Dallas Invents: 134 Patents Granted for Week of Sept. 15

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

Patents granted include:
•  BlackBerry's method for managing local emergency numbers
•  Dell's information handling system for eye-tracking data
•  Doskocil's pet carrier car seat
•  Enseo's method for making reservations
•  Facebook's location-based content aggregation and distribution
•  Frito-Lay's apparatus for production of snack food pellets
•  Mazor Robotics' global spinal alignment method
•  Novartis' cancer biomarkers predictive of therapeutic responsiveness

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 Sept. 15, 2020 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 22
Futurewei Technologies Inc. (Plano) 8
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 6
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 5
Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 2
Base4 Ventures LLC (Addison) 2

UNASSIGNED 10


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Joseph Charles Thompson (Lewisville) 3
Ellis N. Shamoon (Dallas) 2
Kenneth W. Huck (Fairview) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

140 days
Delay-based residue stage
Patent No. 10778243-B2
Assignee: Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas)
Inventors: Chirag Chandrahas Shetty (Thane,IN), Rishi Soundararajan (Bengaluru, IN), Shagun Dusad (Bengaluru,IN), Visvesvaraya Appala Pentakota (Bengaluru,IN)

2,785 days
Method and system of wireless power transfer foreign object detection
Patent No. 10778045-B2
Assignee: Triune IP LLC LLC (Plano)
Inventor: Ross E. Teggatz (McKinney)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Pet care system configured to provide shelter to one or more pet animals
Patent No. 10772287 

Inventor(s): Jacobus Sarel Van Eeden (Dallas, TX), Karen Van Eeden (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Patent Yogi LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16506499 on 07/09/2019 (434 days app to issue)

Abstract: A litter box for sheltering one or more pets. The litter box includes a housing having a base and at least one vertical side wall (including an entry-exit opening), which may be forming a one-piece enclosure for accommodating the one or more pets. An inner surface of the one-piece enclosure may be a smooth surface including rounded edges. Further, the litter box includes a removable lid for removably attaching to at least one top edge of the at least one vertical side wall. Further, the litter box may include a detachable holder for detachably placing on an outer surface of the at least one vertical side wall, to hold at least one absorbent pad. Further, the litter box may include a removable organizer for storing a plurality of cleaning supplies.

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


Pet carrier car seat
Patent No. 10772288 

Inventor(s): John Sandiford (East Earl, PA)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16009036 on 06/14/2018 (824 days app to issue)

Abstract: An engagement structure for a pet seat including an anchor post secured to a front side of a pet seat, a pivot post, spaced apart from the anchor post, secured to the front side of the pet seat, and a rotatable arm rotatably secured to the pivot post at a first end of the rotatable arm, with an opposing second end of the rotatable arm removably engaged to the anchor post. The rotatable arm is pivotable about the pivot post to open and close the engagement structure.

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


Product multiplying system and method of multiplying a product
Patent No. 10772337 

Inventor(s): Augusto Florindez (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): STEWART SYSTEMS BAKING, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15728665 on 10/10/2017 (1071 days app to issue)

Abstract: A product multiplying system or a multiplier may divide a product into a plurality of units and may increase a number of units of the product that may be released into a receptacle. The product multiplying system or a multiplier may increase the number of units of the product by a factor of two and may not jam the products. The product multiplying system or a multiplier may match a rate of cuts per minute of a first divider and a second divider. A first set and a second set of a plurality of diagonal channels may guide the product toward a center discharge guide and toward an outside discharge guide, respectively. Additionally, the product may be divided and rounded prior to being transferred to the multiplier where the product may be dusted.

[A21C] MACHINES OR EQUIPMENT FOR MAKING OR PROCESSING DOUGHS; HANDLING BAKED ARTICLES MADE FROM DOUGH


Apparatus for production of snack food pellets
Patent No. 10772348 

Inventor(s): Ajay Rajeshwar Bhaskar (Allen, TX), Bhima Geera (Kankakee, IL), David L. Sanchez (Plano, TX), Lori Glanz (Plano, TX), Nick Ladin (Kankakee, IL), Rudolph L. Bazaldua (Midlothian, TX), Samuel Asiedu Asante (Allen, TX),
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15977412 on 05/11/2018 (858 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for separating a ribbon of uncooked embossed dough into separated pieces patterned/shaped like the embossed pattern. The apparatus includes a pair of spaced apart rollers for receiving a ribbon of dough there between. One of rollers has a pattern embossed on its surface to emboss the ribbon of dough with the pattern. The surface embossing and the spacing between the rollers maintains the structural integrity of the embossed ribbon of dough. The apparatus has a two spaced apart rotating arms to receive the embossed dough ribbon there between. A plurality of spaced apart fingers extend outward along the length of each of the arms and are configured to tear the dough, without sticking, into dough pieces reflecting shapes embossed in the dough ribbon. The dough pieces can be dried, and patterned shaped pieces are separated out for expansion to three dimensions by cooking.

[A21C] MACHINES OR EQUIPMENT FOR MAKING OR PROCESSING DOUGHS; HANDLING BAKED ARTICLES MADE FROM DOUGH


Pumping/nursing bra
Patent No. 10772361 

Inventor(s): Debra Abbaszadeh (San Francisco, CA)
Assignee(s): Simple Wishes, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Cooley LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15872360 on 01/16/2018 (973 days app to issue)

Abstract: A garment (e.g., a bra) can include an inner pumping panel with layers of material. A first portion of the layers of material of the inner pumping panel may be situated on a left side of the bra to cover a portion of the wearer”s left breast and can be fastened together and define a first opening. A second portion of the layers of material of the inner pumping panel may be situated on a right side of the bra to cover a portion of the wearer”s right breast, and can be fastened together and define a second opening. The first and second openings are each disposed at an oblique angle relative to a bottom edge of the bra and are sized and positioned so as to help support at least a portion of a breast pump disposable through the first and/or second opening.

[A41C] CORSETS; BRASSI»RES


Convertible sofa bed
Patent No. 10772436 

Inventor(s): Michael Monir Tadros (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Klein, O”Neill Singh, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16052578 on 08/01/2018 (776 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sofa bed traversable between a sofa and bed configurations is disclosed herein. It has a folding mechanism having first and second pairs of link members rotatably attached to a backrest and support members on left and right sides of the back rest. Via the first and second link members, the back rest is transitionable between the sofa configuration and the bed configuration. A seat base is movable up and down at an angle via a sliding mechanism.

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


Devices and methods for treating an artery
Patent No. 10772645 

Inventor(s): Michael Calhoun (Lighthouse Point, FL), Robert Vidlund (Forest Lake, MN)
Assignee(s): J.D. Franco Co., LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Bookoff McAndrews, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16571848 on 09/16/2019 (365 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for treating tissue of at least one of an internal carotid artery, an ophthalmic artery, or an ostium between the internal carotid artery and the ophthalmic artery of a subject may include expanding a first expandable device of a first device in the internal carotid artery. The method also may include delivering a second device in the ophthalmic artery via the first device and expanding a second expandable device of the second device in the ophthalmic artery. Further, the method may include adjusting a radial position of the second expandable device relative to the first expandable device.

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


Method of using a catheter assembly
Patent No. 10773060 

Inventor(s): Richard Marcus (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Washington University (St. Louis, MO)
Law Firm: Armstrong Teasdale LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14953576 on 11/30/2015 (1751 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of using a catheter assembly for inserting in a fluid filled space in a body includes providing a main body having a first end portion and a second end portion. The first end portion is positioned within the fluid filled space. The second end portion is adjusted to extend outwardly from the fluid filled space when the first end portion is positioned within the fluid filled space. A catheter tip is connected to the second end portion of the main body. The catheter tip includes a housing having a cavity defined therein and a rotating element positioned within the fluid filled space. The rotating element is rotated within the cavity of the housing to impart movement of the first end portion of the main body within the fluid filled space.

[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]


Golf club having a reinforced ball striking plate
Patent No. 10773136 

Inventor(s): Byron C. Slaughter (Granbury, TX), David N. Franklin (Granbury, TX), William C. Knight (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16206760 on 11/30/2018 (655 days app to issue)

Abstract: A ball striking device includes a ball striking plate having a front surface configured to strike a ball and a rear surface opposite the front surface. The ball striking plate has a desired-contact region and a perimeter. One or more spoke-like reinforcement ribs may be located on the rear surface and may radiate away from the desired-contact region toward the perimeter. At least one of the spoke-like reinforcement ribs may be located in an upper-toe quadrant or in an upper-heel quadrant of the rear surface. One or more encircling reinforcement ribs may be located on the rear surface. The one or more encircling reinforcement ribs may be at least partially encircling the desired-contact region. A thickened portion of the ball striking plate may be positioned behind the desired-contact region of the ball striking plate. The ball striking device may be a golf club head.

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


 

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

Aluminum based metallic glass powder for efficient degradation of AZO dye and other toxic organic chemicals
Patent No. 10773244 

Inventor(s): Santanu Das (Benares, , IN), Sundeep Mukherjee (Highland Village, TX)
Assignee(s): UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS (Denton, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16444707 on 06/18/2019 (455 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides amorphous bi-functional catalytic aluminum metallic glass particles having an aluminum metallic glass core and 2 or more transition metals disposed on the surface of the aluminum metallic glass core to form amorphous bi-functional aluminum metallic glass particles with catalytic activity.

[B01J] CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL PROCESSES, e.g. CATALYSIS, COLLOID CHEMISTRY; THEIR RELEVANT APPARATUS (processes or apparatus for specific applications, see the relevant places for these processes or apparatus, e.g. F26B 3/08) [2]


Wands for gas turbine engine cleaning
Patent No. 10773283 

Inventor(s): George F. Griffiths (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Rolls-Royce Corporation (Indianapolis, IN)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15790784 on 10/23/2017 (1058 days app to issue)

Abstract: Wands are used as parts of cleaning systems to conduct cleaning agents into gas turbine engine cores. Wands according to the present disclosure include inlet assemblies adapted to connect to cleaning agents, dispensers adapted to discharge cleaners into gas turbine engines, and conduits that extend from the inlet assemblies to the dispensers.

[B08B] CLEANING IN GENERAL; PREVENTION OF FOULING IN GENERAL (brushes A46; devices for domestic or like cleaning A47L; separation of particles from liquids or gases B01D; separation of solids B03, B07; spraying or applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces in general B05; cleaning devices for conveyors B65G 45/10; concurrent cleaning, filling and closing of bottles B67C 7/00; inhibiting corrosion or incrustation in general C23; cleaning streets, permanent ways, beaches or land E01H; parts, details or accessories of swimming or splash baths or pools, specially adapted for cleaning E04H 4/16; preventing or removing electrostatic charges H05F)


Systems and methods of converting fiber into shaped fabric plies for composite preforms and products
Patent No. 10773469 

Inventor(s): Marco Zvanik (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): SERIFORGE INC. (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Trellis IP Law Group, PC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15900566 on 02/20/2018 (938 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments provide an apparatus, method, and/or system by which fiber, e.g., in the form of tow or tow, is used to create a shaped ply by facilitating drawing fiber from a supply along a fiber axis between two sets of pins; moving the pins across the fiber axis to form a fiber web in the desired ply shape; fixing the fiber web to form the shaped ply; and releasing the shaped ply. By enabling formation of shaped plies (including plies with doubly curved surfaces and simultaneous sequences of strategically shaped plies) directly from a single piece of fiber tow, various embodiments discussed herein enable substantial reductions in labor and materials costs that are conventionally associated with construction of composite preforms and accompanying composite products.

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


Composite manufacturing machine
Patent No. 10773471 

Inventor(s): Billy Joe Benda (Arlington, TX), Mark A. Wiinikka (Hurst, TX), Pin-Lin Chiou (Arlington, TX), Russell S. Cole (Euless, TX), William Russell Cleary, Jr. (Mansfield, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15135274 on 04/21/2016 (1608 days app to issue)

Abstract: A composite manufacturing system has a tool having a substantially planar first portion and a substantially planar second portion, a first carriage configured to carry a first roller that is configured to selectively apply pressure to the first portion, a second carriage configured to carry a second roller that is configured to selectively apply pressure to the second portion, and the first carriage and the second carriage are movable relative to the tool.

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


Remote monitor system for a vehicle cargo carrier
Patent No. 10773645 

Inventor(s): Sean L. Helm (Saline, 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: 16268319 on 02/05/2019 (588 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses for monitoring a cargo carrier attached to an exterior of a vehicle. The system includes one or more sensors configured to detect sensor data associated with the cargo carrier. The system also includes a processor communicatively coupled to the one or more sensors. The processor is configured to receive the sensor data from the one or more sensors. The processor is also configured to detect an adverse event based on the sensor data. The system also includes a display screen communicatively coupled to the processor and configured to display alert information when the adverse event is detected.

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


Secure storage device
Patent No. 10773654 

Inventor(s): John B. Adrain (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Bodi Law LLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16356460 on 03/18/2019 (547 days app to issue)

Abstract: A secure storage device is presented. The secure storage device comprises walls, a bottom, a door and an opening for forming an interior chamber for storage. The device may be constructed of a variety of materials, including but not limited to aluminum, steel, impact-resistant materials, and bullet-proof materials. It at least one embodiment, the secure storage device is configured to act as a sun visor for a vehicle for securely storing a weapon such as a firearm.

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


Mechanism for longitudinal door systems
Patent No. 10773734 

Inventor(s): Kenneth W. Huck (Fairview, TX), Lee A. Reitz (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): Trinity Rail Group, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15938601 on 03/28/2018 (902 days app to issue)

Abstract: A railway car is disclosed. The railway car comprises an underframe and at least one compartment for transporting lading. The railway car comprises at least one discharge opening and a door assembly adjacent to the at least one discharge opening. The railway car comprises a discharge control system comprising at least a common linkage mounted away from a longitudinal centerline of the railway car and a secondary linkage, wherein the discharge control system is operable to move the door assembly between a first position and a second position. The railway car comprises an actuator operable to drive movement of the common linkage in connection with movement of the door assembly between the first position and the second position.

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


Rapid discharge door locking system
Patent No. 10773735 

Inventor(s): Aubra D. McKisic (Flower Mound, TX), Christopher C. Harkey (Dallas, TX), Kenneth W. Huck (Fairview, TX)
Assignee(s): TRINITY RAIL GROUP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15650091 on 07/14/2017 (1159 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to some embodiments, a discharge door locking system for a railcar discharge door comprises a lock piston configured to move between a first position (not engaged with an operating beam coupled to a discharge door) and a second position (engaged). The locking system comprises a first and second input. Activation of the first input moves the lock piston to the first position, and activation of the second input moves the lock piston to the second position. The first input of the locking system is coupled to a first input of an operating cylinder coupled to the operating beam. The first input of the operating cylinder is configured to move the discharge door to the open position. The second input of the locking system is coupled to a second input of the operating cylinder. The second input is configured to move the discharge door to the closed position.

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


Rotor blade locking assembly
Patent No. 10773793 

Inventor(s): Jared Mark Paulson (Fort Worth, TX), Tyler Wayne Baldwin (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16055121 on 08/05/2018 (772 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotor blade locking assembly for locking a rotor blade in a deployed position. The rotor blade locking assembly comprises a locking mechanism configured to be coupled to a blade grip. The locking mechanism comprises a latch and an actuator configured to cause the latch to move between an unlocked position and a locked position. The assembly comprises a locking plate configured to be coupled to the rotor blade. The locking plate comprises a bearing surface configured to bear against a contact surface of the latch, when the latch is in the locked position.

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


Dynamic rotor-phasing unit
Patent No. 10773794 

Inventor(s): Colton Gilliland (Northlake, TX), Tyson Henry (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16244512 on 01/10/2019 (614 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dynamic rotor-phasing unit can phase rotors in-flight for dynamic rotor tuning and in an idle state for aircraft storage. The input and output shafts can be clocked (e.g., rotated) from 0 degrees apart to in excess of 360 degrees apart or from 0 degrees apart to 140 degrees apart. Such rotation can minimize the footprint of an aircraft for stowing purposes, as the rotor blades can be folded to fit within a smaller area without disconnecting the drive system. Additionally, the unit can allow tiltrotor blades to be clocked during flight, which can allow the live-tuning of the aircraft”s rotor dynamics. A fail-safe rotary actuator can rotate a stationary planet carrier to clock the input shaft and the output shaft. Alternatively, an actuator can position a slider housing to clock the input shaft and the output shaft.

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


Rotor hub with blade-to-blade dampers attached to the pitch change axis
Patent No. 10773798 

Inventor(s): Andrew Paul Haldeman (Fort Worth, TX), Bryan Marshall (Mansfield, TX), Dalton T. Hampton (Fort Worth, TX), Frank Bradley Stamps (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15720626 on 09/29/2017 (1082 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aircraft rotor assembly has a yoke and a plurality of rotor blade assemblies coupled thereto. Each of the rotor blade assemblies include a rotor blade, a bearing, and a blade grip coupling the rotor blade to the bearing. Each of the rotor blades is rotatable about a lead-lag axis, flap axis, and a pitch change axis, wherein all the axes intersect within the bearing. Adjacent pairs of rotor blade assemblies are coupled together via a damper assembly that is coupled to the pitch change axis of each of the rotor blade assemblies.

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


Controllable flight during automated tricks
Patent No. 10773801 

Inventor(s): Thomas Michael Kawamura (Plano, TX), Wesley Ronald Erhart (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15657993 on 07/24/2017 (1149 days app to issue)

Abstract: Using a trick flight control process, a pilot may fly an aircraft while having control over two axes of orientation while the aircraft may be rotating automatically about a third axis of orientation. The pilot may continue to fly the aircraft during an automated trick rather than relinquishing control completely to the aircraft”s electronics.

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


Consolidated seat back breakover mechanism
Patent No. 10773805 

Inventor(s): Girish J. Malligere (Dallas, TX), Michael Willey (Denton, TX), Nahum Madrid (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): Safran Seats USA LLC (Gainesville, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16226392 on 12/19/2018 (636 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described is a breakover mechanism for a passenger seat that includes a frame member with a rear portion attached to two opposing sides of a seat back of the passenger seat wherein the frame member is at least partially disposed under a seat pan of the passenger seat, at least one moving portion attached to a forward portion of the frame member, a carriage portion fixedly attached to the seat pan; and a single point mechanism attached to the carriage portion. Once a threshold loading condition occurs, the single point mechanism changes states to facilitate movement of the moving portion relative to the carriage portion.

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


Automated diagnostic analyzers having vertically arranged carousels and related methods
Patent No. 10775398 

Inventor(s): Brian L. Ochranek (Southlake, TX), David C. Arnquist (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): ABBOTT LABORATORIES (Abbott Park, IL), CANON MEDICAL SYSTEMS CORPORATION (Otawara-Shi, , JP)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16240105 on 01/04/2019 (620 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example automated diagnostic analyzers and methods for using the same are disclosed herein. An example apparatus described herein includes a first carousel rotatably coupled to a base and having a first axis of rotation. The example apparatus includes a second carousel rotatably coupled to the base and vertically spaced over the first carousel such that at least a portion of the second carousel is disposed over the first carousel. In the example apparatus, the second carousel has a second axis of rotation and a plurality of vessels. The example apparatus also includes a pipetting mechanism offset from the second axis of rotation. The example pipetting mechanism is to access the first carousel and the second carousel.

[B01L] CHEMICAL OR PHYSICAL LABORATORY APPARATUS FOR GENERAL USE (apparatus for medical or pharmaceutical purposes A61; apparatus for industrial purposes or laboratory apparatus whose construction and performance are comparable to that of similar industrial apparatus, see the relevant classes for industrial apparatus, particularly subclasses of B01 and C12; separating or distilling apparatus B01D; mixing or stirring devices B01F; atomisers B05B; sieves B07B; corks, bungs B65D; handling liquids in general B67; vacuum pumps F04; siphons F04F 10/00; taps, stop-cocks F16K; tubes, tube joints F16L; apparatus specially adapted for investigating or analysing materials G01, particularly G01N; electrical or optical apparatus, see the relevant classes in sections G and H)


 

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

High-throughput method to predict bulk properties of inorganic materials
Patent No. 10773959 

Inventor(s): Chen Ling (Ann Arbor, MI), Debasish Banerjee (Ann Arbor, MI), Ying Zhang (Ann Arbor, MI), Zhiqian Chen (Falls Church, VA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15597651 on 05/17/2017 (1217 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for representing crystal structure of inorganic materials in matrix form, and for quantitative comparison of multiple inorganic materials, can be employed to identify candidate materials with high potential to possess a desired property. Such methods can include conversion of an atomic coordinate set to a coordinate set for an anion only lattice, anion substitution, and unit cell re-scaling. Such methods can further include simulation of x-ray diffraction data for modified anion-only lattices, and generation of n2 matrices from the simulated diffraction data. Quantitative structural similarity values can be derived from the n2 matrices. The quantitative structural similarity values can be useful for structural categorization, as well as prediction of functional properties.

[C01B] NON-METALLIC ELEMENTS; COMPOUNDS THEREOF (fermentation or enzyme-using processes for the preparation of elements or inorganic compounds except carbon dioxide C12P 3/00; production of non-metallic elements or inorganic compounds by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25B)


Light weight composite of steel and polymer
Patent No. 10774196 

Inventor(s): Michael Paul Rowe (Pinckney, 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: 15272711 on 09/22/2016 (1454 days app to issue)

Abstract: Composite materials include a steel matrix with structural polymer integrated into the matrix. The composite materials have substantially lower density than steel, and are expected to have appreciable strength. Methods for forming composite steel composites includes combining a structural polymer component, such as a woven polymer, with steel nanoparticles and sintering the steel nanoparticles in order to form a steel matrix with structural polymer integrated therein.

[C08K] USE OF INORGANIC OR NON-MACROMOLECULAR ORGANIC SUBSTANCES AS COMPOUNDING INGREDIENTS (paints, inks, varnishes, dyes, polishes, adhesives C09) [2]


Treatment for glaucoma and other eye diseases
Patent No. 10774328 

Inventor(s): Gulab Zode (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT FORT WORTH (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16317473 on 07/11/2017 (1162 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes a composition and method for the treatment of an eye disease comprising a therapeutically effective amount of an autophagy stimulator that treats or slows the progression of the eye disease by enhancing or stimulating autophagy or correcting an autophagy deficiency.

[C07H] SUGARS; DERIVATIVES THEREOF; NUCLEOSIDES; NUCLEOTIDES; NUCLEIC ACIDS (derivatives of aldonic or saccharic acids C07C, C07D; aldonic acids, saccharic acids C07C 59/105, C07C 59/285; cyanohydrins C07C 255/16; glycals C07D; compounds of unknown constitution C07G; polysaccharides, derivatives thereof C08B; DNA or RNA concerning genetic engineering, vectors, e.g. plasmids, or their isolation, preparation or purification C12N 15/00; sugar industry C13) [2]


Biomarkers predictive of therapeutic responsiveness to chimeric antigen receptor therapy and uses thereof
Patent No. 10774388 

Inventor(s): Nicholas Wilcox (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Novartis AG (Basel, , CH), The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
Law Firm: Lando Anastasi, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15517597 on 10/07/2015 (1805 days app to issue)

Abstract: Cancer biomarkers and methods of using them are disclosed.

[C12Q] MEASURING OR TESTING PROCESSES INVOLVING ENZYMES OR MICROORGANISMS (immunoassay G01N 33/53); COMPOSITIONS OR TEST PAPERS THEREFOR; PROCESSES OF PREPARING SUCH COMPOSITIONS; CONDITION-RESPONSIVE CONTROL IN MICROBIOLOGICAL OR ENZYMOLOGICAL PROCESSES [3]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

High radial expansion anchoring tool
Patent No. 10774602 

Inventor(s): Matthew Craig Mlcak (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Chamberlain Hrdlicka (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15035469 on 12/20/2013 (2461 days app to issue)

Abstract: An anchoring tool is presented having radially pivoting arms which are moved from a run-in position to a set position. In the run-in position the un-articulated arms are positioned radially inward to provide a small tool outer diameter. Upon setting, the arms are pivoted radially outward into gripping engagement with a downhole tubular, such as a liner or casing. The pivot arms define a cam surface for interaction with corresponding wedges, where the cam surface allows for greater radial expansion of the arms.

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


Downhole tool with assembly for determining seal integrity
Patent No. 10774614 

Inventor(s): Paul D. Ringgenberg (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Charmberlain Hrdlicka (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15752785 on 09/22/2015 (1820 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole well device for positioning within a well having a fluid, comprising an outer casing comprising a port, an inner casing at least partially located within the outer casing, seals between the inner casing and the outer casing, a rupture disk located in the port, a substance located in a space between the rupture disk and the inner casing, wherein the substance is exothermically reactive with the fluid, and a sensor configured to detect an exothermic reaction within the 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]


Constant entrance hole perforating gun system and method
Patent No. 10774624 

Inventor(s): David S. Wesson (Ft. Worth, TX), John T. Hardesty (Weatherford, TX), Philip M. Snider (Houston, TX), Wenbo Yang (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): GEODYNAMICS, INC. (Millsap, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16285406 on 02/26/2019 (567 days app to issue)

Abstract: A shaped charge comprising a case, a liner positioned within the case, and an explosive filled within the case. The liner is shaped with a subtended angle ranging from 100 to 120 about an apex, a radius, and an aspect ratio such that a jet formed with the explosive creates an entrance hole in a well casing. The jet creates a perforation tunnel in a hydrocarbon formation, wherein a diameter of the jet, a diameter of the entrance hole diameter, and a width and length of the perforation tunnel are substantially constant and unaffected with changes in design and environmental factors such as a thickness and composition of the well casing, position of the charge in the perforating gun, position of the perforating gun in the well casing, a water gap in the wellbore casing, and type of the hydrocarbon formation.

[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

 

Electronic actuator for anhydrous ammonia emergency shut off valves
Patent No. 10774944 

Inventor(s): Brently Craig Wilkerson (Dallas, TX), Jack Jay Potts (Dallas, TX), Patrick Lee Hodges (Dallas, TX), William Browning Washington, IV (Dallas, TX), William Henry Sands, III (Dallas, TX), William Henry Sands, Jr. (Dallas, TX
Assignee(s): Squibb Taylor, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16243076 on 01/08/2019 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various implementations, an electronic actuator may be coupled to a valve to provide the ability to shut off anhydrous ammonia flow through the valve (e.g., in emergencies). The valve may be coupled to anhydrous ammonia tanks, such as nurse tanks and/or storage tanks. The electronic actuator may include a handle and a bracket. The handle and the bracket may include at least two attractive components that are magnetically attracted to each other upon application of an electric current and the valve may be open. When the electric current is cut, the attractive components of the handle and the bracket may not be magnetically attracted to each other and the valve may be shut off. A controller (e.g., a switch) may be coupled to the electronic actuator to allow control of the electric signal to the electronic actuator.

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


Method and apparatus for controlling lighting modules of a multi-element portable light
Patent No. 10775002 

Inventor(s): Gregory Lee Horne (Euless, TX), Jimmy Prieto (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Alliance Sports Group, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: Thorpe North Western LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16812970 on 03/09/2020 (190 days app to issue)

Abstract: A lighting device having a first configuration wherein a first light source is exposed and a second light source is covered and a second configuration wherein the first light source is exposed and the second light source is exposed. The light device is enclosed in a rigid enclosure securing the lighting device in the second configuration. A power source is electrically coupled to the lighting device to provide power to the first light source and the second light source. A switch is coupled to the power source and the first and second light sources. The switch is configured to permit propagation of power from the power source to the second light source when the lighting device is in the second configuration.

[F21L] LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS THEREOF, BEING PORTABLE OR SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR TRANSPORTATION [7]


Light fixture device including rotatable light modules
Patent No. 10775030 

Inventor(s): Ashish Antony (Anna, TX), Jordon Musser (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): FLEX LTD. (Singapore, , SG)
Law Firm: Weber Rosselli Cannon LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15799040 on 10/31/2017 (1050 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device for directing light is provided. The device includes at least two light modules adapted to provide a fixture for a light source. The at least two light modules are linear, parallel to a central axis, substantially in a plane with the central axis, and arranged on both sides of the central axis in the plane. A first inner endcap is provided that is arranged on a first end of the at least two light modules and a second inner endcap is provided that is arranged on a second end of the at least two light modules. The first end opposes the second end along a length of the at least two light modules. The first and second inner endcaps provide a fixed, rotational axis for one of the light modules, and provide two locking positions to determine a rotational position for the light module.

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


Heating furnace using self-calibration mode
Patent No. 10775053 

Inventor(s): Eric M. Perez (Hickory Creek, TX), Mark G. Beste (Grapevine, TX), Steven Schneider (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15006688 on 01/26/2016 (1694 days app to issue)

Abstract: A heating control method includes determining a first speed for an air circulation fan that corresponds with a temperature set point using a temperature map that maps temperatures to speeds of the air circulation fan and operating the air circulation fan at the first speed and a heating unit in a first configuration with at least one active burner from a plurality of burners where less than all of the burners are active when the heating unit is in the first configuration. The method further includes measuring a first temperature while operating the air circulation fan at the first speed, determining a temperature difference between the first temperature and the temperature set point, comparing the temperature difference to a temperature difference threshold, and updating the temperature map to map the first speed to the first temperature when the temperature difference is greater than the temperature difference threshold.

[F24D] DOMESTIC- OR SPACE-HEATING SYSTEMS, e.g. CENTRAL HEATING SYSTEMS; DOMESTIC HOT-WATER SUPPLY SYSTEMS; ELEMENTS OR COMPONENTS THEREFOR (preventing corrosion C23F; water supply in general E03; using steam or condensate extracted or exhausted from steam engine plants for heating purposes F01K 17/02; steam traps F16T; domestic stoves or ranges F24B, F24C; water or air heaters having heat generating means F24H; combined heating and refrigeration systems F25B; heat exchange apparatus or elements F28; removing furring F28G; electric heating elements or arrangements H05B)


Method for solving charge imbalance in existing split heat pump
Patent No. 10775070 

Inventor(s): Bruce Perkins (Carrollton, TX), Jeff Mangum (Argyle, TX), Tim Brizendine (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15632035 on 06/23/2017 (1180 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are described that help in alleviating charge imbalance issues, especially in HVAC systems that are operable in both heating and cooling modes. In various embodiments a compensator is attached to the liquid line of an outdoor heat exchanger. A heater is attached to the compensator. During cooling operations the heater is turned on to help drive refrigerant out of the compensator. During heating operations the heater is turned off, allowing excess refrigerant to migrate to the compensator and alleviate high pressure in the system.

[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)


 

P H Y S I C S

Thermophile-based flow sensing device
Patent No. 10775217 

Inventor(s): Yong-Fa Wang (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Honeywell International Inc. (Morris Plains, NJ)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16389647 on 04/19/2019 (515 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example systems, apparatuses, and methods are disclosed sensing a flow of fluid using a thermopile-based flow sensing device. An example apparatus includes a flow sensing device comprising a heating structure having a centerline. The flow sensing device may further comprise a thermopile. At least a portion of the thermopile may be disposed over the heating structure. The thermopile may comprise a first thermocouple having a first thermocouple junction disposed upstream of the centerline of the heating structure. The thermopile may further comprise a second thermocouple having a second thermocouple junction disposed downstream of the centerline of the heating structure.

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


Exhaust gas-sensor
Patent No. 10775327 

Inventor(s): Sandeep Tallada (Bengaluru, , IN), Siva RaghuRam Prasad Chennupati (Unterschleissheim, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15883162 on 01/30/2018 (959 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exhaust gas sensing system includes a channel for flow of exhaust gas, a first directional antenna, a second directional antenna, a first transmitter, a first receiver, and signal processing circuitry. The first directional antenna and the second directional antenna are disposed in the channel. The first transmitter is coupled to the first directional antenna. The first receiver is coupled to the second directional antenna. The signal processing circuitry is coupled to the first transmitter and the first receiver.

[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)


Automated storage modules for diagnostic analyzer liquids and related systems and methods
Patent No. 10775399 

Inventor(s): Razvan Raicu (Coppell, TX), Robert P. Luoma, II (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Abbott Laboratories (Abbott Park, IL)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15816773 on 11/17/2017 (1033 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example automated storage modules for analyzer liquids are described herein. An example apparatus includes a refrigerated storage module having a plurality of shelves (to store a plurality of carriers) and a loading bay having an array of slots to receive one or more of the carriers. The loading bay is accessible by a user for manual loading or unloading of the carriers. The example apparatus includes a first carrier transporter coupled to the storage module to transfer the carriers between the shelves and a first transfer location and a second carrier transporter movable along a track connecting the storage module to an automated diagnostic analyzer. The second carrier transporter is to transfer a first carrier between the first transfer location and a slot in the loading bay and a second carrier between the first transfer location and a second transfer location accessible by the automated diagnostic analyzer.

[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)


Lighted probe for electrical testing device
Patent No. 10775410 

Inventor(s): James H. Adcox (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): Dynamic Product Solutions LLC (Monument, CO)
Law Firm: Ward Law Office LLC (23 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16688050 on 11/19/2019 (301 days app to issue)

Abstract: A probe for an electrical testing device has an independently powered integrated light source. The probe has a plurality of lights oriented in a cross-like configuration and housed in a recessed surface of the probe. The plurality of lights projects light beams that extend toward the tip of the probe and illuminate the area directly in front of the tip from 360 degrees. The integrated light source is connected to a power source that is housed in the probe but is independent from the power source used for the electrical testing device.

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


Molecular spectroscopy cell with resonant cavity
Patent No. 10775422 

Inventor(s): Adam Joseph Fruehling (Garland, TX), Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Juan Alejandro Herbsommer (Allen, TX), Swaminathan Sankaran (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15695651 on 09/05/2017 (1106 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a substrate that includes a resonant cavity. The resonant cavity includes a plurality of dipolar molecules that have an absorption frequency. The resonant cavity resonates at a frequency that is equal to the absorption frequency of the dipolar molecules. The device further includes a first port on the resonant cavity configured to receive a radio frequency (RF) signal.

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


Systems and methods for duty cycle measurement, analysis, and compensation
Patent No. 10775431 

Inventor(s): Hitoshi Miwa (Kanagawa, , JP)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15636589 on 06/28/2017 (1175 days app to issue)

Abstract: A duty cycle measurement circuit obtains differential duty cycle measurements corresponding to the duty cycle of a signal at two or more different locations along a propagation path. The differential duty cycle measurements may include measurements of an input duty cycle and measurements of an output duty cycle. The duty cycle measurements may be acquired by use of duty-cycle-to-voltage converter circuitry. The duty cycle measurements may be used to determine a measure of the duty cycle deterioration of the propagation path, and an adjustment factor to compensate for the measured duty cycle deterioration.

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


Maximum measurable velocity in frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) radar
Patent No. 10775489 

Inventor(s): Karthik Ramasubramanian (Bangalore, , IN), Karthik Subburaj (Bangalore, , IN), Sandeep Rao (Bangalore, , IN), Sriram Murali (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15665663 on 08/01/2017 (1141 days app to issue)

Abstract: A radar system is provided that includes a radar transceiver integrated circuit (IC) configurable to transmit a first frame of chirps, and another radar transceiver IC configurable to transmit a second frame of chirps at a time delay T, wherein T=T[subscript]c[/subscript]/K, K2 and T[subscript]c [/subscript]is an elapsed time from a start of one chirp in the first frame and the second frame and a start of a next chirp in the first frame and the second frame, wherein the radar system is configured to determine a velocity of an object in a field of view of the radar system based on first digital intermediate frequency signals generated responsive to receiving reflected chirps of the first frame and second digital IF signals generated responsive to receiving reflected chirps of the time delayed second frame, wherein the maximum measurable velocity is increased by a factor of K.

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


Fiber optic lane changers for use with fiber optic cables having unused optical fibers and related methods
Patent No. 10775566 

Inventor(s): Brian K. Bushnell (Wylie, TX), Earl R. Parsons (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15770702 on 10/26/2016 (1420 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fiber optic lane changer includes a first and a second connector. A plurality of lane changer transmission paths include first ends received within the first connector and second ends received within the second connector. The first ends are arranged in respective ones of a first subset of a plurality of optical interface positions in a standardized connector configuration, and the second ends are arranged in respective ones of a second subset of the plurality of positions. In certain embodiments, the plurality of lane changer transmission paths have first ends that are aligned to optically couple with respective ones of the eight outermost optical transmission paths of the first connector. At least one of the lane changer transmission paths may have a second end that is aligned to optically couple with one of the four innermost optical transmission paths of the second connector.

[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]


Electromagnetic activated mirror array with fluid damping and micro-fabricated recess for magnet assembly
Patent No. 10775608 

Inventor(s): Francis Man (Lexington, MA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16057198 on 08/07/2018 (770 days app to issue)

Abstract: A MEMS package includes a cavity formed within a package body, a semiconductor device disposed within the cavity and including a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) micro-mirror, a damping fluid disposed within the cavity and at least partially surrounding a portion of the MEMS micro-mirror, and a magnet assembly disposed within the cavity and at least partially surrounded by the damping fluid, the magnet assembly being magnetically coupled with the MEMS micro-mirror.

[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]


Micromechanical device with via strut
Patent No. 10775609 

Inventor(s): Jose Antonio Martinez (Murphy, TX), Stephen Howard Looney (Austin, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16125237 on 09/07/2018 (739 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described examples include a micromechanical device including a substrate and a base formed on a surface of the substrate; and a first layer extending from the base to a plane separated from the base by a via. The first layer forms an outer layer of the via and has a portion lying in the plane and surrounding the via. A first fill is formed in a first portion of the via. A strut is in the via and on the first fill. A second fill is in a second portion of the via on the strut and extends from the strut to the plane. A second layer is over the second fill and at least a portion of the second layer is over the portion of the first layer lying in the plane.

[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]


Single and multi-modulator projector systems with global dimming
Patent No. 10775688 

Inventor(s): Douglas J. Darrow (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16267548 on 02/05/2019 (588 days app to issue)

Abstract: Projector display systems comprising a light dimmer and first modulator are disclosed. The light dimmer may comprise an adjustable iris, adjustable light sources and/or LCD stack that is capable of lowering the luminance of the light source illuminated the first modulator. The first modulator may comprise a plurality of analog mirrors (e.g. MEMS array) and the second modulator may comprise a plurality of mirrors (e.g., DMD array). The display system may further comprise a controller that sends control signals to the light dimmer and first modulator. The display system may render a desired dynamic range for rendering a projected image by a combination of such control signals.

[G03B] APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OR FOR PROJECTING OR VIEWING THEM; APPARATUS OR ARRANGEMENTS EMPLOYING ANALOGOUS TECHNIQUES USING WAVES OTHER THAN OPTICAL WAVES; ACCESSORIES THEREFOR (optical parts of such apparatus G02B; photosensitive materials or processes for photographic purposes G03C; apparatus for processing exposed photographic materials G03D) [4]


Meeting setup/hold times for a repetitive signal relative to a clock
Patent No. 10775833 

Inventor(s): Matthew Hansen Childs (Fort Collins, CO), Paul Joseph Kramer (Fort Collins, CO), Robert Callaghan Taft (Munich, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15911138 on 03/04/2018 (926 days app to issue)

Abstract: Clock generation for capturing a repetitive signal relative to a clock includes clock circuitry to provide a clock with active and inactive clock edges within a clock period, and signal capture circuitry to capture repetitive signal transitions at an active clock edge, based on pre-defined setup and hold times which determine a setup/hold window. Clock phase adjustment circuitry is configured to adjust clock phase so that the repetitive signal transitions occur within a signal capture window between setup/hold windows. Clock phase adjustment can be based on: aligning the clock inactive edges to the repetitive signal transitions; and/or averaging successive phase comparisons of the clock and the repetitive signal transitions; and/or selectively performing an initial polarity inversion to generate a polarity inverted clock, and then adjusting clock phase of the polarity inverted clock. An example implementation is JESD204B (subclass1) to adjust DEVCLK phase relative to a SYSREF timing reference control signal.

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


Secondary back surface touch sensor for handheld devices
Patent No. 10775853 

Inventor(s): Alan R. Manlick (Murphy, TX), David Brian Smith (Rowlett, TX), Matthew Alan Beardsworth (Austin, TX), Merril Ray Newman (Schaumberg, IL), Michael Richard Dille (Bartlett, IL), Yiding Luo (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16161832 on 10/16/2018 (700 days app to issue)

Abstract: A second touch area provided on the back side of the mobile phone in a location such that an index finger can be used to provide input when while the mobile phone is being held in that one hand. A second hand is not required for the various types of input that are provided using this second touch area. This allows the mobile phone to be used in single-handed operation in many circumstances.

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


Information handling system and method to improve the accuracy of eye tracking data generated by an eye tracking system
Patent No. 10775885 

Inventor(s): Jake Mitchell Leland (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Dell Products L.P. (Round Rock, TX)
Law Firm: Egan Peterman Enders Huston (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16277433 on 02/15/2019 (578 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides embodiments of systems and methods that may be used by an information handling system (IHS) to improve the accuracy of eye tracking data generated by an eye tracking system of the IHS when a user”s gaze is not directed to a gaze interaction plane of the eye tracking system. In one embodiment, the method may include receiving first data corresponding to a hinge angle () measured between a first surface and a second surface of the IHS, receiving second data corresponding to a user”s gaze on the first surface or the second surface, and using the first data and the second data to provide accurate eye tracking data when the user”s gaze is directed to the second surface. When the user”s gaze is directed to the first surface, the method may use the second data, but not the first data, to provide accurate eye tracking data.

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


Methods and systems for managing multiple modes of communication within a single on-screen user interface
Patent No. 10775982 

Inventor(s): Kristopher T. Frazier (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing, Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14980480 on 12/28/2015 (1723 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary multimode communication system presents a single on-screen user interface on a communication device associated with a user. The user interface includes a contact communication pane that displays a communication history between the user and a selected contact, and a communication initiation pane that displays a first user input panel configured to allow the user to initiate a communication session of a first communication mode with the selected contact. While the communication history is displayed in the contact communication pane, the multimode communication system detects a user action with respect to the communication initiation pane and, in response, graphically replaces the first user input panel with a second user input panel configured to allow the user to initiate a communication session of a second communication mode with the selected contact. Corresponding systems and methods are also described.

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


Modular display panels
Patent No. 10776066 

Inventor(s): William Y. Hall (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ULTRAVISION TECHNOLOGIES, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16269356 on 02/06/2019 (587 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment modular light-emitting diode (LED) display panel includes attachment points for use in attachment as part of a multi-panel modular LED display, a printed circuit board including a first side and an opposite second side, and a plastic casing attached to the opposite second side of the printed circuit board. A perimeter of the plastic casing is substantially rectangular and has a height and a width. The modular LED display panel further includes a display surface including a plurality of LEDs arranged as pixels and attached to the first side of the printed circuit board. The pixels are arranged in a rectangular array including at least fifty pixels. Each of the pixels of the rectangular array is spaced from each respective adjacent pixel of the rectangular array by a pitch. The pitch is a predetermined constant number. The pitch does not depend on the height and the width.

[G09G] ARRANGEMENTS OR CIRCUITS FOR CONTROL OF INDICATING DEVICES USING STATIC MEANS TO PRESENT VARIABLE INFORMATION (arrangements for transferring data between digital computers and displays G06F 3/14; static indicating arrangements comprising an association of a number of separate sources or light control cells G09F 9/00; static indicating arrangements comprising integral associations of a number of light sources H01J, H01K, H01L, H05B 33/12; scanning, transmission or reproduction of documents or the like, e.g. facsimile transmission, details thereof H04N 1/00) [5]


System, method, and computer program product for coordination among multiple devices
Patent No. 10776103 

Inventor(s): George Andrew Gordon (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): MAJEN TECH, LLC (Longview, TX)
Law Firm: The Caldwell Firm, LLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16537488 on 08/09/2019 (403 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various embodiments, a method, apparatus, and computer program product are provided involving, at a first device: opening the application on the first device, performing an action utilizing an application, updating a state of the application, for being communicated with the second device; and, at a second device: utilizing the updated state of the application received from the first device, displaying an interface including: a button for opening the application utilizing the second device, and indicia that indicates that the first device has updated at least one aspect of the application, and in response to a detection of the selection of the button, accessing the application utilizing the second device such that the application is accessed so as to reflect the updated state of the application.

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


Combined conditional branch and indirect branch target predictor
Patent No. 10776119 

Inventor(s): David A. Carlson (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): MARVELL ASIA PTE, LTD. (Singapore, , SG)
Law Firm: Hamilton, Brook, Smith Reynolds, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16009826 on 06/15/2018 (823 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example embodiment combines use of a branch predictor with cache-like storage of previously executed branch targets to improve processor performance while minimizing hardware cost. The branch predictor is configured to predict both conditional branch and indirect branch targets and includes a combined predictor table configured to store at least one tagged conditional branch prediction in combination with at least one tagged indirect branch target prediction. The at least one tagged indirect branch target prediction is configured to include a predicted partial target address of a complete target address, the complete target address associated with an indirect branch instruction of a processor. The predictor includes prediction logic configured to use the predicted partial target address to produce a predicted complete target address of the complete target address for use by the processor prior to execution of the indirect branch instruction.

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


Bandwidth controlled data synchronization for image and vision processor
Patent No. 10776167 

Inventor(s): Hetul Sanghvi (Richardson, TX), Mihir Narendra Mody (Bangalore, , IN), Niraj Nandan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15269952 on 09/19/2016 (1457 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hardware thread scheduler (HTS) is provided for a multiprocessor system. The HTS is configured to schedule processing of multiple threads of execution by resolving data dependencies between producer modules and consumer modules for each thread. Pattern adaptors may be provided in the scheduler that allows mixing of multiple data patterns across blocks of data. Transaction aggregators may be provided that allow re-using the same image data by multiple threads of execution while the image date remains in a given data buffer. Bandwidth control may be provided using programmable delays on initiation of thread execution. Failure and hang detection may be provided using multiple watchdog timers.

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


Partial memory die with inter-plane re-mapping
Patent No. 10776277 

Inventor(s): Ashish Ghai (San Jose, CA), Avinash Rajagiri (San Jose, CA), Daniel Linnen (Naperville, IL), Deepak Bharadwaj (Santa Clara, CA), Jagdish Sabde (Fremont, CA), Kirubakaran Periyannan (Santa Clara, CA), Shantanu Gupta (Milpi
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15799643 on 10/31/2017 (1050 days app to issue)

Abstract: A partial memory die comprises a memory structure that includes a first plane of non-volatile memory cells and a second plane of non-volatile memory cells. The second plane of non-volatile memory cells is incomplete. A first buffer is connected to the first plane. A second buffer is connected to the second plane. A data path circuit is connected to an input interface, the first buffer and the second buffer. The data path circuit is configured to map data received at the input interface and route the mapped data to either the first buffer or the second buffer. An inter-plane re-mapping circuit is connected to the first buffer and the second buffer, and is configured to re-map data from the first buffer and store the re-mapped data in the second buffer for programming into the second plane.

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


Natural language search using facets
Patent No. 10776408 

Inventor(s): Raghuram Srinivas (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Heslin Rothenberg Farley Mesiti P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15403300 on 01/11/2017 (1343 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The methods include, for instance: obtaining a query for a search result and identifying at least one entity in the query, discovering a facet-entity mapping corresponding to the entity from a knowledgebase. A facet in the facet-entity mapping is a property configured in the knowledgebase and an entity is an instance of the facet. The facet-entity mapping is displayed for the user and the query is searched from content, and the search result presented based on the facet and the entity from the facet-entity mapping.

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


False path timing exception handler circuit
Patent No. 10776546 

Inventor(s): Prakash Narayanan (Karanataka, , IN), Saket Jalan (Bangalore, , IN), Wilson Pradeep (Karanataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16410391 on 05/13/2019 (491 days app to issue)

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

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


System and method to incorporate node fulfillment capacity and network average capacity utilization in balancing fulfillment load across retail supply networks
Patent No. 10776747 

Inventor(s): Saurabh Gupta (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Scully, Scott, Murphy Presser, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15088686 on 04/01/2016 (1628 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for evaluating node fulfillment capacity in node order assignment. The method includes receiving by a network average capacity utilization cost module an electronic record of a current order. The method includes retrieving data of a plurality of nodes, calculating an actual capacity utilization on an expected date, and determining a probability of backlog on the expected date. The method includes generating a network average capacity utilization cost model, automatically converting one or more of a plurality of costs and capacity utilization into a capacity utilization cost, and transmitting the capacity utilization cost of each node to an order fulfillment engine. The method includes receiving by the engine the current order, the processing cost data, and the capacity utilization cost. The method includes automatically calculating a fulfillment cost and identifying a node with the lowest fulfillment cost for assignment.

[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 processing electronic disbursements
Patent No. 10776764 

Inventor(s): Deborah Kimberg (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): MASTERCARD INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED (Purchase, NY)
Law Firm: Armstrong Teasdale LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16154366 on 10/08/2018 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: A disbursement module (DM) computer device is provided for processing an electronic disbursement. The DM computer device includes a memory device and a processor. The processor is programmed to register a payor with a disbursement service provided by the DM computer device and to receive a disbursement command from the payor. The disbursement command instructs a disbursement to be made to a payee and includes payee contact information, payee verification data, and a disbursement amount. The processor is further programmed to receive a disbursement request message that includes a payee identifier from the payee requesting that the disbursement be made, and to verify the payee by matching the payee identifier to the payee verification data. The processor is further programmed to electronically transfer funds from a bank account associated with the payor to a bank account associated with the payee.

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


Systems and methods for providing an enhanced analytical engine
Patent No. 10776840 

Inventor(s): Amit Ramit Deshpande (McKinney, TX), Mithra Kosur Venuraju (Frisco, TX), Satish Chikkaveerappa (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16168255 on 10/23/2018 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: An enhanced analytical engine system may perform the steps of providing optimized individual transaction recommendations. The system may receive a request comprising customer financial information, customer identification information, and vehicle identification information. The system may collect information associated with one or more vehicles within an inventory listing associated with one or more dealership systems. The system may then provide data representing information associated with the one or more vehicles within an inventory listing associated with the one or more dealership systems. The system may receive data indicating selection of a vehicle of interest. The system may determine a proposed offer package for the vehicle of interest comprising an associated overall price and at least one from among a warranty option, maintenance option, and service contract option based on the customer preferences information and historical transaction data. The system may provide the determined proposed offer package for presentation to the customer.

[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]


System and method for 3D association of detected objects
Patent No. 10776943 

Inventor(s): Hideo Tamama (McKinney, TX), Manish Goel (Plano, TX), Seok-Jun Lee (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16037899 on 07/17/2018 (791 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device, method, and computer readable medium for 3D association of detected objects are provided. The electronic device includes at least one image sensor, an inertial measurement sensor, a memory, and at least one processor coupled to the at least one image sensor, the inertial measurement sensor, and the memory. The at least one processor is configured to capture an image of an environment using the at least one image sensor, detect an object in the captured image, define a bounded area in the image around the detected object, receive head pose data from the inertial measurement sensor, and determine a location of the detected object in a 3D space using the head pose data and the bounded area in the captured image.

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


Method for the automated identification of real world objects
Patent No. 10776978 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey W. Holcomb (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13858122 on 04/08/2013 (2717 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided for the automated identification of real world objects. The invention, implementable via various means such as a processing system, method, or data structure in a recording medium such as memory or as a self-contained electronic circuit, has wide ranging applicability to numerous fields such as in a user interface for gaming systems, like Kinect, or immersive environments such as remote surgical operations, and other medical diagnostic applications. Similarly, our method can be utilized in artificial intelligence application for automated robotic identification of targets, such as drone assisted search and rescue missions, and the enablement of patent protection against unlawful replication on 3D printers. The method of the invention includes the steps of creating a 3D representation for the real world object to be identified, segmenting the newly created 3D representation according to potential identities, alignment of minimal, unique representations for said potential identities to the corresponding segments of the newly created 3D representation, and then the analysis of said alignments to determine which potential identity correctly identifies the real world object to be identified.

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


Methods and apparatuses of driver circuits without voltage level shifters
Patent No. 10777236 

Inventor(s): Byung S. Moon (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Dorsey Whitney LLP (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16696246 on 11/26/2019 (294 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are provided for driver circuits without voltage level shifters. An example apparatus includes a semiconductor device including a row decoder circuit that includes a driver circuit and a switching circuit. The driver circuit is configured to receive an input signal having a first logical value, a first voltage signal, and a configurable power signal. The driver circuit is further configured to provide an output signal having the first logical value based on the first signal having the first logical value. A voltage level of the input signal is based on the first voltage signal and a voltage level the output signal is based on the configurable voltage signal. The switching circuit is configured to receive the first voltage signal and a second voltage signal and to provide the configurable voltage signal having a voltage level of one of the first voltage signal or the second voltage signal.

[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)


Efficient control of memory core circuits
Patent No. 10777240 

Inventor(s): Hao Su (San Jose, CA), Po-Shen Lai (Palo Alto, CA), Yuheng Zhang (Saratoga, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16453012 on 06/26/2019 (447 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus including a memory structure comprising non-volatile memory cells and a microcontroller. The microcontroller is configured to output Core-Timing-Control (CTC) signals. The CTC signals are used to control voltages that are applied in the memory structure. For example, CTC signals may be used to control the timing of voltages applied to word lines, bit lines, select lines, and other elements or control lines in the memory core. The microcontroller is configured to output CTC signals having many different variations under various modes/parameter conditions. The apparatus may include storage containing reaction data according to dynamic conditions. The microcontroller may be configured to lookup or compute the CTC signals based on the dynamic conditions and the reaction data. Various data storage formats are disclosed, which can be used to efficiently store many varieties of data with minimum usage of memory.

[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)


Global spinal alignment method
Patent No. 10777315 

Inventor(s): Isador Lieberman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): MAZOR ROBOTICS LTD. (Caesarea, , IL)
Law Firm: Sheridan Ross P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15765720 on 10/13/2016 (1433 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of planning the correction of spinal deformations of a subject, by performing segmentation on a three dimensional image of the subject”s spine in its erect neutral position, such that the positions and orientations of the vertebrae in a region of interest are characterized. Parameters relating to the alignment and position of the vertebrae are derived from the segmentation, followed by determining whether the parameters fall within an acceptable range desired for the spine of the subject. If not within the acceptable range, an alignment optimization is performed on the vertebrae to bring the parameters within the acceptable range, to reduce the spinal deformations of the subject”s spine. The alignment optimization is performed by taking into consideration limitations arising from the dynamic range of motion of the vertebrae as determined by analyzing images of the subject”s spine, while the subject is in positions of maximum bending. NULL


Channel tracking method and module
Patent No. 10778344 

Inventor(s): Chandrasekhar Sriram (Chennai, , IN), Jawaharlal Tangudu (Bengaluru, , IN), Sarma Sundareswara Gunturi (Bengaluru, , IN), Sashidharan Venkatraman (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16661628 on 10/23/2019 (328 days app to issue)

Abstract: A channel response generating module and method for generating a channel response based on a ratio of a channel response corresponding to an image signal frequency bin in relation to a channel response corresponding to a traffic signal frequency bin, or a channel response corresponding to a first frequency bin in relation to a channel response corresponding to a second frequency bin, and a zero-IF signal transmitter employing the channel response generating module and method to efficiently suppress image signals or compensate traffic signals during transmission of IQ RF signals.

[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


Displaying information for a smart-device-enabled environment
Patent No. 10778463 

Inventor(s): Adam Gershon (Rockwall, TX), Dylan Brooks Carroll (Dallas, TX), Vaijayanthi Iyengar (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Harman International Industries, Incorporated (Stamford, CT)
Law Firm: Artegis Law Group, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15608937 on 05/30/2017 (1204 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for displaying information associated with a smart-device-enabled environment includes receiving an activation signal; in response to receiving the activation signal, selecting as a primary space in the environment a first physical space that includes at least one apparatus that is controllable by a networked computing device; selecting as a secondary space in the environment a second physical space that includes at least one apparatus that is controllable by a networked computing device; causing information associated with the at least one apparatus included in the first physical space to be displayed with a first visual prominence on a display device; and causing information associated with the at least one apparatus included in the second physical space to be displayed with a second visual prominence on the display device, wherein the first visual prominence is greater than the second visual prominence.

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


Coordinated switch of activity in virtual network function components
Patent No. 10778506 

Inventor(s): Keith William Melkild (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16198731 on 11/21/2018 (664 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example operation may include a method, comprising one or more of: receiving a stop request from a VNFM, retrieving a last peer operational state from a heartbeat history datastore, staying in active state when the last peer operational state is not standby, sending a remaining check points message to a peer VNFCI when the last peer operational state is standby, sending a first heartbeat message to the peer VNFCI with an operational state of active and a desired operational state of shutdown, receiving, at the peer VNFCI, the first heartbeat message; sending a second heartbeat message to the VNFCI, determining an operational state of the VNFCI when the second heartbeat message is received from the peer VNFCI, staying in active state when the operational state in the second heartbeat message is activating, transitioning the VNFCI to a deactivating state, stopping accepting service traffic at the VNFCI, and transitioning to shutdown state at the VNFCI.

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


Autonomous configuration of email clients during email server migration
Patent No. 10778669 

Inventor(s): Richard James Tett (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): SKYKICK, INC. (Seattle, WA)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16058738 on 08/08/2018 (769 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for automatically configuring an email client during a migration process. An client-side assistant can be deployed to an end-user”s computer via a migration platform. After being deployed to a particular client computer, the client-side assistant can be configured to obtain user information to identify the end-user associated with the client computer. After identifying the end-user, destination system information regarding the end-user can be pushed to client computer for inclusion in new configuration information for the email client. Before generating the new configuration information, user credential for logging into the source system can be obtained. The client-side assistant can be configured to cause the destination system to confirm this credential. After generating the new configuration information, the client-side assistant can instruct the client-side assistant to use the new configuration information to at a specific time and date.

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


Location-based content aggregation and distribution
Patent No. 10778788 

Inventor(s): Brian F. Roberts (Dallas, TX), Donald H. Relyea (Dallas, TX), Kristopher T. Frazier (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Facebook, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16428702 on 05/31/2019 (473 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes storing, by one or more computing devices of a content-aggregation-and-distribution system, one or more content postings. Each content posting is associated on creation with one or more geographic locations related to accessing the content posting. The method includes selectively providing, by one or more computing devices of the content-aggregation-and-distribution system, one or more of the content postings for display on an access device based on a geographic location associated with the access device. For each content posting selectively provided for display, the geographic location associated with the access device being within a predefined proximity of a geographic location of the one or more geographic locations related to accessing the content posting is requisite to the content posting being selectively provided for display.

[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)


Modular telecommunication edge cloud system
Patent No. 10778794 

Inventor(s): Jingjing Zhang (Plano, TX), Konstantinos Kanonakis (Dallas, TX), Wei Wei (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16057427 on 08/07/2018 (770 days app to issue)

Abstract: A telecommunications edge cloud (TEC) element deployed between a client and a packet network includes a TEC hardware layer including storage resources, networking resources, and computing resources, wherein the computing resources include a plurality of processors. A TEC operating system (TECOS) is coupled to the TEC hardware layer and configured to control and manage the storage resources, the networking resources, and the computing resources, wherein the TECOS is executed by one of the processors, a TEC application layer coupled to the TECOS, wherein the TEC application layer is configured to process a request from the client using the TECOS, wherein the computing resources are configured to provide a service to the client when the request is a service request, and wherein at least one of the networking resources and the storage resources is configured to provide data to the client when the request comprises a data request.

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


Sub-social network based on contextual inferencing
Patent No. 10778803 

Inventor(s): Kulvir S. Bhogal (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14944566 on 11/18/2015 (1763 days app to issue)

Abstract: Creating sub-social networks based on contextual inferencing may include analyzing, using a processor, social network activity among a plurality of users that belong to a social network and determining, using the processor, an interest category according to the social network activity. A sub-social network for the interest category may be created using the processor. The sub-social network may include a subset of the plurality of users of the social network having an association with the interest category.

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


 

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Charging station with liquid control chamber
Patent No. 10775750 

Inventor(s): Staci A. Mininger (Garland, TX), Timothy W. Terleski (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TXS Industrial Design, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16790489 on 02/13/2020 (215 days app to issue)

Abstract: A charging station is provided, having an AC outlet, a USB outlet, and a wireless charging circuit, with a liquid control chamber having one or more walls that receive liquid passing through the AC outlet and drain it down a drain tube. The drain tube delivers the liquid to a drain aperture surrounded by walls in the bottom of the charging station, where the liquid is retained while it drains out of the charging station. The charging station may also include one or both of a wireless receiver and speaker, and/or a clock controller, a plurality of multi-function controls, and an audio transducer. The speaker outputs an audio signal corresponding to a received wireless signal. The clock controller provides alarm clock functionality via a display and the audio transducer in response to the multi-function controls.

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


Holistic and secure resource provisioning gateway system
Patent No. 10776508 

Inventor(s): Krishna C. Yalamanchili (Frisco, TX), Michelle Andrea Boston (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16035077 on 07/13/2018 (795 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a holistic and secure resource provisioning gateway system. In particular, a managing system receives resources from disparate sources like production environments. The resources are divided into multiple resource blocks and each resource block is transmitted to individual servers of a resource gateway network along with packaged code that is configured to cause the individual servers to identify sensitive resource elements and sanitize the sensitive resource elements. A request for a provisioned set of sanitized resources meeting certain application testing requirements is then received, and the set of sanitized resources are generated based on the requirements and transmitted to a testing environment.

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


System and method for making reservations in a hospitality establishment
Patent No. 10776887 

Inventor(s): Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX), William C. Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15955834 on 04/18/2018 (881 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for making reservations in a hospitality establishment are disclosed. In one embodiment of the system, a database includes multiple the media source files relative to guest room spaces within a room. A server which handles reservations renders a map view of the hospitality establishment based on obtained map data. The map view includes a graphical representation of the room as well as other rooms. In response to the room being selected, the graphical representation of the selected room is annotated with room reservation data and at least one of the media source files of the selected room. The server may execute a reservation for the selected room.

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


Method of manufacture of electrical wire and cable having a reduced coefficient of friction and required pulling force
Patent No. 10777338 

Inventor(s): Stephen S. Griffin (McKinney, 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: 16544829 on 08/19/2019 (393 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process for manufacturing finished wire and cable having reduced coefficient of friction and pulling force during installation, includes providing a payoff reel containing at least one internal conductor wire; supplying the at least one internal conductor wire from the reel to at least one extruder; providing the least one extruder, wherein the at least one extruder applies an insulating material and a polymerized jacket composition over the at least one internal conductor wire, wherein the polymerized jacket composition comprises a predetermined amount by weight of nylon; and at least 3% by weight of a silica providing a cooling device for lowering the temperature of the extruded insulating material and the polymerized jacket composition and cooling the insulating material and the polymerized jacket composition in the cooling device; and, reeling onto a storage reel the finished, cooled, wire and cable for storage and distribution.

[H01B] CABLES; CONDUCTORS; INSULATORS; SELECTION OF MATERIALS FOR THEIR CONDUCTIVE, INSULATING OR DIELECTRIC PROPERTIES (selection for magnetic properties H01F 1/00; waveguides H01P)


Multi-tier three-dimensional memory devices containing annular dielectric spacers within memory openings and methods of making the same
Patent No. 10777570 

Inventor(s): Hiroyuki Kinoshita (Yokkaichi, , JP), Jin Liu (Milpitas, CA), Jiyin Xu (Yokkaichi, , JP), Kazuya Tokunaga (Yokkaichi, , JP), Marika Gunji-Yoneoka (Sunnyvale, CA), Matthias Baenninger (Palo Alto, CA), Murshed Chowdhury (Milpitas
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group, PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15990037 on 05/25/2018 (844 days app to issue)

Abstract: An annular dielectric spacer can be formed at a level of a joint-level dielectric material layer between vertically neighboring pairs of alternating stacks of insulating layers and spacer material layers. After formation of a memory opening through multiple alternating stacks and formation of a memory film therein, an anisotropic etch can be performed to remove a horizontal bottom portion of the memory film. The annular dielectric spacer can protect underlying portions of the memory film during the anisotropic etch. In addition, a silicon nitride barrier may be employed to suppress hydrogen diffusion at an edge region of peripheral devices.

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


Three-dimensional memory device with self-aligned vertical conductive strips having a gate-all-around configuration and method of making the same
Patent No. 10777575 

Inventor(s): Kiyohiko Sakakibara (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yanli Zhang (San Jose, CA), Zhixin Cui (Nagoya, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16361722 on 03/22/2019 (543 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a substrate, memory stack structures extending through the alternating stack, drain-select-level trenches that vertically extend through at least one drain-select-level electrically conductive layer and laterally extend along a first horizontal direction and divide each drain-select-level electrically conductive layer into multiple drain-select-level electrically conductive strips, and pairs of vertical conductive strips located within a respective one of the drain-select-level trenches. Each of the vertical conductive strips has a pair of vertical straight sidewalls that laterally extends along the first horizontal direction. Each drain-select-level electrode may have at least one drain-select-level electrically conductive layer and at least one vertical conductive strip.

[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]


Pixel crosstalk correction
Patent No. 10777589 

Inventor(s): Vamshi Krishna Reddy Ani Reddy (Karimnagar, , IN), Venkata Subhash Chandra Sadhu (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16285299 on 02/26/2019 (567 days app to issue)

Abstract: A time-of-flight camera calibration system includes a time-of-flight camera and a calibration processor. The calibration processor is coupled to the time-of-flight camera. The calibration processor is configured to receive an input phase image captured by the time-of-flight camera, and generate a blurred phase image by applying a low pass filter to the input phase image. The calibration processor is also configured to generate a crosstalk correction matrix based on the blurred phase image, and provide the crosstalk correction matrix to the time-of-flight camera.

[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]


Ionic liquid as promotor to enhance the performance of oxygen reduction catalyst for fuel cell application
Patent No. 10777823 

Inventor(s): Hisao Kato (Nagoya, , JP), Hongfei Jia (Ann Arbor, MI), Joan Brennecke (Notre Dame, IN), Kan Huang (Farmington Hills, MI), Oscar Morales Collazo (Notre Dame, IN)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15477967 on 04/03/2017 (1261 days app to issue)

Abstract: A secondary ionomer that enhances activity and stability of a cathode catalyst in a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell includes the ionic liquid, 1-methyl-2,3,4,6,7,8-hexahydro-1H-pyrimido[1,2-a]pyrimidin-9-ium 1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4,4-nonafluorobutane-1-sulfonate ([MTBD][C[subscript]4[/subscript]F[subscript]9[/subscript]SO[subscript]3[/subscript]]). When contacting the catalyst, [MTBD][C[subscript]4[/subscript]F[subscript]9[/subscript]SO[subscript]3[/subscript]] enhances catalyst activity and stability more effectively than previously known ionomers, likely by preventing oxide formation and water adsorption at the catalyst surface. The disclosed secondary ionomer is thus most effective when completely coating the catalyst.

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


Equation based cooling system control strategy/method
Patent No. 10777831 

Inventor(s): Daniel Folick (Long Beach, CA), Jared Farnsworth (Roseville, CA), Kentaro Fukuda (Aichi, , JP), Shigeki Hasegawa (Aichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15824958 on 11/28/2017 (1022 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for heating or cooling a fuel cell circuit of a vehicle includes a fuel cell stack, a temperature sensor to detect a fluid temperature of the fluid, a pump to pump the fluid through the fuel cell circuit, and an ECU. The ECU is designed to determine a temperature control signal based on the fluid temperature of the fluid. The ECU is also designed to calculate a desired mass flow rate of the fluid through the fuel cell stack based on the temperature control signal. The ECU is also designed to calculate a desired pump speed of the pump based on the desired mass flow rate of the fluid through the fuel cell stack. The ECU is also designed to control the pump to pump the fluid at the desired pump speed to increase or decrease the fluid temperature of the fluid.

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


Dual-beam sector antenna and array
Patent No. 10777885 

Inventor(s): Huy Cao (Garland, TX), Igor E. Timofeev (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15787782 on 10/19/2017 (1062 days app to issue)

Abstract: A low sidelobe beam forming method and dual-beam antenna schematic are disclosed, which may preferably be used for 3-sector and 6-sector cellular communication system. Complete antenna combines 2-, 3- or -4 columns dual-beam sub-arrays (modules) with improved beam-forming network (BFN). The modules may be used as part of an array, or as an independent 2-beam antenna. By integrating different types of modules to form a complete array, the present invention provides an improved dual-beam antenna with improved azimuth sidelobe suppression in a wide frequency band of operation, with improved coverage of a desired cellular sector and with less interference being created with other cells. Advantageously, a better cell efficiency is realized with up to 95% of the radiated power being directed in a desired cellular sector.

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


Connector assembly with grounding
Patent No. 10777953 

Inventor(s): Brian J. Fitzpatrick (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope Technologies LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16326055 on 08/04/2017 (1138 days app to issue)

Abstract: A connector assembly ([b]10[/b]) is disclosed in which a connector part ([b]12[/b]) and a cable manager part ([b]20[/b]) are provided. The cable manager part ([b]20[/b]) can be provided with a rear housing ([b]40[/b]), a lacing fixture part ([b]30[/b]), and a grounding part ([b]50[/b]). In one aspect, the grounding part ([b]50[/b]) provides grounding contact between an inserted cable ([b]4[/b]) and the connector part ([b]12[/b]). In one aspect, the grounding part ([b]50[/b]) secures the connector part ([b]12[/b]) to the rear housing part ([b]40[/b]). In one example, a connector assembly ([b]110[/b]) is provided with a grounding arrangement ([b]150[/b]) including a plurality of deflectable grounding members ([b]152[/b]) and provides grounding contact between the inserted cable ([b]4[/b]) and the connector part ([b]112[/b]). In one aspect, the grounding members ([b]152[/b]) each provide two points of contact against the cable ([b]4[/b]).

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


Chip position sensing for battery protectors
Patent No. 10778006 

Inventor(s): Abhijeet Kumar Singh (Bangalore, , IN), Manish Parmar (Bangalore, , IN), V V Shyam Prasad (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16159323 on 10/12/2018 (704 days app to issue)

Abstract: A battery system includes a position detector configured to detect whether a first battery protector is coupled to a second power rail and positioned at a bottom of a stack. A cell balancing input (CBI) is coupled to receive a CBI signal to enable or disable cell balancing of the first battery protector. A cell balancing output (CBO) enables cell balancing of a second protector in the stack.

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


System and method for battery pack management using predictive balancing
Patent No. 10778014 

Inventor(s): Jason Michael Battle (Kenmore, WA), Konstantin Galburt (Campbell, CA), Yandong Zhang (Plano, TX), Yevgen Pavlovich Barsukov (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15946328 on 04/05/2018 (894 days app to issue)

Abstract: Predictive battery pack cell balancing apparatus and methods are presented in which active bypass current switching is controlled according to initial balancing bypass current values to balance the cell depth of discharge (DOD) values by the end of a charging/discharging time period, and according to continuous balancing bypass current values representing an amount of bypass current needed to maintain a present relationship of the cell DOD values.

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


Capacitor balanced driver circuit for dual input charger
Patent No. 10778029 

Inventor(s): Jairo D. Olivares (Dallas, TX), Kai Zhu (Knoxville, TN), Kevin Scoones (San Jose, CA), Siew Hoon (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16664417 on 10/25/2019 (326 days app to issue)

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

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


Circuit and architecture for a demodulator for a wireless power transfer system and method therefor
Patent No. 10778034 

Inventor(s): Ashish Khandelwal (Irving, TX), Bharath B. Kannan (Merimack, NH), Joseph M. Khayat (Bedford, NH), Robert A. Neidorff (Bedford, NH), Yipeng Su (Blacksburg, VA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16207848 on 12/03/2018 (652 days app to issue)

Abstract: A primary side wireless power transmitter inductively couplable to a secondary side wireless power receiver for supplying power to the wireless power receiver for receiving communications from the secondary side wireless power receiver through the inductive coupling comprises a primary side tank circuit receiving a signal on from the secondary side wireless power receiver. A phase delay or time delay circuit generates a fixed delay clock signal. A sample and hold circuit samples a tank circuit voltage utilizing the fixed phase or time delayed clock signal. A comparator is coupled to an output of the sample and hold circuit for extracting data or commands from the signal stream. A method of operating a primary side wireless transmitter inductively coupled to a secondary side wireless power receiver for supplying power to the wireless power receiver to power a load coupled to the receiver is also disclosed.

[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]


Method and system of wireless power transfer foreign object detection
Patent No. 10778045 

Inventor(s): Ross E. Teggatz (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TRIUNE IP, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13754709 on 01/30/2013 (2785 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless power transfer foreign object detector having at least one foreign object detector providing at least one foreign object detection signal, and at least one primary transmitter coil providing at least one primary transmitter signal, the primary transmitter coil responsive to the at least one foreign object detection signal.

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


Ripple compensation for burst mode control
Patent No. 10778081 

Inventor(s): Pei-Hsin Liu (Westford, MA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16183439 on 11/07/2018 (678 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a pulse generation circuit configured to cause a primary side of a flyback converter to generate a burst of pulses while a signal is enabled, a set-reset latch configured to output the signal and to reset in response to a number of pulses in the burst approaching a threshold, a comparator configured to set the set-reset latch when a compensated feedback voltage reaches a reference voltage, and a ripple compensation circuit configured to adjust a feedback voltage from a secondary side of the flyback converter by a compensation voltage to generate the compensated feedback voltage.

[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]


Cascaded active electro-magnetic interference filter
Patent No. 10778089 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Anthony Morroni (Parker, TX), Saurav Bandyopadhyay (Dallas, TX), Todd Allen Toporski (Northville, MI), Yogesh Ramadass (San Jose, CA), Yongbin Chu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15715708 on 09/26/2017 (1085 days app to issue)

Abstract: An active electromagnetic interference (EMI) filter includes a first amplifier and a second amplifier. The first amplifier is configured to sense noise signals on a power conductor. The second amplifier is coupled to the first amplifier and is configured to drive a cancellation signal onto the power conductor. The cancellation signal is to reduce the amplitude of the noise signals sensed by the first amplifier. An output impedance of the second amplifier is lower than an output impedance of the first amplifier.

[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]


Boost-back protection for power converter
Patent No. 10778099 

Inventor(s): Austin James Womac (Knoxville, TN), Orlando Lazaro (Dallas, TX), Siew Kuok Hoon (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16520015 on 07/23/2019 (420 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a power converter having an input coupled to a first node and an output coupled to an output terminal adapted to couple to a battery. A blocking transistor is coupled between a second node and the first node. A regulator has inputs coupled to the first node and the second node and an output coupled to a control node of the blocking transistor. The regulator is configured to control the blocking transistor to regulate a voltage drop across the blocking transistor based on a voltage between the first node and the second node. The regulator is also configured to turn off the blocking transistor in response to a voltage at the first node exceeding a voltage at the second node by at least a threshold to block boost-back current flowing from the output terminal to the second node.

[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]


Control circuit and method for switching power converters
Patent No. 10778102 

Inventor(s): Bo Yang (Allen, TX), Xiaoyu Xi (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): M3 Technology Inc. (Taipei, , TW)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16536770 on 08/09/2019 (403 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a first adjustable-gain conversion unit configured to receive a ramp signal, a second adjustable-gain conversion unit configured to receive a feedback signal proportional to an output voltage of a power converter, a third adjustable-gain conversion unit configured to receive an output signal of an error amplifier and a comparator configured to determine a turn-on of a high-side switch of the power converter based on outputs of the first adjustable-gain conversion unit, the second adjustable-gain conversion unit and the third adjustable-gain conversion unit.

[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]


Transformer based gate drive circuit
Patent No. 10778218 

Inventor(s): Michael S. Hockema (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16520241 on 07/23/2019 (420 days app to issue)

Abstract: A gate drive circuit for generating asymmetric drive voltages comprises a gate drive transformer comprising: a primary winding responsive to a pulse width module (PWM) input signal to generate a bipolar signal having a positive bias voltage and a negative bias voltage; and a secondary winding responsive to the bipolar signal to generate a PWM output signal. A first charge pump is connected to the secondary winding responsive to the PWM output signal to generate a level shifted PWM output signal. A second charge pump is connected to the secondary winding to generate a readjusted PWM output signal by decreasing at least a portion of the level shifted PWM output signal. A gate switching device is connected to the first charge pump and second charge pump. A level shifted PWM output signal establishes an ON condition and the readjusted PWM output signal establishes an OFF condition of the gate MOSFET.

[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]


Delay-based residue stage
Patent No. 10778243 

Inventor(s): Chirag Chandrahas Shetty (Thane, , IN), Rishi Soundararajan (Bengaluru, , IN), Shagun Dusad (Bengaluru, , IN), Visvesvaraya Appala Pentakota (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16860145 on 04/28/2020 (140 days app to issue)

Abstract: An analog-to-digital converter, comprising: a voltage to delay circuit having a voltage input, a threshold voltage input, a first output and a second output, wherein a leading edge of the first output is delayed, by a first delay magnitude, in relationship to a leading edge of the second output; and a first stage including: a first logic gate having a first input coupled to the first output of the voltage to delay circuit, a second input coupled to the second output of the voltage to delay circuit, and an output; and a first stage delay comparator having a first input coupled to the first output of the voltage to delay circuit, a second input coupled to the second output of the voltage to delay circuit, a sign signal output and a first stage delay comparator output, wherein the sign signal output represents whether the voltage input is greater than or less than the threshold voltage input. The analog-to-digital converter further includes a digital block having an input connected to the sign signal output of the delay comparator.

[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]


Single switch modulation circuit and wireless charging receiver
Patent No. 10778273 

Inventor(s): Feng Hou (Coppell, TX), Wen Cai (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): SEMTECH CORPORATION (Camarillo, CA)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16100642 on 08/10/2018 (767 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless charging receiver that provides power delivered from a transmitter over a wireless path. The receiver includes a rectifier circuit, an LC circuit coupled to the rectifier circuit and the transmitter, a single switch modulation circuit coupled to the rectifier circuit and the LC circuit, an output circuit coupled to the rectifier circuit. The receiver further comprises an in-band controller coupled to the LC circuit and the single switch modulation circuit operational to detect a reflected parameter from incident RF power. A resistance value of the single switch modulation circuit can be set in response to a detected parametric value of the LC circuit. The resistance value can be set to cause the rectifier circuit to generate one of a stable RDCV value, an increased RDCV value, and a decreased RDCV value with respect to a normal PDC value in response to the received RF power.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Cable with integral sensing elements for fault detection
Patent No. 10778285 

Inventor(s): Frank Murtland (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Go Lock Technology, Inc. (Spicewood, TX)
Law Firm: Culhane Meadows PLLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16475750 on 01/04/2018 (985 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are cable systems that include a cable defining a sensing path and comprising a working strand and one or more sensing strands, a signal source to impart a test signal between a first terminal and a second terminal, a sensor to detect the test signal, a transmitter to transmit the test signal to a receiver, and an indicator to generate a display indicative of the test signal. Certain preferred embodiments describe sensing strands that are arranged in alternating concentric layers and/or extend lengthwise in loops. Such configurations facilitate the detection of breakage, insults, excess tension, or excess bending in the cable. The sensing strands may include a fixed resistor to establish a known resistance and facilitate the detection of small resistive changes.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Management and control plane redundancy in a disaggregated network element
Patent No. 10778326 

Inventor(s): David W. Terwilliger (Garland, TX), Edwin Jay Burger (Flower Mound, TX), Maitreya Mukhopadhyay (Allen, TX), Qiang Li (Plano, TX), Sridevi Palacharla (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Fujitsu Limited (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16569834 on 09/13/2019 (368 days app to issue)

Abstract: A disaggregated network element of an optical transport network, addressable at a single IP address, includes an active management and control unit (MCU) communicatively coupled to a standby MCU by physical cables and multiple tributary units, each of which performs a function in a data plane that carries user traffic and is communicatively coupled to both MCUs by respective physical cables. The MCUs host respective copies of configuration information for the network element and synchronize the information between them. In response to a loss of communication between the MCUs, a tributary unit designated as a witness tributary unit is consulted to determine the status of the MCUs, after which actions are taken to provide control plane redundancy. In response to a failure of an MCU, a backup copy of the configuration information is stored on the witness tributary unit and subsequently synchronized with a copy stored on the remaining MCU.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Patch antenna for wave agility
Patent No. 10778332 

Inventor(s): Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NXGEN PARTNERS IP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16530528 on 08/02/2019 (410 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for enabling signal penetration into a building comprising first circuitry, located on an exterior of the building, for receiving signals at a first frequency that experiences losses when penetrating into an interior of the building and converting the received signals at the first frequency into a first format that overcome losses caused by penetrating into the interior of the building over a wireless communications link. A first patch antenna array associated with the first circuitry transmits the signals in the first format into the interior of the building via a wireless communications link and for receives signals from the interior of the building in the first format via the wireless communications link. Second circuitry, located on the interior of the building and communicatively linked with the first circuitry via the wireless communications link, receives and transmits the converted received signals in the first format that counteracts the losses caused by penetrating into the interior of the building from/to the first circuitry. A second patch antenna array associated with the second circuitry transmits the signals in the first format to the exterior of the building via the wireless communications link and for receives signals from the exterior of the building in the first format via the wireless communications link.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Reduction of second-order non-linear distortion in a wideband communication system
Patent No. 10778335 

Inventor(s): Alessandro Bertoneri (Cambridge, , GB), Chris Potter (Fulbourn, , GB), John Prentice (Haslingfield, , GB)
Assignee(s): Zinwave, LTD. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Maynard Cooper Gale, P. C. (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16397595 on 04/29/2019 (505 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system has a plurality of non-linear circuit stages and an intervening linear circuit stage. An input signal is provided to a first non-linear circuit stage, and from the first non-linear circuit stage, to the linear circuit stage. The first non-linear circuit stage applies a second-order distortion to the input signal and provides the resulting signal to the linear circuit stage. The resulting signal that is output from the linear circuit stage is inverted with respect to the input signal and suitably linearly processed (attenuated or amplified). This signal is then provided to a second non-linear circuit that applies a second-order distortion and outputs a signal that has an overall reduction in second-order distortion.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Interference measurements and channel state information feedback for multi-user multiple-in multiple-out
Patent No. 10778348 

Inventor(s): Robert Mark Harrison (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON (PUBL) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: Christopher Weisberg, P.A. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16176948 on 10/31/2018 (685 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for channel state information (CSI) feedback in a wireless network. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving signaling including a first Non-Zero Power (NZP) CSI-reference signal (RS) configuration for channel measurement; a second NZP CSI-RS configuration; and a CSI interference measurement (CSI-IM) configuration for interference measurement. The method includes receiving a CSI feedback request and estimating the CSI based on at least the signaled first NZP CSI-RS configuration, the second NZP CSI-RS configuration, and the CSI-IM configuration.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Reduced power consumption for digital signal processing (DSP)-based reception in time-division multiplexing (TDM) passive optical networks (PONs)
Patent No. 10778364 

Inventor(s): Frank Effenberger (Frisco, TX), Guozhu Long (Fremont, CA), Haixiang Liang (Atherton, CA), Huaiyu Zeng (Red Bank, NJ), Xiang Liu (Marlboro, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15916060 on 03/08/2018 (922 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ONU comprises a receiver configured to receive a continuous-mode TDMA downstream signal from an OLT; a PD coupled to the receiver and configured to convert the continuous-mode TDMA downstream signal to an electrical signal or an RF signal; an ADC coupled to the PD and configured to convert the electrical signal or the RF signal to a digital signal; and a burst-mode data recovery stage coupled to the ADC and configured to perform data recovery on a segment of the digital signal corresponding to the ONU, the burst-mode data recovery stage comprises a synchronization stage configured to perform synchronization on the segment.

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


Methods and apparatus to collect distributed user information for media impressions and search terms
Patent No. 10778440 

Inventor(s): Madhusudhan Reddy Alla (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): The Nielsen Company (US), LLC (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16045440 on 07/25/2018 (783 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples include providing encrypted identifiers identifying at least one of a device or a user of the device for sending to corresponding database proprietors; accessing user information corresponding to the encrypted identifiers, the user information received from the corresponding database proprietors; and associating the user information with at least one of a search term collected at the device or a media impression logged for media presented at the device.

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


NSH encapsulation for traffic steering establishing a tunnel between virtual extensible local area network (VxLAN) tunnel end points (VTEPS) using a NSH encapsulation header comprising a VxLAN header whose VNI field has been replaced by an NS
Patent No. 10778464 

Inventor(s): James N. Guichard (Hollis, NH), Young Lee (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15958794 on 04/20/2018 (879 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for establishing a tunnel between VTEPs includes receiving at an SDN controller a tunnel creation request to establish a VxLAN tunnel from a first VTEP to a second VTEP, determining a VxLAN tunnel of network nodes coupling the first VTEP to the second VTEP, assigning a SvcPI to the VxLAN tunnel, and sending a tunnel initiation command to the first VTEP, the tunnel initiation command causing the first VTEP to convert an Ethernet frame to a path-ID frame by adding an NSH encapsulation header and to forward the path-ID frame to the next network node in the VxLAN tunnel.

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


Bit slicer circuit for S-FSK receiver, integrated circuit, and method associated therewith
Patent No. 10778482 

Inventor(s): Abhijit Anant Patki (Bangalore, , IN), Amneh Mohammed Akour (Plano, TX), Nikolaus Klemmer (Dallas, TX), Tarkesh Pande (Richardson, TX), Timothy Patrick Pauletti (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16515248 on 07/18/2019 (425 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit includes a bit slicing circuit with a processing circuit. The processing circuit receives discrete frequency power estimates based on an S-FSK waveform received by an S-FSK receiver associated with the bit slicing circuit. The discrete frequency power estimates are representative of digital logic levels in a series of data frames modulated using S-FSK to form the S-FSK waveform. Each data frame including at least one word. Each word includes bit periods. The processing circuit receives SNR parameters that represent a dynamic SNR for the respective discrete frequency power estimates in relation to the series of data frames. The processing circuit selects a bit slicing technique from a set of available bit slicing techniques to generate data bit values for bit periods of the discrete frequency power estimates based on the SNR parameters. A method for performing bit slicing in an S-FSK receiver is also disclosed.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


TX IQ mismatch pre-compensation
Patent No. 10778498 

Inventor(s): Charles K. Sestok, IV (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16141592 on 09/25/2018 (721 days app to issue)

Abstract: A direct conversion wireless transmitter includes IQ mismatch pre-compensation using direct learning adaptation to adjust IQ pre-compensation filtering. Widely-linear IQ_mismatch pre-compensation filtering compensates for IQ mismatch in the TX analog chain, filtering of input data x(n) to provide pre-compensated data y(n) with a compensation image designed to interfere destructively with the IQ_mismatch image. A feedback receiver FBRX captures feedback data z(n) used for direct learning adaptation. DL adaptation adjusts IQ_mismatch filters, modeled as an x(n)_direct and complex conjugate x(n)_image transfer functions w[b]1[/b] and w[b]2[/b], including generating an adaptation error signal based on a difference between TX/FBRX-path delayed versions of x(n) and z(n), and can include estimation and compensation for TX/FBRX phase errors. DL adaptation adjusts the IQ pre-comp filters w[b]1[/b]/w[b]2[/b] to minimize the adaptation error signal. Similar modeling can be used for IQ mismatch. The IQ_mismatch pre-compensator can be implemented as a combination of digital signal processing and hardware acceleration.

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


Methods, systems, and computer readable media for providing a service proxy function in a telecommunications network core using a service-based architecture
Patent No. 10778527 

Inventor(s): Sameh Naguib (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Oracle International Corporation (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor Hunt, P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16176920 on 10/31/2018 (685 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example system includes a service proxy controller and a number of service proxy workers. The service proxy controller is configured for providing routing policies for a telecommunications network core. The telecommunications network core includes network functions communicating using a service-based architecture. Each service proxy worker is configured for routing telecommunications network core messages between a respective subset of the network functions by consuming the routing policies from the service proxy controller and enforcing the routing policies from the service proxy controller. Each service proxy worker is configured for providing network status reports to the service proxy controller based on the telecommunications network core messages.

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


Network verification system
Patent No. 10778545 

Inventor(s): Kun Tan (Beijing, , CN), Wei Xu (Dublin, CA), Yan Sun (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16040017 on 07/19/2018 (789 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network state is verified in real-time by precomputing a data structure representing header spaces of data packets in respective equivalence classes (ECs) in a first snapshot of the network and in a second snapshot of the network at a later time. The data structure includes respective bitmaps indicating for each data packet forwarding rule for each node in the network a forwarding action to be taken for each EC in the network. The respective bitmaps store bits indicating for each data packet forwarding rule whether the data packet forwarding rule applies to the respective ECs in the network. The snapshots are compared to identify network paths that have changed between a time of the first snapshot and the second snapshot of the network and network verification operations are performed on the changed network paths as a logical function of a bitmap corresponding to each changed network path.

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


Interactions between a broadband network gateway and a fifth generation core
Patent No. 10778609 

Inventor(s): Behcet Sarikaya (Dallas, TX), Huan Li (Shenzhen, , CN), Marco Spini (Boulogne-Billancourt, , FR), Shuping Peng (Beijing, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15983332 on 05/18/2018 (851 days app to issue)

Abstract: A broadband network gateway (BNG) in a wireline network. The BNG includes an interworking function in a control plane (IF-CP), the IF-CP configured to use a control plane interface (N1/N2) between the BNG in the wireline network and a fifth generation (5G) core in a 5G network to couple a control plane of the BNG to a control plane of the 5G core; an interworking function in a user plane (IF-UP), the IF-UP configured to use a user plane interface (N3) between the BNG in the wireline network and the 5G core in the 5G network to couple a user plane of the BNG to a user plane of the 5G core; and a transmitter configured to transmit data packets toward the 5G core after the user plane of the BNG and the user plane of the 5G core have been coupled.

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


Electronic communications with flexible sharing options
Patent No. 10778632 

Inventor(s): Nicholas Kim Beaulieu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16858553 on 04/24/2020 (144 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic communications method with flexible sharing options includes displaying a first user interface for composing an electronic message, wherein the first user interface comprises at least a first field for identifying a recipient of the electronic message, a second field for including content of the electronic message, a third field for sharing the electronic content immediately, and a fourth field for sharing the electronic content at a later time. A user input is received selecting the fourth field for sharing the electronic content at the later time, and the electronic message is sent to the recipient of the electronic message at the later time.

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


Determining security features for external quantum-level computing processing
Patent No. 10778644 

Inventor(s): 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: 16659002 on 10/21/2019 (330 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and method for determining and applying security measures, such as segmentation, obfuscation and/or insertion of dummy data, to data sets determined to require external quantum-level computing processing. In those embodiments in which the data set is segmented, external quantum-level computing processing entities are determined, such that each segment is communicated to a different external entity for subsequent quantum-level computing processing.

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


Customized service plan generation
Patent No. 10778849 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Zachary White (Plano, TX), Stacy Lynn Milligan (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): T-Mobile USA, Inc. (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Knobbe Martens Olson Bear LLP (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15887943 on 02/02/2018 (956 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer-readable media are described for generating customized service plans for a wireless telecommunications network. An operator of a wireless telecommunications network may allow users to access the network in accordance with a service plan, which may specify terms and conditions associated with usage of the network (e.g., types of usage, amounts of usage, geographic areas, associated mobile devices and users, subscription fees, etc.). Customized, user-specific service plans for the wireless network may be generated and implemented by determining that a user satisfies one or more criteria for applying service plan modifications. A user may be required to agree to specified conditions, such as upgrading a mobile device or subscribing for a specified time period, in order to accept a customized service plan. Multiple modifications may be applied to a base service plan, and plans and/or modifications for which the user is eligible may be identified.

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


Method for deleting data files in an electronic device
Patent No. 10778936 

Inventor(s): Frank W. Armstrong (Rochester, NY), Keith Stoll Karn (Narbeth, PA), Thomas A. Napoli (Webster, NY)
Assignee(s): Monument Peak Ventures, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16533441 on 08/06/2019 (406 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device, such as a digital camera, includes a deletion mode whereby a camera/electronic device user can delete captured images or data files that have already been transferred in order to make room in the electronic device or digital camera memory for capturing further images. In one embodiment, a digital camera keeps track of which images have already been transferred to an external storage device and presents those to the user as potential images to be deleted. In another embodiment, the user is presented with a ”delete all transferred images” which when selected deletes all the captured images that have already been transferred. In still another embodiment, deletion criteria are used to prioritize which images are deleted first.

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


Spatial light modulator with embedded pattern generation
Patent No. 10778945 

Inventor(s): Alan Scott Hearn (Allen, TX), Jeffrey Matthew Kempf (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16288266 on 02/28/2019 (565 days app to issue)

Abstract: A word data loading circuit for a spatial light modulator includes a shadow load register (SLR), a load controller, and a word pattern generation (WPG) circuit. The SLR loads a first word of a pseudorandom image pattern. The load controller parallel shifts the first word to a memory cell array. The WPG circuit generates a next word and controls the SLR to change the first word to the next word. The load controller parallel shifts the next word to the array. The WPG circuit generates an additional word and controls the SLR to change the next word to the additional word. The load controller parallel shifts the additional word to the array. The WPG circuit, SLR, and load controller generate and parallel shift further additional words to the array until the pseudorandom image pattern is loaded in the array.

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


Flexible region based sample adaptive offset (SAO) and adaptive loop filter (ALF)
Patent No. 10778973 

Inventor(s): Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX), Vivienne Sze (Cambridge, MA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15156097 on 05/16/2016 (1583 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for in-loop filtering in a video encoder is provided that includes determining filter parameters for each filtering region of a plurality of filtering regions of a reconstructed picture, applying in-loop filtering to each filtering region according to the filter parameters determined for the filtering region, and signaling the filter parameters for each filtering region in an encoded video bit stream, wherein the filter parameters for each filtering region are signaled after encoded data of a final largest coding unit (LCU) in the filtering region, wherein the in-loop filtering is selected from a group consisting of adaptive loop filtering and sample adaptive offset filtering.

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


Method and apparatus for decoding a video block
Patent No. 10778996 

Inventor(s): Hisao Sasai (Osaka, , JP), Takahiro Nishi (Nara, , JP), Toshiyasu Sugio (Osaka, , JP), Youji Shibahara (Tokyo, , JP)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16242289 on 01/08/2019 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: A co-located block of a video block to be decoded is determined. The co-located block is either (i) a forward reference block or (ii) a backward reference block. A reference motion vector is selected for the video block. When the co-located block is backward reference block and has a forward reference motion vector and a backward reference motion vector, the forward reference motion vector of the co-located block is selected. When the co-located block is forward reference block and has a forward reference motion vector and a backward reference motion vector, the backward reference motion vector of the co-located block is selected. When the co-located block has only one reference motion vector, the one reference motion vector of the co-located block is selected. When the co-located block has no reference motion vector, a zero-reference motion vector for the video block is selected. A motion vector for the video block is derived using the selected reference motion vector, and the video block is decoded using the derived motion vector.

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


Content prediction for cloud-based delivery
Patent No. 10779023 

Inventor(s): Mickey Iqbal (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Garg Law Firm, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16246003 on 01/11/2019 (613 days app to issue)

Abstract: Content interaction data associated with content is received and analyzed to determine a sentiment associated with the content. The content interaction data is associated with a first geographical location. Trending of the content to a predetermined level is predicted in at least one other geographical location based upon the sentiment. A recommendation is determined for delivery of the content in a second geographical location of the at least one other geographical location.

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


Method and device for updating user devices via a cellular connection
Patent No. 10779160 

Inventor(s): Stephen J. Kolanowski (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16221913 on 12/17/2018 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device obtains a data structure from a computing device, and divides the data structure into data segments. The device obtains a list of user devices from the computing device and obtains, from one or more network devices, a respective location and a respective reachability of each user device. The device determines, based on the respective location of each user device, a set of user devices connected to a base station. The device determines a communication capability of the base station, and determines, based on the communication capability, a subset of the set of user devices and one or more sets of the data segments. The device sends, based on the respective reachability of each user device of the subset of user devices, the one or more sets of data segments to the subset of user devices via the base station.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Prioritized transmission of different data types over bonded communication channels
Patent No. 10779216 

Inventor(s): Edward Lindsley (Burelson, TX), Michael B. Dodd (Salt Lake City, UT)
Assignee(s): Sqwaq, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Dodd Law Group, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16296651 on 03/08/2019 (557 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, devices, apparatus, and computer program products for prioritized transmission of different data types, including VHF airband radio communication data (e.g., being transmitted or received from a control tower) over bonded communication modules at a remotely operated aerial vehicle. Embodiments of the invention include portable (and potentially mobile and/or remotely operated) vehicles for wirelessly transmitting and receiving various data types over a bonded mobile network and a control device (which can be fixed or portable) capable of receiving data transmitted from the mobile node and transmitting data to it. Different data types can be assigned different priorities, facilitating selective transmission of higher-priority data, such as, for example, VHF airband radio communication data, when quality degrades on a network link.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Managing local emergency numbers
Patent No. 10779255 

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, Ontario, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16750963 on 01/23/2020 (236 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein is a system and method in a user equipment (UE) supporting registration using third generation partnership project (3GPP) access and using non-3GPP access, the method comprising storing, in a memory of the UE, first emergency information received using first registration procedures; receiving, by the UE, a REGISTRATION ACCEPT message using second registration procedures via non-3GPP access; and keeping, in the memory, the first emergency information after receiving the REGISTRATION ACCEPT message.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for determining geolocation of wireless access point or wireless device
Patent No. 10779257 

Inventor(s): Mark Gerard (Mckinney, TX), Robert W. Peterson (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16781023 on 02/04/2020 (224 days app to issue)

Abstract: In order to determine the location of wireless network devices without inherent location capabilities, a wireless network device such as an access point can receive geolocation information from transient data sources such as mobile devices requiring network access from the access point. The access point stores geolocation records including location coordinates received from the transient data sources. The geolocation records can be processed to determine the position and movement of the access point. The geolocation records and/or location information can be passed to other transient clients that do not have inherent location capability.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Self-contained slot and slot duration configuration in NR systems
Patent No. 10779276 

Inventor(s): Yang Li (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Kowert, Hood, Munyon, Rankin Goetzel, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16357844 on 03/19/2019 (546 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods to dynamically indicate preference for self-contained slots and slot duration by a user equipment device (UE) in communication with a base station (e.g., a gNB) using a 5G NR radio access technology. A UE may determine to send an indication to a gNB indicating a preference for self-contained slots and slot duration for downlink and/or uplink communications utilizing one or more of the physical downlink control channel (PDCCH), the physical downlink shared channel (PDSCH), and/or acknowledgement messaging (ACK/NACK) for downlink communications, and utilizing one or more of the physical uplink control channel (PUCCH), the PDCCH, and/or the physical uplink shared channel (PUSCH) for uplink communications. The configuration of self-contained slots and slot duration for uplink and/or downlink may be based on one or more of average packet size, average packet rate, traffic type and UE processing capabilities.

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


System and method for inter-cell coordination for a device-to-device communication resource allocation
Patent No. 10779341 

Inventor(s): Jie Ma (Beijing, , CN), Mazin Al-Shalash (Frisco, TX), Zhenzhen Cao (Beijing, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14612017 on 02/02/2015 (2052 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various disclosed embodiments include methods and apparatus for inter-cell coordination for a device-to-device communication resource allocation. A method includes allocating, at a first base station, a device-to-device (D2D) communication resource from a pool of communication resources to a first electronic device controlled by the first base station, wherein the first electronic device is within a D2D communication group. The method also includes, in response to a second electronic device within the D2D communication group being controlled by a second base station, transmitting, by the first base station, information corresponding to the D2D communication resource allocation to the second base station.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Beam failure recovery request
Patent No. 10779350 

Inventor(s): Bin Liu (San Diego, CA), Pengfei Xia (San Diego, CA), Young Hoon Kwon (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15814372 on 11/15/2017 (1035 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure relates to technology for beam failure recovery in user equipment, comprising detecting a beam failure event between the user equipment and a base station, sending a first beam failure recovery request (BFRQ) to the base station upon detection of the beam failure and searching for a beam failure recovery response (BFRP) within a first response window.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Using a temporary default bearer for a packet data network session
Patent No. 10779353 

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: 16150871 on 10/03/2018 (713 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device may receive a request to establish a packet data network (PDN) session for a user device. The device may provide a first instruction to establish the PDN session for the user device with a temporary default bearer based on receiving the request. The temporary default bearer may be maintained for less than a duration of the PDN session. The device may receive an indication to release the temporary default bearer after providing the first instruction to establish the PDN session. The device may provide a second instruction to release the temporary default bearer and maintain one or more signaling sessions associated with the PDN session based on receiving the indication to release the temporary default bearer. The one or more signaling sessions, associated with the PDN session, may be maintained after the temporary default bearer has been released.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


DESIGN PATENTS

Hat
Patent No. D895935 

Inventor(s): Logan Miles Allison (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29687633 on 04/15/2019 (519 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Glassware cap
Patent No. D896025 

Inventor(s): Jeffery Moulder (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29667533 on 10/23/2018 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Anti-flare topper pan
Patent No. D896028 

Inventor(s): Joseph Charles Thompson (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Base4 Ventures, LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Grant Patent Services (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29651849 on 05/01/2019 (503 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Anti-flare round pan
Patent No. D896029 

Inventor(s): Joseph Charles Thompson (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Base4 Ventures, LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Grant Patent Service (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29651850 on 05/01/2019 (503 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Anti-flare rectangular topper pan
Patent No. D896030 

Inventor(s): Joseph Charles Thompson (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): BASE4 VENTURES, Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Grant Patent Services (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29651905 on 06/13/2019 (460 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Octagonal charging cable box
Patent No. D896067 

Inventor(s): James Maajeed Giwani (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29720835 on 01/16/2020 (243 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Spoke segment of a vehicle wheel
Patent No. D896155 

Inventor(s): Alberto Echazabal (Prosper, 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: 29721439 on 01/21/2020 (238 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Clipboard
Patent No. D896308 

Inventor(s): Ellis N. Shamoon (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29692652 on 05/28/2019 (476 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Walk-in bathtub
Patent No. D896354 

Inventor(s): Douglas Fornell Leavitt (Bethlehem, PA), Ki Bok Song (Astoria, NY), Soonjae Kwon (Plainview, NY)
Assignee(s): SAFETY TUBS COMPANY, LLC (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29649648 on 05/31/2018 (838 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Hand held scrubbing device
Patent No. D896457 

Inventor(s): Ellis N. Shamoon (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29654392 on 06/22/2018 (816 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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