Dallas Invents: 135 Patents Granted for Week of Sept. 7

Dallas-Fort Worth ranked No. 10 for patent activity out of 250 metros.

Patents granted include:
• 7-Eleven's sensor mapping to a global coordinate system
Apple's method for supporting antenna beamforming in a cellular network
Intuit's sentiment analysis of content
• Luraco's  body scanning detection for advanced robotic massage chairs
Monarc's projectile delivery system
ShockWatch's impact indicator
UIPath's scheduling robots for robotic process automation

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of Sept. 7, 2021  |  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

135 patents granted    
Ranked No. 10 in patent production out of 250 metros


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES   8
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING  9
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY    5
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS 4
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING     11
G: PHYSICS 41
H: ELECTRICITY   48
DESIGN: 9


TOP ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas)   13
Bank of America Corp. (Charlotte, NC)   9
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR)  4
Sandisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 4
Toyota Motor Engineering  anufacturing North America Inc. (Plano)   4
Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)    4
Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano)  3
Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)    3
Traxxas LP (McKinney)  3

UNASSIGNED 6


TOP INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Manu Kurian (Dallas)   7
Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett)  3
Adam Cole Ewing (McKinney)  2
Carlos Caicedo (Dallas)     2
Carol Monza (Dallas)   2
Carolyn Eckert (Dallas)     2
Christopher William Overton (Richardson)     2
David Shin (Dallas)   2
Don Miller (Dallas)   2
Gopikrishna Nemalikanti (Frisco)  2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Method of body scanning detection for advanced robotic massage chairs
Patent No. 11110030 

Inventor(s): Kevin Le (Richland Hills, TX), Matthew Palmore (Grand Prairie, TX), Thanh Le (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Luraco, Inc (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17099232 on 11/16/2020 (295 days app to issue)

Abstract: A massage chair includes a back massage system and a thigh massage system with a roller mechanism configured to move a roller in a three dimensional orbital motion. The roller mechanism is driven by a single motor that can change the direction in operation. Also included is a roller motion drive element within the roller mechanism. A shaft is configured to pass through the roller motion drive element in an offset non-perpendicular angle relative to the end face thereby forming an angle between the shaft and the end face that is less than 85 degrees. The offset causes the orbital motion of the roller when rotated. The electronics of the massage chair facilitate facial recognition and a medical assessment device to detect bodily characteristics. The backrest of the massage chair can elongate to stretch the user. A plurality of airbags are also available for the twisting of the user.

[A61H] PHYSICAL THERAPY APPARATUS, e.g. DEVICES FOR LOCATING OR STIMULATING REFLEX POINTS IN THE BODY; ARTIFICIAL RESPIRATION; MASSAGE; BATHING DEVICES FOR SPECIAL THERAPEUTIC OR HYGIENIC PURPOSES OR SPECIFIC PARTS OF THE BODY (electrotherapy, magnetotherapy, radiation therapy, ultrasound therapy A61N)


Integrated emergency egress equipment
Patent No. 11110304 

Inventor(s): Joseph Leachman (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Chalker Flores, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15861827 on 01/04/2018 (1342 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention includes an emergency egress system of a vehicle, including: a rope compartment, wherein the rope compartment is located on or near a vertical plane along a longitudinal axis of the vehicle, within reach of one or more occupant seats; a rope, wherein at least a portion of the rope is stored within the rope compartment and is securely tethered to a portion of a structure of the vehicle; and a rope compartment cover to secure the rope in the rope compartment.

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


Fire-extinguishing apparatus
Patent No. 11110309 

Inventor(s): Raymond Cooley (Midlothian, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16291696 on 03/04/2019 (918 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example of a fire-extinguishing apparatus includes a plate member including a convex front surface configured to be exposed to fire, and a concave rear surface. The apparatus includes a handle member including a first end and a second end. The handle member is configured to push the plate member over the fire. A joint connects the first end of the handle member to the concave rear surface. In one example of using the apparatus, the apparatus can be placed on a location on a line of fire. By pushing the apparatus along the line of fire, the fire along the line can be mowed.

[A62C] FIRE-FIGHTING (fire-extinguishing compositions, use of chemical substances in extinguishing fires A62D 1/00; spraying, applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces in general B05; fire-fighting aircraft B64D 1/16; alarm arrangements G08B, e.g. fire alarms actuated by smoke or gases G08B 17/10)


Medication disposal apparatus and methods of manufacture and use
Patent No. 11110312 

Inventor(s): Jorge Casas-Ganem (Dallas, TX), Joshua Haney (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Surgical Device Innovations, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15970623 on 05/03/2018 (1223 days app to issue)

Abstract: A medication disposal apparatus and method of use with multiple stages of conversion operable to render a controlled substance useless.

[A62D] CHEMICAL MEANS FOR EXTINGUISHING FIRES; PROCESSES FOR MAKING HARMFUL CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES HARMLESS, OR LESS HARMFUL, BY EFFECTING A CHEMICAL CHANGE; COMPOSITION OF MATERIALS FOR COVERINGS OR CLOTHING FOR PROTECTING AGAINST HARMFUL CHEMICAL AGENTS; COMPOSITION OF MATERIALS FOR TRANSPARENT PARTS OF GAS-MASKS, RESPIRATORS, BREATHING BAGS OR HELMETS; COMPOSITION OF CHEMICAL MATERIALS FOR USE IN BREATHING APPARATUS


Delivery system for targeted launching of sports projectile
Patent No. 11110335 

Inventor(s): Bhargav Maganti (Dallas, TX), Igor Karlicic (Dallas, TX), Nathan Pierotti (Chicago, IL)
Assignee(s): MONARC INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16893172 on 06/04/2020 (460 days app to issue)

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

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


Infant repositioning device
Patent No. 11109689 

Inventor(s): Brandon Gerald Corse (Colleyville, TX), Emily Claire Heisey (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Hyco Holdings, LLC (Colleyville, TX)
Law Firm: Hitchcock Evert LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17069730 on 10/13/2020 (329 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention relates to a repositioning device that is used for treating orthopedic conditions, diseases and injuries in infants, including plagiocephaly. The repositioning device comprises a wrap and a side support that, during use of the repositioning device, allows for the passive rotation of an infant”s neck, gradual elongation of an infant”s head and stretching of an infant”s musculoskeletal system.

[A47D] FURNITURE SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR CHILDREN (school benches or desks A47B 39/00, A47B 41/00)


Image guided intravascular therapy catheter utilizing a thin ablation electrode
Patent No. 11109909 

Inventor(s): Andreas Hadjicostis (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Timothy E. Siegel Patent Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16700185 on 12/02/2019 (645 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of forming a sound lens having a coating of a first metal, that utilizes a lens-shaped piece of heat resistant material, having a convex major surface, and having a sonic impedance similar to that of human tissue, taken from a group consisting essentially of high temperature plastics and silicone. In the method, the convex major surface is sputter coated with a layer of the first metal, less than 10 microns thick.

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


Dual optic, curvature changing accommodative IOL
Patent No. 11109960 

Inventor(s): David Borja (Fort Worth, TX), Shinwook Lee (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Alcon Inc. (Fribourg, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16655070 on 10/16/2019 (692 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure concerns a curvature-changing, accommodative intraocular lens (IOL) for implantation in the capsular bag of a patient”s eye. The IOL includes a fluid optic body having a cavity for containing an optical fluid, the cavity at least partially defined by a sidewall extending around the cavity and defining a diameter of the cavity and a deformable optical membrane intersecting the sidewall around a circumference of the sidewall and spanning the diameter of the cavity. The IOL further includes a second optic body spaced a distance apart from the fluid optic body and a plurality of struts extending from the sidewall and coupling the fluid optic body to the second optic body. The struts are configured such that axial compression of the capsular bag causes the struts to deform the sidewall in a manner that increases the diameter of the cavity, modifying a curvature of the deformable optical membrane.
[A61F] FILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, E.G. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS (dental prosthetics A61C) [2006.01]

 


 

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

Multi-transition metal doped copper-cobalt spinel catalyst material for NO[subscript]x [/subscript]decomposition
Patent No. 11110432 

Inventor(s): Charles A. Roberts (Farmington Hills, MI), Chen Ling (Troy, MI), Krishna Gunugunuri (Canton, MI), Torin C. Peck (Ann Arbor, MI), Ying Zhang (Ann Arbor, 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: 16707083 on 12/09/2019 (638 days app to issue)

Abstract: Catalysts including multi-transition metal doped copper-cobalt spinel mixed oxide catalyst materials for direct NO[subscript]x [/subscript]decomposition with selectivity to N[subscript]2 [/subscript]from combustion engine exhaust, while minimizing formation of the N[subscript]2[/subscript]O product. In one example, the catalyst may include a ternary zinc-doped copper-cobalt spinel material or a quaternary manganese+zinc doped copper-cobalt spinel material. The catalysts are effective for reducing NO to N[subscript]2 [/subscript]at suitable temperatures of 350-500 C., with and without excess O[subscript]2 [/subscript]presence.

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


Systems and methodologies for capturing tire temperatures with a temperature sensing instrument
Patent No. 11110760 

Inventor(s): Denise L. Merkle (Fort Worth, TX), Margaret Ree Fraelich (Fort Worth, TX), Nelson E. Claytor (Fort Worth, TX), Nicola Cappelletti (Powder Springs, GA)
Assignee(s): Fresnel Technologies, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Fortkort Houston PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15878408 on 01/23/2018 (1323 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided for measuring the temperature of a tire. The method comprises (a) providing a temperature measuring instrument which is equipped with a plurality of temperature probes, wherein each of the plurality of temperature probes sense the temperature of a surface they come into contact with; (b) providing a software program installed on a mobile technology platform, wherein said mobile technology platform is equipped with a display and is in wireless communication with the temperature measuring instrument, and wherein the software program operates in conjunction with said mobile technology platform and the temperature measuring instrument to capture temperature readings sensed by the plurality of temperature probes; (c) receiving user input from a user of said mobile technology platform, the user input specifying tire parameters for a set of tires on which temperature readings are to be captured, wherein the tire parameters identify (a) a set of tires, (b) a vehicle that the set of tires are to be used in conjunction with, and (c) a track at which the vehicle will be operated when the temperature readings are captured; (d) creating a tire temperature measurement record from said user input; (e) capturing a plurality of temperature readings from said temperature measuring instrument after said plurality of temperature probes have been placed into contact with the external surface of at least one member of said set of tires; (f) adding the captured temperature read

[B60C] VEHICLE TYRES (manufacture, repairing B29); TYRE INFLATION; TYRE CHANGING; CONNECTING VALVES TO INFLATABLE ELASTIC BODIES IN GENERAL; DEVICES OR ARRANGEMENTS RELATED TO TYRES (testing of tyres G01M 17/02) [5]


Multi-function vehicle input apparatuses with operational buttons for vehicle systems control and methods incorporating the same
Patent No. 11110798 

Inventor(s): Clinton J. Williams (Saline, MI), John Charles Rafferty (Dexter, MI), Lou M. Pope (Ypsilanti, 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: 16264054 on 01/31/2019 (950 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-function input apparatus of a steering wheel that includes a plurality of outer buttons that correspond to a plurality of vehicle systems, such that actuation of at least one of the plurality of outer buttons selects a corresponding vehicle system from the plurality of vehicle systems. The apparatus includes a touch pad having a capacitive touch surface that is positioned adjacent the plurality of outer buttons. In response to actuation of the capacitive surface the touch pad is configured to navigate through and select a setting of a plurality of settings of the selected vehicle system. The apparatus further includes a confirmation button positioned adjacent to the touch pad that corresponds to a confirmation input such that actuation of the confirmation button actuates the selected setting of the selected vehicle system.

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


Cargo decking beam end
Patent No. 11110851 

Inventor(s): Jerrell P. Squyres (Point, TX)
Assignee(s): B2B Casuals, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Yee Associates, P.C. (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16691304 on 11/21/2019 (656 days app to issue)

Abstract: A decking beam end assembly is provided. The assembly comprises a beam end body configured to be slidably disposed within an end of a hollow beam member. A U-shaped foot is pivotally coupled to the beam end body, wherein the foot further comprises a flanged head configured to be slidably captured within a capture area of an L-track. A latch is pivotally coupled to the foot, wherein the latch comprises a retaining lug configured to concurrently fit into two successive circular openings of the L-track and a straight rail opening in the L-track connecting the two circular openings.

[B60P] VEHICLES ADAPTED FOR LOAD TRANSPORTATION OR TO TRANSPORT, TO CARRY, OR TO COMPRISE SPECIAL LOADS OR OBJECTS (vehicles with special provisions for transporting patients or disabled persons, or their personal conveyances A61G 3/00)


Battery eliminator circuit apparatus, system, and method for a model vehicle
Patent No. 11110873 

Inventor(s): Jonathan Scott Wood (Frisco, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX), Scott Rollin Schmitz (Lewisville, TX), William Huang (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16459410 on 07/01/2019 (799 days app to issue)

Abstract: An auxiliary Battery Eliminator Circuit (BEC) and method are provided. The auxiliary BEC may include a receiver plug-in port with a low voltage power and ground connection and a receiver communication connection and an electronic speed control plug-in port comprising a low voltage power and ground connection and an electronic speed control communication connection. In addition the auxiliary BEC may include a battery pre-wire connection for electrically coupling to a high voltage positive terminal of a high voltage battery. Wherein the auxiliary BEC passes through communication signals between a receiver and the electronic speed control via the receiver communication connection and the electronic speed control communication connection. Wherein the auxiliary BEC provides converted high voltage power from the high voltage battery for the receiver and herein the auxiliary BEC powers on and off corresponding to input from the low voltage power and ground connection of the electronic speed control.

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


Carseat adjustment strap sensor
Patent No. 11110876 

Inventor(s): Jeremy R. Escobar (Waxahachie, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16540282 on 08/14/2019 (755 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention discloses a seatbelt strap sensor for automobiles. The seatbelt strap sensor could detachably fasten to a strap of a seatbelt of the automobile. The strap sensor comprises a plurality of LEDs disposed within a housing, and a pressure sensor and a bracket are disposed on the rear surface of the housing. The pressure sensor is positioned against the body of a child and configured to measure the tightness of the strap of a seatbelt. The bracket has capable to tightly hold the strap sensor to the strap of the seatbelt. The LEDs are configured to illuminate different colors for indicating the tightness of the strap based on the output of the pressure sensor. The housing having indications with letters or words and symbols corresponding to the LEDs. It helps users to determine the tightness of the strap and could be adjusted optimally.

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


Integral flexured carriers for aircraft planetary gear systems
Patent No. 11111014 

Inventor(s): Russell Lee Mueller (Coppell, TX), Tyson T. Henry (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16661118 on 10/23/2019 (685 days app to issue)

Abstract: A drivetrain for an aircraft includes an engine, a driveshaft receiving rotational energy from the engine and a gearbox including a planetary gear system receiving rotational energy from the driveshaft. The planetary gear system includes a sun gear, planet gears, a ring gear and an integral carrier forming flexured carrier posts. Each flexured carrier post supports a respective one of the planet gears and has a fixed proximal end and a cantilevered distal end. The planetary gear system includes flexured roller races, each having a fixed end and a cantilevered end. The fixed end of each flexured roller race is coupled to the cantilevered distal end of a respective flexured carrier post. The planet gears engage with the flexured roller races to rotate about the flexured carrier posts. The cantilevered ends of the flexured roller races experience cantilevered motion to absorb loads from the planet gears.

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


Apparatus and method for a free-spinning wire dispensing reel
Patent No. 11111100 

Inventor(s): John L. Rhoads (The Colony, TX), William T. Bigbee, Jr. (Melissa, TX)
Assignee(s): Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Warren Rhoades LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16823112 on 03/18/2020 (538 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus and method for dispensing wire or cable from a reel assembly. In one embodiment, the apparatus comprises an inner flange assembly and an outer flange assembly. The inner flange assembly is capable of freely rotating relative to the outer flange assembly for dispensing wire from any surface. In another embodiment, the apparatus includes an inner flange assembly, an outer flange assembly, and an external bay. The inner flange assembly is capable of freely rotating relative to the outer flange assembly and the external bay. The external bay is capable of freely rotation relative to the outer flange assembly and the inner flange assembly. In another embodiment, wire is dispensed from a reel assembly comprising an inner flange assembly and an outer flange assembly. In yet another embodiment, wire is dispensed from a reel assembly comprising an inner flange assembly, an outer flange assembly, and an external bay.

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


Equipment platform
Patent No. 11111977 

Inventor(s): Jeremy Carter (Roanoke, TX), Richard Parker Thurston (Argyle, TX)
Assignee(s): ASSET GUARD PRODUCTS INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16940007 on 07/27/2020 (407 days app to issue)

Abstract: Improved equipment bases and methods for making and using same are disclosed herein. The equipment base can include a first coated substrate including a first part having a first thickness sized to provide the load-bearing support for the equipment, a first elastomer coating the first part, a second coated substrate positioned adjacent to the first coated substrate, the second coated substrate including a second part having a second thickness sized to provide the load-bearing support for the equipment, and a second elastomer coating the second part. A first seam can be formed between the first and second coated substrates to allow for moisture to pass between the first and second coated substrates so that moisture is allowed to seep away from the bottom of the equipment.

[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


 

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

Facile direct functionalization of pristine graphene nanoparticles
Patent No. 11111150 

Inventor(s): Duck J Yang (Flower Mound, TX), Melissa A. Wunch (Dallas, TX), Samsuddin F Mahmood (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16566803 on 09/10/2019 (728 days app to issue)

Abstract: Graphene is a single layer carbon-based material known for high strength, high flexibility, high electrical conductivity, high surface area, hydrophobicity and barrier property. Introduction of surface functional groups on graphene enhances most of these properties. A facile and economical process to prepare amine and fluoride functionalized graphenes is disclosed. The disclosed processes utilize direct functionalization of pristine graphene without pre-functionalization (GO). Successful functionalization of both aminated and fluorinated graphenes were confirmed by the analyses of FT-IR, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), Raman, UV-Vis, and dispersion study. Amine functional groups can react with epoxy resin and urethane resin to form a covalent bond, and fluorinated graphene can give high hydrophobicity and durability, therefore both can be applied as a material or a component in polymer and composite coatings for corrosion protection, moisture or gas barriers.

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


Piperidine-based stabilizers and polymers end-capped with the same
Patent No. 11111215 

Inventor(s): Satchit Srinivasan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS USA, LLC (Alpharetta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16711050 on 12/11/2019 (636 days app to issue)

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

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


Use of a small native peptide activator of SERCA pump for treatment of heart failure and other disorders characterized by cytosolic calcium overload
Patent No. 11111278 

Inventor(s): Benjamin R. Nelson (Dallas, TX), Catherine A. Makarewich (Dallas, TX), Rhonda S. Bassel-Duby (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16743831 on 01/15/2020 (601 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure describes a new native peptide designated herein as Dwarf Open Reading Frame, or DWORF. This peptide enhances the apparent activity of the SERCA pump, is positively inotropic and lusitropic, and therefore is provided as a therapeutic agent for disorders characterized by cytosolic calcium overload.

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


Method of preparing carboxylic acid functionalized polymers
Patent No. 11111335 

Inventor(s): Lihong Guo (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Nektar Therapeutics (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16000561 on 06/05/2018 (1190 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods for preparing water soluble, non-peptidic polymers carrying carboxyl functional groups, particularly carboxylic acid functionalized poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) polymers are disclosed, as are the products of these methods. In general, an ester reagent R(CO)OR, wherein R is a tertiary group and R comprises a functional group X, is reacted with a water soluble, non-peptidic polymer POLY-Y, where Y is a functional group which reacts with X to form a covalent bond, to form a tertiary ester of the polymer, which is then treated with a strong base in aqueous solution, to form a carboxylate salt of the polymer. Typically, this carboxylate salt is then treated with an inorganic acid in aqueous solution, to convert the carboxylate salt to a carboxylic acid, thereby forming a carboxylic acid functionalized polymer.

[C08G] MACROMOLECULAR COMPOUNDS OBTAINED OTHERWISE THAN BY REACTIONS ONLY INVOLVING CARBON-TO-CARBON UNSATURATED BONDS (fermentation or enzyme-using processes to synthesise a desired chemical compound or composition or to separate optical isomers from a racemic mixture C12P) [2]


Stabilizer compounds
Patent No. 11111358 

Inventor(s): Satchit Srinivasan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): SOLVAY SPECIALTY POLYMERS USA, LLC (Alpharetta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16710469 on 12/11/2019 (636 days app to issue)

Abstract: A piperidine-based stabilizer compound of formula (I) or (II) that imparts UV, thermal, and/or thermo-oxidative stability to polymer compositions and more specifically to aromatic polymers and polymer compositions thereof.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Downhole tool for connecting with a conveyance line
Patent No. 11111735 

Inventor(s): Brandon Martin (Forney, TX)
Assignee(s): Impact Selector International, LLC (Heath, TX)
Law Firm: Boisbrun Hofman, PLLC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16721838 on 12/19/2019 (628 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole tool for connecting with a conveyance line. The downhole tool includes a first body and a second body. The first body and second body are connected together, wherein the first body is operable to move with respect to the second body when a predetermined tension is applied to the line from a wellsite surface to cause the downhole tool to release the line. The first body and second body may be connected together via a plurality of pins, wherein the pins are configured to break when the predetermined tension is applied to the line from the wellsite surface to cause the downhole tool to release the line. The downhole tool may comprises a line end termination device operable to connect with the line. The line end termination device is operable to release the line when the predetermined tension is applied to the line from the wellsite surface.

[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]


Ball valve for oil and gas fracturing operation
Patent No. 11111759 

Inventor(s): Devaraj Sadagopan (Dallas, TX), Shawn Mudigere (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): JNJ FRACKING, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16687058 on 11/18/2019 (659 days app to issue)

Abstract: A ball valve assembly configured to be controlled remotely can be included in a system for fracking a well. Ball valve assemblies of the present disclosure can include a main body having a bore for transmitting fluid therethrough and a ball disposed within the main body and having a throughbore, the ball being hydraulically rotatable within the main body for rotation between an open state and a closed state of the ball. Such ball valve assemblies can include other components such as one or more wipers on and in contact with an external surface of the ball throughout rotational operations of the ball to minimize debris from interfering with the valve, and/or pressure equalizing valves to adjust fluid pressure above and below the ball of the assembly, for example. Further, the ball vale assembly can be adapted to operate more safely by including a directional lock plate.

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


Methods of improving hydraulic fracture network
Patent No. 11111766 

Inventor(s): Charles Elmer Bell (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): Baker Hughes Holdings LLC (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: . Jones Delflache LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15919586 on 03/13/2018 (1274 days app to issue)

Abstract: The complexity of a fracture network may be enhanced during a hydraulic fracturing operation by monitoring operational parameters of the fracturing job and altering stress conditions in the well in response to the monitoring of the operational parameters. The operational parameters monitored may include the injection rate of the pumped fluid, the density of the pumped fluid or the bottomhole pressure of the well after the fluid is pumped. The method provides an increase to the stimulated reservoir volume (SRV).

[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]


Magnetic position indicator
Patent No. 11111779 

Inventor(s): Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16528117 on 07/31/2019 (769 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole tool having an indexing apparatus for actuating the downhole tool from the surface by applying a pre-determined number of hydraulic pressure signals to the downhole tool. The downhole having an outer tubing that has an outer surface and an inner surface, the inner surface defining an inner region of the outer tubing. The downhole tool includes a sliding sleeve positioned within the inner region of the outer tubing, the sliding sleeve being slideable relative to the outer tubing. The sliding sleeve including a first magnet and a second magnet that are positioned in an opposing orientation relative to one another for providing a reference point detectable via a magnetometer at a surface of a wellbore. An indexing position of the downhole tool being determined by comparing a location of the reference point on the sliding sleeve to a location of a fixed point on the outer tubing.

[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

 

Hub with integral elastomeric bearing
Patent No. 11111012 

Inventor(s): Gary Miller (North Richland Hills, TX), Whitney Renee Foskey (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16589205 on 10/01/2019 (707 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotor hub assembly includes a yoke and a high capacity laminated (HCL) bearing, comprising layers of elastomeric material and layers of metal. The HCL bearing is affixed to the yoke to prevent separation of the HCL bearing from the yoke.

[F16C] SHAFTS; FLEXIBLE SHAFTS; MECHANICAL MEANS FOR TRANSMITTING MOVEMENT IN A FLEXIBLE SHEATHING; ELEMENTS OF CRANKSHAFT MECHANISMS; PIVOTS; PIVOTAL CONNECTIONS; ROTARY ENGINEERING ELEMENTS OTHER THAN GEARING, COUPLING, CLUTCH OR BRAKE ELEMENTS; BEARINGS [5]


Valve for reciprocating pump assembly
Patent No. 11111915 

Inventor(s): Charles Hensley (Burleson, TX), Jacob A. Bayyouk (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): SPM Oil Gas PC LLC (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16251815 on 01/18/2019 (963 days app to issue)

Abstract: The valve member includes a valve body and a seal. The valve body defines a first frusto-conical surface and an outside annular cavity. The seal extends within the outside annular cavity and includes a first tapered and circumferentially-extending surface adapted to sealingly engage the tapered surface of the valve seat. In another aspect, the seal includes an annular bulbous protrusion from which the first tapered and circumferentially-extending surface angularly extends, the first tapered and circumferentially-extending surface extending between the annular bulbous protrusion and the first frusto-conical surface of the valve body. In another aspect, an offset distance is defined between the first frusto-conical surface of the valve body and at least a portion of the first tapered and circumferentially-extending surface of the seal, the offset distance extending in a direction that is perpendicular to at least the first frusto-conical surface of the valve body.

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


Coanda effect bearing cooler
Patent No. 11111961 

Inventor(s): Andrew Todd Koehler (Irving, TX), Scott C. Judge (Bethelehm, PA), Stephen R. Schappert (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Flowserve Management Company (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Maine Cernota Rardin (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16487293 on 01/10/2018 (1336 days app to issue)

Abstract: A compact, energy efficient air cooling system for a rotating shaft bearing module includes a Coanda surface having a periphery that smoothly curves from a radial center to axial alignment with a side of the module. A fan blade mounted on the shaft directs an airflow radially parallel and adjacent to the Coanda surface, causing the airflow to be bent by the Coanda effect from radial to axial, and to be directed along the side of the housing. Embodiments that can be applied to existing housings include a Coanda panel adjacent to the housing end face. A double suction fan blade can draw both external air and air from between the panel and the housing. In other embodiments the housing end face itself is a Coanda surface. A fan cover can have an inwardly curved periphery that forms a reduced gap or nozzle with the Coanda surface.

[F16C] SHAFTS; FLEXIBLE SHAFTS; MECHANICAL MEANS FOR TRANSMITTING MOVEMENT IN A FLEXIBLE SHEATHING; ELEMENTS OF CRANKSHAFT MECHANISMS; PIVOTS; PIVOTAL CONNECTIONS; ROTARY ENGINEERING ELEMENTS OTHER THAN GEARING, COUPLING, CLUTCH OR BRAKE ELEMENTS; BEARINGS [5]


Pipe-fitting
Patent No. 11112038 

Inventor(s): James Charles Jones (Aledo, TX)
Assignee(s): Georg Fischer Central Plastics LLC (Shawnee, OK)
Law Firm: Harness, Dickey Pierce, P.L.C. (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16053010 on 08/02/2018 (1132 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pipe-fitting includes a coupling and a flexible pipe-restraint gasket. The coupling includes a bell that defines a pipe insertion mouth at an end of the coupling and an inner recess. The flexible pipe-restraint gasket assembly is disposed within the inner recess and includes an annular body, a plurality of discrete gripping members and at least one extension portion. The plurality of gripping members are disposed around an outer periphery of the body. The at least one extension portion extends from the body and is disposed between a pair of the plurality of gripping members. The at least one extension portion defines a pocket.

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


Multi-staged water manifold system for a water source heat pump
Patent No. 11112050 

Inventor(s): Aylan Him (Coppell, TX), Eric Perez (Hickory Creek, TX), Miguel Montemayor (Carrollton, TX), Steve Schneider (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16504635 on 07/08/2019 (792 days app to issue)

Abstract: One aspect, as provided herein, is directed to a multi-stage fluid control system for a fluid source heat pump system. This embodiment comprises compressors configured to operate as separate, heat exchange stages, condensers each being fluidly coupled to at least one of the compressors by refrigerant tubing and having intake ends coupled together by a fluid intake manifold. This embodiment further includes output conduits coupled to each of the condensers and that are couplable to a distal location. Further included is a modulating valve control system interposed the output conduits. The modulating valve control system is configured to stage a flow of fluid through the condensers based on a number of operating compressors.

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


Superheated steam boiler and method for operation thereof
Patent No. 11112108 

Inventor(s): Michael Wayne Jordan (Weatherford, TX)
Assignee(s): SUSPENDED VORTEX INNOVATIONS LLC (Springtown, TX)
Law Firm: Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16077822 on 05/31/2018 (1195 days app to issue)

Abstract: A superheated steam boiler includes an inner tank system including a wet tank and a dry tank separated by an isolation member, an outer sleeve surrounding the inner tank system, wherein wet tank fluid openings allow the wet tank to be in communication with the outer sleeve, and dry tank steam openings in the dry tank allow the dry tank to be in communication with the outer sleeve, and a burner system within the inner tank system. The burner system includes a combustion/expansion chamber having spherical surfaces located in and fluidly isolated from the wet tank, a distribution chamber located in and fluidly isolated from the dry tank, heat tubes extending through the isolation member between the combustion/expansion chamber and the distribution chamber; and an exhaust tube extending from the distribution chamber and out of the inner tank system to exit the boiler.

[F22B] METHODS OF STEAM GENERATION; STEAM BOILERS (steam engine plants where engine aspects predominate F01K; removal of combustion products or residues, e.g. cleaning of the combustion contaminated surfaces of tubes of boilers, F23J 3/00; domestic central-heating systems using steam F24D; heat exchange or heat transfer in general F28; generation of vapour in the cores of nuclear reactors G21)


System design for noise reduction of solenoid valve
Patent No. 11112152 

Inventor(s): Ammar Kailani (Richardson, TX), Brandon Ullrich (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): Lennox Industries Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16354377 on 03/15/2019 (907 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bypass line is described that is capable of equalizing pressure within an HVAC system. The bypass line can also cause less noise than other solutions. A bypass line under the present disclosure can comprise a line from a high pressure side to a low pressure side of an HVAC system. Valves and orifices can be disposed within the bypass line. The valves and orifices help to slow the speed of fluid from high pressure to low pressure locations, thus reducing noise during pressure equalization.

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


Configurations and methods for small scale LNG production
Patent No. 11112173 

Inventor(s): John Mak (Santa Ana, CA)
Assignee(s): Fluor Technologies Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15201070 on 07/01/2016 (1894 days app to issue)

Abstract: An LNG plant comprises a cold box and a refrigeration unit fluidly coupled with a plurality of heat exchanger passes in the cold box. The refrigeration unit is configured to provide a first refrigerant stream to a first heat exchanger pass of the plurality of heat exchanger passes at a first pressure, a second refrigerant stream to a second heat exchanger pass at a second pressure, and a third refrigerant stream to a third heat exchanger pass at a third pressure. The second refrigerant stream comprises a first portion of the first refrigerant stream, and the third refrigerant stream comprises a second portion of the first refrigerant stream. The second pressure and the third pressure are both below the first pressure. The cold box is configured to produce LNG from a natural gas feed stream to the cold box using a refrigeration content from the refrigeration unit.

[F25J] LIQUEFACTION, SOLIDIFICATION, OR SEPARATION OF GASES OR GASEOUS MIXTURES BY PRESSURE AND COLD TREATMENT (cryogenic pumps F04B 37/08; gas storage vessels, gas-holders F17; filling vessels with, or discharging from vessels, compressed, liquefied, or solidified gases F17C; refrigeration machines, plants, or systems F25B)


Phase implementation of natural gas liquid recovery plants
Patent No. 11112175 

Inventor(s): John Mak (Santa Ana, CA)
Assignee(s): Fluor Technologies Corporation (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, PC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15789463 on 10/20/2017 (1418 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments relate generally to systems and methods for operating a natural gas liquids plant in ethane rejection and in ethane recovery. A natural gas liquid plant may comprise an absorber configured to produce an ethane rich bottom stream and an ethane depleted vapor stream; a stripper fluidly coupled to the absorber configured to, during ethane rejection, fractionate the ethane rich bottom stream from the absorber into an ethane overhead product and a propane plus hydrocarbons product, and configured to, during ethane recovery, fractionate the ethane rich bottom stream into an ethane plus NGL stream and an overhead vapor stream; and an exchanger configured to, during ethane recovery, counter-currently contact the ethane rich bottom stream from the absorber with the ethane depleted vapor stream from the absorber, thereby heating the vapor stream and chilling the ethane rich bottom stream before the ethane rich bottom stream is fed to the stripper.

[F25J] LIQUEFACTION, SOLIDIFICATION, OR SEPARATION OF GASES OR GASEOUS MIXTURES BY PRESSURE AND COLD TREATMENT (cryogenic pumps F04B 37/08; gas storage vessels, gas-holders F17; filling vessels with, or discharging from vessels, compressed, liquefied, or solidified gases F17C; refrigeration machines, plants, or systems F25B)


Multi-piece polymer ammunition cartridge
Patent No. 11112224 

Inventor(s): Christopher William Overton (Richardson, TX), Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Singleton Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15886250 on 02/01/2018 (1314 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides polymeric ammunition cartridges having a generally cylindrical neck having a projectile aperture at a first end, a shoulder comprising a shoulder top connected to the generally cylindrical neck opposite a shoulder bottom, a side wall extending from the shoulder, a groove positioned around the side wall, a skirt connected circumferentially about the groove to extend away from the groove, wherein the groove and the skirt are adapted to mate to a polymer cartridge.

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


Multi-piece polymer ammunition cartridge
Patent No. 11112225 

Inventor(s): Christopher William Overton (Richardson, TX), Lonnie Burrow (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TRUE VELOCITY IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Singleton Law, PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15886278 on 02/01/2018 (1314 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention provides polymeric ammunition cartridge having a generally cylindrical neck having a projectile aperture at a first end, a shoulder comprising a shoulder top connected to the generally cylindrical neck opposite a shoulder bottom, a nose junction positioned around the shoulder bottom, a skirt connected circumferentially about the nose junction to extend away from the shoulder bottom, wherein the nose junction and the skirt are adapted to mate to a base junction in a cartridge.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Scheduling robots for robotic process automation
Patent No. 11110601 

Inventor(s): Daniel Bannoura (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): UIPATH, INC. (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Chiesa Shahinian Giantomasi PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16689193 on 11/20/2019 (657 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for performing a robotic process automation (RPA) workflow are provided. An indication to execute a job scheduled for performing an RPA workflow for a user associated with a user group is received. A robot is identified from a robot group associated with the job and having the same access rights as the user group. The robot is dispatched to a computing device to execute the job for performing the RPA workflow.

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


Intermodal transportation terminal control system and method
Patent No. 11110945 

Inventor(s): John Baxley (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): TRANSPORTATION IP HOLDINGS, LLC (Norwalk, CT)
Law Firm: The Small Patent Law Group, LLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15339060 on 10/31/2016 (1772 days app to issue)

Abstract: An intermodal terminal control system determines characteristics of cargo containers scheduled for receipt into and/or travel out of an intermodal terminal connected with both rail routes and automobile routes, determines characteristics of cargo handling equipment within the intermodal terminal, determines characteristics of rail vehicles scheduled for one or more of entry into or travel out of the intermodal terminal, and determines characteristics of automobile vehicles scheduled for entry into or travel out of the intermodal terminal. The system also determines constraints on cargo handling operations and a plan for the cargo handling equipment to transfer the cargo containers between the different modes of transportation within the intermodal terminal. The plan designates a sequence of operations to be performed in moving the cargo containers with the cargo handling equipment. The plan is based on the characteristics of the cargo containers, the cargo handling equipment, the rail vehicles, and the automobile vehicles.

[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 digital remote primary, secondary, and tertiary color calibration via smart device in analysis of medical test results
Patent No. 11112406 

Inventor(s): Jovan Hutton Pulitzer (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): RELIANT IMMUNE DIAGNOSTICS, INC. (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16010046 on 06/15/2018 (1180 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for providing immunoassay test results includes collecting at least one biologic with a testing device, conjugating the biologic with particles on a conjugate pad of a test strip to create an immune complex, binding antigens or antibodies of the immune complex to antigens or antibodies of a test line, providing a software application to be stored on a mobile device having a camera; capturing an image of the testing device, including a color mosaic having at least one color value corresponding to a positive test result, comparing the color values of the test line image to the color values of the image of the color mosaic, determining if the color values of the image of the test line are within a predetermined range of the at least one color value of the image of the color mosaic corresponding to a positive test result; and presenting test results on the viewing screen.

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


Impact indicator
Patent No. 11112425 

Inventor(s): Alvaro Tijerina Ahjuech (Chihuahua, , MX), Anthony N. Fonk (Austin, TX), Francisco Javier Vega Triste (Chihuahua, , MX), Johannes A. van Niekerk (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ShockWatch, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16588055 on 09/30/2019 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one aspect of the present disclosure, a device and technique for impact detection includes a housing and switch circuitry having an omega-shaped switch element. A passive radio-frequency identification (RFID) module is coupled to the switch circuitry and is configured to detect a state of a circuit condition of the switch circuitry. A mass member is movable within the housing from a first position to a second position in response to receipt by the housing of an acceleration event. Movement of the mass member to the second position causes the mass member to move the switch element to change the state of the circuit condition of the switch circuitry.

[G01P] MEASURING LINEAR OR ANGULAR SPEED, ACCELERATION, DECELERATION OR SHOCK; INDICATING PRESENCE OR ABSENCE OF MOVEMENT; INDICATING DIRECTION OF MOVEMENT (measuring angular rate using gyroscopic effects G01C 19/00; combined measuring devices for measuring two or more variables of movement G01C 23/00; measuring velocity of sound G01H 5/00; measuring velocity of light G01J 7/00; determining direction or velocity of solid objects by reflection or reradiation of radio or other waves and based on propagation effects, e.g. Doppler effect, propagation time or direction of propagation, G01S; measuring speed of nuclear radiation G01T)


Built-in self-test circuits and related methods
Patent No. 11112455 

Inventor(s): Jacco van Oevelen (Niederaichbach, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16286413 on 02/26/2019 (924 days app to issue)

Abstract: Built-in self-test (BIST) circuits and related methods are disclosed. An example BIST circuit includes a state machine to generate a control signal to reduce a gate voltage associated with a transistor from a first voltage to a second voltage when an enable signal is asserted, the transistor to be enabled at the first voltage and the second voltage, and assert an alert signal when a gate-to-source voltage associated with the transistor satisfies a threshold when the gate voltage is reduced to the second voltage.

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


Data fusion technique to compute reservoir quality and completion quality by combining various log measurements
Patent No. 11112516 

Inventor(s): Helena Gamero Diaz (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (Sugar Land, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15966607 on 04/30/2018 (1226 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods may include normalizing two or more wellbore logs obtained from the output of two or more wellbore tool surveys of a wellbore in a formation of interest; inputting two or more wellbore logs into a correlation matrix; assigning each of the two or more wellbore logs a positive or negative value based on the impact on a selected wellbore quality; performing a principal component analysis of the two or more wellbore logs to obtain one or more loading vectors; computing weighting factors for each of the two or more wellbore logs from the one or more loading vectors; and generating a quality index by linearly combining the two or more wellbore logs using the computed weighting factors.

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


Optical element switching systems for an electro optical system
Patent No. 11112578 

Inventor(s): Chris Shreve (Melissa, TX), Jake B. Range (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16354050 on 03/14/2019 (908 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various exemplary systems for transporting and switching optical components are disclosed. The system includes carriers disposed about a housing and configured to follow a carrier guide system to switch optical components at the optical prescription center of the optical path. In one example, a device is disclosed that reduces the packaging form factor through the use of carriers rotated about an inverted radius along a track adjacent to a limiting peripheral boundary. The system and device are configured to switch optical components while minimizing the form factor of the optical device. Methods of accomplishing these tasks are also disclosed.

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


Interface for display of multi-layer images in digital microscopy
Patent No. 11112952 

Inventor(s): Jonathan C. Ward (Plano, TX), Richard K. Rainbolt (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Microscopes International, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16365574 on 03/26/2019 (896 days app to issue)

Abstract: A user interface for display of multiview image sets captured by slide scanning digital microscopes, including a graphical user interface (GUI) for the display of one or more of multi-level, multi-angle, and multi-region images.

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


Software performance modification
Patent No. 11113037 

Inventor(s): Bradley D. Snyder (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16677778 on 11/08/2019 (669 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and system for modifying software performance management and capacity planning is provided. The method includes presenting graphical images associated with tailoring hardware and software systems for specialized functionality. A selection and associated order for a group of images is received from a user. The specified group of images is stored with respect to the order and specialized software code associated with the group of images is generated and executed. In response, the candidate hardware and software system is tailored for specialized functionality with respect to capturing expert knowledge and best practices.

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


Streaming engine with cache-like stream data storage and lifetime tracking
Patent No. 11113057 

Inventor(s): Joseph Zbiciak (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16808653 on 03/04/2020 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: A streaming engine employed in a digital data processor specifies a fixed read only data stream defined by plural nested loops. An address generator produces address of data elements. A steam head register stores data elements next to be supplied to functional units for use as operands. The streaming engine fetches stream data ahead of use by the central processing unit core in a stream buffer constructed like a cache. The stream buffer cache includes plural cache lines, each includes tag bits, at least one valid bit and data bits. Cache lines are allocated to store newly fetched stream data. Cache lines are deallocated upon consumption of the data by a central processing unit core functional unit. Instructions preferably include operand fields with a first subset of codings corresponding to registers, a stream read only operand coding and a stream read and advance operand coding.

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


Inserting predefined pad values into a stream of vectors
Patent No. 11113062 

Inventor(s): Asheesh Bhardwaj (Allen, TX), Son Hung Tran (Murphy, TX), Timothy David Anderson (University Park, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16420480 on 05/23/2019 (838 days app to issue)

Abstract: Software instructions are executed on a processor within a computer system to configure a steaming engine with stream parameters to define a multidimensional array. The stream parameters define a size for each dimension of the multidimensional array and a pad value indicator. Data is fetched from a memory coupled to the streaming engine responsive to the stream parameters. A stream of vectors is formed for the multidimensional array responsive to the stream parameters from the data fetched from memory. A padded stream vector is formed that includes a specified pad value without accessing the pad value from system memory.

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


Machine learning task compartmentalization and classification
Patent No. 11113111 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16505014 on 07/08/2019 (792 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for machine learning task compartmentalization and classification are disclosed. An example method comprises receiving, from a first computing device, user defined parameters associated with at least one user, receiving, from a second computing device different from the first computing device, auxiliary data associated with the at least one user, generating, by a third computing device, at least one work profile based on the received user defined parameters and auxiliary data, and determining, by the third computing device, an affinity between a task component and the generated at least one work profile.

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


Localization of potential issues to objects
Patent No. 11113132 

Inventor(s): Raymond Mark Cooke (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Trop, Pruner Hu, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16271384 on 02/08/2019 (942 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, a system identifies a potential issue based on comparing measurement data acquired at different hierarchical levels of a computing environment. Within a hierarchical level of the different hierarchical levels, the system determines, based on measurement data acquired for objects in the hierarchical level, whether the potential issue is localized to a subset of the objects.

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


Distributed architecture for fault monitoring
Patent No. 11113168 

Inventor(s): Ali M. Bazzi (South Windsor, CT), Ercan Mehment Dede (Ann Arbor, MI), Krishna Pattipatti (Storrs, CT), Lingyi Zhang (Willington, CT), Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI), Weiqiang Chen (Willington, CT)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15916943 on 03/09/2018 (1278 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for detecting an anomaly in a power semiconductor device are disclosed. A system includes a server computing device and one or more local components communicatively coupled to the server computing device. Each local component includes sensors positioned adjacent to the power semiconductor device for sensing properties thereof. Each local component receives data corresponding to one or more sensed properties of the power semiconductor device from the sensors and transmits the data to the server computing device. The server computing device utilizes the data, via a machine learning algorithm, to generate a set of eigenvalues and associated eigenvectors and select a selected set of eigenvalues and associated eigenvectors. Each local component conducts a statistical analysis of the selected set of eigenvalues and associated eigenvectors to determine that the data is indicative of the anomaly.

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


Pseudo-first in, first out (FIFO) tag line replacement
Patent No. 11113208 

Inventor(s): Sureshkumar Govindaraj (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16589108 on 09/30/2019 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided that includes searching tags in a tag group comprised in a tagged memory system for an available tag line during a clock cycle, wherein the tagged memory system includes a plurality of tag lines having respective tags and wherein the tags are divided into a plurality of non-overlapping tag groups, and searching tags in a next tag group of the plurality of tag groups for an available tag line during a next clock cycle when the searching in the tag group does not find an available tag line.

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


Artificially-intelligent, continuously-updating, centralized-database-identifier repository system
Patent No. 11113258 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16406188 on 05/08/2019 (853 days app to issue)

Abstract: A centralized database identifier repository may identify databases using a unique identifier, or key tag, for each database. Each identified database may include data relating to one or more specific data elements. The repository may include a variety of data elements. Each data element may be associated with one or more database keys. The repository may be a repository of reference pointers. The repository may facilitate data viewing and data retrieval. A requestor may search for a data element using the centralized repository. The repository may retrieve data relating to a specific data element, from all databases identified by unique identifiers, that include data relating to the data element. The databases” unique identifiers may be encrypted tokens.

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


Data management system and method
Patent No. 11113396 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Banner Witcott, Ltd. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16282674 on 02/22/2019 (928 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure are generally directed to electronic computer implemented methods of data communication. Steps include receiving a data payload including an originating node attribute, a security ranking index attribute and at least one data element associated with a computer readable record. In another step, a method includes electronically sampling the data payload including the at least one data element and determining a value of the security ranking index attribute; In yet another step, a method includes electronically processing an injectable tracking attribute into the data payload. In a further step, a method includes electronically routing the digital record data payload including the originating node attribute, the injectable tracking attribute and the at least one data element associated.

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


Methods and systems for de-duplication of findings
Patent No. 11113406 

Inventor(s): Adam Youngberg (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16504367 on 07/08/2019 (792 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for performing de-duplication of findings includes a non-transitory computer readable medium and a processor. The non-transitory computer readable medium stores normalized findings of application code performed by at least one software security analysis tool. Each normalized finding is identifiable by a fingerprint. The processor receives a first finding in a first vendor-provided format from a first software security analysis tool that performs a scan of application code. The processor receives a second finding in a second vendor-provided format from a second software security analysis tool. The processor normalizes the findings to a standardized taxonomy. The processor determines a first fingerprint and a second fingerprint that respectively identify the normalized first and second findings. The processor determines any need to update the normalized first finding by comparing the normalized second finding with the normalized first finding after determining that the second fingerprint at least partially matches the first fingerprint.

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


Data protection in computer processors
Patent No. 11113422 

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: 16054913 on 08/03/2018 (1131 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods related to a computer system having a processor and a main memory storing scrambled data are described. The processor may have a cache, a register, an execution unit, and an unscrambler. The processor can load the scrambled data into the cache; and the unscrambler may convert the scrambled data into unscrambled data just in time for the register or the execution unit during instruction execution. The unscrambled data can be an instruction, an address, or an operand of an instruction. Unscrambling can be performed just before loading the data item in a scrambled form from the cache into the register in an unscrambled form, or after the data item leaves the register in the scrambled form as input to the execution unit in the unscrambled form. The unscrambled data and the scrambled data may have the same set of bits arranged in different orders.

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


Reduce/broadcast computation-enabled switching elements in an emulation network
Patent No. 11113441 

Inventor(s): Charles W Selvidge (Oakland, CA), Jean-Marc Brault (Guyancourt, , FR), Jean-Paul Clavequin (Sevres, , FR), Laurent Vuillemin (Montigny le Bretonneux, , FR)
Assignee(s): Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16911805 on 06/25/2020 (439 days app to issue)

Abstract: Each reconfigurable hardware modeling circuit of a plurality of reconfigurable hardware modeling circuits in a reconfigurable hardware modeling device comprises: a model computation subsystem configurable either to model elements of a circuit design, or to serve as a testbench element, or both, and a network subsystem comprising: network circuitry and signal reduction circuitry, the signal reduction circuitry configurable to perform a signal reduction function, the signal reduction function combining a plurality of status signals into a single status signal, the plurality of status signals comprising status signals received from one or more reconfigurable hardware modeling circuits in the plurality of reconfigurable hardware modeling circuits. Alternatively or additionally, each network circuit of a plurality of network circuits in the reconfigurable hardware modeling device may comprise signal reduction circuitry configurable to perform the signal reduction function.

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


Hotspot detection based on litho-aware machine learning
Patent No. 11113445 

Inventor(s): Jea Woo Park (Wilsonville, OR), Juan Andres Torres Robles (Wilsonville, OR)
Assignee(s): Siemens Industry Software Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16135236 on 09/19/2018 (1084 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosed technology relate to techniques of hotspot detection. Pinching-type hotspot candidates and bridging-type hotspot candidates are first identified in the layout design based on predetermined criteria. Simulation is then performed to derive aerial image intensity values for a plurality of sites on each of the pinching-type and bridging-type hotspot candidates. Pinching-type hotspots are determined from the pinching-type hotspot candidates based on one or more machine learning models for pinching-type hotspots, and bridging-type hotspots are determined from the bridging-type hotspot candidates based on one or more machine learning models for bridging-type hotspots. The input vector for the machine learning models is the aerial image intensity values for the plurality of sites.

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


Generating sentiment analysis of content
Patent No. 11113466 

Inventor(s): Abhay Dhundiraju Sastry (Plano, TX), Darpan Sharma (McKinney, TX), Harpreet Singh Hira (Frisco, TX), Jasen Paul Stine (Frisco, TX), Majo Paulose (Plano, TX), Nicholas Allen McHenry (Plano, TX), Priyadarshini Rajendran (Li
Assignee(s): INTUIT, INC. (Mountain View, CA)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16288967 on 02/28/2019 (922 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide techniques for providing sentiment analysis of content. In order to determine the overall sentiment of content, a request is received by a sentiment analyzer, which then identifies a content identification number and retrieves comments associated with the content identification number. The sentiment analyzer pre-processes the comments, which includes removing all personal identifying information from the comments. The sentiment analyzer sends the pre-processed comments to a natural language processing service, and in turn, receives sentiment indications corresponding to the comments provided. Based on the sentiment scores, the sentiment analyzer generates a sentiment analysis and displays the sentiment analysis in the graphical user interface generated by the sentiment analyzer.

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


Detection of object removal and replacement from a shelf
Patent No. 11113541 

Inventor(s): Sailesh Bharathwaaj Krishnamurthy (Irving, TX), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Celina, TX), Sumedh Vilas Datar (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): 7-ELEVEN, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17104582 on 11/25/2020 (286 days app to issue)

Abstract: An image sensor is positioned such that a field-of-view of the image sensor encompasses at least a portion of a rack storing items. The image sensor generates angled-view images of the items stored on the rack. A tracking subsystem determines that a person has interacted with the rack and receives image frames of the angled-view images. The tracking subsystem determines that the person interacted with a first item stored on the rack. A first image is identified associated with a first time before the person interacted with the first item, and a second image is identified associated with a second time after the person interacted with the first item. If it is determined, based on a comparison of the first and second images, that the item was removed from the rack, the first item is assigned to the person.

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


Performing distance-based feature suppression
Patent No. 11113564 

Inventor(s): Jesse Gregory Villarreal, Jr. (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16774185 on 01/28/2020 (588 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems to perform distance-based feature suppression of features of an image in a feature list of the image are disclosed. A method includes accessing the feature list, comparing a selected feature in the feature list with features located within a first distance of the selected feature, when features located within the first distance are non-suppressed or valid and are stronger than different non-suppressed features, marking the features as valid and marking other non-suppressed features as suppressed. When the features are suppressed or invalid and are not stronger than non-suppressed features, determining if features of the feature list are marked as valid or suppressed.

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


Computer architecture for training a correlithm object processing system
Patent No. 11113630 

Inventor(s): Patrick N. Lawrence (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15927584 on 03/21/2018 (1266 days app to issue)

Abstract: A correlithm object processing system that includes a trainer configured to send a node entry request to a node engine that triggers the node engine to generate an entry in a node table. The trainer is further configured to receive a source correlithm object and a target correlithm object in response to sending the node entry request. The trainer is further configured to send a real world input value and the source correlithm object to a sensor engine which triggers the sensor engine to generate an entry in a sensor table linking the real world input value and the source correlithm object. The trainer is further configured to send a real world output value and the target correlithm object to an actor engine which triggers the actor engine to generate an entry in an actor table linking the real world output value and the target correlithm object.

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


Knowledge-based decision support systems and method for process lifecycle automation
Patent No. 11113640 

Inventor(s): Sreedhar Chintalapaty (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Tata Consultancy Services Limited (Mumbai, , IN)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15637761 on 06/29/2017 (1531 days app to issue)

Abstract: Computer implemented knowledge-based decision support system and method is provided. The method includes registering one or more software applications and data sources; defining processes to be implemented by executing the registered one or more software applications; orchestrating execution of the registered one or more software applications for implementing the processes; monitoring system performance based on the execution of the registered one or more software applications; generating analytics data related to the monitored system performance; updating a database with historical data using the generated analytics data; generating an analytical report by analyzing, using a machine learning technique, the historical data stored in the database as well as the generated analytics data; generating automatically user interface based on at least one of a layout and a specification provided by a user; modifying execution of the registered one or more software applications based on the generated analytical report; and displaying data from the generated analytical report using the user interface.

[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 automatic insertion of call intelligence in an information system
Patent No. 11113663 

Inventor(s): Christopher M. Lyman (Culver City, CA)
Assignee(s): Fonality, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dentons US LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16431911 on 06/05/2019 (825 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for providing automatic insertion of call intelligence in an information system are provided. In exemplary embodiments, new call detail records are accessed. At least one individual associated with the new call detail record may then be identified, and a subject matter associated with the new call detail record determined. A call intelligence record based on the identified individual and the subject matter is then generated and automatically inserted into the information system.

[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 automatic process error detection and correction
Patent No. 11113670 

Inventor(s): Adrian Corneliu Mos (Meylan, , FR), Julien Perez (Grenoble, , FR), Tomi Viljam Silander (Grenoble, , FR)
Assignee(s): CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15477825 on 04/03/2017 (1618 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting an error in a business process via an exchange of email messages. In one example, the method may be executed by a processor of a business process analysis server (BPAS). For example, the method includes receiving an email, wherein the email includes an address of the BPAS, analyzing the email to determine at least one feature, determining the business process based on the at least one feature, determining one or more variables that is associated with the business process, detecting the error in the business process associated with the email based on at least variable of the one or more variables associated with the business process and generating an alert email in response to the error that is detected, wherein the alert email requests a correction to the at least one variable to complete the business process.

[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 dynamic road sign personalization
Patent No. 11113727 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey D. Gaither (Erlanger, KY)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter Hampton LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15730530 on 10/11/2017 (1427 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for presenting personalized information to one or more vehicle occupants as a vehicle approaches and/or passes a road sign. Characteristics of a vehicle, e.g., operating conditions, characteristics of the one or more vehicle occupants, e.g., age, demographic, driving record, purchase history, etc. and/or road conditions, e.g., weather-related road conditions, current traffic conditions, etc., may be obtained. Information relevant to the one or more vehicle occupants based on one or more of these characteristics/conditions may presented to the one or more vehicle occupants. In scenarios where the presentation of personalized information is unwanted/unwarranted, more generalized information and/or safety warnings or recommendations can be presented.

[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]


Method, apparatus, and computer program product for estimating inventory based on distribution data
Patent No. 11113736 

Inventor(s): Stacy Hopkins (Tucker, GA)
Assignee(s): MCKESSON CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16816644 on 03/12/2020 (544 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided for estimating inventory based on distribution data. A requesting computer may submit an order request (e.g., benefit request) indicating a product and merchant attributes. Inventory information of the merchant may not be accessible, so inventory information may be estimated based on distribution data relating to the distribution of product to the merchant. Estimates regarding quantities, high or low inventories, and/or the like may be made based on distribution history and/or estimated subsequent distributions. A prescriber computer, such as one used by a physician, may therefore receive estimated inventory information regarding prescription medication at various pharmacies, prior to submitting the prescription to a pharmacy.

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


Method and system for managing constraint-based violations in a product data management environment
Patent No. 11113737 

Inventor(s): Jinendra Bansilal Akkarbote (Maharashtra, , IN), Santosh Kumar Singh (Maharashtra, , IN), Thomas F. Moeller (Weilerswist, , DE)
Assignee(s): SIEMENS INDUSTRY SOFTWARE INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Lempia Summerfield Katz LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15265957 on 09/15/2016 (1818 days app to issue)

Abstract: Managing of constraint-based violations in a Product Data Management (PDM) environment is provided. A method for managing constraint-based violations associated with a product in a PDM system includes obtaining a set of constraints defined for a product from a product database. Constraints that are conflicting with requirement data associated with the product are determined from the set of constraints, and the constraints are grouped into a plurality of logical groups. Each of the logical groups is associated with an independent violation. One or more solutions corresponding to each independent violation are computed based on the logical groups, and conflicts between the constraints and the requirement data corresponding to each independent violation based on the corresponding one or more solutions are resolved.

[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 assessing quality of produce
Patent No. 11113808 

Inventor(s): Artur A. Grochala (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Walmart Apollo, LLC (Bentonville, AR)
Law Firm: Fitch, Even, Tabin Flannery LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16745195 on 01/16/2020 (600 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, apparatuses and methods are provided herein useful to assess quality of produce at a facility. In some embodiments, there is provided a system for assessing quality of produce at a facility including a produce assessment station configured to provide a staging area to determine a quality classification of a target produce. By one approach, the produce assessment station includes a fixed surface; a rotatable base, a first arm comprising a microphone; a second arm comprising a tapping device; and a local control circuit. In one configuration, the local control circuit configured to rotate the rotatable base at a particular angle and at a particular time interval and receive audio data from the microphone. By one approach, the system includes a plurality of sensors and a portable device configured to provide a signal to the local control circuit to initiate the quality classification of the target produce.

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


Assisted material data collection
Patent No. 11113826 

Inventor(s): Rohit Ghatol (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Centric Software, Inc. (Campbell, CA)
Law Firm: Aka Chan LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16447949 on 06/20/2019 (810 days app to issue)

Abstract: A material data collection system allows capturing of material data. For example, the material data collection system may include digital image data for materials. The material data collection system may ensure that captured digital image data is properly aligned, so that material data may be easily recalled for later use, while maintaining the proper alignment for the captured digital image. The material data collection system may include using a capture guide, to provide cues on how to orient a mobile device used with the material data collection system.

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


Sensor mapping to a global coordinate system
Patent No. 11113837 

Inventor(s): Crystal Maung (Dallas, TX), Sailesh Bharathwaaj Krishnamurthy (Irving, TX), Shahmeer Ali Mirza (Celina, TX)
Assignee(s): 7-ELEVEN, INC. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16663822 on 10/25/2019 (683 days app to issue)

Abstract: An object tracking system includes a sensor and a tracking system. The sensor is configured to capture a first frame of a global plane for at least a portion of a space. The tracking system is configured to receive a first coordinate in the global plane where a first marker is located in the space and to receive a second coordinate in the global plane where a second marker is located in the space. The tracking system is further configured to identify the first marker and the second marker within the first frame, to determine a first pixel location in the first frame for the first marker, to determine a second pixel location in the first frame for the second marker, and to generate a homography based on the first coordinate, the second coordinate, the first pixel location, and the second pixel location.

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


Duct sound absorber
Patent No. 11114080 

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: 16113208 on 08/27/2018 (1107 days app to issue)

Abstract: Sound absorption units for fluid ducts include two acoustically coupled pairs of Helmholtz resonators. The two resonators within each pair have identical resonance frequency, however the upstream resonator within each pair is partly filled with an acoustically lossy porous material, so that the upstream resonator within each pair has greater acoustic loss than its coupled downstream resonator. The upstream pair of resonators has a relatively low resonance frequency, while the downstream pair of resonators has a relatively high resonance frequency. The combination of frequency mismatch between the resonator pairs, and loss mismatch within each resonator pair, produces consistently high sound absorption across a broad frequency spectrum.

[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]


Bidirectional data pin, clock input pin, shift register, debug circuitry
Patent No. 11114137 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16689691 on 11/20/2019 (657 days app to issue)

Abstract: A two pin communication interface bus and control circuits are used with circuit boards, integrated circuits, or embedded cores within integrated circuits. One pin carries data bi-directionally and address and instruction information from a controller to a selected port. The other pin carries a clock signal from the controller to a target port or ports in or on the desired circuit or circuits. The bus may be used for serial access to circuits where the availability of pins on ICs or terminals on cores is minimal. The bus is used for communication, such as serial communication related to the functional operation of an IC or core design, or serial communication related to test, emulation, debug, and/or trace operations of an IC or core design.

[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)


Smart monitoring safety system using sensors
Patent No. 11114200 

Inventor(s): Derek del Carpio (Corinth, TX), James M. Fathman (Carrollton, TX), Steven Gail Johnson (Highland Village, TX)
Assignee(s): CareView Communications, Inc. (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: Meister Seelig Fein LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16027463 on 07/05/2018 (1160 days app to issue)

Abstract: A smart monitoring system comprising a plurality of sensor devices coupled to appliances and fixtures within a dwelling environment, at least one of the plurality of sensor devices comprising sensor elements including an accelerometer configured to detect a usage associated with the appliances and fixtures, and a computing device operative to receive event signals from the plurality of sensor devices, generate a collection of data with the event signals, analyze the collection of data, generate analytics and pattern data based on the analysis, and generate notifications based on abnormalities in the analytics and pattern data. NULL


Self-recharging direct conversion electrical energy storage device and method
Patent No. 11114213 

Inventor(s): Eric M. DeLangis (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: The Law Office of Clay McGurk (Local + 217 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16354085 on 03/14/2019 (908 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for collecting and storing the energy emitted by radioisotopes in the form of alpha and or beta particles is described. The present invention incorporates aspects of four different energy conversion and storage technologies, those being: Nuclear alpha and or beta particle capture for direct energy conversion and storage, fuel cells, rechargeable electrochemical storage cells and capacitive electrical energy storage.

[G21H] OBTAINING ENERGY FROM RADIOACTIVE SOURCES; APPLICATIONS OF RADIATION FROM RADIOACTIVE SOURCES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; UTILISING COSMIC RADIATION (measurement of nuclear or X-radiation G01T; fusion reactors G21B; nuclear reactors G21C; lamps in which a gas filling is excited to luminescence by external corpuscular radiation or by radioactive material structurally associated with the lamp H01J 65/04, H01J 65/06)


Remote home router communication via set-top box
Patent No. 11115225 

Inventor(s): Kevin Foster (Denton, TX), Srinivasu Yelamarti (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16689601 on 11/20/2019 (657 days app to issue)

Abstract: A set-top box (STB) receives a router reboot or reset activation code generated by an Operations Support System (OSS) that manages a first network. The STB activates a router reboot or reset function based on the received activation code, and identifies, upon activation of the router reboot or reset function, a model of a router connected to the STB. The STB generates a router reboot or reset command based on the identified model of the router and sends the generated router reboot or reset command to the router to cause the router to perform a reboot or reset process.

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


Selective offloading of packet flows with flow state management
Patent No. 11115385 

Inventor(s): Andrew E. Ossipov (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15220697 on 07/27/2016 (1868 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first packet of a packet flow is received at a classifying network device. The first packet is forwarded from the classifying network device to a firewall network device. An indication that the packet flow is to be offloaded is received at the classifying network device. Data is stored at the classifying network device indicating that the packet flow is to be offloaded. A non-control packet of the packet flow is received at the classifying network device. A determination is made that the non-control packet belongs to the packet flow by comparing data contained in the non-control packet to the stored data. The non-control packet of the packet flow is directed to a processing entity in response to the determining. A control packet of the packet flow is received at the classifying network device. The control packet of the packet flow is directed to the firewall network device.

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


System for real-time management of session objects and for application programming interface (API) mocking
Patent No. 11115502 

Inventor(s): Priyank R. Shah (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17001986 on 08/25/2020 (378 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for real-time management of a plurality of session objects and for mocking a plurality of application programming interfaces (”APIs”). The system may include a cluster of servers. Each server may provide a backend service to a virtual assistant. Each backend service may execute an API. The system may also include a computing device operable to execute the virtual assistant in a test mode. The system may include a communication channel between the computing device and the cluster of servers. The communication channel may transmit API requests from the virtual assistant to the cluster, and JSON responses from the cluster to the virtual assistant. The system may include a mocked-up services server operable to replicate the cluster. The system may include a bypass communication channel between the communication channel and mocked-up services server. The bypass communication channel may redirect API requests to the mocked-up services server.

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


 

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Three-dimensional thermistor platform and a method for manufacturing the same
Patent No. 11114223 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Krotosky (Lewisville, TX), Zhihua Cai (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Tronics MEMS, Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16940050 on 07/27/2020 (407 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional thermistor device and a manufacturing method thereof. The three-dimensional thermistor device comprising a thermistor array formed on a base layer extending in first and second directions. Where the thermistor array comprises: thermistor pattern layers and insulating layers stacked alternately on the base layer in a third direction; each thermistor pattern layer including a continuous electrically conductive first trace disposed along a first path extending in both the first and second directions, and each insulating layer including an electrically conductive first via extending through the insulating layer in the third direction to electrically connect the first traces to each other. Where successive electrical connections between the respective first vias on the stacked insulating layers and the respective first traces on the stacked thermistor layers form a continuous electrical first thermistor element extending in the first, second and third directions across multiple of the thermistor pattern layers.

[H01C] RESISTORS


Thermal management in high power RF MEMS switches
Patent No. 11114265 

Inventor(s): Richard L. Knipe (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Cavendish Kinetics, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15770698 on 11/14/2016 (1758 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to a mechanism for making a MEMS switch that can switch large electrical powers. Extra landing electrodes are employed that provide added electrical contact along the MEMS device so that when in contact current and heat are removed from the MEMS structure close to the hottest points.

[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)


Electronic package arrangements and related methods
Patent No. 11114363 

Inventor(s): Robert Charles Dry (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Qorvo US, Inc. (Greensboro, NC)
Law Firm: Withrow Terranova, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16579080 on 09/23/2019 (715 days app to issue)

Abstract: Electronic package arrangements and related methods are disclosed that provide one or more of improved thermal management and electromagnetic shielding. Electronic packages are disclosed that include arrangements of one or more electronic devices, overmold bodies, and heat spreaders or metal frame structures. The heat spreaders or metal frame structures may be arranged over the electronic devices to form heat dissipation paths that draw operating heat away from the electronic devices in one or more directions including above and below the electronic packages. The heat spreaders or metal frame structures may also be arranged to form electromagnetic shields that reduce crosstalk between the electronic devices within the electronic packages and to suppress unwanted emissions from either escaping or entering the electronic packages.

[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]


Warpage-compensated bonded structure including a support chip and a three-dimensional memory chip
Patent No. 11114406 

Inventor(s): Jian Chen (Menlo Park, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Senaka Kanakamedala (San Jose, CA), Yao-Sheng Lee (Tampa, FL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16263058 on 01/31/2019 (950 days app to issue)

Abstract: A first semiconductor die and a second semiconductor die can be bonded in a manner that enhances alignment of bonding pads. Non-uniform deformation of a first wafer including first semiconductor dies can be compensated for by forming a patterned stress-generating film on a backside of the first wafer. Metallic bump portions can be formed on concave surfaces of metallic bonding pads by a selective metal deposition process to reduce gaps between pairs of bonded metallic bonding pads. Pad-to-pad pitch can be adjusted on a semiconductor die to match the pad-to-pad pitch of another semiconductor die employing a tilt-shift operation in a lithographic exposure tool. A chuck configured to provide non-uniform displacement across a wafer can be employed to hold a wafer in a contoured shape for bonding with another wafer in a matching contoured position. Independently height-controlled pins can be employed to hold a wafer in a non-planar configuration.

[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]


Power and temperature management for functional blocks implemented by a 3D stacked integrated circuit
Patent No. 11114416 

Inventor(s): Tony M. Brewer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig (27 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16942619 on 07/29/2020 (405 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional stacked integrated circuit (3D SIC) having a non-volatile memory die, a volatile memory die, a logic die, and a thermal management component. The non-volatile memory die, the volatile memory die, the logic die, and the thermal management component are stacked. The thermal management component can be stacked in between the non-volatile memory die and the logic die, stacked in between the volatile memory die and the logic die, or both.

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


Three-dimensional memory device containing width-modulated connection strips and methods of forming the same
Patent No. 11114459 

Inventor(s): Fumiaki Toyama (Cupertino, CA), Hirofumi Tokita (Yokkaichi, , JP), Takaaki Iwai (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yoshitaka Otsu (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yuki Mizutani (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16675459 on 11/06/2019 (671 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes alternating stacks of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a substrate, a first memory array region and a second memory array region that are laterally spaced apart along the first horizontal direction by an inter-array region therebetween, and memory stack structures extending through the alternating stacks in the first or second memory array region. Each of the alternating stacks includes a respective terrace region in which layers of a respective alternating stack have variable lateral extents within an area of the inter-array region, and a respective array interconnection region laterally offset from the respective terrace region and which continuously extends from the first memory array region to the second memory array region. Each of the alternating stacks has a width modulation along a second horizontal direction that is perpendicular to the first horizontal direction within the area of the inter-array region.

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


Three-dimensional memory device with composite charge storage structures and methods for forming the same
Patent No. 11114462 

Inventor(s): Ippei Yasuda (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: 16794563 on 02/19/2020 (566 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a substrate, and a memory stack structure extending through the alternating stack. The memory stack structure includes a composite charge storage structure, a tunneling dielectric layer, and a vertical semiconductor channel. The composite charge storage structure may include a vertical stack of tubular charge storage material portions including a first charge trapping material located at levels of the electrically conductive layers, and a charge storage layer including a second charge trapping material extending through a plurality of electrically conductive layers of the electrically conductive layers. The first charge trapping material has a higher charge trap density than the second charge trapping material. Alternatively, the composite charge storage material portions may include discrete charge storage elements each containing a silicon nitride portion and a silicon carbide nitride liner.

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


Three-dimensional nor array including vertical word lines and discrete channels and methods of making the same
Patent No. 11114534 

Inventor(s): Adarsh Rajashekhar (Santa Clara, CA), Fei Zhou (San Jose, CA), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Rahul Sharangpani (Fremont, CA), Yanli Zhang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16728825 on 12/27/2019 (620 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack of source layers and drain layers located over a substrate, memory openings vertically extending through the alternating stack, vertical word lines located in each one of the memory openings and vertically extending through each of the source layers and the drain layers of the alternating stack, vertical stacks of discrete semiconductor channels located in each one of the memory openings and contacting horizontal surfaces of a respective vertically neighboring pair of a source layer of the source layers and a drain layer of the drain layers, and vertical stacks of discrete memory material portions located in each one of the memory openings and laterally surrounding a respective one of the vertical word lines. Each memory material portion is laterally spaced from a respective one of the semiconductor channels by a respective gate dielectric layer.

[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]


Depassivation of completion tool batteries
Patent No. 11114704 

Inventor(s): Matthew James Merron (Carrollton, TX), Michael Linley Fripp (Carrollton, TX), Zachary William Walton (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16312839 on 08/09/2016 (1855 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for depassivating completion tool batteries are provided. In one embodiment, the methods comprise: providing a completion tool disposed within a wellbore penetrating at least a portion of a subterranean formation, wherein the completion tool is electrically coupled to an at least partially passivated lithium battery; depassivating the at least partially passivated lithium battery in the wellbore by discharging the lithium battery; and powering the completion tool with the at least partially depassivated lithium battery.

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


Multi-channel power combiner with phase adjustment
Patent No. 11114736 

Inventor(s): Abdellatif Bellaouar (Richardson, TX), See Taur Lee (Richardson, TX), Sher Jiung Fang (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC. (Grand Cayman, , KY)
Law Firm: Williams Morgan, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16835303 on 03/31/2020 (525 days app to issue)

Abstract: Power combiners having increased output power, such as may be useful in millimeter-wave devices. The power combiner comprise at least two channels, wherein each channel comprises a phase alignment circuit, wherein the phase alignment circuit comprises a first differential input subcircuit comprising a first inverter and a second inverter, and a second differential input subcircuit comprising a third inverter and a fourth inverter, wherein the first inverter, the second inverter, the third inverter, and the fourth inverter each comprise a PMOS transistor and an NMOS transistor each having an adjustable back gate bias voltage. By adjusting the back gate bias voltage, the phases of the signal through each channel may be aligned, which may increase the output power of the power combiner. Methods of increasing output power of such power combiners. Systems for manufacturing devices comprising such power combiners.

[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]


High gain and large bandwidth antenna incorporating a built-in differential feeding scheme
Patent No. 11114763 

Inventor(s): Gary Xu (Allen, TX), Hamid Reza Memar Zadeh Tehran (Richardson, TX), Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX), Won Suk Choi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 17195401 on 03/08/2021 (183 days app to issue)

Abstract: An antenna and a base station including the antenna. The antenna includes a sub-array that includes first and second unit cells and a feed network. The first and second unit cells comprise first and second patches, respectively, having quadrilateral shapes. The feed network comprises a first transmission line terminating below first corners of the first and second patches, respectively; a second transmission line terminating below third corners of the first and second patches, respectively; a third transmission line terminating below a second corner of the first patch and a fourth corner of the second patch; and a fourth transmission line terminating below a fourth corner of the first patch and a second corner of the second patch. The first corners are opposite the third corners on the respective first and second patches and the second corners are opposite the fourth corners on the respective first and second patches.

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


ESD protection charge pump active clamp for low-leakage applications
Patent No. 11114848 

Inventor(s): Farzan Farbiz (Dallas, TX), James P. Di Sarro (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16511332 on 07/15/2019 (785 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples include an electrostatic discharge protection circuit including a shunt transistor coupled between first and second power supply nodes, a sensing circuit to deliver a control voltage signal to turn on the shunt transistor in response to a detected change in a voltage of the first power supply node resulting from an ESD stress event, and a charge pump circuit to boost the control voltage signal in response to the control voltage signal turning the shunt transistor on.

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


Power distribution module(s) capable of hot connection and/or disconnection for wireless communication systems, and related power units, components, and methods
Patent No. 11114852 

Inventor(s): Boyd Grant Brower (Keller, TX), Chois Alven Blackwell, Jr. (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Optical Communications LLC (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16601704 on 10/15/2019 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: Power distribution modules are configured to distribute power to a power-consuming component(s), such as a remote antenna unit(s) (RAU(s)). By ”hot” connection and/or disconnection, the power distribution modules can be connected and/or disconnected from a power unit and/or a power-consuming component(s) while power is being provided to the power distribution modules. Power is not required to be disabled in the power unit before connection and/or disconnection of power distribution modules. The power distribution modules may be configured to protect against or reduce electrical arcing or electrical contact erosion that may otherwise result from ”hot” connection and/or connection of the power distribution modules.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Battery safety mechanism for battery fault conditions
Patent No. 11114876 

Inventor(s): Gautham Ramachandran (Allen, TX), Mustapha El Markhi (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16559860 on 09/04/2019 (734 days app to issue)

Abstract: A battery charger circuit associated with a portable electronic device is disclosed. The battery charger circuit comprises a charging circuit configured to charge a battery and a discharging circuit configured to discharge the battery. The battery charger circuit further comprises a battery fault detection circuit configured to detect a battery fault condition, based on monitoring one or more battery parameters. In some aspects, the battery charger circuit further comprises a battery charge control circuit configured to selectively activate the discharging circuit, in order to discharge the battery, and deactivate the charging circuit, in order to suspend charging the battery during the discharge of the battery, when the battery fault condition is detected.

[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)


Reduced voltage ratings for power transistors in a buck converter
Patent No. 11114941 

Inventor(s): Riazdeen Buhari (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16732201 on 12/31/2019 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a buck converter coupled to an input node and an output node, and a linear voltage regulator coupled to the input node and to the output node.

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


Analog front-end circuit for conditioning a sensor signal
Patent No. 11114991 

Inventor(s): Sudipto Chakraborty (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16540320 on 08/14/2019 (755 days app to issue)

Abstract: An analog front-end (AFE) circuit for conditioning a sensor signal is disclosed. The AFE circuit includes a first stage configured to amplify and filter the sensor signal. The first stage comprises a biquadratic filter comprising a first plurality of DC-coupled transconductance amplifiers. The AFE further includes a second stage configured to further amplify and filter the amplified sensor signal, and to compensate a direct current (DC) offset of the first stage. The second stage comprises a second plurality of AC-coupled transconductance amplifiers. Each transconductance amplifier of the first plurality and of the second plurality has a programmable transconductance and comprises a plurality of subthreshold-biased transistors.

[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)


Loop delay compensation in a delta-sigma modulator
Patent No. 11115044 

Inventor(s): Meghna Agrawal (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16911702 on 06/25/2020 (439 days app to issue)

Abstract: A delta-sigma modulator includes a first integrator and a comparator. The comparator”s positive input couples to the first integrator”s positive output, and the comparator”s negative input couples to the first integrator”s negative output. A first current DAC comprises a current source device, and first and second transistors. The first transistor has a first transistor control input and first and second current terminals. The first current terminal couples to the current source device, and the second current terminal couples to the first integrator positive output. The second transistor has a second transistor control input and third and fourth current terminals. The third current terminal couples to the current source device, and the fourth current terminal couples to the first integrator negative output. A first capacitive device couples to the second transistor control input and to both the second current terminal and the first integrator positive output.

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


System and method for supporting antenna beamforming in a cellular network
Patent No. 11115099 

Inventor(s): Jun Li (Richardson, TX), Yi Song (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Kowert, Hood, Munyon, Rankin Goetzel, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16869192 on 05/07/2020 (488 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention is a method and system for supporting a beamforming antenna system in a mobile broadband communication network with an improved beam pattern, beam sweep pattern, pilot channel design with feedback and reporting rules, and control signaling design. Specifically, the improved beam pattern includes a method of supporting wireless communications in a wireless network forming at least two spatial beams within a cell segment where the at least two spatial beams are associated with different power levels, and separately, where at least two spatial beams can be moved across the cell segment according to a unique sweep pattern. The pilot channel design improves network bandwidth performance and improves user mobility tracking. Feedback and reporting rules can be established using a particular field designator, CQI, in the preferred embodiment.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Method and apparatus for beam measurement and management in wireless systems
Patent No. 11115103 

Inventor(s): Boon Ng (Plano, TX), Li Guo (Allen, TX), Yang Li (Plano, TX), Young-Han Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16575206 on 09/18/2019 (720 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of user equipment (UE) for beam management in a wireless communication system comprises receiving, from a base station (BS), at least two groups of Tx beams comprising transmit (Tx) signals generated from different antenna panels, the at least two groups of Tx beams transmitted through reference signals; receiving, from the BS, configuration information including a selection constraint for the at least two groups of Tx beams; measuring, based on the configuration information, at least one beam from each of the at least two groups of beams; selecting at least one Tx beam from each of the at least two groups and a same Rx beam set as an Rx beam corresponding to respective selected Tx beams; and transmitting, to the BS, a reporting message including information of the selected Tx beams and the selected same Rx beam set corresponding to the Rx beam.

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


Providing acknowledgement information by a wireless device
Patent No. 11115154 

Inventor(s): Jun Li (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Law Firm: Kowert, Hood, Munyon, Rankin Goetzel, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16705005 on 12/05/2019 (642 days app to issue)

Abstract: In general, to provide acknowledgment information by a first wireless device, the first wireless device sends repeated instances of acknowledgment information in respective first and second frame structures, in response to receipt of first information from a second wireless device. In addition, the first wireless device also sends further acknowledgment information in the second frame structure that is responsive to second information received from the second wireless device.

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


Method and device for processing HARQ feedback in a mobile communication system
Patent No. 11115159 

Inventor(s): Aris Papasakellariou (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: Jefferson IP Law, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16889078 on 06/01/2020 (463 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device and method for handling HARQ feedback in a mobile communication system are disclosed. The HARQ feedback handling method includes: analyzing a control message from a base station to recognize presence of HARQ feedback relationships between downlink carriers and uplink carriers; determining an uplink carrier (a downlink carrier) to support HARQ feedback in response to downlink traffic (uplink traffic) sent through a downlink carrier (an uplink carrier); and sending (receiving) HARQ feedback through the determined uplink carrier (downlink carrier).

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Radio transmission apparatus and methods for transmitting a single or a plurality of modulation signals from one or more antenna
Patent No. 11115166 

Inventor(s): Akihiko Matsuoka (Kanagawa, , JP), Masayuki Orihashi (Kanagawa, , JP), Yutaka Murakami (Osaka, , JP)
Assignee(s): Wi-Fi One, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16823490 on 03/19/2020 (537 days app to issue)

Abstract: A radio transmission apparatus determines information indicative of an estimated communications channel condition and generates a single modulation signal or a plurality of modulation signals based on the estimated communications channel condition information. The single modulation signal is transmitted from a first antenna of a plurality of antenna or the plurality of modulation signals are transmitted from the first antenna and at least a second antenna of the plurality of antenna. The plurality of modulation signals include different information from each other and are transmitted over an identical frequency band and at an identical temporal point. The single modulation signal and the plurality of modulation signals contain parameter information indicating a number of modulation signals transmitted at the same time.

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


Blockchain management platform for performing asset adjustment, cross sectional editing, and bonding
Patent No. 11115186 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16237962 on 01/02/2019 (979 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to processing systems for performing cross-sectional asset editing. A computing platform may receive permission to perform a first subset of event processing steps. The computing platform may delegate permission to an external event processor to perform a second subset of event processing steps and to an external resource management platform to perform a third subset of event processing steps. The computing platform may generate an element chain corresponding to the account. In response to receiving a request to process an event, the computing platform may add a sub-element to the element chain containing a fixed parameter corresponding to an expected value associated with the event and a variable parameter corresponding to an actual value associated with the event. In response to receiving a request to write the actual value to the element chain, the computing platform may modify the variable parameter of the sub-element accordingly.

[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. 11115203 

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: 16415021 on 05/17/2019 (844 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. In operation, a confident subset of a set of biometric values of the subject is extracted, including by performing a transform of the set of biometric values. The transform may variously be a Gabor transform, a wavelet transform, processing by a machine learning system, etc.

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


Multi-level data channel and inspection architectures having data pipes in parallel connections
Patent No. 11115310 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16532593 on 08/06/2019 (763 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to inspecting a data stream. Some aspects include conveying the data stream through a multi-level data channel and inspection architecture. The architecture includes a multi-level data pipeline. The pipeline includes a plurality of parallel pipes. The output of one pipe provides an input to a successive one of the pipes. The method further includes receiving the data stream at an upstream portion of the pipeline and inspecting data in the data stream for converting the data stream into inspected data. The method then outputs inspected data at a downstream portion of the pipeline. Each of the pipes inspect the data on a different level of data channel inspection than the other pipes. Each level of data channel inspection has data attributes and/or metadata extracting capabilities. Each pipe transfer data packets at greater than or equal to a threshold data transfer rate.

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


EMS assisted split-brain resolution in virtual network function components
Patent No. 11115317 

Inventor(s): Keith William Melkild (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16239491 on 01/03/2019 (978 days app to issue)

Abstract: A VNFCI receives a heartbeat message from a peer VNFCI with an Active state and sends a heartbeat message to the peer VNFCI indicating that the VNFCI is in an Active state. The VNFCI sends a next state request message to an EMS and starts a response timer. The VNFCI sends a second heartbeat message to the peer VNFCI indicating that the VNFCI is in an Active state and that the VNFCI has a desired operational state of Active when the response timer expires and the VNFCI is not the preferred Standby instance; or the VNFCI receives a next state response message from the EMS and the VNFCI response state is an Active state. The VNFCI transitions to a Deactivating state when the response timer expires and the VNFCI is the preferred Standby instance; or the VNFCI receives the next state response message from the EMS and the VNFCI response state is Standby.

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


Methods, systems, and computer readable media for providing mobile device connectivity
Patent No. 11115327 

Inventor(s): Ajay Padmakar Deo (Carrollton, TX), Sam Eric McMurry (Richardson, TX), Steven Robert Donovan (Dallas, TX), Todd Spraggins (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Jenkins, Wilson, Taylor Hunt, P.A. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16402214 on 05/02/2019 (859 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media for providing mobile device connectivity are disclosed. A system includes a mobile gateway implemented on one or more processors. The mobile gateway includes an on-premises telecommunications network core configured for establishing mobile data sessions for mobile user devices and enabling communication between the mobile user devices through the on-premises telecommunications network core. The mobile gateway includes a software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) controller configured for establishing an SD-WAN overlay network for connecting the mobile user devices to an external telecommunications network.

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


Systems and methods for providing self-referencing utilization calculation and dynamic resource allocation based thereon for digital transmissions
Patent No. 11115345 

Inventor(s): Gopikrishna Nemalikanti (Frisco, TX), Jayachandra Varma (Irving, TX), Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX), Saritha Vrittamani (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16403729 on 05/06/2019 (855 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for self-referencing utilization calculation and dynamic resource allocation for digital transmissions are provided. Systems may include a target resource module configured to derive and store a target resource allocation for each sender from a plurality of senders. Systems may include a cost-calculation engine configured to generate a resource cost estimate for a transmission based on metadata associated with the transmission, and embed the resource cost estimate in the metadata. Systems may also include a resource allocation module configured to allocate digital resources for the transmission based on the metadata. Allocating digital resources for the transmission may reserve the digital resources for the transmission and prevent overloading of the digital resources.

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


System on chip firewall memory architecture
Patent No. 11115383 

Inventor(s): Amritpal Singh Mundra (Allen, TX), Chunhua Hu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16221318 on 12/14/2018 (998 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a system on a chip (SoC) and method for sending messages in the SoC include determining locations of initiator-side firewall block and receiver-side firewall block memories using respective pointers to the firewall block memories stored in a single, contiguous memory. Addresses of the pointers within the single memory depend on respective unique firewall identifiers of the firewall blocks. An exclusive security configuration controller uses the pointers to configure the firewall blocks over a security bus which is electrically isolated from a system bus. The system bus is used to send messages from sending functional blocks to receiving functional blocks. The initiator-side firewall block adds a message identifier to messages. The message identifier depends on the initiator-side firewall block”s configuration settings. The receiver-side firewall block controls permission for the receiving functional block to access the message, depending on the message identifier and the receiver-side firewall block”s configuration settings.

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


Tactical bus fuzz tester
Patent No. 11115430 

Inventor(s): Eric Rammelsberg (Plano, TX), Ross MacKinnon (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): RAYTHEON COMPANY (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Cantor Colburn LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15619164 on 06/09/2017 (1551 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer-readable medium for testing a target device. A fuzzer and a monitor are connected to the target device via a tactical bus. The fuzzer records messages sent from a source device to the target device over the tactical bus, creates a first fuzzed message having a data structure of the recorded message, and sends the first fuzzed message to the target device over the tactical bus. A fuzzer monitor monitors the target device for an anomalous response to the first fuzzed message, and determines a vulnerability of the target device from the response to the first fuzzed message.

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


Methods and apparatus for census and panel matching using session identifiers positioned in an HTTP header
Patent No. 11115483 

Inventor(s): Cary Pillers (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): The Nielsen Company (US), LLC (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Hanley, Flight Zimmerman, LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16368266 on 03/28/2019 (894 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and systems are disclosed for census and panel matching using Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) headers. An example method disclosed herein includes retrieving a session identifier linked to a device, the device generating a request for media, positioning the session identifier in a HTTPS header property of a network message, and transmitting the session identifier in the HTTPS header property of a network message to a proxy server for parsing of the HTTPS header property to retrieve the session identifier.

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


Event tracking and notification based on sensed data
Patent No. 11115488 

Inventor(s): Gopikrishna Nemalikanti (Frisco, TX), Jayachandra Varma (Irving, TX), Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcott, Ltd. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16795810 on 02/20/2020 (565 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to transforming event data associated with an entity using a multicomputer platform and directing a client computing device to perform a determined action based on a detected event characteristic of the event data and a detected current event. With some embodiments, an event tracking server detects the current event from sensed data provided by a sensed data server and identifies a correlation measure between the detected event characteristic and the detected current event. The event tracking server may direct one or more client computing devices to perform one or more actions related to an entity based on the correlation measure.

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


Integration of human agent and automated tools for interactive voice response (IVR) systems
Patent No. 11115530 

Inventor(s): Ashwini Patil (Richardson, TX), Priyank R. Shah (Plano, TX), Ramakrishna R. Yannam (The Colony, TX), Ravisha Andar (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Weiss Arons LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16908893 on 06/23/2020 (441 days app to issue)

Abstract: When a caller initiates a conversation with an interactive voice response (”IVR”) system, the caller may be transferred to a live agent. Apparatus and methods are provided for integrating automated tools and artificial intelligence (”AI”) into the interaction with the IVR system. The automated tools and AI may track the conversation to decipher when to transfer the caller to the agent. The agent may determine which machine generated responses are appropriate for the caller. AI may be leveraged to suggest responses for both caller and agent while they are interacting with each other. The agent may transfer back the caller to the IVR system along with the appropriate machine generated response to maintain efficiency and shorten time of human agent interaction.

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


Pair-the-plan system for devices and method of use
Patent No. 11115542 

Inventor(s): Steven A. Millstein (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Aeris Communications, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Brundidge Stanger, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16819398 on 03/16/2020 (540 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system are disclosed for connecting a device to subscriptions and cellular billing plans. The method includes enrolling a second device enabled for connectivity to cellular or other wireless service in a cellular subscription and associated billing plan associated with a first device, wherein the enrollment includes providing an identifier for the second device to a cellular service provider associated with the first device by a second user, and allowing a second user to use capabilities of the second device as governed by the cellular subscription and an associated billing plan associated with the first device; while the second device is also configured to allow a first user to use capabilities of the second device as governed by the cellular subscription and an associated billing plan of the first user”s choice.

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


Emulating light sensitivity of a target
Patent No. 11115602 

Inventor(s): James Walter Exner (Plano, TX), Robert V. Vanman (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): WATCHGUARD VIDEO, INC. (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16437957 on 06/11/2019 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: In an embodiment, a method of emulating light sensitivity of a target includes, for each of at least some frames of a video recording, receiving an image. The method also includes accessing image metadata associated with the image. The method also includes discovering, from the image metadata, information related to an exposure setting and a gain value used by a camera in capture of the image. The method also includes deriving, from stored camera metadata for the camera, information related to a luminous flux associated with the exposure setting and the gain value used by the camera in the capture of the image. The method also includes determining an adjusted gain value corresponding to a target light sensitivity using the derived information related to the luminous flux. The method also includes generating an adjusted image using the adjusted gain value.

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


Multi-sensor video frame synchronization apparatus and methods
Patent No. 11115640 

Inventor(s): Fred W. Ware, Jr. (DeSoto, TX), Gregory R. Hewes (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16201698 on 11/27/2018 (1015 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatus and methods disclosed herein operate to monitor times of receipt of start-of-frame indications associated with frames received from multiple image sensors at a video controller. Time differences between the times of receipt of the frames are calculated. Embodiments herein alter one or more frame period determining parameter values associated with the image sensors if the time differences equal or exceed frame synchronization hysteresis threshold values. Parameter values are adjusted positively and/or negatively to decrease the time differences. The parameter values may be reset at each image sensor when the time differences become less than the frame synchronization hysteresis threshold value as additional frames are received at the video controller.

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


High definition VP8 decoder
Patent No. 11115683 

Inventor(s): Chaitanya S. Ghone (Karnataka, , IN), Joseph Meehan (Valbonne, , FR), Mihir Narendra Mody (Karnataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16432317 on 06/05/2019 (825 days app to issue)

Abstract: A video decoder system, in one embodiment, includes one or more processors and a memory storing instructions that when executed by the one or more processors cause the video decoding system to perform an entropy decoding operation in a frame level pipelined manner on a bitstream representative of encoded video data to produce first output data, perform at least one of an inverse quantization operation or an inverse frequency transform operation in a row level pipelined manner on the first output data to produce second output data, perform a deblocking filtering operation on first input data that includes the second output data in a row level pipelined manner to produce third output data, and output a decoded video output based on the third output data.

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


Media channel navigation user interface systems and methods
Patent No. 11115704 

Inventor(s): Brian F. Roberts (Dallas, TX), George M. Higa (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14675558 on 03/31/2015 (2352 days app to issue)

Abstract: An exemplary method includes a media channel navigation user interface system detecting, while media content distributed on a media channel is being presented for display on a display screen, a user request to launch a media channel navigation user interface, and providing, in response to the detected user request and for concurrent display with the presentation of the media content on the display screen, a media channel navigation user interface pane comprising a set of media channel navigation tools that include at least media content channel navigation tools selectable by a user to launch different types of menus of media channels in the media channel navigation user interface pane.

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


Content delivery to over the top device from customer premises equipment using notifications and dynamic port assignment
Patent No. 11115726 

Inventor(s): Anjaneya Pericharla (Irving, TX), Sagar Mahurkar (Frisco, TX), Sanjay T. Ahuja (Irving, TX), Srinivasu Yelamarti (Flower Mound, TX), Srirama R. Kalidindi (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16692262 on 11/22/2019 (655 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, a device, and a non-transitory storage medium are described in which an inter-networked content service is provided. The inter-networked content service may allow an end device to receive content from a set top box when the end device is not connected to a local area network of the set top box. The inter-networked content service may provide for push notification messaging between the end device and the set top box to obtain network address, status, and port information in support of a content session.

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


System and method for aiding hearing
Patent No. 11115759 

Inventor(s): Laslo Olah (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Institute of Science, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 17343329 on 06/09/2021 (90 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for aiding hearing are disclosed. In one embodiment of the system, a programming interface is configured to communicate with a device. The system screens, via a speaker and a user interface associated with the device, a left earand separately, a right earof a patient. The system then determines a left ear hearing range and a right ear hearing range. The screening utilizes harmonic frequencies of a harmonic frequency series, where the harmonic frequency series includes a fundamental frequency and integer multiples of the fundamental frequency. In some embodiments, the harmonic frequencies may include classical music instrument sounds.

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


Automated audio assembly performance assessment
Patent No. 11115766 

Inventor(s): Neeta R. Joshi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Zebra Technologies Corporation (Lincolnshire, IL)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16885489 on 05/28/2020 (467 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computing device includes: a memory storing an audio sequence and a reference attribute associated with playback of the audio sequence; a speaker; a microphone; an audio enclosure supporting the speaker and the microphone; a processor configured to: simultaneously (i) control the speaker to play the audio sequence, and (ii) control the microphone to capture a test recording corresponding to playback of the audio sequence; based on a comparison of the reference attribute to a test attribute associated with the test recording, detect occlusion of the audio enclosure; and in response to detecting occlusion of the audio enclosure, generate a notification message.

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


Systems and methods for UE location and mobility
Patent No. 11115784 

Inventor(s): Parry Cornell Booker (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16938538 on 07/24/2020 (410 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems described herein provide techniques for establishing and modifying user plane communications sessions between Long-Term Evolution (”LTE”) User Equipment (”UE”) devices, connected to LTE base stations, and a Fifth Generation (”5G”) core network. An LTE-5G Interworking function (”LTE-5G IWF”) may logically generate a virtual 5G UE and/or 5G base station, map a LTE UE to the virtual 5G UE, and cause the establishment of a Protocol Data Unit (”PDU”) Session, at the 5G core network, with the virtual 5G UE. The LTE-5G IWF may also maintain a 5G context, including the information of the virtual 5G UE and/or 5G base station, based on the actual location of the LTE UE and/or an LTE base station to which the LTE UE is connected. The LTE-5G IWF may further update this context, including location information, when the LTE UE is handed over from one LTE base station to another.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Dynamic policy exchange
Patent No. 11115873 

Inventor(s): Malcolm M. Smith (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16809408 on 03/04/2020 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: Dynamic policy mapping is provided via mapping, by an Access Point (AP), a plurality of applications to a set of privilege groups for Quality of Service (QoS) levels in a network; transmitting the mapping of the privilege groups to a client device; receiving packets from the client device including QoS markers; and in response to determining that the QoS markers received from the client device do not match the privilege groups for the packets, performing a corrective action on the client device, wherein the corrective action includes one or more of: disassociating the client device from the network; and retransmitting the set of privilege groups to the client device. In some embodiments, the privilege groups are transmitted before the client device is associated with the AP, enabling the client device to select what AP to associate with based on the privilege groups.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for determining line of sight (LOS)
Patent No. 11115898 

Inventor(s): George Calcev (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16600008 on 10/11/2019 (697 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method performed by a first device is disclosed that includes sending a light of sight, LOS, determination request to a second device which communicates with the first device, wherein the LOS determination request includes an indication of a dual polarization procedure for Line of Sight (LOS), with the indication of the dual polarization procedure for LOS is used indicating that a same sequence of bits is sent at two polarizations to the same direction; a channel measurement for each of the two received sequences at the two polarizations is compared to determine whether a transmission between the first device and the second is LOS or NLOS.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for uplink resource reuse
Patent No. 11115957 

Inventor(s): James Earl Womack (Bedford, TX), Yi Yu (Irving, TX), Zhijun Cai (Euless, TX)
Assignee(s): Hilco Patent Acquisition 55, LLC (Northbrook, IL)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 12341948 on 12/22/2008 (4642 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method are disclosed that allows for uplink resource reuse. A user device is provided an uplink resource for a first data type. If the user device does not have enough data of the first data type to fill the granted uplink resource, the user device fills the granted uplink resource with a second data type.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Resource assignment for general packet radio service tunneling protocol (GTP) entities in 5G
Patent No. 11116016 

Inventor(s): Jayshree A. Bharatia (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15398649 on 01/04/2017 (1707 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless cellular network system comprising MME configured to send a first create session request to SGW-C, the SGW-C configured to select SGW-U and transmit a first resource request to the selected SGW-U, and the SGW-U configured to, upon a receipt of the first resource request, allocate an IP address and TEIDs of the SGW-U, and transmit a resource message including the IP address and the TEIDs of the SGW-U to SGW-C. A method of SGW-C in a wireless communication system, the method comprising receiving, from MME, a first create session request, selecting SGW-U among a plurality of SGW-Us, wherein the selection is based on a location of a terminal, transmitting a first resource request to the selected SGW-U, receiving, from the selected SGW-U, a resource message including an IP address and TEID of the SGW-U, the IP address and TEIDs being allocated by the selected SGW-U.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Emergency calls
Patent No. 11116018 

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, , CA)
Law Firm: Trop Pruner Hu, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16907943 on 06/22/2020 (442 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, a device detects a calling identifier received as part of initiating a call matches an emergency identifier, the emergency identifier associated with information from which to derive a Uniform Resource Name (URN). The device detects that the device is attached to or registered a first network different from a second network, where the second network configured the emergency identifier. In response to detecting that the device is attached to or registered the first network different from the second network, the device includes a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) in a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) INVITE message to be transmitted.

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


Power efficient tunneled direct link setup apparatus, systems and methods
Patent No. 11116020 

Inventor(s): Ariton Xhafa (Plano, TX), Leonardo William Estevez (Rockwall, TX), Ramanuja Vedantham (Allen, TX), Yanjun Sun (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instmments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16897107 on 06/09/2020 (455 days app to issue)

Abstract: An emulated wireless access point (AP) at a first PMC device (PMC1) establishes a first tunneled direct link setup (TDLS) session between a first station module (STA1) incorporated into the PMC1 and a second station module (STA2) incorporated into a second PMC device (PMC2). Following establishment of the TDLS session, the wireless AP is allowed to sleep; and most infrastructure management duties are handled by the STA1 during the session. PMC device battery charge may be conserved as a result. The emulated wireless AP may also establish a second TDLS link to a third station module (STA3) incorporated into a third PMC device (PMC3). The STA1 may then bridge data traffic flow between the STA2 and the STA3. Such bridging operation may enable communication between two PMC devices otherwise unable to decode data received from the other.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


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Package
Patent No. D929860 

Inventor(s): Carlos Caicedo (Dallas, TX), Carol Monza (Dallas, TX), Carolyn Eckert (Dallas, TX), David Shin (Dallas, TX), Don Miller (Dallas, TX), Michael Comiskey (Dallas, TX), Natalie Cruz (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BMIC LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29774910 on 03/19/2021 (172 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Package
Patent No. D929861 

Inventor(s): Carlos Caicedo (Dallas, TX), Carol Monza (Dallas, TX), Carolyn Eckert (Dallas, TX), David Shin (Dallas, TX), Don Miller (Dallas, TX), Michael Comiskey (Dallas, TX), Natalie Cruz (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BMIC LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Greenbeg Traurig, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29774917 on 03/19/2021 (172 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Speaker enclosure
Patent No. D929959 

Inventor(s): Gerald Kirkland (Kaufman, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: William Lovin Assoc., LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29697717 on 07/10/2019 (790 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Model vehicle body assembly
Patent No. D930087 

Inventor(s): Adam Cole Ewing (McKinney, TX), Jaime Felix Barajas (Dallas, TX), Jory Sprowl (Honey Grove, TX), Kent Poteet (Lucas, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX), Skylar Hagler (Anna, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29688170 on 04/18/2019 (873 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Model vehicle shock tower
Patent No. D930088 

Inventor(s): Adam Cole Ewing (McKinney, TX), Kent Poteet (Lucas, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29696358 on 06/27/2019 (803 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Motion sensor safe light
Patent No. D930217 

Inventor(s): Brian P. Johnson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): London Johnson, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29675474 on 01/02/2019 (979 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Dog chew toy
Patent No. D930281 

Inventor(s): James W. Gick (Irvine, CA)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29695833 on 06/21/2019 (809 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet toy
Patent No. D930288 

Inventor(s): Josiah Wilhelm (Columbia Station, OH)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29719059 on 12/31/2019 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Pet toy
Patent No. D930289 

Inventor(s): Josiah Wilhelm (Columbia Station, OH)
Assignee(s): DOSKOCIL MANUFACTURING COMPANY, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Global IP Counselors, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29719069 on 12/31/2019 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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