Dallas Invents: 137 Patents Granted for Week of Oct. 30

Patents were granted for Verizon's techniques for providing content recommendations, Toyota’s mist-generating apparatus, Kodiak Network’s VoIP denial-of-service protection mechanisms, and an unassigned wildfire alert system.

Dallas Invents is a weekly look at U.S. patents granted with a connection to the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area. Listings include assigned patents granted to local entities 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 Oct. 30, 2018 | Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (19100) 

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


NO. OF PATENTS BY CLASSIFICATION


TOP LOCAL ASSIGNEES (NO. OF PATENTS)

SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison) 20

TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas) 19

Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano) 9

SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano) 6

UNASSIGNED 9


TOP LOCAL INVENTORS (NO. OF PATENTS) 

Ashish Antony (Anna) 2

Jordon Musser (Dallas) 2

Kevin Emr (Dallas) 2

Luke Keiser (Frisco) 2

Ramanuja Vedantham (Allen) 2

William Mark Richards (Flower Mound) 2


FIRST SEEN 
(Examples of companies that may be originating a patent in the region for the first time, according to Patent Index.) 

MWD-IP Holdings
Patent No. 10115490
Method for nuclear waste storage and monitoring

TXU ENERGY RETAIL
Patent No. 10116747
Electricity provider content platform

ZTE TX
Patent No. 10117115
Method and apparatus for a modified outer loop after a receiver outage event


SPEED: APPLICATION TO ISSUE (NO. OF DAYS) 

175 days
Electronic messaging exchange
Patent No. 10116707
Assignee: Global Tel*Link Corporation (Reston, VA)
Inventors: David Woody (Allen), Stephen Hodge (Aubrey)

2,567 days
Package unbundling system
Patent No. 10112735
Assignee: SIEMENS INDUSTRY INC. (Alpharetta, GA)
Inventors: James M. Pippin (Keller)


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UTILITY PATENTS

H U M A N   N E C E S S I T I E S

Treatment and composition for achieving skin anti-aging benefits by corneum protease activation
Patent No. 10111828 

Inventor(s): John R. Schiltz (Fairview, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15284158 on 10/03/2016 (757 days app to issue)

Abstract: Novel methods and compositions for treating aged and environmentally damaged skin are disclosed which provide improvements in the skin”s visual appearance, function and clinical/biophysical properties by activating at least one proteolytic enzyme in the skin”s stratum corneum. The disclosed treatment methods involve topical application of a novel cosmetic composition containing a combination of a cationic surfactant such as N,N,-dimethyldodecyl amine oxide (DMDAO), an anionic surfactant such as sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), or monoalkyl phosphate (MAP) and a chelating agent such as ethylene diamine tetraacetate (EDTA) to stimulate a chronic increase in the replacement rate of the skin”s stratum corneum by means of corneum protease activation. This chronic, low level stimulation is effective to induce repair and replacement of the stratum corneum, epidermis, and dermis of the skin and improvements in the appearance, function, and anti-aging properties of 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)


Triheptanoin for the treatment of glucose transport 1 deficiency
Patent No. 10111848 

Inventor(s): Fanny Mochel (Paris, , FR), Raphael Schiffmann (Rockwall, TX)
Assignee(s): Baylor Research Institute (Dallas, TX), National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Paris, , FR)
Law Firm: Cooley LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15257363 on 09/06/2016 (784 days app to issue)

Abstract: Provided are methods for treating GLUT1 and related brain energy deficiencies comprising administering odd-carbon fatty acid sources, e.g., C5 or C7 fatty acid sources, and related compositions.

[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. 10111919 

Inventor(s): Tiffany Florence (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Mary Kay Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15091741 on 04/06/2016 (937 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed is a method for treating pruritus comprising topically applying a composition that includes effective amounts of an extract from [i]Echinacea purpurea [/i]and an extract from [i]Silybum marianum [/i]fruit to skin in need thereof, wherein topical application of the composition activates human cannabinoid receptor type 2 and inhibits fatty acid amide hydrolase activity in the skin and treats pruritus.

[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)


Polysaccharide and protein-polysaccharide cross-linked hydrogels for soft tissue augmentation
Patent No. 10111984 

Inventor(s): Ahmet Tezel (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): Allergan, Inc. (Irvine, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15284657 on 10/04/2016 (756 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein are cohesive soft tissue fillers, for example, dermal and subdermal fillers, based on hyaluronic acids and optionally including proteins. In one aspect, hyaluronic acid-based compositions described herein include zero-length cross-linked moieties and optionally at least one active agent. The present hyaluronic acid-based compositions have enhanced flow characteristics, hardness, and persistence compared to known hyaluronic acid-based compositions. Methods and processes of preparing such hyaluronic acid-based compositions are also provided.

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


Cassette clamp mechanism
Patent No. 10111990 

Inventor(s): Daniel J. Wilson (Lake Forest, CA), Vincent A. Baxter (Temecula, CA)
Assignee(s): Alcon Research, Ltd. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15459807 on 03/15/2017 (594 days app to issue)

Abstract: A surgical cassette clamping system includes a mounting plate having a first side and a second side. A bracket system may be disposed adjacent the first side of the mounting plate. A clamp motor may be disposed adjacent the mounting plate and fixed relative to the mounting plate. The clamp motor may be operably connected to the bracket system to displace the bracket system relative to the mounting plate. The system may also include a plurality of pivot arms pivotably connected to the bracket system and extending adjacent the second side of the mounting plate. An engagement portion may be attached to each of the plurality of pivot arms that cooperatively engages the second side of the mounting plate, the engagement portion being operable to pivot the pivot arms when the bracket system moves relative to the mounting plate.

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

 


Adjustable rotary shelf assembly and method of use
Patent No. 10111521 

Inventor(s): Alan Chen (Lewisville, TX), Dennis McGregor (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Hardware Resources, Inc. (Bossier City, LA)
Law Firm: Schultz Associates, P.C. (Local)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15409179 on 01/18/2017 (650 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotary shelf assembly for a blind corner cabinet is provided. The apparatus is easily reconfigured to accommodate left and right-hand configurations and does not contact the partitions of the cabinet during stowage or deployment. The apparatus is comprised of a center pole secured to a cabinet frame with a universal frame bracket. The frame bracket has a set of opposing flanges attached to a base through which the center pole extends. A rotary coupling is secured to the base of the frame bracket. A rotary support engages the rotary coupling and rotates about the center pole. A shelf is adjustably and slidably attached to the rotary support by a set of slide assemblies. More than one shelf can be independently rotated about the center pole from a stowed position to a rotated position. Each shelf can also slide linearly along the set of slide assemblies to a deployed position.

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


Measuring electrode impedance in an impedance measurement circuit
Patent No. 10111624 

Inventor(s): Anand Hariraj Udupa (Bangalore, , IN), Hussam Ahmed (Calicut, , IN), Jagannathan Venkataraman (Bangalore, , IN), Sandeep Kesrimal Oswal (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15936029 on 03/26/2018 (218 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosure provides a circuit for impedance measurement. The circuit includes an excitation source coupled between a first set of input switches. An impedance network is coupled between the first set of input switches and a first set of output switches. The impedance network includes a body impedance and a plurality of electrode impedances. A sense circuit is coupled to the first set of output switches. The sense circuit measures the body impedance and at least one electrode impedance of the plurality of electrode impedances.

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


 

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

Mist generating apparatus
Patent No. 10112207 

Inventor(s): Robert A. Paulo (Caistor Centre, , CA)
Assignee(s): Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing North America, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Darrow Mustafa PC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15339052 on 10/31/2016 (729 days app to issue)

Abstract: A mist generating apparatus is provided for suppressing foreign material from becoming airborne prior to an application of a surface coat or treatment to a substrate. The assembly includes a frame assembly that may include a base mount and an intermediate mount movably coupled to the base mount. The apparatus includes an extension assembly movably coupled to the frame assembly and selectively positioned between a retracted position and an extended position. A manifold is coupled to the extension assembly, and the manifold is in fluid communication with a volatile liquid. The apparatus includes a spray nozzle in fluid communication with the manifold. The spray nozzle is configured for directing a mist of the volatile liquid to a portion of the substrate for at least temporarily suppressing foreign material.

[B05B] SPRAYING APPARATUS; ATOMISING APPARATUS; NOZZLES (spray-mixers with nozzles B01F 5/20; processes for applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces by spraying B05D) [2]


Tool for pulling impeller wear ring
Patent No. 10112289 

Inventor(s): Alexander K. Miller (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Frost Brown Todd LLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15344289 on 11/04/2016 (725 days app to issue)

Abstract: Described herein is a tool for removing a wear ring, the tool comprising: a base; a leg base; a spreader disc comprising: a top, bottom, and sloped edge; a plurality of legs comprising: a first end coupled to the leg base, and a saw tooth shaped end; a plurality of spreader bolts, passing though the base and threaded into the spreader disc; and a puller bolt, passing through the base and spreader disc; and threaded into the leg base.

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


Seat locking system and method of use
Patent No. 10112503 

Inventor(s): Gregory A. Sparkman (Southlake, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Eldredge Law Firm, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15584215 on 05/02/2017 (546 days app to issue)

Abstract: A vehicle seat system includes a seat having a base and an elongated shaft extending from the base. The system also includes a seat mount secured to a vehicle and configured to removably secured the seat to the vehicle. The seat mount has a body forming an inner cavity; a slide bar configured to slide within the cavity of the body; a spring disposed with the cavity and secured to the slide bar; a plurality of channels formed on a top surface of the body; a plurality of arms pivotally attached to the slide bar; a quick-release device configured to engage with the slide bar and configured to hold the slide bar in a fixed position; and a pull device connected to the quick-release device and configured to release the slide bar from the fixed position.

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


Child vehicle capsule
Patent No. 10112509 

Inventor(s): Mary Robertson (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15201801 on 07/05/2016 (847 days app to issue)

Abstract: The child vehicle capsule is a device that protects infants from impact injuries during unfortunate events. The child vehicle capsule comprises a shell, an impact layer, a comfort layer, and a ventilation system. The shell is an impact resistant enclosure that is absorb the impact energy. The impact layer is a structure that absorbs impact energy by permanently deforming during an unfortunate event. The comfort layer is a viscoelastic structure that: 1) absorbs a portion of the impact energy; 2) that reduces damage caused by the impact force by distributing the impact energy over a time period greater than the initial impact; and 3) that returns to its relaxed shape once the impact forces have been dissipated. The ventilation system manages airflow through the child vehicle capsule to maintain the comfort of the infant.

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


Public safety smart belt
Patent No. 10112575 

Inventor(s): Robert Louis Piccioni (Rowlett, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Grable Martin Fulton PLLC (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15831297 on 12/04/2017 (330 days app to issue)

Abstract: A smart belt system worn by a person comprising an elongated belt configured for removably coupling a plurality of devices, a GPS component coupled to the belt configured to track the geo-location and movement of the belt, a microprocessor coupled to the belt, logic instructions executing by the microprocessor configured to monitor and regulate the activities of the plurality of devices and geo-location and movement data generated by the GPS component, a memory component configured for storing the logic instructions and accessible by the microprocessor, a wireless data communications system coupled to the belt configured to wirelessly communicate with an external data communications system and the microprocessor, a power and data bus disposed within the belt and communicatively coupled to at least one of the plurality of devices, GPS component, microprocessor, memory, wireless data communications systems, and data storage component; and a data storage component coupled to the belt and accessible by the microprocessor for storing activity data of at least one of the plurality of devices and the geo-location and movement data of the belt generated by the GPS component.

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


Adaptive vehicle control systems and methods of altering a condition of a vehicle using the same
Patent No. 10112611 

Inventor(s): John-Michael McNew (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: 15218859 on 07/25/2016 (827 days app to issue)

Abstract: An adaptive vehicle control system that includes processors, memory modules communicatively coupled to the processors, and machine readable instructions stored in the one or more memory modules that cause the adaptive vehicle control system to determine an autonomous operation profile of a target vehicle positioned in a vehicle operating environment, wherein the vehicle operating environment includes a roadway having one or more lanes, determine an autonomous operation profile of one of more neighboring vehicles positioned within the vehicle operating environment, compare the autonomous operation profile of at least one of the one or more neighboring vehicles with the autonomous operation profile of the target vehicle, and alter a condition of the target vehicle such that the autonomous operation profile of the target vehicle matches an autonomous operation profile of an individual neighboring vehicle of the one or more neighboring vehicles positioned in the same lane as the target vehicle.

[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]


Vibration control with active lag damper
Patent No. 10112709 

Inventor(s): David E. Heverly, II (Arlington, TX), Frank B. Stamps (Colleyville, TX), Michael Smith (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14494036 on 09/23/2014 (1498 days app to issue)

Abstract: A rotor system includes a hub assembly, a first, second, and third rotor blade rotatably attached to the hub assembly, a first, second, and third damper pivotally attached to the hub assembly and pivotally attached to the first, second, and third rotor blade, respectively, and a control system operably associated with the first, second, and third damper. A method to control vibratory forces exerted on the hub assembly via the first and second rotor blade includes separately controlling a dynamic spring rate of each of the first and second dampers with the control system.

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


Method and apparatus for a homogeneous thermoplastic leg support
Patent No. 10112720 

Inventor(s): William H. Maslakow (Lewisville, TX)
Assignee(s): Reliant Worldwide Plastics, LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Braxton Perrone, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15297548 on 10/19/2016 (741 days app to issue)

Abstract: A leg support includes a support element. A reinforcing element is disposed on the support element. The support element is chemically compatible with the reinforcing element. A homogeneous chemical bond is formed between the support element and the reinforcing element.

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


Package unbundling system
Patent No. 10112735 

Inventor(s): James M. Pippin (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC. (Alpharetta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 13277565 on 10/20/2011 (2567 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and tools for unbundling polywrapped packages. An automatic unbundling system includes an input unit configured to receive a polywrapped bundle that includes a plurality of items and a conveyor system configured to transport the bundle. The automatic unbundling system includes an automatic unwrapping machine configured to receive the bundle from the conveyor system and unwrap the bundle. The automatic unbundling system can include a loose stack accumulator configured to straighten the unwrapped plurality of items.

[B65B] MACHINES, APPARATUS OR DEVICES FOR, OR METHODS OF, PACKAGING ARTICLES OR MATERIALS; UNPACKING (bundling and pressing devices for cigars A24C 1/44; devices for tensioning and securing binders adapted to be supported by the article or articles to be bound B25B 25/00; applying closure members to bottles, jars or similar containers B67B 1/00-B67B 6/00; concurrent cleaning, filling and closing of bottles B67C 7/00; emptying bottles, jars, cans, casks, barrels or similar containers B67C 9/00)


 

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

Benzamide or benzamine compounds useful as anticancer agents for the treatment of human cancers
Patent No. 10112948 

Inventor(s): Jef DeBrabander (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Parker Highlander PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15194825 on 06/28/2016 (854 days app to issue)

Abstract: The described invention provides small molecule anti-cancer compounds for treating tumors that respond to cholesterol biosynthesis inhibition. The compounds selectively inhibit the cholesterol biosynthetic pathway in tumor-derived cancer cells, but do not affect normally dividing cells.

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


 

F I X E D  C O N S T R U C T I O N S

Superhydrophic flow control device
Patent No. 10113104 

Inventor(s): Jean-Marc Lopez (Plano, TX), Liang Zhao (Plano, TX), Luke William Holderman (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14398151 on 11/25/2013 (1800 days app to issue)

Abstract: A wellbore subassembly includes a device having a production flow path toward a production tubing. The production flow path can include a superhydrophobic coating for restricting the production of an unwanted fluid towards the production tubing.

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


Fluid flow control device
Patent No. 10113370 

Inventor(s): Donald Gay Kyle (Plano, TX), Jeremy Buc Slay (Fort Worth, TX), Russell Irving Bayh, III (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14441214 on 11/26/2013 (1799 days app to issue)

Abstract: A downhole fluid flow control apparatus is disclosed. The fluid flow control apparatus includes a substantially tubular housing. In one embodiment, the fluid flow control device includes an inner diameter and an outer diameter, the inner diameter having a profile defined by one or more contour lines. The fluid flow control apparatus further includes a plurality of circular orifices defined on the tubular housing. In another embodiment, the fluid flow control apparatus includes a plurality of slotted orifices defined on the tubular 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]


Downhole control line connector
Patent No. 10113371 

Inventor(s): William Mark Richards (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Tumey L.L.P. (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14442103 on 06/30/2014 (1583 days app to issue)

Abstract: An example connector includes a housing having a conduit chamber defined therein between a body and a shroud, a matable connector at least partially disposed within the housing and providing a mating face that faces tangentially with respect to the housing so as to mate tangentially with an opposing matable connector, and a splitter block coupled to the housing and conveying one or more communication media into the conduit chamber to communicate with the matable connector.

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


System and method for managing pressure when drilling
Patent No. 10113378 

Inventor(s): Neal Gregory Skinner (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14647839 on 12/28/2012 (2132 days app to issue)

Abstract: A pressure management device of a drilling system is disclosed. The device includes a housing, a primary bearing package coupled to the housing such that the primary bearing package is not removable from the housing. The primary bearing package is further configured to rotate with respect to the housing. The device also includes a sealing package configured to automatically seal between a drill pipe and the primary bearing package in response to an insertion of the drill pipe through the 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]


Testable isolation packer
Patent No. 10113387 

Inventor(s): Timothy Edward Harms (The Colony, TX), William Mark Richards (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15835643 on 12/08/2017 (326 days app to issue)

Abstract: Certain aspects are directed to a testable isolation packer that sets and provides the ability to test upper and lower packer elements. In one aspect, the testable isolation packer includes at least two packer elements, a packer element setting system, a bypass system, and a testing subassembly. The testing subassembly generally includes a moveable element with an outer port and a sealing element, an inner mandrel with an inner port, and a shear mechanism to cause travel of the moveable element close the bypass system and to open the testing subassembly.

[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]


Tubing pressure insensitive surface controlled subsurface safety valve
Patent No. 10113392 

Inventor(s): James Dan Vick, Jr. (Dallas, TX), Jeremy Pike Brimer (Wylie, TX), Jimmie Robert Williamson, Jr. (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14387694 on 05/21/2013 (1988 days app to issue)

Abstract: Method and systems for opening and closing a subsurface valve are disclosed. A rod piston forms a first piston chamber, a second piston chamber and a third piston chamber within a housing. The first piston chamber is fluidically coupled to a high tubing pressure and the second piston chamber is fluidically coupled to a surface control line and a first compartment of a storage chamber. The third piston chamber is coupled to a second compartment of the storage chamber. A flow tube couples the rod piston to a flapper. The rod piston is moved between a first position and a second position in response to a change in a pressure in at least one of the first piston chamber, the second piston chamber and the third piston chamber. The movement of the rod piston between the first position and the second position at least one of opens and closes the flapper.

[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
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Wastegate ball-valve
Patent No. 10113477 

Inventor(s): Christoper J. Mallett (Denton, TX)
Assignee(s): BorgWarner Inc. (Auburn Hills, MI)
Law Firm: Patent Central LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14776124 on 03/21/2014 (1684 days app to issue)

Abstract: A turbocharger ([b]10[/b]) has an improved wastegate valve assembly ([b]32[/b]) wherein a valve member ([b]35[/b]) moves freely within a lever arm ([b]34[/b]A), and therefore, is displaceable sidewardly across the opening ([b]28[/b]) of the wastegate port ([b]28[/b]). The valve member ([b]35[/b]) and associated seat ([b]36[/b]) respectively have male and female forms so as to sealingly engage with each other when the valve body ([b]35[/b]) is in the closed position. As such, the valve member ([b]35[/b]) can move freely as it engages the seat ([b]36[/b]) to provide a tight uniform seal therebetween. Additionally, the seat ([b]36[/b]) may be formed as an insert which fits within the wastegate port ([b]28[/b]) and is also free floating in the direction extending across the port ([b]28[/b]) which further assists in self-centering of the valve member ([b]35[/b]) and seat ([b]36[/b]).

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


Fluid liner wear indicator for suction manifold of reciprocating pump assembly
Patent No. 10113679 

Inventor(s): Charles Ben Shuck (Azle, TX)
Assignee(s): S.P.M. FLOW CONTROL, INC. (Fort Worth, TX)
Law Firm: Haynes and Boone, LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15188037 on 06/21/2016 (861 days app to issue)

Abstract: A manifold through which a fluid is adapted to flow. The manifold includes an elongated member at least partially defining a fluid chamber through which the fluid is adapted to flow, a longitudinal axis, and an interior surface; a fluid liner disposed within the fluid chamber and adapted to dynamically respond to pressure fluctuations within the fluid chamber as the fluid flows therethrough; and a wear indicator positioned radially between the interior surface of the elongated member and the longitudinal axis. The fluid liner is subject to wear and/or erosion due to the flow of the fluid therethrough and/or the dynamic response of the fluid liner to the pressure fluctuations within the fluid chamber. The wear indicator is adapted to indicate the degree to which the fluid liner has been subjected to the wear and/or erosion.

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


Missile, chemical plasm steering system, and method
Patent No. 10113844 

Inventor(s): James Richard Wood (Grapevine, TX)
Assignee(s): LOCKHEED MARTIN CORPORATION (Bethesda, MD)
Law Firm: Beusse Wolter Sanks Maire, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15358079 on 11/21/2016 (708 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments disclosed include a system comprising a missile segment having an external surface conforming to a portion of an external surface of a missile body. The missile segment comprising a plurality of chemical plasma dispensing units (CPDUs) having a chemical plasma reactant (CPR). Each CPDU is addressable so that a group of selected CPDUs in an area is ignited simultaneously to cause a first reaction to push CPR particles into a flow stream surrounding the missile body. The CPR particles to complete a second reaction in the flow stream over a reaction time period to effectuate production of expanding hot gas energy caused by heating air in the flow stream and gaseous reaction products over the missile body to provide an amount of a steering force to change one or more of six degrees of freedom at a location on the body. A missile and method are also provided.

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


 

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System and method to process return-to-sender (RTS) mail
Patent No. 10112217 

Inventor(s): Abdul Hamid Salemizadeh (Burleson, TX), Hongjian Li (Coppell, TX)
Assignee(s): SIEMENS INDUSTRY, INC. (Alpharetta, GA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15457430 on 03/13/2017 (596 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for processing return-to-sender (RTS) mail pieces by a mail processing system. The method includes receiving a plurality of RTS cards and RTS mail pieces. The RTS cards identify RTS reason codes for corresponding ones of the RTS mail pieces. The method includes imaging each RTS mail piece to produce an image. The method includes creating and storing a unique RTS mail piece profile of for each ”error” RTS mail piece that uses an identification code for that RTS mail piece and a reason code from a preceding RTS card. The method includes sorting the RTS cards to a first output bin and sorting the error RTS mail pieces to a second output bin. The method includes thereafter processing the error RTS mail pieces using the corresponding RTS mail piece profiles and without using the RTS cards.

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


Tool for disclosing and correcting dimensional non-compliance of an edge prior to mounting an edge guard
Patent No. 10113850 

Inventor(s): Loren S. Adell (Sunnyvale, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15204047 on 07/07/2016 (845 days app to issue)

Abstract: A tool has a gauge for disclosing if an edge of an object has sufficient clearance depth to allow an edge guard to be properly installed on the edge and a correction tool for correcting insufficient clearance depth by displacing interfering material on the edge so that sufficient clearance depth for properly installing an edge guard on the edge is achieved.

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


Vertical probe card
Patent No. 10114042 

Inventor(s): Faheem Mohamedi (Arlington, TX), Ming Fang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15016745 on 02/05/2016 (998 days app to issue)

Abstract: A probe for a vertical probe card includes an unsupported base portion that extends from the vertical probe card, a cantilevered portion that extends substantially perpendicular to the unsupported base portion and a contact portion that includes a tip. The cantilevered portion has a first thickness at an end adjacent the unsupported base portion and a second thickness at an end adjacent the contact portion, the second thickness being less than the first thickness.

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


Pulsed electron beam current probe and methods of operating the same
Patent No. 10114065 

Inventor(s): Norio Toshima (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15266273 on 09/15/2016 (775 days app to issue)

Abstract: An electron beam absorbed current measurement method includes connecting a conductive probe to a conductive structure of a sample, irradiating a pulsed electron beam along the conductive structure to generate an alternating current in the conductive probe, and determining a presence of a high resistance defect in the conductive structure based on at least one of a delay of a rising edge of the alternating current waveform and a decrease in amplitude of the alternating current waveform.

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


Hall sensor excitation system
Patent No. 10114084 

Inventor(s): Caspar Petrus Laurentius van Vroonhoven (Munich, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14935678 on 11/09/2015 (1086 days app to issue)

Abstract: A Hall plate excitation system provides reduced offset and temperature dependence. The Hall plate excitation system includes a current source, a switching network, and a controller. The current source is configured to provide an excitation current to a Hall plate. The switching network is configured to switchably connect the current source to each of a plurality of terminals of the Hall plate. The controller is configured to adjust the excitation current no more than once during each spinning cycle; and to sequentially switch the excitation current to each of the plurality of terminals of the Hall plate during each spinning cycle.

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


Radiation sensor
Patent No. 10114128 

Inventor(s): Jimmy Don Starnes (Fort Worth, TX), Richard Odom (Benbrook, TX)
Assignee(s): Hunter Well Science, Inc. (Arlington, TX)
Law Firm: D. Tiller Law PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15954087 on 04/16/2018 (197 days app to issue)

Abstract: Technology for estimating the density of a material is disclosed. A radiation sensor includes at least two radiation detectors each configured to produce electronic signals having a characteristic time parameter, a pulse-shape discriminator to distinguish amongst the detector signals using the characteristic time parameters, and radiation shielding that is configured to provide different radiation paths to the detectors wherein the different radiation paths include at least some different material. A method includes providing at least two detectors and two radiation paths through a radiation shield, measuring the intensity of radiation at each of the detectors, and combining the measures of intensity to estimate a density of a material found in greater amounts in one radiation path than in the other radiation path.

[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


Sensing system responsive to acoustic or seismic signals
Patent No. 10114133 

Inventor(s): Arthur Owen Endress (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14714661 on 05/18/2015 (1261 days app to issue)

Abstract: A sensor system responsive to acoustic or seismic signals. One system includes a frame and a piezo-electric sensor element. The sensor element, responsive to a wavefield of seismic or acoustic energy, is positioned about the frame. Coupling between the sensor element and the frame is so limited as to render direct coupling of the sensor element with the wavefield the predominant means for stimulating the sensor element with seismic energy. Another system includes a frame and a cable element, responsive to a seismic or acoustic wavefield, extending about the frame. Coupling between the cable element and frame is so limited as to render direct coupling of the sensor element with the wavefield the predominant means for stimulating the sensor element with acoustic or seismic energy. The element may be coaxial cable or have piezo-electric properties to generate a charge differential measurable as a voltage between conductors.

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


Translating lens holder assemblies employing bore relief zones, and optical connectors incorporating the same
Patent No. 10114177 

Inventor(s): Michael de Jong (Colleyville, TX)
Assignee(s): Corning Optical Communications LLC (Hickory, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14197645 on 03/05/2014 (1700 days app to issue)

Abstract: Translating lens holder assemblies employing bore relief zones, as well as optical connectors employing such lens holder assemblies, are disclosed. In one embodiment, a lens holder assembly includes a lens holder body having a mating face, a first forward slide portion and a first rear slide portion disposed on a first side of the lens holder body, and a second forward slide portion and a second rear slide portion disposed on a second side of the lens holder body. The first forward slide portion is separated from the first rear slide portion by a first bore relief zone, and the second forward slide portion is separated from the second rear slide portion by a second bore relief zone. In one embodiment, the lens holder assembly further includes at least one groove alignment feature disposed in the lens holder body that is configured to support at least one GRIN lens.

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


Discrete laser fiber inputs for image projectors
Patent No. 10114224 

Inventor(s): Duane Scott Dewald (Plano, TX), Nathan Wainwright (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15540962 on 12/23/2015 (1042 days app to issue)

Abstract: Discrete light fiber inputs for high powered image projector display systems are disclosed herein. Various embodiments disclosed herein may employ a bundle of light fiber inputs, a diffuser and reducing relay optic to convert the fiber input array into a smaller pattern of spots that may be interfaced to a projector display system that may perform light recycling. Many embodiments herein may facilitate higher power laser light for illumination and, possibly, recycling. In these embodiments, laser fibers may be individually collimated and illuminate a diffuser. The diffuser spots may be then imaged through a common path relay that can be resized to allow room for the individual lasers and collimation lenses. The diffuser spots may be imaged through holes in a mirror that is on the input side of an integration rod which recycles the light.

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


Transparent optical article having a reduced yellowness appearance
Patent No. 10114234 

Inventor(s): Aref Jallouli (Dallas, TX), Haifeng Shan (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): ESSILOR INTERNATIONAL (COMPAGNIE GENERALE D”OPTIQUE (Charenton-le-Pont, , FR)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15107743 on 12/23/2013 (1772 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates to a transparent optical article (e.g. an ophthalmic lens) comprising a thermoplastic substrate and a dye at least partially inhibiting light having a wavelength ranging from 400 to 460 nm and an optical brightener for at least partially balancing the color imparted to the transparent optical article by the dye, wherein said optical brightener emits light by fluorescence at a wavelength ranging from 400 to 460 nm and is incorporated into a layer fused or bonded to the thermoplastic substrate. Said optical brightener allows for perception of said optical article as less yellow, and even colorless, to a user or to an observer. In addition, the UV-absorbers that may be present in the thermoplastic substrate do not negatively interact with the optical brightener.

[G02C] SPECTACLES; SUNGLASSES OR GOGGLES INSOFAR AS THEY HAVE THE SAME FEATURES AS SPECTACLES; CONTACT LENSES


Portable device and calibration method thereof
Patent No. 10114437 

Inventor(s): Alice Wang (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): MEDIATEK INC. (Hsin-Chu, , TW)
Law Firm: McClure, Qualey Rodack, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15221919 on 07/28/2016 (824 days app to issue)

Abstract: A portable device is provided. A first processor performs an initial procedure according to an operation clock with a first frequency value and an operation voltage with a first voltage value, and performs a calibration procedure according to the operation clock with a second frequency value and the operation voltage with a second voltage value when the initial procedure has been performed and a self-calibration event is present. A second processor detects whether a specific function of the calibration procedure is being performed by the first processor. The second processor stores the second frequency value and the second voltage value into a storage unit after the calibration procedure is performed. The second voltage value is lower than the first voltage value, and the second frequency value is lower than the first frequency value.

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


Method and apparatus for processing data based on touch events on a touch sensitive device
Patent No. 10114503 

Inventor(s): Farid Khafizov (Plano, TX), Margarita Khafizova (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15290724 on 10/11/2016 (749 days app to issue)

Abstract: A touch sensitive device is configured to determine commands based on a plurality of touch events on the touch sensitive device. At least a first predetermined number of touch events is detected on the touch sensitive device. At least a second predetermined number of control points is determined based on the detected at least first predetermined number of touch events. A command is determined based on a change in value of at least one parameter related to at least two of the control points. A first data object and a second data object are processed based on a preselected common attribute tag using the determined command.

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


Error correction code processing and data shaping for reducing wear to a memory
Patent No. 10114549 

Inventor(s): Ariel Navon (Revava, , IL), Eran Sharon (Rishon Lezion, , IL), Idan Alrod (Herzeliya, , IL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15073373 on 03/17/2016 (957 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a memory and a controller including a data shaping engine. The data shaping engine is configured to apply a mapping to input data that includes one or more m-tuples of bits to generate transformed data. The transformed data includes one or more n-tuples of bits, and n is greater than m. A relationship of a gray coding of m-tuples to a gray coding of n-tuples is indicated by the mapping. The input data includes a first number of bit values that represent a particular logical state, and the transformed data includes a second number of bit values that represent the particular logical state, the second number of bit values being less than the first number of bit values.

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


Identification of hot regions to enhance performance and endurance of a non-volatile storage device
Patent No. 10114557 

Inventor(s): Akshay Mathur (Los Gatos, CA), Chayan Biswas (Newark, CA), Dharani Kotte (Fremont, CA), Sumant K. Patro (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Morgan, Lewis Bockius LLP (13 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14323913 on 07/03/2014 (1580 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems, methods and/or devices are used to enable identification of hot regions to enhance performance and endurance of a non-volatile storage device. In one aspect, the method includes (1) receiving a plurality of input/output (I/O) requests to be performed in a plurality of regions in a logical address space of a host, and (2) performing one or more operations for each region of the plurality of regions in the logical address space of the host, including (a) determining whether the region is accessed by the plurality of I/O requests more than a predetermined threshold number of times during a predetermined time period, (b) if so, marking the region with a hot region indicator, and (c) while the region is marked with the hot region indicator, identifying open blocks associated with the region, and marking each of the identified open blocks with a hot block indicator.

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


Adaptive block allocation in nonvolatile memory
Patent No. 10114562 

Inventor(s): Abhijeet Manohar (Karnataka, , IN), Alan Bennett (Edinburgh, , GB), Muralitharan Jayaraman (Karnataka, , IN), Narendhiran Chinnaanangur Ravimohan (Karnataka, , IN)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14488037 on 09/16/2014 (1505 days app to issue)

Abstract: In a multi-plane non-volatile memory, good blocks of different planes are linked for parallel operation for storing long host writes. Where bad blocks in one or more planes result in unlinked blocks, the unlinked blocks are configured for individual operation to store short host writes and/or memory system management data. Unlinked blocks may be configured as Single Level Cell (SLC) blocks while linked blocks may be configured as SLC blocks or Multi Level Cell (MLC) blocks.

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


Storage device metadata synchronization
Patent No. 10114576 

Inventor(s): James G. Peterson (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Loza Loza, LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14519843 on 10/21/2014 (1470 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed relating to garbage collecting storage blocks in a storage device. In one embodiment, data is selected for relocation from a storage block in a storage device during reclaiming of the storage block. The data may be selected based on metadata that identifies whether data is valid at a time when the reclaiming is initiated. In some embodiments, prior to relocating data from the storage block, the metadata is captured from a data structure that identifies whether data on the storage device is valid. In one embodiment, a determination of whether the selected data has become invalid due to other data that is stored during the reclaiming is made. In some embodiments, in response to determining that the selected data has become invalid, the selected data is specified as invalid in the data structure.

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


Removing read disturb signatures for memory analytics
Patent No. 10114584 

Inventor(s): Liam Michael Parker (Edinburgh, , GB), Neil Richard Darragh (Edinburgh, , GB), Sergey Anatolievich Gorobets (Edinburgh, , GB)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Brinks Gilson Lione (7 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14977187 on 12/21/2015 (1044 days app to issue)

Abstract: A memory system or flash card may include a mechanism for memory cell measurement and analysis that independently measures/predicts memory wear/endurance, data retention (DR), read disturb, and/or remaining margin. These effects may be independently quantified by analyzing the state distributions of the individual voltage levels of the cells. In particular, a histogram of cell voltage distributions of the memory cells can be analyzed to identify signatures for certain effects (e.g. wear, DR, read disturb, margin, etc.). Those measurements may be used for block cycling, data loss prediction, or adjustments to memory parameters. Pre-emptive action at the appropriate time based on the measurements may lead to improved memory management and data management. That action may include calculating the remaining useful life of data stored in memory, cycling blocks, predicting data loss, trade-off or dynamic adjustments of memory parameters.

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


Command control for multi-core non-volatile memory
Patent No. 10114589 

Inventor(s): Greg Hilton (Milpitas, CA), Jayesh Pakhale (San Jose, CA), Jingwen Ouyang (Mountain View, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15408318 on 01/17/2017 (651 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods are disclosed for controlling commands for non-volatile memory. An apparatus includes one or more memory die. A memory die includes a command/address buffer, an on-die controller, and a plurality of non-volatile memory cores that share a data path. A core includes an array of non-volatile memory cells. A command/address buffer queues command and address information for a plurality of storage operations for one or more non-volatile memory cores. An on-die controller initiates a first unexecuted read operation and a first unexecuted write operation from a command/address buffer in parallel, in response to determining that core dependencies are satisfied for a read operation and a write operation.

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


Command message generation and execution using a machine code-instruction
Patent No. 10114638 

Inventor(s): Donald Edward Steiss (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Cisco Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: The Law Office of Kirk D. Williams (Local + 217 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14571115 on 12/15/2014 (1415 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, command message generation and execution using a machine code-instruction is performed. One embodiment includes a particular machine executing a single machine-code instruction including a reference into a command-message-building data structure stored in memory. This executing the single machine-code instruction includes generating a command message and initiating communication of the command message to a hardware accelerator, including copying command information from the command-message-building data structure based on the reference into the command message. The hardware accelerator receives and executes the command message. In one embodiment, the command message is message-switched from a processor to a hardware accelerator, such as, but not limited to, a memory controller, a table lookup unit, or a prefix lookup unit. In one embodiment, a plurality of threads share the command-message-building data structure. In one embodiment, a plurality of processors share the command-message-building data structure.

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


Multi-die status mode for non-volatile storage
Patent No. 10114690 

Inventor(s): Grishma Shah (Milpitas, CA), Jack Frayer (Boulder Creek, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15042169 on 02/12/2016 (991 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for acquiring status information from a plurality of memory die. An apparatus is provided that includes a plurality of memory die and a memory controller. The memory controller is configured to broadcast a first status command to the plurality of memory die, receive a first status response concurrently from the plurality of memory die based on the first status command, and send a repair command to one or more of the plurality of memory die in response to the first status response not satisfying first predetermined status criteria.

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


Real time analysis and control for a multiprocessor system
Patent No. 10114739 

Inventor(s): Brian A. Dalio (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): Coherent Logix, Incorporated (Austin, TX)
Law Firm: Meyertons Hood Kivlin Kowert Goetzel, P.C. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15276370 on 09/26/2016 (764 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and method for testing a DUT that includes a multiprocessor array (MPA) executing application software at operational speed. The application software may be configured for deployment on first hardware resources of the MPA and may be analyzed. Testing code for configuring hardware resources on the MPA to duplicate data generated in the application software for testing purposes may be created. The application software may be deployed on the first hardware resources. Input data may be provided to stimulate the DUT. The testing code may be executed to provide at least a subset of first data to a pin at an edge of the MPA for analyzing the DUT using a hardware resource of the MPA not used in executing the application software. The first data may be generated in response to a send statement executed by the application software based on the input data.

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


Efficient implementation of cascaded biquads
Patent No. 10114796 

Inventor(s): Asheesh Bhardwaj (Allen, TX), Lester A Longley (Atlanta, GA)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14515041 on 10/15/2014 (1476 days app to issue)

Abstract: An improved biquad infinite impulse response filter is shown that may be implemented in a very large instruction word digital signal processor as well as in other processing circuitry. The new filter structure modifies the feedback path in the filter, resulting in a significant reduction in execution cycles.

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


Techniques for providing a user with content recommendations
Patent No. 10114824 

Inventor(s): Haripriya Srinivasaraghavan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14799206 on 07/14/2015 (1204 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques described herein may be used to improve recommendations that are provided to a user regarding content (e.g., images, music, and videos). A content recommendations server may provide a user with recommended content and the reasons for which the content is being recommended, such as genres, directors, and actors that the content recommendations server believes the user enjoys. The user may provide feedback to the content recommendations server regarding the recommendations themselves and also regarding the reasons for which the content was recommended. The content recommendations server may use the feedback to improve subsequent recommendations to the user.

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


Search and notification procedures based on user history information
Patent No. 10114897 

Inventor(s): David Gerard Ledet (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Open Invention Network LLC (Durham, NC)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14582617 on 12/24/2014 (1406 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present application includes various information retrieval and query creation procedures. One example provides identifying a most recent interest from user device submitted data, searching a database for instances of the most recent interest, creating a new category based on the most recent interest, storing the new category in memory, combining the new category with query search terms and submitting a combined query, receiving combined query results, and creating a modified user interface based on the results of the combined query. The result may provide optimized results in subsequent search operations.

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


Method and apparatus for content synchronization
Patent No. 10114903 

Inventor(s): Avinash C. Saxena (Plano, TX), David K. Davidson (Dallas, TX), Keith A. Lowery (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Parallel Networks, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14275977 on 05/13/2014 (1631 days app to issue)

Abstract: When requested content is available at a data center, the data center returns the requested content to the data center. When the requested content is locally unavailable at the data center, the requested content is retrieved from an origin server. The retrieval of the content from the origin server may be delayed based on the processing load at the origin server. When retrieval of the content is delayed, the request is prioritized and placed in a queue for handling by the origin server based on the priority of the request. Also, when retrieval of the content is delayed, a status page may be communicated to the browser to inform a user of the delay and provide alternate content and status information related to the request determined as a function of the request or the current state of the origin server.

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


Data element tokenization management
Patent No. 10114963 

Inventor(s): Jeffrey J. Stapleton (Arlington, TX)
Assignee(s): WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. (San Francisco, CA)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15921387 on 03/14/2018 (230 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods to manage a tokenization manifest that can be used for managing a redaction through tokenization of a set of field level tokenization values applied to an arbitrary information object of an arbitrary file (e.g., database cells, XML, and other document elements, areas of graphics images, etc.). The methods and system extend the use of tokenization to the protection of arbitrary fields or information objects of any type or format. This allows the tokenized components of the information object to be located and provided to a Tokenization Service Provider that can recover, for an authorized requestor, the original content protected by the token. The tokenization schema processes the unrestricted content into a corresponding restricted token. The token can include an embedded URL, where the URL is a link to submit a request to the Tokenization Service Provider to view the token as the unrestricted content.

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


Using dynamic occlusion to protect against capturing barcodes for fraudulent use on mobile devices
Patent No. 10114999 

Inventor(s): Brian Alexander Reinhart (Addison, TX), Robert J. Burke (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Koupon Media, Inc. (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Patent Capital Group (Local + 6 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15491751 on 04/19/2017 (559 days app to issue)

Abstract: Embodiments include technologies for applying dynamic occlusions to barcodes, which include determining a dynamic occlusion to be applied to a barcode, generating an object for displaying a series of images of the barcode with the dynamic occlusion, where the barcode is to be scannable at least once based on the series of images to be displayed, and providing the object for access by the mobile device. In specific embodiments, the dynamic occlusion includes a modification to a first portion of the barcode to create a first image of a modified barcode. In further specific embodiments, the object, when displayed for a first time period, is to render the first image of the modified barcode for at least a first interval occurring within the first time period. The first portion of the barcode is unscannable during the first interval and is at least partially scannable during one or more other intervals.

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


System and method for proactively establishing a third-party payment account for services rendered to a resident of a controlled-environment facility
Patent No. 10115080 

Inventor(s): Luke Keiser (Frisco, TX), Marc Hite (Plano, TX), Veronica Martinez (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14703639 on 05/04/2015 (1275 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for proactively establishing a third-party payment account for services rendered to a resident of a controlled-environment facility (”CEF”). A campaign-triggering event is detected, which triggers contact of prospective third-party (”3[superscript]rd[/superscript]-party”) payers for a resident of a CEF in order to encourage such prospective 3[superscript]rd[/superscript]-party payers to establish 3[superscript]rd[/superscript]-party payment accounts for the resident. In this manner, the prospective 3[superscript]rd[/superscript]-party payers are proactively contacted prior to an expected future demand for service by the resident. A method thus comprises identifying at least one prospective third-party payer for a resident of a controlled-environment facility, and proactively contacting the identified at least one prospective third-party payer prior to demand for service by the resident to encourage the identified at least one prospective third-party payer to establish a third-party payment account for payment for future service expected for the resident.

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


Systems and methods for directing a money transfer to a receiving party account
Patent No. 10115086 

Inventor(s): Hal Steven Gronfein (McKinney, TX), Joel David Kosloski (Grand Prairie, TX)
Assignee(s): Moneygram International, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13895184 on 05/15/2013 (1994 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods which facilitate money transfer transactions to a receiving account are provided. Embodiments may provide for interaction between a money transfer service and one or more receiving account entities. Such interaction may be configured to cooperatively utilize transaction details in order to correctly route transferred funds to a receiving account. Embodiments may utilize this cooperation to prevent sensitive information from being widely distributed by parties which participate in a money transfer transaction.

[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]


Providing identification information to mobile commerce applications
Patent No. 10115102 

Inventor(s): Anand Krishnaswamy (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Equifax Inc. (Atlanta, GA)
Law Firm: Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14512493 on 10/13/2014 (1478 days app to issue)

Abstract: Aspects and examples are disclosed for facilitating mobile commerce. In one example, a processing device receives a data network identifier or other identifier from a commerce application. The data network identifier or other identifier can be associated with a mobile device conducting a transaction with the commerce application. The processing device can also obtain a credential associated with the mobile device using the data network identifier. The processing device can additionally retrieve identification information from a credit file associated with the credential. The identification information can be useable for completing the transaction. The processing device can further transmit the identification information to a computing device executing the commerce application.

[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]


Dynamic currency conversion system and method
Patent No. 10115160 

Inventor(s): George E. Wilcox (Palm Harbor, FL), Joan DeTemple (Odessa, FL), Keeley M. Sapienza (Tampa, FL), Lester S. Maragh (Palm Harbor, FL), Lubna Shad (Clearwater, FL), Michael K. Nicholls (Odessa, FL), Rosemary R. Thomas (Plano,
Assignee(s): PAYMENTECH, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Jackson Walker LLP (Local + 3 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14183381 on 02/18/2014 (1715 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for dynamic currency conversion is provided. The system includes a bank identifier system determining whether currency conversion is available for a card-issuing bank of a presented card, such as by comparing a bank identifier from the card with a list or table of participating banks. An exchange rate system determines whether an exchange rate has expired, such as an exchange rate associated with the foreign currency of the card-issuing bank. The card holder is presented with an option for selecting a foreign currency transaction after it is determined that currency conversion is available for the card-issuing bank and that the exchange rate has not expired, such that the card holder does not need to see such information unless foreign currency processing is available.

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


Method for a banknote recycler to self-audit
Patent No. 10115260 

Inventor(s): Jerry M. Haynes, III (Nevada, TX), Mark K. Levenick (Flower Mound, TX), Matthew O. Lavigne (Carrollton, TX)
Assignee(s): REVOLUTION RETAIL SYSTEMS, LLC (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Locke Lord LLP (Local + 12 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14753268 on 06/29/2015 (1219 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a method for a banknote recycler to perform a self-audit of the contents of the recycler”s recycling cassettes without the assistance of a human operator. The method involves the transforming of the deposit cassette into a temporary recycling cassette after the deposit cassette has been emptied of its contents. The banknotes are validated and counted as they are moved from the recycling cassette into the empty deposit cassette, which serves as the banknote storage area. After the audit of the recycling cassette is complete, the banknote recycler is then instructed to move the notes from the deposit cassette back into the appropriate recycling cassette. These same steps can be performed for each recycling cassette in the banknote recycler that is desired to be audited.

[G06M] COUNTING MECHANISMS; COUNTING OF OBJECTS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR (counting by measuring volume or weight of articles to be counted G01F, G01G; adaptation of counters to electricity meters in electromechanical arrangements for measuring time integral of electric power or current G01R 11/16; computers G06C-G06J; counting electric pulses H03K; counting characters, words or messages in switching networks for transmission of digital information H04L 12/08; metering arrangements in telephonic systems H04M 15/00)


Word line contact regions for three-dimensional non-volatile memory
Patent No. 10115440 

Inventor(s): Alexander Chu (San Francisco, CA), Anirudh Amarnath (San Jose, CA), Jixin Yu (Yokkaichi, , JP), Jong Yuh (Pleasanton, CA), Kenneth Louie (Sunnyvale, CA), Qui Nguyen (San Jose, CA), Tai-Yuan Tseng (Milpitas, CA), Yen-Lun
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Kunzler, PC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15625848 on 06/16/2017 (501 days app to issue)

Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods are disclosed for three-dimensional non-volatile memory. A stack of word line layers includes word lines for a three-dimensional non-volatile memory array. A stack of word line layers may include a plurality of tiers. Word line switch transistors transfer word line bias voltages to the word lines. Word line contact regions couple word line switch transistors to word lines. A word line contact region includes a stepped structure for a tier of word line layers. A level region separates a word line contact region for a first tier from a word line contact region for a second tier.

[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)


Multiple liner interconnects for three dimensional memory devices and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10115459 

Inventor(s): Jayavel Pachamuthu (San Jose, CA), Katsuo Yamada (Yokkaichi, , JP), Masaaki Higashitani (Cupertino, CA), Mohan Dunga (Santa Clara, CA), Peter Rabkin (Cupertino, CA), Tomoyasu Kakegawa (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15720556 on 09/29/2017 (396 days app to issue)

Abstract: An opening is formed through at least one dielectric material layer. A first metallic liner is formed on a bottom surface and sidewalls of the opening by depositing a first metallic material. A metal portion including an elemental metal or an intermetallic alloy of at least two elemental metals is formed on the first metallic liner. A second metallic liner including a second metallic material is formed directly on a top surface of the metal portion. The first metallic material and the second metallic material differ in composition. The first metallic liner and the second metallic liner contact an entirety of all surfaces of the metal portion. The first and second metallic liners can protect the metal portion from a subsequently deposited dielectric material layer, which may be formed as an air-gap dielectric layer after recessing the at least one dielectric material 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)


Electric field to reduce select gate threshold voltage shift
Patent No. 10115464 

Inventor(s): Ching-Huang Lu (Fremont, CA), Yingda Dong (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15699490 on 09/08/2017 (417 days app to issue)

Abstract: Non-volatile storage systems and method of operating non-volatile storage systems are disclosed. A crept up voltage on a dummy memory cell control gate adjacent to a select gate is prevented, reduced, and/or discharged. In some aspects, the crept up voltage is not allowed to happen on the dummy memory cell next to the select gate after a sensing operation. In some aspects, the voltage may creep up on the dummy memory cell control gate after a sensing operation, but it is discharged. Reducing and/or preventing the crept up voltage may reduce the electric field between the dummy memory cell and select gate transistor. This may prevent, or at least reduce, changes in threshold voltage of the select gate transistor. Additional problems may also be solved by a reduction of the crept up voltage on the dummy memory cell control gates.

[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)


Electronic device with a fuse read mechanism
Patent No. 10115474 

Inventor(s): Raghukiran Sreeramaneni (Frisco, TX)
Assignee(s): Micron Technology, Inc. (Boise, ID)
Law Firm: Perkins Coie LLP (17 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15814835 on 11/16/2017 (348 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of operating an electronic device includes: precharging a fuse read node to an intermediate voltage less than an input voltage, wherein the fuse read node connects a fuse array and a fuse read circuit, the fuse array including a fuse cell configured to store information and the fuse read circuit configured to read the stored information; connecting the fuse cell to the fuse read node for reading the information; and determining, with the fuse read circuit, the information from the fuse cell based on changes to the intermediate voltage at the fuse read node.

[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)


Method for nuclear waste storage and monitoring
Patent No. 10115490 

Inventor(s): Marlan Downey (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): MWD-IP Holdings, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15480909 on 04/06/2017 (572 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method comprising storing nuclear waste, including identifying a subterranean storage site location having a shale rock layer. The layer has an expected fluid overpressure in a range corresponding to greater than hydrostatic pressure to less than lithostatic pressure from overlying rock layers. Storing the waste can include forming a storage borehole, with an end segment of the storage borehole located within the layer and measuring the fluid pressure in the end segment of the storage borehole. If the measured fluid pressure in the end segment of the storage borehole is in the expected fluid overpressure range, forming a monitoring borehole in the layer with an end segment of each of the monitoring boreholes being in a vicinity of the end segment of the storage borehole and storing nuclear waste in the end segment of the storage borehole. A system for storing and monitoring nuclear waste is also described.

[G21F] PROTECTION AGAINST X-RADIATION, GAMMA RADIATION, CORPUSCULAR RADIATION OR PARTICLE BOMBARDMENT; TREATING RADIOACTIVELY CONTAMINATED MATERIAL; DECONTAMINATION ARRANGEMENTS THEREFOR (radiation protection by pharmaceutical means A61K 8/00, A61Q 17/04; in cosmonautic vehicles B64G 1/54; combined with a reactor G21C 11/00; combined with X-ray tubes H01J 35/16; combined with X-ray apparatus H05G 1/02)


Method of and system for managing computing resources
Patent No. 10116507 

Inventor(s): Jeffery Darrel Thomas (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Hewlett Packard Enterprise Development LP (Houston, TX)
Law Firm: Brooks, Cameron Huebsch, PLLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15291656 on 10/12/2016 (748 days app to issue)

Abstract: According to one example of the present invention there is provided a method of managing a set of computing resources accessible to a client via a network. The method comprises monitoring computing resources of the set of computing resources and managing the computing resources in accordance with a set of computing resource guidelines. The method further comprises generating, based on the steps of monitoring and managing, a computer resource configuration change request, the request identifying a computing resource, identifying, from the identified computing resource, a client associated with the resource, determining whether the requested configuration change request is compatible with a client service level agreement, SLA, associated with the identified client; and, where it is so determined, authorizing the requested configuration change request to be made.

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


VoIP denial-of-service protection mechanisms from attack
Patent No. 10116691 

Inventor(s): Arun Velayudhan (Bangalore, , IN), Harisha M. Negalaguli (Richardson, TX), Krishnakant M. Patel (Richardson, TX), Ramu Kandula (Bangalore, , IN), Shiva Cheedella (Plano, TX), Subramanyam N. Prashanth (Bangalore, , IN), Syed N.
Assignee(s): KODIAK NETWORKS, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14782494 on 05/01/2014 (1643 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for providing advanced voice services in a wireless communications network. The system also interfaces to an Internet Protocol (IP) network to perform the advanced voice services for mobile units in the IP network and includes a protection mechanism against Voice-over-IP (VoiP) Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks utilizing Advanced Group Services (AGS).

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


Real time optimized content delivery framework
Patent No. 10116716 

Inventor(s): Eric L. Gose (Dallas, TX), Janki Y. Vora (Dallas, TX), Jason A. Gonzalez (Lewisville, TX), Mathews Thomas (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: Cuenot, Forsythe Kim, LLC (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15340862 on 11/01/2016 (728 days app to issue)

Abstract: A content delivery system may receive and aggregate video content from one or more content sources. In a first embodiment, the content delivery system may start streaming a video to a first viewer on a first device and then receive a request for a catch up version to be streamed to a second viewer viewing a second device. The content delivery system may send replacement segments of the video that are shortened summaries to the second device until the second viewer has caught up to the first viewer on the first device. In a second embodiment, the content delivery system may detect two or more viewers and customize a video content for both viewers. In a third embodiment, the content delivery system, in real time, may customize a segment of a video (possibly using a ”green screen” or overlaying a second video over the original video segment) based on characteristics of the viewer and then stream the customized video segment to the viewer.

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


Peer-to-peer network image distribution hierarchy
Patent No. 10116741 

Inventor(s): Richard Baugh (Plano, TX), Todd Lindstrom (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC. (San Jose, CA)
Law Firm: Polsinelli PC (Local + 15 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14598078 on 01/15/2015 (1384 days app to issue)

Abstract: In one embodiment, network devices such as IP phones may be upgraded with a set of files. A master network device in the set of network devices is identified. The master network device retrieves or receives one or more files in the set of files. The master network device then distributes the file(s) to one or more network devices in the set of network devices, thereby enabling the file(s) to be distributed in a hierarchical manner to remaining network devices in the set of network devices.

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


Partially synchronized multilateration or trilateration method and system for positional finding using RF
Patent No. 10117218 

Inventor(s): Felix Markhovsky (Saratoga, CA), Russ Markhovsky (Dallas, TX), Truman Prevatt (Brooksville, FL)
Assignee(s): POLTE CORPORATION (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Hostetler LLP (15 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15442277 on 02/24/2017 (613 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for determining a location of user equipment (UE) in a wireless system can comprise receiving reference signals via a location management unit (LMU) having two or more co-located channels, wherein the two or more co-located channels are tightly synchronized with each other and utilizing the received reference signals to calculate a location of the UE. Some systems may include multichannel synchronization with a standard deviation of less than or equal 10 ns. Some systems may include two LMUs, with each LMU having internal synchronization, or one LMU with tightly synchronized signals.

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


 

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Force biased spring probe pin assembly
Patent No. 10114038 

Inventor(s): Hisashi Ata (Murphy, TX), Kay Chan Tong (Plano, TX), Phillip Marcus Blitz (Farmers Branch, TX), Thiha Shwe (Murphy, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14980953 on 12/28/2015 (1037 days app to issue)

Abstract: A force-biased spring probe pin assembly includes a barrel member having a barrel wall defining an elongate internal cavity with a lower end and an upper end. The assembly also includes a first plunger member reciprocally mounted in the internal cavity proximate the lower end of the internal cavity. A spring member is positioned in the internal cavity between the plunger member and the second end of the internal cavity. At least one rectangular cavity formed in the plunger member with a movable cylindrical bearing in the cavity that applies a slight transverse force to the plunger member ensuring good electrical contact between the plunger and the wall of the barrel member. A force-biased spring probe pin assembly includes a barrel member having a barrel wall defining an elongate internal cavity with a lower end and an upper end. The assembly also includes a first plunger member reciprocally mounted in the internal cavity proximate the lower end of the internal cavity and a second plunger member reciprocally mounted in the internal cavity proximate the upper end of the internal cavity. A spring member is positioned in the internal cavity between the first plunger member and the second plunger member. At least one rectangular cavity formed in the first plunger member with a first movable cylindrical bearing in the cavity that applies a slight transverse force to the first plunger member ensuring good electrical contact between the first plunger member and the wall of the barre

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


Secure communication with a traffic control system
Patent No. 10114102 

Inventor(s): Stacey C. Ramos (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15621339 on 06/13/2017 (504 days app to issue)

Abstract: A processor may receive an indication form a radio frequency identification (RFID) device that a mobile device is in a predetermined area. The processor may send a private key on a first frequency at a first time to the mobile device. The processor may receive a communication request from the mobile device that may contain a public decryption key. The processor may send encrypted configuration information and encrypted state information to the mobile device. In some embodiments, an RFID device, may identify that a mobile device is within a predetermined area. The RFID device may send a tag to the mobile device. The RFID may send a notification to a communicator that the tag has been sent. The RFID may acquire the encrypted configuration information and encrypted state information form the communicator. The RFID device may push the encrypted configuration information and the encrypted state information to the mobile device.

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


Methods for three-dimensional nonvolatile memory that include multi-portion word lines
Patent No. 10114590 

Inventor(s): Sebastian J. M. Wicklein (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15609592 on 05/31/2017 (517 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided that includes forming a word line above a substrate, forming a bit line above the substrate, forming a nonvolatile memory material between the word line and the bit line, and forming a memory cell including the nonvolatile memory material at an intersection of the bit line and the word line. The word line is disposed in a first direction, and includes a first word line portion and a second word line portion. The second word line portion of the word line includes a first conductive oxide material. The bit line is disposed in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction. The nonvolatile memory material includes a barrier oxide material layer and a second conductive oxide material layer, with the barrier oxide material layer disposed adjacent the second word line portion of the word line.

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


Three-dimensional memory device having conductive support structures and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10115632 

Inventor(s): Hiroyuki Ogawa (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yohei Masamori (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15489050 on 04/17/2017 (561 days app to issue)

Abstract: An alternating stack of insulating layers and sacrificial material layers is formed over a horizontal layer, which can be formed over a lower-interconnect-level dielectric material layer overlying a substrate. Structural integrity of insulating layers vertically spaced from one another by backside recesses during replacement of sacrificial material layers with electrically conductive layers can be enhanced by forming electrically inactive laterally-insulated support structures concurrently with formation of laterally-insulated conductive via structures that vertically extend through each layer in the alternating stack and through the horizontal layer and to lower-interconnect-level metal interconnect structures. Alternatively or additionally, the structural integrity of insulating layers during the replacement process can be enhanced by MN array of semiconductor-containing support structures that extend through staircase region and having same materials as memory stack structures.

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Partially recessed channel core transistors in replacement gate flow
Patent No. 10115638 

Inventor(s): Mahalingam Nandakumar (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15174018 on 06/06/2016 (876 days app to issue)

Abstract: An integrated circuit containing MOS transistors with replacement gates may be formed with elevated LDD regions and/or recessed replacement gates on a portion of the transistors. Elevating the LDD regions is accomplished by a selective epitaxial process prior to LDD implant. Recessing the replacement gates is accomplished by etching substrate material after removal of sacrificial gate material and before formation of a replacement gate dielectric layer. Elevating the LDD regions and recessing the replacement gates may increase a channel length of the MOS transistors and thereby desirably increase threshold uniformity of the transistors.

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Leadframe strip with vertically offset die attach pads between adjacent vertical leadframe columns
Patent No. 10115660 

Inventor(s): Anis Fauzi bin Abdul Aziz (Kedah, , MY), Lee Han [email protected] Lee (Johor, , MY), Wei Fen Sueann Lim (Melaka, , MY)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15688227 on 08/28/2017 (428 days app to issue)

Abstract: A leadframe strip for use in making leaded integrated circuit packages includes a plurality of integrally connected leadframes that each have a die attach pad and first and second dam bars located adjacent to opposite first and second sides of the die attach pad, respectively. A plurality of continuous lead structures extend, uninterrupted by other structure, between opposing ones of the dam bars of horizontally adjacent leadframes. The plurality of integrally connected leadframes are arranged in a plurality of vertical columns, wherein die attach pads in one vertical column are vertically offset from die attach pads in adjacent vertical columns.

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Compact three-dimensional memory device having a seal ring and methods of manufacturing the same
Patent No. 10115681 

Inventor(s): Junichi Ariyoshi (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15928337 on 03/22/2018 (222 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor die includes a pair of first alternating stacks of first portions of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a semiconductor substrate, groups of memory stack structures vertically extending through a respective one of the pair of the first alternating stacks, a pair of second alternating stacks of second portions of the insulating layers and dielectric material layers laterally adjoined to a respective one of the first alternating stacks, such that each second portion of the insulating layers is connected to a respective one of the first portions of the insulating layers, and at least one seal ring structure laterally enclosing, and laterally spaced from, the pair of first alternating stacks, and contacting at least a first sidewall of each of the pair of second alternating stacks.

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Three-dimensional memory device containing structurally reinforced pedestal channel portions and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10115730 

Inventor(s): Ashish Baraskar (Santa Clara, CA), Hiroyuki Tanaka (Yokkaichi, , JP), Naohiro Hosoda (Yokkaichi, , JP), Raghuveer S. Makala (Campbell, CA), Ryo Nakamura (Yokkaichi, , JP), Tadashi Nakamura (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yanli Zhang (San Jose
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marybury Law Group PLLC (no location found)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15626766 on 06/19/2017 (498 days app to issue)

Abstract: A three-dimensional memory device includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers located over a semiconductor surface, a memory opening extending through the alternating stack, a semiconductor pedestal channel portion located at a bottom portion of the memory opening and contacting a top surface of the semiconductor surface, and a memory stack structure located in the memory opening and contacting a top surface of the pedestal channel portion. The memory stack structure includes a memory film and a vertical semiconductor channel located inside the memory film. A maximum lateral extent of the pedestal channel portion is greater than a maximum lateral dimension of an entire interface between the pedestal channel portion and the memory stack structure.

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Three dimensional memory device containing discrete silicon nitride charge storage regions
Patent No. 10115732 

Inventor(s): Andrey Serov (Milpitas, CA), Chun Ge (Milpitas, CA), Daxin Mao (Cupertino, CA), Jixin Yu (Milpitas, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA), Yanli Zhang (San Jose, CA), Zhenyu Lu (Milpitas, CA)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15049444 on 02/22/2016 (981 days app to issue)

Abstract: Discrete silicon nitride portions can be formed at each level of electrically conductive layers in an alternating stack of insulating layers and the electrically conductive layers. The discrete silicon nitride portions can be employed as charge trapping material portions, each of which is laterally contacted by a tunneling dielectric portion on the front side, and by a blocking dielectric portion on the back side. The tunneling dielectric portions may be formed as discrete material portions or portions within a tunneling dielectric layer. The blocking dielectric portions may be formed as discrete material portions or portions within a blocking dielectric layer. The discrete silicon nitride portions can be formed by depositing a charge trapping material layer and selectively removing portions of the charge trapping material layer at levels of the insulating layers. Various schemes may be employed to singulate the charge trapping material layer.

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Semiconductor device containing multilayer titanium nitride diffusion barrier and method of making thereof
Patent No. 10115735 

Inventor(s): Fumitaka Amano (Yokkaichi, , JP), Kensuke Ishikawa (Yokkaichi, , JP), Michiaki Sano (Yokkaichi, , JP), Shinya Inoue (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15617499 on 06/08/2017 (509 days app to issue)

Abstract: A semiconductor device includes a silicon surface, a titanium silicide layer contacting the silicon surface, a first titanium nitride layer located over the titanium silicide layer, a titanium oxynitride layer contacting the first titanium nitride layer, a second titanium nitride layer contacting the titanium oxynitride layer, and a metal fill layer located over the second titanium nitride layer.

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Methods and apparatus for three-dimensional NAND non-volatile memory devices with side source line and mechanical support
Patent No. 10115736 

Inventor(s): Chun Ge (San Jose, CA), Jin Liu (Fremont, CA), Johann Alsmeier (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15707842 on 09/18/2017 (407 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of fabricating a monolithic three dimensional memory structure is provided. The method includes forming a stack of alternating word line and dielectric layers above a substrate, forming a source line above the substrate, forming a memory hole extending through the alternating word line and dielectric layers and the source line, and forming a mechanical support element on the substrate adjacent to the memory hole.

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Charge storage region in non-volatile memory
Patent No. 10115737 

Inventor(s): Ching-Huang Lu (Fremont, CA), Hoon Cho (Sunnyvale, CA), Jun Wan (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15893157 on 02/09/2018 (263 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed herein is a non-volatile storage system with memory cells having a charge storage region that may be configured to store a higher density of charges (e.g., electrons) in the middle than nearer to the control gate or channel. The charge storage region has a middle charge storage material that stores a higher density of charges than two outer charge storage materials that are nearer to the control gate or channel, in one aspect. The charge storage region of one aspect has oxide regions between the middle charge storage material and the two outer charge storage materials. The oxide regions of one embodiment are thin (e.g., less than one nanometer) such that during operation charges may easily pass through the oxide regions. The non-volatile memory cell programs quickly and has high data retention.

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Methods and apparatus for three-dimensional nonvolatile memory
Patent No. 10115770 

Inventor(s): Daewung Kang (Los Gatos, CA), Jongsun Sel (Pleasanton, CA), Michiaki Sano (Ichinomiya, , JP), Mitsuteru Mushiga (Kuwana, , JP), Tuan Pham (San Jose, CA), Yohei Yamada (Nagoya, , JP)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15445734 on 02/28/2017 (609 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided that includes forming a dielectric material and a first sacrificial material above a substrate, forming a second sacrificial material above the substrate and disposed adjacent the dielectric material and the first sacrificial material, forming a first hole in the second sacrificial material, the first hole disposed in a first direction, forming a word line layer above the substrate via the first hole, the word line layer disposed in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, forming a first portion of a nonvolatile memory material on peripheral sides of the word line layer via the first hole, forming a second hole in the second sacrificial material, forming a second portion of the nonvolatile memory material on a sidewall of the second hole, forming a local bit line in the second hole, and forming a memory cell including the nonvolatile memory material at an intersection of the local bit line and the word line layer.

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Vertical transistors with sidewall gate air gaps and methods therefor
Patent No. 10115820 

Inventor(s): Chao Feng Yeh (Yokkaichi, , JP), TianChen Dong (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15370193 on 12/06/2016 (693 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided that includes forming a first vertically-oriented transistor above a substrate, the first vertically-oriented transistor comprising a first sidewall gate disposed in a first direction, forming a second vertically-oriented transistor above the substrate, the second vertically-oriented transistor including a second sidewall gate disposed in the first direction, and forming an air gap chamber above the substrate disposed between the first sidewall gate and the second sidewall gate, and extending in the first direction, the air gap chamber including an air gap.

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Roof integrated solar panel system with side mounted micro inverters
Patent No. 10115850 

Inventor(s): Cory Boudreau (Lake Elmo, MN), Daniel E. Boss (Murphy, TX), Daniel R. Nett (Sun Prairie, WI), David J. Gennrich (Fitchburg, WI), Kent J. Kallsen (Jefferson, WI), Sudhir Railkar (Wayne, NJ), Tommy F. Rodrigues (Nutley, NJ,
Assignee(s): Building Materials Investment Corporation (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14044196 on 10/02/2013 (1854 days app to issue)

Abstract: A roof integrated solar panel system includes a plurality of solar panel modules, each modules having a frame, a photovoltaic panel mounted to the frame, and a micro-inverter mounted to the frame to one side of the photovoltaic panel and accessible from the top of the frame. The solar panel modules are installable on a roof in aligned or staggered courses to form the solar panel system, and with the installed courses of modules together forming a water barrier protecting the roof.

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Vertical field effect transisitors having a rectangular surround gate and method of making the same
Patent No. 10115895 

Inventor(s): Hisakazu Otoi (Yokkaichi, , JP), Jongsun Sel (Los Gatos, CA), Seje Takaki (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15715532 on 09/26/2017 (399 days app to issue)

Abstract: Dielectric wall structures are formed through a stack of a doped semiconductor material layer, a planar insulating spacer layer, and a sacrificial matrix layer. Gate electrode rails are formed through the dielectric wall structures and the sacrificial matrix layer. A two-dimensional array of rectangular openings is formed by removing remaining portions of the sacrificial matrix layer. A two-dimensional array of tubular gate electrode portions is formed in the two-dimensional array of rectangular openings. Gate dielectrics are formed on sidewalls of the tubular gate electrode portions. Vertical semiconductor channels are formed within each of the gate dielectrics by deposition of a semiconductor material. A two-dimensional array of vertical field effect transistors including surround gates is formed, which may be employed as access transistors of a three-dimensional memory device.

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Resistive memory cell containing a middle electrode and method of making the same
Patent No. 10115897 

Inventor(s): Yoshihiro Sato (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: The Marbury Law Group PLLC (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15805627 on 11/07/2017 (357 days app to issue)

Abstract: A resistive memory device includes an alternating stack of insulating layers and electrically conductive layers. Sidewalls of the electrically conductive layers are laterally recessed relative to sidewalls of the insulating layers to define laterally recessed regions. Discrete clam-shaped barrier material portions are located within the laterally recessed regions. Middle electrodes include a protrusion portion embedded within a respective one of the discrete clam shaped barrier material portions and a vertically-extending portion located outside the laterally recessed regions and having a greater vertical extent than the embedded portion. A resistive memory material layer contacts the vertically-extending portion of each of the middle electrodes. A vertical conductive line contacts the resistive memory material layer.

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Methods and apparatus for three-dimensional nonvolatile memory
Patent No. 10115899 

Inventor(s): Takeki Ninomiya (Osaka, , JP), Tomohiro Uno (Yokkaichi, , JP), Tomoyuki Obu (Nagoya, , JP), Toshihiro Iizuka (Yokkaichi, , JP), Yusuke Yoshida (Yokkaichi, , JP)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15631979 on 06/23/2017 (494 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method is provided that includes forming a word line above a substrate, the word line disposed in a first direction, forming a bit line above the substrate, the bit line disposed in a second direction perpendicular to the first direction, forming a nonvolatile memory material between the word line and the bit line by selectively forming a conductive oxide material layer adjacent the word line, and forming a semiconductor material layer adjacent the bit line, and forming a memory cell comprising the nonvolatile memory material at an intersection of the bit line and the word line.

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Vehicle outdoor electronics cabinet
Patent No. 10116046 

Inventor(s): Mark Stephen Lohmar (Keller, TX), Matthew Robert Hart (Denton, TX), Michael Phillip Fritzel (Keller, TX), Patrick Joseph Fritzel (Keller, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14716809 on 05/19/2015 (1260 days app to issue)

Abstract: An antenna farm enclosure for a locomotive cab includes a planar lid hinged to a base and bearing an array of compact antennae. A separate frame holds the antenna farm above the roof to permit wind and moisture to pass beneath, and allows for adjustments for irregularities in the cab roof. A chimney surrounding a port through the cab roof extends upward into the antenna farm enclosure, forming a dam that prevents accumulated moisture from entering the cab or the enclosure. Cables from the antennae extend through the chimney into the cab. A wide flange surrounds the lid and bears against two concentric gaskets to seal the enclosure. Specialized hold-down devices arrayed around the flange compress both gaskets, and comprise threaded shafts hingedly coupled to the base. The slightly arched flange asserts spring-like tension against the hold-down devices, which compress the arched flange to strengthen the seal.

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


Multi-aperture planar lens antenna system
Patent No. 10116058 

Inventor(s): Jianzhong Zhang (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15006961 on 01/26/2016 (1008 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating system. The method includes emitting a plurality of beams and steering the plurality of beams. Each of the plurality of lenses includes a different phase profile. The method further includes transmitting the plurality of beams. Each of the plurality of beams comprises a different beam pattern.

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


Apparatus and efficiency point tracking method for high efficiency resonant converters
Patent No. 10116219 

Inventor(s): Bing Cai (Richardson, TX), Ce Liu (Shenzhen, , CN), Daoshen Chen (Allen, TX), Dianbo Fu (Frisco, TX), Heping Dai (Plano, TX), Liming Ye (Frisco, TX), Xujun Liu (Shenzhen, , CN), Zhihua Liu (Shenzhen, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15263121 on 09/12/2016 (778 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method comprises connecting a first resonant converter and a second resonant converter in parallel, detecting a first signal indicating a first soft switching process of the first resonant converter and a second signal indicating a second soft switching process of the second resonant converter and adjusting a first switching frequency of the first resonant converter by a first control circuit and a second switching frequency of the second resonant converter by a second control circuit until a load current flowing through the first resonant converter is substantially equal to a load current flowing through the second resonant converter.

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


Soft switching flyback converter with primary control
Patent No. 10116222 

Inventor(s): Isaac Cohen (Dix Hills, NY)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15007262 on 01/27/2016 (1007 days app to issue)

Abstract: Disclosed examples include synchronous rectifiers and flyback converters, integrated circuits and operating methods, in which a first switch is turned on to allow current to flow for a first time period in a first direction in a transformer primary winding responsive to a first switch voltage transitioning below a first threshold, and a second switch is turned on for a second time period after the first time period to transfer energy from a secondary transformer winding to drive a load. In the same converter cycle, the second switch is again turned on for a third time period in response to a second switch voltage transitioning below a second threshold at one of a series of troughs of a resonant ringing voltage waveform across the second switch, to cause current flow in a second direction in the primary winding to discharge a capacitance of the first switch to cause the first switch voltage to transition below the first threshold to initiate a subsequent converter cycle.

[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]


Tunable power amplifier with wide frequency range
Patent No. 10116270 

Inventor(s): Aritra Banerjee (Dallas, TX), Baher Haroun (Allen, TX), Lei Ding (Plano, TX), Nathan R. Schemm (Rowlett, TX), Rahmi Hezar (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15265257 on 09/14/2016 (776 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit includes an amplifier configured to amplify an input signal and generate an output signal. The circuit also includes a tuning network configured to tune frequency response of the amplifier. The tuning network includes at least one tunable capacitor, where the at least one tunable capacitor includes at least one micro-electro mechanical system (MEMS) capacitor. The amplifier could include a first die, the at least one MEMS capacitor could include a second die, and the first die and the second die could be integrated in a single package. The at least one MEMS capacitor could include a MEMS superstructure disposed over a control structure, where the control structure is configured to control the MEMS superstructure and tune the capacitance of the at least one MEMS capacitor.

[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)


Reverse current protection circuit
Patent No. 10116291 

Inventor(s): Eddie W. Yu (Plano, TX), Juergen Luebbe (Fairview, TX), Roland Karl Son (Dallas, TX), Sujan Kundapur Manohar (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15232521 on 08/09/2016 (812 days app to issue)

Abstract: In described examples, a power interface subsystem includes power transistors, each having: a conduction path coupled between a battery terminal and an accessory terminal; and a control terminal. A differential amplifier has: a first input coupled to the battery terminal; a second input coupled to the accessory terminal; and an output node. An offset voltage source is coupled to cause an offset of a selected polarity at one of the inputs to the differential amplifier. The offset has a first polarity in a first operating mode and a second polarity in a second operating mode. Gate control circuitry is coupled to apply a control level at the control terminal(s) of selected one(s) of the power transistors responsive to a voltage at the output node, and to apply an off-state control level to the control terminal(s) of unselected one(s) of the power transistors.

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


High-resolution FET VDS zero-volt-crossing timing detection scheme in a wireless power transfer system
Patent No. 10116294 

Inventor(s): Angelo William Pereira (Plano, TX), Gangqiang Zhang (Plano, TX), Jingwei Xu (Plano, TX), Vijayalakshmi Devarajan (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15498385 on 04/26/2017 (552 days app to issue)

Abstract: Methods and apparatus for detecting zero-volt crossing in a field-effect transistor. A comparator compares a drain-to source voltage of the transistor to a threshold voltage. A gate voltage signal of the transistor is provided to a clock input of the comparator such that said gate voltage signal is used to latch a result of said comparison to an output of the comparator. A control function with respect to the transistor is performed based on the value of the comparator output.

[H03B] GENERATION OF OSCILLATIONS, DIRECTLY OR BY FREQUENCY-CHANGING, BY CIRCUITS EMPLOYING ACTIVE ELEMENTS WHICH OPERATE IN A NON-SWITCHING MANNER; GENERATION OF NOISE BY SUCH CIRCUITS (generators specially adapted for electrophonic musical instruments G10H; masers or lasers H01S; generation of oscillations in plasma H05H)


Resistive interpolation for an amplifier array
Patent No. 10116319 

Inventor(s): Alexander Bodem (Freising, , DE), Robert Callaghan Taft (Munich, , DE)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15911141 on 03/04/2018 (240 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit including an amplifier array including an amplifier stage with M amplifiers (M2), connected to a resistor interpolator (interpolation order N2) including an input row and at least a second row, each row comprising interpolation resistors connected in series at nodes. The input row including M driven nodes connected to a respective amplifier, and connected in parallel to the second row, with at least some first-row interpolation nodes connected to corresponding second-row interpolation nodes. The resistor interpolator comprising at least one multi-row interpolation cell, with: in the input row, a driven node coupled through first and second interpolation resistors to respective adjacent first and second interpolation nodes; and in the second row, third and fourth interpolation nodes coupled through third and fourth interpolation resistors to an intermediate fifth interpolation node; and with the first and second interpolation nodes connected respectively to the third and fourth interpolation nodes.

[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]


Inbuilt threshold comparator
Patent No. 10116321 

Inventor(s): Rishi Soundararajan (Bengaluru, , IN)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15864090 on 01/08/2018 (295 days app to issue)

Abstract: A comparator includes a first input stage coupled to a first signal input and a first reference input, wherein the first input stage is coupled between a first node and a second node. A second input stage is coupled to a second signal input and a second reference input, wherein the second input stage is coupled between a third node and the second node. An output stage generates at least one output signal in response to the first and second input signals. First switching circuitry is coupled between the first node and the output stage. The first switching circuitry is for coupling the first node to a fourth node in response to a reset signal. Second switching circuitry is coupled between the third node and the output stage. The second switching circuitry is for coupling the third node to a fifth node in response to the reset signal.

[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]


Decoder with parallel decoding paths
Patent No. 10116333 

Inventor(s): Alexander Bazarsky (Holon, , IL), Eran Sharon (Rishon Lezion, , IL), Omer Fainzilber (Even Yehuda, , IL), Ran Zamir (Ramat Gan, , IL), Stella Achtenberg (Netanya, , IL)
Assignee(s): SANDISK TECHNOLOGIES LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15223531 on 07/29/2016 (823 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device includes a memory configured to store syndromes, a first data processing unit coupled to the memory, and a second data processing unit coupled to the memory. The first data processing unit is configured to process a first value corresponding to a first symbol of data to be decoded. The second data processing unit is configured to process a second value corresponding to a second symbol of the data. Syndrome aggregation circuitry is coupled to the first data processing unit and to the second data processing unit. The syndrome aggregation circuitry is configured to combine syndrome change decisions of the first data processing unit and the second data processing unit.

[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]


Error correcting code adjustment for a data storage device
Patent No. 10116336 

Inventor(s): Manuel Antonio D”Abreu (El Dorado Hills, CA), Xinde Hu (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): SanDisk Technologies LLC (Addison, TX)
Law Firm: Michael Best Friedrich LLP (10 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14304277 on 06/13/2014 (1600 days app to issue)

Abstract: A data storage device includes a non-volatile memory and a controller operationally coupled to the non-volatile memory. The controller is configured to access information stored at the non-volatile memory. The information includes a user data portion and an error correcting code (ECC) portion corresponding to the user data portion. The controller is further configured to modify the ECC portion in response to an error rate associated with the information exceeding a threshold. The one or more ECC parameters are modified without erasing or re-programming the user data portion.

[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]


Wideband low distortion power amplifier
Patent No. 10116340 

Inventor(s): Sudipto Chakraborty (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15008871 on 01/28/2016 (1006 days app to issue)

Abstract: A circuit and apparatus for filtering harmful harmonics is disclosed. The circuit and apparatus include a power amplifier core that uses equally sized inverter based amplifiers. The amplifier core cells provide uniform load to all phases of a fundamental frequency to cancel all harmonics at an output. The power amplifier stages are driven into nonlinearity, and the combination of harmonics is performed at the output by varying series connected capacitors. The harmonic combination is performed at the output, leaving no further scope of nonlinearity in the signal chain.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for time division duplexed multiplexing in transmission-reception point to transmission-reception point connectivity
Patent No. 10116349 

Inventor(s): Lili Zhang (Beijing, , CN), Nathan Edward Tenny (Poway, CA), Richard Stirling-Gallacher (San Diego, CA)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15289638 on 10/10/2016 (750 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for operating a transmission-reception point (TRP) includes determining a first cycle of backhaul communications modes for the TRP, each backhaul communications mode of the first cycle is associated with a different time period and prompts the TRP to either transmit or receive using a subset of communications beams available to the TRP during an associated time period, wherein the communications beams used by the TRP and neighboring TRPs of the TRP in each associated time period are selected to prevent mutual interference, and wherein at least one backhaul communications mode of the first cycle prompts the TRP to either transmit or receive using all of the communications beams available to the TRP, determining a backhaul frame configuration for the TRP in accordance with the first cycle, the backhaul frame configuration specifying an arrangement of subframes of a frame used for backhaul communications.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for multiple point transmission in a communications system
Patent No. 10116357 

Inventor(s): Hao Bi (Lake Zurich, IL), Yishen Sun (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14614066 on 02/04/2015 (1364 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for multiple point transmission in a communications system are provided. A method for multiple point transmission operation comprises modifying a configuration of a radio bearer for use in a multiple point transmission to a user equipment according to operating condition information of the user equipment, reconfiguring the radio bearer according to the modified configuration, and initiating a multiple point transmission to the user equipment using the reconfigured radio bearer.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Carrier suppressed multi-level pulse amplitude modulation
Patent No. 10116392 

Inventor(s): Inwoong Kim (Allen, TX), Olga Vassilieva (Plano, TX), Paparao Palacharla (Richardson, TX), Tadashi Ikeuchi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): FUJITSU LIMITED (Kawasaki, , JP)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15875883 on 01/19/2018 (284 days app to issue)

Abstract: Carrier suppression (CS-M-PAM) may be applied to M-PAM modulated optical signals to improve transmission reach. Additional rescaling of CS-M-PAM, referred to as adaptive CS-M-PAM, may further improve transmission reach by reducing low level symbol interference.

[H04B] TRANSMISSION [4]


System and method for improving narrowband interference performance
Patent No. 10116407 

Inventor(s): Anuj Batra (Mountain View, CA), Il Han Kim (Allen, TX), Tarkesh Pande (Richardson, TX)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15690427 on 08/30/2017 (426 days app to issue)

Abstract: An orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) receiver includes detection logic, offset generation logic, tone erasure logic, and correction generation logic. The detection logic is configured to detect a signal containing a block of samples that includes a narrowband interferer from a communication channel. The offset generation logic is configured to align a frequency of the narrowband interferer to a center of a subcarrier frequency of the communication channel to produce an offset signal thereby introducing inter-carrier interference (ICI). The tone erasure logic is configured to remove the subcarrier frequency from the offset signal to produce an interferer erased offset signal. The correction generation logic is configured to remove the ICI to produce an interferer erased signal.

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


Systems and methods for segment integrity and authenticity for adaptive streaming
Patent No. 10116452 

Inventor(s): Alexander Giladi (Princeton, NJ), Shaobo Zhang (Shenzhen, , CN), Xin Wang (Rancho Paolos Verdes, CA), Yongliang Liu (Beijing, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15452834 on 03/08/2017 (601 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and method embodiments are provided for segment integrity and authenticity for adaptive streaming. In an embodiment, the method includes receiving at a data processing system a segment of a media stream, determining, with the data processing system, a digest or a digital signature for the segment, and comparing, with the data processing system, the digest/digital signature to a correct digest or a correct digital signature to determine whether the segment has been modified.

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


Family communications in a controlled-environment facility
Patent No. 10116458 

Inventor(s): Luke Keiser (Frisco, TX), Matthew Richard Smith (McKinney, TX), Ted Hull (Fredericksburg, VA)
Assignee(s): Securus Technologies, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: Fogarty LLP (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15607995 on 05/30/2017 (518 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for facilitating family communications in a controlled-environment facility. In some embodiments, a method may include receiving a request for an electronic communication between a resident and a non-resident of a controlled-environment facility, identifying that the non-resident is the resident”s child or parent and, in response to the identification, enabling a family counseling provider to access the electronic communication.

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


Combined low and high frequency continuous-time linear equalizers
Patent No. 10116470 

Inventor(s): Gong Lei (Sunnyvale, CA), Hungyi Lee (Cupertino, CA), Liang Gu (San Jose, CA), Mamatha Deshpande (San Jose, CA), Shou-Po Shih (Cupertino, CA), Yan Duan (Ames, IA), Yen Dang (San Jose, CA), Yifan Gu (Santa Clara, CA, U
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14925720 on 10/28/2015 (1098 days app to issue)

Abstract: An apparatus comprising an input port configured to receive an input signal propagated through a transmission link, wherein the transmission link comprises a low-frequency channel loss and a high-frequency channel loss, a continuous-time linear equalization (CTLE) circuit coupled to the input port and configured to produce an output signal according to the input signal by applying a first gain to the input signal at a first frequency to compensate the low-frequency loss, and applying a second gain to the input signal at a second frequency to compensate the high-frequency channel loss, and an output port coupled to the CTLE circuit and configured to output the output signal.

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


Systems and methods for providing split control of multiple execution environments
Patent No. 10116497 

Inventor(s): Andrew Typrin (Celina, TX), Troy Frost (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Moneygram International, Inc. (Minneapolis, MN)
Law Firm: Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15160652 on 05/20/2016 (893 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure describes systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media implementing techniques for providing split control of an execution environment. According to aspects of the disclosure, a first entity may be configured to exert control over presentation related aspects (e.g., the look and feel) of services provided by a second entity, while the second entity may exert control over backend processing and execution of the services. To facilitate the different portions of the split control, one or more servers may be configured to provide a first execution layer, a second execution layer, and a second execution layer control panel. The first execution layer may perform operations for executing the provisioning of the service. The second execution layer may perform operations for presenting the computing/execution environment for providing the service, and the second execution environment control panel may provide the first entity to customize/modify presentation related aspects of the computing/execution environment.

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


Flow control for powerline communications
Patent No. 10116575 

Inventor(s): Anand G. Dabak (Plano, TX), Il Han Kim (Dallas, TX), Kumaran Vijayasankar (Dallas, TX), Ramanuja Vedantham (Allen, TX), Tarkesh Pande (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14540111 on 11/13/2014 (1447 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method of powerline communications in a powerline communications (PLC) network including a first PLC device and at least a second PLC device. The first PLC device transmits a data frame to the second node over a PLC channel. The second PLC device has a data buffer for storing received information. The second PLC device runs a flow control algorithm which determines a current congestion condition or a projected congestion condition of the data buffer based on at least one congestion parameter. The current congestion condition and projected congestion condition include nearly congested and fully congested. When the current or projected congestion condition is either nearly congested or fully congested, the second PLC device transmits a BUSY including frame over the PLC channel to at least the first PLC device. The first PLC device defers transmitting of any frames to the second PLC device for a congestion clearing wait time.

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


Methods and apparatus for random access of HEVC bitstream for MMT
Patent No. 10116576 

Inventor(s): Youngkwon Lim (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Suwon-si, , KR)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15013847 on 02/02/2016 (1001 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method and apparatus for randomly accessing high efficiency video coding (HEVC) bitstream for moving picture experts group (MPEG) media transport (MMT). The method includes receiving a plurality of packets for a video in decoding order. The method also includes determining a packet marked to begin processing the video, removing packets of leading pictures in the marked packet from the memory, and processing the packets remaining in the memory.

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


Methods and systems for identifying targeted content item for user
Patent No. 10116627 

Inventor(s): Geetha Manjunath (Bangalore, , IN), Ishaan Preet Singh (Chandigarh, , IN), SaiPraneeth Reddy (Bangalore, , IN), Shailesh Vaya (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): CONDUENT BUSINESS SERVICES, LLC (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: Jones Robb, PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14708524 on 05/11/2015 (1268 days app to issue)

Abstract: The disclosed embodiments illustrate methods and systems for identifying a targeted content item for a user. The method includes receiving one or more encrypted first attributes of the user, and a first key. Thereafter, one or more content items are encrypted using the first key. The one or more content items are stored in a data structure such that the one or more content items are indexed in the data structure according to one or more second attributes of the one or more content items. Thereafter, at least one encrypted content item is retrieved from the data structure based on the one or more encrypted content items, the indexing of the one or more content items, and the one or more encrypted first attributes. The at least one encrypted content item is decrypted to generate the targeted content item.

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


Electronic messaging exchange
Patent No. 10116707 

Inventor(s): David Woody (Allen, TX), Stephen 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: 15974108 on 05/08/2018 (175 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for secure electronic message exchange including coupling a control platform to a workstation of a plurality of workstations via a communications medium, where the control platform includes one or more apparatuses for monitoring, controlling, conversion, and billing, related to messages exchanged between a plurality of local users and a plurality of remote users. The system prevents forwarding or copying of a message sent by a local user of the plurality of local users and received by a remote user of the plurality of remote users, to another party by the control platform. The system and method also provides for authenticating the remote user with the control platform.

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


Electricity provider content platform
Patent No. 10116747 

Inventor(s): Chris H. Hayden (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): TXU ENERGY RETAIL COMPANY LLC (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P. (Local + 8 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 13759387 on 02/05/2013 (2093 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system for providing access to a content platform of an electricity provider comprises an interface operable to receive a request to access content from a content platform of an electricity provider from a communication device, one or more processors communicatively coupled to the interface, the one or more processors operable to determine, based on the received request, a display format for the communication device from a plurality of display formats, convert content from the content platform in the determined display format of the communication device, and the interface further operable to communicate the content to the communication device.

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


Scaling cloud rendezvous points in a hierarchical and distributed manner
Patent No. 10116767 

Inventor(s): Kiran Makhijani (Los Gatos, CA), Renwei Li (Fremont, CA)
Assignee(s): Furturewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14941292 on 11/13/2015 (1082 days app to issue)

Abstract: A service provider (SP) cloud rendezvous point (CRP-SP) in a fixed cloud rendezvous point (CRP) hierarchy, the CRP-SP comprising a memory comprising a cloudcasting information base (CCIB), a receiver configured to receive a Register request from a first site CRP (CRP Site) in an SP network, the Register request indicating a first portion of a virtual extensible network (VXN) is reachable by the SP network at the first CRP Site, a processor coupled to the receiver and the memory, the processor configured to query the CCIB to determine that a second portion of the VXN is reachable by the SP network at a second CRP Site, and a transmitter coupled to the processor and configured to transmit Report messages to both the first CRP Site and the second CRP Site, the Report messages indicating the VXN is reachable at both the first CRP Site and the second CRP Site.

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


Adding additional information to caller ID information
Patent No. 10116792 

Inventor(s): Heath W. Hendrickson (McKinney, TX), Lulia Ann Barakat (McKinney, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15695356 on 09/05/2017 (420 days app to issue)

Abstract: A device may receive a first query from a terminating device, The first query may be based on the terminating device having received, from a calling party device, a request to establish a connection with a called party device. The first query may be based on information associated with the calling party device. The device may send, to a caller information device, a second query based on the first query. The device may receive, from the caller information device, caller information based on the second query. The device may compare the caller information to a criterion. The device may modify the caller information, to create modified caller information, when the caller information satisfies the criterion. The device may send the modified caller information to the terminating device for forwarding to another device to support determining how to handle, for the called party device, the request to establish the connection.

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


System and methods for depth imaging using conventional CCD image sensors
Patent No. 10116883 

Inventor(s): Bharath Patil (Bangalore, , IN), Ravishankar S. Ayyagari (Bangalore, , IN), Shantanu Prasad Prabhudesai (Bangalore, , IN)
Assignee(s): Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14472060 on 08/28/2014 (1524 days app to issue)

Abstract: Systems and methods for providing depth imaging using a CCD image sensor. In a method for visual imaging and depth imaging, steps include providing a CCD image sensor device arranged to receive light from an optical lens and having an array of pixels and corresponding pixel charge storage elements; providing a light source for transmitting light pulses responsive to a pulse control signal; providing timing signals to configure the CCD image sensor to collect and store charge from the pixel storage elements; and performing a depth calculation using a background charge, a reflected charge, and a depth charge collected in three frame periods for each pixel in the CCD image sensor. A system including a CCD image sensor for use with the embodiments is disclosed. Additional embodiments are disclosed.

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


Hierarchical inter-layer prediction in multi-loop scalable video coding
Patent No. 10116931 

Inventor(s): Do-Kyoung Kwon (Allen, TX), Madhukar Budagavi (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14137995 on 12/20/2013 (1775 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method for encoding a video sequence in a scalable video encoder to generate a scalable bitstream is provided that includes encoding the video sequence in a first layer encoder of the scalable video encoder to generate a first sub-bitstream, encoding the video sequence in a second layer encoder of the scalable video encoder to generate a second sub-bitstream, wherein portions of the video sequence being encoded in the second layer encoder are predicted using reference portions of the video sequence encoded in the first layer encoder, combining the first sub-bitstream and the second sub-bitstream in the scalable bitstream, and signaling an indication of a highest temporal level of the first sub-bitstream comprising at least one of the reference portions in the scalable bitstream.

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


Distributed wild fire alert system
Patent No. 10117003 

Inventor(s): Kyle B. Smith (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Frost Brown Todd LLC (Local + 4 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15483341 on 04/10/2017 (568 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system and method for detecting and managing wildfires using fixed sensors is described. The system and method deploy a plurality of fixed sensors in an area to be monitored. Each fixed sensor is operable to detect ambient conditions in the vicinity of the fixed sensor and to relay that information to a central control center. Each fixed sensor dormant until powered by heat from a detected fire allowing the fixed sensor to send data related to the ambient conditions using the transceiver before the sensor device is consumed by the fire. The system can then determine the attributes of the wildfire from the collective data from the plurality of fixed sensors and coordinate the activity of responders in response to the wildfire using the collective data.

[H04Q] SELECTING (switches, relays, selectors H01H; wireless communication networks H04W) [2009.01]


Multi-acked multicast protocol
Patent No. 10117068 

Inventor(s): Aidan Cully (St. Augustine, FL), David Lawrence (Whitehouse Station, NJ), Michael Macaluso (Jackson, NJ), Oleg Logvinov (East Brunswick, NJ)
Assignee(s): STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (Coppell, TX)
Law Firm: Crowe Dunlevy (Local + 7 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14849823 on 09/10/2015 (1146 days app to issue)

Abstract: Multicast transmissions do not allow for individual receivers to acknowledge that data was received by each receiver in the network. This is not acceptable for isochronous systems that require specific levels of QoS for each device. A multimedia communications protocol supports using multicast transmissions (one-to-many) in multimedia isochronous systems. A transmitter establishes a Multi-ACKed Multicast protocol within which a group of receiving devices can acknowledge the multicast transmission during a multi-acknowledgment period.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Short-range cross-device authorization
Patent No. 10117097 

Inventor(s): Adrian Borunda (Celina, TX), Cale Riley Spratt (Carrollton, TX), Jeffrey Joseph Szcinski (Carrollton, TX), Richard Tanner (McKinney, 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: 15450572 on 03/06/2017 (603 days app to issue)

Abstract: Techniques are described for cross-device authorization using a wireless network connection. Computing device(s) may broadcast an identification signal indicating that the device is authorized to access a remote service, and is therefore available to provide an authorization token to a receiving device. The receiving device may determine one of the broadcasting device(s) to use for cross-device authorization. The receiving device may send a request, to the determined broadcasting device, for an authorization token to access the remote service. The broadcasting device may receive the request and transmit a message to a server device indicating that an authorization token is to be provided to the receiving device. Alternatively, the authorization token may be sent directly from the broadcasting device to the receiving device (e.g., over the wireless communication network). On receiving the authorization token, the receiving device may use the it to access the remote service.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Systems and methods for accessing a network
Patent No. 10117100 

Inventor(s): Kaippallimalil Mathew John (Richardson, TX), Weisheng Jin (Shanghai, , CN), Wenruo Zhu (Shanghai, , CN)
Assignee(s): Futurwei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14146107 on 01/02/2014 (1762 days app to issue)

Abstract: System and method embodiments are provided for accessing a wireless network. The embodiments enable establishing and releasing session resources in a wireless local area network (WLAN) corresponding to packet data network (PDN) connections in a 3 GPP enhanced packet core (EPC). In an embodiment, a method in a network component for establishing a control channel with a user equipment (UE) includes setting up, by the network component, a link layer channel, sending, by the network component, an identifier of the link layer channel to the UE; and communicating, by the network component, with the UE over the link layer channel using a WLAN control protocol (WLCP), wherein the WLAN comprises a trusted WLAN Access Network (TWAN).

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Geographically based access management for internet of things device data
Patent No. 10117101 

Inventor(s): Brian Christopher Peck (Flower Mound, TX)
Assignee(s): CA, Inc. (New York, NY)
Law Firm: Gilliam IP PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15691153 on 08/30/2017 (426 days app to issue)

Abstract: The proliferation of IOT devices has led to an increase in sensitive, cloud-stored data. To provide further protection, IOT device data may be secured by geographically based access controls as a supplement to or in place of traditional password protection. A geographically based access control restricts data accessibility to designated geographical areas. In this manner, a requesting device may not access geo-fence protected IOT device data unless the requesting device is located within a designated geographical area. Geo-fence parameters utilized for creation of a geo-fence policy may be pre-specified or generated based on operating conditions. For example, a user may provide location data, such as an address or geographical coordinate, and a radial distance from the location for which data access is permissible. Additionally, geo-fence parameters can be automatically determined based on criteria such as an IOT device type or data usage characteristics.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


System and method for simulating a land mobile radio system
Patent No. 10117111 

Inventor(s): Arindam Roy (Plano, TX), Marshall Jobe (Fort Worth, TX)
Assignee(s): E.F. JOHNSON COMPANY (Irving, TX)
Law Firm: Foley Lardner LLP (Local + 13 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14979007 on 12/22/2015 (1043 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure provides a system and method for simulating a land mobile radio system having a plurality of radio sites. The simulation system may comprise an IP network providing an IP-based interface between components within the system such as, for example, a first server designed to simulate one or more radio sites, a second server designed to simulate one or more subscriber units, and a controller interface for providing commands for controlling the simulated subscriber units. Each site in the first server may include one or more site applications each associated with an IP address, and each subscriber unit in the second server is associated with a plurality of IP addresses for communicating with the site applications over the IP network.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Method and apparatus for a modified outer loop after a receiver outage event
Patent No. 10117115 

Inventor(s): Aijun Cao (Kista, , SE), Bojidar Hadjiski (Kista, , SE), Jan Johansson (Kista, , SE), Patrick Svedman (Kista, , SE), Thorsten Schier (Kista, , SE), Yonghong Gao (Kista, , SE)
Assignee(s): ZTE TX INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Duane Morris LLP (14 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14651636 on 12/12/2013 (1783 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method, system and non transitory, tangible computer readable storage medium provides for controlling the BLER (block error rate) in a digital communication system. The outer loop control of the system discounts responses sent by a receiver to data transmission from a transmitter that were sent during a receiver outage event. Either the NACKs or both the ACKs and NACKs sent by the receiver during receiver outage are discounted by the outer loop control which adapts subsequent transmissions by either directly adjusting transmission parameters or by adjusting the selection of transmission parameters. The adapting may be based on individual NACKs and ACKs or after establishing a BLER.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Methods, apparatuses and computer program products for reducing media gap when connecting independent bearer paths
Patent No. 10117136 

Inventor(s): Pui Ho (Euless, TX), Zhigang Xu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ) (Stockholm, , SE)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15550760 on 02/13/2015 (1355 days app to issue)

Abstract: In some embodiments, a method receives a trigger to set up a bearer path connecting a first party (A) and a second party (B) via a media connection function. The method determines a predicted time gap between when the media connection function is expected to receive a bearer packet from the first party (A) and when the media connection function is expected to receive a bearer packet from the second party (B). The method uses the predicted time gap to delay connection setup toward whichever of the first party (A) or the second party (B) is expected to receive the bearer packet first.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Content-aware energy savings for video streaming and playback on mobile devices
Patent No. 10117185 

Inventor(s): Chen Tian (Union City, CA), Handong Ye (Sunnyvale, CA), Jun Wang (Santa Clara, CA), Karthik Rao (Atlanta, GA), Ziang Hu (Union City, CA), Zongfang Lin (Santa Clara, CA)
Assignee(s): FutureWei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: FutureWei Technologies, Inc. (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15423490 on 02/02/2017 (635 days app to issue)

Abstract: A system, computer readable medium, and method are provided for reducing the power consumption of a mobile device. The method includes the steps of detecting video content to be viewed in an application executed by the mobile device; detecting unwanted content associated with the video content; and operating the mobile device in a low-power mode during playback of the video content in the application in response to detecting the unwanted content. The mobile device may include a memory storing the application and a processor executing the application, which configures the processor to implement the method. Five techniques may be applied in the low-power mode to reduce power consumption including Dynamic Voltage and Frequency Scaling (DVFS), reducing resolution of content, reducing brightness of a display, masking content, and thread throttling. The low-power mode saves energy when playing back videos on the mobile device.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Windowing methods for efficient channel aggregation and deaggregation
Patent No. 10117247 

Inventor(s): Huaiyu Zeng (Red Bank, NJ), Xiang Liu (Marlboro, NJ)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Conley Rose, P.C. (3 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 15057645 on 03/01/2016 (973 days app to issue)

Abstract: A method implemented in a fronthaul communication unit, comprising applying, via a processor of the fronthaul communication unit, a plurality of first frequency-domain windowing (FDW) functions on a plurality of first communication channel signals to produce a plurality of first windowed signals, aggregating, via the processor, the plurality of first windowed signals to produce a first aggregated signal, and transmitting, via a frontend of the fronthaul communication unit, the first aggregated signal to a corresponding fronthaul communication unit over a fronthaul communication link to facilitate fronthaul communication.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Device, network, and method for communications with carrier sensing and coexistence
Patent No. 10117261 

Inventor(s): Fei Teng (Evanston, IL), Jialing Liu (Palatine, IL), Weimin Xiao (Hoffman Estates, IL), Zhiyi Zhou (Evanston, IL)
Assignee(s): Futurewei Technologies, Inc. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14881981 on 10/13/2015 (1113 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network and method for wireless communications are provided. A first network element in the network may transmit a first reservation signal to reserve a channel. The first reservation signal may at least partially overlap a second reservation signal transmitted by a second network element for channel reservation. The first network element and the second network element share the same channel. The first network element may also perform interference cancellation to cancel the second reservation signal transmitted by the second network element for carrier sensing.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Scheduler for power-efficient time slotted protocol
Patent No. 10117267 

Inventor(s): Ariton E. Xhafa (Plano, TX), Arvind K. Raghu (Plano, TX), Ramanuja Vedantham (Allen, TX), Xiaolin Lu (Plano, TX)
Assignee(s): TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14816512 on 08/03/2015 (1184 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network includes a parent node and at least one child node that is configured to communicate with the parent node via a wireless network protocol. The parent node includes a broadcast coordinator to transmit a broadcast message from the parent node to the child node at predetermined time intervals according to the wireless network protocol. A scheduler generates a scheduling packet that is communicated in the broadcast message. The scheduling packet includes a data field to instruct each child node to activate and receive data communicated from the parent node in a prescribed time slot following the broadcast message that is defined by the scheduling packet.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Cloud WAN overlay network
Patent No. 10117285 

Inventor(s): Manish Srivastava (Coppell, TX), Ramesh Nadella (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. (Basking Ridge, NJ)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 14970828 on 12/16/2015 (1049 days app to issue)

Abstract: A network device obtains credentials of a customer associated with multiple different cloud providers of which the customer is a subscriber, and establishes, using the credentials of the customer, a cloud wide area network (WAN) overlay network across multiple different cloud computing networks associated with the multiple different cloud providers. The network device, when establishing the cloud WAN overlay network, spins up multiple virtual routers in the cloud resources of the customer at each of the multiple different cloud computing networks, with a different one of the multiple virtual routers being spun up in each of the multiple different cloud computing networks, where each of the multiple different cloud computing networks is associated with a different one of the multiple different cloud providers, and where the multiple virtual routers route data traffic between the different cloud computing networks via the cloud WAN overlay network.

[H04W] WIRELESS COMMUNICATION NETWORKS [2009.01]


Stationary cooling structure for board/chassis-level conduction cooling
Patent No. 10117357 

Inventor(s): Mo Bai (San Jose, CA), Vadim Gektin (San Jose, CA)
Assignee(s): FUTUREWEI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (Plano, TX)
Law Firm: Vierra Magen Marcus LLP (2 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 14803812 on 07/20/2015 (1198 days app to issue)

Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a cold plate and vapor chamber for conduction cooling of one or more printed circuit boards in a printed circuit board (PCB) enclosure. The cold plate may include a planar surface at an oblique angle relative to an axis along which the PCB assembly is inserted into the enclosure. The PCB assembly may include a vapor chamber having a complementary obliquely angled surface. The complementary angled surfaces of the cold plate and vapor chamber may exert forces against each other upon insertion of the printed circuit board assembly into the enclosure and contact between the cold plate and vapor chamber.

[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)


Computer storage array
Patent No. 10117361 

Inventor(s): Magdy Elwany (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): MA Technology, Inc. (Carrollton, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 15451500 on 03/07/2017 (602 days app to issue)

Abstract: A computer storage array and ventilation system comprising a vertical air passageway adjacent to a plurality of ventilation apertures defined in a plurality of computer chassis.

[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)


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Portable handheld beverage rack
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Inventor(s): Michelle Lou Meyer (Dallas, TX), William Jeffery Kinney (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): UNASSIGNED
Law Firm: Craft Chu PLLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29603560 on 05/10/2017 (538 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Sensor module for liquid level gauge
Patent No. D832124 

Inventor(s): Benjamin Neal Lease (Flower Mound, TX), Herbert G. Ross, Jr. (Argyle, TX), Robert E. Hrncir (Irving, TX)
Assignee(s): Rochester Gauges, Inc. (Dallas, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29633034 on 01/11/2018 (292 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Front bumper for a model vehicle
Patent No. D832368 

Inventor(s): Jaime Felix Barajas (Dallas, TX), Kent Poteet (Lucas, TX)
Assignee(s): TRAXXAS LP (McKinney, TX)
Law Firm: No Counsel
Application No., Date, Speed: 29540006 on 09/18/2015 (1138 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Modular flooring device
Patent No. D832468 

Inventor(s): Andrew Sneeringer (St. Cloud, FL), Andrew Wolff (Livonia, MI), Bart Berghuis (Rockledge, FL), Chad H. Jones (Frisco, TX), Daniel Himes (Shelby, MI)
Assignee(s): Signature Systems Group, LLC (Flower Mound, TX)
Law Firm: Metz Lewis Brodman Must O”Keefe LLC (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29543029 on 10/20/2015 (1106 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Football trophy candle
Patent No. D832471 

Inventor(s): John Voss (Allen, TX)
Assignee(s): Voss Solo 401k Trust (Allen, TX)
Law Firm: Slater Matsil, LLP (Local + 1 other metros)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29612346 on 07/31/2017 (456 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Lighting module heatsink
Patent No. D832494 

Inventor(s): Ashish Antony (Anna, TX), Jordon Musser (Dallas, TX), Kevin Emr (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Flex Ltd. (Singapore, , SG)
Law Firm: Carter, DeLuca, Farrell Schmidt, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29613359 on 08/09/2017 (447 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A


Lighting module locking mechanism
Patent No. D832495 

Inventor(s): Ashish Antony (Anna, TX), Grant Wuensch (Carrollton, TX), Jordon Musser (Dallas, TX), Kevin Emr (Dallas, TX)
Assignee(s): Flex Ltd. (Singapore, , SG)
Law Firm: Carter, DeLuca, Farrell Schmidt, LLP (1 non-local offices)
Application No., Date, Speed: 29614399 on 08/18/2017 (438 days app to issue)

Abstract: No Abstract Patent Class: N/A

 

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