Dallas Invents: 136 Patents Granted for Week of April 23

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

Patents granted include:
• An unassigned patent for techniques for an automated hair-cutting system
• Hammond Development's system for enabling a communication device to remotely execute an application
• Amazon's technology for job processing using a public service network
• Textron Innovations' takeoff/landing touchdown protection management system
• Tuesday Morning's cookware lid with basting projections
• Olaeris' battery status and failure detector
• 3i AVI's computerized exchange network
• University of Arkansas' new white wine grape plant named "Opportunity"

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 April 23, 2019 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 16
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 10
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 8
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 2

UNASSIGNED 7


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Lee D. Whetsel (Parker) 5
Alexander Noland (North Richland Hills) 2
Baher S. Haroun (Allen) 2
David Anthony Norman (Greenville) 2
David Gerard Ledet (Allen) 2
Douglas Michael Galletti (Allen) 2
Krishna Balantrapu (Irving) 2
Luke Keiser (Frisco) 2
Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas) 2


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

158 days
Method and system for enabling a communication device to remotely execute an application
Patent No. 10270816
Assignee: Hammond Development International, Inc. (Dallas)
Inventor: Jimmie Paul Partee (Double Oak, TX)

2,743 days
Test fixture for testing set-top boxes
Patent No. 10271047
Assignee: FEDEX SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS ELECTRONICS, INC. (Fort Worth)
Inventor: Jimmie Paul Partee (Double Oak, TX)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Cookware lid with basting projections
Patent No. 10264921 

Inventor(s): Timothy J. Bennett (Colorado Springs, CO)
Assignee(s): TUESDAY MORNING PARTNERS, LTD. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14978012 on 12/22/2015 (1218 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cookware assembly comprises a lid including an underside and a plurality of basting projections. The underside has a center and extending toward a perimeter of the lid. Each of the plurality of basting projections protrudes downwardly from the underside of the lid. Each of the plurality of basting projections includes an interior concave surface, an exterior concave surface, and a drip ridge. The interior concave surface extends downwardly away from the underside to form a bay adjacent to the interior concave surface. The drip ridge is formed along a border between the interior concave surface and the exterior surface and defines a vertex along the drip ridge. During use of the lid, condensate formed on the underside collects along the interior concave surface, which funnels the condensate to the vertex for droplet formation and release from a corresponding one of the plurality of basting projections.

[A47J] KITCHEN EQUIPMENT; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; APPARATUS FOR MAKING BEVERAGES [6]


Surgical burs
Patent No. 10265082 

Inventor(s): Donald E. Stearns (Fort Worth, TX), Michael Vu (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): Medtronic PS Medical, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Harness Dickey (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14840217 on 08/31/2015 (1331 days app to issue)

Abstract: A surgical bur is disclosed having cutting and trailing edges and associated flutes and lands. Each flute includes a cutting edge. Each of the trailing edges relatives in a selected dimension to a preceding cutting edge.

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


Equipment for sanitizing the air conditioning system of vehicles by means of radiant catalytic ionization
Patent No. 10265432 

Inventor(s): Andrew Eide (Rockwall, TX), Frederico Monteiro Paranhos (Sao Paulo, , BR), Joao da Costa Pilao Neto (Sao Paulo, , BR)
Assignee(s): DBG GROUP INVESTMENTS, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Workman Nydegger (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15470466 on 03/27/2017 (757 days app to issue)

Abstract: An air sanitization device is provided that utilizes radiant catalytic ionization to produce purifying plasma comprising highly oxidative molecules that greatly decrease the amount of volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide and particulate matter within the HVAC system and the interior of transportation vehicle. The air sanitation device includes surfaces coated or impregnated with a noble alloy that comprises predominately titanium dioxide and a UV light source that directs UV light onto the surfaces of coated surfaces to generate, via the radiant catalytic ionization reaction the purifying plasma. Integration of the air sanitization device into a vehicle HVAC system greatly decreases irritant molecules within the vehicle.

[A61L] METHODS OR APPARATUS FOR STERILISING MATERIALS OR OBJECTS IN GENERAL; DISINFECTION, STERILISATION, OR DEODORISATION OF AIR; CHEMICAL ASPECTS OF BANDAGES, DRESSINGS, ABSORBENT PADS, OR SURGICAL ARTICLES; MATERIALS FOR BANDAGES, DRESSINGS, ABSORBENT PADS, OR SURGICAL ARTICLES (preservation of bodies or disinfecting characterised by the agent employed A01N; preserving, e.g. sterilising, food or foodstuffs A23; preparations for medical, dental or toilet purposes A61K) [4]


Mechanical syringe accessory
Patent No. 10265477 

Inventor(s): Christopher Mudd (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Allergan, Inc. (Irvine, CA)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15064537 on 03/08/2016 (1141 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein are syringe accessories that can be attached to standard syringes. These accessories utilize one or more mechanisms that can provide at least one additional sensory feedback to the user when performing an aliquot or dosed injection. In other embodiments, the accessories can prevent overdosing.

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


Safety neural injection system and related methods
Patent No. 10265504 

Inventor(s): N. Sandor Racz (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): Custom Medical Application (Farmers Branch, TX)
Law Firm: TraskBritt (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14210887 on 03/14/2014 (1866 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are safety neural injection systems and related methods of use comprising a cannula, with or without a side port, and a stylet, defined by a first inside diameter, a first outside diameter, a first length, and an open distal end in fluid communication with the inside and outside of the hollow cannula wherein the medicament is administered with the stylet inserted at least partially within the cannula. In various embodiments, the safety neural injection system comprises a metal ball tip.

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


Fire-hose nozzle
Patent No. 10265559 

Inventor(s): Lonnie R Downs (Princeton, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14657407 on 03/13/2015 (1502 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fire-hose nozzle includes a cylindrical housing having an inlet, an outlet and a water passageway therebetween. Centrally disposed within the passageway is an elongated, rocket-shaped stem having a larger-diameter end near the inlet and a pointed, tapered end near the outlet. Proximal the inlet are circumferentially disposed apertures for injecting ambient air into incoming water to widen the spray pattern through the outlet. Attached to the inlet is a pistol-grip controller for coupling with a conventional fire hose. Therefore, when water is delivered to the housing, the stem disrupts and separates the water stream to decrease hose back pressure, recoil and oscillation.

[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)


Multipurpose fitness apparatus and method for assembly
Patent No. 10265563 

Inventor(s): Reuben A. Miller (McKinney, TX), Shane Hernandez (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): XYSTUS, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15480579 on 04/06/2017 (747 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fitness apparatus and a method for assembly are disclosed. The fitness apparatus comprises a wheel assembly that includes a first circular side parallel to a second circular side, both bounded by a curved tread. Within the wheel assembly is an enclosable storage chamber. The fitness apparatus also includes an axis perpendicular to the first circular side and the second circular side, and when the fitness apparatus is in an abdominal exercise wheel configuration, at least a portion of the wheel assembly rotates around the axis. The fitness apparatus also includes a centerbore along the axis that supports a first removable handle and a second removable handle when the fitness apparatus is in the abdominal exercise wheel configuration.

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


Vibration powered toy
Patent No. 10265633 

Inventor(s): David Anthony Norman (Greenville, TX), Douglas Michael Galletti (Allen, TX), Robert H. Mimlitch, III (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): Innovation First, Inc. (Greenville, TX)
Law Firm: Much Shelist, P.C. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15881831 on 01/29/2018 (449 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes a housing, a rotational motor situated within the housing, an eccentric load adapted to be rotated by the rotational motor, and a plurality of legs each having a leg base and a leg tip at a distal end relative to the leg base. The legs are coupled to the housing at the leg base and include at least one driving leg constructed from a flexible material and configured to cause the apparatus to move in a direction generally defined by an offset between the leg base and the leg tip as the rotational motor rotates the eccentric load.

[A63H] TOYS, e.g. TOPS, DOLLS, HOOPS, BUILDING BLOCKS


Three-dimensional magnetic construction kit-toy
Patent No. 10265638 

Inventor(s): Mykhaylo Apyshkov (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15461410 on 03/16/2017 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: A spherical construction toy includes six segments consisting of a single outer convex surface and four inner concave surfaces, twelve segments consisting of a single outer convex surface, two inner convex surfaces, and two inner concave surfaces; and eight segments consisting of a single, outer convex surface and three inner convex surfaces. The segments are defined by the intersection of spherical surfaces having identical radius and disposed along Cartesian coordinate axes with the surface at the common center. The segments, when assembled in a base configuration with the outer surfaces disposed away from the common center, form a spherical assembly.

[A63H] TOYS, e.g. TOPS, DOLLS, HOOPS, BUILDING BLOCKS


Grape plant named Opportunity
Patent No. PP030425 (Plant)

Inventor(s): James N. Moore (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS (Little Rock, AR)
Law Firm: Andrus Intellectual Property Law LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15731606 on 07/07/2017 (655 days app to issue)

Abstract: Description and specifications of a new and distinct wine grape cultivar which originated from a hand-pollinated cross of Cayuga White ([i]Vitis labrusca [/i]L. by [i]V. vinifera [/i]L., developed by the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva, N.Y.; female parent, non-patented) x A-1754 (non-patented, non-released breeding genotype; male parent). This new wine grape cultivar can be distinguished by its quality juice attributes for wine production with hardy and productive grapevines adapted to Arkansas and the Mid-South of the United States. Patent Class: N/A


 

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

High efficiency, ultra-stable, bonded hydrophilic interaction chromatography (HILIC) matrix on superficially porous particles (SPPS)
Patent No. 10265643 

Inventor(s): Daniel W. Armstrong (Arlington, TX), Zachry S. Breitbach (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): AZYP, LLC (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Lucas Mercanti, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15326927 on 07/17/2015 (1376 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to superficially porous particles (SPPs), also called core-shell, porous shell or fused core particles, which are state-of-the-art support materials used in the production of HPLC columns. Hydrolytically stable, highly selective superficially porous particle (SPP) hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatographic (HILIC) stationary phases having higher efficiencies and shorter retention times than analogous stationary phases on fully porous particles (FPP) is provided.

[B01D] SEPARATION (separating solids from solids by wet methods B03B, B03D, by pneumatic jigs or tables B03B, by other dry methods B07; magnetic or electrostatic separation of solid materials from solid materials or fluids, separation by high-voltage electric fields B03C; centrifuges B04B; vortex apparatus B04C; presses per se for squeezing-out liquid from liquid-containing material B30B 9/02) [5]


Chain reconditioning devices and methods
Patent No. 10265827 

Inventor(s): Larry Sewell (Moreno Valley, CA)
Assignee(s): Dean Foods Company (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15724987 on 10/04/2017 (566 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device is adapted to be coupled to a conveyor system and recondition at least one chain of the conveyor system. The device includes a base and at least one attachment element coupled to the base. The attachment element is adapted to detachably couple the device to the conveyor system. At least one reconditioning element is coupled to the base, and the reconditioning element is adapted to engage and recondition the chain as the chain moves relative to the reconditioning element. At least one biasing element is coupled to the reconditioning element, and the biasing element urges the reconditioning element away from the base and into engagement with the chain.

[B24B] MACHINES, DEVICES, OR PROCESSES FOR GRINDING OR POLISHING (by electro-erosion B23H; abrasive or related blasting B24C; electrolytic etching or polishing C25F 3/00); DRESSING OR CONDITIONING OF ABRADING SURFACES; FEEDING OF GRINDING, POLISHING, OR LAPPING AGENTS [2]


Hair cutting techniques for automated hair cutting system
Patent No. 10265875 

Inventor(s): Matthew W. Krenik (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15597918 on 05/17/2017 (706 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automated hair cutting system includes a hair cutting device having a cutter head, the hair cutting device being configured to cut hair extending from a surface of a head of a user of the automated hair cutting system; a positioning sensor attached to the hair cutting device; a positioning device having a structure, the structure is configured to secure to the surface of the head of the user; and a positioning interface attached to the positioning device structure.

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


Retention features for vehicular gloveboxes
Patent No. 10266127 

Inventor(s): Rubin T. Glass, II (Canton, 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: 15710970 on 09/21/2017 (579 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicular glovebox module, a vehicular glovebox assembly and a method of installing a glovebox module in a vehicle. Mounting apparatus used to secure the glovebox module includes structure to allow a snap-fit engagement of the module to a vehicular support structure. In particular, because the surfaces of the vehicular support structure are not coplanar with one another, at least one of upper and lower retention posts that include snap-fit must provide its snap-fit connection with angled features relative to an installation direction to ensure that the engagement between both the upper and snap-fit connections take place substantially simultaneously during glovebox module installation.

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


Auto rack car conversions and deck adjustments
Patent No. 10266185 

Inventor(s): Caglar Ozerdim (Dallas, TX), Christopher C. Harkey (Dallas, TX), Hiten Y. Mehta (Frisco, TX), Jerry W. Vande Sande (Dallas, TX), Kenneth W. Huck (Fairview, TX), Kyle R. Coston (Forney, TX), Victor M. Mankarious (Euless, T
Assignee(s): TRINITY NORTH AMERICAN FREIGHT CAR, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15206809 on 07/11/2016 (1016 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a railcar, a first deck, and a second deck. The second deck is positioned within the railcar above the first deck. The second deck includes a first portion, a second portion coupled to a first end of the first portion, and a third portion coupled to a second end of the first portion opposite the first end. The second and third portions can move towards a center of the first portion such that the first portion is positioned above or beneath the second and third portions.

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


Glass hand truck
Patent No. 10266191 

Inventor(s): Christopher Todd Herndon (Grayson, GA), William Joshua McDonald (Newborn, GA)
Assignee(s): OLDCASTLE BUILDINGENVELOPE, INC. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15615127 on 06/06/2017 (686 days app to issue)

Abstract: A hand truck includes a frame, a handle attached to a rear side of the frame, a platform extending from a front side of the frame, a plurality of feet attached to an underside of the platform, at least one support member attached to the front side of the frame, and an axle supporting a plurality of wheels, wherein the axle is attached to the frame. The hand truck may include a standing configuration and a mobile configuration. In the standing configuration, the plurality of wheels and at least one of the plurality of feet contact a ground surface to support the hand truck such that the platform is arranged at an oblique angle with respect to the ground surface.

[B62B] HAND-PROPELLED VEHICLES, e.g. HAND CARTS OR PERAMBULATORS; SLEDGES (characterised by animal propulsion B62C; propulsion of sledges by driver or engine B62M)


Takeoff/landing touchdown protection management system
Patent No. 10266249 

Inventor(s): Shyhpyng Jack Shue (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15438412 on 02/21/2017 (791 days app to issue)

Abstract: An air/ground contact logic management system for use with fly-by-wire control systems in an aircraft. The system includes a first sensor configured to provide an output signal to determine when the aircraft is in a transition region. A logic management system is in communication with the first sensor and is configured to receive and process the output signal and classify a mode of the aircraft. A controller receives signal data from the logic management system and communicates with a control axis actuator to regulate a level of control authority provided to a pilot. The control authority is individually regulated within each integrator as a result of the individual landing gear states.

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


Control inceptor management system
Patent No. 10266250 

Inventor(s): ShyhPyng Jack Shue (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15166478 on 05/27/2016 (1061 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, a control manager is disposed between the rotor system and the flight control inceptor. The control manager is configured to receive control commands wirelessly from a ground control station, translate the control commands into one or more axes associated with the flight control inceptor, and transmit the translated control commands to the rotor system in place of the instructions received from the pilot via the flight control inceptor.

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


Wing extension winglets for tiltrotor aircraft
Patent No. 10266252 

Inventor(s): Adam Bryant Anderson (Fort Worth, TX), Jeremy Robert Chavez (Fort Worth, TX), Steven Ray Ivans (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15269862 on 09/19/2016 (946 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pylon assembly for a tiltrotor aircraft includes a rotor assembly operable to rotate between a generally vertical orientation, in a VTOL flight mode, and a generally horizontal orientation, in a forward flight mode, and having an intermediate orientation therebetween, in a conversion flight mode. The rotor assembly includes a proprotor operable to produce a slipstream. A wing extension, positioned outboard of the rotor assembly, has a minimal dimension and an outboard end. A winglet is coupled to the outboard end of the wing extension and has a minimal dimension. The wing extension and the winglet are operable to rotate generally with the rotor assembly such that the minimal dimensions of the wing extension and the winglet remain in the slipstream of the proprotor.

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


Telescoping spring with electronic control
Patent No. 10266333 

Inventor(s): Andrew Peter Nelson (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Flextronics AP, LLC (Broomfield, CO)
Law Firm: Haverstock Owens LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14469506 on 08/26/2014 (1701 days app to issue)

Abstract: A delivery system having a telescoping spring is used to drive a plunger. The telescoping spring includes a nested inner spring that uses the unused volume on the inside of an outer spring. The telescoping spring has a staged release of each spring. The inner spring is connected to a non-anchored end of the outer spring, and rides within a container located within an inner dimension of the outer spring. The spring constant K of each spring can be the same or different. The delivery system can be fully mechanical or implemented as a smart delivery system under electronic control.

[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


Automated truck unloader for unloading/unpacking product from trailers and containers
Patent No. 10266351 

Inventor(s): Tim Criswell (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Daifuku Co., Ltd. (Osaka, , JP), Wynright Corporation (Elk Grove, IL)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16049513 on 07/30/2018 (267 days app to issue)

Abstract: An automatic truck unloader for unloading/unpacking product, such as boxes or cases, from trailers and containers is disclosed. In one embodiment, a mobile base structure provides a support framework for a drive subassembly, conveyance subassembly, an industrial robot, a distance measurement subassembly, and a control subassembly. Under the operation of the control subassembly, an industrial robot having a suction cup-based gripper arm selectively removes boxes from the trailer and places the boxes on a powered transportation path. The control subassembly coordinates the selective articulated movement of the industrial robot and the activation of the drive subassembly based upon the distance measurement subassembly detecting objects, including boxes, within a detection space, and dimensions of the trailer provided to the control subassembly.

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


Winch tightening mechanism
Patent No. 10266377 

Inventor(s): Arnold Peek (Madison, TN), Clint Bryan (Bethpage, TN)
Assignee(s): Arcosa, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts, LLP (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15241794 on 08/19/2016 (977 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to some embodiments, a winch tightening apparatus comprises a mounting plate; a first moment arm coupled to the mounting plate and configured to provide leverage for rotating the mounting plate; and a pawl comprising a first end and a second end. The first end is pivotally coupled to the mounting plate such that the second end pivots to engage a ratchet gear when the mounting plate is rotated in a first direction and pivots to disengage the ratchet gear when the mounting plate is rotated in a second direction opposite the first direction. Some embodiments include a second moment arm coupled to the mounting plate and configured to provide leverage for rotating the mounting plate. Some embodiments include a counterweight coupled to the mounting plate and positioned to rotate the mounting plate in the second direction.

[B66D] CAPSTANS; WINCHES; TACKLES, e.g. PULLEY BLOCKS; HOISTS (winding or unwinding ropes or cables for feeding or storage purposes B65H; rope or cable-winding or unwinding mechanisms for lifts B66B; hoisting devices specially adapted for suspended scaffolds E04G 3/32)


 

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

Europium-doped phosphor materials
Patent No. 10266765 

Inventor(s): Lun Ma (Arlington, TX), Wei Chen (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Winstead PC (Local + 2 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15034124 on 11/06/2014 (1629 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention relates to new phosphor materials exhibiting luminescence and methods for their production. More particularly, the invention relates to new europium-doped zinc sulfide-manganese (ZnS:Mn,Eu) phosphors and use thereof for radiation detection.

[C09K] MATERIALS FOR APPLICATIONS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR; APPLICATIONS OF MATERIALS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


Selective coating to inhibit cracking from galvanizing
Patent No. 10266934 

Inventor(s): Leo Dan Padron (Springtown, TX)
Assignee(s): Sabre Communications Corporation (Sioux City, IA)
Law Firm: Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A. (11 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15172954 on 06/03/2016 (1054 days app to issue)

Abstract: A process for making a workpiece, e.g., such as a utility or communications monopole can include selectively masking welded regions (e.g., joining the pole to a collar or other portion of a base, or joining component parts of the pole) before a corrosion-inhibiting galvanizing process that can include precleaning (e.g., in a hot acid bath) and a hot zinc galvanizing bath. The masking material can than optionally be removed, such as abrasively. The unmasked regions can optionally be spot-treated, if desired, such as to inhibit corrosion.

[C23C] COATING METALLIC MATERIAL; COATING MATERIAL WITH METALLIC MATERIAL; SURFACE TREATMENT OF METALLIC MATERIAL BY DIFFUSION INTO THE SURFACE, BY CHEMICAL CONVERSION OR SUBSTITUTION; COATING BY VACUUM EVAPORATION, BY SPUTTERING, BY ION IMPLANTATION OR BY CHEMICAL VAPOUR DEPOSITION, IN GENERAL (applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces in general B05; making metal-coated products by extrusion B21C 23/22; covering with metal by connecting pre-existing layers to articles, see the relevant places, e.g. B21D 39/00, B23K; working of metal by the action of a high concentration of electric current on a workpiece using an electrode B23H; metallising of glass C03C; metallising mortars, concrete, artificial stone, ceramics or natural stone C04B 41/00; paints, varnishes, lacquers C09D; enamelling of, or applying a vitreous layer to, metals C23D; inhibiting corrosion of metallic material or incrustation in general C23F; treating metal surfaces or coating of metals by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25D, C25F; single-crystal film growth C30B; by metallising textiles D06M 11/83; decorating textiles by locally metallising D06Q 1/04; details of scanning-probe apparatus, in general G01Q; manufacture of semiconductor devices H01L; manufacture of printed circuits H05K) [4]


Process for NiFe fluxgate device
Patent No. 10266950 

Inventor(s): Mark Jenson (Allen, TX), Mona M. Eissa (Allen, TX), Yousong Zhang (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15809143 on 11/10/2017 (529 days app to issue)

Abstract: An etchant for simultaneously etching NiFe and AlN with approximately equal etch rates that comprises phosphoric acid, acetic acid, nitric acid and deionized water. Alternating layers of NiFe and AlN may be used to form a magnetic core of a fluxgate magnetometer in an integrated circuit. The wet etch provides a good etch rate of the alternating layers with good dimensional control and with a good resulting magnetic core profile. The alternating layers of NiFe and AlN may be encapsulated with a stress relief layer. A resist pattern may be used to define the magnetic core geometry. The overetch time of the wet etch may be controlled so that the magnetic core pattern extends at least 1.5 um beyond the base of the magnetic core post etch. The photo mask used to form the resist pattern may also be used to form a stress relief etch pattern.

[C23F] NON-MECHANICAL REMOVAL OF METALLIC MATERIAL FROM SURFACES (working of metal by electro-erosion B23H; desurfacing by applying flames B23K 7/00; working metal by laser beam B23K 26/00); INHIBITING CORROSION OF METALLIC MATERIAL; INHIBITING INCRUSTATION IN GENERAL (treating metal surfaces or coating of metals by electrolysis or electrophoresis C25D, C25F); MULTI-STEP PROCESSES FOR SURFACE TREATMENT OF METALLIC MATERIAL INVOLVING AT LEAST ONE PROCESS PROVIDED FOR IN CLASS C23 AND AT LEAST ONE PROCESS COVERED BY SUBCLASS C21D OR C22F OR CLASS C25 [4]


UV/visible-absorbing vinylic monomers and uses thereof
Patent No. 10268053 

Inventor(s): Xuwei Jiang (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Novartis AG (Basel, , CH)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15434098 on 02/16/2017 (796 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein are UV-absorbing vinylic monomers and their uses in preparing UV-absorbing contact lenses capable of blocking ultra-violet (”UV”) radiation and violet radiation with wavelengths from 380 nm to 440 nm, thereby protecting eyes to some extent from damages caused by UV radiation and potentially from violet radiation.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Plumbing void construction unit
Patent No. 10267012 

Inventor(s): Michael L. Turner (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Law Office of Jeff Williams PLLC (Local + 690 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15441099 on 02/23/2017 (789 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device and method for the creation of a water proof component void form unit to create space between concrete structures and expansive soil for the passage of plumbing lines, electrical lines and other utility conduit lines is described. The unit includes a plurality of panels interlocked with one or more connectors. The panels are aligned opposite one another and are configured to abut one another to create a route. The panels are located in a trench and configured to define a void space underground for the passage of the utility conduit lines. A top cap overlays across the panels. Utility conduit lines are routed within the void space and adjusted according to needs. The unit is configured to resist soil expansive forces so as to protect the placement and integrity of the utility conduit lines.

[E02D] FOUNDATIONS; EXCAVATIONS; EMBANKMENTS (specially adapted for hydraulic engineering E02B); UNDERGROUND OR UNDERWATER STRUCTURES [6]


Ball socket connector
Patent No. 10267102 

Inventor(s): Sohail Shad (Arlington, TX), William R. Howell, Sr. (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15298730 on 10/20/2016 (915 days app to issue)

Abstract: A coiled tubing system includes a first section of coiled tubing, a second section of coiled tubing, a first insert assembly attached at an end of the first section of coiled tubing, a second insert assembly attached at an end of the second section of coiled tubing, and a connector disposed between the first and second sections of coiled tubing and removably coupled to the first and second insert assemblies. A portion of the connector is configured to pivot with respect to a longitudinal axis of the connector.

[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]


Slickline shredder
Patent No. 10267113 

Inventor(s): Dominick Joseph Bellotte (Flower Mound, TX), Richard Mineo (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Howard L. Speight, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15542681 on 02/12/2015 (1531 days app to issue)

Abstract: A slickline shredder tool includes a housing, a housing inlet, a power receiver, a shredder coupled to the power receiver, and a storage unit. The shredder rotates about a first axis when the power receiver receives power. Malfunctioning slickline enters the housing through the housing inlet and is shredded into shredded pieces by the shredder. The shredded pieces are stored in the storage unit.

[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]


Formation interface assembly (FIA)
Patent No. 10267120 

Inventor(s): Antonio Rosas (Mesquite, TX), Thomas Owen Roane (Alvord, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Justiss, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15846529 on 12/19/2017 (490 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided is an oil/gas service tool assembly. The oil/gas service tool assembly, in this example, may include a washpipe apparatus, the washpipe apparatus including an uphole washpipe portion, and a downhole washpipe portion having washpipe perforations therein, wherein the uphole washpipe portion and downhole washpipe portion are telescopingly coupled to one another. The oil/gas service tool assembly, in this example, includes a washpipe check valve coupled downhole of the downhole washpipe portion.

[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]


EFP detonating cord
Patent No. 10267127 

Inventor(s): Matthew C. Clay (Burleson, TX), Shaun M. Geerts (Crowley, TX)
Assignee(s): OWEN OIL TOOLS LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Mossman, Kumar Tyler, PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15246175 on 08/24/2016 (972 days app to issue)

Abstract: A perforating tool includes an encapsulated shaped charge that has a bulkhead with a reduced wall thickness section, a plate having a shallow recess, and a detonating cord having an energetic core. The energetic core forms the plate into an explosively formed perforator when detonated. The plate is positioned to direct the explosively formed perforator into the reduced wall thickness section.

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


Methods and systems for determining subterranean fracture closure
Patent No. 10267134 

Inventor(s): Terry Palisch (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): CARBO CERAMICS INC. (Houston, TX), SANDIA CORPORATION (Albuquerque, NM)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14942304 on 11/16/2015 (1254 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for determining subterranean fracture closure are disclosed herein. The methods can include electrically energizing a casing of a wellbore that extends from a surface of the earth into a subterranean formation having a fracture that is at least partially filled with an electrically conductive proppant and measuring a first electric field response at the surface or in an adjacent wellbore at a first time interval to provide a first field measurement. The methods can also include measuring a second electric field response at the surface or in the adjacent wellbore at a second time interval to provide a second field measurement and determining an increase in closure pressure on the electrically conductive proppant from a difference between the first and second field measurements.

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


Downhole electromagnetic communications between two wells
Patent No. 10267142 

Inventor(s): Jaroslav Dobos (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): SCHLUMBERGER TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION (Sugar Land, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15413457 on 01/24/2017 (819 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for conducting survey measurements in a ranging operation between a first well and a second well include generating an electromagnetic field in a downhole location in the first well and scanning for the electromagnetic field in a downhole location in the second well. When at least one characteristic of the electromagnetic field is detected, the method includes automatically initiating survey measurements for a ranging operation without receiving a downlink command from 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]


 

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

 

Engine block bearing cap removal mechanism
Patent No. 10265815 

Inventor(s): Kevin W. Copeland (Madison, AL)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15239079 on 08/17/2016 (979 days app to issue)

Abstract: A bearing cap removal mechanism is structured for removing bearing caps from an engine block. The bearing cap removal mechanism includes a securement mechanism operable to releasably secure at least one bearing cap to the securement mechanism prior to removal of the at least one bearing cap from the engine block. A removal force application mechanism is operatively coupled to the securement mechanism. The removal force application mechanism is operable to move the securement mechanism in a direction away from the engine block when the at least one bearing cap is secured to the securement mechanism, thereby removing the at least one bearing cap from the engine block.

[F02F] CYLINDERS, PISTONS, OR CASINGS FOR COMBUSTION ENGINES; ARRANGEMENTS OF SEALINGS IN COMBUSTION ENGINES (specially adapted for rotary-piston or oscillating-piston internal-combustion engines F02B; specially adapted for gas-turbine plants F02C; specially adapted for jet-propulsion plants F02K) [2]


Plunger clamp for fluid end
Patent No. 10267300 

Inventor(s): Austin Chunn (Aledo, TX), Chase Tipton (Weatherford, TX), Wesley Freed (Aledo, TX)
Assignee(s): FORUM US, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Patterson + Sheridan, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15070482 on 03/15/2016 (1134 days app to issue)

Abstract: A plunger clamp is disclosed that includes a body comprising a first end and a second end, wherein the body comprises a threaded portion that facilitates coupling and decoupling of the first and second ends, and wherein the first end or the second end includes a plurality of blind holes formed on a perimeter thereof that extend in a direction orthogonal to a longitudinal axis of the 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)


Counterweight assembly
Patent No. 10267379 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey Alan Ambrose (Evansville, IN)
Assignee(s): SSW HOLDING COMPANY, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15029009 on 10/16/2014 (1650 days app to issue)

Abstract: A counterweight assembly includes a counterweight and at least one retention member. The counterweight is formed of concrete or other heavy aggregate material. The at least one retention member is coupled to the counterweight and extends outwardly away from the counterweight. The at least one retention member is further adapted to be at least partly disposed through an aperture in a counterweight receiving component such as an appliance component to retain the counterweight in operable connection with the counterweight receiving component.

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


Spring adjusting device and valve assembly
Patent No. 10267427 

Inventor(s): Xiao Xiao (Sichuan, , CN), Yanwei Lei (Chengdu, , CN), Yuxiong Huo (Chengdu, , CN)
Assignee(s): EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14437823 on 10/22/2013 (2009 days app to issue)

Abstract: A spring adjusting device and a valve assembly including the same. The spring adjusting device includes an adjusting screw rod, a spring, and a spring seat which is located between the adjusting screw rod and the spring. A groove is arranged in the spring seat, which can contain an end part of one end of the adjusting screw rod, and is provided with a cylindrical side wall. The spring adjusting device can prevent the end part of the adjusting screw rod from being separated from the groove, and the spring from being bent on the whole, thereby improving the overall working performance of the valve assembly.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Access control for electronic entertainment systems
Patent No. 10265624 

Inventor(s): Kulvir S. Bhogal (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Roberts Mlotkowski Safran Cole Calderon P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15837418 on 12/11/2017 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for controlling the use of electronic systems based upon monitored physical activity. The method can be implemented in a computer infrastructure having computer executable code tangibly embodied on a computer readable storage medium having programming instructions. The program instructions are operable to: provision rules associated with a user and at least one of health metrics and physical activity of the user; monitor the at least one health metrics and physical activity of the user over a predetermined time; and manage access to any of a plurality of electronic systems based on the monitored at least one health metrics and physical activity being in compliance or non-compliance with the provisioned rules.

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


Transformable cable reels and related assemblies and methods
Patent No. 10266367 

Inventor(s): Daniel Scott McGranahan (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Optical Communications LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15066068 on 03/10/2016 (1139 days app to issue)

Abstract: Transformable cable reels, related assemblies and methods are disclosed. The transformable cable reels may be provided in a first reel configuration for spooling on cable to the transformable cable reel and to pay out the spooled cable from the transformable cable reel. Cable spooled on the transformable cable reel may be payed out during cable installations. The transformable cable reel may also be configured in a second reel configuration for storage of any excess cable after cable payout. As one non-limiting example, the volume of the cable reel may be less in the second reel configuration than in the first reel configuration so that less volume is required to store the transformable cable reel. Providing the transformable cable reel in the second reel configuration may make it more feasible to store the transformable cable reel in fiber optic equipment, and/or avoid storing excess cable removed from a cable reel.

[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]


Systems and methods for high-resolution imaging
Patent No. 10267786 

Inventor(s): Baohong Yuan (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Board of Regents, The University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Nexsen Pruet, PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14162375 on 01/23/2014 (1916 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one aspect, methods of imaging are described herein. In some embodiments, a method of imaging described herein comprises disposing a population of ultrasound-switchable fluorophores in a biological environment, the fluorophores having a switching threshold between an off state and an on state; exposing the biological environment to an ultrasound beam to create an activation region within the biological environment; switching at least one of the fluorophores within the activation region from the off state to the on state; exciting the at least one fluorophore with a beam of electromagnetic radiation; and detecting light emitted by the fluorophore. In some embodiments, the activation region has a maximum negative pressure and/or maximum temperature and the switching threshold of the at least one fluorophore is at least about 50 percent of the maximum negative pressure or at least about 50 percent of the maximum temperature of the activation region.

[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)


Wafer level burn-in system
Patent No. 10267845 

Inventor(s): Clint D. Wilson (Allen, TX), Glenn Lee Prince (Murphy, TX), Kerry F. Cage (Carrollton, TX), Michael S. Walker (Dallas, TX), Robert W. Storey (Highland Village, TX), Stephen Kyle Collins (Plano, TX), William Robert Caldwel
Assignee(s): Delta V Instruments, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Ross Barnes LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15593601 on 05/12/2017 (711 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for simultaneously burning in, testing and curing all the die on an uncut semiconductor wafer having top and bottom surfaces, the system having upper and lower platen assemblies with a flow section configured to receive and discharge a temperature-controlled, circulated liquid heat transfer medium to maintain the temperatures of the top and bottom surfaces of the uncut semiconductor wafer within desired limits during wafer burn-in and testing and a programmable CPU and service controller configurable to selectively energize, monitor, test, display and store a plurality of performance parameters for the electronic circuitry of each of the plurality of die of the uncut semiconductor wafer simultaneously throughout a desired burn-in and test period.

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


Signals on tap bi-directional TMS terminal selecting serial communication register
Patent No. 10267851 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16173658 on 10/29/2018 (176 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure describes using the JTAG Tap”s TMS and/or TCK terminals as general purpose serial Input/Output (I/O) Manchester coded communication terminals. The Tap”s TMS and/or TCK terminal can be used as a serial I/O communication channel between; (1) an IC and an external controller, (2) between a first and second IC, or (3) between a first and second core circuit within an IC. The use of the TMS and/or TCK terminal as serial I/O channels, as described, does not effect the standardized operation of the JTAG Tap, since the TMS and/or TCK I/O operations occur while the Tap is placed in a non-active steady state.

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


Inputting TDI addresses when TDI high, moving update-DR to RT/I
Patent No. 10267852 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15968264 on 05/01/2018 (357 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure provides a novel method and apparatus for inputting addresses to devices to select the device TAP for access. Further, the disclosure provides a novel method and apparatus for inputting addresses for selecting device TAPs and for inputting commands for commanding circuitry within the device. The inputting of addresses or the inputting of addresses and commands is initiated by a control bit input on TDI that is recognized during the Run Test/Idle, Pause-DR or Pause-IR TAP states.

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


Analog input digital boundary scan cell, comparator, and analog switches
Patent No. 10267854 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15655248 on 07/20/2017 (642 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure describes a novel method and apparatus for improving interposers that connected stacked die assemblies to system substrates. The improvement includes the addition of IEEE 1149.1 circuitry within interposers to allow simplifying interconnect testing of digital and analog signal connections between the interposer and system substrate it is attached too. The improvement also includes the additional 1149.1 controlled circuitry that allows real time monitoring of voltage supply and ground buses in the interposer. The improvement also includes the additional of 1149.1 controlled circuitry that allows real time monitoring of functional digital and analog input and output signals in the interposer. The improvement also provides the ability to selectively serially link the 1149.1 circuitry in the interposer with 1149.1 circuitry in the die of the stack.

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


Tap linking module, first and second taps, input/output linking circuitry
Patent No. 10267855 

Inventor(s): Anjali Vij (Baton Rouge, LA), Baher S. Haroun (Allen, TX), Brian J. Lasher (Bellaire, TX), Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15783365 on 10/13/2017 (557 days app to issue)

Abstract: IEEE 1149.1 Test Access Ports (TAPs) may be utilized at both IC and intellectual property core design levels. TAPs serve as serial communication ports for accessing a variety of embedded circuitry within ICs and cores including; IEEE 1149.1 boundary scan circuitry, built in test circuitry, internal scan circuitry, IEEE 1149.4 mixed signal test circuitry, IEEE P5001 in-circuit emulation circuitry, and IEEE P1532 in-system programming circuitry. Selectable access to TAPs within ICs is desirable since in many instances being able to access only the desired TAP(s) leads to improvements in the way testing, emulation, and programming may be performed within an IC. A TAP linking module is described that allows TAPs embedded within an IC to be selectively accessed using 1149.1 instruction scan operations.

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


TSV first ends connected to test stimulus and response signals
Patent No. 10267856 

Inventor(s): Baher S. Haroun (Allen, TX), Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15845339 on 12/18/2017 (491 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure describes a novel method and apparatus for testing TSVs within a semiconductor device. According to embodiments illustrated and described in the disclosure, a TSV may be tested by stimulating and measuring a response from a first end of a TSV while the second end of the TSV held at ground potential. Multiple TSVs within the semiconductor device may be tested in parallel to reduce the TSV testing time according to the disclosure.

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


Optical article comprising an antireflective coating with a very low reflection in the visible and ultraviolet regions
Patent No. 10267953 

Inventor(s): Ilya Bolshakov (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL (Charenton-le-Pont, , FR)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15996742 on 06/04/2018 (323 days app to issue)

Abstract: This invention relates to an ophthalmic lens comprising a transparent substrate with a front main face and with a rear main face, at least one of the main faces being coated with a multilayered antireflective coating comprising a stack of at least one high refractive index layer (HI) having a refractive index higher than or equal to 1.55 and at least one low refractive index layer (LI) having a refractive index lower than 1.55, characterized in that:

[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]


Systems and method for imaging devices with angular orientation indications
Patent No. 10268032 

Inventor(s): Diego H Castrillon (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: 15643738 on 07/07/2017 (655 days app to issue)

Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present invention relate generally to the fields for indicating a location on an image in a multi-viewer display. In particular embodiments, the multi-viewer display may be a multi-viewer microscope.

[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]


Interdigitated optical modulator
Patent No. 10268056 

Inventor(s): Dawei Zheng (Irvine, CA), Hongbing Lei (San Jose, CA), Qianfan Xu (San Jose, CA), Xiao Shen (San Bruno, CA), Yu Sheng Bai (Los Altos Hills, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose. P.C. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15611642 on 06/01/2017 (691 days app to issue)

Abstract: An optical modulator comprises a silicon substrate, a buried oxide (BOX) layer disposed on top of the silicon substrate, and a ridge waveguide disposed on top of the BOX layer and comprising a first n-type silicon (n-Si) slab, a first gate oxide layer coupled to the first n-Si slab, a first p-type silicon (p-Si) slab coupled to the first gate oxide layer, and a light propagation path that travels sequentially through the first n-Si slab, the first gate oxide layer, and the first p-Si slab.

[G02F] DEVICES OR ARRANGEMENTS, THE OPTICAL OPERATION OF WHICH IS MODIFIED BY CHANGING THE OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF THE MEDIUM OF THE DEVICES OR ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE CONTROL OF THE INTENSITY, COLOUR, PHASE, POLARISATION OR DIRECTION OF LIGHT, e.g. SWITCHING, GATING, MODULATING OR DEMODULATING; TECHNIQUES OR PROCEDURES FOR THE OPERATION THEREOF; FREQUENCY-CHANGING; NON-LINEAR OPTICS; OPTICAL LOGIC ELEMENTS; OPTICAL ANALOGUE/DIGITAL CONVERTERS [4]


Fluid regulators and associated actuators
Patent No. 10268215 

Inventor(s): Eric J. Burgett (McKinney, TX), Justin L. Masias (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): TESCOM CORPORATION (Elk River, MN)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14993904 on 01/12/2016 (1197 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for providing a force on a main valve member includes a first sensing element adapted to couple to a portion of the main valve member. A first loading element may be directly or indirectly coupled to the first sensing element such that the first loading element provides a first force on the first sensing element. The first loading element is adapted to transfer the first force to the first sensing element and the main valve member. The system also includes a second sensing element to the first sensing element. A second loading element is coupled to the second sensing element and the first sensing element. The second loading element is adapted to provide a second force on the second sensing element to transfer the second force to the main valve member.

[G01L] MEASURING FORCE, STRESS, TORQUE, WORK, MECHANICAL POWER, MECHANICAL EFFICIENCY, OR FLUID PRESSURE (weighing G01G) [4]


Expanding functions of a process device
Patent No. 10268259 

Inventor(s): Anatoly Podpaly (Sharon, MA), Jagadish Gattu (Southborough, MA), Justin Scott Shriver (Newton, MA), Lei Lu (Westwood, MA), Robert Steven Belmarsh (Hull, MA), Yanli Liu (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): Dresser, LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Paul Frank + Collins P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15159002 on 05/19/2016 (1069 days app to issue)

Abstract: A board-level assembly that is useful to expand functions of a valve positioner on a valve assembly. The board-level assembly can incorporate a main circuit board and a peripheral ”smart” circuit board. The main circuit board may be configured to communicate with the smart circuit board, find a storage memory on the second circuit board, retrieve data from the storage memory, and use the data to configure functions on the first circuit board. In one implementation, the smart circuit board can release and engage the main circuit board. This configuration can allow different configurations of the smart circuit board to swap into the board-level assembly, each of the different configurations providing data the main circuit board can exploit to change the functions of the valve positioner.

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


Autonomous computing and telecommunications head-up displays glasses
Patent No. 10268276 

Inventor(s): Paul Gautreaux (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): EYECAM, LLC (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Franklin Associates International Inc (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14777515 on 03/15/2014 (1865 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pair of eyeglasses ([b]100[/b]) has a frame ([b]104[/b]) and lenses ([b]102[/b]) mounted on the frame. A computer processor ([b]130[/b]) is mounted on eyeglasses together with a plurality of cameras ([b]105[/b]) and a digital projection system. IR sensors and/or dual zoom cameras may also be mounted on the glasses ([b]100[/b]) and configured to track the movement of the user”s hand ([b]800[/b]).

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


Meta-groups in non-volatile storage based on performance times
Patent No. 10268387 

Inventor(s): Chittoor Devarajan Sunilkumar (Bangalore, , IN), Muralitharan Jayaraman (Bangalore, , IN), Narendhiran Cr (Bangalore, , IN), Satrajit Chakraborty (Bangalore, , IN), Satya Kesav Gundabathula (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15398495 on 01/04/2017 (839 days app to issue)

Abstract: Technology is described herein for performing memory array operations in multiple memory dies in parallel. The memory dies, or groups of non-volatile memory cells on the memory dies, may exhibit different performance times for memory array operations. For example, non-volatile memory cells on one memory die may program more slowly than those on another memory die. The performance times of the memory dies (or groups of the memory cells on different memory dies) may be characterized relative to one another. Memory dies having similar performance times may be placed into the same meta-groups. Meta-groups may be formed at the die, zone, or block level. The meta-groups can be re-formed over the lifetime of the memory system, which can account for changes in performance times over the lifetime of the memory system.

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


Systems and methods for managing storage endurance
Patent No. 10268396 

Inventor(s): Gary Janik (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15683756 on 08/22/2017 (609 days app to issue)

Abstract: Storage divisions of a non-volatile storage medium may have a writable state and an unwritable state. Storage divisions may be reclaimed by, inter alia, resetting the storage division from an unwritable state to a writable state. Writable storage divisions may be used to service incoming storage requests. If no writable storage divisions are available, requests may stall. One or more storage divisions may be held in a writable state to avoid stall conditions. This, however, may increase the erase dwell time of the storage divisions, which can result in increased wear and reduce the usable life of the storage device. Storage divisions may be prepared for use such that the storage divisions are transitioned to a writable state such that erase dwell time of the storage divisions is reduced, and the storage divisions are available as needed to service incoming requests.

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


System and method for file detection and usage during compaction
Patent No. 10268400 

Inventor(s): Muralitharan Jayaraman (Bangalore, , IN), Narendhiran Chinaaanangur Ravimohan (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14844825 on 09/03/2015 (1328 days app to issue)

Abstract: A non-volatile memory system may include a controller configured for parsing a host file system, identifying a location of a host file system directory and tracking directory entries of files deleted from the host file system directory but having valid data mappings in the logical-to-physical mapping table. The controller may then store the location of the host file system directory, monitor activity in the host file system directory and track validity status information for use in optimizing a compaction process. The compaction process may include segregating into separate compaction destination blocks valid data based on the stored validity status such that data valid in both the host file system directory and the logical-to-physical mapping table is in compaction destination blocks separate from data having valid logical-to-physical mapping entries but associated with deleted host file system directory entries.

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


Data flow control for multi-chip-select
Patent No. 10268448 

Inventor(s): Shailesh Ganapat Ghotgalkar (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15148325 on 05/06/2016 (1082 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method and computer readable medium for operating a First In, First Out (FIFO) buffer that transfers data between a host and a plurality of endpoints using chip select is disclosed. The method includes receiving a current value of a read pointer and a status for an active endpoint and reading data at a location to which the read pointer points and setting a tag associated with the location to which the read pointer points to indicate availability.

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


System and method for transfer of an application state between devices
Patent No. 10268508 

Inventor(s): Paul Lipari (Frisco, TX), Robert DeAnna (Frisco, TX), Robert R. Hauser (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15866003 on 01/09/2018 (469 days app to issue)

Abstract: To enable continuous execution of an application, a system and method for transferring an application state is provided. A gesture corresponding to a transfer act is detected by a gesture detection module in a first device executing the application. The first device communicates with a registration and relay server to determine eligible transfer recipients based on criteria such as location and/or devices that are currently executing the application. A transfer recipient is selected and platform independent application state Data Transfer Objects are generated that describe the state of execution on the first device. The application state DTOs are transferred via the server to the recipient device which enacts the application state DTOs to continue the execution of the application on the recipient device. Because the application state DTOs are platform independent, the application state can be transferred to almost any device that is able to execute the application.

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


Adaptive host memory buffer (HMB) caching using unassisted hinting
Patent No. 10268584 

Inventor(s): Judah Gamliel Hahn (Ofra, , IL)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Loza Loza, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15050364 on 02/22/2016 (1156 days app to issue)

Abstract: A storage device includes a nonvolatile memory. The storage device further includes a hint derivation module for automatically deriving, from host accesses to the storage device, hints regarding expected future host accesses to a table that maps logical memory addresses to physical memory addresses in the nonvolatile memory. The storage device further includes an adaptive host memory buffer (HMB) caching module for using the hints to identify portions of the table to cache in the HMB and for caching the identified portions in the HMB, which is external to the storage device and accessible by the storage device via a bus.

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


Proxy hash table
Patent No. 10268634 

Inventor(s): Patrick Bosshart (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): BAREFOOT NETWORKS, INC. (Santa Clara, CA)
Law Firm: Adeli LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15365887 on 11/30/2016 (874 days app to issue)

Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention provide novel methods for storing data in a hash-addressed memory and retrieving stored data from the hash-addressed memory. In some embodiments, the method receives a search key and a data tuple. The method then uses a first hash function to generate a first hash value from the search key, and then uses this first hash value to identify an address in the hash-addressed memory. The method also uses a second hash function to generate a second hash value, and then stores this second hash value along with the data tuple in the memory at the address specified by the first hash value. To retrieve data from the hash-addressed memory, the method of some embodiments receives a search key. The method then uses the first hash function to generate a first hash value from the search key, and then uses this first hash value to identify an address in the hash-addressed memory. At the identified address, the hash-addressed memory stores a second hash value and a data tuple. The method retrieves a second hash value from the memory at the identified address, and compares this second hash value with a third hash value that the method generates from the search key by using the second hash function. When the second and third hash values match, the method retrieves the data tuple that the memory stores at the identified address.

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


System for data rotation through tokenization
Patent No. 10268635 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15186079 on 06/17/2016 (1040 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments rotate data by tokenization. Embodiments determine one or more check data fields of a check such as check number and routing number; generate a PIN based on the determined check data fields; receive user input of a user PIN; compare the generated PIN with the inputted user PIN; if the generated PIN matches the inputted user PIN, proceed with the transaction; and if the generated PIN does not match the inputted user PIN, cancel the transaction. In some cases, a point of sale terminal comprising a scanner for scanning the check to determine the one or more check data fields. In some cases, receiving user input of the user PIN comprises receiving, by a communication device of the system from a mobile device of the user, a text message, SMS message or phone call comprising the user input of a user PIN.

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


System and method to display data defining operation of a valve assembly on a trend graph on a user interface
Patent No. 10268665 

Inventor(s): Aditi Shete (San Ramon, CA), Sudhakar Reddy (San Ramon, CA), Urvashi Sahni (San Ramon, CA), Vidya Govindan (San Ramon, CA)
Assignee(s): Dresser, LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Paul Frank + Collins P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14638833 on 03/04/2015 (1511 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and a method to display diagnostic and operating data on a trend graph via a web browser so that the data appears to trend in real-time. In one embodiment, the system includes a server with an architecture having multiple layers. The layers include a pair of first in, first out (FIFO) data queues including a first data queue and a second data queue. The embodiments utilize a timing structure with a plurality of timers including a first timer to regulate calls from the first data queue to a data source (e.g., a valve assembly or controller on a distributed control system), a second timer to regulate calls from the second data queue to the first data queue, and a third timer to regulate calls from the web browser to the second data queue for data to display on trend graph.

[G05D] SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES (for continuous casting of metals B22D 11/16; valves per se F16K; sensing non-electric variables, see the relevant subclasses of G01; for regulating electric or magnetic variables G05F)


Methods and systems for query resolution through graphical user interfaces
Patent No. 10268718 

Inventor(s): Brittany Courtney (Celina, TX), Dinesh Vajala (Plano, TX), Janagaraj Ragupathy (McKinney, TX), Sriram Srinivasan (Frisco, TX), Veena Yelamanchili (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): CAPITAL ONE SERVICES, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15789301 on 10/20/2017 (550 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and systems for query resolution through graphical user interfaces are disclosed. In one aspect, a system is disclosed that includes a processor and data storage including instructions that, when executed by the processor, cause the system to perform operations. The operations include receiving a query requesting resolution of inconsistent data; based on the query, creating an instance in a queue, where the instance identifies a priority and a task for the query; based on the priority, selecting the query from the queue and initiating resolution of the inconsistent data by generating a graphical user interface to accomplish the task; while accomplishing the task, generating each of (i) a documentation documenting the inconsistent data and the task and (ii) a resolution resolving the inconsistent data; storing the documentation; and publishing the resolution.

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


Color based search application interface and corresponding query control functions
Patent No. 10268762 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14331469 on 07/15/2014 (1743 days app to issue)

Abstract: Search queries may be received and optimized prior to performing the search and returning results. One example method of operation includes receiving a search query input from a user device including at least one search term, querying a history database to access previous queries related to the search query input, performing a query based on the search query input, categorizing results of the query based on the previous queries and a previous selection operation performed by the user, and displaying a plurality of search results in a user interface comprising a plurality of different selection options each related to a topic of the search query.

[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]


Quasi-parametric optical flow estimation
Patent No. 10268901 

Inventor(s): Hrushikesh Tukaram Garud (Maharashtra, , IN), Manu Mathew (Bangalore, , IN), Soyeb Noormohammed Nagori (Karnataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15081118 on 03/25/2016 (1124 days app to issue)

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

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


Systems and methods for image preprocessing to improve accuracy of object recognition
Patent No. 10268925 

Inventor(s): Geoffrey Dagley (McKinney, TX), Jason Richard Hoover (Grapevine, TX), Micah Price (Plano, TX), Qiaochu Tang (The Colony, TX), Stephen Michael Wylie (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Capital One Services, LLC (McLean, VA)
Law Firm: Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett Dunner, LLP (9 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15978311 on 05/14/2018 (344 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to image preprocessing to improve object recognition. In one implementation, a system for preprocessing an image for object recognition may include at least one memory storing instructions and at least one processor configured to execute the instructions to perform operations. The operations may include receiving the image, detecting a plurality of bounding boxes within the image, grouping the plurality of bounding boxes into a plurality of groups such that bounding boxes within a group have shared areas exceeding an area threshold, deriving a first subset of the plurality of bounding boxes by selecting bounding boxes having highest class confidence scores from at least one group, selecting a bounding box from the first subset having a highest score based on area and class confidence score, and outputting the selected bounding box.

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


System for providing goods and services based on accrued but unpaid earnings
Patent No. 10268992 

Inventor(s): Anthony M. Cacheria, III (Coppell, TX), Arthur Martin Holbrook (Carrollton, TX), Barrett Jenkins (Plano, TX), David Hooker (Forney, TX), Kristopher Glover (Dallas, TX), Mohamed Safir Salihu (Coppell, TX), Purnendu Mishra
Assignee(s): GANART TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16105415 on 08/20/2018 (246 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for interfacing predetermined services to a user at a fixed location includes a processing platform running an operating system. Also included are a plurality of physical system resource interfaces for interfacing with available physical system resources. The physical system resources allow a user to gain access to the predetermined desired services. The system further includes a data store for storing configuration information for enabling the operating system to interface with the available physical system resources through the physical system resource interface associated therewith. A communication resource for interfacing with the operating system allows communication of the operating system with a central office for downloading configuration information to selectively enable ones of the available physical system resources to interface with the operating system through associated ones of the physical system resource interfaces in accordance with the configuration information and the predetermined service selected by a user. A plurality of configurations are stored in the data store, and each is associated with a predetermined service and one or more of the available physical system resources. Each physical system resource interface is uniquely associated with a defined one of the physical system resources.

[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]


N-level replication of supplemental content
Patent No. 10268994 

Inventor(s): Christian Briggs (Austin, TX), Robert K. Spitz (Amherst, NH), Todd Downing (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): AiBuy, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15611404 on 06/01/2017 (691 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes receiving a transacting media container having video content and an affiliate tracking identifier with first entity information associated with a first entity. The method also includes identifying second entity information associated with a second entity and retrieving supplemental content based on the second entity information. The method further includes adding the supplemental content to the transacting media container and the second entity information to the affiliate tracking identifier.

[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]


Computerized exchange network
Patent No. 10269059 

Inventor(s): Jason Hauk (O”Fallon, MO)
Assignee(s): 3I AVI, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Stinson Leonard Street LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14575260 on 12/18/2014 (1587 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computerized exchange network makes available on the Internet collected information of items under inspection, such as goods, real estate, or the like. In one aspect, the items and collected information, such as images and videos, are added to a virtual showroom or other virtual inspection site that presents an inventory of such goods, real estate, or the like available from multiple sellers and/or locations. In another aspect, detailed objective information about the items is provided. In another aspect, a data structure includes desired criteria for a desired item and provides an alert when an item of interest matches the desired criteria.

[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]


Automatic physical access
Patent No. 10269195 

Inventor(s): Gregory O. Harp (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Scott P. Zimmerman, PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15782900 on 10/13/2017 (557 days app to issue)

Abstract: Physical access to secure areas is automatically performed based on presence or detection of a wireless device. When a wireless cellular device is detected by a network serving a secure building, a unique identifier of the wireless cellular device is obtained. The identifier of the wireless cellular device may be compared to electronic calendars. If a matching calendar entry is determined, then the wireless cellular device is calendared to meet an employee or tenant inside the building. Physical access may thus be automatically granted, based on possession of a recognized cellular device.

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


Systems and methods for providing event notifications
Patent No. 10269229 

Inventor(s): Mike Roudi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Time Warner Cable Enterprises LLC (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Gazdzinski Associates, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15295810 on 10/17/2016 (918 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing indications of received emergency alert messages to devices within a consumer premises are disclosed. In one embodiment, a consumer premise equipment (CPE) receiving one or more emergency alert messages from a content provider or managed network determines one or more alert responses for one or more devices of the consumer premise network. In one implementation, the responses are based at least in part on the received emergency alert messages themselves. The CPE issues one or more commands to one or more devices present within the consumer premises (which may be for example a home automation system), to indicate the one or more determined alert indication responses, such as auditory alert and visual alert by the one or more devices. Thus, users in the consumer premises may be made aware of an alert message outside of the typical means in which an alert is displayed, such as via a television.

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


Methods and systems for classifying audio segments of an audio signal
Patent No. 10269375 

Inventor(s): Arunasish Sen (Kolkata, , IN), Harish Arsikere (Bangalore, , IN), Prathosh Aragulla Prasad (Mysore, , IN)
Assignee(s): CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Jones Robb, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15135671 on 04/22/2016 (1096 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed embodiments illustrate a method for classifying one or more audio segments of an audio signal. The method includes determining one or more first features of a first audio segment of the one or more audio segments. The method further includes determining one or more second features based on the one or more first features. The method includes determining one or more third features of the first audio segment, wherein each of the one or more third features is determined based on a second feature of the one or more second features of the first audio segment and at least one second feature associated with a second audio segment. Additionally, the method includes classifying the first audio segment either in an interrogative category or a non-interrogative category based on one or more of the one or more second features and the one or more third features.

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


Latch caching of sequential data
Patent No. 10269421 

Inventor(s): Dinesh Agarwal (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15364831 on 11/30/2016 (874 days app to issue)

Abstract: Technology is described herein for caching residual data in latches during a write operation of non-volatile storage. When writing data at the request of a host, it is possible for there to be some residual data that cannot be programmed at two (or more) bits per memory cell into a page of memory cells, given the programming scheme being used. This residual data may be cached in latches. The residual data from the latches may be combined with other data from the host to increase programming speed when programming, for example, sequential data using a full sequence programming scheme. Also, caching the residual data in latches keeps write amplification low.

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


Reducing program disturb by modifying word line voltages at interface in two-tier stack after program-verify
Patent No. 10269435 

Inventor(s): Hong-Yan Chen (San Jose, CA), Yingda Dong (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15814769 on 11/16/2017 (523 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device and associated techniques for reducing program disturb of memory cells which are formed in a two-tier stack with an increased distance between memory cells at an interface between the tiers. After a verify test in a program loop, a different timing is used for decreasing the word line voltages of the interface memory cells compared to the remaining memory cells. In one aspect, the start of the decrease of the word line voltages of the interface memory cells is delayed. In another aspect, the word line voltages of the interface memory cells is decreased to an intermediate level and held for a time period before being decreased further. In another aspect, the word line voltages of the interface memory cells are decreased at a lower rate.

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


Systems and methods for threshold voltage modification and detection
Patent No. 10269441 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX), William C. Waldrop (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16049411 on 07/30/2018 (267 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device includes a memory array of a set of memory cells. Each memory cell of the set of memory cells includes at least one transistor and at least one capacitor. The memory array includes at least one programmed memory cell. The programmed memory cell is selectively programmed by applying hot-carrier injection (HCI) to a transistor of the programmed memory cell. The programmed memory cell may provide an indication of pattern data that may be used to facilitate functionality such as data encryption, data decryption, implementation of a particular memory device operation mode, and/or machine-implemented instructions.

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


Memory with bit line short circuit detection and masking of groups of bad bit lines
Patent No. 10269444 

Inventor(s): Anurag Nigam (San Jose, CA), Jingwen Ouyang (Mountain View, CA), Yingchang Chen (Cupertino, CA), Yukeun Sim (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15491691 on 04/19/2017 (734 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques and memory devices are provided in which bit line short circuits are detected and groups of bit lines are masked off. A process tests groups of bit lines which are connected to a sense circuit. A masking latch is provided to store test results for each group of bit lines. Once the testing of a group is completed, the test result is communicated to a controller. Moreover, the same masking latch can store and communicate test results for multiple groups of bit lines which are connected to a sense circuit. In a user mode, a masking latch stores masking data for each group of bit lines. In response to a power on reset, the masking data is loaded into the masking latches and remains there over multiple write and read operation, until a next power on reset occurs.

[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)


Public service network job processing
Patent No. 10270667 

Inventor(s): Darryl Chalmers (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Amazon Technologies, Inc. (Seattle, WA)
Law Firm: Thorpe North Western, LLP. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15791298 on 10/23/2017 (547 days app to issue)

Abstract: A technology for job processing using a public service network. A method may include identifying processing availability at a public service network for processing a job submitted to a private service network. Available network bandwidth may be determined between the private service network and the public service network used to communicate between the private service network and the public service network and to transfer the job to the public service network for processing. Rules for transferring the job to the public service network may be identified. A determination may then be made that the processing availability at the public service network, the available network bandwidth between the private service network and the public service network, and the rules for transferring the job to the public service network allow the job to be transferred to the public service network for processing.

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


Method and system for enabling a communication device to remotely execute an application
Patent No. 10270816 

Inventor(s): Daniel D. Hammond (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Hammond Development International, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16193532 on 11/16/2018 (158 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communication system capable of enabling one or more communication devices to remotely execute one or more applications includes one or more communication devices that are coupled to a data connection. At least one of the one or more communication devices is operable to communicate a request to establish a communication session over the data connection. The system also includes one or more application servers that are coupled to the data connection. At least one of the one or more application servers is adapted to execute an application to establish the requested communication session with the at least one communication device. The at least one application server resides at a location remote from the at least one communication device. The at least one application server communicates a request for processing service to the at least one communication device. The request for processing service is communicated to the at least one communication device over the data connection.

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


Lock screen interface for a mobile device apparatus
Patent No. 10270897 

Inventor(s): George Andrew Gordon (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Majen Tech LLC (Longview, TX)
Law Firm: The Caldwell Firm, LLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15946714 on 04/05/2018 (383 days app to issue)

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

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


Image processing system, image processing method and program
Patent No. 10271070 

Inventor(s): Kazushi Sato (Kanagawa, , JP), Ohji Nakagami (Tokyo, , JP), Yoichi Yagasaki (Tokyo, , JP)
Assignee(s): Velos Media, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15192027 on 06/24/2016 (1033 days app to issue)

Abstract: There is provided an image processing system and an image processing method able to suppress block distortion in the case of decoding image data encoded in unit of blocks. A controlling unit selects a filtering content to be applied to the block image data based on the encoding types of the block image data to be filtered, and a filtering unit applies filtering to the block image data to be processed according to the filtering content selected by the controlling unit.

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


Wireless access system
Patent No. 10271216 

Inventor(s): Daisuke Nitta (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FUJITSU LIMITED (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Arent Fox LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15482458 on 04/07/2017 (746 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless access system in which a first operator and a second operator share a predetermined band, includes a first base station belonging to the first operator, the first base station configured to transmit broadcast information indicating a priority of the first operator in the predetermined band; and a second base station belonging to the second operator, the second base station configured to perform wireless communication using a band configured based on a priority of the second operator in the predetermined band and the broadcast information transmitted by the first base station.

[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]


Prioritized transmission of different data types over bonded communication channels
Patent No. 10271261 

Inventor(s): Edward Lindsley (Burelson, TX), Michael B. Dodd (Salt Lake City, UT)
Assignee(s): Sqwaq, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dodd Law Group (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15494441 on 04/21/2017 (732 days app to issue)

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

[G05D] SYSTEMS FOR CONTROLLING OR REGULATING NON-ELECTRIC VARIABLES (for continuous casting of metals B22D 11/16; valves per se F16K; sensing non-electric variables, see the relevant subclasses of G01; for regulating electric or magnetic variables G05F)


 

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Digital ROIC enhancement and repetition frequency decoding of asychronous laser pulses
Patent No. 10267902 

Inventor(s): Joshua Lund (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Sensors Unlimited, Inc. (Princeton, NJ)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15425760 on 02/06/2017 (806 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes acquiring a pulse detection bitmap from an imaging sensor array into a digital read out integrated circuit (DROIC), filtering the pulse detection bitmap within the DROIC to convert the pulse detection bitmap into a filtered pulse detection bitmap, and determining for a given pixel in the filtered pulse detection bitmap whether the pixel has a value that exceeds a threshold, indicating a true laser pulse return has been detected in the pixel.

[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]


Lighting and communication system for confined space
Patent No. 10267968 

Inventor(s): Clifford L Johns (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Tubemaster, Inc. (Louisville, KY)
Law Firm: Duncan Galloway Egan Greenwald, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15840317 on 12/13/2017 (496 days app to issue)

Abstract: A communications arrangement includes incoming and outgoing fiber optics cables, each having one end inside a confined space and another end outside of the confined space, with the incoming fiber optics cable transmitting light from outside of the confined space, to inside the confined space, through a gap and through a movable filter to the outgoing fiber optics cable, such that a user inside the confined space can transmit signals from inside the confined space to outside of the confined space by moving the movable filter.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Multi-tier memory device with through-stack peripheral contact via structures and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10269620 

Inventor(s): Daxin Mao (Cupertino, CA), Hiroyuki Ogawa (Yokkaichi, , JP), Jixin Yu (Milpitas, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Kensuke Yamaguchi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Sung Tae Lee (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yao-sheng Lee (Tampa, FL), Zhenyu Lu
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15274451 on 09/23/2016 (942 days app to issue)

Abstract: Contacts to peripheral devices extending through multiple tier structures of a three-dimensional memory device can be formed with minimal additional processing steps. First peripheral via cavities through a first tier structure can be formed concurrently with formation of first memory openings. Sacrificial via fill structures can be formed in the first peripheral via cavities concurrently with formation of sacrificial memory opening fill structures that are formed in the first memory openings. Second peripheral via cavities through a second tier structure can be formed concurrently with formation of word line contact via cavities that extend to top surfaces of electrically conductive layers in the first and second tier structures. After removal of the sacrificial via fill structures, the first and second peripheral via cavities can be filled with a conductive material to form peripheral contact via structures concurrently with formation of word line contact via structures.

[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]


Mid-plane word line switch connection for CMOS under three-dimensional memory device and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10269817 

Inventor(s): Hiroyuki Ogawa (Nagoya, , JP), James Kai (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15882521 on 01/29/2018 (449 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory array device can include mid-plane terrace regions between a pair of memory array regions. The electrically conductive layers of the three-dimensional memory array device continuously extend between the pair of memory array regions through a connection region, which is provided adjacent to the mid-plane terrace regions. Contact via structures contacting the electrically conductive layers can be provided in the mid-plane terrace regions, and through-memory-level via structures that extend through the alternating stack and connected to underlying lower metal interconnect structures and semiconductor devices can be provided through the mid-plane terrace region and/or through the connection region. Upper metal interconnect structures can connect the contact via structures and the through-memory-level via structures.

[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 different pedestal width support pillar structures and method of making the same
Patent No. 10269820 

Inventor(s): Michimoto Kaminaga (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15943859 on 04/03/2018 (385 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack having stepped surfaces and including insulating layers and electrically conductive layers, memory stack structures extending through each layer of the alternating stack in a memory array region, and support pillar structures extending through the stepped surfaces of the alternating stack. The support pillar structures include first-type support pillar structures vertically extending through at least two electrically conductive layers and including a respective first dummy pedestal channel portion having a respective first maximum lateral dimension along a first horizontal direction, and second-type support pillar structures vertically extending through no more than a single electrically conductive layer, and including a respective second dummy pedestal channel portion having a respective second maximum lateral dimension along the first horizontal direction that is greater than the first maximum lateral dimension.

[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]


Method for creating the high voltage complementary BJT with lateral collector on bulk substrate with resurf effect
Patent No. 10269895 

Inventor(s): Alexei Sadovnikov (Sunnyvale, CA), Jeffrey A. Babcock (Sunnyvale, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15647493 on 07/12/2017 (650 days app to issue)

Abstract: Complementary high-voltage bipolar transistors formed in standard bulk silicon integrated circuits are disclosed. In one disclosed embodiment, collector regions are formed in an epitaxial silicon layer. Base regions and emitters are disposed over the collector region. An n-type region is formed under collector region by implanting donor impurities into a p-substrate for the PNP transistor and implanting acceptor impurities into the p-substrate for the NPN transistor prior to depositing the collector epitaxial regions. Later in the process flow these n-type and p-type regions are connected to the top of the die by a deep n+ and p+ wells respectively. The n-type well is then coupled to VCC while the p-type well is coupled to GND, providing laterally depleted portions of the PNP and NPN collector regions and hence, increasing their BVs.

[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]


Surrounded emitter bipolar device
Patent No. 10269898 

Inventor(s): Akram A. Salman (Plano, TX), Henry Litzmann Edwards (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14713867 on 05/15/2015 (1439 days app to issue)

Abstract: A surrounded emitter bipolar device includes a substrate having a p-epitaxial (p-epi) layer thereon, and a p-base in the p-epi layer. A two dimensional (2D) array of p-base contacts (base units) include the p-base, wherein each base unit includes an outer dielectric structure surrounding an inner dielectric isolation ring. The inner dielectric isolation ring surrounds an n region (n+moat). A first portion of the n+moats are collector (C) units, and a second portion of the n+moats are emitter (E) units. Each of the E units is separated from a nearest neighbor E unit by a C unit.

[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]


Battery status and failure detector
Patent No. 10270137 

Inventor(s): Paul E. I. Pounds (Brisbane, , AU)
Assignee(s): Olaeris, Inc. (Burleson, TX)
Law Firm: Dodd Law Group (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14671160 on 03/27/2015 (1488 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention extends to methods, systems, devices, apparatus, and computer program products for detecting battery status and failure. In general, detecting mechanical swelling of a battery cell along with optional measurement of temperature increases can be used to identify a battery cell as failing or failed. Force strain sensors or similar extension/compression sensors can be mounted in a (e.g., fire resistant) sleeve surround a battery pack and/or between cells in a battery pack. In some embodiments, extension/compression sensors are used along with temperature probes to detect battery cell failure.

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


Patch cords for reduced-pair Ethernet applications having strain relief units that resist rotational loads and related strain relief units and connectors
Patent No. 10270204 

Inventor(s): Scott M. Keith (Plano, TX), Yi Teh Shih (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): COMMSCOPE, INC. OF NORTH CAROLINA (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Merchant Gould P.C. (12 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15786822 on 10/18/2017 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: Reduced-pair Ethernet patch cords include a twisted pair cable that has a pair of insulated conductors that are contained within a cable jacket. A connector is mounted on a first end of the cable. The connector includes a connector housing and a strain relief unit that is mounted on the cable at the interface between the cable and the connector housing. The strain relief unit includes a plurality of internal protrusions that contact the cable jacket.

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


Communications connectors including transmission lines having impedance discontinuities that improve return loss and/or insertion loss performance and related methods
Patent No. 10270210 

Inventor(s): Richard A. Schumacher (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: Myers Bigel, P.A. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15883599 on 01/30/2018 (448 days app to issue)

Abstract: Communications connectors are provided that include a printed circuit board having a plurality of input terminals, a plurality of output terminals, and a plurality of conductive paths that connect each input terminal to a respective output terminal. The conductive paths are arranged as a plurality of differential transmission lines, and a solenoid inductor is implemented along at least one of the conductive paths.

[H05K] PRINTED CIRCUITS; CASINGS OR CONSTRUCTIONAL DETAILS OF ELECTRIC APPARATUS; MANUFACTURE OF ASSEMBLAGES OF ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS (details of instruments or comparable details of other apparatus not otherwise provided for G12B; thin-film or thick-film circuits H01L 27/01, H01L 27/13; non-printed means for electric connections to or between printed circuits H01R; casings for, or constructional details of, particular types of apparatus, see the relevant subclasses; processes involving only a single technical art, e.g. heating, spraying, for which provision exists elsewhere, see the relevant classes)


Overvoltage protection and short-circuit withstanding for gallium nitride devices
Patent No. 10270239 

Inventor(s): Sandeep R. Bahl (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15182696 on 06/15/2016 (1042 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples include methods, integrated circuits and switch circuits including a driver circuit and a silicon transistor or other current source circuit coupled with a gallium nitride or other high electron mobility first transistor, where the driver operatives in a first mode to deliver a control voltage signal to the first transistor, and in a second mode in response to a detected overvoltage condition associated with the first transistor to control the current source circuit to conduct a sink current from the first transistor to affect a control voltage to at least partially turn on the first transistor.

[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)


Feedforward loop to stabilize current-mode switching converters
Patent No. 10270336 

Inventor(s): Erick Omar Torres (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15982660 on 05/17/2018 (341 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a current sensor to sense a switching current flowing at input side of a switching DC-DC converter. An output capacitor filters an output voltage at an output side of the switching DC-DC converter. A feed-forward circuit passes a portion of the sensed switching current to a feedback path on the output side of the switching DC-DC converter simulating a changing effective series resistance (ESR) of the output capacitor to facilitate operating stability in the switching DC-DC converter.

[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]


Shunt regulator including ramp control circuit
Patent No. 10270338 

Inventor(s): Aditya Ambardar (Allen, TX), Kumar G. Santhosh (Bangalore, , IN), Rahul Mishra (Secunderabad, , IN), Xiadong Cai (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15878594 on 01/24/2018 (454 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, a shunt regulator includes a plurality of selection pins configured to receive a digital signal. The shunt regulator also includes an internal reference voltage selection circuit coupled to the plurality of selection pins, the internal reference voltage selection circuit configured to select a first internal reference voltage of the shunt regulator based on the digital signal. The shunt regulator further includes a soft ramp control circuit coupled to the internal reference voltage selection circuit and to a soft ramp control pin that is configured to carry a second internal reference voltage, the soft ramp control circuit configured to compare the first and the second internal reference voltages to generate a soft ramp control output signal.

[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]


Multiphase power regulator with discontinuous conduction mode control
Patent No. 10270346 

Inventor(s): Antonio Priego (Freising, , DE), Neil Gibson (Freising, , DE), Syed Wasif Mehdi (Freising, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15853494 on 12/22/2017 (487 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multiphase power regulator includes a plurality of phases coupled in parallel to provide a load current as a combination of phase currents at an output voltage, each phase including at least one power transistor switched to provide a respective phase current based at least in part on a comparator output signal, and a current-sense low pass filter to sense the phase current. The regulator further includes a gm stage to generate the current set point voltage based at least in part on the output voltage, a comparator to compare a voltage from the current-sense low pass filters to the current set point voltage and a current set point adjustment circuit to provide an auxiliary control signal to decrease the current set point voltage responsive to a change in comparator output and then to increase the current set point voltage responsive to another change in comparator output.

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


Synchronous rectifier controller integrated circuits
Patent No. 10270354 

Inventor(s): Bharath Balaji Kannan (Merrimack, NH), Bing Lu (Bedford, NH)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16044952 on 07/25/2018 (272 days app to issue)

Abstract: A synchronous rectifier controller integrated circuit. The synchronous rectifier controller integrated circuit comprises a continuous current mode (CCM) detection circuit configured to detect CCM operation based on sensing a voltage at a pre-defined point in a rectification cycle; a multiplexer having a first reference voltage signal input, a second reference voltage signal input, an output, and a selector input coupled to the CCM detection circuit; and a gate voltage driver circuit coupled to the output of the multiplexer.

[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]


Ultra-low working voltage rail-to-rail operational amplifier, and differential input amplification-stage circuit and output-stage circuit thereof
Patent No. 10270391 

Inventor(s): Chen-Xiong Zhang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen, , CN)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15581445 on 04/28/2017 (725 days app to issue)

Abstract: A differential input amplification-stage circuit comprises a voltage unit, first and second bulk-driven transistors, first and second mirror current sources, and a differential amplifier unit. The first and the second bulk-driven transistors respectively receive first and second input voltages, and converts the first and the second input voltages into first and second output currents. The differential amplifier unit separately outputs first and second adjustment currents under an action of voltages output by the first to the third voltage output ends. The first and the second mirror current sources respectively output first and second predetermined currents according to the first output current and the first adjustment current, and the second output current and the second adjustment current, so as to maintain transconductance constancy of the differential input amplification-stage circuit. Therefore, output stability is improved.

[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)


High efficiency resonant power converters and resonant gate drivers
Patent No. 10270439 

Inventor(s): Hengchun Mao (Allen, TX), Xuezhong Jia (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15095021 on 04/09/2016 (1109 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device to drive a plurality of power switches in a power converter with an input voltage port having an input voltage includes a drive resonant tank, a switch network, a control block configured to control the turn-on and turn-off of drive switches, and an output port. The drive resonant tank has a resonant inductor, and a resonant capacitor which includes an input capacitance of a power switch. The switch network has a plurality of drive switches, which are controlled such that the drive resonant tank goes through a resonant state and a pseudo clamp state consecutively during a switching period. A gate drive voltage of a power switch fluctuates slightly during the pseudo clamp state. The output port has two terminals coupled to a gate and a source of a power switch respectively.

[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]


Half-frequency command path
Patent No. 10270445 

Inventor(s): Kallol Mazumder (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16013813 on 06/20/2018 (307 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a clock divider that receives a clock signal and generates even and odd clock signals. The clock signal includes a first frequency, while the even and odd clock signals each includes a second frequency that is half the first frequency. The semiconductor device also includes even and odd command paths coupled to the clock divider each having a set of logic and a set of flip-flops. The even command path receives a command and the even clock signal and outputs an even output signal. The odd command path receives the command and the odd clock signal and outputs an odd output signal. The semiconductor device also includes combination circuitry coupled to the even and odd command paths that combines the even and odd output signals.

[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]


Scaled power line based network
Patent No. 10270492 

Inventor(s): Minghua Fu (Plano, TX), Xiaolin Lu (Plano, TX), Yanjun Sun (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16004928 on 06/11/2018 (316 days app to issue)

Abstract: In accordance with disclosed embodiments, a first power line communication (PLC) device connected to a PLC network includes channel control logic that assigns a first channel of the PLC network for transmission on a power line of PLC data packets between the first PLC device and a second PLC device connected to the PLC network and assigns a second channel of the PLC network for transmission on the power line of PLC data packets between the first PLC device and the third PLC device connected to the PLC network. The PLC device includes a transceiver that receives and transmits PLC data packets on the PLC network and which operates as a bridge device that communicates on both the first and second channels to pass PLC data packets between the second PLC device and the third PLC device.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for SRS switching, transmission, and enhancements
Patent No. 10270570 

Inventor(s): Brian Classon (Palatine, IL), Jialing Liu (Palatine, IL), Murali Narasimha (Vernon Hills, IL), Qian Cheng (Aurora, IL), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15477639 on 04/03/2017 (750 days app to issue)

Abstract: User Equipments (UEs) may be assigned a set of aggregated component carriers for downlink carrier aggregation and/or carrier selection. Some UEs may be incapable of transmitting uplink signals over all component carriers in their assigned set of aggregated component carriers. In such scenarios, a UE may need to perform SRS switching in order to transmit SRS symbols over all of the component carriers. Embodiments of this disclosure provide various techniques for facilitating SRS switching. For example, a radio resource control (RRC) message may be used to signal a periodic SRS configuration parameter. As another example, a downlink control indication (DCI) message may be used to signal an aperiodic SRS configuration parameter. Many other examples are also provided.

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


Transmission signal generation apparatus, transmission signal generation method, reception signal apparatus, and reception signal method
Patent No. 10270574 

Inventor(s): Kiyotaka Kobayashi (Kanagawa, , JP), Masayuki Orihashi (Kanagawa, , JP), Yutaka Murakami (Osaka, , JP)
Assignee(s): Wi-Fi One, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16059093 on 08/09/2018 (257 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transmission apparatus maps a first stream of input data to first complex symbols in serial format and convert them into first complex symbols in parallel format. They are inverse Fourier transformed into OFDM signals associated with multiple subcarriers that are transmitted via a first antenna over the multiple subcarriers in a same frequency band over a same time period that includes a same set of time slots. First pilot information is transmitted via a first antenna on a first one of a plurality of pilot subcarriers during the same set of time slots, and second pilot information is sent via a first antenna on a second one of a plurality of pilot subcarriers during the same set of time slots. The second pilot information is different from the first pilot information. A second stream of input data is similarly transformed to form second OFDM signals transmit via a second antenna over the multiple subcarriers in the same frequency band over the same time period that includes the same set of time slots. The first pilot information is transmitted via the second antenna on the second pilot subcarrier during the set of same time slots, and the second pilot information is transmitted on one of the pilot subcarriers during the same set of time slots.

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


Enhanced polymorphic quantum enabled firewall
Patent No. 10270594 

Inventor(s): William August Stahlhut (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Morre Van Allen PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15450617 on 03/06/2017 (778 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for generating an enhanced polymorphic quantum enabled firewall in real-time typically includes a classical computer apparatus and a quantum optimizer in communication with the classical computer apparatus. The classical computer apparatus is configured to identify an unauthorized attempt to access information by an unidentified source, collect a first set of data about the unauthorized attempt, determine a type of the unauthorized attempt by analyzing the first set of data, and transmit the first set of data and the type of the unauthorized attempt to the quantum optimizer. The quantum optimizer upon receiving the first set of data and the type of the unauthorized attempt, generates a second key and a second level of encryption using the second key, generates a new protocol for transferring the second level of encryption over a network, and transfers the second level of encryption and the new protocol to the classical computer apparatus.

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


Hardware virtualization for mean and variance estimations of QAM symbols
Patent No. 10270625 

Inventor(s): Guosen Yue (Edison, NJ), Xiao-Feng Qi (Westfield, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15392831 on 12/28/2016 (846 days app to issue)

Abstract: Receivers including estimation unit (EU) circuits and related processing techniques for wireless systems are provided. Efficient expressions for quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) symbol mean and variance calculations are utilized with efficient expressions and implementations that are adaptive to different orders of QAM formats. An EU circuit includes a mean estimation unit (MEU) circuit and/or second moment estimation unit (SEU) circuit. Each estimation unit circuit is configured to receive a variable QAM normalization factor so that the circuit can be adapted to different QAM orders. Each MEU or SEU circuit can be configured for sequential and/or parallel processing. A pool including multiple MEU circuits and/or a pool including multiple SEU circuits is provided in one embodiment, with a control unit for configuring and reconfiguring the pools of circuits for mean and variance estimation for data streams of QAM symbols.

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


Transmission apparatus, reception apparatus and digital radio communication method
Patent No. 10270631 

Inventor(s): Akihiko Matsuoka (Kanagawa, , JP), Masayuki Orihashi (Kanagawa, , JP), Shinichiro Takabayashi (Tokyo, , JP), Yutaka Murakami (Osaka, , JP)
Assignee(s): WiFi One, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Nixon Vanderhye P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15363162 on 11/29/2016 (875 days app to issue)

Abstract: A transmission apparatus and method include modulating a transmission signal using a first modulation scheme selected from a plurality of modulation schemes to generate a first symbol sequence. A second symbol, generated using a phase shift keying (PSK) modulation scheme, is inserted in the first symbol sequence to generate a first modulation signal for transmission. A second modulation signal is received that includes a third symbol generated using a PSK modulation scheme and inserted in a second symbol sequence generated using a second modulation scheme selected from the plurality of modulation schemes. The third symbol is extracted from the received modulation signal. A transmission path associated with the received modulation signal is estimated using the third symbol. A received data signal from the second symbol sequence included in the received modulation signal is output using the estimated transmission path.

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


Peer-to-peer interconnection between service providers
Patent No. 10270643 

Inventor(s): Carroll L. Gray-Preston (Morrisville, NC), Frederick C. Kemmerer, Jr. (Hollis, NH), Jeremy Fuller (Linlithgow, , GB)
Assignee(s): GENBAND US LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15049241 on 02/22/2016 (1156 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments of methods and systems for peer-to-peer interconnection between service providers are presented. In one embodiment, a method includes receiving, at a session controller, a request for access to a target communication device, the target communication device being communicatively coupled to a foreign service provider network. The method may also include referencing a list of available routes for peer-to-peer communication with the target communication device on the foreign service provider network from a database of available routes. Additionally, the method may include identifying, in a peer-to-peer interconnect controller, a path for communication with the target communication device in response to the list of available routes. In one embodiment, the method also includes establishing a peer-to-peer communication session from a peering point to the target communication device over the path.

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


Avoiding routing interruption during transition to a virtual entity
Patent No. 10270680 

Inventor(s): Anil Kumar S N (Bangalore, , IN), Huaimo Chen (Bolton, MA), Renwei Li (Fremont, CA), Veerendranatha Reddy Vallem (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): FutureWei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16022245 on 06/28/2018 (299 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of avoiding routing interruption during transition to a topology transparent zone (TTZ) is described. The method includes virtualizing a path from an edge router to another edge router within the TTZ in a first direction without removing original links, wherein the original links are links from the edge router to its neighboring routers within the TTZ, receiving, by the edge router within the TTZ, a router link state advertisement (LSA) from the another edge router within the TTZ while the original links remain in place, wherein the LSA comprises a path from the another edge router to the edge router in a second direction different from the first direction, and removing, by the edge router within the TTZ, the original links after the LSA has been received from the another edge router and the virtualization of the path is complete.

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


Multi-nonce enabled interest packet design for named-data networking
Patent No. 10270689 

Inventor(s): Aytac Azgin (Santa Clara, CA), Guo-Qiang Wang (Santa Clara, CA), Ravishankar Ravindran (San Ramon, CA)
Assignee(s): FutureWei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: FutureWei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14578061 on 12/19/2014 (1586 days app to issue)

Abstract: A router, and a method of routing an interest packet having multiple nonces in NDN to eliminate stale PIT entries. The method includes a consumer device initially sending an interest packet having a first nonce within a protocol data unit (PDU), the interest packet having a second nonce. A router receives the interest packet and creates a pending interest table (PIT) entry. The consumer device resends the interest packet, the router keeping a single PIT entry per consumer device and using the second nonce to clear PIT entries corresponding to the initial transmission of the consumer device. The first nonce is indicative of requested content from the producer device, and the second nonce is indicative of the consumer device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Controlled environment secure media streaming system
Patent No. 10270777 

Inventor(s): Stephen Lee Hodge (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Law Firm: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein Fox P.L.L.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15891758 on 02/08/2018 (439 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Controlled Environment Secure Media Streaming System manages the delivery of content to Secured Devices. Cloud Services provide content to Integration Hub. The Integration Hub interfaces with various cloud services providers and prepares content for consumption by a resident of a secured facility. Integration Hub utilizes Content Filter to inspect content received from cloud service providers for suitability for use in a secured environment. Once content is retrieved, filtered, formatted, and packaged by Integration Hub, the content is stored in Data Warehouse. Secured Devices request content from the Distribution Hub, the Distribution Hub retrieves the content from the Data Warehouse, and then Distribution Hub manages the transfer of content to the Secured Devices. In some embodiments, Distribution Hub utilizes Content Filter to determine whether or not a particular Secured Device can access particular content.

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


Specifying client behavior and sessions in dynamic adaptive streaming over hypertext transfer protocol (DASH)
Patent No. 10270829 

Inventor(s): Alexander Giladi (Princeton, NJ), Xin Wang (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15381909 on 12/16/2016 (858 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprises a receiver configured to receive a request for an adaptive streaming media presentation description (MPD), a processor coupled to the receiver and configured to generate the MPD, wherein the MPD indicates an event, and wherein the event is time-related auxiliary information, and a transmitter coupled to the processor and configured to transmit the MPD. A method comprises receiving a request for an adaptive streaming media presentation description (MPD), generating the MPD, wherein the MPD indicates an event, and wherein the event is time-related auxiliary information, and transmitting the MPD. An apparatus comprises a processor configured to generate a request for an adaptive streaming media presentation description (MPD), a transmitter coupled to the processor and configured to transmit the request, and a receiver coupled to the processor and configured to receive the MPD, wherein the MPD indicates an event, and wherein the event is time-related auxiliary information.

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


Modular system for holistic data transmission across an enterprise
Patent No. 10270840 

Inventor(s): Manu Jacob Kurian (Dallas, TX), Sorin N. Cismas (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Moore Van Allen PLLC (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14588421 on 01/01/2015 (1573 days app to issue)

Abstract: A technology/operating system-agnostic and protocol-agnostic service delivery system that includes a unified means data movement/transfer. By unifying the delivery of such services the need to deploy numerous different technology/OS-specific and/or protocol-specific applications/services conventionally used to provide such services is obviated. The unified nature of the system, not only provides for comprehensive delivery of services, such as data movement amongst all the servers in the enterprise”s network but also provides for unified management of the services delivered, such as governance control over the services, unified tracking of services delivered, unified provisioning of updates/revisions to modules, and auditing processes for services delivered.

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


System and method for mobile core data services
Patent No. 10270902 

Inventor(s): Fenqin Zhu (Shanghai, , CN), Frank Mademann (Teltow, , DE), Kaippallimalil Mathew John (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15715021 on 09/25/2017 (575 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile core network with distributed data services is provided. The mobile core network includes distributed mobile cores associated with mobile data service (MDS) agents at distributed data centers. A central MDS agent is host at a central data center providing legacy mobility management entity (MME) functions. The central MDS agent and the MDS agents at the distributed data centers coordinate with each other for synchronizing context information, such as subscriber data, session context data and metrics data of UEs, so that the context information is available at the central data center and the distributed data centers when or before it is requested.

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


Inbound calls to intelligent controlled-environment facility resident media and/or communications devices
Patent No. 10270905 

Inventor(s): Alexander Noland (North Richland Hills, TX), Krishna Balantrapu (Irving, TX), Luke Keiser (Frisco, TX), Scott Passe (Forney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16021821 on 06/28/2018 (299 days app to issue)

Abstract: Sponsorship of controlled-environment facility resident media and/or communications devices by non-residents may include associating a non-resident with an address identifier of a sponsored resident media and/or communications device and associating a controlled-environment facility resident identified by the non-resident with the address identifier of the sponsored device. Thereafter, inbound calls to the sponsored device are connected as a result of confirming that an inbound calling party is associated with the address identifier of the sponsored device and verifying that the resident operating the sponsored device is associated with the address identifier of the sponsored device. Revocation of sponsorship of the sponsored device removes or deactivates association of the non-resident with the address identifier of the sponsored device and removes or deactivates association of the controlled-environment facility resident with the address identifier of the sponsored media and/or communications device.

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


Inbound calls to intelligent controlled-environment facility resident media and/or communications devices
Patent No. 10270906 

Inventor(s): Alexander Noland (North Richland Hills, TX), Krishna Balantrapu (Irving, TX), Luke Keiser (Frisco, TX), Scott Passe (Forney, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16021955 on 06/28/2018 (299 days app to issue)

Abstract: Inbound call system and method implementations that provide sponsors of resident media and/or communications devices priority inbound calling host inbound calling accounts established by non-residents sponsors of sponsored resident devices. A unique address identifier (AID) of each sponsored resident device is associated with a particular non-resident sponsor (and a particular resident). Inbound calls to sponsored resident media and/or communications devices are received, the calling party is authenticated as associated with an AID of the called resident device the party is calling, and it is determined whether the calling party is a sponsor of the called resident device. If so, any ongoing call, and/or other activity, taking place on the sponsored resident device is interrupted and the non-resident inbound call is connected with the sponsored resident device.

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


Portable video communication system
Patent No. 10270972 

Inventor(s): Amy D. Enge (Spencerport, NY), Andrew F. Kurtz (Macedon, NY), Frances C. Williams (Rochester, NY), John N. Border (Eaton Center, NH), Joseph A. Manico (Rochester, NY), Lynn Schilling-Benz (Fairport, NY), Peter O. Stubler
Assignee(s): Monument Peak Ventures, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Ascenda Law Group, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15872933 on 01/16/2018 (462 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and device for adapting a display image on a hand-held portable wireless display and digital capture device. The device includes a camera for capturing a digital video and/or still image of a user, means for adjusting the captured digital image in response to poor image capture angle of said image capture device so as to create a modified captured digital image; and means for transmitting said modified captured digital image over a wireless communication network to a second hand-held portable wireless display and digital capture device.

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


Generating a monochrome image
Patent No. 10271030 

Inventor(s): Craig R. Franklin (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15721415 on 09/29/2017 (571 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are described for generating a monochrome image from a color filter array. Image data from an image capturing device may be received having a color filter array comprising a plurality of filter positions. The image data may be interpolated to de-mosaic the image data into three sets of data representing red, blue, and green (RGB) data, respectively, for each of the plurality of filter positions. A weight may be calculated for each value of the RGB data based on a local gradient calculated for each value of the RGB data. A pixel value may be calculated for each pixel position for generating a monochrome image using the weight for each value of the RGB data.

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


Test fixture for testing set-top boxes
Patent No. 10271047 

Inventor(s): Jimmie Paul Partee (Double Oak, TX)
Assignee(s): FEDEX SUPPLY CHAIN LOGISTICS ELECTRONICS, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: McGuire Woods LLP (Local + 9 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13277087 on 10/19/2011 (2743 days app to issue)

Abstract: A test fixture for testing set-top boxes. The test fixture includes a controller operable to control parallel testing of set-top boxes. The test fixture further includes computing devices in communication with the controller operable to perform testing of each of the set-top boxes in response to commands from the controller. The test fixture further includes testing platforms in communication with the computing devices operable to receive each of the set-top boxes for testing. Each of the testing platforms includes an adapter module for electrically interfacing each of the set-top boxes with the test fixture. The test fixture further includes a user interface in communication with the controller for displaying the test results and receiving input from a user.

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


Apparatus and method for managing a presentation of media content
Patent No. 10271091 

Inventor(s): Anup D Karnalkar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Guntin Gust, PLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15722139 on 10/02/2017 (568 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a communication device having a controller to determine a directive associated with an incoming communication session initiated by another communication device, providing an option that directs the media device to modify the media content being presented by a media device, providing a first instruction to the media device to modify the media presentation according to the directive responsive to a selection of the option, and providing a second instruction to the media device to resume the media presentation responsive to detecting a termination of the incoming communication session. Other embodiments are disclosed.

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


Sharing a live view on a mobile device
Patent No. 10271158 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14311276 on 06/21/2014 (1767 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed are a method and apparatus configured to communicate between mobile devices. One example method may include determining a present location of a mobile device being operated by a user, determining a present location of at least one additional mobile device being operated by at least one additional user via a location based service (LBS) and notifying the mobile device when the present location of the at least one additional mobile device is within a predefined threshold distance of a mobile device domain. The method may also include receiving media data captured from the at least one additional mobile device and forwarding the received data to the mobile device. The user of the mobile device may be able to track, maintain communication, and identify the locations and activities of friends, family, and other persons of interest via their respective mobile devices.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Extensible solution for device to device discovery message size
Patent No. 10271162 

Inventor(s): Mazin Al-Shalash (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14709127 on 05/11/2015 (1443 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for providing an extensible solution for discovery message size includes determining a capsule size at a layer one protocol of a user equipment operating in a cellular network. The capsule size is forwarded to a layer two protocol of the user equipment where it is adjusted to accommodate layer two overhead. The adjusted capsule size is then forwarded to a layer three protocol.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Ultra-broadband virtualized telecom and internet
Patent No. 10271217 

Inventor(s): Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NxGen Partners IP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15954967 on 04/17/2018 (371 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for providing a connection to at least one user device responsive to an application or service being used by the at least one user device includes a configurable network for providing a communications link with the at least one user device. The configurable network also includes a plurality of control layers. At least one server implements at least a portion of the configurable network within the at least one server. The at least one server is configured to select a first slice portion of the plurality of control layers of the configurable network to support operation of a first application or service and to select a second slice portion of the plurality of control layers of the configurable network to support operation of a second application or service.

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


Combined base transceiver station and base station controller data call and quality of service
Patent No. 10271237 

Inventor(s): Hyeon Bong Park (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15979071 on 05/14/2018 (344 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, method, and computer readable medium for determining a data call rate comprises determining if a supplemental channel (SCH) should be allocated, if the SCH should be allocated, potentially altering the data rate, requesting an SCH allocation at a current data rate or the altered data rate, and receiving a response to the request with the current data rate, the altered data rate, or a further altered data rate.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Mapping scheme employed in an information centric network to manage domain-based security and mobility
Patent No. 10271253 

Inventor(s): Guoqiang Wang (Santa Clara, CA), Ravishankar Ravindran (San Jose, CA), Xinwen Zhang (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14985738 on 12/31/2015 (1209 days app to issue)

Abstract: A networking system comprising a virtual group controller in an information centric network configured to enable mobility and security for a plurality of users groups of the information centric network, a plurality of user groups coupled to the virtual group controller and associated with the users, a plurality of agents that are each associated with one of the user groups, and a database for trusted service profile coupled to the virtual group controller, wherein the virtual group controller is configured to interact with the agents to enable mobility for the user groups using a server-less domain-based naming scheme.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Restoring service to a mobile device on a home network
Patent No. 10271298 

Inventor(s): Julia Wang (San Diego, CA), Tongzeng Yang (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16022012 on 06/28/2018 (299 days app to issue)

Abstract: In certain embodiments, a method includes initiating, by a mobile device, an attempt to connect to a visiting network and receiving, by the mobile device in response to the attempt to connect to the visiting network, a rejection from the visiting network. The method includes initiating, by the mobile device in response to the rejection from the visiting network, a limited-services timer to initiate a limited-services state for the mobile device. The mobile device is subscribed to a service on a home network of the mobile device and is prevented in the limited-services state from attempting to access the service. The method further includes detecting, by the mobile device prior to expiration of the limited-services timer, availability of the home network and permitting, by the mobile device prior to expiration of the limited-service timer, the mobile device to attempt to connect to the home network for accessing the service.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Service aware carrier aggregation
Patent No. 10271333 

Inventor(s): Hongyan Lei (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT Mobility II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Hartman Citrin LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15379885 on 12/15/2016 (859 days app to issue)

Abstract: Concepts and technologies disclosed herein are directed to service aware carrier aggregation. According to one aspect disclosed herein, an eNodeB (”eNB”) can learn, via a primary serving cell (”PSC”), that a user equipment (”UE”) has a capability to utilize a carrier aggregation feature. The eNB can receive policy information and service information, and can learn, via the PSC, a service requested by the UE. The eNB can determine, based at least in part upon the policy information, the service information, and the service, whether to implement the carrier aggregation feature to provide the service to the UE. When the eNB determines that the carrier aggregation feature is to be implemented, the eNB can inform the UE to reconfigure a radio resource control (”RRC”) configuration to include the PSC and a secondary serving cell (”SSC”). The eNB can allocate physical media resources for the service from the PSC and the SSC.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for controlling the distribution of antenna beams between an access network and a backhaul link based on network traffic conditions
Patent No. 10271334 

Inventor(s): Imtiyaz Shaikh (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15386777 on 12/21/2016 (853 days app to issue)

Abstract: A base station may configure an access beam group to include one or more antenna beams for communicating with one or more user equipment (UE). The base station may configure a backhaul beam group to include one or more antenna beams for communicating with one or more other base stations. The base station may monitor network traffic associated with the access beam group and/or the backhaul beam group, and may determine that the network traffic satisfies a condition. The base station may modify the access beam group and/or the backhaul beam group to add or remove at least one antenna beam based on determining that the network traffic satisfies the condition.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Chassis rail stabilizer
Patent No. 10271453 

Inventor(s): Mark Steven Tuck (Allen, TX), Paul E. Brennan (Sutton, MA)
Assignee(s): VCE IP Holding Company LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15347642 on 11/09/2016 (895 days app to issue)

Abstract: A chassis rail stabilizer that may be used to securely support a rack mount rail in a server rack, in particular during transportation of the server rack. The chassis rail stabilizer includes a first body with a front face and a back face, and four rail supporting sides. The stabilizer further includes a second body extending off of the front face of the first body and an offset threaded through hole that extends through the first and second bodies. The offset nature of the through hole is such that the stabilizer may be secured to a vertical mounting post in a server rack in one of four orientations. Each orientation causes one of the rail supporting sides to extend downward a different distance to support a top surface of the rail beneath.

[H05K] PRINTED CIRCUITS; CASINGS OR CONSTRUCTIONAL DETAILS OF ELECTRIC APPARATUS; MANUFACTURE OF ASSEMBLAGES OF ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS (details of instruments or comparable details of other apparatus not otherwise provided for G12B; thin-film or thick-film circuits H01L 27/01, H01L 27/13; non-printed means for electric connections to or between printed circuits H01R; casings for, or constructional details of, particular types of apparatus, see the relevant subclasses; processes involving only a single technical art, e.g. heating, spraying, for which provision exists elsewhere, see the relevant classes)


DESIGN PATENTS

Convertible tote bag assembly
Patent No. D846271 

Inventor(s): April L. Cantrell (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Monarch IP Group (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29625346 on 11/09/2017 (530 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Food extrusion die
Patent No. D846361 

Inventor(s): Rogers Williams (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Carstens Cahoon, LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29583962 on 11/10/2016 (894 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Container and cap
Patent No. D846387 

Inventor(s): Jenny DeMarco Staab (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29596021 on 03/03/2017 (781 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Trash bag
Patent No. D846407 

Inventor(s): Brad A. Cobler (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Poly-America, L.P. (Grand Prairie, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29625998 on 11/14/2017 (525 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Battery for a vaporizer
Patent No. D846492 

Inventor(s): Arturo Fajardo (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): VMR Products, LLC (Miami, FL)
Law Firm: Hillyer Legal (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29603186 on 05/08/2017 (715 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Display screen with wheel of recognition graphical user interface
Patent No. D846576 

Inventor(s): Johnathan Iannotti (Caddo Mills, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29595725 on 03/01/2017 (783 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Receiver for a bottling machine
Patent No. D846608 

Inventor(s): Alton W. Mowdy (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): MM Machinery Services, Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Fitch, Even, Tabin Flannery LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29597122 on 03/14/2017 (770 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Propeller mechanism for a toy
Patent No. D846662 

Inventor(s): Adam Freeman (Rockwall, TX), David Anthony Norman (Greenville, TX), Douglas Michael Galletti (Allen, TX), Gregory James Lavender (Rockwall, TX), James Anthony Trzaskos (Greenville, TX), Raul Olivera (Heath, TX), Robert H.
Assignee(s): Innovation First, Inc. (Greenville, TX)
Law Firm: Much Shelist, P.C. (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29566203 on 05/27/2016 (1061 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Lighting module locking mechanism
Patent No. D846793 

Inventor(s): Ashish Antony (Anna, TX), Jordon Musser (Dallas, TX), Kevin Emr (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Flex Ltd. (Singapore, , SG)
Law Firm: Carter, DeLuca, Farrell Schmidt, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29613370 on 08/09/2017 (622 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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