Dallas Invents: 149 Patents Granted for Week of March 23

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

Patents granted include:
• 7-Eleven's object tracking system
Akamai Technologies' cloud proxy autoconfiguration
Avodah's automated sign language translation
Capital One's system for assessing software risks
Corning's fiber optic connector parking device
Mary Kay's botanical formulations
McKesson's automated performance tuning of a data modeling platform
Siemans' mesh generation system

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of March 23, 2020 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES 11
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING 12
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY 7
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS 10
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING 4
G: PHYSICS 47
H: ELECTRICITY 52

DESIGN: 5


TOP ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 20
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 8
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR) 7
Halliburton Energy Services Inc. (Houston) 6
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 6
ATT Intellectual Property I L.P. (Atlanta, GA) 4
Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC) 3
Capital One Services LLC (McLean, VA) 3
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 3

UNASSIGNED 5


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell) 2
Faustino Ignacio Garza (Mesquite) 2
Jared Wayne Garza (Mesquite) 2
Jason Lamar Garza (Mesquite) 2
Md Saifur Rahman (Plano) 2
Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton) 2
Nazila Dadvand (Richardson) 2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Food preparation utensil holster
Patent No. 10952524 

Inventor(s): Samuel J. Mandell, III (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16143176 on 09/26/2018 (909 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is an invention in the field of food preparation. The present disclosure describes a holster apparatus for holding one or more food preparation utensils capable of being worn by a person for use during food preparation. The holster configuration is capable of maintaining health standards required for a food preparation environment and may be patterned or configured to house various types of food preparation utensils. The holster of the present disclosure is capable of adjustment for individual fit and may include further holsters or receptacles for holding utensils.

[A45F] TRAVELLING OR CAMP EQUIPMENT; SACKS OR PACKS CARRIED ON THE BODY [2006.01]


Pressure management methods for determining non-inclusive forces and apparatuses incorporating the same
Patent No. 10952672 

Inventor(s): Caleb Rogers (Lexington, KY), Tyler Flood (Stamping Ground, KY)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16721212 on 12/19/2019 (460 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes determining that a portion of a force applied to a sensor system was applied to a non-inclusive region of the sensor system. An activation area of the non-inclusive region may be determined. A force distribution of the non-inclusive region may be determined. A corresponding force measurement of the non-inclusive region based on the activation area and the force distribution may be calculated.

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


Method and apparatus to select vibration
Patent No. 10952748 

Inventor(s): Bret Hauser (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Medtronic X omed, Inc. (Jacksonville, FL)
Law Firm: Harness, Dickey Pierce, P.L.C. (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16276090 on 02/14/2019 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is an assembly for holding a tool. The assembly may selectively reduce and/or eliminate vibrations received and felt by a user. Reducing vibrations may reduce or eliminate chatter at a working end of a tool.

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


Double forceps
Patent No. 10952761 

Inventor(s): Richard Devere Thrasher, III (Mckinney, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Goodhue, Coleman Owens, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16540832 on 08/14/2019 (587 days app to issue)

Abstract: Handheld forceps having plural pincers for grasping and holding multiple objects, such as Peanut or Cotton Kittner sponges, at the same time are disclosed. The handheld forceps include opposing arms having proximal and distal ends. A hinge connects the opposing arms together between the proximal and distal ends. The opposing arms articulate relative to each other about the hinge. A handle portion at the proximal ends of the opposing arms has an open and closed position for articulating the distal ends open and closed. Distal ends are configured with plural pincers whereby jaws are formed between the plural pincers for grasping and holding multiple objects at the same time.

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


Limited use tool disposable enclosure
Patent No. 10952804 

Inventor(s): Matthew Jones (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Isurgical, Inc. (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Clearpat Services, LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15965887 on 04/28/2018 (1060 days app to issue)

Abstract: A re-usable medical procedure power tool includes a housing having a handle portion connected to a tool attachment portion and a power source portion. A removable, single use, contamination-blocking cover substantially covering the power source portion, the handle portion and the tool attachment portion. The housing has a first shape and the cover has a second shape similar to the first shape.

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


Topical compositions
Patent No. 10952948 

Inventor(s): Geetha Kalahasti (Addison, TX), Kim Wilson (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16239744 on 01/04/2019 (809 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates generally to methods and compositions useful to cleanse, exfoliate, smooth, moisturize, hydrate, and/or improve the appearance and/or condition of skin and/or hair using a composition including shea butter, PEG-50 shea butter, and/or hydrated silica.

[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)


Methods of treating Alport syndrome using bardoxolone methyl or analogs thereof
Patent No. 10953020 

Inventor(s): Colin J. Meyer (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): REATA PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16315821 on 11/08/2017 (1231 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides methods of treating or preventing Alport syndrome in a patients in need thereof using bardoxolone methyl or analogs thereof, and/or improving the kidney function of patients who have been diagnosed with Alport syndrome.

[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)


Botanical formulations
Patent No. 10953058 

Inventor(s): Michelle Hines (Hickory Creek, TX), Tiffany Carle (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16260875 on 01/29/2019 (784 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a method for treating skin. The method can include topically applying to skin in need thereof a composition comprising effective amounts of [i]Arctium lappa [/i]root extract and [i]Epilobium angustifolium [/i]extract to reduce expression of a pro-inflammatory cytokine of IL-8, IL-2, or TNF- in the skin.

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


Dual emissive metal nanoparticles as ratiometric pH indicators
Patent No. 10953110 

Inventor(s): Jie Zheng (Allen, TX), Jinbin Liu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14697200 on 04/27/2015 (2157 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some aspects, the present disclosure provides a dual emissive pH response noble metal nanoparticle which produces a ratiometric fluorescence signal based upon changes in the pH. In another aspect, the noble metal nanoparticle may be used in bioimaging applications as well as to detect in vivo changes of pH.

[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)


Configurable oxygen concentrator and related method
Patent No. 10953187 

Inventor(s): Robert M. Rauker (Plano, TX), Stephen Douglas Galbraith (Waynesburg, PA)
Assignee(s): BELLUSCURA LLC (Plano, TX), SEPARATION DESIGN GROUP LLC (Waynesburg, PA)
Law Firm: Panitch Schwarze Belisario Nadel LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16482427 on 06/01/2018 (1026 days app to issue)

Abstract: A configurable oxygen concentrator for providing various flow rates and volumes of concentrated oxygen to a patient includes an electro-mechanical assembly having a housing with a first face, a second face and an outer surface. The oxygen concentrator also includes a first battery, a second battery, a first adsorbent container and a second adsorbent container. The first and second batteries are removably mountable to the first face and the first and second adsorbent containers are removably mountable to the second face to permit modification of the concentrated oxygen capacity and operating life of the concentrator as the patient progresses through different stages of a breathing disease. The first battery has a first battery capacity that is less than a second battery capacity of the second battery. The first adsorbent container has a first adsorbent capacity that is less than a second adsorbent capacity of the second adsorbent container.

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


Treating tumors using TTFields combined with a PARP inhibitor
Patent No. 10953209 

Inventor(s): Debabrata Saha (Carrollton, TX), Michael Story (Dallas, TX), Narasimha Kumar Karanam (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Potomac Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15938088 on 03/28/2018 (1091 days app to issue)

Abstract: Tumor-Treating Fields elicit a conditional vulnerability to PARP inhibitors (e.g., Olaparib) in certain cancer cells such as non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cell lines. This conditional vulnerability is exploited in a method of killing cancer cells that comprises delivering a PARP inhibitor to the cancer cells and applying an alternating 80-300 kHz electric field to the cancer cells. At least a portion of the applying step is performed simultaneously with at least a portion of the delivering step. In some embodiments, an additional step of treating the cancer cells with a radiation therapy is added to the method. In some embodiments, the frequency of the alternating electric field is between 100 and 200 kHz.

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


Baby changing station
Patent No. RE048480 (Reissue)

Inventor(s): Branko Bem (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc. (North Hollywood, CA)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16167416 on 10/22/2018 (883 days app to issue)

Abstract: A baby supporting device is provided which includes a frame. The frame includes a first portion for mounting onto a wall and a second portion pivotally coupled to the first portion and rotatable between a first position and a second position. A first stop member extends from the first portion, and a second stop member extends from the second portion, such that when the second stop member engages the first stop member it stops the second portion at the second position. A first surface covers at least a portion of the first portion, and a second surface covers at least a portion of the second portion. Patent Class: N/A


 

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

Accessory for oscillating power tool
Patent No. 10953563 

Inventor(s): Cherif Morcos (Kirkland, , CA)
Assignee(s): Universal Arbor LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Cecil Law PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16273512 on 02/12/2019 (770 days app to issue)

Abstract: An accessory for an oscillating power tool is provided. The accessory has a body having a functional portion for performing work and an attachment portion for mounting the accessory to the oscillating power tool. An arbor, defined at the attachment portion of the body, is configured to matingly engage attachment elements of a drive flange of a variety of manufacturers” oscillating power tools. The arbor comprises a plurality of openings including a primary opening comprising a central opening defining a central axis of the arbor, a first elongated opening conjoined with the central opening and extending radially from the central axis along a first radial axis and a second elongated opening conjoined with the central opening and extending radially from the central axis along a second radial axis. The plurality of openings also includes a set of secondary openings disjoined from the primary opening and positioned radially about the central axis along respective radial axes. The accessory can fit, with no loss of functionality, oscillating power tools” connectors from multiple manufacturers. The accessory may be a blade, a rasp, a sander, a scraper or any other accessory for oscillating power tools, in any material such as metal, plastic, or other.

[B26D] CUTTING; DETAILS COMMON TO MACHINES FOR PERFORATING, PUNCHING, CUTTING-OUT, STAMPING-OUT OR SEVERING (disintegrating by knives or other cutting or tearing members which chop material into fragments B02C 18/00; cutting by abrasive fluid jets B24C 5/02; hand-held cutting tools B26B) [5]


Throttle attachments and towing tractor assemblies
Patent No. 10953747 

Inventor(s): Gregory K. Leslie (Lexington, KY), Randall K. Leslie (Lexington, KY)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15984591 on 05/21/2018 (1037 days app to issue)

Abstract: A throttle attachment includes an attachment portion configured to engage a throttle of a vehicle, and an elongate handle extending from the attachment portion. Rotation of the elongate handle causes rotation of the throttle attachment.

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


Interleaved hybrid switch network of ground side coils for dynamic wireless power transfer
Patent No. 10953757 

Inventor(s): Chung Chih Chou (Ann Arbor, MI), George C. Bucsan (Belleville, MI), Jae Seung Lee (Ann Arbor, MI), Jongwon Shin (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: 15862551 on 01/04/2018 (1174 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for wirelessly providing power to a vehicle. The system includes a plurality of ground-side wireless power transfer devices each configured to automatically provide power to a counterpart vehicle-side wireless power transfer device. The system includes a switch connecting a power source to the plurality of ground-side wireless power transfer devices and configured to be in an open position or a closed position. The system includes a vehicle position sensor configured to detect the vehicle being within a range of the plurality of ground-side wireless power transfer devices. The system includes a switch driver configured to move the switch from the open position to the closed position when the vehicle position sensor detects the vehicle being within the range, and move the switch from the closed position to the open position when the vehicle position sensor does not detect the vehicle being within the range.

[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]


Advanced warning and risk evasion system and method
Patent No. 10953796 

Inventor(s): Kent Baumann (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): CRH Americas Materials, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Bell Nunnally Martin LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16544264 on 08/19/2019 (582 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention relates in general to the field of safety devices, and more particularly, but not by way of limitation, to systems and methods for providing advanced warning and risk evasion when hazardous conditions exist. In one embodiment, a vicinity monitoring unit is provided for monitoring, for example, oncoming traffic near a construction zone. In some embodiments, the vicinity monitoring unit may be mounted onto a construction vehicle to monitor nearby traffic and send a warning signal if hazardous conditions exist. In some embodiments, personnel tracking units may be worn by construction workers and the personnel tracking units may be in communication with the vicinity monitoring unit. In some embodiments, a base station is provided for monitoring activities taking place in or near a construction site including monitoring the locations of various personnel and vehicles within the construction site.

[B60Q] ARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL [4]


Cloaking devices with converging lenses and coherent image guides and vehicles comprising the same
Patent No. 10953797 

Inventor(s): Debasish Banerjee (Ann Arbor, MI), Kyu-Tae Lee (Ann Arbor, MI), Mindy Zhang (Ann Arbor, MI), Songtao Wu (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: 15946065 on 04/05/2018 (1083 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cloaking device with an object-side, an image-side, and a cloaked region is provided. A first object-side converging lens and a second object-side converging lens are positioned on the object-side, and a first image-side converging lens and a second image-side converging lens are positioned on the image-side. A coherent image guide with an object-side end optically aligned with the second object-side converging lens and an image-side end optically aligned with the second image-side converging lens is included. Light from an object positioned on the object-side of the cloaking device is focused in parallel onto the object-side end of the coherent image guide by the first object-side converging lens and the second object-side converging lens, propagates through the coherent image guide, and is focused in parallel by the second image-side converging lens and the first image-side converging lens to form an image of the object on the image-side of the cloaking device.

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


Hideaway roof rack for fuel economy
Patent No. 10953807 

Inventor(s): Abril Galang (Ann Arbor, MI), Geoffrey David Gaither (Brighton, MI), Takanori Aoki (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: 16129701 on 09/12/2018 (923 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle includes a body having a roof that defines a volume and includes a top surface. The vehicle further includes a plurality of support members. The vehicle further includes a plurality of actuators each coupled to at least one of the plurality of support members. The vehicle further includes an input device configured to receive user input corresponding to a desired roof rack configuration. The vehicle further includes an electronic control unit (ECU) coupled to the plurality of actuators and to the input device and configured to control the plurality of actuators to actuate at least one of the plurality of support members to be in a raised position in which it extends above the top surface of the roof or to be in a stored position in which it is located in the volume based on the desired roof rack configuration.

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


Impact bracket stress-deformation release mechanism
Patent No. 10953810 

Inventor(s): Ryan King (Fort Worth, TX), Suman Beeram (Prosper, TX)
Assignee(s): Safran Seats USA LLC (Gainesville, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16256411 on 01/24/2019 (789 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described are passenger seat assemblies having an impact bracket for a support pin. The support pin may be a component of a monitor assembly. The impact bracket includes a body that defines an aperture and a flex member within the aperture. The flex member defines a support region and a travelling region of the aperture. The flex member retains the support pin in the support region responsive to a load that is less than a minimum impact load, and releases the support pin from the support region into the travelling region responsive to a load that is at least the minimum impact load.

[B60N] VEHICLE PASSENGER ACCOMMODATION NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (furniture construction A47)


Package receiving system and method of use
Patent No. 10954068 

Inventor(s): Martin Andrew Nevison (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16271864 on 02/10/2019 (772 days app to issue)

Abstract: A package receiving system includes a shoot extending through a wall of a building from an exterior of the building to an interior of the building; a first door positioned on the exterior of the building providing access to the shoot; a second door positioned on the interior of the building and providing access to the interior of the building; and a conveyer belt positioned at a bottom of the shoot to transport a package from the exterior to the interior; the second door is to open to allow the package to enter into the interior.

[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)


Gravity-driven tire delivery apparatuses and methods of tire delivery
Patent No. 10954069 

Inventor(s): Frederick P. Matthews (San Antonio, TX), Lieu X. Mai (San Antonio, TX)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16578537 on 09/23/2019 (547 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gravity-driven tire delivery apparatus includes a base and a tire delivery chute that extends vertically from the base. The tire delivery chute includes a wall including a braking projection mounted to the wall that extends into a travel path of a tire through the tire delivery chute. The braking projection is sized to allow the tire to pass by the braking projection once the tire is moved laterally by the braking projection.

[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)


Apparatus and method for packaging wire or cable in a barrel or drum container
Patent No. 10954099 

Inventor(s): Andrew P. Hull (McKinney, TX), Benjamin L. Weatherford (Princeton, TX), John L. Rhoads (The Colony, TX), William T. Bigbee, Jr. (Melissa, TX)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16739691 on 01/10/2020 (438 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for the accumulation of wire or cable, the apparatus including a collapsible reel assembly, the collapsible reel assembly including a central hollow arbor, a fixed inner support structure axially centered on and rigidly attached to the central hollow arbor, wherein the fixed inner support has a first end and a second end, a fixed flange, axially centered on and attached to the first end of the fixed inner support structure, a removable flange, axially centered on and removably attached to the second end of the fixed inner support structure opposite the fixed flange and an inner drum assembly. The inner drum assembly including a plurality of moving inner support structures movably attached to the fixed inner support structure and a plurality of inwardly-collapsible drum segments. Wherein the inwardly-collapsible drum segments collapse inward after the removable flange is removed from the collapsible reel assembly.

[B65H] HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL, e.g. SHEETS, WEBS, CABLES


System and method for delivering fuel
Patent No. 10954115 

Inventor(s): Brandon Bush (Edmond, OK), David Froehle (Edmond, OK)
Assignee(s): Maxum Enterprises, LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16222907 on 12/17/2018 (827 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for delivering fuel to an equipment fuel tank. The system includes a remote fuel storage tank and a valve assembly coupleable to the equipment fuel tank. The system includes a fuel supply line extending between the remote fuel storage tank and the valve assembly and a pneumatic valve disposed in the fuel supply line. The pneumatic valve can prevent flow of fuel into the fuel supply line or can enable flow of fuel into the fuel supply line. The valve assembly includes pressure tubes to detect changes in fuel level inside the equipment fuel tank. A switch actuates the pneumatic valve to prevent the flow of fluid in response to an overfilled position; and actuates the pneumatic valve to enable the flow of fluid in response to an underfilled position.

[B67D] DISPENSING, DELIVERING, OR TRANSFERRING LIQUIDS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (cleaning pipes or tubes or systems of pipes or tubes B08B 9/02; emptying or filling of bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels, or similar containers, not otherwise provided for B67C; water supply E03; pipe systems F17D; domestic hot-water supply systems F24D; measuring volume, volume flow, mass flow or liquid level, metering by volume G01F; coin-freed or like apparatus G07F) [5]


Parking monitoring and assistance for transports
Patent No. 10957199 

Inventor(s): Daniel Warren Reaser (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16441096 on 06/14/2019 (648 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example operation may include one or more of parking a transport in an initial space, determining an average time of an event attended by at least one occupant associated with the transport, moving the transport to at least one other space when an elapsed time of the event is less than the average time and when the at least one other space is available and closer to an event location than the initial space, and moving the transport to a final space when the event is completed, and the final space is a location of a device associated with the at least one occupant.

[B60Q] ARRANGEMENT OF SIGNALLING OR LIGHTING DEVICES, THE MOUNTING OR SUPPORTING THEREOF OR CIRCUITS THEREFOR, FOR VEHICLES IN GENERAL [4]


 

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

Method of preparing aluminum sulfate
Patent No. 10954134 

Inventor(s): Faustino Ignacio Garza (Mesquite, TX), Jared Wayne Garza (Mesquite, TX), Jason Lamar Garza (Mesquite, TX)
Assignee(s): Chameleon Industries, Inc. (Mesquite, TX)
Law Firm: Braxton Perrone, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16676060 on 11/06/2019 (503 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of processing a non-virgin sulfuric acid solution for the preparation of aluminum sulfate comprises the steps of combining a sulfuric acid solution having less than 90% sulfuric acid with water to form a mixed solution of no less than about 10% sulfuric acid. An alumina-containing compound such as aluminum hydroxide or aluminum bauxite is then added, the combination forming a pH of 2.0 or less. Once a specific gravity of less than about 1.36 is reached, the aluminum sulfate cools and settles overnight before filtering and/or storing.

[C01F] COMPOUNDS OF THE METALS BERYLLIUM, MAGNESIUM, ALUMINIUM, CALCIUM, STRONTIUM, BARIUM, RADIUM, THORIUM, OR OF THE RARE-EARTH METALS (metal hydrides C01B 6/00; salts of oxyacids of halogens C01B 11/00; peroxides, salts of peroxyacids C01B 15/00; sulfides or polysulfides of magnesium, calcium, strontium, or barium C01B 17/42; thiosulfates, dithionites, polythionates C01B 17/64; compounds containing selenium or tellurium C01B 19/00; binary compounds of nitrogen with metals C01B 21/06; azides C01B 21/08; metal amides C01B 21/092; nitrites C01B 21/50; phosphides C01B 25/08; salts of oxyacids of phosphorus C01B 25/16; carbides C01B 32/90; compounds containing silicon C01B 33/00; compounds containing boron C01B 35/00; compounds having molecular sieve properties but not having base-exchange properties C01B 37/00; compounds having molecular sieve and base-exchange properties, e.g. crystalline zeolites, C01B 39/00; cyanides C01C 3/08; salts of cyanic acid C01C 3/14; salts of cyanamide C01C 3/16; thiocyanates C01C 3/20; fermentation or enzyme-using processes for the preparation of elements or inorganic compounds except carbon dioxide C12P 3/00; obtaining metal compounds from mixtures, e.g. ores, which are intermediate compounds in a metallurgical process for obtaining a free metal C22B; production of non-metallic elements or inorganic compounds by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25B)


System and method of preparing aluminum sulfate
Patent No. 10954135 

Inventor(s): Faustino Ignacio Garza (Mesquite, TX), Jared Wayne Garza (Mesquite, TX), Jason Lamar Garza (Mesquite, TX)
Assignee(s): Chameleon Industries, Inc. (Mesquite, TX)
Law Firm: Braxton Perrone, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16708136 on 12/09/2019 (470 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for processing a sulfuric acid waste output for the preparation of aluminum sulfate comprises providing a sulfuric acid waste output at a manufacturing facility and feeding the output into an onsite system of preparing aluminum sulfate at the manufacturing facility. The sulfuric acid waste output may be fed into an onsite system for preparing aluminum sulfate either directly after its production as a byproduct output or after onsite storage of the output. By combining a water solution with the sulfuric acid waste output prior to adding an alumina-containing compound to the combined solution to form aluminum sulfate, the sulfuric acid waste output is safely converted into a useful output without the need for transport offsite.

[C01F] COMPOUNDS OF THE METALS BERYLLIUM, MAGNESIUM, ALUMINIUM, CALCIUM, STRONTIUM, BARIUM, RADIUM, THORIUM, OR OF THE RARE-EARTH METALS (metal hydrides C01B 6/00; salts of oxyacids of halogens C01B 11/00; peroxides, salts of peroxyacids C01B 15/00; sulfides or polysulfides of magnesium, calcium, strontium, or barium C01B 17/42; thiosulfates, dithionites, polythionates C01B 17/64; compounds containing selenium or tellurium C01B 19/00; binary compounds of nitrogen with metals C01B 21/06; azides C01B 21/08; metal amides C01B 21/092; nitrites C01B 21/50; phosphides C01B 25/08; salts of oxyacids of phosphorus C01B 25/16; carbides C01B 32/90; compounds containing silicon C01B 33/00; compounds containing boron C01B 35/00; compounds having molecular sieve properties but not having base-exchange properties C01B 37/00; compounds having molecular sieve and base-exchange properties, e.g. crystalline zeolites, C01B 39/00; cyanides C01C 3/08; salts of cyanic acid C01C 3/14; salts of cyanamide C01C 3/16; thiocyanates C01C 3/20; fermentation or enzyme-using processes for the preparation of elements or inorganic compounds except carbon dioxide C12P 3/00; obtaining metal compounds from mixtures, e.g. ores, which are intermediate compounds in a metallurgical process for obtaining a free metal C22B; production of non-metallic elements or inorganic compounds by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25B)


Acesulfame potassium compositions and processes for producing same
Patent No. 10954203 

Inventor(s): Arvind Yadav (Hessen, , IN), Christoph Mollenkopf (Frankfurt am Main, , DE), Peter Groer (Babenhausen, , DE)
Assignee(s): Celanese International Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Dority Manning, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16984305 on 08/04/2020 (231 days app to issue)

Abstract: Compositions and processes for producing high purity acesulfame potassium are described. One process comprises the steps of providing a crude acesulfame potassium composition comprising acesulfame potassium and acetoacetamide, concentrating the crude acesulfame potassium composition to form a water stream and an intermediate acesulfame potassium composition comprising acesulfame potassium and less than 33 wppm acetoacetamide, and separating the intermediate acesulfame potassium composition to form the finished acesulfame potassium composition comprising acesulfame potassium and less than 33 wppm acetoacetamide. The concentrating step is conducted at a temperature below 90 C. and the separating step is conducted at a temperature at or below 35 C.

[C07D] HETEROCYCLIC COMPOUNDS (macromolecular compounds C08) [2]


Acesulfame potassium compositions and processes for producing same
Patent No. 10954204 

Inventor(s): Arvind Yadav (Hessen, , IN), Christoph Mollenkopf (Frankfurt am Main, , DE), Peter Groer (Babenhausen, , DE)
Assignee(s): Celanese International Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Dority Manning, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16984323 on 08/04/2020 (231 days app to issue)

Abstract: Compositions and processes for producing high purity acesulfame potassium are described. One process comprises the steps of forming a cyclic sulfur trioxide adduct; hydrolyzing the cyclic sulfur trioxide adduct to form an acesulfame-H composition comprising acesulfame-H; neutralizing the acesulfame-H in the acesulfame-H composition to form a crude acesulfame potassium composition comprising acesulfame potassium and less than 2800 wppm acetoacetamide-N-sulfonic acid, wherein the neutralizing step is conducted or maintained at a pH at or below 11.0; and treating the crude acesulfame potassium composition to form the finished acesulfame potassium composition comprising acesulfame potassium and less than 37 wppm acetoacetamide-N-sulfonic acid.

[C07D] HETEROCYCLIC COMPOUNDS (macromolecular compounds C08) [2]


Targeted delivery methods and compositions for antihistamines
Patent No. 10954307 

Inventor(s): Tawanda Gumbo (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): LIPIDAIR, LLC (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGurk Group LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15852766 on 12/22/2017 (1187 days app to issue)

Abstract: Products, compositions, and methods for using one or more small particles to facilitate the delivery of one or more antihistamines to a human body are disclosed. In some aspects, methods are disclosed that utilize small particles that may be integrated with one or more guiding antibodies that detect and bind to high affinity immunoglobulin E receptors associated with various types of target cells, such as mast cells, basophils, and dendritic cells. Methods in accordance with the present disclosure may use small particles that are configured to contain relatively high concentrations of at least one form of at least one antihistamine and deliver the antihistamine(s) to areas within a human body where one or more actions associated with an allergic reaction may be in progress and/or where one or more actions associated with an allergic reaction may be likely to occur.

[C07K] PEPTIDES (peptides containing fl-lactam rings C07D; cyclic dipeptides not having in their molecule any other peptide link than those which form their ring, e.g. piperazine-2,5-diones, C07D; ergot alkaloids of the cyclic peptide type C07D 519/02; single cell proteins, enzymes C12N; genetic engineering processes for obtaining peptides C12N 15/00) [4]


Hydroxybenzophenone-based stabilizers and polymers end-capped with the same
Patent No. 10954359 

Inventor(s): Satchit Srinivasan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS USA, LLC (Alpharetta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16515190 on 07/18/2019 (614 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention relates to hydroxybenzophenone-based compounds of formula (I) that are used to improve UV, thermal, and thermo-oxidative stability of high performance aromatic polymers in a blend or as end-cappers of the same polymers.

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


Maximum olefins production utilizing multi-stage catalyst reaction and regeneration
Patent No. 10954453 

Inventor(s): Dilip Dharia (Sugarland, TX), Harvey McQuiston (Dallas, TX), Raj Kanwar Singh (Houston, TX)
Assignee(s): TECHNIP PROCESS TECHNOLOGY, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15969128 on 05/02/2018 (1056 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for increasing olefin production and quality from a hydrocarbon feed comprising a fully integrated multi-stage catalyst regeneration zones with multi-stage reaction zones in series and/or parallel. The multi-stage regeneration with at least one partial and one full burn zone provides an independent control to achieve the lowest possible regenerated catalyst temperature, resulting in highest possible catalyst to oil ratio required to maximize olefins yields through increased catalytic cracking in a multi stage FCC riser/risers.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Architectural terrace door
Patent No. 10954712 

Inventor(s): Jeff Geier (Weston, WI)
Assignee(s): Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16906732 on 06/19/2020 (277 days app to issue)

Abstract: The threshold system includes a first support member secured to a walking surface, a second support member secured to the walking surface, and a thermal break joining the first support member and the second support member. A first ramp is removably coupled to the first support member. A second ramp is removably coupled to the second support member.

[E06B] FIXED OR MOVABLE CLOSURES FOR OPENINGS IN BUILDINGS, VEHICLES, FENCES, OR LIKE ENCLOSURES, IN GENERAL, e.g. DOORS, WINDOWS, BLINDS, GATES (shades or blinds for greenhouses A01G 9/22; curtains A47H; lids for car boots or bonnets B62D 25/10; sky-lights E04B 7/18; sunshades, awnings E04F 10/00)


Quick connect device and sub
Patent No. 10954723 

Inventor(s): Jim Rollins (Lipan, TX), Phil Phelps (Fort Worth, TX), Shelby Sullivan (Minot, ND), Terrell Saltarelli (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16495026 on 04/12/2019 (711 days app to issue)

Abstract: A quick connect system for connecting a first downhole tool to a second downhole tool, the quick connect system including a quick connect device configured to be mechanically attached to the first downhole tool; and a top sub configured to be mechanically attached to the quick connect device and also to the second downhole tool. The top sub has a first bulkhead element that prevents a high pressure gas from the second downhole tool to damage the quick connect device.

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


Tool string orientation
Patent No. 10954726 

Inventor(s): John Edward Saville (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): Impact Selector International, LLC (Houma, LA)
Law Firm: Boisbrun Hofman, PLLC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15574633 on 06/15/2016 (1742 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole tool and method for orienting a tool string within a passage, wherein the passage is a wellbore or a tubular member disposed in a wellbore. The downhole tool may include a frame ([b]210[/b]) operable for connection with the tool string ([b]100[/b]), a first orienting feature ([b]211[/b]) connected to a first side of the frame ([b]210[/b]), and a second orienting feature ([b]212[/b]) connected to a second side of the frame ([b]210[/b]). The first orienting feature ([b]211[/b]) may be rotatable relative to the frame about a first axis of rotation that is offset from a central axis of the tool string and the second orienting feature ([b]212[/b]) may be rotatable relative to the frame about a second axis of rotation that is offset from the central axis of the tool string.

[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]


Degradable window for multilateral junction
Patent No. 10954735 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Richard Decena Ornelaz (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: C. Tumey Law Group, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16483744 on 09/14/2018 (921 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure may generally relate to drilling operations and, more particularly, to systems and methods for sidetracking an existing well. Specifically, examples of the present disclosure may include creating a window by introducing a pH-modifying fluid downhole to degrade a portion of a casing string, thereby creating the window through which a secondary wellbore may be drilled. A method for creating a window in an oilfield tubular may comprise of providing a pH-modifying fluid in the oilfield tubular disposed in a wellbore and contacting a degradable section of the oilfield tubular with the pH-modifying fluid to degrade at least a portion of the degradable section and form an exit window in the oilfield tubular.

[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]


3D printed tool with integral stress concentration zone
Patent No. 10954743 

Inventor(s): James Dan Vick, Jr. (Dallas, TX), Kevin Robin Passmore (McKinney, TX), Robert Arthur Rademaker (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16072611 on 03/14/2016 (1835 days app to issue)

Abstract: A subsurface tool adapted to extend within a wellbore includes an integrally formed single-component body that defines an external surface and an internal chamber isolated from the external surface. When the tool is subjected to one or more stresses, a stress concentration is created within a stress zone of the single-component body, the stress zone being adjacent the internal chamber.

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


Tubing assembly for hydraulic shifting of sleeve without tool movement
Patent No. 10954748 

Inventor(s): Gary John Geoffroy (Plano, TX), Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Stephen Michael Greci (Little Elm, TX), Thomas Jules Frosell (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16910946 on 06/24/2020 (272 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sleeve on a downhole work string or a completion string may be actuated without movement of the work string, by positioning the work string within the completion string such that a sleeve positioned in a recess on a surface the work string or the completion string, in combination with surfaces of the work string and the completion string define a chamber on a side of the sleeve. A fluid may be pumped from a fluid source through a fluid passageway in the work string to the chamber for forcing the sleeve to actuate from an open position to a closed position or vice versa. In some aspects, multiple sleeves may be actuated concurrently via additional fluid passageways that are in fluid communication with one another. In some aspects, multiple sleeves may be actuated independently via additional fluid passageways that are fluidly isolated from one another.

[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]


Methods and assemblies for running and testing tools
Patent No. 10954754 

Inventor(s): Borisa Lajesic (Dallas, TX), Christian Alexander Ramirez (Arlington, TX), Matthew Bradley Stokes (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatricj Townsend Stockton LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16084764 on 11/14/2017 (1225 days app to issue)

Abstract: Assemblies and methods are provided for positioning a sealing tool within a receptacle and pressure testing a seal between the sealing tool and the receptacle. The assembly may be coupled to the sealing tool for latching the sealing tool into the receptacle. The assembly may include a projection that is movable between a coupled position and an uncoupled position. In the coupled position, the projection may couple the assembly to the sealing tool. In the uncoupled position, the projection may be positioned such that the assembly is not coupled to the sealing tool. The projection may move from the coupled position to the uncoupled position in response to determining a seal is established between the sealing tool and the receptacle.

[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]


Modular charge holder segment
Patent No. 10954761 

Inventor(s): Richard Ellis Robey (Mansfield, TX), Scott Randall Von Kaenel (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16908053 on 06/22/2020 (274 days app to issue)

Abstract: A perforating tool assembly may be modularized by providing modular charge segments to provide for multiple configurations of shaped charges without the requirement of excess inventory. The modular charge segments may comprise any number of modular charge holder segments and modular charge spacer segments which are configured to provide for different spacings and offsets of shaped charges disposed within the modular charge holder segments. The modular charge holder segments include slots and locking tabs to allow for the differing offsets between charges. The modular charge holder segments may comprise a slit that allows the modular holder segment to be flexed or deflected to permit the loading and downloading of shaped charges. The modular charge segments may comprise a plastic or rubber material to provide for safer deployment of shaped charges downhole.

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


Apparatus and methods for automated slide drilling
Patent No. 10954773 

Inventor(s): Brian Stokeld (Dallas, TX), Eric Alan Nolte (Denton, TX), John Jeremy Cantwell (Fredericksburg, TX), Joshua Miles Brinkley (Grand Prairie, TX), Kevin Mims (Dallas, TX), Robert Tyler Quarles (Dallas, TX), Sashmit Bhaduri (
Assignee(s): MOTIVE DRILLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16774528 on 01/28/2020 (420 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automated slide drilling system (ASDS) may be used with a drilling rig system to control slide drilling. The ASDS may autonomously control slide drilling without user input during the slide drilling. The ASDS may further support a transition from rotary drilling to slide drilling to rotary drilling without user input during the transitions. The ASDS may also support user input and user notifications for various steps to enable manual or semi-manual control of slide drilling by a driller or an operator.

[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]


Fixed-wavelength fiber optic telemetry for casing collar locator signals
Patent No. 10954777 

Inventor(s): Wei Zhang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15769391 on 02/29/2016 (1849 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole tool, in some embodiments, comprises a casing collar locator (CCL) to generate a signal that indicates the presence of a casing discontinuity; and a modulator, coupled to the CCL, to modulate fixed-wavelength light in a fiber optic cable based on said signal.

[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

 

Bootstrap accumulator containing integrated bypass valve
Patent No. 10954966 

Inventor(s): Kirk A. Miller (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15792971 on 10/25/2017 (1245 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a bootstrap accumulator having multiple fluid expansion volumes each configured to receive fluid. The bootstrap accumulator also includes a piston assembly configured to move within the fluid expansion volumes based on pressures within the fluid expansion volumes. The piston assembly includes (i) a fluid pathway that couples the fluid expansion volumes and (ii) a bypass valve configured to selectively open or block the fluid pathway. The piston assembly could also include multiple pistons and a connecting rod coupling the pistons. The fluid pathway could include a narrower path through a first portion of the connecting rod and a wider path through a second portion of the connecting rod. The bypass valve could include a ball and a spring configured to push the ball to block the narrower path through the first portion of the connecting rod.

[F15B] SYSTEMS ACTING BY MEANS OF FLUIDS IN GENERAL; FLUID-PRESSURE ACTUATORS, e.g. SERVOMOTORS; DETAILS OF FLUID-PRESSURE SYSTEMS, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (motors, turbines, compressors, blowers, pumps F01-F04; fluid dynamics F15D; fluid clutches or brakes F16D; fluid springs F16F; fluid gearing F16H; pistons, cylinders, packing F16J; valves, taps, cocks, actuating-floats F16K; safety valves with auxiliary fluid operation of the main valve F16K 17/10; fluid-operating means for valves F16K 31/12; pipes, pipe joints F16L; lubricating F16N)


Radial expansion coupling device
Patent No. 10954981 

Inventor(s): Brett A. Miller (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15905736 on 02/26/2018 (1121 days app to issue)

Abstract: A radial expansion system for a fastener is disclosed. The radial expansion system can include a plurality of wedge guides. Each wedge guide can have at least one guide surface. The plurality of wedge guides can be operable to be movably arranged along an axis with the guide surfaces of adjacent wedge guides opposing one another. The radial expansion system can also include a plurality of expansion wedges. Each expansion wedge can have wedge surfaces configured to slidingly interface with the at least one guide surface. Each expansion wedge can also have a clamp surface operable to interface with an interior portion of a first component. The plurality of expansion wedges can be operable to be disposed between adjacent wedge guides such that the wedge surfaces interface with the opposing guide surfaces. A second component and the plurality of wedge guides can be operable to be drawn toward one another by a fastener to cause the plurality of expansion wedges to displace radially outward from the axis such that the clamping surfaces engage and apply a clamping force to the interior portion of the first component, and thereby couple the first and second components to one another.

[F16B] DEVICES FOR FASTENING OR SECURING CONSTRUCTIONAL ELEMENTS OR MACHINE PARTS TOGETHER, e.g. NAILS, BOLTS, CIRCLIPS, CLAMPS, CLIPS OR WEDGES; JOINTS OR JOINTING (couplings for transmitting rotation F16D)


Method and system for supply-air re-circulation
Patent No. 10955165 

Inventor(s): Eric Perez (Hickory Creek, TX), Rakesh Goel (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16208880 on 12/04/2018 (840 days app to issue)

Abstract: An HVAC system includes an evaporator coil disposed between a supply air duct and a return air duct. A re-circulation duct fluidly couples the supply air duct and the return air duct. A damper is disposed in the re-circulation duct and is moveable between an open position and a closed position. A controller is operatively coupled to a variable-speed compressor, a variable-speed circulation fan, and the damper. Responsive to a determination that the variable-speed circulation fan is operating at the minimum speed and the suction pressure is above the pre-determined threshold, the controller signals the damper to move to the open position. Responsive to a determination that the variable-speed circulation fan is not operating at the minimum speed or the suction pressure is below the pre-determined threshold, the controller signals the damper to move to the closed position.

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


Heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration system
Patent No. 10955175 

Inventor(s): Austin Clay Styer (Plano, TX), Carl T. Crawford (Hickory Creek, TX), Eric Berg (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15830919 on 12/04/2017 (1205 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a high side heat exchanger, a second heat exchanger, a load, a variable speed compressor, and a three-way valve. The high side heat exchanger removes heat from a refrigerant. The second heat exchanger removes heat from the refrigerant. The load uses the refrigerant to remove heat from a space proximate the load. The variable speed compressor compresses the refrigerant from the load and directs the compressed refrigerant to the high side heat exchanger. The three-way valve, when operating in a first mode, directs the refrigerant from the high side heat exchanger to the load and when operating in a second mode, directs the refrigerant from the high side heat exchanger to the second heat exchanger.

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


 

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System and method for low latency, high performance pose fusion
Patent No. 10955245 

Inventor(s): Long Le (Richardson, TX), Sourabh Ravindran (Dallas, TX), Vitali Loseu (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16399977 on 04/30/2019 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device, method, and computer readable medium for accurate, low latency pose fusion architecture for SLAM are provided. The electronic device includes an IMU sensor, a camera, a display, and a processor coupled to the IMU sensor, the camera, and the display. The processor determines a vision pose in a camera coordinate based on the captured vision data; transforms the vision pose from the camera coordinate to an IMU coordinate; applies a scale factor, based on a combination of the vision pose and an IMU pose in the IMU coordinate, to the vision pose; fuses the scaled vision pose and the IMU pose into a fused pose in a temporally distributed manner; and outputs the fused pose for use with the display.

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


Extended range ADC flow meter
Patent No. 10955273 

Inventor(s): Anand Dabak (Plano, TX), Venkata Ramanan (Tucson, AZ)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14156388 on 01/15/2014 (2624 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of calculating a time difference is disclosed. The method includes receiving a first ultrasonic signal (r[superscript]21[/superscript]) from a first transducer (UT[subscript]1[/subscript]) and receiving a second ultrasonic signal (r[superscript]12[/superscript]) from a second ultrasonic transducer (UT[subscript]2[/subscript]). The first and second ultrasonic signals are sampled to produce respective first and second sampled ultrasonic signals ([b]502[/b]). Points having a value greater than a first threshold are selected from the first and second sampled ultrasonic signals ([b]510[/b]). A difference in travel time between the first and second ultrasonic signals is calculated ([b]512[/b]) in response to the selected points.

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


Pressure probe including multiple orifices for measuring air pressure in varying airflow systems
Patent No. 10955324 

Inventor(s): Henry Greist (Gainesville, FL), Sanjeev Hingorani (Gainesville, FL)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15860087 on 01/02/2018 (1176 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, the present disclosure pertains to a pressure probe. In some embodiments, the pressure probe includes a tube having an output end, an internal passage, an axial run, and pressure orifices axially aligned along a downstream side of the axial run. In some embodiments, the pressure orifices are in communication with the output end through the internal passage and an upstream side of the axial run that is opposite from the downstream side of the axial run and does not include a pressure orifice. Additionally, in some embodiments, the downstream side is perpendicular to airflow.

[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)


Contact and socket device for testing semiconductor
Patent No. 10955438 

Inventor(s): Logan Jae Hwang (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16179366 on 11/02/2018 (872 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are a hybrid-type contact and a socket device for testing a semiconductor device, in which the hybrid-type contact includes a first contact unit integrally configured by rolling a predetermined shaped strip pattern formed by blanking a metal plate into a cylindrical shape, a second contact unit with conductivity and elasticity configured to be inserted into the first contact unit, and a molding portion of insulating elastic material configured to integrally fix the first contact unit and the second contact unit together, so as to compensate the disadvantages of conventional pin-type and rubber-type test socket devices, whereby it is easy to optimize the mechanical and electrical properties according to the requirements of the test device, and it is suitable for testing a fine pitch device.

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


Wafer probe resumption of die testing
Patent No. 10955468 

Inventor(s): Joseph Anthony Boduch (Frisco, TX), Romano Schmidt (Dachau, , DE)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16254435 on 01/22/2019 (791 days app to issue)

Abstract: Wafer test control and methodologies are provided for resuming the probing of a wafer, in connection with random, distributed or statistical wafer probing. The resumption of testing may occur after an interruption of a previous probe of the wafer and removal of the wafer from a testing chuck. Parameter settings are retained in addition to probe results from the previous wafer probe session in order to construct a resume probe map according to applicable probing rules and conditions. Wafer probing may be restarted according to the resume probe map.

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


Operating state machine controllers after powering, decoupling, monitoring, coupling communications
Patent No. 10955471 

Inventor(s): Gary L. Swoboda (Sugar Land, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16436310 on 06/10/2019 (652 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method comprises a system comprising a host device coupled to a first remote device actively operating according to a state diagram that the host device and all remote devices follow during operation of the system. The method further comprises powering up a second remote device while the host device and first remote device are actively operating according to the state diagram. The second remote device waits for a synchronization point sequence. Upon detecting the synchronization point sequence, the second remote device implements a predetermined feature set and synchronizes itself to the state diagram at a common point as the host device and first remote device.

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


Pixel output processing circuit with laser range finding (LRF) capability
Patent No. 10955551 

Inventor(s): Joshua Lund (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Sensors Unlimited, Inc. (Princeton, NJ)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15785069 on 10/16/2017 (1254 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pixel output processing circuit of a focal plane array (FPA) having a plurality of laser range finding pixels (LRF) is provided. The respective LRF pixels output a high frequency analog signal in response to sensing a reflected laser pulse. The pixel output processing circuit includes a common net and a detection circuit. The common net is connected to a amplifying transistor of each of the LRF pixels for receiving analog signals output from the respective LRF pixels. The detection circuit is coupled to the common net and outputs a pulse flag in response to detecting that a high frequency analog signal has been received by the common net.

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


Microservices architecture for cloud-scale global navigation satellite system
Patent No. 10955557 

Inventor(s): Christopher N. Delregno (Rowlett, TX), Matthew W. Turlington (Richardson, TX), Mohammed M. Rahman (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15967182 on 04/30/2018 (1058 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system can include a producer device to receive reference data from a reference station. The system can include a queue device to store a reference message, corresponding to the reference data, in a message queue. The system can include a mapping device to store mapping information indicating that the message queue is associated with the reference station. The system can include a consumer device to identify the message queue as being associated with a microservice to be provided to a client device based on a microservice request. The message queue can be identified based on the mapping information. The consumer device can obtain the reference message from the message queue, generate corrections data associated with the client device, and provide the corrections data.

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


Separable infinite rotation fiber optic and slip ring rotary joint for suspension arm
Patent No. 10955620 

Inventor(s): David Chase (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Stryker Corporation (Kalamazoo, MI)
Law Firm: Morrison Foerster LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16877306 on 05/18/2020 (309 days app to issue)

Abstract: A suspension arm assembly including at least two members relatively rotatable about each other at a joint, with at least one of the joints comprising an infinite rotation joint. The infinite rotation joint allows the members at the infinite rotation joint to have unlimited rotation relative to one another. The infinite rotation joint is configured to pass at least an optical signal therethrough. The infinite rotation joint includes a stator and a rotor. At least two portions of the infinite rotation joint are separable and can automatically form a unit when adjacent arms are connected together such that the infinite rotation joint can be separated into the at least two portions. The at least two portions are configured to be automatically connected to allow the optical signal to pass therethrough once the at least two portions are engaged.

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


Splice tray for optical fibers
Patent No. 10955621 

Inventor(s): Diana Rodriguez (Fort Worth, TX), Karyne Poissant Prevratil (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Research Development Corporation (Corning, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16844146 on 04/09/2020 (348 days app to issue)

Abstract: A splice tray may include a tray base including a base panel and flange associated with a perimeter of the base panel and extending outward from the base panel. The splice tray may also include a flexible latch extending from an outer surface of the flange of the tray base. The latch may selectively prevent and allow the splice tray to pivot with respect to a splice tray assembly in which the splice tray is received. The splice tray may also include a splice holder configured to hold a plurality of spliced optical fibers. The splice holder may include a holder base coupled to the tray base, and a plurality of ribs associated with the holder base and defining a plurality of recesses configured to receive at least one spliced optical fiber. The splice tray may also include a cover removably coupled to the tray base and/or splice holder.

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


Fiber optic connector parking device
Patent No. 10955632 

Inventor(s): William Julius McPhil Giraud (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): Coming Research Development Corporation (Corning, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16658309 on 10/21/2019 (519 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fiber optic parking device includes a support wall having front and rear sides, and also includes at least one mount extending outwardly from the rear side of the support wall and defining a first plane. The fiber optic parking device further includes a platform extending outwardly from the front side of the support wall and defining a second plane, the platform including a plurality of connector slips. Each of the connector slips extends along a corresponding axis parallel to the second plane and intersecting the first plane at an acute angle.

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


Splitter module with interlocking feature for stacking and installation
Patent No. 10955634 

Inventor(s): Kristine Alaina Johnson (Keller, TX), William Julius McPhil Giraud (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Research Development Corporation (Corning, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16683418 on 11/14/2019 (495 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fiber optic splitter module includes a body including a front wall, a rear wall, and first and second side walls together at least partially defining an interior space. The first side wall includes a tongue extending longitudinally along the first side wall, and the second side wall includes a first groove that is complementary to the tongue. The fiber optic splitter module also includes an optical splitter positioned in the interior space, an input fiber extending through the front wall or the rear wall into the interior space and optically coupled to the optical splitter, and a plurality of output fibers extending through the front wall or the rear wall into the interior space and optically coupled to the optical splitter.

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


Additive 3-dimensional (3D) core design
Patent No. 10955820 

Inventor(s): John O”Connor (East Greenwich, RI), Kelvin Juarbe (Roslindale, MA), Sean O”Hearn (Worcester, MA)
Assignee(s): Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16276815 on 02/15/2019 (767 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system may include a 3D core design engine and a 3D core printing engine. The 3D core design engine may be configured to determine, in a CAD model, an under-core ply of a composite part and a core footprint on the under-core ply specified for an additive 3D core to be manufactured via additive manufacturing for insertion into the composite part, compute a bottom core surface of the additive 3D core from the under-core ply and core footprint, access core design parameters for the additive 3D core; and construct an additive 3D core design in the CAD model based on the computed bottom core surface and the core shape parameters. The 3D core printing engine may be configured to store the additive 3D core design to support subsequent manufacture of the additive 3D core via additive manufacturing.

[G05B] CONTROL OR REGULATING SYSTEMS IN GENERAL; FUNCTIONAL ELEMENTS OF SUCH SYSTEMS; MONITORING OR TESTING ARRANGEMENTS FOR SUCH SYSTEMS OR ELEMENTS (fluid-pressure actuators or systems acting by means of fluids in general F15B; valves per se F16K; characterised by mechanical features only G05G; sensitive elements, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. G12B, subclasses of G01, H01; correcting units, see the appropriate subclasses, e.g. H02K)


Context-aware power network
Patent No. 10955864 

Inventor(s): Subbayya Chowdary Yanamadala (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ARM LIMITED (Cambridge, , GB)
Law Firm: Talem IP Law, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15913051 on 03/06/2018 (1113 days app to issue)

Abstract: A configurable charge storage network and control system provide a context-aware power network for a system including a circuit, the power network coupled to the circuit to provide a core voltage to the circuit; and a context-based controller that monitors a supply voltage level of a power supply, monitors a core voltage level of the core voltage, and monitors activity of the circuit to derive an activity level of the circuit; and based on the activity level of the circuit, adjusts a capacitance of the power network or charging parameters associated with the power network to correspond to a power requirement associated with the activity level.

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


Integrated circuit capable of switching between non-volatile memory-based and volatile memory-based processor execution
Patent No. 10956076 

Inventor(s): Venkateswara Rao Mandela (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15985859 on 05/22/2018 (1036 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described examples include a system having a non-volatile memory including a binary section, a first page table and a second page table. The system also has a volatile memory and a processor coupled to the non-volatile memory and the volatile memory, the processor operable to use the first page table when the processor is initialized, the first page table including a first pointer to the binary section, the processor operable to cause copying of the binary section of the non-volatile memory to the volatile memory to create a copied binary section in the volatile memory, and the processor operable to use the second page table when the copying is complete, the second page table including a second pointer to the copied binary section.

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


Memory controller
Patent No. 10956086 

Inventor(s): Tony M. Brewer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Gamburd Law Group LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16259862 on 01/28/2019 (785 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory controller circuit is disclosed which is coupleable to a first memory circuit, such as DRAM, and includes: a first memory control circuit to read from or write to the first memory circuit; a second memory circuit, such as SRAM; a second memory control circuit adapted to read from the second memory circuit in response to a read request when the requested data is stored in the second memory circuit, and otherwise to transfer the read request to the first memory control circuit; predetermined atomic operations circuitry; and programmable atomic operations circuitry adapted to perform at least one programmable atomic operation. The second memory control circuit also transfers a received programmable atomic operation request to the programmable atomic operations circuitry and sets a hazard bit for a cache line of the second memory circuit.

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


Method and system for boot time optimization of embedded multiprocessor systems
Patent No. 10956169 

Inventor(s): Kedar Satish Chitnis (Bangalore, , IN), Rishabh Garg (Bangalore, , IN), Yogesh Vikram Marathe (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15087856 on 03/31/2016 (1818 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embedded multiprocessor system is provided that includes a multiprocessor system on a chip (SOC), a memory coupled to the multiprocessor SOC, the memory storing application software partitioned into an initial boot stage and at least one additional boot stage, and a secondary boot loader configured to boot load the initial boot stage on at least one processor of the multiprocessor SOC, wherein the initial boot stage begins executing and flow of data from the initial boot stage to the at least one additional boot stage is disabled, wherein the application software is configured to boot load a second boot stage of the at least one additional boot stage on at least one other processor of the multiprocessor SOC and to enable flow of data between the initial boot stage and the second boot stage.

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


Basic runtime environment
Patent No. 10956226 

Inventor(s): Jun Xu (Cupertino, CA), Ravi Shanker Chuppala (Cupertino, CA), Sheng Xu (Pleasanton, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16039924 on 07/19/2018 (978 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer implemented method for providing workload resource management to applications in an embedded system. The method includes receiving, by an application-specific basic runtime environment (BRE), workload resource requirements of an application installed on the embedded system. The method includes obtaining, by the application-specific BRE, the workload resource requirements from an operating system of the embedded system. The method includes providing, by the application-specific BRE, the workload resource requirements to the application. The method includes initiating, by the application-specific BRE, the execution of the application on the embedded system.

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


Inter-application sharing of business intelligence data
Patent No. 10956237 

Inventor(s): Reginald Hansbrough (Celina, TX)
Assignee(s): Oracle International Corporation (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Trellis IP Law Group, PC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15691550 on 08/30/2017 (1301 days app to issue)

Abstract: Implementations generally relate to inter-application sharing. In some implementations, a method includes displaying a first user interface (UI) of a first application in a display screen of a client device, wherein the first UI presents information associated with a target project. The method further includes displaying a second UI of a second application in the display screen of the client device. The method further includes receiving a user indication to transfer the information associated with the target project from the first UI to the second UI. The method further includes accessing underlying data associated with the target project. The method further includes transferring the underlying data from the first application to the second application. The method further includes displaying the information associated with the target project in the second UI after the transferring.

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


Methods and apparatuses for automated performance tuning of a data modeling platform
Patent No. 10956386 

Inventor(s): Keith Hoyle (Montgomery, TX), Marion A. Brown (Spring, TX)
Assignee(s): MCKESSON CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15942176 on 03/30/2018 (1089 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for automated performance tuning of a data modeling platform. An example method includes ingesting, using a tuning template, a set of records from one or more data sources into one or more stage tables in a staging layer of the data modeling platform. This example method further includes generating, using the one or more stage tables, a data integration layer of the data modeling platform for modeling data represented by the set of records ingested into the one or more stage tables. This example method further includes estimating an anticipated performance of the data modeling platform and generating an optimized tuning template based on the estimated anticipated performance. Finally, this example method further includes automatically executing a performance tuning operation on the data modeling platform. Corresponding apparatuses and computer program products are also provided.

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


Data transfer with a bit vector operation device
Patent No. 10956439 

Inventor(s): Isom Crawford, Jr. (Royse City, TX), John D. Leidel (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Brooks, Cameron Huebsch, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15048179 on 02/19/2016 (1859 days app to issue)

Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure provide apparatuses and methods for direct data transfer. An example method comprises transferring data between a first device and a second device, wherein the first device is a bit vector operation device, and transforming the data using a data transform engine (DTE) by rearranging the data to enable the data to be stored on the first device when transferring the data between the second device and first memory device.

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


Use of scalable vector graphics format to encapsulate building floorplan and metadata
Patent No. 10956497 

Inventor(s): Jesse Plymale (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): United States Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16152296 on 10/04/2018 (901 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are embodiments of systems, methods, and products comprises an analytic server, which uses scalable vector graphic (SVG) format to encapsulate building floorplan and metadata. The analytic server creates a floorplan map in SVG format that includes both a graphic map and a specification file. When a user issues an information request by clicking on one graphical element, the analytic server determines the object identifier of the clicked graphical element, queries the specification file to receive metadata about the clicked graphical element based on the object identifier, and renders a user interface to display the metadata about the graphical element. When the user modifies the graphical element, the analytic server determines new data of the graphical element and updates the corresponding object metadata with the new data in the specification file.

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


Methods and systems for determining software risk scores
Patent No. 10956579 

Inventor(s): Adam James Youngberg (Allen, TX), David Filbey (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16593412 on 10/04/2019 (536 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for assessing software risks includes a non-transitory computer readable medium and a processor. The non-transitory computer readable medium stores category risk scores based on findings generated by software security analysis tools of different categories. The processor receives at least one first finding from a first category of software security analysis tools and at least one second finding from a second category of software security analysis tools. A first category risk score is computed based on the at least one first finding. A second category risk score is computed based on the at least one second finding. An overall risk score for application code is determined by computing a weighted average based on the first category risk score and the second category risk score. A graphical user interface displays the overall risk score.

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


Mesh generation system and method
Patent No. 10956625 

Inventor(s): Jonathan Makem (Girton, , GB), Nilanjan Mukherjee (Cincinnati, OH)
Assignee(s): Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14842039 on 09/01/2015 (2030 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method is provided that facilitates generating meshes for object models of structures for use with finite element analysis simulations carried out on the structure. The system may include at least one processor configured to classify a type of an input face of a three dimensional (3D) object model of a structure based at least in part on a number of loops included by the input face. The processor may also select based on the classified type of the input face a multi-block decomposition algorithm from among a plurality of multi-block decomposition algorithms that the processor is configured to use. Further the processor may use the selected multi-block decomposition algorithm to determine locations of a plurality of blocks across the input face. In addition the processor may mesh each block to produce mesh data defining a mesh that divides the input face into a plurality of quadrilateral elements.

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


Customizing circuit layout design rules for fabrication facilities
Patent No. 10956646 

Inventor(s): Gregory B. Shinn (Dallas, TX), Tae S. Kim (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15782673 on 10/12/2017 (1258 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, a method includes selecting, a first circuit layout, where the first circuit layout includes a circuit element representation, a design rule, and a target circuit element value. The method further includes receiving a plurality of circuit element values of circuit elements fabricated in each of multiple fabrication facilities using the design rule. The method also includes selecting a fabrication facility and a circuit element value of circuit elements fabricated in the selected fabrication facility using the design rule. Further the method includes determining a circuit element value calculation based on the selected circuit element values, and determining an adjustment value. This adjustment value is further used to customize the design rule. The method then includes generating a second circuit layout comprising the customized design rule, causing the fabrication facility to fabricate a circuit using the second circuit layout.

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


Logarithmic amplifier
Patent No. 10956687 

Inventor(s): Vadim Valerievich Ivanov (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16711694 on 12/12/2019 (467 days app to issue)

Abstract: A logarithmic amplifier includes a logarithmic current preamplifier circuit and logarithmic amplifier circuit. The logarithmic current preamplifier circuit includes an inverting input terminal, an output terminal, and a first diode. The first diode is coupled between the inverting input terminal of the logarithmic current preamplifier circuit and the output terminal of the logarithmic current preamplifier circuit. The logarithmic amplifier circuit includes an inverting input terminal, an output terminal, and a second diode. The inverting input terminal of the logarithmic amplifier circuit is coupled to the output terminal of the logarithmic current preamplifier circuit. The second diode is coupled between the inverting input terminal of the logarithmic amplifier circuit and the output terminal of the logarithmic amplifier circuit.

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


Automated sign language translation and communication using multiple input and output modalities
Patent No. 10956725 

Inventor(s): Dallas Nash (Frisco, TX), Michael Menefee (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): AVODAH, INC. (Wilmington, DE)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16694965 on 11/25/2019 (484 days app to issue)

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

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


Shelf position calibration in a global coordinate system using a sensor array
Patent No. 10956777 

Inventor(s): Crystal Maung (Dallas, TX), Sailesh Bharathwaaj Krishnamurthy (Irving, TX), Sarath Vakacharla (Irving, TX), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Celina, TX)
Assignee(s): 7-Eleven, Inc. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16663856 on 10/25/2019 (515 days app to issue)

Abstract: An object tracking system includes a first sensor, a second sensor, and a tracking system. The tracking system is configured to determine that the first current pixel location for the shelf marker does not match a first expected pixel location for the shelf marker. The tracking system is further configured to determine a second current pixel location for the shelf marker within a second frame from the second sensor, to recalibrate the first sensor when the second current pixel location for the shelf marker matches the second pixel location for the shelf marker and to update the first pixel location with the first current pixel location and the second pixel location with the second current pixel location when the second current pixel location for the shelf marker does not match the second pixel location for the shelf marker.

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


System for adding identification element to card
Patent No. 10956883 

Inventor(s): Micah Price (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16831954 on 03/27/2020 (361 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects described herein may allow for prompting a user to access an on-line tool to create an identification element to be added to an exterior surface of a personal card. A server device may prompt the user to select a location for the identification element from a plurality of pre-selected locations on the personal card, each of the plurality of pre-selected locations being proximate edges of the personal card and outward of any of magnetic strips, chips, text, photos, and images on the personal card. The server device may modify an exterior surface of the personal card to include the identification element at the selected location, and deliver the personal card to the user.

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


Methods, apparatus and computer program products for securely accessing account data
Patent No. 10956901 

Inventor(s): Amy A. Glavasich (Kingston, NY), Blayn W. Beenau (Peoria, AZ), Cathy A. McGarity (Scottsdale, AZ), Danielle R. Nulle (Atlantic Highlands, NJ), Leigh R. Malnati (Mountain Lakes, NJ), Sevia N. Phillips (Norwalk, CT), Willia
Assignee(s): Liberty Peak Ventures, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16058934 on 08/08/2018 (958 days app to issue)

Abstract: Customer data is securely downloaded to a browser toolbar by performing a check to determine whether a request for customer data includes a request for personal identifiable information requiring encryption by a public encryption key generated by the browser toolbar. The customer is authenticated based on a set of a user credential and an account specific access credential. The account specific access credential is associated with the account of the customer. Requested personal identifiable information is encrypted using the public encryption key generated by the browser toolbar. Encrypted personal identifiable information is transmitted to the browser toolbar.

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


Methods and systems for implementing automated bidding models
Patent No. 10956920 

Inventor(s): Jie Shen (Plano, TX), Meng Sun (Plano, TX), Patrick Manion (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16560307 on 09/04/2019 (566 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method may include predicting a first marketing indicator using a first module of an aggregate model; comparing the predicted first marketing indicator with a measured first marketing indicator; and based on the comparison of the predicted first marketing indicator with the measured first marketing indicator, adjusting the first module of the aggregate model. Additionally, the method may include predicting a second marketing indicator using a second module of the aggregate model; comparing the predicted second marketing indicator with a measured second marketing indicator; and based on the comparison of the predicted second marketing indicator with the measured second marketing indicator, adjusting the second module of the aggregate model. Further, the method may include determining a bid value based on the aggregate model.

[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]


Accounting platform functionalities
Patent No. 10956989 

Inventor(s): David L. Knedlik (Rowlett, TX), Tyler Adams (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Ford Squared Technologies LLC. (Farmers, TX)
Law Firm: Adsero IP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16898286 on 06/10/2020 (286 days app to issue)

Abstract: Novel tools and techniques are provided for implementing accounting platform functionalities. In various embodiments, a computing system might access a data file(s) associated with a first entity from a first accounting software system among a plurality of accounting software systems, each operating based on corresponding one of two or more commercial accounting software that are different from and/or incompatible with each other. The computing system might autonomously extract transaction data corresponding to a transaction entry for each individual transaction. The computing system might autonomously generate a transaction-based trial balance based on the extracted transaction data, the generated transaction-based trial balance serving as a living trial balance that is continually updated based on updated or new transaction data that is accessed from the first accounting software system. The computing system might autonomously generate one of a tax trial balance or an adjusted trial balance, based on the generated transaction-based trial balance.

[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]


Image tiepoints
Patent No. 10957056 

Inventor(s): Grant B. Boroughs (Southlake, TX), Jody D. Verret (Rockwall, TX), Stephen J. Raif (Sachse, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16557305 on 08/30/2019 (571 days app to issue)

Abstract: An image processing technique uses requirements for a geospatial distribution of image tie points for a triangulation of images. The images are correlated, thereby generating candidate tie points across the images. Statistical consistency checks are applied to the images to identify and dispose of the candidate tie points that are local outliers, and a geometric identification technique is applied to the images to identify and dispose of the candidate tie points that are global outliers. The candidate tie points that are not local outliers or global outliers are spatially down-selected such that the spatially down-selected candidate tie points satisfy the one or more requirements for the geospatial distribution.

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


Methods and systems for adding content to images based on negative space recognition
Patent No. 10957085 

Inventor(s): Julia Nash (Richardson, TX), Osakpamwan Osaigbovo (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Griffiths Seaton PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16541761 on 08/15/2019 (586 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments for adding content to images are provided. A plurality of images are received. Each of the plurality of images includes a plurality of image portions. A negative space score is calculated for each of the plurality of image portions. At least some of the plurality of image portions are selected to display content based on the calculated negative space scores. The plurality of images are caused to be rendered with the content displayed over the selected at least some of the plurality of image portions.

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


Driving event assessment system
Patent No. 10957130 

Inventor(s): Wesley M. Mays (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): OMNITRACS, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Arent Fox LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15425419 on 02/06/2017 (1506 days app to issue)

Abstract: The described features of the present disclosure generally relate to one or more improved systems for analyzing driver performance with respect to a driving event that is correlated with corresponding image or video data (e.g., video captured by cameras mounted around the truck). Specifically, before the driving event is recorded against the driver”s performance assessment, the techniques of the present disclosure analyze the image or video data corresponding to external environmental conditions around the vehicle and corresponding to the driving event (e.g., abrupt application of brakes) in order to determine whether the driver was at fault or if the driver actions were in response to conditions out of the control of the driver.

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


Systems and methods for oilfield drilling operations using computer vision
Patent No. 10957177 

Inventor(s): George Michalopulos (Tulsa, OK), Richard Kulavik (Frisco, TX), Todd W. Benson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): MOTIVE DRILLING TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16660250 on 10/22/2019 (518 days app to issue)

Abstract: Computer vision drilling systems and methods may be used with a drilling rig. The computer vision systems and methods may be used during drilling of a well to monitor the drilling equipment and personnel on the drilling site to provide safer drilling operations. The results from the computer vision drilling system may be used to cause corrective actions to be performed if a safety condition arises. In addition, computer vision systems and methods are provided to automatically monitor the drilling site and drilling operations, such as by tallying pipe in the drill string and by monitoring equipment for anomalous drilling conditions, and automatically taking corrective action as may be needed.

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


Systems and methods for determining traffic flow using observations of surrounding vehicles
Patent No. 10957188 

Inventor(s): Christopher J. Smalley (Canton, MI), Miles J. Johnson (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: 16204622 on 11/29/2018 (845 days app to issue)

Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to determining traffic flow along a roadway segment. In one embodiment, a method includes collecting, in an electronic data store from reporting vehicles that travel over the roadway segment, traffic data about at least surrounding vehicles of the reporting vehicles. The method includes analyzing the traffic data to identify a traffic flow for the respective lanes of the roadway segment. The method includes providing a signal identifying the traffic flow.

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


Dynamic edge network management of vehicular traffic
Patent No. 10957191 

Inventor(s): Martin McEnroe (Plano, TX), Sanjiv Singh (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: BakerHostetler (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16541984 on 08/15/2019 (586 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes determining that a prioritized vehicle plans to traverse an intersection and receiving sensor data from a plurality of sources in a vicinity of the intersection. The method also includes, based on the sensor data, determining a traffic solution to enable the prioritized vehicle to traverse the intersection, the traffic solution identifying a traffic lane and, based on the traffic solution, controlling a traffic light to cause traffic in the traffic lane to disperse and controlling a second traffic light to instruct traffic in an adjacent traffic lane to stop. The method includes instructing the prioritized vehicle to travel via the traffic lane. The traffic in the traffic lane and the traffic in the adjacent traffic lane are traveling in a same direction.

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


Transport parking space availability detection
Patent No. 10957200 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16378434 on 04/08/2019 (715 days app to issue)

Abstract: Identifying parking spaces and notifying user devices provides an easy way to reduce traffic and save time for registered users. One example may include activating a sensor to detect at least one status change, monitoring a predefined area for the at least one status change, receiving at least one status change at a first time, receiving at least one additional status change at a second time, comparing the at least one status change and the at least one additional status change to a valid sequence of status changes, determining a valid sequence of status changes has occurred, and transmitting a notification to a registered user device previously registered to receive a notification when the valid sequence of status changes occurs.

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


Charge pump supply optimization and noise reduction method for logic systems
Patent No. 10957364 

Inventor(s): Christian N. Mohr (Allen, TX), John E. Riley (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16143105 on 09/26/2018 (909 days app to issue)

Abstract: Memory devices may have internal circuitry that employs voltages higher and/or lower than voltages provided by an external power source. Charge pumps are DC/DC converters that may be used to generate the higher voltages internally. The number of available charge pumps in a memory device may be conservatively dimensioned to be high, in some systems to protect yields. Some of the available charge pumps may be disabled during manufacturing or testing to reduce the number of active charge pumps. The testing process may employ dedicated logic in the memory device and the disabling may employ fuse circuitry.

[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)


NAND string pre-charge during programming by injecting holes via substrate
Patent No. 10957394 

Inventor(s): Han-Ping Chen (Santa Clara, CA), Henry Chin (Fremont, CA), Wei Zhao (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16785973 on 02/10/2020 (407 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses and techniques are described for pre-charging NAND string channels in a pre-charge phase of a program operation. In one aspect, a hole-type pre-charge process is used at the source end of a NAND string, where a bottom of the NAND string is connected to a p-well of a substrate. By applying a positive voltage to the p-well and a lower voltage, such as 0 V or a negative voltage, to the source-side select gate transistors and the memory cells, the holes from the p-well are injected into the channel In another approach, the hole-type pre-charge process and an electron-type pre-charge process are used sequentially in separate time periods. In another approach, the hole-type pre-charge process is used at the source end of a NAND string while the electron-type pre-charge process is used at the drain end of the NAND string.

[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)


Boosting read scheme with back-gate bias
Patent No. 10957401 

Inventor(s): Ippei Yasuda (Mie, , JP), Ken Oowada (Fujisawa, , JP), Kiyohiko Sakakibara (Mie, , JP), Masaaki Higashitani (Cupertino, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16909832 on 06/23/2020 (273 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for reducing read disturb using NAND strings with poly-silicon channels and p-type doped source lines are described. During a boosted read operation for a selected memory cell transistor in a NAND string, a back-gate bias or bit line voltage may be applied to a bit line connected to the NAND string and a source line voltage greater than the bit line voltage may be applied to a source line connected to the NAND string; with these bias conditions, electrons may be injected from the bit line and annihilated in the source line during the read operation. To avoid leakage currents through NAND strings in non-selected memory blocks, the threshold voltages of source-side select gate transistors of the NAND strings may be set to a negative threshold voltage that has an absolute voltage value greater than the source line voltage applied during the read operation.

[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)


Ferroelectric device with multiple polarization states and method of making the same
Patent No. 10957711 

Inventor(s): Alan Kalitsov (San Jose, CA), Bhagwati Prasad (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16778245 on 01/31/2020 (417 days app to issue)

Abstract: A ferroelectric device includes a semiconductor channel region, a gate electrode, and a ferroelectric gate dielectric located between the channel region and the gate electrode, and including a plurality of ferroelectric gate dielectric portions having different structural defect densities.

[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)


Assessment and dynamic provisioning of computing resources for multi-tiered application
Patent No. 10958515 

Inventor(s): John H. Smith (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Roberts Calderon Safran Cole, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16526481 on 07/30/2019 (602 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for allocating computing resources for a multi-tiered application are disclosed. A computer-implemented method includes: determining, by a computing device, a topology of a multi-tiered application; determining, by the computing device, a modeled setting of a computing resource for the multi-tiered application based on the determined topology; determining, by the computing device, an actual usage of the computing resource by the multi-tiered application; and adjusting, by the computing device, an allocation of the computing resource to the multi-tiered application based on the actual usage and the modeled setting.

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


Computing device and method for message construction and processing based upon historical data
Patent No. 10958601 

Inventor(s): Beth Kaye (Suwanee, GA), Stacy Hopkins (Loganville, GA)
Assignee(s): MCKESSON CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16819258 on 03/16/2020 (372 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing device, method and computer program product are provided to process messages received from a source and to construct messages transmitted to a recipient that include the information required to elicit the desired response. In relation to a method, an electronic message is received and analyzed relative to requirements of the related message to determine whether the electronic message includes information required by the related message. If the analysis determines that the electronic message fails to satisfy the requirements of the related message, the method searches historical data related to prior messages to identify additional information sufficient in combination with the information provided by the electronic message to satisfy the requirements of the related message, constructing the related message based upon the additional information identified from the historical data and the information provided by the electronic message, and causing the related message to be transmitted to a request processor.

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


Preselected issuance and data operations loops in a hybrid distributed network ecosystem
Patent No. 10958637 

Inventor(s): Norman R. Silverman (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Mox-SpeedChain, LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Baker McKenzie LLP (Local + 5 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16414524 on 05/16/2019 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for use in a hybrid network ecosystem comprising an enterprise network and a reconciliation network is presented. The method comprises generating a private key for a user or device in the enterprise network or the reconciliation network and associating identification information associated with the private key or associated with a custodian of the private key, wherein the identification information enables initiation or execution of one or more distributed ledger-based computing operations in the enterprise network or the reconciliation network. The method also comprises generating, by the at least one first computing node in the enterprise network or the reconciliation network or at least one second computing node in the enterprise network or the reconciliation network, an issuance digital facilitator, wherein parametric information associated with the issuance digital facilitator is applied to the one or more distributed ledger-based computing operations in the enterprise network or the reconciliation network.

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


Device control based on action completion
Patent No. 10958733 

Inventor(s): Gopikrishna Nemalikanti (Frisco, TX), Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16130213 on 09/13/2018 (922 days app to issue)

Abstract: The system provides the ability for primary users (e.g., parents, or the like) to assign actions to dependent users (e.g., kids, or the like) through the use of devices located at the location of the dependent users (e.g., home, or the like). The actions may be tasks for the dependent users to complete using devices (e.g., appliances or other devices). Moreover, the primary users can monitor if the dependent users are undertaking the assigned actions using the devices, and in response, may control the use of other devices at the same location (e.g., entertainment devices) until the dependent users undertake the actions (e.g., start, complete, etc. the actions). Assignment of the actions and control of the devices may be made automatically in order to aid in achieving the one or more desired actions. Notification of the actions and/or instructions on how to perform the actions may pushed to the devices.

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


 

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Peak detector
Patent No. 10955444 

Inventor(s): Marius Vicentiu Dina (Inver Grove Heights, MN), Susan Ann Thompson (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16588678 on 09/30/2019 (540 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a peak detector, a diode, a dynamic clamp circuit, and an offset correction circuit. The peak detector generates a voltage on the peak detector output proportional to a lowest voltage on the peak defector input. The anode of the diode is coupled to the peak detector input. The dynamic clamp circuit is coupled to the peak detector input and is configured to clamp a voltage on the peak detector input responsive to a voltage on the diode”s anode being greater than the lowest voltage on the peak detector”s input. The offset correction circuit is coupled to the peak detector output and is configured to generate an output signal whose amplitude is offset from an amplitude of the peak detector output.

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


Systems and methods for adaptive data storage
Patent No. 10956258 

Inventor(s): Bill Inskeep (West Valley City, UT), David Flynn (Sandy, UT), John Strasser (Syracuse, UT)
Assignee(s): Unification Technologies LLC (Frisco, TX)
Law Firm: The Noblitt Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16245233 on 01/10/2019 (803 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage module is configured to store data segments, such as error-correcting code (ECC) codewords, within an array comprising two or more solid-state storage elements. The data segments may be arranged in a horizontal arrangement, a vertical arrangement, a hybrid channel arrangement, and/or vertical stripe arrangement within the array. The data arrangement may determine input/output performance characteristics. An optimal adaptive data storage configuration may be based on read and/or write patterns of storage clients, read time, stream time, and so on. Data of failed storage elements may be reconstructed by use of parity data and/or other ECC codewords stored within the array.

[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)


Angled die pad of a leadframe for a molded integrated circuit package
Patent No. 10957631 

Inventor(s): Chia-Yu Chang (New Taipei, , TW), Chung-Ming Cheng (New Taipei, , TW), Fu-Kang Lee (New Taipei, , TW), Yuh-Harng Chien (New Taipei, , TW)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16218102 on 12/12/2018 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: A leadframe comprising a plurality of leads, each of the plurality of leads having a proximal end and a distal end opposite the proximal end, the distal ends positioned along a linear axis. The leadframe further comprises a die pad closer to the proximal ends than the distal ends of the plurality of leads and including an edge positioned along a plane that intersects the linear axis at an angle less than 90 degrees.

[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]


Multi-chip package with high thermal conductivity die attach
Patent No. 10957635 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Nazila Dadvand (Richardson, TX), Sreenivasan Koduri (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16359628 on 03/20/2019 (734 days app to issue)

Abstract: A packaged semiconductor device includes a metal substrate having a first and second through-hole aperture having an outer ring, and metal pads around the apertures on dielectric pads. A first and second semiconductor die have a back side metal (BSM) layer on its bottom side are mounted top side up on a top portion of the apertures. A metal die attach layer is directly between the BSM layer and walls of the metal substrate bounding the apertures to provide a die attachment for the first and the second semiconductor die that fills a bottom portion of the apertures. Leads contact the metal pads, wherein the leads include a distal portion that extends beyond the metal substrate. Bondwires are between the metal pads and bond pads on the first and second semiconductor die, and a mold compound provides encapsulation for the packaged semiconductor device.

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


Quad flat no-lead package with wettable flanges
Patent No. 10957637 

Inventor(s): Nazila Dadvand (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16239400 on 01/03/2019 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device and method for fabrication thereof is provided which results in corrosion resistance of metal flanges of a semiconductor package, such as a quad flat no-lead package (QFN). Using metal electroplating (such as electroplating of nickel (Ni) or nickel alloys on copper flanges of the QFN package), corrosion resistance for the flanges is provided using a process that allows an electric current to reach the entire backside of a substrate to permit electroplating. In addition, the method may be used to directly connect a semiconductor die to the metal substrate of the package.

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


Integrated circuit with inductors having electrically split scribe seal
Patent No. 10957655 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Alan West (Dallas, TX), Kumar Anurag Shrivastava (Bangalore, , IN), Sreeram Subramanyam Nasum (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16291042 on 03/04/2019 (750 days app to issue)

Abstract: An IC includes a substrate including metal levels thereon including a top and bottom metal level with at least a transmit (Tx) circuit and receive (Rx) circuit each having 1 isolation capacitor and an inductor. A scribe seal around the IC includes a first portion around the Tx circuit and second portion around the Rx circuit, utilizing 2 of the metal levels including at least an outer metal stack. The Tx and Rx circuits are side-by-side along a direction that defines a length for the scribe seal. The outer metal stack includes a neck region between the scribe seal portions including a shorting structure including metal level(s) for shorting together the outer metal stack of the scribe seal portions. An optional routing pass-through isolated from the shorting structure includes other metal layers connecting through the neck region between node(s) within the first and second scribe seal portion.

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


Pre-molded leadframes in semiconductor devices
Patent No. 10957666 

Inventor(s): Sreenivasan K. Koduri (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16151026 on 10/03/2018 (902 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one instance, a semiconductor package includes a metal leadframe having a first plurality of openings extending partially into the leadframe from the first side and a second plurality of openings extending partially into the leadframe from the second side together forming a plurality of leads. A pre-mold compound is positioned in the second plurality of openings that at least partially supports the plurality of leads. The semiconductor package has a plurality of bumps extending from the landing sites to a semiconductor die and a molding compounding at least partially covering the plurality of bumps and the metal leadframe. Other packages and methods are disclosed.

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


Semiconductor die stacking using vertical interconnection by through-dielectric via structures and methods for making the same
Patent No. 10957680 

Inventor(s): Akio Nishida (Yokkaichi, , JP), Christopher J. Petti (Mountain View, CA), Masanori Tsutsumi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Sayako Nagamine (Yokkaichi, , JP), Shinsuke Yada (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yuji Fukano (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16249423 on 01/16/2019 (797 days app to issue)

Abstract: Memory dies configured for multi-stacking within a bonded assembly may be provided without using through-substrate vias that extend through semiconductor substrates. A first memory die may be provided by forming interconnect-side bonding pads on a three-dimensional memory device that overlies a semiconductor substrate. A support die including a peripheral circuitry is boned to the interconnect-side bonding pads. The semiconductor substrate is removed, and array-side bonding pads are formed on an opposite side of the interconnect-side bonding pads. Electrically conductive paths that do not pass through any semiconductor material portion are formed between the interconnect-side bonding pads and the array-side bonding pads, thereby avoiding costly formation of through-substrate via structures that extend through any semiconductor substrate. A second memory die may be bonded to the first memory die to provide stacking of multiple memory dies. Semiconductor substrates may be removed from each memory die upon bonding to a pre-existing assembly.

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


Three-dimensional memory devices having a multi-stack bonded structure using a logic die and multiple three-dimensional memory dies and method of making the same
Patent No. 10957705 

Inventor(s): Hironori Matsuoka (Yokkaichi, , JP), Shigehisa Inoue (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yuji Totoki (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yuki Kasai (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group LLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16231752 on 12/24/2018 (820 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first memory die including an array of first memory stack structures and a logic die including a complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) circuit are bonded. The CMOS circuit includes a first peripheral circuitry electrically coupled to nodes of the array of first memory stack structures through a first subset of first metal interconnect structures included within the first memory die. A second memory die is bonded to the first memory die. The second memory die includes an array of second memory stack structures. The CMOS circuit includes a second peripheral circuitry electrically coupled to nodes of the array of second memory stack structures through a second subset of first metal interconnect structures included within the first memory die and through second metal interconnect structures included within the second memory die. The logic die provides peripheral devices that support operation of memory stack structures in multiple memory dies.

[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]


Multi-tier three-dimensional memory device with dielectric support pillars and methods for making the same
Patent No. 10957706 

Inventor(s): Kei Nozawa (Yokkaichi, , JP), Koichi Ito (Yokkaichi, , JP), Naoto Hojo (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yashushi Doda (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yoshinobu Tanaka (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yoshitaka Otsu (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16276952 on 02/15/2019 (767 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-tier three-dimensional memory array includes multiple alternating stacks of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers that are vertically stacked. Memory stack structures including memory films and semiconductor channels extend through the alternating stacks. The alternating stacks are formed as alternating stacks of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers, and are subsequently modified by replacing the sacrificial material layers with electrically conductive layers. Structural support during replacement of the sacrificial material layers with the electrically conductive layers is provided by the memory stack structures and dielectric support pillar structures. The dielectric support pillar structures may be formed only for a first-tier structure including a first-tier alternating stack of first insulating layers and first spacer material layers, or may vertically extend over multiple tiers. The dielectric support pillar structures may be formed before or after formation of stepped surfaces in the alternating stack.

[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]


Single-photon avalanche diode image sensor with photon counting and time-of-flight detection capabilities
Patent No. 10957724 

Inventor(s): Jaroslav Hynecek (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS INDUSTRIES, LLC (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: Treyz Law Group, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16387971 on 04/18/2019 (705 days app to issue)

Abstract: A back side illuminated image sensor may operate using the single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) concept in a Geiger mode of operation for single photon detection. The image sensor may be implemented using two layer stacking with a silicon on insulator (SOI) chip. The chip-to-chip electrical connections between the top level image sensing chip and the second level ASIC circuit chip may be realized at each pixel with a single bump connection per pixel. A light level signal may be obtained from pixels that have photon counting capabilities while a distance measurement signal for 3-dimensional imaging may be obtained from pixels that have time-of-flight (ToF) detection capabilities. Both types of pixels may be integrated within the same array and use the same SPAD structure placed on the top chip.

[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]


Laterally diffused metal oxide semiconductor with gate poly contact within source window
Patent No. 10957774 

Inventor(s): Guru Mathur (Plano, TX), Sameer Pendharkar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16127281 on 09/11/2018 (924 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit includes a power transistor having at least one transistor finger that lies within a semiconductor material substrate. Each transistor finger has a source region stripe and a substantially parallel drain region stripe. A gate structure lies between the source region stripe and the drain region stripe and has a plurality of fingers that extend over the source region stripe. Contacts are formed that connect to the fingers of the gate structure over thick oxide islands in the source region stripes. A conductive gate runner is connected to the contacts of the gate layer structure over the thick oxide islands in the source region stripe.

[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]


FinFET with reduced extension resistance and methods of manufacturing the same
Patent No. 10957786 

Inventor(s): Mark Stephen Rodder (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16282105 on 02/21/2019 (761 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of manufacturing a field effect transistor includes forming a fin on a substrate, forming source and drain electrodes on opposite sides of the fin, forming a gate stack on a channel portion of the fin between the source and drain electrodes, forming gate spacers on extension portions of the fin on opposite sides of the gate stack, removing at least portions of the gate spacers to expose the extension portions of the fin, and hydrogen annealing the extension portions of the fin. Following the hydrogen annealing of the extension portions of the fin, the channel portion of the fin has a first width and the extension portions of the fin have a second width greater than the first width.

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


System and method for heat exchange between gaseous fuel tank and heat transfer medium
Patent No. 10957919 

Inventor(s): Dallas K. Fox (La Habra, CA)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16151255 on 10/03/2018 (902 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for an active fuel cooling system (”fuel cooling system”). The fuel cooling system includes a fuel tank configured to store fuel. The fuel cooling system includes one or more pipes positioned adjacent to, in contact with, or within the fuel tank that are configured to deliver refrigerant that cools the fuel tank. The fuel cooling system includes a compressor for pumping the refrigerant through the one or more pipes to cool the fuel stored within the fuel tank. The fuel cooling system includes an electronic control unit connected to the compressor and configured to operate the compressor to pump the refrigerant through the one or more pipes to cool the fuel stored in the fuel tank.

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


Audio device
Patent No. 10957972 

Inventor(s): Tenvoon Wong (Oakville, , 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: 15991158 on 05/29/2018 (1029 days app to issue)

Abstract: An audio device (e.g., hearing aid) can optionally have a radio-frequency antenna that includes an antenna structure on a flexible printed circuit board. The antenna structure can have one or metal traces disposed on the flexible printed circuit board, the antenna structure extending over an area that substantially coincides with the area of the flexible printed circuit board. The flexible printed circuit board is foldable into a three-dimensional structure that can be disposed in a folded configuration in an audio device (e.g., hearing aid).

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


System and method of adjusting antenna beam on antenna tower
Patent No. 10957975 

Inventor(s): Ray K. Butler (Allen, TX), Scott Lynn Michaelis (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16089081 on 05/03/2017 (1420 days app to issue)

Abstract: An antenna with adjustable tilt angle includes: a mounting structure; an antenna mount fixed to the mounting structure; an antenna mounted to the antenna mount, the antenna configured to produce an antenna beam; a remote electrical tilt (RET) unit operatively associated with the antenna to adjust a pointing tilt angle of the antenna beam; a tilt pointing direction sensor mounted to the antenna, the pointing direction tilt sensor configured to detect the a pointing angle of the antenna relative to a baseline standard; and a controller operatively connected with the RET unit and the pointing direction tilt sensor, the controller configured to receive signals from the pointing direction tilt sensor and transmit signals to the RET unit to adjust the tilt pointing angle of the antenna beam based on the detected angle of the antenna.

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


Low profile raceway
Patent No. 10958049 

Inventor(s): Clinton Strong (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Legrand Connectrac, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16866251 on 05/04/2020 (323 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)


Distributed control of a multiphase power converter
Patent No. 10958151 

Inventor(s): Alaa Eldin Y El Sherif (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NXP B.V. (Eindhoven, , NL)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16803084 on 02/27/2020 (390 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are switched-mode DC-DC power converter modules, SMPC controllers, and distributed-control multiphase SMPC systems. The controller comprises: a reference clock; a synchronisation input configured to receive a first synchronisation signal; a synchronisation output configured to transmit a second synchronisation signal; a control unit configured to control the operation of the SMPC module with a phase determined by the reference clock signal or the first synchronisation signal; a delay line configured to generate the second synchronisation signal by adding a delay to the selected one of the first synchronisation signal and the reference clock signal; a fault detection terminal; a memory configured to store a datum corresponding to a number N of SMPCs in the system; and a delay calculation module configured to calculate the delay in dependence on the datum and the signal at the fault-detection terminal. Associated methods are also disclosed.

[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]


Fixed frequency buck-boost power converter control
Patent No. 10958173 

Inventor(s): Anmol Sharma (Freising, , DE), Franz Prexl (Niederding, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16232214 on 12/26/2018 (818 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides for a processing element configured to couple to a first ramp generator and a second ramp generator and control the first ramp generator while a power converter is operating in a buck-boost mode of operation to generate a first ramp signal beginning at a first value and increasing to a second value during a first clock cycle and generate the first ramp signal beginning at the first value and increasing to a third value during a second clock cycle following the first clock cycle and control the second ramp generator while the power converter is operating in the buck-boost mode of operation to generate a second ramp signal beginning at a fourth value and decreasing to a fifth value during the first clock cycle and generate the second ramp signal beginning at the fourth value and decreasing to a sixth value during the second clock cycle.

[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]


Systems and methods of CCM primary-side regulation
Patent No. 10958176 

Inventor(s): Andrew Bernard Keogh (Cork, , IE), Joseph Michael Leisten (Cork, , IE), William James Long (Cork, , IE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14494982 on 09/24/2014 (2372 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example embodiments of the systems and methods of CCM primary-side regulation disclosed herein subtract an estimate of the secondary IR drop from each output voltage sample. This allows a fixed sample instant to be set (with regard to the beginning of the off or flyback interval), and removes the need to hunt for or adjust to an optimum sample instant, or one with minimum IR drop error. The estimate of the IR drop may be adjusted on a cycle-by-cycle basis, based on the commanded primary peak current, knowing that the peak secondary current will be directly proportional by the turns ratio of the transformer. For improved accuracy, an adjustment may be made for the decay of secondary current during the delay to the sample instant, if the inductance value is known.

[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]


Pullable clock oscillator
Patent No. 10958213 

Inventor(s): Ali Kiaei (San Jose, CA), Ben-yong Zhang (Auburn, WA), Kai Yiu Tam (Santa Clara, CA), Seong-Ryong Ryu (Pleasanton, CA), Ting-Ta Yen (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16870582 on 05/08/2020 (319 days app to issue)

Abstract: A clock oscillator includes with a pullable BAW oscillator to generate an output signal with a target frequency. The BAW oscillator is based on a BAW resonator and voltage-controlled variable load capacitance, responsive to a capacitance control signal to provide a selectable load capacitance. An oscillator driver (such as a differential negative gm transconductance amplifier), is coupled to the BAW oscillator to provide an oscillation drive signal. The BAW oscillator is responsive to the oscillation drive signal to generate the output signal with a frequency based on the selectable load capacitance. The oscillator driver can include a bandpass filter network with a resonance frequency substantially at the target frequency.

[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)


Jitter attenuation buffer structure
Patent No. 10958248 

Inventor(s): Sudipto Chakraborty (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16884613 on 05/27/2020 (300 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus are described to implement a bandpass filter in a current mode logic (CML) stage of a clock tree in an electronic system. The bandpass filter has a bandpass filter transfer function to attenuate frequencies lower than and higher than a carrier frequency. The bandpass filter uses adjustable active inductors and capacitive source degeneration. Adjustable resistors may be controlled to move a peak frequency of the bandpass filter transfer function to a higher or lower frequency. The adjustable active inductors and capacitive degeneration may consist of field effect transistors.

[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)


Delay based comparator
Patent No. 10958258 

Inventor(s): Rishi Soundararajan (Bengaluru, , IN), Visvesvaraya Pentakota (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16364239 on 03/26/2019 (728 days app to issue)

Abstract: A comparator includes a pair of back-to-back negative-AND (NAND) gates and a delay circuit coupled to the pair of back-to-back NAND gates. The delay circuit is configured to modulate a triggering clock signal by an input voltage to generate a delayed clock signal with a delay that is based on the input voltage. Each of the pair of back-to-back NAND gates is configured to receive the delayed clock signal and generate a comparator output signal based on the delayed clock signal.

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


Dynamic voltage reference for delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter (ADC) with temperature trim calibration
Patent No. 10958285 

Inventor(s): Bradford Lawrence Hunter (Spicewood, TX), Xiaopeng Li (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16881642 on 05/22/2020 (305 days app to issue)

Abstract: A calibratable switched-capacitor voltage reference and an associated calibration method are described. The voltage reference includes dynamic diode elements providing diode voltages, input capacitor(s) for sampling input voltages, base-emitter capacitor(s) for sampling one diode voltage with respect to a ground, dynamically trimmable capacitor(s) for sampling the one diode voltage with respect to another diode voltage, and an operational amplifier coupled to the capacitors for providing reference voltage(s) based on the sampled input and diode voltages and on trims of the trimmable capacitor(s). The voltage reference can be configured as a first integrator of a modulator stage of a delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter.

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


Spreading a response signal using a first set of orthogonal sequences and a reference signal using a second set of shorter orthogonal sequences
Patent No. 10958303 

Inventor(s): Akihiko Nishio (Kanagawa, , JP), Daichi Imamura (Kanagawa, , JP), Masayuki Hoshino (Kanagawa, , JP), Seigo Nakao (Kanagawa, , JP)
Assignee(s): Optis Wireless Technology, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16243417 on 01/09/2019 (804 days app to issue)

Abstract: A radio communication apparatus includes spreading circuitry that spreads a response signal using a first set of orthogonal sequences to produce a spread response signal. Each orthogonal sequence in the first set has a first length. The spreading circuitry also spreads a reference signal using a second set of orthogonal sequences to produce a spread reference signal. Each orthogonal sequence in the second set has a second length that is shorter than the first length. A radio transmitter transmits the spread response signal and the spread reference signal.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for resource-based CSI acquisition in advanced wireless communication systems
Patent No. 10958326 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Li Guo (Allen, TX), Md Saifur Rahman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16269496 on 02/06/2019 (776 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system is provided. The method comprises receiving, from at least one transmission and reception point (TRP) of a group of (N) TRPs, channel status information (CSI) configuration information, determining a CSI report based on the CSI configuration information, identifying, based on the configuration information, one or more TRPs of the group of (N) TRPs to transmit the determined CSI report, and transmitting, to the one or more TRPs, the determined CSI report over an uplink channel. The determined CSI report includes a TRP indicator for selecting (M) TRPs of the group of (N) TRPs, and CSI for each of the selected (M) TRPs, wherein N is greater than one, and wherein M is greater or equal to 1, and less or equal to N.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus to CSI reporting using multiple antenna panels in advanced wireless communication systems
Patent No. 10958327 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Md Saifur Rahman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16708215 on 12/09/2019 (470 days app to issue)

Abstract: A user equipment (UE) for channel state information (CSI) feedback comprises a transceiver configured to receive, from a base station (BS), configuration information for the CSI feedback, the configuration information indicating a number of antenna panels (N[subscript]g[/subscript]) at the BS and a codebook mode, wherein N[subscript]g[/subscript]1 and each of the antenna panels comprises antenna ports with a first polarization (P[subscript]1[/subscript]) and antenna ports with a second polarization (P[subscript]2[/subscript]). The UE further comprises a processor operably connected to the transceiver, the processor configured to identify the number of antenna panels (N[subscript]g[/subscript]) at the BS, identify a codebook for the CSI feedback based on the codebook mode configured between a first codebook mode and a second codebook mode, and generate the CSI feedback using the identified codebook. The transceiver is further configured to transmit the generated CSI feedback to the BS.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


SDN facilitated multicast in data center
Patent No. 10958461 

Inventor(s): Linda Dunbar (Plano, TX), Michael McBride (Laguna Niguel, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16242696 on 01/08/2019 (805 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented by a controller in a software defined network (SDN), the method comprising sending, to an overlay edge node, a query message comprising a client specific multicast address, receiving, from the overlay edge node, one or more report messages corresponding to the query message, wherein each of the one or more report messages comprises an address of each of one or more virtual machines (VMs) coupled to the overlay edge node, and updating membership of a multicast group, which is identified by the client specific multicast address, such that the one or more VMs are members in the updated membership of the multicast group.

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


Distributed rules engine
Patent No. 10958464 

Inventor(s): Anoop Krishnan Nair (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Flex Ltd. (Singapore, , SG)
Law Firm: Sheridan Ross P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16688674 on 11/19/2019 (490 days app to issue)

Abstract: A plurality of devices of an enterprise are identified. For example, lights and door sensors are identified. The plurality of devices of the enterprise uses a plurality of gateways in a hierarchy of gateways to control the plurality of devices of the enterprise. A first rule for at least two of the plurality devices of the enterprise is received. For example, the first rule may be to turn on a light when door is opened. In response to receiving the first rule, a first lowest level gateway of the plurality of gateways in the hierarchy of gateways is determined for applying the first rule for the at least two of the plurality of devices of the enterprise. The first rule for the at least two of the plurality devices of the enterprise is sent to the first lowest level gateway.

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


Portable acoustical unit
Patent No. 10958468 

Inventor(s): Curtis Stephenson (McKinney, TX), David Vaught (Dallas, TX), Kristin Patterson (Dallas, TX), Nafiz Haider (Plano, TX), Ross Newman (Dallas, TX), Thomas Risley (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L. P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16115696 on 08/29/2018 (937 days app to issue)

Abstract: A portable acoustic unit is adapted for insertion into an electrical receptacle. The portable acoustic unit has an integrated microphone and a wireless network interface to an automation controller. The portable acoustic unit detects spoken voice commands from users in the vicinity of the electrical receptacle. The portable acoustic unit merely plugs into a conventional electrical outlet to provide an extremely simple means of voice control through a home or business.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Methodology for efficient upstream multicast in PON networks
Patent No. 10958565 

Inventor(s): James J. Gainer (Decatur, TX), Leslie Robert Murray (The Colony, TX), Thomas Ray Dobozy (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): TELLABS ENTERPRISE, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16289465 on 02/28/2019 (754 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for efficient upstream multicast in passive optical networks. An upstream multicast source communicates an upstream multicast packet to the network. Subsequent downstream packet management achieved through use of source filters prevents a reflected copy of the original upstream multicast packets from being received by the upstream multicast source.

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


Edge-node controlled resource distribution
Patent No. 10958583 

Inventor(s): William August Stahlhut (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16452862 on 06/26/2019 (636 days app to issue)

Abstract: This application describes apparatus and methods for using edge-computing to control resource distribution among access channels, such as a retail banking center. Edge-nodes may be configured to move a product display in response to detected or expected customer traffic flow in or near a retail location. Edge-nodes may be configured to redirect resources provided by a cloud computing environment to or away from the retail location. Based on customer traffic flow, edge-nodes may direct customers/resources to a retail location and ensure the retail location provides a predetermined quality of service.

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


Identity and metadata based firewalls in identity enabled networks
Patent No. 10958623 

Inventor(s): Alexander Clemm (Los Gatos, CA), Padmadevi Pillay-Esnault (San Jose, CA), Uma S. Chunduri (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15969135 on 05/02/2018 (1056 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented by a firewall device in a network, comprising storing, by a memory, a firewall policy comprising information indicating whether to forward a data packet from a sending host entity to a receiving host entity, receiving, by a receiver, a data packet from a sending host entity, wherein the data packet includes an identifier of the receiving host entity, and determining, by a processor coupled to the memory and the receiver, whether to forward the data packet to the receiving host entity based on the firewall policy and the identifier of the receiving host entity.

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


Proxy auto-configuration for directing client traffic to a cloud proxy with cloud-based unique identifier assignment
Patent No. 10958624 

Inventor(s): John Devasia (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Cambridge, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16211383 on 12/06/2018 (838 days app to issue)

Abstract: Among other things, this document describes systems, methods and devices for providing a cloud proxy auto-config (PAC) function for clients connected to a private network, such as an enterprise network. The teachings hereof are of particular use with cloud hosted proxy services provided by server deployments outside of the private network (e.g., external to the enterprise or other organizational network). This document also describes systems, methods and devices for providing a proxy auto-config (PAC) function for clients connected to a third party network, such as when the client moves outside of the enterprise network.

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


Secure communication link for integrated computing system management and method of operating the same
Patent No. 10958652 

Inventor(s): Daniel J. Butzer (McKinney, TX), Jeremy Etheredge (McKinney, TX), Mark S. Tuck (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): EMC IP Holding Company LLC (Round Rock, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15587936 on 05/05/2017 (1418 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated computing system configuration system includes a computing system that executes an application to receive, via user input, a request to provision a component of an ICS, and determine whether the component has been sanctioned for use with the ICS by comparing identifying information associated with the component with a plurality of sanctioned component records stored in a memory of the computing system. When the component has been sanctioned for use with the ICS, the application allows provisioning of the component, and when the component has not been sanctioned for use with the ICS, provisioning of the component is restricted.

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


Multi-layer authentication system with selective level access control
Patent No. 10958661 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank Of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16202423 on 11/28/2018 (846 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems for providing multi-layer authentication are provided. In some examples, a system may receive data associated with a signal detected by a computing device. The signal may be emitted from a smart processing device. The received signal data may be compared to pre-stored signal data to determine whether a match exists. If not, an instruction disabling functionality of the smart processing device may be generated and transmitted to the smart processing device. If so, an instruction enabling functionality of the smart processing device may be generated and transmitted. The system may generate a request for next layer authentication data. The request may be transmitted to one or more computing devices and next layer authentication response data may be received. The next layer authentication response data may be compared to pre-stored next layer authentication data to determine whether a match exists. If not, an instruction disabling functionality of the smart processing device may be generated and transmitted. If so, an instruction enabling additional functionality of the smart processing device may be generated and transmitted.

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


Risk identification for unlabeled threats in network traffic
Patent No. 10958677 

Inventor(s): Melissa Lee (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16224406 on 12/18/2018 (826 days app to issue)

Abstract: A processing system including at least one processor may obtain network traffic data of a network, including a first set of flow data associated with a first node, determine an anomaly factor of the first node from the network traffic data quantifying a deviation of the first set of flow data from a normal flow data associated with the first node, generate an exposure score of the first node in accordance with a measured influence of the first node in the network and the anomaly factor, generate a persistence score of the first node in accordance with a reputation measure of the first node and a measure of a recurrence of anomalous flow data associated with the first node, calculate a threat level of the first node from the exposure score and the persistence score, and reconfigure at least one aspect of the network in response to the threat level.

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


Systems and methods for bot-on-bot security verification
Patent No. 10958689 

Inventor(s): Aananthanarayanan Pandian (Chennai, , IN), Dhurai Ganesan (Chennai, , IN), Sankar Chandrasekaran (Chennai, , IN)
Assignee(s): NTT DATA Services, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, Mckinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16286106 on 02/26/2019 (756 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, another general aspect includes a method including, by a compliance bot deployed on a computer system including a system of bots, monitoring the system of bots for deployment activity. The method also includes, responsive to the monitoring, identifying activity indicative of deployment of a particular bot. The method also includes determining an automation type of the particular bot. The method also includes retrieving compliance rules corresponding to the automation type of the particular bot. The method also includes retrieving data from the particular bot. The method also includes automatically checking compliance of the particular bot with the compliance rules based on the retrieved data. The method also includes, responsive to a determination that the particular bot is noncompliant, automatically invalidating the particular bot.

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


Providing audio content to a device
Patent No. 10958781 

Inventor(s): Kevin V. Nguyen (Allen, TX), Monica Rose Martino (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FIRST ORION CORP. (Little Rock, AR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13887810 on 05/06/2013 (2878 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure describes receiving a trigger operation indication that content has been selected by a user device, and determining whether the content offers a recurring audio content data. The operation may also include retrieving a first audio content and transmitting the first audio content to the user device.

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


Method and apparatus for rendering timed text and graphics in virtual reality video
Patent No. 10958890 

Inventor(s): Imed Bouazizi (Frisco, TX), Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15927942 on 03/21/2018 (1098 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device, a server and a method for rendering timed text within an omnidirectional video are disclosed. The method includes receiving a signaling message including a flag indicating whether a position of the timed text within the omnidirectional video is dependent on a viewport of the omnidirectional video. The method also includes determining whether the position of the timed text within the omnidirectional video is dependent on the viewport based on the flag. The method further includes rendering the timed text within the omnidirectional video based on the determination.

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


Encoding device and encoding method with setting and encoding of reference information
Patent No. 10958930 

Inventor(s): Kazushi Sato (Kanagawa, , JP), Shuo Lu (Tokyo, , JP)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16243040 on 01/08/2019 (805 days app to issue)

Abstract: An encoding unit generates a predicted image using a reference image. A transmission unit transmits inter_ref_pic_set_prediction_flag representing whether reference image specifying information specifying the reference image of a prior image that is an image prior to a current coding image in coding order is used as the reference image specifying information of the current coding image in a case where the current coding image is an image other than a first image of a GOP (Group of Picture). The present technology, for example, can be applied to an encoding device of an HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) system.

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


Route management
Patent No. 10959079 

Inventor(s): Gregory O. Harp (Allen, TX), Stephen James Waken (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16009270 on 06/15/2018 (1012 days app to issue)

Abstract: Locational tracking aids emergency management plans. Occupants of a building or campus are determined based on presence or detection of wireless devices. When an emergency occurs, the occupants may move to safety based on the current locations of their wireless devices.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Lensed antennas for use in wireless communications systems
Patent No. 10959110 

Inventor(s): Kevin Eldon Linehan (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16073668 on 03/31/2017 (1453 days app to issue)

Abstract: Array antennas include a plurality of lensed multi-beam sub-arrays, where each lensed multi-beam sub-array comprises a RF lens and a plurality of radiating elements that are associated with the RF lens and that are orbitally arranged about the RF lens.

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


System and method for dynamic feature selection based on latency discovery
Patent No. 10959117 

Inventor(s): Hongyan Lei (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT MOBILITY II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16537203 on 08/09/2019 (592 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure include, for example, identifying a primary serving cell and a secondary serving cell, wherein the primary serving cell facilitates one of attachment, re-attachment or mobility, or any combination thereof, of a mobile device in association with coordination of a wireless service between the primary serving cell, the secondary serving cell and the mobile device. A latency value associated with a message exchange is determined between the primary and secondary serving cells via a messaging interface, and compared to latency requirements, which correspond to a group of mobile service features. A mobile service feature of the group is associated with the wireless service based on the comparison. The wireless service includes a coordinated exchange of wireless signals between the primary serving cell and the mobile device and between the secondary serving cell and the mobile device based on the mobile service feature. Other embodiments are disclosed.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for mobile data expansion
Patent No. 10959158 

Inventor(s): Terrance Berry (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Neutronic Perpetual Innovations Operating, LLC (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15249320 on 08/26/2016 (1670 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data expansion system that provides continuum of discrete wireless small cell coverage areas for mobile terminals includes a set of roadway reflectors configured to provide wireless broadband data services to a mobile terminal. Each reflector includes processing circuitry configured to establish communications between the mobile terminal and a backhaul network. Each reflector includes a wireless transceiver configured to transmit and receive data. Each reflector includes a power source that converts solar energy into electricity. Each reflector includes a housing configured to contain the processing circuitry, the transceiver, and the power source. The housing has a raised reflective surface.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for determining a user equipment battery level
Patent No. 10959161 

Inventor(s): Imtiyaz Shaikh (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16549167 on 08/23/2019 (578 days app to issue)

Abstract: An application function (AF) device may identify a user equipment (UE) and may send, to a network exposure function (NEF) device, a battery level request message concerning a battery of the UE. The AF device may obtain, from the NEF device, based on sending the battery level request message, a battery level report, and may cause, based on the battery level report, at least one action to be performed.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Collaborative scheme for selection of optimal accesses and seamless transition between accesses
Patent No. 10959168 

Inventor(s): Khiem Le (Coppell, TX), Wing Fai Lo (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16272762 on 02/11/2019 (771 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices and methods are disclosed for selecting an optimal access network in a wireless communications environment, such as when offloading mobile data traffic. In various embodiments disclosed herein, a contributing device comprises processing logic configured to generate a set of communication environment identification data corresponding to the location of the communication device, to generate a set of observed AN availability and communication performance data corresponding to the location of the communication device, and to transmit the set of communication environment identification data and the set of observed communication performance data to a server. In some embodiments, the contributing device is location-aware and in some embodiments, the contributing device is location-unaware.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


RAN-core pairing service
Patent No. 10959169 

Inventor(s): Niranjan B. Avula (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16458315 on 07/01/2019 (631 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, a device, and a non-transitory storage medium are described in which a radio access network slice and core network slice service is provided based on RAN-CN network slice pairing information. A radio access network slice and/or a core network slice uses the RAN-CN network slice pairing information to select network resources to support sessions of end devices. The RAN-CN network slice pairing information may include location information, radio access network slice information, core network slice information correlated to different types or applications or services available to end devices. The RAN-CN network slice pairing information may include information indicating current and available radio access network resources pertaining to the radio access network slices and threshold resources that may be used to support the different types of applications or services.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Reporting power headroom for aggregated carriers
Patent No. 10959192 

Inventor(s): Sean Michael McBeath (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16736250 on 01/07/2020 (441 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for reporting power headroom-related information for a plurality of aggregated carriers. The method includes reporting in a bitmap the power headroom-related information for a number of the aggregated carriers that is less than or equal to the total number of aggregated carriers, wherein the power headroom-related information is one of a power headroom for at least one of the aggregated carriers and a path loss for at least one of the aggregated carriers.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Cell detection, synchronization and measurement on unlicensed spectrum
Patent No. 10959197 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Thomas David Novlan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14846598 on 09/04/2015 (2027 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for cell detection, synchronization and measurement on unlicensed spectrum. A method for receiving a discovery reference signal (DRS) includes identifying, based on a DRS measurement timing configuration (DMTC), a DRS detection/measurement gap duration and a periodicity; and listening for the DRS on a carrier in an unlicensed spectrum during the identified gap duration at the identified periodicity. An apparatus for an eNodeB associated with a cell includes a controller and a transceiver. The controller is configured to configure a DMTC including a DRS detection/measurement gap duration and periodicity. The transceiver is configured to transmit the DRS on a carrier in an unlicensed spectrum during the gap duration at the periodicity.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving data using plurality of carriers in wireless communication system
Patent No. 10959217 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16579749 on 09/23/2019 (547 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving data using a plurality of carriers in a wireless communication system. The method includes the steps of: receiving secondary serving cell (SCell) setting information for setting an SCell from a base station; determining whether the secondary SCell belongs to a primary set or to a non-primary set; and, according to a results of the determination, setting forward and reverse initial states as an active or inactive state.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


LED system with driver voltage clamping
Patent No. 10959298 

Inventor(s): Alex Ruan (Shenzhen, , CN), Feifei Shen (Shenzhen, , CN), Makalo Xie (Shenzhen, , CN), Richard Tan (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16692071 on 11/22/2019 (487 days app to issue)

Abstract: One example includes a light-emitting diode (LED) system. The LED system includes an LED array comprising a plurality of LEDs that are each activated via an LED current provided therethrough to provide illumination. The system also includes an LED controller configured to sequentially activate the plurality of LEDs via at least one LED driver system configured to selectively provide the LED current through each sequential one of the plurality of LEDs in an activated state in response to an activation signal. The at least one LED driver system includes a voltage clamp configured to maintain a substantial constant amplitude difference of a driver voltage associated with the LED current from the activated state to a deactivated state.

[H05B] ELECTRIC HEATING; ELECTRIC LIGHTING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


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Footwear remover
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Inventor(s): Richard Frank Gray (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
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Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


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Inventor(s): Terry Henry (Greenville, TX)
Assignee(s): Robroy IndustriesTexas, LLC (Gilmer, TX)
Law Firm: The Webb Law Firm (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29669136 on 11/06/2018 (868 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


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Inventor(s): Terry Henry (Greenville, TX)
Assignee(s): ROBROY INDUSTRIES (Gilmer, TX)
Law Firm: The Webb Law Firm (2 non-local offices)
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Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Server rack shelf
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Assignee(s): Innovation First, Inc. (Greenville, TX)
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Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cutting tool
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Inventor(s): William Henry Dubose (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): US SYNTHETIC CORPORATION (Orem, UT)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
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Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

 

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