Dallas Invents: 135 Patents Granted for Week of May 24

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 9 for patent activity out of 250 metros.

Patents granted include:
• 7-Eleven's integrated vehicle vending machine
• Amtech Systems' vehicle tracking system using transponders
• AT&T's detecting and preventing storage of unsolicited sensitive personal information
• Huawei Digital Power Technologies' out-of-band communication during wireless battery charging
• Hunt Energy's coating of electrode materials for energy storage devices
• Maxim Integrated Products' secure payments with untrusted devices
• Nokia's vehicle-to-everything server discovery
• Raytheon's beam director for a high-energy laser weapon
• Verizon's edge computing for internet of things security with blockchain authentication
• ZixCorp's creation of a machine-learning policy based on express indicators

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 May 24, 2022 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES 11

B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING 20
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY 3
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS 4
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING 6
G: PHYSICS 46
H: ELECTRICITY 39

DESIGN: 6


TOP ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments (Dallas) 26
SanDisk Technologies (Addison) 9
Textron Innovations(Providence, RI) 9
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America (Plano) 9
Samsung Electronics (Suwon-si, KR) 5
True Velocity IP Holdings(Garland) 4
Capital One Services (McLean, VA) 3
Verizon Patent and Licensing (Basking Ridge, NJ) 3
Alcon (Fribourg, CH) 2

UNASSIGNED 11


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Boon Loong Ng (Plano) 3
Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton) 3
Aditya V. Padaki (Richardson) 2
Jonathan Christopher Hodge (Frisco) 2
Joshua Andrew Emrich (Grapevine) 2
Joshua Boggs (Aledo) 2
Maninder Singh Suri (Irving) 2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Pancake cooking device
Patent No. 11337429 

Inventor(s): Thomas J. Shaw (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Monty L Ross PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16016288 on 06/22/2018 (1432 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pancake cooking device with two opposable, generally circular, internally heated cooking plates having substantially smooth cooking surfaces that are cooperatively configured to be selectively placed in facing and spaced-apart relation to contact and cook flowable pancake batter disposed between the plates to form a generally circular pancake that, when removed from the device and oriented in a preferred serving position, has a substantially uniform thickness between substantially planar, top and bottom pancake surfaces, and a continuous, circumferentially extending, outwardly inclined and upwardly facing lip of substantially uniform height disposed around the perimeter of the top surface of the pancake. The pancake cooking device is desirably configured to cook each pancake in an inverted position with the circumferentially extending, outwardly inclined lip projecting downwardly and away from the top and bottom pancake surfaces when the cooked pancake is oriented in a preferred serving position.

[A21B] BAKERS’ OVENS; MACHINES OR EQUIPMENT FOR BAKING (domestic baking equipment A47J 37/00; combustion apparatus F23; domestic stoves or ranges being wholly or partly ovens F24B, F24C)


Pumping/nursing bra
Patent No. 11337465 

Inventor(s): Debra Abbaszadeh (San Francisco, CA)
Assignee(s): Simple Wishes LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16550902 on 08/26/2019 (1002 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus allowing a woman to pump milk from her breasts without the necessity of the woman”s hands holding the breast pumps utilizes at least one band of material encircling the woman”s chest, the band of material provided with two openings corresponding to the woman”s breasts. A center panel would be provided to adjust the fit of the band. Additionally, in another embodiment, a back panel would be used in conjunction with the center panel to connect left and right panels together, the left and right panels including openings for a woman”s breast. In all of the embodiments, semicircular pieces would cover each of the openings. In yet another embodiment, a removable piece is attached to the front of the apparatus, allowing the woman to wear the apparatus all day, even in public.

[A41C] CORSETS; BRASSI»RES


Machine learning systems and techniques for multispectral amputation site analysis
Patent No. 11337643 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Thatcher (Irving, TX), John Michael DiMaio (Dallas, TX), Wensheng Fan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Spectral MD, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Knobbe Martens Olson Bear, LLP (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17000810 on 08/24/2020 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain aspects relate to apparatuses and techniques for non-invasive and non-contact optical imaging that acquires a plurality of images corresponding to both different times and different frequencies. Additionally, alternatives described herein are used with a variety of tissue classification applications including assessing the presence and severity of tissue conditions, such as necrosis and small vessel disease, at a potential or determined amputation site.

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


Clear aligner attachment system and method
Patent No. 11337780 

Inventor(s): Ehab Abdelbar (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Biotech Innovations, Inc. (Norwalk, CA)
Law Firm: Taylor English Duma LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17234431 on 04/19/2021 (400 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention discloses a clear orthodontic tray system and methods of making and using the same. The clear orthodontic tray system comprises pre-fabricated attachment device.

[A61C] DENTISTRY; APPARATUS OR METHODS FOR ORAL OR DENTAL HYGIENE (non-driven toothbrushes A46B; preparations for dentistry A61K 6/00; preparations for cleaning the teeth or mouth A61K 8/00, A61Q 11/00)


Intraocular lens having a haptic structure with a streamlined cross-sectional geometry
Patent No. 11337794 

Inventor(s): Jian Liu (Keller, TX), Stephen J. Van Noy (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcon Inc. (Fribourg, , CH)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16174409 on 10/30/2018 (1302 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ophthalmic device includes an optic and a haptic structure coupled with the optic. The optic includes an optic axis. The haptic structure is coupled to the optic. The haptic structure retains the ophthalmic device within a capsular bag of a patient”s eye. At least a portion of the haptic structure has a cross-section and a peripheral surface forming an outer periphery of a portion of the cross-section. At least a portion of the peripheral surface contacts the capsular bag and is smoothly curved.

[A61F] FILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, E.G. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS (dental prosthetics A61C) [2006.01]


Cam actuated base folding mechanism
Patent No. 11337797 

Inventor(s): Douglas Brent Wensrich (Bedford, TX), Todd Taber (Keller, TX), Yinghui Wu (Cedar Hill, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcon Inc. (Fribourg, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16533385 on 08/06/2019 (1022 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices for inserting an intraocular lens (IOL) assembly into an eye may be provided. A device for delivery of the IOL into the eye may include a nozzle; a bay adjacent to the nozzle, wherein the bay is configured to contain the lens component and comprises a recess in a shape of a haptic extension; and a cam-actuated mechanism comprising a slider configured to move in a direction toward the nozzle; a side arm moveably disposed within the bay, wherein the side arm is positioned at an end of the slider, the end of the slider comprising a groove aligned with the side arm, wherein the groove extends from an outer edge of the slider into an interior portion of the slider, wherein the groove is angled to receive the side arm as the slider moves.

[A61F] FILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, E.G. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS (dental prosthetics A61C) [2006.01]


Devices for inserting and expanding spinal implants
Patent No. 11337829 

Inventor(s): Sabatino Bianco (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): K2M, Inc. (Leesburg, VA)
Law Firm: Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz Mentlik, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16296697 on 03/08/2019 (1173 days app to issue)

Abstract: A driving instrument for adjusting a spinal implant includes an outer shaft having a distal end configured to actuate a proximal adjustment assembly of a spinal implant, and an inner shaft having a distal end configured to actuate a distal adjustment assembly of the spinal implant. The inner shaft is disposed within the outer shaft, with a proximal end of the inner shaft extending proximally from the outer shaft. The proximal end is configured to be rotated such that rotation of the inner shaft results in simultaneous rotation of the inner and outer shafts, with rotation of the outer shaft ceasing at a first value of resistance associated with the proximal adjustment assembly and rotation of the inner shaft ceasing at a second value of resistance associated with the distal adjustment assembly such that cessation of rotation of the inner shaft is independent from cessation of rotation of the outer shaft.

[A61F] FILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, E.G. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS (dental prosthetics A61C) [2006.01]


Dynamic cushion heel-ankle-foot orthosis
Patent No. 11337845 

Inventor(s): Franck Vautrin (Dallas, TX), Jeff Robbins (Aubrey, TX), Nathan Joseph Sutti (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Miller IP Law LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16100846 on 08/10/2018 (1383 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system, apparatus, and/or device for supporting a plantar flexion ridge. The method, system, apparatus, and/or device may include a leg calf shell further with a leg calf shell plantar flexion ridge at a lowermost point. The method, system, apparatus, and/or device may include a boot shell connected to a bottom portion of the leg calf shell. The boot shell may include a boot shell plantar flexion ridge at an uppermost point or the boot shell. The boot shell plantar flexion ridge may contact the leg calf shell plantar flexion ridge at a plantar flexion ridges region. The method, system, apparatus, and/or device may include a posterior stretch cord assembly. The first end of the posterior stretch cord assembly may attach to a back of the leg calf shell and the second end of the posterior stretch cord assembly may be attached to a back of the boot shell.

[A61F] FILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, E.G. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS (dental prosthetics A61C) [2006.01]


C5 ketone compositions, and related methods, for therapeutic and performance supplementation
Patent No. 11337945 

Inventor(s): Jacob Wilson (Tampa, FL), Kylin Liao (Frisco, TX), Ryan P. Lowery (Tampa, FL), Shawn Wells (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Keto Innovations, LLC (Melissa, TX)
Law Firm: Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16306412 on 08/01/2017 (1757 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to compositions and methods for the treatment and/or prevention of one or more of obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer”s disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), aging, fibromyalgia, dyslipidemia, hypercholesterolemia, dyslipidemia, Parkinson”s disease, migraines, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)/Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), Chronic Pain, neuralgia, depression, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and epilepsy, Insufficient Cellular Energy (ICE) and mitochondrial dysfunction. The present disclosure also pertains to methods for increasing mental and/or physical performance levels and/or decreasing exertion during exercise in a subject by the administration of C5 ketones.

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


Golf club head with polymeric insert
Patent No. 11338180 

Inventor(s): Joshua Boggs (Aledo, TX)
Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16950664 on 11/17/2020 (553 days app to issue)

Abstract: A golf club head includes a first portion joined to a second portion to at least partially define an interior club head volume. The first portion includes a wall defining an outer boundary of the club head volume, and a support rib extending from the wall to operatively stiffen the first portion. The second portion of the golf club head can engage the support rib, and the support rib can be adhered to the second portion to join the first portion and the second portion.

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


Golf club head with molded polymeric body
Patent No. 11338181 

Inventor(s): Eric Larson (Arlington, TX), Joshua Boggs (Aledo, TX), Kevin Harper (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17014887 on 09/08/2020 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: A golf club head includes a forward section and a body section to define a closed internal volume. The forward section has a strike face, a frame that surrounds the strike face, and a flange extending from the frame. The body section is formed from a molded polymeric material, and includes a forward edge that defines a receiving portion adapted to receive the flange and a weight receiving feature spaced apart from the forward edge. The body section further includes a reinforcing structure protruding into the internal volume and extending between the weight receiving feature and the forward edge. The reinforcing structure is operative to transfer impact loads between the weight receiving feature and the metallic forward section.

[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

Pressure expansion methods for heat exchanger manufacturing
Patent No. 11338352 

Inventor(s): Sivakumar Gopalnarayanan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Rheem Manufacturing Company (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16942119 on 07/29/2020 (664 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for expanding a tube to create a tight fit or an interference fit with one or more fins for the manufacture of a heat exchanger are disclosed. The methods can include providing an internal pressure to the tubes in a successive pulsing manner with each pulse having a short duration. The methods can include creating a temperature differential between the bend sections of the tubes and the straight sections of the tubes such that the bend section has a lower temperature than the straight sections. The methods can include creating an external pressure differential between the bend sections of the tubes and the straight sections of the tubes such that the external pressure acting on the bend sections is greater than the external pressure acting on the straight sections.

[B21D] WORKING OR PROCESSING OF SHEET METAL OR METAL TUBES, RODS OR PROFILES WITHOUT ESSENTIALLY REMOVING MATERIAL; PUNCHING METAL (working or processing of wire B21F)


Systems and methods for heat exchanger manufacturing
Patent No. 11338353 

Inventor(s): Sivakumar Gopalnarayanan (Plano, TX), Yang Zou (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Rheem Manufacturing Company (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16990293 on 08/11/2020 (651 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for pressure expanding a tube to fit a heat exchanger fin are disclosed. The systems can include one or more pressure relief devices, and each pressure relief device can be configured to release at least some pressurized fluid via a respective auxiliary flow path in response to a pressure of the pressurized fluid being greater than a predetermined pressure relief threshold.

[B21D] WORKING OR PROCESSING OF SHEET METAL OR METAL TUBES, RODS OR PROFILES WITHOUT ESSENTIALLY REMOVING MATERIAL; PUNCHING METAL (working or processing of wire B21F)


Woven carbon fiber reinforced non-ferrous metal matrix composite
Patent No. 11338366 

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: 16230081 on 12/21/2018 (1250 days app to issue)

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

[B22F] WORKING METALLIC POWDER; MANUFACTURE OF ARTICLES FROM METALLIC POWDER; MAKING METALLIC POWDER (making alloys by powder metallurgy C22C); APPARATUS OR DEVICES SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR METALLIC POWDER


Bending muscle sleeve
Patent No. 11338432 

Inventor(s): Calvin Truong (Richardson, TX), Essence Beasley (Richardson, TX), Marcio Dias Lima (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): LINTEC OF AMERICA, INC. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Greenblum Bernstein, P.L.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16810132 on 03/05/2020 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: A muscle sleeve includes: a sleeve-formed fabric; a plurality of first actuating muscles disposed next to each other and in parallel with each other on a first side of the sleeve-formed fabric; a plurality of second actuating muscles disposed next to each other and in parallel with each other on a second side of the sleeve-formed fabric; a plurality of fasteners that secure ends of the first and second actuating muscles to the fabric; and a crimp secured to the fabric.

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


Method of manufacturing a hybrid insulating frame and panel
Patent No. 11338481 

Inventor(s): Brian L. Reiger (Fort Worth, TX), Brian W. Ausburn (Fort Worth, TX), Humberto Hernandez (North Richland Hills, TX), James M. Costanza (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): KPS GLOBAL LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16663910 on 10/25/2019 (942 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of manufacturing a hybrid insulating panel includes providing a mold of a frame, dispensing a first foam material in a liquid phase in the mold, and placing a beam in the mold. The method includes curing the first foam material to form an integrated frame, in which the integrated frame includes the beam at least partially surrounded by the first foam. Further, the method includes dispensing a second foam material into a panel cavity to form a panel body. The panel cavity is at least partially defined by a side of the integrated frame. The method includes curing the second foam material to form a panel body, wherein the panel body is secured to the integrated frame.

[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]


Lateral vibration isolator mechanism for vehicle seat back
Patent No. 11338711 

Inventor(s): Brian J Pinkelman (Ann Arbor, MI), Paul A Gilmore (Ann Arbor, MI), Ryohei Tsuruta (Ann Arbor, MI), Umesh Gandhi (Farmington Hills, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17205980 on 03/18/2021 (432 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a first seat component such as a seat pan or seat frame, and a second seat component such as a seat back. The first seat component is rotatably coupled to the second seat component by a rotatable coupling, and a laterally oriented vibration isolator is positioned between the first seat component and the second seat component at the rotatable coupling. Transmission of vibration from the first seat component to the second seat component through the rotatable coupling is suppressed by the vibration isolator. In some cases, the vibration isolator is a quazi-zero-stiffness (QZS) isolator.

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


Integrated vehicle vending machine
Patent No. 11338717 

Inventor(s): Gurmeet Singh (Irving, TX), Jonathan Christopher Hodge (Frisco, TX), Maninder Singh Suri (Irving, TX), Ranganathan Mohan (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): 7-ELEVEN, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16413287 on 05/15/2019 (1105 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device that includes a housing configured to couple to a vehicle console. The device further includes a lid that is configurable between a closed position and an open position. The device further includes a lock is configured to transition from a locked configuration to an unlocked configuration. In the locked configuration, the lock is configured to maintain the lid in the closed position. In the unlocked configuration, the lock is configured to release the lid from the closed position. The device further includes a user interface configured to display products, receive a user input identifying a product, receive card information, send an authorization request that requests a purchase of the product, and send an authorization signal to a controller in response to receiving an approval message. The device further includes the controller configured to send an actuation signal to unlock the lock in response to receiving the authorization signal.

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


Hitch cross path alert systems
Patent No. 11338732 

Inventor(s): Coh L. Yoshizaki (Wixom, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17245621 on 04/30/2021 (389 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hitch cross path alert system for a vehicle is presented. A first sensor may detect whether a hitch is connected to a hitch receiver connected to the vehicle. A second sensor may identify a pedestrian in proximity to the vehicle. A processor may be configured to predict a path of the pedestrian based on data captured by the second sensor and to cause the vehicle to output an audio or visual warning to the pedestrian.

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


Extreme temperature safety device for vehicles
Patent No. 11338754 

Inventor(s): Mitchell Ethan Schmenk (Frisco, TX), Robert Seloff (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16686794 on 11/18/2019 (918 days app to issue)

Abstract: An improved vehicle safety device for activating an alarm when the temperature in the interior of a vehicle reaches an extreme value. The device includes a presence sensor for detecting the presence of a human or an animal in the interior of a vehicle and a temperature sensor for detecting the temperature in the vehicle interior. A controller is coupled to the presence detector, the temperature detector, and the vehicle ignition system for generating a hazardous-condition signal in response to an extreme-temperature condition in the vehicle when a human or an animal is in the vehicle and the vehicle engine is not running. An alarm module is connected to the controller for generating audible, visual, and wireless emergency-response signals when a hazardous condition is detected. The alarm module may also be further configured to create a door-unlocking signal.

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


Tractor trailer monitoring system with trailer air supply control and theft prevention and method of use
Patent No. 11338770 

Inventor(s): Gene Pilgrim, Jr. (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16420277 on 05/23/2019 (1097 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tractor trailer monitoring system includes a network having a server and a database; a first computing device; a monitoring platform to be accessible from the first computing device; a tractor trailer system, having a tractor unit; an air supply control system to control air supply to a brake system of the trailer, the air supply control system having a CPU to receive commands from the first computing device; the first computing device and monitoring platform are to receive an identifying code from a user to activate air supply to the brake system of the trailer.

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


System and method for railroad tie management
Patent No. 11338832 

Inventor(s): Christopher Neil Pickard (Argyle, TX), Justin Lee Devine (Fort Worth, TX), Michael James Brick (Fort Worth, TX), Phillip Hunt (Saginaw, TX), Samuel Minton (Brandon, SD)
Assignee(s): BNSF Railway Company (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17124824 on 12/17/2020 (523 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Railroad Tie Management System is disclosed that can provide an efficient and organized method of inspecting and auditing ties in a rail system. Tie mark files can be retrieved by a client from a server or database in operable communication with the client, and upon instantiation of an inspection process governed by the system, an inspection information table and tie grid can be generated. The tie grid can operable to receive commands from a user, and the inspection information table is operable to automatically increment and decrement fields contained within in response to changes within the tie grid. The tie grid can also be configured to incorporate data from tie scans and serve the data to the client in a useful and user-friendly manner.

[B61L] GUIDING RAILWAY TRAFFIC; ENSURING THE SAFETY OF RAILWAY TRAFFIC (brakes or auxiliary equipment B61H, B61K; point or crossing construction E01B)


Autonomous seabased resupply system
Patent No. 11338892 

Inventor(s): Jason Paul Hurst (Fort Worth, TX), Todd Christopher Worden (Fort Worth, TX), Troy Cyril Schank (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16683521 on 11/14/2019 (922 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary autonomous seabased resupply system includes an unmanned blob positioned in a water body, the blob containing fuel, a pump on the blob configured to pump the fuel through a conduit to a craft, and a ballast system operable to change a vertical position of the blob in the water body.

[B63G] OFFENSIVE OR DEFENSIVE ARRANGEMENTS ON VESSELS; MINE-LAYING; MINE-SWEEPING; SUBMARINES; AIRCRAFT CARRIERS (means of attack or defence in general, e.g. turrets, F41H)


Differential thrust vectoring system
Patent No. 11338914 

Inventor(s): Daniel Bryan Robertson (Southlake, TX), Kirk Landon Groninga (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16435547 on 06/09/2019 (1080 days app to issue)

Abstract: A differential thrust vectoring system including a first thruster rotation assembly configured to rotate a first thruster relative of an aircraft, a second thruster rotation assembly configured to rotate a second thruster of an aircraft, and an actuator. The system is configured such that actuation of the actuator causes disparate rotation about the tilt axis of the first and second thrusters.

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


Rotor systems and methods
Patent No. 11338915 

Inventor(s): Charles Speller (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Timmer Law Group, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16925455 on 07/10/2020 (683 days app to issue)

Abstract: An aircraft rotor system including a hub having a hub axis about which the hub is configured to rotate; a plurality of rotor blades configured to extend from the hub and rotate about the hub axis, at least one of the rotor blades rotatable about a respective pitch change axis; wherein the hub is configured to be rotated about the hub axis only by the plurality of rotor blades. Another aspect includes a method of operating the rotor system.

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


Engine and rotatable proprotor configurations for a tiltrotor aircraft
Patent No. 11338916 

Inventor(s): Clegg Smith (Fort Worth, TX), David Russell Bockmiller (Fort Worth, TX), Eric Stephen Olson (Fort Worth, TX), George Ryan Decker (Mansfield, TX), James Kooiman (Fort Worth, TX), Mark Przybyla (Keller, TX), Michael E. Rine
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Whitaker Chalk Swindle Schwartz PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16014441 on 06/21/2018 (1433 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tiltrotor aircraft includes a propulsion system with a fixed engine and a rotatable proprotor. The engine is located below the wing of the tiltrotor aircraft, and the rotatable proprotor assembly is mounted on the top surface of the wing. The engine and proprotor assembly are connected via a series of one or more gearboxes that route the engine output from the engine to the proprotor.

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


Ducted fan assembly with a movable leading edge
Patent No. 11338917 

Inventor(s): Timothy Brian Carr (Fort Worth, TX), William Anthony Amante (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17036942 on 09/29/2020 (602 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, a ducted fan assembly includes a housing that further includes a rotor. The ducted fan assembly also includes a rim that defines an opening surrounding at least a portion of the housing. The ducted fan assembly also includes a movable leading edge that is attached to the rim and extends around at least a portion of a perimeter of the ducted fan assembly, where the movable leading edge is adjustable between at least a first position and a second position.

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


Container
Patent No. 11338955 

Inventor(s): Merrilee Kick (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16800195 on 02/25/2020 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: A container for storing a liquid or a solid may include a container body having a container side wall and a container bottom and a container lid having a pop top arm to pivot and cooperate with a weakened area to provide access to the interior of the container body. The container body may be formed from plastic and the container lid is formed from metal, and the container body may include a vertical neck. The container body may include a lip, and the bottom wall may include a center protrusion. The bottom wall may include a depression, and the bottom wall may include a radial extending depression.

[B65D] CONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES


Ground wire side car
Patent No. 11339024 

Inventor(s): John L. Rhoads (The Colony, TX), Kevin D. Rodgers (Little Elm, 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: 16863878 on 04/30/2020 (754 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for the transportation and dispensing of spooled wire or cable, the apparatus comprising a payoff reel, wherein the payoff reel comprises an arbor hole having a payoff reel diameter and a detachable side car reel, wherein the detachable side car reel comprises an arbor hole having a detachable side car reel diameter and wherein the detachable side car reel is attachable to the payoff reel and wherein the detachable side car reel further comprises a reel lift.

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


Amplifier system and controls for dielectrophoretic tracking in microfluidic devices
Patent No. 11339417 

Inventor(s): Yi-Hsuan Su (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): University of Virginia Patent Foundation (Charlottesville, VA)
Law Firm: Meunier Carlin Curfman LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15515528 on 10/09/2015 (2419 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices are described herein for identifying, monitoring, isolating, or selecting a cell having a predefined characteristic in a mixed population of cells utilizing a combination of any one or more of iDEP, a region of localized field enhancement, a variable frequency electric field, a wide bandwidth amplifier, and/or an imaging apparatus.

[B03C] MAGNETIC OR ELECTROSTATIC SEPARATION OF SOLID MATERIALS FROM SOLID MATERIALS OR FLUIDS; SEPARATION BY HIGH-VOLTAGE ELECTRIC FIELDS (filters making use of electricity or magnetism B01D 35/06; separating isotopes B01D 59/00; combinations of magnetic or electrostatic separation with separation of solids by other means B03B, B07B; separating sheets from piles B65H 3/00; magnets or magnet coils per se H01F) [5]


System and method for adjustable ballast
Patent No. 11340633 

Inventor(s): Derek William Heard (Fort Worth, TX), Joshua Andrew Emrich (Grapevine, TX), Nathan Craig Clark (Arlington, TX), Ralph Michael Gannarelli (Keller, TX), Richard Theodore Perryman (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16555655 on 08/29/2019 (999 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of adjusting a center of gravity (CG) of an aircraft includes: inputting at least one load parameter into a flight computer, determining, via a processer of the flight computer, the CG of the aircraft. Responsive to a determination by the processor that the CG is outside of a CG envelope, moving at least a first movable ballast of a plurality of movable ballasts from a first ballast dock to a second ballast dock to move the CG toward the CG envelope. Each of the first and second ballast docks may include a housing and a first ballast tray secured within the housing and comprising a plurality of channels.

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


 

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

Composition and method for removing a coating from a surface
Patent No. 11339302 

Inventor(s): Katrell D. Copeland (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): NCH Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Scheef Stone, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16559046 on 09/03/2019 (994 days app to issue)

Abstract: A stripping composition and method for removing a coating, such as a water-based or oil-based paint or stain, from a surface without requiring the use of methylene chloride. The stripping composition preferably comprises at least one ether, at least one ester, at least one amine, at least one alcohol, and at least one glycoside and does not contain any methylene chloride. Preferred ingredients comprise 1,3 dioxolane, acetic acid methyl ester or a carbonate ester or both, MEA (2-aminoethanol), benzene methanol, an alkyl polyglucoside, and methylcellulose. The stripping composition is applied to a coating for a period of time between 5-10 minutes for most water and oil-based coatings and 20-90 minutes for most epoxy coatings to effectively remove at least 80% and preferably at least 90% of the coating.

[C11D] DETERGENT COMPOSITIONS; USE OF SINGLE SUBSTANCES AS DETERGENTS; SOAP OR SOAP-MAKING; RESIN SOAPS; RECOVERY OF GLYCEROL


Biomass conversion reactors and associated systems and methods
Patent No. 11339342 

Inventor(s): Kevin S. Kung (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
Law Firm: Wolf, Greenfield Sacks, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16613692 on 05/16/2018 (1469 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods associated with biomass decomposition are generally described. Certain embodiments are related to adjusting a flow rate of a fluid comprising oxygen into a reactor in which biomass is decomposed. The adjustment may be made, at least in part, based upon a measurement of a characteristic of the reactor and/or a characteristic of the biomass. Certain embodiments are related to cooling at least partially decomposed biomass. The biomass may be cooled by flowing a gas over an outlet conduit in which the biomass is cooled, and then directing the gas to a reactor after it has flowed over the outlet conduit. Certain embodiments are related to systems comprising a reactor and an outlet conduit configured such that greater than or equal to 75% of its axially projected cross-sectional area is occupied by a conveyor. Certain embodiments are related to systems comprising a reactor comprising an elongated compartment having a longitudinal axis arranged substantially vertically and an outlet conduit comprising a conveyor.

[C10L] FUELS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; NATURAL GAS; SYNTHETIC NATURAL GAS OBTAINED BY PROCESSES NOT COVERED BY SUBCLASSES C10G OR C10K; LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS; USE OF ADDITIVES TO FUELS OR FIRES; FIRE-LIGHTERS [5]


Coated discrete metallic particles and multilayer structures comprising reflective core layers
Patent No. 11339495 

Inventor(s): Debasish Banerjee (Ann Arbor, MI), Hidetaka Asano (Aichi-Ken, , JP), Naohide Uchida (Shizuoka, , JP), Songtao Wu (Ann Arbor, MI), Takeshi Yamakawa (Shizuoka, , JP)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16878724 on 05/20/2020 (734 days app to issue)

Abstract:

[C25D] PROCESSES FOR THE ELECTROLYTIC OR ELECTROPHORETIC PRODUCTION OF COATINGS; ELECTROFORMING (manufacturing printed circuits by metal deposition H05K 3/18); JOINING WORKPIECES BY ELECTROLYSIS; APPARATUS THEREFOR (anodic or cathodic protection C23F 13/00; single-crystal growth C30B) [6]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Dynamic, fire-resistance-rated thermally insulating and sealing system for use with curtain wall structures
Patent No. 11339566 

Inventor(s): Arndt Andresen (North Richland Hills, TX), Chad Stroike (Roanoke, TX)
Assignee(s): Hilti Aktiengesellschaft (Schaan, , LI)
Law Firm: Grneberg and Myers PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16610512 on 05/18/2018 (1467 days app to issue)

Abstract: An approved dynamic construction is used for effectively thermally insulating and sealing of a safing slot between a floor of a building and an exterior wall construction. The exterior wall construction includes a curtain wall configuration defined by an interior wall glass surface including one or more aluminum framing members, wherein the vision glass extends to the finished floor level below. The dynamic, thermally insulating and sealing system includes a first element for receiving the insulating elements and positioned in the zero spandrel area of a glass curtain wall construction including only vision glass to maintain thermally insulating and sealing of the sating slot during exposure to fire and heat as well as movement in order to maintain a complete seal extending across the safing slot.

[E04B] GENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS; WALLS, e.g. PARTITIONS; ROOFS; FLOORS; CEILINGS; INSULATION OR OTHER PROTECTION OF BUILDINGS (border constructions of openings in walls, floors, or ceilings E06B 1/00)


Floor element for forming a floor covering and a floor covering
Patent No. 11339576 

Inventor(s): Claudio Caselli (Dallas, TX), Rahul Patki (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Daltile Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16573138 on 09/17/2019 (980 days app to issue)

Abstract: A floor element for forming a floor covering, wherein the floor element comprises a decorative layer, a support layer, and an intermediate layer disposed between the decorative layer and the support layer, wherein the decorative layer is made of a brittle material, wherein the floor element comprises edges provided with coupling elements adapted to cooperate with coupling elements of an adjacent similar floor element in said floor covering and wherein the intermediate layer comprises at least one edge that is offset relative to a respective edge of the decorative layer.

[E04F] FINISHING WORK ON BUILDINGS, e.g. STAIRS, FLOORS (windows, doors E06B)


Composite cables
Patent No. 11339613 

Inventor(s): Michael Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Sean Gregory Thomas (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: McGuireWoods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16985981 on 08/05/2020 (657 days app to issue)

Abstract: Composite cables suitable for use in conjunction with wellbore tools. One cable may include a polymer composite that includes dopants dispersed in a polymer matrix and continuous fibers extending along an axial length of the cable through the polymer matrix, wherein the cable is characterized by at least one of the following: (1) at least a portion of the cable having a density greater than about 2 g/cm3, wherein at least some of the dopants have a density of about 6 g/cm3 or greater, (2) at least a portion of the cable having a density less than about 2 g/cm3, wherein at least some of the dopants have a density of about 0.9 g/cm3 or less, (3) at least some of the dopants are ferromagnetic, or (4) at least some of the dopants are hydrogen getters.

[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]


Method of placing distributed pressure and temperature gauges across screens
Patent No. 11339641 

Inventor(s): Thomas Jules Frosell (Irving, TX), William Mark Richards (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16593602 on 10/04/2019 (963 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sensing assembly for use in a wellbore comprises a wellbore component disposed in a wellbore tubular string, at least one gauge configured to sense at least one parameter, and at least one sensing link coupled to the at least one gauge. The at least one gauge is disposed at a first location along the wellbore tubular string, and the sensing link is configured to provide communication of at least one parameter from a sensing point at a second location to the first location. The sensing point is radially adjacent the wellbore component.

[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

 

Artificial muscles comprising an electrode pair and artificial muscle assemblies including same
Patent No. 11339805 

Inventor(s): Madison B. Emmett (Ann Arbor, MI), Michael P. Rowe (Pinckney, MI), Shardul S. Panwar (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16886282 on 05/28/2020 (726 days app to issue)

Abstract: An artificial muscle that includes a housing having an electrode region and an expandable fluid region and an electrode pair positioned in the electrode region, the electrode pair having a first electrode fixed to a first surface of the housing and a second electrode fixed to a second surface of the housing. The first and second electrodes each have two or more tab portions and two or more bridge portions. Each of the two or more bridge portions interconnects adjacent tab portions and at least one of the first and second electrodes includes a central opening positioned between the two or more tab portions and encircling the expandable fluid region. A dielectric fluid is housed within the housing and the electrode pair is actuatable between a non-actuated and an actuated state such that actuation from the non-actuated to actuated state directs the dielectric fluid into the expandable fluid region.

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


Mechanism and method to engage/disengage a sprag clutch based on coefficients of thermal expansion
Patent No. 11339836 

Inventor(s): Carlos Alexander Fenny (Fort Worth, TX), Gilberto Morales (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16926451 on 07/10/2020 (683 days app to issue)

Abstract: A clutch has an inner race, an outer race spaced from the inner race and forming a radial cavity between the races, and a plurality of sprags disposed in the radial cavity. The sprags have a different coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) from the inner race, the outer race, or both races, and a sprag cage retains the sprags at a uniform spacing within the radial cavity. When the clutch is at a first temperature, a gap exists between the sprags and the inner race, between the sprags and the outer race, or between the sprags and both races, and the clutch is disengaged. When the clutch is at a second temperature the sprags are in contact with both the races, and the clutch is engaged.

[F16D] COUPLINGS FOR TRANSMITTING ROTATION (gearing for conveying rotation F16H, e.g. fluid gearing F16H 39/00-F16H 47/00); CLUTCHES (dynamo-electric clutches H02K 49/00; clutches using electrostatic attraction H02N 13/00); BRAKES (electrodynamic brake systems for vehicles in general B60L 7/00; dynamo-electric brakes H02K 49/00) [2]


Method of making a primer insert for use in polymer ammunition
Patent No. 11340048 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): True Velocity IP Holdings, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Burdick Patents, P.A. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16111777 on 08/24/2018 (1369 days app to issue)

Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a polymeric ammunition cartridge and methods of making and using the same. The cartridge includes a substantially cylindrical insert connected to a substantially cylindrical polymeric middle body. The substantially cylindrical insert includes a top surface opposite a bottom surface and a substantially cylindrical coupling element that extends from the bottom surface, a primer recess in the top surface that extends toward the bottom surface, a primer flash hole positioned in the primer recess to extend through the bottom surface, and a flange that extends circumferentially about an outer edge of the top surface. The substantially cylindrical polymeric middle body includes a substantially cylindrical polymeric bullet-end and a substantially cylindrical polymeric coupling end connected by a powder chamber, wherein the substantially cylindrical polymeric coupling end extends over the substantially cylindrical coupling element and covers a circumferential surface of the primer flash hole.

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


Method of making a metal primer insert by injection molding
Patent No. 11340049 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Burdick Patents, P.A. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17000757 on 08/24/2020 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a method of making a substantially cylindrical insert by metal injection molding by providing a primer insert injection mold to form a substantially cylindrical metal primer insert, injection molding the metal injection molding feedstock into the primer insert injection mold to form a first substantially cylindrical metal primer insert having a first size; debinding the first substantially cylindrical metal primer insert to remove the first binding agent; and sintering the first substantially cylindrical metal primer insert to remove the second binding agent and form the substantially cylindrical metal primer insert having a second size.

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


Subsonic polymeric ammunition cartridge
Patent No. 11340050 

Inventor(s): Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Burdick Patents, P.A. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14863644 on 09/24/2015 (2434 days app to issue)

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

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


Methods and devices metering and compacting explosive powders
Patent No. 11340053 

Inventor(s): Kenneth J. Overton (Princeton, TX), Peter Adkins (Arlington, TX), Tucker Siuts (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Burdick Patents, P.A. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16822297 on 03/18/2020 (797 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes a powder compaction device comprising a loading platform positioned above a lower platform; a compaction rod aperture positioned in the loading platform; a vertical tube positioned in communication with the compaction rod aperture; a compaction rod positioned in the compaction rod aperture and extending through the compaction rod aperture, wherein the compaction rod comprises one or more reliefs having a powder volume; a drive motor in communication with the vertical tube and connected to the compaction rod to move the compaction rod through the compaction rod aperture; a first funnel-shaped device positioned below the loading platform, wherein the first funnel-shaped device comprises a first funnel aperture, wherein the first funnel aperture aligns with the compaction rod aperture to move the compaction rod through the compaction rod aperture and the first funnel aperture; an adaptor platform secured to the lower platform and aligned with the compaction rod aperture; an ammunition cartridge fixture slidably secured in the adaptor platform, wherein the ammunition cartridge fixture comprises a funnel-shaped opening, an interior cartridge shaped void, and a funnel aperture connecting the funnel-shaped opening to the interior cartridge shaped void, wherein the funnel aperture is aligned with the compaction rod aperture and the first funnel aperture to accommodate the compaction movement of the compaction rod; an ammunition cartridge positioned in t

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Tilt switch based on differential sensing
Patent No. 11340064 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Soheyl Kasemsadeh (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15950139 on 04/10/2018 (1505 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tilt switch based on differential threshold sensing includes a tilt track (such as a tilt tube), and a tilt/target element moveable along the tilt track by gravity between first/second ends based on tilt angle. An inductive sensor includes first/second sense coils at the ends of the tilt track, and sensor circuitry (a) to drive each sense coil to project a magnetic sensing field, and to measure a differential sensor to a position of the tilt/target element relative to the sense coils, based on a property corresponding to sense coil inductance (for example, relative to a pre-defined switching threshold position), and (b) to provide, in response to the differential sensor response, a tilt switch output corresponding to a tilt angle of the tilt track based on a position of the tilt/target element relative to the sense coils (or switching threshold), for example, with a pre-defined hysteresis.

[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)


Anisotropic constitutive parameters for launching a Zenneck surface wave
Patent No. 11340275 

Inventor(s): Benjamin J. Tinlin (Waco, TX), Buford Randall Jean (Lorena, TX), James D. Lilly (Waxahachie, TX)
Assignee(s): CPG Technologies, LLC. (Italy, TX)
Law Firm: Thomas | Horstemeyer, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16708048 on 12/09/2019 (897 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various examples are provided related to anisotropic constitutive parameters (ACPs) that can be used to launch Zenneck surface waves. In one example, among others, an ACP system includes an array of ACP elements distributed over a medium such as, e.g., a terrestrial medium. The array of ACP elements can include one or more horizontal layers of radial resistive artificial anisotropic dielectric (RRAAD) elements positioned in one or more orientations over the terrestrial medium. The ACP system can include vertical lossless artificial anisotropic dielectric (VLAAD) elements distributed over the terrestrial medium in a third orientation perpendicular to the horizontal layer or layers. The ACP system can also include horizontal artificial anisotropic magnetic permeability (HAAMP) elements distributed over the terrestrial medium. The array of ACP elements can be distributed about a launching structure, which can excite the ACP system with an electromagnetic field to launch a Zenneck surface wave.

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


System and method for performing electromagnetic compatibility measurements
Patent No. 11340280 

Inventor(s): Achim Gerstner (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ROHDE SCHWARZ GMBH CO. KG (Munich, , DE)
Law Firm: Westman, Champlin Koehler, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17064822 on 10/07/2020 (594 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides a system and a method for performing electromagnetic compatibility measurements. A signal source generates a test signal which is amplified by an amplifier. Overdriving of the amplifier is prevented by limiting the test signal applied to the amplifier below a predefined threshold value.

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


Sensor system on a line for measuring atmospheric conditions
Patent No. 11340382 

Inventor(s): Ryohei Tsuruta (Ann Arbor, MI), Umesh N. Gandhi (Farmington Hills, 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: 17169729 on 02/08/2021 (470 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and other embodiments described herein relate to a sensor system used on a control line that measures atmospheric conditions. In one embodiment, a sensor system may have a main body attached to a line. The sensor system may use a directional sensor that determines direction of airflow according to rotation of the main body about the line. The sensor system may also have a generator coupled to the main body. The sensor system may also use a flow sensor that measures speed of the airflow according to a vortex generated from rotation of the generator in open air.

[G01W] METEOROLOGY (radar, sonar, lidar or analogous systems, designed for meteorological use G01S 13/95, G01S 15/88, G01S 17/95)


Apparatus for high efficiency laser static phosphor module
Patent No. 11340520 

Inventor(s): Terry Alan Bartlett (Dallas, TX), Zhongyan Sheng (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15097525 on 04/13/2016 (2232 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a body includes an opening in a central portion of a surface, a cavity having sides extending from the opening into the body, and a bottom surface within the body supporting a phosphor configured to emit light when energized by incoming light. In a further arrangement, the sides are tapered from the opening to the bottom surface, such that a cross sectional area of the opening is greater than a cross sectional area of the bottom surface.

[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]


Light modulator image display projector architectures
Patent No. 11340521 

Inventor(s): Gregory S. Pettitt (Farmersville, TX), John M. Ferri (Allen, TX), Sajjad Khan (Plano, TX), William M. Bommersbach (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15913690 on 03/06/2018 (1540 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a first TIR or RTIR element is arranged to introduce at least red light to a first spatial light modulator for modulation thereof, and a second TIR or RTIR element is arranged to introduce at least green light to a second spatial light modulator for modulation thereof. At least one of the first and second TIR or RTIR elements is arranged to introduce blue light to at least one of the first and second spatial light modulators, respectively, for modulation thereof: time-sequentially apart from the first spatial light modulator”s modulation of the introduced red light, to an extent the blue light is so introduced to the first spatial light modulator; and time-sequentially apart from the second spatial light modulator”s modulation of the introduced green light, to an extent the blue light is so introduced to the second spatial light modulator.

[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]


Techniques for dynamically provisioning electronic subscriber identity modules to mobile devices
Patent No. 11340879 

Inventor(s): Benjamin J. Livesay (Dallas, TX), Neal M. Flanagan (Haslet, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright RLLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16124162 on 09/06/2018 (1356 days app to issue)

Abstract: Representative embodiments enable a software application to access wireless services provided by a mobile network operator (MNO). According to some embodiments, a method can be implemented at a mobile device, and include (1) receiving, from a software application management entity, an installation package that includes: (i) first information for installing a software application, and (ii) second information for an electronic Subscriber Identity Module (eSIM) to be utilized by the software application to access the wireless services provided by the MNO, (2) utilizing the first information to install the software application on the mobile device, and (3) in response to receiving a request to launch the software application, causing the software application to execute on the mobile device, where: (i) the software application utilizes the eSIM to access wireless services provided by the MNO, and (ii) the wireless services are restricted in accordance with parameters associated with the eSIM.

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


Systems and methods for distributing updates
Patent No. 11340884 

Inventor(s): Seyhan Ucar (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16447047 on 06/20/2019 (1069 days app to issue)

Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to updating distributed devices. In one embodiment, a method includes, in response to acquiring, in a delivery device that is mobile, an update for a software package, identifying an update target that is associated with at least one update device that includes the software package that is to be updated. The method includes communicating, upon locating the update target, the update directly to the at least one update device to permit the at least one update device to revise the software package using the update.

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


Methods and systems for managing application configurations
Patent No. 11340886 

Inventor(s): Lokesh Vijay Kumar (Frisco, TX), Poornima Bagare Raju (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: DLA Piper LLP US (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16538348 on 08/12/2019 (1016 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for updating configurations. An application can be determined to be incorrectly configured. A request can be sent to update a configuration property. The configuration property can be updated in a test environment. The application can be tested with the updated configuration property in the test environment. The test of the application with the updated configuration property in the test environment can be identified as successful. An incorrect configuration of the application can be updated.

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


Vector index registers
Patent No. 11340904 

Inventor(s): Steven Jeffrey Wallach (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig (27 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16417500 on 05/20/2019 (1100 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are vector index registers in vector processors that each store multiple addresses for accessing multiple positions in vectors. It is known to use scalar index registers in vector processors to access multiple positions of vectors by changing the scalar index registers in vector operations. By using a vector indexing register for indexing positions of one or more operand vectors, the scalar index register can be replaced and at least the continual changing of the scalar index register can be avoided.

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


Method and apparatus for secrets injection into containers for 5G network elements
Patent No. 11340933 

Inventor(s): Michael Cameron (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: NDWE LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16940851 on 07/28/2020 (665 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for managing dynamic runtime information provision for a container implementing a Session Management Function (SMF) executed by an electronic device in a 3[superscript]rd [/superscript]generation partnership project (3GPP) 5[superscript]th [/superscript]Generation (5G) mobile network core. The method includes starting a container image load, the container image including at least a secret sub unit and an application sub unit, the application sub unit providing the SMF, determining an input source to provide a secret value for the container, the input source identified by information in the secret sub unit in the container image, and providing the secret value to a destination sub unit of the container.

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


System and method of utilizing platform applications with information handling systems
Patent No. 11340937 

Inventor(s): Dongli Wu (Allen, TX), Sai Sivakumar Dhakshinamurthy (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Dell Products L.P. (Round Rock, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16910928 on 06/24/2020 (699 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one or more embodiments, one or more systems, one or more methods, and/or one or more methods may: register a subroutine configured to store multiple network resource addresses via a volatile memory medium; for each information handling system (IHS) initialization executable of multiple IHS initialization executables: retrieve, from a non-volatile memory medium, the IHS initialization executable; execute the IHS initialization executable via an environment associated with IHS firmware; call, by the IHS initialization executable, the subroutine; and store, by the subroutine, a network resource address associated with an operating system (OS) executable via command line arguments, where the command line arguments are stored via a data structure in the volatile memory medium; and for each network resource address of the command line arguments: retrieve, based at least on the network resource address, an OS executable associated with the network resource address from another IHS via a network.

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


Systems and methods for dynamic prediction and optimization of edge server scheduling
Patent No. 11340956 

Inventor(s): BaekGyu Kim (Mountain View, CA), Yin-Chen Liu (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17018396 on 09/11/2020 (620 days app to issue)

Abstract: System, methods, and other embodiments described herein relate to improving execution of processing requests by an edge server. In one embodiment, a method includes predicting a number of computing requests from vehicles for execution by the edge server using a prediction solver for a time period that is forthcoming. The prediction solver may predict the number of computing requests using a prediction model selected in association with service constraints of the edge server and information from an additional server. The method also includes determining a request handling scheme using an optimization solver according to the number of computing requests, the service constraints of the edge server, and a service area of the edge server. The method also includes communicating the request handling scheme and a resource schedule to the edge server on a condition that a resources criteria are satisfied for the time period.

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


System monitor
Patent No. 11340975 

Inventor(s): Indranil Gangopadhyay (Plano, TX), Ivo Francesco Marocco (Allen, TX), Kyl Wayne Scott (Richardson, TX), Quanqing Hu (Irving, TX), Wan Laan Jackie Hui (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16794067 on 02/18/2020 (826 days app to issue)

Abstract: At least some aspects of the disclosure provide for a system. In at least some examples, the system includes a microcontroller, an energy storage element, a monitoring circuit, and a communication bridge. The monitoring circuit is coupled to the energy storage element and configured to determine whether a fault associated with the energy storage element is present, generate an indication of the fault when the fault with the energy storage element is present, and transmit the indication of the fault. The communication bridge is configured to receive the indication of the fault and assert a fault signal and transmit the fault signal to the microcontroller.

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


UART receiver with adaptive sample timing control using a numerically-controlled oscillator
Patent No. 11341015 

Inventor(s): Srinadh Madhavapeddi (Dallas, TX), Terry Lee Sculley (Lewisville, TX), Timothy Murphy (Ramona, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16588449 on 09/30/2019 (967 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a battery and a monitoring circuit coupled to the battery. The monitoring circuit includes a sense circuit and a peripheral device coupled to the sense circuit. The peripheral device includes a universal asynchronous receiver-transmitter (UART) receiver having an adaptive sample timing circuit with a numerically-controlled oscillator (NCO) circuit. The peripheral device also includes memory coupled to the UART receiver and configured to store battery monitoring data.

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


Events data structure for real time network diagnosis
Patent No. 11341020 

Inventor(s): Bachir Aoun (Allen, TX), James Kercheville (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17143835 on 01/07/2021 (502 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method that includes detecting events relating to user equipment on a communication network, collecting first event data including event times and locations, and collecting second event data regarding second event dimensions determined at least in part by the event type. The method also includes generating, for each of the event types, an event data structure associated with the user, based on the first event data and second event data. The event data structures are concatenated to generate an event history flow associated with the user; the event history flow is analyzed to identify causal events for a detected event. The method also includes generating a model for performance of the user equipment based on the causal events to predict a future event, and identifying potential adjustments to the communication network to prevent that event. Other embodiments are disclosed.

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


Multi-processor, multi-domain, multi-protocol, cache coherent, speculation aware shared memory and interconnect
Patent No. 11341052 

Inventor(s): Joseph Zbiciak (San Jose, CA), Kai Chirca (Dallas, TX), Matthew David Pierson (Frisco, TX), Timothy David Anderson (University Park, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16653179 on 10/15/2019 (952 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes an interconnect and a plurality of devices connected to the interconnect. The plurality of devices includes a first interface connected to the interconnect and a second interface connected to the interconnect. The plurality of devices further includes a first memory bank connected to the interconnect and a second memory bank connected to the interconnect. The plurality of devices further includes an external memory interface connected to the interconnect and a controller configured to establish virtual channels among the plurality of devices connected to the interconnect.

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


Propagation delay compensation for SPI interfaces
Patent No. 11341081 

Inventor(s): Kristen N. Mogensen (Freising, , DE), Martin Staebler (Freising, , DE), Matthieu Chevrier (Freising, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17197945 on 03/10/2021 (440 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving a chip select signal at an SPI client device. The method also includes, responsive to receiving the chip select signal, transmitting a first bit of an SPI transmission to an SPI host device, where the first bit of the SPI transmission is transmitted with a delay based at least in part on a loop propagation delay of an SPI channel. The method includes receiving a clock signal at the SPI client device. The method also includes, responsive to receiving the clock signal, transmitting a second bit of the SPI transmission to the SPI host device.

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


Low energy accelerator processor architecture with short parallel instruction word
Patent No. 11341085 

Inventor(s): Johann Zipperer (Unterschleissheim, , DE), Manish Goel (Plano, TX), Seok-Jun Lee (Allen, TX), Srinivas Lingam (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16920901 on 07/06/2020 (687 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for a low energy accelerator processor architecture with short parallel instruction word. An integrated circuit includes a system bus having a data width N, where N is a positive integer; a central processor unit coupled to the system bus and configured to execute instructions retrieved from a memory coupled to the system bus; and a low energy accelerator processor coupled to the system bus and configured to execute instruction words retrieved from a low energy accelerator code memory, the low energy accelerator processor having a plurality of execution units including a load store unit, a load coefficient unit, a multiply unit, and a butterfly/adder ALU unit, each of the execution units configured to perform operations responsive to op-codes decoded from the retrieved instruction words, wherein the width of the instruction words is equal to the data width N. Additional methods and apparatus are disclosed.

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


Personal information security system and method of use
Patent No. 11341252 

Inventor(s): Cody Ray Anderson (Paradise, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Leavitt Eldredge Law Firm (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16299495 on 03/12/2019 (1169 days app to issue)

Abstract: A personal information security system allows for the storage of data in a secure manner by assigning a key to the data and breaking up the data then sending parts or pieces to many computing devices on a network. The data is requested and gathered from the user base by providing the key to the data.

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


Detecting and preventing storage of unsolicited sensitive personal information
Patent No. 11341266 

Inventor(s): Averal Reynolds (North Richland Hills, TX), Devin Edmiston (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16352123 on 03/13/2019 (1168 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sensitive personal information detection and prevention system can receive a text string based on a user input into a field of a graphical user interface associated with a server. The system can, prior to storage of the text string by the server device, determine whether the text string comprises sensitive personal information, wherein the determining can comprise referring to a configurable map that can be updated. The system can, in response to determining that the text string comprises the sensitive personal information, prevent the storage of the text string by the server. It can facilitate providing a message for display on the graphical user interface comprising an indication that the text string comprises the sensitive personal information, and an instruction to re-submit the text string without the sensitive personal information, or a notification that the sensitive personal information has been masked.

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


Vehicle tracking system using transponders
Patent No. 11341345 

Inventor(s): Scott Brosi (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Amtech Systems, LLC (Albuquerque, NM)
Law Firm: Snyder, Clark, Lesch Chung, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17010922 on 09/03/2020 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: An RFID transponder including a Bluetooth compatible transceiver is described a (BLEET). The Bluetooth compatible transceiver may be configured to set data that is transmitted via one or more RFID transceivers in the transponder and to return data received by the RFID transceiver(s) to a client application running, for example, on a user”s smart phone. The BLEET may be used for electronic vehicle tracking or tolling. Vehicle occupancy data may be set by the user with the client application via a Bluetooth connection in connection with high occupancy vehicle tolling and express lane incentive programs.

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


Multiclassification approach for enhancing natural language classifiers
Patent No. 11341358 

Inventor(s): Gerhardt Jacobus Scriven (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16587183 on 09/30/2019 (967 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an approach to creating models utilizing optimally clustered training sets, one or more computer processors determine an optimal cluster size. The one or more computer processors generate one or more clusters from one or more classes and respectively associated training statements that are contained in a training set, based on the determined optimal cluster size, wherein the one or more generated clusters, respectively, contain fewer classes than the training set. The one or more computer processors identify one or more isolated high confidence classes and associated training statements from one or more cluster classifications generated by a static model trained with the one or more generated clusters. The one or more computer processors create one or more dynamic models trained with the one or more identified isolated high confidence classes. The one or more computer processors perform one or more classifications utilizing the one or more created dynamic models.

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


Document processing system and method for associating metadata with a physical document while maintaining the integrity of its content
Patent No. 11341384 

Inventor(s): David W. Hunt (Cedar Hill, TX), Dennis A. Hoenich (Bedford, TX), James H. Wicker (Fort Worth, TX), John P. Fiala (Hickory Creek, TX), Walter K. Logan (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): BancTec, Incorporated (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Seyfarth Shaw LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14471881 on 08/28/2014 (2826 days app to issue)

Abstract: For use with a physical document bearing content visible when illuminated by light in the human visible spectrum, a tag printer, a verifier and a document processing system employing one or both of the printer and the verifier. In one embodiment, the tag printer includes: (1) a processor operable to generate metadata regarding the physical document and (2) a printer associated with the processor and operable to print a tag containing the metadata on a location of the physical document irrespective of locations of the content using an ink substantially invisible in the spectrum.

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


Distributed activity control systems for artificial intelligence task execution direction including task adjacency and reachability analysis
Patent No. 11341421 

Inventor(s): Robert D. Pedersen (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17204674 on 03/17/2021 (433 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dynamic, distributed directed activity network comprising a directed activity control program specifying tasks to be executed including required individual task inputs and outputs, the required order of task execution, permitted parallelism in task execution, task adjacency to subsequent tasks, and reachability from each task to other tasks; a plurality of task execution agents, individual of said agents having a set of dynamically changing agent attributes and capable of executing different required tasks; a plurality of task execution controllers, each controller associated with one or more of the task execution agents with access to dynamically changing agent attributes; a directed activity controller for communicating with said task execution controllers for directing execution of said activity control program; and, a communications network supporting communication between said directed activity controller and task execution controllers for directing execution of said directed activity control program using selected task execution agents.

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


Creating a machine learning policy based on express indicators
Patent No. 11341430 

Inventor(s): Daniel Joseph Potkalesky (Garland, TX), Mark Stephen DeMichele (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): ZixCorp Systems, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Sprinkle IP Law Group (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16194532 on 11/19/2018 (1282 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to some embodiments, a method performed by a classification scanner comprises receiving an electronic message and determining a classification that applies to the electronic message. The classification is determined based on an express indication from a user. The method further comprises providing a machine learning trainer with the electronic message and an identification of the classification that applies to the electronic message. The machine learning trainer is adapted to determine a machine learning policy that associates attributes of the electronic message with the classification.

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


Secure payments with untrusted devices
Patent No. 11341472 

Inventor(s): Donald Wood Loomis, III (Coppell, TX), Edward Tangkwai Ma (Plano, TX), Robert Michael Muchsel (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: North Weber Baugh LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15850258 on 12/21/2017 (1615 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention relate to a point-of-sale (POS) system, and more particularly, to systems, devices and methods of making secure payments using a mobile device in addition to a POS terminal that may be an insecure payment device exposed to various tamper attempts under certain circumstances. The mobile device is involved in a trusted transaction between a central financial entity, e.g., a bank, and the payment terminal, such that the insecure payment terminal may be further authenticated based on rolling codes, two-way or three-way authentication, or an off-line mode enabled by incorporation of the mobile device. Although either of the mobile device and the payment terminal provides limited security, a POS system incorporating both of them demonstrates an enhanced level of security.

[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 populating a virtual shopping cart based on video of a customer”s shopping session at a physical store
Patent No. 11341569 

Inventor(s): Jonathan Christopher Hodge (Frisco, TX), Joshua E. Berry (Waco, TX), Maninder Singh Suri (Irving, TX), Matthew Raymond Magee (Waco, TX), Ranganathan Mohan (Frisco, TX), Ravi Kumar Kurva (Irving, TX), Sarath Vakacharla (Ir
Assignee(s): 7-ELEVEN, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17021011 on 09/15/2020 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a display, interface, and processor. The interface receives video from a camera located in a physical store and directed at a first physical rack. The camera captures video of the rack during a shopping session. The processor displays a first virtual rack that emulates the first physical rack and includes first and second virtual shelves. The virtual shelves include virtual items, which include graphical representations of physical items located on the physical rack. The processor displays the rack video, which depicts an event including the person interacting with the first physical rack. The processor also displays a virtual shopping cart. The processor receives information associated with the event, identifying the first virtual item. The rack video depicts that the person selected the first physical item while interacting with the first physical rack. The processor then stores the first virtual item in the virtual shopping cart.

[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 processing items in a queue
Patent No. 11341570 

Inventor(s): Drake R. Sanderson (Flower Mound, TX), Sarita Ayyalasomayajula (Frisco, TX), Taylor Geron (Plano, TX), Thomas Busath (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16734782 on 01/06/2020 (869 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for processing items in a queue, a system including one or more memory devices storing instructions and one or more processors configured to execute the instructions to perform operations including: analyzing training data to build a predictive model; applying the predictive model to items in a queue to determine scores of the items based on respective probabilities of an entity completing an action for each item; listing the items, sorted by the scores, in a first display view; identifying a first and a second item, respectively having highest and next highest scores; grouping, with each of the first and second items, items that satisfy a grouping condition based on characteristic information of the items; and listing the groups of items including the first and second items, sorted based on the scores of the first and second items, in a second display view.

[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]


Down scaling images in a computer vision system
Patent No. 11341606 

Inventor(s): Brian Chae (Duluth, GA), Hetul Sanghvi (Richardson, TX), Mihir Narendra Mody (Bangalore, , IN), Niraj Nandan (Plano, TX), Shashank Dabral (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16930543 on 07/16/2020 (677 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for scaling images is provided that includes at least two input ports, a scaling component coupled to the at least two input ports, the scaling component including a plurality of scalers, the scaling component configurable to map any scaler to any input port of the at least two input ports and configurable to map more than one scaler to any input port, and a memory coupled to the at least two input ports and to outputs of the plurality of scalers, the memory configured to store image data for each input port and scaled image data output by the plurality of scalers.

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


Enhanced rendering of surround view images
Patent No. 11341607 

Inventor(s): Martin Fritz Mueller (San Jose, CA), Shashank Dabral (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16434952 on 06/07/2019 (1082 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprising a memory and one or more processing circuits is provided. The memory stores a blend table having blend weights. The processing circuits, for partitions of the blend table: determine whether a subset of the pixels associated with the partition includes pixels associated with seamlines defined in a three-dimensional surface representation of the scene. If none of the subset of the pixels are associated with the seamlines, the processing circuits populate a region of the virtual image corresponding to the partition with pixel values from an image captured by one of the plurality of image capture devices. If one or more of the subsets of the pixels is associated with the seamlines, the processing circuits populate the region of the virtual image associated with the partition with blended pixel values from two or more images captured by two or more of the plurality of image capture devices.

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


Quasi-parametric optical flow estimation
Patent No. 11341750 

Inventor(s): Hrushikesh Tukaram Garud (Maharashtra, , IN), Manu Mathew (Bangalore, , IN), Soyeb Noormohammed Nagori (Karnataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16268200 on 02/05/2019 (1204 days app to issue)

Abstract: An image processing system includes a processor and optical flow (OF) determination logic for quantifying relative motion of a feature present in a first frame of video and a second frame of video that provide at least one of temporally and spatially ordered images with respect to the two frames of video. The OF determination logic configures the processor to implement performing OF estimation between the first frame and second frame using a pyramidal block matching (PBM) method to generate an initial optical flow (OF) estimate at a base pyramid level having integer pixel resolution, and refining the initial OF estimate using at least one pass of a modified Lucas-Kanade (LK) method to provide a revised OF estimate having fractional pixel resolution.

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


Image classification using color profiles
Patent No. 11341759 

Inventor(s): Thomas Sickert (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Harrity Harrity, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16836388 on 03/31/2020 (784 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device may receive a target document. The device may segment the target document into multiple segments. The device may determine, for each segment of the multiple segments, a set of color parameters for a corresponding set of pixels included in that segment. The device may determine, for each segment of the multiple segments, an average color parameter for that segment based on the set of color parameters for the corresponding set of pixels included in that segment. The device may generate a target color profile for the target document based on determining the average color parameter for each segment. The device may compare the target color profile and a model color profile associated with classifying the target document. The device may classify the target document based on comparing the target color profile and the model color profile. NULL


Vehicular communications through identifiers and online systems
Patent No. 11341781 

Inventor(s): Danil Prokhorov (Canton, MI), Paxton Williams (Milan, MI), Todd Muck (Fowlerville, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING AND MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Jordan IP Law, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16657443 on 10/18/2019 (949 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems may provide for technology to identify, at a first vehicle, one or more driving factors associated with a potential future action of the first vehicle, determine that the one or more driving factors are to be stored as remotely accessible data and cause the remotely accessible data to be stored to an online storage in association with an identifier of the first vehicle. The technology may further, at a second vehicle, identify the identifier from sensor data, access the remotely accessible data based on the identifier, and one or more of cause at least part of the remotely accessible data to be presented to a user of the second vehicle or modify a driving parameter of the second vehicle based on the remotely accessible data.

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


Remote/offline processing of vehicle data
Patent No. 11341789 

Inventor(s): Armin Lange (Addison, TX), Javier Castano (Dallas, TX), Michael B. Murray (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Snell Wilmer LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16588880 on 09/30/2019 (967 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for controlling big data transfer from a vehicle to a server includes a plurality of vehicle sensors located on the vehicle and configured to detect vehicle data. The system further includes a memory located on the vehicle and configured to store the vehicle data. The system further includes a network access device located on the vehicle and configured to communicate with the server. The system further includes an electronic control unit (ECU) located on the vehicle, coupled to the plurality of vehicle sensors, the memory, and the network access device. The ECU is designed to analyze the vehicle data to identify prioritized vehicle data and other vehicle data within the vehicle data. The ECU is further designed to compress the prioritized vehicle data. The ECU is further designed to control the network access device to transmit the compressed prioritized vehicle data to the server.

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


Gearbox internal sensor integration
Patent No. 11341790 

Inventor(s): Brian Edward Tucker (Fort Worth, TX), Scott David Poster (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16743988 on 01/15/2020 (860 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary internal wireless sensor monitoring system includes a wireless sensor positioned inside of an enclosed housing to monitor a condition in the housing, a wireless gateway positioned outside of the housing, a gateway antenna located in the housing configured to wirelessly communicate with the wireless sensor, and a conductor extending through a penetration in the housing and connecting the gateway antenna and the wireless gateway.

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


One-way sound transmission structure
Patent No. 11341951 

Inventor(s): Hideo Iizuka (Ann Arbor, MI), Taehwa Lee (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16196509 on 11/20/2018 (1281 days app to issue)

Abstract: One-way sound transmission devices include a planar, acoustically reflective substrate having an aperture that is traversed by an elastic membrane. On one face of the substrate, two resonators are symmetrically spaced apart from the membrane at a first distance, configured to enable constructive interference between the resonators and the membrane. On the opposite face of the substrate, two other resonators are symmetrically spaced apart from the membrane at a second, greater, distance, configured to enable destructive interference between the resonators and the membrane.

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


Buried source line structure for boosting read scheme
Patent No. 11342006 

Inventor(s): Ken Oowada (Fujisawa, , JP), Kiyohiko Sakakibara (Mie, , JP)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16666077 on 10/28/2019 (939 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for reducing manufacturing cost and improving the reliability of non-volatile memories using NAND strings with polysilicon channels and p-type doped source lines are described. A NAND string may include a polysilicon channel that is orthogonal to a substrate and connects to a boron doped source line at a source-side end of the NAND string. To reduce the likelihood of the polysilicon channel being cut-off or pinched near the source-side end of the NAND string, a thicker polysilicon channel may be formed near the source-side end of the NAND string while a thinner polysilicon channel may be formed for the remainder of the NAND string by diffusing boron into a first portion of the polysilicon channel corresponding with the thicker polysilicon channel and then etching the polysilicon channel with etchants that exhibit a reduction in their etch rate at a boron concentration above a threshold concentration.

[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)


Concurrent programming of multiple cells for non-volatile memory devices
Patent No. 11342028 

Inventor(s): Aaron Lee (Mountain View, CA), Gerrit Jan Hemink (San Ramon, CA), Ken Oowada (Fujisawa, , JP), Toru Miwa (Yokohama, , JP), Xiang Yang (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17227820 on 04/12/2021 (407 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods are disclosed for concurrently programming non-volatile storage cells, such as those of an SLC NAND array. The non-volatile storage cells may be arranged into a first block comprising a first string of storage cells that intersects with a first word line at a first storage cell, a second block comprising a second string of storage cells that intersects with a second word line at a second storage cell, a bit line electrically connectable to the first string and the second string, and controller configured to apply a programming pulse, at an elevated voltage, to the first word line and second word line to concurrently program the first and second storage cells.

[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)


Non-volatile memory with switchable erase methods
Patent No. 11342029 

Inventor(s): Huai-Yuan Tseng (San Ramon, CA), Ken Oowada (Fujisawa, , JP)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17034086 on 09/28/2020 (603 days app to issue)

Abstract: To improve the erase process, multiple methods of erasing are utilized. A first method of erasing is relied on at the beginning of life of the memory system. A second method is increasingly relied on as the memory system is used and undergoes many program/erase cycles. In one example, the first method of erase includes applying an erase enable voltage separately to different subsets of the word lines while word lines not receiving the erase enable voltage receive an erase inhibit voltage. In one example, the second method of erase includes applying an erase enable voltage concurrently to all subsets of the word lines.

[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)


Look neighbor ahead for data recovery
Patent No. 11342033 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (Fremont, CA), Huai-yuan Tseng (San Ramon, CA), Yi Song (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17135467 on 12/28/2020 (512 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage device is disclosed. The storage device is configured to: determine data states for a first set of memory cells of a first neighboring word line of the and a second set of memory cells of a second neighboring word line, the first and the second neighboring word lines being adjacent to a selected word line; identify a zone of a plurality of zones for each data state combination of the data states, each data state combination comprising a data state of a memory cell of the first set of memory cells and a data state of a memory cell of the second set of memory cells, each zone of the plurality of zones corresponding to a data retention compensation scheme; and perform a read operation on the selected word line including applying each data retention compensation scheme corresponding to any zones identified.

[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)


Memory apparatus and method of operation using one pulse smart verify
Patent No. 11342035 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (Fremont, CA), Ravi Kumar (Redwood City, CA), Xue Bai Pitner (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17102657 on 11/24/2020 (546 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory apparatus and method of operation is provided. The apparatus includes a block of memory cells each connected to one of a plurality of word lines and arranged in strings and configured to retain a threshold voltage. A control circuit couples to the word lines and the strings determines a program lower tail voltage of a distribution of the threshold voltage following a first program pulse. The control circuit calculates a second program voltage of a second program pulse based on the program lower tail voltage and applies the second program pulse to each of selected ones of the plurality of word lines associated with the memory cells to program the memory cells such that the distribution of the threshold voltage of the memory cells have a desired program lower tail voltage without further program pulses.

[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)


Surgical product supply system and method
Patent No. 11342059 

Inventor(s): Ian Robertson (Richardson, TX), Jason Catchings (Richardson, TX), Paul J. Vasta (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): GRAMERCY EXTREMITY ORTHOPEDICS LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Panitch Schwarze Belisario Nadel LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16951045 on 11/18/2020 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: A surgical product supply system includes a cart having a first compartment and a second compartment. The first compartment has first, second, third and fourth walls. The first and second walls are constructed of radio-reflective material and the third and fourth walls are constructed of a radio-absorptive material. The first compartment has a first storage area. A first RFID antenna array is attached to the first wall and is positioned within the first storage area. The first RFID antenna array includes a first plurality of RFID antennas. A second RFID antenna array is attached to the second wall and is positioned within the first storage area. The second RFID antenna array includes a second plurality of RFID antennas. The first RFID antenna is offset relative to the second RFID antenna such that opposing central axes of the first and second RFID antennas are not colinear.

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


Beam director for high-energy laser (HEL) weapon
Patent No. 11342721 

Inventor(s): Jason R. Lavine (McKinney, TX), Justin T. Martin (Anna, TX), Liam Skoyles (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Renner, Otto, Boisselle Sklar LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16406414 on 05/08/2019 (1112 days app to issue)

Abstract: A beam director system for a high-energy laser (HEL) weapon includes correction sensors that are able detect misalignments in optical elements throughout the entire optical path traversed by the high-energy laser. The system includes beam correction sensors that sense misalignments in a first part of the optical path, and high-speed track sensors that sense misalignments in a second part of the optical path, with the first part and the second part overlapping. This allows all optics to be sensed by the beam correction sensors and/or the high-speed track sensors. The system can accommodate a wide variety of lasers for the HEL, preferably including a co-boresighted and aligned alignment laser. By having the track sensors further downstream on the optical path than in prior devices, the acquisition and track sensor fields of view of the system may be improved.

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


Screen interface for a mobile device apparatus
Patent No. 11343370 

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: 16357161 on 03/18/2019 (1163 days app to issue)

Abstract: In various embodiments, different mobile phone apparatuses are provided, comprising: a touchscreen a near field communication interface; at least one non-transitory memory storing instructions; and one or more processors in communication with the touchscreen, the near field communication interface, and the at least one non-transitory memory, wherein the one or more processors execute the instructions to initiate various capabilities and/or functionalities in connection with a screen displayed on the touchscreen.

[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]


Allocation of under delivery units utilizing an optimization framework
Patent No. 11343555 

Inventor(s): Wassim Samir Chaar (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Chip Law Group (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15091475 on 04/05/2016 (2240 days app to issue)

Abstract: A television advertising management system that handles a plurality of deals for a plurality of advertiser, determines which of the plurality of deals have a guaranteed audience, and are under delivering, and allocates reserve under delivery units to each of the plurality of deals that are under delivering to bring each of the plurality of deals that are under delivering to corresponding attainable lower targets while honoring corresponding deal constraints. An under delivery value is maximized such that the attainable lower targets are met, while honoring corresponding deal constraints to provide an allocation solution, and a total penalty from deviations from selling title mix distributions, and weekly distributions is minimized for each of the plurality of deals that are under delivering subject to an additional lower bound on the under delivery value.

[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]


 

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Peak detector
Patent No. 11340269 

Inventor(s): Marius Vicentiu Dina (Inver Grove Heights, MN), Susan Ann Thompson (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17202037 on 03/15/2021 (435 days app to issue)

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

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


Selective mapping of coded multi-channel transmission
Patent No. 11341679 

Inventor(s): John P. Fonseka (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Lee Sullivan Shea Smith LLP? (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17101367 on 11/23/2020 (547 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides methods, apparatus and systems for improving a systems-level data rate on a communications link such as the orthogonal frequency division multiplexed multiple access (OFDMA) downlink used in WiFi and LTE cellular/wireless mobile data applications. The present invention preferably uses a form of multilevel coding and decoding known as tiled-building-block encoding/decoding. With the present invention, different receivers coupled to different parallel downlink channels with different channel qualities decode different received signal constellations at different levels of resolution. This allows the downlink of the OFDMA system to operate with a significantly higher data rate, thus eliminating existing inefficiencies in the downlink and significantly increasing system level bandwidth efficiency.

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


System and method for energy monitoring
Patent No. 11342146 

Inventor(s): Anton Brauchle (Mering, , DE), Horst Diewald (Freising, , DE), Johan Zipperer (Unterschleissheim, , DE), Peter Weber (Allershausen, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16903474 on 06/17/2020 (706 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for monitoring energy use in an electronic device. In one embodiment, an energy monitoring system includes a processor and an energy monitor module. The energy monitor module includes instructions that when executed cause the processor to receive values of measured parameters of a pulse signal that controls the switching of energy to an energy storage device in a switch mode power supply that provides power to an electronic device. The instructions also cause the processor to determine, based on the values of measured parameters, attributes of operation of the electronic device powered by the energy source during an interval corresponding to the measured parameters. The instructions further cause the processor to generate, based on the attributes of operation, a control signal that causes the electronic device to change the loading of the power supply by the electronic device.

[H01H] ELECTRIC SWITCHES; RELAYS; SELECTORS; EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE DEVICES (contact cables H01B 7/10; electrolytic self-interrupters H01G 9/18; emergency protective circuit arrangements H02H; switching by electronic means without contact-making H03K 17/00)


Bonded assembly of semiconductor dies containing pad level across-die metal wiring and method of forming the same
Patent No. 11342244 

Inventor(s): Fumiaki Toyama (Cupertino, CA), Jee-Yeon Kim (San Jose, CA), Kwang-Ho Kim (Pleasanton, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16747943 on 01/21/2020 (854 days app to issue)

Abstract: Through-substrate via structures are formed in a semiconductor substrate of a first semiconductor die. Semiconductor devices, dielectric material layers, and metal interconnect structures are formed over a front surface of the semiconductor substrate. A backside dielectric layer is formed on a backside surface. Integrated line and pad structures are formed over the backside dielectric layer on a respective through-substrate via structure. Each of the integrated line and pad structures includes a respective pad portion and respective line portion that extends from a center region of the backside surface to toward a periphery of the backside surface. A bonded assembly including the first semiconductor die and a second semiconductor die can be formed. Bonding pads can be provided in a center region of the interface between the semiconductor dies to facilitate power and signal distribution in the second semiconductor die with less electrical wiring.

[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]


Through-stack contact via structures for a three-dimensional memory device and methods of forming the same
Patent No. 11342245 

Inventor(s): Hirofumi Tokita (Yokkaichi, , JP), 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: 16921146 on 07/06/2020 (687 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first-tier structure includes a first vertically alternating sequence of first continuous insulating layers and first continuous sacrificial material layers and a first-tier retro-stepped dielectric material portion overlying first stepped surfaces of the first vertically alternating sequence. A second vertically alternating sequence of second continuous insulating layers and second continuous sacrificial material layers is formed over the first-tier structure. Retro-stepped dielectric material portions are formed in each of the first-tier structure and the second-tier structure. After formation of memory stack structures, electrically conductive layers replace portions of the first and second continuous sacrificial material layers. Laterally-isolated contact via structures can be formed through the second-tier structure and a first-tier retro-stepped dielectric material portion on first electrically conductive layers in the first-tier structure. Sacrificial landing pad structures can be employed to enable concurrent formation of contact via cavities through the retro-stepped dielectric material portions.

[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]


Leadframe with vertically spaced die attach pads
Patent No. 11342247 

Inventor(s): Chia-Yu Chang (Taipei Hsien, , TW), Chih-Chien Ho (Taipei Hsien, , TW), Steven Su (Tainan, , TW)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16788695 on 02/12/2020 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: A leadframe includes a first die attach pad (”DAP”) having a first longitudinally extending edge surface and a second DAP having a first longitudinally extending edge surface. The second DAP is positioned with the first longitudinally extending edge surface thereof in adjacent, laterally and vertically spaced relationship with the first longitudinally extending edge surface of the first DAP.

[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]


Isolated component design
Patent No. 11342251 

Inventor(s): Enis Tuncer (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17015059 on 09/08/2020 (623 days app to issue)

Abstract: A microelectronic device includes a first conductor and a second conductor, separated by a lateral spacing. The first conductor has a low field contour facing the second conductor. The low field contour has offsets from a tangent line to the first conductor on the low field contour. Each of the offsets increases a separation of the high voltage conductor from the low voltage conductor. A first offset, located from an end of the high voltage conductor, at a first lateral distance of 25 percent of the minimum separation, is 19 percent to 28 percent of the minimum separation. A second offset, located at a second lateral distance of 50 percent of the minimum separation, is 9 percent to 14 percent of the minimum separation. A third offset, located at a third lateral distance of 75 percent of the minimum separation, is 4 percent to 6 percent of the minimum separation.

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


Semiconductor die including edge ring structures and methods for making the same
Patent No. 11342286 

Inventor(s): Hidetoshi Nakamoto (Yokkaichi, , JP), Michimoto Kaminaga (Yokkaichi, , JP), Shuya Hatao (Yokkaichi, , JP), Takahiro Tanamachi (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16838320 on 04/02/2020 (782 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor die includes semiconductor devices located over a substrate, at least one dielectric material portion that laterally surrounds the semiconductor devices, and interconnect-level dielectric material layers. At least one edge seal ring structure can be provided, each including a composite edge seal via structure and a set of metal barrier structures. The composite edge seal via structure includes a metallic material layer and a dielectric fill material portion. Alternatively or additionally, at least one slit ring structure can laterally surround the semiconductor devices and the metal interconnect structures. Each slit ring structure continuously extends through each of the interconnect-level dielectric material layers and into the at least one dielectric material portion, and includes at least one dielectric material.

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


Spacerless source contact layer replacement process and three-dimensional memory device formed by the process
Patent No. 11342347 

Inventor(s): Tatsuya Hinoue (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16916476 on 06/30/2020 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: In-process source-level material layers including a source-level sacrificial layer is formed over a substrate, and an alternating stack of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers is formed thereabove. Memory openings and backside openings are formed through the alternating stack and into the in-process source-level material layers. Memory opening fill structures are formed in the memory openings. A source cavity is formed by removing the source-level sacrificial layer by introducing an etchant through the backside openings, and a source contact layer in the source cavity. The backside openings are laterally expanded and are merged to form backside trenches. Remaining portions of the sacrificial material layers are replaced with electrically conductive layers through the respective backside trenches.

[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]


Coating of electrode materials for energy storage devices
Patent No. 11342556 

Inventor(s): Fantai Kong (McKinney, TX), Jin-Myoung Lim (Coppell, TX), Mark Griffin (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): HUNT ENERGY ENTERPRISES, L.L.C. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17152515 on 01/19/2021 (490 days app to issue)

Abstract: Batteries, methods for recycling batteries, and methods of forming one or more electrodes for batteries are disclosed. The battery includes at least one of (i) a cathode including a nickel-rich material and a first sub-nanoscale metal oxide coating on the nickel-rich material; and (ii) an anode including an anode material and a second sub-nanoscale metal oxide coating disposed on the anode material.

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


Free-form dual dual-conductor integrated radio frequency media
Patent No. 11342647 

Inventor(s): David D. Heston (Dallas, TX), Michael G. Hawkins (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16695695 on 11/26/2019 (910 days app to issue)

Abstract: A free-from radio frequency (RF) media includes a substrate having a first dielectric layer formed thereon and a second dielectric layer on an upper surface of the first dielectric layer. A first conductive layer is formed on an upper surface of the first dielectric layer and has a first overall profile. A second conductive layer having a second overall profile is formed on an upper surface of the second dielectric layer such that the second dielectric layer is interposed between the first and second conductive layers. The first overall profile of the first conductive layer is different from the second overall profile of the second conductive layer.

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


Controller circuit for photovoltaic module
Patent No. 11342787 

Inventor(s): Amneh Mohammed Akour (Plano, TX), Nat Maruthachalam Natarajan (Plano, TX), Suheng Chen (Plano, TX), Timothy Patrick Pauletti (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16540417 on 08/14/2019 (1014 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controller circuit for a PV module includes a receiver circuit and a mode control and power conversion circuit. The receiver circuit receives a first signal from a transmitter circuit associated with the PV module. The receiver circuit changes a second signal from a first state to a second state based the first signal. The mode control and power conversion circuit receives a DC string voltage from a string of PV cells associated with the PV module, receives the second signal from the receiver circuit, switches from a first mode to a second mode in response to the second signal being changed to the second state, converts the DC string voltage to a standby voltage in the second mode, and provides the standby voltage to DC power lines between the PV module and a DC-to-AC inverter in the second mode.

[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)


Out-of-band communication during wireless battery charging
Patent No. 11342799 

Inventor(s): Songnan Yang (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Huawei Digital Power Technologies Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen, , CN)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16687288 on 11/18/2019 (918 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein is a wireless charging system including a wireless power transmitter and a wireless power receiver, where the wireless power receiver is part of a wireless electronic device such as a mobile telephone. The wireless power receiver is used to charge a battery of the wireless electronic device and can include both a closed-loop DC-DC converter, such as a buck charger, and an open-loop DC-DC converter, such as a switched capacitor charger. In addition to an in-band communication channel between the power transmitter and the power receiver, the system also includes an out-of-band communication channel through which the power transmitter and the power receiver can exchange control signals, helping to avoid interference that can occur in the in-band communication channel when using the open-loop DC-DC converter.

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


Surge protection for digital input module
Patent No. 11342835 

Inventor(s): Abhijeeth Aarey Premanath (Allen, TX), Anant Shankar Kamath (Plano, TX), Yihuang Lin (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16736235 on 01/07/2020 (868 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit for providing input surge protection in a digital input module, the circuit comprising a surge protection input stage, including a bridge rectifier coupled to receive the bidirectional input signal, and coupled to the unidirectional input of the digital input module. The bridge rectifier comprises TVS rectifiers TVS[b]1[/b] and TVS[b]2[/b], and diode rectifiers D[b]2[/b] and D[b]3[/b], intercoupled in a bridge rectifier configuration in which: TVS[b]1[/b] and TVS[b]4[/b] are transient voltage suppression diodes; and rectifiers D[b]2[/b] and D[b]3[/b] are rectifier diodes. Diodes TVS[b]1[/b] and TVS[b]4[/b] can be implemented as either respective unidirectional TVS diodes; or a single bidirectional TVS diode. The digital input module can be a digital input receiver, or a opto-isolator/coupler, or other digital input module.

[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 converter and control method
Patent No. 11342843 

Inventor(s): Dianbo Fu (Frisco, TX), Heping Dai (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Huawei Digital Power Technologies Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen, , CN)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16825789 on 03/20/2020 (795 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes comprises an auxiliary switch, a transformer and an auxiliary diode. The auxiliary switch is configured to be turned on prior to turning on a first power switch of a multi-level boost converter. The transformer has a primary winding connected between the first power switch and the auxiliary switch. The auxiliary diode is coupled between a secondary winding of the transformer and an output terminal of the multi-level boost converter. The transformer and the auxiliary switch are configured such that the first power switch is of zero voltage switching, and the auxiliary switch is of zero current switching.

[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]


Digital control for voltage converter
Patent No. 11342846 

Inventor(s): Ivan Shumkov (Freising, , DE), Johann Erich Bayer (Freising, , DE), Rdiger Ganz (Freising, , DE)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16992662 on 08/13/2020 (649 days app to issue)

Abstract: A controller includes a comparator having an inverting input coupled to a voltage converter output, a non-inverting input coupled to a voltage source, and an output. The controller includes a timer having a start input coupled to the converter that indicates that current through a converter inductor is less than a threshold; a stop input coupled to the comparator output; and an output having a digital value corresponding to the time between receiving asserted signals at start input and at stop input. The controller includes a time comparator having a first input coupled to the timer output and a second input to receive a time value. The time comparator asserts one of its outputs based on the digital and time values. The controller includes an accumulator coupled to the time comparator outputs, the accumulator configured to maintain, increase, or decrease an output value based on the asserted time comparator output.

[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]


Multimode PWM converter with smooth mode transition
Patent No. 11342849 

Inventor(s): Isaac Cohen (Dix Hills, NY)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16736600 on 01/07/2020 (868 days app to issue)

Abstract: Control circuits and methods to operate a switch of a DC-DC converter, including an output circuit to turn the switch off to control a peak inductor current in a given switching control cycle, and a modulation circuit to implement transition mode (TM) or continuous conduction mode (CCM) operation for a given switching control cycle by causing the output circuit to turn the switch on in response to an earlier one of a first signal, that represents an inductor current of the DC-DC converter, decreasing to a reference voltage that represents a zero crossing of the inductor current for the TM operation or the first signal decreasing to a valley reference signal that represents a non-zero value of the inductor current for the CCM operation.

[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]


Reducing supply to ground current
Patent No. 11342890 

Inventor(s): Meghna Agrawal (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16934300 on 07/21/2020 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus to prevent supply-to-ground current in a comparator is disclosed. The apparatus includes circuitry to determine if first and second output nodes of the comparator have respectively reached first and second logic levels, and circuitry responsive to a determination that the voltage at the first and second output nodes of the comparator has reached the first and second logic levels, to generate a signal. In addition, the apparatus includes circuitry to supply the signal to a transistor, the signal to turn off the transistor and prevent the flow of supply-to-ground current through the comparator.

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


Gate driver bootstrap circuits and related methods
Patent No. 11342911 

Inventor(s): James Michael Walden (Apex, NC), Kyoung Min Lee (Cary, NC), Satish Kumar Vemuri (Raleigh, NC)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16801746 on 02/26/2020 (818 days app to issue)

Abstract: Gate driver bootstrap circuits and related methods are disclosed. An example gate driver stage includes a first terminal and a second terminal, the first terminal to be coupled to a capacitor, the capacitor and the second terminal to be coupled to a gate terminal of a power transistor, a gate driver coupled to the first terminal and the second terminal, and a bootstrap circuit coupled to the first terminal, the second terminal, and the gate driver, the bootstrap circuit including a control stage circuit having an output and a first transistor having a first gate terminal and a first current terminal, the first gate terminal coupled to the output, the first current terminal coupled to the first terminal.

[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]


Molecular clock calibration
Patent No. 11342928 

Inventor(s): Baher Haroun (Allen, TX), Bichoy Bahr (Allen, 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: 17460575 on 08/30/2021 (267 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, providing an oscillator output signal to reference inputs of a PLL and an output clock circuit; providing a first divisor value to a control input of the PLL to regulate a closed loop that includes a physics cell, a receiver, and the PLL; providing a second divisor value to a control input of the output clock circuit to control an output frequency of an output clock signal; shifting the first divisor value in a first direction to cause a perturbation in the closed loop; shifting the second divisor value in an opposite second direction to counteract a response of the closed loop to the perturbation and to regulate the output frequency of the output clock signal; and based on the receiver output signal, analyzing the response of the closed loop to the perturbation.

[H03L] AUTOMATIC CONTROL, STARTING, SYNCHRONISATION, OR STABILISATION OF GENERATORS OF ELECTRONIC OSCILLATIONS OR PULSES (of dynamo-electric generators H02P) [3]


Method and apparatus of fusing radio frequency and sensor measurements for beam management
Patent No. 11342977 

Inventor(s): Anum Ali (Plano, TX), Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Jianhua Mo (Allen, TX), Khuong N. Nguyen (Frisco, TX), Vutha Va (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17129820 on 12/21/2020 (519 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for beam management by a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system. The method includes determining reference signal measurements from signals received from one or more base stations. The method also includes obtaining, from a motion sensor, motion information of the UE. The method further includes generating beam management information for the beam management based on the reference signal measurements and the motion information. The method additionally includes identifying a beam based on the generated beam management information. The method also includes performing wireless communication based on the identified beam.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Systems and methods to improve co-existence between fixed wireless access and short range devices in 802.11ay
Patent No. 11343064 

Inventor(s): Aditya V. Padaki (Richardson, TX), Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Jianhua Mo (Garland, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16401050 on 05/01/2019 (1119 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a second node for a co-existence operation in a wireless communication system is provided. The method comprises transmitting, to a first node, a first extended schedule element (ESE) frame including a time-division multiplexing service period (TDD-SP) bit, receiving, from the first node, a preamble or a second ESE frame including a short device co-existence (SRD Co-Ex) indicator that is set to one based on the TDD-SP bit, and changing a transmit-receive slot pattern based on the received preamble or SRD Co-Ex indicator for the co-existence operation.

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


Sampling point identification for low frequency asynchronous data capture
Patent No. 11343067 

Inventor(s): Venkataratna Subrahmanya Bharathi Akondy Raja Raghupathi (Cypress, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17093684 on 11/10/2020 (560 days app to issue)

Abstract: An asynchronous data capture device comprises an edge spread detector circuit, a clock generator, and a data sampling circuit. The edge spread detector circuit uses a first clock frequency that is a multiple of a second clock frequency, identifies transitions in a data stream transmitted to the device at the second clock frequency, and determines a sampling point based on the identified transitions. The clock generator adjusts a phase offset based on the sampling point and generates a clock signal having the second clock frequency and the adjusted phase offset. The data sampling circuit uses the second clock frequency and samples the data stream at the sampling point. In some implementations, the edge spread detector determines a sampling point that is isolated from the identified transitions, and the clock generator adjusts the phase offset to cause a rising edge at the sampling point.

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


Dynamic segmentation of network traffic by use of pre-shared keys
Patent No. 11343097 

Inventor(s): Nia Mack (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16889945 on 06/02/2020 (721 days app to issue)

Abstract: Dynamic segmentation of network traffic through the use of Pre-Shared Keys (PSKs). Each defined network segment uses a different pre-shared key and a message authentication code (MAC)-signing algorithm to sign data packets with segment-specific MACs. As such, only those computer hosts/nodes that are in the network segment (i.e., have been assigned the same pre-shared key for generating and decoding the MAC signed data packets) are capable or reading the segment”s network traffic. By implementing segment-specific MAC signed data packets, the present invention allows for confidential data transmission absent the need to encrypt the actual contents/data being transmitted.

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


System and method for securing personal information via biometric public key
Patent No. 11343099 

Inventor(s): Charles H. Herder, III (Dallas, TX), Tina P. Srivastava (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Badge Inc. (Lewes, DE)
Law Firm: Sunstein LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16416073 on 05/17/2019 (1103 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device, method, and computer readable storage medium generate a biometric public key for an individual based on both the individual”s biometric data and a secret, in a manner that verifiably characterizes both while tending to prevent recovery of either by anyone other than the individual. The biometric public key may be later used to authenticate a subject purporting to be the individual, using a computing facility that need not rely on a hardware root of trust. Such biometric public keys may be distributed without compromising the individual”s biometric data, and may be used to provide authentication in addition to, or in lieu of, passwords or cryptographic tokens. Various use cases are disclosed, including: enrollment, authentication, establishing and using a secure communications channel, and cryptographically signing a message.

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


Real-time, time aware, dynamic, context aware and reconfigurable ethernet packet classification
Patent No. 11343205 

Inventor(s): Pratheesh Gangadhar Thalakkal Kottilaveedu (Bengaluru, , IN), Thomas Anton Leyrer (Geisenhausen, , DE), William Cronin Wallace (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16425734 on 05/29/2019 (1091 days app to issue)

Abstract: An ultra-high speed electronic communications device includes: a network communications interface; a memory; and one or more processing units, communicatively coupled to the memory and the network communications interface, wherein the memory stores instructions configured to cause the one or more processing units to: receive a data packet using the network communications interface; determine a classification of the data packet based, at least in part, on a plurality of factors, wherein the plurality of factors comprises a rate at which the data packet was received and a time at which the data packet was received; select, based at least in part, on the classification, an operation from a plurality of operations, wherein the plurality of operations comprises a cut-through operation and a store-and-forward operation; and perform the selected operation.

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


Edge computing for internet of things security with blockchain authentication
Patent No. 11343311 

Inventor(s): Anil K. Guntupalli (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16690551 on 11/21/2019 (915 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device may include a memory storing instructions and processor configured to execute the instructions to receive, by a first blockchain node and via a first base station, a message from a first Internet of Things (IoT) device to a second IoT device, wherein the device corresponds to a first multi-access edge computing (MEC) device located in a first MEC network associated with the first base station. The processor may be further configured to authenticate, by the first blockchain node, the first IoT device using a blockchain associated with a group of IoT devices and send, by the first blockchain node, the message to a second blockchain node in a second MEC device in a second MEC network associated with a second base station servicing the second IoT device, in response to authenticating the first IoT device using the blockchain associated with the group of IoT devices.

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


Machine intelligent isolation of international calling performance degradation
Patent No. 11343373 

Inventor(s): Feng Liu (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): T-Mobile USA, Inc. (Bellevue, WA)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17163079 on 01/29/2021 (480 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed system identifies international calling performance issues of a wireless telecommunication network. The system receives network traffic data for international calls including information about call attempts to a country. The system categorizes the country into a major category and a minor category based on the call attempts information. For a subset of countries, and for each key performance indicator in a subset of selected key performance indicators, the system monitors performance using an anomaly detection model to identify an anomaly in network performance, determines an actual value of the key performance indicator for the detected anomaly, and computes a variation value of the determined actual value based on a predicted range of values. The system ranks countries using the computed variation values, to indicate problematic parts of the wireless telecommunication network.

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


Computerized system and method for robocall steering
Patent No. 11343376 

Inventor(s): Lulia Ann Barakat (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17245126 on 04/30/2021 (389 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for robocall steering over voice-hosted traffic networks. The disclosed framework provides novel systems and methods for increasing the accuracy and efficiency in tracking, identifying, blocking and preventing robocalls and robocallers. The disclosed systems and methods provide mechanisms for identifying and removing unwanted voice traffic from networks. The disclosed systems and methods analyze voice traffic over a predetermined period of time (e.g., 1 day or 30 days, for example), and leverage this information into a ”know your customer” (KYC) score. This score enables incoming calls to be routed, controlled and/or blocked as they are communicated over voice networks.

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


Acceleration of bypass binary symbol processing in video coding
Patent No. 11343542 

Inventor(s): Madhukar Budagavi (Dallas, TX), Vivienne Sze (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16180824 on 11/05/2018 (1296 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for encoding a video sequence in a video encoder to generate a compressed video bit stream is provided that includes binarizing a plurality of syntax elements, wherein each binarized syntax element comprises a string of one or more binary symbols (bins), wherein a bin is one selected from a context-coded bin and bypass bin, encoding the context-coded bins of the binarized syntax elements using binary arithmetic encoding, and adding the bypass bins of the binarized syntax elements to the compressed video bit stream with no encoding.

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


Geolocationing system and method for use of same
Patent No. 11343543 

Inventor(s): Raymond S. Horton (McKinney, TX), Thomas R. Miller (Plano, TX), William C. Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17154713 on 01/21/2021 (488 days app to issue)

Abstract: A geolocationing system and method for providing awareness in a multi-space environment, such as a hospitality environment or educational environment, are presented. In one embodiment of the geolocationing system, a vertical and horizontal array of gateway devices is provided. Each gateway device includes a gateway device identification providing an accurately-known fixed location within the multi-space environment. Each gateway device includes a wireless transceiver that receives a beacon signal from a proximate wireless-enabled personal locator device. The gateway devices, in turn, send gateway signals to a server, which determines estimated location of the wireless-enabled personal locator device.

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


Systems and methods for video processing
Patent No. 11343548 

Inventor(s): Mihir Narendra Mody (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16402422 on 05/03/2019 (1117 days app to issue)

Abstract: Several systems and methods for processing of video frames based on one or more video formats are disclosed. In an embodiment, a video processing system comprises a memory and a video engine. The memory stores a plurality of video frames, a primary set of instructions and a plurality of secondary sets of processing instructions. Each secondary set of processing instructions is associated with a video format. The video engine is loaded with the primary set of instructions and is configured to fetch one or more video frames and a secondary set of processing instructions from the memory based on the loaded primary set of instructions. The fetched secondary set of processing instructions corresponds to a video format determined for processing of the one or more video frames. The video engine performs processing of the one or more video frames based on the secondary set of processing instructions.

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


Method and apparatus for localization
Patent No. 11343646 

Inventor(s): Aditya V. Padaki (Richardson, TX), Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16998929 on 08/20/2020 (642 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device and a method of the electronic device for performing localization in a wireless communication system are provided. The electronic device and method comprise: receiving, from a plurality of anchor nodes, signals for the localization; performing ranging measurements of the signals based on a range and an angle of arrival (AoA) of the signals; determining whether at least one of the plurality of anchor nodes is not detected based on the ranging measurements; determining, based on a determination that the at least one anchor node is not detected based on the ranging measurements, whether at least one other anchor node in the plurality of anchor nodes is located on a line of sight (LOS) from the electronic device, wherein the LOS is determined based on the AoA of the signals; and performing the localization based on the at least one other anchor node.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Session establishment to join a group communication
Patent No. 11343653 

Inventor(s): Jayshree Bharatia (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Ofinno, LLC (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16743402 on 01/15/2020 (860 days app to issue)

Abstract: An access and mobility management function (AMF) receives from a wireless device, a first message indicating a request for a group communication session. The first message comprises a group communication session identifier. The AMF selects a session management function (SMF) for the group communication session of the wireless device. The AMF sends to a unified data management function (UDM), a second message to create a group context information. The second message comprises the group communication session identifier and an identifier of the SMF associated with the group communication session identifier.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Vehicle-to-everything server discovery
Patent No. 11343665 

Inventor(s): Devaki Chandramouli (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Nokia Technologies Oy (Espoo, , FI)
Law Firm: Nokia Technologies Oy (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16087091 on 03/31/2016 (2245 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, are provided for V2X server discovery. In some example embodiments, there may be provided a method. The method may include receiving, by a user equipment, an indication of an identity of a local server configured to provide, in the serving public land mobile network, information regarding a vehicle-based service, when the user equipment enters a region of the serving public land mobile network; and discovering, by the user equipment, the local server based on the received indication of the identity. Related systems, methods, and articles of manufacture are also disclosed.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for call session control function failover using dynamic routing techniques
Patent No. 11343686 

Inventor(s): Myron Eugene Bagwell (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16815334 on 03/11/2020 (804 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system described herein may provide a technique for the seamless failover of devices in a network, such as a wireless telecommunications network. For example, embodiments may identify a particular device, such as a Call Session Control Function (”CSCF”), that has failed or that does not meet particular performance metrics. An Internet Protocol (”IP”) address of the failed device may be assigned to a functioning device of the same type (e.g., another CSCF). The functioning device may be instructed, in accordance with some embodiments, to output routes between itself and other devices or IP addresses, based on which traffic originally intended for the failed device may be routed to the functioning device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Preserving emergency call during failure to transfer
Patent No. 11343742 

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P. C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16882245 on 05/22/2020 (732 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method in a user equipment (UE) for transferring an emergency session from a first network to a second network. The method includes transmitting a first registration request message to the second network; receiving a registration reject message from the second network; detecting the emergency session between the UE and the first network is ongoing; transmitting a second registration request message comprising an emergency registration request to the second network; and receiving a registration accept message for the emergency session.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Coordinated beam selection in cellular mesh network
Patent No. 11343748 

Inventor(s): Vishnu Vardhan Ratnam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16783918 on 02/06/2020 (838 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for maintaining network information. A method for operating a base station (BS) in a wireless communication network includes receiving a neighbor discovery signal block (NDSB) from a neighbor BS in the wireless communication network, generating measurement information based on the NDSB, and generating a path metric for the neighbor BS based on the generated measurement information. The method further includes determining whether the neighbor BS as an interferer neighbor BS based on comparison of the path metric to a threshold and updating network information maintained at the BS based on the determination of whether the neighbor BS is the interferer neighbor BS.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for multi-antenna transmission in vehicle to vehicle communication
Patent No. 11343777 

Inventor(s): Li Guo (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17247328 on 12/07/2020 (533 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of a user equipment (UE) in a wireless communication system is provided. The method comprises: receiving, from a base station (BS), configuration information for a power control of a sidelink and a downlink reference signal (RS) to measure a downlink channel from the BS, wherein the sidelink is established between the UE and another UE; receiving, from the BS, the downlink RS based on the configuration information; calculating a first pathloss for the downlink channel between the UE and the BS based on the configuration information; identifying a second pathloss for the sidelink between the UE and the other UE; and transmitting, to the other UE, a physical sidelink shared channel (PSSCH) and a physical sidelink control channel (PSCCH) based on the first pathloss and the second pathloss.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


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Portable grill
Patent No. D952390 

Inventor(s): Travis M. Magee (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Mitchell Law PLLC (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29737777 on 06/11/2020 (712 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Cooking utensil
Patent No. D952417 

Inventor(s): Alexander K. Maghsadi (Lewisville, TX), Eric H. Jan (Lehi, UT)
Assignee(s): SOLO BRANDS, LLC (Grapevine, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29727308 on 03/10/2020 (805 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Console device
Patent No. D952541 

Inventor(s): Joshua Andrew Emrich (Grapevine, TX), Mark Allen Siemsen (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29759467 on 11/23/2020 (547 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Saw cover
Patent No. D952712 

Inventor(s): Colleen E. Frederick (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Illinois Tool Works Inc. (Glenview, IL)
Law Firm: Neal, Gerber Eisenberg LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29689112 on 04/26/2019 (1124 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Fishing jig head
Patent No. D952792 

Inventor(s): Steve Goncalves (Midlothian, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29754502 on 10/12/2020 (589 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet toy
Patent No. D952965 

Inventor(s): Josiah Wilhelm (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29725375 on 02/25/2020 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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