end-user devices (e.g., for patrons). The activity-information devices provide activity information (such as, a user”s location or presence at a venue or within a district) to the activity-information server, which stores the activity information in an activity-information repository. The activity-information server then determines activity levels for venues and districts, which may be transmitted to devices. The activity-information device then may display activity level in an activity-information interface. The activity-information interface may comprise a map with highlighting and icons indicative of activity levels for districts and venues, respectively. In addition, activity-information interface may comprise a display area for display marketing information (such as promotions and coupons) related to venues.

[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 quality assurance of image recognition model
Patent No. 10332245 

Inventor(s): Aamer Charania (Flower Mound, TX), Chi-San Ho (Allen, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Sunil Vasisht (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16216982 on 12/11/2018 (196 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed embodiments provide systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media for stress testing a vehicle identification model by determining image quality parameters optimizing model confidence values. The embodiments comprise one or more memory devices storing instructions and one or more processors configured to execute instructions. The one or more processors perform operations comprising receiving a first set of images of the vehicle, wherein the images contain preset values for parameters comprising at least one of a rotation, a focus, a contrast, and a color. The system further analyzes the first set of images with an identification model and determining an initial identification confidence of the vehicle. The system further modifies the first set of images, compares the modified images to the first set of images, and determines whether the model should be modified based on at least the comparison.

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


Screen damage detection for devices
Patent No. 10332249 

Inventor(s): Ram Mohan Reddy (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Hyla, Inc. (Farmers Branch, TX)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15452707 on 03/07/2017 (840 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various implementations, a condition of one or more screens of a device may be determined. A user may select a return application that facilitates capturing image(s) of device screen(s). A user may capture images of a screen of using a camera of the same device or another device. In some implementations, the user may position the device proximate a mirror such that the device can capture an image of one or more screens of the device. The captured image(s) may be processed and/or analyzed to determine if the screen of the device is damaged. In some implementations, notifications based on the condition of the device screen(s) may be transmitted. A price for the device may be determined, in some implementations based on the condition of the screen.

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


Hands-free asset identification, location and management system
Patent No. 10332314 

Inventor(s): Eric Christopher Braddom (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Connectivity UK Limited (London, , GB), CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Fogg Powers LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15309136 on 05/07/2015 (1510 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hands-free asset management system and a method of its operation are disclosed. An example system includes an asset tracking database storing an asset location and one or more identifying characteristics of each of a plurality of networking assets, and an application executable on a wearable display device communicatively connected to the asset tracking database. The application is executable to receive a work order associated with at least one asset among the plurality of networking assets, based on a location of the wearable display device and the work order, display one or more directions to the asset for a wearer of the wearable display device, and display one or more work instructions to be performed on the asset.

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


Systems and methods for distributed currency management
Patent No. 10332358 

Inventor(s): Bradly J. Billman (Celina, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Hostetler LLP (15 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15046051 on 02/17/2016 (1224 days app to issue)

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

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


Generating a secure state indicator for a device using a light pipe from a fixed position on the device”s display
Patent No. 10332488 

Inventor(s): James Joseph Galu, Jr. (Richardson, TX), Michael Wayne Allen (Frisco, TX), Thomas Brian Olson (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15015683 on 02/04/2016 (1237 days app to issue)

Abstract: A handheld device is configured with a mode indicator to provide an easily seen indication of a defined mode of operation. A command may be received by the handheld device to enter the defined mode of operation. After entering the defined mode of operation, the device may set one or more specific pixels on a display of the handheld device to a predefined color indicative of the defined mode of operation. The mode indicator on the handheld is illuminated by transporting colored light generated by the one or more specific pixels to the mode indicator.

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


Systems and methods for providing automated natural language dialogue with customers
Patent No. 10332505 

Inventor(s): Adam Roy Paynter (Plano, TX), Gregory W. Zoller (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Troutman Sanders LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15665960 on 08/01/2017 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes one or more memory devices storing instructions, and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to perform steps of a providing automated natural dialog with a customer. The system may generate one or more events and commands temporarily stored in queues to be processed by one or more of a dialog management device, an API server, and an NLP device. The dialog management device may create adaptive responses to customer communications using a customer context, a rules-based platform, and a trained-machine learning model.

[G10L] SPEECH ANALYSIS OR SYNTHESIS; SPEECH RECOGNITION; SPEECH OR VOICE PROCESSING; SPEECH OR AUDIO CODING OR DECODING [4]


Signal training for prevention of metastability due to clocking indeterminacy
Patent No. 10332575 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15826404 on 11/29/2017 (573 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems that may employ adjustments to the latencies in the input circuitry to reduce the latency during initialization period and to prevent undesired effects from metastability are provided. Disclosed systems may employ adjustable delays during a signal training process to cause adjustments in the timing of the host that will reduce latencies during write cycles. Certain systems may further reduce latencies by employing input logic circuitry that produces a valid, consistent signal from the bidirectional connection, such as a gate, and preventing metastability in input circuitry altogether. Such circuitry allows bypassing of initialization periods to stabilize the input, and allows further reduction of the initialization.

[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)


Configuration parameter management for non-volatile data storage
Patent No. 10332604 

Inventor(s): Gary Janik (San Jose, CA), James Peterson (San Jose, CA), Jea Hyun (Los Altos, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler Bean Adamson, PC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15828407 on 11/30/2017 (572 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods are disclosed for managing configuration parameters for non-volatile data storage. A control module is configured to limit erase dwell times for blocks of a non-volatile memory medium to satisfy a threshold. A block classification module is configured to group blocks of a non-volatile memory medium based on retention times for the blocks. A block access module is configured to access at least one group of blocks using a read voltage threshold selected based on a grouping.

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


Systems and methods for improving fuse systems in memory devices
Patent No. 10332609 

Inventor(s): John E. Riley (McKinney, TX), Scott E. Smith (Plano, TX), Yu-Feng Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15851129 on 12/21/2017 (551 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device includes a memory bank accessible via a plurality of memory addresses. The memory device further includes a fuse array comprising a plurality of fuses. The memory device additionally includes a first plurality of local fuse latches disposed outside of the fuse array and configured to provide redundancy for the plurality of memory addresses. The memory device also includes a fuse array broadcasting system comprising an N-bit bus system, wherein the N-bit bus system is communicatively coupled to the fuse array and to the first plurality of local fuse latches, and wherein the fuse array broadcasting system is configured to communicate fuse data from the fuse array to the first plurality of local fuse latches via the N-bit bus system.

[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)


Radiation attenuating protective garments
Patent No. 10332644 

Inventor(s): Nicolas Gabriel Garcia (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Operative Medical Solutions, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15444299 on 02/27/2017 (848 days app to issue)

Abstract: A radiation-attenuation garment system having a plurality of radiation-attenuating material panels adapted to conform to the contours of a body. The radiation-attenuation garment system includes a shirt and underwear shorts formed by compression material. A plurality of radiation-attenuating material panels are removably disposed within the shirt and underwear shorts to protect the wearer from radiation exposure in the areas having the radiation attenuation panels.

[G21F] PROTECTION AGAINST X-RADIATION, GAMMA RADIATION, CORPUSCULAR RADIATION OR PARTICLE BOMBARDMENT; TREATING RADIOACTIVELY CONTAMINATED MATERIAL; DECONTAMINATION ARRANGEMENTS THEREFOR (radiation protection by pharmaceutical means A61K 8/00, A61Q 17/04; in cosmonautic vehicles B64G 1/54; combined with a reactor G21C 11/00; combined with X-ray tubes H01J 35/16; combined with X-ray apparatus H05G 1/02)


Collaborative communication between colony applications
Patent No. 10334027 

Inventor(s): Robert J. Torres (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15428258 on 02/09/2017 (866 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a method for collaborating, a first computing device determines capabilities needed for an application to function. The first computing device enables one or more other computing devices to connect to the application. The first computing device determines capabilities of a second computing device, wherein the second computing device is connected to the application. The first computing device determines the capabilities needed for the application to function are met. The first computing device configures a user interface of the second device.

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


Location-based content aggregation and distribution
Patent No. 10334061 

Inventor(s): Brian F. Roberts (Dallas, TX), Donald H. Relyea (Dallas, TX), Kristopher T. Frazier (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Facebook, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16218354 on 12/12/2018 (195 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes storing one or more content postings, where each content posting is associated with one or more first users and each content posting is associated with one or more geographic locations corresponding to accessing of the content posting. The method also includes selectively sending one or more of the content postings for display on an access device based on a past or present geographic location of the access device, where the access device is associated with a second user, and for each content posting selectively sent for display on the access device, one or more of the geographic locations associated with the accessing of the content posting being within a predefined proximity of the past or present geographic location of the access device is requisite to the content posting being sent for display on the access device.

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


System and method for sensor pointing control
Patent No. 10334175 

Inventor(s): April Danbee Canty (McKinney, TX), Colin M. Johnston (McKinney, TX), Richard C. Vera (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15987785 on 05/23/2018 (398 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for pointing an imaging sensor. In one embodiment, the method includes forming a correlation surface; calculating, from the correlation surface, a first estimated target offset, the first estimated target offset being an estimate of an offset between a view of a target in the first subimage and a view of the target in the second subimage; and adjusting a pointing angle of the imaging sensor according to the first estimated target offset.

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


System and method for managing battery life in redundant wireless sensors
Patent No. 10334332 

Inventor(s): Brian Edward Tucker (Fort Worth, TX), Scott David Poster (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16115894 on 08/29/2018 (300 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a sensor system includes detecting a first wake trigger by a plurality of sensors for a component disposed in a remote location, generating, by each sensor, sensor service data that includes a battery charge level of the sensor, determining an active sensor according to the sensor service data of each sensor of the plurality of sensors, and assigning the active sensor to enter an active mode assigning each sensor of the plurality of sensors, other than the active sensor, to enter a sleep mode, generating, by the active sensor, sensor reading data for the component until an inactive trigger is detected, sending the sensor reading data using a wireless transmission to a sensor data server, and leaving the active mode by the active sensor and entering a sleep mode in response to the active sensor detecting an inactive trigger.

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


Optimizing cellular networks using deep learning
Patent No. 10334456 

Inventor(s): Jin Yang (Bridgewater, NJ), Yongxi Tan (Hillsborough, NJ)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15642563 on 07/06/2017 (719 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present technology provides a new approach to optimizing wireless networks, including the coverage and capacity of cellular networks, using deep learning. The proposed method involves generating a group of cells comprising a cell identified as underperforming and one or more neighboring cells, ranking the one or more neighboring cells based on one or more relationship parameters between the underperforming cell and the one or more neighboring cells, and generating a multi-dimensional multi-channel state tensor for the group of cells based on the ranking of the one or more neighboring cells. This approach to cellular network optimization improves the coverage and capacity of cellular networks using a process that is faster, more accurate, less costly, and more robust.

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


Pattern conversion for interpolation
Patent No. RE047458 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Bruce H. Pillman (Rochester, NY), Russell J. Palum (Rochester, NY)
Assignee(s): Monument Peak Ventures, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15247408 on 08/25/2016 (1034 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of processing a digital image having a predetermined color pattern, includes converting the predetermined color pattern of the digital image into a converted digital image having a different desired color pattern; and using algorithms adapted for use with the desired color pattern for processing the converted digital image. Patent Class: N/A


 

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Advanced gameplay system
Patent No. 10328338 

Inventor(s): Carey Leigh Lotzer (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15694935 on 09/04/2017 (659 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention enhances the player”s gameplay visual, feedback and other experiences by taking advantage of optical adapters, feedback mechanics, advancements in theatrical audio, frame rate throttle, meta-file object framework for storage and retrieval, calibration advancements, vocal command enhancements, voice object lookups, facial/body scan, color/clothing coordination, party or celebration capabilities, noise cancellation, interactive object placement, heart rate monitor, pan-tilt-zoom camera advances, cooperative gameplay advances and programming advancements.

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


Environmental enclosure
Patent No. 10329007 

Inventor(s): Ellen Slack Lindeman (Hurst, TX), Jayson David Roe (Hurst, TX), Philip John Hannan (Weatherford, TX), Stanley Kirk Bradford (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15687788 on 08/28/2017 (666 days app to issue)

Abstract: An enclosure including a bottom side having a pass through opening, a connector surface having one or more connector openings, a first side adjacent to the connector surface, and a second side having at least a portion of an access opening, where the first side, the second side, the connector surface and the bottom side bound an interior cavity. The enclosure further includes one or more connectors, each of the one or more connectors disposed in a respective connector opening of the one or more connector openings and extending from the interior cavity, through the connector surface, and a cover attached to an exterior surface of at least the second side, the cover covering the access opening.

[H02G] INSTALLATION OF ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES, OR OF COMBINED OPTICAL AND ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES (insulated conductors or cables with arrangements for facilitating mounting or securing H01B 7/40; distribution points incorporating switches H02B; guiding telephone cords H04M 1/15; cable ducts or mountings for telephone or telegraph exchange installations H04Q 1/06)


Inductive power transmission in aircraft seats
Patent No. 10329019 

Inventor(s): C. Michael Parker (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): Safran Seats USA LLC (Gainesville, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15128221 on 04/07/2015 (1540 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described are aircraft passenger seat assemblies with a passenger seat, a component with an outer surface attached the passenger seat. An inductive wireless power unit with a coil assembly is included with the aircraft passenger seat assembly, and the coil assembly is positioned within the component. A portion of the outer surface of the component covers the coil assembly. Wires connecting the coil assembly to a power supply are hidden from view within the aircraft passenger seat assembly.

[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)


Startup current limiters
Patent No. 10331159 

Inventor(s): Rejin Kanjavalappil Raveendranath (Thrissur, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16027542 on 07/05/2018 (355 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, a startup current limiter comprises a first comparator, a second comparator, on time circuitry coupled to an output of the second comparator, and a first logic structure coupled to the output of the second comparator and an output of the on time circuitry. In some embodiments, the startup current limiter further comprises sequencing logic coupled to an output of the first comparator, a latch coupled to an output of the first comparator at a set terminal of the latch and an output of the second comparator at a reset terminal of the latch, off time circuitry coupled to an output terminal of the latch, a second logic structure coupled to the latch and the off time circuitry, and a gate driver coupled to the second logic structure and an output of the sequencing logic.

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


USB type-C connector with a secondary port
Patent No. 10331596 

Inventor(s): Steven Loza (Menifee, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15258879 on 09/07/2016 (1021 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a USB type-C connector assembly including a connector and a secondary port. The connector assembly may be integrally attached a first device, such that the connector of the assembly may be used to affix the first device to the USB type-C port of a computing system such as a mobile phone. The secondary port of the assembly may be used to connect a second device to the USB type-C port of the computing system, thus enabling use of the first and second devices with the computing system through the single computing system USB type-C port.

[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 and apparatus for colleting and disseminating information over a computer network
Patent No. 10332132 

Inventor(s): Paul W. Pritchard (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): mBLAST, Inc. (New York, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15830033 on 12/04/2017 (568 days app to issue)

Abstract: The apparatus comprises at least one database for storing digital information associated with at least a first user and a second user, at least one links module for the first user and for the second user, at least one manipulations module and at least one display device for respectively displaying at least said linked digital information wherein said linked digital information associated with said first user is automatically updated on at least said display device of said second user when that information is manipulated, and wherein said linked digital information associated with said second user is automatically updated on at least said display device of said first user when that information is manipulated.

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


Coupled inductor system having multi-tap coil
Patent No. 10332676 

Inventor(s): Amer Atrash (Richardson, TX), Jonathan Knight (Osaka, , JP), Ross Teggatz (McKinney, TX), Wayne Chen (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TRIUNE SYSTEMS, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13430338 on 03/26/2012 (2647 days app to issue)

Abstract: Coupled inductor signal transfer systems are disclosed in which transmitter and receiver coils are inductively coupled in a configuration for wirelessly transferring power and/or data signals. In preferred implementations, the systems may be used for transmitting both power and data. Preferred embodiments of the invention have at least one multi-tap coil on the primary side and/or secondary side of the system. The selection of taps enables the effective size and/or number of coils to be dynamically changed according to operational needs.

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


Wafer transfer system
Patent No. 10332770 

Inventor(s): Atsuyoshi Koike (Tokyo, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14671414 on 03/27/2015 (1551 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wafer transport system includes a pod that contains one or more wafers in an enclosed environment, a substrate transport surface that extends substantially along a plane, intersecting at least first and second loading/unloading locations, and a pod controller that is configured to control movement of the pod by selecting a pathway from a plurality of available pathways extending along the substrate transport surface from the first loading/unloading location to the second loading/unloading location.

[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]


Satellite communication transmitter with improved thermal management
Patent No. 10332820 

Inventor(s): Paul Saunier (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Akash Systems, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15463390 on 03/20/2017 (827 days app to issue)

Abstract: A high efficiency satellite transmitter comprises an RF amplifier chip in thermal contact with a radiant cooling element via a heat conducting element. The RF amplifier chip comprises an active layer disposed on a high thermal conductivity substrate having a thermal conductivity greater than about 1000 W/mK, maximizing heat conduction out of the RF amplifier chip and ultimately into outer space when the chip is operating within a satellite under normal transmission conditions. In one embodiment, the active layer comprises materials selected from the group consisting of GaN, InGaN, AlGaN, and InGaAlN alloys. In one embodiment, the high thermal conductivity substrate comprises synthetic diamond.

[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]


Digitally controlled varactor structure for high resolution DCO
Patent No. 10332960 

Inventor(s): Chi Zhang (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC. (Grand Cayman, , KY)
Law Firm: Hoffman Warnick LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15370004 on 12/06/2016 (931 days app to issue)

Abstract: A digitally controlled varactor device comprising: a set of bulk nMOS field effect transistors bulk tied to a ground, the set bulk nMOS field effect transistors having: a first transistor including: a source coupled to a DC voltage source; and a gate coupled to a digitally controlled oscillator; a second transistor including: a source coupled to the DC voltage source; and a gate coupled to the digitally controlled oscillator; and a third transistor including: a source coupled to a drain of the first transistor; and a drain coupled to a drain of the second transistor. The transistors in the digitally controlled varactor may be FDSOI nMOS devices with backgate coupled to a DC voltage source.

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


Multi-junction perovskite material devices
Patent No. 10333082 

Inventor(s): Michael D. Irwin (Dallas, TX), Vivek V. Dhas (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): HEE Solar, L.L.C. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15966994 on 04/30/2018 (421 days app to issue)

Abstract: Photovoltaic devices such as solar cells, hybrid solar cell-batteries, and other such devices may include an active layer disposed between two electrodes, the active layer having perovskite material and other material such as mesoporous material, interfacial layers, thin-coat interfacial layers, and combinations thereof. The perovskite material may be photoactive. The perovskite material may be disposed between two or more other materials in the photovoltaic device. Inclusion of these materials in various arrangements within an active layer of a photovoltaic device may improve device performance. Other materials may be included to further improve device performance, such as, for example: additional perovskites, and additional interfacial layers.

[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]


Compact volume scan end-fire radar for vehicle applications
Patent No. 10333209 

Inventor(s): Jae Seung Lee (Ann Arbor, MI), Meijiao Li (Davis, CA), Paul D. Schmalenberg (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15213769 on 07/19/2016 (1071 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicular radar system with antenna structures to provide volumetric radar scanning for use in vehicles. The vehicular radar system includes a first antenna array having two or more tapered slot end-fire antennas. The vehicular radar system includes a second antenna array having two or more tapered slot end-fire antennas positioned adjacent to the two or more tapered slot end-fire antennas such that the first antenna array is stacked above the second antenna array. A radio frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) is coupled to the first antenna array and the second antenna array. The RFIC is configured to control each of the two or more tapered slot end-fire antennas of the first antenna array and the two or more tapered slot end-fire antennas of the second antenna array to transmit a signal. At least some signals have different phases so they may be combined to form a three-dimensional radar beam.

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


Radiator, solderless interconnect thereof and grounding element thereof
Patent No. 10333212 

Inventor(s): Jayna Shah (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15494039 on 04/21/2017 (795 days app to issue)

Abstract: A radiator includes an aperture plate defining multiple slots in first and second transverse directions, spring probes disposed within each of the multiple slots, printed circuit boards (PCBs) each having major and minor surfaces and being recessed on either side of multiple portions of one of the minor surfaces to define multiple pads plated with conductive pad material electrically interconnected with a PCB circuit and a grounding element. Each of the PCBs is disposed with the corresponding one of the minor surfaces inserted into a slot such that the PCBs form a crisscrossing pattern and the pads form horizontal blind-mate contacts with the spring probes that are in-plane with corresponding PCB planes. The grounding element is interposed between crisscrossing PCB pairs at complementary notches thereof.

[H01R] ELECTRICALLY-CONDUCTIVE CONNECTIONS; STRUCTURAL ASSOCIATIONS OF A PLURALITY OF MUTUALLY-INSULATED ELECTRICAL CONNECTING ELEMENTS; COUPLING DEVICES; CURRENT COLLECTORS (switches, fuses H01H; coupling devices of the waveguide type H01P 5/00; switching arrangements for the supply or distribution of electric power H02B; installations of electric cables or lines, or of combined optical and electric cables or lines, or of auxiliary apparatus H02G; printed means for providing electric connections to or between printed circuits H05K)


Low profile raceway
Patent No. 10333283 

Inventor(s): Clinton Strong (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15985693 on 05/21/2018 (400 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various implementations, a raceway may include a housing with walls and arms extending from the housing. A cavity may be disposed in the housing and cables may reside in the cavity, during use. The cables may provide connectivity to receptacles of the raceway and thus a variety of devices. A cover may be utilized with the housing to facilitate access to the cables in the cavity of the housing. In some implementations, the cover may be retained by flexible arms of the housing. The raceway may be configured to receive wire clips to retain cables and/or conduit disposed in a cavity of the raceway.

[H02G] INSTALLATION OF ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES, OR OF COMBINED OPTICAL AND ELECTRIC CABLES OR LINES (insulated conductors or cables with arrangements for facilitating mounting or securing H01B 7/40; distribution points incorporating switches H02B; guiding telephone cords H04M 1/15; cable ducts or mountings for telephone or telegraph exchange installations H04Q 1/06)


Power converter and methods for increasing power delivery of soft alternating current power source
Patent No. 10333299 

Inventor(s): Edward Clark Fontana (Rockwall, TX), Palanivel Subramaniam (Richardson, TX), Roy Jaescentt Davis (Rowlett, TX), Tab O Walter (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ABB Schweiz AG (Baden, , CH)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14195594 on 03/03/2014 (1940 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power converter is provided that includes a detection circuit configured to determine a power source type based on at least one characteristic of power received from a power source. The detection circuit is also configured to determine an operating edge of the soft AC source by monitoring at least one parameter as the soft AC power source approaches a power limit, and assign an operating point to the soft AC power source based on the operating edge to increase power delivery of the soft AC power source.

[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)


Multiple buck stage single boost stage optimizer
Patent No. 10333314 

Inventor(s): Heping Dai (Plano, TX), Xiaolin Mao (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15489278 on 04/17/2017 (799 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for providing power, voltage, and/or current from a combination of DC power sources, such as photovoltaic modules or DC batteries. One aspect includes a buck-boost optimizer having a number of inductorless buck stages and a boost stage. The buck-boost optimizer may be used within a power generation system. The combined output voltages of each of the buck stages may be input to the boost stage. The boost stage may have an inductor that may serve as an energy storage device to boost a voltage, as well as to filter a signal from the buck stages. Thus, the buck-boost optimizer may use a single inductor. Having a single inductor provides for a very efficient power generation system. Also, cost and size of components in the power generation system may be reduced.

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


Wired and wireless power distribution coexistence
Patent No. 10333316 

Inventor(s): James F. Corum (Morgantown, WV), Kenneth L. Corum (Plymouth, NH)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC (Italy, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15861729 on 01/04/2018 (537 days app to issue)

Abstract: The use of wireless power distribution equipment can be used to distribute power across various regions. Power from a power plant can be distributed to sub-transmission stations. For example, a transmission probe can be configured to launch a transmission frequency guided surface wave for power transmission over a transmission region. A sub-transmission station can receive the transmission frequency guided surface wave. A sub-transmission probe can be configured to launch a sub-transmission frequency guided surface wave to transmit power over a sub-transmission region to transmit power. A distribution station can receive the power from the sub-transmission frequency guided surface wave.

[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)


Common-mode (CM) electromagnetic interference (EMI) reduction in resonant converters
Patent No. 10333410 

Inventor(s): Heping Dai (Plano, TX), Huan Zhang (Gainesville, FL), Shuo Wang (Gainesville, FL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX), University of Florida Research Foundation, Incorporated (Gainesville, FL)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15682989 on 08/22/2017 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes: a first inductor coupled to a first node and a second node; a second inductor coupled to a third node and a fourth node; a third inductor coupled to the fourth node and a fifth node, wherein the first inductor, the second inductor, and the third inductor form a transformer; and a compensation capacitor coupled to the fourth node and one of the first node and the second node and including, a compensation capacitance. A method of manufacturing a resonant converter, the method includes: obtaining the resonant converter, wherein the resonant converter includes a transformer; determining a parasitic capacitance of the transformer; calculating a compensation capacitance based on the parasitic capacitance; and adding a compensation capacitor across the transformer, wherein the compensation capacitor includes the compensation capacitance.

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


Slew boost disable for an operational amplifier
Patent No. 10333478 

Inventor(s): Martijn Fridus Snoeij (Erding, , DE), Sudarshan Udayashankar (Marzling, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15848808 on 12/20/2017 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: An input stage of an operational amplifier receives first and second input voltages. An output slew detection circuit decreases a first current responsive to slewing of an output of the operational amplifier and increases the first current responsive to no slewing. A slew boost and differential input voltage detection generates a second current at a first level when the first and second input voltages are approximately equal and to generate the second current at a second level, smaller than the first level, responsive to the first and second input voltages not being approximately equal. A voltage on a capacitor increases responsive to the first current from the output slew detection circuit increasing and responsive to the second current being at the second level. A current mirror is activated responsive to the voltage on the capacitor exceeding a second threshold. The current mirror decreases a third current of the input stage.

[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)


Compensated programmable RF attenuator
Patent No. 10333495 

Inventor(s): Donald L. Allen (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, P.L.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15206832 on 07/11/2016 (1079 days app to issue)

Abstract: A programmable RF attenuator having a first connection node and a second connection node is disclosed. The programmable RF attenuator provides RF attenuation between the first connection node and the second connection node based on at least a first attenuation control signal. The programmable RF attenuator includes a first RF attenuator circuit and a first reactance compensation circuit, such that the first RF attenuator circuit includes a first shunt transistor element and a first shunt resistive element, which is coupled to the first shunt transistor element. The first shunt transistor element receives the first attenuation control signal. The first reactance compensation circuit is coupled to the first RF attenuator circuit and at least partially compensates for reactive characteristics of the programmable RF attenuator that affect an attenuation flatness of the programmable RF attenuator.

[H03H] IMPEDANCE NETWORKS, e.g. RESONANT CIRCUITS; RESONATORS (measuring, testing G01R; arrangements for producing a reverberation or echo sound G10K 15/08; impedance networks or resonators consisting of distributed impedances, e.g. of the waveguide type, H01P; control of amplification, e.g. bandwidth control of amplifiers, H03G; tuning resonant circuits, e.g. tuning coupled resonant circuits, H03J; networks for modifying the frequency characteristics of communication systems H04B)


Method and system for enabling block bundling in LTE-A systems
Patent No. 10333597 

Inventor(s): Jianzhong Zhang (Irving, TX), Lingjia Liu (Allen, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15363930 on 11/29/2016 (938 days app to issue)

Abstract: A base station includes a transmit path circuitry to transmit an indication of whether a subscriber station is configured with precoding matrix indicator/rank indicator (PMI/RI) reporting. The transmit path circuitry sets a pre-coding granularity to multiple physical resource blocks in the frequency domain to perform a same pre-coding over a bundled resource block if the subscriber station is configured with PMI/RI reporting. The bundled resource block includes multiple consecutive physical resource blocks in the frequency domain. The base station also includes a receive path circuitry to receive feedback from the subscriber station.

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


Protecting a network from a unicast flood
Patent No. 10333729 

Inventor(s): James W. Ling (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15834172 on 12/07/2017 (565 days app to issue)

Abstract: An approach is provided for protecting a network from a unicast flood. If the destination MAC address of a frame is not included in a table of unknown MAC addresses, the MAC address is added to the table and the frame is forwarded to non-blocked spanning tree links to find the MAC address in the network. If the MAC address is included in the table, and if a timer for suppressing forwarding of frames is active, the frame is discarded, or if the timer is inactive, a counter for counting received frames is incremented and compared to a threshold value. If the counter is greater than the threshold value, the timer is activated and the frame is discarded. If the counter is not greater than the threshold value, the frame is forwarded to the non-blocked spanning tree links to find the MAC address in the network.

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


Protecting a network from a unicast flood
Patent No. 10333730 

Inventor(s): James W. Ling (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15844932 on 12/18/2017 (554 days app to issue)

Abstract: An approach is provided for protecting a network from a unicast flood. If the destination MAC address of a frame is not included in a table of unknown MAC addresses, the MAC address is added to the table and the frame is forwarded to non-blocked spanning tree links to find the MAC address in the network. If the MAC address is included in the table, and if a timer for suppressing forwarding of frames is active, the frame is discarded, or if the timer is inactive, a counter for counting received frames is incremented and compared to a threshold value. If the counter is greater than the threshold value, the timer is activated and the frame is discarded. If the counter is not greater than the threshold value, the frame is forwarded to the non-blocked spanning tree links to find the MAC address in the network.

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


System and method for hybrid transmitter
Patent No. 10333763 

Inventor(s): Hong Jiang (Kernersville, NC), Jamil Mark Forrester (Summerfield, NC), Wael Al-Qaq (Oak Ridge, NC), Zhihang Zhang (Cary, NC)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16011287 on 06/18/2018 (372 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one aspect of the present disclosure, there is provided a device that includes: a first quadrature modulator configured to receive an in-phase portion of a baseband signal and a quadrature portion of the baseband signal, and to produce a first portion of an output signal according to the in-phase and quadrature portions of the baseband signal; a second quadrature modulator configured to receive a first modified signal and a second modified signal, and to produce a second portion of the output signal according to the first and second modified signals; an output circuit configured to sum the first and second portions of the output signal, and to transmit the output signal to an antenna; and a mode selection circuit configured to turn on the first quadrature modulator, to receive a control signal, and to determine whether to turn on the second quadrature modulator according to the control signal.

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


Link cost determination for network links
Patent No. 10333825 

Inventor(s): Donald E. Eastlake, III (Milford, MA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16009643 on 06/15/2018 (375 days app to issue)

Abstract: A link cost determining method including computing, by a station, a new composite data rate using a set of data rates including an average data rate, a geometric mean data rate, and a minimum data rate for data samples, computing, by the station, a pair of hysteresis thresholds for a previous composite data rate, determining, by the station, whether the new composite data rate exceeds one of the pair of hysteresis thresholds, and advertising, by the station, the new composite data rate when the new composite data rate exceeds one of the pair of hysteresis thresholds.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Service function chaining and overlay transport loop prevention
Patent No. 10333829 

Inventor(s): Donald E. Eastlake, III (Milford, MA), Lucy Yong (Georgetown, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15824922 on 11/28/2017 (574 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented by a service function forwarder (SFF) comprises receiving, by a receiver of the SFF, a service chain packet comprising a loop prevention field, the loop prevention field comprising a plurality of bits indicating whether an error has occurred during packet transmission, and determining, by a processor of the SFF, whether to forward the service chain packet based on a value in the loop prevention field being less than a predefined parameter, the predefined parameter based on a number of bits (n) in the loop prevention field.

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


Packet processing match and action unit with a VLIW action engine
Patent No. 10333847 

Inventor(s): Hun-Seok Kim (Dallas, TX), Patrick W. Bosshart (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15987041 on 05/23/2018 (398 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment of the invention includes receiving packet header vectors where a header vector includes a number of packet header words. Match operations are performed on the packet header words. At least one packet header word is modified based on the match operations. At least one processor is used for each packet header word to perform the packet match operations and modify at least one packet header word. Instructions are received from an instruction word where a VLIW instruction word includes all of the instruction words. Each processor performs an operation in response to the instruction word.

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


Presence-based communications in a controlled environment
Patent No. 10333870 

Inventor(s): Stephen Lee 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: 15642857 on 07/06/2017 (719 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are system, method, and computer program product embodiments for providing presence-based communications in a controlled environment. In an embodiment, a presence management system monitors communication status information related to communication devices within a controlled facility as well as communication device external to the controlled facility. Communication statuses indicate the availability of users to receive certain types of communications, such as, for example, video conferencing, audio calls, and/or textual messages. In an embodiment, an inmate of the controlled environment can view communication statuses of external individuals. The presence management system informs the inmate of the availability of the external individuals and facilitates communications between the inmates and external individuals.

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


Concurrent security processing of network packets by multiple in-line network security tools
Patent No. 10333896 

Inventor(s): Glenn Chagnot (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Keysight Technologies Singapore (Sales) PTE. LTD. (Singapore, , SG)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15147174 on 05/05/2016 (1146 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods provide concurrent security processing for multiple network security tools. An input packet is received at a network packet forwarding system from a network packet source, and the network packet forwarding system concurrently sends an output packet based upon the input packet to multiple security tools. Return packets are received based upon the output packet from the security tools after their respective security processing. Once return packets are received from each of the security tools, the network packet forwarding system forwards a secure packet to a packet destination. If a timeout occurs before all return packets are received, the network packet forwarding system can assume that the original packet was unsafe and discard information stored for the input packet. If security tools are configured to modify packets, these modifications can also be tracked.

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


Pairwise temporal key creation for secure networks
Patent No. 10333907 

Inventor(s): Jin-Meng Ho (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15866762 on 01/10/2018 (531 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for establishing a pairwise temporal key (PTK) between two devices based on a shared master key and using a single message authentication codes (MAC) algorithm is disclosed. The devices use the shared master key to independently compute four MACs representing the desired PTK, a KCK, and a first and a second KMAC. The Responder sends its first KMAC to the Initiator, which retains the computed PTK only if it verifies that the received first KMAC equals its computed first KMAC and hence that the Responder indeed possesses the purportedly shared master key. The Initiator sends a third message including the second KMAC to the Responder. The Responder retains the computed PTK only if it has verified that the received second KMAC equals its computed second KMAC and hence that the Initiator indeed possesses the purportedly shared master key.

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


Methods and systems for broadcasting targeted advertisements to mobile device
Patent No. 10333909 

Inventor(s): Aritra Dhar (West Bengal, , IN), Shailesh Vaya (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): Conduent Business Services, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Jones Robb, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15018963 on 02/09/2016 (1232 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed embodiments illustrate methods and systems for identifying a targeted content item for a user. The method includes receiving one or more encrypted first attributes of the user, and a first key. Thereafter, one or more content items are encrypted using the first key. The one or more content items are stored in a data structure such that the one or more content items are indexed in the data structure according to one or more second attributes of the one or more content items. Thereafter, at least one encrypted content item is retrieved from the data structure based on the one or more encrypted content items, the indexing of the one or more content items, and the one or more encrypted first attributes. The at least one encrypted content item is decrypted to generate the targeted content item.

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


Security enhancement tool for a target computer system operating within a complex web of interconnected systems
Patent No. 10333987 

Inventor(s): Gary Wayne Richardson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15599442 on 05/18/2017 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods the improve operation and security of large complex webs of 200,000 to 2,000,000 interconnected systems are provided. Systems and methods may dynamically schedule downtime for target systems within the complex. The schedule downtime may not impact operations stability of the complex web. Based on computational resource constraints, systems and methods may provide dynamic rescheduling of system downtime. Systems and methods may provide dynamic computational capacity management by adding capacity and/or reorganizing systems within the complex web.

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


Synchronous delivery of media content in a collaborative environment
Patent No. 10333999 

Inventor(s): David A. Shamma (San Francisco, CA)
Assignee(s): Match Group, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14966544 on 12/11/2015 (1292 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method for facilitating a synchronous display of a time-based media object (e.g., a video or audio file) with a remote device is provided. In one example, the apparatus comprises control logic for controlling the display of a media object in response to a user entered command with a first device, and communication logic for causing communication of the user entered command (e.g., play, pause, skip, etc.) and a metric (e.g., time or frame reference) associated with the media object to a second device for synchronizing the display of the media object with the first and second devices. The first and second devices may communicate via peer-to-peer communications, for example, in a collaborative or social application such as an IM application. Further, the apparatus may include various devices such as a personal computer, mobile phone device and/or mobile personal entertainment device, DVR, or the like.

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


Accessing connected service resources in a distributed application programming interface
Patent No. 10334014 

Inventor(s): Li Li (Bridgewater, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15354992 on 11/17/2016 (950 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for accessing connected resources in a distributed application programming interface (API) of a network. A request is received from a client node, where the request includes one or more service labels indicating a selection of services to invoke. The one or more resources to visit are identified for the services requested according to resource connections. A response is then sent to the client node in which the response includes one or more hyperlinks to the one or more resources identified, where the one or more hyperlinks are annotated with the one or more service labels to indicate the services requested.

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


Using physical layer (PHY) data frame having a PHY header including a destination address field in a powerline communication (PLC) network
Patent No. 10334087 

Inventor(s): Anand G Dabak (Plano, TX), Gang Xu (Allen, TX), Il Han Kim (Allen, TX), Kumaran Vijayasankar (Allen, TX), Ramanuja Vedantham (Allen, TX), Tarkesh Pande (Richardson, TX), Xiaolin Lu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15894250 on 02/12/2018 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a disclosed embodiment, a method for communication in a network includes receiving, at a first device registered to the network, a physical layer (PHY) frame that includes a PHY header and a MAC header. The PHY frame may further include a MAC payload. The PHY header includes a destination address field. The method further includes comparing a network address of the first device to the destination address field to determine whether the destination address field stores a value having the same number of bits as the network address. When the comparison indicates that the value stored by the destination address field does not have the same number of bits as the network address, the method skips decoding the MAC header and the MAC payload.

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


Telephone network system and method
Patent No. 10334094 

Inventor(s): Ivan Zhidov (Chickasha, OK), Peter A. Rinfret (Nantucket, MA), Sunir Kochhar (Oro Valley, AZ)
Assignee(s): Flypsi, Inc. (Denton, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16031806 on 07/10/2018 (350 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems for and methods of delivering telephone calls using the combination of a data channel and a voice channel are disclosed. A data channel connection with the telephone handset may provide pre-call information used to set up incoming and outgoing calls which are ultimately connected using a voice channel. Use of the pre-call information may permit the same handset to be associated with multiple secondary telephone numbers from which calls appear to have been made and to which calls appear to have been placed.

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


Charging interface between SMF and charging server in next generation wireless networks
Patent No. 10334116 

Inventor(s): Imtiyaz Shaikh (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16220595 on 12/14/2018 (193 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system described herein may provide an interface between a Session Management Function (”SMF”) and a charging system in a wireless telecommunications system. The charging system may generate triggers which cause the SMF to monitor traffic associated with user equipment (”UE”) and alert the charging system when certain trigger conditions have been satisfied. The triggers may be modified during a communication session between the UE and the wireless telecommunications system. The triggers may be configured on a per-subscriber or a per-price plan level basis. The SMF may also cache a number of satisfied trigger conditions before notifying the charging system, which may result in an efficient use of networking and/or processing resources. The unification of ”offline” and ”online” charging events, by virtue of the interface, may also result in an efficient use of networking and/or processing resources.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for high-resolution storage of images
Patent No. 10334249 

Inventor(s): Andrew Cilia (McKinney, TX), Robert V. Vanman (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): WatchGuard, Inc. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15801801 on 11/02/2017 (600 days app to issue)

Abstract: An image-creation method includes capturing an image as digital data, locating an area of interest of the captured image, extracting, from the digital data, at least some data corresponding to the located area of interest, digitally magnifying the extracted at least some data to yield digitally magnified data, and combining the digitally magnified data with at least some of the digital data of the captured image to yield combined data.

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


Transmitting a prioritized audio stream along with multimedia content
Patent No. 10334284 

Inventor(s): Michael Kirksey (Forney, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Toler Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15920063 on 03/13/2018 (469 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving, at a server from a first content source, a media content stream. The media content stream includes native video content and native audio content. The method includes receiving, at the server from a second content source distinct from the first content source, an audio content stream associated with media content of the media content stream. The method includes generating, at the server, a composite stream that includes first packets and second packets. The first packets include first data corresponding to the native video content, and the second packets include second data corresponding to audio content from the audio content stream. The composite stream does not include the native audio content. The method also includes initiating, from the server, a transmission of the composite stream to a media device responsive to a request for the media content with the audio content.

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


Headset system
Patent No. 10334351 

Inventor(s): Gary Boyer (Bella Vista, AR), Timothy D. Schnell (Rancho Santa Fe, CA)
Assignee(s): Team IP Holdings, LLC (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: Knobbe, Martens, Olson Bear, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15913743 on 03/06/2018 (476 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus and methods for headsets, such as multi-source audio amplification and ear protection devices, are provided herein. In certain configurations, protection headset system includes a removable growth band that fills the gap of the user and a headband of the device. The device may optionally have at least one microphone that generates an ambient sound signal based on detecting ambient sound, at least one speaker, and an electrical system that controls sound outputted by the at least one speaker based on amplifying the ambient sound signal and a secondary sound source signal. The electrical system receives a user-controlled volume signal that is operable to control an amount of amplification provided to the ambient sound signal, and/or an amount of amplification provided to the secondary sound source signal.

[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]


Private multefire network with SDR-based massive MIMO, multefire and network slicing
Patent No. 10334446 

Inventor(s): Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NxGen Partners IP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16053252 on 08/02/2018 (327 days app to issue)

Abstract: A private wireless network for providing connections between a public wireless network and wireless devices includes a first interface to the public wireless network and at least one second interface to the wireless devices. A wireless communications network interconnecting the first interface and the second interface implementing a MulteFire wireless communications standard includes a first plurality of control layers. The wireless communications network further comprises a plurality of nodes within a mesh network. A plurality of transceivers is associated with each of the plurality of nodes within the mesh network. Each of the transceivers implement a software defined radio that may be configured within a plurality of transceiving configurations. At least one server implements at least a portion of the wireless communications network within the at least one server. The at least one server is configured to select a first slice portion of the first plurality of control layers of the wireless communications network and a first slice portion of at least a portion of the plurality transceivers in a first transceiving configuration to support operation of a first application or service and to select a second slice portion of the first plurality of control layers of the wireless communications network and a second slice portion of at least the portion of the plurality transceivers in a second transceiving configuration to support operation of a second application or service.

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


Method and apparatus for transmitting LTE waveforms in shared spectrum by carrier sensing
Patent No. 10334450 

Inventor(s): Anthony Edet Ekpenyong (Houston, TX), Brian F. Johnson (Kensington, MD), Pierre Bertrand (Antibes, , FR), Ralf Matthias Bendlin (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15888928 on 02/05/2018 (505 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of operating a long term evolution (LTE) communication system on a shared frequency spectrum is disclosed. A user equipment (UE) is initialized on an LTE frequency band. A base station (eNB) monitors the shared frequency spectrum to determine if it is BUSY. The eNB transmits to the UE on the shared frequency spectrum if it is not BUSY. The eNB waits for a first time if it is BUSY and directs the UE to vacate the shared frequency spectrum after the first time.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Interworking with bearer-based system
Patent No. 10334485 

Inventor(s): Devaki Chandramouli (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NOKIA SOLUTIONS AND NETWORKS OY (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15303069 on 04/15/2014 (1897 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses, and computer program products for interworking between bearer-less networks and bearer-based networks are provided. One method includes receiving, by a network entity in a bearer-less network, a context request to obtain user equipment context information for a user equipment moving from the bearer-less network to a bearer-based network. The method may further include providing a context response comprising the context information to a network entity in the bearer-based network, the context information used to establish bearers for the user equipment to obtain internet protocol (IP) based services.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


LTE cell level network coverage and performance auto optimization
Patent No. 10334488 

Inventor(s): Ashwin Thomas (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): T-Mobile USA, Inc. (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Han Santos, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15390867 on 12/27/2016 (910 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to administer a wireless telecommunication network (WTN) having a plurality of cell sites. Network data is received from a data source for a subject cell site. A baseline performance of the subject cell site is determined. Parameters to optimize for the subject cell site based on the baseline performance are identified. An uplink (UL) transmission power of the subject cell site based on a VoLTE drop call rate is adjusted. A downlink (DL) transmission power of a cell specific reference signal (CRS) of the subject cell site is adjusted. A handover operation between the subject cell site and a second cell site is adjusted. A transmission range of the subject cell site is adjusted.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for real-time and selective enablement of shared access cells
Patent No. 10334504 

Inventor(s): Sergio Aguirre (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16164503 on 10/18/2018 (250 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques described herein may allow for the selective enabling and/or disabling of shared access points (”SAPs”). The selective enabling and/or disabling may occur based on the analysis of key performance indicators (”KPIs”) associated with the SAPs. The selective enabling and/or disabling may cause the SAPs to cease (or continue) broadcasting their availability for User Equipment (”UEs”) of a particular wireless provider, decline (or accept) bearer requests for UEs of the particular wireless provider, or terminate existing connections with UEs of the particular wireless provider. The selective enabling and/or disabling may be performed for certain applications or Quality of Service (”QoS”) levels. The selective enabling and/or disabling may be performed proactively (e.g., without necessarily determining that the performance for a given SAP has not met a threshold performance), based on historical trends.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method of ANQP querying using a common ANQP group version
Patent No. 10334509 

Inventor(s): George Calcev (Hoffman Estates, IL), Lin Cai (Hoffman Estates, IL), Xingxin Zhang (Chengdu, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15805938 on 11/07/2017 (595 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method of ANQP querying using a common ANQP group version. One embodiment of the method includes associating an original common ANQP group version with a common ANQP group, transmitting a message containing the original common ANQP group version to at least one station, associating a new common ANQP group version with the common ANQP group when an element therein is changed, and transmitting another message containing the new common ANQP group version to the at least one station.

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


Access and power management for centralized networks
Patent No. 10334530 

Inventor(s): Jin-Meng Ho (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Tuenlap Chan (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16100982 on 08/10/2018 (319 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for managing power in a subnet having a hub in communication with one or more nodes is disclosed. The hub and nodes communicate using one or more non-contention access methods, such as scheduled, polled or posted access. The node may enter a sleep or hibernation state while no scheduled, polled or posted allocation interval is pending. The hibernation state allows the node to hibernate through one or more entire beacon periods. In the sleep state, the node may be asleep between any scheduled, polled and posted allocation intervals for the node or during another node”s scheduled allocation interval in a current beacon period. By selecting which access scheme is in use, the node and hub can increase the node”s chances to be in hibernation or sleep state and minimize power consumption.

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


System and method for coverage enhancements of broadcast channels
Patent No. 10334562 

Inventor(s): Ying Li (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15710401 on 09/20/2017 (643 days app to issue)

Abstract: A base station transmits and a UE detects broadcast information when the UE operates in a Coverage Enhancement (CE) mode. The base station transmits repetitions of signaling conveying broadcast information in one or more subframes of each frame in a quadruple of frames. The transmission is intermittent in time. To detect the broadcast information, the UE blindly combines and decodes the repetitions of signaling assuming their existence. The base station informs the pattern for the intermittent transmissions of the signaling to UEs connected to the base station or to other base stations.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


NLOS wireless backhaul downlink communication
Patent No. 10334569 

Inventor(s): June Chul Roh (Allen, TX), Mohamed Farouk Mansour (Richardson, TX), Pierre Bertrand (Antibes, , FR), Srinath Hosur (Plano, TX), Vijay Pothukuchi (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14297145 on 06/05/2014 (1846 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for communicating over a wireless backhaul channel comprising generating a radio frame comprising a plurality of time slots, wherein each time slot comprises a plurality of symbols in time and a plurality of sub-carriers in a system bandwidth, broadcasting a broadcast channel signal comprising a transmission schedule to a plurality of remote units in a number of consecutive sub-carriers centered about a direct current (DC) sub-carrier in at least one of the time slots in the radio frame regardless of the system bandwidth, and transmitting a downlink (DL) control channel signal and a DL data channel signal to a first of the remote units, wherein the DL data channel signal is transmitted by employing a single carrier block transmission scheme comprising a Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT) spreading for frequency diversity.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Methods for efficient operation of LTE cells on unlicensed spectrum
Patent No. 10334618 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX), Thomas Novlan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14924538 on 10/27/2015 (1337 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for efficient data transmission in a wireless communication system includes dynamically configuring at least one period cycle (P-CYCLE) pattern comprising a period-on (P-ON) duration and a period-off (P-OFF) duration that are adjusted in accordance with a number of transmissions from user equipments (UEs) operating in a shared band spectrum, wherein the number of transmissions comprises a number of successful transmissions or a number of unsuccessful transmissions received from the UEs. The method further includes transmitting the P-CYCLE pattern including the P-ON duration and the P-OFF duration to the UEs using a downlink channel over the shared spectrum band, wherein the downlink channel comprises a higher layer signal or a physical layer signal.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Manifold structures having an integrated fluid channel system and assemblies comprising the same
Patent No. 10334756 

Inventor(s): Ercan M. Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Jae Seung Lee (Ann Arbor, MI), Jongwon Shin (Ann Arbor, MI), Yanghe Liu (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15907926 on 02/28/2018 (482 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments described herein generally relate to an assembly including a manifold structure. The manifold structure includes a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet. The fluid inlet is for receiving a cooling fluid into the manifold structure and the fluid outlet is for removing the cooling fluid from the manifold structure. The manifold structure also includes a first cooling surface and an opposite second cooling surface. The first cooling surface includes a cooling chip inlet opening fluidly coupled to a cooling chip outlet opening. The fluid inlet is fluidly coupled to the cooling chip inlet opening. The second cooling surface includes a cavity. A first integrated fluid channel fluidly couples the cooling chip outlet opening to the cavity and a second integrated fluid channel fluidly couples the cavity to the fluid outlet. A cooling chip includes a plurality of microchannels, which fluidly couple the cooling chip to the first cooling surface.

[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)


System and method for dynamic cell selection and resource mapping for CoMP joint transmission
Patent No. RE047463 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14260029 on 04/23/2014 (1889 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless communication system includes a number of base stations capable of communicating with a plurality of subscriber stations. The base station coordinates transmission of resource blocks with a transmission of resource blocks from a second base station. The resource blocks include at least one reference signal (RS) patterns. In addition, base station punctures a plurality of resource elements in the resource blocks that might overlap with one of the CRS patterns in another resource block transmitted by the second base station such that no data is transmitted in the plurality of punctured resource elements. The subscriber station receives the resource blocks from at least two base stations and can avoid reading data from the resource elements that might overlap. Patent Class: N/A


DESIGN PATENTS

Card holder
Patent No. D851928 

Inventor(s): Aaron W. Moore (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Harper Bates Champion LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29614603 on 08/21/2017 (673 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Beverage container with a cosmetic mirror
Patent No. D851994 

Inventor(s): Claudia Brady (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29620454 on 12/27/2016 (910 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cosmetic spatula
Patent No. D852413 

Inventor(s): Jenny DeMarco Staab (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29629987 on 12/18/2017 (554 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

 

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