Dallas Invents: 137 Patents Granted for Week of Jan. 5

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

Patents granted include:
•  7-Eleven's scalable position tracking for large spaces
•  Adobe's AI for enhanced digital content and improved campaign design
•  American Airlines' method for optimally managing aircraft assets
•  Avegant Corp.'s relative position-based eye-tracking system
•  Bell Textron's multidirectional airspeed detection system
•  Bentley Motors' movement-based comfort adjustment
•  Siemens Healthcare's deep image-to-image network learning for medical image analysis
•  Zinwave's multi-range communication system using RF and millimeter wave signals

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

THIS WEEK, BY THE NUMBERS
Week of Jan. 5, 2021 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION

A: HUMAN NECESSITIES 10
B: PERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING 14
C: CHEMISTRY; METALLURGY 4
E: FIXED CONSTRUCTIONS 5
F: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING 4
G: PHYSICS 35
H: ELECTRICITY 55

DESIGN PATENTS 10


TOP ASSIGNEES 
(NO. OF PATENTS)

Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) 19
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America Inc. (Plano) 9
SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison) 7 Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth) 6
Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 5
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, KR) 4
Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ) 4
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston) 3
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY) 3

UNASSIGNED 4


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS 
(NO. OF PATENTS) 

Min Young Yoo (Fort Worth) 4
Sudhakar Reddy Patil (Flower Mound) 3
Alexander Kramer (Plano) 2


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Cosmetic compositions and methods
Patent No. 10881603 

Inventor(s): Michael Frushour (Addison, TX), Tiffany Carle (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16280467 on 02/20/2019 (685 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for reducing a presence of sebum on skin, reducing an appearance of shiny skin, or reducing an appearance of the size of skin pores is disclosed. The method can include topically applying to skin a composition comprising a navy bean extract comprising amino acids, an extract of [i]Bambusa vulgaris [/i]wendl shoots, charcoal, and [i]Lonicera japonica [/i]leaf extract.

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


Cosmetic compositions and methods
Patent No. 10881604 

Inventor(s): Edward Chadwick (Addison, TX), Geetha Kalahasti (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16854241 on 04/21/2020 (259 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates generally to methods of use and compositions useful for treating skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, moisturize skin, lighten skin, reduce inflammation, increase skin firmness, or increase skin elasticity. The composition can include 20 wt. % to 45 wt. % light mineral oil, 0.1 wt. % to 5 wt. % [i]Persea gratissima [/i](avocado) oil, 0.1 wt. % to 5% wt. % [i]Olea europaea [/i](olive) fruit oil, 0.1 wt. % to 5 wt. % [i]Argania spinosa [/i]kernel oil. 0.1 wt. % to 10 wt. % [i]Limnanthes alba [/i](meadowfoam) seed oil, 0.1 wt. % to 5 wt. % hybrid sunflower oil, 0.01 wt. % to 5 wt. % [i]Crambe abyssinica [/i]seed oil, and 0.01 wt. % to 5% w/w of [i]Daucus carota [/i]sativa (carrot) root extract.

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


Methods for treating eye disorders using ocular implants
Patent No. 10881609 

Inventor(s): Karl Csaky (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Retina Foundation Of The Southwest (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16561423 on 09/05/2019 (488 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to local therapies for the eye and, more particularly, to shaped controlled-release ocular implant devices, including methods for making and using such devices, for delivery of therapeutic agents to the eye. A molded two-layer ocular implant comprises a therapeutic agent for treatment or prevention of a disorder of the eye. The implant comprises a polymer layer and a silicone adhesive layer with a therapeutic agent interspersed therein and joined to the polymer layer. This implant is for placement in the sub-Tenon”s space of the eye and provides sustained release of the therapeutic agent during the treatment or prevention of the disorder of the eye.

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


Cosmetic compositions
Patent No. 10881699 

Inventor(s): David Gan (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16356689 on 03/18/2019 (659 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of reducing the appearance of hyperpigmented skin or inflamed skin is disclosed. The method can include topically applying to hyperpigmented skin or inflamed skin a composition comprising an effective amount of an extract of [i]Rhododendron ferrugineum [/i]leaf to reduce melanocyte pigmentation in the skin or to reduce tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-) and cyclooxygenase-1 and -2 (COX-1 and COX-2) activity in the skin.

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


Methods and systems for generating stimulation waveforms for a neurostimulation therapy
Patent No. 10881864 

Inventor(s): Gavin Rade (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): PACESETTER, INC. (Sylmar, CA)
Law Firm: The Small Patent Law Group LLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15702447 on 09/12/2017 (1211 days app to issue)

Abstract: The methods and systems herein generally relate to generating stimulation waveforms for a therapy of a neurostimulation (NS) device in a patient. The methods and systems receive a target stimulation waveform from a user interface, calculate a timing resolution of the target stimulation waveform, determine target amplitude resolutions of the target stimulation waveform, identify whether a mathematical relationship exists between the target amplitude resolutions, and automatically designate one of a first, second, or third generator circuits based on at least one of the timing resolution, the amplitude, or the mathematical relationship. The systems and methods further transmit the target stimulation waveform and an activation instruction for the designated one of the first, second, or third generator circuits along the communication link to a NS device. The NS device includes the first, second, and third generator circuits configured to generate different first, second, and third types of stimulation waveforms.

[A61N] ELECTROTHERAPY; MAGNETOTHERAPY; RADIATION THERAPY; ULTRASOUND THERAPY (measurement of bioelectric currents A61B; surgical instruments, devices or methods for transferring non-mechanical forms of energy to or from the body A61B 18/00; anaesthetic apparatus in general A61M; incandescent lamps H01K; infra-red radiators for heating H05B) [6]


Iron-type golf club head or other ball striking device
Patent No. 10881922 

Inventor(s): Jamil Jacaman (Fort Worth, TX), Matthew Brian Neeley (Fort Worth, TX), Michael R. Pinto (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (Phoenix, AZ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16387415 on 04/17/2019 (629 days app to issue)

Abstract: A ball striking device, such as an iron-type golf club head, includes a face having a ball striking surface and a body connected to the face. The body has a sole surface extending rearward from a leading edge of the face, and a toe surface extending rearward from a toe edge of the face. The sole surface configured to confront the playing surface. The iron-type club head may have an elongated channel extending from a heel side in the sole member to an end point within the toe surface. The elongated channel is recessed from the sole surface and toe surfaces and is spaced from the leading and toe edges of the face. The iron-type club head may also have a plurality of weighting elements that are adjustable by the user.

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


Belt driving ball sports training machine
Patent No. 10881940 

Inventor(s): Lurong Ye (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16675103 on 11/05/2019 (427 days app to issue)

Abstract: A generic ball sport training machine is described. Propulsion modules containing belts are used to sequentially launch balls to replicate the result of an athlete”s action. When a ball enters the launch corridor created by one or more propulsion modules, the belts accelerate it to a desired speed, spin magnitude and spin direction. These propulsion modules are assembled in various combinations and integrated with an advanced ball feeder/collection assembly, plus elevation and azimuth direction control, to create a complete functional machine.

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


Heated and cooled seat for locker
Patent No. 10883221 

Inventor(s): John Allen (Desoto, TX), Sam Allen (Maypearl, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16804879 on 02/28/2020 (312 days app to issue)

Abstract: An improved locker seat includes a pair of spaced-apart upstanding sidewalls having a pair of lateral edges. A generally horizontal seat is disposed between the lateral edges of the sidewalls. In a first mode, an air source is connected to an airway formed within the seat to create an airflow. The airflow from the air source creates a first temperature differential to cool the seat. In a second mode, an external or internal heat source provides heat to a top surface of the seat, creating a second temperature differential to heat the seat. The first and second temperature differential are distributed across the top surface of the seat. The seat is hinged to be movable about the hinge between an open and a closed position.

[A47B] TABLES; DESKS; OFFICE FURNITURE; CABINETS; DRAWERS; GENERAL DETAILS OF FURNITURE (jointing of furniture F16B 12/00)


Crystal morphology for sodium reduction
Patent No. 10881123 

Inventor(s): James William Stalder (Dallas, TX), Mehtap Fevzioglu (Frisco, TX), Sivaraj Kaliappan (Schaumburg, IL)
Assignee(s): Frito-Lay North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15795910 on 10/27/2017 (1166 days app to issue)

Abstract: A novel salt composition and a corresponding method of manufacture are described herein. The salt composition is formed from a plurality of salt crystals with a surface area of at least 0.19-0.23 m[superscript]2[/superscript]/g and a Hall density of less than 0.8 g/cm[superscript]3[/superscript]. In some embodiments, at least a portion of the salt composition has a hopper cube morphology. NULL


Anisotropic biocompatible lattice structure
Patent No. 10881518 

Inventor(s): Jason Tinley (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): HD LIFESCIENCES LLC (Woburn, MA)
Law Firm: White Case LLP (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15876793 on 01/22/2018 (1079 days app to issue)

Abstract: The three-dimensional lattice structures disclosed herein have applications including use in medical implants. Some examples of the lattice structure are structural in that they can be used to provide structural support or mechanical spacing. In some examples, the lattice can be configured as a scaffold to support bone or tissue growth. Some examples can use a repeating modified rhombic dodecahedron or radial dodeca-rhombus unit cell. The lattice structures are also capable of providing a lattice structure with anisotropic properties to better suit the lattice for its intended purpose.
[A61F] FILTERS IMPLANTABLE INTO BLOOD VESSELS; PROSTHESES; DEVICES PROVIDING PATENCY TO, OR PREVENTING COLLAPSING OF, TUBULAR STRUCTURES OF THE BODY, E.G. STENTS; ORTHOPAEDIC, NURSING OR CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES; FOMENTATION; TREATMENT OR PROTECTION OF EYES OR EARS; BANDAGES, DRESSINGS OR ABSORBENT PADS; FIRST-AID KITS (dental prosthetics A61C) [2006.01]


 

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

Device for multistage continuous preparation of deuterium depleted water
Patent No. 10881979 

Inventor(s): Kylin Liao (Nanjing, , CN)
Assignee(s): NNB Nutrition USA LLC (Lewisville, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16118428 on 08/30/2018 (859 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present application discloses a device for multistage continuous preparation of deuterium depleted water, which includes a feeding pump, a plurality of stages of separation systems connected in series, and a receiver, all of which are connected in sequence. Each stage of separation system comprises a distillation column, a vapor-liquid separator, a low-pressure steam compressor, a stream delivery pump, a three-way valve, and a stream output pipe. The present application further discloses a method for preparing deuterium depleted water, wherein natural water is fed into the device of the present disclosure, and the liquid phase stream continuously flows backwards stage by stage under the combined action of the low-pressure steam compressors and the stream delivery pumps. In a single-stage system, the deuterium is deprived depending on the difference in vapor pressure between [superscript]1[/superscript]H[subscript]2[/subscript]O and [superscript]2[/superscript]H[subscript]2[/subscript]O (and/or [superscript]1[/superscript]H[superscript]2[/superscript]HO), and finally, the deuterium depleted water is produced.

[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]


Torch handle including pneumatically operated jaw
Patent No. 10882132 

Inventor(s): Michael E. Stephens (The Colony, TX)
Assignee(s): Victor Equipment Company (Chesterfield, MO)
Law Firm: Edell, Shapiro Finnan, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15896240 on 02/14/2018 (1056 days app to issue)

Abstract: Approaches herein provide a torch handle including a pneumatically controlled jaw operable to engage an electrode. In one approach, a system is provided for distributing gas within the torch handle, the system including a pneumatic cylinder within a main housing of the torch handle. The pneumatic cylinder is coupled to a shaft for actuating a first member of a jaw relative to a second member of the jaw. The system further includes a gas passageway through the main housing, the gas passageway extending to an exit orifice disposed within the second member. A flow controller is operable to direct a flow of a gas to either the pneumatic cylinder or the gas passageway. In one approach, the first member is actuated towards the second member when the gas is directed through the gas passageway, and actuated away from the second member when the gas is directed to the pneumatic cylinder.

[B23K] SOLDERING OR UNSOLDERING; WELDING; CLADDING OR PLATING BY SOLDERING OR WELDING; CUTTING BY APPLYING HEAT LOCALLY, e.g. FLAME CUTTING; WORKING BY LASER BEAM (making metal-coated products by extruding metal B21C 23/22; building up linings or coverings by casting B22D 19/08; casting by dipping B22D 23/04; manufacture of composite layers by sintering metal powder B22F 7/00; arrangements on machine tools for copying or controlling B23Q; covering metals or covering materials with metals, not otherwise provided for C23C; burners F23D)


Crimping devices including a pistol-grip air hammer and a crimp socket with a sloped key
Patent No. 10882167 

Inventor(s): Ronald Keith Moore (Newburgh, IN), Sean W. Hatchett (Evansville, IN)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16142820 on 09/26/2018 (832 days app to issue)

Abstract: A crimping device includes a hammer and a crimp socket that includes an aperture, a socket face, and a sloped key that projects radially into the crimp socket and extends at least a portion of the depth of the aperture. A height of the radial projection of the sloped key increases along a depth of the aperture.

[B25B] TOOLS OR BENCH DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR, FOR FASTENING, CONNECTING, DISENGAGING, OR HOLDING


Heater control logic in tow mode
Patent No. 10882379 

Inventor(s): Abhishek Srivastava (Ann Arbor, MI), Akiyoshi B. Maeda (Plano, TX), David W. Cosgrove (Milford, MI), Hidekazu Hirabayashi (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter Hampton LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16248630 on 01/15/2019 (721 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and methods are provided for improving fuel economy, and providing optimized operating conditions associated with a vehicle”s air-conditioning system when the vehicle is carrying a load, e.g., towing a trailer. Operating conditions including, for example, air-mix setting, coolant temperature, ambient temperature, vehicle speed, and whether or not the vehicle is carrying the aforementioned load, may be considered when determining whether or not to activate or deactivate a vehicle heating element, such as a positive temperature coefficient (PTC) heater, steering wheel heater, etc.

[B60H] ARRANGEMENTS OR ADAPTATIONS OF HEATING, COOLING, VENTILATING, OR OTHER AIR-TREATING DEVICES SPECIALLY FOR PASSENGER OR GOODS SPACES OF VEHICLES


Movement-based comfort adjustment
Patent No. 10882478 

Inventor(s): Benedict A. Recktenwald (Sunnyvale, TX)
Assignee(s): BENTLEY MOTORS LIMITED (Cheshire, , GB), PORSCHE AG (Stuttgart, , DE), VOLKSWAGEN AG (Wolfsburg, , DE)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16223166 on 12/18/2018 (749 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices, systems, and methodologies for providing a comfort system of a transportation vehicle include capturing and assessing movement data of a user. The movement data can include movement data captured upon the user”s approach to the transportation vehicle.

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


Collision prevention system
Patent No. 10882479 

Inventor(s): Monica Andrea Vanterpool (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter Hampton LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16129035 on 09/12/2018 (846 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods of automatically controlling the application of a magnetic field based on certain sensed conditions and/or environmental considerations are provided. Sensed conditions may be vehicle operational characteristics and environmental considerations may be from V2X communications, which may be utilized to determine the current vehicle speed and the distance between a vehicle and an obstacle. When speed and distance meet certain thresholds, the magnetic components present on front, rear, and/or side panels of the vehicle may be activated to prevent or mitigate collision impact. The magnetic components may be activated with a determined amount of current for a specific repel force.

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


Engine autostop control
Patent No. 10882510 

Inventor(s): Thomas S. Hawley (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Sheppard, Mullin, Richter Hampton LLP (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15874824 on 01/18/2018 (1083 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for determining an optimal point during operation of a hybrid electric vehicle towing a trailer at which the energy that can be recouped through regenerative braking is maximized. Operating conditions or characteristics of the hybrid electric vehicle and the brake characteristics of the trailer are considered in determining the optimal point at which the energy that can be recouped is maximized. At the optimal point at which the energy that can be recouped is maximized, the engine of the hybrid electric vehicle is turned off. Otherwise, the engine of the hybrid electric vehicle is left on.

[B60W] CONJOINT CONTROL OF VEHICLE SUB-UNITS OF DIFFERENT TYPE OR DIFFERENT FUNCTION; CONTROL SYSTEMS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR HYBRID VEHICLES; ROAD VEHICLE DRIVE CONTROL SYSTEMS FOR PURPOSES NOT RELATED TO THE CONTROL OF A PARTICULAR SUB-UNIT [2006.01]


Retrofit variable reluctance measurement technology tendon tension monitoring system
Patent No. 10882589 

Inventor(s): Daniel Joseph Tye (Dallas, TX), John Ray Baileys (Arlington, TX), Joseph Michael O”Neil (Irving, TX), Michael Eugene Hogan (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): OIL STATES INDUSTRIES, INC. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16007897 on 06/13/2018 (937 days app to issue)

Abstract: The invention relates to floating platform mooring and involves an improved platform mounted tendon tension monitoring system with porch mounted variable reluctance measurement technology sensors configured. The variable reluctance measurement technology sensors of this system are optimized for porch mounting. The porch mounted tendon tension monitoring system can also be configured such that the porch-mounted optimized variable reluctance measurement technology sensors are replaceable. Sensors may be replaced to extend the desired useful lifetime of a tendon tension monitoring system or in the event that a sensor happens to malfunction. A plurality of variable reluctance measurement technology sensors can be configured in sensor packs at the corners or at other locations where tendon tension monitoring can be useful for a floating platform.

[B63B] SHIPS OR OTHER WATERBORNE VESSELS; EQUIPMENT FOR SHIPPING (arrangements of vessel ventilation, heating, cooling, or air-conditioning B63J 2/00; floating substructures as supports of dredgers or soil-shifting machines E02F 9/06) [2]


Pressurized sliding door
Patent No. 10882598 

Inventor(s): Brent Chadwick Ross (Flower Mound, TX), Jeremy Robert Chavez (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15951539 on 04/12/2018 (999 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments are directed to systems and methods for a sliding door in a pressurized aircraft. In one embodiment, an aircraft comprises a fuselage having a door opening, and a door configured to slide into the door opening from within the fuselage, the door held in a closed position in the door opening by excess air pressure within the fuselage during operation of the aircraft.

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


Fairing edge handhold
Patent No. 10882602 

Inventor(s): Brent Scannell (L”ile-Bizard, , CA), Keith C. Pedersen (North Richland Hills, TX), Thomas Mast (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15965359 on 04/27/2018 (984 days app to issue)

Abstract: A fairing is provided in one example embodiment and may include a first edge portion to provide a first clearance distance between the fairing and rotor flight controls of a rotorcraft; a second edge portion to provide a second clearance distance between the fairing and the rotor flight controls of the aircraft, wherein the second clearance distance is greater than the first clearance distance; and a support structure attached to the fairing below the second edge portion. A rotorcraft is provided in another example embodiment and may include a fairing in which the fairing can include a handhold portion along an edge of the fairing. The handhold portion can include a handhold clearance distance between the handhold portion and rotor flight controls of the rotorcraft; and a support structure attached to the fairing below the handhold portion.

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


Electrical braking systems for rotorcraft
Patent No. 10882610 

Inventor(s): John Robert Wittmaak (Newark, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lawrence Youst PLLC (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16256043 on 01/24/2019 (712 days app to issue)

Abstract: A braking system for a rotorcraft having a rotor hub assembly includes a generator having an armature mechanically coupled to the rotor hub assembly such that the armature is rotatable in response to rotation of the rotor hub assembly and a braking unit in selective electrical communication with the generator. The braking unit is adapted to apply an electrical resistance to rotation of the armature, thereby reducing a rotational speed of the rotor hub assembly.

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


Augmented swashplate assembly
Patent No. 10882611 

Inventor(s): Christopher Edward Foskey (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Textron Innovations Inc. (Providence, RI)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16035381 on 07/13/2018 (907 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods of operating a tiltrotor aircraft include providing the tiltrotor with a plurality of rotatable pylon assemblies. Each pylon assembly includes a rotor system having a plurality of rotor blades operatively coupled to a rotor mast and selectively rotatable in response to rotation of the rotor mast, a swashplate assembly operatively coupled to the plurality of rotor blades, a plurality of swashplate actuators operatively coupled to the swashplate assembly and selectively extendable and retractable to control the position and the orientation of the swashplate assembly, and a swashplate augmenting system. The swashplate augmenting system is selectively operable to cause axial translation of the swashplate actuators and swashplate assembly to augment the travel of the swashplate actuators in order to fold the plurality of rotor blades for operating the tiltrotor aircraft in an airplane forward flight mode.

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


System and method for automatic fueling of hydraulic fracturing and other oilfield equipment
Patent No. 10882732 

Inventor(s): Daniel Thomas Haile (Archer City, TX), Luke Haile (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): American Energy Innovations, LLC (Springtown, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16094810 on 04/24/2017 (1352 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for fueling multiple saddle tanks of hydraulic fracturing equipment from a single self-propelled cart. The cart having multiple retractable fuel lines for providing and obtaining fuel. Each retractable fuel supply line uses a flowmeter, a ball valve, and an electrically actuated valve to provide remote control to a controller based on a user”s selected fueling requirements. An electronic reporting system provides fuel data to operators and users. Fuel data such as fuel tank status, an amount of fuel usage over a stage level, a daily level, or job level along with a fill level of the fuel tank.

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


Shingle with film covered surfaces
Patent No. 10883270 

Inventor(s): Margie A. Beerer (Ennis, TX), Matti Kiik (Richardson, TX), Steven D. Kerr (Atlanta, GA), Sudhir Railkar (Wayne, NJ)
Assignee(s): Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16108991 on 08/22/2018 (867 days app to issue)

Abstract: An asphalt-based shingle is formed with a substrate saturated with asphalt, an asphalt coating on the saturated substrate, and a top film bonded to the surface of the asphalt coating covering at least a portion of the shingle to be exposed when installed. The top film may be configured to mimic the appearance of traditional clay granules on the shingle or another shingle surface. More specifically, the top film is printed or coated with an image that mimics the appearance of a clay granule bed and is embossed, pressed, or molded to mimic the texture of a clay granule bed. The top film is UV resistant to protect the asphalt below from deterioration. An anti-stick film may be bonded to the back of the shingle to prevent shingles from sticking together when stacked into a bundle. A method of fabricating the shingle may include applying pre-fabricated film to the shingle substrate during shingle manufacturing or extruding a polymer film onto the substrate and subsequently printing and embossing the film during shingle manufacturing.

[B32B] LAYERED PRODUCTS, i.e. PRODUCTS BUILT-UP OF STRATA OF FLAT OR NON-FLAT, e.g. CELLULAR OR HONEYCOMB, FORM


 

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

Coatings for glass-shaping molds and molds comprising the same
Patent No. 10882774 

Inventor(s): Rex Gerald Sheppard (Decatur, TX), Troy Scoggins (Decatur, TX)
Assignee(s): ENTEGRIS, INC. (Billerica, MA)
Law Firm: Entegris, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16137730 on 09/21/2018 (837 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described are glass-forming molds made of a graphite mold body and a coating formed by atomic layer deposition, with the coating being made of alumina or a combination of alumina and yttria.

[C03B] MANUFACTURE OR SHAPING OF GLASS, OR OF MINERAL OR SLAG WOOL; SUPPLEMENTARY PROCESSES IN THE MANUFACTURE OR SHAPING OF GLASS, OR OF MINERAL OR SLAG WOOL (surface treatment C03C)


Methods for forming crystalline metal oxide over structural color film using low heat
Patent No. 10882996 

Inventor(s): Debasish Banerjee (Ann Arbor, MI), Hongfei Jia (Ann Arbor, MI), Krishna Reddy Gunugunuri (Ann Arbor, MI), Songtao Wu (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North Amercia, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16258065 on 01/25/2019 (711 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for forming a multilayer thin film having a crystalline metal oxide layer, the method including: encapsulating at least one encapsulated layer of the multilayer thin film in a wet chemical composition by wet chemical methods; and crystallizing the wet chemical composition by microwave hydrothermal treatment to form a crystalline metal oxide layer encapsulating the at least one encapsulated layer of the multilayer thin film.

[C09C] TREATMENT OF INORGANIC MATERIALS, OTHER THAN FIBROUS FILLERS, TO ENHANCE THEIR PIGMENTING OR FILLING PROPERTIES (preparation of inorganic compounds or non-metallic elements C01; treatment of materials specially adapted to enhance their filling properties in mortars, concrete or artificial stone C04B 14/00, C04B 18/00, C04B 20/00); PREPARATION OF CARBON BLACK [4]


Injection fluids for oil recovery and methods of making and using the same
Patent No. 10883039 

Inventor(s): Alex G. K. Lee (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (Annandale, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15790254 on 10/23/2017 (1170 days app to issue)

Abstract: Viscous aqueous injections fluids including polymers having hydrophilic moieties and hydrophobic groups and at least one of crude oil emulsions and amphiphilic diblock copolymers are provided herein. Methods of making the aqueous injection fluids, and methods of using the aqueous injection fluids for oil recovery are also provided.

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


Biological upgrading of hydrocarbon streams with oxygenases
Patent No. 10883088 

Inventor(s): Katherine G. Landuyt (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (Annandale, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16186789 on 11/12/2018 (785 days app to issue)

Abstract: Oxygenases and methods of biologically upgrading hydrocarbon streams, such as crude oil, using oxygenases are provided herein. The oxygenases can be used to remove impurities such as metals, heteroatoms, or asphaltenes from a hydrocarbon stream. In some cases, the oxygenases can be chemically or genetically modified and can be used in different locations such as petroleum wells, pipes, reservoirs, tanks and/or reactors.

[C12N] MICROORGANISMS OR ENZYMES; COMPOSITIONS THEREOF (biocides, pest repellants or attractants, or plant growth regulators containing microorganisms, viruses, microbial fungi, enzymes, fermentates, or substances produced by, or extracted from, microorganisms or animal material A01N 63/00; medicinal preparations A61K; fertilisers C05F); PROPAGATING, PRESERVING, OR MAINTAINING MICROORGANISMS; MUTATION OR GENETIC ENGINEERING; CULTURE MEDIA (microbiological testing media C12Q 1/00) [3]


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Vertical cable rail barrier
Patent No. 10883290 

Inventor(s): Kevin T. Burt (Dallas, TX), Matthew Carlyle Sherstad (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Fortress Iron, LP (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Gardner LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15689502 on 08/29/2017 (1225 days app to issue)

Abstract: A barrier panel is formed of a first rail member and a second rail member with at least one vertical support member mounted to and extending between the first rail member and second rail member. The first rail member includes first openings spaced apart along its length. The second rail member includes second openings spaced apart along its length. Vertical cables are mounted to and extend between the first rail member and second rail member. A first end of each vertical cable is secured within one of the first openings and a second end of each vertical cable is secured within an opposite one of the second openings. End members configured to adjust tension in the vertical cables are concealed by a pair of leg members of the second rail member.

[E04H] BUILDINGS OR LIKE STRUCTURES FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSES; SWIMMING OR SPLASH BATHS OR POOLS; MASTS; FENCING; TENTS OR CANOPIES, IN GENERAL (foundations E02D) [4]


Apparatus and method for drilling deviated wellbores
Patent No. 10883313 

Inventor(s): David Joe Steele (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): HALLIBURTON ENERGY SERVICES, INC. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15772007 on 10/19/2016 (1539 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are described for drilling a new secondary wellbore from a primary wellbore in which a production string is already deployed. The production string is severed below a desired kick-off location for the new secondary wellbore and the upstream portion of the production string is withdrawn from the primary wellbore, thereby exposing an end of the remaining production string. A lateral orientation device (LOD) is mounted on the exposed end of the production string. The LOD includes a shoulder for seating on the exposed end, anchoring mechanism(s) to secure the LOD to adjacent tubular(s), and seals to sealingly engage adjacent tubulars. The LOD may include a contoured surface for orientation of a tool, such as a whipstock, which may be utilized to drill a new wellbore. Alternatively, a work string may be coupled with the LOD to perform pumping operations in the wellbore below the LOD.

[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]


Power charge with exposed propellant
Patent No. 10883327 

Inventor(s): Derrek D. Drury (Fort Worth, TX), Jimmy L. Carr (Fort Worth, TX), Robert C. Andres (Fort Worth, TX), Trea H. Baker (Granbury, TX)
Assignee(s): DIAMONDBACK Industries, Inc. (Crowley, TX)
Law Firm: Handley Law Firm, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15947749 on 04/06/2018 (1005 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power charge ([b]12[/b]) for a setting tool is composed of a propellant ([b]16[/b]) and an igniter ([b]32[/b]) embedded in the propellant ([b]16[/b]). The propellant ([b]16[/b]) is a homogeneous mixture of combustible components, an oxidizer and an epoxy binder, which together provide a continuous mass of solid form. The propellant ([b]16[/b]) has an exterior ([b]14[/b]) which, together with an outward face ([b]36[/b]) of the igniter ([b]32[/b]), is exposed and provides the outer surface of the power charge ([b]12[/b]). A protuberant rib ([b]28[/b]) extends along the length of the exterior ([b]14[/b]) in a spiral-shaped pattern and provides a stand-off spacer between the power charge ([b]12[/b]) and the setting tool. The igniter ([b]32[/b]) has a main body portion ([b]52[/b]) and an annular-shaped protrusion ([b]48[/b]) which extends laterally outward from the main body portion ([b]52[/b]) and into the propellant ([b]16[/b]) to retain the igniter ([b]32[/b]) within the propellant ([b]16[/b]). The entire power charge ([b]12[/b]) is formed of combustible materials.

[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]


Systems and methods for opening screen joints
Patent No. 10883344 

Inventor(s): Brandon Thomas Least (Flower Mound, TX), Stephen Michael Greci (Little Elm, TX), Thomas J. Frosell (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Chamberlain Hrdlicka (5 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16316003 on 08/24/2016 (1595 days app to issue)

Abstract: Example systems and methods are described that operate to open screen joints using mechanically-generated perforations for beginning fluid production. In an example system, a screen joint is deployed in a production tubing within a wellbore. The screen joint includes a screen element and a blank housing that are coupled to an exterior surface of a non]perforated base pipe. Further, the screen joint includes a locator profile positioned along an interior surface of the non]perforated base pipe. A perforator is deployed within the screen joint that includes a mechanical perforator and a locator for engaging with the locator profile to position the mechanical perforator under the blank housing.

[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]


Bottom hole assembly for configuring between artificial lift systems
Patent No. 10883349 

Inventor(s): Toby S. Pugh (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): WEATHERFORD TECHNOLOGY HOLDINGS, LLC (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Blank Rome, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15712989 on 09/22/2017 (1201 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wellbore completion is configured for multiple forms of artificial lift. A downhole assembly on production tubing defines a production port communicating a throughbore with the wellbore annulus. A bypass, such as a snorkel or riser tube, on the assembly also communicates the throughbore between the packer and the production port with the annulus. A packer on the assembly seals in the annulus downhole of the production port and bypass. The assembly can then be configured for any selected artificial lift. To do this, at least one isolation (a sleeve insert, a sliding sleeve, a check valve, or a rupture disk) selectively prevents/allows communication via one or both of the production port and the bypass as needed. Additionally, removable lift equipment, including jet pump, gas lift valve, plunger assembly, rod pump, piston pump, or standing valve, is selectively inserted into the assembly”s throughbore as needed.

[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

 

Mast bearing system for a tiltrotor aircraft
Patent No. 10882612 

Inventor(s): Ezra M. Tiprigan (North Richland Hills, TX), Russell L. Mueller (Coppell, TX), Tyson T. Henry (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXTRON INNOVATIONS INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16678938 on 11/08/2019 (424 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tiltrotor aircraft may be provided and may include a mast assembly, in which the mast assembly may include a mast; a bearing system; a housing; and a housing cap secured to the housing, wherein the bearing system is between the mast and the housing. The bearing system may further include a first bearing assembly including a first inner race, a first outer race, and a plurality of first tapered roller bearings; a second bearing assembly including a second inner race, a second outer race, and a plurality of second tapered roller bearings; an inner spacer and an outer spacer in which the inner and outer spacers are between the first and second bearing assemblies; and a retaining device in which the retaining device and the housing cap provide, at least in part, pre-loading for the first and second bearing assemblies.

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


Submersible pump assembly and method for use of same
Patent No. 10883488 

Inventor(s): Ales Gosar (Ljubljana, , SI), Andrej Skrlec (Ljubljana, , SI), Franc Majdic (Ljubljana, , SI), Jernej Klemenc (Ljubljana, , SI), Laslo Olah (Richardson, TX), Marko Hocevar (Ljubljana, , SI), Marko Nagode (Ljubljana, , SI), Simon
Assignee(s): Texas Institute of Science, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16883719 on 05/26/2020 (224 days app to issue)

Abstract: A submersible pump assembly for transference of a fluid medium with low viscosity is disclosed. In one embodiment, the submersible pump assembly includes multiple pump units co-axially aligned with a common drive shaft, a common suction chamber, and a common pressure chamber. Each of the pump units includes an active operational mode wherein the fluid medium is transferred from the common suction chamber to the common pressure chamber during as well as an inactive operational mode wherein the fluid medium is circulated through the common suction chamber. Each of the pump units is individually actuatable.

[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)


Solenoid operated valve for reducing excessive piping pressure in a fluid distribution system
Patent No. 10883717 

Inventor(s): James C. Hawkins (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT REGULATOR TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: Marshall, Gerstein Borun LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15913610 on 03/06/2018 (1036 days app to issue)

Abstract: An assembly for reducing excess piping pressure in a fluid distribution system. The assembly includes a fluid regulator including a body defining an inlet, an outlet, and a fluid passageway between the inlet and the outlet, a first control element movable relative to a valve seat in the fluid passageway to control fluid flow therethrough, a valve stem coupled to the first control element, and an actuator assembly operatively coupled to the valve stem to control a position of the first control element. The assembly also includes a solenoid valve coupled to the fluid regulator at a position upstream of the outlet, the solenoid valve adapted to receive a control signal indicative of zero demand downstream of the fluid regulator, and having a second control element that is movable, responsive to the control signal, from a first position to a second position to reduce fluid flowing through the fluid passageway.

[F23K] FEEDING FUEL TO COMBUSTION APPARATUS (fuel feeders specially adapted for fluidised bed combustion apparatus F23C 10/22; regulating or controlling combustion F23N)


System and method of controlling refrigerator and freezer units to reduce consumed energy
Patent No. 10883757 

Inventor(s): Charles M. Louis (Fort Worth, TX), Joseph F. Sanders (North Richland Hills, TX), Steven T. Jackson (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Illinois Tool Works Inc. (Glenview, IL)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16402337 on 05/03/2019 (613 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for controlling a refrigeration system is disclosed. The system includes a cooled compartment, at least one heat source selectively activated to provide heat, at least one sensor, and a controller. The sensor detects a temperature and a relative humidity of ambient air that surrounds the cooled compartment. The controller is in communication with the at least one heat source and the at least one sensor. The controller includes logic for calculating a dew point temperature based on the temperature and the relative humidity. The controller also includes logic for selecting a region of operation based on at least one of the dew point temperature and the relative humidity, where the region of operation is representative of ambient conditions that surround the cooled compartment. The controller further includes logic for determining if the at least one heat source is activated based on the region of operation.

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


 

P H Y S I C S

Mobile device and method for sensor data based antenna selection
Patent No. 10883811 

Inventor(s): Navid Nader (San Diego, CA), Ping Shi (San Diego, CA), Robert McCarthy (Escondido, CA), Vijayakumar Krishnamurthy (San Marcos, CA), Vinh Vo (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15983808 on 05/18/2018 (963 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mobile device for determining a handling condition of the mobile device and a method of use thereof. One embodiment of the mobile device includes: at least one left capacitive proximity sensor disposed on a left side of the mobile device and operable to detect a hold condition, at least one right capacitive proximity sensor disposed on a right side of the mobile device and operable to detect a hold condition, an accelerometer disposed in the mobile device and operable to detect an orientation of the mobile device, an ambient light proximity sensor disposed in the mobile device and operable to detect a proximity of a user”s head, and a processor operable to execute an application configured to gain access to and employ the hold condition, the orientation, and the proximity of the user”s head to determine a handling condition.

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


Infrared sensor for soil or water and method of operation thereof
Patent No. 10883930 

Inventor(s): Ecatherina Roodenko (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Max-IR Labs, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16432729 on 06/05/2019 (580 days app to issue)

Abstract: An infrared (IR) sensor and a method of detecting molecular species in a liquid. In one embodiment, the IR sensor includes: (1) an IR light source configured to emit IR light, (2) a sensing element configured to receive the IR light, the IR light generating an evanescent field about the sensing element as the IR light propagates therethrough, molecules in a subject liquid interacting with the evanescent field and affecting a characteristic of the IR light and (3) an IR light detector configured to receive the IR light from the sensing element and detect the characteristic.

[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)


Semiconductor device for sensing impedance changes in a medium
Patent No. 10883953 

Inventor(s): Enis Tuncer (Dallas, TX), Vikas Gupta (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16162011 on 10/16/2018 (812 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described examples include a sensor device having at least one conductive elongated first pillar positioned on a central pad of a first conductor layer over a semiconductor substrate, the first pillar extending in a first direction normal to a plane of a surface of the first conductor layer. Conductive elongated second pillars are positioned in normal orientation on a second conductor layer over the semiconductor substrate, the conductive elongated second pillars at locations coincident to via openings in the first conductor layer. The second conductor layer is parallel to and spaced from the first conductor layer by at least an insulator layer, the conductive elongated second pillars extending in the first direction through a respective one of the via openings. The at least one conductive elongated first pillar is spaced from surrounding conductive elongated second pillars by gaps.

[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)


Multidirectional airspeed detection system
Patent No. 10884015 

Inventor(s): Andrew Vincent Louis (Fort Worth, TX), Daniel Bryan Robertson (Southlake, TX), Matthew Edward Louis (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Lightfoot Alford PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16400916 on 05/01/2019 (615 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pitot-static array system for a tail-sitting aircraft has a disk with a plurality of edge ports arrayed about an edge of the disk. Each of a plurality of pressure transducers is configured to measure air pressure at one of the edge ports. The edge ports are arrayed about an axis parallel to a pitch axis of the aircraft.

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


Angular resolver imbalance detection
Patent No. 10884037 

Inventor(s): Qunying Li (Allen, TX), Shanmuganand Chellamuthu (Richardson, TX), Sri Navaneethakrishnan Easwaran (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15263114 on 09/12/2016 (1576 days app to issue)

Abstract: An angular resolver system includes, for example, an imbalance detector for detecting degraded resolver output signals. The imbalance detector includes a first and second power averaging circuits and a comparator circuit. The first power averaging circuit includes a first integrator for generating over a first time window a first average power signal in response to resolver sensor output signals. The second power averaging circuit includes a second integrator for generating over a second time window a second average power signal in response to the resolver sensor output signals, where the first time window is longer than the second time window. The comparator circuit compares the first average power signal and the second average power signal and generates a fault signal when the first average power signal and the second average power signal differ by a selected voltage threshold.

[G01D] MEASURING NOT SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR A SPECIFIC VARIABLE; ARRANGEMENTS FOR MEASURING TWO OR MORE VARIABLES NOT COVERED BY A SINGLE OTHER SUBCLASS; TARIFF METERING APPARATUS; TRANSFERRING OR TRANSDUCING ARRANGEMENTS NOT SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR A SPECIFIC VARIABLE; MEASURING OR TESTING NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR


3D tap and scan port architectures
Patent No. 10884057 

Inventor(s): Lee D. Whetsel (Parker, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16710679 on 12/11/2019 (391 days app to issue)

Abstract: This disclosure describes die test architectures that can be implemented in a first, middle and last die of a die stack. The die test architectures are mainly the same, but for the exceptions mentioned in this disclosure.

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


Control area network (CAN) bus fault detection
Patent No. 10884069 

Inventor(s): Abhijeeth Aarey Premanath (Allen, TX), Mark Edward Wentroble (Plano, TX), Richard Edwin Hubbard (Allen, TX), Terry Mayhugh (Richardson, TX), Wesley Ryan Ray (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16101213 on 08/10/2018 (879 days app to issue)

Abstract: A CAN bus transceiver includes CAN bus fault detection circuitry that can provide detailed information to simplify the task of the service technician when there is a CAN bus fault. Voltage and current measurements of the CAN bus are made and from them a fault type is determined. A time-domain reflectometer monitors the CAN bus signals for transmitted and reflected signals and from them a distance to the fault is determined. Either or both values are provided to a service technician to allow error determination and correction.

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


Systems and methods for determining whether a vehicle is capable of navigating an intersection in an autonomous driving mode
Patent No. 10884410 

Inventor(s): Ryan M. Wiesenberg (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15929029 on 06/29/2018 (921 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments for determining whether a vehicle is capable of navigating an intersection in an autonomous driving mode are disclosed. One embodiment detects that a vehicle traveling on a first roadway is approaching an intersection of the first roadway with a second roadway; detects, during one or more layer drives, one or more moving objects traveling on the second roadway; estimates the profile of each of one or more sensor obstructions situated in a non-roadway region abutting the intersection based on the detected one or more moving objects; combines, for each sensor obstruction, the profile estimates obtained from one or more layer drives to produce a composite estimate of the profile of that sensor obstruction; and determines, based at least in part on one or more composite profile estimates, whether navigating the intersection in an autonomous driving mode of the vehicle is achievable.

[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)


Current reference circuit
Patent No. 10884446 

Inventor(s): Avinash Shreepathi Bhat (Tucson, AZ)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16550986 on 08/26/2019 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: A current reference circuit includes a native metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET). The native MOSFET includes a source terminal coupled to ground. The current reference circuit also includes a transistor and an amplifier circuit. The transistor includes a first terminal coupled to a drain terminal of the native MOSFET, a second terminal coupled to a power supply rail, and a third terminal coupled to the drain terminal of the native MOSFET. The amplifier circuit includes an input terminal coupled to the drain terminal of the native MOSFET, and an output terminal coupled to a gate terminal of the native MOSFET.

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


Relative position based eye-tracking system
Patent No. 10884492 

Inventor(s): D. Scott Dewald (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Avegant Corp. (San Mateo, CA)
Law Firm: Nicholson De Vos Webster Elliott LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16517443 on 07/19/2019 (536 days app to issue)

Abstract: A relative position based eye tracking system includes a light source to illuminate a portion of the eye and an optical sensor to capture a sequence of samples of the portion of the eye. The system further includes a sample comparator to compare two samples and a relative position calculator to calculate a change in the position of the eye based on data from the sample comparator.

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


System and method for redirecting content based on gestures
Patent No. 10884508 

Inventor(s): John Patoskie (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): OPEN INVENTION NETWORK LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16459659 on 07/02/2019 (553 days app to issue)

Abstract: Content such as advertisements received into a mobile device may be more appropriately displayed on an alternative device remote from the mobile device. When ad content is received into the mobile device, the user may perform a physical gesture such as movement of the device or an associated motion sensor. The physical gesture is analyzed in the mobile device and causes the ad content to be redirected to the remote device. Additional physical gestures by the user can be interpreted in the mobile device to manipulate the content on the remote device.

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


Translation lookaside buffer in a switch
Patent No. 10884626 

Inventor(s): John D. Leidel (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Brooks, Cameron Huebsch, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16009335 on 06/15/2018 (935 days app to issue)

Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure provide apparatuses and methods related to a translation lookaside buffer in memory. An example method comprises receiving a command including a virtual address from a host translating the virtual address to a physical address on volatile memory of a memory device using a translation lookaside buffer (TLB).

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


System and method for variable lane architecture
Patent No. 10884756 

Inventor(s): Alan Gatherer (Richardson, TX), Ashish Rai Shrivastava (Plano, TX), Sushma Wokhlu (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16876995 on 05/18/2020 (232 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for variable lane architecture includes memory blocks located in a memory bank, one or more computing nodes forming a vector instruction pipeline for executing a task, each of the computing nodes located in the memory bank, each of the computing nodes executing a portion of the task independently of other ones of the computing nodes, and a global program controller unit (GPCU) forming a scalar instruction pipeline for executing the task, the GPCU configured to schedule instructions for the task at one or more of the computing nodes, the GPCU further configured to dispatch an address for the memory blocks used by each of the computing nodes to the computing nodes.

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


Processing system for performing predictive error resolution and dynamic system configuration control
Patent No. 10884839 

Inventor(s): Manu Kurian (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Bank of America Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
Law Firm: Banner Witcoff, Ltd. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16002152 on 06/07/2018 (943 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to dynamic system configuration control systems with improved resource allocation techniques. A computing platform may receive commands directing the computing platform to distribute relevant portions of a system configuration update. The computing platform may identify one or more virtual machine host platforms to which the system configuration update is applicable, and may direct applicable virtual machine host platforms to perform system updates based on the system configuration update. The computing platform may generate an error map identifying correlations between error codes and a respective operator for each error code. The computing platform may determine, based on the error map, an operator associated with resolution of various error codes. The computing platform may direct user devices associated with the determine operators to cause display of an operator interface, and may direct a client management computing platform to cause display of an error correction hub.

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


Autonomous self-healing stateless microservice nodes
Patent No. 10884864 

Inventor(s): Michael Treadway (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Roberts Calderon Safran Cole, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16204609 on 11/29/2018 (768 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes: randomly generating, by a process running on a computer device, a reset time for the process; broadcasting a message to other processes in a cluster, the message including the reset time; entering a running state; receiving another message from one of the processes, the other message including another reset time; comparing the other reset time to the reset time; and in response to the comparing, the process performs one of: continuing in the running state based on the other reset time being different than the reset time; and randomly generating a new reset time for the process based on the other reset time coinciding with the reset time.

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


Method to configure monitoring thresholds using output of load or resource loadings
Patent No. 10884910 

Inventor(s): Brian Buege (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Spirent Communications, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Haynes Beffel Wolfeld LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16267325 on 02/04/2019 (701 days app to issue)

Abstract: The technology disclosed enables the automatic definition of monitoring alerts for a web page across a plurality of variables such as server response time, server CPU load, network bandwidth utilization, response time from a measured client, network latency, server memory utilization, and the number of simultaneous sessions, amongst others. This is accomplished through the combination of load or resource loading and performance snapshots, where performance correlations allow for the alignment of operating variables. Performance data such as response time for the objects retrieved, number of hits per second, number of timeouts per sec, and errors per second can be recorded and reported. This allows for the automated ranking of tens of thousands of web pages, with an analysis of the web page assets that affect performance, and the automatic alignment of performance alerts by resource participation.

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


Hierarchy preparation in hierarchical systems
Patent No. 10884994 

Inventor(s): Mark Allen Brieden (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Oracle International Corporation (Redwood Shores, CA)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15648231 on 07/12/2017 (1273 days app to issue)

Abstract: Various techniques are disclosed herein for storing and managing master data in hierarchical data systems. Several related concepts, embodiments, and examples are disclosed, including techniques for incremental rationalization in a hierarchical data model, techniques for implementing governance pools in a hierarchical data model, techniques for application materialization in a hierarchical data model, techniques for data intersection mastering in a hierarchical data model, techniques for change request visualization in a hierarchical data model, and techniques for hierarchy preparation in a hierarchical data model.

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


Systems and methods for optimizing automatic schema-based metadata generation
Patent No. 10884996 

Inventor(s): Dhurai Ganesan (Chennai, , IN), Ramesh Kumar (Plano, TX), Suhasini Suresh (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NTT DATA Services, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Shackelford, Bowen, Mckinley Norton, LLP (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15907028 on 02/27/2018 (1043 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of optimizing automatic schema-based metadata generation, the method including, receiving a trigger to automatically generate metadata for unstructured data, dynamically detecting a metadata optimization parameter for the unstructured data, automatically selecting a metadata schema for the unstructured data, identifying a pre-optimized metadata-generation format for the selected metadata schema, automatically transforming the unstructured data into an optimized metadata-generation structure of the pre-optimized metadata-generation format, identifying a metadata-generation logic set for the detected metadata optimization parameter, the identification based on a programmed association between the metadata-generation logic set and the detected metadata optimization parameter, and a stored pre-programmed logic set of computer-executable actions, executing the computer-executable actions in relation to the optimized metadata-generation structure, generating a search phrase responsive to the execution of the plurality of computer-executable actions, generating a metadata descriptor based on the search phrase and storing the metadata descriptor.

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


Systems and methods for presenting image classification results
Patent No. 10885099 

Inventor(s): Chi-San Ho (Allen, TX), Micah Price (The Colony, TX), Yue Duan (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: 16534375 on 08/07/2019 (517 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus for performing image searches including a camera, storage devices storing a set of instructions, and a processor coupled to the at least one storage device and the camera. The instructions configure the at least one processor to perform operations including identifying attributes of the captured image using a classification model; identifying first results based on the identified attributes; selecting a subset of first results based on corresponding probability scores, generating a first graphical user interface including interactive icons corresponding to first results in the subset, an input icon, and a first button. The operations may also include receiving a selection of the first button, performing a search to identify second results, and generating a second graphical user interface displaying the second results.

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


Incremental graph computations for querying large graphs
Patent No. 10885118 

Inventor(s): Chao Tian (Edinburgh, , GB), Chunming Hu (Beijing, , CN), Demai Ni (Danville, CA), Wenfei Fan (Wayne, PA), Yu Chen (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15971524 on 05/04/2018 (977 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mechanism of updating query results for a graph linking data in a computer system is disclosed. Results of the query on the graph linking data are received along with a change to the graph. The change to the graph is determined to be localizable or relatively bounded. Based on the determination of the localizable or relatively bounded change to the graph, the results of the query are updated based on the change to the graph without determining updated results of the query over the graph. This is accomplished by discovering nodes that are affected by the change to the graph, updating data associated with the affected nodes, and applying the updated data to the results of the query.

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


Deep image-to-image network learning for medical image analysis
Patent No. 10885399 

Inventor(s): David Liu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Siemens Healthcare GmbH (Erlangen, , DE)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16042538 on 07/23/2018 (897 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for automatically performing medical image analysis tasks using deep image-to-image network (DI2IN) learning. An input medical image of a patient is received. An output image that provides a result of a target medical image analysis task on the input medical image is automatically generated using a trained deep image-to-image network (DI2IN). The trained DI2IN uses a conditional random field (CRF) energy function to estimate the output image based on the input medical image and uses a trained deep learning network to model unary and pairwise terms of the CRF energy function. The DI2IN may be trained on an image with multiple resolutions. The input image may be split into multiple parts and a separate DI2IN may be trained for each part. Furthermore, the multi-scale and multi-part schemes can be combined to train a multi-scale multi-part DI2IN.

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


Contextual evaluation of process model for generation and extraction of project management artifacts
Patent No. 10885440 

Inventor(s): Vyacheslav A. Zheltonogov (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Heslin Rothenberg Farley Mesiti P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15188572 on 06/21/2016 (1659 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes a processor extracting data and metadata from a process model, where the process is comprised of activities and the metadata is associated with each activity. The processor generates at least one user story for at least one activity, where the at least one user story includes an estimate attribute reflecting a predicted timeframe for completion of at least a portion of the at least one activity. The processor updates the model to reflect the at least one user story and displays the updated model as a project plan in a project management interface on a computing resource. The processor assigns a resource to the at least one user story and dynamically updates the estimate attribute of the at least one user story to reflect a new predicted timeframe, calculates impacts to the process and displays the impacts and the new predicted timeframe in the project management interface.

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


System and method for optimally managing aircraft assets
Patent No. 10885483 

Inventor(s): Hadi Pumomo (Phoenix, AZ), June Ma (Colleyville, TX), Louis Matthew Pfeifer (Arlington, TX), Mei Zhang (Lewisville, TX), Su-Hsia Yang (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16530364 on 08/02/2019 (522 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for optimally managing aircraft assets according to which a maintenance activity, costs, and aircraft asset deposition are addressed. In one embodiment, the aircraft assets are aircraft and/or engines.

[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]


Electronic commerce transaction authentication based on a vehicle travel route data
Patent No. 10885508 

Inventor(s): Ida T. Mai-Krist (White Lake, MI), Nicholas S. Sitarski (Ypsilanti, MI), Sergei I. Gage (Redford, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15443689 on 02/27/2017 (1408 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device and method in a vehicle control unit for providing electronic commerce transaction authentication are provided. Upon receiving an electronic commerce transaction request relating to a transaction source, the vehicle control unit authenticates the transaction source against a vehicle travel route parameter by comparing the source location data with the vehicle travel route parameter. When the source location data compares favorably with the vehicle travel route parameter, an electronic commerce authentication is generated in response to the request, and transmitted.

[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]


Use of localized broadcast signals to modify mobile application behavior
Patent No. 10885546 

Inventor(s): Guillaume Crinon (Douvres-la-Delivrande, , FR)
Assignee(s): BEELINX USA, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15976408 on 05/10/2018 (971 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is disclosed for tracking advertisement effectiveness. First information associated with desired advertising information is broadcast from at least one of a plurality of fixed information nodes. A mobile unit receives the broadcast information and outputs the desired advertising information. An advertisement counter is started at the time of receipt of the broadcast information and presence information is broadcast from at least one of a plurality of fixed monitoring nodes over a restricted broadcast range, which at least one fixed monitoring node is disposed in a predetermined fixed physical proximity with a vendor location. The broadcast presence information is received at the mobile unit and a presence counter is started in response to receipt of the presence information. At the mobile unit loss of receipt of the broadcast presence information, the presence counter is stopped.

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


System and method for managing a product exchange
Patent No. 10885570 

Inventor(s): Christian Briggs (Austin, TX), Robert K. Spitz (Amhert, NH), Todd Downing (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): AiBUY, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15639786 on 06/30/2017 (1285 days app to issue)

Abstract: An embodiment of this disclosure provides an apparatus. The apparatus includes a memory element configured to store a plurality of products and services and a processor. The processor is configured to receive profile information for a user accessing a plurality of video content. The processor is also configured to receive video content information for each of the plurality of video content being accessed by the user in a smart viewer. The video content information identifies at least one category associated with each of the plurality of video content. The processor is also configured to identify one or more of the plurality of products or services based on the profile information and the at least one category of the video content information. The processor is also configured to send the one or more of the plurality of products or services to the smart viewer.

[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]


Apparatus, system, and method supporting compliance with customs/border requirements
Patent No. 10885598 

Inventor(s): Jason Stauty (Flower Mound, TX), John M. Parrish (Fort Worth, TX), Kelly C. Tuggle (North Richland Hills, TX)
Assignee(s): DALLAS/FORT WORTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14491496 on 09/19/2014 (2300 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes a kiosk configured to collect information associated with a traveler. The information includes information from a passport of the traveler, a photograph of the traveler, and travel-related information associated with the traveler. The system also includes a camera configured to obtain an image of the traveler approaching or within a specified portion of a customs/border enforcement area. The system further includes at least one computing device configured to receive the information from the kiosk, provide at least a portion of the information to an external system, and receive a disposition code from the external system. The disposition code identifies whether the traveler is allowed to pass the customs/border enforcement area. The at least one computing device is also configured to receive the image, perform facial recognition to identify the traveler, and provide at least some of the information to an agent associated with the customs/border enforcement area.

[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]


Multi-phase clock division
Patent No. 10885968 

Inventor(s): Daniel B. Penney (Wylie, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Fletcher Yoder, P.C. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16457403 on 06/28/2019 (557 days app to issue)

Abstract: Devices and methods include receiving write command at a command interface of the semiconductor device to write data to memory. An external data strobe is received at a data strobe pin of the semiconductor device. The received external data strobe is divided into multiple phases using phase division circuitry to divide the data strobe into multiple phases to be used in writing the data to the memory.

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


Area effective erase voltage isolation in NAND memory
Patent No. 10885984 

Inventor(s): Hiroki Yabe (Kanagawa, , JP), Kazuki Yamauchi (Misato, , JP), Koichiro Hayashi (Kanagawa, , JP), Masahito Takehara (Tokyo, , JP), Naoki Ookuma (Kanagawa, , JP), Takuya Ariki (Kanagawa, , JP), Toru Miwa (Kanagawa, , JP), Yuki Fujita
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16668073 on 10/30/2019 (433 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory device comprising a semiconductor substrate in which a memory cell region and a peripheral circuitry region are defined, wherein the memory cell region has a plurality of non-volatile memory cells arranged in one or more arrays and the peripheral circuitry region has at least one sense amplifier region comprised of at least one low voltage transistor. Further, a deep N-well region is formed in the substrate, wherein the memory cell region and the peripheral circuitry region are placed on the deep N-well region such that, in the event that a high erase voltage (VERA) is applied to the memory cell region during an erase operation, the high erase voltage is applied to all terminals of the at least one low voltage resistor, thereby protecting the low voltage transistor by preventing it from experiencing a large voltage difference between its terminals.

[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)


Data rewrite during refresh window
Patent No. 10885991 

Inventor(s): Christopher Petti (Mountain View, CA), Martin Hassner (Mountain View, CA), Nathan Franklin (Belmont, CA), Ward Parkinson (Boise, ID)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16359846 on 03/20/2019 (657 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed for data rewrite operations. A non-volatile memory device comprises a non-volatile memory medium. A non-volatile memory device is configured to determine an error metric for a non-volatile memory medium in response to a read request for the non-volatile memory medium. A non-volatile memory device is configured to receive a refresh command from a controller over a bus. A non-volatile memory device is configured to rewrite data from a non-volatile memory medium during a predefined time period after receiving a refresh command in response to an error metric satisfying an error threshold.

[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)


Interleaved program and verify in non-volatile memory
Patent No. 10885994 

Inventor(s): Deepanshu Dutta (Fremont, CA), Huai-Yuan Tseng (San Ramon, CA), Xiang Yang (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16828477 on 03/24/2020 (287 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes a program controller configured to perform a program operation with interleaved program-verify loops to program memory cells in a same block. During each program-verify loop, a control gate line voltage supply circuit first supplies a program pulse to a first cell of the block and then, before verifying the first cell, supplies a program pulse to a second cell of the block. After the program pulses are sent, the control gate line supply circuit consecutively supplies verify pulses to the first cell and the second cell such that a delay is introduced between the respective program and verify stages of the first and second cells. Additionally, a constant voltage bias on common control gate lines of the first and second memory cells is applied during the consecutive verify stages. Further, an order of verify pulses may be applied in a reverse order during a verify stage.

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


NAND field use erase plus defect detections
Patent No. 10886002 

Inventor(s): Ashish Ghai (San Jose, CA), Avinash Rajagiri (San Jose, CA), Daniel Linnen (San Jose, CA), Dongxiang Liao (San Jose, CA), Srikar Peesari (San Jose, CA), Yuvaraj Krishnamoorthy (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16440212 on 06/13/2019 (572 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for detecting defects in a memory system includes receiving a command to perform a standard erase operation on at least one memory cell of the memory system. The method also includes performing a first defect detection operation on the at least one memory cell. The method also includes setting, in response to the first defect detection operation detecting a defect, a defect status indicator. The method also includes performing the standard erase operation on the at least one memory cell. The method also includes performing a second defect detection operation on the at least one memory cell. The method also includes setting, in response to the second defect detection operation detecting a defect, the defect status indicator.

[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)


Multi-resistance MRAM
Patent No. 10886458 

Inventor(s): Won Ho Choi (San Jose, CA), Young-Suk Choi (Los Gatos, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16449876 on 06/24/2019 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods are disclosed for magnetoresistive random access memory. A magnetic tunnel junction for storing data may include a reference layer, a barrier layer, and a free layer. A barrier layer may be disposed between a reference layer and a free layer. A free layer may include a nucleation region and an arm. A nucleation region may be configured to form a magnetic domain wall. An arm may be narrower than a nucleation region and may extend from the nucleation region. An arm may include a plurality of pinning sites formed at predetermined locations along the arm for pinning a domain wall.

[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)


Multi-resistance MRAM
Patent No. 10886459 

Inventor(s): Won Ho Choi (San Jose, CA), Young-Suk Choi (Los Gatos, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16449895 on 06/24/2019 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods are disclosed for magnetoresistive random access memory. A magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) for storing data may include a reference layer. A free layer of an MTJ may be separated from a reference layer by a barrier layer. A free layer may be configured such that one or more resistance states for an MTJ correspond to one or more positions of a magnetic domain wall within the free layer. A domain stabilization layer may be coupled to a portion of a free layer, and may be configured to prevent migration of a domain wall into the portion of the free layer.

[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)


Dynamically determining a content delivery network from which to receive content
Patent No. 10887379 

Inventor(s): Anil Kumar Padi (Flower Mound, TX), Binayak Biswal (Frisco, TX), Sameer Gavade (Irving, TX), Sanjay Ahuja (Irving, TX), Venkata S. Adimatyam (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15709994 on 09/20/2017 (1203 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device can receive information related to an availability of content from multiple content delivery networks or a capability of the multiple content delivery networks to provide the content. The device can determine to receive a first portion of the content from a first content delivery network based on the information. The device can receive the first portion of the content from the first content delivery network. The device can receive additional information related to the availability of the content from the multiple content delivery networks or the capability of the multiple content delivery networks to provide the content. The device can determine to receive a second portion of the content from a second content delivery network based on the additional information. The device can receive the second portion of the content from the second content delivery network. The device can perform an action.

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


 

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Scalable position tracking system for tracking position in large spaces
Patent No. 10885642 

Inventor(s): Caleb Austin Boulio (Lewisville, TX), Deepanjan Paul (Plano, TX), Fahad Mirza (Arlington, TX), Madan Mohan Chinnam (Irving, TX), Sailesh Bharathwaaj Krishnamurthy (Irving, TX), Sarath Vakacharla (Irving, TX), Shahmeer Ali
Assignee(s): 7-Eleven, Inc. (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16663633 on 10/25/2019 (438 days app to issue)

Abstract: A scalable tracking system includes a camera subsystem, a weight subsystem, and a central server. The camera subsystem includes cameras that capture video of a space, camera clients that determine local coordinates of people in the captured videos, and a camera server that determines the physical positions of people in the space based on the determined local coordinates. The weight subsystem determines when items were removed from shelves. The central server determines which person in the space removed the items based on the physical positions of the people in the space and the determination of when items were removed.

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


Hydrogen ventilation of CMOS wafers
Patent No. 10886120 

Inventor(s): Adrian Salinas (Garland, TX), Dhanoop Varghese (Plano, TX), Elizabeth C. Stewart (Dallas, TX), Jeffrey Alan West (Dallas, TX), Thomas D. Bonifield (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16542628 on 08/16/2019 (508 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit a semiconductor substrate includes a device die with includes transistors configured to execute an electrical function. A first interconnect layer of the device die is configured to route electrical signals or power to terminals of the transistors. An interlevel dielectric (ILD) layer is located over the interconnect layer. A metal electrode located over the ILD layer. A dielectric barrier layer is located between the ILD layer and the metal electrode. A scribe seal surrounds the device die. A first opening within the dielectric barrier layer surrounds the metal electrode. Second and third openings within the dielectric barrier layer are located between the first opening and the scribe seal.

[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]


Sinker to buried layer connection region for narrow deep trenches
Patent No. 10886160 

Inventor(s): Alexei Sadovnikov (Sunnyvale, CA), Binghua Hu (Plano, TX), Scott Kelly Montgomery (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16188368 on 11/13/2018 (784 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device, e.g. an integrated circuit, includes a semiconductor substrate having a top surface and an area of the semiconductor substrate surrounded by inner and outer trench rings. The inner trench ring includes a first dielectric liner that extends from the substrate surface to a bottom of the inner trench ring, the first dielectric liner electrically isolating an interior region of the inner trench ring from the semiconductor substrate. The outer trench ring surrounds the inner trench ring and includes a second dielectric liner that extends from the substrate surface to a bottom of the outer trench ring. The second dielectric liner includes an opening at a bottom of the outer trench ring, the opening providing a path between an interior region of the outer trench ring and the semiconductor substrate.

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


Isolated semiconductor layer over buried isolation layer
Patent No. 10886164 

Inventor(s): Daniel Nelson Carothers (Lucas, TX), Jeffrey R. Debord (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15831753 on 12/05/2017 (1127 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit may be formed by forming an isolation recess in a single-crystal silicon-based substrate. Sidewall insulators are formed on sidewalls of the isolation recess. Thermal oxide is formed at a bottom surface of the isolation recess to provide a buried isolation layer, which does not extend up the sidewall insulators. A single-crystal silicon-based semiconductor layer is formed over the buried isolation layer and planarized to be substantially coplanar with the substrate adjacent to the isolation recess, thus forming an isolated semiconductor layer over the buried isolation layer. The isolated semiconductor layer is laterally separated from the substrate.

[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]


Thermal management in integrated circuit using phononic bandgap structure
Patent No. 10886187 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Stassen Cook (Addison, TX), Daniel Lee Revier (Addison, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15792580 on 10/24/2017 (1169 days app to issue)

Abstract: An encapsulated integrated circuit is provided that includes an integrated circuit (IC) die. An encapsulation material encapsulates the IC die. A phononic bandgap structure is included within the encapsulation material that is configured to have a phononic bandgap with a frequency range approximately equal to a range of frequencies of thermal phonons produced by the IC die when the IC die is operating.

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


Multi-layered composite bonding materials and power electronics assemblies incorporating the same
Patent No. 10886251 

Inventor(s): Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15494090 on 04/21/2017 (1355 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multilayer composite bonding material for transient liquid phase bonding a semiconductor device to a metal substrate includes thermal stress compensation layers sandwiched between a pair of bonding layers. The thermal stress compensation layers may include a core layer with a first stiffness sandwiched between a pair of outer layers with a second stiffness that is different than the first stiffness such that a graded stiffness extends across a thickness of the thermal stress compensation layers. The thermal stress compensation layers have a melting point above a sintering temperature and the bonding layers have a melting point below the sintering temperature. The graded stiffness across the thickness of the thermal stress compensation layers compensates for thermal contraction mismatch between the semiconductor device and the metal substrate during cooling from the sintering temperature to ambient temperature.

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


Semiconductor structures for peripheral circuitry having hydrogen diffusion barriers and method of making the same
Patent No. 10886366 

Inventor(s): Noritaka Fukuo (Ofuna, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16258086 on 01/25/2019 (711 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor structure includes a device region including field effect transistors located on a semiconductor substrate, and a planarization dielectric layer overlying the field effect transistors. A hydrogen-blocking structure can be formed to prevent subsequent hydrogen diffusion into the device region. A moat trench is formed through the planarization dielectric layer and into the semiconductor substrate around the device region. A ring-shaped hydrogen-diffusion-blocking material portion is formed within the moat trench. A horizontally-extending portion of a silicon nitride diffusion barrier layer is formed over the planarization dielectric layer. The ring-shaped hydrogen-diffusion-blocking material portion may include a vertically-extending annular portion of the silicon nitride layer, or may include an annular metal portion that is formed prior to formation of the silicon nitride diffusion barrier layer.

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


Dual width FinFET
Patent No. 10886386 

Inventor(s): Qing Liu (Watervliet, NY)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Seed IP Law Group LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15806160 on 11/07/2017 (1155 days app to issue)

Abstract: A dual width SOI FinFET is disclosed in which different portions of a strained fin have different widths. A method of fabrication of such a dual width FinFET entails laterally recessing the strained fin in the source and drain regions using a wet chemical etching process so as to maintain a high degree of strain in the fin while trimming the widths of fin portions in the source and drain regions to less than 5 nm. The resulting FinFET features a wide portion of the fin in the channel region underneath the gate, and a narrower portion of the fin in the source and drain regions. An advantage of the narrower fin is that it can be more easily doped during the growth of the epitaxial raised source and drain regions.

[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]


Split-gate JFET with field plate
Patent No. 10886418 

Inventor(s): Sheldon Douglas Haynie (Morgan Hill, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16281626 on 02/21/2019 (684 days app to issue)

Abstract: An IC with a split-gate transistor includes a substrate doped the second conductivity type having a semiconductor surface layer doped the first conductivity type. The transistor includes a first doped region formed as an annulus, a second doped region including under the first doped region, and a third doped region under the second doped region, all coupled together and doped the second conductivity type. A fourth doped region doped the first conductivity type is above the third doped region. A fifth doped region doped the first conductivity type is outside the annulus. Sixth doped regions doped the first conductivity type include a first sixth doped region surrounded by the annulus in the semiconductor surface layer and a second sixth doped region in the fifth doped region. Field oxide includes a field oxide portion between the fifth and the first doped region. A field plate is on the field oxide portion.

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


Interposer for connecting an antenna on an IC substrate to a dielectric waveguide through an interface waveguide located within an interposer block
Patent No. 10886590 

Inventor(s): Baher Haroun (Allen, TX), Gerd Schuppener (Allen, TX), Juan Alejandro Herbsommer (Allen, TX), Swaminathan Sankaran (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16136109 on 09/19/2018 (839 days app to issue)

Abstract: An interposer that acts as a buffer zone between a transceiver IC and a dielectric waveguide interconnect is used to establish two well defined reference planes that can be optimized independently. The interposer includes a block of material having a first interface region to interface with an antenna coupled to an integrated circuit (IC) and a second interface region to interface to the dielectric waveguide. An interface waveguide is formed by a defined region positioned within the block of material between the first interface region and the second interface region.

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


Low resistance vertical cavity light source with PNPN blocking
Patent No. 10886701 

Inventor(s): Dennis G. Deppe (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): sdPhotonics LLC (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Taboada Law Firm, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16551338 on 08/26/2019 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor vertical light source includes upper and lower mirrors with an active region in between, an inner mode confinement region, and an outer current blocking region that includes a common epitaxial layer including an epitaxially regrown interface between the active region and upper mirror. A conducting channel including acceptors is in the inner mode confinement region. The current blocking region includes a first impurity doped region with donors between the epitaxially regrown interface and active region, and a second impurity doped region with acceptors between the first doped region and lower mirror. The outer current blocking region provides a PNPN current blocking region that includes the upper mirror or a p-type layer, first doped region, second doped region, and lower mirror or an n-type layer. The first and second impurity doped region force current flow into the conducting channel during normal operation of the light source.

[H01S] DEVICES USING STIMULATED EMISSION


Adjustable cable voltage compensation for battery chargers
Patent No. 10886752 

Inventor(s): Hu Wang (Shanghai, , CN), Jingjing Zhao (Shanghai, , CN), Qinghua Su (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): DIODES INCORPORATED (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14624524 on 02/17/2015 (2149 days app to issue)

Abstract: A battery charger controller is configured to add a compensation current in the feedback control loop such that the output voltage varies with the output current to compensate charging cable voltage drop. In some embodiments, the output voltage is also proportional to a compensation resistor. Therefore, cable voltage drop compensation can be adjusted using a resistor that is external to the controller IC. The external resistor may be one of the feedback resistors connected at a voltage feedback pin. In another embodiment, the adjustable resistor is the resistor between the feedback resistors and the voltage feedback pin. In still another embodiment, the adjustable resistor is the resistor in parallel with a compensation capacitor. In embodiments of the invention, adjusting the resistance of the external compensation resistor can change the voltage drop compensation and allow the power supply to meet requirements of different charging cable applications.

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


Power converter with switching control
Patent No. 10886846 

Inventor(s): Pei-Hsin Liu (Westford, MA), Richard Lee Valley (Nashua, NH)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15883896 on 01/30/2018 (1071 days app to issue)

Abstract: A power converter circuit includes a power stage comprising a transformer and a power switch. The power switch can be controlled in response to a PWM signal to provide a primary current through a primary winding of the transformer to induce a secondary current in a secondary winding of the transformer to generate an output voltage. The power stage includes a switching node having a switching voltage between the power switch and the primary winding. A switching controller includes a control transistor device to initiate an operational voltage associated with the control transistor device during a startup mode of the power converter circuit and to provide a control voltage based on an amplitude of the switching voltage during a normal operating mode. The switching controller generates the PWM signal in response to comparing the control voltage and a predetermined switching threshold voltage.

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


Multilevel class-D power stage including a capacitive charge pump
Patent No. 10886881 

Inventor(s): Junmin Jiang (San Jose, CA), Shailendra Kumar Baranwal (Murphy, TX), Yinglai Xia (Plano, TX), Yogesh Kumar Ramadass (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16360703 on 03/21/2019 (656 days app to issue)

Abstract: An amplifier comprises eight transistors: the first coupled to a linked node and to a positive output node, the second coupled to the linked node and to a negative output node, the third coupled to the positive output node and a common potential, the fourth coupled to the negative output node and the common potential, the fifth coupled to a battery node, the sixth coupled to the fifth transistor and to the positive output node, the seventh coupled to the battery node, and the eighth coupled to the seventh transistor and to the negative output node. The amplifier also includes a charge pump to convert the battery voltage to an increased voltage on the linked node. The charge pump includes capacitors and operates at a lower frequency in lower power mode and a higher frequency in higher power mode to increase power provided to the linked node.

[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)


Multi-phase multi-frequency pulse width modulation
Patent No. 10886900 

Inventor(s): Hrishikesh Ratnakar Nene (Katy, TX), Kristopher Sean Parrent (Richmond, TX), Subrahmanya Bharathi Akondy (Cypress, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16700692 on 12/02/2019 (400 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a method of generating a pulse width modulation (PWM) signal includes repeatedly master control counting, by a master control counter generator, which includes one or both of incrementing and decrementing a master control counter with a minimum value and a maximum value, and repeatedly slave control counting with a phase delay with respect to the master control counting, and during a transition period, slave control counting to a new maximum value or a new phase delay. A maximum count of the transition period is selected to result in the transition period reaching the minimum value at the new phase delay count. The PWM signal is generated by generating rising edges when the slave control counter reaches a rising edge threshold, and generating falling edges when the slave control counter reaches a falling edge threshold.

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


Method and apparatus for alignment adjustment of encoder systems
Patent No. 10886932 

Inventor(s): Brent Hans Larson (Dallas, TX), James P. Cusey (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TT ELECTRONICS PLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16563058 on 09/06/2019 (487 days app to issue)

Abstract: An encoder system includes a configurable detector array, wherein the configurable detector array includes a plurality of detectors. In an embodiment, the encoder system includes an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC). The encoder system may also include a memory operable to store a partition map that defines a state for each of the plurality of detectors. In an embodiment, the memory includes a non-volatile memory. The encoder system may also include a controller, such as a microcontroller, operable to read from the memory the partition map and to adjust the partition map according to a misalignment measurement before configuring the configurable detector array. The encoder system may also include an emitter operable to generate a flux modulated by a motion object, wherein the configurable detector array is operable to receive the flux and generate respective current outputs for each of the detectors in response to the flux.

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


Analog-to-digital converter
Patent No. 10886933 

Inventor(s): Amal Kumar Kundu (Bengaluru, , IN), Laxmi Vivek Tripurari (Hyderabad, , IN), Minkle Eldho Paul (Bengaluru, , IN), Sovan Ghosh (Paschim Medinipur, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16656913 on 10/18/2019 (445 days app to issue)

Abstract: An analog-to-digital converter (ADC) circuit includes a signal input terminal, a sample-and-hold circuit, and a successive approximation register (SAR) ADC. The sample-and-hold circuit includes an input terminal coupled to the signal input terminal. The SAR ADC includes a comparator, a first capacitive digital-to-analog converter (CDAC), and a second CDAC. The first CDAC includes a first input terminal coupled to the signal input terminal, a second input terminal coupled to an output terminal of the sample-and-hold circuit, and an output terminal coupled to a first input terminal of the comparator. The second CDAC includes a first input terminal coupled to the signal input terminal, an output terminal coupled to a second input terminal of the comparator.

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


Forward error control coding
Patent No. 10886949 

Inventor(s): June Chul Roh (Allen, TX), Mohamed Farouk Mansour (Richardson, TX), Srinath Hosur (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16292693 on 03/05/2019 (672 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed embodiments include a device having a transmitter circuit that includes an input to receive data blocks that are part of a set of incoming data, a parity bit generator to append a number of parity bits to each of the received data blocks, a first encoder to apply a first type of encoding to create first coded blocks based on the received data blocks and the parity bits, an interleaver to interleave symbols in the first coded blocks to create additional blocks having a block size, wherein the number of parity bits appended to each of the received blocks is based on the block size, and a second encoder to apply a second type of encoding to create an output based on the additional blocks, wherein the second type of encoding is different from the first type of encoding.

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


Method and apparatus for flexible fronthaul physical layer split for cloud radio access networks
Patent No. 10886976 

Inventor(s): Sridhar Rajagopal (Plano, TX), Wessam Afifi Ahmed (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): MAVENIR NETWORKS, INC. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero Perle, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16642737 on 07/23/2018 (897 days app to issue)

Abstract: A cloud radio access network (CRAN) system includes a baseband unit (BBU) and a radio unit (RU) remote from the BBU. The fronthaul interface between the RU and the BBU includes a radio frequency interface (RF) functionality implemented in the RU, and implementation of asymmetrical physical layer (PHY) functionality split between the BBU and RU. The asymmetrical physical layer (PHY) functionality split includes: downlink (DL) antenna port mapping and DL precoding implemented in the RU; and the split of the PHY functionality for uplink (UL) at the antenna port mapping in the BBU. For the DL, precoding and resource element (RE) mapping to frequency resources is implemented in BBU, and RE mapping for antenna ports is implemented in the RU|[WA1]. The split also provides support for license-assisted access (LAA) in the CRAN system.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for communication using orbital angular momentum with multiple layer overlay modulation
Patent No. 10887013 

Inventor(s): Nima Ashrafi (Plano, TX), Roger Linquist (Dallas, TX), Solyman Ashrafi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): NXGEN PARTNERS IP, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16566369 on 09/10/2019 (483 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system includes mode division multiplexing (MDM) processing circuitry for applying an orbital angular momentum (OAM) to each of a first group of a plurality of input signals and multiplexing the OAM processed signals together. Second processing circuitry performs wavelength distribution multiplexing (WDM) on a second group of the plurality of input signals, wherein the WDM processed signals and the MDM processed signals are orthogonal to one another. Combining circuitry combines the WDM processed signals and the MDM processed signals. Polarization processing circuitry adds polarization to at least one of the WDM processed signals, and the MDM processed signals and a transmitter transmits the combine and polarized processed signal over a link.

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


Multi-range communication system
Patent No. 10887017 

Inventor(s): James Martin (Midland, TX), Slavko Djukic (Corinth, TX)
Assignee(s): Zinwave, Ltd. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Maynard Cooper Gale, P. C. (4 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16799427 on 02/24/2020 (316 days app to issue)

Abstract: A multi-range communication system is provided that can be expanded to support communications using both RF signals and millimeter wave signals without having to install entirely new systems to support communication of the signals. The communication system can use one or more shared optical fibers to simultaneously communicate both RF signals and millimeter wave signals in different ranges between network devices and mobile devices. The communication system permits the co-location of components for the communication system for the different ranges, which can result in substantially similar coverage areas for each of the ranges supported by the communication system. In addition, the corresponding equipment used for communicating signals in each of the ranges can be powered from a common DC power source. The supplied power can be configured for each piece of equipment, and corresponding range, such that the substantially similar coverage areas are obtained.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Optical beamforming photonic integrated circuit (PIC)
Patent No. 10887024 

Inventor(s): Timothy R. Holzheimer (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: Daly Crowley Mofford Durkee, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16150766 on 10/03/2018 (825 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described embodiments provide methods and apparatus for processing radio-frequency (RF) signals using a photonic integrated circuit (PIC). The PIC comprises a substrate having integrated lasers and signal paths. Each signal path is configured to receive a single laser signal from the lasers. Each signal path comprises an electro-optic modulator (EOM), an optical butler matrix, and a photodetector. The EOM is communicatively coupled to the one or more lasers and is configured to generate an output optical signal by modulating the single laser signal based on an input radio frequency (RF) signal. The optical butler matrix is communicatively coupled to each of the one or more signal paths and is configured to generate an optical beamformed signal from the output optical signal. The photodetector is configured to convert the optical beamformed signal to an output RF signal.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Time division duplex wireless network and associated method using connection modulation groups
Patent No. 10887039 

Inventor(s): Kirk J. Griffin (Plano, TX), Michael S. Eckert (Dallas, TX), Paul F. Struhsaker (Plano, TX), Russell C. McKown (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): GENERAL ACCESS SOLUTIONS, LTD. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Haley Guiliano LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16190013 on 11/13/2018 (784 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wireless network is provided that includes a base station and subscriber stations that communicate with the base station using radio frequency (RF) time division duplex (TDD) signaling. The base station may establish medium access control (MAC) connections with each station. The base station monitors communications with the stations and, in accordance, assigns stations or MAC connections to modulation groups. The base station transmits signals on MAC connections or to stations in a modulation group in adjacent TDD slots within a TDD frame. The base station may receive access requests from the stations, evaluate traffic requirements for the stations, and determine a longest downlink portion for the stations. The base station then allocates downlink and uplink portions of a TDD frame according to the length of the longest downlink portion.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


Methods and apparatus for a distributed database including anonymous entries
Patent No. 10887096 

Inventor(s): Leemon C. Baird, III (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Swirlds, Inc. (Richardson, TX)
Law Firm: Cooley LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16405069 on 05/07/2019 (609 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, an apparatus having at least a portion of a first instance of a distributed database at a first compute device is configured to be included within a group of compute devices that implement via a network operatively coupled to the group of compute devices the distributed database. The distributed database enables anonymous transfers of digital assets between compute devices via a transfer protocol such that an identity of a compute device associated with a private key corresponding to a public key logically related to a destination record is concealed among a set of compute devices including the first compute device and at least one second compute device.

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


Method and apparatus for initial access in wireless communication systems
Patent No. 10887143 

Inventor(s): Boon Loong Ng (Plano, TX), Li Guo (Allen, TX), Sudhir Ramakrishna (Plano, TX), Yang Li (Plano, TX), Young-Han Loong Nam (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15582575 on 04/28/2017 (1348 days app to issue)

Abstract: A base station includes a controller configured to map initial access signals, each initial access signal corresponding to one of a plurality of transmit beams, to a subset or all of a plurality of predefined time locations in at least one periodicity, and a transmitter configured to transmit the mapped initial access signals to a UE and indicate OFDM symbols that are not mapped with the initial access signals in the one periodicity to the UE. A UE includes a transceiver configured to receive initial access signals mapped to a subset or all of time locations in one periodicity from a base station, the each initial access signal corresponding to one of a plurality of different beams, and a controller configured to perform an initial access to the base station and receive the indication of OFDM symbols that are not mapped with the initial access signals in the one periodicity.

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


Integration of a device platform with a core network or a multi-access edge computing environment
Patent No. 10887187 

Inventor(s): Basavaraj Patil (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT MOBILITY II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16412354 on 05/14/2019 (602 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques for integrating a device platform in a core network or MEC environment, and managing data communications associated with devices are presented. The device platform, integrated with the core network or MEC environment, can comprise a communication management component (CMC) that can manage communication of data associated with devices connected to the core network. CMC can receive data and metadata from a device, analyze the data and metadata, and, based on the analyzing and data management criteria, determine whether any, all, or a portion of the data is to be communicated to a second device associated with the core network or associated communication network. CMC can be trained, using machine learning, to learn to identify device types, communication protocols, and data payload formats of devices. Based on the analyzing and the training, CMC can determine the device type, communication protocol, and data payload format associated with the device.

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


Interconnect port link state monitoring utilizing unstable link state analysis
Patent No. 10887206 

Inventor(s): Alexander Kramer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton LLP (8 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16409730 on 05/10/2019 (606 days app to issue)

Abstract: Some implementations of the disclosure are directed to an interconnect including: a plurality of ports; a processor; and a non-transitory computer readable medium have instructions stored thereon, that when executed by a processor, cause the interconnect device to: track a link state of a first port of the plurality of ports, where tracking the link state of the first port comprises tracking when a physical link of the first port transitions between a linked state and an unlinked state; determine, using at least the tracking of when the physical link of the first port transitions between the linked state and the unlinked state, that the first port is in an unstable link state; and when the first port is in an unstable link state, transmitting a message to an interconnect management device, the message including an indication that the first port is in an unstable link state.

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


Adaptive time slot allocation to reduce latency and power consumption in a time slotted channel hopping wireless communication network
Patent No. 10887214 

Inventor(s): Ariton Xhafa (Plano, TX), Arvind Kandhalu Raghu (Plano, TX), Ramanuja E. Vedantham (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16205368 on 11/30/2018 (767 days app to issue)

Abstract: Excessive latencies and power consumption are avoided when a large number of leaf nodes (LNs) contend simultaneously to join a time slotted channel hopping wireless communication network having a root node (RN) interfaced to LNs by one or more intermediate nodes (INs). A first plurality of shared transmit/receive slots (STRSs) is allocated for at least one IN, and a second plurality of STRSs is advertised for use by contending LNs, where the first plurality is larger than the second plurality. When a LN joins, its STRSs are re-defined such that most become shared transmit-only slots (STOSs) and no STRSs remain. The numbers of STRSs allocated to INs may vary inversely with their hop counts from the RN. One or more STOSs may be added for each of one or more INs in response to a predetermined network condition.

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


Dynamic resource allocation for sensor devices on a cellular network
Patent No. 10887247 

Inventor(s): Venkata S. Amulothu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Schmeiser, Olsen Watts (6 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16585825 on 09/27/2019 (466 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and associated systems for on-demand cellular-network bandwidth allocation in response to continuously changing populations of sensor devices. A sensor device adds itself to or deletes itself from a cluster of sensors. A physical controller that manages the cluster detects this change, identifies a resulting change in the cluster”s bandwidth requirements, and stores this information in a local database. When such a sensor-population change satisfies a triggering condition, the controller requests that a network-management component of the cellular network adjust the controller”s bandwidth allocation. The network-management component aggregates this and similar requests from all connected controllers in a global database, and when controller bandwidth requirements satisfy a second triggering condition, the component, using a standard API, asks the network-management component to reprovision the component”s virtual bandwidth allocation. The component then distributes the adjusted bandwidth among its sensor-cluster controllers, which in turn allocate their adjusted bandwidths among their sensor devices.

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


System and method for massive IoT group authentication
Patent No. 10887295 

Inventor(s): Ahmad Shawky Muhanna (Richardson, TX), Xiang Xie (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15720666 on 09/29/2017 (1194 days app to issue)

Abstract: It is possible to reduce singling overhead in a radio access network by coordinating authentication of a group of UEs (e.g., IoT devices, etc.) via a master device. In particular, the master device may aggregate UE identifiers (UE_IDs) for UEs in the group, and send an identity message carrying the UE_IDs and a master device identifier (MD_ID) to a base station, which may then relay the identity message to a Security Anchor Node (SeAN). The SeAN may send an authentication data request carrying the UE_IDs and MD_ID to a Home Subscriber Server (HSS), which may return an authentication data response that includes a group authentication information. The group authentication information may then be used to achieve mutual authentication between the SeAN and each of the master device, group of UEs, and individual UEs.

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


Client registration for authorization
Patent No. 10887301 

Inventor(s): Hieu Nguyen (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Association (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: Fish Richardson P.C. (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16218191 on 12/12/2018 (755 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are described for client registration for authorizing an aggregator service to access data on behalf of an application, through self-registration of an application client identifier and issuance of authorization token(s) based on the application client identifier. Implementations provide a technique for dynamic client registration that avoids the need for manual vetting and manual generation of the client credential grant. Additionally, the implementations described herein enforce domain values around the scope and/or purpose of the client grant. This allows for support of application providers through a single point of registration that supports multi-layer and channel. This also allows for support of a scalable authorization solution for any suitable number of clients. The dynamic client registration process adds an additional layer of security through the OAuth client grant and mutual authentication.

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


Method and apparatus for generating and providing a temporary password to control access to a record created in response to an electronic message
Patent No. 10887305 

Inventor(s): Patrick Harris (Brookhaven, GA)
Assignee(s): MCKESSON CORPORATION (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Alston Bird LLP (Local + 10 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15941762 on 03/30/2018 (1012 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, computing device and computer program product generate a temporary password to control access to a record created in response to an electronic message. An electronic message is parsed to separately identify a plurality of fields that provide different types of information. Record(s) are accessed from a database that are associated with the information provided by at least one field. An action to be initiated by the electronic message is determined to either be taken or to be rejected based upon information provided by the field(s) of the electronic message and also based upon information from the record(s) accessed from the database. If the action is rejected, a record of the electronic message is created for transmission along with information regarding the rejection. A temporary password is also generated to control access to the record created regarding the electronic message and its rejection. The response includes the temporary password.

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


System and method for sharing a SIP communication service identifier
Patent No. 10887352 

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, , CA)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P. C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13529088 on 06/21/2012 (3120 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for providing a user agent (UA) with service identification data. The method includes an application server (AS) transmitting Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) data. The SIP data comprises an identifier of the AS and a service identifier for at least one service supported by the AS. The method further includes the UA receiving the SIP data.

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


Remote monitoring of network communication devices
Patent No. 10887408 

Inventor(s): Alexander Kramer (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Nolte Lackenbach Siegel (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16057267 on 08/07/2018 (882 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of remotely accessing data on a network communication device including submitting a request for data on a network communication device located in a data center from a remote location. The method further including accessing remotely the network communication device located in the data center, collecting the data in the request from the network communication device located in the data center, filtering a user parameter from the data, and providing filtered data to the remote location.

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


System and method for content and application acceleration in a wireless communications system
Patent No. 10887417 

Inventor(s): Guo Qiang Wang (Santa Clara, CA), Jim Zhao (Los Altos, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15180699 on 06/13/2016 (1667 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method includes requesting, by a first wireless intelligent content acceleration (WICA) unit, content from a provider and receiving, by the first WICA unit, a first transmission over a backhaul link, the first transmission being based on the request. The method also includes determining whether the first transmission includes a signature without a first block of data or the signature and the first block of data. Additionally, the method includes, upon determining that the first transmission includes the signature without the first block of data, retrieving the first block of data from a content cache in accordance with the signature, and, upon determining that the first transmission includes the signature and the first block of data, saving the signature and the first block of data in the content cache. Also, the method includes processing the first block of data.

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


Methods and systems for allocating service requests from mobile objects among edge servers
Patent No. 10887428 

Inventor(s): BaekGyu Kim (Cupertino, CA), Yecheng Zhao (Blacksburg, VA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16407224 on 05/09/2019 (607 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for allocating a service request from a mobile object is provided. The method includes receiving the service request and a route of the mobile object, determining estimated arrival times of the mobile object in a plurality of regions based on the route, the plurality of regions being associated with a plurality of regional servers, respectively, determining a region among the plurality of regions based on the estimated arrival times of the mobile object in the plurality of regions and an estimated time for fulfilling the service request, and transmitting the service request to a regional server corresponding to the determined region.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Photobooth kiosk
Patent No. 10887513 

Inventor(s): Robert Frank Latorre (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15675840 on 08/14/2017 (1240 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present inventive concept relates to a kiosk design for an advanced photographic system. More specifically, the present inventive concept relates to a self-contained, automated photobooth kiosk. In embodiments of the present inventive concept, the photobooth kiosk is capable of taking a 360 degree panoramic photograph or sequence of photographs of a subject and surrounding background. For instance, a customer of the photobooth kiosk may stand in the center of the photobooth and have his or her picture taken with a plurality of specialized ”machine vision” cameras, with the images sent to a central processor such as a computer for processing into a 360 degree panoramic photograph or video clip. After the photo-taking session, the customer may collect prints of the pictures at the kiosk, similar to presently available photobooths. The photobooth kiosk may be fully automated such that no operator is necessary, and all options and features desired by the customer may be self-selected by the customer prior to, during, and after the photo-taking session.

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


Method and apparatus for packaging and streaming of virtual reality (VR) media content
Patent No. 10887600 

Inventor(s): Chenghao Liu (Frisco, TX), Imed Bouazizi (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15898848 on 02/19/2018 (1051 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic device, a server and a method for packing and consuming video content are disclosed. The electronic device includes a sensor, a processor operably connected to the sensor, and a transceiver operably connected to the processor. The processor is configured to determine a current viewport for video content based on an output of the sensor. The transceiver is configured to request and receive a media stream including (i) a high-resolution video partition of the video content that covers the current viewport and (ii) a low-resolution version of the video content that is rotated relative to the video content. The processor is further configured to process the package to render at least one of the high-resolution video partition of the video content or the low-resolution version of the video content. The high-resolution video partition and the low-resolution video of the video content are packed together.

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


Set-top box with enhanced features and system and method for use of same
Patent No. 10887627 

Inventor(s): Charles T. Hixon (Garland, TX), Craig D. Smith (Allen, TX), Thomas R. Miller (Plano, TX), Vanessa Ogle (Fairview, TX)
Assignee(s): Enseo, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Griggs Bergen LLP (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16524893 on 07/29/2019 (526 days app to issue)

Abstract: A set-top box with enhanced features and system and method for use of the same are disclosed. In one embodiment of the set-top box, the set-top box is deployed to provide an interactive portal in a hospitality establishment having multiple rooms, such as a hotel. The set-top box generates a default interactive portal as well as a guest-specific interactive portal, which is generated from a guest configuration profile having information including guest identification, a guest channel preference presentation, and a guest service preference presentation with guest account information. The guest configuration profile may also enable the creation of a local area wireless network with substantially the same behavior as the guest”s home wireless network. The guest configuration profile may further enable the control of in-room amenities, such as temperature control, lighting, shades, and availability, for example.

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


Systems and methods for adaptive livestreaming
Patent No. 10887628 

Inventor(s): Matthew T Flachsbart (Grapevine, TX), Richard Daniel Graham (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): United Services Automobile Services (USAA) (San Antonio, TX)
Law Firm: BakerHostetler (Local + 4395 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15497607 on 04/26/2017 (1350 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods include handling media data based on triggers. Media data includes livestream audiovisual data. Media data or portions thereof are categorized to assist with defining or executing triggers.

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


Utilizing artificial intelligence to generate enhanced digital content and improve digital content campaign design
Patent No. 10887640 

Inventor(s): Somdeb Sarkhel (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ADOBE INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Keller Jolley Preece (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16032240 on 07/11/2018 (909 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems, methods, and non-transitory computer readable media for utilizing an artificial intelligence framework for generating enhanced digital content and improving digital content campaign design. In particular, the disclosed systems can utilize a metadata neural network, a summarizer neural network, and/or a performance neural network to generate metadata for digital content, predict future performance metrics, generate enhanced digital content, and provide recommended content changes to improve performance upon dissemination to one or more client devices.

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


Signaling and operation of an MMTP de-capsulation buffer
Patent No. 10887651 

Inventor(s): Imed Bouazizi (Plano, TX), Youngkwon Lim (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14596796 on 01/14/2015 (2183 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for managing received data by a client device and indicating data removal management by a server. A method for managing received data by a client device includes receiving a message including information about a number of modes for removal of the data from a buffer at the client. The method also includes selecting a mode for removal of the data from the buffer with a maximum required buffer size among the modes indicated by the information about the modes in the received message and removing the data from the buffer based on the identified mode. A method for indicating data removal management by a server includes generating and sending a message including information about a number of modes for removal of received data from a buffer at a client device. The information indicates, for each of the modes, a type of mode for removal of the data.

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


Emergency services handling
Patent No. 10887749 

Inventor(s): Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BlackBerry Limited (Waterloo, , CA)
Law Firm: Trop Pruner Hu, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16541841 on 08/15/2019 (509 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some examples, a user equipment (UE) is registered with a fifth generation (5G) core network. In response to an emergency indication, the UE selects a first domain intended for a call responsive to the emergency indication. Subsequent to selecting the first domain, the UE attempts a combined registration with a second core network different from the 5G core network. In response to attempting the combined registration, the UE receives a further indication that the UE is registered for packet switched services but not circuit switched services. In response to the further indication, the UE selects an access network connected to a third core network to perform the call.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for facilitating network function device discovery
Patent No. 10887751 

Inventor(s): Sudhakar Reddy Patil (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16540438 on 08/14/2019 (510 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network repository function (NRF) device may receive first locality and priority information concerning a first network function device from the first network function device and may receive second locality and priority information concerning a second network function device from the second network function device. The NRF device may update a data structure based on the first locality and priority information and the second locality and priority information. The NRF device may receive a query concerning a locality from a third network function device and may search the data structure based on the query to identify network function device information associated with the locality. The NRF device may send the network function device information to the third network function device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Proactively adjusting network infrastructure in response to reporting of real-time network performance
Patent No. 10887778 

Inventor(s): David Lu (Irving, TX), Mark Cottrell (Frisco, TX), Sachin Lohe (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT Intellectual Property I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15852974 on 12/22/2017 (1110 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one example, the present disclosure describes a device, computer-readable medium, and method for proactively adjusting the infrastructure of a communications network in response to reporting of real-time network performance. For instance, in one example, a method includes obtaining real-time network performance metrics directly from a user endpoint device operated by a customer of a telecommunication service provider network, correlating the real-time network performance metrics with data from another data source, wherein the data includes data other than network performance metrics, and adjusting an infrastructure of the telecommunication service provider network in response to an insight gleaned through the correlating.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Vertical slice management and selection leveraging dynamic alliances of access core and service network resources
Patent No. 10887798 

Inventor(s): Sangar Dowlatkhah (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): ATT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P. (Atlanta, GA), ATT MOBILITY II LLC (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Amin, Turocy Watson, LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16861287 on 04/29/2020 (251 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vertically integrated slice management system is provided that can leverage dynamic alliances of access layer, core layer, and service layer services. The system can instantiate a vertical slice that incorporates one or more services and network functions from a selection of layer slices in order to provide a streamlined and efficient mechanism for serving a user device based on the type of the user device, and the type of service requested.

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


System and method for supporting 5G user devices in a legacy wireless core network
Patent No. 10887806 

Inventor(s): Imtiyaz Shaikh (Irving, TX), Maqbool Chauhan (Keller, TX), Robert Avanes (Roanoke, TX), Sudhakar Reddy Patil (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16261903 on 01/30/2019 (706 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods described herein enable improve handling of 5G-enabled devices in 4G core networks. The systems and methods described herein provide an enhanced HTTP-based interface between a SMF/PGW-C and a UDM to support interactions required to: (a) perform authorization of PDN access for non-3GPP networks, (b) provide an APN profile to the SMF+PGW-C for the PDN being setup, (c) update the SMF+PGW-C address in the UDM for the PDN being served by non-3GPP networks, and (d) provide operator-specific subscriber parameters from the UDM to the SMF+PGW-C for 3GPP and non-3GPP access.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for detecting and controlling contraband devices
Patent No. 10887823 

Inventor(s): Stephen Lee Hodge (Aubrey, 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: 16518502 on 07/22/2019 (533 days app to issue)

Abstract: The growing problem of contraband devices being smuggled into a correctional facility raises both security and safety issue. General fixed contraband detection systems are not cost effective because they require a high up-front cost and high maintenance, training and upgrade cost after installation. The present disclosure provides details of a system and method to detect and control the usage of contraband devices in a correctional facility cost effectively. Such a system is portable and can be relocated to different locations. Such as system both detects contraband devices and disrupts the operations of the contraband devices. Such a system further provides a report on the severity of contraband usage to the correctional facility.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and system for application-based access control using network slicing
Patent No. 10887825 

Inventor(s): Sudhakar Reddy Patil (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16400349 on 05/01/2019 (615 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, a device, and a non-transitory storage medium are described in which an application-based access control service is provided. The service assigns network slice priority values to network slices that are associated with an application or a portion of an application pertaining to end devices. The service calculates a network slice priority value to manage access barring based on a congestion level, and transmits the network slice priority value to end devices. End devices may determine whether access is permitted or not based on the network slice priority value and the assigned network slice priority values associated with the network slices. The service further provides access barring information to network devices of an access network that allows the network devices to reject connection requests and release existing connections. The access barring information may include a network slice priority value and/or network slice identifiers.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for signaling in support of uplink multi-beam operation
Patent No. 10887884 

Inventor(s): Eko Onggosanusi (Coppell, TX), Md. Saifur Rahman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16570693 on 09/13/2019 (480 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for uplink multi-beam operation. A method for operating a user equipment (UE) includes receiving, from a base station, an aperiodic reference signal (RS) trigger and, at a later time instant, an uplink (UL) beam indication. The method further includes decoding the aperiodic RS trigger and decoding the UL beam indication. The method includes determining, from the UL beam indication, a transmit spatial filter applied to a signal to be transmitted on a physical uplink shared channel (PUSCH) or a physical uplink control channel (PUCCH) and transmitting, to the base station, the signal on the PUSCH or the PUCCH. The transmit spatial filter corresponds to a reference RS. The UL beam indication includes a state of a transmit configuration associated with the reference RS.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Methods and apparatus to reduce a coupling effect in an LED display
Patent No. 10887966 

Inventor(s): Jun Ma (Shanghai, , CN), Minwen Shi (Shanghai, , CN), Shuxiao Xu (Guangdong, , CN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16200314 on 11/26/2018 (771 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus to reduce a coupling effect in a light emitting diode (LED) display are disclosed. An example LED display includes an array of LEDs, and a line controller to select a line of LEDs of the array of LEDs for illumination. The example LED display wall includes a column controller to control illumination of at least two of the LEDs of the line of LEDs. The column controller is to cause, when the first brightness value is less than a threshold, a first LED to be illuminated during a first time period and a second LED to be illuminated during a second time period. The second period is distinct from the first time period. The first LED is a different color than the second LED.

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


Expanding thermal device and system for effecting heat transfer within electronics assemblies
Patent No. 10887978 

Inventor(s): Brian W. Johansen (Mckinney, TX), James M. Elliott (Allen, TX), Justin Kasemodel (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Raytheon Company (Waltham, MA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 16399754 on 04/30/2019 (616 days app to issue)

Abstract: Heat transfer devices and systems for thermally coupling electrical components to a heatsink can comprise one or more all-metal heat transfer device(s) thermally coupling at least one electrical component to a heatsink. A heat transfer device can comprise a metal cup attached to a metal heatsink, and a metal piston and a compliant device disposed in the cup. The piston is forcible to a secured first position, upon reflowing solder, while compressing the compliant device. Upon reflowing solder again, the compliant device causes the piston to bias and attach to the electrical component to provide an all-metal thermal path and absorb assembly tolerances to avoid using thermal gap fillers. A method is provided for thermally coupling a heatsink to a plurality of electrical components via a plurality of all-metal, expandable heat transfer devices.

[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)


Standoff connector for electrical devices
Patent No. 10887993 

Inventor(s): Steven Kummerl (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14985760 on 12/31/2015 (1832 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus includes an electrical device having a surface. The electrical device includes a first surface conductor spaced apart from a second surface conductor on the surface to provide circuit contacts to the device. A first standoff connector is bonded to the first surface conductor. The first standoff connector includes a leg having a proximal end bonded to the first surface conductor. The leg of the first standoff connector extends outwardly from the first surface conductor to a bend that is spaced apart from the surface of the electrical device. A second standoff connector is bonded to the second surface conductor. The second standoff connector includes a leg having a proximal end bonded to the second surface conductor. The leg of the second standoff connector extends outwardly from the second surface conductor to a bend that is spaced apart from the surface of the electrical device.

[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)


Modular apparatuses and system for backplane connections
Patent No. 10888011 

Inventor(s): Terrel L Morris (Garland, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Nolte Intellectual Property Law Group (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15521616 on 10/27/2014 (2262 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network packaging system can include a circuit board that includes a chip located substantially in a center of the board. A backplane is in communication with the chip and located along on a first edge of the circuit board. A plurality of connector ports are arranged along the perimeter of at least two other edges of the circuit board. A plurality of traces connects the plurality of connector ports to the chip. A support structure houses one or more circuit boards, with at least two sidewall surfaces of the support structure extending substantially orthogonal to and coextensive with each of the at least two edges of the circuit board. The support structure includes a plurality of apertures extending through the one or more surfaces spatially aligned with each of the plurality of connector ports.

[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)


Thermal management assemblies for electronic assemblies circumferentially mounted on a motor
Patent No. 10888036 

Inventor(s): Shailesh N. Joshi (Ann Arbor, MI), Shohei Suenaga (Ann Arbor, MI)
Assignee(s): TOYOTA MOTOR ENGINEERING MANUFACTURING NORTH AMERICA, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Dinsmore Shohl LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 16719241 on 12/18/2019 (384 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electronic assembly includes a PCB coupled to a mounting surface of a cooling jacket circumferentially mounted on a motor and a thermal management assembly (TMA) thermally connected to the PCB. One or more switching semiconductor devices are disposed on a first surface of the PCB proximate to the motor. The TMA includes the cooling jacket, at least one jacket manifold formed through the cooling jacket, a thermal compensation base layer thermally coupled to the cooling jacket and the one or more switching semiconductor devices, and a cooling manifold disposed through the PCB to form a fluid flow path. The at least one jacket manifold has a fluid inlet and a fluid outlet. Two or more electrically insulated posts, each having a cooling channel, are disposed between the at least one jacket manifold and the cooling manifold and form a fluid circuit between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet.

[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

Lap desk with device slot
Patent No. D906719 

Inventor(s): Patrick Hogan Sullins (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): Creative Manufacturing, LLC (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29704103 on 09/01/2019 (492 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Shotgun shell bottle
Patent No. D906762 

Inventor(s): Gagestone Yale Gillispie (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29613051 on 08/07/2017 (1247 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Safety warning decal
Patent No. D906848 

Inventor(s): Min Young Yoo (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29706730 on 09/23/2019 (470 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Safety warning decal
Patent No. D906849 

Inventor(s): Min Young Yoo (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29706734 on 09/23/2019 (470 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Safety warning decal
Patent No. D906850 

Inventor(s): Min Young Yoo (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29706737 on 09/23/2019 (470 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Safety warning decal
Patent No. D906851 

Inventor(s): Min Young Yoo (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): BELL TEXTRON INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29706742 on 09/23/2019 (470 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Planter
Patent No. D906877 

Inventor(s): Robert Glen Allen (Mesquite, TX)
Assignee(s): Collier Metal Specialties, Ltd. (Garland, TX)
Law Firm: Scheef Stone, L.L.P. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29705688 on 09/13/2019 (480 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Model vehicle track tread
Patent No. D906947 

Inventor(s): Jonathan Scott Wood (Frisco, TX), Jory Sprowl (Honey Grove, TX), Otto Karl Allmendinger (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29719063 on 12/31/2019 (371 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Saw plate
Patent No. D907079 

Inventor(s): Mike Ursell (Decatur, TX)
Assignee(s): Affinity Tool Works, LLC (Troy, MI)
Law Firm: Dickinson Wright PLLC (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29701366 on 08/12/2019 (512 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Snack food product
Patent No. D907117 

Inventor(s): Joshua Noah Sussman Hiatt (Frisco, TX), Maxwell Joseph Petrie (Dallas, TX), Robert Anthony Egnatchik (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): FRITO-LAY NORTH AMERICA, INC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Barnes Thornburg LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29701007 on 08/07/2019 (517 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

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